Monday, August 31, 2015

Baby Shower Giveaway ($340ARV) US 9/21

 Welcome to the HUGE baby shower Giveaway! This HUGE prize pack is valued at over $340 and offers many awesome products a pregnant Mom needs for their new baby herself!

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This HUGE prize pack is valued at over $340 and includes:
  • ILuvbamboo- six pack of baby bamboo wash cloths
  • Sister Chic- Binki Band
  • Pretty Pushers-  Lavender/Grey Transition Gown
  • Pediped Originals- Gender and Size of choice
  • Dreambaby® -  Stroller Net and Stroller Hook
  • Halo- Sleep Sack Choice of Size (NB or small) and Gender
  • Baby Comfy Care- Safety Nail Clippers
  • I See Me- Personalized Book Hello World, It's Me!
  • Baby Mantra- Baby Massage Oil
  • Ham Cheeks- One Size Diaper
  • Mam- $25 Prize Pack of Mam Products
  • B.Box- Diaper Wallet
  • Belli- Anti-Blemish Face Wash 

Friday, August 28, 2015

Shark Rocket DeluxePro Giveaway! US 9/21

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Off to College with Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro Giveaway


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Sponsor: Shark

Co-host: The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass

  Are you or one of your kids going off to college this year? When you move from home there is a huge list of items you need to make sure you have. The Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro is a must! This stick vac will keep your dorm or off campus housing perfectly clean easily and it doesn't take up much space! For full review click here.  

Thanks to Shark one lucky reader will receive a Shark® Rocket® DeluxePro! This giveaway is US, 18 or older. Only one entrant per household. Giveaway ends on 9/21 11:59 PM EST . Winner will be notified by email and has 24 hours to respond. If there is no response during that time a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck Everyone!!!   

The bloggers promoting this giveaway are not responsible for prize distribution. The sponsor will be responsible to distribute the prize. This contest is not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media.

Back to School Around the World with Little Passports!

Little Passports
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 Back to School Around the World
It’s that time of year again when the kids head back to school! Check out Little Passports' most recent blog, Back to school around the World. This back to school round-up of popular posts will help you ease your way out of summer and into the school year.

Kids love seeing what other kids around the world eat for lunch and how they celebrate the first day of school. Plus, learn about a fun school activity that will inspire kids to learn new languages!

Interested in more Little Passports blog posts? Search the Little Passports Blog.

CompAndSave: Ink Fridays - FREE Tote Bag!

Free Tote Bag with $10+ Ink and Toner Cartridge Order
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Ink Fridays at CompAndSave

Ink Fridays™ deal every printer owner will love! For a limited time only “Get a Free Tote Bag on orders $10 and up”. Whether your still finishing up Back-to-School shopping or just stocking up, you can save big on CompAndSave's selection of over 2,000 ink and toner cartridges. Included is a one-year warranty, 7-day customer support, and fast shipping. Plus, you get a complimentary tote bag with a funny brain teaser! Valid August 27th to August 30th. Use code FRTOTE at check out! Hurry limited time offer! 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

National Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway! 3 Winners! Cont. US 9/10

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National Breastfeeding Awareness Month Giveaway

Giveaway Dates: 8/26 – 9/10


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One winner will win the BeliBea Nourish Bra

See the review HERE.
and the Baby Care Basics book.
See the post about this great book HERE.

Plus 2 other winners will receive the Baby Care Basics book.

This Giveaway is valid in the Continental United States Only and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 9/10/15. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to las93063 at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. 

Disclosure: Mami's 3 Little Monkeys is not responsible for the fulfillment of the prize nor are any of the other promoting blogs are responsible for shipping of prizes. This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. You are not eligible if you have won a prize from any of the sponsors in the last 12 month. The sponsors are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contests are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway like this please email Laura Smith at las930 (at)gmail (dot) com.

Sesame Street Play All Day With Elmo NEW Release DVD Giveaway! 3 Winners! Cont. US 9/15

Sesame Street Play All Day With
 Elmo New Release DVD Giveaway

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps is honored to work with Warner Brothers Home Entertainment and a great group of fellow blogs to bring you the "Sesame Street Play All day With Elmo New Release DVD Giveaway". Three lucky winners will receive their very own copy of the amazing DVD.
  Elmo is ready to share all his favorite games with your little one as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment and Sesame Workshop, the non-profit, educational organization whose mission is to help kids grow smarter, stronger and kinder, release Sesame Street: Play All Day With Elmo on DVD September 8, 2015 for $14.98 SRP. Sesame Street: Play All Day With Elmo includes the full length episode “Simon Says,” bonus content and exciting video segment “Elmo’s World: Games.” The title’s release also aligns with the launch of the new Play All Day Elmo toy from Hasbro.  

