Friday, March 24, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 25, 2017)

Spring has sprung! And it's time for another Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! Let's celebrate the advent of spring by entering some of the giveaways listed below and on the right sidebar. Check back daily to see what's new! If you're hosting a giveaway (or more) on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky. And be sure to share this page with your social media friends and followers so they can join in the fun!







Sunday, March 19, 2017

Spring for Giveaways Giveaway Hop: Enter to Win a Surprise Box of Children's Books!


Welcome to the Spring for Giveaways Giveaway Hop brought to you by The Hopping Bloggers!
Co-Hosted by: Everyday Life

Each giveaway has a value of a minimum of $15, however some are worth much more. Be sure to enter to win all of them because there is no limit to how many you can win. GOOD LUCK!


For my giveaway, I am offering a surprise box of children's books! I've collected quite a few great kids' books for review, so I'm going to box a bunch of them up and send them to one lucky family!

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on April 2, 2017. Good luck!

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Disclosure: These books have been donated by publishers to facilitate reviews. I will be cover the cost to ship them to a winner. 

Friday, March 17, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 18, 2017)

Spring is almost here, although it certainly doesn't feel that way in many parts of the country. It's even been awfully chilly here in south Florida! Since we're stuck indoors trying to stay warm, let's enter some giveaways! I hope you'll join me in visiting some of the giveaways listed below and on my right sidebar. Come back daily to see what's new! And if you're featuring a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it in the linky. Don't forget to click on the Social Share buttons at the bottom of this post to tell your social media fans and followers about this page so others can join in the fun!







Make Someone Hoppy for Easter with a Custom Plush Animal from Teddy Bears Personalized (GIVEAWAY)!

If you're looking for a memorable Easter gift, hop on over to Teddy Bears Personalized! They have the most beautiful teddy bears and other plush animals that you can personalize with your very own Easter message embroidered on the animal's clothing. These high-quality animals are made from soft, luxurious fabric, and are super huggable! My kids have slept and played for years with the bears and other plush animals we've received from Teddy Bears Personalized. They even come with a free greeting card and free shipping within the United States!


Aren't they adorable! There are so many bears and animals to choose from, along with a multitude of colors of various hoodies and sweaters. And with your own unique message, no two animals are alike! Easter will be here before you know it. Be sure to visit teddybearspersonalized.com to order your Easter gifts and put a huge smile on somebody's face!

GIVEAWAY

Teddy Bears Personalized is generously offering a free personalized hoodie bear or sweater bear to two lucky winners! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends at 12:59 PM EDT on April 7, 2017.

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Disclosure: I have received complimentary plush animals from Teddy Bears Personalized, but all opinions are 100% my own.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Music CD Review and Giveaway: "Open Hands," by Laura Story

I love to listen to Christian music, so when I had the opportunity to review Laura Story's new CD, "Open Hands," I jumped at the chance. Fortunately, this album met my expectations ... and more! Not only are Laura's music and voice beautiful, but they especially reach out to touch the hearts of women and mothers.

Laura has three children (including twins like me!), and two songs particularly stood out for me as a mother. In explaining the song, "Give You Faith," Laura explains, "The most important thing that we could possibly give our children is to not just tell them about the faith that we have but to live out that faith as a family. Sometimes that means not giving them everything they want but showing them that the most important thing in my life isn't even them -- it's actually my faith in Jesus Christ -- and just point them to Jesus." She sings in "Give You Faith," "More than wisdom or wealth, More than happiness or health, May you say I gave you faith." It's such a wonderful goal for parents to have when it comes to raising children.

Another song that really resonated with me as a mother was "Grace Abounds." Laura wrote this song after watching so many horrible stories on the news and reading headlines that really caused her to reflect on the world her kids will grow up in. Laura says, "When it feels like hope can't be found, when we don't even know how we're going to put one foot in front of the other, Scripture teaches us that's when grace abounds." We all want our kids to know that life isn't always going to be great, and bad things happen, but comfort can be found in God's grace.

Watch this video of another beautiful song from this CD, the title song "Open Hands."



Honestly, I could go through every song on this CD and explain how touching and meaningful each one is, but I hope you'll pick up a copy of "Open Hands" for yourself so you can find hope and inspiration over and over again when you listen to Laura Story's beautiful voice and lyrics.


Social Corner
Buy Link on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/OpenHandsiTunes
http://laurastorymusic.com/
https://twitter.com/laurastorymusic
https://www.facebook.com/laurastory
https://www.instagram.com/laurastorymusic/




GIVEAWAY

I have been authorized to give away an "Open Hands" CD by Laura Story to one lucky winner! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Sunday, March 19, 2017. 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 on the same blog, 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.

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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. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through that link. 

Friday, March 10, 2017

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (March 11, 2017)

Are you a giveaway fan? I have to confess that I am! I love having the opportunity not only to win prizes, but also to check out new products and blogs. I hope you'll join me by visiting the giveaways listed below and on my right sidebar. Come back daily to see what's new! And if you're featuring a giveaway on your blog, feel free to share it in the linky. Be sure to click on the Social Share buttons at the bottom of this post to tell your social media fans and followers about this page so others can join in the fun!







Spotlight and Giveaway: "Izzy Kline Has Butterflies," by Beth Ain

Izzy Kline Has Butterflies
by Beth Ain

Fourth grade is here, and Izzy Kline is nervous. There are plenty of reasons for the butterflies in her stomach to flap their wings. There’s a new girl in her class who might be a new best friend. The whole grade is going to put on a performance of Free to Be…You and Me, a great show with lots of music and the kinds of big “life lessons” her mom always wants to talk about, especially now that Izzy’s dad has moved out. So many moments, both big and small, make up a year. Beth Ain chronicles them all in this funny and heartwarming novel, which allows each relatable moment to feel special and important.

