Monday, June 29, 2015

Summer is Here Get the Kids Outdoors To Play & Enjoy Quality Time Together


Fitness



This post is sponsored by the Voice of Play 


#SummertimePlay


The long more leisurely days of summer are finally here. With school out at least until August and so many public parks offering a variety of free outdoor play equipment and playgrounds that will entertain kids for hours, there's no better time than now to get youngsters outside to play and for parents to tag along.


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Without a doubt, the benefits far outweigh the cons. Not only will kids get fresh air and exercise, helping to fight obesity and hyperactivity, it's the perfect season to continue helping your children develop the social skills that will serve them well at school and throughout their lives. That's why International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association (IPEMA), through the non-profit Voice of Play initiative, is encouraging children and their parents to get outside instead of interacting only with electronics indoors. You can almost be guaranteed that everyone will feel energized and there will be smiles all around by both the little people and grown ups!


Water Play Adds to the Fun, MommyBlogExpert.com
Since they were able to walk I've enjoyed spending as much time outdoors as possible with my four kids. Not only have I watched them physically grow while at the park, exploring nature, meeting new kids and trying new challenges on the play equipment, they've matured socially and intellectually by constantly being exposed to healthy new outdoor situations. An added plus for me has been meeting other parents who I enjoy being with and talking to even when our children aren't around.


Remember snacks: kids are always hungry, MommyBlogExpert.com
My best advice to parents of young kids today, especially during the long summer months, is to make going to the park a regular activity that you and your child do together. Of course don't forget to the snacks, water, hats and 30+ SPF sunblock whenever you venture out to play and explore. Remember also not to forget to bring along a camera and/or smartphone to permanently capture all those fleeting park moments that the entire family will treasure for years to come.

About The Voice of Play
The Voice of Play is an education and advocacy initiative of the non-profit association International Play Equipment Manufacturers Associations (IPEMA). This group was formed to educate the public and promote the benefits of children's free outdoor play and playgrounds. Through Voice of Play and social media properties, IPEMA highlights the scientifically proven physical, social, emotional and cognitive benefits of play. For more play outside inspiration and to learn more visit the official Voice of Play website as well as follow this organization on Twitter and Facebook.

Please Comment

What do you enjoy best about summer outdoor play? Do you have any special memories or stories to tell? Please leave a comment and share with other MommyBlogExpert readers.

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Twitter Party #GoForTheGolds 6/29 8:30p ET Tonite RSVP to Win Great Prizes


Twitter Party



This is a sponsored post

Get ready for July 4th by joining Joy of Kosher, my co-hosts and @MommyBlogExpert for the #GoForTheGolds Twitter Party tonite at 8:30 pm ET. We'll be talking about all things BBQ including tips, tricks and favorite grilling recipes. They'll also be tasty and fabulous prizes for some lucky party participants who Tweet along with us including Golds condiments and sauces prize packs, a 1-year magazine subscription to Joy of Kosher and $50 Amazon giftcard.


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Date & Time

Monday, June 29, 2015

8:30 to 9:30 pm ET

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@JoyofKosher
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6 Prizes - RSVP required to be eligible to WIN

  • FOUR (4) Gold's product prize packs
  • ONE (1) 1-year Joy of Kosher subscription
  • ONE (1) Grand Prize $50 Amazon Giftcard

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Twitter Party Calendar June 28 - July 4 Schedule of Parties w/ Prizes - Continuous Updates


Twitter Parties



Constant Updates, Keep Checking Back + Sneak Peek at Future Weeks

Master Twitter Party Calendar - Including USA & Canada


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Get all the details in this free constantly updated Master Twitter Chat Party Calendar listing tons of family friendly parties including specifics on prizes you can win and links to RSVP and participate. Includes Twitter Parties in the U.S. and Canada. A new weekly Twitter Party Schedule is published every Sunday at 9 am ET.

Be sure to check back often during each week as new events are added on an ongoing basis -- often with new prize-winning opportunities added several times per day. You'll also get a sneak peek at Twitter parties coming up next week and in the month ahead. Now listing Facebook, Pinterest and Google+ parties with prizes too.


