Mother's Day Gift Guide & Giveaways

Happy Mother's Day

Mom Central
Mom Central is featuring a fantastic Mother's Day Gift Guide with giveaways starting today and until May 9th, 2010.

Among the giveaways there will be Keepsake Purse and Petite Keepsake Box from See’s Candies, "L'Occitane Experience" Vivabox, and Shark Cordless Floor and Carpet Cleaner.

Week 1 reviews and prizes: (You must enter to win by Sunday, May 2)

Come join in on the fun! 


Disclaimer: "I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central. Mom Central entered my name in a random drawing to win a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate."
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Motor Oil Matters - $35 Jiffy Lube Giveaway

Motor Oil Matters: MyBlogSparkTM Giveaway

April is National Car Care and National Informed Women Month. And to help celebrate MyBlogSpark along with Motor Oil Matters and Shell Lubricants is sponsoring  a most wonderful and valuable giveaway of $35 Jiffy Lube Gift Card to use on your next trip to get your oil changed.

I participated in the Motor Oil Matters: Mom Knows Best Game. I am not boasting but I scored 100%. I hope you will participate by taking this short quiz which contains only seven questions. The website is full of helpful tips and suggestions. Does it matter if I change my oil? And how often should I change it are two of several questions you can find answers to at "Matters of Fact".  I always wondered what the letter "W" meant in motor oil names.

I look forward to using my Jiffy Lube Gift Card for my old Buick. I am sure one of my readers would like to win a $35 Jiffy Lube card to use on their next trip to get their oil changed. Find a Jiffy Lube location near you: http://www.jiffylube.com/findlocation/storelocator.aspx While visiting Jiffy Lube online, why not check out their specials?

I also want to mention a valuable automotive website called AskPatty.com(Automotive Advice for Women). This website is geared toward educating women. They are also found on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and many more. 


Winner: Amanda winnieayala/yahoo/com

This contest is open until Saturday, May 01, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. USA only. MyBlogSparkTM is sponsoring this giveaway and will be responsible for shipping the prize to our winner. Thank you.

Disclaimer: Thanks to MyBlogSparkTM for providing a $35 Jiffy Lube Gift Card to Loving Heart Designs for the Motor Oil Matters.org and Shell Lubricants Giveaway.
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UPrinting Rolled Canvas Print Giveaway

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About UPrinting

For over 25 years, UPrinting.com has been one of the leading online printing companies that provides high quality printing at very reasonable prices.Its famous Free File Review is a complimentary proofing service which requires no upfront payment. Top it off with its easy-to-use website and customer assistance, and you've got yourself a convenient way to start off a small or medium-sized business nationwide. UPrinting also offers marketing support services such as design, lists, and direct mailing.

UPrinting specializes in a vast selection of  business and stationary needs such as calendars, postcards, door knockers, and the list goes on and on.

UPrinting.com can be found on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter @uprinting

Thanks to UPrinting one of the Loving Heart Designs readers will win their very own 16 x 20 Rolled Canvas.SRP $20 To enter, leave your name and email address in the main entry to qualify.(Please read below for more details.)

Congratulations to #18 Lindsey (kindredspiritreviews at gmail dot com)

    Thanks to UPrinting.com for sponsoring the 16 x 20 Rolled Canvas Print Contest. The contest is open to US Residents only. You must be 18 years old to enter this contest. There is FREE UPS Ground Shipping. The contest ends Thursday, April 30th, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. The winner will be announced on Loving Heart Designs and their information sent immediately to UPrinting. Thank you for participating in this contest.

    Disclaimer: Thanks to UPrinting for allowing Loving Heart Designs to review this product.
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    eat the cookie ... buy the shoes: Giving Yourself Permission To Lighten Up by Joyce Meyer

    Eat the Cookie...Buy the Shoes: Giving Yourself Permission to Lighten Up by Joyce Meyer
    Category: RELIGION
    Publish Date: 4/13/2010
    Price: $19.99/$24.99
    ISBN: 9780446538640
    Pages: 208

    About the Book
    Engrained in our culture is the belief that unbending discipline is the only sure way to success. You must go to the gym five times a week, never order the dessert, and don't even think about buying that dress you keep staring at in the store window. Breaking from such a regimented lifestyle is a sign of weakness, right? Wrong!-and Joyce wants to tell us why...

