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Sunday, February 27, 2011

Check it out... School Library Journal finds new title from Nomad Press unique!

Interested? Intrigued? Want to "check it out"?


MOONEY, Carla. George Washington: 25 Great Projects You Can Build Yourself. illus. by Samuel Carbaugh. 121p. (Build It Yourself Series). maps. chron. further reading. glossary. index. Web sites. Nomad. 2010. pap. $15.95. ISBN 978-1-934670-63-7. LC number unavailable.



Gr 3-6-The life of George Washington lends itself remarkably well to a variety of kid-friendly crafts that don't require old-fashioned materials or 18th-century skills. Children will get a kick out of some of the projects, like using a tea bag to make a map look old. Others will mystify them, especially as the crafts get more difficult and require more set-up, and not all include necessary parental warnings about safety. The projects separate biographical chapters that are thorough and clear. However, there is a high degree of fictionalizing in describing Washington's thoughts and feelings. Sidebars with vocabulary words, quotes, interesting facts about the man and his time, and "What if?" questions regarding pivotal moments in Washington's life add to the text. These sidebars, as well as amusing cartoon illustrations, make the subject light and approachable. While the text clearly paints a picture of Washington as a great man and national hero, the author also points out the mistakes he made and how he learned from them, teaching kids an important lesson about failures. While there are many biographies of Washington for this age group, and many books of colonial crafts, this one is unique in its dual purpose and emphasis on accessibility, both in terms of the text and relative ease of the activities. While the design of the book lends itself to the possibility of kids enjoying it on their own, it will be most effective in a classroom.-Heather Talty, Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City




Find out more about this and other great titles at www.nomadpress.net.

DreamWorks Theatricals Sweepstakes

You may have heard from us about the national touring production of DreamWorks Theatricals Madagascar Live! The tour recently hit the road for 2011.




There are very few of us who could not appreciate the opportunity to bust out of the routine of our lives and live out some fun, magic and adventure...on someone else's dime.



Well, I'm here to tell you, DreamWorks Theatricals would like you to invite your readers to enter their LIVE THE DREAM FLY-AWAY SWEEPSTAKES by March 3. Three winners and three guests of each will be taken on an all-expense paid trip to either LA or NYC where they will have the opportunity to get inside all the madcap madness and fun of either Madagascar Live!, Shrek the Musical, or, yes -- the world premiere of Kung Fu Panda 2.



There are details below or you can simply direct readers to www.dreamworksanimation.com/theatricals for entries. Rules and regulations about the sweepstakes are available at the link.



Attached is a logo for the LIVE THE DREAM FLY-AWAY SWEEPSTAKES!



Hurry – the sweepstakes ends March 3rd.



Thank you for your time and consideration.



Three lucky grand prize winners will win one of these three packages:



MADAGASCAR LIVE AND ON THE LOOSE IN NEW YORK CITY

- Trip for 4 to New York City

- VIP tickets to see MADAGASCAR LIVE! at Radio City Music Hall from April 15-25, 2011

- A chance to meet Alex and friends backstage

- A goody bag full of fun Madagascar merchandise



SHREK THE MUSICAL IN HOLLYWOOD

- Trip for 4 to Los Angeles

- VIP tickets to see SHREK THE MUSICAL at the Pantages Theatre in July, 2011

- A chance to meet Shrek and the fairytale gang backstage

- A good bag full of great Shrek prizes

- A tour of the DreamWorks Animation campus



THE HOLLYWOOD PREMIER OF KUNG FU PANDA 2

- Trip for 4 to Los Angeles

- Tickets to the KUNG FU PANDA 2 premier this Summer

- A goody bag full of fun DreamWorks merchandise

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Winner of My American Girl - Shine On Now Campaign

I know you are all anxiously awaiting the results for the winner of the beautiful My American Girl doll.  I am so sorry it has taken me so long to post but there were soooo many deserving entries!  I am so impressed by all the wonderful young ladies that were nominated.  I sincerely wish I had a doll to give each and every one of you.  However, I sadly can only have one winner.  I wanted to highlight some of the AMAZING things that the nominees were doing to help their community and give service. 

