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Wondrous Ink Personalized Story Books

Looking for a great gift idea for a kid in your life? I have one for you! I recently got the chance to take a peak at the world of personalized story books from Wondrous Ink. The concept is simple: I provide the company with my child’s name and gender, and they provide me with a story that is personalized to my child! Cute idea, right? I thought so! And guaranteed to be a story book that doesn’t simply get lost in the shuffle that can be children’s book shelves!

book covers

Each book comes personalized with your child’s name in the title of the story, on high quality paper, and beautifully illustrated. This is a heavy duty little book! I worried, since it is paperback, how it would work out for my toddler, but feeling these books and turning the pages, I can’t see how there would be any accidental rips while reading. That’s a bonus!

intro note

The coolest thing about these books, despite the fact that there’s very little variation in the stories from child to child, is that the entire story is customized for the child based on their name: in the book, the main character (who shares a name with your child), goes on an adventure where different characters help him or her understand the unique things about them that make them special. For instance, with my three girls (Ms. K, Ms. M, and Ms. A), the first characteristic identified as special in my girls’ stories are “marvelous” (Ms. M), “kind” (Ms. K), and “amazing” (Ms. A). Very cool, and I love how it encourages the child reading it to think about what makes them special!

First letter words

Wondrous Ink books can be purchased through at https://www.wondrousink.com/ and retail for under $30 plus shipping and handling! I highly recommend! Check out Wondrous Ink on Facebook and follow @wondrousink on Twitter for all the latest products and specials.

Who would you order a Wondrous Ink book for?

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50 Zoo Animal Themed Books for Kids

As I mentioned in my 7 Educational Activities to Try at the Zoo post, my kids love the zoo!  If they had their way, we’d live at the zoo and visit the house instead of the other way around.  Sister says she’s going to grow up and be a zoo keeper, so I am always in search of books to feed her love of animals.  Following is a list of 50 zoo animal themed books for kids that I have on our reading list for this year.

50 zoo animal themed books for kids @thatbaldchick

  1. Twas the Day Before Zoo Day
  2. Dear Zoo: A Lift-the-Flap Book
  3. Never Play Music Right Next to the Zoo
  4. Good Night Gorilla
  5. A Sick Day for Amos McGee
  6. Curious George at the Zoo: A Touch and Feel Book
  7. The Secret Zoo
  8. If I Ran the Zoo
  9. Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear
  10. The Zoo Crew (Nancy Drew)
  11. Fisher Price Little People: Let’s Go to the Zoo
  12. Put Me In the Zoo
  13. And Tango Makes Three
  14. Baby Animals: Bright Babies Touch & Feel
  15. At the Zoo: Bright Babies Touch & Feel
  16. Zooborns!: Motherly Love
  17. The Mixed Up Chameleon
  18. Noisy Zoo: Simple First Sounds
  19. Bizzy Bear: Zoo Keeper
  20. Edward the Emu
  21. My Heart is Like a Zoo
  22. The View at the Zoo
  23. Last Night at the Zoo
  24. Zoology for Kids
  25. Pat the Zoo
  26. A Friend at the Zoo (Bubble Guppies)
  27. Zoo Hullabaloo
  28. Going to the Zoo (Tom Paxton)
  29. 1, 2, 3 to the Zoo
  30. Sammy the Seal
  31. Zooborns! : Zoo Babies from Around the World
  32. Wild About Books
  33. Curious George Goes to the Zoo
  34. Willie the Charismatic Kangaroo: The Beginning
  35. Field Trip Fiasco
  36. Eloise Visits the Zoo
  37. If Anything Ever Goes Wrong at the Zoo
  38. The Zebra said Shhh
  39. Animal Strike at the Zoo. It’s True
  40. Zachary’s Zoo – Biblical Values
  41. Life Size Zoo: From Tiny Rodents to Gigantic Elephants, an Actual Size Animal Encyclopedia
  42. Pinkalicious and the Pinkatastic Zoo Day
  43. Wonderfully Made
  44. Zoolarious Animal Jokes for Kids
  45. Young CAM Jansen and the Zoo Note Mystery
  46. 1 Zany Zoo
  47. The Underpants Zoo
  48. Zoo Guide: A Bible Based Handbook to the Zoo
  49. Never, Ever Shout in a Zoo
  50. Z Is for Zookeeper : A Zoo Alphabet

Which ones have you read and loved?  Are there any that I need to add to my list?

