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The Monster on Top of the Bed Children’s eBook Review

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Were you afraid of the dark when you were little? Are your kids afraid of the dark or being left alone to go to sleep in their bed?

I know as an adult, I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m still afraid of the dark…well not really the dark, but what “could be in it” that I can’t see, LOL. And my oldest son is the same way! Any little noise and he’s calling for me…then I have to stop what I’m doing and check the room; A-F-T-E-R he spends 10 minutes trying to duplicate the noise and convince me to stay in there with him.

It’s hard trying to get him to face his fear when I share the same fear. I am in my thirties & have not been able to conquer it so how can I convince him to  “get over it”???

For starters, we recently received an eBook to review: The Monster on Top of the Bed. Although it didn’t “wipe out” OUR FEAR…it made us giggle and have a silly view on things.

Plus it made it possible for me to address a situation that I was uncomfortable with in a manner I’d never thought of in a way my son was comfortable talking/reading about…

So remember next time you are in a scary situation… Things might not be as they seem.

You can get the book here:

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FarFaria App Review

 

 
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Growing up I was what you call a “speed reader” and I loved to read…as a kid first starting school I recall getting Curious George books from the library every chance I got. As I got older I spent my summers seeing how many books I could read and making sure it was more than my prior record.

So when I had kids of my own I pictured us going to the public library every few days and picking out books together to read together at night…LOL…That was a fairy tale!!!

My oldest son, who is currently 9, has ADHD, ODD, and Dyslexia!!! Therefore he HATES reading…my 1 year old on the other hand LOVES books, especially the Bible, but doesn’t always leave the pages intact…and me, I have adult ADD and am late for everything!!! Including returning library books….

So with the possibility of late fines and damaged books we have not made many family trips to the library. Also if you know anything about ADD/ADHD, we get bored easily with the same thing, so buying books is out of the question too.

That’s where our new found love of the FarFaria App (available on Google Play Store and iTunes) comes into play at our house.

We can get on my smartphone or tablet and pick a book and read away…or the boys can have the app read the book to them if I’m busy blogging 🙂 or if it’s a book they want to read over, and over, and over, and over, etc. I don’t have to worry about late fees or ripped out pages.

Product Description:

FarFaria is an app for the iPad, iPhone and Android devices, giving families and teachers unlimited access to over 800 illustrated children’s books, and 5 new books are added each week.

Created for children ages 2-9, FarFaria helps children develop a passion for reading and encourages families to spend quality time reading together. FarFaria’s engaging story-discovery experience encourages children to stumble into new stories they’ll love forever.

Features
●Unlimited reading from our library of more than 800 stories.
●Five new, engaging stories added every week.
●Interactive experience is fun for kids and easy for parents
●Every story can be read aloud with a Read-to-Me feature.
●Reading-level badge on every story cover.
●Offline access to read Favorite stories
●Search for books by genre, title or keyword
●Find books you already enjoy with Recently Read
●Book Club – connect with friends and family to get a list of reading recommendations from people you know
●No advertising. No hidden fees.

One story per day is free, and unlimited-access pricing starts at $4.99/month.

The Magical World of Sebella~Legend of Halloween Review & Giveaway (3 winners)

Yes, I know Halloween has past but due to a family emergency I am running behind schedule…Plus if you are like me you always start preparing the day after any holiday for next year’s celebration.

I absolutely LOVE to read! I read everything including instruction manuals but I really love to read books about magical worlds or scary books so when Thea Berg, the author, sent me a signed copy of The Magical World of Sebella~Legend of Halloween for my 2 boys I was excited to finally get it and share it with them.  I was even more excited to see that the book is what I refer to as an “easy-read”: the type is larger and the lines are spaced wider for easier reading.  This excitement mostly comes from the fact that my 9 year old has Dyslexia and gets frustrated easily when I try to get him to read anything but this layout wasn’t such a struggle…he liked the plot although he felt it was a little bit more for girls and a time or two was a little worried about whether he’d get to go trick-or-treating as we do go during the daylight from 3-5pm to businesses downtown and skip the night time activities. My 1 year old just loves books and really doesn’t have an opinion of anything yet except what he wants in his cup to drink, LOL.

If you or your tween like “magic” then you’ll love following Sebella & her little brother Drac along with their cousin Prudence & Sebella’s best friend, Kendall on their All Hallow’s Eve adventure with Grandma which beings at the Black Cat Cafe’…

Do you know the legend of Halloween?

Three Little Werewolves live on the outskirts of a town called Skullvilla.  They are powerful and important.

On October 31st when the sun goes down, the werewolves must howl into the night sky to awaken the moon and signal Halloween to being.

If this doesn’t happen, it will not get dark. And you know what that means…there will be no Halloween since no one goes trick-or-treating in the daylight.

