Saturday, May 8, 2010

Einsteins Free Bagel and shmear

My aunt Kris just emailed me this link for a free bagel and shmear at Einsteins Bros Bagel if you print the coupon and visit between now and 5/16. Looks awesome!


Disney's 50 Days of Music: Day 6: "Trust in Me"

Today's download is "Trust in Me" from The Jungle Book. I just downloaded mine from the link in their Facebook status!

If you have not done so yet you can either become a friend on Facebook, a follower on Twitter or text Disney Music at 66937 so you can get your free downloads.


AWESOME UTAH deal today! FREE CUpcakes adn possible free Noodles and CO

If you are in Utah (Draper is the exact area) you will want to read all about this deal posted on Freebies to Deals. Then you will want to rush out and get your freebies!!! I SO wish I was there for this one!!


Today is the last day to get FREE 8x10 Collage!!

Looking for a free Mother's Day photo creation? Look no further! Now through Saturday you can get 1 FREE 8x10 Photo Collage Print from Walgreens by using code GOODTHOUGHTS at checkout.  One per person. My husband and I will both be taking advantage of this to get something for our moms, and my children will be subjected to a photo shoot after school today so we can get new, updated pics for it!!  :) 


Saturday Service Spotlights: Mom

As I mentioned in my blog about the weekly series, I am a bit of a freak about saving money and getting myself a great deal. But I am also a huge fan of giving back to the community and to the individuals that shape us and the world we live in. I want this series of posts to be a place where I can post about service opportunities, or I can spotlight great examples of service.

It being Mother's Day tomorrow, I thought I would start this series by writing about a couple of ladies that have been serving my husband and myself for our whole lives, my mom and my mother-in-law. Both of these great ladies have not only served their families, but they serve in church, and in their communities. They are both excellent examples of service that I want to share with you.

Let's start with my mom, Rochelle. My mom is ALWAYS doing some sort of service, whether it be playing the piano for the high school musical, serving in church, raising 4 kids, or helping my brother collect toys for the local hospital. She never stops helping people and she never thinks of herself first. She serves others to a fault. I should mention that she comes by this honestly as her mom, my XiaXia is the same way! NEVER thinks of herself until she has helped everyone else first.

Growing up I sometimes did not realize how much mom sacrificed to do things for us. I just assumed she would always play the piano for all my auditions and she always would end up volunteering to play the piano for the shows as well. But guess what? My mom did not just play the piano for my auditions, she played for and helped prepare myself and all my friends for our auditions as well. It was common in our home to have weeks on end of practice after practice of my friends and I preparing for auditions well into the nights, and my mom would sit at the piano through all those hours and just play over and over and help us get better and better.

Thanks mom for always serving me, my friends, the community and really anyone you could! Thanks for being an example to me and my siblings!

Now, I am going to sound repetitive here, but my mother-in-law, Anne, is equally unselfish in her service to her family, her community, and her church. Whether coaching sports for her kids teams, stopping by the neighbors house just because they seemed like they might need a hand, or serving and raising 6 great kids, one of which turned out to be the great man I married! Like my mom, she never thinks of herself first, and she comes by it honestly as well. Grandma N is a great example of unselfish service and like my XiaXia, passed that on to her children.

I am Greek, and some parts of My Big Fat Greek Wedding are really true in my family, but what I learned when I married Wes was that you do not have to be Greek to live in that "big fat family" world! They are a tight knit clan on both sides, and there are a lot of them! Anne always includes all the family in everything and watches for ways to serve them. She is loving to a fault and would do anything for her family. She extends that service to her friends and neighbors as well. I have never seen someone so dedicated to serving people that try not to accept the service. She WILL take care of people's needs whether they like it or not.

Thanks Anne for raising a great man for me to marry, and for teaching us all from your constant examples of service!

I would be remiss if I did not mention my grandma (dad's dad) and Wes's grandma J (his dad's dad) here as well. They both are wonderful examples of service and have taught it to their children as well. One of my earliest memories of service was of participating in a fashion show to benefit the American Cancer Society with my grandma.

Thanks to all the moms in my life for showing me how to serve and give back. I hope to be like you all someday!

Readers, please leave any comments you would like to about how your mom's serve! I would LOVE to hear about the moms in your lives as well!


Disney's 50 Days of Music: Running List

Running List of Disney's 50 Free Days of Music:
  1. Phineas and Ferb "Squirrells in My Pants"
  2. The Nightmare Before Christmas "What's This"
  3. Hannah Montana "I Wanna Know You"
  4. Mary Poppins "A Spoonful of Sugar"
  5. Aladdin "One Jump Ahead"
  6. What will today be?! I can't wait to find out!!


Tomorrow is FREE Sundaes for mom at Culvers

FYI, I just got an email that Culver's in Millard (I repeat-ONLY at the Millard location) is giving FREE 1 scoop Sundaes to moms on Mothers Day (THIS Sunday May 9).


Remember: Fontenelle Nature Center FREE today

Today, Fontenelle is having their Free Day in May and Native Plant Sale. Included is free admission to Fontenelle Nature Center, children's activities, critter encounters, family hikes and access to 19 mile of trails. Plus there is a Native Plant Sale hosted by Nebraska Arboretum and the Fontenelle Nature Association. Please go here to read all the details!