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Ariel and I are getting excited about the next holiday on the horizon–St. Patrick’s Day!  Being of some Irish descent, it’s the perfect holiday to celebrate in the dreary cold days of spring!

Here are a few cute nail art ideas we’ve found lately and wanted to share with you!

St. Patrick's Day nail art

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(NOTE:  None of these pictures are my intellectual property; they belong to their respective bloggers.  If you’d like to visit the original source, please click on the appropriate photo and go to that site to pin that image.  The only artwork on this post that belongs to The Tween & Me and should be pinned from this site is the collage image at the top of the post.)

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World Read Aloud Day

I’m such a lover of books and have encouraged Ariel’s love of books as much as possible.  It broke my heart when I read on litworld.org about children who had NEVER had someone read aloud to them except at school!  How sad.

As I work in Ariel’s school as a volunteer and as a substitute teacher, it is my favorite thing to read aloud to the students.  To take on different voices and inflections, to bring the book to life for them…. and their faces as they enjoy the book are priceless!

Please make a note of World Read Aloud Day—it’s this week!!  And check out this post for more ideas on how to make this event successful!

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home for the holidays giveaway hop

Welcome to the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Hop, hosted by So Easy Being Green and Viva Veltoro!

We are right in the middle of the Holiday Season, stockings are hung by the Fireplace, the smell of an Evergreen fills your Home… I’ve teamed up with a great group of bloggers that want to fill your home with even more! The Home for the Holidays Giveaways are all centered around the perfect products for your home – whether it’s decorative gifts or appliances, each blogger has something for your home!

While you’re hopping around to each, be sure to enter to win the Grand Prize for this Event too! A wonderful prize package worth $1,000 to include a Sebo X4 Upright Vacuum from from Allergy Buyers Club, a 5×8 Mohawk Rug {of Winner’s Choice}, and a $75 Gift Certificate to WallsNeedLove.com.

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ENTER THE GRAND PRIZE HERE

 

How about a $25 Amazon Gift Card to buy something to spruce up your home?  We’re giving one away and you could win!!

 

Enter to WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card from The Tween & Me (thetweenandme.com)

 

 

To enter, tell me your favorite tween-appropriate music/singer/song/album!

(If you’re in need of ideas, check out some Amazon tween music recommendations here!)

It’s that easy!

Optional entries (be sure to leave a separate comment for each action so you’ll get counted!!):

  • Pin our $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway picture.  Be sure to comment here with the link to your pin. (5 entries)
  • Blog about the giveaway and link back to us.  Be sure to comment here with the link to your post. (5 entries)
  • Add our button to your blogroll.  Be sure to comment here with a link to your blogroll. (5 entries)
  • Tweet “I want to #win a $25 Amazon Gift Card from @TheTweenAndMe  #giveaway  http://ow.ly/rN6sW”  May be done once per day.  Leave a comment here with the link. (1 entry)
  • May be done 10 times: leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway post (be sure to leave a comment below telling which one (s) you did!) (1 entry per comment)

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. ONLY comments left on this post will count as entries. All entries will be verified. Any that are not verifiable will be deleted. Giveaway ends Monday, December 30, 2013, at 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply to our e-mail. Please add thetweenandme (at) gmail (dot) com to your address book so you don’t miss our e-mail!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by The Tween & Me. Links in this post are our affiliate links to Amazon, which means we make a very small commission if you buy something from Amazon after clicking our link.

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Want to win some other great prizes?

Check out the other participants in the Home for the Holidays Giveaway Event!!

Each blogger linking up has a Giveaway for you worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around to them all!

 

 

Disclosure:  So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Home for the Holidays participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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Ariel and I love having pretty nails and trying out new techniques.  We’re not pros yet, but love looking at some of the pros for inspiration.  Check out these beauties from our Pinterest boards and let us know how you’ll be doing your nails for the holidays!

fun holiday nails

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(NOTE:  None of these pictures are my intellectual property; they belong to their respective bloggers.  If you’d like to visit the original source, please click on the appropriate photo and go to that site to pin that image.  The only artwork on this post that belongs to The Tween & Me and should be pinned from this site is the collage image at the top of the post.)

(You also might enjoy the stunning collection of holiday nail art we showcased last year here!)

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Welcome to the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Hop, hosted by Viva Veltoro and So Easy Being Green!

We all know that everyone could use a little help around the Holidays, so for this Event I’ve teamed up with over 50 other bloggers to be your Santa’s Little Helper… giving away prizes that anyone would want to see under the tree! You might find the perfect gift for a little one on your list – or even for yourself, so hop around to all the blogs, including the GRAND PRIZE, on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Happy Holidays!

 

Enter to WIN a $25 Amazon Gift Card from The Tween & Me (thetweenandme.com)

 

Would you like to win a $25 Amazon Gift Card?  We’re giving one away!!

 

To enter, tell me your favorite tween-appropriate movie!

