Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Splotch Promo Blitz and Giveaway for a $25 Amazon Gift Card

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Middle Reader Fantasy
Publisher: MuseItYA, a division of MuseItUp Publishing.

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Alice’s parents refuse to let her have a dog, so when Alice sees a paint stain on the sidewalk that looks like a dog, she decides that she will make him a virtual pet. She calls him Splotch and downloads a picture of him to her computer. To her surprise, he escapes from the computer and begins to act as Alice’s self-appointed protector. Unfortunately, he sees most people as potential enemies of Alice, including her teacher and the school principal, and he is not shy about giving those various enemies a bite. When Splotch starts to attack Alice’s best friend, Alice knows there is a big problem. But how will she get Splotch to stop being a guard dog and go back into the computer?

About the Authors

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Anne Rothman-Hicks is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College where, in 1969, at a college dance, she met a student from Haverford named Kenneth Hicks. They have been together pretty much ever since, getting married, having children, writing books, making art, and generally conspiring to live lives that are happy, creative, and good.

Anne and Ken’s most recent novels and stories are set in New York City, where they have lived for most of their married lives.

Their middle reader series, Alice and Friends, features Alice, a 10-year-old girl with a vivid imagination that gets her into and out of trouble. The titles are STONE FACES, BROWNSTONE FACES, and SPLOTCH.

In Ken and Anne’s tween book, THINGS ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM, Jennifer and James find a pigeon in Central Park whose foot was caught in a bit of string attached to a fence. Only this pigeon was actually a man before he was turned into a pigeon over a hundred years earlier. Now he needs some help to be turned back into a man before a certain hawk captures and eats him instead.

A sequel, REMEMBERING THOMAS, has been published by MuseItUp Publishing in March of 2018.

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Monday, August 13, 2018

A Back-to-School Promotion from Florida Prepaid: Enroll in a Plan by September 2 and Waive the Application Fee!

This post is sponsored by the Florida Prepaid College Board, through my role as a Believer Blogger. All thoughts are my own.

The carefree days of June and July have come and gone, and now we’re into August. Here in south Florida where I live, this can be a stressful month. Not only do we enter into the peak of hurricane season, but the kids also head back to school. Now our schedules will be dictated by tests and homework, as well as sports and extracurricular activities. Even though these things bring on a lot of stress, I try to remind myself that they’re also productive and positive. My twins will be learning many new things and getting prepared for college. Fortunately, college is one thing that I don’t stress about because our family bought Florida Prepaid College Plans for all four of our kids! Thanks to this wonderful program, we have one less thing to stress about—how to pay for our children’s future education.

If, like me, you have children who will soon be heading back to school, I’m sure you’ve got a lot of items on your back-to-school list, including the purchase of school supplies and clothing, establishing new morning and after-school routines, and much more. But it’s entirely worth the effort to add one more item to your checklist: sign up for a Florida Prepaid plan. It only takes a few minutes of your time, but it has long-lasting benefits for the whole family.

August is also the perfect time to consider your child’s education because Florida Prepaid has established the Big Dreams Start Early Promotion. When you enroll in a Florida Prepaid College Plan from now through September 2, 2018, they will waive the $50 application fee! Just use the following promo code when you sign up here.


In addition to waiving the application fee, there are even more ways in which a Florida Prepaid College Plan saves you money. Their plans allow you to lock in tomorrow’s college tuition prices today, so that you don’t have to worry about how much public college or university costs rise in the future, or the ups and downs of the stock market. Florida Prepaid Plans are guaranteed by the state of Florida, and their value can be applied to qualifying institutions nationwide, both public and private.

My two oldest children are among the more than 450,000 students who have gone to college using a Florida Prepaid Plan, and my two youngest will join them when they graduate from high school. Thanks to our foresight in purchasing a plan for each of them, they’ll be debt-free when they earn their bachelor’s degree. What a great gift to give your children or grandchildren!

So, while you’re thinking about your children’s current educational needs during this very busy back-to-school season, I hope you’ll also turn your eyes toward the future by taking advantage of Florida Prepaid’s Big Dreams Start Early Promotion. The younger your children are when you sign up, the lower your payments will be. And there are a wide variety of plans to suit every budget.

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Softsoap’s New Limited Edition Body Washes Smell Like Summer!

