Friday, October 17, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 18, 2014)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky, which runs all week! If you are hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please enter it in the linky below and then share this page with your social media friends and fans. If you're just here to win some prizes, you've come to the right place! Check out the giveaways listed in my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. Keep coming back throughout the week as more giveaways are listed. Good luck!

Warm Up with a Delicious New Hot Drink This Winter: Peanut Hottie!

Winter will soon be here, and we’ll be burrowed up inside with a warm blanket and a toasty hot drink. Coffee, tea or hot cocoa are usually the go-to beverages on a cold winter day, but I have a suggestion for a delicious new alternative: Peanut Hottie! This hot peanut-butter drink may sound odd, but you might be surprised at how scrumptious it tastes! There are two flavors: Peanut Butter, which tastes like a peanut-butter cookie that just came out of the oven, and Peanut Butter and Chocolate, with the smooth taste of your favorite peanut-butter cup. Honestly, I can’t decide which flavor I like better. They are both fantastic!

Here’s more great news: Each cup of Peanut Hottie is only 83 calories. And it’s super easy to make -- just add hot water to 4-5 teaspoons of this powdered drink. Stir it up, and you’re in peanut-butter heaven! Peanut Hottie is also caffeine-free, so you can enjoy a cup at bedtime without worrying that it will keep you awake. And there are no artificial additives or colors. It’s made with real peanuts. Yum!

You can find Peanut Hottie in both yummy flavors at Walmart! For more information, check out Peanut Hottie at and on Facebook and Twitter. CLICK HERE for some delicious recipes made with Peanut Hottie, too!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Maya & Miguel on iTunes + This Special Prize Pack Giveaway!

Scholastic Media’s award-winning TV series, Maya & Miguel, is celebrating its 10th anniversary! To mark this special occasion, the series is making its debut on iTunes -- just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month! For the very first time, all 65 episodes of the adventures of 10-year-old twins Maya and Miguel Santos are now available for download on iTunes in a collection featuring six volumes for hours of hilarious entertainment and multicultural learning. In addition to iTunes, episodes of Maya & Miguel are available for digital download in the LeapFrog App Center.

As of July 1, 2013, the Census Bureau estimates that the Hispanic population in the United States has grown to 54 million! Needless to say, it is more important than ever that all children see themselves and their cultures represented in the media. The long-running Maya & Miguel TV series, airing on PBS KIDS (check local listings), chronicles the exuberant exploits of the dynamic duo, Maya and Miguel, along with their relatives and friends, set against the backdrop of a culturally rich neighborhood. Showcasing a positive portrayal of Latino family life, language and cultures, the series aims to promote the value of a diverse society while supporting English language learning.

I hope you and your children will check out Maya & Miguel on iTunes as part of your Hispanic Heritage Month celebration. And read on to find out how you can enter to win more Maya & Miguel excitement!


One lucky winner will receive a prize package that includes a Spanish First Words book, a Maya & Miguel book (Soccer Around the World OR Paint the Town), and awesome temporary tattoos! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends on Thursday, October 30, 2014.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Keep Track of Your Family’s Busy Life with Calendars and Planners from Shoplet! #shopletreviews

Like most women these days, I have a full schedule. I have a part-time job outside the home, another part-time job where I work from home, children’s school activities, clubs, and sports, as well as our family’s extracurricular activities. Needless to say, having all of these things on a calendar is extremely important to keep me from going crazy! I have to admit that I still prefer a paper calendar over an electronic one. I use a desktop weekly calendar that enables me to see my week at a glance, as well as easily flip through to see the weeks ahead.

Shoplet has a terrific selection of calendars and planners for busy people. Whether you prefer a weekly, monthly, desk or wall calendar, they’re sure to have one that will fit your needs. They recently sent me two items to check out.

This weekly planner is a generously sized 8.5 x 11 inches so there’s plenty of writing room. It has a heavy cover that will withstand a lot of hauling around if you plan to tuck it in a tote or briefcase to bring with you to work or meetings. Its simple but classy appearance makes it appropriate for men or women. It also includes monthly calendar pages, extra writing space on each page and in the back of the book, an event calendar, a list of holidays for 2015-2018, and a map of time zones. The spiral binding makes it easy to lay the calendar flat for easy writing.

