Category: Motherhood

DIY Heart Suncatchers Craft

Spread some love with adorable Heart Suncatchers. These hearts are easy, fun and bring so much joy to loved ones.

We originally found this idea on Pinterest and changed it a little bit to make it easier with items that we had at home.

Here are our Heart Suncatcher crafts!

Valentine’s Unicorn

Materials Needed
  • Construction Paper (We used red and pink)
  • Tissue Paper and glitter
  • Clear Tape
  • Scissors (We recommend parents do the cutting for younger children)
Instructions
  • First pick a color for your heart. Once picked, fold it in half and draw the half of a heart. Inside that half draw another half of heart within it.
  • Cut out the two hearts on the one construction paper. You will be left with an outline of a heart and a complete heart. Save the full hearts to use for other crafts or you can use it to decorate your home. 🙂 *We recommend for parents to do the cutting especially with little ones.
  • Then, use the clear tape to go across the open space of the heart from one end to another. Tape the heart until the open space is covered. We recommend to do this on a placemat to make it easier to lift without breaking the heart.
  • Next, slowly lift the heart and flip it over to the expose sticky part of the tape. Let the decorating begin!
  • Add tissue paper and or glitter to the sticky part of the tape.

  • Next, use the clear tape again to seal in your masterpiece. Use the same step as in the beginning by taking the tape from one end to the other end of the heart. Do this until the middle of the heart is covered.

  • Lastly, parents can cut any access tape along the heart shape.
  • Optional, if you want a clean look at the end. You can trace the shape of the heart twice prior to taping. You can cut these additional two hearts. Then, you place one heart on one side of the heart and glue it. The other heart glue on the other side. Let your child decide which one they would like best. They are the artist. 😉

There you have it! Your very own Heart Suncatchers to brighten anyone’s day. We have posted our hearts on our front window to hopefully bring joy to our neighborhood.

We would love to see your Heart Suncatchers and share them with us! Use hashtag #MelAndNikkiCrafts.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

Valentine’s Unicorn

The era of crafts has been in full bloom in our home as we look for ways to stay creative and active. With Valentine’s Day approaching, we decide to embrace love more now then ever before. As we all know the world needs a lot more of it.

We of course searched for some ideas on Pinterest that never seems to fail us. We found a few ideas that we love and will be sharing a new one on our blog as we create them. Therefore, you should stop by or subscribe to our blog to not miss any. 😉

Here is the Valentine’s Day Unicorn craft that is absolutely adorable!

Valentine’s Unicorn

Materials Needed
  • Paper Plate
  • Black Marker
  • Yellow/Gold, Pink, Red and White Construction Paper (or any color of your choosing)
  • Hearts (got sticker hearts at my local dollar store)
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors (We recommend parents do the cutting for younger children)
Instructions
  • First draw and pre-cut the unicorn horn (gold or yellow construction paper), ears (white construction paper), strips of construction paper for the mane and nose heart (pink construction paper) to make it easier for little ones.
  • Glue the nose heart at the bottom of the plate and add two small heart stickers as the nostrils and a bigger heart at the bottom as the mouth.
  • With a black marker create the unicorn eyes. We used the famous closed eyelids with eyelashes. It is a classic look that Nikki loves.
  • Then, add the horn at the top but in the middle of the eyes (as best as your little one can). It doesn’t need to be perfect as long as everyone is having fun!
  • Next, you can add heart stickers in front of the unicorn horn. You can use any design or colors that you would like. Make it your own. 🙂
  • Then, glue the ears near the horn. You can then place a heart sticker in the inside. We did ours as an upside down heart.
  • Lastly, add the mane by gluing it to the back of the plate. Nikki picked the colors red and pink for the mane but you can use any color. I was hoping to do rainbow colors but Nikki wanted to keep it Valentine theme.

There you have it! Your very own Valentine’s Day Unicorn to brighten anyone’s day. We have posted it on our wall that we are calling our “Nikki’s Art Gallery.”

We would love to see your Valentine’s Day Unicorn and share them with us! Use hashtag #MelAndNikkiCrafts.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

We Adopted A Baby Lamb | Book Review

We Adopted A Baby Lamb will have you going awe! It is hard not to fall in love with Albert the lamb and we love the message of responsibility on owning a pet. Bravo!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Ila and her family have lots of pets, but they knew nothing about caring for a baby lamb. It’s a lot of work! Ila loves wrapping Albert up for blankie time cuddles. He’s so cute…but he’s also a troublemaker. Albert gets into EVERYTHING!

