Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

Switching on the Moon A Very First Book of Bedtime PoemsI get to share another great book published by Candlewick Press with poems collected by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters with illustrations by G. Brian Karas. If you don’t know already I am addicted to poetry, I write it, I read it, I love it. Now with Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems I am able to share that love of poetry with my children at bedtime.

Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems has a great collection of poetry perfect for little ones, and is recommended for ages birth to five. My oldest is eight year old and enjoys the poems as well, so who knows if you have an older child that loves poetry they may enjoy these as well.

This book was released in September 2010 and our family has had the pleasure to enjoy it as long as we have enjoyed Tuck Me In from Candlewick Press. Amazing children book that you must add to your collection this holiday season!

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From the hoot of an owl to the horns of the city, from children giggling in the bath to the hushed notes of a lullaby, here is an exquisite anthology that captures the universal poetry of bedtime. Expertly gathered by Jane Yolen and Andrew Fusek Peters, these sixty poems range from old favorite poets such as Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Sylvia Plath, and Eleanor Farjeon to beloved contemporary poets like Marilyn Singer, Lee Bennett Hopkins, and Children’s Poet Laureate Mary Ann Hoberman. Beautifully illustrated by G. Brian Karas with richness and whimsy, SWITCHING ON THE MOON is the perfect book to share with a child to usher in a night of sweet dreams.

Purchase Switching on the Moon: A Very First Book of Bedtime Poems

Disclosure: I received this product for free in order to full facilitate my review. All opinions are based on my family’s experience with the product.

CLOSED Get Ready For Sweet Dreams with Tuck Me In Book Giveaway

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Tuck Me In is newly released {September 2010} hardcover book for your child ages 1.5 up to age 4. Amazon listing price is $9.99 at this time. Tuck Me In is written by Dean Hacohen and Sherry Scharschmidt, published by Candlewick and is one of many bedtime stories that have been newly released for your little one!

Tuck Me In is a cute, simple book that allows your little one to say good night to all the baby animals such as a baby zebra, baby alligator, and baby hedgehog before your child is asked if “you need to be tucked in” and then ends with a good night wish.

Our family has had this book since prior to release and the boys who are ages 2 and 4 enjoyed picking out this book as one of their two bedtime storybooks each night. The boys enjoy me reading who needs to be tucked in and as I turn the page my Baby K {age 2} will say “I DO” in such a cute little toddler voice as his brother turns the page that looks like a blanket for the little baby animal. Tuck Me In has added fun and interest during our bedtime routine, the children are learning animals and catching onto simple words while following along with me reading!

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Then She Had Text

The birthday party weekend was amazing but we certainly had some issues with the birthday girl letting life get to her head, she is the princess after all.

Ki bday party 4The weekend started off with late Friday night giving Ki her first present from Justin and I.  After much consideration and weighing the pros and cons we decided to get her a cell phone. Normally I would say an eight year old doesn’t need a cell phone, and I still believe that, however, in our home we do not have a house phone and she has a father who hasn’t been living with us since she was four months old. Her father and I have always shared custody. Ki is close to her father as she is with us, and we knew she needed a way to contact her father when she felt the need and as she gets older she will need a phone to talk to her friends as well as other family members.

LG ComsosI had my sister babysit my sons Friday afternoon so I could go out shopping for a present. My original thought was an alarm clock with a CD player, however, after thinking harder I realized she needs a house phone of some sort. My first though was a prepaid cell phone, after all I used Tracfone for two years with much success before having my Verizon Wireless account. Do you realize that prepaid phones and cards are way more expensive than a normal cell phone and plan? I was able to find out that adding Ki to my plan would only cost me $10 with a free phone versus going the prepaid route with many upfront fees as well as a huge monthly bill in order to keep her number the same. I ended up with the LG Cosmos from Verizon Wireless as shown in picture above.

Ki bday party 3Ah yes, the famous eye roll .. that is what I got most of the weekend. When we first gave Ki her cell phone we didn’t tell her it was for her. I sent a text to the phone that said:

Happy Birthday my sweet princess! I hope u love this present and keep it safe! This is a BIG deal and u need 2 keep this cell safe … It is YOURS! I love u!

Justin grabbed the cell phone and called Ki out to the kitchen where we played it off like Justin got a new phone. Of course Ki was having the whole “why do I want to see your new cell phone” attitude going on but we finally got her to open it up and read the text message! Her face was amazing, I did record it but the video is rather dark. I may upload it later. The girl wouldn’t let me touch it. The cell phone is not considered a cell phone for an eight year old … we consider it a house phone. The reason being? She isn’t allowed to carry it around with her, it certainly doesn’t go to school and she doesn’t take it to her Dad’s either. Occasionally I will let her take it out with us on a family ride but overall that cell phone is to stay inside our home at all times and when it’s bedtime I have it in my room shut off.

