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20.10.12

A Very Thomas Christmas #giveaway #holidaygiftguide


We love Thomas.  I think Broxton has been a fan of Thomas for about as long as I can remember... Well, honestly it probably started when he was about 1 and a half... and his love for Thomas and all his friends just continues to grow.  I know it has to do with Marc working on the trains too, so I am happy that something brings him so much joy! I am actually excited to see the  latest DVD, A Very Thomas Christmas... 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTIONFaithful friends who are dear to us gather near to us once more! Who better to spend holiday viewing time with than preschool favorite Thomas and his engine friends!  Join the jolly engines and merry townsfolk of the Island of Sodor for an all-new collection of Yuletide-themed episodes in Thomas & Friends®: A Very Thomas Christmas, available on DVD, Digital Download and On Demand Oct. 9, 2012 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment and HIT Entertainment.  For over 65 years, the award-winning Thomas & Friends has taught timeless life lessons of discovery, friendship and cooperation, inviting generations of children to enter a world of imagination through the tracks of a train and the words of a story. From snowmen to evergreens, presents and good cheer, Thomas is chuffing down the tracks to deliver a merry Christmas for all and for all a good night … of viewing! Featuring four all-new episodes, the Thomas & Friends: A Very Thomas Christmas DVD will be available for the suggested retail price of $14.98. Digital Download and On Demand offers an additional bonus episode.
   DVD SYNOPSIS
All aboard for a special holiday delivery filled with friendship, teamwork and fun! Rheneas slows down and discovers the perfect Christmas tree. Charlie knows how fun snow can be and discovers that teamwork in the snow is the most fun of all. Edward gets Salty just what he asked for – the perfect story to re-tell -- and Emily learns the best way to be Really Useful. Unwrap the holiday adventures with Thomas and his friends and best wishes for A Very Thomas Christmas!

Episodes include:
·    “Christmas Tree Express”
·      “Ho Ho Snowman”
·          “Salty’s Surprise”
·     “Emily’s Winter Party Special”


Who would like to win a copy to go under their tree?

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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19.10.12

Scribble It Down Creatively - Scribble Diary #holidaygiftguide


As an adult, how do you "unwind" when you need to?
I was sent a great book, it is called the Scribble Diary and I think it is so neat!  
It is like a combination of a "diary/journal" added with a sketch pad!  

It isn't just for kids, but it isn't just for adults either...
It is for anyone who needs/wants a moment to be "them!"
My plan was to start "filling it out" when Broxton started school, but then so much has been going on that it was pushed to the back burner...   I am so excited to use it and I am going to be starting this on our Anniversary this year!  (It will be 5 years, so a great way to journal the next 500 more!)  I love how it even has a cute little calendar and clock on the side for you to document the date of your thoughts!   


What I also find neat is that not only do you have this really cool book to fill out...
(I am totally going to be doing mine in color pencil... I was thinking about trying to just do pencil for a neat artistic black and white effect, but I am now leaning towards colors!)
The author of the book, Lisa Currie, actually has a blog where you can see the works done by other people!
Visit The Scribble Project to check it out...
How neat is that?!
I think that this would make an AWESOME gift for that hard to buy for person... 
Be it a college kid, your nephew you don't see that often or even your parents...
Everyone likes to doodle from time to time!
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Holiday Heroes #holidaygiftguide #giveaway

Have you already started Christmas Shopping?
If you are looking for a great idea for a preschooler you know... 
Think about getting the DVD, Fireman Sam: Holiday Heroes.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
Fireman Sam is on the job in his first ever holiday DVD! Pontypandy’s beloved firefighter and his brave crew are back for all new rescues in Fireman Sam®: Holiday Heroes, coming to DVD, Digital Download and On Demand October 9, 2012 from Lionsgate and HIT Entertainment.
 No sleet, no snow, no cold of night will keep Sam from protecting his citizens this holiday season.  From finding friends lost on a mountain or trapped on thin ice to putting out accidental fires and stopping giant runaway snowballs, Sam’s the man to save the day! Featuring five-winter themed episodes, the Fireman Sam: Holiday Heroes DVD includes an all-new bonus Christmas music video, “Merry Christmas Everybody!”, and will be available October 9 for the suggest retail price of $9.98.
DVD SYNOPSIS
It’s the holiday season and Fireman Sam’s adventures are heating up! Norman causes trouble baking more than holiday cookies and Sarah and James’ search for a polar bear turns into a snowy rescue! Trevor and his passengers find themselves on thin ice and Norman’s snowboarding antics leave Mike in a mountain of trouble. Sam shows his firefighting talent when Pontypandy’s holiday lighting competition goes haywire. With jingle bells and fire alarms, Fireman Sam is well prepared for the season’s best saves!
Episodes include:
· “The Big Chill”
· “The Pontypandy Polar Bear”
· “Ice-Cold in Pontypandy”
· “Snowball of Doom”
· “Floodlights”

