Get a FREE book with the purchase of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries or flashlight



I love books. I can’t get enough of them. I just wish that I had more hours in my day to read them. My book “backlog” is so long I think it would take me a year or more to finally get through them all. BUT… I’m up for the challenge. :-)

I think reading is very important. That is why I have always encouraged it with my children. As a child I couldn’t get enough of books. I would read all the time. I even saved most of my favorite books that I shared with my children when they were little. I have held on to these books to hopefully read to my grandchildren someday.

One of my most favorite things about school when I was little was the Scholastic Book Fairs. I LOVED those! I would save up all the money I could so I could buy books at the book fair. I know my kids used to feel the same way. Too bad the book fairs only come to elementary schools (at least around here). My high school aged children could use some new books.

Many children love books. And more parents and grandparents enjoy things that are FREE. Thanks to EVEREADY® you can get a FREE book for your child simply by purchasing a package of batteries or a flashlight.

This is how easy it is to receive a FREE book.

Purchase two specially marked packages of EVEREADY® Gold® batteries or EVEREADY® flashlights.

The packages will have special 10-digit codes on them. Visit www.EVEREADY.com/Reader and enter in the codes to redeem them.

Next, select the book you wish to receive. Then enter in your mailing address (or the address you want the book sent to).

That’s it! It’s that easy.

There is a maximum of two books per household. The book options are Fly Guy vs. The Fly Swatter, Clifford Sees America & The Magic School Bus Takes a Moonwalk.

EVEREADY Scholastic FREE Books

EVEREADY® Gold® batteries and EVEREADY® flashlights are found at a variety of retail locations. Dollar General is the single largest retailer carrying these products so your best bet would be to head on down to your nearest Dollar General. If you don’t have one locally, don’t worry. You can still find EVEREADY® Gold® batteries and EVEREADY® flashlights at other retail locations.

Batteries and flashlights are items that every household should have. This special campaign is not asking people to purchase products they don’t need/want in order to get a FREE book. Everyone needs batteries and it’s important to have a flashlight or two in you home.

Speaking of flashlights and batteries it’s always a good idea to make sure that any flashlight you have in your home is in working condition and that you have batteries for it (and spares) just in case of an emergency. EVEREADY® batteries and flashlights are reliable, good quality and best of all, affordable.

We have several flashlights in our home and plenty of batteries. I always stock up on batteries, especially when I see them on sale. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

EVEREADY® has some great resources for consumers about emergency readiness. They even have some great printables that you can download for free including an Emergency Contact List (every home should have one – especially if you have children/grandchildren) and a Family Battery Replacement Reminder (it’s a good idea to check and replace batteries throughout the year).

You can find these and other resources at www.EVEREADY.com/Reader.

Even if you don’t have a child and you happen to purchase the required products please consider donating the FREE book/books to your local school or library.

EVEREADY FREE Scholastic Books


*Although compensated the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Step Back in Time with an Old Hollywood Themed Giveaway (ends 4/18/14)


Hollywood… a place where some stars shine brightly and other’s hopes and dreams are shot down. I can’t imagine how many young men and women head out to Hollywood year after year in hopes of becoming the next Tom Hanks, John Wayne, Kate Winslet or Bette Davis.

I’m really into entertainment. Not only do I enjoy movies but also TV and music.

I’m a fan of movies and television shows from yesteryear. Movies like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, Doctor Doolittle (the original), Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Lawrence of Arabia, It’s a Wonderful Life, On the Waterfront and The African Queen to name a few. There’s nothing like a classic film. Don’t get me wrong, today’s films are awesome, especially with their super high tech special effects. But sometimes the classic films are better because they relied more on the acting and the actors then technology. These days anyone can star in a film because often it’s the special effects that steal the show, not the actors.

How would you like to take a step back in time and have a glimpse into the golden age of Hollywood?

Running Press publishers has a few books that will give you a peek into some of classic Hollywood’s most famous actresses, photographers and films in these newly released book. Each book provides readers with an array of rarely seen images from the silver screen’s most famous and influential individuals and films of their time.

