Ways To Welcome | Book Review

Ways to Welcome is a heartwarming story of different ways you can make people feel included and welcomed.” – Momma Braga


A welcome can be warm or cold. Shy and quiet, big and bold. An offering, a smiling face that lights an unfamiliar place. There are lots of ways to show we care and welcome friends from everywhere!

When everyone knows they’re welcome, the world is a better place – and you might just make a new friend. This sweet, timeless picture book about small acts of kindness in a big world is one that kids and parents are sure to reach for again and again.


Ways to Welcome is the perfect children’s story for that first day of school, when you move or when you are about to meet new people. It is a heartwarming story and with a world that seems to be drifting apart, this is a great reminder of the importance of being welcoming to others.

We love the diversity that the story portrays and we love all the beautiful gestures that is used to show kindness to others. The importance of making people feel welcomed and loved felt so genuine and honest. The way it is written in this story is engaging for young readers and the illustrations are captivating.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Ways to Welcome 5 stars out of 5!

“I loved this book. It is important for us to be kind to one another especially if someone is new.” – Nikki, Age 5

If you would like to purchase this book, click here.

About the Author

Linda Ashman is the author of more than thirty-five picture books, and the creator of The Nuts and Bolts Guide to Writing Picture Books. Her books have been included on the “best of the year” lists of the New York TimesParenting and Childmagazines, the New York Public Library, Bank Street College of Education, and the International Reading Association. She now lives in North Carolina with her family.

About the Illustrator

Joey Chou has illustrated many picture books, including Ruby’s Chinese New Year and Hello, My Name Is . . . He was born in Taiwan and moved to sunny California in his early teens. There he received his BFA from ArtCenter College of Design in Pasadena. Joey works by day as a visual development artist on feature animated films and by night as a picture book illustrator.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.



When Pencil Met The Markers | Book Review

“Sometimes you just need to color outside the lines as it really helps us to be our most creative selves. When Pencil Met The Markers brings the out of the box thinking and we love it!” – Momma Braga


A purple marker shows his friends that being creative means sometimes coloring outside the lines in When Pencil Met the Markers, the imaginative, inspiring, and colorful follow-up to When Pencil Met Eraser from writers Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr., and illustrator German Blanco.

Meet the Markers! They love to color. But Purple Marker colors everywhere – even outside the lines. When the other markers call his creativity a mistake, it’s up to Pencil and Eraser to help Purple discover how making mistakes and making art go hand-in-hand.

This hilarious and clever picture book allows Pencil and Eraser to show Purple Marker – and the rest of us – how to turn our messes into successes and do what makes us happy.


When Pencil Met The Markers is an amazing children’s book! It gives the reader everything that you would want from a story: vibrant illustrations, humor, and a great message to bring out your most creative self.

We loved this story and it has become one of our favorites quickly. I must say that I love that Purple was the main marker as that is my favorite color. 😉 The idea of thinking outside of the box was perfect and it shows that you can create masterpieces when you do. We love this message especially for children to know that anything is possible if you can dream it.

“When Pencil Met the Markers brings engaging art, adorable characters, and a clever story to the everyday. The result? A funny, effective message about how the best art can come from trying something new.”

The idea was so neat that we started to create pieces of art ourselves. We took our markers and just started to create and then with a pencil we outlined it to create the finish drawing. It really got us to imagine and be inspired during art time.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give When Pencil Met The Markers 10 stars out of 5! A glowing review as it offered the creativity, humor and an out-of-the-box story line!

If you would like to purchase this children’s book for your reading line-up, click here.

About the Authors

Karen Kilpatrick has been telling and writing stories for as long as she can remember. A former attorney who left the legal industry for the toy industry, she is the author of When Pencil Met Eraser and the Pumpkinheads children’s book series and cocreator with her two daughters of the toy brand, MeBears. She lives in South Florida with her three kids.

