Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Billy and the Monster Who Ate All The Easter Eggs Book Blast - 2 giveaways - copys of the book and $50! #Sponsored

Disclosure - I was able to submit an entry in the shared giveaway in return for posting this.

Billy and the monster who ate all the Easter eggs

About the Book

Title: Billy and The Monster Who Ate All The Easter Eggs
Author: David Chuka
Publication Date: March 23, 2013
Publisher: Pen-n-a-Pad Publishing
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 3 to 8
Summary: Join Billy and Monster in this third episode of the series titled Billy and the Monster who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Billy and Monster love all the holidays as they get to spend quality time together. However, their best holiday is Easter as they get to eat their favorite food...CHOCOLATE! This year, they're spending Easter with Grandma Chocalicious who loves Chocolate even more than Billy. She's an expert at making chocolate cake, chocolate waffles and even chocolate pasta. This year Grandma Chocalicious has made a pyramid of Easter eggs for her party on Easter Sunday. Billy and Monster want one of the Easter eggs but Grandma says they have to wait till Easter Sunday. What happens when Billy and Monster tip toe downstairs and the pyramid of Easter eggs comes falling down? Get your copy of this funny book for kids of all ages that is not only full of laughs but also has a lesson weaved in that you'll love sharing with your loved ones.  

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"Experience is the best teacher as Billy and his "purple shadow" learn a sweet lesson in Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs. Beautifully illustrated, nicely formatted, this quick, easy story will be read over and over again." ~ 5 Star Review, Julia B., Amazon

"My daughter has really been enjoying David Chuka's Billy and Monster books. This is another fun addition to the "family." As always, the story has a lovely moral (this time teaching the value of moderation - definitely the biggest word in the book)! It's based on the very realistic theme of overindulging in chocolate/sweets, which virtually anyone can relate to and which kids find a lot of fun. And, awesome pictures as always. Definitely recommend it." ~ 5 Star Review, Renee B., Amazon

"I really like the little monster in this book and how they get into trouble together. What child hasn't snuck into the cache of candies that their parents have hidden? Cute story with a lesson for the little ones in your family!" ~ 5 Star Review, Patricia T., Amazon

"This is a cute story about a little boy Billy and his funny friend Monster. They love chocolate so much that they forget about obeying to older. At night, they sneaked to the chocolate egg pyramid, started eating the chocolate eggs and made a big mess. On the morning, they not only got in a big trouble, but they also got a bad stomach pain. They both had to learn a lessons about MODERATION. Nice illustrations, book well written." ~ 5 Star Review, OPV, Amazon

"Billy and his monster friend enjoy lots of fun in this book, filled with great pictures and a cute story. It shares a lot about celebrating holidays, and intertwines humor and family love throughout the story. Hidden in the story is a nice message about eating in moderation, a well needed lesson in our culture of over-eating. Billy ends up being proud of himself and makes good decisions by the end of the book, while all the while sharing some adventures with his cute monster friend. Great read to share with your children or grandchildren year round, not just for the Easter holiday." ~ 5 Star Review, Katie W., Amazon
 

About the Author: David Chuka

David ChukaDavid Chuka lives in London with his lovely wife and two adorable children. His family are usually the first people to hear his funny and quirky tales. He was inspired to write his first book, 'If You See a Doctor' after he struggled to find a book for his daughter who was a beginner reader.
He's gone on to write more books including the popular 'Billy and Monster' series, a funny set of books about a little boy and his Monster who get into all sorts of funny situations and learn about moderation, friendship, self control, bravery etc. Young children can relate to Billy and you'll love sharing his adventures with your children, grandchildren and loved ones. As a father himself, he has parents at heart when he writes. He recognizes that bedtime has to be one of the best parts of the day for parents and grandparents as it gives them the opportunity to bond with their little ones. He believes you'll enjoy sharing his stories with your loved ones at bedtime. In David Chuka's books, you can stay rest assured that quality and captivating images will always complement the story to ensure your loved ones are spell-bound as you read to them. Beginner readers will also enjoy discovering new words as they read his books. He has so many stories to tell and can't wait to share them with you and your loved ones.

