Saturday, August 20, 2011

Silent Saturday

My Silly Girls!

Friday, August 19, 2011

Erin Baker's Back to School Promotion

Erin Baker’s having an awesome Back to School Promotion of FREE SHIPPING on orders $25 or more all next week (Aug 22-28th)*!   In order to receive Free Shipping on your next online order please enter this code at time of check out: BGB2S at  I absolutely love Erin Baker's healthy food options and I know you will too!  I hope you take advantage of this great promotion!

* Free Shipping on orders that are $25 or more placed on 8/22/11-8/28/11. Free shipping with code BGB2S is valid for UPS Ground only within the continental USA.

Recipe Corner: Chocolate Cherry Marble Cake

Over the years I have been into baking cookies, breads, and pies. I, however, had never made a cake until a few years ago.  This was actually the first cake I ever made from scratch. I made it for my mom’s birthday and everyone loved it. Enjoy!

• 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
• 2 cups sugar
• 3 eggs
• 6 tablespoons maraschino cherry juice
• 6 tablespoons water
• 1 teaspoon almond extract
• 3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 2 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
• 3/4 teaspoon salt
• 1 1/2 cups sour cream
• 3/4 cup chopped maraschino cherries, drained
• 3/4 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
• 3 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate, melted
• confectioners' sugar

1. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add the cherry juice, water and extract; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with sour cream. Mix just until combined.
2. Divide batter in half. to one portion, add cherries and walnuts; mix well. To the second portion, add chocolate; mix well. Spoon half of the cherry mixture into a greased and floured 10-in. fluted tube pan. Cover with half of the chocolate mixture. Repeat layers. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour and 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 15 minutes; remove from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners; sugar if desired.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

We Have Winners!

Congratulations to Allison!  You are the winner of our Kidorable Rain Boot giveaway.  Allison won with comment # 273, "Tweeted... ".  Allison has 48 hours to claim her prize or another winner will be randomly selected.  Thanks to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to Kidorable for sponsoring another fun giveaway.

Congratulations to Trixx!  You are the winner of our Sea Band giveaway. Trix won with comment # 76, "I learned that nausea is typically reduced within 5 minutes after Sea-Bands are applied.".  Our winner has 48 hours to claim her prize or another winner will be randomly selected.  Thanks to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to the Sea Band for sponsoring a great giveaway.

Congratulations to Tylerpants!  You are the winner of our Erin Baker's giveaway. Tylerpants won with comment # 218, "I'm an email subscriber.".  Our winner has 48 hours to claim her prize or another winner will be randomly selected.  Thanks to everyone who entered and a huge thank you to the Erin Baker's for sponsoring a great giveaway.

Robin Leedy and Associates Upcoming Giveaways and Promotions

Fantastic Facebook Giveaways
Join the Softlips. "So You. So Fun." Twitter Party!
We’re excited to announce the Softlips. “So You. So Fun.” Twitter party with Softlips and Thrifty & Chic Mom! On Monday, August 22nd, from 10-11 p.m. ET, talk about the importance of SPF and protecting your lips this summer, share your beauty tips and tell us your favorite Softlips flavors. Plus, learn more about the new Softlips. So You. video series, packaging makeover and win fabulous prizes, including limited edition Softlips t-shirts, Softlips product and one grand prize winner gets a $50 MasterCard gift card to buy products that are "So Her"! Join the party by following @ilovesoftlips and @thriftychicmom and use the hashtag #softlips on Twitter. And don’t forget to connect with Softlips on Facebook and Twitter

