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Saturday, June 13, 2009

Small Talk 6 : DIY Brag


This weeks Small Talk 6 ( a meme which can be found over at the blog MomDot) theme is DIY Brag

Here are the 6 things that I can say that I did



  • Created a craft that was raved by many for vbs last summer can't wait to see where I will be located this year

  • Made cupcake creation and saved money for my daughters 17th birthday

  • Made graduation cakes with my daughter which was great fun to make

  • Won state grand champion with flowers that I grew one year when I was kid in 4H

  • learned how to make something besides chicken and fried potato's which is what we had primarily our first year of marriage (man it was a long year)

  • Helped both my daughters create scrapbooks that they cherish and take everywhere with them

What are your 6 DIY brags? List them at MomDot or head over there to see what others are doing

Manhattan Toy review and giveaway


Manhattan Toy Company the company that creates great quality toys that children love. Manhattan Toy Company pioneered the way into modern day toys. Using non traditional cloth and introducing a great new way into soft toys. I share a main concept with the Manhattan Toy Company being that learning through play is fun and a great way to learn. Play is essential in the life of a child and helps build cognitive, emotional and social development and helps to build imagination skills.


The Manhattan Toy carries brands that are as familiar to us as Whoozit and Dr. Seuss as well as 500 original product designs. The one thing that Manhattan Toy Company makes sure that all the product are is safe. Safety is one guide point that the Manhattan Toy Company strives to top all rules and guidelines set down by the government.


Manhattan toy company starts out catering to the very young. We received the great activity book Find The Bear. It is so soft to touch and fun to read my granddaughter at the age of 9 months loves to feel the pages while I read it and my nephew at the age of 3 loves to have it read to him as he lifts the various flaps and looks for Mr. Bear.





But as my granddaughter grows the Manhattan Toy Company will continue to travel with her. I would love to get her this princess doll when she is the appropriate age to play with it. Since she is our little princess this would make a great pal to her in my opinion.






If you would love to buy a great Manhattan Toy for the child in your life Please visit the Manhattan Toy Company website or head over to this link http://www.manhattantoy.com/dealer_locator.php and find out where the closest store to you is located


Win: One of Annies Home readers will win the same activity book that I received.

To win: Follow this link and sign up for the Manhattan Toy newsletter http://nct.digitalriver.com/0120/index_mail.html

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Contest starts now and will run through July 2, 2009. Please remember (1) every entry deserves its own comment (2) email has to be located either on comment or blog (3) Contest open to U.S. residents only

Saturday 9

1. What was your favorite active game as a child?

four square but also played softball and basketball

2. What was your favorite board game as a child?

Uncle wiggleys corner was a game my mom loved to play my dad would play games all the time with us it was so fun

3. Tell us about a friend you played these games with in your youth.

my cousin Jim who later became a black jack dealer in Las Vegas

4. What is your favorite card game?

canasta

5. What board games do you enjoy now?

whats a gal to do is a good one but we have over 20 games that we play all the time

6. Do you play video games? Which ones?

yes did since they came out and still do oh the old ones like donkey kong, pacman and now the newer sports games are among my favorites

7. Tell us about the friends you play games with now.

family mainly

8. Do you play any sports now?

not really coached a bit here and there for church groups etc...

9. What’s your favorite sport to watch?

not big on sports but would say basketball or in real life football when my son is playing

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PaperDoll Store Review and Giveaway

When I was a young girl I would play paperdolls on my mothers living room floor for hours. This was always tons of fun. I always loved this time of being able to choose which outfit to place on my doll. I have always loved to pick and choose fun lovely outfits and paperdolls will always be an early memory of mine. That is when I found the great PaperDoll store. Oh it brought back memories of an early happiness of when it was fun to be young and free. When I saw what the PaperDoll held in the store I was very pleased. If you want the freedom to design your own invitations, stationery, place cards, recipe cards, birth announcement, and the list goes on and on as long as your mind can imagine it. Of course if you do not feel led to create your own there are many creations that you can choose among.
We received some circular address stickers like the one above. I was impressed because the sticker looked so impressive. I have always admired how my grandmothers letters looked as she took pride in appearances. The great appearance of the paperdoll store stickers on the envelopes I send out not only impress me but my children, the postman and many receivers of my letters. Thank you PaperDoll Store for allowing me to be proud of the mail that I send out because of your special address stickers.


