Monday, August 29, 2016

$100 Walmart gift card worldwide GIVEAWAY

http://www.ratsandmore.com/2016/08/100-walmart-gift-card-giveaway-ends-920.html



Welcome to the Walmart Gift Card Giveaway Event! A big, fun event, brought to you by a lot of great bloggers! 

Hosted by: Lil' Blog and More, Coupons and Freebies Mom, and Daily Deals from a Nerd Mom.

And an extra thanks, to the great co-hosts: Animal Bliss, Cha Ching Queen, and Deliciously Savvy.

This is a great prize, to help with anything you need, from back to school, and more!

Good luck everyone!


The Giveaway!
One lucky winner will receive a $100 Walmart gift card! Open to Worldwide entries. Ends 9/20/2016. Enter using the GiveawayTools form, below:





 Disclosure: The bloggers involved in this giveaway were not compensated, and are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Lil' Blog and More will be sending the prize out. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter this giveaway. This giveaway starts August 29th, 2016, and will end on September 20th, 2016 at 11:59 pm. The winner will be emailed, and have 48 hours to respond, or a new winner will be chosen. Once a winner is drawn and confirmed, the name will be announced on the GiveawayTools form.
 

Tackling the Fields Blog Tour and $75 Amazon GC Giveaway



Purchase your copy here.
About the Book


Cole Sanders is a changed man. The university quarterback questions his direction in life after serving on a mission trip in Honduras. Things that used to fill Cole’s ego seem empty after witnessing the developing country’s extreme poverty and the death of a precious child. The one glimmer of hope through his confusion is the fresh perspective he now has about his tutor, Audrey. She possesses something beautiful inside and out—something that might help him become the person he wants to be.

University senior Audrey Vaughn tutored Cole Sanders for an entire year and never imagined the popular quarterback would see her as anything more than a friend. After partnering with him on the mission trip, they are drawn together. And he appears to have changed for the better. To let Cole into her life, Audrey will have to overcome not only her brother’s distrust, but also the paralyzing fear still lingering from a past she’s tried to leave behind.

Cole can’t walk away from Audrey now that they’re back in Oxford. He’ll have to figure out how to keep her giant of a brother, a lineman on his football team, from killing him when the coach has his back turned. But can Audrey trust her heart to a player so similar to the one who stole so much from her in the past?
My Review

This is by far my favorite book in the Southern Heart series! I am so glad Janet decided to write this story about Cole and Audrey. Both with broken pasts, but promising futures. This book reminded me that with God, all things are possible. It doesn’t matter what happened in the past, what matters is relying on Him for the future.

Faith played a big part in the journey of Cole and Audrey, but I love that Janet wrote realistically. Not everyone has perfect faith and we all fall every now and then, but the wonderful part is that God is there waiting for us. Another part of this book that touched home for me was the power of forgiveness. I not spoil the story, but forgiveness was an important issue towards the last third of the book. I think it’s something we all struggle with actually. Janet again shows her ability to write realistically, yet in a hopeful way for us to look back on for years to come.

I am eagerly awaiting the release of the fourth book in this series….but this is going to be one tough act to follow!! I received a complimentary copy of this book from CelebrateLit in exchange for an honest review which I have given.

About the Author



Janet W. Ferguson grew up in Mississippi and received a degree in Banking and Finance from the University of Mississippi. She has served her church as a children’s minister and a youth volunteer. An avid reader, she worked as a librarian at a large public high school. Janet and her husband have two grown children, one really smart dog, and a few cats that allow them to share the space.

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Janet is giving away a $50 Amazon gift card Click here to enter: https://promosimple.com/ps/a1c6

Saturday, August 27, 2016

Happy Healthy Cat Month: Show the World That You and Your Cat Are #PurrfectTogether with @Meow Mix






















September is Happy Healthy Cat Month—and there's never been a better time to show our cats some extra love. Recently, the cat lovers at Meow Mix ran the Purrfect Together Survey, which asked cat parents around the country about their special bond with their four-legged friends. Here are some of the meow-nificent results:

83% of cats take naps with their humans

This is surprising—and not because 83% of people love napping with kitty. The bigger question is: Who are the 17% of deprived humans who don't get to experience the joy of napping with their cats?

