Saturday, October 25, 2014
This is very light weight. I carry it in my pocket book when I go on trips and it doesn't weigh it down. You can lay the UNU on it's side or upright to charge. There aren't any sharp edges, all rounded.
The UNU comes with a dual ended charger on one end (which has a long enough for two components to charge at the same time). Also has two USB plug ins. Which my two kids love, because they don't fight over who is charging who's I Pad first. You can charge the UNU through your computer, or a wall outlet (but the wall outlet plug isn;t included). Once fully charged the UNU holds it's charge for quite some time.
What I really like about this is there is a power button to turn the UNU on, and when you are done charging your device it shuts off on it's own. I know I am good for forgetting to turn electronics off, so this is a major plus in my book.
Treat yourself this spooky season with these new titles from Candlewick Press!
Also — still searching for the perfect Halloween costume?
Let these new fall Candlewick titles inspire you!
(Is that world-famous author Shannon Hale with her twin daughters, or is it… The Princess in Black??)
The Princess in Black
By Shannon and Dean Hale, illustrated by LeUyan Pham
HC: 9780763665104 ∙ October 2014 ∙ 14.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 4-8
Who says princesses don’t wear black? When trouble raises its blue monster head, Princess Magnolia ditches her flouncy dresses and becomes the Princess in Black!
« “Action, clever humor, delightful illustrations and expectation-defying secret identities—when does the next one come out?” — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
I’m My Own Dog
Written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
HC: 9780763661397 ∙ August 2014 ∙ $15.99 ∙ 32 pages ∙ Ages 4-8
Caldecott Honor winner David Ezra Stein has fans at his command with this comical dog’s-eye view of having a best friend.
“A sweet and funny role reversal… An ode to the transformative joy of companionship.” — The New York Times Book Review
« “A witty and charming story. ... Minimal text makes this a great read-aloud for listeners with short attention spans, while the humor will tickle older kids and grown-ups.” — School Library Journal (starred review)
Bramble and Maggie: Spooky Season
By Jessie Haas, illustrated by Alison Friend
HC: 9780763664503 ∙ August 2014 ∙ 14.99 ∙ 56 pages ∙ Ages 5-8
Bramble, a persnickety but lovable horse, and Maggie, her patient owner, build an even stronger friendship as they brave the surprises of autumn.
“Clear, lively prose and soft, expressive gouache illustrations combine for a Halloween friendship story.” – The Horn Book
Leroy Ninker Saddles Up: Tales from Deckawoo Drive
By Kate DiCamillo, illustrated by Chris Van Dusen
HC: 9780763663391 ∙August 2014 ∙ 12.99 ∙ 96 pages ∙ Ages 6-9
Yippie-i-oh! Saddle up for the first in a spin-off series starring favorite characters from Kate DiCamillo’s New York Times best-selling Mercy Watson books.
“DiCamillo … has always been at her best when dwelling on the good and the bad in relationships between humans and animals, and Van Dusen knows precisely how best to present Leroy to us.” — The New York Times Book Review
« “Kate DiCamillo and Chris Van Dusen strike gold again with this charming addition to the Mercy Watson story-verse. ... As with her Mercy Watson books, DiCamillo manages something extremely difficult in an early reader series — a delicious sense of language that is playful and poetic while also staying accessible and appropriate.” — Shelf Awareness (starred review)
By Michelle Knudsen
HC: 9780763660383 ∙ September 2014 ∙ 16.99 ∙ 352 pages ∙ Ages 14 and up
He’s young. He’s hot. He’s also evil. He’s . . . the librarian.
« “Terrifically entertaining from start to finish.” — Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books (starred review)
“Snappily narrated, tightly plotted and generally just right. Forget paranormal romance; this horror-humor-romance pastiche is where those in search of hot nonhumans should set their sights.” – Kirkus Reviews
The Worst Witch to the Rescue
Written and illustrated by Jill Murphy
HC: 9780763669997 ∙ August 2014 ∙ 14.99 ∙ 176 pages ∙ Ages 8-12
Mildred Hubble, the worst student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches, returns in a new escapade for young magic lovers.
“Heartwarming magic with just the right touch of talking toads and tortoises.” — Kirkus Reviews
“Featuring a lively, likable protagonist, humorous touches, and intricate black-and-white illustrations, this sixth Worst Witch title is another entertaining read in the enjoyable series.” – Booklist Online
Just in time for Halloween my daughters get to enjoy this extraordinary book. Thankfully both my girls have the "ghost/witches/spooky" gene from me so love anything that has to do with that so this is perfect reading material for them.
I do read books by their covers unfortunately but the cover of this book really pulled me in. It's fun and mystical in my opinion and make even myself want to open the book to read. Instead of being confused on what the story was about my kids could tell right away it was about a little witch going on an adventure.
As for the story line, it was so much in line with my five year olds personality so she was really able to relate to Mildred!
Take your littles trick or treating and then treat them yourself to a bedtime story of The Worst Witch!
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Reviewed by Jackie
Books open up a whole new world of imagination. Even now as an adult, I still get lost in the pages of a good book. I put myself in the place of the heroine, and imagine what it would be like to be her. When I read books to my children, I always see their eyes open with wonder. But imagine how much more amazing it would be if your child really was the hero in the story? At I See Me, that is exactly what happens. They make story telling that much more magical by adding in your child's name and even their picture. There are tons of books at I See Me, but here are some of the newest additions.
