Saturday, November 10, 2012

Black Friday ads posted...

Walmart Ad Scan 2163
You can already see the Black Friday ad HERE for Kohl's, if you are chomping at the bit to start your planning!

Walmart has an ad HERE (the iPad looks like it would be worth staying up for)

Staples HERE

Best Buy HERE

Target HERE

I have become a real fan of shopping on line that day!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Forever 21 half off sale items!

Fabulous online sale at Forever 21 today!
Apply code VETSDAY12 for half off sale prices
*Free shipping on $50 or pay $5.95 shipping

Find it HERE

$10 Off Orders $25 Or More at Macy's


Find it HERE

(Valid 11/09 - 11/10)

Thursday, November 8, 2012

More free coffee...guess we all need it.

FREE Sample of Seattle’s Best Coffee
Find the offer HERE on Facebook!

Free coffee on Fridays...

Grab your free coffee at all Cumberland Farms on Fridays in November. (9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th)
Find your local Cumberland Farms HERE

AMC offering "Wrek it Ralph" as a sensory friendly movie this Saturday, Nov. 10th

Sensory Friendly Films
Find all the details HERE as well as locations near you.

In order to provide a more accepting and comfortable setting for this unique audience, the movie auditoriums will have their lights brought up and the sound turned down, families will be able to bring in their own gluten-free, casein-free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. Additionally, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing - in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Grieving a child...supporting friends in grief.

A wife who loses a husband is called a widow. A husband who loses a wife is called a widower. A child who loses his parents is called an orphan. But...there is no word for a parent who loses a child, that's how awful the loss is! - Neugeboren 1976, 154

 This year several families we know have lost a child. It occurred to me, I don't have a clue what I could do that would be truly helpful. It leaves me feeling helpless. Living a life that is daily awash in disability and the challenges that come along with that, I recognize that my lack of participation with the person in their grief, even if it is because I don't want to say the wrong thing, is likely to add to the feeling of isolation many people feel. When I asked a neighbor friend who recently lost her son  if there was anything she found, or would have found, helpful,  I was blessed with a response I feel compelled to share:
 Here's a few things that come to my mind when thinking about what different people have done to help us over the past 17 months. Make a choice to be there for them in whatever way you can. Make them meals. The last thing they will want to do or can do is make a meal much less eat it. But, if it's there, they will eat when they can. Our neighbors on Meadow Lane made us meals for weeks. It was a godsend. Without them, my girls probably would not have had much to eat as I was not able to do much of anything in those first few weeks.
 Offer to watch any young kids they may have while they make arrangements. There were days when I really wanted my girls home here with me and others when I knew they needed to go out. It was nice to know they were in a safe place when they weren't home with me. Offer to watch their house if you are not going to the services. I so appreciated you doing that for us. It was one less thing to worry about:)
Call them, email them and send them cards every now and then. While they might not be in a place where they can respond emotionally, they will truly appreciate your efforts even if it's just to let them know you are thinking of them.
Let them talk about their experience and their daughter/son and more importantly listen to what they have to say even if they've already told you the same thing 100 times. They need to talk about their child and they need to say and hear her name. Don't be afraid to mention

Card Store : 10 Free Cards + free shipping

Use Code: CCN2433

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Merry Christmas Tags 7x5 Folded CardPhoto Wreath Thoughts 5x7 Folded CardSnowy Tree Blessings 5x7 Folded Card

Lands’ End bags deal in time for some Christmas ideas!

Lands’ End has  Children’s Messenger Bags on clearance for $12.99 (was $39.99) Get 30% off with code: LOVEWINTER1 and pin 1012  for a final cost of $9.09 with FREE shipping. 

Find it HERE
Kids' Solid ClassMate® Messenger Bag

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Boston Market has a winner...

they are offering a BOGO coupon for the winning "chicken bowl" tomorrow only. (Nov 7)
Find it HERE
America has spoken …  The winner of the 2012 Market Bowl Poll is CHICKEN  To celebrate the historic win, the “Left Wing” Chicken Party is sponsoring a  Bi-Partisan BOGO on Wednesday, November 7  Purchase a Market Bowl of your choice and a drink,  and get a second Market Bowl free!  BREAKING NEWS: Due to an overwhelming response from the voting public,  all Market Bowls, regardless of “Wing” affiliation, have earned a permanent position on Boston Market’s Menu!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Siblings and Special Needs, part 4: a siblings' perspective

My oldest daughter daughter was recently asked to share her perspective at a Joni and Friends Caregiver's Day. She has given me her permission to share her notes. Maybe you will find some sort of encouragement here. If nothing else, many moms commented to me on the relief they felt when she noted that many of the things from her childhood that I felt would embitter her, she has no recollection of! WHEW!

