Sunday, March 22, 2009

Fishful Thinking Campaign & A Contest!

I am now an Ambassador for the new Fishful Thinking Campaign! Have you seen this site yet?

This site is full of valuable information on family activities, interactive tools and tips on helping kids stay positive through all of life's ups and downs. Who doesn't need that?

One of our biggest challenges with Rylee has been to help her stay positive, even when things aren't going exactly her way. I needed to find ways to help her deal with frustration positively and I am hopeful that some of the techniques that I am learning from Fishful Thinking will really help us out in this area. In fact, I wish I could have had access to this site sooner because it may have helped us to avoid a tantrum or 20!

It was just Rylee and I for the whole weekend (the first one with just the two of us since we brought her home). Since I couldn't work, blog or do much on the computer very effectively with 36+ extra pounds hanging off my arm we took some time to really check out the site. Rylee enjoyed the kids site.

She even broke out a few dance moves!

When she got sad today because she was missing her Daddy and her Sissy, we headed outside for a little painting distraction. First she wanted to paint flowers, then she painted a picture of her sissy, and on the last sheet I asked her what she wanted to paint and she said "fish!" and just how cute are they? (and did you notice that two handed painting?)

I think it's safe to say that so far, Fishful Thinking is a big hit at our house!

Now, don't you want to go check it out for yourself? Click on any of the links on this page, the banner at the top or Rylee holding her Fishful Thinking poster - but first for the contest:

Go to the Fishful Thinking site, check it out and come back here and leave me a comment telling me why we made this box:

Everyone with the correct answer will be put into a drawing. The winner will receive a $15 gift card for Cold Stone Creamery. The contest ends Saturday, March 28th. The winner will be announced next Sunday!

*****Edited to add that comments for the giveaway will be held until after the contest has been completed - thanks for participating!


  1. What a beautiful box. I looked at the site and discovered that this is a Treasures Box. The idea behind this sounds fun and engaging. I love that they suggest the treasured moment can be written or drawn so that it spans across many age ranges. Jennalee

  2. Thanks for following my blog. I'm following yours too and looking forward to more visits to your fab site.

  3. I would say you made a Treasures Box!:
    Work with your child to decorate a box that is kept on the table you eat at regularly. Keep a stack of index cards and crayons and markers next to the box. Two or three times a week, ask your child to write down or draw something good that happened, something good they saw or heard, remembered or accomplished. During a meal once a week, take turns pulling a treasure from the box and reading it aloud.

    Awesome idea!!! I love that site!!

  4. Did you make a Treasures Box? I love her painting! This seems like such a happy, positive program. I like it!

  5. It's a Success Box! What a wonderful idea to encourage confidence and positive self esteem!


    P.S. Your clippies are on their way to you :-)

  6. You made the box because it's the Treasures Box for the Savoring and Positive Emotions activity! Thanks! utgal2004[at]yahoo[dot]com

  7. cute girls thanks for the follow I follow back love the blog cant wait to hear more

  8. Your girls are absolutely beautiful! :) I love your blog and will definitely return. (I'm looking into adoption soon!)

    Thanks for following my blog too.(Nutritiousfeast)


  9. You have a beautiful family. Their smiles are just infectious! I look forward to learning more about you and your family.

  10. I love the Fishful thinking site! I had seen it before linked on another blog but I haven't really had a chance to check it out too much. I'm sorry I didn't because I could've used some of those activities today!!

    It looks like you made the Treasure Box in the Savor and Positive Emotion section. I love that idea...I think a lot of the tips on this site will help me deal with some stressful situations we have going on here!

    Thanks for the follow....I added myself to yours as well!

  11. Hello there!
    Nice to meeting you. Looks like lots of fun in fishful thinking. I got the email I should really respond to that. Thanks for reminding me.

  12. Thanks for coming over to my blog!

  13. Hi Dawn, Thank you for your comment about my Mom's birthday. I am now following you, too...and so happy to do so! Your girls are beautiful. I absolutely love the fishful thinking website. If you don't mind, I would like to mention it in a post and I will link back to you. It is really a fabulous site and my girls, at 12 and 14, can still benefit from it. Can't wait to read more from you!

  14. Cool site! I will definitely have to come back and read more.

    I l-o-v-e Cold Stone, so I'm hoping the box is your "Treasures Box," where you keep memories of good things, and you look at them together at mealtime. :)

  15. I love the art work! That is so cute!

  16. You have a beautiful family and an awesome blog! Cherrie here of and follow me club. Just started following you!

  17. Stopping by from SITS-- I think it's a "Treasures Box"!!! That site is so cool, wish I had kids to use it with! :-)

  18. You did the box to savor positive emotions... it's a treasure box you put on your table ... you leave a couple pens or markers there so you can write something positive and then at dinner time open it up and take out a treasure. That is pretty cool. I really like the website... I will be looking at it more regularly. Thanks for the insight! I popped over here.. you commented on my blog... the laughter lives tuesday blog.
    Thanks for reading!

  19. Just wanted to let you know that I mentioned your blog, your giveaway and Fishful Thinking in my weekly list of web finds today. Although I still hope *I* win the ice cream! ;) Keep up the good work on your blog and with your beautiful family! Blessings to you!

  20. Very nice treasure box!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    I hope I win!

  21. Is it the treasure box for the dinner table? You guys did a really nice job decorating it!


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