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Month: January 2022

Sampling Book Clubs for Kids – Round 3

The love of reading continues as we sampled yet another book club, Jambo.  Let me tell you that this book club for kids did NOT disappoint.  We received two high quality books that we thoroughly enjoyed, and we are very excited to add them to our bookshelf!  Read on for more great information on the sampling of book clubs for kids – round 3!

Jambo Book Club ~

Jambo Books offers you the opportunity to add fun multicultural children’s books to your home library.  I believe many of us get stuck in the rut of buying books that match our own personal culture.  This subscription sends you two beautifully illustrated books each month that helps teach children that all people are equal even though we all look different.

Books Included In Our Subscription ~

When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree ~

This delightful story teaches kids that sometimes the most unexpected gifts bring the most joy.  A birthday list is made, however, Grandma brings a gift that is NOT on the list!  “What?  Didn’t she know what I wanted?  My list was everything electronic….not a lemon tree!”  We soon realize that this is a gift that keeps on giving in so many ways!

Bob, Not Bob!

When children are sick, they just want their mom (or dad) for comfort more than anything else.  However, when your voice gets congested, calling for mom can sound like so many other things.  This book is fun to read with all the funny antics that arise when your voice doesn’t sound quite like itself!

Both of our stories depicted children of color in everyday situations.  What a great way to help children realize that while they may have physical differences, their every day activities are the same.

How It Works ~

  1. Choose Which Age Group ~
    • Ages 0 – 2
    • Ages 3 – 4
    • Ages 5 – 6
    • Ages 7 – 9
    • Ages 10 – 13
    • Mixed Ages (Choose 2 different age groups)
  2. Choose Your Payment Plan ~
    • Month to Month
    • 3 Month Prepay
    • 6 Month Prepay
    • 12 Month Prepay
  3. Kids Enjoy Monthly Subscription Box

Benefits ~

After sampling several book clubs for kids, I definitely see some positives right away.  Listed below are some of the details I loved about Jambo Book Club.

  • Jambo book club offers a nice variety of age groups.  Many book clubs only offer about three.
  • Mixed age group option is available.  I have not yet see this awesome option available in our earlier samplings.  Many families have more than one child, so this allows you to choose two different age groups in one mailing!
  • Books don’t focus on historical or cultural facts, but instead represent everyday life of all children around the world.
  • Each month’s books come in a beautifully illustrated box that can be reused by the children.
  • It’s a great way to foster the love of all cultures.
  • The books are very high quality!

I write often about the excitement of children receiving mail.  While our world has evolved to a highly “electronic” world, some things never change.  There is still a rush of excitement when children find something in the mailbox addressed to them.  This is such a fantastic way to help children put down the electronic devices and dive into simpler times of snail mail and books!

Sampling Book Clubs for Kids – Round 3

There are many wonderful benefits to each book club as you can see from my earlier writings.  Sampling Book Clubs for Kids and Sampling Book Clubs for Kids – Round 2 were two of my earlier posts.  As you read each one, you see that club has different styles.  I have mentioned before that one club may be perfect for one while another works better for someone else.  Some include crafts while others offer a better variety of books.  I highly suggest you read my earlier posts to see some of the differences.

With that being said, I will say that Jambo books has been our favorite to date.  The many benefits listed above really resonated with me.  It helped us find books that we have not read before and the quality of the books exceeds the cost of buying the books outright.

I hope you will check out Jambo website here….Jambo Book Club!  They offer more than just a book club subscription on their website.  You will find a tab with author showcase, a blog and other high quality products such as colorful puzzles and different book bundles.

I would love to hear your thoughts….let’s talk!

Happy Reading~

Mimi

 

 

 

The ABCs of Gratitude

Here we are…almost to the beginning of yet another new year.  Have you make any resolutions?  Are you still going strong with the current year’s resolutions?  Have you ever considered instead on just being grateful?  Maybe you are saying right now, “I am grateful.”   Well then, I challenge you…how deep does that gratitude go?  Let’s dive into the ABCs of Gratitude!

Like everyone else, I feel I am full of gratitude.  Recently though, I have discovered that I tend to ignore the “small” stuff…you know, take it for granted!  As I sit here typing, I look at my hands (which are not pretty and stylish like so many of my friends and family members), and I realize how blessed I am to have the ability to use my hands in the way I want.  I love to write….and my hands allow me to do that.

