Friday, March 22, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (March 23-29, 2019)

Welcome to this week's Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! 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! If you're hoping to win great prizes, bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar!) 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!



Saturday, March 16, 2019

Children's Book Review: "We Are the Gardeners," by Joanna Gaines

We Are the Gardeners
by Joanna Gaines
Illustrated by Julianna Swaney
Pub Date: March 26, 2019

In We Are the Gardeners, Joanna and the kids chronicle the adventures of starting their own family garden. From their failed endeavors, obstacles to overcome (bunnies that eat everything!), and all the knowledge they've gained along the way, the Gaines family shares how they learned to grow a happy, successful garden. As it turns out, trying something new isn't always easy, but the hardest work often yields the greatest reward. There are always new lessons to be learned in the garden!

You and your children can learn all about the Gaines family's story of becoming gardeners in Joanna's first children’s book—starting with the first little fern Chip bought for Jo. Over the years, the family's love for gardening blossomed into what is now a beautiful, bustling garden.

Julianna Swaney’s illustrations bring the Gaines family garden to life with colorful, whimsical watercolors and invite you to enjoy the beauty of a thriving garden.

My Thoughts: We Are the Gardeners is a beautiful introduction to gardening for children and families. We’ve all had plants that didn’t thrive due to problems with watering, sunlight, or wildlife. This charming children’s book shows that planting and maintaining a garden is hard work, but it’s also rewarding to create something of beauty and utility. The Gaines children learn how to solve problems, work diligently, and do their research when creating a garden. This book will inspire families to start their own gardens or tend to indoor plants if gardening isn’t an option. Illustrator Julianna Swaney also deserves high praise for her beautiful and charming illustrations that make this book such a joy to look at.



About the Author:
Joanna Gaines is the co-founder of Magnolia, a home and lifestyle brand that she started with her husband, Chip, in 2003. She is the bestselling author of The Magnolia Story, Magnolia Table, and Homebody, as well as editor-in-chief of Magnolia Journal, a lifestyle magazine offering inspiration for your life and home. The Gaineses, along with their five kids, live on a farm in Waco, Texas, where they enjoy caring for their bustling family garden.



Disclosure: I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions are 100% my own.

INSTANT FAMILY Is Now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital! Enter to Win a Blu-ray/DVD Combo and Themed Activity Kit!

About Instant Family:
This heartwarming film, inspired by real events from the life of writer/director Sean Anders, follows Pete (Mark Wahlberg) and Ellie (Rose Byrne) as they decide to start a family and stumble into the world of foster-care adoption. They hope to take in one small child, but when they meet three siblings, including a rebellious 15-year-old girl (Isabela Moner), they find themselves speeding from zero to three kids overnight. Now, Pete and Ellie must hilariously try to learn the ropes of instant parenthood in the hopes of becoming a family. INSTANT FAMILY also stars Octavia Spencer, Tig Notaro and Margo Martindale.

My thoughts: 
I loved Instant Family and the fact that it was inspired by a real-life family. It had a lot of funny moments, and yet it also handled the topic of foster-care adoption realistically by showing that it's not always easy to build a family this way. There are guaranteed to be numerous problems due to the children's pasts and the legal system, but the long-term rewards are worth the struggles for most families. Instant Family was the perfect mix of humor and realism, and really inspired me to think more about the foster-care system and the number of children who need families. At the same time, it was a very enjoyable movie to watch with an excellent cast and storyline. Highly recommended!

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One lucky winner will receive an INSTANT FAMILY activity kit (pictured above), which includes items based upon moments from the film, including “Grandma’s make-up kit” (washable markers and a make-up bag), a t-shirt with fabric markers and fabric paint, a custom bag, balloons, a hairbrush and the Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack of INSTANT FAMILY! Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, March 31, 2019.

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this film to facilitate my honest review, but all opinions are my own. Thanks to Paramount for providing the prize pack.

Book Blitz: "Return," a Middle Grade Fantasy by A.L. Brown


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Fable Ranger, Book 2
MG Fairy Tale, MG Fantasy
Published: February 2019
Publisher: Dingbat Publishing

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Casey is home! But not for long…

Casey’s short-lived return to the real world is followed by a rapid scramble back to Lorealia to tackle Dovetail and more of his mischief. This time, it’s a family affair — not just to save the missing godmothers, but to rescue her sister Leslie as well.

