Friday, October 21, 2016

New Release Sale Blast - Lights Out by Cooper and Paulson


Two of our favorite authors have teamed up (Jill Cooper and Bonnie Paulson) with a new action packed thriller!  I  am fixing to dive into this one. Can't wait to see what these two authors have come up with in Lights Out. 

ebook-cvr-1-569x2-500pxWhen an alcoholic doctor and guilt-plagued nurse are stalked by a vengeful mother during one of the worst storms in the region’s history, an entire town’s survival hangs in the balance. After a botched emergency C-section, Terri lost her son. With her marriage a wreck, Terri holds the hospital staff responsible for destroying every aspect of her life and will exact revenge as the snow pours down. Karen was in the surgical room when it all went down. She has the evidence to prove Terri’s story of corruption and medical malpractice. Instead, Karen falsifies the records in exchange for a briefcase full of cash she needs to save her parents. The guilt of her actions and what she protected erodes her life and brings her to the brink. As the storm rolls in, Karen succumbs to her guilt, ready to set the record straight—but will she get her chance? She’s at the top of Terri’s list. As residents are stranded and seek shelter, the power goes out all over town and provides the perfect cover. Those that know Terri the best—fear the worst. Terri, a survival wilderness expert, will take to the snow to exact her revenge and to hell with anyone who gets in her way. Sandpoint, Idaho is about to be put on notice by a grief-stricken mother without a child and the residents will never be the same. Get lost in the storm and purchase Light’s Out today!

Get it on Amazon for $.99

Free on KU

Meet the authors - About Jill Cooper – I could write this in the third person. I could tell you what I like, where I was born, and what my favorite things are.jillcooper But instead, I’ll say I don’t want to write like everyone else. I don’t want to craft stories you’ve read a thousand times before. I want my novels to be a cinematic experience, blending themes, genres, and situations unlike any you’ve ever read. I want to break the rules. I want you to break out in a cold sweat as you read my books out of fear, love, and excitement. I want my books to be an experience. When you finish, I want you to feel something. Good or bad. If you do, then I’ll have succeeded. If not, I’ll keep trying. She can be contacted at and please like her to keep up to date: Facebook   About Bonnie R. PaulsonBonnie Bonnie R. Paulson mixes her science and medical background with reality and possibilities to make even myths seem likely and give every romance the genetic strength to survive. Bonnie has discovered a dark and twisty turn in her writing that she hopes you enjoy as much as she has enjoyed uncovering it. Dirt biking with her family in the Northwest keeps her sane. Follow on: Facebook / Website/ Twitter / Goodreads / Newsletter/ Literary Addicts / Amazon

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Free Halloween Fun in St.Augustine Florida

Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions Hosts 
Free Halloween Fun on October 29

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Old City businesses come together to make sure kids have a safe and fun Halloween
ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (October 19, 2016) -  Hurricane Matthew created a serious hardships for thousands of St. John's County families, but Ripley's St. Augustine Attractions want to make sure local kids can still have a safe and fun Halloween.

Ripley's and several other Old City businesses have partnered to put together a free evening of Halloween fun on Saturday, October 29.

"Some people don't realize how dramatically children are impacted by tragedy in the aftermath of a storm like Matthew," said Kim Kiff, Regional Manager for Ripley Entertainment. "We're happy to be able to host this community-driven event to offer a fun night for children and families."

The October 29th event will take place in the Ripley's Believe It or Not! parking lot from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm, followed by a showing of the movie Beetlejuice at 7:00 pm (bring lawn chairs for the movie).

There will be free popcorn and people handing out candy. Kids are encouraged to come in costumes; there will be a costume contest and prizes.

More than 20 businesses and organizations have joined together to provide entertainment, games, activities and - of course - candy! Organizers will try and fill the "Great Pumpkin" with donations for local families in need. People are encouraged to bring donations of gift cards, cash and even spare change. Donations are not required to participate in the event.

Participating businesses include:

Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Ripley's Ghost Train Adventures
Ripley's Red Train Tours
Happy Pappy's Glowing Balls
St. Augustine Behavioral Health
Thompson Therapy
Space Walk of St. Augustine
Coastal Security Agency
Coastal Foot and Ankle
Volkswagen of St. Augustine
VIP Entertainment

Mystique Boutique
The Bailey Group
DJ Dan
St. Francis Inn
Drake's Deli
Turner Ace Hardware, San Marco Ave.
Howard Johnson, San Marco Ave.
Island Beach Shop & Grill
Jaybird's Inn & Restaurant
St. Augustine Young Professionals
Vystar Credit Union

There will be a free train shuttle running from the Sugar Mill station at 254 San Marco Ave. for people who need parking.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

13 days of Henson Halloween


October 19th – 31st, 2016 Join The Jim Henson Company in celebrating the spookiest time of the year!   Here are a few of the upcoming events.  Which one will be your favorite? 

