Monday, March 27, 2017

Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Big Little Hippo by Valeri Gorbachev - Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I  was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Here is another wonderful children's book from Sterling Publishing Co, that has become a favorite with my girls.  We have only had this book for a couple of weeks, but I have lost count of how many times we have read it together.  There have been times that the girls ask for it a couple times a day. And, this is one book Savannah is working hard to practice her reading skills with, so that she can read it on her own whenever she wants.

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More about this book:


"In BIG LITTLE HIPPO (April 2017), written and illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev, Little Hippo discovers that you don’t have to grow up to feel big!

Little Hippo is the youngest in his family...and the smallest. Smaller than his parents and siblings. Smaller than his friends, too, from old Crocodile to giant Elephant. And even though everyone promises he’ll grow, Little Hippo doesn’t want to wait. He wants to be big RIGHT NOW!

But, when he helps a creature even tinier than himself, Little Hippo learns that it’s the size of his heart that counts most of all.  BIG LITTLE HIPPO is a marvelous read-aloud text that little ones will find easy to memorize and “read” to themselves."

Pub Date: 4/4/2017
ISBN: 9781454919063
Price: $14.95 / $16.95 CAN
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Pages: 40 pages, all in color
Trim: 8 x 10 Inches
Territories: World
Category: Juvenile / Picture Books
Age Range: 3 and up

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My Thoughts:

Has your little one every wished they were bigger?  My girls ask me all the time about how much longer until they can get their ears pierced (I have told them they can decide when they turn 12), or just the other day Bella asked when she can start driving, or at least sitting in the front seat for a better view of the road.  I have found myself telling them to slow down and enjoy being little, as they will be big soon enough.  It is funny, I was talking to my mom about this the other day and she said my brothers and I were the same way.  As soon as we could talk and walk, we were itching to be bigger and more grown up.  If only we had known just have crazy being a grownup and all the responsibilities that go along with it, we would have enjoyed being little a little longer.  

So, when I saw this book on the Sterling Publishing Co. website back in February, I couldn't wait to get my hands on a copy to share with my girls, as it would reaffirm what I have been telling them -- that they will be big soon enough.  In this cute children's story book, available on April 4th, readers meet a little hippo who wishes he was big, as he doesn't feel like he fits and is missing out on things because of his small size.  But, as the story goes on, the little hippo realizes that he really isn't that little and that to others smaller than him, he is considered "big" which made the little hippo happy.

This a really cute story that both of my girls enjoyed having me read to them.  It also helped them to see that they are not that little, and that they have grown a lot since they were born.  And, to others younger than them, they are considered big, which they like and that make them feel a little bit more grown up.  

If you have a little one who is asking "When will I be big?," this is the perfect book to share with them, so that they can see there isn't a problem with being small and that eventually they will grow and be bigger.  Just enjoy being small, like I hope my girls will do.

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---GIVEAWAY---



Thanks to the folks at Sterling Publishing Co., one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader has a chance to win a copy of "Hoot & Honk: Just Can't Sleep" to share with their child(ren).  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About the Author:

Valeri Gorbachev has written and/or illustrated more than 50 children's books, including Sterling’s Rufus Goes to School and Rufus Goes to Sea, written by Kim T. Griswell, and Turtle's Penguin Day and The Giant Hug by Sandra Horning (both Knopf).

Disclosure: I  was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Welcome in Spring with a Good Book -- Hoot & Honk: Just Can't Sleep by Leslie Helakoski - Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.




This is one of my favorite times of year for blogging, as I get to read and share a wonderful selection of children's books with my girls and readers.  And, this year I am amazed at the wonderful and oh so fun books that have been sent to me from children's publishers I have been working with for years.  Today, I will be sharing a few books from Sterling Publishing Co. that my girls and I have been enjoying reading at bedtime, and throughout the day.  

First up is Hoot & Honk: Just Can't Sleep by Leslie Helakoski.  Here is more about this book...


Dark sky. Wake or doze?

Some eyes open. Some eyes close.
"Some chicks like day, others like night. Some sleep in the dark, and some in the light. Hoot, an adorable owlet, and Honk, a fuzzy gosling, have just hatched—but their eggs got switched and now they’re in the wrong nests. Will they find their way home? Leslie Helakoski’s gentle, lilting verse and irresistible illustrations make the perfect bedtime story as they capture two adorable babies exploring the world for the first time."   



