Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Wild Kratts Unleash Their First-Ever Toy Collection at Toys "R" Us! (GIVEAWAY)

My son Caleb is a huge fan of the wildly popular Wild Kratts TV series on PBS KIDS, so we were excited to learn that there is now a Wild Kratts line of toys at Toys “R” Us! From Wicked Cool Toys, the new Wild Kratts toys include:

• Wild Kratts Creature Power Suit Set Assortment (SRP $19.99) -- Fans can “activate” the amazing powers of all sorts of interesting creatures with these Creature Power Suits, one for Chris and one for Martin, each featuring a very special vest and gloves. Collectible creature power discs, which come with a variety of the new Wild Kratts products, can be inserted into the center of the vest for endless role-play fun!
Wild Kratts Talking Plush Assortment (SRP $17.99 each) -- Kids can take Chris and Martin on virtually any animal adventure that they can dream up with these talking Kratt brothers plush, featuring Chris’s and Martin’s signature phrases from the show!
Wild Kratts 2PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $5.99 each) -- Kids can act out some of their favorite Wild Kratts adventures with these 3” Creature Power Suit figures, each accompanied by its own power animal and creature power disc!
Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment (SRP $9.99 each) -- Chris, Martin and their animal friends are ready for action in these jam-packed sets, each containing a 3” Kratt brother figure in full creature power suit, 3 animal figures, and 4 collectible creature power discs.
Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush Assortment (SRP $7.99 each) -- These soft and cuddly 6” plush animals let kids bring the wildlife adventures home like never before. They can choose from Wild Kratts animal friends Grabsy, Hipster, Koala-Balloon, Little Howler, Spot-Swat, and Shadow -- or collect them all!
Wild Kratts Createrra Set Assortment (SRP $12.99) -- Modeled after the Kratts’ own Createrra jeep from the show, each freewheeling vehicle features real working doors and comes complete with a 3” articulated Kratt brother figure ready to hop aboard for animal-centered exploration!
Wild Kratts Creaturepod Projector Set Assortment (SRP $7.99) -- Featuring 20 different images, kids can create endless wildlife adventures with this new “Creaturepod” projector set. The set -- available in two varieties, green for Chris and blue for Martin -- comes equipped with an adjustable black Velcro wrist strap, so young explorers can bring the adventures along with them -- anywhere they roam!

In addition, the very first Wild Kratts book, Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins! (SRP: $3.99) is now available from Random House Kids. The book follows Chris and Martin as they travel to animal habitats all around the globe! Young readers ages 4-6 will “dive in” to this Step 2 Reader book -- featuring basic vocabulary and short sentences to tell simple stories -- and join the Kratt brothers as they activate their Creature Power Suits to swim with sharks, whales, and other fascinating creatures of the sea!

If your child is a Wild Kratts fan like mine, he or she will certainly love the new Wild Kratts toys and book now available at Toys “R” Us! And don’t forget to continue to check out the Wild Kratts TV series, which airs daily on PBS KIDS (check local listings).

P.S. Here’s a gift for you, too … a special Wild Kratts-inspired tip sheet full of creative ways for kids and families to set out on their own animal explorations! (Right-click on the photo below to save to your computer and print!)


Find more on Wild Kratts:

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive one Wild Kratts 4PK Figure Set Assortment, one Wild Kratts Wildlife Plush and the Wild Kratts book, Wild Sea Creatures: Sharks, Whales and Dolphins! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:50 PM on Thursday, September 4, 2014.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Back to School with Fun New Products from Post-it Brand!

Do you remember a time before Post-it notes? It’s hard to believe we ever survived without them! I use them all the time, both at work, in my home office, and for personal use. The kids use them at school, too! In other words, they have become indispensable in our lives, so I welcome hearing about the new products available from Post-it Brand! Check out some recent additions:

Post-it Pop-up Note Dispensers

Post-it Brand Colors of the World

Post-it Study Products

Post-it Super Sticky Die Cut Notes

Post-it Products Evernote Collection

The Home Collection

I received the adorable white cat Post-It Pop-up Note Dispenser featured at top for review, and I love it! It makes me smile every time I see it on my desk. The Post-it Notes come out from under the kitty’s paws, and the dispenser is filled with sand (or a similar substance) so that it doesn’t fall over and can also be used as a paperweight. Rubber dots on the bottom ensure that the dispenser doesn’t scratch my desk. And, of course, it’s refillable, so I can just keep adding new Post-it Note pads as I use them up. This product is a must-have for cat lovers like me!

