Friday, December 31, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 12/31

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky. 

Sorry, I have delayed my post for this week.  I have been crazy busy this holiday season.  Happy New Year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

The Fresh Air Fund

Serving children since 1877, The Fresh Air Fund is a not-for-profit agency that serves New York City children from disadvantaged communities by providing them with priceless gifts of fun and opening doors to a lifetime of opportunities.  Fresh Air programs include weekly tutoring sessions to job shadowings to weekend retreats.

A gift of $10 may send a child on a bus ride to his or her Friendly Town host family.  At $24, a child may take swimming lessons for a week.  A $42 donation provides a day of Career Awareness classes and $50 can fund a camp counselor for a day.  And, a child may be provided with meals for a week at camp with a generous gift of $91. 

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Baby Hsu's 1st Christmas

Wishing you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 12/24

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky. 


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Winner of Kidorable Umbrella

I am so sorry, but I have finally chosen the winner for the Kidorable Umbrella.  With the holiday season around plus a baby, it's been such a crazy season.  So, I have decided to write a post announcing the winner.  Congratulations, comment #29 (amber01sw)!   

Friday, December 17, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 12/17

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky. 


Monday, December 13, 2010

Organically Grown - Winter Collection Review

Organically Grown believes in your right to affordable, safe, stylish, high-quality organic products from apparel for the entire family and home decor, to personal care items.  Their apparel are made from organic cotton, grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers.  They are proud to be a part of the solution for a healthier environment by supporting the organic farming community.  


According to the Organic Exchange, over 456 million pounds of pesticides are applied onto conventional cotton each year, of which seven are on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of the top ten pesticides which are known, probable, or likely carcinogens. Organic cotton is grown without the use of toxic pesticides and synthetic fertilizers, making it healthier for both the environment and the farmers. With products by ORGANICALLY GROWN, there is no need to compromise between your budget and your conscience.

Organically Grown just launched their holiday line - their winter collection.  Their collection is lined up with gown, hat, and blanket sets, and a variety of infant outfit sets, including three-piece organic bodysuit sets at only $20.  One of my favorite from the collection is the Organic Cotton Boys "Polar Bear Stripes" Coverall.  The embroidered polar bear rests on the right side of the tummy, while the Organically Grown logo rests on the upper left.  I love the layered look of this long sleeve coverall with the contrasting fabrics.  What's nice is that this outfit comes with a decorative padded hanger.  Sizes are available in NB/3mo/6mo/9mo.  With the apparel being organic, I can rest assure that Baby Hsu's skin is safe from toxins and chemicals.

Baby Hsu will be cozy and dressed for the holiday spirit this season with the Organic Cotton Boys "Polar Bear Stripes" Coverall, which also makes a great Christmas gift (HSUper Parents-Approved)!   

BUY IT!  The Organic Cotton Boys "Polar Bear Stripes" Coverall may be purchased for $22.00 at Organically Grown.

Disclaimer:  This review has not been monetarily compensated and is based on the views and opinions of myself.  Please note that the opinions reflected in this post have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way.  However, for review purposes, I do accept and will keep the products reviewed.

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 12/10

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

GIVEAWAY - $10 GC Whole Foods Market! (CLOSED)

Whole Foods Market is having a 3 Day Sale December 10-12.  Below are some great deals for a holiday feast. 


In addition, Wild Caught, Frozen King Salmon Fillet are on sale for $15.99/lb and may be used for a simple recipe of Grilled Salmon Spread With Fennel and Chives.  With the Organic Grass-Fed Ground Beef, you can use this easy recipe to make Beef and Quinoa Meatballs.

Whole Foods Market's ecommerce website can help you save valuable shopping time by allowing you to place your order online and picking up your holiday feast at the store.  

On December 12, from 12:00-3:00pm, all of their Southern California stores are hosting a tasting event to allow you to try some of their freshly prepared dishes.

WIN IT!  Whole Foods Market has generously offered a $10 gift card to a lucky HSUper Parents reader!

Mandatory Entry (please leave a comment for each entry done and remember to leave your email if it's not already in your profile):

1)  Follow me publicly via Google Friend Connect (right sidebar - comment with name if different from your profile name) and visit Whole Foods Market commenting on your favorite holiday recipe from their site.  MUST complete mandatory entry or will be disqualified (i.e., GFC follower (HSUper Parents) and my favorite recipe is the Frosted Spiced Cupcakes).

Additional Entries (1 entry each):
2)  Like Whole Foods Market on Facebook
3)  Follow @WholeFoods on Twitter
4)  Like HSUper Parents on Facebook
5)  Follow @hsuperparents on Twitter
6)  Follow me on Networked Blogs (right sidebar)
7)  Subscribe to my blog via email (right sidebar)
8)  Subscribe to my blog via RSS feed (right sidebar)
9)  Grab my blog button (right sidebar)
10) Post this giveaway on your blog to link back (comment with link to your post)
11) Post on your Facebook wall the following:  I just entered $10 GC Whole Foods Market Giveaway on HSUper Parents' blog! (12/24)
12) Tweet this giveaway (one entry only).  Use the following:  RT @hsuperparents #Giveaway #Win $10 GC Whole Foods Market! (12/24) @WholeFoods #organic Pls RT!


