Book Spotlight: Reindeer Dust: Kate Dwyer

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Reindeer Dust

by Kate Dwyer

Illustrated by Joanne Lew-Vriethoff

 

A Sprinkle of Reindeer Dust Makes Christmas Sparkle!

HOLIDAY PICTURE BOOK INSPIRES MAGICAL FAMILY TRADITIONS AND IGNITES IMAGINATION

All around the world, families are preparing for a season of magic. Many holiday traditions have existed throughout the years, but one tradition that is quickly sweeping the nation is the fun and festive ritual of sprinkling “reindeer dust” on Christmas Eve to attract Santa’s reindeer. A perfect way to spend time together and get every member of the family in the spirit, it’s no wonder reindeer dust is such a hit; but where and why did the tradition begin?
Kate Dwyer explains in her magical new holiday picture book, Reindeer Dust. In a fun and lyrical tale, readers are immersed in the story of hungry and harried reindeer who can’t find houses to land on through thick fog. Santa has a sled overflowing with presents, but he’ll never be able to deliver them if the reindeer don’t know where to land! One little boy, William, devises a plan: he mixes up a special batch of reindeer dust and he and his friends and family sprinkle it outside while reciting “I will always believe!” Through the fog, the reindeer are able to spot the glittering trail of reindeer dust, and Christmas is saved!
Dwyer, a mother of two and passionate advocate for children’s advancement and literacy, knew she had to share the magic behind reindeer dust when her own family became so attached to the yearly tradition. She aimed to engage children’s imaginations through family participation.
“It was important for me to write a book that features an engaging element that would both visually and physically bring the story to life,” Dwyer says.
With a captivating tale and beautiful illustrations, Reindeer Dust is sure to do just that. After reading about the origin of reindeer dust, families can turn to the back of the book, where there is a special Reindeer Dust Recipe and poem to recite on Christmas Eve. Children will stay engaged and parents will love that reindeer dust encourages a fun and positive new tradition. Why not add a little extra sparkle to the holidays?
Fun for the whole family, Reindeer Dust:

  • Tells the exciting story about how the “reindeer dust” tradition first began
  • Includes an easy reindeer dust recipe and special poem to be read on Christmas Eve
  • Engages the imagination through family participation and captivating illustrations
  • Inspires a new holiday tradition that the whole family will enjoy
  • Encourages children to develop a lifetime love of reading

Kate Dwyer is a seasoned marketing executive and mom to 8-year old twins.  She is actively involved in several children’s charities and organizations. Combined, this experience has uniquely positioned her to take on her latest role as a children’s book author.
Reindeer Dust is the recent recipient of the Mom’s Choice Gold Award and the IBPA Gold (for best cover design) and two Silver (for best first book and best interior design) Awards.
Learn more about Reindeer Dust at:
Websites: www.reindeerdust.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/sparklingreindeerdust
Twitter: @reindeer_dust
Reindeer Dust is available at www.amazon.com and www.barnesandnoble.com

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: H.O.P.E.

“Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted in prayer.” – Romans 12:12

This verse is the focus of H.O.P.E. Standing for Hang On Pray Everyday, H.O.P.E. is a family-owned Christian business. Established after a series of unfortunate events surrounding their family, Jim & Melissa Beckett have made it their goal to put forth a message of hope through faith & prayer. Drawing from their own experiences, they seek to remind others that God never leaves nor forsakes us.

By buying gifts from H.O.P.E., consumers are also benefitting others. 25% of profits go towards life, marriage, & family ministries. This year, keep Christ in Christmas through reminding your loved ones to have H.O.P.E. in each new day.

Shoppers can choose a recipient specific box (For Dad, Student, etc.) for a number of H.O.P.E. items together or piece together your own collection. My husband is fond of their coffee mugs. He is able to witness to others of the hope our own family has found while enjoying his morning coffee everyday. Best of all, the message on the mug is simple, to the point, & beautifully written.ImageProxy

 

 

 

If you have loved ones in care facilities, I’d recommend one of their fleece blankets. For the techies in your life, they offer accessories for their gadgets.

Remind your teens to drive safely & rely on God today with a keychain or jewelry displaying the message of hope. From clothing items to stationary, there’s something for all those on your Holiday shopping list.

ImageProxy (3)  Christmas is a time of renewed hope. After all, the Savior of the World was born! What better way to honor Him than reminding those around us to H.O.P.E. in Him each day.

