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a book for birthdays!

Happy Birthday to You!Aug 23, 2016
by Michelle Medlock Adams and Sandra Rodriguez

My 17m old son loves reading this book because of the Happy Birthday tune that it plays.

My 9year old daughter likes reading it to hiim because of the colorful and celebratory pictures.

I love the idea that it teaches young children important lessons about birthday parties, such a welcoming guests, honoring them, taking turns during games, making wishes before blowing out candles, being grateful for presents, and saying cheerful goodbyes. It;s not an educational book per se, but the illustrations and words give parents a natural opportunity to teach these lessons. I also love that the book closes with the mention of prayer and celebrating your child for who he is.  And there is a photo pocket that will hold a picture of the birthday boy or girl.  Finally, the reader can push the song button to hear the traditional birthday song played on the piano with flair, before joyful voices proclaim, "Happy Birth…

Choosing to be Grateful!

With an increasingly self-focused and selfish culture, it's important to practice gratitude and encourage others to be grateful for the many gifts God has given us.

Tyndale Publishers has just produced a tool to inspire gratitude: Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Coloring Journal.  



It's filled with prayers, scriptures, quotes, reflection questions that are certain to inspire thoughtfulness and gratitude.  The art is lovely and eye-catching with plenty of space to doodle, draw, write and color.

Here are a few samples of the art and the reflection questions.





I would recommend this book to Christian readers age 12+.  It would be a great book for mothers and daughters to go through at the same time.

I received this book as a gift from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

What should I feed this little munchkin?

If you have ever had questions about feeding a baby or toddler, then I have a book that you need to read!  Since we are raising child #4, you can bet that I've asked my share of questions such as:  Is he eating enough? How much milk does he need each day? How can I get my picky eater to make better choices? Which foods should I avoid? Do you think he could be allergic?

The Pediatrician's Guide to Feeding Babies and Toddlersby Anthony Porto, MD, and Dina DiMaggio, MD. is a wonderful resource for parents!  The subtitle says it all:  "Practical Answers To Your Questions on Nutrition, Starting Solids, Allergies, Picky Eating, and More"

The book is divided into these categories:
chapter for each developmental stage: 0 to 3 months, 4 to 6 months, 7 to 8 months, 9 to 12 months, the toddlers years, each stage contains milestones, nutritional guidelines, growth patterns, medical concerns, and healthy recipes.
common medical conditions and resources
nutrition tables
growth monitorin…