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Sip Tea with Mad Hatter Blog Tour: Review & Prize Pack Giveaway

Tea parties can be fun for both children and grown-ups, presenting the opportunity to make new friends and to strengthen the relationship with old ones. Would you go to a tea party hosted by Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland? Do you know what it takes to be a stellar guest like Alice Kingsleigh? Award-winning author Loretta Neff tells you everything you need to know about tea parties in her new picture book Sip Tea with Mad Hatter: at KAMP®. Unlike those boring and lengthy etiquette handbooks, Sip Tea with Mad Hatter teaches tea party manners and beyond in the most creative and fun setting possible, i.e., in the enchanting world of Wonderland.

Each chapter of the book features a character from Alice in Wonderland, who specifies and explains certain rules to follow during a tea party, or a get-together of any sort. The contents of the rules are closely tied to the personality traits of that character. For example, Alice shows us the importance of introducing yourself with confidence when meeting new friends, no matter how small you may appear in front of them. The Red Queen of Hearts, on the other hand, demonstrates the need for kindness and patience, the lack of which leads to her tragic fate of being expelled from Wonderland forever. The conversational writing style and the funny illustrations featuring bright, rich colors, combine to bring the entire book to life. You can easily imagine yourself seeking advice on party rules before heading to Mad Hatter's magical party, with a shining invitation in hand.

I can't agree with the author more that lessons about manners should be taken from early on. While formal education primarily focuses on academic skills, the responsibility to educate children about essential social skills lies in the hands of parents and caregivers. And the impact is likely to last a lifetime. Instead of trying hard to talk your children into behaving well, you may get the message through more effectively by reading a fun book together. Sip Tea with Mad Hatter would be a great place to start. It would also be easier to remind your child of certain rules by simply mentioning the related character from the book.

While tea parties are special occasions, I love that the lessons taught in this book can apply more broadly to everyday situations. We all want to raise our children to be kind, gracious, considerate, compassionate, and respectful persons that others would enjoy the company of. Add Sip Tea with Mad Hatter to your child's summer reading list and see how much both you and your young reader will benefit from it!

Go Behind the Scenes of New Attractions at SeaWorld & Family Four Pack Tickets Giveaway!

One of the advantages of living in San Diego is that we get to visit SeaWorld often without having to worry about travel or lodging costs. But none of our previous visits can be compared with the most recent one we had together with the amazing folks from The Moms and some of my fellow bloggers. It is the most exciting, most unforgettable, and most special of all! Not only were we offered the opportunity to experience most of the new attractions opening at SeaWorld San Diego this summer, but we also had fun, close-up encounters with some of SeaWorld's adorable animal ambassadors!

Our exclusive behind the scenes tour of SeaWorld started at the all new Orca Encounter, which features a three-story, first-of-its-kind infinity screen and a rugged coastline backdrop complete with towering pines and picturesque waterfalls. Unlike the theatrical shows that SeaWorld visitors are familiar with, Orca Encounter combines a live orca presentation with a documentary-style digital presentation. You can learn a lot about what killer whales do in the wild on the 140-foot-wide screen while observing their natural behaviors up close.

I was surprised to learn that the whales can actually see what's playing on the screen and make relevant responses.

See how beautiful the whales blend in their digital environment? I have to admit that my mind got a bit too busy trying to follow the whales in the water and to fully process all the information provided by the narrator at the same time. I'd definitely want to watch the presentation again, in order to gain better knowledge about these amazing creatures. Orca Encounter is now only available at SeaWorld San Diego. SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Antonio will move to this new presentation by 2019.

Litom LED Outdoor Motion Sensor Solar Light & Amazon GC Giveaway (5 Winners)

A solar powered motion sensor light is convenient, economical and good for the planet. Enter to win one for the outdoor space of your home, plus a $10 Amazon gift card!

Sponsored by: Litom
Hosted by: Love, Mrs. Mommy
Co-Hosted by: InezbyDesign

Five lucky winners will each receive a Litom Super Bright 24 LED Outdoor Motion Sensor Solar Light (ARV $39.99) & a $10 Amazon gift card!

Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses Giveaway {Independence Day Giveaway Hop}

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy ice cold beverages. Do you want to keep your hand dry and comfortable when you have to hold your cold drink for a while? With their patented double-wall design, Ozeri's Moderna Artisan Series glasses keep your beverage insulated at their ideal temperature, be it hot or cold. So your hand won't be bothered by heat or condensation! Plus, these elegant looking glasses are sure to impress your guests for any party you may be hosting. Enter to win a set of 8 Moderna Artisan Series Double Wall Beverage Glasses!

Product features:
  • Heat and condensation-resistant borosilicate glasses that each holds 8 oz
  • Opposing mouth-blown dimples that allow for a natural and effortless grip
  • Double wall design that suspends drinks within an inner wall, creating an engaging optical effect
  • Designed to keep your hands cool with hot drinks, and free of condensation with chilled beverages
  • Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe

Ready to win these award-winning glasses? Simple complete the entries below. This giveaway is part of the Independence Day Giveaway Hop. Please follow the linky for more chances to win fun prizes. Good luck!
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