Monday, October 17, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
- Gatorade will donate $1.00 up to $10,000 to the Women's Sports Foundation for every pledge received at www.Gatorade.com/moms in support of girls' and women's sports.
- Click "take the pledge now" on the main Gatorade Moms page.
- The donation will help ensure there are opportunities for all children who want to get physically active, get involved in competitive athletics, and get in the game.
Monday, September 19, 2011
As much as I love putting labels on my kids’ things, I haven’t been satisfied with the quality of the labels I’ve used in the past. By the third week of school, the labels will have already ripped, peeled, or fallen off.
While attending the Social Soiree event at BlogHer ’11 in San Diego, I discovered Lovable Labels and was given a pack of personalized labels in my Swag bag. I was skeptical at first, but the longer I used the labels, the more excited I became about the product. They actually stayed on and looked pretty as well.
Launched in 2003, Lovable Labels was started by a mom who recognized that there was a need for personalized labels that were tough, durable, and could withstand the test of time and children. Throughout the years, they have continued to develop innovative and useful products, many of which are a result of customers’ feedback.
Lovable Labels specialize in personalized labels and tags. They developed the best quality labels that are durable and beautiful. Their labels are waterproof, dishwasher and microwave safe, washer and dryer safe, bleach safe, sunscreen safe and temperature safe. Lovable Labels offers many types of labels including multipurpose sticker labels, shoe labels and clothing labels.
Not only are Lovable Labels durable, colorful, and affordable but they are also easy to find. You can order your labels online at Lovable Labels or if you prefer to talk to a live person, you can call 1-866-327-LOVE (5683). They are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!
I was given the Back To School pack to review. This pack comes with 15 regular sticker labels, 80 slimline sticker labels, 48 Press n’ Stick Clothing Dots, 12 Shoe labels, 2 mini Metal Tags (and twp 4” silver ball chains), and 12 Square labels. That’s a total of 165 labels! The tags and stickers can be personalized with your name and icons. Since I received them, I’ve been on a labeling rampage. I have stuck these cute labels on my kids’ backpacks, lunch bags, pencil bags, gym bags, uniforms, swim caps (yes, they have stayed on), and shoes!
I would love to share my new-found addiction. Lovable Labels has generously supplied us with a pack of "Back To School Pack" for one lucky winner! Thanks, Lovable Labels! Interested?
To enter: Go to the Lovable Labels website and leave us a comment (one per day only, please) telling us which one of their amazing product is your favorite! Once you've entered by leaving a comment, you can gain additional entries:
- Follow @mylovablelabels and @SprMama on Twitter and tweet "WIN Back to School Pack" from @mylovablelabels . Leave us the link for extra daily entries.
- ‘Like’ Lovable Labels on Facebook for one extra entry and write below that you are a new fan.
- Follow The Not-So-Secret Life of a Super Mama via GFC.
- Leave me your email address in the comment box below.
- Mention this giveaway on your blog and leave us the link for one extra entry.
To be legally eligible, you must be at least 18 years old. The contest is open to both US and Canada.
This giveaway will end on September 27, 2011 at midnight PST. The winner will be picked by Random.org and will be notified via Twitter and email (see why I asked you to leave your email address?) on September 29, 2011. The winner will then have 2 days to claim his/her prize which will be sent directly by Lovable Labels.
Let’s face it. Children will inevitably lose their things. Why not save some money and label their belongings?
Disclosure: The product(s) in this review was provided to me free of cost for the purpose of conducting this review. All opinions expressed in this review are my own and are not influenced by monetary compensation.
Friday, September 2, 2011
Monday, August 22, 2011
Yurbuds®, the leader in sports earphones designed by a triathlete and 23-time marathoner, has teamed up with Chris "Macca" McCormack, "World's Fittest Man" and two-time Ironman Champion to host the first-ever two-day Beat Cancer Boot Camp Powered by Yurbuds in NYC at the Sports Center at Chelsea Piers.
Each boot camp will be led by Anita "Sarge" Kellman, founder of the national Beat Cancer Boot Camp program, and hosted by a Yurbuds-sponsored athlete from the Ironman World Triathlon Corp., which endorses Yurbuds earphones, available at Apple stores, Best Buy, Sports Authority and more.
