Book Reviews, Family fun, Toddlers

Father’s Day with Macmillan 

  

Saturday with Daddy by Dan Andreasen: Charlie’s favorite part of this book is the simple fact that it is written about a young elephant and his elephant daddy. Mommy’s favorite part? Listening to Charlie say elephant! Find it here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781466844407

Daddy Depot by Chana Stiefel: Charlie absolutely loved the pictures in this book! This book is not just perfect for father’s day, but perfect for everyday! This book illustrates the year round dedication father’s provide. I absolutely loved the silly idea of “shopping” for a new dad. (Oh and to Ray (my dad), I promise I would pick you over and over again.) Find it here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250058898

Daddies are Awesome by Meredith Costain: This book has such a sweet storyline and super cute illustrations that celebrate all kinds of daddies. Charlie absolutely loved all the pictures of the daddy dogs and their puppies. Mommy loves that it’s a board book and Charlie can’t rip the pages out! J Find it here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781627794527

My Daddy Rules the World by Hope Anita Smith: This book has powerful poems that complement and explore the special relationship between daddy and baby. Find it here: https://us.macmillan.com/books/9780805091892

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Family fun

Flagship Cruises

Flagship Cruises and Events: http://www.flagshipsd.com
Flagship Dinner Cruise: http://www.flagshipsd.com/cruises/nightly-dinner-cruise

We recently joined Flagship Cruises for their Nightly Dinner Cruise.

We had passed the Flagship stand so many times that we almost became accustomed to walking past it, like we were blind to it. Until some people in our group decided to stop by the stand and check out what they were all about.

And I am so glad they did!

We decided to join them on their Saturday Night Dinner Cruise.

The service was impeccable, the views were unforgettable, and the evening was one of the most memorable family nights we had on the trip. 

We started off the cruise with champagne, and Charlie enjoyed himself to some apple cider. I added the ‘Hosted Bar’ to my ticket and let me tell you, it was SO worth it! The Merlot and Bloody Mary’s were amazing! I would definitely recommend adding this onto your reservation!

Charlie loved watching the boat take off, and screamed with delight at the people waving at him from the shore. He kept yelling “On a boat! In the water!” I did not know someone could be this excited about being on a boat… that in itself made mommy so happy.

We then had a three course gourmet dinner followed by the most amazing dessert which included lemon bars, caramel brownies, strawberries with whipped cream and cheesecake. Yes… all four. And I did not control myself.

The ship sailed 25 miles along the San Diego coastline. There was music, dancing, and the beautiful night lights of the city.

I would recommend this over and over for both locals and for tourists. I will definitely be taking my friend and my family on this again!

Thank you Flag ship cruises!!

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One Big Happy Red, White and Cute

Memorial Day is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service fighting for our freedom here in the United States of America. This year, Gymboree’s perfectly coordinated “Americana” design fits the occasion to a tee! Find the collection here: http://search.gymboree.com/clothes/Americana
Every year to celebrate Memorial Day, my family gets together at my parents’ house to hang out by the pool. We grill hamburgers, hot dogs and my mom always makes the best homemade potato salad. We may also pour some Margaritas but that’s a story for another time.

This year the family plans to continue our “poolside” tradition. There are always lots of jokes, laughter and stories. We have two babies in the family and they are typically the center of all activity and attention. Gymboree’s Americana outfits will be the perfect addition to our summer tradition.

A couple of my favorite items from the Americana collection are the Flag shirt and the Stars Shirt from the Star Spangled Days collection. Find them here: http://www.gymboree.com/shop/item/boys-flag-shirt-140167128?Port=DataFeed&ad=SLI, http://www.gymboree.com/shop/item/boys-stars-shirt-140167130?Port=DataFeed&ad=CERTONA

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Bracelets by: Same SkyFun fact: For those that know me, you know how into gardening I am. Some of my favorite flowers are peonies, ranunculus, and poppies. I’ve mastered the art of growing poppies, and every spring, my garden beds are full of them. Did you know that wearing poppies was a tradition for Memorial Day that originated from the poem “In Flanders Fields.”

