Pretty Opinionated http://www.prettyopinionated.com Sat, 25 Oct 2014 18:43:42 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 Help Kids Heal with The Rhino Who Swallowed a Stormhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/rhino-who-swallowed-a-storm/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/rhino-who-swallowed-a-storm/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39314 First things first: I received a complimentary copy of Reading Rainbow’s beautiful new story The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LaVar Burton so I could read it and share it with you. All opinions are my own. Two years ago tomorrow, Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast. I remember it all to well. My area wasn’t hit with the massive flooding and damage that those right on the coast saw, but we did lose power for eight days. To say I went a little crazy is an understatement. My regular readers may remember my rant to my power company […]

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First things first: I received a complimentary copy of Reading Rainbow’s beautiful new story The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm by LaVar Burton so I could read it and share it with you. All opinions are my own.

Reading Rainbow's The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm Helps Kids Heal after Tragedy

Two years ago tomorrow, Hurricane Sandy devastated the East Coast. I remember it all to well. My area wasn’t hit with the massive flooding and damage that those right on the coast saw, but we did lose power for eight days. To say I went a little crazy is an understatement. My regular readers may remember my rant to my power company begging them to please come get the tree off the wires and the wires off our road.

Although that was a very dark time for me and my anxiety disorder, it was nothing compared to what many children went through. Families lost their homes. I was lucky in comparison. Why am I bringing up painful memories two years later? It’s relevant, I promise.

Reading Rainbow’s The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm Helps Kids Heal after Tragedy

Reading Rainbow's The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm Helps Kids Heal after Tragedy

LaVar Burton’s (yes, THE LaVar Burton from Star Trek: The Next Generation) new Reading Rainbow book, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm is more than just a charming bedtime story for kids. It’s a powerful tale that can really help them heal after a tragedy. In the story, little Mica Mouse is frightened when a storm starts brewing outside. Like many other children, she lost her home in a hurricane. You can imagine how even a distant rumble can be terrifying after that.

Mica’s grandfather pulls out a story book to soothe her. The illustrations switch from photograph-style (not quite sure of the technical name, but more realistic, like stop animation) to softer painting-style pictures. In the story within a story, a sweet rhino becomes upset by a storm that takes away all his loved ones. He thinks everything will be okay if he can just swallow it, so he does. But the storm brews within him, making things worse. Finally, he has to let it out. When he does, all his friends are there to help him rebuild.

The story sounds simple, but the messages are powerful. First, you have a little mouse who is terrified of losing everything again. Then, in the internal story, you have the rhino who basically swallows down his emotions, including his anger. Finally, you have the message of hope, of rebuilding and of friendship. A message that tells kids that even if you lose every material thing in the world, you can rebuild as long as you have each other.

The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm is a fantastic story to help kids on the road to healing after a tragedy. It opens up so many discussions and lets you address feelings they may not even realize they have. I’ll be honest, I cried a bit! Hurricane Sandy was just such an emotional time for me and my loved ones, so this book really touched me. LaVar Burton even includes discussion questions at the end of the book to help you guide the conversation with your child and facilitate more healing.

I would recommend this book not just for those who were affected by the devastating hurricanes in recent years, but for any child who has experienced a traumatic experience. It’s also great for children with difficulty expressing anger.

Visit Reading Rainbow to learn more about The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm, then head to Amazon to grab a hardcover copy for your child.

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Hexed Release Day Blast: Win a Set of Stephanie Nelson Books!http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/hexed-release-day-blast/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/hexed-release-day-blast/#comments Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:00:48 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39702 Everything and everyone has an expiration date, including Gwen Sparks. When Dorian, the Angel of Death, saved her, he did more than bend the rules: he shattered them. When Gwen’s memories are stolen, the balance of life and death shifts, and magic goes on the fritz. Dorian realizes that even the angel of Death must face consequences for his mistakes. Everything and everyone has an expiration date, and time is running out for Gwen. If they don’t find a solution, Gwen’s borrowed time will come to an end, and Dorian will lose the woman he risked everything for. Both will […]

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Hexed Release Day Blast: Win a Set of Stephanie Nelson Books!

Everything and everyone has an expiration date, including Gwen Sparks. When Dorian, the Angel of Death, saved her, he did more than bend the rules: he shattered them.

