Saturday, March 28, 2015

Ooh la-la Fancy Nancy Children's Books Celebrate 10th Anniversary

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I have 6 and 3 year old daughters so I live in a world of pink, frills, sparkles and everything girly. I was a complete tomboy growing up so it still surprises me when I see how incredibly girly my girls are. I have learned to embraced the pink as they bring out the "girly" that was buried deep within myself. A few years ago my oldest was introduced to the Fancy Nancy book series and she has been a big fan ever since. Fancy Nancy is known for her dazzling wardrobe, her impressive vocabulary and her fondness for anything French. The series launched back in 2005 and in that time has sold more than 27 million books and has been translated into 17 languages. To celebrate the 10th anniversary here are some new releases that are sure to excite little readers everywhere.

In this special anniversary edition of the first Fancy Nancy picture book by the New York Times bestselling team of Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. This extra-fancy edition features a link to a free downloadable song from Fancy Nancy the Musical and includes a sheet of lyrics to the song in the back of the book.

This book introduces Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. Fancy Nancy fans and little girls alike are sure to delight in this special edition of a household favorite.

This is a special edition of the very first Fancy Nancy book that started it all. You get to meet Nancy and how she loves to make the every day fancy from outfits and accessories to the words she uses. She even offers lessons to her family on being fancy and they take her up on it and learn a thing or two about dressing and acting fancy! The illustrations are just as amazing as the story itself and together a series is born that truly grabs little girls' attentions. This big glorious hardback book is a must for any Fancy Nancy fan as it is where it all began.

in this special anniversary edition of the first Fancy Nancy picture book by the New York Times bestselling team of Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. This extra-fancy edition features a link to a free downloadable song from Fancy Nancy the Musical and includes a sheet of lyrics to the song in the back of the book.
This book introduces Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. Fancy Nancy fans and little girls alike are sure to delight in this special edition of a household favorite.
- See more at: https://www.fancynancyworld.com/books/hardcover/fancy-nancy-10th-anniversary-edition/9780062352149#sthash.jmjxV2Kr.dpuf
in this special anniversary edition of the first Fancy Nancy picture book by the New York Times bestselling team of Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser. This extra-fancy edition features a link to a free downloadable song from Fancy Nancy the Musical and includes a sheet of lyrics to the song in the back of the book.
This book introduces Nancy, who believes that more is ALWAYS better when it comes to being fancy. From the top of her tiara down to her sparkly studded shoes, Nancy is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. Fancy Nancy fans and little girls alike are sure to delight in this special edition of a household favorite.
- See more at: https://www.fancynancyworld.com/books/hardcover/fancy-nancy-10th-anniversary-edition/9780062352149#sthash.jmjxV2Kr.dpuf
Nancy Clancy: star of the Stage and Screen: It's Nancy's time to shine as she takes center stage in the school play! There's no way Nancy will get stuck in the chorus again this year—she's been practicing guitar for months and her audition was superb. So when Nancy gets a callback, she's overwhelmed with joy! But after Nancy's performance during the play is captured on a video that gets posted on YouTube, it seems her stardom has gone viral. Will Nancy's humiliation get the best of her, or will she find a way to embrace her new found fame?
It's Nancy's time to shine as she takes center stage in the school play! There's no way Nancy will get stuck in the chorus again this year—she's been practicing guitar for months and her audition was superb. So when Nancy gets a callback, she's overwhelmed with joy! But after Nancy's performance during the play is captured on a video that gets posted on YouTube, it seems her stardom has gone viral. Will Nancy's humiliation get the best of her, or will she find a way to embrace her newfound fame? - See more at: https://www.fancynancyworld.com/books/hardcover/fancy-nancy-nancy-clancy-star-of-stage-and-screen/9780062269645#sthash.80dNxzyO.dpuf

There is even a chapter book series for older readers. These are a great way to introduce younger ones to chapter books once they have got the hang of reading. Since my 6 year old is still learning to read I read these to her and she always listens so well as she really gets into the storyline. I like that it periodically has illustrations to enjoy too.


