Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Celebrate Easter & Earth Day with a Children's Book Round Up

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  I received a sample for this review/feature. Opinions expressed are my own.

Easter is a month away so time to start getting goodies ready. Fill those baskets with this year’s Easter titles from HarperCollins Children’s Books! Their books are always top quality and daily reading is truly one of the best things you can do for a child. My girls treasure their books and will even spend hours just browsing the picture on their own.

Cat & Bunny (9780062287809) written and illustrated by Mary Lundquist is directed for ages 4 to 8 but my I think this one can go for younger ages as well because my very distracted 3 year old was able to sit through this one and she really enjoyed it.
Cat and Bunny.
Bunny and Cat.
It's always been just the two of them—daydreaming, having adventures, playing their special game.
Until the day someone else asks, "Can I play?"
Mary Lundquist captures all the charm and magic of first friendship in her winning debut picture book.

(9780062307835) written and illustrated by Kevan Atteberry is listed for ages 4 to 8 but this is actually a great book for toddlers and preschoolers. It has a simple story but the illustrations are what are so great and little kids will certainly be chuckling along.
Declan is the friendliest sort of little monster.
Clouds in the sky?
"Hello, clouds," he tells them.
Some trees in the woods . . .
"Hello, trees," he says.
He even greets a log.
"Hello, log."
Just a friendly monster out taking a walk . . . that is, until he sees some bunnies!!!

Red (
9780062252074) is written and illustrated by Michael Hall is for ages 4 to 8. I reviewed it a few weeks ago in an earlier post. This truly is a great book about teaching kids you don't have to stick to a "label" and you should be who you are.
Red has a bright red label, but he is, in fact, blue. His teacher tries to help him be red (let's draw strawberries!), his mother tries to help him be red by sending him out on a playdate with a yellow classmate (go draw a nice orange!), and the scissors try to help him be red by snipping his label so that he has room to breathe. But Red is miserable. He just can't be red, no matter how hard he tries! Finally, a brand-new friend offers a brand-new perspective, and Red discovers what readers have known all along. He's blue!

Aqualicious (
9780062330161) written and illustrated by Victoria Kann for ages 4 to 8. Although I have not read this book we are big fans of Pinkalicious in this house. The entire series is adorable and we can't get enough of her. This book has mermaids so that alone makes me want to read it since we have a slight addiction to the merfolk around here. A great book for spring and summer!
Pinkalicious loves the beach, especially when she finds a miniature mermaid named Aqua tucked inside a shell! Pinkalicious and her brother, Peter, promise to help Aqua the merminnie find her way home—after they show her all of the pinkamazing things to do at the seashore. From building sand castles to surfing in the ocean, the trio has a ton of fun, but at the end of the day they realize home is not always what you think it is.

They have some great books to help celebrate Earth Day too! Join HarperCollins Children’s Books as we all celebrate our world and all its wonders April 22nd!

Finding Spring (
9780062250193) is written and illustrated by Carin Berger. For the 4 to 8 crowd. I previously reviewed this book in an earlier post too and it has even more details of this visually astounding book. When a small bear cub should be hibernating he goes out in search of spring instead.
Spring, Spring,
Spring is all a little bear
named Maurice
can think about.
Where is it?
What is it?
When will it arrive?
Impatient and curious
and not at all sleepy,
Maurice sets out . . .
But before Maurice
finds spring, he discovers
something magical indeed—

In the Rainforest (
9780060282592) written and illustrated by Kate Duke is for ages 4 to 8 . My 6 year old is especially into this book because because she just loves learning and this book is full of information on the rainforest. I learned interesting facts from this book and I have a master's degree in library and information science! This book takes you on a journey through the rainforest to learn about everything from the animals to the plan life.
The rainforest is home to millions of plant and animal species. The inhabitants of the rainforest depend on each other and they all depend on rain. How much rain falls in a rainforest? How do scientists work in the treetops? What kind of plants are swimming pools for frogs and crabs? Read and find out!

Amelia Bedelia Cleans Up (
9780062334015) written by Herman Parish, illustrated by Lynne Avril is for ages 6 to 10. My daughter has only just begun reading the books from the Amelia Bedelia series and I could not be more thrilled. I just love this book series for girls. They are easy chapter books to help transition from picture books to full on chapter books. This is the sixth Amelia Bedelia chapter book and I can't wait to read it!
Amelia Bedelia and her friends need a clubhouse for their new Explorers' Club.
One day they discover an empty lot with a huge tree right in the middle of it. It's the perfect spot to build a cool tree house for club headquarters. The lot is a big mess, so Amelia Bedelia, her friends, and their parents pitch in and clean it up. They discover:
  1. Lots of old tires
  2. Tons of junk
  3. Trash and recyclables
  4. Stray (but really cute) cats
  5. That you can't build a tree house in a lot that doesn't belong to you!
Uh-oh! Will Amelia Bedelia and her friends ever get the clubhouse of their dreams?

