Thursday, December 5, 2019

Win a Jon Klassen's Hat Box Book Gift Set!


The holidays are coming up quickly, have you gotten all of your holiday shopping done? If not books are always a great option for a gift that is both fun and great for keeping a mind active. Candlewick Press has dozens of amazing books for all ages that are sure to be a big hit.

I have a great giveaway for a book set that will make a wonderful holiday gift. I am giving away TWO gift box sets of Jon Klassen's Hat Box which comes with three books and a collectable print, this gift set retails for $49.99

The books included in this set are "I want my hat back", "This is not my hat" and We found a hat" along with the print seen below in a hard shell case. All three books are hard covers and have beautiful illustrations.


This is open to US Residents! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! This giveaway is hosted by ME and is not associated with any of the brands mentioned above.

This giveaway ends on 12/13/2019


Giveaway entry question: Tell me another book that your child loves. 

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Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the giveaway free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December Beauty & The Book Giveaway!


I am pretty excited about this months Beauty and the book giveaway, there are a lot of great products in this months prize box. I almost wanted to keep the eyelash box myself because of how nice the box and the eyelashes are!

It is crazy to think that Christmas is almost here, are you all prepared for the holidays or are you still getting everything ready? I am still getting everything ready myself, but I am not stressed because I know I will get everything done in time. I've been rather busy lately, but I have some exciting reviews and giveaways coming soon that I think you will all enjoy.

For now let's get onto what is all in this goodie box. You'll be receiving a acoustic wave face cleaner, a false eyelash set that includes three different lash thicknesses/lengths and some eyelash glue, a bracelet that says "Love", a face mask, silver glitter nail polish, a bath bomb set, Pixi lip gloss, a lip mask, a eyeshadow trio, ELF beauty products, lotion samples and of course this months book. This month I decided to go with "Beauty & The Beast: Belles Library: A collection of literary quotes and inspirational musings", I thought it would be rather fitting for this giveaway and it would make a great holiday gift.

Here is a better look at the lashes that come in the box:



This is open World Wide! Please remember if you DO NOT leave a comment on this blog post as your mandatory entry into the giveaway then all of your entries will be void. Doing the Daily entries will increase your chance of winning. Winners have 72 hours to respond to the notification email! This giveaway is hosted by ME and is not associated with any of the brands mentioned above.

This giveaway ends on 12/31/2019


Giveaway entry question: What is your favorite thing about the holidays? 

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Monday, November 25, 2019

Lights of the World at the AZ State Fair grounds!



Don't miss Lights of the World, the largest light and lantern show in North America! "5 over-the-top Christmas lights from across the U.S." - USA Today The largest lights and lantern festival in North America will be brightening Phoenix's skies from November 22, 2019 - January 12, 2020 at the Arizona State Fair. Lights of the World is back for a third year. Combining the age-old tradition of paper lanterns with cutting-edge technology, the Lights of the World lantern displays extend from 18 to 60 feet, amounting to over 10 million colorful lights, and showcase features of different cultures and civilizations around the globe.

With over 65 stunning displays, Lights of the World promises an unforgettable exploration of global cultures and cuisine. Lights of the World also possesses a litany of other entertainment features: as visitors walk through, they'll encounter a world of surprises, including friendly, life-like dinosaurs, daily free performances showcasing acrobatics, the Puppetone Rockers or a sea lion show. Artisans will also be on site, creating unique, handmade art to commemorate the celebration.

For more information visit www.lightsoftheworldus.com

**This is not a paid post, this is being posted for a shot at getting tickets to this event.**

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Children's Christmas Books from CandleWick Press!


During the holidays I love reading and watching holiday themed stories with my children, so I am always on the look out for great new books and movies to add to our list. I was recently sent some great Christmas themed books from Candlewick Press to check out with my kids. I am going to be sharing three of the books with you today that are better suited for younger children and later this week I will be sharing a few books for older kids including one that is a good middle school read.


This hardcover book includes a coloring poster which is located under the book jacket. Peppa Pig and her class room are going to be putting on a holiday play where they all get to select who they would like to be. All of the children are very excited and each has said they ran into Santa at the store or at the mall and told him about the play and that he said he would come. The teacher let's the kids know that Santa is very busy and might not make it, they are slightly bummed when they start and he isn't there. But Santa does end up showing up which makes the children quite happy. After the show Santa takes all the children for a ride in his sleigh. 

I thought this was a cute book and it is perfect for young girls and boys who love Peppa Pig!

Maisy's ChristmasParty by Lucy Cousins (Retail $14.99)


Maisy is throwing a Christmas party so she sends invites to each of her friends. Through out the book you see her friends get excited about the party and write responses back to her, the page after each one sends a reply features the letter which is sent to Maisy. You get to reach into each envelope and pull out the letter with each reply, some of the envelopes also include extra goodies like a joke book or a gingerbread man with a gingerbread recipe written on it (and yes it is a real recipe with instructions so you can make them if you choose to do so). 

