Monday, September 30, 2013

Gorton’s #WickedGoodSeafood Sweepstakes ~ Grand Prize Is a Trip to Boston! Plus, Enter This Giveaway for a Gorton’s Prize Pack!

Everyone in our family loves Gorton’s seafood. My favorite has always been their Beer Battered fish, and I love that Gorton’s has a great recipe on their website for making a submarine sandwich with their Beer Battered Tenders. This recipe is especially great for football season! Just whip a bunch of these up to eat while you’re watching the game. Take them to your next game day gathering or tailgating party! Here’s the recipe:

Beer Battered Tenders Sub

Enjoy a delicious pub meal right in your own home -- this sandwich is the perfect balance of crunch and flavor! Just prepare Gorton’s Beer Battered Tenders, toast sub rolls, and top with your favorite vegetables and sauce. Pickles and chips make perfect sides.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

1 package (17.3oz) Gorton’s Beer Battered Tenders
6 6” sliced hoagie/sub rolls - toasted if desired
2 large tomatoes, thinly sliced
Mayonnaise or tartar sauce

1. Prepare Gorton's Beer Battered Tenders (17.3oz) according to package instructions.
2. Spread sub rolls with desired amount of mayonnaise. Add lettuce and tomato slices over mayonnaise.
3. Top tomato slices with 2-3 Cooked Tenders.

You can find more amazing recipes made with Gorton’s products at I bet your kids would love these fish tacos!

And when you visit the Gorton’s website at, you can explore their products, find more recipes, download a coupon, and enter the "Wicked Good Seafood” sweepstakes!

Enter daily through October 18, 2013 for the chance to win a Wicked Good Trip to Boston, MA for 4 people including airfare, lodging, activities and spending money!

Finally, after you’ve entered the sweepstakes, and selected a delicious Gorton’s recipe to prepare for dinner tonight, I hope you’ll read on to find out how you can enter to win a fun prize pack!


Twitter: @GortonsSeafood


One lucky U.S. winner will receive three $2 off product coupons, 1 Gorton’s-branded ship wheel keychain, an assortment of Gorton’s recipe cards, and beautiful seaside/Gorton’s postcards! Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, October 14, 2013.

Little Red Writing Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Little Red Reading
Little Red Writing
by Joan Holub

Acclaimed writer Joan Holub and Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet team up in this hilarious and exuberant retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, in which a brave, little red pencil finds her way through the many perils of writing a story, faces a ravenous pencil sharpener (the Wolf 3000) ... and saves the day.


"A very funny picture book that, I guarantee you, lots of savvy teachers will be eagerly sharing with students as part of the process of teaching creative writing." -- Richie Partington MLIS, Richie's Picks

"What a CLEVER, CLEVER story!" -- I Love to Read and Write Reviews

"This clever adaptation of Little Red Riding Hood has so many levels of creativity and learning... Every elementary teacher should have this book to begin their writing units." -- Play on Words

"Style, humor, and solid writing advice." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

"So rich in words and wry humor -- written and visual -- that one reading just isn't enough." -- School Library Journal, starred review

"Every writers' group should start with this story." --Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"Every elementary teacher should have this book to begin their writing units." -- Play on Words

"An easy, winning prompt for beginning writers to abandon their fears and take up pencils of their own." -- Booklist

Joan Holub has hundreds of pencils. Some are red. Others are glittery, sporty, or full of holiday cheer. They are all super sharp and good at writing books. They’ve helped Joan write more than 130 books, including Zero the Hero and Knuckleheads. She lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Melissa Sweet has illustrated nearly 100 children’s books, including the Caldecott Honor–winning River of Words and the Sibert Medal–winning Balloons over Broadway. When not in her studio, Melissa loves to ride her bicycle and hike with her two dogs, Rufus and Nellie. She lives in Rockport, Maine.

Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Ends 10/15/13

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Winners for the Week of September 22, 2013


Congratulations to the winner: Rae Z.!


Congratulations to the winner: Xty S.!


Congratulations to the winner: Jennifer Q.!


Congratulations to the winner: Chelsea W.!


Congratulations to the winners:
Ist prize: Toby Sanderson
2nd prize: Jenny Solinski


Congratulations to the winner: Amy H.!


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Congratulations to the winner: Trisha R.M.!

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Celebrate National Coffee Day with a Free Gevalia Mocha Latte! #FoamAtHome #spon

This Sunday, September 29, is National Coffee Day (actually, every day is coffee day for me…), and I plan to celebrate with Gevalia’s new two-step, single-serve Keurig K-Cups. Gevalia Coffee’s new K-Cups deliver coffee-shop taste in the comfort of your own home in three premium coffee flavors -- Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato or Mocha Latte -- made with real milk and topped with a velvety layer of foam!