Can Ila keep her baby lamb safe and happy?

#MelAndNikkiReview

We Adopted A Baby Lamb is an adorable book based on a true story of a lamb named Albert. It isn’t difficult to fall in love with Albert as he adapts to life with his new family and country life.

As a parent I love the message of the importance for caring and owning a pet. It is a big responsibility and this story reflects that beautifully to help children understand. We saw how much work it was to care for a lamb and even though caring for any pet is. The love is there and they do become part of your family.

That was Nikki’s favorite part! When Ilha realizes that her family is now Albert’s flock and they all loved him. We both went awe at the same time. 🙂

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 5 BAAAAAs out of 5! Illustrations and storyline were adorable. The message was perfect and we love being able to see the real Albert featured in the book too. You just have to see it! Nikki and I had a great conversation after reading the story about the responsibilities of owing a pet. It was a great discussion and exercise to do. We recommend to do this fun exercise once you finish reading the story.

This book is great for children aged three to seven. If you would like to purchase this adorable book, click here.

About the Author

LORI JOY SMITH is an illustrator and fine artist whose work has been exhibited in galleries across Canada and the United States. Her illustrations have appeared on greeting cards and in Chirp, American Girl, Teen and Today’s Parent magazines, among other places. Lori has illustrated several picture books including Count Your Chickens by Jo Ellen Bogart, Run Salmon Run by Bobs & LoLo and My Canada by Katherine Dearlove. She has written and illustrated The Goodnight Book and The Good Morning Book. Lori enjoys knitting, drawing and sewing. She lives with her family in Prince Edward Island, along with a growing menagerie of pets — 3 cats, 2 bunnies, 1 dog and 2 sheep including Albert.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review and we do not make commission off of book sales. All opinions expressed are our own.

Easy Oven Roast Beef Recipe

Our recipes have been very popular on our blog and I want to thank everyone for taking the time to show us the love! In today’s post, I am sharing an easy over roast beef recipe that I created by taking what I liked best from my mom and sister’s recipe.

I am a very simple person and like keeping ingredients as simple as possible. After going on Pinterest almost daily for two weeks straight to look at roast beef recipes, I just got deflated. I didn’t think I could make it as it all seemed hard and complicated. Even the ones that said, “Easy.” I combined my usual ingredients and added a little extra to really bring this recipe to the delicious level that had everyone wanting more.

Oven Roast Beef

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

  • Marinate your oven roast a day prior to let the meat soak in the ingredients for best taste.
    • Wash roast well.
    • Then make cuts in the meat on top. I sliced a bit into the meat but not all the way through. This way the ingredients can get into the meat and the juices will flow while cooking.
    • Place the roast in a roasting pan.
    • Add your ingredients: salt, black pepper, chopped garlic cloves, paprika, Half cup of red wine and half cup of water. Measurements for the ingredients are based on what you normally use in your meat marinating.
    • Remember to add ingredients on top and bottom of the roast. Then massage it into the roast all over. This was fun!
  • Cut the onions into rings and spread them on the roast and within the roasting pan. It will float in the wine and water that was used.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of butter, one bay leaf into the roasting pan and drizzle olive oil on roast an in the pan.
  • Place it in the fridge with a tin foil covering it until you are ready to cook the next day.
  • The next day remove the pan from the fridge and after the oven is pre-heated (475 Fahrenheit), place it in the oven with the tin foil still wrapped.
  • Place timer for 60 minutes. Once the time is up, turn the oven roast over to cook the bottom side.
  • Place timer for another 60 minutes. Once the time is up, remove it from the oven.
  • Let it cool it down so it is safe to cut. Once it is, you can slice the roast beef all the way through. This is a great way to determine if you need to cook more to ensure that it cooked to your liking.
  • We like it well done so once it was sliced, I placed it back in the oven for another 30 minutes on one side and then flipped them for another 20 minutes (All timing can vary depend on ovens).
  • Once complete you can remove from the oven and it can be ready to serve with a side of your choice. I kept some of the sauce from the pan and onions onto the tray to keep the flavor. 😉
  • Optional – we made some gravy to add over the roast beef and I used roasted potatoes as the side for my family. This was a great hit!