  • Being "Good to the Earth"
  • Making hygiene kits to send to Haiti earthquake victims
  • Making dolls for an Orphanage in Africa
  • Raising money for Autism Research
  • Singing to residents in Nursing Homes
  • Breast Cancer Awareness Organizer
  • Washing dishes in the Food Pantry
  • Giving, Kind-Hearted, Sweet Spirit
  • Collecting items for The Children's Network and children's hospitals
  • Being a friend to everyone
We have some amazing young ladies nominated!  I really believe all who were nominated deserve their very own doll so I just had to choose a random winner.  The winner is Sherri J who nominated a special 7 year old little girl in her life.  She will receive her choice of  My American Girl doll to present to her special girl.

Thank you all for entering!  Thank you for taking the time to help American Girl raise $1 Million to give to 4 wonderful charities.  KEEP ON SHINING!

Check back next week for an American Girl "Back To School" review and giveaway!

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Help American Girl donate up to $1 Million to Charities and win your very own My American Girl Doll!

To foster a spirit of goodwill and help make the world a brighter place American Girl's Shine On Now™ program is a new charitable effort that harnesses the collective power of girls to help others in need!  Starting today through July 31, 2010, American Girl is calling on girls across the country to help the company give $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to the following four organizations: Kids in Distressed Situations, Save the Children U.S.A., National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, and National Wildlife Federation.  
http://www.shineonnow.com/
Simply visit  www.shineonnow.com and receive a free star(s) that girls can donate to help American Girl reach its goal of collecting one million stars by the end of the program. In addition, every time you donate a free star (you can donate up to 100 each day!), your name will be automatically entered in a daily drawing to win a new My American Girl™ doll.

As part of the Shine On Now initiative and to further encourage girls to let their spirits shine, American Girl is also launching a brand-new virtual campus, Innerstar University™—a fun, safe online world where girls learn to be their best through a variety of games, quizzes, and other enriching activities that help boost their confidence and strength. Access to the new virtual world is free with each 18-inch My American GirI doll—the company’s newly enhanced contemporary product line that allows a girl to create a special doll as unique as she is.

I am proud to be an official Parent-Partner for American Girl and Shine On Now. Through my partnership with American Girl and Shine On Now, American Girl will donate an automatic $1000 stars in my name! I am also honored to be able to select a deserving girl to receive her very own My American Girl doll! Do you know a deserving girl who would love her very own My American GirI™ doll? All you have to do is become a follower of Solutions Sleuth Blog and leave me a comment here describing your nomination (what activities the girl is involved in, how she helps others, etc.) - without referencing the girl’s identity. The winner will be encouraged to videotape/photograph the moment as she gives the doll to the girl.   All comments from the previous Shine On Now post will be counted in this contest.  Winner will be chosen an the end of the campaign on July 31, 2010.

Thank you American Girl for being an amazing company that truly cares about girls and making the world a better place, and not just about making a buck. American Girl stands for celebrating a girl's inner star - that little whisper inside that encourages her to stand tall, reach high and dream big. With American Girl's' new cause realated inititave, Shine on Now, we can encourage our girls to become their very best today, so they'll grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow.

American Girl on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/agshineonnow
American Girl on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/shineonnow
American Girl on You Tube: http://www.youtube.com/shineonnow

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Please visit http://www.shineonnow.com/ for more information about the program, the charities it supports, and the complete Official Rules for the daily doll drawing. We also encourage you to review their Privacy Policy and Web site Terms and Conditions.
Giveaway ends on July 31, 2010. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Boys Store Review and $25 Gift Card Giveaway!

I never thought I would be, but I am extremely picky about the clothes I will put on my 15 month old boy.  I don't like dinosaurs, football, soccer, any reptiles, too cutesy stuff or too feminine things.  I have 2 older girls and finding something cute for them has been way too easy!  In fact, when I go shopping for something for me or my son, I usually end up buying something for my 4 year old instead because it is just too cute to pass up!

I came across this store, The Boys Store - The Premiere site for boy's clothing and accessories, and I found tons of cute things!  The Boy's Store sells exclusively boy things so I won't get sidetracked and end up with more girl clothes my son can't wear!The shopping experience here is fun and easy!  I love that the site is categorized by Brand, Item, Age, Basics, American Made, Organic, and On Sale!  It makes it so easy to navigate to just the right items you are looking for.  The Boy's Store sells items exclusively for Boys in sizes New Born to size Junior 18!!!!  Yeah!

Check out this cute Cardigan Set by Minibasix:

And I LOVE this English Biker Jacket by Appaman:
It is very easy to shop at this site because every item has a great description of the product, washing instructions. fiber content, AND you can ask questions about each specific item!  Great for picky shoppers like me. 

If you have a boy, you have got to check out this site! 




