Back to School Giveaway Event: @PandasInt #Giveaway

Do your kids have a passion for anything? Our middle daughter, has a soft spot in her heart for Panda's. She loves them and collects them and worries about them becoming extinct. One of her dreams is to visit China and see the Pandas living in their natural environment. At one point she had a dream to ride a panda. LOL! Anyways, when looking for Back to School items and panda themes, I literally stumbled across Pandas International. In case you are wondering, yes, they are a non-profit organization with a great mission! (The following is taken directly from their website)   "The Giant Panda, one of the most delightful and captivating of animals, is also one of the most endangered. The best scientific estimates place the number of wild pandas at approximately 1,600. In 1999, after a trip to China and the Wolong Panda Center, the sight and plight of the Giant Panda made such a dramatic impression on Suzanne Braden and Diane Rees that upon returning to the United States, … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: @LunchboxDotCom

When you have kiddos in school packing lunches can consume quite a bit of your time. Having a good lunch box is essential for the school year. I was pleased with the selection I found available at I was able to choose a lunchbox to review and I selected the Hardliner. The blue divider is removable if you do not need it. If you do want it, you can easily store grapes on one side and a sandwich on the other. or something similar. My husband takes a lunch to work 6 days a week. It has to stay cold in the elements and be quick and easy for him to eat on the run. Typically he wants a wrap, dressing to dip it in and a drink. I fit that all in plus room for an ice pack! The model of the Hardliner I received has a very small zipper pocket on the outside for slipping in a napkin or fork. But, is giving one reader a Hardliner and that lunchbox already has an improvement! The one the winner will receive will have an expandable outside pocket to allow … [Read more...]

Back to School #Giveaway Event: Crinkled Nose #Giveaway

  I'm a picture fanatic! I love taking pictures, especially of my kids. We also love sending photo cards. All of my hubby's family lives out of state and most of mine does as well so it's a great way to share holidays and such with them as well as friends. I was so excited to find! They offer a huge selection of personalized announcements, invitations, and holiday cards. But what makes Crinkled Nose unique is that they offer the option of turning their cars and invites into magnets! How neat is that?! We get several photo cards during the holidays and I struggle with how to display them. Photo magnet cards are the perfect solution! Now grandparents have the perfect way to show off the grand kids. They don't have to worry about the cards getting lost or damaged. I decided to create my own 4th Of July card. The process was super easy. I just picked the template I wanted to use, uploaded the pic and added the text I wanted. One the card was created, I choose to … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: Wexy Bags #Giveaway

We strive to use eco-friendly products in our house whenever possible. So, I was excited to learn about Wexy Bags! They're eco-friendly snack bags that are BPA free and biodegradable! They are perfect for kids' lunch boxes and even have 4 funky monsters on them. Wexy Bags were created by two moms who were dedicated to the health of their kids. Together, they developed bags that helped to make healthy eating fun.   My kids loved the bags! They thought they were so neat and loved the monsters :) The Wexy site has a section where you can "Meet the Monsters" and the boys thought that was so cool. They all had their favorites. I love the fact that the bags are biodegradable. It's nice to know we're helping the environment. I also really like the fact the bags are BPA free. With all the new information about the dangers of BPA, I'm happy to know I can safely package my kids foods. If you're looking for eco-friendly bags that are also fun, check out Wexy Bags! Three of our lucky … [Read more...]

Back to School Giveaway Event: Why Not Backpack #Giveaway

  What says "Back To School" more than a new backpack?? I know this is a highlight for my boys. They love picking out the perfect new backpack to fill with all their school supplies for the first day. I recently found a great site called They offer a great selection of messenger bags and backpacks for kids, from elementary to high school. Not only do the bags come in really neat designs, but they're also high quality. I let me nine-year-old pick out a backpack to review. He chose the Blue Flames backpack. He was so excited! He thought the design was really "cool". I was impressed with the quality. The backpack is a great size. It's bigger than I thought it would be and will easily carry all his supplies. The backpack is made of sturdy 600 denier polyester fabric and feature three pockets, a cell phone holder, two mesh side pockets, padded shoulder straps, a reinforced bottom, and top strap. My son said the backpack was really comfortable and … [Read more...]

