Friday, February 28, 2014

BLT Update 2/28/14

            Hey folks! I don't have any fun or useful tips for you this time, but I thought I would share some of the funny (and strange) new things Myka has learned recently.
            I used to try harder not to do this because some people say that it may give kids a complex about using the bathroom and make potty training harder when they're older, but I can't help myself. As I've heard from numerous parents, Myka's poos have been getting stinkier as she's getting older. Like a lot of people, I find myself saying, "pew pew" and waving my hand in front of my face whenever I change her #2 diapers. You know. Just being silly. Well, evidently I do it more often than I realize because she has picked up on it and waves her little hand in front of her face whenever I say "pew pew" or open her dirty diaper up. lol
            Speaking of turds, she has also started this thing in the last few weeks where she will shake her head "no" when she's getting ready to do something she knows she shouldn't be...And then proceeds to do it anyways...While still shaking her head "no" and looking directly at me. -_-

Ola Granola Giveaway

Welcome to the Ola Granola Giveaway!

Sponsored by: Ola Granola

Hosted by:  Gloriously Green Gal

Co-hosted by: Savory Savings & My Silly Little Gang

Ola Granola Giveaway Feb 28 - March 14 

Granola is one of those foods that is so versatile and loved by many.  It can be a breakfast, a snack, an ingredient in a recipe and anything in between!  Ola Granola offers non-GMO, gluten-free and super delicious granola in great flavors such as Vanilla Almond, Cranberry Orange Pecan, No Nut Vanilla and Chocolate Banana Chip.  In addition to the larger, resealable bags, Ola Granola also comes in easy to use, single serve pouches with 100 calories per pack!

Learn more about this non-GMO and gluten-free granola when you read Krista from Gloriously Green Gal’s review about how her family loved the variety of flavors, whole nuts and healthy snacks from Ola Granola!
If you would like to win an assortment of Ola Granola products, enter with the giveaway tool below. 

This giveaway is open to US residents, ages 18 and older.  It will run from February 28, 2014 through March 14, 2014 at 11 PM CST.  If you have won an Ola Granola giveaway on any blog in the last six months, you are not eligible to win.  All entries will be verified.  Winner will be emailed (consider adding to your safe list) and will have 48 hours to respond or prize is forfeited and a new winner will be selected.
Good luck!

Krista from Gloriously Green Gal received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Blogger Opp-$50 GC to Beyond the Seam (Etsy)

Sponsored By: Beyond the Seam
Hosted By: Mami's 3 Little Monkeys

Prize: $50 GC to Beyond the Seam (Etsy)
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BOTH Winners will each receive a pattern of their choice from Opulent Monsters as well as 3 fabric kits to create their Monster Bunz with! Prize Pack is valued at $36.36 - $51.35 EACH! Winner will be able to choose their pattern and gender for fabric kits. 

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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Maple Hill Naturals Review & Giveaway

Hey folks! You know how much I love natural products, so I was super excited when I was given the opportunity to review some bath and body products from Maple Hill Naturals! 

            Over the past year or so, we have slowly but surely been weeding out our chemical laden, store bought bath and body products with natural and/or organic products. As some of you may know, we make a lot of our own "stuff", but we know that's not feasible for everyone so we (my husband and I) still enjoy trying out other companies natural bath and body products and spreading the word!

I love their recycled packaging for the soaps!

            Maple Hill Naturals was started by a husband and wife team and is based out of West Lafayette, IN. I love that they are a U.S. business, but what is even more cool to me is that West Lafayette is only about an hour away from where I grew up! Maple Hill Naturals offer an array of eco-friendly products, such as wool dryer balls, soaps, lip and hand balms, and more! They even have Pure & Gentle products that are baby and child friendly.
            Maple Hill Naturals was generous enough to send me several of their products to review. You will also have a chance to win your own at the end!