Thanks to The Boy's Store I get to give one of my lucky readers a $25 Gift Card to The Boy's Store!  You don't have to have your very own boy to win.  Think of the great things you could get for a shower gift, grandson, nephew, cousin, etc!  Just Follow the instructions below to enter:

ENTER TO WIN:
Check out the Boy's Store
HERE then LEAVE A COMMENT FOR EACH ENTRY:

  • Follow Solutions Sleuth publicly (upper left corner) 1 Entry

  • Add my Button to your Blog - 5 Entries

  • Post about this contest on Twitter, FaceBook, MySpace, Etc. - 5 Entries Each Post

  • "Like" The Boy's Store on Facebook - 1 Entry

  • Check out The Boy's Store Blog - 1 Entry

Tiny URL:  http://tinyurl.com/2aqjoj8


Giveaway ends July 31, 2010.  Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law.The Boy's Store provided me with an outfit at no charge to review and express my opinion on.  All opinions expressed are my own and I was not paid for this post.



Monday, June 28, 2010

Shine On Now - Help American Girl Give $1M to Charities!

American Girl is introducing Shine On Now™—a new charitable initiative that harnesses the collective power of girls to help others in need. Through Shine On Now, American Girl is calling on girls across the country to help American Girl give up to $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money to four great charities: Kids in Distressed Situations, National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions, National Wildlife Federation, and Save the Children.  You can learn about these four charitable organizations by visiting Shine On Now.com

Go to Shine On Now.com and sign up to become an American Girl Ambassador and download an Official American Girl Ambassador Tool Kit.  The Tool Kit is filled with fun and actionable tips for fund-raising and volunteering.   There is also a preview link to InnerstarU to learn about the upcoming American Girl’s new virtual campus, INNERSTAR UNIVERSITY™— a fun, safe online world where girls learn to be their best!

Come back to Shine On Now on July 13 through the 31 and earn FREE STARS to help American Girl donate up to $1 million in clothes, books, dolls, and money!  For every Free Star girls donate, their name will be entered into a drawing to win their very own My American Girl doll!

I am proud to be an official Parent-Partner for American Girl Shine On Now cause-related initiative.  Through my partnership with American Girl and Shine On Now, American Girl will donate an automatic $1000 stars in my name!  I am also able to give away one FREE My American Girl doll!  Do you know a deserving girl who would love her very own My American GirI™ doll?  Become a follower of Solutions Sleuth Blog and leave me a comment here describing your nomination (what activities the girl is involved in, how she helps others, etc.) - without referencing the girl’s identity.  Winner will be chosen an the end of the campaign on July 31, 2010.




American Girl on Twitter:  http://www.twitter.com/agshineonnow
American Girl on Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/shineonnow
American Girl on You Tube:  http://www.youtube.com/shineonnow

Tiny URL:  http://tinyurl.com/254lcn9






Giveaway ends on July 31, 2010. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

American Girl The Cutest Nature Book Ever! Review & Giveaway

From the publishers at American Girl comes The Cutest Nature Book Ever!  This book is a girl's guide to having fun in the great outdoors! Designed to get girls outside, it's filled with games and craft ideas using items found in nature. Flip through the pages to find story starters and space for girls to jot down their thoughts. Plus, this book includes easy-to-follow instructions for preserving things found in nature, such as how to press leaves and flowers. Author: Carrie Anton. Paperback. 64 pages. Ages 8+

The illustrations and colors in this book are amazing!  What I really LOVE about this book is the variety of activities included.  There are crafts, story starters, poetry, quizzes, drawing, activities and more.  Whether you have 2 minutes or 2 hours to spend with nature, you can find an activity.  This book really engages girls and gets them involved in nature.  I highly recommend this book to all girls, city or country dwelling. 

Great job American Girl on another awesome book!  American Girl celebrates a girl's inner star - that little whisper inside that encourages her to stand tall, reach high, and dream big. They take pride and care in helping girls become their very best today, so they'll grow up to be the women who make a difference tomorrow.

Thanks to American Girl I get to give one of my lucky readers their very own copy of The Cutest Nature Book Ever! for FREE.  Just follow the instructions below to enter.

