Link Up + Sweepstakes

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I love my readers and I love that so many of you take the time each week to come and link up your fab ideas to share with other parents and teachers.  I am also thankful for all of you who don’t link up but do read and use these ideas with your kids. So today I am asking you to link up, share, and to enter for a chance to win an awesome grab bag of craft supplies. Whether you add a link or not you are welcome to enter to win the craft supplies.

craftprojectideas.com sweepstakes

 

My longtime sponsor craftprojectideas.com put together an awesome grab bag of some of my very favorite craft supplies they make.

 

Check out the list of what you could win :

Paintbrushes & Apron
Alphabet Beads
Craft Buttons
Foam Star Stickers
Sequins
Glitter Glue 10 pack
Glitter Shakers Variety Pack
Colored Feathers
Tie Dye Pom Poms

 

This is just a Thank You  from me and craftprojectideas.com and all you have to do is fill out the form below  the linky for a chance to win.

Link Up Here



 

Enter The Sweepstakes Here

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Official Rules
This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must enter your name and email in the google form embedded in this post. 1 winner will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday, July 14th 2013 at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive the craft supplies listed above  , valued at approximately $50. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for craftprojectideas.com to ship their prize to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary. No PO Boxes. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

Easter Picture Books & Giveaway

 scholastic book giveaway

I love getting to take a sneak peek at Scholastic Book Club selections every month and share them with you.  This month I chose to peak at their Easter Picture Books.  This 5 pack of Easter themed books is a great mix of stories focusing on different parts of the holiday. Don’t forget to enter for a chance to win all 5 books from Scholastic Book Clubs

The Best Easter Prize
by Kristina Evans is a sweet ( maybe too sweet) book about doing the right thing.  It’s Easter morning and after church is a big Easter egg hunt and whoever finds the most wins the prize. At first our heroine can’t find any but then she hits the jackpot only to find a crying friend who has an empty basket. Of course she offers her some of her eggs ( sweet) but then they cross the finish line holding hands ( too sweet). My dislike of sickly sweet picture books aside the story as a whole is cute, my kids enjoyed it and the lesson is valuable.

The Biggest Easter Basket Ever
by Steven Kroll is another story about cooperation and how two helpful hands are better than one, and a whole bunch of hands is way better! Clayton and Desmond both want to win the town’s biggest Easter basket competition but after making their own baskets they sneak a peek at the competition and realize they don’t stand out.  Luckily as the story progresses they figure out working together is key. My son loved this book but some younger friends ( young 4 year olds) lost interest in the middle. I love this author and I love how working together is presented in a practical way instead of simply because it’s the right thing because I think the former is easier for young kids to grasp.

Peter Rabbit’s Happy Easter

by Grace Maccarone is an interesting tale about how Peter Rabbit became the Easter Bunny.  The book has a few loose ends I really wish would be tied up but before I get to that let me give you a quick taste of the book. The story is how Peter wants to make his mom forgive him for being naughty so he steals ( although he doesn’t see it that way) eggs from neighboring farms to give her as a gift. Before he gives them to her paint falls on them and they get colored all different beautiful colors. His mom tells him not to steal and so he returns them at night becoming the Easter Bunny. Ok here are my issues…I don’t mind naughty characters, in fact I usually really enjoy them but sneaking back to return something you stole without apologizing left a bad taste. I know why the author wrote it like that to turn him into the Easter Bunny but it still didn’t sit well with me. The illustrations by David McPhail really stole the show , I thought they were beautiful.

Easter books

The Best Easter Eggs Ever!
by Jerry Smath is my favorite book in this pack . The story follows the Easter bunny and his 3 young assistant bunnies as they prepare for their big day. The Easter Bunny is getting tired and a little bored of his polka dot design for the eggs and decides to send out his assistants in search of new designs. The little bunnies head out with one egg and paints to all different places to find inspiration. When one of the little bunnies is captivated by the night sky she doesn’t notice how dark it is and how lost she has gotten. The Easter Bunny and his other assistants find her and in the morning the new designs are celebrated. My son loves an inside look at any sort of secret place like  the Easter Bunny’s or Santa’s workshop so he was drawn into this book immediately. I liked the illustrations and how detailed they were , it certainly got me excited about Easter.

easter books for kids

The Night Before Easter
by Natasha Wing is a Easter version of the classic “Twas The Night Before Christmas” . With fun pictures and an Easter Bunny so joyful I wanted to apply for his job this book was a hit at our house. My son was engaged through the whole book guessing at the rhymes and listening intently from one page to the next. Of all the books this was the only one that really engaged my toddler as well. She pointed out animals and loved the little boy in the book. Great Easter book.

Enter

Now that you know what all the books are about want a chance to win them? All you have to do is leave a comment on this post telling us :

What was the last book you read with a child  ?

