Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Happy St. Patrick's Day!!





"St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic"

~Adrienne Cook~

Sunday, March 15, 2009

One AWESOME Giveaway!!

1. Amanda
Giveaway for your choice of handbag from Handbag Heaven
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Ends on March 26, 2009

Saturday, March 14, 2009

More Giveaways!!

1. Any Lucky Day
Giveaway for a Slanket
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Ends on March March 17, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM EST

2. Mom Saves Money

Giveaway for 250 coupons
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Ends on March 15, 2009 at 9:00 PM CT

3. Saving Our Cents
Giveaway for $200 worth of coupons and two chances for $80.50 worth of coupons
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Ends on March 31, 2009 at 5:00 PM

4. Saving Our Cents
Giveaway for 3 Krispy Kreme gift certificates for one dozen doughnuts
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Ends on March 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

5. 5 Minutes for Giveaways
Giveaway for a prize package from Word World
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Ends on March 27, 2009

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Five Fabulous Giveaways!!

1. Mommy Making Money
Giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card
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Ends on March 14, 2009 at 10:00 PM EST

2. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for Taylor Hick's new album The Distance
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Ends on March 17, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

3. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for a Cushie Pushie
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Ends on March 15, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

4. Pink Lemonade
Giveaway for Will Marry for Food, Sex, and Laundry: How to Get Him - and How to Keep Him
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Ends on March 12, 2009 at 11:59 PM PST

5. Any Lucky Day
Giveaway for iStick for your Nano
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Ends on March 14, 2009 at 11:59:59 PM EST

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Tutoring

So, today was a pretty good day. I tutor two kids, one in first grade, (I'll call him D.), and one in fourth grade, (I'll call him J.). I absolutely LOVE working with both of these kids, and they are so different from each other, too.


This was my first experience working with a first grader, and it's honestly been amazing to me to see the growth that happens in such a short amount of time. When I started working with D. he was still learning his letters. Now he is reading level one and level two books....chapter books even!! He's not reading perfectly, of course, but he's reading!! Each time I see him I'm always thrilled to see the progress he's made and continues to make.


When I was a teacher I actually taught fourth grade so I had that experience before I began working with J. I've been working with him longer than D., and he, too, has made so much progress. A lot of his progress has been in attitude about school and his grades, his willingness to do his best, and to do his best neatly. He continues to surprise me with his feelings toward school and learning, as well as his academic growth. I think back to how he was when I first met him, and then I think of the excitement in his voice when he told me about getting the highest grade in his class on a math test. It's like he's a different kid!!


You know, I understand that I'm giving a lot to these kids, but I honestly feel that I'm still getting the better end of the deal. The joy, the pride, the excitement, and the sense of accomplishment I feel when working with both D. and J. makes any physical pain (due to my two chronic pain conditions) I feel as a result so worth it. When I see the lightbulb come on when they finally understand something that we've been working on or hear them say with a smile, "Ooooh, I get it!" it just fills my heart up more than anyone can understand.

Well, I'm ready to get to bed after watching Part 2 of "The Bachelor- After the Final Rose," but before I sign off for tonight, I want to share one cute thing that J. said to me before I left today. I'm gathering my things up, and he says, "Ms. Rice, do you think you can come some Friday to just hang out, watch movies, eat junk food, and....just hang out?" How cute is that?!

Until next time....

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Ten Great Giveaways

1. An Island Review
Giveaway for A Century Of Flavor Cookbook
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Ends on March 2, 2009 at midnight


2. An Island Life
Giveaway for Wheels on the Bus for iPhone/iTouch from Duck, Duck, Moose
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Ends on March 1, 2009 at midnight


3. An Island Review
Giveaway for a 3-month subscription to JumpStart.com
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Ends on March 6, 2009 at midnight


4. An Island Review
Giveaway for Martina McBride's CD called Playlist
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Ends on March 7, 2009 at midnight


5. An Island Life
Giveaway for a Kajeet Sanyo Katana II (black) cellular phone + temporary included air time
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Ends on March 8, 2009 at midnight


6. An Island Life
Giveaway for a $20 gift certificate to Born 2 Impress
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Ends on March 8, 2009 at midnight


7. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for Vegan Microwave Cookbook
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Ends on March 2, 2009 at midnight EST


8. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for Pomegranate and Chocolate Love Kit Skin Care
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Ends on March 6, 2009 at midnight EST


9. dkMommy Spot
Giveaway for a Brookstone Shiatsu Massaging Seat Topper
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Ends on March 5, 2009 at midnight EST

10. The Life and Times of the Lady Riposter, A Self-Confessed Foodie
Giveaway for a Fiber One Chocolate Mocha Spa Break Gift Basket
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Ends on March 11, 2009 at 12PM CST