Join Buddy and friends as they investigate the spooky tree in an all new Dinosaur Train episode premiering today!  Check your local PBS listings.

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Meet Dot, a spunky 8-year-old who is curious about the world around her and uses technology 
to help her learn, create, and explore! Dot. premieres October 22, only on Sprout.  Check your local Sprout listings

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New Word Party Episodes!                  
The babies are back! Kip, Lulu, Bailey, and Franny
are back with 14 new episodes on Netflix October 21.

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Want more Henson Halloween? Be sure to follow Henson Family Hub on Facebook and Twitter for spooky and family friendly Halloween activities, videos, and more! 
The Henson Family Hub is the official home for all The Jim Henson Company's Family Entertainment, news, and fun.
Join the Hubbub for special announcements, activities, and more. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Boo It Forward with Ghostbusters #BooItForward

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo received the below products complimentary for review. All opinions below are our own. "

I Boo'd my coworkers today. It was so fun to sneak in a Halloween surprise for them. In honor of Ghostbusters Answer the Call "now available on DVD" we decided to #BooItForward. The tradition of "Booing your Neighbor" has been around for several years now and it has really grown in popularity as a fun, safe, family-oriented activity.  It was super easy to pull off today at school.  I had a parent sneak my treats into the teachers class I chose to BOO.  They had no idea that the treats came from me.  I can't wait to see who they choose to #BooItForward to next. 

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 It's also known as "Ghosting" or "Boo-gramming." They would put together a home decorated bag of treats including a note with instructions on how to "boo" and a poem and deliver it anonymously to their neighbor, friend or relative. The recipient would then have 48 hours to do it to their next door neighbor or friend which creates a chain throughout the neighborhood.

Who you gonna Boo?  Here's what to do: 

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Who Ya Gonna Boo? 
1.  Have a Boo Bundle (Include a You've been Boo'd card)
2. Secretly deliver it  (Leave boo bundles on porches, doorsteps and desks)
3.  Boo It Forward (encourage recipents to Boo someone new

Share the fun #BooItForward visit Walmart.Com/BooItForward

 We're super excited to be able to share some news about this favorite movie.  Who you going to call? Ghostbusters!

Now available on DVD Blu-Ray Ghostbusters Answer the Call Extended Edition 

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Ghostbusters now on DVD and Blu-ray! 
Directed by Paul Feig and Sarring Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Leslie Jones, Kate McKinnon and Chris Hemsworth  ~ Extended edition features more than 15 minutes not seen in theaters plus more than 3 hours of hilarious bonus content including deleted scenes and gag reels! 


The franchise makes its long awaited return with Director Paul Feig's unique and hilarious take on the classic supernatural comedy, led by the feshest minds in comedy today, Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate MczKinnon, Leslie Jones and Chris Hemsworth. Together they team up to save Manhatten from a sudden invasion of sirtits , spooks and slime that engulfs the city. 

Directed by Paul Feig and written by Kattie Dippod and Paul Feig, Gostbusters: Answer the Call is based on the 1984 Ivan Reitman film, written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis. It is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal and executive produced by Paul Feig, Jessie Henderson, Dan Aykroyd, Tom Pollock, Joe Medjuck, Ali Bell and Michele Imperato Stabile.  

Ghostbusters: Answer the Call extended edition has a run time of approximately 116 minutes and is rated PG 13 for supernatural action and some crude humor.  

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Saturday, October 8, 2016

Halloween Costumes for the Family @OrientalTrading

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo was provided with a sample of Halloween products free of charge from Oriental Trading. We provided our honest opinion about our experience with the products below. "

Halloween! Are you ready or starting to think about it at least.  My son has a count down going he is so excited about Trick or Treating this year and of course the big incentive candy.  This year I discovered a one stop shop for all of my Halloween needs including fun family friendly Halloween costumes at Oriental Trading.  The website was easy to browse, the check out process simple and the shipping fast.  This lady couldn't be happier from start to finish. 

It only took my son a few moments on the site to choose the costume he wanted.  Oriental Trading had an Angry Birds Halloween Costume and that boy is all about  Angry Birds right now.  Isn't it funny the things your children decide to love? I promised a sneak peek of our costumes last week so here goes. 

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Angry Birds Halloween Costume +Oriental Trading 

This costume is super easy it just slides on over the head . It is made of foam and has a pillow pouch inside if you'd like to add extra stuffing. My picture above shows the costume without anything extra just how it comes. 

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Angry Bird Costumes +Oriental Trading 

That big Red bird head that's me.  My son voted for Mama to be a bird as well. The big mascot head just slips on also. I'm going to pair it up with my own outfit. Easy! Thank you Oriental Trading for our fun family Halloween Costumes. We can't wait to show them off to family and friends. 

