Friday, June 8, 2012

Still need Grad or wedding gifts?

Make some money from your gift starting this Sunday,June 10, at Giant.

There's a giftcard catalina printing at Giant: Purchase $50.00 of participating gift cards and get $10.00 oyno
(buy the gift card, you will pay $50  and get a $10.00 coupon for your next order.) 

Student Award = 10 free tokens at Chuck E Cheese

Super Student  Graduation Certificate
Find printable awards that allow for 10 free tokens HERE, including for doing well in school and "graduation"!

A few weeks of summer and you may want to try the clean room award or the Great behavior calendar! ha

Clean Room Calendar Great Behavior

free father's day card code

You can still get a FREE Father’s Day card from Cardstore with the code LUVDAD2 at checkout. Free shipping too! Better hurry, it is around the corner!!
SHOP Funny Father's Day Cards

Regal Theater's summer movie special

Summer Movie Express landing page
Moviegoers of all ages can climb aboard the Summer Movie Express to enjoy a great selection of films. During this 9-week festival, participating Regal Cinemas, United Artists and Edwards Theatres will offer selected G or PG rated movies for only a dollar on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at 10:00. A portion of proceeds from the Summer Movie Express will be donated to the Will Rogers Institute.

find the list of participating theaters in your area

Kiss my Face coupon

Head over to Facebook and score a $3 coupon for a full sized product from Kiss My Face.
Could be nice towards sunscreen this weekend, or possibly free bar soap!
Find it HERE

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Siblings and Special Needs part 2...

In Part 1 of my developing trilogy (may I cross "write a trilogy" off my pretend bucket list now?) on siblings and special needs, I shared some ways we attempted to assist all our children to develop their potential and find some space of their own in our lives. I also mused that it can be a
challenge for every parent to raise a child who feels important but not like the center of the universe. I truly believe that all children should spend with their parents...serving others.

When we are serving others we get to see how different each person's life journey can be. We get to peek into the struggles that others face that are so different from our own. Our world broadens just a little and our children can see that maybe their life isn't so much worse than others but perhaps just different.  I have noticed that when we find ourselves only on the receiving end of things we begin to feel like our life is especially unfair  and it can foster a sense of self pity and potentially the feeling that people "owe us". While it is important to allow others to share in our life, as previously noted, we need to help our children be aware that struggles and troubles come in many different packages. Maybe that is one of the reasons Paul reminds us in Acts of Jesus' words:

Acts 20:35New International Version (NIV)35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ 

With this promise in mind, make a call and head out to your local retirement home, food pantry, Meals on Wheels or any of a number of community centers!  When the girls were still quite small we went to a retirement center to serve them snacks and entertain a patient with Alzheimer disease.

GREAT K-cup coupon!

Don't miss this fantastic coupon to print! It pairs quite well with the "Buy 2 for $12" sale at Giant this week bringing the sale to 2 for $7 or $3.50 a box! YAY!

$5 off 2 boxes of Café Escapes K-Cup packs
$5 off 2 boxes of Café Escapes K-Cup packs
$5 off 2 boxes of Café Escapes K-Cup packs

Adding a copy of this to end of year teacher gifts...

Could be cute added to end of the year gift!

Found it on Pinterest without a link, so hopefully it is just a publicly used list!

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks coming up!

Yosemite National Park, Photo by DanNg

The next Free Entrance day is June 9th! Find the full list HERE.
The parks that are included can be found HERE.

The National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass – Access Pass
Remember, residents with a disability can get in free year round! Find more info HERE!

Free charade cards....

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Heres a link to a whole list of free printable charade cards!  I am thinking that I can use one of these categories for an after-dinner party game (I know, you are just HOLDING your BREATH to see if you get invited for that one! ha), but the one I think looks most practical for many of us are the "emotions" cards! Could be a very useful tool with many of the kids we play with. Enjoy!

Free fishing days!

