Help Build 30 Homes & 1 Playground in PA June 14-16th

I’m a big believer in volunteering. I always said that if I could make a decent living as a volunteer I’d quit my job tomorrow. One of the volunteer projects that I really want to do is Habitat For Humanity. I’ve never built a house before but armed with a pink hammer and some power tools I think I could help build a pretty awesome house for a deserving family. Someday I’ll get to do that.

For those in the Philadelphia area, you could change an entire community forever. Jon Bon Jovi’s Soul Foundation is partnering with Rebuilding Together to complete  30 homes and 1 playground in 3 days. They need your help.

No experience is necessary– just a desire to give back to the community and have fun!  Breakfast, lunch, snacks, and an event t-shirt will be provided.

The event takes place Thursday, June 14th & Friday, June 15th from 8am-4pm, and Saturday, June 16th from 8am-1pm.

Renovations and construction will include a minimum of 30 homes, a community center focused on the environment, education, culture and food sustainability, and a new playground. Home projects will include variety of critical home repair needs: plumbing, roofing, energy-efficient upgrades, safe rails and doorways, accessibility modifications for people with disabilities, painting, exterior repairs and landscaping.

For more information on the event, visit their website! If you are in the Philadelphia area and would like to participate , please visit WWW.BAHN2012.ORG.

Please share this with anyone that might be in that area and let’s get our country back on track, one community at a time. If you or someone you know is helping out I’d love to hear about it. Come back and comment or e-mail me about doing a guest post.


Cheerios Spoonfuls of Stories 2012

Recently the US News & World Reports released the High School Rankings for each state. I was appalled at some of the numbers for certain areas of the country. While it is no secret that low-income school districts typically have lower scores than high-income areas, it amazes me year after year that many schools have a reading proficiency rating of less than 2.5%.

Forty-two percent of children in the United States – more than 30 million – live in low-income households and don’t have age-appropriate books at home or at school.

It is upsetting that children are passed through the school system year after year and cannot read or write as they enter high school. And in many cases,they still can’t at their high school graduation.

Cheerios continues to lead the fight against illiteracy. This year marks the 10th anniversary for the Cheerios Spoonfuls of  Stories® program.

Cheerios is distributing six million bilingual children’s books from award-winning authors free inside cereal boxes. Cheerios is also giving 50,000 children’s books and $300,000 to First  Book, an award winning literacy non-profit.

Worms, monsters, zebras and hippopotamuses are only a few of the  imaginative children’s book characters to appear in specially marked Cheerios® this year. I received a few of this year’s books and my kids and I loved them. I was a little disappointed they didn’t do the Author contest this year but then again, how can you be disappointed when you receive a children’s book written by Nobel Prize winning author Toni Morrison.

This year’s books are all from award-winning authors and appropriate for ages 3-8. They include:

 – Peeny Butter Fudge, by Toni and Slade Morrison

– Mostly Monsterly, by Tammi Sauer

– Noodle & Lou, by Elizabeth Garton Scanlon

-If I Were a Jungle Animal, by Amanda Ellery

– Hello Baby, by Mem Fox

– Can I Just Take a Nap?, by Ron Rauss

Fusspot really liked Noodle & Lou. When I was done reading it she tried to absorb everything it had to offer by eating it. The illustrations are very colorful. She kept staring at them as I read.

So, go buy a specially marked box of Cheerios today and share a few moments with a child by bonding over the characters in these great stories.

To learn more about Spoonfuls of Stories or to donate to First Book, go here.

*By texting Books2Kids to 20222, a $5 donation will be made (and will appear on the primary subscriber’s cell phone bill), providing two new books to a child in need.  Standard messaging rates will apply.


Disclaimer: I received several of the in-pack books from Cheerios. No other compensation was received. All opinions are mine and were not influenced in any way.


Box Tops For Education & Giveaway

Everyone knows in today’s economic climate schools and other organizations have to be more creative when it comes to raising funds for supplies. That is why I love programs like Box Tops For Education and similar programs that pay our schools for each label they send in from participating products.

