Archives for November 2017

The Fall 2017 Baby Round up is here! Suggestions for Mom and baby!

Looking for shoes for your little one? Pediped has you covered!

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Just look at these adorable styles! They are not only cute but they are also comfortable!

About pediped®
Exceptional quality, unsurpassed comfort, and distinctive styling have made the award-winning company the fastest growing children’s footwear brand in the United States. pediped® footwear has been awarded the American Podiatric Medical Association Seal of Acceptance for the promotion of healthy foot development, and preeminent orthopedic medical professionals, Dr. Mininder S. Kocher and Dr. Thomas W. Vorderer, deem pediped® shoes an excellent choice for parents/caregivers who want their children’s feet to develop naturally and healthily. pediped® has received numerous industry awards and accolades including recognition from Earnshaw’s, the premier media resource serving the children’s market. In 2015 pediped® was recognized by the Footwear Industry Awards as the Children’s Footwear Brand of the Year and earned a 2016 Earnie Award from Earnshaw’s magazine as the Footwear Brand of the Year.

pediped® is sold in over 750 stores in the United States and 40 countries worldwide with an offering of more than 120 designs for boys and girls between its three lines, Originals®, Grip ‘n’ Go™ and Flex®. The award-winning footwear is available in EU sizes 17 to 38 (US newborn to 6 Youth). For more information, visit  LIKE on Facebook at /pedipedfootwear and follow on Twitter and Instagram @pedipedfootwear.

I love this next product because it really is quite unique!

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It’s a diaper wallet from!

It has built-in wipes compartment and dual access to wipes. This one is great for outings and travel!

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Australia based was founded in 2007 by Dannielle Michaels and Monique Filer. products are fun and functional to make parent’s lives that little bit easier with a touch of cool thrown in.  The award-winning collection of innovative designed everyday baby essentials includes the Travel Drying Rack, Sippy Cups, Diaper Wallet, Baby Bottle + Dispenser, Diaper Caddy, Travel Bib and Flexible Spoon,  Snack Pack, Mesh Feeder, Baby Spoon, Bowl + Straw, Toddler Cutlery Set and Divided Plates.  For more information visit

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Covered Goods nursing covers allow for mom and baby to nurse comfortably!

Founder Jamie Yetter, herself a mother of four, faced a common fear that many women have while nursing in public; the fear of being exposed!  This fear often kept her and other nursing mothers searching for a hidden place somewhere. Sometimes, it was impossible to nurse at all.  In researching available nursing cover options on the market, Yetter found none of these options offered the security of optimal privacy.  She designed a nursing cover that would not only offer all over coverage but would also allow for the cover to conveniently convert for use as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover.  Moms can truly nurse anytime, anywhere!  There is no more fear of being exposed with Covered Goods.

The high quality covers are made from an ultra-comfy breathable lightweight and stretchy fabric.  There are no straps, rings, or cords to mess with.  The covers take seconds to put on and take off, and alleviate any worry that baby will kick or pull mom’s cover off.  The flexible neck is also designed to be able to be worn down under one arm to give mom even more freedom when nursing.  An added benefit of the flexible neck allows mom to peek in on baby or to make sure her little one has latched properly.  Covered Goods nursing covers can be folded compactly for storage and they are ideal for traveling with baby.

Covered Goods covers are available online at and at specialty boutiques and stores across North America.  Recommended retail: $34.99.

About Covered Goods™

San Clemente, CA-based Covered Goods was founded in 2012 by mom Jamie Yetter.  The original multi-use nursing cover, Covered Goods covers provide true all over coverage and can also be used as a scarf, car seat cover and shopping cart cover.  Covered Goods covers are manufactured in the USA.  For more information visit

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The Feed and Soothe gift set from MAM is a must-buy! It can also be found on

About MAM – standard setting baby products 

MAM combines technological innovation, medical function and contemporary design to develop superior baby care products that support a baby’s development from day one. Since MAM developed its first pacifier in Vienna in 1976, it has evolved to become a global authority on baby care product design and quality. Today MAM products are used by families in over 60 countries and on six continents. To find out more and view MAM’s baby care range of award-winning pacifiers, bottles, cups, teethers, oral care items, coordinating accessories and gift sets visit

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Twitter: @MAMBABY


Instagram: mam_usa


The ergoCocoon Swaddle Sleep Bag is perfect for baby this time of year! 

