Tuesday, September 30, 2008

"Sleeping Angel" Photo Contest Entry

Bed of Animals

My little angel on her "Bed of Animals." She loves her fuzzy friends and apparently they make a good mattress and pillow, too. Kids can sleep anywhere! My grandma has told stories of babies she knew sleeping in dresser drawers for a lack of a crib. While the situation isn't as dire in our home, we still haven't purchased any furniture besides a mattress for our daughter now that she is out of the crib. Seems this contest posted on 5 Minutes For Mom for a South Shore Furniture set is well timed. I like the Lily Rose Set the best. Love the bookcase headboard.

Oh yeah, and on this blog can't I leave out the bedtime read. Here's one of our favorite bedtime stories: Time For Bed by Mem Fox. The lullaby-ish tale with Jane Dyer's watercolor illustrations of baby animals and their mothers is sure to calm any child. "Sweet dreams, my darling, sleep well ... good night!"

If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff Release 9/30/08

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A cute, black curious cat, some cupcakes, sprinkles and more -- The popular "If You Give..." series continues today with the release of Laura Numeroff's latest title "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake." Our family owns two other books in the series, "If You Give a Mouse a Cookie" and "If You Give a Pig a Pancake." My daughter enjoys following the characters in these books as they go from one activity to another and end up back where they started. We are a cat loving family and are looking forward to reading the cupcake and cat book. However, there will be no giving cats cupcakes in our household as one of the cats is diabetic! Celebrate the new book release with us by checking out some of these fun activities, offers and sites:

Enter the "Bake Your Best Cupcake" Recipe Contest sponsored by HarperCollins for your chance to win a four-day/three night trip to a Cake Decorating Camp for Kids (best for ages 10+) at the Wilton School of Cake Decorating & Confectionary Art. (enter at http://www.mousecookiebooks.com)

Free "Creative Cupcakes" Recipe Booklet [pdf] link from Amazon.com

Harper Collins "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" Activity Kit Booklet [pdf]

Harper Collins "If You Give a Cat a Cupcake" Classroom Activities for Educators [pdf]

Cupcake Fun Website by Wilton

Hostess 100 Calorie Pack $0.75 Cupcake Coupon

Knit Cupcake Hat Pattern by Wendi Dunlap

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit Giveaway

Are you a pumpkin carving fanatic? Enter the giveaway below to win a Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit from Momma Muse. Ends on 9/30/2008

Momma Muse Dremel Pumpkin Carving Kit Giveaway

And here's a great pumpkin read for you to check out with your kids - Pumpkins: A Story for a Field by Mary Lyn Ray (Author), Barry Root (Illustrator). This book will make you want to plant your own pumpkin seeds or at least visit a pumpkin patch. It is about a man who wants to save the land across from his home from development. He plants the field full of pumpkin seeds then sells the pumpkins to buy the property. Great commentary for the young on the topic of land conservation.

Barnes and Nobles $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

One of my weaknesses is children's books (if you couldn't tell). I love to buy them, and love to read them with my kids. So, I don't pass up any opportunities to buy more books, especially if I can get them free. Mommying On The Fly is hosting a Barnes and Nobles $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway on her blog. Check out her post for your chance to win. Contest ends Oct. 6, 2008.

Mommying On The Fly $25 Gift Certificate Giveaway

Sunday, September 28, 2008

"Piano for Preschoolers" Songbook Package Giveaway

My mother has been the organist at our little rural church for 45 years. She started as the primary organist there when she was only 12 years old. When I was born, the pastor at the time gave my mom a congratulations card and in it was the note, "looking forward to seeing your little girl play at church just like you." No pressure there. Well, I took organ and piano lessons, but it just was never my forte. I liked my flute lessons a whole lot better. However, my piano teacher wasn't exactly inspiring either.

Fast forward to the future. I now have my own little girl who idolizes her grandma and loves to pretend play out of the hymnal. I just learned today about a new piano teaching program called "Piano for Preschoolers." The basic course sounds like an intriguing way to introduce my young daughter to piano. Who knows, maybe she'll follow in her grandma's footsteps. A little bit about it: "Piano for Preschoolers" was developed by Angie Crellin, a mother who has studied piano for 30 years. The course includes a songbook, CD, parent guide and keyboard color strips. Your child will learn to read real music notes and to play them on real keys from the very start.

Parent Reviewers blog is giving away a couple copies of the basic course: Giveaway ends Oct. 6, 2008. Click on the link below for details.

