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One Direction: This Is Us Special Mother-Daughter Screening Event In Atlanta, Georgia GIVEAWAY

My kids absolutely love One Direction, so when I heard about the new movie coming out, I knew she'd have to see it. We were so excited to be invited by TriStar to a special One Direction: THIS IS US Mother-Daughter Movie Preview Party!! The movie does not officially open to the public until August 30th. Plus, we get to offer a giveaway to our Georgia readers!

Here is a little more about the event:
One Direction: THIS IS US Mother-Dayghter Movie Preview Party
When: Saturday, August 10th
Time: The party begins at 10AM and the movie begins at 11AM
Location: AMC Sugarloaf Mills in Lawrenceville, Georgia
What: A special event for mothers and daughters to watch the new One Direction movie. PLUS, there will be fun prizes, gift bags, a red carpet photo booth and more! Seats are first come, first serve, so winners want to get there early for all the fun opportunities and good seats.

Ready For A Giveaway?
There will be two winners and both will win a code good for 4 ticket downloads! Bring your tickets to the event and you are in! 
This giveaway is open to US residents and ends on Tuesday, August 6th at 11:59pm. Please register only if you can come. Winners will contacted via email and given 24 hours to respond. Otherwise, another winner will be chosen. Good Luck!!


Enter The "Win $5,000 A Week Forever" Sweepstakes From Publishers Clearing House

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting sponsored by Publishers Clearing House. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating.

As a child, I remember my mom and grandmother getting so excited when mail from Publishers Clearing House would arrive in our mailbox. The thought of Ed McMahon showing up at our door was a dream for my grandma. I remember them talking about it all the time. Now that I am older, I still get excited when I see Publishers Clearing House mentioned. It reminds me of my childhood and, as you all know, I love sweepstakes and giveaways, so this is right up my alley.
Their current sweepstakes is so amazing and I would be so excited to win it! On August 29th, someone will win the "Win $5,000 a Week Forever" sweepstakes. Not only will the winner receive $5,000 a week for their entire life, but they also get to choose someone else to receive $5,000 after that. So, you can really leave a legacy behind to someone.

Of course, I've already started thinking about what I would do with this money if I won. What would you do?
  • First I would pay off any outstanding bills... Liam's hospital/doctor bills, credit cards, etc!
  • Put a down-payment on an eco-friendly car that gets awesome gas mileage. 
  • Go back and get my master's in Library Science! I used to be a librarian at UGA and would love to do this again one day.
  • I would start saving for my own children and for their future. My parents did not save any money for my college education and is was tough for me, so I want to have money saved for my own children. I want them to enjoy school without working full-time!
  • Lastly, I would save for our retirement days. I know we have quite a while before those days arrive, but I would love to have money already saved so we can travel around the world without worrying about money.
Can you imagine having an extra $5,000 a month? That would be absolutely fabulous. As for someone who would inherit the $5,000 a week prize, I'd choose my grandchildren so they, too, can build a savings, invest money and have funds for their own education.
Be sure to check out the sweepstakes, tell your friends about it and enter yourself for this great opportunity to not only win for yourself, but to do something special for someone else. Then, come back and let me know what you would do with the money if you win.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting sponsored by Publishers Clearing House. I received a product sample and promotional item as a thank you for participating.


Visit Your Local Park this July For National Park and Recreation Month #ParkRecLuv

Did you know July is national Park and Recreation Month? We love our local parks and, since we live up in the mountains, we visit them often for day and weekend trips with the kids. We can go biking, hiking or even just stay at one of the cabins. There are 9 state parks within 50 miles of our house and the one we visit most often is the Amicalola Falls park, which is absolutely beautiful and has an amazing lodge or you can even hike to an inn that is only reachable by foot! This area is perfect for families and makes for such a great day or weekend trip.
We also have several local parks that the kids love and, in fact, Josiah just had his birthday at one nearby. It has a playground and splash pad, so we could cool off afterwards.

We've spent so much time at local parks as a family and have made some wonderful memories together. Looking at all of our pictures has been a great trip down memory lane and I am sure there will be many more in the future. Here is a picture of Liam's first visit to Amicalola Falls at only a few weeks old, all wrapped up in a baby sling as we hiked around trails!
As part of Park and Recreation Month, the National Recreation and Park Association has one important question for everyone to answer:

"I Love my Parks and Recreation Because..."

You can visit the NPRA website for more information on their initiatives, free resources, a calendar of fun events nationwide and about their month-long weekly photo contest!

Yes, I said contest! 

