Saturday, July 25, 2015

Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday 7/24, Low Entry Giveaways! #giveaway #contests

Pack of Ribbons (@9am EST) - Worldwide - Oliver+S

Pair of Origami Crane Earrings - Worldwide - Faire Miscellany *GT

One year Spotify Premium Subscription (ARV $120) - U.S. - Sweet T Makes 3 *RC

eBook or audio book from the Jamie Quinn mystery collection - All 50 U.S. States - View from the Birdhouse *RC

Living Hope CD - U.S. - Daddy Waddy Weeviews *RC

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Mystery Hat - Children's Book #Review & #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 8/9 #TheMysteryHat

The Mystery Hat is a great children's book write by Danish animator duo Rune Brandt Bennicke and Jakob Hjort Jensen. Mr. Jensen also illustrated the book! Recommended for children ages three to six. I can't say much more about it then what's below. The imaginations of the crow, pig and beaver of where the hat came from or who it belonged to are awesome.

Crow, Pig and Beaver are taking a nice stroll in the woods when they come across a red hat sitting in a puddle. Whose hat is it? What mysterious circumstances could have brought it to this very puddle? Crow thinks that Bear lost the hat when he fell into a giant hole. Perhaps Bear is holding his breath underground, waiting to be saved! Beaver thinks he’s got a better idea. Maybe Turtle, who was wearing the hat, was snatched up and made into yummy turtle soup by a crazed snowman! Can Pig come up with a logical explanation so that the friends can be rid of all these hogwash ideas?

Imaginations run wild in this hilarious picture book from Rune Brandt Bennicke and Jakob Hjort Jensen. The Mystery Hat is sure to get a chuckle from all during this last leg of winter and would be a great addition to any child’s bookshelf!

Rune Brandt Bennicke is a celebrated Danish animator with seventeen years of experience in the industry. After working at A-Film in Denmark, he moved to London’s Amblimation Studio and then worked at Walt Disney Studios in Florida. He is now a supervising animator at DreamWorks. Jakob Hjort Jensen, a fellow Danish animator, is a veteran of the animation industry. He has worked for Disney Animation and Imagi Animation. He is also a supervising animator at DreamWorks, where he has worked since its inception in 1995. Both now live in Los Angeles, California.

Here is a great book teaser that shows the process behind the wonderful drawings as well as animated scenes of the final characters:

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form, for a chance to win your own copy of "The Mystery Hat" children's book! Giveaway open to residents who live in the main 48 United States only, 18 years of age or older. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of the book mentioned above in exchange for my post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids Book #Review! #MasonJars #CraftsForKids #MasonJarCrafts

For some of us living in the United States, in the south, school starts in a week and a half. The kids here only get about nine weeks for summer, wish it was longer. We've really had a lot of fun! But for some people living in the U.S., their kids have a month or more before school starts again, as they get the whole month of August off too!

"Mason Jar Crafts for Kids: More than 25 cool, crafty projects to make for your friends, your family and yourself!" will give your children, ages seven and up, depending on the child, some awesome crafts to do with Mason Jars for the rest of their summer, or on the weekends when it's raining or too hot to play outside! Maybe they can create some of these awesome crafts to give to friends and family for Christmas in five months! I can't wait to make a few "Thumbprint Sunflower Jars" for gifts for others for Christmas!

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids even has a few little experiments inside for children to do, such as "Color Changing Flowers," "Color Burst in a Jar" and "Bubbling Brew."

A trend popularized by Pinterest and DIYers all over the world, Mason jars are no longer just for canning. Their crafting possibilities are almost limitless! Mason Jar Crafts for Kids provides exactly what the title promises. This wonderfully creative book will keep kids and parents busy all year round with dozens of easy DYI projects and activities. Projects are accompanied by photo tutorials and comprehensive step-by-step instructions to make sure that anyone can follow along. These kid-friendly projects offer a variety of options for both beginning and advanced crafters!

Linda Z. Braden is a Mason jar enthusiast and the founder of an extensive online Mason jar community. Her fan base has grown to more than twenty-three thousand strong on Facebook, nearly ten thousand followers on Pinterest, and more than forty thousand unique monthly visitors (and seventy thousand page views) on her blog, Mason Jar Crafts Love.

