Sunday, June 23, 2019

Introduce Your Little One to Classic Literature with BabyLit Books! (Promo Code and Giveaway)

Research supports the idea that reading to your children from the time they are babies creates not only a wonderful bonding experience, but also aids in their development and learning. If you’re a fan of classic literature like me, you’ll be thrilled to know that your child is never too young to be introduced to these long-time friends thanks to BabyLit books! Not only do they introduce your baby or toddler to classic literature, but they aid in teaching them numbers, sounds, colors, animals, anatomy and more!

I was excited to receive a copy of the very first BabyLit book: Pride and Prejudice. This sturdy, baby-proof board book is adorable and cheeky, with an introduction to numbers for babies and fun references to Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice that amuse adults. The cover has an illustration of Jane Austen wearing a shirt that says, “I love Darcy”! The famous houses in the book are illustrated (Longbourn, Netherfield, and Pemberley) as well as the five Bennet sisters (Jane, Elizabeth, Mary, Lydia and Kitty). Parent, grandparent or caregiver can count along with baby by exploring 6 horses or 9 fancy ball gowns. It may be a little difficult to explain the concept of “10,000 pounds a year” to little ones, but they can count the 10 pieces of currency on the page.

Parents will want to collect all of the BabyLit books for a full collection! Check out the available titles: The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Aladdin and the Wonderful Lamp; Alice in Wonderland; Anna Karenina; Anne of Green Gables; Around the World in 80 Days; A Christmas Carol; Don Quixote; Dracula; Emma; Frankenstein; Jabberwocky; Jane Eyre; The Jungle Book; A Little Princess; A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Little Women; Les Miserables; Moby-Dick; The Nutcracker; The Odyssey; Peter Pan; Pride & Prejudice; Romeo & Juliet; The Secret Garden; Sense & Sensibility; Sherlock Holmes in the Hound of the Baskervilles; Treasure Island; The Wonderful Wizard of Oz; Wuthering Heights

Don’t have a baby? No problem. BabyLit books make a wonderful baby shower or welcome baby gift! For as little as $20, you can give two BabyLit books, and if you order before June 30, 2019, you can enjoy 25% off!

Use Code: BBLIT25
Expires: June 30, 2019

Follow BabyLit books on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @BabyLitBooks


GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of BabyLit’s Pride and Prejudice book! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book to facilitate my honest review, plus a copy to give away.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Review/Giveaway: "Okko's Inn" ~ This Stunning Anime Film Arrives on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital Download on July 2!

GKIDS and Shout! Factory Present Okko's Inn on
Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download on July 2, 2019

After losing her parents in a car accident, Okko goes to live in the countryside with her grandmother, who runs a traditional inn near an ancient spring said to have healing waters. Okko soon discovers there are spirits living there only she can see -- welcoming ghosts who keep her company, play games and help her navigate her new environment. Okko strives to be a gracious host, and this is soon put to the test by a string of challenging guests with different stories. But ultimately Okko discovers that dedicating herself to others becomes the key to taking care of herself in this beautiful tale from Kitaro Kosaka, who was a key animator on numerous classic films at the venerable Studio Ghibli.

Bonus Features
Interview with the Director
Interview with Seiran Kobayashi (Okko)
Q & A at Japanese Premiere
Trailers and TV Spots


Review of Okko's Inn
 by T.T.

Okko’s Inn (2019) is a touchingly bittersweet film. While it will no doubt be a delight for most children, do not be surprised if any adults in the room find themselves a little teary-eyed during the film’s most poignant scenes.

The film comes to us from Japan, directed by Kitarô Kôsaka and animated by Studio Madhouse. For fans of animation, those names have likely already sold the film and its quality. Kôsaka is perhaps best known as the animation director for many of Hayao Miyazaki’s works at Studio Ghibli, including some of its most prominent masterpieces like Laputa: Castle in the Sky (1986), Grave of the Fireflies (1988), and even the Academy Award-winning Spirited Away (2001). However, since 2003 he has begun making a name for himself as a film director in his own right. Meanwhile, Studio Madhouse is a titan in the Japanese animation industry, consistently producing award-winning films since the early '80s. The studio has brought to life the visions of some of Japan’s most prominent directors, such as Satoshi Kon and Mamoru Hosoda.

The film, at times, does struggle to match the legacy of its creators’ filmography, though that is only because that legacy is so prestigious. On its own, Okko’s Inn is incredibly charming and wonderfully animated. The story is centered around our young female protagonist, Okko, who moves to a new town to live with her grandmother after the untimely deaths of her parents in a car accident. Her grandmother is the innkeeper for a traditional Japanese inn, built atop a mystical hot spring known for its healing qualities. However, upon arriving in this new town, Okko learns that her grandmother’s inn not only contains many icky bugs that she is afraid of, but also a few friendly spirits and ghosts who have come to reside there. The movie follows Okko over roughly a year of her life as she slowly settles into her role as the junior innkeeper and comes to terms with the death of her parents.