80% of cat parents believe they can interpret their kitty's meows

While humans and cats may purr in different languages, that doesn't stop most cat mommies and daddies from understanding what their kitty wants—whether it be some treats, cat nip, or just a snuggle partner.

72% of cat parents love to surprise their kitties with treats

Speaking of treats, nothing makes a cat happier than some spontaneous, unexpected goodies from the person who cares for them the most.

55% of cats love chicken-flavored nibbles

Exciting news:  Meow Mix has just released a brand new culinary-inspired food made with real chicken or salmon, Bistro Recipes—a classy meal for a classy kitty! Head over Meow Mix's new Purrfect Together web portal [http://bit.ly/meowsterpieces-cassandram] right meow, and you can download a coupon for $2.50 off any bag of Meow Mix Bistro Recipes.

 And that's not all! You need a classy painting to go with that classy meal. On the Purrfect Together portal, you can enjoy the unique experience of converting a photo of you and your cat into a Meowsterpiece—a digital "oil" painting that helps express and immortalize your cat-love on canvas. I did it, and you should too!

Now it's time to show me how special your human-cat bond is! Post your Meowsterpiece on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with the hashtag #PurrfectTogether. Be sure to share your thoughts in the comments below.

Wishing a fantastic Happy Healthy Cat Month to you and your feline friend!

I recevied complimentary product.




Around the World in 80 Purees by Leena Saini Review


Tiny taste buds can be just as discerning as those of grown-ups, so why feed your baby a lackluster pile of bland paste? In Around the World in 80 Purees: Easy Recipes for Global Baby Food (Quirk Books; August 16, 2016; $19.99), food blogger and mother of two Leena Saini gives little tummies a taste of the extraordinary, offering an array of enticing recipes inspired by dishes from around the globe. These baby food blends allow petite palates to experience big flavors from more than 40 countries, from China to Colombia, Turkey to Taiwan.

The transition to solid foods is a milestone across all cultures. And by sharing a broad range of flavors and ingredients with their little ones, parents can encourage a lifetime of adventurous eating. In Around the World in 80 Purees, Saini shares her research of global first foods and offers developmentally appropriate serving suggestions and tips for safely introducing babies to herbs, spices, and other ingredients. More than 100 quick and easy recipes, accompanied by richly colorful photographs by Christine Han, take readers on a culinary tour of the globe:

Savory and Sweet Selections for Babies 6 Months and Up: No more bland peas and carrots—for the littlest eaters, Saini offers India’s Cardamom Banana Oatmeal, Spain’s Saffron Applesauce, China’s Gingered Plum Puree, Milk-Poached Salmon with Dill and Mustard from Scandinavia, and Belize’s Sweet Corn, Bean, and Coconut Milk Stew.

Flavorful Spoonfuls and Mouthwatering Meals: For older babies, Saini shares recipes for Turkey’s Seasoned Lamb Kebabs, Brazil’s Baked Cod with Papaya and Bananas, North African Vegetable Couscous with Harissa, Mexico’s Cinnamon Avocado Banana Ice Cream, Japan’s Tamagoyaki, Lebanon’s Muhallabia, Italy’s Pastina with Parmesan and Nutmeg, a vegetable stew from Ethiopia, Bamya Alicha, and many, many more.

Tidbits, Tips, and Tricks: Saini offers guidelines for stocking a baby-friendly spice cabinet, safely introducing new ingredients, essential equipment for making baby food from scratch, and other ideas to help caretakers think outside the jar.

