Melissa & Doug Terrific Twenty List and Giveaway

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I love Melissa & Doug toys for my kids. Though, I usually order them online, it’s nice to see them becoming more mainstream. They know it’s time for most of us to start thinking about holiday shopping, which can get overwhelming. We have our own gift guide that we are adding to until mid-December, but I also thought you’d like to check out Melissa & Doug’s Terrific Twenty promotion! Most gifts they list are under $30 with the majority being under $20. Not only are they offering great ideas for holiday gifts, they are also giving away one toy a day for 20 days!

For complete details and to enter to win be sure to visit their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/MelissaAndDoug.

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Disclosure: I did not receive financial compensation for sharing this information. I’ll be helping with a review and giveaway in the near future though!

*Celebrating Pregnancy* Giveaway Event (US only) Ends 10/16

Welcome to the Celebrating Pregnancy Giveaway event, hosted by Green Mam-a Jam-a! 
Jessi, from Green Mam-a Jam-a is celebrating her 4th pregnancy…her 4th BABY GIRL! We have joined her in this celebration to bring you this amazing giveaway…over $200 in pregnancy products.
Below are the prizes that will ALL go to one lucky winner!
SweetPea Maternity $25 Giftcode! ($25 RV)
1 package of Drops and a box of Preggie Pops from Three Lollies! ($10 RV)
Novena Organic Beauty Belly Cream and Organic Fruit Face Wash! ($54 RV)
ENJOY A 10% DISCOUNT WHEN SHOPPING AT NOVENA! USE DISCOUNT CODE: GMJNOV
The beautiful dress pictured above (Uma in Orchid) from Everly Grey Maternity! ($69 RV)

Isabella Oliver Maternity is offering this beautiful Grecian Tunic (RV$62.50)

Homemade All Natural Lavender Lotion Bar from Crunchy Farm Baby! (RV $7.50)

There will be FIVE winners, who will receive their choice of shoes from New Life Shoes! (RV $65/each)
To enter, use the rafflecopter form below!
Giveaway is opened to US only. 
ONE winner will win ALL prizes and four additional winners will receive a pair of New Life Shoes!
Disclaimer: Green Mam-a Jam-a and all participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. Sponsors are required to ship the prizes within a timely manner.

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The Book of Paul by Richard Long ~Book Tour Excerpt & #giveaway

Please enjoy this excerpt from The Book of Paul, a nail-biting supernatural thriller by Richard Long. Then read on to learn how you can win huge prizes as part of this blog tour, including a Kindle Fire, $300 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of the book, and a look into your future through a free tarot reading performed by the author.

 

Monsters: An Excerpt from The Book of Paul

by Richard Long

You tell your children not to be afraid. You tell them everything will be all right. You tell them Mommy and Daddy will always be there. You tell them lies.

Paul looked out the filthy window and watched the little girl playing in the filthier street below. Hopscotch. He didn’t think kids played hopscotch anymore. Not in this neighborhood. Hip-hopscotch, maybe.

“Hhmph! What do you think about that?”

Paul watched the little black girl toss her pebble or cigarette butt or whatever it was to square number five, then expertly hop, hop, hop her way safely to the square and back. She was dressed in a clean, fresh, red-gingham dress with matching red bows in her neatly braided pigtails. She looked so fresh and clean and happy that he wondered what she was doing on this shithole street.

The girl was playing all by herself. Hop, hop, hop. Hop, hop, hop. She was completely absorbed in her hopping and scotching and Paul was equally absorbed watching every skip and shuffle. No one walked by and only a single taxi ruffled the otherworldly calm.

Paul leaned closer, his keen ears straining to pick up the faint sound of her shiny leather shoes scraping against the grimy concrete. He focused even more intently and heard the even fainter lilt of her soft voice. Was she singing? He pressed his ear against the glass and listened. Sure enough, she was singing. Paul smiled and closed his eyes and let the sound pour into his ear like a rich, fragrant wine.

“One, two, buckle my shoe. Three, four, shut the door…”

He listened with his eyes closed. Her soft sweet voice rose higher and higher until…the singing suddenly stopped. Paul’s eyes snapped open. The girl was gone. He craned his neck quickly to the left and saw her being pulled roughly down the street. The puller was a large, light-skinned black man, tugging on her hand/arm every two seconds like he was dragging a dog by its leash. At first, he guessed that the man was her father, a commodity as rare in this part of town as a fresh-scrubbed girl playing hopscotch. Then he wondered if he wasn’t her father after all. Maybe he was one of those kinds of men, one of those monsters that would take a sweet, pure thing to a dark, dirty place and…

And do whatever a monster like that wanted to do.

Paul pressed his face against the glass and caught a last fleeting glance of the big brown man and the tiny red-checkered girl. He watched the way he yanked on her arm, how he shook his finger, how he stooped down to slap her face and finally concluded that he was indeed her one and only Daddy dear. Who else would dare to act that way in public?

“Kids!” Paul huffed. “The kids these days!”

He laughed loud enough to rattle the windows. Then his face hardened by degrees as he pictured the yanking daddy and the formerly happy girl. Hmmm, maybe he was one of those prowling monsters after all. Paul shuddered at the thought of what a man like that would do. He imagined the scene unfolding step by step, grunting as the vision became more and more precise. “Hhmph!” he snorted after a particularly gruesome imagining. “What kind of a bug could get inside your brain and make you do a thing like that?”

