Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Kelly Confidential-Electrolux Summer Giveaway

I just entered the Splits for a Cause to donate $1 to help fight ovarian cancer at:
Read on to learn about the project and also enter my blog contest to win a $25 American Express gift card for your summer ice cream wishes as directed below:

Kelly Ripa doesn’t normally like to dish about the latest break ups. But sometimes a split can be a good thing.

In celebration of Electrolux Appliance’s new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer – that’s right, the familiar duo has split up – Kelly teamed up with the “Emperor of Ice Cream” Stephen Bruce, owner and founder of Serendipity 3, the landmark New York City restaurant and dessert spot.

The pair teamed up to make banana splits for a cause. Starting today, at www.Kelly-Confidential.com, people can build their ultimate banana split using virtual ingredients from classic whipped cream to caramel sauce to rainbow sprinkles. For each “split”, Electrolux will donate $1 to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund as part of its $750,000 commitment to help fight ovarian cancer .

“This is the kind of split that leaves you chilled … but in a good way,” laughed Ripa. “This is a cool campaign for an even cooler cause.”

Serendipity 3’s ultimate banana split recipes are also available on the site – sure to inspire incredible ice cream confections from experts and novices alike.

“Banana splits are classic,” said Bruce. “But there are lots of ways to jazz them up. Bananas are a must…everything else is up to you!”

To encourage people to help spread the word, everyone who logs on to the site and builds a split will be automatically entered for a chance to win the daily prize – $50 towards sweet summer treats – and the grand prize: the new stand-alone refrigerator and freezer from Electrolux.

$25 American Express Gift Card Contest for your own "Ice Cream Wishes":
One randomly selected entry will receive a $25 American Express gift card via postal mail. Please comment on this blog about your own Summer Ice Cream Wish to be entered. One entry per person. US residents only. One winner will be randomly selected from all valid entries received at the deadline on July 15, 2010. Please be sure to include your email address so I can contact the winner.

I received a $25 American Express gift card from MomSelect as well as an additional $25 American Express gift card to distribute as a contest prize to help facilitate my review and posting.

Thank you for reading and participating in the contest!
Good luck in your entry for the Electrolux contest as well as this blog contest.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Awesome Yoursphere Contest-Enter Now

Create Your Future This Summer Contest-Enter Now


What is your dream for your future?
Tell us, and you may be one of two lucky Yoursphere winners!
Enter now. Scholarship winners will be selected on June 28th.
What do you need to do achieve your dream?

Attend a special class like music, dance, art or science this summer? Go to camp? Earn money to help pay for college? Whatever your dream is, Yoursphere is here to help it come true.

Fill out and submit this form. You may be one of the two members that will receive $250.*

DEADLINE: Monday, June 28 9 a.m. PT
*The funds will be sent directly to the school or camp you will be attending unless your parent provides proof of pre-payment. Or you may choose to receive a U.S. Savings Bond for $500 instead.

Before you get started, the application asks for details about your activity (like how much it costs), and there are four essay questions

My daughter submitted to be considered for attendance at the Morean Arts Center Summer Camp - it would be amazing if she is selected! She worked hard on her submission since it's such an important opportunity.

Good luck on your child's entry - see you on Yoursphere!
We look forward to connecting with you on Yoursphere.com
Great family friendly social networking site: www.Yoursphere.com Use our referral code for free registration: YSMC-0063

I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I received a free lifetime Gold membership on Yoursphere.com, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

On Demand Learning for Today's "IGeneration"

Summer time learning is at your family's fingertips using the KC Distance Learning for middle school and high school students. New options to learn which embrace today's "IGeneration" is such a valuable resource. It's perfect for those homeschooling or those needing to cover topics during a relocation transition or those facing academic challenges.

Check out www.Onlineschoolsolutions.com to learn more

KC Distance Learning offers online learning options to fit all types of students and learning situations. Once at the site, click on your state to locate the online school serving your state.

Our Florida provider is Keystone School: http://keystoneschoolonline.com

View a great demo link at the site to view the tools and technologies available to engage and enlighten at http://aventalearning.com/aventa-capabilities-demo:
* Online Learning Environment
* Communicate with instructors
* Participate in discussion with other students

As parents, we realize the importance of a quality education for our children. KC Distance Learning, Inc. is another great tool for our "tool belt" to ensure their success.

