Life is like a sandcastle something beautiful here for awhile & then gone, but the impression it makes on others can last forever.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Rayovac Notice!

The Rayovac Facebook URL link has changed as of yesterday. New link is www.facebook.com/rayovac Also, don’t forget to join in tonight for the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Twitter Party at #rayovac from 7-9pm 20 prizes throughout the course of the two-hour event! and be sure to tell all of your friends to “like” Rayovac on FB. Make sure you get in to enter the daily giveaways, lots of great prizes:)

Wordless Wednesday Best Friends



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Monday, June 28, 2010

Winner!!

Congrats!! to the winner of the Guidecraft Bookshelf.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Winners!!


Congrats!! to the winners. I'll will be contacting you shortly.

CafePress Clock

Nacho Mama Tees

Sun Protection Zone SunSkinz shirt

Friday, June 25, 2010

Featured Friday 3


I want to give recognition to 3 of my favorite blogs. Each week I will name 3 special sites to visit. These sites contain ladies & gentlemen of wisdom, tips, fun, content and old fashion hospitality.

Following on facebook or twitter also, you will be glad you did.

CakeBlast
Sweeps 4 Bloggers
Boos and Rawrs

That's this week 3 can't wait til next weeks Featured Friday 3

Curious George Live!

I've been missing! We were in Savannah Georgia at the Curious George Live Show! LOVE IT!!! The actors were spectacular and put on the best live show. The kids loved it!! Here are some of the pics:)




Follow 6/25 & Giveaways Ending

I just wanted to remind that these giveaways will end on my blog very soon.

Sun Protection Zone SunSkinz shirt 6/26

CafePress Clock 6/26

Nacho Mama Tees 6/26

Guidecraft Safari Bookshelf 6/27

All Terrain 7/6

Ravensburger Wow Mix n Fix Mike 7/6


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Thank you to our Wonderful Sponsors of Friendly Friday.

Xenia at Thanks, Mail Carrier

Christi at Frugal Novice

Charla at Healthy Home Blog

Link up & find new friends.
Follow & leave a comment "so I can know to follow back:)".
Make sure to be friendly and return the favor:)

& :)

Simply Stacie & My Wee View Are wonderful bloggers & hosts for Fun Follow Friday, have fun, link up, and blog hop.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Rayovac Powers Your Summer

www.rayovac.com/PowersYourSummer
Join Rayovac and 5MinutesForMom for a Twitter Event to support the exciting Rayovac Powers Your Summer Promotion. The Twitter Event will feature more than 20 fun giveaways from Rayovac ranging from a summer supply of Rayovac Batteries to $50 Target Gift Cards.

Rayovac Powers Your Vacation Summer Promotion Twitter Event
Date: Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Time: 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. CST
Location: #rayovac
Follow: @Rayovac_Battery, @5minutesformom, @CirclePRMary


disclosure: "The first 99 bloggers to promote the Rayovac Powers Your Summer Twitter Event won a prize package from Rayovac."

Monday, June 21, 2010

Is it your cup of Tea?

Is it your cup of tea? Well most little boys don't care for a tea party, but my son wanted to have one. He loves to play chef and help in the kitchen. So Nana and I said we would, well we brought Pa into it too, for Father's Day. Complete with hats, dressed up, tablecloth, and jewelry, etc. etc..




My poor husband was at work until late tonight, so he told my son y'all had all the tea and I didn't get any. My son walks over hugs him and says "I saved you the sugar." Smack big ole kiss, my son is a pretty sly guy and a sweet little southern gentlemen.

I hoped everyone had a wonderful Father's Day!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Featured Friday 3


I want to give recognition to 3 of my favorite blogs. Each week I will name 3 special sites to visit. These sites contain ladies of wisdom, tips, fun, content and old fashion hospitality.

Following on facebook or twitter also, you will be glad you did.

A Simple Kinda Life
Pretty Pink Momma
A Happy Hippy Mom

That's this week 3 can't wait til next weeks Featured Friday 3

Some Good News 6/18

I love to enter too! So Fun, check back for more good news today:) Right on this post.

One Savvy Mom @ 1 Lucky Reader will win a 8'x7' Frame-It-All sandbox w/cover from Hayneedle! giveaway ends at 12pm PST JUNE 18, 2010. OPEN TO U.S RESIDENTS ONLY


The Mom Impression also has a this 24 package of Cottonelle toilet paper and a $50 Target Gift Card. Giveaway will end at midnight on June 30. Winner will be picked from Random.org. 
Open to US residents only.

