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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Care for Creation Book Review

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 1:08 PM 2 comments
Written by Christy Baldwin
Illustrated by Shelly Draven

Care for Creation is a Christian perspective on saving the environment.

My Review:

Care for Creation is a delightful book for children. The message is simple and includes bible verses to help children learn to care for creation. It's an easy to understand book for children of all ages. It teaches how important it is to take care of the things God has given us. I give Care for Creation an A+. My grandson loves it!

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.

To learn more about Care for Creation click here.
To learn more about Tribute Books click here.

More about Christy Baldwin:

Writing has been a passion of Christy's since she was very young. As a child, she loved to write stories for her grandfather and poems just for fun. She lives in Mason, Ohio with her family and is active in church, Boy Scouts, Girls Scouts and volunteering with various organizations. Christy has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Cedarville University and a master's degree in Special Education from the University of Scranton. She is a stay at home mom who enjoys spending time with her kids and being involved in their schools. Her previous children's titles include Nine Things Nathan Noticed at Night and Remembering Wilma.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Hasbro's KRE-O Transformers Make Holidays Fun

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 9:18 AM 0 comments

Hasbro has done it again! This holiday season Hasbro has released a brand new toy Kre-O Transformers.

  Transform yourself and your family into a magical world of Habro's   Kre-O Transformers!

Here are my top three tips why this is great fun for the entire family:

1. The KRE-O Transformers sets will bring family's together. You and your child will enjoy hours of fun constructing transformers and playing fun, family games.

2. The KRE-O Transformers sets are affordable for any budget.If you're struggling this holiday season this is a great gift.

3. The KRE-O Transformers sets are not just for boys! Girls can have fun building and then destroying their own KRE-O Transformer.

Here are a few of my tips for keeping everyone’s spirits bright during holiday:

1. I love to spend the holiday's with my family, but it can become chaotic and stressful. One thing I've learned to de-stress myself and family is to play cheerful holiday music. One of my family's favorite songs during the holidays is 'Grandma Got Run Over By A Reindeer'. It's a classic, just like my family.

2. When I sense my family is feeling down I love to cheer them up with a tree decorating party. When get out the popcorn and compete to see who can make the longest string of popcorn without it breaking. We can't stop laughing and forget all about being blue. Who wants to have a blue Christmas? Not me!

3. Another fun way to keep your season bright is a family icecream social. We love to make homemade icecream during the holidays. My family experiments with different homemade flavors. Each year we add a new flavor. This year we are trying homemade eggnog. Some fun flavors to tickle your tastebud's and your family are peppermint crunch, spiced pumpkin pie and happy holidaze which is my favorite. It's a combination of your base ingredients plus chocolate covered cherries. Oooo, it's so good and will melt all your troubles away.

So this holiday season when you're feeling down break out Hasbro's KRE-O Transformers and some homemade icecream for a night filled with family fun and cheer.

Let Hasbro make all your trouble's disappear and enjoy the holidays creating a new, fantastic exciting world with your child.

You can find out more about Hasbro's KRE-O Transformers sets here.

And don't forget the most important tip for this holiday season: have fun with your family!

“I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Hasbro blogging program, for 8,000 My SocialMoms Rewards Points and a KRE-O gift. The opinions expressed in this post are mine and don’t necessarily reflect the opinions of SocialMoms or Hasbro. For more information on how you can participate, click here.”

Book Review: 'Slippery Willie'

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 7:38 AM 2 comments
Slippery Willie Synopsis:
Willie Wiggles hates his slippery feet. He just slips, slides and spins all over the place. But what he hates even more are the special shoes that have been made for him that will help him to walk just like all the other kids. Willie thinks that they are the "stupidest, ugliest shoes in the whole world."

Discover how sometimes we worry about things about ourselves when actually there is nothing to worry about in the first place.

My Review:

Slippery Willie shares a simple message that we all are different and that's OK because God made us that way. The book has some interesting points, but I felt a little awkward reading it to my seven year old grandson because everyone was making fun of Willie.
I understand the message of the book is to teach children everyone is different, but in my opinion I thought it could have been handled better.
I give Slippery Willie a B-.

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.

