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4.4.15

My Mom DOES NOT Stink - #CaressForever #12HrTouchTechnology

 
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Let me start this whole post off by saying MY MOM DOES NOT STINK... Stay with me, you will understand WHY I have to say this more than once...
 
If you are like me, you love nice long showers and relaxing bubble baths...  What makes that even better is when you have a nice body wash to use.  We were recently sent the newest product from Caress.  It is "the world's first body wash with Fragrance Touch Technology.  The breakthrough technology of Caress Fragrance Release Pearls releases bursts of perfume with every touch of your skin.  The collection delivers long-lasting, unforgettable, fine fragrance for up to 12 hours."   
I will admit that I am not the best to test the "bursts of perfume" since as soon as I get out of the shower, I immediately put lotion on.  (I have tried to remind myself not to do so, just to give this a try, but that is a habit that is hard to break!) 
Now, to the "my mom does not stink" line...  I think that this would be a perfect body wash for my mom to use.  The reason I say this?  First of all,  she does not use lotion...  so that would eliminate that worry...  Second reason?  She is not one to use perfume (she does use body spray, but mostly she just showers and the soap she uses keeps her clean and smelling fresh.) 
Having said that, I think this will be a great body wash for me to try when the baby comes.  I remember when Broxton was born, I sort of stopped with the perfume, so this would be a great way to have the fragrance stay with me all day long.  
 
 
 
I will tell you a secret too, one thing (besides the smell) that I love about these products?  The color of the soap.  When it comes out of the bottle, I feel as though I am about to put a paint on me, as it is a deep and rich color...   Then, once it lathers up, the scent and softness of the soap relaxes me and lets me not only enjoy my shower, but also the results of a clean and great smelling body!   
Love Forever
  • Top Note: Mandarin Orange and Peach
  • Heart Note: Scarlet Red Rose, Peony and Freesia
  • Base Note: Sandalwood and Vanilla Musk
Adore Forever
  • Top Note: Raspberry and Cassis
  • Heart Note: Angel Face Rose and Muguet
  • Base Note: Amber, Honey and Vanilla
 
We really enjoyed the body washes.  Marc even took to using one every day!  After trying both of them out, I thought that the Love Forever would be best suited for him.  Both scents have a perfume smell, but the fact that he uses it at night means that I am the one smelling it on him... The Adore Forever had a more feminine scent to it, so I didn't think that would work for him! 

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Noah's Ark from @abramsbooks

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I love getting books that are in collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum Of Art.  There is just something extra special to me about them.  In the book, Noah's Ark, we not only get to see the artwork and hear the story of Noah's Ark, we also get to see some of the amazing work that is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art!   Talk about an extra special book!  If you are an art lover, you will really enjoy this.  At the end of the book, there are the credit pages that tell you the history of the artwork  on each page! 
About the book
Children and adults will love this beautiful retelling of Noah’s Ark and the massive flood that destroyed the earth. The story is illustrated with paintings and drawings in the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Featured artists include Gustave Courbet, Marc Chagall, John Henry Dearle, Lodewijk Tieling, Aurelio Luini, Giulio Bonasone, Jacob Bouttats, and Joseph Anton Koch. The book concludes with a note about each artwork.
About the author
Linda Falken was an editor for many years at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. She lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.

3.4.15

Rufus Goes To Sea from @SterlingBooks

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As a book lover, I have several authors that I enjoy and I get so excited when a new book comes out from them.  As a book reviewer, I get to check out many cool books for kids from authors I might not have heard about otherwise.  When I was contacted about reviewing the latest book, Rufus Goes To Sea by Kim T. Griswell, I knew that was one to be excited about, since we had already checked out Rufus Goes To School and we loved that one! 
One thing I love about the Rufus books? The fact that they make reading cool and important!!! (We know how much I love reading!)  In the latest book, Rufus heads to school to learn that the school is closed for summer break!  He sits down and starts reading his book, escaping into a brand new adventure... then it hits him!!  He will be a pirate for the summer break!  He heads to the Sea to see if he can join a Pirate crew, but they keep telling him no!  He does everything he thinks needs to be done, to get permission to be a pirate, but the Captain keeps telling him no!   Finally, Rufus shares something with the Pirates (I am not telling you what it is, you have to read the book!) and that is when they decide that Rufus IS the Pirate that they NEED!
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The Monkey and The Bee from @abramsbooks

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The Monkey and The Bee is a new book being released April 14, 2015 by Abrams Books.  After visiting the Abrams website, I learned that this is a follow up book to The Monkey Goes Bananas.  (You don't have to have read that to read this book, just so you know.)  In the latest book, we meet the monkey... and you guessed it, the bee!  The monkey has a banana and the bee wants to have a taste, but that silly monkey is just not going to share it... 
This would be a great book for a beginning reader, since the text is VERY minimal.  The whole book is just a repetition of the same words over and over again.  "The Monkey.  The Bee.  The Banana. The Lion."  There are also a few action words, such as "flick or chomp"  but as I said, very easy read!!!
As with all books, I love that it is a hard cover book, but you will have to be careful with little readers, as the pages are not thick.  The illustrations throughout the book make this a fun story that kids will love to make up words to go with! 
Remember, this is available April 14, 2015.  You can preorder The Monkey and The Bee   by clicking the link. 
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30.3.15

A Great and Complicated Adventure

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I try to have a wide variety of books available for Broxton to enjoy.  While I might be more focused on one book or another, I don't want him to be limited based upon my likes and dislikes.  While I am more about fiction and "easy reads" these days, I like knowing that Broxton can enjoy it all! 
That was the care with A Great and Complicated Adventure.  I had no idea that this author had other books, I see now that I am just getting familiar with someone that others have know about for some time.
  I had a hard time getting into this book, but I think this is one many will enjoy! 
Bringing back his popular characters—the squirrel, the ant, the elephant, and their friends—Tellegen conjures up a wondrous world where cakes fly, trees can walk, and letters are made of cream, chestnuts, and honey! Perfectly complemented by Jessica Ahlberg's delicate illustrations, these charming short stories will captivate readers of all ages.
 

29.3.15

Children Make Terrible Pets - #Scholastic Storybook Treasures

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Scholastic has been a name that I have loved as a child.  Book Fair anyone?  I remember loving those days and now that Broxton is in school, he gets the same enjoyment I did when I was growing up.  One thing that scholastic does that I don't remember in the past is their "Storybook Treasures" where they have the stories narrated.  We have a few of the Read-Along-DVD's and Broxton seems to enjoy them all. 
 
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Peter Brown's beloved children's book arrives on the small screen as the featured story on the brand-new Scholastic Storybook Treasures™ DVD, CHILDREN MAKE TERRIBLE PETS...AND MORE STORIES ABOUT FAMILY.  In the animated tale, Lucy, a young bear, meets a charming young boy in the forest and brings him home.  Her mother, however, has other ideas and cautions her that, "children make terrible pets."  Hilarity ensues as Lucy tries to prove her mother wrong in this modern classic.
 
Other stories on this comedy-filled compilation include All the World (By Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Marla Frazee, narrated by Joanne Woodward), Crow Call  (By Lois Lowry, illustrated by Bagram Ibatoulline, narrated by Julia Fein), and Elizabeti's Doll (By Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, illustrated by Christy Hale, narrated by Lynn Whitfield). 
 
The original stories have won many awards, including The New York Times Best Illustrated Book, the E.B. White Read-Aloud Picture Book Award and the Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature. 
 
FEATURES
  • Read-Along Function
  • Author Interviews with Peter Brown and Lois Lowry and Illustrator Marla Frazee
 
 
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