Beautiful baby keepsakes for Mothers: MyKeepSet

I am a total sucker for baby keepsakes. There is something about capturing memories about my child that makes my heart all warm and fuzzy. Every year I have made it a habit to make a family photo album for Christmas. I love knowing that I can share these precious moments with my daughter for the years to come.

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Today I am thrilled to share with my readers a sweet new memory keepsake. MyKeepSet is a beautiful memory kit perfect for busy moms just like me. I came across this set recently and am SO impressed by how adorable the design is! The set is perfect to record little one’s pictures and memories from conception to preschool.

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Each set comes with the following:

  • (1) Baby Memory Book Of Firsts with room for a Big front cover picture – guided journal with colorful illustrations

  • (1) 9-inch picture frame box – to safely store & display the Baby Memory Book

  • (1) No-mess Air Dry Material Clay – hand or foot print keepsake

  • (10) DIY picture hanging frames – exciting way to hang the baby pictures

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I found the set really cute and gender neutral and thought it would make a wonderful gift for an expecting mother. In fact,  intend to gift one to my sister in law with some other cute baby items such as a super adorable baby beanie and a board book. I LOVE the DIY paper photo hanging frames and think they are perfect for a birthday party! Of course, the clay hand print keepsake is just precious and every mother should have one if possible! I still have one I use as a Christmas ornament every year.

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Capturing memories in my daughter’s life is one of my favorite things to do, and I love baby books. It is such an amazing gift to pass along to a child down the road or cherish together at bedtime. I think this set is just perfect for baby’s first memories.

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If you are interested in snagging your own MyKeepSet, here is a coupon code just for you!

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***I am also thrilled to be giving away (1) sets of MyKeepSet to my readers!
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*I received product in exchange for this review. All opinions expressed are my very own!
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Children’s Body and Safety Awareness & God Made All of Me Book Review

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As my daughter is getting older, I have been trying to find ways to broach the subject of body awareness and body safety. I know that as a parent and mother, this is my responsibility. My hope is that she won’t hear about it for the first time in school or from a friend, but rather from the safety of her home.

As a believer in Jesus, I want my daughter to have the framework of just how special her body is, and how sacred she is. I want her to fully understand that she can say “NO” to various forms of touch, verbal statements, and persuasions. Not only is this skill important now, it will become more important as she grows up and encounters various situations to make her own decisions about sexuality.

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Here is a startling fact from “God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies“, written by Justin S. Holcomb and Lindsey A. Holcomb:

One in four women and one in six men have or will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. 

The sad truth is that most of these assaults happen by a “trusted” friend or family member.

This blog post is not meant to scare or shame, but rather to “empower parents to prevent, recognize, and respond to child abuse” (God Made All of Me).

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I decided to review this book, God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies, because it has made a profound impact on my daughter and I. It has given me the tools to speak gracefully and lovingly to my four year old about her private parts, her identity and value, appropriate conduct between friends and family, the right to say no, and modesty. It has opened a dialogue between us that these issues need not be embarrassing or shameful, but rather important to talk about. As she grows older, I hope she knows she can come to me right away if she feels unsure about a situation or if someone has harassed her. It also gives her the knowledge to treat other people with respect and to know to listen when people say no, or to look away if someone asks her to.

Some very practical times I have been able to use the wisdom in this book:

  • Bathroom stalls: My daughter likes to “look under” stalls. After reading this book, I was able to remind her to respect other people’s privacy and private parts.
  • Body curiosity: When my daughter turned three, she loved to show her belly and other various body parts. This book was wonderful to teach her that her body is beautiful and exciting, but that it is important to only show it during appropriate times for her own safety (with doctors, in a bath, with family members we have allowed, etc.).
  • “Rough-housing”: We all have that fun person in our lives who rough houses. While rough housing is fun and alright, and even good for building play skills, sometimes it can go too far. For example, if our kiddo says , “stop” or “no more”, over and over, it might be awkward to ask that fun cousin or even Dad to stop, but it is important in building a child’s confidence to be able to say no. A child who has the ability to say no at four is going to be more likely to say no at sixteen, and having parents who back him or her up instills a sense of value and trust that is priceless.

