KidCards (Giveaway)

May 10, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under kids, reviews & giveaways, stationary

This giveaway is now closed. Thank you for your participation
The winner is comment #22: AJacobson
Congratulations!

As you know, my daughter loves anything dealing with arts and craft. That’s why I knew she would love KidCards.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

KidCards are adorable, plastic-spiral topped “books” in which the pages contain “pre-drawn” greeting cards. Each card/page can be removed, colored and folded into individual greeting cards. A set of envelopes is thoughtfully included, too. Since coming up with the idea, Marra has created and sold her product to thankful parents, teachers and caregivers all over the country.

MY REVIEW

We received our KidCards Volume 2 (ages 4 and up) and loved the concept. There were 20 different cards of various sentiments all just waiting to be colored and decorated. The drawings were adorable and very appealing to my daughter’s age group. She couldn’t decide which one she wanted to color first!

The great thing about KidCards is that it gave Girlie Girl a sense of accomplishment by helping her produce a creatvie and beautiful greeting card. I loved that it provided me with a little quiet time to get some things done around the house.

So if you have a child that loves to express their creativity, check out KidCards. These homemade decorated cards make wonderful gifts for friends and loved ones.

WIN IT!

KidCards has generously donated a card set (Vol 1, Vol 2, or Christmas Edition) to one lucky person. To enter:

  • Just stop by KidCards before midnight, May 18th and check out the different editions.
  • Then come back and mention which one you’d like to win. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email shortly thereafter.
  • The winner will then have 3 days 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 my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to KidCards.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

Kailani

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk (Giveaway)

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The winner is comment #23: Shannon Baas
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In one of the latest series of Chicken Soup for the Soul books, Teens Talk shares heartwarming stories written by kids just like yours. What a great way for children to see that they’re not alone in their sometimes confusing world.

BOOK DESCRIPTIONS

Teens Talk: Middle School - The stories in this book cover topics important to the 12 to 14-year-old age range, including regrets and lessons learned, discovering the opposite sex, cliques and popularity, and new privileges and responsibilities such as jobs, cell phones, and grades.

Teens Talk: High School - Stories in this book cover topics important to the 14 to 18-year-old range, including regrets and lessons learned, dating and sex, family relationships, applying to college, and preparing for life after high school.

Teens Talk: Getting In . . . to College - The stories in the book are written by kids who have been there and want to pass on their words of support to the kids behind them.  Stories cover topics such as parental and peer pressure, the stress of grades and SATs/ACTs, college applications and interviews, recruiting, disappointments and success.  These stories provide moral support and encouragement to high school students going through one of the most stressful events of their lives.  Parents will find Getting In…to College a great source of support and inspiration as well.

MY REVIEW

Each of these books contain 101 true stores written by real kids. It’s a candid and honest look into their lives and helps parents and other kids understand the unique dynamics involved in each age group.

As a parent of younger children, I really appreciated the “look into the future” and what’s yet to come in my daughter’s lives. Everything from friendships, crushes, tough times, following your dreams, graduation, peer pressure, college interviews and entrance exams. Ahh . . . the teenage years.

What I really liked was that the stories were written by everyday kids. I think this is important in helping to make other kids relate to these experiences and see themselves in the same situations. We all know that kids face right and wrong decisions every day and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk is a great resource tool in helping them make the right choices.

WIN IT!

One lucky winner will win their choice of any one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul: Teens Talk books listed above. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, April 14th which book you’d like to win and why. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email on April 15th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days 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 my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to Chicken Soup for the Soul.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to US addresses. Good luck!

Kailani

Today’s Mom: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year (Giveaway)

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The winner is comment #40: Genevive Larson
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Even though Baby Bug is only 3 years old, it feels like a lifetime since there’s been a baby in this house. I kind of feel like I”m having a baby for the very first time. That’s why I was so interested in reading Today’s Mom: Essentials for Surviving Baby’s First Year by Mary Ann Zoellner & Alicia Ybarbo.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

Being a new mother can be extremely nerve-racking and exhausting, and many moms find parenting advice, comfort, and humor on the Today show. Now all that advice and more is collected in Today’s Moms, a one-stop guide to everything a new mother needs to know about her baby’s first year, from the best breastfeeding products to reclaiming fun and intimacy with her partner after the baby. Full of behind-the-scenes stories with moms and experts, Today’s Moms provides the most up-to-date news and information with easy, entertaining ways to help mothers keep their sanity.

