Sunday, March 23, 2014

Twigtale Personalized Stories, Personalized Growth (with book giveaway)

Disclosure: I received a free product to help facilitate the review. All opinions stated are genuine and my own.

Twigtale Personalized Books knows that dealing with transitions is not always easy for children, even if they are common everyday transitions like going to school, sleeping in a new bed, learning to share, going to the doctor, and so on and so forth.  When you get the big changes like the illness of a loved one, loss of a pet, or even a family separation or divorce, kids can get really confused with their emotions.

One way to help children learn about and deal with such situations is to read a relevant story to them, that is of course age appropriate.  Twigtale has you covered with many book topics pre-designed to help you better explain to the children what is going on, and let them know everything is going to be okay.  The best part is, you can personalize the pages with your own photos, and you can change some of the words, to help fit your needs.

My 'baby-wearing' oldest son taking his little girl to the beach for the first time.
This is the Twigtale website, and this is a screen shot of the process.
On the left you see pictures I uploaded to the gallery. You scroll through with the arrows
on the left to choose a picture for each page.

There are also 'every day' book topic selections, like 'Me and Mommy,' 'Me and Daddy,' (I thought those would be great for Mother's Day or Father's Day which are coming up very quickly!), and 'My Book of Firsts,' to name a few.  You can see an example of the latter in the picture above (that is the book cover).

That is my oldest son taking his daughter to the beach for the first time, and that picture makes me happy. :)

These are not like a typical photo book where every page is written by you. Those are great but they do take so much time to make.  Twigtale books are pre-written, and you have the option to change a word or two on each page.  In the picture above you can see that I selected my own title (I used 'Mail for Rosey' for an example, if I were making the book for my granddaughter it would have her name, and say 'by Grandma,' instead of 'by Rosey').

Example Page:  You get to choose the word 'boy' or 'girl' (or you could fill in your own word).
Everything else was permanent, which is great for keeping it simple, on-task, and relevant to the storyline you selected.
Each page has a word or two that you change to personalize the simple, pre-written story, and a place to add your photo of choice. For example, in the template above I put in the world 'girl.' Everything else was pre-written and you were to choose 'boy' or 'girl,' or you could fill in your own word of choice. Everything else was permanent and could not be changed.  That is great for keeping it simple, on-task, and relevant to the storyline you selected.

The final product is a nice big size too!
The final product is a nice size too.  You can see my youngest son looking through a finalized book in the picture above.

Turnaround time on these books is fast!  The quality of the pictures and words is sublime, and it is a most excellent resource for helping children with challenging transitions, or for just helping them enjoy what they already have in their lives.

You can learn more about Twigtale by visiting their website.

You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and/or G+.

All readers get a discount code. 10% off any book (before S&H) with the code: TWIG10
The code is valid until the end of June, 2014.

One lucky winner gets a credit to make a free book of their own (winner is responsible for shipping and handling costs only). US entrants only.
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80 comments:

  1. OMG I love this. I want to go make one for my mother for Mother's Day! She loves when I give her stuff like this!

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  2. This is so stinkin' Cute!!!! Brilliant to give to family for the holidays!

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  3. Wow that is huge, not sure I'd want my ugly mug blown up that big lmao

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  4. it's very cute, i think my family would like it

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  5. I love these books! I need to make one for each of the twins with memories from their first year!

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  6. This sounds like a great option for those that need a little help and prefer not to come up with their own content.

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  7. This is great. We did this with potty training, when we brought baby brother home from the hospital, when we bought a new house and moved. Kids need to see that the world they live in is ok.

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  8. I want one of these. I have a few albums from Snapfish but this looks way more fun. Thanks for the share. I can't wait to check this out.

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    1. I think these look more fun too. Very personalized with fun themes.

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  9. Since I am not much of a writer, I love that you can change a word or two of a prewritten story.

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  10. These books are great because they are personalized and they help to get kids excited about reading which is always a plus.

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  11. I have been trying to find a revelent story about a mommey needing to have surgery and I have had no such luck. I know she's confused of her emotions about why I'm so sick but I do think books are the way to go. I would love to find one out there that says mommy needs to have a hitial hernia repair and gallbladdder removal and that's why mommies so exhausted lately. if you find any let me know. ~amanda Ripsam

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  12. I love how you can tailor them to work with specific issues and that psychologist support them. So cool!

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  13. I really like the fact that you can make the book relevant tot your home and family. Making the story v have so much more meaning to the child.

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  14. Oh, I love that they are pre-written. Other books just take me SO long!

