Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Crunchy Green Mom - Suzanne

Friday, December 5, 2014

Letter to Santa - Postmarked in time for Christmas

Last night my kids wrote their letter to Santa. We printed off special paper and allowed them to decorate the envelopes and then I told them I would mail them off.

I found an amazing website that will allow me to write a letter using their templates, or making my own for my kids. This made my life easier this morning when I needed to write a letter to my kids from Santa. Check it out, personalize, print... and it's FREE!!!

Then follow these directions for your child to get a letter back from Santa. (There is a deadline, December 15)

NORTH POLE — Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. And the Postal Service can help you prove it when Santa replies to your child’s letter to Santa — complete with a North Pole postmark!

Have your child write a letter to Santa and seal it in an envelope addressed to: Santa Claus, North Pole.
Tell your child that you’ll place a stamp on the envelope and mail it to St. Nick for him or her.
Later, when alone, open the envelope, read the letter and write Santa’s response on the back of the child’s letter. Have Santa write: “It’s important to be green and save paper. That’s why I’m writing on the back.” (*I used the other website so I can keep the letters for when they grow up*)
When responding as Santa, reference your child’s accomplishments not included in his or her letter, i.e., Santa is so proud that you volunteered to help ____, or Santa is really impressed with the great job you’re doing in school — especially with math, etc. Sign it Santa Claus with a P.S. to get to bed early Christmas Eve.
Place the letter into a new envelope addressed to the child at his or her home. Be sure to include: Santa Claus, North Pole, as the return address on the envelope. Don’t forget to apply a First-Class stamp — such as a recently issued Santa or Rudolph Forever stamp.
Place the stamped envelope in a larger envelope (or Priority Mail envelope) with adequate postage addressed to:

ANCHORAGE AK 99530-9998

Letters from Santa must be received by the Anchorage, AK, Postmaster no later than Dec. 15, 2014.
The Anchorage Postmaster will open the envelope, remove Santa’s letter addressed to your child, apply the North Pole postmark and mail it back home.
When Santa’s letter arrives, have your camera ready when you ask your child to open the letter and read it to you.
Share the photos on Twitter and Facebook using the hashtag #SantaLetters. Keep the letters and the photos in a scrapbook as a great family keepsake.

The Letters to Santa program adds to the excitement of Christmas and is perfect for interesting youngsters in letter writing.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

WalMart Grocery To Go - Crafts for Thanksgiving and Beyone

Prepared [pri-paird] adjective 
 Properly expectant, organized, or equipped; ready 

This is something I strive for and rarely meet. But I’m as prepared as I can be on a daily basis, when it comes to long term; I’m not always the least frazzled. 

 So when I heard about  Walmart Grocery To Go I knew that it was going to help me while I was in Texas for Thanksgiving. See, I had a calendar planned out, I was ready for the season, but finding time to go to the store, grab what I need (without a list because I always leave it on the counter), elbow through crowds only to find out the glitter and googly eyeballs are gone, was enough to make me cry. 

Who has time for that? 

I want to make these.

See why I need the googly eyeballs? 

So… before I left for Thanksgiving I ordered my art supplies (plus extras- Yes, that is A LOT of construction paper, in a household like mine, it’s a necessity), my glitter, googly eyes and snacks, because crafting makes you hungry and set them up to be delivered by December 5th. I came home on November 30th and all the packages were happily sitting on my kitchen counter awaiting my arrival.

You can imagine my excitement when I got to open everything and not have to shop during the week back from vacation. I now get to do crafts every night with my kids and have no stress about the next night’s activities. 

 Have you seen my calendar? 

That is a lot of crafts and snacks that are needed to keep my three + kids occupied for the whole month of December.

 Are you a busy mom? Working outside the home or not, we are all so busy we can't keep up sometimes, you need to free up some of your time so you can enjoy the season and NOT stress about shopping.

 Try Walmart Grocery to go, it’s a time reliever and everyone needs that! If you are looking to start a new WalMart Grocery To Go account, please use this link. Walmart Grocery To Go

As a participant in the Walmart Grocery to Go program, I've received a personal invite and payment for my time and efforts in creating this post.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Barnes and Noble Events - November 2014

Last night I had the pleasure of attending an event at Barnes & Noble, the bookstore, one of my favorite places to go and wander through. When was the last time you took the afternoon and just perused books, looked at new recipes and saw what kind of games were new in the world of family fun night?

It’s been a while huh? How about going this weekend?

Barnes and Noble is having a Discovery weekend for November 21-23, 2014.

