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Thursday, August 29, 2013

Avoiding the ER During Sports Season #kids #sports #injuries #school

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 9:51 AM 5 comments
Sports is in the air and so are the inevitable cuts, scrapes, and broken bones. What can a parent do to minimize these injuries? Three techniques, no ER.


Sports season is upon us, and that means soccer, basketball, and an array of other sports activities. It also means bumps, bruises, and bandages.
It’s okay to let your child play their favorite sport, but proceed with caution. Yes, your child will probably get hurt, but you can help minimize their injuries. These three techniques can save you a trip to the ER.

Play it Safe

Be part of the S.A.F.E. team.
  • Speak up. Believe it or not, your words on the playing field speak louder than your actions. If you see something you don’t like – speak up. That’s your right as a parent. One word can make the difference between your child’s safety and an injury.
  • Acknowledge. Let the coaches and other parents involved in your child’s activities know your safety concerns. When you acknowledge the possibility of injury, you put everyone on notice.
  • Formulate. A well formulated game plan pre-sports can mean an injury free game. Your child can participate in his favorite sport injury free. You can breathe a sigh of relief as well throughout the season if no injuries occur.
  • Engage. Engage other parents. If you rally the support of other parents you create a support system. A parental support system can be the first defense against the possibility of sports injuries. It is your best ally on the playing field.

Play it Smart

Be part of the S.M.A.R.T. team.
  • Set up a pre-injury plan. Plan ahead for bumps, bruises and broken bones.
  • Maximize your parental skills. Use your knowledge to minimize sports related injuries.
  • Arm yourself with information. Information is the key to safe, injury free play.
  • Realize accidents WILL happen. You can’t prevent all accidents, but you can prevent  the 80%  if prepared properly.
  • Take charge of your child. I’m not talking about being an over-bearing sports parent. Your child’s safety on the field is up to you.

Play it Simple

Be part of the S.I.M.P.L.E. team.
  • Stop trying to compete with other parents. Your child wants to play sports and have fun. A competitive parent can be your child’s own worst enemy. If you are pushy and over-bearing it can be an underlying cause of your child’s sports injury. Let them have fun, while you’re on the sidelines keeping watch.
  • Initiate a countdown to fun instead of a countdown to competition. Playing competitive sports can be a fierce game, even for a kid. It doesn't have to be win or lose. It can be how you play the game. Kids don’t have to compete. Yes, I said it! They need to have fun. Fierce competition can lead to sports related injuries – injuries that can be avoided if you initiate a competitive free zone.
  • Manage your child’s time. Sports are competitive, but can be fun. It’s not all about competition. An overactive and tired child can become an accident waiting to happen on the playing field. He doesn't have to play every sport available during school. Pick one your child really enjoys playing. If you become a time manager injuries are less likely to happen.
  • Play with your kids. They love it when their parents get involved. Get involved, but remember don’t become the over-bearing parent. There’s a difference between a concerned parent and a controlling parent. Have fun. Be part of the team. This is a great way to prevent injuries to your child.
  • Limit the amount of sports playing time. I can’t stress this point enough. Limitation of sports play is important to the well-being of your child. He has a lot on his agenda. Between school, homework, and chores, sport activities need to be limited to fit within his busy week. Limitations set boundaries. Boundaries create responsible children, and responsible children pay attention. If your child pays attention injuries may not occur. However, there is still the 80/20 rule in play. With limited sports time, accidents can decrease your child’s chance of injury.
  • Enjoy the sports. You can actually enjoy letting your child participate in sporting activities. Of course risks are involved, but if you minimize them you can enjoy watching your child kick a field goal, dunk a basket, hit a home run, or make a goal. It’s up to you.

Playing it safe is a team sport. Remember there is no I in team. It takes teamwork to keep your child safe in any contact sport. Have an injury free fun time and enjoy the game!

Disclaimer: This article first appeared on Social Moms written by me.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

KaBOOM! Imagination Playground™ Program #sponsored #childrensclaritin #playground #children #vote

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:22 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: I am a member of the Children's Claritin Mom Crew. The information below was provided to me to share with my readers.

