Military Freebie – Free Admission to Carowinds Park 5/29 and 5/30!

Carowinds Military Free AdmissionCarowinds is celebrating Military Appreciation Days and offering FREE admission to any active and retired U.S. military personnel on May 29-30 when showing proper identification at the Carowinds front gate!  Get more information plus discounts for immediate family members HERE!

Thanks to Heidi over at!

A Story Before Bed by Nana Plus Free Kids Books for Military Families & Upcoming Giveaway!

A Story Before Bed - Read Record Share
I recently shared about A Story Before Bed here in Online Storytime and here when they had a deal on Mamapedia.  I wanted to share about them again today not only because I LOVE this site but because today I have a special story to share read by my mom for my girls.  Special to us anyway!  :)  You can check it out HERE and if you’re so inclined, she reads an Easter story HERE.

So why is this so special you ask?  Well, my mom recently moved away from us back to FL (we’re in NC) and my girls don’t get to see her very often anymore.  So now she can read stories to them that we can watch anytime on our laptop, iPhone, or iPad.  And believe me, they are already asking for more stories read by Nana.

This is just one of the great things about this site.  We can recruit whoever we want to read the girls stories from wherever they may be.  So cool!  But another great thing is we can record the stories ourselves also.  My 3 1/2 yr. old loved doing this!  And as I mentioned you can play back the recordings not only on your computer, but also on your mobile devices.  You can also share them on Facebook or via email.  They do need to make an Android app though.  I’ll send the request.

So imagine how great this service would be  for moms and dads in the military who are serving away from their children.  Well they thought of that and have so far given away 144,500 stories to these families for FREE!  They are hoping to give away a total of 250,000 so if you know of any military families that would be interested please send them HERE.

If you are not in the military but are still interested you can find their subscription prices HERE or you can join for free and start recording the free books just to check it  out.  They are currently offering The Itsy Bitsy Spider, Ba Ba Black Sheep and Xander and the Wind for free.  You can also subscribe to their email newsletter and they will notify you whenever they are offering other books for free or offering discounts on subscription prices.

If you still want more but don’t want to pay the subscription prices at this time, then wait for my giveaway!  At the end of April I will be hosting a giveaway for the Mega Subscription which gives you access to record over 300 books for a full year (a $99.95 value)! So be sure to be on the lookout for when I announce the dates of the giveaway and be sure to come back and enter for your chance to win this awesome subscription!