Winners

Congratulations to Karla M! She won the Chicken Soup for the Soul:Teens Talk Middle School book.

Congratulations to Teresa H. on winning the Sothys Pampering Mom prizes.


Shoe Sale!

Ok, I knew that title would get your attention!!  Ha Ha. I realyy do want to share a great shoe sale with you. I am a huge Crocs fan. I know-they can be ugly but they are oh soo comfortable. I currently own 2 pairs a pair of pearl and pink Mickey Mouse Crocs and a pair of black Sasseri wedges that I wear with some of my skirts and dresses!
Well, the Crocs Outlet is having a sale with shoes up to 50% off! They have men’s, women’s and kid’s Crocs starting as low as $12.99. Click on the Crocs sale link to go to the outlet page, get great summer shoes and save some money!


Kidzui-The Internet for Kids

KidZui, The Internet for Kids, is a revolutionary free browser and online service that lets kids ages 3-12 enjoy the power and promise of the Internet in a fun, safe and engaging way. KidZui features more than 1.8 million Web sites, videos and pictures categorized by topic and reviewed for age-appropriateness according to strict editorial guidelines. Built from the ground up for kids, KidZui encourages and rewards curiosity and learning, and keeps parents in touch with their kids’ online activities. KidZui is available at www.kidzui.com

Kidzui looks great! There is a large free portion and then there is a paid membership with additional benefits. My children are too old for this service but if your child is in the 3-12 year old age range I recommend you check this out. Below you will find a press release from Kidzui about research they have done into children’s use of the Internet and parent’s thoughts on the matter. Do you agree with the report’s findings? Leave me a comment and let me know.

KIDZUI RESEARCH FINDS 86% OF PARENTS SAY INTERNET INCREASES CURIOSITY IN KIDS
96% of Parents Think Children Should Experience the Internet Early

San Diego, CA – March 27, 2009 – Research conducted by KidZui, The Internet for Kids (www.kidzui.com), reveals that safe, free exploring of the Internet increases curiosity in children. To celebrate its one-year anniversary, KidZui compiled statistics on how kids use its service and surveyed parents’ feedback about kids and the Internet. The results were illuminating. 86% of parents surveyed said that using the Internet increased their kids’ curiosity and desire to learn. KidZui user behavior supports parents’ impressions. The average 5 to 9-year-old child visits a staggering 135 different Web sites a month using KidZui, versus just three to five sites before using the service, when Web surfing was highly restricted by anxious parents.*

KidZui surveyed 1000 parents whose children use KidZui to gain insight into the impact of the Internet on their kids. User statistics and top search terms were drawn from the last 12 months of KidZui usage.

The KidZui Internet for Kids Parent Survey found:

· 79% of parents think the time their children spend on the Internet is valuable

· 86% of parents think that using KidZui to explore the Internet encourages their kids to learn and discover new things on their own

· 56% of parents said that using KidZui to explore the Internet has increased their kids’ curiosity about the subjects they learn in school

· 43% of parents said that using KidZui to explore the Internet has helped their children gain independence

· 71% of parents said that using KidZui to explore the Internet contributed positively to their children’s happiness

Parents have benefited beyond their children’s newfound Internet independence and curiosity. The survey also found that, despite the fact their kids now spend more time on the Internet, parents’ anxiety about their children’s Internet use dropped significantly when they used KidZui. Before using KidZui, only 17% of parents never worried about kids being online. By using KidZui, 70% of parents now never have anxiety about their kids’ being online.

In reviewing how kids have used KidZui, KidZui found that in February 2009:

· 5 to 9 year-old visited 135 sites and watched eight videos

· Kids used KidZui an average of 3.8 times a week, for 34 minutes each visit

· Kids spent an average of 8.61 hours a month on KidZui

In the year since launching:

· Kids have placed more than 4 million tags (a rating system) on content

· Kids have shared more than 1.5 million pieces of content

· Content on KidZui increased from 500,000 games, website, videos and pictures to more than 1.8 million

“It turns out that kids are even more curious than most adults; most parents don’t explore 135 different websites monthly,” said Cliff Boro, CEO of KidZui. “When you give kids a web browser designed just for them that provides access to a vast world of discovery – they demonstrate their appetite to learn and grow.”

To mark its one-year anniversary, KidZui is launching an updated version of the Internet for Kids that is extremely fast and now includes 1.8 million websites, games, pictures and videos, reviewed and categorized by KidZui’s editorial team.

KidZui also evaluated the most popular search terms and content channels for the past year, with interesting insights into what kids are curious about:

· The Amazing Animals and Science channel received more visits than Hannah Montana.

· Sites about the Olympic Games were viewed more than High School Musical.

· Information on Dinosaurs and Tornadoes was looked at more than Bratz dolls or the Jonas Brothers.

· Content related to “civil rights leaders” was visited 15,979 times, just 24 visits less than Taylor Swift.

· Kids were more interested in Astronomy than Transformers.

· Spelling sites were visited more than Spider-Man.

· Content about Barack Obama was more popular than Santa Claus.

