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Summer Memories Video Contest

SanDISK WANTS YOU to capture summer on your mobile phone

Shoot a 60-second video of the sights and sounds that make your summer buzz and post it at for a chance to win cash and prizes each week.

SanDisk Corporation, the global leader in flash memory cards, is holding the SanDisk® 60-Second Summer Mobile Phone Video Contest. SanDisk reminds consumers that your phone isn’t just a phone, it’s a video camera, and it’s the memory that you put in it that makes life unforgettable. More video. More pictures. More songs. You’ll get more of life’s greatest moments with a bigger memory card from SanDisk.


  • One $5,000 Grand Prize Winner will be announced at the end of the contest.
  • Five $1,000 Weekly Prizes go to each week’s best entry
  • Top 25 Weekly Finalists each win a SanDisk mobile memory card, MobileMate™ Micro  Reader, and t-shirt

Anyone eligible can enter*. Just grab your video capable mobile phone** and shoot a video of the sights and sounds that make your summer buzz. An ideal summer afternoon. Your hometown. Vacation spots. Whatever! Make it 60 seconds or less and submit as many times as you wish.

You have until Aug 10 to submit video for the contest. A winning video selection will be judged each week. There is no limit to the number of times any individual can enter, though they cannot re-submit the same video in the same and/or following weeks during the contest period.Entries can be submitted at

The winning videos will be showcased on SanDisk’s YouTube channel and will be available for downloading at

5 Tips for a Safe, Clean Summer

More and more families are spending extra time at home because of the economy. According to a recent survey done by Clorox, over 60 percent of the Moms surveyed reported an increase in cleaning around the house as their families now spend more time at home. And, not surprisingly, Moms want to save time and money for all of this extra cleaning. Mom Central got together with the MommyDocs and came up with a list of Five Tips for Summer Staycations to keep your family safe and your house cleaner during the summer months this year.

Staying Safe at BBQs. According to a recent survey, 70 percent of Moms are cooking more at home and many are likely switching up their meal routine with an outdoor BBQ. Make sure your kids have a safe BBQ experience by keeping them away from the flames and any sharp knives. Also, don’t forget to check that your child’s hamburger is fully cooked. Always keep a thermometer on hand to be sure all food has reached the appropriate inside temperature.

Keep the Pool Cool and Clean. If your kids love to spend hot afternoons in kiddie pools, you know the importance of cleaning the pool area. Dump out water after each session, and keep the pool clean by disinfecting it with a solution of ¾ cup bleach* to one gallon of water. Don’t forget to rinse well and dry thoroughly after each cleaning (never leave any water in the pool). Be sure to always supervise children when they are in or around any water. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Staying Healthy and Hydrated.
Spending time in the heat means kids will be more prone to becoming dehydrated. Remind kids to take frequent rest/drink breaks in the shade when playing outside and try to avoid activity during peak sun hours.  Encourage fluids before, during, and after outside activities.

Having Peace of Mind at Playgrounds.
Sometimes just getting out of the house is the best way to keep it clean, but before letting kids loose at the playground, ensure the safety of the equipment. Swing seats and slides can really heat up in the sun – test them out before your kids hop on to avoid burns. Be sure the playground surface is composed of a soft material to help prevent injury. All playground equipment should be routinely checked for any broken or loose parts.  As always, adult supervision is a must at all times!

Saving on Spills.
Spending extra time around the house, especially with kids, often means more spills to clean up. Synthetic sponges and kitchen cloths can start to smell and carry bacteria, but you don’t have to toss them out after a few uses. One option to reduce bacteria is to sanitize sponges and dishrags by soaking them in a bleach solution (¾ cup of bleach* to a gallon of water) for 5 minutes in the sink.  Don’t forget to rinse and dry when done.  A wet sponge can also be microwaved to get rid of bacteria. (* Always remember to read and follow precautions and usage directions before using cleaning products)

Quick Craft Ideas for Young Children

Getting a toddler to sit still can be a near-impossible feat. They’re constantly exploring the world around them. That’s a good thing, but sometimes they need some creative downtime. That’s where toddler crafts come in.

Crafting is great for toddlers for a number of reasons. It can help them develop longer attention spans. Most crafts help develop hand-eye coordination. And young children can benefit from learning how to follow simple instructions. Here are some craft ideas that your toddler can do (with supervision).

Craft Stick Puppets

Puppets are fascinating to toddlers. Creating their own puppets is easy, and it’s lots of fun. All you really need are some craft or popsicle sticks, construction paper, safety scissors, markers and glue.

Help your toddler cut animal shapes out of construction paper. He can draw faces and other details with washable markers. Glue the stick to the back of the shape, let dry, and he’s ready to put on a puppet show. If you want to make more elaborate puppets, try cutting shapes out of foam. Glue on a pom pom for the nose, and add some googly eyes.

Paint with Pudding

Kids love to fingerpaint, but it’s so messy. And there’s also the concern about them eating the paint. Even if the paints are nontoxic, it can make cautious parents uneasy. The solution? Let them paint with pudding!

You don’t need different flavors to make different colors. Just use one serving of plain vanilla pudding, divide it up into small portions, and add food coloring to create various shades. Give your child a paper plate to use as a canvas for his masterpiece. When he’s done, he can eat it with no worries.

Design a T-Shirt

If your toddler sees you sewing or painting clothes with fabric paint, she may want to try her hand at designing clothes. But needles are small and sharp, and fabric paint is messy. What to do? Break out the markers!

Kids can have a blast decorating a plain white t-shirt with colorful markers. If you use washable ones, they can create a design, wear it, and start over after you wash the shirt. If a permanent design is desired, however, you’ll have to let him use non-washable markers. You can avoid a mess by covering the work area with newspaper and putting a smock on your toddler.


