SARAH'S BLOG OF FUN: January 2012

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Learning Resources- Pretend And Play Camp Set Review And ~~Giveaway~~

About Learning Resources®

Learning Resources® is a leading manufacturer of innovative, hands-on educational materials for classrooms and learning toys for the home. For more than 25 years, the company has been a trusted source for educators and parents for quality, award-winning educational products. Headquartered in Vernon Hills, IL with a European office based in Kings Lynn, Norfolk, England, Learning Resources markets and distributes its products in over 80 countries around the globe.

The Company’s diverse product line of over 1300 proprietary products serves children and their families, kindergarten, primary, and middle school markets focused in the areas of mathematics, science, early childhood, reading, Spanish language, English language learning and teacher resources. Many of these proprietary products are protected by international patents, trademarks and copyrights. Among the Company’s brands are Gears! Gears! Gears!®, LR Interactive Electronics, Math Rods®, Pretend & Play®, Rainbow Fractions®, Reading Rods®, Reading Rods® en EspaƱol, Smart Snacks® and Smart Splash®.

Corporate Mission

Since its founding in 1984, Learning Resources’ continues to be guided by its mission to develop quality educational products that make learning exciting for children of all ages and abilities. The Company strives to create hands-on products that build a concrete foundation of skills through exploration, imagination and fun. Its steadfast adherence to this mission is evidenced by hundreds of award-winning products and the thousands of children, teachers and parents who enjoy them.


Learning Resources products are sold through a worldwide network of educational dealers and representatives, toy and specialty stores, direct mail catalogs and its Website In addition, Learning Resources specializes in custom development and production of educational products for other manufacturers, governments, Ministries of Education and international educational funding sources. Through its custom development division, the Company provides creative idea generation, product safety review, sourcing and manufacturing, quality control, packaging design solutions and competitive pricing.

As I have said before, I am a huge believer in educational toys.

My boys love them, and actually ask for them!!

Learning Resources constantly comes out with new and exciting toys for the kids.

One of the toys that I fell in love with was the Pretend and Play Camp Set. 


We go camping at least once every year, and the boys love to cook marshmallows, sit in the tent and enjoy the lanterns!!

This set gives them all the stuff they love the most about camping.  It includes-

Cooking tools, Lantern, Stove, Working Compass Watch and Canteen.

The boys loved the fact that the Lantern works.  They have a Cars2 tent in their playroom (or what was once our dinning room) and they have camp outs all the time.  The light is actually quite bright for only using 2 AA batteries

If you are looking for some fun toy options for your kids, this is a great toy set to try out.

I am very excited that the good folks at Learning Resources are giving one of you the same Camping set that I got.  I know your kids will love it too.

Valentines Day Gift Guide- Piczzle Puzzles myspace graphic comments
Sarahs Blog Of Fun Valentines Gift Guide!!

Our company specializes in the production of of custom puzzles and in marketing of wooden and cardboard jigsaw puzzles. Our photo puzzle products are sold to individuals and businesses directly through this website, and indirectly through online and offline stores, distributors and independent resellers. Piczzle operates worldwide but most predominantly in the USA, the UK.

We provide a range of personalized photo puzzle products through a service that makes it easy and fun for our customers to design, write, paint, enhance and preserve their digital photos while sharing them interactively with their friends and family in an original, one of a kind, creative and thoughtful way.

We enable anyone in the world to easily and quickly turn digital pictures into their very own picture puzzles – as a personalized gift or just for fun. Here you have the control over what you would like your unique jigsaw puzzle to look like as you customize its image, its personal text, its size, its design, its shape and its level of difficulty.

Piczzle's puzzles are made-to-order custom puzzles and they are produced by using the customer's own photos. We are committed to provide excellent service and top-quality personalized puzzles and thus we linking a history of over 15 years of manufacturing custom-made jigsaw puzzles with online retail experience. Piczzle values inspirational originality and so it encourages customers to plan their own products while attentively tending to each puzzle to ensure the perfect graphic-design of the finished products. The Piczzle Personalized Picture Puzzle service was founded on May 2003.

Our success is based on adding value for our customers. We offer you an easy, convenient and fun way to:
- preserve your memories for family, friends as well as yourselves;
- share your sentiments with friends and family through a thoughtful, personal and fun photo-based experience;
- achieve joyful self-expression through creativity and the telling of your stories with a combination of photos and words.

I love these puzzles!!!  I got to review one last year and it is great.  Check out my review post here!!

