Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Review/Giveaway of Wooden Puzzles by Draven

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If you are one of my faithful blog followers you know the love/LOVE relationship I have with SunflowerRadiantLove's dolls.Well, Saskia, the maker of my favorite dolls is not the only talented one in her family!
This is a family of soon to be 7 kidlets and mama and papa. Truly amazing people, and I count my self lucky to call them friends.
So... one of Saskia's sons, Draven has decided to try his hand at wood working. He is truly talented. He puts time and effort into his creations and you can tell in the workmanship of them. I NEEDED these for my kiddos... and so I bought some. Did I mention he is only 14 years old! Way to go Draven!!
Draven wants to spread the word about his new craft and so he included one for me to review. The mountains he included are now one of my favorite sets. They are so majestic looking... like the mountains I grew up with.
I LoVe all of them though... see how cute they are?
The Hedgehog set is one of my FAVES! And I love the mushrooms!
And how awesome is that Rainbow?
Here are the Waves and a Mountain!
And a close up of the Sun! Love it!

Ok, so now you get a chance to win one of these cool creations.
You can win a small mountain:

***Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry and include your email address in your comments!***
YOU MUST DO THIS TO WIN!!
See my giveaway instructions here for more information.


REQUIRED entries:
visit sunflowerradiantlove which is Saskia and Draven's etsy shop come back here and comment on which item is your favorite.

3-entries: because I love comments...comment on Saskia's blog (let me know where)
2-entries: because I love comments too... new comment somewhere on my blog (let me know where)
3-entries: let's spread the word...grab SunflowerRadiantLove's etsy button and put it on your blog

saskia's button

1-entry: heart SunflowerRadiantLove's etsy page (click the add to favorites on the left)
1-entry: heart your favorite WOODEN item in SunflowerRadientLove's etsy shop (on item page click add item to favorites on the right)
2-entries: Share SunflowerRadiantLove's etsy page (click the add to favorites on the left)
3-entries: become a fan on SunflowerRadiantLove's facebook page
1-entry: follow me on twitter @6andStillSane
2-entries: 1st Tweet about this giveaway... include #waldorf, wooden puzzle, @6andStillSane
1-entry: you can get 1 entry for 1 tweet a day!
3-entries: blog about this giveaway and come back and leave a link
1-entries: grab my blog button
10-entries: purchase a wooden puzzle item from SunflowerRadiantLove's etsy shop!

This giveaway has ended... thanks for entering!

REview/Giveaway of The Original Butterbell Crock by L. Tremain

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I am sure some of you have seen this odd looking contraption that your Grandparents used to keep their butter in. It sat out on the couter, and you wondered what it was. Well, I found out what it was, and I managed to get my hands on one to test out.
My hubby was born and raised on a dairy farm, and he LOVES butter. He would rather eat dry toast than use margarine. NOT kidding! He has totally loved the butter crock that we have.
Butter Bell makes a variety of Butter crocks, but the one I got was this one:
Cute huh? I don't even mind it sitting on my counter. :)
So are you interested in this? I was... how do they work. When you use a butter crock you don't have to put the butter in the fridge, this way you have nice spreadable butter when ever you reach for it.
On their site they have a great diagram of how it works.

First you fill the crock base with cold water. (1/3 cup)
Then you fill the lid of the crock with your softened butter.
Then you just put the lid on the crock.
Easy... so now how does it keep your butter fresh?

Pretty ingenious huh?
They use the water to make an air tight seal that keeps the butter fresh.
This really does work well.

My hubby has really enjoyed having butter on hand for his toast and such. It has been nice that I don't have to hear... "That is NOT butter." ... all the time.
the one thing is to make sure you change the water out to keep it fresh and make sure they water level stays high enough.
It you enjoy spreadable butter but don't want to have to spend a lot of extra money at the store for it this is the way to go.
In fact fright now they are having a special:

Buy any 2 get one FREE! That is GREAT!

