How to Plan a Silent Auction Event part one

For months and months and months I have been planning a silent auction for my daughters school.  I have to say, when I started…I was a nervous wreck.  I had NEVER done anything like this before that I was solely in charge of.  Sure I had other board members at the school, but this was my gig.  Talk about stressful.  There were times when I seriously was like “I can’t do this”.  But as the months went by and we got closer and closer to the date of the auction, I started to calm down and realize that not only did I plan everything to a T, but I had kept my things really organized, making it so much easier on myself to execute things and get things done.

There are a few things I learned that are a MUST if you are planning an event like this:

  1. Stay organized…being organized is paramount in the success of an event.
  2. Don’t be afraid to ask for help…that was a problem for me.  I never wanted to inconvenience anyone by asking for help…but now I know…ASK!
  3. Convert to PDF.  When you are mailing or emailing out donation request letters, you don’t want anyone to have the ability to change any of your letters.  Anyone can read PDF with an Adobe reader.

I have to say, the auction was a HUGE success.  Sure we had a few snafu’s with Paypal at checkout, but it all got handled and we made a nice amount of money for the school!  But above all…I learned that I had one it takes to plan and execute an event like this!!

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Check Your Horoscope…You have a Whole NEW Sign!

Well…apparently, according the the wobbly Earth we live on, it’s so darn wobbly that we have all new astrological signs!  You see…your original astrological sign that you have known for your whole life was determined over 2000 years ago.  However, now the stars have shifted so much in the night sky that our horoscope signs are close to a month off.

The “new” signs are:

  • Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
  • Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
  • Pisces: March 11-April 18.
  • Aries: April 18-May 13.
  • Taurus: May 13-June 21.
  • Gemini: June 21-July 20.
  • Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
  • Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
  • Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
  • Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
  • Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
  • Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
  • Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20.

Did you see it?  There’s a new sign in on the mix.  Ophiuchus.  It’s a formation that the ancient Babylonians ignored simply because they did not want 13 signs.  So how many of you have Ophiuchus for a sign???

I used to be a Pisces.  Now I’m an Aquarius.  So what does that mean for me?

Aquarius is the eleventh sign of the zodiac, and Aquarians are the perfect representatives for the Age of Aquarius. Those born under this sign have the social conscience needed to carry us into the new millennium. These folks are humanitarian, philanthropic and keenly interested in making the world a better place. Along those lines, they’d like to make the world work better, which is why they focus much of their energy on our social institutions and how they work (or don’t work). Aquarians are visionaries, progressive souls who love to spend time thinking about how things can be better. They are also quick to engage others in this process, which is why they have so many friends and acquaintances. Making the world a better place is a collaborative effort for Aquarians.

You see that???  I have what it takes to carry us all into the new millennium!  Though don’t think so highly of me just yet.  I just read that Aquarius is ruled by Saturn and Uranus.  I am one of those people with the sense of humor of a 12 year old boy…I can’t say Uranus without giggling.

However, this sums up that I have ALWAYS been an Aquarius at heart.

Baseball and tennis are fun for these folks (though they should watch for weak ankles)…

Yea…remember what happened to me and my weak ankle not too long ago?

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Kindergarten Games Encourage Focus

There may be a number of reasons why a child may struggle with learning, but a common problem for many children has to do with a lack of focus and concentration. It’s quite plain and simple, if a person’s mind is not focused on learning, their brain is not dedicated to the task at hand, and they are not absorbing what is being taught. Therefore, if you want help capturing a child’s attention you might want to try amusing their mind with interactive educational kindergarten games online.
How can an interactive computer game improve your child’s focus? There are different reasons, some of which include:

  • Appeals to their interests – kindergarten games are designed with kids in mind so they are colorful, imaginative, attractive, and often have sounds to keep them thoroughly amusing.
  • Requires their participation – In many cases, they need to click buttons and move objects on the screen using the computer mouse.
  • Provides a challenge – They need to follow instructions and rules in order to complete the task, which keeps them constantly thinking.
  • Gives them a clear goal – Most games have a start and a finish, and kids will want to reach the end.
  • They are fun!

All of these elements keep a child entertained and their minds focused. Fun kindergarten games created with education in mind not only help improve a child’s skills, but can make them learn at a faster rate.

Bringing Home Baby and Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles GIVEAWAY!

Dr. Laura Jana, expert pediatrician and author of the book Heading Home with Your Newborn:  From Birth to Reality Second Edition, has many great tips to help ease new moms into parenthood and bringing home their newborn.


Some of her tips include:

  • Go with the flow with feedings…not all babies eat the same amount each day at the same time each day.
  • Babies, Bubbles, and Burping…colic, spit-up and gas are just a few of the issues new moms face.  Try burping your baby midway through a feeding, as well as at the end to help alleviate some of those issues.
  • Prevent Nipple Confusion…look for a bottle that has age appropriate flow and is designed to be more like the female breast.
  • Moms on the Go…if you are breastfeeding and no you will be on the go a lot whether you are going back to work or traveling, introduce the bottle early on to help with any issues that may arise.
  • Decrease Stress…ACCEPT ANY HELP OFFERED!  Sounds simple, huh?  Well also ASK for help as well!
  • Go Pro…There is no such thing as a stupid question!  Ask your pediatrician, lactation consultant or other health professionals ANYTHING!