When Gwen’s memories are stolen, the balance of life and death shifts, and magic goes on the fritz. Dorian realizes that even the angel of Death must face consequences for his mistakes. Everything and everyone has an expiration date, and time is running out for Gwen. If they don’t find a solution, Gwen’s borrowed time will come to an end, and Dorian will lose the woman he risked everything for.

Both will have to make a life-changing decision. Dorian’s choice will result in either altering his very existence or losing Gwen forever. Gwen will risk everything to right Dorian’s wrong, and her decision may just result in her death.

This book includes an Aiden Blake short story. You’ve heard Gwen’s side. Now hear his.

Reading Order
Craved – Amazon / Barnes and Noble / Only $.99 ebook Audio book – Audible

Deceived – Amazon  /Barnes & Noble /Audio bookAudible
Coveted – Amazon / Barnes & Noble /Audio book : Audible
Hexed  
Amazon / Barnes and Noble /


Due to sexual content and language, this book is intended for readers 18+

Stephanie Nelson is giving away a signed set of her series to one lucky winner. Open to US residents ends Nov 7 @ 11:59 PM EST
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Life is good: Pajama Tradition Gift Ideas for Her + Giveawayhttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/life-is-good-gift-ideas-for-her/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/life-is-good-gift-ideas-for-her/#comments Thu, 23 Oct 2014 14:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39623 Have you checked out Life is good lately? They have some really cute gift ideas for the holidays! I received a beautiful package filled with goodies. I’m excited to share them with you, along with a giveaway at the end of this post! Heads up, this post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!   Gift Ideas for Her: Start a Pajama Tradition with Life is good Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always received a pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. The tradition goes back to my mom’s own childhood. Since I practically live in pajamas, our […]

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Have you checked out Life is good lately? They have some really cute gift ideas for the holidays! I received a beautiful package filled with goodies. I’m excited to share them with you, along with a giveaway at the end of this post! Heads up, this post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!

Life is good: Pajama Tradition Gift Ideas for Her

 

Gift Ideas for Her: Start a Pajama Tradition with Life is good

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always received a pair of pajamas on Christmas Eve. The tradition goes back to my mom’s own childhood. Since I practically live in pajamas, our pajama tradition is one of my favorite things about the holidays! It’s a popular tradition, so perhaps your family already does it. If not, now’s a great time to start! My box of Life is good treats featured a gorgeous pajama set, ballet slippers and a big diner mug.

They must be mind readers, too, because everything they sent me was in my favorite color! I basically gave them a list of vague ideas of things I liked and said “surprise me.” They sure did surprise me by picking out everything I absolutely love!

Women’s Sleep Soft Pullover

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This soft pullover sleep top is the most comfortable jammie shirt ever. It’s super cottony with just enough stretch to keep it from being clingy. I love the ribbed sleeves because they don’t slide up when I’m sleeping. I am super weird about that, pajamas need to stay put! Combine them with these matching Women’s Soft Sleep Pants for an amazing pajama gift.

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The pants are just as soft as the shirt and a perfect match. Together, they’re pajamas that I can totally get away with wearing to the bus stop AND getting out of my car without embarrassing my son! They look like a workout outfit really, but so much comfier.

Life is Good pajama pants

I love the “Simplify” on the pants! It reminds me to chill out and stop over-thinking everything. We all need to simplify our lives once in a while, don’t you think? I could totally live in this set. I’ve washed them twice since I got them! Still super comfy and perfect!

Life is good Cozy Ballet SlippersWomens-Cozy-Ballet-Slippers_26357_1_lgEvery woman needs a new pair of slippers under the tree! They go along with the pajamas perfectly! The soft faux-fur lining feels decadent against your toes, even if you’re wearing socks (like I always do). The elastic heel stretches over the back of your foot for a snugger, comfy fit. They totally live up to their “cozy” name.

Life is Good Slippers

I love that they’re lightweight enough to leave on while I’m reading in bed or watching television on the couch, yet cushy enough to make walking across a hard floor a more pleasant experience! While the purple is my favorite, they do come in other great colors and styles!