And there you have it, Momma Braga’s Oven Roast Beef! Give it a try and let me know what you think of it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

 

5 More Sleeps ‘Till Christmas

5 More Sleeps ‘Till Christmas is the perfect story to further build the exciting countdown to Christmas! The magical of Christmas is alive and well in the beautiful book where all the kiddies will want it read everyday until the BIG day! A must read!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

“Just 5 more sleeps ’til Christmas! Can you believe it’s here? I know that Santa’s coming soon. ’cause I’ve been good all year.”

Everyone who grew up celebrating Christmas remembers the excitement that built up to the most magical day of the year. But why not make the last week before Christmas more fun by counting how many sleeps until the arrival of Santa and his reindeer?

Accompanied by the beautiful and energetic artwork of Rich Deas, enjoy the humor of Jimmy Fallon as he prepares readers for the most exciting week of the year in this new holiday tradition for your family – 5 More Sleeps ’till Christmas.

#MelAndNikkiReview

5 More Sleeps ‘Till Christmas is Christmas magic perfection! A great story to lead up to the big day and everyone can relate to the excitement one feels waiting for Santa to arrive.

This book became a family favorite and very quickly in our home. You can’t help but admire the beautiful illustrations and the dash of humor throughout. The countdown was impeccably done and it had me remembering how it was for me as a child as I waited for the big day. We just absolutely loved this book from beginning to end.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it, 10 sleeps out of 5! It is a must read and we highly recommend this story to all. We will be taking this book out again each day as we countdown to Christmas.

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

About the Author

Jimmy Fallon is the author of #1 New York TImes – bestselling children’s books Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA, Everything Is MAMA, and This Is Baby. The holiday season is his favorite time of year. Fallon lives in New York City with his wife, Nancy, their two daughters, Winnie and Franny, and their dog, Gary. They listen to holiday music year-round per Jimmy’s request.

About the Illustrator

Rich Deas is a designer, an illustrator, and a senior creative director at MacMillan Children’s Publishing Group in New York City. He has designed hundreds of book covers and is the illustrator of 10 Fat Turkeys and Cock-a-Doodle Dance! He resides in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, with his wife and two sons. They are all already counting down the sleeps until next Christmas.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. Please note that we do not make commission off of book sales.

 

The Ultimate Guide to Helping your Kids Succeed in the 21 st Century – Top Tip: Take a look at Institut Montana

You know your kids are special. They might drive you crazy sometimes but underneath they are smart, savvy and caring. You want a school that will find their talents and bring out the best in them. However, the world is changing and it’s changing fast. Finding the right school might not be as easy as it was.

You want your kids to leave school with the skills, qualifications and mindset that mean they will do well and be happy. But we are in the 21st century…

Technology is transforming the world of work, who knows what a career will look like in ten years’ time!
Higher education options are global, your teenagers might be looking to study at top universities the world over, how do you guide them?
Information is everywhere and yet sorting the real from the fake is harder than ever. As is learning how to take eager eyes off that glowing screen.
There is so much pressure on your kids to get those grades, how do you motivate them to study without crushing their enthusiasm?

At Institut Montana on the Zugerberg, a peaceful spot overlooking the lively city of Zug, these challenges have been met. It’s a school with a long history and a thoughtful approach to innovation. These qualities have set it up to educate today’s young people to be healthy and happy today and to thrive in the world of the future, whatever that might bring.

What can their experience tell us?

Go Global!

The world is getting smaller. A global perspective is an important key to unlock a bright future. Being in command of more than one language is a valuable resource – and knowing another language opens up the brain to a wider range of concepts..

From its opening in 1926, these have been core components to life at Institut Montana. They remain so today. Representing over 43 nationalities among its staff and students, the school is a welcoming multi-cultural community. There is a choice between the nationally based Swiss curriculum leading to the Swiss Matura or an international path via Cambridge International programmes to the International Baccalaureate. The school describes its mission as educating the global citizens of tomorrow and every opportunity to achieve this goal is grasped whole-heartedly, from clever adaptations of the curriculum to special projects that explore the issues that challenge our global society.