scünci Back to School Giveaway
It's that time of year again...time to look cool for school! scünci wants to help its Facebook fans be prepared with a variety of hair styling tools and accesories from scünci and Conair, along with other great back-to-school essentials! On August 23, 25, 30 and September 1, two random entrants will be chosen on each of those days to win one of two fabulous prize packs.
Visit to enter by 9/1 and learn more about the giveaway.
OXY “School-Ready Skin Sweeps”
Is your skin ready for school? Enter the OXY “School-Ready Skin Sweeps” to win cool back-to-school gear and OXY Clinical acne skin care products! A daily winner will be chosen each Monday-Thursday to receive an OXY® Clinical Acne Solutions Pack, along with another back to school prize valued at $25.  Every Friday in August one OXY Skin Care fan who enters will be chosen to win a grand fun prize to get back to school in style:
*August 5: $500 Target shopping spree
*August 12: $500 Walmart shopping spree
*August 19: Dell Inspiron Laptop
*August 26: iPad2 with Smart Cover
Visit to enter.  Sweepstakes ends August 26, 2011.
Conair Brush with Fame Contest

Are you the next great hair vlogger or know someone who could be? Submit an original hair tutorial video (no more than 3 minutes), and you might win $500 worth of Conair hair appliance and brush products, $1000 in cash and a handheld video camera as the grand prize! Two runner-up prizes include $500 worth of Conair styling products.
We even have celebrity hairstylist and TV star, Jonathan Antin, as a guest judge of our top 20 finalists! The videos will be judged on presentation, clear instructions, contestant's on-camera presence/personality and communication of end result.
Visit to enter by 8/31 and learn more about the contest.

Suffer from Morning Sickness? RL&A Wants to Hear from You!
RL&A is looking for bloggers suffering from morning sickness (or who know someone who is) to review Sea-Band drug-free acupressure wrist bands. Sea-Band is FDA approved as a leading drug-free remedy for morning sickness, motion sickness, chemotherapy nausea and post-operative nausea and it is safe for pregnant women.
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Last Call for Certain Dri "100-Days of Summer" Giveaway!
Certain Dri's "100-Days of Summer" Facebook giveaway ends on Sept. 3rd! If you haven't already, sign up on the Facebook page for your chance to win a Certain Dri Anti-Perspirant (roll-on or solid); we’re giving away one a day until Sept. 3! Certain Dri is the leading, dermatologist-recommended anti-perspirant for controlling excessive underarm perspiration. Every Friday at noon E.T., all seven winners from that week will be announced on the Certain Dri Facebook page at
"Let's Get Rollin' with Stopain" Giveaway
To celebrate the launch of the Stopain “Working Out The Pain” exercise video series, Stopain is giving away a foam exercise roller and a Stopain Cold Roll-On every Friday in August! Wait…there’s more.  Each Monday through Thursday in August, one person will win a Stopain Cold Roll-On! Visit to enter.  Sweepstakes ends August 31, 2011.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Del Monte Cash For Classrooms Giveaway

 Do you love Del Monte fruit?  Do you want to support your classroom as a parent or teacher?  Please read below to find out how Del Monte is supporting public school teachers across North America.

This fall Del Monte Fresh will hold its second annual online contest, “Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms.” The program awards cash and fresh fruit to kindergarten thru 12th grade school teachers across North America to encourage them to incorporate healthy eating and living messages into classroom activities.   Sixty teachers will win a total of $1,000 in cash to purchase school supplies and fresh fruit for their students.  Top winners will also get a Del Monte Fresh Field Day event for their school in which the entire student body will enjoy a day of Del Monte fresh fruit, games and fun activities.   Salad bars for schools will also be given away through promotions at supermarkets.  Go to today for details. 

Watch this entertaining video of real students at Sun City Elementary, in Bossier City, Louisiana -- one of Del Monte’s top winning schools in last year's in "Teacher Monday."   

To be eligible to win, teachers must register online, submit a short essay on how they will incorporate healthy eating and living messages into their lesson plans, then encourage all their fans to vote for them online. Ten winners will be selected each Monday for six consecutive weeks beginning October 3, 2011. Winners are based solely on the number of votes they receive. Winning teachers will receive $750 in cash to purchase school supplies and $250 in Del Monte® fresh fruit coupons for classroom fresh snacks and to use in fruit educational activities.

Winning North American schools will also be linked with schools in countries where Del Monte grows its fruit to help further the education of students by introducing them to another culture. Global schools will also receive $1,000 each for school supplies and improvements.

