Wordless Wednesday

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

This is educational....really, I swear.
This pic is of the boys on a recent field trip to the Air and Space Museum where they had a Grossology Exhibit...cool!

Be sure to stop by these fabulous blogs for more Wednesday fun:
5 Minutes for Mom
7 Clown Circus
Momdot

While you're here, don't forget to enter my giveaway for a set of Rachael Ray stone bakers!

Easter Fun! Crafts, Recipes, History of the Holiday and More

Find out the history of Easter, how it was named and what it's called in 8 other languages here. Why is Easter called the moveable feast?
Plus find more about Easter symbols and traditions here. Did you know that decorating eggs dates back to the 13th century? Or that it's the second biggest selling candy holiday in the U.S.? What's the first?

You'll find lots of Easter crafts, coloring pages and quizzes at Kaboose.com. And, here's a list of FREE printables for crafts and decorations from about.com.

You can also send loved ones a gorgeous online postcard for free from Jan Brett's site.

Family Fun has some really cute recipe ideas to make your holiday eggstra special! I love the little marshmallow fluffer bunnies and adorable Easter basket cupcakes. They're almost too sweet to eat!

Ooooh, and while you're visiting Family Fun, check out their April Fool's Day prank ideas...sure to give your family a double-take...and you a big giggle ;P

How ever you celebrate, I hope you have a very Happy Easter!

The Ultimate Blog Party with 5 Minutes for Mom and Another Giveaway

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Ultimate Blog Party 2010
I'm so excited about the upcoming Ultimate Blog Party hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. I participated last year and met tons of new bloggy friends. So, what's the UBP all about? Making new connections, promoting your blog and winning great prizes. It's just about the biggest affair in the momosphere!

Serendipity is Sweet is proud to sponsor one of the prizes again this year. I'll be giving away a set of children's DVD's from Little Leaders.


 The prize includes a set of two multi-language format children's DVD's (includes American Sign Language) from Little Leaders:

Little Noah introduces kids to amazing animals and offers English, Spanish, Chinese, Portuguese and American Sign Language

Little Moses teaches counting to ten in English, Spanish, Italian, Danish and American Sign Language


Little Leaders offers fun and wholesome entertainment for kids ages 9 months and up. The coolest thing about these DVDs is that they are multi-language format, which means that you can select which language you want to learn each time you play them. So, you can watch it once and learn American Sign Language, then watch it later and learn Spanish! How cool is that?!

Be sure to visit The Ultimate Blog Party '10's page at 5 Minutes for Mom for more info about prizes and how to win! The party starts on April 9th. Don't miss out on all the fun!

Rachael Ray Bakeware Giveaway From CSN Stores and Serendipity is Sweet

Monday, March 29, 2010

Let me ask you, dear reader, do you shop online? I must admit, with 3 kids, shopping online is much more pleasant than shopping IRL. I do most of my holiday shopping online, buy about 50% of the kids' clothes online, and often order birthday gifts for friends and family online as well. It's so much easier, saves me time, gas, aggravation and often lots of money too! I love finding a great bargain online.

That's why I was thrilled recently to be introduced to the family of CSN Stores. Ever heard of them? I hadn't, but when I discovered what I'd been missing I felt like I must have been living under a rock all this time, lol. CSN is a family of over 200 stores with great deals on everything from speaker stands , pet supplies, luggage, outdoor furniture, bedding, to kids' toys and more. You name it, they've got it. The prices are competitive and they have a clearance center, discount sales on many items, plus FREE shipping on most items. And, they offer hassle free returns. I don't think I'll ever shop again without checking CSN for a great deal first.

To shop CSN, just visit them online. You can create a free account in just a few seconds and save shopping lists, track your orders, plus receive special promotional offers via email. It's simple, fun and hassle free!

But I've got more good news! The friendly folks at CSN have offered a special giveaway for my readers! I'm thrilled to be able to offer one lucky winner a fabulous Rachael Ray Bubble and Brown Two Piece Stoneware Baker Set! I was lucky enough to be given this set for Christmas...thanks to my sweet and savvy Mother-in-Law. I love this bakeware.


