Dec 9, 2019

Gift Ideas for Kids (Girls ages 7 and 4)

Sometimes you can have lot of ideas on what to get kids that are a certain age and other times there is a huge mind blank.  I have decided to compile a list of gift ideas for kids, more specifically girls that are aged 4 and 7.  That way when you hit a blank then you can use this as inspiration OR if you have no idea where to find something then hopefully I can help with that as well.  

So lets dive in.  There will be some inexpensive and then more expensive things as well.  These are actual things that my girls have asked for and if not then I know they will love them so I got them things that will entertain them for longer than 5 seconds. 

First off, I promised my followers on Instagram that I would share the Santa bags that I got.  I only wrap 4 presents from Santa.  The rest go in stockings or in their Santa bags.  It is kind of fun.  I love the quality of these bags! 




She also asked for a ton of different accessories and stuff for her doll.  This bunk bed is one of the things she is getting.  I linked to the whole Our Generation section.  This is great for any 18 inch doll. 

My daughter loves all of Shannon Hale's books and she has been wanting Best Friends since it came out.  Graphic novels are so fun for avid readers as well as kids who don't like to read. 

This book is such a great book if you have girls.  It has good lessons to teach girls. 


My daughter NEEDS a jewelry box, because she has jewelry ALL OVER THE PLACE.  I got this one based on the amazing reviews and also the fact it came with some jewelry so it will be even more fun!

I got one of these and a big unicorn family pack.  

I always like to get my girls at least one educational gift.  My 7-year old has wanted this one for a few years, so she will be happy to finally get it. 


I also give my girls a "creative" gift and this is a perfect one for my 7 year old.  She has a purse and a lap desk already and enjoyed them a ton.  This will also be functional. 

This isn't the exact planner I got her because the one I got her was at her school book fair, but it was similar and for some reason a lot of girls her age LOVE planners.  

Now onto my little 4 year old.  She has been pretty adamant about getting one thing, but I have shared some other ideas. 

My 4 year old doesn't want ANYTHING else, but this Jeep.  She will even use her own money to help Santa make this present for her (she said that).  We usually don't spend this much on Christmas gifts, but I got a REALLY good deal on it (actually 3 weeks before Black Friday...the Black Friday deal was not even close to as good of a deal) and she will be the happiest little girl.  

She wants to be just like her sister and her sister has one of these only a unicorn design.  She has been asking for one for awhile.  Perfect time to get it to her for Christmas.

My 4 year old has a hard time making decisions.  I hope this book will give her confidence. Think choose your own adventure book, but all about good choices.  



Once again her older sister has something like this so she wants to be like her.  She has been begging to use her sister's FOIL!  I love giving things like this to keep them occupied for hours.

She LOVES this book.  So much.  She loves me to read to her even more.  So I got the CD as well, just in case I can't read it to her 800 times one day...only a slight exaggeration. 

Every time we go to the store she wants one of these.  So she will be happy to try one.  I like how you get to do something with it before you get to play with it.  Makes it more fun. 

I got this as something useful.  She is a VERY active 4 year old and constantly wants to be running and jumping.  So hopefully this will help her not go crazy while she can't jump on the tramp

Once again giving them something creative usually lasts longer.  So I always go for something like this.  She hasn't ever asked for one of these, but it looks right up her alley. 


This is the educational toy I got her this year.  I love how at first she can learn some of the shapes she doesn't know yet, then grow into the time portion.  


Every year Santa brings two family presents and they are always a puzzle and a game.  It is fun to have something they can do together.  

We usually do a traditional puzzle, but my girls both love this from the library.  So I thought this would be a fun twist to a puzzle.




Nov 13, 2019

The Best Thanksgiving Books for Kids

11 great thanksgiving books for kids.
Are you a Thanksgiving fanatic?  Or do you jump right to Christmas books and Christmas decor?  I am a HUGE holiday lover.  I love to focus on each and every holiday.  It makes life so much fun for me.  

I am so excited to share my favorite Thanksgiving books for kids.  Some of them are picture books and some are more read aloud books for books or for independent readers.  The key here is to pick a book that will make you and your kids excited for Thanksgiving.  Maybe you can even pick one to add to your Thanksgiving books library. 

11 great thanksgiving books for kids

We have read this book many, many times.  I love how it goes through different people and how they are thankful for different things.  I also love how the things they are thankful for are so simple. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

This book made both my girls laugh.  My youngest (4 years old) wants me to read it over and over.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

This book is PERFECT in all the right ways.  It shares information about the Thanksgiving back in the 1600's.  It shares simple things that we should be grateful for.  Hannelore (age 7) said that it taught her and Isla (age 4) some really good lessons.  I considered that a win.


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

I loved how much information this story put in a small book.  The girls learned a lot and there are sections which make it easier to stop at if the story is getting too long.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

Do you know the book Spookley the Square Pumpkin?  This is just as cute, but has a thankful twist to it.  I love anything gratitude related.  It is so good for kids to read books like that. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We own this book and read it the night before Thanksgiving every year.  It has been fun and helps us get excited for Thanksgiving.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We read this every Thanksgiving.  It is funny and cute.  The girls really like it.  


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

Every holiday I buy one book to add to our library.  This was the book I choose this year.  It is inexpensive.  These books are fun for kids and also informative.  We checked it out at the library, but didn't get it finished.  I was going to recheck it out, but decided that I wanted to add it to the library.  Hannelore is excited to read it.


