Sunday, March 31, 2013

Easter Humor from "Parental Guidance"!

The other day, I shared a cute eCard inspired by the movie, Parental Guidance, now on Blu-ray and DVD. And I couldn’t resist sharing the one above for Easter!

In Parental Guidance, Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that’s fun for the whole family! Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) overprotected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible -- bring the family closer together!

I hope your family is brought closer together this Easter. Have a day filled with fun, love, and many blessings!

This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Winners for the Week of March 24, 2013


Congratulations to the winner: Widya A.!


Congratulations to the winner: Maria S.!


Congratulations to the winner: Aimee L.!


Congratulations to the winner: Rita M.!


Congratulations to the winner: Cassandra M.!


Congratulations to the winner: Songyue Y.!


Congratulations to the winner: Kathy P.!


Congratulations to the winner: Michelle P.!


Congratulations to the winner: Angie Loves Family!


Congratulations to the winner: Nicole B.!


Congratulations to the winner: Stephen N.!


Congratulations to the winner: Heather H.!

Friday, March 29, 2013

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 30, 2013)

I apologize that the list of CURRENT GIVEAWAYS on my right sidebar hasn't been updated in several days. Unfortunately, the widget is broken for everyone using Blogger, and Google is taking seemingly forever to get it fixed. They've promised it will be repaired in the next few days, so hopefully I'll be able to update it soon. In the meantime, you can click on the "GIVEAWAYS" tab under my blog header to see more recent ones that have been posted. If you subscribe to my newsletter, then you haven't missed anything. Now, onto the linky ... please share your giveaways with us below and hop around for the chance to win great prizes!

Get Breathtaking Photographs on iPhone Cases from Tandem! (GIVEAWAY; Worldwide)

Tandem Stills and Motion, one of the world’s leading collections of licensable stock photographs and motion clips in the genres of environment, nature, travel, culture, adventure sports and healthy living lifestyles, recently launched some of their gorgeous images on iPhone cases! At their online store, you’ll find a huge selection of phone cases featuring breathtaking images of America’s national parks, underwater dogs and pets, urban environments, abstract images, and stunning nature photos! Check out a few of them below:

Tandem’s iPhone cases are extremely durable, and they give 50% of all profits back to the photographers whose images appear on the cases. This is important since so many of these photographers are at the front lines of conservation efforts, and these cases help directly fund their efforts. If you’re in the market for a case for your iPhone, I hope you’ll check out the unique and beautiful selections from Tandem. CLICK HERE to go shopping!


One lucky winner will receive an iPhone case of their choice from Tandem Stills and Motion! Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open internationally and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 12, 2013.

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Disclosure: I accepted no compensation or products for this post. I am posting it for the enjoyment of my readers.

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop: Tools and Blooms Giveaway from Craigmore Creations!

Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop
March 29th to April 5th

Welcome to the Hoppy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop! Every blog participating in this hop is offering a giveaway of something that a reader, author or blogger would enjoy, so be sure to hop around to the nearly 200 blogs participating in this event. They’re listed in the linky under the Rafflecopter form.

For my giveaway, I am featuring a wonderful prize package from Craigmore Creations! This generous offer is being made in celebration of their two new picture books! Check them out below:

Written by David Shapiro
Illustrated by Hayley Vair

This book encourages kids to count flowers, petals, stems and stamens while being introduced to nature’s beautiful wildflowers! From skunk cabbage to water lilies to lupines, each page is gorgeously illustrated and provides fun facts for each flower.

Sample page:

Written by David Shapiro
Illustrated by Christopher Herndon

Through hilarious illustrations and fascinating facts, kids will journey through a history of tools, from the stone hand ax to the modern toolbox. Budding DIYers will learn not only what each tool is and when it was first invented, but also how each tool is used, who invented it, and how it has shaped our lives.

