Sunday, May 29, 2011

AMF's Summer UnPLUGGED!!!!

AMF'S Summer UnPlugged!!!

What do YOU like to do with your family during the summer months?? How do you stay cool in the sweltering summer days? Have you ever considered bowling?? If so...who is the best bowler in YOUR family? Sadly, my 3 year old son is probably the BEST in our family...but that is because we let him use the bumpers!! Do you have any bowling tips for us??? If so...please leave a comment!

We have used this promotion for a couple years now and we REALLY enjoy it! It is fun to do as a family and fun to just watch the kids have a great time too! It is well worth the money...even if you only go a few times! It is also so convenient because they e-mail you your passes every week. Definitely something I will do every year as long as the kids want to keep bowling!

Zip, Zero, Zilch for Kids 16 and Under

•At select AMF centers, two free games of bowling per day for kids 16 and under. (Shoe rental not included, but they’re worth paying for.)
•Time: open until 8:00PM, 7 days a week.
•Dates: Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day) through Monday, September 5 (Labor Day).

•Parents go to to select a participating center (over 200 locations) and complete a simple registration form.
•Free game coupons emailed every Sunday starting May 29 for the following week – it’s that simple!


•Share the fun and save!
•For families of registered kids, a one-time payment of $27.95 buys 2 games per day for 4 people all summer long – it’s the AMF Summer 17 Plus Pass. (Same dates and times as above.)
•Less than $7 per person for 2 games everyday all summer.
•Available online at


•Kids combo meals all summer for $2.99.
•Pin decorating contest:
◦Most votes on Facebook in each of 4 age divisions wins a $2500 scholarship prize
◦AMF donates 25 cents per vote up to $10,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®
•Schedule of learn-to-bowl and fun competitive sessions.

Disclosure: I participated in this campaign as a member of One2One Network and am eligible for a prize drawing. All opinions stated in the post are my own.

Support the 'Faces of the Future' Campaign

As social media savvy moms, we all know firsthand the benefits of technology. In most cases, our love for using technology to connect and create has trickled down to our children. I think we'd all agree that in today's increasingly digital world, there is no better time to develop these skills to prepare our children for their future. We just learned that there is a great organization, in partnership with fantastic brands, who is setting out to do just that and we couldn't wait to tell you about it!

Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA), in partnership with Microsoft and Comcast, has launched the Faces of the Future campaign (, designed to raise awareness about the importance of digital literacy. The campaign features youth from across America who have been positively impacted by the Club Tech program and shows how technology can transform lives.

Historically, Boys & Girls Clubs have been known as safe, affordable places where parents could send their kids to play sports, swim and get help with their homework. But now they are much more than that. The Club Tech program helps prepare young people through technology, tapping into the potential of future journalists, graphic designers, engineers and photographers.
Boys & Girls Club members, age 6-18, learn various skills from word processing and presentations to music production and filmmaking. Nearly 1 million kids and teens participate in the Club Tech program at more than 3,600 Boys & Girls Clubs around the world. Research has shown that participants not only learned the fundamentals of computers, but they also discovered how to harness technology in a way that made them more literate in current affairs and other topics that spill over from school and home.

Throughout the campaign, the Faces of the Future Showcase will feature artwork, music and films created by youth using the Club Tech digital arts curriculum. People all over the world will have the opportunity to see what young people can accomplish through technology when given access to the right tools and opportunities!

Speaking of accomplishments, Boys & Girls Clubs of America needs your help in reaching an important milestone--35,000 fans on Facebook! For every 10 likes they get, a Club member will receive Microsoft Office 2010. By clicking the "like" button, you're not only showing your support for an amazing cause, but you're literally putting tools in the hands of children who need them most.

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a gift card in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Food Allergy Week

I borrowed this well written article from 3 Boys and a Dog blog. This topic is very close to my heart as I have two children who suffer from egg and nut allergies.

Children and Food Allergies
Food Allergy Awareness Week is May 8 – 14
by Michael J. Welch, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP, CPI

An estimated 1 in 20 children has a food allergy, a condition that can be severe, requiring strict avoidance of the triggering food(s) and prompt treatment of any allergic reaction. Foods can also trigger a variety of symptoms that are not classic allergies. It is important to seek a diagnosis so your child can safely enjoy nutritious foods that are not a problem and avoid foods that cause symptoms.

