Feb 4 2013
Hello, Kveller readers and would-be readers! Fresh off of our book club chat about Katie Roiphe’s In Praise of Messy Lives comes our announcement for next month’s book club pick: we’ll be delving back into literary fiction and reading The World Without You, by novelist Joshua Henkin.
Yes, yes, we know what you’re thinking: the only rule of the Kveller Book Club was that we only read books by Jewish women, and as you may have guessed, Joshua Henkin is not, in fact, a woman. But, The World Without You is heavily female focused–starring three sisters, a widow, a mother, and a grandmother. And, well, what are rules if not meant to be broken?
Set over Fourth of July weekend in 2005, the novel witnesses a family gathering in the Berkshires to remember Leo, a son and brother who was killed one year before in Iraq. Read the rest of this entry →
Jan 29 2013
Tummy time has proven to be a great technique to help babies develop muscles and achieve gross motor skills. The only problem? Most babies just don’t like it. Robin Tacchetti, a Jewish mother of three and a physical therapist, has invented a great item called The Biddy Belly to help encourage more happy tummy time.
The Biddy Belly not only helps take away the frustration of tummy time, but it is also cute and fun to play with. This tummy time mat is shaped like a giraffe and has many features for the baby to interact with including a “crinkle material” nose, a squeak and horn ears, and toys hanging off the side of the giraffes neck. Read the rest of this entry →
Jan 22 2013
Working on raising brilliant bilingual kids? Luckily, the power to learn new languages these days is right at your fingertips. Gus on the Go is a language learning app for kids that features a cute little owl and a whole lot of fun adventures and games.
Gus on the Go features a special Hebrew edition that introduces basic Hebrew nouns to young children through fun pictures, interactive games, and audio from native Hebrew speakers. Gus on the Go: Hebrew is currently available for the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, and we’ve got five free promo codes to give away to five lucky readers. Read the rest of this entry →
Dec 19 2012
Remember all those times we’ve talked about how great it is to raise bilingual children but how actually teaching them another language is, well, kind of hard? Well, we’re happy to report that if you’ve been wanting to teach your young ones some Hebrew basics, there’s an app for that.
The AlephBet App provides young children and their parents the ability to learn the Aleph Bet in an interactive and engaging way. Designed for young children, The AlephBet App is the first app to be recommended by the Jewish Montessori Society and offers parents and kids the opportunity for on demand learning. Featuring nearly 50 custom hand drawn illustrations, and the original song “Rakevet Alef Bet” by Dafna, The AlephBet App offers a sensory rich multimedia experience guaranteed to tempt even the most reluctant readers.
The app usually goes for $1.99 in the Apple Store, but for today only, it will be completely FREE for Kveller readers.
To get the app for your iPhone, click here. And to get it for your iPad, click here.
It’s as simple as that! Remember, this offer is valid for TODAY ONLY (Dec. 19, 2012). For more information, visit the AlephBet website here. Happy learning!
Dec 18 2012
Hanukkah is over, but that doesn’t mean the gifts need to stop coming your way. We’re excited to bring you another giveaway, and this one’s perfect for anyone doing some traveling in the future.
Ronen Chen is one of Israel’s most internationally recognized designers, and he just launched an e-commerce site in the US with his Autumn/Winter 2012 collection. Ronen Chen is known for architecturally inspired clothing with strategic draping that falls flatteringly on female silhouettes of all ages.
After you peruse his beauitful designs, be sure to enter our giveaway to win one of these super cute Ronen Chen passport holders. We’ve got eight holders to giveaway to eight random winners, so enter here today and you could be flying in style by next week. The giveaway will run until this Friday, December 21st.
For more updates about Ronen Chen in the US, be sure to visit their Facebook page. Good luck all, and happy traveling!
Dec 4 2012
Chapped lips getting you down this winter? Have no fear–we’ve got a product that will heal those lips, all in the name of Hanukkah. Not Soap Radio makes a great line of bath and beauty products, and for this holiday season, they’ve devoted a number of products to Hanukkah fun.
We’re giving away a gift set of their “8 Days of Luscious Lips” lip spa set, which has eight yummy sounding lip balms and treats including brown sugar exfoliating lip scrub, day/night lip conditioner, two breath mint lip balms, mango butter lip balm, hazlenut cocoa butter lip balm, super shiny clear gloss and a matte gloss. Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 30 2012
The gifts keep coming, and it’s not even Hanukkah yet! We’re excited to announce another giveaway, this time for some super fun Hanukkah-centric goodies for your kids.
Emily Sper is a children’s book author who has created a number of great Hanukkah books and activities for kids. Her book Hanukkah: A Counting Book has been a featured PJ Library book, and we’ve got two great supplements to give away: The Hanukkah Coloring & Activity Book and the Hanukkah Card Games Set.
To win this pair of Hanukkah fun, please sign up for our newsletter by clicking here, and then let us know once you have in the comments below. We’ll choose a winner next Wednesday, December 5th, so be sure to keep an eye on your comment that day, as we’ll reply to the winner.
To see more of Emily Sper’s work, check out her website here.
To receive books like Emily’s in the mail for free every month, sign up for PJ Library. Families in the New York metro area can do so here, and anyone else can find their local community here.
Nov 27 2012
The holiday season is upon us, and we are definitely in a giving mood. That’s why we have yet another giveaway for our lovely readers. This time it’s all about the jewelry.
Bitz of Glitz is an online jewelry boutique founded by Chaya Forchheimer, a Jewish woman with a passion for fashion forward accessories for women, girls and babies.
Bitz of Glitz is kindly giving away a $50 gift card to two lucky winners, who will be able to pick out the perfect piece of jewelry for them (or their kids!). To get an idea of what you can win, check out this adorable charm bracelet for girls (pictured above), double heart earrings, stackable bangles, and this beautiful hamsa necklace (pictured right).
To enter the giveway, please follow these steps:
1. LIKE Bitz of Glitz on Facebook.
2. SIGN UP for Kveller’s newsletter.
Once you’ve completed both steps, leave us a note in the comments below. We’ll choose two winners next Monday, December 3rd. And even if you don’t win, Kveller readers can get free shipping and 10% off all purchases from Bitz of Glitz by using the code “KVELLER10″ at check out. Happy shopping!
Nov 26 2012
Sometimes you just want to make yourself look pretty. And your kids may very well have similar instincts. A manicure is one of our favorite ways to treat ourselves, and the little ones like to get in on it, too. Midrash Manicures combines Jewish education and creative nail art to make Torah more meaningful to you and your family. And all while making yourself look fabulous! Read the rest of this entry →
Nov 21 2012
We know, we know, Thanksgiving hasn’t even happened yet and we’re already talking Hanukkah. But the holiday falls early this year (first night=December 8th), and we’re here to get you into the Hanukkah mood. What better way than with a little Hanukkah music?
Songwriter/comedian/nice Jewish girl Lauren Mayer tackles the challenges of the season–including what it’s like to be Jewish in a secular Christmas season–through musical humor with her CD Latkes, Schmatkes! Songs range from “Don’t They Know (Not Everyone Does Christmas)” and “A Good Old Down Home Country Chanukah” to “The Jew-In-A-Gentile-World Blues.” You can buy the album on Amazon, iTunes, Picklehead Music, and CDBaby.
If you’d like to rock out with Lauren and your kids, we’re giving away a copy to one lucky winner. To enter, sign up for our newsletter by clicking here. Once you’ve done that, let us know by entering a comment below. If you’re already signed up for our newsletter, just skip to the commenting part. We will choose a winner next Monday, November 26th, so enter today. Good luck!