Disclosure: I received a copy of Mason Jar Crafts for Kids in exchange for my review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Red Yellow Blue (And a Dash of White Too!) - Children's Book #Review!

A little girl is about to discover the wonders of mixing colors. With the sound of paint splatter, a bright blue elephant named EleBooyah appears. She wants to help paint, too! Pretty soon, the girl and her elephant are playing with all the colors of the rainbow. What other creatures are waiting for the splatter of paint on a brush to join the raucous painting party? Esperanza's creative and unique rhythmic stanzas are sure to intrigue children, and the vibrant illustrations are a riot of color and magic.

Charles George Esperanza is a graduate of FIT, a prolific artist, and the illustrator of Jackie and Me. Red, Yellow, Blue (and a Dash of White, Too!) is his children’s book author debut.

My Review:
This book is perfect for my six and three year old daughters! My three year old is learning about colors and color words, and my six year old is learning that mixing colors together can create new ones! This book is perfect for children from ages two to six. The younger children will love the animals and colors of this book! The little girl in the story has quite an imagination! The illustrations help to bring the story and her imagination to life with lots and lots of color! We will be reading this book for two to three more years in this house, that's for sure!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Sophie's Animal Parade - Children's Book #Review! #SophiesAnimalParade

From award-winning illustrator, Katia Wish, and author of Marathon Mouse, Amy Dixon, comes SOPHIE’S ANIMAL PARADE, an imaginative picture book that teaches kids about being creative. Reminiscent of Harold and the Purple Crayon, children are sure to laugh at the goofy scenarios Sophie and her animal friends find themselves in.

Mama calls it Sophie’s imagination, but Sophie calls it magic. Everything Sophie draws comes to life, and one day when Sophie feels lonely, she decides to draw a friend. But the polar bear cub isn’t very happy in Sophie’s room, where it is much too warm. So Sophie tries again. But the duck wants to swim in a pool full of water. And the giraffe is too tall for the tiny room! It isn’t long after the elephant shows up that things begin to get a little too wild and Sophie must demand that everyone go outside. In the backyard, with all her new friends, Sophie meets someone new—someone who happens to be an expert lion trainer. It looks like Sophie’s magic may have worked after all.

Featuring a charming crew of animals and two children who believe in magic, this sweet and funny picture book teaches children to combat loneliness with creativity, persistence, and a little imagination. Filled with the lovely watercolor illustrations of Katia Wish, Amy Dixon’s Sophie’s Animal Parade takes children on a journey toward friendship.

My Review:
I am really grateful that none of us has the power to draw things and have them come to life. Boy what a mess! This world would be a disaster, and then some! But in "Sophie's Animal Parade" the sweet, kind hearted Sophie's imagination and innocence is adorable and silly. Then Sophie meets a boy! And the real magic of human interaction begins! And so does drawing everything in twos for her new friend! This adorable book let's children's imagination run wild, but it also shows them that playing with real people can be fun too!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Dress Me - Children's Book #Review and #Giveaway! (U.S.) Ends 8/9 #DressMe

A young girl makes her way through a variety of career possibilities—dancer, doctor, superhero, plumber—in a variety of costumes. She can be graceful, creative, brave, caring, silly, and even scary. She can wear braids or glasses, a crown or a beret. No matter what she chooses, her puppy is twirling and painting right beside her, often with an accessory of his own. The story is simple and yet affirms the little girl’s right to choose who and what she wants to be. The message is one of exploration, choice, and self-expression. And ultimately another option for the little girl is to be “just me.”

From the author and illustrator of Paint Me! comes DRESS ME!, a new book that affirms how to dress #LikeAGirl. Featuring simple text with lovely, detailed illustrations, the inspiring story teaches children to explore and be open-mined. Dress Me! is sure to charm young readers and parents alike. This book is perfect for early readers and for reading out loud.

Sarah Frances Hardy is a children’s author, illustrator, and professional painter. A former lawyer, Hardy studied art at the Parsons School of Design and has had her paintings featured in galleries and commercial establishments. She is the author and illustrator of two books: "Puzzled by Pink" and "Paint Me!" Hardy lives with her husband and three daughters in Oxford, Mississippi.

