Yes, you heard me, everyone gets a free short stack of IHOP pancakes from 7AM till 10PM. Tomorrow is also National Pancake Day and instead of charging for their pancakes, IHOP is hoping you all will donate some money to the Children's Miracle Network. Now that's something to flip over.
See, I'm tall. In the US, 5' 8" isn't tall, but given that the average height of a Filipino male is 5' 4", and the average height of a Filipino female is 4'11", in the Philippines that makes me tall. I was 5' 6" at 11 years old and I hated it. I was always the tallest in my class; always at the back of the line, at the back row in class photos, and always the girl who had to play Prince Charming in all of our school plays (I went to an all-girls school). Until I entered college, I was as tall or taller than most of the boys I knew. I wondered if boys were intimidated by my height and developed a slouch.
Can you tell I'm emotionally involved in this book?
Too Tall Alice will resonate with children who wish they were like everybody else, whether they feel they are too tall or short or skinny or chubby or quiet or whatever. I love the message of self confidence and empowerment. Even the cartoon illustrations and whimsical text support this theme -- just the right mix of mermaids and athletes, more "girl power" than "girly".
Poor Alice is self-conscious and miserable about her height. She dreams she goes to a land filled with tall people who are successful in their chosen careers, and more importantly, are happy with themselves. In the end, Alice learns to love herself and realizes that her height does not have to stop herself from being anything she wants to be.
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I'm doing a giveaway today on Being Savvy Silicon Valley, a local parenting and preschool online resource! One reader will win a copy of the book, "A Spiritual Companion to Infertility". You don't have to live in Silicon Valley to enter, so head on over and enter to win!
When I told the kids we were going to make chicken nuggets for dinner, they didn't believe me. They didn't think anyone could actually make chicken nuggets; as far as they're concerned, chicken nuggets are shaped liked dinosaurs and come from a box (yes, it's a sad testimony to the food I feed my children).
But all 3 were game to try the Italian Picnic Chicken recipe from Taste This!, even when I warned them that it might be "slimy and icky". This recipe is the perfect illustration of why I like this cookbook. The ingredient list is short, you don't really need to follow measurements, and it's so easy that even a child could do it. And that's just what happened: the kids did it all. They had a blast crunching up the cornflakes, dipping the chicken tenders in salad dressing and dredging them in cornflake crumbs. And when they tasted it, The Pea proclaimed, "This tastes exactly like chicken nuggets!". So those Dino nuggets are now banished to the back of the freezer for emergencies.
My first thought when I saw Label Daddy's BlogHer '09 contest instructions: Here's a wild idea: I'll definitely get my entry noticed if I post a photo of myself with Label Daddy labels plastered all over my naked self. Two seconds later, I rejected the idea. All you pervs out there, it's not happening, and here's why:
1) My body is, uh, not small, and it would cost a lot of money to buy enough Label Daddy labels to cover it entirely, thereby negating any savings I might enjoy by winning the full sponsorship to BlogHer 09.
2) I've been pregnant with twins. I could balance a plate on top of my gigantic stomach. You can't stretch skin that far and expect to bounce back without a tummy tuck. Or Angelina Jolie's genes. Not pretty, people. And so not the best product placement move for Label Daddy.
3) These Label Daddy labels are meant to last, so they don't come away easily. I don't exactly relish the thought of stripping away each and every label afterwards. Ouch! The alternative, leaving them on, is just as unpalatable. Especially given that upcoming PTA meeting next week.
So enough about that idea. Let's talk about Label Daddy's Peel-and-Stick, washable labels instead. Here are ten reasons why I heart Label Daddy's labels:
10) Because the kids drive me crazy fighting over their toys.
9)Because Pea is constantly bringing home other people's pencil cases/books/ballet shoes.
8) Because I do NOT like sewing. Or ironing.
7) Because there are some things we CANNOT afford to lose.
6) Because I want my kids to know which sippy cup on the picnic table to sip from.
5) Because I sometimes can't tell my twins apart.
4) Because on bad days I can barely even remember my own name.
3) Because my husband needs a way to let my admirers know I'm taken.
2) Because I don't want to hitchhike my way to BlogHer.
And the number one reason I Heart Label Daddy.....
1) Because Label Daddy Hearts Bloggers too. (cue soundtrack: *awwwwwwwwww*......). Thanks, Label Daddy , for sponsoring this wonderful BlogHer 09 contest and giving bloggers like me something to dream about!
I recently received a review copy of Baron Thinks DOGS Are People Too!, a lively short story about a high-spirited dog who does a good deed and makes a friend. Alfie read the book to the kids last night, and here's what we thought of it.
