Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors Weigh In: How Can We Raise Children Who Are More Thankful?

Cultivating gratitude in a child can be a long process. This month, Graham Blanchard’s Mom Mentors are sharing some creative strategies for your family to try!

I loved reading the very insightful answers shared by my fellow moms. I hope you'll be inspired by them, too! You can read them HERE. And feel free to share your ideas and advice for instilling thankfulness in our children in the comments section below!

Southwest Beverages’ Sippity Hot Cocoa Mixes & Kemosabe Coffees Provide "Comfort in a Cup" on Cold Winter Days! (GIVEAWAY)

Sippity instant hot chocolate and instant Kemosabe coffee
My kids have been crazy about hot chocolate lately. We may not get the full force of winter’s wrath here in south Florida, but we still enjoy some cooler temperatures and crave something warm to drink. To my kids, hot chocolate is a special treat! So, we were really excited to be given the opportunity to review Sippity Hot Chocolate Mixes from Southwest Beverages! Their instant hot chocolate mixes come in wonderful gourmet flavors: Chocolate, Chocolate Cinnamon, Chocolate Peppermint, Chocolate Marshmallow, Chocolate Raspberry, and Pumpkin Spice!

We all have our particular favorites. One of my twins loves the Chocolate Peppermint (a favorite of mine, too). The other one is especially fond of Chocolate Marshmallow. As for me, my new favorite is the Pumpkin Spice. One of my favorite ways to have it is to mix it in with my coffee to make a Pumpkin Spice latte. Delicious! And Sippity Hot Chocolate Mixes are so easy to make: just pour the mix into your cup and add hot water. My boys like to top theirs with marshmallows, too. And we can really taste a difference between Sippity Hot Chocolate Mixes and the generic brands we’ve been getting at the grocery stores. Sippity is much creamier and has a more full-bodied flavor. In a word, their hot cocoa is heavenly!

But if you prefer coffee over hot chocolate, Southwest Beverages has you covered, too, with their Kemosabe coffee! Kemosabe Gourmet Flavored Coffee is offered in six delicious flavors: mocha, chocolate cinnamon, chocolate hazelnut, crème butterscotch, chocolate Irish cream and French vanilla. I love their 10-pack box, which offers two envelopes each of the flavors above (except crème butterscotch). They are perfect for coffee-on-the-go. Take an envelope to work for a quick pick-me-up! My favorite variety is the chocolate Irish cream, but they have all been fantastic!

All of Southwest Beverages’ Sippity hot cocoa mixes and Kemosabe gourmet coffees are ready-to-serve, easily dissolvable, 99.9% caffeine- and 100% gluten-free and contain all the ingredients necessary for you to simply add water, microwave and then experience Comfort In A Cup®. Their Sippity Lite and Kemosabe Lite products offer the same great taste and full body aroma as their regular products but with less than 2 grams of sugar per serving.

Fundraising Program
For church, sports teams, schools, and any other organization that wants to raise money, Sippity and Kemosabe are high-quality products that people love. Southwest Beverages’ unique fundraising program requires no up-front costs and ordering is easy via email or online. CLICK HERE for more information!

Free Recipe eBook
Visit Southwest Beverages online to download their amazing eBook of food and beverage recipes the whole family will enjoy! You can even submit your own recipe here. Post your Sippity® creation (photo and recipe) on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram. Use the hashtag #sippitycreations and tag @SouthwestBeverages. Here’s one of my favorite Sippity recipes:

Sippity® Pumpkin Spice Smoothie

• 4 oz. almond milk and 4 oz. water
• 2.5 tablespoons of Sippity® Pumpkin Spice dry mix
• 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder (can omit for a non-protein smoothie)
• 1/3 cup canned pumpkin (chilled)
• 5 ice cubes

1. Place liquid in the blender first.
2. Add powder ingredients.
3. Add chilled pumpkin.
4. Add ice.
5. Blend on low, then high until well blended.
6. Garnish with freshly grated cinnamon.
7. Insert a straw through the cinnamon stick and place in glass.

To support this family-owned and -operated business, please Like Southwest Beverages on Facebook and click the giveaway tab for monthly giveaways!

