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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Moms, Win a Day Off Sweepstakes- #sponsored #giveaway #win

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:38 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post provided by Purex

Calling All Moms — Win a Day Off!
The Moms, Win a Day Off Sweepstakes has launched! 
Mothers, we salute you. You deserve a much-needed day off, and we’d like to provide it! We’ll have a maid service clean your house and do the laundry while you’re off getting a mani-pedi, hire a baby sitter to watch the kids, and have dinner delivered so you don’t have to cook! Enter to WIN a day off for yourself or nominate another deserving Mom.
Sweepstakes begins: October 16, 2013 12:00
Sweepstakes ends: November 13, 2013 15:00

Like Purex and Win More Time for Mom Sweepstakes -#sponsored # giveaway #win

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:25 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored promotion provided by Purex Insiders.

Who couldn't use a mommy shopping spree! The Like Purex and Win More Time for Mom Sweepstakes has launched! 

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Back-to-School Health Tips by Dr. Doni Wilson - Award Winning Doctor and Nutrition Specialist

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 2:34 AM 0 comments
From what to eat for breakfast, to healthy snacks and lunches that will keep your kids energized, to school year sleep recommendations, Dr. Doni’s advice will help empower families to a health start to the school year. 

 Dr. Doni, an award-winning naturopathic doctor and nutritional specialist, is committed to helping empower families with advice about natural health solutions to improve their lives. Dr. Doni is sharing top tips for back-to-school wellness -- with advice ranging from healthy eating approaches to sleep recommendations -- so families can start the school year on the right foot. 

Tip One – Start the Day with a Protein Rich Breakfast & Prepare Protein Rich Meals/Snacks 

To help regulate blood sugar be sure your kids eat a protein-rich breakfast before they head off to school, and include protein at both snack and lunch time. As you might imagine, children, just as adults, feel and learn better when they eat small “meals,” always including protein, every 2-4 hours. If I could change the definition of “snack” and “meal,” I would combine the two! I would make a meal the size of a snack and with the protein content of a meal. Plan on having a protein-rich meal ready for your child when they arrive home from school, and then another protein-rich meal for dinner. Some examples of foods rich in protein to include in your kids’ meals include: Turkey, turkey sausage/bacon, chicken, salmon, and nuts. 

Tip Two – Balance Blood Sugar with Complex Carbohydrates 

Often when we think of a snack, it is carbohydrate filled (popcorn, chips, and fruit for example). The same goes for "breakfast" (cereal, toast, juice, waffles). High carbohydrate foods raise the blood sugar temporarily, and then cause a rapid drop, resulting in decreased focus, irritability, and fatigue. Keep in mind, there are two types of carbohydrates – simple and complex. When you seek a carbohydrate, try to incorporate complex carbohydrates instead, such as brown rice, quinoa, vegetables, nuts and seeds into your diet. They leave you feeling satisfied longer and help keep your energy levels steady.

The solution for optimal health and blood sugar balance: Eat every few hours and always include a protein (known to increase energy and focus). When eating carbohydrates, try to incorporate complex carbohydrates. 

Tip Three – Shop for Health: Create a Back-to-School Grocery List that Promotes Wellness 

Empower your kids with healthy food when you see them off to school.

Here are suggested items for your grocery list (and your kids’ snack/lunch bag) that will support healthy eating during the school day. • Turkey roll: 2 slices of Applegate farms turkey rolled and wrapped in a paper towel, with an ice pack • Turkey jerky: 1 preservative free, natural turkey jerky • Hard boiled egg, on an ice pack • Organic corn tortilla chips and/or Blue Diamond hazelnut rice crackers • Sunflower seeds, shelled • Hummus in a small container • Grapes, carrots, or apple slices (show your child how to eat these with protein, not alone) • Gluten-free pretzels • Apple or berry sauce in squeeze packages

Note: Many classrooms do not allow nuts when a student in the classroom is allergic, so save nuts and nut butter for breakfast and snacks later in the day. 

Tip 4 – Offer Your Kids Food Rich in Antioxidants 

Antioxidants fight the oxidation process, a chemical reaction that can cause damage to many cells in your body. Try to incorporate foods rich in anti-oxidants into your kids’ meals. Some examples include red peppers, blueberries, prunes, pomegranates, kale, brussel sprouts, nuts, cranberries, cabbage, and beets.