Pub Date: 3/14/2017
ISBN: 9781454921257
Price: $14.95 / $16.95 CAN
Format: Hardcover Picture Book
Pages: 40 pages, all in color
Trim: 10 x 10 Inches
Territories: World
Category: Juvenile / Picture Books
Age Range: 2 to 5
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My Thoughts:

Both of my girls love owls, so they were excited to see a book with a cute owl arrive in the mail for me to read to them.  I have been a fan of children's books from Sterling Publishing Co. for years, as I love the authors they work and the books that are put out.  I have yet to run into an instance where the girls and I don't like a book we were sent to review.  This recent release, which is a perfect way to welcome in spring, adds a little fun at bedtime for little ones.  Who can resist cute baby birds...in this case an adorable owlet named Hoot and Honk, who is a fuzzy gosling.  I had to join in with the girls with the "oh how cute" comments when we first read this book.  

The story itself it easy for children of all ages to understand.  Hoot and Honk wind up in wrong nests after their eggs are switched.  When they hatch they realize they are different from their siblings.  They also find that their sleep schedules and food preferences and different, and that they just don't fit in.  As you read through the book, stopping to admire the wonderful illustrations that really bring the story to life, you will find that in the end their mother's come for them and they are brought back to their correct nests, where they realize they weren't different after all.  It was just a mix up. :-)

This is a great book to read at bedtime, I have two night owls who are never tired when it is time for bed.  I love reading this book and pretending that maybe they were switched and should be living with the owls who are up hooting all night long.  They giggle, and then nestle in to hear me read the rest of the story, before falling fast asleep like Honk does at night.

---GIVEAWAY---


Thanks to the folks at Sterling Publishing Co., one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader has a chance to win a copy of "Hoot & Honk: Just Can't Sleep" to share with their child(ren).  To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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About the Author:

Leslie Helakoski’s gentle, lilting verse and irresistible illustrations make the perfect bedtime story as two adorable babies explore the world for the first time!  Leslie is the author of Big Chickens (Puffin Books; the Michigan Reads picture book for 2007, Great Lakes Great Books Award and a GLBA finalist) and Woolbur (HarperCollins; a Book Sense pick for 2008, Florida Reading Association Honor Book and nominee for state book awards in nine states).


Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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On April 4, Head to the Hills with HEIDI, a Lavish, New Adaptation of the Children's Classic! -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure:  I was sent a screener from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.



"A familiar crowd-pleaser is back...young kids will eat this up" 
-- The Hollywood Reporter



THIS APRIL, JOIN OMNIBUS ENTERTAINMENT FOR
A LAVISH, AWARD-WINNING ADAPTATION OF 
A TIMELESS CLASSIC


DVD AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY AT WALMART


One of my favorite movies growing up was Heidi. I remember watching it with my family and wishing one day that I could travel to the Swiss Alps, as it looked like a magical and oh so beautiful place.  As I grew, I began reading different versions of Heidi in paperwork and watched a couple other renditions of Heidi including two animated movies.  But, I have to say that my favorite is this upcoming release from Omnibus Entertainment.  Not only is this new movie engaging and perfect for children and adults of all ages, but the movie itself was shot in the Swiss Alps, thus providing a stunning backdrop to a children's classic beloved by so many over the ages.



I had never shared my love for Heidi with my girls until we sat down last night to watch this movie.  I wasn't sure if it was a little mature for them, but I remember seeing Heidi the first with my family and I was around 7, so I thought I would give it a try.  The worst the girls could do is get bored and walk away and do something else.  But, that didn't happen. Instead, the girls were asking questions like how could the aunt just up and take Heidi away from her grandfather who she has developed a relationship with, and how could the aunt really know what is best for Heidi is she doesn't ask her or the grandfather. I was surprised the girls were so into the story and were very upset with the aunt.  Bella got so upset that at one point she yelled at the television to leave Heidi alone. 

My girls asked me halfway through the movie how the story ends as I told them this is a classic children's story and one I loved as a child.  They were getting antsy and didn't want to sit through the movie if there was no happy ever after.  I told them they had to sit and see for themselves as I didn't want to ruin, but that they would enjoy it.  So, they sat through it, and at the end as the credits rolled, I looked over and Bella was tearing up.  I asked her what was wrong and she said they were happy tears.


