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Holiday Gift Ideas – Books

5th December 2012

I LOVE books.

Nothing makes me happier than opening up books during the holidays (or anytime for that matter).

I think books are just the perfect gift to give and receive.

So, with that in mind, here are some great books you might want to give/get this holiday season.

For The Cook

Boucheron Bakery, Barefoot Contessa Foolproof, The Smitten Kitchen

For The Little Ones

Don’t Let The Pigeon Finish This Activity Book, The New Jumper, Lemony Snicket

For The Music Lover

Cyndi Lauper: A Memoir, 1982, I’m Your Man: The Life of Leonard Cohen

For The Design Fan

Young House Love, The Things That Matter, Home By Novogratz

For The Art & Photography Lover

More Than Human, Great Paintings, Arriving At A Landscape

For Fashion Lovers

Smithsonian Fashion, Louboutin, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

For Pop Culture Fans:

Star Wars Year By Year: A Visual Chronicle (Updated version), James Bond 50 Years of Movie Posters, Spider-man Chronicle

Check out my first holiday gift guide post on DVDs.

May The Fourth Be With You 2012 – DK Canada

4th May 2012


I know I’ve mentioned this on my blog before but as a family, we love Star Wars.

We dress up, we take pics, we make movies – it amuses us greatly.

We also have a TON of Star Wars books, because my eight year old son loves them.

I LOVE DK Canada because they have the BEST selection of Star Wars books available.

I wrote about their May the Fourth promotion last year as well, to support DK Canada and they raised hundreds of dollars for Frontier College’s literacy programs in Canada. WIN.

This year, DK Canada is working with Indigo and Chapters bookstores to bring the May the Fourth fun to their retail stores. A portion of the proceeds of all DK Star Wars books sold over this coming  May 4th weekend (May 4,5,6) at all Chapters and Indigo stores nationwide, will be donated to Indigo’s Love of Reading program (which has already raised over $10 million dollars for Canadian schools in need). The more books sold, the more money will go to help put books in schools for kids to read. To celebrate, select Indigo and Chapters stores will have special May the 4th Star Wars themed celebrations, so please go to your local Indigo or Chapters and help support the Love of Reading program and have some Star Wars fun today!!

If you need some help picking out a great DK Canada Star Wars title, you might want to check out the Star Wars The Complete Visual Dictionary!

 This fab book features all of the characters from the entire Star Wars saga – so all six movies are included. Over 250 pages of amazing diagrams, costume details, creatures, and equipment and weapons are all in there. The book is full of gorgeous photos and cool facts that have kept my son amused for hours. This book is a great addition to his Star Wars book collection – it retails for $45 but right now, there is a great 30% off sale on the DK Canada site on all the Star Wars titles!
Also, DK Canada is having their May the 4th Be With You Photo Contest again this year!! Take a photo of you, your kids or friends enjoying a Star Wars book, enter the contest and you could win big! The winner will win a DK Canada Star Wars Collection worth over $200 and a full set of Star Wars DK Readers will be donated to a Canadian school or library of your choice!

Seriously, it’s A GREAT CONTEST!

Don’t forget to enter!!

“Do or do not. There is no try.”  Yoda is way smart. Listen to him, enter and go out and support a great cause like the Love of Reading program!

Have a great day!

May the Fourth Be With You!

4th May 2011


Star Wars is HUGE at our house – HUGE! Nothing has thrilled my husband more than being able to watch the entire Star Wars series with our seven year old. We’re big fans of dressing up and posing for some fun pics too, and the kids and their dad are constantly reenacting scenes from the movies. Even the four year old can name most of the characters – we’re very proud.







So of course I said yes when DK Canada asked me to be a part of their May the Fourth Be With You event. Each of the bloggers involved in this event are reviewing a different Star Wars title – my choice was Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections – The Spacecraft and Vehicles of the ENTIRE Star Wars saga. As my seven year old said, after staring at it for a really long time, “This is a really cool book!”  He’s absolutely right. Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections includes every major vehicle (more than 50) from all six Star Wars movies. Each of the illustrations are full colour, huge and incredibly detailed. I wasn’t surprised to read that in creating this book, DK was “given access to exclusive photos and blueprints, original scale models, and preproduction sketches from the Lucasfilm Archives at Skywalker Ranch.”








