Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Tune In To "The Dovekeepers" 2-Part Movie Event On CBS, On Tuesday 3/31 & Wednesday 4/1! #TheDovekeepers

THE DOVEKEEPERS, is a four-hour limited event series from executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett which will be broadcast Tuesday, March 31 and Wednesday, April 1, 2015 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on CBS.

About The Dovekeepers:
Set in ancient Israel, THE DOVEKEEPERS is based on the true events at Masada in 70 C.E. After being forced out of their home in Jerusalem by the Romans, 900 Jews were ensconced in a fortress at Masada, a mountain in the Judean desert. Besieged at Masada, the Jews held out for months against the vast Roman armies. The project will recount the events from the perspective of a few extraordinary women who arrive at Masada with unique backstories, but a common bond for survival. Additionally, these women, who work together daily as dovekeepers, are all concealing substantial secrets.

Hoffman's novel was published in 2011 by Scribner, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, earning the New York Times' bestseller status and widespread critical acclaim, including being hailed by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison as "a major contribution to 21st century literature."

THE DOVEKEEPERS will be brought to television from executive producers Roma Downey and multiple Emmy Award winner Mark Burnett (SURVIVOR, "The Voice"), the production team behind the Emmy-nominated 10-hour miniseries "The Bible," which scored big ratings for the History Channel in March 2013, and the feature "Son of God."

Frank Siracusa, John Weber and Yves Simoneau also serve as executive producers, with Simoneau directing. Ann Peacock adapted the novel for the screen.

THE DOVEKEEPERS is the first project from CBS Entertainment and CBS Television Studios' Limited Series and Event Programming unit. It is a co-production between CBS Television Studios and LightWorkers Media, a division of United Artists Media Group.

Twitter: @TheDovekeepers
Instagram: @dovekeeperscbs
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photo credit: Courtesy CBS Television Network

Jarlsberg Minis Selfie Challenge #Contest! #MyMiniMe (Ends 4/30)

Enter the Jarlsberg® Minis Selfie Challenge
Share Your #myminime Moments to Celebrate Love and Family
Ends April 30

Jarlsberg® Cheese, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, is excited to announce theJarlsberg® Minis Selfie Challenge to share your #myminime moments. Crafted to replicate the renowned Jarlsberg® Cheese wheel which has been popular for decades, Jarlsberg® Cheese Mini’s are a new and convenient option for snacking on the go, anywhere, anytime. Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis know what it’s like to be a mini version, and now we want you to send in a photo of you and your mini me for a chance to win exciting prizes.

With the Easter and Summer upon us, it can be hard to find the time to spend with family and that special someone in your life, whether it be a sister, brother, child, or pet. Taking time out of the day to spend time together is beneficial for both our minds and bodies, and a great way to grow your bond. So, Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis is asking you to send in a photo of you and your mini dressed to match, or just a cute photo together for Jarlsberg® Minis Selfie Challenge.

You are invited to enter the Jarlsberg® Minis Selfie Challenge by simply going to our Facebook page and entering a photo using the hashtag #myminime. The contest ends April 30th!

Winners will be chosen by the team at Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis to receive the following prizes:
  • 1 Grand Prize winner will receive a custom Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis cooler, and a 1 year supply of Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis
  • 5 Runner-up Prizes will receive a Jarlsberg® Cheese Mini Samples

"We know that our fans already enjoy snacking on these delicious, bite-sized minis.” says Deborah Seife, General Manager of Marketing for Jarlsberg® Cheese. “Now, we are excited to bring our mini’s to life with the Jarlsberg® Minis Selfie Challenge.”

For more information about this challenge or for more information on Jarlsberg® Cheese Minis, please visit our Facebook Page here:

About Jarlsberg® cheese:
In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It's all part of the legend...and Norway's most guarded recipe! Jarlsberg Cheese Minis is the winner of the 2014 Men’s Health Best Foods For Men Award.