It is in language learning that the school truly excels. The Bilingual Elementary school for 6 to 12-year old’s has children fluent in German and English by the time they are ready for secondary education. A Bilingual Secondary School follows a Swiss curriculum in skill development for the modern world at the same time as teaching proficiency in second and even third languages. Both German and bilingual tracks are offered for the Swiss Matura and the school’s international section is a veritable babel of language learning opportunities, with German, French, English, Spanish, Russian and Mandarin. All these programmes are supplemented by a sophisticated and individually devised support system. This is the approach that will help today’s children grow into accomplished adults who can live gracefully in the world of tomorrow.

Think well!

That smart phone in your teenager’s hand might be a fabulous tool for finding out the population of Jakarta or the dates of WWII, but it also bombards with false facts and disinformation. How to sort the good from the rubbish? People have always been susceptible to persuasion and we have defences – knowledge, insight and analysis. Now more than ever, defence is crucial.

Schools are hugely important in developing informed, independent thinking in their students. Institut Montana was at the forefront when these methods were new, introducing exploratory learning (taking apart a transistor radio and re-assembling it for example) when it was a game-changer. In the 21st century, modern teaching methods are about helping students to research, assess their sources, and use evidence to make judgements. Institut Montana students face this every day, whether they are studying literature for their IB or business studies for their Matura.

Love to Learn!

One consistent point we can make about the 21st century is that change is a constant so it’s more important than ever to keep learning. Getting good grades is important but if you love to learn then good grades are the by-product.

Loving to learn includes skills, such as research and analysis, and attributes, such as curiosity and focus. The ways school can help are wide-ranging. Passionate teachers who transmit their enthusiasm are important but there is more. Teachers have to be great teachers to instill good study skills and school organisation has to keep up.

Institut Montana has always attracted good teachers (that glorious location, those elegant buildings and that friendly atmosphere probably help!), but recent developments have been designed with the importance of learning skills at heart. The Learning Centre, where students have time and quiet space for independent study with teachers on hand to consult for example. It is reflected in the individual attention you see teachers giving to their students (a high teacher: student ratio is a benefit). When you talk to a Montana student, they always mention how well supported they feel in their learning.

Keep Creative!

Many education systems are still found to sap the natural creativity that children are born with. That is not the way to face the 21st century! But international schooling has, since its beginnings, had freedom to adapt the curriculum to a context and often does better here.

The uniting philosophy bringing the different academic paths under one roof at Institut Montana highlights creativity. Creativity is more than the Arts, although the school is strong here too, with lively drama and creative writing clubs and an inspiring visual arts department. But creativity is everywhere. An exciting new development seeks to encapsulate this goal. An old building (it is fitting that it’s the iconic Chalet that was the Pavilion for Switzerland at the 1906 Milan World Trade Fair) is being converted into their ‘Incubator’. It will be a hub for new ways of thinking and learning about society, business, politics, economics. It will provide the base where the entrepreneurs of tomorrow, the businessmen and women, the scientists and the philosophers, find their talents and hone their skills.

Mens sana in corpore sano!

The Romans gave us the mantra of ‘healthy mind in a healthy body’ as the gift a human being should be most thankful for. Now there is plenty of science that backs up its importance and ‘well-being’ has come to the top of the list of things we should nurture. But what does this mean for your teenagers and how can school help?

Many schools nowadays put student well-being at the heart of school life, and Institut Montana is no exception. In fact, it went a step further by creating a whole school department with that very focus. It includes everything practical about safety and child protection but also ensures that emotional and mental health are sensitively and effectively cared for. Support systems are easy to access and approachable. There are even dedicated sessions on mental resilience, a quality that can only help your teenager deal with the challenges life will, no doubt, send.

Back to that healthy body. As well as competitive sports (the school has great facilities for tennis, football, ice-hockey, volleyball, the list goes on) it’s about cultivating an active approach to daily life. On the Zugerberg, surrounded by hiking-trails, a mountain bike descent from the doorstep, the lake of Zug down the hill, with ski weekends and yoga, with rock climbing and Zumba, everyone has a chance to stay active. And students reach their classes with a healthy walk along a tree-lined avenue, breathing mountain air and nourished by fresh water from their own spring. That sets you up well for modern life.

Above all, facing the 21st century is about our young people having the skills and attributes to engage with the world. Teenagers often believe they know everything, that they are invincible. That is the joy of being young. We, their parents and their teachers, understand where to guide, where to encourage and where to motivate. That is our very important contribution to how the next generation will handle the world.

