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A few weekends back I had the absolute pleasure of co-hosting a backyard tie-dye baby shower for a lovely, creative, and low-key mama-to-be. Our guest of honor was clear from the start that while she loved the idea of celebrating her babe, she did not want the usual play-games-sit-around-opening-gifts format of a classic baby shower. Thus, our “baby chill” was born and an interactive activity like tie-dye immediately came to mind. It turned out to be the ideal way to bring together a group that didn’t know each other very well, while giving the tie-dye loving future mama and papa some awesome little keepsakes.

Decor

We were lucky enough to get a perfectly mild, sunny day. We could be outside in the backyard, which is key when using permanent dyes, so definitely consider weather! Instead of running wild with the tie-dye theme in every aspect of decor, we kept things fun but minimal while playing up the greenery of the yard. Let’s face it, nobody is over letter balloons, so this was a perfect excuse to set the festive tone with a great big “hey baby” as soon as everyone walked in. We continued the “hey baby” slogan throughout on both the invitations and the cake, which happened to be the famous Triple Berry Cake from Sweet Lady Jane in LA — yum!)

tie dye baby shower letter balloons

We had a large hedge wall to work with, so we saw this as our blank canvas of onesies. Not only did this make the theme/activity immediately obvious to the guests, but it also provided an adorable photo backdrop and a general happy baby feel. We created three simple laundry lines by tying twine to the tree trunks in the hedge and simply hanging the plain white onesies with clothes pegs. We bought the packs of onesies in 3 different sizes (3 months, 6 months and 12 months) to ensure the little one would have a year’s worth of tie-dye outfit options.

tie dye baby shower blank onesies

Food

Our lunch option mimicked the simple but interactive vibe of the tie-dye activity. We bought a platter of delicious sandwiches and then created a DIY greek salad bar (inspired by a certain someone’s cravings) so each guest could have a deliciously customized meal. This last-minute purchase took our salads to the next level. The rose was flowing for the non-pregnant guests, and we also made a a delicious, non-alcoholic fizzy mango lemonade.

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baby shower sweet lady jane triple berry cake

Activity

After fueling up, the creative juices started flowing and everyone jumped into the tie-dye full force. We purchased enough onesies for everyone to make one (with a few extras in case of mistakes). These tie-dye kits were a lifesaver. They provided everything we needed in one box: dye, rubber bands, gloves, and plastic table cloths. The box claims to be good for six people, so we bought two as our group was twelve people. However, since we were using such a small amount of dye for onesies, we had more than enough with one box.

We also bought extra gloves (so several people could work at once), and a secondary plastic table cloth for an extra layer of protection. We also found zippered sandwich baggies were excellent for storing the dyed onesies in a mess-free way. The dye needed to sink in for 6-8 hours after application.

tie dye baby shower

In this case, we sent the mama-to-be home with the dyed onesies in the plastic zipper baggies, and she later washed and dried them at home. You could also wash, dry, and present them to her at a later date if she is not as intrepid! Overall, this was an excellent, quick, easy, fun, and personalized way to celebrate a new baby’s arrival.

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tie dye baby shower

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Thanks to Disney Books for sending me a copy of Feminist Baby and providing a prize pack!

Girls or boys, whatever gender your children are, they all have their own distinct personalities! Addison has a very strong personality. Jonah was always easy going, literally from the day he was born. He would go to anyone, smile at every stranger and just go with the flow.

Boys are busy, wild and full of energy. He physically drains me on a daily basis, but the emotional drain from a little girl is unlike anything I have ever experienced! When people meet her, it doesn’t take long to get her number! She let’s you know who she is and what she’s all about! Despite my efforts, she runs the show! If you are a stranger, don’t look at her, and if you are someone she knows, you should also probably watch out! She marches to the beat of her own drum and let’s you know who’s boss.

Addison is a Feminist Baby. I’d have to ask the author, Loryn Brantz, but I think her new book Feminist Baby was written about my daughter! Meet the irrepressible Feminist Baby in this refreshing, clever board book about a girl who’s not afraid to do her own thing, and wants to make as much noise as possible along the way! This book hit the shelves April 11th at a book store near you!

Do you have a Feminist Baby?

What I pick out for Jonah, Jonah wears. When it comes to getting Addison dressed, I wouldn’t be dumb enough to try and pick clothes out for her, because Addison wears what Addison wants. If I don’t like it, she doesn’t care! Addison is a Feminist Baby. When she doesn’t like what’s for dinner, she throws her food and makes a mess. What do I think about it? Oh, Addison doesn’t care! Addison is a Feminist Baby!

