Sunday, September 5, 2010

Back to School CSN Giveaway!





School just started for us.  I homeschool my 3 kids so things are pretty busy around here!  My boys share a room so they have begun to "redecorate" in there.  We've been shopping online at CSN. I finally let them have a computer in their room and have been trying to get me to get some cheap bedroom furniture to finish off their exotic plans!  Little do they know that the computer will only be used for school!  Ha-ha!  They have been looking at the loft beds with the desks underneath.  It's been fun for them to shop online at CSN.

I am giving away a CSN $75 gift certificate to one reader.  They can use the gift certificate at any of the CSN stores and sites.  They will only ship to the US and Canada however.

***To enter:  CLOSED  If you have kids or grand kids, let me know something that you do to get the kids ready and motivated for school. Or let me know a favorite memory of school when you were a kid. Were you excited to go back or dreading the end of summer? 

I will pick a winner on September 19th by 5pm. I am not forcing you to follow me but it would be awesome if you did!  Also, check out the recipes at Our Krazy Kitchen. Wednesday is Healthy Meals day!  I'll be posting recipes there 2 - 3 times a month.


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Calories calculated from calorieking.com. Some numbers are approximate and rounded.

60 comments:

  1. one of my favorite memories of school is putting on my school uniform on my first day of kindergarten and posing for pictures for my mom with my matching hello kitty backpack and lunchbox. :)

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  2. My kids always get excited about school when we go out and get their new clothes, backpacks, etc.
    I always looked forward to school, too, because summers were so long!
    CalifKitties (AT) aol.com

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  3. To get the kids ready and motivated for school, we would have them go through their clothes, supplies and toys to sort out items to donate. Only them did we go shopping for back to school clothes and supplies. They felt good about helping others, there was room for the new items coming in and the items were donated when most needed.

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  4. My favorite memories are getting the new school books, English with Mrs. Edwards, Spanish class and returning to band and the football games. Here's wishing you a great year with homeschooling, Debbi! Great contest too!

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  5. I'm still in school but since I'm just working on a dissertation, I don't have actual starts to the school year anymore. However, when I was little, we always got a new outfit for the first day of school (often hideous...this was the 80's after all) and my parents always took our picture. I think the same picture exists...just the clothes and hairstyles and glasses changed!

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  6. Ooohhh! Count me in :) My little girl(my oldest) is starting preschool this year. Its great you mentioned you are homeschooling because I was just thinking that I would like to get some " educational products" that I can help them along with at home. I have a 2 year old and a 3 year old and since I am a stay at home mom I would like to take the time each day to have a little learning session. We read and whatnot but I am looking to take it to the next step. I have found some great wooden puzzles with letters and numbers and they love those. Any other ideas since you are homeschooling for what kind of products? You are the best :)

    Jennifer
    http://wecanlosethepounds.blogspot.com/

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  7. My favorite back to school memory was going shopping for new back to school clothes and supplies. I think I ruin that for my kids though because its still really warm here when the kids go back to school so the summer clothes they currently were. Back where I grew up it magically seemed to get cold just in time for back to school. Here in the south, my winter clothes shopping does not happen until October.

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  8. We homeschool also. We are down to our last child in school. Buying school supplies always seems to motivate the kids. Plus, I have always loved going school supply shopping. There is something about new pens and paper that makes me smile :)

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  9. The most difficult thing about getting my boys back into the routine of school is getting their sleeping schedules back in order. I suppose it's my fault but we're more permissive during the summer vacation. It seems criminal to chase them to be early when the mild nights seem to stretch on forever.

    As school looms, a week or two away, I begin to chase them to bed a bit earlier and wake them a bit sooner. Done right and they're well adjusted and ready to tackle that first day! It's not without some minor grumbling but it always pays dividends when they don't have to be dragged out of their warm bed-cocoons on that first day.

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  10. One of the things that sticks in my head is that the first day of 8th grade was my 13th birthday. I don't really remember why it made such a mark in my memory. I even remember the outfit I was wearing that day.

    msgb245 at gmail dot com

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  11. My favorite memory was getting all excited to find out what teacher I had. There was always a popular teacher for each year that everyone wanted and we would get a letter in the mail saying who are teacher was a week or two before school started.

    ethertonphotography@gmail.com

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  12. My favorite back to school memory was laying out my first day of school outfit on my bed and putting together my supplies into my backpack. The week before school was a joyous session of sharpening all my pencils, putting them in my pencil pouch and filling up my ring notebook with 3 holed lined paper. Gosh, I was such a geek! LOL...still am! :)

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  13. I always loved shopping for new school supplies. It was pretty exciting with 4 kids in the fam...

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  14. My favotie memorie is back at home in germany every child that has the first day of school ( here it is Kindergarten) they get a HUGE schultute, it's a HUGE cone that is decorated with lots of goodies inside like school supplies( special pencils and colors), candy, toys lot of little things to say Have a great time in school. Every child brings their Cone to school on the first day. This is such a great memorie and I wish I could do that with my little ones here, too.. a lot of the time the cone was bihher then the child starting school, it is such a cool thing :-)

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  15. I hope, I can get away with, speaking as a teacher.

