Monday, 31 March 2014

$25 Amazon GC/Paypal Giveaway



Welcome to The Parenting Patch Thanks You! 
Giveaway hosted and sponsored by The Parenting Patch

To say thank you to all my Facebook fans who helped bring me to 20,000 likes, I am giving away one (1) "choose your own diaper" (valued up to $25) or a $25 Amazon gift card. One lucky reader can choose any cloth diaper valued up to $25. For my fans who are not into cloth diapers, I am offering a $25 Amazon gift card. And, not to leave out my international readers, I am offering $25 PayPal cash. All to say thanks to you!

Being a smaller blog, I can't even imagine hitting 20 000 likes on Facebook, so this is definitely a reason to celebrate! I'm always excited to team up with The Parenting Patch, and hope that you enjoy these giveaways as much as I enjoy sharing them with you! Good luck everyone. :)

One lucky reader of The Parenting Patch and Living As We will win one (1) "choose your own diaper" (valued up to $25) or a $25 Amazon gift card.

To enter for your chance to win the The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway, simply use the following Rafflecopter form. Good luck! And thank you!

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  The The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway is open worldwide. An international winner will receive $25 minus any PayPal charges via PayPal in lieu of the specified prize. The The Parenting Patch Thanks You! Giveaway ends at midnight CST on April 21, 2014. One winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter. The winner will be sent an email and will have forty-eight hours to respond. If no response is received within forty-eight hours, another winner will be chosen. Living As We is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Celebrating 2 Years Giveaway

Welcome to the Fan Appreciation giveaway hosted by Slow Road to Insanity! Join in celebrating 2 years of blogging! Goodness knows that it feels amazing to hit these kinds of milestones. Read on for what this lovely blogger has to say about her journey.  Good luck!!

"It truly has been a Slow Road to Insanity these last 2 years since I started up my blog. I never would have guessed that I would make it to this point, that I would be successful in doing what I do or that I would have so many wonderful fans that have kept me going up until this point. Without my fellow bloggers and certainly without the fans who've shared my blog with friends/family and who have faithfully followed me over the last two years I would have fizzled out and stopped blogging long ago.

So, to help celebrate this milestone, the two year mark of my blog and to celebrate all of my AMAZING fans I've decided to host this Fan Appreciation giveaway with the help from my wonderful Co-Hosts LifeintheLostworld and Krazy Coupon Club.

It's not much as far as Fan Appreciation giveaways go but I hope you lovely folks enjoy this little token because I've had a wonderful turnout with a lot of awesome bloggers who have joined up with me to make this giveaway possible!"

One lucky reader will be taking home a $25 Amazon GC/Payal, winner's choice.



Our second winner will be receive the lovely 1/4 Carat Diamond Sterling Silver and leather banded LOVE Bracelet.



Winners will be chosen at random using the Rafflecopter Form below so get those entries in, keep those fingers crossed and stay tuned to see if you're picked as one of our lucky winners!

All entries WILL be verified and the winner(s) will have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen in their place.

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Wedding Extravaganza Giveaway

Welcome to the Spring 2014 Wedding Extravaganza! 

This event is hosted by Dixieland Mom's Product & Travel Reviews and co-hosted by Science of Couponing, Frugal Diva Frenzy, Imperfect Women and Swanky Point of View.   

Are you, or is someone you know planning a wedding? This is the PERFECT giveaway for you! Giveaways like this don't come around often, with five amazing prizes valued at about $7500 in total, and five lucky winners! You definitely won't want to miss out on this one!


There will be one winner for each prize category.  Please make sure you read, understand and agree with the rules and conditions listed at the end of this post. Winner will have 24 hours to respond to the winner notification email.  If no response is received within that time period, winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen.  All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.  Please put 'marie@dixielandsdeals.com' on your email safe list so that if you win, the notification does not end up in your spam box where you won't see it.   

We are excited to offer these fantastic prizes to you!! 