Heck, I have a computer!  I am definitely blessed to have a computer.  Have I ever sat and pondered why that is such a blessing?  Of course, it allows me to write….but I have started digging deeper than the obvious.  It allows me to keep in touch with my family and friends, pay my bills, watch videos and movies, research ANY topic my heart desires, create fun graphics for blogging and party planning, research my family geneology, create spreadsheets, and on and on!

What’s Your Point?

My point is, I am learning to focus deeper on the everyday things in my life AND I FEEL GREAT!  Seriously, it has given me such a sense of happiness that I haven’t felt in a long time.  Is this a New Year’s resolution…No!  I just have been reading so many different ideas on finding joy in everyday life, and I believe I have hit the jackpot!

I’m sitting here in awe….seriously everyone….in AWE of just how much this little “project” is making me more grateful and appreciative in my everyday life.  Of course, now I want to share it with you in hopes that you, too, will enjoy it as much as I am.

How Do I “DO” the ABCs of Gratitude?~

The biggest recommendation I have for you is to cut out a little bit of “me” time before you start this project.  Time that you can just sit and focus….for a few minutes, for a half hour or just work on it various times over a period of several days.  That’s the beauty of it….there are no steadfast rules.

Drumroll please……..

Yes, it’s that easy!

If you are like me, you want it to be on some pretty paper, but that’s not necessary.  I am going to provide you with several free downloads if you would like to use those.  However, you can also just write it out on a plain old sheet of paper or in a journal/notebook.

The next part is where it gets a little tricky!   You can’t fill in the blanks with the items/people that you are always thankful for.  You know what I’m talking about…the spouse, the children, the grandchildren and the furry children.  That’s why you need a little quiet time so you can sit and think.

The good part is that nothing….and I mean NOTHING is a stupid answer.  Trust me on this!  You will understand that more once we get to the next step!

Free Downloads ~

I have created some fun printouts for you to use….just click on the green link after each image!

     Greenery Pattern Gratitude Sheet

        Unicorn Pattern Gratitude Sheet

 

          Brown Floral Pattern Gratitude Sheet

 

          Superhero Pattern Gratitude Sheet

Journals & Fun Notebooks ~

You can also use a beautiful journal.  Gorgeous books filled with decorative pages make me happy.  Do you feel that way too?  Stampington & Company has amazing products.

Magical Thinking Journal by Papaya Art     This Magical Thinking Journal is perfect for the project!

Paper House Productions is another favorite online site I love:

        This Batman Mini Notebook could be a fun booklet for kids to use!

           Here is another super cute journal for writing out thoughts!

The Next Step to ABCs of Gratitude ~

Once you print out the form or get your journal, you are ready to get to work.  Think of a word for every letter of the alphabet.  Remember, I told you earlier that there is NO wrong answer.  When I did this, I first thought some of the words seemed somewhat juvenile.  What is interesting is where each word will eventually lead you!  Here is what I came up with:

My very first word was apples.  Shouldn’t it be more substantial like air or authenticity?  Well, those are good answers too, but I went with what my mind first went to.  You may find that as you think of each letter of the alphabet, it is a bit harder to come up with a word you think is “good.”

I chose to write out a word for every letter of the alphabet in one sitting.  You can follow this method or choose to go back and add to it throughout a set amount of time if you wish.  After completing the list, I sat and focused on it.

Being thankful for apples is obvious for the very reason of food and nutrition.  This is where I challenge you to go further.  Why else am I thankful for apples?

  • Wildlife –  Many animals in wildlife love apples, apple peels, etc.  I am so grateful for animals in our world.
  • Compost – Apples are good for compost…they provide a good source of nitrogen.  I love gardening!
  • Songs – There are so many fun songs to sing with your kids about apples….music makes me happy.
  • Dessert – Some very delicious desserts are made with apples…and I love desserts!

Hopefully you are getting the idea here.  Take time to focus on each word and the MANY different reasons you are thankful for it.  You have now gone beyond the obvious and focused on so many things that you may have taken for granted.  Seriously, have you ever even considered being thankful for compost???  I sure haven’t…but I am now!

I have chosen to focus on each word over several days.  It has been very fun to see where each word leads me to!  Give it a try…you may be surprised where it leads you!

Grateful to be sharing this with you…

Mimi

 

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