Saturday, February 28, 2015

Children's Book Review: Sleepless Knight

Posted by Shelly H at 2:30 AM 0 comments
I am the proud grandmother to a 5 1/2 year old little girl and one of the things we like to do together is...Read. Yes, read! I've been reading books to her since she was 2 years old and it has become a twice a week routine when she visits my home.

Now that she is older, we take turns reading to one another. We enjoy all kinds of different books together from chapter books to picture books. With that said, if the book doesn't have a lot of pictures, she will get bored with it pretty quickly.

Today I am sharing a new children's book with all of you.

Title: Sleepless Knight
Authors: James Sturm, Andrew Arnold & Alexis Frederick-Frost
Publisher: First Second Books
ISBN: 978-1-59643-651-0
Price: $14.99
Ages: 3 and up

The book is done in comic format with panels and word balloons. Sleepless Knight is specifically designed to be a bridge for children who are moving from picture books to beginning readers. This fun, charming story about a knight who needs her teddy bear at bedtime is perfect for kids who are just starting to learn to read on their own. It's got an accessible topic, cute illustrations, and even some drawing instructions on the endpapers so they can start telling stories of their own.

My Thoughts: I sat down with the Princess a few days ago and left her read this book to me. She is 5 1/2 years old and attends full-day Kindergarten and had no problems reading the book perfectly to me from cover-to-cover. It's done in comic format and she has never read that format before until now. She really found this format to be interesting due to it being different than your standard picture books.

The book has the cutest comic-style illustrations and the story line is very entertaining. I love that the story is about a topic that is common with most kids in this age group so kids can really relate to this subject matter covered in the book. It's a very fun and easy read for them...but yet the story line keeps things interesting.

Overall, I give it 7.5 out of 10 stars on my rating scale. You can learn more about this book and other books that First Second Books has to offer by visiting their site online.

Disclosure: Shelly H. received a complimentary copy of this children's book for review. No monetary compensation was received. Shelly's thoughts and opinions are 100% her own and were not influenced by the company/advertiser. Your opinions may differ.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New 3 Minute Quaker Steel Cut Oats

Posted by Chris at 11:24 AM 2 comments
I was excited to try out the Steel Cut Quick Oats from Quaker. A prior fan of the instant oats, I was looking for a heartier and healthier fare. I found it in this new product I was able to review in exchange for product.

Steel Cut oats are a tasty option but traditional cooking oats take forever. The Quick 3-minute Oatmeal is very tasty, not overly sweet and the texture is heartier and more filling. Perfect for a fast breakfast on the run or a great alternative snack mid day. I made 2 packets for breakfast and on days I wanted a snack, one packet was perfect.

The flavor is so good! I enjoyed the Brown Sugar and Cinnamon choice and every packet was gone within days between my husband and myself. We both loved the flavor!

This product will be on my shopping list permanently. Easy to prepare, tastes great and filling! Who could ask for more??

Disclaimer: Chris has personally reviewed the product listed above. She has not received any monetary compensation for her review but did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ.

Monday, February 23, 2015

FIT AS A PRO - Five 10-Minute Full Body Workouts for SMALL SPACES with Lauren Sesselmann

Posted by Chris at 8:28 AM 2 comments
New Year, New You. That seems to be the motto we live by at the beginning of a new year. Like most of Americans, I have made a resolution this year to become fit and healthy. With that choice I decided to start my journey slow by getting some fitness and workout DVD’s that I can do from the privacy of my own home. I was pleased to receive a great one for review.

This DVD is called FIT AS A PRO - Five 10-Minute Full Body Workouts for SMALL SPACES with Lauren Sesselmann. On this DVD there are 5 different 10 minute full body workouts. What’s great about these workouts is they are designed for anyone at any fitness level.
The video is led by Lauren Sesselmann, who has been a professional soccer player for 5 years and even played in the Olympics. I put the DVD in and immediately started my workout. What is great is that you do not need a whole lot of space to do this workout DVD. Each workout is 10 minutes long, which doesn’t sound like much but she packs a great workout in such little time. With me being a mom of a 5 year old and a wife I don’t have a lot of “Me time”.

This video is also perfect for someone like me who is just starting out, the workouts are easily explained and she also provides alternatives for some of the more difficult moves. In the 10 minute workout session there is a warm up, intense workout and a cool down. Some of the workout is done on the floor so I do suggest getting yourself a mat to put down.

Overall I feel as though this video gave me a full workout in not a lot of time. The workout was easy to follow with clear instructions and easy moves. It is a great first time video to help you achieve your fitness goals in the comfort of your own home. The video helps you feel great and teaches you strength, agility and balance while providing you with a workout that won’t leave you ready for a nap but rather energized.

I highly suggest trying this DVD , whether you are a beginner or have been working out for many years, it provides a fabulous workout in such little time out of your day. By making just one healthy switch it can provide you the motivation to make more. It is a proven fact that all it takes is 21 days to make something a habit, so make the healthy switch and make working out your habit.

Disclaimer: Jenelle has personally reviewed the product listed above. Jenelle has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Jenelle did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. Two Classy Chics is not responsible for delivery of any giveaway items won from this blog.
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