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Saturday, July 23, 2016

#SocialSummer Hometown Tourist #1 Birmingham, AL #socialinsiders

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Join me on a hometown tour of Birmingham, Alabama. I have lived in Birmingham all of my life and never realized there was so much fun waiting to happen.

Vulcan Park and Museum



















If you want to see Birmingham up close and personal, Vulcan Park atop Birmingham's Red Mountain is the first place to stop. 

Vulcan is the world's largest cast iron statue; made of 100,000 pounds of iron and 56 feet tall, he stands atop of Red Mountain overlooking the city of Birmingham. Vulcan, the Roman god of fire and forge, was originally created in 1904 as Birmingham's exhibit to the St. Louis World's Fair to showcase the city's booming iron industry. But, Vulcan is more than a statue. Vulcan Park and Museum features spectacular panoramic views of Birmingham and surrounding areas from an open-air observation balcony atop the statue’s 124-foot pedestal. Visitors can enjoy interactive indoor and outdoor exhibits and displays that give insight into the region's geology, history and industrial growth as well as a beautiful 10-acre urban green space. With an official information center that is operated by the Greater Birmingham Convention and Visitors Bureau, Vulcan Park and Museum serves as the first stop for visitors to the Birmingham area.

The Birmingham Zoo



















Just down the road from iconic Vulcan is the famous Birmingham Zoo. One of Birmingham's most famous attraction, the Birmingham Zoo is home to many exotic animals as well as other cool attractions.

The Birmingham Zoo is Alabama’s must-see attraction, drawing more than 575,000 visitors annually. Approximately 950 animals of 230 species call the 122-acre Birmingham Zoo home, including sea lions, rhinos and endangered species from six continents. 



Birmingham Botanical Gardens















Your visit isn't complete, unless you visit Birmingham's beautiful Botanical Gardens home to beautiful floral and fauna.



No trip to Birmingham is complete without a visit to Railroad Park and a Birmingham Baron's baseball game.

Railroad Park








This urban park in the middle of Birmingham inspires you to get back to nature and take in the scenic view of Birmingham.

Railroad Park is a 19 acre green space in downtown Birmingham that celebrates the industrial and artistic heritage of our great city. Situated along 1st Avenue South, between 14th and 18th Streets, the park is a joint effort between the City of Birmingham and the Railroad Park Foundation. Hailed as "Birmingham's Living Room," Railroad Park provides a historically rich venue for local recreation, family activities, concerts, and cultural events, while connecting Birmingham's downtown area with Southside and UAB's campus.

The Birmingham Barons and Regions Field









If you love baseball, look no further than the Birmingham Barons, Birmingham's hometown baseball team.
In April of 2013, the Birmingham Barons Baseball Club played their first game in their new ballpark, Regions Field. The state-of-the-art 8,500 seat facility in the heart of downtown replaced Hoover Metropolitan Stadium, the home of the Barons since 1988. The crown jewel of Birmingham's newly developed Parkside District, features a variety of unique seating areas, creating an intimate atmosphere and offering unique views of the downtown skyline, UAB, Children's Hospital, Vulcan and Red Mountain.



I hope you have enjoyed my hometown tour to Birmingham. Y'all come back now, ya hear!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Kids Academy Math Games app Review #FreeKidsApp #MathApp #MomBuzz

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 4:43 PM 0 comments
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 Kids Academy Releases #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Android and Updates iOS Version of Math Games App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten. Kids Academy is a well-known mobile app developer working in the sphere of children’s early education. The team combines all the expertise, creativity and truly remarkable skills to develop a wide range of best educational games and fun worksheets for kids. The great news is that the team just released the long-awaited update #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths App for Kids in Preschool & Kindergarten - iOS version of the app.
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This best math app for kids in preschool and kindergarten offers a great variety of fun educational games for kids. Children will get a fantastic chance to:

• train their brains • enhance their attention and concentration • improve their cognitive skills • learn to follow instructions
While playing the fun math games, little mathematicians will grasp their numbers, addition and subtraction facts in a fun and enjoyable way. Kids will trace numbers, master their geometric shapes, practice skip counting and acquire other useful skills too. The cool math games by Kids Academy are based on the famous Singapore Math method. They help children visualize math problems and solve them in a simple way. You can find a number of best educational apps for children by Kids Academy featured in the Family section of the Android store in the USA, Australia and Canada. This featuring is a reliable indicator of high quality and value of the fun educational games created by this team. android google play

NEWLY RELEASED

We have more terrific news from Kids Academy. Available NOW is the long-awaited Android version of their cool #1 Math Games: Singapore Maths AppThis App is awesome! My grandson struggles with math and this app helped him through various math skills. The interactive games are not only fun, but educational. If your child struggles with math, #1 Math Games Singapore Maths is the app for you!

This app has it all! It boasts hundreds of new cool math games, videos and interactive surprises. Your kid is sure to love the new innovative system of motivation and rewards, lively music, colorful graphics and amusing animation. Parents will be happy too – while kids play the new fun math games, they will not need any assistance from grown-up. itunes app store Apple users can download the new Version 3.0.0 of the best educational app from Kids Academy now, Android users can download here after the release in mid-May! But that's not all. You can also try out the impressive collection of free printable worksheets and educational games on Kids Academy website. View a great variety of pre-school and kindergarten worksheets by topic and choose the perfect printables for your little learners. Download and print out the fun worksheets and give your kid a wonderful head start on math, writing, reading and other useful skills.

