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Little Passports {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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Do your kids ever surprise you with things they know that you didn’t realize they knew? I recently started a co-op preschool with some friends, and when it came time to say the Pledge of Allegiance on my day to teach, my 3-year-old son was able to recite the whole thing! I’m sure a few words were wrong and he has absolutely NO idea what it means, but I was just shocked that he could say it all! He also answered correctly that we live in the United States when I asked where we lived (though I was trying to get the kids to say California), but that one didn’t surprise me. I know that knowledge was due to our subscription to Little Passports.

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You may remember a bit about Little Passports when Heather Ann reviewed them back in January. But in case you are a newcomer to Dandy Giveaway, here’s a recap: Little Passports is a monthly subscription box geared towards ages 5-12 that follows the adventures of characters Sam and Sofia as they travel across the United States and throughout the world.  To join, you begin by selecting either the World Edition (ages 5-10) or the USA edition (ages 7-12). I was sent the USA edition, which is actually geared towards ages 7-12, and I couldn’t agree more. My 3-year-old son was thrilled to receive a package and learn more about the United States, but he definitely didn’t get as much out of it as he would have if he were even a few years older.

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When his welcome package came, we hung the map of the United States in his room and filled out a few pages in his Field Guide. He loved taking pictures with the “old camera” (it includes a disposable!) and the Scratch Book. A few weeks later we received an envelope with the first two states. It came with a book filled with fun facts, history and culture about Pennsylvania and Arkansas. There was also a postcard, stickers and a pop-out model from both states. My son loved putting the stickers in the field guide, but everything else was way above his learning level.

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For a 7-14-year-old, however, it is perfect! The book about the states is filled with mazes, games, word searches, pictures, and activities to teach loads of interesting facts about each state. An envelope filled with these goodies will come to your doorstep once a month–for up to 26 months if you do the whole United States!–and you can imagine your child’s excitement to open his package and learn! This would be perfect as a supplemental learning kit for public school or homeschooled kids, especially 5th- or 8th-graders learning about U.S. History.

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Subscription plans range from monthly plans ($11.95 a month) to 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans with discounted prices. Sign up for their newsletter online, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to be in the know about the latest deals. Head on over to Little Passports to take a look at their options, then come back and enter below to win:

Win a 3-month subscription to either the World edition or USA edition!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 15th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Passports, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Carefree Crafts {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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We had such a great 4th of July holiday at our house!  We enjoyed a pancake breakfast and flag raising in the morning at our church, some fun swimming at the pool with our family in the afternoon, then ice cream and fireworks in the front yard with some good friends to finish off the day.  Independence Day has always been one of my favorites since I’ve lived in a military community most of my life, and I’ve become especially patriotic since becoming a active duty military spouse myself nine years ago.  Thanks to all of those men, women, and families who protect our country and support our troops!

After our long day spent mostly outside yesterday, I’m realizing that it’s just not going to be possible for us to be outside as often as we’d like in the next several weeks since I’ve just entered my third trimester.  We’re looking for some good inside activities (thank you, summer reading program at the library!), and this one fits the bill perfectly!

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Carefree Crafts offers craft kits ready-made with everything you need to spend some time crafting with your kids!  I’m not overly crafty (though my Pinterest boards reveal an inner crafty-person trying frantically to figure out how to get out!), mostly because I want to craft right then or not at all.  If I have the materials ready to go, I can create pretty easily, but the set up usually includes going to some craft store where I’m completely turned around and can’t find the things that I need.

Carefree Crafts sends these individual crafts to your door for a flat $4.95 shipping for every order, or the monthly subscription ships FREE every time!  Take a look at some of my favorites:

Carefree Individual Crafts

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Fire Station Sticker Scene

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Princess Necklace

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Spring Craft Kit

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4th of July Craft Kit

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“Your kids will receive a new craft package each month, filled with 5 holiday- or seasonal-themed craft kits.  We hand-select fun crafts for kids from a variety of sources including Oriental Trading, Creatology, Darice, etc. to give you the best set of crafts each month. Watch your child build confidence, motor skills, and creativity with these crafts!  These crafts are meant to be assembled by kids aged 3-7 with their parents & caregivers.”  Shipping for these subscription kits is FREE!