My Review:
My two girls and I love this cute, easy to read, children's book. The illustrations are super cute and this book will teach my girls and my son that they can be anything they want to be when they grow up, but until then, it's really fun to pretend and play dress up! I can't wait until my three year old can read this book by herself and read the words!

Enter below using the Rafflecopter form for a chance to win your own copy of "DRESS ME!" Giveaway open to residents in the main 48 continental United States only, 18 years of age and older. No P.O. Boxes, sorry.

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Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for my review post. No other compensation was exchanged or received.

Thursday 7/23, Low Entry Giveaways! #giveaway #contests

Children's Book from Barefoot books - U.S. - Stuff Parents Need *RC

$25 Pampered Chef Shopping Spree - U.S. - Party Planning Divas *RC

Ava Anderson Skin Care - Hyaluronic Acid - U.S. - Party Planning Divas *RC

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wednesday 7/22, Low Entry Giveaways! #giveaway

Bow Tie from (@11pm CST) - U.S. - Royallegacy Reviews and More *GT

Mama's Boy - book - All 50 U.S. States - Books I Think You Should Read *RC

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Giveaway Winner!

Winner of Down the Rabbit Hole book is: Alan Saxon!

Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run DVD Coming Out August 4th! #LooneyTunes #RabbitsRun

What happens when Bugs Bunny becomes embroiled in a scheme surrounding the invention of a highly-sought after invisibility spray? The result is a mad-cap adventure set in New York City and Paris titled Looney Tunes Rabbits Run. This brand-new, original animated film will be released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) Aug 4, 2015.

In Looney Tunes Rabbits Run, Bugs Bunny is a New York City cabbie who picks up the beautiful but bumbling perfume salesgirl, Lola Bunny, after she’s lost her job at a department store. Bugs, who drives Lola home from work in his taxi, has no idea he’s about to embark on the longest ride of his life!

In her spare time, Lola is an amateur perfume maker who’s convinced one day she’ll concoct the world’s most beautiful fragrance and sell it to the House of Moufette in Paris. Unbeknownst to Bugs, Lola, in one of her attempts to create the next big fragrance, has inadvertently invented an invisibility spray, and now the whole world is on their tails to steal her precious concoction!

On the run to Paris, Bugs and Lola must outsmart everyone from government officials, to Lola’s greedy department store boss, Giovanni and even Yosemite Sam, all of whom are after Lola’s “scent-sational” invisibility spray. Will Bugs help Lola thwart the bad guys and help her realize her dream of launching her own signature fragrance line? It’s a heart-stopping, looney adventure that animation fans won’t want to miss! Joining Bugs and Lola is a lineup of favorite Looney Tunes characters including Speedy Gonzalez, Elmer Fudd, Daffy Duck, Pepe Le Pew, Foghorn Leghorn and many others.

“Bugs Bunny is an enduring character with timeless appeal, who is loved by generations of fans. Looney Tunes is a powerful brand among consumers and it’s one of our most important franchises. We’re excited to offer this wonderful new film,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Vice President Family & Animation Marketing. She added, “Looney Tunes Rabbits Run is a clever, entertaining new story that’s perfect for family viewing.”

Tuesday 7/21, Low Entry Giveaways! #giveaway #contests

Aurorae Fitness Resistance Band Set (@10am CST) - U.S. - Giveaways 4 Mom *GT

SwageU Bluetooth Headphones (@2pm CST) - U.S. - Giveaways 4 Mom *GT

Book - "The Murderer’s Daughter" by Jonathan Kellerman - All 50 U.S. States - New in Books *RC

We Never Asked for Wings - book - All 50 U.S. States - New in Books *RC

Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday 7/20, Low Entry Giveaways! #giveaway #contests

Tommee Tippee Glass Bottle Pack (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Nicole's Nickels *GT

Lutron Maestro occupancy/vacancy sensor (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Nicole's Nickels *GT

Assortment of Nexcare Bandages (@10:59pm CST) - U.S. - Nicole's Nickels *GT

I Love You Even When - Children’s Book - U.S. - Sweet Tiny Blessings *RC

TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS: Dinobots DVD - All 50 U.S. States - Building Our Story *RC

The Longest Ride on Blu-Ray - U.S. - A Frugal Friend