The ergoCocoon ‘no origami’ baby swaddle sleep bags are designed to be both easy to use and difficult to escape from. The simple zip up design will keep baby snug and securely swaddled without the need for complicated wrapping. Made from skin-friendly, breathable organic cotton for superior comfort, the ergoCocoon is acknowledged as ‘hip-healthy’ by the International Hip Dysplasia Institute for its ergonomically designed bell shaped bottom which provides extra leg room for healthy hips. For those bubs that like a little more freedom or are ready to transition out of a swaddle, the ergoCocoon has poppers in the armholes that can be used to convert from a swaddle to a sleeping bag. Tog rated for warmth, there is an ergoPouch swaddle to suit every season. For more information visit

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Melbourne, Australia-based ergoPouch was founded in 2009 by Alina Sack.  As a mother, Sack drew on her own personal experiences of sleep deprivation to come up with innovative products designed to help babies and kids get a better night’s sleep.  The award-winning ergoPouch collection includes premium quality baby swaddles, sleeping bags and sleep suits available from birth to 6 years of age sizing.  All ergoPouch products are made with natural fibres including Organic Cotton, Bamboo and Merino.  ergoPouch products offer great functionality and versatility with swaddles that can easily transition to a sleeping bag, and sleep suits that convert from bags to suits with legs for easy use from bassinet to stroller.

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This bowl for baby from GoSili is a real must-buy!

The Silibowl is perfect for first time feeding and food storage.  The lid of the bowl can be used as a plate and also inserts into the bowl creating an airtight seal for storage.

 About GoSili®

Traverse City-based GoSili was founded in 2006 by Stacey Feeley and Giuliana Schwab.  Feeley and Schwab started in the juvenile products category with their award winning Silikids brand and with increasing demand from parents for similar products, they entered the housewares market in 2017.  GoSili creates products for families that are safe, modern and made entirely out of silicone.  The company combines need-based innovation with the technological advantages of silicone, offering an alternative to plastic tableware found in and out of the kitchen. The GoSili mission is to make the basics better by bringing an alternative to plastic, bridging the gap between great design and affordability while improving the way we live! A win-win for all!

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Sing to your baby in Spanish!: Cántale A Tu Bebé!

Picture Book with Downloadable Music; Vocals by Sonia De Los Santos and Jorge Anaya

Available from booksellers everywhere

GRAMMY® winning musicians and authors Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer want to dispel the notion that a parent has to have tubes like Adele or Bruno Mars to enjoy music with their infants. Their Sing To Your Baby project gives parents the confidence, songs and a toolkit to begin the happy adventure. In 2011, the duo published a picture book with songs called Sing To Your Baby, a project which garnered critical praise, awards, and a feature on National Public Radio. MetroKids called it “the best new baby gift since Dr. Spock.” Parents’ Choice gave it a Gold Award, recommending it as “warmhearted and beautifully crafted.”


Responding to requests from parents and educators, Cathy & Marcy’s Community Music will publish the Spanish edition of their popular book with music on September 15. The 11 lovingly translated songs on Cántale A Tu Bebé are sung by noted bilingual artists and native Spanish speakers Sonia De Los Santos and Jorge Anaya. Unlike a collection of lullabies or entertainment-oriented album, Cántale A Tu Bebé is designed for interaction and everyday use. The 32-page beautifully illustrated book includes a link to download all of the songs, providing a virtual coach for anyone – parents, caregivers and others – in a new baby’s circle of love.

More about Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Multi-GRAMMY Award winners Cathy & Marcy have created live and recorded music for families for more than 35 years. Their tightly connected harmonies are backed by instrumental virtuosity on the acoustic & electric guitar, five-string banjo, mandolin, cello banjo, ukulele, percussion and many other instruments. They have been honored with hundreds of awards from The Parents Choice Foundation, American Library Association, John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Washington Area Music Association & National Association of Parenting Publications.

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A Trusted Diaper Rash Cream That You Can Trust!

Olen Cosmetics’ Baby Butz cream is a trusted brand, recommended by pediatricians and used in hospital neonatal units. Baby Butz cream is a barrier and a healing cream that prevents and relieves diaper rash in as little as 4 hours. It’s all-natural, free of perfume, alcohol or chemicals.

Majda Ficko, CEO and founder of Baby Butz cream developed the diaper rash cream for her severely disabled son because no other brands would work. To this day, she still uses her formula on her son and can finally scratch the worry of him developing diaper rash off the list.

For more information, visit

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bloom BABY

Unscented Hypoallergenic Baby Wipes

  • Safe for all skin types, including sensitive skin, rash-prone and eczema
  • Hypoallergenic, plant-based formula for sensitive skin
  • Nourishes and protects with plant-derived vitamins A, B-Complex and D, Omega-3, and -6
  • 98% Natural Ingredients in 100% HydroPure water sourced from the Long Island glacial aquifer
  • Produced in an FDA facility free of nuts, gluten and wheat processing
  • Enriched with sensitive moisturizing lotion
  • Safe for rash- & eczema-prone skin
  • No: alcohol, chlorine, phthalates, formaldehyde carriers, parabens, phenols, quaternary ammonium compounds, SLS, lanolin, and most common allergens
  • Made in the U.S.A.

