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This is what happens to you when you stay up too late writing blogs.

This is what happens when you stay up too late writing blogs. Note to self: Must get eyebrows done.

As I sit here nursing a huge shiner — I was walking around in the dark, bent down to pick something up, and smashed my face into the top of the banister — I am very glad that I have a diversion to keep my mind off of my ever-expanding eyelid. Today’s Favorite Things are sites and resources I stumbled upon this week. Some were suggested. Some I found on my own. What do you think of them? Do they make your favorites list, too? Comment and let me know.

My First Freebie: SeventhGeneration.com. Take a peek at the laundry list of laundry products — and diapers and cleaners, too — so you can  enter my first ever blog giveaway. Seventh Generation, the manufacturer of earth-friendly, green products, will give one of my readers a basket full of goodies that includes the following:

  • Glass Cleaner- Ruby Red Grapefruit
  • All Purpose Cleaner- Green Mandarin and Leaf
  • Shower Cleaner- Green Mandarin and Leaf
  • Toilet Bowl Cleaner- Emerald Cypress and Fir
  • Tub and Tile Cleaner- Emerald Cypress and Fir
  • Kitchen Cleaner- Wild Orange and Cedar Spice
  • Natural Paper Towels- 120 Count
  • Seventh Generation Reusable Tote

To enter, check out the Seventh Generation site. Then come back and leave a comment below about which product is your favorite and why. *Disclosure: Seventh Generation is not paying me for running this contest, and I’m not getting anything for free. I have actually paid for and used the company’s products for years now.

(Sk)in Deep with it: KidsSkinHealth.org. I have really, really white skin. Really, really. I have slathered it with SPF every day since my early 20s, but I was not as careful as a child. I didn’t realize that skin cancer would become the problem it is today, or that 65%–90% of skin cancers are due to UVA and UVB (sun and tanning beds, baby) exposure. My daughter knows, though. This week she learned more about why Mommy is an insane woman with sunscreen, as well as other nail-, hair, and skin-related topics by spending some time on this site, which is sponsored by The American Academy of Dermatology. The lessons were so catchy and kid-friendly — a kids’ role-playing game was a favorite — that she didn’t realize she was getting an education, too.

To TV or Not to TV? BrainyBaby.com. O.K., you know I’m not a fan of babies watching TV, but I’d pick a carefully crafted DVD over Bugs Bunny or Hannah Montana any day. And I certainly have no problem with someone keeping her two-and-over child busy with an educational video. That’s why I think it’s a wonderful thing that Brainy Baby is offering parents a way to add to their child’s library without spending too much cash. The company from now until December 31 is offering four of its titles (ABCs, Music, Laugh & Learn or Shapes & Colors) free of charge aside from a $6.95 shipping and handling fee. Those in Atlanta can save the shipping fees by picking their video up.

Go to Your Room: Ohdeedoh.com. We recently moved Katelyn into a big girl room, moving Keira out of my office and into the nursery. Both rooms had to be designed from scratch. While the bed and crib are in place, the actual walls and windows are works-in-progress, which is why I was thrilled to stumble upon this site. Plenty of amazing photography, step-by-step ideas, and a fun attitude make for a really incredible kids’ design site. The home tours, especially, speak to the voyeur in me. I can’t wait to try out some of the ideas that are right there for the borrowing.

On the Road: Concertimatic.com. First off, I don’t have an iPhone, but I thought this was just so neat — and I am hoping the company develops an Android version — that I had to pass it along. The premise is pretty simple. This $.99 iPhone app scans your playlists, figures out your favorite artists, and pings you if one of them is appearing in concert nearby. It even lets you order tickets right from your phone.

That’s it for today. Going to baby my eye with a little ice. Next week: We look at some healthy snacks, talk about fitting in, and look at the latest in eco-friendly kids clothing.

2 Responses to “Favorite Things Friday: Ow, my eye! And a contest.”

  1. maureen Volpicello says:

    i love the all natural all purpose cleaner.. have to try some of the other products. Karen, i love your ideas and your blog. My son has ecsama and we can’t have anything in anything we use on him.

    Maureen V

  2. JessieLeigh says:

    I love their tub cleaner because-of all my hard surfaces-it probably gets touched by my 3 little ones the most!

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