All kids deserve a safe place to play that's why Children's Claritin and KaBOOM! are helping bring play to kids in need by offering 12 national schools the chance to win Imagination Playground™ equipment. These mobile play sets are comprised of oversized foam blocks that can be assembled inside or outside, giving children of all abilities the opportunity to foster creativity and critical-thinking skills.

Kids should have time to play -- at home and at school. We know that creative play can make kids happy and healthy, but some kids aren't getting enough of it. That's why the makers of Children's Claritin are teaming up with the national nonprofit KaBOOM! to help bring innovative play spaces to schools in need. As a member of the Children's Claritin Mom Crew, we want you to be among the first to hear about this exciting program.

Your vote can make a difference! Join Children's Claritin, the #1 pediatrician-recommended non-drowsy allergy brand, and KaBOOM! to help select 4 schools to receive Imagination Playground™ equipment. You can visit http://Facebook.com/Claritin between 8/1-10/31 to cast your vote for one of twelve finalist schools. The four schools with the most votes will win Imagination Playground™ equipment for their students.



Day 22 Purex 31 Day of Fun Giveaway Win $250 for baby needs #sponsored #win #giveaway #fun #purex

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 8:59 AM 0 comments
Day 22 Purex 31 Day of Fun Giveaway Win $250 for baby needs. 

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Day 21 of the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway #sponsored #win #fun #giveaway #purex

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 11:30 AM 0 comments
Day 21 of the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway. Win an outdoor fireplace. Enter here:

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Day 20 Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway #sponsored #win #giveaway #purex

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 8:43 AM 0 comments
I'm excited about today's prize y'all! You can enter to win $250 for a Kitchenaid Mixer and bakeware set. Enter here and good luck! Remember come back daily to win great prizes until the 31st.

Monday, August 19, 2013

The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson Review and Giveaway #sponsored #win #tommymommy

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:24 AM 10 comments
Disclosure: I'm a Tommy Mommy and received a product for review. However, all opinions are my own.


If your tween loves fantasy then The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson is a must read. My nine year old grandson loves this books. It's filled with edge of your seat thrills and adventure that takes them on a wild ride into their imagination.

The Door Within is book one in trilogy and is available at Thomas Nelson Kids on sale for $5.59.

More about The Door Within and the author:
There is an unseen world of good and evil where nightmares are fought and hope is reborn. Enter The Door Within.
Aidan Thomas is miserable. Within two weeks, Aidan’s life is completely uprooted as his parents move the family across the country to care for his ailing grandfather. The quiet but imaginative Aidan is struggling with attending a new school and fitting in with a new group of friends. But when he begins having nightmares and eerie events occur around his neighborhood, Aidan finds himself drawn to his grandfather's basement—where he discovers three ancient scrolls and a mysterious invitation to another world.
No longer confined to the realm of his own imagination, Aidan embarks on an adventure where he discovers a long-fought war between good and evil. With the fate of two worlds hanging in the balance, Aidan faces Paragory, the eternal enemy with unfathomable power. Will Aidan be willing to risk everything and trust the unseen hand of the one true King?
With over 250,000 copies sold in The Door Within trilogy, this is a perfect time to introduce the series to a new tween audience The fantasy genre is wildly popular among young readers, and this series will leave tweens and teens on the edge of their seats.
Wayne Thomas Batson is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Door Within trilogy, The Isle series, and The Berinfell series. As a middle school reading teacher, Wayne writes adventures set in imaginative locales because he believes that we all dream of doing something that matters. 

Your tween can win their own copy of The Door Within by Wayne Thomas Batson. Just enter on the Rafflecopter below. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Win a Samsung Galaxy Tablet in the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway #fun #win #sponsored #purex

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:12 AM 0 comments
Today's awesome prize is a Samsung Galaxy Tablet. Enter here.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Day 18 Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway #sponsored #win #fun #purex

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 9:26 AM 0 comments
Got pets? Then you need to enter the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway today. You can win $200 for pet supplies! Be sure to come back daily and enter for great prizes. Enter here.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Day 17 Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway #sponsored #fun #win #purex #giveaway

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 9:07 AM 0 comments

 Another great prize for school! Win An IPOD Touch 
Remember you can enter daily.

