5 Minutes for Books: 201 Things to Do When Children Say I’M BORED!

by Janice



Jennifer is in the Dominican Republic representing 5 Minutes for Mom with Compassion Bloggers. Make sure you check back all this week to read her daily posts.

While she is away, I am filling in for this week’s 5 Minutes for Books column.

201 Things to Do…

When Jackson says, “I’m bored!” I am often just as lost for something creative and fun to do as he is.

I might suggest, “Why don’t you play with some toys?” or “How about you draw me a picture or do some pages in one of your workbooks?” But he inevitably flops on the couch with a pathetic sigh, “No – that is all boring!”

What I know he really wants is for me to play with him – to engage with him and discover excitement together.

But in those moments when the rain is pouring down or the day is inching along far too slowly, I draw a blank. I know there must be a ton of things I could do to transform that boring day into a memory that he will treasure – but at that moment, I don’t have a foggy clue what they are.

I need HELP!

What I need is a list – a detailed book that has all the ideas and instructions I need to become that brilliant parent who whips together an afternoon worthy of remembering.

Enter Jodie Randisi, author of 201 Things to Do When Children Say I’M BORED! – The Checklist and Journal for Busy Families.

This fantastic resource of Jodie’s imaginative ideas can save us when our kids are bored and needing some creative direction.

201 Things to Do When Children Say I’M BORED! is even more than just a checklist of stuff to do – it is an inspiration for us to engage and experience the world WITH our children.

I know with my busy schedule, I am often guilty of not spending enough time getting “dirty” with my kids in their world of imagination and play. I need to make our family life special and memorable. I need to show them that they are valuable by investing time and energy playing with them.

201 Things to Do… equips me with ideas and instructions so I can create priceless family times that not only beat away boredom, but ensure I have fun with my children.

It is also a journal, where I can record notes about all of the activities we did together. It then becomes a legacy of memories. A book that we can flip through in years to come, to recall the fun times we shared together.

The book is divided by ages with ideas for children 3-6 years, 6-11 years, and 6-16 years old. Some of the ideas in 201 Things to Do… require little prep time and can be done on the spur of the moment:

  • #14 Search The Magazine – Set out a pile of magazines. Ask your child to flip through the magazine page by page to search for certain types of items; for examples, food, drinks, pets, shoes, cars, trucks, etc. Have some simple stickers to mark the found item.
    Set the kitchen timer for 5-10 minutes. When the buzzer sounds, count the stickers. (for ages 3-6)
  • #62 Take a Mystery Walk – Put on comfortable shoes and start walking. Flip a coin at every intersection. HEADS go right. TAILS go left.
    SUGGESTION: Ask the children to guess where the final destination might be and give a prize for the closest guess. (ages 6-11)
  • #65 Family Trivia Game – Make up your own Family Trivia games. Write questions on index cards and the answers on the back of the card. Play Jeopardy style, or any way you like… it’s your game. (for ages 6-11 – but I think all ages would work great for this!)
    Sample Questions:
    Where did Mom go to college?
    Where did Dad take Mom on their first date?
    What was Bobbie’s first work?
    Who came up with Stella’s nickname?

Other ideas take some planning, but the extra effort will show your kids how much you care about them:

  • #1 Backyard Zoo - Create a backyard (or sunroom, porch or garage) zoo. Have children arrange stuffed animals in specific habitats. Add props to make it REAL – twigs, leaves, rocks, etc.
    Give your zoo a name. Make signs, invitations and tickets. Invite people to visit. Encourage children to give mini-lectures. Doing a little research is part of the fun! (ages 3-6)
  • #57 Make a Tee Shirt Quilt – Make a tee shirt quilt. For a smaller project, make a quilted cover for a body pillow. Use your child’s tee shirts, or buy a set of new tee shirts from your vacation spot. If you want to use the actual shirts, check local garage sales and thrift stores for soft cotton tee shirts.
    TIP: For complete instructions, read The COWCATCHER’S Guide to How to Make a Tee Shrit Quilt – Even If You Can’t Sew. (ages 6-11)
  • #53 Family Picture Bingo – Collect Family photos and makes copies of small pictures of everyone in the family. Cut them out and paste a set of pictures on bingo templates – a simple 5 by 5 column box graph will do. Choose something fun to use as markers such as pennies, uncooked macaroni, or buttons. Call out categories such as “anyone the same age as you” or “anyone whose name had the letter “h” in it.” (ages 6-11)
  • #186 Begin a family diary. Take turns writing in it. Let the younger children tell of the experiences, thoughts and feelings while someone older records the entry. (ages 6-16)

With 201 Things to Do…, my kids will feel loved and cherished when, instead of brushing off their pleas for attention, I reach for my 201 Things to Do checklist and we delve into the world of play together.

Jodie Randisi – aka The COWCATCHER – is self publishing this updated and revised edition of her book, 201 Things to Do When Children Say I’M BORED! – The Checklist and Journal for Busy Families and it is available as an e-book or as soft cover spiral bound version. (A hardcover deluxe version with premium acid-free pages for keepsake quality will be available soon as well.) All purchases come with 100% money back guarantee.

If you want to order a copy, visit her website, www.201ThingstoDo.com.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays coming, 201 Things to Do will be great to have on hand for entertaining your kids while they are home from school.

We have three soft cover spiral bound copies to giveaway. If you want to win a copy, just leave a comment at this post.

Last week’s three winners of the set of two books that will help you Understand Your Children are:

#114 Sarah Hanson
#99 Faeryland Mom
#74 Amy



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1 Hannah November 3, 2008 at 12:16 am

Sounds like a great resource to have on hand!

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2 Erin November 3, 2008 at 12:41 am

This book looks really great. Especially with winter coming, and spending most of our time indoors!

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3 Alicia November 3, 2008 at 12:44 am

I REALLY want to win this!

