Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tale of the Messed up Talent Show: Book Blast & Giveaway

Are you looking for a great new chapter book series for the kids to read?  You are in luck! We are excited to be hosting a book blast for the second book in The Wunderkind Family series. After reading all about Madison's latest adventure be sure to enter the giveaway for a $100 Amazon gift card at the bottom of the post!
The Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show
Title: Tale of the Messed Up Talent Show (Madison and GA - My Guardian Angel) Author: Melissa Perry Moraja Publication Date: November 15, 2013 Publisher: Independent - Melissa Productions Inc. Number of pages: 156 Recommended age: 6-12    


Madison Wunderkind is a sweet, honest girl, who always seems to find herself in trouble with the principal. But this time she's not alone. It all started three days earlier, when Sophia, the most popular fifth-grade girl at Gator Elementary, asked Madison to hang out and plan this year's talent show. Instantly, Madison had become Little Miss Popular. But what Madison soon discovered was that being Little Miss Popular wasn't all it was cracked up to be. Her best friends were ignoring her. Her brothers were angry at her. And her guardian angel, GA, was irritated by her snobbish attitude. And if things couldn't get more messed up for Madison, everything that could go wrong at the talent show did, sparking Principal Dimples to find out why! Find out what happens at Gator Elementary's Talent Show. Will GA be able to help Madison? Or will Madison become Little Miss Lonely? Also, try and find one of GA's feathers in each picture!


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You can purchase the first book of the series (e-copy), Tale of the Slimy Spitball for only 99 cents until Christmas, December 25, 2013 from Amazon. Just click on the cover below!

Madison and GA The Tale of the Slimy Spitball by Melissa Perry Moraja  



* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner's choice) Contest runs: November 25 to December 24, 11:59 pm, 2013 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, Melissa Perry Moraja 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. a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, November 25, 2013

Library Challenge for Pet Month at The Poppins Book Nook

Wow it is hard to believe that this is the last Poppins Book Nook for 2013!

This month’s theme was all about pets and it posed a big challenge! Nearly every trip to the library involves checking out at least a half dozen animal related books.
For this theme the books themselves became our activity.

Because I knew we couldn’t choose one I set the kids a library challenge. I asked them to make up a list of all the pets they could think of. We took our lists to the library and announced their task: Find a book that was about or featured each one of the animals on the list.
Mini Piwi, 3.5, had a time searching for books on the ipad catalogue search spot the library recently installed. I was really proud to see Miss K showing her little sis how to find books using the Dewey system

We ended up with quite a pile!

Here are our favorites:

Valentino Finds a Home

The Mixed-Up Chameleon

10 Little Hermit Crabs

Ferrets (Animal Planet Pet Care Library)

I'm a Frog! (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

I have collected all our pet activities together you can check them out on our 'All about Pets' board.

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Be sure to take a look at all the pet related fun linked up at the end of this post! This month the Poppins Book Nook bloggers are giving away a copy of a National Geographic Animal Encyclopedia!
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Sunday, November 10, 2013

Using Music From Pacha's Pajamas to inspire Young Artists

Recently we reviewed the new double kids album Pachas pajamas: A Story Written By Nature. Our 3 year old, Mini Piwi, especially loves to dance to it in the car (not an easy thing to do). Our eight year old, Miss K seems especially inspired by the art that was featured in the book Pacha's Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature by Aaron Ableman.
All Pacha's Pajamas images are sourced from here

One afternoon this week she gathered up a load of art supplies and headed to her room. A little later she presented me with her version of what our Siamese cat, Perry, would look like if he attended the Music festival that Pacha and all of nature put on. Miss K is still working on what Perry would sing at the Festival.

Today we all sat done to work on creating a parrot that symbolized hope for the rainforest. Well that was the original plan. Mini Piwi announced she wanted to make her own.

