Monday, June 30, 2014

Death of the Mad Hatter *Review*

I requested and received a free copy of "Death of the Mad Hatter" by Sarah J. Pepper to review from Goodread's Read It & Reap program. I was so excited to read this book, having been a long standing fan of Lewis Carroll's work. The entire bio is a riddle ending with a catchy phrase, "Heads would roll... Hearts would break... In the end, would it matter who reigned?" I was hooked before I even started reading this.

Unfortunately that's about how long my love for this story lasted. The book is full of incomplete sentences and contradictory descriptions. I couldn't get through a single chapter without being drawn out of the story by what I feel was unbelievable dialogue. The story hinges on Riley, a 17 year old boy who reads as though he was written by a mature female adult. It didn't work for me.

I had to force myself to keep reading, doing my best to get through this book so I could give my review. I really wanted this to be different. I'm sad to say, it wasn't.

Final Score: 2/5
The characters of Wonderland were somewhat interesting. This book could still be worse.

Friday, June 27, 2014

CLOSED: Eco Nuts Ammonia Bouncer *Giveaway*

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Welcome to the Eco Nuts Ammonia Bouncer Giveaway sponsored by Eco Nuts and hosted by All Natural Mom 101.

Here's another eco-friendly giveaway I can get behind. I'm sure this would be great for dealing with pet stains as well. Good luck guys!

One lucky reader of The Little Green Den and AllNaturalMom101 will win one(1) bottle of Eco Nuts Natural Ammonia Bouncer for Cloth Diapers.

The Giveaway Starts June 27th-July 9th.

Open to US residents only.

Be sure to check out All Natural Mom 101's Review on Spark of Amber Teething Necklace HERE!

Enter the giveaway via Giveaway Tool below.
Good Luck!

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Mysteries of the Grand Canyon Book Blast *Giveaway*

Mysteries of the Grand Canyon by Marie von Minden
When I heard there was a giveaway featuring an interactive storybook for kids about animals I knew I had to write about it here. I'm sure this book would be great for any kid who loves dogs. When I was a kid I would've been all over this.

About the Book

Title: Mysteries of the Grand Canyon | Author: Marie von Minden | Publication Date: March 21, 2013 | Publisher: | Adventures of Discovery: Independent | Pages: 110 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 12 (read-aloud for younger children)

Summary: The author of the first interactive Grand Canyon ebook for children takes her readers on an exciting journey as a lively little dog befriends a California condor and an Abert’s squirrel, and together they explore the canyon.

What child wouldn’t want to go on the adventure of a lifetime with a great pup like Kristi Kay and follow her on a multimedia journey that is both fun and educational? Amazing stories told by her new friends keep you wondering what surprising new secrets they will reveal next. What happened to the people that lived in the canyon? Will the condors in the rescue program survive? This adventure story for elementary grade children offers an engaging way to experience the Grand Canyon.

For those who would like to learn more about the issues touched upon in the story, additional information is provided in the Kristi Kay Talks with a Ranger section at the end of the book via interactive media, photo galleries, maps, charts, and links to external websites.

This interactive ebook is especially appropriate for children 7-11 years old, and as a read aloud for younger children, and it would also be well-suited for an educational setting. Divided into 12 chapters, the book lends itself to be read in several sessions at the age appropriate pace.

“Mysteries of the Grand Canyon” is the first book in the A Cairn Terrier Travels to National Parks series, a series of educational adventure stories created to inspire appreciation and stewardship of our precious parks.

