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Miss Zee: A Coloring Book for Girls of Color

If you are looking for a coloring book for your little girl of color then you definitely want to check out Miss Zee, or at least support the production of the Miss Zee coloring book.

As an artist and mother, Gloria Smith could not find toys and coloring books with images that looked like her daughter. So she created her own coloring book called “Miss Zee.” Gloria Smith uploaded free printables to the Net with overwhelming response. People wanted to buy the coloring book and now all she needs is the money to print them.

I think it’s a worthwhile cause.

Here is a sample page you can download. Or, you can donate to get Miss Zee into the hands of little girls around the country. Check out Smith’s Kickstarter page to make a donation.

Visit Miss Zee at www.misszee.net and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/misszeedoll.

Free Herb eBook for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Moms

When I was pregnant I read as much about natural remedies as I could. I was a little rabid about it actually. When my daughters were babies I kept them away from all pharmaceutical baby medicines and instead used natural remedies when they were sick like rubbing garlic oil on the bottom of the feet, using Echinacea when they were sick, using tea tree oil when they got a rash, and juicing organic fruits (especially apples, oranges, and lemons) when they got first started getting the sniffles.

Earth Mama Baby Angel, a brand I trust and used when my girls were babies, has a free herb eBook on their site. Make sure to check it out. It has great information in it.
On the Net: www.earthmamaangelbaby.com/herbs-for-breastfeeding-ebook

Parent Bloggers Experience Lexus Safety

I must admit: I don’t know much about cars, but I do know I want to keep my family safe in the car I drive. Lexus understands that. And, honestly, with all the recalls lately, they know they have to get this right and they have.

Last week I traveled to California for the Lexus Family Safety Camp and in four short hours I learned a tremendous amount about how important features such as Anti-Lock Brakes and Vehicle Stability Control are to the overall safety of those driving and riding in their vehicles. I know most of you already know and understand how important these are but for those of us who were at the safety camp we were able to see how cars perform that don’t have these features. Scary!

One of the features of Lexus vehicles that really caught my attention was their Brake Override System. At the end of this year all Lexus vehicles will have the Brake Override System. Essentially, this technology tells the car that even if you are driving and your car is in full throttle if you press the brake firmly your car will stop. Period.

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Book and Tech Wednesday: Raindrops and the New Microsoft Phone


Raindrops: A Shower of Colors Raindrops: A Shower of Colors by Chieu Anh Urban

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Spring is just around the corner and for young ones who are just beginning to learn their colors, Raindrops: A Shower of Colors is an excellent board book to teach them about animals and the various hues of the rainbow.

More and more I judge toddler books primarily by their illustrations.When my daughters were quite young their little eyes feverishly gazed across the pages of vibrantly-colored books. And while their young ears heard the stories the illustrations really told the story. That said, the illustrations in Raindrops paints the entire story beautifully and the wording is ideal for young children whose brains are constantly learning new things.

What I love most about Raindrops is each page has a see-through raindrop of its respective color.

Why I love this book: Raindrops: A Shower of Colors is a perfect book for young children to read alone when they’re sitting on the floor using their tiny fingers to explore their piles and piles of board books. The illustrations in Raindrops are vibrant enough to capture and keep your child’s attention and the story is simple enough to teach them new insects, animals and colors without overwhelming them or taking away from their favorite things: pictures!

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Baby Names, 2010 Parenting Trends & STOKKE

Parents.com just released the top baby names in 2009. Aidan was the top boys’ name and Isabella was the top girl’s name. Click here to find the top baby names of 2009 for both boys and girls. And if you’re interested to see what singer Jennifer Hudson named her little boy, click here to find out.

I love Parents.com parenting trends for 2010. The first one I am completely in agreement with. Parents want to lose the pastel baby furniture and buy furniture that will grow with their child instead of having limited use.

STOKKE* has a wide range of very sophisticated nursery furniture in basic colors that also convert to furniture that your child can use as she gets older.