MY REVIEW

After reviewing this book, I think all new mothers could really benefit from the valuable tips and advice that is shared here. It’s written in an easy-to-read format and broken up into various subjects so you can easily find what you’re looking for.

What I really liked was the variety of topics covered. They include everything from nursing and sleeping options to getting your life back again and child care choices. They even have a handy daily diary sheet to help you keep track of all the things that goes on in your baby’s day. I know that was something I needed since I was so sleep deprived!

However, the absolute best part is that it’s written by people who have been there. Real parents with real parenting advice. And not only from mothers but from fathers as well. It gives you a real eye opener to what both parents are going through during this unpredictable yet wonderful time of their lives.

WIN IT!

I have a copy of  Today’s Mom for one lucky winner. To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, April 10th why you’d like to win this book. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email on April 11th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days 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 my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide! Good luck!

Kailani

Waggit Again (Giveaway)

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The winner is comment #60: Mandee.
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Who doesn’t love a good dog story? Well, Waggit Again definitely provides great reading for the whole family.

BOOK DESCRIPTION

The first time it happened, Waggit was just a puppy. But now he is lost again, and this time far away from home. How will he ever get back to where he belongs? Just when all hope is lost he finds two new and very unusual friends. Are his troubles over? Or are they just beginning?

MY REVIEW

We found Waggit Again to be a great family story. The larger print makes this book very easy to get through and the vocabulary easy for Girlie Girl to understand. In fact, she was able to read most of the book on her own with just a little help from me.

The story really held my daughter’s interest and they just couldn’t wait to find out how it all ended. However, what I really like about Waggit Again is the positive messages it portrayed. It also made you sympathize with strays and the hard life they have living on the streets. Kind of makes me want to go out and adopt a dog right now!

WIN IT!

I have a copy of Waggit Again for one lucky winner! To enter:

  • Just mention in comments before midnight, March 27th what your favorite animal story is. That’s it!
  • A random winner will be selected and notified via email on March 28th.
  • The winner will then have 3 days 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 my feed.
  • Mention this giveaway on your blog with a link back here and to HarperCollins.
  • Place my button in your sidebar.

This giveaway is open to everyone world-wide! Good luck!

ZoomAlbum

March 8, 2009 by Kailani  
Filed under reviews & giveaways, stationary

With all the photos I take, I’m always looking for new ways to share my pictures. When I first heard of ZoomAlbum, I thought it was great idea and liked that the finished product was so compact. I was thrilled for the opportunity to try it out for myself thanks to Family Review Network.

PRODUCT DESCRIPTION

ZoomAlbums are small, portable photo albums with a professional look that customers can make at home. In just a few minutes, any user can create a handmade gift or keepsake using the familiar technologies found in most households today: a PC, digital camera, camera phone or scanner, and a color Inkjet printer.

MY REVIEW

Using the ZoomAlbum software was a piece of cake. I wish all photo-type software was this easy to use. Just download the program into your computer, open your file of photos, drag and drop into the work area, edit, and print. It took me less than 5 minutes to get my project to the printing stage without even having to read the directions. Once I had my project printed, I just followed the step-by-step folding directions and inserted it into the photo book cover which  I also designed. That’s it!

I loved how nicely all the bright and colorful pictures lined up when I printed them out. They were placed in the exact spots and ready to be folded up. My only recommendation is to make sure you read and understand the folding directions. It was a little confusing if you just looked at the whole process but once you went through each step one by one, it all made sense.

The only downsides were that I wish I had more control over the placement of the text for the cover on the photo book and I would have also liked to be able to save my project on my laptop and then access the project from my home computer to print out.

However, these are all minor issues when compared to the overall finished product. I love it! The quality was amazing and it’s definitely something I’d be proud to show off. In fact, I’m going to keep my ZoomAlbum in my flight bag to share with all my work friends.

ZoomAlbum makes great gifts for all the special people in your life, especially those who live far away. It’s a wonderful way to share your photos in a compact and convenient way.

Kailani

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