Children with lively dogs will enjoy the recounts of Baron's frisky antics, and the busy, colorful illustrations are great for reading out loud to large groups. They'll spend the whole book wondering whether Baron will ever find a best friend, so it's easy to keep them engaged in the story.
Characters are introduced and removed so randomly that even my kids felt that the book left way too many questions unanswered.
* Are Billy and Emma children of the doggie's mom and dad?
* Who are they and where did they come from?
* Why did the book say that Emma was on the sled? Emma has yellow hair in the beginning, and none of the girls on the sled have yellow hair!
I also found myself wondering what the dad's deployment with the air force has to do with anything in the story. And the biggest question on everyone's mind was: Why in the world is this book called "Baron Thinks DOGS Are People Too!"?
This book puts smiles on children's faces -- not only on your child's face when you read it to him, but on a child with a cleft palate somewhere around the world. If you buy this book from publisher Big Tent Books, author Laurie Dean will donate $1 to Operation Smile! Which is something that should put a smile on your face as well.
Remember when I posted about my new short haircare regimen a couple of weeks ago? The Pea has finally wised on to the fact that I've been sneaking some of her Curly Q's Moist Curl Moisturizer to tame my mid-day frizzies. "Mamaaaaaaaaa....!" Fortunately, CURLS (the company that makes Curly Q) recently sent me a sample of their latest product, Curl Gel-les'c. It's pronounced "Curl Jealousy" and I'm happy to say that I'm no longer jealous of The Pea's styling products because now I've got some of my own.
Curl Gel-les'c is a styling product -- part gel, part serum -- that tames frizz, creates curls, and imparts shine. I've been scrunching it into my damp hair in the mornings and letting it air dry (I have a pathological aversion to blowdrying, probably because I'm lazy). I like that it's organic and botanical-based, and like all the CURLS products I've tried, smells soooo good. I like that it's not as thick and sticky as regular gel. And let me tell you, it REALLY does hold that curl in. Some days my hair looks like it's been permed!
Want to incite some curly jealousy with Curl Gel-les'c? CURLS is giving away a Curls Gel-les'c Prize Pack to one lucky winner! The gift pack includes:
* A fun, fashionable Curl Gel-les'c tee that says "Are you envious?" on the front, and "..... of my CURLS?" on the back
* An 8-oz. bottle of Curl Gel-les'c, packaged in a Limited Edition bottle
To enter, just leave a comment on this post and tell me about the one haircare product you cannot live without. Don't forget to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. For extra entries, you can do any or all of the following:
1) Follow me on twitter (my twitter id is @bonggafinds). If you already follow me, you still get the extra entry! Leave a separate comment with your twitter user name.
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This giveaway ends at midnight PST on February 23, 2009; I will draw a winner via www.random.org on February 24 and post the winner's name on the same day. Click here for full giveaway rules. Good luck!
I've begun trying out the recipes in Gina Von Esmarch's cookbook, Taste This! Gina comes from the family who runs Alioto's #8 in San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf (the one with the gigantic crab sign) so you know she knows her s*&t. I wanted to try her Red Onions & Red Grapes recipe from the moment I saw it, and it didn't disappoint. Even though the mixture spent a wee too much time in the oven (note the slightly burnt edges of the onions), it was deeevine. The Pea, who supposedly hates onions, loved it: "Mama, the onions taste like grapes!". Well, not exactly, but the combination of the two flavors complements the goat cheese and sesame crackers perfectly.
Send in $50 worth of receipts and get $10 in coupons, plus travel size Jason Organic baby body care.
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* Free Gift Cards for staying at on-site Disneyland Hotels: When you stay at the Disneyland Hotel, Grand Californian or Paradise Pier, you'll get a gift card worth $50, $100 or $150 (depending on the length of stay).
* 3-Day Vacation packages starting at $69 per person, per day: This includes a 3-Day Park Hopper ticket, so subtacting the $150 tickets from your $207 means you're only paying $57 per person for a 2-night stay! And you get early entrance to the parks!
* Kids Fly Free -- if you book a Disneyland Resort vacation package flying with United Airlines from San Francisco Airport, kids fly free! That's mind boggling.
Of course, traveling in the off season means that some rides might be closed for repair. And there's always that pesky rain. And by the way, about those deals, I've only listed the cool stuff. For more information and all those restrictions and details, you have to call a travel agent or go to Disneyland.com. But that's all minor stuff compared to the fact that you save your money and sanity by traveling to Disneyland in the off season.