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The Percy Jackson Coloring Book + Giveaway

Posted by on Aug 16, 2017 in Books, Giveaways | 14 comments

 “Disney-Hyperion sent me a copy to check out, and is partnering with me for a giveaway!” Over the past decade, millions of young readers, parents, and teachers have come to adore Rick Riordan’s classic series Percy Jackson and the Olympians, which made ancient Greek mythology contemporary, relevant, and entertaining as it turned kids on to reading. Now fans can literally color Percy’s world with the amusing portraits, dramatic scenes, and intricate designs on every spread of this large format paperback. This book is a great way to introduce young children to the series, to allow older fans to reminisce, and to augment classroom units on Greek mythology. We were lucky to get a copy of the book before it was released in the store, and my two boys have been enjoying all of their free time bringing the stories...

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The Latest Installment in Robert Ludlum’s Book Series: The Bourne Initiative

Posted by on Jun 12, 2017 in Books, Entertainment, Giveaways | 18 comments

 In partnership with Grand Central Publishing Over the years, I have enjoyed watching the Jason Bourne movies. I love suspenseful films, and every movie immersed me into the world of Jason Bourne, filled full of adventure, suspense, and action. Recently, I learned that the movies series is based off a popular series of bestselling books by the author Robert Ludlum. Once I discovered this, I immediately started reading the books and fell in love with the book series just as much as I did the films. Starting tomorrow, June 13th, an all-new book will be coming to bookstores nationwide, The Bourne Initiative. The new book is written by the New York Times bestselling writer, Eric Van Lustbader, who carries on Jason Bourne’s story with a new novel about the rogue secret agent who has lost his memory. I am...

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Best Teen Summer Read – The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy

Posted by on May 15, 2017 in Books, Education, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 5 comments

 Sponsored The one thing that I love to do is read. With school ending within just a few short weeks, I have been busy planning my must-have summer reading calendar. One book that I couldn’t wait to read this summer is The Trials of Apollo: The Dark Prophecy. Imagine my surprise when I received a box on Friday that had a copy of the book I have been dying to read – I dropped everything and read the book within a couple of hours. Who doesn’t drop everything to get their hands on the newest Rick Riordan book? The man is a genius of an author who immerses his readers into another realm. The Trials of Apollo is one of my favorite book series by far! The book is complete with puns, backstabbing, poetry and so much more! The...

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The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion II Teen Book Review

Posted by on Mar 26, 2017 in Books, Entertainment | 0 comments

 Sponsored by B&H Kids I am a total book worm. I always have a book with me and never leave the house without one. I am always looking for new, exciting books to read. When we received The Prince Warriors and the Unseen Invasion II, I was so excited to open it up and start reading. This book took me about two weeks to read, and I didn’t go anywhere without it. The first thing I read on the cover was that there was a poster inside. I love it when books do this! I read the book until I got to the poster then immediately stuck the poster up on my wall, and kept reading. From the first page, I was immersed into a magical world that the author created. Every chapter introduced a new character, and I...

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The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Books, Entertainment | 26 comments

 Sample received I love to watch and read Marvel Comics. Growing up with two brothers there has always been Marvel Comic books all over my house and a Marvel movie always playing on the television. It is rarely I read or look at a Marvel movie about a girl, so when I found out about the book The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl: Squirrel Meets World I was stoked! I literally grabbed the book and started reading it the first minute I received it. From when I first started the book I couldn’t stop reading it! I took it everywhere with me. It wasn’t just the storyline that kept me going, but it was the vivid details. After I had turned every page, there was another amazing twist. One of the main reasons I love The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl is because...

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Tales of Sasha Children’s Books

Posted by on Jan 3, 2017 in Books | 0 comments

 Review copy provided I love to read! When my mom got the Tales of Sasha books, I was a little worried. Fairy Tales are not right up my alley. Since my brothers are boys, they didn’t want to read them, and I can never let a book go to waste, so I decided to read them. When I first started reading the books, it’s like I couldn’t stop! The first chapter left me wanting to know what was going to happen next. The storyline is fantastic! I don’t want to spoil anything for you, but Sasha the horse had one big secret to share with all of you fantasy seekers. The Tales of Sasha will be on my bookshelves so I can re-read them whenever I feel like reading a good book. Tales of Sasha has you fooled by...

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Lhooq Bookstore in Carlsbad

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Books, Carlsbad, Featured, Travel | 0 comments

  My kids love to read. It is their favorite thing to spend their free time doing. When I took my two older kids to Carlsbad for a weekend getaway, I couldn’t wait to surprise them by taking them to a real bookstore. Not the commercial type of bookstore that they are used to visiting, but the kind of bookstore that were abundant when I was a child. When we arrived at Lhooq Bookstore, they couldn’t believe their eyes. The bookstore is adorned with big beautiful murals and filled with thousands of classic and antique books. My older son spent hours looking at each book in the store, carefully selecting the books that he wanted to bring home. The owner of the bookstore was so knowledgeable, and spent time talking to my children about the types of books they...

