Saturday, June 15, 2019

Enter the MAM #SuperDad Facebook Contest for the Chance to Win $100 Worth of Prizes, Plus Enter an Exclusive Giveaway on This Blog!


While raising a child is a rewarding experience, parenting comes with a lot of responsibility. Staying organized, maintaining a social life, and getting enough sleep while attending to the needs of your LO(s) 24/7 is a difficult task! In honor of Father's Day, MAM wants to recognize all of the amazing and hardworking dads out there!

Share a story about the #SuperDad in your life with MAM at www.facebook.com/mambabyusa using #SuperDad and #Contest for a chance to win $100 worth of prizes!

MAM is also generously hosting another giveaway exclusively on Susan Heim on Parenting! Read on to learn how you can enter to win more great MAM products!

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $30 package of MAM products, including MAM I Love Daddy Pacifiers and Pacifier Clips! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on Friday, June 21, 2019.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 15-21, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky. I can't believe that June is half over already! It feels like summer, so let's celebrate by entering some giveaways! If you want to win great prizes, be sure to visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. There are more on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below. Don't forget to invite your social media followers to join the fun. Have a wondrous week!

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, June 11, 2019

Celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12 with 50% Off First-Time Orders from T.O.P. Chops Beef Jerky!

I bet you didn't know that June 12th is National Jerky Day! T.O.P. Chops Jerky, maker of a handcrafted jerky made from American beef with no additives or preservatives, is celebrating with 50% off first-time orders!

What makes T.O.P. Chops Jerky better?

T.O.P. Chops only uses USDA Graded Select or better beef
Most jerky that’s made in the U.S. uses ungraded meats from dairy cattle, which are cows that no longer produce milk. Using American beef from steers—as opposed to dairy cattle—makes their jerky incredibly tender and provides an authentic beef flavor. The first thing my family said when they tried T.O.P. Chops Jerky was "This jerky is so tender!"

Thin cuts make moist jerky
The majority of beef jerky is hard and tough. But T.O.P. Chops Jerky is made using a Veri-Thin™ slicing process. This reduces the cooking time, retains the meat’s moisture and renders an easy-to-chew jerky.

Marinades infused with antioxidants
While most premium jerkies on the market have similar levels of fat, sugar, and sodium, T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a “better-for-you” beef jerky. The founders partnered with food science and culinary experts to enhance the recipe. This effort culminated in a new ingredient called plum powder, which not only reduces added sugars and sodium, but also creates a product packed with antioxidants.

T.O.P. Chop Jerky comes in four flavors, including Original, Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy and Red Chili Pepper. My family was able to try all four flavors, and they loved all of them! The Sweet & Spicy was a particular favorite!

Learn more about T.O.P Chops Jerky on their website at https://topchops.com or follow them on Instagram @topchopsnacks.

And don't forget to use code JERKYDAY to get 50% off your first purchase and celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12th!



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

Spotlight and Giveaway: "The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street," by Dr. Lucille Burbank

The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street
by Dr. Lucille Burbank

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the longest running children’s show in the history of broadcasting, Sesame Street. Its debut on November 10, 1969, signaled a show that would eventually become a significant part of our culture and a new way of learning through the medium of television.

In her entertaining and well-researched book, The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, author and educational media consultant, Dr. Lucille Burbank, takes you on a 50th anniversary adventure, introducing you to the show’s true pioneers and the secrets of its long-running success.

In a collection of fun and intimate interviews, Burbank talks to Joan Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Street, on how the idea for the show originated at a dinner party. Caroll Spinney, who plays both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (who knew?), tells you how the Grouch got his voice. Jane Henson, wife and creative partner of the late Jim Henson, shares their thoughts on the importance of using color and creating a sense of wonder in everything. Long-time writer, Emily Perl Kingsley, who joined the show after watching it for a year, discusses how she fell in love with Sesame Street’s humor and its freshness. And Jeff Moss, former head writer and songwriter, who is known for his lyrical song , “Rubber Duckie,” shares his thoughts about working at Sesame Street. In addition, Fred Rogers, creator of the popular and beloved, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, is interviewed among others.

Also included in the giveaway is Dr. Burbank’s Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media: 52 Tips for Parents, a how-to tips booklet with suggestions for parents of children from birth to adolescence.

Visit: https://www.teachingkidstolove.com/
Follow Dr. Burbank on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrLucilleBurbank/
Purchase the book: https://amzn.to/2ImWHiz

About Dr. Burbank:
Dr. Lucille Burbank, an author, educational media consultant, mother, and grandmother, has worked behind the scenes of Sesame Street in their research division. One of her main tasks there was to meet with the head writer to make important changes in the scripts before production began. For research topics of a more serious nature, such as child abuse and fire safety, Burbank introduced qualitative evaluation and helped establish new standards by writing more detailed reports of these studies.

