Thursday, July 31, 2014

Word Up! Season 7 of WordGirl Kicks Off on August 4 on PBS KIDS ~ Let’s Celebrate with a Giveaway!

Get ready to embark on electrifying, brand-new, word-fueled adventures when WordGirl, the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series from Scholastic Media, makes its Season 7 debut, Monday, August 4, on PBS KIDS (check local listings)!

The new season begins with a week of five “brain-ier” than-ever episodes -- each inviting kids to join WordGirl and her friends as they fight the “cheesy” tactics and dastardly tricks of local villain Dr. Two Brains, while learning new vocabulary words all along the way! To help keep kids’ minds in gear and their vocabularies growing all summer long -- and to get them set for all-new word-driven hijinks -- here are some tips inspired by WordGirl’s Word of the Month for August: CLEVER!


Find the word! Turn reading into a fun game for your child! Host a reading-based scavenger hunt and ask them to find the nouns, adjectives, or rhyming words in a book. And, before embarking on your road trip this summer, give your kids a list of words and challenge them to check off each one as they spot it from the car window.

Solve the puzzle! It’s important to keep your child’s mind working, especially during the summer months, and one super way to do it is by working on logic puzzles together. Purchase crossword puzzles and word search books, find free printable puzzles online -- or even create your own!

Make it a reading challenge! Reading is rewarding for kids of all ages. Create a log of the books your child reads this summer. During the school year and all year long, continue to track the titles your child completes. For each book they finish, reward them with a special sticker. Add to the challenge by asking them to pick out a word they don’t know from each book they read and look it up together in the dictionary. See how many books they can read -- and new vocabulary they can learn -- in just one week or month!

Spell it out! Throwing a mini spelling bee into the mix is a great way to test your children’s spelling ability. Say a word and ask them to spell it out. Then, go around the home, the park or the supermarket asking them to spell each item you point out!


And don’t forget to tune in to Season 7 of WordGirl, August 4 on PBS KIDS (check local listings) for more word-powered fun!

For more on WordGirl:
Visit: pbskids.org/WordGirl/
Like: facebook.com/WordGirl
Follow: twitter.com/WordGirl_PBS

GIVEAWAY


One lucky winner will receive a WordGirl book, tattoo, and t-shirt! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway: Three Books in Three Days! (Day 3)

It’s time for the final day of my Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway when I am giving away three books in three days! Check out my right sidebar for links to win copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home. Today, I am offering a copy of…

Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide
101 Inspiring and Amusing Stories for Mothers Who Do It All


About this book:
You can’t believe how busy you are, but you know you need to carve out some time for yourself. Read how other moms like you are surviving their multitasking years. They share their best tips, plus some of their funniest disaster stories. You’ll be entertained while you pick up some great ideas for your own life. You’ll learn about:

Making “Me Time” – how to make sure you take care of yourself
Feeding the Family – not everyone is a domestic goddess!
Sharing Good Advice – moms pass on tips they wish they had known when they needed them!
Feeling Guilty – story after story about why you should NOT feel guilty
Learning from Our Kids – all we have to do is stop and listen
Laughing After the Fact – disaster stories always get better with time
Handling Housework Hassles – great tips and funny stories give you perspective
Slowing Down – don’t be such a busy mom that you don’t have time to be a mom!
Juggling a Career – yes, you can create balance

I am giving away a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Multitasking Mom’s Survival Guide to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Moshling Rescue Is Now Available for Android!

I'm a huge fan of Match-3 games, and I don't have an iPhone or iPad, so I was excited to hear that Moshling Rescue is now available for Android! Mind Candy, maker of Moshling Rescue, calls this the "first Mind Candy game targeted to the moms and dads of the company’s millions of young fans." In the game, players must match the gummies to rescue the Moshlings while exploring hundreds of adventure-packed levels. When the going gets tough, players can purchase boosts and extra lives to enhance their entertainment. Moshling Rescue has six game modes:

Home mode – Collect specific gummies to move the Moshling across a game-style track to reach home.
Boss mode – Big Bad Bill tries his best to prevent players from reaching their goal.
Dig mode – Explode and select gummies to dig further down the screen to complete the level.
Drop mode – Rescue the Moshlings by dropping them down through a big stack of gummies.
Clear mode – Everything is covered in gloop! Match over it to clean it all away.
Treasure mode – Unlock treasure and win jellybeans by merging sacks, crates & chests together.

