Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Kids Summer Photo, Art Contests Prizes


Free Competitions for Ages up to 18 

Summer is the ideal time to engage the minds of both boys and girls intellectually and creatively. With new COVID-19 cases and deaths still on the rise here in the U.S. many families are finding themselves at home this summer instead of going on a vacation.

Summer Kids Contests

So, particularly this season with so much more time on young people's hands and minds, there's no better opportunity than now to let your children know about two fun creative contests going on this month and encourage them to enter their artwork and/or a photo to be recognized for their talents as well as have the chance to win some awesome prizes.

Camera Painting Brushes
Image by Elena Mozhvilo

Kids Gardening Photo Contest

From KidsGardening, here's a fun photo contest for youngsters up to the age of 18 who have been gardening outdoors or indoors this summer with you or on their own.  Are your kids growing, harvesting, and eating some cool produce from their garden plot this summer?Are they exploring and learning about home farming whether it be from sowing seeds and watching them grow or from identifying garden pests and problems and coming up with solutions to solve them? If you answered yes to any of those questions, read on to learn how to help your child submit his entry.

Now Accepting Entries
  • Choice of one of four of the following categories to enter
  • Kid Gardeners - Photos of any age kids gardening outdoors or indoors
  • Kid Garden Activity or Lesson - Photos of a fun kids garden activity or learning experience
  • Garden Photos Taken by Kids, age 10 and under
  • Garden Photos Taken by Kids, ages 11-18
  • One entry from each category will win a $50 gift card to Gardener's Supply Company
  • 10 additional honorable mentions will win seed collections from Botanical Interests
  • Deadline to enter contest is August 18, 2020

For more information see the KidsGardening Photo Contest Complete Rules/Entry Form

Toddler Gardening in Tomato Patch
Vintage Family Photo

Draw a Cow Kids Art Contest

For the Draw a Cow Kids Art Contest hosted by Cabot Cheese, kids are encouraged to gather their favorite art supplies, get inspired, and create a cow masterpiece in their choice of art medium.

Now Accepting Entries 
  • Artists must be age 4 - 17 years of age to enter their original artwork
  • The theme is cows and entries will be judged on originality and artistic value
  • Any medium accepted: pencil, charcoal, watercolor, oil, etc. (photos and computer-generated artwork not accepted)
  • Delicious prizes awarded to best contest entries
  • Entries to be judged by actual Cabot Farm kids
  • Deadline to enter contest is August 23, 2020

For more information, see the Cabot Cheese Cow Art Contest Complete Rules/Entry Form

Dairy Cow on Farm
Image by Ethan Kent

About The Brands Hosting The Contests

Kids Gardening
Kids Gardening is a national non-profit organization that has been creating opportunities for kids to grow and learn through gardening since 1982. In 2019, 1,000,000 kids across the U.S. benefited through the group's teacher, garden educators, grant programs, curriculum, free gardening activities, and contests like the Summer Kids Garden Photo Contest going on now. Learn more about what this community outreach organization does by visiting KidsGardening.org and following them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and YouTube.

Cabot Cheese
Cabot Cheese is a U.S. co-op owned by 800 dairy farming families in New York and New England. The cooperative community offers a wide variety of dairy products and cheeses nationwide under the brand names Agri-Mark, Cabot, and McCadam. Learn more about the company and their products by visiting CabotCheese.Coop and following them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube.

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Twitter Party Calendar With Prizes Includes Facebook Live + Instagram Parties

Social Media Parties

Master Social Media Party 

Now listing Twitter plus Facebook Live, Pinterest, and Instagram parties with prizes, too!

Twitter Party Facebook Live Calendar

Here's how to find parties on Twitter, Facebook Live, Instagram and Pinterest offering great prizes. Get all the details in this free constantly updated Master Party Calendar listing tons of family friendly parties including specifics on prizes you can win and links to RSVP and participate. Includes social media parties for U.S. and Canada residents with multiple updates daily as new parties are announced.


Monday, August 10


Tuesday, August 11

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details TBA

Wednesday, August 12

Preparing for Your Financial Future Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: TWO (2) $50 Amazon giftcards. #CreditChat RSVP

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @positivemom_ and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

DVD Netflix Twitter Party at 6 pm ET with @dvdnetflix @amybchesler. Prizes: Two free months of DVD Netflix for several winners, TBA. #DVDchat Details

Thursday, August 13

At Home Stress Relief Tips Facebook Live Party from 2-2:30 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: SIX (6) winners ARV $50. RSVP

Milk Money Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @belairmommie @mommyblogexpert and friends. Prizes: TBA. #Ad #MilkMoneyParty RSVP

Friday, August 14

VTech CreatorCam Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) prizes, see RSVP for prize details. #CreatorCam RSVP


Monday, August 17


Tuesday, August 18

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details TBA

Wednesday, August 19

Credit Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: TWO (2) $50 Amazon giftcards. #CreditChat RSVP TBA

