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Summertime Book Ideas with DK Canada – Review and Giveaway ~ CAN 07/26

| June 25, 2015 | 51 Comments

It’s summertime, and my other half’s birthday is just around the corner. He is a hard person to choose a great gift for because he will go out and buy what he likes on the spur of the moment. One idea I had for choosing the perfect gift for him would be to look at his interests. I was happy when DK Canada asked me to review some books from their Gardening, Father’s Day and Superhero boutiques. Since he loves all three of these topics, I knew that my choices would put a smile on his face.

I chose three books that I knew my other half would love to have as a part of our family’s library. We received the following books:

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners
Bonsai
Batman: A Visual History

 

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I must admit, I kind of claimed Kitchen Gardening for Beginners for myself, as I have the “brown thumb” in our family, and I want to roll up my sleeves to grown some fruits and veggies to (sort of) get dirty in our backyard. My other half is our home’s resident gardener, and Kitchen Gardening for Beginners has so many tips and tricks on how to grow many types of fruits and vegetables in your yard. I like that this book is broken down so you can learn how to grow and care for fruits and veggies separately, so all of the information is not crammed together. The instructions are also easy to follow and some are even photographed so you can see what is being explained.

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I chose Bonsai because my guy has always wanted to have a bonsai tree, yet he is the type that likes to do a lot of research before he buys what he wants. I thought that this book would be perfect for him to have as a reference so he can choose the best tree to pick for this new labour of love, and to see how to care and troubleshoot when he needs it. I also did not know about all of the different kinds of trees you are able to use to create these masterpieces, and this book shows various different types of trees being fashioned into bonsai trees.

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The book my guy fell in love with was Batman: A Visual History. Since he is a huge Batman fan (well, we all are in our home), this book soon became a favourite to read after dinner with the family. It was so interesting to see how much Batman has evolved over the years, and how different artists have put their personal stamp on this popular Detective Comics (DC) character. We loved the prints that came as an added bonus to this book (they will be framed and put into his “office” soon). It was also fun to see so many of the DC comic book covers of this series, and to read some back stories into other DC Comics Batman and /or his entourage played a part in over the years! This book will be well loved by this family.

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Another feature that I love with all of the DK Canada Books is that each book is so beautiful to read. The information each book provides is fantastic, but I have also found myself lost sometimes when I open books form DK Canada because the stories being told with the photos and the pictures they select for each book is really breath-taking. It is part of the fun of reading each time I open a new book from DK Canada to see what adventure I will stumble into.

So if you are still scratching your head for some fabulous gift ideas to give to someone special this summer, then look no further than to the Gardening, Father’s Day and Superhero Boutiques from DK Canada! You will be surprised at the treasures you will find that they will enjoy reading.

For information about these books, boutiques or DK Canada, you can visit them on their website or you can connect with them on their Facebook and Twitter pages!

Disclaimer: I received books from DK Canada in order to write this review. The views expressed are my own.

 

Giveaway Time!

 

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DK Canada wants to help you give someone special a great summertime gift by giving one Ottawa Mommy Club reader all of the books I shared in my review! Here are the books to be given away:

Kitchen Gardening for Beginners
Bonsai
Batman: A Visual History

This giveaway is open to Canadian residents and will end at 11:59 EDT on July 26, 2015.

Good luck to all that enter!

Rules: Open to Canadian residents 18 +. You have 48 hours to reply by email once you are notified as the winner. If you don’t, we will draw another entry. Prize is non-transferable. No substitution or cash equivalent of prizes is permitted. The selected winner must correctly answer a mathematical question in order to win the prize mentioned above. The Ottawa Mommy Club is not responsible for prize fulfillment and for the delivery/shipment of the prize(s) mentioned above. For our complete set of rules, please click here.

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My name is Lian Wright. Born in Toronto, I came to Ottawa as a student to study Political Science at Carleton University, and came away with an Honours Degree, and decided to stay. I'm a huge sports fan, have a love of reading, and like experiencing new things whenever I can. I am now a mother of three children (11, 1 and 7 months old) and am kept constantly on my toes. My blog, Pieces of Me, is my way of sharing what I have enjoyed and encountered in my life so far as a mother. So far, being a mom has had it's expected ups and downs, but that's what makes being a parent so fulfilling for me. I've loved and learned from what's happened so far, and I can't wait to see what's in store for me next. I hope you enjoy the journey with me!

Comments (51)

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  1. Lovely giveaway! I have lots of veggies in the back yard. This weekend will be getting the weeds out! A lot of work. I have a beautiful apple tree in the back too and I hope we can eat apples by Autumn. 🙂 So exciting! I love gardening. Have a beautiful weekend!

  2. Lee-Ann S says:

    I’ve got rhubarb, raspberries and blackberries in my backyard. Miss R has cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes, and carrots in pots on the front porch.

  3. Linda Brown says:

    No I don’t grow fruits or vegetables in my yard….

  4. Silvia D says:

    I grow a few vegetable but mostly herbs and flowers

  5. kathy downey says:

    We grow tomato and some herbs!