At 12 x 16 ¼, this is also generously sized so you can fit all of your family’s activities in one place! With a copper hanging grommet at the top, you can easily hang this calendar up in a central location so that everyone can consult and add in events. There are lines on each day so even the littlest ones will write neatly. And it’s made of sturdy paper that should last all year!

Shoplet has a huge variety of products, whether you’re looking for office supplies, weekly or monthly planners, wall calendars, 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

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

Enjoy $20 Off Your $50 Purchase of Thank-You Cards from Tiny Prints! (Promo Code)

Tiny Prints thank you cards

When: Now through 11:59pm PT October 21, 2014
Promo Code: THANKYOU20

Teach your children to express their appreciation (as well as practice their writing skills) by sending thank-you notes! Tiny Prints has a huge selection of personalized thank-you cards, and now you can save $20 when you place an order of $50 or more ~ that's a 40% savings! Click on the banner above to pick out your cards and use promo code THANKYOU20 when you check out.

The fine print: Offer expires 10/21/14 at 11:59 pm (PT). Save $20 off all thank you card purchases of $50 or more. Merchandise must total $50 before taxes, rush processing, proofs, shipping and other charges for the promotion to apply. This promotion code cannot be combined with other offers. It is not applicable to previously placed orders, shipping, taxes, rush processing charges or greeting cards. Offer is only valid on Tiny Prints and is not applicable on, third party or partner websites. To prevent fraud or abuse, we reserve the right to discontinue or modify this offer or cancel any order.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Children’s Book Review: “The Biggest Burp Ever: Funny Poems for Kids,” by Kenn Nesbitt

I remember getting a call a few years ago from one of my boys’ teachers asking me if I would make an “author visit” to the classroom. Since the books I had published were not intended for children, I wondered what I could read to them. Then my sister, an elementary school teacher, reminded me that I had a written a bunch of silly poetry. I read my poems about fat cats, loose teeth and chocolate cake to the kids, and they were a huge hit! This experience taught me that children love goofy poetry. That’s why I highly recommend Kenn Nesbitt’s new book, The Biggest Burp Ever: Funny Poems for Kids. Nesbitt was named the Children’s Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation, so his poems are way better than mine (no surprise there)! He writes about things that kids love to do, such as jump on the bed, text and play video games, eat spaghetti, play with pets and, of course, burp! Here’s one that may describe your child…

Captain Talkalot

They call me Captain Talkalot.
I really don’t know why.
I only talk when I’m awake.
I’m such a quiet guy.

It’s true I talk from sunrise
till the moment I’m in bed,
then spend the evening dreaming
of the things I should have said.

But, really, I don’t talk too much.
I just say what I think,
which could be while I’m chewing food,
or guzzling a drink.

I’m sure I sometimes raise my voice,
and now and then I yell.
But that’s to be expected
when you’ve got a tale to tell.

I’d never interrupt someone
if they were speaking first,
unless, of course, I had to,
or I felt like I would burst.

I’m simply not that talkative.
I’ll show you all the ways
and tell you all the reasons
though it could take several days.

And when I’m done explaining,
then perhaps you’ll tell me why
they call me Captain Talkalot.
I’m such a quiet guy.

CLICK HERE to read more poems from The Biggest Burp Ever!

I had the privilege of meeting Kenn Nesbitt a few years ago when he visited our elementary school for his own author visit, and he had the children rolling in laughter on the cafeteria floor! (Yes, it was gross, but they didn’t seem to mind.) Kenn understands kids’ humor, and all of his books are fabulously popular with children. Visit to learn more about Kenn Nesbitt, his humorous books, and writing poetry! You can find Kenn on Facebook and Twitter, too. And be sure to pick up a copy of The Biggest Burp Ever today ~ available in print or digital.

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The Castle Blues Quake Book Tour and Amazon Gift Cards Giveaway


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The Castle Blues Quake

Children's, Young Adult - Sci Fi / Fantasy
Tour Dates: October 14 - October 24, 2014
Blog Tour with Giveaway

Twelve-year-old Pepper Connelly leaves behind her best friend, Chrissie, when her family moves from New York City to Santa Cruz, CA. Pepper discovers a boy, Corey, hiding in her backyard shed. Unknown to Pepper, Corey is a ghost trying to contact his grandfather, Boppie, before he crosses over. He tells Pepper he must locate Boppie before Social Services finds him. Pepper agrees to help.

