Monday, March 02, 2015

The Berenstain Bears Country Cookbook Giveaway ~ Submit Your Favorite Recipe!

I've always been a huge fan of the Berenstain Bears, so I was excited to see that Zondervan is holding a recipe contest to celebrate The Berenstain Bears Country Cookbook! How can you enter to win a copy of this terrific book?

Just email your favorite kid-friendly, family-loved or bear-themed recipe to me at smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com. Put "Berenstain Bears" in the subject line. Include a photo and/or video so that I can see the finished dish. The winning recipe will be featured and promoted on this blog, and the winner will receive a copy of The Berenstain Bears Country Cookbook from Zondervan!

Following are links to some adorable cooking videos with the Berenstain Bears to inspire you!

Cooking with The Berenstain Bears: Bear-y Good Mac and Cheese

More Cooking with The Berenstain Bears videos!
Cooking with The Berenstain Bears: Honey Hunt Cookies

Terms: Winners must be US residents only, please, and will need to provide a street address for UPS shipping. Contest ends on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 11:59 PM EST.

HOME: Coming Soon to Theaters ~ Watch a Fun Clip from the Movie! #DreamWorksHOME

DreamWorks Animation
In theaters March 27, 2015

About the Film

When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez
Directed by: Tim Johnson

Watch the ‘Alien Cat Dance’ Clip!

Meet the Characters!

Captain Smek





Official Websites - #DreamWorksHOME
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Visit the Official Website
Get to know The Boovs at Meet the Boov!

And stay tuned for my upcoming HOME giveaway!

Friday, February 27, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (February 28, 2015)

Doesn't it seem like we just celebrated the holiday season? I can't believe it's March already! Let's celebrate the advent of spring by entering some giveaways! Check out the long list posted on my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please include it in the linky and share this page with your Twitter and Facebook friends. Thanks for visiting!

Announcing Dawn Publications’ New Spring 2015 Children’s Books!

I’m always so excited each fall and spring to see the new children’s books from Dawn Publications. All of their books are “creative non-fiction” books about nature. Without exception, they have beautiful illustrations, harmonious text, and plenty of extra features to entertain both children and adults. Following are Dawn Publications’ new books for spring!

Noisy Bird Sing-Along
Written and Illustrated by John Himmelman

About the book: Every kind of bird has its very own kind of sound! Cheerful sounds, mournful sounds, sweet sounds, weird sounds. You can tell who they are without even opening your eyes. And what fun to sing along!

My thoughts: The colorful pages are a delight, and I love that each page features not only the bird’s sound, but also a fun fact about the bird. (“A whip-poor-will’s wide mouth helps it gulp up insects while it’s flying.”) More fun facts about the birds are located at the end of the book, along with “Birdy Things to Do,” such as “pishing” and “listing”! This book encourages kids to learn more about all of the birds around them.

Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World
By Marianne Berkes
Illustrated by Jill Dubin

About the book: Discover twenty cool animals, ten great mountain ranges, and seven continents all in one story! And do it in the age-old style of children the world over -- by clapping, counting, singing, and acting like … well, animals! What fun!

My thoughts: This is also a rhyming and counting book. Each page features a grown and a baby animal that lives in the mountains, such as a snow leopard and her cubs or an eagle and her eaglets. Simple maps show the animals’ homes in the world, and there’s even a hidden surprise animal on each page that kids can look for! More animal facts and learning activities are in the back, along with the words and music for the song, “Over on a Mountain.” Kids will discover something new in this book every time they read it!

Pitter and Patter
By Martha Sullivan
Illustrated by Cathy Morrison

About the book: Take a ride with Pitter on a water cycle! You’ll go through a watershed, down, around and up again. How about going with Patter? You’ll even go underground. Oh, the places you’ll go and the creatures you’ll see. A water drop is a wonderfully adventurous thing to be!

My thoughts: This book features many concepts that older kids will find useful for school projects, such as information on the states of matter (solid, liquid and gas), the water cycle (evaporation, condensation, and precipitation), and activities that help them explore watersheds. Lots of animals are featured that might be new to children, such as a mink and a mole. It is the perfect combination of fun and learning!

Visit Dawn Publications at today to see all of the wonderful children’s books they publish! The end of the school year is approaching, and their books make wonderful gifts for teachers and media specialists. And don’t forget to pick up copies for your own home library and all of the special kids in your life.

Create Fun, Flirty Nails with OMG Nail Strips!

Honestly, I’m not much of a “girly girl” when it comes to my fingernails. Most of the time, I can’t be bothered with nail polish and just prefer to keep my nails filed and in their natural state. But every once in a while, I get an urge to go a little wild, and I was in that very kind of mood when I got the offer to review OMG Nail Strips.

I love the huge variety of designs they carry. Check out some of my favorites below:

OMG Nail Strips are different from cheap nail stickers because of their ability to stretch. Each set has several sizes and widths, so you can find one to fit each finger. I won’t show you my first attempt because I wasn’t very skilled at trimming my nail strips, but I know that the more often I use them, the more expert I will become at creating professional-looking nails! (Easy application instructions and a video can be found here.) And I love that there are so many options to choose from so I can dress up my nails for holidays or special events.

If you like to have fun with your nails, pick up some OMG Nail Strips! Use the codes below to purchase 5 sets for only $25 or 10 sets for $45, and shipping is free worldwide! Visit them on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Slay Your Child's Allergy Symptoms with Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid!

