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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

** Weight of a Feather Cosmic Blast** #shared

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00070]The Weight of a Feather and Other Stories

The promise implicit in an anthology is that it aspires to present something different, unexpected”  Joyce Carol Oates (Introduction to The Oxford Book of American Short Stories) 
From the classical form of ‘The Weight of a Feather’, first published by The Huffington Post (2013), to the suggestive allegory of ‘The Leopard and The Lizard’, this collection of short stories by South African author Judy Croome is an ideal mix of the familiar and the startling.
These vibrant slices of life testify to the mysterious and luminous resources of the human spirit. Whether feeling the harrowing emotion in ‘The Last Sacrifice’ or the jauntiness of ‘Jannie Vermaak’s New Bicycle’, the reader will delight in a plethora of stories that cross boundaries to both challenge and entertain with their variety.
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Author Bio:

Judy Croome lives and writes in Johannesburg, South Africa. Shortlisted in the African Writing Flash Fiction 2011 competition, Judy’s short stories and poems have appeared in various magazines and anthologies, such as the Huffington Post and the University of the Witwatersrand’s Itch Magazine. Her books “The Weight of a Feather & Other Stories” (2013), “a Lamp at Midday” (2012) and “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” (2011) are available. Judy loves her family, cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, cats, rainy days, ancient churches with their ancient graveyards, cats, meditation and solitude. Oh, and cats. Judy loves cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.)  She is currently researching child murders for her next novel and you can visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Author Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter | GoodReads

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Monday, December 23, 2013

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Saturday, December 21, 2013

The Sparkle Box:The Story of a Very Special Christmas Gift

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The PERFECT book for the holidays!! It teaches the kids the value of Christmas and gives you a cute little box to fill yourself for that special day.
**Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, anticipating holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift -- a sparkly box sitting on the mantel above the fireplace. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family's good deeds. Sam's parents explain that the things that they've been doing for others are, in fact, a gift for Jesus -- for Jesus said that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Him. This heartfelt story will inspire readers to adopt this faith-centered tradition in their own homes, using the included Sparkle Box


About The Sparkle Box - A Gift with the Power to Change Christmas 
Sam is so excited about Christmas! He's thinking about his Christmas list, looking forward to holiday parties, and puzzling over one very mysterious gift: a sparkly box sitting on the mantel. In the midst of the festivities, Sam and his family participate in various acts of kindness to others. On Christmas morning, when Sam finally opens the Sparkle Box, he finds only slips of paper that record the family's good deeds. Sam's mom explains that the things that they've been doing are, in fact, a gift for Jesus, for Jesus said that whatever we do for those in need, we do for Him. 

Written by Jill Hardie
Illustrated by Christine Kornacki
Available now!
Hardcover with jacket, 10 x 10, 32 pages, with a fold-out sparkle box included!
ages 4 to 8 

Author Bio
Author Jill Hardie and her family began placing a gift for Jesus under their Christmas tree as a way of bringing more meaning to the holiday.  The first time they opened His gift, the commercialism of the season melted away and they felt a profound joy and peace.  Jill hopes that The Sparkle Box will spark a new Christmas tradition, bringing light into thousands of lives.  

Illustrator Bio
At a very early age, Christine Kornacki developed a love for painting and bringing stories to life.  After receiving a BFA in illustration from the University of Hartford, her dreams of illustrating children's books began to take shape.  She spends her days painting in her studio, which adjoins a charming cafe in New Haven, Connecticut.  