 

 

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Fluffeez

Gift cards are the gifts that can’t go wrong. Never the wrong size, color, or taste- they work for every occasion. Now, I don’t know about you, but I always feel bad about simply handing over a card. This is especially true at Christmas. My boys are getting older, too old for toys, so the two oldest always ask for gift cards. Greeting cards aren’t their style & can get pricey. This year, I’m utilizing Fluffeez. I can give my older kids their cherished gift cards & still feel like I gave them a present.
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These little guys are cute as can be! I love their big, beautiful eyes. In my opinion, this is the perfect way to give gift cards. If you have kids in the military or away at school, they can easily put Fluffeez anywhere in their dorm or apartment. They’ll stay with them long after that money is spent.
With the number of Fluffeez choices, you can easily give one for each night of Hannukah. Add one to each stocking. Don’t forget your mail carrier, teachers, beauticians- anyone who touches your heart. The more the merrier because there’s free shipping on orders over $35. Each Fluffeez is about $4.99. Want to sweeten the deal for yourself? When you pick your Fluffeez, go to ‘Your Cart’ & you can purchase a gift card to some amazing retailers (like Outback & Macy’s) right there! No need to switch sites, order a card, have another charge, etc. Both the gift card & Fluffeez purchased at the same time in one swoop!
Fluffeez_Puppy11Right now, Fluffeez are only available on-line through their website. I’m confident that will change as these little guys catch on. Coming soon, they’ll be available for specific occasions & holidays. For now, the original Flufeez are perfect. The Penguin & Puppy are just two adorable examples.
Whether you’re recipient is male or female- Fluffeez will work. As cute as they are, you almost forget they’re holding the gift card in their little pouches. Supplies will be limited for the holidays so don’t wait!! Visit them at http://www.fluffeez.com

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: World Vision: Gifts with Purpose

For many people, the Holiday season is a time to give charitably. Sometimes, it can be difficult to decide which organization to give to & unfortunately, which ones are legitimately helping those in need. This year, consider World Vision.
“World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. Last year alone, more than 822,000 people were helped through funds generated by the Catalog”

Through their 2015 ‘World Vision Gift Catalog’, you can double the impact they make. When you give to the ‘Where Most Needed’ option, you can receive free handcrafted gifts. Artisans from India, Vietnam, Southeast Asia & India have provided their work. One example is turquoise jewelry.GetAttachmentTurquoise Jewelry ( Necklace, Bracelet, Earrings)—This elegant jewelry trio provides the perfect pop of color for holiday outfits. Add a vibrant twist to a classic black dress or complement your favorite trendy work outfit with this necklace ($85), drop earrings ($55) and bracelet ($75). These unique and nickel-free pieces were designed by Delhi artisans and are available individually.”

Whether individually or as a complete set, these are really beautiful pieces. The necklace has a 20″ strand. It’s a beautifully feminine piece. While they’re great stand alone pieces, wearing the whole set together will really set off an outfit. These artisans are SO incredibly talented! All three pieces are quality & will make FANTASTIC gifts. Crafted items such as these are providing work. When you’re complimented on their beauty (& you will be), explain how World Vision’s gift selection helps overcome poverty with handcrafted work.

World Vision offers an array of unique jewelry pieces. But, if you’re looking for a unique gift for a hard-to-buy-for relative or a Secret Santa gift for the office, consider the ‘Christmas Star ornament’ from India or hand-carved serving spoons. Guaranteed they’re gifts that your recipient won’t already have.

Some of Word Vision’s gifts aren’t able to be wrapped. Have friends who are dedicated environmentalists? Consider the Clean Water Fund. A donation in your friend’s name provides safe water to drink. Donate to fund all or a share of a foot-powered water pump or hand-drilled well. Let your friends know that the wells are dug without truck-mounted rigs. These wells last longer & use natural compression.

For $35, you can purchase 5 ducks to provide eggs for a family, for years! How cool is that? Goats, chickens, even cows- any of these can be purchased for a needy family. I can’t think of a more meaningful gift than to know you’ve provided a sustainable food source for a family. Think of the implications of that for a moment. Nutrition, being provided to a family, that may be nurturing a future doctor or entrepreneur who’ll grow up to be a world changer. All because you gave a gift during the holidays. That’s huge in the big picture. What a beautiful way to keep Christ in Christmas!