With Valentines Day around the corner, I am trying to think of neat items to give my boys that they will love (and that aren't all candy!!)

Piczzle has some really cute heart shaped puzzles that you personalize with your favorite pictures.

The Happy Heart puzzle is my favorite!!

If you are looking for a fun new gift for those special people in your life, check out Piczzle Puzzles!! 

**All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  I was not compensated for this post.**

Valentines Day Gift Guide myspace graphic comments
Sarahs Blog Of Fun Valentines Gift Guide!!

I am a Holiday junkie!!! I love all the holidays, and I love to celebrate them.

I celebrate Saint Patty's Day and I am only 1/50th Irish!!!! Oh come on, you know you do to, just so you can wear green and have corned beef!!!

Over the next couple days I will be bringing you some fun gift ideas for all of your loved ones, and even a couple of fun giveaways!!

It's That Time Of Year Again- Tax Time

This is the time of year I dread the most. My Husband and I never know if we are going to get money back or owe. One year we owed Federal but got money back from the State. Our taxes are always crazy!!!

If you are looking for someone to help you sort your crazy tax mess out, give HR Block a chance!! What can it hurt, it's free!!!

**All opinions expressed are 100% my own.  This is a sponsored post where I can make money**

Take Three Tuesday Blog Hop

Who doesn't want or need more followers?? This is my forty third week with a Linky hop, and so far so good!!! I am meeting a lot of great bloggers!!

I am making this hop a little different then other peoples, and I have changed it a little!!

With the possibility of Google Follow completely going bye, bye (tear!!)  I thought it would be wise to add Google + to the linky list.  You can now include Facebook, Twitter, Blog, Google +, Linkedin etc!! Please use the format I used with my accounts.

Follow as many peoples accounts as you want. Just make sure to leave a comment on their blog saying you are following from Take Three Tuesday, and what accounts of theirs you are following.

Each week, I will pick one random entry in the linky to win a small prize!!

So spread the word and lets try to make Take Three Tuesday a big deal!!!

Last weeks winner is...........

Diary of a Working Mom 

Please email me your address and I will get your prize out to you!!!

~~Winners- please respond with in one week. Thank you~~

Monday, January 30, 2012

Four Hour Flash Giveaway- $25 Barnes And Noble Gift Card

$25 Barnes and Noble Gift Card 4-Hour FLASH Giveaway

A few AWESOME Bloggers have teamed up to give you this wonderful $25 Barnes & Noble GC! We believe in quick, small, and easy giveaways! Our giveaways only have a FEW entries to fill out (11 or under) and you will know if you WIN in just a couple of hours! WHAT FUN! Good luck on tonight's giveaway! See you back on Wednesday & Friday for MORE great FLASH giveaways!
Here are our WONDERFUL participating sites for this evening's 4-Hour FLASH Giveaway!! Check out these awesome sites when you have time! 

*NOTE: You can choose PayPal or Amazon in substitution of the Barnes and Noble Gift Card if need be.

Building Carpenters


Baby Gators Den

Coupon Queen of Texas

Facebook Makes Me Laugh

For anyone who has a fan page, you probably get the Weekly Page Update email.

I just got mine, and check out the stats. I love the percentages. I thought that was awesome!!!!

Total Likes?
2,644 Up 6.4%

Friends of Fans?
653,568 Up 15.05%

People Talking About This?
366 Up 18,200%

Weekly Total Reach?
1,055 Up 1141.18%

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Due to a change in Google's Policy, this post has been removed.

Some Great Vistaprint Deals

$2 Customized Premium T-Shirt! Choose from over a thousand designs and add your own text to make your design unique! For just $2 get access to over a thousand designs—from funny to sophisticated to adorable and more! The T-Shirts are made of 100% Pre-Shrunk cotton and are available in sizes from S to XXL and in ladies sizes. Make one for yourself or to give to a friend.

Today Only!!

On day one Vistaprint features Magnets! Order one with lots of blank space for drawing. When you need an activity, stick it to the fridge and let your kids draw their own artwork with dry erase markers! Kids can draw their own colorful artwork for display in your kitchen. Today they are 50% Off, with FREE Shipping! That’s $4.99 for a small magnet (11.25” x 8.5”) or $9.99 for a large one (17.3” x 11.25”), including free shipping!

Swanson Health Products Coupon Giveaway

Swanson Health Products has a great promotion going on right now. Head over to their Facebook page and see what discount you get. You are guaranteed $5, but some lucky people will get $50 or even $100!!!

The coupon code is good until 4/30 so you have plenty of time to use it.

