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5 Books to Read and Cook with Children

Posted by on May 10, 2013 in Book Review, Fun, Toddler in the Kitchen | Comments Off on 5 Books to Read and Cook with Children


My friend Danielle inspired me with her cooking adventures with her daughter. In one of her blog posts, she shared about the story Madeline she read with her daughter, then they made a cake together inspired by the book. It sent me on a search for books I could read to my son and then “play” in the kitchen. :)

Since my little guy is two, he is at the age that he loves to help. It doesn’t matter if it’s making a mess or not he loves to help with anything.  I really love this character quality that he possesses at this young age!

In our trips to the library,  I have been looking for books that have to do with cooking or baking. That way after we’ve read a book, we can have fun mommy son time in the kitchen.

Today, I just wanted to share some of the favorite books we’ve read over the past few weeks. Some of these books have recipes in them or you can get creative in your kitchen by the inspiration of the book.

Here is our favorites: enjoy!

Curious George and the Pizza Party

Curious GeorgeThis book is a fun read. George gets invited to a pizza party and he gets a little curious, but in the end he has a great time at the party. The back of the book has a recipe for making pizza with kids and hosting your own pizza party.

The Doorbell Rang

the doorbell rang

If you love cookies, then you will love this book! If you are working on math skills with your little one, such as counting or subtraction this book is great for teaching those concepts in a fun way. Once you finish the book, head to the kitchen and make up your grandma’s favorite cookies because grandma’s cookies are always the best!

Bunny Cakes

Bunny Cakes


This sweet story about a two little bunnies making a cake for their grandmother, is an adorable book to read to toddler and preschoolers. After reading this story, create your own cake and take to a family member or friend for their birthday or just because. What a great way to get kids involved in cake making. I adore this book!

Strega Nona

strega nona


This classic book by Tomie de Paola is a great read for preschool and above. Although, it was very fun to read with my little toddler the significant meaning behind the story will have to wait until he’s just a tad older. I appreciate well written books like this one that have a deep level of learning involved in them. The fun thing to make in this book is pasta. Which, for a toddler is a lot fun to eat and play with.

What Should I Make?

What should I make

I really enjoy making any kind of dough: bread dough, pizza dough and cookie dough! When I’m in the kitchen cooking, Little Buddy loves to get up on the stool and take a piece of the dough and play with it. That is what I love about this story. The little boy in this story is given a piece of dough and he can make anything he wants out of it. At the end of this book is a recipe for making chapatis. A great read for all ages (even mama’s!) :)

Well this is my top five books to read and play in the kitchen with a toddler. What are some of your favorite books that involve cooking or being in the kitchen? I’d love to have more to add to our collection! Share in the comments. 

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21 Days to a More Disciplined Life – Book Review

Posted by on Oct 25, 2012 in Book Review, Fun | Comments Off on 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life – Book Review

Crystal Paine from is one of my favorite personal finance bloggers. Not only are her money saving techniques able help you spend your hard earned money well and give generously, but her enthusiasm, encouragement and motivation challenges me (as a reader) to live a well intentional life.

In her new e-book 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life, Crystal Paine helps you break down a task that you’ve maybe been putting off or a good habit you want to develop and help you succeed in 21 days. Will your life be completely disciplined in 21 days: no. But you will have one area that you’ve been wanting to develop and it’s just the beginning. After your first 21 days are over, you start again, working on another area and the progress will amaze you. Tailoring her suggestions to your life, can help you reach your accomplishments, even if it’s as little as doing one load of laundry a day.

I can personally say that I’ve followed a lot of Crystal’s suggestions in my own life over the past year and half, such as goal setting and time budgeting.  Her process works well when you discipline yourself and follow through with a plan.  Even if there is a failure, you see where you can tweak and make lasting changes.

I’m not surprized after I purchased her new e-book, 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life that I would get another sence of motivation and drive to continue living with purpose.  Her e-book quick and easy  read. I managed to read it on on a plane flight with a sleeping toddler on my lap. I’m eager to start developing another habit that will make our home life even easier after reading her book.

If you are looking for a fun, enthusiastic read and you are ready for a more disciplined life, I highly encourage you to check out Crystal Paine’s new e-book 21 Days to a More Disciplined Life.  

Until tonight (10-25-2-12) you can get a copy of her new e-book for $0.99. 

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