Friday, August 16, 2013

WIN $1,000 for Back 2 School from Purex! #win #purex #giveaway #sponsored

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 6:11 PM 0 comments

Could you use $1000 for back 2 school? What about a year's supply of Purex Detergent?

The Back 2 School $1,000 Sweepstakes has launched!


From August 2 - August 30, Purex will be providing one lucky winner with a $1,000!
If you’re family’s having trouble saying goodbye to summer this year, Purex has some news that’s bound to put that spring back in your step and a smile back on your face.

Get all your back to school gear on us and be the center of attention this year with brand new clothes and supplies. Purex with Dirt Lift Action Detergent gets your clothes so bright, white and clean that people will start to notice.


Be sure to enter and good luck!




Day 16 Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway Win a Char-Griller #sponsored #win #fun #grill #purex #giveaway

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 12:05 PM 0 comments
I love grilling y'all and what a great way to end summer than to win a $290 Char-Griller from Purex and the 31 Days of Fun Giveaway. For a chance at today's prize enter here.

Standing Up! Autographed DVD Giveaway & Blog App For New Anti-Bullying Film #StandingUp

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 12:00 AM 4 comments
Disclosure: The assets included within this message were delivered to me in promotion of Arc Entertainment’s Standing Up.
Did you know that more than 160,000 U.S. students stay home from school each day from fear of being bullied?                                                
(Source: Pacer.org)

Based on one of the most beloved Young Adult novels of all time and directed by the acclaimed D.J. Caruso, Standing Up follows two kids who get bullied by a vicious summer camp prank. Left together on an island, their adventure begins once they decide not to be victims and instead they Stand Up! 

Standing Up is an adorable and heart-warming gem of a movie with an important anti-bullying message that’s suitable for the whole family! Get the DVD August 20!

What can be done to help the bullied “stand up” for themselves?

One of the best things we can do to understand the problem and discuss solutions is to be inspired. The movie “Standing Up” is THAT inspiration.

Check out the Standing Up Blog App to take the Do You Stand Up to Bullies? QUIZ, unlock tips to BEAT THE BULLY, and sign the ANTI-BULLYING PLEDGE! And don’t forget to watch this amazing movie on DVD, released August 20.

The stunning soundtrack to Standing Up from Varese Sarabande Records is available to purchase on 9/3 on iTunes and 9/24 in stores.

• Do YOU Stand Up to Bullies? QUIZ - Like in the movie Standing Up, life is full of beautiful, amazing things, but bullies sure aren’t one of them! Do you stand up to bullies? Or do you let them intimidate you and others? Take this quiz to see where you stand and get tips and tricks to beat the bullies in your life.

• Take the Anti-Bullying Pledge! PDF PRINTABLE - Standing Up not only has incredible charm, it also carries a powerful message. After watching the movie as a family, sit down with your young one(s) and talk about some of the essential life lessons from Standing Up. Tell your children about how bullying can affect even the strongest of people. Read and sign the Standing Up to Bullies Pledge and pin it on the fridge, bulletin board, or wherever you can see it as a reminder.

Standing Up Anti-Bullying Pledge PDF: Click the printer friendly image




One lucky reader will win an Autographed DVD. Just enter on the Rafflecopter below.

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Thursday, August 15, 2013

Purex 31 Days of Fun Prize of the Day: $300 Fall Wardrobe Day 15

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 3:25 PM 0 comments


Who couldn't use $300 for a new fall wardrobe? With school starting we all could use a little help. Stop by today and enter to win Purex 31 Days of Fun Prize of the Day: $300 Fall Wardrobe
http://insiders.purex.com/31DaysofFun?id=175

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Wexy Lunch and Munch Bags Review #sponsored #wexybags #eco #BPAfree

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 12:38 PM 0 comments


What's a Wexy? Wezy's are eco-friendly snack bags for kids!
As a busy grandmom. I'm always scrambling to find snack bags for my grandson to use for his school snacks. I'm concerned about the environment as well and with Wexy's I get a cute snack bag and an eco-friendly bag as well.
Wexy's were developed my mom's with kids in mind. They're made in the USA, BPA free, and biodegradable. My grandson loves the cool designs.

