Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Arianna's Magic Boots: Underwater Sea Adventure (Review/Giveaway)

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At the beginning of the year, I proudly discussed a children's book called Arianna's Magic Boots by Karen A. Gasperini, which quickly became a favorite in our household.

I have finally gotten my hands on her second book! Arianna's Magic Boots Vol 2 Underwater Sea Adventure has been such a welcomed addition to our children's bookshelf!

Just as the first book, the story follows the adorable Arianna who uses her Magic boots (which are her AFO - ankle foot orthosis) to take her on imaginative adventures. 

This time, instead of the jungle, she stomps her feet three times, says “AWAY WE GO!” and finds herself deep in the ocean -- her boots now a gorgeous mermaid tail! Almost immediately she is greeted by three friendly mermaids.

One of the best aspects of this book is the inclusivity and diversity. In addition to the main character's corrective wear, two of the fellow mermaids also allow readers to relate to several experience they or their friends might have. 

Destiny has a cochlear implant and Carmela wears glasses. There is only brief mention of these, when Arianna acknowledges that there are similar items back on land as well. I like that it wasn't a massive part of their story, just a nod to these characteristics, but they are clearly much more than their differences.

Destiny, Carmela, and Xzayah ask Arianna to help locate items on a list needed for a bracelet to be gifted to their oldest sister, Lillian. 

I liked where that was going as it appeared it was going to have an added aspect of counting, which my kids love in books. In one part, the mermaids need five seashells which was easy to count on the page. 

However, in the next part they need six white pearls. There are many pearls shown on the page, but, unless I'm overlooking it, I can't find 6 white ones. This just seems like a simple missed opportunity - and also frustrated my kids!



However, that was such a small thing, and truly doesn't distract from the amazing message of these books!

At the end of the story, the mermaids present Arianna with a special seashell bracelet of her own. Finally, she leaves her new friends, spinning around three times saying, “AWAY WE GO” and when she opens her eyes, she is back on the beach with her parents, and completes their sandcastle.




The fellow mermaids in this book are inspired by Karen's real life nieces, just as Arianna is modeled after her daughter. I love that this family has these books with their likeness in them - how special that must be for them!

I'm not sure what could be better than a series of childrens books filled with characters of color, who are differently abled, and sends a wonderful message! I am saving space on the bookshelf and crossing fingers the story continues many more times.



The book is available on Amazon for $10.99 or Kindle for $4.71

Karen has graciously offered a signed copy of Underwater Sea Adventure AND an adorable seashell bracelet only available through giveaways, book launches and meet and greets. Read on to see how you can enter to win!  











One winner will receive a signed paperback copy of Arianna's Magic Boots Vol. 2: Underwater Sea Adventure, by Karen A. Gasperini, and a child's seashell bracelet.

To enter the giveaway, please leave a comment in this entry as instructed by the Giveaway Tools Entry Form below. This will open up additional optional entries to increase your odds of winning. (If you don't leave a comment, any additional entries will be void.)

This giveaway is open WORLD-WIDE and will end just before midnight ET on 8/1. 


The winner will be notified by email 24 to 48 hours after the end of the giveaway by email. In order to claim the giveaway prize, the winner will need to respond within 24 hours of notification, or an alternate winner will be selected.


Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Party in Your PJs #217 - Coastal Cool Upcycles!

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Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on two different blogs each week.

We just got back last night from Stratford, Ontario - we spent a week there attending the Stratford Festival and sightseeing the surrounding area and up into Toronto. I wish we'd bought tickets for more performances than we did (we'll know better for next time) but should you be up that way this summer, I can heartily recommend The Music Man - it was wonderful!


Speaking of, remember the Music Man themed needlework I did awhile ago? I finally got it framed - I wound up using some unfinished Dollar Store frames I painted blue, and attached some charms to finish them off: a trombone (of course!) for "Great Honk!" and a pair of majorettes for Zaneeta Shinn's favorite exclamation "Ye Gods!"









 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

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-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Party in Your PJs #216: Frozen Treats

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Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on two different blogs each week.

How's your summer going?  We're about to head off on a weeklong vacation to Ontario, Canada!  I've never been to Canada before and I'm so excited!

