Friday, February 15, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (February 16-22, 2019)

Welcome to the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to get more traffic! If you're hoping to win great prizes, bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar.) Thanks for stopping by!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Saturday, February 09, 2019

Adventures with Annabelle and Maisie Book Tour and Coloring Book Giveaway (3 Winners)


The Day Annabelle Was Bitten by a Doodlebug
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children's Rhyming Picture Book

When pre-schooler Annabelle awakens one morning, she has a strange urge to start doodling. She calls for paper and pen and begins doodling continuously, unable to stop -- even for meals! Her concerned parents take her to the doctor, who discovers a doodlebug bite on her neck. He assures them that her doodling urges will end when the bite fades away. Annabelle gets so good at doodling that she opens a shop to sell her work and even travels the world to share her art. Then one day the bite fades, and so do her uncontrollable urges.


The Day Maisie and Annabelle Got the Giggles
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children's Rhyming Picture Book 

After sisters Annabelle and Maisie meet the gigglepuss outside on the trampoline, they suddenly can’t stop giggling. Their dad has a hard time believing they met a gigglepuss, calling it “mythical nonsense.” But as time passes and they giggle harder and harder, there’s no choice but to take them to the doctor, who provides an unpleasant but effective remedy. Wonder who else in the family will encounter that rascally gigglepuss?


The Day Maisie Picked a Daisy
by Julie Wenzlick
Genre: Children's Rhyming Picture Book

When big sister Annabelle decides to go against Mom’s rules and take little sister Maisie Grace for a ride in her pink Barbie Corvette, she has no idea of the adventure that lies ahead! Join these wandering sisters as they explore Miss Millie’s garden and fail to obey the sign: Do NOT pick the Daisies! What will happen when Maisie unknowingly plucks one daisy from the garden?



Julie Wenzlick is a retired English teacher who loves to rhyme. She began writing poems and stories in second grade, and she loves to share her books with elementary students in hopes of inspiring them to write their own stories. Three of her books were inspired by her granddaughters Annabelle and Maisie. She often gets the question from her young audiences, "Did this REALLY happen?" Her book, The Day Annabelle Was Bitten by a Doodlebug, was chosen as Honorable Mention in the Writer's Digest Children's Book category for 2017. Julie, who also writes songs to go with her books, produced her original full-length musical comedy, Singles File, in the early '90s at three venues. You can find out more about her at juliewenzlick.com


Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts, guest posts and a giveaway!









Friday, February 08, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (February 9-15, 2019)

Welcome to the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them with us in the linky below. And if you're hoping to win great prizes, be sure to bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar.) And please share this page on your social media sites. The more people who know about it, the more terrific contests we can enter. Thank you!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!


Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Winners in January 2019

Congratulations to the following people, who won prizes on Susan Heim on Parenting in January!

Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero Prize Pack


Congratulations to the winner: Johannah B.!

$30 Worth of MAM Baby Products


Congratulations to the winner: Patti R.N.!

Goosebumps 2 (Blu-ray/DVD)


Congratulations to the winner: Charlene S.!

The CSB Day-by-Day Chronological Bible


Congratulations to the winner: Julie W.!

30 Days to Understanding the Bible, by Max Anders


Congratulations to the winner: Natalie Y.!

Sunday, February 03, 2019

Open Enrollment Has Arrived for Florida Prepaid College Plans: Pay No Application Fee in the First 30 Days!

This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts are my own.

It’s going to be an exciting year for Florida Prepaid. More than 460,000 students have gone to college using Florida Prepaid Plan benefits, including my two oldest children, who graduated from college debt-free thanks to these amazing plans. My two high-school kids are on their way to doing the same thing. So, how could Florida Prepaid get even better in 2019—and what does this mean for your family?

Open Enrollment: February 1 through April 30, 2019
First, the Open Enrollment period has moved to February through April. This means that your family has time to recover from your holiday spending before signing up for a plan. If you’ve got a tax refund coming, you can also file early and use it to get started on your Florida Prepaid plan. Spring is a time of new beginnings, and there’s no better way to launch the season than to get started on helping your child afford a college education.

Pay No Application Fee: February 1 through March 2, 2019
And there’s more good news! Sign up between February 1–March 2, 2019, and Florida Prepaid will waive the $50 application fee! This is to celebrate Florida Prepaid’s recent 30th anniversary, making them one of the largest and longest-running prepaid programs in the nation. Unlike many states, The Florida Prepaid program is thriving, and more than 1 million families have purchased Florida Prepaid College Plans.

