Entries from September 2, 2012 - September 8, 2012


Soft and Strong: My Parenting Story

Recently I was asked by Charmin and Social Moms to share a time when I had to act soft or strong in my life and with my family. 

It can be tough raising a son. Cam is an only child and strong-willed! He is used to getting his way. I've found that I have to be both soft and strong when raising him. For example, I want him to be a compassionate, kind person so it's important to model for him kind, soft behavior. I also want him to be helpful to others and I demonstrate that by volunteering and helping others.

Every year, we help out with Goodwill, Toys for Tots and Angel Tree. Cam likes to help pick out toys for Toys for Tots and go with me to donate them at Toys R Us. We also buy a special toy and outfit for a child on the Angel Tree list. I want to instill in him at an early age, that helping others is important.

Also, going to church and prayer is an important part of our family. We talk about things we are going through and pray for others.

As for being strong, anyone who has a preteen in the house knows it can be tough! Just yesterday Cam was a little toddler and now he's almost taller than me! At 10 years old and an only child, he pushes the limits a lot. He is also whip smart and knows how to manipulate me. I admit, I am a push-over. He is my only child and I like spoiling him. But I know I have to place limits and that’s when I have to be strong.

For example, he loves LEGOs. He has been asking for a certain LEGO set for a long time. With it being expensive, I didn’t feel it was responsible for me to give him such a LEGO set (over $100) when it wasn’t his birthday or Christmas. We save the big LEGO sets for holidays and birthdays. All summer, he asked for LEGO Epic Dragon battle every.single.day. It was a long summer.  I told him countless times to save up his allowance for it, trying to teach him the value of money.

He started to save his money and eventually, he got to $50 and decided to spend it on a video game instead! Giving him the choice was the best thing I could do and at age 10, he is getting old enough to learn how to save money. It’s also an important lesson for him to learn the consequences for wasting money.

He is a good kid and I am so lucky to be his mom!

Charmin launched a campaign of its own this election year by asking fans across the country to vote for your favorite Charmin: Ultra Soft or Ultra Strong.  Be sure to check out their The Charmin 2012 Election and you could win weekly prizes, including a year’s supply of Charmin. Not sure which side to vote for? Take their online quiz and watch the Charmin debate videos by visiting http://facebook.com/Charmin.

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I was compensated for this blog post as part of the SocialMoms and Charmin blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own. For more blog posts on this topic, click here.




Scott Shared Values: Free Amazon $5 MP3 Credit


Scott Shared Values is offering a FREE $5 Amazon MP3 Credit when you join! Just sign up and then at the bottom of the 2nd page look for the link that says Take Me To The Amazon Page to get your credit.


Kohl's: 20% off Printable Coupon

Kohl's has just released this 20% off printable coupon  which you can use on regular priced as well as sale and clearance items.  Offer ends 9/9.


Coach: 25% off Coupon

Coach is offering an amazing coupon!

Go to the Coach Facebook page and “like” them, then allow the app to register for a coupon that will score you 25% off your purchase at any full-price Coach store! Offer ends Sept.16, 2012.


Peet's Coffee & Tea: Free Small Pumpkin Latte

Print a coupon (or show on your mobile device) to get a free Small Pumpkin Latte from Peet’s Coffee & Tea when you purchase a Simply Oatmeal or Artisan Baked Good.

Offer ends Sept. 9, 2012.


Subway: Instant Win Game- Win $5 Gift Cards and More

Through October 14th, go here to play the Subway Subprize Party Instant Win Game. Just complete the registration form and you’ll then be prompted to enter a game code. If you don’t have a game code (which can be found on specially-marked 30oz fountain drink cups and on the back of Doritos Blazin’ Buffalo & Ranch Chip Bags at Subway), you can use these codes to test your luck today: 6MYYV3MH, MTM3REMM, and XHP99YPP.

In addition to being entered to win the Daily Grand Prize (today’s Grand Prize is a trip for 2 to St. Petersburg/Clearwater, Florida!), you’ll also be entered to instantly win one of 1,000 FREE Footlong Subs awarded as a $5 Subway Gift Card


Bath and Body Works: Free Cashmere Lotion




Bath and Body Works has released a new offer for a FREE Cashmere Glow 2 oz. Body Lotion. Freebie offer ends September 9th only and no purchase is required!

Plus, be sure to print off this $10 off $40 coupon.


Taste of Home: Magazine Subscription Deal

Eversave is offering a 2 year subscription to Taste of Home, for only $9! You can also use your Save Rewards to make it even cheaper. Taste of Home has tons of great recipes, holiday ideas and more.

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