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Books We Love: The Princess and the Pea

By Kay on Fri, Nov 14, 2008


Since we go to the library on an almost weekly basis and have probably checked out hundreds of books at this point, I thought it would be fun to start a category of small posts about the books we’ve enjoyed the most. So, here’s your first glimpse at one of our favorite books of late. I hope you enjoy and also share with us some of your favorites, too!

The Princess and the Pea, by Lauren Child

A bit about the book…
The Princess and the Pea has long been a favorite fairy tale of mine, so when I saw this title, I just had to check it out. When we got home to read it, I realized that, while based on Hans Christian Anderson’s original tale, it was a version written and illustrated by Lauren Child, the author and illustrator of Charlie and Lola, a book series and one of our favorite cartoons on the Disney Channel.

Lauren’s artwork is really fascinating because she uses a mixture of photographed and hand-sketched elements together to make a very unique look. The kids enjoy it because it’s a bit whimsical and her characters are so funny. The parents love it because of the depth and detail of each picture. You’ll catch yourself saying, “Oh my gosh. Look! It’s a teeninesy little bowl of peas on the kitchen table.” “Wow! Look at the detail on the chandelier” and on and on…

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Great Book for Picture Study

By Kay on Mon, Jul 28, 2008

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At our last visit to the library Kate was disappointed to discover that they didn’t have any ‘Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?’ DVDs on the shelf. (Do you remember that geography-sleuth kids’ gameshow on TV in the late 80s with the catchy intro song by the group, Rockapella? These are the cartoons along the same story lines.) So, I told her that when we got home we would get online and request them via intralibrary loan. While I was online looking for her DVDs, I ran across this book that I thought sounded really promising.  (I’m not really sure why I felt the need to tell you all that, unless I really just wanted to share with the world what a geek I was in the late 80s and still am, apparently, since I can still sing some of that theme song to this day…)

Where in the World? Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art

Where in the World? Around the Globe in 13 Works of Art, by Bob Raczka, has turned out to be my newest favorite book for Kate. It’s a collection of 13 works of art from around the world (duh, you probably got all that from the title) with a page describing the geographical location of the piece as well as the artist and the time he/she lived in. It’s written for kids, so the language isn’t a stumbling block but, thankfully, it’s not sing-songy either. Continue reading…

Product Review: Graco TurboBooster SafeSeat Youth Booster

By Kay on Thu, Apr 3, 2008

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Graco TurboBooster SafeSeat Youth Booster in IonicWe just recently moved Karis into a car seat out of her infant seat which meant Ethan got kicked out of his seat. Since he’s over the weight requirements for a booster, we opted to just move him straight into this Graco TurboBooster instead of buying ANOTHER car seat that would only last another year or so and also cost an arm and a leg.

  • I LOVE how easy this booster is to move from car to car. Basically unthread the seatbelt from the shoulder belt positioner and you’re good to go!
  • Ethan loves the race car color scheme (as does his daddy!) and the fact that he now feels like a ‘big boy’.
  • Kate loves that she’s not getting hit in the face with the side of a huge car seat. (She sits in the middle of the back seat between her two siblings. Not something she’ll be able to do much longer as her hips and shoulders grow and become wider than the opening between the two seats. Hopefully we’ll be able to purchase a larger vehicle by the time that becomes an issue. And when we do, we’ll probably get Kate the pink princess version of this same seat.)
  • Shawn loves that the price didn’t strain our pocket book too much. I think we got ours on sale for around $40.
  • Karis loves the fact that she’s not stuck in that rear-facing infant seat anymore. She loves being able to see out the windows!  🙂


By Kay on Wed, Apr 2, 2008

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Product Review: Oneida Blue 16-Piece Reflections Dinnerware Set

By Kay on Sun, Mar 30, 2008

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Below is the review I wrote for my new plates (see previous posts here and here) on Walmart.com
Beautiful Dishes from Walmart!!, 03/27/2008
By TheMommyJournal, Houston, TX
5 out of 5
Product Attributes:
Value for price paid: 5 out of 5
Meets Expectations: 5 out of 5
Features: 5 out of 5
Durability: 4 out of 5
Appearance: 5 out of 5
I originally was looking at buying a set of dishes from Target that I was in love with. When those were discontinued before I could purchase them I looked ALL over to find another set of dishes I could love (read IKEA, Linens-n-Things, other major dept stores, etc.). Never would have thought that I would have found such beautiful dishes of such great quality at such a low price. Now, I’m even more in love with these plates than I ever was with the ones from Target AND these plates are both dishwasher and microwave safe where the other ones weren’t. 

One distinction for those who are ordering these online, the dishes are darker blue than the pictures show – which was fine with me since I prefer the darker color anyway.

I also did the Ship to Store method and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it all was. I even had a young man offer to help me take the large, heavy boxes out to my car.

Overall, GREAT experience and I’m thoroughly in love with this produce. I HIGHLY recommend!

Holy cow!! Great use of visuals to help explain the proposed budget cuts and their actual impact on the overall budget.

You’ll never fold tshirts the same way again!

If you ever wanted to hear someone put a mommy’s day into a song, try this one! (I guarantee you’ll laugh your butt off.)

A little on the political side, but interesting nonetheless…

Children’s Books We’ve Read