If you want to try one out this sale is a great one to try for! Plus you will get an extra for a gift. YAY for free!

They are also offering one up to one of my readers. So here is how you can enter to win one.
*Also... they will be offering a discount in the new year for those of you who don't have a chance to win... so watch my blog for it!

***Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry and include your email address in your comments!***
YOU MUST DO THIS TO WIN!!
See my giveaway instructions here for more information.


MANDATORY entry- 1 entry: Follow my blog AND visit

The Original Butterbell Crock by L.Tremain

and tell me which crock you will pick if you win.

3 entries: suggest The Original Butterbell Crock to your 10 friends on Facebook

- you get 3 entries per 10 friends.

3 entries: Sign up the The Original Butterbell Crock newsletter. (find it right under the video in the middle of the page)

3 entries: Grab The Original Butterbell Crock button and put it on your blog - leave the URL where it is:

butterbell button


2 entries: Watch the Food Network video on the Butterbell Crock website. Tell me how long you can leave the Butterbell crock on the counter. (find it in the middle of the page)
3 entries: post about this giveaway on a forum. -let me know what forum
5 entries: blog about this giveaway include links to 6 and STILL Sane and The Original Butterbell Crock. -give me a link to your blog.
1 entry per tweet: tweet about this giveaway. This can be done 2 times a day at least 4 hrs apart. Include @6andStillSane -leave the URL for your tweet.
1 entry: follow @6andStillSane on twitter -counts for past followers
1 entry: fan 6 and STILL Sane on FB -counts for past fans
1 entry: subscribe to my blog by email -counts for past subscriptions
10 entries: make a purchase from The Original Butterbell Crock

Thanks for entering my giveaway.
This giveaway is closed

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Our Christmas Tree hunting. . .

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In pictures:

The kids loved the snow... we have none at home.
Trecking though the trees.
She got snow in her boots... and kept saying, "I want to go home."
Daddy decided to help her out... poor thing.
She got a ride. :)
We found out Tree!!!! Our son helped cut it down.

The big girls playing in the snow.

Timber!

Our little tom-boy!

Already to head home.

Do you cut a tree? Buy one on a lot? or use a fake one?

Still Sane,
Mama V

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

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Monday, November 8, 2010

ahh, the good ol' days!

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I was looking though old pictures tonight... thought I would share a few. :)

Halloween 2006

Halloween 2004

my 4 redheads... this would be the littlest ones 2nd b-day
-2005

Still Sane,
Mama V


Monday, October 11, 2010

gotta Love Grover!

Pin It Now! So blogger won't let me post the acutal video here, but check out Grover spoofing the Old Spice video.

Enjoy! :)

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Winner of FluffaLumps

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So I finally took the time to smell the roses....

LOL! No really I did count out the winner of the FluffaLumps though! :)



So the winner is:
Kris said...

entry 1 - fluffa fb fan


Congrats! Thanks for entering... There will be more shortly! :)


Still Sane, (barely)

Mama V


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

dancing with Sesame Street!

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Sunday, October 3, 2010

Update on the "bad words Book"!

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Don't forget to enter the FluffaLumps giveaway before it ends Monday night!

I was answering my emails the other day and the gal that had emailed me commented on my blog post about the book my sons class was going to read. There has been some action on this so I thought I would throw out a quick update.

I talked to the other mama of the boy that is in my son's class. She was very concerned about it, and said since she missed the open house she would stop in and visit with the teacher and kinda feel the situation out and see how things sat before we decided on our actions. I decided to wait and see if she found out anything of use.

Then the other day my son came home from school and said that his teacher said they would NOT be reading that book. So I pressed him for further info... you know how kids are. :)
I finally got the whole story... this is what happend:
His class was talking about the books they would be reading for their genre reading and he raised his hand and told the teacher that he didn't want to read the book because it has bad words in it, and that his mom didn't like the book either. YAY! I am so proud of him for standing up when surrounded by his peers... that is such a hard thing to do. I guess others chimed in and so the teacher said... "Ok, we will find a different book."