Products that are sold at the PaperDoll store include stationary, address stickers, birth announcements, invitations, notepads, recipe cards and the list goes on and on.


Buy: you may buy these great products directly off of the PaperDoll Store website or you may visit this link to find an online or retail store near you.http://www.thepaperdollstore.com/find_retailer.php

Win: One of Annies Home readers will win a $25 gc from the PaperDoll Store.

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Then Sings My Soul Meme




As you listen to these words think back to a time when you were so close to God you could reach and touch him. If that is you right now then that is wonderful you know how this love feels. If you are not as close as you once were then take time look back think about what has gotten in your way. What stands between you and your Lord that is wanting to wrap his arms around you and hold you so tightly. If you are reading this and you have never felt the feeling of being loved by our Lord Jesus realize he has loved you since you were created and he is waiting for you to confess your love as well. He is so wonderful Jesus paid it all and when we think life is getting us down just take a step back and realize that Jesus is there for us and always will be.

Snack and Play Tray by Starkids


As many of you know my grand baby travels quite a little bit with her parents. This often makes her a fussy little baby since sitting for so long does not allow her to play or to share a snack. These problems are resolved with the ease of the Snack and Play Tray by Starkids. How wonderful for her it is to be able to have a snack on her little crackers without having to worry about not dropping them or to have all of her toys close by without worrying about them rolling away. I must say thank you StarKids for allowing my granddaughter to be able to enjoy her journeys as much as her mom and dad do.

Upon arrival of the product I thought this is so cool the rim of the tray allows for no bend without hard pressure. Perfect for what my grand baby needs to hold on so that they toys do not easily fall off and the snacks do not roll off. The snack and play tray by starkids is the perfect fit for her car seat as it surrounds the car seat forming sort of a desk. She did not seem to mind it and I believe rather liked it. The ease is also for the parents as there is no work in getting the tray to go on or take off. The day that we tried the Snack and Play Tray we were in and out of the car allot and it was no problem with the tray. We did learn that all though there are clip closures on both sides if we undid just the one by the door and swing it over to the seat area then undid the strap for the car seat we could easily place her back in the same way. Another great reason that I loved the Snack and Play Tray by Starkids was because it was cleanable simply with a mild soap and water. Great for a toddler on the go. We were not able to try it on her stroller since we used the umbrella stroller but I can see the great ease of use it would be with the great side pockets that could carry needed items such as juice cup or bottle, keys for mom or dad as well as any needed toys, or other supplies. Yes to me the Snack and Play tray by Starkids is a very worthwhile product.



















visit this link http://www.starkidsproducts.com/wheretobuy.php to see where you can buy a Snack and Play Tray by Starkids for your little one.

Friday, June 12, 2009

friday fill in

1. I grew up thinking the world was a safe place and nothing bad would ever happen

2.Whale Tales Tortilla Chips was the last website I was at before coming here.

3. Why don't you leave me a comment

4. music helps me relax.

5. Thanks for the good times I have had.

6. Sometimes things people say can be very off-putting.

7. And as for the weekend, tonight I'm looking forward to sleep, tomorrow my plans include laundry and blogging and Sunday, I want to go to the church picnic and have a great time

To play along go here!

Whale Tails Tortilla Chips








Are you a chip and dip type of person? If so you may be like me and like a chip that will hold up the dip so that when you take a bite the dip stays on the chip and does not fall in your lap. Oh man the stories I could share with you about this. Let me tell you about a chip that I have tested recently that I truly think has the shape and strength to hold up any dip you may want it to. Whale Tails Torilla Chips are the chips that I refer to these delicious, crunchy chips witha tail at the end are the perfect chip in my opinion for dipping.




The story behind these Whale Tails Tortilla Chips goes something like this. A surfer guy and his gal had been surfing all day and an attack of the hungries was fast approaching. They did not share alot of money between them but scratched up enough to buy a bag of tortilla chips and some guacomole dip. As they shared the snack a great song about a whale came on the radio and exactly at that point in time the guacomole fell off the chip and landed square in that cassette. At that point in time the couple entered into a path of thought of how to make a better chip while drawing awareness to the plight of the whales. Thus in the end the Whale Tails Chips were created.




