Virtual School Resources: July 2012   

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Back "Pack" To School With Green Supplies Event Giveaway!

 Welcome to the Back "Pack" To School With Green Supplies Giveaway Event hosted by Mama to 4 Blessings!  
Thanks to Green Apple Supply for sponsoring this fantastic giveaway!

As parents, Stephanie and Robert Tobor, founders of Green Apple Supply, want the best for our kids. And as global citizens, they were faced with the responsibility to care for our planet, and each other. What began as an endeavor to feed their family natural, organic foods has grown into a much larger enterprise. Now they are learning even more about potential dangers to children, and the planet, in cleaning supplies, household goods, office supplies…everywhere. The worsening state of our environment, climate change, and increasing levels of toxins showing up in children’s blood work combined to create a great passion for exposing their family to only the cleanest, most wholesome products.  When Green Apple inquired as to why individuals were choosing traditional products rather than opting for eco-friendly versions, they were typically given one of two answers:

1. Green products are too expensive.
2. There are too many choices, and some are not effective.

This was the beginning of Green Apple Supply! By utilizing economies of scale, wholesale purchasing power, and personal product experience, their endeavor made it easier for anyone to purchase Earth-friendly products, keeping overhead low. 
This is a non-profit effort. 
 Products are sold as close to cost as they can, while still keeping the lights on. Why? Because they think it’s the right thing to do.

Green Apple Supply is generously allowing me to give one reader a backpack filled with green supplies to start their back to school "green"!

Starting with a Bighorn Backpack - The rugged and durable Bighorn backpack has all the essential components for the modern individual, with the additional bonus of being made of RPET (recycled polyethylene terephthalate) water bottles. Recycle, reduce, reuse has never looked this good.

Made from recycled PET bottles!
Constructed of Repreve® RPET materials
420D polyester ripstop and 600D polyester
non-toxic dyes & materials and reflective piping
dual side pockets with ergo-padded shoulder straps
internal organizer pocket and moisture wicking mesh back
Sells for $32.50

And inside the backpack one winner will receive:

2 packs (12 i n each pack) of Graphite Pencils - $1.75 each
2 packs of Banana Paper (8.5" X 11")- $2.50 each 
Made from 80% post-consumer waste paper / 20% banana leaf fibers. Water-based inks.
Acid-free and bleach-free paper.
1 (2 qty) Glue Stick Blister Pack - $4.75 each
Almond Scented Glue Stick is non-toxic, non-solvent, and acid free. Best of all it smells like marzipan, an almond-based.
1 box of 64 Prang Soy Crayons - $3.50 each
Made from a unique soybean oil formulation. Our crayons are made from 100% renewable resources and do not include paraffin wax.
1 box of Ecolorgy Washable Markers (8 pack) - $2.75 each
Non-toxic washable markers made in the USA from 25% recycled plastic. Duplex tips draw thick or thin lines and if they start to dry out, rejuvenate them by dipping the tip in water.
20 pack of eraser pencil caps $1.25 each
1 Recycled Plastic Ruler - $1.00 each
1 Twin Pencil Sharpener - $1.75 each
Made from a minimum of 50% post-consumer polystyrene.
1 TerraCycle 3-ring Binder Pencil Case - Honest Kids- $2.50 each
Made from up-cycled Honest Kids drink pouches
Qty 2 2-Pocket Portfolio Folders - $.75 each
Fully biodegrade
1 Set ChicoBag- Snack Time re PETe, Set of 3 Colors - $11.50
Each Snack Time set includes three reusable snack and sandwich bags that feature a fold-over, hook-and-loop closure system that expands to fit a full-size sandwich, or folds over for smaller snack items. The bags feature a food-safe, water and stain resistant liner that makes for easy cleaning.
Water resistant natural cotton exterior & interior
Attached cooler bag is insulated with a BPA-free liner, so it’s safe for your kids
Adjustable, padded shoulder straps for extra comfort
Recycled plastic components, Hand wash, line dry
Easy, durable velcro closure for little hands
Zipper pocket in main pocket for change or keepsakes
Special name tag on inner flap
Non-toxic and lead-free, conforms to U.S. standards

Giveaway ends on August 22nd at 11:59 PM. Open to US residents only. Ages 18+.

Please use the rafflecopter form below to enter to win, daily entry available by tweeting!

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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Just for Baby Giveaway Hop!

