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Little Passports {Giveaway}–CLOSED

Disclosure: This could be a sponsored post or contain affiliate links (which means I earn a percentage of the sale), but all opinions are strictly my own.

Do your kids ever surprise you with things they know that you didn’t realize they knew? I recently started a co-op preschool with some friends, and when it came time to say the Pledge of Allegiance on my day to teach, my 3-year-old son was able to recite the whole thing! I’m sure a few words were wrong and he has absolutely NO idea what it means, but I was just shocked that he could say it all! He also answered correctly that we live in the United States when I asked where we lived (though I was trying to get the kids to say California), but that one didn’t surprise me. I know that knowledge was due to our subscription to Little Passports.

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You may remember a bit about Little Passports when Heather Ann reviewed them back in January. But in case you are a newcomer to Dandy Giveaway, here’s a recap: Little Passports is a monthly subscription box geared towards ages 5-12 that follows the adventures of characters Sam and Sofia as they travel across the United States and throughout the world.  To join, you begin by selecting either the World Edition (ages 5-10) or the USA edition (ages 7-12). I was sent the USA edition, which is actually geared towards ages 7-12, and I couldn’t agree more. My 3-year-old son was thrilled to receive a package and learn more about the United States, but he definitely didn’t get as much out of it as he would have if he were even a few years older.

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When his welcome package came, we hung the map of the United States in his room and filled out a few pages in his Field Guide. He loved taking pictures with the “old camera” (it includes a disposable!) and the Scratch Book. A few weeks later we received an envelope with the first two states. It came with a book filled with fun facts, history and culture about Pennsylvania and Arkansas. There was also a postcard, stickers and a pop-out model from both states. My son loved putting the stickers in the field guide, but everything else was way above his learning level.

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For a 7-14-year-old, however, it is perfect! The book about the states is filled with mazes, games, word searches, pictures, and activities to teach loads of interesting facts about each state. An envelope filled with these goodies will come to your doorstep once a month–for up to 26 months if you do the whole United States!–and you can imagine your child’s excitement to open his package and learn! This would be perfect as a supplemental learning kit for public school or homeschooled kids, especially 5th- or 8th-graders learning about U.S. History.

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Subscription plans range from monthly plans ($11.95 a month) to 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans with discounted prices. Sign up for their newsletter online, and connect with them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest to be in the know about the latest deals. Head on over to Little Passports to take a look at their options, then come back and enter below to win:

Win a 3-month subscription to either the World edition or USA edition!

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of October 15th, 2013, and will be emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Passports, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Liberty Bottleworks {Giveaway}–CLOSED

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What’s the one thing you can’t ever leave the house without? Mine is my water bottle. I started carrying around a water bottle 24/7 in college because one of my roommates swore by it to help lose weight (it works, by the way). Through the years I’ve been through many iterations of bottles. I’ve used and refilled bottled water bottles, I’ve bought really expensive ones from sporting goods stores and I’ve bought really cheap ones from the Dollar Store. But while the bottle has changed, what hasn’t is the fact that I am attached at the hip to my water bottle! So naturally, I was anxious to try out  the only American made metal water bottle by Liberty Bottleworks.

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Liberty Bottleworks considers itself a “vintage American company.” Not only do they support jobs in the USA, they pledge 1% of their sales and 1% of their working hours to helping large, local and grass roots efforts, such as the National Park Service, the Conservation Alliance and Keep America Beautiful.  They are also extremely committed to protecting the environment. Their production factory in Yakima, Washington, is filled with state of the art equipment which uses less energy, cleans waste water, and conserves resources. They even melted down their own scrap and made it into more bottles! They are truly Green all the way.

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All Liberty Bottleworks’ bottles are made  from 100% recycled aluminum, are BPA Free, non-toxic and non-leaching. In addition to supporting the environment, Liberty Bottleworks also supports local artists. The Artisan collection features designs by artists who stand behind a cause, and a portion of the sale supports their cause. There are seven pages worth of designs on the Artisan page alone, and all are unique and interesting–there is definitely a bottle for everyone! There are several other cool collections to choose from including the Mass Transit collection, the Topography collection, the Freedom collection, or you can design your own Custom bottle!  They also have a Kids collection with bottles in 12 and 16 ounces and designs kids would like.

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I chose to review the Blossom bottle from the Artisan collection. It arrived safely in a small, (most likely) made-from-recycled-materials box. The color of the bottle is beautiful though slightly darker than the picture shown on the website. The design on the bottle is raised, which is due to the cylindrical printers used at Liberty Bottleworks. I like it because it gives me a little something to grip as I constantly drink my water. The metal is smooth and strong; I have dropped it accidentally a few times since receiving it and have yet to see a scratch or a dent. The metal keeps my cold water colder for longer, which I love.

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My water bottle goes wherever I go. This is where it lives at night, right next to my bed.

I chose the Sport top as opposed to the Standard cap with an O-ring because I am a straw drinker all the way. I love the easy flip top and the wide loop for holding it when the straw is down. The mouthpiece is smooth and doesn’t leave a weird taste in my mouth like some plastic straws or mouthpieces do. My only complaint would be that while it’s really easy to open the top to fill it, it’s almost too easy and I worry that my kids will pop it open and spill all over themselves or that it will pop off in my purse and soak everything inside. It hasn’t happened yet, but we’ve come close.

