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Amazing Visual Math – Calculator Giveaway Opportunity (giveaway ends 7/31/14)

 

Amazing Visual Math

I hate to say this but it will be time to shift our thoughts from lounging by the beach, hanging out at the pool and enjoying the lazy days of summer to prepping for back to school.

My kids are ready to go back. They are pretty bored this summer because we haven’t been able to go anywhere or do anything except on the weekends. I hate to say that but it’s true.

My daughter is excited to go back to school because she’s a senior this year. My son on the other hand is dreading it. He’s always hated school, especially when it comes to subjects he doesn’t like – math and science. Math is especially hard for him. He has a hard time “getting” certain concepts.

We’ve always had to go the “extra mile” to help our son with math, including getting him extra help at school.

One thing we have found over the years is that he’s a visual learner. He tends to understand more when he can “see” the problem. I still remember when he was little my husband would use Lego bricks to help him understand some math concepts.

There is an awesome book by DK publishing that I wish we had when he was younger. It’s called Amazing Visual Math.

What sets this book apart from others is that throughout the book you can peel out pieces, assemble some of them and interact with them.

Book 1

Book 2

Here is more about the book from the DK Publishing website.

Covering the essential math concepts learned in the first years of school, Amazing Visual Math brings a whole new dimension to learning.

Amazing Visual Math is an interactive hands-on experience that makes math fun. Key curriculum subjects including shapes, patterns, telling time, lines of symmetry, addition, subtraction, measurement and more are explained through over 50 interactive elements throughout the book including pop-ups, flaps, and pull the tab elements, making an otherwise tedious subject entertaining.

Ideal for developing manual dexterity skills and sharpening visual learning skills,Amazing Visual Math is a hands-on experience kids won’t want to put down.

Supports the Common Core State Standards.

Each page has colorful images and elements and you can interact with the pages by pulling on flaps or assembling cubes. It’s pretty cool.

I showed the book to my son. Even though he’s older then the books age demographic, he said that something like this would have been helpful for him years ago.

Math was never my strong point either. I can add, subtract, multiply and divide – and dabble in fractions and decimals – but that is about it. I hate to admit it but I also found this book to be helpful, even as an adult. Like my son I am a visual learner, as well as a tactile learner.

If you child has a hard time grasping math concepts I would recommend picking up a copy of Amazing Math. Now would be a great time too. You child can get a head start on the new school year by learning about math now.

You can purchase Amazing Math on the DK Publishing website. The book sells for $12.99 which is a great prices for such a helpful book.

For more information about DK Publishing visit DK.com.

Calculator

To help get your child ready for school, DK would like to give five lucky readers this colorful and handy calculator for your child or grandchild.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on July 31, 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 tell me why you’d love to win this calculator?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received a free sample copy of the book and calculator 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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10 Easy Ways to Make Your House Giggle

 

Laughter

Nothing warms my heart more than the sound of children laughing. It’s like music to my ears and always puts a smile on my face. :-)

My kids are moody teenagers now. I’d give anything to hear the sound of their laughter again. Don’t get me wrong – they DO laugh. It’s just that my son sounds like singer Barry White (he has a REALLY deep voice) so his laughter doesn’t quite sound the same as a child’s giggle. LOL.

How do YOU make your child or grandchild giggle?

Courtney DeFeo, author of  In This House, We Will Giggle: Making Virtues, Love, and Laughter a Daily Part of Your Family Life (WaterBrook Press, October 10, 2014), offers parents a practical approach of how to instill virtues in their children through laughter, rather than lecture.

Joke Telling. Grab a pretend microphone and host an open joke night.

Game Night. Gather the entire family and choose one family friendly board

Movie Time. Each person acts out a scene from your favorite movie.

Swim Indoors. Fill up a bathtub, slip into your swimsuits, and pretend you’re at beach!

Design a Fort. Build a fort with sheets and dining chairs.

Best Costume Contest. Kids dress up in their parents’ clothes and accessories.

Daddy Disco. Play an old ’80s tune and pull out your craziest dance moves for the kids.

Mom’s Soprano Solo. Sing the menu for the evening in an operatic style.

Hide-n-Seek. Play a daytime game in the house—or at nighttime using flashlights.