And they are NEVER tested on animals!

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These essentials are a must!

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Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash (SRP: $5.49) – This product is the diaper bag essential that should be at the top of your list! The foaming application allows you to clean your baby without running a full bath and is great to use when you are away from home for a quick and easy beach or park clean-up.

For on-the-go diaper rash treatment use Boudreaux’s Butt Paste (SRP: $9.69 for 4oz. version) – starts healing on contact to keep your little one diaper rash-free! Available in Original or Maximum Strength, Boudreaux’s 2oz bottles are the perfect addition to any baby bag!


Malarkey Kids’ Munch Mitt is the undroppable, unstoppable teething mitt. Made with food grade silicone, BPA and Phthalate free, the mitt is both convenient for parents and fun for babies.  Munch Mitt gives little ones the gift of self-managing teething relief and parents the gift of free hands! Comes with travel/wash bag and is great for travel in the car seat or stroller
Available Colors: Green, Purple Shimmer, Pink Shimmer and Aqua Blue

Age range: Recommended for ages 3-8 months. Can be used up to 12 months of age.

MSRP: $15.99

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Every nursery needs a calm, soothing environment for babies to settle and sleep. Nothing provides calm better than The Baby Shusher, an innovative baby sleep device that is one of the only products on the market that uses a recorded human voice to help soothe baby. This sleeping device for babies features rhythmic ‘shushes’ recorded which can play up to 30 minutes at a time. This helps to interrupt your baby’s crying session and engages their relaxation and calming reflex. This Baby Shusher is perfect for the nursery but also great for getting baby to calm and sleep in the car, crib, stroller or anywhere else while traveling. The adjustable volume on this Baby Shusher is also ideal for accommodating you and your baby’s personal needs during the night without keeping everyone awake. Strap Included, BPA Free, 2 AA batteries included. Only 3.2 ounces and dimensions are: 2.3 x 2.3 x 5 inches
Age range: Birth+
MSRP: $31.99
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Marcus & Marcus Organic Teething Bib is made from 100% certified organic cotton and free from harmful chemicals. Each bib comes with a BPA free and phthalate free, food grade silicone chew. Teething bib promotes healthy tooth eruption while reducing pain, drooling and overall fussiness. 100% Certified Organic Cotton and free from harmful chemicals.I love the designs and that they are made from 100% certified organic cotton.  Available Characters/Colors: Lola the Giraffe, Pokey the Piglet, Marcus the Lion Cub, Ollie the Elephant, Willow the Whale

Age Range: Birth+
MSRP: $14.99
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Looking for a great Car Seat for your little one? How about the diono radian rXT Convertible Car Seat?
This is one that many of the Celebrity Dads love!
The diono’s radian rXT car seat is designed with your child’s security and safety as top priorities. Premium materials and thoughtful safety features like a steel alloy frame, aluminum reinforced side walls, energy absorbing EPS foam, and a five-point harness put your mind at ease as your little one stays safe and sound. The reinforced adjustable head support provides additional side impact protection. ($359.99,


  • Made with full steel frame, aluminum reinforced sides and memory foam
  • You can fit THREE across!
  • Folds flat for travel
  • Comfortably seats rear-facing children from 5-45 lbs
  • Accommodates forward-facing children up to 80 lbs in a 5-point harness
  • Converts to booster mode for kids 50-120 lbs

We checked one of these car seats out and give it our top rating! We’ve heard that Celeb Dads like Justin Baldoni, Orlando Bloom, Ian Ziering, James Van der Beek (to name a few) love totting their tots safely around town in diono car seats too!

Looking to paint a nursery soon?

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Anne Geddes is the only paint for babies where every color has specific supportive effects. Research shows babies and children feel more comfortable in a beautifully colored room than a bare one, and the good mood induced by being in a pleasant setting makes them happier and healthier. A well-appointed room helps babies to cultivate a healthy and positive identity which naturally helps them learn and develop.

Key Features:

  • BABY SAFE FORMULATION:  Anne Geddes colors feature natural ingredients, toxic free and water based, which are safe for pregnant mothers, newborn babies and children.
  • WASHABLE WALLS: Anne Geddes paint is also durable so once dry, any accidents, stains or marks will wash off without damaging the surface.
  • COLORS THAT NURTURE: Baby’s first rooms can encourage development and the colors, shapes and forms that surround young babies can help create who they become as an adult. Anne Geddes paint is crafted to encourage exploration; help soothe and relax baby, to support and comfort, to stimulate imaginative thought and even encourage a sense of love and natural wonder.