Just For Baby Giveaway Hop
I'm excited to be participating in this awesome event hosted by
This Giveaway Hop features everything under the sun you’ll need for baby. Be sure to visit each blog from the linky below and enter for your chance to win some really amazing prizes! This event will end on August 10th at 11: 59pm EST.

Enter to win fabulous giveaways including a $25.00 Gift Certificate from Moody Sister's Organic Skincare

Moody Sisters sent me a product to try, and as these products are 100% organic, you will feel great about using them on your little ones! I tried the Vanilla Orange Body Wash and the scent is heavenly! What I really love it that I felt clean after using it, but my skin was so soft after drying off. 

Did you know the FDA allows manufacturers to list a single word, "fragrance" instead of listing their possible 100+ ingredients to make it smell nice? What else could be in there? You can see full ingredients on Moody Sisters products!

The Pregnancy Belly Cream, Baby Wipe Cleansing Spray, and Baby Balm for Diaper Rash are the products specifically for baby, but you can order anything with your $25.00 gift certificate if you win! Trying to get pregnant? The Love Potion Oil is on sale! Just sayin!

Also, any one who becomes a Facebook Fan can use the coupon code IMAFAN10 for 10% off their entire purchase! Feel free to sign up for their monthly coupon email here:

Enter to win on the rafflecopter below!

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Now go an enter all the other great giveaways!

College Prep Genius Review

I have been familiar with CollegePrepGenius for a couple of years now, so I was pretty excited when Jean Burk agreed to let me review the program for her.

My daughter is a junior this year, and she has big plans for college to study digital animation. She also wants to work for Disney, Pixar, or Dreamworks. As you can imagine, the college she wants to attend is pretty expensive. We are going to need all the help we can get financially, so her SAT scores have got to be amazing! 

Do you know kids who have not done well on the SAT? Maybe you had trouble, too. The fact is, many
smart students don't do well on the SAT because they simply don't understand it. 

From the CollegePrepGenius textbook, "Instead of studying content, these students need to study how the tests themselves are set up and how the questions are written to determine how to answer them correctly." You see, as the questions are standardized, the same types of questions come up over and over again. 

"Understanding the logic behind the questions is the key to test success."

How frustrating would it be to see your student study diligently and not do well, even taking the test several times? With CollegePrepGenius, your student can take the SAT with confidence knowing how the test is structured!

The textbook takes students through 
  • Time management: Learn the shortest way to the answer!
  • SAT structure: Know each part and how much they count!
  • Test objectivity: Questions are ALWAYS objective and NEVER subjective. Know the difference!
Part II is focused on Critical Reading, Part III is Math, Part IV is Writing, and Part V is focused on the scholarship search. This textbook alone is 325 pages! This course also comes with 4 DVDs and a workbook.

My daughter will be using this course as one of her classes during this school year as she will take the SAT in the spring.  We can't wait to see the results! 

Here are a couple of testimonials from the website:

My son, Sam, took your class last summer… We received his PSAT/NMQST score of 218. He became a National Merit winner and in return, received around $100,000 in scholarship money from Baylor! Thanks for your help.
- Patti S., mother of L.D. Bell student 

I took your class three months ago and my score went up 500 points! My brother will now be taking your class.

– Amanda M., Homeschool Student 
This is an excellent SAT prep course. My daughter Samantha became a National Merit winner. She learned key strategies, scoring very well on both the PSAT and SAT – she received an incredible scholarship to the college of her choice.
– Suzanne N., 
Visit the College Prep Genius website for more testimonials and a host of freebies just for signing up for the newsletter! 
Be sure to subscribe so you don't miss a thing at Virtual School Resources! 
I was given the CollegePrepGenius course in order to write this review.

Back to School Blast Giveaways!

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Welcome to the Back To School Blast hosted by This Flourishing Life, Tailor Made Momma, and Generations Of Savings
This event features items for all of your back to school needs. Each blog participating is giving away a prize or prize pack with a minimum value of $25, and the hosts are giving away prize packs with a total value of $1000! 
Grand Prize: This Flourishing LifeGenerations Of Savings, and Tailor MadeMomma are all hosting the grand prizes on their blogs. They are featuring prizes totaling $1000 in back to school gear for all ages. Head on over to their sites to enter!

But before you go, be sure to enter to win my awesome prize!    

"The No Brainer Way to SAT*" Success!  Featured on NBC, CBS & Fox!
Read my review on this amazing program here!