WHEN: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011
11 a.m. to Noon Beat Cancer Boot Camp Workout
Yurbuds Host: Chris "Macca" McCormack, two-time Ironman World Champion, World's Fittest Man
Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Beat Cancer Boot Camp Workout
Yurbuds Hosts: TJ Tollakson, 2011 Lake Placid Ironman Winner and Kyle "Epic" Mendoza, freerunning and parkour expert
WHERE: The Sports Center at Chelsea Piers
Pier 60 at the West 20th Street Crosswalk, New York, NY
Please use the entrance located at the East end of the Pier
By Cab: Enter at 23rd Street & West Side Highway (11th Avenue)
REGISTER: Sign up now at www.yurbuds.com/beatcancerbootcamp!
MORE: Donate $20 or more to receive a pair of Yurbuds Iron Man Series headphones($59.99 value). For more information please visit www.yurbuds.com and http://www.facebook.com/sportscenteratchelseapiers.
Friday, August 19, 2011
While attending the Sweet Suite event at BlogHer11, I saw groups of grown women huddled around a table with bowls of colorful buttons which had either letters or symbols printed on them. It looked like they were making friendship bracelets. I decided to give it a try and see what all the fun was about. I must admit I had fun making a bracelet for my daughter. I found out that the company that was responsible for all the giggling, lively chatting, the colorful bracelets and little buttons is Shainsware.
Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Time Island is an educational online game aimed at children 6-10 years old. My 7 year old son received an awesome bag filled with stickers, wrist bands, a bandana, tattoos, and a pair of sunglasses as well as an opportunity to try out the game.
This virtual learning game takes place on a deserted island inhabited by Goggs. The goal of the game is to outsmart the Goggs and survive by completing certain tasks and solving mini-riddles. Before starting the game, my son created his avatar and named it. As he played, he explored other island habitats like beaches, caves, and lagoons. He not only had to outsmart the Goggs, he also had to take care of his avatar. He had to maintain his avatar’s hygiene, feed it, and clean his hut. He was also able to earn Time Chips in order to buy clothes, decorate his avatar’s house and other items which are needed to survive on Time Island. Although Time Chips are great to have to purchase items, the game encourages your child to find items through exploration and ingenuity.
There is also an option for your child to interact with other players on Time Island in a monitored and safe environment. They can communicate with other players using emoticons, pre-defined sentences, or regular chat (if you allow it). Curse words are also automatically removed. You, as a parent, can even create an account to track your child’s activity on Time Island.
I really love the graphics and colors in the game. What I loved most about Time Island is that the games are designed to teach skills like hand-eye coordination, spatial reasoning, and logic. Since it is still in its early stages of development, there were a few glitches. The game, at times, was a bit slow to load and it wasn’t always clear what to do next. This games has great potential and I can’t wait to see how it is improved.
To learn more about the game, visit
Time Island on Facebook
Time Island on YouTube
Now for the fun stuff...the giveaway! You can win the same swag bag my son received: green drawstring bag with the Time Island logo on it filled with Time Island stickers, tattoos, wrist bands, a bandana, and a pair of sunglasses. This giveaway will close at midnight (PST) on 8/23. The winner will be announced here and notified via email. The winner will then have 48 hours to claim the prize, otherwise another winner will be drawn. The Mandatory Entry must be completed first, otherwise the Bonus Entries do not count. Please leave one comment per entry. Leave your email address so you can be notified if you win.
Visit Time Island and let me know what you or your kids like best about the game.
1. Follow me publicly via GFC
2. Follow me on Twitter
3. Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link to the tweet in the comment box:
@SprMama giveaway: Win a Time Island game prize pack http://bit.ly/qMexxf
4. Like Time Island on Facebook.
Disclaimer: I was provided with a prize pack in exchange for reviewing Time Island online game. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.
Thursday, August 4, 2011
What does GoGo Kabongo teach?
Friday, July 22, 2011
I wanted to attend BlogHer in New York last year, but I could not fathom spending that much on myself. So when I found out this year's conference is in San Diego, a 2 hour drive for me, BlogHer was definitely doable. So by December, I had purchased my ticket to BlogHer '11. There was no turning back.
I was excited! I will finally be learning how to grow my blog from those who have paved the way. I will finally be meeting people I've been interacting with on Twitter. I was giddy.
Then came another question from my husband, the devil's advocate: "Do you even know what these people look like?"
And another: "You're going around by yourself?"
