Saturday, April 11, 2009

FREE Kids' Storybook: Breathless Bethany Buttercup

Both of my daughters suffer from Asthma. My 7 year old has it worse then my 11 year old. However, they both are on a daily puffer (Asmanex), Singulair + the emergency inhaler. We have been doing similar treatments now with both girls for almost 4 years now.

Did you know that nearly one out of every 10 children in the US has asthma? This makes it the most common chronic condition among school-age children. Asthma accounts for almost 13 million missed school days each year, and it is also the third-ranking cause of hospitalization among kids ages 15 and under.

But it can be hard for kids to understand the importance of sticking to their doctor’s prescribed treatment plan.

Schering-Plough has partnered with the Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA) to develop Breathless Bethany Buttercup, a cute and colorful children’s storybook that uses a little girl’s story about her experience with asthma to provide information about asthma management. It’s designed to help parents talk with their kids about the importance of properly managing the condition.

You can order the book FREE at

Through the Zeno Group on behalf of Schering-Plough, I was sent a PDF version of Breathless Bethany Buttercup.

This book is wonderful. Bethany has asthma, the book simply goes over some of her feelings for needing her inhaler when her friends do not. Then Bethany goes to the doctor to get a new daily inhaler (like my girls!), starts an Asthma action plan and starts to finally feel better.

It is a great way to show your kids with asthma they are not alone, and to help them understand the process. I wish this book was around a few years ago for my girls. Cami did enjoy the story though and was very excited to read about a girl similar in age with the same condition. The pictures are bright and colorful and fun to look at as well.

Hurry and order your free copy of this great book if you have a child with Asthma!

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Friday, April 10, 2009

Review ~ The Household Guide to Dying

When I started hearing all the buzz about Debra Adelaide's new book, The Household Guide to Dying ~ I knew this would be a book I wanted to read. Lucky for me, I was able to get a review copy courtesy of Mother Talk.

The Household Guide to Dying is a moving, witty, and uplifting novel about Delia, who writes an acerbic and wildly popular household advice column. When Delia realizes that she will lose her long battle with cancer, she decides to organize her remaining months—and her husband and children’s future lives without her—the same way she has always ordered their household, and she knows just what to do. She will leave a list for her daughter’s future wedding; fill the freezer with homemade sausages, stews, and sauces; and even (maddeningly) offer her husband suggestions for a new wife. She’ll compile a lifetime’s worth of advice for her children, and she’ll even write the ultimate “Household Guide to Dying” for her fans. There is one item on her list, however, that proves too much even for “Dear Delia,” and it is the single greatest task she had set for herself. Yet just as Delia is coming to terms with this, an unexpected visitor helps her believe in her life’s worth in a way that no list ever could.

I really enjoyed this book. I've always thought that if you had the chance to know you are dying, then you should make the most of it. Prepare your family & yourself. I love how the main character, Delia does not feel sorry for herself. She just keeps on going with daily life. She even continues to write her advice column, which we get to read from the people who write to her and her responses. We also get to follow along as she writes her last book about dying.

This isn't my usual book, but I thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I guarantee this book will touch you in one way or another. It may make you cry, but you will also get many good laughs out of it as well!

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Thursday, April 9, 2009

Review & Giveaway ~ Tie Buddies

Learning to tie your shoes is such a huge milestone in kids lives. It can be very difficult as well, so when you find something to help them, then that is wonderful.

With my oldest, we really pushed tying shoes. We bought books, helped her practice, ect. With our second daughter, we honestly didn't think much of it. She is very girly, and she is not big on wearing shoes with laces. She only wears tennis shoes when she has gym, and in the last 3 years she has only owned one pair with laces. Her jazz shoes are such tiny laces, I never even really gave a second thought to tying them for her.

I realized I really need to make sure she knows how to tie her shoes. Luckily when I asked her, she did know how. She still uses the bunny method and is not very comfortable with it. I was excited when I had the chance to try out Tie Buddies with her ~

"Tying your shoes is a small but essential skill, one you use for the rest of your life. Help your little one learn faster with Tie BuddiesTM. These cute, kid-friendly devices act as easy pull-tabs for small hands, taking messy loops out of the equation. The happy characters make a game of it, resulting in a strong knot and evenstronger recall. The happy characters make a game of it, resulting in a strong knot and even stronger recall.

The simple developmental hurdle of shoe tying affects millions of parents and children daily. For many years, shoe tying has been a point of frustration for both parents and children. With 1 slip-ons and hook-and-loop closures, children and parents have postponed the learning of tying shoes. Tie BuddiesTM is a mom-invented product that came about from wanting to give my daughters independence, build their confidence and have fun learning. By eliminating loops, Tie BuddiesTMeliminate the confusion of multiple "holes" where the laces can pass through. There is no other product that stays on the child's shoe giving them independence while re-enforcing the learning process."

