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Friday, February 25, 2011

Snow Day Savings @ ElliaCNaturals!

Help me turn this frown upside down and make this snow day fun for everyone!  

Today only:  Save 20% on all orders of $15 or more from 
Ellia C. Naturals using discount code: SNOWDAY at checkout.

Happy Friday!!

Friday Food for Thought

When it snows
it pours!

~ Twist on a classic by Moi!
(so ready for Spring!!)

Happy Friday, Lovelies!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Friday Food for Thought

Stupid is
as stupid does.
 ~ Forrest Gump

* Sometimes, you just have to keep it simple!  Wishing everyone a fabulous weekend!!

Monday, February 14, 2011

Spreading the Love!

Happy Valentine's Day, Sweets!
Wishing you all a lifetime filled with love, joy, and happiness!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Valentine's Printable from Bird's Party Blog

Be sure to stop by and visit our friends over at Bird's Party Blog and get this super cute FREE printable Valentine's Bingo Game!  Perfect for entertaining the munchkins at home, sharing at a class Valentine's Party, or playing at your own festive get together!!

*Photo courtesy of Bird's Party Blog.  All rights reserved.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

God Gave Us The World

Reading is an extremely important past time in our house and I'm always on the lookout for quality material to add to our ever growing collection of books.  I recently had the opportunity to review a wonderful piece written by Lisa Tawn Bergren.   God Gave Us the World is a book filled with Biblical principles, child-friendly prose, and a celebration of diversity.  The story centers around Little Cub and her mother as they visit a museum filled with exhibits celebrating bears from around the globe.  As Little Cub contemplates the many differences she sees, she begins to wonder why so many of the bears are so vastly different from her.  Her mother explains that, as the creator of this world, God chose to fill it with incredible diversity so that we would understand both how amazing He truly is and the scope of His love for us.  The unique celebration of differences we see in the world shows us the extent of His power and provides us with unending beauty to appreciate during our time here. 

I was particularly impressed with the author's ability to discuss such an expansive topic in a very child-friendly way, touching on everything from geography, to physical characteristics, to individual likes and dislikes. She does a very good job of implying that these differences are to be celebrated and can make for strong and lasting friendships.   The illustrations are colorful and whimsical and perfectly suited for this story.  All 4 of my children (from almost 7 to almost 2 yrs.) enjoyed this book and have requested it numerous times since our first reading.  I have also used it in our collection of works for my 1st grader's reading practice.

You can purchase God Gave Us the World for $10.99 from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  You can also stop by and visit them on Facebook :-)

* Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group for the purpose of this review.  All views expressed are based on my own honest experience with this book.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari

In case you are not already familiar with them, Roger the turtle and Padraig the dragon are two imaginative young reptiles always on the lookout for fun and adventure.  The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari is the latest book in the popular series by Donita K. Paul and Evangeline Denmark.  In it, we find the two friends on a over night adventure in the great outdoors. Determined to spend the entire night outside and with imaginations running wild, the friends look deep inside to find the courage needed to face the mysterious creatures that lurk at the base of the famed Mount Sillymanborrow.

My little guys were enthralled by the imagery evoked through the author's use of silly names, word play, and friendly banter.  They even decided to add on to the story with other adventures they imagined the two friends would have together.  It took them just a minute to realize that Roger and Padraig were not, in fact, on an African safari, rather on a fantastic adventure in their own backyard.  Once they did, I could see their wheels spinning and knew they were each planning some incredible backyard camping trip of their own for this summer!  My boys are (almost) 7, 5, and 3 and they all really enjoyed this book.  I think some of the imagery was lost on my 3 year old, but with very basic explanations, he understood that this was a make believe adventure being played out in the backyard.

I must add that I adore the illustrations in this book!  They are colorful and imaginative and play a large role in helping the reader determine the difference between fantasy and reality in this fun adventure.

You can purchase The Dragon and the Turtle Go on Safari for $11.99 from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group.  Be sure to stop by and check them out on Facebook.

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group, for the purpose of this review.  The views expressed are my honest opinions based on the experience of me and my children.
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