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  • More Adventures With Captain No Beard

    We first introduced you to Captain No Beard in January of this year.  We loved the first book by Carole P Roman so much we knew we had to bring you the entire 10 book set!  For the past two weeks, we’ve shared with you 6 of the 10 books and today we feature the final 3.  Okay, so you are thinking 6+3=9!  Don’t forget that first post back in January where we introduced the books.  Lets see what Captain No Beard is up to today.

    Pepper Parrot’s Problem with Patience


    Captain No Beard – A Imaginary Tale of a Pirates Life


    The Crew Goes Coconuts!

  • 10 Ways to Get Ready for a Camping Vacation with Family

    10 Ways to Get Ready for a Camping Vacation with Family

    Camping Vacation with the Family

    10 Ways to Get Ready for a Camping Vacation With Family

    Taking a camping trip is a little bit different than the usual vacation down to the Florida theme parks every year. If you’re thinking of taking a big vacation to a rustic locale, you’ll need to do a little bit more legwork before you leave for your adventure. Depending on the destination, some travelers may have more homework than others. Here are 10 ways to help you get ready for a fun camping trip.

    1. Get a Tent

    The first thing you should do before you even dream of going on a camping trip is to buy a quality tent. While it’s true that some campsites have luxury cabins available for rent, the best way to get the real experience of roughing it is to sleep in a tent. Equip your tent with sleeping bags, lanterns, and other essentials so everyone is comfortable while they sleep.

    2. Check the Park Website

    Next, you’ll need to make a decision about the site you want to go camping in. There are plenty of low-cost camping resorts that offer visitors tent sites and a host of other amenities, such as pools, restaurants, and fishing. If you’d rather go with something more rustic, a national or state park may suffice.

    3. Learn Useful Outdoor Skills

    Part of the fun of camping is it gives you and your family an opportunity to get out of your comfort zone. This means you should take some time to learn some important outdoor skills. You’ll need to be able to chop wood for your fire, start a fire, collect water, and tie up your food to keep critters away.

    4. Research the Location

    The geographical location you choose should also be researched before you step out into the wilderness. It’s wise to invest in a map so you and your family could hike a few of the nature trails in the area. This way, you don’t have to worry about getting lost in the maze of paths.

    5. Learn About the Wild Animals

    Where there are camping resorts, there are also wild animals. In some parts of the country, bears can be a problem, so you’ll need to find out about ways to deter bears from coming into your campsite. Other parts of the country may have mosquito or tick problems, which you also have to prepare for ahead of time.

    6. Check the Weather

    When it gets closer to your departure day, be sure to update yourself with periodic weather reports. Unlike staying in a hotel, you and your family could be at the mercy of the weather. A serious thunderstorm could be dangerous if your only shelter is a thin tent. Find out what to do ahead of time in those situations.

    7. Choose Appropriate Clothing

    You also need to prepare with the right kind of clothes. If you’re camping in the summer, you may want to pack a few easy summer dresses from online store tobi, found at www.tobi.com. Or, if you’re camping in the fall, a few pairs of jeans and some flannel shirts may be perfect for the chilly nights.

    8. Make a First Aid Kit

    A well-stocked first aid kit is another essential for a safe camping trip. Make sure you stock it with plenty of bandages, antiseptic ointment, gauze, tweezers, and burn gel. Accidents can sometimes happen in the rough wilderness, and you may not be near a health clinic.

    9. Learn Some Camping Recipes

    Another big part of camping is cooking over the fire. You can improve your camping food game if you take time to look up creative and delicious camping recipes before you venture out. Look for recipes that go beyond the typical smores or hot dogs on a stick.

    10. Invest in a Good Camera

    The last thing you want to do to make your trip unforgettable is to invest in a good camera. A nice separate camera that isn’t part of your phone can help capture all of the great memories you and your family will make on your camping adventure. Even better, you can make a cool scrapbook that details all of the fun from your trip.

    A camping trip with the family is a great way to get back to nature and bond with each other while you’re roughing it. When you and your family embark on this adventure together, you can ensure you’ll have a great time if you plan ahead.

  • Storybooks with a Life Lesson In the Story

    Storybooks with a Life Lesson In the Story

    Books are meant to be enjoyed.  Books tell us a story.  What if a book also taught us a lesson?  These amazing children’s books do just that.  They teach us about friendship and bullies, the harm of rumors and empower us to be and do great things.  These books are great for starting the conversations we all need to be having with our children.

