Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spotlight Saturday Blog Hop

It's Spotlight Saturday Hosted By

Between the Lines

Welcome to our fun blog hop with a twist!  Every week swing by to link up your blog and one you want to spotlight!  Did you find a new blog you liked this week?  Is there one you visit on a daily basis?  Well, simply link up your Spotlighted blog right under yours.  We will Spotlight our favorite blogs of the week in spots 4, 5, and 6.  

This week is I'm Spotlighting Shell from Things I Can't Say! 

How it Works

1) Link up your own blog.
2)Link up a blog you want to spotlight for the week.(ex. Spotlight: Roslyn's Closet)
3) Follow your three hosts.
4) Grab our button and post it on your sidebar or in a Spotlight Saturday Post.
5) Follow as many blogs from the list as you like and leave a comment so they know you stopped by.
6) Return the favor by following blogs that followed you.
(Be aware that URL's cannot be duplicated so please have a second spotlight choice in mind. If your blog's URL has already been spotlighted, just add one you'd like to spotlight. And don't forget to leave a comment with the blog you spotlighted so they can come and join the blog hopping fun! )

Friday, March 18, 2011

Don't Miss Spotlight Saturday!

Between the Lines

Don't forget tomorrow is Spotlight Saturday!  Hope you all come back in the morning to join us, along with Survey Junkie and Little Yaya's, for our fun little Blog Hop with a twist!!!  Link up your own blog and another that you would love to share with the rest of us!  Linky opens at midnight!

Skin MD Natural Lotion Review and Giveaway

You all have heard me talk about my dry, cracked skins on many post.  Skin Care is very important to me, but my skin is very sensitive and not happy with many of the lotions that I try to put on it.  Until recently, I had only found one brand of lotion that was gentle enough for me.   However, a few weeks ago I was contacted by Skin MD Natural and I immediately was crossing my fingers, hoping that their all natural, eco-friendly product would work for me. 
I immediately started using it on my hands (and my daughter's) the moment it arrived in the mail.  The lotion went on smoothly and a had a very light scent which I love because products with too much fragrance usually equals a lot of sneezing.  I was also thrilled that my daughter didn't break out in a rash like she typically does when lotion touches her skin.  

As far as my hands go, I didn't see much of a difference in the first couple of days.  I went to bed with soft skin and woke up with dry, itchy skin.  It seemed to give the temporary moisture that most other lotions provide.  However, when I woke up after the fifth day of using it, my skin was still soft.  Dr. Lisa Benest explains why:

"Regular moisturizers are designed to add moisture onto the skin. However, it does nothing to repair the barrier, so it's an endless cycle of constant moisture application onto the skin without healing and curing the dry skin. Many traditional moisturizers restore the moisture to the skin on a temporary basis, but after continued use actually send a message back to the skin saying it doesn't need any further moisture to be produced by the skin. This can cause the opposite condition where the skin is less hydrated than prior to using the moisturizers. With the shielding lotion you get a thin layer, so it does not clog the pores. It allows skin to breathe and it is what we call 'non-comedogenic' – it won't promote acne. In addition, it also protects the skin while allowing it to breathe."

With the amount of times I wash my hands on a daily basis, I'm very excited to have this "shield" to keep my hands from cracking and bleeding.   Skin MD's website is full of important information from 100's of dermatologists and real user's reviews.  You can learn about providing your skin with the perfect care for different seasons and even create your own skin care products from recipes they provide.

Skin MD is giving one of you lucky readers the chance to win your own bottle of Skin MD Natural Lotion. The 4 oz bottle retails for $18.

Mandatory Entry:  Visit Skin MD and leave me a comment about something that you learned. Don't forget to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you are the winner.
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This giveaway will end on April 4th @10p.m Eastern
*This giveaway is open to  US only.  Winner will be chosen randomly. An email notification will be sent to the email address provided by the winner. The winner must respond within 48 hours. Failure to do so will result in being disqualified and a new winner will be chosen.  
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary bottle of lotion in exchange for my honest review. The opinions & thoughts expressed are my own. I received no other compensation for my review nor was I under any obligation to give a positive review. Prizes are mailed out by the distributor and Between the Lines cannot be held accountable for prizes not sent.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

How to talk to kids about tragedies, disasters: Tips from World Vision

When disasters like Japan's 9.0 magnitude earthquake and resulting tsunami capture the attention of children, they begin to ask challenging questions. It's often difficult for adults to know how to respond.

Below are suggestions - compiled by relief organization World Vision - on how to talk with children about the disaster in Japan and its impact. Included are tips on how adults can listen, respond and become involved, as well as how to stay informed while preventing children from becoming traumatized by the details.

WASHINGTON, 16 March 2011- As information increases about the devastation of Japan's earthquake and tsunami, our children will likely see disturbing news footage and have questions about this tragedy. Below are several suggestions on how to talk with children about this disaster and its impact.

These tips are provided by humanitarian organization World Vision. World Vision has worked in Japan for more than two decades and responded to the massive Kobe earthquake in 1995, and now has staff assisting in the relief efforts in Sendai.

