Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks

~I received Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

From the team behind The Three Ninja Pigs and Ninja Red Riding Hood comes Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks written by Core Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca Gomez and illustrated by Caldecott Medal winner Dan Santat. This is a fun read-aloud picture book with a fractured fairy-tale that will leave you wanting more!

Hensel and Gretel: Ninja Chicks By Corey Rosen Schwartz and Rebecca J. Gomez Illustrated by Dan Santat

These ninja chicks are anything but chicken!

When Hensel and Gretel’s dad gets snatched by a fox, the sisters put their ninja skills to work to track him down before he can be stir-fried.

But are these two little chicks ready to take on a dark tangled forest, a tricky house made of corn bread, and an even trickier fox?

This plucky pair isn’t giving up without a fight! Kiya!

Picture books that are unique are what really grab children’s’ attentions and have them asking for more books. This one is so cute and funny and full of awesome that my girls want me to hunt down the first two books so they can read more about ninjas in fairy tales. We have all read many versions of Hansel and Gretel but this one is about ninja trained chickens who must head into the forest and try and find their dad who was taken! Follow their crumbs to the house made of corn bread and see how they fight a tricky fox.

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Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book)

~I received Snappsy the Alligator for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

I live in Florida and went to The University of Florida (Gators) so I have a love of things with alligators on/in them and that includes children’s books. Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) written by Julie Falatko and illustrated by Tim Miller is sure to keep your kids laughing all summer long.

Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) By Julie Falatko Illustrated by Tim J. Miller

Snappsy the alligator is having a normal day when a pesky narrator steps in to spice up the story. Is Snappsy reading a book … or is he making CRAFTY plans? Is Snappsy on his way to the grocery store … or is he PROWLING the forest for defenseless birds and fuzzy bunnies? Is Snappsy innocently shopping for a party … or is he OBSESSED with snack foods that start with the letter P? What’s the truth? 

Snappsy is just an ordinary alligator going about his day when all of a sudden his every move is narrated and Snappsy does not like it one bit! The narrator only describes what he is seeing and has no insight into Snappsy. The narrator says Snappsy eats cute forest creatures but Snappsy actually shops at the grocery store like everyone else! Read this book to see what hilarious misinformation ensues and see how it all plays out. Fun illustrations accompany this story which is not your traditional picture book. Another book I truly don’t mind reading over and over again.

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Cush Cushion – The World’s Most Comfortable Seat Cushion

~I received a Cush Cushion for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

Many of us out there have lower back pain for whatever reason and it can affect us at any age…not just the elderly! One man out there named Chris set out to make the world’s most comfortable seat cushion and so he started Cush Comfort.

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From Chris himself: It all went down after I developed a herniated disc at the ripe old age of 26. After this injury, sitting for long periods of time at my desk or in my car would cause deep traveling pains in my lower back and legs. I was like- “this is bullshit! I’m 26 freaking years old! I’m too young to feel this old!” Nevertheless that is the situation I was in, so I set out on a path to find a solution that actually worked.

I tried lots of things.. I mean some of the things I tried were seriously wacky. Some things really worked- lots of things really didn’t. Eventually though, I teased out the solutions that were actually effective, cutting through the marketing BS I was finding everywhere I went on the interwebs.”

This company is a reflection of those solutions that I found to be truly effective. We sell products, yes, but really we provide a different framework for looking at your problem. From the secretary who is having backaches from sitting at a desk 10 hours a day, to the truck driver who’s leg goes numb after 8 hours of straight driving, to the commuter who is just sick of getting out of his car with a sore butt, we are interested in: 1. Easing your immediate pain now and 2. Helping you solve the deeper issue behind your pain. This is why with each product we ship, we include tools and info to help you get back on track, stop the habits that are keeping you sick, and kickstart the habits and routines that will get you well.

Cush is all about developing real solutions that actually work. That is why if you were to visit our office or our homes, you would see each and every one of us using the solutions we provide ourselves, and with our friends and family.