Can you tell from the chip on the left and the whale tail on the right where the name Whale Tails Tortilla Chips came from? I believe you can.
Whale Tails Chips stay busy with not only making this great tasting dip chip but also giving back to the original cause. They work hard for ocean conservation, support the group surfriders group that strives to keep the beaches clean and strives to help educate others about ocean conservation, as well as several other great groups involved in educationing, protecting and sharing with others about whales and the great ocean. By visiting the Whale Tails Chips website you can read about all the activities that they are involved in.
Buy: you can order online or you may be able to find the great dipping chips at a store near you. You can check here to see if there is a shop that sells the Whale Tails Chips near you by following this link http://whaletailschips.com/where_to_buy.html The price of these chips that give back are a great value to me and are sold online in bundles so that you can feed a bunch or save some for later.

Friday 5: Eat and Drink Version

1.What’s something you will not eat unless you also have ketchup?
2.What’s something you will not drink unless it is served on ice cubes?
3.What’s something you will not eat unless it is served between slices of bread?
4.What’s something you will not drink unless you have a straw?
5.What’s something else you will not eat except under very specific circumstances?

1. hotdogs
2. don't use ice alot
3. now this sounds like my oldest son who makes sandwiches out of everything I myself can take bread or leave it
4. never use straws
5. I am not a picky eater ask one of my children, now they are picky

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Andean Collection Review and information










The Andean Collection is a fair trade company that creates beautiful jewelry while upholding socially conscious policies. Artisians in South America from poor communities of Peru and Ecuador create a piece of beauty to sell and in return get a bit more of what they need for their families. Profit from the jewelry goes not only to the artisians their selves but part goes to the community as well. To find out more about the Andean Connection you can visit this link
http://www.theandeancollection.com/




Now that you know a bit of the background may I travel forward and tell you about the beautiful, colorful jewelry that these special ladies make. Oh the colorful braclet that I received from these ladies reminded me of a glorious day and a necklace that I received from my grandmother many years ago. The Andean Collection carries the flair of the past and the way of the Andean people. Using materials such as acai berries that have recently gained in popularity in the U.S. for their antioxidant , pambil, a palm essential to the culture of Ecuador: and huayruro, a naturally red sead used by peruvians for generations and thought to bring good luck. The seeds are used to create beautiful jewelry that are durable and offer an alternative to the synthetic beads that are seen quite often in today's jewelry.

The great look of the Andean Collection is only topped by the great price of these wonderful pieces. Not only does the great pieces assure you a look like no other but also the great feeling inside that you know that you are helping the Andean People and a price that pleases your pocket as well.

To buy any of these great products and to find out more about the wonderful Andean Collection visit the website located here. http://www.theandeancollection.com

Friday Fragments: June 12, 2009



Man do I have alot to share with you all this week lets begin with>>>>




  • past weekend was a blast how great it was to get away from home and spend time with my daughter and her family. My teens did very well at home as well. This is great as I now have a feeling they are getting older and maturing This always places a smile on a mothers face.


  • hubby has a thing for cartoon glasses. you know the kind that the restraunts used to use for promotions. Well we had quite a few and after last weekend we have even more. This is great as they make my husband very happy. Guess what I found on ebay for him. A set of cartoon glasses from Happy Days, man talk about great finds and I will be giving them to him as part of his fathers day.


  • We are restoring a 1978 van, can you believe it is vintage. We will be taking it to car shows etc.... We love it and it is the type that the old surfers would have used. I will post pictures of the guys working on it one day. That is when they allow me to


What's going on in your life? Well share them and let me know or read others over at the blog Half Past Kissin' Time also shared at the blog Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Grilling Goodness June 12, 2009

1. What's the heaviest thing in your purse?

2. Do you mostly use cash or debit/credit cards?

3. Do you cut your hair shorter in the summer or pull it up a lot?

4. Do you like your man scruffy or clean shaven?

5. What have your children done/said to embarass you lately?

6. Do you use plug-in type air fresheners around the house?

7. Do you have any interest in the NBA or NHL finals? (Do you even know who's competing?)

8. What is weighing heavily on your mind lately?

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1. my digital camera

2. both don't like to keep alot of cash on hand so use debit cards or hit the bank first

