World Book Day Celebration Giveaway : Bump to Birthday Journal

Did you know that today is World Book Day? While it's mainly celebrated in the UK and Ireland, why not in the US. To help us celebrate, From You To Me is offering 25% off and free shipping for the ENTIRE DAY with code WORLD25 at checkout! From You To Me has over 20 titles that keep adults, kids, couples, moms and more WRITING!! They have created incredible journals that inspire you to share moments and stories that are usually not recorded. To continue the celebrating past today, From You To Me is awarding one lucky reader of Giggle Hearts with the chance to win a copy of Bump to Birthday : a pregnancy & first year journal. {continue reading below}

Bump to Birthday is the perfect inspiration for you to capture the unique story of your pregnancy and your child’s precious first year. This book is a combined pregnancy and new baby journal that helps you to tell your own remarkable story and record your unique unrepeatable experiences. "The growth of your bump, your hopes and dreams, your birthing experience and the special moments with your new baby – from first movements to first smile, first Thanksgiving to first birthday – will be treasured forever in one beautiful journal."

Ready to Enter to Win? Simply complete any or all of the entry options below. The more ways you enter, the more chances you have to win. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm est on Friday March 20th. Widget not loading? Please click here to enter to win . . .

 From You To Me is offering 25% off PLUS Free Delivery to celebrate World Book Day - valid only on March 5, 2015 - as seen on www.GiggleHearts.com


Read. Dream. Play. Repeat. Gift Ideas from Stories that Inspire Imaginative Play by Addie and George

I absolutely LOVE the idea behind Carey's adorable handmade shop, Addie & George. Carey's original hand-drawn siblings, Addie & George, love to dress up and act out their favorite scenes from their beloved books. In the Addie & George Shop you will find nursery wall prints, book themed decor for children's and nursery rooms and even the sweetest stuffed Addie cloth rag doll for your little girl. These are perfect gifts for readers, writers and booklovers this holiday season and all year long. As Carey writes . . .
Through these two siblings, I hope to reintroduce a little bit of childhood that allows us to see secret passages in the wardrobe, doorways to other worlds in a tall field of hay or cast spells with a wooden stick.

For me, the Addie & George logo says what every childhood should be like . . . Read. Dream. Play. Repeat. Wouldn't you agree?

PS: Don't forget to follow Addie and George on Facebook for sneak peeks and discounts!

Using Bubbles to Create Art Prints : as seen in "101 Kids Activities' Book

My older daughter who will be turning 8 in three months still loves bubbles and now my youngest who is 23 months loves when I blow bubbles. With both of them lately, the bigger I can make them, the more they love it. I'm told to make another big one and then the little one loves to poke it with her finger. Makes me smile every time. Well, now there's something new you can do with bubbles and Holly Homer and Rachel Miller of KidsActivitiesBlog.com are here to share one of their fun craft activities with us. They have recently released a book that will make the saying "I'm bored" be a thing of the past. The book, 101 Kids Activities That Are The Bestest, Funnest Ever has 101 activities inside that will keep children of all ages busy with activities that use common, everyday household items. Today's project is called Bubble Prints and here's the craft recipe to create it with your child(ren).
 DIY Kids Craft : How to Create Bubble Art Prints : complete recipe on www.GiggleHearts.com

Bubble Prints

Materials (to make one bubble shooter)
• 9 to 12 drinking straws
• Rubber band
• Broad plastic cup
• Multiple sheets of paper

Bubble Solution (to make about 1 1/2 cups [360 ml] bubble solution)
• 1 cup (235 ml) water
• 1/3 cup (80 ml) not concentrated liquid dish detergent (if concentrated, use slightly less)
• 3 tablespoons (45 ml) corn syrup
• 10 to 15 drops food coloring

It is best to stir the ingredients to mix them, not shake. Let it sit overnight for the best results. We split our recipe into multiple baby food jars and then added food dye for our printing craft.

Grab a handful of straws and secure them together with a rubber band. We found that five or six straws worked best.

Dip one end into the bubble solution placed into a plastic cup broad enough to accommodate the straw bundle. Blow lots of bubbles!

Hold the end of the shooter over a piece of paper and see what happens on the paper as the colored bubbles pop. Let dry.

Modifications for Younger Kids
Instead of using dish detergent to create the bubbles, make them pain-free by using tear-free baby wash. This way, if your child gets a bubble in an eye it won’t sting.

Younger kids who might inhale with the straw in their mouth vs. exhale should continue to use a bubble wand until the coordination is mastered. No one wants a mouthful of bubbles!

