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Apparoo App of the Week–April 17

 

Hey yall! I’m here with the Apparoo App of the week for April 17.  Each week I’ll be sharing the “Apparoo App of the Week” with you.  These are often FREE or offered at a discount!

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This week’s featured app is:

Tic Toc Time

From a kid’s perspective, time is a bizarre concept: there are 60 seconds and 60 minutes, but 12 hours… unless there are 24! And phrases like ‘a quarter til’ and ‘half past’ that we take for granted just seem to make their brains melt. Tic Toc Time takes a holistic approach to teaching time; a family of beavers leads a progression of fun games that first explain using a compass and the movement of the sun and shadows before logically arriving at both digital and analog time-telling. A good time is guaranteed for all!
> Featured by Apple in New and Noteworthy, Education and Kids Categories
> Designed for iPad and iPhone 
> Created in Conjunction with Renowned Astrophysicist 
> Certified by the kidSAFE® program 
> Secure gaming environment: No ads, no external links, no in-app purchase, no social media access, no personal informations request 
> 11 languages : French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Dutch, Russian, Chinese, Japanese and Korean 

Tic Toc Time is normally $3.99. Download it here now for just $.99!

SPOTLIGHT: Billy and the Monster Who ate all the Easter Eggs

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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The Buzz

“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

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Amazon $50 Gift Card Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice) Contest ends: May 13, 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, David Chuka 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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Take Your Workout to the Next Level with a Heart Rate Monitor

 

Anyone that has stuck with a workout routine for more than a couple of days knows that improving athletic performance is about more than just increasing its frequency. In order to get into the best shape possible, you need the right tools for the job. In that respect, a heart rate monitor can give a struggling athletic performance the edge it needs. By keeping proper tabs on your heart rate, you can more accurately understand the areas that are giving your body trouble, as well as give yourself a new motivational tool that will keep you off the couch and back at the gym. 

Part of the value of a heart rate monitor, aside from its intrinsic value of monitoring your heart, is in the way they keep statistics of your accomplishments. A heart rate monitor is about more than keeping tabs of your heart beats per minute, it’s about seeing how far you’ve gone and how many calories you’ve burned in your journey so far. This type of motivational tool is of immense value to anyone familiar with hitting the “wall” while running. Armed with a heart rate monitor, though, the “wall” is far less imposing than it might otherwise be. After all, once you’ve seen how easy it was to get as far as you already have, what’s a few more miles on top of that? In fact, there are heart rate monitor accessories specifically designed for runners to provide even more information, including the speed with which they’ve been running and a finely tuned distance measurement. 

With competitive prices to be found all over the Internet, including those offered by sites like Heart Rate Monitors USA, there has never been a better time to buy a heart rate monitor than today. Taking care of your body is incredibly important, so why not make it a little easier with a heart rate monitor to keep better track of your workout routines? Staying properly informed is absolutely integral to maximizing a workout routine and getting the best results possible, which only serves to highlight the importance of finding the heart rate monitor that is right for you. Coupled with a large array of exciting heart rate monitor accessories, there are plenty of customization options for anyone interested in improving their workouts or getting a fresh start on a new routine.

BOOK TOUR REVIEW: The Do’s and Don’ts by Haley Rose

 

The Do’s and Don’ts

by Haley Rose

Children’s Manners

Book Description

The Do’s and Don’ts is a whimsical lesson book aimed at teaching young readers the difference between good and bad behavior/etiquette. In the book Zack and Chloe go from being manner monsters to well-behaved children as they provide samples of typical scenarios that not only young children encounter but can relate to. For example, Zack becomes a Manner Monster when he loses a game, kicking and pouting like a poor sport. In contract, good behavior is then modeled depicting Zack congratulating the winning team. Unlike other etiquette books for children that tell a story or just communicate positive behavior, The Do’s and Don’ts compares and contrasts between good and bad behavior. Simply, yet colorfully displayed, are examples of inappropriate behavior and decisions young children may display followed by behavior and decisions that are more socially accepted. Each compare and contrast anecdote is set in the same scene so that young readers can instantly see the differences between good and poor behavior.

