Saturday, May 19, 2012

Gothic Innocence Jewelry Review

With an emphasis on both simplicity and innocence, Gothic Innocence creates beautiful handcrafted jewelry pieces with a combination of Gothic and Fairy themes.

They have many wonderful pieces including lockets, pins and pendants, all of which can be customized with a chosen cameo and selected from a wide range of colors.

When given the opportunity to review one of their pieces, I fell in love with this locket featuring a fairy boy looking at a hummingbird, but the choice was really hard.  I honestly picked this piece because I have two boys, ages 2 and 5, and while they are certainly not as fairy-like, I like to think of them as innocent explorers who are still amazed at the flight of a big fuzzy bumble bee or the hovering hummingbird who visits our lavender bush.  This piece is very special to me because of what it means to me.  In addition, I'm having their pictures done specifically to be added to this locket.

The detailing of the cameo and locket are stunning, and I love the colors and craftsmanship.

With so many beautiful cameos featuring fairies and nature, and so many Gothic pieces with skulls and crossbones or an elegant Gothic Lady, everyone is sure to find some great pieces for themselves or to give as gifts.

I was also really impressed to find out the Gothic Innocence remains as green as possible and recycles in their jewelry-making process.  They also periodically use portions of their proceeds to support charities that  are important to them due to family health problems.

Gothic Innocence   
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Fine creators of Gothic inspired jewelry

Edition Reviewed: Fairy boy and hummingbird cameo locket - Review copy received courtesy of the Gothic Innocence for participation in a Karma Media Campaign, all views and opinions are 100% mine!

*Disclosure: I received a locket for my participation in a Karma Media campaign, all views and opinions are 100% my own.

Reposted from my original blog Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (and More) in Seattle, some things may have been edited, originally published May 19, 2012

Thursday, May 10, 2012

App Review: Kids 1st Shape Puzzle, Making Early Learning Fun

The Kids 1st Shape Puzzle App for iPod and iPad is great for young kids learning sounds, shapes, words and matching.  While iTunes has the "game" listed as ages 1-3 and 4-7, I'd say ideally, the age range is probably 2-6 (although I've had a lot of fun trying the different puzzles and trying to figure out the Hebrew Alphabet on my iPod Touch).

This is a FAVORITE of my 5 year old, who sees it as more of a game than a learning tool. ;)

There are 16 different puzzles, each with between 8 and 26 puzzle pieces to match up, including: colors, counting, safari animals, farm animals, alphabets (Hebrew and English), vegetables, transportation, ocean animals, shapes, fruit, musical instruments, clothing, emotions, household items, and toys.

1st Menu 
The menu is easy to navigate. There are two pages of colorful choices. There is also the option to change between Hebrew and English (this can easily be changed in the settings menu).  Little fingers can very easily use this app and learn quickly what each menu choice does.

Some of our favorites are the animals and the alphabet.  I found it interesting that my 5 year old loves to do the matching as quickly as he can, while my 2 year old loves to listen to the voice while trying to match the puzzle pieces.

Puzzle matching is done easily, by simply dragging each piece across the screen as it appears.  When a match is made, a voice says the word, and a new piece appears in the middle of the screen.

English Alphabet Puzzle
Safari Animal Puzzle

At only $1.99, this app is a great one that will help little ones learn and have fun.

Another great thing about this app is that it exposes young children to the concept of multiple languages and provides a platform for early learning of a second language.  What a great skill to have!

Find out more about Kids 1st Shape Puzzle at their Facebook page, and download the app from iTunes Store here.

Kids 1st Shape Puzzle 
 by Gil Weiss  

 iPad and iPod  ~ $1.99

Edition Reviewed: App on iPod Touch - Review copy received courtesy of the maker in coordination with this Karma Media Campaign, many thanks!

*Disclosure: I received a free copy of the app via the Karma Media Campaign in exchange for my honest review.

Reprinted from my original blog Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (and More) in Seattle, some things may have been edited, originally published May 10, 2012

Friday, May 4, 2012

Sometimes Skimming Ahead In A Book Is... BAD! Especially in a Trilogy Like The Hunger Games

So, I have to admit that I don't generally skim ahead in books or series, but I was late to the game with Hunger Games and after staying up late to finish the first book, I had to see where Catching Fire and Mocking Jay were headed.  As a result, I only got glimpses into the story, and I didn't like what I read!

Now, fast-forward a few months, when our book club decided to read Hunger Games and LOVED IT so much so, that everyone wanted to read book 2.  Now, I wasn't thrilled about this turn of events because I thought I'd skimmed enough to know what was going to happen, but boy was I surprised to read the entire book and get an entirely different insight into the story!

I just finished Mocking Jay way ahead of our book club's schedule because I couldn't put it down!  I also came away with an entirely different view of the series, which I now LOVE.

:)  It just goes to show that some books really shouldn't be skimmed at all!

*Disclosure: I am an Amazon Associate. I get a very small amount for any purchases made when you click through a link from Wendi's Book Corner, which I then save up to buy more books. :)

Reposted from my original blog Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (and More) in Seattle, some things may have been edited, originally published  May 4, 2012

Purex: Let's Be Honest - Your Chance to Win Laundry Detergent For 1 Year!

I don't know about you, but I spend plenty of time doing laundry every week, so it is important to find great products that help keep our clothes clean, and Purex has some of those great laundry products.

Now through July 24th, Purex is hosting a Let's Be Honest campaign.  Together with Second City Comedian Molly Erdman, Purex has created some very fun and light-hearted videos created to share some of life's funny laundry moments.

On top of the fun videos, they have a sweepstakes with daily winners - for a YEAR'S worth of Purex!

Stop by and check out their new Let's Be Honest Campaign.  While there, watch a short movie or two and enter to win a year's supply of Purex!!

*Disclosure: I am a Purex Insider.  I occasionally get to try out new products so I can share them with you.  I am sharing about their new Let's Be Honest Campaign for a chance to receive some Purex coupons.

Reposted from my original blog Wendi's Book Corner ~ Rainy Day Reads (and More) in Seattle, some things may have been edited, originally published May 4, 2012

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