Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread is delicious!

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Looking for something great to put on your toast? I love the Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread! Besides tasting great, it is Non-GMO Project Verified, Gluten Free Certified, and Fair Trade Certified. I like that it also has no artificial flavors, colors or hydrogenated oils. There’s no need to refrigerate it after opening and besides putting it on toast, it is also great on ice cream! You can find some really great recipes on their website! I tried the Amoré Brownies and they were delicious!

I also am quite thrilled that this nut butter is high in protein and fiber and has fewer calories than other hazelnut spreads. It’s a big hit in our house!

Here’s a fun fact about the brand:

Their raccoon logo is named Rocky after the famous Beatles song Rocky Raccoon and was inspired by four baby raccoons that were found on their factory grounds. They were raised on organic nut butters, then released back into the wild. Now..how cool is that?!

Once Again Nut Butter Amoré Hazelnut Spread is available to purchase at natural food stores nationwide. You can find locations on their site and a 12 oz. jar retails for $9.95.

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Memorial Day Event – Battleship IOWA – San Pedro

Please join us in remembering our service members whom have paid the ultimate sacrifice for our Nation. The day begins with a remembrance ceremony featuring local elected officials and Battleship Iowa staff.
*10:15AM- remembrance ceremony
*11AM- shrimp eating completion (fantail access only)(in partnership with the San Pedro Fish Market)
*AM 870 The Answer
*12:15, 1:15 & 2:15 San Pedro City Ballet will debut a new patriotic piece
*ALL DAY- DJ by X-RoVision
*ALL DAY- San Pedro Brewing Co. will have BBQ and beverages for sale
*Facepainting
*Military vehicles
*When you purchase a tour ticket to Battleship IOWA (day of), you have are invited to place an American Flag on the fence (dockside) in memory of our fallen service members.

ALL ACTIVE, RETIRED & RESERVE MILITARY (with valid ID) will receive complimentary admission to the Battleship.

Credit: Battleship Iowa.

May 18 is Natl. Cheese Souffle Day! Have you tried Jarlsberg® Cheese?

Jarlsberg® Cheese, the nationally recognized premium brand of cheese, invites you and your family to whip up a gourmet meal that is simple, elegant and scrumptious. May 18 is National Souffle Day – so why not celebrate in style with this incredible, easy-to-use recipe from Jarlsberg® Cheese?

PERFECT FOR THE WARM SUMMER EVENINGS

Depending on what ingredients you use, the Soufflé can be served both as a savory main dish or sweetened as a dessert. Here we’ve combined this French classic with a tangy lemon vinaigrette and a fresh tomato and watermelon salad which makes it perfect as an appetizer or main course, preferably enjoyed outdoors on one of those warm summer evenings.

Ingredients

JARLSBERG® CHEESE SOUFFLÉ

1 cup milk

2 dried bay leaves

2 shallots, finely chopped

4 small ramekins

Baking paper

1 cup butter

4 tbsp. plain flour

salt

1 pinch cayenne pepper

1 tbsp. Dijon mustard

1 cup grated Jarlsberg® cheese

5 eggs with the whites and yolks separated

Jarlsberg® cheese for the topping

WATER MELON SALAD

watermelon

1 cup tomatoes

1 cup hazelnuts, roasted

1 lime

1 orange

2 cups olive oil

MAKES 4 PORTIONS

TO MAKE THE SOUFFLE

Pre-heat the oven to 400 °F. In a pan, heat the milk, bay leaves and shallot until boiling. Remove the pan from the heat and let the contents rest for 20 minutes. Grease the inside of the ovenproof ramekins.

The soufflé mixture will rise quite high, so don’t overfill the ramekins. Melt the butter in a pan and stir in the flour.

Cook, stirring, for 1 min.

Strain the rested milk mixture, and gradually whisk it into the butter and flour mixture.

Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens.

Remove from the heat. Stir in mustard, salt, cayenne pepper and grated Jarlsberg® cheese. Then stir the egg yolks into the mixture. Whisk the egg whites until stiff and gently fold them into the mixture, a little at a time. Divide the mixture between the greased ramekins.