Around the World in 80 Purees is the ideal cookbook for parents who want to prepare nutritious and flavorful foods for their baby and raise more adventurous, less fussy eaters. With it, infants and toddlers alike will be able to travel the world without ever leaving the comfort of their high chair.


Cassandra's Review- I have always fed my little ones baby food from a jar until just a few years ago when I found out how much better it was to create foods for them.  I think that taking the time to try new things with your little one can be a huge benefit and both of you can have fun tasting the different flavors of this book.  I personally would not even have tried them myself as a combination, but I am so excited to do so.  

The recipes are easy and what I like is that all ages can enjoy them from 6 months up and I found everything to be easy to understand.  Some of the food I will never find in the grocery stores around my area, but most are affordable.  


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Leena Saini is a lifelong foodie who has written about global baby food for Baby Center and on the food blog Eat, Drink, Better. She’s also a regular contributor to masalamommas.com and Sally’s Place. She lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children. Find her online at masalababyfood.com.

I recevied a complimentary copy.


Cascade Ice Drink Recipes for Labor Day @CascadeIceWater

With Labor Day around the corner, you can mix up your own low-calorie drinks at home from cascade ice. These low-calorie drink recipes are the perfect combo for your own vacation-in-a-bottle.

Cascade Ice Water

While you’re relaxing over the long holiday weekend, mix up a Cascade Ice Berry Pomegranate Cooler. Start with a cup of fresh strawberries, half a cup of ice cubes and 5oz Cascade Ice Cranberry Pomegranate. Blend all the ingredients together and garnish with a couple of pomegranate seeds. To make this into an adult beverage, you can use Vodka, but I do not.



· Reminiscent of a delightful beach getaway, Cascade Ice’s Citrus Punch is sure to help you unwind. Simply mix 6oz Cascade Ice Pink Grapefruit and 6oz Cascade Ice Orange Mango in a pitcher. Add in 4oz of peach juice to sweeten it up a bit. Stir up the punch and then cut some fresh fruit to garnish.

I recevied complimentary product.


The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway

The Fall of Lord Drayson The Fall of Lord Drayson by Rachael Anderson Who is he really? A high and mighty lord or a lowly servant? When Colin Cavendish, the new earl of Drayson, informs Lucy Beresford that she and her mother need to vacate the house they've called home for the past two years, Lucy is fit to be tied. They have no money, no relations they can turn to for help, and nowhere to go. How dare the earl break the promise his father had made to the Beresfords without so much as a twinge of conscience? Fate plays her hand when Lucy discovers the earl unconscious and injured in the middle of the road. When he awakens with no recollection of who he is, Lucy seizes the opportunity to teach the earl a much-needed lesson in humility and tells him that he is nothing more than a mere servant. Her servant, in fact. And thus begins the charming tale of a pompous lord and an impetuous young woman, caught together in a web so tangled that it begs the question: Will they ever get out?  
Publication Date: Monday, August 29th
pre order on amazon add to goodreads new   RachaelAuthor Rachael Anderson A USA Today bestselling author, Rachael Anderson is the mother of four and is pretty good at breaking up fights, or at least sending guilty parties to their rooms. She can't sing, doesn't dance, and despises tragedies. But she recently figured out how yeast works and can now make homemade bread, which she is really good at eating.
  amazon or paypal $50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway Ends 9/18/16 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Friday, August 26, 2016

With All Due Respect By Nina Roesner and Debbie Hitchcock Review

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With All Due Respect is a handbook for parents navigating the difficulties of the tween and teen years. Roesner and Hitchcock help parents identify what successful relationships look like and give easy-to-follow lessons in enforcing rules, communicating lovingly, resetting relationships, overcoming fears and exhaustion, and handling rebellion.

