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Bunnies by the Bay – Easter & Baby Gifts

Stuffed Bunnies

Bunnies by the Bay

Bunnies By The Bay by Kids Preferred has the perfect items for both Easter AND baby gifts!

This special new range of bunnies, baskets and blankets in the Bunnies By The Bay spring 2014 Easter collection are the perfect complement to Easter. Full of pastels, cuddles, favorite characters and the pure sweetness of the season, the new collection includes several new colors and new friends for babies and kids of all ages.

Wonderfully soft and cuddly – these will put a smile on any child’s face!

Look at all the cute stuffed bunnies to choose from!

stuffed bunnies

Bunnies by the Bay Collection

The Dragon King – Book Review

The following paragraph is a review from a member of our Mom Review Board:

The Dragon King

The Dragon King

“The Dragon King” is Vivian Slade’s first children’s book. Her story was inspired by an encounter with a young burn patient. (We love that she helped this child’s vision and imagination come to fruition) She uses the story of King Ethan and the dragon in her mission to encourage children to keep their chins up in a world that isn’t always friendly. This is an important message that children can take to heart and carry with them.

Slade’s book is illustrated by colorful drawings her own daughter created. They are very well done and make a cheerful addition to a story already full of hope and inspiration.

There is also audio available which makes for a unique bonus feature that children will enjoy as they hear the characters come to life.

The book is longer than you would expect for younger children, but can work well if you read it to them over 2 – 4 reading sessions (or bedtime story time), depending on their age, to get through the entire book.

More About the Publishing Company & Book: The Dragon King was inspired by 6 year old Ethan on the burn unit at Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville, TN in 2006. It is a fully illustrated children’s book which tells the tale of young king, Ethan, who is unexpectedly forced to defend his kingdom. Its pages are filled with rich, imaginative text and intricate letters, and images reminiscent of medieval manuscripts. It is also an audio book comprised of narration, characters’ voices, sound effects and six fully orchestrated, musical theatre style songs.

In the story, Ethan’s mother asks Ethan, “…what makes a just and honorable person?” The answer: “faith”–in oneself and what one believes, “courage”–to meet life’s challenges, and “wisdom”–to see the world with understanding and appreciation.

And so to expound on these life lessons, a values curriculum has been created to accompany the story, using thirteen character traits that are exemplified in the pages of The Dragon King—Adaptability, compassion, contemplation, cooperation, courage, forgiveness, initiative, integrity, loyalty, optimism, perseverance, respect and responsibility. This curriculum will be available by January 2014.

Their website is, and their YouTube channel is TheDragonKingSeries. You will find interviews with author/composer, Vivian Slade, and illustrator, Johanna Adrian Burr, plus 17 audio clips with text and additional illustrations. The Dragon King can be purchased as both an audio book The Dragon King Various Artists ($8.99) and Kindle The Dragon King Vivian Slade ($9.99) on Amazon.

Their goal over the next three years is to give away one million copies of The Dragon King to hospitals, orphanages, libraries, and schools around the globe. We will donate a copy for every copy sold. They have already begun to work with need-based schools, a hospital, and orphanages in Cuenca, Ecuador, where they have been living for the past 10 months. They are getting ready to launch an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to help us print the first 20,000 copies. This will launch by July 20, 2013.

Twiztt Cookware – New Cookware to Make Cooking Easy

Twiztt Cookware

Twiztt Cookware

From one of our product review board moms:

With more and more American’s taking charge of their health, there has been a great deal of focus on the ingredients we place in our bodies. While that is important, health advocate Joan Lunden decided to take cooking healthy in a new direction. She decided to focus on what we are cooking in, not just what we are cooking. This led her to develop her line of Twiztt cookware – cookware that is both “safe and responsible.”

Highlights of Twiztt:
-Safe, eco friendly and non-toxic Thermolon ceramic coating
-Lid-Locking System
-Can go from stove to oven
-Induction friendly
-Free of PTFT and PFOA coatings

What I loved:
A “safe” non-stick pan. I am still haunted by imagines of my old Teflon pans chipping and particles going into our food. Yuck.

The performance. The fry pan I was sent cooked eggs, bacon, and sausage with no problems, and no added oils. My husband was most impressed by how it cooked our eggs. Not only were we able to achieve the elusive “over medium” hardness, but the whites had very little browning on them, making for great presentation.

What I would change:
I’d make the warning not to use cooking spray more prevalent. Yes, I’m  an idiot, and it’s my own fault I didn’t read the instructions thoroughly, but let’s face it, most people don’t. Especially when it’s something like cookware where you think you know how to use it. If you make the same mistake I did, it’s not the end of your glorious cookware experience. But it will make for a pain to get clean, unlike cleaning it every time I used it without cooking spray. Lesson learned.

About Twiztt:
Twiztt by Joan Lunden offers smart “twists” that make cooking easier and more fun for the entire family all while achieving healthy, gourmet meals.

This eco-friendly line is available at Bed Bath & Beyond, making healthy cooking faster and easier for the busy school year. Twiztt by Joan Lunden is a healthy, green and non-toxic cookware line coated with Thermolon ceramic non-stick, an innovative mineral ceramic non-stick coating, made of completely free of plastic synthetics and harmful PTFEs and PFOAs. The purpose of the line is to educate and create awareness for the everyday American consumer and the new line of cookware focuses on easier, family cooking with smart “twists” that allow for easier cutting, measuring and cooking in general for a busy lifestyle.

Many parents complain that they don’t have enough time to put healthy, gourmet meals on the dinner table during the school year. Therefore, the resort to frozen, processed or takeout meals that are unhealthy and anything but fresh.

This school year, Joan is asking parents to leave the homework to the kids and swap out your old cookware for a line that provides you ease, accessibility and fun in the kitchen.

You can find out more about Twiztt at: