Tag: Children

The Tooth Fairy VS Santa

“The Tooth Fairy VS Santa is the perfect combination of fun, joy and an epic battle of legends! We just Blue and his creative ways to make special events even more special.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Santa and the Tooth Fairy go head-to-head in this funny, festive picture book perfect for the holidays!

Blue can’t wait to complete his first mission to become a Tooth Fairy. So when he arrives at a child’s house to collect her tooth and leave a coin, he’s surprised to see Santa there. Turns out it’s Christmas Eve, and jolly old Saint Nick is not ready to share the holiday! A competition to claim the night begins, but who will win the battle–Santa or the Tooth Fairy?

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The Tooth Fairy VS Santa is full of fun, joy and an epic battle for the ages! You can not help but giggle along the way and cheer for the friendship built between Blue and Santa.

This book is the first in the series and you may recall our The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny review which is the next one in this series. Both books are just amazing and adorable children books.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give 10 candy canes out of 5! It makes a perfect story leading up to the big Christmas Day and it offers so much fun for little ones to read. The storyline is exciting and the illustrations are engaging with bright vibrant colors.

“I loved how Santa and The Tooth Fairy worked together to get the tooth and leave the presents. Teamwork is important and I am glad that Blue and Santa learned it.” – Nikki, Age 6

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

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*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.

Go! Go! Cory Carson Zooms More Fun To Playtime

“Go! Go! Cory Carson just got a whole lot better with the new additions to their toy line. You can never go wrong with any of the toys from this series and little ones will adore them all!” – Momma Braga

Go! Go! Cory Carson PlayZone Mini Character 6-Pack

Pretend to explore Bumperton Hills and go on adventures with Cory Carson and all his friends.

This mini character 6 pack comes with Cory Carson and his friends Freddie Firetruck, Halle Copter, Frannie Fenderson, Timmy and Kimmy O’Tool. You can role-play with these adorable characters during playtime. You can imagine them in a new world or even in Bumperton Hills. The amazing part of imaginative play is that anything is possible and Cory does like a great adventure.

This is perfect for ages 2 to 5 years old and if you would like to purchase the Go! Go! Cory Carson Play Zone Mini Character 6-Pack, click here.

Go! Go! Cory’s Stay & Play Home

Welcome to the Go! Go! Cory Carson® Cory’s Stay & Play Home™, just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson. Explore every room with Cory, Mama and Chrissy Carson mini characters in this 360° playset.

This house is built just for cars with a pretend bathtub car wash complete with scrub brush, ramps and more. Hang out in Cory’s room and place mini characters on the PlayZone™ location to hear unique phrases, sing-along songs and sounds. Slide down the ramp to watch T.V. in the living room or try to get Chrissy to take a bath just like in the show (the bathtub is absolutely the coolest!). Press the button near the fireplace to find a hidden door or press the T.V. button to watch DJ Train Trax.

There are so many great home features such as lights, sound, music and phrases from your favorite characters. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location to hear them talk, play music and light up. C’mon, let’s go!

This is great for ages 2+ years and it requires 3 AAA batteries. If you would like to purchase this amazing play set, click here.

Cory Carson O’Tool’s Construction Site

Let’s build up the fun playing with Cory Carson and his friend Timmy O’Tool at the Go! Go! Cory Carson® O’Tool Construction Site™ just like in the original series, Go! Go! Cory Carson! Explore all the things the O’Tool’s construction site home has to offer with mini characters Cory and Timmy in this 360° playset.

Help Cory and Timmy knock down walls, sound the whistle and slide down the ramp while listening to sounds and phrases from the episodes. Place Cory or Timmy on the PlayZone™ location and hear them each say unique phrases. Then, use the characters to smash through the brick wall at this active construction site. Create multiple configurations with four play pieces including a SmartPoint® location. Place any SmartPoint® character (sold separately) on the SmartPoint® location to hear them talk, play music and see them light up. Then, use the characters to smash through the doors at this active construction site. Car-a-bunga!

This is great for ages 2+ years and it requires 3 AAA batteries. If you would like to purchase this amazing play set, click here.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Go! Go! Cory Carson toys are all amazing and they have all made playtime so much more fun. Since Nikki is a huge fan of this amazing series on Netflix, she reenacts her favorite scenes with her favorite characters. Each toy and playset is designed with learning in the forefront as kids can hear phrases and melodies. Also the imaginative play options are endless. I see Nikki flourish during playtime by using these toys and creativity.