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"Mysteries of the Grand Canyon is educational, exciting, and entertaining all rolled into one. Marie Von Minden gives readers a fascinating glimpse into the canyon's past as well as the creatures that still call the Grand Canyon home. The interactive function allows for further learning and the brilliant photos visually stimulate children and help instill the knowledge found within the story." I highly recommend picking up a copy of Mysteries of the Grand Canyon." ~ BeachBoundBooks
"A must have experience for young people. With its cute, intelligent looking dog, and a bird that looks like it was conceived by Dr. Seuss, it puts us into an animal society - so beautifully conceived in its civility, generosity, and interest and care for the world - that it is reminescent of books like Winnie the Pooh. These elements, set in the grandeur of the Grand Canyon, beautifully brought out by magnificent photographs and videos, make it a compelling book from both parents' and teachers' points of view. ~ Mr. Naturally, iBookstore Review
"Overall, this iBook provides a great introduction to the Grand Canyon to children who are about to visit it or who just want to learn more about this important National Park. It includes lots of beautiful photographs, the story is engaging and there is a huge wealth of information included. I found it a great opportunity to talk about the Grand Canyon with my son, and tell him about my own experiences visiting the park and hiking into the crater. I also really enjoyed learning about the California Condor and all the effort that has gone into the Recovery Program; it provided a great opportunity to talk about Endangered Species and our responsibility to help preserve them." ~ iMum
"More than just a story, the book has incredible imagery that appears to lift off the page – a true photographic journey." ~ Mom's Lifesavers
"Readers of all ages will enjoy this engaging story to discover one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World at the Grand Canyon National Park. This photographically rich and entertaining ebook is especially appropriate for 7-11 year olds and as a read aloud for younger children, and it would also be well suited for an educational setting." ~ The Appy Ladies
"As a teacher, I am grateful to use this amazing book with my class! My students loved learning about the Grand Canyon from precious Kristi Kay's point of view, and they were excited to participate in the interactive aspects of the book; they didn't want to put it down!" ~ A. Gillette, iBookstore Review

About the Author: Marie von Minden

KK and Marie for websiteJPGWould you like to live each day surrounded by unsurpassed beauty and deeply connected to nature? Marie finds it hard to believe, but this is now her lifestyle and she wants to share it through her photography and stories.

Marie von Minden was born and raised in Poland. She immigrated to Canada in 1982 and in 1999 she and her husband relocated to the United States. Like many Europeans, she was overwhelmed by the vastness and the beauty of North America and she developed a passion for landscape photography.

They began camping in the wilderness and connecting with nature on weekends and holidays, first in a tent and later in a cap-over camper. It was during those camping trips that a dream of full-time traveling and living in an RV evolved. In 2002 that dream became reality and they have been traveling in a 34 foot Airstream trailer ever since. America’s National Parks continue to be one of their favorite places to visit.

When Kristi Kay, a Cairn Terrier, joined them, the idea of a children’s book series about America’s National Parks as seen through Kristi Kay’s eyes grew as a natural extension of their lifestyle and love of nature. Through interactive adventure stories enhanced by photography selected from her vast photographic library, animation, sounds, videos, and unique graphics Marie hopes to express her gratitude for what has become her home, and to help cultivate appreciation and stewardship of these precious resources.

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* $100 Book Blast Giveaway *

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Contest ends: July 25, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Internationally

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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Marie von Minden and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014

CLOSED: Beanitos Snack Case *Giveaway*

Hosted by: The Cheshire Cat's Looking Glass

Sponsored by: Beanitos


Here's a healthy snack giveaway. These are made with non-GMO ingredients. There's no added sugar or msg. They're also both gluten-free & vegan.

If your looking for a healthy snack for your family, Check Out Beanitos. They are giving 1 winner a case of snacks.

Cheshire Cat's family tried and loved Beanitos. Her toddler in particular just devoured them. Read The Cheshire Cat’s full review and check out some recipe ideas here.


1 winner will get a case of Beanitos Snacks

Open to US and Canadian Residents

One entrant per address

Winner will have 48 hours after e-mail is sent to respond or another winner will be chosen.

By entering you are agreeing to the terms on Giveaway tools.

The Little Green Den is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

CLOSED: Trinity EcoStorage Bamboo Kitchen Cart *Giveaway*

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Welcome to the Trinity EcoStorage Bamboo Kitchen Cart Giveaway!
Co Hosted By: Life of a Southern Mom
Sponsored By: TRINITY

Here's a fun green giveaway I thought you guys might like. This cart was made with renewable resources including bamboo. The board itself uses food-safe, formaldehyde free glue.

TRINITY was created to help their consumers with their design, value, quality, service, and function needs. They devote themselves into providing high quality consumer products as well as high quality customer service. TRINITY is your #1 Stop for all of your organization and household storage needs. Michelle over at Sweet Southern Lovin received the EcoStorage Bamboo Kitchen Cart. This cart features a solid bamboo cutting board, and 2 shelves for storage. There is also hooks for you to place pans. This is the ultimate Kitchen Cart and belongs in every kitchen. Head on over and check out her full review here.
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**Giveaway Details**
June 25th 1AM EDT - July 8th at 11:59PM EDT
Open to Continental US residents only. Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
Prize: One lucky reader will win the EcoStorage Bamboo Kitchen Cart from TRINITY RV $119.99

**How to Enter**
Enter using the Entry Form below. By entering you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions listed on the Entry Form. All winning entries will be verified. Winner will receive an email from and will have 24 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen.