Love Heart Diner Mug

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Another item in my absolute favorite color, the Love mug (as I’ve been calling it) is the perfect size for your morning cup of coffee or nighttime cup of tea. It’s big, thick and beautiful. Perfect for relaxing on your deck watching the leaves change colors. Later, it will be just right for watching the snow fall! Made of glazed stoneware, this heavy-duty is microwave and dishwasher safe!

Life is Very Good at Life is good

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Life is good takes their name very seriously. Not only do they offer the highest-quality super cool gift ideas, but a portion of every purchase goes towards helping kids around the world experience the value of play. Life is good Playmakers is a public charity that helps children in less fortunate areas discover and learn through play. Check out this wonderful video to learn more:

When you give a gift from Life is good, you’re helping children in need. I think that’s a pretty darn good thing, don’t you? Ready to shop? You’ll find all the gifts for her mentioned above plus loads more! Take a glance at a few more of my favorites!
Head over to Life is Good and start shopping!

$50 Life is good Gift Card Giveaway

Enter below for a chance to win a $50 gift card to Life is good! Giveaway is open to US residents age 18+ and ends on November 13th, which gives you plenty of time to shop before the holidays.   Life is good Gift Card

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Let Your Dogs in on Halloween Fun with Creepy Crunchers! #CreepyCrunchershttp://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/halloween-dog-treats-creepy-crunchers/ http://www.prettyopinionated.com/2014/10/halloween-dog-treats-creepy-crunchers/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:00:00 +0000 http://www.prettyopinionated.com/?p=39675 Halloween isn’t just for kids, you know. Dogs LOVE any holiday that involves treats, especially when they don’t have to do tricks for them! My three pooches had a chance to try out delicious Old Mother Hubbard Creepy Crunchers. Let’s just say they’re ready to don costumes and go begging for more!   Treats without the Tricks from Old Mother Hubbard Treat your dog to a healthy, Happy Halloween treat—Old Mother Hubbard Creepy Crunchers  Natural mini skeleton bone shaped biscuits are a spooktacular way to celebrate the season with a taste of Peanut Butter & Molasses. These are treats you […]

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Halloween isn’t just for kids, you know. Dogs LOVE any holiday that involves treats, especially when they don’t have to do tricks for them! My three pooches had a chance to try out delicious Old Mother Hubbard Creepy Crunchers. Let’s just say they’re ready to don costumes and go begging for more!

Let Your Dogs in on Halloween Fun with Creepy Crunchers!

 

Treats without the Tricks from Old Mother Hubbard

Treat your dog to a healthy, Happy Halloween treat—Old Mother Hubbard Creepy Crunchers  Natural mini skeleton bone shaped biscuits are a spooktacular way to celebrate the season with a taste of Peanut Butter & Molasses. These are treats you can feel good about giving your dogs! The natural goodness will have them begging for more. No tricky nasty ingredients here! Just the yummy taste of peanut butter! At least I assume they’re yummy. I didn’t actually eat them!

Let Your Dogs in on Halloween Fun with Creepy Crunchers!

Love Old Mother Hubbard? Did you know you could join the Cupboard Club for free? I just saw that and signed up! You’ll get access to exclusive offers, so definitely check it out. Old Mother Hubbard has a great variety of both hard and soft treats for your pup. They even have a product selector to help you find the best one.

 

Show off your pup for a chance to win!

Let Your Dogs in on Halloween Fun with Creepy Crunchers!

This year, Old Mother Hubbard is hosting the #CreepyCrunchers Dog Costume Contest! From now until Halloween, submit a photo of your dog in costume for a chance to win a year’s supply of Old Mother Hubbard dog treats! Enter the contest here. You’ll even get a coupon pack from Old Mother Hubbard just for entering (while supplies last)!

You can also enter the contest by posting to Twitter or Instagram!  Tweet photo with hashtag #CreepyCrunchers & @OMHDogSnacks or on  Instagram,tag your photo with hashtag #CreepyCrunchers & @OldMotherHubbardDogSnacks.

I don’t think they make costumes big enough for Cooper, so I gave him a PicMonkey Halloween makeover. What do you think? He doesn’t look all that scary with his “woe is me” expression. It’s like he just knew I was up to no good when I took that picture. Hopefully you’ll have better luck getting your pooch dressed up! I would absolutely love to see a picture if you have one! Let me know if you post one on Instagram or Twitter and I’ll definitely check it out!

 

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