I have to confess that I couldn’t wait for National Coffee Day before trying these wonderful coffees. They are amazing! I just poured the foam packet provided into my coffee cup, put the K-cup in my Keurig, and brewed like I always do. The result was a creamy cup of coffee with lovely foam on top. Take a look!

A warm mug of one of Gevalia’s new lattes is a luxurious way to start your morning. They’re available in stores now! Visit for more information, and join the online conversation with the hashtag #FoamAtHome.

Starting September 29, 2013, visit to see how you can get a free sample of Gevalia Mocha Latte to celebrate National Coffee Day!

Disclosure: Kraft Foods sent me a sample of Gevalia Coffee Cappuccino, Caramel Macchiato and Mocha Latte K-Cups. All opinions are 100% my own.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (September 28, 2013)

The milestones still keep coming, even when your child is well into his twenties. It seems like only yesterday that I was celebrating (and crying over) my oldest son's first day of kindergarten, first day of middle school, first day of high school, first day of college (are you seeing a pattern here?)... and this week we're celebrating his first "real-world job" now that he has his college degree! I had so much fun taking him to the mall to get his first "business casual" wardrobe. He has his own apartment, and he sent me a "selfie" of himself dressed in his new work clothes on the morning of his first day. I almost burst into tears! And I marveled at how thoughtful my son is that he would know how much I'd love to see that picture. Anyway (wiping away tears), it's time to turn this post over to its true purpose: giveaways! If you love to win, be sure to check out all of my awesome giveaways, listed in the right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. And if you're hosting a giveaway (or more) on your blog, please include them in the linky and then share this page with your Twitter and Facebook friends. Good luck!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

How TEAS’ TEA from ITO EN Cares for the Environment, Plus a Giveaway!

Did you know that, after water, tea is the most consumed beverage in the world? On any given day, more than 160 million Americans are drinking tea! (Source: The Tea Association of the USA) Whether you like your tea hot or cold, sweet or unsweetened, tea is a refreshing way to quench your thirst.

Thanks to TEAS’ TEA from ITO EN, it’s easy to find delicious all-natural tea in ready-to-drink bottles. In fact, ITO EN pioneered the first bottled green tea in the world, called the Oi Ocha. Their meticulous brewing methods and proprietary filtration method reduce sediment in their teas, creating a clean finish. And here are more reasons to purchuase TEAS’ TEA besides their great taste:

TEAS’ TEA Cares! How?
1. The new re-design of TEAS’ TEA® bottles reduces the carbon footprint and is now the lightest bottle in the ready-to-drink beverage industry, weighing only 18.7 grams, compared to standard plastic bottles in the industry of 24 grams.
2. Reducing packaging is a company goal. By choosing recyclable plastic bottles (PET 1) over glass, the company has been able to save in fuel expenses and reduce the carbon footprint.
3. Recognized for their recycling tea leaf program, ITO EN has been awarded the Grand Prize by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan and the Environment Minister’s Prize for developing eco-friendly products made from used tea leaves. A variety of products ranging from vending machines and public benches have been a part of the company’s recycling CSR activities.

ITO EN was also kind enough to send me some of their wonderful teas for review. I received teas from the following product categories:

TEAS' TEA Unsweetened
- Brewed using the finest green tea leaves and unsweetened
- 0 Calories
- Great source of natural antioxidants
- 100% or more of daily value of Vitamin C
- 7 Flavors: Pure Green tea, Jasmine Green, Green White, Lemongrass Green, Rose Green, Mint Green, Golden Oolong tea.
- SRP $1.99 per bottle for 16.9 FL OZ (500 ml).

- Brewed using the finest green tea leaves and slightly sweetened
- only 50 calories per serving.
- 5 flavors: green tea & lemon, green tea & green apple (which came in second place at the North American Tea Championships 2012), green tea & peach, green tea & coconut, green tea & grape.
- SRP $1.99 per bottle for 16.9 FL OZ (500 ml).

My husband prefers his tea unsweetened, so he is a huge fan of TEAS’ TEA Unsweetened varieties. I prefer a little more sweetness to my tea, so I love the TEAS’ TEA PLUS half&HALF because they’re slightly sweetened. We both work from home, and drinking a bottle of TEAS’ TEA makes for a perfect afternoon break!

