Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals - Book Review & Giveaway


Celebrating

Stanley and Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge are celebrating the release of their second book, The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals, by hosting their very own "Book Blasty Tour". Thank you for taking the time to visit this special stop along their tour and be sure to enter the giveaway!

About the Book


Title: The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals
Authors: Stanley & Katrina, Pet Authors
Year published: 2014
Number of pages: 106
Recommended ages: 10+ Independent Readers; 5+ Read-Aloud
Summary (Amazon): Cat and dog. It is a love/hate relationship. Stanley and Katrina are back to share more humorous glimpses into their exciting lives in their second book via short stories. Yes, the pets are at it again but this time compete in a slam poetry contest, visit a pet psychic, and much more.This cat and dog writing team makes you stop and wonder what happens at your house when you're not there.



Book Preview Video





My Review

I really enjoyed the fun witty bickering way in their 1st book The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets, you can read my review here.  It is an honour to be able to read Stanley & Katrina's 2nd book The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals prior to the book’s release date and to do a review about the book too.

Taken off from where we left off in the 1st book where Stanley & Katrina managed to destroyed a pet show, their owners are already planing for them; the Agility Course.  We can see from a cat & a dog's perspective about the course and cats really do not like nor need to go for agility course.  Ok, firstly I didn't know that there is an agility course for cats, do they even listen and follow the instructions to run through the obstacles?  

Anyway, in this story the pets set out for some new adventures when their owners moved to a new neighborhood.  With the new things around them you can see clearly the different ways a cat and a dog deals with the same situation.  New routines does not sits well with Katrina and she has called for a protest with a full 10mins of speech in front of the owner, which of course did not end well since the owners probably thought she was having a weird day and ignore her after that.  And yes, dogs DO get away with things they do much easily than cats.  Don't get what I mean?  Well, you just have to read the book to find out.

I liked that the Narrator even take part in the story this time, makes her looks more real in character especially with her mindless ranting.  In this 2nd book, we see more of the pets revealing their true nature; cat's fascination with the toilet paper, dog's obsession with chasing the squirrel, guinea pig's dream of hmmm... eating non stop maybe? *chuckles*  Kids will love to read about them and perhaps will hug their pet dog & cat harder the next time, look them in their eyes and say "I KNOW what you are thinking!"

This book would be suitable for 8 years old and as it recommends, a great read a loud book to younger kids.  Love the printables and especially the Cootie Catchers which I am sure I am going to have great fun playing it with my boy.

The Buzz

"All the animal snippets are very funny. If you like animals and a good laugh, this is the book for you." ~Carly K., Age 10

"Hilarious! Instantly became my favorite book!" ~Stephen E., Age 12

"You did it again! I loved reading about your crazy adventures!" ~Rachael S., Age 13

"Another one? How do they do this?" ~Stanley & Katrina's owners

About the Authors: Stanley & Katrina


Stanley and Katrina are the pet authors of The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals.

Stanley is a three-year-old black Labrador/Rottweiler mix who does his best to ignore Katrina. Stanley enjoys snow, attention and turkey.

Katrina von Cat the Master of Wisdom and Knowledge is an eight-year-old grey tabby cat who loves her toy mouse.She enjoys treats, naps and bossing the dog around.

Neighbor Girl (Felicia) is the human who knows us (Stanley& Katrina) the best and helps us with everything. She loves writing, reading, acting, singing, reading gymnastics, doodling, reading, ice skating, painting, reading, doing computer stuff, oh... did we mention reading? She is the co-creator and co-host of "The Write Chat."

You may visit the entire gang online at www.StanleyAndKatrina.com.


Great News to Share!

Felicia's new release (The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals) received a 5 Star Rating from Readers' Favorite. Here is the post where we talk about it.

The biggest news is that as of Wednesday, Felicia is now an Award-Winning Author. She won the Silver Award from the 2014 Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in the "Best Book by Youth Author (Under 18) for her first book (she was 9 when she wrote it), The Perpetual Papers of the Pack of Pets. She was THRILLED that it had Stanley & Katrina and not her own name listed - she's a riot that way. We do plan to add her officially to the author page on Amazon within the next six months. In the meantime, you'll only find her name on the Copyright page - she is sneaky that way. Below is the pic we created for the award and here is the link to the award announcement.



