Aug 19, 2019

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Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home Book Review

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home follows a 3 legged Italian Greyhound left all alone in an animal shelter. She dreams of finding her forever home. One day she is taken in by a loving foster mom where she finds love and friendship with other dogs waiting for adoption. One by one, all the other dogs find homes and loving families, and Miss Olive begins to wonder if it will ever happen for her.

Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home was also awarded the Dog Writers Association of America Maxwell Medallion for 2018 Children’s Book of the Year.

This adorable children's book is recommended for ages four to nine, but our two-year-old, who is animal obsessed, loves it when we read her this book. She loves the cute illustrations of Miss Olive and the other dogs. We have a rescue dog ourself, so she loves dogs.

I love that the book teaches kids about being accepted for who you are, as well as gives them a glimpse into the importance of adopting a pet rather than purchasing one from a pet store.

You can purchase Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home on Amazon, or enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a copy!

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1 Copy of Miss Olive Finds Her Furever Home

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Open to US residents only. Must be 18+ to enter.
Giveaway runs: 8/19/19 - 9/9/19

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Aug 7, 2019

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Disclosure: I received the books for free from Clever Publishing in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are also used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here. 


You may remember my previous book review of the My First Emotions series from Clever Publishing, but if not, you can read my review here. Well, Clever Publishing has done it again with more cute, adorable, animal board books for babies and toddlers!

Clever Publishing's new series is called, Animal Families, written by W. Harry Kirn and illustrated by Rachael McLean. The board books are designed for ages 0 to 3, and the series consists of three books. Each book contains fun facts about animals and how they clean, learn, and go to sleep. A great way to teach toddlers about different animals and to encourage them to do the same! Perfect for your little animal lovers!

I will go over each book in a little more detail below:


Animal Families Clean-Up Time


In Animal Families Clean-Up Time, learn how humans, cats, elephants, ants, and more bathe themselves! Each colorfully illustrated page features a different animal and fun facts about how they bathe and clean themselves. Some I didn't even know! Like did you know that crocodile gets help from a bird to clean their teeth? That has to be one brave bird!

This is the perfect book to encourage your animal-loving child to bathe as they will want to be just as clean as the animals in the book!


Animal Families Time To Learn


Have you ever wondered how other animals learn? Well in Animal Families Time To Learn, you and your little one will learn how whales, lions, pigs, and other animals learn. Each page features a different animal family with fun facts about how they learn, like did you know pigs can learn how to herd sheep or that chimpanzees learn from their parents just we humans do?

Your animal-loving toddler would love this adorable board book!


Animal Families Bedtime


Just looking at the cover of this book makes me sleepy! This is the perfect book to read your baby or toddler before bed. Animal Families Bedtime is another cute book that has fun facts about how other animals sleep. Learn how dogs, bears, tigers, kangaroos, and more animals sleep! Like did you know that sea otters hold hands when they sleep, how cute is that? Or that sloths can sleep upside down?

Your animal-loving child will love learning how other animals sleep and if your lucky, the book may even help encourage them to go to sleep too!


2 More Books From Clever Publishing

Also, don't forget to check out these two new books from Clever Publishing:

My First Quiz Picture Book


My First Quiz Picture Book of Animals


Both of these books are beautifully illustrated by Tiago Americo. They are filled with colorful pictures that will attract your baby and toddler. Each image is accompanied by a question that is designed to help you get engaged with your toddler. All the questions should be easy for any adult to answer, but some may be harder for a toddler, and that's okay! The idea is for you to teach them. The questions just help make it fun.

Both books are recommended for ages 0 to 3, meaning that you can even do them with your baby. Now, of course, a baby won't answer, but they will love the fun pictures, and you can teach them what the answers are.


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Aug 5, 2019

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It's back to school time! To help you get ready for back to school, I have teamed up with TVStoreOnline.com to give away 1 one hoodie or shirt of winner's choice! (Giveaway form at bottom of this post.)


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1 Hoodie or Shirt From TVStoreOnline.com

Winner's Choice!


You can check out the hoodies available here, and the shirts available here.
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Giveaway runs: 8/05/19 - 8/26/19

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Jul 29, 2019

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It's Christmas is July! I have teamed up with UglyChristmasSweater.com to give away 1 pair of Ugly Christmas Pajamas, winner's choice! (Giveaway form at bottom of this post.)


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Winner's Choice!

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Jul 23, 2019

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My little sister is getting married in October, so it got me thinking about gifts! What are some good gift ideas for couples? Well here are ten of my favorite ideas!

1) Instant Pot


My husband and I have talked about getting an instant pot for a while now as they sound amazing! It does everything, from steaming vegetable, making rice, slow cooking, keeping things warm, etc. Would love to have one for those busy days when we don't have time to cook, which is why I think it's a great gift for couples. After all the best gifts are the gifts you would give yourself!

