Archives for June 8, 2015

Night Buddies Go Sky High by Sands Hetherington Fantastic and delightful fun-filled UFO chasing adventure book for kids


Sands Hetherington has released Night Buddies Go Sky High – the third book in the highly regarded, fun-filled children’s book series.


Kids will be looking for UFO’s everywhere with this wonderful, exciting adventure tale filled with suspense, laughter, and fun so good they’ll happily go to bed with their flashlights underneath the bed covers, giggling with delight.


Night Buddies revolves around the nighttime adventures of a young boy named John, who is not ready to go to sleep, and a bright red crocodile named Crosley who turns up under John’s bed each night. With an imaginary language unto their own and a unique set of technological gizmo’s this unlikely pair sneaks out of John’s house using Crosley’s I-ain’t-here doodad, which makes them invisible to John’s parents.

I received a copy of this book and my son really enjoyed it! It took me a couple of chapters to get into the imaginary language but my son found it entertaining from the start. He thinks the characters and the language they use is really funny. My  son says he recommends for 3rd grade and up. (He is 11). I do think that it is very unique and quite creative! A great Summer read for kids this Summer!

You can find it at

About the Author:

Sands Hetherington credits his son John for being his principal motivator. Sands raised his son as a single parent from the time John was six. He read to him every night during those formative years. He and young John developed the Crosley crocodile character in the series during months of bedtime story give-and-take. Sands majored in history at the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) and has an M.F.A. in creative writing and an M.A. in English from UNC-Greensboro. He lives in Greensboro, NC.

About the Illustrator:

Jessica Love grew up in California, with two artist parents. She studied printmaking and drawing at UC Santa Cruz, then went on to study acting at The Juilliard School in NYC.  Jessica currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, toggling back and forth between her work as an actor and her work as an artist.

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


Father’s Day Gift Idea! Wish by Matthew Cordell


When an elephant couple embark on a life together, thoughts of children are far away—at first. But as the desire to expand their family grows, they also face some unexpected challenges in the process. After fruitless plans and disappointment there’s hope on the horizon and their deepest “wish” comes true just as it was meant to be.


Both touching and uplifting, WISH provides parents everywhere the means to convey to their children just how much they are wanted, thought of, and cherished — even before they came to be. This is a perfect gift for baby showers, first birthdays, as well as Mother’s and Father’s Day.

It’s a delightful story for both children and their parents! I highly recommend this Father’s Day! I loved reading the story and the illustrations are delightful!


Matt Cordell personally knows what it’s like to wish. In fact, this book is the heartfelt windfall of him waiting for his wish come true a second time.  Other books Matt has written and illustrated include hello! hello!, Another Brother, and Trouble Gum. He lives in Chicago with his wife, a young daughter, and an even younger son. Visit to learn more.

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

Summer Must-Haves for your Dog from EzyDog! Dog Rashies, Dog Flotation Devices, Cool Neo Collars and leashes for the Summer are a Must-Have! Giveaway Opportunity!


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Summer is almost here and time to head out to the beach or lake with your dogs! I know that we can’t wait to take our pup Bink out to the Dog Beach this Summer! He’s now ready to go with his New EzyDog Gear! The Dog Rashie Vest by EzyDog is the coolest! This will keep your dog protected from UV rays and heat. It  has been tested to provide 50+ UV protection and I love the stretch fit. It is super easy to put on and is great for our upcoming days at the beach! Retails for $30.00 and is available in Red. (Sizes XS-XL)

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Another Must-Have for the Summer is a Life jacket to keep your dog safe at the beach! Bink wasn’t too sure of it (in this photo) as we tried it on him in the house. But, I am sure he will love it when we head to the beach this Summer! I love that it is made of high quality, durable material and it is easy to put on. I also love that there is a grab handle, which makes it easier to guide your dog into and out of the water. It is also stylish and available in Red or Yellow. To find out more information, check out the website! I love having a sense of relief and confidence this Summer when we take Bink to the dog beach.  This one is a real Must-Have for all dogs!

Blue Neo    Blue Zero Shock

*Neo Collar and Zero Shock Leash images are courtesy of EzyDog.

I think Bink’s favorites are the Zero Shock Leash and the Neo Collar. He loves to go for walks! The Zero Shock Leash is now my favorite leash. It is made of high quality material and is durable. But, it also is built with EzyDog’s patented Zero Shock Technology. So, what does that mean? It reduces strain and pull on both the dog and owner. I love the Neoprene outer on handle making it waterproof and the handle is also comfortable to grasp. Available colors are Black, Blue, Candy, Chocolate, Blaze Orange and Red. It is available in 25 or 48 inch. Check them out here.

The Neo Collar is just cool! Bink thinks so too! I love it because it is easy to put on and is waterproof and super easy to clean! Great for days at the beach! It is durable and so easy to put on and take off. It is simple to size and even has reflective piping for visibility in the dark! Now, how cool is that?! It really is the perfect collar! Available in Blue, Red, Chocolate, Blaze Orange, Pink Camo, Green Camo, Black and Bubble Gum. I love the Blue one we received for Bink! Sizes are XS, S, M, L & XL. Retails for $16.00.

Summer is almost here so check out all these items at

We have teamed up for a Giveaway! One winner will win an EzyDog Neo Collar! To enter, leave a comment below with a Summer tip for keeping your dog cool! Deadline to enter is June 14th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly be selected via (Winner can choose color and size for the Collar. US entries only.)

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Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post and for review purposes. No other compensation was received.