Sometimes, it’s the little things that get me excited, and the release of new Softsoap Limited Edition Body Washes is one of them! It seems like just about the time I’m running low on body wash, they come out with new editions that I’m so excited to try. Softsoap’s latest body washes are a reflection of summer and help keep the skin moist and hydrated. They include:

Softsoap Limited Edition Coastal Sunrise™ Moisturizing Body Wash
Awaken your senses with the new limited edition Coastal Sunrise™ moisturizing body wash. Watch the summer season bloom before your eyes, as the invigorated scent of Citrus Blossom surrounds you and the moisturizing formula leaves skin feeling soft and smooth. I love the peppy addition of the citrus fragrance, which makes me feel refreshed and summery!

Softsoap Limited Edition Seaside Rush™ Moisturizing Body Wash
This summer, set sail with the new limited edition Seaside Rush™ moisturizing body wash. Celebrate the warmer weather with the refreshing scents of Lily & Bergamot, which will captivate your senses and leave skin feeling soft and radiant. I love this floral scent. It’s not too heavy, just the perfect amount of fragrance to make me smell like a summer garden without being overpowering. And, of course, my skin always feels smooth and clean after using any Softsoap body wash!

I’m a huge fan of Softsoap body washes. I hope you’ll join me in my excitement for these new Limited Edition scents. Head on over to Walmart through September to find these wonderful new body washes from Softsoap at a price that won’t break your budget.

Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (August 11-17, 2018)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Summer is nearly over (boo hoo), and the kids are heading back to school! In the hustle-and-bustle of back-to-school shopping, be sure to take some time off to enter some giveaways! I hope you'll join me in checking out the giveaways in the linky below. Come back every day to see what new contests have been added. And feel free to share any giveaways that you're hosting in the linky and tell your social media friends about this page.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (August 4-10, 2018)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! I apologize for the lack of posts on my blog this week. I was on vacation in Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Unfortunately, it will be forever known as the beach vacation when we couldn't go in the water! Red tide (toxic algae) hit the beaches, and it killed off a bunch of fish, crabs and other sea life that all washed up on the shore. It wasn't recommended to go in the water, and it was even tough to breathe during certain times of the day near the beach. I felt sorry for the many hotels and businesses, which lost a lot of money due to red tide. We stayed because we had family meeting us there, but had to find other things to do that didn't involve beach time. Anyway, it will be added to our list of  unforgettable vacations! Now that I'm home, it's time to enter some giveaways! I hope you'll join me in checking out the giveaways in the linky below. Come back every day to see what new contests have been added. And feel free to share any giveaways that you're hosting in the linky and tell your social media friends about this page.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (July 28-August 3, 2018)

August is always a busy month for me. There are lots of birthdays in my family in August. The kids go back to school. And the hurricane season really kicks in here in south Florida! Here's hoping that we'll have a little quieter year in the tropics than last year! But I'll keep my mind off hurricanes by visiting lots of blogs and entering giveaways! I hope you'll join me. Check this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added to the linky below. Be sure to peruse my right sidebar, too, to see the giveaways I'm hosting. And if you're giving away some great prizes on your blog or website, feel free to share them with us in the linky so we can all enter. Happy August!

Monday, July 23, 2018

Get that Funky, Sweaty Smell Out of Your Clothes with Defunkify!

Here in south Florida, we get the heat year round. Don’t get me wrong—I love it! I’m definitely a warm-weather person—but I don’t love that I’m often sweaty once I walk out of my air-conditioned house or office. And that sweat works its way into my clothes and often stays there, especially when I’m wearing wicking material. Same for the rest of my family. My boys’ athletic clothing is often made of wicking material, which works great at keeping them cooler but tends to retain that sweaty smell, which is not pleasant. I’ve actually thrown out clothing that has retained too much of that funky odor.

Fortunately, I no longer need to do that since I’ve discovered Defunkify laundry detergent and deodorizer. It is specifically engineered to remove the odor and stains that are present in high-performance active wear. It cleans deeper than normal detergents to tackle body oils and sweat that cause long-lasting odor to stay in our clothes.

As Defunkify explains:
The problem comes down to chemistry. The synthetic fibers that keep us nice and cool in the summer are hydrophobic, meaning they repel water. Laundry detergent can’t get between these fibers, and when it does it often leaves a residue that acts as a collection site for future odor. Defunkify Active Wash Laundry Detergent works differently. It gets deep between these fibers to remove the source of the odor so those shirts or shorts can perform like new.
Defunkify is ideal for anyone, anywhere, who works up a sweat, whether it’s from the heat, a good workout, a day at the beach, or a strenuous day on the job or doing yardwork. And it is safe for families and the environment, using green chemistry principles to reduce the overall environmental impact.

I am so glad I found Defunkify, and I believe you will, too. Head over to Amazon or to try it out and get your family’s clothes smelling clean and fresh again!

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