Built for kids ages 3-12, KidZui makes surfing the Internet safe, fun and engaging. With KidZui, children can independently access more than 1.8 million websites, games, pictures and videos, reviewed and categorized by KidZui’s editorial team. KidZui’s parent and teacher tools give them complete control of their kids’ online experiences. Weekly emails give parents and teachers a summary of the sites their kids have visited.

*The KidZui focus group was conducted by Madeline Schroeder, a founder of Mighty Play and leading expert in children’s products and Internet properties. The focus group included both parents and children and focused on Internet safety and usage.

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Time to Pamper Mom-Giveaway

Prestigious French Skin Care Company Sothys has given me not one but two of their amazing skin care products to give away to one of my Mommy Babble readers. These look so wonderful, I wish I could win! In case you’ve never heard of Sothys let me give you a little history.

For more than 60 years, Sothys has been committed to keeping the value that has established itself as a legend in the beauty industry.  Through meticulous research and development, scientific advances, professional expertise and the understanding of a customer’s well-being, Sothys is continuing to change the world of beauty.  With global distributors in more than 110 countries, Sothys expanded its international scope by offering their signature treatments and skincare solutions to the American consumer.  Utilizing exclusive European methods, Sothys offers unique and specialized treatments combined with high technology formula and a cocktail of active ingredients. Sothys wide product line ranges from Face Care, Body Care, Sun Care, Prestige Care, Make-up and Men’s Skin Care.

In April 2005, Sothys introduced its New York spa, the company’s signature spa in the United States.  The impressive 5000-square-foot space offers the quintessential French spa experience striving to address every skin and body care need. Blending urban style with French influences, Sothys offers luxurious service and signature treatments by aestheticians from the Sothys Institut de Beaute in Paris giving the New York spa the utmost authenticity.


What you can win:
First is Sothys Spicey Shower Gel-A cleansing amber gel with spicy hints that leaves the skin soft and delicately scented.
Retail Price: $24.00 for 8oz.
Next is Desquacrem-Few products can claim to be an all-in-one necessity like Sothys Desquacrem. Clarifying and astringent active ingredients to help eliminate persistent deep impurities – including sebum trapped in skin follicle – creates a radiant complexion. Price: $30


I know you want to win these amazing spa products so this is how you can enter:


**Mandatory 1st entry** Go to Sothys website and click on “Find a salon”. Locate the salon closest to your home and then leave the name, city and state of that salon in the comment. Make sure you leave a valid e-mail address or twitter ID so that I can contact you if you win.


If you would like extra entries you can earn them for doing any or all of the following: Leave a new comment for each one you do.

* tweet this contest and post the url of the tweet as a separate comment (you can do this 1x per day each day of the contest-just post each tweet url in a separate comment)

* blog about this contest and link to this post (not just a link to the contest) then leave me a link to your post in a separate comment

* stumble this post with a review and link it here in separate comment

*fave this blog on Mom Faves

*follow or subscribe to this blog


The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 31st at 10:30pm. This giveaway is open to US residents only. I reserve the right to remove entries that do not complete the requirements. The winner will be chosen by random.org. Good Luck!!


Teens Talk Middle School Book Giveaway

If you have a middle schooler or know a middle schooler-I want to tell you about a great book. Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School: 101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Younger Teens.

In the vein of all of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books, it is a collection of essays written by various authors. This particular book has some pre-teen and teen authors as well as adults. It is a fun and enlightening collection of stories broken down into categories like: True Friend and New Friends, Mean Girls and Boys, Embarrassing Moments, That’s My Family and Doing What’s Right. The awesome people from Chicken Soup for the soul have given me a copy of
Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk Middle School: 101 Stories of Life, Love, and Learning for Younger Teens
to give away to one of my Mom Maven readers.

How to Enter:
For your first entry: In your comment tell me 1 thing that made your middle school years awkward or embarrassing. You must also follow or subscribe to this blog and leave a comment here telling me that you have done this Please leave a valid e-mail address or twitter name so that I can notify if you win. **You must do all of this to be entered.

If you would like extra entries you can earn them for doing any or all of the following:

* tweet this contest and post the url of the tweet as a separate comment (you can do this 1x per day each day of the contest-just post each tweet url in a separate comment)
* blog about this contest and link to this post (not just a link to the contest) then leave me a link to your post in a separate comment
* stumble this post with a review and link it here in separate comment

*fave this blog on Mom Faves

The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 31st at 10:00pm. Good Luck!!


Congratulations!!

Congratulations to Michelle! She is the winner of Sam Stern’s Get Cookin’ cookbook.  Michelle is growing her own tomatoes and I am sure she will find some great recipes in the Tomatoes chapter. Random.org chose # 1 and she was the 1st entry.


Party Time

Ultimate Blog Party 2009

It is time for Ultimate Blog Party ’09. This is a great time hosted by 5minutesformom.com. Hundreds of bloggers participate, hundreds of prizes are given away and blogs get lots of new visitors and readers. If you don’t know what the Ultimate Blog Party ’09 is all about-you can read it here.