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Believe NIV – A Great Gift for Easter plus $25 Family Christian Giveaway

As an Official Family Christian Blogger, I received a courtesy copies of  for review. All opinions are my own.

As many of you may know, I’m a Bible School graduate.  I graduated from St. Louis Christian College in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Christian Ministry.  In fact, I graduated magna cum laude with a 4.0 (it would have been summa cum laude, had I tranferred one less credit and taken it there) and was valedictorian of my class.  That said, my course of study enabled me to solidify what it is that I believe in my faith, and to realize that what you believe drives everything you do.  Many Christians will never complete a degree in Christian Ministry as I did.  Which is why I would highly recommend two books I recently received as a Family Christian blogger, Believe and Think, Act, Be Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ.

Believe Think Act Be Like Jesus @thatbaldchick

About the books…

Believe is a unique spiritual growth journey that helps you to think, act, and be more like Jesus. In it, general editor and pastor Randy Frazee walks you through the ten key Beliefs of the Christian faith, the ten key Practices of a Jesus-follower, and the ten key Virtues that characterize someone who is becoming more like Jesus.

Each chapter uses short topical passages from the New International Version to help you live the story of the Bible. As you journey through this book, whether in a group or on your own, one simple truth will become undeniably clear: what you believe drives everything. Using this edition of Believe, church families around the globe can now embrace a full ministry year through worship services, small group studies, and family activities.

 

In Think, Act, Be Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ, pastor Randy Frazee helps readers grasp the vision of the Christian life and get started on the journey of discipleship. This book is a fresh resource for discipleship by pastor and author Randy Frazee that will help readers develop a personal vision for spiritual growth and a simple plan for getting started on the journey to think, act, and be more like Jesus Christ.

Believe  is broken down into three sections:

  • Think: What Do I Believe?, which explores the core beliefs of the Christian.
  • Act: What Should I Do?, which explores the core practices of the Christian.
  • Be: Who Am I Becoming?, which explores the core virtues of the Christian.

Each section is subdivided into ten chapters.  Each chapter has a key idea and a key verse, then takes the reader on a guided tour of that idea using Scripture (NIV) within the text, as well as explanation of the passages included with editorial comments.  The explanation and editorial comments are denoted by italicized print.  While each passage of Scripture used within the chapters lists the book, chapter, and verse, there is also a “Chart of References” at the back of the book that lists them.  Discussion questions are also included at the end of the book.

Overall, I really appreciated Believe. As a topical guide through the Bible, this book does well to help believers solidify what they believe and why they believe it.  Stylistically, I would have preferred that the Scripture be italicized and the commentary be non-italicized.  Of course, that’s just a personal preference.  I would have also preferred the discussion questions be listed at the end of each chapter, instead of at the back of the book, as I think it would better aid in using the book for personal devotions.

Think, Act, Be Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ is a companion book to Believe.  It follows the outline of Believe, with the Think, Act, Be sections which are subdivided into chapters.  It also includes a Transformation section, which is not in the Believe book.  The introduction starts with a “confession of unbelief” which automatically puts the reader on even footing with the author.  We all struggle in our journey of belief, and the author’s vulnerability helps the reader embrace that struggle.  Stylistically, in this book, the portions of Scripture are italicized while portions of commentary are not.  The book is 256 pages and it guides the reader on a journey of grown in thought, actions, and character.  While it was written as a companion to Believe, Think, Act, Be Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ can certainly alone as a study.

I would definitely recommend both Believe and Think, Act, Be Like Jesus: Becoming a New Person in Christ for the Christian who wants to deepen their relationship with Christ! I think it would make a great Easter gift for the new believer, or even those who have been Christians for a long time and just want to get back to the heart of their faith.  I plan to gift a set to one of our youth. Both are available at Family Christian store.  Stay in touch with all Family Christian has to offer by visiting their Facebook page

And now, Family Christian would like to give one lucky reader a $25 appreciation certificate.  Enter below and good luck!

