Sunday, June 30, 2013

HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH ~ The Secret To Happiness

Do you know the secret to happiness?

Hugo does now! And you can too! Can it be so simple? Check out: Hugo The Happy Starfish: The Secret to Happiness!

Hugo is a little starfish who seems bored with his life and a bit on the sad side (though my little one says that he doesn't look sad in the book, but looks like he is mad). 

He looks for guidance in the form of Manta.  Yes, Magic Manta, one of his good friends who offers him up suggestions on how to be happy.  From something simple like taking a nap, up until the very end of the story when Hugo does find the happiness he is looking for. 

Suzy Liebermann takes us on the journey with Hugo while he is in search of something that will truly make him happy. 

Our review:

My little one and I sat down together and read this.  Doesn't take long! I believe that your child will really enjoy this. Hugo is a character that children can relate to. Ms. Liebermann believes that "happiness can be learned" with character development.  I tend to agree.  I am a firm believer in positive energy, staying positive, thinking positive thoughts and keeping a positive attitude! 

All Ms. Liebermann's books (which are good reads for children and adults alike) are based on a strong character education.  A trait that can be learned. She does this with her star "Hugo" and a beautiful magical underwater world.  

Our child really enjoyed this book.  She loves the character, the easy story line  and sometimes just flipping through the pages looking at the pictures.  

So, do you want to know the secret to happiness?

I can't tell you that.  You'll have to pick up a copy of Hugo The Happy Starfish: The Secret to Happiness and find out for yourself.

You can head on over to Amazon to pick up your own copy of this book and her other books as well.  

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post.  However, I did receive a product, free of charge, so that we could do a proper book review.  All words, except for quoted text, are my own and have not been influenced by any outside source.

Many thanks to Ms. Liebermann for allowing us to do these product reviews and introducing us to Hugo The Happy Starfish.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

ESCAPE Monthly Box Giveaway

By now, unless you have been in hiding, you have heard about these "monthly box" subscriptions that you can pick up.  Everything from snacks, other foods, deserts, sweets, home supplies, pet supplies, beauty supplies and the list goes on and on.  It seems like there is a subscription box for everything that you could possibly need.

I'm here to tell you about one in particular that I hadn't heard of before.  

It is from a company called Escape Monthly.  

So, you are asking how does it work and what is included:

The box is $49.99 a month (which is one of the steeper ones that I have come across), but appears to be well worth the subscription price and that does include shipping.  

Escape Monthly is a monthly subscription service, just like a magazine! When you join Escape Monthly, you're opting into the most luxurious subscription box available—we're the only destination-inspired subscription that's dedicated purely to pampering you! Each month, you'll receive the following:
  • Full-Size Luxury Products
  • Travel Guides & Secret Tips
  • Special Offers for Resorts, Spas, & Travel
With this subscription, which is different from others, you are promised full-size products instead of just the single use or sample products, destination themed products, gift certificates, gourmet snacks and information, very different than what other subscription services offer. 

If you are interested in getting in on this subscription, they have offered my readers a 20% off code, just use the code "YOURESCAPE" and you get 20% off for life.

Plus, oh there is a PLUS, a big PLUS.

Escape Monthly has offered up a monthly box to one of my readers.  A $50 value!  Do you want to win?  

So, c'mon, lets plan your ESCAPE.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation or product for this post, all words (except quoted text) are my own and were not influenced by any outside source.  Many thanks to Escape Monthly for providing one of my readers a chance to win one of these fabulous boxes!!

Now, on to the giveaway!!!!

Open to residents of the US who are 18+. Giveaway will end on July 14, 2013 at 11:59.  You must complete the mandatory entry to be entered, all other entries are optional! 

Lollipops n' Ladybugs is not responsible for shipment of this prize.  Sponsor will ship prize to the winner. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

SUPERBOOK Airing soon on ABC and CBS

Hey people!

Just a heads up for you all!!

The summer series of SUPERBOOK will be airing soon in selected CBS markets and on ABC Family!

If you want to know what SUPERBOOK is all about, please feel free to check them out on facebook.  

This looks like some family shows that shouldn't be missed.