Not too long ago, Playtex recently conducted a survey of new and expecting moms and partnered with Dr. Laura Jana to address their top concerns.  Their top concerns were:

NEW MOMS VOICE TOP CONCERNS WHEN HEADING HOME WITH THEIR NEWBORNS
New parents are filled with joy and excitement upon bringing home their newborn, yet this time can also be overwhelming. To help understand common issues, concerns and misconceptions new moms face during this time, Playtex recently conducted a national survey of both new and expecting moms to see what was on their minds and partnered with Dr. Laura Jana to address these results.*
Key findings include: 
·        Establishing Healthy Routines: Among top concerns for new moms
Key worries for moms center on creating daily routines for their little ones – more than half of moms (57%) worry about establishing a healthy sleep routine, and nearly half (49%) are concerned about establishing a healthy feeding routine.
·        More specifically on feeding, moms also worry if their baby is getting enough to eat (26%), if they are latching on correctly (21%) and about general gas, colic and spit-up issues (20%)
·        Other primary concerns among moms include: making sure they have everything they need to properly care for their baby (57%), minimizing exposure to germs and viruses (52%) and not being able to comfort their baby/stop them from crying (45%)
·        Becoming an Expert on Baby: Moms worry about knowing everything
Those who worry about being an automatic expert can take comfort in the fact that while moms don’t always know everything right away, they still usually make the right choices for their baby.
o   Nine out of 10 moms  (90 percent) with infants say they know they’ll figure out what’s right for their new baby, even if they don’t always know exactly what to do
o   About three out of five expectant moms (59%) sometimes worry they won’t know exactly the right thing to do when caring for their new baby
§  Among first time expectant moms, seventy-one percent were concerned
·        Seeking Advice and Expertise: Moms look to grandma first
Two-thirds (67%) of moms cite their own mom as their main source of information during the first two weeks at home with their newborn
o   Other sources moms turn to most are pediatricians/childcare experts (64%) and other moms (49%)
o   60 percent of moms include websites as a source for information they will turn to most in the first few weeks; more than half include books or magazines (53%)
·        The Social Network: New moms like to share with their “friends”
Many new moms like to share information and updates regarding their baby through social
media channels including Facebook, Twitter, Skype, YouTube and personal blogs
o   Nearly one-third of expectant moms (32%) plan to share updates about her new baby using digital/social media before she heads home from the hospital
o   More than half (52%) of moms who have recently delivered say they shared their first baby news using digital media even before they brought their baby home
o   Within the first week of being home with their baby, 84 percent of moms surveyed will have used digital/social media to share updates about their new arrival.
o   More than two-thirds of moms (67%) say they share updates about their infant via social media and online apps at least once a week
§  Ninety-five percent of moms who use social media plan to share updates about their baby through Facebook (by far the most popular channel for sharing information)
For more information on bringing home your newborn and establishing healthy feeding routines please visit www.playtexbaby.com.
Playtex is a licensed trademark.

Playtex would like one of you to win some Playtex Drop-Ins Bottles!!!  Read below how you can win!

Giveaway
This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only.  You must complete the mandatory entry FIRST before any additional entries may be completed.  Please leave each entry in a new comment.
Mandatory Entry:  Follow my blog
Additional Entries:
  • Comment on my post about a 4th grade student being allowed to wear a knife on him at school
  • Enter my Tyson Any’tizer contest
  • Comment on any other post on my blog and leave a comment here with the link to the post you commented on (unlimited)
  • Leave a tip for new moms (unlimited)

This contest will run from today until  January 1st with the winner announced on January 2nd.  The winner will have 48 hrs to contact me with their shipping information or a new winner will be determined.

Thank you to Dr. Laura Jana for her tips that she provided.  A big thank you to Playtex for sponsoring this contest.  I was not given anything to do this post other than the opportunity to host a giveaway.

Adrenalin Junkies…this Post’s for You!

Do you actively seek out new and fun experiences that gets the blood flowing rapidly through your veins?  Or maybe you know someone that has ALWAYS wanted to go on a hot air balloon ride.  Whatever the case may be, you can get that adrenalin junkie in your life the perfect Christmas gift this year!


For over 16 years, Adrenalin has been Australia’s leading website, dedicated to helping men and women find the perfect thrill seeking gift for everyone in their life.  Whether it’s a jet boat ride, a scenic helicopter ride, or driving fast and furious in a v8 racecar, Adrenalin has it all.  Gifts for men, gifts, for women, even gifts for kids!


Check out their site now and tell me what gift you would purchase if you could.  For me, I would definitely want to get the “learning to fly a trapeze” gift!  How neat is that?  The other one that seems absolutely to die for is the “Titanic Dive Expedition”.  You go down in a submersible vessel and look at the Titanic.  How awesome!  I really encourage you to check out the site and look at all the cool opportunities out there you could try!!

This post is a sponsored post.