Twisted Tales Review and Giveaway

Now that I’m a big sister, I have to share Mommy and Daddy with our new baby. We have all had to make some sacrifices, change our habits, and alter our routines to accommodate the newest member of our family. Mommy and Daddy no longer exist solely for me. Sometimes the baby needs attention and I am left to fend for myself.

It has been an adjustment but most of the time I don’t mind. I truly do love my little sister and I am willing to make some sacrifices for her. Having to share the attention is hard sometimes but it also gives me more time to myself. Since there is less attention to go around, I can usually indulge in one of my favourite activities and get away with a bit more screen time.

Peachy watching her tablet

Five more minutes

I have just about claimed the tablet for my own and I know how to use it all by myself. Mommy and Daddy are amazed by what an expert I’ve become with the tablet in such a short time. I love to watch YouTube videos and my favourite shows on Netflix. I also have my own apps and games to play and I enjoy trying out new ones whenever Mommy downloads them for me.

I was very excited when we were asked by Sonnar Interactive to review their Twisted Tales series because I knew it meant a new app for me! The Twisted Tales combine the concept of an audio book and a game into a fun and interactive story. There are currently two Twisted Tales available, Red Riding Hood as well as Hansel and Gretel.

Twisted Tales Red Riding Hood

The first in the series is The Red Riding Hood. It is the classic story of a little girl on her way to grandma’s house. This app is more than just a book as it actually involves you in the story. You begin in the role of Red Riding Hood.

As the book is being narrated you can read along on the animated pages. You quickly come to the first of several interactive parts where you must make a decision. Do you eat some of the food in your basket or take all the food to grandma? The outcome of the story depends on the choices you make.

Get Red Riding Hood all the way to Grandma’s house and save Grandma from the wolf to unlock the bonus feature. This unique spin on the story we all know allows you to play from the perspective of the Big Bad Wolf! Red Riding Hood is FREE to play so why not try it out for yourself?

Twisted Tales Hansel and Gretel

If you enjoy playing the Red Riding Hood app, for just a few dollars you can buy the second story in the Twisted Tales series. In this game you must help Hansel and Gretel defeat the witch. Succeed and unlock the option to play as the villain! With more choices to be made in the paid version this story has even more possible outcomes.

Since there are so many twists and turns in these stories, there is a handy feature which allows you to see your progress at a glance. Click on any part of your path and jump back to that point in the story to make a different choice and unlock the path not taken. This feature is a very clever addition to this app.

Twisted Tales books path charts

These Twisted Tales are a great way to combine reading, problem solving, and entertainment. They take classic stories and add unexpected and often humorous twists. The illustrations are colourful and fun, while the animated reading sections are clear and easy to follow. Having an interactive component makes this app truly engaging while teaching decision making, problem solving, as well as cause and effect.

We are partnering with Sonnar Interactive to put together an amazing giveaway for our readers. If you enjoyed the free Red Riding Hood app, enter below for a chance to win the Hansel and Gretel edition of Twisted Tales. There will be a total of 5 winners selected at random. Each winner will receive a promo code to download Hansel and Gretel at no charge for either iOS or Android.

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We were given a free download of the Twisted Tales Hansel and Gretel edition for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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Bongo Fury 2 Review and Giveaway

In November I told you about a book Mommy had been reading. It was the first book in the Bongo Fury series and now I can tell you about book two. Mommy has been enjoying this book series and a happy Mommy is much more agreeable and makes a happy Peachy. If you’re looking for something to read, perhaps Bongo Fury is for you.

In book one of the Bongo Fury series we were introduced to Jimmy Black. While in the midst of turning his life around and doing his best to take care of his family, an innocent favour for a friend takes an unexpected turn. Just when it seems that his life has found the balance he has been looking for, Jimmy finds himself catapulted back into the lifestyle he has been trying to leave behind.

Peachy reviews Bongo Fury Book 2

Ready to find out what happens next?

The second book in the series is a real page turner. Jimmy’s life quickly becomes intertwined with the mysterious crimes he had been reading about in the newspapers. With the police sniffing around, friends unwilling to talk, and family members displaying suspicious behaviours, Jimmy finds himself trying to unravel a conspiracy. Will he be able to stay out of trouble and keep those he loves safe from harm?

The Bongo Fury series was written by Simon Maltman. He is a best selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland. I’ve been working with Simon for a couple of months now and he’s a great guy and a very pleasant person. Simon has agreed to do an interview with me. Allow me to formally introduce Simon Maltman.