These questions brought out all of my high school insecurities. I wanted to crawl back into my protective shell. I was having second thoughts.
I managed to push those thoughts aside and forced myself to socialize. I joined several forums (the ladies at MomSparkMedia forums have been a lifesaver!), and started following anyone who tweeted with the #BlogHer11 hashtag. As I read through hundreds of tweets and posts, I realized I wasn't alone. I will not be the only first-timer at the conference.
I was relieved...until I saw tweets about "exclusive" party invites. It felt like high school all over again. I was a nerd, a bookworm, a wallflower. I didn't go to dances or parties. Once again, I was on the outside looking in. I followed bloggers who were excited about being invited to parties sponsored by brands that I love and have used for years. I read about those who were being sponsored to go to BlogHer. I saw several hashtags which turned out to be other blogging conferences they were flying to or have just attended.
I. WAS. JEALOUS. And then fear crept in. I was so intimidated, I actually disconnected myself from social media. It took me a few days to shake it off. Then my 4 year daughter said, "Mommy, you're going to have so much fun. You're going to be with your friends."
Out of the mouths of babes. She was right.
So, in two weeks, I will be in San Diego attending BlogHer for the first (and hopefully, not the last) time. And I have resolved to do the following:
1. I will attend the sessions I feel will help me improve my blog.
2. I will leave my wallflower self at home, and borrow my daughter's social butterfly personality for a few days. I can't do anything about the nerd in me. Once a nerd, always a nerd. And proud of it!
3. I will hand out my business cards to fellow bloggers and brand reps and put myself out there.
4. Although my blog is a work in progress, I will be proud of it.
5. I will attend the official BlogHer parties. By the way, I did receive a couple of those coveted "private invitations." And I have met a fellow party-hopper, so I won't be alone.
6. And last, but not least, I WILL HAVE FUN!
So if you see someone looking lost and overwhelmed, with a badge that says @SprMama, please come up to me and say hi. I'll say hi back!
See you in San Diego!
Thursday, July 21, 2011
When I was pregnant with my first child 13 years ago, I kept putting off having a baby shower because I was busy with work. I kept telling myself I will have enough time to get everything ready for the new baby. Before I knew it, I was in labor 10 weeks early. I had NOTHING for him. No baby clothes, car seat, stroller, all the necessities for our little bundle of joy.
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Why can't you be happy for him? Why do you feel the need to make fun of me, and more importantly, of him?
If it was your child, I would be the first in line to congratulate him and say job well done.
Can we all please cut the negativity and the bitterness and instead concentrate on the positive? Please don't compare our children. My son is good at a lot of things, but he also knows there are many more who are better than he is.
As parents, we should not be comparing our children to others. We are all different and special in our own ways. We need to emphasize our children's positive points and remind them everyday that they are special.
Several not-so-subtle jabs have been thrown my way because I often post about my kids and their achievements. It probably bothers some people, some may see it as bragging. I don't post to brag. I write about their achievements because I am extremely proud of who they are and what they are accomplishing on their own. I don't do their work for them. I don't push them to join competitions and sports activities. They choose to do those things on their own. I simply encourage them to do their best.
Son #1 was a preemie. He was born 10 weeks early, weighing in at a little over 3 pounds. The first two months of his life were touch and go. He spent two months in the hospital's Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, coming home in time for Christmas. During his first year at home, he was hooked up to an apnea machine whenever he slept. For the first two years of his life, he was playing developmental catch-up with babies and toddlers who were born full-term. Son #2 was also a preemie, born 6 weeks early, weighing 5 pounds. I had to have an emergency c-section because my water had already broken and I didn't know. And to make the situation more precarious, he was in a breach transverse position. Although he only spent two weeks in the hospital's Step-Down Unit, he was poked and prodded everyday to make sure he was ok before being sent home.
They are my miracles. They have faced so many challenges just in their first two years of life. Everyday is an accomplishment. Everything they do is memorable. I will not hold them back from trying a new sport or joining an art contest, a science fair, a musical production. They excel at everything they do because they work hard. They are naturally good kids. I don't have to ask them or order them to be good kids. They just are.
Am I a proud of them because they win and do well? Of course, I am. What parent wouldn't be?
But what I am most proud of is that they are happy, healthy, caring and respectful human beings. I thank God for blessing me with my three kids. I am a better person because of them.