Wordless Wednesday

Happy New Year!

Care Packages For Troops

Operation Sugar Kisses will be launched January 2009. Each month Giggles & Sugar Kisses will send a Sugar Kiss (care package) to a soldier. They miss home and the modern conveniences that we take for granted, so we’ve decided to help brighten their day.

Sugar Kisses needs monthly donations and we would like our readers to become involved. Please place our Operations Sugar Kisses button (above) on your blog and let family, friends, your church and anyone who will support our initiative know about our program. We need donations as well as the name and address of a soldier who would appreciate a Sugar Kiss. The name and address of the soldier can be sent to rhonda@gigglesnsugarkisses.com. We will build a list with the soldier’s name and post of duty. Each month we will randomly select who we will receive a Sugar Kiss.

Here’s a list of what our soldiers need:

  • hard candy
  • homemade cookies
  • chips/pretzels/cheese curls (snacks)
  • envelopes & writing paper
  • pens
  • deodorant
  • tooth brushes
  • tooth paste
  • foot powder
  • lotion
  • sun screen
  • chap stick
  • batteries (AA, AAA & D)
  • gum/mints
  • sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old
  • disposal razors
  • white socks
  • cheese & peanut butter crackers
  • ramen/cup o noodles
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • hair brushes & combs
  • unscented baby wipes
  • toilet paper on rolls
  • packets of Kleenex
  • shower shoes
  • cans or packages of nuts
  • facial moisturizer
  • unscented lotions
  • hand sanitizer
  • paper back books.


Donations may be sent to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403

Thank you for supporting for this worthy endeavor.

In Memory of Caylee Anthony

I’m sure everyone has heard Caylee Marie Anthony has been declared dead. I’ve been following this story on CNN for the past few months and I must say that it has truly touched me. I can’t imagine how Caylee’s grandparents are feeling at this time. Making it through this tragedy will be an enormous task. The fact that their daughter, Caylee’s mom, is being held for her murder is a double blow.

I look at this little girl, and I have asked over and over how anyone could harm such a precious child. Any child for that matter. When I see pictures of this beautiful little girl my heart breaks. I squeeze Xavier, my grandson, so much more these days.

I know that in this country people are presumed innocent until proven guilty, but if Casey Anthony did murder this beautiful little girl, her own daughter, I wonder what would make her loose all sense of right or wrong. Motherhood is so sacred. I’ve thought about my own daughter and my grandson. I wonder what I would do or how I would feel if I received a phone call and someone told me that my daughter was being held for killing her son. I just can’t get that far in my thinking. I could never fathom that someone I gave birth to could take her own child’s life.

My thoughts and prayers are with this family this holiday season. I’m so looking forward to seeing my grandson Christmas morning. I feel so bad that they will never see Caylee Marie again. From one grandparent to another, I pray that they be given the strength, insight and endurance they will need to move forward. Would love to hear your thoughts on this child murder.

What’s Your Favorite Holiday Cookie?

There’s a whole lot of baking going on. Christmas cookies are being baked across America. We’re looking to taste yummy cookies in the blogosphere, so we want you to tell us your favorite cookie. My favorite holiday cookie is the Peanut Butter and Hershey Kiss cookie. So yummy!

I’ve used this recipe for years and it’s a favorite of kids young and old. I love serving them warm with a glass of milk to the kids. Their eyes light up and little fingers and faces are covered with yummy chocolate. We hope you enjoy it too. Leave us a comment and share your favorite holiday cookie.

Peanut Butter Cookies

  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 1/2 c. peanut butter (creamy)
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 1/2 c. packed brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/4 c. flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Mix together first 5 ingredients. Add remaining flour and mix until you form a sticky dough. Roll dough into small balls and place on a greased cookie sheet. Bake 8-10 minutes or until just golden brown. Place Hershey Kiss in the center of each cookie, while they are still hot. Should make approximately 48 cookies.

Packages for our Troops Needed

Giggles & Sugar Kisses will be shipping packages to our troops in Iraq from 12/16 /08 through 1/1/09. They’ve sent a list of items they would like to have and we’re looking for donations.

Their list includes hard candy, homemade cookies, chips, envelopes & writing paper, pens, deodorant, tooth brushes, tooth paste, food powder, lotion, sun screen, chap stick, batteries (AA, AAA & D), gum, sports and/or automotive magazines less than 2 months old, disposal razors, white socks, cheese & peanut butter crackers, ramen/cup o noodles.