While Pepper’s communication with Chrissie dwindles, her friendship with Corey grows. She tells Corey about her passion for writing songs, and throughout the story, she composes a song about Corey. Corey teaches Pepper to play the harmonica. Soon, she’s torn between finding Boppie and knowing when she does, Corey will certainly go back on the road with his traveling-musician grandfather.

Other characters help her on her quest: new classmate Ally Cressman, who dresses in an oddball, non-mall style; Sawtooth Sam, the mysterious saw-playing street musician; and Madame Mchumba, who performs her psychic readings at the Boardwalk amusement park.

Earthquakes, haunted house rides, poltergeists, and crystal ball readings propel Pepper toward the shocking conclusion of her search.




 Linda Covella

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Linda Covella’s varied job experience and education (associate degrees in art, business and mechanical drafting & design, a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from is her love of writing.

A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children’s magazines (“Games and Toys in Ancient Rome” and “Traveling the Tokaido in 17th Century Japan,” in Learning Through History magazine, and “Barry’s Very Grown Up Day” in Zootles magazine), she realized she’d found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.

Yakimali’s Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and middle-grade paranormal The Castle Blues Quake published by Beau Coup Publishing are her first novels.

She’s a member of Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).

No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.

You can find Linda at these links:

Linda’s Website     |     Facebook     |     Twitter

Goodreads     |     Pinterest


This Giveaway is open Internationally. You must be 13+ to enter.

2 Winners will each receive a $5 Amazon Gift Card
1 Winner will receive a $10 Amazon Gift Card
Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Get Ready for a Spooktacular Halloween with R.L. Stine and These Upcoming "Goosebumps" Events!

Ghouls and boys of all ages can celebrate Halloween with a host of frighteningly fun new Goosebumps™ activities and events!

“Trick or Tweet”: On October 30 from 2-3:30pm EST, R.L. Stine will be "trick or tweeting" with fans through social media in a can’t-miss live chat. Stine will share jokes, trivia, videos and images, plus answer questions from participants, who will also have a chance to win collectible Goosebumps prizes. Creatures from coast-to-coast can join in the conversation by using #31DaysofGoosebumps to post on the Scholastic accounts, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and Instagram, or via the Goosebumps Facebook page and newly launched Goosebumps Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram feeds. It’s sure to be a scream!

Online: Fans can visit the interactive new mobile-friendly Goosebumps website,, to play engaging games and activities such as “Monster Blood” and “Which Monster Are You?”; check out the author events calendar and news spotlight; discuss all things Goosebumps in a community forum; and review a full list of books and TV episodes, so they’ll be sure never to miss a new title or show!

In New York City: R.L. Stine himself will treat kids and families to a Halloween-themed afternoon, as he reads and signs some of the best-loved Goosebumps books at The Scholastic Store on Saturday, October 18, at 2pm EST! And things will get even spookier in Times Square, when R.L. Stine and Scholastic Media President Deborah Forte ring the bell for the close of the NASDAQ stock market on Halloween, Friday, October 31, at 4pm EST.

With a New Book: Young monsters can sink their teeth into 12 Screams of Christmas, a special edition book and the latest title in the Goosebumps: Most Wanted series that follows the brand’s most infamous characters!

Through iTunes and Netflix: Families can now catch all 74 edge-of-your-seat Goosebumps episodes on iTunes and Netflix, this Halloween and anytime!

On TV: Kids can tune in to the Goosebumps TV series for ghastly laughs on The Hub Network! The thrills-filled Goosebumps TV series, based on the popular Scholastic books written by R.L. Stine, follows the stories of children who find themselves in extraordinary situations, serving up plenty of humor and safe scares.

In Theaters: The much-anticipated Goosebumps feature film, starring Jack Black, will be released from Sony Pictures Entertainment in August 2015. The movie is produced by Deborah Forte and Neal H. Moritz.

"The Book of Life" Movie: Celebrate Its Arrival with #BookOfLife Toys & Activity Sheets, Plus This $25 Visa Gift Card and Toy Giveaway!

