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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.

#MelAndNikkiReview

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.

Bring The Inner Star Out With The KidiZoom Creator Cam

“KidiZoom Creator Cam brought out the inner star in our little one as she embraced her own series called, Nikki Talk. It offered all the tools she needed to be creative and create her own videos in a safe environment. This product is on our hot and recommended list.” – Momma Braga

KidiZoom® Creator Cam

Be a kid creator with the KidiZoom® Creator Cam digital camera! Create awesome videos with this high-definition video camera kit. Use the included green screen and 20+ animated backgrounds to get chased by a T-Rex, go to outer space or make yourself disappear! Set up your shot with the tabletop tripod/selfie stick and built-in microphone, then use the easy on-screen editing and creativity tools to create trick shots and time-lapse video.

Intended for ages 5–10 years. Video can only be uploaded via included USB cable at parent’s discretion. Green screen required for some special effects. Camera has a microSD card slot to increase storage up to 32 GB (card not included). Requires 3.7-volt lithium ion battery, included. Recharge battery with included USB cable.

#MelAndNikkiReview

KidiZoom Creator Cam is the must have product of the year! The reasons are endless as we have been loving it since the moment it arrived in our home. Nikki shrieked in excitement and couldn’t wait to give the KidiZoom into action.

Here are Nikki’s highlights of why she loves the KidiZoom Creator Cam and why it will be the hottest product of the year.

Creative Videos

The options and backgrounds available to do the videos provides the landscape of creativity. Nikki loved creating her own videos and mixing them up for her series of “Nikki Talk.” Her favorites are the Award Show (she is always winning many awards), the dinosaur (she loves pretending to be outrunning one), and News Report (she loves keeping everyone informed on the Nikki latest).

As a parent I love this feature as it offers so much and to see my child create and grow is amazing. Each video Nikki creates is better than the next as she gets more creative with each one. Nikki has been comfortable sharing her videos online which is perfectly fine as we get to enjoy them together as a family. It provides us with great entertainment and created by our little one.

High Quality Photos

We love capturing photos and Nikki is not shy to smile for the camera. Now she has her very own with a selfie stick included to take all her special moments on her own time. Nikki loves selecting the different borders available for her photos. We must mention that she also enjoys taking unexpecting photos of us and then we laugh when we look back at them. It has given us the opportunity to create some fun memories together.

Games

There are three built-in games that you can play which are Cake Master, River Cat and Bee Mission. Nikki’s favorite is Bee Mission and if she isn’t creating videos or snapping photos; then she will be playing Bee Mission and collecting as much honey as possible. How sweet! 😉

Easy to Operate

At first you may wonder how your child or you will navigate all the amazing features that the KidiZoom Creator Cam offers. However, no need to fear as they are easy to grasp and before you know it, your child will have everything memorized. Nikki now shows us every single feature and how to make everything work. It amazes me how quickly kids can pick everything up. All you need is set up the basics and watch them shine like the star that they are.

For this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give this product 10 million stars out of 5! “This is the best camera ever! It is so much fun and I love looking back to see what I created by myself. I get so proud that I can do something all on my own and be my own star.” – Nikki. Age 6.

If you would like to purchase this amazing camera for a star in your family, click here. You will need to do it quick as this item will be a hot one this holiday season.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

Speak & Learn Puppy Is A Child’s Best Friend

“Speak & Learn Puppy is absolutely pawdorable! It will make a perfect best friend for your child as they play and learn alongside LeapFrog’s new addition, Bailey.” – Momma Braga

Speak & Learn Puppy™

Talk and play with the plush puppy that talks back and teaches about numbers, letters and emotions with cute, flapping ears.

Unleash your puppy love for the plush Speak & Learn Puppy! Watch your little friend come to life with flapping ears, a head that moves, and real-time responses. As toddlers learn to talk, this interactive dog repeats what they say and asks questions to keep the conversation going. Bailey says what your child says in a fun and interactive way in Babble mode. In Talk mode, the puppy has conversations with children and creates stories from their responses. Explore animal facts, animal sounds, food, feelings, letters and numbers through four paw buttons and a light-up collar. Multiple songs and encourage learning, and three learning levels allow the toy to grow with your children as their language skills develop. Talk and learn with Bailey!