Prize # 1: 


One lucky couple will be getting a $1000.00 Gift Card to David's Bridal! You can use it to purchase the gown of your dreams or bridesmaids dresses or whatever you may need for your upcoming wedding!! David's Bridal has a huge selection of wedding gowns, bridesmaids dresses, and many other items you will need for your wedding. 

Prize #2: 

One lucky couple will win a $1500.00 Gift Card to Kay Jewelers to choose a wedding set! (Or any other jewelry!) Kay Jewelers has a fabulous selection of gorgeous wedding jewelry both in stores and online. 

Prize #3:


One lucky couple will receive a $200.00 Gift Certificate to The Wedding Outlet to purchase anything they may need for their wedding, such as favor boxes, themed items and more! The Wedding Outlet carries a huge line of wedding supplies, no matter what your theme, you're sure to find what you need for your special day! 

Prize #4: 


One lucky couple will receive this gorgeous cake knife and server and set of Champagne toasting glasses valued at $91.95 from The Wedding Outlet . And, finally, last...but not least... 

Prize #5: 


One very, VERY lucky couple will spend 7 luxurious nights at Sandals All Inclusive Resort in Montego Bay, Jamaica!!!! 

The couple will stay in a Beachfront Hideaway Butler Village Suite! These suites are located on either the upper level or ground floor at "Bay Roc Estates," set directly on the beach, and share an extended patio overlooking the beach and ocean. These extraordinarily large suites feature personal butler service as well as mahogany furniture with a king-size four-poster bed, TV, writing desk and chair, armoire, his & her vanities, and an oversized bathtub, some with walk-in shower. Suites have large patios or balconies. From your beachfront suite, you'll have access to some of the most beautiful and secluded stretches of the Montego Bay coastline and you can almost feel what travel must have been like in the heyday of the 1950s. This prize has an approximate value of $4,649.00!! 

**Please note, winner is responsible for their own airfare to and from Jamaica and will need a valid passport.**  Included with your stay is: all of your dining, personal butler service, unlimited top shelf drinks, entertainment, Beringer Premium House Wines, the Caribbean's most comprehensive scuba diving program, motorized watersports such as boats, sailboats and more! You also get unlimited greens fees on the golf course and free wifi! All of this is included at no extra charge! Our sponsor for this prize is Our World Travel where you can earn cash back on all your travel!   

Rules: By entering this sweepstakes you are certifying that you understand all the rules in regards to this sweepstakes.  You acknowledge that you are aware of  and agree to the following:  Winners are responsible for any/all taxes or fees. You will have 24 hours to respond to the winning email from the time the email was timestamped as sent, all times are eastern standard time. If no response is received within that 24 hour period, then winner forfeits the prize and a new winner will be chosen. For prize number 5 (five), all entrants acknowledge that the winner is responsible for their own airfare to and from the resort and that a valid Passport is required. Winner is also responsible for any additional expenses that they choose to do, that is not included in the original package.  This includes any shopping, massages, anything outside the resort that may charge a fee. 

This event is open to residents of the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, and Canada age 21 and older, except where prohibited by law.  This sweepstakes will begin on March 30th, 2014 at 12:01 a.m. eastern standard time and end on April 30th, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard time.  All entries will be combined and winners will be chosen via random.org to ensure a fair draw. All entries will be verified, if you take an entry for a task you have not completed, and that is the drawn winner entry, you will be disqualified. Every task after the very first one is optional but you will get extra entries for each one you do complete. Not associated with Facebook, Twitter, or any other social media platform.  No purchase necessary to enter or win. Any questions should be addressed to marie@dixielandsdeals.com.  Okay, now that the yucky rule part is out of the way, entry is simple! Just follow the instructions on the Giveaway Tool below!! Good Luck to all!! 
 
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Dixieland Mom Product and Travel Reviews along with any and all participating bloggers, are not responsible for prize shipment.  Prizes will be delivered directly from the sponsor(s). 

