Mar 31, 2014

{Review & Giveaway} Name A Star after your favorite person for a wonderful Gift!

Disclosure: I got this product free for this review.

What better way to give a gift that lasts a lifetime than to name a star after someone you care about?  With Name A Star, you will have the opportunity to purchase an unnamed star in the galaxy, name it after someone, provide a personal message from you to him or her, then receive a special certificate to show off!

For this review, I named a star after my youngest, my daughter.  She recently celebrated her 6th birthday, and I thought it would make a wonderful and unique gift for her.  I wrapped the certificate like a birthday gift, and when she opened it, I explained all about how there is now a star

{Review} Wall Mount Shampoo Dispenser from Toilet Tree Products

Disclosure: I got this product free for this review.
ToiletTree Products wall mount dispensers are the perfect way to eliminate clutter in your shower. You can now elegantly store soap, shampoo and conditioner in the bathroom. Our wide opening top makes refills fast, easy and spill free. Our clear chamber allows you to see when it's time to refill. The dispenser is made using long lasting, quality materials that will not rust or discolor over time.

Easy to Install! No drilling required. Each unit comes with a mounting

{Review} Pancake Pile Up ~ A fast and fun way to Play with Food!

Disclosure: I got this product free for this review.
Order up! It’s a busy day at the diner, so don’t dilly-dally. Help your customers get just what they ordered by racing the other servers to the grill, relay style, and piling up pancakes in precisely the right order in this stack ‘em high, serve ‘em up, relay race game!

Shh… They’re learning! 
  • Develops gross motor skills, balance, and coordination
    Teaches following a sequence, a beginning math skill
    Encourages social skills from teamwork to being a good sport

Mar 24, 2014

How Cooking Works - Book Review

9780756690045H I don't know if it's a "homeschooler thing" or just my love of learning, but I especially enjoy the opportunity to turn something into a learning experience - and that's just what "How Cooking Works" does. It takes a children's cookbook with basic yet appealing recipes and mixes in modest nuggets of science - a lovely little cooking / science fusion book to feed your mind and your belly at the same time. The book has some incredibly easy, but oh so important to start with recipes, like how to boil an egg or basic muffins. These are the foundations upon which we all build our cooking skills and it is nice to see them included. The layout takes you through the day starting with items such as pancakes, granola breakfast bars and fruit smoothies. On the way we are asked questions such as "Why are thick pancakes full of air bubbles?" and "Why does granola turn golden brown when it is baked?". Then there is a section for snack time (pea & mint soup anyone? or maybe the delicious rice balls we made

The Smithsonian Book of Natural History

My husband and I discovered the DK Smithsonian Natural History Book completely by accident. We were browsing in Chapters and someone had left a copy atop a display of biographies. It caught Jeff's eye and I returned alone a couple of weeks later and bought him a copy for Christmas. First of all the 'tech specs'. The beautiful hardcover is 235 x 159mm, 648 pages, a full 7 lbs in weight and is described as : "A landmark in reference publishing and overseen and authenticated by the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History, Natural History presents an unrivaled visual survey of Earth's natural history. Giving a clear

Mar 20, 2014

Book review: Secrets of the Realm by Bev Stout

Blamed for her uncle's death, fifteen-year-old Annie is on the run. Knowing the perils she will face on the streets of 18th century London, Annie disguises herself as a boy. Her life changes course when she becomes Captain Hawke’s cabin boy. Not only must Annie work alongside the Realm's motley crew of outcasts and gentlemen, she must also keep her superstitious shipmates from discovering she is a girl. Annie vows she will never leave the Realm, where dreams are chased, shattered lives can mend, and secrets are stowed like keepsakes in an old desk drawer. But when Annie’s past catches up with her, can she stay on the Realm? More importantly, will she have a choice?

