Green Smoothies eBook Review

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I received a free copy of the eBook Green Smoothies: The Weight Loss and Detox Secret by Jonathan Vine. The book has over 50 recipes and a lot of tips about making smoothies and what to add.

The boys love smoothies; Connor especially because he knows they are healthy. We had fun trying out the smoothie recipes. Here are a few that we tried:

Apple and Spinach

This had apple, spinach, yogurt, honey, ginger, and lemon.

This had apple, spinach, yogurt, honey, ginger, and lemon.

We liked this one but I thought that the yogurt flavor was a little too strong so I started putting less than called for in other recipes.

We liked this one but I thought that the yogurt flavor was a little too strong so I started putting less than called for in other recipes.

Minty Avocado

The ingredients here are avocado, yogurt, almond milk, mint, and agave nectar.

The ingredients here are avocado, yogurt, almond milk, mint, and agave nectar.

This one had a nice color and smelled really good but I did not like it at all. Apparently I don't like the flavor of almond milk. I also think it needed more avocado.

This one had a nice color and smelled really good but I did not like it at all. Apparently I don’t like the flavor of almond milk. I also think it needed more avocado.

Watermelon and Spinach

Ingredients for this one are watermelon, spinach, lemon, mint, coconut water, and coconut cream.

Ingredients for this one are watermelon, spinach, lemon, mint, coconut water, and coconut cream.

We also liked this one but it would have been better with a sweeter watermelon. You could really taste the coconut in this.

We also liked this one but it would have been better with a sweeter watermelon. You could really taste the coconut in this.

Arugula and Raspberry

This one is Arugula, raspberry, yogurt, agave nectar, and fresh orange juice. This one was okay but I didn't like the taste of the Arugula in the smoothie. Next time I would use spinach instead. The boys did not like this one at all.

This one is Arugula, raspberry, yogurt, agave nectar, and fresh orange juice. This one was okay but I didn’t like the taste of the Arugula in the smoothie. Next time I would use spinach instead.

Spiced Pumpkin

This one was made with pumpkin, ginger, pear, maple syrup, fresh orange juice, and yogurt.

This one was made with pumpkin, ginger, pear, maple syrup, fresh orange juice, and yogurt.

This one was surprisingly good. Connor tried a pumpkin smoothie at a smoothie place before and we did not like this. I think since I used fresh raw pumpkin that may have made a difference. The pear flavor also went really well in this.

This one was surprisingly good. Connor tried a pumpkin smoothie at a smoothie place before and we did not like this. I think since I used fresh raw pumpkin that may have made a difference. The pear flavor also went really well in this.

These are just a few of the many recipes in this book. We didn’t love everything we tried but these recipes make great starters and can be easily altered if you find you don’t like something. You also might be surprised that you really enjoy a certain combination that you didn’t think you would like. With so many options in this book everyone is bound to find some good recipes to enjoy.

Here is the link for the eBook on Amazon. Go take a look and if you decide to get the book let me know what your favorite smoothie combinations are.

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FarFaria Story App- Review & Giveaway

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*Disclosure: I received a free 6 month subscription to FarFaria in order to post a review and host a giveaway. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

FarFaria is an app for kids that contains over 800 books and adds 5 new books a week. The app is recommended for kids ages 2-9. Both Connor and JT love this app. When you open up the app it shows you you’re recently read books, new books, and popular now. It also currently has a category for stories for fall and bug out.

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The boys looked through the books on the homepage when they first opened up the app but they really enjoy pressing explore and picking an island. When you click on explore you’ll find a map with several different islands. There is Animal Kingdom, Adventure Island, Mt. Make Believe, Fairy Tale Falls, Classics Grove, Bedtime Bluffs, Preschool Playground, Genius Jungle, Goodland, Looney Lagoon, and Sing Along City. The boys’ favorite island is Adventure Island, however, they’ve also been reading stories from Fairy Tale Falls the past two days.

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Once kids have chosen a book they have three options for reading it. They can choose auto play, read to me, or read myself. The difference between auto play and read to me is that you have to turn the pages if you choose read to me. Auto play goes through the entire story automatically. You can however pause, exit, or start over for both options.