Luis Osvaldo Ramos, Jr., was born and raised in Tampa, Florida, and graduated from University of Central Florida and University of Miami Law. He’s an attorney at law and a kid at heart who practices law during the day and writes and consumes stories in his free time. He and his wife currently live in South Florida with their very cute but very demanding orange cat.

Luis is coauthor, with Karen Kilpatrick, of When Pencil Met Eraser and When Pencil Met the Markers.

About the Illustrators

Germán Blanco has been using pencils all his life. Erasers, too. He unknowingly began his artistic career as a kid by doodling in school whenever he was bored. (Sorry, Mom!) He later became a graphic designer but he found his passion in illustration. When he’s not drawing, he enjoys watching movies and playing football (AKA soccer).

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

*Please note that a copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

In The Book With…Nikki’s Unicorn Adventure

“Nikki’s Unicorn Adventure is an enchanting story full of magic, adventure, and best of all the main character is your child!” – Momma Braga


In this enchanting story, your child will find out just how fun it really is to become a real unicorn as they explore the many magical setting of this rainbow-filled paradise!

Along with a special message on the opening page, this unicorn book for kids features any name on the cover and intertwined into the hand-drawn illustrations. The reader will become the spirited unicorn who sets out to find the best place for unicorns to have fun. From the beautiful meadows to the delicious Candyland, there’s no time for horsing around as the reader is transported from one page to the next, galloping through the magical places. You can even choose which edition you would like from the soft back, hardback or classic hardback


Nikki’s Unicorn Adventure is the story that our Nikki has been waiting for! “Wow! I’m finally a Unicorn,” Nikki exclaimed. It was with great delight to read this magical adventure and see what Nikki the Unicorn was all about. Instantly you are captivated by the bright illustrations that are all hand-drawn beautifully. It was a well written adventure and Nikki got excited seeing her name in each page. We loved how the publisher inserted the child’s name into each page and the child has to find it within the page. It added an extra special touch that we adored!

Personalized stories really bring a uniqueness to reading time and we loved being able to write a message for Nikki at the beginning of the book and add a special photo of her at the end of the book. It just brought the whole personalization full circle and it was heartfelt.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, Nikki’s Unicorn Adventure gets 10 million rainbows out of 5!!! A very outstanding rating and by our expert herself, Nikki who knows children’s books. 😉 The story is well written, the illustrations are captivating and the main character (your child) finds the perfect place to call home. We can say it is the perfect unique story for your little one. It also makes the best gift for the Unicorn enthusiast in your life.

If you would like to purchase your own personalized unicorn book, click here. You can also check out the many other options that are available to be customized to make reading time a little extra special.

About In The Book With

At In The Book, we believe in the power of reading. The power that helps develop, educate, instill confidence, and most importantly, create a lasting bond between parent and child.

We recently donated over 50 personalized books to charities who work with underprivileged and sick children in the US and UK, and have produced a series of video for parents with top tips on how to read to their children.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

A Different Kind: 21 Gift Ideas to Surprise an Introvert With

Do you have an introvert in your life that you need to buy a gift for? Why not get them something that will surprise them but will also celebrate their need to stay to themselves?

Below are 21 gift ideas designed specifically for introverts. And, since there are no introvert stores out there, at least not yet, someone interested in buying any of these will need to get more information about them via Google.

1. Mugs

If an introvert is a coffee lover, mugs to hold their cup of joe are numerous. Mugs designed especially for introverts span the range of “Sorry I’m late. I didn’t want to be here,” to “I was social distancing before it was cool,” and everything in between. Best of all, they can be found almost everywhere on the Internet.

2. Reading Lamps

Introverted readers probably outnumber introverted coffee drinkers by a large margin, which is perhaps why there are so many accessories for those who love their books. That’s probably why there are more than just a few beautiful lighting types available.