ITO EN has been a pioneer and leader in the unsweetened tea market for more than 10 years! TEAS’ TEA is sold nationwide in conventional, natural & specialty stores and online at and for just $1.99 per bottle. I hope you’ll pass over the high-calorie sodas and reach for a bottle of TEAS’ TEA next time you want to quench your thirst.


One lucky winner will receive 3 bottles of TEAS’ TEA from ITO EN (randomly selected)! Enter through the easy Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 10, 2013.

Farm Rich Has Three New Products, Plus a Special Giveaway for You!

Our friends at Farm Rich have some tasty news to share! They've introduced three new products -- Toasted Ravioli, Crispy Dill Pickles and Chili Cheese Bites -- to their snack lineup, which are getting rave reviews. And to whet your appetites, we’re having a fun giveaway to brighten up your kitchen.

Everyone in our family loves Farm Rich products, so we were really excited to hear about their new offerings. One of my sons loves pickles, so he can’t wait to try the Crispy Dill Pickles from Farm Rich! I love Italian-style foods, so the Toasted Ravioli sounds amazing to me, and my hubby, whose tastes run to the spicier, is going to love the Chili Cheese Bites. Farm Rich products are great for snacks, side dishes, tailgating, parties, or just about any occasion. And if you check out their online recipes, you’ll find even more ways to use Farm Rich products.

You can find these new snacks at a store near you or check Farm Rich's product finder at Now read on to find out how you might win a very special giveaway from Farm Rich!


One lucky winner will receive a custom-made recipe box complete with a handmade apron, brightly colored spatula, free Farm Rich coupons and a recipe for Farm Rich's new Toasted Ravioli with Fresh Tomato Dipping Sauce. Enter by 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, October 10, 2013 for a chance to win!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Check Out the #GraceUnplugged Blog App and Enter to Win an Official Grace Unplugged Prize Pack! (GIVEAWAY; US/CAN)

I’m so excited to have the opportunity to offer a Grace Unplugged Prize Pack to one lucky reader because I recently reviewed the Grace Unplugged soundtrack (loved it!), and I can’t wait until the movie arrives this fall! So, to get everyone excited about the upcoming movie, let’s check out the following Grace Unplugged Blog App!

Why you will LOVE the Grace Unplugged Blog App:
Are You Ready for ROCKSTAR Life? QUIZ - Are you prepared to be a rockstar in all areas of your life? Take this fun quiz to find out!
VIEW Heartwarming GIFs - Get all the action and the best scenes from the movie with this collection of GIFs!
WATCH the Music Video - See the brilliant music video that accompanies “All I’ve Ever Needed,” the hit song by AJ Michalka who plays Grace Trey in the movie.

About the movie:
Sometimes, chasing your dreams leads you right to where you belong!

Having just turned 18, Grace Trey aspires to more than just singing at her church where her father, a former pop star, is the worship leader. So, with the help of Mossy, her dad’s former manager, Grace records a cover version of her dad’s old Top-10 hit, runs off to Los Angeles, and begins to taste the kind of stardom she’s always dreamed about.

Yet with each rung of the ladder she climbs, Grace feels more and more pressure to compromise her values, further straining her relationship with her parents. Will everything she experiences lead her to reject her faith… or rediscover it?

Official trailer:

Grace Unplugged opens in theaters October 4 and is “Family Approved” by the Dove Foundation.

The Grace Unplugged Cast:
AJ Michalka
James Denton
Kevin Pollak
Michael Welch


One lucky winner will receive a Grace Unplugged Prize Pack! This includes:
Grace Unplugged Soundtrack CD
   - Songs by TobyMac, AJ Michalka, Chris Tomlin and Shawn McDonald
Grace Unplugged: A Novel by Melody Carlson
Own It! The book by Michael & Hayley DiMarco
Grace Unplugged Exclusive Guitar Pick

This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on Monday, October 7, 2013.

Never Be Locked Out Again with the Wall Mount Key Safe from Master Lock! #LSSS

Thanks to Master Lock, I just found the perfect Christmas gift for my sister and her husband! They recently bought a vacation home a few hours away from their house. Sometimes, they let other relatives or friends stay there, and now it will no longer be necessary for them to pick up a key from my sister because they will have a Wall Mount Key Safe (5423D) from Master Lock! Check out this brief video to see the unique features of this key safe as well as how easy it is to program and use!

As you saw in the video above, the Master Lock Wall Mount Key Safe has a sturdy weather-proof cover, large buttons for easy viewing and use (even in low-light conditions), and a durable metal construction. If you subscribe to the Master Lock Vault program, you can safely store your password so you will never forget it!

