Roger Nix President at Age Six – Support a hopeful children’s author!

First time children’s book author Nick Dazé, is in the final days (63 hours to be exact) of his campaign to raise funding to independently publish his children’s book Roger Nix President at Age Six.
The story is about kindergartener Roger Nix, an ordinary boy: Roger loves kindergarten, playing make-believe, and hanging out with his imaginary friends (a baby donkey named Jack and a baby elephant named Abe). But when he learns about the plans of Old Man Plee, a perennial presidential candidate, to shut down schools and send kids to work in factories as an austerity measure; Roger decides to run against Old Man Plee as a defender of “school and summer vacation, learning and imagination”. Of course Abe and Jack are there to help him every step of the way.
Nick Daze and his incredible Kickstarter campaign ( have already raised nearly $22,000 and only has $8,000 more to go in order to put the book into production.  The book has been fully written by Daze and the illustrations beautifully crafted by Bill Robinson . Each $30 pledge towards the Roger Nix campaign comes with a first edition hardcover copy of the book, delivered in time for the new school year this fall.  This is a timely story that is fascinating, engaging, and a thought-provoking read for both kids and parents written by a imaginative adult who was encouraged to explore his imagination as a child.
Here is an excerpt from the book:
Roger stood up quickly. He had something to say
With a wink from Jack and a trunks-up from Abe.
I’ll run against him,” Roger said with a shout.
I’ll run for president, have you no doubt!
To close school would be nothing short of a crime
You can’t fool all us kids, not all of the time.”
He stood on his desk and they all watched and wondered
As Roger kept talking, his voice boomed and thundered.
“We’ll beat him and keep all the schools as they are
Or make them way better. We’ll shoot for the stars!
We go to school so one day we’ll go far,
Not because it is easy–because it is hard!
We are KIDS! The whole point is to learn and have fun
And to use our wee noggins…
So Abe, Jack, and Roger got to work right away.
“That kid’s on to something,” his parents would say.
He made lots of speeches; he shook lots of hands
He toured a big factory that made rubber bands.
Then one night on the tube, to Old Plee’s disdain,
The news ran a story on Roger’s campaign.
“Roger Nix, daydreamer and ultimate kid,
Is gaining on Plee in his presidential bid.”
But everyone knew that sooner or later
Roger would have to be quite the debater.
Because one night soon, under some bright marquee
A debate would take place between Roger and Plee.
Please find more information and link to donate below if interested:

Glasses, contacts, or surgery?

I have worn glasses most of my life.  I remember my first pair of glasses- they were, of course, “Annie” frames…big, buglike, and ohsounattractive.  I *had* to have the Annie frames…although I’m quite certain my mom must have argued with me to no avail.   The older I get, the worse my vision gets- and it is by no means “poor” vision, but there’s been a definite decline, especially in the past 10 years.

I’ve always chosen glasses since my first pair- some cute, some funky, some super spunky (ok maybe not super spunky for others, but for me, they are spunky), some boring…

…and one time, I chose contacts. I did so with apprehension but thinking I’d be better about actually wearing them than my glasses.

That didn’t go over so well.  I have this thing about my eyes.  I can’t stand touching them or putting things- even drops- into them.  I’m probably not the best person to be trying contacts, even if they are cheap contact lenses.

But now I’m due for an eye exam and checkup, and it’s time to decide…glasses, contacts, or surgery?  The laser surgery seems to huge and- well, SURGICAL…but it’s kind of a one and done thing…contacts would be great if I could just get over my issues…and I’m so tired of glasses.

What do you think?  Would you look more into surgery?

$346.48 for an iPad2!

BeeSavy has a great deal on an iPad2- list price is $449.00 but the refurbished unit is on sale for $349.99 less .75% cash back makes it $346.48!!

It’s easy to take advantage of this deal: head over to

Login or sign up

Click on daily deals (although this has been showing all day for me on the front page)

Click on the ipad2 deal and proceed to the checkout on the Apple site!

I can’t WAIT to get my iPad!!