“Cory is just like me! He loves adventure and learning new things. I love playing with all the Cory Carson toys.” – Nikki, Age 6

Nikki gives us a glimpse at the Go! Go! Cory Carson O’Tool’s Construction Site in her latest Nikki Talk YouTube video. She also let’s us know her rating. Make sure to click the video below to hear her insightful thoughts. 🙂

Nikki’s rating shatters our rating scale and it is no surprise since she is a HUGE Cory Carson fan. However, these toys are so lovable that even if your child has not seen the series they can still enjoy playtime with them all.

If you would like to learn about the other toys available in the toy series, click here.

You can catch all the fun in Go! Go! Cory Carson on Netflix and it will be hard not to fall in love with it!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

*Please note that these products were provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own. We do not make commission off of toy sales.

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower races into playtime and your kiddies will love it! Create one big tower or two racing tracks and watch the cars race. Who will win? Everyone as fun will be the end game.” – Momma Braga

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower

Let’s go for a super spiral ride! Assemble the set with two side-by-side ramps, or put it all together for an amazing three-foot corkscrew tower! Place the Race Car on the launcher at the start line. Press the trophy to launch the vehicle through the switch track. Will you go down the spiral speedway, or through the stunt track for a bumpy thrill ride? It’s time for a racing adventure!

Expand & Explore

Connect to the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Track Pack or other playsets (each sold separately) to expand your Ultimate Corkscrew Tower and inspire creativity.

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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower has been an ultimate favorite in our home. Once we assembled it, it was off to the races daily! There are so many great features and it offers hours of fun for all the kiddies.

Race Car

The race car has an on/off switch and you can hear songs, fun phrases and sounds. You can push the face button to hear them and the light will flash with sounds. There is also an action button on the side which will activate the vehicle’s mechanical feature and hear fun sounds.

Of course the fun sounds doesn’t end with the race car as you can place it on the Ultimate Corkscrew Tower to hear melodies and more.

Spiral Tower

The main attraction is the spiral tower that you can either have it as a tower or have two side-by-side ramps. You can decide how you want the race to go. Our go-to has been the spiral tower as Nikki loves being able to reach the top and watch the race car speed all the way down.

You can place the Race Car or any SmartPoint vehicle (each sold separately) on any of the playset’s five SmartPoint locations to trigger fun sounds, song or phrases.

Nikki demonstrates how it works and gives her rating in the latest YouTube video. We might be launching this as a new segment of our blog called, Nikki Talk. 😉

Our Rating

As you head from Nikki herself in her YouTube video, that she gives the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Corkscrew Tower 100 out of 5! Nikki truly loves this toy and has played it with every single day since it arrived in our home. This would definitely been an amazing gift idea for any occasion.

If you would like to purchase this ultimate super fun toy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Switch & Go Series Will Transform Playtime Fun

Switch & Go will ignite your child’s imagination as you transform the toys in the series. You can turn the Switch & Go that you pick into either a helicopter, bulldozer, racer or into other forms. It all depends on which one you pick but you will have a great time either way! A must have this holiday season.” – Momma Braga

Switch & Go™ Velociraptor Helicopter

Switch between a Velociraptor and a helicopter with an LCD screen that changes from dino eyes to a pilot. Enjoy awesome sound effects and cool phrases in both modes.

Race and roar into a supercool world where ferocious dinosaurs change into tough vehicles with the Switch & Go™ Velociraptor Helicopter! The swift, smart raptor inspires imaginative play with animated LCD eyes and dinosaur sound effects and phrases. Launch the rocket claw! Then switch up playtime by transforming the dino into a heroic helicopter with a few simple moves. Watch how the dino eyes on the LCD screen turn into a helicopter pilot and hear how the voice changes, too! Turn on the search light or spin the helicopter’s rotor blades for role-play action. Bring your Switch & Go™ world to life with 70+ responses and sound effects in both modes. Challenge the other Switch & Go dinos to a fearsome match-up. Who is most powerful? Strongest? Toughest? Smartest? Dinosaurs rule! Additional Switch & Go™ dinosaurs sold separately.
Intended for ages 4–8 years. Requires 2 AA batteries. Batteries included for demo purposes only. New batteries recommended for regular use.

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Switch & Go™ Velociraptor Helicopter has transformed our playtime to loads of fun! It offers very cool features such as the LED button; talk button to hear the dino or pilot talk; sound effects to hear the cool sound effects; searchlight; launch activator; propeller activator and motion sensor. Yes lots of features to check out!