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Celebrate Baby’s 1st Year with Personalized Winnie the Pooh Baby Record Book! I love this one and wish it had been available when my son was a baby!

Capture every precious moment of baby’s first year with Disney’s Winnie the Pooh: Baby’s First Record Book. Perfect for new parents, this keepsake is an incredibly special, yet easy way to preserve and share early memories.

Featuring soft, sketched illustrations of Pooh, Tigger, Piglet, and more, this personalized book lets you and your child step inside the Hundred Acre Wood. Sweet quotes from Pooh are sprinkled throughout these adorable pages, while simple prompts invite parents to jot down their favorite memories from baby’s first day on earth to first steps.

You can purchase here!


Self Disclosure: I received free samples of the above items to facilitate this baby gift guide. No other compensation was received. Images and information were also provided.


Join MAM and the United Nations Foundation in helping give children a Shot@Life this #GivingTuesday

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MAM has a commitment to providing products that ensure the healthy development of babies everywhere. Which is why they’ve teamed up with Shot@Life this #GivingTuesday and pledged to match all donations up to $25,000!

The fifth annual #GivingTuesday, November 28, follows Black Friday and Cyber Monday and is a time for families, businesses, and charities to come together to celebrate generosity and to give. This #GivingTuesday, the Shot@Life campaign will be rallying support for UN agencies and partners working to deliver lifesaving vaccinations to children in developing countries; and efforts to advocate, fundraise, and raise awareness on their behalf.

“Despite progress in combating vaccine-preventable disease on a global scale, 1.5 million children still die each year from diseases we know how to fight including polio, measles, pneumonia and diarrhea,” said Martha Rebour, Executive Director, Shot@Life campaign. “With support from MAM, we hope to raise funding and awareness for these lifesaving vaccines.”

2017 marks the fourth year of MAM’s participation in #GivingTuesday. In previous years, MAM helped support Shot@Life’s efforts to provide thousands of pneumonia and polio vaccines to the children that need them most.

MAM is committed to ensuring the healthy development of babies everywhere. They’re matching all #GivingTuesday donations up to $25,000.


About Shot@Life

Shot@Life is a United Nations Foundation grassroots advocacy campaign that champions global childhood immunization, a crucial component to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 3.2 which aims to end preventable childhood deaths by 2030. We rally members of the public, members of Congress, businesses, and civil society partners—through public education, grassroots advocacy, and fundraising—to support the cause and invest in global childhood immunization programs. Shot@Life’s 350,000 supporters and 1,400 core grassroots advocates in all 50 states strive to decrease vaccine-preventable childhood deaths and give every child a shot at life no matter where they live.

About MAM

MAM’s mission is to combine the best in technological innovation, medically sound function and contemporary design to help give babies the best start in life. Founded in Vienna, Austria in 1976, today MAM is a global leader in the baby care category, selling approximately 50 million products every year in over 60 countries. MAM works closely with teams of engineers, medical experts and studio designers to develop pacifiers, bottles, teethers and toothbrushes of unmatched quality. All MAM products are 100% baby safe: BPA-free, PVC-free, lead-free and CPSIA-compliant.

Follow MAM


Twitter: @MAMBABY


Instagram: mam_usa

About United Nations Foundation

The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. For more information, visit

How to Balance Your Master of Liberal Studies Program While the Kids are Home for the Holidays

When you enrolled in your online master in liberal studies, there’s a good chance you picked an online program simply because it worked best with your schedule. An online MALS degree means you’ve got the flexibility to study and do your assignments when it is convenient for you, which is exactly the kind of schedule busy parents need.

There’s a good chance your schedule is finely tuned, allowing you just the right balance of studying time, with parenting time, and possibly even a job as well. So what happens when that schedule is suddenly thrown completely out of whack thanks to the Christmas holidays? Suddenly that quiet time you have to devote to your studies disappears and now you need to figure out a way to balance everything until the kids head back.

Here are some tips you may find helpful and that will keep you on track with your online MALS program from a top school like Rutgers Online while keeping your sanity about you.

Easy on the Socializing

Obviously, the holidays is a time for socializing with family and friends, but with that said it’s also important to keep the amount of socializing in check. There is absolutely no reason you should feel pressured into saying yes to every invite that comes your way.

You still have your own daily responsibilities to look after, so making sure you leave time to get stuff done is imperative. It will also help you to relax and enjoy the socializing you do say yes to since you know there’s nothing else you “should” be doing.

Have a Sit-Down with the Kids Ahead of the Holidays

It will help to have the entire family on the same page as far as what your schedule requires. What this means is having a little sit-down or family meeting before the holidays begin. You can discuss the plans for the holidays, events you’ll be attending, and anything special you want to plan.

