The Braces Cookbook Giveaway

The Braces Cookbook Giveaway
The Braces Cookbooks

Everyday Food Recipes is offering a set of Braces Cookbooks to three lucky winners. I immediately wanted to blog this one because our teenager will be getting braces in the near future. If you would like a chance to win a copy visit Recipe Lion today. This contest ends October 31, 2010 at 11:59 EST.



Connecting for a Cure - Pink Together

Recognizing the tremendous impact breast cancer continues to have on millions of lives, General Mills created Pink Together. Now in its fourth year, Pink Together is a campaign that aims to raise greater awareness of the disease and to help those touched by breast cancer find strength together.

Individually we are strong, but together we are stronger. We encourage you to visit PinkTogether.com, an ever-growing community of hope of more than 680,000 breast cancer survivors and supporters. There you can share stories, post comments of encouragement and send virtual flowers to let someone know you are thinking of him or her.

On this site, you can also read the empowering stories from the 2010 Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors, five incredible individuals whose courage in the face of breast cancer serves as a source of inspiration:

  • Ebony Steele - This three-year survivor serves as a National Ambassador for Susan G. Komen for the Cure´s® Circle of Promise, an effort focused on fostering breast cancer awareness, support, empowerment and action among African American women.
  • Eli Arroyo-Allen - A two-year survivor, Eli is the founder of the Loving Life/Amando La Vida program supporting Latina women with breast cancer.
  • Ginger Johnson - A mother and four-year survivor, Ginger is the director of Happy Chemo!, whose mission is to bring happiness to those dealing with the negative effects of chemotherapy and cancer.
  • Libby Pomroy - Libby is a two-time, 15-year survivor and a General Mills employee.
  • Nicole Vazquez - This three-year survivor is a Komen breast cancer activist in the Latino community.

These Survivor Ambassadors and their empowering stories will also be featured on the Pink Together Facebook fan page and YouTube channel, and on special pink packaging on your favorite General Mills´ brands like Cheerios® Cereal, Green Giant® Frozen Vegetables and Nature Valley® Granola Bars. If you or someone you know would make a great candidate for next year´s Pink Together Survivor Ambassadors, please visit PinkTogether.com for more information.

To encourage personal connections in the online community, General Mills will donate $1 (up to $20,000) to Komen for each inspirational story submitted, encouraging comment posted, or virtual flower of support sent on PinkTogether.com, and for each shared message of hope posted on Pink Together´s Facebook fan page during the month of October (up to $5,000). This $25,000 is in addition to the $2 million donation General Mills has committed to Komen to advance breast cancer research and support education and community outreach projects. 

Connecting for a Cure Gift Pack

Loving Heart Designs was provided with a "Connecting for a Cure" gift pack that includes a Pink Ribbon car magnet and key chain, travel mug, and drawstring backpack, along with coupons for free packages of one Big G cereal, Green Giant® Frozen Veggies, Macaroni Grill® Dinner Kits, Fiber One® Bars and Progresso® Soup. 


My sister-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. She is celebrating her fifth year of surviving. She still has much to deal with but overall she is doing fine. I believe she would like all women to remember to do a monthly check-up at home and if they feel something no matter how small is maybe, make an appointment to see your family doctor immediately. My sister-in-law did not go do this right away and it hurt her.  We are happy she is sharing her story with others now. 


Contest Time:
As a special gesture one of our readers will win an additional gift pack with all the items listed above(coupons instead of actual products). All of the items included in the gift packs are from ShopKomen.com, where 25 percent of the merchandise purchase price benefits Komen. 

Congratulations to Katrina! She won the Pink Together Giveaway.

This Connecting for a Cure contest will run from October 12th to October 30, 2010 at 11:00 AM EST. The winner will be contacted by email and have 48hrs to respond with their information. MyBlogSpark will be responsible for shipping the prize to the winner. Thank you.

Disclaimer:  Loving Heart Designs thankfully received information and a Connecting for a Cure gift pack from GeneralMills through MyBlogSpark. 


