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21.12.14

Cinderella, the classic Disney Princess @disneyhyperion

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Cinderella is a story about love for all.  I was excited to read these, since it has been quite a while since I have read or seen Cinderella...    
In the first book, Cinderella, the artist took a different approach to the typical Disney Illustrations and the story isn't exactly the way I remembered it, but it did bring a smile to my face knowing that Cinderella found the love she was always looking for!   The second book has several stories in one and both books are sure to make any princess fan smile!  

This will be available for purchase at the end of January 2015.
 “This is a story about darkness and light, about sorrow and joy, about something lost and something found. This is a story about love.” Cinderella’s story has been told over and over, but never has it been touched by the kind of magic created by the contributors of this book. Mary Blair painted the original pictures for Walt Disney’s incomparable animated film, and here her elegant art is gathered together as a picture book. Cynthia Rylant’s stories about hardscrabble lives have won not only awards and honors, but hearts. Who better to take a young girl from the darkness of her garret room to the light and brilliance of a ballroom? Together these two great artists have created something quite astonishing: a Cinderella that is breathtaking, heartrending, and joyous, both for those who are coming to the tale for the very first time, and for those who think they know it well.

This storybook contains six Cinderella tales. Plus, download three songs from the movie: “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes,” “The Work Song,” and “Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo.”
|In Cinderella (Read and Sing) we have 6 individual stories to enjoy.  I particularly love these types of books, since we can read one story (or chapter) a night and still have more nights of reading ahead of us !
1 - Cinderella 
2- Cinderella's Royal Wedding
3 - Cinderella and the Lost Mice
4 - Princess in Disguise
5 - The Lost Tiara
6 - A New Mouse

20.12.14

Think Outside the Box with @TheBouqs #bouqlove

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If you are trying to think outside the box on a great gift, I have a perfect solution for you!  
The Bouqs roses would be a great way to show how much you care.  This doesn't even have to be for Christmas, it can be New Years, Valentines, Easter, Just Because, Anniversary and so much more... 
The Bouqs are roses that are straight from an Eco-Friendly farm ON an active volcano.  
I don't know about you, but doesn't that sound so much more "out there" than just regular roses?  I know, I am all about the different...   Anyways, I was excited to try them out, so I picked the Confetti Flower Bouquet.  I eagerly waited for them to arrive and when they did I was so excited!   

The Bouqs arrives in a slender box, with each rose carefully wrapped so that they will not be damaged in the shipping.    The Bouqs also lets you add a personalized note, so that when you open the box, you are greeted with the message.  
Look how beautiful and colorful they all are!   I was in love from the second I opened the box!  I had a vase ready and Broxton and I placed them in the vase and put them on the table for us to enjoy!  
I thought they were so pretty and they added just the right splash of color to the place!  With gorgeous reds, pinks, purples, whites, light greens and yellows!  Amazing!  
We were able to enjoy them for quite some time, although,  I hate that I did not try and see exactly how long they lasted in our house!  

Remember, if roses aren't your thing, The Bouqs have several other flowers that are sure to delight the recipient.  They also have 3 sizes of order options to choose from and get this... You can even set up a delivery plan to send more than one arrangement.  ( I think this would be great for my dad, since he tends to forget things like birthday and anniversary dates!  )  You just plan the best for you and they will help customize the deal for you!  Talk about great service! 

A few (new to me) books from Margaret Wise Brown @parragonbooks

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Talk about learning something new every day.... 
I have always known that Margaret Wise Brown was the author of Goodnight Moon, but I was not familiar with her other books... until now.  I had no idea she had so many!  Last month I was able to share with you Jingle Paws... Well, this month get ready for 2 additional Margaret Wise Brown books!   
The Noon Balloon is a very colorfully illustrated book that has a couple kids set off for an adventure in a hot air balloon.  (If you know me, you know I absolutely LOVE hot air balloons, so I was excited to check this one out!)  As we turn the pages, we see the hot air balloon travel all over, from the city to the country, past a circus and into a storm, before finally reaching their destination.   It was a cute one and I know Broxton will love it when I pick it for bed time this week!  

The other book was One More Rabbit... This is a counting book that allows us to see one rabbit and his family as they get ready for a party... One mama, one daddy, two sisters, three brothers and so on... all the way to cousins and great grandparents!!!  The whole thing was about ONE rabbit family celebrating!  Loved the illustrations and all the silly things they were doing to have a fun party!  

Tips from Doc McStuffins @disneyhyperion

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The Doc is in!   At least that was the case at Career Day this year at Broxton's school!  I am telling you, if I saw one Doc McStuffins, I saw 20 of her!!!  I love that kids have a cute character they can relate to and I love that the end of her books have tips for the kids.   Blame it on the Rain - Tips on being safe in the rain...   Training Army Al - Tips on staying fit...    Each book leaves me guessing the diagnosis for her "Big Book of Boo-Boos" and these books are great for both boys and girls!  