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Unplanned Motherhood: A New Web Series + Giveaway

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Unplanned Motherhood
 
Unplanned Motherhood is a non-fiction collection of short stories written by moms and dads about their funny inspirational or motivational journey as a parent. Unplanned Motherhood is based on the web series created by Lena Sledge.

Unplanned Motherhood is a comedy web series for perfectly imperfect families, starring Lena Sledge as Layla, a wife and mother of five that gives parenting advice on her real life mommy blog. Her unique parenting style contradicting with her perfect parenting advice lends to a distinct brand of humor. With each episode we see Layla teaching her kids life lessons as she discovers more about herself and the advice she gives to her readers. Unique to this web series is the actual blog that Layla writes where she gives the perfect parenting advice and after many of her posts, follows the tag line; to see how I really handled the situation watch this week's episode.

This web series is special because the viewers of the web series and the readers of the real life blog get to interact with Layla and let her know if her advice is on the money or share their own parenting advice. To follow the Unplanned Motherhood blog go to www.lenasledge.com. Stay tuned. Unplanned Motherhood debuts March 28th!!!!


If you'd like to submit a short story to be included in the book Unplanned Motherhood, send 500 words or less tosonnybrookfilms@yahoo.com. Short story must be clean, family friendly as well as funny, inspirational or motivational.
 
 
Sneak Peek:

   

Unplanned Motherhood Cast

Unplanned Motherhood Cast
Starring Morgan Hamilton as Sonny, Stefani Colvin as Brooke, Grayson Kilpatrick as Deacon, Aidan Heuer as Spoon, and Ari Heuer as Ari.  
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Lena    Author Lena Sledge Lena Sledge is an awarding winning author. Her first book, a collection of short stories called If I Had My Way, won the 2012 African American Literary Award for Best Short Story/Anthology. Her short film, Grandma's Hands, won 3rd place at the River City Film Festival in March 2014. Her most recent project, a comedy web series called Unplanned Motherhood debuts on March 28th on Youtube. Lena Sledge has collaborated on many literary projects as well as tv and film projects. She offers advice, resources, and tips on writing, navigating the independent film industry as well as reviews and highlights about upcoming books and authors. Lena Sledge also enjoys photography, you can view some of her photography work on her website as well as Flickr.



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After hearing about such a cute sounding series, the only thing that could make this post even better is a fantastic giveaway for everyone. Fill in as many entries as you'd like using the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck everyone!!

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 4/21/14 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the author. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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Friday, 28 March 2014

Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism Book Blast

Unlocking the Social Potential


Unlocking the Social Potential_Final_ShadowsTo your dismay, your child has received a diagnosis of autism. Along with this alarming news comes the barrage of emotions that suffocates you like an avalanche— denial—confusion—depression—guilt. You want to fix your child; you have a million questions; and you want answers immediately. Autism is a journey in which the child and her family navigate challenges and experience achievements along the way. To guide you in this rewarding journey, Dr. Karina Poirier offers her expertise in this book that parents will find incredibly useful. In this book, you will find the answers you’ve desperately been seeking. Dr. Poirier has provided in simple, easy to comprehend language, an overview of child development, a descriptive explanation of how autism affects each developmental area, and guidelines for advancing your child’s functioning in all developmental domains. You will appreciate the multitude of hands-on, full-color sample lessons for teaching social and emotional skills, language, problem-solving and decision making, and play skills to children with autism.  

Publisher: Social Cognition Publications | Irvine, CA Color: Full-color illustrations Pages: 300 ISBN (Print): 9780988798205 ISBN (Digital): 9780988798212 Available: March 2014
Available at: http://www.socialcognitionpublications.com/

Improving social and communication skills in children with autism

Dr. Karina Poirier, author of Unlocking the Social Potential in Autism, says that understanding a child’s unique needs is the key step to dealing with concerns and developing their strengths. “Bring everything into the light. The worst thing you can do,” she said, “is to ignore the issue. Parents can help their children learn how to communicate better and develop social skills that will help them thrive later in life. Get help early, identify the specific issues you are facing, ask questions, learn everything you can, and devise a concrete and detailed strategy for engaging your child so key skills are developed and strengthened”.