Improving Your Parental Prowess: Incorporating Self-Improvement Into Your Life

There are things that we wish would make motherhood easier. Perhaps we need certain hacks to help us get by during a difficult week. But arguably, one of the best gifts we can receive as a parent is the one that we give ourselves. Self-improvement is one of those things that some view with a raised eyebrow. Some feel it doesn’t benefit them, whereas others wholeheartedly embrace it. But there is a case to be said for having aspects of self-improvement in your life as a parent. But how can you incorporate aspects of self-improvement into your life, and how can they benefit you?

Get Into the Habit of Reading

As simple as it sounds, learning about personal development can help you unlock so many different abilities as a parent. While reading too many self-help books can make us over critical and overthink everything there’s a lot to be said about reading the right materials about personal development. It can provide new insights so you can alter your behavior for everybody, not just yourself or your children. But it’s simple to get into the habit of reading on a regular basis. The best thing we can all do is take a little bit of time every day just to read something, no matter how brief it is. Take the opportunity to invest in a pair of glasses on a website like

https://www.eyeglasses.com, and even reading a page every night will point you in the right direction.

Find People You Can Relate To

When we try to improve ourselves, there will always be naysayers and they can be closer to home than you think. Learning to improve your life is about getting insights from others. But finding people you can relate to will help you to stay motivated so you can keep pursuing your goals. We encounter so many people in our lives that don’t have any respect for what we’re trying to do, and when they are relatives or people we encounter every day, it can prove difficult to keep our distance from them. This is why we need to surround ourselves with people who are on the same wavelength. There are benefits to be had for encountering people who don’t think the way you do, because this can encourage the debate and learning to look at things from other people’s perspectives, but when you find people that operate on the same wavelength you have a support network. As a parent, usually this is other parents, but sometimes all the parents want to do is talk about their own children. We have to understand that if we want to be a better parent, we need to view ourselves objectively. 

Practice Being Calm

Being a parent means that we are sometimes running around so much that we end up feeling out of control and stressed. If we ever want to learn the fine art of personal development, being calm should be one of the first things that we understand. When you understand your own attitudes towards stress, you may have a new-found perspective. You may find that you’ve been a stress head your entire life but people didn’t want to broach the subject with you. If you can practice being calm, it won’t relieve everything straight away, but this art of practicing it slowly seeps into every aspect of your life. But when we feel that we don’t have the time to do it, this is when we have to find quick and effective hacks. There is a handy list on https://greatist.com to get you relaxing quickly. Because when we are relaxed we are able to solve problems better and understand how to improve issues.

Never Be Afraid to Ask for Help

Self-improvement can be about the lessons we learn from others. While we can’t “carbon copy” the issues someone else has gone through and apply it to our lives directly, when we see other people overcome problems, such as in terms of postpartum depression or learning how to take control of their lives, this can inspire us to ask for help. Some people think that asking for help is a sign of weakness. But when we understand that help can come in many forms and we learn a lesson effectively, this will give us a foundation to build upon. Help can come in many ways, whether it’s a counselor or advice from a friend.

When we feel we can improve on things, it shows that we care. As a parent, we can learn so much about ourselves by looking in the mirror and figuring out what we can improve upon. Life is a constant lesson, especially as a parent.

Jabari Tries | Book Review

“Jabari Tries is a great children’s story that exemplifies emotions and great problem solving skills.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Jabari is making a flying machine. It will fly all across the yard.

“It’ll be easy. I don’t need any help,” he declares. However, it doesn’t work! Jabari is frustrated. Good thing Dad is there for a pep talk and his little sister, Nika, is there to assist, fairy wings and all. With the endearing father-child dynamic of Jabari Jumps and engaging mixed-media illustrations, Gaia Cornwall’s tale shows that through perseverance and flexibility, an inventive thought can become a brilliant reality.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Jabari Tries is a great children’s story that exemplifies emotions and great problem solving skills. We loved how it highlighted engineering into the story. The bond between father and child showcased beautifully and we love how the little sister was brought into the engineer plans. The emotions that Jabari feels throughout the process are all natural feelings and the problem-solving used in the story was brilliant!

*Construction boots do not come with the book 😉

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! We loved the unique storyline and the illustrations were beautifully done.

“I like using strategies too to solve problems. I feel it helps me a lot.” – Nikki, Age 6

This book is great for children ages four to eight. If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, click here.