I received a $20 Target gift card from MomSelect to assist in facilitating my review.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Join Us On Yoursphere.com - see code provided

Great family friendly social networking site: www.Yoursphere.com Use our referral code for free registration: YSMC-0063

We're learning a lot and planning to create our own "spheres"~ we hope you'll join us to connect!

My daughter's classmates are starting to register, too! Their parents recognize the importance of online safety while also exploring new social networking for tweens.

I wrote this review while participating in the Yoursphere Test Drive program by Mom Central on behalf of Yoursphere. I received a free lifetime Gold membership on Yoursphere.com, Yoursphere t-shirts, and a $50 American Express gift card to facilitate my review.

Monday, June 14, 2010

RaceTrac FreeFills This Summer-Gift Card Contest

Summer is here, and it's HOT...HOT...HOT!!
We're already sweating it out in the car as we journey to summer camp, the beach or pool, friends' for BBQ, and planning a fun summer vacation road trip. It's hot and thirsty work/play, so I am excited to share a great deal at RaceTrac which is always on your way, no matter where!

If you're always on the go with a drink in your hand, you have to check out the new RaceTrac FreeFill Cup. Available for only $6.99 at your local RaceTrac location, this cool cup entitles you to FREE refills from their impressive fountain for the entire summer. From now until August 1st, you and your family can be sipping all of the refreshing drinks you love, without any additional charges!

Our local RaceTrac has them in red, green, blue and purple fun designs to keep you cool and refreshed throughout the summertime! Free refills of our favorite drinks are a lifesaver for my fam! Gotta love those Slushies!!!! LOL

I am hosting a contest courtesy of RaceTrac and MomSelect.

Just post a comment on my blog to this post about what your road trip plans may be for the summer. Contest entry deadline is June 30, 2010. One winner will be selected via random draw from all entries. One entry per person. Please provide your contact information in your post. US residents only may participate. Prize will be sent directly from MomSelect.

Good luck and thank you for participating!

I received a $10 RaceTrac gift card as well as an additional $10 RaceTrac gift card to be mailed directly to a blog contest winner to be announced to help me facilitate my review.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

SMART Boards In Our Classrooms For Techie Kidz!

Our Savior Lutheran School in St. Petersburg FL installed amazing new interactive whiteboards into many of the classrooms this school year. We held special fundraising activities throughout the year to assist with funding for these amazing tools for our children. Everyone was very excited to add this resource to the classrooms, especially the kids!

My daughter will begin 6th grade this fall, and will have the good fortune of experiencing the SMART Board throughout the next three years in their middle school program. I asked the students at the end of the school year summer picnic about their reaction to the Boards this year. Each mentioned their wonderful interactive nature and how they felt like their were getting more out of the topics covered while using the Boards. One 7th grader noted that he was definitely more connected in the classroom, and that the SMART Board seemed liked a next step for all the kids since they are all so "wired" these days...I started to feel like a dinosaur!

All the teachers at Our Savior are totally "a buzz" about the Boards, too! Now all the faculty of this private, Christian school have asked to receive the new classroom resource to elevate their lessons to a new dimension.

SMART Technologies is the world's largest provider of interactive whiteboards - a "touch screen" board that functions like a blackboard does, but with the technical capabilities of a computer screen. Truly amazing and like nothing we've seen before!

The company has just launched the "SMART Love of Learning" campaign. It acknowledges and celebrates all of the teachers who have impacted individuals around the world. There is a great facebook page that has been developed for this campaign and an opportunity for contest winners to win a SMART Interactive White Board for their own child's school or the school of their choice!

You can check out their website - www.SMARTloveoflearning.com to learn more.

Some additional links to learn more and explore their YouTube and Facebook applications are:

The link for the Smart Love of learning website is: http://tiny.cc/8lrjf
The link for the Youtube videos is: http://tiny.cc/xpz26
The link for the Facebook page is: http://tiny.cc/0tje2

Be sure to enter to win a SMART Board for your school of choice...I entered today! My favorite teacher was Mrs. Edelman from 7th grade. She was absolutely fearsome, but the lessons she provided me in the classroom were invaluable to my communication skills EVERY DAY! TEACHERS TOTALLY RULE!