At the same time, it’s important to let the kids know you still have a very busy study schedule to attend to. Sure with online studies you can study any time of the day or night, but obviously you don’t want to be up until midnight each night simply because you ran out of time during the day.

Create Quiet Activities for the Kids

Another tip that can help is to do a little pre-planning and pick up some activities that the kids can work on while you study. Things such as arts and crafts, reading, watching Christmas movies, playing board games, working on puzzles, and word searches can occupy the kids for a decent amount of time. This allows you to focus without interruption and all kinds of background noise.

Ask the Kids to Join You

Lastly, you may find that the kids can actually work as fabulous study partners. Because liberal studies encompasses so many things such as history, social science and philosophy, it can be an enlightening experience for the kids to take part in discussions with you. This obviously works best with kids who are a bit older.

Holiday Bucket Full of Toys from Sniff & Barkens/Hartz Updated! You can order until December 10th!


Imagine a holiday gift that will delight dogs … and their two legged parents!
Envision a 5-gallon easy-to-open, yet dog-proof reusable Bucket covered with delightful dogs created by TADO and celebrated designer, Paul Budnitz, sure to become a collectors’ item.
Visualize this Bucket is filled with six favorite dog toys from Hartz!  The toys include the Hartz Tuff Stuff Nose DiversQuackersSqueakerZDura Play BallDura Play Bone and Chew ‘N Clean.

What you’ve imagined is Barkens Bucket, a Bucket full of goodies named for one of the signature dogs in possibly the fastest growing dog-focused social media platform in the last two years: Sniff & Barkens.

“Our passion for pets is at the forefront of everything we do and we are excited to partner with Sniff & Barkens on this Holiday Bucket, which will benefit the Pilots ‘n Paws Rescue that helps animals in need,” said Stacy R. Kisla, Senior Director of Marketing for The HARTZ Mountain Corporation.
10% of the proceeds from each Bucket helps save innocent displaced animals!

Sniff & Barkens, along with presenting sponsor Hartz, created this Bucket full of toys as a unique holiday gift that also helps save dogs’ lives.  This $50+ value is being offered to Sniff & Barkens’ millions of followers for $34.99, with a portion of the proceeds going to Pilots N Paws, a nonprofit organization that provides life-saving transports and rescue missions for dogs.
 “Our goal is to bring joy to furry family members while supporting an organization that helps save the lives of other dogs,” said Joe Pappalardo, founder of Sniff & Barkens.  “We’re delighted Hartz came on board as our presenting sponsor, helping us raise funds for Pilots N Paws, which provides invaluable services, especially in times of crisis like the recent hurricanes that devastated communities and displaced not only thousands of people but also thousands of dogs.”

The Barkens Bucket will be available for order at until December 10th.
Credit: Sniff & Barkens/Hartz. I may have received samples to facilitate this post.

Books of the month!


Slime 101: How to Make Stretchy, Fluffy, Glittery & Colorful Slime!

Slime flies when you’re having fun! It’s time for kids to grab their partners in slime and have a goo-reat time. Easy instructions and helpful color photos show how to create glitter, glow-in-the-dark, bubble, neon, chalkboard, stress ball, metallic, and other types of slime. All that’s needed are ordinary household items like glue, food coloring, and liquid starch. The book even includes a bonus recipe for oobleck inspired by Dr. Seuss! It’s perfect for parties, sleepovers, and any other time boys and girls ages 7 to 12 feel the need to get slimey! Adult supervision suggested.

Price: $6.59. Available from Dover Publications.

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Have you ever wanted to achieve something so much that you were willing to dedicate yourself to a project for months on end? That’s what Benji does in BENJI AND THE 24 POUND BANANA SQUASH (Clavis Publishing; October 2017) by bestselling author Alan C. Fox with illustrations by Eefje Kuijl.

It all begins when Benji plants squash seeds he saved from the summer before in the back of the garden.  He carefully waters them, but for awhile, nothing happens. Then suddenly one day, tiny sprouts start pushing through the soil and Benji begins to see his hard work pay off. When the gigantic banana squash is ready to be harvested, Benji’s dad weighs the vegetable – twenty-four pounds! – and takes a picture of Benji with it. But the best part comes when Benji’s mom cooks the squash with butter and brown sugar, so everyone in the family can gather and enjoy a delicious feast.

This truly is a delightful story that will teach children about love, patience, and perseverance! I highly recommend!

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Best-selling Artist Creates Empowering Messages for Young Girls!

Jess Volinski’s coloring book Amazing Me is an inspiring and empowering book that is designed to build confidence and self-esteem in young girls.

