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I know that quality books can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to build a children’s collection from scratch. Each Saturday I’ll be highlighting a book from my Usborne Internet Specials page where you can find books on sale at 40-70% off. The sales page is updated regularly, so check back often & be sure to act fast if you see something you like.

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Playtime Baby by Francesca Allen & Felicity Brooks, photo from Usborne Books & More

From the Usborne website, “ Follow Baby taking a bath, getting ready for bed and playing with his toys, in these interactive board books. Each title in this delightful series features a baby-shaped cutout attached to a ribbon that slots into the cover and fits into a recessed jigsaw hole on each page. Lots of fun for everyone!

All of my babies have been big fans of interactive books. If it has cutouts, flaps, puppets or something tactile, they’ll probably enjoy it! (My older kids can still be found playing with them at times too.) Books about babies have been big hits because they love seeing other children doing the same every day tasks that they perform. Playtime Baby is on sale for $4.50 until July 28th, or while supplies last.

Disclaimer: Usborne Publishing Ltd. has no connection with these pages and does not sponsor or support their content.

For Mother’s Day this year my mom bought me a beautiful 2.5 gallon glass drink dispenser (much like this one, but with a metal nozzle). I’ve been waiting for the perfect day to make Sun Tea & it finally happened!

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That's a lot of tea!

What’s Sun Tea & how do you make it? Simple! Sun Tea is just tea that’s brewed passively by using the warmth from the sun to heat the water. The only special equipment you need is a glass drink dispenser with a lid. Plastic will leech chemicals into your tea as it heats up outside. If you don’t have a glass drink dispenser, a quart sized (or larger) mason jar will work (mind the hot lid when the tea is done).

Fill your dispenser/jar with water & add an appropriate number of tea bags for your sized container. Find a sunny spot outside where your container won’t get knocked over & let it sit for a few hours until it looks as dark as you’d like. (I left mine out for about 3 hours in direct, mid-day Texas sun.) If it’s too strong, you can dilute it with water. I find tea brewed in this manner to have a more mellow flavor & I don’t have to mind a pot of boiling water!

When we brought the tea inside, I discovered that we were out of ice (again, ha!), but there were a TON of frozen organic berries (mama loves a sale)! Um, yes please. For those who just wanted a light berry flavor, I dropped the frozen berries in like ice cubes & served. I like flavored teas, but don’t like all of the icky ingredients in them (artificial colors & flavors, HFCS & many more undesirable ingredients) so I wanted to make a strong berry flavored tea as a treat to myself.

To make your own, put a few frozen berries into an empty cup. (If you are going to add sweetener and/or lemon, now is the time to do it.) Next, pour just a little bit of tea into your cup, about half an inch or so; then use the back of a spoon to smash up the berries into a juicy slurry. Once done, add a couple more frozen berries & full your cup the rest of the way with tea. Yummy! I won’t admit how many glasses I drank, but I did get a good dose of antioxidants! ;)

How are you staying cool this summer?

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1. Your arms get tired brushing your hair & pulling it through a ponytail holder.

2. A single strand of your hair balled up looks like what most people clean out of their brush.

3. You could make a tiny animal out of what you clean out of your hairbrush.

4. Your hair knocks things over in the shower. (What? Hippies can take showers!)

5. Everytime your hair brushes against you, you think it’s a bug because what else could possibly be tickling your butt crack?

6. Even strangers comment on how long your hair is… before they suggest that “you should donate it”.

7. The weight of your hair leaves you with a near constant headache.

8. Your kids (& significant other) have gotten stuck in your hair.

9. You don’t brush your hair every day because it’s an hour long process and no one with kids has time for that.

10. Anyone who sees you with your hair down has to mention that you “look like a hippie” at least once. ;)

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I take "hippie" as a compliment

I know that quality books can be expensive, especially when you’re trying to build a children’s collection from scratch. Each Saturday I’ll be highlighting a book from my Usborne Internet Specials page where you can find books on sale at 40-70% off. The sales page is updated regularly, so check back often & be sure to act fast if you see something you like.

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Breasts by Genichiro Yagyu, photo from Usborne Books & More

This first Saturday Usborne Discount Book is totally fitting for this blog! It’s Breasts by Genichiro Yagyu on sale for $5.00 (50% off) . While this book points out that everyone has breasts, the main focus is that breasts are for feeding babies. A children’s book about breastfeeding? Yes please!

From the Usborne website, “ Breasts tells it like it is – and like it should be! Exploring the inner workings of breasts and their important role in feeding the babies of the world, it gives, in a funny and direct way, information children want and need about their anatomy.

This book is recommended for ages 5-9, but I’ve read it to my three year old numerous times. The book states things in a matter of fact manner without going over children’s heads. We read Breasts on a regular basis in our home since breastfeeding is a part of our day to day life. It would be a great tool to use when explaining breastfeeding to children who aren’t around it often. The book will be on sale until July 28th, or while supplies last.

Disclaimer: Usborne Publishing Ltd. has no connection with these pages and does not sponsor or support their content.

We have slowly moved into the ranks of addicted babywearers. I say we because yes, my husband wears the youngest two as well. In fact, we have carriers that are just for him to use since we have different body shapes & prefer different carriers for personal comfort.

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My husband wearing our 3 year old in a Toddler Tula

Recently, my favorite thing about babywearing is the boost in my milk supply. With two nurslings, I occasionally feel like a fully tapped keg. After just a few minutes of my littlest one being placed in to a carrier, I can feel my chest start swelling with milk. Babies are happy, mommy’s happy.

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Me wearing my 8.5 month old in my Girasol Mysol

It did take a little while for us to get in to babywearing. All of the lingo & various carrier types can be very overwhelming to a newbie! Many people start out with whatever they can find in a local big box retail store since it’s convenient, but the employees usually won’t be able to assist you in choosing a proper carrier. Unfortunately, some of the mass produced baby carriers are not ergonomically designed and can actually harm your baby if worn for long periods of time (especially true for the majority of forward facing carriers). So how on Earth do you get started babywearing if the lingo is complicated & you have no clue what carriers are safe nor how to use them?

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Sleeping baby in a Didytai borrowed from my local BWI chapter

Two words: Babywearing International. At free local chapter meetings you can get hands on help from accredited Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs) and try on a variety of carriers. Dues paying members may check out carriers from their local lending libraries, depending on availability.

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At a BWI meeting, our first time using a ring sling

Attending a few meetings gave me the confidence to try out a couple different carrier types, but I’m definitely still a novice (ok, maybe intermediate) babywearer. I’ve yet to try wrapping because it really intimidates me, but I hope to learn someday. If I get comfortable with that, who knows, maybe I’ll look into accreditation so that I can help other parents discover the joy and benefits of babywearing! Do you babywear? What kind of carrier do you use?

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Baby nomming on a Girasol ring sling

If you want to buy a quality carrier from a reputable source, be sure to check out my affiliate, Kiwi Baby Shop. The owner is a Babywearing Institute Certified Educator and happy to answer your babywearing questions!

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