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    Books,  Reviews

    Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 | Baby Goes to Market Review

    I received a complimentary book in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018 (1/27/18) is in its 5th year and was founded by Valarie Budayr from Jump Into A Book and Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom. Our mission is to raise awareness of the ongoing need to include kids’ books that celebrate diversity in home and school bookshelves while also working diligently to get more of these types of books into the hands of young readers, parents and educators. 

    Everything You Should Know about Multicultural Children’s Book Day 2018

    This is my third year participating as a blogger in the Multicultural Children’s Day. Each year I work with great authors and publishers who celebrate diversity. Below are some of the best publishers and authors of celebration.

    MCBD 2018 is honored to have some amazing Sponsors on board.


    Children’s Book CouncilJunior Library Guild


    Scholastic Book Clubs


    Audrey PressCandlewick PressLoving Lion BooksSecond Story PressStar Bright BooksWorldwide Buddies


    Capstone PublishingAuthor Charlotte RiggleChild’s Play USAKidLit TVPack-n-Go GirlsPlum Street Press


    Barefoot BooksCarole P. RomanCharlesbridge PublishingDr. Crystal BoweGokul! WorldGreen Kids ClubGwen JacksonJacqueline WoodsonJuan J. GuerraLanguage LizardLee & Low BooksRhymeTime StorybooksSanya Whittaker GraggTimTimTom BooksWaterBrook & MultnomahWisdom Tales Press

    2018 Author Sponsors

    Honorary Author Sponsors

    Author/Illustrator Aram Kim and Author/Illustrator Juana Medina

    Author Janet BallettaAuthor Susan Bernardo,  Author Carmen Bernier-GrandAuthor Tasheba Berry-McLaren and Space2LaunchBollywood Groove BooksAuthor Anne Broyles,  Author Kathleen BurkinshawAuthor Eugenia ChuAuthor Lesa Cline-RansomeAuthor Medeia Cohan and Shade 7 PublishingDesi BabiesAuthor Dani Dixon and Tumble Creek PressAuthor Judy Dodge CummingsAuthor D.G. DriverAuthor Nicole Fenner and Sister Girl PublishingDebbi Michiko FlorenceAuthor Josh FunkAuthor Maria Gianferrari, Author Daphnie GlennGlobe Smart KidsAuthor Kimberly Gordon BiddleAuthor Quentin HolmesAuthor Esther IveremJennifer Joseph: Alphabet OdditiesAuthor Kizzie JonesAuthor Faith L Justice , Author P.J. LaRue and MysticPrincesses.comAuthor Karen Leggett AbourayaAuthor Sylvia LiuAuthor Sherri MaretAuthor Melissa Martin Ph.D.Author Lesli MitchellPinky Mukhi and We Are OneAuthor Miranda PaulAuthor Carlotta PennReal Dads ReadGreg RansomAuthor Sandra L. RichardsRealMVPKids Author Andrea ScottAlva Sachs and Three Wishes PublishingShelly Bean the Sports Queen,  Author Sarah StevensonAuthor Gayle H. Swift Author Elsa TakaokaAuthor Christine Taylor-ButlerNicholette Thomas and  MFL Publishing  Author Andrea Y. WangAuthor Jane Whittingham  Author Natasha Yim

    We’d like to also give a shout-out to MCBD’s impressive CoHost Team who not only hosts the book review link-up on celebration day, but who also works tirelessly to spread the word of this event. View our CoHosts HERE.

    Twitter Party

    Sponsored by Scholastic Book Clubs: MCBD’s super-popular (and crazy-fun) annual Twitter Party will be held 1/27/18 at 9:00pm. Join the conversation and win one of 12-5 book bundles and one Grand Prize Book Bundle (12 books) that will be given away at the party!

    Free Multicultural Books for Teachers

    Get a copy here!

    Free Empathy Classroom Kit for Homeschoolers, Organizations, Librarians and Educators

    Click here to grab a kit!

    Follow Along on Social Media

    Don’t forget to connect with us on social media and be sure and look for/use our official hashtag #ReadYourWorld.

    Baby Goes to Market Book Review

    I remember going to the grocery store as a child with my mother. My mother knew my sister and I well, so before we entered the store she would tell us, “Don’t ask for anything”. We were typical kids. We wanted everything we saw in the store and would continuously beg for various items–mainly snacks. The Candlewick Press published story, Baby Goes to Market, reminded me of those moments.