Now for your chance to win a signed copy for your family so you can see if Halloween comes or not in Skullvilla…

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Rhyme to Read Giveaway Sponsored by Rhyme to Read Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Rhyme to Read - Reading App Giveaway

Rhyme to Read is a highly effective program for beginning readers. The program emphasizes word families (e.g., cat, rat, sat) which are color-coded to assist children in discriminating the different patterns. The only prerequisites are the recognition of letters and knowledge of consonant letter-sound connections. Rhyme to Read enables children to feel confident as they enter the world of reading.

Emilee at Pea of Sweetness uses Rhyme to Read with their three children – their preschooler just recently introduced to reading and their 6 and 8 year old who are both homeschooled in the 2nd grade level except in reading. Both have had struggles with reading due to their special needs. See what they thought in her Rhyme to Read reading app review.

Three winners will receive each receive the full version of Rhyme to Read for iOS (iPad). This giveaway begins on 10/22 at and ends on 11/5 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open worldwide ages 18+. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 
Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) or service(s) in exchange for an honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

Hard Rock Cafe Giveaway Sponsored by Hard Rock International Hosted by Pea of Sweetness Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Hard Rock Giveaway

Hard Rock International is rockin’ and rolling out a new band of cool characters to help make your little rock stars’ experience at Hard Rock Cafes® and Hard Rock Hotels® totally awesome!

The Hard Rock Roxtars®, Razzi™, Sir Kingston™, Styler™, Buddy Jr™, and Skiddley™ are hitting the scene and bringing along cool amenities for kids of all ages. Kids who dine at Hard Rock Cafe locations will be given the VIP treatment with Hard Rock Roxtars swag and new  healthy  menu options, such as Skiddley’s “Not-so-diddley” chicken breast and “Twisted ‘n tasty” cavatappi pasta.  Children who stay at select Hard Rock Hotel locations with their families can rock to their own rhythm, catch a live Hard Rock Roxtars performance or take part in musical learning activities!

To bring in the Roxstars’ Debut with a bang, Hard Rock Cafes nationwide will be looking for pint-sized rock star look-a-likes for their Halloween costume contest, “Does Your Child Look Like a Rock Star?” Head over to Pea of Sweetness for the full details and to see how they liked their visit to Hard Rock Cafe Houston!

Are you ready to win an awesome prize pack? One winner will receive a prize pack including: a themed guitar-shaped plate, a 6” plush Hard Rock Roxtars character, a Hard Rock adult t-shirt, an activity book, and a $50 Hard Rock gift card! This giveaway begins on 10/22 and ends on 11/5 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

 
Disclosure: Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

 

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The BETTER Electrical Outlet Cover Review + Giveaway Ends 10/14/14 @ 7pm EST


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I’m a mom & I’m always worried about my kids…they are BOYS!, and “Boys will be Boys” (that’s a freebie fact, LOL). My boys are also 8 years apart in age (9 & 1): sometimes I wonder if I were temporarily insane…Because even though I had 8 years of “mom experience” with an ADHD/ODD boy, nothing he did prepared me for my 1 year old. Not to say 1 is better, smarter, more advanced, etc than the other but my older son never really “got into” or bothered anything he wasn’t suppose to. My 1 year old on the other hand is…well “Sneaky, silly, a prankster and extremely curious!!!”

Which is why I signed up to review The Coverplug …

I know kids learn a lot of skills by watching others but Riken (my 1 year old) will actually sit still and stare, like a college kid listening to their professor review for the final exam they have to Ace to pass the class, if he sees someone operating/fixing any object he is no ways old enough to use…and one of his favorite objects happens to be “power” cords. Of course I don’t let him play with them and I know about the possibility of strangulation for babies/toddlers and these type objects but Riken only wants to unplug or plug a cord in and move on. Therefore I try to eliminate using outlets he can access…

That’s where The Coverplug has proven to me to really be “The BETTER Electrical Outlet Cover”. As I said earlier Riken is curious and clever, yet the common outlet plug covers still reveal the outlet, just block the holes, and since Riken can see the receptacle through these he tries to pry them out.

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The Coverplug comes in a package of 2 (two) and now I can now prevent him from tampering with the outlet at the end of his playpen and the rarely used outlet in the front hallway. Due to space issues I have no where else to put his playpen and thanks to The Coverplug he doesn’t know it’s there as The Coverplug covers the entire outlet and can even be painted to match and those features make the plug “outta sight, outta mind”…(it also keeps him from getting a new hair do he might not like)

So now Thanks to The Coverplug, it’s now “2 points for mama, 0 points for Riken”!

You can order today But you can also enter below to win

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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School Zone Little Scholar Tablet Giveaway Hosted by Top Notch Material

Sponsor: School Zone

Thanks so much to our fabulous sponsor who is providing this awesome $169.99 prize for one lucky winner! This fabulous tablet comes pre-loaded with 150+ apps that are education based and appropriate for preschool-1st grade. You can read our full review on Top Notch Material

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Check out the Panel App

I’ve been using this app called The Panel App. It’s super easy to earn gift cards & cash by walking around with your phone! Check it out: http://bit.ly/1xESlVK

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