Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Review: If you were me and lived in...peru by Carole P. Roman

You’ll never guess what crazy dish the ancient Incan kings ate. But you can read all about it, and more, in If You Were Me and Lived in…Peru, the latest book in Carole P. Roman’s fun travel series for kids.

An exciting introduction to world cultures written for young readers ages three through eight, this new expedition takes kids to South America and gives them a colorful glimpse into what living in Peru is like. Highlighting a myriad of topics, including language, cuisine, climate, and history, this book teaches kids about diversity while also revealing to them the important truth that we are all connected.

Parents, grandparents, and teachers alike will love opening their children’s eyes to the world around them in a fun and easy way—and they’ll be happily surprised when they end up learning a few things themselves. Fair warning, parents: your kids will want to start celebrating a new February holiday after reading this book. But don’t worry. You can always tell them you’re making a certain special, royal Incan dish for dinner.

Review: A Different Kind of Safari by Helen C Hipp

What do you need to feel happy about being different? Based loosely on real life experiences, this heartwarming and powerful book illustrates how self-awareness, and courage help a young boy named Raymond learn the difference between seeing things as they appear to be and seeing things as they are. Feeling "different and lonely" Raymond befriends a hippo while on Safari in Africa. Unlike other grey hippos, this hippo is pink. Ray is soon carried into a world beyond labels and challenging assumptions. You will never guess what happens next!

Review: Isabella Babysits Baxter

Six year old Isabella usually is the one who has a babysitter. But when her enormous puppy named Baxter creates a mess and prevents her mom from working, Isabella's mom asks her to babysit him. And Isabella knows exactly how to do it! Or does she? First, Isabella gets Baxter dressed...TWICE! Next they have a snack, but not without a CRASH and a BANG. And that s just the beginning. Join Isabella in her very first picture book filled with lots of humor and adventure as she tries to keep Baxter from making a bigger mess.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Review: Lobo's Howliday (The Adventures of Lovable Lobo) by C.L. Murphy

It's almost Christmas and Santa finds himself in quite the predicament due to unintended consequences as a result of trying something new. Lobo, and his raven sidekick, Roxy, travel to the North Pole to help the jolly ole' one and are guided by the Arctic animals. The colors of the season delight along the way and make for a howling good holiday. Can you howl Ho Ho Ho?

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Product Review: Magnetic Screen Door by iGotTech

We received this product via Tomoson and the company iGotTech. 

I have been wanting to get one of these for the longest time. Not only do they look cool, but I figured it would be perfect for my household since both of my kids like to run in and out of the house constantly. 
Now I was very picky on where I wanted to put it. I figured I would try my front door as that is the door that we all use, but it didn't look like it would work unless I put it on the outside of the house where the rain and winds would get to it. 
Instead I put it on my door frame leading into my laundry room and my back door. And it seems to work perfectly. My two year old has already tried it out and likes going in and out.
Now I can keep the backdoor open while we are outside and I don't have to worry about the bugs especially flies coming into the rest of the house.

It took no more than 5 minutes to install and was super easy. The only tool you need is a pair of scissors and that is so you can cut the Velcro. We also used four of the tacks that came with it to help keep it in place a bit more securely. 
The magnetic that holds it down the middle stays together and there are no gaps. I am very impressed with the product and the way it is put together.

The Magnetic Screen Door was easy to install and both me and my husband worked together to make sure it went on correctly.
I do believe we will be buying more of these just to use through out the house and possibly give them as gifts. 

Pictures: Now some of them are dark but I could not get the right lighting on my phone.

My husband using a tack to hold it place.

My two year old helping daddy out. 

Her giving it a try.

My husband measuring it to make sure it fits.

The finish product.

Thank you iGotTech

 Below is a 7 second video of my daughter using the Magnetic Screen Door.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Review: Merry Christmas, Little Hoo! By: Brenda Ponnay

It's Christmas Eve and Little Hoo should be sleeping. But there are so many interesting noises! Are there reindeer on the roof and elves in the kitchen? Join your favorite owl and find out in this Christmas story that will make December bedtime more fun for toddlers, preschoolers and even big kids who can't help but believe in Christmas magic.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Review: Princess Bella's Royal Tea Party (Bella's Adventures Book 1) by Crystal Clifton

Bella loves her tea parties, and today is a very special one. Today’s tea party is a Royal one because all of her favorite guests are coming. Read and find out what special guests are going to be there.