Disclosure: I received a few coupons for Jarlsberg cheese in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Friday 3/27, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

Coupon for a Free bottle of Dial Sugar Cane Husk Scrub (3 winners) (@1pm CST) - U.S. - Giveaways 4 Mom *GT

Baby Barefoot Sandals - All 50 U.S. States - Every Child is a Blessing *RC

Edgy Wine Opener Set - Main 48 U.S. States - Making Miracles *RC

Jeff Gold’s Path To Resiliency CD - U.S. - my great finds *RC

The Aeneid Curriculum Set (Old Western Culture) (Includes DVD set + Online Streaming, workbook, exams, Guide to the Art and ebooks of all required Great Books. $62 Value) - U.S. - Upstate Ramblings *RC

Digital Copy of The Hobbit Battle Five Armies - U.S. - Hanging Off The Wire *RC

Table Top Day Mat - U.S. - Homemaker Hobbies *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
LEGO Ninjago: Shadow of Ronin video game (@4pm CST) - U.S. - The Harried Mom *RC

GoodBelly (Probiotic) product - U.S. - The Simple Moms *RC

Prayers for Your Children: 90 Days of Heartfelt Prayers for Children of Any Age - book - All 50 U.S. States - McMama Says *RC

Magickal Candle Charms Candle - U.S. - Reviews, Chews & How-Tos *RC

$100 Amazon GC (@10:59pm CST) - Worldwide - Makobi Scribe *GT

$25 PetCo GC - U.S. - The Mommy Factor *RC

Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2, Part 1" DVD #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 4/5

ON DVD APRIL 14, 2015

Featuring Over 4 Hours of Content on 2 DVD Discs

Teen Titans fans can relive the latest adventures when Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) releases Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1 on DVD April 14, 2015. The two-disc DVD set is priced to own for $19.97 SRP. Teen Titans GO! which consistently ranked as the #1 show for kids 6-11 on Cartoon Network has been renewed for a third season of fun and mayhem.

In Season 2 Part 1, the Teen Titans return with a whole new bevy of baddies, beverages and adventures! Partner up with RobinCyborgRavenStarfire and Beast Boy to defend Jump City against slimy monsters, tyrannical villains and of course, crime fighting induced hunger pains. Every vote counts when the Teen Titans hold team leader elections, Beast Boy dials up the “man-factor” with his new robotic limbs, while Raven races to save the cotton candy bushes from the Gumdrop Goblin. It’s a titan red alert with 26 gut-punching, gut-busting adventures in this all-new collection.

“We are thrilled with the audience response to the youngest and funniest members of the DC Comics universe and even more excited to continue the fun with Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2 Part 1,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Vice President, Family & Animation Marketing. “With this release, fans both old and new will be able to continue to enjoy crime-fighting adventures featuring their favorite teenage super heroes.”

Episodes (11 minute runtime each):

  1. Mr. Butt
  2. Man Person
  3. Pirates
  4. I See You
  5. Brian
  6. Nature
  7. Salty Codgers
  8. Knowledge
  9. Love Monsters
  10. Baby Hands
  11. Caramel Apples
  12. Halloween
  13. Sandwich Thief

  1. Money Grandma
  2. Friendship
  3. Vegetables
  4. The Mask
  5. Slumber Party
  6. Serious Business
  7. Thanksgiving
  8. Boys vs. Girls
  9. Body Adventure
  10. Road Trip
  11. The Best Robin
  12. Mouth Hole
  13. Hot Garbage

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to win a copy of "Teen Titans Go!: Appetite for Disruption Season 2, Part 1" on DVD. (Open to residents of the main 48 continental United States only, 18 years of age or older.)

Disclosure: I received no compensation for posting about Teen Titans Go! DVD or for posting this giveaway.

Sesame Street - "The Best of Elmo 3" DVD Review and #Giveaway! (U.S) Ends 4/6

Elmo is back and more lovable than ever as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street, release Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3 on DVD and digital on March 3, 2015 for $14.98 SRP. This trip down memory lane will teach Elmo fans both young and old about the importance of friendship and helping others. Elmo sings and dances his way through numbers, letters, vocabulary, and emotions with his Sesame Street pals and a few famous friends like Melissa McCarthy, Taye Diggs, Drew Brees, Romeo Santos, and many more!

