If your Child Loves Animals They Will Love a Subscription to Zoobooks! Review and Giveaway

 

 I remember as a child I loved reading Zoobooks. I did not have a subscription, but I can remember going to the dentist’s office and reading them in the waiting room. Honestly, I had no idea these books were still around until I was contacted by the marketing manager of Zoobooks. I was very excited because my two children absolutely love animals and learning about them!

About Zoobooks: 

Zoobooks is the everything-you-wanted-to-know-but-didn’t-know-where-to-look children’s resource for animals. Each Zoobooks explores the anatomy, habitat, socialization, and ecological role of a single animal or animal group in a vibrant, easy-to-understand way. The Zoobooks trademark design combines stunning photography with beautiful life-like illustration and captivating text that kids just love – guaranteed!

Zoobooks is published by Wildlife Education, Ltd., established in 1980 to provide wild learning fun for children of all ages. Since then, the Wildlife Education family of award-winning publications has grown to include:

  • Zootles, for younger readers 3 to 6 years old, launched in 2005
  • Zoobies, for the littlest learners 0 to 3 years old, launched  in 2008
  • Critters Up Close, durable board books about animals for young explorers 0 to 6 years old.

Millions of young readers have grown up with award-winning Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies, developing key learning skills while having fun reading about something they love – animals, animals and more animals. And the learning goes beyond the page with:

  • digital subscriptions
  • a Secret Jungle website with just-for-kids animal games, puzzles and quizzes
  • e-Safari email adventures that trek to the best animal sites on the web

It’s been over 30 years since John Wexo hatched the idea for Zoobooks while standing in front of a primate enclosure at the zoo. His idea was simple: to create a colorful, concise, informative series of animal books to share with children that could be purchased at zoos through vending machines. The vending machine gave way to subscription sales, and Zoobooks was soon being shipped to hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the world. To meet the clamoring demand of librarians, the first hardcover editions of Zoobooks were produced in 1983.

Now you can find Zoobooks, Zootles and Zoobies in homes, schools and libraries around the world. You can buy them by subscription or by single editions in the Zoobooks web store,  in select bookstores and in finer zoo, museum, aquarium and park gift shops and specialty retailers around the country.

 

Zoobooks offers many different subscriptions for kids of all ages. I have an 8 and 5 year old so I reviewed all of the offered subscriptions. Zoobies for ages 0-3, Zootles for ages 3-6, Zoodinos for ages 5 and up and Zoobooks for ages 6-12. Each issue is themed around a specific animal or group of animals, discussing habits and habitat in depth so the reader gains a thorough understanding. Each book also comes ad free, each page is filled with information about the animals.

Zoobies and Zootles are perfect for my 5 year old who is learning to read. He is enjoying learning facts about Alligators, as well as sounding out the words and reading! My 8 year old loves Zoodinos and Zoobooks. She is a BIG animal lover, so she was so excited to receive these. While she was reading she would look over to me and tell me all of the great facts she was learning about Elephants!  The books are illustrated with beautiful photos and drawings. I love how each subscription comes with games, activities, animal questions, stickers, posters and coloring sheets! The Elephant book received even came with really cool fact cards about different animals!

 

 With each subscription, you will receive a hard copy and a digital copy! This is great for airplane trips and for road trips! These subscriptions would also make great gifts for any animal lover you know! Click here to order! 
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*I received complimentary samples of the magazines. All opinions are my own. 

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One lucky reader will win a subscription of their choice to either Zoobooks, Zootles, Zoobies or Zoodinos! Offer valid to U.S. residents only. Giveaway ends on 4/10/2017.