One lucky winner will win the 
CollegePrepGenius course which includes:
"Master the SAT" Class DVD
College Prep Genius textbook
Class workbook
Free shipping included!
Value $110.00!

Entering is easy! Just follow instructions in the rafflecopter below!

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Congratulations to Lisa H., the winner of the CollegePrepGenius Program!
I received a College Prep Genius Course in exchange for this giveaway.

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Portal in the Classroom

Have your kids played Portal? Mine love it. I mean, the LOVE this game!Portal is a three-dimensional game with "amazing, very life-like, incredible" graphics. (That description is brought to you from my kids!) 
It's always a plus when I read an article about a game my kid's love being used for education. According to Mindshift, Valve is now using Steam, their online game platform, to integrate the game into schools. This new initiative is called Steam for Schools, and it's available to teachers now. I just sent in my request, so I'll let you know if homeschool teachers are considered as well. Regardless, we have Portal, so I'm excited to see lesson plans developed to go with the game. Here is a snippet, but you can see the rest here.

For Physics: When students pass through two portals, they discover they can measure the period of oscillation and graph it.

For Math: With a program called Puzzle Maker,the demonstrate their understanding of the terminology of geometry. 

For Language Arts: Students take notes about character and setting in the story line of Portal. My kids have talked non-stop about how amazing the story is. Once the characters are mapped out, students can discuss how they are affected throughout the game.
Getting my kids to try this out will not be a problem! Getting them to stop, might be!

Have you checked out Portal yet? I'd love to hear what you think!

Update: Steam for Schools welcomes homeschoolers!

Friday, July 27, 2012

5 steps to a Back to School Swap Shop!

I know some parents are excited about school starting in LESS THAN A MONTH! I love summer vacation, so I'm not one of those moms! However, last year we decided to start after Labor Day (because we can), and we were sorry when we still weren't finished in June! We did take a couple of vacations, but still! This year we are starting on the 20th of August. I know we will do some traveling, but we want to be done within the first couple of weeks in May. See?! I'm already thinking about next summer!

Are you doing anything special to get ready for the new school year? A friend of mine has been hosting a "swap shop," and it got me thinking! Why not have a back to school swap shop with friends or your homeschool group? Here's what you need to do:

1. Pick a date for a lunch or dinner pot luck.

2. Ask everyone to bring a dish to share. As everyone else is bringing food, you supply the paper goods and drinks.

3. Ask everyone to bring clothing their kids no longer like or have outgrown. Ask them to be sure it is in good condition, and to make sure it's labeled for size. 
4. Ask everyone to bring any school related items they no longer want such as last year's lunch box, pencil cases, notebooks, backpacks, etc.
5. Plan a few games for the kids to help them get reacquainted with their friends from school. A fun idea for an activity would be to make individual time capsules by filling an empty paper towel roll with summer mementos, like photos of summer vacation, notes from friends at the party, height and weight at the time of the party, and a note about what the child is most looking forward to in this school year. Wrap the paper towel roll with tissue paper, tying each end with yarn. These would be fun to open at an end of the year school party! (There I go again!)  Enjoy!

What are you doing to get ready for back to school? I'd love to read about it in the comments section below!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

I Support Chick Fil-A!

Chick Fil-A supports the traditional family. Check out the Facebook page to learn more.

Free Educational Webinar on Spelling and Vocabulary

I have just discovered Reading Horizons at Home, and I'm looking forward to reviewing their products sometime in the next month or so. According to the website: 

"Utilizing a multisensory, Orton-Gillingham approach, this scientifically based reading program incorporates the tried and true teaching methods of teaching the 42 sounds of the alphabet, five phonetic skills and two decoding skills. These three combine to dramatically increase one's ability to read English."

I can't wait to share what I find! For now, I wanted to share that the company offers free webinars on a monthly basis, and the next one is tomorrow, Thursday, July 26th, from 10:00-11:00. You can sign up to attend here. Reading Horizons at Home also offers a free subscription to the Reading Corner.

Please share your thoughts here if you are able to attend the webinar!

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

4 Awesome Clubs You Can Start for the New School Year, part 1

My girls have both been in a number of clubs during the school year. It's hard to make the time between sports and other activities, especially if your kids are in traditional school and have homework. I remember those days! These aren't just social clubs, though we enjoyed the relationships we formed with the other group members. These clubs can really be life-changing for your kids. This post will have 4 parts, as I want to share how you can begin the process of getting your club off the ground for the new school year. (Yes, I know, it's less than a month away!)

