Saturday, September 7, 2013

Orkin Home Education Kit!

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None of us like bugs.  In our house that is.  Nothing is worse than coming home to the haven you have built for yourself and discovering you aren't alone, and you have creepy crawlers in the house!

The best way to safe-proof your home against pests is education.  How much do you really know about household pests?  I mean, we all seem to have a pre-judgement of "unclean" when we think of houses that have bugs, but bugs have been living in the world for centuries.  They play an important role in life from Science to Forensics, we just want to keep them out of our home.

With the school year gearing up, now is a great time for homeschooling moms to get our Science classes in by learning more about our tiny neighbors in this world.

Take the Pest Test Quiz in the app to find out how much you already know about pests!  Orkin are EXPERTS in bug science and they have developed customized solutions for keeping the pests out of your home where they don't belong!

One of my Lucky readers is going to win an Orkin Home Education Kit.

The Orkin Home Education Kit includes:
• 2 Orkin Factoids 11x17 Posters
     - Poster #1 - The Pollinators
     - Poster #2 - The Recyclers
• 1 Orkin bug-finding flashlight
• 20 Rubber Toy Creepy Crawly Bugs
Be your own Orkin man! Use the flashlight and fun posters to learn about how every creature plays a part in our ecosystem.

Just complete one or more options to be entered to win, and be sure to come back when the giveaway is over and check the giveaway widget to see if you won!!

Have you signed up for our email newsletter so you don't miss out on important events and giveaways?  If not, please enter your email address now, and click subscribe to be included!

 Winner is:  Janice Crespo! 

Disclaimer:    All information and pictures in this post were provided by Orkin for promotional purposes.  I received no monetary compensation nor product to facilitate a review for this post.  I am merely posting for the enjoyment of my readers.

Old London Giveaway 9/21!

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I have some Old Lodon JJ Flats VIP free product coupons that I received a while back.

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I was super excited to try this new cracker, but none of my stores are carrying them 2 months later, so I am sharing the wealth with you.

I have FIVE coupons up for grabs, and one of my lucky readers will win them.  Just complete one or more entries on the giveaway widget, and don't forget to come back at the end of the giveaway and read the announcement on the widget to see if you won!

Friday, September 6, 2013

Wholly Guacamole Giveaway 9/22

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A little while ago, I shared with you an awesome giveaway that Wholly Guacamole is offering their readers.

You can enter to win an entire case of Wholly Guacamole and $100!!  Before you say, "Whoa, that's a whole lotta guac," think about the endless possibilities.

Wholly Guac isn't just for dipping, although, I admit I can go through entire containers by myself just dipping.  You can do everything from bake with it, add it to recipes for a yummy flavor you just can't get from any other product!

I digress though.  While I want you to still get in on the amazing giveaway for the cooler of guacamole (and share it with me of course), I have a giveaway of my very own to share with you.

Just as a thank you for sharing the giveaway with you guys, Wholly Guacamole sent me some VIP free whole product coupons in the mail.  Yes, you heard right, FREE GUAC!

And, just because I am the most awesome blogger in the world, I am sharing the love.  I am giving one of my readers three Wholly Guacamole VIP free product coupons of your very own!!

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Entering is as simple as ever, complete one or more options on the giveaway widget.  And, don't forget to check back for the winner announcement on the giveaway widget at the conclusion of the giveaway!

Wholly Guacamole

Thursday, September 5, 2013

New Way to Get Entries on My Giveaway Widget!

I have been doing some thinking lately.  I know, ya'll just got scared, and asked if I hurt myself with all that thinking.   That's still out for a jury decision.

I have some really great blog readers, and many receive and read my daily email!  Starting today, I am going to start adding a secret word or phrase in bold red to the daily email.  Come back daily and enter that word or phrase in the giveaway widget on each giveaway to gain extra points. 

If you don't get the My Wild Crazy Life newsletter delivered to your email, you are missing out!  Literally, you can be missing out on great new giveaways, entries, and the extra entries for the secret phrase only email subscribers are privy to.  Enter your information right here and click subscribe to start receiving our Newsletter!

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

How to Teach your Children to be Calm, Manage His/Her Emotions, and Get Fitness in with Move With Me Action Adventures!