Now, do you have a Feminist Baby?

Don’t you worry. There are consequences that fit the crime, like cleaning up the food that is covering the floor, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. (Well, maybe sometimes I would!) Everyone who meets her, tell me the same thing. I may not like it now, but when she grows up, she will shatter glass ceilings and make her voice heard. She’ll be whoever and whatever she wants to be, because Addison is a Feminist Baby!

Feminist Baby Gift Pack

Win it!

Both kids love Feminist Baby. Jonah thinks it’s hilarious when the baby runs around with her pants off and Addison identifies all too well with it! If you have a Feminist Baby or have a friend who does, you absolutely need to read this book. We are giving away a Loud and Proud Feminist gift pack which includes a copy of Feminist Baby, a branded tote bag and pin and a $100 Visa gift card to buy whatever your little feminist picks! Head over to our Instagram page to enter!

What makes your daughter a Feminist Baby?
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It’s finally starting to feel like spring (even here in Maine), so open your windows, dust your shelves and purge your closets. With birthday parties, sports in full swing and school winding down, it’s a busy time of year for families. So the more efficient the better when it comes to spring cleaning.

As my boys get older, more capable and more impressionable, I’ve been trying to take an “all hands on deck” approach to these major cleanings, both for the extra help and to teach them life skills and work ethic. Of course nothing is ever as perfect as it sounds. My boys get distracted and take plenty of snack breaks, but here’s some ways that have worked for us in terms of getting the kids involved and engaged.

Write it down

Whether we’re grocery hopping, doing errands or cleaning, my kids love being able to check things off a list. Make a big colorful checklist of all your chores, hang it on the wall and let them make the kids make a big X when the job is done.

Start with a job they like

My kids like washing the windows. Truthfully, they love the spray bottle, but I know they have fun doing that job. They collaborate well when they’re doing it, too, so I usually put that at the top of the list to get them started.

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Get kid-sized tools

When kids are equipped with their own tools, I find they’re more likely to jump in and be a part of the process. My 16-month-old can’t get enough of his little broom and dust pan. I love the Kids Indoor and Outdoor Cleanup Play Bundle, because they can really help, using tools that fit their hands and their bodies.

Friendly competition

If your kids are anything like mine, creating a little competition pushes them along. Use a timer and see how fast they can do a job, or make a game of it. Let them know the first one to put away their laundry gets a treat.

Turn up the tunes

A little music and a dance party makes everything more fun. If your kids love the Moana or Trolls soundtrack, put it on and have a little fun on the job. You’ll soon be singing along to the tunes, even if you swore you’d never listen to Kidz Bop.

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Small rewards

In our house, we don’t pay for regular chores. Our kids know they’re just part of being a member of the household, but some spring cleaning jobs go above and beyond the scope of regular chores. I feel comfortable offering a little incentive for their hard work. I create a flyer style sheet where they can choose a job and tear off the tab for payment once complete. It seems to be a win-win for everyone, helping them learn the value of working and managing their money.

Spring cleaning with kids
Plan a yard sale

I’ll be the first one to admit that getting kids to part with their things isn’t always easy.  My boys tend to come up with creative reasons why they need to keep items they haven’t played with in years.  With that said, most kids love yard sales, mine included. Once they wrap their heads around the idea of having one, they usually jump in full throttle. My boys think methodically and do a great job organizing items. They also use a yard sale as an opportunity to hold a lemonade stand.

Donate to a cause

Spring cleaning offers a variety of ways for families to give back to their communities. Consider donating items in the house to a shelter or giving your yard sale proceeds to a local non-profit. Take the opportunity to show and teach your kiddos generosity. Motivating them to help others encourages and maximizes the cleaning out process.

What are your best tips for getting the kids involved with cleaning?

Rebecca Spear contributed this post as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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Who captures your kiddo’s heart? Mom of course! Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and we have the perfect DIY card to make mom’s day extra special!

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My Heart Belongs to Mom DIY Card

This craft uses a technique called tissue paper bleeding which is just as fun as it is beautiful! With just a bit of water, you can transfer the dye from bleeding tissue paper onto your project, and the results are simply stunning!

Our guide has everything you need to know to create a truly one-of-a-kind gift for mom.