While adults will find some of the dialogue cheesy and some characters to be a bit unconvincing in their sentimentality, the film nonetheless delivers where it counts, resulting in a climax that feels emotionally satisfying and genuine. The English voice actress for Okko is especially great and is convincing at portraying Okko’s child-like energy as well as her more adult sorrows. While there is one scene of a car accident in the beginning of the film that might scare the youngest audience members, I think most children and families will find the film an especially magical escape.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a Blu-ray/DVD copy of Okko's Inn! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film to facilitate my reviewer's honest review. 

Friday, June 21, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 22-28, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky. Let's celebrate these wonderful days of summer by entering some giveaways! Be sure to visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. There are more on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below. Don't forget to invite your social media followers to join the fun. Have a sun-filled week!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!



Wednesday, June 19, 2019

A Summer Reading Giveaway of 5 Books from Silver Dolphin Books and Canterbury Classics!

Are you looking for some amazing books to entice your children to read this summer? Here are several suggestions that will not only entertain your kids but also charm the adults in their life!

About The Big Book Adventure
by Emily Ford; illustrated by Tim Warnes
Publisher: Silver Dolphin Books
Hardcover, 32 pages
Ages 6-8

Journey back through childhood classics like Peter Pan, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, and more in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

There is nothing like a book to take you to places you’ve never been. Best friends Foxy and Piggy can’t wait to tell each other about all of their adventures in reading! Flying over Neverland, swimming with a mermaid, joining in a mad tea party, soaring on a magic carpet—old classics come to life in the eyes of two little readers who can’t believe what they’ve seen. Journey back to old favorites and experience the magic all over again in this adorable picture book about the joys of reading!

Look inside!


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About Canterbury Illustrated Classics
This Illustrated Classics series includes works that have been enjoyed by generations of readers across the world for years. Join Peter Pan and Wendy in Neverland, read about the adventures of a horse (from the horse himself!), and search for buried treasure with these timeless classics. The series is a great addition to any library, but it is especially perfect for kids ages 10 and up. The unabridged titles are a great way to introduce your favorite literature to your favorite young reader. Each title includes dozens of full-color and ink drawings by acclaimed illustrators to make the stories even more memorable. Detailed foil stamping and a full-color illustration on the covers make these books a treasured addition to your library.

Titles include:
Black Beauty
Kidnapped
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
The Swiss Family Robinson
Treasure Island
Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass
The Secret Garden
Peter Pan
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Anne of Green Gables
The Wind in the Willows
Aesop’s Fables
The Jungle Book
Hans Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales


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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive The Big Book Adventure by Emily Ford and four Canterbury Illustrated Classics highlighting the stories featured in The Big Book Adventure: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass, Hans Christian Andersen's Fairy Tales, The Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales, and Peter Pan. Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. and Canada residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, July 10, 2019.

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Saturday, June 15, 2019

Enter the MAM #SuperDad Facebook Contest for the Chance to Win $100 Worth of Prizes, Plus Enter an Exclusive Giveaway on This Blog!


While raising a child is a rewarding experience, parenting comes with a lot of responsibility. Staying organized, maintaining a social life, and getting enough sleep while attending to the needs of your LO(s) 24/7 is a difficult task! In honor of Father's Day, MAM wants to recognize all of the amazing and hardworking dads out there!

Share a story about the #SuperDad in your life with MAM at www.facebook.com/mambabyusa using #SuperDad and #Contest for a chance to win $100 worth of prizes!

MAM is also generously hosting another giveaway exclusively on Susan Heim on Parenting! Read on to learn how you can enter to win more great MAM products!

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GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a $30 package of MAM products, including MAM I Love Daddy Pacifiers and Pacifier Clips! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends on Friday, June 21, 2019.

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Friday, June 14, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (June 15-21, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky. I can't believe that June is half over already! It feels like summer, so let's celebrate by entering some giveaways! If you want to win great prizes, be sure to visit this page daily to see what new giveaways have been added. There are more on my right sidebar, too! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free share it in the linky below. Don't forget to invite your social media followers to join the fun. Have a wondrous week!

NOTE: Where it asks for "Your Name," enter the name of your giveaway along with the end date. For the URL, enter the exact URL where your giveaway is located. Comments are appreciated but never required. Thank you!


Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12 with 50% Off First-Time Orders from T.O.P. Chops Beef Jerky!