Chat LIVE with NFL Running Back Shaun Alexander

Chat LIVE with NFL Running Back Shaun Alexander

The Walk by Shaun AlexanderChat LIVE with NFL running back Shaun Alexander

Date: Thursday, October 21st, 2010
Time: 6pm EST

Shaun will be discussing his new book The Walk: Clear Direction and Spiritual Power for Your Life and answering YOUR questions.

WIN an autographed football or a signed copy of The Walk!

Help us promote the Shaun Alexander Livestream broadcast and you could win a signed copy of The Walk and an autographed football signed by Shaun! Details

Livestream Broadcast to be held at...

About Shaun
Shaun Alexander was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks after a standout football career at the University of Alabama. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, in 2005 he set an NFL record by scoring twenty-eight touchdowns. In the same season, he set a team record by gaining 1,880 rushing yards and leading his team to the Super Bowl. Today, Shaun travels the country speaking to business and military audiences, at sports camps, and at churches and Christian conferences--appearing in front of thousands of people. He is a gifted communicator and Bible teacher who points listeners toward exceptional achievement by aligning their lives with God?s perfect will. [more info]

Watch live streaming video from WaterBrookMultnomah at livestream.com

Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs often reviews products that have been provided for free. Thank you.

Two Leaves and a Bud

Two Leaves and a Bud

Two Leaves and a Bud

Join Two Leaves and a Bud CEO and Founder Richard Rosenfeld on the new Facebook page. He will be answering all tea related questions that tea drinkers have been wondering about.  Have you ever wondere3d what it is like to visit tea gardens around the world?  What food is best paired with a black breakfast tea? What are the next teas two leaves and a bud teas they  plan on bringing to the market?  All types of questions from tea enthusiasts  are welcome.

Date: Thursday, October 21, 2010
Time:   9 am - 11 am MST
Facebook: twoleavesandabud


Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs often reviews products that have been provided for free. Thank you.

The Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Vol 2 DVDs

Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics 2
OCTOBER 26, 2010


100 award-winning and classic children’s stories are faithfully adapted and brought to rich life in THE SCHOLASTIC TREASURY OF 100 STORYBOOK CLASSICS #2, a comprehensive 17-DVD collection, the follow-up to the original best-selling treasury.

From “Goodnight Moon” and the beloved adventures of Corduroy to Red Riding Hood, this colossal set features nearly 20 hours of quality entertainment which together have won more than 115 awards including the prestigious Caldecott Medal and Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Children’s Video. Packed with celebrity narration from stars such as Zach Braff, Abigail Breslin, Stockard Channing, Mia Farrow, Cyndi Lauper, John Lithgow and many others, this must-have gift set also features Scholastic’s innovative read-along function that highlights words as they are read, supporting early literacy skills. Along with additional fun and mind-stimulating activities, interviews with authors and illustrators and 9 stories in Spanish, THE SCHOLASTIC TREASURY OF 1000 STORYBOOK CLASSICS #2 should be on everyone’s holiday list in 2010!

The TREASURY features classic stories such as “Bark George”, “Bear Snores On”, “Caps for Sale”, Diary of a Worm”, “The Dot”, “The Emperor’s New Clothes”, Giggle Giggle Quack”, “Is Your Mama a Llama?”, “Joseph Had a Little Overcoat”, “Miss Nelson Has a Field Day”, “The Night Before Christmas”, “So You Want to Be President”, The Teacher From the Black Lagoon”, “Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin” and many, many more on the following DVDs:
  • Goodnight Moon  
  • Corduroy  
  • The Wheels on the Bus  
  • Good Night, Gorilla  
  • The Night Before Christmas  
  • Is Your Mama a Llama?  
  • Giggle Giggle Quack  
  • There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly  
  • The Hans Christian Andersen Collection  
  • The James Marshall Fairytale Collection  
  • He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands  
  • The Teacher From the Black Lagoon  
  • Miss Nelson Has a Field Day  
  • Antarctic Antics  
  • Crazy Hair Day  
  • So You Want to Be President? 
  • A Very Brave Witch 

Format: DVD/17 Discs
Run time: 19 hrs., 12 mins. + extras
Price: $99.95srp
My Thoughts

My children and I are fans of the Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Volume 2. Among the seventeen DVDs, one of our favorites is the Hans Christian Andersen Collection. We enjoy watching and hearing The Ugly Duckling, Nightingale, The Little Match Girl and others over and over again. Another favorite is The James Marshall Fairytale Collection with Red Riding Hood, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, Hansel and Gretel and more. I am sure you will find many favorites to watch over and over again with your child or grandchild.