Connect with Southwest Beverages at:
Website: www.southwestbeverages.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SouthwestBeverages
Twitter: http://twitter.com/SWBeverages
Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/swbeverages


One lucky winner will receive a prize pack of Sippity Hot Chocolate Mixes and Kemosabe Coffees from Southwest Beverages! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 9, 2014.

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Winners for Mid-November 2014

Peanut Hottie: Hot Peanut Butter Drinks

Congratulations to the winner: Marti T.!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Find Your Inner Strength

Congratulations to the winners: Heather J., Debby C., and Willow M.!

Official Orkin #MouseInAHouse Cozy Fleece Winter Blanket

Congratulations to the winner: Tina R.!

Girl Scouts Friendship Doll

Congratulations to the winner: Kimberly!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 22, 2014)

It's Thanksgiving week! I hope you will be enjoying a fun food-filled feast with family and friends (how's that for alliteration?), and have a lot to be thankful for this year. Let's celebrate this wonderful holiday by entering some giveaways! You'll find a growing list of them on my right sidebar, as well as in the linky below, so don't forget to check back throughout the week as more are added. And if you're hosting some giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them with us in the linky and tell all your social media friends/fans about this page. Happy Thanksgiving!

"The Rabbit Ate My Homework," a Middle-Grade Novel by Rachel Elizabeth Cole: Book Spotlight and Paperback Giveaway (US/CAN)

The Rabbit Ate My Homework
by Rachel Elizabeth Cole
Genre: contemporary humorous middle-grade novel

Eleven-year-old Drew Montgomery has not, does not, and will not ever want a stupid old rabbit. All they do is sit in their cages, eat carrots, and poop. Then his annoying little sister blackmails him into hiding a bunny in his closet. She knows what really happened to his "stolen" bike, and she's threatening to tell. Now Drew's in a real jam. If his "No pets!" parents find the rabbit or, worse, his sister blabs the truth, he'll be grounded till grade seven for sure.

And if that's not enough trouble, two girls at school drag him into a prank war that goes from bad to worse -- and it's all the rabbit's fault. Plus, the weirdest girl in his class wants to be his science partner. If she tells him she wants to be his girlfriend, he just knows he's gonna die.

Drew must find a way to outwit the mean girls, wiggle out of the blackmail deal, and get rid of the rabbit before it destroys his bedroom and his life.

Goodreads page
Buy on Amazon

About the author:
Rachel Elizabeth Cole writes a mix of genres, from heartfelt to humorous -- but her favorite will always be middle grade fiction. Her short stories have appeared in literary magazines both online and in print, including Cahoots, Literary Mama, and Flashquake.

When she's not writing, Rachel works as a graphic designer specializing in book covers. She enjoys refurbishing old furniture rescued from thrift shops and garage sales, puttering in the garden despite her lack of green thumbs, carving down the local mountains on her snowboard, or shouting at the TV during Hockey Night in Canada. Her favorite season is autumn, she prefers tea to coffee, and wishes every morning began at ten a.m.

Born on Vancouver Island, she's had a life-long love affair with its rugged coasts and windswept beaches. Many of her stories are set there. She hopes to return to ‘the Island’ one day, but for now, even though she hates the rain, she lives just outside Vancouver, British Columbia, with her husband, their two sons, and two very spoiled house rabbits.

Visit her website: www.rachelelizabethcole.com


One lucky winner will receive a print copy of The Rabbit Ate My Homework, by Rachel Elizabeth Cole. Open to residents of the US and Canada only. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, December 5, 2014.

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Disclosure: This post contains my Amazon affiliate link. The author is generously donating a book for this giveaway. I received no products or compensation.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Paddington Arrives in Theaters on January 16th: Watch the Movie Trailer & Download Activity Pages! #PaddingtonMovie

The Weinstein Company
In theaters January 16
From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Ben Whishaw) who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined -- until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you." and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

Starring Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Peter Capaldi, and Nicole Kidman.

Watch the movie trailer!

