It’s NOT Just A Dog! Book Review & Giveaway

It’s NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres – Blog Tour

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School’s out for the summer and straight-talking Madison and her friend Cooper have big plans for the summer: working at the kennel, training service dogs and creating a dog-walking business—besides writing her dog-blog. Her stepdad has agreed to make Lilly, Madison’s foster puppy, a permanent member of the Morgan family, and Madison wants to make the adoption special.

It's NOT Just A Dog! by Pam Torres - Blog Tour

When an injured dog is abandoned, Madison’s determined to discover the truth about the orphaned dog. To crack this crime she’ll have to sneak around some shady characters. It’ll be tricky since her dad isn’t happy about her animal detective activities. Her promise not to get into trouble won’t be easy. Madison convinces Cooper to strike out on their own, but Lilly is dognapped and Madison finds herself locked in a shed with no way out. She regrets her crime-fighting obsession and realizes her snooping has endangered everyone she cares about. Cooper rallies an unlikely group of rescuers to bust her out.

It's NOT Just A Dog!

In the end Madison learns she can depend on her friends and her stepfather. And when it comes to people and dogs, relationships are never simple, and a dog is never—JUST a dog!

We recently got a chance to read this book and loved every part of it. This book is easy to read with great plot, characters and a strong message. We recommend this book as a must read for all middle graders and dog lovers.

Pam Torres

About the Author: Pam Torres was born in Logan, Utah and did most of her growing up in Prairie Village, Kansas. Besides playing Dorothy during tornado weather and digging Peter Pan-like underground forts she also played piano and ran cross-country. She started her family early, and had five energetic and creative children, and returned to school when the last one was four. She has fond memories of reading and playing with her children in between hefty amounts of volunteering at church and their schools. Several of her favorite memories are doing writers’ workshop, updating the art docent program, recruiting volunteers, working as the parent liaison for the curriculum team, publishing articles in the newsletter and directing a very popular after-school art club.

Writing was the one constant in her life through all the struggles of single parenthood, stepparent issues and bringing a large family together. She continued to write her brains out in hopes of writing full-time one day. After five years in sales, she quit her well-paying job to write. Her supportive husband is her biggest cheerleader and she frequently acknowledges that she couldn’t have done it without him.

The Project Madison Series is her debut middle-grade series. She organized Project Madison around its release and is donating 10% of her proceeds to the ASPCA®, animal shelters and other programs to benefit homeless or abused animals.

It’s NOT Just A Dog! is perfect for ages 9 to 12, with 184 pages, costs $10.47 and it’s available from April 2014.

You can find It’s NOT Just A Dog! at the online stores like Amazon, Barnes And Noble and IndieBound.

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win one of the Prize Packages!

Grand Prize – Set of illustrations signed by the illustrators, set of bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series, and a dream catcher.

First Prize – 3 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, hard copies of both books in the series.

Second Prize – 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, bookmarks, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, full set of magnets, set of stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Third Prize – 2 illustrations signed by the illustrators, official Netta recipe card with biscuit mold, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, signed hard copies of both books in the series.

Swag Packages – One 5×7 signed illustration, bookmarks, magnets, stickers, an ebook in the format of your choice.

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More chances to win…

Facebook Page Contests – During the month of June the Project Madison Facebook Fan Page will be conducting contests and giveaways, so be sure to check there frequently for a chance to win some great prizes.

Attention Teachers and Parents:

Anyone who emails (torres dot pam3 at gmail dot com) a JPG of a tween holding my book, a student or relative will receive a personalized letter from Madison and signed by Lilly dog.

In addition, they will also be entered into a special drawing for an entire classroom to receive copies of the book and a visit from the author. (Sorry, this is for Washington State Teachers only.) One entry per child, per picture. Be sure to include your school name, teachers name and contact information.

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125 Best Vegan Recipes Cookbook Review & Giveaway

Delicious Easy-to-Prepare Vegan Recipes

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The vegan lifestyle is becoming more and more popular. There are many different reasons for not eating meat, milk, or eggs. Yet all vegans desire tantalizing dishes and meal ideas.

125 Best Vegan Recipes

125 Best Vegan Recipes offers appealing recipes for everything from soups, salads and wraps, to pasta and grains, and desserts and baked goods. Many families have at least one adolescent vegan and need kid-friendly recipes the whole family will enjoy. Far from the mundane, these creative recipes have an international flair, are easy to execute, and guarantee delicious results every time.