That was so much easier than I expected. I will still monitor it but I am so happy to know that my son, when faced with a problem could stand up for what he believes.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Wool Dryer balls by FluffaLumps: Review/Giveaway

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I found a new company that I want to introduce you to. You ready?


Fluffy says:

I started making wool dryer balls to help make my cloth diapers nice and soft without creating build-up like dryer sheets do.

I am a school librarian by day and I make my wool dryer balls at night!

I want to provide families with wool dryer balls in bright, vivid colors at a reasonable price.

As of right now I am only making unscented wool dryer balls, but within the course of this year I will also be making scented dryer balls as well as a few other fun products!


When Fluffalumps was just getting started she asked me to review some of her dryer balls because she knows how much I love them!

She worked very quickly and got 4 balls made up. Two for me, and two for one of my lucky readers.


Bright, fun, and all wool! LOVE it!

So which two did I keep? Which two do you have a chance to win? LOL! I'm not telling! You get to be surprised!


Do you know why I love wool dryer balls?

  1. they cut down on drying time
  2. no need for dryer sheets - so one less chemical in our lives
  3. they are AWESOME at eliminating static - hubby says they are his faves of all my "crunchy" things I have tried.
  4. who doesn't love wool?

So for the review . . .

These are probably some of my favorite dryer balls to date. They are felted very well. The ends are tucked in nice so they don't unravel. She chooses such fun colors and the combinations are GREAT! They add some fun to my bland collection.


Buy it NOW: if you just gotta have it now! visit FluffaLumps and put in an order. FluffaLumps is graciously giving my dedicated readers a discount of 10% on their orders through Oct 31th. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!! Use code: StillSane -discount will be refunded through paypal after purchase is made.


***Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry and include your email address in your comments!***
YOU MUST DO THIS TO WIN!!
See my giveaway instructions here for more information.


MANDATORY entry- 1 entry: Follow my blog AND visit Fluffalumps and tell me the color of dryer ball you like the best.


2 entries: Fan FluffaLumps etsy shop
2 entries: Share FluffaLumps with your friends on etsy - under the actions

3 entries: suggest FluffaLumps to your 10 friends on Facebook

- you get 3 entries per 10 friends.

3 entries: Grab FluffaLumps button and put it on your blog - leave the URL where it is

Fluffalumps

3 entries: post about this giveaway on a forum. -let me know what forum
5 entries: blog about this giveaway include links to 6 and STILL Sane and FluffaLumps. -give me a link to your blog.
1 entry per tweet: tweet about this giveaway. This can be done 2 times a day at least 4 hrs apart. Include @6andStillSane and @FluffNewbie. -leave the URL for your tweet.
1 entry: follow @6andStillSane on twitter -counts for past followers
1 entry: fan 6 and STILL Sane on FB -counts for past fans
1 entry: subscribe to my blog by email -counts for past subscriptions
2 entries per person: share the idea of dryer balls! Let's spread the idea around. This can not be done as a general shout out on a forum or FB. This is specific to a person! -can be done though email or message though.
10 entries: make a purchase from FluffaLumps

Thanks for entering!

This giveaway is closed!


Monday, September 20, 2010

Dumpster Diving or Buffet Dining?

Pin It Now! We are very religious. If you want to know we belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, or otherwise known as Mormons.
As parents we strive to protect our kids as much as we can from the bad in the world. This includes limiting TV time and knowing what books they are reading and previewing movies before we let them watch them. We also limit internet access and only have it available in the main room of the house where people will see.

That being said I also believe that my kids can be a force for good, and so I send them out into the world. . . hopefully armed with a testimony of the Gospel. This is why I do not homeschool my kids, YET. I feel that the school systems are still ok enough that I can teach my kids and help them see that all things they learn in school are not the way we believe. I also feel that one day the scales will tip and I will not think it is worth sending my kids for the bad that they will be subjected to. I will them keep them home and teach them.

Now that you know where I stand. . .
What would you do?

