Book Review ~ Best hair book ever!

“Cute cuts, sweet styles and tons of tress tips” along with plenty of photographs and instructions for a variety of hair types and lengths are what comprise the Best hair book ever! from the editors of faithgirlz and Girls’ Life magazine. Although it is targeted towards middle school and high school aged young ladies, this book even gives this 30-something mom a few ideas. 😉

The Best hair book ever! is thorough in content and friendly in tone. Its 128 pages are full-color with plenty of photographs. As a how-to book, there is a section to define your hair type with a recommended regimen as well as a guide to determine your face shape and the right cut to flatter it. The chapters are divided into styles for: summer, sports, school, weekend, party, and braids. For each style shown, there are small sections of information with a picture and description. There are braids, up-dos, ponytails, and accessorizing your style. None of the styles are over-the-top but include those ranging from classic to trendy.  There is also a make-your-own guide for “hair candy” like hair clips and ties.

4 out of 5 stars

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review from the BookLook Bloggers program.

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Book Review ~ Thankful by Eileen Spinelli

Eileen Spinelli’s Thankful offers a feel-good reminder to appreciate our blessings in daily life.

Written as a rhyming poem, there are small amounts of text with full-page illustrations on each page. Spinelli writes of many professions: gardener, fireman, poet, artist, etc. and for what those people are thankful, ” . . .The doctor is thankful when patients get well. The traveler, for a cozy hotel. The dancer is thankful. She loves the beat that stirs her heart and hips and feet. . . .”

Illustrations of the family of four, with a son and daughter, bring the poem to life and offer a charming and whimsical feel to this book as the children dress up and play the part of the professions mentioned. The only religious aspect of this poem is towards the end on one page where, “Pastor is thankful for God’s loving word.”

Thankful is light-hearted and enjoyable for younger children and their parents. It is a nice addition to our home library, especially as we choose to be mindful and grateful in our daily lives. Although my 4-year-old son likes the story and the pictures, and listens to it when I choose it, he hasn’t picked it on his own.

In exchange for my honest review, I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program.

4 out of 5 stars

Indoor Activity Ideas for a Preschooler

Whether the weather is uninviting, someone feels out of sorts, or it’s an inside play day, mommies sometimes need a “go-to” for an activity. I’m creating a jar of activity sticks, and they’ll be simple: craft sticks with a different activity handwritten on each stick.

Here is my list, a work in progress, that is primarily geared towards preschoolers. What would you add to it?

Activity Sticks Ideas:

  • ABC Mouse (online subscription)
  • Bake together
  • Bath time / Water play
  • Bean bag toss
  • Beans box
  • Blocks
  • Build a fort
  • Candy Land
  • Color Wonder
  • Connect Four
  • Crayons
  • Dance
  • Dolls
  • Dominoes
  • Hopping
  • Hopscotch (on porch or painter’s tape on the kitchen floor)
  • I Spy – books, pictures, in the house
  • Jumping jacks
  • Letter craft
  • Memory game
  • Movie and popcorn
  • Musical instruments bag
  • Nursery rhymes
  • Ornaments
  • Painting, watercolors
  • Paper hats
  • Piano time
  • Picnic inside
  • Play store (cash register, make play money)
  • Play-doh
  • Puppets, paper bag
  • Puzzles
  • Read stories
  • Sing silly songs
  • Stickers
  • Sun catchers
  • Tape, double-stick (art collage, etc)
  • Tape, masking
  • “Tinker” box (random collection of stuff)
  • Treasure hunt
  • You Tube (songs, nursery rhymes, animals)

I have a  Pinterest board with many indoor activities. Please share what activities your little ones enjoy! 🙂

Book Review ~ The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival

Ah, the joy of autumn: crisp leaves, bright colors, fall festivals, and more. It’s something I look forward to annually, so I requested a copy of The Berenstain Bears’ Harvest Festival by Mike Berenstain to review.

 

 

 

Full of colorful pictures depicting the beauty and fun of fall, the Bear Family attend the gathering at Farmer Ben’s where they enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, a hayride, and meal while giving thanks for the harvest and their blessings. Our 4-year-old son enjoyed the story and asked if we could “do that too” as the children picked apples and more.

Recommended for ages 4-8, I would say ages 4-6 as the story is nice but light. It is a good addition to seasonal readings and focusing on being grateful to God for the firstfruits and blessings of the day, but it isn’t a story I would add to our personal library to read often. The end of the book includes three questions to discuss and two activity suggestions.

In exchange for my honest review, I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Book Look Bloggers program.

3 out of 5 stars

 

 

Book Review ~ Summer by Summer

Teenage cliques, first impressions, personal agendas, and being stranded off the coast of Belize:  Summer by Summer, a young adult (YA) novel written by Heather Burch, has them all. A summer trip to Belize isn’t all she wanted her experience as a nanny to be when Summer meets the older brother, Bray, of the family. After making some peace and helping with a diving expedition, they are stranded on an island due to a bad storm. With no rescue party in sight, the two must rely on themselves, each other, and their faith in God as they learn who the other really is while waiting to be rescued.

This is definitely a young adult novel with a market age of 14 and up. It is an easy beach read, no pun intended, of survival, love, trust, and faith. The story line flows as the author alternates between Summer’s and Bray’s points-of-view. Each must let go of the first impression and assumptions made of the other to survive their adventure.

While this is not a must-read, I wouldn’t avoid it. It kept my attention as I knew everything had to work out. I just wasn’t sure how Burch would create the twists and turns to bring positive closure.

*Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the BookLook Bloggers program in exchange for my honest review.

4 out of 5 stars