Friday, January 31, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (February 1, 2014)

Welcome to February and the first Super Saturday Giveaway Linky of the month! As our thoughts turn to love (thanks to Valentine's Day), it's the perfect time to try to win some great gifts for our loved ones! Check out my right sidebar for a list of my current giveaways, and then hop around to the contests in the linky below. If you're hosting a giveaway on your site, please share it with us in the linky. And be sure to tell your Facebook and Twitter friends about this page. Big hug!







Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review: "Mommy Memoirs," by Ann Van De Water

About this book:

If you are a mom, want to be a mom, know a mom, or have a mom, this inspirational book is for you!

Ann takes you step-by-step through her own adventures, from realizing her OB-Gyn went to her church and finding out she was pregnant with her first, to her hysterectomy, launching her youngest off to college, and facing the dreaded empty nest with bucket list in hand -- and everything in between -- she leaves few stones unturned.

Her transparency gives you permission to admit to your own imperfections and laugh with her as you recognize yourself in the tales she tells. Learn from her mistakes and rejoice with her as she sees God’s hand of blessing in her life as a wife and mother!

You will appreciate the short stories that can be devoured quickly and the humor she brings to each situation in turn. You will come away with the reminder to take yourself less seriously and enjoy a good laugh every day. However, have a box of tissues on hand as well.

Many of us have “been there and done that.” Enjoy Ann’s memories of her mommy moments! Come be reminded of what an honor and privilege it is to partner with God in the best career out there -- being a mom!

My thoughts:

I have been laughing my head off as I read Ann’s anecdotes about raising her three sons. As a mother of sons, as well, I can especially relate to Ann’s descriptions of the mischief her boys get into. Best of all, I love that Ann isn’t afraid to show that she was never the perfect mom. In fact, her conclusion is titled, “Nobody’s Perfect”! She made mistakes (like using a son’s silly nickname in front of his friends), but through it all, humor and prayer got them through the childhood years. Ann’s tales are brief, generally about two pages long, so they’re easy to read through on a mother’s busy schedule. I found so many stories that I could relate to, from “letting down” in public (breastfeeding moms know exactly what I mean) to struggling to find a last-minute Halloween costume. I encourage all mothers and moms-to-be to read Ann Van De Water’s Mommy Memoirs. You’ll learn that you don’t have to be perfect to be the best mom for your kids!

Learn more about this book and Ann Van De Water at www.annvandewater.com. Follow Ann on Twitter and Facebook, too!






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Mortify Your Kids by Singing Along to "Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen"! #DisneyFrozen


Recently, I told you that more than 2,000 theaters nationwide are staged to showcase the all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure Frozen, beginning this Friday, January 31st! Following is a video of the sing-along version of their most popular song from the movie, "Let It Go." I absolutely love this song, and couldn't resist singing every word, even doing my best to hit those high notes. Needless to say, my boys were mortified. It was great...!



Check your local listings to see if a sing-along version of Frozen is showing in your area. Click HERE or HERE to purchase tickets. Be sure to bring along the kids and really put on a show for them!

“Like” FROZEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen
Follow FROZEN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation
Visit the official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen

Tiny Prints Deal of the Day: 50% Off Address Labels and Gift Tags


When: 9:00am PT January 30 through 8:00am PT January 31, 2014
Promo Code: 0130DEAL

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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Chuggington: Brewster Leads the Way ~ New DVD Giveaway!

Do you have a little Chuggington fan in your life? I have the perfect Valentine’s Day gift for your child or grandchild: Chuggington: Brewster Leads the Way on DVD! Coming out on February 11, this new release from Anchor Bay Entertainment brings “traintastic” adventures to preschoolers everywhere with six action-packed episodes featuring relatable storylines and positive messages. The new release will be available in two different versions, including one with an Old Puffer Pete die-cast engine from TOMY™!

Throughout this newest assortment of energetic adventures, Brewster takes the lead! In the title episode, Brewster must oversee the transporting of a heavy load with the assistance of the mighty Chuggers. But when the Chuggers get called away or break down, it’s up to Brewster to move “full-steam ahead” and get the job done! And in “Track Laying Brewster,” when a flash flood causes Rocky Ridge River to overflow, Brewster’s track-laying abilities are put to the test. He has to save Zack, Tyne and Fletch by helping them get their wheels above water -- and fast!