Elmo fans will love this new DVD where everyone’s favorite furry and red friend is reminded of all the fun, friends and music he’s made on Sesame Street. Join Elmo as he does “The Elmo Slide,” finds out about “The Power of Yet" with Janelle Monae, and sings about the number 5 with the band Train. Elmo learns about counting, vocabulary and even how manage his emotions in the hit song, “Belly Breathe” with Colbie Caillat and Common. This special collection is filled with Elmo moments fans will treasure. As an added extra, this release features a special bonus title which will provide over two hours of Elmo!

“With such great response from the release of Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 2, Warner Home Bros. Home Entertainment is thrilled to release the next edition, Sesame Street: The Best of Elmo 3,” said Jeff Brown, WBHE Executive Vice President and GM of Non-Theatrical Franchise Marketing. “Kids now have the opportunity to see their favorite TV character’s most memorable segments all on one fantastic DVD.”

Celebrating its impressive 45th anniversary this season, Sesame Street is the #1 top-of-mind preschool show with moms. The series has received more Emmy awards than any other show in television history, as well as a Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award.

From the front and back of DVD Cover:Sesame Street's "The Best of Elmo 3" teaches children about the alphabet, math and self-confidence. It's all Elmo all the time in this collection of the best moments with everyone's favorite furry red monster!

Elmo sings and dances his way through letters, numbers, vocabulary and emotions with his Sesame Street pals plus a few famous friends like Michaek Buble, Janelle Monae, Bruno Mars, Melissa McCarthy, Taye Diggs, Sugarland, Romeo Santos and Drew Brees.

Bonus Features:
- "The Little Furry Red Monster Parade" story
- "Elmo and Abby's Birthday Fun" full length feature

Run Time: 1:22 Mins. (over 2 hours of Fun)

Check out the official website!

My Review:
My children are now seven, five, and two and a half years old. My older two children watched Sesame Street all the time, and they both loved Elmo. But my two and a half year old is a busy little girl when her siblings aren't home, so it's hard to get her to sit still long enough to watch it.

But my two and a half year old daughter sat still and watch a majority of The Best of Elmo 3! She sang and danced along and pointed out her favorite singers and songs that she recognized. As she's really into country music and children's movie soundtracks.

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to Win your own copy of Sesame Street - "The Best of Elmo 3" on DVD!

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Disclosure: I received a copy of The Best of Elmo 3 in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Barbie In Princess Power Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack #Review & #Giveaway! (2 Winners) (U.S.) Ends 4/12

Barbie™ stars as Kara™, a modern-day princess who after being kissed by a magical butterfly soon discovers she has super powers. But it’s not long before her jealous cousin catches the butterfly and also transforms. Their rivalry takes to the skies, but when they discover the kingdom’s true enemy, can they unite to form one super team? Soar to new heights and discover that there’s no greater power than the power of friendship! BARBIE IN PRINCESS POWER is available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD March 3, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Plus, for a limited time only, get a Super Sparkle™ Mask when you buy the Blu-ray™ Combo Pack or DVD!

My Review:
I have watched Barbie movies in the past, and I really didn't like them, nor their story lines. But this movie was different. Even though Kara is a princess, she wants to plant a community garden and do more than just plan parties and attend ceremonies. Her parents tell her that the world isn't as safe as she thinks it is, and that her and her sister are princesses and that they should behave like it. The kingdom's faithful sorcerer and right hand man is trouble. He wants to destroy the king and become king himself.

Kara gets kissed on the cheek by a magical butterfly and begins to act different, and then she passes out. When she wakes up it's morning the next day. Then she hears her kitty Parker on a tree branch and she goes to reach the kitty and she starts to fall. Then all of a sudden, she is floating and learns to control it. She also seems to have super strength. Then her two friends make a costume for Kara so that she can make the community garden without her parents knowing it was Kara that made it, but she's too busy helping others. I will leave the rest of the story for you to find out when you watch this great movie!

Barbie In Princess Power has HD picture and Theater quality sound! Bonus features are in Hi Def! They include:
  • Two Music Videos
  • "Barbie: Life in the Dream House" Webisode
  • Barbie Anthem
  • Outtakes

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to Win your own copy of "Barbie In Princess Power" on Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack! TWO Winners!