What you need to get started

Supplies:

  • White card/Envelope
  • Bleeding tissue paper (we used red, pink, blue and purple)
  • Water
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Marker

Instructions:

1. Begin by tearing the tissue paper into small pieces. One inch squares seem to work well.

2. Paint a thin layer of water on the front of the card and place the blue/purple tissue across the entire page. Layering the tissue will add more vibrancy and create a neat marbled effect.

Easy Mother's Day DIY Card

3. Once the tissue is in place, coat the top with another layer of water.

4. Repeat the process on the inside, right page of the card with the pink/red tissue paper.

5. Allow the card to dry completely and then peel off the tissue paper. You will be left with a gorgeous dyed masterpiece!

Mother's Day DIY Card with Tissue Paper Bleeding

6. Use a pair of scissors to cut a heart through the middle of the front of the card. Depending on the age of your child, have them write or trace the saying onto the card with a black marker.

“My (heart) belongs to…” on the front.
“Mom” or “Grandma” on the inside.
Feel free to add a special note at the bottom!

My Heart Belongs to Mom Mother's Day Card
A gift she’ll treasure

Just slip your finished card into its envelope, and you’ll be ready to make this Mother’s Day one she’ll never forget!

Have you ever tried tissue paper bleeding before? Once you start, it’s hard to stop!

This post was contributed by Joanna Murnan. You can find more from Joanna on her blog, Makingmine.

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With spring underway and summer just around the corner, we can’t wait for sun-kissed noses, grass stained knees and sticky ice cream hands once again. Hallelujah! Amid the joyful chaos of beach days, carnival rides, and lingering evenings at the park, we’re thrilled to break out the summer wardrobe, like cool tees for kids.

Graphic tees make a statement

Welcome bathing suits, rompers, and everyone’s favorite —  a cheeky little tee. We’ve rounded up of some of the most stylish, adorable, and kid-approved tees out there. In case you missed it, last week we shared some of our favorite buzzword tees for moms!

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While we do our best to talk to our kids about the earth on a daily or weekly basis, we like to celebrate Earth day with some fun engaging activities to bring it all together. From planting to baking, we have a whole bunch of activities you can do with your littles to celebrate the day!

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Planting

Earth day means that spring is here, so it’s time to get your kids planting! Begin by planting in an individual planter that you can keep inside for your child to care for. This way they can watch closely to see how they plant is growing. A cute idea to get them even more engaged, is too put a picture of your child on the planter and create their own Chia-pets. Plant some grass seed and before they know it, their plants will be growing hair!

Earth Day Goop

There are so many things to touch and feel all around us and we are always telling the kids not to touch! Create some blue and green earth day goop and let the kids play with it all day long! Goop is simple to make and provides hours of fun! Your kids will be trying to mould it together, but it will melt when they squeeze it! You will need:

Cornstarch, cold water and food colouring…that’s it! Mix cornstarch with half the amount of water and then mix. It shouldn’t be too watery. Add food colouring to make it earth day colors and let the children explore!

Make a pact

What will you do to protect our planet? Make a pact and hold yourself and your children accountable by writing it down. Place your vow on the fridge or somewhere where you will always see it to keep it at the front of your mind. Wether it be to make sure you always throw out your garbage, or to turn off the water when you are brushing your teeth, encourage your children to make a commitment they can keep!

Bake

Baking instead of buying is good for the environment! Leave all of the packaging behind, and bake your own sweet treats at home. While you are at it, make it an earth themed treat! By using Wilton food colouring gel, you can change the color of your batter to blue and green whether you are making cupcakes, a cake or cookies.

Go litter-less!

Our children’s school has a liter-less lunch policy and it’s great! We have taken in one step further by ensure that we our snacks our litter-less when we go to programs after school, to the park or out on the weekend.  We can’t get enough of the reusable snack bags from Bumkins. They come in so many cute patterns for both us and the kids. The boys are obsessed with DC Comic Collection and we love the Nixi collection for ourselves!

Scavenger hunt

Go on a scavenger hunt in your backyard or at the park. Print off a list of items for your children to look for and collect. Create a competition and see who can bring in the most number of items. Then spend some time talking about where the different items come from as well as what belongs to the earth and what doesn’t. Get rid of all that garbage and clean up your local neighbourhood!

Download the Earth day scavenger hunt here.

