Friday, October 9, 2009

The Obama Time Capsule


I'm sure by now, everyone has heard that Obama has won the Nobel Peace Prize.  What a fitting day to tell you guys about The Obama Time Capsule

THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE: World History in the Making is essentially a customized book that allows you to seamlessly add your personal pictures and thoughts to the existing professional photos and essays documenting Obama's journey to the White House. The book contains beautiful photographs and essays and gives users the ability to insert themselves into a piece of history. To get an idea about this book you can check out a recent broadcast from ABC Evening News.



Being a scrapbooker, I live each day trying to chronicle the lives of my family.  Part of that includes, weaving their life into what is going on in history as they live.  Theirs is the first generation to experience something unprecedented in the history of our country, having an African-American President. Regardless of which side of the political table you sit at, there's no doubt that Obama's presidency will have a major impact in our children's futures.


What I love about The Obama Time Capsule is you get to add a part of you into this history.   You can pick a name to go on the front cover, a picture on the back cover plus you get to customize a couple pages on the inside.

From the Back Cover

THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE
showcases one of the most important presidential races in American history through the eyes of the world's top photographers. Spanning a two-year period, the book provides behind-the-scenes images encompassing President Barack Obama's road to the White House, Election Day, the Inauguration and his first 100 days in office. Including essays from TIME magazine's Joe Klein, The Huffington Post's Arianna Huffington, General Colin Powell and President Obama's sister, Auma Obama. The book also includes fascinating infographics from world-renowned graphic artist Nigel Holmes, the human stories featured in this fascinating book capture the challenges and opportunities facing America's 44th president as he takes his place on the world stage.

THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE
also offers a groundbreaking new feature: After you answer a few simple questions and upload your own photos to the publisher's website, a personalized copy of the book will be created just for you, seamlessly weaving President Obama's extraordinary journey together with your name, your photos and your thoughts.

3 Easy Steps to Create Your Own Personalized Book


1. Purchase a copy of THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE on Amazon.com: an authorization link will be sent to the email address on your Amazon.com account so you can personalize your book. (Please note: The link may take up to 3 hours to arrive in your inbox.)

2. Personalize your book: a custom website will guide you through a simple 10-minute process to add your name and photos. See below for all the fascinating ways you can personalize your book.

3. Receive your personalized copy of THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE in 2-3 weeks.

6 Fun Ways to Personalize Your Book
Personalizing your book enables you to weave President Obama's journey with yours in numerous locations throughout the book. A step-by-step guide walks you through the fun and easy steps.

1. Your Name on the Front Cover
You can add your name on the front cover of the book and on the title page as one of the authors. Of course, you also have the option of creating a personalized book as a gift for family members and friends.

2. Your Photo on the Back Cover
Preserve this moment in history forever by adding a photo of yourself, your family, a group of friends, or an event (Go Obama!) on the back cover of this extraordinary book. Upload a favorite digital photo, and in seconds the publisher’s website will show you what your image will look like on the back cover.

3. Personalized Dedication
THE OBAMA TIME CAPSULE includes a Dedication page, which allows you to inscribe the book to someone special. You can also add a personal Dedication message. For example, you might want to write about what the election meant to you or why you've made a personalized edition of the book in someone's honor.

4. Your Name on the Inaugural Invitation Page
Whether you were invited to the Inauguration or watched it from afar, you can enjoy seeing your name engraved on the book's Inaugural Invitation page.

5. Your Photo on the Celebrity Supporters Page
Oprah Winfrey, George Clooney, Jennifer Lopez, Bruce Springsteen, and many other celebrities helped get the word out to support the Obama campaign. Your photo and name can be right next to them on the Celebrity Supporters page.

6. Your Child's Artwork on the Kids for Obama Page
Did your child draw pictures of Obama for a school project? Even if not, it's not too late. Get out the crayons and have him or her draw a picture of the First Family, then scan and upload the drawing. Your child's artwork will be preserved forever when you add it to this heartwarming page.

This book is only being offered for a limited time only.   It is a great value at $34.95 . All purchases go through Amazon. You can also order the standard book with no personalization.

This book would make a great a coffee table book or a display on your shelves.  It is a beatifically made book of high quality.  This would make an amazing Christmas present for friends and family that are Obama supporters.  

I want to thank the Family Review Network and the people from The Obama Time Capsule for sending me a free copy of this amazing book to review.

Disclaimer ~ I was sent The Obama Time Capsule to review for free.  I was not paid for opinions.

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Thursday, October 8, 2009

Tiny Prints 2009 New Christmas Designs + New Budget Friendly Options



One of my favorite companies that I have worked with since blogging is Tiny Prints.  Not only are they a generous company, fully supporting blogging, but they also have the most amazing quality of products that I have come across.  Once you buy from Tiny Prints, you will not want to buy another greeting card or personalized invitation from anywhere else.

Tiny Prints recently introduced their 2009 Holiday Cards. They have some great new designs, including Eco friendly holiday cards and my favorite the brand new Photo Books from My Canvas.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month ~ Free Card from Snapfish



Snapfish.com is offering a free card throughout October for Breast Cancer Awarness month.  There are 5 choices and they are all adorable.  Above is the one I think I'm going to send.  I want to send it to my Grandma.  She helps us out each August with school clothes for my daughters.  She also takes them out in the Summer to get some clothes & then buys them clothes for Christmas as well.

