Kosmo's Christmas Delivery by Deb Kalmbach #HolidaygiftGuide #sponsored

I received a PDF of Kosmo's Christmas Delivery for review from Litfuse Publicity.  All opinions are my own.

Have you heard of the tradition 25 Days of Christmas books?  It's a fun way to count down to Christmas (or any Dec. holiday your family celebrates) with your family throughout the month of December.  You simply purchase 25 holiday themed books and wrap them individually.  Then starting December 1st, your child opens a new book each day.  It not only gets kids excited about the holidays, but also about reading!

If you're looking for some book ideas for holiday gift giving, you will want to check out the latest children's book from author Deb A Kalmbach:  Kosmo's Christmas Delivery.  


Kosmo's Christmas Delivery

Kosmo, the king of troublesome terriers, takes trouble to a whole new level! He's a one-of-a-kind, corn-on-the-cob nibbling, ice cream licking, always-into-mischief dog. Kosmo's Christmas Delivery is told from the point-of-view of an older, but not necessarily wiser dog, Kramer, who laments the acquisition of Kosmo by his family, especially his girl, Emily Jean. When the inquisitive Kosmo jumps on board the Yellow Package delivery truck a few days before Christmas, Kramer, secretly wishes the pup will be lost forever. He reluctantly agrees to help Emily Jean search the snowy streets of their small town for Kosmo. Through a series of unusual events, the missing terrier finally comes home, but not a moment before his older sibling realizes how much he cares about his young friend.

About the Author:

Author Deb Kalmbach

Deb Kalmbach considers herself an "expert" in not-so-perfect marriages. She's passionate about helping other women take one step forward, then another to find healing and wholeness in their lives. Real hope for real life is what Deb strives to communicate to her readers.

Deb and her husband Randy can see the half-century milestone (a miracle!) for their marriage on the horizon. They live in a tiny town in rural Washington state with Kosmo, their Jack Russell Terrier, who has inspired a new children's book series.

My Review:

This is a great read-aloud with young children.  It is short enough to keep their attention and has appealing and whimsical illustrations.  Both my two-year-old and my five-year-old love animal stories, and the cute terrier and his funny antics was definitely a hit with them.   

My oldest daughter could really relate to the theme of jealousy when a new family member arrives.  She felt the same way when we brought her baby sister home for the first time.  This opened up a great discussion about sibling rivalry and how both girls can share their feelings when they are jealous.   We also talked about how each family member is equally important and special, even though they have to share mom and dad's attention.

I highly recommend this book for children, especially for those that are expecting a new sibling in the family.


Where to Purchase:  

Kosmo's Christmas Delivery is available in paperback for $12.60 on Amazon.

Kosmo's Christmas Delivery

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The Attic Girl's 2016 Holiday Gift Guide

For more holiday gift ideas, be sure to check out the 2016 Holiday Gift Guide!


Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland 2016 #DWFamilyFun #DutchWonderland #spon

I received tickets to Dutch Wonderland's Happy Hauntings for my family to review. All opinions are my own.

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

Fall is our absolute favorite time of year as a family to enjoy outdoor activities here in PA.  The weather is {usually} cooler, the leaves are beautiful colors, and there are lots of local pumpkin patches, fall festivals, and amusement parks with Halloween/fall themes.  We love Dutch Wonderland's Happy Hauntings for our little ones because it is perfect for this age group {not too scary and lots of fall photo opportunities too}.  

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

It was our first time taking our two-year-old and five-year-old together to Dutch Wonderland.  I was a little nervous with AB because of her serious food allergies {she is allergic to peanuts & eggs and can have an anaphylactic reaction if she ingests it or in the case of peanuts, touches it}.  

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

We packed a small lunch bag with safe snacks and drinks for her, along with her action plan from the allergist and her Epi pens.  The people at Dutch Wonderland were great about it and we had no problems getting through security at the gate.