    Class is the best behaved the first day of school. I know that some teachers find that children are testing them. My experience has been that they listen intently, the first day, to find out what is really going on.

    I think it has to do with the parents' expectations as well as the kids.

    I am in awe of you for homeschooling. I have worked with homeschooling parents and that is quite a creative job.

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  16. My favorite past memory was getting new school clothes and now favorite memory is being able to shop for my daughters new school clothes and seeing how excited she gets.

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  17. Hi Debbi! I found you via OAMM and you are my favorite "new" blog (to me at least!)!

    I loved going back to school! My two youngest aren't in school yet (1 and 4) and my 10 year old hates school, which really makes me sad!

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  18. My kids start school on Tuesday. They are very excited to go back. We have finished all our back to school shopping and now just have to pick the first day of school outfits! Every year I take pictures of the kids before they leave for school. It is a fun tradition we have!

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  19. My favourite school memory was getting new supplies - to this day, I still love getting a new pen!

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  20. I'm raising my seven year old granddaughter and she attends an awesome charter school. We motivate for school by reading together, talking about meeting up with friends and getting new school supplies and clothes.

    I love CSN giveaways!

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  21. I start school next week, I think. AHH. :S

    My favorite school memory... hmmmmmmmmmmm. Ooh, I have one! :P (Try not to be too weirded out... my friends and I are strange.) So, in 5th grade, we started having to attend hour-long segments in class that taught us about puberty, which most of us were beginning to go through. This continued into 6th grade, which was when everyone in my group of friends started REALLY going through it. Once all 5 of us in the group had gotten our first "monthly visitor", we started having, I kid you not, "puberty parties" during recess to, uhm, "celebrate our womanhood". Yeah. =| But the thing was, all we were really doing was packing extra snacks in our lunch boxes and then bringing them out, sharing with each other as we talked about things we normally talked about. We called that celebrating. :P We always hid the parties by having them on the "hill", which was just a part of the soccer field that was lower than the rest of the field so we were hidden from people, most particularly the boys we were friends with. Boys were most certainly not allowed to puberty parties - we were celebrating our womanhood, after all! (We mainly just didn't want to share our food hahaha.) One day the boys finally figured out where we were hiding all recess, and as I saw them coming I immediately though, "The food!" So, I literally lunge myself onto all of our snacks, and as they approach we're trying to get them to go away so they don't see the snacks, but they're all, "What's up?" and wanted to know why we were on the hill. Instead of just being mature and sharing our snacks with them, I decided to yell, "We're talking about ovaries!" They looked alarmed and went away, and that was the end of the puberty parties. Those were the days, man... :P
    Yes, I know, appropriate topic for a food blog. XD

    Awesome giveaway!

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  22. We don't do anything to get my daughter excited about school, she is four, and she is excited about EVERYTHING!! :) However, we now do kind of special lunches with a theme, or in the shape of something, and she knows when she gets to lunch time that will be waiting for her.

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  23. Gosh,I really dreaded the end of summer.I used to get sick in my stomach when I would think of going to school and my hands would tingle from anxiety!
    My son is not old enough for school just yet.I worry about how he will feel about school
    He is shy like me.
    jacksoncrisman@yahoo.com

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  24. Shopping for school supplies gets my child excited for school. This year he got a new lunchbox and he couldn't wait to try it out.

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  25. One of my best memories is my mom packing lunch for me and leaving a note inside my lunch box. It's always nice knowing that momma still loves you when shes at work. I also loved the little snacks she would pack for me as a treat

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  26. Getting ready for school is always fun...but it just kind of gets "official" when the heat eases up just enough to start dreaming of a nice fire in the fireplace...the kids run around trying to find good roasting sticks, and it just screams "We're in our fall routine - welcome back to school!"

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  27. Hmmmm.... we try to start going to bed at a "normal" time about a week and a half before school starts. Go school uniform shopping. Go school supplies shopping. Do jumping jacks ;) Thanks for the chance! =)

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  28. I was always terrified of starting school. I was awkward and shy throughout most of my school days. Nausea was common the first week or so.

    sweetpeg at gmail dot com

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  29. I get my sons ready for school by getting them to bed earlier and laying out their clothes the night before.

    mami2jcn at gmail dot com

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  30. My favorite memory was hanging out with the neighborhood kids at the bus stop.

    clothed much, a modest fashion blog

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  31. We started kindergarten this year, so I'm just starting to figure out what to do to get ready for school. This year, we spent as much time with friends and in the sun the entire summer. 2 weeks before school we started our new morning and night time routine.A week before school started we had a back to school party where everyone brought their lunchboxes and did crafts together.

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  32. I can't say that at the ages of 13 and 10 it is hard to get my kids motivated to go to school at all. Also being boys they don't enjoy shopping either. However on the first day of school they were both up and ready. They are always ready to see their friends again after the summer vacation.

    My daughter has not yet started school but she enjoys the shopping and can't wait to start Kindergarten.

    Colleen
    www.shibleysmiles.com

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  33. Hannah is one of the most organized people I know, so I would just give her the money, and she would shop for all of her supplies - never missed anything!

