Saturday, April 30, 2016

Celebrate Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop: "The Knowing Book," by Rebecca Kai Dotlich

Welcome to the Celebrate Children's Book Week Giveaway Hop hosted by Mary at Bookhounds! Every blogger participating in this hop is giving away a children's book or a gift card to purchase one. After entering my giveaway, be sure to hop around to the other participating blogs listed in the linky at the bottom of this post for the chance to win more wonderful children's books!

For my giveaway, I am offering a hardcover copy of a beautiful new children's book called The Knowing Book, by Rebecca Kai Dotlich.

What I love about this book is that it's more than a children's book. It is actually a wonderful gift for a graduate, the newly married, or anyone who is beginning a new chapter in their life. Yes, it's the story about a rabbit who sets off on a journey, but it's much more. It provides life lessons to encourage people to live to the fullest. For example, it tells us:

Open a door. Follow a trail
or a sidewalk or a sign.
Any one of them will
take you somewhere.
You will choose. 

Beautifully and simply illustrated by Matthew Cordell, this book is as lovely to look at as it is to read. I hope you'll share this book with your family and then pass it along to someone who needs to hear its inspirational message.

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on May 8, 2016.

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Now hop around to the other blogs in the linky for the chance to win more children's books!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, which I am donating and mailing to the winner for this event. This post includes my Amazon affiliate link.

Friday, April 29, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 30, 2016)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Be sure to visit daily to see what great giveaways have been added to the linky and my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, please share it with us in the linky, and be sure to give this page a shout-out on your social media sites.

A Mother's Day Giveaway from Chicken Soup for the Soul: For Mom, with Love (Paperback; 3 Winners)

Just in time for Mother's Day, Chicken Soup for the Soul has a brand-new release for mothers, grandmothers and others who play a motherly role in our lives. With 101 heartwarming stories by mothers and their children of gratefulness, love, inspiration and laughter, this book does what we so often fail to do -- say “I Love You, Mom,” making it a great gift not just for Mother’s Day, but always. Another wonderful thing about this book is that all royalties from this book go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Three lucky winners in the United States will receive a paperback copy of this book! Enter through the Rafflecoper form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, May 13, 2016.

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Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary copy of this book as a thank-you for sharing this post with you. 

Friday, April 22, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 23, 2016)

It seems like this week passed in a flash, and it's already time for another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! You've come to the right place if you're hoping to find some great giveaways. Hop around to the blogs listed in the linky below, and be sure to come back daily to see what's been added. (Visit my right sidebar, too, for the giveaways I have posted on my parenting and writing blogs.) And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, feel free to include it in the linky. Please share this page on Twitter, Facebook and your other social media sites. Have a great week!

Belli Celebrate Mom Event: Enter to Win a Prize Pack Worth $700 and Save 20% Off Storewide Through May 3rd!

Belli is having an awesome "Celebrate Mom Event" to honor all of the wonderful mothers in our lives! Use code BLIMOM20 through May 3rd to receive 20% off storewide at And be sure to click on the link below to enter to win an amazing prize package valued at $700!

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary Belli product as a thank you for sharing this information.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Celebrate Earth Day with This DIY Pinwheels Craft from Little Passports

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April 22nd is Earth Day! Explore the power of wind with a colorful pinwheel craft!

Wind power is a great topic to explore with kids on Earth Day and can easily be demonstrated with a simple craft. Little Passports has teamed up with Brandy (from Gluesticks) for her Little Passports' DIY Earth Day Pinwheels Craft.

These pinwheels come together fast and spin in the wind even faster! Celebrate and explore your Earth!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist Blog App and Giveaway

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

Orkin Buzzer Beater App:

Why you will LOVE Orkin’s “Buzzer Beater” blog app:

• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.

• Watch the “How to Deal with Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.

• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

About Orkin Mosquito:

Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?

At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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One lucky winner will receive an Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit, which is fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:

2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!

2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.

2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.

2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.

Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 8, 2016. Each household is only eligible to win one Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. boxes please. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Disclosure: The assets included within this message were delivered to me to promote Orkin Rollins Inc. I will receive a prize pack for sharing this information.

It's National Coin Week! Introduce Kids to Coins with Little Passports' World Coin Collection

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It's National Coin Week in the United States! Collecting coins can help you and your children learn about science, history, places and events. Start learning today with Little Passports' World Coin Collection.

Little Passports' World Coin Collection offers various coins from around the world, a pouch to hold the coins, a magnifying glass, and a 10-page booklet featuring fun coin activities and trivia.

Start your very own world coin collection today!

Saturday, April 16, 2016

Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors: Golden Moments on Vacation

Graham Blanchard recently asked its panel of Mom Mentors: When you go on family trips, how do you make sure to not leave God back at home?

As always, I loved reading the very insightful answers shared by my fellow moms. I think you'll be able to relate to them, too!

