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.

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.

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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Hello Friends! My name is Ashly and I am the doting momma of two kiddos: RJ who 2-years old, over 3-feet tall and eating me out of house and home ( literally–he literally has the appetite of a linebacker) and Makenzie who is 9-months old and has the cutest, most kissable cheeks on the planet.

I started this blog because I have always had an obsession with style and a curiosity for books; when my children were born, I transferred those loves to them. I shamelessly spend hours a week searching the web for the best children’s books and the coolest clothes for my little people.

In doing so, I have realized that supporting small businesses (especially those owned by “mompreneurs”) was a great joy of mine and here’s why:

  1. The clothes, in both quality and design, are better. Women who have had children and decide to take on the 24/7 career of designing and producing their own clothing line love what they do and it shows. Passion can not be hidden.
  2. Shopping small is better for the community. Why not support the businesses in your community or the small businesses from other areas? I assure you, they are much more likely to do the same thing which means your support keeps money flowing locally instead of into the pockets of the big-wigs of Justice, J.Crew, H&M, and the list goes on and on and on….
  3. Unique, one-of-kind gear. A lot of the shops I support dye, cut, and sew their own clothes which means each item will have different pattern placement or vary in color. Your kids will never be dressed in the same shirt that is mass produced in some factory somewhere. In one word, I call this “Awesome”.

I’m going to be sharing some of my great finds with you and I’m seriously excited about it. I hope you find some brands to fall in love with and support.

I’ve also spent a good amount of time finding cool books for my kids to experience. Some of my greatest memories of my family are of times spent around reading or telling stories. Of course, I will hand down the classic stories from my childhood: The Giving Tree, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and others….but what about all the great books out there that are new and fresh and vibrant? I’ve been looking for them and I’ve found some! Get ready to fire up your Amazon accounts because you’ll want some of these for your kiddos too!