Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Top 10 Gift Ideas for the Stressed-Out Mom

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Lately, I’ve been feeling especially stressed out. I’ve been super-busy at work, so I’ve been working more hours. I have tons of products lined up to review on my blogs. I have freelance editing work to get done. And my kids have needed a lot of help with homework (thumbs down to Algebra!). So, I’ve been daydreaming about some really great gifts that Santa could bring that would help alleviate my stress. I hope you’ll consider these ideas for a stressed-out mom in your life!

1) Hire a cleaning service to clean her house for the holidays.
2) Arrange for some meals to be delivered from a home delivery service.
3) Give a gift certificate to her favorite hair salon to get her hair done or get a manicure.
4) Have her car washed and detailed.
5) Take her kids for the weekend so she can get things done.
6) Arrange for her to have a weekend vacation.
7) Organize her closets.
8) Wrap her Christmas gifts and/or address her Christmas cards.
9) Weed through all of the junk email she receives.
10) Give her a hug!

If you’re a stressed-out mom or live with one, what gift ideas do you have?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 26, 2016)

Welcome to the post-Thanksgiving and Black Friday giveaway linky! While you're wading through leftovers and hoping you didn't overspend on early holiday gifts, take some time to relax and enter some giveaways! Visit the blogs below for the chance to win some great prizes, and be sure to check out the giveaways listed on my right sidebar, too. Come back daily to see what is new! And if you're hosting some giveaways this week, I hope you'll share them with us in the linky and post this page on your social media sites. Happy holidays!

Monday, November 21, 2016

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone Book Blast: Giveaway for a $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

The Charming Life of Izzy Malone
by Jenny Lundquist

Izzy Malone isn’t your typical sixth grader. She wears camouflage combat boots and tie dye skirts; the Big Dipper and Orion are her two best friends; and she’d rather climb trees or shoot hoops than talk about boys and makeup. And after only a month of middle school, she’s already set the record for the most trips to the principal’s office.

The only time Izzy feels at peace is when she’s on the open water, and more than anything else, she wants to become a member of the Dandelion Paddlers, her school’s competitive rowing club. But thanks to those multiple trips to the principal’s office, Izzy’s parents force her to enroll in Mrs. Whippie’s Charm School, a home-study course in manners and etiquette, or they won’t let her race in Dandelion Hollow's annual pumpkin regatta—where Izzy hopes to prove to the Dandelion Paddlers she is more than qualified to be on their team.

When Mrs. Whippie’s first letter arrives, it’s way different from what Izzy was expecting. Tucked inside the letter is a shiny gold bracelet and an envelope charm. Izzy must earn her first charm by writing someone a nice note, and once she does more tasks will be assigned.

Izzy manages to complete some of the tasks—and to her surprise, she actually finds herself enjoying the course. But when one of her attempts at doing something good is misinterpreted, she fears her chances at passing the course—and becoming a Paddler—are slipping away. With some unexpected friends there to support her, can Izzy manage to earn her charms and stay true to herself?

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Praise for the Book:

“Izzy’s frank, vulnerable, sassy, first-person narration reveals her surprising journey from a solitary girl talking to the stars to a girl with friends to light her way… This story of an atypical girl, her family, and friends, laced with middle school drama, is indeed a charming one.” –Kirkus Reviews

“A heartwarming, coming-of-age journey… Lundquist deftly portrays the pain of being odd girl out, both at school and at home.” –Publisher’s Weekly

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The bracelet and the first charm appeared the day I punched Austin Jackson in the nose. I didn’t mean to slug him. His face just got in my way. It was a bruising end to a disastrous first month in middle school.

You know that kid in class that everyone secretly (and not so secretly) thinks is weird? The one people laugh and point at behind their back, the one who gets picked last in gym class, the one you wish you hadn’t gotten stuck with for a science partner?

At Dandelion Hollow Middle School, that kid is me, Izzy Don’t-Call-Me-Isabella Malone.

Truthfully, my slide into loserdom started in elementary school and was pretty much an established fact by the time sixth grade started last month. It’s partly because my mouth often has a mind of its own. But I think it’s also because there are a bazillion other things I’d rather do than talk about boys, clothes, and makeup, and I refuse to wear strappy sandals and short skirts.

(If you ever catch me wearing strappy sandals or a short skirt, you have my permission to kick my butt.)

I do like skirts, though. Really long colorful ones I get from Dandelion Thrift. I like to wear them with my camouflage combat boots.

I call the look Camohemian.