**I received this book for review purposes and am not being compensated for a positive review**

Friday, December 20, 2013

**Hello Kitty Volume Limiting Headphones**Review

I received these amazing little headphones to review with one of my children and it only seemed right for my daughter to be the one to review them with me. These are the Hello Kitty Volume Limiting Headphones #30309
Key Features
  • Suitable for children ages 3-9
  • Parent Approved for safe use
  • Kid-Safe technology for safe listening
  • Rock Out with Sanrio Style
    The outer face of the ear cups on the Hello Kitty Kid-Safe Headphones features Hello Kitty's face with a playful pink design. It's a fun way to add some style to your ears, while showing the world how much you love Hello Kitty.
  • Rich, Full-Range Sound
    Large, full-range drivers give you a rich sound experience, with crisp highs and warm, clear bass tones. The ear cups are lightweight with thick, comfortable padding to provide noise isolation, while the headband bends easily for a comfortable fit.
  • Built-In Volume Limiter
    The Kid-Safe headphone series features a built-in volume limiter, which protects children's hearing by automatically limiting audio volume to approximately 80% of the original maximum volume. These headphones are safe to use for children from 3-9 years old.
  • Take Your Music Anywhere
    The Hello Kitty Kid-Safe Headphones are compatible with all portable devices that feature a 3.5mm stereo jack output, including iPod, iPhone, iPad, Android smartphones and tablets, and portable gaming devices such as the PS Vita and Nintendo DS series. These headphones are also compatible with laptops, PCs, CD players, and home audio systems.
My daughter loved these  Hello Kitty Headphones, not only were they Hello Kitty but they were super soft and comfortable on her ears. She used them for a game system and honestly her noise could not be heard outside of and when I tried them on myself the volume was crisp and clear but at a perfect volume to understand what was being said. These would make a perfect gift for that child needing a pair of headphones and comes in styles of many different characters.
   **I received this product for review purposes, no compensation is being offered for the review. All opinions are my own and others may vary.**

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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

**Universal Studios Hollywood** Day Getaway!!

Ohh how I have longed to have a one day getaway the kids can enjoy and create those ever-lasting memories!! Where ohh where can we go?? Someplace that is fun for all ages!! Seasonal memories!! Driving Distance!!.. I've GOT IT:
 
Oh let me tell you what an amazing day we had at Universal Studios Hollywood and it is the perfect time of year to bring all the family, enjoy the sites, the rides and the characters visiting around the park.

On Saturday December 14,2013 I packed up the family and made a 2 hour drive to SoCal to visit a park I had only visited once in my life and my kids had yet to enjoy. Enjoy is the term I use as the kids anticipated this trip since I had informed them I was offered a trip to the park for the day. I had been offered a day, after thinking and rethinking(I wanted Halloween, but a bit too scary for my little ones) I chose Christmas Time and the Merry Grinchmas was absolutely perfect for the kids as well as the adults involved.

Parking starts at  $15 for general parking and there are multiple parking areas to park in, in which we chose Jurassic Park, only because we were driving in that direction. It was still early in the morning(930am) with parking still available but I can seriously see how parking would become a problem on more busy holiday offerings. We exited our vehicle parked in level 2L and had to locate an elevator which we walked all the way around the level and later learned there was an elevator close to where we parked.

We got off on the level marked by elevator and ended up on City Walk, ahead of us you could see the many shopping stores(still closed) and eateries and you got the sense that Christmas was upon us, even with KingKong looking down at us on City Walk. Not to mention the Dinosaurs that were overlooking the restaurants all were dressed festive and bright. We located a map to find our way to the front gate, which are very well placed and easy to navigate.

The weather was awesome, it was slightly cool but the sun hung over and remained in the 60's that day, a far cry from the weather we have at home. The front of the ticket counters and booths were already full of tourists and visitors and we knew it was going to be a busy day. 

I was super stoked when I went to the Will Call office to pick up my awaiting tickets because I had no lines ahead of me. I had to provide ID and my confirm# but was super easy and speedy process, the gentleman was very friendly and helpful. Since I was offered the tickets to visit, thank you again to XXXXX :)(sorry you know anonymity), I was expecting general admission not realizing she HOOKED ME UP..yayyyy.. I had the Front of Line passes, totally unexpected but super appreciated. If it was just me going I could wait but with kids, there is NO waiting.
Front of Line passes give you just what they say, the ability to enter through the marked star entrance and get in with a handful of people "first". I felt like i was cheating(but I LOVED IT) and it made it possible to ride multiple rides without missing out on our day.

The kids were in awe, seeing all the movie characters they recognized walking around and able to be touched, kid friendly and enjoyed the pictures visitors were taking.
everywhere you looked was someone

 The highlight of Christmas 2013 most definitely is "GrinchMas" which runs through Jan 4th 2014, with the season approaching I can say I have seen The Grinch on TV more times that I can count. This was the favorite part for my kids as this is one of the things they were looking forward to only because we knew this to be the center of all things involving Who-Ville and the Who-bilation.
From the trees to the characters, music and festivities there was no way you could not feel the Who way of life, it was so animated and creative. They light the Christmas tree at night in the center of WhoVille and sing the day away.

