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Owlcrate – September – box review

Owl’s September box had the theme of Darkness which was great because              the movie Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children was coming out in September and the box had an item based off the hit book written by Ransom Riggs.

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Like the previous months I LOVED this box. Let’s dive into the box of DARKNESS!!

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Theme – Darkness

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Book: Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake

With the book we received a letter from the author along with a signed bookplate to place inside the book which was signed by the author.

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Bonus Book: Remade by Matthew Cody

Remade is part of a 15 part ‘serial’ series. Which to me is like a TV show but for booknerds.

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Other Goodies:

Candle: This candle has been created by The Melting Library and was inspired by the Throne of Glass series.

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Canvas Pouch: Inspired by Ransom Riggs’s book Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children Out of Print created a adorable canvas pouch which include a quote from the second book in the series. I used it the night the movie came out as a small purse.

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Bookmark: Thanks to Evie Bookish for creating an adorable bookmark which will be great for when I read Crooked Kingdom.

Bath Fizzers: This was my first experience with a bath bomb. I have seen them online and my mall has a store which allows you to create your own. This bath bomb was made by Da Bomb.

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October Sneak Peek:

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OwlCrate describes October’s box as the following ” the theme of the box is ONCE UPON A DREAM. The box will include a dark and atmospheric novel inspired by Russian folklore. The story is all about the magic that occurs in the middle of the night! We’ll also be filling each box with beautiful goodies inspired by fairy tales, as well as stories that feature dreams. This is a really beautiful box, and the book is perfect to read around Halloween!”

Item Sneak Peek: The box will include an exclusive item (priced at $20) designed by Whosits and Whatsits

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Owlcrate – August – Box Review

Another month in 2016 has come and gone. But in the month another Owlcrate box has also arrived.

Each month the owners at Owlcrate surprise me and I just love everything they place inside the box! And that was shown with the August month. I just LOVED it all.

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                                                        Theme – Fast Times at YA High

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Book: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Also include was a signed bookplate, a letter from Kasie, and a set of colored pencils with the book title on the box.

Other goodies:

Decomposition Book – This adorable book has made it’s way into my purse to allow me to jot down books to read along with any quotes I hear that I like. This was created by Michael Roger.

Harry Potter items – The box had two adorable Harry Potter items. The first item was button which was created by Taryn Draws 

The second item was a stunning print of the Golden Tri which was designed by the amazing and talented Susanna Draws. I have already checked out her Etsy and been debating on a few prints to buy. All are so adorable.

Monthly Button – Owlcrate has decided on starting a monthly button item. Each month each box will have a button inside. This month’s button is the cute little raptor which is the chapter raptor. This was created by James Maxwell who also creates the monthly postcards. Which are too cute.

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Owlcrate original Necklace – Owlcrate created a necklace for the box which was based off Eleanor and Park. It’s a necklace that I love.

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Adult Coloring Book – Who does not love to just sit down, grab some colored pencils or markers and relax with a little coloring? I know I do. Therefore I love the coloring book that was created by Blue Star Coloring for this months Owlcrate. The details found within the coloring book are amazing and I have already colored one page and working on turning it into a bookmark.

Overall – I really loved this box. I have already put most of the items to use and working on a place for the buttons in my room. Each box just is amazing and a fun experience for a booknerd.

September sneak peek: The theme for September was Darkness with a item designed after Miss Peregrines Home for Peculiar Children. I have already gotten the box and OMG! It’s just another great box. Will post it soon.

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Review – Wee Alphas

As a nanny to young ones (4 under the age 0f 5) plus an aunt to a 5 year old (almost 6 year old) little girl and a future elementary special education teacher I’m always looking for new material that I can found and use with the kids I work with now and might be useful in my classroom.

And when I came across Wee Alphas on Blogging For Books I knew that it was something that I needed to check out. And I was extremely happy that I did.

They described Wee Alphas as

“This imaginative take on the alphabet features 26 Wee Alphas postcards, each created with a “hidden letter” to find.

Based on the award-winning Wee Alphas kids’ app, the postcards feature quirky illustrations of Biki the Buffalo, Ulysses the Unicorn, Yolanda the Yeti, and their furry, feathered, or finned friends. The cards are bound into a fold-out accordion format that can be displayed in its entirety, or they can be detached to separately display or share. Writing prompts on the back of each card will inspire any kid (or their grown-up) to pass along a super-special greeting.

The cover and back – When I opened the package I noticed that it was small, the size of postcards. Which was great because it would make these easy for the little ones to hold. The cover provided examples of the letters along with the animals that the letters were hidden within. The back provided an example of the post card and a quick look at several of the cards for each letter.

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Open it up – When I opened up the box I really liked the inside of the cover and back. They were covered in different letters inside their letter animal. Very cute.

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The Letters – Overall I really enjoyed the letters. They were creative and cute. Each letter was “hidden” within an animal that started with that letter and it was up to the reader to determine where each letter was located. Some were easy and some were a little harder to find. However I believe that some of the letters were hard for the younger kids to find at first but with some determination and looking the kids were able to find the letters.

The Postcards – I have mixed opinions on these. They are cute and would be fun. As a teacher I thought I could use these with my students and let them send the letter that their name starts with to a parent. However some of these seem a little hard for the younger children. As a nanny to younger children I don’t think I would use the postcards but would rather use these to help the students learn their ABC’s.

Overall – I really liked the product and have already used the letters with the kids I watch and my niece. I plan on keeping them and making sure that they make their way into my classroom.

 

I received a set of  cards from Blogging For Books in exchange for an honest review. The fact I received a copy had no play in my review and opinion of the product.

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