Monday, January 31, 2011

Teaching Your Kids Smart Money Habits -- with the Help of Sammy Rabbit!

It’s very important to talk to our kids about money -- especially about saving it and spending it wisely -- but it’s not exactly a fascinating topic. So, how do we keep kids’ interest when discussing such a dry subject? One way is with the terrific audio CD set, Sammy’s Secret, Dream & Discovery. This two-disc set is filled with fun and kid-friendly stories, games, and songs about adopting good money habits.

These CDs are just part of a program centered around the character of Sammy Rabbit, who is a very smart bunny when it comes to money. Here are 10 of Sammy’s favorite money sayings:

1. Show your family the way!
2. You can do it, now get to it!
3. Saving is a great habit!
4. From every dollar, save a dime!
5. Saving makes me strong!
6. No free rides!
7. Don't spend more than you make!
8. Earning money is fun to do!
9. Change adds up!
10. Start saving early, not late!

You can also get Sammy Rabbit books and workbooks, as well as another music CD called Mission 1: Celebrate Saving! All these products (and more to come!) are the brainchild of Sam X Renick, a nationally recognized financial education innovator, an award-winning social entrepreneur and author, and an expert at communicating and promoting the habits of saving money, reading, and writing to children and families. He and Sammy Rabbit have made over 500 appearances reading, singing, dancing, and conducting interactive skits to 250,000+ students in 6 countries and 30 states, at schools, conferences, and other events.

If you’d like your kids to start learning about saving money in a fun and innovative way, I recommend that you pick up Sammy’s Secret, Dream & Discovery audio CD, as well as the other Sammy Rabbit products. Your kids will enjoy them so much they won’t even realize they’re learning a valuable life skill!

LINKS

It’s a Habit Website: http://itsahabit.com
Twitter: http://twitter.com/#!/sammyrabbit1
Facebook: www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=92750186154



DISCLOSURE: I received a complimentary copy of the audio CD, Sammy’s Secret, Dream & Discovery, to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was provided.

Are You Getting Enough Fiber in Your Diet?

I have a confession to make: I am not a healthy eater. I’m not a fan of vegetables, so I don’t eat them often. And I’m more likely to grab a piece of chocolate than a piece of fruit when I want a snack. So, needless to say, I’m probably not getting enough fiber in my diet. Experts say that fiber is necessary for the health of our digestive and immune systems, but most of us only get about half of the 25-30 grams of dietary fiber we should be consuming each day.

Fortunately, for poor eaters like me, there are FiberChoice Chewable Fiber Supplements available. They contain inulin, the same healthy fiber found in fruits and vegetables. Inulin is “prebiotic,” which means that it nourishes the “good” bacteria in your digestive system. The “good” bacteria help to keep the number of “bad” bacteria in check.

FiberChoice supplements are also chewable, so no water is required. They’re great for people who have trouble swallowing pills. However, I did prefer a swallow of water afterward to help them go down. One daily serving of FiberChoice (two tablets) contains 4 grams of dietary fiber. I tried the Sugar Free Strawberry flavor, which was delicious! Other flavors include orange, pomegranate, assorted berries, sugar-free orange medley, and sugar-free assorted fruit.

To learn more about FiberChoice Chewable Fiber Supplements, visit www.fiberchoice.com. You can also follow FiberChoice on Twitter at @FiberChoice. FiberChoice products are available at your local food, drug and discount stores. (I found mine at Walgreen’s.)



DISCLOSURE: I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of FiberChoice and received a coupon to facilitate my review and a gift code to thank me for taking the time to participate.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Winners for the Week of January 23, 2011

This week’s winners won some great items for the kids: a newly published hardcover edition of Madeline at the White House and a comfy pair of Dinosaur Train Pajamas. Congratulations to the following winners! I have plenty of other great prizes to give away, so please check the right sidebar for current contests.

MADELINE AT THE WHITE HOUSE


Congratulations to the winners, Christina F., nightowl, and Shelly!

DINOSAUR TRAIN PAJAMAS


Congratulations to the winner, Beckeesdeals!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Visit Tiny Prints for Valentine’s Day Cards, Plus Enter This Giveaway for a $50 Gift Code!

