Dance Moms is back! Set your calendars for Tues, June 5th at 9/8c as Lifetime’s best reality show is returning for Season 3.
It seems to have been rather quiet this past few months without Abby Lee Dance Company. We left them last season with the girls auditioning for Joffrey Ballet Summer Program and Abby running from a competition in tears screaming “I need a break – a break from these moms, away from these kids, away from the yelling.”
I confess my interest. I have been a Dance Mom for the past 9 years. My 14 year old daughter is a ballerina who I proudly say has attended some of the finest ballet programs in the country. We dabbled in the competition world for 3 years and so know something of the ‘reality’ of this world. And it isn’t like this. But then the real, unedited world wouldn’t be that entertaining, would it?
The last show from Series 2 was one of my favorites.The hilarious scene shopping for leotards in New York City in preparation for the Joffrey Ballet audition. They needed leotards as they hadn’t exactly needed them before (as they don’t have ballet class much). “As high cut as possible” one of the moms said (how old are these girls)? The scary scene shopping for pointe shoes (are they serious)? I thought for a moment they were going to get rhinestones and feathers!
Then the Joffery audition itself. Acrobatics and the death drop in a ballet audition? Shouting in the lobby from the studio owners? It just isn’t done in the ballet world. But it was highly entertaining television.
So what does Season 3 have planned for us? Will Maddie still be at the top of the pyramid? What will Cathy at Candy Apples do next? Will we see a softer side to Abby Lee? Just how many times will the moms scream at each other during class? Just how dramatic can it all get?
Is the show a realistic portrayal of the competition dance world? Thankfully not the one we have been involved with. We have never encountered an Abby Lee or a Cathy from Candy Apples, but we have certainly met some characters and had some drama! I am sure all dance moms can find a situation or a person they can relate to their experience. But if reality was really like this we would have run a mile long ago. This is Extreme Dance Mom!
We don’t really want reality from our reality shows do we? Entertainment is what it is all about and Dance Moms certainly gives that.
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Do you know of a special child who gives back to the community? A young volunteer who gives their time to helping others? If you do then direct them to the Farm Rich Kids Who Give Contest.
Farm Rich is inspiring the volunteer spirit in young people aged 7 to 17 who live in the US by sponsoring the Kids Who Give Contest for a third year.
For 2012, Farm Rich will recognize quarterly winners as well as an annual grand-prize winner who will receive $10,000 for the charity of his or her choice. The contest is just about to kick off it’s third quarter in June!
A first, second, and third-place winner will be chosen each quarter to receive donations of $3,500, $1,500 and $1,000, respectively, for their chosen charities. Honorable mentions each quarter get a “Pat on the Back” gift card of $250.
The Grand Prize winner will be chosen through a public online vote in January 2013. The Grand Prize Winner will receive a gift of $10,000 to donate to a selected charity or charities of their choice.
How to Enter
Kids should go to www.kidswhogive.com and submit an essay of up to 500 words explaining their volunteer work and how it has helped others. Entrants are also encouraged to include a video of their volunteer story along with their contest entries.
Encouraging children to volunteer their time to help others will help inspire a lifetime of giving. You can see some great examples of kids who give back to the community by reading about the winners of the 2011 Kids Who Give Contest. You can read their stories on their 2011 Winners Facebook Page.
More details can be found on the Kids Who Give website. Contest rules, details and deadlines are included on the website. You can also visit their Facebook Page.
This post was sponsored by Farm Rich, but, as always, my opinions are my own.
Avery recently launched their 3rd annual Give Back to Schools promotion – an online voting contest between K-8 schools that will be awarding 500,000 Box Tops for Education coupons, $50,000 worth of durable Avery school supplies and $5,000 in gift cards to schools throughout the U.S.!
How You Can Get Involved:
To get involved in Avery’s Give Back to Schools contest, simply head over to www.givebacktoschools.avery.com and find your school or add it to the list! Then simply register and come back everyday to vote. Don’t forget to rally your friends and family for help to get your school in a top spot to win some amazing prizes! The top 5 vote-getting schools will each receive:
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Additionally, 25 runner-up schools will each receive 10,000 Box Tops for Education Coupons and 10 random winners with more than 100 votes will receive 5,000 Box Tops for Education Coupons!
DM Gets Involved!
We were given an amazing opportunity to team up with Avery and donate $1,000 worth of Avery products to a local school here in our hometown! As we are getting ready to embark on our first year of homeschooling, we really felt that we wanted to donate the products to our local charter school, Valley Oaks, who we are certain will be able to put these amazing products to great use!
Here is a just a small sampling of what Valley Oaks will receive to help them as they embark on the 2012/2013 school year…..
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Want to know how to get great deals of up to 90% off on fabulous family friendly products? Totsy is a private shopping site where you will find exclusive online sales events every day. Membership is free and sign up is easy!
You will find a huge selection of sales items from baby clothes to bags, maternity wear to cookware!
The latest sale is for the fabulous Zutano line of baby clothes. For discounts of up to 70% off on legwear, and apparel for newborns, infants & toddlers. Zutano goes live on Totsy today May 10th at 9pm ET.
As with all Totsy sales the earlier you get in on the sale the better. All items are limited and the sales usually last between 48 and 72 hours. The hot items move quickly.
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Join Totsy for great deals on family friendly products!
Now Totsy have teamed up with DM to give readers the chance to WIN $50 worth of Totsy Credits!. The winner of this fabulous giveaway will receive a credit of $50 to their Totsy account.
How to Enter
All entrants are requested to become Totsy members.
No refunds or exchanges will be given.
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