Monday, November 17, 2014

Growing up Social #Review & #Giveaway #growingupsocial

Disclosure: I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.



I have to start by asking: Have you ever read the book 5 Love Languages? I did and it saved my marriage before we were even married. Sean & I both read that book. We've loaned out (and lost because they aren't returned) over a dozen copies of that book. We consider it one of the best written books regarding marriage. We were speaking different languages while dating and didn't realize that it would eventually drive a wedge between us. By both reading the book, we knew how the other person thinks and what they need to 'hear' love. Truly, it saved our marriage before we ever said, "I do."

And now, from the same author, comes a new book called "growing up social - raising relational kids in a screen-driven world". I'll tell you the title alone was enough to grab my attention and make me have a moment of clarity. The photo on the cover about knocked me over. How often do I see this same moment playing out all over the place? And...how many times have my husband and I looked like this? The most scary moment of all...how often do my kids look like this?

So while I didn't really have time to read a book and I didn't really have an opening in my schedule for this review, I knew I needed to say yes. Sometimes, you have to make time from the urgent things of life to take care of the vital. I believe this message is vital. And I'm happy to announce that you too can win a copy of this book...keep reading to find out how. 

I want to quote the authors up front. Chapman and Pellicane write, “This is not an anti-technology book. Technology is here to stay, and we believe you can find positive ways to utilize it for your relationships.” 

I think the biggest lie of technology and social media is the illusion of real community and friendship when that person can't read your expression or tone of voice. It feels like community--and might be for periods of time off and on--but the reality is that it's not as authentic as we'd like to think it is. And we spend so much time 'connecting' through YouTube, Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Vine, etc, etc, etc. that somewhere along the way, we no longer take time to talk and interact and fellowship with humans...with each other.

Below is the video trailer for the book.


Book description:
Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?
Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.
In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.
•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done
Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

I will tell you I'm loving the book. I'm not all the way finished but it's making a true impact in my own life. As the authors state so eloquently, "No phone, tablet or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships--only you can." How's that for a healthy dose of truth? 

I hope you will take time to read and apply the lessons in the book. It's a message that is so critical in today's world. 


Would you like to win a copy of Growing Up Social? 
Enter here for your chance to win.





Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

AWA Services Can Help with Donations, Junk Removal and More #Giveaway Omaha Area

Disclosure: I was provided a discount or gift card in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in a 'sea of stuff'? Think you would like to donate some furniture but don't know how to get it out of your house and to the donation site? Ever wish someone would take all of the stuff you want gone and take it to the donation center or the dump....or both....for you? 



If you have answered yes to any of these questions, I've found the place for you. AWA Services provides donation and junk removal. 

Here is their mission from their website:
Our MissionWe are dedicated to helping our community reduce waste. We are accomplishing this by teaming with local non-profit organizations.To reduce waste and to make a positive impact on the environment, we donate and recycle as much as possible.Most people understand recycling is good for the earth, but many don’t realize the various ways recycling can positively impact their own community. Check out our partners and learn how your donations make a difference in their organization.
They work with Goodwill, Cross Training Center and Heartland Hope Mission. I personally support all three of these ministries and places in my own life. I found it to be absolutely refreshing to find a company who follows the same principals that I try to follow in my own life. 

Here is a little more information about Junk Removal:
Junk RemovalAWA Services, Inc. is your full-service junk removal company. Need to clean out an attic, basement or garage? We offer junk removal services for your home or business. We donate, recycle or dispose of all items that we remove. We will haul away everything, including donations.Whether you have a garage/basement full of items or just one heavy item, we are here to help. Some of the most common items we remove are: couch, loveseat, table, recliner, tube television, hide-a-bed, mattress, box spring and miscellaneous stuff.Our fees are based on how many items you have and how much room they will take on the truck or trailer. Certain items may have dump or recycle fees.
Before Junk Removal


After Junk Removal
Be sure to visit and like them on their social media accounts
AWA Facebook Page
AWA Google+ Page
AWA Pinterest Page
AWA Main Website


If you live in the Omaha area, you can enter to win a free donation/junk removal of 80-120 cubic feet of items. (Excluding tube TVs.) To give an example of size, a couch is 50-60 cubic feet. 

