Archives for April 19, 2013

Disney Publishing Worldwide Releases Because I’m Your Dad By Ahmet Zappa Giveaway!

In Ahmet Zappa’s first picture book for children, Because I’m Your Dad, a dad like no other promises to give his kid a childhood like no other. Whimsical monster characters bring the silly and sweet scenes to life and keep the book universal. The book’s ending, a moving tribute to the author’s father, guarantees intergenerational appeal: “Because I’m your dad, I will do all of these things for you and more…because that’s what my dad did for me.”

 Both a tribute to his happy childhood and a promise to his daughter, Halo, for a one-of-a-kind relationship, “I wrote this book for anyone who is a father, has a father, or hopes to someday be a father,” says Zappa.

A perfect book to read on Father’s Day, or any day! We have been offered one to giveaway! If you would like to win this fun book, you must be a subscriber to enter! Next, simply leave a comment below! Deadline to enter is April 27th, 2013! One winner will randomly be selected from all entries!


About Ahmet Zappa:

Ahmet Zappa is the son of late rock musician/composer Frank Zappa and, as he puts it, “My awesome mother, Gail.” Ahmet grew up with a learning disability and now writes books to help children discover how wonderful reading can be. Through his production company, Monsterfoot Productions, Ahmet has developed several television shows and movies, including the recently-released Walt Disney Pictures feature film “The Odd Life of Timothy Green.” Ahmet, Shana, and their daughter Halo live in Los Angeles, CA under a rainbow with their three fur goblins: Sandwich, Luna, and Figgy. For more information, visit him online at


About Dan Santat:

Dan Santat is the author and/or illustrator of many books, including Oh, No! and Oh, No! Not Again! by Mac Barnett and Always Lots of Heinies at the Zoo by Ayun Halliday . He is also the creator of Disney’s animated hit, “The Replacements.” Dan lives in Southern California with his wife, two kids, a rabbit, a bird, a cat, and a dog. Visit him online at
About Disney Publishing Worldwide

Disney Publishing Worldwide (DPW) is the world’s largest publisher of children’s books and magazines with over 700 million products sold each year. DPW consists of an extensive worldwide licensing structure as well as vertically integrated publishing imprints, including Disney Book Group in the U.S. and Disney Libri in Italy. DPW publishes a range of children’s magazines globally, as well as Disney kids magazines in the U.S. Disney English is DPW’s English language learning business, which includes Disney English learning centers in China and a worldwide retail-licensing program. DPW’s digital products include bestselling eBook titles as well as original apps. Headquartered in Glendale, California, DPW publishes books, magazines, and digital products in 85 countries in 75 languages. For more information visit


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NurturMe Introduces New Versatile Organic Dry Meal Pouches and Toddler Snacks From four months to four years. Giveaway opportunity!

NurturMe, the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals, announced today they are expanding their award-winning line of organic dried baby food – including the introduction of a 100% quinoa rice cereal alternative, a new line of blended NurturMeals organic dry meal pouches that combine delicious and nutrient-rich fruit and veggie flavors, and a new line of bite-sized organic Yum-a-Roo’s dried fruit and veggie snacks for toddlers. The first “stage-free” food for little ones, NurturMe’s new convenient and healthy organic dry meal pouches and fruit and veggie snacks make it even easier for busy parents to ensure their children are getting maximum nutrition with every bite – from infants to toddlers, and everywhere in between.


*photo of the NurturMe co-founders of NurturMe Caroline Freedman and Lauren McCullough.


“Since launching our single flavor dry meal pouches in 2010, we’ve continued to search for innovative and sustainable new ways to make it easy for busy, modern parents to ensure their little ones are getting the nutrients they need,” Caroline Freedman, CEO and Co-Founder of NurturMe and mom of two. “With our new expanded family of certified organic, gluten-free, non-GMO and kosher products that cross all feeding stages, we’re bringing convenience, versatility and peace of mind to a whole new level. Just one NurturMe pouch equals countless healthy and delicious opportunities for mealtime.”



Now available in single or blended flavor options, NurturMeals organic dry meal pouches are rich in nutrients and super versatile. Simply mix them up with breast milk, formula or water to create the desired consistency, or mix them in to toddler favorites like pastas, baked goods or yogurts for a boost in protein and nutrients. In fact, NurturMeals is the only baby food on the market designed specifically for the option to mix with breast milk, providing even more nutrients with each feeding. In addition to Crisp Apples, Crunchy Carrots, Hearty Sweet Potatoes, Plump Pea, Scrumptious Squash and Sweet Bananas, NurturMeals Singles now come in Protein-Packed Quinoa, which is the first and only certified-organic pure quinoa meal created especially for children. Made from 100% pure super grain, NurturMeals Quinoa is a healthier alternative to rice cereal and supports growth.

