Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Help Your Baby Enjoy Sweet Sleep Time with Pampers Baby Dry Diapers! (GIVEAWAY) #PampersBabyDry

Everyone knows that one of the most difficult parts of parenting babies is the lack of sleep! Often, the source of your baby’s wakefulness is a wet diaper. But there’s good news: Pampers wants you to know that you can encourage your little one’s sweet sleep time with Pampers Baby Dry diapers, which offer 12 hours of overnight dryness with three layers of absorbency (vs. two in other leading brands)!

When my four boys were babies, Pampers was always my diaper of choice. And so I’m thrilled to know that they keep getting better and better for future generations of babies. Pampers Baby Dry diapers offer:

• 3 layers of absorbency
• Up to 12 hours of overnight protection
• Even wider UltraAbsorb™ core
• Sesame Street® graphics
• Snug, stretchy sides
• Available in sizes 1-6

CLICK HERE to learn more about Pampers Baby Dry diapers!

And don’t forget to participate in Pampers’ Moment of the Week! Parents can post photos of their little ones enjoying a dry night’s sleep on Pampers’ Facebook page and on Twitter (@Pampers; #PampersBabyDry) for a chance to be featured as the “Sweet Sleep Time Moment of the Week.”

COUPON:
Enjoy this coupon for $1.50 off Pampers Baby Dry diapers !

GIVEAWAY


Two (2) lucky winners will each receive a Pampers Sweet Sleep Time gift pack (retailed at $100/each)! Each gift pack includes:

Pampers Baby Dry diaper pack ($13)
Pampers Baby Dry diaper coupon ($13)
Pampers Wipes ($5)
Pampers Wipes coupon ($5)
Constellation B Glow Animal ($30)
Good Night Moon book ($10)
Brown Bear, Brown Bear book ($10)
Where the Wild Things Are book ($15)

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.

Mom Would LOVE a Magazine for Mother’s Day from Magazines.com! (GIVEAWAY)


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Are you stumped about what to get Mom, Grandma, or your wife for Mother’s Day? How about a magazine? Magazines are the perfect gift because they won’t break your budget, they keep coming every month, and they’re entertaining! I subscribe to many magazines and find that they’re perfect for picking up when I’m having a snack, sitting by the pool or on the beach, and waiting for my kids to complete an activity. The best place to order magazines is at Magazines.com! They have a HUGE selection of magazines for her, such as:

Cooking with Paula Deen
Martha Stewart Living
Parenting Early Years
Parenting School Years
Prevention
Weight Watchers
Working Mother
Victoria
People
Southern Living
Food Network
Real Simple
Southern Lady
Crochet Today
Tea Time
…and many, many more!

Whether she likes cooking, decorating, celebrities, crafting, fitness or parenting, there’s an ideal magazine for her! And Magazines.com helps her keep track of her subscriptions, so she’ll never miss an issue of her favorite magazines. CLICK HERE to see some of the magazines that have been specially selected for Mother’s Day giving.

I encourage you to head over to Magazines.com and order a magazine subscription for your favorite mother, sister, aunt or other lady in your life for Mother’s Day! She will love this unique gift that keeps on giving every month!


GIVEAWAY

One lucky reader will receive a gift code worth $10 toward any magazine subscription at Magazines.com. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EDT on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, 2013. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below.

Monday, April 29, 2013

American Girl Bitty Twins Spring Giveaway (US/CAN)

Welcome to the American Girl Bitty Twins Spring Giveaway

Organized by Mom to Bed by 8 & co-hosted by Iowa Mom.
As many of you know, I am the mother of twins, so when I received the opportunity to participate in this event, I jumped at the chance! The on-the-go Bitty Twins are just adorable, and offer so many ways to mix and match! Choose skin tone, hair color, and gender to create your favorite pair. They come with full outfits, hair for styling, and a special book. Add to the fun with accessories and Dress Like Your Doll clothing. These 15-inch dolls are for ages 3 and up.

One lucky winner will receive an American Girl Bitty Twins + Book Set!