Sprinkle a little extra Jarlsberg® cheese on top, if desired. Bake on the bottom shelf of the oven for 20-25 minutes until the soufflés are golden and well risen. They should be slightly soft in the middle. Slice the tomatoes and melon.

Make the vinaigrette by whisking the juice of the lime and the orange together with the oil and mixing well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve the soufflés immediately after they are taken out of the oven.

Serve with the tomato and watermelon salad garnished with roasted hazelnuts and with the vinaigrette.

I recently received some delicious samples of Jarlsberg® Cheese and am really impressed! Stay tuned because they will be featured again soon!

About Jarlsberg® Cheese:

In 1956, we created Jarlsberg® Cheese, using an original Norwegian recipe. Why does Jarlsberg® cheese taste so mild, nutty and delicious? It’s all part of the legend…and Norway’s most guarded recipe!  Jarlsberg® Cheese is endorsed by the Good Housekeeping Nutritionist Approved Emblem. All Jarlsberg Cheese varieties are naturally lactose and gluten free.

For a complete product list and recipes, go to www.jarlsberg.com

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to post. I also received Information, image, and recipe to post. 

Coco, May 17th Pet of the Week

We’re asking for a chance for a doggie who needs to have his remaining years be golden. His name’s Coco, and he’s a German shepherd mix. Despite his 15 or so years, he’s still playful and affectionate. It isn’t fair that a dog this old has to spend his final time in a shelter. Can you provide a safe place for him to curl up? Meet Coco at the P. D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village, 7700 East Spring St., (562) 570-PETS. Ask for ID#A369565.

(The usual suspects contributed to this rescue)

 

Credit: the P.D. Pitchford Companion Animal Village.

Kid-Friendly Snack that is a healthy option this Spring!

Have a picky eater that doesn’t like fruits and vegetables? The Phyter Foods has introduced the 1st line of refrigerated, veggie-based food bars that are really kid-friendly! I love that they have no preservatives and are free of chemicals and added oils and fats! They are also made with fresh vegetables and fruits as the leading ingredient. They are also soft to eat but do not stick to your teeth!

The Nutrition Bar Line features: Kale + Apple, Berries + Peanut Butter, Sweet Potato + Coconut, Butternut Squash + Peanut Butter and Beet + Cocoa food bars.

More info:

  • Loaded with phytonutrients – hence Phyter
  • 100% plant-based, Organic, GMO-free, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, kosher and vegan
  • Sweetened with low-glycemic coconut sugar to reduce blood sugar spikes
  • With no preservatives, the bars are found in the refrigerated area at the grocery store

Find out more at https://phyterfood.com

 

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. An image was also provided. 

It’s Spring! Time for the Spring Baby Round up!

Edushape’s Ladybug Sorter is equally comfortable in or out of the bath or pool and can also be used on the floor, table or desk.  The Edu-Foam lily pad bottom makes the Ladybug float, and the six opening and shapes are perfect for sorting and fun learning.  Encourages small and gross motor skills; logic & reasoning; hand eye coordination and visual sensory development.
Edushape is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year while continuing to create toys that will educate, inspire and entertain generations of children to come.  Edushape remains true to its mission of viewing the world through a child’s eye.  I love that this one can also be used in the bath! You can find it here!
Also, find Edushape on Facebook! 
These next books are a must for your in-home library for your young children!

One year ago, a revolutionary series of #STEM books for kids was launched. The first Baby University books – Quantum Physics for BabiesRocket Science for BabiesABCs of MathematicsABCs of ScienceGoodnight Lab, and others – have gone on to sell 430,000 copies!

Chris Ferrie, the author of the series, is an award-wining physicist with a PhD in Applied Mathematics. He is also the father of four budding young scientists. Chris originally wrote and self-published Quantum Physics for Babies and Rocket Science for Babies as a way to each his children science and technology concepts early. Ferrie believes introducing babies & toddlers to math and science promotes literacy in these subjects when they encounter them in school.

