Preparing for a Super Easter

The Easter Bunny is prepping baskets for Easter already. Mostly because he’s crazy busy at work and now has three little baskets to fill. The other day he found these amazing books. Their perfect because our three-year old son needs to learn that bedtime shouldn’t be a 45-minute ordeal. And our six-year old daughter needs to feel empowered to take over the world! So, by the look of things, it appears our Bunny is leaning towards Super Hero baskets this year. Pow!

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What I’m Reading: #GIRLBOSS

I picked up the book, #GIRLBOSS because I was super intrigued and today – while Colton takes his nap – I’m laying by the pool reading it. I’m half way through the book and I love it. It’s sorta unconventional and not writen like your typical ‘go get ’em book, but that’s the point. The author, Sophia Amoruso isn’t your typical gal.

“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

The book follows Sophia’s story of starting her own business and all of the hard work it takes to get there. I can’t wait to see where the rest of the book takes us. Get your highlighter out, it’s one of those books filled with motivational quotes and phrases that you’ll want to remember.

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I should start a (toddler) book club

I feel like I should be running a book club by now. I receive a new book every month (about) from my amazing Aunt Pam. She is an avid reader and has vowed to make the kids so. It’s remarkable. I am without-a-doubt spoiled and so our my kids.

Books are like $17 a pop these days! So we are so thankful that my Aunt has us covered. Plus, we get to introduce a new book to the kids nearly every few weeks. That, and the fact that Ryan and I get to peek inside a new book (and not read the same one 1,909 nights in a row) is also a great perk!

My Aunt just mailed the kids a new book and I have to say, that after the first read, it has become one of my absolute favorites! Nevermind the fact that I giggle out loud every time I read it, but Kelsey is so engaged in it. She’s three years old and I would say this is the perfect age for this book.

If you have a kid around the same age, or are looking for new books to add to your toddlers library, I highly recommend The Day the Crayon’s Quit by Drew Daywalt. It’s perfect for a boy or girl. And no joke – I think I’ll do a post soon on the many (many, many, many) amazing books for kids that my Aunt has sent us. We’ve got a library going over here.

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  kids bookThis is the part where the black crayon writes Duncan to tell him that he’s fed up. He’s upset because Duncan only uses the black crayon to outline things and not to color. Every crayon has a ‘tif’ and is writing Duncan to let him know things have to change. Pink barely gets used. Beige is sick of being second fiddle to Mr. Brown and Yellow and Orange aren’t on speaking terms because both think they should be the color of the sun.

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kids bookRed is upset because he is overworked and even has to work on holidays – coloring Santa’s suit on Christmas and hearts on Valentine’s Day. Tough job, this one has. Peach is pissed because Duncan tore off his wrapper and now he is naked. He’s too embarrassed to come out of the crayon box. I kind of laugh when I get to this page. It’s either funny, or I’m just delirious come 8pm every night.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA very cute story. I would highly recommend this kids book. It’s a good book that would be best for 3 because they need a slightly longer attention span and they need experience coloring so they can relate. Enjoy it!

The Holiday Hat: Oprah’s Favorite Things

Oprah’s Favorite Things returns to T.V. this year! It will be a two-hour special event on the OWN network on Sunday, November 18th. I love the list that she comes out with every year and I find myself buying at least one thing from her list. Make sure you tune in! Get a sneak peek of Oprah’s Favorite Things 2012!

I’m clearly so excited to see her list and to see some of this.

The Mommy Hat: Children’s Books We Love

I have a 14-month old critic in the house. She questions everything I do. And she has an opinion on everything I say. When I read a book to my little critic she tells me if she likes it by clapping her hands – or, if she hates it, by closing the book and pushing it out of my lap. Yep, she bosses me around.
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So, what are her favorite children’s books? Below are our must-have children’s books for a toddler with a strong opinion and short attention span. Note: They are all interactive.

Where is Baby’s Belly Button by Karen Katz. This is a great board book that allows baby to lift up pages to find baby’s belly button, hands, feet, eyes, mouth, etc. When she sees this book she points to her belly button. So cute!

Twinkle Toes by Karen Katz. This is another great board book. It allows Kelsey to touch and feel certain parts of the book – like real fabric on baby’s skirt and a scratchy surface on baby’s dress.

Dr. Seuss’s Oh, Baby! Go, Baby! – This book is from the Dr. Seuss Nursery Collection, where every page is interactive. She love flipping through this book and touching all of the pages. She makes us read this book over and over and over again, every night before bedtime.

Disney Fairies Fairy Songs Pop-up Songbook. This songbook that incorporates music (her favorite) and pop-up pages. She has two similar books that we have to read each night as well. One is Dora the Explorer and one is Baby Einstein.

Can you moo? By Tanya Roitman. This is one of mommy’s favorites because it has a pig finger puppet which keeps me entertained and every page features a colorful picture of an animal – which helps baby learn animal sounds. A fun read.
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And there you have it. Critic’s choice for favorite books for a toddler. Enjoy!

The Bookworm Hat: Reading The Printed Word

I used to be a fast reader (I finished Lovely Bones in one night!). Now, time is a luxury. A luxury that I don’t get much of. So, here’s to tonight and to finding an hour to read the printed word! Instead of spending the average 30 minutes (or more) to social network. I’m heading upstairs, tucking myself into bed early, and reading The Help. I started reading this book on my flight to Boston and so far, I’m really enjoying it.
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The Mommy Hat: For Your Little Bookworm

I recently came across a website that I think you will love. It’s called Book Pig. It’s kind of like Netflix for books. For $15 per month, you rent children’s books, they get delivered to your door (free shipping), you read them with your children, then you return. No library card required. Plus, the site will recommend books by age, subject, grade or gender.
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Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea of building a huge children’s library of books in our home. And I’m on my way to doing so (21 books for baby already!). But for your little bookworm, who reads books faster than you can say “The End”, BookPig.com might be a great solution.
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P.S. – I wasn’t paid to say this. I just found this site and thought it was cool.

The Traditional Hat: The Elf on a Shelf

My sister-in-law introduced us to a new Christmas tradition. It’s a tradition that we’ve adopted and we’re going to do every year.

Here’s how it works:
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Santa sends mom and dad an elf to place on a shelf in your home. There is a storybook included so you can share the rules with your children. Each night the elf will fly back to the North Pole to tell Santa if your kids have been naughty or nice. He’ll reappear in the morning (in a different place in your home: the bathroom, the den, the kitchen) and each morning your kids have to find the elf!
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The elf can’t talk to the kids – it’s Santa’s rule. And they aren’t allowed to touch the elf or his “magic” powers might wear off and he won’t be able to report back to Santa. He hangs around all holiday season as Santa’s helper. The great thing is, you can talk to him and he’ll share your wishes with Santa. The night before Christmas, his job is over. He’ll leave to join Santa for the rest of the year. But don’t worry – he’ll be back next year!

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