Cars 3: Lead the Way


Cars 3: Lead the Way is a children’s story based off of the Disney Pixar Cars 3 movie.  This 40 page picture book will take your Cars fan through Lightning McQueen’s latest journey with Cruz Ramirez.  Lead The Way is full of great illustrations by Pixar Animation Studios artist, Garrett Taylor.  He actually designed characters and environments for the Cars 3 film!  These artistic illustrations are fun and exciting.  In fact, my son loves to look at the illustrations in Lead The Way over and over again.

Lead The Way is fun book for Cars fans and the message in the story is great for all kids…..and a great reminder for adults as well!  This story encourages the reader to follow your dreams and believe in the impossible.  Lead The Way takes this positive message from the Cars 3 movie and highlights how special and valuable it is to have someone important in your life to help guide you and teach you.  In Lead The Way the readers get to see how the cars face their fears and are rewarded with great memories and new friends in the end.  I love how this story also teaches the reader that at certain points in your life you may be the leader or teacher and at other times you will be benefiting from someone else showing you the way.  Lead The Way has great illustrations that help cars fans visualize the race cars, both old and new, on this new adventure.  Plus, the little life lessons hidden in the story are a great bonus!

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Cars 3: Lead The Way is available for purchase online and in stores.  Barnes & Noble has an exlusive copy of Lead The Way available for purchase that includes inspiration cards inside.  Books make great gifts for holidays as well as rewards.  This week my kids had parent teacher conferences and they are always rewarded with a new book if we get good reports!  This book would make a great gift for any Cars fan as well as a tool to encourage great personal choices in and out of school.

I received a copy of Cars 3: Lead The Way for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Glow Products to Light Up Halloween!

Looking for some fun non-candy items to hand out to kids this Halloween?  Glow in the dark goodies may just be the perfect thing to hand out.  Oriental Trading has an awesome selection of glow products.  You will find a wide variety of glow sticks, bracelets, and necklaces.  A lot of fun Halloween events and activities take place in the evenings so wearing glow bracelets and necklaces can be a fun way to stay visible.  Oriental Trading also has a long list of fun glow toys, cups, tattoos, and more!

Last year a couple houses in our neighborhood handed out glow toys to the kids on Halloween and this excited the kids much more than candy.  This year we decided to hand out some glow toys along with other goodies this Halloween.  My kids picked out the glow in the dark spiders from Oriental Trading.  These spiders have red eyes and glow really well after sitting in natural light for a minute.  These glow in the dark spiders are available for purchase in a pack of 50 or 108.  These spiders make great party favors and are an easy way to add to Halloween décor.  However, the large number of spiders you get for your money makes them great to hand out to Trick or Treaters!

When I spotted the Light Up Puffer Ball Skull Yo-yos, I immediately knew my kids would love these.  These skulls are fun neon colors with spooky skeleton face.  The fringes on the head add texture to this yo-yo that no kid can resist.  Plus, they light up!  Honestly, these light up skull yo-yos may be the best Halloween themed goody I have seen this year.  Since each yo-yo is 3 inches in size and has a 3 inch cord attached to the head, this toy is a handful of fun.  My son did pull, stretch, and beat on one skull to no end and it did deflate eventually but the others are still going strong.  Honestly, even if the skulls deflate eventually, the amount of enjoyment the kids already got out of them made them worth it.  The Light Up Puffer Ball Skull Yo-Yos are great party favors or perfect treats for the special trick or treaters you have coming to your door.  These toys are simply cool to look at, touch, and play with.  Simply put the small loop at the end of the cord on your finger and toss the skull away from you.  When it bounces back to your palm the light up feature will kick in and you will have a fun colorful lit up skull to play with.

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Check out the great selection of glow products at Oriental Trading.


I received the glow products featured in this post for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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Mystery Tackle Box: The Perfect Gift For a Fisherman

Mystery Tackle Box is the #1 fishing tackle subscription service offering anglers and fishing enthusiasts a fun and affordable way to discover new fishing lures, learn new techniques and catch more fish! If you, or someone you love, enjoys fishing, get them a Mystery Tackle Box Subscription today. You’ll enjoy a monthly box full of new and innovative fishing lures and products, content on how to use everything, plus stickers and special offers. Visit to learn more!

