Monday, April 11, 2016

Bookroo Monthly Book Subscription Review & Deal for Readers

Bookroo is a wonderful monthly book subscription service for children's books. I was given the opportunity to order a monthly box from Bookroo to try out with my own children. There are many options to choose from when selecting your monthly subscription.  You can choose from board books or picture books. There are three board books in one monthly box, and then there are two picture books in the one monthly box. You may subscribe for one month or choose several others if you would like. The more months that you choose at once the more that you save.

We are always searching for new authors or books that we have not heard of before. This service definitely provides you with a variety of books that are not the typical titles you have seen on store shelves. Our first box arrived within a week of our order. It may take an extra few days due to the fact that the boxes are shipped via Media Mail to keep the costs down for the customers.The books came wrapped in paper, which made it more fun for Wynn to unwrap her newest library additions. She is an emerging reader, and I thought she would enjoy reading new picture books together at bedtime.

The titles we received were Blue Chicken and Oliver's Tree.  We had never read either of these titles before, and so we really enjoyed being introduced to them.

This subscription box is also a great gift for any occasion.  I plan on using this for upcoming birthday parties, as it is always hard to find ideas for children at any age.  I feel like this is a gift that can be enjoyed by all families.

If you are interested in trying out this subscription for your family or someone else you can use this link to receive $5 off a box from their site.   The discount will automatically apply when you head to check out.  If you are purchasing a one time box this will give you two books for approximately $6.50 each, which is a great price!  Both of the books we received were hard back, and I know that is a wonderful savings.Thanks for stopping by, and let me know what you think of Bookroo! I would love for you to give it a try. I was given a discount on a box to review for this post. Thank you to Bookroo for allowing me to do this.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Simple Teacher Appreciation Gift Idea

Last week I headed into Target and noticed the Easter clearance was in full swing. I snagged these adorable baskets for a quarter each. I figured I would be able to use them for a little teacher appreciation gift for Wynn's teacher and a thank you to the sweet ladies in the main office. 

I also scored some super cute chalkboard tags also at 75% off. I think I got them for $.75

Then I went to Lowe's and picked up some inexpensive flowers called Dianthus and added tissue paper to the basket along with the flowers. The flowers were $1,48 a piece.

These adorable gifts can be used for Teacher Appreciation Week (first week in May), a thank you, get well, hostess name it!   I have both chalk markers and paint markers but I decided to use a paint marker for this project because I like the color I had available.

This gift was put together for less than $3. It is so inexpensive that you can pair it with a $5 gift card to a coffee shop or even Target. I know that it will bring a smile to the face of the person who receives it, and it will give them something pretty for their desk or table at home.  Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Life's Better Together - Egg Hunt

Disclosure: I was compensated by Evite for my time in developing this post.  All opinions are my own.

One of my favorite activities to welcome spring with the kids and their friends is to host an Easter Egg Hunt. The best way to get the word out to our friends and family is to use Evite.  I feel like I've been using Evite for over a decade now. I found a super cute Easter Egg Hunt invitation on their site, and there were so many to choose from. All of the spring seasonal options are located here.  They offer both free and premium invitations on their site that allow you to customize to your liking with photos and design options. This is the adorable Evite that I chose.  I liked this one with the fun colors and egg design.

I ordered some plastic eggs and non-food treats to fill them with from Oriental Trading. It only took one episode of House of Cards to get them all filled up. I planned one easy craft for all ages, and a hunt for a fun filled afternoon.

Yesterday, we experienced snow all day. Can you believe it? The day before the official start of Spring. The egg hunt and all the festivities were moved to the inside of our house.  Thankfully, the kids did not seem to mind at all.

My friends are seriously top notch with the day and time change everyone pitched in and brought treats, appetizers, drinks and even flowers. It was so much fun. The kids were all well behaved and the adults all enjoyed themselves. The time change made us even feel as if we could keep going on with the party, but we all parted ways to ensure bedtimes went smoothly. There were thirteen kids in all in attendance and we all could not be happier with how they all interacted so well considering the average age was three.

My friend, Stacy, made this adorable carrot goldfish treat for all the kids to take home as a favor.

She also served up these adorable peep and fruit kabobs, which were a hit with my kiddos especially.

I mainly spent time dressing up the table for the kids to eat, craft or play at while they were here.  I purchased some items such as the banner, paper flowers hung from the ceiling, small paper eggs (actually they are utensil holders) and the plastic peep bunny from Target. The rest were decorations I already had on hand.

Wynn helped to decorate the table and hide the eggs throughout the house.

We even met the self proclaimed King and Queen of the egg hunt. 
The very simple craft I made available, was paper plate bunny. I simply cut out the inside portion of the plate. Keep that because you can cut it in half and make the two ears. Then fold back and forth black construction paper that has been cut into strips. Color the ears with a pink crayon or maker. Then tape it all together, and that way you do not have to wait for glue to dry and a mess is avoided.  Here is my sweet boy modeling the one we made together. 

Even with the snow changing up our plans we all had a great time because we were together, which does not happen very often. We definitely hope to make this an annual even at our house. Thanks to Evite for making it easy to get invitations out quickly and making it easy for all of our busy families to RSVP as well.