Click here to check out the Free cute worksheets for learning kids.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

May 3rd is #WorldAsthmaDay #AsthmaChat

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Did you know that May 3rd is #WorldAsthmaDay? Take action to help the world breathe easier. Join the conversation: #AsthmaChat http://curec.lk/1W4VFLd

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Purex® plus Clorox 2® Detergent Review #spon #purrex

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 6:36 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: "The Purex® brand provided me with a sample of Purex® plus Clorox 2® detergent in exchange for a product review. However all the opinions expressed here are my own"


Stain, stain go away.... if you're like me, sometimes stains just won't go away, especially if you have an active, 12 year old boy who likes to play outside in the dirt, mud, and creek.

Stains were a huge problem until I received Purex® plus Clorox 2® Detergent. This new detergent from Purex works on 100 stains, so there is nothing my grandson can throw at me that Purex® plus Clorox 2® Detergent can't tackle!


Product information:
Purex® plus Clorox2 detergent is specially formulated with Clorox 2® stain-fighting enzymes to remove the toughest stains. Works with all washing machines, including High-Efficiency (HE).
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  • Works with 100 stains
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  • Safe for colors (contains no chlorine bleach)
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Got stains? Not anymore thanks to Purex® plus Clorox 2® Detergent !


Saturday, April 30, 2016

Guns, Gangs and God: The State of Public Schools

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:05 AM 0 comments

Parents we have a problem! The state of the public school system has gone from bad to worse in recent months. The most recent incident of a student bringing a gun to school happened in the New York School System where three teens were busted for bringing loaded guns to school (source: New York Daily News ).

Parents send their children to school to get an education, not become gang bangers or gun toting thugs.  As a parent, you need to question why guns and gangs run rampant in the Public School System. Who's to blame for this major problem with our schools? 

Do parents blame the teachers or principals who cannot control the out of control student? Do you blame organizations such as the Southern Poverty Law Center who sued Birmingham Schools in December 2010 for using mace on hundreds of students? According to Ebony Glenn Howard, lead attorney on the case for the Center, “We must ask ourselves, what kind of school system allows armed officers to come in and use mace on its children?” (Source: AL.com) No Ms. Howard, we must ask ourselves why so many students are out of control. 

Christian parents have enough to think about with their child being segregated into a secular school system without having to worry about guns and gangs. The problem went beyond control once God was taken out of the Public School System. A lot of parent's don't have the option of home schooling or sending their child to private school because the cost is too expensive. Some private schools charge as much as a two year college.

What are concerned parents supposed to do about this growing problem? Parent's need to make the teachers, principals, and administrators accountable, demand action and attend meetings to voice their concerns.

God needs to be back in the Public School System. Without Him,  guns and gangs will become the education your children receive.







Wednesday, April 20, 2016

May 5th is National Children's Mental Health Awareness Day #HeroesofHope

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National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day (Awareness Day) 2016 is Thursday, May 5.

Each year, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) holds National Children’s Mental Health Awareness Day to raise awareness for children’s mental health issues. This year’s event -- themed Finding Help. Finding Hope. -- is all about access to these care services – what resources are available and how they can be found.

People can attend the event in DC on May 5th or - for the first time - participate in the onstage discussion online during the Awareness Day Live! Webcast. If you’d like to get involved in the conversation, here is how:

·       Attend the free Event:  
May 5th, 7:00pm EST
The George Washington University School of Media & Public Affairs’ Jack Morton Auditorium
805 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20052
·       Watch live via Awareness Day Live!: https://nvite.com/HeroesOfHope/ae59
·       Tweet to join the conversation: Send questions, insights or ideas using #HeroesofHope

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Orkin Mosquito Summer Scientist Giveaway ends May 8th #LearnWithOrkin

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 12:00 AM 49 comments
Disclosure: I received a blogger pack in exchange for this post and giveaway.




Their creepy and crawly, but bugs can be fun with the Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit!

Summer is almost here! That means picnics, baseball games, barbecues and all the fun of enjoying the great outdoors with your family. There’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors, though: mosquitoes! They not only are a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. Fortunately, the experts at Orkin study the science of mosquitoes and other pests closely in order to better tailor plans that help keep them out of your home this summer.

To help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features its deep scientific knowledge of mosquitoes.

About Orkin Mosquito

Are you prepared for mosquito season this year?
At Orkin, we use the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that's right for your needs. To learn more about our pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.
Orkin on Facebook: facebook.com/OrkinPestControl 
Ask The Orkin Man® on Twitter: twitter.com/TheOrkinMan 
Orkin YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/OrkinVideo

• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.
• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.
• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!



One lucky winner will win an Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit.
The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family! Each pack includes:
2 Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
2 Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
2 See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
2 Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.
Go bug crazy this summer with Orkin's Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit by entering on the Rafflecopter below. Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please. Winner has 48 hours to respond to winning email.

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