In Vivien Leigh: An Intimate Portrait by Kendra Bean and Claire Bloom the book presents the personal story of one of the most celebrated women of the twentieth century and how she inspired many of the greatest visionaries of her time – Laurence Olivier, Winston Churchill, Christian Dior and more.

George Hurrells Hollywood

In George Hurrell’s Hollywood: Glamour Portraits by Mark A. Vieira the reader will find a fabulous montage of new insights, portraits, and behind-the-scenes stories from the creator of the Hollywood glamour portraits, and how he captured movie stars during the most exalted era in Hollywood history with bold contrast and seductive poses.

Magestic Hollywood

In Majestic Hollywood: The Greatest Films of 1939, author Mark A. Vieira illustrates the world of entertainment through rarely seen images during the most glamorous era in movie history.  With scene stills, behind-the-scenes candids, portraits, and poster art, the photos are as distinctive, evocative, and powerful as the films they were meant to publicize.

For more information about these titles or other books visit www.RunningPress.com.

Running Press would like to give THREE lucky readers a special prize package.

DVD Giveaway

The grand prize winner will receive all three books mentioned above AND three classic films – Chariots of Fire, Gone with the Wind and Singing in the Rain.

Two runner ups will receive all three books mentioned above.

Thank you running press.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on April 18, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winners will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winners will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me which book you are most interested in – OR -tell me the name of your favorite actor or actress – OR – tell me the sane of your favorite film.

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entrie won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. Running Press will provide the prizes.

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Happy 45th Anniversary to The Very Hungry Caterpillar (giveaway ends 2/28/14) #VeryHungryCaterpillar



Think back to your childhood. Did you have any favorite books? I sure did. I had A LOT of favorites. In fact I am still in possession of most of my childhood favorites. I kept them all these years because I wanted to share my beloved books with my children and someday my grandchildren too.

Every now and then I’ll take a few of the books out of storage and flip through the pages and reminisce about how much I enjoyed reading the books and what fun adventures I took in my mind when I was reading them.

One book that I loved as a child (and still do today) is The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is celebrating it’s 45th Anniversary this year. WOW!

I remember sitting in my playroom by my bookcase flipping through the pages of this book. I remember feeling sorry for the little caterpillar because he was so hungry and nothing filled him up. I would think to myself that someone should make him a dinner like my mom would make (meat, potato and a vegetable) because that would fill him up more than some leaves. :-) I was happy when he was finally full.

I have always loved butterflies. I wonder if that stems from reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar?


Here is a little more information about this classic book’s anniversary.

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.

Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

I love that they marked the first day of spring Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. That is a cute idea and a fun way to mark this special anniversary.

If you would like to learn more about The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle books you can visit the Official Site and you can “like” The World of Eric Carle on Facebook. In addition you can check out Penguin Kids, the book’s publisher on both Facebook (Penguin Kids) and on Twitter (@PenguinKids).


To help celebrate The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s anniversary I have a special giveaway, compliments of Penguin. One winner will receive;

  • A limited edition anniversary tote
  • A copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar (board book)
  • Plush Caterpillar

This giveaway is open to continental U.S. residents only and will end on February 28, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and share with my a special memory you have about The Very Hungry Caterpillar – or  – tell me why you want to win this prize package?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement (I do check) or the extra entries won’t qualify. Extra entries are optional.

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*I will be receiving a similar prize package in exchange for my participation. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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See How You Can Help Out Labels for Education’s Book Bonanza And Earn FREE Books For Your School


Are you familiar with the Labels for Education program? It’s a special program where consumers clip labels from participating product and submit the UPC codes or beverage/sauce caps to their school’s Labels for Education coordinator. They in turn submit them to the Labels for Education program where they are turned into earns points that can be redeemed for Arts, Athletics, and Academics  and other free merchandise for the school.

This year Labels for Education is celebrating it’s 40th Anniversary. Wow! I can’t believe it’s been around that long.