Jess Volinski was recently featured on Fox Good Day where she explained how she created this series for her daughter, after realizing a hole in the adult coloring book marketplace. She wanted to make a coloring book for her young daughter that would encourage her creativity while also boosting her self-esteem at the same time. Check out the interview here:

Notebook Doodles Amazing Me provides a fun and interactive coloring diary for tweens to keep about themselves. Empowering art activities from talented artist Jess Volinski are designed to build confidence and self-esteem in young girls. Jess also includes instructions on basic coloring techniques, fully colored examples, and motivational quotes to go with every design. Watercolors, colored pencils, markers, crayons, and gel pens will all look stunning on archival-grade, acid-free, 200-year paper. Each one-sided page is perforated, so when it’s finished, it can easily be removed to hang up or give as a gift. This book has earned the DO Magazine Artist Fair Trade Seal of Approval.

Connect with Jess Volinski on TwitterFacebookInstagram, and at

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Stick it to ‘Em: Playful Stickers to Color & Create: 275+ stickers with sass for family, friends, and frenemies

Author: Bailey Fleming

Publisher: Walter Foster

$19.95 US / $25.95 CAN


Stick it to ‘Em is your invitation to play as you create customized stickers with sass! With just a hint of silly irreverence, this guide includes a list of colorful art tools in addition to easy drawing and lettering techniques and step-by-step tutorials, all designed to get your cheeky creativity flowing. You’ll then be treated to more than 35 pages of stickers, including a selection of fully designed styles to use any way you like, a variety of stickers to color in, and blank stickers to create your own. Filled with tons of puns, wit, and wisecracks, Stick it to ‘Em is your answer to getting through each day with humor and fun.

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Hand Lettering A to Z: A World of Creative Ideas for Drawing and Designing Alphabets

Author: Abbey Sy

Publisher: Rockport Publishers

$22.99 US / $29.99 CAN

Hand Lettering A to Z is a fun, hands-on book in which artist and calligrapher Abbey Sy presents her creative lettering and invites artists from several countries to contribute alphabets of their own–all unique, all hand drawn. Each alphabet is paired with a collection of phrases to show readers different ways to use the lettering and have fun with it in different languages, including French, Spanish, Irish, Swedish, Portuguese, and more. Readers can use the phrases when making cards, gifts, or embellishing their journals. And unlike calligraphy, hand lettering does not require disciplined study. Hand-drawn lettering is meant to be personal and original, so even beginners can dive in!

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The Art of Drawing Dangles: Creating Decorative Letters and Art with Charms

Author: Olivia A Kneibler

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

$19.99 US / $25.99 CAN

Dangles are a beautiful and whimsical new art form for people who love coloring and tangles. By adding charms and pretty embellishments to letters and artwork, you can make your own dangles. With 50 projects in the book, you can add stunning patterns and color to dangles, personalize your dangles with charms that are unique to you, and create dangle words from the dangle alphabet in the book. Dangles are a perfect way to accentuate your stationary, invitations, lettering, and more.


Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share

Author: Lacy Mucklow and Bethany Robertson

Publisher: Race Point Publishing

$12.99 US / $16.99 CAN

This full-color art journal for moms and kids to color and draw together in is designed to be a sharing experience. Mom and child can write each other letters, draw what scares them, imagine what they want to be when they are grown up, color a scene using only one favorite color, whatever their imaginations lead them to!

Mom and Me: An Art Journal to Share is filled with fun hand-lettering and artwork from Bethany Robertson along with creative prompts from licensed art therapist Lacy Mucklow. Mucklow offers up the best ways to communicate with a child through creating together; how to start an open conversation with your child; questions you can ask that will help generate thoughtful responses; and how to tailor the quality time so it’s still fun and engaging for your child.

I really love this one! I think every Mom needs to have this one!

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Self Disclosure: Information, images, and copies of the above books were provided. I only feature books that I highly recommend!





Books of the week!

My First Pompom Book by Lucy Hopping – For an easy, quick and independent craft, look no further than pompom making! With 35 colorful craft ideas there are projects for all occasions. You can create your own pompom animals and insects including woolly bunnies, owls and even spiders to start your very own menagerie.
This one is really fun and I recommend for ages 5 years old (with help) to adult.
My First Card Making Book – The perfect guide for young makers looking to try a variety of fun and creative crafting techniques. There are ideas for all occasions and you’ll find celebratory cards to give to people who are getting married or having a baby, as well as Easter and Valentine’s Day cards.
I love this one! Younger children will have a lot of fun creating cards with the help of this book!
Origami Animal Friends by Mari Ono – All animal lovers are going to go wild for the 35 amazing activities in Origami Animal Friends. With just a few pieces of paper you can create all your favorite pets, including cats, dogs, rabbits and horses alongside creepy crawlies, fish, frogs, birds and lots more. The clear step-by-step  instructions are so simple to follow, which means anyone can have a go, no matter if you are a first-time folder or origami expert.
Make Your Own Farm Animals by Tracey Radford – Tracey Radford is an expert at taking everyday cardboard and turning it into incredible, yet simple, craft projects for grownups and children to make together. In Make Your Own Farm Animals she has created an amazing menagerie of farm creatures and buildings from easy-to-gethold- of packaging, like egg cartons and cereal boxes.
All the above are available from CICO Books. Also can be found on
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Paper Fashion: Punch out, fold up, and be fabulous with instant fashion icons!