* Free Printables For This Book! *

Kid Lit Printables has created fun and FREE printables for The Observations of the Obstreperous Animals and will be adding more in the future. Click here to view all available printables now.


Get the First Book in the Series Free
10/6 & 10/7/2014

The pets are offering their first book for free, via Amazon Kindle, the first two days of the Blog Tour. Click here to download Book 1 in the Stanley & Katrina series now.

* $25 Book Blasty Tour Giveaway *

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner's choice)
Contest runs:October 6 to October 31, 11:59 pm, 2014
Open: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget above or by clicking here.
Terms and Conditions: A randomly drawn winner will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Pinterest or any other entity unless otherwise specified. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email at stanleyandkatrina (at) gmail (dot) com.
* This giveaway is sponsored by the authors, Stanley & Katrina.*

Monday, October 13, 2014

Parenting from the Heart Seminar by Danone Dumex

Since the day DinoBoy enters our life, I am always reading up on books about raising him right, to make sure that I am doing every thing the correct way so that he eats well, sleeps well, grow up strong & healthy.  No doubt it's a lot of reading but I benefited a lot from these books which made me adopted a balanced parenting style where I was mindful about DinoBoy's emotional and physical development.

Recently we chanced upon a seminar; Parenting from the Heart which we think would provide these useful information for parents, especially the new parents who are clueless or unsure where to start with this parenting thing.  How I wish I have attended such seminars during my time, it will definitely helped me in raising the boy and have some of my queries answered easily than taking time, sometimes days to search the books or web for the answers.

Parenting from the Heart is an initiative under Danone Dumex's Happy, Healthy, Gracious Singapore movement through which the company provides support to parents in raising a Happy, Healthy, Gracious next generation in the form of a parent education series with doctors and experts from Thomson Medical Centre and other established organisations sharing relevant information

About the Dumex Happy, Healthy, Gracious Singapore Movement
Like many mums, we would love for Singapore to be a home where our children can develop at their own pace, with good values from the heart.

We at Dumex are proud to leverage on our global expertise and experience to stand by Singapore families to nurture a happy, healthy and gracious next generation.

Home is where our heart is. So, in celebration of this year’s National Day, we started the Dumex Happy, Healthy, Gracious Singapore Movement 2014 to rally parents together to help build an even more wonderful home for our next generation.
Please visit www.dumex.com.sg/hhg for more information.

Good things SHOULD BE SHARED~ that is why the DinoFamily have 3 pairs of tickets to the seminar for you to win!  Read the following pamplets and see if the topics appeals to you, note the date & time of the seminar and then follow the giveaway rules at the end of this post.  Good Luck to you!



Participants at the event will receive a goody bag worth $180 and stand a chance to win lucky draw prizes up to $900!

The event details are below:
Venue: NTUC Centre Level 7, 1 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018989
Time: (Choose one session)
9.00am - 1.00pm (For Parents with Toddlers from 1 year old)
2.30pm - 6.30pm (For Parents with Babies after 6 months)
Ticket Price
SGD15/pax for public 
SGD10/pax for Dumex Club members. OCBC Plus! Visa cardholder, TMC FBI/SBI

Giveaway Details
Prize : 3 pairs of tickets for the seminars to be won
Contest Ends : 19 October 2014 @ 2359hrs
Open : Singapore Only
How to Enter :
1. Leave a comment at the end of the blog post with your email address.
2. Complete the sentence, “I want my kids to grow up happy, healthy and gracious because……” at the end of the blog post.
3. State your preferred seminar choice with "For Parents with Toddlers from 1 year old" or "For Parents with Babies after 6 months".
4. Share this blog post in your facebook and tag us @dinomama.
Terms and Conditions : To avoid being disqualified without prior notice for the giveaway, please read carefully the following and fulfill ALL the requirements stated;
- The 3 winners will be picked based on the most heart-felt and interesting response.
- Winners will have 3 days to respond by replying to the DinoFamily's Winners Notification email , failing to do so will deem you disqualified and a new winner will be picked.
- Winners will be contacted by Danone Dumex directly via email for collection of prize. The DinoFamily's responsibility will end once we pass the winners' details to Danone Dumex.
- Only one winner per household.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Foodie Fridays - Homemade Crispy Bacon Bits

2 weeks ago I posted our Mac & Cheese where I shared that I added pan fried cod fish and bacon bits.  Today I am sharing with you how I made my crispy bacon bits.