    Though setting rules in our lives are important, it's just as important that we break them from time-to-time. Structure is a powerful tool, but when diverging from your own goals is seen as catastrophic, it can have a hugely negative effect on us. Balance is a core value in life and every once in awhile we deserve to indulge in a guilty pleasure or two. So don't feel bad about straying from your goals every once-in-awhile and in fact, embrace it: eat the cookie and buy the shoes!

    My Thoughts
     I am the first to tell you that I often struggle with indulging myself. I try to be sensible or frugal. An example: When visiting Savannah, GA I would love to eat at Paula Deen's famous restaurant, Lady and Sons, but I talk myself out of it. I begin by saying it's too expensive or I could spend the money on something more important.

    I got excited when I read the slip cover from back of the book. I wanted to learn more about feeling free to celebrate or indulge myself from time to time without feeling guilty. Too often, churches fail to share with us the celebrations in the Bible. And if God was for it all then I want to read the proof.

    What do you think? Should we be miserable and deprive ourselves of things like a simple chocolate chip cookie? Are we hurting anyone by doing so? Is this a sin? A mere cookies does seem like a simple thing to indulge ourselves with; but a beautiful pair of shoes is another thing. What about a trip to Europe? Giggle.

    I welcome you to browse her book from the Open Book widget posted above.  Is this a book that you would like to sink your teeth into?

    You can find Joyce Meyer on social media avenues like Facebook and Twitter.

    Win a copy! To enter, leave a comment telling us something that you would like to indulge in that you feel guilty about doing.(If this is a personal question that you wish to not answer, just leave a comment about her book.) Please remember to include your email address in the main post. Ex. gahome2mom[at]gmail[dot]com

    Winners: Denise, Becky and Yvonne
    Thanks to Hachette Book Group for sponsoring this giveaway. The contest is open until May 1, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST. This contest is open to USA only. Hachette Book Group is responsible for awarding the prizes to each winner.

    Disclaimer: Thanks to Hachette Book Group for sponsoring a giveaway at  Loving Heart Designs and permitting me to review a free copy of Joyce Meyer's latest book "eat the cookie ... buy the shoes: Giving Yourself Permission To Lighten Up".
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    Drying Apples & Bananas

     Drying Apples & Bananas

    From Recipes

    My family and I enjoy eating various dried fruits like apples and bananas. We purchased the Harvest Maid Food Dehydrator by American Harvest back in 1985 and it still does a great job. It is somewhat yellow and faded but it still works well. I mislaid my instruction booklet for it so I began searching online to find out how long to dry fruits and at what temperatures.

    You can find many helpful websites online to help educate in the art of drying fruits and vegetables. Whether you like eating dried fruits as a quick snack or using them in recipes, I would like to suggest using a dehydrator or one of the more economical approaches; the outdoor drying rack or the indoor oven. (See UGA link for more information about outdoor drying & the solar method)

    Each dehydrator has different settings. I used 140 degrees for the apple and banana setting. The fruits will take from 12 to 24 hrs to dry using the dehydrator.(See photo above) You should check frequently as to not over dry or under dry your produce.


    We hope you have fun drying your own fruits and vegetables.

    Thank you,
    Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs is not responsible for any mishaps that may come about if a consumer uses the Harvest Maid Food Dehydrator by American Harvest or any other dehydrator while drying fruits and veggies. Thank you.
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    Dolly Up

     Dolly Up

    Check out the lovely designs at Dolly Up. Any lil' girl would love to wear Dolly Up's beautiful Dolly Rose Dress. What's your favorite?

    Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs posted this review for a contest on Facebook.
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    Scholatic Storybook Treasures: Runaway Ralph DVD

    Scholastic Storybook Treasures
    Runaway Ralph
    Based on the Book by Beverly Cleary
    A Read-Along DVD
    SRP $14.95

    Runaway Ralph is a sixty minutes DVD that contains two stories: Runaway Ralph and Commander Toad in Space. Each story has the read-along option available and is recommended for ages 3 to 9.

    Runaway Ralph is based on author Beverly Cleary's popular book. In this story Ralph the mouse hops on his motorcycle and runs away from his home at Mountain View Inn. He quickly finds trouble and a new friend named Garfield played by The Wonder Years star Fred Savage. This is a delightful adventure story  which teaches problem solving and teamwork.