Networking Witches:
06/20/10 Give Dads Feet Some Comfort With Crocs

Networking Witches:
06/20/10 PearlParadise.com Pearl Necklace Giveaway *US & Canada*

Networking Witches:
06/20/10 FantasyJewelryBox Helping You Find The Perfect Father’s Day Gift Giveaway

Networking Witches:
06/20/10 Visioneer RoadWarrior Portable Scanner Giveaway

Networking Witches:
07/20/10 Oreck Platinum Pilot Vacuum With 360 Degree Glide Giveaway

Step2 Gather & Grille Playhouse @ Minnesota Mama's Must Haves Open to Continental US only. Giveaway ends June 28th at 11:59pm

I love the Safari & the Papagayo collections at Guidecraft, well heck I love a lot of Guidecraft products. The Mom's Impression is giving a way a Papagayo Table & Chair Set. This giveaway is open to US and Canada and will end at midnight on June 25.

Love more Guidecraft, head over to Emmys Boos and Rawrs for a chance to win a guidecraft pirate table and chairs. This giveaway is open to the US and will end June 20th at noon EST.

$20,000

Thanks to Mommy PR for sharing this information below. I hope you will help out Dreamcatchers and vote. Tell you what, if you vote, let me know and you can have 3 entries into one of my contests. Just say "I help Dreamcatchers" when entering



Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is now in the top 50 for Chase Giving. They can still win at least $20,000 if they stay above 200. But to win the big money ($250K), then need to come in 1st. Either way, we are extremely happy to get the funding they need. Will you take a moment and help? Can you simply tweet the link below, and vote on Facebook. Its one click. One click could help raise more awareness on child abuse.

If you can
Please tweet!
@abusedchildren is #35 in the top 200 #chasegiving. Pls help by voting so they win at least 20k #charity #childabuse http://bit.ly/bRC4ds

Fun Follow Friday 6/18

Simply Stacie & My Wee View Are wonderful bloggers & hosts for Fun Follow Friday, have fun, link up, and blog hop.

Friendly Friday 6/18

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Thank you to our Wonderful Sponsors of Friendly Friday.

Xenia at Thanks, Mail Carrier

Christi at Frugal Novice

Charla at Healthy Home Blog

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Follow & leave a comment.
Make sure to be friendly and return the favor:)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Bad News & Good News 6/17

BAD NEWS:

It's hot in the south, the thermometer read 113 Monday, misery! Bad weather too. Noticed the house was not cooling good, husband winds up going under the house to check the vents. A rat had gnawed holes in the vents and one dropped on the ground. He said it was cool under the house until he fixed it.

So, the dryer stopped working during this time too. We buy a new one, not my idea. I have an impatient husband. It's the belt broke on the old one, that's what my dad says. He says he can fix it reckon I sell it or have a spare one.

Good News:

How would you like to win a Step 2 Play Up Double Slide Climber @ A Busy Mommy? open to residents of the US and Canada and will close at 11:59pm on June 25th 2010.

The First Years True Fit Rebound Convertible Car Seat is one of the many fantastic giveaways at A Mom's Impression. This contest ends @ midnight on June 20.

Granny Loves Gift Baskets Review & Giveaways took the plunge an moved over to word press. Losing comments in the move and now get her groove back and navigating through word press. She has some awesome giveaways going on for Sony Cyber-shot Digital Still Camera, it ends when she reaches 250 amount of followers. Currently at 238.

No Time Mommy has the perfect gift for dad. I know my husband would love the Hanes Shirts, head on over to $50 gift card before 6/18.

feel free to check back today as I add some more fantastic giveaways.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

It came by my house yesterday, we were spared from any damages.



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Monday, June 14, 2010

Ravensburger Wow Giveaway


I've just found about about Ravenburger. I thought I would share with my readers about puzzleballs, family games, creative kits, and Wow adventure set and vehicles. So many interesting product from Ravenburger like the Puzzleballs, "These look amazing." 5 different sizes available starting with 60 piece and up to 960 piece Puzzleballs. Puzzleballs such as Twilight series puzzles, dragons, kittens, maps, and more.

Ravensburger also have a large assortment of children and family games to aid in learning and fun. All Ravensburger products can help your family beat the heat and boredom, look around and plan a family game night.