What got us most excited about was transforming it from a velociraptor to helicopter. It took Nikki just a minute to figure out how to change it all and she decided it would be best to demonstrate it in a video. Nikki also shares her rating in the video below. I think her rating hits a new record on the #MelAndNikkiReview.

You heard it directly from Nikki as she gives the Switch & Go Velociraptor Helicopter ten hundred out of 5! This is one of the coolest toys we have played with and we do recommend it for girls and boys. Let your imagination literally soar with this velociraptor and all the others in the series. The Switch & Go series is available exclusive at Mastermind Toys. To learn more, click here.
Until next time…Happy Parenting!
-Momma Braga
*Please note that this toy was provided in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are our own and we do not make commission off of toy sales.

Explore & Crawl Elephant Perfect for Your Little One

“Explore & Crawl Elephant has crawled into our hearts and we know your little one will adore it as much as we do!” – Momma Braga

Explore & Crawl Elephant

It’s time to explore! The cheerful Explore & Crawl Elephant encourages little ones to crawl and walk after him with ears that flap and a bright, light-up star. This soft, plush animal invites cuddles while providing lots of sensory stimulation with multiple textures and bright patterns. Kids build their gross motor skills as they practice crawling and walking after the elephant. Babies and toddlers can press any button to get the elephant moving, making playtime easy and rewarding. The elephant asks children to identify colors and numbers by pressing buttons. Watch the elephant crawl, sing and flap his ears in response! 45+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases enliven playtime while teaching about colors, numbers and daily life. Intended for ages six to 36 months. Requires 3 AA batteries. Batteries included for demo purposes only. New batteries recommended for regular use.

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Explore & Crawl Elephant is absolutely adorable and a perfect gift idea for a little one in your life. We love how soft the elephant is and it’s design is too cute! It offers many wonderful features that will allow little ones to learn and grow with it. There are four activities that you can try with the push of a button. First there is the Elephant Button, press this button to hear fun sounds and phases. The elephant will flap its ears and crawl forward. Then there is the Music Button, press this button to hear playful melodies and songs. Then head off to the Number Button, press this one to learn numbers, body parts and the color of the shape. The elephant will flap its ears and move forward during the playful number song. Lastly but not least, you will need to check out the Light-Up Star Button. Press this button to hear fun sounds, phrases and playful songs that encourage interaction and crawling. The elephant will flap its ears and move forward during the playful sounds, songs and short tunes. The light will flash with the sounds.

Feature Highlights
  • The crawling, ear-flapping elephant encourages gross motor development as little ones crawl and walk after him.
  • Soft, plush fabric with multiple textures and patterns provides tactile and visual stimulation for growing infants’ senses.
  • Four easy-to-press buttons trigger the elephant’s movement as well as songs and dialog about colors and counting.
  • 45+ songs, melodies, sounds and phrases teach about colors, numbers and daily life and encourage interaction with the friendly elephant.
  • This soft, plush elephant invites cuddling and active play with learning.

We give it, 10 flaps out of 5! This is a perfect gift for babies and toddlers as it offers ample of fun and learning. Nikki thought the elephant is super adorable and even though it doesn’t have a name, she decided to call it “Ellie the Elephant.” We think it is absolutely perfect!

The Explore & Crawl Elephant is recommended for children 6-36 months. If you would like to purchase one, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

– Momma Braga

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

 

Love Is Powerful | Book Review

Love is Powerful is an empowering children’s story that shows us that one little voice can be carried out to millions. All you need to do is believe, have confidence and never be afraid to speak up.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Mari raised her sign for everyone to see. Even though she was small and the crowd was very big, and she didn’t think anyone would hear, she yelled out.

Mari is getting ready to make a sign with crayons as the streets below her fill up with people. “What are we marking, Mama?” she asks. “A message for the world,” Mama says. “How will the whole world hear?” Mari wonders. “They’ll hear,” says Mama, “because love is powerful.”

Inspired by a girl who participated in the January 2017 Women’s March in New York City, Heather Dean Brewer’s simple and uplifting story, delightfully illustrated by LeUyen Pham, is a reminder of what young people can do to promote change and equality at a time when our country is divided by politics, race, gender, and religion.

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Love is Powerful is an empowering children’s book that is so refreshing to read. We loved the storyline and illustrations throughout. The message is loud and clear for our young activists that every voice should be heard. But most importantly that you CAN be heard.

