Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Switch to Yahoo! for a Great Cause....

The following is a post sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! their homepage, they're showing their support for Girls For A Change.

I was selected for this opportunity by Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

Yahoooooooooo!  I have some great news!  Yahoo! is pledging to donate $10 to Girls For A Change for EVERY person that sets their browser’s homepage default to Yahoo! up to $10,000!! It is so simple to do, but you do have to go through this tracked link in order for it to be counted! Visit here to read the instructions on switching your homepage to Yahoo! But you do have to act quickly as only the changes made through July 1st will be counted towards the donation.

If you haven't heard about Girls for a Change, here is a little about them: Girls For A Change is a national organization that helps to empower girls to create a social change. They invite young women to lead, design, fund, and implement social change project that tackle the issues girls face in their neighborhoods. The program inspires them to have a voice, ability, and problem solving capacity to speak up, be decision makers, create change and realize their own potential!  I think this is such a great organization, and we all need to work with our young girls. 

Changing over to Yahoo! will give you so many new things.   You can customize your homepage based on interests, time of day, or what is popular for other users like you. Yahoo! also lets you uniquely view your world (email, local news) together with the world around you (current events, entertainment news, and more).   Best of all, articles on the homepage are not just news, they are also human interest articles. 

Please join me in switching over to Yahoo!, and help out a great, great cause.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Wordless(ish) Wednesday....a wagon ride

I wrote last year about how Jack LOVED his wagon.  Well, this summer is no different; Jack still LOVES his wagon.  Everyday we take at least 3 wagon walks.  I thought I would share one of them with you.

Starting out happy and hydrated...

mad because I am making him wear his hat...

 Can you tell who won the hat fight?
 Blowing kisses...

Have a wonderful Wednesday, and a wonderful week.  Remember to enter my giveaways for Blue Bunny Ice Cream and Photo Card Creations! 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Welcome to Chicago....a Blue Bunny Giveway!

It has been heating up here in Chicago, and it's only going to get hotter!! Our favorite way to cool off is with a HUGE bowl of ice cream.  So you can guess how excited I was when Blue Bunny contacted me, wanting to send me samples of their ice cream! 

Blue Bunny has never been available in Chicago until now, and people all over town are excited to pick up their favorite Blue Bunny flavors at their local Jewel.  Blue Bunny sent me five gallons of ice cream: Birthday Party, Bunny Tracks, Banana Split, Pistachio Almond, and Peanut Butter Panic.   My favorite flavor was Bunny Tracks, but every flavor was so amazing,  and so creamy and perfect for a hot summer day!

To celebrate Blue Bunny's arrival to Chicago, they are giving 3 of my readers 5 Bunny Bucks...that's good for any 5 gallons of Blue Bunny Ice Cream!

To enter: (mandatory)
Visit Blue Bunny's website and comment on your favorite flavor! (please leave your email with at least one comment)

Additional Entries:
3. Post about this contest on your Facebook Wall
4. Like Just Another Manic Momday on Facebook (comment on facebook and here)
5. Follow my blog!

Contest ends Thursday July 7th at 11:59 pm.  Winners will be choosen via and contacted via email. Good Luck!

*Blue Bunny provided me with the product, but all opinions are my own!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

4th of July treats!

Don't you just want to hug these?  I do, they are so cute, and so perfect for the 4th of July weekend which is ONE WEEK AWAY!!!  I can't believe it's here already!

Anyways, I plan on making these for next weekend and I know they will be a hit.  Who doesn't love chocolate and strawberries??

All you have to do is dip the strawberries in melted white chocolate, and then dip them in blue sugar!    Hopefully mine will turn out as great as these did did.  
I hope you are having a great weekend.  We are off to the pool!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Photo Card Creations Giveaway!

I love taking photographs of my family and our daily experiences.  I also love sending pictures to family and friends.  What better way to do that than to turn those photos into greeting cards!  Photo Card Creations is the perfect place to do just that.  I was sent some samples from Photo Card Creations, and the quality of the cards is amazing.  

Photo Card Creations is a leading online retailer of custom photo cards, invitations & announcements for all occasions.  They have been printing photo greeting cards since 2001, and all of their cards are printed on thick, 100 lb. card-stock. They offer a variety of card designs, card-stocks & use state of the art printing technology.  They even have a professional graphic designer handling each order ensure your cards are exactly the way you want! These are just a few of my favorites!