Added bonuses include the wonderful read-along option for each story. Each DVD contains follow-up questions, reviews with authors and illustrators. There are nearly twenty hours of fun and educational entertainment for your child to participate in. We would like to applaud each illustrator for the wonderful artwork and the narrators for doing a superb job in telling each story.

For more information, please visit www.newkideo.com or www.scholastic.com. You can write your own reviews, download free coloring pages and lots more.

Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free copy of  The Scholastic Treasury of 100 Storybook Classics Vol 2 DVDs from NewKideo & Weston Woods Studios, Inc. through Foundry Communications.


The Halloween Stories Collection

The Halloween Stories Collection

This October, as dusk falls, the wind whips and crazy costumes are the talk of school, Scholastic doles out the treats with THE HALLOWEEN STORIES COLLECTION, a spacially-priced 3 DVD set featuring 18 slightly scary stories perfect for the spooky-ooky season!

Across thre best-selling DVDs WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE, A VERY BRAVE WITCH and THE TEACHER FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, kids will thrill to unwrap storytime favorites such as "By the Light of the Halloween Moon", "A Dark, Dark, Tale", "Georgie", "The Witch in the Cherry Tree", "The Three-Legged Cat", and many more, narrated by Elle Fanning, Calista Flockheart and others! And, more treats abound with author interviews and both the French and Spanish versions of "Where the Wild Things Are"!

Format: DVD/3 Discs
Run time: 2 hrs., 55 mins. + extras
Price: $24.95srp


My daughter is five years old and she still has some fear when it comes to witches and ghosts. One of my daughters favorite stories is from "A Very Brave Witch" DVD called The Three-Legged Cat. It is a funny story about a cat that is mistaken as a fur hat. She enjoyed the stories with other cats, too.

"Where the Wild Things Are" is a popular story that has recently become a movie. I get a kick out of all the classic stories and the wonderful illustations. The Halloween Stories Collection DVD ia a wonderful gift set for any Trick-or-Treat bag.

Contest Time:
The Halloween Stories Collection on DVD is sponsored by NewKideo and Scholastic through Foundry Communtications. to enter, tell us your favorite story from The Halloween Stories Collection. Please leave your name and email in the main comment. Thank you.

Congratulations to Yvonne H. She won the 3 -DVD story collection. :)

This contest runs from October 16th to October 23rd, 2010 at 11 PM EST. The sponsor will be responsible for shipping the winner their prize. The winner has 48 hrs to reply once contacted by Loving Heart Designs. This contest is open to the US only.(18+ older) Thank you for participating in this contest.
Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs received a free set of The Halloween Stories DVD Collection through Foundry Communications for Scholatic, NewKideo and Weston Woods Studio, Inc.


80 hours of Ahhhhhhh - Febreze Wooden Wick Candles

Febreze home Collection
No fireplace, no problem. Breathe a sigh of relief because the new Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick candle has you covered. Bring the calming crackle of a burning fire into your home anytime of year with 80 hours of "ahhhhhhhh."

Available in nine premium scents, these tranquil candles are specially designed with a wooden wick to recreate the ambiance and sound of a crackling fire indoors. Offering a brilliant range of everyday fragrances, Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick candles can help inspire a scent and design transformation in your home. 

Febreze Wooden Wick Candles

Be sure to look for Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick candles at your local Walmart in fragrances like Green Tea Citrus, Pomegranate Mango, Cranberry Pear, Orange Honeycomb, Rosewood Plum and Willow Blossom; as well as seasonal scents that include Anjou Pear Spice, Gingersnap Vanilla, and Yumberry Sangria.

