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. 

****GIVEAWAY****

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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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.

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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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Daily Goodie Box Review

 

 

Would you love to receive full sized products for free? Who wouldn’t?! I was contacted by a company called Daily Goodie Box that provides free full sized samples for FREE!! That’s right, no costs!! I was happy to review a box for them to tell you all about it.

About Daily Goodie Box:

We are going to send you free Goodie Boxes that are not only 100% free, but we’ll also cover the shipping costs too!
We will never ask you for a credit card or any type of payment. Our Goodie Boxes are absolutely 100% free to you.

What do we want in return?

Just your honest opinion on what you thought of each product you receive. Really, that’s it!

What’s the catch?

There isn’t one. We take your review and show it to the brand. Simple!

As you can see, it is pretty simple! Sign up and see if you qualify to receive a box. Make sure to review the items that were included. Easy Peasy! Let me show and tell you what was included in my box!

Pipcorn – Delicious Mini Popcorn 
Get ready for the freshest, most flavorful truffle popcorn you’ll ever have! We use all-natural white truffle to season our most popular flavor. Go ahead and add 2 to your cart, you’ll thank us later! $20.00 for a 4-pack.
This Popcorn has been featured on Shark Tank! It is delicious and makes the perfect snack!
Gertrude Hawk – Peanut Butter Meltaway Bar
Creamy milk chocolate filled with smooth peanut butter! $5.95 per bar.
Gertrude Hawk is pretty much my all time favorite chocolate! This candy bar was so good and I loved the peanut butter taste!
True Natural – Benecos Natural Beauty Lip Gloss
Can you ever have too many lip glosses?  We think not, especially when they’re made by Benecos! These luscious, skin-softening lip glosses are infused with organic ingredients and pure mineral pigments, and they feel just as amazing as they look. All six shades are gorgeous and perfect if you’re looking for just a sheer wash of color vs. the more highly pigmented lip glosses made by Lavera. $11.99.
Lip Gloss that is organic?! Yes please! I love how this lip gloss looks on and love that it is all natural.
Bhakti – Yerba Maté Chai Artisan Tea
Valued for health and energizing properties in South America, our fresh Yerba Maté (not smoked) mingles perfectly with our antioxidant rich black tea and ginger spice blend – to create a revitalizing chai experience. $19.99 for a variety pack.
This tea is awesome! It is completely organic and biodegradable. You can have it hot or iced. Plus it tastes great!
Miss Jones – Organic Cookie Mix

Can’t get enough confetti? Get this party poppin’ with our brand-new Confetti Pop Cookie Mix. Miss Jones packed these treats with a custom blend of colorful (all-natural) sprinkles for a little somethin’ extra. Perfectly chewy, crisp and sweet cookies every time! $5.99.

I love that this cookie mix has nothing artificial in it! My kids will love making these cookies and I love to know that they are getting organic cookies!

Elemental Herbs – All Good Organic Skin Food
Dig in, warm your palms together and rub All Good Skin Food all over for instant deep moisturizing organic skincare after a shower, during a massage, or just as a baby is out of the bath. $14.99 for full size.
Oh I love Coconut Oil! So many benefits with using it.  This one is GMO FREE – GLUTEN FREE – VEGAN – NON-NANO – BIODEGRADABLE!
Savant Naturals – Savi Crisp Chocolate Protein Bar
Our melted dark chocolate paired with the creamy taste of marshmallow is just the right amount of sweet.  We chose to use a dark chocolate, because it gives the bars a more pronounced chocolate taste without being too overpowering. $14.99 for a box.
This bar is packed with protein and is gluten free. It tastes like a rice krispie treat!
Wild Foods – Cocotropic, Chocolate Nootropic Drink

A delicious blend of our best-selling Wild Chocolate with reishi mushroom, raw maca powder, mucuna pruriens and Wild Turmeric.

Sip it hot—just like hot cocoa—or blend it with your butter coffee brews and/or protein shakes. 

This blend of superherbs are natural cognitive enhancers that aid in concentration, mood improvement or for general relaxation.

Mucuna pruiens helps promote the brain chemical dopamine, which is linked to happiness and improved mood. Price starts at $3.25.

 All organic and perfect to mix in smoothies or even a milkshake for the kiddos!!

