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07 Apr '17

Book Review: 9 Months by Courtney Adamo and Esther van de Paal

Posted by Annie Messing in Brimful Favorites, Happy Friday, Product Reviews

In just a week or two, we will be welcoming a new little one into our extended family - and so all things baby have been on my brain! In fact a few days ago, I was the plus-one on the hospital tour, the only woman in our group who wasn't sporting a ripe bump - ha. As we stopped to observe the sweet newborns in the hospital nursery, I couldn't help squeeze back a few sentimental tears as it reminded me of my own four delivery experiences.

Over the last several months, there's been much discussion in our house about what this new little family member will need, emotionally and physically. And of course we've talked about how the baby has been developing in utero, a topic I've always found very meaningful to discuss with my children.

With all this "babyness" going on in our family, receiving an advance copy of 9 Months: A month by month guide to pregnancy by Courtney Adamo and Esther van de Paal could not have arrived at a better time! The book is beautifully illustrated and portrays pregnancy with an accurate, straight forward approach on how a baby grows in his/her mama's belly. It's really wonderful how the ladies have pulled so much information (that you'd usually need to cull from pregnancy books, parenting websites, and hospital pamphlets) into one easy to read book.

When I sat down to read it with my children, my youngest (age 2) was drawn to the colorful pictures, while my eldest (age 10) enjoyed learning the tidbits on animal pregnancies that's also included. The topic of conception can often make children (and parents!) feel a little uneasy - but Courtney and Esther have brilliantly addressed it matter-of-factly while still leaving room for parents to skirt the topic of sex if they haven't yet had that discussion with their children.

Parents will appreciate having this resource to prepare their children for a new sibling, but I also think 9 Months is a book for every family to have - whether a new baby is on the way or not. It comes out on May 4th and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. We will also have it in stock here in the shop soon!

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16 Dec '16

Twelve Stocking Stuffers Kids Will LOVE

Posted by Annie Messing
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Are your kids like mine? On Christmas morning, my four look forward to seeing what's in their stockings almost more than the gifts under the tree! Instead of candy and cheap treats, I like to find stocking stuffers that are small but wonderful.

A warm neck scarf for the cold winter months, a wooden rattle to entertain a teething baby, and a card game to liven up a family night - these are some of the dozen stocking stuffers I've picked out in this gift guide.

Don't forget to also check out my holiday gift guides for The Little Foodie and The Little Traveler.

 

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12 Dec '16

Gifts for the Little Traveler

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

For the child who loves to plan for an adventure - we have the perfect gift guide for you! Whether it's a real trip or just a pretend one, your little traveler will be well-prepared for anything. We've found a map that's meant to be crumpled, a furry teddy friend to keep company during long trips, and the most adorable satchel to keep belongings safe along the way. Bon Voyage!

 

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27 Nov '16

Gifts for the Little Foodie

Posted by Annie Messing in Gift Guides

This year's Brimful gift guides are organized by theme instead of age - and first up is gifts for little foodies. 

Kids love to play pretend and more often than not, that usually means something involving food, am I right? Here's eight food-themed gifts that range from ice cream rattles for babies to a fascinating illustrated guide about food for older kids. Stay tuned for more themed holiday gifts guides in the days to come!

See last year's holiday gift guides here.

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25 Oct '16

Twelve Caramel-Colored Fall Clothing Styles for Little Kids

Posted by Annie Messing

The rich honey-hued color of yellow falling leaves - I'm seeing it everywhere right now. No matter what you might call it - Goldenrod/Caramel/Saffron - isn't it just the most glorious shade? It makes me want to go bake a pumpkin toffee pie - ha!

Inspired by this autumn season, here are twelve caramel-colored clothing styles for little girls and boys. I can't choose a favorite - they are all just TOO GOOD. Ok, so actually it's ELEVEN clothing picks and one very adorable crochet corn rattle ;). Enjoy!

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