 Each day features a story every mom can relate to, down-to-earth questions to think about, and a prayer to launch an action plan. As a result, the reader gains new skills and perspective, greater strength, and an ability to live out faith daily as never before. With All Due Respect is for all parents seeking not only to connect more deeply with and positively impact their teens and tweens, but also to grow more deeply in faith through the process.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I found it like a light in the dark and as a mom to sometimes many more children then I birthed, this is a very true book. Now for some people who do not follow God or see a true need, connection or existence, this book is not going to be for you.  The authors have obviously found God and feel that life is only to be lived with him.

So stopping to pray might not be at all what you think is going to work.  I would recommend this for all the rest of the God fearing, loving ,open hearted people of the world that would like to adjust themselves both mentally and spiritually while not getting mad enough to take out one of your own family members.

Greater Than Gold From Olympic Heartbreak to Ultimate Redemption By David Boudia Review

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One of America’s most heralded young divers, David Boudia twice went for Olympic gold, training obsessively and whole-heartedly for success. In his first Olympics, he failed miserably, not winning a single medal. Four years later saw a different story: he mounted the podium twice, winning both gold and bronze. The difference? In the intervening years, he’d changed the focus of his quest from seeking glory for himself to giving glory to God.

In Greater Than Gold, Boudia provides a behind-the-scenes access to the rarefied world of world-class athletics while also showing readers that when they place their hope in God, they receive what they’ve been seeking all along.

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  I have heard the saying that with God  all things are possible and I so I feel that if you are a believer and give your glory to God good things could happen for you.   Being able to lift yourself up mentally with the help of religion is great and I was very happy to read about the triumph of such a well deserved guy.  The book was written in a way that most older ages can enjoy it.

Catching Heat By Janice Cantore Review


Twenty-seven years after the deaths of Detective Abby Hart’s parents, she’s desperate to find the proof that will put the mastermind—the governor’s wife—behind bars. When she joins a newly formed task force and teams up with PI Luke Murphy, Abby is sent to San Luis Obispo to work the cold case of a murdered college student. Realizing their investigation will bring them near the town where Alyssa Rollins grew up, Abby decides to do a little digging of her own into the Triple Seven fire.

Luke is eager to help Abby close the books on a case they both have personal stakes in. But as she uncovers long-held secrets, Abby stumbles into an explosive situation, and Luke fears that her obsession may prove deadly.

Janice Cantore

Janice Cantore is a retired Long Beach police officer who now writes suspense novels to keep readers engrossed and leave them inspired. Her twenty-two years of experience on the force lend authenticity to her stories. She has penned six novels, the Pacific Coast Justice series, Visible Threat, and Critical Pursuit.Drawing Fire is the first book in the Cold Case Justice series.

Visit Janice's website at www.janicecantore.com 

Cassandra's Review Q&A-

- What did you like about the book and why?  The way that everything is believable and not out of the possibility of actually happening was a good touch to the easy to understand and follow book.   There is a good amount of suspense but not a huge build up.

- What did you not like about the book and why? I did not like that it was the end of the series as I not only read out of order but the conclusion so that I would not be able to go back and read the full series.

- What did you learn? The author has a good writing style that I enjoyed.

- To whom would you recommend this book and why?  I think that middle aged women might like this a lot more, but that is just my opinion because to me the tone is more laid back with a good element of suspense

I recevied a complimentary copy.


Starry-Eyed By Mandy Arioto Review

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Being a mom is all of it: light and dark, highs and lows, fever pitch frustration and all-consuming love. By now, you already know that with great love comes great joy . . . and great pain. It can be crazy-making! But it doesn’t have to be.


In Starry-Eyed, MOPS CEO Mandy Arioto reveals how the brightest and darkest moments of motherhood alike can become a sacred—and sanity-saving— opportunity to encounter God. There is a way to flourish in the midst of it all, and it starts with embracing the light and darkness in life with expectation and awe.