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Want to win a copy of Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs?

Enter for your chance to win 1 of 2 print copies of Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs by David Chuka in a Goodreads giveaway (Open U.S., Canada, Great Britain, Australia; Ends April 17, 2014).


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Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs by David Chuka

Billy and the Monster Who Ate All the Easter Eggs

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

5 Random Questions 33

I love answering random questions, and I love reading other people's answers to random questions. So I thought that would make a fun series. I will answer the 5 questions in my post and you can answer them in the comments. We can all get to know each other better, how much more fun can you get?





So here we go 5 Random Questions:


1. Have you ever sleepwalked? yes, when I was little I sleep walked downstairs and tried to use the couch as a toilet (thankfully my dad stopped me), and this isn't sleep walking but it is a funny sleep story - When I was a freshman in college one night my roommate got up to go to the bathroom and I sat up in my sleep and said "What are you doing?" she said "going to the bathroom" and I said "why?". I didn't remember any of it in the morning. It still makes me laugh to picture it :)

2. Can you build a house of cards? I don't know, I never tried

3. What’s your favorite TV advert? The ones that stand out in my mind are those commercials with the two guy being the computer guys Mac and PC and their funny discussions. I still use a pc so they never convinced me, but I always thought they were funny.

4. Can you play poker? I never learned how to play, I'm sure I could if I learned but I have no idea if I would be any good

5. If your parents hated your partner you currently loved would you ditch him or carry on with him despite the protests?
 If they hated him I would try to talk it out and see what it was they had an objection to and then decide if I could live with it or not, if they just didn't care for him I would probably carry on and see if something specific came up. If nothing specific, just a mismatch of personalities then I would carry on.


I can't wait to read your answers!


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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Ultimate Blog Party 2014!!!



It's time again for the Ultimate Blog Party! The Ultimate Blog Party is hosted by 5 Minutes for Mom. I admit I am a little late this year. There has been a lot of craziness this month because the Random family is moving (more about that later)! So I forgot to get this post up on time, but better late than never, right?

And to all the visitors from the Ultimate Blog Party, welcome, feel free to look around!

Ultimate Blog Party 2014
About Me

I am Randomly Fascinated. I chose that name because when thinking about a possible blog I knew that I would  never be able to choose just one topic to talk about. I am fascinated wide variety of subjects and I tend to randomly jump from one to another. I think that I originally started this blog as an outlet to get some adult interaction while staying home with my Little Man.

I am married to the most wonderful man ever (if you don't believe me read about how he browns meat for me)! I have two Little Men one who is 2 1/4 and one who is 7 1/2 months old.

I get fascinated by random things like which diaper brand is best. I love to cook. I love to try new recipes and I am totally comfortable adapting recipes to my taste (Mr. Random is not a picky eater so I am allowed to adapt to my tastes, which are significantly pickier). I also love to find new ways to save/make money. I love to make crafts and art. I enjoy being creative and making things with my hands. My favorite artistic medium is ceramics and my dream is to one day own a kiln so I can make ceramics again. I love pinterest. I tend to spend more time pinning than repinning because I also love combing blogs. I also have a lot of other random thoughts that I post about.


I am not hosting a giveaway on here this year because I am sponsoring a prize on the Ultimate Blog Party.

$35 gift card to Domestic Randomness Etsy Shop
(1 winner – US Only – Lower 48 States)
Provided by: Domestic Randomness
Twitter: @RandomFascinate
Facebook: DomesticRandomness
Prize Value: 
$35.00

You can find it on the prize page (You have to enter through their entry form). There are lots of other prizes and socializing opportunities available!


Sunday, April 6, 2014

5 Random Questions 32

I love answering random questions, and I love reading other people's answers to random questions. So I thought that would make a fun series. I will answer the 5 questions in my post and you can answer them in the comments. We can all get to know each other better, how much more fun can you get?