3. T-shirts and Sweatshirts

If you’re going to be an introvert, why not tell the world about it with an appropriately inscribed t-shirt or sweatshirt? Again, these are numerous, with sayings that run the gamut of “Shhhh. I’m introverting,” to “Introverts Unite! Separately, In Your Own Homes,” and more pointedly, “I’d Love to Stay and Chat, but I’m Lying.”

4. Door Mats

Anyone who happens to be an introvert and who would instead be left alone would appreciate a doormat that effectively sends the message. That’s the purpose of doormats that say things like “Go Away” and other warm messages. And for the introvert whose interruptions don’t stop at the front door, there are plenty of signs that give the wise a warning such as “Do Not Disturb, I’m Disturbed Enough.”

5. Books and Coloring Books

Another item that would come under the category of reading is books and coloring books. Fortunately, if you’re an introvert, you can either read about your predisposition or make colorful noise about it. Some books extol the virtues of staying by yourself and what can be done when someone is doing that or by defining the ways people can reach out to you, such as texting.

6. Throws and Blankets

What introvert could resist a nice, soft throw or blanket to cuddle up with on the bed or sofa once a book and cup of coffee or other beverage has been selected for a quiet evening at home? There are countless types of these available.

7. Coffees and Teas

Any introvert who loves their coffees and teas will have something more to celebrate when they find out that subscriptions will bring their favorite brews right to their door.

8. Alcohol

Even if the introvert in someone’s life is up to their prophetic rear-end in quarantine, they can still enjoy a little nip when it’s needed by joining one of several alcohol clubs available. For only the price of a subscription, an introvert has their choice of beer, booze, or drinkware. There are even complete mixology kits for introverts who need a start.

9. Cookware

The pandemic quarantine might have brought people back to the kitchen but introverts will keep them there. Fortunately, there are plenty of tools that will help them make the best of their time. From crockpots to utensils, there is plenty to choose from.

10. Pampering Accessories

Whether an introvert wants to give themselves a back rub or a bath, there are plenty of tools to provide what they want. Not only that, but they can pamper themselves in style in whichever room of the house they want to do it in.

11. Comfy Clothes and Pajamas

Give an introvert something comfortable to wear and the chances are good they might even invite someone over to enjoy the gift with. Well, maybe not, but they will undoubtedly enjoy the gesture while snuggled up on the couch or in bed.

12. Headphones and Ear Buds

What would be better to tell the world to go away than headphones and earbuds that cancel out everything except what the high living introvert happens to be listening to?

13. Aromatherapy Sets

Perfumes and colognes are a thing of the past, but everyone loves the entire home to smell good. What better way is there to make that happen than with an aromatherapy set? An essential oil diffuser works along the same lines except there’s nothing to plug in. Just add an essential oil to a diffuser and it does all the work.

14. Journals

Since introverts cherish their time alone, why not give them something to do while they are at it? A journal accompanied by a nice pen will do the trick.

 15. Nap Time

Even if the introvert in someone’s life is also an insomniac, both bases are covered with plenty of sleep accessories like a sleep mask printed with “Wild Horses Couldn’t Get Me Out of Bed” or other clever sayings.

16. Pillows

If someone has to announce they are an introvert, the chances are good it isn’t working, but for those who need help, there are plenty of pillows with things like “I Party Like an Introvert…Which is to Say I Don’t.” That should get the message across.

17. Pins and Dangles

Introverts often like to be low-key about how they tell others, so pins are often left to do the work. Those that say things like “Happy Alone” or simply “Introvert” can be found on the Internet.

18. Games and Puzzles for One

Introverts have plenty of time on their hands to be, well, themselves, so why not give them something they can enjoy doing while they are at it like games. There are numerous games available on the Internet.

19. Escape Chairs

Furniture isn’t typically what most people think about when it comes to gifts for introverts, but makers have been business creating chairs for lots of solitary people.

Some are designed to muffle sound down to nothing as well as those that make an introvert hard to see. There are even total isolation cubbies.