Discovering the Real John Henry + a Review of the TwitterPeek

Ain't Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry Ain’t Nothing but a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry by Scott Reynolds Nelson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Even though Ain’t Nothing But A Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry is a children’s book I had a real problem putting it down. That is certainly not to say the content will fly over the head of children. Rather, the content is so stellar it will keeps kids and adults alike riveted to the pages as the author recounts his quest to find the real John Henry. Read more after the jump.

TECH

On Christmas Eve I decided to take my TwitterPeek with me when I went shopping to see how it worked. I received the TwitterPeek to review and I wanted to take it out into the field, so to speak.

The TwitterPeek is a device that allows you to mobile tweet only. You can’t check your email and you cannot surf the Net. The only function of the TwitterPeek is to use Twitter.

Although I had some initial problems with it because apparently you can’t use the same email as the one that’s synched to your Peek ( if you have one), the TwitterPeek proved to be a great device, especially for those who can’t tweet from their phone.

The TwitterPeek allows you to see tweets come in, respond to tweets, write your own tweets and see your @ mentions. Additionally you can see images that people upload into their Twitter stream and read links.
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Free TableTop from STOKKE, Farofa Nation and College Students and Social Networking


If you are in the hunt for a new highchair I cannot recommend the Tripp Trapp from STOKKE* enough. Not only does it come in twelve wonderful colors, it also adjusts as your child grows. Essentially you will never have to throw your Tripp Trapp away. It grows with your child and holds up to 300 pounds. I use ours at my desk.

Now through the end of the year, when you buy a Tripp Trapp highchair you will receive a STOKKE Table Top for free. Because the Tripp Trapp allows your child to sit with you at the table and doesn’t have a tray, the Table Top is a great way to keep the mess away on your table as your child eats. Plus, it has an educational component to it with six different templates you can switch out.
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Harriet Tubman: Secret Agent and the TwitterPeek

I had no idea that National Geographic publishes so many books with African-American themes. I was thrilled to received several books to review and will be posting my reviews now through the beginning of the year.  Today I am posting my review of Harriet Tubman: Secret Agent, Also look for thorough reviews of 500 Miles to Freedom, Students on Strike, The Ground-breaking, Chance-Taking Life of George Washington Carver, Ain’t Nothing But a Man: My Quest to Find the Real John Henry and Liberty or Death.


TECH

If you are looking to tweet when you’re on the go, you might want to check out the TwitterPeek. It’s the first dedicated Twitter client, allowing you only to tweet from it. You can’t check your email or upload pictures, but you can tweet, read tweets, read your @ mentions and also reply to your Twitter followers.

I am currently reviewing the TwitterPeek. Look for a review next week during Books and Tech Wednesday.

On the Net: www.getpeek.com
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Healthy Holiday and the Original Facial Cleanser

The American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation have joined forces to eradicate childhood obesity through their joint initiative, the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. They have come up with tips to increase physical fitness this holiday season.

Walk It Off – Schedule at least one night a week to eat dinner as a family, and then go for a walk together.

Game of the Week – Start a new weekly tradition and spend a Saturday or Sunday afternoon skating or playing touch football as a family.

Form a Team – Scan local resources and sign up as a family for a community fun run, walk or car wash.

On the Net: HealthierGeneration.org


BEAUTY

I have been spending way too much money on facial cleaners for years, incessantly looking for the perfect cleanser for my skin type and I completely forgot about Noxzema. I bought a container of Noxzema Deep Cleansing Cream and it’s working far better than all of the expensive cleansers I’ve wasted money on combined. Sometimes we just need to keep it simple.

On the Net: www.Noxzema.com

1 in 100 Children Have Autism Spectrum Disorder

One percent of all US children now have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This new data was released on Friday from the Centers for Disease Control. There is still no concrete data explaining the rise in numbers, but the CDC wants parents to be as proactive in diagnosis as possible.

Studies also show that black children in particular are diagnosed for autism spectrum disorder later than white children because they are often wrongly thought to have mental retardation instead of ASD. Black children, on average, are diagnosed one to two years later than other children.

The CDC has created a comprehensive microsite with pertinent information all parents should read concerning autism spectrum disorder, especially Learn the Signs. Act Early.

On the Net: www.cdc.gov/autism