Making placemats out of contact paper is very easy. Have your toddler cut shapes out of construction paper and glue them onto a whole piece with a glue stick. He can add detail with markers or embellish with stickers. When he’s done, place the artwork on a piece of contact paper, sticky side up. Place another sheet of contact paper on top, sticky side down.

Most toddlers will only have the patience to make one placemat at a time. But he can make another one tomorrow, continuing until there are enough for the whole table. He’ll be so proud to know that everyone sees his artwork at every meal!

Crafting can help your toddler learn important skills while keeping him quietly occupied. Whether it’s a rainy day or he’s just feeling creative, seize the opportunity to let him channel his imagination into something you can both admire.

Plannning for Summer Fun

Summer is here. This means all of the kids are home and you are probably already hearing “I’m bored.”
I have found that, if I plan well then summer doesn’t have to be expensive or boring. By planning I don’t mean scheduling every minute of every day, that will drive you and your kids crazy, I do mean planning something everyday.

Sit down with your summer calendar and first write in any vacations you have planned, visitors coming into town, VBS’s & camps they are going to and other commitments you may have. Now see how much time you have left. Try and plan 1 activity a day, that is appropriate for your child’s age. It could be a craft, trip to the beach/pool, rent a movie, go bowling whatever. I try not to put too many events that cost money in one week.

Make good use of the free/low cost experiences your town, church and county offer. Does your library have special summer programs? We have 2 movie theatres that show free movies on Tuesdays all summer long-how great is that? Do you have a state/national park nearby? They offer amazing programs year round. You may have to spend some time researching what is available in your area but when your kids have activities to look forward to it makes those stay-at-home days much more manageable.

Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches

I have been a consumer and fan of Blue Bunny Ice cream for years. I have been a part of their iScream Team and received their newsletter and coupons for a while now. Last week I met @blue_bunny on Twitter. We had been chatting about how for our family, Memorial Day weekend means 5 birthdays! Of course, that also means lots of cake and ice cream too.

Well, @blue_bunny started telling me about their Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches.
They are a party in a sandwich! Creamy white birthday cake flavored ice cream with colorful confetti sprinkles and swirls of blue frosting between two vanilla wafers. 10 sandwiches per box. At the time they were also featured on the iScream Team’s coupon. I went to my iScream Team page and printed the coupon. I went to my local Wal-Mart and purchased the last box of Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches that was in the freezer.

I brought them to the final birthday party of the week. There were 18 people at the party so we cut the ice cream sandwiches in half so everyone could try them. They were a HUGE hit! Everyone from ages 6-60+ loved the unique taste of the Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches.

They aren’t only for birthday parties either. These will make a great treat to share with the family anytime. When you are craving cake and ice cream this summer don’t heat up the house to bake a cake. Cool off with Blue Bunny Birthday Party Ice Cream Sandwiches.

Bare Foot Blunders

With Memorial Day right around the corner, the season for going bare foot is here. Unfortunately, going bare foot can be dangerous. Here are some tips for parents from Dr Oliver Zong.

Going bare foot is the easiest way to get a cut or scrape especially during the warm summer months. One hidden danger lurking at the pool, in the locker room, and on the gym floor is bacteria that gets into the blood stream through these tiny cuts in bare feet and causes warts.

“50% of children experience these painful plantar warts at some point in their life,” says board-certified New York City podiatrist Dr. Oliver Zong. Plantar warts are caused by exposure to Human Papilloma Virus or HPV, which thrives in moist warm environments like public pools, showers, and gyms. During the summer months when kids are out playing in the sunshine or walking around the pool, plantar warts are bound to pop up. They are painful, feel spongy, often have dark spots or blood clots in the middle and are extremely difficult to get rid of. Kids are more prone to catch warts then adults as their immune systems are not as prepared to deal with the HPV virus that causes them.

If you find these warts have already taken root on your children’s feet, Dr. Zong does not advise using over the counter medications. Over the counter medications contain chemicals that destroy skin cells and can actually damage the healthy tissue surrounding the wart causing spreading. Instead Dr. Zong recommends his innovative a quick, pain-free treatment with the CryoPen, a rapid nitrogen freezing of the wart with a Q-tip like applicator pen. “The non-invasive, patient-friendly CryoPen is also the most effective cryosurgical technique to remove plantar warts without causing any pain,” says Dr. Zong.

This summer as you pull out the kid’s bathing suits and sunblock, Dr. Oliver Zong also recommends you keep in mind a few simple do’s and don’ts to prevent warts from planting on your kid’s feet.

  • change your children’s shoes and socks daily avoid direct contact with your children’s warts
  • have your kids wear water shoes when at the pool
  • visit a podiatrist if you discover these warts
  • Don’t use over the counter medications that can possibly spread warts
  • Don’t let you kids walk barefoot in public areas
  • Don’t let your child share shoes or flip flops with other children

According to Dr. Zong, if parents follow a few simple prevention tips they can help manage the spread of plantar warts.

. Oliver Zongis a podiatrist in Manhattan’s influential Financial District. As one of the premier cosmetic foot surgeons in the country, he serves as the Director of Surgery at NYC Foot Care and is on the Board of Directors at Gramercy Park Surgery Center. Besides traditional and cosmetic foot surgery, Dr. Zong is also an accomplished cryosurgeon and co-founder of the Podiatric Cryosurgery Center of New York. He is an attending physician at New York Hospital Downtown, Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, Cabrini Medical Center, and Gramercy Park Surgery Center.  An accomplished foot surgeon, Dr. Zong is credited with coining the terms, “Foot Makeover”, “Foot Facelift”, “The Toe Tuck”, and “High Heel Feet”. For more information please visit