20. Let Introverts Get Physical

Whether an introvert is into yoga or weightlifting, there is plenty of equipment out there for those who like to enjoy it alone. From sci-fi themed kettlebells to yoga mats, and everything in between, gifts are available in stores and on the Internet.

21. Hosty Clubs

Think gift subscriptions to Airbnb. You get the idea.

What more can be said than there is a lot available out there for introverts or introvert wannabes.

Go! Go! Cory Carson Vrooming Into Our Hearts

“Play along with Cory Carson and friends during playtime with these amazing new toys! Your child will enjoy hours of fun!” – Momma Braga

Go! Go! Cory Carson Synopsis

Join kid car Cory Carson and his friends on epic adventures! Watch as Cory navigates the ups and downs of childhood in the winding roads of Bumperton Hills as he goes to school, makes new friends and explores with his family.

Inspired by the hit toy line Go! Go! Smart Wheels®.

This series is available on Netflix and you will be hooked as soon as you start the season! We sure did and we can not wait to Season 3! 🙂

“Beep, beep — go, go! Buckle up for fun and adventure with adorable kid car Cory Carson as he explores the winding roads of Bumperton Hills.”

Go! Go! Cory Carson® Characters & Playsets

Have some extra fun during playtime by pretending to explore Bumperton Hills with Cory and his friends! You can now collect Go! Go! Cory Carson playsets and vehicles inspired by the show’s characters.

These amazing toys are all available only at Walmart and we got to try them all out!


Go! Go! Cory Carson® Freddie’s Firehouse™

Go on a rescue mission with Freddie Firetruck and Chrissy Carson at the Go! Go! Cory Carson® Freddie’s Firehouse™ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson® ! Freddie’s mom Carolyn Firetruck encourages exploration of all the exciting activities the firehouse has to offer with mini characters Freddie and Chrissy. Help Freddie and Chrissy rescue Phil just like in the show. Slide down the spiral ramp to safety while building motor skills, then activate the PlayZone™ location at the bottom to hear each character say unique phrases. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location at the firehouse door to hear them talk, play msusic and see them light up. Help save the day!


We put the Firehouse to the test to see what Nikki thought of it and it didn’t disappoint. This was the very first one that Nikki played with and she recalled the episode when Cory got a tour of the firehouse. Of course Nikki played out the episode using her new toy set and she added a little extra to the scenes. 😉

We just loved Freddie’s Firehouse as it provided hours of stimulated learning and fun. Who wouldn’t want to go sliding down at the firehouse?! I knew I sure would love to!

“I give it 10 million stars out of 5! The Firehouse is one of my favorite places in the show!” – Nikki, Age 5

Go! Go! Cory Carson® DJ Train Trax & the Roll Train™

Get ready to dance with Cory, Chrissy and DJ Train Trax & the Roll Train™ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson®! Keep on moving with Roll Train host DJ Train Trax and play mixmaster with mini characters Cory Carson and Chrissy Carson. Help Cory and Chrissy dance on stage or roll DJ Train Trax to light up his rainbow chimney while building motor skills and listening to sounds and phrases from the show. Place Cory and Chrissy on stage and watch them light up and do “The Chrissy”. Activate the PlayZone locations to hear each of them say unique phrases. Press DJ Train Trax’s hat or move him around the trigger phrases, sounds, songs and special lighting effects. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location in the DJ booth to hear them talk, play music and see them light up. Wicky-wicky, woo-woo!


Nikki loved this one too and remembered the exact episode where DJ Train Trax was introduced. It is so great to see the pure joy a child has to play with their favorite characters from their favorite TV series! This set was a huge hit (literally) as Nikki played and danced along to the beats! 😉

“DJ Train Trax is SO awesome! I give this toy 10 million stars out of 5 and I am so happy I can play with it.” – Nikki, Age 5

Additional Go! Go! Cory Carson Characters

For more added fun, you can purchase Cory Carson and all of his friends (each sold separately)! You can hear each character talk and play sing-along songs. All you have to do is press the action button on the character’s side for movement and additional sounds.


