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The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep


The Rabbit Who Wants To Fall Asleep

There's a book that's getting a lot of buzz lately.  A book that makes a bold promise - it can put your kid to sleep. the rabbit who wants to fall alseep

Daddy does Will's bedtime and he was excited to see what would happen when reading this book.

The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep uses a few innovative techniques to lull your child to dreamland. Some phrases are typed in bold, some are italicized to slow down or emphasize speech.  The child's name is also used in the book and there are pauses for yawns.

Will seemed to be really calm until he saw a wizard in the book.  The wizard was a little exciting apparently but after he recovered, he snuggled in for more of the story of the rabbit with the same name who liked to do the same things and couldn't fall asleep.the rabbit who wants to fall asleeBecause Will is still in a crib, we read in the chair, then put him in to bed.  We think this book would work even better for children who are a little older where the parent could lay next to the child and not have to transfer.  But even with the transfer, here was the scene on the video monitor a few minutes later.

the rabbit who wanted to fall asleep


About the Author Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin is a behavioral scientist with a bachelor's degree in psychology and a teacher of communications at a Swedish university. He is also a life coach and leadership trainer. Carl-Johan has combined all these skills and experiences in developing the techniques in this book. Read more about the author at

Now for the fun part.  Are you ready to see how The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep will work on your kids?  Here's your chance.  Enter the giveaway below to win a copy of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep and a $100 Gift Card to The Land of Nod!

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Our family was provided with a copy of The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.  All opinions are honest and my own.


Celebrating American Girl's Maryellen with a Sock Hop


Celebrating American Girl's Maryellen with a Sock Hop

Welcome to 1954!  We're celebrating the release of the brand new American Girl BeForever doll, Maryellen, with a swingin' Sock Hop!  Grab your poodle skirt and let's go!maryellen's sock hopMaryellen is the American Girl doll that every grandma has been waiting for.  Set in 1954, Maryellen is a great way to get girls and grandmas talking about their life growing up.  Betsy's mother-in-law and my mom came with us on American Girl experience to Maryellen's Sock Hop. American Girl Maryellen

Ballet Chicago had their dance troupe at the Westin to demonstrate and teach us some of the '50s most famous dances like the Stroll and the Hand Jive.

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Everyone loved watching the Ballet Chicago dancers but it got really fun when the girls took the dance floor!

American Girl Sock Hop

American Girl Sock Hop

Besides the dancing, Maryellen was on display as were some of her fun accessories.  The Diner is on Madeline's holiday list.  It comes with so many little pieces an accessories it looks like hours of fun!

Maryellen's DinerMaryellen's Jukebox hooks up to your iPod and plays your own music.  Her television set works with your iPad and you can create your own black and white movies that play on her tv!  We love how American Girl is integrating technology with imaginative play!

The Sock Hop was one of American Girl's many events that are constantly taking place at all of their locations.  This event cost $10 and anyone could attend.  The girls all came dressed to 'hop' and everyone had the best time!

Maryellen Chicago Sock HopAfter we said goodbye to the Sock Hop, we walked across the street to the American Girl Store for Afternoon Tea.

American Girl Chicago Events


It was just the best day of grandmas, moms and daughters.  Afternoon Tea is served on tier trays and the food was delicious as always!  But most importantly, we have memories that will last forever.

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You might have missed out on this Sock Hop, but guess what?  You can host your own Maryellen Sock Hop at home!

how to host your own sock hop


American Girl has put together the perfect DIY kit for you to host a Maryellen Sock Hop at home!  From invitations to games to decorations, this printable kit has you covered.

host your own american girl sock hop

It would make the perfect theme for an American Girl Sleepover party or just for a day of family fun!

To see what in store American Girl Store events are coming up near you, visit



Thanks to American Girl for providing outfits, event tickets and afternoon tea to create an incredible day we'll never forget!




SPRK Learning with a Tiny Robot


SPRK Learning with a Tiny Robot

Meet our new buddy, SPRK!sphero 4

Sphero SPRK Edition is an app-enabled robot that has changed the way Ellie is learning...and playing.  Sphero SPRK Edition and the SPRK app are designed to inspire a love of robotics, coding and STEM principles while teaching the power of cause, effect and conditions in programming - all through play.

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Ellie is in 3rd grade this year and will start to learn coding in computer class this year and SPRK has really ignited excitement about writing programs.  Sphero SPRK Edition comes with sample programs loaded for those just starting out on their coding journey.  Or you can create your own programs if you are more advanced.  SPRK even comes with a protractor, pencil and notebook.



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Sphero SPRK Edition does so many cool things.  He (we made it a him) can roll in a many different shapes and configurations.  Figure 8's are no biggie for SPRK.  He can also change colors on command and even jump.  So cool!sphero 2 Even when the student is using built in programs, you can always tap the code symbol and see all of the code that runs the program.  I admit that sometimes toys like this overwhelm me or easily frustrate the kids.  But everything about the Sphero SPRK Edition is so easy and user friendly.  Ellie downloaded the app, plugged it in to charge and was having our SPRK do tricks all over the house a few minutes later!

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Our Sphero SPRK Edition will be visiting Ellie's 3rd grade class later this month.  Her computer teacher is going to use it to demonstrate coding to the class.  How cool is that?!

The Sphero SPRK Edition robot retails for $129.99 on the Sphero website.

To learn more about this cool little robot, check out Sphero on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

Thanks to Orbotix for sponsoring this post.  All opinions are honest and our own.



Project Mc2 | Smart is the New Cool

As a mom to two daughters, I'm always looking for toys that go a little deeper.  Project Mc2 is a show on Netflix that my girls discovered and fell in love with. mc squared cover

On a recent trip to Target, they discovered a line of dolls and science experiments that brought the television series to life.  I'll let the girls tell you all about it.....

The girls can't wait to do the science experiments, they are going to be a great rainy day project.  Check back soon for their lab reports.

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Project Mc2 Doll with Experiment- Adrienne's Volcano


Project Mc2 Doll with Experiment- McKeyla's Lava Light




Pockets Full of Glitter

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if you could walk into Etsy and look around?  Stepping into Pockets Full of Glitter is like being in an Etsy showroom.  Lace rompers, tons of bows, leather moccasins, custom outfits, personalized tees - it's all in their adorable Crown Point, Indiana shop.

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Shop owner, Elisabeth, says:

Our Store Specializes in custom handmade, one of a kind items. We offer embroidery, pressed designs, tutus and tutu dresses, boutique style clothing, headbands, bows, and so much more.  We love putting smiles on little girls faces. Their excitement when picking out items, and creating their own items makes this job exciting and fun.

Elisabeth has 5 Children, 3 of which are girls. She began making items for her 5 year old before she was even born. Friends began showing interest in the items and began purchasing and requesting custom items.  Her passion for crafting and making new things turned her hobby into a full-time job and eventually a storefront!

lace rompers

You can still find Pockets Full of Glitter on Etsy, or if you are in the Chicago area visit their store in downtown Crown Point.

boutique clothing for kids

You may have heard that Betsy and I along with a couple of friends are taking our girls to Taylor Swift this weekend.  When dreaming up the perfect outfits for the girls, we called up Pockets Full of Glitter and they are making custom tanks with Taylor song lyrics for the girls.  Paired with tutus and ballerina buns, the girls are going to be ready to Shake It Off Saturday night in style!  Be sure to follow along on Instagram and Periscope for sneak outfit pics before our concert post goes live next week!

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Keep up with Pockets Full of Glitter on Facebook and if you're not local, you can shop their Etsy store!