Jan 31, 2014

Keep dry in any situation with Shandali Microfiber Travel Towel - Read my Review on Mom Loves 2 Read.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The Shandali Travel Towel is Brand New and Exclusive to Amazon.com. This new microfiber quick drying towel absorbes wetness to help you stay dry all day long.

The Shandali UltraSport Travel Towel is a multi-purpose towel that allows you to use

Jan 30, 2014

Julia Dweck does it again with Monkey Fun for all ages ~ Read my Review

Monkey Fun! proves that you’re never too young to begin your learning adventure.
It’s a barrel of fun and chock full of interesting monkey facts written in easy to understand rhyming verse for toddlers ages 0-4.

“That’s not a monkey who’s peeling a grape.
Bigger and tailless, he must be an ape.” 
“Monkeys who live in a family group, travel together and share with their troop.”

Bold, colorful illustrations by Aida Barba Flores will capture the attention of young readers and aid in story comprehension. This is an edutaining rhyming adventure that offers

The Complete Amish Wedding Series by Becca Fisher ~ Book tour & Amazon GC Giveaway

The Complete Amish Wedding Series 

This boxed set features all six books in the Amish Wedding series including:  
Amish Wedding 
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She's found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.  

An Amish Widower's Heart 
Two years after Henry King loses his wife in a freak accident, he's still trying to

Improve your skin with Vitamin K1 Serum from Bioque ~ Review & Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
Vitamin K1 Serum is a cosmetic spot treatment that helps reduce the appearance of bruising, swelling, scars, spider veins, varicose veins, eczema, acne and several other skin issues.  Helps to reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes.  The appearance of discolorations is visibly diminished giving an unprecedented new clarity, tone and brightness to

Jan 29, 2014

A wonderful book to help children understand Alzheimer's disease ~ Review of Green Kitty by Alexandra Faer Bryan

Called a book for all ages, Green Kitty was written for children ages 8 to 12 to help explain Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and is both entertaining and educational. It was a finalist for both USA Book News "Best Books 2011" and "International Book of the Year 2012" in children's fiction, and is filled with true, laugh-out-loud animal antics. Green Kitty will please any child who loves their pets and parents will enjoy

GIVEAWAY & Review of Bum Boosa® Bamboo Baby Wipes and find out why they are a fixture in my home.

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. 
What better way to clean up baby messes (and kids too) than with Soft, Soothing Baby Wipes?  These natural, botanical Bum Boosa® Bamboo Baby Wipes are gentle for that baby soft skin.  They are softly scented, and feel wonderful on sensitive skin.  I have tried them on

Jan 28, 2014

Check out the newest and most fun activities at Inspired Arts Academy this winter/spring through Fall 2014

Local Updates . . .
PreK Alternative at Inspired Arts - Fall 2014
I t's that time of year - a young mom's decision on where to send her child for Prek in the fall?!! WE have the perfect place, right here at IAA!!!
"Imagination is more important than Knowledge" - Albert Einstein

Are you ready to give your child his or her 'best ' start in life this coming preschool year? We have the perfect PRE-K FALL program for him or her!!! 

What is it? This fall, we are launching a

Habe Naturals Hand and Foot Cream Review on Mom Loves 2 Read

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

The Habe Naturals Hand and Foot Cream is made from only the finest natural ingredients including olive oil, coconut oil, tea tree oil & beeswax. This head to toe body moisturizer works wonders on dry skin, cracked hands and feet.It comes in a nice easy to open case that is the perfect size and style to keep in a purse or bag for anytime, at home or on the go.

Get rid of Germs witout the Alcohol ~ Read my Review of Safe Hands, non-toxic and safe for little hands. #getsafehands

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
As a parent of three kids, I often think about ways to help my kids keep their hands free of the germs that they can accumulate from daily play and activities.  I've tried several types of hand sanitizers to keep in my purse and on their backpacks for them to use when

Jan 27, 2014

Babies need Prizes too - Enter to win over $1700 of prizes in the Winter Wonderland of Babies Giveaway! #WonderlandOfBabies

Mama on a Green Mission

A Winter Wonderland Of Babies Event Is HERE ! We get to CELEBRATE all the new babies in our lives!