Parent Reviewers Piano for Preschoolers Basic Course Giveaway

The Feed Our Kids Well Recipe Book Freebie - Ragu

Ragu is giving away a free 34 page guide with recipes entitled "The Feed Our Kids Well Recipe Book." Sign up for your copy today. I just did. http://www.feedourkidswell.com/Themes/fokw/Common/FreeStuff.aspx

Speaking of pasta sauce and spaghetti, have your kids seen the Sesame Street - Kids' Favorite Songs 2 DVD? It is one of my daughter's long-time favorites and features songs such as "On Top of Spaghetti" and Ernie's "Rubber Duckie." There's also one renegade meatball!

Saturday, September 27, 2008

"When I am Quiet on Oahu" by Judi Riley - Book Giveaway

I've never been to Hawaii, but would love to visit someday. If you and your kids would like to experience a bit of Hawaii, this children's book looks like the ticket. "When I am Quiet on Oahu" is part of the Tiki Tales Hawaiian book series and features animals, wonderful illustrations and even encourages readers to learn some new Hawaiian words. Check out the illustrations extra close for hidden words. Blogger Life is Like Champagne... is holding a giveaway for this book. Giveaway ends midnight 10/1/08. Click on the link below to enter the giveaway.
Life is Like Champagne Blog Book Review and Giveaway

While you are at it, check out the Etsy tikitales shop for some great gifts or visit her website for more details about the TikiTales books.
Etsy Tikitales Shop
Tiki Tales Hawaiian Children's Book Website

We are Little Amigos CD - Bilingual Songs that teach Spanish

Learning a foreign language is just plain easier when you're a child. Help your child start young by introducing them to Spanish with this great CD. We are Little Amigos CD includes many familiar songs including "The Itsy Bitsy Spider" and "If you're happy." The songs are sung in English and then translated in Spanish. It is perfect for the baby, toddler and preschooler in your home, at playgroup or preschool. Sing and dance along with them and pick up some new phrases together. Below is a link to the giveaway at Foreign Language Fun. Giveaway ends Friday, Oct. 3rd.

Foreign Language Fun - We Are Little Amigos Giveaway

For more about the CD, visit the website at www.wearelittleamigos.com

Friday, September 26, 2008

Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD Giveaway Blogs

I am convinced that every three-year-old girl loves princesses, at least every one I've met so far. At our house the princesses reign, from dresses to dolls to DVDs. If you've got a princess fan like mine, you won't want to miss the newest Disney release: a 50th anniversary Platinum edition of Sleeping Beauty. Set to be released on October 7th in stores, you can try to snag a copy at one of the giveaways below.

Classy Mommy Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD Giveaway
Week in Rewind Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD Giveaway
Momsational Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD Giveaway
LI Kids Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD Giveaway
An Ordinary Life Sleeping Beauty 50th Anniversary DVD Giveaway

Thursday, September 25, 2008

High School Musical 2 Deluxe Dance DVD Giveaway

Visit An Ordinary Life for your chance to win a DVD copy of High School Musical 2 Deluxe Dance Edition. This version was just released by Disney on September 23, 2008. Lots of bonus features including a HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 Sneak Peek and Interactive Dance-Along. Giveaway ends Oct. 10th. Enter at www.aordinarylife.com blog - full details there.

Seven Dogs and a Baby Blog also has a contest going for this as well. The giveaway there ends on Oct. 15th.

Sweepstakes: Amazon Has a High School Musical 3: Senior Year Private Movie Screening Sweepstakes going on right now. Enter to win a private movie screening for you and up to 100 friends. Entry period ends on 10/14/08.

Custom Blog Giveaway by Restored316Designs

Lauren at Restored316Designs is hosting a Custom Blog Giveaway. She creates super trendy, awesome blog designs. As a newbie blogger, having the ability to design something of this caliber is beyond my skills. Can't hurt to enter the giveaway for a chance at this makeover! See below for your chance to win.


Some of the details (see restored316designs blog for complete info):
Deadline to enter: October 2nd @ midnight.
Must have one of the following:
An existing blog account with Blogger (free) or A Photobucket account (free)

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Thanks for visiting Brimful Curiosities! I am a busy mommy from the Midwest who also loves to blog. My family enjoys reviewing all types of products, and I welcome all PR pitches and comments.

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Giveaways prizes are nearly always shipped directly by the sponsor. Please contact me if you have not received your prize within a reasonable time frame. I will contact the sponsor to find the reason for the delay.