There are some good recipes to make with NurturMeals  including the Banana Smoothie, check them out here and any of the NurturMeals flavors are great to mix into smoothies.  The NurturMe web site is

Brand new to the NurturMe family, NurturMeals Blends bring together nutrient-packed superfoods such as green kale, quinoa, squash and banana to delight developing taste buds with creative and delicious combos. Available in four flavors – Squash, Bananas and Green Kale; Sweet Potatoes, Oatmeal and Bananas; Peas, Quinoa and Apples; and Carrots, Raisins and Sweet Potatoes – each pouch yields approximately 4 oz. of prepared food. NurturMeals retail for a suggested price of $1.19 per pouch for Singles and $1.49 per pouch for Blends.

Big nutrition designed for little hands, NurturMe’s new Yum-a-Roo’s organic dry toddler snacks are made from bite-sized pieces of fruits and veggies that easily dissolve in the mouth. Tasty and good for little ones ages 1 year and older, Yum-a-Roo’s are extra nutritious since they contain veggies, in addition to fruit, and are dried – a NurturMe process that preserves the nutrients, freshness and flavor. Kiddos love the taste, and parents love that there’s 1.5 servings of fruits and/or veggies in every pouch. Yum-a-Roo’s will be available starting May 1st in two flavors Tropical Twist (Banana, Mango and Pineapple) and Caribbean Crop (Pea, Banana and Pineapple), and retail for a suggested price of $2.99 per each .75 oz. resealable pouch.

NurturMeals and Yum-a-Roo’s are certified organic, gluten-free*, non-GMO and kosher, with no added preservatives, sugars or salts – only the good stuff. All NurturMe products are made in the USA from specially selected organic super fruits and veggies that are lovingly harvested and quick-dried in order to preserve freshness, flavor, phytochemicals and other nutrients. Good for baby as well as Mother Earth, NurturMe’s organic dry meals are packed in recyclable materials made with wind energy, leaving a smaller carbon footprint on our planet than the other options found in the baby aisle. From the soil to their spoon, each earth-loving, lightweight NurturMe pouch provides added convenience and peace of mind.

NurturMe products are available for purchase nationwide online, as well as in select Whole Foods, Kroger family and Babies R Us stores across the country. Please visit nurturme.comfor pricing and where to buy in your neighborhood.  Yum-a-Roo’s dried fruit and veggie snacks for toddlers will be available at retail beginning May 1.

About NurturMe

A revolution in feeding little ones, NurturMe is the first and only family of certified-organic, dried fruit and veggie meals and snacks created for children 4 months to 4 years. The first “stage-free” food for little ones, NurturMe’s line of organic dry NurturMeal pouches and Yum-a-Roo’s dried fruit and veggie snacks were designed to meet every yummy need, from infants to toddlers, and everywhere in between. NurturMeals and Yum-a-Roo’s are certified organic, gluten-free*, non-GMO and kosher, with no added preservatives, sugars or salts – only the good stuff. All NurturMe products are made from specially selected super fruits and veggies that are lovingly harvested and quick-dried in order to preserve freshness, flavor and nutrients.

Please visit for pricing and where to buy in your neighborhood. Visit NuturMe on Facebook at and on Twitter at for news of special promotions, new product introductions and more.

*Excludes the NurturMeals “Sweet Potatoes, Oatmeal and Bananas” flavor.


Now for the awesome giveaway!! 

You must be a subscriber to enter! One winner will win the following:

 Medium Infant Feeding Gift Pack. This includes:

1 Quinoa pouch

1 Pea pouch

1 Apple pouch

1 Banana pouch

1 Sweet Potato pouch

1 Carrot pouch

1 Pea, apple, quinoa pouch

1 Sweet potatoes, oatmeal and bananas pouch

1 Squash, bananas and kale pouch

1 Carrots, raisins and sweet potatoes pouch

1 BPA Free Spoon

1 Booklet

1 $1.00 off NurturMeals Coupon

1 $1.00 off Yum-A-Roo’s Coupon

Packaged in medium muslim bag

To enter,you must be a subscriber to enter. Next, leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win! Next, go to the NuturMe website and check out the recipes and let us know which one you would make for your little one. Then go to their Facebook page and “like” them. You can let them know we sent you! Deadline to enter is April 26th, 2013 at midnight. One winner will randomly be selected from all entries.

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Giveaway has ended! 

Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage By Ridley Pearson The New York Times bestselling co-author of Peter and the Starcatchers


Ridley Pearson’s New York Times bestselling Kingdom Keepers series continues with the thrilling sixth book: Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage!

The Kingdom Keepers (young teens who were tapped as models for holographic Disney theme park “guides”) and their friends have uncovered a startling truth: Maleficent and the Overtakers (Disney villains) are plotting a catastrophic event that could have repercussions far beyond the world of Disney. Aboard the Disney Cruise Line’s inaugural passage through the new Panama Canal, the Keepers and their holograms uncover a puzzle hidden within the pages of a stolen journal. The point of that puzzle will reveal itself in the caves of Aruba, the zip lines of Costa Rica, and the jungles of Mexico. A destructive force, dormant for decades, is about to be unleashed—and the Kingdom Keepers are to be its first victims.


