Sunday, August 02, 2015

Winners for July 2015

GoMacro MacroBars Assortment

Congratulations to the winner: Donna J.!

SOPHi and Piggy Paint Nail Products

Congratulations to the winner: Kayla G.!

Stop Giving It Away, by Cherilynn Veland (print)

Congratulations to the winner: Katie A.!

Inspyr Socks

Congratulations to the winner: Marilyn N.!

$25 Visa Gift Card, Paper Towns Book and Magnetic Bookmark

Congratulations to the winner: Sarah H.!

Surprise Ride Adventure Box

Congratulations to the winner: Rachel F.!

Scooby-Doo and KISS: Rock and Roll Mystery (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Congratulations to the winner: Amy C.!

Hydrofeet Premium Therapeutic Massaging Insoles

Congratulations to the winner: lucy!

Mighty Mug $30 Gift Card

Congratulations to the winner: Melanie!

Saturday, August 01, 2015

Movie Review: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

About the Movie:
Check in again for more love and laughter as new arrival Richard Gere joins an all-star ensemble cast -- including Judi Dench, Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy and Dev Patel -- returning for this heartwarming sequel to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel! Now that his first venture has proven successful, ever-confident Sonny (Patel) is busy juggling plans for a second resort ... as well as his own wedding. But his efforts are constantly hampered by hilarious complications, and in order to put it all together, he'll need a little help and encouragement from his resident friends.

My Thoughts:
You don't have to see the first movie to understand this sequel, but it definitely adds more enjoyment to watching this film if you've seen how the senior residents all ended up at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. I really loved seeing more of these quirky characters. This movie had plenty of humor -- like taking roll call each morning to make sure that all of the senior residents had survived the night -- and plenty of Bollywood-style fun, particularly with the dancing at Sonny's wedding. There's some seriousness, too, as each resident grapples with the mixed blessings of growing old. There's definitely plenty of life left in these seniors, and they were fascinating to watch. Richard Gere's character was a fun addition as Sonny kept bending over backwards to please him, believing that he was sent in secret by the American company he's hoping will finance his next hotel. Overall, I found this a very satisfying sequel to the original movie and greatly enjoyed my return to The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Friday, July 31, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (August 1, 2015)

Welcome to August! Summer is flying by, and the kids will be back to school soon. It's been a little quiet around here on Susan Heim on Parenting because we took a fun road trip through Florida. Although we visited some of the typical attractions, I also enjoyed seeing the less developed areas of Florida. It's good to know there are still a lot of areas full of farmland, trees and native animals. Let's celebrate summer by entering to win some giveaways! Check out the list on my right sidebar and in the linky below. Come back throughout the week as more are added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, please share it with us in the linky. Then click on the "share buttons" at the bottom of the post to let your social media friends know about all the great giveaways. Happy August!

Scholastic's Award-Winning Storybook Treasures ~ a 4-DVD Giveaway!

There are many ways for children to enjoy books, and Scholastic offers a fun way with its Storybook Treasures line of DVDs! This #1 award-winning children’s DVD series enables kids to read along on screen with their favorite classic children’s stories, brought vividly to life on DVD. Today, I’m pleased to offer four of these terrific DVDs as a giveaway to one lucky family! Check these out:

20 Back-to-School Tales: The Classic Collection

In 20 Back-to-School Tales, get ready to learn ABCs and 123s with these colorful movies faithfully adapted from classic books! Full list of stories: How Do Dinosaurs Go to School?, Splat the Cat, Wheels on the Bus, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Sky Color, Crazy Hair Day, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash, Monty, Emily’s First 100 Days of School, The Gym Teacher from the Black Lagoon, The Librarian from the Black Lagoon, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, Miss Nelson Is Back, Will I Have a Friend, Open Wide: Tooth School Inside, Otto Runs for President, Owen, The Scrambled States of America Talent Show, Shrinking Violet, The Teacher from the Black Lagoon

Scaredy Squirrel and Bink & Gollie Double Feature

Scaredy Squirrel
Written and Illustrated by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel never leaves his nut tree. It’s way too dangerous out there! But one day he suddenly finds himself out in the unknown world and ends up discovering something surprising!

