The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl! (Giveaway)

May 29, 2014 by  
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ABOUT THE BOOK

While her friends and family may not believe in fairies, Geraldine knows, deep down, that she is a VERY fairy princess.

This is the sixth adventure in the adorable, sparkly, sweet Very Fairy Princess series from celebrated children’s book author Julie Andrews (best known for The Sound of Music, Mary Poppins and The Princess Diaries) and her daughter Emma Walton Hamilton.

In this new tale, the end of the school year is here, and Very Fairy Princess Gerry is getting ready to graduate! She always loves a celebration, but can’t help but feel a little sad as she empties her cubby, takes down her art projects, and says goodbye to her class pet, Houdini the hamster. She’s also a little nervous about leaving Miss Pym… what if her new teacher doesn’t let Gerry wear her wings and crown? Change can be hard, even for a fairy princess!

Thankfully, she realizes that new things can bring their own sparkle.  A perfectly delightful addition to your child’s bookshelf.

ABOUT THE AUTHORS

Julie Andrews is one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, best known for her performances in The Sound of MusicMary Poppins, and The Princess Diaries. Julie has been a celebrated children’s book author for over thirty years, and her works include MandyThe Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles, and the Little Bo series. Her memoir, Home, was #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Emma Walton Hamilton is a bestselling children’s book author, editor, arts educator, and theater professional, and author of Raising Bookworms: Getting Kids Reading for Pleasure and Empowerment. Together with her mother, Julie Andrews, she has coauthored many books for young readers, including the New York Times bestselling Very Fairy Princess series, the Dumpy the Dump Truck series, Simeon’s GiftThe Great American Mousical, and the New York Times bestselling Julie Andrews’ Collection of Poems, Songs, and Lullabies, a book for families to treasure and share.

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WIN IT!

How would you like to win the entire 6-book series of The Very Fairy Princess for your child’s library?

To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, June 12th who you’d like to win this for. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

Open to US residents only.

This post was written for Little, Brown who provided the complimentary prize pack.

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Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return Giveaway ($25 VISA Card)

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return is a 3D-animated musical based on the adventure books by Roger Stanton Baum, the great-grandson of L. Frank Baum. A continuation of one of the world’s most popular and beloved fairy tales, Legends of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) waking to post-tornado Kansas, only to be whisked back to Oz to try to save her old friends the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), the Lion (Jim Belushi), the Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Glinda (Bernadette Peters) from a devious new villain, the Jester (Martin Short). Wiser the owl (Oliver Platt), Marshal Mallow (Hugh Dancy), China Princess (Megan Hilty) and Tugg the tugboat (Patrick Stewart) join Dorothy on her latest magical journey through the colorful landscape of Oz to restore order and happiness to Emerald City. Set to the tunes of Academy Award-nominated singer/songwriter Bryan Adams, Legends of Oz marks a charming, family-friendly return to the Oz franchise.


 

Starring Lea Michele, Hugh Dancy, Megan Hilty, Jim Belushi, Martin Short, Dan Aykroyd, Kelsey Grammer, Oliver Platt, Bernadette Peters and Patrick Stewart with new music by Bryan Adams.

Explore the Land of Oz 

Legends Of Oz World is free to play, and fun for Oz fans of all ages. In Legends of Oz World, Dorothy sends you and your trusty companion Toto to save Oz! With the help of some familiar faces, you will discover the many secrets of Oz and why things are not quite the way they used to be. Through puzzles and quests, you will find out what is plaguing the wonderful world of Oz and work to restore its luster.

  • Help Dorothy and friends save Oz from a mysterious new villain
  • Customize your character
  • Look after your very own Toto
  • Go on exciting quests and play mini-games

LEGENDS OF OZ: DOROTHY’S RETURN in theaters May 9

WIN IT!

 

How would you like to win a Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return prize pack including $25 Visa gift card to see the film in theaters, T-Shirt and a Family 4-Pack of Mini Posters. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, May 21st who you’d like to see this movie with. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

Open to US residents only.

This post was written for Clarius Entertainment who provided the complimentary prize pack.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar 45th Anniversary (Giveaway)

February 23, 2014 by  
Filed under books, children, featured, giveaways

This giveaway is now closed.

Many of our favorite bedtime books have come and gone but in our opinion one of the most classic children’s books has got to be The Very Hungry Caterpillar. I’ve read it to all of my girls when they were young and we still read it together till today.