You can also add antioxidant rich food into after-school smoothies. Here is one suggestion for creating a smoothie for your kids: Start with a protein powder base, like Nutrabiotic rice protein (plain, vanilla or chocolate) or The Hamptons Cleanse Shake (berry flavor – ok for kids too!) or InflammaCore (banana, orange or cherry flavor). Then add any of the following: • Cocoa powder • Stevia, liquid comes in various flavors • Proberry, berry extract • Flax oil • Cashew or almond butter • Ice 

Tip 5 – Be Sure Your Kids Get Enough Sleep 

Getting enough sleep is critically important for kids, especially as they head back to school. After a summer of late nights, it is critical to get your kids back on a schedule so they can learn and thrive at school. Here are some helpful guidelines illustrating how much sleep your kids need, based on their age.

Be sure to incorporate an extra 20-30 minutes for getting ready for bed so they have time for brushing, flossing, mouth rinse, and reading. • 3 – 6 years of age: 10 – 12 hours of sleep per day • 7 – 12 years of age: 10 – 11 hours of sleep per day • 12 – 18 years of age: 8 – 9 hours of sleep per day.

About Dr. Doni Wilson 

Dr. Donielle (Doni) Wilson is a nationally celebrated naturopathic doctor who is dedicated to maximizing the health of women, as well as men and children, through natural approaches. She is also a certified professional midwife (CPM), doula, and nutrition specialist. 

Dr. Doni started her career in a naturopathic clinic helping patients with environmental and food allergies, where she created a specialized approach to food intolerances and “eating for health.” She also created the Hamptons Cleanse – a popular nutritional regimen that reduces inflammation, heals digestion, supports detoxification, and brings the body back to a state of optimal health. She started her naturopathic practice in 2001, based on the approach she developed which starts by looking at how stress impacts health in each person’s body. Her practice also extends to helping women with hormone imbalances, menstrual irregularities, cervical dysplasia, difficulty conceiving, and recurrent infections. 

Dr. Doni is deeply dedicated to addressing ailments related to stress. She has devised treatments for stress-related illnesses, which include utilizing nutrients and herbs to balance hormone and neurotransmitter levels. Her approaches make life-changing differences in health conditions such as Depression, Anxiety, PMDD, Insomnia, and more. In her new book, THE STRESS REMEDY, Dr. Doni discusses how and why we experience stress, its impact on health and wellbeing, and offers expert approaches to reclaiming health. 

Dr. Doni earned a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University and certifications as a professional midwife and doula. She also holds a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and a bachelor’s in science from Oregon State University. 

In 2004, Dr. Doni was awarded the NYANP Naturopathic Doctor of the Year award. She is renowned in her field and, in addition to serving as the president and executive director of the New York Association of Naturopathic Physicians (NYANP), she is a member of the following organizations: American Association of Naturopathic Physicians (AANP),
Connecticut Naturopathic Physicians Association (CNPA),
American Association of Naturopathic Midwives (AANM),
Pediatric Association of Naturopathic Physicians (PEDANP) and
Association for the Advancement of Restorative Medicine (AARM). 

Dr. Doni is regularly called upon to discuss naturopathic medicine in the media and has recently appeared in First for Women, WABS Radio, Huffington Post, Easy Eats Magazine, Natural Health Magazine, Kiwi Magazine, Integrative Clinician Journal, Integrative Medicine Journal, and CNN.com.

Disclosure: This information was provided by Orchard Strategies. I received no compensation.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

God's Love for You Bible Storybook Review and Giveaway #sponsored #giveaway #tommymommy

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 9:41 AM 12 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy of the book for review. However, all opinions are my own.

When I received God's Love for You Bible Storybook in the mail this month, I couldn't wait to share with my nine year old grandson. I wanted to share God's love with him and this book is awesome! 

God's Love for You Bible Storybook encourages children to share love with others and teaches God loves everyone. Not only is this a great book to share with your child but proceeds of this book will be donated to World Vision.