Trick or Treat Trail

We headed to the Trick or Treat trail on Exploration Island first in the hopes that it wouldn't be too crowded right when the park opened.  The trail was completely different than when we went on our first trip {the dinosaurs were not there a few years ago}.  

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

The trail wound along the dino dig area and through the dinosaur path.  Many of the dinosaurs were dressed in cute costumes; my girls laughed at the T-rex with a tutu and the dinos dressed as Minions!  Employees were also dressed in cute costumes to match the dinosaurs and were very friendly.  AK's favorite was the Star Wars theme with a dino dressed as Darth Vader.

I was pleasantly surprised that my two-year-old wasn't too afraid of the dinosaurs.  It was nice to take our time through each station and not worry about her getting run over by any older excited kids.  

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

If your child has food allergies, you need to be aware that the candy may not be allergy friendly {Kit Kat bars, Reece's peanut butter cups, lollipops with bubble gum, etc}.  There was one station where the employee asked about food allergies and offered an alternative toy whistle.  AB's eyes lit up and she was very happy about that!   The candy wasn't really an issue since I brought special treats for her from home.  As she gets older and is more aware, we will need to have more discussions about why she can't have the same foods as her sissy does.

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016


There over 30 rides in the fall for different ages throughout the park.  Parents can ride on many of them with their little ones, which was great for our youngest.  Our oldest loved being higher up on the chart this year and being able to ride alone.  The lines weren't too bad for most of the rides {other than the Fun slide, that seemed to take a long time waiting for people to return their mats}.

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

My favorite family ride was the gondola ride around Exploration Island.  We saw the dinosaurs along the trick or treat trail and other fun Halloween displays.  AK loved the Joust roller coaster, frog hopper, Sunoco Turnpike cars, and Off-Road Rally trucks.  

Sky Ride Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

AK and her daddy have a tradition of riding the sky ride together, which is always a favorite too.

Character Meet & Greets

Seeing Duke the Dragon is always a hit with my girls.  This year, we saw Duke with the Knight {we missed the Princess somehow}.  AB couldn't stop staring up at him and pointing, which was very cute.  There are several opportunities to see Merlin the Wizard, the Knight, and the Princess throughout the day {they walk through the park as well at certain times}

Duke The Dragon Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

Food Options

There are many food options during Happy Hauntings including Merlin's Restaurant and the Millstream Eatery.   Bean Sprouts has some great healthy choices like sun butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese and veggies and smoothies.  

Since we have a little one with food allergies, we packed her food and bought a few snacks and a drink for her sister.  If you look at the website, they do not make any guarantees about their food being allergen free.  You can ask a manager about specific food allergy questions, but we found it easier to pack our own.

You can also save a bit of money if you pack snacks/meals and go out to your car and return to the park; they will stamp your hand at the gate.

Dutch Wonderland Happy Hauntings 2016

My family had so much fun at Happy Hauntings this year!  It's a wonderful place to make memories with your little ones this fall.

Save on Tickets

You can save on tickets to Dutch Wonderland's Happy Hauntings {Oct 22/23, Oct 29/30} by clicking on the link below or using this online promo code:  momhauntingsblog16 

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Tuesday Giveaway Link Up 10/18 #linky #giveaway

Tuesday Giveaway Linky

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long!

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Featured Giveaway

Peppa Pig Sun, Sea & Snow DVD US only Ends 10/28

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When Calls the Heart: Hearts in Question DVD @WCTH_TV #Hearties #sponsored

Thank you to Edify Media for providing When Calls the Heart: Hearts in Question on DVD for review.  All opinions are my own.