Want to get started on a cleaning spree? Enter below. 

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thank You Veterans - Veterans Day 2014


Thank you to all of our veterans. 
God bless you for your service.

What can a sensory child achieve? #SensoryBlogHop


Last month, I mentioned not knowing what Nathan could or could not achieve. I've learned a lot over the years and the two phrases that have resonated and stuck with me the most are:

  1. Presume competence. - Set the bar higher than you believe your child (or any child) can achieve. Children rise to our lowest level of expectation so lift the bar and see how high they can go. You might be amazed--I was.
  2. Don't you wish you had a crystal ball instead of hindsight glasses? Yes, I wish it a lot. Even now that things are going so much better...I worry. There, I admit it. I try to rely on instinct, trust in God as I believe people should do and cast your cares...but, in moments of true honesty, I worry.

I could say so much more and give you so many examples of all that Nathan has and is achieving. And I had planned to...but I am afraid you would miss the message in the 'stuff.' Maybe next month I'll give you some examples. 

For now, remember:

  1. Presume Competence.
  2. My crystal ball was never as clear as my hindsight glasses. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

New #Purex Aromatherapy Crystals - #Giveaway

Disclosure: I received a bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy in exchange for my review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. 


Have you tried Purex Crystals yet? They are a wonderful way to add fresh and long lasting scent to your laundry. And the newest Purex Crystals are the Aromatherapy. I received a bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy (Energy) to try. Love the scent. I have been doing more research into aromatherapy and am learning that it really can and does work. I'm not truly sure I get more energy from wearing my clothes that have the scent in them, but I like the scent and it doesn't overpower me. 

The Purex Crystals Aromatherapy has a long lasting scent that stays with your clothes even when they hang for a long time in your closet. And keep reading for your chance to win your own bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. 



Win a Free Bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy
Enter below using the Giveaway Tools Form. Winner will receive a coupon for a free bottle of Purex Crystals Aromatherapy. Good luck.



Crate and Barrel Gift Card #Giveaway from #AgentAce


Sponsored by: Agent Ace
Hosted by: Mom Powered Media

Have you ever had to go house hunting? When we last searched for a new home (seven years ago), it was a long and tedious process. We didn't know how to find a good agent and we actually went through several before finding a good fit for our family. I personally wish I had known about Agent Ace back then. I think it would have been a big help to our family as we searched for a new home. 

Agent Ace is the new way to find the best real estate agent. When you've thought about buying a home, how did you figure out who would help you with that? Did you find someone who you felt you could trust to get you what you wanted from it, whether that was a good price on a new home or the best sale of your old one? A lot of homeowners and potential buyers will just pick a random agent from a list online without a lot of background on what they're best at. It's like throwing a dart at the Yellowpages. With just a little information from you, Agent Ace can match you with the best agent to sell your home or buy a new one.



They're not a service who bases their list on whoever pays the most in your area either, so there's no worry about what goes on behind the scenes. For those of us in the market, Agent Ace a completely free service. Their innovative, patented technology — the Agent Connection Engine (ACE) — makes an unbiased evaluation of every agent who has bought or sold a home just like the one you’re trying to close on based on the information you've provided. They gather and analyze years of past home sales data from ALL the real estate agents in your state, not just a small network. Then they promise to recommend the single best agent for your needs — based on facts.


Agent Ace is free, easy to use, and there’s no obligation to use any of the agents they recommend. You're not locked into anything if you don't find someone you think fits or if maybe you decide you're not ready yet. They make up to 3 agent recommendations for buying and 3 for selling so you can choose the best fit for your needs and your style. Once they identify your best agent, the experienced Agent Specialists will screen them and confirm that they can fully commit to you. They do the initial contact and the sometimes awkward "Hey, can you take a new client right now?" questions for you. Once they’re sure it's a great fit, your recommended agent will give you a call within 24 hours (but usually sooner). It’s as easy as ordering take-out.


