This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer’s Network. All opinions are 100% my own.

When our girls were born (they are now 13 and 14) the must have book for parents was the What to Expect series.  Much has changed since our girls were born and I was curious what is new and especially what is the new must have book for parents of toddlers and babies.  I knew there had to be something!

Then I was sent this book and knew it must be it! Baby and Toddler Basics: Expert Answers to Parents’ Top 150 Questions.

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It is written by Tanya Altmann who is both the author and a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Pediatrics.  The book is laid out in chapters with questions, advice and bonus tips from Tanya throughout.  It has the most recent information on topics like “Do I really need to give medicine for a fever?” Or “What is the appropriate amount of Acetaminophen to give?”.

I put the book to the test by looking up a few of the questions we’d had over the course of raising our 4 kids.

Like the ever allusive tummy ache.  How many times kids have complained that their tummy hurts.  They are young enough you know it hurts, and maybe sometimes there are tears.  But is it something more?  Do we need to call the doctor?  The book gives great advice on this topic, like keeping a food diary to see if perhaps there is a certain food, or food group, triggering these tummy aches.  It goes through a list of questions to ask yourselves (or the doctor).

I was pleased with the content of every question I looked up.  It was informative, without being overly basic.  It felt valuable to me, even as a quite seasoned parent and I KNOW would be invaluable to new/expectant parents as well.

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I received this item in order to facilitate my review.  All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

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As our girls get older, we enjoy watching them make their faith, their own.  One common struggle though is finding devotionals for them.   It seems there are an abundance of them for younger kids and college-age girls.  But very few that are actually for their age range 13-18.  It can be a hard age range to cover.  Some girls in that age group are immature and just want to play and have fun.  Others are sincere about their faith and longing to go deeper in God’s word.  Still others are dealing with complex issues like teenage pregnancy, abusive parents and more.  Writing content for that age group is quite challenging, at least in my opinion.  Finally though, we have a great devotional for girls called Adored.

Help young women tackle the issues they’re facing, while learning how precious they are to God! Each daily entry features a Scripture verse; relevant devotion on topics including bullying, social media, friendships, and dating; journaling space for reflection; and real-world applications to help them find God in their hearts and lives. Ages 13 and up.

In an ever-changing world, we can be certain of one thing: we are beloved by God. Adored: 365 Devotions for Young Women tackles tough topics girls face, from bullying and social media to friendships and dating, all the while showing readers how infinitely precious they are in God’s sight.

Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse and journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Adored will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance. Gift givers will love this highly designed book featuring a beautiful, foiled cover, two-color interior pages, and a ribbon marker.”

Order a copy for your girls today!

 

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Give The Gift Of Learning With Bethlehem Books

Our kids LOVE to read.  They love being read to.  We try to read out loud to all the kids…even our teen.  It is always good to read to your kids no matter their ages.  It’s good for adults to be read to!  But finding good literature can be challenging and books are not always cheap.  Bethlehem Books strives to have wholesome books for the whole family.  I will definitely be checking them out!

Bethlehem Books is a great place to find books for the whole family to enjoy. They have regular books and audio books. Books are my favorite things to give as gifts and I am so excited to be part of this giveaways. One lucky person is going to win Five Free Bethlehem Books of your choice plus 5 free audio downloads of Bethlehem Books from Audible.com!

Bethlehem Books is a publishing company that offers many of those “right books.” They specialize in historical fiction, adventure tales, biographies, and family stories that help children and young adults expand their imagination and understand the past. With many titles available, they are a great option if you are looking for exceptional books that captivate their audiences. The books are available in print or eBooks.

About Bethlehem Books:

Bethlehem Books is a small, home grown publishing company dedicated to restoring to children and families a treasury of wholesome, character-building literature. They are more than just a business. Their work springs from the heart of the Bethlehem Community of Benedictine Oblates, a lay group of families and single people which began in 1971.

Here are a few books that would be a perfect gift!

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A Day on Skates: Twins Afke and Evert have a particularly understanding teacher who decides to take his class on a winter skating trip in a nearby town. Evert and his buddies, shy Simon and loyal Afke all have their share of adventures. Everyone (Teacher most of all) breathes a happy sigh of relief upon arriving home safely after a very full day.

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The Miracle of St. Nicholas is another great children’s book about a Russian boy and his babushka who talk about the past and faith and hope for miracles.

