Around the Blogosphere – Week 85

5 Minutes Around the BlogosphereWelcome to our weekly roundup here at “5 Minutes Around the Blogosphere”.

As you know, you can come back all week and add a post or giveaway to our Mister Linky. Be sure to check back often, as new links will be added daily. You don’t want to miss out on something fun.


  • Raggs, the new hit public television series, is kicking off their Raggs Rockin’ Kids Search on June 1st (through June 30th), looking for 100 expressive kids, ages three to eight years-old, who represent the ideas, geographic regions and cultural backgrounds of children across the US (auditions will take place online…no travel necessary).

    Each half hour program is based on one main theme that promotes social and academic readiness, while also addressing specific preschool curriculum topics including emergent literacy, visual arts, science and discovery, mathematics, social studies and movement, music and dance.

    Children will be selected based on video submissions, which parents can upload to the website or mail in. Winners will be notified in early July and taping is scheduled for mid-August in Charlotte, NC. For more information, see the website.

  • Are you from Alabama? If so, you’re going to want to check out this new website: This is a place to meet, network, and get to know your blogging neighbors. To celebrate the launch they are giving away three fabulous coffee table historical photograph books about Alabama worth $40 each. Be sure to stop by, introduce yourself and enter the giveaway!


  • Have you heard of the No-Cry Sleep Solution book? TWO people will each win a full set of five No-Cry Solution books – autographed! The set includes:

    The No-Cry Nap Solution *NEW*
    The No-Cry Sleep Solution (for babies)
    The No-Cry Sleep Solution for Toddlers & Preschoolers
    The No-Cry Discipline Solution
    The No-Cry Potty Training Solution

    To enter, choose a line or two, or a complete except from any of the books. You can find lots of excerpts on the website. Take what you want! Quote it on your blog, website, newsletter, or Facebook page. Include the title and author. Then send the ink to: Winners to be chosen at random on July 15, 2009.

  • From now until the end of May will be offering everyone a chance to win a FREE iRobot Roomba 530 to help with spring cleaning! All you have to do is go to and sign up for a chance to win. You will then be eligible to win one of 14 iRobot Roomba 530s. will be picking one winner per day from now until the end of May.

    Once you are at you can look for babysitters, nannies, pet sitters, housekeepers, tutors & more! All profiles are reviewed by moms, have references and premium members can run unlimited FREE background checks!

    In addition, you can try the premium service for yourself with this 10% promotional code: ROOMBA10

  • Home Sanctuary is hosting a photo contest! This is your chance to submit up to ten photos with a Girlfriends/Friendship theme for possible publication in a beautiful gift book that will be published this Fall. You can view the guidelines, entries and book text here. Contest ends June 7th.
  • Coinstar has launched a Facebook Refresh Your Home Contest. Did you know the average U.S. household has approximately $90 worth of change lying around? That’s money you could use to refresh your home! Coinstar wants to help you get started by offering a $250 prize package to the most deserving Do-It-Yourself project as voted by Coinstar fans. Get started by submitting a photo of you and your coin jar with your proposed DIY project. From there, have your friends and family vote you to the top. The project with the most votes WINS! Want more details on the prize pack? Check out the Official Coinstar page on Facebook.


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