Blog Giveaways 5/30/09

Comfort Joy Designs is holding a Virtual Baby Shower with lots of giveaways. They all end on June 8. Heres some of the prizes (just click on the prize to go to the link to enter):

$15 Gift Certificate to Wave Cloud Jewelry from IceFairys Treasure Chest. Ends 5/31.

Dorothy Apron from Carolyns Kitchen given away at IceFairys Treasure Chest. Ends 5/31.

Play and Shine CD from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 6/3.

Organicville from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 6/3. Three Winners!

2 Meal Passes to Souplantation or Sweet Tomatoes from BrainFoggles. Ends 6/5.

Scentsy Plugin Warner and Scenty Bar from Frugal and Fun Times. Ends 6/22

The Richest Man In Town book from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 6/4. Five Winners!

Exergen Temporal Scanner from Moomettes Magnificents Reviews. Ends 6/10.

Sambucol Basket from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 6/4.

Earth and Ink Greeting Card Pack from MummifiedtimesFive. Ends 6/14 6PM AEST (Australia) Open Worldwide.

Blog Giveaways 5/25/09

Ends tomorrow, 5/26 Bratz Wii Game from Sweeps4Bloggers.

$50 GC to Gift Hero from Momspective Reviews. Ends 6/5.

Put Your Dreams First book from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 5/28. 5 Winners.

Chantel Monte shirt from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 5/27.

You Can Make This Personalized Pillow Ebook from Confessions of a Stay At Home Mom. Ends 5/30.

$25 GC to JNJ Collections Jewelery from Painter Mommy. Ends 5/30.

Columbine by Dave Cullen (book) from Sweeps4Bloggers. Ends 6/2. 5 Winners.

Kidmedz Thermofocus Thermometer from Comfort Joy Designs. Ends 6/8.

KC Los Angeles Tshirt from Comort Joy Designs. Ends 6/8.

Set of Bummas cloths from Comfort Joy Designs. Ends 6/8.

Casey James CD from Mamas Money Savers. Ends 5/29. Open to US and Canada.

The Green Teen Book Review

The Green Teen: The Eco-Friendly Teens Guide to Saving the Planet by Jenn Savedge is a book on a mission: teach teenagers how to positively impact the environment easily and quickly. The method used to reach this goal is to:

  • Provide tips that teens and tweens care about (clothing, shopping, school, cars)
  • Profile green teens who share what they are doing to inspire them
  • Include facts to back up the tips and the current environmental problems
  • List websites for information

Easy read:  This can be picked up and read between classes. Theres tons of tips, but since it is written in chapters that are broken up into distinct categories, like Green Your Lunch and Green Giving your interest is piqued so you can grasp it easily.

Humor: This is a fun book! I loved the phrases the author uses like, American Idles for cars that take a long time to warm up before they start and Trim Your Wasteline for recycling.

Put It To Work: There are a number of events and programs that are outlined in detail so that the reader, a group of friends, a class or even an entire school can start one. For example, you can learn how to begin a school recycling program or organize a green event.

Who Should Read This: Although this book is aimed towards teens, some younger children who read well or who are interested in the environment will learn a great deal from this book. Parents and teachers can take advantage of the information too and inspire their children and students to go green.

About The Author: Jenn Savedge is a mother and former Park Ranger. She truly cares about the environment and writes a blog focusing about this.

Buy The Book:  You can purchase The Green Teen from New Society Publishers directly, from or from Barnes& for $14.95.

For more information on the book, the author and to read an excerpt visit The Green Teen online. Looking for other ways to go green? Head over to and sell your MacBook.

This review courtesy of the author and publisher.

Book Review: The Great Eight by Scott Hamilton

The Great Eight: How to Be Happy (Even When You Have Every Reason to be Miserable) by Scott Hamilton is a how-to guide on dealing with life. Scott is the Olympic Gold Medal Figure Skater and was producer and performer of Stars on Ice. He has also suffered through many health struggles from childhood into adulthood including cancer.

As a child, he had difficulty digesting food and was fed through a tube in his nose. He was very small for his age, but his parents did all they could to give him a normal life. He began skating and found that he was able to succeed at it and enjoyed it. His parents allowed him to train and even leave home at a young age to pursue his goal of becoming an Olympic skater.

When he began his formal training, he was able to eat normally, felt content and knew that this was his career goal. He gained national and world-wide attention through the Olympics due to much sacrifice on his part.

As an adult he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. Later on he was diagnosed with a brain tumor. He writes about these difficult times but explains that his Christian faith, his strong friendships, his upbringing and his desire to live kept him going. Heres one of my favorite quotes:

Life wouldnt be worth living unless it was difficult. Whats the point of doing anything if its easy? Its so much more valuable when a challenge has to be overcome.

The subject of the book isnt only about health problems, but about every day life, especially being a good friend, a good spouse, a good parent and a good employee. He writes with a great sense of humor, especially about himself. You feel as if you are a friend talking with him throughout the book.

The term, the great eights are his suggestions for life (and the chapter names) and they look back on his ability to do perfect figure eights:

1. Fall, Get Up, and Land Your First Jumps
2. Trust Your Almighty Coach
3. Make Your Losses Your Wins
4. Keep The Ice Clear
5. Think Positive, Laugh, and Smile Like Kristi Yamaguchi
6. Win By Going Last
7. Learn A New Routine
8. Stand In The Spotlight

Learn about living through difficult times and how to be an encouragement to others.

Review courtesy of Thomas Nelson.