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FarFaria also uses reading levels. Reading levels go from A-S which is Kinder through Grade 4. There is also PK for Pre-K level and songs which don’t have a level. When you open up a book it tells you on the front page what reading level it is. You can the click on it to get a description. There I also a parent section where you can learn more about all of the reading levels.

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The boys’ also enjoy adding books to their favorites. This allows these books to be read offline.

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You can try FarFaria for free. This allows one story to be a read a day. An unlimited subscription costs $4.99 a month. One lucky reader will also be able to win a free 3 month subscription to FarFaria by entering our rafflecopter giveaway.

Here are the links to check out FarFaria as well as the link to the rafflecopter:

FarFaria Website

ITunes App Store

Google Play

**Rafflecopter Giveaway**


Good Luck!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Amazing Facts about the Moon Review

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Amazing Facts about the Moon is another eBook by Dan Jackson that we received for free in exchange for an honest review.

This is another space themed book; this time about the Moon. We wrote a review on Dan Jackson’s Amazing Facts about Astronauts and this one is pretty similar. It’s an easy to read non-fiction book that is great for kids that want to learn about space and the Moon. There are a lot of interesting facts in the book. None of them are in-depth but it’s good to use as a starting point for a general overview of the Moon. The pictures in the book are mostly stock type photos but regardless they are still great examples of the Moon’s surface, eclipses, and the phases of the Moon. I recommend this book for kids up to about age 8.

Our favorite amazing facts:

My favorite fact from this book is that the Moon is getting further away from Earth every year. I had no idea this was happening.

Connor’s favorite fact is about how long it takes the Moon to orbit Earth.

JT’s favorite fact is that it is so hot during the day and then super cold at night.

If you’d like to get this eBook for your kids make sure to check it out on Amazon.

Thanks for reading!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Amazing Facts about Astronauts Review

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We received a free copy of the eBook Amazing Facts about Astronauts by Dan Jackson in exchange for an honest review.

As the title suggests, the book shares interesting facts about astronauts. It is a simple book and easy to read. The pictures in the book are a mix of photographs and clip art type pictures. While you won’t be able to learn really in-depth facts, it is a good starting point and great for kids interested in space. I would probably recommend it for kids up to about age 8 or so.

Our favorite amazing facts:

My favorite fact that I learned from this book is that astronaut has a synonym. The synonym is cosmonaut. I never knew that there was a synonym for astronaut so I found that really interesting. I also just think that cosmonaut is a cool word.

Connor’s favorite fact is the same as mine. He also likes the word cosmonaut.

JT’s favorite fact is “everything”. He said there was a lot he didn’t know about astronauts and so he really liked everything.

If you have a child that is interested in space make sure to check out Amazing Facts about Astronauts by Dan Jackson on Amazon.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Giving Thanks Giveaway

It is time for Giving Thanks!

Now is the time when friends and families get together to give thanks for all the wonderful things they’ve been given throughout the year. We Three Moms (Anderson’s Angels, The Joy of Mama Joyner and The More The Merrier), are so very thankful for our families and everything we have, we’ve joined with over 100 other wonderful bloggers, to bring you another huge giveaway event! I am excited to be one of these bloggers able to offer this giveaway. One winner will take home all of the prizes we’ve managed to put together (it’s almost $600 in prizes!) for The Giving Thanks Giveaway! Make sure to check out all the prizes and then scroll down and click on the entry form link. Good luck to everyone!

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We’ve gathered prizes for the whole family! Here is a list of our Sponsors & the prizes ~

Giant Microbes – ornament set – $24.95
King Arthur Flour – baking set -$45.80
Misto – 1 stainless steel Misto – $14.99
Meal Measure – 1 Meal Measure – $12.98
Pixtagram – 3 sets of 10 magnets – $36
Chef’s Planet – 1 Flavor Enhancer – $45
SoapBox Soaps – 1 Autumn Bundle Set – $23.80
Emerson Creek Pottery – Blue Crab Pie Plate – $31
DK Books – 2 Books – $20
Game Chef – Rollick & Been There Done That Games – $49.98
Lille Rabbagast – Monkey Toys – $20
Rollors – Rollors Game – $50
Zike Bike – Z100 – $249
It’s exciting isn’t it? Come enter to win! You never know, you may be the ONE to win every single prize!