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Fancy Nancy Earth Day is Every DayBiscuit's Earth Day CelebrationWhy should I recycle?Don't throw that awayThe curious gardenArthur turns greenThe earth book

You know how much we love to read, so Earth day is no different! Pick one of these Earth day books and read it to your child!

How do you celebrate earth day?
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All your baby needs for a good night’s sleep is a great swaddle, they say. Just learn these simple swaddling skills, they say. Or better yet, purchase a super simple velcro sack that does all the hard work for you, they say. This is a surefire way to give your baby the comfort they need to sleep soundly, they say. In my prenatal life, swaddling sounded like the key to getting back to blissful full night sleeps of the pre-baby variety. Since this was my number one concern during pregnancy, I was uber-focused on this whole swaddling phenomenon.

The nurses in the hospital swaddled the crap out of my fresh new babe with a firm but gentle hand. I watched diligently and vowed I would learn the trade before I was discharged. I held the key to infant sleep! However, I didn’t know I was bringing home a newborn baby Houdini-Stegosaurus hybrid. She exerted her dinosaur grunts, practiced her slight of hand, and wriggled her way out of every swaddle iteration. If her tiny shimmy-shake didn’t do the trick, the prehistoric sound of her efforts would wake us both.

The trial and error of swaddling

The solution seemed simple, yes? Why would I continue to torture the little nugget with swaddles when she so clearly wanted to roam free? I thought this, too. Oh, naiveté! In one epic waking night, I quickly learned the only thing worse than swaddling was unswaddling. Most newborns (mine in particular) experience a few months of spastic movements. Without the knowledge that they control their hands, they tend to hit, swat and scratch their own faces, which angers them to no end. As soon as those little limbs got going, there was no sleeping sounding for my babe.

I bet you’re wondering how I have even had my hands free long enough to ramble so epically on the topic of swaddling. Without further ado, here is my (exhaustive) roundup of pretty much every swaddle product on the market. Little Miss Stegosaurus herself tried, tested, and conquered all swaddles on my list. Perhaps this will save you some time, effort, and cash from ordering every option available on Amazon Prime at 3 a.m.

Summer Infant SwaddleMe

Summer Infant Swaddle Me (newborn, arms in)

This Summer Infant SwaddleMe Original swaddle worked like a charm for the first week of her life. We burrito-ed our precious little bundle in her apple print swaddle and constantly passed her around to relatives. It worked like a charm! Everyone neglected to tell us newborn babies sleep pretty constantly for the first week, regardless of what you do. They don’t have the energy to stay awake for much longer than their 8-12 feedings in a 24-hour period. Maybe our swaddle success coincided with a particularly sleepy stage. However, we were happy with it, but she outgrew this one in length fairly quickly — by about week 3. That said, this variety of swaddle comes in a few sizes. It grows along with your baby if it’s doing the trick for you.

HALO SleepSack

HALO SleepSack (arms out)

I decided after many attempts that what my little one might need is the freedom of her arms. I thought a swaddle that provided the snug comfort around the body with cutouts for her arms would be the perfect solution. After a major failure involving lots of wake-ups, we kept the HALO SleepSack around for when she was a little older and could control her arms better. After we were able to sleep train around 5 months, this did provide the close security of a swaddle with the added movement of her arms since she was an active roller.

Woombie swaddle

Woombie

Everyone in my mommy and me class swore by the Woombie as the key to a full night’s sleep. My babe slept soundly in the Woombie for her naps during the day. But when it came to night sleep, she was so frustrated with the inability to gain any additional space inside that her dino grunts quickly turn to sobs. I thought one night of waking every hour might be a coincidence, maybe a growth spurt. However, we tried this one a few times at night and many times during the day and for some reason she’d take it by day but not by night. I love the design and simplicity of this swaddle though. I kept using this one for the sheer ease of it.

Love to Dream Swaddle UP

Love to Dream Swaddle UP

A perfect hybrid of the Woombie (just as easy to use with it’s zipper closure) and the HALO SleepSack (the arms out version), the Swaddle UP won in the long term. Simple, lightweight, easy on and off, room to move arms around without breaking free, and the option to zip off the arm holes when the time came, this little baby stood the test of time.

Aden + Anais muslin swaddle blankets

Aden + Anais Muslin Swaddle Blankets

Oddly enough, the good old fashioned origami swaddle skills routinely delivered the longest night sleeps of all these fancy new products. My little one generally tended to wriggle mostly free of it by morning. When I peeked my head over her bassinet, she looked decked out for a toga party. However, the Aden + Anais swaddles provided the snug fit she needed while sleeping, with wiggle room to move those little arms when she needs them. True all-nighters still weren’t happening, but we slept a good 5 or 6 hours with this method.

