Smart Games Review Party

We received three new games from Smart Games and had a game night!! We had tons of fun and loved each and every game. The kids and even the adults had a great time. Each of the games were fun but also focused on different skills. They were the perfect balance of fun and education. In fact I don’t think the kids even knew they were learning skills.

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Unreal Halloween Treats Review

Halloween is one of my favorite times of the year I absolutely adore it. The fun, tricks and obviously the CANDY!!

I know, I know. Trick or treating is for kids but lets be real I eat my fair share and buy extra candy to give out. It would be a shame to run out so I really do my best to have a full stash for the kids.

Have you ever read the ingredient lists on regular brand name candy? For a long time I had no idea what was added to a variety of food.

Recently it was discovered that one of my nephews is allergic to red food dye. Since then I have been extra diligent with reading labels. Did you know basically everything has red food coloring? I did not. Seriously I found red dye in a package of noodles. You really have to watch carefully. My eyes have been open now and it makes me quite uneasy.

With Unreal Candy I didn’t have to worry about dye because they are colored with vegetables. Yeah!! That’s right. Natural food coloring. That is something I can get behind. Seriously, look at the gorgeous colors of Unreal’s Candy when compared to Smarties.

Unreal Vs Smartie

Does your family have other dietary needs? Maybe you are trying to fill your body with the best food but you still have a sweet tooth. Guys, Unreal is for you!

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Exploring Turtles with Usborne Books

This week we are jumping into our turtle theme with both feet. Bee is crazy excited and Sweets likes anything and everything that he does. Needless to say the house is bubbling with excitement. I have chosen some activities and many books that I think they will love and keep their interest. Follow us on instagram to see our daily activities, read below for our book list.

No theme is complete without excellent books to answer questions and stir up more curiosity. These are some of the amazing books that we are using in our study.

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Love Is All Around Canada Book Review

When I first received this book I thought it would be about Canada and how much we love our beautiful country. One read through and I quickly determined it was about Canadians. As a whole we are wonderful amazing people who open our hearts and homes to many.

“Love’s all around, if you just pay attention, in people and places too many to mention. Go look at the park, on the street, at the mall. You’ll see love all over. It’s big and it’s small!”

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Easter Book List

Easter is one of my favorite holidays. Mostly because of all the wonderful traditions and memories we have made over the years. We always get together with one of my Aunts and her family which is a blast. They are awesome!

One of our traditions has been to have the Easter Bunny bring a new Easter Book to the kids in their baskets. Well, its a nice idea but we have so many Easter books and the rest of the holidays (minus Christmas) are lacking. Ooops.

At least the intentions were good and now I have this incredible list to share with you.

Somebunny Loves You

When I first picked up this book I thought for sure it was going to be goofy pictures that my kids would giggle at for days. I was so surprised when I opened it up. This book is filled with adorable pictures and poems. Well, fun little poems and sing song poems. Many board books have bright colors and this is so exception. The colors are beautiful. Atypical to board books this one has incredible vocabulary and descriptions on every page. It is fun to read as an adult and my kids were captivated from the baby to my four year old.

“Wherever you go,

whatever you do,

always remember:

somebunny loves you!”

Easter Is Here

Little People puts out some excellent books. On our shelves we have quite a collection of their board books. Easter is here is still a board book but it is geared towards older toddlers. It has a ton of flaps in it and awesome lists for searching and find. Some pages have you hunting for colors, objects, bunnies, baskets and even an egg hunt! The colors are bright and vivid and the flaps are quite durable even when reading with energetic tots.

Happy Easter Corduroy

Join Corduroy and his friends as they die eggs, hunt for hidden Easter eggs and have a picnic. This is a wonderful choice for a first Easter Book.

Egg

My babies have always loved this book. It is bright, colorful and filed with lots of different animals. All the animals take their turn finding eggs until the very end when the chicks hatch into baby chicks.

The Littlest Bunny in Canada: An Easter Adventure

Flop is such a cute bunny owned by two siblings. To their surprise they brought the Easter Bunny home with them. Flop sure is a busy bunny. Once the kids are in bed he gets to work traveling coast to coast hiding eggs and baskets. I first read this book to myself and enjoyed it. It was a nice read. At the end there is an egg hunt that goes though the book. What a great idea! When I read the book with my kids I didn’t even have to mention the egg hunt before they were already counting eggs as they found them. The eggs have numbers on them too which is an excellent way to sneak in number recognition.

The Great Easter Race

Sesame Street is always a classic. In this tale there was a mighty race between characters. Most of them got distracted along the way but once the race was finished they found the best prize. It was a cute story and like a sesame street books the drawings are adorable.

How to Catch the Easter Bunny

When I first read this book I immediately noticed that it contained many great rhymes and  intellectual words. We are just getting into learning how to read so the rhymes are extra appealing at the moment. E. B., as he is known, is quick and kinda spunky. He might just be my favorite Easter bunny character. The Easter bunny finds himself in a couple of predicaments in which he must escape. He uses his lucky rabbit feet and always escapes. This books would be especially wonderful for a writing prompt, discussion or even the beginning  of many experiments. Ask your child how they would catch the Easter Bunny and maybe try some of them out. You might be surprised by what they come up with.

