Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party 9/15

Welcome to the

Come link up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party where we pin every post!

Here are this week’s

Featured Posts from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party

These 8 posts received all the same amount of clicks last week!

featured posts from week 44

  1. Candy Corn M&M Cookies — Be Forever 31
  2. Grilled Eggplant Rollatini – A “Mind” Full Mom
  3. Peanut Butter Banana Flatbread — My Family Mealtime
  4. 27 Recipes that use Zucchini — The Ultimate Linky
  5. 100′s of Free Printables — Denverista
  6. Easy DIY Scarf — Some of This and That and Other Things
  7. Get Paid to Work for Newslines — Work at Home Wisdom
  8. Bliss Jar – Homemade DYI’s — Peanutbutter-Runner 

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  • Be a follower of your hosts on at least one of their social media:

Pinterest Party Hosts Are...Pictures of the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party hosts{Misty from Denverista@ Facebookor Twitteror Pinterestor Google+}

{Tammy from The Ultimate Linky @ Facebookor Twitteror Pinterest or Google+}

Your Co-hosts for September and October! Please Follow!

cohosts for September and October

{Taralynn from Keep Moving Forward With Me
@ Facebookor Twitter or Pinterestor Google+}

{Glenda from Mommies Review and Branding Beyond Blogging
@
Facebook or Twitteror Pinterestor Google+}

{Monique from Living Life & Learning
@
Pinterest or Facebookor Twitter or Google+}
Monique would LOVE IT if you followed her on Pinterest!

{Michellefrom The Happiness Blogger
@
Pinterest or Facebookor Twitter or Google+}

  • Pin our Pinterest party button or a visible link onto your sidebar, post, or party page. This will help others to find our party and will bring more visibility to your links!
The Ultimate Linky
  • Please make sure that you link directly to your post’s URL and not to your blog’s URL.
  • Pin the two links before yours! If EVERYONE pins, then everyone will get more Pinterest love.
  • Link up a maximum of 3 links. They can be old or new–they’re all new to us, and we want to see them! Please link up posts only one time to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party.
  • All posts must be family-friendly. If you link up an post that contains alcohol, it may not get pinned if it goes against the hosts/co-host’s beliefs.
  • OPTIONAL: Follow our Bloggers Brags Board on Pinterest. You don’t have to do this; but of course, you’ll want to! We will be pinning all of these links to that board which will also gain more exposure for you! You can find the Bloggers Brags board here.

Here are just a few more details!

  • If your post is featured, you can grab this button!
The Ultimate Linky
  • Disclosure: By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow The Ultimate Linky,Creative K Kids and Denverista and any co-hosts to use your pictures and links in any future posts on any of their personal blogs. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of The Ultimate Linky or Creative K Kids and Denverista as well as any future co-hosts. We also may link your printables and other resources up to our permanent linkys to gain you more exposure.
  • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.
  • Please do not add any shops, reviews, giveaways or link-up parties. Links that do not comply may be removed.

Healthy Back to School Lunch Tips and Ideas + Lunchblox Giveaway!

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This post is sponsored by Intermountain LiVe Well. All opinions are my own. 

My Lily loves to pack and take her own lunch to school. Plus I have two preschoolers at home so healthy and fun lunches are a pretty big deal around here. Last week I had the chance to sit down with dietician Mindy Probst from Intermountain Healthcare and brainstorm healthy school lunch ideas as well as ways to help make sure our children are eating them AND enjoying them. As part of the event we tested out Rubbermaid’s popular Lunchbloxes and built our own healthy lunches.

Let me tell you, since I have been home – that Lunchblox is a hit! My husband and all three of my children want to use it for their lunches! They love the Bento style and that it has a cooling component that will keep their food safe and fresh during the day. Intermountain LiVe Well is giving away 8 of these parent and kid-approved Lunchbloxes on  their facebook page this month. I’ll be talking about that more later, but first let’s check out some fun lunch ideas!

Healthy School Lunch Ideas

The first step to fun and healthy school lunches is all about the planning! I know my daughter will be much more likely to eat her lunch if she has had a hand in planning it and making it. We made these simple ham and cream cheese roll-ups this week and they were a hit! Lily could easily make them herself and I knew that she would devour them. Hooray for knowing she is getting some protein in at school!