Giveaway open to residents in the main 48 United States only, 18 years of age or older. If you've already won a copy of this movie on another blog, please give someone else a chance to win a copy. As you won't be eligible to win anyway if you've already won a copy from another site.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Barbie In Princess Power Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD Combo Pack in exchange for my review and giveaway post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Disney's "Create Tomorrowland" XPRIZE Challenge! #TomorrowLand

XPRIZE is launching a video contest for 8-17 year-olds to imagine world-changing technology of the future inspired by the upcoming Disney movie TOMORROWLAND!!! Six Winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.!



LOS ANGELES (March 26, 2015) Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators.

Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – XPRIZE Challenge invites kids to imagine themselves in the future and report back to the present through video, imagery or stories about one new and amazing invention or innovation they encounter, how it works, and the impact it has on the future.

In June, six winners will have a once–in-a-lifetime mentorship experience with a leader in their area of interest. In addition, each winner will receive a $3,000 check, a 3D Printer from 3D Systems, and registration for FIRST® LEGO® League for the competition season 2015-2016 in the U.S.

 “‘Tomorrowland’ has always been a place of possibility in our parks and for the creative team behind our new film,” said Sean Bailey, President, Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture Production. “The future will be steered by the imaginations of our young people, and Disney is thrilled to work with XPRIZE to encourage and inspire the next generation of thinkers and dreamers to build the future they imagine is possible.”

“We are excited to launch the Create Tomorrowland XPRIZE Challenge, which gives young people a platform to voice and depict their creative, bold and imaginative problem-solving inventions of the future,” said Trish Halamandaris, Senior Vice President Marketing & Communications at XPRIZE. “At XPRIZE we believe that solutions to the problems facing humanity can come from anyone, anywhere and one of these young innovators just might come up with an idea that can truly turn Tomorrowland into reality.”

Participants will compete in two divisions: Junior Division (8-12 years old), and Senior Division (13–17 years old). All entrants must have prior consent from their parent or legal guardian in order to participate in the challenge. Official Rules and details about the Challenge are available at Official registration and submission period starts April 22, 2015, and runs through May 17, 2015. 

Submissions will be judged on innovation, creativity and presentation. XPRIZE will provide a panel of judges who will evaluate and score all submissions, and six (6) winners will be chosen. 
Supporting XPRIZE Partners include FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology), 3D Systems and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Founded in 1995, XPRIZE is the leading organization solving the world’s Grand Challenges by creating and managing large-scale, high-profile, incentivized prizes in five areas: Learning; Exploration; Energy & Environment; Global Development; and Life Sciences. Active prizes include the $30M Google Lunar XPRIZE, the $15M Global Learning XPRIZE, the $10M Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE and the $2M Wendy Schmidt Ocean Health XPRIZE. For more information,

About Disney’s “Tomorrowland”
From Disney comes two-time Oscar® winner Brad Bird’s “Tomorrowland,” a riveting mystery adventure starring Academy Award® winner George Clooney. Bound by a shared destiny, former boy-genius Frank (Clooney), jaded by disillusionment, and Casey (Britt Robertson), a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity, embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space known only as “Tomorrowland.” What they must do there changes the world—and them—forever.

Featuring a screenplay by “Lost” writer and co-creator Damon Lindelof and Brad Bird, from a story by Lindelof & Bird & Jeff Jensen, “Tomorrowland” promises to take audiences on a thrill ride of nonstop adventures through new dimensions that have only been dreamed of.

The film also stars Hugh Laurie as brilliant scientist David Nix, Raffey Cassidy, Tim McGraw, Kathryn Hahn, Keegan-Michael Key and Thomas Robinson.

“Tomorrowland” is produced by Damon Lindelof, Brad Bird and Jeffrey Chernov and directed by Brad Bird, with John Walker, Bernard Bellew, Jeff Jensen and Brigham Taylor serving as executive producers. “Tomorrowland” opens in U.S. theaters on May 22, 2015.


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TOMORROWLAND opens in theaters everywhere on May 22nd!

