Friday, February 28, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 1, 2014)

Welcome to March! For many of you, I'm sure you're hoping a new month will usher in some warmer weather! I hope your wishes come true. In the meantime, while you're stuck inside, please join me in entering some giveaways! Check out the contests listed in my right sidebar, as well as in the linky below. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, be sure to include it in the linky and then share this page with your Twitter and Facebook followers/fans. Hurray for Spring!






Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Tiny Prints Birthday Sale: 30% Off Sitewide!

There has literally never been a better time to order from Tiny Prints

If you're not familiar with their top-notch, classy stationery, you should be. Whether you need birth announcements, graduation party or baby shower invitations, photo iPad cases or notebooks, and any of your personalized stationery needs, Tiny Prints has it all. 

All of their products are customized to your needs. You choose the photos and text to add to their awesome designs and then...you impress the recipients. 

Oh and the part about there never being a better time? That's because their birthday is this week and from now through March 4, they are giving you the gift of 30% off everything. That's their best deal of the year. 

Visit them now and choose from any of their products and when you check out, use the promo code BDAY10 to save 30%.

Happy Shopping!




The Orphan and the Thief Book Tour: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

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orphan thiefThe Orphan and the Thief

An adventure that will keep you and your kids spellbound.

Toad thought it’d be easy to steal from Mr. Edward P. Owl. Unfortunately for Toad, he isn’t the best of thieves. Caught in the act, he’s in more trouble than ever before. Now to save his hide, Toad must track down five rare potion ingredients for Mr. Owl. Or else.All Melena Snead wants is her family back, but after the Miggens Street Fire, that isn’t very likely. Orphaned and miserable, forced to work in an apothecary, she’s determined to find Milo, her missing brother. No matter what.

When Melena finds Toad ransacking her apothecary, Toad gets a nasty shock: apothecaries don’t carry Mr. Owl’s ingredients. Luckily, Melena’s willing to help, for a price.

With Melena’s pet Spit-Fire dragon and Toad’s enchanted talking beer mug, they embark on a fantastical journey, traveling the country in search of the potion ingredients. But can they gather all of them in time, what with monsters, pirates, and axe-wielding thieves? And if they do, is there an even greater danger waiting for them at the end?

Excerpt:

Panicking, Toad rushed, “Come on, Gent. There’s gotta be somethin’ that ya want! My prices are reasonable!”

“The price is your life,” Mr. Owl stated, gently placing the dragon statue upon the desk.

Mr. Ogg stopped again, his ham-sized hands falling back to his sides. Toad fell silent, too stunned to dare hope that he wasn’t about to be killed.

“Let me explain how this will work, Mr. Toad. If tonight was like any other night I would happily see your neck snapped and toss you out like the bit of filth that you are.” He gave a heavy sigh. “However, the Hickory Guard have become annoyingly tedious ever since that upstart became Captain.”

“Ya mean Dowell?” asked Toad.

“The man has become so inflated with self importance that he’s actually having me followed. Can you imagine? Me?”

“That’s … awful?” said Toad awkwardly, unsure how to respond.

“So, you will forgive me for not wanting to waste Mr. Ogg’s talents on you with so little preplanning.” He gave the window a casual glance. “I’m sure a guard is stationed outside somewhere and disposing of your body without detection will be troublesome to say the least.”

“Pardon me, sir,” Mr. Ogg interrupted, “but it would be no trouble.”

“Ah, Mr. Ogg! How I like you!” Mr. Owl cheered. “Always ready to break a neck. Good fellow!”

“We can stash him in one of the upstairs rooms,” Mr. Ogg continued in his deep, ocean floor voice. “I’ll make sure he won’t bleed.”

“But a body, even in such a large house, will be difficult to hide if Dowell decides to search the place, as he has been hinting at for the last fortnight. No, no, my man. We cannot afford the risk of housing him here.”

Toad sat still in his chair. It wasn’t every day that his own murder was discussed in such a light, conversational manner.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAM.L LeGette:

Melissa Lee LeGette has been writing seriously since she was a teen. She loves an old world vibe with a magical twist, and she puts her full focus on creating believable characters -- even if they happen to be a talking beer mug. Her books are targeted for children and teens, but have been enjoyed by adults of all ages.She lives in Georgia where she helps run a family farm, so her nails are a fright.