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  15. These are a great idea on how to deal with certain issues and having answers that are great but that can be tailored by us is even better :)

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  16. Sounds like a wonderful idea to help children going through transitions! Thanks for the great review, & God bless,
    Laurie

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  17. This is so cool! My kids still love looking at pictures from when they were little and hearing stories about it.

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  18. We love creating photobooks for our family members - we do it for Christmas and Mothers Day every year!

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  19. that is a huge size book. I've seen lots of personalized books but not one so large- how FUN!

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  20. First impression - Huge book!!! Love it. Love personalized books and this one is too darling.

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  21. This is awesome - I am sure my niece would love this too.

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  22. what a great book my son would have loved this at a younger age.

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  23. Sounds like a really good idea.

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  24. You are right, books are a great way to teach children about important topics.

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  25. Very cute book, you picked nice photos! I would love to share this.

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  26. What a cute book. I have wanted to do this forever for my son but I just never remember the website that do it.

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  27. When an item is personalized, it makes it so much better. These would be fun for all four of my kids.

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  28. What a great idea this is. When my kids were little they loved to hear stories about themselves. This is a great opportunity to share those stories.

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  29. smiles...that is cool...that you can add your own pictures...that is a cool picture too....capturing those firsts is def important as well...

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  30. What a great gift idea! Love that you can add your own pictures and make it your own.

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  31. I absolutely LOVE personalized booked. We have a few of them for each of our daughters. They love them too.

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  32. Personalized gifts are the best! What a great book for a child to receive!

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  33. I love personalized books. I have only ordered books with personalized text though. These are neat!

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  34. I like that they have a whole section on their site that is geared towards Anxiety & Fear. Kids need to know who they can/should trust.

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  35. I understand that if I win I'll have to pay for shipping and handling.

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  36. Wow that is sooo cool! And I like how the book is manageable for kids to look at.

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  37. How great are these books? I love that they can be personalized!

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  38. this looks like a great book. I'd love one for my kids.

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  39. Great book! I want my daughters to have one so I think I am heading there to check them out

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  40. This would be a great Christmas present for the grandparents!

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  41. I think these kinds of books are so great! Anything personalized gets my vote, always! I made my mom a book similar to this for Christmas and it was one of her favorite gifts!

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  42. Stories to help children in each phase of their lives are always welcome and useful for parenting.


    I love this idea.

    Thanks for sharing.
    I'll come back to enter.

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  43. I love this! I love the personalization and that it is not too time consuming to make. I am definitely going to check it out.

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  44. From BabsProjects: I think this personalized book is a great idea. I love it. I am going to check out their website.

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  45. Awesome idea. Kids need direction and encouragement.

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  46. This is super neat! I love personalized goodies and this can be personalized throughout!

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  47. What a great way to teach children about important topics! I love personalized books and like to give them as gifts to the little ones in my life.

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  48. That is one big book! I like how it is not crazy with the wording on each page.

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  49. These are such a great idea! I especially love the adoption book - it is a great way to explain things and make it more personalized!

    Stace Werner

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  50. This is so cute! could totally use this! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  51. This is great! What a great way to get your child involved.

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  52. I love personalized books. My daughter has several and they are her favorites.

    Michelle F.

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  53. Such a great idea! We could use this kind of books as we're going through some changes and I see my daughter is not very willing to adapt to them. Thanks for sharing.

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  54. What a great way to discuss different topics with your kids in a very personalized way.

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  55. Oh I love personalized books like this! My kids do too!

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  56. I've never heard of a book quite like this, but it sounds amazing! I like that they have a potty training book. That would come in useful really soon!

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  57. We are doing one soon... I can't wait :)

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  58. That is awesome. I need to make one of these. I understand there's shipping.

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  59. I would love to win this! This would be a great keepsake.

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  60. These are great, I love making these for my kids they feel so important that they are personalized!

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  61. This looks really cool. I love personalized things. Amber N

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  62. What a wonderful idea! I would love to have a book like this with our memories in it!

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  63. I like the Nose and Toes and everything in between book as my great nephew is starting to learn these things and could use reinforcement from this book ;)

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  64. I like the Learning to Share book.

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  65. I understand the winner is responsible for shipping & handling costs.

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  66. I like the book for adoption. Thanks for the contest!

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  67. I like the rationalization of the books.

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  68. Awww! I love personalizing my kids photographs and growth to capture special memories. I bet your finish product is beautiful :-) What a cute boy you have :-)

    http://www.sportyjess.com

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  69. That´s so amazing! Thanks for sharing!

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  70. that's a huge book! My kids will love that!

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  71. I like the Going to Sleep book.

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  72. I haven't tried a personalized book before. They look great!

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  73. i like that it's such a huge book

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