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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Grab a prize pack perfect for a cozy day indoors!

I lived next door to my grandparents when I was a young girl, and their home was constantly filled with visiting family. It's no wonder that I spent a lot of time with my many cousins because of this, and we spent many wintery afternoons playing or drawing indoors. I remember that one of our favorite activities was coloring. My cousin Tina and my Granny taught me their special way of coloring - dark borders on the outside with a lighter inside - and I would color for hours if no one disturbed me. If someone had asked me what my favorite pastimes were, I certainly would have named coloring as one of them - I thought I would never stop!

Well, we all grow up unfortunately, and I did stop coloring as I grew older. Apparently, however, my fondness for it didn't completely go away. A few weeks ago my son asked me to color a few pages with him, and I was surprised at how quickly I fell back into my 'special' method, and how involved I got in my drawing. It's amazing how childhood pursuits stay so close to our hearts!

Le Chateau BidaineImagine my pleasure when I was asked to do a coloring book review just a few days after that! Sometimes the timing for things like this seems as if the universe is trying to remind us to slow down and remember who we used to be. I was more than happy to accept, and a friend of the artist behind the book's concept sent me a copy of Le Chateau Bidaine. Although this post has been sponsored (meaning I received money, goods, and/or services in exchange for my writing) please know that my thoughts and opinions are always 100% my own.

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Before we go further, let me outline the premise of this very special coloring book. Unlike the typical coloring books you might find, this one is detailed to the point that it could be a collector's item. The home (or chateau) in the book is actually an elaborate miniature house that was created to look like the real Chateau Bidaine in France. The miniature version was created by the artist I spoke of earlier, Suze Perry-Hinkle. 

Le Chateau BidaineSuze is famous for her minature art and love of all things French; and this book is meant as a token of recognition to her mentor in French art, Lillian Williams, who owns the home the book and miniature are based on.

Although I had investigated the book a bit before it arrived on my doorstep, I was still a bit taken aback as I leafed through the pages - nothing had prepared me for the detail that was involved in the drawings! I had originally intended to let my son color a page or two in the book and ask him how he liked it, but I couldn't bring myself to allow his childish-scribbles to sully what could only be called a work of art.

It should be noted that this book is recommended for children 8+, since this is really more for children who want to create something special and have a love of drawing or art.

Le Chateau BidaineI decided to call my sister-in-law and have her bring my 12-year-old niece over since she is in a good age range for this book, and she absolutely loves to draw and color pictures.

I wasn't disappointed when, as soon as she opened the book, she exclaimed at the pictures and took it over to show her mother. I happened to have a beautiful set of art markers on hand, and she happily spent an hour coloring at the kitchen table.

When she was done, she told me that she liked the book very much, but she had a bit of trouble getting the shading correct since some of the markers were so dark that they covered up a the lighter areas of the drawing. For this reason, I would suggest using lighter markers, or a nice set of colored pencils. Many of the illustrations have delicate features to them, and I recommend gifting this book to a child who likes to take his or her time with their artwork. As a bonus, the pictures have wording in French and English, so this would also make a fun workbook for a child who wants to learn another language.

I have been trying to pull away from the technological gifts that are becoming ever-more popular with children these days, and focus more on the types of gifts that I would have received as a child. Although video games are fun, it is becoming more and more obvious that too much time in front of the TV is a problem for many families. Why not toss in a traditional present such as this one now and again to even things out?

Do you think this would make a great present for someone you know? You can purchase the book on Amazon at this link! Find out more about Suze and her incredible career here, or connect with her on her Facebook page or her Etsy Shop!
Wintery Day Prize Pack

Wait, there's more! In remembrance of all the wonderful winter days I had with my much-loved Granny, I'm offering a giveaway to my readers! The winner will be able to cozy up with this prize pack featuring a copy of Le Chateau Bidaine and everything else you need to have a great time indoors! This would be perfect for a 'Mommy & Me' day, whether for yourself or as a gift to someone you know!


This giveaway will run from 11:59PM on 11/25/13 and will end on 12/18/13*. Giveaway is open to residents of the US only, 18+. Winner will receive a copy of Le Chateau Bidaine, one package Bear Creek Creamy Potato soup, one box of Starbucks Double Chocolate Hot Cocoa Mix, one container JetPuffed Mallow Bits, one package Betty Crocker Sugar Cookie Mix, one container Betty Crocker Rich & Creamy Rainbow Sprinkle Frosting, one 500 Piece Puzzle, one Zany Tales Word Game, one package of markers, and two extra-large red mugs - plus a few bonus coupons that we put in the box as an extra treat!

Good luck!