Classics Club
At the top of my list, for several reasons, is the Classics (book) Club. In this club your children would meet once per month, reading a book chosen by an adult the leader of the group. The rule is that the book must be a classic. In the club my girls participated in, the book had to be 50 years old. I think it's okay to go with 40, but you really need to have a rule or before you know it they will be reading Twilight! 

Group by Grade Level

The kids should be in a group with students their own age, perhaps 2 to 3 grades grouped together, like 1st-3rd, 4th -5th, 6th-8th, and high school. You may think high school students would drop out of the club at that age, but they won't if you make sure it is fun and challenging for them.

Book List

Now that you have your groups, have a list your leaders can choose from. (Note: you could have the 

older group choose on rotation, but we found it worked better for the adult to choose. Try it both 
ways for your group.) We personally liked to have a complete list for the year, so encourage your leaders to choose over the summer. One book we used quite a bit for choosing is A Thomas Jefferson Education.  

This book is one of my favorites! You'll find a list in the appendices. Use the list for children and youth  
until they are high school. Look through the list for adults. How many have you read? Another resource for choosing is Amazon. Just search for classic book for ___ grade. Be sure to check the year it was published as I've found newer books listed occasionally. I also like, and Lit2Go, which both have a collection of  classics to read right on their site.You may have occasional challenges getting the books from the library. In Maryland, where I'm from, we could check out books for 3 weeks through the Inter-Library system (borrowing from other counties), but in Florida, we can only keep them for a week, and the librarians will scowl at you for even asking. (Don't get me started!) You might try ebay as we have bought books for a couple of dollars there. See if the group would like to do it together as sometimes you'll find several copies from one seller.

Discussion Questions

Next, search through Google or your preferred search engine for discussion questions. If you can't find questions (and I think this will be rare) you could come up with 10 questions on your own. 30-45 minutes of discussion works well. You will be surprised at how in depth these discussion can go! On the other hand, you may have to keep the younger kids focused. has an entire guide just for classic literature where you can even find generic discussion questions. Subscribe to the newsletter.

Theme and Food

Finally, have a theme based on the book. Food was always a big part of our groups. If the book is historical, find foods from that time period. Have the students sign up to bring a snack at the first meeting. You might try to encourage someone who is very creative (or has a creative mom!) to bring the snack the first month. This sets the stage and encourages other students to start thinking about what they might bring for their turn. Again, if the books are chosen in the beginning of the year, students will have plenty of time to think about what they might do. Printables are also available online for classic books. You will run into paid sites, but if you keep looking, you'll find plenty of freebies. 

A few of my favorites for discussion questions:

And a couple for printables:
Teaching Resources Classroom jr.

Please share other resources about reading the classics in the comments! 

I'll be sharing part 2 about a Classical Music Club in the next few days. This club can be so much fun! And remember, if you are homeschooling, this can count as music. My girls learned so much about classical music that adults are usually blown away by how much they know! 

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Archery's debut to the Olympics was way back in 1900, with 83 different countries appearing in the competitions. You can learn more about the archery athletes for this year on the NBC Olympics website.

I've known many homeschooled students who have pursued archery as gym class. ESPN has a great video of the science behind Bradey Ellison's archery skills. You can check it out below.
Have your kids every tried archery? I'd love to hear about it!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blogorama Bonanza Back to School Event!

August 20 will be the beginning of another 
back to school event! 

I'm excited to be a part of the Blogorama Bonanza Back 2 School event hosted by 

The event starts August 20, at 12:01 AM EST time and ends August 28, at 11:59 AM EST. 

This will be a big event, and I am going to have an AMAZING giveaway! Bloggers, get in while you can! 
If you love giveaways, be sure to come back and enter to win on August 20th! Let's have some fun!

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Disconnected in School

I read a brilliant line in a post today at Mindshift, one of the blogs I regularly read. The post title, 10 Things in School that should be Obsolete, makes a lot of great points, but this one particular line struck me, and it was the first item on the list: Computer Labs.

Why in the world do schools still have computer labs? As if they are still experimenting with the usage! Most kids are connected all over their homes, in the car, at the mall and the movie theater. Yet, in school, they are put in a room where they connect, and often, they are not supposed to connect anywhere else in the school building unless they are at lunch. Crazy!

If you are here regularly, you may have read my post Tweeting is Educational? Yes! This is how I envision school to be, and why we choose to school at home. Though we do use a virtual program, and I am not "teaching" as much as I used to, we are still at home, and can access the tools we feel are most beneficial. This includes educational games.