3. cut it shorter usually have not had the time this year so pulling it up

4. I either like him in full beard or shaven I know granddaughter prefers full beard she used to be scared of him when he shaved LOL

5. no real telling they are teenagers so they do things all the time

6. in bathroom and kitchen

7. know whos competing have sons but I have no real interest

8. right now upcoming birthdays and son leaving for college

want to read more grilling goodness or share yours head over here

Zebra Mix Review and Giveaway UPDATE

ZEBRA MIX

All of you know that I am a big activist for learning through hands on or play. I have recently found a wonderful company that is making this in the kitchen as well. Zebra Mix is the only company that I have found to come out with mixes designed to teach lessons in the kitchen. Allowing our children to expore in the kitchen allows them to gain confidence in their selves. Following traditional recipes or using the ever popular mixes from the supermarket did not function well for young children and often left behind huge messes. Leading to the downcline of allowing the child to cook in the kitchen. Now with Zebra mixes the mess can be limited and the lessons in the kitchen can be taught. In school the lessons of math, reading and science are all taught. What if I told you that the Zebra mixes can help your child learn such lessons in a fun way with a bonus great taste in the end for all. Sound great? Does to me.

The adventure that you will take with your child or they will take alone if old enough will start out with a safari baking map. Cool huh a read adventure upon the cooking trail. The great map allows your child to use the side that his knowledge and talent is on. Using the Zebra Mix advenutre map will take them on a trail of word games, math and science adventures and lead them upon the line of creating a wonderful treasure.

Want to know one of the best parts about the Zebra Mix? They use only organic ingredients. YEAH!!!!!!!!! Good and fun while using the best ingredients available. There are currently 3 different mixes available at this time (1) chocolate cake mix (2) brownie bites and (3) zebra cupcake and icing kit. All three of which sound great and would place a smile on your childs face and on yours for the fun they will have, lesson they will learn and knowledge that they are made of great ingredients. At $5.99 a kit how can you afford to say no to such a great product?
If you are looking for a gift for a special little baker in training you should check out the wonderful activity totes. All totes include the choice of mix, apron, and other needed supplies. Just think of the fun you could have with all these great goodies.



Buy: You can purchase any of the zebra mixes you can head over to the store site here http://www.zebramix.com/store/?fbid=J9AsykaRxKU For a short period of time if you purchase a mix you can get a apron for free if you are interested in this leave me a comment and I will email you the coupon code




Win: Yes Yes you can win a zebra mix tote of your own.

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Contest starts today and will run through July 2, 2009 Have fun and remember (1) entries deserve own comments (2) email must be where I can find it if you should win so I can contact you.

Focus Friday June 12

Focus Friday


Last weekend was one spent on self and this weekend is one that will be spent for God. I need to prepare for special Sunday school lesson. Before that I have an early meeting for Sunday school teachers. This is a weekly monthly meeting. We also will have a great time at the church picnic this Sunday. The kids will play ball and have tons of fun.

What is your focus on this Friday? Share it or read others at the blog Thrifty & Chic Mom

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Nature Paradise Review and Giveaway



Nature Paradise is one of the greatest best smelling resources that I have ever found. They are wonderful for the little one creating a scent that smells delicious. When the package from Nature Paradise arrived we opened it and immediately the fresh smell of coconut came ringing out. Oh it smelled so good.

Nature Paradise products have been created with the guidelines of the USDA in mind. The Nature Paradise products are 100% chemical free. Not only is this what mothers and grandmothers look for but exactly what Nature Paradise creators strives for. I love the fact that the ingredients in Nature Paradise products are organic. The Shea butter, coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, apple cider, safflower oil, and others are all organic product used in the Nature Paradise products. If you are interested in finding out more information about the great organic ingredients Nature Paradise has created a page just for that. You can follow this link and read all about the great organic ingredients http://www.naturesparadiseorganics.com/ourorganicingredients.html

We received a gift basket of the baby products and was able to rest assure that the products were made with no pesticides, parabens, artificial ingredients, fragrances, nuts or animal products. We loved the body wash pump it was so easy to use and smelled so delicious. The lotion we received was as equally great smelling and went on smooth as touch. We have to say that the products we received were the best smelling that we had used on our granddaughter. We had no breakouts which have occurred from using other products. So the Nature Paradise products are keepers in our opinion.

