{Giveaway} Celebrate Graduation with the fairy princess Geraldine! #VeryFairyPrincess

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Today I am sharing with you a children’s book called The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl! Just in time for graduation season. This adorable children’s book is a great way to share an excitement and love of graduation with your little ones.

The Very Fairy Princess

About The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!

While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess.

This is the sixth adventure in the adorable, sparkly, sweet Very Fairy Princess series from celebrated children’s book author Julie Andrews (best known for The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries) and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton. 

In this new tale, the end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can’t help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She’s also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym… what if her new teacher doesn’t let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess!

My Thoughts on A Very Fairy Princess

I honestly want to get the rest of the books in this series, it’s an adorable book that makes me smile as I read along. I am excited to add this to my niece’s book collection for her to read when she’s a bit older. I love this positive message book and feel it would make a great addition to your child’s bookshelf.

Visit The Very Fairy Princess website

Visit the authors’ sites: Julie Andrews & Emma Walton Hamilton

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Are you ready to add this book to your collection at home? There will be THREE winners, each receiving a copy of The Very Fairy Princes: Graduation Girl!

Three (3) winners each receive a copy of The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl!

Prizing & samples  courtesy of Little, Brown

Giveaway open to US addresses only

Giveaway ends 12am Eastern on April 30, 2014

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Winners will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winners shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ for your Doggy {Review}

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I am not the only one who benefits from being a blogger, Jenny the Pug is also being able to benefit from the product samplings this month! Recently we received a box of Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ for the sweet Pug in our life.

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When we adopted Jenny the Pug a couple of years back, we found out that her teeth were not taken care of very well. Right now it’s a choice of keeping up the best we can with her teeth because dental hygiene is important for your pets. Luckily, Jenny’s teeth issues are not anything negatively affecting her health and we have been lucky to find products like these to assist in dental upkeep. This is why when I was pitched to test out Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™, I said YES PLEASE.

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These boxes for storage of the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ are perfect, you can buy them in these boxes based on what size dog you have, for us we have received both options of the mini and the small/medium sizes. Jenny is more under the mini sized because she weighs about 17lbs.  I love that the bags inside of these boxes pictured above have a Velcro closure rather than any other options I have seen with various dog treats in the past, I am resting easy knowing that the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ are staying fresh in the box.

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Jenny the Pug will sit for any treat, usually. Shown above she is not-so-patiently seated and waiting for me to release her the Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™, which I did. I just had to tease her for a moment with a treat to picture for you all what she looks like when she is ready for her yummies! Jenny quickly grabbed the treat as soon as I let her know she could and away she ran into her human sisters bedroom to munch on her Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™.

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I say the dog gives Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ two paws up, what do you think?

Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ have a twist & nub design clinically proven as effective as brushing your dogs teeth, please use these daily to ensure they truly help with dental hygiene. Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™ dental treats come in a package designed to be reminiscent of a toothpaste box. Each product package features a recommendation for annual veterinary dental check-ups and the VOHC’s recommendation of daily brushing for optimal effectiveness, as well as the support of the VOHC Seal of Acceptance. There are currently two sizes of these available for sale in your local grocery store pet aisle; Mini, for dogs 5-24 pounds; and Small/Medium, for dogs 25-74 pounds, as well as a value size box. The suggested retail price is between $4 and $5 per box.

 To learn more about Milk-Bone Brushing Chews™, please visit Milk-Bone’s Official Website.

Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Bad to the Blade & Fast Fish Giveaway

Free ProductThe boys had a fun surprise show up in the mail a few weeks ago, Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Bad to the Blade and Fast Fish showed up on our door step for their Mega Bloks building pleasure.

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Mega Bloks and Hot Wheels™ have teamed up to create fun for your child, recommended for ages 5 and up. With a variety of sets available, we received Bad to the Blade and Fast Fish speedsters that allow my sons to follow instructions in the provided booklet or use their imaginations to create their own Hot Wheels™ speedster. Each set comes with a collectible micro action figure. I had a blast spending time building Fast Fish with my five year old son, while my seven year old son refused to let me take part in the building process. Aj wanted to do it all by himself, and honestly has yet to complete Bad to the Blade, but K-man and I did finish our Fast Fish speedster.

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The instruction booklet is easy to follow for any child, even if they can’t quite read yet. The instructions are visual in nature and K-man had fun instructing me how to build Fast Fish based on how he was interpreting the booklet of instructions that came with the package. Once we were completed with the task of building Fast Fish, K-man and I brought out his race tracks sets and tried to race Fast Fish against his other Hot Wheels™ matchbox cars. It was a fun time, I think Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ speedsters are a great addition to any family who enjoys spending quality time together. Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ seemed to teach my sons the skills of reading & following instructions, using their imaginations and using teamwork skills.

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To see K-man’s face beam with pride after we finished our Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Fast Fish speedster was worth every moment we spent together building this set. I hope that one of you get to experience the joy in creating these together as a family too!

