Friday, April 19, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 20-26, 2019)

Thank you for stopping by for this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hoping to find some fun giveaways, you've come to the right place! Visit this page every day to see what new giveaways have been added. And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, please share it in the linky below and then invite your social media followers to visit. Have a great 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!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Help Tree Hut Make a Generous Donation to the Arbor Day Foundation in April, Plus Enter This Giveaway for Tree Hut Products! #TreeHutxArborDay

Arbor Day is coming up on April 26th, and to celebrate, Tree Hut -- America’s favorite brand for body scrubs and butters -- is partnering with The National Arbor Day Foundation to give back to nature with a #TreeHutxArborDay campaign! For the entire month of April, Tree Hut is giving 10% of proceeds for every product that is sold on to the Arbor Day Foundation. In honor not just of the brand’s tree logo and namesake, but of the natural wonders that inspire the Tree Hut team and the products they create every day, they are showing their support for The Arbor Day Foundation’s mission to get 100 million trees planted by the year 2020.

I love companies that "give back" for a great cause. What are you doing for Arbor Day? I hope you'll celebrate by supporting this wonderful effort with a purchase at this month!


And Tree Hut's generosity continues because they are offering one lucky reader of this blog a Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub and a Shea Body Butter! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM EDT on April 30, 2019.

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Disclosure: I receive complimentary product samples as a thank-you for sharing this information and giveaway with my readers.

Sunday, April 14, 2019

Children's Picture Book Review: "Rosie and Rasmus," by Serena Geddes

Rosie and Rasmus
by Serena Geddes
Ages 4-8

About the book:
Two kindred spirits -- a lonely young girl and a solitary young dragon -- find each other and discover the power and magic of friendship. Every day, Rosie waits and watches as children play together, laugh and share stories, hoping she can join in the fun and make a new friend. But every day her wish never comes true. Every day, Rasmus sits in his tree and waits and watches as birds dance in the sky, wishing he could fly just like them. But every day his wish never comes true. Then one day, Rosie and Rasmus meet, and girl and dragon are lonely no more. Serena Geddes’ enchanting tale is sure to make readers believe in the transformative power of love, friendship, and hope.

My thoughts:
I love beautiful picture books, and Rosie and Rasmus is truly lovely. Geddes' sparse prose and whimsical illustrations not only make this perfect for gift-giving and collecting, but also highlight the beauty of friendship. Like many young people, Rosie doesn't make friends easily. But when she and Rasmus connect through their shared loneliness and feelings of being "different," Rosie gathers the courage to reach out and seek more friends. Children will love the little green dragon, Rasmus, and be inspired by their magical friendship. They'll learn about the power of wishing, hope and love.

About the author/illustrator:
Serena Geddes, illustrator of Aladdin's Marguerite Henry's Misty Inn series, has been illustrating children's books since 2009. She has illustrated the Lulu Bell books and has also worked for Walt Disney Animation Australia on sequels to The Lion King, Peter Pan: Return to Neverland, Lady and the Tramp, and Jungle Book. She lives in Australia

Disclosure: I received a complimentary review copy of this book to facilitate my honest review. This post contains my Amazon affiliate link, and I will receive a small commission on purchases made through my link.

Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste: Professionally Designed to Fight Cavities and Whiten Teeth

There are a lot of choices when it comes to purchasing toothpaste. How do you select the right one? The best toothpastes have both health and cosmetic benefits. From a health standpoint, you’ll want a toothpaste that has fluoride to fight cavities and helps protect your enamel. But from a cosmetic standpoint, you’ll want that same toothpaste to help your teeth look their best! Years of drinking and eating can leave teeth looking dull or yellow, so it’s prudent to seek out a product that will also make your smile whiter and brighter.

With all this in mind, Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste is an excellent choice. Not only does it protect your enamel and provide anti-cavity fluoride protection, but it is professionally designed with 2% hydrogen peroxide to whiten your teeth. In fact, with daily use (brushing twice a day for six weeks), it brightens more than the leading whitening strip! But with all this power, it’s gentle enough to use every day, too.

I’ve been using Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste myself, and I am very pleased with the results. My teeth look and feel great. I’m happy knowing that my toothpaste not only has cavity-fighting power, but also has hydrogen peroxide to whiten my teeth. If you’re hoping for a brighter smile in addition to cavity-fighting power, choose Colgate Optic White High Impact White Toothpaste next time you’re at the store. Your smile will thank you!

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample from Colgate-Palmolive to facilitate my honest review.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 13-19, 2019)

It's time for a new Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Visit this page every day to see what great giveaways have been added! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to invite all your friends! Have a great week, and I hope you win something!

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!

Sunday, April 07, 2019

Review and Giveaway: "A Silent Voice: The Movie"

A Silent Voice: The Movie
Now on Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack, DVD & Digital Download

About the Movie:
When a deaf elementary school girl named Shoko is forced to transfer to a new school after a boy named Shôya constantly bullies her, Shôya suffers over the consequences of his guilt for years. Upon entering high school, Shôya finally decides he must find Shoko to make amends for what he did in elementary school and to become her friend. Along the way, he meets new and old faces, and struggles with many complicated relationships and feelings in “this beautifully rendered anime” (Total Film).