What is love? That can be a tough question to answer! Love is complicated when you’re an adult, but when you’re a kid, it’s simple. Go ahead and ask your kids to define love for you. I bet you’ll love their responses! Here’s how my 7-year-old son Caleb describes love:





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One way in which kids express their love on Valentine’s Day is through the exchange of cards. But kids aren’t the only ones who exchange valentines; adults can do so, too! Tiny Prints makes it fun to celebrate Valentine’s Day. They offer Valentine’s Day greeting cards, Valentine’s cards for kids, and a host of Valentine’s Day stickers and gift tags!

Tiny Prints also provides simple, modern and unique stationery, from Valentines Day cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cards, business cards, and even custom wedding invitations. Offering exclusive designs from the nation’s top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine, and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. With Tiny Prints by your side, commemorating every holiday and momentous occasion is a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo-gifts like notebooks, photo books and calendars.

Did you run out of time to send out holiday cards? Why not surprise your loved ones with a Valentine’s card instead?! Head over to Tiny Prints and browse their wonderful selection!

GIVEAWAY

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, mkjmc!



DISCLOSURE: I received a $50 Tiny Prints gift code in exchange for participating in this campaign, which I am donating for this giveaway. No other compensation or products were provided for this review.

BAM Radio Network: The Sexual Landscape on Campus

I recently had the privilege of participating in an interview by Dr. Meg Meeker with Miriam Grossman, MD, on BAM Radio Network. Miriam Grossman is a physician with training in pediatrics, as well as child, adolescent and adult psychiatry. The author of three books about sexual health, Dr Grossman speaks internationally to parents, students, educators, policy makers and health professionals on the dangers of political correctness in her profession.

On this day, we were speaking about “The Sexual Landscape on Campus,” and it was a very enlightening talk! As you’ll hear in the interview, I was very interested in what Dr. Grossman had to say because one of my sons will be going away to college this fall. And, according to Dr. Grossman, dating as we’ve known it is out -- and “hooking up” is in! Social life on campus, Dr. Grossman says, typically means random sex with unknown partners and brings with it a host of physical, emotional and psychological trauma.

These are certainly scary things to hear for parents of college-bound kids! So, how can we counteract this trend on college campuses? Please click here to listen to the discussion on BAM Radio Network!

Help Stop the Flu Before It Stops You!

Have you ever found yourself next to someone who is obviously struggling with cold or flu symptoms? A recent survey shows that 66% of polled Americans ignore the sudden onset of flu symptoms -- fever, aches, chills, and extreme tiredness -- and still attend work, school, and social events, even though 75% of those same people are aware of the possibility of spreading the flu virus to others! Here’s my reaction to that statistic: How rude!

It turns out that the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) agrees with me because they’ve launched a national flu education campaign called “Are You That Guy?” This campaign focuses on “that guy” (or gal) who is sneezing in the elevator, “that guy” looking pale and exhausted in the grocery store, “that guy” coughing on the train … basically, “that guy” who clearly has the flu, but heads out of the house anyway! Check out this brief video about this valuable initiative to stop the spread of the flu:



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The NFID wants to make sure that all Americans not only know their flu facts -- how to prevent the flu and how to recognize flu symptoms -- but also take serious action in protecting themselves and those around them. As part of this initiative, they’ve provided some cool online tools at www.FluFacts.com that track flu outbreaks in your zip code. There’s even a free Fight the Flu app available for the iPhone (download here)!

The next time you start feeling those cold or flu symptoms coming on, please do all you can to protect yourself and those around you by staying home and taking good care of yourself. Let’s stop the flu in its tracks and spread good health habits instead!



DISCLOSURE: I received no compensation or products for posting about this public service. Genentech, a member of the Roche group, provided NFID support for this flu education program.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

It Wouldn’t Be Valentine’s Day Without Hershey’s Chocolate!