Creative kits for beading and drawing, will be plenty of entertainment for children. Smaller children can enjoy the benefits of the Wow Toy adventure sets and vehicles.



Thanks to Ravensburger for being a sponsor of Carefree Days of Summer Event. Ravenburger will give one of my readers a Ravensburger WOW Mix n Fix Mike .

RULES:
Contest closes 11:59pm Eastern July 6, 2010
Open US & winner has 48 hrs to respond to my email
Leave your email in to post or available in profile, I will not search for it
MUST complete Mandatory Entry. Winner will be chosen by random org. Entries that does not follow the rules will not win.

Mandatory Entry is to visit Ravensburger and tell me what other product you love.

Entry should look something like this or basically be detailed:

Wow Mix n Fix Mike @ http://www.ravensburger.com

OR

Mix n Fix Mike blue & red dump truck.


********EXTRA ENTRIES***********

*Blog about the giveaway linking Ravensburger
& Life Is A SandCastle (5entries)
*Follow Life Is A SandCastle via Google Friend Connect
*Follow @lifesandcastle on twitter & tweet(2 times per day)
*Become my face book fan.
*Subscribe to my blog by email. (2 entries)
*Enter Night Owl Mama or I Like It Frantic giveaways one entry for each you enter.
*Add the May to Play Button to your blog

Disclosure: Please note this giveaway was presented by Ravensburger & Grand Communications & I received no product to review, but wanted to share information and a giveaway with my readers. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

All Terrain Review & Giveaway



Back in 2007, fishing at the river and pregnant the mosquitoes were terrible along the banks. In the boat they didn't bite so bad, and aware of how dangerous deet was, I used store products that didn't contain deet. Those products fell short and I was still becoming a buffet for mosquitoes.

Needless to say I wanted to take my son fishing and I did not want to use dangerous products on him. So our fishing became limited. I wish I had known All Terrain then.



This week we ventured out to a wooded fishing hole with both children. I applied All Terrain, it has a strong cintrella smell in case your sensitive to smells. Guess What? We never got a mosquito bite. We saw mosquitoes swarming, it was like they didn't believe was was going on. All Terrain insect repellent seriously works and is natural. I can handle the smell as long as we are outside.

Using this product you can be sure you are not harming your children and the environment with harsh chemicals. All Terrain insect repellent comes in a handy flat spray bottle that fits nicely into your shirt or pants pocket.

So we had the opportunity to test the All Terrain antiseptic gel also, we did get to test it the same day we went fishing, my son fell skinning his hand. I asked him did it hurt of burn when I applied it? He said, no. It had no strong smell and it didn't bother him, all good in my book:)

We also, are in the process of trying the All Terrain Sunscreens. So far so good, it comes spray bottle, that I love. It's not sticky, pasty, or gloppy. I don't smell any strong smell from it which is a very good thing, we have sensitive sinuses.

All in all, All Terrain Products have met my expectations of products I would like my family to use and met our needs. I love that they don't test on animals and are using natural materials.


Thanks to All Terrain for being a sponsor of our Carefree Days of Summer Event. All Terrain will give one of my readers a All Terrain insect repellent, sunscreen, & antiseptic.

RULES:
Contest closes 11:59pm Eastern July 6, 2010
Open US & winner has 48 hrs to respond to my email
Leave your email in to post or available in profile, I will not search for it
MUST complete Mandatory Entry. Winner will be chosen by random org. Entries that does not follow the rules will not win.

Mandatory Entry is to visit All Terrain and tell me what other product you love or fact about the company.


********EXTRA ENTRIES***********

*Blog about the giveaway linking All Terrain
& Life Is A SandCastle (5entries)
*Follow Life Is A SandCastle via Google Friend Connect
*subscribe to All Terrain Blog (2 entries)
*Follow @Guidecraft @lifesandcastle on twitter & tweet(2 times per day)
*Become my face book fan.
*Become a All Terrain facebook fan.
*Subscribe to my blog by email. (2 entries)
*Enter Night Owl Mama or I Like It Frantic giveaways one entry for each you enter.
*Add the Carefree Days Of Summer Button to your blog

Disclosure: Please note this giveaway was presented by All Terrain & I received samples to review. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Featured Friday 3


I want to give recognition to 3 of my favorite blogs. Each week I will name 3 special sites to visit. These sites contain ladies of wisdom, tips, fun, content and old fashion hospitality I like to visit.

