Posted in FAMILY TIME, Holiday traditions, Reading

One red envelope filled with a special Christmas Memory: Santa writes!

After talking about new Holiday Traditions I wondered what we could do for these excited little princesses we have in the house. While looking on USFamilyGuide I saw an opportunity for a new tradition, Santa’s personal letter. What better way to start a new Holiday Tradition! Isabella has become very excited, shopping in the stores and seeing Santa’s photos “Mommy Santa Santa!” … Along with stopping me on my way out to go work “Mommy tell Santa bring Elleanna surprises too please”.
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I cannot wait to see Isabella’s overwhelming joy when she receives her mail from Santa.
They even have letters for boyfriends/husbands… Hmm Geraldo might just be receiving one.
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Posted in EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY TIME, Reading

Princess Fables and the lessons of good.

In exchange for my time and efforts in reporting my opinion within this blog,  the author Marc Clark has provided me with complimentary  paperback copy of Princess Fables book. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

Three-teen has hit… The household is under attack with two three year olds, a two year old along with Elleanna turning one; someone save my sanity.

After weeks of bedtime stories, nap stories and mid afternoon treats before mommy leaves for work, the girls and I (mainly Isabella) have been indulging ourselves in chapter stories of Princesses and their troubles. Given the opportunity from Princess Fables author Marc Clark I found myself laughing at the stories, comparing the girls to each Princess and their situation.

princessfable4I found myself very happy about each story that was introduced to the girls; though I know the reading was above your average three-year old Isabella found herself excited for each chapter. Sitting or laying in front of the rocking chair talking to me about each Princess.

  • The Princess who always said “No”
  • The Princess who always said ” I don’t wanna”
  • The Princess who wouldn’t wake up
  • The Princess who always said “Not today”

I kind of feel like the Princess who wouldn’t wake up each morning and throughout the night when Elleanna wakes… (After working evening/night shift I am drained when she decides to wake the first thirty minutes I’m home and hour upon hour.)

princessfable2Each chapter hit the basics when little girls (children in general) with their newly found attitudes, dislikes and unsure about the changes and new adventures that we as parents set forth for them. I was highly entertained by the stories, with the few pages they were for each chapter princess it made for a great lesson amongst a great read before bed.

princessfableMy daughter learned that it could be unsafe to say no, not today or to hide from adults. The easy reading made for a very understanding story line for the girls to comprehend and incorporate in their routines. A highly recommended book for parents of tree-teen girls and older I hope that each young girl enjoys and understands the meanings behind each chapter (Princess).

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Have you found an education book that teaches lessons to little ones about hiding, talking back and not doing what they are asked? Please share with us.

Posted in EDUCATIONAL, FAMILY TIME, Reading

The Land of Dragor: Book 1 The Gift of Charms.

In exchange for my time and efforts in reviewing The Land of Dragor, The Gift of Charms and giving my opinion on my blog, I have been provided with images along with the story. Even though I receive these benefits, I always give an opinion that is 100% mine.

Captivated by The Land of Dragor: The Gift of Charms; I find myself and Isabella transported into this magical land of dragons. As our nightly routine we pick stories to read, these past few weeks things have been a bit different. With my computer wide open I’m transfixed into a child’s book, with every word I speak to Isabella playing like a movie in my head I find it difficult to pause our reading while Isabella begins to drift off.  Will she dream of Yoshiko, the young dragon and his land filled with friends and family? Will her dream be of his adventures, his learning’s or even of herself in his land with all the dragons playing?

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For many nights Isabella and I have read this amazing book by Julia Suzuki as, she not only captures the minds and hearts of the children but has put myself, an adult in complete astonishment. While the words and story carry on I find myself picturing each character… Yoshiko and his large dragon wings, his mother and father, Kiara and Ketu and all his fire school friends. As each description is highlighted I find the story turning into a movie inside my mind.

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As I watch Isabella’s excited face each time I say it’s time for bed, time for a story her gaze seems to find its way to my laptop in which holds this astonishing story. For the first nights we found ourselves reading The Prologue: The Strange Egg and reviewing all the photos that Julia had shared with us. As we look at the map Isabella asks where the dragons live, and points at each mountain. “Yoshi home mommy?” As we continue our readings the following nights we learn of each clan and look for their homes on the map.

I cannot stress enough how important reading is to my girls and I; since our move to Maryland we find ourselves snuggled in bed or sitting on the floor together reading multiple stories. As time goes by we found ourselves reading the same stories multiple times a week. We would begin reading about Toy Story and find ourselves next on The Little Mermaid. In hopes of finding a solution to this book skipping problem, I began to wonder about longer books. Fewer pictures and more of a story! It just happens at this moment I found Julia’s twitter amongst my followers and began reading a bit about her story. I couldn’t help myself, overwhelmed with complete curiosity I reached out. Thankfully Julia was so kind to allow me to have a document with photos along with the full book to read with Isabella.

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I cannot thank Julia enough for this delightful reading; as we further into the chapters ahead (21 to be exact) I see so many educational topics. It may just be my point of view but as soon as you read this story you may also see the topics I am so pleased to be speaking or reading to my soon to be big girl. From being judged from where Yoshiko came from to the school “bullies” many learning topics were brought up. This dazzling adventure of a “smalling” dragon and how he learned to overcome bullies, weaknesses and learn that he can do much more with a positive attitude and practice has now become a family favorite.

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You will read about Yoshiko’s adventure of attending Fire School and the obstacles he faces to his adventures that may just be breaking rules in order to save his friends talents and the future of The  Land of Dragor. This unique  story has just begun in my opinion, due to the ending I feel as if The Land of Dragor with Yoshiko and his friends and elders will have more adventures and lessons ahead of them and to us. I, as an upcoming teacher hope to purchase this book for my future classroom along with a copy for my girls.

Are you up for an adventure?