It's a Superbook Summer on ABC Family #sponsored

Disclosure:  I received copies of the Superbook series on DVD as part of a promotional program with CBN and MomSelect.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

cartoons, Bible series, CBN, CBS, ABC FamilyHave you heard about the new Superbook cartoon Bible series?  I remember this classic 1980's cartoon airing on CBN when my son was younger.  It's a great emmy-nominated animation series that features real Bible heroes and faith lessons.

Superbook teaches children in every language and culture timeless moral truths and life lessons through the captivating, Bible-based adventures of two time-traveling children and their robot friend. The familiar and the futuristic interact with ancient people, places and events to create a sense of wonder, anticipation, empowerment, and personal breakthrough as the children witness God's interaction with man. Superbook is always an exciting journey, full of discovery - with a transformational outcome.

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An Emmy-award winning team of artists and story tellers (whose credits include Mulan, Beauty & the Beast, and The Lion King) updated the animation for a new generation of kids to enjoy.  

Superbook is bringing fun to your summer on ABC Family starting Monday.   Your kids can join Chris, Joy & robot Gizmo back in time on journeys through the Bible. 

ABC Family Airings – 9:30 a.m. EDT:
            July 1st – In the Beginning: Adam and Eve
            July 2nd – Let My People Go: Moses
            July 3rd – The First Christmas
            July 4th He Is Risen: the Resurrection of Jesus
            July 5th – Revelation

You can preview trailers of the episodes, download episode guides and find out more info. at http://www.cbn.com/superbook.

Free Superbook Kids Bible App

Download your free Superbook Kids Bible App for iPhone and Android.  Bring the Bible to life with videos and images from the Superbook animation series as well as interactive games

Superbook Kids Club

Kids under 13 can join the Kids Club and play online games and activities as well as earn superpoints toward contests for great prizes!

I hope you'll check out all these great resources and tune in to ABC Family to watch Superbook next week.  (some sequences may be more intense for younger children; you may wish to DVR/ preview episodes for children under the age of 7). 

Google Reader Alternative: BlogLovin'

Disclosure:  This is not a paid post.  All opinions are my own and I'm sharing them with you in the hopes that you'll continue to follow The Attic Girl on BlogLovin'.

As of Monday, July 1st, Google Reader is officially shutting down.  And there are some rumors that Google Friend is also no longer going to work (I've heard yes and no, so I'm not positive, but if it's true that means I'll be losing some 1400+ readers).

How does this affect you and me?  Well, you won't be able to see my posts (or other blogs you follow) unless you find an alternative RSS reader or subscribe by email.

One of the great alternatives I've joined is BlogLovin'.  It's free, and it's an easy way to keep track of all the blogs you already follow by easily importing from Google Reader.

Why I like BlogLovin:

*You can add any blog you want to follow
*You can easily import the blogs you follow on Google Reader without needing to be "techie."
*You can put blogs into categories and organize them
*You can receive an email to your inbox daily or when blogs update if you wish or you can just sign into BlogLovin' to see updates all in one place.

Follow on BloglovinIf you don't want to miss posts from your favorite blogs, BlogLovin' is a great alternative. I hope you'll continue to follow me there.   And if you have a blog and would like me to follow, add it to the linky below.  I'll be sure to follow you back!

Ripley's Believe It or Not! Baltimore Deals #sponsored

Disclosure:  I am a US Family Guide blogger.  I will receive tickets for my family in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

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My teenager is fascinated by the line of Ripley's Believe It or Not! books like Download the Weird.  We recently found out that Ripley's Believe It or Not! is now located at the Baltimore Inner Harbor.   

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Can you imagine over 15,000 square feet of the odd and weird world where truth is stranger than fiction?  It's sure to entertain on those summer days when the kids say "I'm bored!"  And it's right up my teen's alley.