Vanilla Dream Natural Lip Balm
            Ironically enough, I think this was my favorite item even though I don't normally use lip balm unless it's absolutely necessary. However, the air has been unusually dry here this winter, so it has come in handy! I love vanilla anything and this lip balm smells great! (If you're not a vanilla fan they do offer other flavors.) If you're one of those people that likes to "taste it" too, the flavor isn't all that strong. Personally, I don't think that's a bad thing. 
            My favorite thing about it is that it stays on your lips for a long time because of the beeswax and shea butter. Like I said, I'm "low maintenance" anyways and don't even use lip balm all that much, so the last thing I want to do is reapply it every 5 minutes. I find it especially handy it lasts long since I'm constantly drinking water. 

 Lavender Vanilla Dream Shampoo & Conditioning Bar
            I love, love, love shampoo bars. They are one of my favorite things I've discovered since researching natural hair care alternatives. I was really excited that this bar is supposed to be conditioning as well. I mean heck, look at all those hydrating ingredients, like jojoba and avacado oil, shea butter, olive oil, etc. With that being said, I was surprised and disappointed that it dried my hair out some.
            My hair is pretty normal for the most part as far as being dry or oily goes. Maybe it's just the time of the year too that's causing it to dry out. Like I said, the air has been unusually dry here this winter. So, if you have hair that's more on the oily side I still highly recommend this! It lathers really well and smells good to boot. There are also other scent options, including something a bit, ahem, "manlier". :)

Lavender Vanilla Dream Essential Oil Soap
            Last, but not least, is the essential oil soap! I love that these are scented with essential oils instead of fragrance because 1) It's a lot better for you and less likely for you to have reactions to and 2) you get the added beneficial qualities of the oils! I thought it was neat that they put oats in their soap as well. It really adds that extra exfoliating quality to the soap, not to mention oats are supposed to be good for sucking up excess oils on the skin. 
            Funny story: Speaking of allergic reactions, I was really glad I didn't have any with this soap. I recently discovered that I am somewhat allergic to the lavender essential oil we currently have at home. I didn't think about it until after my review products were on their way. That would have been slightly embarrassing if I had gotten red, splotchy, itchy bumps from using the soap, huh?
            You can stay up to date with Maple Hill Naturals on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Use coupon code GETTINGGREENWITHBABY from now until 3/13/14 to receive 25% off of your entire order! (Limit one coupon per customer. Cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers.)
            Now, how would you like to win your own set of the three items reviewed above to try out for yourself?! Simply enter the Giveaway Tools form below for your chance to win. Only your email is required to enter (only used to contact the winner), but the more entries you have, the more likely you are to win! Good luck. :)

Disclaimer: Getting Green with Baby received the products above in exchange for an honest review of them. All opinions expressed within are my own and may differ from yours. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with any social media networks. I am not responsible for prize shipment. If you have any questions about this giveaway, please email Alicia at aliciaowen 6814 at yahoo dot com.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Things to do with Babies & Toddlers in Hot Springs, AR

            Ok. So I know I'm not a regional or even state-centered blog, for that matter. However, I feel compelled to write this post in hopes that someone some time soon or maybe a few months or years down the line will find it helpful.
            Let's face it: It can be hard finding fun activities to do outside of the house for the baby/toddler age range no matter where you live...Let alone free or cheap ones. When I say the "baby/toddler age range", I'm referring to children between ages birth and 2 1/2 years of age, 3 at the very most. (Am I the only one who's noticed the age cutoff for "toddlers" seems to have increased lately? When did 3 and 4 year olds become toddlers? I've seen a lot of "activities for toddlers" posts lately that are definitely not age appropriate for what I consider toddlers. Anyways...) It is my hope that other parents in my shoes (and by "my shoes" I mean not terribly familiar with the area and what all businesses are around) will come across this post while searching the Interwebs one day and save them a bunch of time and hassle. Enjoy!

Monday, February 24, 2014

From the First Peek to Big Shiny Teeth-Complete Natural Oral Care for Infants On Up!