Click Here to read the full review.
A Big Thank You To Our Sponsor

This giveaway is in no way endorsed, associated or affiliated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This giveaway is valid in the Continental United States only. Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway will end at 12:00 AM (EST) 9/15/15. 

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Holiday Contest and Sweeps received a copy of this DVD for review purposes. Warner Brother Home Entertainment will be responsible for awarding and shipping the DVD to the winners.

Volcano Facts for Kids!

Volcano Facts for Kids

Volcano Experiment - Educents Blog

Before you jump into the volcano science experiment, share these interesting facts about volcanoes with your little learners:
  • There are about 1,900 active volcanoes on the earth. This means they have erupted recently or they might erupt. Some volcanoes are extinct. Over 80 volcanoes have been found in the ocean.
  • Most volcanoes happen on fault lines, or cracks in the Earth’s surface.
  • Most of the earth’s volcanoes are in the Pacific Ocean, in an area called the Ring of Fire.
  • The word “volcano” comes from Vulcan, the Roman go d of fire.
  • Lava from volcanoes can reach temperatures of 2,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Volcanoes spew out ash and toxic gases, as well as lava and lava boulders.

Volcano Science Experiment for Kids

Check out these kids use household chemicals to recreate a volcanic eruption! 

Using the Volcano Kit from the video, little scientists are asked to mix chemicals to make the volcano erupt! This will be an experiment that Young Scientists will want to repeat again and again!

Magic School Bus Science Kits

Get an exciting new Magic School Bus Science Kit delivered to your doorstep every month for a YEAR! These science experiments for kids include hands-on experiments with magnets, water, bacteria, fungus, lights, rainbows, and more! Educents has the award-winning Science Kit subscription for 50% off (Get free shipping within the U.S. and $2/kit shipping to Canada)!

Learning Resources Pet Playland Gears Giveaway! US 9/7

Learning Resources Gears! Pet Playland Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Learning Resources

Hosted by: Savory Savings

Learning Resources Gears Pet Playland Giveaway Aug 24 - Sept 7

When learning is fun and fun involves learning, we get a lot more done and kids absorb so much more! Learning Resources is a leader in toys that are not just fun, but educational, too! One of the newest products in their Gears! Gears! Gears! line is the Pet Playland and it is so much fun! 

 If you would like a chance to win the Pet Playland Gears! Gears! Gears! set, enter with the Giveaway Tool below. If you have won a Learning Resources giveaway anytime from another blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win this giveaway. The giveaway will run from August 24 through September 7, 2015 at 11 PM CST and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older. Entries will be verified. Winners will be notified via email (consider adding to your safe list) – winner will have 48 hours to respond and claim prize or another winner will be selected. Good Luck!

Monday, August 24, 2015

Sizzling Summer Giveaway! US 9/2

Summer may be nearing an end, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the last few sizzling days with an awesome giveaway! We are also celebrating Mommy Scene's recent Green Scene Mom Award Winners, celebrating Eco-friendly product design! These sponsoring brands designed products to help kids and families beat the heat, make mealtimes easier, and stay clean, safe and cozy. Some of Mommy Scene's favorite products are featured in this giveaway; Yummi Pouch, SweatyBaby, Sudsy Dough, It's the Balm, the Olie, Suki Moon, BabySpa, FunBites and Bun Maternity!

Sizzling Summer Giveaway Prizes - Mommy Scene


Bun Maternity and nursing tank top, Short sleeve tee shirt, & Long striped tank top SweatyBaby organic performance onesie Sudsy Dough Moldable Soap with surprise toy Suki Moon Sound Sleep Crib Cushi & sheet The Olie Minkey Cat or Dino gloves, scarf and hat all in ONE! FunBites food cutter - squares, hearts or triangles! BabySpa Splish Splash gift set & biodegradable wipes It's the Balm Natural Facial Regimen Yummi Pouch Brights reusable food pouches

Enter to win all of these great prizes!

This contest is hosted by Mommy Scene and is open to US entries. One winner will be chosen and displayed on the giveaway widget after the contest ends on Sept. 2nd, 2015. Mommy Scene and participating blogs are not responsible for sponsoring brands who do not fulfill their prize obligations. Prizes will be shipped individually directly from each brand.

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Ready-to-Go Geography Lessons from Educents!

Geography Lessons - Educents Blog
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Ready to Go Geography Lessons 

World Maps are so exciting to explore. The best way to engage a student learning about the world, is to ask them to label it. The Mini Peel & Play World Map Set on Educents provides students all the materials they need to explore and label a world map. Better yet, the map is small enough to stick onto the car window while you’re traveling. It’s also easy to move the map from room to room in your house – the map has a safe adhesive that allows students to stick the map to a surface over and over again.

The Map In Action

Check out the Mini Peel & Play World Map in action during this video.

Activity Ideas

Looking for ways to make the Mini Peel & Play World Map interactive? 