To get ready, I got my hair cut and colored this weekend, and I'm so happy with how it turned out.








 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

This time of year, my thoughts turn to icy cold frozen treats - and there were several wonderful versions you all shared to try!


Refreshing Orange-Pineapple Popsicle ~ Fivespot Green Living




The Best No-Churn S'mores Ice Cream ~ All That Jas




Blackberry-Yogurt Popsicles (Only 2 Ingredients!) ~ A Bride on a Budget




Easy Italian Ice ~ Mrs. Kringle's Kitchen




 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

#215 Party in Your PJs: Independence Day Crafts

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Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on two different blogs each week.

This week we are saying goodbye to our co-host Donna at Two Chicks & a Mom - she's making some room in her life to start a new business venture!  Thanks so much for participating, Donna, and best wishes for success!





 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.




Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Party in Your PJs #214: Fruity Summer Cocktails

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Happy Tuesday!

Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.




 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

This week, I'm featuring some festive warm weather cocktails, just right for outdoor entertaining!


Orange Creamsicle Cocktail ~ Create & Babble




Rosé Sangria ~ The Kittchen




Watermelon-Coconut Rum Punch ~ Delightful-E Made




Sparkling Citrus Sangria ~ Dizzy Busy & Hungry




 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.




Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Party in Your PJs #213: Simple Hacks to Make Life Easier!

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Happy Tuesday!  With the first day of summer almost upon us, I'm focused on not only getting things done, but getting them done quickly and well so there is time to enjoy the more pleasant aspects of summer living - so this week, my attention went straight to several of the excellent hacks that were shared with last week's party.

Read on and see what I chose to feature!




Welcome to the Party in Your PJs Link Party, where your posts will be seen on three different blogs each week.




 Meet the Co-Hosts


Nina @ Grandma Ideas 

Lynda @ Reviews, Chews & How-Tos 

Lynda's Features!

 Make sure you head over to the other members of Party in Your PJs
 to see their features - we each pick our own!




All links are pinned to a Party Board...you can follow the board on Pinterest...feel free to follow the board, there is lots of inspiration to be found there.

Ok...let's party!

Rules -Link to post, not your home page
-Link to something YOU made, wrote or thought
-No Etsy or Business Pages
-Link Parties, Roundups and Giveaways welcome
- Don't Link and Run! Please visit other links, make friends, learn something new, leave a comment.




Review: Cave Tools BBQ Brush (15% promo code)

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Well, here I am back with another great Cave Tools product! This time around I have been given a BBQ Brush for review! And just in time for all the summer time BBQ parties.

This isn't your typical run of the mill brush, either. Most brushes you buy from the store are a single bristle or those weird bristles that poke straight up which bend and are never the same after one use.

Cave Tools has made a triple bristle stainless steel BBQ brush.

What does that mean? Well, look at the design.. It is 3 full bristles that are clipped together for extra power.

The innovative way that they are positioned help you easily get in between the grates on your BBQ grill, which is where all the grimy build up happens.

To check out this brush, I started out with a grill top that had been previously cooked on. I believe we had made a tri-tip on it with sauce so it was extra gross and caked on.

As with all other brushes, we heated up the grill just a bit to make the baked on bits a little easier to remove.

Come to find out, that is an unneeded step with this brush! As soon as we started to clean the grill, it was just coming off with so much ease.

Normally we have to really scrub to get the stuff off, but not with the Cave Tools Grill Brush.

It cut our usual prep time in half which is always nice.

We were able to warm the BBQ up, clean the grate and cook within 30 minutes. I would highly recommend this to anyone!

This brush is also 100% rust proof so you don't have to worry about bringing in your tool after use. I always hated finding my brush damaged or rusted after forgetting it and letting it get rained on.

My only criticism (and it really does not even affect the product itself) is that the company logo on the brush was scraped half way off when it arrived. Maybe a little quality control is needed before shipping just to ensure that their logo (which is what customers look for) is looking perfect!


At only $11.99, the Cave Tools Grill Brush would be a great gift for the BBQ fanatics in your life - if you have a grill, you need this brush!

Cave Tools is offering our readers a 15% discount on the Grill Brush with Triple Stainless Steel Bristles if you purchase from their website.  Use the code BBQBRUSH15 at checkout.

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