Saturday, October 30, 2010

You Can Subscribe to My Blog Now!!!


I have finally added FeedBurner to my blog! Finally! (You can find it on my sidebar)!
So now you can subscribe to "Preparing For Our Children's Future"!

Look forward to having some subscribers! ;)

Friday, October 29, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide/Blog Events Linky! (Link Your Holiday button!)

I have been collecting Holiday Gift Guide and Event buttons and posting them on my sidebar along with the blog buttons of the host! So far I have found about 30! But I know there are tons more out there!

So please link your blog here if you are hosting a Holiday Gift Guide/blog event!!!
This linky will be open till Dec. 5th.

And if you are offering extra entries to people who post your event button, please leave a comment to let us know!! =)

"Fun Family Fridays" (Link your Giveaways!)!

Hey blog friends!

With all the Christmas Giveaways starting Soon, I am going to try to have my Friday giveaway linky up!

I have one Fun, Family giveaway going on right now!
Enter HERE for a chance to win Your choice of a great EcoFriendly Food Wrap from Moja Creations Etsy Shop! Giveaway ends Nov. 8th and the entries are Low!
Hope you will link up your giveaways, or giveaways you have entered, and leave me a comment!
Thanks! And God bless your weekend!

This week's Poll! Elections 2010!

Hope you will leave a comment after you vote in this weeks poll!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kiddies Corner Deals 2010 Hoilday Picks!!

KiddiesCorner Deals

I have been looking for blogs with Christmas Giveaways and I have found a line up at Kiddies Corner Deals!

Right now, if you hurry to her blog, before Oct. 3oth. , and grab her
Holiday Picks button (pictured above) and put it on your sidebar, you can get 3 extra entries into all of the Kiddies Corner Deals holiday giveaways and blog for another 5 extra entries!

You can click the "2010 Holiday Picks" tab at the top of Kiddies Corner Deals blog for the sponsers and new sponsors as she adds them!

Kiddies Corner Deals

Monday, October 25, 2010

CSN Stores Review Is............A Hamilton Beach...........(Read post!)

I know it has been a long while since I told you about the "Le creuset" cookware at CSN Stores and that I was going to do a product review with CSN Stores! Well, I am finally able to get my sick computer to run long enough for me to post my review! Yippee!

If you follow my blog, you know that I love CSN Stores! With over 200 stores to shop from, you can find just about Everything for your family, home, yard, gifts, etc! I love the store! So when i was offered a review for CSN Stores, that is where I headed!

What caught my eye this time?

A Hamilton Beach Convection Counter top Oven!!!!!!!!!!!

Husband and I had talked about getting a toaster oven. Our microwave had broke a while back and I was having to use the electric stove oven to warm things up! Ugh! Husband didn't want to get a new microwave at the time and I am not crazy about microwaves anyway, so it was a great choice for our family!

I was very excited when the oven came and I could start using it!

First I have to tell you that I give it 5 stars and love it! if you need or want a toaster oven, this Hamilton Beach is the One to get!!!!

Here are the Features listed on CSN Stores:
"•Extra-large toaster oven (6 - 8 slices) with convection
•User-friendly control knobs
•Adjustable temperature up to 450 degrees F
•2-Hour timer with auto shut-off
•Slide-out crumb tray
•2 Racks, 2 baking pans, broil grid, and user manual with recipes included
•1-Year limited warranty"

My review:

It is very easy to clean! You can wipe it down fast, and the trays & racks slide right out and can be washed in the dish washer! There is a bottom tray that you can slide out and wash off, if you have a spill or just need to clean it out.

Now to how great it cooks!

I have baked and heated up just about everything in my toaster oven!

Here is a list and some pictures to give you an idea of what YOU can bake/cook/heat in this toaster oven, if you get one!!

Baked chicken (seen in picture below)!

A Lot of cornbread! And several apple pies!

Here is another picture of the cornbread and apple pies, and there are two pans of brownies in the oven!

This picture is my favorite so far!!! YUM! The brownies up close in the oven! =)

I have also made my granola in the Hamilton Beach convention oven!
Other things include:
baked steak,
baked potatoes,
baked "blooming" onion,
smoked sausage,
mini pizzas,
& biscuits
to name a few!