Doc McStuffins - Blame it on the Rain:
 In this book, Doc gets to spend the day with her friend.. but it is raining, so they are inside.  Then, the sun comes out and they get to go out to play, that is when they find Moo-Moo cow and realize that it was left outside.  Moo-Moo is all wet now and Doc needs to take Moo-Moo home and diagnose the problem.  Once Moo-Moo is taken care of, she doesn't want to go home, since she was forgotten and left outside... What happens next?  You need to read it to figure it out!  


Doc McStuffins - Training Army Al
Training Army Al is super cute!  Doc's brother is headed to Badger Scout Camp and the toys are not wanting to go... They know what all happens that weekend and they just can't do it... Until one toy steps up, Army Al... ready for duty!   After the toys give Army Al a "Badger Scout Camp Bootcamp" they declare he is ready to serve!   Read the book to see what all happens over the weekend and what they do to welcome him home!  

19.12.14

Merry Larry and the True Light of Christmas #VeggieTales

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With the holidays approaching, we need to remember the true meaning of Christmas.  No, it isn't about Santa... or Rudolph, or cookies or presents... it is about family and that Christmas celebrates the Birth of Jesus!    I love Veggie Tales and I love when they show Veggie Tales at our church... This is a great DVD to have under the tree this year, so make sure you head out and buy one today!  

Larry The Cucumber is a Christmas elf at the Spring Valley Mall who just wants to spread joy at the holidays. When he meets a little girl with a big heart whose only Christmas wish is to help a friend in need, "Merry Larry" sets off on adventure that will light up the holidays like never before and show the town of Spring Valley what Christmas is all about - "Christmas shines most bright and true when you give the love God gave to you!" Featuring Si Robertson as Silas the Okra! 

One on One Workbooks for Kids of all ages! #SpectrumBooks

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Has holiday break started at your child's school?  It did here, today and I am very excited!  Yes, I love when he is in school, but I love our time together too!  We play, we laugh, we sleep, we watch movies, we snuggle, we read and we even do a little homework!   Yes, you read that right!   We work on homework a bit too!   
It doesn't bother Broxton and I love that although we have LOTS of play time, we still do educational things as well!   Maybe we will write a letter, or color a picture... Work on counting or even work on shapes and colors.  Each day is something different, but the great thing is when I have " homework sheets" for him to work on as well!   I was recently sent several work- books for review from the Spectrum Series.  I was able to choose a few to look at and I went ahead and did some for now and then a couple for when he is in First Grade.  

The Carson-Dellosa Publishing Group has it all covered.  
You can search for books that you need based upon age / grade.  (They start at Toddler, Age 1-3 all the way to High School, Age 14-18)  If that is not the way you want to go, you are more than welcome to search based upon the theme / season or even the subject/ need)  

Since we are currently working on Sight Words, I thought that would be a great one for us to see.  (He is struggling with sight words, since according to my 5 year old, he KNOWS EVERYTHING!)  I also grabbed a math one, since he says that Math is his FAVORITE SUBJECT right now!  
Head on over to their site to see the books!  They have links where you can click on them to see a couple sample pages to see if you think they would work for your children's work. Broxton has homework Monday through Thursday nights and although it is normally just one sheet, plus nightly reading, we try and do more from time to time.  I have the books on the table where he does his homework and we normally flip through the book and pick one or two additional pages to work on. (Not every night, don't worry!)    He enjoys it, I like working with him and it is teaching, so it isn't wasted time!  '
I think these are great if you are looking to work a little more with one on one time.    If you are looking for something to let your kids get a jump on school, make sure you check out Carson-Dellosa Publishing to see what all Spectrum has to offer!

18.12.14

Personalized Vitamins? #VousVitamin

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Are you unfamiliar with Vous Vitamin?  I was until recently...   
I think it is awesome that you can create a vitamin just for your needs.  
They have a survey you fill out and then they create one specifically for you!   
From their website:


With new knowledge about the role of different nutrients always evolving, safety surrounding the use of certain supplements is always a foremost concern.  Finding the right vitamins in the right amounts can be a challenge. Vous Vitamin will provide you with a medically sound, premium product that is of the highest quality. As well as helpful resources and posts.

Besides Personalized Vitamins, they also have "situational supplements" that could be just what you need!   Head on over to see what they offer!

Whether it's cold and flu season, or you are just feeling run down, sometimes you need a boost.  Afraid of catching the cooties when people are coughing all around you? Feeling sick, but no time to run to grandma's for chicken soup? Our unique blend of Vitamins C, D3 and zinc helps support your Immune System when you need it most. Your white blood cells need the right nutrients to function optimally and fend off disease. This situational supplement is taken with water twice daily when you need it, so that you can be on your feet in no time.

Make sure with all the bugs going around this year, you stay prepared and ready for all life throws your way!  

 
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