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Book Reviews, Family fun, Product Photography, Toddlers

Macmillan

Macmillan publishers is a global trade book publishing company with a broad range of award winning books for both children and adults. We recently were able to review a few of their publications and I am very impressed. Not only are the beautifully illustrated and written but I actually learned something! Here are a few of the books I had the pleasure of reviewing: 

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin: I am an Arizona native and have visited the Grand Canyon only once ( I know I know… who am I?) The Grand Canyon by Jason Chin is an elaborate story of the life of the Grand Canyon and is one of the best guides on the market. This book offers a beautifully laid out exploration of a father and daughter on a hike through the Grand Canyon.


 

Science Comics: Bats by Falynn Koch: There is no better way to learn a topic than to read a graphic comic book style novel about it. The book is goofy and dry and made me laugh on multiple occasions. Charlie loved the pictures of the bats.


 

Pedal Power by Allan Drummond: A book about sustainability and biking around the world. Fun, kid friendly, and absolutely beautifully illustrated.


 

Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet by Jacqueline Kelly: This book takes place in the early 1900’s in Texas. It is full of historical and scientific information and humorously describes a relationship between Callie and Travis. Its heartwarming. I loved the pictures throughout the novel!

 

Visit Macmillion publications here: http://us.macmillan.com/

 

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Mascot Books

Charlie recently received the book “Your First Golf Lesson.” He loved the illustrations and kept saying “Mom what’s that?” and “Mom there’s a ball!” I would definitely recommend this board book. 

The cool thing about Mascot books is they are a publishing company. Have you ever aspired to write your own book? You can submit your book idea here:

https://mascotbooks.com/submissions/

 

You can purchase this book here: https://mascotbooks.com/mascot-marketplace/buy-books/childrens/your-first-golf-lesson/

 

Visit Mascot Books here: https://mascotbooks.com/

 

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BabyBjorn

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light: https://www.babybjorn.com/baby-cradle-and-travel-crib/travel-crib-light/?attribute_pa_color=silver&attribute_pa_material=mesh 

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light: By far the EASIEST set up and take down for naps/bedtime EVER. When I got my Graco pack and play I remember it taking forever to set up… ok not forever… but it was a pain… and the button would stick and so sometimes I would fiddle with it for what seemed like forever… especially when your sleep deprived and want to crawl into the pack in play yourself. When I opened the BabyBjorn Travel Crib I was so relieved to see that the set up took less than a minute. It comes with a travel carrier. It’s light to carry but super sturdy. The mattress it comes with is soft and comfy and does not even compare to my previous pack and play. The mattress has a built in base plate that keeps the lightweight travel crib standing firmly on the floor. This is the ideal crib for those long visits to visit relatives out of state to even the short visits to your friend’s house for the afternoon nap. The fabrics in this product have been tested and approved in accordance with Oeko Tex which means they are free from health hazardous substances and allergens. The sides of the travel crib are made of soft and airy mesh that allows baby to breathe through the fabric… this is SO IMPORTANT to me, especially when baby is so little and has his face smudged against the side. Lastly, both the mattress cover and the crib fabric can be easily removed and washed in the machine!

 

Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light Fitted Sheet: https://www.babybjorn.com/accessories/accessories-travel-crib-cradle/fitted-sheet-for-travel-cot-light/

 

The Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light Fitted Sheet is machine washable, soft, organic, and specifically design to fit the Baby Bjorn Travel Crib. They are easy to put on, easy to take off, and may I repeat… so soft. The fabrics in this product have been tested and approved in accordance with Oeko Tex which means they are free from health hazardous substances and allergens.

 

Baby Bjorn High Chair: https://www.babybjorn.com/kitchen/high-chair/?attribute_pa_color=white

 

The BabyBjorn high chair is rated top for highest safety. The high chair table opens up and keeps Charlie sitting safely down during mealtimes (no more crawling out of the highchair). The table has a lock on it and cannot be opened by toddlers. The highchair folds up, is light and is easy to transport. The original set up took me less than 1 minute and involved no screwdrivers, nuts, bolts, or even my husband. I did it all myself! The plastics used in the highchair are BPA free and safe for foods.

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