Tuesday, August 21, 2018

New books from Candlewick Press!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Candlewick Press for the review  free of charge.**


Getting a new book always makes me feel a bit of excitement because you have a new adventure waiting for you and you never know where it might lead. My kids are also little bookworms so they are always eager to add new books to our growing collection. I was recently sent a box of books from Candlewick Press to check out and share with my readers here on my blog, I will be going through and reviewing 2-3 at a time to help break up the posts a bit.


Interrupting Chicken and the Elephant of Surprise - Retail $16.99 USD. This is an adorable book that actually gave me a good laugh because it reminds me a bit of my kids and how kids can be in general. This book is about a chicken who comes home from school and asks her Papa to read with her so she can find the Elephant in the story. Unsure of what she means Papa asks her what she means, he learns that her teacher taught the class that every story has an "element" as surprise but she thinks it is an elephant of surprise and thus wants to go on a hunt for elephants.



Papa chicken picks out a story he knows has no elephants but his daughter finds the elephant and 'rescues' it, afterwards it is a bit of a back and forth about there not being any elephants and they read two more stories with the same result. After finishing the homework of looking for the elephant "element" of surprise in three books Papa chicken and his daughter make up their own story with a elephant which was quite adorable. Even with as cute as the story is my favorite page is the last, when Papa chicken is ready for bed looking exhausted from doing homework when his daughter says "Now you can help me with my math homework!" this is exactly how I feel when helping my daughter with her pile of homework every night.


I thought this was a sweet book to read with the kids and they got a real kick out of it as well. The imagery is lovely, everything has a almost water color feel to it and the sharp lines used along with color choices are eye catching.


 Night Job - Retail $16.99 USD. This book actually reminds me of a few nights when I was a child. This book is about a little boy whose father works as a night time janitor at a school and he goes with on Friday nights to join his dad for the night to spend time with him. I remember for a while when my mom worked several night shifts and I got to tag along a night or two (though I usually feel asleep on the sofa in the break room after a while) it was always an adventure.



This neat book is done completely in neutral colors giving it the feel of being night time which we thought went extremely well with the theme of the book. The book follows the father and son duo on their night at the school from room to room and what they do while cleaning up such as listening to base ball and playing music. Much like myself when I was younger the son can only stay up so long and falls asleep on a sofa in the library until his dad comes to wake him up to take him home.





Free Museum tickets on September 22nd,2018



The Smithsonian magazine is hosting their annual Museum Day on September 22nd where you can get FREE tickets to any of the participating museums. You can get 2 free tickets per email address, keep in mind most of these museums are first come first serve on the day of to keep from going over their max capacity so get there early. Sorry but this is for US residents only.

Some states have a ton of Museums so there are a lot of options to select from, Arizona for example has 34 museums offering tickets some of which are only open for those participating in Museum Day instead of anyone just walking in.

Click the link below for more info and find a museum(s) near you participating & Don't forget to Share this ...so others can have a chance to enjoy as well. 

 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/search/

 (This is not a promoted post I just love Museums and wanted to share)

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Pamper yourself like a super hero with these Incredibles 2 beauty sets!

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by TownleyGirl for the review free of charge.**


If you haven't seen The Incredibles 2 what are you waiting for? My family and I were all big fans of the movie and we absolutely loved Jack-Jack during the entire film. I would say it lived up to what we were hoping for, although I know a few people were disappointed with a few words that were added into the movie I thought it was a fun family movie.

My daughter and I are big fans of the products created by Townleygirl that center around beloved characters such as super heroes, Disney Princesses, Emojis and more. When we were offered a chance to check out a few of their Incredibles themed items we couldn't say no.