Even better, we are giving you the opportunity to select boy-girl, 2 girls or 2 boys. You also get to select skin and hair shade of each.
Giveaway ends May 13th at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18+. To enter please use the Rafflecopter form below.

LD Products Is Giving Away a Trip to Hawaii! Plus, Enter this Giveaway for an Ink Cartridge (Up to $100 Value)!

I recently discovered a great company called LD Products, which sells remanufactured ink cartridges that are crazy cheap! Their discount printer ink and toner is available for just about every inkjet or laser printer on the market. (I checked my models at home, and they carry them!) And their full line of printer inkjet cartridges, inkjet refill kits, laser toner, fax toner and other printer supplies are ordered online, so you never have to leave the house or the office. Great products, cheap prices, and convenience … what more could you ask for? Visit www.ldproducts.com or www.facebook.com/LDProducts.

And here’s another reason to LOVE LD Products. They’re hosting a giveaway for a dream vacation to Hawaii! Check out what you could win:
  • Roundtrip airfare for two (2) persons from any international airport in the contiguous United States to Honolulu International Airport
  • Five (5) nights in a standard room in the Ritz-Carlton Kapalua Maui Resort (yes, the Ritz-Carlton!!!)
  • A standard-sized rental car for six (6) consecutive days
  • $1000 in cash
Wow! Winning this trip would be a dream come true!

Go to http://promos.ldproducts.com/hawaii-giveaway and enter before 11:59 p.m. PDT on May 13, 2013.

Finally, LD Products is generously offering the following giveaway just for my readers! Read on…

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive their choice of a remanufactured ink cartridge at LD Products (up to $100 value)! Open to residents of the contiguous United States. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EDT on Monday, May 13, 2013. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below.

Alexander Drake Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash!

Alexander Drake new cover
Alexander Drake's
Extraordinary Pursuit

Meet Alexander Drake, a curious young man living in a drab, oversized mansion with his secretive father. He spent his days playing alone. In the back of his mind, he wondered what happened to his mother, and why his father was tight-lipped about the past. But secrets have a way of getting out.

It all started with a stay at his grandmother’s cottage. Alexander found strange clues tucked away in his father’s old bedroom. With a mysterious key and several maps in his pack, he set off on an innocent search for answers about his family.

When he discovered a secret passageway, the search took a dramatic turn. He suddenly worried about what was searching for him. Alexander was being hunted by a sorcerer from his father’s past. Answers lead to more questions and the journey of his life.

Join Alexander for a thrilling adventure in Azra’s Pith, a place of beauty and magic… But beware -- something evil lurks in the shadows.


General drake new cover
The Return of General Drake
When Alexander arrived in Verhonia, something went terribly wrong. A dark spell delivered from the mountains of Acadia sent him on a dangerous journey in the middle of the night. As he marched into the mountains, the great city of Verhonia was ambushed and burned to the ground by Roman's army of vicious giant murks.

With the safety of the realm in jeopardy, General John William Drake was asked to come back to Azra's Pith. He swore he would never return. But after discovering his son was under a spell and in the grips of a dark sorcerer, he had no choice.

Things take a wild turn in the mountains, with runaways, a hungry wolf and a mysterious, young empyrean wizard thrown into the adventure. A tight race against time and evil is in full swing. With faith and a little magic, they just might come out on top.


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lizzie
Author Elizabeth
Parkinson-Bellows

Being the frizzy-haired tomboy with buck teeth gave me a slight case of shyness as a kid. A colorful imagination meant escape and adventure at the drop of a hat.

Over the years I learned that the insecurities I carried around were a waste of time. I still prefer a football game to a manicure any day of the week. That indispensable imagination has found its way into my writing, providing a sense of joy and a true purpose.

Website * Twitter * Facebook


Book Blast Giveaway
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Ends 5/15/13

Friday, April 26, 2013

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 27, 2013)

It's the last weekend of April, and we're heading full-steam ahead into summer. Hurray! To celebrate, let's enter some giveaways! I hope you'll check out some of the awesome contests I have listed on my right sidebar, and hop around to those listed in the linky below. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, be sure to share them with us in the linky. And don't forget to promote this list on Twitter, Facebook and your other social media sites. Have a great weekend!