This book seems like it is mainly aimed at younger children, but both of my kids who are ages six and ten really enjoyed this book as well and thought the envelopes with things in them was a really neat idea. The very last envelope she gives out after the party and it is a letter/gift for the person reading the book and has a spot where you can write your child's name. Many of the "gifts" inside of the book can actually be hung up which I think is an excellent idea and is sure to brighten the day of your child. 

    We're going on abear hunt; Chirstmas Activity book by Walker Productions LTD (Retail $9.99)

This activity book is based off of the book "We're going on a bear hunt" which is a cute book about the adventure a family goes on. This activity book has a lot to do inside of it from cross words to actual crafts and baking. This is meant to be a count down to Christmas book, and is has a tree in the back with a Christmas count down that you add stickers too, along with the stickers for this activity there are over 100 stickers in total! The very back of the book holds all of the stickers along with the page number of the activity they go with. This book seems like a lot of fun for children of all ages! Children can often get a little impatient waiting for Christmas to arrive once December hits, and this activity book is a great way to help keep them entertained leading up to the holiday. I really like that it isn't just activities that you color in the book, instead they also include crafts to do at home with your parents you just need the materials to complete the projects.


Want to pick up one of these three amazing books, or want to look for other great Christmas books? Visit Candlewick Press to see all of the great books they have to offer. Which of these three books catches your interest the most?

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Handmade leather goods by New Moon Technocraft!


Handmade gifts are always a fantastic option for Birthday and Christmas gifts, I recently came across a Etsy shop called New Moon Technocraft who sells a number of gorgeous handmade gifts. Shop owner Leslie creates leather bookmarks, single pocket wallets, dog hair clips and more. She has a lot of unique designs that include fun fandoms like Harry Potter, Zelda, Superheros and more so there is something for everyone.


I was immediately drawn to the gorgeous bookmarks in her shop, in particular the Ravenclaw bookmark caught my eye. I have been a fan of the Harry Potter books and movies since I was younger, and my nickname is "Luna" so it received double brownie points in my book. Leslie was very kind and sent me a bookmark along with a cord holder to use and review.



The bookmark I received is perfect for what I look for in a bookmark. I generally try to avoid bookmarks that are so small, you almost can't find the page you were on and I don't like bookmarks that are so big they leave an indentation in the book. This bookmark is thin while still being sturdy enough to last, plus it is just the right size for marking your page in a book. I enjoy the texture of this bookmark, it is smooth but has enough of a grip that it won't slip around inside of your book. Each bookmark is customizable so you can add any name you'd like. 

You can purchase a bookmark for $12.60, with flat items of this size there is always a small worry that it might get bent in the mail on the way to your house. Both of these products were packaged so that they were protected during shipping and the arrived in perfect condition. This would make an excellent gift for the bookworm on your holiday shopping list.



Another product that caught my eye was the adorable Sloth cord wrap/holder shown above. I work in a small office by myself, I can hear all of the commotion going on outside of my office but it is usually pretty quite inside of my office. I keep a pair of headphones in my desk drawer so I can listen to music on my phone while I work during the day. Sometimes the headphones get tangled up, or they catch on other stuff I have in the drawer, so I wanted to see if this could be the solution I was looking for. 



In the photo above I wrapped the cords up a little looser than I wanted but it worked for the photo, I think in the future when I use this I will take a little more time to wrap up my headphones properly. I like how easy this is to unsnap and wrap around my headphones to keep them securely in place. It keeps everything in a tight little bundle that is perfect for tucking away into your desk drawer, pocket or even your purse without you having to worry about your headphones becoming damaged. I almost think this is too cute to leave in my drawer at work, I might start bringing my headphones with me in my purse since I no longer need to worry about them getting overly tangled.

I am pretty impressed with the amount of details, Leslie was able to get on the face of the sloth! You can clearly see it's eyes, cheeks and facial markings. I decided to go with the medium brown dyed leather because it looks the most sloth like to me, however if you prefer a different color she offers ten different colors! A cord holder can be purchased for $9.45 plus shipping. If you have an Instagram page, head over and check out New Moon Technocraft on Instagram, you can find photos of her products and lots of cute photos of her dog modeling hair clips!

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by New Moon Technocraft for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Gingerbread Houses at the CMOP!


The holidays are officially upon us, Thanksgiving is two weeks away and soon all of the Christmas fun will begin (that is if you haven't already started celebrating). One of my favorite holiday memories growing up was decorating cookies and making a gingerbread house at school. When I found out that the newest signature program for the holidays at the Children's Museum of Phoenix is going to be gingerbread cookie and gingerbread house decorating sessions I was very excited.