That said, I cannot be held accountable for sponsors actions regarding giveaways. I expect them to honor all promises and send winners their prizes; failed delivery of the giveaway item lies solely on the sponsor. I am also not responsible if discrepancies occur between the stated prize and actual item shipped by the sponsor.

Additionally, I cannot be held responsible for problems incurred by entering giveaways at other sites (the ones mentioned in my "Full to the Brim" postings.) I mention these giveaways only as a courtesy to my readers.

Thanks for visiting Brimful Curiosities! Good luck and hope you win some great prizes.

Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke releases at Amazon 9/26

Inkdeath, the third and last book of the Ink-trilogy is releasing on September 26, 2008 at Amazon.com. However, after reading some other posts, it may already be available at your local bookstore. The original release date was listed as Oct. 7, 2008.

Earlier this September,Al Roker’s Book Club for Kids (Today Show) picked Inkheart, the first book in the series, as its latest book selection.

Inkheart movie is set to be released in theatres January 2009.

For all that is Funke, visit these sites:

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

National Punctuation Day on September 24th

Apparently the nation's punctuation is appalling. At least Jeff Rubin, the founder of National Punctuation Day, believes so. And I, to my dismay, am at fault often. I had adequate English teachers in school, but my brain isn't growing any younger. I'll admit I have forgotten most of my lessons. Lucky for me I can regain some of my skills by reading the website dedicated to this serious problem. And so can you. nationalpunctuationday.com

Also worth mentioning on this day are three great children's books by Lynne Truss that cover this very subject:
Twenty-Odd Ducks: Why, every punctuation mark counts!
Eats, Shoots & Leaves: Why, Commas Really Do Make a Difference!
The Girl's Like Spaghetti: Why, You Can't Manage without Apostrophes!

Disclaimer: All grammatical or punctuation errors made by this author are due to lack of practice, time, and sleep. I apologize profusely for any oversights.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Harry Potter 10th Anniversary!

Today is the All-Day Read-a-Thon and Webcast to Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the release of the original Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone! Check it out here http://www.scholastic.com/kids/stacks/index.asp

How's your Harry Potter IQ? Test it by trying out A Decade of Harry Potter Quiz
from the Parade Magazine Website.

Looks like there are quite a few giveaways out there for Harry Potter related items. For a chance to win the complete box set of the series or a new 10th Anniversary edition, here is a list of some of the blogs with giveaways, most ending Oct 13th:

MomAdvice Giveaway: Harry Potter 10th Anniversary Prize Packs
The Moms Buzz Harry Potter 10th Anniversary Book Giveaway
Parentsphere Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone 10th Anniversary Giveaway
MomsWhoThink.com Harry Potter 10th Anniversary Book Giveaway
5MinutesForMom.com The Harry Potter Collection Giveaway
Classy Mommy Harry Potter Giveaway

Friday, September 19, 2008

Kidsreads.com - Great site for kids who love books (and those that don't but should)

Kids in a rut and don't know what to read? Check out http://www.kidsreads.com/
The site is great for discovering new books, names of books in a series, author interviews, and more. You can even find a list of books that will be released in upcoming months. They also regularly hold contests--- this month enter the BONE #8: TREASURE HUNTERS Giveaway. See site for details.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Corduroy Bear - 40th Anniversary!!

Corduroy by Don Freeman is just one of those books that has always held a special place in my heart. I can remember asking my mom to read it over and over and over again, in anticipation for the part where he finally finds a home and love. If you haven't read this book yet, now is the time to pick it up.
A number of events have occured this year already, with more to come including a Russ stuffed animal Corduoroy line http://www.russberrie.com/ (look under products/entertainment).

Is your school part of the Firefly Scholastic Book Club? If so, in the September Flyer http://teacher.scholastic.com/clubs/clubpdfs/sep2008/firefly0908_newsflyer.pdf you can get a paperback copy of Corduroy for only a $1. What a deal!!

Also, Jumpstart’s Read for the Record campaign http://www.readfortherecord.org/ is October 2, 2008 and the book this year is guess... Corduroy!

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Loganberry Books

Remember a particular book from your childhood, but can't quite think of the title or author? The Loganberry Book site http://www.loganberrybooks.com is awesome...it features a custom query called "Stump the Bookseller." This is customer service taken to extreme heights, and a children's booklover paradise. Also, the site includes a list for the most requested used children's books, if you are looking for an oldie but goodie.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Curious about my blog?

Why do I blog?

Some say, "Curiosity killed the cat." I tend to disagree. I believe curiosity is a valuable quality that leads us to explore life, gain experience and seek out what is new. I am naturally inquisitive about many things but am especially interested in children's books and media and educational toys and products. I suppose this is not unusual given the fact that I am a mother to small children. This development in my life may have increased my passion for these things, but I'd been a children's literature (and product) fan long before the kids arrived. Books and music played a huge part in my own childhood. I was lucky to have parents that wanted to inspire their children. I know not all children are as lucky, but I hope that through blogs like mine, more parents, grandparents, and others will be exposed to the available materials that can help children grow to love books, art, music and all the other good things in life.

As much as I love my kids I also relish "my time" as a mommy and think all mommies deserve something a little special from time to time. Therefore, occasionally I also feature mommy products and Wisconsin based items on my blog.

I publish the "Full to the Brim - Kid's Book Giveaways List" every Friday. This is a list I compile by hand of all the children's book contests and giveaways that I find occurring in bloggyland each week.

Why Brimful Curiosities?

I collect Mother Goose nursery rhyme books. One of my favorite vintage publishing companies is Platt and Munk. They published a book edited by Watty Piper that I absolutely love called The Brimful Book: A Collection of Mother Goose Rhymes, Animal Stories. I thought the word "brimful" would make a wonderful blog title, particularly when combined with "curiosities." My blog is full to the brim with lots of interesting tidbits for curious children and parents. Aren't you curious to read more??

More About Me

• I have worked in four different libraries in my lifetime. I was a children's librarian at one of them.
• The public library I frequented as a child was very, very tiny. Footage of the library equaled only 707 sq. feet total!
• I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.
• My two small children and my wonderful, supportive husband are the loves of my life.
• I am a Christian and volunteer as webmaster for the small rural church we attend.

My header
I don't think I've mentioned the garden picture on my header yet. My grandparents live on a farm in the country and have one huge garden. I was lucky enough during my childhood to enjoy many summers worth of bounty. The strawberries were one of my favorites. I also loved planting and digging up potatoes and eating the green beans right off the plants. Once we found a potato that looked like a Mickey Mouse head. I took it to school for show and tell. There really is nothing like eating fresh vegetables and fruits right from the garden. The produce you buy from the store doesn't even begin to compare.

Anyway, we've made it tradition to go out every spring and help plant the garden. My daughter has helped since she was able to walk. Like me she also especially loves planting and harvesting the potatoes. (And, of course, eating them as well!) In the picture on the top of my blog you can see four generations working together spading the garden to ready it for planting. I took the picture last spring as my father, grandfather, daughter and brother were all working the soil.


Apparently it is a good idea to have this. So sorry, but it has to be said.

In case you were wondering, this blog is a personal blog written and edited by me. I am not an expert by any means, just a plain old mom. Everything written here is my opinion solely. I only review products or feature ideas that I or my family personally believe in or like. I strive to offer you my honest, humble opinion on things I think are worthy of my endorsement. I offer no guarantees for these items or products. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider. Other than receiving an occasional item for free to review, I am generally not compensated to provide my opinion on products, services, websites or various other topics. Should I ever generate revenue from this blog in the form of paid reviews, I promise to clearly disclose this content. In the past, I have been paid a small amount only by Celebrate Express to promote their company and I've received gift cards from Lands' End and MomCentral for a few of their blog tours.

As far as advertising goes, I am an affiliate with Amazon.com and receive very small referral fees for linking to their sites from my blog. This blog does not contain any content which might present a conflict of interest. The information on this blog may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up to date. Additionally, I don't accept responsibility for damage or harm inferred or implied, that may be caused by products I’ve featured, reviewed, advertised, or written about on my personal blog.

I respect your privacy and take great care to protect any personal information related to giveaways. If you win a prize, I may submit address information to the sponsor so that they may send the prize directly. While I assume personal information will be used only to ship the prize, I don't have complete control over information submitted to the sponsors. Please know that if you include your email within the comment message box, it is available for all to see. I recommend setting up a blog profile to avoid this issue. If you don't have a blog account and feel uncomfortable leaving your email address, you may send me an email indicating that you've entered the contest but don't feel comfortable displaying your email. Any questions? Please let me know by emailing pvilletoygirl@gmail.com or brimfulcuriosities@gmail.com.

That said, many thanks for your continued readership!

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