Mother’s Day #BestofWB Blog App and Giveaway: The Best of WB 100 Film Collection ($597 Value)!

I may be a little bit biased, but I have to say that moms are the best -- and they do a lot for their families! Now it’s time to return the favor and celebrate this Mother’s Day by giving Mom (or yourself) the movie night she deserves! Watching a classic flick together is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories with your family. My kids and I love to watch movies together. They’re always asking for a Family Movie Night!

To celebrate Mother’s Day, Warner Brothers has three wonderful things to offer my readers:
1) The Best of WB 100 Film Collection ($597.92 MSRP)
2) The Mother’s Day Movie Night Blog App
3) The Mother’s Day Fill-in-the-Blank Sheet

First, let’s take a look at the very fun Warner Bros. Mother’s Day Movie Night Blog App:



Why you will love the Warner Bros. Mother’s Day Movie Night Blog App:
Guess-the-Scene Game! How well do you know the silver screen’s most famous love stories and sing-a-longs? Play the Guess-the-Scene game to test your knowledge on the world’s greatest films! The quicker you pick, the more points you score. Ready? Action!
Words in Film! Select your mood and let quotes and images from film express how you’re feeling!
Movie Night Conversation Starters! Watching a classic flick together is the perfect opportunity to catch up and share stories... This Mother’s Day make it a point to connect with your family and give them a chance to learn something about Mom they never knew!

Second, check out the awesome Mother’s Day Fill-in-the-Blank Sheet: “My Perfect Mother’s Day”! This funny fill-in-the-blank sheet is all about your DREAM Mothers Day! Moms, fill it out and hang it on the fridge so that the whole family can see how you’d like to spend your special day! (Click the sheet to download or copy and paste the text version below to your word processing program.)



[Beginning of form]

Good morning, it’s your dream Mother’s Day! Anything can happen!

Waking up after sleeping in, I’m greeted with a breakfast of ________________ (food).

I’m spending the morning relaxing while watching my all-time favorite musical, ___________ (movie title). I remember watching it for the first time when I was ________ years old.

Of course, I can’t watch this movie without my favorite movie snack, ___________!

For lunch, my friends and I are taken to dine at ________________ (restaurant). Bouquets of _________ (flower) greet us on arrival.

On our way home, our car unexpectedly hits a time warp and we’re teleported back to the set of my favorite romance film, _________ (movie title)! I find myself playing the role of my favorite character, ____________ (character).

Suddenly, I’m Hollywood’s next big star! I’m strutting down every red carpet and being invited to all the exclusive premieres. I’m even dating the cutest movie star, __________ and our celebrity couple name is __________.

Suddenly, I wake up and find myself safely back in my bed. Looks like I must have dozed off and started dreaming!

[End of form]

Finally, Warner Brothers is releasing the amazing Best of WB 100 Film Collection ($597.92 MSRP)! This incredible set features 100 movies, including all 22 of Warner Bros. Library’s Best Picture™ winners on 55 discs presented in book-style premium packaging. It also includes two all-new documentaries: “Tales from the Warner Bros. Lot” and “The Warner Bros. Lot Tour.” There are hours of commentaries, behind-the-scenes featurettes and more on select films. Finally, this collection also includes a limited edition 27” x 40” poster, plus a postcard series of Warner Bros. movie posters designed by legendary Bill Gold. MORE INFO: http://bit.ly/Vugkdd

I am SO jealous … I would love to have this fantastic movie collection! If you’d love to have one, too, keep reading to find out how to enter the giveaway.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive the Best of WB 100 Film Collection (worth $597.92)! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, May 10, 2013. Good luck!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Children’s Book Review: Like Bug Juice on a Burger, by Julie Sternberg

When I was a little girl, I was a “Brownie,” which is the little girls’ version of Girl Scouts. One summer, my parents sent me to Girl Scouts camp. I was a rather shy little girl, and I only knew one other girl who was going to camp. Marilyn and I didn’t know each other very well, but she didn’t know anyone else at camp either, so I felt comforted in knowing that we would get to be better friends. Then, “disaster” hit. When they were assigning kids to tents, it came down to just Marilyn and me, and the only two spots left were in different tents. We were separated, and I ended up sleeping in the tent with a girl who wet the bed every night. Marilyn’s activities and mine didn’t coincide, and I never did find a friend of my own. Needless to say, I was miserable at camp and never went back again!