While walking around the supermarket trying to think of ingredients to add to our mac & cheese, I chanced upon this fresh bacon bits.  I don't really like bacon bits on my food when dining out because I find that they are too hard and salty.  This is the first time I am seeing this fresh bacon bits as I rarely wonder into the cheese section in that particular supermarket,  Without thinking much I dropped a packet into my shopping basket.  Well, what I do not like usually does not mean that the rest of the family are deprived of them right?   

"Tender & Juicy" it says on the packet and Tender & Juicy these bacon bits are after frying them.


It is very easy to prepare bacon bits.  First, heat up your frying pan and add cooking oil.  Once the oil is hot enough, add in the fresh bacon bit to fry.  Stir them frequently to prevent the bacon from getting burnt.  Word of caution - the oil will splatter so be prepared for it.


Continue to fry the bacon bits till they obtained that golden brown color.  There are going to be a lot of bubbles but that's caused by the grease from the bacon bits, nothing to be alarm of. 


I am using my traditional cast iron wok so the temperature is higher than frying pan, my bacon bits were ready after 5mins, you may have to fry them longer in your frying pan.  Dish the fried bacon bits out on some kitchen towel to get rid of some extra grease.

Here's my tasty and crispy bacon bits, cooked to my liking, not too hard or salty.  I only cooked the amount I required that day, the rest of the fresh bacon bits are sitting in my freezer.  I read on the net that you could fry the whole lot and freeze the fried bacon bits in ziplock bag.


Of course, its's ok if you do not want to buy a packet of bacon bits, just buy some fresh bacon, dice them up (not too small pieces) and fry them.

Besides adding these crispy bacon bits to your pasta, you can add them to your salad, baked potato, omelette etc.  Which ever way you choose, remember to have fun making these and enjoying them after that!

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Friday, October 3, 2014

Foodie Fridays - Soft & Fluffy Pancakes

For months we have been going to Mcdonalds for breakfast before we head off to art class, every time I will order their breakfast deluxe that cost about SGD8+ and share it with DinoBoy.  While DinoBoy takes the 2 pancakes and the harsh brown, I will have the English muffins and the patty, we will share scrambled eggs and the milo.  If you split the price into half its about SGD4+ per person, slightly higher than a meal in the neighbourhood coffeeshop.  However, its such a heavy breakfast that usually we will skip lunch that is about 4hours away, which means more "saving" for us.

Great deal for us right?  Except that there are 2 things that I dislike; 1. waking up early so that we will have ample time to have our breakfast AND make it to class on time, 2. I'm actually sick of eating that tough English muffins and the salty patty.  Good enough reasons for me to try to make breakfast on Saturdays isn't it?

I found this Good Old Fashioned Pancakes in allrecipes.com and set out to make the pancakes last weekend.  It's easy to make, its soft, its fluffy and we love it, even me, who is not a pancake fan.  This photo really does not do justice to the recipe, you seriously have to make the pancakes and taste them on your own. 


The recipe states that it will make 8 pancakes, I am not sure the size of the pancakes but I decided to reduced the ingredients so that I can make lesser pancakes; I used 1 cup each of plain flour & milk, 3 teaspoon of baking powder and the rest of the ingredients based on my feeling at that moment.  Then I used the ice cream scoop to spoon the batter onto the pan and I  made 10 palm sized pancakes which are the right size for DinoBoy though he said they were "kinda thin as compared to McDonald's but taste much better than that.".  Enough said!  This recipe is definitely to keep and I can foresee that I will be using it very often.

Soft & Fluffy Pancakes

by DinoMama (Adapted from allrecipes.com
Prep Time: 10-15mins
Cook Time: 15-20mins

Ingredients (8 pieces)
* 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
* 3 ½ teaspoons baking powder
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 tablespoon white sugar
* 1 ¼ cups milk
* 1 egg
* 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Instructions
1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.
2. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
3. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.
4. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. (I used an ice cream scoop)
5. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Children’s Day Weekend Extravaganza @ City Square Mall

Its a long weekend with Children's Day tomorrow and Hari Raya Haji holiday next Monday.  The kids will have the last bit of fun before they jump into the serious work of tackling their year end exams.  We are definitely not going to miss out any chance of having fun and this weekend is packed full of activities.  One of the places we will be going is City Square Mall, here's the reasons why.