Here are her answers to some key concerns that parents of a child with autism are faced with.

Q: My child can sit through a learning task on the iPad or television; however, he becomes restless and fidgety when working with a teacher. Why?  

A: Your child’s attention system is reactive. Consider how much children learn from viewing television. Teachers struggle to get children’s attention when an activity does not include the sensory kaleidoscope children are used to receiving when sitting in front of the television. 

Key Action: Children must be taught at an early age how to develop the mental tools (attend, remember, think) to engage in deliberate and self-directed learning experiences with an adult’s guidance.  

Q: My child does not respond appropriately to mood changes in others (e.g., when a peer’s mood changes from happiness to distress). Why?  

A: Your child may be lacking the ability to read nonverbal cues. Children with autism often have impaired ability to read, interpret, and process social and emotional messages. Children who are unaware of others’ thoughts and feelings risk not developing the sense of self.  

Key Action: Treatment to teach the child the emotional codes that are part of the social experience. The child needs to develop the ability to understand other peoples’ emotions from their facial expression, tone of voice, and body posture. The child should be taught to recognize and interpret how people around him think and feel.  

Q: My child has difficulty with describing his/her day at school, recounting an experience, or relaying a message. Why?  

A: Delayed recall skills utilize episodic memory. Episodic memory allows us to remember past events and share these events with others. In other words, it is how we engage in reciprocal conversations with others. Episodic memory produces a conscious awareness of events that have occurred at any one time; it enables people to remember what happened to them in the past or to conceive the future.  

Key Action: Effective treatment is required for the child to learn about memory strategies and to practice remembering. Through repetition, the child develops not only better recall of past events, but also the skills to communicate the memory of the event to peers or adults during a conversation.  

Q: My child is verbal and has good command of language; however, he has trouble initiating conversation with others and taking turns during a conversation. Why?  

A: Children with autism have difficulties in social initiation and social-emotional understanding. Engaging in a reciprocal conversation with others requires the development and interaction of memory, information processing, and expressive communication skills—all of which are pervasive deficits of children with autism. It is not that these children do not desire involvement with their peers. On the contrary, they do have the desire to be socially engaged with others; however, the dilemma lies in the fact that these children lack knowledge of social norms.  

Key Action: Effective treatment that emphasizes social norms and rules, and teaches children how to process social information by distinguishing between relevant and irrelevant information in a social situation. Initiating and maintaining a conversation requires a person to have social knowledge, which is knowledge of event schemas.  

Q: How much play time is appropriate to include in my child’s learning routine?  

A: For a young child, teaching through play is extremely important. Play gives children something to do with their ample free time; it also serves the important purpose of honing children’s physical, social and emotional development. Play does not occur spontaneously in children with autism the way it does for typical children.  

Key Action: Investing significant time teaching through play focuses the child on developing fine and gross motor skills, interpreting the social cues of other children and adults, and responding to those social cues appropriately. Play can be used to develop the ability to interact with, explore, and, ultimately master their surroundings. Play is an essential part of the learning process, and its ability to mimic real-life scenarios makes it an ideal way to stimulate overall development.

About the author:

Karina Poirier, Psy.D., BCBA-D Dr. Karina Poirier is the Director of the Center for Social Cognition , a board certified behavior analyst at the doc-toral level (BCBA-D), and a certified cognitive educational therapist. Her clinical practice is devoted to providing outstanding individuals and group therapy that improves social and cognitive outcomes for individuals with autism, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and related disorders. Learn more at www.drkarinapoirier.com.