We love how the book included a note from Mari who is the star of the story and her telling us of her real life experience of being heard. A six year old inspired everyone to chant “Love is Powerful.” It is empowering to hear stories like this as it reminds us that we all can be heard.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 hearts out of 5! Beautiful storyline and illustrations that will empower the little ones and even the adults reading the story. It truly touched our hearts and we recommend to give this book a read.

If you would like to purchase this great book, click here. This book is great for children’s ages five to eight years of age.

About the Author

Heather Dean Brewer is a writer, artist, and art director who designs books for kids and adults and loves to ride her bike in the woods. About this book she says, “I’ve often felt quiet and small and that no one could hear me. But when I joined others in the Women’s March and saw my friend Mari lifted above the crowd, her voice echoing down the streets of New York City, I learned that even the smallest voice has the power to change the world.” Heather Dean Brewer lives in Michigan wit her family and loves to ride her bike in the woods.

About the Illustrator

LeUyen Pham is a Caldecott Honor recipient and the illustrator of over one hundred books for children, including the Princess in Black series by Shannon Hale and Dean Hale and God’s Dream by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams. She says, ” I marched in the first Women’s March in Atlanta in 2017, but I carried no sign. This book is the sign I wish I’d had with me.” LeUyen Pham lives in California.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

 

A Children’s Book That Brings Out Your Inner Artist

Make Your Mark Gallery: A Coloring Book-ish will let your inner artist shine through as they can express their art through the beautiful pages in this children’s book.” – Momma Braga

About the Book

Draw. Frame. Share! With pages of possibilities, the creator of The Dot inspires us to make our mark and see where it takes us.

Do you have a crayon or marker ready? Children’s book creator Peter H. Reynolds has motivated kids of all ages, in homes and classrooms, to escape their inner critics and let the artist inside of them out to play. Now, with Make Your Mark Gallery, the celebrated author-illustrator offers more inspiration with a coloring book-ish featuring frames of all kinds just waiting to be filled with original art. Readers can follow ish-full suggestions or let inspiration guide their artistic vision, then tear out their creations along a perforated edge to proudly display their work or give it to someone special.

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Make Your Mark Gallery: A Coloring Book-ish is an amazing children’s book that embraces your inner artist. This is absolutely the perfect book for our family as Nikki loves being artistic. Each page provides a different frame that you can use to create your masterpiece. Once completed, your child can write their name, date and the name of the drawing.

Your child can give their photo to someone that they love or they can add their photo to their own art gallery. You can even be creative and do an art gallery opening where your child can display their artwork for all to see. We have started the process and we are hoping by Thanksgiving in October we can have “Nikki’s Art Gallery” ready to show our immediate family.

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this book 10 paint brushes out of 5! Time to roll up your selves and get creative. Your child will love to explore the pages that await them. I wonder if I can sneak a page for my own design while Nikki isn’t looking?! 😉

If you would like to purchase this great masterpiece, click here. It is perfect for children ages four to eight and let their inner creativity flow!

About the Author

Peter H. Reynolds is the New York Times best-selling illustrator of the Judy Moody and Stink series, written by Megan McDonald. He is also the creator of several picture books for children, including The Dot, Ish, Sky Color, The North Star, So Few of Me, Rose’s Garden, The Smallest Gift for Christmas, and Playing from the Heart. The president and creative director of FableVision, Peter H. Reynolds was born in Canada and now lives in Dedham, Massachusetts.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Three DIY Toilet Paper Roll Crafts

The era of crafts has been in full bloom in our home as we look for ways to stay creative. It also just occurred to us that with our five-year-old being homeschooled, we have plenty of toilet paper rolls to use! Who knew that the rolls could serve another purpose; however, we sure found out quickly what fun could be had.

We of course searched for some ideas on Pinterest that never seems to fail us. We found three fun DIY crafts that your kids will love to do and it will also brighten someone’s day.

