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Saturday, December 11, 2010

Dancin’ & learnin’ with Phonics Fantasy Theater {giveaway}

Most kids love music and dance; and most parents love that for their kids especially if they’re having fun and learning at the same time. That’s exactly what they’ll get with Phonics Fantasy Theater®, a supplemental phonics program that teaches children to read using African-Caribbean dance moves. It’s a multi-sensory approach to learning that focusing specifically on the kinesthetic modality style of learning. For instance, many children learn better when doing something while they learn as opposed to just sitting and watching or listening.

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The Phonic Fantasy Theater has developed an instructional DVD called Phonics Fantasy Dance™, which won The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2010. The DVD was designed to be fun and interactive by guiding children through 19 lessons, which use repetition, delayed responses, graphics and games that they can participate in at their own pace.

Our take on the DVD:

Both us parents (myself and my BFF) and our children (the four of them) found the DVD to be quite entertaining. The children – ages 7, two 5 years old and 3 – laughed and participated the entire time. My BFFs response? “Kudos!… I enjoyed watching her do the sounds and the dances. She even told me she likes it without my asking.”

The facts (taken from their site):

Phonics Fantasy Dance ™ was developed by a speech-language pathologist and theater arts educator in collaboration with dance instructors, teachers and parents. It  was designed as a fun, interactive program where students can independently advance through the 19 lessons. The repetition, delayed responses, graphics and games allow children to view and participate at their own pace while being highly entertained. It’s
primarily designed for children ages 4-7 years old (pre-kindergarten through second grade) and will help improve the child's ability to: Name individual letter sounds, blend letter sounds to form words, take apart words sound by sound and clearly pronounce all letter sounds. The children get an introduction to African dance; consonant sounds including stretch and stop; and short vowel sounds.

How to purchase the Phonics Fantasy Dance™:

The DVD is available on the Phonic Fantasy Theater site along with catalogs to use for educational purposes at home or school for $19.99 or a 10-disk set for $150.

A fabulous deal for you:

Phonic Fantasy Theater has generously offered a discount code when you purchase Phonics Fantasy Dance. The code – holiday11 – will entitle you to a 40 percent discount and is available until December 31, 2010.

The giveaway:

Phonic Fantasy Theater has also generously offered one DVD to giveaway to a lucky reader.

How to enter:

Mandatory: It’s easy! All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling me what is your child’s (or the little person in your life) favorite way of learning. (1 entry)

Earn extra entries for the following to increase your chances of winning:
  1. Mention this giveaway on your blog and leave the link to your post in this post’s comment section. (Counts as 3 entries; leave 3 separate comments)
  2. Mention this giveaway on Facebook (or other social media besides Twitter) and leave a link in the comment section. (1 entry)
  3. Follow me on Twitter and post the following. Don’t forget to leave the direct link to your tweet in the comments section. (1 entry):  Enter to win a Phonics Fantasy Dance DVD from @Petula1968 at It’s a woman’s world! http://tinyurl.com/2am2gwn

This giveaway runs from today, December 12th to  December 20th at 11:59 EST and is open to U.S. residents only.

The winner will be selected using Random.org, will be notified via email and have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be drawn. Please be sure to leave a valid email address.

Disclosure: I  received a Fantasy Phonics Dance for the purpose of review. No other compensation was received. Any opinions expressed here are my own. For more information review my complete policy.

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Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Truly making happy happen

I received a press release yesterday that I felt compelled to share because it touched me. What a wonderful story of giving and a program that’s really trying to make a difference. Please read and pass on.

“Kyle Cobb is 14 years old and earned more than $1,000 this summer.

The money is gone, yet the Atlanta teen could not be any happier. His money didn’t go to clothes or video games, but to a new friend named Kiwane Clay.

Kiwane, 15, was born with kidney complications and has been undergoing dialysis since birth. Due to the expenses of dialysis and other treatments, Kiwane and his family have endured several hardships.

Kyle never thought he would meet someone like Kiwane. He also never knew he’d end up on dialysis as well.

In 2009, Kyle experienced a rare condition where he outgrew his kidneys and went through dialysis treatments for three months. While undergoing the treatment and waiting for a new kidney, he met and befriended, Kiwane.