The kids used  Learn to Draw Pets to sketch a picture of a Macaw.  If teaching art scares you like it does me, I would definitely recommend this as an easy(and cheap) way to introduce sketching to kids. As you can see even Mini Piwi was able to follow the step by step instructions

The pencil lines were traced with dark oil pastel and they set about adding color and patterns.
Robyn Forbes Koru Flipped at Shop New Zealand
We recently learnt about the Koru symbol used in New Zealand Maori carving. It is based on the shape of a fern frond and represents regeneration and hope for the future. Miss K loves the smudging effect of oil pastels so that’s how the background was filled.

Mini Piwi also added Korus and lots of colors. She named her parrot Sparky. Both Pictures have definitely brightened up the kitchen Art Museum (aka the Fridge).

Don't forget to enter our Giveaway to win one of Ten copies of the brand new Double Album.

Friday, November 8, 2013

The Sockkids meet Lincoln review and Giveaway!

The SockKids Meet Lincoln

Do you frequently wonder how you end up with a pile of odd socks? My mother was always convinced the washing machine ate them. After reading The Sock kids meet Lincoln I am realizing that she may have been on to something!
In the Sock Kids Series the washing machine is actually a time machine for clothing!

A colorful family of socks, the Sockers, have plenty of adventures even without the washing machine. In this title, a spin cycle take them to meet President Lincoln. Authors Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone do a great job at keeping the story fun and educational for younger history readers. The CGI illustrations by Sugar Snail brings each character to life -humans and socks!

I liked that the series provided the opportunity to introduce our preschooler to history in a humorous way. Even I had a giggle about the thought of Abraham Lincoln getting up to make his big speech wearing mismatched socks! We will definitely be on the look at for more books in this cute series.

More about the book...

Title: The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln
Authors: Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone
Illustrator: SugarSnail
Publication Date: August 14, 2013
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 40 (print)
Recommended Age: 3 to 8

Ready to get yourself a copy?

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We were thrilled to find the Sock kids Website too!
  • You can watch a video of the book.
  • Read another short Socker Family adventure
  • Get a sneek peek at the next title in the series!

The SockKids™ Meet Lincoln Blog Tour Schedule (2013)

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Prize: There will be a Grand Prize consisting of a $25 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash) + a SockKids t-shirt. There will also be four secondary prizes consisting of a SockKids t-shirt. Contest runs: November 5 to December 2, 11:59 pm, 2013 Open: Worldwide How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The Grand Prize winner and secondary winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a 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 Michael John Sullivan and Susan Petrone 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. a Rafflecopter giveaway
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Pachas Pajamas Double Album Review and Giveaway!

This a Sponsored Post. I received compensation in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own

As parents we want our children to be creative and explore their talents. Technology offers opportunities that past generations couldn't have envisioned. Unfortunately it is also creating a generation of kids who more connected with electronic devices than they are with nature. A team of creative minds have developed a way to use entertainment to educate children about some of the most pressing environmental issues of our time.

Pacha's Pajamas: A Story Written By Nature, is an enchanting story told through lively musical narration tracks and 12 inspiring songs. Pacha falls asleep in her animal print PJs.  In her dreams she is transported to a place where all the plants and animals on her nightwear are alive and she is disguised as a little gorilla. The jungle creatures are sad because their world is being destroyed before their eyes. Pasha and her new friends need to use all their talents and creativity to in order to bring balance to Planet Earth.

This fun and inspiring soundtrack features 70 diverse artists from 4 generations. Some are established performers like Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Cheech Marin. If you have young children you are likely to also recognize Genevieve Goings from 'Choo Choo Soul' on Disney Jr Channel. A good number of artists are up and coming young performers with amazing stories of their own.  Album one has already won both the 2013 Peoples' Choice Fan Favorite award and the 2013 Parents Choice recommended award.

Our favorite track was ‘Horses Don’t See Colors’ (featuring Felecity).  It is a catchy country tune that sends a simple but moving message about racial harmony. You can listen to a sample here.
I have caught myself singing this song and humming the theme song on several occasions. The music and narration makes the kids feel like they are part of the show. It is not a difficult task to imagine the vibrant world that Pacha is seeing. The kids loved the Platypus and his song ‘Use What You Got’. I loved the message of embracing what makes us unique instead of trying to change to fit in.
Other themes in the album include the conservation of the Earth's Resources, healthy living, and problem solving. The songs allows kids to comprehend some important topics and gives them a way to express their own concerns about the planet . It has already inspired some great dinner conversations in our home! I would recommend this album to all families and educators.  Adults will love the values it promotes and Kids will have a blast rockin' out with nature.