So here we go 5 Random Questions:


1. What would be your ideal partner? my husband

2. Have you ever been professionally photographed? for my senior pictures, and for our wedding our photographer was Mr. Random's cousin who is a professional photographer

3. What’s your favorite joke? I don't know if I have a favorite. I enjoy listening to them but I'm not very good at thinking of them

4. What’s been your best present? I have had lots of great presents. One that stands out in my mind was a picture my husband (then boyfriend) gave me of the courtship class that we met in. The class and the picture had happened several years before we started dating, and we had lost contact in the middle so it was special to me that he had it.

5. What’s been your worst present?
Oh, I don't remember, I try not to rank presents as bad presents, all presents are a thoughtful expression of love (or should be :) )


I can't wait to read your answers!


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Sunday, March 30, 2014

5 Random Questions 31

I love answering random questions, and I love reading other people's answers to random questions. So I thought that would make a fun series. I will answer the 5 questions in my post and you can answer them in the comments. We can all get to know each other better, how much more fun can you get?





So here we go 5 Random Questions:


1. Have you ever played conkers? I have never even heard of conkers so no I haven't played it

2. What’s the most unusual conversation you've ever had? I don't remember any particularly unusual ones, does that mean non of them have been or all of them are?

3. Are you much of a gambler? no, I like to play it safe most of the time

4. Are you much of a daredevil? no, same as last question :)

5. Are you a good liar? sometimes, but I'm not proud of it, I may be sort of a compulsive liar (I don't lie all the time, but sometimes I feel compelled to lie, generally when I feel like I will get in trouble, at those times its like I can't stop myself from lying


I can't wait to read your answers!


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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Grimmtastic Girls Book Blast and $50 giveaway!

About the Books: The Grimmtastic Girls

Book #1

Grimmtastic Girls: Cinderella Stays LateTitle: Grimmtastic Girls #1: Cinderella Stays Late
Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 192
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 
Summary: The authors of the hit Goddess Girls series put a fun and girly twist on another super-popular theme: fairy tales! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... A Grimmtastic girl named Cinderella is starting her first week at Grimm Academy on the wrong foot. Cinda's totally evil stepsisters are out to make her life miserable. The Steps tease Cinda, give her terrible advice about life at the academy, and even make her look bad in front of her new friends, Red, Snow, and Rapunzel! But when Cinda overhears the Steps plotting a villainous deed that could ruin Prince Awesome's ball, Cinda, her new friends, and a pair of magical glass slippers have to stop them--before the last stroke of midnight!    

Book #2

Red Riding Hood Gets LostTitle: Grimmtastic Girls #2: Red Riding Hood Gets Lost
Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams
Publication Date: March 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 192
Recommended Ages: 8 to 12 
Summary: Red Riding Hood might have a terrible sense of direction, but her grimmtastic friends are always there to help! Once upon a time, in faraway Grimmlandia... Red Riding Hood is thrilled to try out for the school play. Acting is her dream, and she's great at it--too bad she has stage fright! After a grimmiserable audition, Red decides to focus on helping her friends Cinda, Snow, and Rapunzel save Grimm Academy from the E.V.I.L. Society. But when Red gets lost in Neverwood forest and runs into Wolfgang, who might be part of E.V.I.L., she needs her magic basket and a grimmazingly dramatic performance to figure out what's going on!    

About the Authors: Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams

Joan HolubJoan Holub has authored and/or illustrated more than 130 children's books, including Little Red Writing (illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Melissa Sweet) and Zero the Hero. She lives in NC and is online at www.joanholub.com

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Suzanne Williams     


Suzanne Williams is the author of nearly 50 books for children, including the award-winning picture book Library Lil (illustrated by Steven Kellogg). She lives near Seattle, WA and is online at www.suzanne-williams.com

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Co-authors Joan and Suzanne have written the Goddess Girls, Heroes in Training, and Grimmtastic Girls series. Though they live in different states and hardly ever get to see each other, they spend lots of time together in Grimmlandia.