My review: Secrets of the Realm is an enjoyable YA book and a welcome break from the current vampire/witches and paranormal trend. And while many other novels set in that

Make A Happy Bee Garden

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Making bees happy is an easy task and a fun way to create a garden that attracts these beneficial insects. A happy bee garden promotes overall environmental health as honeybees are on a drastic decline lately. In order to make a happy bee garden you need to plant flowers they love, provide a water source, and provide a little shelter when it gets hot out. Here is a quick guide to make your bees happy and get them to come back to your garden all year to pollinate your flowers and vegetables.
The best way to attract bees to your garden is to plant wildflowers that are native to your area. One thing to remember is that the honey produced from one swarm of bees is directly related to the types of flowers that they are helping to pollinate in that specific geographic area. What’s interesting is that even a bee hive located a few miles down the road will have honey that tastes different. Happy bees have a diversity of plants and flowers to choose from. Make sure to not only to plant native wildflowers but go ahead and mix in other gardening favorites.
Flowers that have a single row of petals are more attractive to bees as they are easier for them to get the nectar from. Many layers of petals are harder for the honeybees and they don’t visit them as often. The single petal flowers also have more pollen than other flowers, which provides more food for the honeybees.
Bees are naturally attracted to certain colors more than others. They gravitate towards yellow, white, blue, and purple flowers. Of course they will pollinate others, but these colors are their favorites. Another thing to remember is to plant flowers that bloom at different times of the year so the bees will have a reason to come back to your garden all year long. Bees are hungry and spend the majority of their time in search for nectar.
If you live in the colder regions of the US, a happy bee garden would include flowers like Crocuses, Foxglove, Geraniums, Hyacinths, Roses, and Lilacs. Bees love to pollinate fruits and vegetable plants as well and will visit blueberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and peas.
In areas where there are milder winters with warm summers, these bees prefer Asters, Black-Eyed Susans, Clovers, Cosmos, Crocuses, Daylilies, Foxglove, Geraniums, Marigolds, Roses, and Zinnias. Make the bees happy by also planting strawberries, blackberries, tomatoes, and cherry trees.

The hottest zones in the southern states also have a great collection of native bees. The bees in the south like the nectar from Cosmos, Dahlias, Geraniums, Hibiscus, Hollyhocks, Marigolds, Poppies, Roses, Sunflowers, and Zinnias and even most cacti.  Don’t forget to plant watermelons, squash plants, pumpkins, cucumbers, and their absolute favorite are citrus trees!

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Mar 18, 2014

Eureka Vacuum Giveaway US Only ends 03/31

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Welcome To The Eureka Airspeed All Floors Vacuum Giveaway! 
We're gearing up for Spring Cleaning and we have the #EurekaPower! The Mommy Island and The Kids Did It along with a great group of bloggers are happy to bring you this Clean Sweep! Whether you have hard floors, carpeting or both you're going to love how the Eureka Airspeed All Floors quickly adjusts and how it never loses suction. Two lucky winners will each receive this new vacuum to help clean their home.

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New from Eureka the Airspeed All Floors is ready to meet the challenge of cleaning your home! This bagless upright vacuum features Airspeed technology to keep air flowing and removes more dirt. Never losing suction the multi-surface cleaning with a simple on/off brushroll switch. Featuring on board attachments you'll love the Stair and Upholstery Turbo Nozzle for deep cleaning those heavy traffic areas. Get started on your Spring cleaning now with the Eureka Airspeed All Floors. Available for purchase at Walmart for around $98. Two lucky readers selected by the rafflecopter will each receive (1) Eureka Airspeed All Floors Bagless Upright Vacuum AS3011A. Open to readers in the US, 18 years and older. Open for entry from 3/17-3/31 at 11:59pm EST. Enter using the simple rafflecopter below. Good Luck!

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Mar 16, 2014

Make Your Own Gifts - A Book Review

If you are looking for a gift for a child who likes crafts, then a great option would be a copy of “Make Your Own Gifts” from Dorling Kindersley. This great hard back book has over 50 wonderful projects to make lovely handmade gifts for all occasions.