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Word of Mouse Gives Kids ‘Words to Live By’

Posted by on Dec 13, 2016 in Books, Education, Family, Giveaways, Parenting | 22 comments

 Sponsored My children love to read. They are the rare children in todays society that are always walking around with a book in their hand vs. a digital device. Since my children are always reading, I love when I come across a book with a good message. Word of Mouse is a new book that was just released yesterday that sends children a great message on friendship. Before giving my children the book to read, I encouraged them to think about what words do they live by? Love. Kindness. Hope. These were a few of the words that my kids mentioned to me. We talked about what those words mean to them, and then I let them jump into the world created by James Patterson in Word of Mouse. James Patterson’s newest illustrated middle grade story follows the illuminating...

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor (Giveaway)

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Books, Disney, Entertainment | 26 comments

 “I partnered with Disney-Hyperion to offer this giveaway” The highly anticipated time has come for Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: The Hammer of Thor to debut to the public on October 4th. The second installment in Rick Riordan’s blockbuster Norse mythology series has Magnus and friends helping the god of thunder find his missing weapon before all Muspellheim breaks loose. Thor’s hammer is missing again. The thunder god has a disturbing habit of misplacing his weapon–the mightiest force in the Nine Worlds. But this time the hammer isn’t just lost, it has fallen into enemy hands. If Magnus Chase and his friends can’t retrieve the hammer quickly, the mortal worlds will be defenseless against an onslaught of giants. Ragnarok will begin. The Nine Worlds will burn. Unfortunately, the only person who can broker a deal for the...

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LEGO Nonfiction Books Makes Learning Fun

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in Books, Education, Entertainment | 33 comments

 I partnered with Scholastic to offer this giveaway… My son lives and breathes LEGO®. He has LEGO creations located throughout our house that helps to immerse him into a magical world of play. The hardest thing that I’ve had getting the kids to do this summer is reading. So, when I heard about the LEGO nonfiction books, I couldn’t wait to get a set for my little LEGO lover. The minute that he picked up the LEGO nonfiction books he couldn’t put them down. He has taken them with us on summer road trips, reads them before bed, and even has them open when building new LEGO creations. He has read the books over and over again, and yet never gets tired of them. The book series was created by the result of a partnership between LEGO and Scholastic....

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Thrilling Summer Read – Baby Doll

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 9 comments

 This post is brought to you in partnership with Redhook During the summer, I am always looking for a new book to bring along with me to the beach or pool. I was looking for something a little different to read, and fell in love with the book ‘Baby Doll.’ The minute that I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down, and finished the book in just one day! If you’re looking for a thrilling summer read, I highly recommend checking out the book ‘Baby Doll.’ Book summary: Escape was just the beginning. Held captive for eight years, Lily has grown from a teenager to an adult in a small basement prison. Her daughter Sky has been a captive her whole life. But one day their captor leaves the deadbolt unlocked. This is what happens next… to...

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Three Books to Read Before Seeing Pete’s Dragon

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Film | 0 comments

 Affiliate links included The story of Pete’s Dragon will come to life for children and adults everywhere in theaters on August 12th. Before taking your kids to see the movie, spend time reading the story together with them at home. While reading the story, your children will gain excitement about the upcoming movie. These are three books inspired by the upcoming Disney movie Pete’s Dragon: Pete’s Dragon: Elliot Gets Lost Age Range: 4 – 8 years Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten Hardcover: 48 pages Elliot the puppy is lost in the forest, and needs to find a new home. Will it be with a family of sheep, or a questioning owl, or maybe some playful fox cubs? Or will his search lead him somewhere else? From the screen to the page, Elliot Gets Lost will bring the fun and...

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The Trials of Apollo – The Hidden Oracle (Giveaway)

Posted by on May 19, 2016 in Books, Entertainment, Family, Giveaways | 41 comments

 “This post is brought to you in partnership with Disney-Hyperion.” The exciting time has come for Rick Riordan fans as he just released his first book ‘The Hidden Oracle’ in his new series ‘The Trials of Apollo.’ When my son first received the book, he couldn’t put it down. He was captivated by the story and immersed into a magical world that the talented Rick Riordan created. What is the book about? After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disoriented, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favor. But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters, and mortals who would love to see...

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Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Teen Review (Giveaway)

Posted by on Oct 8, 2015 in Books, Entertainment | 6 comments

 We are receiving books, merchandise and prizing from Disney-Hyperion Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard is an action-packed great must-read! I recommend it to all Percy Jackson lovers! There might be a cross-over, there might not. I don’t know, you have to get the book to find out. Rick Riordan has started another great series of Gods and their children! This book is the best of all time! (Tied for first place with Percy Jackson of course) I would recommend this book for people ages 9+. Also people who love Norse Mythology, Thor, Odin, Percy Jackson, etc. This book is filled with action, mystery, quests and more. YOU HAVE TO GET THIS BOOK!!! It is the best book EVER!! Description: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the...