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The majority of parties are for U.S. only, unless indicated otherwise. Look for 
highlights in pink for Twitter Parties where CANADA residents are eligible for prizes.


THIS WEEK

#GoForTheGolds Twitter Party, June 29th at 8:30 pm
Sunday, June 28

Run Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @therunchat @runningbecause @coolibar. Prizes: Coolibar gear. #RunChat Details

Monday, June 29

Healthy & Hydrated Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @sweeptight @ourhomemadelife @agirlsgottaspa and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walgreens giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart GCs. #HealthyandHydrated RSVP

Hershey's Summer Family Fun Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @momtrends @savvysassymoms. Prizes: ONE (1) Twizzlers Roadtrip Survival kit + $100 giftcard ARV $150, Ultimate Sundae Sundays kit + $100 giftcard ARV $175, Hershey's S'mores Set + $50 giftcard ARV $175 - see RSVP link for prize details. #HersheysSummer RSVP

Turbo Time Twitter Party at 2 pm ET with @moderndaymoms @therebelchick. Prizes: TBA. #TurboTime RSVP

Summer Yum Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @freebies4mom @kellystilwell @donnahup and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walmart giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart GCs. #SummerYum RSVP

TRBxCF Tweet Chat Twitter Party at 7 pm ET with @redbowshoppe @forfashionistas. Prizes: TBA - Canada residents ONLY eligible for prizes. #TRBxCF RSVP

Go For the Golds Twitter Party at 8:30 pm ET with @joyofkosher @joyofkoshermag @tamargenger @jamiegeller @mommyblogexpertPrizes: ONE (1) $50 Amazon giftcard, FOUR (4) Gold's Prize Packs ARV $30, ONE (1) 1-year subscription to Joy of Kosher Magazine ARV $26.99. #GoForTheGolds RSVP

Rite Aid Recharge Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @joeyfortman @riteaid @bloggerbash and others. Prizes: TBA. #RiteAidREcharge Details

Tuesday, June 30

SoFab University On the Road Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @sofabuniversity @sofabuotr @themommyfiles and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Johnny Rocks giftcard, FOUR (4) SoFab UOTR passes ARV $99, ONE (1) $100 gas giftcard, ONE (1) $250 Walmart GC, ONE (1) Grand Prize 16 GB mini table ARV $399. #SoFabUOTR RSVP

Brooklyn Bean Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @marvelgoddess24 @brooklynbeans1. Prizes: 24-count case of Brooklyn Bean Coffee KCups. #BrooklynBean RSVP

SunsOut SpoonsOut Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @blue_bunny @kellysluckyyou @blm03 and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walmart giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart GCs. #SunsOutSpoonsOut RSVP

Laura's Lean Beef Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @freebies4mom @formulamom @haileyheishman. Prizes: ONE (1) Summer Steakation kit with swag, summer essentials and coupons, THREE (3) Laura's Lean Beef swag packages, SIX (6) Coupon Bundles ARV $20. #LaurasLeanBeef RSVP

Non Drowsy Naturals Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @clever_network @dramaminebrand. Prizes: SEVEN (7) $50 American Express giftcards, ONE (1) $100 AmEx GC. #NonDrowsyNaturals RSVP

Nurture VoxBox Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @influenstervox. Prizes: TBA. #NurtureVoxBox RSVP

SC Summer Meals Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @dawnchats @sweeptight @adventuresof8. Prizes: ONE (1) Grand Prize High Performance headphones, $50 Sam's Club giftcard, Lipton & Hellmann's prize pack, FIVE (5) Lipton/Hellmann's prize packs with $150 Sam's Club GC. #SCSummerMeals RSVP

Evgie Wall Decals Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @janellcp @evgie @odouglass11 and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $25 Amazon giftcard, THREE (3) $50 Evgie Wall Decals GCs, ONE (1) $200 Evgie Wall Decals GC. #Evgie #WallDecals RSVP

Terminator Genisys Bilingual Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @blogginmamas @alliedhispanic @heloenterprises and others. Prizes: TWO (2) $25 giftcards + movie promo item, TWO (2) $50 GCs + movie promo item, TWO (2) $100 GCs + movie promo item. #Terminator Genisys RSVP