There are very simple step-by-step instructions along with the clear, detailed photographs that Dorling Kindersley do so well. This means that children of all ages and abilities can find something in this book that they can make. Some projects will need some adult help but others are completely child friendly for them to create by themselves.
Handmade gifts can be so much more meaningful than their store bought counterparts and “Make your own Gifts” even has instructions on how to make your own wrapping paper, gift bags and gift tags! That way you can make the gift and wrap it in a truly personal way.
From pom-pom scarves and felt animal bags, pop art cup cakes and flowerpot lollies to rocket pen pots, a polar bear savings bank and glass jar candle holders there truly is something for everyone to make and everyone to receive. Many of the crafts could be adapted for different occasions. For example the candle glass jars are decorated in flowers in the book but we have plans to make our decorative pieces easter eggs and use them on the dinner table. 
Evey has already suggested we make one with Dr.Who decorations for her sister -  I just have to work out how to make a tissue paper Tardis
I am off now to supervise the creation of some glass jar candle holders and some gift bags from cereal boxes – wish me luck!

Disclosure: I received free the item(s) mentioned in this post in exchange for my honest review. Regardless ~ All my reviews are my honest and personal opinion. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”.

Mar 14, 2014

{Review} Penny Auctions Canada Leather Charm Bracelets, Daily Deals and More

Disclosure: I received this product free as part of an advertorial.

Super-hot this year!!  These bracelets includes multiple strands adorned by silver alloy charms. Fastened together by two steel clamps, It includes a lobster claw clasp and back chain, making it fully adjustable to fit any wrist size.  With lots of styles to choose from these will surely be a staple in your spring/summer wardrobe!

Materials include: Leather, alloy, wax linen cord, suede.

Mar 13, 2014

{Review} A Sweet Night of Slumber with the Most Comfortable Hypoallergenic Pillow


How many of us have trouble sleeping?  How many also suffer from neck or back pain that interrupt a good night sleep?  Well, if you are anything like me, it is both.

Finding a pillow that supports my head and neck, yet also comforms to the shape of my neck so as to be comfortable rather than hard has been quite a challenge.  The pillows I usually use, tend to flatten and get misshaped within a couple of months of use.  They start out being too big and bulky, then quickly lose their

{Review} Keep the children safe with Parking Pal decals

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The Parking Pal is a car magnet that will  entertain kids while keeping them safe at the same time! Children are automatically drawn to the unique, colorful, fun designs of the Parking Pal. Helping to reduce the possibility of parking lot injury, the Parking Pal is a simple, affordable solution to keep kids safe and right next to your car.

Penalty Pal- Removable and easy to reposition wall decal used for time-out spots.

Emergency Phone List- Removable and easy to reposition wall decal to write

{Book Tour & Giveaway} The Seven Secrets of Successful Parents by Randy Colton Rolfe ~ $25 Amazon Giveaway

Title:  The Seven Secrets of Successful Parents
Genre: Parenting/Family & Relationshiops
Author: Randy Colton Rolfe
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 340
Language: English
Format: Ebook

“Throughout her seven secrets, Rolfe models how parenting can be the most fulfilling work of our lives.”
—Linda Aronson, author of Big Spirits, Little Bodies

Every parent has the innate power to be successful. But

Mar 12, 2014

{Personal Review} I'm in Tears - seriously! Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

Ok, I wasn't going to read it.  Really!
I said that all those people claiming it was too much like Hunger Games but not nearly as good had convinced me to just avoid reading it so I wouldn't waist my precious time.  But, when a good friend mentioned recently that her book club was reading Divergent by Veronica Roth and she absolutely loved it - well, I just couldn't resist.  After all, what would it hurt to just read the first book to see what is was like.

Now, I'm in tears - seriously!  I was crying so hard - I actually sobbed!  My youngest was sitting here in the living room with me watching her favorite morning shows, while I'm finishing book 3! Yes, Book 3 of the

Mar 11, 2014

What would you do if you found out you were the only person to save a kingdom? {Review} Princess Ever After by Rachel Hauck

Regina Beswick was born to be a princess. But she's content to be a small-town girl, running a classic auto restoration shop, unaware a secret destiny awaits her. One that will leap from the pages of her grandmother's hand-painted book of fairytales. 

Tanner Burkhardt is the stoic Minister of Culture for the Grand Duchy of Hessenberg. When he is tasked to retrieve the long-lost princess, he must overcome his fear of failure in order to secure his nation's future---and his own. Yet lurking in

Wellness Natural Food for Pets ~ What's in Your Bag? #checkyourbag

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How much do you know about the ingredients in your dog food bag?  Are you feeding your pet the healthiest food you can ?  Did you know that a diet formulated with wholesome, natural ingredients could help your dog live a longer, healthier life, but that most dog foods aren’t made up of natural ingredients?