Following on facebook or twitter also, you will be glad you did.

Country Mouse City Mouse
Happily Southern
A Mom's Balancing Act


That's this week 3 can't wait til next weeks Featured Friday 3

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Ready for Overload

1. NO BLOGGER- I just went fishing! It turnout to be a great trip and my son caught a lot of fish. We experimented with ALL Terrain insect repellents and other products from their line.

2. I think I just seen horror images when I looked at photos of the 2010 CMT Music Awards. I love country music, but seriously some of the styles they sported should be on What Not to Wear. I just seen 70's, 80's,& 90's clash & splash and puck.


3. Thanks to an Animal Rescue Group- A kitten was helped in our town. The kitten was abused by a group of people. It's mouth had to be sewn up and surgery from blockage in it stomach. Don't even want to get me started about people who hurt animals.

4. I must go through my posts and add water marks to my photos unless I want it stolen. Learn about this from Trisha @ Mom Dot, you should definitely go read this here.

5. Own the brighter side, we have a big trip planned to see Curious George Live. I know my boys will love this.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Winner!!!!!!!

Winner of the Funrise Strong Arm Dump Truck

Friday, June 4, 2010

Featured Friday 3


This week I'm running in behind but, I want to give recognition to 3 of my favorite blogs. I fell alseep, getting the kids to sleep:) Each week I will name 3 special sites to visit. These sites contain ladies of wisdom, tips, fun, content and old fashion hospitality I like to visit.

Following on facebook or twitter also, you will be glad you did.

The Chronicles of a Veteran Kindergarten Teacher
Family Ties and Growing Pains
Night Owl Mama


That's this week 3 can't wait til next weeks Featured Friday 3

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Friendly Friday

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Thank you to our Wonderful Sponsors of Friendly Friday.

Xenia at Thanks, Mail Carrier

Christi at Frugal Novice

Charla at Healthy Home Blog

Link up & find new friends.
Follow & leave a comment.
Make sure to be friendly and return the favor:)

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Nacho Mama Tees Giveaway



Shirts are being added to Nacho Mama Tees, these shirts are alittle more out of the normal apparel than the traditional shirts at the sister site Crazy Dog Shirts. Some of the shirts are more graphic and more suited to an adult shopper.

Nacho Mama Tees shirts that are computer inspired..


I personally like the A-Team Shirt and reminds me of back years ago watch that show with my dad. We had a good time hanging out and laughing at that crazy Murdock on there. So seeing this particular shirt brought back memories. Perhaps you will find one that will make you smile too. Nacho Mama Tees would make an great Father's Day Gift.

Nacho Mama Tees also have some that are hero inspired.


Then the ones that are little more "Well You Get The Picture."


We would like to thank Nacho Mama Tees for being part of the Carefree Days of Summer Event. Nacho Mama Tees also offered a giveaway to one of my readers a Shirt of Choice.


RULES: Contest closes 11:59pm Eastern June 26, 2010 Open US and winner has 48 hrs to respond to my email. Leave your email in post or available in profile, I will not search for it MUST complete Mandatory Entry. Winner will be chosen by random org. Entries that does not follow the rules will not win.

Mandatory Entry is to visit Nacho Mama Tees and tell me which shirt you love.

Entry should look something like one of these with details:

I like the A Team Shirts @ www.nachomamatees.com

OR

I like the Freedom Black Boys Short Sleeve Shirts, flag on the front and black sleeves.

********EXTRA ENTRIES***********

*Blog about the giveaway linking Nacho Mama Tees & Life Is A SandCastle (5entries)
*Follow Life Is A SandCastle via Google Friend Connect
*Follow @CrazyDogTShirts & @lifesandcastle on twitter & tweet(twice daily 2 entries each)
*Become my face book fan.
*Become a face book fan of Crazy Dog TShirts.
* Sign up for CrazyDog TShirts Email
*Subscribe to my blog by email. (2 entries, must be confirmed)
*Enter any giveaway I have or Night Owl Mama or I Like It Frantic giveaways one entry for each you enter.
*Add the Carefree Days of Summer Button to your blog
*Add the Regular Button to your blog

Disclosure: Please note this giveaway was presented by Nacho Mama Tees & Shirt was sent to my family to try. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own.