Praise:

[LeGette is] able to twist her unique fairy-tales to fit the imagination of children and the attention of adults. Five stars ... The Orphan and the Thief is definitely worth reading! -- Abigail / Goodreads Review

M.L. Legette conjures up a captivating magical tale in The Orphan and the Thief. I loved this story and I could not put my Kindle down until I finished the last page. This charming story is so good that it may very well become a classic. -- Karen Dowdall, Author of Delphi Altair: Strange Beginnings


Book Blast Giveaway
Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 3/23/14

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

MAM Pacifiers and Trainer Cups: Product Review and Giveaway! (US/CAN)

Product review by Jody

I look back on my time as a new mom with all the firsts -- first smile, first belly laugh, first bottle, first steps -- and think, Wow! So many firsts and so many changes. But there are things I would never change, like my diaper brand, the bum cream I used, or the body wash and lotions. These “comfort baby” things made life much easier! I remember looking at the aisles and aisles of baby things and being overwhelmed with the choices. I would buy one of everything just in case my baby wouldn't like one thing so that I would have another to fall back on. My daughter is 6 now, so we are in a whole different stage, but I have some pretty special babies in my life, and I love to find great products for them, just as I did when my daughter was a baby.

MAM was a big deal in our household when we were new parents. I think I picked MAM pacifiers initially because of the neat designs on them. I also liked the different sizes you could choose from. They have newborn, 0-6 months and 6+ sized silicone pacifiers. The designs and colors were cool back then, but they have grown in the variety of colors and designs to suit any parenting style. They are chic and modern and very cute! MAM also offers accessories, such as pacifier clips. I love the glow-in-the-dark pacifiers to help parents find them at night and the value packs, which are great deals for baby shower gifts or for when you find your favorite size. They are also BPA-free.

I got to help my little nephew learn to be independent with MAM’s 7oz trainer cup. This spill-proof cup was the perfect size for his little hands, and the handles helped with holding it on his own. It also has a removable cap, which makes transporting it or throwing it in a diaper bag a breeze. It is also very easy to clean.

MAM also has bottles and other great baby care products, so check them out as they are sure to have what you need for all your firsts! Visit www.mambaby.com to learn more about MAM and their products.

Follow MAM:
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Instagram: instagram.com/Mam_usa#




GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a MAM 7 oz. trainer cup and pacifiers! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the United States and Canada only and will end at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

"Mr. Peabody & Sherman" Hits Theaters March 7th! Celebrate with the Photo Booth App and Sweepstakes, Plus Enter to Win a $25 Visa Gift Card and More! #MrPeabody

Our family is so excited to see the upcoming movie, Mr. Peabody & Sherman! We’ve seen several previews, and it looks fantastic.


About the movie:
Mr. Peabody (voiced by Ty Burrell, Emmy Award® Winner, Modern Family), the most accomplished dog in the world, and his mischievous boy Sherman (Max Charles, The Amazing Spiderman), use their time machine -- the WABAC -- to go on the most outrageous adventures known to man or dog. But when Sherman takes The WABAC out for a joyride to impress his friend Penny, they accidentally rip a hole in the universe, wreaking havoc on the most important events in world history. Before they forever alter the past, present and future, Mr. Peabody must come to their rescue, ultimately facing the most daunting challenge of any era: figuring out how to be a parent. Together, the time traveling trio will make their mark on history.

Starring Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Stephen Colbert, Leslie Mann, Patrick Warburton, Stanley Tucci, Allison Janney, Lake Bell, Zach Callison, Dennis Haysbert
Directed by Rob Minkoff
Produced by Alex Schwartz, Denise Nolan Cascino
Executive Produced by Tiffany Ward, Eric Ellenbogen, Jason Clark

Check out the trailer below:




Not only will you enjoy the Mr. Peabody & Sherman movie, but you can also have fun with the new Photo Booth App & Sweepstakes! Grab your glasses and bow tie, and join Mr. Peabody & Sherman on the time travel adventure of a lifetime. Get Your Peabody On with a custom photo booth app that will make you and your friends look like the most stylish time travelers around -- available for iOS and Android!


Once you download the app, enter to win weekly prizes in DreamWorks Animation’s “Get Your Peabody On” Sweepstakes! For more information on how to enter your awesome photos, visit here.

MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN hits theaters March 7!
Visit the official website
Like Mr. Peabody & Sherman on Facebook
Follow @DWAnimation on Twitter #MrPeabody

We’re also celebrating the release of Mr. Peabody & Sherman on this blog with a fun giveaway! Read on to find out how you can enter…

GIVEAWAY

One (1) winner receives:
• $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters
• 4-pack of Mr. Peabody & Sherman glasses & bow tie set

Courtesy of 20th Century Fox and DreamWorks Animation
Open to US mailing addresses only

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway will end at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Winners for the Week of February 16, 2014

Wicked Waves Book Blast: eBook by Sharon Kay


Congratulations to the winners: Heather P., Wanda C., Maria F., Jody A., and Heather B.!