Take some time to visit World Vision & experience all the ways they are making huge differences every day. Find them at the following Medias:
http://www.worldvisiongifts.org
https://www.facebook.com/worldvision
https://twitter.com/WorldVisionUSA
http://www.youtube.com/user/WorldVisionUSA
http://blog.worldvision.org/
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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Classic TV on DVD

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Whether you know him from his many appearances on “The Tonight Show”, his uproarious stand-up, his decades on TV from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” to the ’70s-era Navy sitcom CPO SHARKEY or his turn as Mr. Potato Head in the Toy Story trilogy, Rickles is Hollywood royalty. And MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION, captures the legend at the peak of his powers.
This 8-disc DVD set featuring nearly 20 hours of some of Rickles’ finest on-screen moments, contains his four ’70s comedy specials – “The Many Sides of Don Rickles”, “Don Rickles: Alive and Kicking”, “Mr. Warmth” and “Rickles” – which highlights his expansive talents, and showcase a who’s who of 20th century Hollywood icons including Frank Sinatra John Wayne, Johnny Carson, Jack Klugman, Dean Martin, Bob Newhart, Carroll O’Connor and many, many more. Also included are both complete seasons (37 half-hour episodes) of CPO SHARKEY, previously unavailable on any format until their 2015 DVD release by Time Life. Exclusive bonus features on the set include newly-shot intros from Don himself, never-before-seen outtakes and unedited scenes and more!
Harkening back to a time, pre-Internet, when celebrities hit it big because of talent, not Twitter, the inimitable Rickles has enjoyed a legendary showbiz career that has touched seven decades and still continues today. This October, Time Life invites home audiences to front row seats for comedy greatness with MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION.

MR. WARMTH! DON RICKLES: THE ULTIMATE TV COLLECTION ($59.95srp, 8-Disc, Retail)
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For six seasons, The Wonder Years captured the angst of growing up in suburban middle-class America in the late ’60s, as seen through the life and times of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage). Audiences eagerly followed his evolution as a typical awkward teenager who remembered every moment of his transition from childhood with excruciating detail and remarkable hindsight. From his first kiss with Winnie Cooper (Danica McKellar) to his friendship with Paul Pfeiffer (Josh Saviano) and the ups and downs of the Arnold family, fans shared in laughter, love, and loss, but above all, wonder. Now, the complete landmark series is available for the first time at retail in two deluxe collector’s editions that contain all 115 episodes across 26 DVDs, along with over 23 hours of bonus features, which includes exclusive new interviews with the entire cast, the first cast reunion in more than 16 years, 11 newly-produced featurettes and much more!
If you’ve not yet experienced the wonders of THE WONDER YEARS, this holiday season is as good a time as any to acquaint yourself with the groundbreaking family sitcom named by TV Guide as one of the “Top 20 Shows of the ’80s”.
THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES/SLIPCASE VERSION ($199.95srp, Retail)
THE WONDER YEARS COMPLETE SERIES/METAL LOCKER ($249.95srp)

Time Life has been bringing us quality entertainment for as long as I can remember (& before). These 2 DVD Collections in particular bring up terrific memories for me. ‘The Wonder Years’ was a mainstay on our television. My dad adored this show & was happy to sing along with the theme song every time it came on. Honestly, I don’t think he ever missed an episode.

Now that he’s passed away, memories of watching ‘The Wonder Years’ with him hold even more meaning. I am thrilled that Time Life not only offers the DVDs, but the ENTIRE collection, all episodes, for me to share with my kids. I can add little tidbits here & there about Dad’s favorite episodes & remind them of Pappy’s great sense of humor. That’s the beauty of having Classic Television available on DVD.

Keeping a family connection, my mom has mentioned Don Rickles more times than I can count. She quoted jokes he’d made & remembers his appearances on The Tonight Show. When I showed her this Collection, she that it was ‘very cool’. I’d never had the opportunity to watch his work for myself- until now. It provides us with an opportunity to connect her memories with new family memories. He is truly just as brilliant as she said he was then.

Whether you’re a child of the ’70s/’80s or a Millenial, Classic Television never disappoints. It takes us all back to a day when quality t.v. mattered, actors took their work seriously, & good, clean fun abounded. If you remember watching with your parents, do your family a favor & pick up these Time Life Collections. Share memories with your kids to pass on to theirs.

Time Life has an enormous selection of DVDs available. Visit them for full product lists, info & ordering info.

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Ugly Snuglies

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“The As Seen On TV UglySnuglies have long, super soft fur that makes them fun to snuggle. But another thing that makes them special is that every UglySnuglies has a hidden gift! UglySnuglies are far more than just ordinary stuffed animals; they are Pet’s with a Personality!

