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Kid Lit: A Book I Don't Mind Reading Again

Kids, BooksBeth PacykComment

Whew!  It's been awhile since I last posted and LOTS has been calling for my attention.  We're in the midst of preparing for a long-distance move so Tom and I are trading places on airplanes to house hunt. On his last trip to Portland, he stopped at the city's famous bookstore, Powell's, to grab a gift for the kiddos.

Sleeping Cinderella by Stephanie Clarkson

Sleeping Cinderella by Stephanie Clarkson

He saw this book as a staff recommendation, but hesitated.  Did we really want to add another princess book to our collection?  The fine folks at Disney have been boring us with the abbreviated version of fairytales (Elsa and Anna were friends.  Elsa hurt Anna. Elsa stayed away.  Anna fell in love.  Anna's act of love saved their lives.  Elsa and Anna were best friends at last.) so we've been burned in the princess department to say the least.

Thankfully, Sleeping Cinderella is nothing like the princess books currently on our shelf.  It is sweet and clever with adorable illustrations.  Stephanie Clarkson tells a rhyming story of when the princesses all traded places.  It's one of the books I truly don't mind reading over and over again.  Lucky for us, Maddie agrees! 

Velcro Popsicle Sticks Busy Bag Activity

Kids, CraftsBeth PacykComment

As my second pregnancy neared the end, I started to panic a bit about how I would entertain a toddler during the marathon breastfeeding sessions that a newborn needs.  I searched Pinterest for busy bag ideas, and got to work on any that were easy and inexpensive.  Many of the activities have since been forgotten, but this one seems to have stood the test of time. 

Even those lacking in DIY skills can pull off these Velcro popsicle sticks!

Even those lacking in DIY skills can pull off these Velcro popsicle sticks!

It's so simple!  I picked up a bag of colored craft sticks from the dollar store, and a pack of sticky round velcro dots from Michael's craft store.  Just stick a hook velcro dot to one end of the stick and a loop velcro dot to the other side.  I was done in less than 10 minutes, and the activity has definitely provided hours worth of entertainment over the past year.