Click HERE to read the article and feel free to leave a comment below about how you bring God along on family vacations!

Friday, April 15, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (April 16, 2016)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Let's celebrate getting our tax forms filed by entering some giveaways! Be sure to visit the blogs listed in the linky below, and don't forget to check out the list of giveaways on my right sidebar. Come back daily to see what has been added. And if you're hosting giveaways on your blog, be sure to list them in the linky and share this page on your social media sites.

A Must-Have Remedy for Children's Colds and Flu: Kids Relief Cough & Cold Syrup

One of my sons really struggles with allergies this time of year, and our favorite product to relieve his symptoms of nasal congestion, sneezing and itchy eyes is Kids Relief Allergy Oral Liquid. (Read my review here.) This homeopathic medicine really does a great job of helping my son to feel better, and he loves the banana flavor!

Because of our success with this product, I was thrilled to find out that Kids Relief also has a Cough & Cold Syrup. Designed for kids from ages 0-12 years, it helps relieve dry cough and chest congestion, loosen and thin mucus, suppress coughs, reduce fevers and relieve pain. As a mom, I love that it’s sugar-free, dye-free and gluten-free with no side effects. And all of Kids Relief’s homeopathic medicines are manufactured from only the finest of natural ingredients.

Kids Relief has many other homeopathic children’s remedies (see them here) to help your kids feel better without side effects. I feel good about giving them to my children when they need them, and they love the taste! Visit Kids Relief at today or click here to see all of the other places you can find Kids Relief products!

Disclaimer: I am not a medical professional, and this post should not be considered medical advice. Always check with your child’s physician before administering over-the-counter products or medication. Your experience with this product may differ from mine. I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review.

Product Review: Cave Tools Hamburger Press with Built-in Dimpler + a Coupon Code for 15% Off at Amazon

My family loves burgers, but we always seem to have trouble getting them all the same size. That’s why we were really excited to try out Cave Tools’ Hamburger Press with Built-in Dimpler! It is so easy to use, that we never do without it now when we make hamburgers. Watch the simple process here:

Above: This is what the Hamburger Press looks like without the lid. Notice the dimples for more even cooking!
 Above: We spread our hamburger evenly into the Hamburger Press.
 Above: We put the lid on the Hamburger Press.
Above: When we took off the lid, we had six perfectly square hamburgers of equal size!
Above: We put the burgers on the grill and added cheese. The end result? Delicious cheeseburgers!

What else do we love about the Hamburger Press?
  • We can make big burgers ~ up to 6-1/3 pounds of square burgers.
  • Our hamburgers cook more evenly thanks to the built-in dimpler.
  • We can prepare our burgers ahead of time, and put the whole press with burgers right in the freezer for later cooking.
  • The Hamburger Press is dishwasher-safe for super-easy clean-up.
The Hamburger Press even comes with recipes, which we are excited to try out in the future. And if you’re not happy with your Hamburger Press (which we can’t imagine), you can take advantage of Cave Tools’ lifetime satisfaction guarantee by returning it anytime for a full money-back refund.

The Hamburger Press with Built-in Dimpler from Cave Tools is a huge hit with our family. Even the kids love making burgers now. Barbecue and picnic season is coming up, so pick one up soon -- or give a Hamburger Press as a gift for Mother’s Day or Father’s Day! And use the following code to save 15% when you order on Amazon.

Get 15% off at Amazon with Coupon Code: LZEN8T4G

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

Security Solutions for Seniors and Their Families from Master Lock

Senior citizens are especially vulnerable when it comes to theft, fire or natural disasters. As their loved ones, we worry about their safety and want to do all we can to protect them and their valuable possessions. Fortunately, Master Lock has a wide variety of security solutions for families that are especially helpful for seniors. Watch the video below to see some of the products that can help to improve security for senior citizens.

Disclosure: As a blogger on the Master Lock Live Secure Safety Squad, I receive compensation and product samples to facilitate the sharing of security solutions and Master Lock products on my blog.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Cover Reveal: "Joshua and the Arrow Realm," by Donna Galanti ~ with Giveaway for a $10 Amazon Gift Card!


Welcome to the cover reveal for
Joshua and the Arrow Realm
by Donna Galanti
presented by Tantrum Books!
Be on the lookout for this upcoming MG title!
Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post!

