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Kimochis Review and Giveaway

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Kimochi (Key.Mo.Chee) means “Feeling” in Japanese.

I immediately fell in love when I first laid eyes on these adorable, huggable, cute creatures that come with a set of feelings inside. The Kimochis are  a small different colored pillows with a feeling on one side and a facial expression to convey that feeling on the other.

These toys, were developed with the concept to help parents and caregivers learn how to educate children to better communicate their feelings. By teaching character, confidence and self-esteem, these toys will ease rather touchy moments (like tantrums or shyness) and transform them into something comfortable and pleasant.kimochi-huggtopus-box

I was able to review Huggtopus. She’s came in a peek a boo box, that included 3 feeling plush pillows and a 32 page How-To Kimochi Feeling guide.  She along with the other characters have a built in pouch were feelings can be stored.

Thanks to the How To Guide, I learned this about our new friend:  Kimochi Huggtopus is all smiles and giggles.. She is very affectionate and strong and sometimes gets a little carried away by her big and friendly personality. She always means well, but has to learn about boundaries. Huggs’ favorite number is 8 and she has a special fondness for bubblegum.”

I was also sent a bag of feelings which included hurt, kind, friendly. uncomfortable, sorry, and a blank feeling that your child can use to write another feeling down with the included washable marker.

Kimochis retail for $25 and you can also purchase extra mixed bags of feelings for $12.

Win 1bd023df13a4de34d08eee2170d18bfayour choice of Cloud, Bug or Huggtopus:

1. Tell us, which character is most like your child and Why? (Cloud, Bug or Huggtopus) Please include your email address in each comment.

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Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/23/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Safety Caps Review and Giveaway

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My daughter pokes around at everything she sees and also puts everything in her mouth. I don’t blame her, the world is a pretty interesting place but it’s also a very dangerous place for children.  As a parent, I’m out to find anything to help keep my daughter safe, as life is so precious.

I’m sure if you are a parent or if you are around any young children you’ve noticed those outlet plug covers that all parents buy to “childproof” their homes. Yes, I’ve bought them.  These are mainly used  to prevent the chance of electrical shock. A few weeks ago, I  learned from the company Safety Caps,  that they are potential choking hazards!100_8138

George Decell, the company founder,  had a terrifying experience when his one year old daughter Sage, got a hold of an outlet plug-in cover and nearly suffocated to death until he was able to revive her. I imagine, this to have been a horrible moment that no parent should ever go through. After this happened he contacted the safety industry and they did nothing about it! So with keeping the safety of all children in mind, he designed his own based upon a similar design but he made them bigger and added two vent holes on each side. You may wonder why the two holes, I wondered the same thing. Basically, the two vent holes  meet the safety requirements of a pacifier and what this means that if your child puts this in their mouth, it will not block their air flow!  You can see the safety tests here.

Unfortunately, lots of companies are refusing to see the the hazard of standard plug outlets even though hospitals and many people are saying otherwise. We are looking for other bloggers to review and blog about SafetyCaps, so if you’re interested please email george@safetycaps.com. His goal is to have a blogger from each USA state, so see if YOU can be that state linked.  He also wants to get Oprah and Ellen’s attention on the matter for more support. Please do show you support as with doing so you will help prevent not only electrical but also choking prevention in children.

If you’d like to  buy SafetyCaps, you can do so online at http://www.safetycaps.com/

Win it!

One of  my  readers will be able to win a 24 pack of SafetyCaps

To enter:

1. We’d ask that you e-mail Oprah or Ellen and inform them about Safety Caps and then come back and let me know that you did!

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Safety Caps – 2 EXTRA
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4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this, don’t forget to include @erinlowmaster so I know you tweeted. 2 EXTRA
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 3 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/22/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Nana Star and Moon Man Review and Giveaway!

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I recently was given the opportunity to review many of the products associated with Nana Star an award winning series of children books.  These books were written by two sisters, Elizabeth and Elena Sills  and the books were illustrated by their mother Linda Saker. I love when families works together in bringing together something that promotes positive virtues and character-building points and traits that are important for children.

The first book book, “Nana Star” tells the story of Nana Star whom is a little girl venturing out to bring a lost baby star back home.  I find the stories simple enough for young children to understand on their own but challenging enough as well to bring questions to the table.

The second book ” Nana Star and the Moon man” is the next in the series.  It picks up where the last book left off.  Nana is trying to get the little star back home but finds herself lost in the dark and this where the moon man comes in.  He encourages her to know he is there to guide and watch her along the way even if she can’t see him.
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Each of the books comes with a companion CD witch features sing along songs along with the full story so your kids can listen anytime they want. The  stories that they’ve brought to life are quite simple keeping them geared toward 3-7 year olds.

I wanted to also mention that each book, includes a mistake in the text for young readers to find. When children send Nana Star a note correcting the mistake, they become special members of her Little Twinkles Club. Each member receives an autographed photo of the real Nana Star with a personalized message, as well as a certificate of membership.

I love the plush toys that came along with my books as they are incredibly lovable and hugable.  My daughter loves dragging the Moon man toy around the house with her throughout the day and she dances when I push the star on his stomach and music begins to play. It’s too cute.  The Nana Star rag doll is a wonderful companion for young girls. She’s pose able and soft so she can even become a sleeping companion for your child or even the next guest at her tea parties.

I’m all for companies that give back to the community and Nana Star does just that by giving  a portion of all book and merchandise sales directly to the Nana Star Foundation, which is dedicated to raising funds for terminally ill children and raising awareness of the crippling problems facing children that attend under-resourced, inner-city schools. The Nana Star books are distributed to hospitals and inner-city schools throughout the United States.

Nana Star products can be purchased from NanaStar.com and the books can also be found on Amazon.
Win it!

One of  my  readers will be able to win a Nana Star Book and the Nana Star Doll!

1. Leave a comment below and let me know who this woulds be for if you won! (if this is not followed, no entry will count)

For additional entries:

1. Subscribe to my blog – 1 entries
2. Blog about this giveaway with links back here and to Nana Star – 2 EXTRA
3. Subscribe to my blog by feed burner by e-mail- 1 extra
4. Favorite me on technorati and leave me your url 1 extra
5. Add me on twitter and retweet this, don’t forget to include @erinlowmaster so I know you tweeted. 2 EXTRA
6. Add my button to your site and leave me your link 2 EXTRA
7. Post this at a giveaway listing site and leave the link- 5 extra entries

Please leave separate comments for each additional entry, i.e.: if you blog about it leave 2 separate comments.

Giveaway – running till 05/22/09 and is open to the USA only. Winners will be notified shortly afterward by email. Please respond within 48 hours or you forfeit your prize to another participant

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Special Giveaway Carnival!

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New England Bloggers Giveaway Carnival

The New England Bloggers are having a May Day Giveaway Carnival. Thirteen blogs are participating and giving away all sorts of wodnerful prizes You DO NOT have to be a New England Blogger to enter the giveaways and win, this is a way for them to expand their individual readerships by getting visitors from each other. So, please visit as many possible by Friday  so you can enter. Each blogger will have different guidelines for entering.

Also, they are offering an extra entry into each of their giveaways if you blog about this giveaway carnival before Wednesday, April 29.

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