Ripley's has been proudly freaking out families for over 90 years.  Here are just a few of the interesting curiosities to see and do on your visit:

*A Mini Cooper covered in over a million Swarovski Crystals
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*A real shrunken head
*Hogwarts Castle made of matchsticks 
* Incredible artifacts and artwork from all around the world
*Over 100 "interactives" 
*Create your own waxed hand
*A 4D Moving Theater
*Marvelous Mirror Maze 
...and more! 

USFamilyGuide.comUS Family Guide has a great offer for my readers to experience the fun for themselves this summer!  Buy Two Attractions and Get One FREE with this Ripley's Believe It or Not! Coupon 

My family can't wait to visit and tell you more about our experience!

Nuby Sea Scooper Bath Toy Scooper #sponsored

Disclosure:  I am writing this post as part of the NUBY Mommy Blogger Program.  I did not receive any compensation for this post, although as part of this program I may receive items to sample or review.  For more info, see my disclosure policy.

One of the problems we have with bath toys is finding a good way to store them.  We've tried a few methods (such as those plastic bags with suction cups), but few were effective in keeping the toys contained and still leaving some air for them to dry.

The Nuby Sea Scooper Bath Toy Scooper  is a great bath toy storage solution.  It has a wall hook that easily attaches to the shower wall.  Simply peel off the sticker backing and attach.  Then hook your whale on and voila!  It takes a matter of seconds to install.

 This scooper has a nice wide mouth so your child can easily and independently pick up those toys after bath time.  My two year old loves having her whale "munch" her bath squirters and foam animals.  Sometimes she'll even use the whale as a toy itself and have him talk to the other bath toys.

Once it's hung up, there are large drain holes built in that allow water to drain and help your toys air dry.  I absolutely love this feature!  The holes are not so large that her toys have fallen out and they dry fairly quickly.

We love the quality and durability of the BPA Free Sea Scooper!  It's a great storage solution that doesn't take up a lot of space and a fun toy all in one. 

Where to Buy:

The Nuby Sea Scooper is available for $14.99 at:

Want to know more about Nuby?  Find out about the latest products, great info., and giveaways from other Nuby Mommy bloggers too.

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Zaycon Foods #sponsored

Disclosure:  I am a US Family Guide blogger.  I will receive Zaycon food products in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.  

Update of post:  As of June 25, 2018, Zaycon Fresh has suspended all operations.  All referral links have been removed.  Please contact them if you have unfulfilled orders.

Bulk Foods

How does Zaycon Foods manage to provide such high quality super fresh meat and produce to its customers at such low prices? The answer is strength in numbers. And not their numbers, yours!

fresh produce, meat, buy in bulkZaycon Foods can sell its products at bulk rate prices to individual consumers and families because their unique sales event business model brings lots of people together, adding all their purchasing power into a combined bulk food purchase. And when you buy as part of a group that’s committing to such a large purchase, the power is in the hands of the purchaser! It’s the ultimate group buy in terms of both price and consumer empowerment.

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You can pre-select exactly what you want to order from a given Zaycon sales event – sometimes you may want to stock up on meaty back ribs and sometimes it might be all about the Zaycon bacon – and then, on the day of the sales event, you and a whole big bunch of your neighbors will find yourselves in a nearby parking lot watching as an entire tractor trailer’s worth of high quality natural food is unloaded into all of your cars! You will be amazed at how quickly one of their refrigerated trucks goes from being filled with natural, fresh chicken or hundreds of gallons of grade A non-homogenized milk to being empty and back on its way to the farm!

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A Zaycon Foods truck sales event often lasts less time than you would spend on a trip to the grocery store, yet you will leave with a whole lot more food than you’d get at the market, and for much better prices, too!

When you use the Zaycon Foods sales event as your preferred place to purchase meats, milk, and any of their products, you get advantages even beyond the bulk pricing that comes with their special sales model. You also have the peace of mind of knowing exactly what you’re going to get! 

A trip to the grocery store can involve wasted time wandering around looking for various foods spread out across the store; at a Zaycon Foods parking lot meat truck delivery (or milk or berries or fish delivery, too!) you have pre-ordered your foods, so all you have to do is show up and wait for their friendly staffers and volunteers to load up your car.   (If you're a mom, you're all about time savers and convenience!)

