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Friday, May 24, 2013

Rock Harbor Search and Rescue Review and Giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 12:37 PM 3 comments
Disclosure: I received a product from Tommy Nelson Mommy to review. All opinions are my own.

Growing up I loved Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys mystery novels, but that was generations ago. Today's girls love a different kind of mystery novel. They love more action and want to be more involved.  Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble is just that book!

Based on Colleen Coble’s bestselling Rock Harbor series for adults, kids will enjoy the mixture of pets, adventure, suspense, and a mystery!
*Ages 8-11
*Girls will be drawn in by the mystery and suspense, along with the social issues presented
*First book in a new middle grade fiction series

Although, Rock Harbor Search and Rescue is geared toward girls, my nine year old grandson became enthralled with the plot and characters. He couldn't wait to solve the "mystery'.

You can purchase Rock Harbor Search and Rescue by Colleen Coble for your Jr. Nancy Drew for only $9.99 at Tommy Nelson or enter to win a copy on the Rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Space Warriors Giveaway!

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 11:00 PM 31 comments
Disclosure: Walden Family Theater or Walden Family Theater supplied these materials to me to pass on to my readers. I received no compensation for this post.
Walden Family Theater is proud to announce the Space Warriors Blog App &  a chance to Win a Family Trip to Space Camp

Watch Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31st at 8/7C for your chance to win a trip for the whole family to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center's Space Camp!  Keep an eye out for the secret keyword for a chance to go on location where Space Warriors was filmed and train like a real astronaut!

In Space Warriors, six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition but they don’t realize that they will be forced to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.

Why you  will love the Space Warriors Blog App:

• Win a Family Trip to SPACE CAMP! - Tune in to Space Warriors on Hallmark Channel May 31st at 8/7c for the secret keyword to win a family trip to the U.S. Space and Rocket Center’s Space Camp!
• How Spacey Are You? QUIZ – Are you a Space Warrior? Do you use the stars to navigate your journeys instead of the map function on your smartphone? Take this quiz to find out whether you're destined to orbit the cosmos or whether you're happiest living here on this planet. 
• Prepare for Blast-off! Space Warriors Viewing Guide – Mark your calendars for May 31st and check off the boxes as you watch Space Warriors for the most spectacular, spaciest experience! 

About Space Warriors:
Six highly skilled teenagers are handpicked to be part of a summer space camp competition at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. As the competition heats up, the kids have no idea that their ultimate challenge will be to solve a life or death crisis aboard the International Space Station as the world anxiously watches.

Starring: Thomas Horn, Danny Glover, Josh Lucas, Dermot Mulroney, Mira Sorvino and Booboo Stewart.

Space Warriors is the second film in the Walden Family Theater original lineup featuring great family entertainment, airing Friday nights exclusively on Hallmark Channel. Walden Family Theater is creating films for the whole family to enjoy together, so make sure to mark your calendars and gather around the television to watch all the great upcoming films!

Past films include: "The Chronicles of Narnia" series, "Holes", "Nim's Island", "Charlotte's Web", and "Return to Nim's Island."

Official Space Warriors Website: http://spacewarriorsmovie.com/
Official Space Warriors Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NutxR0D4FxY

One lucky space fan will win Space Warriors Blu-ray Combo Pack consists of Space Warriors (Blu-ray + DVD + VUDU Digital Copy) (Walmart Exclusive) all you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below. US only. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

WummelBox Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 2:08 PM 0 comments
Disclosure:  I was sent a sample Wummelbox from the vendor, in order to write up an honest review.  The views shared are mine and mine alone.

I discovered this great craft kit called WummelBox from a few mommy bloggers and when my grandson got a chance to actually try it out, all I can say is wow!

What is WummelBox? 

  • The high-quality materials in the sets are eco-friendly! Each box includes materials like cork, sand and reforested wood. Even the box is re-useable, becoming a part of each craft!
  • Each craft is designed to be used not once but over and over again (e.g. a car, a cashbox, a windchime, etc.)!
  • Each high-quality WummelBox contains 3-4 themed-based projects (Nutrition, Sound, etc) and is designed to inspire children age 3-8 to learn and explore the world around them.
  • Straight from Berlin, projects are developed by experts, refined by parents and approved by kids!
  • Each WummelBox contains everything needed to immediately begin crafting.
  • Each box is a retail value of $35.95

My grandson received the Time Travel theme and although he's nine, he still had fun with the different crafts. His box contained cave painting, hunter & gatherer game, time machine, and stone age stories. Cameron's favorite part of the WummelBox was the time machine. 

WummelBox is a great learning tool and will provide hours of awesome rainy day fun. To learn more about WummelBox and subscribe, check out their website.