Author Jenny Lundquist
Jenny Lundquist was born and raised in Huntington Beach, CA, where she spent her time unsuccessfully learning how to surf. When she was younger, she wanted to be either a rock star or a published author. After she taped herself singing and listened to it on playback, she decided she'd better opt for the writing route. Jenny is the author of Seeing Cinderella and Plastic Polly, as well as the young adult titles, The Princess in the Opal Mask and The Opal Crown.

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 19, 2016)

Welcome to the Thanksgiving edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! I hope you enjoy this special holiday with family or friends. When you're stuffed with turkey or mashed potatoes and feel like you'll never move again, fire up the computer and enter some giveaways! Come back daily to see what's listed in the linky below, as well as in the right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, please share it with us in the linky. Feel free to share this page with your social media friends and fans, too!

How to Eat Healthier This Holiday Season

We look forward to holiday food all year, but we definitely don't look forward to the weight gain that comes along with it! This infographic, courtesy of Miami Acura, has some fantastic tips for healthier alternatives to your typical holiday fare. Enjoy!

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, and I received compensation for sharing this infographic.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Never Run Low on Batteries Again Thanks to #Groupon Goods! #ad

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are mine.

In our house, we have drawers for clothing, kitchen utensils, bathroom products and more, but you might be surprised that we actually have a drawer devoted to batteries! Yes, batteries. It seems like everything we use these days requires a battery thanks to our children’s fondness for electronic gadgets, my husband’s infatuation with flashlights and tools, and our preparedness for the loss of power thanks to a hurricane. (We live in South Florida, so stockpiling batteries is a necessity.) The need for so many batteries can get expensive, so I was thrilled to find that Groupon Goods actually has great deals on all kinds of batteries.

I found many different brands of batteries on Groupon Goods, as well as many different types, such as alkaline, rechargeable, lithium, silver oxide and even hearing aid batteries. And they were all available at a significant discount. They even offer free shipping with a $34.99 purchase, which is very easy to spend when you’re stocking up on batteries like our family.

Groupon Goods even carries accessories for your batteries, such as an organizer caddy with tester and chargers for those rechargeable batteries. My husband is a big fan of rechargeables because they help ensure we never run out of battery power. However, it’s good to know that when the time comes to restock that Groupon Goods has such a great selection of the many kinds of batteries our household requires.

If your family is like ours and goes through batteries like water, be sure to head over to Groupon Goods and check out their great selection and prices. And don’t forget to follow Groupon Goods on Facebook and Twitter, too.

Monday, November 14, 2016

The Asian Slow Cooker Book Tour: Giveaway for a Signed Paperback and $25 Amazon Gift Card


The Asian Slow Cooker cookbook provides great new flavors to try in your slow cooker. These simple and delicious recipes will have your favorite Asian dishes waiting for you right when you get home.

With the press of a button, you can make authentic dishes that are healthier and tastier than their restaurant counterparts.

You’ll experience a wide variety of flavors; choose spicy, vegetarian, noodles or rice.

There are even recipes that have 5 ingredients or less. Extra long day? Kelly’s fuss-free, one-pot and skillet recipes will have dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less -- and with only one pan to wash, cleanup will be a breeze. Whether you’re in the mood for General Tso’s Chicken, Pad Thai Noodles with Chicken, Beef Chow Fun, Panang Curry, Mapo Tofu or Tom Yum Hot and Sour Soup, you can have fast, delicious meals every day of the week the easy way.

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Join the Release Day Party on Facebook on November 15, 2016.

Kelly is the blogger behind Life Made Sweeter. She is a self-taught baker and specializes in Asian cuisine. You can often find her in the kitchen dreaming up tasty new dishes that are quick and easy to make for her family. She enjoys using her slow cooker and adding a fun and healthy twist to many classic favorites.

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Enter to win a signed paperback and a $25 Amazon Gift Card. Fill out the form below to enter. Open to 18+ in the Continental USA.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Pamper Dry Winter Skin with Softsoap’s New Winter Body Washes

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you know that I am a huge fan of Softsoap’s body washes. Throughout the year, they release limited edition scents, and I’m always excited to hear what those fragrances will be. So I was happy to hear that Softsoap’s new winter body wash line consisted of the following two varieties:
  • Peppermint Meringue
  • Vanilla Crème
Peppermint has always been a favorite scent for me when it comes to beauty products, so I have been so enjoying that scent with my daily shower. Plus, it reminds me of my favorite holiday, like the scent of a candy cane in a bottle! The Vanilla Crème smells absolutely wonderful, too, and is a perfect choice for someone who likes a little subtler scent.