It is amazing how a classic story like Heidi can be retold in a new fresh way and continue to captivate fans of years past, as well as gain new fans like my girls.  This was a wonderful family movie to share and one everyone, including my husband, enjoyed. I told my girls that I would have to try and get my hands on the Heidi version I grew up watching so that they could watch and compare, to see which they liked better.  I told them that while the one I originally saw holds sentimental value to me, this upcoming HEIDI release, which is Dove-approved, as now my new favorite, and one I will remember for years to come, as it was the one that I was able to introduce my own girls to HEIDI, like my mom did with me 30+ years ago.


Are you a fan of HEIDI, or are you always on the hunt for wholesome family-friendly movies to share with your family for movie night?  Why not consider pre-ordering HEIDI or making a note on the calendar to visit Walmart on April 4th to get your copy of this new release?  You will not be disappointed with this latest big screen adaptation of this children's classic.  You, too, may be surprised to find you enjoy this one more, like I do.

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More about this upcoming DVD release...




"With more than 50 million copies in print, Swiss author Johanna Spyri's beloved 1880's novel, "Heidi," is one of the all-time classics of children's literature, which has also spawned numerous adaptations - from a 1937 Shirley Temple vehicle and several Japanese anime series to a Hanna-Barbera feature.  This April, Omnibus Entertainment invites families everywhere to head for the hills with HEIDI, a new, lavishly produced adaptation starring Bruno Ganz and marking the big screen debut of Anuk Steffen as the titular Swiss mountain girl.

Orphan girl Heidi spends the happiest days of her childhood with her eccentric grandfather, Alpöhi (Ganz), cut off from the outside world in a simple cabin in the breathtaking Swiss mountains. Together with her friend Peter, she tends to grandfather's goats and enjoys freedom in the mountains to the fullest.  But these carefree times come to an abrupt end when Heidi is whisked to Frankfurt by her Aunt Dete.  The idea is for her to stay with the wealthy Sesemann family and be a playmate for his wheelchair-bound daughter Klara, under the supervision of the strict nanny, Fräulein Rottenmeier.  Although the two girls soon become close friends and Klara's grandmother awakes a passion for books in Heidi while teaching her to read and write, young Heidi's longing for her beloved mountains and her grandfather grows ever stronger.

Spyri originally published "Heidi" as a two-volume novel - "Heidi: Her Years of Wandering and Learning" and "Heidi: How She Used What She Learned" - and, according to the original subtitle, was written "for children and those who love children."  Aside from being translated from the original German into over 50 different languages, HEIDI has also become an enduring figure in children's entertainment through many theater productions; television programs, including one by the BBC and one by Walt Disney; films, including a silent one; a musical play co-written by Neil Simon; a video piece with Paul McCartney and Mike Kelley, and a talking dog version with Angela Lansbury.  There is even a "Heidiland" in eastern Switzerland.

Called "handsomely crafted" (Edmund Lee, South China Morning Post), this most recent adaptation, an international box office smash that has played at top children's film festivals across the U.S., also captured the award for "Best Children's Film" at last year's German Film Awards.  Omnibus Entertainment's DVD features both the original German language version with English subtitles, as well as a dubbed version."


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Thanks to the folks at Ommibus Entertainment, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will have a chance to win this upcoming Heidi DVD release.

To enter, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!


Disclosure:  I was sent a screener from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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"Get Inspired with Max" is One of a Handful of Inspirational Books for Kids from the Popular "Max Rhymes" Series (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Get Inspired With Max

"Max Rhymes, a book series, are simple, yet very effective rhymes for ages 0-7 and written to create a positive belief system & a positive self-image, whereby the process is scientifically proven to work."

I have been looking for books to share to my youngest daughter, Bella, to help teach her about taking responsibility for her actions, promote positive thinking, reminding her to be kind to others and most importantly respecting others.  So, when I heard about the Max Rhymes series, I had to get my hands on a copy to share with her.  

We received a copy of "Get Inspired with Max" to enjoy together.  As soon as Bella saw Max the mouse on the front cover, she was letting out "Oh how cute is he."  She couldn't wait to hear the story.  


So, we snuggled up on the couch and read this cute board book together.  Bella loved the rhyming text of the story, along with the added interactive feature of having to find Max's missing stack of books on each page.  This hide and seek feature made her really stop and enjoy the illustrations and tie the text I just read to her to what she was seeing.  This really helped her grasp the positive messages and lessons that this book was trying to share with young children ages 0-7.



