Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Can't Wait Willow book Review & Giveaway Ends 5/26

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About Shine Bright Kids:
The Shine Bright Kids series provides children and their families with a relevant framework to help instill solid values and teach the importance of making good choices. The principles that will be explored include: using good judgment, taking responsibility, having a positive attitude, and demonstrating perseverance.
About the Author:  (Recognize the last name Ziglar?!?)
Christy Ziglar, financial planner, mother of twins and niece of legendary motivator and the world’s original optimist, Zig Ziglar, is bringing the same timeless wisdom and ageless advice to an entirely new, younger audience through her new Shine Bright Kids picture book series. 
Christy is available for Q&A, author interviews, Skype calls, etc.!
The first book in the series:  Can't-Wait Willow!
Willow is so excited that the Over-the-Top Circus has finally come to town! The only problem is, that when left to her own devices, she can’t say “no” to some good things. On the way to the show, she is distracted by enticing treats and fun that she just can’t turn down. Willow arrives late and is sad to find that, not only has she has run out of time, but money, and she won’t be able to enjoy the pink cotton candy she’s been dreaming of. Willow is given valuable advice and a second chance and is ultimately taught the lesson that sometimes in life you have to say “no” to good things to end up with something great!

About the Illustrator: Thanks to her first grade teacher, who recognized her superior skills in drawing a robin, Luanne Marten has been drawing, painting and sketching ever since.  She is a great experimenter and has a fresh, whimsical approach to bring her characters to life.
Website: The author's website has great resources to support the book, including a printable poster with 'Ways to Shine Bright,' as well as reward chart you can use at home with your children. 
Visit: http://www.alwaysshinebright.com

The publisher site is: http://www.idealsbooks.com
Pictures of you and your family enjoying Can't-Wait Willow! are encouraged on Facebook and Twitter! :) 

My Thoughts:
This was one of the greatest books I have read in a while.  It reminded me of Pinochio, and the way our childeren are today!  You know with Pinochio he wanted to be a little boy, and his biggest downfall was that he told lies.  This wasn't so much a story about lieing but things that he did instead of waiting like he should seem to get him in more trouble.  The most prominent part of the book was about a little girl that wanted to go to the Circus but instead fo waiting until she got there had already spent her money that she had to get in and spend there.  Once she arrived she was not only late but had no money.  Think about it like this, If you give your child a chance to have one candy bar now or wait until tomorrow and they have five, most will choose to have the one today.  That is where Willow was.  She wanted the fun now rather than wait a few more minutes and in the end, did not get to do the one thing she wanted to do.

I was given the opportunity to not only receive a copy of this book for myself but also one for a lucky reader of Southern Mom of 4.  All you have to do to win your free copy is follow the rafflecopter, and I will be drawing the winner on 5/26.  Once I have the readers name, I will email them and they will have 48 hours to respond!

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Chick-fil-A #FreshMade Salad Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was not compensated in anyway to do this giveaway.  I was just given the honor to work with Chic Fil a in promoting their their new salads.  The opinions here on in are mine 100%.

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