If you want to use it right away, you can also use Promo Code- SWANBRAND to get an additional 10% off. This code is good until tomorrow night 1/31.

Babies And Valentines At Target

Baby Sale - Save Up to 15% on Baby Gear at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Baby Sale - Save Up to 20% on Bedding and Decor at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Baby Sale - Save Up to 15% on Nursery Furniture at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Baby Sale - Save Big on Girls Clothing at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Baby Sale - Save Big on Boys Clothing at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Baby Sale - Save Big on Car Seats at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Baby Sale - Save Big on Strollers at - 1/26-2/4 ONLY!

Valentine's Day Gifts Perfect for Him at - Ends 2/11

Valentine's Day Gifts Perfect for Her at - Ends 2/11

Valentine's Day Gifts Perfect for Boys at - Ends 2/11

Valentine's Day Gifts Perfect for Girls at - Ends 2/11

Valentine's Day Gifts Perfect for Couples at - Ends 2/11

Sweet Valentine's Day Gifts for Everyone at - Ends 2/11

I Knew It.........The Scary Truth About Thin Mints

This explains why you can't just eat one!!!

Make Me Laugh Monday 1/30/12

Fast Food For Cows-

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Have You Joined Superpoints Yet?? It's Easy!!

I have been a member of Superpoints for a couple months now. It is very easy to use. You get points for opening emails, clicking a button, and taking surverys. You also get points when your friends sign up.

I have earned $17 so far. Very easy money!!!

If you would like to join, here are a couple links to sign up.

Each link can only be used once, so if you use one, please comment below!!  Thank you!!

Jimmy Charles (American Idol Season 9) CD and $100 Cash ~~Giveaway~~

Artist Bio


A Soulful, Genuine and Passion filled Country Singer and Writer that brings amazing energy to all his performances! Jimmy has received Radio play for 4 of his songsincluding “Whatever It Takes” that played Nationally on Clear Channel Country radio. Season 9 “AMERICAN IDOL” Hollywood contestant, 2007 Top 50 “Nashville Star”, Guest judge for “Nashville’s Next Big Star” 2011 performed and interviewed live on Countless Radio Stations, Newspapers and Televised programing. Opened a side stage for Montgomery Gentry and Lady Antebellum. Featured Artist for the Mrs. North Carolina US Pageant in 2009 and 2010. Pageant Judge for Miss Southern Del (Picking the eventual new Miss Del.). Has Performed and supported many Benefits and Charity Events naming Cancer and Children as two of his Top priorities. Named "Nashville Artist of the Week" on the Billy Block Show 103.3 WKDF and has performed many Venues in Nashville and different parts of the Country with an Awesome 5 piece Band. Jimmy also has experience in film and modeling.


JIMMY CHARLES.Whatever It Takes by tropicheatstudios

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Friday, January 27, 2012

My Awesome Target Shopping Trip!!

Here is what I got and the breakdown of the cost-

4 boxes of Life Cereal ($5.48)  $1.37 a box for each box of cereal!!

2 boxes of Frosted Flakes ($2.74)

10 boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch ($13.70)

16 boxes of Fruity Pebbles ($21.92)

18 boxes of Mac and Cheese ($8.88) .49 cents per box!!

4 tubes of Colgate Toothpaste ($2.98) .74 cents per tube!!

1 box of Toll House Cookie Mix ($2.48)

USA Puzzle Map ($1.98)

Transformers Toy ($1.99)  Original cost $4.99.  I used a $3 off coupon found here.

Pictionary Game ($1.49) Original cost $6.49.  I used a $5 off coupon found here.

2 boxes of Pampers Diapers (312 diapers) ($37.96)  Original cost $47.96.  If you buy two boxes, you get a $10 gift card.

Total Cost- $91.07

The retail cost of all of this would have been well over $200!!! 

The clearance changes daily, so if you can, head to Target as often as possible.  My store is under construction, and completion day is March 23rd.  I am betting we will see lots of clearance items at least up until then!!

If you get any awesome deals, email me the details and I will post them!!

New Coupons= Cheap Or Free!!

I love coupons. My whole family does. Everyday I recruit a newbie couponer to the mix. You can save tons of money by using them wisely. Here are a couple new ones that should make for Cheap or Free items at Target, Walmart or even your local supermarket!!

$1.99 at Target after Coupon.  (May go on clearance very soon!!)

Another Target Coupon.  Check the clearance aisles.  The Holiday scents were on sale for $1.00 each the other day.

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