Mar 31, 2013

Welcome Spring Giveaway Hop ~ Prizes for everyone to welcome spring ~ 4/1 - 4/16


Are you ready for Some Spring Time Fun?  
Welcome to the 
Welcome Spring Giveaway Hop
hosted by 
Mom Loves 2 Read 


GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED

Prizes will be mailed out from sponsors within 2 to 6 weeks after receiving winner's mailing info.  Open to US residents 18 and older.  Winners will only have 48 hours to reply to email from MomLoves2Read@itv-3.com to claim the prize package(s).  If no reply after 48 hours, another winner WILL be chosen in their place.  Any questions about this giveaway or the hop itself - email me or leave a comment.

Mar 30, 2013

Harlem Globetrotters 2013 season FLASH GIVEAWAY ~ Mom Loves 2 Read

Mom Loves 2 Read
Flash Giveaway
9pm CST on 3/30 through 9pm CST on 4/3

Enter for a chance to WIN 
4 Vouchers For the Harlem Globetrotters
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A 4 pack of "Complementary Exchange Passes" 
(vouchers to exchange for tickets) 
to see the Harlem Globetrotters  
at any game in the 2013 Season. 
Check here to see if they will be near you!
"Must be Redeemed 72 hour prior to event at box office"
Not good for VIP or Magic Circle seats 

Giveaway open to US residents 18+
Winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to reply and claim this prize - no reply after 48 hours will result in a new winner being chosen.  



Children Learning Reading ~ A learning to read program like no other

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The first several years of your child's life are the most important for healthy brain development and growth. Critical aspects of a child's brain is established well before they enter school, and it is the experiences during these sensitive periods of development that play a critical role in shaping the capacities of the brain.

Through extensive research, testing, and trial and error the creators of ChildrenLearningReading.com developed a learning to read system that not only allowed them to teach their own children to read before turning 3 years old, but by the time their daughter was just 4 years 2 months old, she was already reading at a grade 3 level.

They now want to share that reading program with other parents.

Lizzy Speare & the Cursed Tomb ~ Review by Mom Loves 2 Read

MEET LIZZY SPEARE…

…a normal twelve year old girl with a talent for writing, who has a very not normal family secret. And when Lizzy’s father vanishes, that secret will change her life in ways unimagined. (Spoiler Alert! It turns out that Lizzy, or Elizabeth S. Speare, is the last living descendant of William Shakespeare. Shhh! Don’t tell anybody!)

Then Lizzy and her best friend Sammy are kidnapped, awakening in the faraway land of Manhattan. Their host is Jonathan Muse, whose job is to protect Lizzy from becoming the latest victim in a family feud nearly five hundred years old. Could that be why the mysterious, eye patch-wearing Dmitri Marlowe is after her? (Spoiler Alert 2—he’s the last living descendant of Christopher Marlowe, a friend and rival of Shakespeare’s. But keep it to yourself!) Is Marlowe after Lizzy’s family fortune rumored to be kept in Shakespeare’s tomb? Does he seek artistic immortality? Or Revenge (with a capital R) for a death long, long ago?

In a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, Lizzy and Sammy are thrust into the realm of the mythical and fantastic—from satyrs and Cyclopses to Middle Eastern cab drivers and Brooklyn hipsters—in what is truly “an improbable fiction” as the Bard himself once wrote.



Let's Tune in now to Muse Talk TV where Lizzy Spear and her best friend Sammy are currently being interviewed . . .



Welcome to Muse Talk on Muse Live TV!

Thanks for joining us, my fellow Mythkind! Today we have two very special guests from the mortal realm. Chances are good you’ve already heard the story about these two but I’ll let them introduce themselves. Tell us a little about yourself:

Lizzy: Okay, I’ll go first. Hi. So, I’m Elizabeth Shakespeare – man that still sounds so weird! But everyone calls me Lizzy and for basically my whole life my last name was Speare.

Sammy: It was shortened so no one knew she was famous.

Lizzy: I’m not famous, Sammy!

Sammy: I’m Sammy Galletti.

Lizzy: He’s my best friend. We’ve been friends forever.

So why don’t you tell us a little bit about what it was like to meet Jonathan, the Shakespearian Muse. He’s very well known to our mythkind viewers but he can be a bit elusive. Now that you know him so well, what’s he really like?

Sammy: Meeting him was weird. I mean, cool but weird. He just showed up on Lizzy’s birthday and used some kind of magic and whisked us off to his castle in the city. Lizzy said it was kidnapping –

Lizzy: No I didn’t! [rolls eyes]

Sammy: Did too. You were so scared.