Joy Of Momma Joyner and Mama On A Green Mission are both welcoming their 3rd babies in the next few weeks! Along with a wonderful group of bloggers, they want to offer ONE WINNER an awesome Prize Package full of

Enter the We Love Step2 Giveaway for a chance to win a $150 new Toy!

Welcome to the We Love Step2 Giveaway hosted by Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro
Here's your chance to win ANY toy (up to $150 value) from Step2.com!

With all the amazing climbers, ride ons, toys and games that Step2 has to offer little ones, I can imagine how

Jan 25, 2014

Grab your chance to WIN FREE books & Apps in the Zoobean Giveaway!

Welcome to the Zoobean Giveaway!

Handpicked, curated children's book and apps delivered right to you every month!

  • Handpicked and curated book choices based on your individual child's interests and

Jan 24, 2014

What would you do with a $100 Walmart GiftCard? Find out by entering for a chance to WIN!

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Do you love makeup and Walmart?  I do!  I usually purchase most of my makeup items at my local Walmart store.  I often use Cover Girl cosmetics for my daily makeup needs, and what better way to get set for the year than with a $100 Gift Card Giveaway from Cover Girl and Walmart!

Jan 23, 2014

Cree and Scooter Hit the Slopes - Adorable Children's Book Tour

Cree can hardly wait to fall asleep because she knows her dreams bring exciting adventures. Cree quickly finds out that her toy chameleon, Scooter, is very special as he comes alive in her dream . With Scooter's help, Cree's dreams become exciting adventures that take her around the world to lands of different people and their customs. You can learn too! Join Cree and Scooter on their trip to British Columbia, Canada.

Cree and Scooter Hit the Slopes in British Columbia is the first book in The Adventures of Cree and Scooter series. It is geared toward

Jan 22, 2014

Don't wait til the last minute - get your custom PROM dress now at Dress First!

DressFirst.com is an online site selling wedding dresses, prom dresses, evening dresses, holiday dresses, homecoming dresses, or dresses for any special occasion or just to dress up for an evening out.  And, if that isn't enough of an enticement, All the dresses on their website can be custom made to fit your size if you send them your exact measurements!  You can customize your dress just as if

Jan 21, 2014

Weather Cancellations for Inspired Arts Academy Students - Today's Local Update

Due to bad weather and road conditions -- Inspired Arts Academy will be closed today -- Tuesday, 1/21/2014... Class makeup dates will be determined at another time.

Please help spread the word if you know other families that have IAA kids and don't check their email / facebook / website often. Stay safe and warm!

Inspired Arts Academy

Jan 20, 2014

Join the Mom Loves 2 Read Review Team

What’s Going ON?   
Mom Loves 2 Read is expanding the Review Team
What’s in it for you?  
Being a special part of the Mom Loves 2 Read Review Team will provide you with

Save over $100 on the Ellore Femme 24-Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set ~ Review & Coupon

The Ellore Femme 24 Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set with Travel Case provides you with specific tools cover a wide range of areas! From eyes to lips to second foreheads and boast a luxurious blend of soft animal hair and synthetic bristles. The slim brushes stay neatly lined within a fold-up PVC case.

24 professional makeup brushes
Designed for foundation, blush, eye shadow, and more

Jan 19, 2014

Mommy Moments Mondays - Read all about My Date with Show & Tell at School ~ come share your stories too!

Welcome to Mommy Moments Monday
Link Up
Jan 19th, 2014
Each Monday - ML2R will feature a personal story of my Mommy Moments to share with you - then, you are encouraged to LINK UP YOUR posts as well!
This is a fun way to share our special moments with each other!

Sound like fun?