Growing up my school didn’t participate in the Labels for Education program. I wish they did. Many of the participating products my mom always purchased. I even purchase them for my own family. Products like Campbells soups, Chunky Soups, Swanson, Prego, BIC and Pepperidge Farms. There are actually 2,500 participating products that can have their UPC codes or lids/caps redeemed for Labels for Education points.

In addition to helping school earn points for free products that their school needs, they also have a Labels for Education Book Bonanza. Registered school can earn FREE scholastic books.

  • Schools that submit 1,000 UPCs and Beverage/Sauce caps earn 5 books
  • Schools that submit 2,000 UPCs and Beverage/Sauce caps earn 10 books
  • Schools that submit 3,000 UPCs and Beverage/Sauce caps earn 20 books

Book Bonanza

I think it would be easy enough for any school to submit 3,000 UPC’s and beverage/sauce caps, especially if you have a mid-to-large size school. There has to be at least 1,000 students at our high school. Even if that translates into 500 families that would mean each family would only have to submit SIX labels/caps. Just six! With over 2,500 participating products, I’m sure that families could submit double – even triple that amount.

Many of the participating products might already be in your pantry or cabinets. You wouldn’t have to buy anything extra either. Simply purchase the products you normally buy. If they are one of the participating products you just need to remove the UPC code or remove and rinse off the cap and then send them in to your school’s program coordinator. Talk about easy!

The Book Bonanza ends on March 31, 2014.

Check with your school to find out who your Labels for Education coordinator is. If you don’t have one please consider presenting the program at the next PTA/PTO meeting. It would be such a shame for your school to miss out on the chance to earn free equipment, supplies and books.

If you would like to learn more about the Book Bonanza visit www.Scholastic.com/BookBonanza.

For more information about Labels for Education and to check out the eligible products visit www.LabelsforEducation.com.

I really hope that you and your school will participate in this special program. Books are very important in a child’s life.

Labels for Education Logo


*I am being compensated for my participation in this promotion, however all  opinions expressed are my own and are not influenced in any way.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Bless This Table and Your Favorite Celebrities


Bless this Table

People sometimes put celebrities up on a pedestal and think of them as people who don’t lift a finger around their home and spend the holiday season at lavish resorts and dropping a lot of money on extravagant things. Some celebrities might be that way, but most are not. In fact they are just like me and you. They enjoy being around family and friends during the holidays, posing for kitchy pictures in ugly Christmas sweaters around the tree and rolling up their sleeves to cook an amazing meal.

There is a new book that is now available called Bless This Table which focuses on the importance of a family meal and spending quality time with the ones that you love.

The book is written by Teri Diamond (chef, best-selling author and music executive) and Jaymes Foster (music producer). They reached out to their celebrity friends and asked them to share their personal family recipes and memories of time spent around the table.

Photo Source: Bless This Table Facebook Page

Photo Source: Bless This Table Facebook Page

The pages are packed with recipes from Michael Bublé, Celine Dion, Andrea Bocelli, The Pointer Sisters, Rita Wilson, Clay Aiken, Josh Groban, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Reba McIntyre and Wolfgang Puck to name a few. Each celebrity shares their favorite recipes and personal stories.

Throughout the book you’ll find not only celebrity photos but also photos of the recipes. What I liked about the photos is that they look like something that was photographed at the dinner table. They don’t look like they were set up and staged and shot by professional photographers.

Within the pages of this book you’ll find scrumptious recipes such as;

  • Green Beans with Pears and Bacon
  • Granny & Faye’s Hot Pineapple Salad
  • Peach Pie
  • Lemon Bread
  • Corn Soufflé
  • Chicken, Onions, Potatoes and Sauerkraut
  • Cornflake Potato Casserole
  • Groban Family Brunch Eggs

This is just a small sampling of the recipes you’ll find in this lovely book. I’ve already “dog eared” several pages.

In addition to being a beautifully written book filled with must-try recipes, a portion of the proceeds of the sale of this book has been earmarked for non-profit organizations that feed the hungry. If you read my blog on a regular basis you know that I fully support organizations that help feed the hungry.

