“The Radventures of Radimus Platypus” Vol. 1‏: Mikey Bondoc

The Radventures of Radimus Platypus” is a new children’s book series launching early 2016.
Readers are introduced to Radimus while he’s still in his egg. Since he’s decided, as all babies do, that he’s ready to break out, he begins hatching. Unfortunately for his startled mother, this involves his egg bouncing off everything & eventually, out of the house! Follow Rad’s birth adventure as he goes from encased in a shell to finding out exactly who he is in the world.

Adorable- that’s the best way to describe our platypus friend. His message is straight to the point: be true to you. His adventurous birth leads way to encountering other animals & nearly giving his mother a nervous breakdown (what child hasn’t, really?).

Mikey Bondoc is both author & illustrator. Rad is too cute not to love & his message is timeless. I highly recommend it for early readers & the Pre-K to K set. It’ll be a great addition to homeschool shelves & one that beginning students will want to learn to read themselves. Because the illustrations follow the story exactly, it will aid with sight words & in following along.

Mikey Bondoc has done a fabulous job & I give ‘Rad’ a full 5 stars!

The book has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign to support Vol.1 and the full series and any support is appreciated.
The Radimus Platypus brand is committed to supporting organizations that spread environmental awareness as well as children’s health, well-being and creative thinking and the books are to be printed in a local eco-friendly printing facility.- Marley PR

*Pic belongs to Marley PR. I received a copy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.


2015 Holiday Gift Guide: Baby’s Brilliant

HUGGLY-WUGGLY-305x210A Huggly Wuggly Pug“: Al Pelullo“An adorable pug goes about his day looking for a Huggly-Wuggly-Hug”
SCARED-COVER-305x210It’s Alright to be Scared“: Benedict Coulter“Jack is excited to go to his new school after summer vacation but first he has to go to the doctor and get a shot but this makes him scared. The shot was over so fast he couldn’t believe it, that made him feel better. Then at school his hero a astronaut was a guest in class and Jack raised his hand and asked him if he was scared when he went to space. The astronaut said that he was and that it was alright to be scared. This made Jack happy to know he learned today that it is really alright to be scared.”
00-cover-305x210There’s Nothing Like Sharing“: Benedict Coulter“Not all children are created equal. Some are born to be “perfect” just as most parents see their children. Perfect until they start to grab toys away from other children, because sharing is just too challenging. Who wants to give up their toys for another child to play with?
Ever feel like your little needs help in the “sharing” field?”
cover-english-305x210It’s Alright to Look Different“: Benedict Coulter“Geared towards children ages 24 months to 5 years old, “It’s Alright to Look Different” is the heart-warming short story of a little chick who was born a different color than his brothers and sisters. Because of the way he looks, the other chicks separate him from the group and ignore him. Then one night, danger appears in the form of a hungry fox, and the little chick is the only one who is able to save them.”
Reading is one of the most important gifts we can give our children. Instilling a love of reading early on sets them up for success. Whether you need some new additions to your homeschool library or just love gifting books, these 4 titles need to be on your list.
Not only are they fun & easy to follow, they’re message is clear. It is okay to be whoever you are. Bullying is everywhere. As caregivers, we have to start early to prevent of kids from becoming bullied or bullies themselves. We need to raise up a generation of kids who aren’t afraid to speak up for themselves & others. The Golden Rule still applies in today’s society.
Sometimes when we aren’t sure how to get our message across, books can fill in the gaps. When we feel connected to the characters, readers can out themselves in the characters’ place. Utilize great children’s books like these four to establish teachable moments & dialogue. They’ll be cherished gifts.
My favorite is ‘It’s Alright to Look Different’. Although I love the theme of all four, there’s something about that little chicken that I love. I highly recommend you add these to your library.
Visit Baby Brilliant for full info on all their products for the Holidays:

*Pics belong to Baby Brilliant only. Promotional info provided by PR. We received the aforementioned products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine.

The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Giveaway!

This giveaway will run from now – 3/12 at 11pm Eastern Time.
It is open to US and Canada ages 18+
1 winner will receive The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You board book

The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Giveaway Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

The Berenstain Bears Please and Thank You Giveaway

Stan and Jan Berenstain introduced the first Berenstain Bear books in 1962 and the Bear family celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012! Here the charming and lovable Bear family is once again introducing children to the typical issues and questions that they face every day.

