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Make these popular jewelry pieces yoursefl

I was looking at new posts from blogs I follow on my dashboard. I came across this post from
to make your own stamped washer necklace.

I’ve seen similar necklaces around for sale several different places. I thought it would be nice to get one customized with all of my kids’ names on it. Now with this post I can make my own.

She tells you where to get the supplies and for convenience even made up little kits to buy with all the hardware you need so you can make your own. How great is that! Follow the link below to see what I’m talking about.

ORIGINAL blog post with even more pics:

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eBeanstalk Toys review

I have a couple of babies in my family that will be turning 1 soon.  One happens to be my youngest child.  When I look for gifts for children, whether it’s my own, a family member, or because one of my kids were invited to a party, I want to find something unique.  It’s hard to know if you’re niece already has this, or would little Johnny like that, or Didn’t my brother get him one of these last year?

I like to find unique places to buy gifts.  I have to admit, I stumbled onto by accident. I was looking for information for my blog.  I started exploring the website.  I found myself thinking “Isn’t that cute?”  “I’ve never seen one of those before.”  “I bet ______ doesn’t have one of those.”  makes it easy to find the toys by having the toys broke down into age categories as well as being able to narrow it down to boys, girls, and top sellers.

For instance:
Baby toys I go to the website and click on Baby Toys on the left hand side. I list of cute little toys like these ones come up:

Big Buzz E Bee $29.95
Sights, sounds, peek a boo activities and more with this one.  Click the link to read what all it does.

Melissa and Doug Fill and Spill Mailbox $26.95There’s a few fill and spill toys on the market.  All very cute.  This is the first one I’ve seen.

Moving on there are a lot of other age categories to choose from.  Even up to 12 years and older:
Toys by Age
Looking through the 12 years and up section I see this:

Tin Can Robot $14.95 on eBeanstalk
Definitely unique.  I bet it would be a lot of fun too.  Making mental note of this one for later. It’s a kit that includes the parts.  All you need is a soda can to turn a used can into a neat toy.

Maybe you’re thinking that you just want a plain old trampoline, or bike, or whatever.  They have that too.

The site also offers birthday reminders, wishlist maker, and a section with expert advice on toys for the best learning and developmental toys.  This makes me happy being that I’m an Occupational Therapy Assist. They even have links to articles:

What do I think eBeanstalk can work on?  Well if you’ve been reading my blog, you’ll know it’s the prices.  eBeanstalk can we do something with that?  I did look at the clearance section on the site:  that’s a pretty good start.  I can’t say the prices will detour me from purchasing because they do offer unique toys I personally haven’t found anywhere else.  I’ll watch for deals though.  Also I found out that if you sign up for their newsletter:  eBeanstalk newsletter sign up you can safe 15%  and free standard shipping if your order is $65 or more.

All in all I will be back to the site.  Leave your comment and tell me what you think.

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The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen Cookbook Giveaway and the American Diabetes Association (ADA) have developed “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast and Flavorful Recipes made with Canola Oil” cook book.  There will be seven bloggers from the CanolaInfo team preparing all 151 recipes and sharing there info with you on the blog.  Each blogger will give a different perspective.  From Culinary experts to moms with children, and young city dwellers learning the kitchen.

In reading the cookbook, I found a lot of interesting and helpful information in the beginning of the book.  For instance, “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen cookbook” explains the good and bad fats.  The benefits of good fats and why bad fats are….well…bad.  It gives information on healthy cooking habits and more.

I have to admit.  When I think healthy cooking I don’t always think of flavor and variety.  In reading the recipes in “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fast and Flavorful Recipes made with Canola Oil” I found myself saying.  “oh that looks good”, “I’m going to have to try this recipe”, “I bet I could make this and no one would even realize it’s good for them”.    I work in the health field for a living.  I see the consequences of people not taking a more healthy approach to their life.  This cookbook makes it easy to find and prepare a healthy meal for your family.

With recipes like:  Turkey-Swiss Panini, Lime-Zested Tomatillo-Black Bean Salad, Chicken with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce, and a whole lot more.  Vivid pictures of recipes in the book really make it appealing.  Oh did I mention there is a Chocolate Fondue recipe as well? Just throwing that in there.  🙂

You can check out some of these recipes for yourself in the mean time.  Go to:  to see for yourself.  You can also find CanolaInfoCooks on facebook:

As if that wasn’t enough to make you think you’d like to check out this book, All proceeds from the sales will go to the American Diabetes Association.  This book is $18.95  in the U.S. and is availabe through the American Diabetes Association: , 1-800-232-6733, and

as well as Barnes and Noble, and many other bookstores.

This cookbook is not just for people living with Diabetes.  Healthy cooking is for everyone!  Heart Disease is the leading cause of death around the world.  The ADA recommends that people with Diabetes should use healthy oils, like canola oil, instead of other types of fat when cooking.  This cookbook is full of recipes using healthier canola oil.

“The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh, Fast, and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil” cookbook is laid out very well.  With an easy to read contents section broke down into meals: lunch, dessert, salads for instance and an alphabetic index making it easy to find say:  Chocolate Mint Pie with Espresso Sauce (sorry can’t help myself).

And here is the exciting part for my readers: I’m giving away a copy of “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen: Fresh Fast and Flavorful Recipes Made with Canola Oil”  Here on my blog.  The winner will also receive a 2010 “The Heart-Smart Diabetes Kitchen” Calendar with colorful pictures each month of some of the delicious recipes found in the cookbook.