The schedule for airings are as follows:

CBS Airings:

            June 15th – Giant Adventure: David and Goliath
            June 22nd – Jonah
            June 29th – Roar! Daniel and the Lions’ Den

ABC Family Airings – 9:30 a.m. EDT:

            July 1st – In the Beginning: Adam and Eve
            July 2nd – Let My People Go: Moses
            July 3rd – The First Christmas
            July 4th – He Is Risen: the Resurrection of Jesus

            July 5th – Revelation

Do you plan on watching with your family?



Something that we hear about daily from the social media's.  Kids bullying kids, kids bullying adults, adults bullying kids and so on and so on and so on.

I am a firm believer that you have to nip this in the bud at an early age.  Explain to your kids that bullying anyone is NOT ACCEPTABLE and won't be tolerated.  Make them see what it is like through some one else's eyes. 

I believe that is what Suzy Liebermann is doing with her book HUGO THE HAPPY STARFISH ~ THE LAST BULLY

"Respect! Don't Bully!"

Is a message that is repeated through out this book.

My review of the story:

My little one and I just finished up reading this together.  It is a pretty easy read, with a strong message that even your youngsters will pick up.  

The story is about Hugo The Happy Starfish who decides to stand up for a clown fish that is being bullied by a bigger fish and together they form the A.B.C. This story is like a chain reaction, because the individual that is doing the bullying, becomes the one being bullied by things that are bigger and badder in the ocean, and soon everyone wants to be part of the A.B.C.

After reading the story, I took the opportunity to talk to my little one about bullying and what happens to both the bully and the person (whether child or adult) that is being bullied.  How this behavior is unacceptable and that I hope that if she gets bullied or sees another child being bullied that she steps up and does the right thing by notifying an adult of the situation. 

"Respect! Don't Bully!"

I think this is a message that we all can learn.  Respect! Respect! Respect! If you are thinking about bullying/picking on someone, put yourselves in their shoes to see how it would make you feel.  After all, we won't win this battle until the last bully is educated about the consequences of bullying.

Plus, and this is a pretty cool feature.  Every now and again, you will see phrases in another language!   A great added feature.

Disclaimer: I received no monetary compensation for this post, however, I did receive a product free of charge so that I could do a proper review. However all opinions remain my own and are not influenced by any outside source.

If you would love to purchase this book, it is available on Amazon and as of February of this year it is available in a children's book 7 different languages on eBook! 

I would like to thank Suzy Liebermann and PYP Books for the opportunity to do this product review of this wonderful book.  This was a great way to teach a lesson to the little one, in words that she understood.

Thank you!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Jack the Giant Slayer Blu-ray Giveaway & Exclusive Blog App

Warner Bros. is proud to announce the arrival of Jack the Giant Slayer released on DVD & Blu-ray on June 18 th.  
Unleashed on the Earth for the first time in centuries, the giants strive to reclaim the land they once lost, forcing Jack (Nicholas Hoult), into the battle of this life to stop them. Fighting for a kingdom and its people, and the love of a brave princess, he comes face to face with the unstoppable warriors he thought only existed in legend... and gets the chance to become a legend himself! Directed by Brian Singer (X-Men, Superman Returns)

Starring: Nicholas Hoult (About a Boy), Ewan McGregor (Star Wars, Moulin Rouge!), and Stanley Tucci (The Lovely Bones).

 How would you like to win your very own copy of Jack The Giant Slayer Combo Pack? Just take the "How Brave Are You?" quiz and post your results as a comment and you are entered to win. 

Looking forward to this release myself as we weren't able to catch it in theaters.  Looks like a really good flick.

Disclaimer: I received absolutely no compensation for this posting.  All words, except for quoted text above, are my own and not influenced by any outside source. Lollipops n' Ladybugs is working  with Warner Bros on this promotion. Warner Bros. provided all assets and will provide the prize to the winner. Lollipops n' Ladybugs is not responsible for the shipment of the prize. 

We would like to thank Warner Bros and PartnersHub for allowing us to participate in this promotion.

Rules: Giveaway will end on July 8, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. est. Giveaway is open to residents of the US who are 18+. No PO Boxes are allowed as sponsor ships prizes via either FedEx or UPS. You must complete the mandatory entry or all your entries are void. Winner will be contacted by me at the end of the giveaway and will have 48 hours to respond or second winner will be chosen. 

Good luck!