Since I’ve had kids I’ve become especially obsessed with children’s books. I love to see what my kids latch on to and books are a great way to feed that obsession. (The current obsession in our house is octopuses and I still don’t know if I should be calling them octopi or if that sounds stuffy. I don’t want to sound stuffy and I don’t want to sound stupid so please enlighten me).
When I found out about Bookroo I was so excited to try it out because it is such a cute way to introduce my kids (okay and me…) to books we may not have otherwise discovered. Let me tell you, I have been SO pleased with the selections.
A little about Bookroo: They are a monthly book subscription service founded by women and run by three sisters-in-law. The books are reviewed by a panel of families at Stanford University.
There are three subscription options: Board book, picture book, and chapter books. If you have more than one kid and want two different subscription options, you can alternate subscriptions or get a discount on the second subscription.
This is a treasure trove for hidden gems, but especially as you get up into the chapter books boxes you’ll find great classic stories as well. The books are all developmentally appropriate and uplifting and I love how so many emphasize imagination.
One of the best things is that each book comes individually wrapped. My kids get so excited about opening their presents. It’s the little things.
If you want to give it a try you can get 50% off your first board or picture book box or 40% off your first chapter book box with the code BONNIE227. You can also gift subscriptions!
I think I need a birthday or baby shower of only book gifts someday…
His face says it all. Go ahead and ignore mine…I was reading.
We took a quick trip to Disney World last weekend for spring break. My boys are all about cars and trains so the majority of the rides were a hit. My youngest loved riding the Disney Railroad around Magic Kingdom and my oldest surprised me with his love of Star Tours. Both boys loved the Speedway too, which was no surprise to me because when I try to load them in their car seats one or both try to climb in the front seat and “drive.”
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the weekend!
I want to encourage my kids to be curious and explore. Ideally we could just be outside all the time, but since that doesn’t happen I love finding books about activities to encourage creativity in kids. I know some kids can sit and color and draw for hours but mine can’t, so if you’re in the same boat, here’s a roundup of some of my favorite resources:
I love this book so much! It splits activities up into ages, ranging from babies and toddlers up to 12-year-olds! It is packed with information and fun ideas that are easy (my favorite word) to carry out.
This book has fun activities and experiments that just encourage kids to explore and be creative–there’s not really a “right” way to do each activity. It also is filled with sidebars by educators, physicians and other professionals so as the parent I felt like I was learning a lot too.
This is by the same author of The Giant Book of Creativity (above). The ideas are often using things you just have around your house or that you can easily find outside. Also, it has great ideas for birthday parties at different ages.
I recently discovered that you can follow hashtags on Instagram now. I have three accounts: one to overgram my kids, one for my favorite things (@bonniesfavoritethings), and one devoted to all things crafty (@sheridanstitchesco).
I have been working at cultivating Instagram accounts with a feed that inspires me, especially when it comes to my craft account.
Here is a roundup of my favorite crafty hashtags to follow:
#2018makenine (this has given me so many ideas of things to make!)
This is my #2018makenine, mostly crochet projects:
Growing up we often lived outside of the United States, where our family lived. We’d usually come visit every other summer and some of my fondest memories are at my grandparent’s homes.
One summer we were visiting my grandparents and at dusk we went around the side of the house and watched bats fly out of the attic. I had heard stories of them finding bats around the house on the inside and was a little freaked out, but it was cool to watch them fly out at night.
Apparently bats really stuck with my little sister too because sometime after that she went up to my cousin and bit her on the ear and said, “I’m a bat!”
The best time to shop for a holiday is right after it’s over (amiright?). If you have the space and patience to store things for the better part of the year, this is for you.
Paper Source is one of my favorite stores to get lost in. There are fun DIY kits, pretty journals, and quirky gifts. They’re having a good post-holiday sale so here’s a roundup of some of my favorite goodies (To see the entire holiday shop, go here.):
Remember how I love Rifle Paper Co.? You can grab a 2018 Calendar on sale at Paper Source:
When I was about 8 years old I told my dad that I wanted to read all the books in our house. My dad is quite a collector of books, so even if I read a book a day I won’t accomplish that goal (I’ve come to terms with that and have decided a much more attainable goal is to read every book in my home). But it shows how I feel about books. When I’m in a library or any room filled with books I get so excited with the anticipation of all the things I could learn by reading their pages.
So I was pretty thrilled to discover that on Goodreads you can see the most popular books published in a certain year (going back to 1918). I decided to compile a list of my favorites from 2003 (because I have read more than three books from that year). I have a goal to read more classics this year so I hope to see my list grow on some of those older published dates!