Android users can also connect their mobile or tablet editions of Moshling Rescue with their Facebook accounts to pick up and play where they left off. They will also receive an extra life across both platforms by connecting to their Facebook accounts.

Moshling Rescue is available to download free on the Google Play Store and App Store, and can be played on the Facebook Games page.



Disclosure: I will receive some fun promotional items as a thank-you for sharing this information.

FuzzyHeads: Perfect Pillows for Kids and Travel!

We’re going to be taking a long road trip for our summer vacation. I’m so excited to get to our destination, but I’m not looking forward to those long hours in the car. With two ten-year-olds along for the ride, I know I’m going to hear a lot of “Are we there yet?” “When can we stop?” and “My brother’s bothering me!” One way to alleviate the whining in the back seat is to make sure that the kids are as comfortable as possible. Fortunately, I found out about FuzzyHeads!


FuzzyHeads come in three sizes (9-, 16-, and 24-inch) and many colors. They are perfect for use as travel pillows when kids are on a long trip, whether it’s by car, train, bus or plane! Each FuzzyHead even comes with a fun name and its own bio. For instance, my son’s FuzzyHead, Red Randy, has the following characteristics:

Red Randy from Mesquite comes from a long line of rodeo legends. When he was a little FuzzyHead, Red Randy would sit on a bale of hay and pretend he was riding a bull. One year, his grandpa took him to the Texas State Fair where he got to ride a mechanical bull. His grandpa who had been a rodeo legend in his day knew that Red Randy had the potential to become one of the top young bull riders. “I really enjoy going to the stockyards in Ft. Worth.” My Dream: Become a veterinarian.

FuzzyHeads also make fun additions to sleepovers, campouts, or just everyday snuggling. My son loves his FuzzyHead, as you can see below.


We are super-excited to take Red Randy along on our road trip. I know my son will be much more comfortable in the car and will love having a fuzzy friend come on vacation with us! I hope you’ll check out FuzzyHeads at www.FuzzyHeads.com. Visit FuzzyHeads on Facebook and Twitter, too!




Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway: Three Books in Three Days! (Day 2)

As I noted yesterday, Chicken Soup for the Soul has been publishing inspirational stories for twenty years and, amazingly, their real stories by real people just keep getting better and better! I love all of the new titles they are publishing this year, and therefore I’m going to be giving away three of them in three days! Yesterday, I posted a giveaway for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen, which you can find HERE. Today, I am offering a copy of…

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home
101 Stories about Hearth, Happiness, and Hard Work


About this book:
What a great gift for a first-time buyer, a downsizer, a new neighbor, or a remodeler! Give yourself some “me time” with these chapters about:

On the Move – the joy, adventure, and excitement of moving
Buying and Selling – house hunting, moving on, and making deals
Dreams Can Come True – amazing stories of hope and happiness
Remodeling, Redecorating, Repairing – hard work that’s worth it!
Through the Generations – history, perspective, and kindness
You CAN Go Home Again – visiting your old home and finding yourself
Unwanted Guests – adventures with animals … and houseguests!
Do-It-Yourself Disasters – you’ll love these funny confessions
Downsizing and Retiring – the joy of simplicity … and better weather!
What Makes a Home – what really matters inside those four walls

I am giving away a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

You Are (Not) Small: Children’s Book Review and Giveaway!


Title: You Are (Not) Small
Author: Anna Kang
Illustrator: Christopher Weyant
Publisher: Two Lions/Amazon Publishing
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Ages/Grades: 2-6/Grades Pre-2

Have you ever noticed that everything looks different through a child’s eyes? To a child, adults look BIG, but to adults, children look SMALL. That’s the premise that runs through the simple but joyful picture book, You Are (Not) Small. Two fuzzy creatures and their pals insist that it is the other creatures who are different … the bigger creatures say that the others are small, while the smaller creatures say that the others are big! Suddenly, a gigantic foot steps between them and settles the argument once and for all: Compared to him, they are ALL small! And when some teeny creatures parachute onto the scene, suddenly all of the other creatures are big! It’s all a matter of perspective.