Lizzy: So were you! Anyway, it all happened sort of fast cause Marlowe showed up at my house and my dad told me to go hide but Jonathan was there and he got us out of there. I mean, it’s cool now, cause I know why he did it, but then I was scared. But Jonathan is a really cool guy, er, muse. He knew Will Shakespeare! And when he’s in his true form he’s this big ball of light and sound and total chaos. But otherwise he looks like a regular guy.

Sammy: Like a hipster.

Lizzy: What?

Sammy: That’s what my dad said. He said Jonathan was a hipster.

Lizzy: Whatever that means.

So you were taken to Jonathan Muse’s castle in New York City. I hear it’s a pretty amazing place. What’s your favorite thing about the castle?

Lizzy: The archive for sure. The entire Shakespeare archive is there. It’s like the best library in the world.

 Sammy: Bo-ring! You kidding me? It’s a magic castle and you care about a bunch of old books? The coolest thing is the buried treasure in a GRAVE. And also Orion – he’s a giant gryphon with paws this big [holds hands out] and wings like this [holds arms open].

Lizzy: Yeah sure but you weren’t the one Orion tried to kill!

Sammy: That’s cause you weren’t supposed to be down there snooping around. You should have followed the rules. I would have told Jonathan to let him eat you too. You’re always doing what you’re not supposed to be doing. And you never listen to me. Which is dumb cause I’m really smart.

Lizzy: [sticks out tongue]

So Lizzy can you tell me what you like best about being a Shakespeare descendent?

Lizzy: Well, I guess having a muse like Jonathan. He’s really smart and really creative and even though it’s sometimes like having a second dad, I know he’s just looking out for me. And knowing him means I get to know cool people like Cleo – he’s a satyr.

Sammy: [whispering] Who you’re in love with.

Lizzy: Shut up! [elbows Sammy]

Sammy: [snorts and laughs]

Lizzy: I’m not. Honest. ….Anyway, it’s cool. I mean my whole life I’ve been a huge fan of Shakespeare and then to find out that you’re related to him! I mean, Wow! That’s incredible. The whole thing about Marlowe trying to kill me was slightly less cool.

Yeah, I wasn’t going to bring him up but since you did, what do you think his problem is. I mean why is Marlowe so dead set on blaming Shakespeare for his life?

Sammy: He’s crazy. I said that from Day One. And Lizzy was crazy enough to chase after him that day. Then things went from bad to worse.

Lizzy: I don’t know. I wish I could say that it’s this one specific thing. But I don’t know. All I know is that he hates me. And not just me, all of us. He hates everything to do with Shakespeare. He says I ruined his life. I’m just a kid! How could I have ruined his life?

Sammy: Cause he’s coo-coo for co-co puffs.

Okay last question – do you plan on living up to your ancestor’s literary reputation?

Lizzy: [laughing] Are you kidding me? I’m twelve! And he’s Shakespeare! Dream on.

Sammy: I bet she could. She’s really creative. When we were trapped in that old theater she wrote a description of a manticore with this magic ink that Jonathan gave me.

Lizzy: Sammy! Shut up.

Sammy: No, listen… honestly… she did. And she wrote it really good and the manticore came to life. Lizzy saved us.

Lizzy: You saved us.

Sammy: [shrugging] We both saved us.

Lizzy: We make a good team.

Sammy: [smiling] Yeah. We really do.  

Well Elizabeth Shakespeare and Sammy Galletti – thank you both for joining us today. And tune in next week when our very special guests are the Symphonias – the sacred Muses of Music! Find out what Mozart was really like at home! Also they have some juicy secrets on Madonna’s early vocal tracks! See you then!



Now for My review
Lizzy Speare & the Cursed Tomb is a fantastically unique book for middle grades to preteens with an amazing amount of Shakespeare and nearly every fantasy creature imaginable thrown in.  The story line is one that sounded great when the author pitched it to me, but only a few pages into the book I was struggling to read it.  There is a lot of facts, history and information, and variety of characters thrown into this story. At times I found myself wondering what I had just read, what had just happened, and where the story was going.

I think the author has a great idea but needs to focus it a bit more.  The words do not flow as well as it could, and there are a few words that I think are a bit difficult for younger readers to understand.  There is nearly every fantasy type creature imaginable in this story and at times it became confusing to keep track of who was who.  I'd love to see this book rewritten with a little easier to understand language, and more flow to the story.  Otherwise I think this author has great potential with this story.
I'd give this book a 2.5 as is due to the potential to be an absolutely amazing book!





