From the PR Release:
Kurt Warner’s Football 101 for Kids - Pocket Edition for the iPhone and iPod Touch arrives just in time to add to the excitement of the NFL Playoffs and Super Bowl, putting the ease of teaching kids the principles of the game in the palm of your hand. Kicking off in conjunction with its release is a Sweepstakes to win a football, iTouch or iPad autographed by Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner!
Available now on iTunes for $1.99, the family-friendly app, spearheaded by retired NFL Quarterback Kurt Warner features the two-time NFL MVP along with his sidekick animated football friend Qubee, the leader of the Good Sports Gang. The duo introduces budding football fans of every age to the fundamentals of the game. Completely interactive with cool videos, verbal instructions and on-screen animations, the app makes learning the basics both fun and easy.
Football 101 for Kids breaks the game into four quarters: “Read the Field,” “Who’s Who,” “First & Ten” and “Know the Score.” From identifying the features of a football field to recognizing each player’s role and position, understanding the basics of scoring to learning about downs, and more, Kurt and Qubee will get kids ready to tackle the joys of watching the game and cheering on their favorite teams. Best of all, players can rack up points in the exciting “Lightning Round” timed quizzes designed to test learning comprehension at the end of each quarter.
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone and iPod touch. Requires iOS 4.0 or later. Version 1.0, size 242 MB.
The iPad version of Kurt Warner’s Football 101 for Kids was released in late December. In reviewing the iPad app version Commonsensemedia.org said “Lots of little kids with an interest in football may be completely confused by an overload of action they see onscreen during a televised game, but working their way through this app should help them sort it all out. It’s all explained in a clear and kid-friendly manner, with interactive elements to back it all up.”
Developed by GSG Media, a new multimedia development group from Kurt Warner and his wife Brenda, the company is developing a number of electronic products designed to teach problem-solving and critical thinking skills as well as impart values such as teamwork, perseverance and fair play in young sports enthusiasts ten years old and under.
Portions of proceeds from the sale of the Good Sports Gang products benefit Kurt and Brenda Warner’s First Things First Foundation (www.kurtwarner.org), a non-profit public charity dedicated to impacting lives by promoting Christian values, sharing experiences and providing opportunities to encourage everyone that all things are possible when people seek to put first things first.
GSG Media’s producing partner is Schwartz & Associates Creative, a media company that designs and distributes compelling, immersive, multi-platform content.
For more information about Good Sports Gang products, visit www.gsgmedia.com.
Monday, January 31, 2011
From the PR Release:
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Did you know that the laundry detergent you may be using could contain little-known chemicals called optical brighteners? According to scientific research, these can cause allergic reactions, are toxic to small fish and other aquatic life, and can pollute your waterways.
When ultraviolet light hits optical brighteners coating your clothing, the brighteners convert UV rays into visible light to create an optical illusion. This tricks the eye into thinking the clothing is whiter and brighter, and therefore cleaner than it really is.
So how can you avoid these optical brighteners? Seventh Generation makes it easy because their laundry detergents are not only free of optical brighteners, but they’re also non-toxic . In addition, because Seventh Generation liquid laundry detergents are both hypo-allergenic and biodegradable, you can rest easy knowing you made a considerate choice for your family and the environment.
When washed in a conventional laundry detergent that contains optical brighteners, clothes appear to glow under a black light. When you use Seventh Generation liquid laundry products, you won’t see the same glow on your clothing.
Take a look at the experiment in this photo below. Two identical organic cotton shirts were washed; one was washed in a conventional laundry detergent that contains optical brighteners and the other in Seventh Generation laundry detergent which does not use optical brighteners!
My daughter has sensitive skin, and if I switch detergent she usually breaks out in hives. Even some of those "clear" detergents don't work with her skin. I love Seventh Generation Laundry detergent because it not only cleans clothes well, but it doesn't make her break out in hives. Even the dryer sheets are great for her sensitive skin.
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Wednesday, January 12, 2011
With a new year comes a new you, and Green Giant® is here to cheer you on! Whether you´re already following a weight management plan or looking to start a new one, sometimes it´s the small changes that can make a huge difference.
Green Giant Boxed Vegetables can help you stay on track to achieve your weight management goals in 2011. Twenty-nine delicious varieties are now endorsed by Weight WatchersTM, and most have only a 1 or 2 PointsPlus TM value per serving! Packed with flavor and ready in minutes, Green Giant Boxed Vegetables are available in a wide variety of flavors, many featuring mouthwatering sauces and seasonings.
Adding Green Giant Boxed Vegetables to your meals can be a quick and delicious step to a healthier new you in 2011. Each Weight WatchersTM endorsed variety is:
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Here´s to a happy new year and healthy new you!