The options are limitless when you have Cory and all his friends! Nikki was extremely excited to play with them all and create her own stories. Many times I would find her playing with the toys and watching the series together. I could even hear her repeat what the characters were saying on TV – loved that! All the toys are bright, a great size and you feel like they have come to life before your eyes. These toys are perfect for playtime! They provide all the learning and fun that you want for your child.

“I can create my own stories with Cory and his friends. I also love watching Go! Go! Cory Carson with my new toys! I give them 10 million stars out of 5!” – Nikki, Age 5

We are HUGE fans of Cory Carson and it is no surprise that the toys got a very glowing review. There are many times when you can catch the both us playing with them as we watch Cory on Netflix almost every night. If you have not yet watched the show with your little one then we do recommend for you to check it out. While you fall in love, make sure to purchase some of these fun toys for playtime! 😉

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that these products were provided in exchange for a review. All opinions expressed are our own.

The Word For Friend | Book Review

“The Word For Friend is a heartwarming story of the most universal language of all: friendship. The must read story with a wealth of interesting information, language and heart.” – Momma Braga


Kemala the pangolin is sure she’s going to make friends at her new school in her new country. After all, Kemala loves to talk. The kids at school like talking, too –but their words are all different. This country speaks a language Kemala doesn’t know.

At first, no one understands Kemala either. This realization makes her curl into a little ball, like most pangolins do when they’re nervous. But a classmate helps draw her out with an art project that doubles as a vocabulary exchange. Soon, Kemala is learning the most universal language of all: friendship.


The Word For Friend is such a beautiful story for children. The illustrations and story is absolutely captivating. Such an important message to convey to children on the importance of kindness and there are many ways to communicate without speaking.

The use of art as a way to connect and express was beautifully written. We loved how the book introduced readers to a new language; Esperanto. We truly enjoyed learning about this language that was created in 1887 by L. L. Zamenhof to provide the world with an easy-to-learn common language. There is more interesting info included at the back of the book and you even get some translated sentences. Happy Learning! 🙂

We also loved learning about Pangolins who are so adorable and unfortunately they are also threatened with extinction. 🙁 They are the only mammals covered in scales – how cool is that! You can’t help but fall in love with Pangolins with the main character, Kemala.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10 hearts out of 5! I personally connected with this story as it reminded me of my first day of Kindergarten. I remember being terrified of school as everyone around me spoke a different language than me as the only one that I knew was Portuguese. Even though I was born in Toronto, Canada, my parents only spoke Portuguese with me. Therefore, the first day was a scary one. But the power of play helped me make many friends and eventually as the year progressed we all knew how to communicate with one another. The power of friendship and kindness is remarkable. This will be one of my favorite books as it allowed me to go back down memory lane.

“I loved how the animals can play together even if they don’t speak the same language. It is important to always be kind even if someone can’t speak like you. We can all be friends together.” – Nikki, Age 5

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author/Illustrator

Aidan Cassie is the picture book author and illustrator of Sterling, Best Dog Ever and Little Juniper Makes it Big!. She attended the Emily Carr University of Art and Design and Edinburgh College of Art, where she studied animation and earned a Media Arts degree. She lives on a small artist-covered island in the Salish Sea of British Columbia.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*This book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

Conquering the Sands of Time: 7 Things You Can Do to Make Your Face Look Younger

When it comes to aging, we cannot reverse the process, nor can we erase the signs of aging. Many women opt for surgical and invasive procedures, while others prefer nonsurgical cosmetic treatment plans to fight the signs of aging. Below is a closer look at seven different treatment plans to get younger-looking skin at any age.


An online search titled Botox Near Me will provide the most popular treatment to ward off the signs of aging. Botox is non-invasive injections that relax the muscles that cause wrinkles. It is a very simple procedure and does not take much time to complete, and requires no downtime. The treatment is not permanent and will need to be done every three months or so.