Snow White is now Snow Leslie, trapped in an off-script fairy tale that’s doomed to spiral into a never ever after with the rest of Lorealia if Casey, her father, and Charlie-boy fail their mission to stop a war.

And has the book finally realized it made a mistake in choosing Casey as the Fable Ranger after all? Why is it rejecting her?

Don’t miss this final installment of the exciting Fable Ranger duology.



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Other Books in the Fable Ranger Series:



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Summons
Fable Ranger, Book 1
Publisher: Dingbat Publishing

Take care what you wish for. You just might get it.

Twelve-year-old Casey doesn’t think life could get any more unfair. Plans for her special basketball tournament are tossed aside by her sister’s wedding plans. She even has to be a bridesmaid now, with all the lace and silk and—oh, the horror! All she wants is an escape, but she never imagined she’d be swept away to a world of Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, stories of Arabian Nights, and oh, by the way, all but one fairy godmother has been kidnapped.

Casey learns she’s been summoned as the Fable Ranger to lead the search and rescue of the missing wish-makers. But she’s not the hero they want. In the world of fairy tales, damsels aren’t meant to swoop in and save the day.

Now all Casey wants is to go home, but the veil between worlds is on lockdown. Taking fate into her own hands, she embarks on an airship flight to find the phoenix tears that can open her way home. Her journey would’ve gone as smooth as the perfect layup if it weren’t for that pesky bounty the evil Dovetail has placed on her head. But if Casey fails, the Arabian Nights will disappear forever—and leave her trapped in a world unraveling one fairy tale at a time.





Excerpt

Explaining things would be hard, but I had to make them understand. No telling what evil plans Dovetail had brewing — worse yet if he’d already put them into action. I didn’t know why he wanted to bring Lorealia to some spiraling, awful happily never after, but he seemed bent on making it so. Dad and I needed to get back there quick, fast, and in a major hurry to keep it from happening.

Oh, Frankenstein. Please believe me. Here goes. “This is going to sound weird, but I was summoned by mistake, I think. Or maybe not. Still unsure about that part. It has to do with the book of Lorealia.”

“Isn’t that the book you read to us all the time, Dad?” Leslie asked, interrupting me. “The one with the Mother Goose rhymes, fairy tales, all kinds of legends, and everything? That’s just a book.” She waved her hand, dismissing my words.

Dad opened his mouth to speak but clapped his lips shut. From the way his brows stitched together, I could tell he was struggling to find the right words. I understood his pain all too well.

Leslie looked from Dad to me then back to Dad again, giggling nervously. “It is just a book, right?”


About the Author

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Angela Brown is a lover of books, from classics to steampunk and everything in between. She's published Neverlove and They All Fall Down of the Shadow Jumpers series, Frailties of the Bond and Atone of the NEO Chronicles, and Beacon, a YA urban fantasy dystopian published by Evernight Teen publishing.

As A.L. Brown, she dove into the world of middle-grade storytelling with the release of Fable Ranger Summons via Dingbat Publishing, an MG fairy tale mash-up where it takes more than a wish to keep the legends of Arabian Nights and Sleeping Beauty from spiraling into disastrous never ever afters. This tale concludes with its now available sequel, Fable Ranger Return, where tackling Dovetail’s mischief and saving missing godmothers becomes a family affair.

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Friday, March 15, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (March 16-22, 2019)

Happy St. Patrick's Day, and welcome to this week's edition of the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to invite all your friends! If you're hoping to win great prizes, bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar, including lots of gift cards!) Have a great week, and don't drink too much green beer!

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!



Book Blitz: "Once in a Forest," a Children's Book by Adriana Pernetz


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Children's Book
Date Published: July 2018
Publisher:
Christian Faith Publishing

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Once in a Forest is a timeless narrative, both amusing and insightful -- a perfect tool for teaching children the value of friendship and camaraderie in life.

Animals in the forest are having a hard time accepting each other's differences. One day, an unlikely friendship shows the forest that differences are what the woodland creatures need to bring happiness to all.