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4 jenna November 3, 2008 at 12:45 am

A great resource! Thanks for reviewing and giving away.

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5 Jessica C November 3, 2008 at 12:47 am

My daughters favorite phrase is Im bored

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6 ~Lana B~ November 3, 2008 at 12:54 am

My fried brain is often at a loss on how to educationally entertain my 3yr old! This sounds like it would fill a void! Thanks so much,
~Lana b~

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7 Shasta November 3, 2008 at 1:05 am

Having three boys full of energy, I definitely need some ideas on how to keep them entertained!!

Thanks!

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8 Rebecca C November 3, 2008 at 1:20 am

I really need to win this, I am so sick of hearing that sentence, normally in an ear piercing whine!

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9 Jawan November 3, 2008 at 1:43 am

This book seems full of fantastic ideas to alleviate boredom. If my oldest son says, “I’m bored”, I tell him that that is his choice and that it’s not my problem. Take responsibility for your time, young man! This book might help offer suggestions for me to give to him when he comes by the sink, tugging on my pant leg. Thanks!

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10 Jackie November 3, 2008 at 3:42 am

Oh wow…I think every mom can relate to this! Mine is only 3 but already seems to have mastered the “I’m bored” flop on the couch. Thanks so much!

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11 Mama Zen November 3, 2008 at 6:55 am

This sounds fabulous!

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12 Steph Elias November 3, 2008 at 7:36 am

Sounds like a great book. Lots of good ideas to keep everyone entertained.

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13 Sierra martin November 3, 2008 at 7:51 am

I really should read this book, when I have my nephews over.. and they get bored of video games, movies etc.. I just start watching something and making them count how many bears there are in a show, or scolding them for being bored when there are books and movies and video games to play (while feeling bad thinking they that they are really bored of me. :( )

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14 Alexia November 3, 2008 at 8:16 am

Sounds like something I’d be glad to win!

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15 Terra Jones November 3, 2008 at 8:21 am

this sounds fabulous!!!!

thanks!

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16 Tammy November 3, 2008 at 8:22 am

I’d love to win this!

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17 Susan S. November 3, 2008 at 8:28 am

I have an extremely active 3 year old boy. This sounds like a fantastic resource to have on hand – especially as winter arrives!

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18 Jamie November 3, 2008 at 8:30 am

This would be wonderful and put to good use at my house!

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19 Natalie November 3, 2008 at 8:35 am

I could really use this book, especially with winter coming.

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20 TheAngelForever November 3, 2008 at 9:04 am

Wow, what a fabulous resource this would be in our house. Thanks for the opportunity :)

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21 Blessed November 3, 2008 at 9:19 am

This sounds like an awesome resource! We’d love to win!

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22 Kristie November 3, 2008 at 9:19 am

Very neat book! We’re always looking for more things that we can do together!

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23 Angela November 3, 2008 at 9:25 am

With three kids and another on the way this book would be soooooo handy!

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24 Courtney November 3, 2008 at 9:31 am

OMG this sounds great! With 2 kids under 4 this is sure to be a great resource!!!

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25 Mrs. H November 3, 2008 at 9:34 am

What a neat resource!!
Thanks!

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26 sandy November 3, 2008 at 9:36 am

looks great…what a neat book

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27 Kati November 3, 2008 at 9:47 am

What a fun book. We can always use new ideas!

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28 stampedwithgrace November 3, 2008 at 9:54 am

with 7 kids, this would be a great book to own!

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29 Jessica F November 3, 2008 at 9:55 am

This sounds like a really fun book!

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30 Heather November 3, 2008 at 9:58 am

I would love this book -it would be great for my family!

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31 Michael Capp November 3, 2008 at 10:14 am

I’d love to win!

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32 Rozz November 3, 2008 at 10:18 am

What a Godsend.

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33 emily November 3, 2008 at 10:29 am

I need this book!

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34 Shilo Beedy November 3, 2008 at 10:50 am

My kids would have fun with this since there always saying there bored.

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35 Dianne F. November 3, 2008 at 11:10 am

My just-turned grandson has learned the meaning and effectiveness of the whine, “I’m Bored!!!” Sometimes his Mom and Step Mom are at a complete loss to find an interesting activity that also includes his little sisters. This may be just what we/they are looking for.

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36 Maureen November 3, 2008 at 11:20 am

I so need to win this (or buy it) as I have two 3-yr old boys so I’m sure I could get some really fun ideas of things to do with them.

Thanks,
Maureen (jnomaxx at hotmail dot com)

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37 Karen Gonyea November 3, 2008 at 11:24 am

My kids would absolutely love this.

ktgonyea at gmail.com

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38 Jen E November 3, 2008 at 11:30 am

This book sounds awesome, I’m already planning to make a tshirt quilt soon, it sounds like a great idea!

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39 Michele November 3, 2008 at 11:36 am

Wonderful…sounds like a fantastic resource!

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40 Linda White November 3, 2008 at 11:37 am

sounds like what I need to entertain my daycare kids in the summer!

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41 Pat November 3, 2008 at 11:45 am

What a fabulous book! I’ve heard that “I’m bored” phrase many times.

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42 DJ November 3, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Boy, could I use this!

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43 Valerie Mitchell November 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm

fabulous prize!

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44 Sylvia November 3, 2008 at 12:16 pm

Great ideas! Thanks!
sylviarj@yahoo.com

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45 Melissa November 3, 2008 at 12:17 pm

I don’t just want this book–I NEED it!

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46 zoe November 3, 2008 at 12:18 pm

i would love this book!!! when my boys are “bored” scary things happen!!!!

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47 Marlena U. November 3, 2008 at 12:45 pm

What a great idea! I’d love to win this as it appears to have so many great ideas that get parents and children involved…TOGETHER!! m_huston(at)hotmail(dot)com

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48 Heather G November 3, 2008 at 12:46 pm

Fantastic book! I’d love to have a copy for those times my boys say “What can I do now?”

