Showing posts with label books. Show all posts
Showing posts with label books. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Kids Books We're Loving

Two books that we have been reaching for time and again this summer are Our Great Big Backyard  and Larry Loves Seattle.  
For obvious reasons, we have been loving the Seattle related book as it has given us a great way to discuss our move with James Robert and get him excited. We have read other books in the series that are just as fun (especially the Chicago one) and would definitely recommend them for the toddler age reader. 

The other book in heavy rotation is perfect for summer, Our Great Big Backyard, is all about our National Parks and the adventures a family takes over summer vacation.  At this age, James Robert loves to look at the map and trace their trip.  He also gets a kick out of the characters pretending to be cowboys and pirates.  It's a fun book with lots to teach.  
My sister is in town this week, so we took the boys for a picnic by the lake and found a shady spot to enjoy lunch and these books.  We've read them time and again, but this time was especially fun.  

Monday, June 6, 2016

Summer Reading Suggestions

Something about the summertime revives my eagerness to pick up a good book.  What greater indulgence is there on a summer afternoon than to sit poolside with a page-turner?  In all likelihood I will not have that luxury this summer, but I'm hoping to stock the kindle with books to fuel late night baby parties to be had.

I've rounded up some my recent reads and some old favorites as summer reading recommendations.


Over on Instagram, you can follow along with what we're reading (#pinktogreenreads) and I have also added a new tab at the top of the page called shop which will allow you to browse the books we love, old and new!

Now, I'd love to hear from you... what should I add to my list?  Are you using Good Reads?  Happy Summer reading!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Friday Favorites: Books About Becoming A Sibiling

Happy Friday!  We're hoping to take James Robert skiing for the first time this weekend.  I'm bummed that I won't be able to go with him learn how to go down the slopes with him, but I can't wait to see the look on his face when he goes.

Lately, we've been doing our best to help prepare James Robert for the massive changes that will happen when we bring his little brother home.  I do hope that all of our talk about it will help ease the transition and help him be excited for his new role.  I know he will be such a great big brother, but I also know it may be tough on him.

One of the most helpful things we've done is read him books about becoming a sibling.  We were lucky to receive some wonderful books from family and friends over the holidays, so I wanted to share some of our favorites.  Please do let me know if you have any others to recommend that we could add to the mix!


Friday, December 18, 2015

Friday Favorites: Children's Christmas Books

Some of the best family traditions are the most simple. I waited impatiently until after Thanksgiving to take our collection of Christmas books out of their box.  I may have forgotten to pack all our ornaments (they are all in storage, whoops) but the books made the move! Every year, I so look forward to cozy tales of Christmas and it's so nostalgic to read James Robert some of the books I read as a child.
Christmas Books
Reading holiday books and doing activities based on the stories has really added to the magic of the season. We also look forward to adding a few new favorites to the collection each year and it's a tradition I can't wait to grow with us.

To my surprise, he remembered quite a few books from last year and was equally excited which made this year particularly fun.
In case you're looking to add to your collection this year, I've rounded up some of our very favorites below.  I'd love to know what your family enjoys reading at this time of year- please leave your comment below!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Books in the Park: Home

Last week, the fall weather was glorious.  So much so, that any activity worth doing, was worth doing outside.  We spent the entirety of one afternoon at a favorite park in our neighborhood.  We brought our blanket, some snacks and a few books.

It's amazing how a change of scenery can bring a book to life even more.  One of our recent favorites is a book called  Home by Carron Ellis .  Its charming illustrations and fairytale-like descriptions are exceedingly fun (and funny) for little and big readers.  But it's the concept of home, and how many different types of homes there are, that really makes this book pertinent for us. 

Since our move from Charlotte, James Robert recalls many memories of our old home.  It was very different than where we live now in terms of size, type of house and location.  This book is a light-hearted and relatable way to discuss home with a toddler, regardless if your family has a move on the horizon or not.
A new skill learned at the park last week!