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My Readers Get $10.00 Off Your First Mystery Tackle Box – New Subscribers can enjoy $10.00 off their first box of Mystery Tackle Box fishing tackle subscription by using the promo code USFAM10. Get a box full of new fishing products delivered straight to your door. Subscriptions start at $15 per month. Coupon valid through December 31st, 2017. Visit to learn more!


Product information was provided by the Myster Tackle Box.  I will receive a Mystery Tackle Box in exchange for this post and a future review of the product.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Save on Tickets for Harlem Globetrotters 2017-2018 Tour

Looking for a fun event for you and your family to enjoy together?  Check out a Harlem Globetrotter’s game!  With a star-studded roster featuring Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister, Ace Jackson and Hoops Green – the Harlem Globetrotters’ show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Their 2018 World Tour will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.  This would be a fun family event for all.

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The Children’s Nook readers can save 25% on ALL Harlem Globetrotters Games with promo code FUNFAM  Check out the Harlem Globetrotter’s schedule to find out when they will be near you!  Tickets to see the Globetrotters would make a great gift for the entire family!


I will receive tickets to a Harlem Globetrotters game in exchange for this post as well as a review of the game.  All opinions are mine alone.


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Halloween Candy to Wow Trick or Treaters!

Every year I try to offer a variety of treats for the kids walking up to my porch on Halloween.  Whether you need treats for a party or to hand out to trick or treaters, Oriental Trading offers a great variety of chocolates, lollipops, gummies, and more to meet all of your sweet Halloween needs!  I love to offer the kids a mix of some traditional candy with something unexpected and fun.  This year I think the kids are going to be both delighted and shocked by some of the goodies I found at Oriental Trading.


Oriental Trading has realistic earthworm gummy candy that will test the bravery of your trick or treaters or party guests.  These gummies are individually packaged so they can easily be offered up to trick or treaters.  When unpackaged and placed on top of a dirt cake or any treat with crushed oreos on top, these worms look awesomely real.  The earthworm gummies have a flavoring similar to root beer soda.  These worms are sure to be a conversation piece no matter how you serve them.

Over the years, I come to realize that most kids cannot resist a lollipop.  Therefore, I like to find a unique Halloween themed lollipop at Oriental Trading every year to offer to my trick or treaters.  This year my kids helped me pick out the lollipop and they chose the eye swirl lollipops.  It was not an easy choice because Oriental Trading honestly has a lot of great options.  The eye image is on the packaging of each lollipop and the candy itself is a swirl of fun colors.  My kids love the taste of these lollipops.  Plus, they fun, colorful, and festive!

Finally, I had to order something for the chocolate lovers out there.  I have a big weakness for chocolate myself so I was excited to find these cute skull chocolates at Oriental Trading.  The chocolate skulls are the perfect Halloween treat for any chocolate lover.  The taste and texture when you bite into one the of these chocolate skulls reminds me of a Nestle Crunch bar.  These skulls have been a hit with my kids and I am excited to hand out the rest to the neighborhood kids.

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Find the perfect Halloween Candy for you to give out this Halloween at Oriental Trading.


I received Halloween candy from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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PBS Kids New Splash and Bubbles App

PBS Kids recently introduced the very first app based off of its newest television series, Splash and Bubbles!  This new app allows kids to explore the ocean with their fingertips!  The Splash and Bubbles Ocean Adventure App features characters Splash, Bubbles, Dunk, and Ripple.  The Splash and Bubbles Ocean Adventure App is intended for kids ages 5 and under.  My 4 year old and 6 year old both love this app.  They being able to explore 4 different ocean habitats with the touch of a finger.  While exploring your child will come across many different sea creatures.  The silhouette of each item is pictured in a scroll across the bottom of the screen.  As the child discovers each item, the silhouette will then appear in full color.  My kids loves this and get very excited with each discovery.  I think most kids love to collect treasures, right!?  This app has over 50 collectables for kids to discover.  The kids can also learn fun facts about marine life and can even build their own ocean.  My kids love use the “treasures” they collect throughout the app to decorate and customize their own oceans.

The kids also get to choose which character to use when exploring the ocean!

PBS KIDS will premiere a new slate of episodes of Splash and Bubbles this month. An all-new Halloween episode debuts on Monday, October 16, and four new episodes air the week of September 25. The episodes will premiere on PBS stations (check local listings) and the PBS KIDS 24/7 channel and live stream, and will also be available for free on and the PBS KIDS Video App.

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Splash and Bubbles Ocean Adventure App is available for purchase for $2.99 at the App Store.  My kids and I both love that there are no in-app purchases in this app.  Nothing to pop up and interrupt their exploration!