    Bug Off Big BullyBug Off Big Bully

    A Little book with a Big Message… Peter had the weight of the world on his shoulders when his family moved to a new town. Things were even heavier when the school bully came calling. Yet the ugliest BUG inched onto the scene, and life would never be the same. Kids will love sharing the trials and triumphs of Peter! Easy reader chapter book. 44 pages For ages 7-10


    We Are Brothers We Are FriendsWe Are Brothers, We Are Friends

    Being a big brother is a BIG job.
    There’s lots to show your little brother . . .
    Trains . . .
    Planes . . .
    How to be a dinosaur.

    There are games to play and adventures to be had. And if trouble comes, it’s big brother to the rescue because there’s no better friend than a brother.


    Great Things to BeGreat Things to Be

    Your Guide to Building Positive Traits and Encouraging Great Behavior at School and at Home!

    Great Things to Be, Mom’s Choice Award Recipient and Purple Dragonfly Award Recipient for School Issues may not be your typical children’s book, but it should definitely be on the top of parents’ and teachers’ reading lists for their kids.

    And don’t worry: the fun, rhyming declarations and vivid, colorful, full-page illustrations will keep children coming back to the book again and again.

    The lessons are simple—be kind, be honest, be confident—but the results are immeasurable. You may even find yourself pausing over a few you’ve forgotten over the years—be healthy, be brave, be yourself!

    Get back to the basics with these positive lessons, and let Great Things to Be help you shape the leaders of tomorrow by affirming and developing these twelve important character traits in your child.

    The book is a great choice for all those helping teach children: parents, teachers, librarians, and more. You’ll love how quickly kids choose kindness over bullying and confidence over self-doubt as they embrace these easy-to-understand concepts.

    Don’t be surprised if your own outlook on life improves, too!


    RumorangRumorang

    After Sam tells Roger his secret about Petunia, Roger shares it with a few friends, and those friends tell more friends until there are many rumors flying around the playground. By the time the rumors reach Petunia, they are nothing like the original. The story gets even wackier when Petunia’s angry words get twisted in the opposite direction.

    About the Author

    Janice Brown lives in Southern California with her two sons, two cats, and one husband. She does her best to avoid repeating rumors. When not writing, Janice volunteers helping several nonprofits and has worked as an anti-bias trainer for teachers and students. Janice likes to travel, snorkel, and spend time with family and friends. White chocolate is Janice’s flavorite.

  • Picture Books About the Night Sky

    Picture Books About the Night Sky

    As an adult, I am still fascinated by the night sky – the moon and the stars. I could stare at them for hours. My daughter is equally as fascinated still as a teen, but as a child, the night sky mesmerized her. Here are a few great picture books for you and your little one to explore during storytime that feature the moon and the night sky.

    The Moon Inside

    The Moon Inside

    The Moon Inside gives children the tools to embrace the nighttime rather than fear it – which is especially important as we turn the clocks forward or back with Daylight Savings Time.

    Yellow is Ella’s favorite color — she loves the bright, sunny daytime. But every night, as darkness falls, she becomes afraid. When her mother encourages her to look at the soft glow of the moon and fireflies dancing in the night, and to listen to the chirping of crickets and the gentle rustling of the wind, Ella gradually realizes that nighttime can be something to look forward to rather than something to fear.

    With sweet, luminous illustrations by Aimée Sicuro, this story will inspire parents and children to welcome the peaceful nature of nighttime into their homes and hearts.


    Cassandra and the Night Sky

    Cassandra and the Night SkyThroughout time, the many cultures of the world have all pondered the multitude of stars that make up the constellations and explain the heavens in the night sky. Cassandra and the Night Sky tells the story of a nine-year-old princess, a royal tea party and the magic and mythology that lends its voice to the explanation of the legends of the starry night sky.

    Cassandra and the Night Sky by Amy Jackson, tells the story of a nine-year-old princess who grows up in a land without stars, a royal tea party and the magic and mythology that lends its voice to the explanation of the legends of the starry night sky.

    In this beautifully illustrated story, young readers will learrn how to identify different constellations and the stories behind some of them.

