Let’s face it, 2017 has already been a pretty good year for movies. Especially for geeks like me! I mean, Guardians of the Galaxy Volume 2, Logan, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and now we have Thor: Ragnarok to look forward to. I know I have told you guys time after time, but I am am a pretty big comic book fan. I have been reading Marvel Comics since I was a little girl – and Thor has always been a favorite of mine. If you don’t know much about Thor and Hulk besides what you have seen in the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe), I encourage you to pick up these few comics to familiarize yourself with them more.
I am really looking forward to Marvel’s Inhumans coming to ABC in September. The Inhumans comic book series is one of my favorites and has been for a long time. The characters are all amazing and the story lines always have me hooked. Black Bolt and Medusa are one of my absolute favorite comic book couples. Now, I know many people out there don’t know much about The Inhumans. I put together a list of my favorite trade paperbacks that are sure to get you hooked on them – and also ready for the ABC TV Series!
I have two young girls who are 4 and 6 years old. They are quite the artists and just love to express themselves. We also love to read and one of our favorite books is Beautiful Oops. A while back, we received an advance copy and have been reading it at least once a week since. This book is filled with “mistakes” and “errors” that were made and then turned in to something else. For example, spilled paint becomes an elephant. It is fun to see my girls use their imaginations to discover what the mistakes can be turned in to.
Mama Smith grew up reading and in turn, loves reading to her little girls. She knows the importance of reading from birth and has put together a list of some of the best kids books of 2017! Each book on this guide was personally tested and/or approved by Mama Smith. Please enjoy and remember to keep coming back because new items are added daily! This guide may contain affiliate links.
I wish I was a crafty mom, but the truth is, I just am not. Now, if you give me the materials, easy to follow directions, and basically everything I need to create something – I am all over it. I know there are other parents like this out there, so I put together a collection of easy project kits and books that every not so crafty parent can benefit from. All items listed were personally tested by myself and/or my daughters. We had a blast with all of these items – and you and your kids are sure to as well!
If you are a fan of the Guardians of the Galaxy films, take it from a comic book nerd like me, there are some books you just HAVE to read. If you want some great movie tie-ins and backgrounds on your favorite characters, these are the ones for you. Ideally, I would love to convince you all to go to your local comic book shop or look online and pick up every single issue that any of the Guardians appear in – but that is asking A LOT, I know. So I put together 5 of my favorite comic books (OK, a few are trade paperbacks) that any Marvel Cinematic Universe fan should pick up.
My girls and I love reading. We sit together every night and they each pick a couple of books to read. One book that seems to always be chosen lately is Happy Dreamer. I am totally OK with reading this over and over because it really teaches kids a great lesson – that you can be whatever you want to be! This is a must have book for any family with young kids.
It is finally almost here guys, the best time of year. When the flowers start to bloom and it becomes FREE COMIC BOOK DAY! This day is always the first Saturday of May and I get excited for it every year. Just head to your local comic book shop and grab yourself a stack of free comics! If you are already a comic book reader, or thinking about starting to read them, this is the day for you!
My daughters and I spend each evening cuddled up on the couch – or in one of their beds – with a handful of books. We are always reading together and it is one of the things I will miss as they grow older. We recently received a copy of Elly and the Smelly Sneaker and it has quickly become a favorite bedtime story in our home. This is a fun twist on the classic tale of Cinderella, and any young child is sure to enjoy it! I might have even teared up at the end (no surprise here as everything makes me cry now). My youngest daughter is a bit of a tomboy, so this story really hit home with her (and me) as we read it for the first time.
I love to read. Before I had kids I would spend countless hours reading each week. I can easily get lost in a good book and spend all of my free time reading it until I was done. Well, since having kids this has gotten tougher for me. My free time has been reduced to maybe an hour a day – but I still try to find the time to read. Especially when I come across a good book. That is why I made the time over the last few weeks to read Momotaro: Xander and the Dream Thief. Disney Publishing sent me an advance copy and I was super excited to check it out!
I have two young daughters and am always looking for fun and unique gifts for them. My husband and I have used Put Me In The Story to create some pretty amazing personalized books for them in the past. They always love getting them and reading their names, as well as seeing photos of them, in these books. I have a few personalized books from when I was a young girl that my parents made me and they are some of my favorite memories from growing up. They mean a lot to me and I am hoping that these will mean a lot to my daughters when they get older as well.
My girls love The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About That – it is one of their favorite educational shows. My husband and I love it too because they really do learn from it. I am blown away at times with what they tell us after watching a couple episodes. We all love space so we were super excited to get The Cat in the Hat Knows A Lot About Space! We popped it in right away and we all enjoyed watching it (I even learned a thing or two). This series is great for young kids and parents alike.
Come along on an out-of-this-world experience! In this heartwarming sequel to the critically acclaimed Your Alien, it’s the human boy’s turn to visit the extraterrestrial’s home planet—and to feel like an outsider. But with a little help from his very best friend in the whole universe, our young hero finds a way to fit in. Like the two irresistible characters, readers will have the ride of their lives.
It’s opening day at Mr. Fungo Fungi’s magnificent amusement park, Plantasy Land…and The Rootlets couldn’t be more excited! With special surprises and newly sprouted rides, this is sure to be the greatest day ever! But when The Rootlets arrive at the park, they realize that something is terribly wrong. Plantasy Land is in trouble! Someone—or something—is destroying the park. Could it be The Great Zucchini, Mr. Fungi’s new magician? Or could there be an even greater danger lurking beyond the park? Most of all, can The Rootlets trust their new super rootabilities to help them save their favorite place on the planet?
Last week I got an amazing surprise package in the mail. Kelly Clarkson (yes, THE Kelly Clarkson) sent me a couple of autographed copies of her new book, River Rose and the Magical Lullaby. But that’s not all! We also got two of her plush singing River Rose dolls and a personal note – yup, a personal note. She told me that she has visited my website (eek!) and told me that she loves my Fun Gift Guides. I was thrilled when I opened it and could barely wait to surprise my two young daughters. We love to read together so they were really excited about a new book – and of course the singing doll to go with it.