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:

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:

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:

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:

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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:
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:,

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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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I was so excited to get the Britax Advocate Click Tight ARB Convertible Car Seat. After going through consumer reports and trying to find the safest car seat for Charlie, I finally decided that Britax was the way to go.

The Britax Advocate includes the Click Tight Installation System, which is not only super easy to install, every… single…time…but also is rated one of the highest in safety. The seat has three layers of side impact protection, a impact absorbing base and also a steel frame for maximum safety. It also includes a patented V shaped tether that minimizes seat rotation adn reduces forward movement if the vehicle would get into a crash. The ARB (anti rebound bar) minimizes forces associated with MVA by helping to stabilize the seat. The seat has quickly adjustable 14 position harness, that allows for easily accommodated my growing toddler. Oh and the cover of the entire car seat is easily removed for cleaning purposes… because who even knows what happens in the car seat! I am finally rest assured that Charlie is safe and sound in the back seat of my car. Thank you Britax!

Shoes pictured: PediPed


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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!


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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:


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Baby Bjorn Travel Crib Light: 

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:


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:


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.