$15 Walmart Gift Card

My Thoughts

My family and I received the  Rosewood Plum, Cranberry Pear and Anjou Pear Spice Candles to sample from the newest Febreze home Collection of Wood Wick Candles. We all took a vote and we like them all with a preference for the Cranberry Pear. Since our weather has turned cooler it has put us in the mood for the upcoming holidays and this scent with it's amazing crackling sound does the trick. My husband stole away with one of them to his office to enjoy the fragrant scent while he worked. We can not wait to try all the scents. I think we will consider purchasing the Gingersnap Vanilla, Orange Honeycomb and Green Tea next. Gingersnap Vanilla should be a hit for the Christmas holiday season.  We are amazed that these candles will last up to 80 hours. We hope you will consider trying one of the nine new Wooden Wick  Candles in your home too. 

Visit Febreze on Facebook or Febreze on Twitter and “Like” or “Follow” the brand to keep up with the latest news from Febreze.

Loving Heart Designs was provided with a Febreze Wooden Wick Candle Kit that included 3 Febreze Wooden Wick candles. Also, included was a $15 Walmart Gift Card to share with one of he Loving Heart Designs readers. 

Congrats to #12 JC. You won! tcarolinep at gmail dot com

 This Febreze Home Collection Giveaway was made possible by Febreze through MyBlogSpark. This contest will run from Friday, October 15, 2010 to Wednesday, October 30, 2010 at 11 PM EST. The winner will be contacted by Loving Heart Designs and has 48 hrs to reply with the appropriate information. Loving Heart Designs will be shipping the prize to the winner and is not responsible if the prize becomes lost or stolen. Thank you.

Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs happily received a Febreze Home Collection Wooden Wick Candle set from Febreze through MyBlogSpark.
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Meet the SqueeGees - the SqueeGees

the SqueeGees $9.99 Target

 “Meet The SqueeGees” CD Available Exclusively At Target September 21, 2010

New Band Member and New Song Highlight Band’s CD
About Embracing A Healthy Lifestyle      

LOS ANGELES -- (September 13, 2010) – The SqueeGees, the beloved children’s group known for their irresistibly catchy and playful music, are back with a new lineup, song and vision to live a healthy and green lifestyle. Their heavily awaited CD, Meet The SqueeGees is available exclusively at Target, Target.com and Target at iTunes starting September 21, 2010.

Featuring rich vocal harmonies, acoustic guitars and a shaker or two, The SqueeGees are thrilled with the newest addition to the band, Pierre de Reeder, a well-known bassist from popular indie band, Rilo Kiley, and father of two children. The new song, “Tweet, Tweet, Tweet,” is a lively rollicking adventure that appeals to children of all ages.  Meet The SqueeGees takes a fresh approach to delivering important messages to children such as living healthy and embracing a green lifestyle, all camouflaged in sophistication and coolness. 

Featuring 14 educational and humorous tracks that parents will love, the positive songs all have wonderfully sweet messages. The band’s younger fans will enjoy singing and dancing to songs such as “Apples, Oranges and Peaches” (healthy eating), “Nala the Chihuahua” (animal rescue), “The Elements of the Earth” (environmental awareness) and “Rules of the Road” (educational), among others.

The SqueeGees set themselves apart from the traditional genre of children’s music by creating meaningful music with themes such as saving our planet and healthy living that is fun, entertaining and playful. The songs are liberating, sweet and enjoyable for toddlers, parents and grandparents.  Band members Samantha Tobey, Pierre de Reeder and Rich “Shaka” Sherwood are the kids-at-heart behind this grassroots musical journey.  Tobey, a prolific singer/songwriter/musician is a former “Mommy and Me,” and music and movement teacher. Pierre de Reeder, a gifted bass player is an accomplished singer/songwriter and Rich “Shaka” Sherwood, the drummer enjoys teaching drum lessons to children.
The SqueeGees’ music “Making Noises” was featured on the hit Warner Bros television series “Gilmore Girls.” The band has performed at a number of Los Angeles venues including The Festival of Books, The Skirball Center, Zimmer Museum and The Americana. Upcoming fall 2010 performances include Kidspace Museum in Pasadena and The Grove in Los Angeles. 

For more information about The SqueeGees visit http://www.meetthesqueegees.com/


My Thoughts

My family and I always enjoy listening to good clean music for our children and grandchildren. There are 14 educational and entertaining songs on the SqueeGees newest CD called "Meet the SqueeGees". You can listen and download full versions of some of their songs at the website, Meet the SqueeGees. What a fun way to learn how to live healthier, help animals and the environment with family safe songs like, "Apples, Oranges and Peaches"(healthy living), I-D-E-A(environmental awareness) and many others.  You can find this new CD at your local Target or online at Target.com($9.99) and at Target iTunes. 