Craftadian Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @craftadian. Prizes: FOUR (4) $20 giftcards from various businesses, ONE (1) $25 GC - see RSVP link for complete prize descriptions. #Craftadian RSVP

Wednesday, July 1

My Beach Blonde Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @johnfriedaus @laughwithusblog @kristak2 and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walmart giftcard + product prize pack, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart giftcard + product prize pack. #MyBeachBlonde RSVP

Coke Happy Hour Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @dawnchats @sweeptight @athriftydiva and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walgreens giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walgreens GCs. #CokeHappyHour RSVP

Mobile Dining Twitter Party at 7 pm ET with @theonlinemom @robynsworld and others. Prizes: ONE (1) Bose SoundLink Bluetooth Speaker, ONE (1) Sony Xperia Z3v smartphone will be given away during the party plust chance to win another Sony Xperiz Z3v at the video chat immediately following. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Pineapple World Record Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @_turbana @foodcity. Prizes: TBA. #PineappleWorldRecord RSVP

Thursday, July 2

Naturally Clean Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @dentistmel @mommytalkshow @suburbiau and other others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Target giftcard, FIVE (5) Target GCs. #NaturallyClean RSVP

NEXT WEEK

Tuesday, July 8

Happy Birthday Krispy Kreme Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @krispykreme @clever_network. Prizes: FOUR (4) Krispy Kreme prize packs, TWO (2) Dozen Doughnut prize packs, ONE (1) Grand Prize Free Dozen Doughnuts every week for a year. #HBDKrispyKreme. RSVP

Wednesday, July 8

Let's Go New Brunswick Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @seenewbrunswick @letsgoretreat @sjconsulting_ca. Prizes: TBA - Canada residents ONLY eligible for prizes. #LetsGoNB RSVP

Friday, July 10

Getting More From Your Smartphone Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Saturday, July 11
Angels Angels Everywhere Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @bebermichellePrizes: THREE (3) $10 Amazon giftcards + angel charms. #AngelsEverywhere RSVP


COMING SOON 

Tuesday, July 14

Share Funshine Twitter Party at 1 pm ET with @amomsimpression @suburbiau @comebackmomma and others. Prizes: ONE (1) $50 Walmart giftcard, FIVE (5) $100 Walmart GCs. #ShareFunshine RSVP

Thursday, July 16

LGBT Conception Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermunroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP

Friday, July 17

Managing Your Work-Life Balance Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Friday, July 24

Mobile Shopping Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Friday, July 31

Making the Leap to Wearable Tech at 3 pm ET with @thetechdad @robynsworld @theonlinemom. Prizes: TBA. #VZWBuzz RSVP

Tuesday, September 22

Supporting Friends Struggling to Conceive Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermuroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP

Wednesday, October 14

Healthy Mind & Body Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermunroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP

Thursday, November 12

Fertility Issues & Relationships Twitter Party at 1 to 1:30 pm ET with @themotherhood @tmchathost @coopermunroe and others. Prizes: THREE (3) $25 CVS/Pharmacy giftcards. #TheStorkOTC RSVP


About this Weekly Twitter Party List


Compiled by MommyBlogExpert.com Master Twitter Party Calendar, the most comprehensive, constantly updated Free resource of its kind online. However keep in mind that each party is run by a different brand and/or hosts and MommyBlogExpert, unless specified otherwise, is not responsible for any dealings readers have with these events including, but not limited to, prizing of any party on the calendar.

For Brands

How to Add a Twitter Party
to the Calendar

Add an event to the Mommy Blog Expert Master Twitter Party Calendar free by emailing janis@janiselspas.com with "Twitter Party" in subject line including all details and links in the body of your message.



Hire MBE to Plan, Promote and/or 
Host Your Twitter Party

Also available, for a nominal fee, to plan, promote, host, co-host or serve as a panelist for your own brand Twitter party. To inquire, please janis@janiselspas.com for information with "Twitter Party Consulting Query" in the subject line.