Joshua and the Arrow Realm ebook

Joshua never thought he'd return to the world of Nostos so soon. But, when King Apollo needs his help in the Arrow Realm, Joshua's will and powers will be tested in order to save him. 
With his loyalties divided between our world and theirs, Joshua wonders whether he alone can restore magic to the twelve powerless Olympian heirs, or whether he is being tricked into making the one mistake that might cost them all. 
JOSHUA AND THE ARROW REALM is the exciting follow-up to JOSHUA AND THE LIGHTNING ROAD, which the Midwest Book Review called "a heart-pounding thrill ride."
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Joshua and the Arrow Realm by Donna Galanti
Publication Date: May 31, 2016
Publisher: Tantrum Books
Available for pre-order:
Chapters | Amazon | B&N | TBD

Donna is the author of the Joshua and the Lightning Road series and the Element Trilogy. She is a contributing editor to the International Thriller Writers' Big Thrill magazine and blogs at, a cooperative of published middle-grade authors. Donna wanted to be a writer ever since she wrote a murder mystery screenplay at seven and acted it out with the neighborhood kids. She attended an English school housed in a magical castle, where her wild imagination was held back only by her itchy uniform (bowler hat and tie included!). There she fell in love with the worlds of C.S. Lewis and Roald Dahl, and wrote her first fantasy about Dodo birds, wizards, and a flying ship (and has been writing fantasy ever since). She’s lived in other exotic locations, including her family-owned campground in New Hampshire and in Hawaii where she served as a U.S. Navy photographer. She now lives with her family and two crazy cats in an old farmhouse and dreams of returning one day to a castle. Visit her at and

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win an "Explore the Outdoors" Prize Pack ~ a $96 Value ~ from National Geographic Children's Books!

Welcome to the Rain Rain Go Away Giveaway Hop hosted by The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It! After entering my awesome giveaway below, be sure to hop around to the other blogs participating in this event for the chance to win more great prizes!

My sponsor for this event is National Geographic Children's Books! This spring, they are debuting three new books that will encourage kids to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors. They include:

Get Outside Creativity Book (ages 6-9, $12.99) - This big, bright, spiral-bound activity book encourages kids to get outside and play! It's chock full of stencils, stickers, pull-outs, games, trivia, puzzles, and cutouts that encourage exploration and learning in the great outdoors. It's the perfect gift for any parent wanting to foster creativity and imagination, while encouraging kids to unplug, get off the couch, and get to know the world around them. The format engages readers with a combination of fun and whimsical design and National Geographic's world-famous photography.

Ultimate Explorer Field Guide: Birds (ages 8-12, $12.99) - Photo-filled and fact-packed, this one-of-a-kind bird guide will make kids Stop! Look! and Listen! to find the feathered friends right in their own backyards. From ducks to hawks, sparrows to sandpipers, kids will learn how, where, and when to spot birds all over the United States. With tons of info and interactivity prompts, it's the perfect companion for backyard or field trip, camping or vacation. Durable and portable, it's just right for pocket or backpack.

Look & Learn: Caterpillar to Butterfly (board book, $6.99) - A durable board book that is made for tiny hands and curious minds! Preschoolers and their parents follow a monarch as it develops from a cute caterpillar into a beautiful butterfly in simple, age-appropriate language.


On behalf of Natural Geographic Children's Books, I am thrilled to offer a very fun "Explore the Outdoors Giveaway" that includes all three books listed above as well as a pair of Nat Geo binoculars that are water-resistant, rubber-armored (ARV $63) and perfect for wildlife watching, birding and exploration. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 26, 2016. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Now hop around to the other blogs participating in this hop for the chance to win more great prizes!

Disclosure: National Geographic Children's Books is generously donating the prizes for this giveaway. I received no compensation or products for this post. Hosts & participating hop bloggers are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.

Monday, April 11, 2016

A Mother's Day Giveaway from Teddy Bears Personalized!

If your mother is like mine, she really doesn’t need another shirt or piece of jewelry or vase of flowers. So, when Mother's Day rolls around, it can be tough to figure out what to give her. Ideally, we want to give Mom something unique that will make her smile, and especially one that comes from the heart.

Well, your search for the perfect present is over because Teddy Bears Personalized has exactly what you're looking for. Imagine the look of joy on Mom's or Nana's face when she opens her present and finds an adorable teddy bear with “I Love You” or another special message embroidered on its shirt! Whenever she sees it sitting on her bed or chair, she’ll remember how much she’s loved.

At Teddy Bears Personalized, they have a huge selection of teddy bears and other super-soft plush animals. Pick out an adorable hoodie or sweater and have it embroidered with your unique message or a name. Each animal also comes with a personalized card so it can be sent directly to the recipient. They'll even include a chocolate rose for Mother's Day while supplies last. And shipping is free in the United States!

Don’t Forget That Mother’s Day Is Sunday, May 8th!
Head Over to Teddy Bears Personalized Today to Order Mom a Gift in Time for Her Special Day.

(And don't forget about Grandma and a special aunt, too!)


One lucky winner will receive their choice of a personalized hoodie bear or sweater bear from Teddy Bears Personalized! To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, May 1, 2016.

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Disclosure: I have received complimentary product samples from Teddy Bears Personalized to facilitate my honest reviews. All opinions are 100% my own.