If you're even considering getting into the housing market for your dream home, whether to buy or sell, you can check out Agent Ace's amazing system from the comfort of your home (in your pajamas) at AgentAce.com.

Speaking of Dream Homes, Agent Ace wants to help you decorate yours. Two lucky winners are going to receive Crate and Barrel gift cards! The grand prize winner will receive a $250 gift card and a runner up will receive a $100 gift card. The sweepstakes is open to residents of the US through November 24, 2014. Enter using the form below and Good Luck!

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Crate and Barrel, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact brookedoesitall@gmail.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Aroma 4 Quart Ice Cream Maker #Giveaway

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 Hosted By Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More, Queen of Savings and Vegetarian Mamma.

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Sponsored By Aroma

I don't know about you, but at our house it's I scream, You scream, we ALL scream for ice cream. I've always been a little concerned about trying to make homemade ice cream. I've been worried that it would fail or not taste good or be soup instead of ice cream. When I learned a little about the Ice Cream Maker from Aroma, I became intrigued. I haven't gotten to try it, but I like the reviews I'm reading and I look forward to using it someday.

Aroma makes a wide array of products to make your life simpler and easier. You can read Tammie's review of the Ice Cream Maker by going here to read it. Making homemade ice cream I always thought was a difficult process when in fact it could not be easier. It comes with step by step instructions on making ice cream in a variety of flavors. The ice cream can be made by using the hand crank or electricity which will make this process very easy.

On To The Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win an Aroma Ice Cream Maker rv $70.00
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • This Sweepstakes will end on Nov. 23 at 7 p.m.
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email and have 24 hours to respond or another will be chosen. pankuch1605@hotmail.com is the email it will come from.
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Full terms and conditions are the entry form below
Enter Below and Good Luck to you~
Disclosure- Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Saturday, November 08, 2014

Awards and Plaques the Kids Have Won

Have you ever won any awards or plaques? When I was in high school, I was involved on the Speech Team. During my high school years, I won various plaques and awards. My favorite events were Poetry and Persuasive Speech. The bulk of my awards were in those areas. My favorite award plaques were at a local Catholic school that gave away silver platters to each winner. 

My kids have all taken piano lessons since they were young. Their teacher has them participate in local competitions. I like these competitions because they are competing against themselves. Nathan and Rebekah recently competed at the State Music Festival. I'm so proud of both of them. Nathan got a 2+ (Excellent Plus) and Rebekah got a 1- (Superior Rating). So she got a trophy. It's a custom award that is created especially for the State Music Festival each year. 

Here is her award from this year:



I don't know about your house, but if you have kids involved in sports or music, you might have lots of trophies, plaques, or awards.  We've got so many now that they won't all fit on the top of the piano...or on the bookcase shelf. It's a happy problem to have - and I'm so proud of all three of my musicians. 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Take the #FamilyDiningWeek Challenge and Giveaway

Disclosure: Live Well Omaha Kids partnered with me for this post. All opinions are my own.

What does dinner time mean to you? If you have children, it can often mean chaos and a big hustle to get food to the table and get the kids there, too. Now that our kids are older. it's harder to make family dinners work. So when I was approached by Live Well Omaha Kids to blog about the Family Dining Week Challenge and Pledge, I knew I had to participate. The week of October 19 - 25 has been named Omaha Family Dining Week by Mayor Jean Stothert.




Sean and I have always put a focus on sitting down at the table as a family as much as possible. We turn the TV off and have a no-screens rule. Then we talk about our day over dinner. I read an article once that said the one common denominator among Rhodes scholars was they sat down to have family dinners together. I used to tell my kids, "We're getting you a scholarship so sit and eat."  


Family meal time seems to be dwindling--even in our home. We still work hard to make a family meal a reality as often as we can. Sometimes we eat early to make it to activities or we eat late--with our kids being older, I don't feel as pressured to have the exact same meal time each night. There are so many good reasons to eat together as a family, but some of the facts on the website surprised me. 