This DVD also includes:
Scaredy Squirrel Makes a Friend
Written and Illustrated by Melanie Watt
Scaredy Squirrel is afraid to make a friend. When he decides the perfect friend would be a goldfish, his plan takes a surprising turn.

Bink & Gollie
Written by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee; Illustrated by Tony Fucile
Bink & Gollie are marvelous companions who often do not agree … on socks … or goldfish … or venturing to the Andes. But compromise helps them remain the best of friends.

Bink & Gollie: Two for One
Written by Kate DiCamillo & Alison McGhee; Illlustrated by Tony Fucile
The fair is in town and these two very different girls use teamwork to navigate its many wonders.

The Very Fairy Princess … and More Imaginative Tales

The Very Fairy Princess
Written by Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton; Illustrated by Christine Davenier
Geraldine knows deep down that she is a very fairy princess, but she doesn’t mind getting a little messy in order to have the perfect day! This DVD also features an interview with Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton.

This DVD also includes:
Extra Yarn
Written by Mac Barnett; Illustrated by Jon Klassen
A modern fairy tale about how a young girl and her magical yarn transform a community.

The Amazing Bone
Written and Illustrated by William Steig
A lonely pig named Pearl dawdles long enough in a field of dandelions to meet a bone who speaks to her.

My Garden
Written and Illustrated by Kevin Henkes
A girl dreams of creating a garden full of chocolate rabbits, flowers that change color, and tomatoes the size of beach balls.

I Want My Hat Back ... and More Happy Stories

I Want My Hat Back
Written and Illustrated by Jon Klassen
Bear’s hat is gone. None of the animals have seen it, but Bear’s memory is sparked by a deer who asks just the right question.

This DVD also includes:
The Lucky Ducklings
Written by Eva Moore; Illustrated by Nancy Carpenter
A true story about a mama duck and her five ducklings that had to be rescued from a town storm drain during an early morning walk.

The Happy Lion
Written by Louise Fatio; Illustrated by Roger Duvoisin
A lion in a Paris zoo tries to return his friends’ visits by venturing into town to see them.

The Happy Owls
Written and Illustrated by Celestino Piatti
Two owls discover the secret of peace and happiness and share their secret with all their barnyard friends.

Visit Scholastic Storybook Treasures online to see the other delightful DVDs available!


Use the Rafflecopter form below to enter to win all four DVDs featured above! This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, August 14, 2015.

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Disclosure: I received complimentary copies of these DVDs, which I am donating for this giveaway.

Back to School with Great-Tasting Go Organically Fruit Snacks! (GIVEAWAY)

My boys go back to school in just a few short weeks. It’s hard to believe how quickly the summer has flown by! Naturally, I’m starting to think about all we need to do to get ready for school, such as picking up school supplies, shopping for clothes, and planning lunches. I recently learned about Go Organically Fruit Snacks, which will be a great addition to my boys’ lunch bags. This new organic fruit snack brand is made with real fruit purees and juices and is certified non-GMO, gluten-free, and preservative-free. These snacks contain 100% of the daily recommended value of vitamin C and are also an excellent source of Vitamins A and E. And they are made with natural flavors and colors from natural sources. Love it!

Of course, all of that makes Mom happy, but what about the kids? I’m happy to report that my boys LOVE these fruit snacks! I keep hearing comments like “These are really good, Mom,” and “Can I have some more fruit snacks?” Go Organically Fruit Snacks are available in three flavors, which are all popular with my kids:

Mixed Berry
Fruit Medley

I hope you’ll head over to to learn more about Go Organically Fruit Snacks and then pick some up at Costco for your kids' school lunches! You can also visit Go Organically on Facebook.