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Tired of boring diapers for your baby? Well, you're in luck. Brand new Cool Diaps will be appearing on the shelves of your local Babies R Us January 26th! To get you excited about this new product, you can request a free sample HERE!
Monday, January 10, 2011
This was the first novel from Courtney Milan that I've read, and I must say that I LOVE the way she writes.
Words cannot do this love story justice, as the simple- yet very complex- journey is captivating from the very beginning. UNVEILED is a historical romance which is eloquently executed in such a way that it feels real, from cover to cover. With fluid detail and amazing imagery, readers can feel the romance, understand the hurt, and fall for the characters- completely.
Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
Publisher: HQN Books (January 25, 2011)
Market Price: $7.99
Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 4.3 x 1 inches
ABOUT THE BOOK:
He was her bitterest enemy…
Ash Turner has waited a lifetime to seek revenge on the man who ruined his family, and now the time for justice has arrived. At Parford Manor, he intends to take his place as the rightful heir to the dukedom, and settle an old score with the current duke once and for all. But when he arrives, he finds himself drawn to a tempting beauty who has the power to undo all his dreams of vengeance.…
And her dearest love
Lady Margaret knows she should despise the man who’s stolen her fortune and her father’s legacy—the man she’s been ordered to spy on in the guise of a nurse. Yet the more she learns about the new duke, the less she can resist his smoldering appeal. Soon Margaret and Ash find themselves torn between old loyalties—and the tantalizing promise of passion…
Somerset, August 1837
So this was how it felt to be a conquering hero.
Ash Turner—once plain Mr. Turner; now, so long as fate stayed Parliament’s hand, the future Duke of Parford—sat back on his horse as he reached the crest of the hill.
The estate he would inherit was laid out in the valley before him. Stone walls and green hedges hugged the curves of the limestone hill where his horse stood, breaking the brilliant apple-green growth of high summer into gentle, rolling squares of patchwork. A small cottage stood to the side of the road. He could hear the hushed whispers of the farm children, who had crept out to gawk at him as he passed.
Over the past few months, he’d become accustomed to being gawked at.
Behind him, his younger brother’s steed stamped and came to a halt. From this high vantage point, they could see Parford Manor—an impressive four-story, five-winged affair, its brilliant windows glittering in the sunlight. Undoubtedly, someone had set a servant to watch for his arrival. In a few moments, the staff would spill out onto the front steps, arranging themselves in careful lines, ready to greet the man who would be their master.
The man who’d stolen a dukedom.
A smile played over Ash’s face. Once he inherited, nobody would gainsay him.
“You don’t have to do this.” The words came from behind him.
Nobody, that was, except his little brother.
Ash turned in the saddle. Mark was facing forward, looking at the manor below with an abstracted expression. That detached focus made him look simultaneously old, as if he deserved an elder’s beard to go with that inexplicable wisdom, and yet still unaccountably boyish.
“It’s not right.” Mark’s voice was barely audible above the wind that whipped at Ash’s collar.
Mark was seven years younger than Ash, which made him by most estimations firmly an adult. But despite all that Mark had experienced, he had somehow managed to retain an aura of almost painful purity. He was the opposite of Ash—blond, where Ash’s hair was dark; slim, where Ash’s shoulders had broadened with years of labor. But most of all, Mark seemed profoundly, sacredly innocent, where Ash felt tired and profane. Perhaps that was why the last thing Ash wanted to do in his moment of victory was to hash through the ethics.
Ash shook his head. “You asked me to find you a quiet country home for these last weeks of summer, so you might work in peace.” He spread his arms, palms up. “Well. Here you are.”
Down in the valley, the first ranks of servants had begun to gather, jockeying for position on the wide steps leading up to the massive front doors.
Mark shrugged, as if this evidence of prosperity meant nothing to him. “A house back in Shepton Mallet would have done.”
A tight knot formed in Ash’s stomach. “You’re not going back to Shepton Mallet. You’re never going back there. Do you suppose I would simply kick you from a carriage at Market Cross and let you disappear for the summer?”
Mark finally broke his gaze from the tableau in front of them and met Ash’s eyes. “Even by your extravagant standards, Ash, you must admit this is a bit much.”
“You don’t think I would make a good duke? Or you don’t approve of the method I used to inveigle a summer’s invitation to the ducal manor?”
Mark simply shook his head. “I don’t need this. We don’t need this.”
And therein lay Ash’s problem. He wanted to make up for every last bit of his brothers’ childhood deprivation. He wanted to repay every skipped meal with twelve-course dinners, gift a thousand pairs of gloves in exchange for every shoeless winter. He’d risked his life, building a fortune to ensure their happiness. Yet both his brothers declared themselves satisfied with a few prosaic simplicities.