In addition to nutritional benefits, family dining has other benefits, such as:
  • Reducing stress
  • Improving communication among family members
Dining together more than four nights per week is also attributed to:
  • Reducing risk of depression in teens
  • Reducing teen drug use
  • Reducing teen pregnancy
- See more at: http://livewellomahakids.org/programs-solutions/at-home/family-dining/#sthash.h5jLpbCC.dpuf


How about you and your family? Do you want to join us in bringing back Family Dining?


Live Well Omaha Kids is also sponsoring a giveaway on my blog. For those who take the pledge, you can win a $15 HyVee Gift Card. Enter below for your chance to win. 


For more chances to win a $15 HyVee Gift Card, please stop by these blogs and enter their giveaways, too.


Midwest Mammas


Sensory Mama Saving Cents


Liv, Laugh, Love


Mom Saves Money


Makingmine


Oh My Omaha

Family Fun in Omaha

Curtain and Pen

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Restaurants, Autism, and "The Look" -- #SensoryBlogHop


I'm so excited to be participating once again in the Sensory Blog Hop. It's a monthly hop where those of us who are or love people with sensory issues can have a moment to speak our minds. So far, I appear to focus on restaurants...every month...

I don't mean to focus in on dining out, but at the same time, I hear over and over how people who have kids with special needs don't eat out because it's hard. And last month, I was challenged (nicely) by Full Spectrum Mama.com to post about how we handled reactions to our son and his behaviors at restaurants. Gauntlet thrown - challenge accepted. And as easy as it was for me to say 'challenge accepted,' the reality is that going back in time to those years is very hard. It's picking the scab off of a wound and it goes back to a much darker time in my life. The place where we didn't know who our son would be or what he could or could not achieve. (Spoiler alert - next month I'm talking about figuring out what you can achieve with sensory issues.) To catch up quickly, here's where I talked about The Sounds of Restaurants and here's where I talked about What Would You Do


So the look, the stare, the commentary--usually unpleasant at best. I am happy to note that I don't remember a single time anyone said anything derogatory to us. I'm forever grateful for that. If anyone would have said something while we were in the midst of those years, I would have either become an instant emotional wreck or I'd have come back verbally attacking and being generally ugly in return. It would have depended on the day and if I was fed up with the world or feeling like I was a pond scum parent. Now that Nathan is older (12 years old), I can look back with a few more hours of sleep under my belt, with a larger tool kit of information and with an arsenal of assorted word weapons and deflectors. 

Now I aim to educate. I'm the first one to let folks know my child has autism. Autism Awareness--we've come a long way baby in just 12 years. The numbers have gone in Nathan's lifetime from 1 in 150 to the current statistics 1 in 68. If I get anything that could resemble a look, a stare or if there was a comment, I'd hit education mode. I usually say something like, "It's ok, he has autism." With the new 1 in 68--every person knows SOMEONE with autism. I give them a little information about Nathan, "It's a little loud in here for him so he'll be covering his ears a lot." Once they see I'm willing to talk, I get a LOT of questions...about someone else's child. I hear all sorts of questions...well my cousin's son or my sister's daughter has autism. That child does xx, is that normal for autism? I answer questions as best I can, often give them a resource card listing the Autism Society of Nebraska website where they can get more information. 




But in the olden golden days, we sometimes got 'the look.' People would stare and glare as Nathan would start crying as the fast eater parent quickly wolfed down the last few bites. How did I handle the stares? In public, I ignored them. Too bad. It's not like I've never eaten where a tired, cranky or unruly toddler has disrupted an entire restaurant. So my kid is rocking and flapping and starting to cry--deal with it. I just couldn't cope with one more thing in those moments. I was on as much sensory overload as Nathan with trying to keep him calm until we got him outside. In private, I cried--a lot. I cried that we disrupted restaurants, I cried that people can't 'see' his disability, I cried as I grieved for the dreams for my son vs. the reality of life, and I cried as I hurt for him. I didn't know why he melted down in restaurants--still don't. I have guesses, but no solid proof. But a mom knows when her child has needs and knowing I couldn't fulfill them was heartbreak for me. 

