Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fairy Chronicles ~ Book Series for Girls

I came across the Fairy Chronicles a year or so ago.  I knew right away my daughter would love these books.  The publisher sent me around 8 - 10 books to review from the series.  They sat on my shelf for months, then one day near the beginning of the school year my daughter finally picked up the first book Marigold and the Feather of Hope, The Journey Begins. She was instantly hooked on this series. She read the first book in a matter of days, then she quickly went on to the second book.

 J.H. Sweet is now her favorite author.  She has written about her in school, along with the books.  When I was looking through her book journal at school recently it was funny to see over 10 of the Fairy Chronicles listed.  I believe there are 13 or more books right now.  I can't say enough about how much my daughter adores this series.  She carries one book with her all the time.  She has always played fairies, but she does it so much more now.  She uses things from the books to create her imaginary worlds with her dolls.  She has lent out her books to at least a dozen girls. They are always asking her to bring in the next book that they need.

The books are an excellent quality, nice think pages.  They are in full cover with illustrations.  There is fairy information in the back. They are truly excellent books!  Each book focuses on a different fairy and a new adventure.  All of the fairies around 9 in age.  The books are written for ages 9 -12, but I think most 8 year olds and even 7 year olds can read them.  That is the time that they really get into fairies I think.

You can buy the books individually from Sourcebooks.  They also set a Thistle doll and then box sets (Book 1 - 4, 1 -5 and 1-10)  Amazon also sells the full line.

There is also a great website that girls can register with.  There is even free stuff for girls there and Girl Scout activity ideas.  

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Monday, May 3, 2010

Summer Snacking with Melba Toast

For over 80 years, Old London Melba Toast has provided a great alternative to heavy breads or crackers, for healthier snacking. Most of the products are made with all-natural whole grains, which helps a simple snack like Melba Toast and hummus make you stay fuller longer.

I was sent 2 boxes of Melba Toast to try out recently.  I was sent the Sea Salt and the Spicy & Pepper flavors.  I tried them both and really liked the taste.  I'm not a huge fan of pepper or even spicy, but the Melba Toast Spicy & Pepper were pretty mild.  My husband really liked them and asked if he could have the box.  I thought it was pretty funny how excited he was about it.  He did comment that it wasn't as spicy as the box appears to be, but really liked them anyway.
The Sea Salt were my favorite.  Very yummy, and it is a subtle salt flavor, not overwhelming at all.  I loved that they are whole grain as well.  Plus the size is awesome.  Totally perfect for dipping or adding toppings. 

For more creative options, visit ToastForEverydayHealth.com for a variety of Melba inspired recipes – like Chocolate Pistachio Crunch, Atlantic Salmon Bites and Lemon Meringue Tarts – great for warm-weather entertaining!   They are even good dipped in regular salsa, yum!

This tour isn't just about a great snack though ~ Old London created the "Dance Your Way to Hollywood" sweepstakes.  One winner and a guest will win a trip to California for an all-expenses paid, dance-inspired getaway including private lessons at the 3rd Street Dance Studio and tickets to watch the taping of a popular television show. (The four-day, three-night, all-expense-paid trip will also include air travel and accommodations at a popular Hollywood hotel.)  Moms can enter the sweepstakes now through June 30, 2010, at www.toastforeverydayhealth.com

I wrote this review while participating in a blog campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Old London Melba Toast and received a sample to facilitate my candid review. Mom Central sent me a gift card to thank me for taking the time to participate.
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Started the 30 Day Shred Today

I've heard a lot of great things about Jillian Michaels - 30 Day Shred both on blogs and on facebook.  Actually a lot on Facebook!  I broke down and purchased it from Amazon (using swagbucks!).

I did it today & it is a great workout!  I love it.  The work out is only 20 minutes, so it is easy to fit in.  The work out kicks your butt in the 20 minutes.  The abs and strength were pretty easy, but the cardio about killed me, lol.

There are 3 different levels, and each level has an easier work out to it.  The one complaint I heard was that there is only work out for each level so it gets boring.  A suggestion I also read was to alternate between Level 1, 2 and 3 but either do the hard or easy workout depending on where you at.  I thought that was a great idea.  If I get bored with it, I will try that out.

Anyone else use this dvd?  I'm thinking about checking out some of her books from the library as well.

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