Additional episodes on the new DVD include “Babysitter Brewster,” “Brewster Meets the Mayor,” “Poor Old Puffer Pete,” “Old Puffer Pete’s Firebox,” and a bonus Badge Quest adventure, “Brewster’s Carwash.” The title also contains a Chugger Spotlight segment with a special character montage that centers on Brewster, along with an original Chug Patrol: Ready to Rescue music video, and coloring and activity pages, too!

If you’re looking for an alternative to cavity-causing candy for a child’s valentine’s gift, you can’t go wrong with the new DVD, Chuggington: Brewster Leads the Way. Your little fan will love it!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive the new DVD, Chuggington: Brewster Leads the Way! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

Augmented Reality: A New Generation for Children’s Books


Augmented Reality picture books are the next generation of Pop-Up App books for children, and Dawn Publications is at the forefront of this trend. Dawn has taken ordinary pages of a picture book and made them come alive with 3-D animated images.

This isn’t to be confused with a book app. This is actually utilizing the physical book and turning it into a 3-D interactive experience while it reads you the story. We didn’t have a name for this new technology, and we wanted to distinguish it from a book app, so we called it a “Pop-Up App.”

A Touch of Digital Magic
Dawn’s digital artist, Malachi Bazan, discovered Augmented Reality (AR) software and decided to see if he could program it to work with picture books. He said, “We’ve seen this technology used in other applications, but never with children’s books. I simply had to try it and see if it would work.” Malachi, who has extensive experience as a character modeler for Hollywood movies and has done major video games for Sony, was able to make it become a reality. One day he just came into the office and showed us how a page in one of our picture books could literally “pop-up” on the page and become a 3-D image. Not only that but he could make the animals move about on the page and add sound. We were all in awe at the possibilities!

Dawn Publications has programmed Augmented Reality to use with our new Spring 2014 book, The Mouse and the Meadow, in which a young mouse quickly comes of age as he sets out to explore his meadow. There he meets many remarkable creatures. Spider has tangled intentions. Firefly really knows how to put on a show. Mother rabbit is kind. Turtle is wise. Others would have him for lunch! Fortunately, help arrives just in time.

How It Works
You take the picture book, Pop-Up The Mouse and the Meadow, and scan the QR code on the back of the book. That takes you to a web page with a demonstration and instructions to download the AR app for FREE from iTunes. Once the app is loaded on your Android or iOS device, you hover the device over the book, and it will start reading the story. Simply move the iPad, iPhone or Android over the page of the book and watch as the Meadow Mouse and other creatures pop up off the page! If you touch the animals on the device, they magically move around on the page and interact with each other.

Making Books Come Alive!
Augmented Reality adds graphics, sounds, feedback and smell to the natural world as it exists. Augmented reality is changing the way we view the world -- or at least the way its users see the world. Being a children’s book publisher since 1979, Dawn Publications recognizes that parents and educators are aware of the need for today’s kids to be interactive with their books. Ebooks and apps are a great start, but Augmented Reality takes it to the next level of fun. We’re aiming at engaging children to read, always trying to make this a fun and enjoyable activity, with the intention to pass on to children the love of books and reading. This just adds to the experience!

The First Experience with the Public
Dawn Publications had a visit from a school with 30 parents and kids of all ages. We all took turns describing what we did as publishers, from editor, creative director, authors, illustrators, marketers and such, but when we went to our digital artist, you could hear a pin drop! They were in amazement as they watched images magically pop-up from the book. Each child wanted to take a turn with the iPad to touch the animals and make them scatter across the page. Parents were delighted that their children wanted real books, and to combine it with technology was brilliant.

Where Do We Go from Here?
This is just the tip of the iceberg for us. Dawn Publications intends to turn other books into Pop-Up Apps using AR technology. Now that illustrators are turning to digital art, this is making the possibility of future books and technology a perfect marriage.

About Dawn Publications and Simply Nature Media

Dawn Publications, www.dawnpub.com, is a nature niche publisher since 1979, specializing in connecting children and nature through quality books that inspire a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on Earth. For more information, contact Sandy Philpott, sandy@dawnpub.com. Malachi Bazan, through Simply Nature Media, has joined forces with Dawn to develop inspiring and educational products in digital format. He can be reached at malachi@dawnpub.com.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Let’s Start Our Super Bowl Celebration with Frank’s RedHot Recipes and a Giveaway! #lickthebowlclean


Are you ready for the Super Bowl? If you’re anything like me, you believe that the snacks and food served during the Big Game are just as important as the game itself! One of our family’s favorite dishes to serve during celebrations is Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Chicken Dip! We first tried this dip at a friend’s party and fell in love with it. So, we were shocked when the hostess told us that she found the recipe on the back of the Frank’s RedHot bottle! Now we bring this easy-to-make dip to all the gatherings we attend and, without fail, it’s gone in no time. Plus, everyone’s always begging for the recipe! So, I’ll save you the asking and present the recipe below. Enjoy!