Happy Summer Vacation Everyone!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

One eskimO CD Review and Links

I recently discovered a fun music CD to listen to while driving the kids around for our summer adventures! One eskimO's self-titled debut album is a nice mix of light and heavier sounds and emotions. They're a British band that can run from pop to a more alternative sound without getting too serious. I liked the popular track "Kandi", but also enjoyed many of the others including Hometime and Chocolate (I can never resist this!). I wasn't able to catch them when they played Ybor City in Tampa recently, but I've heard the show was good. There's a free download of "Astronauts" from the CD, and I'm providing the link below - courtesy of the band!

Simple Day
Givin Up
All Balloons
Chosen One

Visit their website and other awsome resources:

One eskimO Website: http://bit.ly/bCAfYE
“Kandi” Video: http://bit.ly/9CkEsg
Tour Dates: http://bit.ly/bQa94y
Band’s Facebook: http://bit.ly/906Gp3
You Tube Channel: http://bit.ly/bgZM8P
Deluxe Edition on iTunes: http://bit.ly/agXgTj
Free Download of “Astronauts” via Twitter: http://bit.ly/97B94S

One eskimO is a critically-acclaimed English band fronted by singer-songwriter Kristian Leontiou and includes musicians Pete Rinaldi (guitar), Jamie Sefton (bass, horns) and Adam Falkner (drums).

They currently have the #1 adult alternative song called 'Kandi' which you may have already heard since it's the most played song on all adult rock radio 4 weeks and counting

Billboard Magazine calls One eskimO's self-titled debut album "...catchy, ambient pop." and Los Angeles Times Magazine hails the song "Kandi" “a beautiful, aspirational track.” The album is available in stores now.

The album release comes in tandem with a full length animated film. “Hometime”, one of the tracks that an animated short was first done with proved to be quite a sensation. It received numerous honors at film festivals around the world, as well as a 2008 British Animation Award.

Band is on tour May/June/July supporting Michael Franti and in addition to festivals and headlining shows

Tour Dates
May 14 Miami, FL Fillmore
May 15 Jacksonville, FL Free Bird Live
May 18 Orlando, FL House of Blues
May 19 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
May 22 Raleigh, NC Lincoln Theatre
May 24 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
May 25 Charleston, SC The Music Farm
Jun 01 Toronto, ON The Guvernment
Jun 03 New York, NY The Beach at Governor’s Island
Jun 04 Boston, MA House of Blues
Jun 05 Essex Junction, VT Camplain Valley Expo
Jun 06 Hunter, NY Mountain Jam Festival
Jun 08 Royal Oak, MI Royal Oak Music Thtr
Jun 09 Grand Rapids, MI Orbit Room
Jun 12 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
Jun 13 Kansas City, MO Crossroads
Aug 14 Denver, CO Mile High Festival

I received a copy of the music CD One eskimO courtesy of One2One Network to help facilitate this review.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pillsbury Brownie Contest

The Perfect Summer Treat:
Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream....the ideal summer treat is now easier and fudgier than ever!

With a taste as delicious and authentic as if you baked them at home, Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies are a blend of 3 types of cocoas with real chocolate syrup and milk chocolate chunks to make a delicious fudgy brownie-they´re the perfect solution when you´re pressed for time. Add personal flair to these already-baked brownies with your own decorations, frosting, caramel or powdered sugar! With a straight-out-of-the-oven flavor without the time or clean-up, Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies are a great treat for any occasion!

In addition, when purchasing Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies at Sam´s Club, you have the chance to support your local school with Box Tops for Education. Each package of Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies has 6 Bonus Box Tops that can be redeemed to earn cash for the K-8 school of your choice.

I am hosting a blog giveaway contest courtesy of Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark:

One winner selected at random from those posting a comment in the Comments will receive a Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies gift pack that includes $25 Sam´s Club gift card to use to purchase the brownies, Betty Crocker frosting, and a large container for transporting the brownies.

One entry per person. Please tell me your perfect summer event, gathering or activity you will be hosting or attending in which Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies will be a star attraction. All entries must be received by June 15, 2010. Winning entry will be contacted - please include your contact information. If non-responding, an alternate winner will be contacted. Prize winner will be mailed prize directly. Must be a U.S. resident. Good luck and thank you for participating!

I received a Pillsbury Chocolate Chunk Fudge Brownies Gift Pack to help facilitate my review. I was also provided an additional Gift Pack as a prize giveaway from Pillsbury and MyBlogSpark.