ENTRIES : (leave a comment for each entry)


  • Follow Solutions Sleuth PUBLICLY via Google Friend Connect (Located up on the left corner)
  • Grab my button and post on your blog -5 Entries (leave your link)
  • Post the link to this contest on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace page(s) and link back here! -5 Entries each post
  • Follow me on Twitter @SolutionsSleuth

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Giveaway ends on July 17, 2010. Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

Monday, June 14, 2010

American Girl Book - Just Dad and Me - Review and Giveaway

  
From American Girl Publishers comes this exciting new book Just Dad and Me, The fill-in tear-out, fold-up book of fun for girls and their dads illustrated by Stacy Peterson and edited by Erin Falligant.

Looking for fun things to do with Dad?  From car games to contests to secret handshakes, this book is full of fun things for girls to do with their dads. They can punch out the paper airplanes and helicopters, tear out and share the notes and gift coupons, or test their knowledge of each other with checklists made for two. And they can get to know each other even better with games and activities that are sure to leave them laughing.

My 10 year old daughter and her dad really enjoyed sharing this book together and getting to know each other better.  One of their favorite activities was the "Tunes for Two", where they burned a CD of songs that they both liked.  The book even includes two tear out CD Covers.  There are tons of activities to do in this book and vary greatly on subject and time needed to complete so it's easy to find an activity in here for everyone!  It will definitely take more than just one weekend to complete this book.  I highly recommend this book for girls and their dads.  The recommended age is 8+ but there are activities in here even my 4 year old enjoyed doing with her dad. 

Doesn't this sound like a great book for Father's Day?  Head on over to the American Girl site by clicking here to get your own copy.

Thanks to American Girl I get to give one of my lucky readers their very own copy of Just Dad and Me for FREE!!!  Just follow the instructions below to enter to win.

ENTRIES : (leave a comment for each entry)

  • Follow Solutions Sleuth PUBLICLY via Google Friend Connect (Located up on the left corner)
  • Grab my button and post on your blog -5 Entries (leave your link)
  • Post the link to this contest on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace page(s) and link back here! -5 Entries each post
  • Follow me on Twitter @SolutionsSleuth
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Giveaway ends on June 26, 2010. Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.

Winner

Congratulations to Beth!  Winner of the Pillsbury Pizza Party Prize Pack!  Thank you to all who entered!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Family Pizza Party Prize Pack Giveaway! CLOSED

Pizza nights are often a favorite way to enjoy a fun evening with the family, but is there anything better than a home-cooked meal straight from the oven?

Pillsbury’s Refrigerated Pizza Crust can help you combine the best of both worlds and get the whole family involved in making pizza night even more special.

With Pillsbury Pizza Crust, you and your family can make your own fresh-out-of-the-oven pizza just the way you want it! Our favorite is 1/3 Cheese, 1/3 Pepperoni & Mushroom and 1/3 Ham & Pineapple. Everyone can load their favorite toppings on to the ready-to-bake pizza crust and enjoy a fresh, hot pizza in minutes. You can personalize your meal even further by using the Classic Crust for a thicker, soft crust or the Thin Crust for a pizza that’s a bit crispier and just as delicious. So round up your little chefs and make their favorite night of the week even more memorable.

Thanks to Pillsbury and My Blog Spark I get to present one of my lucky winners with their very own  “Family Pizza Party” prize pack that includes a VIP coupon for a free package of Pillsbury Pizza Crust, four fun pizza slice shaped plates and Pictureka!, the find it fast game from Hasbro, which you and your family can play to make pizza night even more special.
Like Pillsbury, Hasbro knows how important it is for families to pause from hectic schedules and take part in an evening of fun. Hasbro’s Family Game Nights provide an opportunity to share an affordable night in of game play. For additional information about Family Game Night, as well as age appropriate game suggestions, visit www.familygamenight.com.

Make a pizza tonight!  Visit http://www.pillsbury.com/products/meal-solutions/default.aspx to save $0.40 when you purchase two packages of Pillsbury Pizza Crust today!

ENTRIES : (leave a comment for each entry)



  • Follow Solutions Sleuth PUBLICLY via Google Friend Connect (Located up on the left corner)
  • Grab my button and post on your blog -5 Entries
  • Post the link to this contest on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, or MySpace page(s) and link back here! -5 Entries each post
Giveaway ends on June 8, 2010. Giveaway is open for the US only. Winner will have 48 hours to respond to notification with shipping info – if no response, another winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary – void where prohibited by law. Review product was provided to me at no cost. I received no monetary gain. All opinions expressed are based on my own use and experience with the item.   Pillsbury provided me with the VIP coupon for a free pizza crust, online coupon link, information, and prize packs through MyBlogSpark™.