God's Love for You Bible Storybook

*ages 4-9
*Contains favorite Bible stories and remarkable faith stories about children worldwide that share the themes of God's love and faithfulness
*Kids will learn about God's Word and discover that they can be a part of what He is doing in the world today
*Contains vibrant illustrations of Bible stories and beautiful photos from all over the world

You can enter on the Rafflecopter below to win a copy to share with child. You can also purchase here for $19.99

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Wednesday, October 23, 2013

2013 RED RIBBON WEEK® Oct. 23-31 #RedRibbonWeek

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 8:25 AM 0 comments


A Healthy Me is Drug Free!™

I’m a parent who believes in a drug free future for my children. Join me in celebrating Red Ribbon Week (October 23-31).

For more information, visit RedRibbon.org

Sunday, October 20, 2013


Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 5:19 PM 1 comments
Disclosure: I received a copy for review from Role Mommy and a chance to win prizes. However, all opinions are my own.


Although I no longer have a  "baby", Retro Baby provides great resources to get back to basics. I wish I this book was available when my kids and grandson were babies. If you are pregnant or have a baby, then Retro Baby is one book you need to add to your collection.

More about Retro Baby:
What do we risk by overusing baby equipment and technology? What are the best ways to help little ones build a strong foundation for growth and development?  The American Academy of Pediatrics  launched a new book  this October.  Titled Retro Baby (AAP, October 2013) and written by one of the country's most prominent and respected occupational therapists and child development specialists, Anne Zachry, PhD, OTR/L, the book emphasizes the importance of one-on-one play with children in the early stages of life, good old-fashioned bonding and recommends over 100 OT-approved time-tested activities.

Incorporating the latest recommendations from the AAP, Zachry - also a professor of OT at The University of Tennessee Health and Science Center - bases the book on her over 20 years of experience and extensive research by her and other experts in the field.  Retro Baby Covers how an infant's brain, body, motor and sensory skills develop, explains the negative impacts of overusing certain baby gear and provides specific instructions for play positions and activities that are appropriate for each developmental stage, giving parents both a starting point and guidelines to help them properly invest in their child's future.

Retro Baby arms parents and caregivers of children birth to 24 months with important advice including:
  • Activities, tips (and even homemade toy suggestions) for building a solid sensory motor foundations throughout various stages of a child's development;
  • The proper and healthy daily amount of time to use various types of baby gear; certain baby gear to avoid;
  • Tips for practicing Tummy Time;
  • Preventing Positional Skull Deformities. 

Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist and child development specialist with more than 20 years experience. Her research on this subject has been published in national peer-reviewed journals and her profession’s trade magazines as well as a number of parenting magazines. She cites and extensively supports AAP policy and is a member of the American Occupational Therapy Association and has lectured at the University of Memphis and is a Professor of Occupational Therapy at the University of Tennessee Health and Science Center. Her blog, “Pediatric Occupational Therapy Tips: (www.drzachryspedsottips.blogspot.com) averages 30,000 hits monthly.

Product Details:
Retro Baby Book
Author: Anne H. Zachry, PhD, OTR/L
Publication Date: October 2013
Price: $16.95
Available through Amazon, Barnes and Nobles, and bookstores nationwide

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Little Critter: It's True and You Go First Review and Giveaway #sponsored #giveaway #tommynelsonkids

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 8:22 AM 6 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Mommy and received books in exchange for this review. However, all opinions are my own.

My grandson loves Little Critters. He loves their antics. Little Critters have been around since 1975 and have withstood the test of time. My grown children grew up on the delightful books written by Mercer Mayer and now my grandson get's to enjoy the series of wonderfully creative books.

When he opened the package I received this month from Tommy Nelson Kids his eyes lit up when he saw 'You Go First' and 'It's True'. He couldn't wait to read them. Both books are geared toward kids 2-7, but kids of all ages will love the inspiring books.

 *This bestselling brand is now available with a  faith-inspired message!
*In It's True, kids will learn that telling a partial truth is much different than telling the whole truth
*In You Go First, kids will learn to treat others the way they want to be treated


The first book in the new Inspired Kids line featuring the famous Little Critter!
Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about Little Critter® and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.
In You Go First, Litter Critter loves being first—even if it hurts his family and friends. After several missteps, Little Critter learns that the secret to getting along is treating others the way he wants to be treated—which, in Little Critter’s case, means letting someone else be first.