Adventure Butterfly

Materials Needed
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Pipe Cleaner
  • Goggly Eyes
  • Buttons
  • Construction Paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors and Hot Glue Gun
Instructions
  • First paint the toilet paper rolls with any color that you like. Once painted, set it aside to dry.
  • Pick a color for the wings from construction paper. First fold the paper in half. With a pencil outline the wings by using the middle part of the folder paper as the middle of the wing. This way when you cut out the outline the wings will be the same on both sides. 😉
  • We highly recommend for the adult to hot glue the wings onto the toilet paper roll, Googly Eyes and the pipe cleaner antennae for the child. This way the child does not get hurt.
  •  With a marker the child can add a smiley face. On some other butterflies, we added eyelashes by the eyes as we went overboard with our creation.
  • Then add the buttons as that is the fun part. We used self-adhesive craft buttons from the Dollar Store to make it easier. If you do not have buttons, you can use paint to add the design. We painted our fingerprints and placed them on the wings. It added a special personal touch.
  • Once all your personal touches have been added, you are ready to display or give them to someone you care about.
  • Extra: We added a little message inside the butterfly that said, “We will be spreading our wings together soon and onto our next adventure.”

This is why we call this the “Adventure Butterfly” as we hope it inspires our future adventures with our families. We have delivered many butterflies to our loved ones doorsteps and they have meant so much to everyone. Even my parents held back tears when they spoke with us on the phone on how touched they were with this craft.

Rainbow Inspiration

Materials Needed
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Blue Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Tissue Paper
  • String or Yarn
  • Paper
  • Marker
  • Scissors and Glue
Instructions
  • First paint the toilet paper rolls blue as we are representing the sky. However, feel free to be creative and add any color you would like. Place the roll on the side to dry.
  • Take a paper and draw a cloud and cut it out. In the cloud you can write any inspirational message. For our rainbow we wrote: “After every storm comes a rainbow.” Then place the cloud to the side.
  • The next step was cutting strips from tissue paper that we had at home. We didn’t have all the colors of the rainbow so we used a colorful one that we had. Once all cut out, place them to the side.
  • Take your string or yarn and cut a piece where you will use it to hang your rainbow.

  • Once the roll is all dry, make two holes on the side to insert your string or yarn through it.
  • Then glue your cloud to the front of your roll.
  • Add the tissue paper at the bottom by gluing it into the side of the roll.
  • Then hang it in a desired area or gift it to someone who may need a smile.

We call this the “Rainbow Inspiration” as a way to uplift us if we are feeling down. We have hung these on some of the doors in our home and I have looked at them a few times and they always make me smile.

Flowers of Joy

Materials Needed
  • Toilet Paper Rolls
  • Green Paint
  • Paint Brush
  • Construction Paper
  • Scissors and Hot Glue Gun
Instructions
  • First paint the toilet paper rolls green as we are representing the stem. However, feel free to be creative and add any color you would like. Place the roll on the side to dry.
  • Using construction paper, pick colors for the flowers. Design your flower and cut it. *Just make sure that they will be able to go in the slit in the toilet paper roll that will be created later.
  • With Green construction paper, we cut out leaf shapes and we used paint to add a dash of color. We then glued the leaves to the bottom of the toilet paper roll.
  • Then the tricky part which we recommend for the adults to do is create two slits on the top sides of toilet paper roll.
  • Taking your created flower design, insert it into the slits and now you have created your own Flower of Joy.

These flowers are easy, creative and the best part is that they will last forever. There is no watering needed or sunlight, these are the best flowers to have. We have displayed them on our front window of our home as a way to bring some joy to our neighbourhood.

There you have it! Three DIY crafts that you can do with toilet paper rolls. It is a great way to keep you and your children entertained. It also gives the famous toilet paper roll another purpose in their life.

We would love to see your creations and make sure to tag us @mommabraga or use the hashtag #MelAndNikkiCrafts. We will feature you on our page!

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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Buckle Up: A Children’s Imaginary Journey About Self-Control

“Buckle Up is a great tool and resource for parents and teachers to have. Teaching children self-control can be difficult but this book will make it much more fun, interactive and it’s a creative way to do it.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Life can be challenging at times, and unpredictable, with ups and downs and all sorts of things we can’t control. It’s like driving a car on a bumpy road. We can’t wish the bumps away. We can’t control who travels those roads with us, or make the sun shine on our journey if it’s a rainy day. But we can control how we feel about it. We can let it make us angry or sad or scared, or we can stay calm, accept the challenges, and make good decisions.

That’s what this story is all about. With Nini the bird as your special guide, you will take a driving journey in your imagination, a road trip in your mind, with you in the driver’s seat. You’ll learn how to face life’s obstacles and disappointments with healthy, positive “green thoughts” and wait patiently for the rainbow that will surely follow the rain.