This book has become a favorite of Bella's and she has me read it to her every night.  And, when I am not reading it to her, she is toting it around to tell her version of the story she remembers me telling to her dolls and stuffed animal, or practically anyone willing to listen to her.  She also loves to bring it in the car with her, as it is small and easy to carry around.

We have had this book for over a month now, and I have to say that I can see it has really helped Bella learn core values like manners, gratitude and responsibilty.  She is saying "please" and "thank you" more, and just the other day when we were at the yogurt shop, she was bouncing around and not paying attention, and knocked over her bowl of yogurt onto the floor.  Instead of whining and complaining, she accepted that she was acting out when she shoudl have been sitting and enjoying her yogurt.  In the past she would have demanded another bowl, but this time she said "Mommy, it was my fault and I have to accept that. No need to get me another bowl. I will sit and not act out next time, so this will not happen again."  I was taken aback by her remark and then she reminded me that she learned this from the "Get Inspired by Max" book.  She said, "Remember the part in the book where Max dropped the ice cream."  It was hit fault his ice cream got over his friend's shirt and fell to the ground as he wasn't paying attention while walking.  She said he should have found a bench or seat to sit down and eat his ice cream before walking.


This is just one of many occasions where Bella has reminded me of this book and how some of the events in Max's day to day interactions with others, related to her.  I love hearing her talk about this book and telling me reasons for this book to be created.  She understands it is a helpful tool for parents to share with little ones to teach them about responsibility and self worth. She is already asking for me to buy the other Max Inspired books available.  

Be Responsible Like Max CoverGiving Thanks With Max Cover
Max Gives Thanks To GodMax & Molly Learn Their Manners
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I plan to pick up and add to her Easter basket, and can't wait to snuggle up with her and read them, and have a discussion with her about what lessons are being taught in each, and how she can relate Max's life to her own, to help her grow and build a stronger positive belief system and positive self-image of herself.

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More about the Max Inspired series:

"Did you know that 95% of our behavioral patterns are established by age 6?

So when you couple that with what we all experience with rudeness, road rage, bullying, angry airplane passengers, and insults to people of differing views – it's clear we need to start early to regain our nation’s values and civility. 

To make changes, we must teach our children, and brain science tells us that the best time to teach children is from birth to age seven -- or even in utero, since babies recognize words, sounds and feelings while in the womb.

And to reach children, it also needs to be fun.

 In Get Inspired with Max, Max shows us how he admits when he's wrong, uses his imagination to take him to a better place, and believes in himself. 

Through the process of repetition, your child will be inspired to do the same and learn how to create a wonderful life.

So here’s a great new fun way to reach out to kids --  a series of cute board books featuring easy-to-remember rhymes for little ones  featuring Max and his little sister Molly and other adorable animal characters. Written by Todd and Jackie Courtney to create a positive belief system and positive self-image, they even call the books “self-help books for toddlers!”

Check out all the Max Rhymes books here: https://www.inspirationalnurseryrhymes.com

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About the Author:

Todd J. Courtney

Jacqueline “Jackie” Courtney, was born and raised in San Jose, CA. and has spent most of her life as an elementary school teacher in the grades of kindergarten through 3rd grade. With her talents as a teacher and private tutor, specializing in the area of reading, it was a natural for Jackie to follow her passion in the creation of children’s books.

Todd J. Courtney was raised in San Jose, CA for most of his life. He has spent the past 25 years as a business owner/investor and during the last 5 years, he was teaching what Wallace D. Wattles calls “thinking stuff” to business offices in San Jose. During this time of teaching, while raising three kids with his wife and teaching them the same techniques, he realized his passion lies with helping our youth understand that they too can create the life they truly dream of.

Todd and Jackie were married in 1995 and are raising 3 children in San Jose, CA. Together they are embarking on a new chapter in their lives whereby they endeavor to teach your children, through their books, many of the techniques they’ve used in raising their children.

While teaching adults for the past 5 years, it didn’t take Todd long to realize why most of our youth get trapped in the same cycles as their parents, with the primary reason being that parents cannot teach their children what they don’t know or don’t understand themselves. After researching the teen and young adult market, it seemed a lot more work needed to be done to help our youth during this time of a rapidly changing world. Todd’s premise is this; “If we expect our youth to change the world, we have to start by changing our youth.”

