Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Recycled Book Jewelry from Trashy Crafter: Coupon Code and Giveaway!

Over on my other blog, Susan Heim on Writing, I am featuring a giveaway for a beautiful recycled book bracelet from Trashy Crafter! This clever mother/daughter team takes damaged and outdated books and turns them into beautiful bracelets, necklaces, earrings and lanyards. They do this by removing pages from old or damaged books, cutting them into strips, and rolling them into beads. It’s also a lot of fun because you can wear reminders of your favorite reads!

All kinds of books are featured, such as my favorite read of all time, Pride and Prejudice. And parents will be happy to know that children's books are featured, too! I love the following:

Berenstain Bears Bracelet

 If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Bracelet

These items are so unique and pretty. They make great gifts for people who love to read, all the little girls in your family, and teachers! I hope you’ll check out the recycled book jewelry at www.etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter. Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day are coming up. Use the Discount Code below to receive 15% off your purchase!

DISCOUNT CODE

Use the code onparenting at checkout and receive 15% off your order! Hurry, it will expire in 30 days.

GIVEAWAY

CLICK HERE to enter to win a 2-piece recycled book bracelet from Trashy Crafter!

Follow Trashy Crafter through the links below:
Blog: www.TrashyCrafter.com
Shop: www.Etsy.com/shop/TrashyCrafter
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TrashyCrafter
Twitter: http://twitter.com/trashycrafter
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/trashycrafter/
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Book Spotlight and Giveaway: Living Autism Day-by-Day, by Pamela Bryson-Weaver

About this book:
Autism happens ... and when it happens, your child and your life are turned upside down. One day, your son or daughter seems like every other child; the next, you notice a change. Sometimes the change starts with sublety -- behavior isn't what it normally is or responses just are out of synch and off; or it may come on like a tornado, sudden, without warning.

You weep for yourself.
You weep for your child.
You feel so alone.

Your son, your daughter, isn't the same little person he or she was yesterday. You cry out in anger. You are in a spiral of disbelief ... how could this have happened to you, your family, your child? You hungrily seek out reasons why and begin the never-ending quest for answers and cures. Your child is lost and so are you. Will it ever end?

Parents and families need help. A word of hope, an insightful story, gentle and kind words, sage advice from another who isn't a doctor or therapist who sounds like someone reading from a script ... someone who is just like you. A parent is the answer; a parent who is living through the same fears that you are. A parent who gets exactly what you are going through because she's going through it too.

Author Pamela Bryson-Weaver is that parent. Her Daily Reflections and insights are just what you, your heart, your child and family need.

Visit LivingAutismNow.com

GIVEAWAY

One winner will receive a paperback copy of Living Autism Day-by-Day: Daily Reflections and Strategies to Give You Hope and Courage, by Pamela Bryson-Weaver. (Note: This is a brand-new book, but there is a review sticker from the publisher inside the front cover that does not block any text.) Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

Valentine's Day Printables from Little Passports #affiliate

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. 

Skip the store-bought stuff this year, and say Happy Valentine’s Day with the help of the globetrotters at Little Passports

Click on this link to download your free Little Passports Valentine’s Day printable. There are 4 designs, including the one shown below.

Want to add a sweet treat? Follow the instructions below:
  1. Set up your hole punch.
  2. Punch in 2 even holes on the left center edge of the valentine.
  3. Loop in the lollipop (or a pencil for a sugar-free option) through the holes.
  4. Pass out the cards and candy to your friends and family!
* Cards work best when printed on a heavy card stock. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

23 Blast: Review and DVD Giveaway (US/CAN) #23Blast

About the movie:
As a typical teenager, Travis Freeman is a local hero, both on and off the high-school football field in his small Kentucky town. But in 1997, Travis contracts an infection that destroys his optic nerve and renders him blind overnight. With the loving help and concern of his parents, physical therapist, coach and best friend, Travis demonstrates what true bravery is: He continues to compete on the gridiron and helps his team advance to the state finals.