“Monsters! Monsters!” he shouted, rambling back into the wasteland of his labyrinthine apartments, twisting and turning through the maze of lightless hallways as if being led by a seeing-eye dog. He walked and turned and walked some more, comforted as always by the darkness. Finally, he came to a halt and pushed hard against a wall.

His hidden sanctuary opened like Ali Baba’s cave, glowing with the treasures it contained. He stepped inside and saw the figure resting (well, not exactly resting) between the flickering candles. At the sound of his footsteps, the body on the altar twitched frantically. Paul moved closer, rubbing a smooth fingertip across the wet, trembling skin and raised it to his lips. It tasted like fear. He gazed down at the man, his eyes moving slowly from his ashen face to the rusty nails holding him so firmly in place. The warm, dark blood shining on the wooden altar made him think about the red-gingham bunny again.

“Monsters,” he said, more softly this time, wishing he weren’t so busy. As much as he would enjoy it, there simply wasn’t enough time to clean up this mess, prepare for his guests and track her down. Well, not her, precisely. Her angry tugging dad. Not that Paul had any trouble killing little girls, you understand. It just wasn’t his thing. Given a choice, he would much rather kill her father. And make her watch.

 

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the Book of Paul eBook edition is just 99 cents this week. What’s more, by purchasing this fantastic book at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include a Kindle Fire, $300 in Amazon gift cards, 5 autographed copies of the book, and a look into your future through a free tarot reading performed by the author.

All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment–easy to enter; easy to win!

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  1. Purchase your copy of The Book of Paul for just 99 cents
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About The Book of Paul: A cross-genre thriller that combines the brooding horror of Silence of the Lambs with the biting humor of Pulp Fiction. Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

About the author:

Richard Long is the author of The Book of Paul and the forthcoming young-adult fantasy series The Dream Palace. He lives in Manhattan with his wonderful wife, two amazing children and wicked black cat, Merlin. Visit Richard on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.
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She Wulf by Sheryl Steines~Book Tour

As part of this special promotional extravaganza sponsored by Novel Publicity, the price of the She Wulf eBook edition is just 99 cents this week–and so is the price of its companion, The Day of First Sun. What’s more, by purchasing either of these fantastic books at an incredibly low price, you can enter to win many awesome prizes. The prizes include a Kindle Fire, $550 in Amazon gift cards, and 5 autographed copies of the book.

All the info you need to win one of these amazing prizes is RIGHT HERE. Remember, winning is as easy as clicking a button or leaving a blog comment–easy to enter; easy to win!
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Balance Bar mini energy bars #review & #giveaway (9/23) US

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The kids are big snackers once they come in from school, most of the time they end up dragging their feet and don’t really want to do anything besides sit around and watch tv. We do not have a ton of sweets in the house, so the Balance Bar mini energy bars came in really handy after this week of waking up at 6 am and sitting in school all day. Mom loves that each bar is only 100 calories and that the kids are getting a good amount of vitamins without all the sugary sweetness of most snacks. The kids loved the flavors, Quint will only eat the double chocolate brownie; Sassy and Harm LOVED the Cookie Dough, said that it tastes just like a cookie.
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The kids did seem like they had more energy and did not drag their feet this weekend, they have been out enjoying the cooler weather, we finally dropped out of the 80-90′s! Instead of asking for chips or something equally junky, they are requesting I give them the “yummy snack” as they call the mini energy bars. I only got to taste one and while I was expecting a different taste, the Cookie Dough tasted almost just like the cookie dough I used to eat when I was younger, and it was safer to eat it out of the package. You get a burst of flavor as soon as you bite into one of these little bars and there is no weird aftertaste like some other energy bars we have tried. We ended up going to the Balance bar website and downloaded a $1.00 off coupon ( scroll to the bottom of the page to get your own) so that the kids could take their “yummy snack” in their lunch next week.

Each 100-calorie mini energy bar contains seven grams of protein and 23 vitamins and minerals with an excellent source of antioxidants (vitamins A, C & E). Like all Balance Bars, mini energy bars adhere to the proven 40-30-30 principle (40% of calories come from healthy carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat) to help stabilize blood sugar levels, satisfy hunger and provide lasting energy.
mini energy bars are certified Kosher and come in a two-flavor, 10-count box which will be available where ever Balance Bars are sold and on www.shopbalance.com starting August 1, 2012. Suggested retail price is $8.99. Nutritional information and tips can be found on www.Balance.com.

About Balance Bar
Founded in 1992, Balance Bar, one of America’s original nutrition/energy bars, inspires consumers to lead active, well-rounded and balanced lives by providing great-tasting, healthy and convenient nutrition for lasting energy. Balance Bars come in seven unique product lines (Original, Gold, BARE, Café, nimble, CarbWell and mini energy bars) and are available in 23 flavors with all based on a 40/30/30 nutritional model (40% of calories come from healthy carbohydrates, 30% from quality protein and 30% from dietary fat). For more information, visit www.Balance.com. Follow Balance Bar for tips and nutritional information on Facebook (www.facebook.com/Balancebar) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/Balancebar).

One winner per household, email address or home address. If you have won this prize on another blog you are ineligible to win again.

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