NEW "Sofia the First" Episodes Tomorrow, Friday 3/27! Set your DVR's! #SofiaTheFirst #DisneyChannel #DisneyJunior

Sofia the First "Clover Time"
(9:30 AM – 9:55 AM ET/PT)
Sofia and Clover learn to be more considerate of others after Clover's warren gets flooded and Sofia invites him to stay with her, causing friction in their friendship when they realize that they both have very different habits.

Sofia the First "In a Tizzy"
(9:55 AM – 10:20 AM ET/PT)
After teaming up with an over-eager fairy godmother, Sofia's friend Ruby learns that a little assistance is nice, but sometimes you have to do things on your own.
*Guest-starring: Melissa Rauch ("The Big Bang Theory") as Ruby's fairy godmother, Tizzy.

Sofia the First "A Tale of Two Teams"
(10:20 AM – 10:50 AM ET/PT)
When a game of dazzleball pits the villagers against the royals, Sofia must decide whether to play with her old friends or her new family.

Thursday 3/26, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

DK FindOut branded tote bag (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Frugal Wife Blog *GT

Vintage Easter postcard of your choice (under $10) - All 50 U.S. States - View from the Birdhouse*RC

Brave Girls Devotionals - books - U.S. - Heck of a Bunch *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
Flintstones WWE Smackdown Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Gathering My Roses *GT

Montagne Jeunesse Fruit-tastic Pamper Pack (2 Winners) - Worldwide - Marigold Crown *RC

Piczzle Photo Puzzle - Main 48 U.S. States - Making Miracles *RC

Juicy Drop Gummies - U.S. - Heck of a Bunch *RC Custom 50x60" Fleece Photo Blanket - Main 48 U.S. States - Making Miracles *RC

Arbonne Complexion Perfecting Set (Purifying Cleanser + Toner, an Oil-Absorbing Day Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen and a Mattifying Powder) - U.S. - palmettos & pigtails *RC

Chili Verdi soup mix and some samples of Olde Westport Spice flavors - U.S. - Try It-Like It *RC

"The Artisans" by Julie Reece - eBook (3 winners) - Worldwide - Susan Heim on Writing *RC

Li’l Peeper Keeper ring sling - U.S. - Best of Baby *GL

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wednesday 3/24, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

WashGuard Lingerie Bag (@2pm EST) - U.S. - Blessed Mama's Blurbs

Personalized Plate and Bowl set from SweetPea Petite Etsy shop - U.S. - SweetPea Petite

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:

Baby Love Reusable Food Pouches (@6pm CST) - U.S. - Not Quite Crunchy Mommy *GT

Toddy Gear Prize Pack (3 winners, contents vary) - Main 48 U.S. States - Sensibly Sara *RC

Sesame Workshop: The Best of Me Elmo 3 DVD - U.S. - Raising Three Savvy Ladies *RC

Little Me infant apparel outfit (choice for boy or girl) - U.S. - The Mommy Factor *RC

$50 Sprouts Gift Card - U.S. - Three Different Directions *GT

Slow Food For Fast Lives Savory Veggie Bar Sampler - U.S. - Reviews, Chews & How-Tos *RC

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Congrats To The Giveaway Winners!!!

Winner of the Blue and White Umbrella and a Royal Watercolor Silk Scarf from World Vision is: Janet Fri!

Winner of the VeggieTales: Noah's Ark DVD is: Laurie Brown!

Winner of the $25 Walmart GC is: Thomas Brown!

Winner of the Love is Forever, children's book is: Karen Propes!

Tuesday 3/24, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

$10 to Family Christian (@8am CST) - U.S. - Farmers Wife Rambles *GT

WashGuard - Lingerie Bags for Laundry (@9pm CST) - U.S. - Freebies, Reviews & Giveaways *GT

“Protection Detail (Capitol K-9 Unit)” by Shirlee McCoy, the author of Book 1 of the Texas K-9 series (@9pm CST) - US/CAN - Penny Minding Mom *GT

Four Atkins Pizza Coupons (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Makobi Scribe *GT

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
Coupon for a Free bottle Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash (@4pm CST) - All 50 U.S. States - Mom's with Extra Cent's *GT

Baby Comfy Gummi teething jewelry (@10:59pm CST) - Main 48 U.S. States - Stylish Momme *GT