Nancy Clancy My Secret Diary: Record your secret thoughts and wishes in this diary, filled with full-color illustrated spreads and writing prompts from everyone's favorite fancy girl, Nancy Clancy. With a full-color interior, each spread has plenty of space for writing, drawing, activities, and more. There are also four sheets of stickers, making this a perfect fancy gift!

Big Sis is still learning to read so we work on this together. I read it off and she works on writing out words all on her own. She loves following along with the suggestions on each page and to her it is a "real book" since it is bound like any other book would be and this one is full of her words and pictures! This book is great for older elementary aged children as it helps bring out a child's creative side.


Fancy Nancy: Peanut Butter Jellyfish: Join Fancy Nancy on an exciting trip to the aquarium in New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser's beginning reader Fancy Nancy: Peanut Butter and Jellyfish. This Level One I Can Read book is perfect for children learning to sound out words and sentences. During a class trip to the aquarium, Fancy Nancy is enjoying all the incredible sea creatures—that is until she comes to the jellyfish exhibit! With the help of Ms. Glass and her friends, Nancy learns to overcome her fear of jellyfish, and she makes her teacher a special project to say thank you. Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight as they experience the fun of sea life right alongside Nancy.

I am a HUGE fan of the I Can Read! book series. Absolutely perfect for beginning readers. Big print, simple words from her class sight word list along with tons of new words she practices sounding out. Big Sis literally squees with delight because she is reading these books all on her own (for the most part). This book you get to follow along with Nancy and her class trip to the aquarium but the problem is that Nancy does not want to go into the jellyfish exhibit. This I Can Read! series is always at a great price too.

Fancy Nancy: Spring Fashion Fling: What better way to celebrate spring than with a fashion show hosted by Fancy Nancy and her friend Bree! Nancy and Bree create magnificent costumes for their dolls Marabelle and Chiffon to wear at the Spring Fling Fashion Show. Join them as they celebrate springtime in this special 8x8 storybook adventure from New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, complete with a fabulous set of stickers!

The picture book series is for any age Fancy Nancy fans. There is a brief mention of Easter eggs in the beginning but the focus is on getting ready for a fun fashion show for their dolls. They even make invitations and everything. A perfect book for springtime.

Fancy Nancy's Perfectly Pink Playtime Purse: Shaped like a purse, inside there are fun activities and eighty Fancy Nancy stickers! Readers can place their stickers on the marked pages or wherever they'd like. With Nancy anything goes—as long as it's fancy! Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in this perfectly pink purse, perfect for carrying around

The acitivity books are great to bring while waiting for food at a restaurant or for car rides. They are always full of fun activities. These books would be great to fill an Easter basket or for some after school reading. If you haven't checked out Fancy Nancy then now is the perfect time as it celebrates its 10th anniversary of being amazing children's books.

Make sure to check out the Fancy Nancy World website. It includes so many fun things like printables, list of all the books and toys available, party tips & activities, more information about the author and illustration, FREE iPad and iPhone apps, games to play on the computer and all the latest news regarding Fancy Nancy. This glamorous girl is sure to capture any little girl's heart!

Connect: You can connect with Fancy Nancy on Facebook and/or Pinterest.
 

Friday, March 27, 2015

HomeZada Helps You Manage Your Home From Selling through Ownership and Beyond + Giveaway

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Home ownership, including buying and selling, can be a bit daunting. We bought our house 6 years ago, and while we tried to make a schedule for maintenance and upkeep, we ended up forgetting most things. Home improvements can also add up quickly since my husband likes to DIY things around the house and we never quite know if it's adding value or just using up money. Now with HomeZada you can keep track of all home related things, from maintenance to finances, all in one spot.