About the Author

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Adriana Pernetz has been a school teacher for 23 years. She taught in Venezuela before moving to Texas in 1997. She has a degree in Pedagogical Sciences from La Universidad Católica Andrés Bello (Venezuela) and a Masters in Bilingual Education from Southern Methodist University (United States).  She presently teaches 2nd-grade dual language in Garland ISD, Texas.


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Thursday, March 14, 2019

Book Tour and Giveaway: "Nikki Loves Her Hair," by Nailah Jones


Nikki is a young girl who loves everything about her natural hair. She loves all of the hairstyles she can do and matching with mommy and friends!

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Nailah Jones is a natural haired girl from Snellville, Georgia. After years of getting relaxers, she realized her natural hair better fit her identity and later decided to go back to her natural roots. She has now had locs for two years and counting. Nailah thinks that it is important to let other natural girls in her community know how beautiful their natural hair is, so they never have to wonder!

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Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Use Your Tax Refund to Start Paying for Your Child’s Higher Education with a Florida Prepaid College Plan!


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

This time of year, most of us begin to think about the work we need to do to get our income taxes filed. Let’s face it, it’s not a lot of fun to get all our paperwork in order and try to figure out the forms and tax laws. However, for many of us, there’s a reward at the end of this tedious process: a refund! Then, the only problem becomes: What’s the best way to use this “bonus money”?

I have a recommendation… Put this money to good use by purchasing a Florida Prepaid College Plan! Whether you have a newborn, elementary school student or a teenager, now’s the perfect time to lock in future college costs for less and help ease the worry of how you’re going to pay for your child’s higher education. There are so many options available, enabling you to find the plan that best suits your budget and needs. And it’s worry-free because you will never lose your investment.


Florida Prepaid plans are also extremely flexible. If your child gets a scholarship, you can use the money to pay for housing or grad school. If your child decides to attend an out-of-state college or university, the money you’ve invested can be used there, too. If your child doesn’t go to college, you can get a refund or transfer the plan to another child. There really are no downsides to opening a plan as soon as possible. If you’re a grandparent or other relative of a minor child, the purchase of a Florida Prepaid plan makes a gift that will benefit the child for the rest of his or her life. Think about how wonderful it would be for them to graduate debt-free!

Finally, here’s another great reason why now is the best time to enroll in a Florida Prepaid College Plan before the enrollment period ends on April 30, 2019. Use the promo code below to get $30 off the application fee!

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Yes, open enrollment ends on April 30, 2019, so don’t miss this window of opportunity to give your child the gift of a lifetime. Get those income taxes filed and use that refund for a Florida Prepaid College Plan!



Sunday, March 10, 2019

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Arrives in Theaters March 15: Celebrate with a Blog App and Swag Pack Giveaway!

**Warner Bros. provided me with a swag pack to facilitate this post. The opinions I share are my own.**


Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase 


Who doesn’t love an epic mystery?

Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is an all-new film coming to theaters on March 15 from Warner Bros., Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Red 56.

The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end!

About Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase 


After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter 16-year-old daughter Nancy in River Heights. Nancy is asked by Flora to help solve the ghostly activity at her home, the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!

Watch the trailer!



In Theaters March 15!


Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Escape Room & Mystery Match Blog App:

• Welcome to the Interactive Nancy Drew Escape Room - To escape, you must solve riddles and find items to uncover the three numbers needed to open to door. Good luck!

• In the Mystery Match Video Puzzle, use your mouse to click + drag puzzle pieces to unlock clips from the film.



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One lucky winner will receive a Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Swag Pack! The Swag Pack includes:
- Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase - film t-shirt
- Nancy Drew Escape Room Sticker Sheet (4"x6")
- Nancy Drew - Earbuds & pouch

Each household is only eligible to win Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase - Theatrical Pack via blog reviews and giveaways. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Enter through the Rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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Friday, March 08, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (March 9-15, 2019)

Welcome to this week's edition of the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to invite all your friends! If you're hoping to win great prizes, bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar, including lots of gift cards!) 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!