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49 Abby November 3, 2008 at 12:49 pm

Would love to win a copy to keep us busy on rainy days in Seattle!

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50 Kris November 3, 2008 at 12:51 pm

This sounds like a wonderful book of ideas to have handy! Thanks for the entry!

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51 Deanne S November 3, 2008 at 12:51 pm

I love this! If I don’t win, I’m buying it! This looks like a great resource and I work with kids as well and am always looking for cool activities.

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52 Happy Mama November 3, 2008 at 12:58 pm

Sounds like a ton of fun! Thanks for sharing and please count me in!

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53 Stephanie Oelkers November 3, 2008 at 1:16 pm

I would love a copy of this book!

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54 Melissa Shough November 3, 2008 at 1:17 pm

My son would love this! With his ADHD, I have to keep him pretty busy. This would certainly do the trick!

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55 Lisa in ME November 3, 2008 at 1:23 pm

With three boys, this would be great to have!
;-) Thanks for hosting such great contests!
lisaanne29@hotmail.com

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56 Ann Fantom November 3, 2008 at 1:34 pm

I could really use this book! Please enter me

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57 Janelle November 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm

Looks like a very useful book particularly with the cold weather of winter arriving.

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58 Melissa B. November 3, 2008 at 1:46 pm

I have children who are always bored!

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59 Amanda November 3, 2008 at 1:52 pm

This would be great for when my 3 yr old says she’s bored…which is often!

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60 Faerylandmom November 3, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Yay!!! I won!!! Thanks so much!

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61 sandra kao November 3, 2008 at 2:17 pm

just what i need!

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62 The Gang's All Here! November 3, 2008 at 2:19 pm

I must be the world’s meanest mom. When my kids say they are bored (granted, they are 14, 13, 9, and 7) I direct them to their usually unfinished chore chart. I hand them the hand-vac. I open the full dryer and request help folding. I send them to the sink – there’s always a dirty dish or two there. Or I send them off to (gasp!) read a book.

PLEASE, don’t enter me in the drawing for this – with 5 kids, I need their boredom to help me keep ahead of the laundry and dishes :)

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63 Amanda November 3, 2008 at 2:33 pm

As a mom and a teacher I think this book would be a great resource!

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64 Roseann Kies November 3, 2008 at 2:51 pm

I hear those words all the time. Thanks!

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65 Wildflower November 3, 2008 at 2:56 pm

I NEED this book really bad! I feel so bad when I hear my kids utter those words, “I’m Bored Mommy.” I’ve run out of new and fun ideas that they would “approve” of. :)

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66 K. Cleaver November 3, 2008 at 3:13 pm

This would be a great book that we’d use. I cringe every time I hear, “I’m borrrrrred”. LOL

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67 Jenn S. November 3, 2008 at 3:23 pm

Sounds like a great book. My daughter just started using the phrase “I’m bored.” That phrase drives me nuts.

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68 CynthiaK November 3, 2008 at 3:39 pm

What a fantastic looking book. I, too, suffer from brain fog when my children give me the inevitable “I’m bored!” It’s tough, too, with children of different ages. But, this book looks like it offers some great suggestions for a variety of ages and interests. I’d love to get my hands on a copy!

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69 Kelly F November 3, 2008 at 3:45 pm

This book is such a great idea. I consider myself pretty creative, but even I run out of things to do every once in awhile. The kids would love this.

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70 Mary Helen November 3, 2008 at 4:00 pm

This sounds like a wonderful resource for my duaghters and their preschool and young elementary age children. Sure hope I can win a copy.

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71 Lisa November 3, 2008 at 4:02 pm

Would love this book – my kids at 4 and 2 aren’t quite at the “I’m bored” stage – but I know it’s coming.

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72 Missy November 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

I have a 4, 8, & 11 year old! We would so enjoy some suggestions!

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73 ellen cunningham November 3, 2008 at 4:09 pm

This would be perfect for my sister and nieces. Thanks for the chance.

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74 Kathryn Witt November 3, 2008 at 4:17 pm

This would be so great to have! Thanks!

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75 Adrienne Gordon November 3, 2008 at 4:52 pm

i could use this for tomorrow, they have off for election day

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76 Margaret Smith November 3, 2008 at 4:57 pm

Thank you so much for this giveaway. We could really use this. Our youngest son was driving me crazy just yesterday with “I’m bored.” Thanks you for offering this.

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77 Aniela R. November 3, 2008 at 5:02 pm

Always looking for new ideas.

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78 Rebecca November 3, 2008 at 5:03 pm

This book sounds great! It’s always good to have some backup ideas on hand when you just run out of things to do.

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79 Maddy November 3, 2008 at 5:04 pm

I think if anyone uttered those words around my house I’d die of shock on the spot. That said I think it would make a lovely gift for several families that I know.
Best wishes

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80 Richelle F November 3, 2008 at 5:32 pm

How fun!

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81 Lisa L. November 3, 2008 at 5:37 pm

great giveaway, thanks for the chance.

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82 Christine November 3, 2008 at 6:05 pm

This would be a perfect book to have around the house!!! Thanks for the chance!

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83 c. clemens November 3, 2008 at 6:09 pm

hi, pick me LOL

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84 Annie November 3, 2008 at 6:41 pm

I’d love to have this book when I hear those dreaded words, “but there’s nothing to do!”

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85 Martha C November 3, 2008 at 6:48 pm

I am always looking for things to get the kids off the computer and games. This is the ticket.

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86 ky2here November 3, 2008 at 7:08 pm

Anthing to keep them occupied.

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87 Cristina castillo November 3, 2008 at 7:24 pm

I COULD REALLY USE THESE TO KEEP MY KIDS OCCUPIED

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88 Staci November 3, 2008 at 7:46 pm

I would love a copy of this! Too many days I feel brain-dead and can’t come up with new ideas!

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89 susan varney November 3, 2008 at 8:10 pm

i do want to win

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90 shannon Baas November 3, 2008 at 8:16 pm

I would love this.

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91 charline s November 3, 2008 at 8:31 pm

I hear this from my child at least 15 to 20 times a day. “I bored”! It is frustrating to me as a parent sometimes trying to find things the kids want to do.

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92 Lisa November 3, 2008 at 8:34 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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93 Claudine November 3, 2008 at 8:46 pm

What a great book, it would get used a LOT around my house!

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94 Anne November 3, 2008 at 8:58 pm

I have a daughter who has a daughter who now knows what its like to be a mother; hope that made sense!

I’d love to win this book for her!

Thanks

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95 Nikki Barger November 3, 2008 at 9:04 pm

WOW! This is absolutely perfect for my son and I’s daily adventures! He’s a very curious boy, who’d rather pick my brain than watch TV – which, I’m not complaining about at all, mind you – but it’d be nice not to run out of new and fun things to do!

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96 Jane November 3, 2008 at 9:27 pm

Sounds like a very useful book. Thanks

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97 Nadia November 3, 2008 at 9:28 pm

We definitely need this book. It looks great!

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98 Courtney November 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

I would love to have this book! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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99 amy November 3, 2008 at 9:47 pm

Sounds great,incredibly useful.Thanks for the chance.

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100 Tiff November 3, 2008 at 9:56 pm

what a great book!! I would love this for my kids!

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101 christopher h November 3, 2008 at 10:03 pm

love to win this

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102 Mia J. November 3, 2008 at 10:27 pm

Oh my gosh this book sounds wonderful. I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

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103 Miranda Kuskie November 3, 2008 at 10:55 pm

This sounds exactly like what we need! My kids would love this!

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104 Normal to Natalie November 3, 2008 at 11:05 pm

We would love to have one of these on hand at our house!

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105 Kathleen F. November 3, 2008 at 11:40 pm

This would be a GREAT resource for interacting with my autistic son!

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106 Krista November 3, 2008 at 11:53 pm

I’m so bad at coming up with fun things to do, this would really help!

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107 Janet F November 4, 2008 at 12:17 am

Thank you!

janetfaye (at) gmail (dot) com

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108 David Bertolo November 4, 2008 at 12:46 am

Looks like an interesting read. Please sign me up for your contest.

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109 Tara R. November 4, 2008 at 2:03 am

what a great book!

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110 Carol Lawrence November 4, 2008 at 3:16 am

Boy do I need this book.

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111 Michele November 4, 2008 at 6:43 am

Sounds like a fabulous book and an excellent resource!!

Great prize!!

I’d love to be entered in your giveaway!!

Thanks so much!!
Michele R.(CA)
luvkittysmeowmail@gmail.com

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112 Tari Lawson November 4, 2008 at 7:22 am

Unfortunately I hear those words all to often in my house. I would love to win this!

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113 Kathy Scott November 4, 2008 at 7:45 am

I love to read and this looks like a very useful book.

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114 Thomas Gibson November 4, 2008 at 8:30 am

Thanks for this prmotion!

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115 Janice Golden November 4, 2008 at 9:47 am

I get really tired of hearing Im bored This would be great

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116 Susan C November 4, 2008 at 10:00 am

My grandsons watch too much t.v. and play too many video games. I would love to have some ideas that get them moving!

smchester at gmail dot com

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117 Renee November 4, 2008 at 10:09 am

Sounds very useful! I need some new ideas.

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118 tobye November 4, 2008 at 10:24 am

Wow, how often do I hear that one?

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119 Rebecca Peters November 4, 2008 at 10:25 am

This book would be so much fun!

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120 Helen November 4, 2008 at 10:40 am

Jodie has done a great job at catching children and adults alike, to engage in fun and action packed activities! This book is a must for all bookshelves of fammilies, young and old alike !

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121 Jennifer T November 4, 2008 at 1:20 pm

I would love to win this! I need all the ideas I can get.
Thanks
Jen:)

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122 Monique Bradley November 4, 2008 at 1:57 pm

We could really use this book as the cold season approaches! Thanks for the chance!

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123 veronica sandberg November 4, 2008 at 2:13 pm

want to win this

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124 Allie B. November 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm

With three children, we could really use this book.

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125 Lori Walker November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm

wow, what a great resource!

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126 karen c. November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm

That sounds great! I like the backyard zoo idea.

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127 Mike Weisberg November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

I want to win

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128 Terri November 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm

Would love it!

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129 Cherie J November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm

Sounds wonderful. would love to win. Thanks for the chance.

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130 Shane Y. November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm

This would be perfect. I am always stuck on trying to find creative yet productive things for my son to do.

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131 Stacie Haight Connerty November 4, 2008 at 5:51 pm

What a great book. We would love to win one. Thanks!

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132 Katie November 4, 2008 at 6:04 pm

I would love to win! Thanks for the chance!

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133 Steve Scott November 4, 2008 at 7:07 pm

My wife would like this because the boys are always saying I’m bored.

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134 Maemae November 4, 2008 at 7:19 pm

Very Cool Resource!
Maemae

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135 Sonya Sparks November 4, 2008 at 7:32 pm

This would be great for Gracie and I. Thanks!

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136 Jessica T November 4, 2008 at 7:38 pm

This looks awesome!

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137 Don November 4, 2008 at 10:06 pm

With four kids that is all I hear…this would be great.

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138 Dan Smith November 4, 2008 at 10:30 pm

Sounds like a great book

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139 Christine Viscomi November 4, 2008 at 10:50 pm

nice

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140 Carrie November 4, 2008 at 11:40 pm

I am not very creative so I am always looking for new ideas to keep the level of chaos managable!

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141 Nancy November 4, 2008 at 11:51 pm

Sounds like a great book!

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142 Nancy J November 5, 2008 at 1:02 am

I’m sure this book is filled with great tips and will make interesting reading

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143 Thea November 5, 2008 at 1:05 am

What a great book to have on hand coming into these cold, winter months!

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144 Jennifer Short November 5, 2008 at 1:41 am

Please enter me.

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145 Jenn W November 5, 2008 at 11:04 am

My little ones would be so happy if we won this one!! :)

Thanks for the great giveaway!!

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146 Melitsa November 5, 2008 at 12:40 pm

Sounds great. Yes please.

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147 Angie B. November 5, 2008 at 12:43 pm

I’d love this book, especially since when my son thinks he is bored he has to play the PS2.

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148 Danielle November 5, 2008 at 12:47 pm

This would be a life saver, now that it will be raining more and outside play is not an option. We would love to win this one! :)
~Danielle :)

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149 Julie November 5, 2008 at 12:57 pm

I need this. I’m tired of hearing how “bored” my 10 year old is. (Yes, the one who has a game cube, a Wii, a TV with tons of channels and about a million DVDs in the house, plus a huge trampoline in the big backyard!)

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150 the mama hood November 5, 2008 at 1:06 pm

The world is so different from when I was young, I can’t allow my kids to roam freely to friends homes or around the neighborhood as I did. It’s harder to keep them entertained in this digital age when TV and computers sometimes take over play and imaginations. I would love to have a great book that would help them and myself be more creative. Thanks!

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151 Annette November 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

sounds like a good resource for my buggy. :) Yes please, enter me in the contest.

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152 d November 5, 2008 at 1:18 pm

This looks great.

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153 hyperactivelu November 5, 2008 at 1:20 pm

Sounds wonderful….especially now that Chandler has decided to use that word A LOT!

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154 Lori - Queen of Dirty Laundry November 5, 2008 at 1:34 pm

I’d love to win a copy of this book!

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155 Christina White November 5, 2008 at 1:36 pm

I need this to help entertain my four kids ages 5,6,7,8. This last summer was difficult. They got bored to quickly with all the video games, computer, and yes everything they have in the backyard!

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156 Netta November 5, 2008 at 1:43 pm

Hi.
I love you site (and twitters, too). We have 5 kids,live in the inner-city in a crazy small house with a yard the size of our livingroom. I’m determinded to continue doing fun activities with my children and not resort to the TV as a sanity-saver!
Being Mom (and wife, too) are my highest callings! I’d be so grateful to have a copy of this book… and would share the book with many on my blogsite and circle of friends.
Thank you!

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157 Megret November 5, 2008 at 1:55 pm

This looks like a fantastic resource! Thank you!
Meg

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158 Barbara H. November 5, 2008 at 2:26 pm

Though mine kids are probably older than this book is meant for, hopefully we will have grandchildren within a few years, and my son’s girlfriend works with children, so I might give (or loan!) it to her.

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159 Midas November 5, 2008 at 2:36 pm

I’d love to win a copy. I have five kids and it would be great to have this book to explore together. I keep hearing how they’re bored and there’s nothing to do!

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160 michelle November 5, 2008 at 2:49 pm

wow! you guys have great contests. This is just the thing for weekends and holidays for my kids. Saturdays afternoons can be really boring… I can’t count how often I hear “what else can I do?”

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161 MaryBeth November 5, 2008 at 3:00 pm

I would love to have help for the cold, rainy, winter days ahead!! Thanks for the chance to win.

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162 Amanda Caruthers November 5, 2008 at 3:39 pm

This would be great to have! My daughter is always “bored”.

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163 Heather S November 5, 2008 at 3:56 pm

This sounds like a great resource. Would love to win. But better than that, this would make great gifts for friends! Thanks for writing about it!!!

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164 Jessica A November 5, 2008 at 6:02 pm

my son is always saying he’s bored. would love to win this.
imjessica(at)mail(dot)com

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165 Angela November 5, 2008 at 6:03 pm

This is something that would be well used at our house. Thanks for the contest.

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166 M.A. November 5, 2008 at 6:54 pm

I just hate the word B-O-R-E-D, don’t you?!
Sounds like this book will help return harmony to my life.

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167 Jae November 5, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Wow, sounds like a GREAT book! I’m sure we’d get a lot of use out of it. :)

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168 Jennifer November 5, 2008 at 7:23 pm

My children are often ‘bored’ I could use help :).

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169 Kelly Ann T. November 5, 2008 at 7:27 pm

This book would be great for the times I volunteer in the nursery at our church and it would give me ideas for Sunday school too. Thank you.

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170 Becca Green November 5, 2008 at 7:50 pm

Sounds like a very valuable book to have.

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171 Brianne Coble November 5, 2008 at 8:02 pm

With a 3 and 6 year old little boy and play dates with their friends…. OH please pick me!!!

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172 Stacy November 5, 2008 at 11:50 pm

This sounds like a lot of fun. I have 2 little ones that will be getting to the I am bored stage much to soon. I would love this book.

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173 Gina November 6, 2008 at 12:33 am

I need this book! I babysit my 4 year old niece along with my 4 year old son every day. I’m constantly looking for new ideas to keep them entertained! This book would be awesome!

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174 J Chaborek November 6, 2008 at 4:59 am

LOL, this is a great idea for a book. Seems like the kids area always bored, hope there are some new ideas in here!

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175 D Lemos November 6, 2008 at 6:47 am

This is Great! Is there a sequel. LOL.

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176 Catherine Burke November 6, 2008 at 9:25 am

It is funny how with my girls aging, their boredom changes too, this would be so helpful!

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177 Multi-Tasking Mommy November 6, 2008 at 9:38 am

Oh, that sounds like such a great book to have on hand! This would be a great addition in our household.

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178 Cassidy November 6, 2008 at 10:40 am

This sounds great! I always need ideas for what to do with my kids. This sounds like the perfect thing.