Tie BuddiesTM come in 2 fun designs.

Boy - Red and Green Race Cars (Blue Color)
Girl - Fairies and Magic Wand (Pink Color)

We obviously got the adorable Faires and Magic Wands Tie Buddies. They are super easy to use, just follow the instructions. Since they are so adorable, it makes it fun for the kids to use them. They really helped get Cami to finally feel comfortable tying shoes. She does have experience, but they would be a great help even to a kid just starting out.

The Tie Buddies website features two special story ideas you can use to help your child remember the steps.

Buy it ~ Each set retails for $7.95. Visit for more information.

Win it ~ Visit Tie Buddies and let me know what set you would pick if you are chosen the winner.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Review ~ Higher! Higher! and Baby Happy Baby Sad

YES! This must-have toddler title sheds light on some concepts with a comical flair that will make readers HAPPY.

A towering ice-cream cone makes Baby HAPPY. But when that delectable treat goes splat, it makes Baby SAD. And how quickly HAPPY turns to SAD when a favorite red balloon flies away! Even the littlest listeners will relate to this playful look at a pair of emotions that are part of every baby’s day.

Baby Happy Baby Sad (Leslie Patricelli board books)

The sky’s no limit in a witty picture book about a child on a swing and the wonders of the imagination.

One child. One swing. An obliging dad. The inevitable plea to go "Higher! Higher!" Add Leslie Patricelli’s wildly expressive illustrations, and an everyday pastime reaches new heights of humor and whimsy. How high can it go? Higher than a giraffe? Taller than a mountain? Is Earth the final frontier? The creator of a popular series of board books rises to the occasion with an ingenious picture book of very few words that expresses the giddy glee of being pushed in a swing.

Leslie Patricelli has written some wonderful children's book. They are unique and great for little ones. My 7 year old really enjoyed reading the story Higher! Higher! It is a charming little story, that all kids can relate too! Be sure to check out Leslie's line of kids book, you won't be disappointed!

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Monday, April 6, 2009

Making Life Better + Unilever Ham/Turkey Deal

I mentioned the great new website, Making Life Better about a week ago, and I wanted to just bring it up again since Easter is so quickly approaching.

If you purchased last Sundays paper, then there was an amazing deal from Unilever. If you buy $40 worth of Unilever items during the month of April, you can get a rebate for up to $20 on a Ham or Turkey. You can get more information here.

Unilever makes tons of products, so spending $40 all month is super easy to do. This can be done in multiple shopping trips!

Participating Unilever brands include:

Ben & Jerry’s®
Country Crock®
Good Humor®
Hellmann’s®/Best Foods®
I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!®
Lever 2000®
Lipton® Recipe Secrets®
Lipton® Tea
Wish-Bone® has great holiday and everyday meal ideas. With a combination of trusted brands that offer great quality at affordable prices as well as plenty of recipes and tips to help make everyday life better, Moms now have an easily available resource to help with meal prep any day of the year.

Whether you're planning the perfect Passover or cooking a delicious Easter feast, keeping your pantry, refrigerator and freezer well-stocked can save you time and money. Here are some of my favorite brands and recipes:

Easter Dinner:
  • Shedd's Spread Country Crock: Make your Easter main course a D-light, with this super-simple recipe for Country-Style Glazed Ham made with Shedd's Spread Country Crock Calcium plus Vitamin D. For a great holiday meal offer, check your April 5th Sunday newspaper! You can get up to $20 back on your ham or turkey purchase by mail when you buy $40 in Unilever products like these during the month of April.
  • Bertolli Sauce: If you usually dine out for your Easter meal, but are trying to save money this year, serve a restaurant quality feast at your own table with Bertolli Premium Pasta Sauce. A delicious recipe for Lamb Chops a la Pizzaiola from top chef Rocco DiSpirito will have your family wondering if it came from an Italian restaurant.
Passover Meals:
  • Ragú: Ragú Old World Style Pasta Sauce has a full serving of vegetables in every half-cup of sauce and is a good source of Vitamins A and C. For a family-friendly Passover dish, try Matzo Pizza with Ragú.
  • Shedd's Spread Country Crock: Add a little nutrition to a Passover favorite, Matzo Brei, with Country Crock Calcium Plus Vitamin D, which provides 20% of the necessary daily value of Vitamin D in each tablespoon.
Everyday Ideas:
  • Knorr Sides: Spend less time in the kitchen by making a quick one-dish meal in three easy steps. Simply add your favorite cooked meat or chicken to Knorr Rice and Pasta Sides to make your family a satisfying one-dish meal, like Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo.
  • Recipe Secrets: Creating a Country-Style Pot Roast is as simple as combining a few ingredients in the Dutch oven to roast , including Lipton Recipe Secrets Onion Soup Mix, which provides the perfect blend of seasonings to create delicious, affordable meals and great recipes for every occasion.
  • Breyers: Bring a sweet ending to your Seder with a classic Hot Fudge Sundae using delicious Breyers All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream - a family-favorite made easily (and more affordably) at home!

