Amanda Archives - Giveaway Blogdom

Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life – the DVD!

If you haven't had the chance to read Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life  by Wendy Mass, then you are missing out.  Actually... wait... no you're not because now this amazing children's novel is available on DVD!  Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life follows a boy’s adventures around New York City as he pursues his personal quest for the “meaning of life.” Just one month before his 13th birthday, Jeremy receives a mysterious wooden box with the words “The Meaning of Life – for … [Read more...]

Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry – Review and Giveaway

I am really excited to tell you all about my kids' new favorite bedtime story.  Have you all had the chance to become acquainted with Isabella and her many adventures?  If not, then what are you waiting for?!  Isabella: Girl on the Go by Jennifer Fosberry is a new book based on Fosberry's best-selling Isabella series. Isabella is a precocious little girl with a hugeimagination. She pretends everyday things (like the sandbox) are  extraordinary places (like the desert and pyramids of … [Read more...]

Touchtile Reading System from Learning Link Technologies – Review and Giveaway

As some of you probably know, I have been extremely busy lately with my latest community-based mission.  I am working with a group of teachers to try to start a charter school in my area.  Although I am not a teacher myself, my work with this school has made me incredibly interested in educational philosophies, brain research, and the process of learning.  Not only that, like many of you I am also a mom.  My son Johnathon is six and he is incredibly smart.  He can already do basic … [Read more...]

The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson – Book Review

When I first signed up to review The Priest and the Peaches by Larry Peterson, I actually thought I was going to be reading a children's book.  You can probably imagine my surprise when the book opened with a scene detailing the funeral for the parents of five young children.   Maybe it was because I had incorrect assumptions, but I have to admit that my very first impression of the book was a bit mixed.  I found it difficult to read about children being orphaned, and the author also … [Read more...]

The Dos and Dont’s of Giveaways

So you want to enter an online giveaway? In today’s world of blogs, social networking sites, mass marketing, and personal websites, it seems like everybody is offering something for nothing. Companies use giveaways to promote their products, increase their customer base, and develop repeat and loyal customers. Depending on the company, and the media they use to promote their giveaway, you can often find some pretty amazing free stuff out there in Cyberspace. But it isn’t always as easy as it … [Read more...]

Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Review and Giveaway

As most of you probably know by now - I'm not the world's greatest cook.  I don't seem to have a natural knack for it, but I do enjoy trying.  In spite of being a mediocre cook (or maybe because of it), I've discovered that I'm a little bit of an ingredient snob.  In my experience, the better the ingredients, the better the end product.  This holds true in all of my cooking endeavors, but it is especially true when I bake.  For instance, about a month ago I tried to back cookies using … [Read more...]

STELLALUNA Review and Giveaway

If your kids are anything like mine, every once in a while they discover a movie so much that they have to watch it over and over and over and over again until they've memorized the whole movie.  Then they watch it a few more times just for fun.  We just received STELLALUNA the mail to review this morning, and already my children have watching it three times and they were angry when I turned off the television and told them that it was time to hang out with me.  (Okay, I guess that's not the … [Read more...]

EatSmart Review and Giveaway

Okay, by a show of hands (a secret show of hands since I can't actually see you) - how many of us made a New Year's resolution to lose weight?  Now, how many of us have actually lost any weight?  If you are among the successful losers in this group congrats! and also I'm not sure if we should be friends anymore because I haven't managed to lose anything (and I tend to get jealous and bitter.)  Fortunately for me (and our budding friendship (-:)  I have a new tool that will … [Read more...]

FyrFlyz Review and Giveaway

Are you looking for a fun and simple way to make BBQ's, campouts, slumbar parties, and evenings more fun?  They you ought to check out the new, and incredibly amazing, FyrFlyz.  FryFlyz are a deceptively simple creation which basically look like a yo-yo with two strings and lights.   According to the company, "FyrFlyz are an easy-to-use precision balance lighted toys. By simply swinging the two strings and applying tension or allowing slack, you can create a continuous … [Read more...]

The Road Trip by Jo Lynn Crozier Review & Giveaway

Liz always felt God beside her, but she never imagined she would be in his passenger seat! In this humorous, heartfelt adventure story, God invites an ordinary woman to travel with him on a life-changing road trip. Along the way, they encounter fantastic beings, heavenly houses, and extraordinary communities that Liz could never have imagined. But this is no vacation. God has a lot to teach Liz, and behind all the whimsy is a deeper spiritual message with real-life applications. Buckle up and … [Read more...]

OXY® Clinical Acne Solutions Pack Review and Giveaway

As most of you have probably noticed, I haven't been posting much lately.  That's because I started a new job, made a huge move with my husband and family, started working on bringing a school to my community, and I've been dealing with some super-sick kiddos.  In short - I've been BUSY!  I don't know about you, but when I get busy, I get stressed, and when I get stressed out, I start breaking out like I'm fourteen years old again.  I don't understand it.  Shouldn't the reward of making it … [Read more...]

Zero Water – Review and Giveaway

I am so excited to tell you all about my favorite new product!  Zero Water is an unbelievable water filtration system that uses a five-stage filter to remove virtually all dissolved solids from your water.  My family is lucky enough to live in an area with clean, untreated water that comes straight from the ground, but I still prefer filtered water. First of all, I get kidney stones a lot (which are incredibly painful and something I'd rather avoid, go figure).  The doctor has recommended … [Read more...]

Daily Puzzle 8/24

Okay, time for another cryptogram.... Here's the solution to yesterday's number squares puzzle:   … [Read more...]

LightSpeed Tents Review and Giveaway

As a mom of three kids, I am always looking for new ways to make each day exciting for my kids.  Not only does an exciting day make them happy, it makes me happy because the hours seem to crawl by much faster when my little monsters are happy.  One way I've discovered to liven up any day is to pitch a tent and pretend that we are camping.  The kids love it, my husband loves it, everyone loves it...... except for me of course.  I hate pitching tents, … [Read more...]

You’ll Never Guess What My Daughter Swallowed!

So yesterday was an eventful day in the Allalunis household.  It all started at nap time..... I recently had a huge molar pulled and have been literally counting the seconds until I can put my kids down for their naps and lie down too.  Unfortunately for me, the kids don't always want to sleep (and it's still illegal to drug them right?!)  Add to that the fact that my two-year-old has learned to crawl out of her crib and nap time is rapidly becoming less of a time of rest and more … [Read more...]