    The bonus story is Commander Toad in Space based on a story written by Jane Yolen. This interesting crew of both human and amphibian travel through space in the space craft called Star Warts. You will find amusing characters on this journey. You may even recognize the voice of Mark Hamill, better known as Jedi  Knight Luke Skywalker from the iconic movie Star Wars.

    To purchase or learn more about Runaway Ralph and other Scholastic Storybook Treasures, visit http://www.newkideo.com/. Learn more about the authors Beverly Cleary and Jane Yolen.  The World of Beverly Cleary can be found at www.beverlycleary.com. You can sign up to win books and much more.

    Also, Look for this Runaway Ralph to be released April 27th, 2010 at www.newkideo.com, Amazon and other fine stores.

    Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free copy of Runaway Ralph on DVD from Beth Blenz-Clucas of Foundry Communications.
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    Children's Book Giveaways

    Read It Before You See It! 

    Sign up for a chance to win the whole Ramona Series at BeverlyCleary.com.

    • 1 Grand Prize Winner will receive a signed set of Ramona books from Beverly Cleary and an iPod Touch!
    • 5 First Prize Winners will each receive a set of Ramona books.
     Hurry up! The last time to sign up is June 1th, 2010.


    • April is Poetry Month! Celebrate by signing up to win at Harper Collins Childrens: Poetry Month Contest!

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    Green Reading List for Kids

    Green Reading List

    Celebrate Earth Day April 22, 2010

    A great way to incorporate green thinking in our children is to offer them books on their reading level to encourage an Eco-friendly consciousness. Why not check out these titles sponsored by Lockheed Martin and National Environmental Education Week :

    Elementary School:
    -       The Berenstain Bears Don’t Pollute (Anymore) by Stan & Jan Berenstain
    -       The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
    -       The Giving Tree by Shell Silverstein
    -       Pee Wee and the Magical Compost Heap by Larraine Roulston
    -       A Day in the Salt Marsh by Kevin Kurtz
    -       Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
    -       The Dragon and the Unicorn by Lynne Cherry
    -       Forests for All by Melanie Richardson Dundy

     To view the full list of books, which includes elementary, middle and high school reading lists, visit National Environmental Education Week.  There is also a list for educators. For more suggestions, visit Children's Environmental Literature Biography(PDF).

    National Environmental Education Week can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

    Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs did not receive compensation for publishing this review.
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    He's Got The Whole World in His Hands ... And More Stories to Celebrate the Environment

    Format: DVD/Single
    Run time: 60 mins.
    Price: $14.95srp
    Ages: 2 - 8

    Help Save Our Planet on Earth Day's 40th Anniversary  

    Learn how to be green with Scholastic Storybook Treasures newest DVD called He's Got the Whole World in His Hands ... And More Stories to Celebrate the Environment.  This DVD has tips and suggestions for both the parent and child to help be more Eco-friendly conscious.This award winning DVD includes 7 wonderful stories: 

    • He's Got the Whole World in His Hands (song)
    • Come On, Rain!
    • Giving Thanks: A Native American Good Morning Message
    • Owl Moon
    • The Tale of the Mandarin Ducks
    • Patrick 
    • A Boy, a Dog and a Frog

    Each story is beautifully illustrated by talented artist and let's not forget the musical accomplishments! I like that you can opt to use the Read-Along feature if you would like to follow along. Whether a parent, grandparent or educator, these stories would be a wonderful addition to any home or school library.

    Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received for free "He's Got The Whole World in His Hands" DVD from Scholastic Storybook Treasures and Beth Blenz-Clucas of Foundry Communications.
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    UPrinting.com Brochures

    UPrinting Brochures

    Have you had the chance to view the wonderful brochure samples at UPrinting.com? Currently, they are having a SALE. Right now, you can receive 20% off various sizes of their Eco-friendly brochures starting at just $18. You can choose from various paper sizes, paper folds, color, paper type and much more. They even have helpful templates to download to make creating brochures easier.

    Whether you are in need of 50 or 100,00 brochures consider UPrinting to help in designing your next brochure!

    Check out the sample Spa Brochure from the UPrinting.com Blog.

    Disclaimer: I did not receive samples or payment for writing this review. Thank you.
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    Dwizzle Dee™ - Colors, Sizes, Songs & Imagination!