Did you know that chocolate is the number-one candy to give on Valentine’s Day? It definitely makes me happy to receive (and eat) it! To make your gift-giving a little easier (and more fun) for Valentine’s Day, The Hershey Company has a new Valentine’s Day collection containing an array of both new and classic candies. Here are just a few of the many types of Valentine’s candy available from Hershey’s:

• Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Hearts Valentine Exchange
• Hershey’s Kisses Brand Milk Chocolates Valentine Exchange
• Kit Kat Wafer Bar Valentine Exchange
• Jolly Rancher Heart-shaped Lollipops Valentine Exchange
• Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Miniatures Heart Box

Hershey’s also has many ideas for gifts made with Hershey’s chocolate that you can share with families, friends and teachers. For example:

For a fun-loving feel to your table or countertop, fill jars and vases with Hershey’s Kisses wrapped in festive pink and red foils.

Create a heart made with favorite treats that family and friends won’t soon forget.

And making personalized greeting cards is always a great way to show you care.

For more information on Hershey’s seasonal products, as well as delicious Valentine’s Day recipes, cards and gift giving solutions, visit www.CelebrateWithHersheys.com.



DISCLOSURE: I received some complimentary Hershey’s Valentine’s candy to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was provided.

Baby Blowout Sale at LittleMissMatched!

They have the most adorable baby clothes at LittleMissMatched. When my niece was born last year, I sent clothing from LittleMissMatched! They’re having a $4.99 and under baby sale going on right now! If you need baby clothes for yourself or as a gift, I hope you’ll check out the sale at LittleMissMatched! Click on the banner below to get started.



Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Wow Wow Wubbzy Valentine DVD Giveaway!

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, everyone’s favorite character, Wubbzy, is starring in a new DVD: Wow! Wow! Wubbzy! Wubbzy Be Mine! This DVD contains three episodes featuring the series’ well-loved characters: Wubbzy, Widget, Walden and Daizy.

In “Mr. Valentine,” Wuzzleburg’s trusty mailman falls ill on Valentine’s Day, and Wubbzy steps in to deliver all the valentines. But he soon discovers there are no valentines for him! Fortunately, his pals decided to personally deliver his valentines, saving the best for last!

In “Cupid’s Helper,” Cupid pays a visit to Wuzzleburg, but loses his prized bubble-blower! When Wubbzy finds it, he starts blowing bubbles, bringing together some of Wuzzleburg’s oddest couples.

And in “My Speedy Valentine,” Wubbzy and his pals try to find the fastest way ever to make their own valentines, but something keeps bugging Walden….

If your kids are Wubbzy fans (like me!), I encourage you to pick up a copy of Wubbzy Be Mine as a Valentine’s treat for the whole family!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Wubbzy Be Mine DVD and a handful of special Wubbzy candy hearts packages! To enter, leave a comment on this post with the name of your favorite character from the TV show, Wow Wow Wubbzy! This is mandatory to enter the giveaway.

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- Following Wubbzy (@WWWubbzy) and Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet twice a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet)

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, 2kidsand8cats!




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10 Tips to Getting Organized Before the Baby Arrives -- and a Giveaway for a Pregnancy Planner and Organizer!

When you’re pregnant, there are so many things to keep track of, such as doctors’ appointments, shopping lists, future babysitting contacts, work-related issues, and much more. Professional organizer Pam Socolow now makes this task a lot easier with the publication of The Family Facts Pregnancy Organizer & Planner for pregnant moms!

This 6-ring binder opens flat and comes fully assembled with four tabbed sections -- Calendar, Contacts, Health, and Baby Planning. It accommodates the needs of both first-time moms and women who already have children. Here’s what each section is for:

• The Calendar section features a non-dated weekly calendar with ample space for recording pregnancy and non-pregnancy events so there’s no need to carry around two planners.

• The Contacts section has pages where you can enter the names of your Health Care Providers, Service Providers, Referrals, Health Insurance information, Friends, Family, Neighbors, and Babysitters -- all organized so you can find who you need to contact fast. There are special pages to plan and record who to call once you go into labor and after your baby is born.

• The Health section contains a set of organized pages that prompt you to record crucial information chronologically from pre-natal visits, lab test results, questions for your healthcare provider, and more -- great for referring to during this pregnancy and other pregnancies in the future.

• The Baby Planning section is for keeping track of all the fun information you don’t want to forget, like favorite baby names, advice from friends, books to read, web sites to visit, logins and passwords, what you need to buy for your baby and for you, a list of gifts received, store credits, maternity leave information and more.