20th Century Fox
In theaters October 17, 2014

About the film:
THE BOOK OF LIFE, a vibrant fantasy-adventure, tells the legend of Manolo, a conflicted hero and dreamer who sets off on an epic quest through magical, mythical and wondrous worlds in order to rescue his one true love and defend his village.

Rated: PG
Starring: Channing Tatum, Zoe Saldana, Diego Luna, Ron Perlman, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, and more
Directed By: Jorge Guttierrez
Produced By: Guillermo Del Toro

Watch this trailer featuring an interview with Channing Tatum!

Cost Plus World Market Book of Life Shop

Visit the Book of Life Shop in stores and online! In celebration of the release of the upcoming film, The Book of Life, Cost Plus World Market has developed exclusive Book of Life Toys inspired by the film. Products include a colorful Tin Keepsake Box, Guitar, Maracas, Manolo Rubber Duck Bath Toy, Kaleidoscopes, and more.

Free Book of Life Activity Sheets!

Want to learn how to make your own Sugar Skulls, Paper flags and more? Download free Book of Life Activity Sheets!

Official websites - #BookOfLife

Visit the Official Website
Like The Book of Life on Facebook
Follow on Twitter, Tumblr


One (1) winner receives:
• $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
• Mini guitar & keepsake box from Cost Plus World Market

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

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, October 27, 2014.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (October 11, 2014)

It's time for another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! If you'd like to share your giveaway, please post it in the linky below and then tell all your Facebook and Twitter friends about this page! If you're here looking for some great giveaways to enter, you've come to the right place! Check out the listings below, as well as those posted in my right sidebar. Good luck!

Maintain Your Teeth’s Healthy Enamel with Colgate Enamel Health Products #ColgateEnamelHealth

October is National Dental Hygiene Month, a time when we should think about whether we are doing all we can to take the best care of our teeth. Finding the right dentist, toothbrush, toothpaste and other dental-health products can make a huge difference in helping our teeth to last a lifetime. One of the biggest traps for germs and bacteria is the enamel on our teeth. If the enamel isn’t properly cared for, it can become rough, like sandpaper, causing bacteria and germs to stick. Notice what happens in the picture below when I shake cornmeal onto sandpaper. Even when I tip the sandpaper up, a lot of the cornmeal stays trapped on the surface of the sandpaper.

But when we polish our teeth’s enamel well, the teeth become smooth, and they aren’t such traps for germs and bacteria. See how a smooth surface, like wax paper, allows the cornmeal below to slide down. It is less likely to stick to the paper, just as bacteria is less likely to stick to your teeth when the enamel is smooth.

So, be sure to use a product that does a great job of keeping your enamel smooth like Colgate Enamel Health toothpaste. It not only replenishes your teeth’s natural calcium, but it gently polishes your teeth to smooth out your enamel so germs are less likely to stick to your teeth and cause decay. The video below shows how it works:

Celebrate National Dental Hygiene Month by pledging to take great care of your teeth and visiting for more information about your tooth enamel. And don't forget to pick up some Colgate Enamel Health products at your local retailer!

Perk Up Your Kids' School Lunches with PB Crave’s Natural Peanut Butters with a Twist!

We’re well into the school semester now and, chances are, your kids are getting a little tired of the “same old, same old” for lunch. It’s time to perk up their peanut-butter sandwiches with PB Crave! Their natural peanut butters come in four delicious and fun flavors:

Razzle Dazzle: A blend of natural peanut butter, red raspberry, wild honey, and white chocolate!

Cookie Nookie: A mix of chocolate chips, cookie dough flavor, wild honey and peanut butter.

CoCo Bananas: A blend of bananas, cocoa, wild honey and natural peanut butter!

Choco Choco: Semi-sweet and rich dark chocolate mixed with wild honey and premium peanut butter.

These peanut butters taste amazing! In fact, they are so good that my adult son actually stole our CoCo Bananas flavor to take home with him because he likes it so much. We like all of the flavors, but the Cookie Nookie is an especially big hit with one of my twins. The peanut butters from PB Crave have definitely added new life to my kids’ school lunches, and they now look forward to seeing which peanut butter will be in their sandwich each day!