Here's the bit of hope I want to leave  you with. While we got some stares and some glares, they were few and far between. Most of the time, we got smiles and nods of encouragement. The people who stopped to say something would tell us what a great job we were doing. People told us that Nathan was blessed to have us for parents--that one still makes me cry. He's blessed to have us? Ha! We're muddling through not really knowing what we're doing, but we've learned through Nathan to discover different joys in life. Our world opened up in a whole new way. While I might not have chosen this path for myself, I can't imagine any other life. 



Most memorable--one precious woman who put her hand on my shoulder and whispered in my ear, "Keep up the good work. He's a great boy and you're a terrific mom." With a squeeze of my shoulder and a sunny smile, that angel left the building and restored a piece of my heart. It was a really down day and she gave me enough encouragement to just keep trying. 

So in answer to the challenge--how did we handle stares, glares and comments?

  • Comments -- we didn't get any but now I'd come back with something snappy like, "He's got autism, what's your excuse for being rude?" (Seriously--I don't tolerate rudeness!)
  • Stares -- smiles, or ignore. I chose to never stare back...stares are interesting because we interpret them so differently. I learned over time that most stares were people trying to understand or figure out how they could help. It wasn't mean or nasty. It was curiosity...and I'm into education. If a smile would encourage a question where I could educate, bring it on. 
  • Glares -- I still ignore them. Let them stare. I've got a super power--I'm an autism mommy and a sensory specialist. What are their credentials?
Have you encountered the stare, glare or commentary? Has it been positive or negative? I'd love to hear from you. 

Be sure to check out the other Sensory Blog Hop Blogs below:


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Omaha Giveaway - The Phantom of the Opera: Halloween Organ and Film

Disclosure: I was provided two tickets to this performance plus two tickets to give away. No other compensation given and all opinions are my own. 

Lon Chaney as the Phantom of the Opera
Have you heard what is going to be happening at the Orpheum Theater in Omaha? For one show only, on October 22 at 7:00 p.m., you can once again see the historic theater in it's full glory. The mighty Wurlitzer Organ will once again play during a showing of the classic film, The Phantom of the Opera.

The Wurlitzer onstage at the Orpheum Theater Omaha


The Phantom of the Opera: Halloween Organ and Film featuring organist Clark Wilson will be sure to please. I was blessed to hear the Wurlitzer last year through Omaha Performing Arts. I can't wait to hear it again...and add the visual of a silent film. Clark Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America today. He works exclusively with the Organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film. I've heard him play at one other organ event and he is impressive in his attention to detail and ability to bring out the best in a pipe organ.


Clark Wilson
Excellent seats are still available at a mere $15 per ticket. Purchase tickets online through Ticket Omaha.

From an Omaha Performing Arts Press Release:
Channeling the 1920s experience, this special production of the classic horror film, The Phantom of the Opera, makes for the perfect Halloween festivity. Complimented by the Mighty Wurlitzer organ, the silent movie stars Lon Chaney as the deformed Phantom haunting the Paris Opera House.
Wilson is one of the most prominent and recognized scorers of silent photoplays in America. He works exclusively with the organ in developing accurate and historic musical accompaniments as they were performed in major picture palaces during the heyday of the silent film. The musical style of the time remains intact; no attempt is made to distract from the picture by using themes or styles that entered the musical scene years later. Most important of all, the film remains the focus and star of the performance.

Would you like to win two tickets to the show?
Enter below using the Giveaway Tools form.
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Sunday, October 05, 2014

LeapFrog #FitMadeFun #MommyParties


Disclosure: I was provided materials mentioned in exchange for hosting a party and review. All opinions expressed are my own.




