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    BabbaBox: Creative, convenient, complete activities delivered right to your door

    My oldest grandson, now four, memorized and regularly sang "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" when he was but a wee bit over the age of two. He was—and continues to be—enchanted by the stars up in the sky. Same goes for the phases of the moon, evidenced by his recent tracking of the full moon appearing just about the same time as Halloween was to arrive.

    The BabbaBox (Some rights reserved - SITSgirls)Because of Bubby's fascination with all things planetary and beyond, I was delighted when the BabbaBox I agreed to sample arrived and the theme for the month was Sun, Moon & Stars. The BabbaBox is a collection of creative and thought-provoking crafts for ages three to six, delivered monthly right to your door. The Sun, Moon & Stars theme of our sample box meant Bubby and I had the opportunity to create, explore, connect and learn more about a few of his favorite things.

    The BabbaBox makes the most of the four primary ways in which youngsters engage: create, explore, story tell, and connect. Specifically, the Sun, Moon & Stars BabbaBox included two create activities—a make your own "moon" paper-mache nightlight and creating a constellation print using sunpaper; an explore activity complete with binoculars to keep track of the moon's cycle; a story tell treat via "Twinkle, Star of the Week" picture book; and a connect treat in which Bubby and I could use a "Planet Finder" to locate different stars in the sky plus an opportunity to download a digital piano app to learn "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."


    The binoculars were an instant hit with Bubby, and he spent a fair amount of time searching the sky for stars, planets, the moon—plus a stray airplane or two. They were equally engaging for his one-and-a-half-year-old brother, Mac, and they both enjoyed the picture book, too.

    The creative endeavor of using the power of the sun ("the biggest star", the literature pointed out) to make a frameable constellation print was something new and wonderful for Bubby. Of course, star stickers are always a hit, but once applied to paper, exposed to the sun, then removed, the stars created a magical picture that Bubby proudly framed, ready to hang on the fridge to share with Mommy and Daddy and anyone else interested in hearing about harvesting the power of the sun to bring out the stars on his paper.

    With so many activities included in the BabbaBox, we've yet to create the paper-mache nightlight—an activity that surely must be done only once baby Mac is engaged elsewhere for a lengthy period of time.

    And that digital piano? Seems "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" may end up being not only the first song Bubby memorized and sang, but the first he learns to play on a digital piano, as well, thanks to the BabbaBox.

    Want to learn more about the BabbaBox? Check it out:

    BabbaBox is a theme-based box delivered to your door that allows you to enjoy a little convenience and inspiration! As any parent can attest, the most important thing you can give to your child is quality time. BabbaBox makes this possible by helping you to save time, money, & mindspace.

    Just think! Fantastic monthly activities with ALL the materials for kids ages 3-6. Included in the box are 3 projects + 1 bestselling book + digital download + parent surprise gift!

    The best part? Babbabox makes a GREAT unique gift during the holiday season.

    Act now! Get 50% off your first month when you sign up for a monthly membership using the code, SWAY100. Offer expires December 31, 2012.

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of BabbaBox. The opinions and text are all mine.


    The grandparents are coming! Parental Guidance movie prize package giveaway

    Quick! Think of a memorable grandma or grandpa from a movie. Kind of hard to do, isn't it. There are a few, but not many that immediately come to mind.

    Until now. With the Christmas Day release of PARENTAL GUIDANCE, featuring Billy Crystal and Bette Midler as unforgettable grandparents, you'll surely never have trouble coming up with memorable movie grandparents again.

    Take a look:

    PARENTAL GUIDANCE from 20th Century Fox is rated PG and opens in theaters Christmas Day. Find out more on the PARENTAL GUIDANCE official website or Facebook page.


    In celebration of the PARENTAL GUIDANCE opening, 20th Century Fox offers up a memorable prize package for one lucky Grandma's Briefs reader.

    One (1) winner will receive:

    • $25 Visa Gift Card for a day at the movies
    • Retro cassette iPhone case
    • Magnetic photo frame
    • Crap at My Parents House book
    • ($50 total value)

    Entries are easy and accepted through Friday, Dec. 14. The winner will be drawn via Dec. 15. Don't miss out!

