October 22, 2014

Halloween Picture Book Giveaway!

When Halloween hits our house, generally around October 1st, everything Halloween comes out to play. Of course decorations go up, but we also bring out our Halloween books for extra reading. Our seasonal library is growing every year and we are adding more and more to our favorites. 
As you can see our Halloween books range from Max & Ruby, to Sesame Street, to Scooby Doo and a good few in between. Are you ready to make some additions to your library? I'm giving away 3 of these books! 
All three are great picture books for the littles, my daughters loved how different each story was. If you don't have a little one of your own, maybe you could win them for a little one in your life. This would be a perfect surprise for nieces or nephews, neighbors, or grandchildren. 

1) Happy Halloween Sesame Street written by Lillian Jaine and illustrated by Ernie Kwiat
It’s Halloween night, and Count von Count is dozing off in front of his fireplace. Suddenly, he hears someone knocking at his castle door, but when he opens the door, nobody’s there! Could it be a spooky Halloween spirit playing a trick on him, or is it something less sinister? Join Count, Elmo, and all of the Sesame friends as they celebrate Halloween!

2) A Halloween Scare written by Eric James and illustrated by Marina Del Ray
It’s Halloween night, and creatures and critters from near and far are starting to gather outside the front door. And now here comes a whole army of monsters, on broomsticks, buses, and bikes, all clamoring in the darkness. What is it they want? Are they coming for you?
This humorous, creative story is the perfect Halloween adventure for children and parents to share.

3) Pumpkin Time! written by Erzsi Deák and illustrated by Doug Cushman
The day the cows strolled down Main Street in fancy hats...Evy didn't notice.
What was Evy doing?
Evy is so focused on watching her garden grow that she misses all the silliness going on around her—pigs DANCING, donkeys FLYING, and sheep HAVING A PICNIC. 
But after Evy's spent all year taking care of her garden, everyone's invited to pumpkin time!

So all you've got to do is leave me a comment telling me:
What are you/your kids dressing up as this Halloween?
Follow along on Instagram for extra entries. 

Don't forget to leave a way to contact you. The winner will be chosen and notified on October 30, 2014. The winner will have 24 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Good Luck! Thanks to Sourcebooks for the fun giveaway. 

October 19, 2014

Must See Movie of the Year: The Book of Life! (Now In Theaters)

The Book of Life is now in theaters and I must admit, I've already seen it twice! It has taken me a week to really be able to put into words how much I love this family friendly, culturally rich, beautifully animated movie for all ages. The Book of Life produced by Reel FX Creative Studios and distributed by 20th Century Fox is written and directed by Jorge Gutierrez and produced by Guillermo del Toro, the film stars the voices of Diego Luna, Zoe Saldana, and Channing Tatum with supporting roles by Kate del Castillo, Ice Cube, Ron Perlman, and Christina Applegate.
The film tells the amazing story of friendship, love, courage and family. Yes, the movie talks about death, in fact one of the funniest lines of the movie is "What is it with Mexicans and death?" but don't worry. This movie is not just about the day of the dead, it is about the Book of Life, it is about remembering your loved ones who have passed away and the importance of keeping their memory alive. I don't even want to spoil the movie by telling you the whole story, you really just have to go see it for yourself for that.
Before the movie premiered I was invited to screen the film with some of my fellow Latina Bloggers and had a fun afternoon of face painting and cupcake decorating. Here I am with La Muerta herself, the Goddess of the Land of the Remembered. 
My girls have been impatiently anticipating the release of this film for a while now, and now that they've seen it, they just can't stop talking about it. You can only imagine how excited my girls were when they saw their happy meal came with a bucket and stickers featuring the characters from The Book of Life. They just love Maria.. and Chuy, her beloved pig.

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Just saw #BookOfLife and I'm in the spirit. The movie was amazing! Beautiful, colorful, romantic, sweet and funny!

I had an amazing makeup artist by the name of Ericka Agosto who gave me this fun look for the day.

Check out the trailer for the movie and go see it. I promise you, you will not be disappointed. In fact, you will laugh, cry, be amazed and probably recognize a song or two that were hidden little gems that totally made me smile. I've already downloaded the soundtrack! It's so fun! 

Have you seen The Book of Life? What did you think? Do you celebrate Dia de los Muertos? 

October 17, 2014

Spooky Fun Treats with #CheetosHalloween

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Halloween is by far my most favorite time of the year, there is so much fun to be had and the best time to unleash your inner mischief. You see in my house, Halloween isn't all about sweets and candy, but so much more. I love to mix it up a little and when it's time to plan Halloween treats for my daughters classmate, I'm always trying to think of something different. This year I've partnered with Cheetos to share some of my own #CheetosHalloween fun!
How cool are these little skeleton snacks? As a Mom, I don't know how many times I've told my daughters not to play with their food. Well, not this time! Cheetos has a new limited-edition snack this Halloween called Bag of Bones, and not only are they fun to play with, but they are also white cheddar and delicious. 
The kids had so much fun finding the bones they needed to make their skeleton. Even though they had to try really hard not to eat their bones before they finished making their friend, they had fun making them. This years Halloween treats for the classroom are going to be so much fun to make and eat! 
Check it out: I separated the bones in individual treat bags so the kids can make their own skeleton before eating them up. Click here to download the cute printable bag topper. 
A little creepy looking but super fun to create and even yummier to eat. You ready to get into the Halloween spirit? There are some seriously fun ideas and games over at CheetosHalloween.com. Haven't you always wanted to digitally TP your best friends house? How about sharing your Tiny Tales of Terror on Twitter? Sounds fun right? You know what sounds better? Weekly prizes! I just love Halloween! Cheetos doesn't just have fun Treats, but some pretty cool Tricks too. 
This bag is a fun treat for the whole family, my husband and I had fun building our own skeleton before gobbling them up too. The next time you are out shopping in the snack aisle, keep an eye out for these White Cheddar Bag of Bones or their 30- count glow in the dark multi-packs. 

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Cheetos.