Monday, December 31, 2012

Happy New Year from Susan Heim on Parenting!

Have a happy and safe new year, and may 2013 bring many blessings for you and your family!


Gold and Silver Fever: An Interesting Infographic from Great Southern Coins

For many of us, a new year brings with it the hopes of greater prosperity and wealth. With that in mind, I thought I’d share this infographic courtesy of Great Southern Coins that provides an interesting look at the historic quest for gold and silver. (You can click on the graphic to see it in full.) Enjoy!

Gold and Silver Fever | GreatSouthernCoins.com
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Saturday, December 29, 2012

Friday, December 28, 2012

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 29, 2012)

Welcome to the final giveaway linky for 2012! I hope it was a good year for you and that 2013 will be even better! You might have noticed that I took a little time off this week for the holidays. I'll also be busy finishing up a new Chicken Soup for the Soul book in the next two weeks! I look forward to telling you more about that in 2013. In the meantime, hop around the linky below and check out my right sidebar for the chance to win some great prizes. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us. Don't forget to tweet this page and share the linky with your Facebook and Google+ fans! Happy (almost) new year!





Tweet Your Proposal to Win a Second Honeymoon from ModernGreetings.com!

Recently, I shared with you that ModernGreetings.com is hosting a fantastic Second Honeymoon Contest in which they’ll be giving away four Second Honeymoon trips to four lucky couples!

The contest is broken up into four separate competitions, and the winner from each competition wins a Second Honeymoon trip (up to $3,000). Contestants can enter all four contests, but can only win once. But anyone who enters will receive a $5 voucher to ModernGreetings.com for each contest in which they participate! So, that’s up to $20 in vouchers merely for submitting four entries.

The first two parts of the contest have ended, but there are still two more opportunities for you to win a second honeymoon!

Tweet Your Proposal: Dec. 28 – Jan. 3, 2013
Contestants will tweet @moderngreeting their proposal story about how their significant other popped the question to them with the hashtag #MGTakeUsAway. They’ll be encouraged to get retweets on their proposal story tweet to increase their chances of winning, and the winning proposal story will be selected from the stories with the most retweets.

Most Memorable Wedding Moment Video: Jan. 4, 2013 – ?
Contestants will record and upload a video describing the most memorable moment from their wedding and will be encouraged to share their entry to get votes. The video with the most votes for most memorable wedding moment will win the trip.


So, it’s time to get started! To enter the current contest and Tweet Your Proposal, go to ModernGreetings.com’s Facebook page, which will explain the details of entering and provide you with the entry submission form. Good luck!



Thursday, December 27, 2012

Announcing the New Movies from Walt Disney Studios in 2013!

I recently received the line-up of Disney’s new movies for 2013. There are some really exciting films here. Take a look!

March 8: OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL


When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot -- fame and fortune are his for the taking -- that is until he meets three witches, Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity -- and even a bit of wizardry -- Oscar transforms himself not only into the great wizard but into a better man as well.

May 3: IRON MAN 3 (Marvel Studios)


Marvel’s “Iron Man 3” pits brash-but-brilliant industrialist Tony Stark/Iron Man against an enemy whose reach knows no bounds. When Stark finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands, he embarks on a harrowing quest to find those responsible. This journey, at every turn, will test his mettle. With his back against the wall, Stark is left to survive by his own devices, relying on his ingenuity and instincts to protect those closest to him. As he fights his way back, Stark discovers the answer to the question that has secretly haunted him: does the man make the suit or does the suit make the man?

June 21: MONSTERS UNIVERSITY (Disney/Pixar)


Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn't stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

July 3: THE LONE RANGER


From producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Gore Verbinski, the filmmaking team behind the blockbuster “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, comes Disney/Jerry Bruckheimer Films’ “The Lone Ranger,” a thrilling adventure infused with action and humor, in which the famed masked hero is brought to life through new eyes. Native American spirit warrior Tonto (Johnny Depp) recounts the untold tales that transformed John Reid (Armie Hammer), a man of the law, into a legend of justice -- taking the audience on a runaway train of epic surprises and humorous friction as the two unlikely heroes must learn to work together and fight against greed and corruption.

September 13: THE LITTLE MERMAID 3D (Walt Disney Animation Studios)


Swimming into the hearts of a new generation -- beautifully restored and this time in 3D -- “The Little Mermaid” features the beloved Ariel, a fun-loving and mischievous mermaid, who is enchanted with all things human. Disregarding her father’s order to stay away from the world above the sea, she swims to the surface and, in a raging storm, rescues the prince of her dreams. Determined to be human, Ariel strikes a bargain with the devious seawitch Ursula, trading her fins and beautiful voice for legs. With her best friend Flounder, misguided seagull Scuttle and the calypso-singing Caribbean crab chaperone Sebastian at her side, Ariel must win the prince’s love and save her father’s kingdom -- all in a heart-pounding race against time.

October 4: DELIVERY MAN (DreamWorks Pictures)


From DreamWorks Pictures comes “Delivery Man”, the story of affable underachiever David Wozniak, whose mundane life is turned upside down when he finds out that he fathered 533 children through sperm donations he made twenty years earlier. In debt to the mob, rejected by his pregnant girlfriend, things couldn’t look worse for David when he is hit with a lawsuit from 142 of the 533 twenty-somethings who want to know the identity of the donor. As David struggles to decide whether or not he should reveal his true identity, he embarks on a journey that leads him to discover not only his true self but the father he could become as well.