Giveaway open to residents of Southern California, Southern Nevada, Arizona, and Hawaii and ends on 12/24/2010 at 11:59pm PST.  A winner will be chosen with  The winner will be notified by email and posted on this blog.  Winners will have 48 hours to reply to my email or a new winner will be chosen.  Good luck! 

Disclaimer:  This post is sponsored by Whole Foods Market.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Corner TV Stands from CSN Stores

About two years ago, Hubby and I were looking at the model homes for a new condominium complex in the area.  In the family room, the TV and the corner TV stand were located in the right corner of the room.  I've always thought that having the TV placed in the corner would be a weird layout, not to mention hard to finding a nice corner TV stand.  But, there are some rooms that only allow for a TV to be placed in the corner and it just works.  I find it challenging to arrange the furniture so that people watching the TV may be comfortable.  

CSN Stores 200+ online stores carry a variety of corner TV stands to accommodate your room's design and style.  Currently, they're offering an additional 10% off on orders $699+ with the promo code TVDec10.  If I had to place our TV in one of our rooms, I would choose the SEI Thomas Corner Media 42" TV Stand in Black.

Disclaimer:  This post was written in anticipation of an upcoming review for CSN Stores.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Free $25 GC Amazon - Refer 15 Friends is giving away $25 Amazon gift cards if you refer 15 friends that sign-up (must sign-up before 12/15/10 11:59pm EST).  They are currently hosting a Christmas Gift Contest where you may submit as many gift ideas for anyone for the holidays.  The gift idea with the most votes win a $500 Amazon gift card.  And, if your friend wins the contest, you will get a $200 Amazon gift card.

Sign up here

Thanks Cuckoo For Coupon Deals!  

Friday Fortunes - Giveaway Linky 12/3

Happy Friday!  Feel free to link up your giveaways and check out other awesome giveaways!  Please leave the link to your giveaway post rather than your homepage.  Remember to check back every Friday for a fresh new linky.
$5 GC Amazon  (12/6)

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Win $10 GC Victoria's Secret (2 Winners) @ What's Anita's Deal? LOW ENTRIES (Ends 12/11)

What's Anita's Deal? is hosting her own giveaway for a $10 gift card to Victoria's Secret - 2 winners.  Currently, there are only 29 entries.  The giveaway ends 12/11/10 11:59pm EST.

Enter here.

Good luck!


Guest Post by Emily Patterson of Primrose Schools - Little Signers

Versatility and the ability to communicate articulately in a variety of ways to the widest possible audience; are two keys to surviving in a tilted economic system in which opportunities to achieve a decent standard of living will be limited. This includes bilingual ability as well as the ability to communicate in non-verbal ways for the benefit of the disabled – primarily the deaf.

Additionally, a growing shortage of qualified interpreters fluent in American Sign Language has led to more career opportunities – and if current trends continue, it's likely that skilled ASL interpreters will have little problem securing lucrative employment in a society where such a commodity is destined to be in short supply.

Signing Before They Can Speak

Research has shown that the best time to educate children in different languages and forms of communication are ages 2 to 5. This includes going beyond the spoken word (though it is an optimal time for children to learn a second language); many young children have an aptitude for signing as well.  Incorporating sign language into your child's education can be done at home by the parent, or recently many child care programs have incorporated it into their curriculums.

It may seem odd but, as you may know, many indigenous peoples around the world, including American Indian nations, have used sign language for centuries to facilitate communication with other tribes with whom they do not share a language. Some paleontologists and anthropologists theorize that Neanderthals – who apparently lacked the vocal mechanism to produce many spoken words – depended a great deal upon hand gestures to communicate.

In fact, recent research suggests that sign language is innate. In 2003, an article published by Boulder Daily Camera gave strong evidence that babies as young as six months old communicate with their hands:

                                " 6 to 7 months, babies can remember a sign. At eight months, children
                                can begin to imitate gestures and sign single words. By 24 months, children
                                can sign compound words and full sentences. They say sign language reduces
                                frustration in young children by giving them a means to express themselves
                                before they know how to talk." (Glarion, 2003)

The author also cites study funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development demonstrating that young children who are taught sign language at an early age actually develop better verbal skills as they get older. The ability to sign has also helped parents in communicating with autistic children; one parent reports that "using sign language allowed her to communicate with her [autistic] son and minimized his frustration...[he now] has an advanced vocabulary and excels in math, spelling and music" (Glarion, 2003).

The Best Time To Start

Not only does early childhood education in signing give pre-verbal youngsters a way to communicate, it can also strengthen the parent-child bond – in addition to giving children a solid foundation for learning a skill that will serve them well in the future. The evidence suggests that the best time to start learning ASL is before a child can even walk – and the implications for facilitating the parent-child relationship are amazing.

Co-written by Emily Patterson and Kathleen Thomas
Emily and Kathleen are Communications Coordinators for the Austin child care facility, a member of the AdvancED® accredited family of Primrose Schools (located in 16 states throughout the U.S.) and part of the network of child care preschools delivering progressive, early childhood, Balanced Learning® curriculum.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010