I bet you didn't know that June 12th is National Jerky Day! T.O.P. Chops Jerky, maker of a handcrafted jerky made from American beef with no additives or preservatives, is celebrating with 50% off first-time orders!

What makes T.O.P. Chops Jerky better?

T.O.P. Chops only uses USDA Graded Select or better beef
Most jerky that’s made in the U.S. uses ungraded meats from dairy cattle, which are cows that no longer produce milk. Using American beef from steers—as opposed to dairy cattle—makes their jerky incredibly tender and provides an authentic beef flavor. The first thing my family said when they tried T.O.P. Chops Jerky was "This jerky is so tender!"

Thin cuts make moist jerky
The majority of beef jerky is hard and tough. But T.O.P. Chops Jerky is made using a Veri-Thin™ slicing process. This reduces the cooking time, retains the meat’s moisture and renders an easy-to-chew jerky.

Marinades infused with antioxidants
While most premium jerkies on the market have similar levels of fat, sugar, and sodium, T.O.P. Chops Jerky is a “better-for-you” beef jerky. The founders partnered with food science and culinary experts to enhance the recipe. This effort culminated in a new ingredient called plum powder, which not only reduces added sugars and sodium, but also creates a product packed with antioxidants.

T.O.P. Chop Jerky comes in four flavors, including Original, Teriyaki, Sweet & Spicy and Red Chili Pepper. My family was able to try all four flavors, and they loved all of them! The Sweet & Spicy was a particular favorite!

Learn more about T.O.P Chops Jerky on their website at https://topchops.com or follow them on Instagram @topchopsnacks.

And don't forget to use code JERKYDAY to get 50% off your first purchase and celebrate National Jerky Day on June 12th!



Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Spotlight and Giveaway: "The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street," by Dr. Lucille Burbank

The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street
by Dr. Lucille Burbank

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the longest running children’s show in the history of broadcasting, Sesame Street. Its debut on November 10, 1969, signaled a show that would eventually become a significant part of our culture and a new way of learning through the medium of television.

In her entertaining and well-researched book, The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, author and educational media consultant, Dr. Lucille Burbank, takes you on a 50th anniversary adventure, introducing you to the show’s true pioneers and the secrets of its long-running success.

In a collection of fun and intimate interviews, Burbank talks to Joan Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Street, on how the idea for the show originated at a dinner party. Caroll Spinney, who plays both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch (who knew?), tells you how the Grouch got his voice. Jane Henson, wife and creative partner of the late Jim Henson, shares their thoughts on the importance of using color and creating a sense of wonder in everything. Long-time writer, Emily Perl Kingsley, who joined the show after watching it for a year, discusses how she fell in love with Sesame Street’s humor and its freshness. And Jeff Moss, former head writer and songwriter, who is known for his lyrical song , “Rubber Duckie,” shares his thoughts about working at Sesame Street. In addition, Fred Rogers, creator of the popular and beloved, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, is interviewed among others.

Also included in the giveaway is Dr. Burbank’s Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media: 52 Tips for Parents, a how-to tips booklet with suggestions for parents of children from birth to adolescence.

Visit: https://www.teachingkidstolove.com/
Follow Dr. Burbank on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DrLucilleBurbank/
Purchase the book: https://amzn.to/2ImWHiz

About Dr. Burbank:
Dr. Lucille Burbank, an author, educational media consultant, mother, and grandmother, has worked behind the scenes of Sesame Street in their research division. One of her main tasks there was to meet with the head writer to make important changes in the scripts before production began. For research topics of a more serious nature, such as child abuse and fire safety, Burbank introduced qualitative evaluation and helped establish new standards by writing more detailed reports of these studies.

The recipient of a doctoral degree from Temple University, Dr. Burbank has worked in educational media and technology towards the advancement of education and special education. Receiving a scholarship while earning her doctorate, allowed her to conduct a much larger dissertational study on three prominent children’s television shows: Captain Kangaroo, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood and Sesame Street. From this study, she wrote her first book titled, Secrets from Sesame Street’s Pioneers: How They Produced a Successful Television Series, which is a reference book for graduate students and professionals in television. The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street is an elaborately designed version of the original book, intended for nostalgic generations who grew up with this beloved show.

Dr. Burbank has also written 52 Tips for Parents titled, Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media. And because she knows how busy parents can be, Lucille, with Paulette Ensign of Tips Products International, recorded an audio version based on this guide. In addition, a coloring book for children, containing some of these safety tips was produced. It is called Color Your World.

GIVEAWAY

One lucky winner will receive a copy of The Inside Secrets of Sesame Street, by Dr. Lucille Burbank, plus Dr. Burbank's booklet, Guide Your Child to Safe TV and Electronic Media: 52 Tips for Parents! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Tuesday, June 25, 2019.

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