Cush Cushion - The World's Most Comfortable Seat Cushion

When I first saw the cushion I thought sure…it is a black cushion for my butt…and that it didn’t necessarily look special. Of course it takes actually sitting on the Cush Comfort to discover how amazing it really is. I was genuinely shocked how well it worked! To get the relief my lower back and butt needed all it took was putting this cushion where I put my butt…my computer desk chair. Sure…it was super comfortable at first…with its soft yet firm memory foam material. What makes this seat cushion truly the world’s most comfortable cushion is the fact that I still feel comfy no matter how many hours I am sitting. Normally I would start to get butt and lower back pain after just an hour or two but now I really can go all day. I was telling my husband about the amazingness of the Cush and now he wants one for himself. He spends hours on the road so I will need to get him one as his Father’s Day gift. We are practical gift givers and butt and back comfort is a gift anyone would want!

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The memory foam is heat responsive so just 30 seconds from the time you sit on your Cush your body heat begins to mold the foam to your unique butt.  There is even a cutaway section to help suspend the tailbone and it is a feature I didn’t even know I wanted in a seat cushion until I sat in this one. The bottom has a non-slip bottom so no need to worry about it sliding all around the place. For those of us that like to clean things we sit our butt on the outer cover is indeed machine washable.

Cush Comfort

Here it is in my own personal chair.It fits fabulously!

  • INSTANT RELIEF Coccyx cut-out suspends the tailbone, medically proven to provide relief from lower back pain, numbness, and point pressure associated with sitting for long periods. You’ll never go back to sitting the old way again.
  • CUSTOM NON SLIP BOTTOM keeps your cushion in place while you sit so you don’t have to constantly re-position
  • NEW DEEPER ERGONOMIC SHAPE to hug your butt as you sit, eliminating point pressure and distributing support evenly so you can sit for longer without discomfort, improving posture and providing superior comfort
  • 100% HIGH GRADE MEMORY FOAM won’t go flat over time like standard foam cushions.
  • SAFE, 3rd party tested eco-friendly material that is completely odorless

The people at Cush are there to help you in any way they can! If you have an issue, you can talk to them. If you have a question, you can talk to them. They are there to help because they are there for you, and they will stop at nothing to ensure that your relationship with them brings you only joy and relief. How’s that for customer service! You can purchase it on Amazon.

Right now you can save 10% Off Cush Cushion with promo code: clubcush


Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson

~I received Douglas, You Need Glasses! for the purpose of reviewing. Opinions and stories are my own.~

In the children’s book Douglas, You Need Glasses! by Ged Adamson we all get to meet Douglas, a dog with a big problem: he needs eyeglasses but doesn’t know it, and his bad eyesight tends to land him in some pretty hairy situations.

Douglas, You Need Glasses! By Ged Adamson

Readers will laugh along with the new picture book character Douglas as he chases a leaf that he mistakes for a squirrel, walks through wet cement because he can’t see the warning sign, and annoys the neighbor’s dog by mistakenly eating out of his bowl. And when Douglas’s owner Nancy finally takes him to what is clearly an eyeglass store and Douglas asks, “Why are you taking me to a shoe store?” everyone will be giggling.
After an eye exam confirms that Douglas needs glasses, and Nancy helps him find the perfect pair, readers will rejoice with Douglas as he sees all the amazing things he’s been missing!
Both kids and parents will laugh out loud—and may even recognize themselves!—while reading this utterly irresistible, hilarious picture book.

Ged Adamson has had poor eyesight since he was young. He still remembers the moment he realized he needed glasses: on a trip to the countryside, his dad said, “Look at all the rabbits on that hillside.” Ged said, “Wow,” but actually he couldn’t see a single rabbit. Ged has worked as a cartoonist, storyboard artist, and music composer. It was always his ambition to write and illustrate picture books. He lives in Greenwich, London, with his family.

To celebrate the book’s publication, parents are encouraged to share pictures of their children wearing glasses using the hashtag #douglasyouneedglasses and tag @RandomHouseKids on Twitter. I got my first pair of glasses when I was in high school and my husband got his first pair in elementary school so I know the day will come when my girls will need glasses too. This is an especially great book for kids that do wear glasses so they can see it is really quite normal to have to wear them….so they can see clearly the world around them! A fabulous book with awesome illustrations and a great addition to any bookshelf.

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