    And its Sunday night and she's doing homework, and there is no school tomorrow.

    Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

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  34. I homeschool my 3 kids, ages 8, 6, and 4. To get a good morning of school in we start with smoothies for breakfast (most days), and then we play one of our CD lessons--either history, Bible or just songs. Music is a great way to start school, for me and for them!

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  35. I used to dread going back to school as a kid. In college, I was kind of "meh" about it, since I was often starting at weird times. I started nursing school last week and I was terrified and excited. I'm feeling pretty overwhelmed right now, but I'm hoping it will get easier as the semester passes.

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  36. I wish all the participants best luck!

    Angie

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  37. My favorite memory is during the winter of fourth grade, waking up early every morning to stand on top of the floor heater vent in the kitchen and read my favorite books of all time, The Little House on the Prairie series, while I waited on the school bus.

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  38. I was always nervous for the first day of school as a student...still get nervous after 7 years teaching!

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  39. Well,I always tell my nephew and niece if they make good grades I will give them 50 bucks or so.That seems to help.
    truthhole@gmail.com

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  40. My kids love a new shirt for the 1st day of school & loading their supplies in their backpacks, matching against the list to be certain they aren't forgetting anything.

    Thanks!
    ssdavis at cox dot net

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  41. Sometimes to motivate my son on a morning with glacially slow movement towards the front door, I'll slip something sweet into his lunchbox, then mention there's a surprise in it. He'll start pestering me to find out what's in it, then want to hurry up so he can go to school and find out.
    Thanks for holding the giveaway!
    allergiesmom@gmail.com

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  42. The one thing that is almost certain to get my girls motivated to go back to school is shoe shopping, they love it and can't wait for school so they can wear them! lol

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  43. I remember the excitement of back-to-school shopping. I loved getting new pencils and notebooks! Now I homeschool my children, but I still let them pick out their own supplies. They love it, just like I did!

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  44. I get my kids pumped by buying them new stuff. That gets them excited. Buying new stuff helps everybody (even me!)

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  45. For the past few years, back to school time hasn't meant much to me, but this year is different... I just started my MBA program last week, and was excited to be in the classroom again! I'm sure I'll be singing a different tune in a few months (or weeks lol)!

    My favorite part of back to school was always getting a new backpack for the first day of school. This year I got a new tote and still made myself wait until the first day of school to use it :)

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  46. I always loved getting new clothes and trying to pair up all my outfits before school started. My kids needed no motivation this year. They were all so excited to get started!! Maybe I bored them all summer..HA HA!!

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  47. Hi Debbie! We make teacher gifts for my kids' teachers. And then we bake for all for co-workers. I don't know how ready it gets us for school but we have fun doing it =o)

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  48. Great giveaway Debbi! I liked going back to school because that meant shopping! New clothes and shoes made me happy even as a little kid.

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  49. I teach school... and the first day is always tough because of all the course logistics. So -- we actually do something - we conduct a scientific experiment on the first day of classes! This makes it more fun :)

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  50. I loved the "back to school shopping" part of back to school....but dreaded the actual back to school part!

    This is a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance to win!

    moosepoop70 at aol dot com

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  51. To get the kids ready for school we doa few things each year without fail.
    1. try on all clothing and donate, donate, donate. Actually they don't get new clothes until they do this.
    2. Start moving up bedtime 2 weeks before school starts.
    Great giveaway

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  52. One of my favorite memories at school was always the first day and being able to put all your new shiny rulers and markers away in your desk or to be able to decorate your locker! so fun! :)

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  53. My son is grown, but his first day of Kindergarten was a hard day for me. He was all excited and ready, I walked home in tears, my baby was growing up

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  54. My son isn't school-aged yet, but I loved fall. It was always a really big deal to get the backpack packed up the night before, and to go through our new clothes to pick out the perfect back-to-school outfit. I still fight the urge to buy notebooks and new jeans every September!

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  55. One of my favorite memories from school NOW(definitely not then haha) was in 2nd grade when I got my first crush on this boy! I was just heads over hills for him and one day at P.E., our class was playing on the playground on this square thing that looked a lot like a wrestling ring(minus the padding). I believe we were playing power rangers and I, out of nowhere, tripped, hit a flip and landed smack dab on top of him like whip topping on a sundae (much more heavier of course hahaha.) I was so embarrassed then but every now and then when I still see him I think about it and laugh!

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  56. I always looked forward to going back to school. I looked forward to getting new school clothes!
    Pudyqat2 {at} aol.com

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  57. I was always excited to go back to school especially since my mom would pick me and a friend up after our first day and take us for ice cream. I started this tradtion with my jr kindergartner this year.
    readysetwin at gmail dot com

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  58. I was always excited to go back to school because I wanted to see all my friends! I did love Summer but it's so long, you start to get bored.

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  59. I think we all like shiny new things and kids are no exception. New school supplies always seem to appeal to them - even mine that are headed back to college!
    fourkidsrgreat(at)gmail.com

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  60. My son is not yet old enough to go to school but I remember as a kid my mother getting all of our stuff ready and our clothing laid out the night before.
    thecartoonlovinmama@gmail.com

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