This product is such a fantastic idea for my sister’s cottage. If her family gets to the cottage and realizes they’ve forgotten their key, they don’t have to make the long drive home to retrieve it or break into the cottage. And, as I mentioned before, this makes it so easy to allow guests to arrive at the cottage early and let themselves in or use it at times when my sister will not be there. The key will already be at the cottage, but it will be much more secure than if they had hidden it under a rock or the doormat, where most people tend to hide their keys!

The Master Lock Wall Mount Key Safe 5423D is perfect for your primary home or a vacation home, when you’re selling your house and want to let Realtors in, for storage sheds, commercial properties or even your RV! This is a must-have for all home owners and even makes a useful gift!

Disclosure: As a member of the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad, I receive complimentary products for review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Talking About Marriage with Johnny Tan on Blog Talk Radio! (GIVEAWAY)

This morning, I had the privilege of being on Johnny Tan's Blog Talk Radio show, From My Mama's Kitchen, where we talked about my newest book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives. We had a lot of fun talking about not only the wonderful stories in the book, but also about love and marriage! I really enjoyed hearing some of Johnny's thoughts on marriage from a male perspective. I hope you'll click on the player below and listen in. Leave a comment on this blog post sharing something you heard in the interview for the chance to win a copy of the book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Wives! (Giveaway ends at 11:59 PM ET on October 11, 2013. Open to US residents only.)

CONTEST CLOSED. Congratulations to the winner, Ann B.!

15% Off Flash Sale on Little Passports Subscriptions!

If you've been waiting for Little Passports to have that one special sale of the year, this is it! Use the code FLASH15 at checkout to take 15% off your subscription total. That means if you buy a 1-year subscription, you are paying less than $10/month (excluding shipping) for 12 months of fun educational activities! Take a second to check out Little Passports today. It is the perfect educational gift for your kids, your niece/nephew, or grandchild! The packages arrive addressed to that special someone, one of their favorite parts besides the fun coloring books, stickers, and their own passport! Don't forget to use the code: FLASH15 at checkout to receive your discount and share this offer with your friends and family today! 

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An Epic Sale from Shutterfly … 40% Off Everything!

Shutterfly is having a Holiday Sneak Peek Sale where you can get 40% off everything! Just click on the banner below to start shopping for photobooks, calendars, home décor, cards and stationery, and gifts! Use Promo Code HOLIDAY40 when you check out to receive 40% off! But hurry because this sale ends at midnight Pacific time on Wednesday, September 25, 2013.

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Fun and Unique Gift Ideas from LAVISHY! (GIVEAWAY; US/CAN)

I love finding unique products online, so I was excited to learn about LAVISHY! They have a huge line of fun and affordable fashion accessories, such as wallets, bags, jewelry, and travel accessories. I’m a cat lover, so I was really excited to receive the wallet below for review!
Isn’t it adorable? I love the little ball of yarn; there’s even one on the back of the wallet! And not only is this wallet cute, but it’s very functional. It has plenty of room for all of my credit cards and other items. I filled all the slots, and it didn’t get bulky at all. It was still easy to close with the magnetic clasp. And I get lots of compliments on it when I take it out to pay for something at the store. There are several other designs, too, for the cat lover!

In addition to wallets, you’ll find coin purses, bags, card holders, passport covers, and much more! They all come in fun, high-quality designs that are great for gift-giving!

I also had the opportunity to review some earrings from LAVISHY. There are so many beautiful choices. My favorites were the Filigree Earrings. They have a HUGE selection, but I chose the earrings below:
Like many of their earrings, they come in black, silver and gold. I chose the black because I have a lot of clothing they’ll match. They’re very lightweight, so they don’t drag down my earlobes. I love that they add an elegant touch to my wardrobe. LAVISHY’s jewelry line also includes necklaces, rings, brooches, and bracelets.

I hope you’ll check out the terrific items at Their prices are extremely reasonable. The holiday season is coming up, and LAVISHY’s products make excellent gifts that your recipient will always remember! Follow LAVISHY through the links below.



LAVISHY has generously offered to award two lucky winners! One will receive the cat wallet; the other will receive the filigree earrings pictured above. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents and will end at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, October 8, 2013.

Book Tour: "The Broken Gift," by Daniel Friedmann

Susan Heim on Parenting is pleased to be a stop on the book tour for The Broken Gift, by Daniel Friedmann! In the following article, he shares more information about his new book, and how it's important to talk about the origins of life with our children.