I can't tell you how excited I was to find out I got to host a Fit Made Fun party sponsored by LeapFrog, CLIF Kid ZBar Protein and Mommy Parties. I was sent a party box including two LeapFrog Activity Bands, multiple boxes of CLIF Kid ZBars and activities and ideas for the party. We had all the neighborhood kids over and had a fantastic outdoor fun time. 


The new LeapFrog activity band--to me--was a mash up between a tamagotchi and a cross fit wristband. It tracks activity, has cute characters that need you to move to give them energy joules (my daughter is still convinced she's giving her puppy jewels...like a crown). The more active you are, the more joules your animal gets. You can also take care of your pet to unlock bonus features and items. 

To me, the biggest surprise was that my 12 year old son took to it faster than my 8 year old daughter. Nathan loved it and is still more likely to make sure it's charged than his sister. I don't know if it's an autism thing or a 12-year old boy thing, but he loves the premise. He goes out to exercise (burn off steam) after school before starting homework. He's set it to talk to him after about an hour to take a 1 minute activity break. It's the same concept of the 'brain breaks' they get during school. For him, taking one minute to move and be active will recharge his brain so he can go back to work and work faster than before. 

To learn more about the LeapFrog Activity Band, click here for activities and information


The CLIF bars were a much bigger hit than I thought they would be. The kids...and moms...all loved them. I had a few icks to the Chocolate Mint--but the grown ups loved that flavor. My kids are now begging to have one every day as a snack. And with the excellent nutrition, I feel better about this than a lot of other snacks they like. We tried Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter Chocolate. Filling and great taste plus they are made with natural ingredients and better for you than other snacks--it's a win all around.

Here are a few pictures (action shots) of some of the kids doing their activities. It was a fun party and a great way to get active with LeapFrog. 

Nathan wearing the LeapFrog Activity Band.

The band told us to do jumping jacks for
60 seconds. Nathan led the way (so it's blurry).
Some of the girls doing handstands and cartwheels.

Boys making their own rules & game.
They were sword fighting with wiffle bats. 

Friday, October 03, 2014

Salonpas Pain-Relieving #Giveaway

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Welcome To Our Salonpas Pain-Relieving Sweepstakes~
Hosted By Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and More and Michigan Saving and More
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Sponsored By Salonpas
Pain is something we call all admit is not easy to deal with and finding options that other than replying on a narcotic is a bonus. Salonpas offers you that option by providing products like those seen above in the picture. These products do what they claim to do and so much more by relieving your pain and offering you peace of mind in that you can actually function and get the things that you want done completed. You can read Tammie's thoughts on this product by going HERE.

Robyn's Thoughts: I am thankful that I generally do not have to handle pain or pain management. However, on those instances where I am in pain due to muscle aches or injury, I am reluctant to use too much pain relieving medicine. The side effects aren't good for me. I have not yet tried Salonpas, but like that it is patch, gel or spray. I wish I would have had this product when I sprained my ankle! I hope you will enter to win the giveaway. 

Onto The Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win Salonpas products approximate retail value of $100
  • This Sweepstakes will end Oct. 17 at 7 p.m.
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • Winner will be notified by emil
  • All entries will be verified
  • One entry per household
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • Must be 18+ and older to enter
  • Full terms and conditions are on the entry form below
Enter below and Good Luck to you!
**Remember - If you click on options (top right) and select show all entries, it makes entering faster and easier than ever.**



Disclosure-Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lugz Men's Canvas Shoe #Giveaway

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Sponsored By Lugz
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This started out as a back to school event but you can tell by the date that it is a little bit late for that. It is never too late for a pair of new shoes. Men deserve new shoes just as much as women do. Once you discover the Lugz brand, I doubt you will ever chose another as they are superior in quality and styles as well as design. Lugz is celebrating their 20 year anniversary. You can read Tammie's review by going HERE.

I look forward to trying out these shoes. They look so comfortable and I would hope they last a while. I have boys in my home who are excessively hard on shoes! Please be sure to enter the giveaway below. If you click on the top right corner, select open all entries at once. This will remember your setting forever and it makes this a super fast giveaway to enter. Good luck!!!

