Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Giveaway Winners June 30th

The Winner of the Floppets Giveaway is:

The Winner of the 7th Avenue Cuff Giveaway is:

The Winner of the Sheildon Leather Wallet Giveaway is:

The winners have both been notified. If you did not receive an email, please email directly within 48 hours or another winner will be selected.

National Geographic Kids Books "Dive Into Summer" #Giveaway

Between Shark Week and Finding Dory (which if you have not seen it was incredible and I can't wait to see it again) it's no wonder National Geographic Kids is sponsoring a book giveaway for the summer which also features one of our all time favorite fish Dory!

The books are exactly what you would expect from National Geographic. Full color photos, loads of interesting information and reader friendly tidbits and trivia that keeps the reader engrossed, interested and reading. 

Ocean Animals: Who's Who in the Deep Blue ($12.99, ages 8-12) is an oversized book and it needs to be!  Featuring huge, stunning underwater photographs this book covers it all -- from life in coral reefs to sharks and rays, to bizarre creatures of the deep and even sea birds -- and all the favorites from Finding Dory including, sea lions, octopus, beluga whales, whale sharks and of course clown fish and Dory herself -- blue tangs!   Check out a few pages from the visually amazing and totally engrossing Ocean Animals here:

Ocean Animals Sticker Activity Book (ages 4-8, $6.99) has over 1,000 cool stickers of the most popular, adorable, ferocious and weird ocean animals, like dolphins, coral, fish, sea turtles, seals and more. Also included are skill-building puzzles and mazes, spelling and pattern games, drawing, photos, facts, and other activities that will keep kids you entertained (and learning) for hours on end. Perfect for road trips and plane rides!

 If you are interested in purchasing

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. My reviews are 100% honest and true based on my personal opinion not on a company’s description or request. No monetary compensation was received

Meet The Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield

Meet The Bobs and Tweets by Pepper Springfield and Illustrated by Kristy Caldwell   
Age Range: 4 - 8 years 
Grade Level: Preschool - 3 
Lexile Measure: 550 
Hardcover: 80 pages 
Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (June 28, 2016)

...the Bobs, who are messy, and the Tweets, who are neat. How can these two strange families get along in the same neighborhood? And are all the Tweets really neat and all the Bobs slobs?

This is the first book in a brand-new series of full-color, illustrated high-interest rhyming stories that's just right for reluctant readers. It's Dr. Seuss meets Captain Underpants wrapped into one zany adventure. Get ready to read...and laugh!

The 411:

The entire time I was reading it I felt like I was reading a satire Dr. Seuss book so the description of Dr. Seuss meets Captain Underpants is perfect.

The Bobs are all messy except for one (Bob 7 named Dean) and The Tweets are all clean except for one (Tweet 7 named Lou). When they are tossed together there will surely be mayhem especially when the Bob's dog Chopper and The Tweets cat Pretty Kitty get in the mix.

The book kept my attention in the beginning but every once in a while it didn't read out loud well because the rhyme would drop off but it is a decent read and with a Lexile of 550, it isn't a bad summer book for kids within the range. 

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion.  My reviews are 100% honest and true based on my personal opinion not on a company’s description or request. No monetary compensation was received

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Can Mom Regain Her Desired Look?

Whether you have been a mother for many years or just a short period of time, you undoubtedly have much on your plate.

From careers to running a family, your health can sometimes take a backseat to everything else that is taking place.

That said moms across America are oftentimes faced with one of the biggest challenge they’ll come across, finding time for themselves.

When that time is discovered, many moms will just want to kick back and relax.

On the other hand, many moms will turn to exercise and eating better, knowing that they must keep up their strength and energy levels in order to preside over a busy family life.
For some moms, all that stress can keep them from getting and maintaining their desired look.

So, the question then becomes can mom regain her desired look?

Exercise and Diet

In order for countless mothers to find and maintain the look they want, here are some pointers to remember:

1.    Exercise – Above all else, make sure you take some time on a daily basis (or as close to it) to exercise. Even just going for a short 15-to-30 minute walk each day is better than nothing. Not only will walking and other forms of regular exercise help you in controlling any weight issues, it also is good for the heart and mind. Better yet, find one or more people to accompany you on your walks. Some women may work much of the day and only have time in the evening hours for exercise. This can present a problem when you have a family and husband awaiting you at home. Some women may also be hesitant to go for walks by themselves in the evening hours due to safety concerns, so it certainly pays to have one or more friends or family members to keep you company

2.    Diet – Another big component of a healthy lifestyle is one’s diet. Do you find eating to be a stress reliever for you in your busy life? If so, you are contributing to your health issues by turning to food as a source of help. Instead of downing lots of junk food during the day and/or night, eat healthier snacks such as fruits and vegetables. This not only helps you in terms of weight, but also strengthens your heart and other parts of the body at the same time

