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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Family Fun

I've been asked on occasion how I came to know so much about parenting. My answer is always the same.

I had kids!

That, and I read a lot. I read magazines, books, websites - anything that I happen across that pertains to raising my kids. My favorite books for parenting happen to be the What to Expect books. They are awesome for new parents.

I've tried many different techniques to accomplish various parenting goals. I know what my own parents did that worked and those things they did that - I'm sure they would be surprised and disappointed to know - didn't work. (Reading my diary when I was 14 DID NOT work!!!)

You may wonder what all this has to do with the title of today's post. How does the above information equate into Family Fun? Well, I'm going to tell you. (But you knew that, didn't you.)

One of my favorite parenting resources is the magazine Family Fun. I look forward to getting each new issue in the mail and reading all the clever ideas they have for entertaining my monsters. I have a couple of crafty critters here who both enjoy doing any type of art, so having a magazine that helps inspire me with new ideas is a wonderful weapon in my arsenal against the boredom blues.

Well, it occurred to me last night when I was reading my newest February issue that my favorite magazine has a website, too. I guess I should have realized this long ago, but sometime I'm rather distracted and the obvious doesn't always sink in. (Randall, if you happen to be reading this - I got that from you.)

Today I decided to visit the website and see what they have to offer. Joyous discovery! They have TONS of stuff. There are age-by-age craft ideas. There's the quick and easy section that gives boredom busters and craft ideas. There's even recipes and party ideas. Who knew?

So while I can't get all the fun of holding the magazine and flipping the pages while the cat tries to distract me from my reading, I can still find plenty of information and ideas to help me make it through my day.

If you want to check out what the Family Fun magazine is all about, you happen to be in luck because I'm feeling generous today. I'm going to give somebody a subscription.

Yep, you heard me right. ONE lucky winner will receive a ONE YEAR subscription to my favorite magazine - Family Fun.

To win, here is what you need to do.

1) Visit Family Fun online and browse their website.

2) Come back here and leave me a comment. Tell me what your favorite section, craft idea, or recipe is.

***For an extra entry:

1) Write about my contest on your own blog. Be sure to include a link to my site, please.

2) Leave me a separate comment with the link to your blog post so that I can visit and verify.

This contest will run until the end of February. I will pick my lucky winner on March 1st and post that information.

Please be sure that you either provide me with information for contacting you if you win, or check back here on March 1st. The winner will have 7 days to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen.

PLEASE NOTE: Family Fun only ships to USA addresses. However, I am opening this contest to anybody, even foreign addresses. If you live overseas and win the contest, I will personally mail the magazine to you each month. It may delay your receiving the magazine a bit, but you are still eligible to enter.


vhingF said...

hi Mom....

thanks for ur comments on my blog.I was so busy last few days.

I want to join this contest ...hoping that nxt week I have free time to check their website.

Mama Snow said...

I love their craft section and how it is categorized by age groups. I need to try the no cook play dough. My kids love play dough.
Thanks for welcoming me on Entrecard. Thats how I found you. Come enter some of my giveaways or at least visit some time. It will be fun seeing the fin things each other post.

Mama Snow

feefifoto said...

i picked up a copy of this magazine at the pediatrician's office a month ago and nearly walked out with it hidden under my coat. I found lots of suggestions for fun games, but the best thing i found was a recipe for tomato soup with croutons made from cut up cooked cheese sandwiches. My kids an I loved it; it was a fun twist on an old theme.

Michaela said...

What a great giveaway! I'm so glad you put through an advert on my Entrecard :)
I think I may try the Banana Crunch Muffin recipe that I found on the website tomorrow.

Michaela said...

I blogged about your contest on my Reviews and Giveaways blog.