Heartening, enchanting, and always unflinchingly honest, Starry-Eyed will show you how to find the unexpected grace in your life as a woman, wife, mother, daughter, sister, and friend. Consider this your heart-to-heart sit-down with a woman who’s been there, and can help you find fresh eyes to see how beauty and pain can mingle with purpose.  

http://www.zondervan.com/starry-eyed


Cassandra's Review-  The author seems to write openly in a tone that is honest.  I found the book to have a few moments where as a mom I could actually relate.  Getting closer or learning about God to some has a different view from everyone, but it is a really good outcome for those who seek to learn.  The book has a good connection for both. 


About the Author:

Mandy Arioto currently serves as the President and CEO of Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) International where she represents the voice of millions of mothers all over the world. She regularly speaks to national and international audiences on the topics of mothering, spirituality and cultural trends. She has been featured in national media including outlets such as msn.com, theknot.com, thenest.com and FoxNews.com. Arioto and her husband Joe live in Denver, Colorado and are raising three young children, Joseph, Ellie and Charlotte.


I recevied a complimentary copy.


Balancing ACT: Wealth Management Straight Talk for Women by Joslyn G Ewart Review



You can purchase on Amazon.

Balancing Act: Wealth Management Straight Talk for Women was written by a woman (Certified Financial Planner(TM) professional) for women (and men!) who want the perspective and strategies they need to confidently make the right financial choices in all aspects of their lives.

The book identifies personal finance concepts and tools; it shares true stories of numerous women to illustrate how you can put the concepts and tools to work for your benefit. You will meet Emily and Dan and learn how they solved their money hemorrhaging dilemma, Dana who needed to understand the impact of risk, and Mandy who prepared herself to negotiate for equitable pay for a senior level promotion.

How-to's include:

- How to ascertain your current status

- How to pinpoint your financial goals

- How to determine what you need to know

- How to construct a strong investment foundation

- How to secure your financial independence

- How to delineate a retirement plan

- How prepare for the unexpected

- How to fulfill your charitable aspirations

- How to pursue your leadership potential

The stories and exercises in this book will motivate and energize you to jumpstart, revisit, or continue your journey as you aim for a style of living characterized by financial security and independence.

I recevied complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  The book has some excellent help for you to be able to get a little more back to order in a financial sense.  I think both men and women can benefit from this book, but it is geared for women.

Welch's Fruit Snacks and Feeding America hold Lunchbox Challenge

Welch's® Fruit Snacks has partnered with Feeding America®, the nation's largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization, to help fight child hunger. From now through October 2016, Welch's® Fruit Snacks has committed to providing 1 million meals to children in need.

Feeding America

I recevied complimentary product. 

Blueberry Cupcake Mystery Tour and GIVEAWAY




Purchase your copy here.
About the Book

In the small town of Abbott Creek, mystery is as much a part of daily life as The Sweet Shop’s sugar cookies.

Katie Chupp spends her days at The Sweet Shop, taking care of customers and baking delicious treats . . . not exactly a profession where one expects to be thrown into the midst of mysteries and mayhem.

But when the bakery is broken into, someone has to find the thief . . . besides finding another place to do the baking and get the orders to the customers.

Is this a random theft, or is the thief trying to ruin the town’s Independence Day celebration?

I recevied a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- Hungry for more, I bet the author has had that said a million times, but really this is a great little cozy mystery with a hint of tasty goodies. 


About the Author

Naomi Miller mixes up a batch of intrigue, sprinkled with Amish, Mennonite, & English characters, adding a pinch of mystery – and a dash of romance!

Naomi’s day is spent focusing on her writing, editing, and blogging about her experiences with writing. When she’s not working diligently to finish the next book in her Sweet Shop Mystery series, Naomi tries to make time for attending workshops and writers conferences. One of her favorites is the four-day event that the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) organization holds annually.

Naomi also enjoys traveling with her family, singing inspirational/gospel music, taking a daily walk, and witnessing to others of the amazing grace of Jesus Christ.


Naomi is excited to be doing two special giveaways — 1) a gift bag full of treats and 2) an advanced reader digital copy of Christmas Cookie Mystery (but you’ll have to wait for it)!