PROMO CODE
Use promo code SUSAN19
Feb 1–March 2: waive the application fee
March 3–April 30: $30 off the application fee

Prices Are the Same as Last Year
Amazingly, prices this year have stayed the same as last year! If you didn’t get around to signing up last year, don’t lose another minute. This year’s a great time to do so. You can sign up when your child is a newborn or even through 11th grade. The earlier you sign up, the lower the monthly cost. But no matter when you start, you’ll be getting a headstart on paying for your child’s education. Plans begin at just $47 a month.

Over the next few months, I’ll be sharing more information about the Florida Prepaid program and their college plans, but let me just say up front that I strongly support this program and recommend it to all the parents I know. Higher education is expensive, and many families stress about how they’re going to be able to afford to send their children to college without incurring debt. But the Florida Prepaid program has taken this stress away for our family. It’s a wonderful feeling! I hope you’ll join me in learning more about the many flexible Florida Prepaid plans and signing up.


Saturday, February 02, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (February 2-8, 2019)

Welcome back to the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! I took a break for a few weeks until I had time to research a new linky service. I was happy with InLinkz for years, but they suddenly decided to charge for their formerly free service, which made me say "good-bye"! (Same for Photobucket, but that's another story!) So, I'm going to give Mister Linky's Magical Widgets a try, and we'll see how it goes! So, if you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, please feel free to share them with us in the linky below. And if you're hoping to win great prizes, be sure to bookmark this page every week and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar.) And please share this page on your social media sites. The more people who know about it, the more terrific contests we can enter. Thank you!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



DVD Release and Giveaway: "Sesame Street: Celebrate Family" Arrives on DVD on February 5 ~ Get a Free Printable Pack and Enter to Win the DVD!

Families come in all shapes and sizes, but the most important part of any family is love! Explore important lessons about family in the new DVD release of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family, on February 5, 2019 from Shout! Factory and Sesame Workshop.

Sesame Street: Celebrate Family includes five unique stories for curious preschoolers and their families. First, Abby’s family has dinner at Elmo’s house, where she learns that even though families do things in all different ways, they can still have fun working together to make a meal. Then, Cookie Monster realizes he's forgotten to get a gift for his mommy for Mother’s Day—what should he do? For Father’s Day, Rosita wants to make a video for her dad, but she needs some help from her friends. Next, we meet Rudy, Abby’s new step-brother! Finally, Hooper's Store is throwing a special party for kids and their grandparents.

Sesame Street: Celebrate Family has a runtime of two hours, including family-themed bonus features. The collection is available for preorder at Amazon.com, Walmart.com, and other e-retailers.

Bonus Features:
• Full-Length Episode: Siblings
• Elmo’s World: Families
• Sesame Studios: Marvie’s Song for Dad

Watch the trailer:


Free Printables


Click here to download a printable pack inspired by Sesame Street: Celebrate Family! It includes coloring pages, drawing activities, build-a-book pages and a poem activity. Each printable supports Sesame Street lessons encouraging children's learning about their own families and other families of all shapes and sizes.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky family will receive a DVD copy of Sesame Street: Celebrate Family! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, February 17, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received no products or services in exchange for this post. Thank you to the sponsor for providing the prize.

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Fuller House: The Complete Third Season ~ Now on DVD!

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the DVD I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.

One of my favorite TV shows in the '80s and '90s was Full House, so I was thrilled when Netflix decided to keep the family's story going with its new series, Fuller House. Fortunately, the show has been a big hit, and just got renewed for a fourth season! In the meantime, I'm enjoying the Fuller House series on DVD and just completed watching Fuller House: The Complete Third Season! Keep reading for the highlights...

Major life events take place on the third season of Fuller House. Steve and C.J. make plans to get married in Japan, and the gang heads overseas for the big wedding. But before anyone has a chance to say “I do,” a big revelation has an impact on the nuptials. Plus, Stephanie makes plans to have a baby via surrogate, D.J. tries to get Tommy into a prestigious preschool, and Fernando buys Kimmy’s childhood home and restores it to its former glory. Meanwhile, Jackson and Ramona start high school where Ramona tries out for her school’s dance team while Jackson becomes a joke at his school after slipping on a piece of bologna during lunch. Joey, Jesse and Danny come home to celebrate 30 years since they initially moved in together to raise the Tanner girls. It’s an unforgettable season filled with laughter and love for the Tanners and their friends on this beloved family comedy.

