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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Book Review - Vegetables in Underwear

Vegetables in Underwear
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About the Book
A bunch of friendly vegetables wear colorful underwear of all varieties—big, small, clean, dirty, serious, and funny—demonstrating for young ones the silliness and necessity of this item of clothing. The unexpectedness of vegetables in their unmentionables is enough to draw giggles, but the pride with which the “big kid” attire is flaunted in front of the baby carrots in diapers will tickle readers of all ages. With rhyming text that begs to be chanted aloud and art that looks good enough to eat, this vibrant story will encourage preschoolers to celebrate having left those diapers behind!


My Take on the Book
This was a cute book that uses humor and food to have a fun time talking about leaving diapers behind. The humor is geared toward kids and gets at some of the things that they see as important and in reading this to my youngest, she was laughing from the very beginning to the end of the book.  The illustrations were silly and cute, and young kids will definitely get a kick out of seeing the vegetables in situations that they can relate to! This was a fun book for kids and adults to share together!


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Book Review - The Adventures of Shola

The Adventures of Shola
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About the Book
Small dog. Big dreams.

From her rustic, mouse-mad cousin Angeliño to Señor Grogó's rodeo-chasing, wild Aunt Clementine from Wyoming, nobody in these four surprising stories can help agreeing with Shola in the end: leads are for losers and it's far better to be free. Shola is a dog who knows what's what and how best to say it, and she'll even say it live on tv. As long as nobody gets too discombobulated about it.Shola may look like an ordinary white pet dog but, as her long-suffering owner Señor Grogó knows only too well, she is in fact a highly cultivated creature and the world is her playground - or rather, her jungle. For little Shola is ever ready to discover her inner lioness or to lead the pack on a wild-boar hunt. If only home-made cheese and finely cooked, delicious, marvelous, near-miraculous chips were not quite so tempting, the world would recognize her for the heroic dog she truly is. Luckily Shola finds soul-mates in unexpected quarters.



My Take on the Book
This was a fun book that was funny and charming. I loved the character of Shola and while the book was not what I first expected, it ended up being a book that I thoroughly enjoyed and one that I entranced and encouraged me to continue reading page after page. The author did a great job with the story and character development and in the end you truly want Shola to find the love and friendship that is being searched for. This was a heartwarming book that was a fun read, and it is one that I would encourage all to read!


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Book Review - The Flying Classroom

The Flying Classroom

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About the Book
'Walter Trier's deceptively innocent drawings are as classic as Kastner's words; I never tire of them' Quentin Blake Martin's school is no ordinary school. There are snowball fights, kidnappings, cakes, a parachute jump, a mysterious man called 'No-Smoking' who lives in a railway carriage and a play about a flying classroom. As the Christmas holidays draw near, Martin and his friends - nervous Uli, cynical Sebastian, Johnny, who was rescued by a sea captain, and Matthias, who is always hungry (particularly after a meal) - are preparing for the end-of-term festivities. But there are surprises, sadness and trouble on the way - and a secret that changes everything. The Flying Classroom is a magical, thrilling and bittersweet story about friendship, fun and being brave when you are at your most scared. (It also features a calf called Eduard, but you will have to read it to find out why.)

Erich Kastner, writer, poet and journalist, was born in Dresden in 1899. His first children's book, Emil and the Detectives, was published in 1929 and has since sold millions of copies around the world and been translated into around 60 languages. After the Nazis took power in Germany, Kastner's books were burnt and he was excluded from the writers' guild. He won many awards, including the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1960. He died in 1974. Walter Trier was born in Prague in 1880. In 1910 he moved to Berlin, where he would later be introduced to Kastner, and began his career drawing cartoons for the Berliner Illustrated. He also contributed to the satirical weekly Simplicissimus, where during the 1920s, despite great personal risk, he ridiculed Hitler and the Nazi Party in a series of cartoons. In 1936 he fled to London, where he was involved in producing anti-Nazi leaflets and political propaganda drawings. He would go on to have a rich career, producing around 150 covers for the humorous magazine Lilliput. He died in 1951 in Ontario, Canada. Anthea Bell is an award-winning translator. Having studied English at Oxford University, she has had a long and successful career, translating works from French, German and Danish. She is best known for her translations of the much-loved Asterix books, Stefan Zweig and W.G. Sebald.