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Body Count & Murderers' Club by P.D. Martin

I'm not sure how I came across P.D. Martin's series about FBI Agent Sophie Anderson, but I am so glad that I did.

The first book ~ Body Count introduces us to the main character Sophie Anderson. Sophie is Australian, brought over to the US to work in the FBI Profiler unit. Sophie isn't just an excellent profiler though, she has psychic abilities that she is unsure of. Now this may make the book sound far fetched, but the book is so well written!

She gets assigned to the baffling D.C. Slasher case after Samantha "Sam" Wright, Sophie's friend and fellow profiler, becomes one of the victims. Sophie, who's never quite recovered from the childhood murder of her brother, has disturbing visions and dreams that provide clues to the disturbing case. Lending romantic interest is FBI agent Josh Marco, who may have past links to the D.C. Slasher. This may sound like familiar thriller territory, but the intense first-person narration has enough twists and turns to keep forensics fans turning the pages.

I love both mystery & paranormal, so this was the perfect combo for me. I quickly checked out the second book in the series ~ The Murderers' Club

Six months ago, a case nearly cost Sophie her life. So when a detective friend asks her to visit Arizona, she welcomes the break. But her vacation ends abruptly when bodies are found at a university and she gets pulled into the case. The horrifying methodology—deliberate body positioning, a distinctive red heart scrawled on each victim—indicates to Sophie that a new serial killer has claimed the area. Oddly, though, certain signature elements differ between killings. Fortunately, the FBI database has a record of many of the signatures—but each belongs to a different serial killer.

As the bodies continue to appear, Sophie must hone her terrifying skills and suffer the horrors in her head in order to stop this killer.

I enjoyed this book as much as the first. I am patiently waiting for Fan Mail to come out! P.D. Martin is currently working on the 4th book of this series now.

Books in series ~

Body Count
The Murderers' Club

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Sunday, April 5, 2009

Review & Giveaway ~ LemonHead Kidz

I love having girls and I will admit that one reason ~ I love doing their hair!

I was so excited to have girls, so that I could dress them pretty and do their hair all pretty.

One way of doing pretty hair is by having great hair accessories. I have reviewed several hair companies over the past year and I have found another great one thanks to the Family Review Network.

The company is called LemonHead. The company was created out of frustration with hair accessories for toddlers. Their two year kept losing headbands and taking apart clips.

From the website ~

Our Hairclips are like no other, they are designed to stay put - even on super fine hair. We don't use magnets/hot glue and NOTHING squeezed out of a bottle like silicone or rubber. Our premium patented GRIPSTRIP is made of a unique reliable material that is identical in every clip - that means you are getting the same feature every single time!!! We have also patented several processes to make the Clipeez and attach embelishments reliably to our Clipeez that is so secure it impresses every time.

I was sent an adorable red and green flower Clipeez. It stays well in my daughters hair. Beautiful clip, very high quality.

I was also sent a black Bandeez headband. I love this headband very cool. It has an adjustable clip on the ribbon, so it fits babies to adults. You can see pictures of my 7 year old wearing it. My 11 year old has also worn it, and I have even worn it a couple times.

What is unique with the Bandeez is they have Velcro along the top. You have to be careful with it, but if you use the headband right, it stays put. My 7 year old was the first test subject and I happened to have her hair in low pigtails that day. It looked super cute! When I went to take it out though, the Velcro stuck in her hair & I messed up her pigtails. Oops, I should have read those directions. They state right on the package to take out any hair accessories, then slowly pull the headband back. When I tried it on me, I had a clip in my hair. I first tried just taking it out and it hurt. Then I actually followed the directions and it wasn’t too bad. Not sure how these would do on little ones that didn’t understand it might hurt. Once you get used to that Velcro though, the Bandeez is amazing. It stays put & looks great.

There are tons of designs offered + you can dress them up by attaching Clipeez to them to add to the look. There are so many possibilities!

Giveaway ~

LemonHead has offered to give one of my readers a random Bandeez & a random Clipeez. Just head over to the LemonHead website and tell me what you would choose if you had the chance.

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