Frogs (9780062289124)  by Seymour Simon is a non-fiction children's book for ages 6 to 10. Award-winning science writer Seymour Simon takes readers on a journey through a frog’s lifecycle, from egg to tadpole to grown frog, with fascinating facts, stunning, full-color photographs, and an underlying message of ecological preservation. My oldest daughter will boo up a book like this before she will pic up a fiction book so we will definitely have to check this one out when it comes out April 21st.
Different kinds of frogs live all over the world. You may have seen frogs either in real life or in photos before, but did you know that frogs. . .
  • lay eggs?
  • use their eyes to help them swallow food?
  • hibernate during winter?

I just love reading to my girls. I enjoy these children's books with wonderful illustrations because there will come a time they will want to only read chapter books. These fun picture books are a part of their childhood. Books really are one of the best gifts to give kids! You can always include a little inscription inside the front page with the date and who it is from so they can always remember who gave it to them. Fill those Easter baskets with great books because each one is an adventure for the mind.

Connect: You can connect with HarperCollins Children's Books on Facebook and @HarperChildrens on Twitter.

Contest Tuesday Blog Giveaway Link Up 3/3

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Thanks for stopping by and linking up! Although it's not a requirement, it would be great if you could help spread the word about this contest link up by linking to us, tweeting, etc. As always, this link up is only for giveaways hosted on blogs and any brand contest links will be deleted.

Don't forget to check out this listing of places to list your contests. There's quite a list compiled already, you might want to check it out!

Please enter your contest like this on the linky:
Blog Name - Giveaway Title - End Date

We've got some great giveaways going on right now too! Check them out.

Monday, March 2, 2015

Game Changer - LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge

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I received LISTERINE® Brand products and a Walgreens gift card from Johnson & Johnson Healthcare Products Division of McNEIL-PPC, Inc. and The Motherhood as part of my participation in the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this post are my own.

My family embarked on a new journey about 3 weeks ago - the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge.We challenged ourselves to take control of our smiles by tossing the old stuff and bringing LISTERINE® products into our bathroom. For 21 days, we brushed, rinsed and flossed twice each day using these products from LISTERINE®.

Now I'd used LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash before, but I never noticed any other products from this brand and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by all of them. You'll find LISTERINE SMART RINSE®, LISTERINE® WHITENING Original Gel Fluoride Anticavity Toothpaste, LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN™ Floss, LISTERINE® ULTRACLEAN™ Flosser and LISTERINE POCKETPAKS® at Walgreens. In fact, this week the LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash is only $4.49 - score!

So let's get back to the challenge now. My mouth feels so much different. It actually feels cleaner and honestly quite amazing. The LISTERINE® Antiseptic Mouthwash just seems to do something that my previous brand did not. It even tastes clean. Now that's something!

I mentioned that my family took the challenge with me and I was quite impressed with Lil Man's results. He's got a bit of a "stank breath" issue going on in the mornings and it literally gags me at times. Since he's 13, the kid stuff just won't do anymore, so I had him do the challenge with the adult version, rather than the kids. He brushed for two minutes each morning, then rinsed and flossed and I'm telling you the difference is astounding. Not only does his breath seem to not smell as badly in the morning, I'm no longer worried that he may not have brushed long or good enough when he comes to give me the "breath test".

I personally enjoyed the LISTERINE® 21-Day Challenge and plan to continue using LISTERINE® products not only for myself, but for the entire family.


DreamWorks HOME Hits Theaters March 27

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I really enjoy DreamWorks movies and this latest one, HOME, looks like another hit. I definitely have to take my 2 girls to see it in theaters!

When Oh, a lovable misfit from another planet, lands on Earth and finds himself on the run from his own people, he forms an unlikely friendship with an adventurous girl named Tip who is on a quest of her own. Through a series of comic adventures with Tip, Oh comes to understand that being different and making mistakes is all part of being human, and together they discover the true meaning of the word HOME.

Starring: Jim Parsons, Rihanna, Steve Martin, Jennifer Lopez

Directed by: Tim Johnson

Meet Oh.

Meet Tip.

Meet Tip's cat.

You can get to know The Boov’s at Meet the Boov! Be on the lookout for my giveaway post going up next week for your chance at a $25 Visa gift card so you can go see the movie!
 Connect: You can connect with HOME on Facebook and/or @DWAnimation on Twitter.