[And if you’re expecting twins, there are also two pages of Resources for Moms of Multiples. On one side, you can record organizations and support groups to join, and on the other side you can list other moms of multiples to call!]

The Family Facts Pregnancy Organizer & Planner comes with waterproof, clear vinyl covers, a business card holder, a zippered pouch, a pocket folder, a sturdy metal pen, and 300 peel-off stickers to highlight days, events, and important actions or activities.

Following are 10 tips to getting organized before the baby arrives from author and organizer Pam Socolow:

• Mark your calendar so you always know what week of your pregnancy you’re in. Also mark which prenatal screening tests you will need in the recommended timeframe. If you’re taking maternity leave, mark your calendar when it’s too close to your delivery date to travel, and start planning when and for how long you’ll be on leave.

• Mark when to exercise. Make notes reminding you to drink lots of water and eat certain vegetables.

• Write down all the mothering advice your friends and family have given you in one place.

• Make lists of things by category of what you need for yourself and the baby. Suggested categories for baby include: the nursery, changing supplies, clothing, medicine cabinet, getting around gear, and feeding. Suggested categories for you include: maternity clothes, breastfeeding, and stationery.

• No later than halfway through your pregnancy, set up a baby registry at your favorite baby store.

• Make a list of possible baby names. With so many things to remember, simply write down all your favorites. When the time comes, it’s easier to eliminate from the list than to have to remember the ones you’ve forgotten.

• Create a list of what you want to include in your “delivery day” bag and add to it the minute you think of something new. When the day comes, your customized delivery day bag won’t be missing anything. Do the same for Dad so he has a jump bag ready when the time comes.

• Mark on your calendar the date you schedule for a hospital/birth center tour (if you haven’t delivered there before).

• Mark on your calendar the dates for any and all classes you take for new moms now, while you have the time.

• Make 2 very important contact lists: (1) who to contact when you go into labor and (2) who to contact after you have the baby. You’re not always thinking clearly during each of these times, so a list always proves the most successful. If you have a C-section, you might not even be doing the calling! Don’t forget to add to your “after delivery” list the store(s) that are waiting for your call that you’ve had the baby so they can deliver the goods.

LINKS

Website: www.Family-Facts.com
Facebook: www.Facebook.com/familyfacts
Twitter: www.Twitter.com/FamilyFactsPam

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive The Family Facts Pregnancy Organizer & Planner! To enter, leave a comment on this post sharing your favorite feature of this book. This is mandatory to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries by... (leave a separate comment for each)

- Following Family Facts (@FamilyFactsPam) and Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter and tweeting about this giveaway. You may tweet three times a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet)

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- Subscribing to Susan Heim on Parenting via email, RSS and/or Kindle (see sign-up options on left sidebar). Leave a comment for each subscription method. (1 entry for each subscription method for up to 3 entries)

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- Posting this giveaway on your blog with a link to this page. Leave a comment with a direct link to the post. (3 entries; leave a separate comment for each)

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Thursday, February 10, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winners must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, AmyLynn!



DISCLOSURE: The author is donating a complimentary copy of this product for this giveaway. No other products or financial compensation were provided.

Scholastic Media’s Storybook Apps Bring Lots of Valentine’s Day Fun!‏

Enjoy Valentine’s Day with your little ones through the help of Scholastic Media’s new storybook apps for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch!

Scholastic’s Go, Clifford, Go! storybook app -- based on the phenomenally popular book series Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell -- is aimed at ages 2-5 years, and combines Clifford with a topic most kids love: vehicles and motion. Young readers play along with Clifford as he encounters trucks, trains, planes, and motorcycles that go whizzing by. Here’s a preview of this app:



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Based on the Scholastic book by Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak and illustrated by Caroline Jayne Church, reading the “Touch & Tilt” storybook app I Love You Through and Through is the perfect parent-and-child Valentine’s Day activity. Whether read aloud by mother or father, or with the app’s comforting adult voice, I Love You Through and Through details for children 2 and up the many things one person can love about another. Here’s a preview of this book. Isn’t it adorable?