Also, unlike in the grocery store, the prices you will pay for a Zaycon Foods product are locked in on their website, so you will know how much you are going to spend before you have committed to a purchase. 

At a supermarket, you might pay one price for chicken on one day, and then a higher price on another day. With Zaycon, you decide that you want to order a case of fresh boneless skinless chicken breasts, you check the price and then you commit to it, knowing that from that moment on, they are committed to getting you fresh, natural food!

USFamilyGuide.comZaycon has a great selection and offers great pricing for families who like to buy in bulk!  

$200 Toys R Us Giveaway

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Welcome to the $200 Toys R Us Gift Card Giveaway!


Hosted by Giveaway Promote.
Sponsored by author Carole P. Roman.

Carole P. Roman takes you on a another journey, this time to Asia, landing in South Korea.

Once again, children can learn how life is like for young people on the other side of the globe. From food to famous landmarks, they will learn that's it's easy to find something in common with people in different countries.
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This is the third book in the series, and we'd celebrating with a giveaway! One winner will receive a $200 Toys R Us Gift Card and a set of Carole P. Roman's cultural books.

The series includes:


Enter to win a $200 Toys R Us Gift Card and a copy of the "If you were me and lived in…" series

Complete the tasks below to earn entries into this giveaway.
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One winner will be chosen at random from all valid entries.
Open to US 18+.
Ends at 11:59pm EST on July 9th, 2013.

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2013 Summer Reading Programs & Resources

It's officially summer and time to get those kiddos working on their Summer Reading lists.  My kids read all year long, but especially enjoy summer reading because of the special incentives from the program at the public library. 

Babies in Bloom, summer reading programs at the library
We especially love Anne Arundel County's program which includes puppet shows, magicians, and family concerts.  And the incentives/rewards for summer reading are wonderful; chances to win tickets to an Orioles game, a ticket to the Baysox, and coupons to Chick-fil-A!  (My teen is looking forward to a chance to win prizes in the weekly trivia on Anne Arundel County Public Library's Teen Facebook Page)

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Last year, The Attic Baby earned a Summer Reading prize that was just ducky and participated in a fun Babies in Bloom program.  We're looking forward to earning a board book this year and enjoying other fun activities!

If you haven't signed up your child for Summer Reading at your local library, it's not too late.   (or yourself, your library may have a program just for adults too)

Summer Reading

If you're looking for other great Summer Reading resources, I've put together a list that will help motivate your children to get started on their summer reading:

Pottery Barn Summer Reading Challenge

Now through August 26th, download the Summer Reading bookmark list and bring to your local Pottery Barn for a special gift while supplies last.  This is for early & independent readers.

Barnes & Noble Summer Reading

Read any 8 books, record them on your child's Reading Journal, and receive a free book from their Reading Journal list at your local store May 21-Sept. 3rd while supplies last (Grades K-6). Plus, you can download a free Teacher Activity Kit as a resource for homeschooling or the classroom.

American Girl Read-a-palooza

Find Reading Resources and fun free In-store Events (I can't wait until my daughter's old enough to take her to the DC location!)  Girls Ages 8+

Books-a-Million Summer Reading with Carl Hiaasen

Read any 6 books on the Summer Reading form between May 19-August 17 for School Age-Teens and receive a free Carl Hiaasen HOOT or CHOMP backpack while supplies last (see your local store for details)

Chuck E. Cheese's Summer Reading Reward Calendar

Set a daily goal for your kids (whether daily minutes or # of books) and mark it off on this calendar.  Turn it in to your local Chuck E Cheese's for 10 free tokensExpires 12/31/13  (at participating locations & only one free token offer per child per day)

I love all of these great programs that encourage my children to read!  How do you encourage your kids to read during the summer?

Big Cookie Gourmet Yumminess #sponsored

Gourmet Cookies, giftsDisclosure:  I received the samples featured for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

I have to admit, I have a sweet tooth and a weakness for baked goods.  Due to my low fat diet, I have to limit my intake of delicious sweets.  But every now and then if I am really good at following my diet, I will indulge a little.  