The recipient of a doctoral degree from Temple University, Dr. Burbank has worked in educational media and technology towards the advancement of education and special education. Receiving a scholarship while earning her doctorate, allowed her to conduct a much larger dissertational study on three prominent children’s television shows: Captain Kangaroo, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street. From this study, she wrote her first book titled, Secrets from Sesame Street’s Pioneers: How They Produced a Successful Television Series, which is a reference book for graduate students and professionals in television. The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street is an elaborately designed version of the original book, intended for nostalgic generations who grew up with this beloved show.

Dr. Burbank has also written 52 Tips for Parents titled, Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media. And because she knows how busy parents can be, Lucille, with Paulette Ensign of Tips Products International, recorded an audio version based on this guide. In addition, a coloring book for children, containing some of these safety tips was produced. It is called Color Your World.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, by Dr. Lucille Burbank, plus Dr. Burbank's booklet, Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media: 52 Tips for Parents! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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Monday, June 10, 2019

Join the Keeper of the Lost Cities Readalong and Enter to Win the Entire Series!


Looking for a new fantasy series to fall in love with this summer? Join the Keeper of the Lost Cities Series Readalong! Simon Kids and author Shannon Messenger are hosting an online readalong, reading one book from the series each week for seven weeks, this June to July! The Keeper of the Lost Cities series is full of adventure, characters you fall in love with, magic, mystery, and suspense. Follow #KeeperReadalong for fun graphics and quotes, and to talk with the author Shannon Messenger all summer long. Check out shannonmessenger.com for more information on Shannon and the series.


FUN FACT:

“The published version of KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES is actually draft 20 (and yes, that really does mean I wrote it 19 other times that weren't good enough, before I landed on one that was).”--Shannon Messenger

This week we are reading: KEEPER OF THE LOST CITIES!

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a FULL SET of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series! This set will be paperbacks for books 1-6 and a hardcover of book 7! Open to U.S. residents only. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.

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Thanks for joining me for this exciting tour!

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Ozery Family Bakery's Morning Rounds and OneBuns Are Healthy and Delicious!

I'm a big fan of bread products, so I'm always looking for healthier bread options for my family and myself. Therefore, I was really excited to be introduced to Ozery Family Bakery! I was definitely intrigued when I saw the following on their website: "None of the crust and fuss of sliced bread!" And I got even more excited when I found that the Ozery Family's alternative bread products are made from hearty whole grains, fruits, and seeds. Yum! That sounds much better than standard sandwich bread. And now that I've tasted Ozery Family Bakery's breads, I have found that they are better!


My mornings are so exciting when I have the Ozery Family Bakery’s Blueberry Morning Rounds to look forward to. I just pop them in the toaster to warm them up, and they are absolutely scrumptious! I also love that they're portable so my son can take his breakfast with him as he runs out the door to a baseball game or I can take this yummy treat to work with me. The blueberry flavor is wonderful, and the buns are super-soft. And Blueberry Morning Rounds are GMO-free, only 210 calories, and made with real fruit and grains. Each bun has 5 grams of real fruit, 7 grams of whole grain and 2 grams of fiber. I'm really looking forward to trying the other flavors: Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Orange, Date & Chia, Multi Grain, and Muesli. Add fruit or jam, and you've got a fabulous meal!


My husband and sons are big fans of Ozery Family Bakery's OneBun! These pre-sliced buns are so easy to use -- no more juggling with two pieces of bread. Just stuff them, and you have an amazing burger! And, unlike standard buns, the OneBun has good fiber to help you feel full so you don't overeat. Multi Grain OneBuns have 7 grams of protein and, like other Ozery products, they are non-GMO and free of artificial preservatives. Like the Morning Rounds, they make it easy to take your meal on-the-go if you're heading out the door.

Visit https://ozerybakery.com/ to learn more about Ozery Family Bakery's fantastic products. You'll love their recipe ideas, too! And follow them on Facebook for special offers and events.

Purchase on Amazon or find a store here.



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

Saturday, June 08, 2019

Wonder Park Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital on June 18! Enter to Win a Wonder Park Amusement Park Family Survival Kit!

WONDER PARK is the animated story of a young girl named June with a big imagination who makes an incredible discovery -- the amusement park of her dreams has come to life. Filled with the world’s wildest rides operated by fun-loving animals, the excitement never ends. But when trouble hits, June and her misfit team of furry friends begin an unforgettable journey to save the park. Action-packed and brimming with laughs, WONDER PARK is a ride the whole family will love. Rated PG

The star-studded cast includes: Jennifer Garner, Matthew Broderick, John Oliver, Mila Kunis, Kenan Thompson, and Ken Jeong!

Watch the trailer!


Review by C., age 15

Wonder Park is a wonderful movie for all ages. It is fun to watch the animals and June, the main character/little girl, interact and solve problems together. June is very creative, and the movie has many life lessons in it that are great for children. Overall, it is very enjoyable, and I would recommend it to everyone, especially people who like action-packed, problem-solving movies!

