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Shutterfly Photo Card Giveaway and CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion Mascara Giveaway

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My Life on Haber Way

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I have some great giveaways going on there with low entry!

Elmer’s CraftBond adhesives and X-ACTO cutting tools REVIEW

I recently tried out some Elmer’s CraftBond adhesives and X-ACTO scissors as part of a Bzz Campaign through BzzAgent. I received my BzzKit, and when I opened it up I got 2 pairs of X-ACTO decorative edge scissors, an X-ACTO corner rounder punch, an Elmer’s CraftBond permanent tape runner, an Elmer’s clear glue pen and an all-purpose glue stick. I also got an assortment of Elmer’s glue spots. LOTS of fun stuff!

How could I resist starting to cut and glue right away?

My daughter and I started in on her birthday party favors, and used the Clear Glue Stick to do all the gluing. The small tip made it super easy to apply just the right amount of glue right where I needed it. Plus, it is shaped like a pen so my daughter was able to easily use it as well.

Goody Bags for Birthday Party

 Along with making Goody Bags, we also made some Halloween decorations for the house. We used the scissors to cut out mouths for jack-o-lanterns, and we used both the all-purpose glue stick and the glue pen. Both worked out very nice. My daughter was also able to use the scissors (as I was trying to clean up, she was continuing to cut every piece of paper she could get her hands on. She has only recently been able to use scissors, and got her first pair of “paper scissors” last week. To hear more about her first scissor use, click here.)

Pumpkin decorations

I haven’t had a chance to use some of the other products yet – we are planning to purchase a scrapbook kit to document Violet’s last year of preschool in a fun way! The products that I have used so far are amazing, and I will definitely keep you posted on the other items (I am very excited to try the glue spots and the corner rounder for my pictures.)

My daughter says: “Can I use the scissors, Mom?” 

I received all the products to try, free of charge, in exchange for my honest opinion of them through a word of mouth marketing company, BzzAgent. These opinions are completely honest and they are my own.

Making Friends Monday Blog Hop

Luxury Living Frugal Style

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Have a great Monday!

(We have big plans for this Monday – Columbus Day – because there is no school. My daughter wants to craft all day long! I can’t wait 🙂 What is everyone else doing on Columbus Day?)

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Making Friends Monday Blog Hop

Luxury Living Frugal Style

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Have a great Monday!

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My Life on Haber Way
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Freebie! FREE Rachael Ray Brush Set by Mail with Aussie Purchase

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Healthy Halloween Recipe for Kids

My daughter loves to cook with me. I found this recipe, among others, at Barefoot Books. They offer lots of great activities that can be downloaded for free. This is listed under “Healthy Halloween Recipes”:

Dracula’s Gelatin
A Barefoot Activity for Kids Ages 8 and up**
A spooky fruit and gelatin recipe straight from Dracula’s kitchen.
quantity Makes 3-4 small glasses (tubs)
kitchen rules
• Wash your hands before you start!
• Always have a grown-up in the kitchen with you when you cook

What to Find:
• 1 ¼ oz packet unflavored gelatin
(enough to set 2 ½ cups liquid);
For a vegetarian version, use agar-agar, following the instructions on packet
• 1 ½ cups blueberries or blackberries
• ¼ cups boiling water
• 2 ¼ cups dark red or blue berry juice
(e.g. blueberry or cranberry)

Kitchen Stuff
• Mixing bowl
• Measuring cup
• Tea pot
• Tablespoon
• Containers (for gelatin)

What to do:
1. Wash the fruit and pat dry with a paper towel.
2. Put the gelatin into the measuring cup. Pour ¼ cup boiling water over the gelatin and stir carefully with a spoon, to dissolve it.
3. Add the berry juice to the dissolved gelatin so that it fills the measuring cup up
to 2 ½ cups.
4. Divide the fruit between the containers and pour the gelatin mixture over the fruit.
5. Put Dracula’s gelatin in the fridge for about 45 minutes to set.
• Add more fruit than gelatin for set fruit.