I received a promotion code in order to purchase the Splash and Bubbles Ocean Adventure App for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.


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WELCOME: A Mo Willems Guide For New Arrivals

We are huge Mo Willems fans here at The Children’s Nook.  He is a talented author that has created so many wonderful stories.  Considering how many hours my kids and I have spent giggling over their adventures, Elephant & Piggie practically feel like family.  However, talented Willems is at creating new lovable characters, I couldn’t resist sharing Mo Willems book WELCOME which features a character you will all love…..your new arrival!  Whether you are expecting a new child, grandbaby, niece, or nephew, this awesomely funny and sweet guide is for your family’s new arrival.  The humor in this book is great and the little ones will love the mirrors at the front and back of this book.  I have yet to meet a baby who does not looking at baby faces….especially his or her own!  There are more words and less illustrations in this guide book but the message is great and will especially be appreciated by new parents!

With a guide helping parents inform their new arrivals that Conditions may vary….there will be human error and We regret to inform you there will be ice cream disasters, parents and their little ones will definitely be able to laugh at their mistakes.  Even with this amazing guide, we all have to face the facts….mistakes will be made.  However, these sweet little bundles will always know they are loved.

WELCOME: A Mo Willems Guide For New Arrivals would make a great baby shower gift or simply add that to the baby gift before heading to the hospital to meet the new bundle of joy because parents needs a few good laughs to go along with the loads of love and lack of sleep that are sure to come with their new arrival!

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WELCOME: A Mo Willems Guide For New Arrivals is available for purchase in hardcover online at Amazon as well as other locations.


I received a copy of WELCOME for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone.

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Oriental Trading: Halloween Headquarters!

Oriental Trading has a great selection of Halloween decorations, treats, party supplies, and more.  It is the perfect place to shop when preparing for trick or treaters.  Wether you are decorating your home or the trunk of your car for a trick or treat event, Oriental Trading has Halloween supplies to meet a variety of needs.  You will find religious Halloween treats, party theme décor and goodies, and of course a long list of Halloween décor and treats that can be either sweet or scary!  Oriental Trading even offers many affordable supplies for DIY projects for adults and crafts for kids.


Oriental Trading has a great selection of fall harvest décor that incorporates great with Halloween décor yet can also be used for Thanksgiving!  The white ceramic pumpkin, autumn leaves string lights, and gourd assortment are my latest additions to my fall décor.  These items from Oriental Trading are so pretty I have already moved them to multiple rooms of my home. I simply can’t decide where I like them best because they look great everywhere!  The white ceramic pumpkin was much larger than I anticipated.  The detail on this ceramic pumpkin is gorgeous and I have already received many compliments on it.  It works great on accent tables as well as a centerpiece.

Every year I offer a non-candy treat to the kids along with a candy option.  This year I decided to hand out the Oriental Trading Sticky Jack-O’-Lanterns for my non-candy treat.  I gave each of my kids one of these sticky toys to test out and all three of them love these sticky pumpkins!  They have been playing with them for weeks now and still can’t keep their hands off them.  Not only are these Sticky Jack-O’-Lanterns festive and fun, but they are also very affordable.  For less than $8.50 you get 72 of these toys!  Each one is individually wrapped in a clear plastic package so the kids can even see the fun toy waiting for them inside!

If you make special goody bags for family or a close set of neighbors, I highly recommend adding fidget spinners to your bags this year.  Kids are obsessed with them and can’t resist trying a new color or design.  I ordered a package of the metallic fidgets spinners from Oriental Trading to fill a few special goody bags and surprise each of my kids with a Halloween goody as well.  The colorful metallic fidget spinner set comes with a total of 6 fidgets spinners individually wrapped in plastic. I received two green, two gold, and two purple.  These colors are perfect for Halloween and the metallic finish adds extra appeal and shine!  My kids love these.  They spin great and have held up well after a few accidental drops.

Oriental Trading has a fun selection of unique Halloween candy as well as some traditional candy name brands.  I love to make lollipop trees so I decided to order Dum Dums Lollipops from Oriental Trading this year so I could make a Halloween themed tree.  The kids love it and its easier for them to find their favorite flavor!