3.    Products – There are various products on the market that can assist you in your desire to not only lose weight but also remove excess pockets of fat, especially in your leg and thigh areas. Whether you opt for Revitol Cellulite Cream or other products out there, do your research first. See which product or products have the best reputation when it comes to helping in the removal of cellulite. Also look at the company’s history, researching to see which ones have a track record of excellent customer service. In today’s world, customer service oftentimes takes a back seat to making a sale and getting as much money as possible out of the consumer. Those companies who will take the time to assist customers and realize they are number one tend to stick around much longer

4.    Family – Finally, it never hurts to lean on family when battling something, especially when it is to improve your health. Families can oftentimes be the biggest supporters out there, most notably when it involves mom. Make sure your family supports you and keeps you on your toes in your efforts to lose weight and stay healthy overall. As their mom or wife, one’s kids and their husband have to pitch in and show mom how appreciated she truly is.

When mom (and her entire family for that matter) all put in the effort to assist the matriarch of the family in getting that look she truly wants, everyone will have reason to smile.

Remember, families do many things together, so helping achieve the look of her choice is something everyone can partake in.

Yes, mom has to make the final call as to what she wants to look like, but some input from the family, including offering tips and support of exercise, diet, products etc. can go a long way.

Sketchy Stories by Kerby Rosanes

The Sketchbook Art of Kerby Rosanes
Illustrator: Kerby Rosanes
Format: Flexibound, 128 Pages
ISBN: 9781631061752
Publisher: Race Point Publishing
Published: May. 31, 2016
$16.99 / £10.99

World-renowned artist Kerby Rosanes specializes in black ink doodles and sketches, and at the age of 23, he quit his desk job as a graphic designer to pursue his art full time. With a legion of over a million followers, Kerby has been a source of inspiration to artists, designers, and art-lovers all over the world with his stunning art and inspirational messages like "Never Quit Drawing" and "Be Awesome Today." Now fans can glimpse the personal sketchbook of Kerby Rosanes with Sketchy Stories, a beautiful facsimile reproduction of his original sketchbook, loaded with secret doodles, elaborate sketches, and whimsical lines and detailed patterns. Interspersed with his artwork, Kerby also includes techniques, tips, inspirations, influences, and more. The ideal gift for fans of Kerby Rosanes or anyone who is ready to be creatively inspired.

The 411:

Kerby Rosanes doodles like Picasso paints. Most of us doodle faces, lines, circles or hearts. Kerby doodles incredibly detailed masterpieces. This book is a replica of some of his finest pieces. The book is made to look like a sketchbook which opens flat so you can see most of the drawings on their two page spread. 

My daughter loves to draw and found this book interesting and inspirational. His drawings are a touch of whimsical with tons of animals, faces and places. Using mostly black ink and the use of light and dark shading Kerby creates masterpieces that make you want to look at them over and over again because you always spot something new hidden that  you never noticed before. 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. My star ratings are exact based on Amazon's star descriptions. My reviews are 100% honest and true based on my personal opinion not on a company’s description or request. No monetary compensation was received

Monday, June 27, 2016

A Step By Step Online Marketing For Busy Authors by Fauzia Burke

If You Want People to Read Your Book,
Writing It Is Only the Beginning

There has truly never been a better time to be an author. For the first time, authors have direct access to the public via the Internet—and can create a community eagerly awaiting their book. But where do new authors start? How do they sort through the dizzying range of online options? Where should they spend their time online and what should they be doing?

Enter Fauzia Burke, a digital book marketing pioneer and friend of overwhelmed writers everywhere. She takes authors step-by-step through the process of identifying their unique personal brand, defining their audience, clarifying their aspirations and goals, and setting priorities. She offers advice on designing a successful website, building a mailing list of superfans, blogging, creating an engagement strategy for social media, and more. By following Burke's expert advice, authors can conquer the Internet and still get their next manuscript in on time.

The 411:

I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I do not have a book anywhere near in the works.

Fauzia took everything a new author or even someone who has already put a book out and done all the leg work for you. She explains exactly how to market your book and how to build your brand! YOU and your writing.

From identifying your audience, setting your goals, breaking down what you need and why blog, website, You Tube, etc.

She also covers creating a website, building a mailing list networking through social media and more.

This book is great for anyone trying to increase their online presence. Tips for everyone here.

To Purchase

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary product for my honest opinion. My star ratings are exact based on Amazon's star descriptions.  My reviews are 100% honest and true based on my personal opinion not on a company’s description or request. No monetary compensation was received