My son is in 4th grade this year. . . that means he is 9.

New school, new area, new thoughts and ideals.

I went in for open-house and his teacher informed us as parents that one of the books she is going to have them read this year has some bad words in it.
The book: The Great Gilly Hopkins
I have bought it off amazon have started to read it. I am through the 3rd chapter and already there have been 9 swear words, and ones we consider pretty bad. Lots of taking the Lord's name in vain. It is also a very negative book.
I asked one of my dear friends that has been a school teacher for more than 30 years to read it. This is what she said about it:

I just finished the book. I can't believe that anyone let alone a teacher would want to expose this book to children of any age. Swear words are used countless times. This is not the worst part. Talking about the word adultery and breathing hard on the phone was ugly. Are the students supposed to read this book or is the teacher going to read it to the class. What is the teacher's purpose? I don't think that the average 9 year old could read it. Let alone understand many of the references. When I taught high school English, I wound not have had this book on the shelf. I am worried about how the teacher will treat your son if and when you confront her on this choice of reading. I wonder if the principal has read this book or is he allowing it because of lack of knowledge of the content.

I think it would be a good idea if you read it and took notes and then talked to the principal. Let me know how it turns out. I would not recommend this one to the Book Club. I know that I am rambling, but I am upset that a wholesome child would be exposed to this.
So what do you think? What am I as a parent supposed to do? How will this teacher treat my son if I object to his reading it? There is actually one other little boy that goes to Church with us that is in his class. I am thinking I need to talk to his mama. Maybe if there are a few of us that are upset about this it can be changed.

I just don't understand. She said, "It has some bad words in it, but it is a really good book. Award winning and everything."

I don't care what kind of award it got. If it is crap it is crap! Right?

I listened to a talk on Saturday night at one of our church meetings and it just reaffirmed this idea. The speaker said,

Let's go to dinner, let's do a buffet. The store is clean and all the china is shining. They have all the yummiest looking appetizers, then all your favorite entrees. And for desert they have all forms of cakes, pies, and decitante chocolates.
Out back though, there are 10 dumpsters in a row. They hold all the trash that is thrown away from the buffet that isn't eaten. There are rotting vegetables and putrid meats, all covered with flies and maggots.
Where do you want to eat?
The Buffet or the Dumpsters?
Of course we want to eat at the Buffet right? Well why is it any different for our spirits? Why should we feed them garbage? Can we have the spirit of the Lord with us to guide and protect us if we are partaking in the dumpsters?

I know how strong the written word is. I am not happy that my son might be reading these words and thinking them. I heard once that "we Live the way we Think, and we Think about the things we See, Hear and Read".

So how do I tell his teacher this?
What would you do?

Still Sane,
Mama V


Winner of the Rattle

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So who won?
I am excited about this one... there aren't too many cloth diapering dads out there...

Diaper Dad said... 90

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http://twitter.com/DiaperDadJames/status/24937465350

diaperdadjames at gmail dot com


Friday, September 17, 2010

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So, I try not to get up on my soap-box very often... especially when it comes to politics.
BUT this can not go unshared. I saw this on FB some of you have seen this and shared it I am sure, but I wanted to post it here for more to see. All I have to say to this is AMEN!!! He said it all!


A young physician by the name of Dr. Roger Starner Jones wrote a short two-paragraph letter to the White House which accurately puts the blame on a "Culture Crisis" instead of a "Health Care Crisis"..

It's worth a quick read:


Dear Mr. President:
During my shift in the Emergency Room last night, I had the pleasure of evaluating a patient whose smile revealed an expensive shiny gold tooth, whose body was adorned with a wide assortment of elaborate and costly tattoos, who wore a very expensive brand of tennis shoes and who chatted on a new cellular telephone equipped with a popular R&B ringtone.