Coloring Pages and Activities
Paddington loves adventure. Enjoy these fun, free printable activities below!
Connect the Dots
Paddington Memory Game
Printable Gift Tag
Learn to Draw Paddington’s Hat
Paddington Coloring Pages here and here.

PADDINGTON arrives in theaters January 16!

Official Paddington Websites #PaddingtonMovie
Like Paddington on Facebook
Follow on Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest

Stay tuned for an upcoming Paddington giveaway!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrate the Holidays with Peppa Pig: Giveaway for Two New DVDs!

The holidays are almost here! Light up your little ones’ faces with these two adorable new Peppa Pig DVDs from Entertainment One! With Peppa’s Christmas and Bubbles, young fans all across the country will have lots of festive fun with their favorite cheeky little piggy!

Peppa’s Christmas is a fun-filled new holiday DVD featuring 12 hilarious “peppasodes” full of snorts, laughter -- and lots of muddy puddles! In Peppa’s Christmas, little fans will join the exuberant Peppa and her family as they celebrate the holidays by decorating the tree, penning letters to Santa, singing carols and more! Other adventures include a voyage to Pirate Island, a visit to the dentist, an exploration of Granny and Grandpa’s attic, and a walk in the countryside.

In Bubbles, Peppa brings kids along on lots of exciting adventures, beginning with learning how to make really big bubbles. She also meets a special new friend, solves a mystery, goes on a family picnic, enjoys a visit from Granny and Grandpa’s Polly Parrot, discovers a time capsule and much more! With more than an hour of engaging entertainment, including two bonus episodes, Bubbles is bursting with fun!

Airing daily on Nick Jr., Peppa Pig follows the adventures of Peppa, a loveable, exuberant little piggy who lives with her brother George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig. Peppa’s favorite things include playing games, dressing up, spending days outdoors, and jumping in muddy puddles. All episodes are wholesome entertainment for the entire family; Peppa’s adventures always end happily with loud snorts of laughter.

These festive new titles are sure to delight preschoolers and families from coast-to-coast. Pick up these DVDs to celebrate the holiday season!


One lucky winner will receive both DVDs: Peppa’s Christmas and Bubbles! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Penguins of Madagascar: Giveaway for a $25 Visa Gift Card, Penguins Ice Cube Tray and Stickers!

DreamWorks Animation
In theaters November 26, 2014

Penguins of Madagascar are back in their very own feature film -- coming to theaters this Thanksgiving!

Super spy teams aren’t born … they’re hatched. Discover the secrets of the greatest and most hilarious covert birds in the global espionage biz: Skipper, Kowalski, Rico and Private. These elitists of the elite are joining forces with a chic undercover organization, The North Wind. Led by handsome and husky Agent Classified (we could tell you his name, but then … you know), voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch. Together, they must stop the villainous Dr. Octavius Brine, voiced by John Malkovich, from destroying the world as we know it.

Starring: Tom McGrath, Chris Miller, Christopher Knights, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ken Jeong, Annet Mahendru, Peter Stormare and John Malkovich
Directed By: Eric Darnell, Simon J. Smith
Produced By: Executive Producers: Tom McGrath, Mireille Soria, Eric Darnell; Producers: Lara Breay, Mark Swift

The following video introduces you to Skipper, one of the four Penguins of Madagascar!

Play the Cheezy Dibbles web game!

This is no ordinary snack-vending machine! There are penguins stuck inside. Help them escape in our Cheezy Dibbles web game! Play now.

Official websites - #PenguinsMovie
Visit the Official Website
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter
Like Penguins of Madagascar on Facebook
Follow on Tumblr, Google+

Head to the theater on November 26, 2014 to watch DreamWorks Animation’s Penguins of Madagascar!


One (1) winner receives:
• $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
• Penguins ice cube tray & stickers

Courtesy of DreamWorks Animation & 20th Century Fox
Open to US mailing addresses only

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.

Picture Book Review and Giveaway: "Noah," by Mark Ludy (US & Canada)

Sometimes the best stories are told without words, as we find in the wordless picture book, Noah, by Mark Ludy. We all know the basic story -- how Noah builds a giant ark to protect his family and the world’s animals after God tells him that He will destroy the rest of the earth through a flood. But Noah allows us to fill in the words ourselves by viewing the intricate and detailed artwork of Mark Ludy.