Who would like to win a copy to put under their tree? 
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18.10.12

Oh My!! Explore Creativity and Imagination with Lazoo Books! #holidaygiftguide

I would like to first say that we love toys... 
We love imaginative play and we love creating new ways to play with what we have... 
That being said, I really love arts and crafts projects too!  
It is fun to watch their minds get creative and I love the end results... 
Some are great to hang on the fridge and some are great to look at and later send to other places.
Let me share with you the cutest gift!  
I had the chance to review for Lazoo and I am glad we did!
I originally contacted them about their clothing line that is just adorable...  But we ended up going with 2 of their books.. 
Mark my words now.... Every kid needs this!  
(Okay, you caught me... adults need it too!)

First up, their Color Book.

Before you go thinking, "we do not need another coloring book!"  let me just stop you right there!
This is far from the average coloring book.
This book is magic!  Okay, it is NOT a magic book... but it is full of creativity and exploration just waiting to happen!    I will try to explain, but it really does no justice...
Each page has an illustration on it... 
Like page 5.   It is a red and white checkered (table cloth) with a plate and a pancake on it... 
The writing says:  " What do you put on your pancakes?  Something tasty... or something silly?"
Now... .You get to draw whatever you want.. 
 You can fill up full of syrup, you can make a chocolate chip pancake... Add fruit and make it a smiley face...
The only end is the extent of your creativity!
They have pictures of kids that you need to decorate their shirts.... Color the cats and turn it into a leopard.
As I said, each page is more than just a coloring page... 
(Can you tell that I really think I need to get one for me, so that I can work on my inner Picasso while Broxton explores as well?!)






The other book we received: Squiggles!
With this book... You guessed it... You draw squiggles!
If you can hold a writing instrument, you can have fun!  There is no need for staying in the lines, as you are the ones drawing them!
On one page, you have caterpillars..
Now, you have to draw the squiggles and wiggles to make them be fuzzy!!!!!!!
Or maybe you like to be a hairstylist... On one page, you have to give the kids curly hair!
Each page is full of an activity to do, but you have a base illustration to start with!
As you remember, I am an iNothing person... 
But I tell you this...
If I had an iPad, I would for sure be visiting the Lazoo App store!
They have these books on there!
(I wish they had them for droids!  I would have a great time in carpool waiting to get Broxton!!!!)

Bottom line... 
If your kids enjoy being artistic and expressing themselves (the same for you, I am totally not going to judge! I already mentioned I need these books for me!)  Then I say you need to buy them now!  What better gift to give than the gift of expression and creativity?
Hey, when they decorate their pancakes, you might just learn a new topping or treat to get them to eat all of their breakfast!

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3 DVD Sets of the Characters Your Kids Love #holidaygiftguide

If you are looking for a great gift to give your kids...
Or friends with children.
 Why not look at the 3 DVD Collections with the characters everyone loves?
Just in time for Holiday Planning... 


CELEBRATE WITH THOMAS 3-DVD SET

Thomas & Friends: Carnival Capers Synopsis
Join Thomas & Friends® as a carnival comes to the Island of Sodor!  Meet friends, Rocky and Rosie, and follow them as they explore their new surroundings and learn to work as a team with the other engines.
DVD Bonus Features
·         Bob the Builder® Episode: “Roley’s New Friend”

Thomas & Friends: Thomas’ Snowy Surprise Synopsis
On Sir Topham Hatt’s railway, the winter season is a very special time of year. Join Thomas and his Really Useful friends for some snowy adventures as they work to keep this winter season on track.
 DVD Bonus Features
·         3 Fun-Filled DVD Games: “Percy’s Order Fun,” “Match The Snowflake” and “Decorate A Christmas Tree”
·         “Winter Wonderland” Sing-Along Song