    Dwizzle Dee™ – Colors, Sizes, Songs & Imagination!
    30 minutes DVD
    Age: Preschool 1 to 4
    Cinema Werx

    From Cinema Werx ~ Releasing Nationally on May 25, 2010

    Dwizzle Dee™ – Colors, Sizes, Songs & Imagination!  is a new animated DVD series that introduces Preschoolers to wholesome learning using simple and fun songs, imagination, problem solving, and repetition. The colorful puppet characters make learning more fun. Before entering school your preschooler will need to know the basic fundamentals of colors, shapes, sizes and more. Let Ms. Ashley help teach and reinforce these fundamentals. Tag along with her students:  Lenny, Penny and Gifford as they sing songs and go on learning adventures.

    Also,  you can view an animated short story featuring a cat named El Gato that teaches simple Spanish to your Preschooler called “El Gato“ by Frankie Corrigan!

    This Preschool DVD Series was Approved and Endorsed by The Dove Foundation and KIDS FIRST! -- Coalition For Quality Children’s Media.

    Trailer Preview: http://www.metacafe.com/watch/4431004/dwizzle_dee_colors_sizes_songs_imagination_movie_trailer/

    You can find Dwizzle Dee™ – Colors, Sizes, Songs & Imagination! at Amazon SRV $14.95.


    My Thoughts

    This DVD is both entertaining and engaging for children ages 1 - 4.  I would recommend using this DVD as a mini-unit study for preschoolers and include the print out sheets located on the website for even more fun.


    Thanks to Damore Public Relations and Dwizzle Dee™, one of the readers at Loving Heart Designs will be winning a copy of Dwizzle Dee™.

    To enter, please visit Dwizzle Dee™ and tell us something you learned from their site. Please leave your email in the main comment. Thank you.

    Winner: degood kerrie(at)mayansfamily(dot)com

    This contest is open until April 27th, 2010 11:59 PM EST for USA and Canada residents only. The winner has 48 hrs. to reply with their information or another reader will be chosen as new winner. Damore Public Relations is responsible for shipping the winner their prize. Thank you.

    Disclaimer: Thanks to Damore Public Relations(Eva Marie Damore) and Cinema Werx for providing a FREE copy of Dwizzle Dee™  for this review.
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    Craft Time: Applique T-shirts

    Appliqued T-shirts
    From Sewing & Crafts
    I finally pulled out the ole sewing machine to make these appliqued t-shirts for my grandchildren. I found free alphabet templates online and printed them out. I bought t-shirts from Hobby Lobby at a reasonable price. I used scraps of material to create these cute lil' t-shirts for Melody and Gabriel. I hope they will like them.

    To learn more about appliqued t-shirts and items, visit Summer Sewing

    Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs

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    My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

    April is Autism Awareness Month

    My Brother Charlie 
    written by Holly Robinson Peete 
    and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
    Pictures by Shane W. Evans 
    Ages 4 to 8
    40 Pages
    RV $16.99

    About the Book
    Advanced Praise for My Brother Charlie
    “My Brother Charlie brilliantly underscores a deep acceptance for those with autism – it is a remarkable and inviting book.”  – Suzanne and Bob Wright, Co-founders, Autism Speaks

    "My Brother Charlie will stand the test of time in hearts of its readers. Here is a story that rejoices in what it means to be special" - Ervin "MAGIC" Johnson

    "My Brother Charlie is a book about how special all children are, and how every one of us can find value in uniqueness of people. Mainly, this book is about hope and love." - Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete

    Product Description
    This beautifully illustrated story is about an older brother with autism and is told from a sister’s point of view. We learn important lessons such as togetherness, hope, tolerance, and love.

    Holly Robinson Peete, bestselling author, actress, and national autism spokesperson, has paired with her daughter, Ryan, to co-author this uplifting book based on their own personal experiences with Holly’s son and Ryan’s brother, RJ, who has autism. Hardcover book retail value $16.99 (Amazon @$11.55)

    Watch a Video featuring the Authors

    For more information about autism, visit HollyRod.org. You can connect with them on Twitter, Facebook and other social media.

    My Thoughts

    This simple to read and beautifully illustrated book is a wonderful tool to help educate as well as instill compassion for others that are different than ourselves. I highly recommend this book if you have a child with autism or know someone with autism. This book is especially important in the lives of siblings that have another sibling with autism. I recommend this book for home, church and school libraries.