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Bethlehem Books has also published a book titled Kitchen Madonna. It is a story about Marta who is unhappy. For quietly aloof Gregory and his sister Janet, Marta, with her thick Ukrainian accent, her good cooking, and her stories, is the anchor of the house. Mother and Father, both busy architects, are gone all day and sometimes at night.

If you are looking for good children’s books or books for the whole family, be sure to look at the selection at Bethlehem Books. You should also follow their Facebook page because they offer discounts on your purchases. You can also subscribe to their email newsletter for updates.

Now for the giveaway. It is open to US residents until November 7. Please enter below and Good Luck!

 

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a sample of the product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

I have many great memories of time spent with my grandparents.  I remember fish fries at their lake house, helping my grandma cook as we listened to country music and enjoying my grandpa’s yummy homemade peach ice cream.  Time with grandparents is important and I want my kids to have great memories of their own.  A new illustrated childrens’ book, “The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa™” is the first in a series celebrating this special relationship between kids and their grandparents.  It follows two children, Nick and Sarah as they enjoy fun times at their grandparents’ house. They are joined by Flash the Firefly, who becomes their best friend.  My kids were thrilled to receive this fun book and plush Flash!

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They were able to read about all the fun things Nick and Sarah did with their Nana and Papa, like visiting the zoo and fishing.

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I loved the illustrations in the book!

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We were excited to find a special section at the end of the book that had several pages for the kids to fill out.

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It was a neat way to connect the story with the kids’ own experiences with their grandparents and they really enjoyed filling them out.

The plush Flash the Firefly was a hit as well.  They loved how cuddly he was and were excited to find out he even lights up.

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We really enjoyed “The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa” and it even led to my husband and I sharing our own memories and stories with the kids.

“The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa” is available online at CampNanaPapa.com. In April, it will be for sale at Barnes & Noble stores across the country and online at both barnesandnoble.com and Amazon. Flash comes in two sizes, medium 8” tall or large 14” tall. The medium retails for $17.95 and the large for $34.95. Flash can also be purchased in conjunction with the book for $29.95 and $39.95.

 

 

 

Belinda is a wife, mom, blogger, and Brand Ambassador. She has six children including 5 boys and 1 girl. Belinda enjoys reading, photography, crafts and DIY projects, and watching her boys play soccer. You may contact Belinda at mudpiesand tiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Belinda

Disclosure: I was not financially compensated for this post. I received a product for review purposes. The opinions are my own, based on my personal experience with the product.

2015 Holiday Gift Guide

I found the neatest gift for our son Jack!  He got his very own personalized book from I See Me.

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I have heard of other personalized gifts and we HAVE other personalized gifts so I honestly thought I knew exactly what was coming in the mail.  You know, something where it’s a fill in the blank with your kiddos name.  I See Me is NOTHING like that!  This book is 100% customized and personalized JUST FOR JACK.  It is amazing!

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He received “My Very Own Trucks Personalized Book“.  And everything is customized from the title, to the front page and every page in the book.  The various vehicles are trying so hard to get Jack’s name up on a billboard.  They are towing and pulling the letters of his name throughout the story.  BUT…each vehicle and some of the elements on the page ALSO correspond with the letter they are towing.  A has an ambulance…Y has a yacht.  It is personalized through and through and THAT is what makes I See Me stand out from the crowd!

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Jack learning how to spell his name thanks to his personalized I See Me book.

 

I normally would not purchase a single book for $34.99, but this is truly worth every penny.  This a great gift for a newborn baby or a baby shower.  It is an excellent gift for a birthday party.  A wonderful idea for grandparents and extended family members to purchase and have it shipped straight to your door.  We love it and would like to get Benjamin his own book too.

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Jack still reads this book every day and loves it more and more each day.  And to top it off….I See Me is offering one reader their own personalized book to win (squee)! I  am SO excited for one of you to win and see for yourself how incredible this is!

Kristen: Kristen is a wife, mom, blogger and Brand Ambassador. She has four children; 2 boys and 2 girls. Kristen enjoys her role as a stay-at-home mother. Her oldest children are home-schooled. Her interests include gardening, coffee, reading, cooking and finding new ways to be eco-friendly. You may contact Kristen at mudpiesandtiaras at gmail dot com. Click here to meet Kristen