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Buckle Up is a children’s story that can be used as a tool to help navigate a child’s emotions. We all know how difficult it can be to express how we are feeling and at times how to express it. This book is perfect to help children navigate their own feelings so they can better understand and cope with them. It is done in the most creative way as we take a trip to imagination land where we drive through situations and find the best solution to overcome them.  This book is also a great reminder that sometimes we are all faced with situations that are out of our control. The best thing we can do for ourselves is to take a deep breath and remember that we are in control of our own feelings. The message is perfect as we are all facing the pandemic together, but far apart.

We loved the analogy used of “driving” a car as the road we drive on can have bumps, signs and different paths to follow. At each stop we need to check-in with our feelings and pick the best option to safely arrive at our destination. It really helps the child visualize the concepts and then adapt what was learned into their own life. Of course during our imaginary journey we have the most adorable navigation system which is Nini the bird. You will be tweeting with delight with her presence.

Resource

Since this is an interactive tool, we do highly recommend for parents and teachers to review the reading prompts and resources available here. This will help readers maximize the interactive experience.

“This book serves as an educative tool, encouraging readers to acknowledge their emotions, use coping strategies, tap into their imaginations, become more self-aware and aware of situations, problem solve and make good decisions.” – Stephanie Scott

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 5 stars out of 5! Buckle Up is a great tool and resource for parents and teachers to have. Teaching children self-control can be difficult but this book will make it much more fun, interactive and it’s a creative way to do it.

“I liked this book as it helps me control my emotions.” – Nikki, Age 5 (Going on 15!)

If you would like to purchase this book, click here. We personally would recommend this book for children ages 7 to 10.

About the Author

A graduate of Ryerson University’s Child and Youth Care Program, Stephanie Scott has been involved with the care and education of vulnerable children, many of whom struggle with various emotional and intellectual challenges, for years, and has found inspiration in their various journeys. With this book,  and others in the works, she hopes to provide an outlet for them to communicate their needs, gain coping tools, and learn skills and approaches that will benefit their growth and development.

When she is not working, she enjoys meditating, the outdoors, writing, and listening to music. She also loves spending time with family and friends, who bring light, love, and humor into her life, motivating her to be the best that she can be.

She currently resides in Oakville, Ontario, where she continues to pursue her goals in the child and youth care field.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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

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How to Give Your Cat a Bath In Five Easy Steps

“How to Give Your Cat a Bath In Five Easy Steps is a delightful and hilarious story that all cat lovers will get a giggle out of.” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Step one: fill the bath
Step two: put the cat in the bath
Step three: put shampoo on the cat
Step four: rinse the cat
Step five: dry the cat

Seems simple, right? One problem: the cat has no intention of doing ANY of these things! Watch as the steps keep changing, the cat keeps escaping, the girl keeps eating cookies and the mess keeps escalating. Soon it’s not just the cat who needs a bath — it’s the whole house!

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How to Give Your Cat a Bath in Five Easy Steps made us giggle out loud. We are cat lovers and we know how much they just “love” baths so we were intrigued on how this clever girl could accomplish such a task. After following all five steps and a few more added, it was quickly learned that the best way to give a cat a bath is to actually let them to do it themselves. 😉

This story is fun, creative and illustrations are delightful. There is great detail in the illustrations and make sure to follow the cat’s path to see where he could be hiding. That was Nikki’s favourite part of the story was to see where he could be hiding.

“Mr. Flea is so funny momma! He does not like baths!” – Nikki, Age 5

We also really like this book as it allows us to work on Nikki’s reading skills. There are a lot of familiar words used that Nikki was able to pick up on which made us love this book even more. We can’t wait until she reads this book all on her own to us. We will just keep practicing. 🙂

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview we give it 10 meows out of 5! It was a purrfect story for our reading lineup and it can be for you and your little one too. If you would like to purchase a copy, click here. This is a great time to brush on some reading while we spend quality family time together. 😉

About the Author

Nicola Winstanley has always believed in the power of stories to bring comfort. She is the author of  The Pirate’s Bed, A Bedtime Yarn and  Cinnamon Baby, which won an honor prize for the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award and was shortlisted for the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award. Nicola lives in Hamilton, Ontario, with her family, one dog and one cat.

About the Illustrator

John Martz is an illustrator, cartoonist and designer. He is the author and illustrator of Evie and the Truth About Witches, Burt’s Way Home and A Cat Named Time and Other Stories, which was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award. John is the art director for Penguin Random House Canada Young Readers, and he lives in Toronto with his wife and one dog. No cats.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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