So, I could really relate to Eleanor’s feelings in the children’s chapter book, Like Bug Juice on a Burger, by Julie Sternberg. Her grandmother gave her a trip to sleepover camp one summer (the very same camp that Eleanor’s mother had attended and loved as a child), and Eleanor was apprehensive about going because she didn’t have any friends there. At the bus that was to take them to camp, she met one other girl who lived near her, and so they started out with a sort of awkward friendship. Eleanor really wanted to like camp, but so much was different! All of the girls in her cabin knew each other, so she felt like an outsider. The food wasn’t very good, and she got put in a low-level swim group that required her to wear a life jacket. She fell and scraped her chin. She got bit in the eyelid by a bug. And her suggestion for the baby goat’s name didn’t win the contest. There were a few things that Eleanor liked, but she never entirely loved the place.

The author so accurately captures Eleanor’s fears and loneliness as she struggles with being away from home for the first time. Nothing is familiar, and she feels like she’s different. She tries to appreciate her surroundings because she doesn’t want to let down her parents and her grandma, but she never quite finds it to be the glorious experience that her mom did. In most books with similar themes, it ends with the main character discovering that she just LOVES her new camp (or school or whatever the situation). So, I really liked that author Julie Sternberg made Eleanor’s experience more realistic: some parts of camp were good, and some were not so good. That’s how it usually is. And I think that young readers will be inspired by Eleanor’s determination to “stick with it” and find some joy in her situation.

Like Bug Juice on a Burger is perfect for summer reading, especially for kids who will be going to or returning from summer camp. I think they’ll be able to relate to Eleanor’s mixed feelings about this new experience and find comfort in knowing that it’s perfectly normal. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of Like Bug Juice on a Burger for your 8- to 10-year-old child!



You’ll also want to download Julie Sternberg's cute Like Bug Juice on a Burger activity kit, as well as a curriculum guide, to accompany the book at www.juliesternberg.com/activities.html. The free activity kit is especially appropriate for kids who are going to camp!

P.S. Please check out my review of Julie Sternberg's previous book, Like Pickle Juice on a Cookie, HERE.



DISCLOSURE: I received an advance reader’s copy to review this book. All opinions are 100% my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

6 Tips for Using Interactive Ebooks to Engage Your Kids

By Sherry Maysonave
Author of EggMania:
Where’s the Egg in Exactly?

www.maniatales.com

Digital media for kids offers a unique platform for learning and long-term retention by activating multiple senses and cerebral pathways. Many digital products today, especially ebooks that blend entertainment with education, incorporate the three primary learning modalities simultaneously -- visual, audio and kinesthetic, which increases learning potential significantly. Learning occurs depending upon the level of a child’s engagement, mentally and emotionally. So how can parents optimize their children’s screen time?

Six tips for using interactive ebooks to engage your kids:

1) Visual Sense:
Choose illustrated ebooks that are visually-rich, those having artful (not merely stick figure kiddy art or cartoon types common to digital games) and colorful graphics to fully engage children visually and to stimulate their imaginations.

2) Audio Sense:
Select ebooks that have two modes of reading: a) Narration with Enhanced Sound -- music and sound effects; b) Read Myself. To optimize audio integration, allow children to enjoy and explore the narrated version with enhanced sound. Then, to practice oral reading skills, set up an audition for “the best narrator.” Use an audio recorder or smart phone to tape children’s versions. Allow them to create some fun sound effects and add music along with their narration. Parents may record for younger children who are not yet reading advanced vocabulary. Involve them in the nuances of your oral expression. Make it theirs by including their voice on the recording. Have them read, speak, or repeat after you, some of the words or short sentences.