Remember growing up how the street lights were our curfew, and we were outdoors all day long?
We didn't need an exercise tape because we were outdoors running and playing for hours on end.  Besides, no one I knew even owned a VCR!

Not this generation of kids.   Ask them to play outside and they have a million and one excuses. One of my personal favorites?  My teacher assigned homework on the computer, and I need to use Youtube.  Is it just me, or do your kids also think you fell off the turnip truck last night?

I have become super creative at getting my kids up and moving.  My girls love to dance and sing, so we Karaoke it out to the local station (we only receive one clearly way out where we live).  I just love embarrassing them with my old school moves.  The Carlton anyone?  No?  How about the Electric Slide or the Tootsie Roll?
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This is all good and fine for the older ones, but my 4 year old gets bored with this, and it isn't very effective for him. Move With Me Action Adventures has worked wonders for him.  He can stretch like a butterfly, move like a squirrel, or play with Dolphins!

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Not only is he moving his body and exercising, he is acting out a story, and learning awesome things like how to calm, center and manage his emotions!  Boy, oh Boy do I wish I'd had this growing up.  It has taken me years to learn how to meditate properly, shut out the chaos, and find my calm core!

The fun part is, they aren't just sitting and meditating to find their center.  No sirree!  They are riding a scooter, being a rocket, exploring the moon, and doing lots of fun imaginative things while they are learning!

You can choose from 9 exciting videos with Action Cards that show the movements.  They help build fitness, focus, and even motor skills!  All this, AND they learn how to make wise choices, care for themselves, and be strong individuals!

Move With Me Action Adventures:

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Wine Wear Giveaway 9/27

Here in the South you just don't show up to someone's house without bringing them a token of your appreciation.  Now, I know ya'll think that we Southerner's are a little backwoods and that beer is the appropriate gift for any occasion, and you would be right-mostly.  However, we are much more cultured than the rest of the world thinks, and we love a great wine!

My go to hostess gift is an inexpensive, yet very flavorful bottle of wine, usually Our Dog Blue.  You just can't go wrong. 

Even Jesus endorsed wine:   he turned that water right into wine at the wedding!   John 2:1-11 NIV  Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water”; so they filled them to the brim.  Then he told them, “Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet.” They did so, and the master of the banquet tasted the water that had been turned into wine.

But who wants a naked bottle of wine. No, not nekkid-that has a different meaning altogether.  Naked, as in unadorned.  Now, if you are all Martha Stewarty, you will make your own labels, put a fancy bow or something on there.  I don't really know.  This is just a guess, because  I am as far from crafty as you get. That's Wendy's love-crafting.

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So if you are like me, or maybe just want something that looks equally great but takes much less effort, then Wine Wear is definitely for you!

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Wine Wear is a woman owned company that produces inexpensive cards that fit over the neck of the bottle of wine.  I love that all proceeds from the Live Laugh Love design go to cancer charity, and you can even find them in your local Walgreens!

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I received the cute Wine Wear below to facilitate my review, and I just love it.  So cute, not too pretentious, and very sweet.  I am headed to Walgreens in a week or two when I drive an hour to hit all the markets for the month, and I intend to grab a few for Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Wine Wear

I decided that since I love you guys, that I am going to giveaway my review card from Wine Wear.  Just complete one or more option on the Giveaway widget to be entered to win!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

How Graphic Do You Get When Explaining Stranger Danger To Your Children?

It seems like lately, every time you turn on the news, there has been a kidnapping, someone tortured, killed, raped, and the list of evil goes on.  There are two specific incidents that are causing me to write this.  I can't think of another time in my life as a mother that I have been as concerned with children's safety.

But HOW do we go about communicating this  to our children without terrifying them, but still "scare" them enough that they don't trust the wrong person.

True Life Scenario One:  
A few weeks ago, my husband and I took my son for a bite to eat, and a very loud woman was in the restaurant instructing her kids not to watch the news which was giving the verdict of the Ohio kidnapping/hostage case.

