A Preschooler's Review of Terry Treetop and the Little Bear by Tali Carmi


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Over the holidays, we visited my little one's grandparents in East Texas. This was an incredible road trip for her, because she enjoys the drive. However, it is difficult to keep those important bedtime routines and travel with minimal items.

As a result, we travel light and incorporate mommy's iPad in the bedtime routine by utilizing the Kindle App. We have the Kindle Unlimited plan and this has been great for those busy times when working parents cannot visit the library during the week. Here's our video review!


Remember, we are on our journey to read 1,000 books before kindergarten and the book for the first night of our trip was Terry Treetop and the Little Bear. This book was great and it engaged my preschooler the entire time!

She enjoyed the pictures and rated this book higher than the other books that she read during the weekend. She loves the five star rating system and she will rate books MORE stars or LESS stars than the other books during the week's timeframe.

Check out the hashtag for this book - #TerryTreetopandtheLittleBear

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Five Reasons WHY You Should Select the Minos Moka Pot Espresso Maker Batch 3 for Your Holiday Staycation!


We always begin our holidays with a nice cup of coffee or tea and a sweet pastry! This holiday season, we have a neat beverage addition to our family, the Minos Moka Pot Espresso Maker Batch 3! This pot is incredible, read WHY we selected this pot in the blog post.

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Here are five reasons WHY you should select the Minos Moka Pot Espresso Maker Batch 3 for the holidays!

1 - The Moka Pot is Stylish and Trendy
The classic Moka Pot has had the same look since it was first created in 1933. It’s beautiful and artistic, but the Minos Moka Pot brings authentic, romantic coffee to the modern age with an elegant, streamlined design.

2 - The Moka Pot is Colorful
Three switchable, multi-colored handles accompany the product (yellow, blue and pink).

3 - The Moka Pot Works on any Stove Top
Can be used on gas, electric and ceramic stovetops.

4 - The Moka Pot is Simple to Clean
The Minos Moka Pot was designed to be simple and easy to use for everyday coffee lovers. There are no moving or spinning parts that easily get broken or lost.

5 - The Moka Pot is Meant to Last
The Minos Moka Pot is made from heavy stainless steel, which is much stronger and can withstand heat much more than aluminum.

You can purchase the Moka Pot on Amazon! - http://www.amztk.com/stovetop-espresso-maker

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Top 10 Preschool Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Toys Under $30


We hope you are having a great week! Our family loves the Fisher Price brand and we've been purchasing toys from this company for years! So, we were very excited to find out about their "Think and Learn" line! In addition to Fisher Price, this STEM toy list also includes learning toys from Melissa and Doug, Tiggly, Educational Insights, Learning Resources, and Magformers. Here is our family's "Top Ten Preschool STEM Toys for Under $30"!

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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar Toy

1 - Fisher-Price Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar Toy
We've been watching this toy since last year's Consumer Electronic Show. If you want to integrate Science, Engineering, Technology, or Mathematics for your child(ren), this is the MUST have toy for the season! Here's the neat thing, out of 74 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4.5/5 stars! Other people think this toy is great too!

2 - Fisher-Price Think & Learn Smart Scan Color Chameleon
This is a great toy for two and three year olds who are learning their colors! This toy is definitely one of the top toys for color recognition. In fact, our little one is obsessed with QR codes and scanning them into an iPhone. This toy is similar as well! Just scan the paint swatch with the paint brush and the chameleon will identify the color! This is a fun way to integrate the technology piece of STEM for your children! Out of 25 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 3.5/5 stars!

 
3 - Fisher-Price Smart Scan Word Dash
For the older children in your life, this word dash toy is going to be awesome for sight words and interactively play! As a education doctors, we are always looking for innovative ways to integrate learning each day for our little one! This toy/game is similar to a "metal detector", but for sight words! Also, we are always looking for neat travel toys (especially for travel to grandma's house and this toy is definitely on our list! Out of 22 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 3.5/5 stars!

4 - Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set
Create your own preschool coding week! You can integrate the Melissa & Doug Bead Sequencing Set in a week-long preschool lesson on coding, number sequencing, and counting. We love the Melissa and Doug brand, because they sell high-quality wooden toys for affordable prices! Out of 119 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4/5 stars!

5 - Tiggly Math Learning System for Kids 3-7
Our little one loves her iPad and we are always on the look out for neat iPad friendly toys that can teach STEM to our little one after her school day ends! This mathematics learning system includes four toys for the tablet app (available on android and Kindle Fire). Out of 45 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4/5 stars! Other people think this toy is great too!


