Saturday, April 30, 2011

Celebrate Mother’s Day and Pregnancy Awareness Month with this Giveaway for O.N.E. Coconut Water! Plus, Click to Raise Funds for Healthy Child Healthy World!

May happens to be the month when we celebrate mothers, and it’s also Pregnancy Awareness Month! So, to kick off the wonderful month of May, O.N.E. Coconut Water is offering a fantastic giveaway for you! But, first, let me tell you about O.N.E. Coconut Water and some of the things they are doing to improve the health of families.

About coconut water:
Coconut water is 100% natural and organic, pure, and packed with 5 essential electrolytes, more potassium than a banana, no added sugars, and no fat. O.N.E. comes in several different forms, including O.N.E. Coconut Water, O.N.E. Kids, O.N.E. with a splash (flavored), and O.N.E. Active. Our family received some samples of O.N.E. Coconut Water, and it was delicious! My husband was amazed at how sweet it was since there are no sweeteners added. It’s just 100% natural coconut water. O.N.E. Coconut Water (or O.N.E. Kids) is an excellent product to send with your children to their sporting events because it has 15 times the amount of potassium as most sports drinks and naturally rehydrates the body with electrolytes.

About Pregnancy Awareness Month:
Pregnancy Awareness Month was created by author and holistic expert Anna Getty to empower, inspire and build a community of support for expectant mothers and families. Drinking O.N.E. Coconut Water instead of sugary sodas is just one way in which mothers-to-be can take better care of themselves and their bodies.

About the Healthy Child Healthy World and O.N.E. Fundraiser:
O.N.E. Coconut Water is kicking off a fundraising campaign to raise money for Healthy Child Healthy World, an organization that’s committed to a greener and healthier lifestyle for children and families by reducing and eliminating chemical exposure in home products, furnishings, personal care products, and food. O.N.E. is hoping to raise $25,000 for this organization by June 1st. How can you help? Just “like” O.N.E. Coconut Water on their Facebook page. For every “like” they receive, they’ll donate $1 to Healthy Child Healthy World!

I hope you’ll visit O.N.E.’s Facebook page today to help support this very worthy endeavor and also pick up some delicious O.N.E. Coconut Water for your family. You can learn more about O.N.E. products through the links below.

LINKS

O.N.E. Website: www.onedrinks.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/onecoconutwater
Twitter: www.twitter.com/onecoconut
Pregnancy Awareness Month Website:
www.pregnancyawareness.com

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a case of O.N.E. Coconut Water! To enter, visit www.onedrinks.com and look around. Leave a comment on this page with something you learned on the site. You must do this to enter the giveaway.

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

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

- Like O.N.E. Coconut Water on Facebook. (1 entry)

- Like Susan Heim on Parenting on Facebook and/or follow on Networked Blogs. (1 entry for each)

- Subscribe 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)

- Follow Susan Heim on Parenting through Google Friend Connect. Click on the “Follow” button on the left sidebar. Leave a comment. (1 entry)

- Place a button for Susan Heim on Parenting on your blog (the code is in the upper right-hand column of this site) and/or a text link on your blog roll. Post a comment with your blog’s URL. (1 entry for button; 1 entry for text link)

- Post about 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)

- Enter another current giveaway on Susan Heim on Parenting. (See CURRENT GIVEAWAYS on right sidebar.) (1 entry per giveaway)

One winner will be randomly selected from the qualified comments received by Sunday, May 15, 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, Deadmonkeys90!



DISCLOSURE: I received product samples to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was provided.

Protect Your Family from Environmental Toxins

Guest Post by Krista Peterson

Cigarette smoke, lead-based paint, pesticides, asbestos, and household chemicals are just a few examples of environmental toxins that are currently known to be harmful, especially to children. And the only way to minimize the risks of these environmental hazards is to limit exposure to them. Luckily, unlike certain health issues that we have no control over, environmental toxins present an issue that can be avoided. But in order to do so, parents must help to increase their family’s awareness.

Educating children on the importance of avoiding environmental toxins at an early age can be a useful tool for promoting a healthier, safer lifestyle. Children are especially vulnerable to environmental toxins because as they are growing, their organs are developing and their behavior puts them in closer to the ground. Because they’re so prone to dangers, it is crucial for kids to know how to protect themselves at an early age.

The real truth is that it’s nearly impossible to avoid environmental toxins completely. But by making some environmentally friendly decisions, it is possible to minimize your exposure. Some useful strategies include buying and eating organic produce and free-range organic foods. Try your best to avoid processed food that contains additives and preservatives that could potentially be loaded with toxins. Produce that is not organic is often laced with pesticides that, over time, could lead to health concerns. Buy natural cleaning products in your home. Other cleaning agents may contain chemicals that are harmful to young, developing bodies. Test your house’s tap water for contaminants. If your water is dirty, install filters on all appropriate faucets, including your showers and baths.