3) Kinesthetic Sense:
Encourage tapping and touching of the screen to activate kinesthetic and interactive components. To maximize these features, have kids zoom in and out on art images, tap for duplication or animation of image, and tap words for definitions. iPad users can take screen shots of illustrations, then print them in black and white for kids to color, paint, trace, or copy.

4) Emotional Components:
A. Host a live chat to discuss stories and illustrations with children; ask what’s their favorite illustration? And why? Their favorite words, etc. Avoid asking, “What did you learn?”

B. Support the hero in your child. Develop their subjective thinking skills by helping them analyze the subtler life lessons typically inherent in children’s narratives. Kids do not always integrate what we think they will. Help them come to positive conclusions by asking them questions about the main character or characters, asking what they liked about them/him/her and didn’t like about them. Ask how they would respond to the dilemma or conflict if they were that character.

5) Language Development:
Give kids a choice of two illustrations from an ebook or have them select two favorites. Then have them write a new story or poem based upon the illustrations and what the images inspire in their imagination. Older kids can be required to have a lexical humor slant to their story or poem, or to choose a genre such as comedy or drama.

6) Memory and Family Fun:
Further develop kids’ memory and integration by extending the subject matter into family time by playing games, such as charades, using vocabulary-rich phrases from selected ebooks your children enjoy. A family/friends version of “Who’s Smarter than a Fifth Grader” can be played using the Fun Facts that some ebooks provide.

EggMania: Where’s the Egg in Exactly? by former educator Sherry Maysonave, is the story of a boy who keeps hearing mispronunciations of the word "exactly" as “eggzactly.” In his quest to find the "egg," he meets unusual creatures who help him discover the importance of speaking correctly while underscoring a significant life lesson: even if he makes mistakes, he can still be extraordinary. Available on the iPad, it is highly interactive. For example, throughout the story, an egg hatches open with fun facts. It’s a cute book to let your kids read this spring. Check out the book trailer at www.maniatales.com! EggMania is available for only $9.99 on the Apple iBookstore.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Save 25% on Personalized Mother’s Day Cards from Treat!

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Note: This post contains my affiliate link.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Attention, Parents of College Students! Campus Bellhops Can Help Make Moving Day a Breeze! (DISCOUNT CODE)

Like 60% of college students, my son Taylor chose to live in a traditional on-campus dorm for his first year of school. After a long 7-hour drive to campus, we had to lug all of his personal belongings up to the top floor of the dorm! I remember pulling up to the dorm and being told that we could only park in front for 10 minutes. We were instructed to dump all of our son’s belongings on the lawn, move the car to a parking garage, and return to haul his stuff from the grass to his room. Needless to say, by the end of the day, we were all exhausted! I was amused to read a statistic noting that 54% of moms compared the college moving experience with unpleasant activities such as a root canal, sitting in traffic or visiting the DMV. I don’t know if I’d quite describe it that harshly, as we were all excited about my son’s acceptance at his college of choice and the exciting years ahead of him, but I would agree with the 51% of moms who say that moving their child in/out of a college residence is a physically grueling experience.

I recently heard about a service that would have made that moving day a whole lot easier! It’s called Campus Bellhops, and they are a student-run moving company on 50+ college campuses across America. (And, yes, they are on my son’s campus. If only I had known!) And they are SO reasonable: standard dorm moves are under $100! That is an incredible deal. They will also assist with move-ins and move-outs for houses, apartments, sororities/fraternities, and storage facilities. My son moved into an apartment for his second year, and this time there was no elevator, so we had to climb the stairs numerous times that day to get him moved in. Fortunately, my son had some strong friends to help out, but it was still a very LONG day!