In The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You Book, little readers are introduced to the importance of manners, through gentle reminders given to Brother, Sister, and Honey as they await their milk and cookies. The short story and well-loved characters provide toddlers a perfect introduction to valuable life lessons and routines. See what Emilee at Pea of Sweetness thought of this new Berenstain Bears book!

Would you like to win The Berenstain Bears’ Please & Thank You board book? This giveaway runs through 3/12 at 11:00pm Eastern Time and is open to US and Canada ages 18+. Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. For any questions/concerns please email emilee.roberts@peaofsweetness.com (consider adding this email to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Emilee at Pea of Sweetness received complimentary products in exchange for an honest review. No additional compensation was received. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.

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belle,belleBelle, Belle, where are you?
By Jo Alex
Genre: Young Readers (Toddler, Preschool)
Book Synopsis
The story is about a little boy who comes home one day and is looking for his best friend, his dog, Belle. He cannot find her. He searches for her in various parts of the house. Halfway through the story, he is beginning to wonder if Belle is lost, but he doesn’t give up. His worry grows as he continues searching for her. What happened to Belle? You have to read to find out if he finds her or not. May be you can help him look for Belle?
Jo Alex Bio:
Jo Alex is a resident of Seattle, and was inspired to move here years ago after seeing a magnificent view of Mount Rainier. She draws inspiration for her writing from many sources, by her travels, and also the many memories of her dog Belle. An avid Northwest foodie, she loves the eclectic restaurants of the Northwest.
Belle, Belle, where are you? is her first Apple iBook and she is excited to introduce it to children. It is only available for the Apple iPad and purchasable on the Apple iBookstore, and this is because Apple’s special iBook format allows for sounds and clickpoints to be added to the book.
Free coloring printables: http://joalexbooks.com/blog/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/joalexbooks
Website: http://joalexbooks.com
Apple iBookstore link: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/belle-belle-where-are-you/id905161357?mt=11&uo=4
Belle, Belle, where are you? You are not beside your favorite table. Belle, Belle, where are you? You are not behind the big red couch, where you like to take naps. Belle, Belle, where are you?

Baby Munchkin Boutique Giveaway!

The giveaway will run from now – 11/28 at 10pm Central Time.
It is open to US residents ages 18+
One winner will receive a $10 credit to the Baby Munchkin Boutique Etsy Shop.

Baby Munchkin Boutique Giveaway Sponsored by Baby Munchkin Boutique

Hosted by Deals of Sweetness

Co-Hosted by Pea of Sweetness

Baby Munchkin Boutique Giveaway

Don’t you just love adorable hand-made baby products? Emilee at Deals of Sweetness definitely does! Baby Munchkin Boutique has infant items such as headbands, hairclips, bowties, receiving blankets, car seat canopies, nursing covers, barefoot sandals, and more! They make amazing gifts! Although she doesn’t have any babies, she was thrilled to review some of the adorable accessories like their silk tie for their preschooler and hair accessories for their daughter!

Would you like a $10 credit to the Baby Munchkin Boutique Etsy Shop? This giveaway begins on 11/14 and ends on 11/28 at 10:00pm (times are Central) and is open to US residents ages 18+. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Winner will be notified via email (consider adding dealsofsweetness@gmail.com to your “Safe List” as winning email notification will be sent from this email.) and will have 48 hours to confirm before a new winner will be drawn. Please refer to the full terms and conditions in the Giveaway Tools.

Disclosure: Deals of Sweetness received complimentary product(s) to facilitate her honest review. Participating bloggers are not responsible for prize fulfillment.




COPPERTONE 005Nothing cuts summer fun short like nasty sunburn. Not only that, but one, blistering sunburn can increase your child’s risk of getting skin cancer in their lifetime. That was a fact I did not know. But, thanks to Coppertone WaterBabies & Coppertone Kids, parents can prevent this from occurring.

The name Coppertone & Summer go hand in hand. Those of us over age thirty surely remember their iconic little girl & her puppy logo. Now the same brand we know & love is going the extra mile to protect our little ones.