Sample page:

Both of these beautiful hardcover books from Craigmore Creations are a wonderful way to usher in spring by encouraging your child to explore nature and be creative! Learn more about Flowers by Number and Tools. Time. Twist. at and


To celebrate the publication of these two titles, Craigmore Creations has put together an awesome giveaway that will give your child all the TOOLS he or she will need to grow their own WILDFLOWER garden! This prize pack consists of:

1) a hardcover copy of Flowers by Number
2) a hardcover copy of Tool. Time. Twist. A Brief History of Tools Through Time
3) a 3-piece children’s garden tool set
4) a packet of wildflower seeds

A picture of this fantastic prize pack is shown above. (Note that the basket of flowers in the background is NOT included in the giveaway!) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, April 5, 2013. Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below.

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bloggers Needed for Tip Hero's Spring Cleaning Giveaway!

Sign-ups are now open for this fabulous event!

  • Event is free to join with an announcement post. If you don't wish to post the announcement, please send the $5 non-post fee to
  • You'll receive 1 free link for participating (either Twitter or Pinterest)
  • Additional links (RSS/Email, Twitter and Pinterest) are available for $5 each
  • Sign-ups for this event end on April 8th
  • Event runs from April 10 - 24
  • Prize: $100 Walmart gift card

Please send all payments to as a "gift" via PayPal.

Sign up for this event here.

Parenting Wisdom from "Parental Guidance"!

I just love the eCard above inspired by the movie, Parental Guidance, now on Blu-ray and DVD! Billy Crystal, Bette Midler and Marisa Tomei prove that laughter is relative in this hilarious comedy that’s fun for the whole family!

Old-school grandparents Artie (Crystal) and Diane (Midler) get more than they bargained for when they get stuck babysitting their type-A daughter’s (Tomei) overprotected kids. But things go from hectic to hysterical when Artie realizes the kids are running the house with their newfangled technology. By playing by his own rules, which include sugary snacks, old fashioned games and tough love, Artie manages to outsmart the kids and achieve the impossible -- bring the family closer together!

I’m really excited to check out Parental Guidance on Blu-ray and DVD. It sounds like a great show for Family Movie Night!

This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

REMINDER: Enter the Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest for the Chance to Win a $200 Visa Gift Card!

I just wanted to remind everyone that the deadline for my Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest, sponsored by RoseArt Surprise Inside Sidewalk Chalk, is coming up! It is SO easy to enter, and you have the opportunity to win $200! Here’s how to enter:

Create an original drawing using sidewalk chalk. (RoseArt would love for you to pick up a package of RoseArt Surprise Inside Sidewalk Chalk at Target, Walmart or Kmart for about $3 to create your drawing, but it is not required.) Take a photo of your project and email it to me at smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com.

Qualified drawings will be submitted to RoseArt, which will judge them on the basis of “Best Use of Surprise Inside Sidewalk Chalk.” The winning entrant from this blog will receive a $200 Visa Gift Card from RoseArt so they can host their own outdoor fun party!

IMPORTANT: Submissions are due to me by 11:59 PM EST on April 8, 2013. Winners will be chosen around April 12 and notified via email. Remember, send your submission(s) to Susan at smhparent [at] hotmail [dot] com by 4/8/2013.

I look forward to seeing your chalk art masterpieces!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Giveaway for a 7-Day Caribbean Cruise for a Family of 4!


We are excited to be offering our fans the chance to win a 7-day cruise for a family of 4 to the Caribbean!

This giveaway is hosted by Dixieland Mom Product and Travel Reviews and SoCal Coupon Mommy and co-hosted by Simply Southern Couponers, Making of a Mom, Crazy for a Deal, Frugal Diva Frenzy, Growing up Bilingual and Swank Savings.

**Please note: Winner must be 21 or older due to sailing restrictions for those under the age of 21.**

After a long winter, doesn’t a Caribbean cruise sound like the perfect escape? Imagine yourself sitting on the pool deck with a cold drink in hand and the kids splashing around in the pool. Bliss! So, read on to find out how to enter this incredibly amazing giveaway!