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MY THOUGHTS:

5 OUT OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS

The Do’s and Don’ts by Hayley Rose

This is a cute book that does a really great job of teaching kids manners. The illustrations show that you are a “Manner Monster” when you are doing the “don’ts” and why that is a bad thing. The language is very straightforward, and there’s not too much text per page, so your child’s attention doesn’t wander.

My 5 year old absolutely loved this book, which I am very glad of, because he is very often a “Manner Monster”. We’ve read it so many times now, it’s like he’s reading it to me! I’m glad that this book was able to teach him manners in a way he could easily understand…and which I am sure he likes better than his mom and dad scolding him.

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About the Author

Multi-award-winning author Hayley Rose released her first children’s book, Fifo When I Grow Up, about a six-year-old bear starting school in 2002, followed by the wildly popular geography book and #1 best-seller, Fifo 50 States, published in 2010. In 2012, Hayley was selected as one of “The Top 50 Writers You Should Be Reading” by AuthorsShow.com. In 2013, she branched out with a new series featuring a new set of characters, Zach and Chloe the Louis the manner monster. Her new book, The Do’s and Don’ts, was released in September 2013 and has already garnered four literary awards, including the Readers’ Favorite, USA Best Books and the prestigious Mom’s Choice Awards, bringing her career total to twenty-one. The follow up book in the new series, Today I Feel Emotion, will be released in the spring of 2014.

Hayley Lives in Scottsdale, AZ, with her dog Blanche.

Visit her website at www.booksbyhayleyrose.com.

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REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Purex Crystals Fabulously Fresh

I don’t have to tell you that living in a house with two guys and a dog makes for some stinky laundry.  My son is in karate and baseball, and my husband works in a casino so he usually comes home smelling like smoke.

I have found the best thing to help freshen our laundry and keep it smelling great–Purex Crystals!  And the new, limited edition scent Fabulously Fresh is perfect for spring.

Purex Crystals are 87% natural crystals that go in at the start of the wash, so they spend more time infusing laundry with long-lasting freshness.

You add them in at the start of the wash, right in the drum with the detergent.

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Here is a cool closeup showing you the texture of the crystals.  In my opinion, this is a lot less messy than traditional liquid fabric softener, which often overflows or spills all over your hand when you are trying to pour it.

The scent is very nice, but not overpowering.  Fabulously Fresh is a soft floral that makes you feel clean, rather than assaulting your senses.

The crystals dissolved very well no matter what temperature water I washed in, and I could find no traces of them in the machine after the load was done.

And I can also say that the claim that Purex Crystals keep your clothes smelling good for weeks is true! Everything I’ve pulled out of my closet smells like it was just washed, and I love the fact that I keep catching whiffs of the Fabulously Fresh scent all day.

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As you can see, the bottle is really pretty and the floral pattern will brighten up anyone’s laundry room!  There’s even a clear panel on the front so you can see when your Purex Crystals are getting low…which you do not want, because this product is awesome!

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Two winners will receive FREE PRODUCT COUPONS to try out Purex Fabulously Fresh for themselves!

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Apparoo App of the Week–April 10

 

Hey yall! I’m here with the Apparoo App of the week for April 10.  Each week I’ll be sharing the “Apparoo App of the Week” with you.  These are often FREE or offered at a discount!

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This week’s featured app is:

Blinkbuggy

DESCRIPTION:

How do we always find time to post super-adorable kid pictures on Facebook, but somehow never get that long-planned baby book done? Well, guilt-trip no more. Blinkbuggy is an online baby book that puts all your photos, milestones and funny stories in one place – and it’s as easy as a status update. You can keep it completely private, link to social media (it can even grab the photos you’ve already posted), or share with whomever you choose – great for grandparents! These precious years will disappear faster than that photo you posted last month, so don’t spend another moment procrastinating. Create an enduring – and endearing – album with Blinkbuggy online and in print!

