I was super excited when I was offered the opportunity to review not just one fabulous tween product, but two of them in one great combined review and giveaway! Let’s start with Dork Diaries – check out the trailer to the books!
If you have a tween or early teen in your family, then you are going to love the new series Dork Diaries by Rachel Renée Russel! We received what my daughter called a “squeakin” package from Rachel (squeakin means uber awesome or fantastical) and my daughter had a total blast checking out everything that came in the package. We received both the Dork Diaries Tales from a NOT – SO – Fabulous Life and Dork Diaries Tales from a NOT -SO – Popular Party Girl along with some cute accessories plus a perfectly sized bag to carry them in – one of the best product presentations we have seen!
- About Dork Diaries, Tales from a NOT-SO-Fabulous Life: New school. New mean girl. New crush. New diary so Nikki can spill about ALL OF IT…
About Dork Diaries, Tales from a NOT-SO-Popular Party Girl: Recipe for disaster: 4 parties. Add 2 friends and 1 crush. Divide by 1 mean girl out to RUIN Nikki. Mix well, put fingers over eyes, and CRINGE!
Settled in at her new school and flanked by awesome friends Chloe and Zoey, life is looking up for Nikki Maxwell, especially since her crush, Brandon, asked her to be his lab partner—a seriously awesome development. However, when Nikki overhears mean girl Mackenzie bragging that Brandon’s taking her to the Halloween dance, a bummed Nikki signs on to spend Halloween at a kids’ party with her little sister, Brianna, instead. After she finds out Mackenzie was lying and her dream of going to the party with Brandon could be a reality, Nikki has two events to juggle . . . plus plenty of other entertaining trials and tribulations along the way!
My Thoughts: I have to admit that I was looking forward to the second book in the series and seeing how things would turn out with Brandon. Book two takes off right were the first one left off. Nikki reminds me of a little more mature Junie B (another series I loved to read with Hanna when she was younger)… she has good intentions and means well, but things don’t always go real smoothly for her. Sometimes I found myself wishing that Nikki would actually say out loud some of the things she was keeping inside her head – especially to the mean girl Mackenzie! You will definitely want to check out this fun series as it is sure to become a favorite among tweens everywhere (and us older fans too)! We are anxiously waiting for book 3!
About the Author: Rachel Renée Russel is originally from Michigan (just like me!) and grew up near the shores of Lake Michigan. She currently resides in northern Virginia and has two daughters. Her youngest daughter Nikki helps with the illustrations (which are totally fab by the way!!). Rachel is an attorney that enjoys writing children’s books more than practicing law (understandable since I enjoy reading her books more than I enjoy practicing my accounting!). Rachel looks forward to adopting 3 children in the near future and if they are anything like my littlest one, she will be having a lot more material to use for her future books!
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Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Do you have stacks of art work that you just can’t seem to part with? I have folders, notebooks and boxes full of my children’s treasures that are just too precious to just throw out with the trash… but at their ages of 10 and 7 we have become pretty full in our storages areas and with still several years of masterpieces yet to be created ahead of us! Johanna has come up with the most wonderful solution to turn our children’s artwork into fantastic pieces fit perfectly for framing!
About Simply Create Kids: A GREAT SOLUTION TO DISPLAY YOUR KID’S ARTWORK! Your child makes beautiful art, and you want to put it on display in a clean, professional looking way. Our designs fit tastefully with any home decor. You will want to show off this Masterpiece Display to everyone who stops by.
My Experience and Thoughts: When I first started working with Johanna she gave me the choice between a brand new design that holds 6 works of art or their 9 piece collage. I decided to go with the 6 piece because I liked the bigger pictures in the design. All I had to do once I decided which design I wanted was to take photos of the 6 pieces of artwork and email them off to Johanna.
All of them were similar sizes to the two she is holding in the above picture except for one which was considerably smaller. Some were vertical and some were horizontal and all of them had been folded and collected in folders over the past couple of years (read wrinkles and creases). I wasn’t sure how she was going to make it work but was absolutely thrilled with the final result:
Hanna was almost as excited about the final result as I was! It is absolutely gorgeous and I can’t wait to have it framed and get it hung in our home. This is going to be one of my most treasured pieces for sure and I can’t wait to gather up my youngest daughters art pieces and have one done for her as well!
What a great gift this would be for Mother’s Day or for Grandparents! Need a great party idea? Have each guest create a masterpiece for your tween and then have them made into a priceless keepsake for her to hang on her wall (thanks for the great idea Lauren!!). I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my collage and I know you would love yours just as much!
Connect with Simply Create Kids:
Visit the Website: www.simplycreatekids.com
Visit the Etsy Shop for even more examples: www.etsy.com/shop/simplycreate
Find Simply Create Kids on Facebook
Visit Simply Create’s Stunning Photography Site: www.simply-create.com
Where to Buy: You can order your own custom masterpiece collage through the Simply Create Kids Website and they offer the 6 piece ($65) one like I received for review as well as 9 piece ($65) and 12 piece designs ($80).
Now for the fabulous giveaway!!!
Win it: I am so excited to be able to host this fabulous combo tween package giveaway! One of our very lucky readers is going to win BOTH Dork Diaries books as well as their choice between the 6 Piece Collage or the 9 Piece Collage from Simply Create Kids! (Total APR $90)
If you are Like Dork Diaries Facebook page you can have a bonus entry.
If you Like Simply Create Kids Facebook page you can have another bonus entry.
For an explanation of Facebooks contest rules here.
Open to US!
Contest ends 11:59 pm Central Time on 8/31
I did receive free product samples to keep for my testing purposes for this review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review in return for the products.