When my sisters were born one of my first memories I had was MacDonald’s. My sisters lived at the NICU for the first few months of their lives and there was a McDonalds on the way to the hospital that my dad took us to. I’m sure my mom wasn’t thrilled with the fact that we were eating junk food, but it kept my sister and I content. Yes, there was a ton of other junk going on at the time, but I didn’t know any different. I was a kid. I was more infatuated with the fact that I had two new baby sisters and I could get a new beanie baby toy from my happy meal. This all to say that the little things that many moms worry that their younger siblings will remember, they probably won’t remember. Rather, just like any other child, I and many other siblings at that age just want attention from their parents.
 In elementary school my parents started a night called date night. My sister and I took turns going out with one of my parents to spend some time alone. Again the attention we received was key. Anything from painting pottery, to nights browsing at Barnes and Nobles, to beating my dad at mini-golf created that bond that I needed from my parents. Yes, they were exhausted, but the effort that they put into our relationship was something necessary in order for me to grow.
 Not only did they spend time with me, but they encouraged me to explore my interests and talents. I remember Saturday afternoon art classes, piano lessons at my aunt's house, field hockey camps, and many more.
My parents also based my life around Christ. Every night we snuggled into my parents’ bed. We sang songs, read devotions, and prayed.  It was these little things: McDonalds, Date Nights, extracurricular classes, and devotions that shaped me into the person I am today.  

Middle school-
Up until middle school, I felt as though I had had a typical childhood. Nothing was different about my family. We loved each other, ate dinner together, had fun together, nothing different. I don’t know whether it was the fact that my parents couldn’t shelter me anymore, or that I was growing up, or the fact that I was hitting puberty  that I found middle school relationships to be so rough. Figuring out who I was, amidst the disability around me, acted as a barrier between me and many other people, including my parents. I owe them a lot for dealing with me during my middle school years. I was beginning to see that my family was different than many others and noticed that I had matured in life lessons at quite a different rate compared to my peers. It was hard for me to relate to others. They just hadn’t gone through the same things I had. Little things like being stuck at school after a field hockey practice because my mom was at a doctor’s appointment with my sisters frustrated me. I just wanted to be accepted by my peers, not be singled out for making my coach mad. My parents’ continued to press me to work harder during this period of time. I had questions and they allowed me to ask them. My parents allowed me to cry when I was frustrated, they didn’t get mad at me for being frustrated at them, but rather encouraged me to push through. Another thing my parents did that helped me develop during my middle school years was bring my sisters to school events. By having my sisters there it forced me to not be embarrassed, but embrace my family’s predicament.

Great new printable coupons!

Print Free Coupons

(If you are a Giant shopper, don't miss the gas points for snack pack puddings, soup, crushed tomatoes, and Lipman sponges/scrubees for some great deals this week!)

freebie and contribution to Red Cross due to Hurricane Sandy:

Free Hand Sanitizer and $2.00 Donation to Red Cross...
Free Hand Sanitizer and $2.00 Donation to Red Cross for Facebook "Like" from General Partitions HERE

Free taco at California Tortilla

On election day:
 Steak taco
Because we love Election Day here at the Tort, anyone who either wears their “I VOTED” sticker on Tuesday, November 6th, or says “VOTE” to the cashier will get a free taco—no strings attached. Woo-hoo!
More info HERE 

Free Emergency Pets decals and cards

ICE Decal
Find it HERE

The easy-to-use vinyl decal adheres to glass, is removable and notifies people of pets inside your home. Make sure it’s visible to rescue workers by placing by doors or on windows.
Animal Alert CardCarry ARF’s animal alert card to alert emergency personnel that you have animals relying on your return for care.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Christmas "suitsies"

How adorable are these for Christmas???
 Red Vest and Tie Suitsie™ CoverallSilver Vest Red Tie Suitsie™ CoverallPlaid Vest Suitsie™ Coverall
All kinds of styles, these are just $15 HERE

The secret is simple: each outfit consists of an all-in-one coverall with hidden snap plackets at the back and bottom that make getting dressed a total cinch -- and diaper changes a fuss-free affair!

25 percent off at Old Navy, online.

All Dresses on Sale
Use code ONTAKE25 at check out
Find it HERE

ends 11/7

Nescafe sample:

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Sample pack includes two (2) NESCAFÉ® MEMENTO stick packs and a coupon to Save $1.00 on your next purchase of any NESCAFÉ® MEMENTO product.

Enjoy coffeehouse flavor in an instant with new NESCAFÉ® MEMENTO. Available in three flavors, this expertly crafted coffee beverage will leave your taste buds begging for more. Try it for free and discover what WOW tastes like.

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Toms shoes coupon code! yay!

Use this code at checkout from Toms to receive free shipping and $5 off your order...
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expires 11/30/12
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