Easter Read with a Wolf

Ok– I was feeling very “Easter” in Barnes & Nobles during my last visit and decided that I wanted to get the kids a book that was themed. You know how B&N gets you each holiday season with a colorful table of books for that special day? I’ve been successful in not falling “victim” to those tables because, let’s be honest, my kids have enough books to open up a small library but just LOOK at this book:FullSizeRender 5.jpg

I mean, how could you pass up a wolf in a bunny onsie?! I die.

Anyways, the story is super cute and the illustrations are awesome.FullSizeRender 4.jpg

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The plot is a twisty one, folks. Wolfie is left on a bunny family’s door and they raise him as their own but Dot, his older sister knows that, one day, he will get big and eat them!

It’s a pretty good read and RJ is pro-anything involving a wolf so he absolutely loved it. Check it out at the Easter-themed kids table at a Barnes & Nobles near you.

Oh, Frida|A Kahlo Collection

Frida Kahlo (1907-1954) is a famous painter from Mexico City most famous for her honest self-portraits. Her home, named “The Blue House” because, well….its really really blue, has been turned into a museum and Frida’s self-portraits have become the muse of many present day artists.


images-1 imagesI distinctly remember going to see the move ‘Frida’ starring Selma Hayek and being absolutely entranced by the story of this artist. Imagine my delight when, over a decade later, I found some goodies for children inspired by the late, great, Frida Kahlo.

Frida Kahlo bags by Sekilola Shop

Frida Kahlo bags by Sekilola Shop

Frida Drawing Tee by Minimalista

Frida Drawing Tee by Minimalista

Counting With|Contando Con...Frida by Lil Libros

Counting With|Contando Con…Frida by Lil Libros

Meatballs For Story Time

I love this book! Unfortunately, if you have a 2 year old that has an attention span remotely similar to my boy’s, you may have to split this story into 3 or 4 sessions and let me tell you: totally worth it.

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetI love how the drawings are reminiscent of vintage comics and the grid placement was very intriguing to me. I have to admit, that it was a nice change of pace from the typical stylings of a children’s book.

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I also liked how one page’s illustration began on the previous page…
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…and how some illustrations gave a panoramic view.
Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis is a great addition to any children’s library–give it a try. You and your kiddo will enjoy it, for sure…..even if it takes you a few story sessions to finish it.

Lady Thirty|| Illustrator/Mom

I found Maria Andersson online while looking for amazing illustrators to capture the likeness of my kiddos. I immediately fell in love with her style of drawing. I thought it was very unorthodox and hip and fun and everything I wanted in a drawing of my babies.

I contacted her and within a few days Maria aka Lady Thirty responded and so our relationship began. She is a very humble and lovely lady. In addition to being a mother (the best title any woman can have!) she is an accomplished illustrator in children’s books.

She also does freelance/custom orders and sells some of her illustrations here. What I found most adorable about her custom drawings is that she draws the children wearing some of my favorite small shop brands!

Mini Rodini here…. vvv

+ my baby girl in Bobo Choses here! vvv


I am such a fan. Check out her website or IG page (@ladythirty) and enjoy the visuals!

Oliva (No Pope)

If your kiddo is anything like mine, a book with paper pages is about as safe as…well…paper in the hands of a toddler. After a few of my favorite books were torn to pieces ( Goodbye, One Fish Two Fish!) I opted into collecting board books. They are way more durable and my youngest has decided that they are amazing teething toys!

Here is one of my new favorites in our home library: ‘Olivia’ written + illustrated by Ian Falconer. The illustrations are simple and crisp and the entire book is illustrated in various shades of black and pops of red. It really is visually appealing and while I am big on rhyming books ( my son seems to remember words better when learned in a rhythm!) and this one is not that, the sentences and story line are simply amazing. I enjoy the book as much as my little one does, if not more.

This is Olivia. She is good at lots of things.
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