 

Official Rules

This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post answering the question “What book did you read with a child today?” 1 winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Sunday March 4th at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive all five books listed , valued at $18. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for Scholastic to ship their books to,or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

 

I was not paid for my review, I was provided a copy of the books to review and copies to offer as a sweepstakes prize. All opinions are mine .

Happy Birthday To Us – Giveaway For You!

No Time For Flash Cards is 4 years old today. I hope you have had as much fun as we have!

One of our lovely sponsors craftprojectideas.com has offered up a Made By Me™ Sand Art  craft kit for a giveaway to one reader to help me say thanks for being a part of No Time For Flash Cards. There are no big hoops to go through , no review to read just leave a comment telling us which of our 1,455 posts is your favorite.

Pictured in the collage above:

Bunny EarsVoter FlagPlay It’s Their Job- Cheerio BraceletTexture BoardNo Sew Tutu -DIY Batman Mask- Playdough Printing- Vet Clinic Pretend PlayPaper Roll Flute  -  DIY Emotions Board Book

 

Sweepstakes Official Rules

This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post stating which No Time For Flash Cards post is your favorite. 1 winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Saturday February 18th  at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive the Made By Me ™ Sand Art Kit valued at $10 . After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for shipment or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes  including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
 

 

 

 

Shabby Apple Giveaway

What do fantastic dresses for women have to do with kids crafts and early learning? Nothing.

I decided to go forward with this review and giveaway because after doing my reader survey I found that almost all of you are moms, almost all of you are right around my age ( early 30s) and if these dresses make me squeal with delight and dream of nights out I bet they’d make you excited too! So I am posting on a Saturday , when I don’t usually post as to not take anything away from our regular learning but as a bonus .

Shabby Apple dresses weren’t new to me when I was contacted with this opportunity. I’d browsed their site before having seen them pinned on Pinterest. I love how the dresses are cut, they are classy and feminine and have that hip feel without feeling too trendy. You don’t have to worry that they are going to go out of style before you get to make it your go to dress. I chose this dress  to give away and love it.  

I get dressed up at most once a week for church so when I looked at how modest the dresses were I was even happier, but it’s still hot enough for a date night ( if I can remember what that is ). This dress really is so versatile. I put it on with some very high heels for my husband and his jaw drop was all I needed to know he approved. I also popped a cardigan over it , and paired it with flats and felt comfy enough to wear it all day.

My one complaint was how it had to be ironed. I am completely unable to iron so I am not sure if it was just my inability , the fabric’s desire to wrinkle , my disproportionate bust ( still nursing) or just the fact that it was unlined. The dress wasn’t tight at all but in the pictures it looks as though it is in places. The wrinkling wasn’t bad and I only noticed after looking at the photo. I just want to make sure I give a balanced review. The fit and feeling of it on was fabulous!

So here is the deal about the giveaway but first the gals at Shabby Apple are also offering a site wide 10% off coupon code for all my readers for 30 days.

The code is NoTimeFor10off

How to Enter : 

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Official Rules

This sweepstakes is open to American residents 18 years or older. To be eligible for the sweepstakes you must leave a comment on this post. 1 winning commenter will be drawn at random, using Random.org, after the sweepstakes closes on Saturday February 11th  at 8:00pm PST. The winners will receive the Rhythm Dancer  dress valued at $78. After the winner is notified he or she has 48 hours to respond with their mailing address for shipment or another winner will be chosen at random. No purchase necessary.The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Any information gathered through the sweepstakes  including email and postal addresses will not be used in anyway other than contacting winners and shipment of winnings. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
 
I was not paid for my review, I was provided with a dress to review and a promise for another of the same style to offer as a sweepstakes prize. All opinions are mine .

 

Win 20 Picture Book Favorites from MeMeTales

All week we have been celebrating MeMeTales new Mobile Reader App ‘s launch but really what I have been celebrating are the expanded options that kids have for reading favorite stories. One option I hope every child gets every day is to cuddle up next to someone they love and read some great books. In the spirit of celebrating reading MeMeTales is giving away a prize pack of 20 of my favorite picture books. The full list ( click to see ) includes In The Town All Year Round, Whoever You Are , Freight Train, Anamalia , Corduroy and 15 more!

MeMeTales’s philosophy is to make reading “The funnest ever!”  And having 20 new books is a great way to start having fun.

How To Enter

All you have to do to enter this giveaway is answer How do you make reading fun at your house? Leave a comment telling us the answer and you will be entered into to win this wonderful prize that celebrates literacy at home.

Extra entries- up to 2 extra ways to enter:

1. Download the MeMeTales  Free Mobile Reader App

or

Check out MeMeTales website if you don’t have an iPhone, iPod or iPad.

 

Come back and leave a separate comment saying  you’ve done it  and you will have extra chances to win.

 
Fine Print
T he giveaway closes June 4th at 8pm PST. The winner will be chosen by random using random.org.Contest is open to residents of  Canada and the USA only. Please ensure your email address included in the comment so we can contact you if you win.
 
This Contest is closed.