Wexy snack bags are perfect for school, on the go, or anytime.

You can buy a three pack on sale for $11.99. Each box contains 4 different designs and comes 28 to a box.


WEXY lunch and munch bags make healthy snacks fun! WEXY snack bags are bright and colorful. Each WEXY monster enjoys a playful activity that kids can relate to. WEXY snack bags are the only white opaque bag perfectly shaped for small hands to reach in while allowing a surprise to come out. We are excited to share this product with all the families who have been missing out on the fun while trying to feed their children the very best.
  • Biodegradable
  • BPA Free
  • Made in USA
  • Disposable or reusable
  • Featuring 4 Fun WEXY Monsters


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.

Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway Day 14- Win $300 New Gardening Supplies

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:27 AM 0 comments
Are y'all excited yet? Today Purex is giving away $300 in gardening supplies. I know I'm super excited to enter. I love to get my hands dirty and grow my own fruits and veggies. To enter just click here. Be sure to come back everyday to enter to win a great prize!

Donkey Kong Country and a Totally 80's Party

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 9:24 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: I received  Donkey Kong Country and a Totally 80's Party package  for review from Phase 4 Films’ Kaboom! Entertainment . However, all opinions are my own.

I love Donkey Kong and when we got a chance to review the new Donkey Kong Country DVD and have a 80's themed party my grandson and I were excited.

The 80's party was filled with all kinds of goodies. We got a Donkey Kong Country DVD, yo-yo, bouncing ball, slap bracelets, finger-less neon mesh gloves(for the girls), cool sunglasses and more.


My grandson and his friends sat down to watch Donkey Kong Country and the laughs wouldn't stop. This 80's party was super cool with laughs and popcorn(which was included).
My grandson having a poppin' 80's party with Donkey Kong Country
On August 20th, the hit CGI series, Donkey Kong Country, will be available on DVD for the first time ever. Featuring four classic episodes and a run time of 90 minutes, the DVD will be available major U.S. retail stores for $9.99.


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

The 122 Years of Borax Sweepstakes has launched!

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 3:50 PM 0 comments




A long time ago, in a valley far far away, the Pacific Coast Borax Company was born. The year was 1891, and no one could have known that 122 years later, Twenty Mule Team Borax would 
still be helping people clean all around the home.
The 122 Years of Borax Sweepstakes has launched! From August 13 - September 17, my friends at Borax are teaming up to provide one lucky winner with a $1,981! Enter here!

Win $200 for Decorating in the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway ‪#‎sponsored‬ ‪#‎purex‬‪#‎giveaway‬ ‪#‎win‬

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:53 AM 0 comments
Win $200 for Decorating in the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway

Monday, August 12, 2013

The Nature Bible Review and Giveaway #tommynelsonkids #tommymommy #sponsored

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 10:30 AM 35 comments
Disclosure: I received a this product from Tommy Nelson Kids for review. However, all opinions are my own.


Kids love their own bible and what kid wouldn't want the Nature Bible! When I received this bible for my grandson, he was so excited. He has other bibles, but the first thing he said when I gave it to him was cool.

The Nature Bible has a soft cloth covering that surrounds the bible. The bible actually glued to the cover(the only downside for my grandson) He tried to remove the bible from the cover.

This bible is meant to be sturdy, take on camping trips, and long lasting. My grandson hasn't gone camping yet, but he's pretty rough with bible's and this one is holding up.

Product description:
Kids can head out into the woods or off to camp with a full-text International Children’s Bible® translation that helps them enjoy the wonder of God’s creation.
Camping is about new adventures, fresh air, making new friends, and campfires—but mostly it's about enjoying God’s creation. Kids can pack this easy-to-understand International Children’s Bible® to help them dig deeper into the wonders of nature created by our amazing God.  With a cloth case and zipper, this Bible will hold up well during outdoor excursions and devotional time under the stars.
Special inserts call out The Beauty of God’s Creation, Exploring God’s World, Fun Facts about the Outdoors, and Prayers for Our World.
*Ages 7-11
*International Children's Bible® translation—a Bible children can read and understand
*Authentic outdoor print fabric with zippered closure that's perfect for backpacks
*Includes 24 pages of full-color inserts with special articles about God's creation, fun facts about nature, and prayers for our world

The Nature Bible retails for $22.99, but right now you can purchase it for $13.79 or win your own copy by entering on the Rafflecopter below. US only. Giveaway ends 8/31/13.