Onto The Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win a pair of their choice of Lugz Men's Canvas shoes
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • This Sweepstakes will end on 10/13 at 7 p.m.
  • Must be 18+ to enter
  • Only 1 entry per person, per household
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • Full Terms and Conditions are on the entry form below
Enter below and Good Luck to you~


Disclosure-Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com .

Friday, September 26, 2014

Masik Collegiate Fragrance #Giveaway

Masik Collegiate Fragrance   

Hosted By Tammie's Reviews, Giveaways and Moreand
Sponsored By Masik
While I had never heard of Masik Collegiate Fragrance before, I looked through the scents and loved what I saw. Having been at several of the colleges and universities represented, I think their choice of scents to blend is spot on. I wish they had a University of Nebraska scent...but not yet. Is your favorite team one of the scents--and do you think they got the mix right? 

Tammie's Thoughts: How do you show your team spirit? The team that you cheer on the most? The team that you bleed their colors? You can read Tammie's Review of this product by going HERE. It does not matter if you are a guy or a gal, They have the fragrance for you.

Onto The Sweepstakes~
  • One reader will win a their choice of either perfume or cologne and their choice of their team to be placed on the bottle
  • This sweepstakes will end on Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. EST
  • This is open to the U.S. only
  • Void where prohibited by law
  • All entries will be verified
  • Winner will be notified by email
  • Must be 18 years of age or older
  • Full Terms and Conditions are on the widget below
Good Luck!!!


Disclosure--Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts was not compensated either by free product or payment. I have not been compensated for this post. All opinions and experiences are my own. Open to the US, must be 18+. Confirmed Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 24 hours to respond before a new winner will be drawn. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Entrants must only enter with either one email address, IP address and/or Facebook account, anyone found violating these rules will be disqualified. It is at the sole discretion of the admin of the giveaway if the winner has met the rules or not. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of the giveaway. Sponsor will be responsible for prize fulfillment. This event is in no way associated with, sponsored, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest or any other social media network. The disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For questions about this giveaway or to have me promote your product, Please email Tammie at info@tpankuch.com.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Frozen Soundtrack CD #Giveaway

Disclosure: Coolestmommy's Coolest Thoughts did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Frozen - The Songs Soundtrack Giveaway
Hosted by: Queen of Savings
Sponsor: Walt Disney Records/Disney Music Group

If you haven't seen Frozen yet, I'm sure the music from the movie would not be unfamiliar to you. Let's face it, this has some of the best music we've gotten out of a Disney film in years. And now you have the chance to win the soundtrack of the movie on CD. Christmas is coming and most people on your list would not turn down this gift. I know I wouldn't!!!

Featuring original songs from Kristen Anderson-Lopez (“In Transit,” “Winnie the Pooh”) and Tony® winner Robert Lopez (“The Book of Mormon,” “Avenue Q”), and an original score by Christophe Beck (“The Muppets,” Oscar®-winning short “Paperman”), “Frozen” won two Academy Awards® (best animated film and best original song with “Let It Go”) and a Golden Globe® (best animated feature film). It is the fifth highest grossing film of all time and the highest grossing animated film earning more than $1.27 billion globally. See the full track list here.

Prize: Frozen - The Songs Soundtrack CD
Dates: 9/25-10/3
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the widget below. Good luck!

Plank Seafood Provisions Omaha Twitter Party and #Prizes from #BlogOmaha

Table set and ready for bloggers.



One of our place settings. 
I've been having a ball with my #BlogOmaha peeps. We have been working with local businesses to expand our presence and help businesses understand what a blogger can do to help you and your business out. Earlier this week, our group went to Plank Seafood Provisions (Old Market location) to sample some food and finalize our big event coming Monday--the Plank Twitter Party. It's the don't miss event of the week as there will be lots of prizes given away during the party. (Details and registration below.)