Thomas & Friends: Thomas’ Sodor Celebration! Synopsis
Let the celebration begin! Hop on board as Thomas learns to navigate a difficult bend on his new route—in spite of a runaway train. The celebration continues with more stories, more lessons and more fun from Thomas!  All aboard!
DVD Bonus Features
·         Character Gallery
·         Read-Along From Random House
·         “Surprises” Song, “Being Blue” Video, and “Percy Pulls Out of the Station” Video
·         “Broken Tracks” Game
·         “Quarry” Game
·         “Brendham Docks” Game
·         “Troublesome Trucks” Game
·         “Station Decorations” Game


CELEBRATE WITH ANGELINA 3-DVD SET

Angelina Ballerina: Nutcracker Sweet DVD Synopsis
Waltz into the land of sugar and spice with Angelina as she prepares to perform the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy in the holiday showcase. But when too many candy canes and fruitcakes give her a tummy ache, she learns that sharing with friends is a lot more rewarding.
 DVD Bonus Features                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              “Prima Ballerina” Puzzles                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      “Front Row Seats” Karaoke Video

Angelina Ballerina: Ballerina Princess DVD Synopsis
Join Angelina Ballerina and her friends for enchanting adventures filled with princesses, princes, kings and queens. Angelina encounters an evil witch, uncovers a Cinderella-like mystery and brings an epic tale to life with her friends!
 DVD Bonus Features                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   “Angelina’s Stupendous Dress-Up” Game

Angelina Ballerina: Shining Star Trophy – The Movie DVD Synopsis
Ms. Mimi announces that there’s going to be a talent show at Camembert Academy. When the curtain rises, who will take center stage and win the Shining Star Trophy?
 DVD Bonus Features                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Talent Show Trivia Game


CELEBRATE WITH BARNEY® 3-DVD SET

Barney: Celebrating Around the World DVD Synopsis
Join Barney and his friends on a magical adventure on Barney’s Imagination Unlimited and explore the different types of celebrations around the world.
 DVD Bonus Features
·         Fifi and the Flowertots™ Episode: “FuzzBuzz Catches Cold”

Barney: Top 20 Countdown DVD Synopsis
It’s time to sing and dance to Barney’s Top 20 Countdown of your favorite songs! Along with Baby Bop™ and BJ™, Barney shows you how to sing and count at the same time and how to move your feet to some great beats.
 DVD Bonus Features
·         “What’s That Sound?” Game
·         “If You’re Happy and You Know It” Sing-Along
·         Bonus Episode Roary The Racing Car™ - “Roary Cleans Up His Act” 

Barney: We Love Our Family DVD Synopsis
All we need is love from our family and friends—and, of course, Barney! Discover the joys and laughter that family can bring in this collection full of unforgettable moments of warmth and togetherness.
 DVD Bonus Features                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             “Dino Dress-Up” Interactive Game                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          “Welcome, Cousin Riff” featurette

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17.10.12

Genghis Grill Opens 100th Store! Is There One Near You?

For the longest time, I would not try other foods... 
To be honest, the first time I actually started ordering Steak was when I was pregnant with Broxton.
Now, I like to try different foods..
Okay, I am not going all crazy, but I do try more than just chicken!
That was why I was excited to learn about a new place near where we used to live...
(We still go there to visit friends, so I am eager to try it out!)
It is called Genghis Grill and it is a Mongolian Stir Fry and I am betting you it is GREAT!
Are you familiar with Mongolian Stir Fry?
We have been to one before... 
You get there and pick what you want to be in your bowl..
They cook it right there in front of you.
It is neat... Like, if you want just a little bit of broccoli, but you want lots of peas...  You put the amount you want into the bowl!  
I really like the Genghis website....
You head over and make your own bowl online.. 
Then, it will tell you the Nutritional Value on it...
Yes, you read that right!  
That way, you can tell if you need to leave something out or change it...