About this author
Ally Malinenko, a self-proclaimed Bardolator, took her first pilgrimage to Stratford-Upon-Avon in 2009 and hasn’t been the same since. Lizzy Speare and the Cursed Tomb is her first children's book. Her poetry book, The Wanting Bone, was published by Six Gallery Press. She blogs at allymalinenko.com. Ally lives in Brooklyn with her husband.

I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Mar 29, 2013

Mom Loves 2 Read ~ Review of Home Run by Travis Thrasher


Baseball star Cory Brand knows how to win. But off the field, he’s spiraling out of control. Haunted by old wounds and regrets, his future seems as hopeless as his past.
Until one moment—one mistake—changes everything. To save his career, Cory must go back to the town where it all began. His plan is simple: coach the local baseball team, complete a recovery program, and get out as fast as possible. Instead, he runs headfirst into memories he can’t escape ... and the love he left behind.
Faced with a second chance he never expected, Cory embarks on a journey of faith, transformation and redemption. And along the way, he discovers a powerful truth: no one is beyond the healing of God.
A novel based on the major motion picture starring Vivica A. Fox and Scott Elrod, Home Run is an inspirational story of the hope and freedom God offers each of us.

My  Review
Home Run is a story of pain, tragedy, suffering, loss, healing, forgiveness and acceptance.  The main character, Cory Brand is a baseball star.  His life is spiraling out of control with addictions he can't control and he finds himself flashing back to memories of abuse from his childhood.  His journey of pain and loss lead him to eventually accepting Christ as his Savior and finding the healing and forgiveness he had been searching for.

The novel is well written and flows well.  It is easy to read and easy for the reader to get caught up in the story and the character's emotions.  This story has references to salvation through Christ, and shows the healing process that can occur when a person turns from a destructive path and addiction and accepts the forgiveness and help God offers.  Those who love baseball will enjoy this book for the sports side, and those who love a good fiction read will most likely enjoy the characters and plot. 

Overall I found Home Run to be a pretty good book, and I also think the movie will be a great one to watch - Home Run comes out in theaters April 19th. I personally recommend Home Run for readers ages 16 and up.

**A copy of this book will be given away during my Welcome Spring Giveaway Hop 4/1 - 4/16 - Enter for your chance to WIN this book.


About the Author
Travis Thrasher is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction, including The Solitary Tales series, Isolation, and Ghostwriter. His writing is known for its honesty, depth, and surprising twists. Thrasher lives with his wife and daughters in Chicago.
I received one or more books or products in the post above for review purposes only. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Why is today called "Good" Friday? ~ Mom Loves 2 Read

Why is today called "Good" Friday when it represents Suffering and Death? 

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My children have asked me several times over the past few years why Good Friday is called "Good."   They don't understand how we can call something Good that represents Death.  So I thought I'd post a little about why I think it is "good"

Have any of YOUR children asked this same question?  Comment below and tell me about it!

If Good Friday is the day that Jesus was crucified, then why is it called "Good"?  What is there about the suffering, crucifixion and death of one man for the sins of all mankind that can be considered Good?  

I could not find any scriptural reference that called it "good" so it made me wonder.  What is "Good" about Good Friday?  Well, I think about it this way ~ Jesus Christ, God himself in the flesh, came willingly to be born into a human body, lived as human and saw first hand their struggles with Sin.  Christ allowed himself to be crucified, and willingly gave up his life in death on the cross for my sins, and the sins of the whole world.
That is the Greatest Love one person can show for another . . . or as John 15:13 (NIV) states "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends."  To me, someone who willingly will die to save another's life - that is beyond "Good."

What I Wish I Knew at 18 by Dennis Trittin ~ Mom Loves 2 Read Review


What I Wish I Knew at 18 is an engaging, comprehensive, and conversational book written to help young adults achieve success in life. 
Through lively illustration, simple instruction, and practical, reflective questions, the book reveals key, before-the-fact secrets that propel people into thriving adulthood. Unique in its scope, universal in its message, and timely in its wisdom, it is designed to serve everyone who wants a solid grip on the prize of a successful life. 
Although conversationally written to graduates, it is destined to become the definitive parenting guide to preparing children for lives of impact. It is also a must read for schools, colleges, faith leaders, mentors, caregivers, and coaches as they partner with parents to educate students for life. Served in bite-sized morsels, the 109 success pointers average one to two pages in length, along with study questions to facilitate dynamic student discussions and deep personal reflection. 