Paper Fashion—the seventh in the PaperMade series—features 20 of the fashion world’s leading personalities. Each icon is pre-cut, scored, and easy to punch out and fold up into a 3D object with simple instructions right on the page. Whether you’re a style maven, trend-setter, or just lover of all things fashion, these enigmatic effigies are eternally in. Paper Fashion masterfully combines paper craft with advanced paper engineering so no glue, tape or tools are ever needed!Paper Fashion make great inspirational totems for ages 7 to 101—and inspire everyone to look and be their best.

Find out more here!
 Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Images and Info were also provided. 

Make Thanksgiving more Flavorful with Pereg Natural Foods

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This Thanksgiving, Pereg Natural Foods wants to help you “wow” your guests with some mouthwatering recipes served with delicious flare.

Try using any one of their many quinoa varieties – tri-color, white, and red, among others – in this harvest vegetable and quinoa recipe served in a whole pumpkin, for a starring role in your Thanksgiving meal.

All Pereg Quinoa is pre-washed, all natural and contains no MSG or preservatives. They are OU and CRC Kosher approved, as well as Gluten-Free and Non-GMO verified.

For your Gluten-free guests, try baking with any one of Pereg’ six varieties of Gluten-free flours to help you whip up breads, muffins, desserts and pie crusts.

Season your turkey and vegetables with Pereg’s vast array of exotic, fresh and all-natural spices, sourced from around the world. They offer more than 60 spices and spice blends, known to be the true secret among chefs for bringing out the full flavor in cooking. Try Pereg’s brand new Pumpkin Pie spice blend, great in sweet and savory dishes alike.

Are you ready to cook all-natural, delicious and “clean” this Thanksgiving…? Pereg wishes you and yours a wonderful and healthy Thanksgiving, surrounded by friends, family and good food! Hearty Appetite!




1 Whole Sugar Pumpkin

4 whole carrots, peeled and quartered (large pieces halved)

1 1/2 cups (~115 g) quartered baby yellow potatoes

2 Tbsp (30 ml) maple syrup, divided

2 Tbsp (30 ml) olive oil, divided

Healthy pinch each sea salt + black pepper

1 Tbsp (3 g) chopped fresh rosemary (or dried)

2 cups (176 g) halved Brussels sprouts

Pereg Natural Foods Pre-Rinsed QUINOA – 1 cup (184 g) white quinoa

1 3/4 cups (420 ml) water

Pinch sea salt


1/2 cup (120 g) tahini

1 lemon, juiced (~3 Tbsp or 45 ml)

2-3 Tbsp (30-45 ml) maple syrup

Garnish: Fresh herbs (parsley, thyme, etc.); Pomegranate arils


Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (204 C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Add the carrots and potatoes to the sheet and drizzle with 1 Tbsp maple syrup, 1 Tbsp olive oil, salt, pepper, and rosemary. Toss to combine. Then bake for 12 minutes.

In the meantime, heat a saucepan over medium-high heat. Once hot, add Pereg quinoa to lightly sautée before adding water to evaporate leftover moisture and bring out a nutty flavor.

Cook for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Then add water and a pinch of salt. Bring to a low boil over medium-high heat. Then reduce heat to a simmer and cover. Cook for 18-22 minutes or until liquid is absorbed and quinoa is fluffy. Then open lid and fluff the quinoa with a fork. Tilt the lid, remove from the heat, and set aside.

When the veggies are at the 12-minute mark, remove pan from the oven and add the Brussels sprouts. Top with remaining 1 Tbsp oil, 1 Tbsp maple syrup, and another pinch each salt and pepper. Loosely toss to combine.

Return pan to oven and roast for 10-12 minutes more or until Brussels sprouts are golden brown and the carrots and potatoes are fork tender. (This ensures that the potatoes and carrots are cooked through and the Brussels don’t get too soft.)

Lastly, prepare dressing by adding tahini, lemon juice, and maple syrup to a small mixing bowl and whisking to combine. Add 2 Tbsp (30 ml) warm water at a time and whisk until thick but pourable. Taste and adjust flavor as needed, adding more maple syrup for sweetness or lemon juice for acidity.