So, if your child is complaining about being bored this summer give the gift that keeps on giving. Give a WummelBox.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Snuggle Stars Constellation Bear Nightlight Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 12:18 PM 1 comments

My grandson Cameron is special needs and very afraid to sleep in his room. We were at our wits end until I discovered Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight. He loves it! I love it!

Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight is a cute little bear that lights up the night ceiling with an array of twinkling stars. Cameron is no longer scared to sleep in his room. In fact, he can't wait to turn off his light and turn on his Snuggle Stars Constellation Bear Nightlight.

Compared to other similar nightlight products on the market, Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight is reasonably priced and well worth it. You can purchase Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight for your little one for only $12.95 at Amazon.com or win your very own here until May 27th.

Product Description
Little ones will actually look forward to bedtime when this plush animal friend that doubles as a fun nightlight is waiting for them! Its soft fur is comfortingly cuddly and the projection of colorful stars keeps the scary darkness away.
Turns the Ceiling into a Night Sky
Simply press the critter's plastic shell and it becomes a projector, creating a constellation of stars that soothes fears of the dark as your child drifts into dreamland.
4 Options for Star Colors
Choose a different color every night: blue, green, amber, or a continuous loop of all 3 colors changing from one to the next every 8 seconds. It's great for playtime as well as bedtime!
Use and Care

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

"Homemade with Love" Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:37 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post and I received a copy of  Homemade with Love from Role Mommy for review. However, all opinions are my own.

I love a good cookbook, but Homemade with Love is a great cookbook!

My family are eaters and I'm always on the lookout for great family recipes and when I got the opportunity to review Jennifer Perillo's Homemade with Love of course I got excited!

After losing her husband to a tragic death two years ago (leaving her with two young daughters) - Jennifer Perillo, one of the country’s most beloved and inspiring food writers, single mom and personal chef debuts her first book:  HOMEMADE WITH LOVE: Simple Scratch Cooking from In Jennie’s Kitchen (April 2013, Running Press).  Jennie, also the regular food contributor for Working Mother magazine,  has won the hearts and taste buds of all who follow her blog, In Jennie’s Kitchen , where she shares stories about food, family, life and the crossroads where they meet.

In HOMEMADE WITH LOVE, Jennie shares with readers how to set up a homemade kitchen, including creating the perfect pantry—from the dry goods you should always try to have on hand, to what to stock in your fridge and freezer. From there she covers the everyday basics, offering shortcuts with homemade baking mixes to use as the base for all the yummy treats you’ll want to make for the family—think Clementine & Pistachio Crumb Muffins – as well as other homemade necessities like nut butters, ricotta, chicken stock, marinara and yogurt.
Recipes range from Slow-Roasted Tomato & Fresh Mozzarella Panzanella, perfect in the summertime when tomatoes are at their peak flavor, to Drop Biscuit Chicken Pot Pie, Beef Spezzatino, French Onion Cheese Buns, Crispy Spinach-Ricotta Latkes, Rosemary & Pecorino Popcorn, Cherry Chocolate Chip Friendship Cookies and Roasted Rhubarb Jam. From sweet to savory and back again, Jennie’s recipes for every meal of the day are simple enough for novice cooks who want to start cooking more from scratch, yet with flavor combinations and profiles so sophisticated they’ll entice veteran cooks as well.  

Homemade with Love is filled with lots of warm family recipes. This is a cookbook you and your family will use over and over. Homemade with Love is a cookbook I'll pass down to my daughter to share with her family. This is one of those cookbooks that gets the entire family involved in making family time in the kitchen special.

If you love to cook for your family be sure to check out Jennifer Perillo's Homemade with Love. It's sure to be a crowd pleaser.

About the Author:
Jennifer Perillo is the consulting food editor at Working Mother magazine. She has worked in some of New York City’s top restaurants including Gramercy Tavern and Alain Ducasse at The Essex House. Jennie’s recipes and writing have been featured in Parenting, Kiwi, and Relish magazines, and online at FoodNetwork.com, Parenting.com, and Cuisinart.com. She also shares stories about family, food, and life at In Jennie’s Kitchen, a blog dedicated to from-scratch cooking. She lives with her two daughters in Brooklyn, New York. For more information visit www.injennieskitchen.com.

About the Book:
by Jennifer Perillo
Running Press; Hardcover; $27.50 US/$30.50 CAN
240 pages; 8 x 10; ISBN: 978-0-7624-4723-7
E-book ISBN: 978-0-7624-4834-0
Full-Color Photographs throughout
Publication Month: April 2013

My Princess Bible Purse Review and Giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:55 AM 30 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. I received one or more products from Tommy Nelson Mommy to review. All opinions are my own.