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    Disclosure: I received a free movie card to view the movie in exchange for sharing this giveaway with my readers. Opinions are my own.


    Warm up with promo codes for hot deals on Women's Outerwear at Kmart

    It's December in the Rockies, my home. While the calendar suggests I should be shivering and possibly shoveling snow—or depending on my husband to do the shoveling—such scenarios certainly aren't what's happening at my place. I've not given up hope, though, as the weatherman swears snow is on its way. I'm counting on him to be right, for after the hot summer Colorado suffered through, I'm ready.

    Many other spots around the country may be in the same sort of weather limbo as my home state, waiting for the chill to arrive. And though the weather outside may not be all that frightful in some parts of the country just yet, we all know it's surely coming.

    Now, before the cold settles in, is the perfect time to prepare for a white Christmas and beyond by taking advantage of these online last-minute, limited-time deals from Kmart on Women's Athletech Fleece, Women's Active Apparel, and Women's Outerwear and Cold Weather Accessories.

    Take a look and take note:

    Athletech Women's Belted Fleece Jacket



    10% off $25 or more Women's Athletech Fleece PLUS members earn 2X Points

    Online Promo Code: CSOATLFL




    Fit Female Outlet





    10% off $25 or more Women's Active Apparel PLUS members earn 2X Points

    Online Promo Code: CSOWATHL






    Athletech Women's Reversible Puffy Jacket




    10% off Women's Outerwear and Cold Weather Accessories + Members Earn 2X Points

    Online Promo Code: CSO10OW1




    Tis the season for sharing, especially when it comes to great deals. So go ahead and warm the hearts—and everything else, from head to toe—of your friends and family by sharing these very same special deals from Kmart for women's outerwear.

    It's pretty simple to share. For spreading the news to your Facebook friends, just copy the info for the deal you want to share below (be sure to include the entire link), then paste as a status update on your Facebook page. Twitter users have it even easier: You need only click the "Click to Tweet" link associated with each deal, and once the pre-filled Twitter box pops up, all you have to do is press tweet.

    @Kmart Gifts for Her: 10% off $25+ in Women's Athletech Fleece w/ code CSOATLFL. Members earn 2X Points #Holiday2012
    Click to Tweet

    Get 10% off $25+ in Women's Active Apparel w/ code CSOWATHL @Kmart. Plus, our Members get 2x Points #Holiday2012
    Click to Tweet

    Use code CSO10OW1 @Kmart for 10% off Women's Outerwear & Accessories + Members Earn 2X Points! #Holiday2012
    Click to Tweet

    As my friendly local weatherman likes to say, this is the "warm before the storm." Grab your outerwear now and save some cold cash in the process thanks to these hot deals from Kmart. The best part: You don't even have to leave your house to do so.

    Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with I am a Sears blogger, though all opinions are my own.


    Holiday Guide giveaway: VegiBee Garden Pollinator [CLOSED]




    One lucky reader will win a VegiBee Garden Pollinator ($49.99)  as described in the Grandma's Briefs Holiday Guide 2012. Increase the bounty for the home gardeners on your list. The VegiBee garden pollinator is a hand-held electric plant pollinator that uses sonic vibrations to shake the pollen out of the flower to improve the productivity of the home garden, and can be used on all tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans and eggplant.


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    Holiday Guide giveaway: Hallmark Cards gift card pack [CLOSED]


    One lucky reader will win a gift card pack from Hallmark, including an Interactive Recordable Greeting, an Interactive Countdown Greeting, and an assortment of additional boxed and Signature Collection greetings, as described in the Grandma's Briefs Holiday Guide.


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    Holiday Guide giveaway: Yoga for Every Room in Your House [CLOSED]

    As described in the 2012 Grandma's Briefs Holiday Guide, one winner will receive a copy of Yoga for Every Room in Your House by Jinjer Stanton ($14.95) As important as it is to stay in shape, we often find it hard to fit in the time. This book featuring photos of everyday folk (no models here) will encourage you to squeeze in a beneficial stretches and moves, no matter your space or busy schedule. Bear Hug, Carnival, Plank and more, made just for those who may not be yoga aficionados but would happily give it a try for the sake of better health. GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win a copy of Yoga for Every Room in Your House. 


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