Monday, May 3, 2021
Sunday, February 14, 2021
The First-Time Grandmother’s Journal by Lisa Carpenter
|The First-Time Grandmother's Journal by Lisa Carpenter|
One of the greatest joys in life is becoming a grandparent for the first time While you are still a grandmother-to-be, it is a good time to plan for the wonder of it all. For most of us there is this long space of time between when our now grown kids were kids themselves and when we have babies and young children – now as grandchildren in our lives again. We are more than ready. We can’t wait. What to do??
The First-Time Grandmother's Journal is an excellent resource to plan, reflect and record your experience. The first part of the journal is for before the baby is born and the second part is for the first year of your grandchild’s life. Some pages have thoughtful notes of advice to guide you on your new journey as a grandmother. Many pages are setup for journaling – the old fashioned way with an actual pen in your hand – and just have a topic and brief prompts for that topic and lots of space for you to write - your plan, hopes, experiences, reflections and whatever you want.
This will be a recording of your personal legacy as a grandmother. Perhaps you will read it each future time you become a grandmother. You will smile and reflect on how many of same feelings you have, what you have learned and how each time you become a grandmother it is a whole new experience because each child is unique and each human relationship is unique. One baby wants to snuggle and be held and another does not. One toddler likes to cuddle up and listen as you read five books. The other toddler just wants to run and jump and won’t stand still. Whatever you experience – adapt and enjoy! In fact this journal is excellent for each time you become a grandmother – not only the first time.
The First Time Grandmother’s Journal is an excellent companion as you journey along from learning that you will be a grandmother to being one. It is an excellent gift for the Grandmother-to-Be. I always bring along a small grandmother gift to baby showers and this will now be my go to gift for new grandmothers.
I strongly recommend that you check out Grandma’s Briefs, Lisa Carpenter’s excellent grandmother blog. It is the best grandma blog available. You can order The First Time Grandmother’s Journal at amazon. See the link below.
Thursday, February 11, 2021
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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
I am delighted to recommend 100 Ways to be Thankful by Lisa Gerry. This National Geographic for Kids publication is aimed at middle school age kids.
I like this book on many levels. November is a perfect time to think and talk about being thankful. This can be hard to do with middle school age kids but this book presents the topic in a way that will connect with them. There are literally 100 great ideas on ways to be thankful and each one is presented in a crisp, colorful summary. The best way to show you what I mean is with pictures of some of the pages.
Some of the ideas deal with attributes like curiosity, and imagination.
Some honor interests in subjects like science and art.
Some encourage kids to appreciate family and friends.
My favorites ideas are those that encourage actions like volunteering, introducing yourself to new kids, and practicing random acts of kindness.
Like many middle school age boys, reading is not a favorite pastime for my grandson. One of the many things I like about 100 Ways to be Thankful is that each idea has a brief summary and it doesn’t require a lot of reading to “get it.” This may be an excellent resource for writing a required paper too.
I am very happy to be able to offer a copy of this book as a giveaway compliments of National Geographic. Also you can order a copy at Amazon - it is quite a bargain! Just click on the icon below to go directly to Amazon.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
And… there are some that you will enjoy playing with the grandkids. This is how items make it on my lists. Oh and the bonus - none of the items on this list are budget busters - almost all of them are under $20.
Books for children at every age are favorite gifts for me. Check out the board books by eeboo also shown here in this picture taken at Toy Fair NY. They feature bright colors and simple themes.
The eeboo booth is always one of my favorites to visit at Toy Fair.
All of the items in this holiday guide can conveniently be ordered from Amazon. Just click on the icon below to go to Amazon.
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
When Pencil Met Eraser
Story by Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr.
Illustrated by German Blanco
|When Pencil Met Eraser|
It is Back to School season and this book seems like the perfect fit for it. When Pencil Met Eraser is a delightful picture book that is probably best enjoyed by children ages 3 - 7. There aren't a lot of words but it has delightful pencil drawings, humor and an excellent message that is embedded in the story of how teamwork leads to a win-win. Based on my experience with reading at bedtime with my kids long ago, this book has that feel of one that will be requested that you read over and over and will essentially be memorized.
As I read the book myself I realized that I was smiling at the illustrations. The black and white pencil drawings with the yellow pencil and pink eraser are real attention getters.
Here is one of my favorite two page spreads...
And this page is said to be A-MAZE-ING!
Saturday, August 17, 2019
The Flower Power Guitar by Hape
The Flower Power Guitar by Hape
It is available at Amazon.