RunGum – Energy Gum
Run Gum® is the fastest way to help energize and maximize your performance in sport and life. Our energy gum is packed with caffeine, taurine, and b-vitamins, similar to many energy drinks and energy shots, only you don’t need to put anything in your stomach. Plus, as a gum, ingredients enters your system faster than drinks, shots or gels. $1.89 per pack.
I live on caffeine and chewing gum, so what a perfect combination while I exercise or even when I am at work!
Älsa – Energy Drink Mix
The healthy energy drink mix, Älsa is smarter, steady energy with Cognizin® citicoline for mental clarity and PURENERGY® for a long-lasting boost.
Three refreshing vegan and gluten-free flavors:
Dragon Fruit, Pomegranate Blueberry, and Three Citrus
12 pack box is $19.50.
I love energy drinks! These are vegan and gluten free, but best of all is they taste great and keep me energized!
These boxes are 100% Free to members. No Shipping costs either!
I am thrilled with everything I received in my box. I love that they are organic and healthy. I highly recommend! All of these amazing products are FREE in Daily Goodie Box! Click here to sign up today! 
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*I received a box in exchange for my honest opinions. 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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2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring Review #DriveMazda

I had the opportunity to drive and review the new 2017 Mazda6 Grand Touring! This is a beautiful vehicle, and I was very lucky to be able to enjoy it for 8 days.

Currently, my husband and I own a midsize SUV and a full sized pickup truck. My husband absolutely loves his pickup truck, however he is looking to purchase a sedan that will give him great gas mileage since he travels about 60+ miles per day. It was the perfect time to be able to review this gorgeous car!

 

 

 

My husband’s main concern is comfort, safety and gas mileage. Since I would also be driving this car my concerns would be comfort, safety and cool features! Let me tell you about the different models of the Mazda6 that are offered.

The Mazda6 is a very affordable sedan and is offered in 3 different trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. The Sport starts at just $21,945, The Touring starts at $24,195 and the Grand Touring starts at $30,695.

Each of the Mazda6 models come with the same drivetrains: Skyactiv Technology that zeroes in on stronger, lightweight alloys and perfectly matched powertrain assemblies. Mazda6 features a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that delivers 184 horsepower and 185 lb. ft. of torque. Six-speed automatic geared for both acceleration and performance. Also included is 4-wheel disk brakes, Electric power assisted steering, front wheel drive, G-Vectoring control, Independent front/rear suspension, stabilizer bars and 50 state emissions. A six-speed manual is available with the Sport and Touring models but not available on the Grand Touring. For Fuel Economy you are looking at around 35 highway and 27 city. My husband and I agree that this is perfect gas mileage to go back and forth to work.

Here are all of the features that come in the Grand Touring:

  • 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels with Dark Silver finish
  • Power sliding glass moonroof
  • Rear lip spoiler
  • Rain sensing windshield wipers
  • EPA-estimated mileage city/highway (mpg): 26/35 (27/35 with Premium Package)2
  • LED headlights with auto on/off
  • LED Daytime Running Lights
  • LED fog lights
  • LED grille accent lighting
  • High beam control
  • Adaptive front lighting system
  • Heated side mirrors
  • Auto-dimming driver’s side mirror
  • Auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink®10
  • Active Driving Display
  • Steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters
  • Mazda Navigation system
  • Heated front seats
  • Leather-trimmed seats
  • 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat with power lumbar adjustment and memory settings
  • 6-way power-adjustable passenger’s seat
  • Bose® Centerpoint® Surround Sound Audio System with 11 speakers (including woofer)
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 4-month trial subscription11
  • Smart City Brake Support9
  • Lane departure warning12
  • Lane keep assist13
  • Traffic sign recognition14
  • Mazda radar cruise control with close proximity warning15
  • Dual-zone automatic climate control
  • Mazda Advanced Keyless Entry
  • 6-way power driver’s seat
  • MAZDA CONNECT™ Infotainment System4
  • 7-inch full-color touch screen display
  • Multifunction Commander control
  • Infotainment system voice command
  • HD Radio™
  • Aha™ internet radio integration
  • Pandora® internet radio integration
  • Stitcher™ internet radio integration
  • Radio Broadcast Data System program information
  • SMS text message audio delivery and reply
  • Rearview camera5
  • Rear seat heat and A/C vents
  • Leatherette-trimmed seats
  • Illuminated dual vanity mirrors
  • Blind Spot Monitoring System8
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert8
  • LED combination taillights
  • Power side mirrors with integrated turn signals
  • Power door locks and Power windows with one-touch auto up/down feature
  • 60/40 split fold-down rear seatback
  • Carpet floor mats
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio, phone and cruise controls
  • Bluetooth®3 hands-free phone and audio streaming
  • Cruise control
  • Auxiliary input jack and USB port
  • Push button start
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Advanced front air bags, front seat-mounted side-impact air bags and side-impact air curtains6
  • Dynamic Stability Control (DSC)7 & Traction Control System (TCS)
  • MSRP $30,695

The Grand Touring that I reviewed also came with the below optional equipment: 

  • Cargo Mat
  • Gray Paint Charge
  • Door Sill Trim Plates
  • GT Premium Package
  • I-ELOOP Regenerative Engine Braking System
  • Active Grille Shutters
  • Shifter LED Accent Lighting
  • Bright Finish Interior Trim
  • Nappa Leather Trimmed Upholstery
  • Heated Rear Seats
  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Steering Wheel with Unique Stitch
  • Black Headliner
  • $2,500 extra cost for this package