Here’s just a sampling:

  • Spicy Black Bean Dip
  • Hot and Sour Udon Noodle Soup
  • Corn Meal Waffles with Wild Blueberry Compote
  • Penne with Sautéd Mushroom Marsala and Caramelized Onion
  • Spaghetti and Soy Meatballs
  • Pistachio Biscotti
  • Cranberry Orange Scones

125 Best Vegan Recipes - Cheeseless Pizza

We recently got a chance to review this cookbook and try some of the delicious recipes inside. We love how easy the recipes are and how well they work for our family, even though we still enjoy eating meat from time to time. The fact that there are kid friendly recipes was important to us and that these recipes are also amazing for entertaining.

So far we tried:

  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Berry Smoothie
  • Quinoa Salad with Grapefruit and Avocado
  • Hummus with Roasted Red Peppers

125 Best Vegan Recipes - Sticky Pecan Squares

Besides the outstanding recipes, there is also nutritional information helpful to the vegan lifestyle. To aid in meal planning and preparation, there is a useful vegan pantry list with freezer recommendations. For vegans or even those considering the vegan lifestyle, this cookbook is vital.

About the Authors: Maxine Effenson Chuck is a writer and editor with a special interest in cooking and Beth Gurney is a professional chef, pastry chef and cooking instructor.

This cookbook has 216 pages $19.95 CA / $19.95 US / £12.95 UK available from February 2014.

To find out more about the 125 Best Vegan Recipes cookbook, or to check out other amazing cookbooks visit Robert Rose website.

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win a copy of 125 Best Vegan Recipes cookbook!

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Mulberry Love Review & Giveaway

All You Need is Love – Mulberry Love Juice

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Introducing Mulberry Love, a revolutionary superfruit drink. Rich with antioxidants and natural ingredients shown to help boost immunity, ignite brain power and hydrate your body; this refreshing blend of mulberry juice and coconut water, tastes delicious, too.

Mulberry Love Juice

Mulberry Love is a premiere superfruit drink combining Mulberry juice and just the right amount of coconut water to make a delicious, healthy, and refreshing beverage. Mulberry Love quenches your thirst while boosting your immune system. It is loaded with antioxidants and potent phytonutrients, including anthocyanins and resveratrol. Mulberry Love has no added sugar it is sweet naturally! This healthy and delicious tasting drink will bring a smile to your lips.

Mulberry Love Juice

All Organic and All Natural Mulberry Love

The Organic Mulberry Love product delivers only organic, fresh-pressed mulberry juice blended with organic coconut water. The All Natural Mulberry Love contains all natural mulberry juice, coconut water and white grape juice.

Benefits:

Packed with vitamins, iron, amino acids, and potent plant compounds, the ingredients that come together in Mulberry Love provide the widest range of nutrients found in superfruit drinks. Scientific studies show that the antioxidants and phytonutrients in mulberries and coconut water help to provide a plethora of health benefits, including:

  • Boost Immunity
  • Enhances Memory
  • Reduces Inflammation
  • Vital for Vision
  • Heart Healthy
  • Energizing
  • Skin Supporting
  • Hydrating

We recently got a chance to work with Mulberry Love and try some of their delicious products like Organic Mulberry Juice and All Natural Mulberry Juice. They both are very refreshing and perfect to enjoy on their own or in variety of recipes. They are great after workouts and any time of the day when you need a refreshing drink that is full of benefits. We love that Mulberry Love Juice is all natural, with no added sugar and that is great for boosting your immune system.

To order Mulberry Love visit their Mulberry Love Products page or enter our giveaway and win a Mulberry Love Gift Basket that includes (1 Organic Mulberry Juice, 1 All Natural Mulberry Juice, 1 Mulberry Love t-shirt and 1 Mulberry Love baseball hat)!

Mulberry Love Juice 2

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win a Mulberry Love Gift Basket that includes (1 Organic Mulberry Juice, 1 All Natural Mulberry Juice, 1 Mulberry Love t-shirt and 1 Mulberry Love baseball hat)!

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ThinkThin Protein Bars Review & Giveaway

thinkThin Deliciously Natural Nutrition

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thinkThin Protein has 20g protein for lean strength, sustained energy and to bridge hunger, and 0g sugar for weight management and to avoid sugar spikes and fatigue. thinkThin Protein is gluten-free, kosher and has a low glycemic index.

ThinkThin Protein Bars

thinkThin protein bars are a delicious, nutritious snack that delivers high quality ingredients to sustain high energy without the punishing side effects of refined sugar or gluten. If you are looking for a well-balanced, high protein snack or after workout meal the thinkThin bars are perfect for you.

You can choose from 12 flavors of thinkThin Protein Bars that have 20g of protein and 0g sugar:

  • Creamy Peanut Butter
  • Chunky Peanut Butter
  • Chocolate Fudge
  • White Chocolate
  • Dark Chocolate
  • Chocolate Espresso
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Tangerine Cremesicle
  • Cookies & Creme
  • Caramel Fudge
  • Lemon Cream Pie
  • Brownie Crunch

ThinkThin Protein Bars Creamy Peanut Butter

We recently got a chance to work with thinkThin and enjoy the Creamy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Fudge bars. What I love the most about these bars is the high protein, gluten-free and the fact that they are super delicious. I love how soft they are too. For me they are a perfect go to snack on busy days.