In the meantime, here’s the recipe for those delicious blueberry cupcakes

Blueberry Cupcakes

Ingredients
1 white or yellow cake mix
2 cups fresh blueberries
3 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 1/3 cup water

Prepare cake mix according to the directions. Add blueberries and fold into batter. Bake following instructions on cake mix box.

Icing
1 cup confectioner’s sugar
2 tbsp. milk
additional milk as needed

Directions
Prepare icing, mixing small amounts of confectioner’s sugar with milk to desired consistency. Spread onto cooled cupcakes.




To celebrate her tour, Naomi is giving away a gift bag full of treats and an advanced copy of her new book Christmas Cookie Mystery!

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Biggest Story DVD and CD Giveaway #TheBiggestStory #FlyBy




The Animated Short Film: Featuring beautifully animated illustrations adapted from the book, The Biggest Story: The Animated Short Film will captivate children and parents alike as they see how all the classic stories in the Bible connect to Scripture’s overarching message about God’s glorious plan to redeem his rebellious people


The Audio Book: This audio book of The Biggest Story—written and narrated also by the best-selling author Kevin DeYoung—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ's death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth.


Kevin DeYoung is senior pastor of University Reformed Church in East Lansing, MI, husband to Trisha, and father to seven children.


The Animated Short Film: https://www.amazon.com/Biggest-Story-Animated-Short-Film/dp/1433554801/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1470077304&sr=8-3&keywords=biggest+story+dvd


The Audio Book: https://www.amazon.com/Biggest-Story-Audio-Book-CD/dp/1433554798/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1470077385&sr=8-1&keywords=biggest+story+cd




Cassandra's review-  I would have to say that this is a great combo and anyone who takes the time to check them out will really get blessed, but at the same time enrich their family by providing them with the word of God.  


"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. 

Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. 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.”

Barbara's Defenders of Wildlife @DefendersNews @BarbarasBakery

Barbara's

Barbara’s, known for making delicious cereals and snacks from simple, wholesome ingredients, has partnered with Defenders of Wildlife – a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities – creating limited-edition collectible bracelets featuring key imperiled species. 
Four unique bracelet designs depict a wolf, sea turtle, elephant and polar bear – all vulnerable animal groups representing the Earth’s impressive wildlife heritage.

 Net proceeds from all bracelets sold will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife’s animal adoption program, with the goal of adopting 1,000 imperiled animals by the end of the campaign.
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The brightly colored collectible bracelets are available while supplies last for $5.00 each, or $20.00 for a Family Four Pack, online at shop.barbaras.com. Net proceeds will be donated to Defenders of Wildlife through their symbolic animal adoption program. All adoption donations benefit the wildlife and habitat conservation efforts of Defenders of Wildlife.

I recevied complimentary product.

Products are available at major retail grocery stores and natural food stores nationwide. For more information on Barbara’s products, please visit the Barbara’s website or Facebook page.

.@las930 and @DROP_PRICE $150 Target GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY

Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms. Price Arrow In today’s promotion for the Siliskin Straw Tops & Cups, it started out at $22.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.
Dropprice $150 Amazon Gift Card
You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!   Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.  

Giveaway: Win a $150 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of these Straw Tops & Cups and you will be entered to win a $150 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!   This giveaway ends on 9/4/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.  

What’s the Secret to Taming Sibling Rivalry? By Patty Wipfler Hand in Hand Parenting



What’s the Secret to Taming Sibling Rivalry?

By Patty Wipfler, Hand in Hand Parenting

Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges. Copyright © Hand in Hand Parenting, 2016

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It’s the one thing we hope won’t happen another child arrives in our families, but for most of us, sibling rivalry is an issue. Here’s what you can to do to calm those sibling stresses.

Watch for Triggers

Notice what likely “fight times” are. Sometimes it’s car rides, sometimes it’s during before-dinner play, and sometimes it’s when you’ve left them in a room together for more than five minutes. You know very well the patterns of upset they’ve developed.