We love our giveaways and contests here, so we are excited to share this one with you. Get out and about this month as a family and explore your local park or recreation area. Then, share your experience with them via social media. Easy, right? Go to the NPRA Facebook page, click on the Show UR Love Contest and enter for a chance to win a $500 gift card and more! Go and show some love for your local parks by snapping some great family photos.

I try to make summer vacation as fun as possible and this means we spend a great deal of time at our local parks. The boys just love running around and going down slides. I love that we get some great exercise and it gives them a way to get out some of their energy. We just recently packed a turkey sandwich picnic lunch and headed to a park, which the boys liked very much.

There is still time this month and during summer vacation to visit your local parks! Believe me, your kids will really enjoy the experience. Be sure to snap pictures for the contest, too. So, what do you like most about your local parks and recreation?

Join the Boys & Girls Club & jcpenney For The 'jcpenney Cares Round Up Campaign' This July #sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

We love our Boys and Girls Club and have always been excited to tell our readers about their wonderful initiatives. Not too long ago we got to visit one of the busier clubs in Atlanta and the kids had such a great time. I am thankful for all they do in our communities and that's why I am so happy to be a BGCA Back To School Ambassador!
For the month of July, the Boys and Girls Club has partnered with one of our favorite stores, JCPenney, for the 'jcpenney cares round up campaign'! So, for all of July if you choose to round up your purchase total to the nearest dollar while shopping at jcpenney, that money will be given to BGCA! That's right! You can directly help the afterschool programs in clubs across the country by rounding up your purchase and they will receive 100% of all funds.

So, while shopping at jcpenney for back to school clothing like we did, just round up your purchase for an amazing cause. When we visited the Boys and Girls Club in Atlanta, we saw just how much that one club did for the children and their community. We've also seen how much they have changed the lives of children in our own county. This is such a great cause and we urge all of our readers to do this because even if your rounded up donation is $.25, that can definitely add up and make a difference.

Be sure to check out the Boys and Girls Club website for more Back To School information that is great for both students and parents. You can even share your child's picture on their first day of school for a chance to win. Josiah's first day of school is next week, so we'll definitely have pictures posted of him proudly dressed and ready for the big day beginning the first grade!!

We will be working with BGCA the rest of the month, too, and will have some other great info to share in a few weeks, so check back! Are your kids starting school soon? It's such an exciting time and I can't wait to share all of it with you.

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


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Buzzworthy Books Of Summer iPad Mini Giveaway Event

When it comes to summer reading indie authors offer a refreshing alternative to predictable plots from big name writers. Here’s a list of ten titles from emerging indie authors, pick your favorite and vote on Facebook for a chance to win an iPad Mini!

If you enjoy the office intrigues of The Mad Men and the love story in The Notebook you’ll like this book.

Reviewer Comments
“Set in New York City in the late 1950's, this love story takes you into the heart of the advertising world. The office politics and drama are equal to that of the series Mad Men.  I could not help but fall in love with the main characters, Jay and Joanna. Their story is a lifelong love affair of twists and turns with a dramatic ending that I did not see coming. A book to enjoy." Published by Deerfield Park Books
Special Must-Read Price Cut! Paperback: $11.66 Kindle: $7.99 

If you don't like just plain old vanilla and want something different, Reluctant Gods is a series that transcends fiction fantasy by crossing genres into romance, humor, science fiction, and mystery and is sure to entertain while you enjoy the best of summer.

Reviewer Comments
“A.J. Aaron is a genius. I loved this book! It had fantastic images but the real story was about Sevilen accepting his power. I understood that everything is as it should be but the author's depiction of this concept is exceptional. The laid-back dialogue and cool characters mixed fantasy with what is usually considered a serious, esoteric subject. Leyna's mindset and sexual exploits are tastefully done. Quotes from Einstein, Toffler and Drucker reinforced the message. This book is highly recommended for teenagers and adults.”
You can find more about A.J.  Aaron on his website and on Amazon, and his publisher.
Special Must-Read Price Cut! A special promotional price of $.99 on Kindle and $8.99 in paperback for this 62,000 word 250 page novel.

A mechanics life is turned upside down when he learns of his fathers top secret past, causing him to team up with a beautiful CIA agent and two beyond gifted teenagers, to try to stop the Russian mob from deploying a futuristic weapon of mass destruction and a pending alien invasion of Earth. You can purchase the e-book here and learn more about the author on his website.

Reviewer's Comments
When you combine a near future world outlook with a science fiction twist you get Future Tense. “Eddie Upnick’s novel is a funny, intelligent, and thought-provoking page-turner. This writer’s creativity is off the charts! A great read.” Fans of fast-paced plots that intertwine history, romance, and fantasy will love Future Tense.