April “Baby” Showers Twitter Party with Aquaphor April 26! #babyaqua

I’m sure you’re familiar with the rhyme “April Showers Brings May Flowers.” (In my house we say April showers bring MY birthday!) Well Aquaphor is hosting a Twitter Party on Thursday April 26 and spun the rhyme a bit to create the theme April “Baby” Showers. This hour long conversational chat will have moms with different aged kids talking about being a newbie mom and discussing tips and sharing stories. For all those who will be participating, there will of course will many different prizes available to win throughout the chat.

Here is more information on the Twitter Party:

Theme: April “Baby” Showers

Date: Thursday April 26 at 3PM ET

Prizes: Selected individuals will win product prize packs and a baby shower (approx. Value $250) and an Aquaphor Diaper Cake to a grand prize winner.

Hash Tag: #babyaqua 

Twitter: @AquaphorUS

Products Being Talked About: Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo – Help protect your baby’s delicate skin with the 2 in 1 Aquaphor Gentle Wash & Shampoo. Soaps and even water can dry and irritate baby’s skin, but this soap-free formula gently cleanses skin and hair. Enriched with soothing chamomile essence and provitamin B5, it is specially designed and clinically proven to be mild for baby’s sensitive skin.

Aquaphor Healing Ointment – Dermatologists trust this product to protect and relieve dry, cracked skin. It is also used by athletes to help prevent friction burns, blisters and chafing that intense physical activity can often cause.

All Aboard Detectives! Day Out With Thomas: Mystery On the Rails Tour 2012

  Do you have a little one in your house who love Thomas the Train? Well I can tell you that I do and we are SO excited for the upcoming Day Out With Thomas in Essex, CT. I have heard that this is an outstanding event with a 25 minute ride on Thomas the Tank Engine, meet and greet with Sir Topham Hatt, Storytelling, Music and more! My 3 year old is already talking about his big ride on Thomas. I have my camera all set and ready to go. This is sure to be a memorable event! Thomas will be arriving in Essex, CT this April 28th and 29th, and again May 5th and 6th. Click here to learn more and buy tickets online!

A paid study for folks with Depression

Listen, I’ve not been super “chatty” about some things in my life, although I’m feeling like I want to start sharing things with you.  I have suffered with depression off and on for most of my life.  It’s a “side” to my anxiety diagnosis, but it’s there, and it’s real, and it isn’t fun.  It isn’t a picnic.  Anyone who has lived with depression or loved someone with it can understand what a rocky road depression is to travel down.

Right now, my depression isn’t in the forefront, but as with many things of the mind, it fluctuates.  I know that some of you have struggled and lived with depression, in whatever form and for however long, and that is why I’m sharing this study about depression – because many times for me depression hit when finances were not great, and the thought of possibly helping someone else and getting paid would have been a good thing for me! 

If you do suffer from depression, please call your doctor.  Please.  Don’t go that route alone.  There are ways to get help.  

Silk® Fruit&Protein Twitter Party April 26: Come Join Us! #SilkFruit #SocialFabric #CBias

Silk® Fruit&Protein is made with natural beans right here in North America, without genetic engineering.  Chock full of protein, calcium, vitamin D and vitamin C, it comes in three fruity flavors: Mango Peach, Mixed Berry and Strawberry Banana.  Whether you have tried it and love it or are just learning about it, we’d like to invite you to join us at a Twitter party to talk about Silk® Fruit&Protein and how we can incorporate it into a healthy breakfast for our families!

Check out the Facebook page for Silk– they have a tab just for the Fruit&Protein with a money saving coupon and delicious recipes you can try!

Tune in to #SilkFruit from 1-2pm EST on Thursday, April 26!  Twitter party alert!

Looking for some healthy breakfast options? Wanting some variety at breakfast? We will be discussing healthy breakfast options and more on April 26th! Be sure to RSVP below for a chance to win one of three $25 Walmart gift cards or the grand prize of one $100 Walmart gift card!  Be sure to go to the custom tweet grid for our party:


NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. VOID WHERE TAXED, PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW. Subject to Official Rules. Open only to residents of the United States.