Have your children ever asked you the question, “How did we get here?” Your children are confused and, at times, so are you. What is going on? Kids are taught evolution in school and creationism in Sunday school -- with both authorities claiming to be right.

I could not make much progress in clarifying the topic to their satisfaction, despite my strong scientific background, having been trained as a physics engineer, working in space-related areas for 30 years, and my religious knowledge on the topic acquired over more than a decade of studies. So I worked through these issues when I wrote my two books, The Genesis One Code and The Broken Gift.

My new book deals with this topic head-on, in a new way. Both science and religion claim to know what happened and when -- one or both must be right. The Broken Gift focuses on hard evidence of what happened and when. Once that account is reconciled, it discusses how it happened, which for science and religion is somewhat different.

In The Broken Gift, you’ll discover what Adam and Eve were really like, who was the first man, and what he looked like. Did Noah, Noah’s ark and the flood really happen? This, and more puzzling mysteries are explored.

“Perhaps every reader will judge the contents of this book based on personal history and beliefs, and that seems to be all that Friedmann is asking of us -- to stop the battle between those who say the Bible is completely factual and true and must be taken on faith without engaging reason and those who debunk anything Biblical as fairytales for the weak of mind as contradictory to newfound and daily investigated scientific facts about ‘how we began.’ Friedmann marries the two concepts in an admirably thoughtful way, and for all his research and his personal commitment to bring some mutual agreement to both sides of this debate he deserves at the very least a reading of his books. AND there is something for everyone, no matter the side of belief, to learn from reading this book.”
~Grady Harp, Amazon Top Reviewer

So, how did we get here? You and your family can spend hours of quality time having a discussion about science, religion, and the meaning and purpose of life. Either way, your kids will be fascinated!

About Daniel Friedmann
Daniel Friedmann is CEO of MDA Corp., specializing in robotics. He has a master’s in engineering physics and 30 years’ experience in the space industry. He has published more than 20 peer-reviewed scientific papers on space industry topics. He is also a longtime student of cosmology and religion. The Genesis One Code is currently available on The Broken Gift is available at Amazon and at

Disclosure: This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Monday, September 23, 2013

TouchDox $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the TouchDox $100 PayPal Cash Giveaway!

TouchDox Giveaway $100 prize

TouchDox wants to offer $100 paid through PayPal to one lucky person! It's very easy to take part in this giveaway -- just join TouchDox and follow the instructions in the Giveaway Tools form below.

TouchDox is a safe, secure and easy-to-use tool to save all your important documents online. It’s like an online safe deposit box and, best of all, it's completely free! You can check out a review here.

Enter through the Giveaway Tools widget below. Open worldwide!

Disclosure: Susan Heim on Parenting is not responsible for prize fulfillment or contest requirements. I received no compensation for this post.

The Emerald Ring Book Blast: Giveaway for a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash!

The Emerald Ring
Sara Bogus’s life turns upside-down when she discovers an emerald ring that once belonged to Cleopatra. The fun of discovering the ring’s unique abilities turns to fear when she finds out a dangerous cult bent on restoring Rome to power is after the ring. Forced to choose between keeping the ring and saving her friends, Sara learns the price of bravery in this electrifying read! The Emerald Ring is a middle-grade fantasy novel.

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“Filled with fun, magic, mystery, and history, The Emerald Ring and spunky sleuth Sara will have you racing on a pulse-pounding trail that reaches all the way to Ancient Egypt.”--Kevin Emerson, author of The Oliver Nocturne series and The Fellowship for Alien Detection

The Emerald Ring is a whirlwind adventure that transports the reader into the mysterious world of Ancient Egypt. A great choice for those who love mythology and magic.”--Suzanne Selfors, author of The Sweetest Spell, Smells Like Dog series, and many more

The Emerald Ring is an exciting and mysterious fantasy featuring fast-paced action, a scary villain, and a spunky young heroine.”--Suzanne Williams, co-author of The Goddess Girls series

The Emerald Ring is a not-so-run-of-the-mill middle-grade fantasy novel laced with mystery and intrigue. It has just enough surprises to keep kids turning the page to see what happens next. The author has a real knack with ‘kid lingo’ and has used diverse cultures to her advantage. Definitely a book I can recommend with confidence.”--Laurisa White Reyes, author of The Rock of Ivanore & The Last Enchanter

Author Dorine White
I graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Humanities. I am a member of the SCBWI and the PNWA. I write middle-grade and YA fantasy. My first book, The Emerald Ring, will be published in 2013 by Cedar Fort Books.

Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash
Ends 10/15/13