And as I said I heat everything in it like a microwave!

Oh, and did I mention toast?
You can fit 6 big slices of toast on each tray! So this little oven can sit on your counter and not take up too much space (a little more square and not as wide as our old microwave), yet it can bake a lot of food at one time!

I highly recommend this pretty convention/toaster oven for your kitchen! And it will make a good gift for mom, grandma, sister, or just about anyone!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Watercolors By Arlene Faye Winner!!

And the winner to the Watercolors by Arlene Faye Giveaway is..........

According to True Random Number Generator:

Result: 9

(from the 11 qualified comments)
Comment 9 is......

Kelly said...
"I follow you on google friend connect."

Congratulations Kelly!!
Winner has confirmed.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Boo Boo Zoo Giveaway @ At The Fence!!!

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Another one of my favorite blogs is having a really Neat giveaway!

Actually she has been having a "Fall Festival" on her blog with lots of great giveaways! You can check them all out on her blog, "At The Fence"!

But I mainly wanted to post about the Boo Boo Zoo giveaway!

I love Etsy shops, as you know, and I think that Boo Boo Zoo is one of the best! She has the cutest warmers for aches and pains! Being cold natured, I LOVE warmers! =) And I know I lot of people who suffer from back pain and other aches and pains, so this is my kind of Etsy shop for Christmas gifts! Plus the prices are good for me!

Right now you can enter the giveaway "At The Fence" and get a chance to win an item of your choice from Boo Boo Zoo!!!

Giveaway ends Nov. 2nd!

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Whimsy Couture Girl's Romper Winner!!!

And the winner to the Whimsy Couture Girl's Romper Pattern Giveaway is..........

According to True Random Number Generator:

Result: 14

(from the 17 qualified comments)
Comment 14 is......

twifanheather said...
"I tweeted! "

Congratulations twifanheather!!
Winner has confirmed.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wholly Guacamole Giveaway @ Freebies & Much More!

Freebies and Much More

I love food giveaways! And Coupon giveaways!!

I also love guacamole!!! So when I found the Wholly Guacamole Giveaway at Freebies and Much More's "Organic or Bust" blog event, I had to check it out and enter! Yum! Giveaway ends Nov. 1st!

Wholly Guacamole is also having a Big event! You can visit the Homegating Headquarters (brought to you by Eat to check out the great coupons, rebates and tips!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Pink Princess Giveaway @ Familylicious!!

Familylicious Reviews

One of my favorite blogs, Familylicious, is having a Pink Princess Giveaway!
I have just recently introduced to Pink Princess thru blogging, and they have the most beautiful dress up clothes for children!

I would love to win the $25 gift certificate giveaway at Familylicious, to get my girls a pretty dress to wear! Giveaway ends Nov. 7th!

Most of our girls clothes are from second-hand stores and they have not had a brand new, special occasion dress, since the oldest was little!
I love blue and think it looks good on the girls, so I would love to get them a dress like the "Blue Sparkling Tulle Dress" pictured below!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

CSN Stores $45 Giveaway @ "Is There A...?"

Is There A Bathroom On This Ship?

"Is There a Bathroom on this Ship?" Lol! Good blog name for a mom blogger! Lol!

And right now she has a great giveaway!

Enter HERE for a chance to win $45 to CSN Stores!!

Giveaway Ends Oct. 30th!!

CSN Stores $50 Giveaway @ Giveaways & More!!


"Giveaways & More" is a really neat blog! I like the pretty cupcakes on her blog! And she has great giveaways!

Right now, "Giveaways & More" is having a giveaway with CSN Stores! Enter HERE for a chance to win a $50 gift certificate to CSN Stores!

Giveaway ends Oct. 31st!!

CSN Stores $65 Giveaway @Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby!

Bullfrogs & Butterflies

You know I like the CSN Stores, and would love to do some Christmas shopping at CSN Stores! So I was delighted when I found a new blog today with a great CSN Stores giveaway!

One "Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby" reader will win a $65 gift certificate to CSN Stores!!!

Giveaway Ends Oct. 31st.

Progresso Soup Giveaway @ Mommy Katie!!