Another important step to take is to make sure your home and school are free of mold and asbestos. Asbestos is a common toxin that was widely used as insulation on floors and ceilings throughout the 1950s to 1970s. The material is extremely dangerous and is known to cause a deadly cancer called mesothelioma. If you live in a home or go to a school that is particularly old, get a professional to come and ensure that you’re not breathing in the deadly material on a daily basis.

Even if we take all the steps necessary to protect ourselves from the threats of environmental toxins, the fact remains, an enormous amount of pollution still occurs on a daily basis. Environmental toxins are simply a byproduct of our modern lifestyle, and with the current state of our society, it may seem like there is no going back. But that doesn’t have to be true. If we can educate the young and promote healthy, green lifestyle decisions, there is hope that our population can live in peaceful unity with the environment.

Friday, April 29, 2011

Winners for the Week of April 24, 2011

I hope that everyone enjoyed their Easter and Passover celebrations! The people listed below had another reason to celebrate -- they were winners! If you don’t see your name listed below, I hope you’ll keep trying. There are more great contests listed under CURRENT GIVEAWAYS on the right sidebar, with plenty more to come!

DINOSAUR TRAIN CAKE & CUPCAKE DECORATING KITS


Congratulations to the winner, For Their Future!

HAIR ACCESSORIES FROM HAIRCOVERINGS.COM ($25 VALUE)


Congratulations to the winner, Ashley!

FRESCHETTA BY THE SLICE & CONTAINER SET


Congratulations to the winner, Stacie Frost!

LaRUE ACROSS AMERICA (CHILDREN’S BOOK) & BACKPACK


Congratulations to the winners, fdigsby and susansmoaks!

Cold-EEZE Presents the “Call Your Mother!” Contest

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Cold-EEZE is holding the “Call Your Mother!” contest on Facebook! To enter, become a fan of the Cold-EEZE page, go to the contest application to fill out the entry form and fill in the blank: “When I’m on the phone with my mom, she always ____________!” Every day, five (5) winners with the funniest, sweetest and/or most original answers will receive a yummy, award-winning Dancing Deer gourmet gift assortment for Mom. One (1) grand prize winner will be chosen on May 3rd to receive a $500 American Express gift card for Mom!

From Dancing Deer: A sweet Mother’s Day gift, this delicious cookie and brownie gift assortment offers one dozen crisp and buttery shortbreads, including decorated and classic Lemon Daisy Cookies and whimsically iced Tangerine Butterfly Cookies. Nine Sugar Cane Lime Cookies are moist and chewy with a refreshing touch of lime. Four Blondies are decadently rich and full of brown-sugar-buttery-goodness. An unforgettable Mother’s Day gift, it is hand-packed in a wooden keepsake box and tied with a bow.

Enter now at www.facebook.com/ColdEEZE from April 29, 2011 at 12pm EST – May 3, 2011 at 12pm EST. Good luck!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Find Just the Right Gift for Kids at Ebeanstalk!

Have you ever struggled to find the perfect gift for the kids in your life? Often, I find it difficult to shop for children in my family who don’t live near me. My first problem is that I have to ship their gifts! And my second problem is trying to find a toy that’s appropriate for their age, which is hard to do when I don’t see them that often.

Fortunately, I’ve been able to solve both of those dilemmas at an amazing toy website called Ebeanstalk.com! Ebeanstalk combines exceptional customer service with high-quality toys geared toward the specific developmental stage determined by the child’s age. With imagination-provoking pretend play toys to classic, eco-friendly wooden toys, it’s easy to find the perfect gift for little ones.

Ebeanstalk also features an extensive inventory of arts and crafts for kids to promote children’s dexterity and creativity through art. This is a great area of the site to find gifts for two of my nieces, who love to do crafts. And when our family gets ready to hit the road this summer for a vacation, I’ve going to check out Ebeanstalk’s travel toys to help keep my boys entertained in the car.

At Ebeanstalk.com, you can also create a wishlist, get birthday reminders, sign up for their newsletter, and much more. I hope you’ll check out the incredible selection of toys and gift items for kids at Ebeanstalk!



DISCLOSURE: I will receive a gift card from Ebeanstalk as a thank-you for sharing this information with my readers.

