Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Check It Out: Kid Sheriff and The Terrible Toads + Book Bundle Giveaway

This week we are sharing another imaginative book.  Written by Bob Shea and illustrated by Lane Smith, Kid Sheriff and The Terrible Toads shares an Old West tale about a second grade sheriff who rides into the town of Dry Gulch on a tortoise to save the locals from a group of bandits called The Toads

Putting his extensive knowledge of dinosaurs to good use, the seven year old sheriff tricks and outwits the bandits by blaming all of their crimes on the extinct creatures. The Toads refuse to allow anyone to take credit for their misconduct and quickly admit to everything.
Hello Jack Blog: Kid Sheriff and The Terrible Toads + Book Bundle Giveaway
Brad really got into this book - could it be because it included dinosaurs in the story line?
He also read the entire story using his best cowboy voice

The generous team over at Macmillan Children's Publishing Group are giving one lucky Hello Jack Blog reader the chance to win a 4 book bundle including all of the books shown below.

Hello Jack Blog: Book Bundle Giveaway

GIVEAWAY Enter to win Little Elliot, Big City, The Mosterator, And Two Boys Booed and Kid Sheriff and The Terrible Toads.

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Tuesday November 25th at midnight. Open to US residents only.  a Rafflecopter giveaway
Sunday, November 16, 2014

Product Love: Boggie Wipes + Boogie Mist

It seems like the day Jack started preschool he came home with a runny nose but I'm prepared! I learned when he was a baby that instead of using regular wipes or tissue paper, Boogie Wipes was the way to go.

Boogie Wipes gently dissolve boogies while moisturizing and soothing sensitive little noses. This saline wipes are natural and paraben fee, they won't leave your little one's skin red or blotchy. They are also the perfect makeup removal alternative, they are effective yet work gently on your skin.  

When Dylan's nose became stuffy, our pediatrician recommended we used saline solution to help clear his nasal passages. We had used nasal solutions with Jack in the past but it was always a battle to spray him. The new Boogie Mist is a non-medicated natural saline solution that helps clear and moisturize nasal and sinus passages. It flushes out dust, dirt, pollen and congestion from little - and big - noses. The kid friendly, scented "schnozzle" spay nozzle is super easy to use.

These two products are essentials in our home and we always keep them handy. I carry Boogies Wipes in my diaper bag, I keep some in my car and even have some for myself in my makeup drawer. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

2014 - Holiday Gift Guide - FOR NEW MOMS

Let's kick off our holiday gift guides with thoughtful gifts for the new moms out there. Before we do so, make sure you keep and eye out for the red ornaments available on most gift guides. If you see them next to an item then you will either have a chance to win that item (or something from the brand) or a special discount will be available.

As a mom, I know how important it is to make time for myself. Even though my life with two little ones is always hectic, I try to enjoy some quiet time alone. It helps me to decompress and regain focus.

Below are some of my favorite gifts for new moms -  gifts for us and gifts for our babies, gifts to celebrate motherhood. Whether it's a charm necklace with your kid's silhouette or a bottle to complement breastfeeding when you are ready, this gift guide has something for every new mom.  

Hello Jack Blog: 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: FOR NEW MOMS

Friday, November 07, 2014

Check It Out: FarFaria.com

Have you heard of FarFaria

The FarFaria app offers families and teachers unlimited access to over 800 illustrated children’s e-books and each week 5 new books are added to their collection. Developed for children ages 2-9, FarFaria's educational library includes new favorites and beloved classics such as Rapunzel and The Wizard of Oz.  

Flipping e-pages

Divided into reading levels, FarFaria makes it easy to find books appropriate for your child's age and reading abilities. The app also offers a read-to-me feature which allows children to easily follow each story - this feature is specially useful for non readers.

Jack using the read-to-me feature with highlighted text.

This interactive app allows parents to search for books by genre, title, keywords or reading levels. Books that have been read and enjoyed can be found under the "favorites" tab. Also available is a Book Club option were parents can easily connect with friends and family to receive reading recommendations.

By far Jack's favorite feature is the Explore tab. This tab offers an interactive map with different islands including: Preschool Playground, Sing Along City, Fairy Tale Falls and Classics Grove. Each island offers a different theme and include several reading levels.

Full-access subscriptions to FarFaria start at $4.99 per month, and it can be downloaded for free on iTunes as well as on Google Play.


Thursday, November 06, 2014

A Minted Holiday Giveaway

The countdown is on! 7 weeks until Christmas. Can you believe it? Once again I've teamed up with Minted.com to bring you my favorite holiday cards and unique gifts from their site.
Created by talented independent designers, the Minted holiday card collections offer fully customizable templates printed on thick premium in a variety of shapes and sizes including keepsake ornament cards and new this season - minibook cards.

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This year, Minted has expanded their holiday home décor collection to include beautiful ornaments, runners, garlands and so much more! One of my favorite items for this season are their customizable wrapping paper - which are also available for other special occasions.


ABOUT MINTED Minted is the world's premier marketplace for independent design. Their mission is to find exceptional artists and designers from all over the world and bring their work to consumers who appreciate great design. Minted sources design and art from a global community of independent designers, then sells their best designs as fine products such as stationery, wall art, and décor for the home, holidays, and occasions.

GIVEAWAY Enter for a chance to win a $100 credit to Minted.com!

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Thursday November 13th at midnight. Open to US and Canada residents.

Enjoy $25 off  + free shipping on holiday card orders. Code: CHEER25FS, expires 11/10.
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