    Baby Goes to Market, a story written by Atinuke and illustrated by Angela Brooksbank, is a cute story about a baby boy who went to the market with his mother in South West Nigeria. He goes on this journey while being carried in a wrap on his mother’s back. Like most moms on a mission, the mother in this story is focused on filling the basket on her head with fruit, vegetables and other items while baby secretly has a little fun of his own. Unbeknownst to his mom, sellers at the market were handing the baby goodies to munch on during his ride through the market.

    This book is the perfect addition to the Multicultural Children’s Book Day celebration. The Nigerian people are beautifully depicted, through both words and illustrations. Each page of Baby Goes to Market colorfully depicts what a day at a busy South West Nigerian market looks life. Women are shown with braids, head wraps, and baskets upon their heads. Families are shown shopping and selling fresh produce. The story provides giggles and grins and readers will naturally find themselves cheering for the little guy, hoping he too fills his basket.

    You can learn more about this fun story here. Learn more about MCBD2018 by following the official hashtag, #ReadYourWorld, on social media.

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    Books,  Home Education,  Reviews

    Black History Resources for Kids

    I received complimentary copies of books in exchange of an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

    Celebrating the history of all people can and should be done all year long. I encourage this in my home because I want my kids to know that history is full of diverse people who have made contributions to bettering the world. I am raising African American children, so I put a lot of emphasis on learning black history and finding black history resources for kids.

    As a homeschooling parent I have found many homeschooling history curriculums exclude the rich history and notable contributions of black people. This is just one of the reasons why I choose to piece together our homeschool curriculum. My aim is to create a well-rounded curriculum that allows my children to gain knowledge about diverse people and cultures and encourages them to think critically. I know other parents desire the same, which is why I’m sharing some of my favorite black history resources for kids I have recently discovered.

    Black History Resources for Kids

    50 Inspirational Bedtime Stories: 50 Amazing Black People Who Changed the World

    Written by L.A. Amber | Illustrated by T.Z. Nissen (Recommended for ages 5+)

    This is a fantastic resource that can be used as a reference book for many years. Each page features a black revolutionary, innovative or gifted legend, from Sojourner Truth to Ray Charles to former President Barak Obama. What I love about 50 Inspirational Bedtime Stories is it features world changers who are living and those of the past.  Its vibrant illustrations of all 50 people are colorful, detailed and simply captivating. Readers will find the stories of these amazing people inspiring and informative. Each story ends with, “Did you know…” giving readers a quick, often unknown, fact. Find out how you can get this book for your library here.

    Our Legendary Ladies: Harriet Tubman

    Written by Megan Callea | Illustrated by Jennifer Howard (Recommended for readers up to 8 years old)

    This is the first board book I have ever read that shares black history with young readers. I love the motto that Our Legendary Ladies often shares–Start them young. They are right. It’s never too early to share historical literature with children, especially when the story is of a revolutionary like Harriet Tubman. Although the book is made up of a handful of page turns, the simplicity and preciseness of the words on each page allow young readers an opportunity to learn about slavery and the courageous woman who helped free many. Harriet Tubman is historian approved and the illustrations easily draw in readers and depict the journey Harriet embarked on time and time again.  Learn more about this resource on the Legendary Ladies’ social media channels. Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

    Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens

    Written by Nina Nolan | Illustrated by John Holyfield (Recommended for ages 5-10)

    Black History Resources for Kids | MommyWifeLife.com

    It’s not often that the story of a gospel legend is shared. This work by Nina Nolan and published by Harper Collins, is a new favorite of mine because of that. The name and voice of Mahalia Jackson is known across the world, but details of her life aren’t as widely known. Her dedication to singing Gospel music, not just in the church, and being a part of the Civil Rights movement are shared in a way that children will forget they’re reading a biography. My daughters love to sing and dance, so this book had them completely enthralled. Share the life of Mahalia Jackson with a young reader you know by visiting NinaNolanBooks.com.

    Urban Intellectuals Black History Flash Cards

    Created by Urban Intellectuals (Recommended for ages 5 and up)

    Black History Flash cards by UI are what we  have needed for a long time. This deck of 52 cards features phenomenal black events and people, none of which should ever be forgotten. The face of the cards show photographs of the events and people and dates. The backside of the cards features multiple facts that will cause children to want to learn even more black history facts. There are two volumes of cards available. Learn more (affiliate link) here.

    Love these black history resources for kids? Let me know in the comments.

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    For The Home,  Reviews

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery

    This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiantEagleDelivers #CollectiveBias

    I see my children almost 24/7. My days are spent as both their parent and primary educator. Having the opportunity to be with my children as much as I do is certainly a blessing, but it comes with some cons. I don’t get a large amount of time to do things outside of keeping up with the kids. However, I have learned to make the most of my time and to be as resourceful as possible so I don’t feel like I’m doing too much–mommy guilt and burnout is real. One thing I have almost mastered is grocery shopping. If I don’t send my husband to pick up our list of items, I have likely ordered groceries online to be picked up curbside. Recently, I discovered something even better than curbside pickup–Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery!

