Tuesday, December 28, 2010

PRODUCT REVIEW: Gold Foil King Crowns Paper

I bought these to use for my son's "Where the Wild Things Are" birthday party. I had enough for each of the kids. There are slits that can be used to hold the ends together for adjustable sizing. They were not small enough for the age group (2-5 year-olds), but we made do by taping them. The kids thought they were great!

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Best Holiday Children's Books

I've recently posted reviews for some of my family's favorite Children's books.  Below are a few lists of Best Holiday Books for kids:

I actually had a hard time finding good lists of best holiday children's books.  Do you know of any good ones I'm missing?  What is your favorite holiday children's book?

Merry Christmas!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas by Justine Korman

In The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas, the poky little puppy learns about the meaning of Christmas.  "The best gifts are the ones you give."  After reading that line, my six-year-old daughter said, "Not for me!," which made me realize I should be reading it to her a lot more often!  However, it gave us the opportunity to discuss "giving" and what Christmas is really about.  The Poky Little Puppy's First Christmas is in our selection of holiday books we will get out and read every year. 

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Merry Christmas, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

I have seen a lot of negative reviews for this book.  I can understand the reason for the negative feedback.  The "If you give a..." series are wonderful children's books.  They are witty and fun to read. Merry Christmas, Mouse! is a completely different book, with a different style.  It is more appropriate for younger children or as a book for beginning-readers.  With that in mind, it's a nice Christmas book to read to children over the holiday season.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Mooseltoe by Margie Palatini

The holidays are hectic.  As parents we try to do all the things we're supposed to do - all the gift buying and wrapping, decorating, meal planning, etc. We're bound to forget something.  That's just what Moose did, so he has to get creative to make the holiday perfect for his family.

It's a cute story.  My only complaint is that the writing style is somewhat hard to read. It doesn't flow easily, but that might come with reading it a few times, which I'm sure will happen since the kids love it!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: Santa Mouse by Michael Brown

The original copyright for Santa Mouse is 1966, but don't let that turn you away.  Parents will love to read this book just as much as the kids will love to hear it, and that's the key to a perfect children's book!

Santa Mouse is a classic that will continue to be read to children for many years to come.  The story is adorable and the rhyming pattern is fun and easy to read. I look forward to getting this book out every year in December as we get ready for our own visit from Santa Claus.  Maybe this year we'll leave a piece of cheese beneath the tree in case he brings along his special, tiny friend.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

BOOK REVIEW: The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp

I read this book almost six years ago during nursing sessions with my [first] newborn...sometimes at 2 in the morning. Since then I have bought copies for all the new moms in my life. It is an absolute must-read for new moms!

My husband's parents would cringe whenever they saw us wrap our daughter in swaddling blankets, but we knew it was what she needed and it worked every time. We would wrap her up every night and within minutes she would turn her head to the side and nod off. That (along with a pacifier) would comfort her and signal to her that it was time to sleep. We also swaddled our boys, but they required a little more swinging and shhh-shing.

All babies/kids are different and I don't think there's a "one size fits all" solution to any parenting issue; however, this book is a helpful guide to new parents, filled with ideas for how to give them what they need so they (and you) can rest easier.