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The Lego® Movie Books from DK Bring the Adventure to Life!

The Lego® Movie Books from DK Bring the Adventure to Life!

*I was sent the books to review as well as a gift card for participating in this campaign. All thoughts and opinions are my own.” My son is ecstatic about The Lego® Movie coming out on DVD on June 17. Like can’t sit still, talks about it EVERY DAY excited. I can’t blame him though, as they are one of his favorite toys.  And the movie was impressively well done for both kids and adults!   So you … Read entire article »

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Make and Takes: A Perfect Holiday Gift for Crafty Moms and Kids

Make and Takes: A Perfect Holiday Gift for Crafty Moms and Kids

Crafts are high on the wishlist of most of the families we know. Crafts are an educational and fun bonding experience for children and parents. With Make and Takes for Kids: 50 Crafts Throughout the Year, you can give parents enough ideas for a year worth of crafts with their kids–for under $13. This book makes a thoughtful Christmas, Hanukkah, or Holiday gift for teachers, parents, and grandparents looking to enjoy some unplugged time with their kids. Projects … Read entire article »

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If You Give a Mom a Martini…

If You Give a Mom a Martini…

When my son was a newborn, The Rookie Mom’s Handbook helped me embrace motherhood.  Written by the two bloggers who started www.rookiemoms.com, this passage in The Rookie Mom’s Handbook spoke to me: “Welcome to Motherhood…You’re a rookie mom. Untrained, no experience. That’s you. And that’s not an insult. Even those of us who spent our adolescence babysitting for other people’s children or who work as preschool teachers or pediatric nurses are in for some big surprises. We’ve never been … Read entire article »

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Summer Art for Tweens

Summer Art for Tweens

Summer is a great time for enrichment activities. Free from the daily grind of classes and homework, your child can explore his or her creative side. Shop for art supplies on sale at local craft stores, or find wholesale arts and crafts supplies online at DollarDays. Many moms have a craft box (or craft closet) full of supplies to keep their kids occupied during school vacations and on rainy weekends. While some parents splurge on summer art classes … Read entire article »

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Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Teaching Preschoolers About Money

Learning to recognize different coins and understanding their value is an essential part of the preschool and the kindergarten curriculum. Parents can use coins to introduce math concepts like sorting and counting. You can help your child learn to identify coins and their value while teaching them to save money using Coin County: A Bank in a Book, an award-winning book by Innovative Kids. Children can save over $20 by filling the slots in the book with pennies, nickels, … Read entire article »

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Little Chefs Cook Chinese

Little Chefs Cook Chinese

In addition to being a great cook, my mother taught Spanish and Italian.  I have many fond childhood memories of cooking with my mother. I remember making flan, crepes, pasta, pizza and all sorts of different foods. I traveled around the world by way of my kitchen.  Cooking encouraged a love of languages, and I grew up to be an adventurous eater. I’ve traveled around the world, and I’ve tried all sorts of exotic and delicious foods.  If … Read entire article »

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Holiday Countdown Fun

Holiday Countdown Fun

We all have holiday traditions. For the second year in a row, Candace and I have been getting into the spirit of the season on Mamanista with our 12 Days of Giveaways. At home, we’ve both been counting down the days until Santa’s arrival with our The Story of Christmas Advent Calendars. This book and advent calendar combo features 24 miniature board books nestled in a three-paneled, stand-alone backer. The books, which tell the story of the first Christmas, are meant to be opened … Read entire article »

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Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks

Halloween Children’s Boooooo-ks

Fueled by candy, children’s imagination runs wild at Halloween as they transform themselves into superheroes, animals, monsters, pirates, villains, and fairy tale characters. Feed your children’s imagination with some ghoulishly great books that they’ll enjoy long after they’ve eaten their fill of fun-size Snickers and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups. You won’t need to trick your children into reading these lively tales of ghosts, witches, vampires, monsters, witches and more.   Vunce Upon a Time is a charming and beautifully-illustrated Halloween story that might even help banish … Read entire article »

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Fun, Free and Low-Cost Summer Vacation Activities for Kids

TV viewing by young children skyrockets during the summer months as exhausted parents look for ways to fill the day.  According to the Smart Television Alliance, children’s television viewing during the summer increases 150 percent compared to the rest of the year.  The AAP recommends no television under age 2 and limited television by children above age 2, but studies published in Parents Magazine show that a majority of parents do not abide by the recommendation. In my experience, TV viewing escalates during the summer months as parents who want the3 best for their children struggle for a free way to pass the time. With gas prices hitting or exceeding $4 a gallon, trips to the museum, zoo, beach and other local attractions have become harder for families to afford. One of my favorite books is Unplugged Play: … Read entire article »

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Play the Old-Fashioned Way: Unplugged Play

Have we forgotten how to play? Children learn through playing–they learn about the world around them, about interacting with others, and even about themselves. In light of recent studies that television may be harmful to children under two and that older children still need to temper their tech-time with lots of face to face time, it seems time for old-fashioned play to make a comeback. But what do you DO with a child all day? … Read entire article »

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