The set includes:

* 1 x 1-Qt. Bubble & Brown Stoneware Baker
* 1 x 1.5-Qt. Bubble & Brown Stoneware Baker

Features:

* Multiple Use Stoneware - Dishwasher, microwave, freezer safe and oven safe to 500°F for convenience and versatility. The glazed interior is nonporous so foods won't interact
* Contemporary Design - Contemporary, playful shape in a vibrant and fun color goes directly from oven to table. The shallow sides result in crunchy tops for each serving
* Easy Storage - all bakers conveniently nest together to save space in your cupboard
* Wide Handles - Extra wide handle holes allow you to remove the stoneware from the oven even with bulky pot holders

Specifications:

* Small Baker Dimensions: 4.5" H x 11.5" W x 7" D
* Medium Baker Dimensions: 4.5" H x 14" W x 9.75" D
* Material: Stoneware
* Color: Yellow
* Lifetime limited warranty

Here's how to enter to win:
First entry, visit CSN Stores and tell me one product you found that you would love to have. This is mandatory before other entries will be counted.


For extra entries:
Subscribe to my feed (3 entries)
Add my button to your blog or add me to your blog roll (3 entries)
Follow me publicly in google
Become a Fan of Serendipity is Sweet on facebook
Follow me on twitter
Tweet this giveaway link (please leave a link to your tweet in your comment, 1 per day)
Fave me on technorati


Be sure to leave a comment for each entry and a valid email address. Open to U.S. and Canada only. Winner will be chosen by random integer selection. The winner will have 48 hours to claim the prize or a new winner will be chosen. Contest will close on April 15, 2009 at 12:00 AM EST. Good Luck!!!

**I received no compensation for this post, nor did I receive any products. I was simply offered an opportunity to host a valuable giveaway for my readers and I took it.**

Quotable Sunday - Babies

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Happy QS friends! Today my quotes focus on babies. I had my ultrasound on Friday and got the good news that everything seems to be developing as it should :) And....it's a girl! We're all very excited. Well, that is, except for my oldest son, who said: "Aw man! Not another girl!"

It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money. ~Elinor Goulding Smith

A baby is an angel whose wings decrease as his legs increase. ~Author Unknown

Babies are always more trouble than you thought - and more wonderful. ~Charles Osgood

Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other. ~Ed Howe

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one. ~Leo J. Burke

Babies are such a nice way to start people. ~Don Herrold

Every baby needs a lap. ~Henry Robin

When babies look beyond you and giggle, maybe they're seeing angels. ~Quoted in The Angels' Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman, 1994

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on. ~Carl Sandburg


Thanks for stopping by today! Your comments always brighten my day :)
For more Quotable Sunday, visit A Daily Dose of Toni.
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Friday Follow Blog Hop

Friday, March 26, 2010

It's time for FRIDAY FOLLOW, brought to you by these fabulous bloggers: Lynn @ Midday Escapades, Rita @ One 2 Try and Tami @ Hearts Make Families.
Thank you for stopping by Serendipity is Sweet! I am so glad you're here. I'm a mom of three expecting a 4th, a military wife and homeschooler, a great dane lover, a cookie monster and I blog to keep my sanity through the everyday madness of child rearing. You'll find lots of posts about homeschooling and educational resources, craft ideas, yummy recipes and an occasional product review and giveaway - coming this week a giveaway for a set of Rachael Ray bakeware! I also have a blogaversary coming up in a couple of weeks so stay tuned for more fun and freebies :D
Friday Follow
I look forward to visiting your blogs and getting to know my new friends. Have a great weekend and thanks for following!



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Aloha Friday

Hey there friends! I'm so glad it's Friday...and so excited that it's Friday March 26th. Why? Today's the day I go for my ultrasound and hopefully find out if this babe's a boy or girl. Then the real name selection...and baby shopping begin :)

So, my question today is: What are your favorite boy and girl names? Oh yes, I know there are zillions of options, just throw out something you like :) We're on baby #4 here and have two boys and a girl. I haven't come up with any names I'm in love with yet, so I could use some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by and playing along. Your comments really brighten my day! Visit An Island Life for more Aloha Friday Fun.


How To Train Your Dragon - Opens March 26th in Theaters

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Have you seen the trailer? Are you planning to see the movie? I don't get out the the theater often, but I've been looking forward to this movie. It looks like great family fun. The kind of movie that Mom and Dad can enjoy along with the kids. Select cities are planning special screenings for Moms this Friday!