Friday, Nov 21;
7pm: Linkee Trivia Tournament: Linkee is a super-simple, shouty-out quiz game with a twist: you don’t win by answering the questions, but by working out what the answers have in common!
For example, if the answers were John, Paul, George and Ringo, the Linkee would be, The Beatles. Easy, right?
* Recommended for ages 14 and up but having a cheering squad of younger kids would be great!

Saturday, Nov 22;
10am: Create with ArtFolds This ArtFolds book is more than just a book! Inside are simple instructions that show readers how to fold pages to transform this book into a beautiful, personal, and long-lasting work of art, as the pages evolve into a colorful HEART sculpture.* Recommended for ages 13 and up (Please call your Barnes and Noble in advance for space and availability, perhaps they will have a sign up sheet)

11am: Learn to draw like Mo Willems Pigeon Books are only 10$ each on this day! Ages 4 and up

1pm: Puppet Making & Holiday Sing-Along Make a puppet and sing favorite songs Recommended ages 4 and up (Please call your Barnes and Noble in advance for space and availability, perhaps they will have a sign up sheet)

7pm: Holiday Fluxx game night Get introduced to this holiday card game with unexpected ever-changing rules Recommended for ages 12 and up

Sunday, Nov 23;
1pm: Snowmen at Night Storytime, Crafts & Activities Discover and experience the secret life of snowmen at night Recommended for ages 4 and up

Meet, Greet and Shop with Nick Jonas NOOK AppTM Sweepstakes During Discovery Weekend, customers can visit the NOOK counter and use a Samsung Galaxy Tab®4 NOOK® demonstration device to enter for a chance to win a once-in-a-lifetime shopping trip. One lucky winner will receive a trip for two to New York City, with a $1,000 Barnes & Noble Gift Card to meet, greet and shop at Barnes & Noble with “Jealous” singer Nick Jonas in celebration of his new self-titled solo album. For complete details and official rules, learn more at

Tour the Store for More
Customers are invited to discover the many exclusive and featured products Barnes & Noble is carrying this holiday season. Throughout the weekend and after each scheduled activity, booksellers will be on hand to provide personalized “Barnes & Noble Discovery Tours” through different areas of the store to help customers identify great gifts for everyone on their shopping list.

The Barnes & Noble CafĂ© will be baking its latest creation, delicious fresh baked S’mores Cookies, throughout the weekend and serving them up for only $1.00 each during special promotional hours at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, November 21; 10:30 a.m., 1:30 pm and 7:30 pm on Saturday, November 22; and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 23. (Valid while supplies last.)

Wear Outrageous Holiday Attire to Win

To start the holiday season, booksellers will be decked out in festive attire and customers are encouraged to get into the spirit, wearing their Most Outrageous Holiday Sweater to their local Barnes & Noble store. Shoppers can snap a photo of their outfit and post it on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #BNSweaterContest for the chance to win a first prize of Barnes & Noble’s Top 10 Inspired Gifts of the Season – everything from a Crosley Executive USB Turntable to Craft Beer Kits, valued at nearly $500. Second and third prize winners will be awarded with a $250 and $100 Barnes & Noble Gift Card, respectively. Learn more at

Jawbone Mini Jambox

It is amazing the way music can change the energy in my house.  My husband started doing breakfast dance parties with the kids while they eat breakfast to help them wake up. I have music playing in my bedroom when I go to bed early to drown out any noises. When we are cleaning or working around the house we usually have dance music on to get the BPM to help our feet move!

So when I saw the Jawbone Mini Jambox I knew it was a perfect speaker for my 13 year old daughter. She was moving into her own room and needed something she could listen to music with, streaming straight from her cell phone.
It was so easy to set up. Sync it up, Bluetooth activate and you are ready to go. Small enough to fit in jeans pockets, yet designed to deliver incredible sound quality and volume for its size, the mini Jambox is an ideal companion for anyone that wants to transport their music with them.

Jawbone's Mini Jambox now comes with even bigger sound: The new Multi Play mode allows a wireless connection between two mini Jambox for in unison or separate stereo playback.  The new Multi Play function couples two Mini Jamboxes to double the volume and control, without interrupting your audio.

Right now, before the holidays, the Mini Jambox can be bought on for 99$. It’s a perfect gift for the teen/adult child/music lover in your life. Go check out the Mini Jambox and the bundle package available here.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Mile High Farms - Halloween 2014

Mile High Farms is hometown kind of Pumpkin Patch. I have been to almost all of the local pumpkin patches with my family and when it comes to one for the kids, it’s Mile High Farms.

