Wednesday, June 21, 2017

It's Not Too Early to Start Stocking Up on School Supplies at Shoplet!

Every year, my kids and I head to the store in August to load up on school supplies, and every year we end up going to three or four different stores because many items have already sold out. If this happens to you, make your life easier this year by buying early at! They have a huge assortment of items that you're going to need for the new school year, such as the following:

My kids always need highlighters, and these are perfect for school. Their flat shape ensures they fit easily in their pencil case or box, and the chisel tip allows them to highlight with a broad, medium or narrow stroke. Made with SmearGuard ink technology, they resist smearing (no more yellow hands), and they have a really cool see-through tip that's designed to eliminate blind spots while they're highlighting text so it's easier to tell when to stop. Plus, they come in four popular see-through, fluorescent colors: yellow, pink, orange and green.

Most teachers write on dry-erase boards rather than chalkboards these days, and we're always being asked to donate dry erase markers for the classroom. My husband, who coaches Little League, also uses these to write the batting line-up on a small dry erase board in the dugout! Since these are dual ended, we always have two colors available right at our fingertips (black and a color: blue, green, purple or red). With a chisel end, there's more control over the width of the stroke, and these low-odor markers won't stink up the classroom (or dugout)!

These dry erase markers are "deluxe" because they come with a magnet so they can be stuck to metal-backed white boards to minimize the chance they'll get lost. And I totally LOVE the built-in eraser. No more hunting down a separate eraser when it's attached. It's genius! Like Expo's other dry erase markers, they're quick-drying and are low odor.

My kids may be getting school supplies, but this gel pen is for me! I love how smoothly it writes. My pen just glides across the paper, enabling me to write faster, and it doesn't smudge! I'm an editor, so it's great that this pen comes in 14 different colors, as well as two different widths (medium, 0.7mm; fine, 0.5mm). It has a full-body grip, so it doesn't slip out of my fingers. In a word, this pen is a must-have!

In addition to these products, Shoplet has a huge selection of office supplies, cleaning supplies, and medical supplies. They even carry office furniture! In fact, they are the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. I hope you’ll stop by Shoplet today for all of your home, office and school supplies. You can also visit them through the following sites below:

Twitter: @Shoplet

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Monday, June 19, 2017

The Minions Are Back in "Despicable Me 3" in Theaters June 30! Celebrate with This Giveaway for New Mega Construx Micro Action Figures and a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

This post is in partnership with Universal Pictures. I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.
DESPICABLE ME 3 – In Theaters June 30

I have twin boys, and I am often asked if one is the "good twin" and one is the "bad twin," so we were excited to learn that Despicable Me 3 reveals that Gru has a twin brother! How will they compare when it comes to being good or bad? We can't wait to find out!

About the movie:
Illumination, which brought moviegoers Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the story of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters -- Margo, Edith and Agnes -- and the Minions in Despicable Me 3.

After he is fired from the Anti-Villain League for failing to take down the latest bad guy to threaten humanity, Gru finds himself in the midst of a major identity crisis. But when a mysterious stranger shows up to inform Gru that he has a long-lost twin brother -- a brother who desperately wishes to follow in his twin’s despicable footsteps -- one former super-villain will rediscover just how good it feels to be bad.

Watch the trailer!


Get ready for buildable buffoonery movie-sized mischief. With 12 new henchmen to collect including a new figure, Fluffy, you can create your very own silver screen shenanigans. Features all-new outfits, gear, themes, and accessories. Collect them all and build your loyal Minion tribe.

Our family received two Mega Construx Micro Action Figures packs, and it was so much fun to discover which figures were inside! Each pack has a small number of pieces, so they're easy to put together. Kids will want to collect all of them and especially look out for the rare unicorn or a secret minion! Here are the ones we got (not rare ones, but we still love them!):

Available at ToysRUs, Walmart and Target. Ages 5+ Retail Price: $2.99 each #BuildBeyond

Enjoy these scenes from the movie and then head to the theater starting June 30th to see the show!!


To celebrate the release of Despicable Me 3 in theaters and the launch of the new Mega Construx Micro Packs, one (1) lucky winner will receive:
  • $25 Fandango gift card to see Despicable Me 3 in theaters June 30
  • Two (2) Despicable Me Mega Construx Micro Packs
Open to US mailing addresses only
Prizing and samples courtesy of Universal Pictures and Mega Brands

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

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Saturday, June 17, 2017

Get Fit and Look Great This Summer with Avia Women's Active Wear (GIVEAWAY)

It's summertime, and that means we can spend more time outdoors. Whether you love to run, walk, hike, bike or just enjoy the sunshine, Avia has some gorgeous activewear that's perfect for summer. Many of their products are moisture-wicking, which helps to keep you cool. And they have great little details, such as reflective strips, stretchy waistbands and hidden pockets. Best of all, you won't believe the low prices of these items! Avia products just prove that looking cute while you're getting fit doesn't have to cost a fortune. Check out some of these adorable Avia items.

Avia Women's Active Printed Matrix Sports Bra
Avia Women's Active Performance Legging
Avia Women's Active 1/2 Zip Performance Jacket
Avia Women's Active Fashion Fabric Crossover Back Tank
Avia Women's Active Stretch Woven Short
I received several Avia items for review, and I loved the high quality of these items, as well as the colorful fabrics. In fact, I liked them so much that I gifted them to my sister-in-law for her birthday because she's a fitness buff, and I knew she would look incredible in them! (I'll be sure to pick up more for myself.) If you're looking for some motivation to get fit this summer or just spend more time outside, I suggest you pick up some Avia Women's Active Wear to get you started. You can find it at several retailers, including Amazon and Walmart. They're stylish, durable and affordable -- perfect for summer!


