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There’s something about the holidays—that warm glow from the fire, the fact that you actually get to spend time with your kids (or your friends’ and family’s kids)—that makes it the perfect time to curl up with the little ones in your life and read them a storybook. Reading a totally new, beautiful, amazing book with a child is a treasured holiday experience. And if you choose the right book, every time the child reads it alone in the future will bring back the memory of that time you shared.

If you’re a little tired of the standard children’s book selections in your local brick and mortar store, Blurb has a really incredible assortment of self-published children’s books that you won’t find anywhere else this holiday season. Try a few of these future classics and create some new holiday memories this year.

Title: Ollie + Loo
Author: Joni Cooper
Joni Cooper brings incredibly original characters to life with brilliant illustrations in a book that will have parents and kids laughing along together.

Title: Edward Hopper and the Carrot Crunch
Author: Mike Smith 
Very few children’s books have financial mismanagement as a central theme—we can only assume most children’s book authors have not had the pleasure of meeting a rabbit named Edward Hopper.

Title: My Bug Journal
Author: Hannah Rollings
Bug-lover or other, this journal is sure to spark interest from anyone who takes a peek inside the covers. Enchanted illustrations, bug facts, room for records and much, much more.

Title: Myrtle & the Scarecrow
Author: Kate Lowe 
Myrtle finds solace with a not-so-scary scarecrow?and learns a lot about herself? in this short but sweet tale. The atmospheric illustrations have a little magic about them—we look forward to more from this young, talented illustrator.

Title: The Trouble with Bears
Author: K.D. O’Reilley 
This story cleverly combines a lesson on self-worth with an exploration of different cultures, geography, and history. The talents of a former writing instructor and a visual artist are a winning combination here.

Title: Mylo & Peet
Author: Janyce Portalatin
A graphically pleasing book with a message tailor-made for the new generation of eco-warriors the importance of recycling and protecting the planet.

Title: Theo
Author: Kenny Lim & Grant Gilliand
Join Theo on his journey as he navigates the obstacles and challenges of school—made all the more difficult due to his not-so-normal third eye. Fantastic illustrations bring this story’s great message to life.

Title: A Whimsical Tale of Invention
Author: Kara Pooley
Fascinating facts, inspired inventions, intriguing illustrations, a poem or two—this book has it all.

Title: Ahwen’s Journal
Author: Alice Alder
It would be impossible not to fall in love with the beautifully illustrated characters in this book. Ahwen, Harn, Charwood—we’ll be keeping an eye out for you the next time we’re in the woods.

Title: Marco and the Zombies
Author: Justin Kerr
Another collaborative project delivers a brilliant book. With Zombies at the heart of this story—and superb illustrations by Bret Bowers—it’s one older children are sure to enjoy.

Title: Baby Bear gets a Present
Author: Chris Wood
Even toys relegated to a box in a forgotten corner of the house have lives of their own. In this heartwarming tale we learn just how much fun they have.

Title: Penelope and her Puffy Brown Crown
Author: Jasmin Ortiz
Popping with color and originality, this rhythmical story makes reading aloud a real pleasure. Apparently, bad hair-days happen to young people too.

Title: My Best Friend
Author: Nathalie Josephine
In this lovely little book, bright (and very cute) characters illustrate a story designed to help children deal with the loss of a friend.

Title: A Bit Lost
Author: Leanne New
Delightful creativity elevates the imagery in this standout book, a simple tale of lost-and-found for little ones.

Title: The Goose Girl
Author: Madeleine Valley
A lesser-known story by The Brothers Grimm gets a thoroughly modern makeover in this graphically rich retelling of Goose Girl from Madeleine Valley. This is one for the older bunch.

Title: The Great Bear Surprise
Author: Carolan Coughlin
Join Carolan on her hike up Red Plume Mountain where she discovers much more than the view of the surrounding landscape. This is a sweet story of unexpected friendship.

Title: Goodnight Forest
Author: Emilie Dale
See your little ones off to sleep and bid goodnight to the forest with this rhythmic wind-down bedtime book, from graphic designer and illustrator Emilie Dale.

Title: The Adventures of Dude, Squat and Mose
Author: Michael Hall
With fabulous illustrations from Gerald Kelley and a fun-packed story from author Michael Hall, the adventures of this brave trio of adopted dogs if sure to become a favorite.


Oh, toys… Who doesn’t love toys?

Kids and kids at heart love toys in different sizes and kinds.  Right now the trending toy for kids ages 5 and up are tablets.  Are you among the people consider it as a kids’ toy and not an adult gadget?

A lot of people are considering it as a kids’ toy because majority of kids I’m seeing are very busy playing with it.  And yes, kids at that young age loves tablets as a toy, even my Little Zoie is asking one but I rather not give in to her request.  I would rather give her an educational toy, or a learning tool, that helps stimulate or increase brain development and also, in moving her whole body everywhere and not just lying or sitting down.

I can say a multi-function learning table with chair, from Starkids, can do the job.  Making kids work with their imagination, get busy, as they move around to write, draw and color using this kind of very handy toy.

I remember that I was planning of buying the same learning table, but from a different manufacturer, in a department store a few months ago but ended up not buying it.  I forgot the reason why I did not buy it.  Anyway, now that I saw this learning tool for kids online, at Lazada Philippines, I now have an opportunity to buy this toy after all.





unicorn princess

Late post.

This is the second item, from CafePress, that I will review: Unicorn Princess Big Sister Kids Light T-Shirt.

As I was searching for the perfect gift I’m planning to give my first-born, Little Zoie, for our life event that she’s going to be a big sister, CafePress has given me an opportunity to review one of their customize products.  Of course, I pick a big sister tee.

I was browsing their products’ gallery for every kids shirt, especially the big sister section, and what a perfect timing that they have a unicorn and princess design in one of their shirts.  The two most-loved icons of my Little Zoie.  She screamingly agreed that she really like the shirt.

Aside from the fact that the images on the shirt is perfect for my daughter, it is made from a 100% cotton, which is definitely a plus for me, and is highly durable.  For only $14.99, Unicorn Princess Big Sister Kids Light T-Shirt is a perfect gift for your little girls who loves unicorns and princesses.  It is available in three different colors:  white, ash grey and light pink.  The customized design, by Jolent, can also be printed in an infant t-shirt, infant bodysuit, toddler t-shirt, and kids baseball jersey.  Just take your pick on which shirt you want it printed.

CafePress is an online store for your customized items you may desire.  They create custom products from different items you can think of such as shirts (men, women and kids), baby clothes, mugs, bags, phone cases and more!  If you can’t choose from their variety of custom items, you can design one for yourself using their easy design tools online!  Their products online is the perfect database to search for a perfect gift for your friends and love ones in any occasion.  Visit their website now! ^_^ – from