Archives for December 23, 2019

More Wintertime book suggestions for the children!

IF ANIMALS CELEBRATED CHRISTMAS by Ann Whitford Paul; illustrated by David Walker: The Christmas season is about love, togetherness, and family, and these themes are all present in this adorable story. This is such a delightful book for young children ages 2-5.

Looking for picture books that children will enjoy? HOW TO HIDE A LION AT CHRISTMAS by Helen Stephens is a charming holiday picture book about a girl, her pet lion, and a Christmas adventure from the author of the picture book favorite How to Hide a Lion. Bad Kitty Searching for Santa by Nick Bruel is also a fun story!

BAD KITTY: SEARCHING FOR SANTA by Nick Bruel: Kitty wants to write a letter. Actually, she wants to write a letter to Santa. But has Kitty been good this year? Hmmm . . . Kitty’s not so sure.

The little older kids will love SPY PENGUINS: THE SPY WHO LOVED ICECREAM by Sam Hay: Two young adventure-loving and gadget-obsessed penguins must prove their favorite uncle is innocent before the Frosty Bureau of Investigation locks him away forever!

Look for these books this holiday season!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

More Book Suggestions for the Holiday!

Schiffer Publishing, Ltd. would 
like to introduce Super Robot by Arnaud Roi and  ArchiTek by Dominique Ehrhard

Super Robot 
Build a super robot while encouraging hand-eye coordination and following directions. Color-coded flaps and easy-to-follow directions help kids create their own super robot by using the punch-out pages provided and a detailed diagram. They will learn to follow step-by-step instructions, pay attention to small details, and develop visual-spatial skills while practicing their counting and colors as well.
Arnaud Roi is an artist with many talents. Before making pop-up books and creations in volume, he worked as a musician or a watercolor painter. His studies at the graphic arts school Brassart, and his sensibility to the aesthetics of the 50s lead him to love paper toys.
An introduction to architectural creation, the 95 precut cardboard elements in this book can be combined in an infinite variety of ways to build all sorts of fantastical structures. Follow the full-color idea diagrams to create more than 20 unique projects, then disassemble them and try something different. Developing direction-following skills and 3-D creativity, this kit allows young architects to both learn traditional design rules and break them. Alternate the color and black-and-white facade graphics to customize your creations—no glue or fasteners needed, just slot into place! The vibrant cutouts increase spatial visualization skills while giving future architects first-hand experience with color, form, and pattern.
Dominique Ehrhard is passionate about paper, pop-ups, and architecture. He has worked as a game designer, painter, and author of beautiful books for children with elegant engineering design since 1986. 


Looking for a great way to have all your passwords in the same place? The Password Journal is a great way to get organized and have your passwords all handy! I love the size of this journal and I highly recommend! Find it here at Dover Publications.

MAKE YOUR OWN BEAUTY MASKS (all ages, on-sale 11/5). This is a glam and gifty book of more than thirty all-natural beauty mask recipes with 10 sheet masks already included! 
This one is really great for teenagers or even for Moms! I love all the all-natural recipes!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the books featured in this post. Images were also provided. No other compensation was received to post.

Winter Travel tips with Your Pet

Traveling with your dog is really fun and if you have not been out with your dog during winters then it is the right time to plan a trip. A trip with your dog needs some planning to travel like a pro. You might face bad weather, and the weather can be a reason behind accidents or icy situations that can lower your travel speed. When you are carrying your furry friend along on a trip then there needs to be some extra preparation.

In this article, we are going to share some useful tips that you should consider before you winter travel with your dog. Let’s begin:

1. Pack your winter Gears

You should carry all the winter essentials in your and your dog’s bag. The dog’s warm clothes and towel are as necessary as your winter clothes and boots. You should check the weather forecast in order to make a proper packing and keep your dog safe. Dogs are furry beings but they need warm conditions as well during extreme weather conditions. They otherwise might become victims of frostbite or other infections.

2. Make sure your car is good to go

Take your car for a checkup to make sure that there is no need to stop in the middle of the trip. Double-check on the fluids and tires. If you are riding through a car then do not forget to carry the car accessories for your dogs so that they can enjoy their own space. Attach your dog with a hook so that it does not distort the driver’s attention during travel. If your car breaks out in the middle of the trip then it is going to be an unlikely situation for your furry friend. Get it checked by a mechanic.