  6. Victoria Ess says:

    I used to grow a variety of vegetables but stopped a few years ago.

  7. Erika E says:

    I grow tomatoes and some herbs right now. I’m working on improving my garden area so I can grow more vegetables. I don’t have any fruit trees.

  8. Janessa P says:

    This year I started a balcony garden with tomatoes, pepper, strawberries and herbs! I would love to do more next year though.

  9. CL Chin says:

    no i don’t have a garden

  10. Darwin says:

    We grow tomatoes and beans in our yard.

  11. We grow spices, raspberries and we’re currently building a vegetable garden.

  12. Maegan Morin says:

    I just moved to a new house this year so I wasn’t able to plant anything but usually I do.

  13. Dayle B. says:

    No, do not grow vegs. but have plants on our patio.
    Plan on growing vegs. next year. Great books pack.

  14. Judy Cowan says:

    I grow cherry tomatoes but that is it. Would like to try growing more.

  15. Tricia Hope says:

    I have a balcony only so I grow in containers only.I have a good mix of sun worshipping flowers like ageratum and zinnias.I also have parsley,mint and chives.I enjoy my fresh mescalin mix and look forward to red peppers later in August

  16. Sean Pynaert says:

    I have tomatoes, peppers, peas, beans, carrots and leeks planted right now.

  17. Hil says:

    I have a veggie garden growing peas, beans, peppers, tomatoes and lettuce.

  18. Amy C says:

    We grow mostly vegetables and a few fruits.

  19. Athena says:

    I try to grow them…

  20. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    After living in a new house for 2 1/2 yrs with no garden the builder has closed our file! We are busy finding a landscaper to complete our garden – so far it’s just dirt unfortunately. When it’s done it will be mainly lawn with some flowers – it’s north facing and gets little sun. I miss a real garden with veg, herbs and fruit 🙁

  21. Marjorie Roy says:

    I do not, I sure could I could, I live in a condo.

  22. jan says:

    not currently as we do not have the yard space.

  23. LDC says:

    No fruits or veggies in the yard for me (yet)!

  24. Surso S. says:

    we grow many veggies and herbs

  25. Jeanette Jackson says:

    I don’t right now because we live in an apartment but we are buying a house next year and I hope to have a garden then.

  26. Fan R says:

    No, because I do not have much land, only spices and some green stuff.

  27. Jonnie says:

    I grow some veggies

  28. Amber Y says:

    I don’t have access to a yard so unfortunately no, but i do plan to grow some herbs in our kitchen this fall.

  29. lori b says:

    this year I put in a veggie garden,

  30. Lisa Hallman says:

    I would if I was able to. But I’m not growing anything and that makes me sad. There is no yard to speak of.

  31. heidi c, says:

    This year, we have two big gardens with fruits and veggies growing.

  32. Nicole Jubleew says:

    I don’t have a garden since I’m in an condo. But I have one container growing on my balcony.

  33. Mike says:

    I have not. We live in a condo so there is now where to plant.

  34. Charmaine says:

    I have a few small things growing but would love to start more

  35. Melinda says:

    I grow tomatoes and herbs.

  36. Courtney says:

    Would love to win this wonderful giveaway ! I would love to grow carrots and tomatoes.

  37. tanyab79 says:

    No, but we are planning on starting. We are going to learn as much as possible and start next year.

  38. Michelle james says:

    I Have a veggie garden and also apple trees

  39. Holly O'Gorman says:

    We have a bit of each growing in our yard right now.

  40. Julia picotte says:

    We have a pear and plum tree in our back yard!

  41. I grow a garden every year and it’s one of the few things that I really look forward to. For the past 3 years, my kids have been helping out so it’s a family affair!

    Besos, Sarah
    Journeys of The Zoo

  42. joy says:

    for the first time, we have a small garden in our backyard – very exciting to watch things grow! (tomatoes, cukes, beans and peas!) we had our first cuke yesterday!

  43. Allie f. says:

    I grow herbs- chives, basil, bay lea moves, rosemary and mint

  44. Courtneyd says:

    we grow tomatoes and carrots !

  45. KD says:

    I don’t have a yard yet, but we’re buying a house in a month and a half!

  46. Nate Fuller says:

    We’re growing tomatoes right now!

  47. SweetPanda says:

    We are growing tomatoes, green onions, lettuce and cucumber in our garden

  48. Viv Sluys says:

    I grow vegetables in my yard although this year it hasn’t been very successful. My peas and carrots didn’t make it but my hot weather plants (watermelon, tomatoes, peppers) are doing ok.

  49. Angela Mitchell says:

    We grow mostly just tomatoes and cucumbers.

  50. Rob Urbach says:

    My school age son is growing tomatoes from seeds started at school. We’ve replanted twice already, they are growing so fast. With any luck, we’ll have no shortage of tomatoes in the coming months.

  51. C McLaren says:

    I have a huge brown thumb. I always promise myself each spring that I’m going to try to put in a small garden, bun never follow through. Maybe next year?

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