Both of these limited edition body washes from Softsoap are formulated to rehydrate dry winter skin to help it stay soft and smooth all season long. Even here in south Florida, my skin gets dry, especially from sun exposure, so these moisturizing washes make my skin feel great.

Softsoap’s winter body wash line is available now through February 17. They would make a perfect gift for someone special, so head out to the store to pick up some extra bottles before they’re gone!

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

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Holiday Gift Guide: Introduce Kids to the World with a Little Passports Subscription!

When I was a child, I loved learning about people around the world. I dreamed about traveling to faraway places, and I had pen pals from several foreign countries. Kids are often fascinated by how others live, and Little Passports helps to satisfy their curiosity by introducing them to a different country (or state) each month. Just sign up for one of their subscription services -- Early Explorers (ages 3-5), World Edition (ages 6-10), or USA Edition (ages 7-12) -- and let the fun begin! Each month, your child or grandchild will receive a surprise box filled with souvenirs, letters, activities and more from a different country, state or on a world theme.

This video shows you how a Little Passports subscription works:

And now Little Passports has a new subscription service called Science Expeditions for ages 9+! Every month, your child will receive a kit full of science experiments related to themes like rockets, forensic science, vision, caves and crystals, northern lights and magnetism, hydrology, and so much more! Each package includes hands-on activities that encourage interdisciplinary thinking -- widely thought of as STEAM -- which includes science, technology, engineering, art and math. Inspire your child’s natural curiosity every month with Science Expeditions!

In addition to subscription boxes, Little Passports has other fun gifts for kids, such as a Toby Plush, Dino Backpack and more!

Give the gift of adventure that keeps giving all year! Sign up for a Little Passports subscription for a special child in your life. He or she will love getting a present in the mail each month and will have hours of fun exploring all of the items in the package!

Disclosure: I am a Little Passports affiliate and receive a small commission when you order through one of the links in this post.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 12, 2016)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. I can feel the holiday magic in the air already, especially when I turn on the Hallmark Channel. (I love those holiday movies!) Let's celebrate the the holiday season (and feel-good movies) by entering some giveaways! Check back daily to see what's been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway, please share it with us in the linky, and don't forget to tell your social media friends/fans about this page. Rejoice!

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Children’s Book Review and Board Book Giveaway: "Say & Pray Devotions," by Diane Stortz

About the book:
Bestselling children’s author Diane Stortz has sold nearly 300,000 books -- Bible storybooks, devotionals for children, and more. This brand-new title, Say & Pray Devotions: First Words, Devotions, and Prayers, is the perfect beginner devotional for little ones.

Parents who already know and love the Say & Pray Bible will love Say & Pray Devotions as it helps their youngsters continue to engage their faith in a personal way. Featuring the same fun style of artwork and the educational elements as Say & Pray Bible, this devotional for little ones will teach the basics of identification and comprehension while sharing biblical principles for life. Each devotion offers a topical message to help little ones learn and follow biblical principles.

My thoughts:
This book is appropriate for all ages because it has something for everyone! For the really little ones, they can point to pictures in the book and say the word on each label, such as “soap” and “red bird.” Since this is a board book, it will withstand a lot of wear and tear from little hands. For children who are a little older, each page contains a short Bible verse they can learn, such as “The earth is full of your creatures” (Psalm 104:24 ESV). And all kids will enjoy the kid-friendly subjects, such as Fun with Friends and Joyful Noise. The colorful illustrations capture the imagination and show an amazing world! Families can read this book cover-to-cover or read a page each day!




One lucky winner will receive a board book copy of Say & Pray Devotions, by Diane Stortz! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to residents of the continental U.S. and Canada only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, November 20, 2016. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days, you are not eligible to win. Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

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Friday, November 04, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (November 5, 2016)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. It's hard to believe it's November already! Let's celebrate the start of the holiday season by entering some giveaways! Check back daily to see what's been added to the linky below, as well as to my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway, please share it with us in the linky, and don't forget to tell your social media friends/fans about this page. Happy November!

Winners in October 2016

Groovy Joe: Ice Cream & Dinosaurs, by Eric Litwin and an Art Print

Congratulations to the winner: Danielle H.!

Poppy Mayberry, The Monday Book Tour: Scribble Tile Book Cover Charm and eBooks

Congratulations to the winners: Kathy D., Edye, Kara L., Danielle H., Jeanna S., and Holly B.!

Bugs & Hisses Giveaway Hop: Karen Neuburger Pajamas

Congratulations to the winner: Meghan B.!

Rice and Rocks
Book Blast: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal Cash

Congratulations to the winner: Staci W.!