If you are not a fan of Angry Birds no worries Oriental Trading has a huge selection of Halloween costumes to choose from.  Happy Halloween ~ Trick or Treat! 

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Save on Family Friendly Hawaii Vacations with Pleasant Holidays

Hawaii is on my bucket list of travel adventures.  I'm sure I'm not the only one.  I just received this information as part of the US Family Guide Blogger Program .  If you are planning a trip to Hawaii maybe you'll get a good deal check it out. 

Save $100 on family-friendly Hawaii vacations with Pleasant Holidays - USFG's new travel partner! 

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I am so excited! I just learned that US Family Guide has partnered with Pleasant Holidays, a leading provider of package vacations. They're based in the U.S. and have great deals on family vacations worldwide - Hawaii, contiguous United States, Canada, Mexico, Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, Tahiti, Fiji and more. They can also book complete cruise vacations with airfare, onboard accommodations, and pre- and post-cruise hotel stays for vacations where everyone can relax and enjoy. 

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Pleasant Holidays is new to US Family Guide, but has been partnering with hotels and resorts for more than 55 years to get great offers you cannot book anywhere else. When you're planning to explore close to home or farther afield, make them your one-stop-shop for everything you need: flights, accommodations, car rentals, ground transfers, exciting activities and tours, and travel protection coverage to protect your travel investment (because if parenthood has taught us one thing, it's to expect the unexpected). And unlike some other online travel providers, they have in-destination customer assistance should you need it.

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They've currently got a great deal on Hawaii vacations that saves you $100 per booking. Select from 26 hotels and resorts on the four most popular islands: Oahu, Maui, Kauai and island of Hawaii. Explore the exciting sights of Oahu, including world-famous Waikiki Beach and historic Pearl Harbor. Watch the sun rise from the slopes of a dormant volcano on Maui. Snorkel, hike, kayak, surf, experience Polynesian culture and more. This deal is valid on new vacations booked by 10/30/16 for select travel through 6/30/17 that include roundtrip airfare from the continental United States and a stay of five nights or longer at a participating hotel or resort. The $100 savings is per booking and taken at time of booking - no waiting! For more information or reservations visit, call 1-800-837-5154 or contact your travel agent.

Be sure to keep an eye on my blog page. I'll be sharing more great deals for memorable family vacations from Pleasant Holidays soon!

"As a part of the US Family Guide Blogging Program I entered a contest to win a Hawaii Vacation . Wish me luck. " 

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Halloween Books and Matching Crafts for Young Children

"Living at the Whiteheads Zoo was provided with a sample of Halloween products free of charge from Oriental Trading. We provided our honest opinion about our experience with the products below. "

Halloween is one of my favorite holidays to spend with the kids.  We have so much fun both at home and at work.  Today's post is about some creative Halloween fun in the classroom.  I work with both two and three year old children so the projects need to be simple, and still fun.  We also try to keep things not scary when talking about Halloween.  Here are a few children's Halloween crafts that are happening right now in my classroom.

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Shape Spiders a kids Halloween Art Activity
Shape Spiders are so much fun as a holiday craft,  both easy and educational.  Can you say winner.  They are so simple to do thanks to the spider kits at Oriental Trading.  Each child gets a spider package. Each kit comes with four fun shapes ( triangle, square, rectangle or circle). We let the kids pick out a shape pack and then get busy.  You  don't even need glue for this activity. Each piece has a sticker adhesive. All you need extra to create these spiders are your students.  They even come with magnets to attach to the back.

We suggest reading these Spider Books along with your Halloween Shape Spiders Art activity.

  • There was an old mummy who swallowed a spider by Jennifer Ward (this is available on Kindle Unlimited) 
  • How Spider Saved Halloween by Robert Kraus 
  • The Spider and the Fly by Mary Howitz

Pumpkin Mummy's are another fun and simple project thanks to Oriental Tradings Halloween craft kits.  Everything you need is again in individually wrapped craft packs. Just grab one, a student and let them work.  Little hands may need help peeling the back off but after that they just stick the pieces on.  This also has magnets to attach and hang up.

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It's a Pumpkin Mummy! So FUN =) 
We suggest  reading :

  • Where's my Mummy? by Carolyn Crimi

Parents love projects that include their children's pictures. And I have to be honest I do too. We have some pretty cute kiddos in our classroom.  These little Halloween magnets are absolutely adorable. There really isn't anything to do just add the child's picture and attach a magnet.  There are four different choices a ghost, witch, vampire and Frakenstein.  

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Halloween Photo Magnets just add photos ! I love these. 
We suggest reading: 

  • Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson
  • Ten Timid Ghosts by Jennifer O'Connel 
  • Vunce Upon a Time by J.Otto
  • Frankie Stein Starts School by M. Schaefer
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The Witch is In ... 
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"Thank you Oriental Trading for providing us with some spooktacular products. We are having a blast with them."

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