Easy Lunch Ideas Intermountain LiVe Well has put together some great printables to help you and your child plan out their lunches. Sometimes it helps them to see that they need a fruit, a vegetable, a protein, etc. It also helps if your little planner to see what is on the menu that week! (Am I the only with a child who likes to know EXACTLY what is going on each week?!?) You can download these printables here. 

Free School Lunch Planning Menus

Another huge aspect of making sure that your child is eating and enjoying lunches is to make it fun! These Princess Sandwiches and Fruit Cars always disappear in a hurry when we have little friends over. You can find the princess cutter on Amazon.com and they are perfect for cookies, too!

Healthy Snack Ideas

Some of the bloggers I attended the event with have been sharing their fun lunch ideas as well. How darling are these Halloween Mini Pizzas from Just Between Friends?

Mummy Pizza and other Lunch Ideas by Just Between Friends

I also love this healthier version of a Lunchable Bento Style by Mountain Mom and Tots. She will be listing more lunch ideas this week as well! Be sure to check them out!

Healthy Lunchable by Mountain Mom and Tots

I hope some of these ideas have inspired you to get creative and healthy with your back to school lunches! Now you just need the perfect container! Intermountain LiVe Well is giving away 8 Rubbermaid Lunchblox containers this month on their facebook page. . Head on over to win! They also have oodles of healthy lunch ideas on their Pinterest board!

Healthy School Lunches Contest

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can also check out more healthy lunch ideas on Intermountain LiVeWell’s Pinterest Board

Health Lunch Ideas Board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do your children pack a lunch from home?

What lunches are favorites at your house?

what is one lunch food your family could not live without?

Tips on finding the perfect costume for your princess

How to find affordable and quality Princess Costumes

 

 

One of my favorite items to find for our Walt Disney World vacation was a princess dress for my daughter Lily. You simply cannot go to Disney without a princess dress! I made Lily a reservation at the Bippity Boppity Boutique so that she could get the full Princess experience. Lily talked about becoming a princess for months so I was so excited when I found this Deluxe Rapunzel Dress from Mom Approved Costumes.

Here are some things I kept in mind when I was looking for a costume for Lily:

Love these comfy costumes for Walt Disney World - Rapunzel Costume

 

1. Florida is H-O-T. You want a costume in a breathable material. Lily’s cousins changed out of their costumes because of the heat, but Lily was able to stay in hers all day. Part of the fun of the fun of doing Bippity Boppity Boutique is being a princess all over the parks! Cast members addressed her as princess the entire day which she absolutely loved.

2. Disney World is full of sticky, messy treats. Having a costume that is machine washable is crucial when you are up against chocolate-dipped Mickey. I loved not having to worry about Lily’s dress being ruined forever at meal times. I did come prepared with bibs and a Tide stain stick, but I had peace of mind knowing I could run it down to the Art of Animation laundromat at the end of the day.

Look for a princess dress that is easy to put on! Check out more tips on finding the best costume for your child.

3. Your child is going non-stop all day. Your little girl will be dancing in parades, climbing in Dumbo’s play land, and running all over the parks. Her costume needs fit well and stay on! My daughter has some $10 Princess outfits that are fun for dress up at home, but are not ideal for the parks because of the velcro. You do not want to be doing up velcro all day! Believe me! The costumes from Mom Approved have no buttons or tie. Just slip easily right over the head!

Tips on how to find affordable, quality costumes for your Walt Disney World trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4, Get the most bang for your buck. The dress Lily selected was on par as far as cost with the ones online at Disney.com. However, I love the material and look of hers much more! I’ve been a fan of the brand Mom Approved Costumes uses for years. Lily was able to wear her first Rapunzel dress until she grew out of it with no tearing or seams coming undone. Mom Approved Costumes does have several more affordable, but still high quality dresses that will save you money compared to the boutique prices.

Comfortable Princess Costumes for your Vacation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Make sure it is comfortable.  If you are anything like my family, you open the parks and close them down at night. An itchy underskirt is not going to be fun after the first hour! The dress has to be in a soft, stretchy material that allows your princess to run, jump, and twirl to her heart’s content in the Florida heat. We made a huge mistake on the shoes we bought for our daughter – don’t make that same mistake. Keep your princess comfy and happy!