    Contest Winners: 
    1. Brimful
    2. 3 Boys and Old Lady
    3. Sarah

    Thanks to Scholastic and Big Honcho Media for sponsoring this contest. This contest runs April 9th, 2010 to April 23, 2010 at 11:59 PM EST and is open to USA and Canada. The winner(s) have 48 hrs to reply with their information or another reader will be chosen in their place. Big Honcho Media is responsible for shipping your prize. Thank you for your participation.

    Disclaimer: My Brother Charlie by Peete was provided for FREE from Big Honcho Media(Dina Vathis) and Scholastic at Loving Heart Designs and the review is of my personal opinion. Thank you.

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    Uncle Rock: The Big Picture

    Uncle Rock: The Big Picture
    Ages: 2 to 10

    New CD Due for National Release on April 13, 2010

    What a rocking fun CD! Uncle Rock(Robert Burke Warren) The Big Picture is a family friendly CD that is geared towards ages 2 to 10. There are fourteen fantastic songs for singing-along and dancing with. One of my favorites is the song "Sneaky Snake". My four-year-old daughter told me to turn up the volume because she wanted to dance to it.

    The Big Picture even teaches us to "Think Green" in a non-preachy fun way with songs like "Garbage Barge" and "Leave the Bees Be".Maybe you have heard "Leave the Bees Be" or "My Friend Bigfoot" on Sirius-XM Satellite radio?

    To learn more about Uncle Rock  CD's and to download for a limited time the song "There is No Way" on MP3, visit www.unclerock.com. Also, Uncle Rock CD's are sold at CD Baby. Look for Uncle Rock at MySpace and Facebook.

    Disclaimer: This product was provided for FREE at Loving Heart Designs by Beth Blenz-Cluca of Sugar Mountain PR.
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    Small Size, Big Sound! chicboom Keychain Speaker

    Small Size, Big Sound! chicboom Keychain Speaker

    I love products with hearts and I came across this adorable, yet functional lil' boom box keychain. The chicBoom Keychain Speaker sells for only $24 and can be found online at Chic Blvd. This lil' thing puts out 2 Watt Amp and plays for 4-hours.It hooks into a standard 3.5mm stereo jack. The batteries are rechargeable too. It is so small that it fits in palm of your hand. Don't you love the leopard print? lol

    My teenage daughter loves the sound. She said it is better and clearer than her own computer speakers. We rate it thumbs up! :)

    Disclaimer: I received for free a chicboom Keychain Speaker from Chic Blvd and ChicExecs.com to review.
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    Violet Love Limited Edition chicBuds

    Limited Edition chicBuds Earphones

    Violet Love Limited Edition chicBuds are adorned with Swarovski Crystals. This particular product has a built-in retractor that allows stopping at five different lengths and includes a tiny clip. You can purchase this item at Chic Blvd for $48.00.

    While visiting Chic Blvd check out the chicBuds Violet Love Exercise Kit. Retails $64. Also, there are several other chicBuds in various design patterns.

    Disclaimer: I review for ChicExecs.com.
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    Winners Announced

    Happy Easter

    Olay Total Effects Body Wash Giveaway
    ($10 GC Walmart) Ended

    Congratulations #110 Sohamolina of CA

    I have contacted Nancy but she has not responded yet. Please contact me soon
    with your name and address. Thank you.

    Yoplait YoPlus Giveaway

    Congratulations to Nancy


    Coming up ...

    Autism Awarenss Month: Win a copy of "My Brother Charlie" by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete beginning Friday, April 9, 2010. There will be three winners.This contest is sponsored by Big Honcho Media and Scholastic.


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    Presents for Purpose: Every Gift Benefits A Cause

    Presents For Purpose

    April is Autism Awareness month, Earth Day and Easter. Presents For Purpose has many wonderful items to share with others such as apparel, jewelry, accessories and more. There is something for everyone and for most occasions. There are categories of gifts such as Think Green, Think Pink, for him, for her, for kids, home and spa, and a wedding shop. Check out the selection of personalized gifts too. If you are undecided, you can even send a gift certificate. Gift certificates start at twenty-five and up. Why not drop in and take a look around!

    You can find Presents For Purpose on Twitter and Facebook.

    Disclaimer: This review was written for ChicExecs.com.
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