This adorably illustrated picture book will delight children with its colorful pictures and the opportunity to shout “Big!” and “Small!” as Mom or Dad read along! And the story aids parents and kids in discussing the differences -- and various perspectives -- as to what is considered big and small in children’s lives. Does your child think that his bed looks big? Well, compared to his parents’ bed, it’s really small! You Are (Not) Small is lots of fun to read and talk about together at bedtime.



About the Illustrator and Author:
Christopher Weyant’s work has been published worldwide in books, newspapers, magazines, and online. His cartoons are in permanent collection at The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City. Anna Kang received her MFA from USC’s School of Cinematic Arts. YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL is their first children’s book; they are currently at work on a sequel. They live with their children in New Jersey.

Be sure to follow all the stops on their blog tour!

Monday, July 28: Cracking the Cover
Tuesday, July 29: As They Grow Up
Wednesday, July 30: Susan Heim on Parenting
Thursday, July 31: 5 Minutes for Books
Friday, August 1: Kid Lit Frenzy
Tuesday, August 5: Just a Little Creativity
Wednesday, August 6: Children’s Book Review
Thursday, August 7: Children’s Book Review

GIVEAWAY

Two Lions/Amazon is happy to offer a copy of YOU ARE (NOT) SMALL to one lucky winner (U.S. addresses only). Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Get a Free Google Chromecast with the Purchase of a New Moto X Phone from Republic Wireless!


Republic Wireless has a great offer going on right now! With every purchase of a new Moto X phone from RepublicWireless.com, you will get a Google Chromecast -- a $35 value -- free while supplies last.

The Google Chromecast allows you to stream all your favorite shows and movies on Netflix, Hulu, HBO GO, and more; share all your pictures from your summer vacation; or play all the latest music -- right from your Moto X to your TV. See how it all works in the following video:


So, don’t delay! Purchase a new Moto X phone from Republic Wireless and get your free Chromecast!

CLICK HERE to get started at Republic Wireless!

And stay tuned for my upcoming review of the Moto X, as well as a special giveaway for a Google Chromecast!

The "Free Chromecast with Moto X Purchase" promotion is only available through online purchases at www.republicwireless.com. Offer entitles online customers to a free Chromecast with the purchase of a white or black 16GB Moto X. Offer valid from 12:30pm EDT July 22 2014, while supplies last. Limit 4 per purchase. Chromecast will not appear in cart during checkout. Offer is valid in combination with other discounts, coupons and offers. Offer does not apply to prior purchases. Promotional Chromecasts are nontransferable, not for resale and not redeemable for cash. If the Moto X is returned within the 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee time-frame, the Chromecast must also be returned. Offer subject to change without notice. Republic Wireless reserves the right to cancel any order due to unauthorized, altered, or ineligible use of discount and to modify or cancel these promotions due to system error or unforeseen problems. Offer not valid at retail locations and is not valid on Moto Maker Moto X purchases made at www.motorola.com.




Back-to-School Sale: $1 for Select Ink Cartridges at 4inkjets!

4injets is so confident that you'll love the value and quality of their products that they are offering a deep discount on one cartridge -- just pay $4.95 for shipping!* If you're not completely satisfied, just let them know, and they'll stand behind their one-year satisfaction guarantee. They also offer free shipping on all orders over $50, so feel free to add whatever you need to your order! Click on the banner above to see the selection of cartridges for just $1 and place an order at 4inkjets!

*This promotion can be used one time only with select products. This offer ends on August 1, 2014.



Chicken Soup for the Soul Giveaway: Three Books in Three Days! (Day 1)

Chicken Soup for the Soul has been publishing inspirational stories for twenty years and, amazingly, their real stories by real people just keep getting better and better! I love all of the new titles they are publishing this year, and I’m going to be giving away three of them starting today! We’re going to start off with one of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s most popular titles:

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen
101 Inspirational Stories about Hope, Answered Prayers, and Divine Intervention


About this book:
These 101 amazing stories prove that miracles happen, every day, to people from all walks of life. You will find hope and faith in these tales of answered prayers, divine intervention, miraculous healing, angels, and messages from heaven. Among the 101 miracles, you’ll share the joy and inspiration of:
  • A blind mother and her long lost daughter are reunited after they recognize each other’s music at a jam session where they both happen to be playing.
  • Rescue workers can’t save a college student stuck in a cave for two days until he prays to God and is suddenly released from a rock crevice.
  • A daughter, distraught after she loses her late mother’s wedding ring in New Jersey, miraculously finds the ring two and a half years later in Jamaica.
  • A woman’s disturbing dream about a burning staircase leads her to move her friend’s birthday celebration, saving them from a horrific fire at the original location.
  • A woman finds signs from her beloved father after he dies, including a raffle ticket with his old house number on it that wins her $10,000 for her wedding.
I am giving away a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Miracles Happen to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, August 17, 2014.

