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$25 Amazon or Paypal #Giveaway {Flight of the Mite Book Blast} Ends 8/19

Flight of the Mite

Title: Flight of the Mite | Author: Grayson Smith | Illustrator: Alana Kyle | Publication Date: 2013 | Publisher: Peppermint Toast Publishing: Independent | Pages: 32 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 | Reviewed by: Renee and Dominic (Mother and Son)

Information About The Book: A tale of wonder and imagination, Flight of the Mite is a children’s read-aloud picture book, written by Grayson Smith and illustrated by Alana Kyle. As a tiny mite stares in wonder at the nighttime stars, she becomes certain that if she were only able to travel to them, she would meet a world of wondrous creatures. She determines to build a flying contraption, and through persistence, ingenuity, and wise counsel, journeys to the nearest star. There she encounters the Others of her dreams and finds herself on an adventure where she learns that her imagination is her most important tool! This story of imagination, courage, and determination is perfect for the little mite in your life! Flight of the Mite is the first book published by the independent small press, Peppermint Toast Publishing, out of New Westminster, British Columbia. Peppermint Toast Publishing strives to work with emerging authors and artists towards the high-quality and environmentally-friendly publication of children’s picture books and literature, in profit-sharing partnership with local charitable organizations.

 

Purchase

Peppermint Toast Publishing is happy to be contributing $3 from the sales for each copy of Flight of the Mite sold, going to help sick kids get better at BC Children’s Hospital. Visit their Online Store to purchase your copy!

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Amazon (Canada)

 

The Buzz About the Book

Mother and Son Review by MDBR: “Flight of the Mite is a delightful, rhyming picture book featuring an adorable little mite who dreams big as the main character; a magical story underscoring the importance of imagination in children’s development; and absolutely gorgeous and whimsical illustrations. I highly recommend this book to children ages 3 to 8 and I think it would be a great choice for reading aloud to children in a classroom or library setting.”

“This is our new favourite story to read and will be a book that we will be keeping to pass down to future member of our family.” ~ Raincity Parent

“This wonderful piece of children’s literature is well crafted and appropriate for children and adults, the message is clear, embrace diversity, ones weakness may actually be strength. The most interesting and entertaining part is that there is a consistent rhythm and rhyme to the story, keeping the powerful message light and playful.” ~ Active Lee Dadding

” I have read the sweetest story!…The combination of these two talents [i.e., the author and illustrator] working together has left us with a sweet rhyming story about a little mites big imagination.” ~ Moments in Mommyland

“I recently received a new children’s book to review called Flight of the Mite. So of course I went to the best critic in the house – my 4 year old son[...]. We sat down to read the story together and discovered a delightful tale about imagination and discovery… The illustrations are delightful and [my son] insisted that we stop to discuss some of them along the way. There was more than one “wow!” over a picture of the mite climbing a dandelion.” ~ Prenatal to Parenting

 

About the Author: Grayson Smith

Grayson SmithGrayson Smith was born in Alberta, but attended a boarding school in Germany for 11 years. After high school, he attended SFU, where he obtained a degree in Criminology and met his beautiful wife, Linda. Throughout university, Grayson wrote stories when he should have been paying attention in class. After completing his degree, he became a police officer, and still enjoys that job thoroughly. As of 2012, Grayson gets to re-envision the world through the eyes of his baby son, Josiah. Writing is a wonderful way for Grayson to express the silliness and vagary that simmers beneath his well-practiced outer layer of respectability and professionalism.

 

 

About the Illustrator: Alana Kyle

Alana Kyle, IllustratorAlana Kyle was born and raised in the Lower Mainland. As a small child, she was sweet, quiet, and frequently lost inside her own head. Ever since she was young, she was motivated by her love of artistic creativity and attention to detail, and remains captivated by storybooks and imagination. Alana attended and graduated from Emily Carr University of Art + Design with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, and also obtained a three-year diploma of Illustration and Design from Capilano University. She works as an illustrator and graphic designer, and lives in Coquitlam.

 

Links to More Information

Peppermint Toast Publishing | Twitter | Goodreads

Facebook (Peppermint Toast Publishing) | Facebook (Flight of the Mite)

 

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Contest ends: August 19, 11:59 pm, 2014

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Grayson Smith and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Blobbits #Giveaway {Ends 8/21}

BlobGhoul336x280Practical Frugality, all my favorite blogger buddies and the amazing people at Blobbits.com invite you to enter for a chance to win a Blobbits Deluxe Kit valued at $24.00 from Blobbits! A Huge thank you to our sponsors at blobbits.com for making this sweepstakes possible!

It’s time to have some blobbin’ fun with Blobbits. People search it as Blobits & Blobit as well. This intergalactic stretchable, glow-in-the-dark, moldable, silicone-based compound is ideal for kids who thrive on being hands-on with their creativity and imagination.