Whether as a curricular resource or as a gift, What I Wish I Knew at 18 will help develop well-rounded students for their betterment and that of mankind.

Mar 28, 2013

Dream Big: The Journey of the Jazz Bear & Chester then Chimpanzee ~ Children's book Reviews on Mom Loves 2 Read

Dream Big: The Journey of the Jazz Bear
by Aron Simkins 
This simple bear has a big dream.

But when everyone makes fun of him, will he have the courage to pursue it? 

Join the Jazz Bear as he leaves his humble mountain cave in hopes of becoming the mascot for Utah's NBA Jazz team. Colorful pictures and an inspiring story line make this a book the whole family can enjoy.
My Review:
Dream Big is a fun story for young kids that tells about a young bear who wants to grow up to make people laugh and cheer.  He wanted to do something besides hibernate, but all his friends laughed at him.  When he tells his parents about his dream, his dad encourages him by telling him it is his decision.  
This book encourages kids to dream big and try hard to become whatever they want to be when they grow up.  It has a great message for little ones.  The illustrations are cute, and even though I personally thought it could have been worded better at times, my two youngest seemed to enjoy having it read to them.
This hardcover book would make a great gift for young boys who like to dream big.  The sports theme also makes it more geared towards young boys. 


 
 
Chester the Cimpanzee
by Les Nuckolls 
Get ready to monkey around!

This beautifully illustrated hardback book tells the true tale of Chester the Chimpanzee and his human sisters growing up together. 

Whether they're playing dress-up or having food fights, you'll find plenty to laugh about in this entertaining story. 

Full of bright colors and lots of silliness, this is a perfect read-aloud book for preschoolers and beginning readers.

My Review:Get ready to monkey around!  This adorable book is the story of Chester, a chimpanzee who grew up with a human family.  The children of the family become his "sisters" and teach him all kinds of fun and silly "human" things like dressing up in Mom and Dad's clothes, or throwing food at the table.
The story has wonderfully illustrated pictures on each page.  The story itself is well-written and so much fun to read.  At the end of the book I found out that the story is based on what really  happened when one family took in a baby chimpanzee for two years.
My girls both absolutely love this book.  They have read it several times and it still remains a favorite of my youngest when grandpa comes over to read to her.  This is a wonderful book for young children and would make a great addition to any personal or school library.

I received one or more books in the post above for review purposes only through Cedar Fort Publishing. I was in no way required to write a positive review. All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion.  If you have any questions or comments, please see my FTC disclosure or Review Policy.

Mar 27, 2013

Inspired Vacation Journal ~ Fun way to keep the kids entertained on Vacations!

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Are you looking forward to Spring Break and Summer Vacations with the kiddos?  How about those long car rides where you try to entertain them, but don't necessarily want them playing video games the whole way?  Do your kids argue with each other the whole way? or do they get along well on vacation?

Here is a great way to engage their minds, make family vacations both fun and educational, and help them develop writing skills, attention to detail and memory recall.

Mar 26, 2013

Sudden Heart Failure in Student Athletes - Free Online Q & A 4/9 ~ Mom Loves 2 Read

Attention Athletes and Parents of Student Athletes.  
Read through the top five risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes.  Do any of these apply to you? or someone you love?  
Keep reading for more info . . . and RSVP using the link in this post for the upcoming FREE live online Q & A with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD on April 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST.

 Top 5 risk factors for sudden heart failure in student athletes:
1. Family history of sudden death.
2. Fainting or family history of fainting.
3. Family history of arrhythmias or heart muscle disease.
4. Participation in sports (particularly sports that require a burst of activity like basketball, hockey and football).
5. Athlete has gone through puberty (an athlete’s body is stronger at this point and has power during the burst of activity).

DID YOU KNOW?
If defibrillation is administered within one minute of collapse, the survival rate for sudden heart failure goes up 90 percent. “Timing is key to survival. Waiting even 10 minutes to defibrillate drops the chances of survival to 10 percent,” says John Lynn Jefferies, MD.



For more info, there is a free, live, on-line Q and A where you can ask questions in real time. It’s a chance to talk to knowledgeable and experienced doctors and get answers right on the spot.

The Q and A takes place April 9th from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. EST with Jeffrey Towbin, MD and John Lynn Jefferies, MD.

We would love for as many people as possible to benefit from this. Please feel free to help spread the word!