It’s better to accept that these fights might be brewing, rather than wish they wouldn’t happen. Being prepared helps us keep a level head when a struggle erupts.

Get on Their Level

When their “gas gauge” is nearing empty, it’s time to put in more adult attention. You can fill up their capacity for tolerance and flexibility with one another. If their sense of connection with you is strong, they are better able to deal with whatever usually sets them off around their sibling.

It pays to plan. If your children traditionally get into trouble right after you bring them home in the evening, try getting down on the floor to play with them right when you walk in the door and re-establish your relaxed and warm connection with each of them. You may need to have snacks like carrot sticks and peanut butter in the car on the way home to handle any immediate hunger problems, and then dinner can be cooked after playful connections have been made.

Games like, “I have ten kisses for each of you” where you try—clumsily, playfully, and often in vain—to deposit your kisses on elbows or ears can turn into contests that put your children on one side “against” you. This gets them collaborating and brings lots of laughter and reassurance after a day of being separated. Sometimes, children will work together to “keep you away,” strengthening their bond as powerful and clever children able to evade the kisses of their bumbling but lovingly determined parent.

Hear Them Out

If a dispute occurs, let them have their say. Whether you agree or not, whether what they are saying is “true” or not, it can be very helpful letting them share their feelings. If one runs off upset, you can follow them and sympathize with their issues. Just letting them offload like this can go far in releasing the tension that makes things difficult between them. When the verbal blowup is over, it’s done. Let it go. Think of it as trash that needed to be cleared out so your children now have a cleaner, more pleasant place to play.

Here’s How it Can Work:

Here’s the story of one father who prepared himself mentally, and the good results he got from the listening he was able to do because he was ready for “trouble.”

My son, who is older, and daughter were sitting at the table. It was dinnertime, and my son almost always finds a way to get upset with his sister at dinner! I prepared myself mentally beforehand, telling myself that their fight was going to happen, and that I could intervene without getting angry.

I sat my son right next to my daughter, instead of sitting between them—which I often do to try to keep a fight from happening. We hold hands before a meal, and take a moment to give thanks. So I said, “OK, let’s hold hands.” My son immediately protested. I said, as gently as I could. “Come on, hold her hand now.” That’s all it took to get them going.

My son said, “Don’t force me!” And I said, “I’m not forcing you, but it would be good to hold your sister’s hand.” I didn’t make him do it, but I didn’t give up on the idea that he could do it. He began to cry, and ran from the table. I followed after him into the next room, and he cried, saying that how his sister always hurts him and teases him and kicks him. I kept quiet about the things I know he does to her, and didn’t argue at all, just listened to the wrongs he felt.

He cried for a long time. He didn’t come back to the table a completely loving brother, but later that night, I heard him talking to her very sweetly, saying, “Do you want me to pick you up? Want me to carry you?” Normally he doesn’t want to get physically close to her at all. And as I do more of this listening, I see that they’re starting to play together more, and he’s hugging her sometimes. It’s unbelievable, actually! I’m really excited that things are loosening up between them.

It’s a real challenge for us, because we are so tired of their fights and their attitudes toward each other. It’s hard to be kind and gentle when the fights begin. But we’re getting the payoff, bit by bit.


Patty Wipfler and Tosha Schore are the authors of
Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges.

To learn more about this unique approach to relationships in the family and get your own copy of Listen, click here.





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ABOUT PATTY WIPFLER:  Patty Wipfler is the founder and program Director of Hand-in-Hand Parenting, a non-profit established to support parents with the insights, skills and tools to build meaningful connections that parents and children need to thrive.  She is the author of Listen: Five Simple Tools to Meet Your Everyday Parenting Challenges.

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The Beauty Series Tour and Giveaway






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About the Books



Beauty for Ashes

Jazz is being forced to move and her mom has given her a major task to accomplish. She has to pack up the attic. What Jazz finds in the attic changes her life in ways she never imagined, and opens her up to life altering possibilities.