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Amazon $50 Gift Card Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)
Contest ends: April 23, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Joan Holub & Suzanne Williams and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

5 Random Questions 30

I love answering random questions, and I love reading other people's answers to random questions. So I thought that would make a fun series. I will answer the 5 questions in my post and you can answer them in the comments. We can all get to know each other better, how much more fun can you get?





So here we go 5 Random Questions:


1. Are you a good judge of character? not really, I tend to look for the best in people so I have a hard time knowing if they are trying to hurt me, I have had a feeling sometimes that I needed to stay away from a person and I did, I have no idea if the feeling was accurate or not, but I listen to it

2. Are you any good at charades? I don't remember, I haven't played it in a long time

3. How long could you go without talking? Depends on who is around, and does typing on the internet count? Maybe a couple hours (am assuming we are not including overnight when I am sleeping)

4. What has been your worst haircut/style? One time I asked for a specific haircut and she did what I asked but it wasn't great with my hair. Fortunately I am not picky and my hair grows fast so I don't worry too much about specific haircuts, and I definitely don't fuss over the style. On Sunday I realized after I got to church that I had forgotten to brush my hair that morning, oh well (I doubt anyone noticed, my hair is thick enough that it generally stays in place, it probably just looked wind blown), which is one of the reasons I rarely fuss over style, even if I make it look great it will be messed up when I go outside, and my hair is too thick to do ponytails, it gives me headaches because it is so heavy, so I just keep it short (chin length) and brush, gel, and go in the morning.

Well that was the longest run on sentence ever, oh well.

5. Can you iceskate? I tried once but we couldn't find skates that fit right for me so I had to sit down for a while after being up for only a few minutes. It was very painful. I would like to try again, and I hope it would work better.


I can't wait to read your answers!


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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Good Night Animal World Book Review and $25 giveaway!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book for free in return for posting my review. I also got to put an entry in the giveaway (make sure that you read to the bottom to be entered to win!) and I was entered in a separate giveaway for blog tour participants. I also got the chance to have new readers come visit my blog (welcome new readers! please feel free to stay and browse a while!). None of the links in this post are affiliate links for me. If you are a blogger and would like the opportunity to participate in future blog tours and blog blasts sign up at Mother, Daughter, & Son Book Reviews.


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About the Book

Good Night Animal World by Giselle ShardlowTitle: Good Night, Animal World: A Kids Yoga Bedtime Story
Author: Giselle Shardlow
Illustrator: Emily Gedzyk
Publication Date: September 20, 2013
Publisher: Company: Kids Yoga Stories LLC
Pages: 32
Recommended Ages: 2.5 to 6 years
Summary: Say good night to the animals of the world! Calm your mind and body before bedtime by taking a journey around the world with this kids yoga storybook. Join six Kids Yoga Stories characters as you perch like a bald eagle, crouch like a tiger, and curl up like a sloth. The book includes a list of Kids Yoga Poses and a Parent Guide with tips on creating a successful bedtime experience. Learn something new, explore movement, and unwind together before bedtime!
   

My Review

I asked to be included in this tour because this book sounded interesting to me. And it is super cute! The story is about saying goodnight to a bunch of different animals across the world, but the really fun part is the yoga poses that go with each part of the story. The yoga poses have something to do with the animal (although sometimes that something is a bit of a stretch :) ) and you do them with your child as you are going through the book. I haven't been able to get Little Man to do them with me yet, but I will keep working on him :). I love the idea of doing yoga with my children! Oh and in case you are wondering how a yoga book is a good night book. The poses work their way from more active poses like the kangaroo hop (get those wiggles out!) to the resting pose. At the end of the story they would be laying down in bed. So this would be a great story to read together right before bed. At the end of the story there is a map showing where the animals are from around the world, so it would also be great for talking about geography and the variety of animals found in different places. Then there is a parents section with a list of the poses, animals, countries, a picture of the pose, and some tips for reading and doing the book together with your child. Overall this book is a great resource and I really enjoy it.