3. A destination that suits your dog

You should search for such travel destinations that have something fun to offer your pet. It is not just a holiday for the master but the dog as well. You can check out the activities that can be adventurous for your dog at the winter holiday destination. The events or activities that you have been looking forward to must be friendly for your pet. You can take the help of tourism bureaus situated in the city who are aware of everything related to the popular spots and activities in that place.

4. Drive slow and take breaks in the middle

A little weather cannot take a toll on you or your furry friend. Make sure that you and dog take rest in between the adventure and travel so that you enjoy everything at your fullest. Explore things outside and browse for pet stores where you can spend quality time with it. You can look around for the destinations that are friendly for your pets. You should spend your vacations in a relaxed fashion where you aren’t trying to get done with everything.

5. Stay Hydrated

You are not prone to the risk of dehydration only during the summer season but also during winters. Your body needs water at regular intervals. The dog needs to be fed with its water in a timely manner and it is you who has to take care of these things. Carry your dog’s tumbler through which you can feed it nicely and quench its thirst. Bone broth acts as a source of protein in your dog’s body and other minerals that are vital for your dog. You can add a broth that is free from onion to your dog’s water if it is reluctant to drinking water otherwise. It has a taste and smells that will encourage your buddy to have it and it will get good energy after its consumption.

7. Dry hair

Buy a shampoo that does not leave your dog’s coat dry. In winters like our skin, our dog’s coat also needs some extra care. You should always make a choice of products that are safe for your dog’s skin and it shouldn’t be allergic to them.

8. Dog food

The dog food is another essential thing that you should keep track of. It is something that you shouldn’t ignore on a daily basis and when you are taking your dog for travel you should be carrying its food along. There are possibilities that there can be a lack of food available for your dog that is of high quality. You shouldn’t make any compromises with your dog’s diet when you are traveling outside. Feed your dog with the best large breed puppy food. Your dog should be fed with an adult dog’s food if it is large and the food must contain all the essential nutrients. When you carry your dog’s essential during a trip during winters then you are likely to spend the best travel time with your furry companion.

How To Know The Good Food For Your Pet: Dogs Diet

Many new pet owners are clueless when it comes to what types of food they should feed their dogs. Often, this stems from not understanding the nutritional needs of a dog. Unfortunately, many people wait until their dog looks sickly and experiences excessive hair shedding on the dog brush to change the diet. To avoid this, below are simple ways to figure out the best food for your pet.

  1. Proteins

Dogs require essential amino acids to help them function and stay healthy. For this reason, proteins, including cooked eggs, cooked chicken, and cooked red meat are the main foods that a dog should eat. Even though you can feed your dog on plant protein diet; animal protein is much more beneficial to dogs. When dealing with dogs between the age of 8 to 16 months, its best to avoid raw meat. This is because a pup still doesn’t have a strong enough immune system to fight off dangerous bacterial infections.

  1. Minerals

To keep your dog’s teeth and bones healthy and in top-notch condition, a dog needs to partake in minerals. Unfortunately, most minerals like magnesium, iron, and zinc that are sold as additional supplements are useless to the dog as a dog can not metabolize them. To give it the needed nutrition, ensure you feed your dog low-fat cheese or yogurt. However, be keen and note if your dog reacts to such a product because that suggests your dog pet might be lactose intolerant.

  1. Fats, salmon- omega 3 fatty acids- peanut butter, – vitamin B, niacin, and vitamin E

To ensure that your dog has healthy skin and fur, feeding your dog on healthy fats is vital to avoid saggy skin and excessive shedding. Foods that provide good fats include salmon and peanut butter which contains omega 3 fatty acids, vitamin E, B, and niacin. However, avoid giving your dogs foods that contain too much farm as they harm your dogs health. Additionally, ensure you do not feed your dog avocados as they are poisonous to a dog.

  1. Vitamins

For a healthy metabolic system, vitamins are essential as they are enzyme reaction catalysts. Foods that provide healthy vitamins include cooked green beans, apple, and pumpkin that contain vitamin A, C, and beta-carotene. As excessive fat-soluble vitamins can be dangerous, avoid giving your dog additional vitamin supplements.

