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Childrens’ books

Best Books for Kids

Here is our selection of the top children’s books every child should read. To purchase books click on the link under the selected book. Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss As one of the most memorable children’s book of all time, this story teaches a lesson that every child needs to learn: If you’ve never tried it, you can’t say you don’t like it! Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brownand Clement Hurd  As a favorite bedtime story, this book is about a child’s nightly ritual of saying goodnight to everything he sees. The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton In this book, animals watch the sun go down and then prepare for bed. Boynton’s simple rhymes, goofy animals in goofy settings, and comforting stories make her books so appealing. Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton In this seriously silly book, Boynton’s famous animal characters are sure to educate and entertain young readers. The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle This is a wonderful story with vibrant illustrations about a …

Book Review: Admissions

Admissions by Nancy Lieberman 355 pp., hardcover Warner Books, 2004 by Marissa Guijarro Admissions is the wise-cracking story of the competitive world of private school admissions in New York City. Helen Drager, art curator and advisor, loses her sense of reality when it is time for her daughter, Zoe, to apply to private high schools. In the meantime, Helen’s friend, Sara, director of admissions at The School, negotiates the kindergarten admissions process for the first time in her career under the negligent and hostile supervision of a dallying supervisor, Pamela Rothschild, headmaster of the School. Helen’s focus becomes intolerable to both her virtuous daughter and faithful husband, Michael, a cooking show producer, and her most lucid moments surface while flirting with a prospective lover. Sara clings to her Midwestern sensibilities in a maelstrom of chaos and corruption at The School. Michael, in an effort to please Helen, mixes business with parenting while trying to secure a place for Zoe at the Fancy Pants School. The character we love to hate, Pamela, becomes further ensnared in …

Minding Their Little Manners

It’s never too early to learn good taste. There are many programs that teach etiquette classes to children, including many luxury hotels.   These classes generally teach the rules of conduct in a fun and engaging environment, with workshops hosted by etiquette experts.  The workshops host interactive meals to teach table manners, including how to fold and place a napkin. Pick up Munchkin Manners Book: “Munchkin Manners on Table Setting“ from the Elementary Etiquette Society. This guide will help your little ones practice dinnertime decorum.

The Go-To Guide for Food-Allergy Mamas

This informative cookbook, The Food Allergy Mama’s Baking Book: Great Dairy-, Egg-, and Nut-Free Treats for the Whole Family, deserves a spot on your bookshelf, particularly as new studies show that kids are developing more food allergies. As the go-to guide for food-allergy mamas, this book is a one-stop guide to delicious, everyday baked goods free of dairy, eggs, and nuts — the most common food allergens. It offers simple and timeless recipes that are easy to prepare for all those with a sweet tooth.    All the traditional favorites are included, with chapters devoted to the best and tastiest muffins and quick breads, cookies and bars, and cakes, pies, crisps, and cobblers. In addition, the book is filled with practical advice about dealing with classroom and birthday parties, as well as easy ingredient substitution ideas.  Get your copy here.

Build Your Child’s First Library

Here’s a great start to building out your child’s first library. Click on the book to purchase. Green Eggs and Ham (I Can Read It All by Myself Beginner Books) by Dr. Seuss As one of the most memorable children’s book of all time, this story teaches a lesson that every child needs to learn: If you’ve never tried it, you can’t say you don’t like it! Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown and Clement HurdAs a favorite bedtime story, this book is about a child’s nightly ritual of saying goodnight to everything he sees.   The Going-To-Bed Book by Sandra Boynton In this book, animals watch the sun go down and then prepare for bed. Boynton’s simple rhymes, goofy animals in goofy settings, and comforting stories make her books so appealing.   Moo Baa La La La by Sandra Boynton In this seriously silly book, Boynton’s famous animal characters are sure to educate and entertain young readers.   The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle This is a wonderful story with vibrant illustrations about a caterpillar’s …

Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin

Return to Beauty: Old-World Recipes for Great Radiant Skin  by Narine Nikogosian is a beauty book that takes us to the kitchen. It’s filled with recipes for face masks, hair treatments, and much more.  The author, Narine Nikogosian, comes from a long line of Armenian women who have been harnessing the powers of nature to create everlasting beauty. This book offers regimens made from fresh ingredients that can be found right in your kitchen. With recipes for winter, spring, summer, and fall, you can create treatments to look beautiful throughout the year. Narine Nikogosian’s natural and inexpensive products can be whipped up in less than ten minutes. Have a jar of honey in your pantry? Mix it with a few crushed walnuts to create a sensual, aromatic scrub for oily skin. Use dabs of cottage cheese to lighten undereye circles, or almond oil to rehydrate cracked lips. Narine also provides recipes based on astrological signs, such as for Scorpio, a Gracious Grapefruit Mask made of grapefruit, egg yolk, and soothing honey to rejuvenate your skin even …

One Woman’s Shopping Addiction

Check out SPENT by Avis Cardella, a book about a woman with a shopping addiction. Spent by Avis Cardella is a timely, deeply personal, and shockingly dramatic exploration of our cultural need to spend, and of what happens when someone is consumed by the desire to consume. As someone fascinated with fashion and shopping, this was an incredibly personal story. The story is about Avis Cardella -who as a young girl devoured the glamorous images in her mother’s fashion magazines. She grew up to be one of the people in them, living a life that seemed to be filled with labels and luxury. But shopping had become a dangerous addiction. She chose Prada over food. Credit card debt blossomed like the ever-increasing pile of unworn shoes and clothing in the back of her closet. She defined herself by the things she owned and also lost herself in the mad hunt for the perfect pair of pants or purse that might make her feel whole.