Modifications for Older Kids
Cut the bottom off a water bottle. Put a dish rag over the opening and use a rubber band to secure that to the bottle. Dip the rag into the bubble juice and blow on the “mouth” of the bottle. The result should be a “snake” of bubbles.

Use your bubble-printed paper to write a card to a friend or family member you haven’t seen in a long time - you can also use bubble prints on butcher paper to create your own wrapping paper for gifts.

Vendor Spotlight: Bunnies By The Bay

We hope that everyone had a wonderful Holiday and are delighted to feature Bunnies By The Bay for this week's Vendor Spotlight. Founded in 1986, the world of Bunnies By The Bay was created in response to tragic events that unexpectedly propelled one family into navigating a wayward journey from tragic loss to hopeful healing.

The lessons of those experiences instilled the belief that everything can be rescued and mended, even broken hearts. While life may deal unpredictable challenges, help may come in surprising ways and provide us with those little dabs of glee that enable one to rekindle glad dreams.

The focus of Bunnies By The Bay is to create delightfully endearing gifts for wee ones embarking on their first years of life. With engaging art and playful wit, Bunnies By The Bay offers detailed designs and lush materials in timeless products that promise parents and grandparents a cherished heirloom in the years to come.

We invite our friends to visit Cricket Island and the inhabitants of Puddletown, where the threads of their story are sewn into the soft fabrics that in turn sow the seeds of hope for all to share.

Hello World! Personalized Gift Set from I See Me

Happy news this week from I See Me! We are excited to share with you the release of their brand new book, "Hello, World!", the perfect gift to welcome a new baby into the family. This book makes a fantastic keepsake for parents, and features special details including baby's name, photo, parent's name or names, birth height and weight, and more! For thoughtful gift-givers looking for that perfect gift to welcome the new baby, I See Me!’s newest personalized book "Hello, World!" is quickly becoming the season’s must-have baby gift.



IncrediBundles: A Modern Twist on the Baby Gift Basket

IncrediBundles feature adorably chic reusable storage containers filled with the very best award-winning toys, books and products for babies – selected by experts and approved by parents. Each of their gift sets are designed to address a specific area of an infant’s development and include products which will be used and cherished throughout baby’s first year and beyond. IncrediBundles provide great value and convenience for the gift giver as well.

Their Custom Order Bundles allow you to create a truly personalized gift and a Bundle Subscription is the PERFECT way to deliver age appropriate products to any little one throughout the year. Whichever bundle you choose from their product line, you will find that IncrediBundles provides the very best value...and FREE SHIPPING!

5 Things to consider when choosing a baby Journal

Today we welcome Kaitlyn Johnson as a guest blogger to our site. Kaitlyn is the content editor of Newborn Care and loves writing articles on basic behavior of kids & parenting issues. She offered to share her recent publication with our readers about 5 Things to Consider When Choosing a Baby Journal...

{The first few years of your baby’s life are typically the most heavily documented, which is why baby journals have remained a perennial favorite for new parents. Recording each milestone along the way not only allows you to track the rate at which your child is reaching them, but also provides you with a wonderful piece of memorabilia when your child is no longer small. The world is a rapidly changing place, however, which means that the old-fashioned baby books of years gone by are no longer the only option for new parents with a penchant for journaling. Before you snag the first journal off the shelf, these are five of the things you might want to consider.

Ease of Use – Between midnight feedings and frequent diaper changes, early parenthood isn’t known for being rife with free time. That means that, by sheer necessity, you’ll need to choose a baby journal that’s easy for you to use and update on the fly. You’ll need to be able to make new entries or update existing ones in the little amount of time you’re able to carve out while Baby is sleeping or with the grandparents, so make sure that you choose one that doesn’t require a ton of work. An intricate journal filled with calligraphy will be a beautiful keepsake in theory, but in practice is more likely to end up abandoned as you go about the business of parenting.

Convenience – A large, cumbersome book makes for a great accent on your bookshelf, but may be little more than a blank book taking up space if it’s too difficult to manage. You’ll need to choose a journal that’s easy to handle and convenient to update. If you’re constantly glued to your smartphone, a digital journal that you can update on the go may be the most efficient route for you to take. Stay-at-home parents who aren’t as tech-savvy may find that a traditional journal is the best choice. The method that’s most convenient for you will depend largely upon your lifestyle, so take it into account when you’re choosing a journal.