*Please know that due to some issues with GiveawayTools' website during our giveaway, we have extended the length of entry time by a day in order to make up for the day that our readers were unable to enter. Thank you for your understanding.

63 comments:

  1. How fun!! I'd expect to see this book at someplace like Barnes & Noble.

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    1. Ask your local B&N to order it, it's available through their wholesale distributor.

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  2. I would expect to see this at Books-A-Million and Barnes and Noble.

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    1. Any bookstore can order it, they just need to know that people want it! It's in their wholesale catalogue. Please ask them!

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  3. I would love to see this book sold at Black Bear Books.

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    1. We would love that too! Just ask them to order it, they can get it through their wholesale catalogue. Thank you!

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  4. i would expect to find it at books a million

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    1. Here is the listing on Booksamillion:
      http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Le-Chateau-Bidaine/Suze-Perry-Hinkle/9781482002256?id=5855128272354

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  5. This would make the perfect mommy and me day/evening with my girls!

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  6. Michelle Ness AranaNovember 26, 2013 at 2:50 PM

    I would love to see this being sold at Target & Walmart. I like that Amazon has it, though, because that's where I shop the most!

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  7. I would expect to see it in Booksamillion

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    1. Here is the listing on Booksamillion:
      http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Le-Chateau-Bidaine/Suze-Perry-Hinkle/9781482002256?id=5855128272354

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  8. I would expect to find it at Barnes and Noble or Books A Million.

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  9. I'd expect to see this at Barnes and Noble

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  10. I would probably see it at a barnes and noble or in a place like Learning Palace

    amandajoyrauch at yahoo.com

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  11. This is a beautiful book and I am so glad to see it is available to order online.

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  12. I would expect to see it at Barnes n Noble or even a more local bookstore around me called Joseph-Beth.

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  13. We have a nice Barnes and Noble here about 20 miles, it would be nice to see it there.

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  14. I would like to see this sold at Walmart. :)

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  15. I would love to see this book sold at Barnes and Noble or Target!

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  16. I love this and would love to give it as a gift!

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  17. I loved the story about living next door to Grandparents! I grew up living next door to my cousins, so they were my first "friends". We played every day! It was so nice having my family so close.

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  18. loved the story great gift package

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  19. Samantha G I would expect to find this in a book store but I think it would also be good in ToysRus or children's toy stores where they have the arts and craft section. Beautiful.

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  20. This would be great at Target but also on Amazon

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  21. I would expect to see this at an arts and crafts store like Michael's.

    --Joanna

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  22. We have a very nice Barnes and Noble, and I would expect to see this book there.

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  23. Barnes and Noble!

    alholm.co at gmail dot com

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  24. I would like to see this book at Books-A-Million or any other local book store. Thanks!

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  25. Thanks for this giveaway!

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  26. I would like to see it in all book stores and stores with a book department such as walmart and also art shops

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  27. I would like to see it at Target so it would be easy to find.

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  28. I would expect to see it in books a million.

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  29. We no longer have a book store in town, so Amazon is my only hope for books now.

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  30. I would expect to see this book at maybe The Canterbury bookstore or a Barnes and noble. Would love to win this! :)

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  31. I think it would be sold in Books A Million. That's the only bookstore around me now.

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  32. The Etsy app isn't working so I became a fan right from the page. The giveaway tools won't allow me to submit it though since it uses confirmation. Not sure if you can manually do it. Thanks. I like the page as Christy Maurer.

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    1. I have been hearing this a lot unfortunately! Last week GT was having issues with their provider and that caused a whole slew of issues which are still affecting giveaways that were in progress when the problems hit. Sorry about that :(

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  33. I would love to see it at Target or Costco, but expect to see it at Barnes and Noble.

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  34. It would be great to see this at Barnes and Noble.

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  35. I would expect to find this at Barnes and Noble.

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  36. There is no longer a chain book store in my area, and only one local used book store. (I know, the horror!) I hope to see it online at Barnes & Noble or Books-a-million.

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  37. I favorited the etsy shop, but the GT is having trouble authenticating it for me. :/

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    1. GT has been having a bit of trouble during the past week, so that could be the reason why. A lot of us have had to put tickets in. I will see if I can add it manually, thanks for letting me know!

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  38. This looks like something my granddaughter and I can share.

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  39. I am unable to make my etsy favorite go through. I favorited the store on etsy but rafflecopter won't give me the entries. No big deal, just wanted to share.

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    1. Yeah, sorry about that. GT had some issues last week and I think this is just a leftover side-effect of those technical difficulties :(

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  40. What a great prize! Thanks for the chance at a giveaway. I would expect to see this book at my local Books A Million Store.

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  41. We have no local book store anymore, so I will say Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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