Finding the right costume for your child's visit to Bippity Boppity Boutique

6. Guaranteed Princess satisfaction. With the Bippity Boppity Boutique there are no guarantees on selection and sizes. Your daughter may have her heart set on Elsa and Anna, but they may not be in stock! Buying a dress before hand guarantees that your princess has the dress she desires. It is also easier to match the accessories before hand as well.

Now mamas, Halloween is NEXT MONTH so now is the time to get those Anna and Elsa dresses before they sell out! Mom-Approved Costumes is also fully stocked with Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Merida, and all your other favorite princesses, too.

And don’t forget about your little men! How darling is this Prince Charming suit? 

Prince Charming Halloween Costume

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are already set for Halloween, remember that Christmas will follow shortly behind (I know! I know! I’ve always got to think ahead). Seriously, if you are planning a Disney trip for next year – how fun would it be to surprise your daughter with one of these dresses under the Christmas tree?!?

Be sure to follow Mom Approved Costumes on Facebook for some fabulous giveaways and specials as well! You don’t want to miss out!

I received this darling costume in exchange for this review. I have purchased the products before and I love the quality! All opinions are my own. 

Who is your child’s favorite Disney princess?

Who is your child being for Halloween this year?

Have you ever worn costumes to Disney?

Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families with Young Children + HUGE Giveaway!

Emergency Preparedness for Families with Young Children

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Giveaway for 2 complete 72-hour kits, 1-month food supply, and 6-month food supply at bottom of the post!)

My heart sunk. Despite being warned repeatedly, I wasn’t prepared. I looked down at my three little ones – ages 4, 2, and 9 months – who depended on me for everything and quickly decided that we were going to do the earthquake drill another day. Pushing away the uncomfortable guilt, I began planning family meetings about emergency meeting points when a single thought stopped me in my tracks.

You don’t get a redo when a natural disaster happens.

At that moment, I knew that we had to do the Great Shake Out drill immediately. A real earthquake would not give me advance notice and then reschedule for a more convenient day. I turned up the radio so we could hear the emergency signal and let the reality of the drill sink in. I swooped up my baby and alerted my children to the sound of the signal. I had learned as a child what to do during an earthquake and now it was time to teach my little ones.

Drop. Cover. Hold On.

We huddled together under our dining room table and sang children’s songs until the signal ended. So far so good.

Drop, Cover, Hold On - Emergency Preparedness Tips for Families with Young Children

 

I gave myself a pat on the back for knowing what to do with my children for the initial earthquake, but then the reality of the aftermath set in.

72 hour kits

I easily found our 72-hour kits in the closet by the door. Pulling them out of the closet, I discovered a problem. Three small children, two large dufflebag 72-hour kits, and one mom meant we wouldn’t be getting very far. If our home was unsafe, I would have a major problem getting everything and everyone to safety. 

If I hadn’t done the drill, I may not have made the obvious connection. Since then we have converted our 72-hour kits to backpacks, including back packs that the children can wear.

This experience opened my eyes to the reality of what could actually happen. I realized being prepared was more than having a 72-hour kit on hand. It was knowing what to do, where to go, how to help my children, etc. Here are five emergency preparedness tips that I hope will help families with small children.

1. Practice. Practice. Practice. Participate in your state’s Great Shake Out every April.  Have mini-drills with your children so that drop, cover, and hold on is ingrained in their minds!

2. Choose an area of preparedness to focus on every month. For example, purchase and fill your water barrels one month. The next month, put together kits for your car and work. Involve your children in the preparation.

3. Talk to your children about natural disasters and emergency preparedness in age-appropriate terms. The goal is to prepare, not scare! The Red Cross and Disney have put together a fun Disaster Preparedness Activity Book that you can print out and do with your children.

Disaster Preparedness Activity Book

4. Be prepared with identification. Make a key ring with a current picture of each member of your family on it. Be sure to make one for each member of your family! Have a sharpie in each of your 72-hour kits as well so that you can write your names and emergency contact info on your arm in case you are separated.