When Calls the Heart: Hearts in Question DVD

The wait for season 4 of When Calls The Heart series is difficult, but in the meantime you can watch your favorite episodes from season 3 all over again. The fifth DVD When Calls The Heart: Hearts in Question is now available. (Haven't watched the first two seasons? You can check out episodes from Season 1 and Season 2)

In case you need to catch up on Season 3, here are the DVD's in order:

When Calls The Heart: It Begins With Heart
When Calls The Heart:  Troubled Hearts 
When Calls The Heart: Heart of a Hero
When Calls The Heart: Forever in My Heart
When Calls The Heart:  Hearts in Question 


From celebrated author Janette Oke (The Love Comes Softly series) comes a rigorous and romantic adventure as epic as the wide frontier. Erin Krakow (Army Wives), Daniel Lissing (Eye Candy), Jack Wagner (Melrose Place) and Lori Loughlin (Full House, 90210) star in When Calls The Heart!

An air of discord settles over Hope Valley when Jack’s spirited mother, Charlotte, pays an unexpected visit… and stays with Elizabeth. While Charlotte “helpfully”, critiques Elizabeth’s skills as a housekeeper, pie-maker and teacher, Rosemary has become a bit of a taskmaster herself for those helping with her imminent wedding to Lee. Meanwhile Gowen comes under suspicion for “irregularities”, in the bank’s bookkeeping, and as he and Nora prepare to leave town, Bill and Jack must contend with a violent storm, rising flood waters and the collapse of the Silverton mine!

There is a lot going on at the end of this season.  Jack's mom comes to pay him a visit, which keeps Jack on edge a bit wondering what his mom is going to say or do around Elizabeth.  Elizabeth is under pressure, hopeful to please her possible future mother-in-law.  I love that Brooke Shields plays Jack's mom; she is an amazing actress!   (Can you imagine having her as a mother-in-law?)

While that plays out, Rosemary is stressing about her upcoming wedding and becoming a bit of a bridezilla.  No surprise there really. Rosemary is a bit of a drama queen so of course she brings drama to her own wedding preparations.

There is a huge mudslide and flooding in a mining town nearby, which causes the settlers to evacuate.   It's wonderful how the people of Hope Valley help out their neighbors with generosity, sacrifice, and teamwork.  That's just one of the things I love about this show!  {Jack is in danger, but I won't tell you what happens!}

I was disappointed that there is still no wedding between Jack & Elizabeth, but maybe in season 4 things will get moving along in that direction!

When Calls the Heart Season 3

If you're a fan of the series, follow #hearties on twitter for all the latest buzz.  

Where to Buy: 

When Calls the Heart: Hearts in Question is available in stores and at FamilyChristian.com for $19.98.

When Calls the Heart
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Peppa Pig Sun, Sea & Snow DVD #Giveaway #sponsored #PeppaPigDVD

I will receive a Peppa Pig DVD as a Fox Insider. All opinions are my own.
Peppa Pig Sun, Sea & Snow DVD
Both of my girls love watching Peppa Pig on Nick Jr. every day.   They are excited for the release of Peppa Pig Sun, Sea and Snow on DVD Oct. 18th from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment and Entertainment One.  It's perfect for this time of year!

It's always perfect weather for Peppa Pig's amusing adventures. Not even snow, rain, or fog can stop the wintry fun! Join Peppa, George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig as they enjoy a most unusual trip to the seaside, a super ski day, muddy puddle-jumping and more! Kids and parents alike will love all 12 fun-filled peppasodes!

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One reader will win Peppa Pig Sun, Sea & Snow DVD
Just use the Giveaway Tools below.  You must be a US resident 18 or older to enter.  You must complete each task entirely or your entries will not count.  

 This giveaway is not in any way associated with or endorsed by Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest or Twitter.  Giveaway Ends 10/28/16 at  11:59 PM EST.  US Residents **18 and older** only may enter. One entry per household and IP address.  Winner will be drawn using random.org and will have **48 hrs** to respond to email or another winner will be chosen. Entries are verified.  No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning.  The Attic Girl is not responsible/liable for prize delivery.  Prize may take 6-12 weeks to ship from the sponsor. By entering the giveaway, you agree to the Giveaway terms/rules.

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