Simplicities wouldn’t make up for Ash’s failure. So maybe he had overindulged when Mark finally asked him for a favor.
“Shepton Mallet would have been quiet,” Mark said, almost wistfully.
“Shepton Mallet is halfway to dead.” Ash clucked to his horse. As he did so, the wind stopped. What he’d intended as a faint sound of encouragement sounded overloud. The horse started down the road towards the manor.
Mark kicked his mare into a trot and followed.
“You’ve never thought it through,” Ash tossed over his shoulder. “With Richard and Edmund Dalrymple no longer able to inherit, you’re fourth in line for the dukedom. There are a great many advantages to that. Opportunities will arise.”
“Is that how you’re describing your actions, this past year? ‘No longer able to inherit?’”
Ash ignored this sally. “You’re young. You’re handsome. I’m sure there are some lovely milkmaids in Somerset who would be delighted to make the acquaintance of a man who stands an arm’s length from a dukedom.”
Mark stopped his horse a few yards before the gate to the grounds. Ash felt a fillip of annoyance at the delay, but he halted, too.
“Say it,” Mark said. “Say what you did to the Dalrymples. You’ve spouted one euphemism after another ever since this started. If you can’t even bring yourself to speak the words, you should never have done it.”
“Christ. You’re acting as if I killed them.”
But Mark was looking at him, his blue eyes intense. In this mood, with the sun glancing off all that blond hair, Ash wouldn’t have been surprised if his brother had pulled a flaming sword from his saddlebag and proclaimed him barred from Eden forever. “Say it,” Mark repeated.
And besides, his little brother so rarely asked anything of him. Ash would have given Mark whatever he wanted, so long as he just…well, wanted.
“Very well.” He met his brother’s eyes. “I brought the evidence of the Duke of Parford’s first marriage before the ecclesiastical courts, and thus had his second marriage declared void for bigamy. The children resulting from that union were declared illegitimate and unable to inherit. Which left the duke’s long-hated fifth cousin, twice removed, as the presumptive heir. That would be me.” Ash started his horse again. “I didn’t do anything to the Dalrymples. I just told the truth of what their own father had done all those years ago.”
And he wasn’t about to apologize for it, either.
Mark snorted and started his horse again. “And you didn’t have to do that.”
But he had. Ash didn’t believe in foretellings or spiritual claptrap, but from time to time, he had…premonitions, perhaps, although that word smacked of the occult. A better phrase might have been that he possessed a sheer animal instinct. As if the reactive beast buried deep inside him could recognize truths that human intelligence, dulled by years of education, could not.
When he’d found out about Parford, he’d known with a blazing certainty: If I become Parford, I can finally break my brothers free of the prison they’ve built for themselves.
With that burden weighing down one side of the scale, no moral considerations could balance the other side to equipoise. The disinherited Dalrymples meant nothing. Besides, after what Richard and Edmund had done to his brothers? Really. He shed no tears for their loss.
The servants had finished gathering, and as Ash trotted up the drive, they held themselves at stiff attention. They were too well-trained to gawk, too polite to let more than a little rigidity infect their manner. Likely, they were too accustomed to their wages to do more than grouse about the upstart heir the courts had forced upon them.
They’d like him soon enough. Everyone always did.
“Who knows?” he said quietly. “Maybe one of these serving girls will catch your eye. You can have any one you’d like.”
Mark favored him with an amused look. “Satan,” he said, shaking his head, “get thee behind me.”
Ash’s steed came to a stop and he dismounted slowly. The manor looked smaller than Ash remembered, the stone of its facade honey-gold, not bleak and imposing. It had shrunk from the unassailable fortress that had loomed in Ash’s head all these years. Now, it was just a house. A big house, yes, but not the dark, menacing edifice he’d brooded over in his memory.
The servants stood in painful, ordered rows. Ash glanced over them.
There were probably more than a hundred retainers arrayed before him, all dressed in gray. He felt as sober as they appeared. Had there been the slightest danger of Mark accepting his cavalier offer, Ash would never have made it. These people were his dependents now—or they would be, once the current duke passed on. His duty. Their prosperity would hang on his whim, as his had once hung on Parford’s. It was a weighty responsibility.
I’m going to do better than that old bastard.
A vow, that, and one he meant every bit as much as the last promise he’d sworn, looking up at this building.
He turned to greet the majordomo, who stepped forward. As he did so, he saw her. She stood on the last row of steps, a few inches apart from the rest of the servants. She held her head high. The wind started up again, as if the entire universe had been holding its breath up until this moment. She was looking directly at him, and Ash felt a cavernous hollow open deep in his chest.