(If you’re in need of ideas, check out some Amazon tween movies here!)

It’s that easy!

Optional entries (be sure to leave a separate comment for each action so you’ll get counted!!):

  • Pin our $25 Amazon Gift Card giveaway picture.  Be sure to comment here with the link to your pin. (5 entries)
  • Blog about the giveaway and link back to us.  Be sure to comment here with the link to your post. (5 entries)
  • Add our button to your blogroll.  Be sure to comment here with a link to your blogroll. (5 entries)
  • Tweet “I want to #win a $25 Amazon Gift Card from @TheTweenAndMe  #giveaway  http://ow.ly/rlzUu”  May be done once per day.  Leave a comment here with the link. (1 entry)
  • May be done 10 times: leave a relevant comment on a non-giveaway post (be sure to leave a comment below telling which one (s) you did!) (1 entry per comment)

Giveaway is open to US residents 18 and older. ONLY comments left on this post will count as entries. All entries will be verified. Any that are not verifiable will be deleted. Giveaway ends Monday, December 16, 2013, at 11:59 pm EDT. Winner will be notified via e-mail and will have 48 hours to reply to our e-mail. Please add thetweenandme (at) gmail (dot) com to your address book so you don’t miss our e-mail!

Disclosure: This giveaway is sponsored by The Tween & Me. Links in this post are our affiliate links to Amazon, which means we make a very small commission if you buy something from Amazon after clicking our link.

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Want to win some other great prizes?

Check out the other participants in the Santa’s Little Helper Giveaway Event!!

Each blogger linking up has a Giveaway for you worth at least $25, so be sure to hop around to them all!

 

 

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The Hosts of this Hop have put together a Grand Prize Package for a lucky little one! This Santa’s Little Helper is going to deliver to one lucky reader… a $100 Gift Card to jrfashionista.com and a $100 Gift Card to Pediped.com to get that little one styling, a $75 Gift Card to Hearthsong.com and a $50 GC to Build-a-Bear to satisfy their Toy List, and a Crane USA Adorable Cool Mist Humidifier and Nightlight so they can sleep soundly waiting on St. Nick!

Enter the Grand Prize Here.

So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Santa’s Little Helper participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

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Candy corn is everywhere this time of year!  Truly, it’s become a great symbol of fall, and I can’t say that I don’t love the color combinations… because I do!  Bright in a fall palette.  It just seems right.  I guess Mother Nature is a pretty stylish gal, eh?

So many ways to use these colors… and not just in candy corn!  Check it out!!  And don’t blame me if you get a craving for some candy corn!!

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Hosted By: Simply Southern Couponers

Sponsored By: Like Mother Like Daughter

Like Mother Like Daughter is a mother and daughter team from Tennessee that creates hand stamped jewelry. Each piece is unique so when you receive your jewelry it is one of a kind. Like Mother Like Daughter only uses sterling silver, copper, brass and aluminum discs in their jewelry making.

We love to say jewelry is a girls best friend! How would you like to win this amazing giveaway for yourself or that special lady in your life? To enter for your chance to win continue reading below for giveaway details.

To see more about Like Mother Like Daughter read Simply Southern Couponers full review here.

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Custom jewelry is so very popular these days…. and I can see why?  Why settle for a generic piece of jewelry when you can have your loved ones’ names on it?  And it would be even more special to add special charms and have it made of metals of your choice!  I just don’t see any downside to custom jewelry, especially when it’s this affordable!

Giveaway Details

September 11, 2013 – September 25, 2013

Open to US residents, must be 18+ to participate.

Prize: One lucky viewer will receive a Hand Stamped Stacked Mixed Metal Necklace w/Sterling Silver Heart. (RV $35)

How to Enter: Use the Entry form below to enter. By entering this giveaway you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on Entry Form.

All winning entries will be verified.

A special thanks to our sponsor and blogger friends for helping us with this event. Stop by and visit each of them.

Good Luck and thanks for entering.

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Is your tween a fan of Harry Potter?  Mine is!!  And while she already owns all of the Harry Potter books, she would love to add this beautiful, recently-released set to her library!

Special Edition Harry Potter Paperback Box Set

In celebration of the 15th anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Scholastic commissioned new covers for the popular series.  The striking new artwork on the box, spines, and individual covers was created by talented graphic artist Kazu Kibuishi.

Here are comparison of the new covers next to the original covers (created by Mary GrandPré):

Book 1:

 new Harry Potter Paperback cover art

Book 2:

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Book 3:

new Harry Potter Paperback cover art

Book 4:

new Harry Potter Paperback cover art

Book 5:

new Harry Potter Paperback cover art

Book 6:

new Harry Potter Paperback cover art

Book 7:

new Harry Potter Paperback cover art

The seven-book set is available from Scholastic for $70 and from Amazon for $58.50 (price at post publication time–prices on Amazon do tend to fluctuate with demand, so it may be higher or lower when you check it out).

Which cover art do you prefer?

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