Feature Highlights

There are so many amazing features of the Speak & Learn Puppy that your little one will just adore. Here are some of the highlights.

Make Sounds in Babble Mode

Bailey repeats the sounds and words your child says in a fun, interactive way. Press the Babble Button to activate this feature to talk back and forth with the toy. Explore all the ways Bailey talks and responds by repeatedly pushing the Babble Button and playing along.

Speak with Talk Mode

The puppy talks back and forth with your child and turns their replies into stories. Press the Talk Button to activate this feature to answer questions and create fun stories. By using the Learning Level Selector will change the interactions which is amazing for your growing and learning child.

Reinforce Learning with Music Mode

Listen to songs and music that teach about letters, numbers and emotions.

Watch the Puppy Respond

Bailey flaps her ears and moves her head in response to your child’s speaking and repeats back what she hears.

Learn Across Three Levels

Grow-with-me Bailey repeats sounds and words, asks questions and creates stories with your child. Slide the Learning Level Selector to level 1,2, or 3 to select the learning level to use with the Talk Button. Bailey interacts with your child by repeating what is said, asking questions and using your child’s responses to build a short story.

#MelAndNikkiReview

Speak & Learn Puppy is the perfect toy for your little one. They say a dog is a man’s best friend and I will say that Bailey is a child’s best friend. We absolutely love Leap Frog’s Speak & Learn Puppy as it offers everything and more for learning and fun. It encourages conversation by repeating what your child says in an amusing and playful voice. It develops skills in ABCs; Feelings and Emotions; First Words and Phrases; Language Development; and Numbers.

We put Bailey to the ultimate test as Nikki introduced Bailey to her cousin who is two years old and it was extremely well received. Adriana saw the puppy and her eyes immediately glowed with pure happiness and she was in awe seeing Bailey interact with her. Nikki showed all the amazing features to her younger cousin to which had Adriana excited to play.

The feature that had Adriana the best was the Babble feature as she loved having Bailey copy all her words. Nikki’s favourite feature is the music mode as she loved singing along. My favourite feature is the love that brought into the lives of the little ones. Seeing both children interact and engage with Bailey was amazing and truly warmed my heart. It is a win-win for every parent with all the learning one would want for their child.

Nikki posing with her new best friend, Bailey the Speak & Learn Puppy

For this #MelAndNikkiReview we give the Speak & Learn Puppy 10 barks out of 5! This pawdorable toy will make the perfect gift for a child ages one to three. Bailey has truly pulled at our heartstrings and we know she will be very loved by all.

If you would like to purchase Speak & Learn Puppy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

-Momma Braga

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

7 Signs Your Child is Athletically Gifted

If all the news herald today about athletes enjoying multi-million-dollar yearly contracts has done anything, it’s made parents acutely aware of any athletic prowess of their children. Whether a son or daughter is in high school or diapers, parents’ schedules are full chock of practices and sports training classes.

Many parents ponder their children’s success when it comes to raising athletic children. Is it best to raise a child in one sport or multiple sports? At what age should we start them? How do we find an athletic program? What follows are seven signs you better start looking into athletic shoes.

Is Your Child a Leader?

If your child demonstrates the ability to lead early in their life, you probably have a future athlete on your hands. These characteristics will often show, but you must watch for them. If they struggle between which toys to play with, you could have a leader.

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Do You Live in a Warm Climate?

According to a recent story in the Journal of Sports Medicine, the high number of professional athletes who come from California, Florida, and Texas indicates the benefits of warm weather on potential athletic development. By contrast, children who live in colder climates are often unable to practice their sports, putting their development on hold.

Tall Parents

Most athletes, especially at the professional level, are well over six feet tall, whereas the average American male is five foot nine inches. Want to know your child’s potential height? Just add both parents’ heights, divide the result by two, and then add 2.5 inches for boys and subtract 2.5 inches for girls.

Eye/Hand Coordination

Coordination is an essential skill for an athlete. Unfortunately, children are born with no coordination. It’s not until they are about six months old that they begin to understand the correlation between seeing and touching. Their ability to watch an object as it moves and transfer an object from one hand to another is an early indicator of coordination.

