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Books, Entertainment, Kids, Printables, Television February 28, 2017

The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Space DVD & Book #Giveaway + Free Activity Sheets! | #TheCatInTheHat

My girls love The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That – it is one of their favorite educational shows. My husband and I love it too because they really do learn from it. I am blown away at times with what they tell us after watching a couple episodes. We all love space so we were super excited to get The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Space! We popped it in right away and we all enjoyed watching it (I even learned a thing or two). This series is great for young kids and parents alike.

Books, Entertainment, Kids November 27, 2016

Kids Will Love Your Alien Returns | #Giveaway

Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien, it’s the human boy’s turn to visit the extraterrestrial’s home planet—and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives.

Books, Kids October 17, 2016

The Rootlets: Trouble at Plantasy Land – Q&A With The Author, Vicki Marquez

It’s opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi’s magnificent amusement park, Plantasy Land…and The Rootlets couldn’t be more excited! With special surprises and newly sprouted rides, this is sure to be the greatest day ever! But when The Rootlets arrive at the park, they realize that something is terribly wrong. Plantasy Land is in trouble! Someone—or something—is destroying the park. Could it be The Great Zucchini, Mr. Fungi’s new magician? Or could there be an even greater danger lurking beyond the park? Most of all, can The Rootlets trust their new super rootabilities to help them save their favorite place on the planet?

Books, Entertainment, Kids October 12, 2016

Kelly Clarkson’s Children’s Book River Rose and the Magical Lullaby is Now Available | #RiverRose #KellyClarkson

Last week I got an amazing surprise package in the mail. Kelly Clarkson (yes, THE Kelly Clarkson) sent me a couple of autographed copies of her new book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. But that’s not all! We also got two of her plush singing River Rose dolls and a personal note – yup, a personal note. She told me that she has visited my website (eek!) and told me that she loves my Fun Gift Guides. I was thrilled when I opened it and could barely wait to surprise my two young daughters. We love to read together so they were really excited about a new book – and of course the singing doll to go with it.

Books, Kids October 10, 2016

My Pancakes Taste Different Today! Fluffy Pancake #Recipe

Before going fishing one day, Ethan eats his favorite breakfast – pancakes. As his mom explains how his pancakes are made with help from the sun, clouds, rain, animals, and farmers, Ethan sees the world in a new way. While playing outside, Ethan decides to create a big splash by throwing a can in the lake and accidentally contaminates the environment. Time passes and one day Ethan notices that his pancakes taste different. Realizing his decision to make a big splash caused a problem which affected his food, Ethan enlists the help of his friends to correct his mistake. Do Ethan and his friends fix the taste of the pancakes? What do they learn in the process?

Books, Disney, Kids September 26, 2016

Disney’s Dream Big Princess Personalized Book from Put Me In The Story | #PutMeInTheStory #DreamBig #Disney

We are a Disney family, as you might have already discovered. My girls love to read and one of their favorite subjects is none other than the Disney Princesses. My oldest went off to Kindergarten this year and my husband and I knew we were going to get her a personalized Disney book as a gift. Then fate struck and Put Me In The Story released a special personalizable book called Dream Big Princess, what could be more perfect than that for a 5 year old who is heading off to “big girl school”.

Books, Entertainment, Kids September 7, 2016

An Interview with the Author of Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil | #PurballMeetsBurrball #Giveaway

Visiting Brazil, an earthquake hits and separates a family from their beloved cat, Purrball. Purrball’s mad dash leaves her lost in a jungle where she becomes fast friends with a very clever sloth named Burrball. The two quick-witted animals embark on a journey to find Darryl, the loving and loyal boy who longs for his adorable missing cat. Witty word rhythms and rich illustrations make Purrball Meets Burrball in Brazil an engaging read-aloud story. An alluring tale of friendship, family, ingenuity and persistence.

Books, Entertainment July 31, 2016

Summer Reading with the New Book Behind Closed Doors | #BehindClosedDoors

Everyone knows a couple like Jack and Grace. He has looks and wealth, she has charm and elegance. You might not want to like them, but you do. You’d like to get to know Grace better. But it’s difficult, because you realize Jack and Grace are never apart. Some might call this true love. Others might ask why Grace never answers the phone. Or how she can never meet for coffee, even though she doesn’t work. How she can cook such elaborate meals but remain so slim. And why there are bars on one of the bedroom windows.

Books, Entertainment, Movies June 29, 2016

Life, Animated Opening in Select Theaters 7/1 | #LifeAnimated

From Academy Award winning director Roger Ross Williams, LIFE, ANIMATED is the inspirational story of Owen Suskind, a young man who was unable to speak as a child until he and his family discovered a unique way to communicate by immersing themselves in the world of classic Disney animated films. This emotional coming-of-age story follows Owen as he graduates to adulthood and takes his first steps toward independence.