As with anything involving a newborn baby, swaddling works differently for all families. Each individual child reacts differently to different swaddles. Wouldn’t it be nice if they had a uniform operating system?

Have you had any swaddle success with these or other products?
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Let’s face it, whether it’s your first rodeo or baby #5, the early days with a new baby are magical — but also exhausting. Every new mom and birth circumstance is different, so be sure to use judgment, especially with gift delivery, but we’ve pulled together some ideas that are sure to brighten her day.

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Make a meal

One of the easiest ways to make a new mom’s day: bring a complete meal that can easily be warmed up. Bring your meal in a disposable serving dish, so the new mom doesn’t need to worry about dishes. With the family’s permission, you may also want to set up a Meal Train to schedule deliveries with other friends. We loved it when someone set up this lifesaver for us with our third son.

Gift of groceries

Stop by your local health food store and pick up some basic groceries and easy no-prep snacks. Things like trail-mix, cut veggies & hummus or fruit salad are great choices.  Also if you know the mom is nursing perhaps consider snacks that have oatmeal like these energy balls.

gifts for new moms

A house cleaning service

Deep cleaning the house always seems to fall by the wayside with a new baby in the house. What a treat to have someone come in and help get it done. A home cleaning is a great gift whether you are near or far. Look for a highly rated, reliable company and get the family a certificate to set up the cleaning when it works for them.

Pampering products for mom

With a new baby in the house, even thinking about self-care seems hard. Consider making the new mom a care package of items to help make her feel good or encourage her to take a small break. Aromatherapy hot packs like these Grampa’s Garden warmers are great to have on hand. A great natural hand lotion or salve combats the extra hand washing you do with a new baby. I love this Kiehls Ultimate Strength Hand Salve or this Hand Cream from Five Island Body Co. It may seem silly, but these portable massage tools can also be a good addition, I remember many nights falling asleep in the rocking chair with a crooked neck. Top the goodie basket off with some fun magazines and dark chocolate for the complete package.

 gifts for new moms
Trip to nearby spa with babysitting included

Every new mom deserves some pampering. Find a spa that’s close to home so she feels comfortable sneaking out, even for a short window. Give her a little encouragement and let her know you’ll gladly be the babysitter when she’s ready.

Coffee

Most new moms are fueled by coffee, so you can’t go wrong with this one. Pick up a really cute travel mug and give her a little gift card to Starbucks or her favorite neighborhood coffee shop. Look for one with a drive-thru!

Something sentimental

While the birth of a child introduces you to a whole new level of tired, above all else it such a blessing and shows you a whole new kind of love. A gift that helps mom celebrate this amazing experience and new little being may bring a few tears but will also likely be one of her favorites.  We love a necklace like this from Tiny Tags or a newborn or family photography session with a local photographer.

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Hulu+ Membership

If she doesn’t already have a streaming service, she’ll love having access to entertainment on any device and at any odd hour she finds herself awake. The beauty of Hulu+ is that she can watch most of her current favorites without having to worry about setting a DVR and can go to bed when baby does.

Gift of Prime

If she doesn’t already have Amazon Prime, I’d highly recommend gifting it to her. You can gift 3 or 12 month subscriptions, and I promise you it will be a huge hit. What’s better than having access just about everything you need for baby and quick shipping? Not having to drag baby out of the house is huge!  If they already have a membership, perhaps consider an Amazon or Diapers.com gift card.

What was the best thing you received as a new mom? Or what is your go-to gift?

This post was contributed by Rebecca Spear as part of Savvy Sassy Moms Product Scouts. You can find more from Rebecca on her blog, Mainely Mama.

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If you have been following us on social media, then you have probably seen our #SavvySassyFamilyFriday posts. We are so excited to to launch this as a monthly social media giveaway! We love seeing what other families do on the weekend with their kids. No matter where you live, it’s always fun to see what other people are up to, and sometimes we get ideas from our social media friends and plan the same activities the following weekend!

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This is the easiest giveaway to enter and will be a fun way to see what other families are up to each week! Every Friday, we will post a family photo on our social media channels. Giveaways are a month long, so you can enter every week for another chance to win! You can enter on any or all social media channels.

What you’ll win!