Not only will the recipes in this book make a welcome addition to your holiday table, the book it’s self would make a wonderful gift.

You can also visit www.BlessthisTable.com for more information as well as to purchase the book and/or E-book. You can also check out the book on the various social media sites.



*I received a free sample copy to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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A beautiful and unique idea for the book lover in your life



Do you have someone special on your holiday shopping list who loves books? Or do you know someone who has a favorite book (perhaps a classic or a childhood favorite) and you would love to gift the a truly unique gift based on their beloved book? If you answer “yes” to either question I have a beautiful and unique gift idea. It’s called Spineless Classics.

Look at the photo below.

Christmas Carol

What do you see in this photo? Does it look like? Does it look like Ebenezer Scrooge lifting Tiny Tim up on his shoulder?

What do you suppose all those black lines are around the page that forms the image? Would you believe me if I told you they were words. Not only words but the ENTIRE Christmas Carol story!

That’s right – the entire classic story is strategically printed on the print to form an image from the story.

Here is another example. It’s the story Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Harry Potter Spineless Classics

The text forms Harry’s infamous glasses as well as his owl, Hedwig.

Spineless Classics re-created classic and beloved books and prints them IN THEIR ENTIRTY in poster form. Each one comes with an image from the story.

Spineless Classic sent me one to review. It was hard to pick out which one because they have so many wonderful books to choose from like Alice in Wonderland, Little Women, The Hobbit, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Romeo & Juliet, Dracula, Black Beauty, Wizard of Oz and The Lost World, to name a FEW. They have dozens of titles to choose from.

I chose Peter Pan. I’m a big kid at heart and it’s one of my favorite Disney films. My favorite scene (and song) is when Peter Pan shows Wendy, John and Michael how they can fly.

Think of a wonderful thought
Any merry little thought
Think of  Christmas, think of snow
Think of sleigh bells – off you go!
Like a reindeer in the sky
You can fly! You can fly! You can fly!

I was super excited to see the Spineless Classic in person. I couldn’t wait to see if I could actually read the entire story from the picture.

Before it arrived I took the measurements to purchase a frame for it. I wanted to hang it up as soon as it arrived.

I was shocked when it arrived. It’s HUGE! I was very impressed.

To give you an idea, here is my framed print next to a standard size refridgerator.

Peter Pan Spineless Classics

As you can see it’s almost as big as the fridge door.

The picture does NOT do it justice. It’s much more beautiful in person (plus the glare takes away from it’s beauty).

Sadly it’s not hanging up right now. It’s bigger than I anticipated. The wall I was going to put it on wasn’t wide enough. I am going to hang it up in my kid’s room instead. It’s just a matter of my hubby getting around to helping me. I want to use a “molly” to make sure it’s secure and won’t fall off the wall. Our walls are old and crumbly and I wouldn’t want this to fall and break. It’s much too lovely for that to happen.

You might be wonder if the text is the entire story of Peter Pan? It is! But not the Disney version, it’s the original version written by J. M. Barrie.

The font size on the text is small to accommodate the entire story on the print, but you can easily read it word for word. Even my old eyes were able to read it (I need bifocals and I’m fighting it every step of the way).

You would think something like this would cost a fortune. They range in price from $41.99 to $99.99 depending on the size of the story and complexity of the design and it’s over all size. Peter Pan, for example, is  24″ in x 36″ (print only – the frame makes it larger). It costs $66.99. If I remember correctly the frame cost me about $25. So for less than $100 I have not only a beloved classic book immortalized, but also a stunning piece of artwork that you’ll cherish forever.

Spineless Classics would make an amazing gift. They are also a delightful way to add artwork to your home or even a child’s bedroom.

For more information visit www.SpinelessClassics.com. There are different sites that you can get to from the main site. On the left side of the screen where you see the British flag click on it to drop down the USA flag. Click on the USA flag to place orders from their USA site.

You can also find Spineless Classics on Facebook and Pinterest.

What book would you love to see turned into a Spineless Classic? Would you give this as a gift or use this to decorate your home?



*I received a free product sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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