To celebrate the Opening of their 100th store... 
Genghis has a contest going on...
It is called: 
What have you Conquered today?
How do you enter?
You just upload a photo to their facebook or twitter page, with the hashtag  #ConquerWithKhan...
What you conquer can be anything... from a big accomplishment, or something like making breakfast...  The sky is the limit! 
Side note, if you are over 14, you can sign up on their site to get a Free Bowl on your birthday!  Head on over and check it out!  

*** I will be receiving a gift card to check Genghis Grill out.  All opinions are my own.  ***

W/W - Fun Times

The other day a package arrived for us... 
Inside was that crinkled paper that comes in strips that you use for gift wrapping.
(As you can see, I have no clue what it is called!)
Anyways... Broxton wanted to play with it... So, I let him!
He played with it for over and hour before he decided to take a break for a little bit...
No worries, he did come and play with it again..
Talk about cheap entertainment!!!!


Guess that could be the same as playing with leaves to those that don't live in apartments!!!!
Of course, after playing and letting it rain on him, putting it in piles and everything else, we then had to use it as a wig!!!!!

Uh Oh! Where did Broxton go?! 

With all the hustle with the holidays coming, it is so nice to just sit back and watch.. 
Letting a kid be that... A Kid!!!
Hope you are having a great week!

16.10.12

Classico Creates a National Pasta Day to Remember!

No matter if you have family coming in from out of town, or if you are rushed for getting a meal on the table, you can always count on Classico to come through for you...  At least we do at our house!
I was so thrilled to have the chance to review Classico for me to share with you all!

We were sent a pretty awesome package that had me feeling like it was Christmas morning... 
I loved that they also included a couple recipe cards for us to, as I tend to look through what I have printed, versus what is available online when in a rush! We will be trying the recipes they sent soon!
I will say that I was so excited to try their new seasonal sauce, Creamy Spinach and Parmesan.
We actually could not wait to try with one of their recipes, so I used it when making spaghetti the other night.. OH MY GOODNESS!  It was like I was eating Spaghetti at an Italian Restaurant,  just not paying the price that I would have if I wasn't at home!  I love it and I know we will be buying it again the next time I head to the store... 
Image Credit: Classico
I plan on trying the Classic Stuffed Shells soon, so I will share that recipe with you!
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Classic Stuffed Shells

Ingredients:
1 jar (24 oz) Classico Creamy Spinach and Parmesan Seasonal Sauce
18 Jumbo Shell Pasta
1/2 pound sweet or hot Italian style bulk sausage
2/3 cup chopped onion
1 garlic clove, minced
2 cups shredded Mozzarella cheese, divided
15 ounces Ricotta Cheese
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan Cheese
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley

How To:
1. Preheat oven to 350 Cook Pasta al dente according to package instructions and drain
2.  Meanwhile, in a large skillet over medium high heat, brown sausage, onions and garlic for 5 to 6 minutes, or until cooked thorough, stirring until small sausage crumbles form.  Add pasta sauce and stir until well mixed.  Spoon half sauce mixture evenly into bottom of 13x9 baking dish.  
3.  In a medium bowl, mix together 1 cup mozzarella cheese, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and egg.  Stuff each shell with about 2 Tbsp of cheese mixture.  Arrange stuffed shells in a baking dish and spoon remaining sauce mixture evenly on top.  
4.  Cover tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes.  Remove foil and sprinkle remaining 1 cup of mozzarella cheese and parsley on top.  Bake for additional 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.  Allow to rest for 5 minutes before serving.  
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Did you know that October 17th is National Pasta Day?
If you didn't... You do now!!!!
In celebration with National Pasta Day...
We will be eating Pasta!  Come on now, did you think we wouldn't?  

Image Credit: National Pasta Day
Want me to tell you a little secret (yet super easy) meal that I make quite often here?

Get a jar or two of your favorite Classico Alfredo.  I normally do the Roasted Garlic... but if we have the boys and I will be making more, I will grab another flavor too, like maybe the four cheese one...
Get the pasta you want... For this, we go with Linguine....
Then, get some of the imitation crab meat from the store... 
Yep.. Crab Alfredo!
We normally have several jars of the Alfredo and a wide variety of the pasta... So, whenever we are in the mood for it (or if you are like me and sometimes forget to take a meat out to thaw...) this is an easy go to recipe!

