Monday, January 26, 2015

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill Picture Book Giveaway!

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We are so pleased today's post and giveaway is sponsored by Templar Books!

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill by Yuval Zommer is a fun story in the animal's perspective about Big Blue Thing that arrives one night on Howling Hill!  They try to leave it alone but it simply doesn't leave and starts making noises! (we call it music, but really to bears...it's just horrible noise).  So, the animals get together and consult the wise owl and the results are absolutely comical and you will cheer out loud for the foxes, bears and badgers - OH MY!  


The Big Blue Thing on the Hill is newly publish and the art and story by Yuval Zommer is such a treat to read and has us waiting for his next children's picture book!

The Big Blue Thing on the Hill is perfect for any book nook!





We are giving away a hard cover copy of The Big Blue Thing On The Hill!  Prize is shipped via publisher, we are not responsible for shipping or use.

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This is a sponsored post.  Opinions are my own.  I would never recommend a product or book to moms that I would not buy myself!  Enjoy!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Eating Well & A Fast & Simple Breakfast!

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(no, not just breakfast pics ;)


This is just a reminder that breakfast, for the most part, can be simple!  There is no need to skip a healthy breakfast or stop at a fast food place and load up with GMO laden "food", that is not doing your body any favors.  This is fast food at it's finest!  Enjoy!


Choose organic in-season fresh fruit.
Organic orange juice  ("conventional orange juice has added "flavor packets"...no thanks)
Grate some fresh turmeric into your orange juice, you can barely taste it and the benefits are amazing!
gluten free or sprouted toasties
ghee or grass fed butter
lemon curd or jam (no added sugars)
And of course - coffee!  We like TOMS Roasted Co - organic and fair trade and where you are giving clean water when you buy!


This is not sponsored, but just a reminder that real food, that brings health and wellness, need not be complicated.

Live Well, Lovelies!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Littleland Around the World Search-and-Say Fun for Kids Giveaway! #NosyCrow #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Nosy Crow books - we are HUGE fans. (sponsored or not)

Littleland Around the World by Marion Billet is an absolute adventure in travel and adventure and the perfect cure for winter cabin fever!  The art, colors and characters are so much fun and makes my own little one and I want to jump in the book and travel with the little ones.  On every adventure there are search-and-see pictures to find in the main pictures.  Can you find them?

Travel with the little ones for city fun in London, culture bliss in Paris, outside bike riding in the Netherlands, village square music fun in Germany, ice skating winter fun in Finland, gondola rides in Venice, tourist pyramid site seeing in Egypt, safari adventures in Kenya, a whole new world in India, Festival fun in China, a bit of nightlife in Tokyo, hanging out in the outback in Australia and sun bathing in Brazil and wrapping it all up in Central Park in New York City!  Wow!  I'm exhausted just thinking about it all! (and a bit jealous)

This is the little ones in Paris!  Can you see the croissant?  The Eiffel Tower?  The cat?

Yes, I highly recommend this book for two years and up and we think it's just perfect for any book nook or travel bag!  Enjoy!



We are giving away a hard copy of Littleland Around the World Search-and-Say fun for little ones!
Prize is shipped from publisher, we are not responsible for shipping or use.


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I am so very pleased to work with Nosy Crow and letting you know about great books that your little ones may like.  Opinions are my own - I would never recommend a book that I would not buy myself!

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Snowing Hearts Valentine's Day Craft for Kids!

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As it gets closer to February, we are thinking of Valentine's Day and are heart obsessed!  Please follow little island studios on Instagram to follow along on our adventures!



For the simplest of Valentine's Day crafts, start gathering your paper bags and food packaging!  

You'll need string, glue and scissors.

Cut the papers in heart shapes of any size or variety of sizes you wish.

Place String on the inside of one heart.  Add glue and add another heart on the top.

Let dry and paint any words (or entire heart).

Tape the end of the string to ceiling or doorway.

It's snowing LOVE!~


We just love our Valentine's Day craft and are adding to it every day until Valentine's Day! 

Happy Valentine's Day, Lovelies!




This is not a sponsored post. 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Create An Instant Book Nook for Kids!

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Today's post is not sponsored, just plain fun! (and colorful and happy, happy!)



I recently bought the yellow book rack from the Land of Nod and could not be more pleased!  Perfect for creating an instant book nook.   Add some cozy fun - pillows, blankies, stuffed lovies and / or a beanbag and of course, fabulous picture books - voila the most spectacular picture book!  

Lovely colorful picture books in this picture are Nosy Crow books
Little one's favorite Bunny (a gift from his Grandmum) and Doggie are from The Land of Nod, as are the red bin and blankies.

 Bubbles the Kitty is from BlaBla Kids!

Heart pillow is from Hip Friday Etsy Shoppe!

The magazine on the bottom is mine - Origin Magazine (absolutely recommend)

Little one just loves to read and be snuggly!

Don't have the Land of Nod book racks?  No worries!  Those old fashioned milk crates are super stylish!  Use two and two to create a cube or just a line of them, then add your pillows and books!  The most important thing is to have fun and create a place where your little one is inspired to read and enjoy books (or just relax).



If you follow little island studios on Instagram (and why wouldn't you?) you already know I am a huge fan of The Land of Nod, but I do not work for them, nor do I get any sort of affiliate fees.   These are my purchases and what I like for my kids (and me).  Yes, I would decorate my house in Land of Nod even if I didn't have children!  I work with Nosy Crow books to find great books that moms would like.  This post is not sponsored by anyone.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Netflix Now Streaming: Puss in Boots, Yoga Kitty & Other Pet Fun! #StreamTeam #spon

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Introducing the world's greatest feline fighter, whose swashbuckling adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots, comes to Netflix on Jan. 16.