A food allergy occurs when the immune system, designed to fight infection, mistakenly attacks food proteins. Symptoms of a food allergy reaction can include vomiting, diarrhea, an itchy rash (ranging from just around the mouth and face to total-body hives), mouth and throat itchiness and swelling, difficulty breathing, and wheezing. Most true food allergy reactions occur within minutes after the food is ingested. In some cases, chronic symptoms such as persistent itchy skin rashes, eczema, or chronic gut symptoms (e.g., vomiting, pain, poor growth) are the result of food allergy.

The intensity of an allergic reaction may range from mild to severe at different times, partly depending on how much of an allergenic food the child eats, or whether it was cooked. However, certain highly allergic children need to swallow only a very small amount of an offending food to have a serious allergic reaction.

Common Food Allergens

Any food may cause an allergic reaction, but 90% of food allergies in children are caused by just 6 common foods or food groups: milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, and wheat. Allergies to fruits and vegetables are much less common and usually less severe.

How Serious Are Most Food Allergies

Some foods are more likely than others to cause severe reactions, such as peanut, tree nuts, and seafood. Your child’s general health may influence the severity of the allergy. Children with asthma are at a higher risk for severe reactions. Although a food allergy can cause severe reactions, fatalities are rare and often attributed to a delay in appropriate treatment. For those with potentially severe food allergy (anaphylaxis), it is important to learn how to strictly avoid the trigger food, and understand how to recognize and promptly treat a severe allergic reaction.

Managing Food Allergies

There are currently no cures for a food allergy. Management is based on avoiding the food and being prepared to treat an allergic reaction should the food be eaten accidentally. Anti-histamines can help mild symptoms such as itching and hives, but an epinephrine injection is necessary for severe symptoms or breathing difficulties (e.g., throat swelling, wheezing). If epinephrine needs to be given, the child should then be taken immediately for emergency medical care, or if necessary, 911 called.

If your pediatrician believes there is any risk that your child could have a severe allergic reaction (an anaphylactic reaction) to food, your pediatrician will recommend that you — and your child, when old enough to use it by himself – -always carry an epinephrine autoinjector device in case of an accidental ingestion of the food. The devices are easy to use and the medication is safe, but it is important to be familiar with the device being prescribed so that there are no delays in providing emergency treatment. A child at risk for anaphylaxis should also wear medical identification.

Be sure to provide full information about your child’s food allergy to school and camp personnel and child care providers. Children should be warned never to share or taste another child’s food. Update information regularly at the start of each school year and as new facts become available. In this regard, it is important to report accurate information, i.e., definite food allergies, not minor food sensitivities.

Food Allergies May Go Away With Time

Many children outgrow food allergies. More than 85% of allergies to milk, egg, wheat, and soy resolve during childhood, often before school age. Only about 1 in 5 children, on the other hand, ever outgrow a peanut allergy. Allergies to fish, shellfish, and tree nuts also tend to be more persistent, but some children outgrow these as well. It is important to regularly follow up with your pediatrician or allergist to discuss management and the possibility that the food allergy has resolved. Never try to intentionally test your child by feeding an allergen at home! If follow-up skin or blood test results are favorable showing the child is outgrowing their allergy, your doctor may suggest a medically supervised cautious feeding (also known as a food challenge) to see if the allergy has disappeared.

If you suspect that your child has a food allergy, make sure to discuss the possibility with your pediatrician. There are various tests the pediatrician and/or an allergist can perform to give you a definitive answer.

Michael J. Welch, MD, FAAAAI, FAAP, CPI, is the editor of Allergies and Asthma: What Every Parent Needs to Know, 2nd Edition, published by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Dr. Welch is co-director of the Allergy and Asthma Medical Group and Research Center in San Diego, CA, and clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine. Read more about the book at
Allergies and Asthma provides the latest findings on food allergies and treatments — along with new approaches for monitoring asthma control. Pediatricians who specialize in these conditions have extensively reviewed it to be sure it contains the most up-to-date information possible.

Bryton Pick Floss Review and Giveaway

Ever NEED to floss and just have NO time? How would you like something that reduces plaque and bacteria build up, prevents bad breath and stimulates proper oral hygiene? I have just the thing for you! The Bryton Pick.....Floss in seconds...even great for braces wearers. They are discreet....reusable up to 30 days and on the go...