Let’s Play some football with @EANCAAFootball 13 & Giveaway too! #NCAAFootball13 #CBias


It has finally arrived...NCAA Football 13 is here! We have been playing NCAA Football 12 to prepare for the big arrival. With us moving often, we didn't realize what a big deal College Football was in the state of Oklahoma. It was sold out the Friday we went searching! Of course, I always take sold out as a good sign! By Sunday, the game was in stock! I love when Walmart meets supply & demand We always try to make the most out of time with our friends & family. Video games are a great way to entertain all ages even if it's just as part of the "audience". So what did we think? First off, check out these amazing graphics. What’s new and exciting about NCAA Football 13 Heisman Challenge—Win it for your school as you play as one of 10 former Heisman Trophy winners under center, in the backfield, or split wide, see if you can utilize his legendary skills for your favorite college team in a quest to match his award-winning historical performances and win the Heisman … [Read more...]

$200 Amazon Blast #giveaway

A brand new giveaway is now open for all our valued readers! Get a chance to win $200 Amazon Gift Card. Only one lucky winner will be chosen on August 15, 2012. This event would not become possible without the participation of these amazing co-hosts: I Heart Giveaways, Zoes Printable Coupons, My Charmed Mom, Keeping It Simple, Pinay Jade, Fashion In The Forest, Richly Middle Class, Go Momma Coupons, Celebrate Woman Today and More from Mom! This giveaway is open worldwide. There are daily entries so keep on visiting this post to earn the bonuses for more chances of winning. Good luck. a Rafflecopter giveaway … [Read more...]

Come Join us for Feed Me Friday~Email Subscription #BlogHop

  <center><a href=""><img src="" /></a></center> Welcome to Feed Me Friday Blog Hop, hosted by Oh So Savvy Mom, Nap Time is My Time, Great Contradictions and Just Us Four! Feed Me Friday is a Blog Hop to help you meet new bloggers and build your e-mail subscription. Want to be a part of Feed Me Friday? Just follow these simple rules: … [Read more...]

Actions Speak Louder than words: teaching our kids how to be good people


I truly believe that teaching our kids to be good people is one of our most important jobs as parents. As a child, my step-dad took us along to mow people's yards anonymously and to deliver groceries from our family-owned store to those in need. I volunteered at the hospital my mom worked at. Even at one point, I gave up Christmas presents because I felt others could use the money more so my "aunt" and I adopted families for Christmas. I am not saying these things to be boastful. To be honest, the key rule about doing good was to never expect anything in return. I am saying all of this because from an early age my parents taught me that life wasn't about what we received, but about what we were able to give. They taught me to pay it forward! My kids hear these statements all the time. They are my answers to everything. Last year when Dylan was in kindergarten, he was bullied. Now he does happen to be one of the tallest in his grade, but he has such a kind-heart. As parents we … [Read more...]

Matt Weiss Photography: Kansas City Photography and beyond w/ web design #photography


About Matt Weiss Photography My passion of photography stems from my fascination for capturing single moments in time. I remember borrowing my father’s Nikon FG when I was eighteen, and since then I have loved taking pictures. I knew it wasn’t going to be just a hobby for me, but a career. Born and raised in Fort Madison, Iowa, I moved to Kansas City in 1989. In 2004 I graduated from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Commercial Graphics, which helped broaden and expand my knowledge of the digital realm immensely. I regularly shoot couples, weddings, landscapes and architecture, animals and other various projects. I always treat each new project with the same amount of determination and passion to make it the best it can be.  My goal is to make each client feel important and comfortable in order to give them the gift of beautiful photographs. I currently live in Kansas City with my amazing wife and beautiful baby girl.  Although most of my shoots are in the Kansas … [Read more...]