A beautiful novel written in verse, IZZY KLINE HAS BUTTERFLIES (Random House Books for Young Readers) will inspire young girls to discover their inner voice.

A Message from the Author:

Here's a special message from Beth about her Butterfly Moments campaign. Follow the link for more detailed information along with a cute butterfly printable teachers can use in the classroom.

“I'm so excited to share this book with kids and their parents. Because it is written in small moments, it might just become a way back into your upper-elementary child's bedtime routine. My hope is that children will connect with all the funny and insightful things going on in Izzy's head, and that the book will give parents a way into their kids' interior life and the wide range of emotions kids this age often feel. And it might inspire them to write, too! I really want kids to see how their sweet or not-so-sweet moments can be enough to make something special -- that if they take a step back and become mindful of the small moments, they might find that poetry sometimes just presents itself out of nowhere smack in the middle of math class. I kind of hope parents will try their hand at it, too. Butterfly moments are all around -- catch one!”

Advance Praise for IZZY KLINE HAS BUTTERFLIES

"If you've ever wondered what living inside a fourth-grader's head feels like, this is it! Pitch perfect, heartfelt, and real."~Wendy Mass, New York Times bestselling author of The Candymakers

"Captures the soap opera that is fourth grade with honesty, humor, and heart."~Kirby Larson, Newbery-Honor winning author of Hattie Big Sky

“Light, bright, and believable, just right for young middle graders.”~Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Beth Ain is the author of several children’s books, including the Starring Jules series. She lives in Port Washington, New York, with her husband and two children.

Connect with Beth on:
WebsiteFacebook | Twitter | Instagram

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a paperback copy of Izzy Kline Has Butterflies, by Beth Ain! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents and ends at 11:59 PM EST on March 24, 2017

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary ARC of this book. 

Thursday, March 09, 2017

The Powerpuff Girls Are Now on Hulu! Honor an Amazing Young Woman in the #RealLifePowerpuff Contest, Plus Enter This Giveaway for 6 Free Months of Hulu!

This post is in partnership with Hulu.


Hulu is celebrating the launch of The Powerpuff Girls by highlighting amazing girls across the country!

These #RealLifePowerpuff girls are doing rad things and inspiring others along the way, whether working in the fields of science or sports, or doing great things for their families and community. Do you have an awesome, inspiring young girl in your life? Share your #RealLifePowerpuff girl by posting a photo or video of them on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and tag it with #RealLifePowerpuff and #Contest. Don’t forget to include what makes her awesome, and they might get shared and enter you to win a special PPG prize! Visit the official website for more information.

There are so many rad, amazing, inspiring young women in my life that it would be hard to single out just one! I work with a lot of wonderful ladies at the library, and my family tree is filled with accomplished young women, too! I hope you'll honor a special young woman in your life by submitting an entry in the #RealLifePowerpuff  contest!



ABOUT THE POWERPUFF GIRLS
The Powerpuff Girls centers on three sugar-coated superheroes, Blossom, Bubbles, and Buttercup, whose missions in life alternate between going to school, fighting crime, winning at hopscotch and saving the world before bedtime. The girls are frequently called upon by the town's mayor to help fight nearby criminals using their powers. While their differences cause them to squabble and tease, their individual strengths combined always lead them to victory. They rely on teamwork, trust, and friendship to thwart evil (in the most adorable way).

Hulu is THE streaming destination for the best of TV, and a great selection of films! Plus, you can stream almost anywhere, on any device, including gaming consoles, set-top boxes, tablets, mobile phones, and more. Visit Hulu.com to start your free trial.


GIVEAWAY

We’re celebrating The Powerpuff Girls' new home on Hulu with a giveaway! All classic episodes are now available to stream almost anywhere, on any device.

One (1) winner receives a 6-month Hulu gift code! The code is redeemable in the US and does not expire. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on March 22, 2017.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Celebrate International Women’s Day with Jessica Chastain and THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE

This International Women’s Day (March 8), in honor of the courageous women who changed history, I'm pleased to share this piece where Jessica Chastain celebrates the incredible story of Antonina Żabińska, whom she portrays in this month’s upcoming film, THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE.



Antonina Żabińska was a working wife and mother who, along with her husband, became a hero by saving hundreds of Jews during World War II, providing a safe haven for them in her zoo. At a crucial time of sustaining and elevating women's rights, it is important to share her story to highlight the strength and bravery of women in history who stood up to injustice. So, let's band together by taking bold action to help drive change for women through purposeful collaboration this International Women’s Day.


How Will You #BeBoldForChange like Antonina and so many others who have paved the way for women in history? Be inspired at internationalwomensday.com/BeBold.

THE ZOOKEEPER’S WIFE
March 31, 2017

The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska (portrayed by two-time Academy Award nominee Jessica Chastain) and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh of “The Broken Circle Breakdown”), have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned -- and forced to report to the Reich’s newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl of “Captain America: Civil War”). To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance -- and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

Theatrical Trailer:


Director: Niki Caro (“North Country,” “Whale Rider,” “McFarland, USA”)
Writer: Angela Workman (“War Bride”),
based on the nonfiction book by Diane Ackerman
Cast: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Michael McElhatton, and Daniel Brühl
Running Time: 126 minutes

For more info, please follow the film on social:
Official Site | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram
#TheZookeepersWife