            Hey folks! I have an exciting new promotion from Hyland's to share with you! To celebrate National Tooth Fairy Day (February 28th), Hyland's is offering the chance for you to win boxes of teething goodies, get free products, and attend fun events in select cities across the nation.
            Starting on February 28th, Hyland's will launch their social network giveaway where 2,000 fans will be able to win a 40ct bottle of their Baby Teething Tablets! 50 more consumers will also win an oral care box (details below) by entering to win on the Hylee's Tooth Fairy page on the Hyland's Baby website. (You can also download First Tooth Certificates, badges, and tooth charts there!) The oral care boxes will include the following:

*Hyland's Baby Teething Tablets
*Hyland's Baby Teething Gel
*My Dentist's Choice Tooth Tissues
*Jack n' Jill Toothpaste & Toothbrush
*Smart Mom Jewelry's Teething Bangle

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Little Golden Books-Making Memories

            Hey folks! I'm not sure how I missed the first 3 weeks of Blogging Mamas "Contently Creative" blog hop because I absolutely love my Blogging Mamas Network group on Facebook, but this week's writing prompt is "making memories". I can always use ideas for new posts (even though I currently have about 3 weeks of posts scheduled in advance with more reviews/giveaways to fit in!), so this week's theme got me to thinking...
My, er, Myka's stash of Little Golden Books
             Most of my family members, especially my aunts, have a bad habit of being "pack rats". My mom and I are no exception. I finally made myself throw away letters from late elementary/early middle school a month or so ago when we were going through some things. Yah. I'm one of those people. However, I'm glad my mom and I have a habit of holding onto things for longer than we should in certain instances. Namely, a lot of items from when I was a kid.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Sensory Time with Beans! (BLT)

            I have been wanting to do something new and different with Myka for a week or so now. While I would like to do something messy, I have accidentally turned her into an ocd clean freak and don't think she would enjoy it much. :/ (The things you do without thinking about them that change the way your kids act, huh?)
            As I've mentioned before, I love sensory activities. They're just fun! Since "messy" was out of the question, "BEANS!" just randomly hit me last Friday evening. They're cheap, you don't need many, they're not messy, and they're easy to clean up. What's not to love? So I got the containers we use for playing with water beads a handful or two of pinto beans and we went to town...
Have I ever mentioned that Myka obsessively sorts things? I figure it's just the age she's at, right? Watch the short video below to see what I mean.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Oh My DeVita Baby Giveaway

Welcome to the Oh My DeVita Baby Giveaway!

A gentle, vegan option in baby skin care products!
Sponsored by: Oh My DeVita Baby
Crunchy Livin Mama Style received product in exchange for her honest review.
This blog has not been compensated in the promotion of this giveaway.
On My DeVita Baby offers lots of great vegan skincare products as part of their baby skincare line. Free from chemicals and artificial fragrances, their products are natural and gentle on even the most sensitive of skin. Essential Oils are used for not only naturally scenting, but also offering calming and soothing properties while being a natural antibacterial. The Oh My DeVita Baby line offers quite a variety of products including Butter Cheeks Baby Balm, Hey Sunshine Solar Protections (Coming soon!), Bubbly Babies Shampoo and Body Wash, Flutterby Baby Lotion and Powder Puff Baby Powder. DevitaBaby
There are many things that make DeVita different than other baby lines. Their line is 100% vegan, Paraben free and chemical free - so you won't find any animal byproducts in their products and they're not testing on animals. While you definitely don't need to be vegan to enjoy them, it's definitely a piece of mind knowing they are not in the DeVita line of products. With a certified organic aloe vera base, it makes their baby line perfect for little ones. The DeVita baby line is available through their website or at your local Target store.Check out Crunchy Livin Mama Style's recent reviews of both their Butter Cheeks: Baby Balm & their Bubbly Babies Shampoo & Body Wash!
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Now it's time to enter to WIN Oh My DeVita Baby Bubble Babies: Shampoo & Body Wash & Butter Cheeks: Baby Balm!
This giveaway will begin February 20th and run through March 3rd at 11:59pm. The winner will be chosen at random through Giveaway Tool. The winner E-mailed and given 48 hours to claim their prize. They will then be announced on the Giveaway Tool. The winner will receive the prize shipped to them from Oh My Devita Baby. Crunchy Livin Mama Style and any other participating blog is not responsible for prize shipment. Must be 18 years and older. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google are in no way affiliated with this giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Void where prohibited by law. Open to US residents only.
Disclosure: Getting Green with Baby was not compensated for the promotion of this giveaway. All opinions are our own and were not influenced in any way. Keep in mind what works for us, our children or our family may not work for you. The sponsor will be responsible for prize shipment. Crunchy Livin Mama Style and any participating blogger is not responsible for prize fulfillment. Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google and any other social media are not affiliated with this giveaway in any way. This disclosure is done in accordance with the FTC. If you have any questions regarding this post, please email Sam at Crunchylivinmamastyle {at}