The Buzz 

"This book has been so amazing for my 2.5 year old daughter! The illustrations are adorable! She is always so rambunctious at bedtime and this lets her get out some of that excess energy. She loves the book so much that this has been one we read every night. It helps my daughter fall asleep faster which means more time for mom in the evenings." ~ 5 Star Review, cwalt047, Amazon

"Another GREAT book!! I used this book for my kids yoga classes for ages 2-5 years old. After a very active yoga class, we read this book and did the yoga poses before the resting portion of the class. My little yogis loved the pictures and saying Good Night to all of the animals one by one. I played a calming song with some animal noises in the background and we were then able to quiet our minds and bodies for the pose of rest. I think this will become a regular pre-resting story for my classes with this age group. My 5 year old son loves to read this book again and again too! Keep the great books coming!" ~ 5 Star Review, Stacy Daniels - Kids Yoga Teacher, Amazon

"What a delightful book to get young children reading and moving in a wind-down, calming story about saying goodnight to the animals of the world. I am a k-12 Reading Certified teacher who blogs about parenting at The Educator's Spin On It. I am big fan of literacy activities that combine movement and geography in a loving parent / child interaction experience and Good night, Animal World does just that. This book would be a great addition to your book shelf." ~ 5 Star Review, Amanda at The Educators' Spin On It, Amazon
 
Coupon

There is a coupon code available for the Book Tour which will provide a discount of 20% off the current sale prices on all of the Kids Yoga Stories books. Here is the link to the website:

http://www.kidsyogastories.com/

To apply the coupon code, you simply enter "marchtour" before you checkout and you will receive 20% off the cart value. The coupon expires on 04/01/14. Note that the 20% off will be on top of the current sale prices.

About the Author: Giselle Shardlow 

Giselle Shardlow from Kids Yoga Stories
Giselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon (amazon.com/author/giselleshardlow) worldwide.      

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Good Night, Animal World Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

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Contest ends: April 8, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Giselle Shardlow and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.

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Sunday, March 16, 2014

5 Random Questions 29

I love answering random questions, and I love reading other people's answers to random questions. So I thought that would make a fun series. I will answer the 5 questions in my post and you can answer them in the comments. We can all get to know each other better, how much more fun can you get?





So here we go 5 Random Questions:


1. If you could ask your future self one question what would it be? What choices do you wish you had never made?

2. Do you hold grudges? I try not to, I do sometimes but I work at letting them go

3. If you could breed two animals together to defy the laws of nature what new animal would you create? A dolphin cat, no, an animal that can take care of itself, no work needed by me that produces eggs and delicious meat

4 Do you decorate the outside of your house for christmas? not usually, we put up a few lights around the porch this year, but only had them on a few times, and i have no idea if we will ever take them down.

5. Can you solve sudoko puzzles? the easy level ones, yes, maybe some others, I just don't have time to try. When I had time to try I enjoyed doing the fun shaped ones or alphabet ones


I can't wait to read your answers!


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Sunday, March 9, 2014

5 Random Questions 28

I love answering random questions, and I love reading other people's answers to random questions. So I thought that would make a fun series. I will answer the 5 questions in my post and you can answer them in the comments. We can all get to know each other better, how much more fun can you get?





So here we go 5 Random Questions:


1. Have you ever tie-dyed your own clothes? no, I was going to once at school, but I didn't get to, I don't remember why

2. How often do you buy new clothes? every couple of months or so, when I see something cute at a Good Will half off sale

3. Are you reliable?
 depends on what you need, I am reliable at taking care of my kids, I am rarely on time, I am pretty good at getting job/blog stuff in on time, I am working doing what I say I am going to do and not saying I am going to do something if I don't know for sure I can

4. Are you proud of yourself? in general yes, I do some not pride worthy stuff, but in general I think I am doing good, because I have God by my side

5. Have you ever had a secret admirer not that I know of, so if I did they kept it a secret :)


I can't wait to read your answers!


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