The Giveaway:

The best part?  Photo Cards Creations is offering one of my readers a $50 gift card!
To Win (mandatory):
Visit Photo Card Creations and comment on which design is your favorite!

Additional Entries:
1. Blog about this giveaway
2. Post about this giveaway on Facebook
5, Follow my blog
Please leave your email with one of your comments.  Giveaway ends Tuesday July 5th at 11:59 pm.  Winner will be chosen via and contacted via email. Good Luck!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

DIY book shelves

So I am not much of a DIYer.   I have a list of things I would love to do one day, but I never find the time or energy to do them. One of my Summer to-do's, is to tackle a few of my DIY projects.  This is my first...I picked it becuase it is so simple and cheap to do! (and my husband did the painting).

Jack has so many books; they have been piling up in baskets and on shelves.  I found these DIY bookshelves on Pinterest (my favorite!).  I got these spice racks at IKEA, they were only $3.99 each.
My husband bought some white spray paint and gave them a little spray, and voila! you have these adorable bookshelves. 

Now they don't hold tons of books, but they don't take up a lot of space, and they are just so cute. Best of all, Jack loves them.

Not bad for my first DIY project right!?

Have a great Tuesday, and I would love to hear about your favorite, simple DIY projects!

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Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day 2011

So my first Monday of Summer Break.  I can not even begin to explain how great it feels.  I hope to do so many fun things with Jack and hope to get myself organized and clutter free.

We had a great Father's Day weekend.  Rain was predicted all weekend, but we made it through, rain free!  So instead of boring you with my ramblings of what we did all weekend, I will just post a few of our weekend pictures.  I say a few, because I took HUNDREDS.  And as the night ended Jack let me "wock" (rock) him for an extra long time...which again makes me wish time could slow down just a little bit.  He is growing up way too fast. 

I hope you all had a great weekend and spent some of it with all of the Fathers in your lives. 

No weekend is complete without some muscles....

Posing in his bathing suit....
played some bags...

 3 of my favorite guys....
Jack and one of his favorite guys.... "papa"

Friday, June 17, 2011

i'll be back to regular posting next week....right now I will be enjoying the start of Summer Break, and my first weekend of Summer!

Have a great weekend...I will be having some great giveaways next week!

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Down on the farm, and a winner!

The last week is finally here!  I feel like this has been the LONGEST school year...maybe becuase this is was my first full year away from Jack.  But we made it, and now we have a long time off to relax and have fun!

Over the weekend we went to a birthday party at a local farm.  Jack had a blast!   I think his obsession with fire trucks has now been replaced with an obsession with farm animals. 
Any time you ask him about the farm party he laughs...which probably means he loved it.

Showing his muscles:

Which leads us to our winner.....congrats to lucky #1, Christina, the winner of the Chex Mix giveaway!

An email has been sent to you!

Have a great day!!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Starting the week off right...with a winner

The winner of the Belle Fleur earrings is #35 Megan from This Loved Life.  Megan please contact me at within 24 hours to claim your prize!!!!

Happy Monday!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

low entry giveaway ending tomorrow!

I hope you are having a great weekend!  I just wanted to remind you that the Chex Mix giveaway ends tomorrow, you have a great chance to win!  Click here to enter!

I will be announcing the winner of the Belle Fleur Giveway tomorrow as well, I am sorry I am a bit behind.  

One more week of work until Summer Break!!! I am counting down the minutes!! Have a great Sunday night!


Thursday, June 9, 2011

Just had to share a deal!

For those of you that like movies, Living Social has 2 movie tickets for $9!   That is a great value with all of the movies coming up and with the price of movie tickets now!

If you are interested check it our here!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Wordless(ish) Wednesday....moods

I took the day off yesterday, and we had a ball.
But I wanted to share with you the moods that Jack is now going through.  Thinking about them makes me laugh, but it's amazing how fast moods can change, and just how MAD he can get.

Jack was having so much fun with his water table and hose....

 then I told him we had to turn the hose off becuase he was spraying Lenny and Mommy too much....he threw his hat on the ground...
 then he stepped on it...

 So I went out and bought him his own spray bottle....

He is one happy kid....