As the description above notes, there is a lot happening in Season 3! At times, it borders a bit on the side of slapstick (DJ's wrestling of a koi fish to expel the wedding ring it had swallowed was a little over-the-top), but I enjoyed watching the family's continuing adventures. In previous seasons, I thought that DJ's big decision whether to date Matt, the hunky veterinarian, or Steve, her childhood boyfriend, had been decided, but we discover in this season that she might be having second thoughts... Fernando is charming me more and more. In the first season, he seemed to be an irresponsible sort, but he's changing his ways and turning into a real family man and comedic star. As the de facto leader of this goofy family, DJ is doing a good job of keeping everyone (mostly) in line. And I love the musical numbers, especially the opening episode of Season 3 when Max has a dream prior to the start of his "Best Summer Ever"! I can't wait for Season 4 to discover what's next for the Tanner/Fuller/Gibbler families!



P.S. Enjoy this peek at the upcoming Season 4!




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Warm Up this Winter with Comforting Recipes Made with Moore's Marinades and Sauces!


Baby, it's cold outside! It's the time of year when you want something comforting cooking in the kitchen, whether it's soup, chili, or a yummy casserole. We all have our family favorites, but sometimes it's fun to try something new. Moore’s Marinades and Sauces are a great place to start because their huge line of marinades, sauces and hot sauces give added flavor to all kinds of foods. I was given the opportunity to review Moore's Original Marinade, and was delighted to discover all of the wonderful dishes that could be made with it. First, let me share more about the product:

Moore's Original Marinade
  • Original award-winning restaurant recipe
  • Versatile marinade for beef, chicken, pork, fish, vegetables & wild game
  • Robust hickory flavor
  • Adds great flavor to all your favorite dishes
  • Makes a great jerky!
  • Use as an added ingredient to add flavor to your favorite recipes!
  • Gluten-free, Kosher
  • Available in 16 oz bottles and gallon jugs
So, I went online to discover all of the amazing recipes that Moore's provides on their website. You can search by ingredient, meal or Moore's product! I chose "Original Marinade" in the product section and found this wonderful recipe for Turkey Enchiladas!



Ingredients
¼ cup Moore's Original Marinade
1 cup grated Monterey Jack cheese
½ cup sour cream
½ cup onion chopped
½ cup green chilies diced
2 cans cream of mushroom soup
1 cup cheddar cheese
2 cups cooked turkey cubed
12 flour or corn tortillas

Instructions
  1. Combine Moore's Marinade, soup, sour cream and chilies in a medium pot.
  2. Heat thoroughly.
  3. Warm tortillas in damp towel in microwave.
  4. Coat a 13x9 inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Mix cheeses, onion, turkey and 1 cup soup mixture, in a separate bowl.
  6. Add 2 tbsp of cheese/turkey mixture in center of each tortilla.
  7. Then roll tortilla up and place in baking dish
  8. Pour remaining soup mixture over top and sprinkle with cheese.
  9. Cover and bake at 350º for 30 minutes.
Moore's Chicken Enchiladas
We had a bunch of chicken we wanted to use, so we made our own version of the recipe above by substituting chicken for the turkey and cream of chicken soup for cream of mushroom soup. It was delicious!

Step 1
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Moore's Marinade Chicken Enchiladas
Check out some other great meals you can make with Moore's:

Brisket Chili: Add a little Moore's Jalapeño Hot Sauce to give this chili its edge:
http://www.mooresmarinade.com/Recipes/Beef-Recipes/Brisket-Chili

Buffalo Meatloaf: Moore’s Original Buffalo Wing Sauce is what sets this meatloaf apart from the rest:
http://www.mooresmarinade.com/Recipes/Beef-Recipes/Buffalo-Meatloaf

Harissa Chicken Soup: Moore’s unique blend of peppers in this delicious hot sauce is what takes this soup from bland to amazing:
http://www.mooresmarinade.com/Recipes/Chicken-Recipes/Harissa-Chicken-Soup

Discover hundreds of delicious recipes that you can make with Moore's products here.


Moore's sauces and marinades are amazing. You'll want to pick up several different flavors and try out some of their awesome recipes or create your own! Here's a $1.00 coupon to help you get started. Now use this convenient store locator to pick up your Moore's products! 



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