 Meet the SqueeGees Track listing:

1. Apples oranges & peaches
2. Rules of the road
3. Nala the Chihuahua
4. Bubbles
5. The ol’ WWW
6. Jonathon the tree
7. I-D-E-A
8. De colores (Spanish)
9. Ivan the terrible
and many more...

Disclaimer:  Loving Heart Designs received a free copy of Meet the SqueeGees - the SqueeGees CD from Eva Marie  of Damore Public Relations for this review. Thank you.
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Wreaths of Maine

 Wreaths of Maine

Decorating your home for the holidays should be filled with the wonderful scent of balsam fir. How can you get that great aroma in your home this coming holiday season? Why not check out Wreaths of Maine. They sells wreaths, swags, sprays and roping.

Wreaths of Maine is run by a homeschool family located in Down East Maine. Their wreaths are affordable and they will ship to all fifty states and beyond.

My family and I had the privilege of living in Down East Maine many years ago and we decorated our home with several of their wreaths.  The smell throughout the home is wonderful and helps put you in the holiday spirit.

95% of their wreaths are sold by fundraisers. Selling wreaths earns you $6.00 per wreath! If you need a fundraising product for this season, check out Wreaths of Maine. They will set you up with a fundraising sales packet.

Disclaimer: Loving Heart Designs did not request or receive a wreath for this review. Thank you.
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Justin Roberts' TRICK or TREAT Family Concert

Justin Roberts’ Trick or Treat Family Concert Tour
"Everyone's outside, bags are open wide,
Cuz we're ready to trick-or-trick-or-trick-or-trick-or treat!
Falling leaves will soar, we'll go door to door,
Cuz we're ready to trick-or-trick-or-trick-or-trick-or TREAT!"
    -Justin Roberts, from the song "Trick or Treat"

On October 31st, kids all around the nation will be running around their neighborhoods and filling their bags with candy. It's Halloween! And we have the perfect soundtrack for the holiday. Justin Roberts' new song, "Trick or Treat" (listen now: http://www.justinrobertsmusic.com/trickortreat.php) is a special treat that we want to throw into your bag of sweets.

Justin and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will visit several cities for their “Trick or Treat” family concert tour during October:

·        Saturday, October 2 – Riverside Arts Market, Jacksonville, FL
·        Sunday, October 3 – Eddie’s Attic, Decatur, GA
·        Saturday, October 9 – Wealthy Theatre, Grand Rapids, MI
·        Sunday, October 10 – The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI
·        Saturday, October 23 – World CafĂ© Live, Philadelphia
·        Sunday, October 24 – The Jewish Museum, New York City
·        Saturday, October 30 – National Geographic Live, Washington, DC
·        Sunday, October 31 – Space, Evanston, IL

here: http://www.justinrobertsmusic.com/tour.php

The song is from Justin Roberts' new CD Jungle Gym, which has earned him a place in the pantheon of top family music stars, and has gained lots of media attention (NPR, The New York Times, Time Magazine, NoDepression, just to name a few) and thousands of new fans in recent months. The songs on Jungle Gym strike the deepest chords with parents, grandparents and kids alike because they evoke iconic moments that we all remember from our own childhoods. Moments like a the bewilderment of getting your first haircut, anticipating the fun and homesickness of sleepovers, or playing with the gym class parachute, all come to vivid life in these songs. The song "Trick or Treat" is no exception.  National Public Radio's All Things Considered reviewer calls this song "an instant Halloween classic,"  and even during the dog days of summer, it was getting attention. Dad blogger "Out with the Kids" calls the song brilliant: "There are so many remarkable moments contained inside this 220-second gem … I can almost see the fist pumps from the crowd.”
We invite you to take a listen to the song, and to view Justin and his Not Ready for Naptime Players and their high energy performance: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nu6JUM8Ut9I&feature=related .

Disclaimer:  Thanks to Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR for this press review. I previously received a copy of Justin Roberts' "Jungle Gym" for review from Sugar Mountain PR.
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