Monday, February 13, 2017

Reading Corner: Valentine's Day books for kids

What better way to celebrate Valentine's Day than reading with my kids? 

This year I'm filling up this love canvas tote bag with lots of books by Macmillan. I'm also adding some chocolate for Jack and vanilla cupcake Goldfish for the littlest ones -- because everyone deserves something sweet on Valentine's Day!

An epic, if initially unrequited, love affair between a graceful gazelle and a clumsy, hapless ox. Romance will never be the same. Adam Rex's hilarious, sweet, and at times heartbreaking letters between a hopelessly romantic ox and a conceited, beautiful gazelle are paired perfectly with Scott Campbell's joyful illustrations to bring you a romance for the ages.

We humans smooch with our lips. But how do giraffes, whales, hummingbirds, tree frogs, and other creatures kiss? It's fun to wonder about and to see in the pages of this charming book, which includes facts about each animal at the end. Perfect for Valentine's Day and all year round.

Cute and cuddly animals wear their hearts on their sleeves in this charming board book with Valentine's Day rhymes. There are tactile, heart-shaped holes on every page, while glitter and foil add a sprinkle of Valentine's Day magic to this endearing book for the little one you love.

A fresh, funny take on sibling rivalry and conflict resolution, as two sparring siblings are forced to "hug it out."Adults will delight in a new solution to conflict, while kids will enjoy yelling "HUG IT OUT!" at each familiar situation. With humor and smart, eye-catching illustrations, Louis Thomas's debut is a cheeky tribute to sibling rivalry and (cuddly) compromise
Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can't do―hug! They are just too spiky. Throughout the seasons, these two hedgehogs will try many different ways of hugging. But will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right? 

  *book covers via Amazon


Saturday, December 24, 2016

B.Toys Save the Holidays!

If you still have some last minute holiday shopping to do (raises hand). B.Toys has all your little ones covered. Available at Target, B. toys inspire individuality, creativity and a little mischief. Using recycled materials for their packaging, B. toys wants your children's voice to be heard! Their look, feel and function are inspired by the world around us and children's natural curiosity.

Here are 2 fun that will be waiting for Lucia Christmas morning!

Buggly Wuggly - Places to go, people to see
  • Two squeaky horns light up. Beep, beep! 
  • Comfy ergonomic seat makes for a smooth ride
  • Bright colors and fun design!

Hooty- Hoo - Slip, slide and hoot out loud
Slide three little owls on their perfectly shaped perches and hear their little hoots as they slide, then dump them out to start again. The whole thing rolls perfectly across the floor for minis on the move.


Sunday, December 18, 2016

Product Love: Boon's PULP Silicone Feeder

I've stayed away from mesh feeders for so long because they can be so messy. In theory, they are great but in reality? The mess is not worth it to me. I recently had the chance to try out Boon's PULP silicone feeder and was surprised at how mess free and easy to clean it is.

I made a delicious homemade applesauce and simply placed it inside the silicone feeder. It was not only ideal during meal time, it was perfect for my teething child. And with the holiday season upon is, this Target exclusive item is THE perfect stocking stuffer. There's still time to order and receive before Christmas!

  • Soft - silicone cover allows baby to self - feed on fruits and vegetables through small holes
  • Can be used with chilled food for teething babies 
  • Interior stem forces food towards feeder holes
  • Quick snap ring allows for easy assembly 
  • Small handle is perfect for baby's grasp & easily attaches to a tether 
  • Silicone easily rinses clean

Disclosure: This post is written in collaboration with Boon, Inc who provided samples of this product. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

One of a Kind Gifts by Artifact Uprising

Artifact Uprising was founded in 2012 by sisters Katie & Jenna who took their decade of experience working as professional photographers to create printed photo goods with elevated quality, thoughtful design and responsibly-sourced materials.

The most perfect solid brass easel + calendar by Artifact Uprising arrived on Monday. Personalized with 12 of my favorite pictures of my family, it can sit beautifully on a desk or tabletop. It's the perfect holiday gift for the design obsessed people in your life. But hurry, this product has been so popular that quantities are already limited. Order by 11:59pm PST tonight for guaranteed holiday delivery of your favorite Artifact Uprising products.

If you are looking for unique holiday cards, gifts, prints  and photo books with a modern edge, Artifact Uprising has you covered! Their one of a kind items make for the perfect gifts this holiday season.

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Check It Out: Seedling Activity Kits + A Giveaway

I've previously shared by love for Seedling, a line of all-in-one activity kits that spark imaginative play for children between the ages of 3 and 12. During Jack's fall break last week, we decided to work on two new projects together. Seedling kits allow children to express themselves through various creative projects that include a wide range of interests and hobbies. Starting at only $8.99, there's a kit for every budget! 

Since we went to Disney back October -- and Jack's still talking about our trip -- he chose to work on 2 Disney related activity kits.  Recommended for ages 6+, Pete's Dragon | Design Your Own Dragon kit allows children to create their own magical dragon. Jack and his new friend even went outside on a special adventure.

This kit includes
  • Wooden dragon body 
  • Wooden wings 
  • Felt 
  • Faux Fur 
  • Paint 
  • Paintbrush 
  • Craft glue 
  • Instructions

Next, Jack and I worked on the Circle of Life Drum -- I helped with the stencils. This easy to make tom-tom drum was the first musical instrument he has ever created. He was so proud!

This kit includes
  • Cylinder drum box 
  • Faux suede cord and fabric 
  • Acrylic craft paint 
  • Natural bristle paintbrush 
  • Stencils 
  • Painter's tape 
  • Drumsticks Instructions

Lucia is still a bit young for this project but just I couldn't help myself. I can't wait to work on this Little Mermaid | Design Your Won Fintastical Mermaid Tail  activity kit -- isn't it the coolest?

I'm so excited to share this new Seedling collection, it's probably my favorite toy/game Jack is getting this year for Christmas.

Maze by Seedling is a “design your own Virtual Reality Adventure" that merges the worlds of creative, physical and digital play

Jack has recently become interested in Minecraft so I know he'll love this gift! Unlike traditional tech toys and apps for kids, Maze features real life crafting and building. This system allows kids to bring their imaginations to life both physically and digitally. 

The full kit includes
  • Design Your Own VR Viewer
  • Design Your Own Headphones 
  • Design Your Own Marble Maze - as well as the free app that accompanies the system
  • Each element can also be purchased individually 

ABOUT SEEDILING Founded in New Zealand in 2007, Seedling began with an initial launch of activity kits that sparked hours of imaginative play. Expanding globally with toys, gifts, activity kits and party supplies sold in over 20 countries, Seedling has established itself as the go-to brand for stylish, quality children’s products. 

GIVEAWAY The fabulous team over at Seedling want to give you the chance to share their magical kits with your little ones! Enter for a chance to win a $50 credit to their site. 

HOW TO ENTER Simply follow the instructions below to enter this giveaway using Rafflecopter – it’s easy! You can enter daily by tweeting about the giveaway. Giveaway ends on Wednesday, December 7th at 11:59am. Open to US residents only.
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