Visit the Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Collection , Like Mega Bloks on Facebook and Follow @megabloks on Twitter to keep up with their latest news!

Enter below for your chance to win your set of Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Fast Fish and Bad to the Blade. One person who uses the Rafflecopter form below to enter for their chance to win, will be randomly selected as the winner of this two pack prize valued at a total of $19.98.

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Prize Package is – Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ Bad to the Blade and Fast Fish Set. Combined value $19.98. Ends 12am Eastern March 29, 2014.

Winners will be announced live on site and emailed directly. Winners shall have 48 hours from announcement post and email to claim prize otherwise another random winner shall be chosen using the random generator through Rafflecopter.

** one entry per person, while you can tweet once per day, all other entries are ONE TIME per PERSON. 

Using the Rafflecopter form below is easy; use name/email to log in or Facebook for login. Rafflecopter will not use your email or access for anything other than giving me a way to contact you should you be the randomly chosen winner! Winner will have 48 hours to claim prize or another person will be randomly selected.

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{Book Review} Stress Free Kids – A Parent’s Guide

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With today’s fast paced world it’s no wonder more and more children are suffering from anxiety. It’s a difficult world we live in these days and the social media aspect of our children’s lives add to the normal every day peer to peer pressures our children face. While my children are not on social media just yet, I can see how this fast pace everything-happens-now type of life can be a strain on our children who are not born to handle such extremes.

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Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children is almost like having a baby book how-to for new parents, we all need to have a self help book to guide us in the proper directions with our children from time to time. Society places so many demands onto a child, it’s no wonder more and more children, including my own, are being diagnosed with some level of anxiety. If you are a parent who has suffered from anxiety your own self, then it may be easier for you to work with your child but all too often I find parents who have not a clue how to uplift their anxious child. This book comes in handy as a way to open any parent’s eyes to methods that may not have been tried in their household as of yet. It’s a genuinely amazing book and I would highly recommend you take a gander at reading it.

Stress Free Kids really does guide parents to teach their children how to manage stress, worries and build self-esteem. Most of you who frequent my online ramblings know that I am a huge advocate for high self-esteem in children and making children feel secure. I am raising a child with a mood disorder and anxiety, this book has really helped me see that I have been doing a decent job all along to ensure my children have the skills to cope with today’s society but my fiance, on the other hand, wants to read this book to better learn how to handle scenarios in our household with both my kids and his teenagers. Life is all about learning and in parenting, every day is a learning experience. Think of Stress Free Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children as a pocket bible for parents raising children in today’s highly demanding world!

The author, Lori Lite has been featured in Real Simple, Family Circle, the New York Times, Prevention and USA today. Suggested retail for this book is $15.99 (US) and $17.99 (Canada). ISBN 13: 978-1-4405-6751-3 ISBN 10: 1-4405-6751-4

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild DVD Review

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I love that my boys who are five and seven years old still love The Adventures of Chuck & Friends DVD’s. Recently a company sent out information about The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild that came out on January 21, 2013 from Shout! Factory Kids and I just had to request a review copy.

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I must thank Chuck the Truck and Friends for being the DVD that allows my sons to have downtime when they are having a difficult time falling asleep, My middle son has a mood disorder and anxiety, as of late, he is not on any medications and no sleep methods have helped other than putting him on my bed with The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild. I am not kidding, I had to giggle when I witnessed my seven year old son zoned into this DVD the past few nights that he has had issues sleeping. My five year old son on the other hand, has to ask 100 questions because he is very observant and he adores Chuck the Truck. For anyone who has boys (or girls) who have a love of trucks, Chuck is the cutest, sweetest DVD sets to get for them, no doubt!

A bit About The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild

The unbelievably fun adventures of Chuck, the little dump truck with big dreams, and his friends—Digger, Handy, Rowdy, Biggs, Boomer and Flip — continue with the release of The Adventures of Chuck & Friends: Trucks Versus Wild on DVD from Shout! Factory Kids. Featuring 10 more exciting episodes from The Adventures Of Chuck & Friends, watch as Chuck and the gang have adventures with a helpful mechanic, a camping trip, a star-studded trip to the beach and more in these awesome cartoons guaranteed to put fun into high gear! {taken from the press release}

Episodes Include:

1.     The Checkup
2.     Chuck’s Perfect Plans
3.     Trucks Vs. Wild
4.     Kid Stuff
5.     As The Engine Coughs
6.     Beach Blanket Uh-Oh
7.     Fender Bender
8.     Sleep-Driving Chuck
9.     Mind Your Own Business
10.  The Pothole

Bonus Features:

Also includes a brand new sing-along!

The Adventures of Chuck & Friends currently airs as a series via The Hub TV Network in the U.S. and on Treehouse in Canada. You may purchase this DVD at your local DVD outlet or online at Amazon.com for about $12.97 suggested retail price.

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