Thank Your Teachers – It’s On Us! #Peekapak

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Teacher Appreciation week is here, and Peekapak has partnered with Educents to provide a free Thank You gift valued at $40.00!

This FREE digital gift basket includes:

  • $10 Educents gift card
  • 3 months of Peekapak lesson plans that teach Character Education and Language Arts
    • 3 digital storybooks
    • 12 in-class lessons
    • 12 at-home activities

This offer is only available until May 8th, 2015 – so be sure to grab one for your favourite teacher before the offer is gone!

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Wedding Haters Book Blast

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Wedding Haters
by Melissa Baldwin

Madison Wales, like many little girls, has been dreaming of her wedding day since she was a young girl. Thanks to the help of her wedding planner, Sienna Harris, everything seems to be coming together perfectly. Until her grandmother and her two two cousins suddenly decide to be overly involved in the planning of her big day. Madison watches as her perfect wedding dreams slowly begin to unravel. With family drama erupting, she can’t help but wonder if her cousins are behind each disaster. Or has she truly become a paranoid bridezilla? The idea of eloping with her fiancé, Cole, is more appealing every day, even if it means leaving her dream wedding behind. Will Madison be able to withstand all of the pressure and finally stand up for herself?

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Katie and the North Star Book Blast

Katie and the North Star by Bethany and Katie Lopez

Katie and the North Star

Written by: Bethany Lopez and Katie Lopez | Length: 26 | Recommended for: Ages 2 to 6

Summary: Join Katie on a fun, imaginative adventure as she learns why she can’t keep the North Star all to herself.

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Tea Time in London with The Beatrix Girls

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The Beatrix Girls are wrapping up their London tour and getting ready for the Country tour that they’ll be heading on next!

Over the past few months, they’ve come to love tea time – 3 pm, London Style. It’s the perfect chance to hang out with friends over a hot drink and tasty snacks before they hit the stage again. And the perfect time to chat about all of the fab music, fashion and sight seeing that they’ve been enjoying!

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Caterpillar Shoes Book Blast #giveaway

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Caterpillar Shoes
Written by Angela Muse

Length: 28 pages | Recommended for: ages 0 to 8

Summary: An energetic caterpillar named Patches is struggling to decide which activities she can do. In the end, she decides not to put any limits on herself and live life to the fullest.

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Springing Into a Healthier, Happier Daily Routine

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Phew! We made it through another whirlwind winter. Days filled with heavy holiday meals, rich desserts and Valentine’s sweets – followed swiftly by a bombardment of Easter treats from well-meaning grandparents – left me feeling a bit deflated over the last few months. But as the weather warms and the pile of chocolate eggs dwindles, I find myself feeling excited and inspired to get back into some better eating habits and a more active routine!

Here are some simple steps my family is taking towards a healthier, happier daily routine this spring.

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Choosing alternative modes of transportation: When my husband is at work I often ride the bus with my girls. With the warmer, drier weather we are scooting, walking or biking to our destination whenever the opportunity arises.

Eating healthier treats: Now that we’ve got a break from the chocolate-centric holidays, it seems the perfect time to make a move away from refined sugar. With a wide range of produce coming into season we will replace candy with sweet fruits like watermelon, berries, and apricots.

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Re-establishing a regular bedtime: The bedtime routine fell apart for us over the holidays and we never quite recovered. This spring we are slowly working our way back into an earlier bedtime and wake up time to allow for less rushed mornings.

Supplementing our diet with vitamins: I recently learned that Honibe offers multi-vitamins for the whole family. Each one contains a complete day’s worth of vitamins and minerals, which makes it much easier to remember to take them than previous (take one with each meal) brands we’ve tried. The all-natural, melt-your-mouth gummies are sweetened with 100% Canadian honey and contain 50% less refined sugar too!  They contain no gluten, dairy, artificial colors, flavors or preservatives.

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Win a One Year Supply of Honibe Honey Gummies

Honibe was kind enough to provide our family with some samples of their multi-vitamins to try out, but they want to give one of our readers a whole year’s supply of gummy goodness! Enter below for your chance to win.