The Nature Bible is a great addition to your child's bible library. It's easy to read and understand and will hold up under wear and tear.
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Day 12 of the Purex 31 Days of Fun-Win a NutriBullet and $100 for Groceries

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 6:07 AM 0 comments
Today is your lucky day! Enter to win a Nutribullet and $100 for groceries during Day 12 of the Purex 31 Days of Fun giveaway!

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Makit Make A Plate Art Project #sponsored #makitproducts

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 12:47 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from USFG and Makit. I was not monetarily compensated for this post.

I’ve just been given the opportunity to review the Make A Plate Art Project and I’m looking forward to sharing it with you. If you want to follow along, my readers save 30% on their Prepaid Art Plate Kit (that’s a savings of over $5!) - USE PROMO CODE: USFAMILY at http://www.makit.com/ProductDetail.aspx?ProductCode=K1100PP



Makit has been in business for over 40 years. Make A Plate kits allow children to let their creativity soar in crafting a lasting gift for Mom, Dad, Grandparent or teacher. All Make A Plates are nontoxic, BPA-Free, dishwasher safe and proudly made in the USA.




Saturday, August 10, 2013

History Hero App Review and $50 American Express GC plus $10 ITunes GC Giveaway

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 9:27 AM 110 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of History Hero. All opinions are my own.
The world needs a hero! Become a History Hero with the new History Hero App!

My grandson loves exploring the museum and with the new History Hero App now he can have more fun pretending to find hidden treasure or defend the universe.






The History Hero app brings history to life for your children and for adults as well during your family travel and sightseeing experiences! This is a quality interactive video game app that you can use on your Apple or Android mobile devices. Requirements: Compatible with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation), iPod touch (5th generation) and iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later. This app is optimized for iPhone 5. 

You and your hero can explore a variety of museums and bring history to life. Here are a few great exploration sites:

  • Chicago: Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum of Natural History
  •  New York: MoMA, Met and Museum of Natural History 
  • Washington DC: Mall and Monuments, National Air & Space Museum, National Gallery of Art, Museum of American History, National Museum of the American Indian, Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Castle 
  • London: British Museum, Museum of Natural History, National Gallery, Tate Modern and Tower of London 
  • Paris: Notre Dame, Louvre, Sacre Coeur, Versailles and Fontainebleau 
  • Rome: Vatican, Colosseum, Pantheon, Roman Forum and St. Peter’s Basilica
You're family can save our history while having fun! The History Hero app is free to download but there are in-app purchases to the different locations. You can “Try before you buy” to make sure it’s right for you.  Missions are about $4.99.



Download the History Hero App in the ITune store, it's free! Pick your mission and start exploring!  Where will you go? 

Start exploring! Have fun and save history! Be a History Hero!

Enter to win a $50 American Express gift card and a $10 ITunes gift card from the creators of History Hero! One Parenting with Purpose reader will win. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below. No purchase necessary to enter. Giveaway ends 9/11/13 @12 a.m.EST. Must be 18+ and live in the US to enter. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Win $300 for Back to School in the Purex 31 Days of Fun Giveaway #sponsored #purex #walmart

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:09 AM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post.

Could you use $300 for back-to-school? If you're like me, you could! School starts soon and so does the hassle of back-to-school shopping. Every year the list gets longer and longer. With the help of Purex and Walmart, you can put some of that worry on hold by entering to win $300 for back-to-school.

Giveaway ends August 31st. US only. Good luck!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Win $1000 from Purex and little tikes #sponsored #sweepstakes #purex #littletikes

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:26 PM 0 comments
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Purex and little tikes.
The Little Tikes $1,000 Gift Code Giveaway has launched!

