Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Mad Love by Nick Spalding

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Lake Union Publishing, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.


And now for a book that can leave you smiling this holiday season....


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Synopsis:

Can two people who have never met make a marriage work? Popular dating site Sociality thinks so, and is marrying London lad Adam to California girl Jessica to prove it.
What better way to show that your ‘love algorithms’ work than to put two complete strangers together in an expensive publicity stunt? But, as livewire Jess and lazybones Adam quickly discover, just because a computer says you’re the perfect match, it doesn’t make it so!

Two million Sociality subscribers and the media are following the happy couple’s progress, and they have to make a go of it or they’ll lose everything, look like idiots, and destroy Sociality’s reputation. But can the mismatched pair, who seem to be constantly at each other’s throats, put their differences aside and work their way into each other’s hearts?
Nick Spalding, bestselling author of Fat Chance and Bricking It, will make you cry with laughter at this story of marital warfare—complete with sinking boats, badly aimed flatulence, well aimed tennis balls and some very suggestive pastry.

Review:

I literally could NOT put this book down! I intended to read about 4-5 chapters, but oh no, once I started, I could NOT put it down! This book is hilarious, sharp and heartwarming, all at the same time! What if reality TV meets internet dating, meets 'male chick lit' (not quite sure what you call if, it its written by a male...). The result is this hilarious romp that will leave you wondering why no one else thought of it before. It's so simple and basic, yet Spalding gives each character such UNIQUE characteristics, that you feel like you KNOW everyone involved, and that you're hearing this story from a couple of good friends, who have just gone through it!If there is ONE book you want to read this holiday season, THIS is the book-I promise you will not be able to put it down, and when you do, you'll be wondering when the movie will come out, it's THAT good!



About the Author:

Nick Spalding is the bestselling author of eight novels, two novellas and two semi-fictional memoirs. Nick worked in media and communications for most of his life, before turning his energy to genre-spanning humorous writing. He lives in the south of England with his wife.


Babytime! Silky Powder Can Make Baby's Holiday Better!

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Babytime! for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.

Looking for another unique baby shower gift idea this holiday season?

Or do you need a great gift idea for an elderly parent?

This new product might be the perfect fit!

silky powder'

Babytime! has the first ever body powder to soak up extra moisture, while supporting the skin’s natural probiotic system.

This new powder is greater than 95 Organic is Fragrance Free and Gluten Free! Made with no animal testing, this is a natural talc powder yu'll want for the ENTIRE family! It is made with Tapioca, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Marshmallow Root Extract, Aloe Leaf Extract, Calendula Flower Extract, Rose Hip Fruit Oil, and Rosemary Leaf Oil.

This talc-free absorbent powder is perfect for the diaper area, thanks to its non-absorbency. It's also great for adults for the  underarm area. If you have a bed ridden parent, then this powder is also great for their special needs as well.  It absorbs without getting clumpy like some powders can do, which can cause more irritation. It's a powder we're adding to our to-buy list! Plus if your baby is recovering from a diaper rash already, it helps their body work with itself to heal it, not just mask the problem! 

Silky Powder is enriched with sweet wild rose scent for a soft touch and delectable smell, so your baby will love how soft it is, while you will love using it on yourself after a shower for a light scent, especially in Summer, when you may not want to add perfume.

So if you are looking for an unique baby gift, or holiday present for an adult, that keeps on giving, this is the one you need!






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How to Make Brushing Teeth FUN

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from jack and Jill, for review and giveaway  purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.



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We ALL love the holiday season!

But the one thing that really makes it bright for kids is ALL the sweets- from candy to cookies to pies to cupcakes to cakes, the list seems endless during December, as kids go from one house to a party, to school to a party, and to more parties, right?

So making sure that even the YOUNGEST kids in the household are brushing right, and with items made FOR them, can be a pretty good way to make sure they want to brush all that SUGAR away!

Jack N Jill, a company known for high quality kids items, knows this and has not only come up with a great tooth cleaning set, but they have 4 different designs to enrapt any young child:


Yup- you can choose from Bunny, Dino, Hippo and Koala! 

Aren't they too cute?

We were sent one of their adorable Jack N Jill Hippo Kits!


The kit covers infants to toddlers, thanks to the Jack N Jill Natural Toothpaste Organic Blackcurrant Flavour, that is natural and suitable for all ages, as well as their Jack N Jill Bio Toothbrush Hippo for toddlers and young kids, and their Jack N Jill Silicone Baby Tooth Brush.


Their Jack N Jill Bio Toothbrush features rounded soft nylon bristles for superior cleaning, while the ergonomic handle (made from 100% Corn Starch (Non GMO!)), is easy for young children to hold! And you can feel GREAT about buying your kids this toothbrush, as it decompses so much quicker in landfills. In fact it typically takes ONLY  90 days to break down in a commercial compost. And that's good for our environment too!

The Jack N Jill Silicone Baby Tooth Brush features soft silicone bristles that are very gentle on tiny teeth and sensitive gums. Made from 100% Medical/Food Grade Silicone, it is BPA & PVC Free! And thanks to it's unique double-sided design, it can cleans top & bottom, front & back, all  at the same time! And as you know, less time brushing, means less fighting with infants! So everybody wins!