About the Author

Gaia Cornwall loves to write and illustrate for children. Her debut picture book, Jabari Jumps, was a Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book and an American Library Association Notable Children’s Book. While not quite an engineer, she can certainly find her way around a pile of Lego bricks and, after much trial and error, can now build a pretty cool flying machine. Gaia Cornwall lives in Providence, Rhode Island.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Burping Bobby | Game Review

Burping Bobby brought family game night to a whole new burping level and we loved it!” – Momma Braga

Burping Bobby

Bobby loves stinky food! Feed him, but watch out – you never know when he’s going to BUUUURRRRP! Real lights and steam will burst from his mouth when he burps! The player with the most points after Bobby burps wins. Innovative “gotcha!” moment with familiar gameplay that kids love.

Requires 3 AAA batteries, not included. It is great for two to four players, ages four and up.

Contents included: 1 Burping Bobby Hippo, 18 Food Tokens, 1 Water Pipette and complete instructions.

How to Play

Once you have assembled the game and inserted the batteries required, then you are ready to play!

  • The youngest player goes first. Play proceeds in a clockwise direction.
  • On your turn, announce what type of food you intend to pick up: Garlic, Onion, Soda, Cheese, Pizza or Beans.
  • Randomly select one of the food tokens from the table. If you pick the wrong food from what you announced, you must feed it to the hippo!
    • Check the number that appears on the token. Open the hippo’s mouth. Place the food on top of the tongue. Close the mouth. Then turn the crank the number of times indicated on the token.
  • The hippo will chew and swallow the food. If you pick the correct food, you score the points and keep the token, faceup, in front of you.
  • Your turn is then over and play proceeds clockwise.
  • Eating too many smelly foods leads to some nasty effects! The game continues until the hippo delivers a terrible green BURRRP! Gross!
  • The game ends when the hippo burps. The unlucky player that he burps on loses their highest valued food token (if they have any). Be the player with the most points in front of you to win!
  • If nobody has points, Burping Bobby is the winner! In the event of a tie, two or more players may be declared as winners. After the hippo burps, close his mouth and remove the tokens from the door on the back of the hippo to start a new game.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Burping Bobby brought some burping fun to family game night and we loved it! Who would have thought a burping hippo named Bobby would bring so much fun and giggles?!

The anticipation had us all on the edge of our seats wondering who was going to get the burp. I am proud to say that I was not the first one to get the burp but my husband did which is ironic since we call him the burping king. 😉 We just couldn’t stop smiling and laughing during the many games that we played. I think this will be a family favorite for many game nights ahead.

A tip would be to add water (only) which is added by removing the hippo’s ears. This gives you that wonderful mist that you feel when Bobby burps (lol).

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give Burping Bobby 10 burps out of 5! This game provided us hours of fun and giggle. Burping Bobby is a must for family game night!

If you would like to purchase this game for your next family game night, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

I’m Sticking With You | Book Review

“I’m Sticking With You shows us that every relationship requires love, understanding and kindness. No matter what we go through, true friendship always finds a way through.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Bear and squirrel are best friends. Wherever Squirrel goes, Bear follows. Bear vows to stick with Squirrel whether he’s grumpy or silly or mad – which is put to the test when Bear sinks Squirrel’s canoe. And catapults him from the seesaw. And breaks his favorite mug.

Finally, Squirrel has had enough. He tells Bear he needs his space – only to realize he has much more fun with his best friend around. Funny and poignant in equal measure, I’m Sticking With You shows that friendship always finds a way.

#MelAndNikkiReview

I’m Sticking With You will be stuck with us as we loved it a lot. A beautifully told and illustrated story about friendship.

Friendships are hard work even with a best friend. Sometimes there can be bumps on the road and we may feel like it’s best distance ourselves instead of working it out. Luckily, Squirrel was able to realize fairly quickly of the great friendship had with Bear. They were able to work through some friendship bumps and they realized how important they were to each other.

A great message for children as every relationship requires love, understanding and kindness.

“Sometimes you need to give your friends some space and that is ok too. You appreciate each other more.” – Nikki, Age 5

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 paws out of 5! It was bear-rific!

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

About the Author

Smriti Prasadam-Halls is the internationally bestselling author of more than thirty books for children, including I Love You Night and Day. She lives in England with her husband and three sons.

About the Illustrator

Steve Small is a designer, an animator, and a BAFTA – nominated director. He lives in England, and I’m Sticking with You is his first picture book.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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