GIVEAWAY
One lucky winner will receive a Wonder Park amusement park family survival kit, which includes a variety of items to help your family thrive out and about this summer. The kit includes the Blu-ray Combo Pack, a stuffed toy (the image shows Boomer but the character may vary), a backpack, 2 fanny packs, a phone charger, sunscreen, a band-aid holder and some Wonder Park roller coaster car toys. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary Wonder Park amusement park survival kit to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, June 07, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 8-14, 2019)


Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Are you ready to discover some wonderful giveaways? Visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below and invite your social media followers to visit. Have a fun-filled week!

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, June 04, 2019

Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races Book Blitz: Giveaway for a Print Copy!


Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races
by K.D. Halbrook
(Water Dragon Races, #1)
Published by: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Publication date: June 4th 2019
Genres: Fantasy, Middle-Grade

Set in a vivid, Arab-inspired world filled with friendly and fearsome water dragons, K.D. Halbrook’s Silver Batal and the Water Dragon Races is a middle-grade fantasy adventure, with illustrations by Ilse Gort, that’s perfect for fans of Tui T. Sutherland, Sayantani DasGupta, and Roshani Chokshi. 

Silver’s dreams of becoming a legendary water dragon racer come true when she befriends a rare dragon that can swim and fly.

Thirteen-year-old Silver Batal calls the desert home, but her heart belongs to the waters. Although she’s expected to become a jeweler like her father, Silver harbors a secret and forbidden wish to race water dragons. Destiny comes calling when her friendship with a mysterious old woman leads her to Hiyyan, a baby dragon that can swim and fly.

Risking everything, Silver, Hiyyan, and her resourceful cousin Brajon set off across the desert to join the legendary races in the royal city. But the road to Calidia is filled with danger, and the trio must band together as they encounter ferocious cave beasts, clever desert foxes, and cutthroat competition.

EXCERPT:

Nebekker whistled. “Come on out, pretty one. My turn to be your mama for a little while.”

Silver waited, pretending not to be watching. Who in the desert was Nebekker talking to? Surely there couldn’t be children down in the cavern.

Nebekker whistled again. Her teeth flashed as she grinned. Silver followed her gaze across the river. There was something moving among the stalactites. Crouched … or even slithering. Something that matched the blue light and pale silver of the cavern.

The thing across the river purred.

Purred?

The sound touched Silver to her very core. She got to her feet and moved toward the river without thinking, as though a string tied to her middle pulled her. There was no staying away if she’d wanted to. The need to meet the creature on the other side of the river was far too great. She stepped into the river.

The ice-cold water over her boots slowed her down for only a moment. But that was long enough for Nebekker to grab her arm and hold her in place.

“Of course this would happen.” Nebekker sighed wearily.

“Let me go!” Silver had to get to the other side of the river.

“Stay right here. He’ll come to you. The stars know it’ll affect the both of you.”

In the back of her mind, Silver wondered what the old woman meant, but she didn’t ask because the pull to cross the river was still so powerful.

“I have to…”

She struggled to free herself, but Nebekker was incredibly strong. Just then a shadow slipped into the river with a splash and made its way to Silver and Nebekker. Silver knelt into the water, waiting. She didn’t know what for or if she was in danger. She only knew that she had to open her arms and greet it.

When the creature finally burst from the water, it bowled Silver over. She landed on her back hard, rocks digging into her spine. Her arms and chest became even colder than before, soaking in the river water. But she didn’t care. She was awash with euphoria. Within seconds, the warmth of the creature bled into her skin. Its happy heartbeat thudded in time with Silver’s. It purred again and licked her face until the smell of fish and river weeds overwhelmed her nostrils.

Silver laughed and opened her eyes. A pair of obsidian-dark eyes looked back down at her from a sky-blue face ringed with white.

“Another Aquinder,” Silver marveled. “A little one!”

“If your definition of little means the size of a house.” Nebekker stood over them. Her hands were on her hips and she didn’t seem particularly happy. “Kirja’s son. Another troublemaker, if you ask me.”

“No, he’s perfect.” Silver’s heart swelled nearly to bursting. “And I won’t have you calling him names or else.”

Nebekker snorted. “Or else what?”

“I don’t know what. But I’ll think of something. I’d do anything for…for…what’s his name?”

The water dragon licked Silver some more, then rolled over and let his tongue loll out to the side, just like Kirja had. Silver rubbed his belly.


Author Bio:
K.D. Halbrook is an author of Middle Grade and Young Adult novels (as Kristin Halbrook). Her debut Middle Grade book, SMOKE AND MIRRORS (Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books), was called "captivating," "enchanting," and "artful" in trade reviews and, in a starred review, the BCCB said, "The novel's wistful prose and a relatable search for the Light will be rewarding for readers who can see in the Smoke any number of metaphors for the things that haunt us."

K.D.'s next Middle Grade is the first in an exciting series: SILVER BATAL AND THE WATER DRAGON RACES, releasing in June, 2019 from Macmillan/Henry Holt BFYR.

K.D. is a graduate of the University of Washington and lives with her family and floofy goldendoodle in Seattle. When not writing and sharing her love of books with readers, she enjoys cooking and baking, running and triathlon training, yoga, gardening, painting, hiking, and travel. She would love a dragon that swims AND flies.

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