My family shared some samples of Big Cookie's gourmet cookies: Big Chocolate Trifecta, Big Oatmeal Cinnamon Raisin Harvest, and Big Milk Chocolate Chunk.  And let me tell you, these may look like ordinary cookies, but the taste is definitely not.  The box says Big Flavor, and they are definitely right!

Gourmet cookies, gifts 

Big Chocolate TrifectaOur favorite was Big Chocolate Trifecta.  It combines white, milk, and dark Belgian chocolate in a 2.6 oz cookie.  Moist, soft chocolatey goodness.  Can you get any better than that?   They have other mouth-watering flavor combinations to choose from too.

These cookies did not last long in my house.  Hubby & The Attic Baby enjoyed sharing this treat (I had a small bite because they are made with real butter which is a no-no for my diet; I only wish I could have eaten a whole cookie by myself!)

If you're looking for made-from scratch gourmet goodness, you will want to check out Big Cookie for yourself. While they are a bit pricey for my shoe-string budget, they make a great treat for special occasions!

Where to Buy:

You can purchase Big Chocolate Trifecta for $34.95/dozen on the Big Cookie website.

Connect with Big Cookie on Facebook to hear about their latest news and specials.

Berenstain Bears Limited Edition Gift Sets #sponsored

Disclosure:  I received the Berenstain Bears Golden Brother & Sister Edition gift sets for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

I remember reading the Berenstain Bears when I was growing up.  I think my mom probably checked out every book they had at the public library for me.  She read to me nearly every night and encouraged my love of reading at a young age.

Kaboom Entertainment, gift setsKaboom Entertainment, gift setsIn turn, I am sharing these classic faves with my kids.  Most recently, I introduced my daughter to this loveable bear family with the Berenstain Bears Golden Brother and Golden Sister Limited Edition sets exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club.

Each set contains a DVD with 120 minutes of The Berenstain Bears family episodes and a 10" plush to cuddle. 

Set in the rolling hills of Bear Country, this animated comedy stars a fun loving family of honey bears whose love, loyalty, and humor allow them to overcome any obstacle that finds its way down to their sunny dirt road.

My daughter loved the bears as soon as they were out of the box!  She was so excited to cuddle brother and sister while watching some episodes.  

Kaboom Entertainment, Walmart, Sam's Club, gifts

The episodes are not only fun, but teach great life lessons.  For example, one episode involved Papa Bear going off on a fishing trip with the kids and forgetting to bring the supplies he needed.  Poor Papa Bear had to keep going back and forth to get items as he needed them instead of heeding Mama Bear's advice to "make a list so you don't forget what you need."

Another episode dealt with "counting your blessings" rather than looking at what you don't have.  There are many gems like this with the Berenstain Bear family.  You don't have to worry about the content your children will be viewing.   It's timeless quality that I'm thrilled to share with my little girl.

Where to Buy:

The Berenstain Bears Golden Brother Edition and Golden Sister Limited Edition gift sets are only $19.99 at Walmart and Sam's Club stores.

Connect with Kaboom Entertainment for the latest news and offers:

Kaboom Entertainment Facebook Page

Jack the Giant Slayer Blu-ray #Giveaway

Disclosure: Warner Brothers supplied these materials to me in promotion of the release of the Jack the Giant Slayer App. No compensation was received and all opinions are my own. For more info. see my Disclosure Policy.

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Warner Bros. is proud to announce the arrival of Jack the Giant Slayer released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18 with this Blog App.  

Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend... and gets the chance to become a legend himself! Directed by Brian Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns)

Starring: Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!), and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

Control the Action! - Move your mouse across the GIFS and take control of action-packed scenes from Jack the Giant Slayer. YOU ARE IN CONTROL OF THE ACTION!
How Brave Are You? QUIZ - Are you brave like Jack? Do beanstalks and "giant" challenges make you afraid or courageous? Take the quiz to find out!
Giant Soundboard - Jack the Giant Slayer is filled with epic giant stomps, sword slashes and thunderous sounds! Play with official sound effects from the movie and compose your own "giant hit song"! 