My Take on the Book
This was a well written novel that was intriguing and enchanting. You truly get to be taken on a journey through all of the characters' growth. There are humorous moments along with ones that are tender and filled with hope. While I had never heard of this author or this story before, I was impressed and would love to find more written by Mr. Kastner if they are available. This is a quick read and one that will keep you engaged and interested. A great read!


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Book Review - Team Us: Marriage Together #Giveaway

Team Us: Marriage Together
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About the Book
What are you agreeing to when you say “I do”? When a couple promises “I do,” they agree to more than just a shared last name, a joint bank account, and no more dateless nights. This husband and wife duo forms a new team. “Life together” becomes their mantra. Nothing can come between them. At least, that’s the plan. But then real life sets in. With it come disappointments and frustrations. If the couple isn’t intentional in their day-to-day interactions, that once enthusiastic “we” can slowly revert to “you” and “me.” Before long, the couple’s left wondering what happened to their team spirit.
Team Us: Marriage Together offers couples practical ways to cultivate and strengthen unity in their marriages. Author Ashleigh Slater shares from her own marriage as she presents couples with realistic ideas on how to foster cooperation, deepen commitment, and exercise grace on a daily basis.
“Finishing your marriage story well is definitely within your reach, no matter what your history tells you.”

Check out the book trailer HERE and hear from Ashleigh Slater HERE.


"Team Us" Official Book Trailer from Ashleigh Slater on Vimeo.

Check out Ashleigh’s blog HERE


Check out the official website HERE (you can read an excerpt here to see if you’d like it!)




My Take on the Book
Marriage is not easy. It takes work, commitment, love and more. This book does a great job at capturing what we all must do to keep our marriage alive and working as a team, as truly that is what keeps a marriage alive in my experience. I enjoyed reading this book as the author did a great job at laying out the challenges and what we all need to do to work on our marriages one day at a time. The book was practical and shares with you ways in which you truly can start to see yourself as a part of a team, a "We" instead of an "I", if that makes sense to you. In reading this book, get ready to roll up your sleeves and dive into the work ahead. The author will reveal some great ideas, tips,and more about what sustains a marriage and what will help your own marriage to thrive and survive. I recommend reading this with your partner as you will find that it will bring you closer together and will open up a dialogue that will only help your overall relationship too. Whether your marriage is strong or not, this book will set you on a new path, that will only strength your communication and overall marriage in general!

Giveaway

Team Us: Marriage Together Book Giveaway



"Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.”



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Book Review - The Leadership Handbook

The Leadership Handbook

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About the Book
New York Times best-selling author and leadership expert John Maxwell offers practical insight into learning how to lead the person who matters most-yourself.

The path to leadership begins with a question only few of us ask: How do I lead myself? John Maxwell presents twenty-six insights, not just for those who aspire to positions of leadership but also for veteran leaders who aim to build and improve upon the steps that led them to the front of the line.

Sound leadership will impact any endeavor, but sound leaders are prepared for risk-and importantly, failure-just as they point the way toward achievement. With application exercises and a "Mentoring Moment" to accompany each chapter, The Leadership Handbook presents a road map for a path many may cross but few choose to follow. "A leader," counsels Maxwell, "never has to recover from a good start."

About the Author
John C. Maxwell is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, coach, and speaker who has sold more than 24 million books in fifty languages. Maxwell was identified as the most popular leadership expert in the world by Inc. magazine in 2014. He is the founder of the John Maxwell Company, the John Maxwell Team, and EQUIP.




My Take on the Book
I love the leadership teachings of John Maxwell and this book is a treasure trove of great ideas, tips, resources and more to assist you in being a strong professional and personal leader. What you read in this book is profound and really hits close to your own experiences. The author brings in so many practical examples that the reader can relate to. I found that in each section of the book I could see different personal and professional experiences that related to the teachings that he shares. One thing that I will say about this book is that all ages can grow and learn from what is held within its' pages. I wish that I had read this when I was in high school just starting on my own leadership journey as it would have easily paved the road for future decisions that I made along the way. As you read this you will find and feel that you have someone going along with you for the ride as you learn and grow with each page read. Get ready to strengthen your own leadership skills!


