Monthly Archives: June 2011

Motts for Tots and Vocalpoint

I am a member of several websites that provide “insider” information and samples. Vocalpoint is my favorite! Members get great coupons and samples (even coupons to share with friends!) and they aren’t innundated with insane amounts of email.


One of the current programs is Motts for Tots. I’m excited about this one. Our younglings love juice. B will ask (in one long string of conjoined words/syllables: “Me yuse? Bix yuse? Arwin yuse? Aanna yuse? Widdeon yuse?” (He’s currently very concerned with everyone getting whatever he is asking for.)

I will post a review when I receive the sample and/or coupons.

*Disclaimer: This was not a paid post and honest opinions were used. The opinions are solely my own and may vary from others. Thank you to Motts for Tots and Vocalpoint who will be suppling the product sample and/or coupons.

Father’s Day Coupons

Those who know me know I’m a handmade geek to the extreme! I love anything handmade, especially if it is handmade by my children. I think any father would love one of these fantastic Father’s Day coupon books from Lettering Delights. I’m thinking about having The Scouts make them for M’duine and Opa and maybe even for Griffin. I haven’t decided exactly how we will put them together, but I was thinking about running them through the sewing machine, sans thread, to perforate and then stapling the left edge. Maybe I’ll just have The Scouts make fancy envelopes to put them in. I don’t know, I’m tired and can’t quite make my brain slow down, so I have a million different options running through my head.

I found another set of coupons that has more space on the left edge, complete with marked spaces for punching holes, but I can’t remember where I got them from! I’ll edit this post if I figure it out. That set could be sewn together and then a bit of ribbon could be threaded through the punched holes for decoration.

I would love to hear about what you are planning to make, do or get for the fathers in your life!

Camp Mitigwa, here we come!

I may start referring to my children by their scout ranks! It seems like so much of our lives revolve around scouting around here. The older boys, “1st year Webelos” and “2nd year Webelos”, both passed their camp physicals with flying colors yesterday. Doc even knew what Webelos means. I don’t think The Webelos noticed, though. They were wound for sound all day. So that everyone is included, we also have “1st year Senior Girl Scout/Venture Scout”, “1st year Brownie Girl Scout”, and “2-year-old who thinks he’s a Tiger Cub Scout”. Just to avoid confusion, all of the scouts have graduated/bridged to the next rank, so they are now being referred to by the rank that they will be all of next school year. If that doesn’t make sense, let me know and I’ll do my best to explain, or let you know which child is which rank if we know you in real life.

I have gotten the OK from the cardiologist, so hopefully the PA will sign my form sometime this week. I haven’t blogged about that saga, but for those who know what is going on, the verdict is that I have three heart murmurs. Two are common – 50% of people have the same type of murmur. The other one is not likely to give me any trouble until I am in my 80’s or 90’s, so there will be no change in my care, except that I will return for another ultrasound in three years. Also, my heart is pumping the correct volume so that’s not the reason that I have been feeling so poorly as of late. At this point, I just hope I start to feel better before camp.

We had a blast at camp last year and we’re all excited for this year! The Webelos are already talking about getting flags, shooting BB guns, swimming tests, and woodworking. 1st year Webelos wondered out loud about the possibility of fireworks at camp! (ugh!) He was more than a little disappointed when I explained that I was pretty sure that would violate multiple BSA safety rules.

In preparation for camp, I have been drooling over all the equipment I want to get from REI. I also found this giveaway at Busy Mommy Media, and had to enter! We have always had good lucky with Kelty equipment. We have a backpack child carrier that Griffin and I bought 17-ish years ago when there was only one child, but she was too small to hike through the woods all day. We also have a large Kelty backpack diaper bag that M’duine and I purchased on the interwebs when I was pregnant with 1st year Webelos. It is great for trips to Grandmas! If we are only going to be gone for a weekend, then that and a tiny diaper bag are all we need. Otherwise, I can get an entire week’s worth of clothing in there for an infant or toddler. I have worn it while wearing a small child in a sling on my front, but it is awkward to swing said child to my hip. I would do a review on it, but I don’t see it on their website, so I doubt it is still available. Perhaps I will do some reviews of equipment after 1st grand-baby is born.

Feel free to let me know your “must have” items for camping with children in the comments!

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