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final stretch

December 15, 2017


This is game time, friends! The kids in are in school 5 more days over here and this is when my list and focus gets tight! Here are some other ideas for those of you who are still shopping-

Tenergy Wireless Beanie Hat– my 13 year old son picked this out- so it’s teen approved. Good reviews.

Wine markers– my MIL gave these to me a couple years ago for my stemless glasses and they are awesome. Great hostess gift too-

Aloha Splash Proof Bags– I saw these in Hawaii and had to get some! You can stow your bathing suit in it after a trip to the beach, or anything else you can think of! Today I have my makeup in it for after the gym. It would make a great beach bag.

Team Santa/Sleigh All Day– my favorite pj company is now making these fun sweatshirts! These are by no means flattering (at least mine isn’t), but it’s the softest material and fun for this time of year – plus I am wearing mine every night when I get home as it’s very comfortable!

Emoji band aids– these will make it into a stocking. Bought mine on amazon.  I think great stocking stuffers for kids are at Walgreens, World Market and amazon!

Mouse in a Box– Our cool local store Knapsack sells these and they have all different versions of this Danish toy. I bought a little matchbox with a ballerina in it for our travel at Thanksgiving. My daughter played with it for HOURS on the plane. Sweet imaginative play. If you are local and have a little one, this is a precious gift!

My friend Amy is a children’s book editor and ALWAYS has great suggestions for books for kids- here is something she sent me-

Books for the kids:
Star Talk by Neil DeGrasse Tyson. I saw this at my son’s book fair and think both kids would like it; the blurb sold me too: StarTalk will help answer all of your most pressing questions about our world—from how the brain works to the physics of comic book superheroes. Fun, smart, and laugh-out-loud funny, this book is the perfect guide to everything you ever wanted to know about the universe—and beyond.

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions:
Another good bet for silly-curious kids: Millions of people visit each week to read Randall Munroe’s iconic webcomic. His stick-figure drawings about science, technology, language, and love have a large and passionate following. Fans of xkcd ask Munroe a lot of strange questions. What if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? How fast can you hit a speed bump while driving and live? If there was a robot apocalypse, how long would humanity last?The book features new and never-before-answered questions, along with updated and expanded versions of the most popular answers from the xkcd website.
The Football Fanbook: Everything You Need to Become a Gridiron Know-it-All (A Sports Illustrated Kids Book)
For my two football fans. Reviews say this book has obscure, interesting facts, evaluates each team so you can argue who is the “best,” and compares current players to important players from history. Lots of adults reviewed on Amazon saying they learned a lot and bought copies for themselves as well.
Thing Explainer: Complicated Stuff in Simple Words
How do things work? Where do they come from? What would life be like without them? And what would happen if we opened them up, heated them up, cooled them down, pointed them in a different direction, or pressed this button? In Thing Explainer, Munroe gives us the answers to these questions and so many more. Funny, interesting, and always understandable, this book is for anyone—age 5 to 105—who has ever wondered how things work, and why.

Guinness World Records 2018: Meet our Real-Life Superheroes
My kids LOVE these books and spend hours poring over them. I refused to buy it at the book fair but will surprise my younger one with this at Christmas.

Other fun lists to peruse-

Dinner: A Love Story gift guide– huge fan of her cookbooks!

Living with Landyn- here is her tween girl gift guide but she has many others- just hop around

WHOA- one of the best gift guides for builders and inventors I have seen! You will definitely find something for your kids in the MOM Edit Steam list- watch the video-

Brightly came out with many lists of seasonal and holiday book lists for all ages– I really enjoy their site.

There is always more, but that’s all for now. Hope you all have a great weekend!


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