As a mom, I like knowing that PB Crave’s natural peanut butters contain no hydrogenated oils or artificial flavors, no syrups (including high-fructose corn syrup), and are gluten- and cholesterol-free. Visit to learn more, find a store near you, and download a coupon for 75 cents off your PB Crave purchase!

Hot for the Holidays: Skylanders Trap Team ~ Check Out These Exclusive Promotions at Major Retailers!

What is at the top of the list this year for children’s toys? The brand-new Skylanders Trap Team! Toys“R”Us recently named Skylanders Trap Team as one of the “Fabulous 15” on the company’s 2014 Holiday Hot Toy List, and Target named the game to its Top Toys for the Holidays List. The game was also featured in Toy Insider’s Hot 20 Holiday Toys of 2014, which highlights the most sought-after and anticipated items of the holiday season.

Fortunately, you can get a headstart on your holiday shopping because Skylanders Trap Team is officially available at major retailers nationwide for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Nintendo’s Wii and Wii U systems, as well as a unique adventure on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. There’s even a Starter Pack that supports iPad, Kindle Fire and Android tablets.

What’s new with Skylanders Trap Team? Players can seek out and defeat the most wanted villains in all of Skylands by capturing them in magical Traps. Once they’ve defeated the villains, players can place a Trap into the new Traptanium Portal to capture them and then send villains back into the game where they can play as them to fight for good, reversing the magic. They will also be able to hear the villains inside the Traps, which truly “brings life to toys.”

More about the game:
Skylanders Trap Team introduces heroes known as Trap Masters that wield powerful TraptaniumTM weapons used to defeat Skylands’ most notorious villains including Kaos, as well as brand new Core Skylanders characters and reposed fan-favorite Skylanders characters. The game also features a variety of elementally aligned Traps with unique and interesting designs. In addition, Skylanders Trap Team welcomes Skylanders Minis, 16 small but powerful Skylanders now fully playable, who join the battle against Skylands’ most nefarious villains. Coming to Skylanders fans worldwide on November 1, Eon’s Elite collectors’ toys feature never-before-seen decoration with a distinct, metallic finish and a golden base that sets them apart from other Skylanders toys. Skylanders Trap Team is compatible with more than 175 unique toys from all previous Skylanders games. Every character also will be able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections.

Check out the exciting game trailer below:

My boys are already huge fans of Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, Skylanders Giants, and Skylanders SWAP Force, so they were so excited to hear that Skylanders Trap Team is now available! Parents will also be happy to know that there are some exclusive Skylanders products at retailers nationwide:

Get Legendary at Toys”R”Us – Toys“R”Us stores in North America and online at will be the only places fans will find the limited edition Legendary Series of Skylanders toys at launch. The Legendary Series features alternative versions of new Trap Master characters and packs, such as Jawbreaker, Déjà Vu and the Nightmare Express Adventure Pack, all of which feature in-game stat boosts.

Meet the Minis at Walmart – Skylanders fans can visit participating Walmart stores or go to to participate in the ‘Meet the Minis’ program to unlock special content featuring the fully playable and upgradeable Minis, including Gill Runt, Stealth Elf, Weeruptor, Pet Vac and Small Fry via the official Skylanders Collection VaultTM app. Walmart will also be the only place fans can find the Skylanders Minis Buddy Pack, featuring Tidal Wave Gill Grunt and Gill Runt.

NITRO Trap Masters at Target – U.S. Target stores nationwide and will once again be the only place where fans can get their hands on the Skylanders NITRO series of toys, which features the powerful Trap Master NITRO Krypt King.

Portals for Punch Pop Fizz at GameStop – During the first week of launch, fans who bring in a Portal of Power® from any Skylanders game can trade it in to receive a free Punch Pop Fizz character, a bright red version of the fan-favorite Skylander.

Three Skylanders for Two at Best Buy – Players who purchase any two Skylanders Trap Team game products at Best Buy will receive a free Volcanic Eruptor character, whose unique appearance is visible in-game. This promotion is available only at Best Buy.

If you’re ready to pick up one of the hottest toys of the season for the favorite kids in your life this holiday season, I hope you’ll check out the exclusive promotions listed above. Skylanders Trap Team is sure to be a hit under the tree this year!