Buy: You can purchase the Nature Paradise products by visiting here to find a list of retailers or you can order directly off of the Nature Paradise website. Save 15% when you use coupon code shopannies

Win: Nature Paradise would love to give one of Annies Home readers the same gift basket that I received filled with wonderful baby products.

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Contest starts now and runs through July 2, 2009. Please remember email location should be where I can find it as well as each entry dissevers each comment. Good Luck

Cowboy Beans







Recipe For CowBoy Beans



1 can pinto beans
1 can Great Northern beans
1 can green lima beans
1 can chili beans
1 can kidney beans
1 can ranch style beans
1 onion, chopped
1 bell pepper, chopped
1 lb. ground beef
1 1/4 c. BBQ sauce

Drain the beans, combine in crockpot. Mix in onion and bell pepper. Brown ground beef and drain. Place on top of beans. DO NOT STIR. Top with BBQ sauce. DO NOT STIR. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour and turn to low and cook for at least 1 more hour. Stir well before serving. (Can be left on low all day instead of high and low for 2 hours).






This is a great camp recipe since we have an RV we have electricity and thus a plug in for the crockpot. This is also a great recipe for fall/winter because it is filling






for more great recipes visit the great blog Life As Mom I also listed this over at the blog 3 sides of crazy as well as the blog Organize with Sandy for share my recipe sunday also listed at the blog I am Blissfully Domestic

Crazy Dog Tee Giveaway





With six teenagers in my house one needs to have a great sense of humor. You never know what they will do and if you don't share their sense of humor then it will drive one nuts. Crazy dog T-shirts help offer that sense of humor through great t-shirts. For example look at these:




Win: Crazy Dog T shirts would love to offer one of Annies Home Readers the chance to win a great tee of their choice.

How to win: visit The Crazy Dog T Shirt website and let me know what tee you would choose and what size you would want it in (this will be the tee you win if you are the lucky winner)

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Thankful Thursday 6/11

Thankful Thursday finds me at a wonderful place in life today. Oh how I feel at this time that I am on the mountain top. We are out of the valley and things just seem to go right. My teens have been doing allot of the cooking and cleaning. How wonderful little complaints from one in particular (the baby) but mainly they just are doing great volunteering. I feel blessed today to have such children as the lord has provided me.




Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

For more thankful Thursday visit the blog Women Taking A Stand

Tropical Traditions





I was so lucky recently to recieve a sample of Tropical Traditions coconut oil along with a great cookbook that showed me exactly how to use this new to me product. Let me tell you there were some great recipes in that book. From desserts to dips with everything in between being there as well. Want to try some Tropical Traditions for yourself? Then head over to the Tropical Traditions website and check it out. There are lots of contest and discounts you wont want to miss out on.

Kid Safe Ink Tattoos Review and giveaway




Have you ever been in a large crowd with a little child? I have and I know that my grasp grows tightly around that child's wrist or if they are small enough I wrap my arms around them for safety. Now there is one more safety technique out there that I find and love. The Kid Safe Ink Tattoos will help your child get in contact with you if they would by chance get by their selves. I remember how the loud speaker at the grocery store would ring out a name some one has lost their mommy. Oh this terrifies the child and the parent. With Kid Safe Ink the parents number is attached to the child in a manner that can not be easily lost. Perhaps creating less of an impact on the child and parent in case an incident would happen.


Kid Safe Ink Tattoos are fun and easy to use for both the parent and child. The customized look and the phone number on the tat ensures that the child is only a phone call away. Simply instruct your child if they become lost to simply find someone who can make a call for them. Imagine a less stressful vacation for both the child and parent by using Kid Safe Ink Tattoos.




From the Kid Safe Ink Tattoos:



How to use
1. Pick a spot that people can see, or that your child can easily show. Try the forearm or shoulder; the shin is a great spot for kids in shorts!
2. Make sure the area is free of all bug sprays, and lotions.
3. Remove plastic backing, and press the sticky side of the tattoo against the clean skin.
4. Thoroughly wet a wash cloth or sponge and hold it against the back of the tattoo for approximately 30 seconds. The paper will peel off easily.
5. Allow the tattoo to dry completely before touching it, swimming or covering it with clothing (should be about 5 minutes).
6. You're done! Now you can enjoy your day with a little piece of mind!