Wellness recipes do not include added artificial colors, flavors or ingredients, and they’ve even created a helpful  “Check Your Bag” website that you can use to compare their natural dog food to those from some

Mar 10, 2014

Come Join the Luck Be A Baby March Giveaway - enter to win some fantastic Prizes - #LuckBeABaby

Welcome To The Pot-O-Gold Giveaway! 
The Moms at The Kids Did It, Coupons and Lesson Plans and The Mommy Island along with a fabulous group of bloggers are excited to offer you a chance to win baby gear! This event features some of the latest

Mar 7, 2014

(Review) The Spark: A Mother's Story of Nurturing Genius By Kristine Barnett

I was never much of a fan of non-fiction. Instead, I always liked to immerse myself into fictional tales of almost any genre – visiting far off lands and far off lives and being able to leave them when I closed the pages. Then I was bought a copy of “The Spark” the only book that has every caused me to make a life altering decision.

Kristine Barnett’s son, Jake, is diagnosed with autism at the age of two. Kristine and her husband Michael are devastated when they are told he is so badly affected he might never even tie his own shoe laces and they follow the expert advice to put him into a special

What a way to eat healthier than to Win a Ninja Food System here on Mom Loves 2 Read #LuckyNinja

Thanks for stopping by Mom Loves 2 Read today.  We have another great Giveaway event to share with you!  A Ninja Food System provided by Brylane Home!  From March 7th through the 24th you will have chances to win this amazing Food system - just read through then complete the entry form at the bottom of this post.  Entries are Optional - but don't forget, the more entries you complete - the greater your chances of Winning!  

Good Luck and make sure to check out more of Mom Loves 2 Read's reviews, giveaways, Mommy Moments, Family Travel and MORE!

Mar 6, 2014

So your cat/dog has allergies?

                                       Product Review: Vetri-Science Derma-Strength, 120 Tablets

Yes, it’s a product review! And no, I did not even get a free sample but spent my own money, and will continue to do so!

If your cat or dog is suffering from allergies, this can provide some serious relief. I volunteer for Evo and Eli’s Love Box, an animal sanctuary in Pennsylvania. We received a call from the

Mar 5, 2014

Samsung Galaxy Tablet GIVEAWAY on Mom Loves 2 Read

Welcome to Mom Loves 2 Read - and the Samsung Galaxy Tablet Giveaway!  Read through this short post, then enter below for your chance to WIN - entries are optional, just remember the more entries you complete, the greater your chances of winning - Good Luck!

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Free Amazon download on March 7th: Under the Shadow of Darkness by James and Issa Cardona

Free Amazon download on March 7th: Under the Shadow of Darkness by James and Issa  Cardona

Magician’s apprentice Bel, along with a wise cracking wizard, must journey under the shadow of darkness to try to discover how the fabric of reality has been rent, tearing open a gateway to the underworld and allowing the dead to walk among the living. Who did it and why? Was it

Mar 4, 2014

Win $100 from Sitara Collections Sweepstakes

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What would you purchase with $100?  Sitara Collections is offering a $100 Sweepstakes right now on their Website - They have offered me the opportunity to post the sweepstakes entry form right here on my blog for my readers to enter!  I went to the website to check it out and I found that their products are hand-crafted with quality materials.

There is a huge variety of products offered on Sitara Collections including hand made jewelry, children's toys and items, scarves, purses, picture frames, holiday ornaments, decorative cushion covers and many more great items.  With a $100 prize - there are many items you could choose from - enter below for a chance to WIN this great sweepstakes prize!