In addition to being the #1 Pediatrician recommended brand, Water Babies & Coppertone Kids provides an SPF 50 that is oil, fragrance and dye free. Eyes won’t be irritated with its tear free formula. There’ll be no dryness either thanks to the aloe, moisturizing formula. (Pay adequate attention to the eye area as this skin is more delicate than that of adults.)

As an added bonus, Waterbabies & Coppertone Kids are water resistant for eighty minutes! Eighty minutes! That equals less nagging & more fun. We applied the sunscreen at home before going out into the sun. It certainly did its job for us. Thankfully, we returned sunburn-free.

Don’t forget your own skin! Coppertone offers a wide variety of lotions & sprays for adults, too. Studies show what we already knew: kids imitate parents. Being sun savvy is a learned behavior. Buy your daughter a matching, wide brimmed hat to match your own. Pick up a trendy baseball cap for your son. Let them see that sun safety can be fun!

2012 brought with it a new standard for broad spectrum protection & all Coppertone’s lotions & sprays in stores meet this standard. Broad spectrum refers to UVA & UVB rays which are responsible for burning & damage to skin.

For additional sun strategies, don’t forget hydration. Keep water nearby or healthy popsicles. Stay fashionably cool with sunglasses to shield your eyes. T-shirts alone won’t protect you (according to merck.com, they have an SPF of 7 when dry & 3 when wet). Reapply sunscreen during your outing. Keep those 80 minutes in mind when the kiddos are swimming.

Before planning your summer activities, take a minute to visit www.Coppertone.com for additional sun protection advice & suggestions. Check your Sunday papers for additional savings on Coppertone products.  Coppertone haslaunched its second year of its Making the Sunscreen Grade program to provide parents with the tools and resources needed to protect children from the sun.

We were provided with products in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are mine. Product info has been provided by Coppertone.

Baby Needs Giveaway Event


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New Baby Needs Event Is HERE!! We Are Excited To Be Celebrating These New Additions!!

Joy Of Momma Joyner and This Mama’s Life have just added new babies to their families! To celebrate, they have teamed up with an awesome group of bloggers and wonderful sponsors to bring you great products that a New Baby Needs! ONE WINNER will walk away with this whole prize package worth over $1250! The Prize Package includes items from these sponsors:


Halo – SleepSack – $29
Pish Posh Baby – Baby Jogger Vue Stroller – $199
Undercover Mama – Nursing Tank Top – $35
Making Mama’s Milk Cookies – 1 Month Supply Of Cookies – $48
Tiny Love – NEW Tummy Time Fun: Under The Sea – $30
Applecheeks – Applecheeks Bundle – $30
Tommee Tippee – Colorful Bottle 3-pack – $24
Little Toader – Teether – $10
Baby Shusher – Baby Shusher – $35
Buncha Farmers – stain remover, 3 varieties of our hand made manuka honey soaps, hand sanitizer, body and facial skin cream – $39
Buttons Diapers – 3 Diaper Covers and 3 Daytime Inserts – $43
Baby Box Company – Baby Box – $150
Clever Relish – Wipes Case Cover – $15
Levana – Oma+ Powered by Snuza – $99
Bobee – Diaper and Wipes Dispenser – $40
Hairbow Company – Outfit – $20
Aden + Anais – Dream Blanket – $50
Mixie Baby – Mixie Bottle – $20
PediPed – 1 Pair of Originals – $35
MAM – Cooler Teether and Oral Care Rabbit – $12
BabyBjörn – Bouncer Balance Soft – $199
Chewbeads – Jane Necklace – $30
Ciinolin – Swaddles and Baby Steps Cards – $55
GlowBug Cloth Diapers – Diaper and Insert – $13
PRK Products – Baby Food Organizer – $25

So, what do you think? Ready to enter? It’s simple! Just fill out the Giveaway Tools Form below. There are plenty of entry options, and the more you do, the better your chances of winning are!

The New Baby Needs Event Prize Package is open to all legal residents of the United States who are 18-years-old or older. This event will run from 12:00am EST Sunday, June 1, 2014 through 11:59pm EST Sunday, June 22, 2014. Best Of Luck!

Disclaimer: Joy Of Momma Joyner, This Mama’s Life, and all the participating blogs are not responsible for the fulfillment of the prizes. The sponsors will send the prizes directly to the winner. We are also not responsible for any unfortunate accidents that may result from the use of any of these products.