Thursday, November 8, 2012

Try it Thursday & Review & Giveaway {The Gift, The Sleeping Beauty & Everybody Eats Lunch}

Welcome to
"Try it Thursday & Review & Giveaway."
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Sweetly Made (Just for you), thank you for checking out my blog.
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Today, I have three wonderful books to share with all of you
{in case you need an idea for a Christmas gift}.
The first book is called
The Gift
by Sandra Magsamen

About The Gift:
"Sandra Magsamen's holiday book is captivating, with uplifting ideas and gorgeous pop-up designs." Oprah
From an early age Sandra Magsamen painted to express the feelings and ideas she held in her heart. Today, the internationally acclaimed artist and author shares her meaningful messages and motifs through a widely popular range of books, ceramic gifts, serve ware, stationary, home decor items, greeting cards, and calendars, that all bear her signature images and Messages from the Heart. Carrying phrases that affirm and celebrate life, her collections are designed to touch the hearts of those we hold dear. Sandra's vibrant and expressive work is collected by and given to people of all ages. Sold throughout the world, Sandra's products have been warmly embrased for fifteen years, touching millions.
In my opinion:
The book reminds me of sweet acts of kindness we do for others around the holidays. I enjoyed reading each page to find out where the package was sent to next. The illustrations are simple and definitely repressent feelings of the heart. You never know who you are going to touch by sending a simple note to a friend, neighbor or loved one. Simply marvelous book!
The second book is called
The Sleeping Beauty
A Journey to the Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre

About The Sleeping Beauty:
Experience the story of a delightful little girl and avid ballet fan, Lena-Gabrielle, as she wends her way through the streets of St. Petersbury, Russia in search of the Mariisky Theatre to see the famous ballet perform The Sleeping Beauty.
Here is a new version of the classic story of Sleeping Beauty, based on the legendary 1890 Kirov Ballet performance at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersbury, Russia. The publication of this very special book, created to accompany the 300th anniversary celebration of the city of St. Petersburg, allows every aficionado of the ballet to experience it and the wonder of St. Petersburg and, most particularly, the most famous ballet in the world, the ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre.
The book features the forty-eight page classic story taken directly from the first English translation of the French tale--on which the ballet is based--with 50 full-color illustrations created expressly for this book.
In my opinion:
Have you ever had a dream? Well, Lena loved ballet and was determined to see the performance. Was she having a dream or did she actually go? Well, you will need to read the book to find out. This was a new version of the classic, The Sleeping Beauty. I definitely was drawn into the story the moment I started reading. The illustrations were outstanding and the story was beautifully written. I loved reading the original story. I definitely recommend this book to children and adults.
The third book is
Everybody Eats Lunch
Created & Written by Cricket Azima
About Everybody Eats Lunch:

Everybody Eats Lunch is one part cookbook, one part toy and one part adventure with children from various countries, such as Mexico, Japan and South Africa. Stir these ingredients together and you have a recipe for a fun, creative, and interactive way to discover! Best of all, readers eat what they've learned!
Each recipe is tested and kid approved. With removable food-shaped puzzle pieces, this one of a kind cookbook is intended for kids ages 3 to 8 years.
Read & Learn:
Cooking, Math, Social Studies & Geography, Telling Time, Languages, Reading and Nutrition
In my opinion:
This was a fun book and my son loved it! I do recommend that you pay attention to where the puzzle pieces go so you can replace them after play time. This book was very interactive and allows one to learn, eat and play all at the same time. All of the recipes are simple and easy to follow. Cricket Azima is very creative and definitely thought of delicious and nutritious foods for families to try. Educational and fabulous!
Want to win one of these fabulous books?
{There will be three winners. Be sure to leave your email address with one of your comments}
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Additional Entries
Which book are you most excited to win?
What gift did you give someone in secret?
Have you ever see a play? Which one and where?
Check out the Creative Kitchen {HERE} and tell me one thing you learned.
This giveaway will run from November 8th till November 15th. You must live in the US and be 18 years or older. Thank you and good luck!
"Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers."


  1. I thought Everybody Eats Lunch looks like a great book!

  2. We see the Christmas Carol play every year as a tradition.

  3. I'm giving a homemade Narwal (not made by me) to my daughter for Christmas. She is in love with Narwals!

  4. I learned that it looks like they throw a fun party for kids.

  5. The Gift would be a great Christmas book. I'd love it!

  6. Money is a great secret gift to give, especially at Christmas time.

  7. I've seen a Christmas Carol play a few times, and it's good each time!

  8. Oh we saw a Christmas Carol at Hale Theatre.

  9. I learned they have fun activities for so many holidays!

  10. I would LOVE to win the Everybody Eats Lunch book, I know my daughter and I would have so much fun with it. :)

  11. I think, the last play I saw was way back in high school!

  12. I can't remember giving a gift in secret. Well, except for the secret santa games but we always let each other know who is who at the end.

  13. I learned that they have a lot of fun stuff to do. Sadly, they are too far away to join their fun festival


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