Join Little Critter® as he learns why it’s important to tell the whole truth—and not just part of it.
Since 1975, Mercer Mayer has been writing and illustrating stories about a little ball of fur named Little Critter and the antics he stumbles into while growing up. Thomas Nelson is thrilled to bring this beloved brand to the Christian market with the launch of Inspired Kids, a new line of faith-based books featuring Little Critter.
Little Critter thinks that sometimes it’s easier to tell part of the truth instead of the whole truth. In this second book in the Inspired Kids line, Little Critter learns quickly that lying has consequences and that telling the truth, no matter how hard, is always the right thing to do.
Both books retail for $9.99 each and are available here and here. You can also win the set by entering on the Rafflecopter below.

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Green Giant “Raise a Giant” bully-prevention campaign- #MyBlogSpark #sponsored

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 7:59 AM 0 comments
“Disclosure: The information and prize pack have been provided by Green Giant® through MyBlogSpark.”

I know all too well about bullying, I was bullied as a child and I am so grateful my parents stood up for me and believed me. A lot of kids aren't so lucky. If your child says they are being bullied, listen, believe them. My grandson is special needs and he's been bullied. A child shouldn't have to go through school or anywhere afraid of bullies. In my community, two children committed suicide because they were being bullied at school. Don't let your child be a statistic! STAND UP!

At Green Giant® they know it takes a lot more to raise a healthy child then just getting them to eat their vegetables. Kids these days live in a world that is bigger and scarier than the world we grew up in, and they need help and encouragement to navigate that world with confidence and pride. 
Unfortunately one of the hardest things kids have to deal with is bullying. When a child is bullied by a peer it can turn his or her life into a daily gauntlet of fear and anxiety. 
That’s why Green Giant® is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and We Day Minnesota to help parents Raise A Giant and put a stop to bullying in their community.

What Does it Mean To Be A Giant? 
Being a giant isn’t about being the biggest or the best. Being a giant means standing up for others. It means lending a hand to those who are in trouble and speaking up for those who sometimes find it hard to speak up for themselves. 
Studies show that an effective way to stop bullying is for kids to simply speak up and say, “That’s not okay” when they see bullying happening. 
But asking kids to have the courage to stand up to bullying is a tall order and that’s why they need our help.
How Do You Raise A Giant? 
Green Giant is asking parents to write a letter to their kids telling them how special they are and encouraging them to be part of the bullying prevention solution by being a giant. 
To get started parents can visit our community at RaiseAGaint.com and read the letters others have written.

Help Green Giant Spread The Word:
1. Visit RaiseAGiant.com to find inspiration from the letters parents have written
to their children.
2. Start your letter by letting your child know how special he or she is. Give
examples of the unique things you love most about your child.
3. Encourage your child to always be proud of who they are, no matter what
others may do or say.
4. Help your child recognize the signs of bullying.
5. Ask your child to not stay silent when they see someone being bullied. Show
them that the right thing to do is help the person being bullied or go tell an
adult. And, if they are comfortable with it, to speak up and say something.
6. Explain to your child how bullying is never ok, no matter what.
7. Share a story from when you were a kid of a time you experienced bullying and
how you handled it.
8. O ffer some suggestions for how to deal with bullying and explain how just one
kid saying “that’s not ok” can influence other kids and help them become giants too.
9. Make sure your child knows that you will always protect and support them.
10. Let your child know that they are not alone and reassure them that you will
always work with them to overcome whatever problems they may experience.
11. Share your letter at RaiseAGiant.com to inspire other families to be a part of
the bullying prevention solution.

Here is my letter to my grandson:

Dear Cameron,

Yes, you may be different to the world, but always remember you are special and strong. Together you and I can stop the bullying by standing up. Use your voice and not your fists. Words are powerful and your words are your strength. I am always here to listen, encourage, and support you. If you are being bullied, I will believe you, I will support you, I will care, I will STAND UP!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:44 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: I'm working in conjunction with Nordic Naturals to bring this information to my readers. I received a swag bad in return.

Every parent wants their child to get good grades, but sometimes kids need an extra boost with learning. 

Two great ways to give your child a headstart is Nordic Naturals and Amazing Grades! 101 Best Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster by Pat Wyman.

One great way to support your child, is to support their school and enter the What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway. 

