National Geographic Little Kids – Preschool Nature Magazine

About a year ago I bought a subscription to National Geographic Little Kids. Callan loves getting mail (who doesn’t, right?), so I thought this would be a fun thing for him to get every couple of months. The first issue or two, he was still a little young for it, but now he is absolutely thrilled whenever his “mazagine” arrives. He normally fixates on one or two sections in each issue – this last time it was the spread with the dinosaur.

Because it’s written for such young children (the target age is 3-6), there doesn’t seem to be any evolutionary content. Even the pages about the T-Rex just included basic information. As a Christian who believes in a young Earth, this makes the magazine even more appealing.

Each issue also includes several games for little ones’ thinking skills -  I Spy, mazes, etc. Here’s a quick snapshot I took of one of the game pages. Toddlers can identify the photos and older kids can fill in the missing letters. Children of all ages can talk about the theme and try to identify other striped things.

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We are really happy with this magazine (So far our only complaint is that it’s only published 6 times a year instead of every month) and even happier that Plum District currently has it on sale!

I paid $15 for Callan’s subscription last year, but it’s just $10 right now – plus there’s a coupon code (2NATGEO) that will save you an extra $2. I don’t know about you, but I think $1.33 per issue is pretty good (and I’m a penny pincher).

Subscribe to National Geographic Little Kids for only $8! (This is my 3 for Free link. If 3 people purchase through this link, I’ll have my purchase refunded.)

If you order through Plum District, be sure to share your own referral link with friends. If 3 people purchase through your link, you’ll be refunded!

I also just saw that they have National Geographic Kids on sale (scroll to the bottom). It’s $12, with a $2 coupon code (GeoKids2), to make it just $10. This magazine is published 10 times a year, so you’ll only be paying $1 per issue. I haven’t seen this magazine in person, but it looks great. I may have to subscribe for Christmas gifts for my nieces and nephews.

*This post contains my referral links, but I would have shared the info anyway, as we truly do love this magazine and are interested in the older one for other family members.

Brotherly Love

“My Walk Chardie Hand” is probably what I’ll title this for our scrapbook – it’s the phrase Callan uses when he wants to help Charlie walk. But, since both his sentence structure and pronunciation of Charlie’s name are getting better by the day, I don’t anticipate we’ll hear it many more times.

My sweet boys holding hands on our nature walk. - #toddlers

I wrestled with myself over whether or not to take the camera with me when we went “hiking,” and then very nearly left it in the car so I didn’t have to tote it down the trail and could just soak in the experience. But I’m so glad my photographer’s side won out this time. Watching Callan race back down the trail to get Charlie and help him along was such a sweet moment, and I am really thankful I have this photo to document it. I smile every time I see it.


Moms’ Night Out {giveaway}

Did you get the opportunity to see Moms’ Night Out when it was playing at the cinema? I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been to the movies in the last 5 years, but I made sure I went to see that one. And it was so worth it! (You can view a few snippets from the movie here.)

“It will make you laugh; it will make you cry,” is an over-used line in movie critiques, but definitely true for Moms’ Night Out. I laughed, I cried, then I laughed some more and cried again. I went with my sister and a group of moms from our homeschool group – some with small children, some with teens, some with special needs kids, some with adopted children. Bloggers, activists, Catholics, Protestants, crunchy, mainstream – the details of our lives were varied. But each one of us was able to relate to the heart of the story.

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After the movie ended, we stood around in the lobby for a while, sharing stories about how we had spent the past weekend. It was Mother’s Day weekend, and nearly everyone in the group felt unworthy of being celebrated on that Sunday. But somehow, by the characters in Moms’ Night Out echoing the same feelings of failure and self-doubt that we all know, we felt less doubtful and less like failures, and realized that no, everyone else doesn’t have it all together either.

