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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Prepare for Summer Reading with HarperCollins Children's Books!

Sit back and relax with some of these fantastic summer reads from HarperCollins Children’s Books!


Paddington Sets Sail written by Michael Bond, illustrated by R.W. Alley
9780062430656– $16.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/3/2016
Paddington sets sail on a funny, sunny trip to the beach in this brand-new Level 1 I Can Read Story!
What This Story Needs Is a Munch and a Crunch written and illustrated by Emma J. Virjan
9780062415295– $9.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 5/10/2016
What this story needs is a pig in a wig baking bread, pouring punch, and meeting a friend for a picnic lunch. But just as the outdoor fun and games get started, a thunderstorm rolls in and it turns out what this story really needs is another place to eat! Pig and her friends are determined not to let a little rain ruin their fun.

Flip & Fin: Super Sharks to the Rescue! written by Timothy Gill, illustrated by Neil Numberman
9780062243010– $15.99 – Ages 4 to 8 – On Sale 6/14/2016
The toothy stars of Flip & Fin: We Rule the School are back! This time, the sand shark twins are eager to become superheroes and help others. But what is a shark to do when ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE runs away from them?


Stick Cat written by Tom Watson
9780062411006– $12.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/3/2016
It’s a big day in the big city for Stick Cat and his best friend, Edith. There are treasures to hunt, songs to sing, pigeons to catch, and naps to take. But way up on the 23rd floor, danger lurks just around the corner. Terrible noises and violent crashes trap a desperate man in the building across the alley. Stick Cat will need to navigate his way across the alley to attempt a rescue.

Swing Sideways by Nanci Turner Stevenson
9780062374547– $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 5/3/2016
This heartfelt middle grade debut in the vein of BRIDGE TO TERABITHIA and WALK TWO MOONS tells the story of two girls, and the unforgettable summer in which they learn about true friendship and loss.

Eleven and Holding by Mary Penney
9780062405470– $16.99 – Ages 8 to 12 – On Sale 6/7/2016
Macy’s birthday is just days away, but she has no intention of turning twelve without her dad by her side, who has disappeared. Macy takes it upon herself to solve the mystery, and crashes head-on with the truth. It’s then she discovers that knowing can sometimes be a heavy burden. And that change, when finally accepted, comes with an unexpected kind of grace.

Fancy Nancy: Nancy Clancy Seeks a Fortune by Jane O’Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser

9780062269690– $9.99 – Ages 6 to 10 – On Sale 6/7/2016
Meet Shivers, the scaredy-est pirate to ever sail the Seven Seas. Along with his best friend Margo and his loyal fishmate (yes, you read that correctly) Albee, Shivers battles a giant squid, discovers hidden treasures, and gets pooped on by a pigeon in order to save his parents from the clutches of evil.

Get your summer fix with these paperback editions—
• Nuts to You by Lynne Rae Perkins (On Sale 5/3/2016)
• The Turtle of Oman by Naomi Shihab Nye (On Sale 5/3/2016)


The Outliers by Kimberly McCreight
9780062359094– $18.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 5/3/2016
A fast-paced teen series from New York Times bestselling author Kimberly McCreight, where one girl learns that in a world of intrigue, betrayal, and deeply buried secrets, it is vital to trust your instincts.

The Crown by Kiera Cass
9780062392176– $19.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/3/2016
Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you... and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

Ruined by Amy Tintera
9780062396600– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/3/2016
Em may be a useless Ruined, completely lacking any magic, but no one is more motivated to destroy the king. He ordered the elimination of the Ruined, he killed her parents and kidnapped her sister, and Em will make him pay.

The Season of You & Me by Robin Constantine
9780062438836 – $17.99 – Ages 14 and Up – On Sale 5/10/2016
A funny and heartfelt romance set in New Jersey, about two very different people, a girl dealing with a bad breakup and a surfer who is now in a wheelchair after an accident.

The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye
9780062422583– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/17/2016
Perfect for fans of Shadow and Bone and Red Queen, The Crown’s Game is a thrilling and atmospheric historical fantasy set in Imperial Russia about two teenagers who must compete for the right to become The Royal Enchanter—or die in the process. *Sent in separate mailing

Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes
9780062379962 – $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/17/2016
Maguire knows she’s bad luck. No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. But then she meets Jordy, a confident, talented, and lucky, aspiring tennis star, who is convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak.
Sing by Vivi Greene
9780062459831– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 5/31/2016
In this sweeping beach read—think: Lauren Conrad meets Katie Cotugno—America’s biggest pop star flees the spotlight to recover from her latest break-up in Maine, only to fall head-over-heels for a local boy and be faced with an impossible decision: her new guy, or her music.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows
9780062391742– $17.99 – Ages 13 and Up – On Sale 6/7/2016
Lady Jane Grey, sixteen, is about to be married to a stranger—and caught up in an insidious conspiracy to rob her cousin, King Edward, of his throne. But that’s the least of Jane’s problems. Jane’s about to become Queen of England. Like that could go wrong. A fantastical, romantical, hilarious(ical) adventure.

