Book Bears Review

Hi everyone! I miss blogging SO much! I have taken a blogging hiatus because I have been adjusting to my new work situation. Same day job but I am now able to work from home, so I had to get my equipment set up and what not-it has been such a game changer for me! Now laundry and dishes are not backed up and I am eating a REAL breakfast as opposed to my daily binges of  trips to the Starbucks before heading to the office. The best part of this all is no more commuting! If you ever tried commuting during rush hour in Chicago, you know how chaotic and stressful it can be.

Also, I have been spending quality time with my daughter since she came back from staying with her grandparents overseas. I will have to post some of the fun things we did over the past winter.

I love books,and I especially love Children’s books. When Book Bears asked me to do a review of their picture books, I happily obliged. I received two books from their monthly picture book selection in exchange for a review.

Book Bears is a monthly children’s book subscription service. Monthly selections are made by a children’s book editor with over 10 years of experience. The great thing about all of this is that for every new subscriber,Book Bears will donate a book to a child in need. Their mission is to create lifelong readers and to show children that reading is fun!

 

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Also included with every monthly book is a “Share the love of stories” card that gives you tips on how to get the best experience out of reading the books. It includes some great conversation starters to ask the children related to what is going on in the story,including activities where the children can act out the characters.

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Also included is a coloring sheet/reading certificate that allows the children to keep track what they read that month and a great way to learn the months of the year, great for building confidence.

Now on to the books themselves-they are big, bright, colorful and beautiful,and really captures the attention of the children. My four year old loved acting out the sounds that the animals make and giggled with joy with every page I read:

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The age ranges that the books are available are 2-6 and 4-8. Pictured at the bottom for example is aimed for the 4-8 set,which is a great story about a bunny,named Newbie,who is training to become a Rescue Bunny, and all the challenges he has to face to become one.IMG_1230

So if you want to instill a love of reading and keep the children engaged in reading, Book Bears is a way to go. It provides children something to look forward to each month. It’s the perfect opportunity for families to bond with their children through these books. It’s also another great way to spend quality family time. I am all about quality family time around here which is the best gift you can give a child.

 

Book Review: Accidental Happiness

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When the opportunity to do a book review came up, I immediately jumped on it. I LOVE books, and I LOVE to read. I was given a copy of Accidental Happiness in exchange for a review.

But wow, does it take me longer nowadays to get through one! When I was younger way way back in the day, reading was one of my biggest past times. I recall going to the library and literally getting a stack of books a mile high and would just lock myself in my room and read all day,that’s of course when I didn’t have school.

But nowadays,my plate is a lot fuller than back then,being a wife, a mother, and a full-time career woman.

Accidental Happiness, a novel by Meredith Rachek, is a story about two young lovebirds named Brian and Becky who have found each other during their senior year of high school. The two were inseperable,and their young love was unstoppable, until one day a tragic car accident changed Becky’s life forever.

Trying to continue a normal life as much as possible,Becky heads down state to college on a soccer scholarship until one day another strike of events occurs that will change her life again, but in a different way. Just when you think you get the story plot,there is a twist to the story.

I usually read books that completely relate to me and so in this case, being a mother myself but to a 3 year old instead, I really had to put my head in a place to the time when I was in college myself,and trying to remember how it was. I am sure that time will come sooner than later, they grow up so fast! My college experience was nothing,however,compared what Becky was going through.

I appreciated the dynamics in this book between Becky’s therapist,between her overbearing mother, and also her circle of friends that mirrored her circle of friends back home in Memphis. The characters in the book were  found to be a relatable if you are family oriented or have young adult children yourself.

The author was able to articulate that these are normal people with unfortunate circumstances, but still trying to move on in life. They are in on this situation together,with Becky being the center character, and Brian continuing to play a big role in their lives as you see this throughout the book.

I won’t spoil the ending but it was pretty bittersweet, and it was like leaving a set of family members behind. I suggest and pick up a copy of this today. It is especially a great read for those who are empty nesters to college bound children, or parents themselves that are about to head that way, but a good overall read for anyone that is trying to do this thing called life.

 

Sleeveless Chambray Shirt + Black Dress Shorts

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 Chambray shirt,Old Navy (similar)|Dress Shorts (similar)|Clog Sandals, Levi’s T Strap Sandals,(Levi’s)|Sunnies, Tory Burch|Black Clutch,Kenneth Cole (similar)|Leather Purse,Levi’s(similar)

Photos by: Dejan Dimkovski Photography

Hiiiiiii everyone! Oh man I totally fell off the blogger path these past couple weeks. Wrapping up summer and transitioning to Fall can get a little hectic sometimes you know?

But here in Chicago we have been basking in 80-90 degrees weather these past couple weeks and the entire Labor Day weekend,so I was able to pull this outfit off anyways,which was supposed to have been posted end of August but oh well, September usually starts off pretty warm anyways right?

Also, in my last style post, I was supposed to have been featuring these brown clog sandals that I got from Levi’s and I completely forgot to switch shoes and wear them! So my photographer suggested to go bold and just wear them with this outfit as well. If you want to take this outfit to a daytime look, the brown can work here. Not sure if I am feeling it though but I was willing to take the plunge and just do it.

And how about these black dress shorts? I love black dress shorts because you can wear them in a variety of ways, with heels or with t-strap sandals like I did above. They are from my favorite store called United Colors of Benneton which unfortunately has left the Chicago market. I was so bummed out because they really have great pieces and are of quality. They are more popular in Europe than they are in the US from what my foreign friends tell me. I do know their NYC and DC location is still there. Might have to make my way there one day!

Hope you had a great long weekend and looking forward to see what Fall has in store for us! As long as it doesn’t snow I am all for Fall lol. Have a great week! xo