For less than $1 a tattoo you can give yourself peace of mind by purchasing the Kid Safe Ink Tattoos. Piece of mind and a child safe is worth much more to me.





Win a set of tatoos for your child. Yes that is right one of Annies Home readers will win a pack of safety tats for their child.


How to win: head over to Kid Safe Ink and tell me what your favorite tatoo style is


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I also listed this at Diaper Diaries for things I love

Thrifty Thursday

Thrifty Thursday is a meme where we can share all the great tips and finds. This past weekend was so fun it was a time where me and my husband went on a sort of shopping spree together. We have not did this for a long time. We found some wonderful items but sorry to say we forgot the camera. Next time I will remember it for sure. Here are a few items that we found
  • cartoon glasses that hubby collects we found several of these (the thrift store that we visited had 1/2 price on everything this was great)
  • a little raggedy andy I have lots of annies but not as many andies so when I can find him I grab him up
  • a toy kitchen set for granddaughter for $5 (at garage sale)
  • several items for sunday school room
  • tea set vintage cups, saucers, pot whole set $10 (will be resold to make more money to rummage)
  • old 1970 glass dis (just realized that was the year I was born and now it is like antique man am I in trouble LOL)

that is just a few of the great finds too bad I forgot the camera but we had a great time and plan to do it again. Thrifty shopping quick and fun without spending alot of money

For more thrifty thursday visit the blog Tales from Bloggeritaville

Fairytale Brownies Review and Giveaway









We were recently treated to Fairytale Brownies. What a treat and ooohhhh so goood. We received a delicious dozen that tasted great. We examined every brownie as they came out of the box. So many different flavors were available. I have six children and believe me each of them found a favorite flavor that they loved. These brownies were not small but were large and each brownie was enough for two servings.







These marvelous fairy tale brownies got their start sixteen years ago. The Fairytale brownies company owners have been best of friends since elementary school. Brownies as we all know are loved by most kids and since forming a friendship the duo knew they wanted to sell brownies. The duo that bake and sell these fairy tale brownies use a old favorite recipe and bake them by hand in an oven. What other company can say that. Perhaps that is why they taste so good a little bit of friendship and love is baked into each of these great fairytale brownies.










Whatever the reason for the celebration or time of year fairytale brownies have just what you are looking for. Birthdays, graduation, celebrations, anniversary's, whatever, there is a fairytale brownie to help make the occasion special. So for some great tasting snacks purchase some fairytale brownies.



Win: One of Annies Home lucky readers will recieve a dozen of the great brownies.



To Win: you must head over to the FairyTale Brownies website and tell me what brownie you would love to try



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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Wordfilled Wednesday

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I love this verse because it says that he knows each of us before we were born on a personal level. He created us to be the person he meant for us to be
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Grandparents Gift Co. Review






I found a lovely site that helps us celebrate being grandparents. The website is theGrandparentGiftco.com Oh what a site it is from frames that celebrate everyday events to other items that celebrate the special events that happen in your child or grandchild's life.




The founder of Grandparents Gift is a mother of four named Teri who decided to create a gift company after the first poem she wrote titled Grandma's Heart touched those who read it so deeply she knew she had the talent. Teri writes every poem herself. I love the one she created that was placed on the frame that I received. The name of the poem is What Are Grandparents Made Of. It was stylishly done and next to the poem sits a picture of my beautiful granddaughter. The beauty of the poem shining with the beauty of my little princess touches my heart each time I see it.


The poem to the right was written for a father who has a grown child. Like me and you a poem that celebrates the great times that we have had like our grandfather


To find that special fathers day gift for your father, grandfather or perhaps a new father check out the great items at Grandparents Gifts Co.


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Pam's Pantry Review



Pam's Pantry creates delicious dip mixes, dressings and spreads. With all the picnics, summer outings and potlucks coming up everyone will be looking for a simple way to create delicious dishes to take for all to enjoy. In many cases it is not just to enjoy but to also impress. Pam's Pantry makes that easy and saves you time when creating top of the line dishes that will be loved by all.