FRANK’S® REDHOT® BUFFALO CHICKEN DIP

This robust creamy dip tastes like Buffalo Chicken Wings but without the mess! Serve hot with celery sticks, veggies or your favorite chips.

Prep Time: 5 min. Cook Time: 20 min.

1 (8 oz.) package PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, softened
½ cup blue cheese or ranch salad dressing
½ cup any flavor FRANK’S® REDHOT® Sauce
½ cup crumbled blue cheese or shredded mozzarella cheese
2 cans (12.5 oz. each) SWANSON® White Premium Chunk Chicken Breast in Water, drained

1. HEAT oven to 350ºF. Place cream cheese into deep baking dish. Stir until smooth.
2. MIX in salad dressing, Frank’s RedHot sauce and cheese. Stir in chicken.
3. BAKE 20 minutes or until mixture is heated through; stir. Garnish as desired. Serve with crackers or cut up vegetables.

Makes 4 cups dip

Microwave Directions: Prepare as above. Place in microwave-safe dish. Microwave, uncovered, on HIGH 5 min. until hot, stirring halfway through cooking.

Tip: You may substitute 2 cups shredded cooked chicken.

Slow Cooker Method: Combine ingredients as directed above. Place mixture into small slow cooker. Heat on HIGH setting for 1 ½ hours until hot and bubbly or on LOW setting for 2 ½ to 3 hours. Stir.

Tailgating Tip: Prepare dip ahead and place in heavy disposable foil pan. Place pan on grill and heat dip until hot and bubbly.

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Another party food that my family is always begging for is wings! Did you know that more than 1.25 billion wings are served and consumed during Super Bowl weekend?! That is a LOT of wings! So, why not join us and serve up some delicious wings at your Super Bowl party made with the following Frank’s RedHot recipe!

FRANK’S® REDHOT® ORIGINAL BUFFALO CHICKEN WINGS

Prep Time: 10 min. Cook Time: 20 min.

2 ½ lbs. chicken wing pieces
¾ cup any flavor FRANK’S® REDHOT® Wing Sauce

1. BAKE wings in foil-lined pan at 500°F on lowest oven rack for 20 minutes until crispy, turning once.
2. TOSS wings in sauce to coat.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

Tip: You may substitute ½ cup FRANK’S® REDHOT® Sauce mixed with 1/3 cup melted butter for the Wings Sauce.

Alternate Cooking Directions:
Deep-fry at 375°F for 10 minutes.
Broil 6-inches from heat 15 to 20 minutes, turning once.
Grill over medium heat 20 to 25 minutes, turning often.

And don’t forget that Frank’s RedHot is the perfect condiment -- pour it on wings, chili, burgers, nachos, and more! Frank’s® RedHot® is a “must-have” for any Super Bowl party! Learn more about Frank’s RedHot and find more delicious recipes at www.franksredhot.com.

GIVEAWAY

One very lucky winner will receive some Frank’s RedHot Swag including:

• Frank’s RedHot Backpack
• Frank’s RedHot Drink Coozie
• Frank’s RedHot Keychain
• Frank’s RedHot Blinking Hot Lips
• Frank’s RedHot Magnet
• Coupon for product

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

Stella Ma, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Little Passports, Shares Her Family's Annual Chinese New Year Traditions!

Happy Chinese New Year and Year of the Horse! I grew up in a fairly traditional Cantonese-speaking family, and Chinese New Year has always been a very special holiday for me. As a young child, I knew Chinese New Year took place around the beginning of the year, but I didn’t fully grasp that the date was tied to the lunar calendar. I recall my mom pulling out a large Chinese calendar book and flipping through the pages to find the exact date.



Our excitement built as the day approached and preparations were made. We cleaned the house before the holiday because we didn’t want to risk “sweeping” out good luck after the New Year. By the same logic, we observed not washing our hair on New Year’s Day for fear that we might wash away good fortune. 