4moms infant tub

This month, we are giving away a 4Moms Infant tub. This tub flows in clean water while draining the dirty water out. It has a color-coded digital thermometer that indicates if the bath is too cold, too hot or in the comfort zone an has a two side drain to set the perfect water depth for your baby.

Here’s how to enter:

Instagram: Leave a comment on our picture about your plans for the weekend and make sure you are following savvysassymoms and 4moms
Facebook: Leave a comment on our picture about your plans for the weekend and make sure you are following savvysassymoms and 4moms
Twitter: Tweet about your plans for the weekend using the hashtag #SavvySassyFamilyFriday. Follow savvysassymoms and 4moms.
Extra entry: Post a photo of your family and use the hashtag.

We are so excited to see what you are all up to. Whether you’re staying in for a movie night, going to the park or headed out of town, we can’t wait to share in your experiences. Now head over to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter and enter!

Good luck!

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Every night, after we read our kids books of choice, my son always asks for an “imagination story”. We make up a story for him each night that includes him, his sister and his friends as the main characters. The usual suspects make their way into the story at one point or another, and he get so excited each time he hears their names. Imaginations stories are a very special part of our bedtime routine, but I wanted to add some personalized books to our library. I knew they would get him excited and eager to read. As a child in kindergarten, he is able to identify his name and most of his friends names in print. Doing so gives him confidence to continue identifying sight words and trying to sound out new words on his own.

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Books with their favorite characters

Personalized books aren’t just books about your child. They include your child in the story. As you can imagine, having a girl and a boy, we have a house full of super heroes and princesses. KD Novelties publishes personalized children’s books with all of your children’s favorite characters, from Elmo to Beauty and the Beast. We decided to get Justice League and the Disney Princess Collection.

The look on Jonah’s face when we read the Justice League book is priceless! Not only does Jonah help the Justice League save the day in his own city, but he gets to tell his friends all about it in the book. His dreams literally came true page after page! The Princess book is a 3-in-1 book. In My Adventures with Cinderella, Addison lives right near Cinderella and is her friend! In My Adventures with Sleeping Beauty, Addison and Briar Rose share the same birthday and in My Adventures with The Little Mermaid, Addison and her friends are at the beach celebrating her birthday when she meets Ariel. The pictures of the Disney Princesses throughout the story and the personalization of cities, dates and names make a little girl feel like a real princess!

I See Me personalized books

Personalized photo books

I See Me also offers personalized books. There are so many to choose from, but I love the photo personalized books. The kids are changing everyday, so I love that the printed photos in the book will always let them know when they received these books. Jonah’s Pirate Adventure not only has his name in the book as one of the characters, but his name and initials are all throughout the books. The treasure box is labelled “Jonah’s Treasure” and the sail on the boat has this initials “JCG” on it on. When children are learning to read, it is so important for them to see print in a variety of ways, such as a label and in the text of the sentence. We even got to name his parrot one of his friends name which Jonah thinks is hilarious!

With Addison’s birthday coming up, we got her the book It’s Addison’s Birthday! to get her ready! Many pages of the book contain her photo, which makes my almost 3 year old shriek with excitement! This special book focuses on her on her birthday and making sure the whole world knows, which is exactly how I feel birthdays should be!

Lost My Name

Books about your child

The Incredible Intergalactic Journey Home is an amazing book for every child. While Jonah’s parents think he is sleeping in bed, he travels through space with his friend Hubble. Jonah sees his name in stars but shortly after, their navigation system breaks. Jonah and Hubble can’t find their way home! After meeting creatures in outer space, they find their way back to earth. They search for our country, then a landmark in our city and then finally home! The google map selection during the ordering process ensures that the location is correct! Before you know it, Jonah finds his house and is back in his bed before morning! This book is amazing to help kids understand that we are a small part of a big universe!

Lost My Name also has another great personalized book, The Little Girl who Lost her Name. One morning, a little girl wakes up to find that her name is missing from her door. She goes on an incredible adventure and meets wonderful creatures on the way who share a letter with her at each stop. The angel, dragon, donkey and Imp all help her to find her name on her journey. I love reading this book to Addi, as she is beginning to identify the letters in her name. She gets so excited when she sees the letters she knows and learns unfamiliar ones as we read.

I am a big fan of personalized books. I have been ordering them for birthday gifts for a long time and continue to build our own collection. In addition to books, these companies offer a variety of personalized items such as Personalized Milestone Cards, growth charts, personalized music and more!

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