CPR Awareness Week

I first became certified in CPR in the summer of 1991 when I was a Girl Scout camp counselor. Almost every year since, I’ve attended a training course to become re-certified. Over the years, I’ve noticed the course has changed here and there–how many breaths? how many compressions? As much as I sort of roll my eyes when it’s “CPR day”, I am always glad that I take the time to review those life saving skills.

The American Heart Association has come up with the busy families who want to brush up on their CPR skills in a quick and easy way. The AHA CPR Anytime kit is just that–a small box with everything you need to practice CPR on your schedule….including a “mini Annie” and a DVD with instructions. Tonight, after Jr. drifted off to sleep, I popped in the DVD, blew up the mini Annie and practiced some chest compressions.

The first week in June is National CPR and AED Awareness Week. What a perfect way to kick off the summer–reviewing (or learning for the first time) this vital life-saving skill. As we plan for more outdoor activities and more time a the pool or lake, knowing how to respond in an emergency provides a piece of mind.

CPR Anytime kits are available for purchase on the American Heart Association website, along with a class finder where you can locate a class that’s right for you. Start the summer off safe!

This post is part of a Mom Central blog tour sponsored by the American Heart Association.

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day Hallmark Card Giveaway

“Mom” Flowers Mother’s Day Greeting Card
Price: $3.49/card Inside message:

Today’s about you. It’s about sitting back and letting everyone else make you feel good. So do just that, Mom. And when you do, know deep down how very much you’re loved. Happy Mother’s Day

Card type: ‘Mom’ Flowers5x7 Folded Card
Mother’s Day is quickly approaching, and before you know it, Father’s Day will be around the corner. Are you ready? Cards picked out and ready to go? What? Not yet? I can help you with a giveaway–just read on!

I had the chance to check out many a fun Mother’s Day and Father’s Day card while I was visiting Hallmark a few weeks ago. There are recordable cards available for both holidays–and after the recordable cards were such a huge hit at Valentine’s day with my family, we will definitely be giving those to Grandma and Grandpa this year.

I was actually surprised by a recordable card at the end of the day at Hallmark, and having MAM’s voice in the card is just priceless. It sounds silly, but I play it in the evening, after she’s gone to bed, or sometimes during a particularly trying day as a mom, hearing that sweet, “I love you mom!” can bring me back from the edge.

Hallmark.com offers all kinds of options–from basic shopping online, to shopping online where Hallmark will personalize, stamp and send your card for the cost of the stamp. There are even cards you can completely customize-from adding your own photos to picking the song you’d like to have on the cards with sound. At this point in my life, it is much, much easier to check out the cards on line than it is to bring four sticky hands into my local Hallmark store.

The GIVEAWAY: You can win 2 recordable Mother’s and 2 recordable Father’s Day cards, along with some of the newly redesigned 99 cent cards, all for leaving comment telling me this:

Are you hoping for Breakfast in bed or out for Mother’s Day brunch on Mother’s Day this year?

The RULES: US and Canada addresses only
One entry comment per person (if you don’t answer the above question, your comment won’t count–please answer the question!)
Extra entries can be earned by Twittering or blogging (including a link) about this giveaway- – please leave separate comment telling me you’ve done so
Please be sure that you leave valid email in your comment for me to contact you
Comments will close Monday evening, say around 9PM EDT.

Thanks for playing!

**this giveaway is now closed**

Making Life Better

I am always in the look out for time saving tips, budget deals and new recipes. The website, http://www.makinglifebetter.com/ delivers on all three counts. This is a one-stop website that combines all of what busy moms are looking for–beauty tips, recipes, and idea for family fun. The site does feature the Unilever family of products (ranging from Suave shampoo to Ragu marinara), and offers great, easy to implement ideas.

The section “budget recipes” has gotten a lot of use in my house already, weeknights around these parts definitely call for easy meals, and the price per seving is a helpful guide.

Go check it out already….after a few minutes, you’ll probably find at least one tip you can use!

This post is part of a blog tour sponsored by Mom Central and Making Life Better.