Monday, March 1, 2010

First Time Books - Review + Giveaway (2 Winners!)

(CONTEST CLOSED)
My daughter's name is very common.  "Emma" was the most popular name in 2008, and continues to be a national favorite.  It wasn't the first choice for neither me nor my husband, but it was a name we could agree on and it also happens to be a family name.  My sister-in-law and her husband chose a very different name for their daughter, Brynn.

One thing I think about when people choose less-than-common names for their children is the fact that it will be hard to find ready-made personalized products in the store with their child's name on them.

There are lots of online companies that offer custom name personalization, which is really great for kids, no matter how common or unsual their names.  But the personalization done by First Time Books is even more special.  This company will take not only your child's name, but also their characteristics and incorporate them into a lovely book.

Brynn's very first birthday is coming up, and my sister-in-law is having a book party for her.  I chose the ABC book for her so that she can start practicing her alphabet.  It's a soft-cover book that pictures a cartoon version of my neice, taking her through the alphabet.  I know that she and her mom will love reading this together and that it will spark her imagination and creativity seeing herself as the star in her own book.

BUY IT!  First Time Books cost $25.00, or you can download and print a .pdf file for $7.00.

WIN IT!  Not one but two lucky readers will receive the book of their choice valued at $25.00!

To Enter: Visit First Time Books and tell me which book you'd like and who it will be for. 

EXTRA ENTRIES (available after mandatory entry above is completed):
+ 1 Entry if you follow this blog publicly via google friend connect.
+ 1 Entry if you follow this blog in your reader.
+ 1 Entry if you subscribe by email and verify. Leave email address.
+ 1 Entry per day if you follow The Penny-Pinching Mama on twitter and tweet the following:

First Time Books has books w/ child's name + characteristics! http://tinyurl.com/yzklffj (WORLDWIDE GIVEAWAY) ~2 WINNERS~ @pennypinchingma

+ 1 Entry if you follow First Time Books on twitter.
+ 1 Entry if you follow the First Time Books blog publicly through friend connect. 
+ 1 Entry if you become a fan of First Time Books on Facebook, leave full name.
+ 1 Entry if you become a fan of The Penny-Pinching Mama on Facebook, leave full name in comment.
+ 2 Entries if you add The Penny-Pinching Mama button to your blog, leave blog link.
+ 1 Entry for each current giveaway you enter on this blog.
+ 5 Entries if you blog about this giveaway (and only this giveaway) in 50 words or more, including a link back to this post.


No compensation was received for this review post. The sponsor sent me a product sample to facilitate my candid review. Contest is open world-wide and closes at Midnight EST on March 16th. The winner will be chosen using Random.org. Please leave your email address either in your comment or make sure it is listed on your profile page so that I have a way to contact you. See the giveaway rules before entering. GOOD LUCK!

341 comments:

  1. I'd choose the I Spy book for my son. He'd love that!

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  2. I'd choose the I spy book for my daughter. Definitely one of her favorite games!
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  5. Facebook fan of Penny-Pinching Mama Paula Mitchell-Bentley
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  6. I would choose the potty book for Collin he is 13 m onths and it wont be long and we will be potty training.
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  7. I would choose the Birthday Book. By the way I am following you on Twiiter/FB and doing the same for First Time Books.

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  8. Following on twitter, and posted the tweet :) so give me another entry please mam.
    Potty book.
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  9. I would choose the ABC book for our son Phineas.

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  10. I follow First Time on Twitter.

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  11. I Penny-Pinching Ma on twitter and RT'ed (sincerenicole)

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  12. Subscribe by email - xannawintour1@gmail.com

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  13. Id choose the I spy book. We're constantly playing I spy over here ;D

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  14. I would choose the I Spy book for my son Brendan. He loves that kind of book!

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  15. would love the ABC or Birthday book for my son's 1st bday coming up!

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  19. My daughter will be 4 on March 8th. The personalized Birthday book would make a great birthday gift for her.

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  20. I like the "My Personalized Potty Book" for my 4 yr old son who I can't (for the life of me) get totally potty trained!!!!
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  21. I follow via google friend connect.
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  22. I follow in reader.
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  24. Ifollow The Penny-Pinching Mama on twitter and tweeted:
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  25. I follow First Time Books on twitter.
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  27. I became a fan of First Time Books on Facebook. Merrie Lockwood
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  28. a fan of The Penny-Pinching Mama on Facebook. Merrie Lockwood
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  29. I entered your Shushybye giveaway.
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  32. I'd love to get the personalized potty book for my lil man. We are currently introducing him to potty training. Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  35. I'd get the I spy book for oliver jacksond@nhr3.net

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  36. now following 1st time books blog-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  37. Fb fan of yours Jennifer Cochrane-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  38. I think I would go with the Christmas book, but maybe the potty book - can't decide!
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  39. wentered Rainbow brite- Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  40. I follow on Google friend connect
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  41. entered Discovery toys- Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  48. Entered Xtrema-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  49. entered Shushybye-Jenprincess88 at aol dot com

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  53. would choose a personalized birthday book
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  59. I would pick the Personalized ABC book for our little gal, Gabs
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  70. I remember my first book, I think it was about elves and shoes. I really love it. I still have it at home and I read it once in a blue moon even though I know it by heart.

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  71. I would get
    My Personalized I Spy Book and pay the rest and it would be for my 4 yr old who LOVES I spy.
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  76. I'd choose the I Spy book for my daughter.

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  77. entered the discovery toys giveaway.

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  82. I would choose the I Spy book for my daughter. We 'read' books like this every night, so I know she'd love it!

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  84. entered the red light green light book giveaway.

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  85. I'd like the birthday book for my daughter, Nadia

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  86. I've entered the Discovery Toys giveaway

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  87. I've enetered the DownEast Basics giveaway

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  88. I've enetered the Xtrema giveaway

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  89. I've entered the Misikko giveaway

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  91. I would get the My Personalized ABC Book for my niece

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  94. the spy book for my grandson mvenro@roadrunner.com

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  95. I would choose a My Personalized I Spy Book for my son.

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  98. I would choose the ABC book for my baby girl born in October

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  99. I follow via google friend connect

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  100. subscribe via e-mail!

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  101. following on twitter and tweeted

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  103. I would choose the Potty book for my daughter because we are getting ready to start the potty training process with her.

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  104. I am a fan of First Time Books on Facebook.

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  105. I am a fan of The Penny Pinching Mama on Facebook.

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  106. I also entered your Xtrema giveaway.

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  108. I'd love to have the ABC book for my son.

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  113. I follow First Time Books on Twitter.

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  115. I'm a Facebook fan of First Time Books. (Jodi Jordan)

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  116. I would choose the personalized potty book for my daughter

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  119. I follow on twitter and tweeted http://twitter.com/dropcqueen/status/9944638766

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  120. I follow First Time Books on twitter. (dropcqueen)

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  124. I would choose the Potty Book and give it to my daughter, Riley, who's potty training now!

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  128. I'm a FB fan of yours (Melissa Johnson Cleaver)

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  129. I'm an FB fan of FirstTimeBooks (Melissa Johnson Cleaver)

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  138. tweet http://twitter.com/shopannies/status/10007805982

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  139. i like the personalized abc book for my son
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  143. I would pick the birthday book for my kids they would love it.
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  145. I'd like the I Sp Book for my grandson, Mason

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  146. i would love the journal for boys. My son Carson who is nine would love that.

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  148. I would choose MY First Time Potty Book for my daughter who is potty training.

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  166. I would like to have the My Personalized ABC Book for my 16 moths old son.

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