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Bedtime for Baby Bucketloads of Friends

Disclosure: Many thanks to MM Publicity for the opportunity to review this book

A friend recently shared that her child is struggling to read.  I shared a few tips with her and welcomed her to search my blog for some tips I've gathered over the years.  

I suggested picture books. She was shocked as she never considered picture books for an older readers.  Really?  Who remembers the Where's Waldo books from back in the day?  My sister and I would spend hours coming through our Where's Waldo books searching for the elusive Waldo among a sea of non-Waldos.

Bucketloads of Friends: A Look and Find Book by Mia Cassany reminded me of those Where's Waldo books.  The book is perfect for new readers as it has a storyline and kids will have fun finding things all the way to the end of the book.  Also, it's perfect as an interactive book you can share with your child and let them find the items as you read the text.

Bucketloads of Friends: Lucas is looking everywhere for a best fr…

Winter is Coming Giveaway Hop and your chance to win a $10 Walmart Gift Card

As you read this know I am cruising along the Mexican Riviera reflecting on the year that has been.  The temps are a balmy 78 degrees.  My toes are deep in the sand but I had to host just one last giveaway.

I have had a wonderful year participating in giveaway hops with The Kids Did It and The Mommy Island.  If you are a blogger and looking to participate in giveaway hops, be sure to visit their blogs to sign up for the 2019 giveaway hops.   

If you love easy entry giveaway and winning prizes, be sure to follow the various hops they host throughout the year.

Winter is one of my favorite seasons and although I miss the cold, snowy midwestern winters and the windy, rainy S.F. Bay Area winters, I am learning to love these 80 degree winters in Mexico.  What's the weather like where you are?

We are just days from Christmas and I have all my gifts, but I have yet to wrap them.  What about you?  Have you finished your holiday wrapping yet?

It's weird thinking that it's December and I …

Holly Jolly Giveaway Hop and YOUR Chance to Win a $50 Amazon Gift Card

2018 has been an amazing year for Three Boys and an Old Lady blog!  This year we have given away over $5500 in prizes! *tosses confetti*

Our successes would not be possible without our fabulous sponsors and folks like you who stop by to check out our thoughts on the various products we review.  Before we head on our end of the year family Christmas cruise we decided to share just one more giveaway... the last of the year and it's gonna be a good one.

We've got a $50 Amazon gift card up for grabs and it can be yours.  
What a Holly Jolly start to the Holly Jolly Holidays!!!

Oh the things you could buy with a $50 Amazon gift card. 

You could get a couple of the items on Oprah's Favorite Things list like the 
Fancy 3 sectioned Lasagna pan

Be Inspired Bracelet

Quick Charger for your phone and tablets

Becoming by Michelle Obama

Elevation by Stephen King

An Oreo Record Player


A pair of Scruff-a-Luv pets

Hot Wheels playsets and a few new Hot Wheels cars

5 Tips to Help Your Kid Choose a Book + a Children’s Holiday Book Giveaway

It's no secret we LOVE books. However, I know so many parents whose children struggle with reading.  Reading, like anything else, requires practice.  You have to be careful though as you don't want it to be a laborious task and seem like more homework.  There are ways to help your kid learn to enjoy reading.  
Our local library hosts a story hour each evening and over the years I've watched the program go from just a few kids to standing room only.  After story hour, the kids enjoy a craft, some snacks and then head off to choose books of their own.  Recently, I spoke with some of our local librarians to get some tips on how to help kids choose a book.  
Here are just a few of the tips she shared with me on ways to help your kid choose a book.
1.  Choose according to age.  Most libraries or bookstores group books according to reading level.  Books for babies are toddlers often feature bright pictures and few words; whereas, books for preschoolers tend to be more rhythmic.  Bo…

Earn Big Cash Back on your Christmas Shopping Shop through Swagbucks and Save!

As we quickly approach Christmas, Swagbucks knows you still have lots of shopping to do, and they're offering big cash back for shopping online at several of your favorite retailers right now! Just go to this page to see all of the deals available and get the jump on your holiday shopping.

In order to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set! Your cash back comes in the form of SB points, which you can redeem for gift cards to places like Amazon, Target, Walmart, Starbucks, or get PayPal cash! 

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Earn BIG with Coupons! Couponing has never been this rewarding

We're all looking for ways to save big at the register. Well, I've found a way to make every coupon I use at my local grocery store worth an extra 25¢!

How you ask? It's as easy as 1, 2, 3!

1) Sign up at
2) Head over to the Grocery Coupons page and start clipping coupons for your upcoming shopping trip 
3) Use the coupons the next time you shop at your local grocery store. You'll earn 25 points (25¢) for every coupon you use. 
That's it! 

But, that's not all... Today through Monday, December 12th, you can earn 2 points (2¢) for every coupon you print, up to 50 prints per day. That's an extra dollar every day just for printing coupons that will save you a ton on your next grocery store haul!