Simon Maltman

1. When and why did you decide to be a writer?

I have always written and in the past it was more songwriting with various bands. About five years ago I started trying my hand at Crime Fiction short stories. It all came from there and a year or two later an agent asked me to try my first novel.

2. Is writing your full time profession or a part time interest?

I’m doing it full time at the minute while being also a stay home Dad to two lovely girls. Previously I was a social care manager. I also still do some music gigs.

3. How long does it take you to write a book?

It’s hard to say! This year I’ve released a novel, a short story collection and two novellas- but I didn’t write them all this year! I’d say a novel takes me about eight months, maybe, while working on a few other projects.

4. Do you prefer to write on paper or at a keyboard?

I do all the prose on a keyboard, but when I first get ideas and am working out the story, I do all of that in a little notebook.

5. Do you find the writing process energizing or exhausting?

It’s really enjoyable and fun and satisfying. Also it can be a hard slog and there are times something is just not working or times you just don’t feel like getting stuck in, but need to push on through. Sometimes the scale of knowing you’ve got another forty thousand words or something like that still to write is daunting!

6. Which writers do you find most inspiring?

My favourite writers include Raymond Chandler and Richard Stark. There are also lots of wonderful crime writers coming out of my Northern Irish home country right now.

7. Do you have any advice for aspiring writers who are just getting starting on their first book?

I would say to keep at it and don’t worry too much about the first draft. You just need to get it down and chip and chip away at it through many edits. I think starting off creating short stories is a good way to begin also.

8. Do you have any marketing tips for writers who just completed that first book?

I think you need to look at all the options and see what works best for you in publishing. Think about self publishing but also try small presses. I have a publisher but have also self published. Whatever you choose- being active on social media is key these days.

9. If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?

I’d probably tell him to start writing earlier! In saying that I think it took me to be thirty to have the life experience to be able to write the stories that I have.

10. What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

I enjoy spending time with my family, going out to cafes, museums and walks. I love playing and listening to music and collecting records. In the evening I usually binge on whatever series I’m into at the time.

I would like to send out a big thank you to Simon for doing the interview and giving mommy and I the opportunity to learn more about him and his work. Simon’s other books include Return Run, A Chaser on the Rocks, and More Faces: Crime Short Stories from Belfast. If you’re looking for more information you can visit Simon on Facebook or on Twitter.

Simon and I are once again giving you the opportunity to win your own copy of his book. This time we are giving away copies of Bongo Fury book 2. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize of a signed copy of Bongo Fury, while five runner-up winners will get their very own ebook. That’s a total of six winners! You don’t want to pass this up.

Bongo Fury Book 2

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until January 31, 2018.

We were given a digital copy of Bongo Fury 2 for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Eco-Reviver Review and Giveaway

Mommy and I spend a lot of time together and I like to get involved in anything that mommy is doing. I enjoy being helpful and I watch mommy carefully to figure out where I can be useful. Mommy and I are a team and I want to do my part.

I’m not afraid of hard work and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty. In fact I feel that dirty hands are happy hands and I always try to get mine involved in anything that mommy might be doing. Mommy says that some things are not safe for me and that there are household tasks she must put off until I am safely in my bed for a nap. I don’t like that I get left out of these secret activities.

One of thee secrets that mommy keeps from me are contained in the locked cupboard under the kitchen sink. There have been times when I have managed to sneak a peek in there and it is full of bottles with all sorts of colourful fluids, along with boxes of powders and potions, as well as some brushes and cloths of various shapes and colours. I would really like to get my hands in there but mommy keeps that cupboard sealed with a childproof lock and I am not allowed to explore in there at all.

Mommy calls those the cleaning supplies and there are very few of them that mommy will use while I’m around. Whenever mommy finds a new product that is safe to use, she gets excited and is always eager to test how effective it is on the grimy surfaces around our home. When we were contacted by the people at Eco-Reviver mommy was more than willing to put their product to the test.

Eco-Reviver Logo

Soon a package was delivered to our doorstep. Inside the box was a 32 oz bottle of Eco-Reviver along with a second 16 oz bottle. There were also two spray nozzles to fit the bottles along with an Eco-Reviver scrub brush. It’s a good amount of product and the brush is a nice touch.

Eco-Reviver is a unique cleaning product that not only cleans away dirt and grime but restores the material by penetrating deep beneath the surface to lift away pollutants. The best part is that Eco-Reviver is 100% biodegradable and all natural. It uses essential oils, salt nitrates, and natural clover acid to get the job done making it safe to use around pets and little people like me.