Blobbits can be formed into any shape and come with face and body parts to give them personality and a scare factor. See your creations glow-in-the-dark when you dim the lights and after awhile the monsters melt down into a blob so you can build them over and over again so the fun never ends. Best of all, kids can roll their Blobbits up into a ball and give it a bounce or two for fun before creating a whole new monster.

Blobbits are a non-toxic, heat-resistant, non-allergenic and reusable compound. Each Blobbits comes with it’s very own stack-able reusable Blobbits container so it won’t dry out and never leaves a mess. It is ideal for kids of all ages.

Each complete Blobbits Creation Kit comes with enough Blobbits, face and body parts to make two monsters and cost $9.99 plus $6.99 processing and handling. For a limited time only, we will double your Blobbits and send two additional Blobbits creatures for free just pay additional processing and handling, this will be enough Blobbits and parts to make four monsters; one in yellow, green, orange and blue.

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Back to School with Zulily

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There are some great Back to School deals at zulily right now!

Frozen Twist Up Crayon Set

They have an assortment of Frozen items, that are sure to go quickly, in addition to Curious George, Disney Princess, Jake & the Neverland Pirates, LEGO, Marvel, Minecraft, My Little Pony, Star Wars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thomas & Friends, etc! I plan to get the Frozen Lip Gloss & Nail Polish Set ($14.99, normally $24) and Frozen Twist Up Crayon Set ($5.99, normally $9) as a birthday gift for a special little girl I know! They have school supplies, toys, clothing, etc!

Black & Gray Puffer Coat - Boys

They offer clothes in an array of sizes. My boys are all in the 8-20 size range currently. I found some nice heavy winter coats on sale for $29.99, normally $78! Living in New England, a heavy coat is a must!
zulily Back to School Trends

According to zulily, five of the top trends for the new school year include:

    • Northern Exposure – From faux fur capelets and moccasins for girls to hoodies for boys emblazoned with bold animal faces, wild looks are big for back to school
    • Galaxy – Starscapes, planets and are other galaxy themed prints make their way onto clothing and accessories alike for fall Sublimation is really big and should be said in here
    • 90’s Flashback – They say if you’ve lived through a trend once not to wear it a second time around, which is why today’s school kids are the only ones cute enough to pull off 90’s inspired looks, including acid washed jeans with bold bright 90′s prints along with Harem pants – Can’t touch this.
    • Camo Cool – From backpacks and binders to shoes and jackets, expect to see camouflage prints in a wide variety of colors in school hallways this fall
  • London Calling – Trench Coats and hooded jackets paired with textured wool and corduroy will keep kids on this side of the pond warm when fall’s crisp temperatures return

Mustache Man Party Supplies

Mustache Man Party Supplies

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Mustache Man Party by Birthday Express

Prepare to party in style with Mustache Man party supplies from Birthday Express. The Mustache Man party theme is probably one of the most versatile themes available. It can work perfectly for dress-up parties, kids parties, baby showers and first birthdays.

Throwing the perfect mustache bash can be easy because there are so many ways to mix and match products, along with fun games and decorating ideas that coordinate with the theme. 

Mustache Man Party by Birthday Express

Food & Drink Ideas - Find some old soda bottles or mason jar mugs and fill them up with blue Gatorade. The light bluish color will match perfectly with the Mustache Man theme and you can serve them with the Mustache Party Straws. For a sweet treat, serve your guests cupcakes with a Mustache Man Ring, featured below, as a cake topper. 

Party Activities - Get creative with your game play and create your own “Pin the Mustache” game, a spin-off of Pin the Tail on the Donkey. Or, go the classic route with a Mustache Pull-String Pinata that’s full of fun little party favors and candy. 

Party Decor - To add some pop to your Mustache Man party theme, add in some solid color decor for accents. Lime green balloons will coordinate great with the theme, along with a Mustache Foil Shaped Balloon.

Mustache Man Party by Birthday Express

  1. Mustache Man Centerpiece
  2. Black Mustache Ring
  3. Green Apple Rock Candy Stick
  4. Hanging Mustache Decor
  5. Mustache Man Dinner Plates (8)
  6. Mustache Man Dessert Plates (8)
  7. Mustache Man Lunch Napkins (20)

For a full selection of Mustache Man party supplies, visit Birthday Express – you won’t find this theme anywhere else! 


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Minecraft School Supplies

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My kids LOVE Minecraft, and all things Minecraft related. They have even been giving some Minecraft books as birthday party gifts, and the items have been very well received. It was a surprise to walk into a birthday party full of 10 year old boys and see them huddled around the books, hanging on every word! Once I realized just how much these kids love this game (and parents love them using their imaginations), it’s no surprise that they, are interested in Minecraft School Supplies. I’m including the books we give as party gifts, links to the console game (you get the PC version from the website), and some Minecraft toy links too, in case you are in need of holiday or birthday party gift ideas for boys or girls in the 6-14 age range. These prices aren’t as low as some of the regular, non-themed school supplies advertised by office supply stores, but if you are looking for themed items, these items are about as low as I’ve seen in my area. Some of these items are going for significantly more on places like Ebay, because they are so hard to find! The books linked were double the price listed below at our local bookstore. We have Prime, so it was nice to be able to order them, get Free 2 Day shipping, and pay half the price!

