Happy Mailbox, Tons of Freebies, Atrocity

It has been a good couple of weeks for mail around here- a ton of free samples. A couple types of cereal, a warm delights chocolate dessert you nuke, couple of bottles of vitamins, hamburger helper singles, a couple of different kinds of deodorant, granola, tampons, pads with wings, $31 worth of P&G coupons, magazines, shampoo and conditioner, moisturizer and more I can't remember. I usually do fairly well, but these last couple of weeks have been outstanding even for me. Here are the sites I use to get the goodies.
We also have a notice to pick up a package from the post office- it is the DDR for the PS2 and Headphones for Dawn that we got using mostly codes I won or exchanged from the various points and prizes programs I do. Fun to get something for a little bit of time- mostly I will save them up for Christmas or the little man's birthday, but Dawn had earned some herself so I added some of mine.
We are mostly over being sick here, more blah than anything. Hopefully we will perk up soon. Today, it feels like there is not enough coffee in the world, thank God I know it will pass.
I was kind of heartbroken today reading a journal entry at Cafe Mom and someone was talking about her severely handicapped son having a seizure in the store and how rudely some were staring at her like she was an unfit parent. It breaks my heart to hear stories like this, having a challenging child should be enough without having to put up with ignorance and hate as well. One of my best friends has a son who is different-abilitied and I can't tell you how many times she has cried due to the rudeness and nastiness of others who have no clue.
Cafe Mom for anyone who might be interested is a great site where you hook up with other moms who are going through the same challenges we all face as parents and there are many different groups you can join (or even start your own) that are particular to your own interests and issues.
There are two sites that I personally have never seen anyone be nasty or get flamed on and they are Cafe Mom and FamilyCorner. When I need down time or want to find something family oriented I head over to one or the other of these sites- sometimes both. You will find the friendliest people and whether you are a lurker like I mostly am or a regular contributor, you will be made to feel welcome.
Enough rambling, I may enter some more contests and sweepstakes- I was thrilled to get a couple of winning emails this week. Gotta love this hobby.
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