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Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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The Easter Bunny Photo Experience at The Avenues

THE AVENUES HOSTS EASTER BUNNY PHOTO EXPERIENCE

 

Families can also visit the Caring Bunny – a unique event in a subdued environment tailored to special needs children

 
Simon®, a global leader in retail real estate, is hosting its annual Easter celebration festivities at The Avenues, offering families the chance to participate in traditional and unique seasonal events.
Save time and avoid the line with Bunny by Appointment! Now you can reserve your magical moment with Bunny online at http://simon.noerrbunny.com.
The Bunny Photo Experience begins March 10, 2017 and runs through April 15, 2017 in Center Court. Kids will have the chance to visit with the Bunny and take home a treasured snapshot of the fun occasion.
The sponsors for the 2017 Bunny Photo Experience are The Gymboree Corporation – including its Gymboree and Crazy 8 children’s clothing brands and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment which is celebrating the highly-anticipated release of “Sing,” available on Digital HD March 3rd and on Blu-ray DVD March 21st.  Come visit the Simon Easter Photo Experience and receive a fun-filled activity sheet, a custom Sing holiday headband, and watch highlights from the movie.
“We love to hold family-friendly events and we always look forward to watching children interact with the Bunny at Easter,” said Ashley Nettles at The Avenues.
The Avenues’ Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience. Caring Bunny, the largest program of its kind, has been developed by Simon and is guided by AbilityPath.org, a national online resource hub and special needs community. Over 90 Simon® properties will host the Caring Bunny this season. Promotional assistance for Caring Bunny has been provided by Autism Speaks.
On April 2nd from 8 – 10:30AM many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny. The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):
•     Turning off in-mall music, stopping escalators located near the photo set, dimming the lights and shutting down fountains for the duration of the event.
•     Eliminating queue lines through the use of a numbering system whereby guests approach the set when their number is called.
•     Special activities geared toward the needs of the child during the ‘wait’ period to help the child understand what activities will occur during the visit.
 
The Avenues
Bunny Photos: Now – April, 15
Caring Bunny: April 2, 8 – 10:30 a.m.
About Simon
Simon is a global leader in retail real estate ownership, management and development and a S&P100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE: SPG). Our industry-leading retail properties and investments across North America, Europe and Asia provide shopping experiences for millions of consumers every day and generate billions in annual retail sales. For more information, visit simon.com.
 
AbilityPath.org is an online hub and special needs community for parents and professionals to learn, connect and live a more balanced life. The website combines social networking features with expert content fromAbilityPath.org’s team of educators, parents, therapists and medical professionals.AbilityPath.org was created by Community Gatepath, a nonprofit with over 90 years of experience serving families and children with special needs by fostering hope, dignity and independence. AbilityPath.org may also be found on Facebook and Twitter.

 

About Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization. It is dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Suzanne and Bob Wright, the grandparents of a child with autism. Mr. Wright is the former vice chairman of General Electric and chief executive officer of NBC and NBC Universal. Since its inception, Autism Speaks has committed more than $500 million to its mission, the majority in science and medical research. Each year Walk Now for Autism Speaks events are held in more than 100 cities across North America. On the global front, Autism Speaks has established partnerships in more than 40 countries on five continents to foster international research, services and awareness. To learn more about Autism Speaks, please visit AutismSpeaks.org.
About Gymboree
Gymboree has a 30-year rich heritage in dressing children, newborn to 12 years old. Gymboree offers colorful, head-to-toe clothing and accessory collections – quality clothes that let kids be kids.
Gymboree is part of The Gymboree Corporation family, which began in 1976 with Gymboree Play & Music, offering parent-child play programs. Today, along with franchised and company-operated Gymboree Play & Music locations, The Gymboree Corporation operates three specialty retail brands – Gymboree, Crazy 8 and Janie and Jack – offering unique, high-quality products delivered with personalized customer service in more than 1,300 stores worldwide and on www.gymboree.comwww.crazy8.com, and www.janieandjack.com.
About Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Dress Up is Fun with Little Adventures! Review and Giveaway #littleadventures #redefiningprincess

 

I have 2 children that absolutely love playing dress up! My 8.5 year old daughter loves to dress up on princess dresses or cowgirl outfits. My 5 year old son loves dressing up as Super heroes or Star Wars characters. I was contacted by a company called Little Adventures to review a couple of their dress up outfits. I chose 2 outfits and an accessory for my son.

