Saturday, October 31, 2009

Dracula's Tomb

My daughter enjoys reading, but mainly at school.  She isn't big on reading at home, until lately that is.  When I handed her Dracula's Tomb to she was instantly hooked on this book.  It honestly surprised me a bit because she is funny about scaryish type things.

First she read it from cover to cover then she started playing with the book.  At the very end, there is a pop up of Dracula.  Once she finished the book, she started looking through all the illustrations and making up her own stories.  She even played dentist with the pop-up Dracula because he was eating to much sugar blood.  I loved watching her imagination going wild while reading a book!  I can't recommend this Halloween book enough.  It is great for boys and girls, during Halloween or not.  Excellent book, one of my favorites in awhile for children.

After I gave Cami  Dracula's Tomb, she has been carrying it all around the house playing with it.

I was sent Dracula's Tomb to read and possibly review.  Opinions are mine.

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Five Star Publications: Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad

You won't have to worry about fear of snakes when your little one picks up a copy of Rattlesnake Rules by Conrad J. Storad.  This fun books is geared towards kids ages 4 - 8.  I had my 8 year old daughter read it for the review, and she loved it.

Uh-oh! Was that a rattle I heard? Maybe it was a rattlesnake just following the rules. Rules? Rattlesnakes have rules?! If these babies shake their rattles, you d better pay attention! Much maligned primarily because they are too often misunderstood, rattlesnakes have gotten a bad rap over the years. Conrad J. Storad, an award-winning author of more than 30 science and nature books for young readers, wants to do something about that. In his just released book, Rattlesnake Rules, Conrad demystifies the world of rattlesnakes and introduces children to such topics as who, when, and what rattlesnakes eat. He shows readers why rattlesnakes have rattles and what it means if you hear one. You will learn how the snakes forked tongues help them survive. The delightful and colorful illustrations of Nathaniel P. Jensen help bring the story alive. A long-time resident of the Sonoran Desert, Conrad has long been fascinated by the diversity of animals and plants that call the desert home. Some of his earlier titles are Meerkats, Don t Call Me Pig! (A Javelina Story), Desert Night Shift (A Pack Rat Story), Lizards for Lunch (A Roadrunner s Tale), and Don t Ever Cross that Road! (An Armadillo Story).
Rattlesnake Rules is such a fun story.  Not only is it an engaging story for little ones, but it is also educational as well.  With beautiful illustrations by Nathaniel Jensen.  Rattlesnake Rules tell the rules of dealing with rattlesnakes from the snake's point of view.  How fun is that for kids?  My daughter got a real kick out of the story and thoroughly enjoyed all the pictures.

From a parent stand point, I love that the book includes rattlesnake facts, mysteries, myths and vocabulary words along with a curriculum guide in the back.

This book is on sale for $12.88 right now with Five Star Publications, due to their 24th anniversary special!

I want to thank Mama Buzz and Five Star Publications for this fun opportunity.  I did receive a free copy of the book.  This did not influence my opinion though :)

If you want a chance at winning this book, check out Mama Buzz.  Comment by the 7th of November!

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Friday, October 30, 2009

Uprinting Winners

We have some recent Uprinting winners ~

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Listerine Oral Care Challenge

I was invited to participate in the Listerine Oral Care Challenge this month to help combat the Halloween candy craze. 

The U.S Department of Health and Human Services states that 50 percent of kids between the ages of 5 and 9 get a cavity or filling.

To help with the candy frenzy, Listerine and Reach created the "October Oral Care Challenge" for kids 6 and older. 

To complete the challenge, myself and my kids had to brush, floss and rinse every day, twice a day for two weeks—a key step in building a strong foundation of good oral care habits.  

 Momcentral and Listerine sent a nice assortment of Listerine and reach products for me and the girls to use.  The kids had a lot of fun marking the calender each time they brushed and flossed.  Hoping this instills in them a priority for clean teeth!

The Listerine agent blue is such a fun mouth wash. What it does it turns all the tartar and food in your kids mouth blue.  That way, when brushing they have something to guide them in cleaning properly.  It has been a lifesaver in my house!

Want to thank MomCentral, Listerine and Reach in providing me products to try out.  I was not paid for my thoughts, they are mine.  I was sent a box of oral care products, I will also receive $10 gift card to and  the makers of Listerine and Reach will also send a donation on my behalf to the National Children's Oral Health Foundation (, an organization committed to delivering comprehensive oral healthcare to economically disadvantaged children.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Your Family Constitution by Scott Gale Virtual

If you have a family, then you must read Scott Gale's book, Your Family Constitution: A Modern Approach to Family Values and Household Structure.

This book is actually more of a personal account of Scott Gale (a parent), who has lived through the experience of balancing work, marriage, kids, and has succeeded.  Your Family Constitution has step by step suggestions to help you do the same thing.

I've had this book for over a month now.  It has really helped me to organize my approach to my kids behavior.  We are slowly working our way through the techniques, and we are already experiencing positives from this book.

Another great thing about Your Family Constitution is the website.  It is full of informative information, and fun things to do.  They even include a free resource area with ebooks, links, family homework and charts & downloads to help you on your journey. 

Are you ready to get started on the road to clarity, consistency and whole-hearted commitment to get better? Begin by downloading Your Family Constitution’s first E-book.
Learn about the most common problems parents contend with in a world that moves at a frantic pace, as well as the few simple ways to end the chaos.

Monday, October 26, 2009

100 Brochures for One Lucky Winner

I think this is such great timing for this next contest from my sponsor

Giveaway Prize: 100 Brochures for One Lucky Winner
100 8.5 x11" Brochure / Flyers on 100lb gloss text paper ; 4 color printing on both sides
Folding Choices: Half fold; Trifold/Letterfold; Z-fold; Accordion (4 panels) Roll Fold (4 Panels)
Shipping: FREE UPS Ground Shipping
Eligibility: Limited to US Residents due to shipping costs. We will negotiate better shipping rates soon.

There are so many possibilities with this time of year for the brochures or flyer printing.  These aren't just good for business owners, even though it is great for them!  Is your church running an event for the upcoming holidays, are you having a big party (flyers make great invites), does your school need some flyers made.   The possibilities are just endless. 

To enter this great giveaway, check out Uprintings brochures to get a feel for what you are winning.  Then come back here and tell me what you would do if you won or give me a creative use for them.

Extra entries ~

  • Blog about this giveaway, linking to the giveaway &
  • Tweet the giveaway, please include @uprinting in the tweet & #giveaway
  • Follow both me and uprinting on twitter
  • Subscribe/Follow to my blog & Uprinting's blog
  • Put one of my buttons on your blog sidebar (can be any of my blogs)
This contest will run until November 8th.  The winner will receive an email from Uprinting with instructions on claiming their prize on November 13th.

Disclaimer ~ I was not paid for hosting this giveaway or sharing my thoughts.  As an appreciation gift though, I am eligible to receive 100 brochures/flyers as well. 

Congrats to onangelwings

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