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Our Mo-Mail Package Arrived: A New Series for Beginning Readers!


We love Elephant and Piggie in our house so we were so excited
to hear that Mo Willems created a new beginning-reader series!
The first two books in the #EPLR series hit shelves September 20th:
We are Growing and Cookie Fiasco.
We were lucky enough to get a fun MO-MAIL with the books and some cute cookies.
The girls were so excited!! We love the style of these books… it makes reading so fun.
Our shelves are filled with Mo Willems books. We recently got the Thank You Book and it’s still a favorite.
Best friends Elephant & Piggie introduce kids to their favorite books –
brought to life in original stories created by contemporary children’s book authors and illustrators.

Each book speaks to kids’ interests and abilities with stories filled with fun and funny!
It’s the same cute dialogue-driven format, like Elephant & Piggie series…
so if you’re a fan of that series you’ll love these new ones!


By award-winning author and illustrator Laurie Keller — In Stores September 20th

Growing up isn’t always the EASIEST
Walt and his friends are growing up fast! Everyone is the something-est.

But . . . what about Walt? He is not the tallest, or the curliest, or the silliest.
He is not the anything-est! As a BIG surprise inches closer, Walt discovers something special of his own!

Sienna thought it was SO CUTE! We all giggled as we read it.
She’s been on fire lately with reading and I loved giving her this new book to dive into!
The book is so colorful and fun. The style of writing really helps her feel comfortable reading.
I love how she puts different personalities into all the little grass characters when she reads their lines!
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By Caldecott Award winner Dan Santat — In Stores September 20th

Four Friends. Three Cookies. One Problem.
Hippo, Croc, and the Squirrels are determined to have equal cookies for all! But how?

There are only three cookies . . . And four of them. . . What’s more, they need to act fast
before nervous Hippo breaks all the cookies into crumbs!

Sophia grabbed this one when it arrived… The characters looked so fun!
We are all about sharing in our house…learning to share that is. ;)
So I love giving them this book. It’s silly and fun and loaded with personality!
The captions that are large on the page and all in caps,
are always read with passion!! haha. They think they are hilarious. ;)


How cute are these cookies?
Grass never looked so tasty.
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Do you love these books?? Win your own fun Mo-Mail Package!
Which Book do you think your child would like or What’s your favorite cookie recipe!
Include your email address.

The Prize Pack will include:
+Copies of We Are Growing and Cookie Fiasco
+Branded cookies and branded pins

+Elephant & Piggie finger puppets
Open to US addresses only. Prizing provided by Disney-Hyperion.
Winner will be emailed September 20th and have 48 hours to claim their prize.

Thank you to Disney-Hyperion for sponsoring today’s post!
We loved joining in to celebrate the release of We are Growing and Cookie Fiasco.

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Creative Learning Book Series- Peek Inside The Farm

The show Fixer Upper has seriously fed my I want a farm obsession…
Ben already wants chickens and the girls have been doing horse riding lessons.
I’m pretty sure that’s not our calling during this particular season…
SO instead I got them this book. hehe. It is so adorable!

I love making learning fun for my kids.
My goal this year has been to add more books to our shelves
and I love seeing how they have really taken off with reading
and WANTING to learn! Sienna read a whole book to me yesterday and
was SO PROUD of herself. It’s one of those magical experiences you get to witness.
A child putting all the peices together and realizng there is this whole world in books.
They just dive into these books and It’s been fun getting creative and doing fun activities together. 
I made a Creative Learning Book Series where my kids
and I have combined our favorite things to do… reading, snacking and crafting.
We were inspired by our favorite Usborne Books and are sharing new videos every week!
FARM BOOK-Creative Learning Book Video Series

The Farmer’s Market page is my absolute favorite.
The book takes you all around the farm…even opening up the chicken coop to see what’s inside!
Our snack couldn’t have been easier but it was a HIT with the kids.
I just got store bought pudding cups, crumbled up Oreos on top,
and put the carrot gummies I found at World Market!
They were something crazy like 70 cents after Easter! I always grab
up “themed” gummies if I see them. You can always find a good use for them. ;)
The Lamb masks were SO simple to make. and inexpensive. so win win.
You don’t have to go crazy when it comes to crafting with little ones…
kids like simple. Mine love masks or puppets!
So paper plates are a great craft product to have in the house.
I tried to do easy crafts in this series to make it very doable for everyone.
Paper plates and cotton balls are pretty cheap at the store…. then all you need is glue and
scissors and you are ready to make these fun lamb masks!
These would be cute if you were doing a farm birthday party theme too.
This book is just so adorable… it makes me want to throw a party or play date around it.
LOVE the beautiful pages. and when you are reading to kids, it’s
nice having a book that YOU enjoy too.
My kids used to get stuck on one book…and we would just read it over and over.
Since I joined Usborne and then recently became a team leader,
we are adding new books to our shelves regularly!
When my mom was last here she kept looking through them and was so
excited about what the kids got to read.
The quality and content are amazing…and I totally just ordered her the
Lift the Flap How do Flowers Grow Book we have because she
didn’t want to put it down. She needed it for Grandma’s bookshelves.
I’m hoping my kids get green thumbs from her. ;)
Ok. enough chit chat, here’s the video!! Enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by for another post
of my Creative Learning Book Series!
We are sharing more videos every week
so be sure to hop back over again.
I’m loving all of the FARM THEMED BOOKS Usborne has right now.
I have these on my wish list for Asher.

You can see all of the posts I’ve shared, so far, Here!
I have a fun ones on Space and Puppies!

Happy National Dog Day! – Micah’s Puppy Party

It’s National Dog Day, apparently. (I was informed by ALL of Instagram. haha.)
So it seems fitting to share the Puppy Party we threw Micah when he turned 3!
Check out the post for all the fun puppy DIY details.
My favorite part was making the puppy oreo truffles the kids LOVED them
…and the oreo puppy bark. YUM.
Asher was born the month before, so it’s all kind of a fog…haha…
But we had a blast and Micah man was a happy boy with all the balloons and puppy fun.
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We do these balloons every year now.
it’s become a thing. and I love it.
They get the cutest photos because they are so excited about their huge number balloon.
plenty of blurry photos….but good ones too.

Micah is still puppy obsessed.
He has a little pack of puppy stuffed animals forming.
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Happy National Dog Day!
No puppies in our house right now… Maybe one day!
But for now, my kids are my little pack of puppies at my feet.
They are always all together, falling over each other…
drooling and snuggling
and ripping into packets of food with their teeth. ;)

Check out the Puppy Birthday Party Post for all the DIY details.
It was a kid’s party that came together easy with DIY’s and smart party choices!
(I share more in the post… but choosing one party color helps
it all come together fast and pretty.)