The part I thought the kids would enjoy was the rides, backlots, TV sets and shows that they knew of or heard of. The Studio Tour had changed a bit since my last visit as now it has some 3D and 4D added, for instance KingKong and Jurassic Park on screen(I seem to remember it differently) equally as heart stopping though especially when you get squirted. The Jaws was what my son was excited about and my daughter couldn't stop talking about the divers blood. Desperate Housewives was new to me on the tour so cool since it is labeled with cast members and the Fast & Furious cars were so cool to see sitting there. We can't forget the Who-Bilation on the tour of which our tram stopped so we could sing along with the characters, so cheery and upbeat. They LOVED IT!! The Grinch, my daughter noted, was not as mean as seen on TV. 


We went on many rides as well as the House of Horrors
Many rides prohibit the use of cameras or video cams therefore we didn't want to break any rules. The Shrek 4D was cool for my older kid, but the younger ones were scared so I did use the emergency exit :( The Simpsons was so cool.
If you are looking for that vacation or get a way to remember give it a shot, the tickets in Hollywood run from $84 and up and your price up guarantees a much better time but doesn't change the visit or attractions. The lines are quicker with Front Pass and you also have an option for a personal tour (hint, hint..maybe next time).
**I was given the tickets to visit with my family in exchange for the review. I am not compensated in any other way outside of what I had received. My opinions are my own and everyone has different opinions. Your enjoyment of visit depends on weather.**
Pursuant to the FTC Guides on Endorsements and Testimonials, if you are granted access to Universal Studios Hollywood via complimentary tickets or because you have been invited by Universal to cover an event. as required by the FTC Guides, it is appropriate to convey this information to your readers / viewers.















Monday, December 16, 2013

Hometown Favorites 1950's Nostalgic Candy Gift Box, Retro 50's Candy**daily deal 6am


  • Handpicked collection of candies from the 1950's with a "Back in the 1950's" insert
  • Contains over three pounds of candy from the 1950's
  • Over 30 pieces of hard-to-find treats
  • Gift box features full-sized versions of the original candies
  • Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging

The 1950's Candy Gift Includes:
  • Bit O Honey
  • Black Licorice Pipe
  • Bonomo Turkish Taffy
  • Boyer Smoothie Peanut Butter Cups
  • C Howard's Scented Gum
  • Candy Stix Cigarettes
  • Charms Sweet Pop
  • Chase's Cherry Mash
  • Chick-O-Stick
  • Chocolate Cigarettes
  • Chuckles Jelly Candy
  • Coconut Long Boy
  • Gold Mine Bubble Gum
  • Hoffman's Cup-o-Gold Chocolate Candy Cups
  • Moon Pie
  • Necco Candy Buttons
  • Necco Mary Jane
  • Necco Skybar
  • Necco Slap Stix Caramel Pop
  • Necco Wafers
  • Pearson's Bun Bar Maple
  • Sen Sen
  • Snaps Licorice Candy
  • Sugar Daddy Jr.
  • Teaberry Gum
  • Wack-O-Wax Lips Chewing Gum
  • Walnettos
  • Zagnut Bar

Attitude Apron Real Men Apron, Black, One Size Fits Most**Daily Deal**5am


  • One size fits most
  • Made from a polyester blend
  • Cooking and Grilling
  • Made in the USA
  • Measures 18-inch by 13-inch by 1/2-inch

**Petco** For all your pets Holiday NEEDS**



Petco is offering special discounts off select treats, supplies, toys, and apparel. 

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  • 1 Barista Prima Italian Roast Coffee
  • 1 CafĂ© Escapes Milk Chocolate Hot Cocoa
  • 1 Celestial Seasonings® Sleepytime Herbal Tea
  • 1 Celestial Seasonings® Southern Sweet Iced Tea
  • 1 Gloria Jean's® Hazelnut Coffee
  • 1 Green Mountain Coffee® Breakfast Blend Travel Mug Coffee
  • 1 Green Mountain Coffee® Nantucket Blend Coffee
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