  1. Carbs

Even though carbs has been eliminated in most human diets and given a bad reputation, carbs are still essential. Note, carbs are the primary source of fiber. Fibre keeps diarrhea at bay and helps avoid constipation. Additionally, they provide the dog with the much-needed energy to remain active. Goods carbs you can give your dog include pumpkin, oatmeal, and rise that prove invaluable in your dog’s diet.

  1. Water

Though water isn’t a food, many people put so much emphasis on the types of food a dog eats but forget to give it water. Unfortunately, this leads to many dogs being dehydrated and lacking the energy to move about. Just as humans, a dog’s body is comprised of 70% water and hence keeping your dog well hydrated is vital. For this reason, avail clean, fresh water to your dog so it can get a drink whenever it needs to.


As seen above, the first few weeks of a dog’s diet require a trial and error aspect to get to know how your dog reacts to different food types. As a dog’s nutritional needs change from time to time, keep a lookout for any physical manifestation that the current diet needs to change. Steer clear of feeding your dog onions and garlic, citrus fruits, chocolate, and raw yeast dough as they are toxic to a dog. Overall, if you are still unsure visit your vet for medical advice to ensure what you give your dog is the best diet for it.   

How Party Entertainers Can Bring Life to Your Kid’s Birthday Party

If your kid is celebrating their birthday, you will want to make the day as fun as possible. Some fun activities include games and crafts. However, if you’re going to take the party to a whole new level, you may want to add something special. Party entertainers such as clowns, magicians, and cartoon mascots will make the party memorable. A good entertainer will change things over to capture kids’ attention for long. Below are some ways in which party entertainers make the birthday party better.

1.      Entertainers keep the Guests Busy

Apart from food, drinks, and decoration, you need to keep guests entertained for a memorable event. Professional entertainers make your event fun and eliminate boredom. There is nothing worse than having a boring event. When kids are bored, they might resort to doing other activities that put their safety at risk. Yabadoo kids magicians and entertainers or any other professional kids entertainer group will run the party in a way that everyone will enjoy. Thanks to their experience in handling children, they know how to make each of them feel entertained. With good entertainment for kids, parents get an excellent opportunity to bond with each other without interruptions. Thus, ensure you choose the right entertainer to give your kids an unforgettable experience.

2.      Make children feel special

When you run the whole party, you may not get enough time to make your kid feel special. A party entertainer gives you enough time to spend with your child. An event that has activities and games will make your kid feel the event was all about them. An entertainer will make a difference in your party.

Similarly, parents are so much engrossed with visitors and tasks such that they will have little time for kids. This can make kids feel isolated. It is, therefore, essential to have an expert who is focused on your child as you run errands. Your child feeling neglected will be the least of your worries.

3.      Ensures Everyone Is Involved

When you do not plan your kid’s birthday party well, you risk making some feel left out. Entertainment keeps everyone involved. The right entertainers will ensure everyone is smiling throughout the party. They know how to brighten up kids who are bored or feel left out. Entertainers provide a perfect way to ensure all kids have an enjoyable time.

4.      Entertainers make the Party Memorable

Kids want a party that they will be talking about for days after the event. Activities such as face painting will ensure your kid and their friend treasure the event forever. When choosing an entertainer, ensure you choose an activity that your kid loves most. Also, ensure the entertainer will complement the theme of the party. The best thing at a party has an entertainer who the kids look up to. Entertainers can easily transform a simple party into a memorable day. A suitable entertainer is passionate about working with kids.

5.      Make organizing party easy

Involving professional entertainers reduce the stress of organizing a perfect birthday party. Professional entertainers bring a wealth of experience in hosting events such as weddings, birthday parties,  and anniversaries. Hiring an entertainer will ensure that you have a peaceful and more relaxed party. If you do not want the pressure of keeping everyone entertained, hire a professional entertainer. They take the burden from you and make your event even much better than it would have been. The only thing you have to do is welcome guests, serve them food, and see them out. Leaving the party to professionals will give you peace of before and during the party.


Hiring entertainment will make it easy for you to organize the event. It will also save you time and money. If you do not know where to look for decorations, an entertainer can come with all the required things. Ensure you take your time to hire an entertainer who will make the event perfect. Lastly, entertainers know what is needed for every party setting. The reason being, this is their profession and they have been to different party settings. Thus, if you have never organized another party, do not freak out, these groups can sort you out easily. The only thing you need to do is ensure you hire the best.