Enter by RSVPing for the Twitter party on the link above, be actively participating in the party and are using the hashtag #SilkFruit. To be eligible, entries must be received by 1:55 p.m. EST (5 minutes before end of party) except that mail in entries must be mailed separately and postmarked by April 22, 2012 (4 days before party). To enter without purchase, hand write your name, completed address, age and telephone number on a 3”x5” card and mail it to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

Prizes will be limited to 3 $25 Walmart Gift Cards and will be given away every 15 minutes during the 1 hour duration of the party on April 26, 2012. The grand prize of 1 $100 Walmart Gift Card to 1 winner will be given away at the close of the party. All winners will be chosen using from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party using the hashtag #SilkFruit at the time that they are drawn as a winner. Odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. Winner will be notified via Twitter @ message by @singlemomonabgt  during the party on April 26, 2012 and must respond to @singlemomonabgt within 5 minutes of being selected to claim their prize. All entries will be eligible for any unclaimed prizes after the close of the Twitter party via random drawing held on May 10, 2012 .

To obtain a copy of the Official Rules, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712.

SPONSORS: Collective Bias, 205 S. Main Street, Ste. 1, Bentonville, AR 72712

All winners will be chosen using from the RSVP link and winners must be present and participating in the party at the time that they are drawn as a winner.  There is a limit of 1 (one) prize per household during the party.

“I am a member of the Collective Bias™ Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper insights study forCollective Bias™. #CBias #SocialFabric

Don’t Forget!! The “How I Fought And Beat a Monster of a Stain Contest” ends April 20

The How I Fought And Beat a Monster of a Stain Contest ends April 20!  Have you entered yet?  Remember, it isn’t just a prize that goes to the three winners- the winners’ schools will also receive $2000 in athletic equipment.  I just left a Board of Finance meeting and if the towns you are all living in have a situation like ours, a $2000 gift of equipment would go a very, very long way and be oh so much appreciated!!

To enter, you must write  your own personal story describing the worst stain you have ever  encountered from the best time you have ever had.  Get the family involved- something tells me you may have more stories and stains to share than you think!

Don’t forget to head over to enter BEFORE April 20 at midnight or you won’t be eliglible to win!  Entrants do receive a FREE Scholastic book just for entering so everyone wins!
I hope one of my readers is one of the lucky three!

RadioShack’s Trade & Save Program – Hurry, ends April 28th! Plus #win a Kindle Fire #Giveaway

Have you checked out RadioShack’s Trade & Save program yet?  Now through April 28, America’s Mobile Makeover Month by RadioShack guarantees at least $30 and up to $300 in immediate store credit when you trade in your working technology devices- mobile phones, cameras, video game consoles and more,  through this special promotion. Additional specials will appear in weekly circulars available online each Sunday during the promotion. RadioShack’s hassle-free Trade & Save Program lets you trade in pre-owned technology — everything from mobile phones to cameras to video game consoles. It’s not a buyback program. Trade & Save accepts eligible electronics trade-ins no matter where they were purchased, there’s no cost to you and no receipt is required.

 Not sure what your device is going to be valued at for trade in?  Head to your nearest RadioShack location for appraisal or check their site to appraise from home. I have a few things I am going to appraise this week- we’ve started amassing a collection of previously loved devices that we just aren’t using any more, and I’d love to get something we can use instead! I like that the trade in items aren’t thrown away, they are either recycled or refurbished.  Win, win.  Nothing more into landfills, and we consumers get store credit to use.  Just looking quickly at the site, I can get over $300 with just a few items we have in the house- that we are NOT using!!  That’s half an iPad3!!

To learn more about Trade & Save or appraise your device, visit a nearby RadioShack, go to , or download the free RadioShack Trade & Save app on the Apple App Store or Google Play for Android.

One of the things I recommend looking into from RadioShack is the FitBit Ultra.  The FitBit tracks not only your steps and activity levels but also sleep patterns.  It’s great and very discreet- not something obvious to anyone around you.  I actually brought it to the Chimpanzee premiere trip and then promptly left it on my capris I flew down in- which I didn’t wear again…so I have no idea what I walked while at Disney.  That was what I wanted to see, how many steps I took!!  OOPS!  It’s kind of fun, and kind of addicting, and gives me a chance to challenge myself to get my 10,000 steps in each day.  I find myself doing a lot more walking around the house and yard since it arrived.  Technology can be so much fun- and so beneficial to our health with gadgets like this!!