If you’ve got a child either moving out of a college dorm or apartment this spring, or moving into one this fall, I suggest that you see if Campus Bellhops are available at their campus. The company was started by two entrepreneurs at Auburn University who grew their business to cover 50+ campuses and employ 2,500+ students. All Bellhops/movers are university students, and you will receive an email prior to the move that includes the bios of your two assigned Bellhops. (They might even be the first friends your new college student makes!) And here’s a discount code to make moving even sweeter!

DISCOUNT CODE
Receive 10% off your services with Campus Bellhops!
USE DISCOUNT CODE: susanheim1

Contact Campus Bellhops through the social media channels below:
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http://www.facebook.com/CampusBellhops
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The discount code above is an affiliate link.

Winners for the Week of April 14, 2013

POSTER AND SIGNED BOOKMARK FROM DODINSKY, AUTHOR OF IN THE GARDEN OF THOUGHTS


Congratulations to the winner: Debby C.!

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: DOG DAYS (HARDCOVER) & DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES (DVD)



Congratulations to the winner: Alissa S-A!

TEA WITH JANE AUSTEN, BY KIM WILSON (HARDCOVER BOOK)



Congratulations to the winner: Lesley M.!

TITANIC GIVEAWAY HOP: THE KILLING SEA: A NOVEL ABOUT THE TSUNAMI THAT STUNNED THE WORLD, BY RICHARD LEWIS (HARDCOVER)


Congratulations to the winner: Monja B.!

NO JOKE! WIN BIG APRIL FOOLS GIVEAWAY: KINDLE FIRE HD OR $199 AMAZON GIFT CARD OR $199 PAYPAL CASH


Congratulations to the winner: Bobbie A.!

NO STRINGS ATTACHED GIVEAWAY HOP: $100 GLOBALGIVING GIFT CARD (WRITING BLOG)


Congratulations to the winner: Karin Anderson!

NO STRINGS ATTACHED GIVEAWAY HOP: $100 GLOBALGIVING GIFT CARD (PARENTING BLOG)


Congratulations to the winner: Samuel Yam!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Join Funky Monkey Snacks for a Twitter Chat, Plus Enter This Giveaway for a Sampler Pack!

If you love Twitter parties, I’ve got a great one for you! Funky Monkey Snacks is hosting a Twitter chat on Tuesday, April 23rd at 2:00-3:00 pm CST (3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time). They’ll be talking about dealing with food challenges, restrictions, and allergies. If you or someone in your family has any of these issues, you’ll definitely want to attend! And even if you don’t have these problems, you’ll receive some great tips about getting into the habit of choosing healthy snacks.

What: Funky Monkey Snacks Twitter Chat
When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 2:00-3:00 pm CST (3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time)
Follow: @FunkyMonkeySnck
Hashtag: #funkychat

GIVEAWAY


Funky Monkey Snacks would also love to offer one of my lucky readers a sampler pack of their 7 flavors! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Enter to Win a Trip for 4 to Crayola’s Big Colorful Birthday Adventure‏!

To celebrate their 110th birthday, the 8 original crayons are throwing a birthday bash at the new fun-omenal Crayola Experience, the world's only interactive Crayola family attraction. Right now, they're out on a colorful adventure to spread the news, and you're invited to join the fun!

How can you join in on the fun? You can FOLLOW the crayons on their adventure, LEARN more about each color and enter to WIN a trip for 4 to celebrate their birthday and the Grand Opening of the all new Crayola Experience this coming May 2013!

Visit the Crayola Facebook page and click "enter now" for your chance to be first in line when the Crayola Experience reopens.

The new Crayola Experience features four floors of new interactive exhibits and one-of-a-kind attractions that will bring the magic of color and your child's creativity to life! The winner will be among the first to experience the fun, along with a three-night, all-expenses paid stay. It's an experience your kids will never forget -- and neither will you!



Disclosure: Crayola provided this information and is sending me a box of crayons as a thank-you for sharing it with you.

Introducing NBCUniversal’s #ShareandTell Blog App, Plus a Giveaway for a Green Is Universal Prize Pack!