One of my twin boys has really been suffering a lot this year from seasonal allergies. (We live in South Florida, so they arrive earlier for us than in other places in the U.S.) His nose has been extremely stuffy and runny, and his eyes are all itchy and puffy. So, when it came time for him to go on a Scouts camping trip one weekend, I was very worried about him spending all that time outdoors. Would it make his allergies worse? Fortunately, I had just received an offer to review Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid.

I must admit that I was a little concerned at first because my son is not very enthusiastic about taking over-the-counter products. But he agreed to give it a try when he found out that it comes in banana flavor! When the product arrived, he saw that it has a little dropper, and he loved being able to measure the liquid in the dropper himself. Then he dropped it on his tongue and swallowed. Delicious! Yes, he really liked it. He said, “I’m not sure it tastes like bananas, but it is really good!” After that, he was excited about taking the Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid. And he was even more excited when he found that it really helped to manage his symptoms.

I dreaded seeing his face when he came back from the camping trip because I was expecting puffy and swollen eyes, but he looked wonderful! He took the Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid on the trip with him and took it regularly. (His father was with him to supervise.) “It worked, Mom!” he told me. “My eyes aren’t itchy!”

What I really like about Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid is that it not only helps relieve my son’s allergy symptoms, but it’s a homeopathic formula, so it’s safe for kids (age 2 and up) when taken as directed. Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid retails for $8.99 and can be purchased at CVS locations nationwide.

We will definitely be keeping Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid on hand now for those times when my son’s allergies flare up. He is really happy to have found a product that he enjoys taking and helps him to feel better.

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this post should not be considered medical advice. Always check with your child’s physician before administering over-the-counter products or medication. Your experience with this product may differ from mine.

Kick the Soda Habit with Healthier Options Like KeVita Master Brew Kombuchas!

I’m always on the search for healthier beverages. Too many sodas and sugary drinks can really add pounds to my figure. Fortunately, there are plenty of better options to explore. I was recently given the opportunity to review KeVita’s new line of Master Brew Kombuchas. They provide live, energizing probiotic cultures without sugars and unnecessary calories. KeVita Master Brew Kombuchas are also USDA Organic, gluten-free, non-GMO Project Verified and vegan.

There are currently six flavors in the Master Brew Kombucha line:

Lavender Melon
Pineapple Peach
Raspberry Lemon
Tart Cherry

My local Whole Foods store carried the Tart Cherry and Grapefruit flavors. I have to admit that the taste was a bit of an adjustment to me, but I found they went down much better with ice. My husband, who doesn’t like sweet stuff as much as I do, really enjoyed the flavor of KeVita Master Brew Kombuchas.

How do KeVita Master Brew Kombuchas compare to other leading Kombucha brands? They offer twice the amount of probiotic culture, 33% fewer calories and five times the organic acids. Plus, KeVita uses a multi-stage filtration process, which ensures quality as well as alcohol and calorie compliance in every bottle.

Visit KeVita’s store locator to find a store near you that carries KeVita Master Brew Kombuchas and give them a try next time you’re there. Get rid of your bad soda habit by drinking healthier alternatives like KeVita Master Brew Kombuchas!

See the Trailer for "Frozen Fever," Which Will Be Shown at Theaters with "Cinderella"! #FrozenFever #Cinderella

Disney's FROZEN is one of my all-time favorite movies, so I am very excited to share with you the trailer for FROZEN FEVER! The highly anticipated follow-up short to the global phenomenon FROZEN can be seen exclusively in theaters with Disney’s new live-action CINDERELLA, starring Lily James and Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, on March 13th.

In “Frozen Fever,” it's Anna's birthday, and Elsa and Kristoff are determined to give her the best celebration ever, but when Elsa catches a cold, her powers may put more than just the party at risk.

Watch the trailer here!


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Visit the official CINDERELLA Website
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CINDERELLA opens in theaters everywhere on March 13th!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Piggy Paint's Valentine's Day Caption This Contest Winners!

Thank you so much for participating in this fun contest. By random draw, the winners are ... drum roll please...

1st place is Silvia M. (35 gifts!) and 2nd place is Terry M. (10 gifts!).

Here are the top captions -- which is your favorite?

1. I'm ecksfowlyating like you do mommy! - Christine

2. I thought it might help me grow taller! It works with the flowers. - Cindy C.

3. What? Nobody told me it was school picture day!! - Jenny Q.

4. Wait, piggy tails doesn't automatically make me a piggy? - Kristie F.

5. Let's play chocolate piggy-boo! - Sharon K.

‪#‎winners‬ ‪#‎fanfun‬ ‪#‎weheartourfans‬

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors: The Ideal Church Experience for My Child

Christian parents want their children to grow up loving church. This month, Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors consider what they most want for their own children in order to thrive in a community of believers.

I loved reading the very insightful answers shared by my fellow moms. I think you'll be able to relate to them, too! Click HERE to read the article, and feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section below about what kind of church experience you'd like for your children!

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Winners for the Week of February 15, 2015

Recycled Sari Bag from Shop to Change a Life

Congratulations to the winner: Denise L.!

Chinese New Year Children’s Book Giveaway

Congratulations to the winner: Rosanne M.!

Neater Scooper

Congratulations to the winner: Lesley F.!

GoGargle! and $20 CVS Gift Card

Congratulations to the winner: Marti T.!

CleanRest Pillow Encasement from Orkin

Congratulations to the winner: Marilyn N.!