Now, for the first time, readers get the chance to help write the seventh and final book in the series via the Kingdom Keepers Insider app, launching April 2nd! Available on all mobile devices, e-readers and online, the app will provide a groundbreaking interactive fan experience for readers of the Kingdom Keepers series, allowing them to follow along as Ridley Pearson writes, voting on plot points, character involvement, and locations—even contributing ideas for dialogue! Plus, there will be writing contests based on the previous book in the series and judged by Ridley Pearson, promoting writing and literacy in a safe environment with characters readers already know and love! Learn more at

Ridley Pearson is the award-winning author of multiple adventure series for (young-ish) readers, including The Kingdom Keepers, Steel Trapp and with Dave Barry, Peter and the Starcatchers. Ridley is also a best-selling crime novelist of more than 25 titles, which have been translated into 22 languages and distributed in 70 countries. Pearson was the first U.S. citizen to be awarded the Raymond Chandler/Fulbright Fellowship in Detective Fiction at Oxford University. In 2008 Ridley served as a visiting professor at Fudan University, Shanghai, China. In 2013, Ridley was awarded Missouri’s Quill Award and inducted into that state’s Writers Hall of Fame. As a “full time dad and husband,” Ridley, along with his wife, Marcelle, live with their two teenage daughters in St. Louis, MO. Find him online at and on Twitter: @RidleyPearson


Kingdom Keepers VI: Dark Passage

By Ridley Pearson

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

ISBN: 9781423164890; Price: $17.99; Ages 10-14


  • April 2: 7:00 PM event at Anderson’s Bookshop, Naperville, IL
  • April 3: 7:00 PM event at Barnes & Noble, Paramus, NJ
  • April 4: 7:00 PM event at Book Revue Huntington, NY
  • April 6: 2:00 PM event at St. Louis County Library, St. Louis, MO
  • April 7: 2:00 PM event at Books & Books, Coral Gables, FL
  • April 9: 7:00 PM event at Books-A-Million, Brandon, FL
  • April 10: 4:00-6:00 PM signing at Once Upon a Toy in Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL
  • April 11: 9:30-11:30 AM signing at Writer’s Stop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando, FL
  • April 19: 6:30 PM event at Poisoned Pen, Phoenix, AZ
  • April 20: 2:00 PM “Sagas and Series” panel at Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, Los Angeles, CA

Laura Mercier’s Spring/Summer Collection available on counters in April!

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What to be excited for:

  • ·         Rich, earthy and tribal colours inspired by cultures of South and Central America in the Summer 2013 Colour Story: Folklore
  • ·         New and sleek Custom Artist Portfolios For Home and Away, available in two great sizes (regular and petite), to store your favorite Laura Mercier products
  • ·         An extension to Laura Mercier’s Ambre Vanillé Body, Bath & Fragrance collection, featuring four new products
  • ·         A trio of Laura Mercier’s best-selling gourmande fragrance sprays in the Eau Gourmande Fragrance Coffret
  • ·         Laura Mercier’s favorite candles in La Petite Patisserie Travel Candle Trio, offering delicious, decadent and delightful fragrances in a portable and convenient carrier.

Laura’s inspiration: Laura Mercier’s inspiration for this collection stems from Aztec influences and fantastical rituals, colours in this collection are reminiscent of ancient symbols and artifacts, textiles and jewelry. When conceptualizing the collection, Laura envisioned the spirit of earth and fire infused into an illuminating new mosaic of colour. The products create a naturally bronzed look, with fiery shades that are perfect for day and night.

I received a few of these products and love them! These would even make wonderful Mother’s Day gifts! (Or maybe you just want to buy them and keep them for yourself! )

My favorite is the Laura Mercier Body and Bath line and the Ambre Vanillé Body Butter and the Ambre Vanillé hand creme smells so good! I also received the Illuminating Eye Colour in Earth Glow and I love the color! What I really like about Laura Mercier eye shadow is that it lasts during the day. I also received their Limited Edition Lip Crayon in Burnt Clay and I love the lasting color!

For these and many more great beauty products, check out the Laura Mercier website.

Let’s Go Chipper for Earth Day Eco-educational App readies kids for adventures in the great outdoors while playfully teaching lessons about science, nature, animals, and the environment.

The award-winning Let’s Go Chipper app launches with a new update including coloring pages, music, enhanced graphics, and a bonus gift celebrating Earth Day.

With Earth Day inching closer, now’s a great time to start thinking about good ol’ Mother Earth.  Held annually on April 22, Earth Day is a world-wide support day for environmental protection.  Earth Day began in 1969 when John McConnell, a peace activist, proposed a day to celebrate the environment and Earth’s beauty.  The reason why Earth Day is on April 22 is because of the abundant amount of youth activism in the 1960s.

The Let’s Go Chipper app is an all-inclusive, eco-educational series for children two – eight. eBooks, movies, coloring activities, and more playfully engage children while teaching about nature and the environment. Chipper prepares kids for camping, hiking, and outdoor fun just in time for summer.

Please visit Let’s Go Chipper in iTunes to download the app or www.letsgochipper.comto learn more.