December Favorites

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It’s almost January?! When did that happen?

I have failed at being a consistent blogger. Blame it on the holidays, or the three kids under five. Either way, you probably understand where I’m coming from.

I have not done “monthly favorites” for a few months. I enjoy writing those, so I’m recommitting. Below are my “December Favorites”, although you could technically call them my “October/November/December Favorites”.

  1. Potato Soup

Since the cold has moved into stay for a while, let me share my favorite potato soup recipe. Click on the link above. We will pretend like it is healthy.

2. Piperwai

Some of you will think this is weird. I did too when I saw it on Shark Tank. A few months ago, the creators of Piperwai got a deal for their natural deodorant. I was skeptical at first, but I was interested because of recent suggestions that ingredients in “typical” deodorants may be linked to breast cancer. I came across this product on Zulilly last month, so I took the chance and ordered some. I can’t say enough how much I LOVE it. I swear it absorbs moisture and odor even after exercising for 45 minutes. There are no white flakes that can get on your clothes. The application takes getting used to—you have to use your fingers since it is not in stick form, but it isn’t bad. I will continue using this product!

3. National Geographic Readers Series

My four year old is starting to learn how to read. At first, I felt a little panicky about this since I’ve never taught anyone to read before—What is the best way to teach him? I don’t want him to get frustrated and hate reading. I want him to be good in school.

I stumbled upon these series, and they are making this process so easy. They are divided into levels (Pre-reader, Levels 1, 2, 3). Some of them are activity books. Some have 3-4 sight words in bold throughout the book. Mason learns the bolded words very quickly and is able to recognize them in other contexts. The best thing about these books is that they are interesting! We are having so much fun learning about animals and nature.

Two thumbs up from me and my kids!

4. Usborne

While we are talking about books, I have to mention another incredible company. Usborne books are SO much fun, even for babies. They are educational with regards to numerous topics. Just yesterday, I learned about an orchid mantis. Now you need to Google it if you’ve never seen one. Isn’t God’s creation amazing?!

Anyway, Usborne has “lift the flap books”, “wipe-clean” books that kids can write in, sticker books, etc.. The favorite in my house are those in the flashlight series. Each page has a picture that is not fully seen until you put a picture behind the page. The books are divided into recommended age groups which makes it easy for purchasing.

I have been a part of a couple “online parties” with Usborne consultants. That is a fun way to win books and learn more about their products. I know a couple people who sell these books if you are interested in more information.

Two thumbs up from me and my kids!

 

I wish you the very best in 2017! I look forward to bringing you more interesting products and hope to inspire meaningful conversation in the new year.

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