Well, It is getting to be the time of year for eating soups again! Yum!

So how about a Progresso Soup Giveaway?

Visit Mommy Katie's for your chance to win a great Progresso prize pack!

Giveaway ends Nov. 3rd!

EcoMom Giveaway @ Mommy Katie!!


New EcoMom giveaway at Mommy Katie's!!!

One lucky Mommy Katie reader will win a $15 gift card to use at!! Yippee!

Giveaway Ends Nov. 3rd!

This Week's Poll! (New Feature!) Jesus and Tolerance?

Would love for you to vote on my poll!
Please leave a comment letting me know your thoughts about the poll too!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Flowerz In Her Hair Giveaway @ Heavenly Savings!!


I love "Fowerz In Her Hair"!! They have such beautiful and fun hair pieces! My girls would love them, and my sister would love them for her little girl too! Oh, and I would love some for the grandbaby as well! =) Good place to Christmas shop, no doubt!!

Right now you can go to Heavenly Savings and enter to win a $20.00 E-Certificate to Flowerz in Her Hair!!! Wow! You can get a lot of hair pieces for $20!!!

Giveaway ends Nov. 1st!

Soda Stream Giveaway @ Heavenly Savings!!


Have you seen the Soda Stream? I have seen them on tons of blogs! Lots of reviews and giveaways for them, but till now, I have not entered a giveaway! Thought it would be a good try for a Christmas gift though! And the Soda Stream is really neat!

Check out the review and giveaway at Heavenly Savings!

Giveaway ends Oct. 27th!

Funky Monkey Snacks Giveaway @ Heavenly Savings!!


I love snacks and I love fruit! I usually do not get fresh fruit very often though. If you are like me, you need to stock up on dried fruit!!!

So when I saw the Funky Monkey Snacks giveaway at Heavenly Savings, I had to check it out and yes, I would love to try their snacks!!!

Enter HERE for your chance to win!

Hurry though! The Giveaway ends Oct. 22nd!

Zak Designs Giveaway @ Heavenly Savings


Zak Designs has some Really Neat dishes! There are so many of them that I would love to collect for our kitchen!

My girls would just love some of the characters on the children's dish sets!

Right now, you can enter to win a Zak designs, children's character set at Heavenly Savings!!! How fun!

Giveaway ends Oct. 27th!

Hooked On Phonics giveaway @ Heavenly Savings!!


I would love to get a Hooked On Phonics set for our kids! The oldest loves to read already, but I think she would love this and hope it will be a good encouragement for when the youngest starts to learn!

Enter the giveaway at Heavenly Savings, where one lucky winner will get a Hooked On Phonics Master Level!!!!

Giveaway ends Oct. 25th!

SweetPea Beauty Gift Pack Giveaway @ Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports!!

A while back I saw the new Veggie Tales dvd, "The Sweetpea Beauty" in a magazine!! How cute! I think my girls would love it, since they love Veggie Tales and Princesses!!!!
So I was very excited to see that "Energizer Bunny's Mommy Reports" (one of my favorite blogs!) is having a Sweetpea Beauty Gift Pack Giveaway! Yipppeeee!!! Not only could you win the dvd, but also a cd and Devotional!
Giveaway ends Oct. 30th!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Tammy's Funky Flowers Giveaway @ Heavenly Savings!!


I was not a girly-girl growing up, but I love dressing my girls up and finding pretty clothes and hair bows for them! So when I saw this giveaway on Heavenly Savings, I had to enter! =) Follow this link to enter for a chance to win!
"Tammy's Funky Flowers giveaway at Heavenly Savings"
Giveaway ends Oct. 26th!

Tammy's Funky Flowers are just beautiful! It is hard to say which is my favorite!

Pink Princess Giveaway @Heavenly Savings!!


I just found an amazing giveaway!

Heavenly Savings has giveaway with Pink Princess! Pink Princess has the pretty little girls dresses, hair pieces, etc!

I love the "Pink/Brown Bubble Taffeta Floral Print Dress" (below)! It cost $34. But if you enter the giveaway at Heavenly Savings, you could get it half price! Wow!

CSN Stores Giveaway @ Three Boys And An old Lady!