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Fearlessness

There is a point at which fearlessness becomes stupidity, but it’s also true that athletes have a degree of fearlessness that others don’t. For example, that basketball player who attempts the difficult lay-up or the gymnast who isn’t afraid to try the seemingly impossible maneuver is a fearless athlete. Fearless children are often climbers, talkers, and much more that prove they aren’t afraid of failure.

Resilience

Does your child fall and never fail to get back up and try it again? Or, does your child try to reach something that’s too far away, only to try again? These things and more indicate early resilience in a child.

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Quick Learner

Does your child pick things up quickly? Do they learn things fast? Being a quick learner is an excellent attribute for any athlete. Learning things like proper form is essential to athletic success, such as the basketball player who watches the form of a professional and attempts to copy it.

There are many more critical indicators of a child’s potential for success in athletics. These include their body type, competitive nature, and much more. In many cases, it’s difficult to determine which is a more important characteristic than another. And yes, there are those athletes who defy all the norms but become standouts against all expectations. It all comes down to the attitude of the child.

Combatting Postpartum Hair Loss

Self-care routine is a cherished novelty for all new moms. So, when you finally get to indulge in your hair-care routine and find clumps of hair tangled in large bunches in your hairbrush, it can be quite an alarming discovery.

We are here to assure you that the shedding of hair post newborn delivery is quite a normal process. Postpartum hair loss is a general occurrence for most women in the six months that follow giving birth.

Causes of Postpartum Hair Loss

During pregnancy, every woman experiences tremendously high levels of progesterone and estrogen. Due to this, the women experience continuous hair growth throughout their pregnancy and will surely notice lustrous and thicker strands. 

Once you are through with the delivery, your hormones then begin to level out in the following six months. Your hair remains in the resting stage for approximately the first three months and then begins to fall out. Soon after, you will notice the re-growth taking place, which is generally in the shape of baby bangs along your hairline.

How long does it take for Postpartum Hair Loss to Stop?

The alarming rate at which your hair falls in postpartum might be scary to say the least, but the good news is that it is usually only temporary. Many women experience postpartum hair loss for merely four months, while others may experience it for a bit longer.

Normally, your hair growth pattern should return to normal six months post your postpartum period. However, there is also a possibility that you may be one of those women who suffer postpartum hair loss for around a year after you childbirth.

In case of severe symptoms or excessive hair loss for more than a year, you must consult your doctor.

Tips to Combat Postpartum Hair Loss

You can effectively manage your postpartum hair loss in several ways. However, one thing you must take note of is that postpartum hair loss is a normal occurrence due to your changing hormones. Therefore, you cannot expect it to stop immediately. 

The following tips are going to help you minimize the impact of your postpartum hair loss and will be helpful in gradually promoting healthy re-growth of your hair.

 

1.Nutritional Supplements

 

It is natural for new moms to feel overly worried about their postpartum hair loss. If you are an anxious mommy too, perhaps you should consult your doctor regarding mineral supplements or vitamin intake. These are helpful agents of hair re-growth and stopping or minimizing hair fall.

The American Pregnancy Association approves of the following for postpartum hair loss

  • Vitamin E
  • Iron
  • Zinc
  • Vitamin C
  • Biotin (B7) or Vitamin B complex.
2. Laser Hair Clips

 

 

Laser caps are one of the most advanced and effective treatments for hair re-growth. You may consider this as a convenient remedy to tackle your postpartum hair loss issues. Laser hair caps have several benefits, including:

  • It will revitalize your frail and damaged hair
  • It can also reverse the postpartum hair loss
  • You will experience thicker and healthier hair follicles
  • Laser caps treat balding and thinning hair
  • There are no side effects, and the device is FDA-cleared
  • It is an effective and safe hair loss treatment for women ages 18 and older

 

 

3. Healthy and Balanced Diet

There is no doubt about the fact that a balanced and healthy diet is optimal for every person’s wellbeing and good health. For postpartum mothers, in particular, one cannot overstate the importance of a healthy diet, since it plays an integral part in restoring and halting the postpartum hair fall from progressing. 