Lots of planning went into getting ready for the traditional New Year's Eve family reunion dinner. I particularly enjoyed the shopping trips my mom and I took to Chinatown to purchase the special ingredients. The food we served was auspicious and symbolic, with the names of many of the dishes sounding like the Chinese pronunciations for “good fortune," "happiness" or "longevity.” Dishes and ingredients included chicken, roast pork, Chinese “hair” fungus, lettuce, dried oysters and fish. My favorite dish, which involved a labor-intensive mincing of many ingredients, was the dried oyster lettuce cups (with the Chinese name of the dish sounding like “good business”). I would stand next to my mom and watch her take great care as she prepared all the ingredients. When we got a food processor, I thought it would finally bring my mom some relief, but she still insisted on hand-chopping everything. 



We always started New Year’s Day with a special vegetarian meal. Because my dad left early in the morning for work, I would go to bed excited, knowing that my mom would wake us all up around 5 am so we could share the meal as a family. In the morning, we would wish my parents a happy new year and good health for the coming year in Cantonese and then we would eat a piece of candy to ensure sweetness for the new year. My mom would give us lycee (red envelopes) filled with lucky money. After breakfast, we would dress in something red to symbolize good luck and head off to school.

The weeks following involved visits to my relatives where we would bring and exchange bags filled oranges, sweets and other treats. It was a multi-week rotating house party! When I moved out and got married, I appreciated the annual tradition of coming together as a family to celebrate even more. Every year, I call my parents on the morning of the new year to wish them a happy new year. It’s tradition that only married couples give out red envelopes, so I find myself always scrambling to get them prepared and feeling extra lucky if I managed to get brand new bills from the bank. (I no longer observe the “no washing hair” tradition, and my mom looks the other way.)



As a mom myself now to two young boys, I cherish sharing and passing along the traditions. On New Year’s morning, I give my sons each a piece of candy with their red envelopes. Being given candy for breakfast makes them feel like they have the best mom ever! They also love going to Chinatown and watching the lion dancing, and we’ve had many ad hoc lion dance performances at home using makeshift drums and lion costumes fashioned out of blankets. 

Gung Hay Fat Choy (as we would say in Cantonese, or in Mandarin, Xin Nian Kuai Le) to the Little Passports community! 
~Stella

Sam and Sofia are ready to learn more about these new traditions! Which one would you like to try? Bring Little Passports into your child's life in 2014 to teach them about all of the fascinating cultures around the world!



Monday, January 27, 2014

"The Life Organizer: A Woman's Guide to a Mindful Year," by Jennifer Louden: An Excerpt and a Giveaway!

Susan Heim on Parenting is pleased to be a stop on the tour for the book, The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year -- Tips, Stories & Prompts to Focus Your Needs & Navigate Your Dreams, by Jennifer Louden! Read on to learn more about this book, read an excerpt, watch the book’s trailer, and enter to win a copy of the book!

About this book:
We all yearn to have time for personal needs and creative dreams -- after all, this is our life to make the most of. And we all know how hard it is to remember what really matters. With distractions from jobs, aging parents, and children -- not to mention women's perennial fear of being labeled “selfish” -- following our own desires and dreams can become ever more elusive. The Life Organizer aims to help you shift your focus, augmenting traditional goal setting with the ease that comes from steady inner listening and mindfulness. It will become your trusted companion -- and maybe the most important book you'll ever own.

The book's author Jennifer Louden is a personal growth pioneer who helped launch the self-care movement. She is widely known as The Comfort Queen thanks to her first bestselling book The Woman's Comfort Book, has been interviewed by Oprah, and has written a total of 6 books on well-being and whole living that have inspired women all over the world. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. You can visit her online at http://www.jenniferlouden.com.

An Excerpt from The Life Organizer:

“Being ordinary and being nobody aren’t the same thing,” my friend says to me when I try to explain my struggle over needing to feel special.

My friend Mary writes a story about a woman whose husband has passed away and whose daughters are begging her to get busy. “You need to do things, Mom,” one daughter insists. But she doesn’t understand. Can’t they see how busy she is? Someone has to watch the apples bud on the old tree. Someone has to notice the peach-colored light as it travels across the oak floor. Someone has to walk outside in the early-morning dew and taste one blueberry to see if its moment of precise, firm sweetness has arrived.

In his acceptance speech for the Nobel Prize in Literature, Pablo Neruda said, “I have often maintained that the best poet is he who prepares our daily bread: the nearest baker who does not imagine himself to be a god. He does his majestic and unpretentious work of kneading the dough, consigning it to the oven, baking it in golden colors and handing us our daily bread as a duty of fellowship. And, if the poet succeeds in achieving this simple consciousness, this too will be transformed into an element in an immense activity.”

If you want to write the poem that sears itself on the heart or open a bakery whose goods make the taste buds sprout wings or give birth to a movement, and you do these things to prove that you are special, no matter what you accomplish, it will never be enough. Those accomplishments will fall through your fingers like air, even as they nourish the rest of us.

If you want to write the book or open the bakery or birth the movement because you are drawn to do these things through your desire to make love to life, then your hands will be brimming and you will be nourished. And by nourishing yourself in this way, you will be a light in the world.

[Excerpted from the new paperback edition of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year © 2013 by Jennifer Louden. Printed with permission of New World Library, Novato, CA. www.newworldlibrary.com]

Book trailer:




GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Life Organizer: A Woman’s Guide to a Mindful Year, by Jennifer Louden! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on February 10, 2014.

SONIC and Scholastic Have Paired Up to Offer Books to Children and Promote Reading!

Getting my boys to read anything other than a videogame screen can be a real struggle sometimes. That’s why it’s so important to find books for them that are eye-catching and based on subjects that interest them. Now SONIC and Scholastic are teaming up to provide some great children’s books that kids will find fascinating!

From January 20 through February 17, 2014, SONIC’s Wacky Pack children’s meals will each include one of four limited-edition Scholastic books! These colorful nonfiction books include:

Dinosaurs

Bugs

Ocean and Sea

Night Sky

I had the opportunity to view electronic versions of these books, and they are loaded with colorful illustrations and photographs, along with kid-friendly information that they will enjoy reading. And here’s another awesome thing about these books … you’re actually getting two books at once! That’s because each book contains a code that you can use online to download a digital companion book that children can read and interact with online. The companion books include:

Dinosaur Face-Offs
Bug Spotter
Shark Spotter
Light-Up Zodiac

Education has always been important to the SONIC brand. After the fifth year of its successful Limeades for Learning program, SONIC has donated more than $3,540,314 to fund 5,735 classroom projects in partnership with DonorsChoose.org! Wow!

The next time you head to SONIC for some delicious food, be sure to pick up Wacky Packs for your kids, along with the enclosed limited-edition Scholastic books! These fascinating and colorful books are sure to grab your kids’ attention and, hopefully, get them excited about reading.




Celebrate the Chinese New Year with Lee Kum Kee Sauces and Condiments!

The Chinese New Year arrives on January 31st this year, and what better way to celebrate than to whip up some delicious Chinese dishes. Lee Kum Kee makes that easy to do thanks to their delicious sauces and condiments. In fact, they make more than 200 authentic Chinese products! For example, your family would enjoy a Hoisin Glazed Baked Ham or Braised Hoisin Short Ribs with Beer using Lee Kum Kee’s Hoisin Sauce. Or use Lee Kum Kee’s Oyster Flavored Sauce to make yummy Pan-Glazed Salmon! Check out the recipes below:

Chinese New Year Chicken Wings in 3 Flavors for Good Luck

Serves: 12 party portions

Ingredients:
• 18 oz chicken wings

Flavor 1: Honey Soy Ginger Marinade
• 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Flavored Sauce
• 5 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Soy Sauce
• 1 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Minced Ginger or grated fresh ginger
• 2 tbsp honey

Flavor 2: Char Siu Honey Marinade
• 1 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Flavored Sauce
• 4 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Char Siu Sauce
• 2 tbsp honey

Flavor 3: Chili Garlic Marinade
• 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Premium Oyster Flavored Sauce
• 3 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Chili Garlic Sauce
• 2 tbsp honey
• 3 tbsp Greek yogurt

Directions:
• Marinate chicken wings in either 1 of the 3 different marinades (or simply use 3 types of marinades for a combo of varieties). Set aside in the fridge for 2 hours or overnight.
• Preheat oven for 10 minutes. Put the marinated wings into oven of 450 degrees F and bake for 30 minutes.

