Friday, April 30, 2010

"My Mommy Rocks!"

Our daughter Kristen has been thinking about celebrating Mother's Day this year, and she proceeded to write a poem dedicated to me to share with you:

My mom Kim is a “Circus in Heels.” She is our juggler, ringmaster, clown, and lion tamer! She could really use a hand cleaning up! Watch as she climbs the high wire to get us dinner, help with homework, drives us places, works at the YMCA, helps others with volunteer activities, and is my Girl Scout Troop Leader. She also works and helps my brother with his friends, school and soccer.

"My mommy rocks – I wrote her a poem:

Mom is nice,
Mom is sweet,
She helps make my life complete.

She showers me with kisses and hugs,
Teaches me things about math and bugs.

I try each day to laugh and play,
Learning things in our special way.

My mom is funny, kind and wise –
I love her the most when I see me in
Her eyes."

WOW! *sniffle, sniffle* ...No words of my own can possibly express how touched, amazed, and blessed I am feeling! I subscribe to the philsophy that we all are designed and placed on this Earth by God with a special purpose to fulfill in our personal gifts equipment me for the intimate purpose is to raise my children and prepare them to fulfill their own purposes. Kristen's heartfelt labor of love equally matches my labors of love for she and her brother. I pray our journey together is a long one, but my daughter has stated for the record that, "My Mommy Rocks..." and now for the moment I can say that I am on the path to "mission accomplished"!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

She Colors My Day!

My daughter Krissy and I invite you to learn more about a special cause and opportunity...
As someone who knows just how powerful our mom community can be, I'm asking you to help in spreading the word about a movement that is designed especially to celebrate the bond between mothers and daughters and create a cure for a disease that I know has impacted many of us personally. I'm proud to support the She Colors My Day project and I hope you'll join me in spreading the word about this important initiative.

The She Colors My Day project began when a mother named Annette, dying of breast cancer, created a keepsake for the four daughters she was preparing to leave behind. Annette sent a c.d. of she and her daughters singing to her many friends and family. Unbeknown to Annette, her act of love would be the inspiration for her friend, Cristina Carlino, founder of Project Miracle, to ignite the She Colors My Day movement - a celebration of the never-ending bonds of mothers and daughters. The now worldwide She Colors My Day movement embarks upon a global journey to create for a cure. Inspired by a mother's infinite love, this ever widening circle of caring will benefit the Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's /Women's Cancer Research Group biomarker project. Hear the story in Cristina's own words here.

So how can you get involved?

* Color With Us- We can start by taking the first steps to coloring someone else's day through a platform we all know well- Facebook. The She Colors My Day pink crayon is a Facebook application created to be shared with those we love. The pink crayon can be virtually passed around on Facebook so we can all help to create for a cure.
* Sing Along- The "She Colors My Day" song co-written by Cristina Carlino and Stuart Mathis for Cristina's daughter has been recorded by multi-Grammy award winner, Amy Grant. Download the "She Colors My Day Song" and video and help to support this organization. A portion of net proceeds from the song supports the She Colors My Day project, benefiting Susan G. Komen for a Cure ® Foundation and the Entertainment Industry Foundation's/Women's Cancer Research Group.
* Spread the Word- The ultimate goal of the "She Colors My Day" project is to support mothers and daughters and create a cure. If you're inspired by this project, please help us share the love by publishing a post on your blog this week that celebrates the special mother/daughter relationships in your life.

MomSelect will also be holding a Twitter discussion on May 10th and we'd love for you to attend. We would like to urge you to chime in, tell your story, and offer support or inspiration. And if you 'create' or are in the process of expressing your voice through art (painting, sketching, singing- anything) please share* your creations with us so we can inspire others to make a difference and color someone's day who is in need. Details to come.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Dats How We Roll!

Does your family Roll Over or Roll Under?
I am passionate about my family's toilet paper rolling strategy! I was raised to "roll over", where the roll leading square rolls from above and over the roll in the hanger...but I'm always just plain ol' tickled if anyone in my fam ever bothers to replace the empty roll! Who raised these kids anyhow? Ooops...guilty! I even change them in the stall at work or out in the big world - gotta keep it tidy!

Cottonelle has hosted a fun promotion and had lots of folks vote on their roll preferences in the 2010 Great Debate:
72% voted Roll Over
Find out more by visiting their website at

Cottonelle tp is now softer and stronger than ever! I love the extra cushiness and larger rolls, so I don't have to change them as often...

Be sure to visit for more brand information and to sign up for email announcements and other offers

I remain in Roll Over Bliss - victorious in the outcome of this Great Debate!

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Cottonelle and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Summer Camp Time is Coming 'Round the Bend!

Springtime is finally upon us - and summer isn't far beyond! As a full-time working momma, I have to do my homework to locate the best summer camp care for my "little one" that is also in balance with our family budget and's nevery easy, but I'm working on the List for Summer '10.

We work together with resources available to select a nice balance of educational enhancements with physical activities. I enjoyed a nice balance growing up as my mother stayed at home during my pre-high school years. I loved learning and exploring, so I spent several weeks at sleep-away camps highlighting developing friendships, confidence and outdoor skill building. It was a blast, and friendships developed at summer camp can last a lifetime!

The Tampa Bay Florida area offers a wide variety of outstanding summer camp options this year. We're researching the YMCA, Great Explorations, Bush Gardens, Lowry Park Zoo, Practically Picasso Ceramics, The Arts Center in St. Petersburg, City Recreation Programs, and Our Savior Lutheran School among others. We have had good experiences with these programs, but my daughter is ready for a fresh approach to summer camp this year...

A wonderful opportunity can be found with the KinderCare Summer Camp Program. You can find out more via their website at

Families will enjoy this program as you and your child can remain engaged with the facility throughout the summer months and beyond. The KinderCare weekly themes including sports, art and science are combined with educational field trips and activities to provide families with a secure and enriching summer camp experience. Children are encouraged to learn and explore beyond the classroom during the themed weekly camps while each week brings new and exciting horizons!

With input from nearly 3,000 children on how they’d like to spend their summer, KinderCare has crafted a summer day-camp program that delivers just what we’re looking for: irresistible learning opportunities, hands-on involvement and unique experiences.

There are unique weekly themes within the summer long camp, all in one convenient location, all kid approved. Themes include science, art, sports, history, nature and much, much more.

Find the camp that best suits your summer schedule. Visiting the on-line site identifies the following themes:

Wild, Wild West*
Wilderness 101*Dig Ancient Egypt*You’ve Got Talent!* School-Age Only
Puppeteer Road Show* School-Age Only
Gross & Gooey Science - Starts June 21
Spectacular Sports - Starts June 28
Animal Antics - Starts July 5
Science Adventures - Starts July 12
Art Expo - Starts July 19
Kids’ Kitchen - Starts July 26
Splish, Splash!*Surfs Up!* Preschool & Pre-K Only
Everyday Heroes* Preschool & Pre-K Only

I wrote this review ehile participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central on behalf of KinderCare and received a gift certificate to thank me for taking the time to participate.