The best word I can think of to describe Ludy’s drawings is “alive” because one can truly feel the emotion in the faces of Noah and his family, and one feels like part of the action that’s taking place in the story. This is not your typical children’s book filled with cute little animals; it is a realistic depiction of one of the greatest stories ever told. However, there is one fun detail for the kids: They can look for Squeakers the mouse on every page! (Can you find him on this page?)

Noah is a hardcover book filled with 64 pages of stunning pictures. It makes an ideal gift for families, but also for those who appreciate beautiful artwork.

About the author: Mark Ludy has written or illustrated eight children’s books, including The Farmer, the Flower Man, The Grump, When I was a Boy I Dreamed, When I Was a Girl I Dreamed, and Jujo the Youngest Tribesman. When he’s not immersed in his sketchbooks, you’ll find him in schools promoting art and literacy. He lives in Colorado with his wife, daughter, and two sons.

Mark Ludy’s website: www.markludy.com
Official NOAH website: www.plough.com/en/ebooks/n/noah


One lucky family will receive their own hardcover copy of Noah, by Mark Ludy. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, November 30, 2014. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Monday, November 17, 2014

The Three Dogateers: A Fun Christmas Movie on DVD (GIVEAWAY) #TheThreeDogateers

The Three Dogateers are here to save the holidays! Three pampered pooches left to guard the house on Christmas Eve become fearless DOGATEERS when thieves break in and steal every present, every ornament -- even the yuletide tree! Vowing to save Christmas, the three canines set out in search of Santa, the only one who can help them on their quest.

The Three Dogateers is Dove “Family-Approved”!

The DVD is available at Walmart!

Watch the trailer below for The Three Dogateers!

Enjoy these scenes from The Three Dogateers!


One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of The Three Dogateers! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, November 28, 2014.

Each household is only eligible to win one (1) The Three Dogateers DVD via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 15, 2014)

Christmas is less than 6 weeks away! It's time to get serious about winning some gifts for your friends and family! Be sure to check out my right sidebar and the linky below for a listing of terrific giveaways. Check back throughout the week as more are added. And if you're giving away something amazing on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky below and then send this page out through your social media channels (Facebook, Twitter, etc.).

Shoplet Review: Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer with Storage #shopletreviews

Whether you have an office in the home or at a place of business, your productivity increases when you have a well-organized and tidy desk. Between my blogging, freelance editing and personal interests, I spend a lot of time at my desk, which takes up a corner of my bedroom. I carefully selected a desk with an antique look that I love, a whimsical desk lamp that makes me smile, and a cordless mouse and keyboard to cut down on cord clutter. One thing I hadn’t yet thought of, however, was a desk pad … that is, until I received one for review from Shoplet!

They sent me the beautiful Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer with storage. With my keyboard and mouse on top of the pad, I don’t have to worry about scratches on my wood desk. The Desk Pad Organizer has an attractive black matte finish that matches any décor, and small corner flaps on the bottom edge provide an area for me to slip small to-do notes or business cards. The feature that really adds usefulness and uniqueness to this product is the flip-top header panel, which has five compartments that can be used to store paper clips, writing utensils, small sticky pads, and more. I love that it helps to keep the clutter out of sight, but keeps necessary items within easy reach. The only accommodation I had to make was that the pad is a little tall (17 inches) for my skinny desk, but it rests on top of the base of my monitor and actually works perfectly that way by providing extra anchorage for the monitor. The Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer adds extra class and utility to my desk, and I’m very pleased with it!

If you’re looking to better organize your home or business office, I suggest you head over to Shoplet! They have a huge variety of products, whether you’re looking for office supplies, office stationery or promotional products for your company. Another branch of the company provides medical supplies, such as wheelchairs and exam gloves. I hope you’ll pay Shoplet a visit at www.shoplet.com. And be sure to pick up an Artistic Executive Desk Pad Organizer while you’re there!

Disclaimer: I received complimentary products through the Shoplet Product Review Program for my honest review.