Each UglySnuglies retails for $29.95 and their hidden gifts are geared to teach children a lesson:

• Pouty Pig – includes a bank inside to help kids learn to save their money

• Krazy Kitty – includes a hidden light in his tail to help kids feel safe

• Bizarre Bear – includes 5 secret zipper pockets to help kids clean up after themselves20151109_164640

• Unusual Unicorn – includes an alarm clock to help kids learn the value of time

• Rowdy Rabbit – includes a radio inside to help kids learn to relax

• Porky Panda – includes a hidden blanket inside to keep kids warm”

I LOVE these animals! I can’t sing their praises enough. Not only are the truly the most huggable stuffed toys I’ve seen in years, but, despite their name, they’re ADORABLE!! When Pouty Pig arrived, he immediately put a smile on my face. Everyone in the house fell in love with him (even Buster).20151109_164728
I put him in my writing area to lift my spirits throughout the day. Even my husband had to laugh when he saw our new friend!
Initially, I’d wondered if the inclusion of a bank inside would make him less huggable. But, honestly, you can’t even feel it! By flipping him over, you’ll see a zippered area near his tail. When coins are ‘fed’ to Pouty Pig via his mouth, they are contained in the bank area. Unzip the pouch to open the bank & retrieve your coins. The bank has a twist-off seal which will be easy for little hands to turn. The animal itself is durable enough to withstand many hugs to come.20151109_145833

I have no doubt that these animals will be wonderfully popular. The fact that each toy includes a different item is a huge plus in my book. Not to mention that each teaches a different ‘lesson’ such as Mr. Pig’s bank for saving money. Also impressive, is their size. I couldn’t get over how big our piggy was (as you can see). Too often stuffed toys on the market are getting smaller. These cuties are big enough for huge hugs & that safe feeling that children receive from their plush friends.

I highly recommend adding Ugly Snuglies to your Holiday list. Kids of ALL ages will love them!

 

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2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Gnoments

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New on the scene and ready to help you remember the importance of the little things in a relationship, Gnoments is a unique relationship-building tool to help you share and create special moments with the one you love.

“These cute gnomes, with their plush red hats, white hair, and magnetic hands, give couples a tool to connect and add some fun to their relationships by encouraging a playful interaction and thoughtfulness. The gnomes can be used in various ways to create surprise and excitement for your loved one. If simplicity is what you cherish, use the gnome’s back pouch to hide a handwritten note, gift, or memento. For a more high-tech option, use the embedded NFC tag (Near field Communications) to program a variety of messages and adventures.

Currently available for most Android users, and surely soon to be enabled for iPhones everywhere, smart phones can easily program the NFC tag inside each gnome to offer another exciting way of being romantic, thoughtful, and fun. Record a YouTube video, sound clip, write a text, or set up a scavenger hunt, and all your husband, wife, girlfriend, boyfriend, or anyone else for that matter simply has to do is scan the gnome, and they will see the message on their phone! If you are away from your gnome, but still want to send a special message, Gnoments’ mobile-friendly website includes a special messaging system called Gnomifications, where one can create a Gnomitar (a gnome avatar) and send an email or text with the same links one can share through the embedded NFC tags.

Kind gestures goes a long way to show someone how much you care, and the possibilities are endless with Gnoments. Don’t wait to create your special moments, build a stronger relationship with Gnoments today.

The Gnoments kit includes a boy and girl gnome, each with a special pouch for including notes, mementos, and gifts, along with an embedded NFC chip for high tech messages and a 32 page hard-covered, illustrated story book with ideas to get you started so you can begin making special moments today.”

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As someone who’s been married for close to two decades now, I know how easily we can take each day for granted. Work & life get in the way. When love is new, it’s easy to remember to hold hands or make time to talk. But, as time marches on, these little things tend to fall to the wayside.

Simplistic as it may sound, little things are important. Sometimes it takes a little reminder like our Gnome friends here, to get us back in focus. In my opinion, these would be the ideal gift for a couple who has been married awhile. Relationship builders shouldn’t be mundane or boring. If you have friends or relatives who’ve either hit a rough relationship patch or who seem distant from one another, Gnoments is a fun, subtle way to encourage them to persevere.

Better yet, gift them to yourself. No need to wait for Valentine’s Day. Put one near the coffee pot where your spouse will find it in the morning. Include a simple love note or their favorite chocolate. Make it fun. Gnoments are too cute not to notice! Think of them as you would the Elf on a Shelf-  finding imaginative places to display them. They’re a great, imaginative gift for husbands, wives, or boy- and girlfriends.

There’s no better investment than the family unit. Building a stronger relationship is a gift to everyone and totally worth it.
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