Place the pumpkin in a glass baking dish, and transfer to the oven to roast for 45-60 minutes, depending on the size of your pumpkin. The pumpkin is ready when the flesh is darker, and the skin can be easily pierced with a fork. Cut the pumpkin top off, and allow to cool for 20-30 minutes, until cool enough to handle.

To serve, mix the quinoa and vegetables into the whole pumpkin. Top with garnish of choice, such as pomegranate arils or fresh herbs. Place Pumpkin top back on the pumpkin and serve with sauce on the side.



2 – 20 oz. boxes of frozen squash

1 stick melted butter or margarine

1 cup sugar

4 beaten eggs

1/2 cup non-dairy creamer such as Coffee Rich

½ cup Pereg Gluten Free Almond Flour & ½ cup Pereg Gluten Free Coconut Flour

2 unbaked 9″ pie shells –


Mix all the ingredients together using an electric mixer. Pour into pie shells (there will be enough to fill two pie shells); Sprinkle with Pereg Natural Foods cinnamon and bake at 350 degrees for one hour.



Allspice – Allspice is earthy and aromatic. Use it on vegetables including cabbage and turnips, beef and lamb, and in soups, breads and desserts.

Cinnamon – This sweet spice is delicious when cooking chicken and lamb, vegetables and fruits including squash, sweet potatoes, apples and pears, and in some bread recipes.

Cloves- Cloves are rich and earthy making them a great complement to lamb. They also taste great on apples, beets, squash and sweet potatoes, as well as in curries, soups and breads.

Nutmeg – This sweet spice pairs perfectly with lamb, and taste great on broccoli, cabbage, carrots and cauliflower, as well as rice, stuffing and sauces.

Mexican Crushed Chili – Spicy and smoky, this spice goes well on beans, chicken, beef and fish, as well as corn, tomato, cauliflower, green beans and squash. It also adds unique flavor to dry rubs, marinades and salad dressings.

Za’atar – Tangy and warm in flavor, this Middle Eastern spice enhances most meats including chicken, beef, lamb and fish, and enhances the flavor of eggplant, onions and carrots as well as dry rubs, soups and salads.

New! Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend – A delicious blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger and cloves, this aromatic blend can be used in desserts and savory dishes alike to enhance them with lots of flavor. No additives, preservatives or MSG.

For a complete list of Pereg spices go to

I actually received a sample and love the Pumpkin Pie Spice Blend! Planning to use it this Thanksgiving holiday!

Self Disclosure: I received a free sample to facilitate this post. Recipes and images were also provided. 


Pereg was established in 1906, and is based in Clifton, NJ. They first became known for their vast variety of pure and natural spices and spice blends, more than 60 in all, from traditional favorites to exotics from around the culinary world.

Today Pereg produces an array of all-natural products that includes ancient grains and ancient grain blends, gluten free pasta, couscous, rice, gluten-free cereal and much more. Pereg Natural Foods products are available at select retailers throughout the US and Canada, and on their website,

Pereg manufactures all its products from start to finish, controlling the quality from the sourcing until the product is packed and ready for the consumer. All Pereg products are kosher certified by both the Orthodox Union (OU) and CRC, are dairy and lactose-free as well as all natural, with no additives or preservatives. Many products are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO. Follow Pereg Natural Foods on, Twitter @pereggourmet and Instagram @peregnatural.

Refresh your Fall Routine with Mario Dedivanovic & Colgate Optic White!

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To help you with your beauty routine this Fall, Colgate is excited to share a few exclusive glam tips from their makeup guru, Mario Dedivanovic, below.

One of his go to products is the latest addition to the portfolio – Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White – which helps whiten your teeth inside and out to reveal your most radiant white smile. It also includes a Pro-Oxide Complex, which contains hydrogen peroxide, the professionally recommended whitening ingredient to both whiten below the tooth surface and remove surface stains.

 I also had the opportunity to try this and I love how well it works! It keeps my teeth looking whiter and my smile brighter! 

Beauty Tips from Celebrity Makeup Artist Mario Dedivanovic

  1. A lot of my clients usually brush their teeth before I apply their lips. I make sure to pack my Radiant Toothpaste by Colgate Optic White in my kit just in case someone needs it. There’s no better confidence booster than a radiant white smile!
  2. For the ultimate radiant natural looking glow from within, dab a bit of petroleum jelly onto the cheekbones and blend with fingers or a damp beauty blender. Use translucent powder only on the T-Zone area.
  3. Use cream shadows on eyelids instead of powders to create a velvet-like texture for smoky eyes that lasts all night.

Credit: Tips and images were provided to facilitate this post. Thanks to Colgate and Mario Dedivanovic! Free samples were also provided.