Precious Girls Club Giveaway

Posted on Tuesday 27 January 2009

Last summer, Precious Moments launched a book series called the Precious Girls Club. The series is designed to provide tween girls with positive and wholesome stories espousing Christian values.  In conjunction with the books, they have also launched a virtual world of the same name.

I had the opportunity to chat with the development team for the website. I was impressed by the thought they had put into the various elements of the world, and by their willingness to listen to my feedback (which was not always positive). If you are raising a daughter in a Christian home, you may want to check out the Precious Girls Club virtual world. Your daughter can play online in an environment where you and she can both feel safe.

Our friends at BSM Media and the Precious Girls Club have generously offered a prize pack for one lucky viewer. The prize pack includes:

Precious Girls Club Charm Bracelet

Precious Girls Club Charm Bracelet

Precious Girls Club Friendship Bracelets

3 Precious Girls Club Friendship Bracelets

Stuffed Puppy Just Like Kate Bennet's Dog in the Precious Girls Club Books

Stuffed Puppy - Just like Kate Bennet's dog in the Precious Girls Club books

Valentine’s Day is coming up and these would make lovely gifts for the special girl(s) in your life!

To win the Previous Girls Club prize pack, simply leave a comment* with one positive trait you think is important for girls today.*Comments are moderated, so please be patient if yours doesn’t show up right away.

Fine print:

  • Comments will be open until midnight Eastern time on Friday, January 30, 2009. One winner will be chosen at random using random.org.
  • One entry per person, please.
  • Sorry, US residents only.
  • Don’t forget to leave your email address in the form so I can reach you.

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Christy @ 3:00 pm
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Food Allergy Awareness

Posted on Monday 26 January 2009

I realize that food allergies are a hot spot among many parents. From those who worry about their children’s health and well-being to those who believe their children should have a right to eat whatever they want, it’s a tug-of-war of liberties. I am not a super-militant peanut/nut/egg allergy mom. I don’t believe that my son’s entire school should be peanut free and I don’t think nuts should be outlawed in public places. On the other hand, my little guy is three and it would be nice if other parents took a moment to be courteous.

Here’s my plea:
1. If a location says it’s nut free, please be respectful. I choose where to take my son based on how comfortable I am that he can play without ending up covered in hives or, worse, in the hospital.

2. If a location has no allergy restrictions, please still be respectful. Peanut butter is the worst culprit because, unlike milk and other common allergens, it sticks to everything. Please consider bringing a non-peanut butter snack. Regardless, if your child eats something that is contains common allergens (for contact allergies, the biggest for kids would be nuts, eggs and milk) please make sure to wipe off the surface where your child ate and clean his/her hands and face. It’s just good hygiene, regardless.

3. Please don’t make me, or my son, feel bad because your child can’t have X snack at school. Sure, your child may live on peanut butter at home, but there are other foods in the world. How do I know? Because my child never eats peanut butter and he’s still doing ok. In fact, my non-allergic daughter doesn’t eat it either.

If you struggle to find snacks and lunches that don’t include peanut butter, try some of the following:

  • replace peanut butter with Sun Butter (made from sunflower seeds). It tastes so similar to peanut butter that many peanut-allergic folks avoid it because it’s just too close for comfort. Soy butter is also an option, but I don’t think it tastes as good.
  • make cream cheese and jelly sandwiches – plenty of protein and my kids love them, plus it goes will with all sorts of jam and jelly flavors
  • just go with jelly for a day – try a new flavor!
  • send yogurt or cottage cheese w/fruit
  • make english muffin pizzas the night before- kids love these whether they’re hot or cold

A little understanding on both sides can lead the way for a healthier, happier environment for all of our kids. Teaching tolerance starts at home.

Christy @ 3:14 pm
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Peanut Allergies Can Pay Off – Salmonella Outbreak

Posted on Saturday 17 January 2009

With the current salmonella scare, we can actually be thankful for Bug’s peanut allergies. Our kids have eaten absolutely nothing with peanut butter or peanut paste and they won’t. If your family is fortunate enough to not have food allergies, please read this article about the salmonella outbreak and peanut product recalls. It impacts Keebler and some other brands.

Christy @ 12:00 pm
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Four Christmases and a Funeral

Posted on Monday 5 January 2009

We’re still in the thick of Christmas season. No, it hasn’t ended yet. We’ve done four family Christmases (and a couple of friend versions), and have two more to go. As much as I love Christmas, I’m ready to move on. I’m ready to reclaim my living room from our 8 or 9 foot tree, and clear festive knickknacks from my countertops. All of the running around has thrown my family out of whack and we’re all tired and snippy and in need of some relaxing time at home. The kids’ toy piles have multiplied beyond reason and my list of returns and exchanges has become overwhelming.

In the midst of all of the holiday festivities, I received some sad news. A long-time friend of my parents, and the mother of one of my closest high school friends, passed away just before the new year. I hadn’t seen her, or her son, in quite some time, but I attended the wake to pay my respects to the family. As expected, it was hard… hard to see the family in so much pain and hard to know what to say and do. On the other hand, she had been married to her husband for 53 years and had led a very full life. She had touched so many people and was well loved by her friends and extensive family. I hope that when it’s my time to go, I leave behind so many wonderful memories.

As we head into the new year, I’m working hard to appreciate the life I have, especially my husband and kids. I’m finding it so difficult, as life whizzes by, to slow down enough and relax enough to really enjoy my family, my hobbies, and just life in general. Because we started our family a bit later in life, I have plenty of fantastic memories and experiences of my own as a single person. I want to share amazing experiences with my children. I am learning to balance that desire with my responsibility to take care of their basic needs and my own. And, I’m hoping that our new daycare arrangement gives me more patience, more time, more money and a happier and healthier household.

Christy @ 12:00 am
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