The Grand Prize:
One 7-Day Cruise for a family of 4 to the Caribbean on a Norwegian Cruise Line ship, sailing from winner’s choice of 3 ports:
Miami, FL.
Tampa, FL
New Orleans, LA.
Approximate Retail Value: $2,000.00

**Cruise must be booked for travel from Oct. 2013-Dec. 2013 or January 2014-April 2014. Holiday dates are excluded for travel during holiday dates.**

Prize includes: Cruise fare only. Winner is responsible for transportation to/from the port of choice, all gratuities, all onboard expenses, all onboard and port expenses/purchases, shore excursion purchases, casino gambling, bingo cards, photographs purchased from shipboard photographers, etc., taxes and fees.

What is included in cruise fare: all meals at regular venues (specialty restaurants are optional and do charge an additional fee), a stateroom to include: one queen or 2 twin-size beds, and 2 additional sleeping areas in same stateroom, for 2 additional passengers, entertainment and free shipboard activities.

Watch for the upcoming reviews for our April 7th NCL Star Cruise. I will try to blog daily from the ship, depending on internet availability as shipboard internet is very slow and sometimes we will not have an available signal.

First Prize:

One set of the Pack It Specter Cube System from Eagle Creek. ARV: $38.00

The winner will receive one set of the Pack It Specter Cube System from Eagle Creek. The set consists of:
1- Pack It Specter Cube
1- Pack It Specter Half Cube
1- Pack It Specter Quarter Cube.

These are fantastic for saving much needed space in your suitcase, especially if you have to fly to your port! Watch for the review in our Pre Cruise prep post!

How to enter:
Entry is simple. Just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below. Good luck to all!

Disclaimer: This giveaway is not sponsored by, hosted by, or in association with, in any way, shape or form with Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn or any other social site. Giveaway is open worldwide, to persons aged 21 years of age or older, other than where prohibited. Winner is solely responsible for any associated taxes or fees. Winner is responsible for travel expenses incurred to get to port of choice, and all shipboard expenses over and above the actual cruise fare for a stateroom. These charges may include gratuities, onboard purchases, shore excursions, any purchases, gambling to include casino and bingo, any alcoholic drink purchases, soda cards, and any other expense not included in the average cruise fare. No other expenses are included. Susan Heim on Parenting is not responsible for sending this prize.

Speedeebee! A Word Game from Blue Orange Games That Makes Learning Fun!

I love to play games with my kids that are so much fun, they don’t even know they’re learning something! Speedeebee! from Blue Orange Games is that kind of game. This fast-paced word game consists of a series of round cards and four special alphabet dice in a travel-friendly tin canister. On the cards are challenges, such as, “Name something associated with winter, starting with one of these letters (throw all 4 dice).” Or, “Find a word containing these 2 letters (throw the blue and purple dice).” The first player who comes up with a word that fits the category wins the card. The player with the most cards at the end of the game wins! Check out this video to see Speedeebee! in action:

My 9-year-old boys absolutely love to play Speedeebee! And we’ve found that you can come up with different ways to play. For instance, when we have three players, we’ll let two players answer the challenge, and then the third player acts as the “judge” to decide who came up with a better word.

With 50 cards, and 3 challenges per card, there are numerous combinations to make the game exciting all the time. We also make the rule that you can never use the same word twice, which encourages even more creativity! This is a terrific resource for vocabulary building, better spelling, and quick thinking for classrooms, homeschooling, and family fun! It’s not surprising that Speedeebee! has won numerous awards, including a Teachers’ Choice Award. I hope you’ll pick up a Speedeebee! game from Blue Orange Games!

Blue Orange Games website:
Speedeebee page:
Twitter: @BlueOrangeGames

Enter Cooper Tire’s "My Every Day Road Trip" Contest for the Chance to Win Free Gas for a Year!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cooper Tire for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

If you’re like most people, you’re on the road nearly every day. These “road trips” are a part of everyday life. My daily schedule may include trips to my kids’ school, the grocery store, the library, the baseball field, the bank, and much more. Most of these trips are routine. Sometimes, I’m blessed with a rainbow view from my window. Or I’ll smile when I see a mama duck and her babies out in the field by the road. It’s times like these when I really don’t mind being on the road so much.