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @positivemom_ and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, August 20

Easy Kids Plant-Based Dinners Facebook Live Party from 2-2:30 pm ET with Moms Meet. Prizes: From Lightlife TBA. RSVP

Friday, August 21

The Toy Insider Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) prizes, see RSVP for prize details. RSVP TBA


Monday, August 24


Tuesday, August 25

Bib Chat Twitter Party at 8 pm ET with @bibrave. Prizes: TBA. #BibChat Details TBA

School Your Chicken Twitter Party at 9 pm ET with @chickenfarmers @sjconsulting_ca. Prizes: TBA, Canada residents only eligible to win prizes. #SchoolURChicken Details

Wednesday, August 26

Credit Chat Twitter Party at 3 pm ET with @experian. Prizes: TWO (2) $50 Amazon giftcards. #CreditChat RSVP TBA

Walt Disney World Wednesday Twitter Party at 5 pm ET with @positivemom_ and others. Prizes: TBA. #WDWwednesday RSVP

Thursday, August 27


Friday, August 28

The Toy Insider Twitter Party at 11 am ET with @thetoyinsider and others. Prizes: FIVE (5) prizes, see RSVP for prize details. RSVP TBA

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Friday, August 7, 2020

The Secret Garden 2020 Movie Review


MBE partnered with STXfilms for this Review and Giveaway 

Movie Based on Classic Book Released

British newbie young stars Dixie Egerickx, Edan Hayhurst and Amir Wilson hold their own in the family drama fantasy The Secret Garden (2020, STXfilms), which was released on On Demand Everywhere (PVOD) today. At 15 years old and younger, this trio of kids performs alongside an adult cast ensemble of veteran actors including Academy Award winner Colin Firth (winner of the Academy Award for Best Actor in The King's Speech), Dame Julie Walters (Harry PotterMamma Miawho has been nominated twice for Academy Awards, and other mature performers.  

The Secret Garden 2020 Movie Poster
Image by STXfilms

Shall I Tell You a Story? 

This is the latest interpretation of The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett based on the 1911 classic title. Like the original book and three earlier films which portray it, the secret garden central to the plot in this picture is set in the countryside of England. 

However, what distinguishes th2 2020 movie release from previous adaptations is that the time period has been fast-forwarded to 1947 with the story beginning in British India. It was a time of great upheaval and violence on the eve of the Partition of India, separating the former empire into two independent countries, India and Pakistan.  The setting then moves to England post World War II, where the UK is in the midst of rebuilding its economy and is being forced to institute bread rationing for the masses.

The Secret Garden 2020 Movie Cast
Image by STXfilms

The story revolves around a 10-year-old orphan girl Mary Lennox (Egerickx) who loses both wealthy British parents suddenly in a terrible accident while their family is living in British India on the eve of the Partition. Following their deaths, she is uprooted from the security of the home she grew up in and is sent to England to live with her unaffectionate widower uncle, Lord Archibald Craven (Firth), a complete stranger, residing on a vast and lonely country estate on the Yorkshire Moors. 

Immediately upon her arrival she experiences a sense of imprisonment. Feeling like a captive locked in a cage full of hopelessness, loneliness, and boredom, Mary craves freedom and companionship. So, she begins exploring forbidden rooms in the creaky, old mansion as well as outdoors, unbeknownst to her uncle and the severe governess Mrs. Medlock (Walters) who is charged with looking after her. 

The Secret Garden Movie 2020 Dixie Egerickx
Image by STXfilms

Soon the curious young girl stumbles upon some family secrets, including her sickly cousin Colin (Hayhurst) who she never knew existed until now, as well as a magical garden hidden away on the property. Discovering kindred misfitting spirits in her newly discovered cousin and a new friend named Dickon (Wilson), the trio sets off looking for happiness and adventure together, escaping into the fantasy world of a garden with magical powers.

Brought to viewers in the US, Canada and around the world by the producers of Harry Potter and Paddington and shot in various locations around Yorkshire, North Wales and other rural places around the UK, the garden scenery is stunningly beautiful. So outdoor garden scenes are particularly engaging and magical, of course. 

Top that off with some good acting by a talented cast which spans multiple generations and you have a movie the extended family, kids, mom, dad, and grandparents will all enjoy watching together at home. A new book The Secret Garden: The Cinematic Novel, which includes the adapted storyline and photos from the 2020 movie, also was just published by HarperCollins Children's Book.

The Secret Garden 2020 Cinematic Novel
The Secret Garden: The Cinematic Novel, 2020

About The Secret Garden

From STXfilms and rated PG, The Secret Garden (2020) is widely available for viewing through On Demand platforms such as Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, VUDU, cable providers, and more as of Friday, August 7, 2020. See the official site  for more about the film and some fun, free activities. Also, learn more by following the movie on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.