Fish-for-Free Days logo

Each year a list of Free fishing days are published, find that list HERE 
Here are a few examples:

Pennsylvania free fishing days: May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day) September 3, 2012 (Labor Day)Fish-for-Free Days allow anyone (resident or non-resident) to legally fish with NO FISHING LICENSE REQUIRED to fish on all Pennsylvania's waterways on the designated days. All other fishing regulations still apply. Two dates are typically chosen.
Each year, the last full weekend in June is designated as Free Fishing Days in New York State. During those two days, anyone can fish New York State waters, and no fishing license is required. This event started in 1991 to allow all people the opportunity to sample the incredible fishing New York State has to offer. Since no license is required, it is the perfect time to take a friend or relative fishing. In 2012, New York State's Free Fishing Days are Saturday and Sunday, June 23 & 24.
Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, will be New Jersey's Free Fishing Days in 2012. Free Fishing Days are held annually in conjunction with National Fishing and Boating Week, and on these days anyone may fish the Garden State’s public waters without a license or trout stamp. All other regulations, including size and daily catch limits, remain in effect. Anglers should also note that any smallmouth or largemouth bass caught during this time must be released.

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Siblings and Special Needs....Part 1

The question of how to help siblings have a life of "normalcy" within a family of special needs often comes up in conversations. I don't think I, or anyone else, have an exact answer for that, but I do have some thoughts and experiences that I found to be helpful. My mind takes this in so many directions that I need to break it into parts otherwise it looms so large I am unable to even begin!

Over the past 13 years I have come to the conclusion that some of the more practical ideas are related to the idea of potential. As parents to children with special needs we concentrate so much on THEIR potential and build much of our schedule around that. In reality, all our children have potential and need guidance and encouragement to reach theirs!  As you are driving to physical therapy, and any of the other therapies, doctors appointments, and consultations you are probably hearing a nagging voice in your head pondering if your other children are feeling neglected. Be assured that voice is nagging in their minds as well and it is probably even louder.  Time is always overdrawn in our lives but if you are truly concerned about your other children, you are going to have to get creative and deal with it. 

Some ways we worked on it in our home was to be sure to sign them up for things that spoke to their own interests: Saturday morning art lessons, jewelry making and crafting, afternoon ballet down the street during nap time, swim team, music lessons given in our own home and so on. We may not have always been on time and I may not have made it to every meet but we did it. If money is holding you back, make the wishes known for birthday and Christmas gifts. More than once they received "lessons" with a little kit of some sort to represent the topic for their gift.  Friends and family are often happy to have ideas for gift certificates to purchase...pottery painting, chef classes, community  soccer, and even a certificate that they will be the person taking them to the lessons if you are so blessed!

When the twins were quite small we went every 6 months for Botox shots in their legs. Fourteen shots a piece. It made for a long and stressful day at our hospital of choice, an hour away on a good traffic day. One such day stands out particularly in my mind. I had been concerned with getting home in time to be there when the older girls got off their bus. I was so pleased to have made it and felt like quite the successful super mom. That was until my eldest strolled up the drive, looking several years older than her actual age, and gleefully shared that the oldest boys in the middle school had invited her to eat at their lunch table. In that moment I had the thought "if we don't give the kids attention, they will find someone else who will" and it gave me chills. Date nights were introduced, with one parent or the other, soon after.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Don't miss the cottage cheese doubles at Giant...

Breakstone's Cottage Doubles Cottage Cheese Logo
...they are priced at $.99 and included in the "buy 7 get $5 off your order immediately" deal! Woot! That leaves you to pay just $2 for 7 Doubles. Yum!

Free sample over on this facebook page tonight....

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Lift your spirts with the new fragrance Wild Poppy by entering here for a free sample!

Find it HERE

Don't miss these new coupons...

Kellogg’s® Raisin Bran Cinnamon Almond® Cereal
...including the cereal coupons, like Raisin Bran, which pair well at Giant. Kellogg's are $2 this week, so $.60 if your store doubles coupons! Woot!
Find the link below:

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Pediasure coupons...

Kids Shakes
With pediasure on sale at GIANT this week, you may want to print a coupon and get some on hand...
Find $3 off HERE
and another for $3 HERE