And for Clifford fans who don’t have an iPad, they can still have BIG Valentine’s Day fun with Clifford’s BE BIG with Words game for the iPhone. Players experiment with letters and letter sounds as they learn to create and spell three-letter words and hear how they sound with pronunciation instruction. Featuring more than 100 age-appropriate words and characters from the hit Clifford TV show, Clifford’s BE BIG with Words game will entertain and educate young readers for hours.

These and other apps are available through Scholastic’s apps page at www.scholastic.com/apps/. Happy Valentine’s Day!


DISCLOSURE: No products or financial compensation were provided for this post.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Catch the Second Season of “Are We There Yet?” -- and Enter to Win the Movie DVD! (GIVEAWAY)

America’s favorite blended family is back in the neighborhood. Are We There Yet? returned to TBS for its second season on January 5th! Terry Crews and Essence Atkins star in this popular sitcom as a newly married couple adjusting to life as newlyweds and the complexities of raising children, while also dealing with the everyday challenges of romance, friendship and the drama of extended family. Teala Dunn and Coy Stewart co-star as Nick and Suzanne’s children -- 14-year-old Lindsey and 10-year-old Kevin. Keesha Sharp is Suzanne’s best friend and coworker, Gigi, who has a taste for men and the finer things in life. Special guest star, Ice Cube, returns as Suzanne’s brother, Terrence. Recurring characters include Nick’s best friend, Martin, played by comedian Christian Finnegan, and Suzanne’s mother, Marilyn, played by Telma Hopkins. Watch this video for a sneak peek at Are We There Yet?



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If you haven’t seen the show yet, catch up with full-length episodes at www.tbs.com and follow Are We There Yet? on Facebook! Then pick up your remote and click on over to TBS for a brand-new season of this terrific show!

GIVEAWAY

Are We There Yet ?

One lucky winner will receive a DVD of the movie version of Are We There Yet? To enter, click here to visit the TV show’s website and look around. Then, leave a comment here with something you learned or liked on the site. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries if you... (leave a separate comment for each)

- Follow Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. You may tweet up to three times a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet)

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winner must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, SLS(atlmuzikfanzinc)!



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Coming Soon: Steven Spielberg’s Epic New TV Series, Falling Skies -- Plus, Enter This Giveaway for a Falling Skies Comic Book!

My hubby is really excited about Steven Spielberg’s epic new television series, Falling Skies, which premiers in June 2011 on TNT. This ten-week television event opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Falling Skies is about an epic battle that pits humans against the alien force that has invaded our world. Outnumbered and outmatched, it’s up to a group of everyday heroes to band together and triumph against a mysterious invading force.

Check out this exciting new trailer about Falling Skies!

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I hope you’ll mark your calendar to watch the premier of the highly anticipated Falling Skies! In the meantime, click here to learn more and follow the show on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fallingskies.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Dark Horse comic book for Falling Skies! To enter, tell me your favorite comic book character in a comment below or visit the Falling Skies website and share something you learned or liked on the site. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

You can earn optional, additional entries if you... (leave a separate comment for each)

- Follow TNT (@tntweknowdrama) and Susan Heim on Parenting (@ParentingAuthor) on Twitter and tweet about this giveaway. You may tweet up to three times a day. (Please space them at least an hour apart.) Leave a separate comment with the URL of each tweet. (1 entry per tweet)

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One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Tuesday, February 8, 2011, at 11:59 PM ET. Please leave an email address on one of your comments if it’s not available on your Blogger profile. Winner must respond within 72 hours or another winner will be drawn. Contest is open to US residents only.

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, DARLA KIDDER!



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New Clorox Classrooms Website Helps Keep Kids Healthy at Home and at School‏

I still remember when my oldest son started kindergarten. Just a few months into the school year, he came down with chicken pox! (This was before kids were routinely vaccinated for it.) He then proceeded to pass it on to his little brother and me! (Somehow, I had miraculously escaped chicken pox as a child.) Fortunately, we all recovered nicely, but it was my first lesson in realizing that kids are very vulnerable to catching all kinds of illnesses at school. Cold and flu, of course, are most common. One study found that desks, pencil sharpeners, cafeteria tables and water fountains are some of the surfaces in schools with the highest number of bacteria.*

To help parents and teachers create healthier classrooms, Clorox has launched a website called Clorox Classrooms (www.clorox.com/classrooms). This first-of-its-kind website provides parents with health tips and resources to help them keep kids healthy at home and at school and support a healthy classroom. These include:

• Materials like the Healthy Classroom Supply Checklist, which can help you quickly find the items your child’s teacher needs most to clean and disinfect the classroom.