Litte Adventures offers a variety of dress up clothes and accessories for boys, girls and adults! All of the clothes are comfortable and not itchy. All items are made with quality fabrics and trims that are comfortable, washable and guaranteed!

The Little Adventures® Story
In 2002, when two moms discovered the lack of clothing-quality dress-ups and princess costumes available for their children, they decided take action. Jenny Harrison, mother of ten, and Heather Granata, mother of five, began their own little adventure by sewing and selling their very own dress-ups at local craft fairs. They made them soft and machine washable! They engineered them for everyday, all-day adventure! It didn’t take long for Jenny and Heather to realize the potential of their little endeavor. During their first year in business, they sewed over 2,000 dresses in Jenny’s basement…and with that, the Little Adventures brand was born.
“The kids played, and we sewed until we were deliriously tired,” Jenny said. “That was the start of a series of wonderful memories and an adventure that will never be forgotten.”
Today, Little Adventures is recognized as a leading provider of quality dress-ups in the specialty toy market throughout the world.

 

 

The Little Adventures® Promise
At Little Adventures we have a 100% quality guarantee! This guarantee begins with our brilliantly sewn dresses, and extends throughout our entire line of dress ups.
Our dresses feature a variety of fullness options such as organza overskirts, hip puffs, and peplums. Our stretch velvet is soft, and accommodates a variety of sizes.
Many of our dresses feature wrapped seams on the inside of the dress to prevent any itchy, scratchy or uncomfortable seams from irritating a child’s sensitive skin. Bodices are adorned with fancy trims and fabrics add to the elegance of the dress.
Our apparel-grade fabrics and construction, including finished seams and edges, provide optimum comfort to the child.
Our dresses are made using soft, durable, and snag resistant fabrics, keeping our dress-ups looking new at all times. We promise that your child will love them!

 

 

My son took a look at their site and basically wanted everything offered under the “Adventure Play” tab! I told him to choose 2 outfits and an accessory. He chose the Galactic Warrior Cloak along with the Galactic Laser Sword in color green. He also chose the Dragon Cloak in Green/Gold color.

Galactic Warrior: Our Galactic Warrior Cloak will help transform your child into the otherworldly warrior of their dreams! This newly designed cloak is made of knit fabric with a fully lined hood. The adjustable foam knit belt has a velcro closure and adorned with an out of this world metal decorative buckle. Features: Machine washable. $27.99 sizes 1 year to 9 years.

Galactic Laser Sword: These galactic weapons of a more civilized age are made of sturdy, durable foam that allows hours of safe play. Your little warrior can pretend to cut through blast doors or enemies alike. The bright white stripe down the middle creates a lighting effect that your warrior can pretend to predict and deflect incoming blasts and bolts. Features: High quality dense foam construction. Safe for play; made to last. $9.99.

Dragon Cloak: Our new Dragon Cloaks are sleek and edgy! This green cloak features a black dragon scale print and gold soft foam spikes along the spine of the hood and back. With Velcro and a frog closure these are easy for kids to put on and take off. Kids can wear it over their regular clothes and transform into a mystical dragon in a matter of seconds. Grab the matching cloaks in 3 other colors to complete the set. $29.99 size 3-8 years.

My son was beaming with happiness once this package arrived. He immediately wanted to try each on and start playing. I love how high quality these dress up clothes are and how they are super soft and machine washable! Now I don’t have to worry about my son wearing them in the backyard climbing around and getting them dirty! I did wash both costumes so I could let y’all know how they came out afterwords. I am HIGHLY impressed! They wash so well! Per washing instructions that come on tag, I washed in cold water and then line dried. Both dried with no wrinkles and are still super soft.

 

With also offering girls dress up clothes and accessories, and adult dress up…they also offer Doll Dresses for your daughter’s 18 inch doll (American Girl or American Girl type dolls). They are all super cute!!

In conclusion: These costumes are durable, super soft, high quality and the best part is that they are washable without falling apart! My son absolutely loves them, and I will be ordering a few for my daughter as well. These would make great birthday or holiday gifts!!

Here is a special discount code just for my readers! 15% off promo code:  lapromo-mhtw Expires on 4/19/2017.