Incredibles 2 Lip Gloss Set with Bonus Tin - Retail $6.99 This kit includes three lip gloss tubes with a character attachment and a carrying tin (plastic) to hold everything. We thought this set was pretty cute when it came to the over all product packaging, even the tubes themselves had a printed pattern that goes along with the movie. I like that the tin can also be used to store cash, jewelry, etc after the lip gloss is long gone. Their lip gloss formula actually isn't bad, normally I don't like lip gloss because it is too thick but theirs seems just right and is actually pretty moisturizing. Plus if you accidentally get some lip gloss in your mouth there is no taste to it good or bad.


Incredibles 2 Lip Balm with Mirror - Retail $5.99 This set comes with a handheld mirror, nail stickers and two lip balms. We did think it was slightly off the set came with nail stickers as it seemed a little out of place, my daughter thinks a comb or some kind of brush would have been a better option. The mirror is pretty sturdy and can stand up to a lot, my daughter has a Trolls mirror just like it which has been dropped several times without breaking or cracking. The lip balms are nice and the nail stickers are fun.



Incredibles 2 Lip Balm Set with Bonus Bag - Retail $7.99 This set comes with three lip balms, three bouncy balls and a storage bag. The lip balms are nice, they have a nice scent the formula seem to be just right to where your lips don't feel greasy or oil. The kids loved that they came with bouncy balls, the little plastic piece on top of the lip balm cap holds the ball perfectly so you can easily take it with you on the go. The kids did think it would be neat to see a set of these with just the three kids on them. The little coin storage bag this comes with is nice as well and can be used for multiple purposes. 

Over all we were pretty happy with these products though a bit bummed Jack-Jack wasn't more predominant on a product or two as a stand alone character like the rest of the family. (Violet isn't really in these products either aside from family shots but she is on other products in this series.) Our favorite thing about TownleyGirl is how affordable their sets are and how much fun they make everything.


Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Gel Manicure Set Giveaway!

I enjoy when my nails are done and look nice however I don't paint them often since my nail polish usually doesn't last long so I don't always like taking the time to do them just to have them ruined two days later. Gel polish is a great alternative to regular nail polish because it will last longer and I've seen people do some pretty neat art with gel polish so I wanted to give someone a start to their at home gel nail polish collection.



This set includes a 6pc polish set, mini UV nail lamp plus some nail decals and two stamping plates.



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This giveaway ends on 08/25/2018
 
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Glass Garden at Butterfly Wonderland.

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.I received two tickets to check out the exhibit to take photos and form my opinion on the event for free in exchange for this post no other compensation was given.**


Have you heard of Butterfly Wonderland? It is a unique rainforest experience in Arizona that gives you an up close experience with dozens of butterfly species and plants. While attractions such as Butterfly Wonderland are always enjoyable to visit it is kind of like the zoo after a few visits it all starts to feel a little like the same thing so it is wonderful when they add exhibits, host events, etc. to spice things up. At the moment Butterfly Wonderland is hosting 'The Glass Garden' which is an exhibit on the local artist Newt Grover and his glass works of beauty. Plus if you are like me and haven't been there a while (it's been a few years for me) they also have added a great reptile section plus they still have their bee hive, insects and fish.



Each piece being shown was created especially for the rain forest conservatory where they house their butterflies. The glass pieces blend in and intertwine with the plants and trees beautifully and naturally. I suggest arriving when they first open, Arizona can get pretty hot as is and they keep the conservatory a bit humid with misters to keep the butterflies and birds happy, towards the end of the day you may sweat a bit so beating the heat is a great idea.





I've shared a few of the pieces above but I will leave the rest to be discovered when you visit the Butterfly Wonderland. The experience as a whole is quite unique and is well worth the price especially if you are a big fan of butterflies, you get to see them in various stages and you get to get up close to them.





The Glass Garden is being featured for a limited time so check it out while you can! Even if you miss the glass garden I suggest heading out to check out Butterfly Wonderland anyway because there aren't many changes to be around this many species of butterflies. If you are lucky enough one might even land on you, and many will fly very close to you so you'll be able to make out all of their fine details. Tickets are $23.95 per adult and $15.95 for children, however they also offer combo passes (with Odysea Aquarium, Mirror Maze, etc) and they offer yearly passes.