• Tips on extending the messages kids learn at school.

• Links to other health resources.

And to help teach students about healthy habits and preventing the spread of germs in the classroom, teachers can download fun, science-focused curriculum for grades K-2 and 3-5. These lesson plans and activities are free and developed by teachers, for teachers. To help better equip their classrooms, teachers will also find ongoing offers and grants.

Here’s another great opportunity: Between now and March 1, 2011, eligible K-5 teachers can enter the Free Books Sweepstakes for a chance to win a 50-book prize package for their classrooms!

I hope you will visit Clorox Classrooms and tell your child’s teacher about this new free resource!



*Gerba, C.P., and Maxwell, S.L. 2009. School Study.

Monday, January 24, 2011

To the Top Tuesday Blog Hop: January 25, 2011

Once again, I’m participating in the To the Top Tuesday Blog Hop because it’s awesome! It’s very easy to take part in the fun and meet some new friends! Here’s how to participate:

1. Follow your friendly Tuesday hosts: One Little Mister, Frugal Plus and Totally Temberton. (This is mandatory to take part in the blog hop.) They will follow you back!

2. Grab the Blog Hop button and post about the link-up on your blog.

3. Add your blog to the linky list below.

Try to choose 4-5 other blogs to follow, and tell them you found them at TTT Tuesday Blog Hop! You are not required to follow back, but it is nice to do so and highly encouraged!

Please make sure you have a way for people to follow you, such as Google Friend Connect.

The link-up will be open until midnight each Tuesday, but will be visible all week.

You are also encouraged to add the linky code on the blog post you make. (Please email Jill from Frugal Plus at 1JavaJill [at] gmail [dot] com for the current code.) It will show all of the blogs that have entered here, people can link-up through your blog, and it will update on all of the lists.

Please leave a comment here at Susan Heim on Parenting, and I’ll be sure to follow you back! Have fun!



New DC Comic Book Super-Pet Series for Early Readers, Plus a Contest to Feature Kids’ Pets in a Book!

I’m so excited about this new book series for early readers (grades 1-3) debuting from Capstone Publishers. The series is called DC SUPER-PETS, and it’s created in conjunction with comic book giant DC. These books feature action-packed stories about the pets of the world’s greatest superheroes -- Supergirl’s cat, Aquaman’s seahorse, Superman’s monkey, Green Lantern’s chipmunk, Wonder Woman’s kangaroo, and Batman’s dog -- as they do battle with the pets of famous villains! The first six titles in the planned 24-book series are:

Heroes of the High Seas
Midway Monkey Madness
Super Hero Splash Down
The Fastest Pet on Earth
Pooches of Power!
Royal Rodent Rescue

Here’s a fun book trailer about the series:



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My boys are in first grade, and these early chapter books are perfect for them! They’re just the right level for kids who are just getting into chapter books, and the colorful illustrations by award-winning comic illustrator Art Baltazar definitely keep my boys’ interest. They’ve really been enjoying this fun and exciting book series!


Capstone is also sponsoring a fantastic writing contest for kids in conjunction with the launch of this new series! The “My Pet Is Super!” contest invites kids in grades 1-3 to write a newspaper article about their pet for The Daily Planet. The winning “reporter” will have his/her super-pet drawn by illustrator Art Baltazar AND the super-pet will appear in a future book in the series! The winner and his/her school will also receive books. The top 50 entrants will receive two free books -- one for the child and one for his/her school library. For complete rules and to enter, visit www.CapstoneKids.com. The contest runs from January 15, 2011 through February 28, 2011. If you’re a teacher or home-schooling parent, this would be a great activity for your children!



DISCLOSURE: I received complimentary copies of the first six books in this series to facilitate my review. No financial compensation was provided. As an Amazon affiliate, I receive a small commission on sales made through the affiliate links in this post.