Archives for November 2, 2015

Hallmark Flying Ace Snoopy Ornament is a Must-Buy this Holiday season! Giveaway Opportunity!!

I love Hallmark and I love Snoopy and the Peanuts! I really can not wait for the movie to come out this week! I actually already have my tickets for Friday morning. So, I was quite thrilled to receive the Hallmark Flying Ace ornament featuring Snoopy to review. It is so cute! You can even hear Flying Ace sound off! Batteries are included! (You do have to install them) It’s just too cool like Snoopy himself! Or should I say Flying Ace?

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This one is a Must-Buy this Holiday season!

 

Check out all the fun Hallmark Peanuts products here.

We have teamed up for a special Pre-Holiday Giveaway! One winner will win their own Hallmark Flying Ace ornament! To enter, leave a comment below telling us your favorite Peanuts character! Mine is Snoopy, of course! Deadline to enter is November 8th, 2015 at noon PST. One winner will randomly  be selected via Random.org.

Self Disclosure: I received a free product for review purposes. No other compensation was received to post.

 

Cat Condo Giveaway ($106.95 value)

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From 2nd to 16th of November 2015, you have a chance to win this nice cat condo.

It is very important for every indoor cat to have plenty of stimulation and places to explore and that is why this cat condo was made. It features cozy condo two story to hide and play, 5 attractive levels and resting perches for your cat to relax on and 7 scratching posts covered with sisal rope which will prevent scratching of home furnishing. It is also perfect height for perching and looking outside through the window. Full description with the measurements read here.

One lucky reader will win this cat condo furniture made with just cats in mind. Just enter the Rafflecopter Draw below.

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Self Disclosure: No compensation was received to post. I have reviewed a product from this company in the past. This giveaway is hosted by SoCal City Kids but is not affiliated with my website and I do not choose the winner or send out the product.

Our top book suggestions for November!

Happy November!

Here are our top book suggestions for the month!

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These Star Wars Epic Yarns board books are great for the very young readers! Star Wars® Epic Yarns that tells the story of each of the first three Star Wars movies in just 12 words and 12 iconic scenes depicted in incredibly detailed – and adorable – needle felt.

What a great way to introduce the youngest of children to Star Wars! I received copies and highly recommend! Would be great for ages 2-5.

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Created by twins Holman and Jack Wang, the team behind the hit Cozy Classics series, Star Wars Epic Yarns will delight Star Wars fans, geek-y crafters and fans of the cute! The Wang brothers painstakingly re-create each scene in incredible detail at a 1:7 scale, building elaborate sets and staging elaborate on-location photo shoots.

You can find them at http://www.chroniclebooks.com/

The next one is a great one for Moms and Dads! It is actually a great one for families!

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Conversation Starters for Young & Old!

In the midst of our hurried, screen-filled lives, actual meaningful connection can be difficult. Are we losing the ability to truly connect with one another? Have we forgotten how to communicate without texting? This holiday season, give the gift of richer life and better connections.

Margery Leveen Sher, a work-life balance expert and author of the new book The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing: Change Your Life Without Changing Your Routine, offers fun and thought-provoking conversation starters and “noticings” to discuss with the entire family around the dinner table, or with coworkers at the next team-building activity. In The Noticer’s Guide, entertaining observations lead to lively conversation, which leads, ultimately, to better connections and more happiness.

I received a copy of this one and I really like how this can be used with the entire family! A great way to get families to communicate with each other!

More about the Author:

Margery Leveen Sher is the Founder and Chief Noticing Officer of The Did Ya Notice? Project™. Sher is a writer, speaker, entrepreneur, and executive who has had a long consulting career working with corporations, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and foundations. She co-founded, grew, and eventually sold a successful consulting firm, which specialized in developing work-life balance programs and policies. Her firm worked with many multinational corporations as well as U.S. government agencies including the White House. She also has developed a number of non-profit organizations and two charitable funds.

Sher posts new Noticing essays weekly at www.DidYaNotice.com and she blogs for The Huffington Post. She has published a book on corporate-supported childcare and numerous articles on various aspects of work-life balance.