One major way of combating your hair fall is to maintain the required balance of nutrients and vitamins. You must include fresh fruits, whole grains, and vegetables as these are the biggest sources of nutrients. In addition, it is equally important to remember that a sufficient intake of water is also compulsory for thorough hydration. 

 

4. Hairstyle Change

 

We are all well aware of the postpartum mom hairstyle, aren’t we? Well, a shorter hairstyle is not only practical and easy to manage for new moms; it also effectively reduces the appearance of the postpartum process.

You may be very fond of your hair length but think of it from an alternative perspective. An adjustment in your styling will reduce the level of stress on your fragile hair and enable it to re-grow faster with less burden. 

You must also try not to brush your hair too vigorously when in postpartum. This could split or tear your delicate hair, nor should you force it into brutal styles like cornrow braids, ponytails, and weaves. 

You are bound to feel overwhelmed following the months after your childbirth, but you must not ignore the issue at any cost.

5. Improve Your Hair Care Routine

An alteration in your hair care routine may also prove beneficial in reducing your hair loss. You might try a shampoo for postpartum hair fall, one that contains silica and biotin along with a deeply moisturizing conditioner.

Conclusion

Postpartum hair loss is a very natural process that most women experience post-delivery. There are certain ways in which you can reduce the amount of hair fall. However, you must also remember that postpartum often corrects itself once your hormones start normalizing and return to the balanced level.

Tips To Help With A Newborn Baby

A newborn baby is something that can be quite challenging and likely be the most challenging thing you do in your life. As well as it being difficult, though, it presents a new chapter in your life where you are likely to have never experienced love quite like what you feel for your own child. During this time, it can be helpful to have some advice, so here are some tips to help with a newborn baby.

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Always Keep Your Hands Clean

Your baby is a lot different to a child and extremely different to an adult when it comes to their ability to fight out germs and illnesses. With a low immune system it means that they’re more susceptible to being ill, and therefore, it’s essential you’re always keeping your hands clean when handling a newborn. In the same respect, it’s essential you keep away anyone that might be ill because that can be easily passed on when it’s something like the common cold or flu. Family and friends will certainly understand, and most will also be aware that coming into contact with a newborn when you’re ill is always advised against anyway. As a parent, it’s good to make sure you keep your hands clean at all times whenever you’re handling your baby, whether it’s changing a nappy or feeding them.

Support The Baby’s Neck & Head

As a baby’s body is still growing, it’s important to support them in the right way in their early years. This means you want to provide them with as much support on the neck and head as you can. If you’ve ever held a baby before, you’ll always get told to support the head and neck. It’s important to do this because without that support, it could be harming the baby’s body in a number of ways. It can be nerve-racking as a new parent when holding your baby, but it’s definitely something you’ll become quickly used to when it comes to handling your own baby. It might seem terrifying at first, but you’ll learn how to hold it better when you’re with them 24/7!

Spend Plenty Of Time Bonding

These early times in a baby’s life are important because they’ve spent the better part of nine months or less in your body, and now they’re outside of it. Therefore, all their crying is likely due to being in this new environment where the temperature is different, and they’re not being fed as consistently as usual. Take this time to really bond with your child and get in all that skin to skin contact that they’ll be after.

You can take a look online to answer any questions that you might have on caring for your baby when they’re sick, like tips to help your congested baby breathe, and there’s also lots of information on best practices for bonding with your child.

Stock Up On Diapers & Essentials

With a newborn baby, it usually is the case that you’ll need to change their nappy on average ten times a day. And although that might seem impossible, it’s definitely accurate. Therefore, it’s a good idea to really stock up on diapers and essentials before you have your baby. Over that pregnancy period, try and get as many diapers as possible for those stages where they’ll go from newborn to toddler and until they learn to go pee themselves. Essentials like bibs are good to have because you’re going to likely go through a lot of them with all the mess they’ll make. Whether that’s through burping, feeding, or being sick. It’s better for it to go on a bib than on your clothes!