Normally I wouldn't review girly books on my blog because I have a nine year old boy in the house, but when I got my Tommy Nelson Mommy email last month and saw My Princess Bible Purse was one of the choices I selected it for my daughter. My youngest daughter is twenty-seven but very ill and she loves pink and sparkly things, but she also loves the Lord.

This delightful book is great for princesses of all ages. Although the recommended age is 2-5 years, my daughter loves sparkly glitter and the wide handle so she can carry My Princess Bible Purse with her anywhere.

I love My Princess Bible Purse for the wonderful message it holds within its pages. Personally, I think even older little girls would love this book.

If you have a little princess, then My Princess Bible Purse is a must have!


Sparkly fun for the princess who’s pretty inside and out!
With simple text and lively illustrations, My Princess Bible Purse provides child-friendly examples of the characteristics that God develops in our lives. These qualities, such as love, joy, peace, and patience, result from the work of God's Holy Spirit in each one of us. The “carry-me” handle is perfect for little hands to pick up and carry with them wherever they go! 
You and your little princess can get a glimpse by checking out the flipbook.
One lucky little princess can win her own copy of My Princess Bible Purse by having mommy enter on the Rafflecopter below.

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:37 AM 1 comments
I love my readers and I love giveaways! I've had reader giveaways before on my blog, but recently, I've started participating in more reviews/ giveaways to show you how much you are appreciated for taking to time to stop by my blog.

The reason for this post is I want to clear some things up.

Everyone loves giveaways, but along with entering to win there must be rules to follow.

1. If you enter, please make sure your follow directions regardless of how small the prize is.
2. Most of my giveaways are open to the US only.
3. If you are selected a winner, I usually give you 48 hours to respond to the winner notification email. Now here lies a problem. Please make sure I have your correct email address, make sure you check your spam/other folder, please respond within the time frame. I do make exceptions because I've missed out. If I don't hear from the winner within 24 hours, I do sent out additional emails twice, I sometimes will hunt you down via twitter/FB but you must reply within the allotted time frame to claim your prize.
4. If you don't want the prize I am offering, please don't enter. You're wasting your time and mine.
5. I know life can get in the way and sometimes I will make allowances on time if I am the one sending the prize. Please note also, it may take me up to 10 weeks to get your prize to you.
6. I appreciate all of you and thank you for taking the time to stop by and enter my giveaways. Most of my giveaways are sponsored, so please take the time to stop my a sponsors website/FB and show them love as well.

Now, what are you waiting for.... GO ENTER A FEW GIVEAWAYS AND GOOD LUCK!

Monday, May 13, 2013

Thank You, God, for Puppies and/or Thank You, God, for Kittens Review and Giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 11:00 PM 20 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Nelson Mommy and received Thank You, God, for Puppies and/or Thank You, God, for Kittens for review. I received no other compensation. All opinions are my own.

Thank You, God, for Puppies and/or Thank You, God, for Kittens are great books that teach your toddler our little fury friends are very special creatures. These are great teaching books for a family who already has a kitten or puppy or a family that is thinking about getting an addition to the family.

God bless my puppy, and God bless me! Thank You, God, for giving him to me!
God bless my kitty, and God bless me! She’s as pretty as she can be!
*Ages 1-5
*Children will love these adorable real-life photos of puppies and kittens
*Through thankfulness for their pets, children will learn to be thankful for the many blessings in their lives

One lucky Parenting with Purpose has two chances to win these great books. You can enter here to win both books and enter on the Rafflecopter below to win your choice of Thank You, God, for Puppies or Thank You, God, for Kittens. One winner per household please. US only. Both books retail for $6.99 each and are available at Tommy Nelson.

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Sunday, May 12, 2013

Totally Toddler Giveaway Hop May 13-27 #TotallyToddler

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 11:00 PM 83 comments

Welcome to the Totally Toddler Giveaway Hop! This event is hosted by Mommy's Favorite Things and Mama's Baby Cupcakes

This hop is focused on items you'd want/need for a child ages 1-6 yrs old. After visiting my giveaway, make sure you use the linky below to take a look at the other 25+ blogs and see what they have to offer for you and your little one! Each blog has a minimum prize package of $25 per winner. 

Also be sure to check out the Grand Prize featured on Mommy's Favorite Things blog. This grand prize package is sponsored by Pediped with 3 pair of shoes in winners choice, and 2 Red Hens for a snack bag set and a Toy Nanny for a total value of just over $200 in prizes. 

