Friday, December 19, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Zachariah enjoyed this DVD with the funny penguin. It puts me in mind of the Shaun the Sheep DVD that we viewed not long before. There is little to no talking going on, and it is really silly comedy. But I believe it is fun for the target audience of children ages 2-8.
Would you like to win this DVD for a child in your life? Lucky you, I have one to give away. To enter just leave a comment telling me your favorite winter sport (mine is probably figure skating- to watch and not participate in). Make sure that I have a valid e-mail address, so I can contact you when you win. If you'd like a second entry, just link to this contest on your blog and come leave another comment (that counts for the second entry). The contest will end Friday, December 19th at 11:00 PM EST.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I could get a cool pair of shoes that would look great on Matt (see above- Bandon Shoe WP: pinecone), or I could get Zachariah the most rockin' pair of toddler sneakers (below- Targhee: dark gull gray/old gold).
But let's be honest. I won this prize, so it's going to be all about me! I don't very often do nice things for myself, and this is my chance. (below- Wasatch Crest WP: cloud blue/lunar rock)
I could get myself some shoes or a bag (see the cute one above or check out the other neat ones on their site). But I truly need some new shoes. (below- Ventura Suede: pinecone)
Most of the time I wear tennis shoes. Nothing fancy, just some Sketchers I picked up on sale. I have worn my current pair day in and day out for two years now. They are due for replacement soon. (below- Targhee II: charcoal/warm olive)
But let's be real. I truly want a pair of cute shoes just because! I was looking to replace a pair of black, chunky, dressy/casual shoes anyway, so I think that's more of what I'm leaning towards.
And here's where you come in. I need your help to decide.
These (below- Calistoga: Orion Blue) are so adorable! I love the style, and I really like the blue. Problem is that for Christmas my mom ordered me a pair of shoes from Land's End that are blue.
So that makes me think about these black ones with the little flowery things. Cute cute cute! I think these are my second place choice right now (below- Calistoga: black).
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
I just won Jen at Absolutely Bananas' Keen shoe giveaway!!!
I can't see it in the link for that post, but if you go to her main page and scroll down to the giveaway you can see the picture of the shoe I said I liked. I don't know yet if that's what I'll choose. There are so many options. I can tell you it will definitely be a shoe I get. And it will be just for me. I need a new pair of shoes anyway, and I was already thinking about using my gift card to get some. But now I can use that money for other things.
To be honest, I was just talking to my husband about winning this. The Keen's shoes are so nice. I don't think I've ever owned a pair of shoes so nice. Right now I'm wearing tennis shoes that are 2 years old and starting to come apart (but they still work), and I wear them every day. And the only other pair of shoes that I really have are black dressy ones I wear to church and other nicer events, and I just found out that they are falling apart and that's why they were hurting my feet.
So help me out here. What should I pick from Keen? I can pick anything from their website! Whew, I can see that I'm going to spend hours online tonight picking out the right shoe.
Monday, December 15, 2008
Staff Christmas luncheon & gift exchange - check
Ingredients for Christmas goodies - check
Child's Christmas presents hidden - check
Internet shopping done & delivered - check
Things yet to do:
*Bake cookies, candies, goodies
*Matt's staff Christmas luncheon (what to make)
*Small group Christmas potluck (not for another week)
*Wrap Christmas gifts
*Get yarn for baby blankets that need crocheted soon!
*Get new toddler bed from my sister's house
*Post new DVD reviews/giveaways (so far behind)
*Post 10 more times before the end of the year to reach 500th post goal
OK, so my to do list is longer than my finished list. Well, as much as I can think of. I have gotten a lot more done, but those are the big things.
Now a question for you. Say that you received an early Christmas gift. It's a prepaid Visa card for $100. You can do whatever you want with it. What would YOU spend it on?? (I rarely have spending money like this, especially this much at once.)
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
And after I read that, I knew that I had the perfect reason to enter. This is not something that I’ve discussed in much length here on my blog, but I will have to in order to fully explain what this gift of computers could mean for me.
Many of my readers/friends here know that I do some tutoring. Actually what I do is tutor for an after-school program at a low-income housing complex. I have been working at the after-school program (ASP) for four years now.
The families at this site are low-income (or no income, as I’ve been surprised to learn that many of them are) and they must meet guidelines in order to come live there. Then our center runs different programs for the residents there. There is a GED program that happens during the day. There are computers available for people taking online courses or looking for jobs. And the biggest thing we do is the ASP that I am involved in.
We currently have about 30 students, grade K-6 (the older kids go to an off-site program that is very similar). This is the largest group that we’ve had since I started there over 4 years ago. We have a LOT of kids. They come right to us when they get off the buses from school. Then we help them with their homework, feed them a snack, and have other fun activities for them.
The other helpers there include a center director, an ASP coordinator, two group leaders, two college student helpers, and a reading tutor (me). I am on staff as a licensed teacher to help with literacy for our students. I help with homework (as does everyone else), then I also work one-on-one with students to enhance reading skills, comprehension, etc.
We all enjoy working with the children. These are kids from broken families. They don’t have much, usually. We know they get free lunch at school (all our kids are applicable for that) and a snack from us, but beyond that who knows if they eat much at home. Many of the parents only do what they have to do with these kids to help them get by. They sometimes let them wander in and out as they please. We know that we are many times the only support, caring, and love that those kids get in a day.
We use what we have for the ASP. That’s pretty much our motto. But seeing this giveaway made me very excited that I could help our center out. We will soon be moving into a newly remodeled room (small, but nice, and complete with offices for our directors) that all of us will be in together again. I would love to give these directors and students this computer equipment to be about to do work and homework better. We do have some laptops, but the truth is they are all outdated and seeing some wear. The directors don’t have their own computers. The ones they did have were old and not working well. They are currently using the laptops intended for the children, which gives us a fewer computers to use for the kids.
If I won this contest, I would give the majority of the prize straight to the center. I know that our directors and students would be blessed so much with these computers. This is something that we desperately need and can’t afford. We are financed by local grants and over the last few years those have become smaller and smaller. We’re lucky that we have what we do. Just think of all the things that the students can do with brand new computers and other equipment.
Honestly, this isn’t something that we need here at home. We could use a new printer (and I’d be tempted to keep one of the computers), but the rest of the prize would go to help everyone at the center.
P.S. The contest closed several hours after I submitted this entry. Unfortunately I didn't win. Maybe next time.
The lucky winner for The Christmas Toy DVD is................ #4...
Sarah at No Whey, Mama! Congrats!
Sarah, I already have your address, so I will have that sent right out to you. Enjoy!
Please come back for more reviews and giveaways. I have some that I need to do soon. I had anticipated doing more last week, but some other things came up that kept me off of the computer (surprise house guest for 2 days, Christmas caroling in the freezing cold, church meetings, etc.). So I'm trying to catch up on everything this week. Bear with me please.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Also, sometime soon I need to host another Pay it Forward contest. I won 2 other contests that I never posted. Oops. Well, I should be able to get to those soon too.