Now, Cooper Tire would like to hear about your everyday road trips. Whether they involve ordinary moments, like driving to work, or extraordinary moments, like catching sight of a wild animal, they’re all worth noting. And when you submit a video, written story or photo about your road trips to Cooper Tire’s Facebook page, you just might earn an entire year of free gas!

The entry phase of Cooper Tire's My Every Day Road Trip Contest runs from March 1 through March 29, 2013. Not sure what to share? For inspiration, watch the video below about an ostrich farmer whose everyday road trips consist of caring for the amazing animals on his farm with the use of Cooper Tires.

Cooper Tire has been crafting tires for life’s road trips for almost a hundred years! Their full product portfolio fits most vehicles on the road today. Cooper manufactures quality passenger, light truck, sport utility, performance and winter tires.

So, do you have a unique story to share for the “My Every Day Road Trip” contest? Just head over to the Cooper Tire Facebook page, become a fan, and submit your not-so-every-day road trip story as a written story, photo or video. Winners will be selected based on criteria such as originality, creativity, compelling content, and their passion for Cooper tires.

The top written story will win a $100 gift card to use toward gas for one week. The highest rated photo entry will receive a $500 gift card to use toward gas for one month.

The top five video finalists will each win a new set of four Cooper tires and advance to the final phase of the competition. In the final phase, Cooper Tire Facebook fans will be encouraged to vote for their favorite Every Day Road Trip video to help determine the final winner. The video with the combined highest score and most votes will be awarded a gift card for $5,000 toward gas for one year to fuel their daily drive. Wow!

Even if you don’t submit a video, photo or written story, you have the opportunity to win a Road Trip Kit just for voting during the My Every Day Road Trip sweepstakes. Beginning April 15, 2013, you can vote daily for your favorite video. Each vote will automatically earn an entry to win a Road Trip Kit. The prize pack includes several items, including a $100 Cooper Tire auto service voucher, a $50 gas card, $50 iTunes gift card and Cooper gear!

So, don’t forget these important dates:

Video, photo and story submissions are accepted March 1-29.

Voting (for an opportunity to enter the sweepstakes) begins April 15.

Visit Cooper Tire’s Facebook page for complete contest and sweepstakes rules and submission guidelines, as well as to enter the contest and vote!

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Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win "Troll Bridge: A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale"!

Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop
March 26 through April 2, 2013
Hosted by
This hop is in conjunction with the 3rd annual Fairy Tale Fortnight.

Welcome to the Fairy Tale Giveaway Hop! Every blog participating in this event is giving away a book with a fairy tale theme or element! For my giveaway, I am offering…

Troll Bridge: A Rock 'n' Roll Fairy Tale
By Jane Yolen and Adam Stemple

A wicked adventure or deadly … trollble?

Twelve girls have been selected to have their likenesses carved in butter and displayed on the Trollholm Bridge. It’s a Vanderby State Fair tradition that has been going on for, like, ever. For sixteen-year-old harpist Moira, the sooner it’s over with, the butter … er … better. Not too far away, the three Griffson brothers -- members of a sensationally popular band -- are on a much-needed road trip to relax from the pressures of their latest tour.

In a flash, all four are transported to Trollholm, a strange and mystical wilderness where they are caught up in an ancient but deadly battle. All Moira wants to do is awaken her eleven fellow princesses -- now fallen into an enchanted slumber -- and find a way home. Unfortunately for Moira and the Griffson boys, finding a way out of Trollholm may be a lot more difficult than they think….

Note: I purchased this paperback book at my local library’s bookstore. It is used but in very nice condition. For ages 10 and up.

To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. None of the entries are mandatory. The more you do, the more you earn (up to 6 entries). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only will end at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.