My Book Review of “Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day”

Reading is something my family enjoys doing.  It gives us quality time together as a family, and helps us wind down at the ends of the day.  We are always looking for new books to add to our library!  Wee are so excited to share with you this new book that we recently added called Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen Winnick

We absolutely LOVE IT!

If yoy have children that are animal lovers like mine, you will fall in love with this charming book.  It is filled with six stories of adventurous animals who end up snuggled in for the night.

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Synopsis:  

Meet six wild baby animals in this read-aloud storybook collection.  Playful tigers, elephants, giraffes, rhinoceroses, pandas, and gorillas love to explore their natural habitats.  But when the dashing,  splashing, munching, and crunching are done, it’s time for sleep.  After all, every baby animal needs to rest!

With its depiction of true-to-life animal behavior, this treasury of original stories is perfect for sharing with any toddler who is (almost) ready to say goodnight.

Buy on Amazon here: Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day

My Book Review:

My favorite thing about Good Night, Baby Animals You’ve Had a Busy Day by Karen Winnick is the use of onomatopoeia; which is the formation of words from a sound associated with the name (eg, crunch, splash, munch).  The sing – song melodic cadence coupled with action words kept my daughters very entertained the whole time I read the book.  Infact, they never let me read just one, it has to be ALL six! … Yes,  it is that good!

The illustrations by Laura Watkins, are absolutely gorgeous!  Her soft beautiful animals coupled with the sweetness of the story will keep your child engaged and relaxed.

If your toddler is as wild as mine, they will related to this book.   All the animals have  an adventurous day, then snuggle in for the night with their mama.

At the end of the book there are interesting facts about the animal featured in the book.  I overheard my oldest daughter Allie,  sharing her new learned facts with her friends at daycare.

Kids Book Review:

Allie (5 years old):  She loved the baby tigers.   She loved the fact that they played and snuggled with mom.   She loved the fact that they drink milk before they eat meat.

Cora (4 years old):  She loved baby giraffe.   She thought he was so cute.   I think she liked that he ” just wasn’t talk enough”.

Today is Random Acts of Kindness Day

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
– Leo Buscaglia

Research has shown that the very act of doing something for someone else gives us a chemical high, a higher one, in fact, than if something had been done for us. There was a wise man who once shared a concept “Do not think of those who are in need, such as panhandlers, as seeking charity. They are, instead, providing a service. A service that allows you to get your fix of feel good while simultaneously paying someone for providing it.” It may be a bit more open-minded than some people are ready for, but it certainly helps bring things into light!

  • Bring Breakfast to Work
  • Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in the drive through
  • Take a friend out to lunch
  • Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  • Visit a nursing home & play games
  • Help someone carry their bags
  • Take a treat to the fire station
  • Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  • Go through your things and make a donation
  • Smile at 5 complete strangers today
  • Bake for someone and deliver it
  • Tape popcorn to the redbox machine
  • Donate cute pillowcases to the children’s hospital
  • Donate pet supplies to a shelter, and pet some puppies
  • Hang a treat bag on a neighbors door
  • Pick up trash at the park
  • Leave a card in the mailbox for the postman
  • Write a letter to a family/friend and send it off
  • Leave any coupons you don’t need on top of the products at the store.
  • Give 5 people a compliment today
  • Leave dollar bills at the dollar tree in the toy section
  • Make a homemade bird feeder out of a pine-cone, peanut-butter & seeds
  • Call your grandparents. Call them!
  • Leave quarters at the laundromat
  • Donate coloring books to the hospital
  • Leave heads up pennies on the sidewalk.
  • Bring in fun office supplies to liven up the workday for everyone.
  • While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well-behaved their child is.
  • Donate wipes & diapers to a local woman’s shelter
  • Send a thank you note to the police station
  • Let someone go in front of you at the cashier.
  • Call your mom.
  • Tell a mother that they are “an awesome mom” (or father)
  • Scatter wild flower seeds in a field
  • Send pizza to someone who just had a baby, had surgery, or you just think might need a break from dinner making.
  • Leave kindness stones at the park.
  • Babysit for a single mom for free.
  • Smile at everybody. It’s contagious.
  • When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember toleave yourself alone — you deserve kindness too!

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop

Any other ways that you have been blessed or blessed someone with a random act of kindness?

#RandomActsOfKindnessDay

Little Surprises to Make Your Morning Bright

Rise and Shine!!

Some products that I’ve come across, that I think will bring a smile to your morning.

What an affirming Shower Curtain

Tell me this wouldn’t bring a smile to your face?

Mana-tea Infuser Silicone Strainer

I have a black cat, so this makes me smile.

Decole “Concombre” Cat Tail Mug Cup (Black Cat)

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This etsy Shop has amazing – Natural Organic sugar scrub

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This etsy shop has the cutest rugs! 

Fruity Pebble Treats

My kids love rice Krispie Treats, so I thought I’d change it up for Valentine’s Day

What You Need

  • 3 Tbs Butter
  • 5 1/2 mini marshmallows
  • 6 cups Fruitie Pebbles

Make it on Stove or Microwave

  • Melt butter,  then add marshmallows.
  • Add cereal immediately  and press into greased pan

Make it a Valentine’s Treat

  • Pop out of pan and cut out hearts
  • Drizzle with white chocolate and add Sprinkles