Sunday, July 19, 2020

A "Fin-tastic" Grand Prize Pack Giveaway from National Geographic Kids Books (Valued at $60!)

As a Florida resident for over thirty years, I have always been fascinated by the ocean and its creatures. Sharks are among the most mysterious and compelling animals. Although I don’t exactly desire a close encounter with them, I’m more than happy to read about these majestic beasts and share them with my family. National Geographic Kids Books has an amazing selection of family-friendly books that celebrate sharks and their habitat. Chock-full of gorgeous photos, exciting firsthand accounts of shark encounters, and weird, wild and fascinating facts, these books are perfect for STEM-related learning, fun summer reading, backseat boredom busting and any shark “fin-atic"! Read on to learn more about these terrific books and then enter my giveaway for the chance to win all 5 of them!

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (ages 9-12, hardcover, $19.99)

Written by internationally acclaimed marine photographer and National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry, this book is an underwater adventure like no other. With exclusive photographs and personal insight from Skerry, this book takes the reader below the surface and into the minds of these spectacular predators. Beyond the feared fins and terrifying teeth, readers will learn what it’s like to swim with these amazing fish, how they live, what they eat, their superhero-like senses and better understand why these graceful, confident, perfectly sculpted predators are also vulnerable animals that we need to protect.

National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (ages 5-8, paperback, $4.99)

He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark -- the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth! This leveled reader is for kids who are starting to read independently, are ready for more complex vocabulary and love sharks! Like all books in National Geographic Kids reader series, this title was developed in consultation with early education experts and written to maximize interest and achieve reading success.

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (ages 4-8, hardcover, $14.95)

An adorable animal reference that includes the sea's high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures. More than 100 charming animal photos illustrate the profiles, with facts about the creatures' sizes, diets, homes, and more. This book will quickly become a favorite at storytime, bedtime, and any other time.

by National Geographic Explorer Sylvia A. Earle (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99)

An action-packed combination of science and adventure, famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves. Come face-to-face with whales and sharks, learn about the newest and most hi-tech ocean gear and gadgets, experiment with hands-on activities, and join Earle as she recounts her most daring dives. Packed with fascinating tidbits, animal profiles, and up-to-date science, each chapter combines stunning photography with fun, accessible text. Perfect for curious kids, ocean lovers, young explorers, and the classroom. Extreme Ocean reveals the mystery, majesty, danger, and, above all, the importance of our ocean.

So Cool! Sharks (ages 3-7, hardcover, $6.99)

Sharks are among the world's top predators, but that's just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. Who wouldn't want to hang out with them to learn more? These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts. For example, kids can catch the hunting habits of a great white shark while learning that its true nature is as chill as a frozen fish stick. This is the perfect little reader to get their brain buzzing and keep them laughing during their downtime.

Check out this must-watch video featuring National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry photographing tiger sharks!

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Thanks to National Geographic Kids Books, one lucky winner will receive a "Fin-tastic Grand Prize Pack," which consists of all 5 titles listed above (total ARV $60). This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, August 2, 2020.

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

Saturday, July 18, 2020

SquarePet Cat and Dog Food: A High-Quality Nutritional Option for Your Beloved Pets

Most people consider their pets to be a member of the family. However, oddly enough, they don’t pay attention to their pets’ nutritional needs like they do for the rest of the family. SquarePet believes that needs to change! As they say, “Each ingredient in every SquarePet formula serves a specific nutritional and/or health purpose. We don’t add ‘foo foo’ ingredients to make our label look better. Wholesome ingredients and nothing else. No chemical preservatives, no artificial flavors, no artificial colors.” Like with people, the healthier the food, the more likely your dog or cat is to thrive.

SquarePet generously offered to send a bag of their SquarePet Turkey & Chicken Formula cat food for my cats, Jack and Bella. Now, I’ll admit this made me a little nervous. I’ve had cats throughout most of my life, and when I tried to feed them premium food, they generally snubbed it. Let’s face it: It didn’t taste as good as the “junk food” they’d been getting. But I decided to take a chance and give my treasured felines some SquarePet food. As soon as the bag arrived, they were sniffing around it. And the minute I put some in a bowl, they were eating it up! Maybe they just happened to be hungry, I thought, so I decided to try a little comparison. I set their brand-name food up next to a bowl of SquarePet food. Guess which food they decided to eat? SquarePet! They absolutely loved it.