Braised Hoisin Short Ribs with Beer

Serves: 2 Servings

Ingredients:
• 3 lbs beef short ribs (about 10 ribs)
• Salt and freshly ground pepper
• 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
• 12 garlic cloves smashed
• 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch slices
• 12 oz good ale (recommended: Bass)
• 4 Tbsp rice wine vinegar
• 2 cup Lee Kum Kee Hoisin Sauce
• 1 cup water

Directions:
• Season the ribs generously with salt and pepper. Heat the vegetable oil in a large heavy pot with a lid (Dutch oven) over high heat. Brown the ribs on all sides, in batches if necessary. Remove the ribs and pour off all but a couple tablespoons of the rendered fat.
• Return the pot to the stove, lower the heat to medium and saute the garlic and ginger for about 3 minutes. Add the ribs back to the pot. Add the beer, vinegar and water. Stir and then cover and simmer for 2 hours.
• Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
• Pour the hoisin sauce over the ribs, move the pot to the oven, and cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
• Remove ribs and ginger from sauce. Strain fat from the top of the pot and pour the remaining sauce over short ribs for extra flavor.

Sriracha Chili Dip

Serves: 6 people

Ingredients:
• 1 cup mayonnaise - Yogurt or sourcream can be substituted for the mayonnaise
• 1 tbsp lemon or lime juice
• 2 tbsp Lee Kum Kee Sriracha Chili Sauce

Directions:
• Combine all ingredients and mix well.
• Refrigerate and serve chilled.

My favorite Lee Kum Kee products are their Panda Brand Ready Sauces. There are many wonderful recipes you can make, such as Lettuce Wraps or Broccoli Beef. But my family’s favorite way to use the sauces is to mix them in with chopped up chicken or beef, and then eat it over white rice. Check out my two dishes below, which were a huge hit with the kids!

Chicken and Panda Brand Sauce for Orange Chicken

Beef and Panda Brand Sauce for Mongolian Beef or Panda Brand Sauce for Broccoli Beef

My husband and one son like a spicier taste, so they really enjoyed the Mongolian Beef Sauce best. My other son and I prefer a milder taste, so we loved the dish made with the Broccoli Beef Sauce.

I encourage you to check out Lee Kum Kee’s recipe page for more wonderful recipes to celebrate the Chinese New Year or to make any time of the year! Find out more about Lee Kum Kee products at http://us.lkk.com.




Saturday, January 25, 2014

Exciting News! I’m a Mom Mentor for Graham Blanchard Publishing! #MomMentors

I’m so excited to announce that Graham Blanchard -- which creates children’s books for growing up in God and supports families with prayer, resources and the shared experiences of other parents -- has asked me to participate in its new Mom Mentor panel! The women on the panel will tackle questions we all wrestle with in bringing children up in God. The Mom Mentors program will soon launch at http://grahamblanchard.com/. I am thrilled to be part of this exciting new initiative. I’ll be sure to share more details as they arrive!

Friday, January 24, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (January 25, 2014)

Welcome to another week of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! I hope you made it through another bout of brutally cold weather this week. We were even shivering down here in the south Florida when temperatures dropped to the 40s. The good news is that if you're stuck indoors, there are always plenty of awesome giveaways to occupy your time! I hope you'll check out those listed on my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky and tell your Twitter and Facebook friends to visit this page! Stay warm, everyone, and pray for Spring!







Wednesday, January 22, 2014

"Let It Go" from Disney's "Frozen": Beautiful in Every Language! Plus, Check Out the New Sing-Along Version in Theaters! #DisneyFrozen

Recently, I wrote about what a HUGE fan I am of the movie Frozen. It is, in my opinion, one of Disney's best movies, and the music is especially fantastic. I even bought the soundtrack! If you're familiar with the film and music, then you've heard the gorgeous song, "Let It Go." In the following video, Elsa sings the song in 25 different languages! All I can say is, "How did they do that?!!" It is simply amazing. Watch the video below and see for yourself:



And now Frozen fans are invited to join the act as more than a thousand theaters nationwide introduce an all-new sing-along version of Disney’s Oscar®-nominated, Golden Globe®-winning big-screen adventure beginning Jan. 31, 2014! On-screen lyrics and a magical bouncing snowflake will accompany select showings; moviegoers can check local listings for showtimes and theaters. The duration of the sing-along run will vary by theater.

“Like” FROZEN on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyFrozen
Follow FROZEN on Twitter: https://twitter.com/DisneyAnimation
Visit the official website: http://www.disney.com/frozen

FROZEN is now playing in theatres everywhere. I can't wait for the DVD/Blu-ray!