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are coming up quickly!! RadioShack has great gift ideas for anyone on your list…

Check out the  bright snap-on iPhone 4/4S case, available in a variety of colors with some coordinating earbuds.
Reading is more fun in color, so brighten up their day with a NOOK Color for only $169!  More than 2.5 million books, magazines, newspapers, interactive kids’ books, comics and graphic novels are available on the world’s most advanced VividView™ color touchscreen.

Navigate your way through the spring with a Garmin GPS. Each touchscreen navigator provides accurate, turn-by-turn directions that speak street names. They also include free lifetime map updates. RadioShack has multiple models, all at affordable prices. This is a perfect Easter gift for the new driver or for taking some out of the stress of running the parent taxi service.

·         Gear up for swimsuit season with new fitness products like the fitbit or nxe ActiveSLEEVE™.  The fitbit Ultra Activity Tracker shows your real-time activity stats so you know how close you are to your goals. The ActiveSLEEVE allows freedom of movement and unobstructed use in a limitless variety of athletic activities, fitting an iPod nano® up to an iPhone® 4S and everything in-between. The moisture-wicking, high-end breathable material stretches to fit any arm size.
Check out how RadioShack works by watching the videos below:

Inspired by her $100 Story, Madame Deals’ has made it her mission this year to unite people through good deeds and giveaways.

This week our friends from RadioShackare offering an amazing giveaway. This is your chance to Win a Kindle Fire for yourself and to pay it forward a $30 Gift Card that you can give to a friend!

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I received a FitBit Ultra to thank me for sharing this information.  Opinions are my own .

Tax Day Freebies

Tax Day is April 17th.  Be sure to check this list t see  what YOU can get FREE on Tax Day!!!!!

Arby’s – Print your coupon for FREE Value Curly Fries to use on Tax Day (4/17 ONLY). Plus get a chance to win a $5,000 Tax Relief!

Hooter’s – Tax Day Special: Get 20 boneless wings for $9.99.

Chili’s – Print a coupon to get Free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of an adult entree April 16 through April 18.

Cinnabon – Tax Day Bites Promo: Get two free Classic Cinnabon Bites on April 17 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at participating locations.

Boston Market – Print a coupon and get a free individual meal when you buy another one and a fountain drink. 4/17 only

HydroMassage – Print out a coupon to get FREE HydroMassages to eliminate tax day stress on April 16th-20th.

Sonic Drive-In – The Tax Cut: Drink Prices Cut in Half on Tax Day Only

MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery – Get a free scoop of frozen yogurt from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 17 at participating locations.

Marble Slab Creamery – Get a free scoop of frozen yogurt from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. April 17

McCormick & Schmick’s – Extended Happy Hour: Bar Bites from $2.95 -$5.95

Office Depot – Free 25 single-sided black and white copies and offering up to 5 pounds of shredding for free through April 16. No coupon is necessary, and the offer is valid in stores nationwide.

Panda Express – Get coupon for Free single serving of Shanghai Angus Steak! Valid only on April 17th.

P.F. Chang’s – Get a 15% discount at restaurants nationwide on dine-in and carry-out orders April 17 (alcohol and happy hour items excluded).

Seattle’s Best Coffee – Great American Coffee Refund: Free Coffee Sample

White Castle – Print coupon for B1G1 Free Chicken Breast Sandwich

Bruegger’s – Special Tax Break Deal: Get a coupon for $10.40 for a Big Bagel Bundle (Bakers Dozens & 2 Tubs of Cream Cheese) at participating bakeries, today through Tuesday, April 17th!!

Clouds and Stars – Tax Day Special – Save 15% on the 15th One-Day Only. Use Coupon Code: taxday – Sunday 4/15/12

Thanks MadameDeals!