Friday, December 18, 2009

Winner of the Squeeballs Party Game

I used a random generation is the winner is commenter #2.

kwr221 said...

And I tweeted!

December 14, 2009 1:28 PM

I will be in contact with you today. Feel free to me, please email at Let me know your name and address and whether you want to receive the game on Wii or DS.

Thank you to everyone who participated. Feel free to come by and check out future giveaways.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Last Day to Enter to Win a Squeeballs Party Game

You have until 11:59 p.m. to get your entry in.  Click HERE  for the post with all the details.  I have turned off comments for this post to make sure everyone gets their entry in the right place.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Giveaway!!! Win a Squeeballs Party game either on WII or DS!

The Squeeballs Party giveaway is sponsored by Performance Designed Products is the manufacturer of the game. PDP sent me a DS game to review and we have had an amazing time playing game.

Squeeballs are 12 toys that are manufactured on a secret island somewhere in the Pacific. Before they can be sold to children around the world, the Squeeballs must be fully put to the the point of destruction! You can blow up, cook, slice, bat, bowl, shoot and bounce the Squeeballs. The game features a unique collection of 11 party games, each taking place in a different environment from lava-filled canyons, bowling alleys and kitchens to science labs and snow-capped mountains. As the game progresses and more challenges are met - each one more difficult than the last - the game showcases more than 150 unique challenges. The game is available for the Nintendo Wii, Nintendo DS/DS Lite/DSi, Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The Wii version features 11 party games; other versions vary in content. "Squeeballs Party" is rated E10+ (Everyone 10 and older) with the descriptors "Cartoon Violence" by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB). The game retails for $19.99. Find more information at

The object of the game was to see how much damage the Squeeballs can take. We were shooting them at targets, striking them down in bowling, hitting them with bats, and so much more. There are 70 mini-games on DS and 150 on Wii. It retails for only $19.99 and it is a great deal considering the hours of play. Definitely a bang for your buck!

TO ENTER TO WIN: Performance Designed Products will send one lucky reader of this blog a Squeeballs game either on Wii or DS – your pick! To enter, please leave a comment under this post telling me who do you play video games with. (I play with my nine year old.) Leave your email address so we have a way of contacting you. Enter by December 17 at 11:59 p.m. Open to U.S. addresses only.


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Having Rheumatoid Arthritis and Being a Mother

Raising Children in this day and age is tough enough, but add chronic illness to the mix, and you have a whole of emotional and physical challenges to deal with in addition to what you already have to do. The hardest part for many mothers is that RA hits them in their childbearing years, and quite often, it does not affect fertility. Many women will go into remission while they are pregnant and this can last up to a month after giving birth.

Taking care of an infant or toddler when you have RA is physically challenging and the lifting and moving can cause extra strain on your joints. There are several sources for parents struggling with physical disabilities, including Parents With Disabilities Online, started by a mother with cerebral palsy. There, you can also section on assistive devices such as child safety locks made for people with dexterity problems. /

One of the most difficult things for me as I watch my children grow up is that I worry about my physical limitations and I often feel guilty about that. At some level I focus more on the things I cannot do and how imperfect I am and I often forget about the meaningful experiences I have with my children. Perhaps, being more involved in the day-to-day activities of family life teaches them responsibility and allows them to grow up into more capable and self-reliant people and those are skills that will benefit them when they go out into the real world.

The other thing worry how I have is how many disease affects my children and I worry because I know my son worries. He is almost ten and he has so many questions mostly about whether I will be around when he is older and whether he will have RA. I explain that the chances of him having RA are small and that the disease will most certainly not kill me. I have learned the best thing I do for him is be truthful. The baby will have his own questions when he is older, but for him, it will be different because he will have known me with RA, but my tween, he knew me when I was healthy and it is important for him to know that I will be all right and why is something that keeps him happy so I choose to be honest with him even about my difficulties.

Rheumatoid arthritis has taught me better parenting if anything. It has taught me that parenting is about unconditional love, patience, talking to my children and treating them like they are capable, and teaching them to be good, kind and responsible human beings. It has also taught me to be a better role model in showing them that the bad moments can easily be overcome with love and laughter.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Winner of the Toy Tuesday Giveway!!!

Today is officially Toy Tuesday!

A huge thanks to the 145 people who entered this awesome Toy Tuesday giveaway. Bill Me Later has picked the winner of yesterday’s giveaway and that winner is:

SB with Insert Title Here (Random McRandompants) is the winner of a $250 gift card to Little Tikes and will have a $500 donation made to a local children’s hospital in her name, too! Because you left an email, the sponsor (Bill Me Later) will contact you directly.