This summer, see Australia... on the run from a sociopath! Take a heart-thumping tour with Jo as she searches for her father's murderer while fleeing from a killer sent by a future society to bag her.

Reviewer Comments 
"Play or Die is amazing. Be prepared for tension that you have never experienced before as Jo tries to evade the psychotic Hunter determined to kill her. The book alternates between nail-biting suspense, action, and stuff that really gets you thinking." Visit the Jen Cole's website for more information.

This novel is a mock epic, a satirical, and an allegorical view of a dictator and his evil influences. Two friends share their manuscripts describing one of the first European settlements in the Americas; the finding of the original Journal of Christopher Columbus; the development of a cruel dictator; his extravagant wedding; the struggle of a hero against the dictatorship; and the end of it caused by the destruction of a great tsunami. It is a description of the struggle between good versus evil. This book will be perfect for anybody interested in reading literature: historical fiction, magic realism, religion, mythology, folklore, etc. because of all the entertainment and humor involved in it.

True story novel - building a new life from scattered and dangerous pieces.

Reviewer Comments
"Mr. Anka has truly penned a wonderful novel. I have always been a fan of real life stories, and this one is exceptional. The author has been through so much, and to share his experiences with pen and paper is a remarkable feat. This book is definitely worth a read." Be sure to like Mike Anca on Facebook.

"Taking into account terrorist activities of the United States and overseas, Foley explains how the pentagons and rectangles became a part of our past by premeditated terrorist acts. His writing style is intricate and requires the reader to delve deep into each word for clear understanding. His detailed account of how each 
formation appears structurally and by date is commended. It is an eye-opening view of a different perspective on world and terrorist events with both religious and nonreligious undertones". Read more about Mike Foley on Create Space

Master of Plagues is a must-read since it captures and holds the reader's attention from beginning to end.

Reviewer Comments
"Master of Plagues is a dazzling journey of magic, redemption, and forgiveness through super powers." Learn more about the book on D.B. Reynolds' website and watch a video about it on YouTube. Also, be sure to check out a great review of Master of Plagues.
Special Must-Read Price Cut! Originally pried at $8.00, Master of Plagues is now available on Amazon Kindle, Nook, and Kobo for a special low discount price of 0.99 cents.

Lunch with Lucille whips up a delightful dish of entertainment and inspiration, served by a fun-loving, sassy, female character who has a message of hope and optimism – a message all women need to hear. 

Reviewer Comments
"Lunch with Lucille by Annarose Ingarra-Milch is overflowing with humor and entertaining throughout. Lucille is quite the character and her sage advice will whet your appetite for more encounters with this unusually colorful lady. She has lived a rich, full life, and gracefully shares her adventures in an inspiring way. 
The reader is treated to simple, practical solutions to some prickly issues such as aging, confidence, self image, and achievement. This fast-paced novella is thought provoking and leaves you eager for the next installment."
Keep up with the latest book news by Liking Lunch With Lucille on Facebook and watching the Novel Trailer on YouTube

This saga promises action, adventure, history, politics, magic,mythology and twists while transferring the reader into a fantastic realm where anything is possible.

Reviewer Comments
"One great aspect of D.K. Cherian's novel is the excellent integration of background information about the Egyptian Gods without overpowering and deterring from the wonder of the novel. All of the characters are well-rounded, likable, and entertaining. The author does a wonderful job of drawing the reader into the world of Ancient Egypt with his mix of seriousness, humor, action, magic, and adventure. A truly engrossing fantasy adventure, this book is a must-have for any readers who enjoy mythology, magic, time travel, and page-turning plots." Be sure to like Godwar Hell Rising on Facebook!

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Search and Buy "On In Beauty" iPad Mini #GIVEAWAY

 With two kids and a busy family life, I need all the beauty help I can get.  I didn't always take good care of my skin, so now I try my best to treat my skin right. Now that is definitely possible with the new On In Beauty Beauty System. On In Beauty is a revolutionary new skincare system consisting of a nourishing topical cream and a naturally sourced dietary supplement that works on the outside and inside. 

On In Beauty is clinically proven to improve skin hydration, elasticity and UV protection in just 2 weeks.  It uses lutein, a natural antioxidant, sourced from marigolds which achieves fast absorption into skin cells to reduce wrinkles and fine lines.

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Reduce photochemical damage from the harsh summer rays with clinically proven skin care working ON your skin and IN your skin.  On In Beauty is now available at select Vitamin World stores.  Not all stores carry On In Beauty yet.  However, check out our search and buy contest below for your chance to win an iPad mini!  Simply click here to find your local Vitamin World Store and let us know in the entry form below if you purchase On In Beauty at Vitamin World as you will gain 10 bonus entries to the contest. 