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

What a fun book! The Great Easter Egg Hunt is actually a puzzle book filled with mazes, word searches and riddles. The majority of puzzles are probably best for age 5+. My little’s (4 and under) didn’t grasp most of the puzzles but enjoyed the story line and chasing the bunny through the book. Quite a few pages are too busy for my tastes but it was an enjoyable read.

The Night Before Easter

I love when authors can take a classic story like “The Night Before Christmas,” and adapt it to tell another tale. Often it goes terribly wrong but not this time. It adorable and so much fun. This is a book that you can read a couple times a day and still enjoy it. Be careful though, if your not you might have visions jellybeans dancing in your head.

Peter Cottontail

When I was a little girl I received a Rabbit stuffed animal. I don’t remember receiving it but I cherished it. That bunny looked exactly like Peter Cottontail. To this day when I think of the Easter Bunny, I imagine a bunny with a vest and those teeny tiny glasses. This book has similarities to “The Grinch.” There is a wolf that does not want he bunnies to celebrate Easter. He schemes up a plan to get rid of the Easter eggs, preventing Easter fun. Of course this didn’t foil Easter. They all had a wonderful Easter party then ended up on a hunt for the eggs that Willy Wolf hid. This book will always be in our collection. Great illustrations, awesome message and it leads right into a fun egg hunt.

The Best Easter Eggs Ever

The Easter Bunny works so hard every year and in this story he has three adorable helpers assist him in decorating the eggs. The little bunnies all found inspiration in different places. The only thing that I didn’t like was that each bunny received a medal for their work. I don’t have a problem with the Easter Bunny loving all of the designs, just the medals. I know I am just being nit picky but I don’t love that they included that line. Other than that I really enjoyed the book. My kids also enjoyed the book and have been searching for their own inspirations for when we decorate eggs this weekend.

I hope you enjoyed reading about some of our Easter Books. Maybe you found one or two more to add to your collection this year.

Happy Easter from my home to yours!

 

Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George Book Review

Curious George is a such classic character. Around since I was little . Now that I am a parent I love sharing him and his mischievous adventures with my Little’s.

One of my newest books from Raincoast Books is “Happy St. Patrick’s Day, Curious George.” I was so glad to receive it for a couple reasons. One being that it is quite difficult to find good books about St. Patrick’s Day. I’m not entirely sure why but it is one holiday that isn’t represented well in literature.

The books starts out at the beginning of the day with Curious George getting ready in his special green attire. Once he is dressed he is ready to enjoy the festivities of the day. He goes from event to event having lots of fun and learning a bit about Irish culture and folk lore.

I quite enjoyed this book. It is a board book but it has a decent amount of words to appeal to kids preschool level and up. It’s not long but long enough to introduce lots of the fun that revolves around St. Patrick’s Day.

Of course after reading you will be inspired to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day a little bit more. Get out your green clothes, we are going to have so much fun!

Curious George, St. Patricks Treasure Hunt

Here are some options to inspire your St. Patty’s fun.

First off  lets chat about leprechauns. Leprechaun’s are little men who are quite mischievous and magical. Quite the combo. They love to pay tricks and hide their gold. Because leprechauns are so tricky it is nearly impossible to find their gold but if you manage to catch a leprechaun then you might just have hit the jackpot. Gather up some supplies and build a special trap only for leprechauns. Make sure to use some glitter to help lure them in.

While you are waiting for your trap to catch a Leprechaun you might as well search for some coins. Parents, you could do this many different ways. Hide coins outside, in your home or even use a sensory bin to keep them mostly in one spot. My kids love sensory bins so we choose to make one. We might have gone outside if their wasn’t so much snow.

Feeling crafty? Make your own four leaf clovers. Once your finished don’t forget to make a very special wish.

If your family loves to eat and cook together check out some recipes and try a new Irish dish. I’d go with Corned Beef if I were you.

Have a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day! I hope all your wishes come true.

Will the man in the  yellow hat don green on St Patrick’s Day? You are going to have to get your own copy to find out.

The Intentional Bookshelf Review

In our home we love to read. We read in the kitchen during breakfast. We read in the living room snuggled up by the fireplace. We read in our beds. We read under tents. We read just about everywhere.

We love reading!

Before my first was born I knew that I wanted a home filled with books that inspired, transported and transformed my kids. What I didn’t know was what books I should add to my shelves. There are so many great options and alot of not so great ones. Starting from square I found myself completely overwhelmed. Have you been there too?

I wish I would have read “The Intentional Bookshelf” in the beginning. It would have helped me to get started off on the right foot.

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Arctic Book List for your Little Readers

Baby, it is cold outside!

We are under lots of snow which was perfect for our week long study of the Arctic! We gathered up lots of great books and cuddled under a pile of blankets. Reading and snuggling is one of my favorite activities to do with my little’s.

Good books open up the doors of curiosity and exploration. Here are the books that we used during our Arctic study.

Arctic Book List

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Cara’s Kindness Book Review

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As a parent I have sat down with my husband and discussed what our goals were for parenthood. What we wanted to unsure our kids understood and what kind of people we wanted to raise. When it came down to it our main goal was to raise kind individuals.

People that think of others needs and go out of their way to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Kindness makes a huge difference in day to day life and has the potential to transform various situations.

In Cara’s Kindness, Kristi Yamaguchi strives to show kids the importance of being kind. Kindness comes in many different forms and I love the variety that she wrote It can be as simple as sharing your snack, teaching someone a skill, helping someone when they are unable to help themselves or simply becoming a friend.

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