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Thursday, September 25th, 2014
Does your child take part in a traveling soccer team? Dance troop? Swim group? Have you ever added up how much time and money you spend on the road? Embassy Suites Hotels did, and the results are staggering. The chain surveyed parents who travel with their kids’ teams and found that each sports season, they accumulated, on average, 1,000 miles and spent more than $1,400!
Inspired by this, Embassy Suites is hosting an All-Star Parents Facebook contest. Nominations for parents who deserve a reward for their dedication are being accepted now through October 7 in three categories: The Road Tripper (for the parent who knows not only directions, but everything about the area), The Mommy/Daddy Poppins (for the parent who’s bag of supplies is as endless as Mary Poppins), and The Unofficial Official (for the team’s biggest cheerleader, who knows the game inside and out). Each week during the contest, Embassy Suites will select one nominee and nominator to win prizes. Each of those four winners will be eligible for the grand prize—a VIP getaway for two at any Embassy Suites in the continental U.S., and a free stay for their kids’ travel team during their next weekend out of town. Embassy Suites will also be watching what traveling parents are talking about on social media, and will be surprising those all-star moms and dads throughout the fall sports season.
Find out if your child is ready for team sports with our quiz!
Image: Child on soccer field via Shutterstock.
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Thursday, September 11th, 2014
What do you do with your kids to get active? An NFL quarterback wants to know!
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck is helping launch “Make the Play” with Quaker Oats to help motivate families to eat healthy and get active. Parents can submit their favorite ways to play with their families. The winning family with the most innovative game or original way to be active gets to participate in a “Day of Play” with Luck. Parents caught up with Luck to learn about the importance of kids getting active with their families.
P: What inspired you to get involved with “Make the Play”?
AL: This is my third year getting to work with Quaker. It’s really because we share so much passion for healthy lifestyles and encouraging kids to get outside to play for at least an hour a day, to eat good breakfast, and sleep well. I think those are great messages to get behind. I feel strongly about them and so does Quaker.
P: How did active play influence your childhood?
AL: It was a big,big part of my childhood. I have three younger siblings, so the four of us were outside all the time after school playing games, making up games. My sister made up a game called “roof ball.” We’d play that constantly. She always beat me in it, and it made me very mad. But we were outside all the time. We’d wait for my dad to come home from work, and he’d take 15, 20 minutes to just throw a football or shoot basketball hoops or kick a soccer ball or play volleyball. That was always a big part of my childhood, and I know it must have helped me with sitting down and doing homework later or falling asleep. It was a great way to use up some energy.
P: What was “roof ball” like?
AL: “Roof ball” was a game where we’d throw a ball on the roof and the person who caught it got points. I shoulda won, but I rarely did.
P: What are some advantages of children getting active?
AL: I do think studies have shown that getting active for at least 60 minutes a day helps with concentration and focus, so I think that’s important. Just an active lifestyle is great for health overall.
P: What athlete inspired you as a kid to be active?
AL: My dad [Oliver Luck] played football in the NFL, and he was a quarterback, as well. He was always an inspiration, and I loved watching Peyton Manning and Steve McNair. I enjoyed watching those guys.
P: How does eating right affect your performance?
AL: It’s a big part of being a professional athlete. To me, breakfast is my most important meal. It’s often the meal you play a game on. I make sure I have oatmeal, milk, and fruit. It’s the fuel you use to hopefully do your best, so eating right is a big part of being a professional athlete. I wish I paid more attention to it earlier in my life.
P: What’s you favorite oatmeal topping?
AL: Fruit! All types of fruit—berries, especially.
P: What are some ways parents can inspire their kids to get active?
AL: I always appreciated my dad coming outside and playing with us—or my mom—and being a part of the game we were playing or refereeing it or just being outside. That was fun for us, and it was very encouraging.
P: What are you looking for when judging the “Make the Play” contest?
AL: Two simple things! One: Involve other people. It’s fun when a bunch of people are playing the game and families. Two: Have fun. Make sure you’re having fun, and that will come through on the videos.
For more information on the “Make the Play” contest, visit QuakerMakeThePlay.com.