Watch the trailer:


Rated PG-13 (brief drinking of alcohol on school property)
Running time: 1 hour, 42 minutes

My thoughts:
Based on a true story, 23 Blast is incredibly inspirational and entertaining. My boys (age 11) and I loved it and have been telling everyone we know about it! (My boys recognized the coach, played by Stephen Lang, right away as the Colonel in the blockbuster movie, Avatar.) The whole cast is superb, including Mark Hapka as Travis, Bram Hoover as his best friend Jerry, Kim Zimmer as his mother, and Becky Ann Baker as his mobility coach. (And, of course, Stephen Lang as the football coach.) This is a terrific movie to watch with kids because it shows them that hard work and determination really pay off. It also shows them that people with disabilities can accomplish great things. I hope you’ll pick up a copy of 23 Blast for your next Family Movie Night!

Follow 23 Blast on:
Official Facebook
Official Twitter
Official Instagram
Official Website

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of 23 Blast! Open to residents of the United States and Canada only. 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. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, February 6, 2015.

Introducing "The Story Catcher" by Donna L. Martin: Giveaway for a $20 iTunes Gift Card and Writing Journal!

We are so excited to share this picture book release today!

The Story Catcher BT Banner
Title: The Story Catcher
Author: Donna L. Martin
Imprint: Adventures
Release Date: January 20, 2015
The Story Catcher Book Cover

Addie comes from a long line of readers, or “story catchers,” as her family likes to call themselves. Every time Addie tries to catch a story on her own, though, the words play tricks on her. Addie tries everything she can think of to corral those wiggly letters, but it will take a little faith to become the next STORY CATCHER.

BUY LINKS:
Amazon Paperback: http://amzn.com/0990908542

THE STORY CATCHER FAN CLUB: Fan club membership includes:
Membership Certificate
Bi-monthly Newsletter full of mazes, puzzles, games, news and other goodies
Reading log for earning Story Catcher Award
Short story starring YOU!

TRAILER LINK:

Donna L. MartinAUTHOR BIO:
By day, Donna L. Martin is a Fourth Degree TaeKwonDo Black Belt; by night, she is a self-proclaimed “ninja author” of picture books, middle-grade chapter books, and young-adult novels. Somewhere amidst all this excitement, she also created the Free Author Promotion event that takes place every May during the Children’s Festival of Reading. Donna loves laughter, snuggling with her cat, and reading good books. To get a sneak peak of what it was like growing up among the swamps of southern Louisiana, check out Tales from the Bayou on her blog at www.DonnaLMartin.com.

GIVEAWAY:
Anaiah Press will give away a $20 iTunes Gift Card to one lucky winner, and Donna L. Martin will give away a beautiful writing journal.

journal

Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Friday, January 23, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (January 24, 2015)

Welcome to the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! How are those New Year's resolutions coming along? If you're feeling a little blue because you're not making much progress on them, why not take a break and enter some giveaways! Visit the right sidebar for a list of all of my giveaways, and be sure to click through the titles in the linky below for the chance to win more great prizes! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it with us in the linky. And don't forget to tell your Twitter and Facebook friends about this page so they have a chance to win, too. Have a great week!







Thursday, January 22, 2015

Enter to Win the GE Lighting Home Makeover Giveaway!

My husband has been on a mission lately to replace all of our home’s light bulbs with LED bulbs! I have to confess that I didn't know very much about LED lighting until recently. How do LEDs work? And which light bulbs are the best? Fortunately, GE tells us that choosing the right bulb for each room can be easy if you remember these four steps: pick the right fit, choose the right brightness, select energy savings and lifetime of the bulb, plus the right color and effect. GE has created the following infographic along with a video to help you along the way to a brighter home as you compare bulbs and consider the four steps.


Now watch this fun and stylish video featuring four hip tastemakers discussing the importance of good lighting and how quick and easy it is to do a fresh lighting makeover for 2015.