For more summer teen reads, check out—

• Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes (On Sale 5/3/2016)
• The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani (On Sale 5/3/2016)
• The Last Time We Were Us by Leah Konen (On Sale 5/10/2016)
• The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes (On Sale 5/10/2016)
• This is My Brain on Boys by Sarah Strohmeyer (On Sale 5/10/2016)
• Please Don’t Tell by Laura Tims (On Sale 5/24/2016)
• Autofocus by Jessi Kirby (On Sale 6/14/2016)
• This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab (On Sale 7/5/2016)
• Shiny Broken Pieces by Sona Charaipotra (On Sale 7/12/2016)

Get your summer fix with these paperback editions—

• Before I Fall Enhanced Edition by Lauren Oliver (On Sale 3/8/2016)
• Bone Gap (Printz Award winner for best YA book and National Book Award Finalist) by Laura Ruby (On Sale 4/26/2016) • Proof of Forever by Lexa Hillyer (On Sale 5/3/2016)
• Delirium/Pandemonium/Requiem (paperback repackage with new covers) by Lauren Oliver (On Sale 5/17/2016)
• Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (won Morris Award for best YA debut) by Becky Albertalli (On Sale 6/7/2016)

Visit us on the web at www.HarperCollins.com/Childrens

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

#Giveaway: #LearnWithOrkin Summer Scientist Kit

• Are you prepared for mosquito season this year? Take the quiz to see if you’re ready to earn your badge in Mosquito Season Prep.

• Watch the “How to Deal With Mosquitoes” & “Do Mosquitoes Prefer Adults over Children” videos, as well as the rest of Orkin’s How-To video series, to get the most up-to-date knowledge on dealing with pesky home invaders.

• Download Orkin’s yearly “Mosquito Cities” list and find out if your city made it!

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The Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kits are fun for the whole family!
Each pack includes:
  • Bug Catcher Craft Kit: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
  • Bug Net: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
  • See-Through Bug Jar: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
  • Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critter: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids' activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
  • Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

Woohoo! Time for a Giveaway!!
Orkin is giving away a One Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit to One (1) Lucky Winner! Giveaway starts April 27, 2016 at 12am PST and ends May 10, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.

Each household is only eligible to win Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
Mandatory Entry - Tell me what your best mosquito safety tip is  - and your email address (anti-spam version okay) 

Bonus Entries: Follow @1outnumberedmom and/or @TheOrkinMan  on Twitter, Visit (and maybe Like) BWG2SM and/or Orkin on Facebook, Tweet the message listed in giveaway (this can be done once daily)

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Winners will be notified within two days of the end of this contest - and will have two days from then to respond with their mailing information before an alternate winner will be selected.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula from #CuliChef #ProductReview

I've said many times that I am all about Silicone cooking utensils. They protect your cookware, they are super easy to clean and they are sturdy! And everyone needs to have a good sturdy silicone spatula in their kitchen! Check out this one from CuliChef:

CuliChef Silicone & Stainless Steel Spatula - Black Solid Spatula Turner - High Quality Non Stick Heat Resistant Kitchen Tool

EASY TO HANDLE & USE: Easy lifting and flipping with our ergonomic designed spatula which allows you to handle your food conveniently and minimizes the risk of slipping thanks to the enhanced silicone handle!

TOP QUALITY COOKWARE: This non stick spatula is made of BPA free silicone and stainless steel that is FDA/LFGB approved and is heat resistant up to 445° Fahrenheit / 230° Celsius!

SAFETY FIRST: Our premium quality silicone grip and finish ensures that you stay protected from the heat while the stainless steel handle is long enough to keep your hands on a safe distance.

DISHWASHER SAFE: This silicone spatula turner is made of high quality materials and very easy to clean. You can either choose to clean by hand or you can use your dishwasher without any problem!

My Review: Solid is probably the best word to describe this spatula. Often times Silicone tools aren't reinforced with Stainless steel like this one. I am very pleased with this great product from CuliChef - it's a quality cooking utensil. The handle has a great grip on it making it easy to handle and easy to flip light pancakes and heavier hamburgers.

Disclaimer: I received this product free of charge in exchange for my honest opinion and feedback.

Tranquility Essential Oils for Anxiety & Stress Relief #Productreview #PhytopiaUSA

As you may have noticed, I have been MIA for a few weeks. Unfortunately, my family has had to deal with a loss of a loved one on their father's (my ex-husband's) side of the family. It has been very difficult to try to explain death to young children. My stress level has jumped considerably in the last month or so. It is rather challenging to keep moving forward with all the life things that have to continue on after such an event - still need to work, kids still need to go to school, house still needs to be kept. In an effort to help ease the stress I have been feeling I decided to try some essential oils for relief.