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179 1stopmom November 6, 2008 at 10:41 am

This would be a welcome adddition in my own home. We definitely need it.

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180 Jenna November 6, 2008 at 12:55 pm

Sounds neat! Count me in!

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181 Magan Weber November 6, 2008 at 2:11 pm

I would love this for my family!!

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182 CPA Mom November 6, 2008 at 3:42 pm

sounds like a perfect book to have on hand as the weather gets more and more dreary…

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183 spaghettipie November 6, 2008 at 5:09 pm

Sounds like a great book. Please count me in!

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184 Melody from ~Pennies In My Pocket~ November 6, 2008 at 5:15 pm

I’ve been trying to find a book like this. Sometimes I feel like I’m a bum and not doing enough with my little one…I need help in the creativity department. GREAT giveaway! Thanks for introducing me to this book. :)

~melody~

melody at penniesinmypocket dot net

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185 Diana November 6, 2008 at 8:23 pm

My 3 and 5 year olds are just getting to this stage and the creativity just doesn’t come easily some days! I’d love to win this!

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186 Catherine copeland November 6, 2008 at 8:36 pm

those dreaded words “mom we’re bored” are almost over now that I’ve learned about this book. thanks for such a great blog

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187 Julie November 6, 2008 at 10:15 pm

This books looks awesome! I would love to use it.

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188 R Hicks November 6, 2008 at 10:18 pm

I’ll try anything to find things for the little ones to stay occupied

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189 kristen November 6, 2008 at 10:33 pm

This would definitely get a lot of use around my house! Great find. Thank you!

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190 Reiza November 6, 2008 at 10:47 pm

That sounds like something that’s perfect for my brood. They keep themselves entertained well enough, but I’d love to have a whole book of tricks up my sleeve. :-)

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191 TopazTook November 6, 2008 at 11:30 pm

I would love to win this!

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192 Gianna November 7, 2008 at 12:38 am

Please enter me :)

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193 valerie mabrey November 7, 2008 at 1:26 am

I would love to win so thanks for the contest

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194 Noreen November 7, 2008 at 2:39 am

I like the zoo idea, we certianly have enough animals

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195 Molly Capel November 7, 2008 at 3:13 am

What an awesome book! I would love to have this on my bookshelf!

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196 Amber Stevens November 7, 2008 at 8:00 am

This book looks fantastic!!

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197 Cassandra Shuff November 7, 2008 at 9:57 am

this book rocks! Thank you soo much!

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198 Amy November 7, 2008 at 10:43 am

This book sounds great!

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199 Brenda November 7, 2008 at 11:37 am

Sounds like a lifeline to me, when I have the grandkids for a weekend, there is not as much to do as home so I occasionally here we are bored and usually from the girls, this might be the answer not to mention spending some one on one time with them, thanks for the giveaway

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200 alison November 7, 2008 at 11:57 am

With 2 kids, this would be great! Thanks!

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201 amandasue November 7, 2008 at 12:37 pm

What a neat book! And useful for anyone

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202 Heidi Durham November 7, 2008 at 12:53 pm

What a wonderful book! I would love to win it.

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203 Kari Follett November 7, 2008 at 12:55 pm

I hear “Im bored” a LOT. This would be awesome to win.

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204 Kari Follett November 7, 2008 at 12:56 pm

Im a subscriber!

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205 Kathy Conley November 7, 2008 at 1:20 pm

This would be great fun to have!

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206 jolene November 7, 2008 at 2:59 pm

wow cool book

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207 Angie P November 7, 2008 at 8:26 pm

This book looks great~ I could have used it today. hahahaaa

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208 Ricka November 7, 2008 at 8:30 pm

Would love this book.

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209 ET November 7, 2008 at 11:43 pm

I would just love to have this handy book! Even with 4 built-in playmates, each of my 5 kids is constantly complaining about being bored. :)

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210 jenna November 7, 2008 at 11:48 pm

I would love to win. Thanks for the giveaway!

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211 Christine November 8, 2008 at 1:22 am

This would be great! My 4 year old just learned the phrase “I’m bored!”

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212 Betsy Pauzauskie November 8, 2008 at 1:31 am

What a great resource! All parents need to be bailed out from time to time! :)

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213 Christina November 8, 2008 at 3:17 am

Please enter me, thanks!

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214 Paula Bhagyam November 8, 2008 at 8:14 am

I’d love a copy of the book. I am a teacher and am always looking for new and exciting books to share with students and parents.

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215 Erma Hurtt November 8, 2008 at 8:46 am

I could really use this. My kids say they are bored all the time. Thanks

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216 Marion B November 8, 2008 at 10:54 am

We need this book in our household!!

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217 Susan Ledet November 8, 2008 at 11:10 am

I know that we would put this book to good use!

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218 Catharine M November 8, 2008 at 11:21 am

Love the title of this book, my daughter needs it and maybe suggestions other than “Mom” ones
would be more easily accepted.

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219 Pamela Hansen November 8, 2008 at 11:53 am

I’m bored runnning out of inventive things to do with active 7 year olds

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220 Hesper Fry November 8, 2008 at 12:00 pm

I’m a first time Mom that could really use this!

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221 Gina Stratos November 8, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Perfect…. especially during the winter.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

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222 Erica G. November 8, 2008 at 2:12 pm

I would love to have this for my kids!

They have a gazillion toys but somehow ALWAYS say they’re bored…

-Erica G.
msrica03@aol.com

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223 Heather B November 8, 2008 at 2:13 pm

oh my gosh if i hear im bored one more time i may have to just rip my hair out!!!

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224 Sarah Hansen November 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Looks like a useful book.

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225 amy November 8, 2008 at 3:08 pm

i would love to have this with 4 kids enter me please

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226 Amy Parsons November 8, 2008 at 3:38 pm

This would be great for my kids!!!!!!!!!1

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227 Carolyn Walsh November 8, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Thanks for the great contest!