Balancing Act. Find things to balance on your head, nose, toe, etc.

These are great tips. My family and I have already done several of these things when my kids were younger.

I’d love to hear from readers about other fun family things you can do together that brings laughter into your home. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section of this post.

Laughing

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I am sharing these tips with permission for the benefit of site readers. 

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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit Giveaway (ends 6/22/14)

 

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Father’s Day is this weekend (June 16th). Have you found a gift for that special man in your life yet?

There are plenty of good old standbys like mugs and ties. Many men enjoy tool too.

One thing that not everyone thinks about is entertainment. Movies make great gifts too, especially if it’s a movie the recipient will watch again and again.

Now available on Blu-ray, DVD and HD is one such movie that would make a nice Father’s Day gift - Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

Hailed as “a superb action thriller” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) and “taut, tense and terrific” (Bill Bregoli, CBS Radio), the thrill-packed Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is called into action on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and VOD June 10, 2014 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Delivering “a new beginning for the Tom Clancy thriller fan” (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com), Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is “a terrific reimagining” (Dan Casey, Nerdist) of the legendary hero’s evolution from soldier to analyst to full-fledged operative. “Kevin Costner and Chris Pine are awesome together” (Steve Weintraub, Collider.com) as a CIA veteran and a new recruit who uncover a terrorist plot to devastate the United States.  Directed by and also starring Kenneth Branagh, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit is the latest “smart, intense, exciting and very entertaining” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) adventure from the director of Thor.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack with Digital HD and nearly an hour of bonus material including featurettes that explore the Jack Ryan character from The Hunt for Red October through his latest hit, a look at the film’s imposing adversary played by Sir Kenneth Branagh, deleted and extended scenes, commentary and more.  The film will also be available as a single-disc DVD.

I have not seen the film yet but I am hoping to get a screener copy to review.

There are a lot of bonus features too, especially on the Blu-ray (the DVD copy doesn’t have the same bonus features).

If that special man in your life is into action thrillers and spy films then he’ll certainly enjoy a copy of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Look for it where ever movies are sold.

Command Authority - Tom Clancy

In honor of the film’s release I have a special giveaway. One luck winner will receive the following;

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Blu-ray)
  • “Command Authority”, the new Tom Clancy book

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end n June 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eliglble 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 tell me why you would like 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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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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Ooh La La… Minnie in Paris (cute giveaway ends 6/22/14)

 

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I am a big fan of anything and everything Disney. I especially love Mickey and Minnie Mouse. I think they are darling.

I know there are a lot of Disney fans around the world – both young and old. If you have a young family member who is a big fan, especially of Minnie Mouse, I have a cute book to tell you about. It’s called Minnie in Paris.

Minnie in Paris was written by Sheila Sweeny Higginson and Illustrated by Mike Wall.

Minnie seems like she would fit in well in Paris. :-)

Fashion is Minnie’s passion! And, as a result, she’s been invited to show her bows on the runways of Paris!

At the airport, Minnie is so busy taking care of her nieces, Millie and Melody, that she accidentally switches suitcases with Penguini the magician–and finds that his suitcase is full of bunnies instead of bows! Minnie must round up the mischievous little bunnies, find Penguini, and make her bows in time for the show. Will she make it?

Readers are treated to a stunning tour of famous Parisian locations, from the Louvre to Tuilleries Gardens to the Eiffel tower, to a classic Parisian bistro—all in search of Penguini’s bunnies.

This charming hardcover picture book comes with a code to access the Minnie in Paris eBook.

I haven’t read the book but from the description and illustrations it looks adorable.

Minnie in Paris

If you would like to learn more about this book, or purchase the ebook version of it, please visit the Minnie in Paris product page. The book is by Disney Publishing. You can follow Disney Publishing on the social network sites too -  Twitter, Facebook & Instagram.

I have a special Minnie giveaway for a lucky winner, courtesy of Disney Press & The Disney Store. The lucky winner will receive a copy of Minnie in Paris and an adorable Minnie Mouse Rolling Luggage.

Minnie Prize Package

Pack-up your cares and forget them with Minnie’s pink polka-dotted rolling luggage! This glittering overnight case is topped with pretty bows, and has lots of room to pack her most glamorous travel essentials.

Too cute! I love the luggage. It’s going to be perfect for summer vacation travels.

