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Celebrating National Autism Month with The Spark : A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism

Celebrating National Autism Month with The Spark : A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism

*I was provided with a copy of this novel to facilitate my post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* April is National Autism Month and what better way to spread awareness then to pick up a copy of The Spark : A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius and Autism. This book is a memoir of a truly amazing mother, Kristine Barnett, who never gave up on her son, Jake, even when medical professionals told her he … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books, Books (Memoirs), Parenting

Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Book Review: Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior

Do you ever feel like that home and family you’re watching on reruns of Supernanny, is a mirror image of your own? I sure do. Some days, I hope that the door bell will ring and Jo Frost will be there to help us out! Barring that miracle from occurring, picking up a copy of Jo Frost’s new book, Jo Frost’s Toddler Rules: Your 5-Step Guide to Shaping Proper Behavior, is the next best thing. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Advice, Books, Books (Advice), Parenting, Tips, Toddlers

Parent’s Read: Helping Boys Learn

Parent’s Read: Helping Boys Learn

* I was sent this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* As the mom of two boys, I totally get that boys learn differently from girls. But the extent to just how differently they learn was a bit foreign to me until I started to read “Helping Boys Learn: 6 Secrets for Your Son’s Success in School”. My oldest is very bright (scary smart in that he sometimes outsmarts ME, ugh!) … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Books (Advice), Educational, Kindergartners, Learning, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children

Parent’s Read: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

Parent’s Read: How Toddlers Thrive: What Parents Can Do Today for Children Ages 2-5 to Plant the Seeds of Lifelong Success

* I was sent this book to read and review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* I want both of my boys to be happy and successful, but right now I am probably more focused on successfully potty-training my toddler more than anything else! I still wonder what they will be like as adults and what I can do to help raise them to be good human beings, be happy and successful. I just started reading … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Books (Advice), Parenting, Toddlers

Parent’s Read: Stress Free Kids, A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.

Parent’s Read: Stress Free Kids,  A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children.

Life is hectic and busy for all of us, including kids. That means stress, and while it’s easy to think kids are oblivious or ambivalent to it, in reality they’re not. Lori Lite, a former contestant on the TV show “Shark Tank,” has just released a great book that I think all parents should check out. STRESS FREE KIDS® A Parent’s Guide to Helping Build Self-Esteem, Manage Stress, and Reduce Anxiety in Children, is a supportive … Read entire article »

Filed under: Advice, Books, Health, Kindergartners, Parenting, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Uncategorized

Trista Sutter’s Happily Ever After- The Life Changing Power of A Grateful Heart

Trista Sutter’s Happily Ever After- The Life Changing Power of A Grateful Heart

Let’s face it, most of The Bachelor/Bachelorette couples last for about a nanosecond. Do you ladies remember Trista Sutter, the original Bachelorette, who chose hunky Ryan Sutter? Well, they are coming up on their 10th wedding anniversary! The couple are STILL together, living their lives in Vail, CO and have two children son Max, 5 and daughter Blakesley, 4 Trista has a book coming out on Dec. 1 called “Happily Ever After: The Life Changing Power … Read entire article »

Filed under: Bath Time, Books, Books (Memoirs), entertainment, Mommy Gifts

Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles Book by Candlewick Press

Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles Book by Candlewick Press

Muddy puddles made their way into my house this last week in the best possible way: in a book called Peppa Pig and the Muddy Puddles, which I received for a book review — to be completed by the most stringent of critics – my boys. At age 2 & 5, they let me know quickly if they like an item or not. Peppa Pig is best known for its hit television series; and now, Peppa … Read entire article »

Filed under: Books (Fiction), Books (Pre-School), Pre-schoolers

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

American Girl of the Year 2013: Saige Copeland – An Interview with Author, Jessie Haas

My daughter loves American Girl and we’re very excited for the debut of Saige, American Girl of the Year for 2013. American Girl has been dropping hints that the 2013 Girl of the Year is from New Mexico and loves horses and art–now we finally get to meet Saige Copeland and learn all about her! In conjunction with introducing Saige, American Girl is launching an Elevate the Arts School Grant Contest: Starting January 1, elementary art teachers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Arts, Books (Fiction), Books (School Aged), Dolls, Reading

I See Me in a Personalized Pirate Adventure Book

I See Me in a Personalized Pirate Adventure Book

We have several personalized books for my daughter but none for our sons so my older boy was delighted when My Very Own Pirate Tale, personalized with his name, arrived from I See Me. This charming book centers on a pirate captain’s search for a new first mate. Sea creatures suggest qualities the perfect candidate should possess–and the first letter of the sea creature’s name and the character trait help spell out your child’s name. Each … Read entire article »

Filed under: Birthday Gifts, Books (Pre-School), Books (School Aged), Featured, Kids Gifts

Oink If You Love Peppa Pig

Oink If You Love Peppa Pig

I wrote before about how much my boys love Peppa Pig on NIck Jr.  Peppa Pig is a lovable, cheeky little pig from the UK, and the charming cartoon follows her family life and daily activities. Peppa arrived in the US last year, quickly becoming a hit with US audiences. And now her toys have arrived at Toys R Us! If you’re not familiar with Peppa, I encourage you to watch an episode of her show.The … Read entire article »

Filed under: 0-5 (By Age Group), Books, DVD, Featured, Gift Ideas, Play, Pre-schoolers, Television, Toddlers, Uncategorized