The  Jack N Jill Natural Toothpaste is quite tasty for kids, thanks to being rich in Xylitol, It features organic Calendula to soothe gums, that can be irritated by teething. It comes in 5 flavors, including this Natural Blackcurrant Flavor, It is Fluoride Free, Sugar Free, Colour Free, SLS Free, No Artificial Preservatives, and Gluten Free, so it's safe for everyone in the family to use!,


And how do you cart this adorable set to Grandma's house?

Why in the included Jack N Jill Sleepover Bag!



Made from pure cotton, with a water resistant lining, this travel bag measures 10cm x 16cm. It comes in an adorable container, that can easily turn into a way to store other items while traveling! The bag features the jack N Jill nursery rhyme on it, and has plenty of room for multiple toothbrushes and the toothpaste, as you can see!


The set also included the Jack N Jill Hippo Rinse/Storage Cup, featuring the lavender hippo, who can help to make brushing FUN! Made from bamboo & rice husks, it is naturally BPA & PVC Free., and biodegradable! With a matte finish and a familiar face, it is perfect for hygienically storing Jack N' Jill products in the bathroom, rinsing after brushing and even that midnight drink of water!



the kit even comes in an adorable box, all ready for gift giving, so you don't have to wrap it, if you don't want to! It really is just TOO CUTE of a set! It's great for giving ANY time of the year!

Plus, if you sign up for the Jack N Jill newsletter, you'll get 15% off your first order!

That's something we can ALL love!

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Giveaway 

One BTHM reader will get to win their own Jack N Jill Set,
for their favorite little one this holiday season!


You will get the Hippo set as shown above!




GOOD LUCK!!!
Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Works of Ahhh Can Get RID of the Vacation 'I'm Bireds"

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this product, free of charge,from Works of Ahhh line, from MasterPieces Puzzle Co, via Tomoson, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it, all opinions are my own.


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Christmas is coming and you KNOW what that Means!

The kids are going to be BORED after just a day or two of vacation,
especially if you travel to Grandma''s house, it's sota like a 100% probability, right?

So why not have some craft kits ready and waiting, to not only keep them occupied and happy, AND provide some great holiday decor?

Meet your new holiday fun:


This fun new kit comes from the Works of Ahhh line, from MasterPieces Puzzle Co
a company KNOWN for great activities for kids!

This new holiday kit (we were sent the Guardsman Nutcracker) contains everything (except for glue), that kids need to complete the project!


You get your wooden piece, pains, 2 brushes, stickers, fur pieces for beard and hair.

Then you have access to the super Works of Ahh 3D Painting App! Its available on iTunes AND Google Play! The new app allows kids to design the colors they want on their piece BEFORE they start painting, and allows them to make custom colors to see what they would look like! Check it out:


Is that not just too cool? 

Miss Grace couldn't wait to download the app- she was just TOO excited to paint her own nutcracker from scratch- and started painting without designing.


As you can see, she had some color issues as the paint brushes didn't quite allow for fine lining. She's too used to my art brushes I'm afraid. but generally, if you are careful, you can get those fine lines in. She also added the sticker eyes at the beginning because she wanted him 'to see what he was looking like', LOL.


But then before she could finish, she saw some Irish nutcrackers in a catalog and decided that she wanted to change her nutcracker. SIGH, THIS is where the design BEFORE you paint can come in VERY handy!

We were able to use the included green to cover over the blue and red with no problem, but then she decided she wanted a more natural wooden color face, and some shine, so she hit my paint supply. Normally you would NOT need to, as there is quite enough paint included to finish the project. She also decided she wanted gold instead of the included yellow for gloves, belt and buttons, so she also used it. Once she had her reference picture to go from, she made quick work of changing her nutcracker.


As you can see, once finished painting, she added in the stickers for the candy and gingerbread man, and then used additional stickers on his mustache, hat and base. She asked me to draw the shamrock on the base, so everyone would know he was an Irish Nutcracker too! I also helped with the missing right eyebrow! LOL.

Then came the adding of the hair and beard. We actually cut one their hair shorter, which is easily done, if you comb it gently, as their are natural breaks under the fake fur, making for easy straight cuts.


I think she did a super job once she changed her mind and stuck to a plan. So had she used the design app, it would have been not only quicker, but easier on her.

She had fun and asked where we could find more of the kits, so I know she LOVED them!

Not only do Works of Ahh have this nutcracker kit, they have more!


Yup- their Holiday Collection contains a FULL line of Nutcrackers, including the Mouse King and the princess! Plus they have a Gingerbread House,, Elf and Angle. PLUS they have a Polar Express Train Set. How cool is that?

You can order the kits directly from the MasterPieces Puzzle Co website, or you can get them from your favorite retailers like Walmart, Kohl's, Kmart and Bed, Bath & Beyond! They make a GREAT gift idea, especial for kids' gift exchanged, when you have no idea what to get the child!

And if you think you did a great job, you can enter your finished product, and its design on the 3D Paint app into their monthly contest, and try to win another kit! Woo hoo, we love that!






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