Bill Gates says "there are lessons to be learned from the enthusiasm kids have when playing video games, including that winning can be a motivator and that students should be able to move to the next level when ready.

I couldn't agree more. That's one of the main reasons we are at home. My older daughter was frequently punished as she was bored in school and finished early, but had to wait until the rest of the class completed their work. When did schools decide that was the way to handle advanced learners?

The Gates Foundation is working on a new game called Refraction, which though it's a work in progress, can be played now at The Center for Game Science.
Players save animals by manipulating fractions to match each animal's particular  required value.
I can't wait to see what the future holds for educating our kids with this new mindset. 

I'd love to hear what you think! Share your comments below.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Back to School Bash in August!

rainbow_of_crayons2_001 Back to School already? Don't worry, most of us still have another month of summer vacation, but the back to school bash is heating up! I am so excited to be participating in this great event hosted by Trista from Andersons Angels, Jess from MomVantage, Shannon from Mommy of One and Counting & Courtney from Joy of Momma Joyner!!

The awesomeness will begin on August 4 at 12:01 am and end on August 10 at 11:50 pm.  Come by and enter to win some great prizes from lots of blogs! I can't wait to tell you what I'm giving away!! Subscribe so you don't miss it! (You haven't done that yet??)
Let's have a blast getting our kiddos ready for school!

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Tweeting is educational? Yes!

One of my favorite newsletters about education, ESchoolNews, posted an article today about how Twitter is a great tool for educators. We hear so much about how Twitter is just a waste of time for our teens, how all they do is tweet about what movie they've seen or which Starbucks they are ordering their caramel macchiato from that day.

In the article, How Twitter can be used as a powerful educational tool, the authors tell of a recent event in Eqypt where, while President Muburak was speaking, the people of Eqypt were texting about their frustration. Right there in the street, they changed history. The point? Why not engage students by, instead of having them follow the news, having them follow the hashtag #Egypt to really be in the know about that event right then and there. Brilliant.
So the next time you are curious about an event, instead of turning on the news, log on to Twitter. Don't have an account? It takes less than a minute. Intimidated? Follow me @kellystilwell and let me know! I'd be happy to walk you through. It's a great resource!

Friday, July 13, 2012

Vizcaya Museum

Check out my guest post about our visit to Vizcaya Museum in Miami on joan & riahs reviews! Joan is a new friend and I just love her blog! Thanks Joan!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Fun Online Summer Courses

Though we are already halfway through the summer (can you believe it?) there's still time to enroll in a few awesome summer courses with The Studio by FLVS!

You can choose from these live workshops geared from Middle School students all the way up to adults! Why not take one with your child?

  • Digital Photography
  • Beginning a Sketchbook Journey: Feeding & Fueling the Muse Within
  • Homework Pizzazz
  • Cooking an Autumn Menu
  • Calligraphy & Illumination 
  • Fabulous Felting
  • Power of Google Docs
Each of the workshops cost $40. and include 4 interactive webinars, follow up activities with instructor and other students, and access to the recorded sessions for 60 days. 

If you've got a serious gamer from 10-14, you can enroll them in Gamestar where they can design their own video game. Check out Gamestar for more info.

If you have little ones, The Elementary Camp on Demand would be a great way to introduce them to online learning. With two sessions available and just $20. per session, parents can join their kids for a kick off and wrap-up and then choose when they would like to enjoy the online activities by logging in to the summer camp portal. 

Go to The Studio by FLVS for more information and keep your brain engaged this summer!

Monday, July 9, 2012

4 Steps to a Great Dual-enrollment Online Class

It's difficult to know whether your child will have an enjoyable experience with an online class, but there are five steps you can take that will improve the chances the class will be a success.

  1. Try to investigate the teacher. Usually, there will be at least one or two other parents who have had their child in the class. They are your best source of information. If you homeschool, post the request on your group's site. If you are in public or private school, ask a counselor. You can also speak to the the dual- enrollment department at the college. Though they may not know every teacher, they may be able to ask someone else.
  2. Look at the curriculum. Sometimes, this is difficult. My daughter has had classes that did not have a book at all, online or otherwise. However, you should be able to get a copy of the syllabus. This will at least give you an idea of what your child will be reading for the course.
  3. Read the syllabus! This may be the most important piece of information available. It will tell you how much each assignment is worth, and may even tell you what the final project will be.
  4. Get a list of the other students with their contact information. Sometimes, this is available once the course begins. At the very least, tell your child to make a friend and get at least one student's information. When working on that assignment where the instructions just don't make sense, that one email address will in invaluable.
My daughter has done extremely well with dual-enrollment classes. If you are thinking about A.P. classes instead of dual-enrollment, please read my post Dual-enrollment or A.P? As always, I'm happy to answer any questions you may have, and I'd love to hear about your experience with dual-enrollment classes!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

You could lose internet access on Monday, July 9th!

