Shelly's Bits and Pieces: August 2009

Saturday, August 29, 2009

$500 Walmart Your Zone Room Makeover Giveaway at Organize with Sandy

I couldn't help myself when I stopped by http://www.organizewithsandy.com
They are giving away a Walmart $500 GC to parents of kids ages 8-17 to completely remake their bedroom. You need to stop by her blog to enter the giveaway. Please keep this in mind: "You must agree to spend the $500 to redo the bedroom if you win. I would like a before and after picture that I can post on my site."--per Sandy's blog!

You have lots of ways to enter, and if you have a child 8-17, you'd be crazy not to stop by and enter! Ally is keeping her fingers crossed that we win, because she HATES her room! Thanks for reading and best of luck!

Monday, August 24, 2009

Back to School...Growing up too fast!

Well, tomorrow my baby goes back to school. I know that lots of you have babies that are much younger than mine, but regardless...she's still my baby.
Tomorrow she starts middle school. When we went for orientation last week, we found out her bus schedule and she informed me that she would be riding the bus this year, both to and from school. I think that is cool, and it will save us money, BUT...she informed me that it also meant the FIRST day of school as well. This will be the first time I've ever missed having the opportunity to watch her go into school, into a new school year. I loved being able to have our last few minutes together, getting a goodbye kiss, and telling how proud I am of her. I know. I know. Get a grip already! I am trying! In the morning, I'll make her breakfast, tell her how proud I am of her, kiss her goodbye, and watch her walk up to the bus stop...and I'm sure I'll shed at least a few tears! My baby is growing up, but at least she is still mine!

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Lands' End Twitter Party Aug. 20 8-10 pm EST


Join Lands' End for an awesome Back-to-School Twitter Party!

Lands' End hosts will be available to answer back-to-school shopping questions and the party will feature more than 20 product giveaways from co-hosts, 5minutesformom.com.

Date: Thursday, August 20th
Time: 8:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. EST
Location: #landsend

Save the date and log-on to Twitter for an evening of shopping tips, socializing and great giveaways!

Want to enter for a chance to win a back-to-school wardrobe ($250 Lands' End gift card)?
Here's how in three easy steps:

1. Create a Fantasy Backpack at Packland - Simply visit Lands' End's Packland at www.landsend.com/packland, create a fantasy backpack and post it to your blog before August 20, 2009.
2. Promote the Lands' End Back-to-School Twitter Party - Don't forget to promote the Back-to-School Party on your blog before August 20, 2009.
3. Send a Link - To be entered for a chance to win, you must send a link to your post to kira.gutknecht@landsend.com

Don't forget to get your entries in! One winner will be chosen randomly and contacted by Lands' End on August 21, 2009!

My daughter, Ally made a bag. Her creation is shown at top of post.

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Eden Fantasys GC Giveaway @ annies home

Ever feel like your love life could use some spice? Well, why not check out Eden Fantasys. They have a large assortment of adult goodies and dress-up clothes! Drop by Annie's home http://shopannies.blogspot.com/2009/08/eden-fantasys-giveaway.html
and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Eden Fantasys. You never know what kind of things you can find to treat yourself and your significant other! The giveaway ends Aug. 29, 2009. Remember, you can't win if you don't enter!

Monday, August 3, 2009

CLUE:Harry Potter Edition Giveaway at She Scribes

As a kid, I loved playing board games. Although my personal favorites were Scrabble, Monopoly, Trouble, Sorry, and Mystery Date, I loved to play my brother in Clue. He never paid attention to the clues, he just guessed something different everytime. On a rare occasion he would win, but most of the time, I won...I loved being a winner. Over at She Scribes, she is giving away a Harry Potter version of Clue. Go over to enter the giveaway and bring back family game night!
http://shescribes.blogspot.com/2009/07/harry-potter-clue-game-giveaway.html

Win a Silver Charm Bracelet at She Scribes

I have always had a "thing" about charm bracelets. As a child, I was fascinated by the ones I saw ladies wearing. My grandmother bought me one once, and a playmate took it home with her and I never got it back. I wanted one for years and I still do not have one, so when I came across the giveaway She Scribes was holding, I HAD to enter it! She is giving away a silver charm bracelet from charmfactory.com. You have the chance to win a bracelet with 8 charms that you pick yourself! I'm entering, and I also bookmarked Charm Factory...guess what is going on my Christmas list!!!

Wizards of Waverly Place CD Giveaway @ She Scribes

If you're like me and you have a Tween who loves the Wizards of Waverly Place, make sure you go over to http://shescribes.blogspot.com/2009/08/wizards-of-waverly-place-giveaway.html and enter their giveaway. The Wizards Of Waverly Place is a very family friendly TV show on the Disney Channel and I'm sure this CD will be a hit with your tweens and other kids too! I know that this Mama will enjoy it with my daughter!

Random Thoughts

With a new school year just 3 weeks away, I'm already starting to feel a little sad that our summer is over and that my daughter will be heading back to school. My baby starts middle school this year, and I know that she'll be fine academically, but I honestly worry about her safety there. I have heard horror stories about that middle school! I tried to get her in the charter school, but we ended up toward the end of the waiting list...ugh! I could home school her, and I will if safety becomes an issue, but I feel she needs to be around other kids. It's a vicious circle! Anyone else have similar feelings, or am I the only one?