Love Spell Book Tour: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash


Congratulations to the winner: Zivar R.!

Warrior’s Moon Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash


Congratulations to the winner: Mariah W.!

Indie Authors Naked Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash


Congratulations to the winner: Kristina V.!

How Toddlers Thrive, by Tovah P. Klein, PhD


Congratulations to the winners: Heather K. and Melissa A.!

Emilie M. Handbag and Essentials Box


Congratulations to the winner: Tearsa D.K.!
A $20 off discount code was also sent to 50 winners!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (February 22, 2014)

It's time for another edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Promote your giveaways and enter to win great prizes! Be sure to check out the contests listed in the linky below, as well as those in the right sidebar under CURRENT GIVEAWAYS. And if you're giving away some great things on your blog, be sure to share them with us in the linky below. Finally, don't forget to share this list with your Twitter and Facebook friends. Thank you!






DVD Prize Pack Giveaway: Sprout’s "Justin Time," "Winx Club," and "1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story"! ($95 ARV)

Independent content distributer Cinedigm is pleased to offer a DVD prize pack giveaway to one lucky winner of the following three titles, arriving this March:

1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story (Out on DVD March 4)
Justin Time: The Adventure Collection (Out on DVD March 18)
Winx Club: The Complete Original First Season (Out on DVD March 25)

Perfect for a movie night with the family, or just keeping the little ones entertained with heart-warming and educational content, this prize pack retails at about $95!

1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story


Experience a heartwarming story of perseverance and hope when the touching drama 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story debuts on DVD, Blu-Ray, VOD and digital March 4 from Cinedigm. Based on actual events, David Henrie (How I Met Your Mother, Wizards of Waverly Place) stars as Cory Weissman, a talented Gettysburg College basketball player who overcomes incredible odds in the aftermath of a devastating health crisis. The film co-stars Golden Globe and Emmy® winner Beau Bridges (The Descendants).

Delivering a message of unflinching courage, 1000 to 1: The Cory Weissman Story follows Weissman, an eighteen-year-old basketball star, on his journey to recovery after suffering a horrifying stroke. Partially paralyzed, unable to play the game he loves, and facing an uncertain future, Weissman overcomes enormous challenges in this inspirational story. For more information, visit www.1000to1movie.com.

Justin Time: The Adventure Collection


Join the adventure when the hugely imaginative series Justin Time arrives on DVD in three volumes on March 18 from Cinedigm. Nominated for a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Preschool Animation Program and six Annie Awards, Justin Time has garnered massive popularity since it made its U.S. broadcast premiere on Sprout in 2012.

Packed with preschool themes including animals, science and nature, the innovative and incredibly fun series follows the wild imaginations of Justin and his friends, Olive and Squidgy, as they travel to fascinating places including Ancient Egypt, the Ice Age, the Old West, and more, for unforgettable, action-packed adventures.

Justin Time is currently Sprout's #1 highest rated program for ages 2-11 and the highest rated series on the channel's website. Justin Time is also the #1 rated program for ages 2-5 on NBC's Saturday morning kids block. With two books inspired by the series out now by Immedium, and a global consumer products program on the horizon, there's no better time to relive the animated adventures of Justin Time.

Winx Club: The Complete Original First Season


A tale about friendship, magic and fun, see where the blockbuster global Winx Club franchise began when every episode of mega-hit freshman season of the beloved series becomes available in one collection.

The hugely entertaining first episodes of the television series follow Bloom and her five best friends: Bloom, Stella, Flora, Musa, and Tecna. Residing in both a magical universe and Earth, the fashion-loving fairies unlock mystical adventures and battle against darkness, all while helping Bloom find out about her mysterious past.

In addition to the hugely popular Winx Club line of consumer products, the long-standing series currently airs on Nickelodeon, including new episodes and TV specials.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive all three of the DVDs above! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, March 7, 2014

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Getting a Great Start in the Morning with Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy! #MorningEnergy

This post brought to you by Honey Bunches of Oats. All opinions are 100% mine.