Now, they have expanded the series! They have collaborated with other experts in science and technology, and covering even more complex subjects, such as Quantum Computing for Babies, with co-author William Hurley! More commonly known as whurley, he is an American entrepreneur and quantum computing rock star (he gave a keynote last week at SXSW on ‘The Endless Impossibilities of Quantum Computing’).

I love these books and highly recommend!

Find them here! 

This next product is something I haven’t seen before!

Inspired by Dr. May Loo’s experience as both a respected clinician, Chinese medicine expert and a mother, Dr. Loo’s Harmony Patchesbring innovation to the infant and child health category. Containing effective USDA certified organic ingredients (ginger, fennel and chamomile) that are safe even for the youngest members of the family, Harmony Patches deliver fast relief for specific symptoms when placed on strategic areas of the skin. And because the water-based adhesive used has no silicone, latex, acrylic, or rubber, Harmony Patches are very gentle and won’t irritate delicate baby skin.

The Harmony Patches contain effective USDA certified organic ingredients (ginger, fennel and chamomile) that are safe and effective, Harmony Patches deliver fast relief for specific symptoms when placed on strategic areas of the skin. And because the water-based adhesive used has no silicone, latex, acrylic, or rubber, Harmony Patches are very gentle and won’t irritate skin.

Compared to other topical remedies like oils and creams, Harmony Patches are

  • Not messy; do not leave residue or stains on skin or clothing
  • Easily applied and painlessly removed without leaving residue on the skin (even after hours of wear)
 They can be found on Amazon! 
This next one is another great one for the Bath!
 The Submarine Spray Station from Yookidoo! 
This one is a battery operated submarine with a water circulation pumping system that draws water from the tub and recycles a safe stream of water without wasting water from the tap. The water streams through the diver shower and is designed for easy grip and activation by small hands. I love how this one encourages independent play and exploration.
You can find on Amazon.com. 
Looking for new curtains for your little one’s room? Check out the Eclipse’s kids curtains! These aren’t your average curtains! 
    
The panels, made exclusively for kids, incorporate tons of different prints/styles/lengths and colors, and with their blackout and noise reducing capabilities, they might even keep the kiddos sleeping through the night (and not awake at the crack of dawn). Now, how cool is that?! The styles are sooo cute too!

Field Day Thermaback Blackout Curtains ($5.79-$8.09)
Jungle Party Thermaback Blackout Curtains ($12.19)
Pretty Princess Thermaback Blackout Curtains ($14.24)

Available at Target.com

MyScene Set Sail Thermaback Blackout Curtain ($20.99-23.99)
MyScene Tiny Bella Thermaback Blackout Curtain ($20.99-23.99))
Available at Kohl’s.com

Have a new baby in the house?

This one is a must-buy!

Adaptive Sound Technologies Inc., makers of the popular LectroFan, recently launched their latest product, the LectroFan Kinder. LectroFan Kinder is a plug-in night light that provides non-looping, soothing sounds to mask noise disturbances to create a comforting sleep environment for newborns and young children. With its iOS and Android companion sleep app, users can choose from 75 noise and lullaby options.

You can find on Amazon!

Going on a road trip this Spring? These products from diono are a must!

  • diono stow ‘n go keeps everything organized and easy to find when you need it. Our seatback organizer does it all with seven full sized pockets and two drink holders in a washable, waterproof fabric. The top fastens around any headrest while the bottom fastens around the seat for a secure fit. Folds for easy storage in seat back pocket when not in use.
  • diono travel pal is designed to keep books and toys neat and organized. It has a deep cargo bin for toys and lots of pockets for smaller things, too. It also has insulated drink holders and the entire cargo area is waterproof – just in case. Travel Pal fits between two child car seats and it’s big enough to hold everything for both children.
  • diono stuff ‘n scruff – Features washable, waterproof fabric to keep mud and dirt off the back of your vehicle’s seat. The pop open design maintains its shape providing full seat protection. The large cargo pocket holds everything. Fastens easily around any headrest and the adjustable lower tab secures it in place. Folds for easy storage in seat back pocket.
  • diono pop up trash bin – This collapsible storage bin pops open when needed for those extra toys or for trash. The drawstring top keeps items secure. Water resistant fabric. Collapses flat for storage and travel. 7″ W x 8″ H. Takes Bag It disposable trash bags (not included).