That my friends... Is what's for dinner!
No worries, they have "light" versions... We just have not tried them yet!
(Feel free to visit Classico and click to print a coupon for $1 off 3 jars of Classico.)

  • “In the spirit of full-disclosure, I’ve partnered with Classico and received product, coupons, premium items and reader giveaway coupons as part of my participation. However, no payment was given or expected for posting about the program, and as always, all opinions given here are fully my own. “


Now, who would like a free product coupon to try Classic Sauce at home?

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Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted #holidaygiftguide

If you are a fan of the Madagascar Movies.. You are in for a treat with their latest!  
Whenever I see one of the movies on, I normally will stop and watch it... I think they are funny, so when I saw that they had a new one out, I was excited to see it!  
In Madagascar 3, Europe's Most Wanted, Alex and the gang are in Europe with a mean old animal control lady chasing them all over!  They actually join up and pretend to be circus animals to try and find their way back to New York City...  It was nice to see new animals and I think I actually loved it more than Broxton did... Although, he is CONSTANTLY singing about the "Afro Circus, Afro Circus, Polka Dot, Polka Dot, Polka Dot..."  


If you are looking for a movie to get for a great movie night for the whole family, or if you are looking for a great gift idea... I say grab this now!!!! This would make for great snuggling during the cold winter nights ahead... UNTIL the music stops and you have to get up and dance with it!  (They have a great soundtrack on this one!)  If you like the Madagascar movies.... or the circus... or BOTH.. you are going to love it!
Not to mention doesn't every kid need a colorful wig like that? You can get in when you buy the specially marked movie/wig combo pack!!!

Just in time of the Madagascar 3 release.. 
A Couple Travel Tips from Marty and Alex:

Having just crossed Europe in their latest adventure, Alex the lion and Marty the zebra offer some expert travel advice for anyone planning to take in the sights of the Continent.  And even if you’re not heading to Europe any time soon, you can enjoy the Zoosters’ uproarious antics in Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted on Blu-ray™ and DVD now!

Getting There
Alex:
If I had to choose between car, train or plane travel, I’d choose the train, but that’s probably only because we had some, well, mishaps in the car and plane.  In general, I recommend any mode of travel without a penguin or lemur on board.  That said, a car can be a great way to get off the beaten path…but whatever you do, don’t let the zebra drive.
Marty:
Planes, trains and automobiles will get you where you need to go, but they don’t even come close to being shot out of a cannon.  It’s the only way to fly!  I definitely recommend cannon if you’re in a hurry. Or a candy gram!  Ooooh, I’m gonna try that next.
 
What to Pack
Alex:
I personally like to travel light.  Light and limber, that’s my motto.  Of course the obvious exception is hair conditioner.  You can never carry too much hair conditioner, especially when a certain zebra has a habit of drinking it. 
Marty:
We made it half way across Europe with nothing but our wits… I would not recommend it.  I say pack everything because you never know how long it’s gonna be before you get back home.  Trust me.  And I always bring an extra bag so I have room for souvenirs… like those little bottles of shampoo—they’re delicious!
Melman:
Hand Sanitizer, cold medicine, tissues, lozenges, toothpaste, floss, sun screen, and bottled water!   I have been to some watering holes that…well let’s just say that just because a hippo tells you it’s safe to drink the water, it’s not!   Especially when the water is brown, opaque and the hippo is bobbing around in it.
Gloria:
Mellman!

Blending In
Marty:
You know what they say: “When in Rome.”  I’m not really sure what that means, but when we were in Rome we barely made it out alive, so I should probably look it up.  But drop me into an op art gallery and, baby, I can blend in!  Wait, what does “blending in” mean again?
Alex:
Well, I like to think that I blend in well wherever I go because lions have a natural gift for camouflage…as long as whatever I’m standing against is sort of tan-colored.   But if the people get a look at my face, it’s all over.  They start screaming in adoration and then they start running away in adoration. It comes with the territory when you’re a super famous lion.
Marty:
Or any kind of lion, really.

Planning Ahead
Marty:
Not knowing where you’ll be next is exciting.  I mean, one day you’re being chased through the streets of Monte Carlo at 200 miles per hour and the next you’re being shot out of a cannon in the circus!  What could be better than that? 
Alex:
How about…NOT being shot out of a cannon?  