There so many things to do with kids. They have a find the gnome game, A tire swing, petting zoo, maze, hay ride and so much more, the owners change it every year and update it to keep us coming back to see how it’s improved. If you haven’t been and had the chance to see the permanent houses, then you haven’t lived in a child’s imagination in a while.

Some tips when you go.

·        Wear good shoes, the parking lot is sandy and the pumpkin patch has large stickers that will leave decent sized holes in the soles of your shoes. You have been warned.

·        Bring some kind of work glove if you have them. Shove them in your bag and bring them out when it’s time to carry the pumpkins to the hay ride trailer.

·        Dress in layers. Some days it starts off cold but when you start winding through the ever changing maze, you will get warm.

Try and find the owner, he always has his face covered in photos, but sometimes you will catch a glimpse of him sitting and resting while you are getting ready to pay for your amazing pumpkins.

This year, my kids needed pumpkins for their school library’s “Decorate a pumpkin like your favorite book”. These are the choices they made and these pumpkins started their life in the lovely fields of Mile High Farms!

BugaBoo - Butterfly Pavilion

It’s been a long time since I have taken my kids to the Butterfly Pavilion, so when I got the chance to go with my girls this past Halloween to the BugaBoo event, I was excited to take them and let them see the pavilion with older eyes.

They loved every bit of it. My girls are not squirmy type kids; they love bugs, snakes and anything with more legs than they have. Which is good, because the Butterfly Pavilion has it all, even a lovely little tarantula named, Rosie, she is the biggest spectacular of the Pavilion. Kids get to sit and hold her in their hands, yes; she’s really truly alive and well.

The BugaBoo is a huge event that runs one weekend in the month of October. It has staff located all over the place asking questions and giving out candy, teaching different aspects about bugs and helping kids learn through touch and sight. Bring your kids in costume and participate in the costume parade, watch some cockroach races and decorate a few pumpkins. It’s a day of fun for everyone and worth the crowds.

I have a few tips if you do get out to BugaBoo:

·         *  Parking is tight, if you have a truck you will be able to park in the grass, otherwise you will have to park across the street.

      * Older kids might not enjoy this as much as younger kid’s do. I think my 6-7 year old were some of the oldest kids at the event.

* Take lots of photos and enjoy the event with your kids. Dress up and participate in the parade, the kids will love it!

If you are looking for more information about BugaBoo at the Butterfly Pavilion you can check it out here at their website.

Monday, October 20, 2014

NFL Crucial Catch - October 25

About A Crucial Catch

The NFL, its clubs, players, the NFL Players Association and the American Cancer Society are committed to saving lives from breast cancer, and addressing the unequal burden of cancer in underserved communities.
Our campaign, "A Crucial Catch", in partnership with the American Cancer Society, is focused on the importance of annual screenings, especially for women who are 40 and older. Throughout October, NFL games will feature players, coaches and referees wearing pink game apparel, as well as additional on-field and in-stadium branding - all to help raise awareness for this important campaign. Much of the apparel worn at games by players and coaches, along with special game balls and pink coins will be auctioned off at NFL Auction, with proceeds benefiting the American Cancer Society’s Community Health Advocates implementing Nationwide Grants for Empowerment and Equity (CHANGE) program.
This year, all NFL markets will be supported with American Cancer Society grants funded by A Crucial Catch. Over the past three years, American Cancer Society CHANGE Grants, have educated 72,000 women on the benefits and importance of breast cancer screening with more than 10,000 free or low-cost screenings performed. This lifesaving work continues in 2014 and was expanded into all 32 NFL team markets reaching more of the women who need us most. Since the launch of the grant program in 2012, the number of recipients has consistently risen.

A Crucial Catch Day

On October 25, the American Cancer Society, grant-funded community health system partners, and the NFL are teaming up to launch its first nationwide, breast cancer event – A Crucial Catch Day — to provide breast cancer education and free or low-cost screenings within specific underserved communities.

About Grant Recipient Communities and Their Events

These grant-funded communities will conduct focused outreach, education and breast cancer screening for underserved women on Saturday, October 25: Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Brandywine, Maryland; Buffalo, New York; Charlotte, North Carolina; Cleveland, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Dearborn, Michigan; Denver, Colorado; Fort Worth, Texas; Greenfield, Massachusetts; Houston, Texas; Indianapolis, Indiana; Jacksonville, Florida; Kane County, Illinois; Kansas City, Missouri; King County, Washington; Miami, Florida; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Nashville, Tennessee; New Orleans, Louisiana; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Phoenix, Arizona; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Port Chester, New York; Riverside, California; Sacramento, California; Salinas, California; St. Louis, Missouri; St. Paul, Minnesota; Tampa, Florida.