  • Little Passports Science Expeditions

    Little Passports Science Expeditions

    little-passports-science-expeditionsWe have a very strong passion here at Mom-Spot for any and all STEM activities.  My daughter has been in to science from the time she was able to walk.  We’ve done science experiments in the kitchen, basement, outside, at Grandma’s House – you get the idea.  It’s a part of our life!  Imagine how excited we were to find out that Little Passports now has a Science Expeditions series.

     

     

    What’s inside each monthly package:

    • 16-page comic book with glossary and bonus activities
    • Solve a new mystery each month with Sam & Sofia
    • Hands-on science experiments
    • Achievement badges for each monthly theme
    • Access to bonus online videos and science content

    We had the opportunity to take a look at a few of the kits, including the initial box and boy were we impressed!  The materials are high quality and the books are not mere notes for an easy science experiment.  We played with finger prints and spatter studies and extracting DNA all in this one initial kit. There is a lot of quality information in this box!  We have loads of fun and learned quite a bit just from the initial box, which was all about Forensic Science.

    Little Passports Science Expeditions

    To bring a full science kit into your home, their kits are extremely reasonable.  The Cost: $20.95 + $3 shipping = $23.95 per month with discounts available for 3-, 6-, and 12-month plans.

    About Little Passports Science Expeditions from their website:

    Every month, your child will receive a kit full of science experiments related to themes like rockets, forensic science, vision, caves and crystals, northern lights and magnetism, hydrology, and so much more! Our subscription packages are designed for kids and contains hands-on science experiments that encourage interdisciplinary thinking — widely thought of as STEM activities — which includes science, technology, engineering and math.

  • Meet Donovan, MasterChef Junior

    Meet Donovan, MasterChef Junior

    Donovan Milstein, MasterChef JuniorWho or what was your inspiration to start cooking?

    I always loved watching my father and my nanny cooking in the kitchen. I’ve also been watching cooking shows (like MCJ) and other cooking videos since I can remember.

    At what age did you start cooking?  What was your initial experience like?

    I started cooking when I was around 3 years old. In the beginning I just helped prep, but over time I started to take on more on more of the responsibilities for preparing and cooking meals for my entire family.

    Why did you want to be on MasterChef Junior?

    I wanted to prove to the world that I had what it took to be a masterchef. And, I thought it would be really fun!

    What did you most enjoy about being on the show?

    I loved everything about the show, especially all of the friends I made. It was also incredible to cook in the Masterchef kitchen.

    What is it like cooking for Gordon Ramsay?  What was the best advice he gave you?

    It’s really stressful, because he’s very serious and you always feel like he’s judging you – which he is

    Donovan Milstein, MasterChef JuniorWere there any catastrophes in the kitchen?

    There were definitely a few… but the craziest one was when I went to the pantry to get vegetables for a challenge. And when I was starting to prep them I realized I had taken plastic red peppers instead of real ones…

    What’s your favorite dish to prepare?

    Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with wild mushrooms, ginger and green onions.

    Where do the ideas for your dishes come from?

    We are always exploring new and interesting restaurants in NYC, trying all sorts of new cuisines, dishes and flavors. Then I come home and do my own experimenting. Last year I ate some amazing Chinese food from Sichuan province, and I became obsessed with making dishes with Sichuan peppercorns.

    What is your plan after the show?

    I plan to continue to learn as much as I can about cooking. I want to push myself to try new areas of cooking, like pastry and candy making.

    Do you want to someday own your own restaurant and if so, what kind of food would you serve?

    I would love to have my own restaurant. I want to serve all different types of authentic Asian food, including a lot of spicy dishes.

    Donovan Milstein, MasterChef JuniorWhat will you do with the money if you win?

    I will save the money to invest it in building my restaurant when I’m older.

    What chef do you most want to cook with and why?

    Tough question. But I guess I would say my top pick would be David Chang. He’s not only an amazing chef, with a lot of awesome restaurants (and cookbooks), but he also seems like a really cool guy!

    Besides cooking, what other things do you like to do?

    I like hanging out with my friends, reading and playing video games. I’m also growing a lot of chili peppers in my backyard – even some ghost peppers!

    Who was your favorite guest judge?

    Definitely Wolfgang Puck – He was so amazing, and spent so much time hanging out with us.

    Which challenge was the hardest and how did you overcome it?

    Is this a trick question? Of course I can not comment on specifics of any episode