As you’re seeking out school supplies at the store this year, be sure to check out the fun new products from Post-it Brand. Pick some up for your children and don’t forget to treat yourself, too!




Delicious Iced Tea Recipes from Nutiva & Numi Organic Tea!

My kids may be back to school, but it’s still feeling like summer here with plenty of hot days! Instead of a sugary soda, I love to kick back with a refreshing glass of iced tea. I was recently sent these fun recipes from Nutiva and Numi Organic Tea, which combine Nutiva’s Organic Black and White chia seeds with Numi’s Organic Tea blends for a nutritious and satisfying beverage!

Chia seeds, I learned, are a rich source of protein, antioxidants, essential omega-3 fatty acids and fiber. They are also an excellent source of essential minerals like phosphorous, manganese, calcium, sodium and potassium. I hope you’ll mix up some of the recipes below for some wonderful variations on iced tea!

Iced Tea + Lemonade with Chia Seeds

Chia adds a superfood boost, while lemonade adds a light sweetness to the crisp, refreshing flavor of black tea.

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. Nutiva Organic Black Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp. water, room temperature
1 Numi Organic Tea - Breakfast Blend black tea bag
½ cup water, boiling
½ cup lemonade
Ice cubes
Lemon slices

Directions
1. Add chia seeds to 2 tbsp. of room temperature water. Stir to combine, and set aside for 5 minutes, until chia softens.
2. Meanwhile, bring ½ cup of water to boil.
3. Steep tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes.
4. Discard tea bag and pour tea into a tall glass. Add lemonade and chia seeds and stir to combine.
5. Top with ice, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.

Iced Green Tea with White Chia Seeds

Iced Green Tea is the perfect refreshment on a warm day. Chia seeds give your tea a superfood boost of omega-3s, protein, antioxidants and fiber.

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. Nutiva Organic White Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp. water, room temperature
1 Numi Organic Tea - Jasmine Green tea bag
1 cup water, boiling
Ice cubes
Sliced cucumber to garnish

Directions
1. Add chia seeds to 2 tbsp. of room temperature water. Stir to combine, and set aside for 5 minutes, until chia softens.
2. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to boil.
3. Steep tea bag in hot water for 3 minutes.
4. Discard tea bag and pour tea into a tall glass. Add chia seeds and stir to combine.
5. Top with ice, garnish with cucumber slices and serve.

Iced Mint Tea with Chia Seeds

Iced Mint Tea is refreshing and invigorating; chia seeds add omega-3s, protein, antioxidants and fiber.

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. Nutiva Organic White Chia Seeds
2 tbsp. water, room temperature
1 Numi Organic Tea - Moroccan Mint teasan bag
1 cup water, boiling
Ice cubes
Fresh mint leaves to garnish

Directions
1. Add chia seeds to 2 tbsp. of room temperature water. Stir to combine, and set aside for 5 minutes, until chia softens.
2. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to boil.
3. Steep tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes.
4. Discard teasan bag and pour tea into a tall glass. Add chia seeds and stir to combine.
5. Top with ice, garnish with fresh mint and serve. Optional: Add strawberry slices.

Black Iced Tea with Chia Seeds

Serve this delightful, slightly sweet iced tea to accompany a summer luncheon. Chia seeds add nutrients and help keep you satiated and hydrated.

Ingredients
1/2 tsp. Nutiva Organic Black Chia Seeds
2 Tbsp. water, room temperature
1 Numi Organic Tea - Breakfast Blend black tea bag
1 cup water, boiling
Ice cubes
Lemon slices

Directions
1. Add chia seeds to 2 tbsp. of room temperature water. Stir to combine, and set aside for 5 minutes, until chia softens.
2. Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to boil.
3. Steep tea bag in hot water for 5 minutes.
4. Discard tea bag and pour tea into a tall glass. Add chia seeds and stir to combine.
5. Top with ice, garnish with a lemon wedge and serve.