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Who Do You Want to Be? Back-to-School with Warby Parker 
College is one of the few opportunities where you get to create your identity. Who do you want to be? Small town kid sampling life in the big city? Shy, self-conscious bookworm trying to get through the year? This is your time to step up and take charge of how the world sees you, not to mention how you affect the world, and if you wear glasses, you should look into Warby Parker

Warby Parker is a globally-minded, trend-setting eyewear company that is changing the way the world sees glasses. Their ultra-hip eyewear is popping up on celebrity Instagram feeds and getting noticed in fashion circles. (Check out the Karlie Kloss x Warby Parker Collaboration.) Warby Parker frames are sourced from sustainable materials and manufactured by family companies. For every pair purchased (and they are all absolutely affordable), they give a pair of their own eyeglasses to VisionSpring, a a charity that trains people in low-income communities around the world to conduct eye exams and set up businesses selling glasses for a few bucks a piece. They have already donated over a million pairs. And,they have a Home Try-On program where you pick five styles online that you like, they send them to you, you try them on, pick out your favorite for purchase online and return your samples… the entire home-try-on program is FREE! Warby Parker cares about eyewear, cares about the planet and cares about you.

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$100 Amazon or Paypal #Giveaway {What if…? Book Blast} Ends 8/16

What if...? by Jessica Barondes

 

Title: What if…? | Author: Jessica Barondes | Publication Date: January 7, 2014 | Publisher: Sense and Sensability Press | Pages: 145 | Recommended Ages: 10+ | Reviewed by: Renee (Mother)

Summary: Life is complicated for the average tween, but try being the smallest girl in 7th grade and navigating the choppy waters of middle school without a mom. Such is the plight of Penelope “P” Ziegler, until she decides to take matters into her own hands and find a wife for her hopelessly quirky dad. Despite Dad’s objections, P is sure—with all her heart—that there’s a woman out there who will make them both very happy!

 

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You can grab your FREE COPY (electronic) of What if…? by Jessica Barondes from July 18 to 22, 2014 from Amazon. Just click on the book cover below.


What if...? by Jessica Barondes

The Buzz About the Book

What if…? is a bittersweet and sometimes comical tale of a tween girl, P, who must come to terms with the loss of her mother as she navigates the world of dating, puberty, school, and friendships. P will absolutely warm your heart and the ending is guaranteed to leave you teary-eyed. While I sometimes felt that the themes were more appropriate for teens, I also came to realize that tween girls will also really enjoy reading about the world that they are just on the cusp of entering. *shudder* Ages 10+.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

“What a treat to fall in love with a character from the first second you begin to read her story. P has wit, charm, pluck, charisma–and a lot of things to learn. I totally loved her voice, world, friends and the many ways in which she drove her father Georgy insane. Full of laughs and love this charming book is a wonderful read–no matter what your age.” ~ 5 Star Review, Blue, Amazon

“This is a charming and delightful read from start to finish, filled with characters you really care about, especially the unique girl “P” at the center. You don’t have to be in this age group or life situation to relate to the sweet and heartfelt story about wanting the best for those you love. It’s timeless and inspiring and may bring a tear to your eye!” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan A., Amazon

“Witty, intelligent and edgy coming-of-age book for girls (and parents!). This little book is a real gem. I bought it for my nieces too in hopes that they will appreciate their moms more! (and give their dads a chance to be a true hero, like the dad in this book!) I would bet that school libraries, teachers, parents and girls will rate this book a favorite for years to come.” ~ 5 Star Review, Louann B., Amazon

“I was absolutely enchanted from the first page. This book made me cry! It was delightful. The story so sweet and the characters endearing and so real. By the time I got to the end, I just wanted to burst out in applause. This book is a joy to read at any age but perfect for the “tween” reader.” ~ 5 Star Review, Jen W., Amazon

“Both my 11-year old daughter and I loved this wonderfully written book. Charming and exciting from beginning to end, this book is a real treasure.” ~ 5 Star Review, Susan L., Amazon

 

About the Author

Jessica BarondesJessica Barondes grew up in La Jolla, California and now makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband Ben and their teenagers Jonah and Ellie. Jessica is also a screenwriter whose credits include Little Secrets, Lucky Seven, and Wish Upon a Star, a Disney Channel classic, which was a winner at the Heartland Film Festival. Jessica is currently working on several new movie projects and is an associate producer of the new family film Cowgirls n’ Angeles: Dakota’s Summer.

Goodreads | Amazon Author Page

 

 

* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

Prize: $100 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: August 16, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Jessica Barondes and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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