Friday, July 31, 2009

Silver Dolphin Book Review and Giveaway!

I am addicted to books. I always have been, whether it is fiction or non-fiction it doesn't matter. I love to read. And the apple hasn't fallen far from the tree. Sometimes my daughter will sit for over an hour with her books and just look through them. We spend a lot of time reading in the evening and she just can't get enough. As she is getting older and we are starting to homeschool, I am looking more discriminantly at the books she is reading and trying to find books that are exciting to her and yet educational. In my search for new books I came across Silver Dolphin Books. When I was looking through their site I was impressed with the variety of books they had to offer all age levels and all interests. I was especially interested in the educational nonfiction books that they had.

I was able to review two books from Silver Dolphin Books. The first book I received was for my two year old and it was the "Wheels on the Bus". The book is extremely cute and caught my son's eye right away. You can press a button on the front and it sings the song "the wheels on the bus". Then each page contains artistic pictures of each of the verses of the song. It is a nice, hardcover book and the last page has a surprise pop-out of the bus and the people all move on it. Since this is my son's favorite song I knew he would love the book and I wasn't disappointed. Since my son is still young, often times he doesn't make it through an entire book but he made it all of the way to the end of this one!!

My daughter loves to ride horses and so we recently started incorporating learning the parts of the horse and the breeds into our learning curriculum. She is really enjoying it but it has been hard to find a "curriculum" that isn't too much like a textbook since she is so young. So I was excited to find the book "Action Files: Horses". They say don't judge a book by its cover; but I did and I was right. The cover of the book is a dazzling lenticular cover (I had to look up the right words to describe this-it's that cool 3-d image where you can turn it different angles and the picture moves). Some of the book was a little bit over my daughter's head, which is great because she can grow with it, but most of the book could be used to teach any age. It had so much inside: 3-D horse mask, index cards about the breeds, stickers, horse poster and the history of the horse.

After receiving both of these books, I was not surprised to read and learn that Silver Dolphin Books have received all types of Parent Choice Awards. They certainly get a two thumbs up from me.

About Silver Dolphin Books :
Silver Dolphin Books publishes activity, novelty, and educational nonfiction books for preschoolers to 12-year-olds. Highly interactive formats such as the Robotic Animals and Uncover series both educate and entertain older children.

Win It:
One lucky winner will win one book of choice from Silver Dolphin Books.

To enter:
Visit Silver Dolphin Books and tell me which book you would chose
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Please remember to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. Leave a comment for each separate entry. This contest ends August 10, 2009 at Midnight. A winner will be chosen using and will be contacted via email. This giveaway is open to US residents.

Free Macaroni & Cheese

This week at Whole Foods, Back to Nature Macaroni and Cheese is on sale for $1 a box. Use this $1/1 printable coupon available (click on Ecoupons and go to the second page) to stock up on these for FREE!

Thanks Thrifty Mama!

$3 Movies @ Target

At Target right now there are a select number of movies for $5. Use the $2 off Target Staycation coupon here and get some movies for $3. Some of the movies reported to be included are:

Stuart Little
Little Women
Muppets From Space
Elmo in Grouchland

Thanks to Tara at DealSeeing Mom for this great find!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Honey Kix Review & Giveaway!-Closed

I received a package from MyBlogSpark to help spread the word about Honey Kix! I was very excited to try out a new cereal, because with the price of cereal I hate to spend so much money trying out new products in case my kids don't like it. But I didn't have to worry in this case, because they loved Honey Kix!. My kids did decide, however, they like it best as a snack instead of a morning cereal.

About Honey Kix Cereal:
Honey Kix cereal, which has all the goodness of KixŽ cereal but now with a touch of honey! Honey Kix is a good source of fiber, calcium and vitamin D, contains 16 grams of whole grain per serving (at least 48 grams recommended daily) and has no artificial flavors or preservatives. A perfect balance of taste and nutrition through simple ingredients, which both moms and kids can agree on!

Win a Honey Kix Package:
Honey Kix has given me a gift package to give away to one lucky winner. Prize package will include a coupon for a free box of cereal, an adorable honey jar, a cereal bowl, a cute little container to take your cereal and milk on-the-go, and a huge container to keep cereal fresh at home.