5. Rotate your 72-hour kits every six months.  I rotate my 72 hour kits every April and October in between General Conference sessions.

With September being National Preparedness month and all the flooding in Arizona and reports of the unprecedented respiratory virus - I am definitely working on preparing my family better.

Now here is the fun part! I want to help YOU by better prepared! I have teamed up with my blogger pals and Nitro-Pak to giveaway a 2-person 72-hour kit, a 1-month food supply, and a six-month food supply. Three lucky winners! That will definitely give you a preparedness boost!

Nitro Pak Giveaway

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nitro-Pak’s 72-hour kit was sited as Best Overall Kit for completeness and best design according to the Wall Street Journal. The company has also been voted as Best in State for Preparedness and Food Supplies. Be sure to check out their new web-site and features just in time for National Preparedness Month. They have some fantastic sales going on right now!

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How does your family prepare for natural disasters?

Have you ever experienced a natural disaster? What did you learn?

What is at the top of your emergency preparedness to-do list?

 

Weekly Pinterest Party 9/8

Welcome to the

Come link up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party where we pin every post!

Here are this week’s

Featured Posts from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party

The following two posts received the most clicks this past week!

featured post

These two posts were a close runner-up!

featured posts from week 34

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Rules of the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party LET’S GET OUR PARTY ON!

  • Be a follower of your hosts on at least one of their social media:

Pinterest Party Hosts Are...Pictures of the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party hosts{Misty from Denverista@ Facebookor Twitteror Pinterestor Google+}

{Tammy from The Ultimate Linky @ Facebookor Twitteror Pinterest or Google+}

Your Co-hosts for September and October! Please Follow!

cohosts for September and October

{Taralynn from Keep Moving Forward With Me
@ Facebookor Twitter or Pinterestor Google+}

{Glenda from Mommies Review and Branding Beyond Blogging
@
Facebook or Twitteror Pinterestor Google+}

{Monique from Living Life & Learning
@
Pinterest or Facebookor Twitter or Google+}
Monique would LOVE IT if you followed her on Pinterest!

{Michellefrom The Happiness Blogger
@
Pinterest or Facebookor Bloglovin or Google+}

  • Pin our Pinterest party button or a visible link onto your sidebar, post, or party page. This will help others to find our party and will bring more visibility to your links!
The Ultimate Linky
  • Please make sure that you link directly to your post’s URL and not to your blog’s URL.
  • Pin the two links before yours! If EVERYONE pins, then everyone will get more Pinterest love.
  • Link up a maximum of 3 links. They can be old or new–they’re all new to us, and we want to see them! Please link up posts only one time to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party.
  • All posts must be family-friendly. If you link up an post that contains alcohol, it may not get pinned if it goes against the hosts/co-host’s beliefs.
  • OPTIONAL: Follow our Bloggers Brags Board on Pinterest. You don’t have to do this; but of course, you’ll want to! We will be pinning all of these links to that board which will also gain more exposure for you! You can find the Bloggers Brags board here.

Here are just a few more details!

  • If your post is featured, you can grab this button!
The Ultimate Linky
  • Disclosure: By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow The Ultimate Linky,Creative K Kids and Denverista and any co-hosts to use your pictures and links in any future posts on any of their personal blogs. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of The Ultimate Linky or Creative K Kids and Denverista as well as any future co-hosts. We also may link your printables and other resources up to our permanent linkys to gain you more exposure.
  • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.
  • Please do not add any shops, reviews, giveaways or link-up parties. Links that do not comply may be removed.

Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party

Today is my first week of co-hosting the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party!

I will be a co-host for both September and October!

Pinterest is my new Google for ideas and inspiration so I am excited to be sharing and pinning all of your fabulous ideas.  I’ll be linking up some of my top blog posts as well!

Come link up your posts here every Monday and we’ll pin them!

Come link up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party where we pin every post!

Here are this week’s

Featured Posts from the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party

The following two posts received the most clicks this past week, and then several more posts received 6 clicks each!
The quesadilla recipes were popular!

brussel sprouts quesadillas

veggie and cheese quesadilla

* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Rules of the Bloggers Brags Weekly Pinterest Party LET’S GET OUR PARTY ON!