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228 Carrie Baird November 8, 2008 at 4:10 pm

I would love to win this for my son’s or my daughter’s family. Looks like a great book!

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229 Carolyn November 8, 2008 at 4:23 pm

My three kids are always complaining of this problem, even though we have a school playground facing our backyard!

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230 Dawn D. November 8, 2008 at 4:45 pm

I never have good ideas. This would be great!

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231 Kristen November 8, 2008 at 6:01 pm

Perfect. I have bored kids all the time.

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232 Casey November 8, 2008 at 7:52 pm

I could really use this!!

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233 diana hogle November 8, 2008 at 8:45 pm

sounds great my grand children are always telling me they are bored

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234 Tina Rath November 8, 2008 at 9:30 pm

This would be perfect for my granddaughters!

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235 Vicki B. November 8, 2008 at 10:10 pm

I actually made my daughter do this with her own ideas once. She only got to 17 ideas, so we could use this for some more! Thanks for the contest!

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236 Elina November 8, 2008 at 11:30 pm

This book is great for people with little imagination and bored kids- like me!:)

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237 Ed Nemmers November 8, 2008 at 11:52 pm

Sweet niblets!

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238 Carla Pullum November 8, 2008 at 11:57 pm

How many times do I hear I am so bored!!
I need this book!
Carla
cpullum(at)yahoo(dot)com

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239 Erica G November 9, 2008 at 12:00 am

We hear how bored my step daughters are all the time. I have run out of ideas. May be this book could help.

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240 Lara Aleff November 9, 2008 at 12:14 am

I could really use this book! The kids are always saying they’re bored!

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241 Pamela White November 9, 2008 at 12:22 am

I would love some ideas for the family.

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242 Marcia S November 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

Lo0ks like a super book to keep on hand for a rainy day.

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243 Jess Russell November 9, 2008 at 1:02 am

I’d love this as I have day care kids and a 3 year old son. We will never run out of fun ideas.

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244 flared0ne November 9, 2008 at 1:07 am

Would be Nice to have a stack of variety all ready and waiting when Mom yells out “I better not hear that SAME video game one more time today!!”… ’cause you KNOW as long as the power isn’t out they’re gonna find SOMEthing repetitive (and noisy) to be doing.

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245 Mollie G. November 9, 2008 at 1:13 am

My kids are good about finding (or inventing) SOME way to get into mischief when they’re bored, but this could be a lifesaver for those days when they’ve run out of obvious options and are climbing the walls…

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246 Chrysa November 9, 2008 at 1:16 am

Looks great! Thanks for the giveaway!

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247 Tritty74 November 9, 2008 at 1:32 am

Sounds good. We have five kids and the three older kids have our four year old saying he is bored now and that there is nothing to do

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248 Lisa November 9, 2008 at 1:35 am

I would love to have this for when my little one gets bigger. He will never ever be bored! :)

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249 Jennifer C November 9, 2008 at 1:36 am

We could use this around here!

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250 Brenda S. November 9, 2008 at 1:55 am

A great resource! Thanks for reviewing and giving away.

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251 Cassandra November 9, 2008 at 1:56 am

Looking for some great new ideas–thanks!

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252 Michelle H. November 9, 2008 at 2:04 am

I would love to read these ideas and see how they could benefit my kids.

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253 RebekahC November 9, 2008 at 2:34 am

This sounds like a wickedly awesome book, and as a mom of two young girls I’d love to get my name in the hat. I don’t think the “I’m bored” phase has hit here too strongly yet, but my 5 year old definitely knows how to throw it out there when she wants.

Thanks for the entry.
RebekahC
littleminx@cox.net

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254 sito November 9, 2008 at 3:13 am

Sounds like a great book for when Mom is at her wit’s end for ideas. Somehow, “If you’re so bored, why don’t you clean the bathroom” just doesn’t get them very excited.

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255 Debbie Espinoza November 9, 2008 at 5:13 am

Sounds fun Thanks

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256 Susan Damm November 9, 2008 at 6:20 am

Dance to “mom’s music” and use hair brushes as a microphone.

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257 Donna Clifford November 9, 2008 at 8:39 am

I would love this. A great thing to have with a 4 year old.

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258 Tina Harris November 9, 2008 at 8:42 am

This book would be great to have!

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259 djgroz November 9, 2008 at 8:47 am

This is a must for anyone with little ones

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260 Jocelyn November 9, 2008 at 9:54 am

I’m going to need this when my son gets a little older!

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261 Candie L November 9, 2008 at 9:54 am

I need this for my 8 year old who has been known to wander around the house aimlessly

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262 susan p November 9, 2008 at 10:03 am

please enter me, thank you

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263 amy delong November 9, 2008 at 10:14 am

really would like this!
ahdrad2932(at)msn(dot)com

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264 bridget November 9, 2008 at 10:48 am

I also draw a blank sometimes when I am faced with a long block of unplanned time so this would be a great resource.

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265 Brianna November 9, 2008 at 1:10 pm

Great resource to have on hand.

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266 Veronica Garrett November 9, 2008 at 1:25 pm

I could use this.

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267 John Deal November 9, 2008 at 2:42 pm

I would love to win this for my daughter. Her daughter is 3 and will soon start learning how to be bored.

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268 Rosanne Morrison November 9, 2008 at 2:44 pm

I wish I had it right now

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269 Donna K November 9, 2008 at 3:12 pm

I really need this.

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270 melissa heather November 9, 2008 at 3:32 pm

I would greatly appreciate this book and use it everyday! :)

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271 Jeanine P November 9, 2008 at 3:36 pm

Nice prize! I would love to win this book for use with my kids! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

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272 Stephanie Kinchen November 9, 2008 at 3:36 pm

This is exactly what we need for those cold winters here in ND when the kids are stuck inside!! Thanks!!!

