Saturday, November 24, 2007

More Miscellaneous

A few things to note today to sort of wrap up the week:

• The Reflections Fall Giveaway is now officially closed, and our winner will be drawn today & notified by email. Thanks to all who entered, it's always a lot of fun to have these giveaways.

• I get things in email all the time telling me about this great deal or that one. Often I just delete them but one came in the other day that caught my attention as a homeschooling mom on a strict budget. The ad copy read something like "find the best deals on what they're asking for!" It was an ad for the toys that are supposed to be on the big "hot" wishlists this year. Usually I take such things with a grain of salt, since most of that sort of thing is just a lot of expensive junk that will be broken and forgotten in a month. This one was a little different though.

This is's toy page, but it's the searchability function that really got my attention. You can search by age, brand, style, price and more. You can really refine the search right down to exactly what you're looking for - even if you're just looking for ideas. I found this very helpful and just for fun (and to see the results myself) I clicked on the learning category, and then the arts & crafts and found some really great ideas that I hadn't even thought of. I liked this feature so much I wanted to bring your attention to it as well. You can click here or click the TOY button in the sidebar to see it for yourself. I hope it benefits you.

• Someone, who shall be named later because Kevin reads my blog and I'm not going to ruin the surprise for him (so there Mr. Kevin Sneaky Pants looking for hints!), did a really great thing to help me make Kevin's birthday today a very special thing. I can't tell you what it is (yet) but I hope to be able to do that later, after Kev opens his present.

And with that, I am off to the kitchen to do what mom's do in there to magically transform a bunch of cold stuff into those things that make the house smell amazing and cause everyone to lament about their hunger until you finally bring out the veggie tray to hush them up until dinner is ready.