Photo Credits : City Square Mall


October the 3rd is Children's Day in Singapore and I guess City Square Mall decides to give the kids a treat for the month of October! They have prepared a variety of exciting live performances, exhibitions, competitions and fairs put together over the Children’s Day weekend as well as enjoy exclusive privileges and discounts available from 3 October to 2 November 2014.  It sure Pays to be Small!

There are 2 shows happening this weekend and we are definitely not going to miss them.

Show #1
Put aside the "I know how he do that" thinking and enjoy not one but TWO magic shows by two great magicians, Tricky Patrick and Uncle Jimbo.  Laugh along with Tricky Patrick as he selects volunteers from the crowd to join him in his tricks. Witness how he turns shredded paper into a hat, Superman's brief or make a bottle vanish into thin air!  

This will be followed by a special performance by the students of LEAP SchoolHouse, Genius R Us, Perfect Pitch and UBO Bilingual School. Uncle Jimbo would then continue the fun with his special magic and puppet show to keep the fun going.

Oooo~~ I'm excited just thinking about the magic shows, its been a long time since I watch one, I am sure it will be filled with laughter and surprises.

Magic shows with Tricky Patrick, Uncle Jimbo and our very own young performers
Show Date: Friday - Sunday (3-5 October)
Show Time: 3-5pm
Venue: Level 1 Atrium, City Square Mall

Photo Credits : City Square Mall
Show #2
I remember Mat Yoyo, or rather the earlier generation, from my younger days.  At that time it was aired in Malay, it hosted by veteran actor-comedian Mat Sentul and the male cat character Yoyo.  In 2012 the show was revived in 2012 as Mat Yoyo — The New Generation, running in English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil.

Come enjoy a special 20-minute live show featuring Yoyo and Yaya through an interactive song and dance performance which also include mini games with the audience. There are 40 exclusive Meet & Greet passes available after each show so be sure to have your picture taken with Yoyo and Yaya!

Mat Yoyo 'Live' on Stage
Show Date: Friday - Sunday (3-5 October)
Show Time: 5pm
Venue: Level 1 Atrium, City Square Mall

What's more!  During the weekend 03 to 05 October 2014 from 3pm onwards, City Square Mall will be giving out 100 goodie bags including a non-woven bag, a pair of chopsticks and an umbrella to serve as your ultimate outdoor companion.

For more details on the activities and promotions at City Square Mall’s celebration of Children’s Day, please visit www.citysquaremall.com.sg or check out City Square Mall’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/citysquaremall.

Disclaimer : This is not a sponsored post nor we are affiliated with the management of City Square Mall. We simply love the eco-friendly City Square Mall and its family focused activities.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Octoburst! 2014, you should not miss it this year!

Octoburst! is back! Are you as excited as The DinoFamily?

In celebration of Children’s Day and childhood, Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay presents the 11th edition of Octoburst!. The annual festival is Esplanade’s festival of arts and culture for children aged two to 12. This year’s edition takes place from 3 to 6 October 2014.

There are so many events, activities & perforamnces going on this Octoburst! Check out the full list of exciting programmes here. With so many things to see & participate in short short time, we share with you some of the events that we feel that you should not miss out during this year's Octoburst!.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Foodie Fridays - Mac & Cheese, with a Twist

I had a sudden cravings for Mac & Cheese yesterday afternoon and I made a decision then to cook this as dinner. Went off to the supermarket during my lunch break to gather all the necessary ingredients.

As usual I got the elbowed macaroni and when I told DinoBoy I am making macaroni later he requested to have it with "spiral pasta please Mama."  So I have to chuck my newly bought macaroni into my cupboard and bring out the fusilli instead. Now, usually Mac & Cheese has got nothing inside, only well, macaroni and cheese! I'll be happy to have it just this way but since the boy is eating, he MUST have a balanced meal so I added in fresh bacon bits which I fried it myself.  DinoPapa decided to thaw the cod loins and added that in.

Guess what? It only take about 45mins to prepare this hearty meal!  And it gets 2 thumbs up from DinoPapa and DinoBoy.  



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