Archives for May 9, 2015

Mason Jar Crafts for Kids By Linda Z. Braden; $14.99 (Ages 7+)



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!

I received a copy of this book and I love all the different ideas! Some of my favorites include Sea Glass Mason Jars, Summer Vacation Memory Jar and Thumbprint Sunflower Jar. There are some cool Science Experiments too! A great book for the upcoming Summer!

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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. She lives in Chicago, Illinois.

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this feature. 





Finding Zoe: A Deaf Woman’s Story of Identity, Love, and Adoption By: Brandi Rarus and Gail Harris Foreword By: Marlee Matlin, Academy Award-Winning Actor


Brandi Rarus was just 6 when spinal meningitis took away her hearing. Because she spoke well and easily adjusted to lip reading, she was mainstreamed in school and socialized primarily in the hearing community. Brandi was a popular, happy teen, but being fully part of every conversation was an ongoing struggle. She felt caught between two worlds—the Deaf and the hearing.


In college, Brandi embraced Deaf Culture along with the joys of complete and effortless communication with her peers. Brandi went on to become Miss Deaf America in 1988 and served as a spokesperson for her community. It was during her tenure as Miss Deaf America that Brandi met Tim, a leader of the Gallaudet Uprising in support of selecting the university’s first Deaf president. The two went on to marry and had three hearing boys—the first non-deaf children born in Tim’s family in 125 years.


Brandi was incredibly grateful to have her three wonderful sons, but couldn’t shake the feeling something was missing. She didn’t know that Zoe, a six-month-old Deaf baby girl caught in the foster care system, was desperately in need of a family unafraid of her different needs. Brandi found the answer to her prayers when fate brought her new adopted daughter into her life.


Set against the backdrop of Deaf America, Finding Zoe is an uplifting story of hope, adoption, and everyday miracles.

I received a copy of this book and enjoyed reading it! It is very heartwarming and inspirational…a real Must-Read! It truly is a Must-Read for anyone considering adoption.

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Self Disclosure: I received a free sample of this book to facilitate this feature review post.

Denny’s and DreamWorks Animation Team Up For Fun, Interactive New Kids Menu A fun place to take Mom this Mother's Day!


America’s Diner and DreamWorks Animation team up to deliver interactive mealtime entertainment with new menus, DreamWorks COLOR App featuring original content and games.

Denny’s, America’s iconic family diner, announced today the launch of a new kids menu featuring much-loved characters from DreamWorks Animation’s award-winning film and television franchises. Kicking off with Penguins of Madagascar, Puss In Boots andTurbo FAST, in addition to many popular characters such as Shrek appearing throughout the year, the colorful characters adorn Denny’s kids menu in a variety of interactive, themed puzzles and games to enjoy during mealtime. In addition, families will have access to a variety of fun family activities via the DreamWorks COLOR App along with an exciting selection of movie content, games and more.


“We are delighted to align with DreamWorks to bring the spirit of its popular family favorites to America’s Diner this year,” said John Dillon,@DillonJohnW, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of Denny’s Corporation. “Our new kids menu not only offers plenty of delicious all-day options, including several items verified by the Kids LiveWell program, but now features some of the most iconic DreamWorks characters and exciting, new digital entertainment for all generations to enjoy. Both Denny’s and DreamWorks are centered around bringing families together, and we look forward to working together to bring even more exciting experiences to families dining at our restaurants this year.”


The DreamWorks COLOR app lets you reimagine your favorite DreamWorks characters and worlds your way. Guests color the DreamWorks characters featured on the Denny’s Kids Menu then use the DreamWorks COLOR App ( to bring their drawings to life. The characters literally jump off the menu in 3D! Guests can pose and take selfies with their characters, build and play in worlds they color and create. DreamWorks COLOR app encourages families to engage creatively with each other during mealtimes and provides a modern twist to a traditional diner activity.


Denny’s will offer three more engaging DreamWorks kids menus through 2015, inspired by films Mr. Peabody & Sherman, The Croods, Home, How to Train Your Dragon and more, and each featuring fresh new movie characters, themed games and activities from these titles for families to enjoy. In addition to new exclusive content, the menus also provide a delicious selection of customizable dishes from the ultra-popular Build Your Own Jr. Grand Slam®,  Junior Cheeseburger and Build Your Own Jr. Sundae, to a series of Kids LiveWell verified dishes and sides, such as Spaghetti, Steamed Broccoli, Apple Dunkers, Jr. Dippable Veggies and more.


In conjunction with the new kids menu and interactive entertainment for families, Denny’s will support its DreamWorks promotional partnership with a national 15-second advertising spot set in America’s Diner, featuring exclusive custom animation with DreamWorks characters and promoting Kids Eat Free Tuesdays at Denny’s from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.. Guests are also invited to engage with Denny’s online with a variety of planned social media activations to support the partnership and in-store elements.

My son and I enjoyed a breakfast visit to Denny’s in Rancho Palos Verdes this past week. We actually had never been to this location and was quite impressed with the service and the menu. The New Kids DreamWorks menu is pretty cool! There is quite a variety in the Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner options. I also thought that the Bring Home Your Animal Adventure Cup was pretty cool for kids. But, since my son ate most of his breakfast, I had let him order a Regular size Oreo Milkshake. I loved the New Iced Caramel Coffee! 

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Since Mother’s Day is this weekend, I thought that I would select something sweet! So, I tried the Cinnamon Pancake Breakfast. It was really good but I couldn’t finish the whole thing! My son and I both give Denny’s a thumbs up! It’s a great place to go for Breakfast! The New DreamWorks Menu is great for Kids 10 & Under. Don’t forget Kids eat Free on Tuesdays 4 pm-10 pm! 


For more information about Denny’s new DreamWorks kids menu or to find a restaurant near you, please visit To download the DreamWorks COLOR App, please visit



About Denny’s Corp.

Denny’s is one of America’s largest full-service family restaurant chains, currently operating 1,700 franchised, licensed and company-owned restaurants across the United States, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Curaçao, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guam, Honduras, Mexico, Puerto Rico and New Zealand. For further information on Denny’s, including news releases, please visit the Denny’s website at or the brand’s social channels via Facebook, Twitter,Tumblr, Pinterest, Instagram or YouTube.

Self Disclosure: I received a giftcard to visit for a review at Denny’s for this feature.