PAW Patrol: PAWsome Collection" available on DVD February 5, 2019

Just in time for my birthday, there are three popular PAW Patrol DVDs are coming to stores in one special set, PAW Patrol: PAWsome Collection, available on February 5. Providing hours of fun-filled adventures with Ryder and the pups, the collection repackages PAW Patrol: Sports Day, PAW Patrol: Meet Everest and PAW Patrol: Marshall and Chase on the Case in one fur-filled collection. Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: PAWsome Collection will be available on DVD February 5, 2019 for the suggested retail price of $27.99.
PAW Patrol: PAWsome Collection disc descriptions:

PAW Patrol: Sports Day Join the all-star PAW Patrol team as they overcome various obstacles and challenges to make some spectacular rescues in six action-packed, sports-themed adventures featuring new gadgets and vehicles including the amazing Air Patroller.PAW Patrol: Meet Everest  Join the PAW Patrol for seven cool rescues featuring ranger pup Evere…

Books for the Whole Family from Studio Fun and Portable Press

Books make great gifts.  This year has been a wonderful year for children's books.  I am so excited my partners at Studio Fun International and Portable Press sent us some of their latest books just in time for holiday gift giving.  

There's a book for each age group:  Ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11 and these award winning books would be ideal gifts.

The first book features familiar Sesame Street characters.  I love Sesame Street.  I remember watching as a kid and I remember watching with each of my kids when they were younger plus this book is interactive.  

Come along with Grover and Elmo in this fun, interactive refresh of the classic storybook: Sesame Street: Another Monster at the End of This Book: An Interactive Adventure (Studio Fun International; ISBN: 978-0794441746; Hardcover $14.99; Ages 3-5)!

In this interactive version of the classic Sesame Street story, Grover tries everything to keep Elmo from turning another page and reaching the monster at the end of the book. With lift-t…

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Robot Riders" roars onto DVD February 5, 2019

Blaze is racing onto his eighth DVD, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Robot Riders, available February 5, 2019. Fans can join Blaze and his Monster Machine friends on four adrenaline-pumping adventures as they transform into robots to save Axle City, rescue T-rex babies, race through wormholes and more! Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Blaze and the Monster Machines: Robot Riders will be available on DVD February 5, 2019 for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

Blaze and the Monster Machines: Robot Riders episode descriptions:

Robots to the Rescue - When three emergencies turn out to be too much for one truck alone, Blaze and his friends transform into super strong robots to save Axle City.T-Rex Trouble - Blaze and Zeg discover three lost baby Tyrannosauruses in Dinosaur Valley and must work together to get them home safely.Meatball Mayhem - After Crusher accidentally knocks a bottle of "grow spice" onto a meatbal…

Shimmer and Shine: Flight of the Zahracorns" available on DVD February 5, 2019

Shimmer and Shine are flying back onto DVD in the newest collection, Shimmer and Shine: Flight of the Zahracorns, available on February 5. In their sixth DVD release, the genies-in-training take to Zahramay Skies for a series of adventures through fluffy clouds and over glittering rainbows. From learning about stardust magic to discovering the enchanting stars of Zahramay Skies, and participating in the Zahracorn race, Shimmer and Shine's journeys are always filled with magic and valuable lessons. 

Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, Shimmer and Shine: Flight of the Zahracorns will be available on DVD February 5, 2019 for the suggested retail price of $10.99.

Shimmer and Shine: Flight of Zahracorns contains the following episodes:

Welcome to Zahramay Skies - Shimmer, Shine and Leah travel to the magical world of Zahramay Skies to meet the Stardust Princess and learn about her magic.Pets to the Rescue - When the girls and th…

PAW Patrol: Pups Save Puplantis" swims onto DVD January 15, 2019

The PAW Patrol are diving back onto DVD with six more deep-sea adventures on PAW Patrol: Pups Save Puplantis. Available January 15, 2019, fans can join the pups as they journey to the mystical world of Puplantis, discover an underwater volcano, save the Sea Patroller from Sid the Pirate, and so much more. 

Produced by Nickelodeon Home Entertainment and distributed by Paramount Home Media Distribution, PAW Patrol: Pups Save Puplantis will be available on DVD January 15, 2019 for the suggested retail price of $10.99.
PAW Patrol: Pups Save Puplantis contains the following episodes:

Pups Save Puplantis - The PAW Patrol transform into Mer-pups and make a splash to save the enchanted city of Puplantis from crumbling!Pups Save a Sunken Sloop - Sid the Pirate and his first pup mate Arrby try to steal a sunken sailboat, but the PAW Patrol-and a giant sea slug-won't make it easy!Pups Save a Wiggly Whale - After a wiggly whale tail knocks a diving bell into the sand, the pups strap into their S…