Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Green Giant Prize Pack Giveaway

I'm always struggling to get my boys to eat their vegetables. I cook healthy meals and always try to serve a side of fruit or veggies for every dinner. 

Green Giant® has made it easier for me with their Seasoned Steamers. 

We tried the Mediterranean Blend at our last meal. It was a hit. Both of my sons as well as my husband liked the flavor of the veggies. We usually have leftovers with side dishes, but we at the whole bag of the Seasoned Steamers in one sitting. In fact, one of my sons liked the Mediterranean Blend better than the main meal.

I've always believed my children learn the best when they eat well balanced meals. I'm glad Green Giant helps complete my cooking.

Green Giant is offering my readers a $1.00 off coupon to try Seasoned Steamers. To print coupon click HERE.

One of my lucky readers will get a chance to try Green Giant Steamers free through a prize pack offered by Green Giant and My Blog Spark.

Prize pack includes:

  • (1) VIP coupon for one free package of Green Giant Seasoned SteamersTM
  • Apron
  • Green Giant Serving Spoon
  • Mixing Bowl
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November 1, 2012 at 11:59 EST.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blog Tour: The Universe of Fair by Leslie Bulion Book Review

Book Review and Giveaway

Miller Sanford can hardly wait for the fall fair. H. As a sixth grader, he's sure this is the year his parents will think he is responsible enough to go alone with his best friend, Lewis. Visions of fair food, games and rides dance in his head, setting him up for what is sure will be the best fair ever.

Things don't go exactly as planned when Miller gets stuck with his 6-year-old pain of a sister Penny, and her friends and accidentally feeds them his father's potential blue ribbon pie entry. 
If that weren't bad enough, his parents have something come up and can't take them to the fair and won't let Miller go alone. After waiting for another mom to take them, Miller gives up and takes Penny and her two friends to the fair by himself.

The fair turns out to be nothing like Miller had envisioned. With no rides, no food and no money after using all of it taking care of the younger children, Miller learns the true meaning of responsibility. 

Through humor and charm, Leslie Bulion brings the sounds and tastes of a small town fair alive in a heartwarming story that captures the essence of friendship, loyalty and the value of family. Frank Dormar's lively black and white illustrations complete this endearing tale. 

Enthusiastically recommended for the middle grade reader, but will appeal to the younger reader as well. Would also make a great read aloud book for families.

Publishing Information

  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishing (Aug. 1, 2012)
  • Pages: 264
  • ISBN 13: 978-1-56145-634-5: 
  • Ages: 8-12

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

Book Review: The River of No Return by J&P Voelkel

Max Murphy can finally rest easy. In Italy, halfway across the world from the Maya Death Lords, Max can hang out with friends and eat his mom's new invention, Pizza Gelato. Nothing to worry about, right? That is until his gondola ride ends up in a fight with an octopus who tries to drag Max into the Underworld. The Death Lords have no intention of letting Max off that easily.

Max reunites with Lola, the mysterious Maya girl, in Central America. Together, along with the howler monkeys Lord-6 Dog and Lady Coco, they embark down the Monkey River while trying to outrun a hurricane. The river leads them to what is supposed to be a luxury hotel. The hotel turns out to be a frightening underground hotel of the Death Lords. Here they are given a series of tests which concludes with an ancient Maya ballgame Lola and Max must play to survive. But, what happens when it's a game you can't win? Lola and Max are about to find out.

Authors, Jon and Pamela Voelkel, continue the Jaguer Stones Series with an action packed sequel in The River of No Return which will not disappoint fans of the previous books. Especially intriguing are the secrets held by Max and Lola and the artful way those secrets are slowly revealed. The authors weave together the Maya culture and history in way that will spark the interest of young readers without boring them. The allure of the jungles of Central awaits in an Indiana Jones type adventure. Recommended as a solid, middle grade series for the action adventure lover.

Publishing Information

  • Publisher: EgmontUSA  (Sept. 25, 2012)
  • Pages 352
  • ISBN-13: 9781606840733
  • Series: The Jaguar Stones, Book Three
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