 

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Dr Seuss Activities

I love finding different Dr Seuss activities to do as we Celebrate Dr Seuss Day in March!  Seriously, there are so many awesome ideas out there.  Last year, when we did our And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street unit study we did had fun with a Sensory Bin, used play dough to Create A Creature, went on a Geography Journey, and created a My Street Journal.  Oh, the fun we had!

And To Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street Activities @thatbaldchick

This year, instead of focusing on just one book, I want to do a variety of activities and here are some of the Dr Seuss activities I’m considering…

11 Dr Seuss Activities @thatbaldchick

  1. Silly Phonics Game for Beginning Readers ~Learn Play Imagine
  2. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket Lacing Activity ~Parenting Chaos
  3. Dr. Seuss ABC Book Writing Letters in Shaving Cream ~I Can Teach My Child
  4. Dr. Seuss Math Activity ~Parenting Chaos
  5. Dr. Suess Activities Red Fish, Blue Fish ABC Match ~Growing Book by Book
  6. The Foot Book Dr. Seuss Inspired Bath Activities ~Learn Play Imagine
  7. Dr. Seuss ABCs Gross Motor Activities ~3 Dinosaurs
  8. Homemade Oobleck Recipe: A Fun Dr. Seuss Inspired Activity ~Artsy Momma
  9. There’s a Wocket in my Pocket ~I Can Teach My Child
  10. Dr. Seuss Inspired Sensory Bin ~Life’s Little Projects
  11. Dr. Seuss The Sneetches Activity ~I Can Teach My Child

Still need ideas for your Dr Seuss celebrations?  Check out the Dr Seuss Crafts and Dr Seuss Printables we’re looking at using!

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Teeth Fairies- A Baby Teeth Tradition

Ok.  Confession time.  We haven’t done Santa Clause, the Easter Bunny, Elf on the Shelf or any other made up special-time-of-the-year characters with our kids because we have always felt guilty lying to them, knowing that some day they would find out that their beloved whoever wasn’t real and be broken-hearted.  How the Tooth Fairy wormed her way into my children’s lives and has held us captive for years, with the pressure of sneaking into their dark rooms to swap out cash for teeth- without kicking toys across the hardwood floors and waking them- is beyond me.  I think it was probably one of those things that wasn’t even on our radar until our oldest suddenly lost her first tooth and we were so excited that we blurted out, “THIS IS GOING TO BE GREAT!!!  THE TOOTH FAIRY WILL COME TONIGHT AND BRING YOU MONEY FOR THAT!!!”  After which we turned to each other and mouthed, “Why in the world did I just say that?  Stupid, stupid stupid…!”  

Regardless, the Tooth Fairy has been a tradition in our home on a regular basis for about 4 years now…and she’s no more adept at not kicking loud toys across the room today than she was 4 years ago.  You know…just in case you were wondering.  I have, in the past, searched for ways to make this a more educational experience (since we are breaking our own self-imposed rules), but no dice.  There just isn’t a whole lot out on the market to make this more than just a fun game.

Cue Teeth Fairies- A Baby Teeth Tradition!  This adorable little story, which is accompanied by a plush, colorful Tooth Fairy doll, and housed in the MOST adorable gift box set, was written by Ingrid Bencosme in response to her desire to make the Tooth Fairy experience more fun and educational for her daughter.  In this modern twist on the classic premise, the Tooth Fairy in training (she isn’t a full Tooth Fairy until her child looses their first tooth) keeps watch from different locations throughout the house to make sure that the child she is assigned to is taking care of his or her teeth and eating healthy, while reporting back to the Head Tooth Fairy.  Super cute and fun, although whether or not I will remember to switch her location daily is anyone’s guess!

Teeth-Fairies-BookSet-Doll copy

Teeth Fairies- A Baby Teeth Tradition gift set is available February 20, 2015 and can be purchased on Amazon.  Bonus- a portion of the set’s proceeds will be donated to the non-profit Communities in Schools!

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