  • Be a follower of your hosts on at least one of their social media:

Pinterest Party Hosts Are...Pictures of the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party hosts{Misty from Denverista@ Facebookor Twitteror Pinterestor Google+}

{Tammy from The Ultimate Linky @ Facebookor Twitteror Pinterest or Google+}

Your Co-hosts for September and October! Please Follow!

cohosts for September and October

{Taralyn from Keep Moving Forward With Me @
Facebookor Twitter or Pinterestor Google+}

{Glenda from Mommies Review and Branding Beyond Blogging @
Facebook or Twitteror Pinterestor Google+}

{Monique from Living Life & Learning @
Pinterest or Facebookor Twitter or Google+}
Monique would LOVE IT if you followed her on Pinterest!

{Michellefrom The Happiness Blogger @
Pinterest or Facebookor Bloglovin or Google+}

  • Pin our Pinterest party button or a visible link onto your sidebar, post, or party page. This will help others to find our party and will bring more visibility to your links!
The Ultimate Linky
  • Please make sure that you link directly to your post’s URL and not to your blog’s URL.
  • Pin the two links before yours! If EVERYONE pins, then everyone will get more Pinterest love.
  • Link up a maximum of 3 links. They can be old or new–they’re all new to us, and we want to see them! Please link up posts only one time to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party.
  • All posts must be family-friendly. If you link up an post that contains alcohol, it may not get pinned if it goes against the hosts/co-host’s beliefs.
  • OPTIONAL: Follow our Bloggers Brags Board on Pinterest. You don’t have to do this; but of course, you’ll want to! We will be pinning all of these links to that board which will also gain more exposure for you! You can find the Bloggers Brags board here.

Here are just a few more details!

  • If your post is featured, you can grab this button!
The Ultimate Linky
  • Disclosure: By linking up and including a picture, you agree to allow The Ultimate Linky,Creative K Kids and Denverista and any co-hosts to use your pictures and links in any future posts on any of their personal blogs. Your photo may also be used for promotion on all social media outlets of The Ultimate Linky or Creative K Kids and Denverista as well as any future co-hosts. We also may link your printables and other resources up to our permanent linkys to gain you more exposure.
  • If you include your e-mail in the linky form below you will be added to a weekly reminder e-mail when the link party goes live. Your e-mail will not to added to any other lists or given out.
  • Please do not add any shops, reviews, giveaways or link-up parties. Links that do not comply may be removed.


Frozen Hair Tutorials + a Frozen Sale!

**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links.

Frozen Hair Tutorials

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let it Go. Let it Go! Have you heard that delightful song as much as I have this year? My daughter loves Frozen and so do her cousins! When we went to Walt Disney World, her cousin was lucky enough to score an Anna dress to take to the Bibbidi Boppity Boutique! Isn’t she a darling Anna? Something tells me that these costumes are going to be hot for Halloween this year! Excited to share some Frozen Hair Tutorials at the bottom of this post (skip to them if you just can’t wait) and also let you know about a FABULOUS sale on 8/28 on zulily that you cannot miss if you have a little Elsa or Anna wannabe! But first … these shoes.

Frozen Shoes

Seriously. Adorable.

My sister-in-law and I did some shopping before our big trip to help keep the costs down. One of my favorite places to score deals on Disney merchandise is zulily. I scored this adorable swimsuit and cover-up for under $25! The savings for the Frozen sale are just as amazing – up to 60 percent off! Save those extra pennies for my next Disney vacation!

Zulily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get a closer look at the adorableness. I also picked up swimwear for my boys as well from zulily.

Love saving on adorable vacation wear! So here are the details for the zulily Frozen sale TOMORROW (Thursday, August 28). We’ve got 8 weeks until Halloween so it is time to get shopping! Not to mention perfect the goodies from this Frozen sale are perfect for Christmas presents or getting ahead of time for your trips. The sale will have apparel, toys, and gear – everything on your little princesses list! So click on this link and get to shopping! To get you and your little one in the spirit of the sale, zulily has put together some special tutorials on how to create the magical updos and braids of Anna and Elsa. Better get practicing so you have it perfected by the time the dresses arrive!

Happy Braiding!  