To enter: Leave me a comment letting me know what you do to simplify your morning routine.
For extra entries:
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Please remember to leave an email address so I can contact you if you win. Leave a comment for each separate entry. This contest ends August 5, 2009 at Midnight. A winner will be chosen using and will be contacted via email. This giveaway is open to US residents.

Solo Cup Photo Contest

What won't they come up with next? Solo now has a new party cup out, called the Solo Squared cup. It is square, designed for a more comfortable and reliable hold! And to promote it they are having a photo contest. Here's the details:

Solo Cup Company has launched an online photo contest with a grand prize of $5,000 for the best photo featuring a Solo Squared cup. You'll be able to enter your favorite photos at until August 14 and the winners will be announced on August 21, 2009. In addition to the grand prize, two $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded at the end of the contest. By entering, you'll also have the chance to win daily and weekly prizes of gift certificates and Solo products.

And the winner is...

The winner of the Jack & Lily shoes giveaway is : Bakersdozen

Winner has been notified by email. Thank you again to Jack & Lily for such a great giveaway!!!

Returning to Civilization

A month ago I headed off for a month long camping trip (with my family), equipped with my laptop in hand and plans to continue posting on my blog as I camped all over the Eastern Coast, from Florida up to Pennsylvania and everywhere in between. After three days of intermittent internet connection and frustration trying to find ways to get my posts up, I threw in the towel and decided to enjoy nature the way it was intended, without any laptops! And it was so relaxing and wonderful, I'm glad I was forced to do it. I've just now returned back to civilization (and hot showers!) and I'm geared up with more giveaways than ever, and new products I can't wait to tell you about....make sure you check everyday to see what's new!

This is a picture of my kids on a hike in Cowan's Gap State Park, PA where we saw a BIG black bear!

Friday, July 3, 2009

Publix Deals 7/1 (or 7/2 depending on region)

So, I'm on the road today...just left Georgia, headed into South Carolina. So, this week I may not get to enjoy all of the deals at Publix, but for those of you that can, here are this week's deals!

Buy One, Get One free:

Kraft Mayonnaise or Miracle Whip Dressing, Assorted Varieties, 32-oz jar, $4.29
-$1/2 from 06-21-09 SS
$3.29 for two after coupon

Lay's Potato Chips, Assorted Varieties, 10.5 to 13.25-oz bag (Excluding Baked!, Light, And Natural), $3.99
-$1 off a loaf of bread WYB one bag of Lays potato chips and one bag of Sunchips snacks Tearpad
-$1 off Produce WYB 2 Lays Chips Tearpad
-$2 off Lays Dip WYB (2) Lays Potato Chips, Any 11 Oz. + Bags
-$1/2 All You, July 2009

Oscar Mayer Lunchables, Assorted varieties, 4.15 to 4.5-oz pkg, $2.00
$1.00 for 2 after coupons

Ball Park Beef Franks, Assorted Varieties, 12.8 to 16-oz pkg (Excluding Angus) BOGO $3.99
-$1/2 from 06-28-09
$2.99 for two after coupon

Hershey's Syrup, Assorted Varieties, 18.5 to 24-oz bot (excluding Sugar Free), $1.99
-$.75/1 Peelie
-$1 off WYB 2 Hershey's Syrup & Store Brand Ice Cream Tearpad

Bush's Best Baked Beans or Grillin', Assorted Varieties, 22 or 28-oz, $2.29
-$1/2 PRINT
$1.29 for 2 after coupon

Thomas' English Muffins, The Original, Plain, 12-oz pkg, $2.99
-$.50/1 from 06-07-09 SS, 05-03-09 SS & 04-19-09 SS
$1.99 for two after 2 coupons

Deli Iced Tea, Assorted Varieties, $2.39 (BOGO)
Publix Deli Southern Style Potato Salad, 16-oz cont $2.49 (BOGO)

Free Veggie Tales DVD

Get a Free Veggie Tales DVD when you sign up for their newsletter. All you have to do is pay shipping of $2.99. You can choose from 3 different movies!