Written by David West Reynolds and Curtis Saxton, and illustrated by Hans Jenssen and Richard Chasemore, Star Wars Complete Cross-Sections is a perfect and unique book for any Star Wars fan. “Every picture is awesome” and “one of my favorites, Mommy!”  It is an absolute winner! It retails for $40.00 Cdn ($35 U.S.).


DK Canada is launching a really fun contest today – Canadians are invited to send in photographs of themselves, their friends and/or family reading Star Wars books! For every photo that is submitted, DK Publishing will donate a “toonie” to Frontier College. One of the photos will be selected as a winning image, with the entrant receiving a complete DK Star Wars library (valued at $400). Also, a donation of a complete DK Readers Star Wars collection (29 books) will be made to the Canadian school or library of the winners choice!

This contest will run from May 4th to May 31st! Please go here to enter this fantastic contest!

DK Books Canada – Review and Giveaway

3rd September 2010

Recently, I had the pleasure of working with Chris from DK Books Canada when I contacted the company for a possible swag sponsorship for my Blogher event DINHER. They were very generous with our Dinher event, and they also sent me a few of their books to review as well.

First off, is The Illustrated Kitchen Bible1,000 family recipes from around the world. I was pretty thrilled to get the chance to check this one out because I am slightly addicted to cookbooks. I have hundreds and this one is a lovely addition to my collection. It gives all the necessary details needed to succeed at the recipe, including:

  • What should the finished dish look like?
  • Can I prepare it ahead of time?
  • How long will it take to make?
  • Is the recipe healthy?
  • Do I need special cooking equipment?
  • What should I serve it with?

Every recipe has a beautiful photograph and is clearly written in approximately six steps. There are several sections in the book including: Starters and Light Bites, Main and Side Dishes, Cakes and Desserts and Techniques. It really is a beautiful cookbook that I really enjoy reading, and I think it would be a valuable addition to anyone’s cookbook collection.

Next, they sent me two books for the kids and they were both a big his with my six year old.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Character Encyclopedia

My son squealed when he saw this book, because he is a huge Star Wars fan. The book, by New York Times best-selling author Jason Fry, lists more than 200 Star Wars characters, dedicating a page to each. You’ll learn “new things about who they are, where they come from, and how they are affected by the events of the Clone Wars“. You get a full color photo of the character, their Stats and tons of trivia to boot. Everyone from Yoda to Count Dooku to Sionver Boll can be found mentioned, and the book includes everyone from Season 1 and 2 of The Clone Wars TV series. This is a fantastic book that any Star Wars fan would love and enjoy.

Children’s Book of Art

This book introduces a younger reader to some of the world’s noted paintings and sculptures. It is a beautiful book filled with bright, colourful pictures and packed with facts, from pre-history all the way to the 20th Century. This book will teach the reader “different art styles, the works and lives of famous artists and sculptors, the way some artworks were created and the amazing range of art around the world.” My favorite pages were those that teach you different art techniques used, such as watercolors, pastels and oil paints. There is an amazing amount of information in this 140 page book, and it is geared toward the 7 – 12 year old reader. For the child who shows an interest in art and/or sculpture, this would be a lovely gift to encourage and support that interest!


Thanks to DK Books Canada, I have (1) copy of The Illustrated Kitchen Bible to give away to a lucky winner! This will be a simple and quick giveaway!


For your Main Entry:  Leave me a comment below with the name of what your favorite cookbook is!  Yup, that’s it!

(Bonus Entry): If you would like another entry, join my Google Friend Connect and let me know that did (or already do) in a separate comment below.


  • This giveaway will run from Friday, September 3rd 2010 until Friday, September 10th, 2010.
  • The winner will be announced Saturday, September 11th, 2010.
  • I will choose one winner using random.org (please make sure I can contact you through either your email or Twitter handle).
  • This giveaway is open to CANADIAN RESIDENTS only.


Congrats to #37 – Momma Sunshine (@Momma_Sunshine)!!! Thanks to everyone who entered!

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