Here's more info about the story, from the studio:
"From the studio that brought you ``Shrek, ``Madagascar and ``Kung Fu Panda comes ``How to Train Your Dragon-an adventure comedy set in the mythical world of burly Vikings and wild fire-breathing dragons, based on the book by Cressida Cowell. The story centers around a Viking teenager named Hiccup (JAY BARUCHEL), who lives on the Island of Berk, where fighting dragons is a way of life. The teen's rather progressive views and offbeat sense of humor don't sit too well with his tribe or its chief...who just happens to be Hiccup's father, Stoick the Vast (GERARD BUTLER). When Hiccup is included in Dragon Training with the other Viking teens-Astrid (AMERICA FERRERA), Snotlout (JONAH HILL), Fishlegs (CHRISTOPHER MINTZ-PLASSE), and twins Ruffnut (KRISTEN WIIG) and Tuffnut (T.J. MILLER)-he sees his chance to prove he has what it takes to be a fighter. But when he encounters (and ultimately befriends) an injured dragon, his world is flipped upside down, and what started out as Hiccup's one shot to prove himself turns into an opportunity to set a new course for the future of the entire tribe."
Get Tickets to How to Train Your Dragon Online!
Visit the Official How to Train Your Dragon Site


Check Your Local Listings for more info!

A Thousand Words Thursday



For more Thousand Words Thursday stop by Cheaper Than Therapy.
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Hershey's Better Basket Blop Hop for The Children's Miracle Network

I want to send a special thanks out to my friend Aimee at Aimee's Land for giving me this virtual Easter basket. I'm proud to be a part of the Hershey's Better Basket Blop Hop and help raise funds for The Children's Miracle Network.
Here is some information on the Hershey's Better Basket Blog Hop:
"This Easter season Hershey is all about helping you to create Better Easter Baskets with their special limited edition Easter candies found at Walmart.
More importantly, Hershey wants to promote the idea of going good in our own communities. The Hershey Company is committed to making a difference in the communities where we live in, and has a heritage of giving back to the community."
Thanks to Hershey's and 20 different bloggers looking to blog for a good cause, baskets like the one above were created and given to charities of each bloggers choice to spread Hershey's ongoing message around: We are ALL working together to do good in and out of our own communities!

In addition to those 20 baskets donated to charity, Hershey's is also sponsoring a Better Basket Blog Hop where Hershey will donate $10 per blog post entry for the Children's Miracle Network, up to $5,000.

If you want to be apart of the blog hop, here are the rules:
Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many
Virtual Baskets as you want.
Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation.

So now it's my turn to give away some virtual Easter Baskets:
You can use the same basket I used to pass on to your friends.
Now join in if you would like it is for a great cause.

Happy Easter to all!
I'm passing this on to ...
Alicia at More Than Words
Sheila at Ma Vie Folle
Heather at The Simple Gourmand
Mimi at Frump's Findings

I Can't Believe I Won!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Do you enter blog giveaways? There are about a zillion out there at any given time. Some get thousands of entries and some get just a few. Your odds of winning are much better than you might think, and it only takes a minute or two to enter. I used to enter a lot of giveaways then for a while I stopped entering at all.

That is until recently, when I entered a giveaway I saw in an email alert from MomFuse. It was for a couple of prizes from Atari (remember those?!), Target and General Mills. Boy am I glad I did! Not only did I win a prize, but I won the grand prize - an Atari Flashback 2, several retro boxes of General Mills cereal, a T-Shirt and a Target gift card! Woo hoo!! I couldn't believe it when the box showed up at my door. As you can see, the kids were pretty excited too!


So, the point of this post is not to gloat...no, no, but to encourage you to enter a giveaway now and then. People really do win! And, to let you know that there are still chances win a prize like mine. You can enter the Great Game Giveaway here for a chance at one of 200 Atari Flashback 2 game systems and 100 Atari prize packs!

Thanks MomFuse, Target and General Mills!

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Mr. Fix It Hard At Work


Be sure to stop by these fabulous blogs for more Wednesday fun:
5 Minutes for Mom
7 Clown Circus
Momdot

Winners of the Dentastix Giveaway

Thanks to all who entered my Dentastix giveaway. The 5 winners have been notified and have claimed their prizes. Stay tuned for more giveaway coming up, including two children's DVD's and a Rachel Ray bakeware set!