1. Start by listening.
Find out what your child already knows. You can then respond in an age-appropriate way. The aim is not to worry them with the devastating details, but to protect them from misinformation they may have heard from friends or disturbing images they may have seen on television.

2. Provide clear, simple answers.
Limit your answer to the question asked and use simple language.

3. If you don't know the answer, admit it.
If your children ask questions that you can't answer, tell them so, and then do some research to try and help them sort it out. If they ask "Why did this have to happen?" don't be afraid to say "I don't know." The reassurance offered can be invaluable in helping your child sort through the truth that awful things happen.

4. Follow media reports or online updates privately.
Young children in particular are easily traumatized and seeing or hearing about the horrifying details of the quake may be more than they can cope with. Adults, too, should ensure they are dealing with their own emotions by talking to others, so they can continue to respond well to their children's needs.

5. Concentrate on making them feel safe.
When tragedies occur, children wonder if the same event could happen in their hometown. If it was an act of nature that could not be repeated in your area, tell children that. Placing themselves in the situations of victims is not all bad-it is a sign of empathy, an essential life skill, but watch for signs of excessive worrying.

6. Give children creative outlets.
Some children may not be prepared to speak about what they have heard, but may find drawing or other creative activities helpful to deal with their emotions and stress. Their drawings can be helpful starting points for conversation.

7. Model involvement and compassion.
Tell your child that, as a family, you will be helping the people in Japan by giving a donation to a reputable charity such as World Vision.

8. Give your child a chance to be involved.
Being involved in the solution will help relieve some of their anxiety. Invite them to contribute to the family's gift by giving something out of their piggy bank.

For more information on World Vision's efforts please visit

World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. We serve the world's poor - regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.

Disclosure:  This post was provided by World Vision.  I did not write it and was not compensated for it. I just thought it was beneficial for all those with children.

Some Lucky Winners!

Congratulations to Megan!  She is the winner of the giveaway.  Out of 397 entries, Megan won with comment #253, "Email Subscriber 3".  Our winner has 48 hours to claim her prize or another winner will be randomly selected.  Thank you so much for everyone who entered and HUGE thank you to for offering such a great giveaway!

Congratulations to Debbi Does Dinner Healthy!  She is the winner of the giveaway.  Out of 186 entries, Debbi won with comment #28, "Blog Hop Button is on my homepage."  Our winner has 48 hours to claim her prize or another winner will be randomly selected.  Thank you so much for everyone who entered and HUGE thank you to for offering such a great giveaway!

Congratulations to Carol L.!  She is the winner of the giveaway.  Out of 214 entries, Carol won with comment #189, "Email Subscriber #1".  Our winner has 48 hours to claim her prize or another winner will be randomly selected.  Thank you so much for everyone who entered and HUGE thank you to for offering such a great giveaway!

What Do You Collect?

Most people I know collect something even if they don't realize it.  I was never saw myself as a "collector", but recently when I was putting away the clean dishes, I couldn't find room to fit all my mugs.  I have quite the collection of mugs and I love them all.  They all represent a memory of a special vacation or an important time in my kids lives.  Most of my mugs are from Disney World.  Each year when we go, I let my girls help pick one out.  It usually represents what they loved the most that year, so it is a good reminder.  Plus it is fun, searching all the stores for the perfect one.  A few of my mugs are picture mugs.  They have been decorated with the faces of my beautiful children at different ages in their life.  How great is it, that I can have my morning tea while reminiscing?    Here is sampling of my mug collection:

What do you collect?  Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Stop In and Say Hi!

Have you been reading Between the Lines? Stop in with your feedback, suggestions, or just to say hi. I'm feeling a bit under the weather today, so this is about as much as I could force myself to type. While your here, don't forget the yummy giveaway from ends today.  Thanks for reading and have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Free Umbrella from Kidorable

From March 21 through April 4, Kidorable is partnering with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund to help you support a great cause (and get a cool free gift, too). 

 All Between the Lines readers (and your 1000's of friends) will receive a free Kidorable umbrella when you make a minimum $20 purchase on  Kidorable will donate 10% of your purchase to the Children's Cancer Research Fund, bringing kids health, hope and happiness by revolutionizing the way childhood cancer is treated worldwide. 

So flutter on over to and use coupon code CCRFUMB2 at checkout to get your free umbrella, and help save a child’s life.  Don't forget to add your free umbrella to your cart before heading to the checkout.

Add Style with a Wall Clock!

The simple addition of a wall clock can add so much style to a room  Depending on the design, it can add a little flair, sophistication, or even just compliment the room's other decorations.  I also love the fact that a decorative wall clock is a functional and useful decoration.  Even in a smaller areas, like my master bathroom, we added a wall clock to compliment the walls and towels.  And now I never have to wonder if I'm running late.
This one looks like our except our face is yellow to match our walls.
 1001 Wall sells a wide variety of the finest decorative clocks.  Their vast selection includes styles to suit everyone's needs.  Are you looking for a sophisticated modern clock?  This one may be perfect for you.
How about a country style one for your kitchen?  This one may be a great conversation starter.
Whatever your style is, 1001 Wall has a great clock waiting just for you.  Visit them today!

Disclosure: This was a sponsored post.