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We have a A to Z Mysteries lover in this family, but I have to say that this one was really good.  It had a lot of suspense in it.  I was even on the edge of my seat at the end.  We were only reading a chapter every night, but when we were supposed to stop at the end of chapter 7 we all couldn't so we finished the book instead.  I love books like that. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

My daughter loves mysteries and trying to figure things out.  We haven't read this book yet, but I know it will be a great book for her.  These books are a lot of fun. 


11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

We haven't read this book yet either, but I have heard great things about it.  Plus, Magic Tree House books are so fun and most kids love them! 

Do you have any that you would add to the list?  I love book recommendations! 

11 great thanksgiving books for kids.

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Oct 15, 2019

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

16 NEW Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year
Who doesn't love reading books for any holiday?  It doesn't matter what the holiday is I love to read books for myself and with my girls for any holiday.  This year I checked out a bunch of  Halloween books for kids that were new to us.  Some aren't actually Halloween books, but they are great for Halloween time.  We have had so much fun reading them.

I have a little tradition with my girls.  For every holiday I get one new book for that holiday.  That way I can build a collection, but it doesn't break the bank.  Maybe you could do something similar.

Some of these links contain affiliate links which means if you purchase after clicking on the link I will receive a very small commission.  I wholeheartedly recommend these items and commission would never sway me to recommend something I could not stand behind.

16 NEW Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is the CUTEST!  It might be my favorite I read this year!  My girls felt so sorry for the ghost in this book and really started thinking about how lonely it would be to be a ghost.  It is a really cute book.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is all about all the things kids can dress up for on Halloween.  I liked it because it was good to show that these things might seem scary, but it is actually kids dressed up under the costumes.  It is a really fast read for kids that need something short to hold their attention.

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Both of my girls felt sad that Tomas wasn't brave enough to get off his stoop in the first of this book, but it is a cute book that shows that everyone should feel included.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I almost didn't include this book in the list because I wasn't sure if it scared my oldest daughter (7 years old and scared of EVERYTHING).  However, she said she loved this book.  We read it the same day as A Tiger called Tomas and she said she liked this book more.  There are closet ghosts, but the girl does get rid of them.  So if your child is scared of monsters (or ghosts) in their closet then this might not be a good read.  Unless you want to come up with solutions on how to get rid of them.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This is a cute book and a really quick read.  I loved how it had a lot of references to how family is everything and having their support is really important.  They were always there for each other and supportive of each other.  It was cute. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Seriously, this book describes perfectly how the dark felt when I was a kid.  I loved how it made "the dark" feel like a person.  I loved how "the dark" was helpful in the end and it explained why we need the dark in our lives.  It was really cute and both my girls loved it. Not really a Halloween book, but it could be classified as a little spooky because for awhile the girls didn't know what the dark wanted from the boy in the book.  So there was a bit of suspense, but nothing to scary.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Both my girls liked how it was so similar to Goodnight Moon (which they both grew up being read multiple times a month at bedtime).  I like Goodnight Moon more (of course...its a classic), but I like the "Halloweeny" twist for the month of October. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This is how sheltered I am...I had no idea this was a movie and it looks a little too creepy and scary for my liking.  So if that is something that will bother you then know this book is a board book version of that movie.  Basically it counts down from 10 (in both English and Spanish) to 1 and it counts different things in the movie (like gravestones and other things like that).  It is a REALLY quick read.  There isn't anything more scary than what you see all around you during the month of October, because it is for babies and toddlers.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I liked how it is a bilingual poem so we could learn together what some of the words meant.  That was fun.  The girls liked seeing if they said the words correctly or not.  My oldest kept saying, "This is creepy".  But she never was too scared.  Then they both thought it was funny that all the "creepy" things were scared of kids dressed up for Halloween.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I really liked this book.  I loved the story within the story and how it made you think.  My oldest and I had a long conversation about it after we finished reading.  I love books like that.  My youngest daughter fell asleep during it, not because it was boring, but because she was tired.  However, I will say that she wouldn't have completely understood what was going on if she was awake.  The pictures would have been good enough for her though.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Once again not too scary, but a little spooky.  I liked how Annie in the book didn't let the ghost scare her and that she started something and she wasn't going to stop until it was finished.  It showed persistence.  I also liked how she and the ghost became friends.  

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is seriously the cutest.  I love this one.  The only hard thing is that it isn't readily available all the time on Amazon.  I picked up this one from Hallmark.  I love all the cute illustrations. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

Of course this is a favorite around here because it has cities in Utah and my girls like that.  If you aren't from Utah then you will want to get your own state and make it fun for your kids. 


16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

We are actually currently reading this and even though my daughter is super scared of EVERYTHING, this is just creepy enough to be good for Halloween, but not scaring her so that we are dealing with nightmares or her scared of everything.  So in my mind...that's perfect! 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

We are actually reading this after Bunnicula.  So I can't tell you how it is exactly, BUT I have heard good things.  I hope it is good.  I will update this blog post when I read it and give an actual review at that time. 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

I have this one waiting to be read, but we are reading the novels in the order my oldest wants to read them in.  I am not sure we will get to this one, but I heard it is the right amount of spooky as well.  I have also heard that some people like this series more than the Narnia and even Harry Potter books (WHAT?!....I can't say anything since I haven't read it yet). 

16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

This book is sometimes read more than once a day.  I think my girls like it so much because of all the rhyming.  I read it during a Halloween party a few years ago and it was a favorite at that party too.  


16 Halloween Books for Kids, Plus a Favorite Year After Year

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