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Plan the perfect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party

Plan the perfect Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party
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TMNT Party Supplies from Birthday Express

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have made a comeback with a new movie in theaters on 8/8/14. If your little Ninja has an upcoming birthday party, throwing a TMNT birthday party is a great choice. Birthday Express has a huge selection of TMNT party supplies, party favors, decor and even costumes!

Read along and check out some of our fabulous TMNT party planning ideas.

TMNT Party Supplies from Birthday Express

Food & Drink Ideas - Fill up TMNT themed cups or regular clear plastic cups with ice and green Gatorade, which can be found at the grocery store. The neon green color of the Gatorade will match the party theme. Serve your little party guests a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Cookie Asst. as a sweet treat. 

Party Activities - Give each party guest a ninja mask upon arrival. You can easily create the masks using colored construction paper and elastic. Just cutout eyeholes in the construction paper and staple or tape the elastic to the construction paper. To keep guests entertained, you can go the classic party route with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shaped Pinata Kit that’s full of fun little party favors and candy. 

Party Decor - Add to your TMNT themed party supplies with some pops of solid color such as blue, red or green. For a fun way to decorate the party table, you can use a TMNT table decorating kit. Make the birthday boy feel extra special by adding a Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Foil Balloon to his chair.


Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Party Packs

Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Personalized Invitations (8)

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle – Leonardo Kids Costume


For a full selection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles party supplies and party decor, visit BirthdayExpress.com


miWorld Play Set #Giveaway {Ends 8/6}

miWorld Giveaway

 

Welcome to the miWorld Play Set Giveaway!

Hosted By: Sweet Southern Lovin

CoHosted By: The Binder Ladies

Sponsored By Jakks Pacific

Every time we are in Wal-Mart, my girls immediately go to these toys. I have to admit they are really pretty cool. They are called miWorld from Jakks Pacific. These toys are a line of very realistic toys that connect together for your kids to create a little mall, featuring all of the trendiest stores. They all connect together to give it the mall feel. You can get the following stores: Claires, Sprinkles Cupcakes, OPI Nail Salon, Dairy Queen and Sweet Factory. They include tons of miniature accessories that your kids will have hours and hours of fun. Michelle at Sweet Southern Lovin had the opportunity to work with miWorld and received the Claire’s set and the OPI Nail Salon. Visit here to check out her full review.

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**Giveaway Details**

July 24th at 1am EST to August 6th at 11:59pm EST
Open to Continental US only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Prize: One lucky reader will win their choice of miWorld Play Set. RV $14.97 – $29.97

**How to Enter**
Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Michelle@sweetsouthernlovin.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. All entries are optional.

*Participating bloggers did not receive any compensation for this giveaway. Sponsor is responsible for prize shipment. Any questions, please email Michelle@sweetsouthernlovin.com*

$25 Amazon GC Have You Seen My Tail? Book Blast #Giveaway {Ends 8/21}

Mother Daughter Book Reviews is pleased to be coordinating a Book Blast for the adorable picture book “Have You Seen My Tail?” by Kathryn Harper.

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

About the Book

Title: Have You Seen My Tail? (Katie-Jane, Book #2) | Author & Illustrator: Kathryn Harper | Publication Date: July, 2014 | Publisher: Green Cup Publishing | Pages: 36 | Recommended Ages: 3 to 8

Summary: Anyone who has ever struggled to accept – or longed to experience – change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane’s second story, “Have You Seen My Tail?” Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud moments, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised and shocked as she meets a butterfly, a frog and a snake; who are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. “Have You Seen My Tail?” is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to ‘be the very best version of you.’

 

Sneak Peek

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathrn Harper - Inside Page

 

Purchase

Amazon | Book Website

You can also purchase the first book in the Katie-Jane Series, “Am I a Chameleon?” by clicking the book cover below:

Am I a Chameleon by Kathrn Harper

 

Early Buzz About the Book

“Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series.” ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon

“Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in “Have You Seen My Tail?” She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. ” ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon

 

About the Author: Kathryn Harper

Kathryn HarperI have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium.

As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories.

I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

Website | Facebook | Goodreads

 

* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card

Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: August 21, 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, Kathryn Harper 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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Meeno Babies #Giveaway {Ends 8/6}

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Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom

Sponsored By: Meeno Babies

Meeno Babies is a new baby company that strives to create innovative products for the everyday parent. They may be new, but they have over 100+ years of experience in the baby industry, from design and compliance, to development and manufacturing. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had the chance to review Meeno Babies Cool Mee Seat Liner. Visit her website here to read her full review.

**Giveaway Details**

Date: July 23rd, 2014 – August 6th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One winner will receive one Meeno Babies Product of Choice!

**How to Enter**

By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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Kiwi Crate Free Trial (Limited Time Only)

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Kiwi Crate is an award-winning, monthly subscription service for kids ages 3-8. Each month, your little one will receive multiple arts, crafts, and science activities – delivered right to your door.

Recently featured in InStyle, Parenting Magazine, and US Weekly, Kiwi Crate has also been awarded Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products, Parent’s Choice Gold Award, and an Oppenheim Gold Seal Best Toy Award. Kiwi Crate is already a celebrity favorite, and is sure to delight the little ones in your life!

In addition to Free Trial, Kiwi Crate offers a range of subscription levels:

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SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover #Giveaway {Ends 8/5}

Welcome to the SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Giveaway!

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Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom

Sponsored By: Prince Lionheart

Prince Lionheart has been family owned and ‘Bravely Made’ company since 1973. They offer a wide variety of innovative baby and kid products. Kate at Life of a Southern Mom had a chance to work with Prince Lionheart and review their Deluxe Snooze Shade Plus. Visit her website here and read her full review.

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**Giveaway Details**

Date: July 22nd, 2014 – August 5th at 11:59PM EST

Open to US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.

Prize: One winner will receive a SnoozeShade Plus Deluxe Stroller Cover from Prince Lionheart! (ARV $60)

**How to Enter**

By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from Jennifer at lifeofasouthernmom@gmail.com and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering!

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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)

 

* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card

Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: August 19, 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, 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.

Features & Benefits Include:

  • Blobbits reusable for endless fun.
  • Comes in 4 different Colors.
  • Every Blobbits comes in its own carrycase.
  • Each Blobbits comes with approximately 9 Face and Body Attachements.
  • Blobbits and Face and Body Attachement are interchangable.
  • Create 1000’s of unique Blobbits Monster and Characters.
  • The Blobbits compound is bouncable and stretchable for bouncing catching and tug-of-war.
  • Blobbits is kid tested and parent approved.
  • Clean-up time is easy with the Blobbits stackable storage containers.
  • Melts from your creation to as flat as a pancake.
  • The Specially formulated Blobbits compound glows-in for spooky fun.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee.

Enter the Giveaway

10 lucky Winners will win an amazing Blobbits Deluxe Kit valued at $24.00! Sweepstakes is open to US, must be 18 or older and use the giveaway widget to enter. This giveaway/sweepstakes will end on 08/21/2014 at 11:59 pm EST. Good Luck Everyone!

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Practical Frugality was not compensated for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Please contact Chrystal at Happy Mothering with questions about this giveaway or for help organizing one for your brand.


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