Friday, 24 November 2017

The Yellow Toucan Personalized Child Map Review

Give the gift of the World to your child ( or even yourself) with a personalized map from The Yellow Toucan .

I am beyond impressed with the way the map turned out , not to mention the thrill in Zach's eyes when he saw himself in the map.

The map came safe packed in a tube with thicker cellophane wrapped around it . As well they did not tape on your actual map to keep it closed, there was a cardboard wrap to keep your beautiful personalized World map intact.

We will take Zach's bird eye view of his map then I will explain in more detail.

 (Soar above Asia as Indiana Jones in a Hot Air Balloon)

(Ahoy Matey through the Southern Ocean in a Pirate Ship)
 ( Fly heights across the Pacific Ocean in your Gyro Prop Plane)

What caught his eye first and what sparked shocked excitement was seeing his face on the map . I showed him all 3 spots he was featured in .  It was such an endearing sweet moment to share. The fact that the map has a picture representing all the World is so amazing . The best part was telling him he could go to any place in the World he wanted . The map helped spark an opening to the World and the differences.

 The map is personalized with your littles name at the top as well. The title The Beautiful World Of  ( insert child name) really is beautiful. The details alone , coupled with portraits of your child in a plane, Pirate ship and Hot Air Balloon, set the stage for a beautiful world. You can build on grabbing at life and making it beautiful by just exploring the map.

I love that this is also a teaching tool esp for those who choose to Home School. You can learn through play and plant seeds within your child's heart . What better way to introduce them to the world then a personalized map with them inserted in it. Visualization tool as well.
(the full map  , not matter what I tried I could not do justice to a picture full sizeof the entire AMAZING map)

Some specs: The map is made from quality profession Epson picture paper. You are asked to send 3 high resolution pictures to be put in the slots. Though if you do not send 3 they will put in drawn pictures for you. To add to this  I also had 2 of my pictures at a low resolution and okay ed the map anyway , as even with the low res, it turned out beautifully.
I am beyond impressed really .
The border is made of Passport Stamps a great touch to accent the map.
The map brings The World to life . I love how it is through a child's eyes as well, as the World is expressed through photos.
Such a stunning visual  keepsake art piece for any room.
The only thing I would improve on for myself , since the lighting in our home and wall placement lack ;would be just to bold the title of map.
You can read all about how to order your map through their website
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Please take the time to read Melanie's story on how she started this amazing map .

Full disclosure : I received a map to facilitate this review shipped free of charge in exchange for this 100% open and honest review.  


If you need a unique meaning full gift , even as a family one , I highly suggest The Yellow Toucan Personalized World Map. A gift that keeps giving for years to come. How cool would it be some 20 years later this map still up and push pins showing every where this Beautiful World took them .

The All of the Rogers Tour and Giveaway!

All of the Rogers
by Erin Lockwood
Genre: YA Psychological Romance

"How can you love someone so much and need space from them at the same time?"

My alarm goes off at four am. It takes an hour to get to the studio, and then my ballet training begins. I go to school for a few hours, and then it’s back to the studio for more training. Go to bed. Repeat the whole process the next day. 
I hate it.
My time at school is a blur, except for biology. I don’t rush through that class, because I get to see Roger Byrnes. He probably doesn’t even know I exist, but my heart beats a little faster when I see him walk through the classroom door with his messy hair and carefree attitude. He has so much energy. But then he stares off into the distance, and I wonder what he’s thinking. It’s the highlight of my day. 
I wish I could quit ballet so I could be a normal teenager. Someone who Roger would want to be with. I could use some excitement in my life…I bet Roger could give that to me.

Erin Lockwood grew up in Castro Valley, California and attended the University of Oregon, where she graduated in 2003 with a degree in journalism. From there she moved to Denver and spent the next seven years searching for the love of her life and building the family of her dreams.

It wasn’t long until, with children starting preschool and more time on her hands, Erin refocused on her career, beginning with a successful entry into the world of residential real estate as a Realtor. Free time was spent reading book after book (and binge-watching the subsequent films) in the New Adult genre. Feeling hopelessly in love with her husband, she wrote him a short story leading up to their fifth wedding anniversary. That’s when she discovered her tireless passion to share her experience of falling in love through fictional characters. That story evolved into the first novel in the Angles trilogy.

Erin still lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Phil, and their three children.

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Thursday, 23 November 2017

Day 327 ...365 Days of gratitude

1) Thank you for mini starburst candies. Thank you thank you thank you !

2) Thank you for  a homemade candy dispenser that WORKS. thank you thank you thank you .

3) Thank you for pizza bites.  thank you thank you thank you .

4) Thank you for  sour patch kids. thank you thank you thank you .

5) Thank you for  chocolate candy balls. thank you thank you thank you .

6) Thank you for  marshmallow brooms. thank you thank you thank you .

7) Thank you for old english rock candy .   thank you thank you thank you .

8) Thank you for the green man.  thank you thank you thank you .

9) Thank you for  a redo on the altar to get ready for Christmas. thank you thank you thank you .

10) Thank you for keebler cakes thank you thank you thank you .