I highly recommend that every mama see Moms’ Night Out. It will speak to your heart, reassuring you that you are not alone, and that bad days don’t make you a bad mother. But it’s not just a movie for women – I think that there are a lot of insights for dads to glean from this movie as well. Plus, it’s a clean, family-friendly, funny movie that just makes for a good movie night, whether you’re a parent or not. I’m looking forward to watching it with my husband when it come out on Blu-Ray.

Pre-order Mom’s Night Out for just $15.99 (DVD) or $19.99 (Blu-Ray) and get a FREE CD!

Win a copy of Moms' Night Out book, novelization by Tricia Goyer - www.mcmamasays.comIf you can’t wait for the movie to come out on DVD (or Blu-Ray), you can read the book now! Tricia Goyer wrote a novelization of the movie and it’s already available. Check with your local library to see if it they have it, or purchase a copy for your home library. (Just think of the stories that would be swapped if you used this for your next book club read!) You can read a sample chapter here.

I’m also giving away a copy of the book right here. You can enter via the Rafflecopter form below.
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Thanks to B&H Publishing Group for providing a copy of this book for giveaway!



Did you go see Moms’ Night Out? What did you think of it?

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Last week I decided it was time to let Charlie tackle fingerpainting. He was really excited about it beforehand, but didn’t really get into it once the paints were in front of him.

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Yep, the one finger dip was about as adventurous as he got.

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Look! There’s a dot!

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Callan, on the other hand, was thrilled. We haven’t had the fingerpaints out for a month or two.

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And, of course, he couldn’t stop with just painting his paper.

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He thought he made a great canvas.

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Then it was time to start painting Charlie.

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My little masterpieces:

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I know my kids aren’t the only ones to paint themselves with paint, lipstick, markers, lotion, etc. Do you have any photos of your kids all “decorated”? Feel free to drop a link in the comments!


Linking up with: Mama to 5 Blessings, Frugality is Free, Better on a Budget, Images by CW, and The Jenny Evolution.

The Big Book of Symptoms {Review and Giveaway}

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.

Have you ever wondered whether your child’s symptoms were normal, something you could treat easily at home, or something that required medical attention? If you’re a parent, you’ve probably questioned symptoms more than once. I know I have.

With the internet so accessible nowadays it’s easy to look things up online, but it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish bonafide expert advice from the opinions of paranoid parents. Plus, there’s just something to be said for having a book right at your fingertips, with dozens of common children’s symptoms indexed for quick reference.

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The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health is such a book. It’s published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, and edited by two pediatricians who are respected in their field. You can be fairly sure that the information you find inside is similar to what you would hear if you called up your family’s pediatrician.

The Big Book of Symptoms is divided into two parts – three chapters that include common childhood symptoms, divided into age categories (infants, babies & children, and teenagers), and two additional chapters on CPR, First Aid, and safety.

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The information in the book covers a wide range of symptoms, including colic, fevers, jaundice, eating disorders, allergic reactions, and nosebleeds. The symptoms are arranged alphabetically within the proper age range, but are also searchable via the index. Each symptom includes a general overview, and additional pertinent information, followed by a chart covering Your Concerns, Possible Cause, and Action to Take. What I appreciate about the Action to Take column is that it’s straightforward and calm. A lot of the information you find online is so filled with emotion that it can strike fear in a mama’s heart over even the tamest of symptoms.

We have a cupboard to the left of our sink where we keep our oils, medicines, vitamins, and our other healthy family books. I’m going to be adding this book to that stash for easy reference next time we have a question about one of our kids’ symptoms. The Big Book of Symptoms also came with a pull-out chart of CPR and First Aid information, and I’m going to tape it onto the inside of the cupboard door.


Have your kids exhibited symptoms in the past that you wish you could have diagnosed quickly?


Buy it now! The Big Book of Symptoms: A-Z Guide to Your Child’s Health is now available for purchase. You can buy a copy at the AAP online bookstore, Amazon (affiliate link – thank you!), or at bookstores around the country.

Win a copy! Use the entry form below to enter to win your own copy of this book.
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the product mentioned in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are still my own. This post may contain affiliate links.