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July 22, 2014

Totally Monster & Pretend and Play - Get the kids reading today!

We're about half way through summer vacation and it's time to start thinking about back to school already. One good way to keep the kids minds active is through reading and playing interactive e-books. You can do this by taking turns reading aloud with your child and playing word games with them when you have down time. I've found that the ticket is to find a book that peaks your children's interest. I know that for my daughter when she has a book she really likes she will give up time with electronics and television to read. The books in this series are perfect for toddlers. They are nice and sturdy, full of bright colors, and are even interactive!

Silver Dolphin Books has a few fun ideas with the launch of six new interactive apps based on their popular Totally Monster and Pretend & Play book series, created in partnership with Skyreader Media Inc. The new immersive and interactive e-books for the Apple® iPad®, for ages 5 and under, provide next generation storytelling featuring bright bold colors, fun animations, and great audio!

Far from frightening, the adorable monsters of the Totally Monster app series introduce young readers to a variety of everyday situations, utilizing the bold and imaginative illustrations of former Disney animator Sue DiCicco. 

In Totally Monster: Best Friends, the two little monsters reinforce the message of what it means to be, and have, a best friend and how best friends stick together through anything. Children will learn how great it is to have a best friend to the end through the monsters’ high jinx and fun adventures.

In Totally Monster: Feelings, children learn that monsters can be blue and have good and bad days, just like us. Young children can learn to identify and express their feelings and emotions along with the monsters in this imaginative book. 

In Totally Monster: Manners, children learn that it’s important for everyone, even monsters, to have good manners. Children will enjoy the antics of the monsters as they learn how to be polite, help out, and make friends, and how much more fun it can be when we all play together.

The Pretend and Play series includes:
Pretend and Play:Toolbox where youngsters help to build a new birdhouse for Birdy. By selecting the correct tools—a saw, hammer, screwdriver, or pliers—to complete the on-screen images, app users learn the different jobs that each tool performs as well as how each job is important to completing the project. The end result, a stunning 3-D birdhouse, is reward for a job well done in addition to the personal satisfaction of completing the project!

Pretend and Play: Firefighter a captivating introduction to the heroic tasks that firefighters perform.  Children assist the app’s firefighter in saving the day by choosing the correct element for putting out a kitchen fire, saving pets from a burning home, and removing a fallen tree. The app imparts elementary fire safety in addition to an understanding of some of the many elements used by real-life firefighters. Upon completion of the challenge, children are rewarded with the creation of their own 3-D fire truck.

Pretend and Play: On the Farm where children are transported to Farmer Jack’s farm for a tour that includes a variety of adorable farm animals. From the smallest field mouse hiding in the barn’s hayloft to the tall brown horse peeking over his stall door, every animal has something to say. Children learn about animals as they select the correct animal to complete the image and also engage in small counting games—such as how many butterflies can they see among the cows—helping to build numeracy skills.  A 3-D barn is revealed at the end of the adventure.

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Yacon Syrup - A new way to sweeten your morning coffee!

When I first heard about Yacon Syrup I had no idea of what it was. So like most I did a little bit of reading about it and then decided it might just be what I was looking for. At first off I was a little unsure about the product due to it's consistency in the bottle and the way it smelled. I just happen to be one of those people driven by the scent of what I consume. But I went ahead and gave it a shot because I'm trying to find a way to cut back on the amount of sugar I use in my beverages like coffee and tea. The first time I used the syrup I used a teaspoon in my cup of morning coffee in place of the usual sugar or flavored creamer I typically use. I was surprised that it had such a good flavor after stirring it in. I like that it gave me the sweet taste I like, but without adding lots of sugar. I haven't really noticed it having any effects on me in the weight loss department, but I also haven't been using it very long either. Hopefully that too comes along as one of the benefits. It's recommended that you consumer 1 teaspoon before each meal daily. You can do this by naturally sweetening beverages or even as a straight up syrup on pancakes. I think the consistency of three times a day is where the added benefits can be seen.

About Yacon Syrup:
• 100% pure Yacon syrup has shown to assist in weight management, increase fiber intake and promotes good bowel function.
• Other benefits include: Lowers blood sugar. Prevents and controls hyperglycemia (over activity). Restores renal activity. Is a powerful Antioxidant.
• High in prebiotics and probiotics, this syrup contains up to 50% of FOS (fructooligosacharides). It has been found that consumption of FOS does not increase blood glucose, and helps boost your bodies metabolism.
• Naturally grown and sourced from the fields in Peru. Organic certified by our manufacturing specialists.
• 100% pure raw organic syrup formula with no added preservatives. Bottled and tested in a FDA certified GMP facility in the USA.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Yacon Syrup. However all thoughts and opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced by the sponsorship.

Necktie Emporium #Giveaway - Ends 8-5

Necktie Emporium is an online shop specializing in the finest selection of neckties, zipper neckties, bow ties and clip on neckties, at really affordable prices. They have a vast selection of men's, infant, boy, and junior ties. So basically they have a necktie for every occasion and for everyone. This would be the perfect place to shop for weddings when you have out of town family members because each person could order their own tie and have it shipped right to their door in the exact size they need. I'm definitely bookmarking this one for the next time we need a specific color of tie for a special occasion. It will save me so much time by being able to do my shopping online at home rather than running from store to store looking for the exact thing I need.

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