Winners:
Alicia from More Than Words
Sheila from Ma Vie Folle
Karen from Money Making Strategies & Tips For The SAHM
Kirby (no blog listed)
Lynn (no blog listed)

Quotable Sunday - On Gardening

Sunday, March 21, 2010

My green thumb came only as a result of the mistakes I made while learning to see things from the plant's point of view. ~H. Fred Dale (Thanks, Anne)

Gardening requires lots of water - most of it in the form of perspiration. ~Lou Erickson

What a man needs in gardening is a cast-iron back, with a hinge in it. ~Charles Dudley Warner, My Summer in a Garden, 1871

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling. ~Mirabel Osler

Gardening is a matter of your enthusiasm holding up until your back gets used to it. ~Author Unknown

The greatest gift of the garden is the restoration of the five senses. ~Hanna Rion

In my garden there is a large place for sentiment. My garden of flowers is also my garden of thoughts and dreams. The thoughts grow as freely as the flowers, and the dreams are as beautiful. ~Abram L. Urban

It is good to be alone in a garden at dawn or dark so that all its shy presences may haunt you and possess you in a reverie of suspended thought. ~James Douglas, Down Shoe Lane

Unemployment is capitalism's way of getting you to plant a garden. ~Orson Scott Card

Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens, noproblemgarden.com

You can bury a lot of troubles digging in the dirt. ~Author Unknown

Earth is here so kind, that just tickle her with a hoe and she laughs with a harvest. ~Douglas William Jerrold, about Australia, A Land of Plenty

Green fingers are the extension of a verdant heart. ~Russell Page


Are you planning a garden this season? We've just begun getting our yard ready for Spring and have planned a vegetable garden. Last year we had some luck with our tomatoes, carrots, cukes, peppers and herbs but we're novices. This year we're moving the garden to a new location and plan to expand. Fingers crossed that we'll have a bountiful harvest.

Do you plant a garden? It's such a fun learning project for kids...and a great wey to get them to eat their veggies! Here's a post I wrote on composting if you are interested. We found composting to be a simple, easy way to add rich nutrients to the soil and great flavor to our tomatoes.

For more Quotable Sunday, visit A Daily Dose of Toni.
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Thanks for stopping by today! Have a beautiful day!

New FREE DVD from GeoTrax

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Click here to order the newest FREE DVD with 4 episodes from GeoTrax. My kids love these and they're great to stash away for rainy days and road trips. Order yours today (FREE shipping too)! Available while supplies last.

Friday Photo Flashback

Friday, March 19, 2010

I'm late to the party, but I wanted to join in anyway. The other day we drug out the Easter decorations from the attic and dusted them off for this year. We found the pink fuzzy bunny ears and my daughter has been wearing them since. I found this pic of her in them when she was about 9 months old. It's always been a favorite of mine and I post it on the fridge each spring.

For more Friday Photo Flashback visit Alicia at More Than Words. She has an amazing collection of old photos and it's fun to bloghop and reminisce with everyone over years past. 
Friday Photo Flashback

Friday Follow Blog Hop Round 3

Friday Follow
It's time for FRIDAY FOLLOW, brought to you by these fabulous bloggers: Lynn @ Midday Escapades, Rita @ One 2 Try and Tami @ Hearts Make Families.
Thank you for stopping by Serendipity is Sweet! I am so glad you're here. I'm a mom of three expecting a 4th, a military wife and homeschooler, a great dane lover, a cookie monster and I blog to keep my sanity through the everyday madness of child rearing. You'll find lots of posts about homeschooling and educational resources, craft ideas, yummy recipes and an occasional product review and giveaway - enter my DENTASTIX Giveaway today for one of 5 Prize Packs! I have a blogaversary coming up in a few weeks so stay tuned for more fun and freebies :D
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I look forward to visiting your blogs and getting to know my new friends. Have a great weekend and thanks for following!

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Aloha Friday

Greeting friends! Hope you had a lovely week. We enjoyed some warmer weather and some time outdoors...woo hoo! Our world is beginning to bud. It's glorious...until all that pollen showers us in allergies, that is. For now, I'm reveling in it.

Quick question this week is...What type of blog posts do you read (or seek out) most often? Mom/parenting posts, recipes, giveways, freebies/frugal finds, blogging advice, etc?

Thanks for stopping by and playing along. Visit An Island Life for more Aloha Friday Fun. Don't forget to enter my DENTASTIX giveaway while you're here. I'm giving away 5 Puppy Prize Packs for your four-legged friends!

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