Archives for June 2015

Celebrating Summer Success with Scholastic #SummerReading

This post is written by the Experimental Mommy in partnership with Scholastic and Energizer. All opinions remain 100% mine.

I can hardly believe we have been out of school for one whole month now.  In the last thirty days, we have allowed the girls to have very little structure and enjoy the lazy days of Summer but to my surprise they have both continued their silent reading time before bed without any prompting from my husband and I.

Eventually, I will have to start them practicing Math skills but I love the fact that we are avoiding the summer slide with the help of the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.  Now in it’s 9th year, this free online program in partnership with ENERGIZER® is challenging kids to “Power Up & Read.”

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Since signing up for the program 30 days ago, my daughters have read 3 chapter books each and request to return to the library on a weekly basis. I think one of the reasons I have seen an increased enthusiasm for reading is because they are allowed to choose books that match their own interests rather than an assigned book for school. According to the Kids & Family Reading Report, 5th edition, 91% of kids (ages 6-17) say that their favorite books are the ones they pick out themselves. Of course, the fact that they can log their own minutes (online or via mobile) into the Scholastic website in order to help break last year’s world record of 304,749,861 minutes certainly helps, too! So far, kids around the country have logged 120,209,618 minutes of reading since the program begin on May 4th.

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Are you looking to avoid the summer slide, too? It’s not too late to sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge (did I mention it’s free?)! Not sure where to start? Parents can download free resources, including printables and book lists for kids of all ages. And the fun is not only for kids! Parents can enter weekly sweepstakes to win a “Power Up & Read Kit” and watch videos about summer reading activities to keep you “innovative” all summer long. The prize pack includes: Scholastic tote bag, water bottle, a copy of Reading Unbound by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, $10 gift certificate to Scholastic Store Online, Energizer® brand batteries, Scholastic books, and more. Learn more at the Energizer Instant Win website.

In addition to helping to break the record, kids can also enter monthly sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges. A new feature this year is that kids can unlock 12 original short stories (exclusively for this year’s challenge) from favorite children’s authors and access never-before-seen videos from the authors!

So many reasons to join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge but the best one is that my kids ASKED to join again this year. Now that is a Summer Success!

Dance Into Plenti Rewards #PlentiTogether

I’m participating as a blogger ambassador for the Plenti program, operated by American Express.

It’s June! And if you are a dance Mom, you know what that means….it’s recital season! With two dancing Divas in my home, the upcoming days are sure to be filled with extra rehearsals, costume alterations, and last minute shopping trips.  As a former dance teacher, I absolutely love spending this time with my daughters, but I do not love how expensive it can get.


Fortunately there is a Rite Aid nearby that stocks just about everything I need to make an emergency dance recital kit!  Bobby pins, hair nets, gel, hair spray, ponytail holders, mascara, eyeliner, lip gloss, deodorant, scissors, clear nail polish (for stocking runs), and snacks filled with protein are absolute essentials. While each of these items is not expensive on their own, they can certainly add up, especially when you have two dancers.

The fact that Rite Aid is close to my home is only one of the reasons I head straight there for dance recital must haves.  I know I can always find great prices and I can use my Plenti rewards card and rack up points for future purchases. Have you heard about Plenti?

Plenti is free to join and is a new loyalty program that allows shoppers to earn and redeem rewards points across some of their favorite brands. The loyalty coalition program — the first of its’ kind in the U.S. – boasts a roster that includes AT&T, ExxonMobil, Macy’s, Nationwide Insurance, Rite Aid, Direct Energy, Enterprise Rent-a-Car and Hulu.

Did you know that nearly 72 percent of Americans say they would prefer a rewards program that allows them to shop at many stores versus a single brand according to a recent research study?

In my last post, I showed you how incredibly easy Plenti is to use. Have you joined yet?  Are you earning rewards on things you were already shopping for every day? Don’t forget that you can earn points regardless of payment method (credit, cash or debit, etc.). Just show your Plenti Card at check out!