For the ladies, sanity products, magazines less than 2 months old, shampoo, conditioner, hair brushes & combs, unscented baby wipes, toilet paper on rolls, packets of Kleenex, shower shoes, cans or packages of nuts, facial moisturizer, unscented lotions, hand sanitizer, and paper back books.

Homemade cards from your child or children would be a nice surprise for them. If you’re interested in participating please send your goods to:

Giggles & Sugar Kisses
58 Aldrin Lane
Martinsburg, WV 25403
Lets wish our troops a Merry Christmas and a Safe and Happy New Year from the Giggles & Sugar Kisses Family. Leave us a comment on what you’re doing to help someone this holiday season. 

First Picture Book Give Away

Kids love books and we’ve found some great ones. Nancy Murphy owner of Blooming Babies carries a diverse selection of first picture books in her boutique. Her selection includes everything from picture books of clothing, the body, dinosaurs, trucks to animals. They are sturdy, hard cover, and fun to look at. My grandson loved the animal book. He loves to point at the pictures and have Gran tell him the animal and make the animal sound. What a fun and educational way to spend time with your child. These books get 3 snaps, a booty shake and go in Grandma’s bag of fabulicious finds.

We were impressed with the quality of the books as well as the price. Books of this caliber are quite expensive if purchased from your local book store. Blooming Babies First Picture Books start at $11.99 and make great birthday, new baby, or Christmas gifts. The books are a generous size and the pictures are crisp. Your children will have them for years to come.

Blooming Babies also offers a Children’s Guide. Here you will find helpful books on nutrition, exercise and cooking all geared toward children. I love the Recipe Guide for children. This is a great site to visit on cold, snowy days when the children are stuck inside. You will find recipes for pizza, smoothies, and snacks. Blooming Babies has it it all.

Giggles & Sugar Kisses is adamant about teaching our children to read and write and good eating habits. We firmly believe that education is the key to success and it starts at home. Blooming Babies believes education is a must as well and we’re teaming up to offer our readers an opportunity to win the First Picture Animal Book shown.

You could be a winner. Here’s how: visit Blooming Babies First Picture Book section or Children’s Guide and leave us a comment on these great products. We will randomly select a winner from the comments. Please leave a valid email address. Posts with invalid addresses will be disqualified. Give Away is open to US Residents 18+ only. If you’re a blog subscriber, you may enter twice. Give Away ends January 5, 2009. Good luck.

Children’s Book Give Away

Giggles & Sugar Kisses was given the opportunity to review several groups of books by Kumon Publishing Company. Kumon focuses on basic learning skills for childen aged 2 through 6. They cover everything from the alphabet, reading, counting, tracing, basic addition and subtraction to scissor skills. Kumon’s workbooks are unique. They use a step by step approach, so children can master one skill before moving to another. Their learning system was developed in Japan by Toru Kumon 50 years ago. Mr. Kumon wanted his son to do better in school, so he developed workbooks to help his son. By the sixth grade, his son could do calculus. His techniques have been proven. Kumon currently has learning centers in 44 contries.
Giggles & Sugar Kisses will be offering several sets of books to our readers to test for us. You could be the winner of our second give away. This set is geared toward a children ages 2 – 5. The set contains a Tracing book and Numbers 1 – 30. Visit Kumon Publishing and check out their site. Leave us a comment on the books that you see most beneficial to your child. We will randomly select a winner from our posts. This give away will end January 5, 2009. It is open to US Residents 18+ only.
Winner will have 3 days to contact us once they are notified. Failure to contact us will result in disqualification. Posts with invalid email addresses will be disqualified.
We will be listing additional sets over the next month, which includes Mazes, Simple Addition, Telling Time, and Rhyming Words. If you are interested in testing any of these books, be sure to check back. Giggles & Sugar Kisses believes education is the key to success. As a result, we require the winners to follow up with their opinions and comments on the set of books that they win. We would like to share your experience with our other readers, they may be interested in purchasing the books. If you’re not willing to follow up, please do not enter the give aways. Thank you and good luck!

Paci Clip Give Away

Look what we’ve found. You’re going to love them. Adorable Monkey Tails at BlueZoo Boutique. When owner Laurie Chau contacted me about her Monkey Tails, I just had to spread the word to my readers. They’re available in a variety of designs and colors. My favorite is the Aqua and Chocolate Monkey Tail with the aqua pacifier. It gets 3 snaps and a booty shake. It goes in grandma’s bag of fabulicious finds.