Books, Entertainment, Movies June 24, 2016

The Big Friendly Giant’s Big Fat Giveaway | #TheBFG #Disney #Giveaway

To help celebrate the release of Disney’s The BFG on July 1st, a group of bloggers have come together to bring you a Big Fat Giveaway (see what we did there?). There will be 18 winners total – yup, you read that right, EIGHTEEN! 15 winners will receive The BFG Paperback Book (ARV $5), 2 lucky readers will receive 3 Roald Dahl books (The BFG, Matilda, and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory – ARV $18), and 1 lucky reader will receive a $57 GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!

Books, Entertainment, Kids May 29, 2016

Give Back with Kohl’s Cares Summer Collection | #KohlsCares

Give birthday or baby shower gift that gives back with children’s books and soft toys from the Kohl’s Cares summer collection. The pieces are priced at just $5 each, with 100 percent of the net profit supporting children’s health initiatives nationwide. The summer collection of Kohl’s Cares books and plush is available now through June 26 at Kohl’s Stores nationwide and online at To date, Kohl’s has raised nearly $300 million through the Kohl’s Cares merchandise program. To reinforce the company’s commitment to children’s health, Kohl’s has donated financial support to hospitals across the country.

Books, Entertainment March 30, 2016

Lucky Me is Full of Fashion, Mystery, and Romance | #Giveaway #LuckyMe #BlogTour

For eighteen year old Gia Winters, having a movie star for a father, a former Playboy bunny as a mother, a Hollywood mansion, and a closet stocked with Chanel is simply another day in the life. But her world is turned upside down when her father mysteriously hires a group of bodyguards to trail the family 24/7 and threatening phone calls from a “Dr. D” start buzzing daily. When Gia scores the coveted role of Miss Golden Globe, she is forced to strike a deal with her bodyguard, Jack, who is almost as arrogant as he is attractive. Juggling Gia’s romantic failures, fashion faux pas, and celebrity obsessions, the duo investigate a series of clues with the help of a police cadet, who has a special set of skills and an even better set of dimples. But with the Golden Globes just around the corner, danger levels rise higher than her stilettos as Gia learns that the biggest secrets might be the ones buried in her own home. In a place where the hills have eyes, high school nemeses, bad hair days, raging parties, and stolen kisses, there can only be trouble for a girl who was just starting to consider herself lucky.

Books, Entertainment March 30, 2016

Enter to #win a copy of Making Manna | #Giveaway #MakingManna #BlogTour

I love to read. Being a stay at home mom, I don’t have a lot of spare time to do this, but I try to make it work. I recently received the book Making Manna, and boy am I glad I took the time to check it out. What a beautifully written story – but have some tissues handy, you will need them. It is truly heartwarming and one I will pass on to friends and family. Learn a little bit more about the book and the author below – and be sure to enter to win a copy for yourself!

Books, Kids, Subscription Boxes March 20, 2016

Lil Bear Book Club Review & #Giveaway | #Reading

Lil Bear Book Club

My girls and I love to read. We spend many hours sitting on the couch and just reading with each other. My 4 year old has started to pick up on words and she loves to “read” stores to her little sister. We also enjoy looking at the pictures and talking about what is happening in the stories that we read. I don’t mean to brag – but my girls are really smart when it comes to reading comprehension. I imagine it is because of all the time I have spent with them explaining books and asking questions about what we are reading.

Just like most children, my daughters also really like opening presents (who doesn’t?). So when the Lil Bear Book Club subscription box arrived, they could not wait to dig in to it! Each book comes individually wrapped which makes opening them exciting and fun! It is also great if you have multiple children so they can each get a chance to open some of the books (although, my 3 year old was in a mood at the time of the unboxing video – seen below – and did not want to participate). I was very pleased with the selection of books that arrived. You can choose picture books or board books and we chose board books. There were two lift the flap books which are awesome and a favorite of my youngest daughter. The Nobunny’s Perfect book has been perfect since my 4 year old is going through some attitude issues now and then. This book has really helped explain it to her!

Lil Bear Book Club

About Lil Bear Book Club
They’re a family owned business with four little bears of their own. They have a 16 month old, a 3 year old, a 5 year old, and a 6 year old. So they know children and the books they love! Being a home schooling family they’re also highly attuned to both what’s trending in children’s books, and what works best for connecting with your child and teaching them to read. They believe in building a strong and healthy foundation of wisdom for children – one that can only begin through spending quality time reading to your kids and helping them to read. It’s a true saying that “readers are leaders” and if you want your child to have a head start on life consider laying the best foundation possible for them. One built on time spent in their mom and dad’s arms, learning from the most important person God ever put in their life: You. Your children are a gift. Help them to understand what a gift they are by joining Lil’ Bear Book Club today!


Lil Bear Book Club


Giveaway Alert

Enter to win a Lil Bear Book Club subscription box using the Gleam form below. Winner can select either board book or picture book option. Be sure to check out my other giveaways while you are here and GOOD LUCK!

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The opinions expressed here are that of Mama Smith’s only. While the products in this post were given complimentary (unless otherwise stated) for me to review, that does not alter my opinion of the product(s) mentioned. This post may contain sponsored links and affiliate links (which will be stated at the beginning of the post).