My Farm Friends is a personalized board book in which young readers become a farmer on their very own farm.
I Can Change the World! is an inspiring and uplifting new storybook that teaches boys and girls that change can start with just one person—your child!
M Is for Me is a personalized alphabet book made just for your child! This colorful book not only includes unique illustrations, but also a special quality for each letter.
Speedster: A Day in the Life of a Race Car Driver will have young children everywhere going places. If your child dreams of getting behind the wheel and zooming around, he or she will be thrilled at how this book weaves him or her into the story.
My son Nicky picked out the My Farm Friends Book and he absolutely loved it. The story is all about a farmer who goes around the farm meeting all of the animals. Only in this book, he's the farmer. His picture and name are on every single page, and it makes him feel as though the animals are actually speaking to him. Plus he loved the way his face was built into the farmer. He gets to see himself drifting along on the lake with the ducks or feeding the pigs. He thought it was amazing, and it's the only book he's wanted to read since it arrived.
These are only a few examples of the fun stories available for children of all ages at I See Me. They can interact with all their favorite fairy tale characters like fairies, owls, pirates and more. Collect them all and have a truly personal collection. They even have books for special occasions like holidays and becoming a big brother or sister. Gift certificates are also available if you aren't sure which book to get. I See Me books would make a wonderful and unique gift for all the children in your life.
Often times people are confused as to why the Zipadee-Zip is all that different from the sleeveless wearable blankets or sacks out there. There’s a reason people call it the new and improved wearable blanket. The star-shaped pointed sleeves and star-fish design is Patent Pending because it inspires sounder sleep than any other wearable blankets on the market. The slight resistance in the wing-span allows a baby to move around freely while still providing the enclosed, cozy sensation babies enjoy so much in the swaddle and the womb. The ‘Moro’ or startle reflex is what prevents a baby from sleeping soundly and jolts a baby awake suddenly. The reason babies are startled is because they wake up and can’t feel their edges like they were able to in the womb. The Zipadee-Zip provides those ‘edges’ or that womb like environment while still providing them the freedom to roll around and use their arms and hands safely. This is why the Zipadee-Zip will work when all other products parents have tried to transition their babies typically fail.
Although most of my customers purchase the Zipadee-Zips for the transition off of the swaddle, many love the Zipadee-Zip for other reasons: The Zipadee-Zip is easy to put on, it keeps a baby’s hands warm at night, and the enclosed feel gives babies the security they need to learn to self-soothe and fall asleep on their own and it can be easily buckled into a car seat or stroller. It also keeps germs away from from those little hands in grocery stores and doctors offices.
I was skeptical of the Zipadee-Zip but it has proven it's worth in this past week. I have a three month old, and he's never been into the swaddling business, but like all my babies, when there isn't anything touching them while they're sleeping, they will jolt awake. Being in this makes my son feel like he is still being wrapped up in a close environment.
Like I said, my kids never liked being swaddled as babies because it was just too restrictive. The Zipadee-Zip allows for the closeness but they're able to still move around too. He can squirm in his sleep to get more comfortable if he needs. Another reason I like this is because I don't use blankets on my babies, but now that the weather is cooling off I want him to stay warm. This is lightweight material but it keeps him nice and toasty throughout the night and I don't have to worry about any blanket covering his face!
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Reviewed by Jackie
Slow Food for Fast Lives creates wonderful food for people who are in a big hurry—yes, that means you. I very much enjoyed these unusual meal bars, which include a complete serving of vegetables, all natural ingredients, and are safe for vegans as well as those who have gluten-free diets. Be warned: these bars are not sweet, and if you’re expecting them to be, you’re in for a surprise. The wrappers boast “savory” taste, and you’ll find the Thai Bar has a bit of a kick to it, as the ingredients include chili pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder. The taste is satisfying, but not intense enough to send you running for the nearest glass of water.
The California Bar is delicious if you like kale. Despite the fact kale is not the main ingredient, the taste may be overwhelming for those who are not used to it. The Indian Bar, with touches of mango, pepper, and ginger, is quite scrumptious. The Moroccan Bar is definitely my favorite, as the currants added a sweeter quality. Best of all, these meal bars really work. I was happily satiated after enjoying my first one. Slow Food for Fast Lives is a great alternative to grabbing a sub-par granola bar, which will likely leave you wanting more within minutes.
Treat yourself right and get these great bars. You won’t regret it.
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Friday, October 24, 2014
Drew DiPalma feels like he’s living a lie. He’s had it with his Hollywood persona, the high-maintenance women, and his sleazy agent. To escape the madness, he flees to a tourist town he’d often visited as a child. He never expected to find love on that little island. Then he stumbles upon Lainey alone on the swing set of a deserted beach.
After a dozen internet dating disasters, Lainey Riccardo has given up on romance—until she meets a West Coast hunk who has no trouble winning her heart. But Lainey only knows him as Drew, not the Oscar-nominated actor who’s constantly scandalized in the tabloids. When she learns the truth, will the small town Jersey girl be able to accept Drew’s fast-paced life? Or will the truth drive her away forever?
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Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. Her works include romantic thrillers, paranormal fiction, contemporary romance, and young adult.
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