My favorite is the diono stow ‘n go! I think this one is a must for any one with young children!

This is a wonderful one for new Moms!

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.

Covered Goods nursing covers allow for mom and baby to nurse comfortably.  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 www.coveredgoods.com 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 www.coveredgoods.com.

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MAM Perfect Night (glow in the dark) pacifiers are a must this Spring!

MAM, a leading designer brand of award-winning, medically sound and innovative baby products introduces the MAM Perfect Pacifier, which has been clinically proven to support healthy jaw and tooth development. The MAM Perfect Night, a glow in the dark pacifier is also offered.

The MAM Perfect comes in a convenient storage case that allows the pacifier to be quickly sterilized in a microwave, reassuring parents of the health protection for their children. An easy hold button is also featured on the pacifier making it simple for baby to grab and easy for parents to attach to a pacifier clip. It’s curved shield, big air holes and innovative inside surface comforts baby and helps to prevent skin irritation.

Offered in a range of designs featuring cute and whimsical animals and cheerful stars and moons for babies of all ages (0-6 months and 6+ months), the MAM Perfect and MAM Perfect Night are available at Babies “R” Us and Amazon. The pacifiers are sold in a single pack at a recommended retail pricing of $5.49 and in a two-pack with a recommended retail of $8.99.

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 www.mambaby.com.

 

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Warmer weather this season means that Babo Botanicals clear zinc sunscreen spf 30 is a must! 

Help prevent sunburn with Babo Botanicals SPF 30 clear zinc sunscreen. Our formula is non-nano, contains high UVB/UVA protection and, as always, is all natural and kid-safe.Contains 19.0% Zinc, the most effective and safest sunscreen ingredient, and skin-soothing certified organic oils. This hypo-allergenic clear zinc sunscreen is non-greasy and doesn’t run in eyes. I love this one! It really works great! Babo Botanicals sunscreen products are reef safe and free of oxybenzone and octinoxate.

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The b.box Snack Pack is just perfect for Spring Picnics and travel this Spring! 

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

Look for them online!

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Happy Spring! Stay tuned for upcoming Summer Baby round up in June!

Self Disclosure: I received free samples to facilitate this post. Images were also provided.

 

 

 

 

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Applejack – Wonderfully animated, delightful stories, great lessons!

Think work on the farm is easy? Then you don’t know jack – Applejack, that is! Honesty, patience and friendships are tested in a new collection of adventures featuring every pony’s favorite four-hooved apple lover! Join Applejack and her very best pals – Twilight Sparkle, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity, Fluttershy and Spike – as they experience the power and magic of true friendship. Bonus Feature: sing-along. KIDS FIRST! Film Critic Calista B. comments, “Even though these episodes are clearly for younger kids, I can’t deny that I actually really like these episodes. I don’t think I’ll actually start watching the show, but this show can be enjoyed by the whole family because it is very entertaining.” Adult juror Kimberly M. adds, “I love the humor in these stories, the visual appeal, interesting storylines and great morals that children can easily pick up. The animation is big and colorful.” See their full reviews below.

My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Applejack

By Calista Bess, KIDS FIRST! Film Critic, Age 14

Even though these episodes are clearly for younger kids, I can’t deny that I actually really like these episodes. I don’t think I’ll actually start watching the show, but this show can be enjoyed by the whole family because it is very entertaining.