One lucky winner will receive some Go Organically Fruit Snacks! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Friday, August 14, 2015.

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

Enjoy 25% Off Back to School Supplies from Little Passports!

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We have never seen a sale like this before with Little Passports! If you are shopping for back to school supplies, this is a sale you won't want to miss! 

Starting today, Little Passports is offering 25% off all Back to School supplies. All you need to do is enter code BTS25 at checkout. But hurry, this amazing deal ends on 8/1/15! 

Choose from a Little Passports Back to School Notebook Bundle or a Little Passports Premium Lunchbox and Chalkboard. Even better, pick up both!

**This promotion is valid online only at To redeem enter code BTS25 at checkout. Offer valid ONLY on school supplies and cannot be combined with any other offers and/or applied retroactively to previously placed orders. Offer excludes shipping and taxes. Offer valid from July 29, 2015 at 8:00AM EST to August 1, 2015 at 11:59PM EST.

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Summer Reading Giveaway: "Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be" (3 Winners)

I'm sure you've heard the news by now that students experience a "summer slide" -- a loss of reading skills -- when they fail to read over the summer break. But for some kids, an entire book can feel overwhelming. That's why Chicken Soup for the Soul's books for kids are perfect for reluctant readers. They contain brief short stories (usually 2-4 pages) that are not only interesting to read, but teach kids about topics like tolerance, compassion and respect. Fortunately, Chicken Soup for the Soul has a new selection out that is perfect for beating this summer's slide. Read on to learn more about this title and then enter to win a print copy of the book!

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be
Start a conversation with the children in your life! Read about goals and hard work, compassion and tolerance, values and good choices. In this collection of relevant, true-life personal stories, you'll meet great role models for today's youth. Read chapters about:
  • making your best effort
  • doing the right thing
  • accepting differences
  • appreciating your family
  • handling bullies
  • having confidence in yourself
  • being generous
  • making true friends
  • accepting responsibility
  • being kind
  • being grateful
  • getting through tough times
One of the stories that put tears in my eyes was written by a girl with cerebral palsy who shared how kids tease her because of her disabilities and how it's "not fun to be made fun of over something that I can't control." Another story told about how a girl coped with giving away her dog. He had grown too big for their home, but became happily settled at his new home on a farm. This book is filled with stories that kids can relate to and often experience in their own lives. I hope you'll pick up a copy for your young reader today!


Three lucky winners will receive print copies of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Be the Best You Can Be. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate this post, but all opinions are my own. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link.

Monday, July 27, 2015

What's New This Week at Camp Explorer from Little Passports?

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This week with the Little Passports Blog -- Camp Explorer Week 3, you can watch your kids reach for the stars! Literally. Download their free constellation activity sheet and watch your child learn the names and shapes of six constellations! 

While you are on the Little Passports blog, find out what it is like to raise a Global Citizen in Pakistan from Little Passports' latest guest blogger, Zareen Rahman. Zareen is a stay at home mom and shares a typical day with her daughter in their home town of Lahore, Pakistan. 

Interested in more Little Passports blog posts? Search the Little Passports Blog.

And if you missed the Camp Explorer Series Weeks 1 and 2, you can view them here 
Little Passports Blog -- Camp Explorer Week 1
Little Passports Blog -- Camp Explorer Week 2

Friday, July 24, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 25, 2015)

Welcome to another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Let's close out the month of July by winning some prizes! Check out the giveaways listed in the linky below and on my right sidebar. Be sure to visit throughout the week as more are added. And if you're hosting a giveaway (or more), too, feel free to share it in the linky and let your fans and friends know about this page. Good luck!

Friday, July 17, 2015

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (July 18, 2015)

It has been hot, hot, hot here in south Florida! If you're indoors enjoying the air conditioning like me, I hope you'll take the time to enter some giveaways! Check out those I've added to my right sidebar, as well as those in the linky below. Check back throughout the week as more are added. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, please share it in the linky and tell your followers about this page. Stay cool!