Thursday, November 28, 2013

Kidecals Giveaway

Happy Thanksgiving from Two Cats and Cradle. I hope everyone is having nice holiday with people they love. The holidays have officially begun and now I start to think about all the things I need to do to make the season merry and bright!  I can't forget all those who have given me a hand throughout the year and what better way to thank someone? Make them something special! This year I'll be making white chocolate peppermint pretzels and of course lots and lots of cookies.

Kidecals sent me some of their cool labels and now my holiday gifts look extra special.  It's those little touches that make a BIG impression. I got the super cute chalkboard labels. I LOVE these! The chalkboard labels have endless uses. I put the label on a plaid cookie tin and labeled it in red chalk. The label is really durable and waterproof. I can just wipe it and write something else on it. I ordered some custom labels too. These are really fun and I could customize the wording and font size. The website was really easy to use and there are a lot of label styles. They have labels and decals for everything. Sending your kid to camp? They have labels for that! I especially liked their selection of  labels devoted to food allergies.   Kidecals even have decals to make your computer keyboard snazzy. Kidecals is offering a 15% off discount with free shipping to Two Cats and a Cradle readers! Go to and enter the code kidecals15 at checkout.

One lucky person will win chalkboard labels, "From My To Yours" labels, chalk, and cellophane bags to create your own special gifts!! Enter to win this giveaway below.

For more information about Kidecals, check out their website,, follow on Facebook,, Twitter, @kidecals, and Pinterest, For great use ideas for all the Kidecals products watch their YouTube video

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui! Book Winner Is...

Congratulations to Krista for winning the Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui! signed picture book. Your book will be on its way to you soon!

Thank you to everyone that entered and for reading Two Cats and a Cradle.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui! by Ana Saborido and illustrated by Kersly Minoza from Amazon, click the link below.

*Winner selected by via Rafflecopter.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Signed Outlander Book Giveaway

OK, people it's week THREE of giveaways here at Two Cats and a Cradle. This giveaway is something that I LOVE! Something for the grown-ups this time! I am giving away a signed copy of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. This book is not only signed by Diana, but also by executive producer Ron Moore. Outlander is becoming a TV series on Starz next year!

I'm a big fan of the book series, I've read them all. It's funny, I actually received my first copy of Outlander as a giveaway in the goodie bag from Shecky's Girls Night many moons ago. The book is an overwhelming 850 pages, so I stuck it on the shelf for probably two years. Then one day I decided to start reading books that I actually have rather than buying new ones. That's when I cracked the spine on the Outlander book. I was hooked - time travel, Scotland, men in kilts, history and romance. I mean, come on! Marlon calls it a bodice ripper. It's not, but there might have been a few bodices that were ripped. Anyway, I promise you'll love it.

ComicCon weekend was a few weeks ago here in NYC; Diana and Ron were here promoting the Starz  TV series. On the Diana Gabaldon Facebook page, an invitation popped up to enter to win a fan discussion/lunch in NYC during ComicCon. I immediately entered and got back to work. When I came home from work, Marlon said, I entered to win that fan lunch too so you have an extra chance to win. I was like how did you know about it, he said I saw that you entered on Facebook. Awww, that's so sweet. He's such a good hubby. Thanks Facebook for telling on me. (Mental note, Facebook tells on me.) So the next day I got an email invitation to the lunch and Marlon did too! I was so excited.

One catch though, the lunch was right smack in the middle of the big day at ComicCon. The hubby said he'd go with me, but I know how much he looks forward to ComicCon weekend so I told him I'd find someone else to go with or go by myself. I ended up going by myself. It was fantastic!

We got to see a trailer for the show, had a Q&A with Diana and Ron and then we were treated to a fancy rooftop lunch with them! As we entered the rooftop, we were greeted by a bagpiper and glasses of wine. Everyone was giddy with excitement! It didn't matter that I went by myself, I was surrounded by people who loves the book as much as I do (maybe more)! Diana and Ron took pictures with all of us. They were really so friendly and happy to chat. When we left, we each received a t-shirt and signed copy of Outlander. I am keeping the awesome t-shirt, but I already have a signed copy of Outlander. So, I am giving the signed copy to YOU! Enter to win below! The contest ends at midnight EST on December 2nd. The winner will be announced on December 4, 2013!