Be sure to visit the Pachas Pajamas website, while you are there...
  • Sample some of the tracks
  • Download a free song
  • Print off Coloring Pages featuring the characters in the Pasha's Pajamas book
  • Play Nature detective and spot the differences in scenes from the book
  • Buy a cd or digital copy of the album
Win a copy!!

We are excited to be able to be able to offer 10 readers a chance to own a digital copy of Pacha's Pajamas: A story written by nature. These have been generously provided by Balance Entertainment.
The Giveaway is open to readers any where in the world, it will end at 12am CT Nov. 19. Please use the Rafflecopter form below to enter.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

American Girl Doll Mega Giveaway!

How would you like to win an American Girl Doll and a huge collection of custom made clothing & accessories? Would you love to have this for your daughter, granddaughter or maybe yourself? You could win it just in time for the holidays!
1. Diana of Diana Rambles - Diana aka FreeStyleMama, self-described creative crafty mama of 3 who blogs about food, crafts, family & fun.
2. Amy of SewsNBows - Amy is a fabric hoarder and sewing pattern collector who enjoys sewing children's clothing and accessories. Her creations are showcased on her blog.
3. Barbara of Barbara's Beat - Since April of 2009, Barbara's Beat has been blogging about family issues; helping moms find deals;  find coupons and resources to save money and make life easier; win giveaways; and learn about consumer issues. We also promote MOMtrepreneurs and DADtrepreneurs.
4. Jenny of Learning and Growing the Piwi Way - Jenny, a proud wife and mama of two girls. The family travel with her hubby’s work so most of her time is spent teaching her kids and passing on a love of cooking and crafting. In her spare time, JJ blogs about their portable learning. You can read about their travels on her blog.
5. Gina of Gina's Craft Corner - This blog follows Gina on her journey as she learns to sew.  She mainly focuses on turning upcycled material into something beautiful.
6. Shannon of Cozy Country Living - Shannon is a wife and stay at home mother to four wonderful children.  She enjoys living in the country with her family and shares her simple recipes, crafts and family fun ideas at Cozy Country Living.
7. Janell of Saving you Dinero - Janell is a stay-at-home mom and blogger at Saving You Dinero, a blog dedicated to "saving you time and money, from kitchen to store and so much more." Janell enjoys baking, shopping online, and saving money by scouring the internet for the best deals and coupon codes.
8. Millie & Kristina of 2 Crochet Hooks - Millie and Kristina, a Mother and Daughter team of Fiber Crafters, Entrepreneurs and Environmentally Concerned Parents. Blogging about Crochet, Crafts, Recycling, and Fun!
9. Charlotte of Saving with Charlotte - Charlotte created Saving with Charlotte to share her love of couponing and frugal living with others. She blogs about Kids Crafts & Indoor Activities, Simple Household Solutions, Freebies, Miscellaneous Offers,  Meijer Deals and more!
CatsMeow1 - holiday dress FreeStyle Doll - 2 dresses
SewsNBows - 2 outfits Tickie's Time - coat & boots
A Geek in Glasses - holiday food set Jewell Doll Clothes - gymnastic outfit
A Doll's Necessities - cami set  xoxo Grandma - outfit
Susan Sweaters - winter outfit  All Things With Purpose - outfit
18 Boutique - outfit Apron Strings & Other Things - nightgown & PJs
GiGi's Doll Creations - backpack  Gina's Craft Corner - purse & necklace
The Tip Toe Fairy - mermaid outfit  Jessica's Doll Closet - PJs & slippers
Pixie Dust Doll Clothes - outfit Me And My Sister In Law - ballerina outfit
2 Crochet Hooks - bedding & purse The Chicken Chick - Matching Socks

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The more entries, the better chance you have of winning.