Starting August 5, Purex and Little Tikes are teaming up to provide one lucky winner with a $1,000 gift code to be redeemed at www.littletikes.com plus a year's supply of Purex detergent!
Summer is winding down and families are scrambling to find the best back to school sales and gear. Purex and Tittle Tikes are here to help your family relieve some of that pressure. So kick back, relax and put your mind at ease as we all prepare for yet another hectic, yet fun-filled school year! 

What would you kid do with $1,000 shopping spree? And what mom couldn't use a year supply of Purex detergent?
The sweepstakes begins August 5th and ends August 30th. Just go here to enter or click on the picture above for your chance to take home a lot of toys!

Purex 31 Days of Fun Promotion Day 6: An Acer Notebook worth $270 #purex #sponsored

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:38 AM 0 comments

Are you excited yet? Purex 31 Days of Fun is underway on FB and today you can enter to win  an Acer Notebook worth $270.

Be sure to come back daily for your chance to win awesome prizes!

HAPPY FAMILY – “STORIES FROM THE BRIGHT SIDE ”#HFBrightSide #paid #sponsored

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 5:16 AM 0 comments
I have been compensated for this post, all opinions are my own. 

Come on mom's lets get happy! Have you ever had one of those days when you couldn't get happy about getting your picky child to eat right? I know I have!

Do you have a story from the bright side to tell?  Happy Family wants you to share your story from the bright side.

When my nine year old was a baby, he actually loved to eat things that were good for him. He actually turned orange from eating too much carrot and sweet potato baby food! It was hilarious when I took him to the doctor. The poor resident thought something was wrong with him. Of course, I had to stifle my laughter. I already knew it was carotenemia.

I have to admit once my nine year old turned two, it was hard to get him back on track. With a little encouragement and meal time fun, I did. You have to be creative and smart. You can't trick your child into eating healthy, create a more fun way to eat.

As you can see from the above picture, my now nine year old grew up loving to eat, although he doesn't turn orange anymore, he still loves his carrots and sweet potatoes!

There have been many funny food moments and still are. It's important to get happy and be a happy family that's why Happy Family  wants you to share your Stories from the Brightside  Funny Feeding Story”.

As a parent it can be almost daunting to get off track with your child's eating habits, but a little bit of humor goes a long way. You want a happy child who loves to eat. Happy Family is here to help. 

You can submit your own Stories from the Bright Side on Happy Family’s Facebook page. Share your funny story, video, or photo of your child and food.  You could win a $20,000 towards college.
  • “Stories from the Bright Side” is a campaign that Happy Family is running throughout the summer that shines a humorous light on food and feeding challenges that parents have through sharing funny stories told by top bloggers that are then acted out by improv troupe the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.
  • We, as parents, have all experienced funny moments around food and Stories from the Bright Side is meant to make people realize that others are dealing with the same things we are!



Be sure you like Happy Family on FB and you'll get two coupons for your happy child: $0.50 coupon, and a $1.00 off  Happy Tot or Happy Baby Pouches.

If you've never tried Happy Family you can find a location near you with store location finder. Just type in your zip code and your ready to go into the wonderful world of delicious healthy food your child will love.  Happy Family can be found at most Walmart's or Target stores.

So mom's come on get happy, healthy, and hip to Happy Family brand of good for you nutrition.



Enjoy $.50 off Happy Family organic snacks and meals

About Happy Family:
Launched on Mother’s Day 2006, and founded and operated by moms, Happy Family™ is the first organic brand to offer a complete line of nutrient-rich foods for babies’, toddlers’, and kids’ growing bodies (Brands include: Happy Baby, Happy Tot, Happy Bellies, Happy Puffs, Happy Yogis, Happy Squeeze and more). Constantly innovating, Happy Family has been a pioneer in the industry, adding extra nutrition to its products—like Salba, the super chia, probiotics, and Choline for brain health—whenever possible. Happy Family has been consistently recognized for its dynamic team and its extraordinary growth and innovation, including winning Food Processing Magazine’s R&D Team of the Year, being named by Forbes as one of America’s most promising companies; and most recently, Shazi Visram, CEO and Founder of Happy Family, being named a member of the Young Global Leader Class of 2013 by the World Economic Forum. Happy Family believes that every baby deserves to be a happy baby. With every product sold, the company supports Project Peanut Butter, a nonprofit that feeds starving children in Malawi, Mali and Sierra Leone.
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Tweet your funny Happy Family  story using hashtag #HFBrightSide

 “This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Happy Family blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.”