I hope you'll love the book as much as I do. I am just about to re-read my copy of Outlander in preparation for our trip to Scotland in March 2014 for our 20th wedding anniversary. You guys know it's been a difficult year for us. We needed something to look forward to, so we decided let's go to Scotland. Let's not put life on hold anymore. My Dad let us use his timeshare, so there really isn't a reason why we shouldn't go. We're going to Scotland! As an anniversary gift, Marlon booked us on the Diana Gabaldon tour in Inverness! OMG!! The tour has open seats, so if you want to join our tour - click here! Yes, I am doing a happy dance!

If you can't wait to read Outlander. You can buy a copy from Amazon using the link below.

This contest is not affiliated with the author Diana Gabaldon, Starz or Dell Publishing.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Language Bear Book Giveaway Winners Are...

Congratulations to Siu for winning the Language Bear Book Giveaway. Your book will be on its way to you soon!

Congratulations to the five runner-ups. You've won a 50% off discount code to purchase your very own Bosley Builds a Tree House book in the language of your choice!

Amanda, Krista, Sue, Kelly and Rodney

Thank you to everyone that entered and for reading Two Cats and a Cradle.

If you are interested in purchasing a copy of Bosley Builds a Tree House from Amazon, click the link below. 

For more information on the dual language series and author Timothy Johnson, click through to The Language Bear website, Or like or follow them on Facebook,, Twitter @Language Bear, or Pinterest,

*Winners were selected by via Rafflecopter.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui! Book Giveaway

It's week TWO of my giveaway bonanza! This week I am giving away a signed copy of the picture book Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui! by Ana Saborido and illustrated by Kersly Minoza.

Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui! is a sweet bedtime story about a family of coquís. Your little ones are going to want to read this story over and over again.

I had to google what exactly is a coquí, I gathered it was a frog of some sort but I wanted to know more! I'll save you the google search, the Wikipedia says that coquí is the common name for several species of small frogs native to the island of Puerto Rico. They are known for a very loud mating call that the male will make at night. You can listen to the sound of a coquí  serenade by clicking here. See, you do learn something new every day!

Ana has been a cheerleader for us throughout the adoption process. I am so thrilled to be able to cheer for her and share her book.

Enter below for a chance to win your very own signed copy! Contest ends at midnight EST on 11/25. The winner will be announced on 11/27. Good luck!

If you can't wait to read Good Night, Mama! Good Night, Coqui!, please purchase the book from by using the link below. 

Also, there's still time to enter the The Language Bear Book giveaway! Click here to enter!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Language Bear Book Giveaway!

Today kicks off SIX weeks of giveaways!! Check the blog every Thursday for a new prize! Winners will be announced on Wednesdays.

Up first is an awesome dual language book by Timothy Johnson for kids (and hey adults might learn something too!). Bosley bear is always having an adventure with his friends or amigos. Tim sent me a copy of BOSLEY BUILDS A TREE HOUSE, A Dual-Language Book in Spanish and English. I picked this version because I wanted (OK needed) a refresher. I took 4 years of Spanish in high school and I can basically get myself to a bathroom and count to 10. I was interested to see how a dual language book would help kids (me) pick up words easily in another language. Another thought is how this book would help children adopted from another country to learn English. The series encourages parents and children to share each other's language. It's a great learning tool!

The book features bright, fun characters and the text is written in both languages side by side. Key illustrations are also labeled in both languages. I think seeing the image really helps with word association. The layout allows your kids to learn at their own pace and enjoy the story!

Now I can go to the bathroom, count to 10 AND build a tree house in Spanish! Seriously though, this is a great way for kids to learn another language. This is such an important skill to have.

Now for the good part, I am giving away ONE copy of a Bosley book in the language of your choice - Spanish, French, Italian, German, Chinese, Russian or Japanese! Also, five lucky runner-ups will win a discount code for 50% off a book of your choice. This makes a great holiday gift! The contest ended. The winner will be announced on the 20th! You can still purchase a book using the link at the bottom of the page.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more information on the dual language series and author Timothy Johnson, click through to The Language Bear website, Or like or follow them on Facebook,, Twitter @Language Bear, or Pinterest,

If you don't want to wait for the contest, you can buy your book today by clicking below.