Pam's Pantry is a small home based business that located in the heart of central Michigan. With a line of gourmet dips, dressings spreads, cheesecake mixes, bar-B-Qs and picklers. Let me tell you when our package arrived from Pam's Pantry the aroma that rose out of that box was delicious. Oh it truly smelled like my grandmothers spice cabinet. I can remember what goodies grandma would make and I see the potential of what I could make by using the great mixes at Pam's Pantry. Delicious is what I say. Rest assured there are no preservatives or fillers. Started out of desperation and a little bit of scared and apprehensive Pam's Pantry was created to help fulfill the household income by creating delicious mixes that others love.


Here is a Delicious recipe that is created by using one of Pam's Pantry mixes and adding in just a few more items you end up with a delicious dessert.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Cream Pie

1 Pam's Pantry Chocolate Cream Pie mix
1 cup favorite peanut butter (smooth is best!)
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 8 oz cream cheese
1 8 oz cool whip
1 Ready to Bake pie crust

Follow package directions for baking pie crust. Soften cream cheese in microwave for 1 minute on high. Stir in Pam's Pantry Chocolate Cream Pie Mix, and stir in container of cool whip. Combine peanut butter and powdered sugar. Pat the peanut butter/sugar mixture into bottom of baked pie crust, spoon the Chocolate Cream Pie Mix into pie shell, refrigerate, slice and serve.

We received a dream sickle dip mix that we will be taking to the church picnic. What do you think those church kitchen ladies will think of that. It won't take me much time or money to create and it will taste so good thanks to Pam's Pantry. Thank you.

Talk about a great deal. Each of Pam's Pantry Review mixes are only $3.75 per mix. This to me is a great deal. Take a look and see what all is available to you. Many of these dip mixes saves us money, time and allows us to save money as well. Just think about all those times you will need a cool dip to take to a picnic or surprise guest pop in. I am not sure about you but I love to have a great barbq in the summer and Pam's Pantry would be a featured guest that everyone would be interested in.

Pam's Pantry knows that there are many people who have food allergies that is why a page devoted to just those with food allergies was created. Visit this link to see that page
http://www.pamspantry.net/allergy_special_diet.html

Buy: Pam's Pantry products can be ordered online or found at craft fairs (there is a list of craft fairs on the Pam's Pantry website)

Tip: quick slice of those little tomatoes




This is a little tip that I learned by watching T.V. Yes you can learn things when you watch t.v. Actually I was watching Rachael Ray. I learned a lesson on how to slice those little cherry or grape tomatoes. The tip is to line them all up on a deli container lid (you could also use cottage cheese lid) no crowding. Then top with a second lid of same size. Now the trick is to slice through the tomatoes while slightly pressing on the top lid to keep in place. One swift move and they are all sliced. now what do you think of that. I personally thought it was great




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O Yikes! Review and Giveaway




Today's world is traveling faster than it did in the past. Whether we are going to school, church, work, daycare or many other various places we need to take along items to use. We could all use a great bag to keep those items in. O Yikes! sells lots of lovely bags one of which you may fall in love with as well.


I love the O Yikes! bags because they do not look like the old fashioned diaper bags of yesterday. Instead they take on the look of a more useful backpack style. With pockets on the outside to keep items such as sippy cups in arms reach and zipped pouches to keep items of importance separated so that they can easily be found. O Yikes! seems to have thought of everything.




O Yikes! has a bag that will take you from school to work, from daycare to home and the best part is each of the bags are very nice. The versatile colors and stylish function allows these bags to help you look good even on your busiest day.

O Yikes! bags were created out of necessity when the creator of the bags could not find a functional bag that fit her busy life. The requirement of such a bag was not only look and function ability but also needed to be durable, versatile, and organized. With the knowledge that young parents life style needs to fit in time with the children in between business meetings and soccer practice for the older child the O Yikes! bags were created. In fact the company was named O Yikes! when her young son who earned the nickname Yai which meant naughty because he was so active he found himself in trouble. The funny thing is the nickname had morphed and grew to "O Yikes!" because the bags are meant for active lives.

Buy: You can buy the great bags on the O Yikes Internet website here

I have a newborn onesie that "O Yikes" has sent me this onesie will be sent to one of Annies Home readers. All you have to do is leave a comment saying that you want it. Contest ends July 1, 2009