Bella and Jack share SquarePet food

SquarePet Turkey & Chicken Formula cat food contains 98% protein from high-quality animal sources. It’s also grain-free and contains prebiotics, probiotics and fiber to promote healthy digestion. And fruits, veggies and vitamins support my kitties’ immune system. In addition to the formula that my kitties loved, SquarePet recently introduced their Squarely Natural line as well. SquarePet makes food for dogs and cats in both dry and wet formulas in several different varieties. All are designed to give your fluffy friend the best nutritional benefits.

If you want to make sure that your pet, as a treasured member of your family, gets a high-quality diet, head on over to You can purchase on their website or see if there’s a retailer near you.

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Bella loves SquarePet food

Disclosure: I received a complimentary product sample to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 05, 2020

SCOOB! Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD on July 21! Celebrate with This Giveaway for a Blu-ray Combo Pack!

Learn the origins of Mystery Inc. and prepare for adventure when SCOOB! arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on July 21, 2020!

About the movie:
SCOOB! reveals the never-before-told story of Scooby’s origins. It shows how one of history’s most famous friendships began when an adorable, homeless puppy met a lonesome young boy named Shaggy, and how the two of them joined forces with aspiring young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to become the celebrated Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face the biggest and most challenging mystery of their careers: a plot that will unleash the legendary ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this “dogpocalypse,” they discover that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

SCOOB! features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.

Watch the trailer:

SCOOB! 4K UHD Combo Pack and Blu-ray contain the following special features:
  • Bloopers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • How to Draw Scooby Doo
  • New Friends, Newer Villains
  • Puppies!!
SCOOB! DVD contains the following special feature:
  • How to Draw Scooby Doo
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One lucky winner will receive a SCOOB! Blu-ray Combo Pack! Enter through the Giveaway Tools form below. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and ends at 11:59 PM ET on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Thursday, July 02, 2020

A Recipe for the Holiday Weekend: Trolls World Tour Rainbow Poppy-sicles!

Just like music goes hand in hand with dancing, summer wouldn't be complete without mouth-watering popsicles! In celebration of the release of TROLLS WORLD TOUR, on Digital now and on 4K, Blu-ray, and DVD July 7, I'm excited to share this delicious recipe for Queen Poppy's Rainbow Pops! Click the button below so you can dance into summer with popsicles in hand!


Queen Poppy (Anna Kendrick), Branch (Justin Timberlake), and the rest of your favorite Trolls are back for another musical adventure that’s bigger -- and louder -- than ever before! In TROLLS WORLD TOUR, Poppy and Branch discover that their kingdom is only one of six musical realms -- Funk, Country, Techno, Classical, Pop, and Rock -- that were once united in perfect harmony. When the power-hungry ruler of the Rocker Trolls threatens to silence all other music so her tribe can reign supreme, Poppy and Branch must embark on an epic quest to unite the realms of Trollskind before the songs in their hearts are lost forever! The film is currently available for early viewing on a wide variety of popular on-demand services as a premium rental offering.

Purchase Trolls World Tour Dance Party Edition today on Amazon!

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Wednesday, July 01, 2020

Release Blitz: "Derek Hyde's Spooky Scavenger Hunt," a Middle-Grade Novel by E. Michael Lunsford

Derek Hyde's Spooky Scavenger Hunt
Book #2 - Derek Hyde
Middle-Grade Paranormal
Published Date: 7-1-20
Publisher: INtense Publications LLC

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Spookaphobic Derek Hyde has a problem: He has to live in the haunted Hyde Funeral Home & Body Parts shop with his adoptive mortician parents, Jack and Formalda. What’s worse, Derek really misses his birth parents -- who supposedly died. Turns out, they’re not so dead.

About the Author

E. Michael Lunsford is the author of an award-winning play, Scary, Scary Night, and a book of wacky kids’ poems, Sometimes I Get My Shoes on Backwards, winner of the Readers’ Favorite International Book Award. His debut novel, Derek Hyde Knows Spooky When He Sees It (INtense Publications, Dec 2019), was the first of the funny Derek Hyde series of spooky middle-grade books. Michael is also a musician, composer, inventor, entrepreneur and chief cook & bottle washer who works and lives with his wife and love of his life in San Carlos, California.

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