LEGO Ninjago Nindroids Arrives in Stores Today!

Yesterday, I posted a giveaway for the awesome new video game, LEGO Ninjago Nindroids, but I just wanted to remind you that today is the official launch day! If your child has been asking for this game, it’s now available in stores everywhere. This is one of the most anticipated games of the summer. Pick up a copy today wherever video games are sold or through Amazon!






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Monday, July 28, 2014

Madison at Main: High-Quality Rugs for Every Room of the House! (GIVEAWAY)


I live in south Florida, and all of the floors in our house are either tile or wood. So, plenty of lovely rugs are a must! A wonderful place to purchase rugs for the home is at Madison at Main! They have a huge selection of colorful and unique rugs at very affordable prices. Check out some of their designs below. Many of them are perfect for kids’ rooms, too!


Madison at Main was kind enough to send me a rug for review, and I selected the Zen Bamboo Garden Rug!


I love how well this beautiful rug matches the bedspread in our guest bedroom.


This Homefires Accents rug is handmade and machine washable (a requirement with kids and pets in the home!). The quality of the rug is excellent, and I anticipate that it will last many years!

If you’re looking for a rug for your home, check out the huge selection at www.madisonatmain.com. They carry all different sizes and patterns. You’re sure to find the perfect one for whatever room you’re hoping to decorate. In addition to accent rugs, they also have holiday rugs, pet rugs, runners and area rugs, and even throws and afghans! I hope you’ll visit Madison at Main today.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive their choice of one Jellybean or Homefires Accents Rug from Madison at Main! This giveaway is open to US residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, August 15, 2014. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Giveaway for LEGO Ninjago Nindroids: Coming to Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita on July 29!

My boys love the LEGO series of video games, so they were excited to learn that there’s a new addition arriving this week: LEGO Ninjago Nindroids! Coming for Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita on July 29, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment brings LEGO's popular animated TV series, LEGO Ninjago Rebooted, to the palm of your kids’ hands. Based on the first five new episodes, players battle and defend the New Ninjago City where the Ninjas face a technological threat by the evil Overlord and his robotic army of Nindroids. Using swift combo attacks, unique fighting moves, special weapons and new vehicles, the Ninjas must fight with all their might to save Ninjago. Check out the trailer below for a peek at this fun new game!

Game Trailer:


CLICK HERE to learn more about LEGO Ninjago Nindroids and stay tuned for my boys’ upcoming review of this game. In the meantime, we are offering the opportunity for you to win your own copy of LEGO Ninjago Nindroids! Read on to learn how to enter!

GIVEAWAY


One lucky winner will receive a copy of LEGO Ninjago Nindroids for Nintendo 3DS! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, August 15, 2014.

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above ~ Book Trailer Reveal!



Anaiah Press is revealing the trailer for OPERATION TREE ROPER: AN EYE ABOVE by Robert Polk today, and we have it here on Susan Heim on Parenting!



About this book:

Twelve-year-old Declan Parker was born with only one eye, but all he seems to have trouble seeing in proper perspective is himself.  All he wants is for kids to see him as normal before he starts a new school in the fall. To that end, he sets out to make money helping with his dad’s tree care business.

Unfortunately, when his dad lands in the hospital after a climbing accident, Declan’s surgery hopes are wrecked. His only hope remains in a neighbor girl and her uncle, a wounded army veteran. Can they help him save his dad’s business, or will Declan’s once-courageous drive turn into total despair?

Operation Tree Roper: An Eye Above is a well-crafted story about a strong, dauntless young man who redefines the value of self-reflection. Declan is a character you won’t be able to forget.

Welcome to your new favorite book…

Release Date:
October 7, 2014

Book Links:
Anaiah Press: www.anaiahpress.com

Author Bio:

Robert Polk lives in western Nebraska where he shares his love of books and the great outdoors with his wife and seven children. He is a former school counselor, business owner, and tree-climbing arborist. Robert participates in his church and local community, currently serving on several non-profit boards.


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