Monday, December 13, 2010

Random Acts of ZHU!!!

I was so excited to find out a couple weeks ago that I was going to be participating in a program called Random Acts of Zhu. Cepia, an amazingly generous company, sent 104 Zhu Zhu pets to 100 bloggers to spread a little Christmas joy.

It took me a few days to figure out which charity I wanted to benefit from this. At first I REALLY wanted the Christmas House on Fort Gordon to get them to help military families provide toys for their littles. Unfortunately I was about 2 days too late to donate! Bummer! So I had to think about it. I talked to my pastor and found out there were a few families that he knew of in the community that really needed a little help this year. I gladly gave him quite a few to help. Then I had a bunch more to find new homes for. I decided to take them to the Children's Medical Center at MCG hospital here in Augusta, Georgia. But I didn't really want to do Toys 4 Tots, even though it is a fantastic organization. I really wanted the kids on the floors to get the toys. Today we loaded up the back of the minivan with the remaining Zhu Zhu's and took them in. The nurses and staff were quite amazed at such a generous gift from the company! Having three very healthy children at home, it breaks my heart knowing that those babies in the hospital don't get to be at home for Christmas. As I was walking out of the children's ICU I noticed a mother crying. I cannot imagine having to deal with illness in my children. For those parents to see a smile on their kids faces from something as simple as a little toy hamster, it truly is a gift and a blessing to me. I am so grateful to have been a part of this Random Act of Zhu. Thank you Cepia for the absolutely AWESOME opportunity to put a smile on someones face. (Well LOTS of someones! 104 someones!) :)

If you haven't checked out the Zhu Zhu Pets, I advise you do. My kids can't get enough of them! You can learn a little about them here

To learn a little more about how you can help out MCG's Children's Medical Center check out this link here.

Monday, December 6, 2010

And the winner is......

Congrats to Christine for winning a $25 Kroger gift card and some Chex Cereal from Kroger, Chex and MyBlogSpark!!

Make sure to watch for upcoming giveaways!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Baking for the Troops

Help make the holidays sweeter for troops by sending cookies to deployed military with our partners Katy's Cookies, the USO and Operation Support Our Troops Illinois. Even sweeter, upon sending 250,000 cookies on behalf of Americans nationwide, Kenmore will donate $50,000 to Heroes at Home, which helps troops on the home front. The Food Network's Sunny Anderson will serve as head chef, welcoming Chicagoans as they help kick off the cookie count!

Best of all, you can either come on down to the Live Studio if you're in Chicago, or watch live online in the Live Studio tab on the Kenmore Facebook page! Sunny will only be in from 12pm-1pm, but you can watch the fun start all day!

Just go to the facebook page here for more information!

Chex and Kroger

Looking for an easy gift idea for friends, family or co-workers? Try wrapping your favorite Chex Party Mix in a colorful tin or bag and personalize it with your own recipe card.

To make things even sweeter, Kroger Family of Stores will have Chex cereal on sale so you can impress your guests without stressing your wallet. For 3 weeks, from December 2nd - December 25th, Kroger will offer Chex cereal at their lowest prices of the year!

My all time favorite Chex recipe is Puppy Chow. What is your favorite? I am going to be giving away Chex cereal and a Kroger gift card. Let me know what your favorite Chex recipe is for a chance to enter. For additional entries you can facebook, tweet about it or follow me on the blog. The contest will end at midnight Sunday, December 5th!

disclosure-the coupon, prize pack, information and giveaway were all provided by Chex and Kroger through MyBlogSpark.