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We are excited to join The Freebie Junkie and bring you this great event sponsored by On In Beauty

One lucky winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries to receive a 16GB iPad Mini (Wi-Fi) valued at $329!  Complete the tasks on the Rafflecopter form below.  All entrants must complete the mandatory entry to be eligible to win!  Good Luck!


Summer Fun With The Family At Our Bomb Pop Party #BombPop #sponsored

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Bomb Pop. I received  product samples, a party kit, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

We have a huge family and are very close, which means we are constantly getting together, celebrating and having a great time. The summer is such a busy time and it has been much harder for all of us to get together lately. Our little softball player, Rylee, is on the all-star team this year, so she stays on the go. We are so proud of all her hard work this year and we've wanted to throw her a party. Since we were all free this weekend, we decided to throw a big cookout party complete with delicious Bomb Pop ice pops, a favorite treat to help us cool down during all of this hot Georgia weather.

We spend a great deal of time outdoors playing and this day was no different! While our steaks were marinating for later, we started up the party once our guests arrived. Who came? Me, my husband, Josiah, Liam, Rylee, Ethan, Aimee and Jeremy! Our neighbors also came over to join the party with their two kids. While I was setting up some surprises in the backyard, Liam hopped on the swing set and the other kids took turns driving around the yard in the police car. These are two of their favorite things to do outdoors. Since we live in the country, they can drive the police car all over the place and have so much fun.What they didn't know was that I was sent an awesome Bomb Pop party kit containing all kinds of goodies! I'd managed to keep that a secret all week somehow.
Did you know Bomb Pop is an official sponsor of Little League Baseball and Softball? I played softball for over 7 years and look back fondly on those years. That's why I am so excited and proud of Rylee since she plays Little League softball, too. I've been watching Rylee progress as a player from the year she started t-ball and boy has she improved! It's amazing how well 7 and 8 year-olds can hit the ball into the outfield and round the bases. It makes me nostalgic for my days on the baseball field and the first time I tried a Bomb Pop. 
We couldn't invite Rylee's entire team over for a game, unfortunately, but we did set up an awesome Bomb Pop Home Run Toss for everyone to play. We are all huge baseball fans and my husband watches the Braves every single time they play, so even the adults were excited to give this game a try. Josiah was so excited to get 6 home runs, but my aim, on the other hand, was in need of practice.

The kit also included Bomb Pop Key Chains and foam Bomb Pop baseballs that the kids loved. We usually play a family wiffle ball game, but this time we used the foam balls instead and they worked perfectly. Plus, it didn't hurt as bad when someone inevitably got hit in the forehead (ahem, and when I say someone I mean ME)! 
While all of this was going on, my husband was cooking steaks and the smell was killing us! It was finally time to eat and that is exactly what we did. Unfortunately, I was so swept into the moment that I forgot to snap a picture until afterwards. Apparently it was pretty good because this is all that was left:
After eating, we were back to playing and the boys thought it was time for some golfing. Liam and Ethan are golfing buddies, after all, so they took turns swinging their clubs and whacking the ball across the yard. Ethan has quite a swing for a little one!
About this time I brought out the real treat of the evening... Bomb Pops! We were sent a variety of delicious flavored pops, including the Original Bomb Pops, Hawaiian Punch Bomb Pops, Sour Wower Bomb Pops and Sugar-Free Bomb Pops!
I will never forget the first time I tried a Bomb Pop many years ago. It was a hot summer day and we'd just gotten finished playing a softball game at our local field. As always, we ran to the concession stand for drinks and treats, but on this day they had Bomb Pops!
There are certain items I associate with summer and Bomb Pops are definitely part of that group. I love all of the different flavors, especially the blueberry, and I don't feel like they are too sweet. With the temperatures well into the 90s here, sometimes air conditioner doesn't quite do the trick, but a Bomb Pop not only tastes great, but cools you down, too. 
Rylee had never tried a Bomb Pop before, but by the end of the weekend she had eaten many and was a quite a fan. She was asking if we could get more of the Sourer Wowers since they were gone. How could I say no? I've been eating Bomb Pops every time they do, so I'm definitely up for more. We had such a great time at the party and it carried through the entire weekend. I love making special memories for the kids and that's exactly did this weekend with Bomb Pops! 

What do you and your family love to do outdoors during the summer months? Have you ever had a Bomb Pop? 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Bomb Pop. I received  product samples, a party kit, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.