Always Place Babies On Their Back For Sleeping

One of the dangers that comes with babies is when they go to sleep. It’s essential that whenever you lay your baby down to sleep, you put them on their back. This is because it helps reduce the risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) that can occur in newborns. You also want to make sure that you avoid putting blankets on your baby until after a twelve month period. This is only because it’s more likely to cause suffocation if the blanket ends up on their face. This is the same for pillows so take caution.

 

Hopefully, these tips will help you with dealing with a newborn for the first time. Take your time, and don’t panic. It’s a new experience and one you’ll learn more about as you go.

 

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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!

#MelAndNikkiReview

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

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

The Little Engine’s Easter Egg Hunt

“The Little Engine’s Easter Egg Hunt has puff, puff, chug, chug into our hearts and just in time for Easter!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Easter’s here! The Little Engine is on the hunt for eggs, and the clown has written a serie of riddles for her to follow. Will the Little Engine crack the code? She’ll have to work together with her friends and, most importantly, believe in herself!

“Happy Easter,” toots the Little Engine.
“What a great day it is,” says the toy clown.
“Are you ready to have some fun?”
The toy clown has a surprise for his friends.
“It is time for an Easter egg hunt!” he says.

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Little Engine’s Easter Egg Hunt is delightful and sure to please your young reader. This story is part of the Penguin Young Readers Level 2 which we loved as Nikki got to practice her reading skills with this story. The levels determines which reader it is best suited for and a description is provided at the back to help guide parents. This is the first time we have read a book from the Penguin Young Readers and we absolutely love it! Makes me want to check out many more.

With this particular story we got to follow the amazing and classic character, The Little Engine as she is on an egg hunt with her friends. We love the clues that are given as they search as it gives the reader a chance to guess themselves. I have to say that Nikki was much better with the riddles than I was (I am definitely a little rusty). The illustrations are vibrant and they provide great clues to help the young reader read. We know with much more practice, Nikki will be reading me this story before I go to bed. 😉

We give The Little Engine’s Easter Egg Hunt 5 eggs out of 5! It offers simple text, clever riddles, and adorable illustrations which is perfect for emerging readers. It also provides eggspiring ideas for your own Easter hunt at home. I think this year I will provide riddles for Nikki’s egg hunt so that she can practice reading and have fun at the same time. 🙂

If you would like to purchase a copy, click here as it is great for children ages five to eight.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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

The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny

“The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny is the perfect story to treat your little ones this Easter season!” – Momma Braga

Synopsis

Blue is a Tooth Fairy, and he’s ready for his next mission! All he has to do is collect a lost tooth, leave a coin in exchange, and return to the Tooth Fairy Command Center. Easy! But when he gets to the house, he realizes it may not be so simple. That’s because it’s the night before Easter! The Easter Bunny is there to do his job and he makes it clear that he works alone. Can Blue convince the rude rabbit to let him stay, or will he have to hop out in a hurry?

#MelAndNikkiReview

The Tooth Fairy VS The Easter Bunny takes us to an epic battle between Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny. A fun, creative story with illustrations to match is what you can expect from this great children’s book. It even offers that dash of humor that will have you and your little ones giggling. The battle is fierce and you wonder who will come out the winner. At the end, everyone is the winner as new friendships are formed. What better way to truly win a battle, but to rise with friends by your side.

We definitely loved this story and as a parent I have to say that I love the detail that the tooth fairy has left a coin under the pillow. It sure is much more manageable then the twenty dollars that some tooth fairies have been leaving behind. 😉 Also loved the letter with photo that Blue and the Easter Bunny left behind for Veda and her brother – perfect detail to complete the story.

“I love how the Tooth Fairy saved Easter and it was a happy ending for everyone.” – Nikki, Age 5

Therefore, for this #MelAndNikkiReview, we give it 10 Easter eggs out of 5! It brought creativity to the magical world of tooth fairies and bunnies that will have you reading it over and over again. It certainly got us “eggcited” for Easter as we celebrate as we social distance this year. But this book sure did bring us some great joy!

This book is perfect for Easter as it will offer the giggles you need after eating all those Easter treats! If you would like to purchase a copy, click here.

Until next time…Happy Parenting!

Momma Braga

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