Just  click here, log in then go to Store.  Then click on Share to Care in the left column.  The coupon code is listed right there along with the 5 designs.

If you aren't a member yet, email me and I will refer you.  Each of us will get 50 free prints!


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Monday, October 5, 2009

KidKraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen ~ Pretend Play Kitchens


I have two daughters ~ One thing that they both always loved was playing house.  This is one game that has so many possibilities, with imagination the world is open to them.  

I was always surprised at how quick they start playing with babies though.  Both my girls had favorite baby dolls before they were even 2 years old.  Baby dolls quickly led to role playing.  Now what mommy doesn't have a  kitchen?  This is such a fun addition to playing house with baby dolls.  Both my girls always loved playing kitchen. 

Pretend Play Kitchens has an amazing selection of kitchens for girls and boys.   There newest, and my favorite is the The Kidkraft Grand Gourmet Corner Kitchen 53185!

No detail has been left out! If you are tight on space, these wooden play kitchens are great because it fits in the corner of the room, yet it’s big enough for multiple children to play with. Girls will love the beautiful pink design, with matching pink curtains. Kids will use their imagination for hours pretending to do things in the kitchen just like mom and dad!


Features include:
  • Made of sturdy WOODEN construction!
  • See-through doors on oven and microwave
  • Turning Knobs on the oven and sink
  • Dishwasher, oven, microwave, refrigerator and freezer doors all open and close
  • Cloth curtains behind the sink 
  • 4 metal accessories: a pot, a pan and two spatulas 
  • Removable sink for quick and easy cleaning
  • Large enough that multiple children can play at once
  • Convenient storage below the microwave and washer
  • 36.22"W x 12.32"D x 36.02"H
  • Wood, Plastic, Fabric
  • Recommended for children ages 2 to 6
  • Assembly required (Easy Instructions included)
 If my girls were just a bit younger, I would snap this baby up.  At less then $200 you can't beat the price of a wooden kitchen vs plastic.  Plus it is very detailed.  Even though most kids have amazing imaginations, they also like to have toys that mimic their parents.  With the details in the Grand Gourmet Kitchen, your kids are all set to explore and play in their pretend kitchen.  It is so important for kids to use their imaginations.  With the ease of technology, kids often don't get a chance to just play.  Use their brains to create.  Play kitchens are such an amazing way to jump start them.

Another feature that I absolutely adore about this newest kitchen from Pretend Play Kitchens is that it is a corner model.  What a space saver this can be.  One thing I would do with the Grand Gourmet Kitchen is set up a corner of my daughters room/play room into a little house.  The corner model makes it so easy to divide the room into different play areas. 

Of course this pink version would probably be better for a little girl, Pretend Play Kitchens does have a wide variety of other wooden kitchens available.  You are sure to find something perfect for the child in your life!

Pretend Play Kitchens also has an amazing set of accessories.  My youngest still does play house, I'm seriously wanting the Cupcake Stand Set for her.  Isn't that the cutest thing?

You can read about other bloggers thoughts on the Grand Gourmet Wooden Kitchen by stopping by Mama Bzz.

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Sunday, October 4, 2009

Review ~ A Priest in Hell by Randall Radic



I got an email from Basil Spice about author Randall Radic and his book Gone to Hell: True Crimes of America's Clergy.  Never one to turn down a good story about priests going bad, I replied that I'd review it.  Unfortunately it was already gone, but then I was offered a chance to review A Priest in Hell: Gangs, Murderers and Snitching in a California Jail.  I figured, why not and was sent the book. 


Randall Radic is a former priest in the Old Catholic Church, a convicted felon who was sentenced to 16 months in prison.   He was arrested and charged with 10 felonies after a large bank deposit attracts the attention of the authorities. After an investigation, his congregation learns that he mortgaged the parish house, took the money, and then sold off the church itself. Convicted of embezzlement, forgery, and fraud, he spends six months in prison before a plea bargain leads to his release. 

This book is basically a gritty memoir that describes the painful reality of crime and punishment in a California jail.  Randall at age 54 (which is older then the general population) soon dis covers that his background as a priest makes him both a target and a confidant within the prison walls.   As he writes about his own anger and contrition, he also introduces the stories of several of his fellow inmates, detailing their struggles and presenting a frighteningly real and powerful sense of the tastes, smells, sounds, and indignities of jail life.

I have to be be honest, I dislike Radic very much.  He seems like an arrogant jerk that does not care one bit about other human beings, nor having any morals.  Look at what he has done, he fed off the people that thought they were helping God.  He is greedy, egotistical and with no remorse. 

Not only that, to get a lighter sentence, he rats out his fellow inmates.  He has not one drop of ethics what so ever, no respect for his fellow humankind.  Now he is writing books about his "experience".  He created this experience by stealing from innocent people, ugh!!!

Anyways, onto the book.  I will admit, I did get into the book in the beginning.  You want to find out what happens next, etc.  Some parts start to get boring in the middle.  It is an interesting read into the prison system, especially if you like true crime. 

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