Saturday, March 02, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (March 2-8, 2019)

Welcome to the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to get more traffic! If you're hoping to win great prizes, bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar.) 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!



Friday, February 22, 2019

Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky (February 23-March 1)

Welcome to the Wondrous Weekly Giveaway Linky! If you're hosting any giveaways on your blog or website, feel free to share them in the linky below. Then share this page on your social media sites to get more traffic! If you're hoping to win great prizes, bookmark this page and come back daily to see the new giveaways that have been added. (You'll also find some great giveaways on my right sidebar.) 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!



Introducing Dawn Publications' New Spring 2019 Books!

I love Dawn Publications' nature-themed children's books. Their mission statement says they are "dedicated to inspiring in children a deeper understanding and appreciation for all life on Earth." With their lively, engaging stories and beautiful illustrations, their books are a delight for the whole family. Check out their newest releases below. And be sure to visit www.dawnpub.com to see their whole line of wonderful books.


by Mike Allegra
Illustrated by Elizabeth Zechel

Scampers is no ordinary mouse. She’s curious. She asks questions. She investigates. In short -- she thinks like a scientist! And her infectiously experimental spirit will have young readers eager to think like scientists, too. Mike Allegra’s jaunty dialogue swiftly moves the action along, as it depicts the close relationship between Scampers (eager scientist) and her friend Nibbles (reluctant skeptic). The story’s humor is highlighted by Elizabeth Zechel’s colored-pencil illustrations -- the look on Nibble’s face when Scampers creates an eggapult is priceless! “Explore More for Kids” includes photos and nonfiction information, while “Explore More for Teachers and Parents” provides STEM activities, read-aloud suggestions, and a quick summary of Science and Engineering Practices.

My thoughts: There's a mystery to be solved! Scampers is determined to figure out if the owl in the garden is a threat, while Nibbles is too nervous to go along with Scampers' experiments. But Scampers' bravery and creative thinking lead to a solution to the problem, which convinces Nibbles that little mice are capable of great things!


by Ann Ingalls
Illustrated by Rebecca Evans

A little bird, a big sky, and the first time out of the nest! A fledgling robin’s first flight is a gentle reminder about what we can accomplish if we just keep trying. Author Ann Ingalls sums it up this way, "All young creatures take risks, which is one of the reasons I think this story holds appeal for children -- they take risks every day." Rebecca Evans’ delightful illustrations capture the little bird’s struggles that ultimately lead to a joyful success. "Explore More" sections include additional information for kids, while teachers and parents will appreciate tips for fostering a growth mindset and read-aloud suggestions. STEM activities are also included.

My thoughts: I love that this story encourages children to face their fears. Trial-and-error are sometimes necessary to accomplish great things! If a little bird can do it, anyone can!




Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my review, but all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Banish Worry About College Costs with a Florida Prepaid College Plan (Plus Get a Promo Code)

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

Are you worried about how to pay for your child’s college education? All the statistics and scary stories in the news about huge student-loan debts are enough to make any parent fearful for their children’s financial future. With four children, I worried a lot about this, and I knew I had to find a solution to this problem. The answer came in the form of Florida Prepaid College Plans.

Florida Prepaid College Plans enable you to lock in future college costs. You can sign up as soon as your child is born, or even up through 11th grade, and start saving each month until you reach your goal of a paid-off college degree!

Following are the answers to some common questions about Florida Prepaid College Plans:

Where can Prepaid Plans be used?
Designed for Florida schools, they can be used at most schools nationwide. The value we pay to other schools is the same as we would have paid to a Florida school.

What if my child receives a scholarship?
Great! You can use a Prepaid Plan to cover other college costs like grad school. Or you can get a refund for what we would have paid out on your plan and use that for housing, supplies, etc.

How long can a Prepaid Plan be used?
A Prepaid Plan locks in coverage for a full 10 years AFTER your child’s projected high school graduation/college enrollment year.

What if my child doesn’t go to college?
Plans can be transferred to another family member, or you can get a refund for what you paid for your plan.

Watch this video to learn more about Florida Prepaid plans!


Now is the best time to enroll in a Florida Prepaid College Plan because you can waive the $50 registration fee! Just use the promo code below:

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