Open to residents of Canada, excluding Quebec.

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The Oxford Stories Book Blast

Boxford Stories
The Boxford Stories
by Kristen Carson

It’s the 1970s in Maryland. The Runyons and the Feldsteds are two Mormon families who are far from their Western American roots, and they cling to each other like exiles clutching a precious box of topsoil from the old country. Ada Runyon always turns to Ruthalin Feldsted when she needs an ear—but Ada dies inside whenever Ruthalin’s country-cousin manners poke out in public. Latham Runyon and Erval Feldsted bond every Sunday night over gooey desserts and vigorous religious discussion, a game their children call Stump the Rabbi. Underneath their balding heads and graying temples, each man desperately seeks a sign that God would choose him as a friend. The children of both families run breathlessly through each other’s houses and backyards, considering each other like family. But Ginni Runyon plots to change herself from the girl next door to the girl Marc Feldsted can’t live without.

When Boxford’s Mormons mix with the rest of the town, everybody could use a field guide to the other species.Laugh, cry, and shake your head with the Runyons and Feldsteds as they make their way through the decade that brought us leisure suits and urban decay.

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Excerpt:

Now Latham stood before the steam-clouded mirror. He squirted shaving cream into his hand and swabbed it over his face.
It was not the best face, to be sure. He imagined how it would look to those sitting beside him in conference tomorrow. There he’d be, his arms folded as he sat on a hard metal chair way at the back of the gym, looking for all the world like Joe Mormon, with the standard white shirt, the standard wing tips, the standard bald spot, and the standard case of scriptures with a sagging, broken spine.
The young fathers nearby would look at him and think, I hope I don’t become that in twenty years. Their young wives would study his pocked cheeks and try to imagine just how bad the teenage acne had been. And teenage girls would decide that he was, no doubt, ten times cornier than their own dads. . . .
Then, when his name echoed forth from the pulpit, and he stood up, his seat-neighbors would look up from their chairs, surprised. They would kick themselves mentally for not taking note of him sooner, for not recognizing his eminence.
His children would look up. Our dad? God wants our dad?
His wife would bow her head humbly and compose a few eloquent remarks, in case they summoned wives to speak.
And as he walked up to take his new place, people would look up from their seats, squinting at him. And when he reached the stand, Elder Sperry would smile, remembering: Oh, yes, him. The one that likes Great Biographies, just like me. Elder Sperry would shake his hand, motion him towards his very own theatre-style seat, a far cry from the metal chairs at the back. Elder Sperry would make him say a few words at the pulpit, where Latham could look down on all those surprised people, who were still taking it in that Latham Runyon was their new stake president.

 

Connect with author Kristen Carson

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 The Boxford Stories Book Blast Giveaway

Open internationally – Enter by May 4th, 2015
Prize (1 winner) –
  • $50 Amazon gift card or Paypal Cash

Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Amazon.com Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader and sponsored by readinglight.com. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

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What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know Cover Reveal

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What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know
by Connie Sokol & Rachelle Christensen

Is your daughter asking questions that you’re not sure how to answer? Questions about about friends, peer pressure, school, and even her weight? You’re not alone!

But you can relax, because we’ve got the answers. We asked real sixth-grade girls to spill their top secret questions, and we’ve provided time-tested answers that work in real-life. The “Just for Girls” section speaks right to your daughter in words and ways she understands. The “Just for Moms” section talks straight to moms, giving you information, resources, and easy-to-share answers. We include tips for how to start, handle, and enjoy the conversations no matter the situation. With the help of What Every 6th Grader Needs to Know, you can create connected conversations with your daughter as you explore these life questions together. You’ve got this!

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The Best Indoor Birthday Parties for Kids in Vancouver

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Are you looking for something different to do for your child’s birthday party this year? Book one of the party packages listed below and your child and their friends are sure to enjoy a birthday experience that won’t soon be forgotten!

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Gianna the Great Blog Tour

Gianna wants to know about her ancestors, but she’s annoyed that she has to join an after school history club to do it. Little does she know, she’s about to embark on a journey that will change the way she thinks about her family forever!

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