This is all great news about Eco-Reviver but even the safest and most natural cleaning product is useless if it doesn’t actually clean. So mommy and I put Eco-Reviver to the test. According to the instructions you need to spray the product on the surface that needs cleaning, wait ten minutes, and then scrub and wipe away with water. How effective will Eco-Reviver prove to be?

We decided to try Eco-Reviver on our kitchen floor. We have some high traffic areas that get quite dirty and mommy’s regular cleaning routine just doesn’t get the gunk out of the grout and tiles in those trouble spots. We chose an area by the stove where cooking splatters tend to get ground in by the many feet that walk there. With our test spot selected, mommy gave it a good spray of product.

Much to my disappointment, mommy didn’t let me actually use the Eco-Reviver, but she did let me watch from a safe distance. She also let me use the Eco-Reviver brush on another part of the kitchen floor while we waited the 10 minutes for the product to work. Scrubbing the floor is great fun.

Peachy scrubbing the floor with the -Reviver scrub brush

Am I doing it right?

Once the 10 minutes were up I again watched while mommy gave the floor a good scrubbing and then wiped the area with a wet cloth. We then let the area air dry so that we could do a fair comparison of the treated section against the untreated parts. To pass the time we played with blocks in the other room.

Once the floor was dry it became quite apparent where our test spot was. The tiles themselves didn’t show much of a difference but the grout was just as bright as it is in the hidden corners of the kitchen where nobody ever walks and nothing is ever spilled. Eco-Reviver really did a great job of lifting the grime away and making the grout look like new.

Eco-Reviver before and after

Untreated dirty grout/Shiny clean grout

The only downside is that the freshly scrubbed spot now makes the rest of the area look that much dirtier. It’s a good thing that we have plenty of Eco-Reviver left to do the rest of the floor. Daddy wants to seal the grout once mommy gets the whole kitchen looking like new again so that future messes don’t seep into the grout as much.

Now for the best part of all. Eco-Reviver and Diary of a Little Peach are partnering up to give you the chance to try their product for free. One lucky winner will receive the Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack which consists of the 32 oz bottle of Eco-Reviver, 16 oz bottle, two spray nozzles, and the Eco-Reviver scrub brush.

Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until December 31, 2017.

* For the purpose of this review we were given the Eco-Reviver Special Value Pack free of charge. All views and opinions are honest and our own.

Bongo Fury Review and Giveaway

Mommy and I have been experiencing a busy couple of months. There have been several projects on the go and many issues to take care of. We’re still trying to sort our way through it all and the process has been exhausting and sometimes stressful.

When mommy feels stressed she likes to read and I am already an avid reader even though I’m not even 2 years old yet. Reading is a great way to decompress after a long day. Books can be playful, exciting, or soothing but they always offer a wonderful escape and an excuse for some quiet time.

I always make sure that I set aside some time for reading. There is a point in every day that I can be found in a quite corner of the house flipping through a book and reading out loud. Mommy thinks I’m not doing it quite right and that the words come out a bit wrong. I’ve seen mommy read enough times to know that I’m doing it the way it should be done.

Peachy reading her book

Carving out some me time

Lately during my reading time mommy has been doing a bit of reading of her own. She has been working on a two-part book called Bongo Fury. Last week mommy finished the first book and I can tell that she enjoyed it. Mommy hasn’t been reading this book out loud like she does so many others, but she did tell me a bit about it. From mommy’s description I think I might like to read it myself.

Bongo Fury is the story of a man named Jimmy Black who is in the midst of turning his life around while doing his best to take care of his family. Just when it seems that his life has found the balance he has been looking for, what should have been an innocent favour for a friend takes an unexpected turn. Jimmy finds himself catapulted back into the lifestyle he has been trying to leave behind. Will Jimmy find a way out of this mess or is fate conspiring to drag him deeper into a life of crime?

Bongo Fury was written by Simon Maltman. He is a best-selling crime fiction author from Northern Ireland. Simon’s other books include Return Run, A Chaser on the Rocks, and More Faces: Crime Short Stories from Belfast. If you’re looking for more information you can visit Simon on Facebook or on Twitter.

Bongo Fury sounds like an exciting story full of action and dark humour. While the story does appeal to me, I’m not sure if I can relate to the main character in Bongo Fury. Clearly I am in my prime and not ready to settle down and fly straight. I’m a rebel looking for trouble and whether I’m leaping head first off the couch or running out into the road, danger doesn’t deter me.

The first book in the Bongo Fury series leaves off on a bit of a cliff hanger and mommy has been eager to get started on the second book. Perhaps I should give the book a chance and find out what the hype is about. What do you think? Does Bongo Fury appeal to you? Is it a book you would be interested in reading?