I recently started a new part-time job tutoring college students in English and writing. Three days a week, I’m at work from 8:00 to 3:00 with only a 15-minute break -- not really enough time for lunch. So, it’s more important than ever that I start off the morning with a good breakfast. Since I’m also trying to get my boys ready for school in the mornings, I don’t have a lot of time without sacrificing more sleep. Fortunately, I’ve found that a bowl of nutritious cereal is the perfect breakfast option. My cereal of choice these days is Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy!

Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy is a brand-new cereal that combines whole grain flakes and granola. It’s packed with protein and fiber, and comes in two yummy flavors: Cinnamon Crunch and Chocolatey Almond Crunch.


Look closer at my bowl of Cinnamon Crunch below. You can see all the big chunks of granola, and it tastes just as good as it looks!


The Chocolatey Almond Crunch is just as scrumptious. In addition to the granola, it has real chunks of chocolate and almonds in it!

Which flavor is my favorite? I can’t decide! Honestly, I love both the Cinnamon Crunch and the Chocolatey Almond Crunch, so I switch between the two of them for a little variety. I feel good about going into work after having a nutritious breakfast. I know that my body and brain have been well-nourished, enabling me to do my best at my new job!

I hope you’ll pick up some new Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy cereal at your local grocery store and get a great start on your mornings! Follow Honey Bunches of Oats on Facebook and on Twitter, too.

Which flavor of Honey Bunches of Oats Morning Energy would you like to try first?

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Spartanica Book Tour: A Guest Post from Author Powers Molinar!

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Susan Heim on Parenting is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for Spartanica, by Powers Molinar. Read on to find out more about this book and read a guest post from the author!


About the book:
Ty and Marcus Mitchell are average middle school brothers growing up north of Chicago until one night when they’re hurtled through an inter-dimensional gateway to a parallel world defined by its multiple moons and planet-wide apocalypse. As they struggle to figure out where they are and how to get home, the boys encounter refugees of “the last day” from the distant city of Atlantis and a mysterious girl called Bellana, the sole survivor and resident of the devastated city of Spartanica. Ty and Marcus soon learn they only have seven days to get home. But before they can leave, they must battle through long-extinct predators, track down the elusive Professor Otherblood, and rescue a new friend from certain death. Is all of this insanity just Ty’s overactive imagination or are the brothers truly on the brink of being stranded on the brutal wasteland known as Spartanica?

A guest post from author Powers Molinar:
“Hey, Dad, you won’t believe what just happened in my book!” My middle school son, an avid reader, loves to tell me about the stories he’s reading. His enthusiasm is unbridled, his imagination genuinely sparked. Thankfully, that fervor also spills over into his schoolwork, at which he excels in good measure because he’s such a solid reader. Can we draw a direct line from my son’s reading of The Lightning Thief and Ender’s Game to his good grades? Personally, I think the link is undeniable.

I recently published a young adult, science fiction adventure book called Spartanica. It’s my debut novel and authoring it was a blast. Not a week goes by without someone asking, “What made you write a book?” Wanting to keep my answer brief, I usually say something about needing a new hobby. Truth be told, I wrote Spartanica in the hope of eliciting the same gusto for reading in other kids that I’m privileged to witness so often in my son. To that end, he and several of his school buddies made up a crucial part of my beta reading team. They were tough, picky, but unflinchingly honest about what they liked and didn’t like about the story. Spartanica is a much better novel because of their feedback.

Since publishing several months ago, a good number of local kids have read my book and come up to me at random times full of youthful exuberance to tell me they loved reading it and ask when book two will be out. It’s an absolutely exhilarating sensation to hear a reader take you through parts of your book as if they lived them. They talk about the characters as if they were talking about their best friends. That’s the response I was hoping for. That’s why I wrote Spartanica. Will that excitement extend beyond the pages of my story? Who knows? I can only hope my debut novel drives an interest to read even more.

Maybe somewhere, some new fan is saying, “Hey, Dad, you won’t believe what just happened in Spartanica!”

Buy:
Amazon | B&N | Smashwords | Kobo | Sony Books | CreateSpace


About the author:
Powers Molinar grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago and earned engineering and business degrees at the University of Iowa. While he works as a process engineer and project manager during the day, his passion is writing science fiction. His first novel, Spartanica, is the culmination of several years of part-time effort, mostly late at night and on weekends when he wasn’t enjoying time with his wife and kids, all of whom were big helpers getting Spartanica written.