Frozen Hair Tutorials - Anna Up Do

Frozen Hair Tutorial - Elsa Side Braid

Frozen Hair Tutorial - Anna Coronation Up Do

Frozen Hair Tutorial - Elsa Braid

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who do your children want to be for Halloween this year?

Are you dressing up? Who are you going to be?

Tell the truth, how much of your Christmas shopping do you have done?

The Ultimate Silhouette CAMEO Giveaway!

The Ultimate Silhouette Giveaway

Hosted by:

Silhouette America & The Pinning Mama

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Whether you craft morning, noon, and night, or have just been browsing Pinterest and seen some of the super cool things the Silhouette CAMEO can do, this giveaway is going to knock your socks off! I have partnered with over 30 awesome blogs to bring you everything you need to do almost any Silhouette project you can imagine, from glass etching, to custom shirts, and vintage signs with this prize package you will be more than set! Are you as excited for all the possibilities as I am?!?!?

The Ultimate Silhouette CAMEO giveaway!  Win  a Silhouette CAMEO and one of EVERY starter kit they make! Over $550 value!

The Prize:

1 Silhouette CAMEO

1 Glass Etching Starter Kit

1 Stamping Starter Kit

1 Heat Transfer Starter Kit

1 Vinyl Starter Kit

1 Fabric Ink Starter Kit

1 Rhinestone Starter Kit

1 Sketch Pen Starter Kit

1 Double Sided Adhesive Starter Kit

That is right! We are giving away a Silhouette CAMEO electronic cutting machine and one of EVERY starter kit that Silhouette makes! That is a value of over $550, not to mention the ability to craft your heart out for a very long time! Enter the giveaway by using the Rafflecopter below. And remember if you don’t win, you can see the current Silhouette Sale & Promo Code here. Good Luck!

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Have you used the Silhouette CAMEO before?

What prize are you most excited to win?

What is your favorite form of crafting?

Pictivities – An Interactive Board Book that My Children Love!

Pictivities - Interactive Children's Book

Confession: I’ve been collecting children’s books since I was in high school. As a child I loved reading – scratch that – I was obsessed with reading. I carried a book everywhere I went. Now that I have children of my own, I want to pass that same passion for reading on to them so I am always on the lookout for new books for our children’s library.

When I was introduced to the interactive children’s book – Pictivities by Meg and Corbin Frost - I knew it would be a hit with my little ones. This board book is the first to completely capture all three children’s  (ages 7,5, and 2) attention simultaneously. Those of you with young children know how difficult that can be!

Pictivities - Interactive Children's Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Pictivity books are designed to generate interaction between reader and child by linking pictures to words and actions. On each page there is a picture button that shows an object, animal, or person. Each image is also linked to an action. You prompt your child to touch the button and then you both say and do the action together. My children absolutely loved this and were immediately engaged.

Pictivities - Interactive Children's Book

The book was pure delight for the whole family. The simplicity of the interactive pages created a fun, family-centered reading time that we all enjoyed. One thing that I have noticed since my oldest began reading is that how much she enjoys a book directly affects how much she reads. This is the perfect book for creating that base memory of reading equaling fun. My children loved the book so much they begged my husband to read it again.

Pictivities - Interactive Children's Book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictivities is currently one of the top five most popular children’s books on KickStarter. Meg and Corbin are raising funds to produce the first run of books before Christmas. This would be the perfect gift under your little reader’s Christmas tree! By pledging $10, you can get this adorable book by Christmas. Pledge more and they have other delightful prizes in store!

Pictivities is currently halfway to its fundraising goal with only 16 days left! Do yourself a favor and support this great move forward in children’s literature while getting a little Christmas shopping done as well! 

I received a copy of this book to review. 

What is your favorite children’s book?

What do your children ask you to read again and again?

Have you funded a project on Kickstarter before?

 

What to see in Gettysburg if you only have a day!

Things to do in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just got back from a week-long visit to my sister, the lovely Cambria from Live to be Inspired. She moved across the country to Pennsylvania and just had her first beautiful baby girl! I was spoiled with dozens of newborn snuggles – in between making meals and doing tiny, adorable laundry, of course.

On the last day of our visit my sister decided that she was up for a road trip. We made the drive to Gettysburg and had just enough time to see the highlights of the historic city. Here are our top five recommendations if you only have a day or a few hours in this amazing place!