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on June 22, 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 tell me what other city do you think Minnie Mouse should travel to next?

For extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. Any opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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DreamWorks’ The Hundred-Foot Journey in theaters August 8, 2014

Hundred Foot Journey Poster

Not too long ago I finished reading the book “The Hundred-Foot Journey” by Richard C. Morais. I am excited to see the book come to life on the big screen. It will be in theaters on August 8, 2014.

In “The Hundred-Foot Journey,” Hassan Kadam (Manish Dayal) is a culinary ingénue with the gastronomic equivalent of perfect pitch. Displaced from their native India, the Kadam family, led by Papa (Om Puri), settles in the quaint village of Saint-Antonin-Noble-Val in the south of France. Filled with charm, it is both picturesque and elegant – the ideal place to settle down and open an Indian restaurant, the Maison Mumbai. That is, until the chilly chef proprietress of Le Saule Pleureur, a Michelin starred, classical French restaurant run by Madame Mallory (Academy Award®-winner Helen Mirren), gets wind of it. Her icy protests against the new Indian restaurant a hundred feet from her own, escalate to all out war between the two establishments – until Hassan’s passion for French haute cuisine and for Mme. Mallory’s enchanting sous chef, Marguerite (Charlotte Le Bon), combine with his mysteriously delicious talent to weave magic between their two cultures and imbue Saint-Antonin with the flavors of life that even Mme. Mallory cannot ignore. At first Mme. Mallory’s culinary rival, she eventually recognizes Hassan’s gift as a chef and takes him under her wing.

“The Hundred-Foot Journey” abounds with flavors that burst across the tongue. A stimulating triumph over exile, blossoming with passion and heart, with marjoram and madras, it is a portrayal of two worlds colliding and one boy’s drive to find the comfort of home, in every pot, wherever he may be.

Check out the film’s trailer.

 

If its anything like the book it’s going to be a great film.

If you would like to learn more about the film check it out on Facebook, Twitter (@The100ftJourney), Instagram and Pinterest.

Have you read the book? What did you think about it? Are you excited to see the film? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Hundred Foot Journey Screen Shot

Kimberly

*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 influence in any way. 

 

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Chatting with Marlo Thomas – Part II

 

Marlo Thomas It Aint Over

Yesterday I posted part of an interview with Marlo Thomas about her newly released book, “It Ain’t Over…”. In case you missed that post you can find it here – Chatting with Marlo Thomas – Part I

Here is the continuation of that interview.

Question: Coming from a busy mom, or a busy woman, who feels like she’s dragged in so many different conflicting directions with responsibilities to family and career and everything else that takes time in her life, what do you recommend that she does to find that future extra minutes for herself or prioritize to find those few extra minutes so that she can make this change in her life that she needs to make?

Marlo: It’s such an important question.  It’s so important and so many women are struggling with this.  I think you have to take the time to look at what you need to make what you want happen.  You don’t have all the time in the world, but you might have an hour a day for a class.  You might have an hour a day in the evening, or sometime in the morning, or sometime in the day when you can away and get closer to what it is you want to do.  Or get together with a friend.

Then I think you have to make a priority list.  That’s what I do.  As you probably know, I have my own website on AOL and I create 80 pieces of content a month.  I have to raise money for St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital.  I’m doing a new play, and I’m writing blogs for Huffington Post, and I’m married with a husband who’d like to have some of my time.

I have to prioritize every single day.  I start on the weekend.  On the weekend, I just sit down and sit at my computer at my desk and say, okay, what is it that I want to get done this week?  What do I need?  What do I want to get done that doesn’t have to do with all these other jobs I have?

For example, all of a sudden I’m writing a book.  When am I going to have the time to write this book?  I have to pick the hour.  Do I have to get up an hour earlier so that I can do it then?  Do I have to stay up an hour later at night so that I can do it then?  Which days do I do which thing?  Which day will be my hour or my two hours?  When will I get them, because you have to plan that out.

Question: For women in the mid or older generation, defining confidence and finding that confidence to chase your dreams can sometimes be daunting, especially with the media with that perception of you can do it all, and be the skinniest, be the healthiest, be the most beautiful.  What advice do you have for women to find their own inner-confidence and not judge themselves based upon the outside world? 

