Wednesday, May 26, 2010

TD Bank Summer 2010 Reading Program

TD Bank is offering a $10 banking bonus for kids who participate in the TD Bank Summer Reading Program through September 30, 2010. Kids just need to read 10 books this summer to get a $10 bonus from TD Bank deposited into a new or existing Young Savers Account. Click here for more information and to download your Summer Reading Book Log.

Half Price Books - Feed Your Brain 2010 Summer Reading Program

Half Price Books is hosting the Feed Your Brain summer reading program again this year. This program runs June 1st – July 31st, 2010 for ages 14 and under.

1. Print your Feed your Brain Log.

2. Your child checks off each day for 5 days that they read more than 15 minutes.

3. Fill out the log and have a Parent/Guardian sign off that they read.

4. Bring your signed log into Half Price Book.

5. Reward: a $3 Half Price Books shopping card.

6. Repeat above steps for each week until July 31st.

Note: Limit one per week, per child

Barnes & Noble's Summer 2010 Reading Program

Barnes & Noble's Summer Reading Program

Here's How It Works:

1. Kids (grades 1-6) read any 8 books.

2. Kids use the Summer Reading Journal to describe their favorite part of each book. A parent/guardian signs it when it's complete.

3. Children bring their completed journal to a
Barnes & Noble store between May 25th & September 7th, 2010.

4. We'll give them a coupon for a FREE book! They choose from a list of exceptional paperback titles.

* * Eligible books will be listed on the coupon. Choices must be made from eligible stock. No special orders. Limit of 1 form per school-age child (grades 1-6), please. Incomplete forms will be ineligible for free books.

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic - Saturday, May 29, 2010

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics will be having a #48 Race Car workshop on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 10:00am-11:00am. Be sure to register for the event. The event is open to the first 50 registered participants. If you haven't registered lately, they have updated their website and will only show you the locations that still have openings available.

The Knack @ Michaels - Free Family Event on Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Knack @ Michaels will be hosting a American Girl Craft Flower Card event on Saturday, May 29, 2010 from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Don’t miss this Free Family Event. Children get to make a beautiful vase card for someone special. While supplies last.

June 5, 2010 from 10:00am - 2:00pm = Build-a-Book Kit
Capture lasting memories this Father's Day. Create an Ode to Dad with your own Build-a-Book provided by Klutz. While supplies last. Ages 3 and up welcome.

June 19, 2010 from 10:00am - 2:00pm = Father's Day Card
Give Dad an "out of this world" gift this Father's Day. Show him how much you really care with a handcrafted, heartfelt Father's Day card. Ages 3 and up welcome. Powered by Sulyn, Bazzill and Glue Dots. While supplies last.

June 26, 2010 from 10:00am - 2:00pm = 4th of July
Share your star-spangled style. Come celebrate the 4th of July with your family and make a fun, patriotic project FREE. Ages 3 and up welcome. While supplies last.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Event: Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic - Saturday, May 22, 2010

Lowe's Build & Grow Clinics will be a Catapult on Saturday, May 22, 2010 from 10:00am-11:00pm. Be sure to register for the event. The event is open to the first 50 registered participants. If you haven't registered lately, they have updated their website and will only show you the locations that still have openings available.

You may want to register for the #48 Race Car workshop scheduled for Saturday, May 29, 2010.

Monday, May 3, 2010

5K Recap: I did it!

I’m about a week late posting the results of my first 5K. The best part was my kids got to run prior to me heading to the starting line. It wasn’t a long run but both of them participated. It was great to see that they wanted to be like mom! My older son finished his race and told me that he wants to practice running so he can run a 5K with me.

It wasn’t the best of weather. There was a steady rain for most of the morning. Actually, up until the start of 5K the rain stuck around. I was nervous to say the least. I had two friends running with me. We were all going to start together but take off at our own pace once the crowd spread out.

The race started… Within the ½ mile, I had gotten a cramp in my calf and had to walk. It wasn’t a good start but that wasn’t the end of the bad. The 5K flyer had mentioned a flat course but when we turned the corner there was a hill. It was course that you ran out turned around and came back the same route. I knew if I ran down it – I was eventually going to have to run up it but not before having to run up a steeper hill. What happened to the flat course?!?! Flat because it was pavement versus a trail? I walked more than I had planned. My plan, since I hadn’t run since Thanksgiving Day, was to run a couple minutes, walk 1 minute. At times my walks were much longer.

I finished in 39:07 minutes. Not great but I finished which was my goal. My goal is to keep getting quicker and better because my ultimate goal is to run it without walking.

Since the day of the race, I have not run any! It’s sad but right now there are things going on in my life that are way more important. Hopefully within the next couple weeks (or maybe even today), I can take a half an hour and put it towards running so I can get on with my next 5K!