This DVD is a collection of five shorts from My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, with most of the episodes centered around the character, Applejack. She is an important character in every episode, even the ones that are not centered around her. I am aware that My Little Pony actually has some pretty interesting stories and can get pretty dark, but these episodes are filler. They do also reference major events in past episodes and one episode has two characters who appear to be recurring characters, so I really wouldn’t recommend this DVD as a way to fully understand what takes place on the show.

That being said, Applejack has a sweet southern accent, works on a farm and appears to epitomize honesty. I like that My Little Pony shows have a moral compass that teach positive lessons. This show should make lots of parents happy.  My Little Pony has a ton of effort and care put into each episode. I’m very impressed with this show. Often times in shows, filler episodes are boring and they make you wish you were watching a story driven episode. This isn’t the case with these stories!

Now, My Little Pony has some really interesting characters. I love character driven stories and that best describes this series. The main cast consists of six characters, or “The Mane 6” as they’re often referred to outside the show. By the way, it’s an amazing pun. I really like when shows have a large cast of recurring characters that really make their world feel real. It helps world-building, character dynamics and of course, I love talking about characters in media. As I mentioned, these episodes focus mainly on one character, Applejack, but sometimes the other members of The Mane 6 share the spotlight.  If you like Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash and Rarity, then you will love this series because they are highly featured. My main issue is that, ironically, my favorite member of The Mane 6, Fluttershy isn’t in any of these episodes. I know the episodes are about Applejack, but from what I’ve seen of recent My Little Pony, Fluttershy is the most under-developed of the group. So please, My Little Pony creators, show some love and character development to Fluttershy. I give this DVD 3 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 to 12. The DVD is available now, so look for it.

My Little Pony: Friendship and Magic: Applejack

By Kimberly Mullins, KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror.

I found this DVD quite charming and filled with great lessons. Each episode in this collection is approximately 25 minutes in length. The storylines are very straightforward and the moral messages are charming and clear. They are very engaging for the target age. The characters draw you in with their multi-dimensional human personality traits. The language is quite suitable for the audience as well, although younger kids may not pick up every single word. The overall messages are what are important. Applejack, the main character, maintains an integrity even if others do something different. If she does something wrong, then she accepts the mistake as well as its consequences and, more importantly, apologizes. The other characters hold the same level of integrity as well. Questioning and probing are developed when certain problematic situations take place. An example is when a pair of scam artists dupe a crowd at a circus presentation into believing that a miracle product cures ills, Applejack instantly feels there is something fishy going on and is concerned when grandma pony purchases the elixir. In another episode, Applejack’s younger sisters and friends want to help build carts for a race, but the older sisters take over designing the carts. The race ends in a big crash, destroying the carts. The younger siblings assert that the holder ones took over their project and the resolution is for the younger ponies to rebuild their carts without interference from the older siblings. I love the humor in these stories, the visual appeal, interesting storylines and great morals that children can easily pick up. The animation is big and colorful. There are five episodes and bonus singalong. The messages address how to be a person of high character, getting along with others, owning up to mistakes and apologizing. I give this 4 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 4 through 9. Reviewed by Kimberly M., KIDS FIRST! Adult Juror

Credit: KIDS FIRST!

Books of the Week of May 24th!

A new picture book about mindful breathing from Nick Ortner is a must-read for young children!

A wonderful read for the chaotic preschool classroom or after a busy day before bed, MY MAGIC BREATH helps children process their emotions and consciously breathe through the moment to help find calm. With a read-along-breathe-along element, this new release provides prompts to inspire conversation between parent and child about how they feel:

  • Are there too many thoughts running through your mind?
  • What happened today that made you smile?
  • Did something happen that made you feel sad or mad?

I really like how this teaches pre-schoolers to be calmer and it’s great for ages 4-8!

Nick Ortner is CEO of the Tapping Solution, LLC, a company with a mission to promote the natural healing method known as Emotional Freedom Techniques or “tapping” (a combination of Chinese healing practices). This is his second children’s book; his first was The Big Book of Hugs. He is also the New York Times bestselling author of The Tapping Solution, The Tapping Solution for Pain Relief, and the upcoming book The Tapping Solution for Manifesting Your Best Self. Nick lives in Newtown, CT, with his wife and daughter, June. You can find Nick at facebook.com/nortner.