If you’d like a little bite to eat with your tea, I’d recommend Nutiva’s new O’Coconut snacks, which are made from lightly sweetened organic, fair trade coconut and have only 60 calories each. They come in two flavors -- O’Coconut Classic, which is pure coconut, or O’Coconut Hemp & Chia, which has additional nutty flavor and the nutritional benefits of Omega-3s. My husband and I sampled both of these snacks, and they were delicious! If you’re a coconut fan, these will be your new favorite snacks!

Visit www.nutiva.com for product information and more recipes!




Monday, August 18, 2014

Revisit One of Hallmark Channel’s Most Successful New Shows, "When Calls the Heart," with the DVD, "The Dance"!


One of my favorite new shows is When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel. If you haven’t had a chance to watch the show yet, here’s a synopsis:

When Calls the Heart tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher (Erin Krakow), a young teacher accustomed to high-society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal-mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Daniel Lissing), who believes Thatcher’s wealthy father has doomed the lawman’s career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate’s daughter. Living in a 19th-century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

The series is inspired by Janette Oke’s bestselling book series about the Canadian West, and reunites Oke with Executive Producer and Director, Michael Landon, Jr.


If, like me, you’re a fan of history-based shows like Little House on the Prairie or Lark Rise to Candleford, you will love When Calls the Heart. Although the first season of the show has ended (but the series has been renewed for a second season -- hurray!), you can still watch the show on DVD! A recent release is called When Calls the Heart: The Dance, and you can see scenes from it in the video below:



About the show:
When Calls the Heart: The Dance is a feature-length film from the first two episodes of the When Calls the Heart television series. New miners arrive in Coal Valley to help with the final stages of reopening the mine and the town decides to celebrate with a dance at the end of the week. One of the new miners, Billy Hamilton, has taken a special interest in Elizabeth, and she is flattered by the attention. Meanwhile, pregnant widow Carla Noonan has moved in with Abigail and Elizabeth so the women can keep an eye on her for the remainder of her pregnancy. As Elizabeth and Billy's relationship develops, Jack becomes suspicious of Billy's motives for pursuing Elizabeth so persistently.

I loved revisiting these episodes, and I am excited to see more of When Calls the Heart when it returns to the Hallmark Channel. If you haven’t had a chance to check out this wonderful series yet, I hope you’ll pick up a copy of When Calls the Heart: The Dance on DVD and get started on the adventure!






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Giveaway for the New Book, "Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?" with a Foreword by Miranda Lambert!

If you missed out on my recent giveaways for Chicken Soup for the Soul books, I’m pleased to announce that I have another one! I’m really excited about this book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? because it features a foreword by one of my favorite entertainers, Miranda Lambert. In the book, she shares her memories of her very first dog, Cooter Brown, as well as an adorable photo of her as a child, singing and dancing with Cooter. Another great thing about this book is that royalties from the book help support the American Humane Association. So, I hope you’ll check out this wonderful book, and keep reading to find out how you can enter to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?


Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What?
101 Amazing Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and Mayhem

What has that dog done now? You’ll recognize your own dog in this entertaining collection of stories about our canine companions, with chapters about dogs that save lives, dogs that help people heal, dogs with uncanny intuition, goofy dogs, and even bad, bad dogs!

With a special emphasis on the benefits and joys of adopting abandoned and rescue dogs, these loving stories will amaze you and put a smile on your face. Most of them will make you laugh out loud, some will make you tear up a little, and others will have you nodding your head in recognition, as you see your own dog in a new light.

Join Miranda Lambert and Chicken Soup for the Soul in supporting the American Humane Association by adding this book to your library or giving it as a gift to a fellow dog lover!



GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Dog Did What? 101 Amazing Stories of Magical Moments, Miracles and Mayhem, by Amy Newmark with a foreword by Miranda Lambert. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, September 1, 2014.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Friday, August 15, 2014

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (August 16, 2014)

Some of you may have noticed that there was no Super Saturday Giveaway Linky last week! I apologize. I was on vacation, and it turned out that our internet didn't work, so I wasn't able to get it posted. (I just can't blog on my phone!) So, I'm glad to announce that the linky has returned (along with me), and it's time to get back to sharing our giveaways and hoping to win some great prizes! If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please list it in the linky below. And if you're just here hoping to learn about some fun contests, be sure to check out those in the list as well as those on my right sidebar. Enjoy the rest of your summer!