Once Kyle received a new kidney he decided that it was time to help Kiwane. So, he asked for donations from a local motorcycle team, friends and families. Kyle raised $1,200 and will continue to raise money until Kiwane receives a new kidney and is no longer on dialysis.

Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is celebrating this holiday season with a Make Happy Happen campaign.

Every week through December, we will post videos profiling people like Kyle, who make happy happen every day for our patients.

Whether they support Children’s with their time, financial gifts or their inspirational stories of hope, these special friends spread the message of giving not just during the holidays, but throughout the year.

Visit www.choa.org/makehappyhappen to learn more about the project and make happy happen this holiday.”

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all do at least one thing to make someone else happy this holiday season and everyday afterward? Thanks for reading.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Which side of the moon?

Over the past day or so there have been a lot of thoughts brewing in my mind. I’ve been sick for about four days and although I’m on the mend, so to speak, there are still the medical issues to deal with. But, as a friend of mine always says, “It is what it is…”

During the past four years there have been loads of things I’ve had to deal with – some would say, “Just like everyone else.” Well, I say, it’s all relative. But that’s not what this is about. This is about where I’m going and what I’m doing… it’s about where I am.

image For some reason as I pondered my writing, finances, friends, children and everything else in between, I thought of the title of an anthology, which in 1994 published a poem I wrote. The anthology is called “Dark Side of the Moon” (published by The National Library of Poetry) and for some reason I’ve always loved that name. It draws me in ... I haven’t laid eyes on the book for quite some time so since it was on my mind I grabbed it from my bookshelf. The art on the cover shows a likeness of the moon, just a corner of it, with a pair of dolphins diving pass it and a splash of light in the background.

It’s mystic… mysterious? For me, it holds unanswered questions and unrealized dreams – sort of like my life. My world.

Today (I began writing this post a couple of days ago), the thought came to me again while I talked to a friend of mine the thought of where I am and what I’m going to do came to the forefront of my mind again. I guess this will be the time I set some goals and implement some changes in my life in preparation of the New Year.

These changes are fueled by the necessity to better manage my health and stress as well as facilitate some financial changes – in the positive, of course! How that will manifest here is infrequent posts after I catch up on some review commitments. Over the next couple of weeks/months, I will begin to make more commitments to myself while letting go of things that are hindering me and holding me back.

This will more than likely be an ongoing process as I dive into it with the gracefulness of those dolphins I told you about and work around the darkness that may try to cover me. But in the background, I hope to see the light. As I “travel,” I will more than likely reveal what I’m experiencing.

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Oh, do you want to know about the poem I wrote? Although it has nothing to do with this post I thought you’d like to read it.

It’s called Dance of Love…

Their long, lean bodies intertwined.
Honey-brown limbs resting comfortably as one.
Two hearts beating in sync.
Fingers trailing over sensitive skin.
Lips brushing against earlobes,
Tongues flicking -
They began the dance of love.
Her taut nipples pressing against his hard chest.
Meshed together, their breathing quickened as they unite.
Pulsing, pumping, loving, pushing…
They couldn’t get enough.
Muscles tensing and quivering
Toes curling.
She grips his broad shoulder, he cups her round butt.
Then their breathing slows.
They find each others’ lips and tenderly kiss.
He runs his fingers through her hair,
Then moves to lie next to her.
Their eyes close – fingers and legs intertwined.
Content – dreaming of their dance of love.
                                                      ©Petula Renee Lloyd

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Replacing printer ink, toner cartridges

A friend of mine was nice enough to give me a fabulous Christmas gift last year (or was it the year before?), a four-in-one printer. When I received the printer it worked fabulously and the ink cartridges lasted about six months or more. When the cartridges finally ran out I replaced them and was surprised that they only last about 30 days, and I hadn’t done anymore printing and copying than I usually do.

That’s why it is important to purchase quality printer ink and toner cartridges. Although I don’t have a Dell 5110cn color laser printer, which many people swear by, I will be sure to get the best cartridges I can get next time for the best printer I’ve ever had.

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