Before you go running to, I can tell you this is not a rumor. You could lose internet access on Monday, July 9th. Though the FBI has been on this for some time and most of us are safe, it doesn't hurt to check! 

Thanks to one of my favorite sites, Cool Mom Tech, I found out about this and checked on my laptop. Relieved, I'm not infected with that DNScharger malware. If you haven't checked, go here now to make sure you are safe. It takes a couple of seconds.

If you are seeing green, you are in good shape. If you are seeing red, go here for all the info to get rid of that nasty thing.

All okay? Good! Now go and enjoy the rest of this beautiful weekend!

Thanks to the FBI & Cool Mom Tech for keeping us safe!

Friday, July 6, 2012

Disney•Pixar Brave: The Video Game Obstacle Course and Giveaway

Ready for some summer fun? I don't know about your house, but my teens are gamers. If they aren't on their PC playing a game, they're on the Wii. Unless, of course, we're in the car. Then it's the Nintendo DS.

When Disney•Pixar rolled out their latest hit movie, Brave, my girls were at the theater within days of the release! The movie has been getting rave reviews, so they were beyond excited to hear about Disney•Pixar Brave: The Video Game!
Now you could win a chance to play as Merida or other characters from the movie as you brave your way through Scotland's rugged & mysterious landscape! Brave: The Video Game is available now on Kinect, PlayStation Move, Wii, Mac and PC, and is rated 10+.

To further engage gamers and fans of the movie, Disney•Pixar has put together an obstacle course that mirrors events in the game and movie, and challenged several popular YouTubers (including Tobuscus, Olga Kay, DaneBoe and Katers17) to see who truly is Brave

One lucky reader will win a copy of Brave: The Video Game  for Xbox, and two runner up winners will each win a copy of the Brave Temple Run Game for iPhone and iPad.  All you need to do to enter is watch the video below and comment on which obstacle course contestant you think is the bravest, and then enter to win below!

Giveaway Details:
One (1) grand prize winner will win a copy of Disney•Pixar Brave: The Video Game for XBOX 360.
Two (2) runner up winners will each win a copy of Brave Temple Run Game for iPhone & iPad. Open to residents of the U.S. Only. Entering is easy using the Rafflecopter below. Giveaway ends on July 13, 2012 at 12:01a.m. EST. Good Luck!

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Congratulations to the winners of the Brave Temple Run game for iPhone & iPad!

1st runner up: Alicia H.
2nd runner up: JD B.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

It's Time for the Made in America Giveaway Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Made in America Celebration Event! What a way to celebrate Independence Day...for 2 weeks! There is so much in store for you here and at the other 50+ blogs participating! Join the fun!

The Grand Prize is a Kayak from Lifetime Products 
PLUS $100. PayPal Cash!! Thanks to Joy of Momma Joyner and Woven By Words for putting together this amazing prize package and for sponsoring this event!

I am so excited to be partnering with 2 great companies to giveaway 2 awesome prizes!

If you have children with any kind of learning issues, check out this guest post from Learning Link Technologies. This company has just what you need to help your child if they are struggling with ADD/ADHD, reading or writing difficulties, or other learning problems. The program Building Blocks of Learning retails for $49/month, but one of my readers will win an entire year! That's a $588. value!!

The other giveaway is from one of my favorite companies, Knowledge Box Central, home of the $5.00 lapbook. KBC has put together a package of 5 lapbooks just for this event! See the American History package here!

Want to win one of these prizes? Entering is easy! Just follow the instructions on the Rafflecopter below. Two awesome prizes, Two awesome winners!
Be sure to tell me which one 
you want to win in the comments!
Good Luck!

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Congratulations to Sam H. for winning Building Blocks of Learning and to Carey P. for winning the American History package from Knowledge Box Central! Thanks to all who entered!

Now that you've entered here, be sure to visit all the blogs in this event. You won't want to miss a single one. That's why the event is two weeks long, so you won't have to!
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