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273 Tonya Froemel November 9, 2008 at 3:44 pm

very cool count me in please

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274 Francine Anchondo November 9, 2008 at 5:24 pm

Thanks for the giveaway.

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275 kathy pease November 9, 2008 at 6:18 pm

PLEASE COUNT ME IN ON THIS AWESOME GIVEAWAY :)

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276 julia garrison November 9, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Helpppppppp!!!!!! I need it for my 4 grandchildren.

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277 Tom November 9, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Thanks for this great giveaway!

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278 kathleen Yohanna November 9, 2008 at 7:00 pm

I need some new ideas. Thanks for the contest,

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279 MaryBeth I November 9, 2008 at 7:01 pm

OMG – I hear that at least 100 times a week. Please enter me

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280 wendy fayette November 9, 2008 at 7:04 pm

Sounds like a great book to have around for the kids and a good one to add to my library

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281 lorene desjardins November 9, 2008 at 7:12 pm

Would love these for my girls

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282 Jennifer Schroeder November 9, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Wow, we could really use this around our house. Thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to win!

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283 burt eschen November 9, 2008 at 7:29 pm

i’m bored;i entered

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284 Lily Kwan November 9, 2008 at 8:02 pm

Please enter me into the contest. Thanks!

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285 Catherine KingChuparkoff November 9, 2008 at 8:20 pm

What a great idea for a book- this will definately be on my Christmas list.

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286 Natalie November 9, 2008 at 8:41 pm

Great giveaway, I’d love to win!

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287 Lisa Galloway November 9, 2008 at 8:56 pm

I need this for my sons and my nephews!! great giveaway!

bliss319@hotmail.com

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288 Jeanne November 9, 2008 at 8:59 pm

I could definitely use this book. Raising six kids has fried my brain, and I feel like I don’t think of near as many fun things to do now as I did when my DH and I weren’t so out numbered.

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289 Ashley November 9, 2008 at 9:08 pm

This sounds like a great book! I’d love to win it. Thanks for a great giveaway.

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290 Heather C November 9, 2008 at 9:51 pm

My hyper thing might go through this book in one day. haha. Thanks!

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291 Shay November 9, 2008 at 9:55 pm

I could use this with a 4 and 6 year old.

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292 Adrian Lamont November 9, 2008 at 10:08 pm

Great read.

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293 Timothy Sternberg November 9, 2008 at 10:23 pm

Sounds like a great resource to have on hand.

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294 Amy November 9, 2008 at 10:37 pm

Wow I want this book Right now my toddler is two and doesn’t know the word, but I know its coming!

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295 pamr November 9, 2008 at 10:47 pm

This book looks great; we homeschool and I’m always on the lookout for fun stuff to do! Thanks for the chance

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296 Hollie P. November 9, 2008 at 11:03 pm

This books looks great! We need this book at our house! :-)
Hollie

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297 Elizabeth Ray November 9, 2008 at 11:28 pm

Sounds like something to keep in the glove compartment!

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298 Terra November 9, 2008 at 11:42 pm

What a wonderful book! This would be sooo helpful!

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299 Michelle L. November 10, 2008 at 12:03 am

What parent doesn’t need ideas at one time or another when kids say “I’m bored?” I would love to own a copy of this book for those moments.

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300 LaDonna November 10, 2008 at 12:17 am

Great book.

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301 Janet November 10, 2008 at 12:29 am

sounds like a Great book.ty 4 the contest!

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302 Julianne November 10, 2008 at 1:36 am

Would love to have a copy on hand. I have kids who get bored when I turn off the TV, but they cannot be glued to it. Some of them will play with Legos, but some of them will follow me around with how bored they are. LOL!

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303 Amy Jo November 10, 2008 at 1:39 am

would love to win! My daughter is always bored.

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304 Brooke November 10, 2008 at 10:41 am

That family trivia game idea is brilliant and I’m totally going to start one! If that idea is any indication, I think I could really use this book!

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305 flared0ne November 10, 2008 at 11:46 am

Thank you, Jennifer (and Janice)!

I got your message that I was selected at random as one of the winners. Interestingly, I have a “Google search” setup, watching for my ‘nom de plume’ and IT reported back almost immediately also — nice ‘quality control’ check!

And a comment for any and all — in the course of double-checking “just what is this I’ve won” I went to the “201 things” website, and was captivated by a whole set of useful links and things, very pertinent to my older son’s educational process and progress.

Check out the “Bonus stuff” section in particular!

Once again, very excellent, and thank you much!

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306 Julie November 11, 2008 at 12:06 am

Very cool book of ideas!! I could really use this now with the children I nanny…and in the future with my own little ones (the first one of which is on the way)!!

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307 Cindy B. in Montana November 11, 2008 at 2:57 am

This book would get a lot of use in our family!

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308 Jessica B. November 12, 2008 at 1:14 am

This sounds like an awesome read!!! I would love this book because I’m always having a problem coming up with something to do for the kiddos.

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309 Perri Rendon November 13, 2008 at 2:56 pm

HI,

I am new to the forum and can’t wait to learn more about your site.

Wow…if I don’t hear that a thousand times a day… I could use and “I’m bored” helper ….

thanks for the chance,

Perri

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310 J. November 14, 2008 at 8:47 am

Sounds fantastic! Would love to have a copy!

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311 Perri Rendon November 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…so here is my extra entry.

Perri

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312 Perri Rendon November 18, 2008 at 12:32 pm

I didn’t realize you get extra entries for feeds and newsletter…so here is my extra entry.

Here is the one for feeds,

thank you,

Perri

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313 aubien November 23, 2008 at 2:31 am

Hopefully I made the deadline.

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314 aubien November 23, 2008 at 2:32 am

I subscribe to your feed.

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315 aubien November 23, 2008 at 2:32 am

I subscribe to your newsletter.

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316 aubien November 23, 2008 at 2:33 am

Your button is on my sidebar.

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