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

ABC's of Kids Nutrition Giveaway

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Copy Kids DVD (RV$19.95)
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Happy Family (RV$25)
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I See Me (RV$42)
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Contigo Striker (RV$10.99)
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ReSqueeze (RV$25)
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Cow Wow Cereal Milk (RV$21)
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Giveaway Time!

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"Hugo the Happy Starfish: Teamwork" Children's Book Review

Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.

            Hugo the Happy Starfish: Teamwork is just one of many books in this series about a little starfish who wishes to venture away from his home at the bottom of the sea and visit the real world. He meets lots of new friends along the way and learns valuable life skills as well!
            In Teamwork, Hugo and his friend Seedo are traveling across the ocean when a hurricane threatens them. They quickly swim to a nearby island and begin going about building a shelter. Unfortunately, they face many obstacles along the way. With the help of Seedo and his magical trumpet and their other friends, they eventually get the shelter built by working together. They also get rewarded with a magical surprise at the end for working together too!
             The Hugo books combine two of my favorite things: books and learning! This book, along with the other Hugo books, would be great to read with kids who may be starting preschool soon as they teach important life skills, such as sharing, working together, patience, dealing with bullies, tolerance, and so much more! All important things to become a successful and enjoyable individual to be around. Kids will love this book for the colorful characters and the fun magical, imaginative aspects of it as well.
            Teamwork also provides expanded learning opportunities. Kids may not know what a hurricane is, so this would be a perfect time to talk about them! There are also worksheets for some of the books provided on Hugo's website HERE for free, as well as games and coloring pages. Be sure to check out all of the Hugo books while you're there too!

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Crane Humidifier Giveaway

Welcome to the Keep the Germs at Bay Giveaway!

Prize: Crane Germ Defense Cool & Warm Air Humidifier

Sponsored by:  Crane

Hosted by: Gloriously Green Gal & Savory Savings

Co-hosted by: Bloggie Away, Monica’s Rants, Raves & Reviews, Dividing by Zero, Her 3 Little Thinkers, Joy Makin’ Mamas, Profit From Sweepstakes Giveaway & Review Blog , Mixed Nuts Mommy, and To Be A Better You

Crane Air Humidifier Giveaway
This winter has been particularly long and full of colds, sinus infections and other ailments for many.  Krista over at Gloriously Green Gal and Savory Savings, has been struggling with sinus infections all winter and as a result, a dry nose and dry cough.  With the help of the Crane Germ Defence Cool & Warm Air Humidifier, she could rest easily and inhale again (without nose pain!).  Check out the full review of this humidifier and see why it might be a good fit for your home, too!
If you would like to win a Crane Germ Defense Cool & Warm Air Humidifier, enter with the Giveaway Tool below. One lucky US, 18+ winner will receive a Crane Germ Defense Cool & Warm Air Humidifier!  This giveaway will run from February 19, 2014 through March 4.  If you have won a Crane giveaway from any blog in the last 12 months, you are not eligible to win.  All entries will be verified.  Winner will be emailed (consider adding to your safe list) and will have 48 hours to respond or prize is forfeited and a new winner will be selected.
Good Luck!
Krista from Gloriously Green Gal/Savory Savings received products from this sponsor to facilitate her review, no other compensation was received. All participating blogs are not responsible for prize fulfillment.  This giveaway is in no way associated with social media sites including Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Green Mountain Diapers GC Giveaway