Ki bday party 2Sunday we headed over to the Grampa’s house in Vermont where the kids had a blast playing. The weather was almost perfect! The kids learned how to play horse shoes and enjoyed playing together. We also found a leaf pile my Dad had blown over with the lawn mower. The kids enjoyed that, it was Baby K’s first time jumping in leaves!

Ki bday party 1The birthday weekend was amazing and ended about 8pm this evening when the kids all went to sleep after a soccer game Ki had. Its been a long weekend, but we enjoyed it to the best of our ability!

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Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition

Beauty and the Beast Diamond EditionIt’s officially out and ready for you to purchase, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Diamond Edition, which includes blu-ray! I love seeing Disney bringing all the old favorites back to be restored and so much more beautiful to watch over and over again!


Disney’s most requested film, Beauty and the Beast, arrives for the first time on Blu-ray Hi-Def as the second installment to the company’s new Diamond Collection. The Blu-ray transformation reveals the magic, music and majesty of the film as never before experienced with state-of-the-art
picture restoration, pristine 7.1 Digital Surround Sound and hours of additional viewing experiences that include behind the scenes features, deleted scenes, enhanced music tracks, immersive games and more.

The first of only two animated films ever to be nominated for an Academy Award® for Best Picture (the second is 2009’s Up), Beauty and the Beast earned six Academy Award® nominations and won two Oscars® in 1992 for Best Original Song (“Beauty and the Beast”) and Best Original Score.

Unavailable in any form since 2003, Beauty and the Beast will be released from the Disney vault for a limited time only, arriving on a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack (2 Blu-ray Discs + DVD) October 5, followed seven weeks later with the release of a 2-Disc standard definition DVD on November 23.


My daughter just loves this movie and was so excited to receive the newly restored version, we have not been able to watch the blu-ray version as we don’t own a Blu-Ray player yet, but I plan to own one in the future … some day!

The picture is amazing and quality is superb! What a great way to bring back the Disney favorites and share them with your children and maybe even grandchildren some day!

Purchase this for your family as soon as you can, I know we love it!

Disclosure: I frequently work with Click Communications where they will send me DVD’s and I get to review them with my family. All opinions I express about these DVD’s are that of my own and are 100% honest.

The Curious Twos and Gimme This Now

The twos, lovely year when a child is testing his limits and figuring out who he is as an individual in the family. That would be my sweet Baby K, he is two and he will tell you that. Just a few things this boy says are “go away“, “whats up“, “now“, “me two” and “I do it“. The boy wants to do everything on his own and he wants to be his own little person.

Baby K often is found telling people to go away when they show up at the house, my sister was victim of that. The other night he hopped in the front seat of my car when I was trying to get him out of it and told me to go home. If you leave the main door to the house open and he wants to go outside you know that boy is heading out the door! Hence the biggest reason my main door is always shut and double locked!

I have found that I have mixed emotions about this age, I am excited to see Baby K doing his own thing and trying to become his own person inside a family of five but I am also nervous that he may get really hurt when I head to the bathroom to pee or have my back turned for a second. I know all too well that just a second of turning away from a child at this age the worse can happen and that scares me, which makes me dislike this age a bit. I am constantly worrying and end up bringing him into the bathroom with me as I know the boy will get into some kind of trouble while I am gone from the living area.

Baby K’s latest thing is asking for something by saying “I want {insert random thing here} NOW”, yes he even puts emphasis on the now word. I am correcting him every time with the word please in place of now and phrasing the demand as a question such as “May I have {insert random thing here} please” and he will usually reply with the word of whatever he wants followed by please. The deal is that if you do not teach the kids manners and common courtesy from day one it will be harder to teach them in later years. I am paying for this with AJ as he had so many issues growing up that now at age four we are just barely starting to get him to understand concepts he should have learned years ago.

I am excited to be able to work with a child who isn’t going through all the mood issues AJ did at Baby K’s age and ear problems, etc etc. This time of Baby K’s life is reminding me of the years with my daughter with a tad bit more excitement and adventure, due to the fact that Baby K is a real boy, full of energy and curiosity!

I am looking forward to watching Baby K and his brother interact now that Baby K is two and AJ is four. AJ has been doing really good and I am proud that I only have to deal, a majority of the time, with Baby K issues rather than two boys who are constantly on the battle field with me.

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