CafePress Clock Giveaway


CafePress has the latest graphics and styles available for print. Shirts, aprons, mugs, totes, and more products can be purchased already designed and you also have the option to create customized personalized gifts. That's right add a image of your choice to make a gift truly unique and special.




I had the opportunity to review a clock from CafePress and decide to go with a ready made design of the Jungle Safari Wall Clock. This design is perfect in my oldest son jungle themed room. He loves it and hopefully will understand to read the time on it soon. He likes it anyhow and thinks it is cool. I actually think it is cool that CafePress has such a nice selection.

We would like to thank CafePress for being part of the Carefree Days of Summer Event. CafePress also offered a giveaway to one of my readers a clock of choice.


RULES: Contest closes 11:59pm Eastern June 26, 2010 Open US & Canada amp; winner has 48 hrs to respond to my email. Leave your email in post or available in profile, I will not search for it MUST complete Mandatory Entry. Winner will be chosen by random org. Entries that does not follow the rules will not win.

Mandatory Entry is to visit CafePress and tell me which clock design of your choice.

Entry should look something like one of these with details:

I like the Jungle Safari Wall Clock @ http://www.cafepress.com/+jungle_safari_wall_clock,407452865

OR

I like the Jungle Safari Wall Clock with dark green color, monkey, giraffe, and Zebra on the front.

********EXTRA ENTRIES***********

*Blog about the giveaway linking CafePress & Life Is A SandCastle (5entries)
*Follow Life Is A SandCastle via Google Friend Connect
*Follow @cafepress & @lifesandcastle on twitter & tweet(twice daily 2 entries each)
*Become my face book fan.
*Become a fan of CafePress on facebook.
*Subscribe to my blog by email. (2 entries, must be confirmed)
*Enter any giveaway I have or Night Owl Mama or I Like It Frantic giveaways one entry for each you enter.
*Add the Carefree Days of Summer Button to your blog
*Add my Regular Button to your blog

Disclosure: Please note this giveaway was presented by CafePress & my family reviewed a clock of choice. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Wordless Wednesday



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Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Sun Protection Zone SunSkinz Giveaway



What was the first item that was taken to the beach with my family. This sporty Sun Protection Zone SunSkinz shirt to protect my little ones delicate skin. Risk of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers can result from exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun. One Million people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year. Recently my grandmother included, but luckily it not the really bad kind. She said, "You know, we never worried about stuff like that."

Knowing better now, you know it's hard to limit the amount of time your child wants to be outside, so the best method is using sun wear protection to better protect our children's skin. It does not wash off, it's breathable, and dries fast. Sun Protection Zone also carry adult sun protection clothing and hats.

We would like to thank Sun Protection Zone for being part of the Carefree Days of Summer Event and helping to making protecting children's skin easier and more effective. Sun Protection Zone also offered a giveaway to one of my readers a sun protection SunSkinz shirt.


RULES: Contest closes 11:59pm Eastern June 26, 2010 Open US amp; winner has 48 hrs to respond to my email. Leave your email in post or available in profile, I will not search for it MUST complete Mandatory Entry. Winner will be chosen by random org. Entries that does not follow the rules will not win.

Mandatory Entry is to visit Sun Protection Zone and tell me which design and shirt you love.

Entry should look something like one of these with details:

I like the Freedom Black Boys Short Sleeve Shirts @ http://store.sunprotectionzone.com/product_p/boys%20short%20sleeve.htm

OR

I like the Freedom Black Boys Short Sleeve Shirts, flag on the front and black sleeves.

********EXTRA ENTRIES***********

*Blog about the giveaway linking Sun Protection Zone & Life Is A SandCastle (5entries)
*Follow Life Is A SandCastle via Google Friend Connect
*Follow @sunprotectzone & @lifesandcastle on twitter & tweet(twice daily 2 entries each)
*Become my face book fan.
*Subscribe to my blog by email. (2 entries, must be confirmed)
*Enter any giveaway I have or Night Owl Mama or I Like It Frantic giveaways one entry for each you enter.
*Add the Carefree Days of Summer Button to your blog
*Add the Regular Button to your blog

Disclosure: Please note this giveaway was presented by Sun Protection Zone & Child Sun Protection Shirt was sent to my family to try. I did not receive any other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Winners!!

Congrats!! to 3 winners & thanks to everyone for entering.
Giveaways still open:
Guidecraft Safari Bookshelf 6/27
Funrise Tonka Strong Arm Dump Truck 6/5