Good Luck and thanks for entering.
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Saturday, June 21, 2014

CLOSED: Nerdblock Jr. *Giveaway*

Disclosure: The Little Green Den did not receive compensation for this post and is not responsible for prize fulfillment.

We're pretty big fans of gaming and the like around here. Even Am loves Pokemon. This would be great for most kids now I think.

Nerd Block Jr. Giveaway

Sponsor: Nerd Block
Pick your favorite theme and subscribe. Nerd Block curates great toys for you. You receive monthly surprise blocks. Open your block and let the fun begin.
Prize: Winners choice of Nerd Block Jr. for a boy or girl
Dates: 6/21-7/5
Open to: US Residents 18+
Enter to win using the Giveaway Tools Widget below. Good luck!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Rainbow Flowers To Do List

I have a new favorite hobby. I made this for the BE Inspired Challenge. I've always liked cheery to-do lists. I think the brighter they are the more they motivate me.

For this printable I used:
The Alley Way Stamps January 2014 Freebie Image
Pretty Little Things by Studio Flergs
Everyday Essentials by Traci Reed

Note: Because the items I used are not for commercial use the picture above is not available for downloads or pinning. I'm simply posting it to share my new hobby.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Free Garage Sale Printable

Because my first project was for personal use I decided to do another. I whipped up this garage sale flyer at 2am this morning. The red brings in bargain hunters and the yellow is for window shoppers (people driving by.) The layout comes from the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.

My First Digital Art

I made this yesterday. It's my first attempt at digital scrapbooking. I was going for an art-journal style. It's for the Let's Scrap challenge.

This was made using pieces from the following free kits:
A Tree is Nice - Freebie by Brook Magee
Pretty Little Things by Studio Flergs
Time For Change by Heather Roselli
Country Strong by Jenn Barrette
Splat it up! #3 by Juliana Kneipp
[every day] add on by lauren grier
Little Red by lliella designs
Sunny Days by Melissa Bennett
Today is the Best by Shawna Clingerman
Everyday Essentials by Traci Reed

Note: Because the items I used are not for commercial use the picture above is not available for downloads or pinning. I'm simply posting it to share my new hobby.

Art Printable (aka This is what happens when you stay up all night)

In my case you end up making an art print I guess. I made this as a combination of a few different challenges. The nautical theme is from the ABC Challenge, the color scheme is from the Color Palatte Challenge, and the layout is from Stamp & Win's Card Sketch Challenge. The cuttlefish pic I used can be found at The Graphics Fairy. The papers are by Nadia Slegers.

Monday, June 16, 2014

The Hunt For Tomorrow $50 Blast *Giveaway*



A virtual scavenger hunt through twenty-two fictional dystopias. 

 Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (EST) - Sunday, July 20 at 6:00pm (EST). 

Join THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW, an on-line scavenger hunt, and embark on a virtual odyssey through twenty-two dystopian futures. Become an intrepid scavenger and solve clues at each of the dystopian author stops as you navigate your way to the finish line where you’ll be entered into a random draw for the Grand Prize. For each correct answer collected along the way you’ll get an additional chance to win. During The Hunt, the authors will offer up their own exclusive material, sneak peeks, contests, and giveaways at their individual stops on The Hunt, giving all scavengers multiple chances to win bonus prizes. 

The twenty-two participating indie authors include best-selling, award-winning and emerging writers from the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom who all have books included in three dystopian boxed sets - - What Tomorrow May Bring, A Taste Of Tomorrow, and Shattered Worlds. 

In a unique collaboration of story-telling, nineteen of the authors will write a progressive short story over nineteen days following The Hunt. The Grand Prize Winner of The Hunt For Tomorrow will name characters and contribute the title for this dystopian world, and all participants in The Hunt will receive an advance copy of the story for an exclusive period before it is made available as a free download. The Grand Prize also includes a signed copy of books included in the boxed sets, an ebook of all the boxed sets, and the first copy of this one-of-a-kind progressive story.  

THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW begins at on Friday, July 18 at 6:00pm (EST) and ends on Sunday, July 20 at 6:00pm (EST). The Hunt is on for one weekend only, although there is no time-limit for completing the course. The Hunt is open to scavengers around the world; there is no cost to enter and one grand prize winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries.  

Go to THE HUNT FOR TOMORROW for details and the full list of participating authors.  

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