Connect with Little Adventures: Website  Instagram  Twitter  Facebook

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Little Adventures is kind enough to give my readers a chance to win a $30 credit to the website! One lucky reader will win! Please enter below, and good luck! Valid for US residents only. Giveaway ends on 4/4/2017.

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*I received dress up clothes in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own. 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Mary Poppins Returns to be released in Theaters in 2018!

MARY POPPINS RETURNS will be released in U.S. theaters on December 25, 2018!

I am beyond excited to share with you the first glimpse of Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins in MARY POPPINS RETURNS, the all new sequel to Disney’s 1964 film MARY POPPINS.
Directed and produced by Rob Marshall, MARY POPPINS RETURNS also stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ben Whishaw, Emily Mortimer and Julie Walters with Colin Firth and Meryl Streep.
The film, which introduces three new Banks children, played by Pixie Davies, Nathanael Saleh and newcomer Joel Dawson, also features Dick Van Dyke and Angela Lansbury. The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers’ additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane. After Michael suffers a personal loss, the enigmatic nanny Mary Poppins (Blunt) re-enters the lives of the Banks family, and, along with the optimistic street lamplighter Jack (Miranda), uses her unique magical skills to help the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives. Mary Poppins also introduces the children to a new assortment of colorful and whimsical characters, including her eccentric cousin, Topsy (Streep). The film is produced by Marshall, John DeLuca and Marc Platt. The screenplay is by David Magee based on The Mary Poppins Stories by PL Travers with Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman writing all new songs and Shaiman composing an original score.

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My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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Pink Zebra’s New Spring/Summer Line with Easter Special

 

I first found out about Pink Zebra almost a year ago. I was intrigued but wanted to know what makes this better than any other wax candle melts product? I received some samples from my friend and was immediately hooked. I have since done a few reviews on their product line and now became an Independent Consultant myself! I want to tell you about Pink Zebra’s new Spring/Summer scents and their current Easter special!

 

Pink Zebra offers a whole line of home decor candle products, along with a Soaks line, which is liquid fragrance, and a jewelry line. Today I am going to focus on the Sprinkles.

What are Pink Zebra Sprinkles?

Pink Zebra’s Sprinkles are made in the U.S. from Soft Soy, a proprietary blend of soy wax and paraffin wax, to capitalize on the best performing components of each ingredient. They burn cleaner and longer than other wax melts. The sprinkles are safe for humans and animals in case of accidental ingestion. They are perfect for using in our custom glimmer candles, simmering lights warmers, and simmer pots. Sprinkles come in 3.75 oz jars for $9 or 16 oz cartons for $28.

What I love most about the sprinkles is I can use as much or as little as I went depending on my mood. If I want just a bit of fragrance I won’t put in many sprinkles. If I want a good amount of fragrance through out my home I will use more. Plus you can customize your own fragrance! I love mixing sprinkles together to see what kind of scents I can make. I love to mix Buttercream Cupcake together with Fresh Sweet Strawberry to make a “Strawberry Shortcake” fragrance.

You can use these sprinkles in a Pink Zebra simmering light, simmering pot, candles with wicks or any warmer you may have at home! The new spring scents are out and they really do smell fabulous!

 

Right now Pink Zebra has a special going on! You get 3 Speckled candles with wicks and 2 jars of sprinkles for only $27. Tropical Rainforest is brand new for Spring and is a nice clean scent, and Woodland Iris is brand new and only available with this special. This special is good for a limited time only, and only until supplies last.  You can use the below link to order and check out more of the great products we have to offer! This special would make a great Easter gift!!

Check out my website to place an order: http://www.pinkzebrahome.com/mjpz

Connect with me on Facebook for specials: https://www.facebook.com/mjspz/

Feel free to email me with any questions! marijeanl@icloud.com

 

 

*I am an Independent Consultant with Pink Zebra. All thoughts are my own. 

 

Marijean

My name is Marijean, I live in Sunny FL with my wonderful husband and 2 children. I love Disney, Coffee and Blogging 🙂

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