My son is really looking forward to seeing this since we missed it in theaters.  Have you seen Jack the Giant Slayer yet?


One reader will win a Jack The Giant Slayer Blu-ray Combo Pack

Just use the Rafflecopter form below.  You must be 18 or older to enter.  Open to US residents only. If you do not fully complete the entries, your entries will not count. 

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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up

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Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me and Emily @ Emily Reviews

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

Our co-hosts this week are Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.
Featured Giveaways

Little Learning Lovies Birthday Celebration (2 Winners)

(Grand Prize: $50 GC to LLL store, Runner Up: Assembled Summer Activity Cards) Ends 6/19

Sprout Organic Toddler Snacks Ends 6/21 (US only)
Sample pack of 8 (4 fruity yogurt bites, 4 fruit and veggie crisp chews)

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me & Emily @ Emily Reviews along with Sue from My Photopage and Shelly from The Attic Girl.

Oz The Great and Powerful Blu-ray Combo Pack & Activity Pages #sponsored

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Disclosure:  I received a copy of Oz the Great and Powerful for review purposes.  No other compensation was received and all opinions are my own.

When Oscar Diggs (James Franco), a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot. Fame and fortune are his for the taking. That is until he meets three witches: Theodora (Mila Kunis), Evanora (Rachel Weisz) and Glinda (Michelle Williams), who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting.  Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late.  Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity and even a bit of wizardry, Oscar transforms himself not only into a great wizard but into a better man as well.

family moviesMy son and I attended a screening for this movie in 3D and were immediately drawn into the world of Oz.  Oz the Great and Powerful truly brings you on a fantastical adventure from its stunning visual effects, its superb cast of actors, and heart-warming moments. 
On a family-friendly scale, there is some adult type humor but (as usual) it will probably be over your kids' heads and isn't too inappropriate.  It is rated PG for a reason though.  There are some darker scenes that might be a little scary.  But the flying monkeys are quite frightening.  

The sounds that they make, their bat-like wings and snarling teeth may be scary to younger children.  (And I thought the old flying monkeys were scary growing up; these are far more intense)  In my opinion,  they were more scary than the green witch. I'd recommend it for ages 7-8+ because of that.

The themes in this movie, though a little complicated, are great to discuss with your children.  Truth vs. lies or "fibbing" is dealt with throughout the film.  Other themes include helping others, bravery, how to be "good", and working together.

We were excited to receive the Blu-ray Combo Pack with bonus features.  It was interesting to see how Mila Kunis became the ugly witch and the bloopers were pretty amusing.  My favorite part of the bonus features is the behind-the-scenes clips that show how the movie was made.

Oz The Great and Powerful is truly a breathtaking adventure for the whole family.  This is one movie we are happy to add to our collection and watch over and over again. 

Where to Buy:

Oz the Great and Powerful Blu-ray Combo Pack is $27.99 on Amazon

Free Activity Pages 

Download Activity Games

Help Finley the monkey find the China girl at the end of the maze,  play a game of memory, and make a popsicle stick monkey mask!

Temple Run: Oz Game 

In celebration of the in-home release, Temple Run: Oz will introduce China Girl as an all-new character to the exhilarating running experience (which launched during the theatrical release). 

The tiny China Girl might be small in size but she is packed
with speed and a big attitude. Players will be able to run through all three stunning environments including the latest release Winkie Country and be able to use the “Head Start” feature to fast travel to any location. 

To learn more, visit iTunes at http://bit.ly/WgSWAk or Google Play at http://bit.ly/15tVpYH.

Connect with Oz the Great and Powerful:
·        Facebook: facebook.com/OzTheGreatAndPowerful
·        Twitter: twitter.com/DisneyOzMovie @DisneyOzMovie
  Website and Mobile Site: http://www.disney.com/TheWizard