One lucky winner will receive some Avia Women's Active items to add to their summer wardrobe! (Items may vary.) Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, July 2, 2017.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples for review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (June 17, 2017)

School's out for summer! Let's celebrate by entering some giveaways! Bookmark this page and visit daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. Visit my right sidebar, too, where you'll find a TON of opportunities for you to win gift cards and more! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it with us below. And don't forget to share these great contests with your friends on social media channels so they can join in the fun, too!

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

The Bridge of the Golden Wood Sale Blitz: Free Book and a $10 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Children’s Book
Date Published: February 2017

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Careers, entrepreneurship

“Masterful … An immensely appealing book because of its readable style … and its realistic but soft Asian-style illustrations.” ~Crystie Cook, poet

A child with a knack for solving problems helps some hungry fish and finds a treasure. This illustrated folk tale teaches how to spot opportunities to help others and make money; comes with ideas for businesses; money-making activities; and online resources on finding customers, managing money, job ideas, and moving up in an organization (for kids ages 4 and up). Young children will be captivated by the story; older ones will want to apply the things they learn about business. Teach someone to fish. This how-to book on work bridges the gap between what kids learn in school about jobs, careers, small business, finance, economics, and what they should know (how to serve others).

About the Author

Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author of 19 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 50 ebook titles (reviews by Kirkus, School Library Journal, The Horn Book blog, ForeWord Reviews). Raised in San Jose, CA, he has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy. Since 2004 he has run Premio Publishing. His survival western, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award. A college media instructor, Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. Beckstrand's nationally lauded Y.A. stories, e-book mysteries, ESL/ELL Spanish/bilingual books, nonfiction, and wordless books feature ethnically diverse characters -- and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Costco, Deseret Book, iBooks, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, the U.S. Congressional Record, Papercrafts Magazine, and various broadcasts.

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

New on Babyation: "Preparing for a Newborn Checkup" by Whitney Harris

Your first visit to the pediatrician can be a stressful experience for both your baby and you! With four children now well past babyhood, I was happy to share some of my insights with Whitney Harris for an article on Babyation.

Friday, June 09, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (June 10, 2017)

The kids are getting out of school for the summer, so let's celebrate by entering some giveaways! Bookmark this page and visit daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky. And be sure to visit my right sidebar as I have a TON of opportunities for you to win gift cards and more! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it with us below. And don't forget to share these great contests with your friends on social media channels so they can join in the fun, too!

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Betsy Singleton Snyder's "Stepping on Cheerios" Blog Tour and Giveaway for a $75 Visa Cash Card!

Being a mother can be a crazy life, but it’s a gift filled with grace. Read Betsy Singleton Snyder’s comical story in Stepping on Cheerios. Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

Join Betsy in celebrating a crazy life of motherhood and her new book by entering to win a $75 Visa cash card!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of Stepping on Cheerios
  • A $75 Visa cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy's blog.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Father's Day Gift Idea: Books Your Little Ones Can Read with Daddy from Macmillan Children's

If you're looking for ideas for your little ones of what to get Daddy for Father's Day, why not encourage bonding time together through the reading of stories? Macmillan Children's Publishing Group has some beautiful books about daddies that are perfect for story time. Check these out...


Daddies Are Awesome
by Meredith Costain
Loving and thoughtful, playful and daring, cuddly and caring -- daddies are awesome. This gentle rhyming text celebrates the special bond between father and child.

What I love about this book: The charming illustrations by Polona Lovsin that depict all kinds of daddy dogs and their pups will charm both kids and parents!

Saturday with Daddy
by Dan Andreasen
Saturday with Daddy is the best day of the week! A little elephant and his daddy spend the day running errands, playing together and having a cookout. The simple text, with its emphasis on the step-by-step process of the day's events, together with charming artwork, celebrates a child's bond with a parent. An excellent choice for preschoolers.

What I love about this book: Saturday with Daddy has a lesson for parents, too: It's the simple activities -- such as eating outdoors and singing to the radio -- that your kids will remember best!


Daddy Depot
by Chana Stiefel
Lizzie loves her dad, but he tells the same old jokes, falls asleep during story time, and gets distracted by football while Lizzie does her ballet twirls. When she sees an ad for a store called Daddy Depot, she decides to check it out -- and finds dads of all kinds! Will Lizzie find the perfect dad? Join her on this sweet and silly adventure that celebrates fathers with lots of love.

What I love about this book: Daddy Depot teaches children that even if Dad isn't perfect, he's the perfect dad for THEM!

My Daddy Rules the World: Poems about Dads
by Hope Anita Smith
Told through the voice of a child, Anita Hope Smith's My Daddy Rules the World collection of poems celebrates everyday displays of fatherly love, from guitar lessons and wrestling matches to bedtime stories, haircuts in the kitchen, and cuddling in bed. These heartwarming poems, together with bold folk-art-inspired images, capture the strength and beauty of the relationship between father and child.

What I love about this book: My Daddy Rules the World has poems about all kinds of daddies, such as those who serve in the military, stay-at-home dads, and daddies who snore! 

Click on the books above to purchase these books in time for Father's Day!

Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these books from the publisher to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on sales made through this link.