2) Netflix Subscription

A Netflix subscription is the perfect gift for couples, because what couple doesn't like cuddling and watching their favorite show or even starting a new show together?

3) 2 Player Games

For the couples who like to play together, getting them a 2 player game is the perfect gift! I did a list of our favorite 2 player board and card games in a previous post you can check out here or in my Amazon Shop. If the couple is into video games, a couple of our favorites for the Nintendo Wii are Mario Kart and Mario Party.

4) Restaurant Giftcard

Many restaurants have gift cards now and they are the perfect gift for couples! Combine it with #5 to give the couple the perfect date night!

5) Movie or Show Tickets

Getting the couple movie or show tickets to a show they may like could be tricky, but luckily many movie theaters now have gift cards too! This would be a great gift to combine with #4!

6) Picnic Basket

Picnics are always a fun date idea, especially for couples who love the outdoors! A nice picnic basket would make a great gift!

7) Wine

Get the couple a bottle of their favorite wine, or something new to try! You could even get them a couple of wine glasses too.

8) Robot Vacuum Cleaner

This is another wishlist item we have so I'm sure any other couple would love it! Couples no longer fight over who has to vacuum, the robot vacuum cleaner will do it for you!

9) Google Home

My husband and I just purchased a couple of these finally when Target had their deal days, and they are awesome! The Google Home plays music, tells us the weather, takes notes, and so much more.

We also snagged a couple of Google Home Minis for the bedrooms.

10) Selfie Stick

The perfect gift for couples who travel or just love to take photos! Get them a tripod version so they can easily set up a camera and timer, allowing them to take better photos together.


Jul 1, 2019

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Disclosure: I received a set of My First Emotions books for free from Clever Publishing to review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links are also used in this post. You can read my full disclosure here. 



I was so excited when Clever Publishing contacted me asking if I would like to receive review copies of their new book series, My First Emotions by Jane Kent. Our 2-year-old is just starting to realize she has feelings, sometimes big feelings, and I believe these books are a great way to begin helping her learn and understand what she is feeling. 

My daughter absolutely adored the animal characters and the bright, cheery colors. She will even page through them on her own and point out the animals and colors.

I enjoy reading them to her and teaching her along the way why Robbie the Tiger is angry or why Tommy the Elephant is feeling sad. I'm hoping she'll be able to pick up on the words for these emotions so she can use them too when she experiences these emotions, and these board books are a great way to start!



The My First Emotions series consists of:

  1. I Feel Happy
  2. I Feel Angry
  3. I Feel Sad
  4. I Feel Loved

All four books are geared for ages 0 to 3 and teach common early emotions that toddlers begin to feel. They are sturdy board books, so perfect for toddlers! They all feature cute animals, with bright and colorful illustrations by Samantha Walshaw. Each book focuses on a different emotion and has a different main animal character, which I will go over in more detail below:

I Feel Happy


"I Feel Happy" features a happy hippo named Rose. Rose feels so happy when her bear friend, Kate, gives her a present that she wants to make Kate feel happy too.

This adorable board book is a great way to introduce your child to the feeling "happy" and to learn how they can make others happy too.

I Feel Angry


In "I Feel Angry," a tiger cub named Robbie, becomes upset when none of his friends will share their toys. He gets so angry he throws a toy teacup on the floor. His bunny friend, Lily, offers him a healthier way to deal with his anger by saying when she's upset, she takes a deep breath and counts to ten. Robbie gives it a try and feels better, and Lily invites him to her tea party.

This cute Tiger book is a great way to give your child the words they need so they express when they are feeling mad or angry. It also shows what often happens when we get upset (throw or break things) and provides a better, more effective option for expressing their feelings (counting to ten).

I Feel Sad


In "I Feel Sad," a blue elephant named Tommy is excited to spend the day with his best friend, but unfortunately, his friend gets sick and can't come over. Tommy's mom lets him know it's okay to feel sad and spends the day with him. Tommy feels better later after having a fun day with his mom and makes his best friend a get well card.

This board book is great for teaching toddlers the feeling sad and that it is okay to feel sad. It also shows that sadness doesn't last forever. After having a fun day with his mom, Tommy went from sad to happy. 

I Feel Loved


"I Feel Loved," features an adorable puppy named Libby. Libby goes to the park with her mom and along the way discovers all the things her mom does for her and feels loved. 

A great board book for showing toddlers what love is and helping them understand what it means to feel loved.


Jun 24, 2019

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Though I titled this for "first time homeowners," a lot of these apply to anyone who is living on their own for the first time.

I'll start with 15 popular gifts that everyone loves and end with 15 not so common gifts, but are practical and every homeowner should have on hand!

15 gift ideas almost everyone will love:

1) Welcome Mat

Every homeowner needs a mat by their front door to wipe off dirty shoes!