Larry Peterson Bio:
Larry Peterson was born and raised in the Bronx, New York. As a freelancer, he has written many newspaper columns for local publications. Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes is his first children’s book. Peterson has lived in Pinellas Park, Florida for the past 28 years.

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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Few of My Favorite Scents

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 5:09 PM 0 comments

Seventh Generation has created a line of dish liquids featuring natural scents from real lemons, clementines and lavender. Seventh Generation’s Natural Dish Liquid scents come from fields not factories, and honor the careful hands that cultivated them.

I love the idea of Seventh Generation natural scents. One of my favorite scents is clementines. I love clementines and the memories they conjure.

The scent takes me back to Christmases of my childhood. Clementines mingled with cinnamon warmed my senses and now everytime I smell the fragrant aroma's I am transported back to my childhood home and my mother baking fresh cinnamon buns or my grandmother sticking fresh cloves in clementines. The scents wafted in the air and through my memories.

  When I smell the strong aroma's wafting throughout my kitchen at Christmas I wrap my memories around family traditions filled with pine, cinnamon, cloves and clementines.

I remember waking up on Christmas morning and being transported back into the childhood of my grandmother. A simpler time when scents filled the home and hearth, when pine, cinnamon, cloves and clementines where the centerpiece of Christmas.

My grandmother would gather fresh pine cones and scattered them throughout the house. She would then sprinkle fresh cinnamon in the fireplace. It was a magical time, an aromatic memory.

Before we were allowed to open our presents, she would bring out fresh cinnamon buns and hot clementine cider sprinkled with cinnamon. I guess that's why on Christmas morning we still have fresh cinnamon buns and hot clementine cider sprinkled with fresh cinnamon.

My parent's and grandparent's are gone now, but the warm memories I still have from those long-ago Christmases filled with the fresh scents of natural pine, cinnamon, and cloves fill my heart and head with many delicious memories. When I buy fresh clementines it's pure pleasure. I can't wait to poke the cloves into them or make clementine cider.

Clementine Cider
About a dozen squeezed clementines

Two dashes fresh cinnamon
Fresh cloves to taste
A tablespoon natural honey

Bring to boil, reduce heat. Serve hot with fresh cinnamon buns

I wanted to create a family tradition filled with the scents of my childhood. Those scents were a very important part of my life. We bake fresh cinnamon buns, gather fresh pinecones, poke cloves into clementines and enjoy  a natural scented Christmas.

  New traditions are great, but old traditions are wonderful. Share a scent-filled memory with your family today!

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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Book Review: A Different Kind of Hero

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 10:42 AM 2 comments

Written by: Leah Beth Evans
Illustrated by: Colleen Gedrich
Published by: Tribute Books
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 9780979504525
Pages: 40
Release Date: 1st edition (August 14, 2007)
Source: Tomoson from publisher to review
Ages: 4-8
Purchase: Amazon | Kindle | Nook | iPad 

Synopsis: The rainforest is under attack.One monkey is determined to save it.His name is Tomagochi.He’s brown. He’s small.He’s plain. But when a group of men enters the rainforest armed with bulldozers and axes, Tomagochi the monkey springs into action to defend his natural habitat.
While larger animals like Peshe the tiger run and hide, Tomagochi charges into battle. Will he be victorious? Will the rainforest be saved? Join Tomagochi as he fights to protect his home and discovers just how special he truly is.

A Different Kind of Hero was written with 4 to 8 year olds in mind, but I found this book to be entertaining for all ages. This book takes the reader on a great journey through the eyes of Tomagochi the monkey. In the end he learns he is special.

 I don't want to give away the ending, but Tomagochi realizes he's just as special as his rainforest friends.

Although this grandma has a few misgivings about how Tomagochi saves the rainforest I give A Different Kind of Hero a B+ and would recommend to my readers.

My seven year old grandson loved the book and couldn't stop laughing at the end. He gave it an A.

I would advise parents to read the book first  to be sure if this is a book for your reading list.

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.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Wordless Wednesday

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 3:40 PM 1 comments
Grandson is Star Student of the Week!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Today I am a Guest Blogger at SPD Blogger Network

Posted by Debra Gray-Elliott at 2:47 PM 0 comments
Today I am a guest blogger. You can find my post here.

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