My kids and I were able to stop by the Children's Museum of Phoenix to attend an early session of the Gingerbread house program to see what it had to offer. If you and your children would like to stop by the museum and participate as well, this program officially opens up to the public on November 29th and will last until December 22nd. A Gingerbread House program cost $34.95 for members and $39.95 for non-members, it covers up to 4 people and you get one large house plus lots of candy. The Gingerbread people program is $5 per member or $6 for non-members, these programs are not included with admission to the museum so that will need to be purchased separately. The house itself is already pre-constructed so you won't need to worry about building the house itself.


When you enter into the room there will be a table set up with the main supplies you'll need along with a muffin tin. The first photo above showing the gingerbread house is everything you get in the main kit (white piping frosting, green frosting, red frosting, two gingerbread people, a door, a chimney and various candy).

What do you need a muffin tin for? They have a nice selection of different treats and candies you are able to grab to decorate your house with, the muffin tin is to hold all of your goodies. They had a pretty decent selection of treats the only thing my kids commented that they wished they were able to use was small candy canes.


The big white icing bag that is used for both decoration and getting candy to stick to the gingerbread house has two different bag tips. Before using the bag it recommends kneading the frosting for a few minutes before cutting open the tip and using the frosting, this helps warm the frosting up a bit to help is spread easier. I HIGHLY suggest following that step hahaha I did not knead it for enough time and while I was trying to help add "snow" to the roof of our gingerbread house the bag went squish and frosting started coming out the side of the bag. It made for a good laugh and we were still able to decorate the house, but having a solid bag makes your decorating job easier!


It was a lot of fun seeing the ideas the kids came up with for the gingerbread house, they each made their own idea of what a wreath looks like, my daughter made a "light rope" between to light poles and we decorated the roof with colorful Christmas lights. My kids enjoyed being able to sneak in a few pieces of candy before dinner, and over all had a great time decorating this together. When we were finished we were provided a box to take our creation home in, my daughter was pretty relieved that she didn't have to carefully hold the house the entire way home.


If you are looking to do a gingerbread house they are hosting sessions for them only on the weekends except for Friday December 20th. Gingerbread people are during the week only with the exception of Sunday December 1st. Want to make your visit to the museum extra special? On Saturday December 14th they are hosting a snow day at the museum, they will have 40 TONS of snow that you and your child can play in, plus Santa will be visiting. The best part? "Snow Much Fun Day" is included with admission into the museum.  You can learn more about the Snow Much Fun Day Here.

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Children's Museum of Phoenix for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

CandleWick Press trio of book reviews!



When I was younger I enjoyed getting my hands on a new book and reading when ever I could, which is why I've always encouraged my kids to read as much as possible as well. I always love seeing their faces light up when we get new books, especially when we get a new box from CandleWick Press! Books that not only my kids are interested in but books I want to read as well are a big bonus and I wanted to share a few of those with you here today.




Paper World: Planet Earth by Bomboland (Retail $24.99)

This book goes over a ton of details about the earth, from volcanos to storms and Tectonic plates which is perfect as my children are at the stages in school where they are either starting to learn about the earth or are continuing to learn more about it. Each page is rather unique in its design, the creators used paper layers to show the layers of the earth and show case different aspects of nature.

Each page is jam packed with information about the subject it is discussing, including several fun flaps with more information stored underneath. My children were pretty excited about this book, and looking through the pages made me want to read it as well just to absorb all of the information it has to offer. I think this book is a very educational book for a home collection or it would fit right into a classroom setting as a way to offer a fun way to learn about the Earth.



Life: The First Four Billion Years by Martin Jenkins (Retail $24.99)

Here is another fantastic book absolutely jam packed with educational information! This book covers various stages of life before there were humans, it goes over many of the different periods such as Jurassic, Cretaceous period and more. Not only does this book contain eighty pages of information there is more information on each page than in a regular book because of the books size, it measures a whooping 11" x 14" and features a fold out page in the start of the book.

We've only looked through this book so far but this is another that is a great addition to any home or school library for school ages children or anyone interested in knowing more about this subject. It includes a number of illustrations some in color and others in black and white.


Where's Waldo? Double Trouble by Martin Handford (Retail $18.99)

Growing up I was always a big fan of Where's Waldo books, my great grandmother kept several in her house and I remember looking through them over and over just to look at all the fun little scenes hidden in the book. This is a great take on the classic while also throwing in a "spot the difference" book.

You'll find two of the same photo each time you flip the page, not only will you need to find Waldo and his friends but you'll also have to spot all the differences between the two photos. My kids have had a blast with this book and we are quite happy to add it to our Where's Waldo collection! This book is great as a birthday or holiday gift for children who enjoy interactive books.

CandleWick Press offers these three amazing books along with dozens of others suited for all ages! You can buy them directly through their website, on Amazon or Barnes & Nobles.

Disclaimer- The products mentioned above were provided by Candlewick Press for the review free of charge no other compensation was provided. However, no product compensation will influence the outcome of any review. My honest opinions are used in all reviews, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. My reviews are posted for readers in order to provide an informed decision before purchase.