Alison Taylor is an elementary school teacher and coauthor of The Big Book of Hugs. She writes to inspire young people, especially her beloved June and Harris, to find what makes them happy. She lives in Connecticut with her husband.

Michelle Polizzi is an illustrator and designer living and working in California. This is her second book working alongside Nick Ortner and Alison Taylor. She lives in the East Bay with her sons, Rowan and River, her husband, Nick, and their beloved Frenchie, Oscar, where they spend their days creating and inspiring one another. You can see more of her work at designbylovelyday.com.

Are you looking forward to the Royal Wedding? 

I love these book choices!

My favorite is the Harry and Meghan Paperdolls!

Commemorate the wedding of the year with paper dolls of the royal couple! The world will be watching when Prince Harry of Wales and Meghan Markle wed in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle — and you can relive the events leading up to the big day with this fabulous paper doll collectible. Dress the royal couple in the outfits they wore to their engagement announcement or choose from Harry’s Invictus Games T-shirt, Meghan’s ensemble for her first official duty, and more. Includes two dolls and 14 costumes.

Price: $9.99

Who Am I? by Steve Simpson is a great one for Teenagers!

Nationally recognized and award-winning, Simpson is a child advocate, child abuse survivor and media commentator who  released The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook — a small guide that is modestly tucked inside in all four of his YA adventure novels which covers most of the topics plaguing young people today—suicide, bullying, sexual abuse, physical abuse, verbal abuse, self-worth, being the child of an addict, living in a dysfunctional home, surviving school and more. This is a way for children and teens to seek help in a private way.

I think this is a must-read for all teens! It may be helpful for adults to read too!

I’m always stressed about what grade I’m going to get on my next test. There always seems to be a hassle with at least one teacher. There is constantly drama with some other student and half of the time I don’t even know why. I’m tired when I wake up in the morning and I dread going. I can’t stand half the kids and don’t even like the building. The only thing worse than going to school and dealing with all of this is not going to school and dealing with the abuse and drama in my house! I never look forward to holidays and the summer is like one big holiday. More time home, more time with my abusive parent, more chances of at least getting verbally abused if not worse. And for some reason my non-abusive co-dependent parent thinks its okay to tell me about all the problems and worries, not to mention the horrible things that might happen to us. I wish I could just go into suspended animation for the summer until the new school year starts or just plain get off of this world!

These are some of the thoughts that many young people who live in abusive or dysfunctional homes think this time of year. I was one of those abused children and these were my thoughts exactly with the love/hate relation of school. The end result almost equivocally ends with thoughts of suicide or running away, to which I tried both. This is why I have spent my adult life speaking and writing books on these topics. Even students who seem fine in school can return after the summer a different person, ready to give up after a long summer in an abusive or dysfunctional home.

Author Steve Simpson covers these and similar topics such as suicide, child abuse, being a child of an alcoholic, self-esteem, bullying and surviving the holidays in a dysfunctional home in The Teenage and Young Adult Survival Handbook which is found in all of Steve’s novels Who Am I?The World is WrongRunaway and Child’s Island.

Do you have a Baseball fan in the house?

Sports Illustrated Kids Books. THE BASEBALL FANBOOK  is such a fun little book that middle readers (& older) are going to be obsessed with, especially the MLB quizzes at the end of the book. I actually found the quizzes at the end quite fun! This book will be a hit for summer reading!
This is the next installment in the popular Fanbook series (The Football Fanbook, August 2017), and is chock-full of all the nerdy-cool insider knowledge that fans ready for next-level, in-depth stats need to know. Tailor-made for baseball fanatics who know the basics of the sport they love and are looking to become super fans, this new fanbook is filled with fun trivia, unique lingo, and illustrated behind-the-skills how-to’s. Chapters include Team Tidbits (facts about every MLB team), Think Like a Manager (essential strategies), He Reminds Me Of (comparing current plays to legendary greats), and much more!
I love this next fun series for young children! 
       