**Barefoot Books classifies this as an “activity” for ages 8 and up, but I did it with my 3 year old. I did all the prep, while she did the pouring, mixing and measuring of everything but the boiling water 🙂

V’s Fantastic Party

Today was Violet’s 4th Birthday party – It was A BLAST! I had so much fun … oh yeah, and so did she 🙂

We booked the party at a local kids gymnastics venue. It started out with an hour of gymnastic basics – balance beam, trampoline, uneven bars and much more. Then, after a brief drink break, they blew up three inflatable bounce-a-rounds and the kids went C.R.A.Z.Y.!! They loved it! We then had snacks, cake and did presents.

It was a great party, and the our “party hosts” were fantastic – they did a great job with the kids and really kept the party moving and lots of fun!

I took a TON of photos, but the kids moved SO much and SO fast that only a few came out good. I LOVED the cake! It turned out adorable!


I decided a few days ago that it would be fun to make some Halloween decorations with Violet. My mom had gotten her a pair of “first scissors” a few weeks ago, and I thought that this would be the perfect time for her to use them.

I spent upwards of an hour tracing templates – making bats, ghosts, pumpkins and any other spooky thing I could think of for our “craft time” the next day. I cut out most of the big pieces, and left things like ghost and pumpkin faces for Violet to cut out.

We set up all our stuff the next day when the baby took his morning nap. To say that Violet was excited was an understatement. She was thrilled over the fact that we were making decorations, but almost giddy over her scissors. I showed her how to hold them, and the way to move them to cut out the triangles for the pumpkins eyes. She was very diligent, and spent almost 10 minutes on the first eye.

She looked up at one point and told me “This is my first pair of scissors, Mom”

“Oh yeah Violet? Well, you are doing a wonderful job.”

“Thanks Mom.” (back to work. Finishes triangle and puts it down on the table.)

“Wow, babe! That looks great! Good job!”

“Thanks!” (Picks up large chunk of hair on the side of her head, places scissors around said hair.) “Can I cut my hair?!?”

“NO!” (Grabs scissors.)

“Why not?” (pouts a little while asking this)

Gee, wonder why we waited so long to give her scissors.

Shutterfly Giveaway: Holiday Cards (CLOSED)

I don’t know about you, but I am a total picture freak! I take an obscene amount of photos, as I feel the need to obsessively document every single moment in my kids lives! OK, well, that might be pushing it a little far, but I do take a ton of pictures. That is the main reason that I started looking online for a photo developer – my local stores were just able to produce quality pictures and the photo booths didn’t always print right. TA-DA – I found Shutterfly! I have to say, I love Shutterfly! Their products are phenomenal (photo books, greeting cards, photos, stationary, and free personalized websites to name just a few!) and their customer service can’t be beat. They really go out of their way to insure you have an enjoyable experience on their website and that you are completely satisfied with your purchase – they offer a 100% Satisfaction Guarantee. Members (membership is free PLUS they give you 50 free prints for signing up!) get access to their easy photo uploading, editing, printing/ordering tools, plus the convenience of photo storage – you can store unlimited amounts of photos for free, and they never delete them!

I love the many different options available for photo cards. Between styles available, number of photos on the card and the option to edit all writing/sayings on the card you are truly able to create your own masterpiece! These are custom cards designed by you! They offer cards for every holiday and event in your life – from Christmas to Halloween, to new babies, to party invitations, to everyday cards (plus lots more!) there is definitely something for everyone!

They are now featuring wonderful designs for all types of seasonal photo cards including Halloween Photo Cards, Halloween Party Invitations, and Christmas and Holiday Photo Cards!


3 LUCKY WINNERS will receive 10 free 5 x 7 flat stationary cards!

To enter:
Check out some of the seasonal cards, and leave a comment letting me know which one you would order if you won the 10 free cards. (Make sure to leave your e-mail address in your comment!)

For additional entries:
Follow this blog and comment that you are following.

This giveaway closes at 11:59 pm EST, Sunday, October 17, 2010. Winners will be chosen via random.org on or after October 17, 2010.

This giveaway is CLOSED.

The winners are:
Comment #6 – Boobies
Comment #4 – QueenB
Comment #10 – MamaChocolate


Fine Print: Shutterfly is sponsoring this giveaway and is providing the free photo cards. Winner is responsible for shipping, credit must be used all at one time. Only one credit per winner.

*Shutterfly has provided me with the product (photo cards) featured in this review and giveaway. The opinions expressed above are my own and were formed after using the Shutterfly website.