Try out a new subscription for a discounted price:  Your first month is only $5.95 using SAVE60 coupon.

Enter below to win a Summer Craft Package from Carefree Crafts!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries  only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be posted  no later than the morning of Friday, July 12th, and emailed  within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48  hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored  by Carefree Crafts, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

28-Day Hug {Review}

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 One facet of womanhood I failed to mention in my post yesterday occurs when the monthly-surprise-that-doesn’t-come-in-the-mail hits and turns me into a completely different woman, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde style.  I hate how quickly I can become short with my husband and impatient with my sweet boys, while also feeling like I’ve lost energy and have waves of conflicting emotions hitting constantly.

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28-Day Hug is a monthly surprise package that comes at just the right time of the month and gives you a pick-me-up via a care package.  In each package, 28-Day Hug includes good quality delicious chocolate, some packets of tea, and an aromatherapy bath salt or shower tablet.  I loved being able to soak in the tub before going to bed on a particularly freezing cold night, and I especially loved trying the shower tablet — I’ve never bought one of these before, and I think that I’m hooked now!  Showers always feel more practical than relaxing to me, but this Relaxing Lavender shower tablet changed all that for me.

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One of our absolute favorite times of the day is when the mail comes and my boys run out to greet the mail carrier and collect our packages and letters so they can bring back a “special delivery” for me.  In that exchange, though, I’d rather not have it exposed to the world that I’m ready for a hug — for this reason alone, it’s perfect that 28-Day Hug is sent in a discreet small package.  It’s also helpful to not draw the attention of my two little boys since it’s more difficult to eat my chocolate in the closet when they’re knocking down the door.  🙂

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 The best part about 28-Day Hug is their pricing – a monthly subscription costs only $3.99 plus shipping and handling (currently set at $1.99)!   Head over to 28-Day Hug, read through their incredibly witty explanation of their subscription services, and sign yourself up for a monthly hug.

 **This posting was sponsored by 28-Day Hug, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Five Dinners 1 Hour {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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When my husband and I were first married, I remember wanting to make lasagna for dinner one night.  I’m the oldest of four children, so I knew what I was doing and was comfortable in the kitchen.  We sat down to a piping hot pan of delicious lasagna, a fresh garden salad, and garlic bread that night…  and the next night…  and took leftovers for lunch…  for about a week.  🙁 It was about that time that I discovered making freezer meals with half of the recipe.

Fast forward about a year, when I’ve figured out the whole cooking-for-two-people thing and also the sticking-meals-in-the-freezer thing.  We got a great deal on a small chest freezer, and we LOVED it (that same one is actually in my garage as we speak!).  The bad thing, though?  Lots of freezer meals that I had completely forgotten about.  And, later, tossed out.

When I was introduced to Five Dinners 1 Hour, I knew that I would love it!  I love the idea of multitasking in the kitchen and stretching my time so that I can be with my family more — and this is the answer to the dreaded, “What are we having for dinner?” question each night.

The idea of Five Dinners 1 Hour is to spend one hour in the kitchen once a week preparing five dinners that will go straight in to your refrigerator, not your freezer.  I love it!  I don’t have to worry about defrosting anything or about forgetting meals that lie in the depth of the chest freezer — I can see them each day and have a plan for what we’re having all week long!

But even better, Michelle at Five Dinners 1 Hour has developed meal plans for you each week!  You simply print off her grocery list, check it against the things you already have, shop for the few things you don’t, then follow her instructions to finish your five meals for the week in just one hour.

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I don’t know about you, but nap time around here is getting skimpy — one hour is about all that I have between the two boys, and I love that I can feel productive in that short period of time!

Five Dinners 1 Hour is offering a six-month subscription to the classic plan to TWO Dandy Giveaway readers!  Enter below!

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**This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only

*The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the morning of Monday, November 12, and will be e-mailed.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

*This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Five Dinners 1 Hour, but all opinions are strictly my own

 

 

 

 

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