3 Boys 1 Lady
Found another new blog with tons of great giveaways!
Three Boys and an Old lady has a giveaway for $45 to CSN Stores! Yippee! More Christmas shopping! Enter HERE for your chance to win!

Smiley Cookies Giveaway @Heavenly Savings!!


Have you heard of Smiley Cookie?
I had not! But they look like a lot of fun! I like the Birthday sets! Would be yummy served with a hot drink this autumn!
Heavenly Savings is having a giveaway with Smiley Cookies!
Giveaway ends Oct. 27th!
Check out her other giveaways while you are there!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

CSN Stores Giveaway @ Mommy2TwoGirls !!

A CSN Stores giveaway! YIPPEE! I love CSN Stores! They have everything you need for Christmas shopping!
Since Christmas looks tight for us, I entered the CSN Stores giveaway at Mommy 2 Two Girls!! A great blog! Check it out! And enter some giveaways!

Kidorable giveaway @ Mommy Katie!

Okay, you know I like Kidorable! Lol! Would love to win a umbrella for my girls! =)

Mommy Katie has a giveaway for a Kidorable umbrella! Yippee! Giveaway ends Oct. 24th!


1-800-Flowers Giveaway @ Mommy Katie!!

Have you ordered from 1-800-Flowers? I have sent several bouquets to my Grandpa and some to my Grama! They have really loved them and say they are just beautiful bouquets!

Well, right now, Mommy Katie has a giveaway with 1-800-Flowers! So hurry over and check it out!


Kidorable Giveaway @ Retro Housewife!!

Have you seen the Kidorable umbrellas? They are so cute! I love the rain coats and boots too! Hope I can get some for my girls sometime! They would love them! Right now I entered a Kidorable umbrella giveaway at Retro Housewife!

A CSN Stores Giveaway @Adventures in Abby Land!

I found a new blog and she has a CSN Stores giveaway! What could be better? Lol! Maybe more giveaways?
Visit her blog, to enter for your chance to win a $35 gift certificate to CSN stores and check out her other giveaways while you are there!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Nestle Toll House giveaway @ A Mom's Balancing Act!

I have not had Nestle's chocolate chips in a long time!!!! But I am looking forward to Holiday baking! Hope to have some Nestle's then!! Yippee!

Right now you can enter the giveaway at A Mom's Balancing Act and maybe you will be one of the FIVE lucky readers to win a coupon for a free package of Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough! Yum!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Willow Creek Studios baby Memory blanket Giveaway @The Coupon Scoop!

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I love baby clothes! Who doesn't? And baby blankets! So how would you like to have a memory blanket made from one of your children's baby clothes? Wow!
Visit The Coupon Scoop and Enter to win a

Willow Creek Studios gift certificate good for one 32x32 baby memory blanket!

Eco Mom Giveaway @ The Coupon Scoop!

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Have you heard of Eco Mom? I really like them! They have a great site and sell a lot of neat products!
A while back I got some Melissa & Doug stamp sets for my girls and they love them!
I just entered a giveaway at "The Coupon Scoop" for a $15 gift certificate to Eco Mom! yippee! Maybe I can do some Christmas shopping with this!?

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Stellarocco shirts Giveaway @ The Coupon Scoop!

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The Coupon Scoop has a giveaway with Stellarocco! They have some nice shirts! And right now Stellarocco is giving away 2 shirts to 2 lucky readers of The Coupon Scoop!!! Yippee!

I really need some new shirts, so this would be great!

Enter for a chance to win at The Coupon Scoop's Stellarocco Giveaway!

Personalized My Fairytale Books Giveaway @ The Coupon Scoop!

The Coupon Scoop Button
The Coupon Scoop has a neat children's book giveaway!

"My Fairytale Books" is giving away 3 Personalized Books to 3 different readers of The Coupon Scoop!

How neat! My daughter loves to read and they would love to read about/hear about themselves in a book!

To enter for a chance to win, visit The Coupon Scoop's My Fairytale books giveaway!

Petcakes Giveaway @ The Coupon Scoop!

The Coupon Scoop Button
I found a new giveaway blog!!! Yippee! It is "The Coupon Scoop"! She has tons of giveaways going on right now!

