Friday, January 18, 2013

The Potato Chip Champ Giveaway

Spotlight on Award-Winning Maria Dismondy
I  JUST LOVE HER STORIES!




Maria was born and raised in a suburb of Detroit. Maria grew up with two moms, two dads an older sister and plenty of grandparents, cousins, aunts and uncles to love and appreciate her.

Inspiration for The Potato Chip Champ came from experiences in her own life. Maria has witnessed children struggle with wanting it all. She was inspired by stories of children who have barely anything and give away what they do have. After years of researching bullying, Maria has found that what the world needs is an increase in EMPATHY. The Potato Chip Champ teaches empathy and contentment in a silly story with witty characters. Maria writes stories that children need to hear.

Maria went to Michigan State University and graduated with a degree in Elementary Education. She earned her degree with a second major in Early Childhood and a minor in English. Maria studied abroad in Thailand for her master’s degree in Curriculum and Research.

Maria is a woman who wears many hats. Her favorite hat is, by far, being the mother of two little ladies. Next up (maybe even tied with being a mother) is being a wife to her best friend. Before becoming a published writer, Maria taught elementary school. She also teaches fitness classes. Maria loves photography and scrapbooking and tries to squeeze in taking classes on both in any free time she has. Reading is one of her favorite past times. She reads everything from young adult fiction to cookbooks to romance novels.

In 2007, Maria and her good friend Meg started a Non-Profit Organization called Making Spirits Bright. Together, they strive to make a difference in their local community.  You can find out more about them on their facebook page.

Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun, Maria’s first book, made her an award-winning author winning both an Eric Hoffer Award and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award. It was based off of Maria’s childhood experiences of being teased and bullied for her big hair and funny concoctions she ate for lunch. Maria co-authored The Juice Box Bully with Bob Sornson in 2010 and her third book, Pink Tiara Cookies for Three came out last January.

You can follow Maria on facebook or twitter. She has a blog called Be The Difference and writes about her experiences as a mother and gives advice and ideas to be used when parenting, teaching or dealing with character education.

You can purchase her books on her website at www.mariadismondy.com or on amazon or barnesandnoble.com

Maria is currently hosting this blog tour. You can find the schedule on her website under events. Would you like to win an autographed copy of The Potato Chip Champ? 
You can earn up to 3 entries. I'll pick a winner on Monday the 21st at 8:00 a.m. central time. 

1. Leave a comment with your favorite chip.
2. Follow Maria on FB! Leave a comment saying you do!
3. Follow Maria on Twitter. Leave a comment saying you do!


Maria's Blog: Be The Difference: http://www.mariadismondy.com/blog



52 comments:

  1. My favorite chip is from Lay's (Original).

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  2. I follow Maria's Facebook!

    cheriemae@gmail.com

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  3. I love that you asked your readers to leave a comment with their favorite kind of chip! Very creative! I love Dortitos Sweet and Spicy! Thank you for being a part of the tour!

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  4. My favorite are Lays original kettle cooked chips.

    thepolishedteacher@gmail.com
    ThePolishedTeacher

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  5. My favorite chips are any Baked Lays!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  6. I follow Maria on Facebook!

    Aimee
    aimee@vanmiddlesworth.org
    Pencils, Books, and Dirty Looks

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  7. I follow Maria on Facebook!

    Katie
    smilesfrom2ndgrade@hotmail.com
    Smiles from 2nd Grade

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  8. My favorite chip is BBQ baked lays!

    Katie
    smilesfrom2ndgrade@hotmail.com
    Smiles from 2nd Grade

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  9. I am an old-fashioned potato chip girl! Thanks for hosting this. Alicia atmalec@sbcglobal.net

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  10. I love Simple Truth sweet potato chips!

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  11. My favorite chips are Simple Truth sweet potato chips!

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  12. Oops...I'm not sure if my email is visible. It's arendales@gmail.com
    Kristie Arendale
    Maryville, TN
    : )

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  13. My favorite chip is Pop Chip Sweet Potato.
    cbartram@kitcarsonschool.com

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  14. I follow Maria on facebook.
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  15. I follow Maria on twitter @CeciliaPortugal.
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  16. Cheetos- love them!

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  17. I like Maria on Facebook.

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  18. I follow Maria on Twitter (@hnance0612).

    Heather (heathernnance@yahoo.com)

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  19. My favorite chips are sour cream & cheddar and our school vending machine carries them - oh no! This book looks great!! Thanks for the giveaway.

    ~Sara
    sweetsarabowling@gmail.com

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  20. I follow Maria on FB and am crossing my fingers b/c this books looks wonderful:)! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    ~Sara
    sweetsarabowling@gmail.com

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  21. My favorite chip is barbecue. And when I'm abroad, it's ketchup!! :)
    Liz
    Teaching in the Valley
    teachinginthevalley@gmail.com

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  22. I know they might not be a "chip" but I have such a weakness for pretzels! My second favorite (and for-sure-chip) would be kettle chips! YUM!!

    Kristin (kristinbrehm@gmail.com)

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  23. I follow Maria on Facebook!

    Kristin (kristinbrehm@gmail.com)

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  24. just one chip!? I have to go with original lays...
    Rachel
    rachel.lamb81@gmail.com

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  25. I follow Melissa on facebook! I have been seeing this book all over the place!
    Rachel
    rachel.lamb81@gmail.com

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  26. I follow her on twitter now too!
    Rachel.lamb81@gmail.com

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  27. My favorite chip is Lays Classic.
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  28. I follow Maria's facebook page and would love this book!
    susanlulu@yahoo.com

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  29. I follow Maria's facebook page and would love her book:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  30. My favorite chip is Sun Chips-Salsa:)

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple
    theresourcefulapple@gmail.com

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  31. I follow Maria on twitter. Just signed up on twitter. I am so out of it!

    Tammy
    The Resourceful Apple

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  32. My favorite chip is honey bbq!!
    brianne

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  33. I follow Maria on FB!!
    Brianne Elizabeth
    bl3982@yahoo.com

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  34. I follow Maria on Twitter!!
    @BL3982
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  35. My favorite chip is Humpty Dumpty's "All Dressed Up!" Yum!

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  36. I follow Maria on FB. :o)

    œKaryn
    A is for Apple B is for Blog
    Kideducator@comcast.net

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  37. My favorite potato chip is Funyuns! :)

    Jennifer
    lofgrenj@vail.k12.az.us

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  38. My favorite potato chip is Spicy Nacho Doritoes!
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
    Crayons and Curls

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  39. I follow Maria on Twitter!
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
    Crayons and Curls

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  40. I follow Maria on Twitter and Facebook!
    Cheryl
    crayonsandcurls(at)gmail(dot)com
    Crayons and Curls

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  41. My favorite chip is Pringles Original :) Thanks for the chance to win.

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  42. I follow Maria on Facebook :)

    Heidi
    My (Not So) Elementary Life
    mynotsoelementarylife@yahoo.com

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  43. Bar-b-que

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  44. bar-b-que

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  45. following Maria on FB

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  46. Following Maria on Twitter @sumrthyme

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  47. I follow Maria on FB
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  48. My fav chip is the Sunchips in the blue bag
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  49. Miss Nelson, I'm sorry that I missed your giveaway, but I wanted to thank you for leaving a nice comment on my blog. This author looks like somebody that I would really like to read to my class! I'm going to go over and check out her web site. Thanks again!

    Sharon Dudley, NBCT
    http://teachingwithsight.blogspot.com

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