Archives for November 17, 2014

FarFaria will keep kids wanting to read over the holidays!


Looking for a fun way to keep your child wanting to read over the holidays? FarFaria  is the answer! FarFaria is an app for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices, giving families and teachers unlimited access to over 800 illustrated children’s books, and 5 new books are added each week.

Created for children ages 2-9, FarFaria helps children develop a passion for reading and encourages families to spend quality time reading together. FarFaria’s engaging story-discovery experience encourages children to stumble into new stories they’ll love forever.

I received an opportunity to test this app out and I like that there are so many different stories to choose from! Children ages 2-9 will love this! I tried it out on an iPad but this would also be great for the phone when you are traveling through the holidays. My son is a little older but he agreed that this is a cool app for younger kids. I really like that there is a book search and there is even a Book Club so kids can connect with each other. I haven’t actually seen that on any other apps that I have checked out.  One story per day is free, and unlimited-access pricing starts at $4.99/month.

For more information, check out the website. 

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win an unlimited access membership to FarFaria (membership is good for 3 months) but you have to enter fast! Leave a comment below telling us one of your child’s favorite Books! Deadline to enter is November 20th 2014 at 8 am PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 
I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Eggs Without the Warning Just perfect for holiday cooking and baking!


Eggs are the arguably the perfect breakfast food – healthy fats, vitamins minerals, protein…but did you know that all eggs have warning labels – except Davidson’s Safest Choice Eggs? An FDA warning on all other egg cartons insists that you “cook eggs until yolks are firm” to prevent illness from bacteria, but this warning is noticeably absent from Davidson’s Safest Choice eggs, offering you peace of mind however you prefer to prepare your eggs.

I received free coupons to purchase and they are delicious! A dozen did not last long in our house!


Nearly 4 out of 5 Salmonella-related foodborne illness cases share a common vehicle: raw or undercooked eggs. But Davidson’s Safest Choice eggs have been pasteurized in a warm water bath to eliminate the risk of salmonella. That’s it – just time + temperature + water. This means ANYONE can eat eggs any way they’d like– sunny side up with runny yolks, raw in a morning smoothie…and you (and your kids) can even safely indulge in cookie dough – without any risks when you’re baking.

I have to admit I am pretty excited about being able to safely eat chocolate chip cookie dough!

We have teamed up for a Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win two free coupons to purchase these delicious eggs! To enter, leave a message below telling us what holiday dish you would like to make that includes eggs! Deadline to enter is November 24th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via

Self Disclosure: I received free coupons to purchase this product. Any opinions expressed are my own.–The New Frontier of Jewish and Israeli Digital Programming in the U.S. To Debut With Shalom Sesame Available Now Across Multi-Platforms The New Frontier of Jewish and Israeli Digital Programming in the U.S. to Debut With Shalom Sesame Available Now Across Multi-Platforms


SISU Home Entertainment, Inc. and Kol Ami Inc., the leading suppliers of Jewish and Israeli programming to the U.S. market, announce the launch of the  SISU/Kol-Ami digital shop ( with the digital availability now of the 12-part award-winning Shalom Sesame series.


The SISU/Kol-Ami digital shop operates under the Platform Purple delivery system.  This is a unique hybrid, allowing both secure download and streaming access to purchased content on a range of devices, from smart TVs and tablets to laptops and smartphones (Apple and Android).


“We were looking for quite a while for a single delivery system that can handle all formats and is well adapted to the rapid changes in digital delivery methods,” said Haim Scheininger, president of Sisu Home Entertainment.  “While Shalom Sesame was available digitally at first only at the iTunes store, we sought a system that can deliver to all types of devices with superb quality and ease of operation. We found it with Platform Purple.”


Each episode of the award-winning Shalom Sesame 12 part series is available for download at $9.95. An exclusive offer to the sisudigital store is the complete 12-part series for $99.95 (a savings of $19.45). Shalom Sesame download episodes are “Welcome to Israel,” “Grover Learns Hebrew,” “The Sticky Shofar,” “Monsters in the Sukkah,” “Chanukah: The Missing Menorah,” “Grover Plants a Tree,” “Be Happy, It’s Purim!,” “Shabbat Shalom, Grover!” “It’s Passover, Grover!” “Countdown to Shavuot,” “Mitzvah on the Street,” and “Adventures in Israel.”