All I ask in return is:

Zaycon Food - fresh meats at wonderful savings - Review of some delicious chicken

Zaycon Foods is privately owned company that brings farm fresh meats directly from the farmers to the customer at wholesale prices. It may sound strange to consider purchasing your family's food from the back of a truck, but by cutting out the middleman (grocery stores) you not only save money,  but your meat will be much fresher than that found in stores.
When I found out that Zaycon Foods was coming to my area, I immediately found out how to get a sample of their fresh chicken breast for review. My family eats a lot of chicken, so I

Check out the Hot Food Trends for 2014 with Restaurant Deals

Become a Dining Daredevil in 2014! 

Restaurant.com releases their Hot Food Trends for the New Year 

Break free from the same-old dining routine in 2014 and try something new with the help of Restaurant.com. 

To help you start your own dining adventures, Restaurant.com has compiled the 3 hottest trends to conquer at local restaurants near you.

Jan 17, 2014

Brilliant Darkness Series Book Blast & Giveaway - Young Adult Distopian novels

THE SCOURGE (Brilliant Darkness, Book 1)

scourge Seventeen-year-old Groundling, Fennel, is Sightless. She's never been able to see her lush forest home, but she knows its secrets. She knows how the shadows shift when she passes under a canopy of trees. She knows how to hide in the cool, damp caves when the Scourge comes. She knows how devious and arrogant the Groundlings' tree-dwelling neighbors, the Lofties, can be. And she's always known this day would come--the day she faces the Scourge alone. The Sightless, like Fenn, are mysteriously protected from the Scourge, the gruesome creatures roaming the forests, reeking of festering flesh and consuming anything--and anyone--living.

A Sightless Groundling must brave the Scourge and bring fresh water to the people of the forest. Today, that task becomes Fenn's. Fenn will have a Lofty Keeper, Peree, as her companion. Everyone knows the Lofties wouldn't hesitate to shoot an arrow through the back of an unsuspecting Groundling like Fenn, but Peree seems different. A boy with warm, rough hands who smells like summer, he is surprisingly kind and thoughtful. Although Fenn knows his people are treacherous, she finds herself wanting

Jan 16, 2014

Help fourth grade detective Maisy solve mysteries in Maisy and the Missing Mice ~ Children's Book Tour

Title : Maisy and the Missing Mice
Genre: Children’s Mystery Fiction
Author: Elizabeth Woodrum
Publisher: Elizabeth Woodrum
Pages: 70
Language: English
Format: Paperback & eBook

Purchase at AMAZON
(*right now this ebook is on sale right now - available for only $.99!! through 1/16, then will creep up in price each day returning to full price on 1/21 - don't miss your chance to grab it for less!*) 

Maisy Sawyer is not your average fourth grade student. She is a detective with a special skill for solving mysteries. She loves black and white mystery movies, cherry lollipops, and her dog, Reesie. When a thief known as The Black Boot steals the school's mascots and her lollipops, Maisy sets out to solve the case. Can she help

Jan 15, 2014

The Third Heavan by Donovan M. Neal - book tour and GIVEAWAY on Mom Loves 2 Read


The Third Heaven: The Rise of Fallen Stars
by Donovan M. Neal

Author Bio:  

Donovan Neal M. S. N. P. has served in the ordained ministry and as an instructor in the Bible for 20 years, and is the author of the self-published book, ‘The Gospel Explained.’ Donovan is also a prolific songwriter and singer having written over 50 different songs of praise and worship for the local church, and has performed in various schools and churches in the Ministry of Christian rap.

Small web version He is an

Jan 14, 2014

Be My Valentine Giveaway - 6 prizes for 6 winners - Enter today on Mom Loves 2 Read

Enter the Rafflecopter below to enter one of 6 prizes!   That means 6 winners will each receive one of these amazing prizes shown below - Every prize is

Jan 12, 2014

Start the New Year off Right with Mommy Moments Mondays - come hop with me! 1/13/14

Mommy Moments Mondays is BACK
and better than ever!

Each Monday - ML2R will feature a personal story of my Mommy Moments to share with you - then, you are encouraged to link up YOUR posts as well!
This is a fun way to share our special moments with each other!

Sound like fun?

