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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 Kohls.com. 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!

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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!

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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!

Lil Bear Book Club Subscription

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).

Books, Entertainment, Kids March 7, 2016

Normal Norman Inspires Children to Embrace Their “Normal” | #Giveaway #NormalNormanBlogTour

I have two young daughters (3 and 4 years old) and we love to read. We cuddle up on the couch or in bed and read at least 4 or 5 books together a day. I always try to pick out books that have a good lesson behind them and teach my girls something (although we like to have fun too!). Normal Norman is ridiculously funny – and still teaches a great lesson to little ones – be yourself. The book tries to define the word normal, but we all know there is no way to really define it. Every one has their own “normal” self. What a great lesson to teach your kids! Both my girls are a little kooky and like to do things outside of the box now and then and I LOVE THAT! We need to be supportive of our children and help them learn that it is OK to be different, in fact, it is encouraged. Purchase Normal Norman here.

Books, Entertainment, Kids March 2, 2016

Miss Danielle’s Preschool Buds Books Build Emotional & Social IQ | #Giveaway #ChildrensBooks

Disclosure: Mama Smith’s Review Blog received this item in exchange for her honest review. All opinions expressed are 100% hers.

Miss Danielle's Preschool Buds

My daughters and I love to read together. Well, it is mostly me reading to them, but my 4 year old has started recognizing (and memorizing) stories. We recently got a bundle of books that are part of the Miss Danielle’s Preschool Buds series and the girls love them.  They are written by Danielle Lindner, who is a children’s book author and member of the SCBWI (Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators). She is also the founder and Executive Director of the London Day School.

Her acclaimed books play an important role in the London Day School curriculum. Providing enchanting characters and colorful rhymes, Danielle’s books are designed to help teachers and parents alike provide strategies to help children cope with everyday challenges. She’s applied her deep experience as an educator, skills as a business woman and talents as a noted children’s author to develop The Kind Kids Character Education Book Series to address the growing social and emotional issues affecting young children and focus on building emotional and social I.Q. I am a huge fan of these books as they teach great lessons – and my daughters love them too! They have so much fun pointing out the characters from other books when they see them, and getting to know them.

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Arabelle, which is about a bat with wonderful pink glasses.
Children often struggle with feelings of insecurity at some point in their childhood. When children feel that there is something about them that makes them “different” from the others in their peer group, they often express fear, sadness and anger. Some children are afraid that they are too short, too tall or just don’t fit in. One of the most important things we can teach our children is that our differences make us special. In Arabelle, The bat with the most wonderful pink glasses, Arabelle struggles with the idea that if she has to wear glasses, she will not be the same as her friends and they will taunt and tease her. She quickly learns that we are all different in our own special way, and, in fact, having new pink glasses proves to be absolutely wonderful! Purchase here.

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Koby, which is about a little blue kangaroo who worried all day.
Koby the little blue kangaroo is a lot like many of our children who spend much of the day being worried. Koby worries about things like being late for school, or forgetting his lunch. He worries about losing a friend or losing a game. He even worries about not worrying. With his worries keeping his mind busy and his tummy in a tizzy, Koby comes to learn that worrying really doesn’t change any of the things he worries about. With a little practice, he changes his worries into happy thoughts. Koby doesn’t stop worrying forever, but he sure worries a lot less! Purchase here.

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Betsie Bee, which is about a little bee who learned how to share and care.
Betsie Bee – The little bee who learned how to share in preschool, is a book for children who are either just starting school or need to learn how to share with a new friend or sibling. A child’s first experience in school is often the first time they are expected to share with others, work collaboratively, and patiently wait their turn. Betsie Bee is the little bee who learns that sharing and caring for others brings wonderful rewards. Purchase here.

About Danielle Lindner:
Danielle Lindner is a certified early educational and elementary teacher in New Jersey. After receiving her M.A. in Teaching and Elementary Education (Hons.), from Fairleigh Dickinson University in 1996, she worked as a teacher, trainer and educator for over 18 years in both public and private educational institutions. An experienced businesswoman, in addition to her credentials as a recognized educator, Danielle was recently named a Top 25 Leading Women Entrepreneur by The New Jersey chapter of Leading Women Entrepreneurs & Business Owners (LWEBW). Danielle saw a need for a more balanced approach to early childhood learning and worked with like-minded child development professionals to build an enriching, engaging and challenging curriculum that addresses the whole child, combining essential academic skills with a focus on social and emotional development. The London Day School opened its doors in 2010.

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Learn More about these books and Danielle Here:

www.daniellelindner.com/miss-danielles-preschool-buds/
www.DanielleLindner.com
www.LondonDaySchool.com

Giveaway Alert

Enter to win this set of books (Arabelle, Koby, and Betsie Bee) using the Gleam form below. Be sure to check out my other giveaways while you are here and GOOD LUCK!

Miss Danielle’s Preschool Buds Set of 3 Books

Books, Entertainment, Movies February 25, 2016

He Named Me Malala Movie Broadcast & #Giveaway | #HeNamedMeMalala #WithMalala

HE NAMED ME MALALA is an intimate portrait of Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Malala Yousafzai, who was targeted by the Taliban and severely wounded by a gunshot when returning home on her school bus in Pakistan’s Swat Valley. The then 15-year-old was singled out, along with her father, for advocating for girls’ education, and the attack on her sparked an outcry from supporters around the world. She miraculously survived and is now a leading campaigner for girls’ education globally as co-founder of the Malala Fund.

Books, Kids, Toys February 9, 2016

Kohl’s Cares: Valentine’s Day Gifts That Give Back | #Kohls #KohlsCares #ValentinesDay

Kohl’s Department Stores is committed to giving back to the communities it serves by supporting kids’ health and education nationwide through its philanthropic platform Kohl’s Cares. Since 2000, Kohl’s has raised more than $274 million for kids health and education initiatives through the Kohl’s Cares cause merchandise program, recognized more than 22,000 outstanding kids through the Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program and donated more than 3.2 million hours of associate volunteer time through the Associates in Action volunteer program. Kohl’s is currently offering award-winning children’s books from renowned author/illustrator Leo Lionni and complementing accessories priced at just $5 each, with 100 percent of net profit benefiting children’s health initiatives nationwide!

Books, Entertainment, Gaming January 5, 2016

YouTube Superstar Stampy Cat’s First Book is Here! | #StampyCat #Minecraft

I hope I am not the only one who loves Stampy! If you do not know who he is, check out his YouTube channel ASAP! He is an adorable Minecraft cat and he gets in to everything. His take on life is quite hilarious and I just know you will laugh until you cry while watching his antics – I know I have! When I heard that he was going to come out with a book, well, I was super excited! I was thrilled when I got to check it out earlier than most people – and my daughters and I have a blast browsing it. It is filled with comic strips, puzzles, games, and more! If you love Stampy, I encourage you to pick one up today – you will not regret it!