He’d never seen the woman before in his life. He couldn’t have; he would have remembered the feel of her, the sheer rightness of it. She was pretty, even with that dark hair pulled into a severe knot and pinioned beneath a white lace cap. But it wasn’t her looks that caught his attention. Ash had seen enough beautiful women in his time. Maybe it was her eyes, narrowed and steely, fixed on him as if he were the source of all that was wrong in the world. Maybe it was the set of her chin, so unyielding, so fiercely determined, when every face around hers mirrored uncertainty. Whatever it was, something about her resonated deep within him.
It reminded him of the cacophony of an orchestra as it tuned its instruments: dissonance, suddenly resolving into harmony. It was the rumble, not of thunder, but its low, rolling precursor, trembling on the horizon. It was all of that. It was none of that. It was sheer animal instinct, and it reached up and grabbed him by the throat. Her. Her.
Ash had never ignored his instincts before—not once. He swallowed hard as the majordomo approached.
“One thing,” he whispered to his brother. “The woman in the last row—on the far right? She’s mine.”
Before his brother could do more than frown at him, before Ash himself could swallow the lingering feeling of sparks coursing through his veins, the majordomo was upon them, bowing and introducing himself. Ash took a deep breath and focused on the man.
“Mr.—I mean, my—” The man paused, uncertain how to address Ash. With the duke still alive, Ash, a mere distant cousin, held no title. And yet he had come here as heir to the dukedom, on the strictest orders from Chancery. Ash could guess at the careful calculation in the majordomo’s eyes: Should he risk offending the man who might well be his next master? Or ought he adhere to the strict formalities required by etiquette?
Ash tossed his reins to the groom who crept forward. “Plain Mr. Turner will do. There’s no need to worry about how you address me. I scarcely know what to call myself.”
The man nodded and the taut muscles in his face relaxed. “Mr. Turner, shall I arrange a tour, or would you and your brother care to take some refreshment first?”
Ash’s eyes wandered to the woman in the back row. She met his gaze, her expression implacable, and a queer shiver ran down his spine. It was not lust itself he felt, but the premonition of desire, as if the wind that whipped around his cravat were whispering in his ears. Her. Choose her.
“Good luck,” Mark muttered. “I don’t believe she likes you all that much.”
That much Ash had gleaned from the set of her jaw.
“No refreshment,” Ash said aloud. “No rest. I want to know everything, and the sooner, the better. I’ll need to speak with Parford as well. I’d best start as I mean to go on.” He glanced at the woman one last time, and then met his brother’s eyes. “After all, I do enjoy a challenge.”
The New Year is here, and around this time I sit and think about all of the meals that we typcially eat. I usually harass my friends and family to give me their favorite "staples" and get a few new ones every year, but now I'm opening the floor for you!
Do you have a great meal that is budget friendly, fills a family, and may even allow for leftovers? What about a "staple" meal- you know, the one that you have EVERY week?
Whether it's in the crockpot, on the grill, on the stove, or in the oven, we want to hear about it!
Email your recipes to 4BabyAndMom @ Gmail.com, and YOUR RECIPE may be featured. If you have any pictures, send them along too!!
Friday, January 7, 2011
Every beginning of the year I try to start a new devotional. I usually flunk out soon after I begin, but this year, I had the ability to review this powerful piece of work from Charles F. Stanley called, I Lift Up My Soul Devotions to Start Your Day with God.
My walk of faith lately has been quite bumpy. Life hasn't really worked out the way I thought or planned it to, and new changes, (including a move,) are on our horizon.
God has been putting things on our hearts so much in the last few months, that his whispers are almost constant. That's why I was eager to review this devotional.
Now, as I've mentioned, I've tried doing devotionals in the past. From ones geared specifically for women, to women in their 20's, to married couples, to young married couples, to just a regular ole' generic devotional.. nothing's ever stuck.
There are quite a few things that I like about this devotional. The first is that it starts off on January 1st. Obviously, you don't need to start on the 1st if you didn't have the book on the 1st, but you can open up to whatever day it is, and start. If you feel led to start from the beginning, than good for you. The greatest part is there is no condemnation in God, so where ever you start, it's where it was intended for you to start. For me, starting it on January 1st has held me accountable.
I also love that I LIFT UP MY SOUL is available on Kindle, so if I don't have my book with me, I can actually grab it on my mobile devices. The actual book itself retails for about $14 on Amazon currently (suggested retail $20), and the Kindle version is $9.99. In the past I had spent more than that on a devotional that just gathered dust, and eventually was donated.