SISU/Kol-Ami will launch more titles in the digital shop towards the end of 2014 and into early 2015 including documentaries, feature films and more children’s programs, as well as programs on Jewish life and entertainment, social issues, the Bible and the Holocaust.


Shalom Sesame At A Glance:

Shalom Sesame has made an impact in the home entertainment world with hundreds of thousands of DVDs sold, and through the showing of Chanukah: The Missing Menorah and It’s Passover, Grover! on over 250 PBS stations across the country.  With half a million visitors on its web site and tens of thousands of friends on Facebook, it is without a doubt the most popular brand name in Jewish video programming.


About Platform Purple, Inc.

Purple is a turnkey premium video distribution platform open to all publishers, affiliates, and consumers. The platform includes components for publishing, marketing, social product discovery, shopping, syndication, end user delivery and playback of premium video-based products across multiple devices. Purple has made over 1.4 million product deliveries from its growing library of over 11,000 titles for some of the world’s top brands in education, health & fitness, instructional & training, and kids’ video verticals. Purple is designed to eventually replace the current physical infrastructure of DVD & Blue Ray replicators, players and discs.


About SISU Home Entertainment, Inc.

SISU Home Entertainment, Inc. was established in 1988 as a marketer and distributor of Israeli and Jewish video, audio, book and multimedia properties. They released the original Shalom Sesame as a home video series in 1994, which sold over half a million copies. The company’s goal has always been to make its products easily available to the Jewish market, whether directly from SISU/Kol-Ami or through various Judaica shops, major retail stores and websites.  SISU’s extensive selection of videos includes the best children’s programs available for the Jewish and Israeli consumer. It also includes documentaries and feature films, as well as programs on Jewish life and entertainment, social issues, the Bible and the Holocaust. SISU’s music selection includes everything from legendary Israeli performers to up-and-coming Jewish artists from Israel and the U.S. SISU caters to both secular and religious music consumers.   SISU is a major supplier of Jewish/Israeli programming to major national distributors, retailers, catalogues and other venues in the U.S.


 About Kol-Ami, Inc.

Kol-Ami, Inc. was established in 1993 to continue the operation of the oldest Jewish mail order operation, NEFESH AMI. Kol-Ami is an affiliate of SISU Home Entertainment. Kol-Ami sells directly to individuals as well as to schools, libraries, synagogues and gift shops. Its catalogue includes SISU products as well as merchandise offered exclusively by Kol-Ami from around the world.


For more information about Shalom Sesame, download or DVD programs visit


General Mills and Mega Bloks partner up! Giveaway Opportunity!

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General Mills has been consistently surprising American families with free prizes in cereal boxes for more than 80 years. But for the first time ever General Mills if offering free customizable premiums for both boys and girls through a partnership with Mega Bloks.


Each participating brand of General Mills cereals including, Honey Nut Cheerios, Reese’s Puffs, Cocoa Puffs, Lucky Charms, Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch, offers a free Mega Bloks car with a set of Hello Kitty and Power Rangers stickers and instructions to cut out a pattern to construct a cardboard jump from the cereal box. In addition to the Mega Bloks freebies promoting fine motor skills and construction play patterns for children, the offer leverages hot properties adults love too, like Hello Kitty and Power Rangers. In fact, Hello Kitty is celebrating her 40th anniversary later this month, and Power Rangers is an iconic brand that’s experiencing great growth at retail.

We received samples of Golden Grahams and Cinnamon Toast Crunch and a Mega Bloks set. My son is already a fan of the cereals and I love how the Cars can be designed with Hello Kitty or Power Rangers! The cars are for boys and girls and I just love that!


To bring the family fun to live, General Mills partnered with Maker Dad – Mark Frauenfelder – to rev up the breakfast table with a Rube Goldberg style contraption seen in this video made entirely of General Mills Mega Bloks cereal boxes.

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win a prize package that would include a $50 Target gift card! Now, how cool does that sound this holiday season?!  To enter, leave a comment below telling us your (or your child’s) favorite cereal form the ones listed above! Deadline to enter is November 24th, 2014 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this feature & giveaway. 


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