6 - Magformers Inspire Set (30-pieces)
The Magformers brand is awesome for preschoolers! This particular set is very color and includes 30 pieces. It is a great travel toy and it can help you emphasize engineering for your child! This is a TOP toy, because out of 226 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 5/5 stars!

 
7 - Educational Insights Design & Drill Dazzling Creations Studio
Yes! STEM focused toys for our little girl! We are definitely adding this toy on our Christmas list! Our little one loves crowns, princesses, and jewels...so this toy is the PERFECT combination for our preschooler! Plus, you can take place all of these items in a gallon-sized zip lock bag for learning on-the-go during your family travel adventures! Out of 16 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4.5/5 stars!

8 - Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building Kit
We are BIG fans of the Learning Resources company, because many school districts purchase these products for their classrooms. The Learning Resources Gears! Gears! Gears! Build and Bloom Flower Garden Building Kit is a great toy for your little one(s), because it is colorful and it is focused on physics! Your little one can actually see the reactions the gears that they connected! Out of 49 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4.5/5 stars!

9 - Educational Insights EI-5112 GeoSafari Jr. My First Microscope
As a child, we loved the GeoSafari system, because it enabled us to view different parts of the United States with a simple magnifying glass! The company is still using this concept, but they are enabling children to view the world around them through their first microscope! Out of 387 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4/5 stars!

10 - Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Jungle Crew Lab Set
This is one of the neatest lab sets for preschoolers that we've seen so far! Each component of the lab kit has an animal associated with it! So, you can say - "Grab the "Lion Test Tube" for the next experiment" and your little one(s) will know exact which item you would like to use next! You can store this in a small plastic box for reuse later! Out of 387 customer reviews, the average score for this toy is 4/5 stars!



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Two Tech Essentials for Holiday Travel - Jastek & Power Up Cables


We love traveling for the holidays and we are excited about traveling with these Two Tech Essentials for Holiday Travel! These essentials include: the Jastek - 5 in 1 Cable and the Power Up Lighting Cable to USB (MFi Certified) 3ft!

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To discover more about the Jastek - 5 in 1 Cable, click here:
https://www.amazon.com/JASTEK-8pin-Multi-Charger-Cable/dp/B016P22YMS/ref=sr_1_10?ie=UTF8&qid=1475746275&sr=8-10&keywords=multi+charging+cable

To discover more about the Power Up Lighting Cable to USB (MFi Certified) 3ft, click here:
https://www.amazon.com/iPhone-charger-Lightning-Certified-PowerUp/dp/B01LY2M5WR/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1476147653&sr=8-6&keywords=iPhone+6+charger

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How to Make the Most of One Day in San Antonio


So it's Saturday morning and Mom leaves the hotel for her conference so it's up to Dad to plan a fun and educational day in San Antonio.  Since we're in downtown San Antonio, the car is in a parking garage with no in/out privileges.



After checking the local bus website, I discovered the Viva Culture line (11).  My daughter wanted to go to the zoo.  The zoo was on the bus route (inner happy dance).  The concierge informed us that the bus stop was about a five-minute walk away.  


For just $2.75, I purchased a day pass. My daughter didn't need a pass given her age.  The bus even has free high speed wifi! Our Paw-Paw, who lives in San Antonio, decided to join us!


The Viva Missions route (40) includes stops at the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.  The Viva Centro route (301) includes stops at the Convention Center, the Riverwalk, and the Alamodome.


The name of the bus system means "life"/"live". This was a great This was a great way to incorporate Spanish along the way to the zoo.


The bus dropped us off right in front of the zoo.  The driver showed us the stop for the return trip on the other side of the street.  The bus also picks up from the zoo every 30 minutes.


The zoo was so much fun!


Other stops on the Viva culture route include the Witte Museum, the San Antonio Museum of Art, the McNay Art Museum, and the Alamo.


We stopped at the Alamo on the return trip since we had a day pass.  My daughter got to learn about Texas history through the buildings, artifacts, and storytellers dressed in time-inspired clothing.


The stop by our hotel put us right by the River Walk!  A great way to experience the River Walk is by taking a boat tour.  The tour guide will tell you about the history behind the buildings, statues, and flood prevention systems.



After visiting the Riverwalk, we returned to our hotel to prepare for late checkout, another great way to make the most of a day trip.


Have you made a quick trip to San Antonio? What do you recommend?

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