Exterior review of the Grand Touring:

This model comes with alloy wheels and 19 inch tires which gives this car exceptional handling. I love the dark silver finish on the wheels. You can choose from 8 different paint colors. The car I reviewed had a machine gray metallic paint ($300 extra). It really looks beautiful and sparkles in the sunlight.  The front of the car to me looks very sports car like, and the body is very sleek looking. It really does look like an expensive luxury car.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interior and Safety features review of the Grand Touring:

As you can see, the features in this car are unbelievable! It pretty much offers whichever safety and comfort options that are available. This car is very roomy. My husband is over 6 feet tall and he had plenty of room as a driver and passenger. We have 2 children that are currently in backless booster seats, the kids had plenty of room in the back with the booster seats. One feature I love that you don’t often see in sedan cars is the rear A/C vents. This is a big deal to me because my kids always say they are hot and wish we had back vents in our current vehicles. My kids stayed comfortable with these vents in each car ride. This model is equipped with a 7.0″ color touch screen display with navigation and rear view camera. I don’t know about you, but for me the days of paper directions are gone! I need car navigation in my life! This system is super easy to use and highly accurate. This vehicle also came with heated front seats, heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel! I was loving the heated seats and heated steering wheel on a very chilly 50 degree Florida morning. The smart braking system was very cool. If you set your cruise control and you are coming up to a car it automatically slows you down. Also I love the lane departure warning (multiple noise or vibration settings for this) and lane keep assist. One safety feature that this vehicle has that I have never seen before is a Active Driving Display. There is a little screen that pops up in front of the steering wheel on the dashboard. This screen shows you your speed plus any speed limit, stop signs or yield signs that the car can see.  It is chock full of safety!!

 

 

 

In conclusion: This model offers every comfort and safety convenience imaginable. I felt very safe in this vehicle along with my children. This vehicle would be perfect for my family due to the amazing safety features, and great gas mileage.  It is a very affordable car that rides like a dream. I highly recommend the Mazda6 Grand Touring to anyone looking for a safety packed luxury type vehicle at an affordable price with great gas mileage.

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*I received this vehicle from #driveshop for 8 days to 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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SinfulColors Spring Nail Polish Review

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 KANDEE JOHNSON COLLECTION

Left to right: Mint Chip ~ Kanfetti ~ Pin up Pink ~ Strawberry Milk ~ Whipped Frosting ~ Candy Hearts

 

I love nail polish!  The rack on my office wall holds 120 nail polishes. My family thinks I have an obsession.  Truth be told, I share those polishes with my 24 year old daughter Megan.  In our collection, you will find, sparkle, iridescence, shiny beautiful colors and topcoats, but not one single matte in the bunch.   When I got the opportunity to review the SinfulColors Pretty Vintage Collection, which includes 8 matte shades and one sparkling glitter shade, I said “Yes Please!”

Left to right: Mint Chip ~ Kanfetti ~ Pin up Pink ~ Strawberry Milk ~ Whipped Frosting ~ Candy Hearts

Megan volunteered to be my tester for this polish since I had just received a french manicure and wanted to wear it a bit longer.  She’s a trooper!  I polished the fingers on her left hand with 2 coats of each color.  The top picture below is one coat of polish, two finished coats pictured on the bottom.  The matte colors dried very quickly, feeling soft and velvety to the touch. The light pink shade streaked a bit even after two coats.

 

On Megan’s right hand, I used one coat of the Whipped Frosting (matte white) and topped it with Kanfetti, a pastel blue, pink and green sparkling glitter. Kanfetti needed two coats to distribute the sparkles effectively, resulting in a fun, summery nail style.

My daughter agreed to keep me posted daily for seven days on the wear of the nail polishes.  The first check in, day one of the experiment, showed one tiny chip on Mint Chip (matte green) on her pinky nail.  The white nails topped with Kanfetti were still going strong at this point.  Pictured below are her nails after one week of wear time.

There was no base or top coat included or used in this review. Megan felt it lasted better than other polishes but would have liked to see how it performs with a matte top coat.  It chipped in smaller pieces compared to other polished she’s tried that come off in larger chunks.  She really loved the velvety soft feel and look of the polish. Sadly, the nail with Mint Chip was left stained upon removal with acetone and heavy scrubbing, which was a disappointment.  Perhaps the use of a base coat would have prevented the staining?  Overall, this collection has a retro vibe…fun, flirty and perfect for the upcoming Spring season.

 

SinfulColors Kandee Johnson Pretty Vintage polishes sell for $1.99, are made in the U.S.A. and are 5 Free (Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DPB and Camphor Free).  They are available January – April 2017 in retailers nationwide, including Walgreen and Walmart.

 

*Always full disclosure here!  Although some items are sent for review, compensation of any kind is never accepted in exchange for a positive review. All opinions expressed are my own and not edited by any companies mentioned.