Her 4 boys were ages that appeared to range from 5-12ish, and the oldest kept asking questions about the case, what happened to the victims, etc.  Her answer was simply that bad things happen in the world, they weren't old enough to really understand them, and so to "protect them" and "let them be children instead of dealing with adult issues" she doesn't allow them to watch the news or read the paper.  It was bad, that was all they need to know, and it wouldn't happen to them.

I have to admit I didn't like this answer, and I was waiting for her to tell them the truth:  What happened to those innocent girls COULD happen to them or anyone.  My immediate thought was that keeping her children naive is doing them a disservice.  They need to understand the real dangers in life and be prepared how to handle any situation!

I have calmed my worries by telling myself that since we were in public, she was tabling this conversation for later.  Maybe she wanted her husband who had left about 15 minutes before to sit in on the "church" session she would have later with her boys.  I can only hope this happened.

Real Life Scenario Two:

Today after grabbing a bite to eat, my husband took my son to the restroom while I waited outside the doors.  I happened to be right by the table where a father sat with his daughter, and an Amber Alert message came on the tv.  (seriously why do we need tvs in every eating establishment?)

His daughter who was at the most 6 perked up and asked why that little girl was on tv which I thought was both observant and an odd question.

He immediately said "this is why I always tell you to stay near me," and then started telling her very graphic things that can happen to children.  I mean things like chaining kids to the bed, cutting off their limbs, and even more graphic things that made me scared that I should be closer to my mommy.  Seriously, this dude was gruesome.

I was just shocked at the very scary details that he used in explaining to her the potential dangers of strangers and why to always stay close to her parents, etc.

But, what are we as parents to do?  There is a fine line between terrifying your child and stunting their natural bubbly personality, and telling them things they really need to know.

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Five Things I Taught My Children About Safety:

I certainly don't have all the answers, but I am going to share how this former school teacher and mom talked about this with my children.

1.  Have the Stranger Danger talk.  Literally.  My children have even practiced at home how to shout stranger danger if someone they don't know tries to grab them, comes too close, or just makes them uncomfortable.  I will deal with the fallout of other people later if they make a scene; I would rather be safe than sorry.

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2.  Tell your children to NEVER get in a car with someone they don't know.  Period.  Prepare them for the crazy things people say like, "your mom is in the hospital and they sent me to get you", "I have candy", or "can you help me find my lost puppy", etc.

3.  Tell your children to NEVER get in a car with someone they know unless you have told them to.  I know this sounds confusing, but most sexual abuse happens from someone you know.  We need to prepare them for situations like they are playing in the yard and uncle  "Joe" tells them Mama said they could go to the store with him.  The rule is always come ask me.  If I am not available to ask, the answer is always no, no matter what.

4.  Have the Good Touch Bad Touch talkIf your bathing suit covers it NO ONE should touch you there with you clothes on, or with your clothes off.  It's private, it's yours, and only the doctor or mom/dad needs to see there. I also go a step further and explain that mom and dad don't need to see there unless you have a wound, a rash, sick, etc.  This is a great place to reiterate the good touch bad touch rule. Sadly, some moms and dad use bad touch, tell a teacher, etc.

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5. Discuss ways of avoiding getting taken.  For instance,  you are in a store and get lost from Mama.  You are already scared, looking for Mama, and you are alone on an aisle when you see a "strange looking man/woman."  They get near you and grab you, but don't panic.  Immediately grab for items on the shelf and start throwing them.  Look for something glass that will make a lot of noise, but whatever it is start throwing it and screaming for help.

I know I would rather pay for a new tv my kid broke to save his life than deal with what happened next the rest of my life.  Obviously, I hope my child can do all this if he is grabbed, but ultimately I just want to keep them in my sight so I can keep them safe.

Truthfully, I don't really know if the way I am doing it is right, but I am doing what I know to do to keep them safe.

What Are Your Thoughts On This?
  How have you been answering your children's questions about what's been going on with abductions and killings lately in the media?  What steps do you take to prepare them and keep them safe? It's 8pm, Do you know where your children are?

About Allyson:

I am a caffeine fueled Family Blogger who loves my husband, our four kids, my dog-Kimbo Slice,  Social Media, baking, green/eco-friendly living .  I love to read, and wish I had more hours in a day to do it!