Thanks to for letting me offer my readers such a great giveaway!

Now the giveaway rules:

Mandatory for initial entry:

1.  Go to: and leave a comment telling me which recipe on their blog is your favorite and why.
2. I’ll need a way to contact you if you win.  for instance:  a link to your blog with your contact info, leave your email in the comment, or whatever you feel comfortable with.

Optional bonus entries (Mandatory must be done first in order for bonus entries to count)
1. Follow me on Twitter:    @angiewith3  and tweet about this giveaway with this link:
2. Leave a thoughtful comment on one of my other blog posts.  Then tell me on this post that you commented on another post.
3. Post about this giveaway on Facebook using this link:
4.  Follow my blog

A winner will be chosen Friday May 14, 2010

UPDATE  **and the winner is…….Barbara***

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Free Birthday Club from Growing Tree Toys for kids AND adults

Growing Tree Toys offers a Free Birthday Club.  You can sign up, up to 5 children.  It includes a surprise for your child and exclusive offers for you.  It will arrive in your email 2 weeks before the birthdate.

 Growing Tree Toys Birthday Club

Growing Tree Toys offers a variety of toys for children of all ages.  They offer educational toys, baby toys, toddler toys, ride on toys, games musical toys, and much more. They even make them easy to find with their categories and even age group search.

educational toys
baby toys
toddler toys

Looking over the site some of my favorite and more unique toys:

Harley Davidson Roaring Rocker
Also a favorite of my boys on the site.  They loved looking over the toys here.

Praying Mantis Pagoda science kitMy older boys saw the butterfly habitat advertised on tv and have been bugging me for one.  Growing Tree Toys has it.  That is, until, they saw the Praying Mantis Pagoda.  Now they want this.

Snuggle Pod Lil’ Peanut Baby Doll

I just thought this was the cutest thing.  I’ve not seen one of these before.  I may have to get one for my baby.

I could post about 100 unique and cute toys on this blog but it would just be easier for you to use one of the links I included in this post to see for yourself.

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10 Little Things that Lead to a Happier, Healthier You

This is something we can all use a little of.  Thinking of 10 things that can make our lives happier and healthier.  This is my personal list in no certain order:

1.  Make time for the family–My husband and I work opposite shifts.  He doesn’t get to spend as much time with the kids as he’d like and we don’t get to spend enough time together.  But on his days off we try to make up for it.  I make a special meal. We all sit together and eat and discuss our day.  No tv’s on, no cell phone nothing. My husband also tries to make special guy time with our 3 boys.

2.  Take some “you” time–I know, as a mom, that’s probably one of the hardest things to do.  My time, when all the kids are in bed and before my husband gets home from work. I usually have about an hour and a half to myself.  That’s my facebook or blogging time, or my candle making time, or my reading time, whatever I feel like doing for me time.

3.  Get active with the family–Let’s face it, most of us aren’t as active as we should be.  I know I’m guilty. I do have a physical job outside the home which i love. I work as a therapist.  And as a therapist I see the trouble people can into by being sedintary.  I try to find a couple days a week to take all the kids out for a walk around town, kick the soccer ball around with them, take them to the playground (and be active with them….what a mom can enjoy the swings too right?) This also has a secondary benefit (See list number 1)

4.  Read your food labels–again I’m guilty.  I don’t always buy the healthiest things.  I’ve been making an honest effort over the last 2 years though to buy healthier food.  1% milk instead of 2%, having more fruits, veggies, and juices around the house instead of twinkies, soda, etc.Once I started really reading labels I was shocked to see some of the fat content, sodium amounts, calories in some food

5.  Make healthy eating fun and exciting for kids—One of my boys’ favorite treats is apples with peanut butter.  I like to crush plain cornflakes into the peanut butter to to give it a unique crunchy texture.  I started swapping their white bread for whole wheat bread and cutting their sandwiches into cute shapes You can use metal cookie cutters, ravioli cutters whatever you have that works.

6.  Talk to your kids about healthy eating habits–I started talking to my kids about healthy choices and examples of healthy choices in terms they’d understand around 4 years old.  I even made a little quiz:  what’s a better snack?  oranges or a snickers bar, what’s a better drink choice?  chocolate milk or soda?  and so on.  I also tried to explain why it was important to eat healthier: weight gain and the problems that can compound from that, vitamin c to help the immune system etc.

7.  When possible make it from scratch or as much as possible instead of prepackaged:  You can control what goes into your food better.  You can use egg beaters instead of eggs, you can use skim milk instead of whole milk, etc.  I know that’s a toughy especially when companies make it so convenient and quick for us.

8.  Drink more water:  Water as we all know is so important for our bodies.  It helps our skin, keeps us hydrated, helps us decrease our hunger between meals, and so much more.  Milk and Orange Juice like Tropicana is great too!

9.  Don’t sweat the small stuff:  Does it really matter if the dishes sit for an hour after supper if it means getting in some quality time with the family?  Who cares if your mother in law made a surprise visit and your floor wasn’t vacuumed?  Don’t overload yourself at work.  Sure you want to be a superstar or strive for that raise but stress takes a toll on our bodies and can increase sick days.

10.  Get some sleep:  Try to strive for a regular bedtime (for yourself too not just your kids).  Try to get at least 8 hours of sleep.  When you can’t try to find time for a nap.  If you’re fatigued how will you have the energy for the kids?  the family time? work?  whatever.  Renew your body.

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