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Honey Maid Go Bites, the perfect on-the-go snack for active kids! #ThisIsWholesome

Honey Maid Go Bites
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About the Snack
Kids today are constantly on the go, bouncing from school to glee club to soccer practice – which means parents need wholesome snacks with important nutrients – snacks that can provide nutritious fuel as kids prepare for their next adventure. Finding a snack with both the delicious taste kids want and other positives like protein and whole grain is as easy as picking up a box of Honey Maid Go Bites. Today, Honey Maid, part of the global snacking powerhouse Mondelez International, Inc., unveiled a mess-free snack both kids and parents can enjoy.

Honey Maid Go Bites Filled Snacks are crispy graham pockets filled with delicious ingredients kids can love together with 7g of whole grains and 5g of protein per 30g serving. In line with the full portfolio of Honey Maid's wholesome offerings, Go Bites Filled Snacks are made with whole grains and real honey, without high fructose corn syrup or artificial colors.

"Parents are looking for snacks that are easy and nutritious, while kids want snacks that taste great," said Tracey Benitz, Senior Brand Manager, Wholesome Kids, North America. "Our goal is to consistently provide families with delicious, wholesome and enjoyable snacks that both parents and kids can agree on, and Go Bites do just that – combining nutrients like protein with a delicious filling."

Go Bites delivers the dual benefits of protein to help support growth. Children rarely get the recommended amount of whole grains in their diets1. Go Bites also delivers whole grains that provide wholesome energy to help fuel active play.

Honey Maid Go Bites are now available in mass retailers nationwide for the suggested retail price of $4.19 per box in both chocolate and vanilla filling flavors. For more information, check out HoneyMaid.com, Facebook.com/HoneyMaid or engage with @HoneyMaidSnacks and #ThisIsWholesome on Twitter.


 
My Take on the Snack
I am always looking for snacks that I can easily add to lunches as well as snacks that my kids ask me for continually. This new snack from Honey Maid did both. Interestingly enough, both of my girls had their favorite flavors and of course they were different from each other. My eldest loved the chocolate and my youngest loved the vanilla. Both said that the snacks tasted great and that they wanted us to continue to get them and have them for lunches, but also around the house for an after school snack (or really anytime). As a parent, I love finding snacks that are packed with high quality ingredients that are good for my kids and Honey Maid delivers here! I will be looking for these now in local stores around me and you should too!


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DVD Review - Pound Puppies: Puppy Love

Pound Puppies: Puppy Love

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About the DVD
Don’t miss the pup-tastic fun! On February 3, 2015, join Lucky, Cookie, Niblet, Strudel and Squirt as they continue on their mission to find a person for every pup with the release of Pound Puppies:Puppy Love on DVD. 

Pound Puppies: Puppy Love

Featuring five fun-filled adventures perfect for Valentine’s Day, this DVD collection is priced to own with an SRP of $12.99.
Pound Puppies: Puppy Love

Every boy and girl should know the undying love of a puppy. That’s exactly what the Pound Puppiesare for! "A pup for every person and a person for every pup!” That’s their motto and they mean it. Join the fearless leader, Lucky, and his crew — Niblet, Cookie, Squirt and Strudel — as they make it their mission to find homes for lonely dogs… and dogs for lonely humans!


Pound Puppies: Puppy Love comes complete with your very own printable valentine that you can share with your favorite pet or human!

Episodes Include:
  • Toyoshiko! Bark Friend Machine
  • McLeish Unleashed
  • The General
  • When Niblet Met Giblet
  • Rebound’s First Symphony






My Take on the DVD
This is a fun series that any dog lover will love. I remember the original series from when I was a kid. While this series is a bit different the story was still fun and engaging. My kids and I watched this together and all of us agreed that The General was our  favorite episode, although all of the episodes were fun and engaging. That being said, my girls have already been looking to watch more episodes of this. This is a great DVD for the whole family.


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