The Blinkbuggy app allows you to: 
• Capture: 
- Funny, touching and special “Quotes” as they happen 
- Milestones, thoughts, events, etc, with “Notes” as they happen 
- Pictures as they happen or from the past 
• Securely upload memories directly to your Blinkbuggy web account 
• Organize your mobile memories through tags and collections 
• Share with friends and family or keep memories private 
• See recent memories captured through the iPhone app 
• Sign up for a new Blinkbuggy web account 
• Coming soon: View ALL memories on mobile and Capture and securely upload video and audio 

Download it here.

WIN a Moms’ Night Out from Purex!

Being a mom is the hardest job of all, but sometimes moms need a break too! That’s why Purex is celebrating Mother’s Day and the release of Sony’s new motion picture, Moms’ Night Out, by giving away a night out for you and up to five friends.

So get your BFFs together for a night out on the town, courtesy of the laundry BFFs from Purex, and enter for your chance to win today!

One Grand Prize Winner

  • Limo service for the evening
  • Dinner at a nice restaurant
  • 6 free movie tickets/passes
  • $100 bucks for movie snacks

10 runners up

  • 4 free movie tickets/passes

ABOUT THE FILM:

All Allyson and her friends want is a peaceful, grown-up evening of dinner and conversation . . . a long-needed moms’ night out. But in order to enjoy high heels, adult conversation and food not served in a paper bag, they need their husbands to watch the kids for three hours… what could go wrong? This film is an endearing true-to-life family comedy that celebrates the beautiful mess called parenting.
Starring Patricia Heaton, Sean Astin, Trace Adkins, and more!

 

What would you do on a Moms’ Night Out?

I would be hitting the spa, for sure.  Then dinner at a NICE place that doesn’t have toys or crayons, along with one or two cocktails!

Be sure to enter to win this amazing sweepstakes!!

Greece Vacation Guide

Vacation time comes round fast, so I like to begin gathering information early. I’m going to offer ideas here to get you started. Then I hope y’all will get motivated to explore some more!

Today I’m focusing on Greece, with its beautiful mainland and 60 inhabited islands. Holidays to Greece are perfect if you want to experience a beautiful and culturally diverse place that is simply a cut above the rest.

Athens
 
It’s a great idea to spend a few days resting up after traveling and explore Athens. As one of the oldest cities in the world, you’ll find it a fascinating mixture of the old and the new. The Acropolis and The Parthenon are just two of the ‘must sees’ and The New Acropolis Museum and The National Archaeological Museum will surely delight the art lovers among you.

Mainland Greece

After a few days, you will likely want to head out and explore the countryside and there are plenty of wonderful destinations to choose from. You can take an organized tour or travel independently, your choice. These are a few of the highlights.

Nafplio is a pretty seaside village and was the first Greek capital. As well as fortresses to explore, there are lots of lively cafes. It is a cool place to sit back and soak in the wonderful seaside atmosphere.

Peloponnese is a wide peninsula with wonderful beaches as well as scenic mountains. There are lots of interesting historical places to visit including classical Greek temples, Byzantine churches and Venetian fortresses.

Olympia, birth place of the Olympic Games and an ancient archaeological site.
Delphi, a lively town as well as being the home of the Temple of Apollo and the Delphi Oracle.
Meteora is an awesome wonder with mystical and magical monasteries dating back to the 11th century.

Greek Islands

If islands are more your thing, popular destinations include Corfu, Rhodes and Mykonos. Each island has its own character so it is good to spend some time doing your homework to find your perfect match or plan a little island hopping.

Well that’s only a small taste of what Greece has to offer. I’m sure you can see that it is a destination worth exploring. Get Greece onto your Bucket List y’all!

Apparoo App of the Week

Hey yall! I’m so excited to let you know I have partnered up with Apparoo, which is a site that helps busy moms find the best mobile apps for their little ones.  Each week I’ll be sharing the “Apparoo App of the Week” with you.  These are often FREE or offered at a discount!

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This week’s featured app is:

Rio Read and Play (The official app for the Movie)

DESCRIPTION:
Shake your tailfeathers and join blue macaws Blu and Jewel for a colorful read-along adventure set in Rio de Janeiro. This delightful app, featuring characters from the popular animated film Rio, will appeal to fans of the film and newcomers alike. The narrated storybook will encourage your child’s reading skills, the coloring tools will foster their artistic talent – and the bonus activities will grant you peace and quiet over at least two extra states on your next cross-country flight. A feast for the senses, this bright, fun-filled app is like a tiny little Brazilian vacation on your iPad! Download it here.