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After a day at the pool, what I need is some cold water!

If you’re not a fan of the straw-type bottles, never fear! Liberty offers both the Sport top (in black only) and a Standard cap with O-ring in seven different colors to match whichever bottle you choose. Bottles can be purchased  in select, local retailers or online. Prices are really reasonable and start at $15 for the 12 oz. Kids bottle, $18 for 16 oz., $19 for 24 oz. and $20 for the 32 oz. bottle. Connect up with Liberty Bottleworks on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter, or apply to be a Sustainability Officer and spread the word in your home town!

THREE lucky winners will get to pick a Liberty Bottleworks water bottle of their choice!

(Winners are limited to bottles in stock)

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.

** The winner of this giveaway will be drawn no later than the morning of July 29th, 2013 and will be emailed within 24 hours.  If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.

** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Liberty Bottleworks, but all opinions are strictly my own.

Little Passports {Review}

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A couple of months ago, I posted a giveaway for the Little Passports World Edition or USA Edition that included information about the starter kit that we received including the suitcase, world map, and passport.  Since then, we’ve received a package in the mail each month that highlights a different country!  I thought I’d share with you the fun places we’ve learned about.

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We received three different packages from Sam and Sofia — one from Brazil, one from Japan, and one from France.  We were surprised to find everything that comes in the mail each month, as each package included…

(1) a letter from Sam and Sofia telling us about their adventures in that country

(2) a picture of something they saw (and explained in the letter)

(3) a Worldwide Activities page

(4) a boarding pass with the Secret Code to the online Boarding Zone activities

(5) a sticker for the world map

(6) a sticker for the passport book

(7) a fun souvenir — Sushi eraser and origami paper from Japan, poster from France, and a rock with crystals from Brazil

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Package from France (minus the poster hanging on my son’s wall!)

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Package from Japan

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Package from Brazil

We have loved seeing the Little Passports package come each month in the mail!  My son LOVES that his name is on the mail, and he spends a good amount of time reading through the letter and enjoying the activities.  We especially loved the Japan package since my husband and I lived (and met!) in Japan — it brought back lots of memories, and I had a great time helping my little boy learn how to fold origami.

If you’re looking for a fun educational monthly package to supplement your summer activities, I would highly suggest taking a look at Little Passports!  We have loved the World Edition packages that we’ve received in the mail and have learned a lot about these different countries over the past three months.

**This review was sponsored by Little Passports, but all opinions are strictly my own.

 

Little Passports {Giveaway} – CLOSED

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My husband recently was screened and pre-approved to do Marine Security Guard duty at an embassy, and we’re now waiting for orders to the schoolhouse and then on to our adventure around the world!  We’re all excited at the prospect of living abroad again, but my four year old son is over the moon at the idea of traveling to places he’s seen only on his world map and on the computer.  You might remember from this post and this post that he loves to learn about geography, so when I saw Little Passports, I knew that this would be perfect for him — especially now that we’re getting ready to travel ourselves!

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Little Passports is a monthly subscription box geared towards ages 5-12 that follows the adventures of characters Sam and Sofia as they travel across the United States and throughout the world.  To join, you begin by selecting either the World Edition (ages 5-10) or the USA edition (ages 7-12).  **I recognize that my son is a little younger than the ages listed here, but he learned all the states and their capitals and most of the countries and their capitals on his own through online games, books, and movies from the library — I figured that this would be able to capture his attention just fine.  🙂

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“Every month, follow our characters Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter.”

hiw-usa-edition“With your USA Edition subscription, Sam and Sofia travel to and experience the wonders of all 50 states.  Kick-off your USA adventure with the first month’s Discovery Kit which includes a letter from Sam and Sofia, a USA Field Guide, a USA scratch book, a map, and a camera.  Sam and Sofia then travel to two new states every month and send an activity-packed travel journal with stickers, postcards, pop-out models and access to online activities.”

We chose the World edition, and I loved that Sara from Little Passports asked for my son’s name to put on the package.  He was so excited to receive a box just for him, and he couldn’t wait to open it up and see what was inside!  He LOVES the suitcase and immediately put the stickers on the outside to decorate it.  We read through the letter together and put the world map up on his wall.

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We also went online with his special code and registered him on the Little Passports Boarding Zone with his own Member Name and password.  From there, he was able to access World Trivia, World Continents, and a World Map Puzzle – he sat for an hour playing the games on there!

You can only imagine his excitement when I told him that this wasn’t just a one-time deal; he could expect another package from Sam and Sofia next month also, only this time with special souvenirs and pictures from a specific country!  We’re both excited to see what will come in the next few weeks!

Subscription plans range from monthly plans ($11.95 a month) to 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans with discounted prices.  Little Passports would be a fun surprise for your own kids, the perfect gift for those near and far away, and an excellent supplement to homeschool curriculum.

Little Passports is offering a 3-month subscription to either their World edition or USA edition for one Dandy reader!  Head on over to Little Passports to take a look at their options, then come back and enter below to win:

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** This giveaway is open to U.S. entries only.
** The winner of this giveaway will be posted no later than the evening of Saturday, February 2nd, and emailed within 24 hours. If the winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be drawn.
** This posting and giveaway were sponsored by Little Passports, but all opinions are strictly my own.

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