Become a fan of "Teacher Monday: Cash for Classrooms" on the Del Monte Fresh Produce Facebook and Twitter pages today to stay informed about contest news and Del Monte Fresh fruit giveaways.
 Doesn't that sound like a great promotion to support?   As a teacher and a parent, I encourage you to share this information with your local schools!  Any school would be lucky to win!!!  And to thank you for your support in spreading the word, Del Monte is offering three lucky readers the opportunity to win a $25 Gift Certificate Booklet good towards fresh fruit.  One winner will also receive a backpack full of school supplies that they can share with their favorite teacher.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Help Your Little One Get Ready For Kindergarten

Is your little munchkin ready for Kindergarten?  Have you done all you can to give them a head-start?  As a teacher and as a mother of a little one about to start Kindergarten, I know a few tricks to help your little one's transition into elementary school an easier one.  If you are anything like me, your main concern may be whether or not your kindergartener will miss you and be scared.  They are being thrown into a new environment, with new rules, new friends, and a new authority figure (AKA, the scary teacher).  You can help ease these fears by taking advantage of your school's kindergarten orientation.  Start by taking them on a tour of their new school.  Show them all the places they will visit, including the library, the cafeteria, the gym, and especially the office.   Bring them to their new classroom, introduce them to their new teachers and give them the opportunity to explore their room so that they can feel more comfortable.   If your school offers a chance to ride the school bus, don't skip it.  This may be scary for both parents and child alike.  It will extremely helpful to take this test run to ease any anxieties.    

Another concern that I have for children starting Kindergarten, is their lack of knowledge when is comes to school rules.  Of course their teachers will explain it all to them over the first few weeks of school, but if we give them advance knowledge of what will be expected of them, it will make the transition that much easier.  Children that have gone to preschool will have an easier time adjusting, but would still benefit from knowing what to expect.   You would be surprised at how many five year old kids are unaware that they have to stay on the task they are given and not go do something else when they get bored.  Teach your kids about listening to the teacher, raising their hands, walking in line.  Sounds obvious to us, but to those who have never been in school before, it is brand new territory.  While you may think that teachers will be looking for your child to know their ABC's and 123s, they are secretly crossing their fingers that their new class is full of independent students that know how to listen, follow directions, and stay on task.   With these three important skills, the teacher will be able to make better use of their classroom time.   If they have to spend a few months, trying to teach their class to listen, they lose out on time they could be teaching your kids to read and do math.

Over the school year, let your child see your enthusiasm for learning.  Read with them daily and encourage them to ask and answer questions about the book.  With your help, your kindergartener will have a successful year and develop a love for school.   

What other ways have you helped your children prepare for school?  Grab a latte, put up your feet, and join the discussion!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Giveaway

Survey Junkie

Enter the Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Giveaway! One lucky person is going to win $1000 USD paid via Paypal!
Gain entries in this giveaway by following Between the Lines on  Facebook, GFC, and by subscribing to our Email.
The giveaway starts August 1st 12 am EST  and will run until August 15th 11:59 pm EST and is open worldwide. 
$1,000 CASH prize will be delivered via Paypal after the winner has confirmed. The winner has 48 hours to confirm their winning notification.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours of receipt of the winning email a new winner will them be drawn and so on and so forth.
Boost Your Buzz $1,000 Summer Giveaway can be entered on Survey Junkie,  Simply Stacie or Little Yaya’s (you only have to enter on one of the sites as the forms will be the same on each

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Pink Dandy Sunday Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pink Dandy Sunday Blog Hop!


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How does this blog hop work?

1. Make sure to follow Pink Dandy Chatter and Between The Lines so that we can follow you back!!

2. To ensure that Pink Dandy Chatter will follow you back, you need to make sure and leave a comment (below on this post) saying that you are a new follower and also leave a link to your blog.

3. Add your blog name and the URL to one of your favorite posts on the Linky below.

4. Please follow at-least 2 blogs on the list that appeal to you

5. Your blog must be family friendly ONLY. Explicit sites will be removed from the list.