They come with a credit card size carry-pouch that fits in any wallet/purse/pocket. These are available at Meijer, Drug Fair, Kinney, A&P, Pathmark, Superfresh and DIK Drug co...or you can just go to for your own set. You can choose from a lot of different, fun, bright colors!

These are recommended by dentist and hygienist to use after every meal in place of floss.

How to use:

1. Keep mouth open in a smiling position
2. Gently insert either end between the teeth

3..Slide between teeth inside - out

-cleanse with napkin, tissue or hot water...stainless steel cleaning edges are considered germ-resistant)

Good for ages 10 and up.

My take:

Okay...I must theory these sound fantastic. Even as I am typing this out...sounds great. However, I wasn't impressed. Maybe they just take some getting used to...and maybe stainless steel cleaning edges truly ARE germ resistant...but I have a hard time keeping and reusing something that has cleaned gunk out of my teeth....without a proper sterilization. They were also hard for me to use. Again, maybe they just take some getting used to, but floss is much easier to manuever in my mouth since you don't have to be on top of the tooth to use it. This blade does not wrap around the tooth giving you easy access, and further more, since it doesn't wrap around your tooth, it is indeed getting the gunk out...but it is not actually CLEANING your teeth, which the floss will do if used properly. Might as well get gunk out WHILE cleaning them don't you think? Kill two birds with one stone basically?

Again...great in theory and as long as you don't mind reusing something to pick things out of your teeth, then it would be fantastic for you...or you could just do what my mom and dad did for years...carry a few toothpicks around with them wherever they went.


I do have one pack to give away! It is one red pick in it's carry pouch...never opened obviously! Ick....I am NOT going to give someone a used one!!!!


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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Hellmann's PERFECT sandwich

Whether it's for breakfast, lunch or dinner, there's no denying it: America is a sandwich-loving nation! According to the new "Hellmann's® State of the Sandwich" survey, a majority of American sandwich eaters (84%) believe that how a sandwich is made is just as important as the ingredients used to make it.** Something else many of America's sandwich fans agree on: If there's a must-have sandwich ingredient, it's Hellmann's®* mayonnaise!

To help celebrate America's passionate preferences for building the perfect sandwich, Hellmann's® and Best Foods® are partnering with Chef Bobby Flay to show families how to make real, simple, delicious sandwiches, and to uncover unique and personal sandwich-making techniques. They want to know how you slice it, spread it, stack it or serve it ... Do you spread your Hellmann's® Mayonnaise on one slice or both? Is the cheese on the top or in the center of the sandwich?

All you have to do is go to to share your sandwich-making tips, tricks, techniques and secrets. You'll also have the opportunity to build your perfect sandwich and enter the Hellmann's® Build Your Perfect Sandwich Sweepstakes for a chance to win great prizes including a kitchen essentials bundle, grocery gift cards and Hellmann's® and Best Foods® products.

Did you know that 33 percent of Americans who eat sandwiches credit their mom with teaching them how to make a great sandwich? And nearly three-quarters (71 percent) of moms with sandwich-loving kids say they serve their families the favorites they ate growing up!

"Disclosure: I was entered for a chance to win a Hellmann's® prize package in exchange for this post. No monetary exchange took place."
Register to win a summer family vacation. This summer has created a promotion that celebrates the family vacation by giving away 12 incredible trips for families looking to create their own memories. They have hand picked some of the most memorable destinations their families have experienced and asked them to provide a FREE vacation to award to perhaps YOU! CLICK BELOW NOW!!! Or click on the banner on top of the page!

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Prizes will be awarded beginning May 15 through July 31.

This is the start of some great local summer deals - the US Family Guide online coupon allows family friendly attractions to post, update and track on line coupons - we invite you to share this feature with your favorite attraction in your neighborhood - here is the link:

My mom and I photo submission!

I submitted my favorite picture of my mom having a good time with us at Sea World to a mother's Day contest. It was taken only a couple months before her death. It is my dad, my mom, Cam (my twelve year old) and I on the Kraken! can only vote until the 5th...and you can vote each if you would PLEASE vote for this picture, I would SOOOO appreciate it! Let me know if you did and what you think of the photo!!! :-)

Here is the link:

Thanks SOOOOO much!!!!!