Skip Hop Duet Diaper Bag - U.S. - the little style file *RC

Coupon Code for The Case Studio - U.S. - My Boys & Their Toys *RC

GoGargle! prize kit: 10-ct product & $20 CVS giftcard - U.S. - The Mommy Factor *RC

KidzBop 28 CD - U.S. - Try It-Like It *RC

"Housewitch," by Katie Schickel - book (3 winners) - US/CAN - Susan Heim on Writing *RC

Minnie & Moon Eco-Friendly Easter (Two bags of eggs (20 total) and two sets of EcoGrass (6 bags total) worth $36 - U.S. - O'Boy Organic *RC

Monday, March 23, 2015

Monday 3/23, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

Max Lucado's new fiction release, "Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe" - book - U.S. - The power of words...

Nursing Cover from SweetBobbins Etsy shop - All 50 U.S. States/CAN - Bellebebeblog

Brave Girls Devotionals: Faithful Friends & Better Than Perfect - book - U.S. - Cotton Ridge Homeschool *RC

Travels with Gannon & Wyatt: Ireland - Book - U.S. - The Mommy Factor *RC

The Flintstones and WWE: Stoneage Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack - U.S. - Try It-Like It *RC

Enzymedica Digest Gold and Acid Soothe (3 winners) - U.S. - My Imprefect Kitchen

Protection Detail - book - U.S. - Christy's Cozy Corners *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:

Gummibär Gift Basket (a 12″ sitting plush toy, USB flash drive, 2 CDs, a reusable shopping bag, mouse pad, notebook, pens, pencils, stickers and lots of adorable Easter treats and goodies - retail value is over $100) (@3pm EST) - U.S. - Gummibar

One bag each of Gourmet Jelly Beans and Gourmet Sour Jelly Beans (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Nicole's Nickels *GT

The Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack - U.S. - Kids and Deals *RC

Coupon for a Free bottle of Dial Miracle Oil Body Wash (2 winners) - U.S. - Kids and Deals *RC

The Flintstones & WWE Stone Age Smackdown Blu-ray/DVD - U.S. - Mom in Training *RC

Sunday, March 22, 2015

"Raising Kids To Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust" Book Review! @healthychildren #raisingkidstothrive #drkenginsburg

American Academy of Pediatrics Releases New Book from Best-Selling Author: Raising Kids To Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust

Renowned Resilience Expert, Ken Ginsburg MD, MS ED, FAAP, Combines His Experience with Perspective from His Teenage Daughters and Over 500 Adolescents

In his latest book -- Raising Kids to Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust (American Academy of Pediatrics, March 24, 2015) -- best-selling author, pediatrician and resilience expert, Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, offers essential tips on fostering resilience in teens. He gently helps parents understand how they can meet the challenge to balance unconditional love, yet still hold high expectations for their children. Through his “Lighthouse Parenting Strategy,” he also helps parents recognize when to set boundaries and when to get out of kids’ ways.

This groundbreaking book includes two chapters written by Dr. Ginsburg’s twin teenage daughters, and interweaves opinions and input of over 500 adolescents who participated in the “Youth View” chapters. By combining the wealth of experience from Dr. Ginsburg and insightful commentary from today’s teenagers, Raising Kids to Thrive offers a fresh take on how to successfully parent teens in today’s complicated world.

Raising Kids to Thrive will help parents to raise kids who thrive for lifetime by:
  • Balancing unconditional love with high expectations.
  • Eliminate the need for helicopter or “tiger” parenting.
  • Start meaningful conversations with their children by being a sounding board, not necessarily a dictator.
  • Become a stable beacon so their children can turn to them for guidance and self-measurement.
  • Understand and accept that people are uneven and the importance of expecting growth, not perfection from children.
  • Reduce anxiety – for themselves and their kids – as they venture out on their own and move into adulthood.
  • Holding our kids to high moral standards, while also being a role model for those standards.

“People are uneven,” says Dr. Ginsburg. “Highly successful people are great at something, and their desire to explore other areas is what makes them interesting.” He adds, “We harm kids when we suggest that to make it in this world they must be good at absolutely everything.”