Welcome to the Green Mountain Cloth Diapers $50 Gift Card Giveaway! 
Sponsored By: Green Mountain Diapers
Green Mountain Diapers was born in 1998 and 10 years later was moved out of Karen's home, to the nearby Cotton Mill (in 2009). Green Mountain Diapers is a small husband and wife run business with the addition of 4 employees to help out, making them a wonderful team of people helping to serve every family's cloth diapering needs. They are dedicated to quality service (which I can attest for) as well as providing natural fiber diapering. Their mission is to inform others about cloth diapers and help provide the very best for today's modern diapering products focusing on those natural fibers.

Read Mami's 3 Little Monkeys full review of the Blueberry Simplex OS AIO HERE!

This is a great opportunity for someone to add to their cloth diaper stash! Green Mountain Diaper's website is full of information too if you're new to cloth diapering and not sure where to start. They even have a page on "Country of Origin" for cloth diapers, which I thought was super cool!-GGWB

Enter for your chance to win this awesome giveaway of a $50 Gift Certificate to Green Mountain Diapers!
Complete entries through the Giveaway Tools entry form below, winner will be chosen at random and entry will be verified. Winner will be notified via email and will have 48 hours in which to respond or a new winner will be chosen. Good Luck! 
Open to US residents whom are at least 18 years of age.
Giveaway will end on March 5th at 11:59pm CST.

 Disclosure: Getting Green with Baby and all other promoting bloggers have not been compensated in any form for this publication, nor are they responsible for the fulfillment of the prize. Please contact Sarh at if you have any questions, comments or concerns. Thank you.

The Agonizing Wait for...

            Before anyone gets too excited, no, I'm not currently pregnant. (That I'm aware of.) This is my test from when I found out I was pregnant with Myka. Sorry to burst any bubbles out there.
            However, I wouldn't say we're actively trying to have another baby, but we're not exactly doing anything to prevent it. We're taking the "whatever happens, happens" approach for now. I had a weird feeling all last month that something would happen, though, so now it's like some breaking news story in my brain: Pregnancy Watch 2014. If that made any sense. For me, though, things aren't easy in the baby making department.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Ora's Amazing Herbal Giveaway

Welcome to the Ora's Amazing Herbal Giveaway

Sponsored by: Ora's Amazing Herbal

A special thank you goes out to our Sponsor and Co-Hosts. 
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You know me; I just LOVE natural products! I was especially excited when I saw that Ora's Amazing Herbal offers salves. It's a shame they're not more popular in general because they work great!-GGWB

Read More in The Go Mamas Ora's Amazing Herbal Review

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Giveaway Details:

One Winner will win their own Sampler Gift Box from Ora's Amazing Herbal
(ARV $32)

This giveaway ends 02/28/2014
Open to US residents
Enter the giveaway on the form below

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

30 Day Honey Challenge-Final Update!

            If you've been keeping up with the honey challenge at all, I have good news for you: You don't have to look at any more horrendous pictures of my face! lol But seriously, what are my thoughts upon completing the 30 Day Honey Challenge?
            First of all, I have to admit that I'm glad I don't have to remember to do it every day now. I'm very uncomplicated in the daily routine department (read: lazy) and to be honest, I usually don't wash my face every day. Some may argue that that's my problem as far as acne goes. Other people, like my husband, think I wash my face too much and swear up and down that their own face breaks out less often the less they wash their face. That's all fine and dandy, but that's your face, not mine.
            Second, and I really hate saying this, but I don' t feel there's been a significant amount of improvement to continue using honey on my face. Not the honey I was using anyways. I am thinking about trying the Raw Buckwheat Honey from MVTC that I received for review and only using it when I would normally wash my face. I have a feeling it's a lot better than the stuff I was using anyways.
            Finally, as I've mentioned in previous updates, I think a large part of the reason this "didn't work" is the whole hormone factor. I really think mine are just too messed up for my own good. If you get blemishes or have acne from not eating a very good diet and, well, other non-hormonal related things, I think honey would help you out. I've read plenty of stories online about individuals having a lot of luck with honey.
Day 1
Day 30

            My husband said he has noticed a difference in my face. Can you? How did your own challenge go? Would you ever consider using honey on your face?