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Bishop, Please! A Giveaway for Disney lovers

**This was not a paid post. My honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others.The products mentioned below have been provided by Bishop, Please! for the review & giveaway free of charge.**

I don't think I'll ever forget sitting in the movie theater waiting for Inside Out to come on when the Disney short "Lava" came on. It was so simple yet so sweet, I am an emotional mess as is so it made me a blubbering mess before the movie even started. I loved the short and my husband and I started telling each other "I Lava You" and even have the song on our phones. Mushy I know but it is true, so when I spotted the "I Lava You" pins + greeting card in the Etsy shop Bishop Please! I knew it would be perfect as a small token of my love for my husbands birthday. Shop owners Adam and Bethan are very sweet, communicate quickly, have wonderful customer service and on top of that they make some pretty awesome products.



You can buy the pins & card separate (card $3.39, Pin set $3.43) or purchase them together for $6.17. The products shipped from the UK but arrived to Arizona fairly quickly and everything was packaged inside of a cute green polka dot envelope with protective wrapping for the pins.



The pins are the perfect size to clip onto your bag, hat, etc wherever you find fit. They measure about an inch and a half wide and are light weight with a sturdy pin in the back. The image has a protective clear thin plastic over the top of it which has been perfectly pressed into the pin base so there are no bumps or spots where it might raise up. Some pins I've bought in the store have a loose backing which leads to the pins not last but this pin set seems very secure and long lasting. I look forward to showing these off the next time we get the chance to visit Disneyland.

I am an odd ball when it comes to paper texture on greeting cards, sometimes I will seek out cards that have a better texture so that what ever I write in it comes out nice and neat instead of sloppy due to slippery paper. The paper they used for the card was perfect for any type of writing utensil, it won't make pens or markers smudge by touching it after you've written your greeting. The inside of the card is completely blank so you are able to fill out as much or as little as you'd like for your loved one, I surprised my husband with this card for his birthday and he loved it.



Looking for something a little less mushy on the romance meter? They offer a number of cards, pins, stickers and more in various designs all of which are pretty fun so stop by and take a look at their shop.

PRIZE ALERT:
One lucky winner will win their choice of product up to £5 ($6.61 USD) (or put £5 towards a bigger purchase)

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 ends on 07/07/2018
 
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Giveaway entry question: Please leave me a comment letting me know what you might select from their shop if you win. 


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Monday, June 25, 2018

Cold Brew Coffee & Milk by Shamrock Farms

**This is a paid post, However my honest opinions were used, they are solely my own & they may vary from others. This is a brand I buy and use frequently so I was happy to work with them.The products mentioned below have been provided by Shamrock Farms & BSM Media for the review free of charge.**

Sometimes there isn't enough time in the day to get everything done that I want so I ended up staying up later than I should thus I am left tired and dragging my butt in the morning. Coffee can be just the right pick me up for the days when I am running extra slow so when I was told Sharmrock Farms came out with a new cold brew coffee I was pretty excited because I prefer my coffee cold/iced.



I found the Shamrocks Farms Cold Brew Coffee and Milk at my local Walmart in the dairy isle by looking for the signature green cap. The Walmart around the corner from my house carried three flavors; original, mocha and vanilla.This coffee is is smoother and less acidic than regular coffee with a slightly sweet flavor and 2x the caffeine of regular coffee plus it is free of artificial hormones. 



The bottle size is perfect to grab and take on the go when I am on my way to work, an appointment or just out running errands.They sell them in singles so I would stock up on a few to keep in the fridge to make breakfast on the go even easier! Personally it is a bit too strong with the coffee flavor for me so I usually add a little bit of extra flavor but this is perfect for my husband who prefers his coffee on the strong side. With it having 2x the amount of caffeine than a regular coffee it gives me an extra boost to keep me awake. Head to your local store to see if they have this in your dairy isle!