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I highly recommend this book for parents looking for a useful book to open up conversations in a sweet and meaningful way with a young child.  This book is wonderful because it is written in a way that captures a young child in a non-threatening way. It allows a parent to talk about subjects that seem difficult to talk about.

Click on the following link to order your own copy:  God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies

*I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own. 

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10 gift ideas for kids (that are not toys)

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The season is upon us: birthdays. For some reason birthdays come in groups for us. As my daughter gets older, I notice that birthday celebrations become more of a common event, sometimes even doubling up on weekends. I don’t know about you- but I cannot afford to spend $20 per kid or more. We are on a budget! I love all of my friends’ kid’s, but if I want to go to every party I have to come up with creative ways to give gifts. Another note: I don’t know about you, but after a while a ton of toys can get overwhelming. I mean, I know birthdays are meant to be fun, but when my daughter gets something useful or practical once in a while that she also like it is a win for us. I also have several friends who request no toys. What am I supposed to buy? Over the years I have racked my brain on useful and non-toy birthday gifts that most kids ages 3-10 will enjoy and use.

In the spirit of full disclosure, this post contains affiliate links, which means that I may get a commissions if you decide to purchase anything from Amazon. I only recommend products I love and use!

Jewelry/ Accessories

My daughter loves getting cute little necklaces, stick-on earrings,  headbands, cute hats, and purses. All of these cute little accessories are great because I usually do not want to spend a dime on these things. Another fun idea along the same lines is a jewelry box. Some cute ideas are Melissa & Doug Design-Your-Own Bracelets, or Enchantmints Ballet Heart Shape Music Box.

Sunglasses

Sunglasses are an essential for summer, so these make a great gift. Plus, my daughter constantly loses her glasses. It is nice to have a couple! These adorable little glasses are perfect! RIVBOS RBK002 Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses Wayfarer Style Age 3-10 (Pink)

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Beach Towels

Beach towels or bathroom towels are another fun gift. My daughter loves having her “own” washcloths, bath towels, and beach towels. Another thing we don’t buy her, but when she gets as a gift she loves! Here is a cute Spiderman beach towel for only $12.99! Boy’s Spiderman Beach Towel-28Wx58L

Books

We are an avid reading family, so books are amazing. I get really tired of reading my daughter the same books night after night. A good, age appropriate, book is always a WIN! Some of our family favorites are Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, Goodnight Moon, or this fun laugh out loud jokes book for kids! Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids

Videos/ DVD’s

Reading is not our only activity- we also love to watch movies! Movies make a great gift because it is so nice to have a collection of entertainment for our kiddo. We love getting and recieving Disney and Pixar movies, PBS shows for toddlers, and family-friendly movies! Our current faves our Inside Out (Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack + Digital Copy) and My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Friendship Games

Sporting Equipment

Active families will appreciate outdoor and sporting equipment. A soccer ball, outdoor game, or yoga mats all make awesome gifts for active kids! This is a great little first ball set! Toysmith Pro-Ball Set

Water Bottle

My favorite gift was a Camelbak kids water bottle. Functional, and my daughter absolutely loves her water bottle. Plus, they are leak-free! CamelBak Kid’s Eddy Water Bottle, Gators, .4-Liter

Crafts

Crafts are always a hit. They are great for kids’ fine motor skills and provide hours of good entertainment. Melissa and Doug make awesome craft kits, and new coloring books are always a hit! Spirograph sets are super fun! Spirograph Design Tin Set

Baking supplies

Have a tiny baker on your hands? A culinary kid? Consider kitchen equipment! Cooking is a fantastic activity for kids that teaches them math and science, as well as essential skills for life. Sassafras Little Cook Children’s Kitchen Tools in Herb Pot Gift Set or The Disney Princess Cookbook are fun choices!

Music

The gift of music is always wonderful. CD’s, music classes, or musical instruments are an awesome gift that provide entertainment as well as exercize the brain! Toddler Favorites CD or  Melissa & Doug Band in a Box would be perfect!

What gift ideas do you have? Share with me!