Parenting with Purpose is giving one lucky reader a toddle prize pack worth $35 that includes a Snuggle Stars Constellation Nightlight, 2 Thank You God for Puppies and Kittens, and a potty training DVD. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway
Disclosure: Mama's Baby Cupcakes, Mommy's Favorite Things and the Totally Toddler participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations

Thursday, May 9, 2013


Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 11:00 PM 8 comments
Disclosure: I received a complementary copy of Lots and Lots of Monster Trucks for review. All opinions are my own. This is a sponsored post and may contain affiliate links.

Last month, I told you about Lots and Lots of Firetrucks and your response was overwhelming. A lot of my readers commented their sons would love Lots and Lots of Monster Trucks...well, your wish has come true!

Marshall Publishing & Promotions, Inc. sent my grandson LOTS AND LOTS OF MONSTER TRUCKS 2 DVD SET PLUS FREE POSTER to watch and review. I have to tell you, nine year old Cameron loved this set and couldn't wait to hang the poster in his room.

LOTS AND LOTS OF MONSTER TRUCKS 2 DVD SET PLUS FREE POSTER is an As Seen on TV product and not available in stores, but right now you can buy this great collection for only $19.95 which is 50% off or you can enter to win the collection here at Parenting with Purpose. One lucky little boy will have
have this awesome DVD collection delivered to their door. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below.
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This 2 DVD set is filled with action-packed adventure that will keep any little boy on the edge of his seat.

DISC 1 - THE BIGGEST AND BADDEST You won’t believe your eyes as these “OLD SCHOOL” muscle machines fly through the air - flipping, twisting, tumbling and crunching their way to the ground with parts exploding everywhere! See all your favorite vehicles smash, crash, spin and roll out of control! Plus there’s mud-bogging, demo derby, motocross, daredevils, truck pulls and more! Modified Chevy Trucks and Ford Trucks like you've never seen before!
DISC 2 - TOUGHEST TRUCKS ON EARTH NOW IN WIDESCREEN! Get ready for the thrill of a lifetime as we capture the incredible freestyle and racing thrills and spills action of today’s hottest monster trucks! See Bigfoot®, Tailgator, Barbarian, Bounty Hunter®, Outlaw, Hot Tamale, Avenger®, Big Dawg, Double Trouble, Toxic, Equalizer and many more! Plus, out of this world freestyle Motocross, Tuff Trucks, Quads, the car crunching Transaurus, RC Trucks, Kid KJ and more! This is one monster truck experience you’ll never forget!


Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Kick Back and Play This Summer Promotion

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 8:29 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: I posted this connection with Purex Insiders and Little Tikes. I received no compensation, but may win a gift card for promoting this sweepstakes.
Kick Back and Play!
Purex is teaming up with Little Tikes to make parents' lives this summer just a little bit easier. Enter to win prizes including a playground, a washer & dryer from LG, and a year's supply of Purex! 
In addition to a year's supply Purex Detergent with Crystals, and an LG Front Load Washer & Dryer, the other grand prize of the Kick Back and Play Sweepstakes is a Little Tikes Endless Adventure Playcenter Playground! Such a great prize for the little ones, right? 
What kid doesn't want to monkey around this summer? I know nine year old Cameron loves to run, jump, and swing at the playground.  We have super fun monkeying around and having rough and tumble fun playing pirate or exploring into unknown worlds. What's your child's favorite summer playtime adventure?

Why not make your child's summer more exciting by entering the Kick Back and Play Sweepstakes! Let's have some fun in the sun and make playtime an adventure your child will never forget!

Chick-fil-A New Salads & Wraps Giveaway & #FreshMade Blog App

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:33 AM 33 comments

Disclosure: I received this information from PartnersHub and Chick-fil-A and did not receive any compensation for this post.

We’re proud to announce the Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Blog App!

Forget about yesterday, today is #FreshMade! Each day we have a choice, a choice to do the same old routine or do something unique and different.  What have you wanted to do for a long time? 2013 is almost halfway over and it’s time to do something new. It’s time to grow, it’s time to make your dreams a reality.

Chick-fil-A is helping you make today #FreshMade, by creating new menu options that you can feel good about! They are introducing 3 new premium salads and an improved wrap all under 430 calories made with premium ingredients.

Take your taste buds to greener pastures.

WHY You will love the Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Blog App:

  • Are You A “Starter”? Quiz - Some of us wake up with pep in our step, ready to conquer the world. Others might need a little kick in the behind to inject something new into their lives! Find out if you’re already raring to to go or need a little help getting the good time rolling! 
  •   #FreshMade Activities - Select your mood and let quotes and images from film express how you’re feeling.
  •   See How We Start Fresh - Behind-the-scenes - Get a behind-the-scenes look at how the new Chick-fil-A salads are #FreshMade just for you!
Two lucky Parenting with Purpose readers will win a coupon for a Chick-fil-A salad. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below.

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