What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway -- September 20 to October 31, 2013

Nordic Naturals, the #1 fish oil in the U.S., is committed to giving each generation what it needs to grow healthy and strong. In addition to manufacturing premium omega-3s—which research shows support learning and focus—Nordic Naturals will provide one lucky school with $3,000 to spend on essential school supplies.
Starting September 20, 2013 and continuing through October 31, 2013, anyone can nominate a school in the Nordic Naturals What’s Essential™ School Supplies Giveaway. Grade schools, middle schools, and high schools are eligible to win. The first 500 schools entered and verified will receive a complimentary copy of Amazing Grades by Pat Wyman for their school library. In November, one school will be randomly chosen (via Rafflecopter) to win the grand prize—a check for $3,000.

Another great way to boost your child's learning potential is with Nordic Naturals.
  • Nordic Naturals is the #1-selling fish oil in the U.S. The company has many options for children and adults in many different delivery systems.
  • Omega-3 fish oils have been proven to support brain development, learning, and focus. More information can be found at www.omega-research.com
  • Nordic Naturals is committed to giving each generation what they need to grow healthy and strong.

Right now you can save with promo code: SSGIVEAWAY for 15% off of your entire order online. The promo code is good until 10/31/13.

About the book Amazing Grades:
Amazing Grades! 101 Best Ways to Improve Your Grades Faster by Pat Wyman is a one-of-a-kind multimedia book that offers the latest strategies to achieve academic goals in three learning styles—visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. It includes videos, audio mp3 files of each chapter, and tactile/kinesthetic learning style methods.
The book was a project of Pat Wyman and HowToLearn.com, which brought together 101 of the world’s best-selling authors and learning experts in 13 countries. All experts contributed to the book as a goodwill gesture (no authors take royalties). The chapter “Smart Fats: How Omega-3s Enhance Your Brain For Better Grades” was written by Dr. Keri Marshall, MS, ND, who serves as Chief Medical Officer for Nordic Naturals. Amazing Grades contains information for students, teachers and parents.

Give you child a headstart with Nordic Naturals and Amazing Grades!

Local family restaurant Jack's first to offer online ordering- #sponsored #Southern #fastfood #hamburgers #milkshakes #biscuits #chickenfingers

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 7:42 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: I received free food in the form of courtesy cards in exchange for this post. However, all opinions are my own.

My family and I love Jack's! Since the 1960's when I first appeared on the Cousin Cliff Show and ate my first Jack's hamburger I've been hooked. Now my grandson is hooked and I can't keep him away from the yummy food Jack's serves up. 

If you live in Alabama or have traveled through my great state, chances are you've eaten at Jack's, but did you know besides great hamburgers, Jack's serves up chicken fingers?

Just in time for all the great college football, Jack's, Alabama's family burger restaurant, is now among the first burger quick service restaurants in the US to offer online ordering for its customers. 

Jack’s Family Restaurants Inc., a quick service restaurant  with more than 120 locations across the southeast, understands that its customer is focused on one thing this time of the year: football. Realizing the need for fan fuel before the big game, the company has expanded its operations to make tailgating options available through online ordering.

Preorder 4 Pregame, is centered around the state's passion for football and tailgating, encouraging customers to pre-order their tailgating food, or "fan fuel" before the game. On game day, all they have to do is pick it up. 

I love this concept! The site very smartly simplifies the ordering process by helping people figure out how much they need to order (no more wondering if 2 sides will feed 10 people, etc). The layout is also clean and easy to navigate.

To learn more about Jack’s or to preorder for your pregame, visit eatatjacks.com

About Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc.
Jack’s Family Restaurants, Inc. was started in 1960 in Homewood, Ala. The restaurant specializes in burgers, crinkle-cut fries and hand-dipped shakes. Jack’s has more than 120 stores across the Southeast- with locations in Alabama, Tennessee, Mississippi and Georgia. Since 1960, many things have changed in our world, but one thing has remained the same: Jack’s is still serving up great food, with a smile.

Show some Southren hospitality and be sure to check Jack's out on FB, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The Ladies' Home Journal Subscription Giveaway has launched! #purex #lhj

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 6:13 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: This information was provided by Purex Insiders to share with my readers.

No tricks this Halloween, just a treat for you! Enter to win a FREE subscription to Ladies’ Home Journal!

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