Check out these sites to learn how GE's LED bulbs can save you money compared to traditional bulbs while providing soft, warm light.

LED Overview
Soft White Overview
Reveal® Overview

You can also visit GE Lighting at:
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/GELighting
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/GELighting
Instagram: http://instagram.com/gelighting
Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/GE_Lighting

GIVEAWAY

To celebrate the New Year, GE Lighting is offering a giveaway for a home lighting makeover experience! This is a great opportunity to switch out your old dingy lighting with beautiful lighting options from GE Lighting’s soft white, LED, or reveal® bulb line.

You can enter here to win one of these three great GE Lighting Home Makeover packages:

• Beautify House Makeover Package - $200 worth of GE bulbs
• Beautify Room Makeover Package - $100 worth of GE bulbs
• Bathroom Makeover Package - $30 worth of GE bulbs


GE Lighting is providing the product for this giveaway to help you learn about the different light bulbs available as the plethora of options can seem daunting at times. Enter below on Rafflecopter for a chance to win one of the GE Lighting Home Makeover packages. Contest is open to U.S. residents only. This giveaway ends on Friday, January 30 at 12:00 PM PST.

Free Pet Food from Petbrosia with This Promo Code!

I recently shared some New Year’s resolutions for my cats, inspired by Petbrosia pet food, and now I have another wonderful thing to share: a code for free pet food! At Petbrosia, you can be sure that you are purchasing a high-quality customized diet for your pet that features only USA sourced ingredients, no corn, no wheat, no soy, and only REAL meat as the first ingredient. Now, your beloved cat or dog can try Petbrosia for free!

Discount code: SH2015

This code has the following conditions:

· Valid for one 3 lb trial box of Petbrosia dog or cat food (chicken or salmon)
· Expires 2/1/2015
· Only valid for 1 per customer, per shipping address
· Valid for new Petbrosia customers only
· Supplies may be limited

Visit www.petbrosia.com today to get some free pet food!






Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors: The Hardest Part of a Child's Faith

Some aspects of faith are difficult even for a grown-up to grasp. This month, Graham Blanchard's Mom Mentors discuss the biggest challenges for their children.

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 share your challenges in teaching your children about faith in the comments section below!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

My New Year’s Resolution for My Cats

Many of us make New Year's resolutions. They might include eating healthier meals, losing weight, exercising more, getting a new job, learning to relax and much more. We may even make resolutions for our kids, like improving their grades, getting them to read more, or motivating them to eat more vegetables. But have you ever made a resolution for your pet? Just like people, they need goals for becoming healthier and happier!

Our family has two cats, Bella and Jack, who are four years old. Bella is a petite and dainty little girl, while her brother eats both his food and hers, and is about twice her size! (I'm sure you can tell which cat is which in the photo above. They always look so menacing in photos, but they're adorable in real life!) They’re both very loving kitties with few bad habits, but I know they’re leaving their kitten years behind, and it’s time to be sure that we’re making healthy choices about what they eat. Up until now, the food of choice was whatever was on sale, but I know from the research I’ve done that not all foods are the same. Just like food for people, some of it’s healthy, but many of it is not.

I recently found a company that will help me make healthier food choices for my cats! It’s called Petbrosia, and they have you fill out a questionnaire about your pet(s) so they can select just the right product for your dog or cat’s optimal health based on breed, age, weight, food allergies, activity level and more. Their pet food contains all natural ingredients, with no corn, wheat or soy. And fresh animal protein sources are always the main ingredient. When pets eat better and maintain a healthy weight, they have a better chance of living longer, high-quality lives, just like people. I adore my cats, and we all want them to have many wonderful years with our family.

So, have you come up with a New Year’s resolution for your cat or dog? Petbrosia has come up with a list of New Year's resolutions for pet owners HERE that may inspire you. These suggestions, along with switching to pet food from Petbtrosia, will help you and your pet(s) become healthier and have more fun this year! Check Petbrosia out today at www.Petbrosia.com and sign up for automatic delivery!