One is the Petcakes giveaway! These are such adorable little toys! My girls would Love them!

I think "Nutty Nicky" the squirrel is too cute! plus it reminds me of my good friend! ;)
So hurry on over to the Petcakes giveaway on "The Coupon Scoop" and enter for a chance to win 2 Petcakes!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Making Noodles Info

I have been interested and getting a noodle maker and start making our own noodles. Sure noodles are cheap, but so is the water, flour & eggs you use to make them!
Plus, you know me, I want to know how to do this stuff, just in case you cannot buy it someday, and so I can teach my children how to do it! =)

My computer is still acting up on me, but I have managed to find some interesting info on making noodles, so thought I would have to post it!
If you make noodles, have a machine to make noodles, have some recipes, or tips, please share them! Love ya'lls comments!

First, from a place called "Scientific Psychic" (sounds like a site my husband would like!), I found some great educational things on noodles!
Visit this link:
How can you make noodles?
to read the whole article and see the pictures and follow links to learn and find more!

Here is a piece of the article:

"Noodles consist basically of flour and water.


•2 cups flour
•1/2 cup water
Egg noodles are made by using two eggs plus enough water to make 1/2 cup instead of the plain water.

A stiff dough is prepared from flour and water. Knead the dough thoroughly, cover with plastic, and allow it to rest for 20 minutes. The resting time allows the flour to absorb water uniformly and makes the dough more pliable and easier to handle. Flatten the dough with a rolling pin and make a sheet 1mm thick (the thickness of a U.S. penny). Dust with flour to prevent sticking, as necessary. Roll the sheet into a log, and cut slices of the width desired for the noodles. A pasta machine, such as the one illustrated here, can be used to roll and cut the dough evenly. When using this type of pasta machine, the dough must not be too wet, otherwise it will stick in the machine. Once you have rolled the sheets, it may be necessary to let them air dry for about 10 minutes to be able to cut them properly. The drying time will vary depending on the humidity of the air and the amount of moisture in the dough. If the dough is too moist, the noodles will tend to clump together. The noodles may be air dried by draping them on plastic coat hangers or a Pasta Drying Rack for several hours, or they may be refrigerated for use at a later time."

Want to know "How to make Ravioli, Dumplings, and Pierogi"?

Here is the link to that too!

Makes me hungry for ravioli and tortellini just looking at the recipes! YUM!

This blog tells how to make egg noodles in a food processor!
"Real Homemade Cooking: Noodles From Scratch"

Last but not least, the noodle maker that I would like to try!
"CucinaPro 178 Fresh Pasta Set"

You can get it on Amazon for $70. Guess that is a pretty good deal, since you can make spaghetti, fettuccini, angel hair, ravioli and lasagnette with it!

Here is a picture of it below:

Also "The Complete Book of Pasta and Noodles" on Amazon, looks really good too!

Maybe I will get a noodle maker soon!

Hey, my birthday and Christmas are coming up!!!!!!!! Hint! Hint!

Happy Noodle making!


SoftBums Mystery Event! Going on Right now! Lots of Prizes!

I do not have a baby in diapers right now, but I do have a young neice, and several friends expecting! Besides, I like getting things and being prepared! =) So cloth diapers are something I am always checking online, and seeing if they have come out with the best cloth diaper yet!

While blog hopping today, I found out about the SoftBums Mystery Event! It sounds and looks like tons of fun! Plus I think the Softbums Omni diaper looks like it may be close to the best cloth diaper yet! =) Anyways, I am going to try to remember them for future use! ;) Lord, willing!!

You should check out the Softbums Mystery Event, and enter at least some of the 100+ blogs particapating in the huge prize giveaways!
Never may win an iPad, Amazon Gift Card worth $50, or SoftBums Mystery Omni!!!

I Love Cloth Diapers

Monday, October 4, 2010

Kids In the Kitchen Cookbook winner!!

The winner of the "Kids In The Kitchen" Gooseberry Patch Coookbook is.......

According to True Random Number Generator:

Result: 34

Comment 34:

Joshlin said...
"I follow your blog."

Congratulations Joslin! Hope you and your children have fun in the kitchen cooking together!