Pamper Your Pooch with Waggin’ Box

 

I am a second time doggy mom, but this puppy we’ve recently gotten is really like having a second baby.  His name is Jasper, and he’s a rat terrier mix.  We actually picked him up off the side of a highway where he, along with his mom and siblings, were darting in and out of traffic.  It took him a couple of days to warm up to us, but now he’s as spoiled as can be…and I have to admit I love spoiling him.

I totally love subscription boxes, so the idea of one for the dog seemed really cool to me!  I am thrilled to let you guys know about my experience with the pretty new sub service, WagginBox.com.

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Every Waggin’ Box contains a variety of high quality, hand picked, “dog-approved” dog products. The best part is, every box is a surprise! Treats, toys, grooming supplies, wellness products, and much more can end up in your Waggin’ Box! The Doggie Deal Hunters are always on the lookout for new and exciting things to stuff into the boxes, so you never know what you’re going to get. Whatever it is, it’s bound to make your dog wag its tail for joy!

Another great thing about Waggin’ Boxes, is you get to decide how often you receive them. Monthly, bi-monthly, quarterly, or you can just order one. It’s up to you! Simply, pick a delivery plan, tell the team what size dog you have and wait by the mailbox. It’s that easy!

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Here’s a pic of the super cute, custom Waggin Boxes.

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All of the products in the box…3 toys, and 4 food products.

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So, let me talk about the toys first.

Chase n Chomp Rubber Fetch Ball (Approx. value: $12):  This is a very durable rubber ball, around tennis ball size.  It has a hole in the center where you can place a treat.  My baby is not yet a year old…and his mouth couldn’t open wide enough to play fetch with this ball! He still liked chasing it down the hallway, though.

Trout Squeaky Toy (couldn’t find price info): Jasper goes crazy over anything squeaky, so of course this was a keeper. It’s almost the same size as him, but that doesn’t stop him from attacking it.

–Chomp Champs Tuggable Toy (Approx. value: $7): Oh. My. Gosh.  I have never seen my pup love a toy so much!  He’s teething, and with this toy we have discovered he looooves tug of war! He growls as we play with him, but when we try to let go of the ends and let him have it, he gives it right back to us!  Really happy with this one.

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Here’s the info on the food products.

Stewart Pro-Treat Plus Freeze Dried Treats (Approx. value: $7): I thought these were pretty cool, as I had never seen freeze dried dog treats before.  I’d also never seem treats made with strawberry!  They are small cubes, the perfect size for my ratty and I can give him several a day without worrying I’m ruining his appetite.

Smokehouse Lamb Bone (Approx. value: $2):  If I though Jasper loved the tug of war toy, then he was absolutely OBSESSED with this bone.  When I first opened the box, I thought to myself, “This is way too big for him.”  Turns out I had no reason to worry.  This bone still has a bit of smoked meat on it, and my dog tore. It. Up.  He kept chewing on it long after the meat was gone, and the edges were forming sharp edges so I had to throw it away.  I will for sure be trying to find him some more of these.

Novi-Pet Joint Support (Full box value approx. $6): Jas is still young, but I guess it’s never too early to start caring for his joints.  If you have need to give these glucosamine treatments to your dog, you will have no trouble doing so.  Jasper ate these right up with no hesitation.

Smokehouse Prime Chips Chicken Breast (Approx. value $10): These are crunchy treats that are wholesome little discs of smoked chicken breast.  Jasper likes them a lot, and I’ve been using them as rewards.  If you have a small dog like I do, a bag will last you a long time.

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Overall, both my dog and I were very satisfied with the selections we got from Waggin’ Box. The price of a single box is $28, and the value of product I received was worth well over $38. I know getting a box for myself every month is a nice surprise, so why not surprise your pup as well?

Waggin’ Box is offering a special code for my readers to receive a 20% discount on their new subscription! Enter the code TWENTY14 at checkout to get yours.

And before I forget…here’s a picture of my little troublemaker!

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