Tranquility Essential Oils for Anxiety & Stress Relief - 100% Pure & Natural - Therapeutic Grade for Calming & Peace 

ALL-NATURAL & SAFE: Tranquility is made from natural essential oils extracted from carefully-grown and harvested barks, roots, leaves and flowers. These ingredients have been used since ancient times by various cultures for stress relief. Unlike modern-day drugs or medications, Tranquility's raw ingredients have no known side effects and no relative safety concerns. It gives you the relief that you need without the potential risks.

IMMEDIATE CALMING EFFECT: Achieve a state of pure Zen with the relaxing calming properties of Tranquility. With its unique ability to help your mind and body relax instantaneously, it elevates your state of calmness while bringing joy and peace from within. Extracted from plants known to soothe the senses, stimulate mental clarity and help promote a sense of well-being.

RELIEF FROM STRESS & ANXIETY: Tranquility helps you beat the physical and emotional toll of life's stressors. These calming essential oils bring balance into our bodies and counters stress and tension. Aside from being known as one of the most effective essential oils for anxiety, Tranquility also improves your mood and reduces your chances of developing stress- and anxiety-related ailments.

SLEEP LIKE A BABY: Sleep does not come easy for a lot of people. High quality, natural essential oils can help eliminate these sleeping problems. Tranquility helps you achieve a better quality of sleep you can describe as blissfully relaxing. Its therapeutic properties help you fall asleep and stay asleep for as long as your body desires. Think of Tranquility as your best friend for those sleepless nights.

EASY TO USE EVERY DAY: Tranquility is convenient, safe and can be used in a variety of ways. You can achieve its benefits through massage and in the bath. Aside from its relaxing benefits its pleasant scent will stay with you and support you the entire day.

My Review: Sleep has been the most difficult obstacle for me lately. My hubby was very sweet and offered to rub the Tranquility oil into my neck and shoulders just before bed time. The scent is amazing, so soft and calming. Within in minutes I was feeling more relaxed. I have since taken to dabbing a bit on my wrists in the morning or putting a few drops in my bath when I get the chance. I am very pleased with this product - it is not super greasy and it has a very clean fresh scent - not musky like some oils.

Disclaimer: I was given this product free of charge in exchange for my honest opinions and feedback. 

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Portion Control is still one of the MOST effective Weight Loss Strategies!

One of the biggest determining factors of weight loss success is portion control! One of the easiest ways to assure proper portion control is to actually use measuring cups. If the portion size you are shooting for is ½ cup then get out your measuring cups and divvy it up. You will be surprised at what you thought was the proper size once you actually measure it up. Now this will work at home, but what about when you are out and about?? Here are some good rules of thumb:

3 oz of meat = a deck of cards

2 tbs of dressing/dip/spread/condiment = a ping pong ball

½ cup of pasta or rice = a tennis ball

1 cup of fruit or veggie = a baseball

You are probably confused by all of the different terms used when proper nutrition is concerned. Portion size and suggested serving are not the same thing, additionally, daily recommended serving is something else. A suggested serving is an amount determined by the manufacturer of the product. It is often a size determined to make sure that the nutritional facts are appealing – ie lower calories, less fat, salt, etc . It may not have anything specifically to do with portion size. A daily recommended serving is the amount of each type of food (dairy, fruit, vegetable, meat, grains and fats, oils and sugars) that the USDA has determined to be part of healthy diet. You can learn more about the food pyramid at http://www.mypyrimad.gov/ Portion size is the amount of any one food item that you eat in a single meal. This is the concept that is out of control in today’s food industry. Did you know that a bagel used to the size of hockey puck and not stack of 50 CDs? Or cookies used to be approximately a third the size of what they are now? By controlling our portions we can drastically change our current weight situation. There are several ways to do this.
  • You can buy special plates that have portions outlined on them (http://www.thinnerware.com/).
  • You can measure out eat type of food (as I mentioned above). 
  • Do not eat directly from the bag or container. If you are having some chips, put a handful in a bowl or on a napkin and put the bag away. Studies have shown that people eat much more then they intended when they eat directly from the bag/container. 
  • Wait about ten minutes before going back for seconds - this gives your body a chance to digest some and actually register with your brain that you are full or at least full enough. 
  • When you eat out you can split an entrĂ©e with your friend or spouse. 
  • You can order a small or single instead of large or double on every item (drink, fries, burger, etc.). You also want to remember that you should keep track of your calories burned during exercise, and add some healthy intake to compensate.

This is another one of those lifestyle changes that will take a while to acclimate to, but will have a lasting effect. This concept is not only for you but for your whole family. Getting your portion sizes under control will put you once step closer to an overall healthier lifestyle.