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Pretty Cinderella Doll

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I just got an email about a new Disney collectible doll. It is so pretty. It only costs $99.50. lol Oh, yeah. It goes on sale Oct. 2, 2012.

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Doing Good: Buy Winter Coats Now

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Let’s face it: the economy still sucks. It probably won’t be much better by Christmas, either. Which is why I think it’s important to begin planning ahead.

Consider the families who will struggle to clothe their kids in winter coats and act. How? Well, right now JcPenney has toddler coats on sale for $5. If you choose to have it sent to a store near you, you can avoid paying shipping fees. So for a $20 + tax investment, you can donate four, quality coats.

Whether you buy a coat for your growing child or purchase one for a coat drive, Christmas present or a neighbor, it’s a simple and inexpensive way to give back to the community. What are ya doing? Go do good now!

Shame on IHOP–Mishawaka, Ind.

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UPDATE: Check out my post here for the great way IHOP made up for my family’s bad experience.

In January my 9-year-old won a Lunchables instant win game. This month she received her winnings: flashlight, disposable camera, metal water bottle, backpack and $100 gift card. My daughter’s first purchase was made at IHOP, Mishawaka, Ind. Why? Well, she wanted to take her family to dinner. So that means she was buying me, her 12-year-old sister, her grandmother and herself food to eat.

See my daughter is a smart girl. She had been wanting to try IHOP’s Lorax meals which have been all over the television. She also knew I had no money for eating out and offered her idea as her way of giving something to her family instead of just taking. Cool, right. Again, I tell you this girl is good. lol Well, we went to the restaurant and had an enjoyable time. There was one small kerfuffle, but it was quickly dealt with by the manger. So what’s the problem?

My daughter was told in commercials that IHOP was giving out seeds so kids can help the environment by planting trees. When youngest asked the waitress about it she told us she didn’t watch TV and had no knowledge of any seeds that were going to be given away. I repeated my daughter’s request about the seeds and the waitress went to ask another employee about it. That employee stopped about eight feet away from the waitress and stated: We don’t have any seeds.

The waitress looked at us, repeated what the other employee stated and walked away to get our bill. My daughter was not a happy camper. She said, “they shouldn’t tell you on TV they have stuff if they don’t really have it.” I was angry because my daughter spent her money on her family and didn’t reap the benefit of getting the small prize the chain was supposedly offering. Nor did she receive an apology. Thankfully my oldest daughter sympathized with her little sis and didn’t complain about not getting seeds.

I popped by IHOP’s website and found the following information about it:

Thank you for Helping IHOPĀ® to Plant 3 Million Trees! Visit any participating IHOP starting February 20. Kids 3-12 get a free Lorax bookmark (while supplies last). Adult supervision required.

Plant the tree seed paper on the bookmark and help IHOP plant 3 million trees. Seed paper contains an evergreen mix of Blue Spruce and Canadian White Pine which may grow 20-40 feet wide. May be planted in a container to minimize size.

I don’t often do it, but I contacted the store with my complaint and hope to have an update soon.

Our Smurf Party

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Remember me telling y’all about joining Crowdtap? (It’s a social media site that does a lot with product branding.) Well, I was able to participate in a smurf party hosted by the site. To prepare I made a Facebook party invitation which I called “Being Blue Never Felt So Good.” Unfortunately, the week I was to pimp it my Internet service stopped working. Every light on my modem was on except for the Internet light. It put a major crimp in my party. However, I was determined to have a smurfy good time and the party eventually took place.

To prepare for the party my oldest daughter made apple muffins with chocolate/caramel centers per a Sandra Lee cookbook. I didn’t like the muffins, but the kids did. I also bought blueberry scones, blue-raspberry Faygo soda, blue Hawaiian Punch, blue moon ice cream and tortilla chips and salsa. I printed Smurf coloring pages which were provided by Sony Pictures. Some were printed on white paper. The others were printed on blue paper. I alternated blank blue paper with a smurf printed on blue paper to create a table covering. The girls blue (get it) up blue balloons and laid a blue blanket on the living room floor.

Despite agreeing to come, almost everyone backed out of the smurf party. However, my girls invited a neighbor over and my adult cousin made an appearance to screen the Smurf movie. While the previews played the girls competed in a no-eyes coloring contest. Once the movie began, they watched it, giggled and whacked one another with the balloons. I found it hilarious that I bought blue moon ice cream and a blue moon was a major aspect of the movie. Later the kids played the free video games provided by Sony. None of us liked the Papa Smurf’s Potion Commotion. There were other games that sucked us in though: Gutsy’s Stargazer Quest, Smurfette’s Spot the Difference and Grouchy’s Match Game.

So why did we do all of this? It was to remind people The Smurfs was going to be available for purchase this month. I watched it and laughed. My favorite thought during the movie was that smurfs come in all nationalities: Latino, Scottish and Nerd. Yeah, I’m a little silly. Have you watched the movie yet? What did you think? If you haven’t watched the movie, I want to know if there’s a reason you are avoiding it or if you’re not interested in watching it.

Enter to Win a Children’s Picture Book

by visiting my book blog Scooper Speaks. All the details are posted there.

The Crown on Your Head
(September 2011)

On the day that we met and I put you to bed,
I noticed a crown on the top of your head.
It was made up of sparkling, glimmering things
like moonlight and fireflies, and dragonfly wings.

I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that your children are extraordinary. But my newest book does anyway. I hope it helps you convey to them just how magnificent they are… so magnificent that they are born with a crown that will never leave them.–Nancy Tillman’s website

Great Deal at Fab

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Have you joined Fab.com? I did a while back, but it wasn’t until today that I found a great deal that lasted longer than a few minutes. Currently if you sign up through me, you can get a $10 credit (Until 9/6/11 at 12:53 pm). I’m not sure if you get the credit after you make your first purchase or before, but there are items which can be bought beginning at $7.50 with free shipping. Want to know more? Check it out.

UPDATE: You get the credit immediately after signing up for your account. After you select an item to buy, visit your cart. You will have an option to apply all of the credit or a partial amount. Some item shave free shipping, too. Regardless of whether you owe Fab.com money or not, you WILL be required to enter credit card information to check out.

What Kid Song Is Driving You Bonkers?

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Here is my kryptonite.