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{Review} Join the Challenge with me - Balance your life with Balanced: Finding Center as a Work-at-home Mom by Tricia Goyer

About the book:

How can a work-at-home mom raise kids, juggle a career and take care of family responsibilities with only 24-hour days? Working at home while raising kids and juggling a career and family responsibilities is no easy feat. Author and homeschooling mom Tricia Goyer shares her tips for finding balance among all your many hats as a mom. Balancing is a process and a journey, one that Tricia herself has yet to perfect. But between writing more than forty books, raising and

{Review} My Hope is Found by Joanne Bischof ~ Book 3 of The Cadence of Grace Series

Gideon O’Riley has been given another chance at a life with Lonnie. But will the fight for her heart risk it all over again?
After finally finding love with his sweet bride Lonnie, Gideon’s heart was torn when a woman from his past claimed to be his true and rightful wife, forcing him away from his family. God’s merciful hand saw Gideon through the heartache, and with Cassie’s blessing, he is able to return home. But his journey back through the Blue Ridge Mountains will hold a trial he never anticipated.

What would you do to bring Peace into your daily life? {Review} The One Year Devotions for Women: Becoming a Woman at Peace

Wouldn't it be nice to live with less fear and anxiety and more confidence and joy? In this 365-day devotional, you'll spend time with God every day, learning to breathe deeply and grab hold of the holy peace he offers. Each meditation includes a key NLT Scripture verse, a brief message, and a suggested prayer. 384 pages, softcover from Tyndale.

{Review & Giveaway} First Day of School isn't scary anymore with Pocket Mommy by Aila Malik

Zayan’s first day of school is coming, and he is nervous and sad about going to a new school. He knows he won’t be able to spend all day with his mommy anymore, and he loves her more than anything in the world! Luckily, his mommy comes up with a clever idea to make his trip to school much

Mar 3, 2014

{Review} Toilet Tree Electric Toothbrush Set ~ Get two great toothbrushes for the price of one for all your oral care needs!

Disclosure: I received a free product through for this review.

Two Great Electric Toothbrushes for the Price of One!

With the Toilet Tree Electric Toothbrush, you not only will receive a high quality electric toothbrush for home, but you also will receive a bonus smaller travel size sonic toothbrush to take on the road with you.  A much easier and compact version to take with you on the go - to work, on trips, or whenever or wherever you may be when you need to freshen

{Book Tour & Giveaway} Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn ~ Steampunk type Romance

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Third daughter Third Daughter by Susan Kaye Quinn Skyships, saber duels, and lots of royal intrigue... and, of course, kissing.

The Third Daughter of the Queen wants her birthday to arrive so she'll be free to marry for love, but rumors of a new flying weapon may force her to accept a barbarian prince's proposal for a peace-brokering marriage. Desperate to marry the charming courtesan she loves, Aniri agrees to the prince's proposal as a subterfuge in order to spy on him, find the weapon, and hopefully avoid both war and

{Review} Division of the Marked by March McCarron

Division of the Marked by March McCarron

For all of written history, on the day of Da Un Marcu, fifty boys and girls across the three kingdoms are marked. They become a class apart from society. Taken to join their brothers and sisters, the Chisanta, they enter a culture of knowledge-keepers, martial artists, and possessors of strange and wonderful abilities. 

When Yarrow discovers himself marked, he feels lost and

#Team1GN, 1 Girl Nation NEEDS YOU ~ Check out how YOU can make a difference Today! Hurry ends 3/21!

Who is 1 Girl Nation you ask?

Simply put, 1 Girl Nation is five girls from five different places, with one message. And to share that message, they are raising funds to purchase a very necessary touring vehicle for their upcoming Fall 2014 Tour.

Never heard of 1 Girl Nation?  Where have you been? - LOL

{Review & Giveaway} Illuminating Gracie by Lisa C. Temple

As an old woman's lifeless body lies on a cold stone floor, her soul stands before an angel who offers her a miraculous opportunity: the chance to do it all again. But that is easier said than done. In order to change the path her life has taken, she must put aside years of self-loathing and pain, so she can help the young girl she once was become the woman she should have been.

At 17 years old, Grace Bennett is a bitter young woman. Though blessed with a loving family, looks and brains to spare, she hides her

Free ebook deals from Tyndale for March 2014

I just received an interesting email from Tyndale Publishers - a new set of FREE and inexpensive Ebooks available for the month of March - I just HAD to share this deal with you - I do not receive ANY compensation, I just wanted to share this - :)  Hope you enjoy!

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Named by God
Named by God
In many ways, Kasey Van Norman has suffered more heartbreak than one woman can bear. Growing up,...
Price: FREE! Available: 3/2-3/4
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