Based on the critically acclaimed manga by Yoshitoki Oima, this release is presented in Japanese with subtitles, and with an English dub.

Winner of the 40th Japan Academy Award for Excellent Animation of the Year, A Silent Voice: The Movie makes its highly anticipated debut on home entertainment following its North American theatrical release in late 2017. A Silent Voice: The Movie comes from the lauded director Naoko Yamada (Liz and the Blue Bird) and writer Reiko Yoshida. Among the film’s many accolades are Tokyo Anime Awards for Best Film and Best Screenplay and the Japanese Movie Critics Award for Best Animation.

Recommended for ages 13+.

Review by D.T.

A Silent Voice can truly be called a rollercoaster of emotions, from start to finish. It follows, primarily, two children and their story together. Shoko is the new girl at school, who is even more interesting to her new classmates because she is almost completely deaf. Shoya is the class prankster, who, like many of his classmates, enjoys lightly bullying others. Shoya has never had to deal with the deaf before and quickly takes to bullying the new girl. This bullying quickly gets out of hand, however, and when the issue is recognized by the school authorities, the other children put all the blame on Shoya and make him as outcast as Shoko was. The movie then fast forwards years later. Shoya is now in high school, spending years under the ridicule and alienation of his previous actions, and he now believes that he deserves this punishment. He realizes just how terrible his actions were, and he decides to try to make amends to Shoko for treating her the way he did.

Despite expected miscommunications, the two of them show two sides of a wonderful story. It is a story of a boy who cannot forgive himself for his cruelty and a girl who only sees herself as a burden to others. Their paths come together more than once, and they both learn the lesson that they desperately need: They are worth something, both to themselves and to each other. On a purely cosmetic side, the movie is gorgeous. Using bright colors and very detailed animation, they bring Shoya’s and Shoko’s world to life. They painstakingly animate sign language, believably create the voice of a child who cannot hear what she is saying, and fill the world with characters who all have their own reasons for being sympathetic, or unsympathetic, toward Shoko’s condition. It may have some hard concepts for younger children to grasp, such as attempted suicide and extreme bullying, but it is a beautiful story, both visually and emotionally.


One lucky winner will receive a DVD copy of A Silent Voice: The Movie! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, April 21, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this movie to facilitate this honest review.

Friday, April 05, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (April 6-12, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! Be sure to visit this page every day to see what great giveaways have been added! And if you're hosting a giveaway on your blog or website, feel free to share it in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to invite all your friends! Have a great week, and thanks for stopping by!

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!

Open Enrollment Is Almost Over for a Florida Prepaid College Plan! 3 Reasons Why You Need to Enroll Now

This post is sponsored by Florida Prepaid College Plans. All thoughts are my own.

Recently, I read an article about how much debt young adults are incurring by taking out loans to pay for higher education. The costs for college and university degrees continue to rise, and students struggle to pay them off when they graduate. Fortunately, there’s a way that you can help your children or grandchildren avoid this financial difficulty. It’s called a Florida Prepaid Plan! It saves you money in the long run because you are locking in the future cost of college today and paying a monthly rate that will never change! By the time your recipient is ready to begin college, their education will be paid for. How do I know? Because this happened with our family! My two oldest children both obtained their bachelor’s degrees from Florida universities with no debt thanks to the Florida Prepaid Plans I purchased for them. Needless to say, my other two children also have plans, and I feel great in knowing that they’ll also get college degrees without taking out high-interest loans.

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Roger Mantis Blog Tour: Giveaway for a Starbucks Gift Card

Roger Mantis by Tom Alan Brosz
Publication Date: April 2, 2019
Publisher: Tantrum Books

Baseball is Roger McGillicutty’s whole life. That is until he wakes one Saturday to find he is no longer a normal eleven-year-old boy. He's a five-foot-tall praying mantis.

Roger has school on Monday, the carnival comes to town next week, and his baseball team is poised to play their biggest rival in one week. Being a giant bug will seriously cramp Roger’s style!

To Roger’s surprise, his parents and friends are supportive. Even his dog isn’t spooked. But not everyone’s thrilled about Roger’s change. Some people are frightened and others would like nothing more than to squash him into the ground like the bug he is.

And when Little League officials oust Roger from baseball, his world collapses.

When a reporter from the city comes snooping around rumors of a man-sized baseball-playing praying mantis, Roger must choose between hiding his true self or being the hero he's always wanted to be.

Purchase Links
Google Play | BAM | Chapters | Indies | Amazon | B&N | Kobo | TBD | iBooks

About the Author:
Tom Alan Brosz actually is a rocket scientist (sort of), having done design and engineering work in the private space industry back before the private space industry was cool. His qualifications for writing this book are that he has experience in raising children who like bugs, and raising pet mantises for those children. Normal-sized mantises, of course.

Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Giveaway Info:

* One (1) winner will win a Starbucks Gift Card!

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Thursday, April 04, 2019

Winners in March 2019

Adventures with Annabelle and Maisie Book Tour: Coloring Book

Congratulations to the winners: Heather, Debra G., and Sherry S.!

PawParazzi (DVD)

Congratulations to the winner: John H.!

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Swag Pack

Congratulations to the winner: Sandy K.!

Instant Family Blu-ray/DVD Combo and Activity Kit

Congratulations to the winner: Amber C.!