STICKY FACTS is an innovative, kid-friendly approach to beloved topics for ages 6 and up, featuring a cutting-edge sticker sheet design that allows for text and color images to appear underneath the sticker. This is such a fun way to learn new facts! I recommend for all younger children!

ABOUT THE BOOKS
The STICKY FACTS: WHAT WILL YOU FIND? series includes…

STICKY FACTS: ANIMALS— A veritable sticker field guide to the animal kingdom and the habitats they call home, readers will learn how to tell two zebras apart, what happens when a squirrel falls out of a tree, why meerkats stand up, and more

STICKY FACTS: CONSTRUCTION— Teaches readers about the powerful machines and massive monster-size trucks that encompass the world of construction. Learn where to find a construction elevator, where the “steam” in “steamroller” comes from, the body parts that most resemble stabilizers, and more

STICKY FACTS: NEW YORK—At once at once an interactive activity book and the ultimate interactive guide to the Big Apple, readers will learn whether Lady Liberty can dance, how many miles comprise the subway tracks, the number of art pieces housed within the famed MoMA, and more about the city so nice, they named it twice!

 Unlike average sticker books, each sticker page features questions with facts hidden underneath the relevant sticker. Once the sticker is peeled o­ff, the fascinating fact is revealed. Activity pages with corresponding prompts are featured next to the sticker pages for readers to use as fuel for sticker landscapes, adding hours of fun to the whole experience!

I love the Pout-Pout Fish series and love that this one addresses bullying!

THE POUT-POUT FISH AND THE BULLY-BULLY SHARK

Mr. Fish has always been a sensitive soul, and in this time he tackles his most challenging anxiety yet— a bully. Swim along with Mr. Fish as he teaches the bully shark about kindness and being a friend. I recommend this one for all pre-schoolers and young children because it teaches such an important lesson in a delightful way! I love the characters and the illustrations are amazing!

Rosemary Wells Launches New Preschool Picture Book Series!

I love this author and remember reading Max & Ruby books with my son when he was younger.

Picture book legend Rosemary Wells (creator of beloved characters Max and Ruby, Noisy Nora, Yoko, etc.), whose titles have sold in excess of five million copies worldwide, is launching a new preschool picture book series, KIT AND KABOODLE (Henry Holt and Co. BYR,  Ages 4-8) — sure to be an enduring classic!

With gentle messages of kindness and sharing, this story — starring a brother-and-sister twin cat duo, Kit and Kaboodle, and the mischievous mouse, Spinka — is a great entry point to talking about feelings and emotional intelligence in a preschool setting.

The characters are delightful and I absolutely love the colorful illustrations!

Do you have young children who love board books? Sesame Street 5 Little Rubber Duckies and 10, 9, 8…Owls Up Late Teach Little Ones to Count should be added to their home library!

These books are too cute and really fun to read! Sesame Street: 5 Little Rubber Duckies (Studio Fun; ISBN: 9780794441197; $11.99; 12 pgs) is perfect for pre-schoolers! What a fun way to learn to count from 1-5! Join Ernie and his friends on Sesame Street as they try to find five little rubber duckies in this fun, hands-on board book! With touch and trace elements perfect for little hands and plastic duckies to push and count along, this book is the perfect story time activity for early learners. Also available in Spanish (5 Patitos de Hule)!

In 10, 9, 8…Owls Up Late! (Silver Dolphin; ISBN: 9781684121847; $9.99; 26 pgs; Ages 3-5) ten little owls are playing in a tree, hopping and hooting happily. But Mama Owl calls from down in the nest, “It’s bedtime now; it’s time to rest.” Peek through the pages and spot the mischievous owls in this fun counting book, perfect for bedtime! Featuring fun rhyming text, funny illustrations and peek-through die-cut pages. I love the illustrations in this charming book!

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to feature and only feature books that I highly recommend! Cover images were also provided.