In addition to his first full length book, “Thinking in One Direction,” Todd created TeensCanDream.com as a “go to” site for teens to find an array of short eBooks on a variety of topics, as they seek the answers to their individual questions. This site is dedicated to all the teens, pre-teens and young adults out there who are looking for answers, but didn’t have a single source to find them.

Not stopping there and seeing how disease such as cancer, diabetes and obesity are affecting our youth at younger ages, Todd created the first ever animation video to help kids with leukemia think themselves healthy during treatment with their doctors. When asked, “Why leukemia? Does someone you know have it?” he responded with a, “No. It was just an idea in which I felt compelled to create.” With absolutely no experience on how to create an animation video, Todd explains in detail how things came about in divine order. For more information on his video go to, JustImagineIf.org.

Disclosure: I was sent a review copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER Arrives on DVD Tomorrow - Enter My Coloring Contest to #Win a DVD #Giveaway #SwanPrincess

Disclosure:  I was sent as screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.




A Spy Adventure Awaits in the Next Installment of the Beloved Swan Princess Franchise

Available on DVD March 28


Bonus Materials Include a Behind-the-Scenes Featurette with Macy Kate in the Recording Studio



"The Swan Princess is back, with an all-new feature length movie! Get ready to go on an undercover detective adventure when THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER arrives for the first time on DVD March 28 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The newest installment of the beloved animated franchise follows the enchanting tale of young Princess Alise and her friends as they embark on a new adventure where they solve a royal mystery using their detective skills and spy gadgets. Featuring fan-favorite characters and all news faces, this next installment is the perfect fit for a new generation of Swan Princess fans, as well as nostalgic fans of the franchise.

Join “The X Factor” star Macy Kate in the studio as she records the theme song for THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER, "Born to Be Me." Macy Kate also sang the theme song in the previous installment, THE SWAN PRINCESS: PRINCESS TOMORROW, PIRATE TODAY, which was titled "I'll Be Your Star."


Synopsis:

After mysterious visitors arrive in the Kingdom, Princess Alise, Lucas and their friends go undercover on a secret spy adventure to see if they can be trusted. They will need all of their superior detective skills as well as some super cool gadgets to solve the royal mystery and save the Kingdom.

Directed by Richard Rich from a story by Richard Rich and Brian Nissen, and a screenplay by Brian Nissen, THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER was produced by Richard Rich, Seldon O. Young, and Jared F. Brown, with Seldon O. Young, serving as executive producer.  

DVD Extras Include:
§  In the Recording Studio with Macy Kate

THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER has a run time of approximately 79 minutes and is rated G."

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My Thoughts:

We watched THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER  as part of our family movie night last night, and it was a hit with everyone.  My girls have watched a previous The Swan Princess movie, so they quickly remembered the princess.  This got the excited to see what crazy adventure Princess Alise would take them on next.  I even planned a few fun activities to do with the girls after the movie including coloring the coloring sheet I am sharing below as part of my DVD giveaway contest.  I also picked up some cool spy kits at the dollar store.  One included the magic ink pen that they needed a black light to reveal their secret note.  I also found magic ink that I loved as a kid, where you squirt the bottle onto clothes and it looks like an ink spill.  But, then seconds later it begins to fade.  The girls also completed decipher message codes, which they couldn't get enough of and asked for me.  

As far as the movie, it kept the girls' attention from start to finish.    They even sat for the bonus feature which they got to see Mary Kate in the recording studio. They thought this was really neat and learned about voice overing.  My girls are already asking to watch this movie again, and loved being detectives themselves just like Princess Alise, Lucas and their friends were in solving the Kindgom mystery.  

If your kids loved The Swan Princess movie I shared last year, then you will definitely want to pick up this new release to share with them.  It makes for a wonderful family movie night.  


---GIVEAWAY---


Up for grabs in this giveaway is the new THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER, as well as a cute turtle plush shown above. :-)


I am going to do this giveaway a little different than most giveaways.  Instead of using a Rafflecopter form, I am asking readers to have their children color the following THE SWAN PRINCESS: ROYALLY UNDERCOVER coloring sheet. Once done, you can email me the coloring sheet or share to one of your social media channels and tagging me so that I can see it.  Here are my social media channels...