The passages in this book are very well worded, and seem to speak to your soul. They are written in plain English, in a manner in which most normal people can relate. A daily scripture reading is given, as well as a "key verse" which is offered and written above each daily lesson. Actually looking up the passage is not necessary, but if you have the time, is a great way to help lift your soul. I've never read a devotional in which I was eager to read the following day. Overall, I am very pleased with this devotional, and recommend it to anyone looking to lift their soul this new year. I do believe that it would make a great gift for anyone during their walk of faith- especially if it's been rocky.
Everyone's spiritual journey is different, but this devotional has really allowed me to delve into a part of my walk with Christ that I haven't seen since I was a new Christian, hungry and thirsty for the Word of God.
Thanks to BookSneeze for allowing me to receive a media sample to review.
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Obviously, I live in Florida. I am originally from up north and with the recent blizzard that hit the north-east, the longing for snow has hit our family like a hard, frozen chunk of ice. Alex saw snow when he was little, but we moved when he was 22 months old. Abbie has never seen snow except in movies or television, and in half of them it was animated or "fake" snow. We still have family up north (the majority of which are still in New York, but some through Pennsylvania and Ohio,) and seeing the photos of their kids making snow forts, igloos and snowmen is really making me miss it.. for the kids.
While checking my in-box and facebook today, I saw an article from Positively Cleveland promoting the winter activities in the Greater Cleveland area. You all know that I had such a blast last spring when I attended the media tour of the greater Cleveland area, and have been gushing about it ever since, but it was so super cool to watch this video and see Progressive Field in a different type of setting!
How much fun does that look like?! My kids would flip. Seriously, aside from needing an overdose of hot cocoa, I really think they could spend the whole day at the Cleveland Indians Snow Days sledding, skating and playing!
If that's not enough, Cleveland offers many fun outdoor activities during the winter from ice-skating in Cleveland's University Circle, to ice fishing, tobogganing, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing and even feeding the chickadees by hand at a variety of Cleveland Metroparks.
Now, I know that snow isn't as exciting for all of you northerners that have to shovel and de-ice everything that Mother Nature touches, but Cleveland has something for your needs, too. This mid-winter recess stay warm and pretend to be far-far away while you and your family catch Shrek the Musical or South Pacific, or one of the many shows offered in Playhouse Square.
Whatever you are in the mood to eat, there's a restaurant for that. Whether you want a thick, juicy steak, pasta, amazing pierogi or bratwurst, or something light, delicious or vegan, Cleveland has what you're looking for.
Catch up on your family fun time at any of the beautiful indoor waterparks like the gorgeous, African- themed Kalahari Resort & Spa, the cozy, Carribean inspired Castaway Bay, or the down to earth, eco-friendly Great Wolf Lodge. Water-slides, splash parks, and beautiful rooms make you feel as if you took off for your vacation half way around the world!
While you're in Sandusky, the horror-film lover in your family (or the person 10 and up who LOVES haunted houses!) can check out the Ghostly Manor Thrill Center. Spend the evening rollerskating, playing in the arcade, & experiencing an XD 3D movie that truly feels like you are "in" it.
You can still play tourist in the City of Cleveland and visit the great Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Ralphie's house from the movie "A Christmas Story," check out the "Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage & Screen" exhibit at the Kent State University Fashion Museum, wander the halls of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, or the Cleveland Museum of Art, or stay and play for awhile at the Great Lakes Science Center.
No matter how you decide to do it, experiencing Cleveland Plus in the winter and creating memories like these means making your winter vacation something you and your family will never forget.
Please visit Positively Cleveland for more information on restaurants, hotels, museums or other tourism in the Greater Cleveland area.
Monday, January 3, 2011
With much sweat, and a little tears, I think I've done it. In fact, this post is quite the test. The test to see if my direct domain- http://www.4BabyAndMom.com - is truly 150% functional for the first time in almost 3 and a half years!! Ack!!! If you have our button, please do us a tremendous favor and re-paste our coding in it, to make sure the .blogspot is out of our name now... after all, we're growing up!
So, testing, testing, 1, 2, 3..... Here goes nothing!!!
Sunday, January 2, 2011
This quote was just emailed to us with a note from the author of the BOUNCE BACK BOOK. Get an an extra booster shot of positive thinking by checking out this book, with a symbolic red rubber cover on the outside, and inside effective resiliency psychology tips -- now in it's 6th printing - promoted on Oprah.com -- and praised by Tony Robbins.. You can read more about this book by clicking here!
Did you make a resolution? I know some people who have multiple resolutions..What's on your New Year's resolution list?
Saturday, January 1, 2011
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