Monday, August 5, 2013

Purex 31 Days of Fun, August 5 - 8

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 8:33 AM 0 comments
Today's awesome prize is.....drumroll please!

Who couldn't use a gazebo and patio set? I know I could. Click on the above picture to enter.

Be sure to come back every day to enter to win awesome prizes.
Contest open to US only. Ends August 31st. Daily entry...

On the Farm with Farmer Bob: The Prodigal Pig DVD Review and Giveaway #sponsored #tommymommy

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:35 AM 16 comments
It's time for more down on the farm fun! I received a copy of On the Farm with Farmer Bob: The Prodigal Pig DVD  from Tommy Nelson Mommy to review and let me tell you, my grandson and I never laughed so hard.

Once again the On the Farm DVD series entertains and delights with wacky animals ans their hilarious stories. The Prodigal Pig is the second in the series with the voices of Amy Grant, Vince Gill, and Randy Travis The Prodigal Pig not only provides an hour of fun, but teaches your child a valuable lesson.


Description:
Porkchop the Pig teaches the story of the Prodigal Son in a funny and memorable way! 
Wacky animals and their hilarious antics will have kids rolling with laughter as they watch the story of Porkchop (Randy Travis), a pig with dreams of making it big in the music business—no matter the cost! 
Farmer Bob gives Porkchop the money he needs to follow his dreams, but the friends Porkchop makes in the big city don’t turn out to be as nice as he thought. When Jenny the sheepdog (Amy Grant) and some of the other animals save the day, Farmer Bob welcomes Porkchop home with open arms, and even Hercules the tough-talking rooster (Vince Gill) learns the value of forgiveness. 
Bonus educational features include a music video and cartoon based on the letter P, a read-along digital storybook that lets kids decide when to “turn the page,” and an option to view the entire Prodigal Pig DVD with pop-up Ps every time a word that begins with P is used! A literacy message to parents is also included. 
More bonus features include bloopers, character commentary, and a behind-the-scenes look at how Farmer Bob’s farm was created! Based on the Parable of the Prodigal Son, this funny and educational DVD will have kids laughing and learning along with their favorite farm critters!

The Prodigal Pig teaches children the Parable of the Prodigal Son in a fun,  entertaining way. It Encourages children to be grateful and forgiving and provides an educational bonus features help boost kids' reading skills.

I have to admit, I was stunned to see Randy Travis as one of the voices, but I think it sends a great message of forgiveness in all we do.

Although On the Farm with Farmer Bob: The Prodigal Pig is geared toward kids ages 4-7 my entire family including my nine year old loved the movie. 

Right now On the Farm with Farmer Bob: The Prodigal Pig is on sale for $6.39, but you can win a copy. All you have to do is enter on the Rafflecopter below.

Extra bonus question: Have your kids tell me an animal. letter and Bible story that all start with the same letter for the next video! (Just like the letter P, Pig, the Parable of the Prodigal Son...). You'll receive two addition entries in the giveaway. Be sure to comment with your answer!



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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this DVD for the purposes of writing this honest review. This post contains affiliate links

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Let the Games Begin! Purex 31 Days Of Fun Sweepstakes and a $10 Amazon Gift Card!

Posted by Debra Ann Elliott at 7:01 AM 13 comments

Let the games begin!

Purex is giving away a prize a day from now until August 31st.

You can win a back to school shopping spree (if you're like me, you can use this one)!
What about cookware?
Maybe outdoor weekend getaway?

To enter everyday, just click on the calendar above.

Also, Purex is giving one of my readers a $10 Amazon gift card!

Come back each day for your chance to win one of 31 prizes or the $10 Amazon gift card!

Purex 31 Days of Fun Sweepstakes. Win today's prize: a year supply of Purex and a portable clothesline $230 ARV
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To enter to win the $10 Amazon gift card enter on the Rafflecopter below.


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