Book Review: 150 Secrets to a Happy Wife, by Joe Gumm

I really enjoyed reading 150 Secrets to a Happy Wife, by Joe Gumm. What I liked even more was leaving it open on the kitchen table or coffee table and catching my husband looking at it! It’s actually a great read for both men and women. Men will enjoy the tips and secrets that their wives may not share with them, and women will enjoy reading a man’s view of how confusing we are, how they can help us, and the thought process they can employ in doing that. I did not find a single idea that wasn’t worth reading or was wrong! All 150 “secrets” are positive and will help your husband “get” us ladies a little better.

If you have to remind your hubby about special occasions, manners, being a father, flowers, special songs, garbage, and the list goes on, this book will be a subtle and helpful reminder without the nagging. Give it to him for Father’s Day! At first, he may think it’s a joke, but once he starts to read it -- and you, too -- you will both realize that the helpful information in these 208 really-well-put-together pages will make you feel both thankful and blessed that you took the time to read it!

About the author: Joe Gumm is an award-winning author and has been featured in the Chicago Sun-Times, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, MSN.com, and Parents magazine, and has been seen regionally on NBC, FOX, and ABC. Joe is an experienced broadcaster who worked as a reporter-anchor for ESPN for eight years. He has also worked as a public address announcer for NBA’s Dallas Mavericks, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, and more. He lives in Texas with his wife and four daughters. For more information on Joe, check out www.joegummonline.com.





DISCLOSURE: A complimentary product sample was provided to facilitate this review. No financial compensation was provided. The affiliate links in this post belong to the blog owner.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Design Squad Nation Gets Kids Excited About Engineering and Launches the BUILD BIG Contest!

My oldest son is in college studying to be an engineer, so anything to do with engineering always catches my eye. Something that recently got my attention was the new PBS KIDS show, Design Squad Nation! Studies have shown that American children often lag behind other countries when it comes to math and science, so I love that this show is designed to help kids get excited about engineering and to see its real-world applications. In the show, engineers Judy Lee and Adam Vollmer go around the country and help kids make their ideas come to life through engineering principles. For example, in the premiere show that I saw, “Apache Skateboarders,” Judy and Adam help the kids in a Native-American community build a skateboard park so they’ll have a fun and healthy place to spend their free time. The children actually help to design the facility and build it from the ground up.

The show’s creators have also launched the BUILD BIG contest! They’re inviting teams of kids, teachers, parents, grandparents, neighbors, and more to “supersize” Design Squad’s hands-on activities, make a video of their efforts, and submit it to the BUILD BIG contest. The winning team will get a Flip Cam and have their project featured on the Design Squad Nation website! The contest is going on now and ends on August 1, 2011 at 12:00 PM EST.

I love that Design Squad Nation and the BUILD BIG contest show kids that if they have a dream, it can come true through their own efforts. They learn that engineering and science have practical uses, and that they’re smart enough to master them! I hope you and your children will check out Design Squad Nation on PBS KIDS. (Check your local listings for show times.)

LINKS

Design Squad Nation website: http://pbskids.org/designsquad
Design Squad Nation blog: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/blog/
BUILD BIG Contest: http://pbskids.org/designsquad/contest/index.html
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DesignSquadNation
Twitter: www.twitter.com/designsquad



DISCLOSURE: I received a screening copy of an episode of this show for the purposes of this review. No financial compensation was provided.

Wordless Wednesday: Smile!

My son just can't resist playing with his food!


Have a nice day!

My Mother’s Day Gift to You!

In addition to writing this blog, I also write parenting books. And for Mother’s Day, I’d like to offer you a complimentary book! If you purchase any book featured below, just send me a copy of your receipt (smhparent at hotmail dot com) and your mailing address, and I’ll send you an autographed copy of Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year at no charge. (I’ll even cover the shipping.)

Just purchase one of these…

Boosting Your Baby’s Brain Power

Boosting Your Baby's Brain Power

Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms

Chicken Soup for the Soul: New Moms: 101 Inspirational Stories of Joy, Love, and Wonder

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Mothers: 101 Daily Devotions to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire Mothers

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Women

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Matters: 101 Unforgettable Stories about Our Nutty but Lovable Families

Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family

Chicken Soup for the Soul: All in the Family: 101 Incredible Stories about our Funny, Quirky, Lovable & "Dysfunctional" Families

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Twins and More: 101 Stories Celebrating Double Trouble and Multiple Blessings

It’s Twins! Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy Through Adolescence

It's Twins!: Parent-to-Parent Advice from Infancy through Adolescence

And get this for free!

Oh, Baby! 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year

Oh, Baby!: 7 Ways a Baby Will Change Your Life the First Year

These books make great gifts! Happy Mother’s Day!