Did you know that for every pound of new goods produced, 71 pounds of waste are generated during manufacturing? This Earth Week, NBCUniversal is partnering with the sharing site yerdle to help you minimize your impact on the planet by sharing your stuff. One person’s stuff is another person’s story!

Yerdle is the new mission-driven California Benefit corporation that’s out to help people share with their friends rather than buying things new. On yerdle, friends post items they're willing to give away or loan, search for items they're looking to get, and nab the things they want. Simple.

You can also host your own Share and Tell party to share your unused stuff during Earth Week! Protect the planet, save money, give gifts to your friends and find things you want. Hosting a Share and Tell means inviting your Facebook friends to share things you want. Parties can either be hosted in-person or online, it’s up to you!

Check out NBC’s Share and Tell Blog App below to:

1) Join or host a Share & Tell Party (click the “Join the Party” button in the app below).
2) Post your stuff to share with friends. Discover other items that are up for grabs.
3) Tell the story of your sharing experiences on your favorite social media site. Use the hashtag #ShareandTell.



Why you will love the NBC Share and Tell App:

How Green Are You? Eco Quiz: It’s not easy being green … (or is it?) We all want to take better care of our environment and go green, but the question is... How are YOU Green? Take the Eco Quiz to find out!
7 Easy Ways to Start Sharing Now: Now, more than ever, sharing makes sense. Getting started is simpler than you think! Read these 7 easy ways to start sharing now and create healthier, happier families and communities.
Real Life Share and Tell Stories: Read real life stories of how sharing on yerdle has helped people just like you get the stuff they need -- without buying a thing!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Green Is Universal Prize Pack consisting of:

One Green Is Universal canvas tote bag (made from recycled cotton)

... along with two of the items below (chosen at random)

- Planet Ocean DVD (read my review HERE)
- Green Is Universal T-shirt (made by Alternative Apparel)
- Green Is Universal colored pencil kits (made from recycled newspaper)
- Green Is Universal Vapur water bottles (BPA-free)
- Green Is Universal hardboard cover spiral bound notebook
- Green Is Universal burlap FEED bag

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Friday, May 3, 2013. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below.

For the Home Giveaway Hop: Sign-Ups Are Open!





Hosted By:
Mommy's Favorite Things
&
Mama's Baby Cupcakes


"For The Home"
This Blog Hop giveaway is going to be items that are meant For The Home. Anything that has to do with the home. From decorating to cleaning products. From food to bedding. Whatever goes in the home. There are lots of options for finding a prize for this wonderful event. Your only mission is to find the perfect prize pack for your blog!

Because this is a blog hop, each blog will be responsible for securing their own prize on their own blog. Each prize must be worth a Minimum of $25. The prize can be sponsored OR you can self-sponsor. Each blog can have more than 1 winner, but each winner must win at least $25 in prizes.

Joining this Blog Hop is FREE with announcement.

When: 7/8-7/22

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

Show a Teacher You Care with Gifts from Tiny Prints (Discount Code) and Cards from Treat!

If you're anything like me, you think that every day should be Teacher Appreciation Day, but May 7 is extra special.

That day is the official National Teacher Appreciation Day. And a great way to show your thanks is with a card and a simple, but meaningful gift.

Teacher Appreciation Day on Tiny Prints

Tiny Prints has a great promotion this Sunday and Monday (April 21 and 22) for 25% off all of their custom gifts, such as mugs, always a teacher favorite. You can choose from hundreds of designs for each gift type, personalize them with your child's photo or class photo, and write your own text.

Just use the promo code TAD25 at checkout by 11:59pm PT on Monday April 22 to save 25%. That is also the last day for guaranteed delivery by May 6.

And for the card, definitely check out Treat, where you can get a completely customized, photo card for only $3.49. They have almost 40 designs specifically for Teacher Appreciation Day, not to mention hundreds of thank you card designs.

If you are buying multiple cards, check out their Treat Card Club packs. A 6-card plan costs only $2.49 per card, a 12-card plan only $2.24 per card, and an 18-card plan only $1.99 per card.

At the very least, make sure to thank a teacher or two on May 7.



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