Adventures of the Non-Creative Mom

November 12, 2012

Christmas Shopping-Usborne Book Suggestions

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With my email being flooded with the Black Friday ad scans I have started thinking about what to give the kids.  A lot of my friends have mentioned how many toys their kids have and how they really don’t want to get any more toys.  So I figured why not get them some new books?  They are both educational and fun plus the Usborne books quality are so much better than most other books and have held up well from all the abuse from my 5 yr old and 2 yr old.

Here are some of the latest books that have become favorites in our house.

Big Book of Big Machines: my 5 yr old was a bit disappointed that this book didn’t have the flaps like the See Inside and Look Inside books but my 2 yr old can’t get enough of it.  He is a huge fan of construction trucks, airplanes, etc. so he loves going through this book and talking about all the machines.  There are a couple pages that fold out to show some big planes which is neat.  I’ve found my son a number of times sitting somewhere flipping through this book and “reading” it to himself.

See Inside Your Body by Katie Daynes

See Inside Your Body: this is one of my 5 yr olds favorites.  It was one of the first non-fiction books I purchased from Usborne back in May or June and we still go back to it.  The first thing that appealed to the kids were of course the flaps.  There are over 50 flaps throughout the book but the other neat thing was just learning about your body.  Each set of facing pages covered a part of the body like your muscles, your bones, your senses, etc.  You learn about what red blood cells are and how they help your body, how your brain tells your hand to swat a fly, etc.  It’s fascinating for both kids and adults and will keep you busy for a long time.

Wind-Up Pirate Ship: I earned this book a few months ago and am glad I did because I normally would not have bought it myself and it’s a wonderful book.  There is a story but the thing that my kids both loved about it was the windup toy that came with it.  There are pages throughout the book that have groves cut out so that you can wind up the boat and let it travel along the page.  One was a treasure map and the kids loved seeing where on the map their boat would stop.  Would it be in the shark pool? On a deserted island?  For those worried about losing the toy the book is designed with a plastic covering that fits around the boat and when you close the book it holds the boat in.  I’m debating getting the train wind-up book for my 2 yr old for Christmas since the kids love this book so much.

See Inside How Things Work

See Inside How Things Work: this is another book in the See Inside series that have interesting facts and a ton of flaps for the kids to lift.  The most surprising thing about this one is that my 2 yr old has taken to bringing it to me each night for bed time.  It’s listed as for 7 yr olds+ though I have found my 5 yr old enjoys them just fine.  She enjoys describing to me now how each thing works like how airplane wings help it fly or how does velcro work.

Busy Truck: this book is listed for 1 yr olds+ but my 2 yr old really enjoys it and even my 5 yr old comes and sits with us when we read it.  The truck you see on the cover is actually a thick cut out that is attached to the book by a red ribbon.  As you read the book you move the truck along and fit it onto each page like a puzzle piece.  When you get to the last page you have to flip the truck over to get it to fit into the slot and you see all things the truck has picked up along the way.  It’s a lot of fun and great for the kids manual dexterity.

Brush Your Teeth, Max and Millie: this is just one of the books in the Max & Millie series and is my kids favorite.  There’s a little clean teeth song and a catchy rhythm to brushing your teeth which my 2 yr old will sing while he brushes his teeth.

I could go on and on but then this post would just get too long 🙂  Here are links to some of our past favorites:

Farmyard Tales

The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales

That's Not My Car

That’s Not My Car…

Sophie’s Big Bed

A Baseball Story by Richard Torrey

A Baseball Story

Picture Word Lotto

Picture Word Lotto Game

May 21, 2012

Win $25 of Usborne Children Books

Filed under: Books — by dsuzuki @ 9:38 am
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Usborne Books & More

How To Win

If you saw my post about becoming an Usborne Books & More consultant recently then you know how excited I am about these books.  To celebrate I am going to be doing a giveaway of $25 worth of Usborne books.  All you have to do is simply place one order (no minimum order. Books as low as $4.99) from my online store and let me know in the comments what book you ordered and an email address to contact you at if you are the winner (note I will need to verify with the winner the email used for placing the order to confirm.). For every 10 people who enter I will increase the dollar amount of books you could win by $5 so tell your friends. 🙂 This giveaway will run until June 18 and is open to US only.

What Are Usborne Books?

Usborne books are high quality books for infants, toddlers, elementary school age and middle grade children.  Usborne books are no longer sold to Amazon or Amazon resellers so soon (if not already) these titles will be disappearing form their site.  They are a great deal and I’ve become a consultant become both my kids love the books we get from them.

80% of Usborne books are under $10 and there are great value packs that allow you to save more. If you end up spending $40 or more you qualify for this month’s special of choosing up to 3 books for more than 60% off from here.

Some of our favorites are:

That's not my dinosaur...

That’s Not My Dinosaur $8.99

That's not my penguin

That’s Not My Penguin $8.99

Farmyard Tales

The Complete Book of Farmyard Tales (includes 20 stories & a Read Along CD) $24.99

 Earn Free Books

If you are interested in earning free books you can host a book show (for most of you who are remote this can be done online). Simply contact me, we will set up an eShow and then you send the link to all your family and friends.  The show will run for a set period of time and if at the end of the show your sales total at least $250 you will earn $40 in free books.  If you host your show by July 27, 2012 I can double that so that you earn $80 in free books.  For every additional $50 in sales that come in from your show you earn another $10 of free books.  i.e. If your show brings in a total sales of $350 you earn $60 in free books or if you host prior to July 27 you earn $120 in free books.

December 2, 2011

Friday Finds 12/2/11

Filed under: Arts and Crafts,Books,DIY — by dsuzuki @ 11:44 pm
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Some of you may know I have a serious Pinterest addiction.  There are a ton of things I want to try but between work, the two kids, the two blogs, etc there just isn’t enough time.  So I just wanted to show case some of the great things I’ve stumbled upon and hope to try one day.  Let me know if you have tried them out yourself and what you thought.

Snow Playdoh

Homemade Glitter

Glitter Playdoh

Starry Night Glitter Jar

Busy Wallet-fill with items for kids-what a good idea!

Use old dresser as a dress up storage

Busy board for the little ones