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Neighborhood Little Free Libraries in Orange County

Posted by on Sep 10, 2015 in Books, Education, Family, Featured | 3 comments

  While I was in San Diego with my children, I discovered our first Little Free Library at the top of Quince Street Bridge. It was the first time that I had seen a neighborhood run free library, and fell in love with the concept. After doing some research, I learned about the Little Free Library nonprofit that helps neighborhoods to start their own free library. The non-profit organization offers families everything they need to promote literacy in their front yard. I can’t wait to start my own free little library with my children, and here are some little free libraries for your family to visit in Orange County. How does it work? You bring a book, take a book, and lose yourself in a story. Costa Mesa 950 Dogwood Street Costa Mesa CA United States 92627 375 Monte...

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Percy Jackson New Book: The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure

Posted by on Jul 2, 2015 in Books, Entertainment | 0 comments

 We are receiving books, merchandise and prizing from Disney-Hyperion If you’re reading this, then you are probably a true fan of PERCY JACKSON…like me! If you’re a fan, then you probably already know about this but there is a new Percy Jackson ebook coming out. How exciting is that? The new book is called The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure, and I cannot wait to download it on July 14th and start reading it. The Demigods of Olympus: An Interactive Adventure is an interactive and customizable story written by…YEP…You guessed it ~ New York Times #1 best-selling author, Rick Riordan! It combines not 3, not 5, but four… yes FOUR short stories; The Two-Headed Guidance Counselor, The Library of Deadly Weapons, My Demon Satyr Tea Party, and My Personal Zombie Apocalypse!! But BEWARE!! Your choices will have consequences...

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The Red Sun Tween Book Review

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in Books, Entertainment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Review copy received (affiliate links included) When twelve-year-old Sam Baron meets a weird dwarf in his garage everything in his life starts to change. The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney takes readers into a Fantasy Fiction journey into the Ninth Realm of Norse mythology. As Sam Baron discovers that he is not just a regular boy, and he is the descendant of Odin Himself and the most horrible witch herself, Catriona. If Sam hadn’t met that strange dwarf in his garage that day, he wouldn’t have embarked on a journey to the magical realm of Orkney. Raised by his father and mother at Pilot Rock, Oregon, and at the age of eight, his father vanishes. Sam grows to hate his father because he thinks that his father decided to abandon him and his mother to go live with a...

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Interview with Author of ‘The Tree of Water’ Elizabeth Haydon

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Books, Entertainment | 0 comments

 Little is known for sure about reclusive documentarian and archanologist Elizabeth Haydon. She is an expert in dead languages and holds advanced degrees in Nain Studies from Arcana College and Lirin History from the University of Rigamarole. Her fluency in those languages [Nain and Lirin] has led some to speculate that she may be descended of one of those races herself. It should be noted that no one knows this for sure. Being an archanologist, she is also an expert in ancient magic because, well, that’s what an archanologist is. Being a documentarian means she works with old maps, books and manuscripts, and so it is believed that her house is very dusty and smells like ink, but there is no actual proof of this suspicion. On the rare occasions of sightings of Ms. Haydon, it has been reported...

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Kid Interview with John Rocco on Book ‘Blizzard’

Posted by on Nov 12, 2014 in Books, Entertainment, Uncategorized | 0 comments

 Preview copy received John Rocco is one of my son’s favorite illustrators. Have you seen the beautiful artwork in Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians? The Kane Chronicles Box Set? Heroes of Olympus? Those were all done by the talented John Rocco. When I told my son that John Rocco was coming out with a new children’s book, Blizzard, for the holidays, he could not wait to interview the author and illustrator. Together as a family, we read the new children’s book, Blizzard that is based on a true life experience that John Rocco had during the infamous Blizzard of 1978. My children enjoyed every word of the story while admiring the beautiful artwork in the book. Blizzard is truly the best new holiday book of the season and will be a great addition to your beloved holiday...

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Book Review: Queen Bees & Wannabes

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Books, Entertainment, Hot Topics, Parenting | 0 comments

 Note: The following book review is intended for adult reading only. Some of the information is not appropriate for children. What is the difference between good teasing and mean teasing? What is the difference between tattling and telling? What should you say when your child tells you someone is mean to them? Is it OK to check your daughter’s cell phone, text messages and social media pages? These are just a sampling of the myriad of subjects discussed in the book “Queen Bees & Wannabes” by Rosalind Wiseman, which was based off the hit movie “Mean Girls.” In all candidness, when I initially flipped open the highly recommended New York Times Bestseller several months ago, there was a deep gaging sensation in the back of my throat. The scene described a teen girl in the bathroom at her parent’s...

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