Check out the link below for more information!

RSVP Here! : http://liveevent.cincinnatichildrensblog.org/events/heart-failure-athletes




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Mar 25, 2013

Celebrate Spring with the Signature Sleep Mattress Giveaway ~ Mom Loves 2 Read

Just in time for Spring - 
What a better way to welcome the warmer weather, 
sunshiny days and fresh air than with a new mattress . . .
Just read through this post and enter using the form provided.  
Good Luck!
 Welcome to the "Out With the Old... In With A New"

Signature Sleep Contour 8 Mattress Giveaway

Sponsored by: Signature Sleep

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One lucky reader will win a Signature Sleep Contour 8 mattress of their very own, in their choice of size

{Full or Queen only}

 According to a recent article by the CDC, Americans are not getting enough sleep and it is quickly becoming an epidemic.

Lack of sleep can often be caused by health problems, such as Obstructive Sleep Apnea or a neurological problem, but it can also be caused by simply having poor sleep habits.
If you suffer from lack of sleep, that is not due to a health problem, there are several easy steps you can take to assure that you get the best sleep possible, according to a recent Harvard article

Your mattress can make or break you when it comes to getting a restful nights sleep. We spend approximately 197,100 hours in bed, over our lifetime, so shouldn't those hours be spent on a comfortable mattress?! 

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DISCLAIMER: Mom Loves 2 Read was not compensated for this publication and is not responsible for prize shipment.

Giveaway open to US residents 18+ only. Winner must provide shipping info {NO PO BOXES} within 48 hours of prize notification or risk prize forfeiture. Anyone caught teying to obtain multiple entries WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!

Mar 21, 2013

American Bible Challenge ~ Season 2 begins 3/21 ~ Review

About the Show:
THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE, GSN's hit one-hour weekly game show hosted by comedian Jeff Foxworthy returns for its second season on March 21, 2013 at 9pm ET/PT.

Providing an entertaining mix of pop culture and questions about the bestselling book of all time, THE AMERICAN BIBLE CHALLENGE pits teams who are playing for charity against one another in tournament play, with a finale that awards $100,000 to the charity of the championship team.


Season 2 begins March 21st on GSN!
With the first season of The American Bible Challenge being such a success, the second season should be even bigger and better!  I was given a chance to preview a few of the second season shows that will be airing on Game Show Network starting March 21st.  

I was impressed by how fun and entertaining the show was as well as how it kept my interest. With the amazing talents of the show's host Jeff Foxworthy as well as this seasons musical co-host Kirk Franklin, the show is a must see.  I just wish that our cable company had GSN for us to watch!  I'll just keep up with the shows on facebook and GodTube!

The music is amazing and makes me want to get up and dance.  Then kids loved watching the previews and keep asking me when they can watch American Bible Challenge too.  Our family enjoys spending time reading the Bible or Bible story books together.  The American Bible Challenge is another fun way to introduce scripture and biblical history to my kids, and keeps me interested as I learn more about different stories and parts of the Bible.

The American Bible Challenge if a great game show for the whole family!  Check it out more here on these links:


Website: http://gsntv.com/shows/the-american-bible-challenge/
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Mar 19, 2013

Say Hello Spring with a $50 Old Navy GC giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Goodbye Winter Hello Spring Giveaway
Welcome to the $50 Old Navy eGift Card Giveaway! 
With Spring just around the corner, 
it will be time for Spring Cleaning before we know it.
That is also the perfect time to update that wardrobe for you or the kiddos!
How about a $50 Old Navy gift card to kick off that spending spree!
My kiddos would love a chance to spend some money, how about you?


 
Join us as we say goodbye to Winter and welcome Spring with this $50 Old Navy eGift Card event! As the seasons change we all start to think about cleaning out our closets and updating our wardrobe, and we want to spend as little as possible! 

Eco-Friendly Conscious Box GIVEAWAY ~ Mom Loves 2 Read

 

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Conscious Box has created an easy, fun way to discover new favorites! The Conscious Box subscription is a monthly delivery of pure and sustainable products that are handpicked from businesses that care for the planet—just like you!

Each month Conscious Box will selectively choose a selection of products from 10 to 20 companies and send them right to your home.

Tagger Bag Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read!


 
Check out these fun Laptop Messenger Bags from Tagger -
 Enter below for a chance to WIN one for yourself or to giveaway as a gift!
Great for on the go, busy moms, busy kiddos . . .
With a variety of neat styles and colors, there's a bag for almost everyone!


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