2) Microwave

I have never been to a home without a microwave, and not sure how anyone could live without one, so it's the perfect gift, especially if the house doesn't come with a built-in!

3) Coffee Maker

Perfect gift for the coffee lover! We love our proctor silex. It's simple and easy to use.

4) Toaster

Highly recommend a 4 slot toaster, especially if you are married! This is the one we have and love:

5) Instant Pot

This is actually one item we don't own but wish we did. Instead, we have a crock pot and a rice cooker, whereas this would have been nicer as it can do everything!


6) Dish Towels

This is always a fun housewarming gift as you can get fun designs that match the new homeowner's personality or style!

7) Wreath

Help them decorate their new home with a beautiful wreath!

8) Candle

Candles are a classic gift and you can personalize it by choosing a scent to match the new homeowner's tastes.

9) Plants & Planters

Help the new homeowner decorate their place with plants. If they don't have a green thumb, opt for something easy or fake plants.

Aren't these owl planters just adorable? I also love the hanging pots!

10) Blanket

My favorite blankets are The Big One blankets from Kohls. They are super soft and huge!

11) Tea Kettle

Perfect for tea drinkers, or for hot cocoa, or for boiling hot water in general!

12) Throw Pillow

Throw pillows are another fun gift as there are so many fun designs and colors, so you can get something more personal for the new homeowner.


13) Pots & Pans

These are the necessities every person living on their own needs in order to cook!

 

14) Cutting Board

Another good kitchen essential.

15) Knife Set

Now that they have their own place to cook, they'll need a good set of knives to help them cut and chop food.

15 useful gifts you may not have thought of:

1) Snow Shovel

Living in Minnesota, having a shovel is a must! May not be the prettiest gift, but definitely one that a new homeowner would appreciate.

2) Rake

If you live in a state with 4 seasons, then you know having a rake is a must to rake leaves. Make sure you choose a metal rake, avoid plastic, as metal is more durable and will last longer.


3) Fire Extinguisher

Not the most glamorous gift, but definitely one of the more important ones! Apartments often have these in hallways, but once you get your own home, you are on your own and you will want to have a fire extinguisher on hand in case something does go wrong.

4) Step Stool

A more practical gift. Step stools come in handy for reaching tall places in the house or garage. We have both, but I mostly use the short folding one around the house to reach cupboards as I am short! The 3 step stool is great for hanging Christmas lights, refilling the birdfeeder, and reaching the high shelves in the garage where we store holiday decorations.

5) Stainless Steel Garbage Can

This may not be the prettiest present, but your friend or family member would be so thankful you got them a good garbage can.

After going through our fair share of plastic garbage cans, we finally decided to upgrade to a stainless steel one and boy has it made a huge difference! This thing is built to last and it doesn't absorb odors like plastic. Perfect for the kitchen!

6) Ladder

Owning a home means they will have to clean those gutters and if snow is bad in the winter where they live, they may have to shovel snow off your roof to prevent ice dams (or get a roof rake). Also, if your friend or family member is into decorating for the holidays, they may need a ladder for hanging lights and decorations.

This is the ladder we have and it's amazing, our neighbor has even borrowed it!


7) Leaf Blower

Not a huge need, but definitely makes life easier which is why it makes a great gift!

My husband actually uses a leaf blower more for the driveway and cleaning the side of the road. He prefers using a rake for the yard. It's also great for blowing leaves out of gutters!

8) Garden Hose

Perfect for the new homeowner that loves to garden. Also great for spray cleaning big items outside, like garbage bins, and filling up kiddie pools. 

9) Basic Tools

I actually asked my husband for his advice on what tools would be the best gifts, and he said every homeowner should have at least the following on hand: screwdrivers, socket wrenches, hammer and nails, measuring tape, pliers, and a cordless drill.

10) Mop & Bucket

Another great practical gift, especially if their new home has a lot of hard surfaces!

11) Brooms & Dustpan

A regular broom and dustpan are great for sweeping hard floors. A push room is great for cleaning driveways and sidewalks. We also discovered that it is amazing in winter for cleaning large amounts of snow off our cars! Both would make great gifts for a first-time homeowner.

12) Dust Mop & Duster

Besides brooms, dust mops and dusters make great gifts too for a new homeowner!

13) Gardening Tools

This is geared more so for the new homeowner who is into gardening or has a larger yard to maintain. Clippers are especially good to have if they have bushes because they will need to be trimmed.

14) Vacuum

A vacuum is a must if there is carpet in their home! We love our Shark Lift-Away, which you can read my review here. I definitely recommend a Shark vacuum. 

15) Toilet Plunger & Brush

This is probably the last thing you would want to give as a gift, but every new homeowner needs one (or more if they like to have a set in each bathroom). So if you are into practical, useful gifts, that won't get tossed out, well this is perfect!