ONLINE RESOURCES

http://www.drkarinapoirier.com 
http://www.facebook.com/CenterforSocialCognition  
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https://plus.google.com/+Centerforsocialcognition/ 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2hZCpP_TDdGzWxrREAbJ4w  

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Wednesday, 26 March 2014

The Undertakers Book Tour and Giveaway



ABOUT Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers 3): 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17284633-secret-of-the-corpse-eater

Title: Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers 3 Publication Date: March 25, 2014 Publisher: Month9Books Author: Ty Drago 

The Corpses are up something. 

 U.S. Senator Lindsay Micha had been kidnapped and replaced with a “dead” ringer, the sister to Lilith Cavanaugh, the Queen of the Dead. Now Will Ritter must go undercover in our nation’s capital to ferret out the truth and try to stop this ambitious deader. But his mission becomes even more dangerous when he learns of a mysterious ten-legged monster that prowls the halls of the Capitol Building — a lethal monster with a taste for Corpse flesh. 

Can such an alien “enemy of his enemy” truly become Will’s friend?
 
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ABOUT Ty Drago: 

In addition to the first two books in UNDERTAKERS series, RISE OF THE CORSPES and QUEEN OF THE DEAD, Ty Drago is the author of PHOBOS, a Science Fiction whodunit and THE FRANKLIN AFFAIR, an historical/mystery about Benjamin Franklin. His short fiction has appeared in numerous venues, including the 2009 anthology YESTERDAY, I WILL ..., and he has written articles for WRITERS DIGEST. His first UNDERTAKERS novelette, NIGHT OF MONSTERS, is currently available for FREE on Smashwords.com and barnesandnoble.com. 

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If you are new to this series like I am, you can check out the first two books in the Undertakers Series by clicking on the covers below.  Also, you can follow along the rest of the tour here, for some other fun posts!



https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9680728-rise-of-the-corpseshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/14296995-queen-of-the-dead


**Giveaway**

  Four (4) winners will receive an ebook copy of Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers 3) by Ty Drago (INT)

·        One (1) winner will receive an ebook copy of Secret of the Corpse Eater (Undertakers 3) by Ty Drago AND a $10 Amazon Gift Card or B&N Gift Card – Winner’s Choice (INT)


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$300 Cash Giveaway

Welcome to the $300 Cash Giveaway! 

Sponsored by Michael Phillip Cash



Schism was recently chosen as a BOTYA 2013 Finalist in Science Fiction. To celebrate, Michael Cash would like to offer a everyone a chance to win $300.

On the planet Darracia, an ever-widening social gap between its inhabitants is causing turmoil that is fracturing a once peaceful world. Struggling with his identity, nineteen year old Prince V'sair must harness the power of the elusive Fireblade, the secret to a warrior's heart, in order to overcome his uncle Staf Nuen's lust for supremacy. Will the energy of the Elements guide the young prince to his true destiny or will Staf Nuen conquer Darracia?



Dii, an Amazon reviewer said:

"Does intolerance of people’s differences go beyond our planet? What of jealousy and the quest for power? Is it thicker than blood? Schism by Michael Phillip Cash is a fascinating and intense dark fantasy/Sci-fi filled with everything that makes for excellent, magnetic reading! Prejudice, love, greed, trust, the lust for power, deceit, cruelty and bloodshed, it’s all here in the first book of what looks to be an amazing journey to another planet somewhere in the heavens.

The ever-widening gap between the different classes is causing unrest to the once peaceful plant of Darracia, the haves get more, the have-nots lose what little they have and are beginning to fight back. Considered inferior to those around him, young Prince V’sair struggles to be seen as warrior material, in spite of his smaller stature and different skin coloring. He is a half-breed, part Darracian, part Planta. Smart, filled with knowledge from books, he still longs to feel the power of the Elements in the Fireblade, a weapon that can only be wielded by one blessed with a warrior’s heart. Forbidden to risk his life in a quest to find the powerful weapon, V’sair chafes at being trapped between wanting to help his people and needing to obey the King and Queen. But there is more to the unrest among the classes than meets the eye. Someone nearby is a traitor and it may be up to V’sair to save his world, but how? Unprepared for what awaits him outside of his castle, V’sair finds strength in love, honor and in believing in himself as he stands against the odds and the evil betrayers around him.

