October 26th – Weekly Roundup

Took the girls to Boo at the Zoo yesterday, and didn’t get home until 11pm! I was shocked. An event that was just supposed to be a few hours long ended up taking up half my day! Maybe I should buy a watch one of these days, because I’m always losing track of time.

So anyway, here’s my weekly roundup. A day late, but chock-full of fun stuff!

  • First off, this isn’t really news anymore, but in case you haven’t heard, Disney is giving a full refund to anyone who purchased a Baby Einstein DVD in the past 5 years (between June 5, 2004 and Sept. 4, 2009). You can also exchange the DVDs for Baby Einstein books, music or a 25% off coupon.

Fun Post

  • I don’t like candy corn. No, I don’t like candy corn. I like lots of other things, but I don’t like candy corn.

    Now that you have that song stuck in your head – as do I – I have to admit that this recipe for Double Chocolate Candy Corn Cookies from Feels Like Home sounds delicious. And I admire Tara, who, unlike me, does everything from scratch. This should probably be under the Food category, but I thought it needed to be featured first! :)

Cool Website

  • InboxDollars pays members to read e-mail, take surveys, play games, shop online, and more! I don’t make much from it, but every little penny counts these days, right? It does add up after a while, so might be worth checking out! You can join via my referral link, if you’d like!




  • In the Too Cute To Spook Halloween photo contest, Safety1st.com site visitors can enter up to five photos of their children in their Halloween costumes. Website viewers, including entrants’ family and friends, can then vote once per day. Photos with the most votes in each category win a grand-prize package. There are grand-prize packages for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.Entries must be submitted before November 4, 2009. Friends and family can vote daily November 9-19.I have some cute photos of my spooky witch and little princess that I’m going to submit to this contest. Too bad I can only send in 5, as I took about 300 yesterday!
  • In honor of football season, Boboli is giving its fans a chance to win $5,000 with its first annual “Most Valuable Fan” contest. Superfans can submit an original Boboli pizza recipe and a creative expression of their football spirit online at www.bobolifootball.com from now until 11/23/2009. Entries can range from photos, poems, videos or even an enthusiastic cheer!In December, five finalists will be chosen to face-off online for the Ultimate Touchdown: A chance to be named Boboli’s “Most Valuable Fan!” Runners-up receive the ultimate tailgating package worth $500.Boboli’s also created a “Fumble Free Party Guide” with great entertaining ideas!
  • Busy Mom is giving away a $100 Visa gift card! Ends 10/31.



  • November 1st is the day we change our clocks back — Frigidaire is asking that on that day everyone devotes their extra time to a child in need. For everyone who goes to Frigidaire.com and raises their hand with a pledge to make time for a child, Frigidaire will donate $1 to support the CHANGE program and Save the Children’s work to help children in need in the U.S., as part of their $250,000 commitment to this worthy cause.
  • Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom, a new hour-long Dora the Explorer special, is premiering Sunday, Nov. 1, at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. A greedy king, voiced by actor Richard Kind (Spin City), has stolen the color from the Crystal Kingdom and it’s Dora, Boots and their new friend Allie to the rescue! The episode will encore on Nickelodeon on Monday, Nov. 2, at 9 a.m. ET/PT and on Nick Jr (*formerly named NOGGIN) on Sunday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m. ET.Beginning today, Oct. 26, you can watch a two-minute ‘sneak peek’ and clips from Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom on NickJr.com. There’s also an interactive game and activities to complement the premiere. In the game, kids can help Dora, Boots and Allie recover all the missing crystals by relying on their counting, language and color recognition skills. The site also features recipes, crafts, printables and more.In case you aren’t able to catch it on TV, remember that Dora Saves the Crystal Kingdom is currently available on DVD in stores nationwide. I reviewed it a few weeks ago.
  • Since everyone loves shopping, particularly “bargain shopping” I wanted to share the exciting news with you that E.l.f. Cosmetics will be available in ALL TARGET stores effective 11/1/09. The line will feature $1, $3, $5, and $10 products, packaged in sleek black packaging. If you’ve been afraid to buy it online, this is your chance to try this fantastic makeup!
  • Get the Children’s Place Holiday Pass for 15% off your next purchase!
  • Remember the adorable Norman PhartEphant plush? Well, now there’s a book to go along with him, on sale next week! If you pre-order before November 1st, you’ll get 10% off AND a FREE vinyl zippered bag for each matching book & plush order. Fun! (And a cute holiday gift idea!)

Have a great week!