Monthly Archives: May 2009

BOGO Baskin Robbins


Baskin Robbins has a new item called the 31 Degree. It’s sort of their answer to the Dairy Queen Blizzard. You might want to visit your nearest Baskin Robbins location and try one out with a friend with this BOGO coupon, which is good until June 21.


RANDOM Legoland giveaway


Because my boys enjoy playing with Legos, we receive the free subscription to the Legos Kid magazine. Inside, I found a coupon for a BOGO (Buy One Get One) coupon for Legoland California child admission. Just to be clear, if you purchase one adult admission then one child enters for free. Now, since we live in the deep south, I don’t see a visit to California happening anytime soon. I’d love to go considering I have family in Los Angeles, but the plane ticket just ain’t gonna happen. I could just throw the coupon away but I hope that there is someone out there that REALLY REALLY REALLY wants this for a summer fun-filled trip with their child.

….So, I’m giving this coupon away to the first person who comments on this post requesting I send it to them. Once I notify that person as the winner, I will privately request their mailing address so I can get this in the mail. Don’t worry…the coupon doesn’t expire until December 31. You still have a full seven months left to use it!

Balloon balls/bean bags


I saw this ballon bag-ball craft on Flipflops and Applesauce and decided it was mess-free and perfect for an hour of craft time with the boys while their little sister took her afternoon nap.

Materials needed:
round party balloons (3 per ball)
rice, beans, peas, barley, cornstarch, or sand

1. Blow up one balloon to stretch it. Deflate.
2. Using a funnel, pour your food ingredient into this balloon (barley, cornstarch, or sand works best)
3. Cut off the lip of this balloon and fold the leftover neck over.
4. With the second balloon, cut off the neck and stretch it over the first balloon to secure it.
5. Repeat step four with the third balloon to give the balloon bag-ball extra strength.

I can’t tell you how cool my boys thought this craft was. They enjoyed pouring the peas the most (we used split peas) and then tossing them into various buckets and baskets around the house. One party balloon bag allowed us to make four balls for two children.

You can see how the girls from Flipflops and Applesauce chose to play with their bean bag-balls, too!



I have commented a few times on some pet peeves of mine, but this one tops my list: Littering.

Does the grass or road look like a trash can? Who said it was OK to toss a straw wrapper out the window? As I was leaving the grocery store today, I was behind a driver that tossed an entire potato chip bag out the window!!!!! Yes, I rolled my eyes and mumbled under my breath.

I just don’t get it.

What about food, though (no gum)? Is it alright to toss a tomato or onion out the window? Thoughts? Opinions?

Stinky volcano experiment


Rain, rain, go away! Gosh, it’s been raining and raining and raining around here. We are going to go crazy inside these four walls all summer if this rain doesn’t let up. However, there was a 20 minute peek of sunshine one afternoon last week. I quickly gathered all the materials needed for an exploding volcano.

paper plate
plastic cup
aluminum foil
baking soda
food coloring

The kids gathered around and waited and waited for the lava to explode and, when it did, all I heard them say was, “Stinky! That vinegar stinks! Do it again, Mom!”.

After putting the cup on the plate and wrapping aluminum foil around it, place a large spoonful of baking soda in it. Next, pour just enough vinegar in the cup to make the soda begin bubbling up. If you want the foam to come up fast and drip over the edges, add more soda or vinegar. I didn’t have any food coloring left over from our last science project so we kept the color to a delicious coke-float theme.