Method By Which the Journal Will Be Updated – If you hate your handwriting, aren’t a confident speller or don’t like the idea of keeping a physical book around to collect stains, spills and mishaps, a digital journal could be the solution to your quandaries. Parents who aren’t so invested in technology or who like the idea of physically writing out the chronicle of their baby’s first year, however, should consider a traditional baby book.

Storage and Organization – In homes where space is at a premium, adding another clunky book to the shelves may not be the best idea. A digital journal that’s backed up online or on a removable storage device also isn’t prone to damage or loss in the same way that a physical journal may be. Consider where you’ll be storing this precious information and how you want to organize it while you’re choosing the journaling option for your growing family.

Customization Options – Artistic and creative parents may want something with more of a scrapbook feel than a clinical run-down of milestones and feeding schedules, while minimalist parents may find that they have little patience for the frills and cutesy feel of a heavily decorated baby journal. Think about the level of customization you’re looking for and how much you want to manipulate the pages. Digital and physical journals alike will all have different levels of customization ability, so think about what you’re looking for and the options available to you through the journals you’re considering.

In the end, the type of journal you choose should be a reflection of who you are as a parent and what will best fit your lifestyle. The last thing you’ll want is a baby book with the first few pages filled out and the rest left blank, or a book that doesn’t accurately portray your baby’s new life. Make sure that you choose wisely, as you also won’t want to take time out of your busy schedule as a new parent to transfer information into a new journal if your first choice proves to be less than efficient.}

Giveaway: Personalized Children's Book - Who Loves Me?

Congrats to Stephanie G for being selected as the winner of this giveaway!

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This week we are excited to launch a great new giveaway from I See Me for a personalized children's book Who Loves Me? {a $29.95 value}. It is often said that there is no better gift that you can give a child than love. Who Loves Me? features the names of family members and friends who love the child and encourages the child to reach to the sky when asked "how much" each of one of them loves him or her. This beautifully illustrated book reassures the child that he or she is loved "so much" by each person, with melodious rhymes describing the depth of each individual's love. Written by Jennifer Dewing, with colorful, whimsical illustrations by Maria Carluccio, this hardcover book is a perfect gift for a new baby or young child!

To enter the contest please visit I See Me and come back here to post a comment with your favorite product from their website. The contest runs thru Tuesday July 30, 2013 with a winner being announced on Wednesday July 31, 2013. Please be sure to leave your email address on the comment form so I can email you if you're the lucky winner {it will not be published} 

Contest Prize: A Personalized "Who Loves Me?" Book {valued at $29.95}
Contest Deadline: Tuesday July 30, 2013 at 11:59 pm EST
Contest Question: What is your favorite product from I See Me?


For Additional Entries Into The Giveaway
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"like" I See Me on Facebook and then come back and leave me a new comment that you now like I See Me on Facebook

follow I See Me on Twitter and then come back and leave me a comment that you're now following @ISeeMe_Maia on Twitter

follow Best Baby Sites on Twitter and then come back and leave me a comment that you're now following @BestBabySites on Twitter

"like" Best Baby Sites on Facebook and then come back and leave me a new comment that you now like Best Baby Sites on Facebook

Tweet the following: "I just entered to #win a Personalized Book {valued at $29.95}  from @ISeeMe_Maia on @BestBabySites - Enter here: http://ow.ly/nfK4C " and then come back to leave me a new comment with a link to your tweet and your twitter id.

You must be 18 years or older to enter and reside in the United States to be eligible 
(shipping is provided to US only if applicable).

Keepsake Baby Albums & Journals by Two Giggles

Capture your baby’s first five years in your own Two Giggles baby journal.  Each Five Year Baby Album comes with 134 journaling pages and always includes free personalization with your baby’s name. Record every craving, milestone, favorite thing, birthday, holiday and adventure from pregnancy up through five years old - all in one lovely album! With many beautiful colors and patterns to choose from, Two Giggles has something to fit your needs including First Year Albums. Stop by their online shop today to view their entire selection of Keepsake Albums and Journals, PERFECT for gift-giving!

 

A Modern Twist on The Baby Gift Basket from IncrediBundles

IncrediBundles feature adorably chic reusable storage containers filled with the very best award-winning toys, books and products for babies – selected by experts and approved by parents. Each of their gift sets are designed to address a specific area of an infant’s development and include products which will be used and cherished throughout baby’s first year and beyond. IncrediBundles provide great value and convenience for the gift giver as well. Their Custom Order Bundles allow you to create a truly personalized gift and a Bundle Subscription is the PERFECT way to deliver age appropriate products to any little one throughout the year. Whichever bundle you choose from their product line, you will find that IncrediBundles provides the very best value...and FREE SHIPPING!