Have a blog post about

Stuck on You Name Puzzle Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to Mom Loves 2 Read - today I have a special giveaway to showcase - a personalized puzzle for the kiddos in your life - little ones can have fun recreating and learning his or her name with this unique personalized puzzle!
Sponsored by Stuck on You

Stuck on You is a company that specializes

Jan 11, 2014

Songs of the Shenandoah by Michael Reynolds ~ book tour

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Songs of the Shenandoah
B&H Books (January 1, 2014)
Michael Reynolds


At the onset of the Civil War, Seamus heeds his wife’s wishes to return to her beloved family farm in the South, where he takes a post as chaplain for General Stonewall Jackson’s brigade. As Seamus ministers to the troops, his sister Clare ministers in a different way—by being a powerful voice in the Northern cause toward freeing the slaves. All this while their youngest brother Davin, who became wealthy during the Gold Rush, struggles to find love and identity in a fallen world. It’s a clash of loyalties and beliefs that threaten the entire family, each of them

Jan 10, 2014

The Otter, the Spotted Frog & the Great Flood book review & Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.
When Spotted Frog tells of a great flood that is about to destroy their homes, all of the animals ignore his warnings, except Listener the Otter. Ridiculed by the other animals, Listener heeds Spotted Frog’s predictions and begins to build a raft to try and survive the impending disaster. But will his efforts be enough?

This charming children’s book warns us to listen to

DayDreamer Giveaway ~ Comfy Cozy nest for baby - Enter to Win on Mom Loves 2 Read

Hosted by Crazy Stepford Wives 

and DayDreamer

Designed to be comfortable with a machine washable cover this is the perfect place for your infant to take a nap! At a 28 degree incline and breathable material this is a wonderful restful place for baby and with an unique one hand release on the safety harness you can't lose!

Tempest's Course by Lynette Sowell ~ Book Tour

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Tempest's Course
Abingdon Press (December 17, 2013)
Lynette Sowell
Kelly Frost, a textiles conservator, is invited to the Massachusetts coastal city of New Bedford to restore a 150-year-old Mariner's Compass quilt. But there is one stipulation: she must live and work in Gray House, a former whaling captain's home, where the quilt is stored. There she meets Army veteran Tom Pereira, the caretaker of Gray House, whose heart seems as hard as the rocky Massachusetts coastline. Over the long-lit months as Kelly works to restore

Jan 9, 2014

Hip Hop Shop Giveaway - win a beautiful dress or children's outfit

Hosted by Crazy Stepford Wives and Hip Hop Shop

Co-Hosted by Mom Loves 2 Read and WrappedUpNU

These absolutely beautiful dresses and cute as a button childrens outfits are amazing. Hip Hop Shop offers everything you could ever want in 50's apparel with

Jan 8, 2014

Go on an epic Adventure with Time Trapped by Richard Ungar ~ Book 2 in the Time Snatchers series ~ Book Tour & GIVEAWAY

9780399254864_large_Time_Trapped Time Trapped
The high-octane sequel to Time Snatchers.

Caleb thought he'd escaped Uncle's clutches and could have a normal life in 1968, but no such luck. After being forcibly returned to Timeless Treasures and his old job of stealing valuable objects from the past, he learns that things have gotten even more sinister. Training the new kidnapped recruits doesn't seem very important to Frank, Uncle's evil lackey, even though a few of these kids have amazing thieving skills and genius for new technology.

But then Caleb figures out it's because Frank doesn't plan on

Jan 7, 2014

Inspired Arts Academy Classes cancelled for Jan 7th due to weather - local update

Local Update :
Inspired Arts Academy classes cancelled for Tuesday, Jan. 7th due to weather conditions . . .

Due to consistent extreme cold temperatures and dangerous traveling conditions, IAA has decided to cancel all Tuesday classes (Twirl Step/Little Gym-9am; Little Creators/Gymnast dreams 10am; Prancing Princess/Storytell Scenery 4pm; Architect, Ballet, Gym 5pm; Ballet , Folk Rock, Mixed Media, Photography 6pm). We will resume, God willing, on Wednesday, January 8th. Please stay in today and dance, twirl, flip, sing, snap some pics, play legos or do an art project- make your teachers proud!