Introducing Netflix's new adventure-comedy series, The Adventures of Puss in Boots - now streaming!

My daughter's cat needs his own TV show - Yogi Kitty!  It should be all about rival yoga studios - Downward Dogs and Cat Posers...or something like that.



Charlotte's Web - Whether your pet is a dog, cat...or pig - it's all love.

Clifford's Puppy Days - you think your dog eats a lot!


Jumanji on Netflix is a bit more wild than you want your pets to be - loads of fun!

Mom and Dad this is for you - 
Friends - Ross' Monkey and Rachel's "cat" - Enough Said!



Hot Chocolate with Marsh-Meows - the perfect winter treat!

Puss in Boots Kitty Bank - so easy and fun!




I am happy to be a part of the Netflix's Stream Team!  Opinions are my own - I have been a subscriber long before social media and I do not make suggestions I wouldn't watch myself. Enjoy!  
Also to Netflix, should you pick-up my new series idea for Yoga Cats and Dogs....I expect full credit and some sort of residual. :) Namaste kitties!

Friday, January 16, 2015

Jake & Never Land Pirates: Battle for the Book Now On DVD! #DisneyJunior #spon

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Are you ready to set sail with Jake and the Never Land Pirates?!  In the Battle of the Book, Wendy, John and Michael Darling and of course, Peter Pan & TinkerBell join in for a swashbuckling full-length adventure!  So grab your Pixie-dust and get ready for fast flying fun!

Included in the DVD is Pirate Checkerboard Bandana Game!  
Little one just loves this and it travels well! (not waterproof though )

Episodes include:

Battle for the Book - Parts 1 & 2

Treasure of The Pirate Mummy's Tomb / Mystery of the Missing Treasure!

Pirate Genie Tales

Captain Gizmo / Jake's Pirate Swap Meet

Sleeping Mermaid / Jake's Mega-Mecha Sword

Bonus:  10 Jake's Never Land Pirate School Cartoon Shorts

DVD is approx. 141 minutes

Download Jake And The Neverland Pirates - Battle for The Book - Activity Pages
Disney Junior's Jake and the Never Land Pirates Battle for the Book - 
Printables and Activity Games Here!

This is a sponsored post. Opinions are my own and yes, we are huge Disney Junior and Jake and the Never Land Pirates! Argg! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Best Buy is Your Education Partner! #FETC #FETC2015 #spon

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           We are so pleased today's post is sponsored by Best Buy - Your Partner in Education!




Did you know Best Buy has a direct channel division dedicated to providing end-to-end learning solutions for K-12 Education?   Best Buy makes the perfect partner in education - top notch technology, a Geek Squad to set-up and run absolutely everything and great prices - education perfection!

Best Buy makes it easier than ever to give students the tech tools they need to succeed. The Account Managers at Best Buy are dedicated to consult with you, offer knowledgeable, unbiased advice and guide you to the product and service solutions that best meet your needs and budget. Whether you are rolling out new devices in the classroom, launching a BYOD initiative, or upgrading the technology throughout your school, we can provide the products, support and protection you need.

If you plan on attending FETC in Orlando, January 20-23, be sure to stop by the Best Buy Education Booth #131.  Best Buy will be featuring daily demos and guest speakers from Google, MakerBot, EdTeach, Amplified IT and Ergotron, and will be happy to speak with you about your school’s technology needs and answer any questions you may have.



• Knowledgeable Advice
A dedicated Education Account Manager will consult with you, provide unbiased advice and guide you to the right solutions for your school. You’ll have one point of contact and get the personal attention you need every step of the way.


• The Latest Devices
Partner with Best Buy to outfit your classrooms and offices with the latest education technology from top manufacturers you trust.
    - Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, touch screen displays, printers, charging carts, advanced A/V
• Expert Service
Our team of professionals will assess your technology needs and provide all the services you require, including installation, asset tagging, device management and more.

• Professional Support
From pre-sales engineering to post-sales support and training, we’ll help you manage your technology and protect your investment.
     - Geek Squad® Support, Geek Squad Protection, training and professional development
We’ll help you choose the right platform for your classroom
• Chromebooks and Chrome management
• Android devices
• Windows-based solutions
• BYOD made easy


When you use Best Buy Education can help IT professionals transform their classrooms with the right advice, technology, service and support from Best Buy Education.  We have a dedicated staff to consult with schools with personal attention and help needed every step of the way. - Best Buy


I am pleased to be a Best Buy Blogger - This is a sponsored post for Best Buy.  Opinions are my own.  

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Disney's Upcoming Movies for 2015! #Disney

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Today's post is not sponsored, just awesome!



                                      Strange Magic - January 23rd!


McFarland - February 20th





                                        Disney's Cinderella - March 13th




                             Disneynature's Monkey Kingdom - April 17th




                            Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron - May 1st




                                               Tomorrowland - May 22nd






Inside Out - June 19th




And of course, Star Wars: The Force Awakens! - December 18th




These (and a few more) are upcoming at Disney's Studios!  What are you looking forward to?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Jake & the NeverLand Pirates: Battle for the Book Activity Sheets! #DisneyJunior #spon

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Today's post is sponsored by Disney Junior's Battle for the Book!
Go on a magical ride with these activity sheets in honor of the release of JAKE AND THE NEVERLAND PIRATES: BATTLE FOR THE BOOK as it arrives on Disney DVD today, January 6th!

  Download Jake And The Neverland Pirates - Battle for The Book - Activity Pages
Enjoy the free activity games for the new DVD - Battle for the Book!

Today's post is sponsored by Disney Junior's Jake and the Never Land Pirates!