Wednesday, May 17, 2017

$100 Amazon and $100 Target Gift Cards Giveaway


Welcome to the $200 Dropprice Gift Cards Giveaway!

 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 $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Pitter & Pad and you will be entered to win a $100 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 5/30/2017; 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. Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 5/30/2017; 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.

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Hand Lettering A to Z By Abbey Sy Review



Hand Lettering A to Z: A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets
Author: Abbey Sy
Format: Trade Paperback , 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631592829
Publisher: Rockport Publishers
$22.99 US / $29.99 CAN

Hand Lettering A to Z is a fun, hands-on book in which artist and calligrapher Abbey Sy presents her creative lettering and invites artists from several countries to contribute alphabets of their own--all unique, all hand drawn. Each alphabet is paired with a collection of phrases to show readers different ways to use the lettering and have fun with it in different languages, including French, Spanish, Irish, Swedish, Portuguese, and more. Readers can use the phrases when making cards, gifts, or embellishing their journals. And unlike calligraphy, hand lettering does not require disciplined study. Hand-drawn lettering is meant to be personal and original, so even beginners can dive in!

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review-  Filled with creative and beautiful font, this book will really get your handwriting into a new style or creative way to have some fun.   Learning new ways to letter will open the door for other artwork and it is great to teach kids as well as anyone that would like a few new tricks.

Stick it to 'Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create By Bailey Fleming Review



Stick it to 'Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies
Author: Bailey Fleming
Format: Trade Paperback , 104 Pages
ISBN: 9781633222717
Publisher: Walter Foster
$19.95 US / $25.95 CAN

Stick it to 'Em is your invitation to play as you create customized stickers with sass! With just a hint of silly irreverence, this guide includes a list of colorful art tools in addition to easy drawing and lettering techniques and step-by-step tutorials, all designed to get your cheeky creativity flowing. You'll then be treated to more than 35 pages of stickers, including a selection of fully designed styles to use any way you like, a variety of stickers to color in, and blank stickers to create your own. Filled with tons of puns, wit, and wisecracks, Stick it to 'Em is your answer to getting through each day with humor and fun.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review - The book is nice and has a lot of stickers along with some that you create yourself.  While I think the sayings  might not be kid friendly, they are great for adults and kids can create the blank ones to make them a little less out there.

Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share By Lacy Mucklow Review

Mom And Me: A Side-By-Side, Fill-In Art Journal: Create, Share, And Connect Together: Mucklow, Lacy...
Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share
Author: Lacy Mucklow and Bethany Robertson
Format: Trade Paperback , 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631063343
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
$12.99 US / $16.99 CAN

This full-color art journal for moms and kids to color and draw together in is designed to be a sharing experience. Mom and child can write each other letters, draw what scares them, imagine what they want to be when they are grown up, color a scene using only one favorite color, whatever their imaginations lead them to!

Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share is filled with fun hand-lettering and artwork from Bethany Robertson along with creative prompts from licensed art therapist Lacy Mucklow. Mucklow offers up the best ways to communicate with a child through creating together; how to start an open conversation with your child; questions you can ask that will help generate thoughtful responses; and how to tailor the quality time so it's still fun and engaging for your child.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's Review- This cute book is filled with ways for parents to connect and explore feelings as well as create art with their kids.

The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook by Patsy Catsos Review

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From the leading expert in FODMAPs and IBS, this is the go-to guide and cookbook for overcoming IBS by discovering your FODMAP sensitivities and eliminating them from your diet.

Originally self-published as IBS--Free at Last! and now expanded with 50 recipes, this is the bible of the low-FODMAP lifestyle. FODMAP is an acronym for a group of difficult-to-digest carbohydrates found in wheat, milk, beans, and soy, as well as some fruits, veggies, nuts, and sweeteners ("fermentable oligo-, di-, mono-saccharides and polyols"), and this book walks you through eliminating all of them from your diet, and then adding them back in one by one to discover your unique sensitivity fingerprint. Originally developed by researchers at Monash University in Australia, the low-FODMAP diet offers relief to IBS sufferers (estimated 64 million in the US), as well as those with Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, and nonresponsive celiac disease.

The IBS Elimination Diet and Cookbook offers the theory along with a step-by-step elimination program, comprehensive Q&A's, delicious recipes, and 25 full-color photos.

I received a complimentary copy.

Cassandra's review -  The book covers a lot of the IBS issues that someone with the problem would deal with.  It helps to give guidance and a tool for leading the readers to a better food experience.   It serves as great ideas not really a plan for everyone as that would be impossible.  The reader will gain a good amount of skill from reading the book.


Help Your Child Avoid Summer Tantrums with These Tips from Brain Balance

 Summer is supposed to be full of blue skies, popsicles, and sprinklers. But it can be a lot of pressure to keep the kids occupied when school is out. It's hard for me to set the kids up with activities that keep them learning and engaged. It can be particularly tough for parents of kids with behavioral, social, or learning difficulties. 
So I partnered with Brain Balance www. brainbalancecenters . com a drug-free, holistic approach to addressing the challenges of behavioral, social, or learning disabilities—to try some of their summer activities, and to share a little bit about their philosophy. And let me tell you, their activities actually work. I'm so excited to keep this momentum going into the summer!

First, here's the context I learned from Brain Balance about why my children sometimes act up. We all know about the left and right halves of our brain—but did you know that the root cause of most learning, behavioral, and social difficulties is an imbalance between them? Left hemisphere dominant children are very detail oriented and logical, while right hemisphere dominant kids tend to be more emotional. It's because of this imbalance that programs that combine sensory motor stimulation, academic stimulation, and nutrition can correct brain imbalance and ultimately improve achievement. The activities are great for children without difficulties, too!

Now are some of those Brain Balance summer tips I told you about.

TIP 1: GET YOUR CHILD MOVING
Activities that involve active physical motion help children to read with greater comprehension and retain more information. Enjoy the spring sun by taking your child on an outdoor gallery walk, or take the fun indoors to an exploration-style, hands-on museum. Additionally, children should maintain a daily practice of prescribed left/right brain stimulating activities, including primitive reflex, core, and eye exercises.

TIP 2: COME UP WITH A DAILY SCHEDULE WITH YOUR CHILD
Routines keep children grounded—and they are especially necessary during breaks, when the regular school schedule goes out the window. Let your child have input into their schedule—it will give them agency and make them feel empowered.

TIP 3: SPEND TIME IN THE KITCHEN TOGETHER
Sugar-free, processed-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free foods bring tremendous benefit to your child's overall health and development. Spending time as a family cooking together also allows everyone to enjoy discovering healthy eating through a fun and engaging activity. It's also a great idea to let your child do simple activities like measuring ingredients, dividing up portions, and reading recipes. This reinforces their reading and math skills without making them feel intimidated. Plus, it helps you with dinner!


Not sure whether your child has a right- or left-brain weakness? Check out this simple online assessment to gain some preliminary insight into your child's functional strengths and weaknesses: https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/our-program/childs-personalized-plan/online-assessment/.

Brain Balance Achievement Centers are located all over the USA, and you can find one near you here: https://www.brainbalancecenters.com/locations/?zip=.

Would you like to get more summer activities straight from the source? Check out Brain Balance [www.brainbalancecenters.com].

How do you plan to make your child's summer productive? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

I received complimentary product.