 

DIsclosure: Anderson’s Angels, Joy Of Momma Joyner, The More The Merrier, and all other participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that result from the use of any of these products.

Terry Treetop Makes New Friends Review

*Disclosure: I received a free eBook in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own honest opinions.*

Terry Treetop Makes New Friends by Tali Carmi is a book from the Terry Treetop series. This series of books aims to be entertaining and educational.

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In this book Terry Treetop attempts to find new friends to play with him in his new tree house. He goes around a meets several farm animal friends but each one is busy until he meets Kitty. Also, this is not really related but I think that Kitty looks a lot like Marie from The Aristocats.

The storyline of the book is cute. I think that it would best be suited for kids up to age 6. The children will enjoy reading about the animals that Terry Treetop meets. They will also get a look at what each animal provides. The illustrations are also colorful and kids will enjoy looking at them.

JT Says:

I liked the book. Kitty was so cute. The Kitty part was my favorite. I liked when he climbed trees. I want to climb trees.

One of JT's favorite pictures. He liked all the pictures with Kitty.

One of JT’s favorite pictures. He liked all the pictures with Kitty.

If you’d like to take a look at Terry Treetop Finds New Friends you can check it out on Amazon.

Also, feel free to check out a review on another Terry Treetop book- Terry Treetop and the Lost Egg.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Gerbs in the House: The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine

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*Disclosure: We were given a free electronic copy of the book in exchange for a review. All opinions are our own honest opinions.*

The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine is part of the Gerbs in the House children’s books by Lydia Lukidis. The book combines both illustrations and photos of real gerbils in mini sets. The illustrations are by Heather Cook and the photos are by Bailey J Thompson.

About The Book:

Mocha says it’s bedtime, but Petri wants nothing to do with it! Reading books, singing lullabies and juggling plates are only a few of the things Mocha does in an attempt to tire his son out. Although Petri is entertained, he still refuses to sleep. He just wants to dilly dally! Worn out by his son’s shenanigans and silly antics, will Mocha ever get Petri to bed before losing his marbles?

My Review:

We loved this book. It was entertaining, adorable, and funny. This book was a rhyming book and if you’ve read any of my other picture book reviews you might know that I love reading rhyming books. They are so much fun. We really enjoyed looking at the pictures in this book. The boys thought the gerbils (and the sets) were really cute. Connor kept pointing out all the mini things they had like a mini TV, a mini Cat in the Hat hat, and a mini skateboard. They also loved the mini furniture.

Besides the pictures, I also loved the storyline and it’s a really familiar one. Mocha is Petri’s dad and he is trying to get him to go to bed. He reads him a bedtime story but Petri needs more. I think many parents will be able to relate to this story; I know I can. Even though the boys have a snack before bedtime Connor sometimes wants another one… after he’s brushed his teeth. Then JT usually wants water and a stuffed animal and then one more stuffed animal. Sometimes Connor will want a stuffed animal too because he wants to have the same thing as his brother. However, after reading The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine the boys were ready to go to sleep. They both said the book made them want to go to sleep. First I did have to show them a video of Michael Jackson doing the moonwalk though because Petri did the moonwalk in the book and they didn’t know what that was. After that though they fell asleep right away. The boys and I really enjoyed The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routineand I recommend checking it out. I think everyone will have fun reading this book.

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Connor Says:

I liked the book. I thought it was funny. The funniest part was when Petri was doing the moonwalk in the silly blue dress. I really like the pictures. I thought the gerbils were cute.

JT Says:

The gerbils were cute. The blue dress was funny when Petri was wearing it and moonwalking. The picture where Mocha was wearing a clown hat was really cute.

About The Author:

Lydia is a story teller and a magic maker. She is a multidisciplinary artist with a deep passion for writing and creating. After receiving her Bachelor degree in English Literature from McGill University, she has been writing books, short stories, poems and plays for over two decades. So far, fifteen of her children’s books and eBooks have been published, and she has toured the world with five of her marionette plays. In addition to her creative work, she also writes educational and curriculum based texts for children and is a workshop facilitator.

Thanks for reading and you can take a look at The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine at Gerbil Meets Mouse.