Spooktacular Tasting Giveaway Hop: Sneaky Blends, by Missy Chase Lapine (Print)

Congratulations to the winner: Michele L.!

Thursday, November 03, 2016

SING Arrives in Theaters December 21 ~ Watch the Trailer!

SING – In Theaters December 21

Illumination has captivated audiences all over the world with the beloved hits Despicable Me, Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, now the second-highest-grossing animated movie in history. Following the release of this summer’s comedy blockbuster The Secret Life of Pets, Illumination presents Sing this holiday season.

With its highly relatable characters, heart and humor, the first collaboration between writer/director Garth Jennings (Son of Rambow, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy) and Illumination founder and CEO Chris Meledandri marks the sixth fully animated feature from the studio.

The event film stars Academy Award® winners Matthew McConaughey and Reese Witherspoon, alongside Seth MacFarlane, Scarlett Johansson, John C. Reilly, Taron Egerton and Grammy Award-nominated Tori Kelly.

Set in a world like ours but entirely inhabited by animals, Sing stars Buster Moon (McConaughey), a dapper koala who presides over a once-grand theater that has fallen on hard times. Buster is an eternal—some might even say delusional—optimist who loves his theater above all and will do anything to preserve it. Now faced with the crumbling of his life’s ambition, he has one final chance to restore his fading jewel to its former glory by producing the world’s greatest singing competition.

Five lead contestants emerge: Mike (MacFarlane), a mouse who croons as smoothly as he cons; Meena (Kelly), a timid teenage elephant with an enormous case of stage fright; Rosita (Witherspoon), an overtaxed mother run ragged tending a litter of 25 piglets; Johnny (Egerton), a young gangster gorilla looking to break free of his family’s felonies; and Ash (Johansson), a punk-rock porcupine struggling to shed her arrogant boyfriend and go solo.

Each arrives under Buster’s marquee believing that this is their shot to change the course of their life. And as Buster coaches each of his contestants closer and closer to the grand finale, he starts to learn that maybe the theater isn’t the only thing that is in need of saving.

Featuring more than 65 hit songs, Sing is produced by Meledandri and his longtime collaborator Janet Healy. Together, they have produced all of Illumination’s films since the studio’s inception. Released by Universal Pictures, Sing arrives in theaters on December 21, 2016.

Don’t let fear stop you from doing the thing you love. Watch the new trailer now and don’t miss SING in theaters December 21.

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And stay tuned to this blog for an upcoming SING themed giveaway!

Disclosure: I will receive a complimentary prize pack as a thank-you for sharing this information.

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Turkey Day Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Can you believe that Thanksgiving is just a few short weeks away? Now is the time when we all start thinking about our Thanksgiving feasts and Black Friday shopping sprees. Anderson's Angels, This Mama’s Life, The More the Merrier and Woven by Words are very excited to help give you a jumpstart on your Christmas shopping! We've teamed up with over 20 other wonderful bloggers to bring you another great giveaway event! Each blog has gathered a prize package of $25 or more for the Turkey Day Giveaway Event!

For my giveaway, my sponsor is J&J Snack Foods! They have acquired Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares, and they want everyone to know! After you’ve gobbled down all of that rich food at Thanksgiving, you’ll want to make sure to eat healthy afterward (especially before Christmas cookie season arrives!). I highly recommend that you pick up some Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares for your family. We received an assortment for review, and we LOVED them! We totally forgot that we were trying to eat healthy because we were just so blown away by how delicious they are.

Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares come in these delicious flavors:
  • Cranberry Flax
  • Oatmeal Raisin
  • Chocolate Coconut Macaroon
  • Dark Chocolate Cherry
  • White Chocolate Macadamia
  • Blueberry
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Apple Cinnamon
  • Banana Walnut
Plus, they’re made with Non-GMO ingredients, contain plant sterols (which help lower bad LDL cholesterol), and are an excellent source of whole grains. They’re super easy to throw into your purse, diaper bag, gym bag or the car for a quick snack. We ran out of these quickly and want some more!

Fortunately, we can all benefit from the following coupon code:
Save 10% off your order at

So, head on over to and order some Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares, then come back here and enter to win a sample pack. (Plus, I’ll throw in a $10 Amazon gift card!)



One lucky winner will receive an assortment of Corazonas HEARTBAR Oatmeal Squares, plus a $10 Amazon gift card! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

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

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review. Hosts & participating hop bloggers of the Turkey Day Event are not responsible for sponsors or self-sponsoring bloggers that do not fulfill prize obligations.