While the program doesn’t always make me buy certain brands over another, I do buy quite a bit of participating products anyway because most of their products are coupon friendly and on sale a lot. I wind up with a large amount of box tops to send into Bruce’s school each year, along with some Betty Crocker cupcakes that many of my box tops came off of.

The Box Tops program donated more than $59 million for participating schools last year alone – that’s incredible!!!!

That’s a lot of money so schools can buy new computers, install playgrounds, expand their libraries, fund art and music programs… the possibilities are endless. And every school needs something.

In addition to earning box tops on grocery products, you can also earn them when shopping online. For a list of participating stores or to earn while you shop, click here.

There are so many participating products – from Avery labels to Yoplait smoothies to Ziplock bags to General Mills cereals. There are hundreds of participating products and the list keeps growing. Some even have double box tops.

This is such an easy way to help your school or someone else’s school earn money on products you are already buying. If you don’t have any children and you have a closet full of eligible products, please consider donating to a neighbor, friend or family member. Almost every school I know participates in this program and by throwing your box tops away it is the same as throwing away money.


You can win the Box Tops prize pack that I recently received, which is full of the following goodies:

  • Cupcake clips
  • Cupcake bag
  • Cupcake notepads
  • Box Tops for Education pencils
  • Neoprene Lunch Sack

My package also contained a box of brownie mix, giving me additional box tops for Bruce’s school. Not sure if that will be in the prize pack though.

How to Enter:You can complete as many of these as you want. Leave a comment for each completed task.

Please follow instructions; invalid entries will be deleted.


  • Tell me how Box Tops For Education has helped your child’s or neighborhood school.
  • Tell me what your favorite Box Tops For Education product is.
  • Comment on any non giveaway post (only relevant comments left after the date and time of this post are valid). Don’t forget to leave a comment here for this entry.
  • Follow my blog via e-mail.
  • Vote for me on Top Mommy Blogs by clicking the banner on my sidebar.
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  • Blog about this giveaway in a separate blog post (not a linky) with a link to this post.  (3 entries – post 3 comments here with a link to your blog post)

Deadline: The deadline for this giveaway is October 17, 2011 @ 11pm  EST, at which time a winner will be chosen using

The Fine Print: Current subscribers/followers are eligible too.  Open to US residents only. Include a valid email in your comment form. The winner will be notified by email. Winner will then have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. Prize fulfillment will be completed by MyBlogSpark.








Disclosure: The Betty Crocker products, information, and giveaway have been provided by Betty Crocker through MyBlogSpark. No other compensation was received. All opinions expressed here are my own and were not influenced by anyone.




Like Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza & Help Autistic Kids

See, this is one of those times I write a post for a company without getting anything in return – because I believe in what they are doing and these are easy ways to help others…

Go to Facebook and like Anthony’s Coal Fired Pizza. Here’s why….

My family loves Anthony’s anyway – we were already planning on eating there for dinner tonight. I love to see companies give back.

When you are done liking Anthony’s on Facebook, head over to my blog’s facebook page and like me too. I’m 1 like away from triple digits! I wonder if my husban


Make A Difference – Get A Free Meal

I’m starting to feel like my birthday is in the month of March. I keep getting free stuff from great companies. Yesterday, it was Rita’s. Now, Jersey Mikes!

One of the many things we don’t get down here in FL is great subs. Let me translate for some of you – grinders, hoagies, sandwiches, dagwoods, heroes, blimpie, rocket. But we do have a Jersey Mike’s near us (ok, it’s about 25 miles from my house but it is so worth the drive).

March is their month of giving. On March 28th, the Jersey Mikes across the country are celebrtaing “Make A Difference Day” by offering a great deal and a great way to help a local charity at the same time.

At the location near me, you get a free sub with minimum $1 donation. Offers vary by location.

If you are near a Jersey Mikes – check them out on March 28th.

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