No doubt about it, Michael Phillip Cash can build a world with depth and clarity and then populate it characters that one can see in their minds. Soar above the clouds on a flying horse-type creature, feel the tension, feel the fear and wonder of V’sair as he runs into danger, faces near death and the love of a girl whose skin is as red as his is blue. Mr. Cash introduces each character with ease and enables the reader to see who to watch for, who to root for and who to hiss at. He has created magic with his words that transport you into another world as good battle evil in the takeover of Darracia and a boy becomes a warrior with heart. As the foundation from which this series will build, Schism is a powerful testament to the power of the imagination when guided by a masterful storyteller."


Book 2, Collision: The Battle for Darracia (Book 2) (The Darracia Saga) is now available on Amazon.

After the success of his first three books (Brood X, Stillwell, and The Hanging Tree) Michael Phillip Cash is fulfilling a dream and creating his own epic fantasy world. The third book in the series is coming soon!

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Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Pirate Fairy: Available April 1st!

I was super excited to hear about The Pirate Fairy! Since I was a kid, I have always loved the story of Peter Pan. I'm excited to see this world come alive with Tinkerbell and her fairy friends!


"From the world of “Peter Pan” comes “The Pirate Fairy,” a swashbuckling new adventure about Zarina (voice of Christina Hendricks), a smart and ambitious dust-keeper fairy who’s captivated by Blue Pixie Dust and its endless possibilities. When Zarina’s wild ideas get her into trouble, she flees Pixie Hollow and joins forces with the scheming pirates of Skull Rock, who make her captain of their ship. Tinker Bell (voice of Mae Whitman) and her friends must embark on an epic adventure to find Zarina, and together they go sword-to-sword with the band of pirates led by a cabin boy named James (voice of Tom Hiddleston), who’ll soon be known as Captain Hook himself. With laughter, heart, magic and thrills, “The Pirate Fairy” sets sail April 1, 2014."


The Pirate Fairy features two of Natasha Bedingfield's songs, "Who am I" and "Weightless". I've always loved Ms. Bedingfield's voice. Take a peek at one of her songs!


 The Pirate Fairy comes to Blu-Ray/DVD on April 1st!

The Grimmtastic Girls: Review and Giveaway

About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls


Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays LateBook #1


Title: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Summary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda's totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome's ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them--before the last stroke of midnight!

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Book #2


Red Riding Hood Gets LostTitle: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost | Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams | Publication Date: March 25, 2014 | Publisher: Scholastic Inc. | Pages: 192 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 Summary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she's great at it--too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what's going on!

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About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams


Joan Holub Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children's books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com


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Suzanne Williams       

Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com
 

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Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.



Review 

I read this book aloud to my toddler before bedtime, and during our spare moments throughout the days. She seemed to enjoy listening to Cinda's struggle with her mean Steps at Grimm Academy and Red's troubles with the E.V.I.L Society.

I liked a few things about this series. To start, it took me back to my own childhood. There are some similar (though not nearly as "grimmtastic") series that popped into mind for me right away when I started reading. I always liked the authors that could make you feel like you were somewhere different, and Grimmlandia certainly carried me away to an imaginative place.

I thought that the conflicts and solutions were well presented in both books for the age group it was written for. I also thought it was incredibly neat that the authors co-wrote this book from so far away.

I can see these books being fun to read with my niece, who is a little older and would probably take more away from the story. After reading through the first two books in the Grimmtastic Girls series, I am excited to see what happens next for them and which character the next book focuses on.

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Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: April 23, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.