Marlo: Like I always say, never face the facts or you won’t get out of bed in the morning.  If I worried about the fact that I no longer look like I did on That Girl, that I’m no longer 25, or 35, or 45, or even 55.  If I want to spend my life in regret of what I no longer am, or no longer can look like, I’m just going to be miserable. I get my confidence from what is it that I have inside of me that is good that works for me?

What works for me is I have a lot of ideas and I try to act upon my ideas instead of sitting home and wishing for them to come true.  I really do try to make them happen.  I try to get together with other people who will help me make them happen.  I take my confidence and my go-getedness from working with what I have right now, not with what I used to have.  I don’t look back.

My father used to say, never hunch your back with yesterday.  You can’t, because it just weighs you down.  Also, the naysayers of your life, they’re useless.  They have no place for you at all.  On the covers of magazines there are 14-year-old girls who have been airbrushed.  It’s all not truthful, so we’re never going to look like that.  You wouldn’t look like that unless you were 14.  It’s not even something for you to think about.

What you need to think about is what have I got that I can work on to be better at that?  What do I need to put into my life that is going to make me feel more confident? I have never run in a marathon or anything because I don’t think I have the stamina for it. But a friend of mine, who is 40 years old, said to me, “Come out with me and let’s just run in one of those 5Ks, which is 3 miles, and you don’t have to run the whole time.  You can walk.  You can run.  You can do all things.  You don’t have to just run.”

I’m doing that now and it’s given me a tremendous amount of confidence that I can do that because I would never run in a 26-mile marathon, but I can run/walk in a 3-mile race.  That’s given me a real sense of accomplishment.  The 26-mile is too daunting.  I could never do it.  Maybe someday I could, but I got to do it three miles at a time.  You get your confidence from doing things you haven’t done before and doing it with a friend, trying them, and seeing how much you can really do.  It’s amazing how we make decisions that we can’t do something before we’ve even tried to do it.

Question: Katie Couric was asked about women over a certain age being marginalized and ignored.  In relation to your book, how do you encourage women not to buy into that?  Katie responded to it by saying, to hell with that.  I don’t think that’s true.  How do you help women in your book, or how do the women in your book, get over that, I’m being marginalized? 

Marlo: I think by the things that we’ve talked about today – A) Don’t face those facts.  They’re not your facts.  It doesn’t matter what the polls say, and what statistics say, and what people say – you’re too old for this job.  You’re not the right age for this job. Don’t listen to that.  Go to the places where you can find other people who think like you, who are open to women your age, or get together with other women your age and create something that belongs to you.

I certainly would not spend my life worrying about what somebody else says about me.  When I turned 50, the parts that I could play in television and movies dried up. There were not as many parts that I could play because they wanted younger women. That’s not going to be the defining moment of my life.

So I started doing more theater.  I started finding other ways where I could perform as an actor.  I may not be able to be That Girl, but I can be in a lot of plays and enjoy it and love it.  I’m also now working on doing another television show.  I keep continuing to go after what I want my way, but it certainly does exist in the world.

I met a woman who was in her 40s who wanted to a hostess at a restaurant and they only wanted 28 year olds.  They wanted women under 30.  Well, you can’t fight that.  So move on to something else, either another restaurant, or become a manager of a restaurant.  Take a course in that, but just keep figuring out what you need to do to get what you want.  Forget what the world wants you to do or any other person wants you to do.  This marginalization does exist.  Of course it exists, but that doesn’t mean that you have to buy into it.  Don’t buy into it.

Look for Marlo’s book, “It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over: Reinventing Your Life and Realizing Your Dreams – Anytime, at Any Age.”
where ever books are sold.

You can also check out Marlo online at www.MarloThomas.com. She is also on Facebook and Twitter.

Have you read the book yet? If not, do you think you’ll pick up a copy?

Have you reinvented your life? Do you have any tips you’d like to share with others? Feel free to share your thoughts.

PHOTO SOURCE: Marlo Thomas' Facebook page

PHOTO SOURCE: Marlo Thomas’ Facebook page

Kimberly

*I was not compensated for this post. I posted this for the enjoyment of my site readers. The opinions expressed are my own unless otherwise noted and were not influenced in any way.

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