 Each child can submit one coloring sheet to be judged.  So, if you have two children in your house, then you can send in one completed coloring sheet per child.  My girls will be the judges and choose a winner from all entries received on April 8th.  I will reach out to the winner via email after the winner is chosen, and will be sharing the coloring page on my Inspired by Savannah Facebook page. 


Download and print out above coloring sheet, and send via email or through social media to enter.  Good luck!



 Disclosure:  I was sent as screener copy from the vendor in order to write up an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.


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Sunday, March 26, 2017

Had a Blast Hosting a #RitterSport #Tryazon Party Tonight! Who Doesn't LOVE Chocolate?!!!!

Disclosure:  I was chosen to host a #RitterSport #Tryazon party, in exchange for samples to be sampled during party.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.





I have been looking forward to tonight for over a week now?  Why you ask?  Because I was hosting a #RitterSport party after being chosen from the folks at Tryazon to host a sampling and building party, with 5+ adults.  Have you tried Ritter Sport chocolate?  If not, you have been missing out.  One of my favorite things to eat is chocolate, and I have even planned trips prior to the girls based upon chocolate tours, or places I have seen on television or read about in magazines that made chocolate that you must try. :-)  So, when I first heard Tryazon was accepting applications last month for #RitterSport party hosts, I jumped at the opportunity and crossed my fingers I would be chosen.  At that time I had never sampled this chocolate before, and couldn't wait to have a reason to get friends together for pizza and chocolate -- yes, they pair well together, along with a few glasses of wine. :-)



Prior to guests arriving tonight, I set up a few tables throughout the dining and living rooms for people to sit down and do a blind Ritter Sport chocolate taste test.  I was provided with tasting charts to lay out six different Ritter Sport flavors along with a tasting notes sheet for everyone to fill out with their best guess for each chocolate flavor and to note their top 3 favorites.  I couldn't wait for the party to start to get people to the tables so that they could taste some amazing chocolate...shhh, I had to sample some in advance...I just couldn't resist. :-)









Party attendees made their rounds to the blind chocolate tasting tables, and then moved on to other tables I had set up with piles of mini chocolate bars from Ritter Sport.  Their challenge was create one-of-a-kind edible candy art or fun 3-D structures.  



I told everyone they could work together as a large group, or break up into partners or small groups...it was up to them.  I had no idea what to expect from this part of the party, but loved walking around the room and checking out what everyone was building or making.  My husband, who usually doesn't sit still for long was so into his tower he was building...until it fell over.  Even though this was an adult party, the kids in attendance all got in on the fun and were building things to.  




After over an hour of building I walked around and snapped photos of what everyone made.  We had one party goer make the letter "R" for Ritter Sport, there was also a dam to hold in imaginary melting Ritter Sport chocolate, as well as many attempts at stacks of Ritter Sport mini bars and towers. 










Everyone said they had so much fun with this part of the party, and I could tell as I found many empty wrapper around the tables.  I guess everyone was getting hungry smelling all this amazing rich European chocolate. :-)


After pizza, more Ritter Sport chocolate and wine, the party came to an end.  But, I had one more surprise for everyone in attendance...more Ritter Sport chocolate. :-)  Everyone got to leave with a box of mini chocolate bars to bring home and enjoy, along with a few $1 off coupons so that they could buy their favorite full-size Ritter Sport chocolate bars in the flavors they loved.  I, for one, have to stock up on the Dark Chocolate with Whole Hazelnuts flavor, while my husband couldn't get enough of the milk chocolate with cornflakes Ritter Sport bar.



If you are looking for a reason to get family and friends together, why not consider hosting a Ritter Sport party of your own.  You can pick up a handful of 3.5 Ritter Sport bars for the blind chocolate taste test, and then do a fun building/edible art challenge with a table full of mini bars.  Then, send everyone home with doggie bags of chocolate.  Come on, who can resist a chocolate tasting party? 


I, for one, couldn't say "No!" I am so happy that I was chosen to host a Tryazon Ritter Sport party, and had so much fun planning and hosting the party this evening.  This is one party that my friends will be talking about for awhile. 

--BUY NOW--



Want to sample some Ritter Sport chocolate for yourself?  You can purchase this amazing tasting chocolate through Ritter Sport's Online Store or visit Ritter Sport's  Where To Buy page for a list of U.S. retail locations.  

I can't wait to hear which flavors you love most, so be sure to come back and share your top 3 in the comments section below.  Happy sampling! :-)

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