When Kacie was an infant almost 12 years ago, we received this board book as a gift. Back then as a brand new mom I wasn’t very familiar with Eric Carle. However, after the first reading we were hooked. I loved the non-traditional illustrations and the way the pages were stacked so that you could see all the different foods that were being eaten . . . all in one glance. My girls loved being able to recognize the different food items and always laughed when the caterpillar got through some of their favorite items like the lollipop and slice of pie. But most of all, The Very Hungry Caterpillar has become sort of like a staple in our library and is always chosen over some of the newer books that we’ve acquired over the years.

About the anniversary

2014 marks the 45th anniversary of Eric Carle’s pre-school classic, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The anniversary will be officially celebrated on the annual “Very Hungry Caterpillar Day” which takes place every year on the first day of spring (March 20th).

Since its publication in 1969, 36 million copies of the book have sold worldwide and it has been published in 55 languages. That year the book was also named one of the best children’s books of the year by The New York Times, and it has since become a beloved, must-own classic. Today, every 30 seconds, somewhere in the world, a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar is sold.

Eric Carle (www.eric-carle.com) is acclaimed and beloved as the creator of brilliantly illustrated and innovatively designed picture books for very young children. He has illustrated more than seventy books, many best sellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books have sold around the world. In 2002, Eric and his wife Barbara opened The Eric

Carle Museum of Picture Book Art (www.carlemuseum.org) in Amherst, MA, a 40,000 square foot space dedicated to inspiring a love of art among children by introducing them to picture book art by renowned artists from around the world.

Courtesy of Penguin Kids

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WIN IT!

To celebrate this milestone, we are giving away a cool prize pack which includes a limited edition anniversary tote and a copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar board book!

To enter:

  • Just  mention in comments before midnight,  March 9th what you love about The Very Hungry Caterpillar. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 48 hours to claim their prize.

To earn extra entries, you may do one or all of the following. Each one counts as an extra ticket but you must leave a separate comment for each one.

  • Subscribe to An Island Life’s feed.
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  • Tweet this giveaway (once daily). Enter to win The Very Hungry Caterpillar prize pack! @kailani @penguinkids #giveaway #veryhungrycaterpillar  http://islandlife808.com/?p=37970
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Pampers Love, Sleep & Play in Hawaii

January 6, 2014 by  
Filed under charities, columns, featured, Life in Hawaii

One of my favorite reasons for being part of the awesome Pampers Baby Board is the opportunity it gives me to help families in my local community. In 2011, I had the honor of presenting a young couple with some much needed baby gifts after their Mililani home burned down in the middle of the night. This year, Pampers wanted to recognize families who deserved a little break from every day life by presenting them with $500 worth of products and/or services.

Here is the story of my recipients . . . Kalei & Jamar:

On May 20, 2013 I gave birth to my beautiful twin girls.  It was not an easy delivery or pregnancy. I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia, which causes you to have high blood pressure and significant amounts of protein in the urine. It is not healthy for you or your baby/babies.

At 28 weeks, I was admitted into the hospital and delivered my twins girls one week later by cesarean surgery. Since full-term for twins is usually between 34 and 38 weeks, my premature newborns had to stay in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Khaylee (twin A) weighed in at 2lbs. 11.7 ounces and Khloe (twin B) weighed in at 1lb. 10.3 ounces.

This was very life changing for my husband and I. This was my first pregnancy and I was not expecting to go through everything that I had experienced. It was really hard to see our premature babies hooked up to the various gear  and I cried almost every day. As a mother it was hard for me to see my babies so tiny and helpless. Every day since they were born, my husband and I would go and visit our babies once and maybe even twice a day. We wanted them to grow well and get better so that they could come home and be with us. They were both on breathing machines and feeding tubes, and since they were so small we weren’t able to hold them until they reached and certain weight.

When we did hold our babies for the first time it was such an amazing feeling! After 2 months our daughter Khaylee (twin A) was able to come home. Since Khloe (twin B) was born smaller than Khaylee (twin A) she had to stay an extra month and had to come home with oxygen because her lungs were still immature. It still amazes us how strong they were even though so tiny and helpless.

Our babies are now 6 months old and till this day they never fail to amaze us. We have God to thank every day for blessing us with our beautiful healthy twin girls. Without God we wouldn’t have been able to go through everything we went through.

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