Kenneth R. Ginsburg, MD, MS Ed, FAAP, is a professor of pediatrics at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and director of health services at Covenant House Pennsylvania. He is the author of the best-selling Building Resilience inChildren and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings (AAP – currently in its 3rd Edition, October 2014).

My Review:
Raising Kids to Thrive is a great book for parents of tweens and teens. I have younger children, but I still found a few points in the book helpful, especially with talking to my seven year old son. He is in first grade, but he says that he doesn't care about things, whatever and that he hates me when I take things away from him.

I learned from reading this book that love, compassion, understanding and listening to my children will help to get us through anything. I know now that my children's opinion in how I parent them is needed at times. As they get older, I will have talks with them about what they want and curfews etc. But I refuse to be their friend. I am their parent, first and foremost, and that won't change.

Raising Kids to Thrive offers three approaches to help you build perspective that will allow you, as a parent, to make well-informed decisions. (This was taken from the introduction in the book.) If offers you science (real answers to real questions), framed questions and tween and teen viewpoints.

Raising Kids to Thrive includes a Stress Management Plan for children and adults (page 127). In everyday life there's almost always something that is going to upset us or stress us out. We need to teach our children how to manage stress and how to roll with the punches, so to speak. This book also teaches parents how to renew their relationships with their children for the better.

If your looking to learn how to talk to your tweens and teenagers, this is the book you want to read. There's some really great advice inside that we could all use as parents.

This book will be available for purchase starting Tuesday, March 24th! You can purchase the book on!

Disclosure: I received a copy of "Raising Kids To Thrive: Balancing Love With Expectations and Protection With Trust" book from in exchange for my review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Sunday 3/22, Low Entry Giveaways! #win #giveaway

Skylanders Trap Team Starter Pack (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My Springfield Mommy

Three Easter DVD's - Peppa Pig, etc. (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My OKC Mommy

LEGO Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles T-Rawket Sky Strike (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My OKC Mommy

Five (5) Nickelodeon children's Easter DVD's (@8pm CST) - U.S. - My OKC Mommy

SF Ware Repair MOV Files (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Gathering My Roses *GT

The Flinstones: WWW Stoneage Smackdown blu-ray combo pack (@10:59pm CST) - US/CAN - Luv Saving Money *GT

"Love Is Forever" - Children's Book (Helps To Reassure Children That Love Survives Loss) - Main 48 U.S. States - Airplanes and Dragonflies *RC

Build A Bear: Welcome To Hugsville for the Nintendo DS - U.S. - gaynycdad

Huge Bucket of Turtle Wax ICE with Smart Shield Technology Products - U.S. - gaynycdad

Paw Patrol: Winter Rescues DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

Transformers Robots in Disguise One-Step Changers Sideswipe Figure - U.S. - gaynycdad

Blue’s Clues: Get Clued Into School Pack DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

Peppa Pig: Muddy Puddles DVD and Zack & Quack: Popping Hopping Easter DVD - U.S. - gaynycdad

The Amazing Zhus Stunt Pets – Piccadilly - U.S. - gaynycdad

PURGGO's Bamboo Charcoal Car Air Eco-Purifier (MSRP $29.99) - U.S. - The Mommy Factor *RC

The School of Night: The William Shakespeare Detective Agency (book) - All 50 U.S. States - View from the Birdhouse *RC

Coupon for Dial Miracle Oil Bodywash - U.S. - Kid Kapers *RC

Giveaways With Over 180 Entries, but under 500:
Fandango $25 Gift Card - U.S. - gaynycdad

$15 Dairy Queen Gift Card - U.S. - gaynycdad

All Lovely Things Spring Cleaning Field Journal (2 winners) - All 50 U.S. States - A Fulfilled Mommy *GT

Royal Silk Scarf and World Water Day Umbrella - U.S. - Three Different Directions *GT

Custom 24 x 36 World Travel Map - The Daily Meal *RC

Bump Water 2 Pack - U.S. Sweeping Mommy *GL

The Flintstones & WWE: Stone Age Smackdown Blu-Ray Combo Pack - U.S. - Susan Heim on Parenting *RC