Simon and I are partnering up to give you the opportunity to win your own copy of Bongo Fury. With Simon’s generosity, I am able to provide you with the best odds of winning than any of my previous giveaways. One lucky winner will receive the grand prize of a signed copy of Bongo Fury, while five runner-up winners will get their very own e-book. That’s a total of six winners all in one giveaway! You’re almost guaranteed to win!

Bongo Fury Book 1 Cover

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until November 30, 2017.

Check back often for my review of Bongo Fury part two to find out more about Jimmy Black and where this story takes him. You don’t want to miss it!

We were given a digital copy of Bongo Fury for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

Lizzie Vintage Review and Giveaway

I’m not a typical girly girl. I like cars, playing in the mud, and all sports that involve a ball. That doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy girly things. I like to play with my dolls, and I love to dress up in pretty clothes. A nice outfit with well chosen accessories just makes me feel good.

A little while ago I was contacted by Lizzie from Lizzie Vintage with a review collaboration proposal. Lizzie makes handmade custom items for babies and toddlers. I was quite excited to have some new clothes. Every fashionista would love to have an outfit made just for her.

Lizzie’s store has a number of patterns to chose from. Mommy and I took some time browsing through the options. There were several items that caught our eye but in the end we chose the reversible crossover dress with a matching hat to complete the outfit. We settled on the dress because it was adorable and weather appropriate for the time of year.

The next step was to submit our choice to Lizzie along with my size. Then we discussed fabrics and our colour and pattern preferences. We decided to go with blue and since the dress we chose is reversible it would be blue on one side and a delicate blue floral print on the other. With all the important decisions made there was nothing left to do but wait.

We received our notification that the outfit was ready and we began to anxiously wait by the mailbox. It didn’t take long for a pretty package to arrive and we rushed home to open it. It’s always so exciting to bring a parcel home not knowing exactly what we will find inside.

The packaging was really very pretty and thoughtful. The outfit was wrapped in tissue paper and placed in a fancy plastic film envelope to keep it safe. There was even a sweet card included written by Lizzie herself. The attention to detail and care in putting the package together was apparent.

Peachy in her new outfit from Lizzie Vintage

My new outfit

The outfit itself was equally impressive. Good quality fabrics stitched with care to produce a one of a kind piece. The overall quality of the garment is what you might expect to find in a high end store. The look and feel of the dress and hat that we received speaks of carefully crafted items by someone who cares. There was only one thing left to do, try it on!

The dress has snap buttons on the front of the shoulder straps. The back consists of two pieces the cross over each other without actually being joined. The section that overlaps is quite generous and the design allows for a lot of movement and flexibility without showing too much skin.

The hat is reversible too and it comes with generous straps that tie under the chin. If I wear it on the floral side it is a plain bonnet, but if I wear it on the blue side it has adorable ears with the floral fabric accents. The fabrics match the dress and I can wear the outfit several ways.

Peachy in her new outfit from Lizzie Vintage

I look extra cute!

After trying several variations, I settled on wearing the dress with the floral pattern showing and the hat with the blue side that has the ears. The little floral details pull the outfit together and the ears are too cute to hide. I added a pair of white shorts for modesty and comfort, plus my white ruffle socks to pull the outfit together. Adorable, isn’t it?

Lizzie and I want to give you the chance to win some custom items of your own. The winner of this giveaway will get to choose the same reversible crossover dress and hat that I picked out, a reversible romper with matching hat, or a garland for the nursery. Each option comes with your choice of fabrics and the clothing can be made in sizes to fit up to 3 years old.

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Open worldwide. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until October 31, 2017.

We were given the described outfit for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

CozyPhones Review and Giveaway

Regular readers of my blog know that I am an avid fan of music. Some of you may even be getting sick of hearing me talk about my love of all things musical. I just love music so much that I can’t help myself!

I love listening to music and whenever I hear any form of music I stop what I’m doing and listen. When it’s a song I’ve heard before I love to sing along. I don’t know the words yet but I don’t let that hold me back. If the song I’m hearing has a good beat I can’t help but jump up and dance.

A short while ago I was contacted by a company called CozyPhones for the purpose of reviewing their product. After a quick visit to their website I knew this was a project I wanted to be involved it. It just fit so well with my love of music.

CozyPhones are soft fleece headbands with built-in headphones. Although they do have several varieties for adults, they are mainly made for kids. CozyPhones come in a range of pretty colours and cute designs. After reviewing their range of products, both mommy and I were intrigued and eager to try them out.