ThinkThin Protein Bars Brownie Crunch

All of the delicious products mentioned above are available on their website. You can browse for your favorites at thinkThin Products they also offer FREE Shipping on orders of $75 or more.

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win a box of thinkThin bars (your choice Creamy Peanut Butter or Chocolate Fudge).

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Sleepy’s Mattress Professionals Review & Giveaway

Sleepy’s Grand Opening in Chicago Area

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Sleepy’s the Mattress Professionals, are a privately owned, fourth-generation company that approaches 1,000 retail locations in seventeen states. Just earlier this year they expanded into the Midwest market as well by launched their first stores in Chicago area.

Sleepys Grand Opening - Chicago

Recently we got a chance to test out some of the Sleepy’s products, like a Cooling Pillow Pad, Neck Pillow and Spa Gift Set.

I have to say my favorite item is the Cooling Pillow Pad because it is large enough to cover the standard pillow, it provides the cooling relief, it absorbs and dissipates your body’s heat, it does not require refrigeration or any plug-in device to keep cool and it uses the revolutionary ChillGel technology.

Cooling Pillow Pad

The Neck Pillow is perfect to relax with. It fits perfectly around the neck and our daughter loves to bring it in the car for the long car rides. We also enjoyed the refreshing Spa Gift Set in Apricot/Chamomile sent. Overall we love the quality of Sleepy’s products and know you will too.

Spa Gift Set

Sleepy’s recently launched 10 stores in the greater Chicago area. And if you are not in the Chicago area we are sure you can find a Sleepy’s store near you using their Store Locator!

“Chicago offers an excellent mix of urban and suburban locations and a population that appreciates a high-quality, high-value shopping experience,” said Sleepy’s Chief Marketing Officer Jeff Lobb, “We look forward to offering consumers a fresh option when they shop for a new bed.”

Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win a $100 Sleepy’s Gift Card so you can get a perfect Sleepy’s item for you and your family!

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Albion Fit Review & Giveaway

Designed By and For the Female Athlete

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Albion’s mission is to provide women with the most luxurious, flattering and hassle-free fitness and leisure apparel on the market!

Full Zip Jacket in Teal

Recently I got a chance to work with Albion Fit and review some of their workout clothing. From the first moment on their website I loved the selection, the colors and how perfectly fitting the clothes looked. For my review I chose the Full Zip Jacket in Teal and Capri Legging in Black.

Capri Legging in Black

I found this particular outfit perfect for walking, jogging, running, gym or just running errands comfortably. The fabric is super comfortable, form-fitting yet very light which makes it perfect for exercise. The colors are bright and the details make them extra stylish.

Capri Legging in Black

Item Details:

Full Zip Jacket in Teal – Whether you’re running an errand or a marathon, our 26.2 jacket’s smooth supplex, sleek shape, and superb performance features make it a wardrobe staple. With extra length for a long and lean fit, ample pockets roomy enough to store all your essentials, and the added bonuses of a zipped arm pocket and pretty graphic, the 26.2 will have you slimmed, stocked, and stylish to boot. – $98.00

Capri Legging in Black – Compression fabric takes your workouts to the next level in our capri legging.  An extra wide waistband keeps its shape while tucking everything in nicely if you keep it up; or, roll it down to flaunt those hard-earned abs.  Nylon/Spandex wash cold with similar colors, remove immediately and lay flat to dry. – $68.00

Albion Fit Teal Jacket and Black Capri Leggings

I couldn’t be more satisfied with the items I chose and received. I’m looking forward to wearing them for a long time and to some awesome fitness adventures.

I am also looking forward to expending my Albion Fit collection and adding some other items like this adorable Match Point Pleat Skirt and Uline Top in Black with White.

Match Point Pleat Skirt and Uline Top in Black with White

Or one of these swimsuits, since I couldn’t decide on just one (Ballerina Suit in Black, Big Polka Dot Suit Two Piece in Black and White and Nautical Bow Suit Two Piece in Black and Ivory). They are just so perfect for this summer.

Ballerina Suit Black

Big Polka Dot Suit Two Piece in Black and White

Nautical Bow Suit Two Piece in Black and Ivory

 Giveaway!!!

Enter using the form below for a chance to win a $100 Albion Fit Gift Card!

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Disclosure – SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) was provided FREE product(s) by the above mentioned company or their PR Representative to complete this review. All of the opinions are strictly of the SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) and SCM (SocialCafe Magazine) staff and no one else. The opinions are honest and not influenced by the monetary compensation in any way.