November 8: THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Marvel Studios)


Marvel’s "Thor: The Dark World" continues the big-screen adventures of Thor, the Mighty Avenger, as he battles to save Earth and all the Nine Realms from a shadowy enemy that predates the universe itself. In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos ... but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

November 27: FROZEN (Walt Disney Animation Studios)


When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna (voice of Kristen Bell), a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna’s sister Elsa (voice of Idina Menzel), the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the kingdom from destruction.

December 20: SAVING MR. BANKS

Two-time Academy Award®–winner Emma Thompson and fellow double Oscar®-winner Tom Hanks topline Disney’s “Saving Mr. Banks,” inspired by the extraordinary, untold backstory of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen.

I’m especially excited to see Oz The Great and Powerful, Frozen, and Saving Mr. Banks. Which of Disney’s 2013 movies are you most excited to see?

Monday, December 24, 2012

The Real Meaning of Christmas

Christmas, my child, is love in action. Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
~Dale Evans

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winners for the Week of December 16, 2012

REDEMPTION BOOK BLAST: $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD & 5 BOOKS


Congratulations to the winner: Stephanie L., Erika A., Stacey D., SueSueper S., sherry f., and Beth G.!

SIGNED COPY OF MARY’S SON: A TALE OF CHRISTMAS + A MATCHING CHARITABLE DONATION UP TO $100


Congratulations to the winner: Melanie M.!

PERSONALIZED TRAVEL MUG FROM INVITATION CONSULTANTS


Congratulations to the winner: Miz V.!

ST. CLAWS BOOK BLAST: $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD & 3 EBOOKS BY ALAN NAYES


Congratulations to the winner: Sherri C.!

FIRST TIME: THE LEGEND OF GARISON FITCH BOOK BLAST: $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD OR PAYPAL


Congratulations to the winner: Karen M.!

HOLIDAY BLU-RAY FROM WARNER BROTHERS


Congratulations to the winner: Stephanie Larison!

HOLIDAY FOOD GIFTS TO MAKE! (BOOKAZINE FROM HEARST)


Congratulations to the winner: carolpie!

TOP TEDDY BEAR FROM TEDDY BEARS PERSONALIZED


Congratulations to the winners:
Top Teddy Bear: April B.
Teddy Bear Keychains: Maureen (suburban prep) and Robin Q.

XBOX 360 HOLIDAY BUNDLE GIVEAWAY EVENT


Congratulations to the winner: Jeanna J.!

BOX OF SURPRISE HAIR ACCESSORIES FROM HAIRCOVERINGS.COM


Congratulations to the winner: Jennifer M.!

THE MIDWIFE OF HOPE RIVER, BY PATRICIA HARMAN


Congratulations to the winner: Traci L.B.!

MASTER LOCK DIALSPEED ELECTRONIC COMBINATION LOCK


Congratulations to the winner: Steve S.!

FINDING THE BABY JESUS BOOK BLAST: $50 AMAZON GIFT CARD OR PAYPAL


Congratulations to the winner: Lucy H.!

Giveaway for Australian Natural Soaps (3 Winners)!

Welcome to the Australian Natural Soap Event brought to you by Lisa from The Consumer Adviser and promoted by a topnotch group of bloggers.


Those of us who live in the U.S. can surely appreciate the depth of the struggling economy. Many of us fight just to provide our families with the basic necessities. Yet, none of us want to sacrifice the health of our loved ones by providing cheap, unsavory foodstuff or personal care products. When it comes to cleaning products, I have been using basic white distilled vinegar and baking soda. True classics.

Soap is a necessity -- ya gotta have soap! I actually love soap -- good soap, not the stuff that’s available in supermarkets or drug stores. I recently discovered Australian Natural Soap. What makes their soaps so exceptional is the natural ingredients. You won’t find animal fats or harsh astringents that dry out the skin -- none of those unpronounceable chemicals and fillers contained in traditional bar soaps.


In stark contrast, Australian Natural Soaps contain plant oils and botanicals. The soaps are available in both vegan and vegetarian formulations. No nasty animal fat.

French Milled Soap equals longer-lasting soap.

You can purchase craft soaps for only three dollars each. That really is a remarkable value for the quality. Want an even greater savings? Purchase bulk soap for a total of two dollars per bar. You won’t find a better value soap for this quality.

Variety is the spice of life. There really is something for everyone as far as fragrance or type of soap. Spa soap, luxury guest soap and even gift soaps, which make luxurious but practical gifts.

These soaps are a pleasure to use. They smelling amazing and won’t dry out your skin OR break your budget. For more info, visit www.australiansoap.com.

GIVEAWAY


Three winners will each receive their choice of the 8-count box of the wrapped soaps or the 10-count box of the craft soaps. This is up to a $32 value each!

Use the easy Rafflecoptor form to enter this giveaway. [Please note: For your tweets to count, they must be open to the public and not protected.]

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will run from December 23, 2012 through January 3, 2013 at 11:59 PM (eastern time).

Friday, December 21, 2012

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 22, 2012)

Welcome to the final Super Saturday Giveaway Linky before Christmas arrives! I've had a crazy week picking up last-minute gifts, wrapping (with still more to do) and getting the house clean in preparation for family (still a LOT more to do)! I bet you can relate... If you have a few minutes left in your busy schedule, I hope you'll enter some of the exciting giveaways listed below and on my right sidebar. And if you're hosting some contests on your blog, please be sure to share them with us, and them share this page on Twitter and Facebook. May you and your family have a very blessed Christmas!