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Friday, January 17th, 2014
One candy that’s stood the test of time is Sweethearts Conversation Hearts. First made in 1902, the candies known for cute messages have become the bestselling non-chocolate treat of Valentine’s Day. I’d like to think that’s because Sweethearts really let you say how you feel. Sure, chocolate and presents are nice, but nothing is more direct than seeing the words “Be Mine” or “Kiss Me” tacked on to your heart-shaped candy.
Now, Sweethearts’ maker The New England Confectionary Company (NECCO) is taking personal endearment an extra step. The company recently launched Sweethearts Color Your Own packaging geared toward encouraging kids’ creativity. Black and white matte boxes make for the perfect canvas to draw a special design with crayons or markers. Kids will love customizing a box for family, classmates, or even a special valentine.
After your little artist has had fun coloring, help him enter NECCO’s Color Your Own contest celebrating the candy’s new look. From now until March 1, kids ages 5-12 can submit their one-of-a-kind Sweethearts box online by uploading a picture. There are three separate age categories, and in each a grand prize of a $1,000 savings bond. Plus, your munchkin may just get the chance to see her personal saying appear on Sweethearts’ candy next Valentine’s Day season in 2015.
For more info on prizes and rules, be sure to visit NECCO’s contest page. In the meantime, watch one of our Valentine’s Day craft videos with your child for a little inspiration!
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Thursday, January 10th, 2013
If your child’s losing her baby teeth, chances are the Tooth Fairy has paid a recent visit (or five!) to your house. But don’t assume that little ones’ dental hygiene doesn’t matter just because baby teeth are temporary. Actually, cavities in young kids are a serious medical concern. Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, and it can set kids up for a mouth full of problems in the future. (For the gory details—and how to save your child’s smile—check out “The Fight Against Cavities” in our February issue.) Practice good oral health habits with your kid, and then help other smiles in need by entering Tom’s of Maine’s “Be a Tooth Fairy Hero” sweepstakes. Have your child draw a picture of the Tooth Fairy, and then submit the drawing by March 15th for a chance to win Tom’s toothpaste for your child’s entire school, and a $10,000 donation on your behalf to a needy dental clinic in your state. For more information, visit TomsOfMaine.com/ToothFairy.
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Friday, December 7th, 2012
It’s around this time of year that families like to cuddle up and watch a good movie, and what could be better on a cold night than a little Disney magic? To help kick the holidays into high gear, we’re giving away a basket full of hit Disney flicks to one lucky reader! The prize pack includes Cinderella, Finding Nemo, Brave, The Secret of the Wings, and Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups. Enter to win by posting a comment below. We’ll pick a winner in a random drawing. For the full rules, click here. Goody luck!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on December 7, 2012. Ends: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on December 14, 2012. Subject to Official Rules at www.goodyblog.com. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.
UPDATE: THIS CONTEST IS NOW CLOSED!
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Friday, November 16th, 2012
Meet Esio! This countertop drink system serves hot and cold drinks with the push of a button. Its innovative E-Paks hold up to 14 servings of your favorite drink, from Maxwell House coffee to cool Crystal Light, in a tiny pack that’s easy to store. And now you can win it! To kick off the holiday season, we’re giving away one Esio and a bundle of E-Paks to a lucky reader. Enter now by leaving a comment below. We’ll pick a winner in a random drawing. For the full rules, click here. Goody luck!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and D.C., 21 years and older. Begins: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on November 16, 2012. Ends: 9:00 a.m. E.T. on November 26, 2012. Subject to Official Rules at www.goodyblog.com. Void where prohibited. Sponsor: Meredith Corporation.
UPDATE: The contest is now closed.
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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
If you’re stumped about what to get your loved ones for the holidays, fear not! We’re bringing you a special seasonal treat: Free gifts! To help spread cheer, we’re giving away a present every day this month from this year’s Parents Gift Guide! There’s sure to be a prize perfect for everyone on your list–even the babysitter. Click here to enter the sweepstakes and to see what awesome gifts you can score. Be sure to enter the sweepstakes each day for a new chance to win. Goody luck!
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Thursday, October 11th, 2012
It’s that time of year again! You know, when Halloween hasn’t happened yet, but you’re already spotting Christmas stuff in stores. To help swing you into the holiday spirit a few months early, we’re giving away a plaything a day from our Best Toys of 2012 guide all month long! That’s right! You’ve got a chance to win a great gift every day to put under your tree! Click here to enter the sweepstakes and see what you can score today, tomorrow, or even next week. Goody luck!
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