HomeZada is a digital home platform that manages the information during the entire homeowner lifecycle including owning, selling, and buying a home. The cloud-based solution helps people save money, improve the value and be better organized in managing their largest financial asset. With HomeZada, tracking home inventory, home maintenance, home improvements and home finances is easy.  As a cloud based system, HomeZada can be accessible anywhere for instant access of data and easy organization by using mobile devices, tablets or computers.



HomeZada makes it easy to keep track of everything in your home. You can create an inventory of your items including pictures and can organize by room. You can itemize your items for an insurance claim and to make sure you are properly insured. When you sell your home, you can list all of your homes features and amenities that you have in your inventory.

Having a checklist recommendation is a fantastic tool. When we first moved into our home, we tried to follow a list of routine maintenance, but it was quickly forgotten about. With HomeZada you can see exactly what should be done and how often. You can even set reminders so you never forget to keep your home maintained and up-to-date. There are over 250 maintenance tasks you can add and plenty of helpful how-to videos as well.


You can even track all of your home's financial data like household expenses, inventory values, and project expenses.


My favorite part is the project inspiration section. There are so many ideas for all types of different projects around the home that I could easily spend hours looking on here - and everything is able to be pinned to Pinterest. You can create your own projects and keep track of them as well. HomeZada even helps you track multiple projects at once.

If you're looking for an all inclusive place to manage your home, then HomeZada is the place to do it. From financial tracking to maintenance, projects, and more, HomeZada has you covered from beginning to end in the home owning process. 

Connect: You can connect with HomeZada on their website, Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and @HomeZada on Twitter.

Giveaway! How would you like to win a 1-year Premium subscription to HomeZada ($59 value)? I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!


Pacific Play Tents Toys Offer Hideaways For Little Imaginations & Giveaway

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There is just something fun and exciting about playing in a tent. Growing up my brother and I could spend hours in our play tent and we always had the best time. Sometimes we would play games and other times relax and read a book...no technology required! With 25 years of making award-winning tunnels, tents and toys, Pacific Play Tents knows everything is better in a tent!


Kids need time to play, daydream and pretend and Pacific Play Tents offers their top 10 favorites this season.
  • Cotton Canvas Jumping Sacks
  • The Painting Teepee
  • Teacher Chairs
  • Pink or Green Camo Sets
  • Playchute Parachute
  • Peek A Boo I See You Tunnel
  • One Touch Lil Nursery Tent
  • My Pirate Ship Playhouse
  • Ocean Adventures Dome Tent
  • Rad Racer Bed Tent or Cottage Bed Tent


This cute cottage bed tent comes all wrapped up in the purple pouch and with these few pieces. I timed myself and in 9 minutes I had it together and on the bed. If I can do it anyway can!


This tent is absolutely adorable! All the windows, doors and floor can Velcro together or be opened up. In the picture below the chevron print is my daughter's fitted sheet and the green is the part attached to the tent itself. It goes all the way around the mattress but my daughter still lays on her own fitted sheet.


The poles on this one go on the outside of the tent and into "holders" for the end of the poles. Being on the outside made it easier for me to put together than if they were on the inside and it in no way affects the aesthetics of it.


Plenty of mesh ventilation so your child does not get too hot. Super important for us since we live in sunny Florida!


Of course bed tents are for more than just sleep! My girls love to go in it and play house or take coloring books in there for a coloring party. It is all about letting them have a little place of their own to use their imaginations. Pacific Play Tents products can be ordered on their websiteand are sold just about everywhere from big box stores like Walmart and Target to a wide variety of online sites. Check out their many products, I certainly got lost browsing all the cool tents and toys they have! So far we have been beyond thrilled with our tent and it seems like extremely nice quality that will last for years.

Connect: You can connect with Pacific Play Tents on Facebook and/or @PacPlayTents on Twitter.

Here's your chance to win! How would you like to win a $50 gift card to the Pacific Play Tents website! I have one to give away to one lucky contestant! To enter the giveaway please follow all of the directions below! If you don't follow the rules, you can't win!