FTC Disclosure: MommyBlogExpert does attend some Twitter parties as a guest and also works as a consultant, host, co-host, and/or panelist for others.  Except for the #GoForTheGolds Twitter Park on 6/29/15, I am not receiving
 payment or compensation associated with any party on this calendar. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

6 Summer Dog Safety Tips from American Veterinary Medical Association AVMA


Pets



Summer is here, and along with it, the temperatures are rising and sidewalks steaming with many experts predicting the hottest summer on record to date. If the weather is stifling and uncomfortable for us, just think how our pets must feel. Without a question, hot weather brings a host of dangers for our beloved dogs – primarily the risk of overheating which at their extremes can be life-threatening unless you take the proper precautions. To help, the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers some must-know advice to help protect your four-legged friend from the heat this season.


Dexter the Min Pin keeps cool indoors, MommyBlogExpert.com

Stay Indoors 
Breeds with pushed-in faces like Bull Dogs and Boston Terriers can find it tougher to breathe in warmer weather, so leave these pets indoors and only take them on very short walks to keep them safe during hot days. 

Keep Dogs Groomed 
Animals with thick and heavy coats definitely feel the heat, so groom your pets to keep them comfortable as temps rise. If you plan to shave away some of the coat, makes sure to leave at least 1 inch of topcoat to protect your pet from the sun. Their skin can burn too!

Dexter spots turtles at Franklin Canyon Park, CA, MommyBlogExpert.com
Hydrate your Pets 
Always take fresh drinking water on walks or outings for your pets. This is especially important if you bring your four legged friend along on trips where they may be sitting outside for a long time. Also, make sure their bowls at home are always filled with cold water, especially when Fido hustles inside from being in the great outdoors. 

Protect their Paws 
Walk your pets early in the morning or at dusk when the sun isn’t out and the ground has cooled. If you decide to bring your pets to summer events like parades or carnivals, provide them with plenty of shade, the hot asphalt can burn their paws, just like it burns out feet if we walk on hot concrete or sand. 

Prevent Overheating 
Because dogs do not sweat, they release extra body heat through panting. So definitely check out the way your pet is breathing. 

Know & Watch for the Signs of Heat Exhaustion & Heat Stroke
  • Common signs of heat exhaustion or heat stroke include
  • Loud, heavy panting, gasping for air, and/or huffing and puffing 
  • Abnormally rapid heartbeat High body temperature over 104 degrees. 
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea 
  • Anxiety or agitation, confusion, dizziness, 
  • Uncoordinated walking, and/or fainting 
  • Lethargy or weakness 
  • Muscle tremors, shaking, and/or seizures. 
Watch this short AVMA video to learn more...



Seek Medical Assistance
If you notice any of the symptoms of canine heat exhaustion or heat stroke, call or take your pet to the vet immediately. 
Image from AMVA

For more pet-friendly advice and news visit the AVMA official website as well as follow the organization on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

FTC Disclosure: The information in this post is provided as a community service and is not meant to replace professional veterinarian advice. I  did not receive any payment or other compensation in association with this post. See complete FTC Disclosure information that appears at the bottom of MommyBlogExpert's main page and at the bottom of every individual post on this blog, including this one.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Terminator Genisys Sweepstakes - Win a Trip for Two to Hollywood + Paramount Studios Tour


Giveaway


As a NETGEAR Brand Ambassador I'm thrilled to announce the brand is currently running the "Terminate Your Dead Zones" Sweepstakes in conjunction with Paramount Pictures and the major motion picture movie release of Terminator Genisys in theaters July 1st. The grand prize is a trip for two (2) to Hollywood and a VIP tour of Paramount Studios! Four (4) additional prize winners will receive NETGEAR product bundles. Maximize your chances of winning by entering once per day until the sweepstakes ends at 11:59 p.m. PST on August 14, 2015.


Paramount Studios Backlot Hollywood, MommyBlogExpert.com
  • Grand Prize - Trip for 2 to Hollywood & VIP Tour of Paramount Studios
  • 4 Addtl Winners Get NETGEAR product bundles

ENTER HERE

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