While glancing over her patient chart, I happened to notice that her payer status was listed as "Medicaid"! During my examination of her, the patient informed me that she smokes more than one pack of cigarettes every day, eats only at fast-food take-outs, and somehow still has money to buy pretzels and beer. And, you and our Congress expect me to pay for this woman's health care? I contend that our nation's "health care crisis" is not the result of a shortage of quality hospitals, doctors or nurses. Rather, it is the result of a "crisis of culture" a culture in which it is perfectly acceptable to spend money on luxuries and vices while refusing to take care of one's self or, heaven forbid, purchase health insurance. It is a culture based in the irresponsible credo that "I can do whatever I want to because someone else will always take care of me". Once you fix this "culture crisis" that rewards irresponsibility and dependency, you'll be amazed at how quickly our nation's health care difficulties will disappear.

Respectfully,
ROGER STARNER JONES, MD
If you agree...share this with others.
By:Richard Meckstroth

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Wooden Rattles by Earnest Efforts Review/Giveaway

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You asked for reviews on natural toys and I heard you!
I love browsing on Etsy to find new, fun, natural stuff. One day when browsing I came across the funnest little baby rattle. I love rattles, and what baby doesn't like them?

BUT . . . these ones are wood. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive about slivers and such as I have done a bit of woodworking. How would they get the wood smooth enough for a baby to chew on it?

Well, I did some researched and asked some questions, and I now know!
Do you want to know?
Earnest Efforts is a Mama and Pappa company. They love to make these fun and unique rattles and the other items they make.
They hand sand all of their rattles to get rid of the splinters, and then they finish with Clapham's all-natural bees wax. They don't use any stains, so no chemicals!
I wasn't totally convinced until I got these in the mail.

They are AMAZING!!!! They are so smooth and the rattle is perfect. Any baby would love this natural toy. I don't have a baby any more, but I do have a cute little niece that lives just over the mountain. Meet Illyana! A cutie huh?

Needless to say she is loving her new toy! There are a few of those toys that are essential to go in the diaper bag when tripping around... this amazing rattle makes it on that list!
In fact I enjoy playing with the one I have to give to one of you lucky folks!
I guess that is why they make some that are for adults . . . really they do!
They call these Spirit Shakers. They are a palm rattle for relaxation. They also make amazing and beautiful wood boxes. These they craft from rescued wood, and they use the natural cuts they find to sculpt these masterpieces!

If you want to make a purchase for your little one or a gift for another. You can purchase direct from Earnest Effort on their Etsy shop or you can find a retailer on their Locate a Store page.

You have the opportunity to win one of Earnest Efforts natural baby rattle.
The giveaway item is the dark colored rattle pictured here, I believe it is a walnut wood.

***Remember to leave a separate comment for each additional entry and include your email address in your comments!***
YOU MUST DO THIS TO WIN!!
See my giveaway instructions here for more information.

Mandatory entry: follow my blog AND visit Earnest Efforts on Etsy and favorite their shop.

2 Entries: follow Earnest Efforts new blog
2 entries: share Earnest Efforts on etsy with 5 friends ('share' can be found on left hand side under 'Actions')
2 entries: What other item that I did not mention does Earnest Efforts make?
3 entries: grab Earnest Efforts shop button -give me a link to where you put it

Earnest Efforts Natural Woodworking

3 entries: grab Earnest Efforts blog button -give me a link to where you put it

Earnest Efforts Natural Woodworking Blog

3 entries: post about this giveaway on a forum. -let me know what forum
5 entries: blog about this giveaway include links to 6 and STILL Sane and Earnest Efforts shop. -give me a link to your blog.
1 entry per tweet: tweet about this giveaway. This can be done 2 times a day at least 4 hrs apart. Include @6andStillSane, #giveaways and #naturaltoy. -leave the URL for your tweet.
1 entry: follow @6andStillSane on twitter -counts for past followers
1 entry: fan 6 and STILL Sane on FB -counts for past fans
1 entry: subscribe to my blog by email -counts for past subscriptions
10 entries: make a purchase from Earnest Efforts

This Giveaway is Closed!
Thanks for entering !