Oysters on the half shell--$1 during happy hour.

During our event, we were able to sample items from the Happy Hour menu. The food was beyond amazing. And I must admit that the Baked Mac & Cheese was the best Mac and Cheese I've ever had. Here's the description: cast iron baked, cheddar, bechamel, cavatappi pasta, parmesan breadcrumbs, paprika, chives. It's one not to miss!

Baked Mac & Cheese
Here's a few more facts about Plank Seafood Provisions:
  • Eco-Friendly Water: We offer Vivreau environmentally-friendly water at Plank as part of our sustainability program. It's filtered, purified and chilled, bottled on-site, and you have your choice of still or sparkling. The service is just $2 per table with unlimited refills.
  • Tap Wines: Another part of our sustainability efforts is our eco-friendly tap wine system. Choose from 8 wines, stored in reusable steel kegs, eliminating waste from cardboard and glass packaging. Our kegs are vacuum-sealed and temperature-controlled to ensure every glass is fresh and served at its optimum temperature. 
  • Happy Hour: Enjoy fresh shucked oysters on the half shell for just $1 during Happy Hour! No minimum, no maximum. Slurp to your heart's desire! You'll find soups, sandwiches and several hot starters with favorites like Braised Beef Flatbread, Scottish Salmon Crostini, Poutine and Potato Crusted Calamari. Pair these tasty dishes with $6 spiked lemonades, $4 select cocktails, $3 house wines and more. 
  • Our Happy Hour is offered Monday through Saturday 3-6:30pm and Sunday noon-8pm.


DESSERT!! (Chocolate Torte)
For dessert, I got the Chocolate Torte. It had chocolate ganache, coffee flavored ice cream and raspberries with the torte. I normally don't like coffee ice cream, but this really worked to balance out the incredibly sweet torte.


Plank Seafood Provisions Twitter Party
When: September 29th at 9:00-10:00 PM CST
Hosts: Follow @AMomOnTheSide and @PlankSeafood
Follow me: Follow @coolestmommy
Panelists: Follow @momsgoodeats @momsavesmoney @herheartlandsoul@livingsunnylife @mrsbrich26
Hashtag: #PlankSeafood
Prizes: (6) $15 Plank Seafood Provisions Gift Cards and (2) $50 Plank Seafood Provisions Gift Cards
What: Join us on Twitter to learn more about Plank Seafood Provisions and answer fun questions to randomly win prizes! The more you tweet with the hashtag #PlankSeafood during the party the more chances you have to win. You must RSVP at this website and be present during the Twitter Party to win.
RSVP: RSVP HERE in order to be entered to win. 

If you haven't been to Plank Seafood Provisions yet, and want a sneak peek at the Happy Hour Menu, checkout #PlankSeafoodHH on Twitter and Instagram for some yumminess! Now go on, RSVP below and mark your calendar for the Plank Seafood Provisions Twitter Party on September 29th!


Twitter Party Rules: Winner must RSVP and be present to win. Winner must be able to go to Plank Seafood Provisions in Omaha, Nebraska to redeem Gift Card. Winners will be drawn randomly from RSVP list and announced during the Twitter Party if they are present. Any information obtained is solely used for the Twitter Party and Prizes.




Would you like to know what the other bloggers thought? Check out these #BlogOmaha bloggers and their Plank Seafood Provisions posts:
  • http://www.ohmyomaha.com/2014/09/plank-seafood-provisions-twitter-party/
  • http://www.mardrasikora.com/sharing-love-plank-seafood-provisions-omaha/
  • http://momsavesmoney.net/2014/09/plank-seafood-twitter-party-omaha.html
  • http://www.thebaubleblog.com/plank-seafood-provisions/
  • http://mommyworksalot.com/2014/09/25/out-about-in-omaha-happy-hour-at-plank-seafood/
  • http://www.midwestmammas.com/2014/09/5-reasons-to-dine-at-plank-seafood.html
  • http://bakesinslippers.com/plank-seafood-omaha/



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