Cosmetic Fillers

As women (and men) age, a lot of volume is lost in the face, which causes sagging and wrinkles in the skin. Facial fillers can help replace the volume lost, leaving skin looking refreshed and younger while lessening fine lines and wrinkles. Popular areas for fillers include cheeks and lips. Cosmetic fillers take less than an hour to do, have very few side effects, the results are instant, and last up to two years.

Chemical Peels

A chemical peel is a type of facial that improves and smooths the texture of your skin. The treatment gently removes the outermost layer of the skin, leaving it fresh and glowing. The results include smooth, toned, tightened, and refreshed skin. Chemical peels can be used to treat acne scars, wrinkles, sun damage, fine lines, rough skin, and uneven pigmentation.


Microdermabrasion is a treatment that sands away the top layer of the skin using tiny crystals that exfoliate the outer layer. It is used to treat sun damage, but it can cause the skin to bleed, so a week of recovery time may be needed. Right after the treatment, the skin looks a bit pink and feels tight, kind of like a sunburn. This improves greatly in about 24 hours or less

Laser Treatments

Lasers make a great impact on the health of the skin without being invasive. They are used to get under the skin’s surface without causing any damage to the outer layer. They assist your skin in making collagen, reduce fine lines, and improve the firmness and tone of your face. Some treatment plans may be painful, so your doctor will use a numbing agent on your face before starting the procedure. Because the lasers do not damage the skin, you do not need recovery time.

Incorporate a Daily Cleansing Routine

Taking care of your skin begins at home. With the help of a medical professional determine the best products to use based on your skin type. Always cleanse, moisturize, and tone your face each morning. Make sure you have a nightly routine to help your face repair itself as you sleep.

Maintain a Healthy Diet

Eating healthy and natural foods, while drinking plenty of water daily will improve the quality of your skin. Drinking plenty of water keeps your skin hydrated and improves its elasticity. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables will provide your body and organs the vitamins and nutrients it needs to maintain a healthy look.

As we age, it becomes more difficult to maintain a youthful look. Fortunately, there are many treatment options to choose from, that are not invasive and will have lasting effects. Consult with a medical professional today.

Leaving No Stone Unturned: 3 Risks and Consequences of Failing to Remove a Tree Stump

On occasion, a tree grows in the wrong place or gets old and diseased. Trees can also be destroyed by bad storms. Whatever the cause, some trees become a danger and must be removed. Tree removal involves more than cutting down a tree and hauling it away. Once the tree is gone, the tree stump must be dealt with. If this stump is left in place, it can cause hazards and inconvenience.

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Stump Removal Importance and Methods

Good tree removal companies such as Tucker Enterprise cut down the tree and haul away all the debris and then use special stump grinding machinery to get rid of the stump. This step costs a little extra but is well worth the investment. The tree they removed was probably hazardous and needed to be removed. The stump presents another hazard. When the stump is removed, healthier grass can grow, and tripping hazards are removed. Stumps are not easy to remove, and older methods could cause damage to the landscape that then needed to be fixed.

Older methods of stump removal included using explosives or wrapping a chain around the stump and pulling it out with a truck or other heavy equipment. Some people attempted to dig the stump out. All of these methods were time- and labor-intensive and had risks. The new stump grinding equipment makes short work of stumps as they are ground down to four to six inches below ground level. The resulting stump grindings can be used as garden mulch or the homeowner can pay to have it hauled away.

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3 Risks of Failing to Remove Stumps

It is tempting to save money and live with the stump, hoping it will rot away over time. But there are three main risks to leaving stumps in place.