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I received copies of both books in order to conduct my review. All opinions are 100% my own.
 

Monday, 24 March 2014

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Well, it is April and the trees are blooming. We're in the new beginning and the scent of the flowers are pampering our souls. What a great time to make new plans and set new goals. A great time to go for camping, hiking or having a picnic.

On this occasion, Spring Of Health hosts a giveaway, where one lucky reader can win $30 (this may increase, depending on the the signups). This event will be open worldwide, so it can encourage in a lot of participants to come and visit your blog, and you can get numerous new followers.

Please put up an announcement post [grab it here] and you can get ONE free link to the event. 

Additional links are available as listed on the signup form.

The event will run from the 10th of April to the 30th of April.
Signups close on the 3rd of April.

I'm extremely excited to be taking part in another great giveaway! The blog with the most referrals will receive a daily secret word page, so I would greatly appreciate it if you'd let them know that Sarah from Living As We sent you. Thanks in advance. :)





Sunday, 23 March 2014

Good Night, Animal World Book Tour: Review and Giveaway

Good Night Animal World Blog Tour - Button Final

 

About the Book

Good Night Animal World by Giselle Shardlow

Title: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story | Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk | Publication Date: September 20, 2013 | Publisher: Company: Kids Yoga Stories LLC | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 2.5 to 6 years Summary: Say good night to the animals of the world! Calm your mind and body before bedtime by taking a journey around the world with this kids yoga storybook. Join six Kids Yoga Stories characters as you perch like a bald eagle, crouch like a tiger, and curl up like a sloth. The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent Guide with tips on creating a successful bedtime experience. Learn something new, explore movement, and unwind together before bedtime!

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We loved this book! It was fantastic that Giselle takes you on a trip around the world one animal at a time. We had so much fun taking turns doing the different poses. It wound up being a fun activity to do before bed, and something a little different from just reading a book like we usually do.  
Emily's interpretation of the turtle pose.
I have been curious about us trying yoga together for awhile, so this was the perfect option to introduce it in a child friendly way. The illustrations were well done and clear for us both to see what the poses were and what animals were represented.  It seemed to work out any extra energy that she we had. As a parent, I appreciated that there was a list of the kids yoga poses after the story. There was also a lot of great tips for getting the most out of our yoga experience. 

I can see this becoming a regular routine for us. 
 

The Buzz

"This book has been so amazing for my 2.5 year old daughter! The illustrations are adorable! She is always so rambunctious at bedtime and this lets her get out some of that excess energy. She loves the book so much that this has been one we read every night. It helps my daughter fall asleep faster which means more time for mom in the evenings." ~ 5 Star Review, cwalt047, Amazon

"Another GREAT book!! I used this book for my kids yoga classes for ages 2-5 years old. After a very active yoga class, we read this book and did the yoga poses before the resting portion of the class. My little yogis loved the pictures and saying Good Night to all of the animals one by one. I played a calming song with some animal noises in the background and we were then able to quiet our minds and bodies for the pose of rest. I think this will become a regular pre-resting story for my classes with this age group. My 5 year old son loves to read this book again and again too! Keep the great books coming!" ~ 5 Star Review, Stacy Daniels - Kids Yoga Teacher, Amazon

"What a delightful book to get young children reading and moving in a wind-down, calming story about saying goodnight to the animals of the world. I am a k-12 Reading Certified teacher who blogs about parenting at The Educator's Spin On It. I am big fan of literacy activities that combine movement and geography in a loving parent / child interaction experience and Good night, Animal World does just that. This book would be a great addition to your book shelf." ~ 5 Star Review, Amanda at The Educators' Spin On It, Amazon
 

About the Author: Giselle Shardlow

 

Giselle Shardlow from Kids Yoga Stories Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon (amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow) worldwide.  

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* $25 Blog Tour Giveaway *

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Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: April 8, 11:59 pm, 2014 Open: Internationally How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Giselle Shardlow and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.


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