Monstrous Beauty

Ethan’s father was a piece of work, to put it mildly. His father managed to become quite wealthy before he died, yet he left Ethan deeply damaged in more ways than one. Can the love and care of a strange young woman with a past of her own free him, or is he doomed to never change?


About the Author

Carol E. Keen currently resides in Alabama with her husband and family. She spends her time writing, reading, working on photography, and working with her much loved critters. She started creating stories to share with others at the age of two years old. She was published for several years in FAMA magazine (Freshwater And Marine Aquarium) as a contributing editor. She published her first book on CD, called Simply Seahorses. She is overjoyed to be publishing her fiction to share with you now. Carol currently has more books in the “works”. Please feel free to follow her for updates.




To celebrate her tour, Carol is giving away three ebook copies of the Beauty Series with bookmark.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Charlotte and the Mysterious Vanishing Place: The Kare Kids Adventures #2 By Charles Salter Review



About the Book.

Nine-year-old Charlotte loves to explore the woods around her neighborhood in Ellicott City, Maryland. One day she has TWO surprises-she notices a patch of the forest slowly vanishing and discovers a lost puppy caught in a bramble bush.

She rescues it and takes it home. Her parents recognize it as a valuable purebred pup and locate the rightful owner. Rather than accept the owner's reward, Charlotte asks her parents to buy Cocoa the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel as the present for her upcoming birthday.

Will she sacrifice her plans for a big party at the Bouncin' Fun Zone because her parents can't afford both? Returning to the woods, she notes the sinking area getting wider and deeper and tells her parents and the authorities, who caution her to stay away. The county's geologist explains the danger of sinkholes, and Charlotte worries it will allow the other puppies to escape and get lost, too.

She keeps an eye on the kennel and sees another puppy escape and become trapped in the now enormous sinkhole. Cocoa follows it and gets trapped, too! As a fierce rainstorm arises, and the fallen tree the pups cling to begins to disappear through the opening at the center of the sinkhole, Charlotte can find no one else to help. She leaves messages but realizes it is up to her to save the pups. But it is too steep and slippery for her to crawl down and get back out. Can she rescue the pups and get out herself before the giant sinkhole swallows everything?

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I recevied  a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- A really clean and well written book for children to enjoy.   I think most children would have no problem reading the words and understanding them if they are the age to read a chapter book.  The story as a book two is easy to follow and did not need to be read in an order.  I think the author had a well thought out, easy flowing book.


Beardsmen Spirit Shampoo & Beard Wash Soap Review

Beard Shampoo & Beard Wash - Man-Sized 8.45 OZ Bottle - Nourishing All Natural Oils - Cleans, Softens & Conditions - Premium Beard Soap
About the Product

CLEAN & SOFTEN YOUR BEARD - Clean, condition and soften your beard with Beardsmen Spirit Beard Shampoo & Beard Wash. Helps to keep facial hair clean, smooth, soft and tangle free.

STOP THE ITCH - Tired of having an itchy beard? Beard Shampoo and Beard Wash nourishes the skin and helps to stop itching associated with beard growth. Plus, it also helps stop beard dandruff.

SOFT REFRESHING FRAGRANCE -The soft refreshing fragrance matches our Bold Forest Beard Oil so it will leave your beard looking and smelling its best.

ALL NATURAL OILS - Contains all natural oils, for true beard nourishment. Our beard shampoo and wash is safe to use and made in the U.S.A.


Cassandra's Review -  (Of course I had a friend use it with me) The warm and pleasing scent is very attractive and leaves the beard feeling full and enjoyable to touch. I really liked being able to try this with my man friend as it was simple to blend in and lightly lather, then rinse is simple and was done in the bathroom sink. Then I blow dried it and had very nice soft not super frizzy result.

I recevied complimentary product.