Best Part of Traveling
Alex:
Seeing the sights, trying new food, escaping capture—they’re all fantastic.   But sometimes the best thing about traveling is just being with your peeps.
Marty:
You said it, pal.  Those are some good marshmallows.

FTC Compliant Review Policy: The product(s) featured in this review were provided free of cost to me by the manufacturer or representing PR agency for the sole purpose of product testing. Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

15.10.12

Sensory Issues? Check Out @SoftClothing #holidaygiftguide

If you know of any kids with sensory issues, I would bet you are always on the lookout for companies that are geared more to that than others... I do not know of anyone that I buy for that has any sensory issues (that I know of) but several of my friends have kids or loved ones that do deal with this...
Soft Clothing has grabbed my attention for a number of reasons...
One, they pay attention to detail.  For those with sensory issues, the tag might be a problem... Maybe the screen printing of a shirt may cause an issues and I have heard from multiple people that seams are sometimes a big deal!  Well, that is not the case with items from Soft Clothing.
First of all, no tags! They do a screen printing to eliminate that problem. 
Second, they are totally honest!   
FROM THEIR SITE:
We incorporated the most common responses into our designs and production. This does not mean that Soft clothing will work for every child--it just means it's a few steps closer to comfort. "


 They use "flat seaming" so that their clothes have a seamless feel to them.  I also like that they say they are for all children.  Broxton had their boxers and now he has their Moto Vest Shirt.  He doesn't have any sensory issues, but truthfully, don't all kids want cute and stylish clothes that are also soft?  I have never heard Broxton ask me to wear something itchy and scratchy....  Soft yes, many many times!!


That being said, I am so glad to tell you about a company that works with clothing just for that!
I have reviewed for SOFT CLOTHING in the past and I love it now just as much as I did the first time I was introduced to them!

Another reason I love Soft Clothing..
They appreciate the military!
They have a Military Family Program
 They have an application to fill out and they will allow you to access their wholesale price list!
Finally, if you or a loved one have sensory issues, please visit the Soft Social Network, Sensory World.  It looks as though it is a great way to network and meet others going through the same things you may be dealing with.
You can visit their website to learn more... but right now, they have their girls and boys clothing on sale, 
Until October 18th at 9 am on the website, My Habit.
Bottom Line: Check out Soft Clothing, you will either buy from there, or keep them in mind to tell your friends and family about!  

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Silver Penny Series, Kids Classics #holidaygiftguide

As long as I can remember, we have been avid book lovers in my family...
My mom has enough books that she could open a library and we are on the path to being that way as well.
Each time you turn around, there are new books and we love to read...but the classics are also great too!  
I was happy to learn that Sterling Publishers (we have reviewed several books from them) was releasing a new series...   It is called the Silver Penny Series and it contains newly illustrated classics such as The Three Little Pigs, The Elves and the Shoemaker and so many more... They currently have 8 books available in the series with plans to release more in the Spring.  
I might be showing my age here, but I remember my mom having a set of books that were classic stories that came in a set... I think it was Readers Digest or something, do you remember those? They had Little Women and other classic books... 
Well, the Silver Penny Series is like a younger version to me... It is classic stories, with illustrations that are young enough for little kids to enjoy , but they are more illustration and less "cartoonish" so the older kids can appreciate them as well and not feel they are reading a kids book!  
Each book has an illustration on the front, with the binding being a different color for each book. 
They are about the size of a 5 x 7 photograph.
The book we have been reading is The Three Little Pigs.  This book is right at 40 pages.  I like how you have the writing on one page, with an illustration on the other.  The illustrations help to tell the story, while not taking away from it...   For example, the part where the pigs build from each different type of material...   The illustration has 3 panels, one for each of the pigs while they build.  Although some could have made the story scary with the wolf, the illustrator, Scott Wakefield took a different approach.  No, he isn't a friendly wolf, but he is just big and strong, not scary to the point that kids can't enjoy!  
I do think my favorite of all the illustrations is the one where the pig is going to sleep and you see the wolf out through the window!  It adds more than just having the pig sleeping!  
Love it! 
With the holidays quickly approaching, you might want to go ahead and start planning gifts... 
I personally think that the Silver Penny Series would make a great gift for a young child in your life!!!!

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Opinions expressed are my own and are NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

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