Ms.Sarah and the IAA staff

Come on a breathtaking adventure with Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland ~ Book Tour

Title: Maya & Filippo Make Friends in Auckland
Genre: Children’s Picture Book
Author: Alinka Rutkowska
Publisher: Alinka Rutkowska
Pages: 26
Language: English
Format: Paperback & eBook
ISBN-10: 1493626949

Purchase at AMAZON

Embark on a one-of-a-kind, unprecedented, breathtaking adventure with Maya and Filippo as they travel around the globe on board the “Fun Princess” — a cruise ship full of

Jan 6, 2014

Win A Family 4 Pack of Tickets to Monster Jam 2014 ~ Enter today to see the BIG Trucks

Susan from Mom Loves 2 Read is once again off to see the BIG TRUCKS, and you can go too! One ML2R follower will win a Family 4 pack of Tickets to see the

 Monster Jam monster trucks at the Peoria Civic Center coming Jan 31st/Feb 1st!

Want to get a little taste of what you might get to see if you win?

Jan 5, 2014

Join the Mom Loves 2 Read Review Team - Check out the Current Openings

http://bit.ly/1cPVHhG Mom Loves 2 Read is expanding our Family Friendly Review Team - There is now an opening for 1 or 2 new reviewers.

Looking for reviewers in the following areas :

Check out the NEW Zeepo Strapless Sleep Mask Review & Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial. Sleep masks are one of the best things you can use to help you sleep in almost any situation.  As a person who needs darkness to be comfortable enough to fall asleep, I personally have had trouble getting enough sleep when on trips unless I find a way to block out light from hotel windows and doors.

I have even hung bath towels, coats and even clothing from the sides of doors and used hair clips and shoes to try to block out light from hotel curtains.  Often that does not work and

Jan 4, 2014

Mom Loves 2 Read 2014 Reader Survey - Please consider taking a few moments . . .

to answer just a few quick questions that will help me improve the quality of the content here on Mom Loves 2 Read.  I value your opinion and would like to know what I can do to make your visit better.  You are always welcome to leave comments as well!

Thanks for your time and help!

Whimsy Girl Designs Giveaway - Enter to win a Custom Blog Design on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to Mom Loves 2 Read!

Today I this amazing Giveaway to share with you for a Custom Blog Design - for blogger or wordpress
Do you have a blog or website that could use some sprucing up?  Can't afford to pay those huge fees for Custom Designs?  Then this is the contest for you!  Enter to WIN a Custom Design from Whimsy Girl Designs for your blog - make it unique and fun!

Christmas Celebrations Continue with a $300 Amazon Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Christmas 2013 was a wonderful time for family and friends to gather together, sharing food, love, conversation and just enjoying being together in one place.  For our family, Christmas Celebration begins with the Advent Services each Sunday leading up to Christmas.  Seeing the lighting of the Advent Candles at church gets my kids excited about lighting them in our own home each Sunday. 

They learn more about the events leading up to Christ's birth and the reasons why we Celebrate each year.  Although we love the beautifully decorated trees, seeing the lights on  many houses around town and finding lots of wrapped presents under the tree on Christmas Morning, we try to remember and Celebrate the Reason for Christmas each year with special traditions.

My children's favorite

New adorable and stylish case for iPad Mini ~ Review & Giveaway on Mom Loves 2 Read

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

Up for review today is the iPad Mini Case in paisley from JAVOedge.com

This particular case comes in a variety of designs including an adorable dachshund one that dog lovers will pant for (bad pun I know, but I could not resist!)

This iPad Mini case is also compatible with the iPad Mini with Retina.  JAVOedge also carries cases for iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Samsung devices, Google Nexus, iPhones and many more . . . with a variety of types and styles of cases and accessories for these and other devices.

My particular iPad Mini case in paisley is a fun and flirty print that I personally love.  I think it looks more like a handbag than and iPad case and love the vibrant colors in the design and quality of the case itself.