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Peter in Blueberry Land

We treasure reading time in our family.  Happily, James Robert has always enjoyed books.  We visit the library almost weekly and he never tires of it.  I find myself seeking children's book recommendations from all my friends and love learning what other mom bloggers have on their shelves.

Over the past couple of years, I've loved adding to our home library of children's books. I hope you'll enjoy hearing about some of our favorites as part of a book series here on blog.

Peter in Blueberry Land is a special book we received as a gift from James Robert's Great Aunt and Uncle when they returned from a trip to Sweden.  Elsa Beskow is a famous Swedish children's author that has a collection of works that are also in English.

It's a tale of whimsy and adventure as Peter tries to collect berries for his mother's birthday. When The King Of Blueberry Land shrinks Peter, all matter of wildlife and fauna become seen through new eyes which is such a delight for a little reader!

The illustrations and classic story telling make this book one that we reach for time and again.

What are some of your favorite children's books lately? 

Monday, November 17, 2008

Katie Lee Joel's Healthy Granola

I'll be making the following recipe this week with goodies I picked up at the markets this weekend...
katie lee joel's healthy granola
· 3 cups rolled oats
· ½ cup unsalted hulled sunflower seeds
· ½ cup unsalted hulled pumpkin seeds
· ½ cup flaked coconut
· ¼ cup wheat germ
· 1 ½ cups chopped unsalted mixed nuts (almonds, pecans, walnuts, Brazil nuts, cashews, etc.)
· 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
· ½ teaspoon kosher salt
· 4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter or canola oil
· 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
· 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
· 1 cup chopped mixed dried fruit (raisins, cranberries, dates, apricots, figs, prunes, etc.)

The Recipe:
Preheat over to 350ยบ. In a large bowl, mix together the oats, sunflower and pumpkin seeds, coconut, wheat germ, nuts, cinnamon, and salt. In a small saucepan melt butter in the maple syrup over low heat. Stir in the vanilla. Add to the oat mixture. Add 2 tablespoons water and stir until well combined. Spread the granola evenly on a large baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes, stirring at 10-minute intervals to ensure uniform baking, until golden brown. Remove from oven and cool in the pan. Stir in the dried fruits.
BTW: When completely cooled, place in an airtight container. Granola will keep at room temperature for 1 to 2 weeks. It also freezes well for future use.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Vogue's Green Acres

For years, Vogue has been a source of inspiration for me, which is why I was so happy to read their feature on Sloan Barnett in the August 2008 issue called Green Acres.
Her northern California home and her lifestyle reflect an eco-chic sensibility that is both purposeful and beautiful. After her first son was diagnosed with asthma, she found research linking conventional cleaning products and rates of asthma in children. Subsequently, her family has embraced a greener way of life:
-Environmentally friendly, toxin free cleaning products by Shaklee
-Everything they eat is grown within 100 miles of their home
-Dresses her kids in organic cotton clothing

Its inspiring to see such a stylish, successful woman living her life in a green, eco-friendly manner; her book titled Green Goes with Everything: Simple Steps to a Healthier Life and Cleaner Planet is another one to add to my reading list!

Thank you Vogue for a feature that shows that green is gorgeous.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Reading List

Examining the food we eat has been on of the most fundemental changes made to my lifestyle since being green concious.
Eating organic and eating locally farmed fruits and veggies has significantly changed the way I look at produce. There is a perceptable difference between the lettuce that is mass produced and shipped far away and the lettuce that is fresh, full of vitamins and more importantly taste!
On my reading list is this book:

Plenty: One Man, One Woman, and a Raucous Year of Eating Locally

The story of eating nothing raised or cultivated beyond a 100 mile radius of thier home; two writers chronicle a year of eating local food and what they learned in the process.

Althought I'm not sure I'm ready to take the plunge into the 100 mile diet, I'm inspired by the idea of eating locally, for our health and for the environment. It is a small change that can make a big impact; for more inspiration and information, check out