The set of black cauldrons from Oriental Trading may be one of the most useful purchases I have made yet.  All three cauldrons are different sizes.  They are light weight and easy to move around.  You can honestly use these in so many different ways that they will seem like a new décor item every year!  I am still debating between filling the large cauldron with straw and adding some décor on top or simply filling it with witches legs stick out of it!  This year I will be using the medium size cauldron as a decorative pot for one of my mum plants.  I plan on putting a bowl inside the smallest cauldron and using it to serve my kids popcorn when we watch Halloween movies and shows this fall.  On Halloween night I will use it to serve up my trick or treaters the fun sticky jack-o’-lanterns!

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Check out the great selection at Oriental Trading during the Halloween sale!  You will find the Halloween items featured here as well as much more online at Oriental Trading.

I received the featured items from Oriental Trading for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of my experience with the product I reviewed.


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Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips: Snacks with Benefits!

Looking for a tasty snack that actually has a few heath benefits?  Beanfields Bean and Rice Chips are non-GMO, gluten-free, and vegan.  Beanfields Bean & Rice chips are available in a variety of flavors and are packed with protein and high in fiber!  Beanfields is family owned and made in the USA.


The snack size bags are great for lunches or snacks on the go.  They are also easy for the kids to grab on their own!  The sea salt, black bean, and Nacho may just be my top 3 flavor choices but I honestly loved all of them except the barbeque.  However, that is simply because I absolutely dislike all things barbeque flavored so I am not a fair judge of that flavor.  Which flavor would you try first or love already? The Sea Salt, Black Bean, and White Bean flavors are yummy on their own but also go great with dips.  Pairing Sea Salt Beanfields with salsa has become one of my favorite snacks!

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Beanfields are available for purchase online and in stores nationwide.  To find a Beanfields retailer near you, visit  The store locator lists all of the grocery stores near me that carries Beanfields products.  However, I have also found them for sale at TJ Max and Shopko Expresss, so keep your eyes open for these tastey chips!

I received samples of Beanfields Bean & Rice Chips for review purposes.  All opinions are mine alone and based off of the product I reviewed.

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9/11 Film & Prize Pack Giveaway


The tragedy of 9/11 is something every person in the United States remembers.  As a kid I remember my grandmother telling me she remembers exactly where she was the moment JFK was shot and killed.  Today we all remember where we were on 9/11 while this tragedy unfolded.  I remember being in my college apartment while the cable guy rushed to hook up my cable and internet.  That morning, two complete strangers stood side by side sharing a moment in time that I will never forget.  Seeing the footage across my television that neither of us could believe was happening in our own country.  We prayed for strangers all over the nation that day.  Where were you when you heard of the attacks on 9/11?

On September 8th, a new awe-inspiring film, 9/11 will be in theaters.  The film 9/11 is based on a true story and chronicles the lives of five average, everyday people who find themselves trapped in an elevator during the events of 9/11 in the World Trade Center.  Check out the 9/11 movie blog app for a chance to watch behind-the-scenes interviews with Charlie Sheen, Gina Gershon, and Luis Guzman!  Also, read and share 9/11 facts.

About 9/11:

In the World Trade Center, a billionaire sits in his attorney’s office awaiting a divorce hearing against his wife. In a west side apartment, a bike messenger kisses his 5-year old daughter and sings her “Happy Birthday” before leaving for work. A maintenance man gets dispatched to help a tenant with his lock. In an upper east side apartment, a young model musters the courage to break up with her sugar daddy. As random as random can be, these individuals step into a crowded World Trade Center elevator.

Wrapped up in their own world, they all ride silently hearing only the sound of the elevator giving notice of each floor. When the elevator stops on the 34th floor, it empties leaving only these five behind. Moments later … their world changes as the collision of a jet into the North Tower incapacitates the elevator.

With no understanding of what has happened and is happening around them, these fives are forced to band together and fight against all odds to escape from the impending horrific collapse. During these critical minutes, a story of courage, faith, and the will to live unfolds.

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One lucky reader at The Children’s Nook is going to win a 9/11 film themed prize pack.  The prize pack will include:

1- 9/11 poster Hand Signed Autographed by star Charlie Sheen

1 – “Hope” Pendant with necklace

1 – Guide to Talking To Your Children About 9/11 thanks to Tuesday’s Children

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Giveaway will end at 12:01 a.m. (eastern time) on September 22, 2017.  This giveaway is open to U.S residents only.  The winner will be selected by and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

The sponsor will be providing the winner of the giveaway the prize pack.  The prize will be sent via FedEx or USPS. No P.O. Boxes please.

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