If you like unique, you’ll love the Diaper Pockets and Swaddle Wraps at the BlueZoo Boutique The Diaper Pocket holds a wipe case and 2 – 3 diapers. The Swaddle Wraps can be found in a variety of fun fabrics.

Laurie’s creativity doesn’t end there. She has fabulous Paci Pockets too. You’re wondering what a Paci Pocket is right? Well, I’m not going to tell you. You have to check this site out for yourself. I will tell you this, BlueZoo Boutique is offering one of our readers a personalized Monkey Tail. You choose the Monkey Tail and Laurie will personalized it up to 8 letters. Aren’t you glad you follow Giggles & Sugar Kisses and you’re one of the first to know about this great give away.

Here’s how you could become a winner: visit BlueZoo Boutique and leave us a comment on your favorite item. If you’re a subscriber of our blog, double your chances to win and enter twice. If you’re a subscriber to Giggles & Sugar Kisses’ Newsletter and the blog, you can become a triple threat and enter three times.

This give away ends January 5, 2009 and is open to US Residents 18+ only. Failure to leave a comment and a valid email address will result in disqualification. Have fun browsing BlueZoo Boutique and good luck.

Inspirational Tee Shirt Give Away

Giggles & Sugar Kisses is giving away this fabulous tee compliments of Words To Live By. Words To Live By was created by a phenomenal lady by the name of Denise Hart. After meeting Denise, I checked out her site and fell in love with her inspirational tees. I learned that she was a Theatre Professor, but she was also a 5 year breast cancer survivor. I also learned that Denise had lost her mother to the same breast cancer she had survived. She wanted to create her mother’s zest for life, thus Words To Live By was born.

Denise’s story touched me deeply. As a result, I wanted to do something to promote her Inspirational Tees and positive outlook on life. I wanted to also remind my readers and myself the importance of having regular breast examines. I decided to spread the word about her wonderful tees.

Words To Live By creates tees for women and girls. My favorite is When your life no longer fits change it. Oh, how this tee has fit my life so many times. As a matter of fact, I can apply this inspiration to my life now. I’m sure you can think of a relative or friend who needs a hug or a thank you. These tees would be a perfect gift.

I also love the Success starts early look at me tee. I believe this tee is perfect for any young lady. What a great way to promote self esteem. So many teens need positive reinforcement these days. This tee would make a great Christmas or birthday gift for a daughter, niece or the baby sitter. (I think I’ve found a Christmas gift for my daughter, lol).

Denise and I want to help you start the New Year on a positive note. You can win the Tee pictured. Just visit Words To Live By and let us know your favorite inspirational tee. If you’re a subscriber of my blog, you can enter twice. Become a triple threat, blog about these inspiration tees and you can enter three times. Don’t want to wait for the give away to end, enter Welcome at checkout for a 15% discount.
Give Away ends December 30 at mid-night. You must be 18+ to win and a US Resident. The winner will be selected randomly. Please leave a valid email address. Failure to provide a valid email will result in disqualification. Good Luck.

Pea Soup Accessories

Look what we’ve found while browsing the web. These layettes are made by Pea Soup Baby, and they are adorable.  I fall in love with the sets and immediately contacted owner Lori Rockoff.  Each set includes a tee, pants, and a matching set of booties and arrives ready for gift giving in an adorable organza pouch.  The sets are available in sizes 0-6 months and 6-12 months. The set shown happens to be my favorite, but Pea Soup Baby has cupcakes, baseball, cowboy, ice cream cones and many others. You must check them out. The set would be great for visiting grandma.  The set would make a perfect Christmas or baby shower gift.  Be sure to put one of these sets on your gift list.

Pea Soup Baby also has headbands, hats, and hair clips. You can find the Candy Layette to match the headbands shown above for the little princess on your Christmas list too. We have one word for this set, Sweet!

You will find great gift ideas at Pea Soup for any occasion. They have fabulous denim hats with crocheted appliques for boys and girls. My grandson will be sporting the football cap below. So adorable.  The hats are available in sizes 1 – 3 years. What toddler won’t love one of these. Imagine him or her in a pair of jeans and one of these denim caps.  We have three words, hip, trendy baby.
Pea Soup Accessories is offering a 15% discount to Mother-2-Mother readers. That’s right a 15% discount on your purchase. Enter M2M15 and your discount will be calculated. This offer is good until January 15, 2009. Hurry, you don’t want to miss out on these fabulous gift ideas.