View the New Trailer for "R.L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly" Movie!

R.L. STINE’S MOSTLY GHOSTLY:
HAVE YOU MET MY GHOULFRIEND?


A young magician and his two otherworldly best friends do some supernatural sleuthing in R. L. Stine’s Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? debuting on Digital HD on August 19, 2014 and on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital HD & Ultraviolet™ on September 2, 2014 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Bella Thorne (Shake It Up!, Gook Luck Charlie), Madison Pettis (Lab Rats, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3) and Ryan Ochoa (Pair of Kings, The Perfect Game) lead an ensemble cast in this spooktacular adventure with new ghosts, new thrills, and the return of some old friends. Max (Ryan Ochoa) only has eyes for Cammy (Bella Thorne), the smart, popular redhead at school. When Max finally scores a date with Cammy on Halloween, Phears, an evil ghost with plans on taking over the world, unleashes his ghouls and things go haywire. With the help of his ghostly pals, Tara and Nicky, can Max thwart Phears’ evil plot, help reunite his ghost friends with their long-lost parents and still make his date with Cammy on Halloween? R.L. Stein's Mostly Ghostly: Have You Met My Ghoulfriend? is frightful family fun!

WATCH THE TRAILER:


Mostly Ghostly, the second film based on the internationally beloved books series from legendary children’s writer R. L. Stine, is sure to be a must-own movie that will enchant the entire family!

Stay tuned to Susan Heim on Parenting for my upcoming review and a giveaway for R.L. Stein’s Mostly Ghostly!




Thursday, August 14, 2014

I’m Back ... Stay Tuned for More Content and Contests!

Hi everyone! Yes, I know, things have been awfully quiet around here for the past week or so. I had a long-awaited vacation to beautiful northern Georgia! Despite having a little “issue” on our first night there -- I tripped over a concrete parking barrier and got a radial head fracture in my arm -- we had a wonderful time and have returned to south Florida feeling refreshed and renewed! So, give me a day or two to catch up on a few thousand emails and several loads of dirty laundry, and I’ll soon be posting many more giveaways and product reviews!

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Enter the LD Products Back to School Giveaway for the Chance to Win a MacBook Air and Prize-Filled Backpack!

It’s back-to-school time, and that means that LD Products is hosting their Second Annual Back to School Giveaway! Check out some of the amazing prizes they’re offering!


LD Products’ Back to School Giveaway ends on August 20, 2014. You could be the grand prize winner or one of the 4 additional winners!





Experience Your Favorite University with Masik Collegiate Fragrances! (GIVEAWAY)

I have such fond memories of being in college. In fact, when my two oldest sons headed off to college, I was actually a little jealous! We live in a college town, and I love to drive through the campus to enjoy the sights and sounds. It really takes me back to my own years of university life, hanging out with friends, going to class, and enjoying the ambience of the campus. That’s why I was really excited to hear about Masik Collegiate Fragrances. They have actually designed men’s and women’s fragrances that evoke the experience of being at many universities in the country. Check out the video below to see how this is done:


Masik Collegiate Fragrances - Intro Video from Masik Collegiate Fragrances on Vimeo.

One of my sons attends Florida State University, so I was thrilled to see that Masik Collegiate Fragrances makes scents for those who attend or love FSU! They sent me samples of both the men’s and women’s fragrances, and they smell wonderful. Don’t tell my son, but he and his girlfriend will be getting these fragrances for Christmas! I love the uniqueness of this gift. My son already has plenty of FSU shirts, ornaments and other items, but the Masik cologne is definitely a one-of-a-kind gift that he will love! Visit masik.com/universities.php to see if Masik makes a fragrance for your favorite university!

I hope you’ll visit www.masik.com to learn more about their wonderful college-inspired fragrances. They make fantastic gifts for students, alumni, and fans for birthdays, holidays or just for fun. And pick up a bottle for yourself and your partner, too! Learn more about Masik fragrances through the links below.

• The Masik website
• The Masik Facebook
• The Masik Twitter

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Masik Collegiate Fragrance of their choice (Men’s or Women’s and school preference). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Monday, August 18, 2014. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below.