Uncle Ben’s Gets Kids Cooking

Learning to CookNoticed this on Facebook this morning! What an awesome contest sponsored by Uncle Ben’s!

The “Let’s Get Kids Cooking” Ben’s Beginners Contest is a playful competition inspiring parents to cook a kid-friendly, rice recipe with their child (ages 5-12). All it takes is a dash of time and a splash of personality for a chance to win the grand prize: $20,000, an appearance on The Rachael Ray Show and a cafeteria makeover for their child’s school (valued at $50,000).

The contest is in its “voting” stage now – so check out the awesome videos that were sent in and vote for your favorite!

Each time someone votes Uncle Ben’s donates $1 to Yum-o – Rachael Ray’s nonprofit organization that empowers kids and their families to develop healthy relationships with food and cooking by teaching families to cook, feeding hungry kids and funding cooking education and scholarships. (donations up to $35,000)

Check out the videos:

Love (and Chocolate) is in the Air!

HSCandies125 Valentine’s Day is swiftly approaching! Yes – it’s a super cheesy holiday created by the card companies that makes it “cool” to be nice and lovey one day a year (I jest) but still – who doesn’t love flowers and chocolate? Well, honestly I love those goofy little valentine’s that kids give out – I get a couple of those each V-Day 🙂

But chocolate … GOOD chocolate is something that just about every woman loves! I’m partnering up with H&S Candies to bring you – one of my awesome readers – a FREE box of chocolate!

Heart and Soul Candies was founded on the premise that any pursuit that pushes the ceiling of excellence will earn the right to be heard.  That is why Heart and Soul founder, Bill McGee, has been intent on developing a chocolate that rivals the various gourmet brands on the market, while also, intent on taking a unique position of delivering this excellent chocolate in creative packaging that conveys a scripture-based message worthy of being heard by all.

Complete the mandatory entry & any extra entries below. Leave a separate comment for each one you complete. (If extra entries aren’t submitted separately, they’ll count for one.)
The contest ends at 10:00pm EST Sunday, February 13th!

Check out the H&S Candies widget & above & leave me a comment your favorite “Loving Surprise”. Also – visit Atomic-Mama on Facebook and “follow” it!


  • Become a fan of H&S Candies on Facebook and leave a comment on the wall telling them I sent you.(1 entry)
  • Follow H&S Candies on Twitter (1 entry)
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  • Subscribe to get my blog updates (3 entries)
  • Post a link to this giveaway on your Facebook  (3 entries)
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  • Tweet about this contest (Leave me a comment on this post with a link to that tweet. Here is how to get that link to your tweet) (3 entries)
    @starryskye81 and @HScandies are giving away a box of chocolates! Visit http://bit.ly/f2X5bt for more details! Please RT #giveaway #contest

The contest is open to US addresses only and will end at 10:00pm EST Sunday, February 13th.Only legitimate entries are counted.

Ps. Click here to visit the H&S Candies website!

Kidz Bop 18

KidzBop18CD_img I keep seeing advertisements for Kidz Bop 18 on the television … I got to review the new CD via Parent Reviewers and actually didn’t “mind” it too much. Aside from outrageously “bad” music (which typically I don’t listen to) I don’t really edit the music my five year old hears. That and I can’t really stand the sound of kids singing, lol …

My son and his friend (who is six) loved the CD – but his friend has heard all of the songs on the CD in their “normal” form and kept singing the “correct” words to the songs.

If you are into Kidz Bop and want a copy of your very own you can either buy a copy of Kidz Bop 18 from Amazon or you can leave a comment about what song is your favorite on the CD and why you would rather your kid hear the “edited” (Kidz Bop) version!

One entry per person – I’ll close the contest on 8/29/2010!

Winner will receive one Kidz Bop 18 CD for their listening pleasure!

Weather Kid Sid GIVEAWAY


In honor of summertime I’d love to introduce you to a new Sid the Science Kid video called Weather Kid Sid! We’re big fans of Sid here in our house – I love how the show teaches kids about the science in the world around them and my five year old actually wants to do some of the experiments that Sid does with his friends and teacher at preschool!

Rain, rain, go away; Sid the Science Kid wants to play! Sid’s not too happy when the rain threatens to squash his play date outside. But the more Sid learns about the rain, the more he understands how important precipitation is! In fact, Sid is learning about all the weather conditions and how they affect our world. At school Sid studies the sun and how it lights up the sky. Sid learns that temperatures are different all over the world when his family visits relatives where it’s really chilly. Brrr! Sid is learning all about our atmosphere!

Sid’s Rainy Play Date
Special Sunny Dad Day
Sid’s Holiday Adventure
The Wind Did It

Atomic-Mama.com will be giving one lucky read their very own copy of Weather Kid Sid!

If you would like to be qualified to win just leave a comment on this post!

Want some extra entries? Here’s what you can do:

  1. Twitter about the contest (earns you 1 extra entry)@starryskye81 is hosting a Sid the Science Kid: Weather Kid Sid DVD #giveaway on Atomic-Mama! Come check it out! http://su.pr/2hB0IF #fb
  2. Stumble this post and/or post to other social media sites like Digg, Kirtsy, Blogging Zoom, Reddit, Propeller, Etc. (1 entry for each social network)
  3. Like this post on Facebook – there is a link at the bottom of this post! (earns you 1 extra entry)
  4. Add this to any forums you belong too. Please give me the URL, so I can verify! (earns you 1 extra entry)
  5. Blog about this contest on your own blog and include the link! (earns you 5 extra entries)
  6. Subscribe to the blog via RSS (earns you 5 extra entries)

Here’s a copy of my blog banner:

Atomic Mama 125x125 Link

Contest will run from today – July 22nd – until August 8th at 10:00pm est!

If you don’t want to wait to find out if you won you can go ahead and buy it yourself at Amazon! (But I would suggest just entering the contest).

Thanks and tell your friends! Oh and this contest is open to US/Canada … 😉

Mom-Friendly Contests 5/12

Here are some awesome contests going on right now (so get over and enter!)

Lisa Review’s is giving away a Dreft New Mom Baby Gift Basket! She’s also posted her review of Dreft – I personally love it and used it myself when Xander was a wee one!

Glade is giving away a Glade Relaxing Moments Gift Basket!

ToothFairyCity.com is celebrating its new makeover by giving one lucky person a Gift Certificate for CurlyQ Cuties Online store to customize and create a personalized Fairy Tooth Pillow for their child. These fun pillows are unique, customizable and made with quality items and craftsmanship. For details about the contest and how to enter please stop by Tooth Fairy City for details. Drawing will be held on May 25, 2010.

Got a cool contest going on? Please leave a comment with the details!

I will be personally hosting a give-away for the new Sid the Science Kid DVD – so keep a look out for that! Also coming soon – a review on a great CD from a kid-friendly band the “Not It’s!”

Lean Cuisine FREE LUNCH FRIDAYS (sweepstakes)

imageProductShot Lean Cuisine has a fun new sweepstakes available. Every Friday, 125 people will win FREE lunch for a week in the Lean Cuisine Free Lunch Fridays sweepstakes. Just enter every Friday thru October 23rd. A total of 2,125 people will win FREE lunch for a week! Yay! If you win, you’ll get 7 coupons for a FREE Lean Cuisine ($26.53 value). Good luck and let me know if you win! (Thanks, Freebies4Mom & It’s Hip 2 Save!)