Welcome to Mommy Babble! I’m Cindy and I am glad you stopped by. Here at Mommy Babble I share news stories, parenting tips, product reviews and give aways. I love having new people stop by so please leave me a comment before you continue party hopping. If there is a parenting topic or question you would like me to cover here at Mommy Babble please let me know. Please feel free to subscribe to my blog via the feedburner link in the left side bar.

Before you go, you may want to check out the giveaway that is running now through Monday 3/23. Click here to go to my giveaway.

Don’t forget to check out all the giveaways for the Ultimate Blog Party ’09 by clicking here. There are tons of awesome prizes. I would love to win #INTL 19, #INTL 27, #113, #19 or anything for moms with teens.


Get Cooking Review and Giveaway

Get Cooking is Sam Stern’s third cookbook. That fact may not excite you. What if I told you he was only 18 years old and that he wrote his first cookbook when he was 14! The concept behind Get Cooking is rather creative. Sam teamed up with seven of his friends. Has asked each of them for their favorite main ingredient and then he set out to create recipes for them. The book has eight sections-including one for Sam.

For the main ingredient tomatoes, some of the recipes are: Lovely Tomato and Garlic Soup, Chinese Ketchup Spareribs and Baked Egg-Stuffed Tomatoes.  For the main ingredient cheese, some of the recipes are: Fresh Cream Cheese, Brilliant White Pizza and Cheese and Potato Pizza.  For the pasta, some of the recipes are:Crunchy Garlic-Breadcrumb Linguine, Angel Hair Frittata, and Good Old Macaroni and Cheese.  For vegetables, some of the recipes are:Sweet Corn Fritters, Beans and Peas with Lemon Dressing and Edgy Cumin Cauliflower. For the main ingredient meat, some of the recipes are:Glazed Ham and Pease Pudding, Crunchy Chicken Strips, and Chicken in a Paper Bag. For potatoes, some of the recipes are:Neat Potato Pancakes, Old-School Cornish Pasties, and Luscious Shepherd’s Pie. For the main ingredient chocolate, some of the recipes are:Frozen Chocolate Banana Sticks, Hot Chocolate-Fudge Pudding, and Posh Chocolate Profiteroles. For the category sweet stuff recipes include: Lemon Dessert, Baked Apple Meringues and Strawberry Sorbet.

This book is written to teens. The goal is to encourage teens to Get Cookin’. The recipe directions are well written and easy to understand. I also love that this cookbook is filled with amazing photographs. The pictures aren’t just of the food either. Since this book was created by Stern for his friends; they are featured in the photos along with the food.

Get Cookin’ is set to be released on 5/12/09 according to Amazon.com. Fear not! You can win it before you can buy it right here at Mommy Babble.
**Giveaway open to US residents only**

How to Enter:
For your first entry: Visit Sam’s website. Look around and find out something about Sam. In your comment tell me 1 thing that you learned about Sam. You must also follow or subscribe to this blog and leave a comment here telling me that you have done this Please leave a valid e-mail address or twitter name so that I can notify if you win. **You must do all of this to be entered.

If you would like extra entries you can earn them for doing any or all of the following:
*follow me on Twitter
* tweet this contest and post the url of the tweet as a separate comment (you can do this 1x per day each day of the contest-just post each tweet url in a separate comment)
* blog about this contest and link to this post (not just a link to the contest) then leave me a link to your post in a separate comment
* stumble this post with a review and link it here in separate comment

The winner will be chosen on Monday, March 23rd at 10:00pm. Good Luck!!


Monday Motivation

We had a very busy. yet fun weekend. My oldest actually took the SAT test on Saturday! Sunday was filled with church and a Pastor Appreciation Picnic at the beach. I love sharing times of fellowship with other people in our church family.

This week’s Monday Motivation comes again from the book “Nurture” by Lisa Bevere. I hope it sparks something in you, as it did in me.

“Nurture has the power to enlarge or awaken areas of your life that will make significant contributions. Any gift, ability, or talent we have is given to us to improve and enhance the lives of others. There is something within you that this world desperately needs.”

What is that thing? Find it…Nurture it…Share it…


Something for Mom-BHB

What is BHB? It is the just released CD project from the Ballas Hough Band. Do those names ring a bell? They should. The band is headed up by Mark Ballas and Derek Hough of Dancing With The Stars. Mark and Derek have been performing together for over a decade but it has always included musc, ballroom dance and musical theatre. Growing up in the same household since age 12, the pair has been inseparable.

BHB is their debut album on Hollywood records. I’ve been anticipating the release since a friend of me alerted me about it and I watched the video on their website. Their sound is a pop/rock mix. It is very easy to listen to and very upbeat. You can hear and feel their dance background in their music. My teenage son commented that they could use every song in some style of dance on Dancing With The Stars.

Each track has it’s own unique feel, which is a nice change from all of the cookie-cutter CDs on the market right now. Mark Ballas wrote four of the song’s including my favorite-track 5 Longing and the 80’s sounding Birthday. Track 11, Underwater, was also written by Ballas and features his more flamenco style guitar playing. Ballas and Hough co-wrote tracks 3 and 9, Closer and Break through. The band collaborated on track 7, Fall which has more of a rock feel.

Check out their website or just pick up the CD from your favorite music retailer. I think you will be pleasantly surprised.


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