Sher holds a Master’s Degree in Developmental Psychology from Rutgers University. She is the mother of two excellent, grown sons and has one amazing grandson. She is an expert at getting people to laugh.

Website: www.DidYaNotice.com

The Noticer’s Guide to Living and Laughing can be purchased from www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

The next one is a New Children’s Book That Teaches Kids How to Play Fair Amid Competition!

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Win or Lose, I Love You! Teaches Children That Value Is Tied To Who They Are, Not How They Play!

This one has such an important lesson for young kids today. I loved the story and bright illustrations.

Just like Lulu and Max help the animals navigate the ups and downs of the day, with Win or Lose, I Love You! parents will be equipped to help children:
  • Replace the selfish characteristics of competition with an understanding of how to treat others fairly;
  • Overcome the tendency to display poor sportsmanship; and
  • Reject the labels of winning and losing and embrace that they are loved no matter how they perform.

Win or Lose, I Love You! is available in stores nationwide!

This next one is a must-buy if you have young children!

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New Picture Book from Music for Aardvarks Founder!

MUSIC CLASS TODAY, the forthcoming new picture book from David Weinstone, the founder of the phenomenally popular Music for Aardvarks, the pioneer “kindie rock” program on the block, which features, fun, interactive music classes that parents will actually enjoy. (Fun fact: David is also a former punk rocker).

 

MUSIC CLASS TODAY is a fun, vibrant picture book that showcases the joy of music class through the eyes of a diverse set of wee folk (and some parents), including one boy who overcomes his shyness in order to join the fun. The illustrations pop with color and activity, and the words are written with an almost musical rhythm- which is interesting because there is, in fact, a song that David has created to go along with the book, downloadable on Soundcloud or via THIS link.

This one is really a fun book for young kids! I really think that they will enjoy the story and the illustrations!

You can find this one on Amazon.com.

The next one is a great read especially for Moms! But, also great for all parents and caregivers!

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If you have a child who has anxiety, this book is extremely helpful! Even if you don’t have an anxious child..this is a great read for all parents! We all know the school year can also be a bit stressful whether your child goes to a public school, private school or is homeschooled.

Michele Kambolis, renowned child and family therapist, speaker, and author of Generation Stressed: Play-Based Tools to Help Your Child Overcome Anxiety has seen a significant rise in young patients with severe anxiety and points out that parents are also more stressed than their peers. In the article below, she points to five simple ways parents can help their children actually unwind and recharge this summer, relieving them of anxiety-triggers and positioning them for their best, happiest, most successful school year yet.

I found many helpful activities in this book and am glad to have it in my library as a resource!

Website: www.michelekambolis.com

Generation Stressed can be purchased from www.michelekambolis.com, www.amazon.com, www.barnesandnoble.com, and through all major booksellers.

Do you have a Minecraft fan at home? The next one is a must-buy if you do!

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JeromeASF is an enormously popular Minecraft Internet personality with nearly 3.6 million YouTube subscribers and over 647 million views. He has teamed up with Sky Pony Press, whose unofficial novels for Minecrafters are an industry phenomena with over 1.25 million titles sold, to debut his Bacca character in BACCA AND THE RIDDLE OF THE DIAMOND DRAGON: An Unofficial Minecrafter’s Adventure (8/4/15; $9.99; ages 9+). JeromeASF’s debut novel is timed to release with the premiere of a brand-new animated webseries based on the author’s Bacca character.
Perfect for Minecraft fans of all ages, Bacca and the Riddle of the Diamond Dragon showcases the YouTube Minecraft star that fans around the world have come to love: funny, creative, and just a little bit crazy!

Using an expert’s knowledge of the game and an exciting plot that mirrors much of what users would actually be doing while playing the game, the book is an energetic and action-packed digital saga. Perfect for reluctant readers, these books are sure to fly off the shelves just as quickly as the bestselling PC game of all time.

I received a copy of this one and I do recommend for kids ages 9+…especially if you have a Minecraft fan! Bacca is a very likable character and older kids will enjoy this one!

You can purchase at the following:  amazon, B&N, indiebound.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the books listed above for review purposes.