  1. That stump left in place can sprout new growth with small unwanted trees growing around the stump. These trees can be cut off but will keep growing back unless permanent steps are taken to get rid of their roots.
  2. The stump is going to be an eyesore and take up space the homeowner might want for other purposes, such as flower beds or yard furniture. The tree stump will be inconvenient to maneuver around when lawn mowing.
  3. That tree stump can present a tripping hazard or damage the lawnmower. In addition, the tree stump can attract insects as it decays. These include beetles, termites, ants, and other wood-boring pests. It would be very expensive if the termites migrated from the tree stump to the house.
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The Advantages of Removing Tree Stumps

The advantages of removing tree stumps outweighs the costs of the removal. When that unsightly stump is ground down and away, there will be additional space in the yard for other purposes. The yard will be safer and more attractive with no stumps. And, most importantly, the yard will be safer to use with the tripping hazard gone. Avoiding the invasion of pests and insects that feed on decaying tree stumps is also important. If there is no money to grind the stump of a tree being cut down now, the stump grinder can always come back when there is money in the budget for the job. If you’ve got questions or need a stump removed, contact the experts today.

TinkerActive Series Brings Fun To Learning

“TinkerActive is the hands on learning that kids love. You learn all the important skills through activities that allow children to excel and grow.” – Momma Braga

About TinkerActive

With TinkerActive Workbooks, learning leaps off the page and into the real world! Each workbook covers essential math and science concepts while encouraging your child to tinker, make and engineer. All books are aligned to Common Core State Standards.


We reviewed a few books from the TinkerActive Series which were: Math Workbook Kindergarten, English Language Arts Workbook Kindergarten, and Science Workbook Kindergarten. Since Nikki is five years old, these books were great workbooks for her to try out. The one that Nikki was drawn to first was the Math one since it is her favorite subject.

It was no surprise to see Nikki emerge into the learning with glee as all three books offered different worksheets and fun exercises. Of course I can not forget the stickers and hands-on projects that was enjoyed by us all. We love how at the end of each workbook, you get a badge. Felt like a big accomplishment to get that badge so Nikki often asked if she could work on some more worksheets.

We combined these workbooks into our daily learning with our online learning through school. We felt that Nikki was grasping and learning more with the combination of both. It also truly helped me keep her entertained at home and best part is that she was learning. We haven’t completed all the workbooks yet but we are getting there! 🙂

As a parent I also loved the fact that at the end of the workbooks have the answers on the back! It came in handy a couple of times as clearly I am a little rusty on Kindergarten work. 😉

Therefore, for the TinkerActive Series we give it 5 stars out of 5! It is an unique way of learning and we love how children can learn real world skills through the exercises and hands-on projects. Each page is colorful and engaging. We couldn’t have asked for a better learning tool while we tackle online learning too.

If you would like to learn more about these series as it is available from Kindergarten to Grade 2, please click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this series was provided by MacMillan Children’s Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own.

You Matter | Book Review

“For anyone who isn’t sure if they matter. You do.”


In this full, bright, and beautiful picture book, many different perspective around the world are deftly and empathetically explored – from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected, and that everyone matters.


You Matter is exactly the children’s story that we should all be reading. The concept of the story is to engage the audience with the world in a new way and to see how everyone is connected. Most importantly it reflects the fact that everyone matters.

We felt this story was stunning and impactful. It provided us with gentle humor and warmth. It is a story that will have a child feel important as everyone in the world matters. Our feelings are so important, especially those of children who are discovering the array of them. After reading this story, check out the great activities you can do with your child(ren). You can check them out by clicking here. We absolutely loved all of them and it is a great added bonus.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give You Matter 5 stars out of 5! Young readers will be drawn and engaged in an important message that all of us should we remember; You Matter. No matter what or who you are, you do matter and that is something we should all reflect on.

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here. Recommended ages are four to eight.

About the Author/Illustrator

Christian Robinson was born in Hollywood, California. He grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. His books include Gaston and Antoniette, written by Kelly DrPucchio, and the #1 New York Times bestseller Last Stop on Market Street, written by Matt de la Pena, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal. He presently lives in northern California with his rescue greyhoud Baldwin and several houseplants. He looks forward to one day seeing the aurora borealis. Visit him online at http://www.TheArtofFun.com.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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