Winner’s Comment: My LO is still technically an infant, rather than a toddler, but she is already enjoying the Duplos, if for no other reason than that they're fun to bang together. Growing up, I always loved my Fisher Price Little People playsets. (Yep, we had the old school barn that would make the 'mooing' sound when you opened the door.)

You have yet an another opportunity to win. Head over to Elizabeth’s blog at Table 4 Five for another opportunity to win a $250 giftcard – this time to Toys R US- and a $500 gift donation to your local charity.

And if you did not win, remember that today is Toy Tuesday over at Bill Me Later (so everyone is a winner!) It is a one day sale held at Bill Me Later’s website. You will find all kinds of amazing deals to wrap up you holiday shopping from stores like Toys R Us, Walmart, eToys, Overstock, Step 2 and many more.

And for those of you who do not know what Bill Me Later is- it is a quick and easy way to shop and pay without using your credit card. To use Bill Me Later, all you to do is select Bill Me Later as your payment method at your merchant checkout. You will answer a few quick questions, accept the terms and you are done. Approval takes a few second and you will receive your bill in the mail or online, whichever option you pick.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Toy Tuesday Giveaway!!! Win a $250 gift card to Little Tikes!

Toy Tuesday Giveaway!!!

This giveaway is sponsored by Bill Me Later. For official contest rules, click here.

On December 8, Bill Me Later is hosting “Toy Tuesday”. Visit to find great deals on the holiday’s most wanted toys and gifts from leading retailers such as Toys “R” Us,, Step 2, Little Tikes, eToys,, FAO Schwarz, HP,, MacMall, Mercantila and more.

As a part of Toy Tuesday, I will be blogging about Toddler Toys for Toddler Boys, and the end of this article, you have an opportunity to comment on your favorite toddler toys, past or present, and what types of toys you will be purchasing for the holidays. One lucky commenter will win a $250 gift card to Little Tikes and will have a $500 gift card donated to a local children’s charity of their choice. Giving…what could be better?

Toddler Toys for Toddler Boys

Toddlers love to play and they love to move. They are very active and very curious. Toddlers are constantly on the go and quite often, it is difficult to find toys that can keep them entertained for more than five minutes. As a mother to two boys, I have some secrets on the types of toys that can keep your boy toddler interested.

Boys that love things that roll. Any toy that rolls is interesting to a toddler boy. It can be a ball or it can be a car. My toddler has a big thing for trucks and trains. If you interested in finding toys for toddler boys that roll and move as they much as they do, Little Tikes is definitely a place to visit for the holidays. Any of the ride-on toys can be a hit with toddler boys who are constantly on the move.

Construction toys. Boys love to build no matter their age. They also like to knock down things, and my living room has paid on daily basis with all the things my toddler knocks down. If you would like to save your living room coffee table, check out wide variety of construction toys by Little Tikes and Step 2 have this holiday season.

Play Centers. Play centers can always keep a child occupied and busy for hours because they allow children to role play and we all know toddlers have wonderful imaginations. Further, they are educational because they allow children to explore. A Real Projects Workshop from Step 2 would keep a toddler entertained for hours and is a toy that would still be interesting until about age six. From kitchens to construction kits to doll houses, Step 2 has a variety of play centers to keep your toddler interested well into the school age years.

Educational toys. There are a wide selection of age appropriate educational toys that you can pick out from many major toy retailers such as ToysRUs and Walmart. Anything that teaches colors, songs, numbers or the alphabet can be a big hit with both toddler boys and toddler girls. Puzzles are great at teaching toddlers shapes and memory and matching skills. Board books, pop-up books and even sound books can easily catch a toddler’s interest. Interactive sound books can teach memory skills while teaching a variety of shapes, colors, numbers, concepts, and sounds.

TO ENTER Toy Tuesday, leave a comment telling me what toddler toys have been a hit at your home either currently or in the past, and what toys you will be purchasing this holiday season. Also, please leave your email address so that you will be contacted tomorrow by me and/or the sponsor of this event to arrange for your prize and your charity selection.You have until 11:59 p.m. tonight to get your entry in.

The winner will be randomly generated and the gift cards will come from the sponsor directly. I will announce the winner by 1 p.m. EST tomorrow.

For another opportunity to win and participate in this awesome giveaway, visit Elizabeth tomorrow at Table 4 Five.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Bill Me Later Giveway - Win a $250 giftcard to Little Tikes

Tomorrow, I will be giving away a $250 gift card for Little Tikes courtesy of Bill Me Later's Toy Tuesday event. Also, the winner will have the oppurtunity to give a $500 gift card to the charity of their choice. For more info, check out my previous post where I blogged about this. Come by tomorrow for your oppurtunity to win.  Details will follow in tomorrow's post.