Use these activities:
Label the oceans – use the labels to point out oceans around the globe.
Ask your student to match the sticker with its continent. What does your student see in that continent? What is the climate there? Is that continent above or below the equator?

After your student has placed all the sticker labels on the globe, s/he can refer to the map while responding to these writing prompts:
  • Name all of the oceans in the world.
  • Locate your home on the map. If you wanted to visit Australia, which direction would you need to travel?
  • How would you travel to Europe – by foot, by boat, or by plane?
  • Which direction does a ship need to sail to travel from South America to Africa?

About the Sets

Mona MELisa Mini Peel & Play Sets go beyond the World Map. Learn about all the themes and ways to use the sets in your lessons.
Peel and Play Educents 

Theme options: Math, science, geography, spelling, counting
Great for: all ages, visual learners, kinesthetic learners (kids will love touching the pieces and moving them around from place to place), auditory learners (sets can be combined with verbal instruction)
Parents: Stick your sets to a car window, on any wall at home, or on your child’s bathroom mirror to practice counting while brushing teeth.
Teachers: This tool will save you hours preparing any of your lessons. The labels are made and ready to go!
Homeschoolers: Provide hands-on lessons for your students! Visual learners will love the colorful map, and kinesthetic learners will enjoy sticking and unsticking parts of the map.
What’s included?
The Mini Peel & Play sets are fabrics with a safe, adhesive backing. They sets measure 11 by 17 inches.
Bonus!! You can download ready-go-to lessons to accompany the Peel & Play sets. Check out the World Map Teaching Guide.

Junior Explorers & Jungle Jim ($210ARV) Giveaway! US 9/2

Enter to win the wildest gifts for kids ($210 value)!
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Junior Explorers & Jungle Jim Giveaway!

Junior Explorers & Jungle Jim are offering a $210 prize package to connect kids to the planet! One lucky winner will receive 6 adventure kits from Junior Explorers ($105 value), a $75 gift card to Toys R Us ($75 value), and a Jungle Jim sweatshirt for their child ($30 value). Enter by September 2, 2015 for a chance to win this awesome prize!  

Enter Here!

Winkine Hobo Bag ($85ARV) Giveaway! US 9/20

Enter To Win! This beautiful Winkine Hobo Bag in the #Giveaway before it ends 9/20
This casual style canvas hobo bag is large enough for all your necessities.  Fit your laptop, iPad, folders, binders, cell phone, wallet, keys, and more in this beautiful bag.
  • STYLISH DESIGN: The carefully selected color mixture stripes, two decorated side buckles, nice faux leather trims, specially give the tote a nice fashion feeling. It fits in seamlessly with any look - from casual jeans to dazzling dresses.  [Size: 17.7*15.4*5.1 inch] 
  • HIGH QUALITY: Very well made by high quality cotton canvas as main material and polyester brown cloth as inner lining. Soft and comfort touch feel, extremely durable, sturdy and well constructed. Well sewn craftsmanship.
  • ATTENTION TO DETAIL: Strengthened top handle and bottom, beautiful faux leather trims, two side decorated buckles, carefully designed zipper head tail, all these construct a nice detail-concerned tote for you. The straps are not only adjustable and removable, it also have sturdy well made rivet and metal clasps to fasten the bag. Zip closure also adds safety.
  • MULTIPLE COMPARTMENTS: 1 * main pouch, 1 * back outside zipper pocket, 2 * interior zipper pockets, 2 * interior multi-function open pockets. Multiple layers and pouches enlarge the capacity of the bag, help organize things well and hold everything you need. It also has a purse organizer inside.
  • VERSATILE USAGE: Highly functional, roomy, convenient, and comfortable. Good to wear in 3 ways: tote, shoulder bag and cross body bag. Ideal for everyday work, school use, gym exercise, and travel etc. 

PaulaMS's Thoughts:
I received the medium bag and the size is perfect for all my needs. I have tried carrying a smaller bag like the guys do when we travel but they don't carry the laptop, cell phone charger, medicine, camera, and other things like I do. I can carry this Winkine bag everyday and have room for the extras when we travel. I'm a tactile person so one of the first things I noticed was the feel of this bag. It is very soft and smooth to the touch. I found the stitching to be straight and tight. I love the hobo bag I received. 

Would you like to own one too? You can! Winkine has offered one lucky reader the chance to win one of these beautiful bags. Just fill out the entry form below for your chance to win. Remember the more entries you complete the better your chances are of winning.
Enter To Win! This beautiful Winkine Hobo Bag in the #Giveaway before it ends 9/20

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Winkine Hobo Bag Giveaway

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Dates: August 21, 2015 at 12:01 am EST through September 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm EST

Prize:  Winkine Casual Style Canvas Hobo Bag $85 RV

Chances of winning depend on entries received.
Open to US residents 18 years and older
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Any Questions about this giveaway? Email Paula At paula_stewart (at) ymail (dot) com.

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Saturday, August 22, 2015

Wisconsin State Fair 2015 Survey - Win a Grand Champion Prize Pack for 2016!

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Wisconsin State Fair Wants to Know Your Experience This Year (2015)! 

There is a quick survey that you can take about how your experience was this year at the Wisconsin State Fair! If you complete the survey you will be entered to win the following prizes! Be sure to fill out the survey by September 4th, WI State Fair will choose the winner by September 7th and winner will be notified via email. 

Taking this survey not only helps us improve the fair for the future, it also enters you to win a prize! One lucky winner will be selected to win a Grand Champion Prize Pack to enjoy at the 2016 Wisconsin State Fair presented by U.S. Cellular, August 4-14 2016. 

This prize includes:

Four (4) Tickets for the show of your choice at the Main Stage presented by Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (Fair admission included)
One (1) Parking Pass
Four (4) Rides down the Giant Slide
Four (4) Round-trips on the Sky Glider
Ten (10) Vouchers for SpinCity Amusement Rides & Games
One (1) 6-Pack of Original Cream Puffs
$25 in Fair Bucks for food and beverage
To be entered to win the Grand Champion Prize Pack, you will need to provide an email address in order for us to contact you upon selection. Your information will not be shared with any other parties and survey answers will entirely anonymous.
Check out the Official Sweepstakes Rules here.

Do You Think Cursive Handwriting Should Still Be Taught To Kids? FREE Cursive Learning Resources and Worksheets!

Do your kids know how to write in cursive? As schools begin to accommodate new standards, the question remains if cursive handwriting will stay on the lesson plan. At least 41 states do not require public schools to teach reading or writing cursive, according to USA Today. The discussion around learning to write cursive has provoked many opinions of what’s important for future generations to know. Some suggest children should learn programming instead of how to write cursive. Others claim we lose motor skills swapping out a pen for a keyboard. The pros and cons of learning cursive has been weighed, but what will be the final decision?

Should we teach cursive? - Educents Blog

Do you think cursive writing should still be taught to kids?

Here’s how the Educents community responded:

How will they ever be able to read historical documents such as the constitution, etc if they don’t learn to read and write in cursive? -Sara J.
No, it’s not relevant anymore. Learn typing instead. -Robert C.
I don’t think it has been taught in our school for at least the last 10 to 15 years. Cursive writing will become a lost art in America. I think it should still be taught. -Claudia A.


Honestly, it’s no longer important. Teach them to sign their name; then teach them to convey their thoughts, and be persuasive, via oral and written communications. Why would we want to spend valuable school time, beyond a day or two, teaching someone to sign their name in cursive? Why don’t we spend time teaching calculations via abacus or slide rules?  -Gary F.
Yes. When my teenager who has always been homeschooled started public high school, his classmates couldn’t read his papers because he wrote in cursive and no one else did. His teacher said he always knew which paper was Hayden’s even if he forgot to put his name on it! -Kelly B. 
Yes! It’s part of my children’s 2nd grade homeschool curriculum. They just started doing it, and they are so excited about it. :) -Angela M. 
I’m a former primary teacher. Second grade is rather young to begin, but the kids are always excited about it. Don’t worry if they have difficulty mastering it at first; they will when the brain and muscles are ready. -Kathy F.

Handwriting Resources for Kids Super Cursive Freebie - Educents Blog

Web Learning Resources for Kids

Writing Programs - Educents Blog
  • Learn to Mod with Minecraft – Did you know kids can learn how to code by modifying (or “modding”) Minecraft®? Kids learn how to code in Java® and apply it to Minecraft® themed problems!
  • The WriteWell App – A simple and intuitive web-based tool that makes writing fun and effective. With its unique visual and tactile interface and library of interactive essay templates, WriteWell is a convenient tool for teachers and students at home or in the classroom.
  • Handwriting Worksheet Wizard – StartWrite helps teachers, homeschoolers, and parents create handwriting lessons quickly and easily. This program saves hours in lesson preparation time, yet allows you to easily create fun, meaningful worksheet to teach handwriting.

  My thoughts...

Personally I feel children should learn how to read and write cursive. My mom, myself and my grandmother rarely print, so if my children do not learn cursive they will struggle reading anything we ever write. SO many recipes from our family are all written in cursive, I honestly can't remember a recipe that was printed. My oldest is going into 4th grade and she has not learned cursive in school other than signing their own names. However, I have purchased cursive handwriting workbooks for her and she absolutely LOVES them! I will do the same with my boys when they are older and ready to learn how to write in a different style. I don't see the big deal about cursive being taught in school. 

What do you think?

Should we still teach kids how to write cursive? Why or why not, Leave your thoughts in the comments.