EScents Aromatherapy Giveaway

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The "Live Well" aromatherapy contest - sponsored by Ecents Aromatherapy
Prize is a "Live Well" (pictured) Aromatherapy gift basket from EScents Feel Good. 
We are all meant to in life; it's in our nature.
When we feel good, we give more back to our planet and the people around us.
Escents Aromatherapy is founded on the idea that everyone should feel good, body and mind. For one person, it's about creating a personal oasis in which to relax. For another, it's about relieving headache pain to do the things they love. No matter the need, nature has the power to provide and nurture us. It is our most precious commodity. It gives in every way imaginable; nourishing and healing our bodies, stimulating our minds, and creating a truly soulful experience of life.
We strive to consider our nature, eco-system and planet in all of their activities and decisions. Working to serve and preserve it. Their journey to zero impact is ongoing and endless. 

Escents Aromatherapy's website is chock full of helpful info. I highly recommend you check it out. You can shop by product type or health solution, which is pretty nifty. They even offer children's remedies!-GGWB

Escents have kindly donated a live well gift basket for one lucky ContestPatti reader to win. To be in with a chance to win enter through the RaffleCopter form below. Good Luck!
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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Fluffy Butt

            I don't really do Valentine's Day. This is as Valentine's-y as I get: My love for my cute little fluffy butt and the cute fluff on her butt!
Both diapers are Best Bottoms (Of course. Are you really surprised?) in Very Cherry and Strawberry Shortcake.

Simple Start App Review

 Disclaimer: I received a free trial to Weight Watchers (including the Simple Start App) to facilitate this review. Regardless, all opinions expressed within are my own and may differ from your own.

            Hey folks! Losing weight/getting in shape is probably the most popular New Year's Resolution there is. Unfortunately, many people "fall off the wagon" within the first month. Luckily, Weight Watchers just released a new program in December that will help you kick start AND stay on track with your weight loss goals!
            The Simple Start program is designed to ease you into the Weight Watchers program and help you learn what to eat. It includes meal and snack ideas, a list of power foods that comes in handy for grocery shopping, and you can view all of it on your iPhone or Android. (Unless your phone is "too old" like mine. BUT, you can still view it online as well.)
            The Simple Start Plan is great because you learn what foods are healthy without having to worry about counting points or portion size yet. (The meals and snacks list their points values, so you can still count points, of course, if you so choose.) Plus, they even include a list of healthier versions of "indulgences", so yes, you can still eat ice cream, chocolate, and even drink wine occasionally! (It's actually a good thing to not completely cut out sweets and treats. Just don't over do it.)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

"Time Together: Me and Dad" Children's Book Review

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            Hey folks! I hope you are enjoying all of the new book reviews on the blog. I have several more children's books coming your way soon AND a special book for the new mommies out there!
            Today's book for review is Time Together: Me and Dad by Maria Catherine. This is a great little book for 2-6 year olds. It's written in a very simple and direct way and the book is short so little readers won't get distracted as easily. Even if your children aren't old enough to read yet, the illustrations are colorful and fun and should keep their attention and be enjoyable to look at while you read it to them.
            The book illustrates every day activities that dads and kids can enjoy together, such as "Bear hug time" and "Sky high building time". I think this would be a great book for dads to read WITH their children. They may even get some ideas for new activities to do with their children in their free time! With the majority of dads working outside of the home, it's nice to spend some quality time together. What better way than curling up with a good book?! Capstone Young Readers also offers Time Together: Me and Mom if that's more up your alley.
            Overall I really liked this book and highly recommend it if you have young children!

 Disclaimer: I received a digital copy of this book through to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own.