Things to do in Gettysburg - Davis Hills House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. David Wills House

Many of the museums close between 4-5 pm, but we were able to spend about 45 minutes at the The David Wills House. This was perfect to help us get our bearings of the city! The Civil War refresher course was definitely needed as well. With several interactive exhibits and short films, it easily kept the attention of my five year old nephew. Plus we were able to get maps and brochures to help us navigate the rest of Gettysburg.

Things to do in Gettysburg - David Wills House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seeing the room Abraham Lincoln slept in and must have pondered the Gettysburg address in was awe-inspiring. There is something uniquely special about learning history in the places where it actually occurred. I could scarcely imagine the more than 50,000 soldiers descending upon this tiny town, much less losing their lives there. The statistics were astounding and the accounts of brother vs. brother, friend vs. friend where heart-wrenching.

Things to do in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Gettysburg National Military Park

My father, the history officiando who we had on speed dial during our trip, highly recommends beginning your visit at the National Park Service and Museum for the Gettysburg National Military Park. We arrived after hours so we were out of luck! But if you do have time, the Gettysburg Cyclorama is an excellent way to see the scope of the battle before going out into the fields.

You could truly spend hours walking the paths, but with evening approaching we spent a few quiet moments on the ridge across from the cemetery admiring the beauty of Gettysburg and feeling humbled by what took place there.

Things to do in Gettysburg - Soldiers National Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. The Soldiers National Cemetery 

We crossed the road to the Soldiers National Cemetery – something I definitely did not want to miss as part of our evening in Gettysburg. My sister paused at the entrance with her little boy to talk about silence and respect for the soldiers and what took place there. It was a sweet moment to witness. It is important to teach our children facts and dates, but it is just as vital to teach them the morals and feelings that encompassed such events.

Things to do in Gettysburg - Teaching Children Reverence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As you walk the paths of the cemetery, you truly get a feeling of treading on hallowed ground. The sacrifice of each man buried there became very apparent and embedded in my heart.

Things to do in Gettysburg - Soldiers National Cemetery

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places to eat in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. The Pub & Restaurant

To round out our visit to Gettysburg, our last stop was dinner. As we poured over restaurant recommendations in the area, we all agreed that we wanted to eat somewhere unique to Gettysburg. Hoping to find a place with a touch of history, we discovered The Pub & Restaurant in Historic Lincoln Square. Right across the street from the David Wells House! Our request to eat out on the patio gave us a perfect view of the history-steeped establishments on the square. Be sure to have quarters on hand for the parking meters around the square.

Places to eat in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love dining family style so we selected several appetizers and a pizza to share. The food was as amazing as the surroundings. The fresh baked Italian bread smothered in cheese and flavored with garlic was a favorite as well as the Southwest egg rolls with an avocado dipping sauce that stole the show. The Caprese pizza was just as much a crowd-pleasure with its fresh spinach, house Bruschetta mix, and mozzarella and Fontina cheeses. Feast your eyes on the ooey-gooey yumminess!

Places to eat in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places to eat in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Places to eat in Gettysburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Child-Friendly Gettysburg

Our visit to Gettysburg was relatively child friendly. With more time I would do the junior ranger program for children at the Visitors Center. The interactive programs allow the children to experience for themselves what it was like to be a soldier in the Civil War by handling equipment, documents, and uniforms from the era (in a safe and age-appropriate manner, of course!)

While I was at the David Wills House, I picked selected a board book, The Story of Abraham Lincoln for my children’s souvenir. My children are ages 2-7 years old so it was right on their level of reading and understanding. It is available for purchase at the store or you can order it ahead of time to prepare your children for their visit to Gettysburg. My five year old nephew and I talked about Gettysburg in a simplified manner on the ride there and I think that it helped to pique his curiousity.

My evening in Gettysburg was just enough to whet my appetite for a return visit. While I am grateful for the brief time I had to walk the hallowed paths, I am eager to return to places of such historic significance. There is so much we can learn from our past and pass on to our children!

Have you been to Gettysburg?

What is your favorite historical place that you have visited?

What historical place is on your bucket list to visit?