CozyPhones agreed to send us one set from the adult line for mommy and one from the kids line for me. I chose the panda design for myself and mommy went with the Lycra mesh one in black. We placed our order and waited for them to arrive.

It didn’t take long before we found a neat little package waiting for us in our mailbox. We brought our mail home and tore into the CozyPhones package with excitement. There were our CozyPhones just as advertised. I couldn’t wait to try mine out.

My fleece headband is a bit wider than mommy’s breathable Lycra version. Mommy’s headband is contoured to be wider around the ears and narrower in the front and back, while mine is the same all the way around. However my CozyPhones are infinitely better as they have a panda face complete with ears on the front, while mommy’s are just plain black.

Peachy and her CozyPhones

Don’t they look cute?

My CozyPhones are the first headphones I have ever tried. Mommy put the soft fleece headband on me and plugged them into our cell phone. Suddenly, there was music in my ears! I smiled with wonder and curiosity. I didn’t even know that our cell phone could play music. The clear sound was amazing and the headband is very comfortable to wear.

I am very happy with my CozyPhones and I love the fact that I can now easily enjoy my music on the go. They also work very well at keeping my ever-growing hair out of my eyes. Mommy said the CozyPhones are likely to do a good job of keeping my ears warm on cooler days but it’s too warm to be able to test that out.

Want to try out a set of CozyPhones for yourself? I’m giving away one pair of CozyPhones in a design of your choice. Just follow the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and enter this giveaway.

CozyPhones Giveaway

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Open to residents of the US, Canada, UK, and Australia. Must be 18 years of age or older. Winner will be notified by email. Accepting entries until September 30, 2017.

We were given two free pairs of CozyPhones for the purpose of this review. All opinions are honest and our own.

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The Music Man’s Songbook Review and Giveaway

One theme which consistently appears on my blog is my love of music. I have been an avid music fan since the day I was born. Even in my earliest days whenever I heard music I would stop whatever I happened to be doing and I would listen intently.

As I got a little older I began to enjoy watching mommy and daddy dance. Around this time I also became fascinated by singing. I wanted to know how mommy was managing to make music with her mouth. It didn’t take me long to figure it out and soon I was making some music of my own.

Singing is still one of my favourite activities and even though I don’t know many words yet, I don’t let that stop me. I sing music and it doesn’t have to involve words. The dancing aspect took a bit more figuring but I’m a big girl now and quite the dancer. A good beat always gets my body wiggling.

When mommy told me that I would be getting a copy of The Music Man’s Songbook to review, I was very excited. Every day mommy and I went down the street to the mailbox to see if it arrived. Soon there was a neat package waiting for us and we raced home to open it.

The Music Man’s Songbook is a compilation of 12 unique song written just for kids. The lyrics to these songs are clearly printed amid colourful illustrations. The pages are printed on good quality paper but this is not a board book. Nevertheless, mommy let me flip through the pages by myself to look at the pretty pictures and they were able to withstand my somewhat rough treatment.

Toddler flipping through a book

Look at the pretty pictures!

The illustrations were done by Gemma Wells and they are bold, colourful, and have almost a tribal feel. Jon Lawrence is the author and musician involved in this project. Jon was the writer, composer, and performer that you hear on the CD.

The best part is the plastic sleeve attached to the inside of the back cover. There you will find a CD containing these very songs. This is what I had been looking for. I waited anxiously as mommy removed the CD from the sleeve and carefully placed it into the CD player.

Our CD player likes to do things with flare and put on a good show. The five disk tray did a spin before it receded back into the machine. After flashing some lights the CD player started to read the disk and the music began to play. I sat in the middle of our living room and listened intently to a song about caterpillars.

Mommy followed along with the book of lyrics and by the second verse she was singing the words too. I haven’t quite mastered reading yet but the music itself was good enough for me. Besides, I don’t need words to sing. I managed to improvise my own music and sing along too.

The second song on the CD is about the body and it is my favourite. It didn’t take long before I was into it so I jumped up off the ground and danced around the living room. Mommy loves my wiggle so she put down the book and got up to dance around with me. Mommy and I went through the entire CD that day and we had great fun.

If you’re getting tired of the same old songs and you want new music to get your wiggle going, The Music Man’s Songbook is for you. Each song is happy with an upbeat feel that just makes you want to join in. Sometimes we sang along and other times we danced. The music is crisp and the words are clear and easy to understand. Perfect for mommies and Peachies alike.

Mommy and I have organized a giveaway just for you. Here is your chance to get your very own copy of The Music Man’s Songbook and CD. Click the link below to head over to Rafflecopter and get your entries in.

The Music Man's Songbook

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