Friday, April 18, 2014

Say Hello To Zoobean

Books have always been an important and vital part of bringing up my children.  I have read to them since they were infants.  Books also were "toys" when they were toddlers, and I loved watching them just sit and be perfectly content surrounded by a pile of books.  

I've had the chance to experience a subscription from a great new company, Zoobean.  Their service is different from other popular monthly subscriptions; parents, educators, even librarians personally curate the selections you receive for your child.  In other words, your books are chosen by people who honestly care about literacy for kids.  By entering your child's age, likes and dislikes, and other interests, your subscription to Zoobean becomes instantly personalized and catered to exactly what your child will like.
As a bonus, you also get great app suggestions and child-relevant article suggestions on their website.  

Zoobean Book Subscription Service Shark Tank

I think what I love most about the Zoobean service is that you receive books that are not main stream. They're a welcome surprise in my mailbox every month.  My first book for my 5 year old was A Trip To The Bottom of the World With Mouse, by Frank Viva.  With it's vivid and modern art work and comic-style format, my son loves it and it also has simple phrases that he reads as we enjoy the book together.  My older children also love reading the book to my youngest (which is always a good sign!).

Zoobean Book Subscription Service Shark Tank

This blog post goes live on the cusp of Zoobean being featured on the popular show Shark Tank!  To commemorate this exciting event, I'm hosting a fun giveaway of their service.  Yep, up for grabs is a 3 month hardback book subscription to Zoobean!  You can also join in on the fun tonight during the show (it airs at 9pm EST, 8pm CST, and 9pm PST) with the hashtags: #zoobean #zbinthetank  Join me on Twitter!

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Bloglovin' Blog Hop #66




Your Devoted Host:

Meg Bloglovin' Blog Hop Happy Kids Inc Mom Blogger

Your Co-Hosts:

Mandy Bloglovin' Blog Hop Happy Kids Inc   Natasha Bloglovin' Blog Hop Happy Kids Inc   Linda Bloglovin' Blog Hop Happy Kids, Inc

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1.  Please follow your host and co-hosts (you can click on the profile pics above or in the linky below).
2.  Add your link directly to your Bloglovin' profile; DO NOT link to your blog.  You will have to manually        add your photo from your computer or phone.
3.  Visit a few other bloggers in the linky and spread the Bloglovin' love!
4.  Grab a button and place it on your blog.  Let me know you did and I will shout you out on social media.
5.  Tweet and share the hop!
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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Copa Di Vino: Small Town Roots, Big Time Dreams

By Meg Hodson

Ahhh, wine.  I might like it just a teensy bit.  For me, writing and wine go hand in hand.  What could be better than sipping your favorite Cabernet as you put your passions to paper (or, in this case, to my blog)? Well, I just so happen to be doing that right now.  I'm writing VERY late and only want one glass of wine. What do I reach for? Copa Di Vino.

The story of Copa Di Vino touched me instantly.  The heart and soul of Copa Di Vino lies in The Dalles, Oregon.  This community with a small town appeal is located in the scenic Columbia Gorge.  Having resided in a comparable town, similar in it's size and sense of community, for 10 years, I immediately connected to the story of the company.  The Copa Di Vino story defines community.  The  story epitomizes what it means to be a family-run company with every intent of staying local, maintaining roots that run seven generations long.  
Copa Di Vino The Dalles Sunshine Mill Winery Wine

James Martin, the CEO and driving force behind Copa Di Vino, was faced with a problem.  The Dalles was in a slump; the once bustling town was facing tough economic hurdles.  James, though, made an unofficial pledge to this community to keep his dreams for the company in his hometown.  That is when the decision was made to buy the historic but crumbling Sunshine Mill, right in the heart of The Dalles.  The mill needed a lot of work, but James and his family were devoted to the task of making this the home of Copa Di Vino.

Copa Di Vino The Dalles Sunshine Mill Winery Wine

I had the pleasure and opportunity to attend a special event at the Sunshine Mill Winery a few weeks ago. The work and attention to detail the family have put into Sunshine Mill to make it both the new home for Copa Di Vino, yet still keep some of it's vintage elements, shows.  This video sums up perfectly the commitment the family has:



They were able to successfully create a bottling system for Copa Di Vino that maintained the integrity of the wine.  It was no small task, taking 2 years to perfect.  But they were successful, eventually distributing to 44 states.  While offers came in from big companies to "go corporate" with the brand, James and his family kept their faithfulness to The Dalles and continue to cultivate the brand locally.  

It's a story that continues to evolve, so stay tuned.  In the meantime, it might be time to #discovercopa.


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