Powers believes every kid has the potential to become exceptional. In addition to being a blast to read, he truly hopes his books spark kids’ imaginations and inspire them to read more and maybe even become writers. Being a solid reader is a foundational piece of leading an exceptional life. Powers hopes his books can be part of that foundation for as many kids as possible.

Follow Powers: Twitter | Facebook

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Giveaway:
The author is giving away 4 autographed copies of Spartanica. CLICK HERE to enter!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Announcing Dawn Publications’ New Spring 2014 Picture Books!

Twice a year, I have the pleasure of being able to announce Dawn Publications’ new children’s books. They specialize in nature-oriented picture books, and they are always beautifully written and illustrated. This spring, they are excited to announce the addition of a new technology called Augmented Reality, which really enhances the experience of reading a book! To learn more about it, please read this post, which I shared with you last month. Here are the new titles your family will enjoy from Dawn Publications this spring! All of them contain additional information at the end of the book about the creatures and habitats in the book.

Written and Illustrated by Chad Wallace


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.

[This season, Dawn Publications has used Augmented Reality technology to make The Mouse and the Meadow not only a children’s book, but an interactive experience. Using your iPad, iPhone or Android with the book turns it into a 3D experience! Check out this cool new feature at www.dawnpub.com/apps/3dpopup/.]


by Marianne Berkes; Illustrated by Roberta Baird


Under the algae that carpets the swamp, near the duck who paddles in ooze, close to the turtle who takes a snooze ... hides a gator! Still as a log, only his watchful eyes can be seen. But when gator moves, he really moves! What happens to the duck, the turtle, the egret, the deer, and the many other critters of the swamp when gator makes his move?

by Carol L. Malnor; Illustrated by Trina L. Hunner


A tiny baby sea turtle scrambles across the sandy beach and into the sea. Floating far out in the ocean, Kiki is becoming a gentle giant. She swims to shallower water where a rainbow of corals puts on a show. Kiki adopts the busy coral reef as her new home and discovers fish of all sizes and lots of surprises! But something keeps calling her back to the beach ... and the circle of life continues.

by Marianne Berkes; Illustrated by Robert Noreika


Discover natural treasures at the beach! Seashells were the homes of sea creatures, now washed ashore. They are works of art, waiting to be admired and identified. This book introduces young children to ten common shells and offers a hands-on lesson in nature’s simple wonders, as they walk the beach counting and naming these beautiful shells.




Bloggers Needed for the Mother's Day KitchenAid Stand Mixer Giveaway!




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GE Reveal Light Bulbs Review and $25 Target Gift Card Giveaway!


A quick and easy way to makeover your home for the New Year is to switch your light bulbs to GE reveal® for clean beautiful light that will make the colors of any room pop. GE reveal® bulbs provide amazing clean full spectrum light that filters out the dull yellows of standard incandescent light bulbs.

Watch this fun and stylish video featuring four hip tastemakers discussing the importance of good lighting and how quick and easy it is to do a reveal® lighting makeover.



I was given the opportunity to check out GE reveal® light bulbs myself, and you can see what a dramatic difference they make in my photos below. On the left is the lamp using another kind of light bulb. As you can see, the light is very yellow and dingy. On the right side is the lamp with the GE reveal® bulb. Notice how much whiter and natural the light is? (My photography skills are weak, so the difference was even more dramatic in real life.) The GE reveal bulb is so much easier to read by!


You can have the same result, too, when you replace your current light bulbs with GE reveal® light bulbs. They are now available at Target where all makeover needs can be purchased in one swoop and with great savings using Target's Cartwheel savings app. With the Cartwheel app, you can browse for savings ahead of shopping, or you can scan the barcode of any product while at Target to see if there is a Cartwheel saving. Download the Target Cartwheel app on your IOS or Android. And check it often for savings on GE reveal light bulbs!

GIVEAWAY

I have a great opportunity for you to win this makeover experience! Enter below for the opportunity to win a $25 Target Gift Card + GE reveal® light bulbs + a free download of the Herbert Bail Orchestra EP (first track featured in the GE Lighting video). Just share this post on your social media and let us know which room you would like to makeover with GE reveal® light bulbs!

Share to Enter:
1. Must be a U.S. resident
2. Share this blog post on your social media (Twitter, FB, etc.) and comment below with the URL of your share.
3. In your share, tell us which room you'd like to makeover.
4. Use the hashtags #GEreveal + #Targetgiftcard

Here's an example:
If I win #GEreveal bulbs+ #Targetgiftcard, I'll makeover my _____ with reveal’s beautiful clean light!

Gain additional entries in the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 23, 2014.