The Different, Not Damaged Tour and Giveaway!

Different, Not Damaged
by Andy Peloquin
Genre: Dark Fantasy Short Stories

Strength from Weakness

Disability becomes Power

Some call them disabilities, but for others they are gifts:

- A voiceless child painting visions of death.

- A killer with a deadly message plagued by a burden of guilt.
- A priestess divinely empowered to absorb others' pain.
- A soldier fighting for courage in the face of fear.
- A broken warrior-priest on a mission of vengeance.
- A thief desperate to escape the burden of his memories.
Betrayed by mind or body, these people struggle to survive in a grim world that takes no pity on the weak. Yet they will discover that they are simply different, not damaged.
This collection of dark fantasy short stories will keep you turning the page as you experience life through the eyes of the differently-abled.

Pick up this uniquely heart-wrenching book today because you want to feel what it means to live with a disability.

What Readers Are Saying:

This collection of stories keeps you engrossed right through to the end. - S.S.

These stories about people trying to overcome, or at least come to terms with, the hardships of their lives. Worth the read! - T.E.
This is one of those books that leaves you wanting more. - S.S

I am, first and foremost, a storyteller and an artist--words are my palette. Fantasy is my genre of choice, and I love to explore the darker side of human nature through the filter of fantasy heroes, villains, and everything in between. I'm also a freelance writer, a book lover, and a guy who just loves to meet new people and spend hours talking about my fascination for the worlds I encounter in the pages of fantasy novels.

Fantasy provides us with an escape, a way to forget about our mundane problems and step into worlds where anything is possible. It transcends age, gender, religion,race, or lifestyle--it is our way of believing what cannot be, delving into the unknowable, and discovering hidden truths about ourselves and our world in a brand new way. Fiction at its very best!

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Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Day 326..365 Days of Gratitude

1) Thank you for dried orange slices.  Thank you thank you thank you !

2)  Thank you for  ice cream sandwiches . Thank you thank you thank you !

3)  Thank you for juicy perfume. Thank you thank you thank you !

4)  Thank you for  cupcakes. Thank you thank you thank you !

5)  Thank you for fruit cake .  Thank you thank you thank you !

6)  Thank you for  sour gummies. Thank you thank you thank you !

7)  Thank you for  peanut butter confetti treats. Thank you thank you thank you !

8)  Thank you for  stained glass window bars . Thank you thank you thank you !

9)  Thank you for  neon pink. Thank you thank you thank you !

10)  Thank you for  jelly shoes , feeling nostalgic. Thank you thank you thank you !

The Delicious Murder Tour and Giveaway!

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Joanne Fluke

Laura Levine

Leslie Meier

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Lee Hollis

Barbara Ross

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The Wolfmoon Series Tour and Giveaway!

Wolfmoon Book 1
By Nikki Broadwell
Genre: Fantasy Romance

Is magic gone from the world? Was it ever here? Read Moonstone and you might just believe in magic again! Fans of Juliet Marillier's 'Daughter of the Forest' series will find themselves right at home.

Finna is pregnant and proud of herself for being strong enough to kick out the father of her child. But when her absent mother shows up and tells her that her baby needs to be blessed by the moon goddess to keep her safe, Finna's newfound confidence disappears. The Otherworld her mother describes sounds tantalizing. And by the time Finna discovers the truth it is too late. Her only hope is to make it out alive.

Wolfmoon Book 2

Maeve’s dreams are waking her in the middle of the night. And consulting a psychic does little to help. But when a shipment of paintings arrives in the gallery where she works her mind really begins to unravel. What she sees in one of those paintings has to be an hallucination. How could she be seeing herself running with wolves in the background of a landscape simply hanging on the wall? Little does she know what lies ahead. 

Wolfmoon Book 3

A cold and callous tyrant has taken over Otherworld leaving death and destruction in his wake. The only hope is a prophecy written centuries before. But the woman named hasn’t a clue. How can a green girl from the States come to grips with a destiny she didn’t even know existed? 

Maeve is oblivious of all of it as she travels to Scotland. All she can think about is her boyfriend, Harold who she left behind. But what lies ahead includes him too, and will take both Maeve and Harold into a dangerous world they could never have imagined.

Wolfmoon Book 4

Maeve and Harold are about to be tested. Between the birth of their baby girl and Maeve’s obsession with the faery known as the ‘love talker’ lie many twisted paths. When the elven queen becomes part of the equation it takes more than love to reweave what’s been unraveled. A Fae civil war brings Harold’s alter ego, King Kenneth MacAlpin, to the fore, possibly ruining Maeve and Harold’s relationship forever. Danger abounds, bringing with it hard decisions and possibly death.

I graduated with a BA in art and English from Sonoma State University in California. I've been an avid reader since I first learned how and a writer from my early teenage years on. I've had several art related businesses, including greeting cards and more recently a silk painting business. When I began to write in earnest I put aside the art, concentrating only on the writing.

I've traveled a lot over the years, finding inspiration wherever I go. Scotland holds a special place in my heart, hence the setting for "The Moonstone". I had to make a 4th trip there to do research as I was putting the book together!

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