    How Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery Works

    Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery allows me to stock the refrigerator with good food options without the stress of going inside the store, especially with children in tow. With this service I’m saving time, get a personal shopper, and have the ability to intentionally make better buying choices.

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery | MommyWifeLife.com


    Giant Eagles online shopping platform is simple to use and requires a quick log in. Once you connect your Advantage Card (yes, you still get your Perks!), you’ll be able to see your Giant Eagle shopping history, allowing you to add things to your cart even faster.

    In my recent order I filled my cart with items to make a healthy salad for the new year, personal items like soap and shampoo, and, my favorite, fresh flowers. With your order you can be as specific about what you want as you would like. For instance, I wanted fresh tulips and desired them to all be one color. My personal shopper chose gorgeous stems–all red. You can do the same with produce and meat options and more. If the store is out of an item, you can give them permission to substitute your desired item with the next best thing at no added cost.

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery | MommyWifeLife.com


    My local Giant Eagle had delivery time slots available for next day delivery. Same day delivery is available at some stores if the order is received by 3:30 P.M.Slots are one hour slots, so I chose 12pm-1pm, a time when I knew I’d be at home with my kids. Once I made my online payment, the only payment option for this service, it was time to wait.


    Giant Eagle partners with Deliv® to make home deliveries. The $12.95 delivery fee (waived on your first order) covers the service and no tipping is required. My delivery arrived a few minutes shy of my one hour window. There was nothing to sign or pay. All it took was a, “Hello! Thank you. Bye!” and my grocery shopping was complete. The entire process was so simple that I will certainly order through Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery again.


    5 Easy Steps for a Flavorful, Healthy Salad

    Discovering a time and sanity saving service has helped me to begin the new year with a bang. It also allowed me to create a healthy salad to remind me to take care of myself. With all of life’s responsibilities it’s easy to consume foods that may not be the best options but shopping online helped me to be more aware of what I added to my cart.

    Broccoli & Cauliflower Salad

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery | MommyWifeLife.com

    What You’ll Need

    3/4 pound fresh broccoli (about 3 crowns)

    1/4 pound fresh cauliflower (1 crown)

    3/4 cup dried cranberries

    16 ounces poppyseed salad dressing

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery | MommyWifeLife.com


    1. Wash

    Thoroughly wash the broccoli and cauliflower.

    2. Chop

    Create broccoli and cauliflower florets by chopping the veggies.

    Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery | MommyWifeLife.com

    3. Mix

    In a large bowl, mix the produce, dried cranberries and poppyseed dressing until the dressing evenly coats the vegetables.

    4. Refrigerate

    Refrigerate the salad for 30 minutes or overnight to marinate.

    5. Enjoy

    Serve the salad cold and enjoy!

     Grocery Shopping Online is Saving My Life | Giant Eagle Curbside Express Delivery | MommyWifeLife.com

    Learn more about Giant Eagle’s Curbside Express Delivery here to experience stress-free shopping, too!

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    Don’t Forget to Care for YOU | Carise’s Joy Review

    This post is sponsored by Carise’s Joy. All thoughts expressed are 100% my own.
    I have a terrible habit of not always taking care of myself. The majority of my day is spent nurturing, caring for and educating my children. I am slightly embarrassed to share that I tend to neglect my hair, nails, and skin. My hair is usually dry, my hands can always use lotion and my feet are, to say the least, disastrous. The winter is the worst time for skin and hair to experience dryness, yet I typically don’t jump into action to restore the moisture until it’s a little late. I’m attempting to be proactive this season by giving my hair and skin some joy—Carise’s Joy.
    I know I’m not alone when I say being a mom (and wife) comes with many responsibilities–we are bosses! We are often so caught up in making sure everyone around us is taken care of that we forget about our physical and mental health and beauty. I recently realized that taking care of ME doesn’t require a ton of time or money–just intentionality.

    Carise’s Joy


    For the past few weeks I have given my skin a lift by using products offered by Carise’s Joy–whipped butter, hand and body scrub, and body butter. Listen. It’s so good that even my husband keeps dipping into the jars. This line of products are handcrafted and free of silicones, parabens, formaldehyde donors, mineral oils, or petroleum. Creator, Candace Gaiters, proudly uses “sustainable ingredients infused with natural butters and oils blended to perfection with LOVE and JOY”. The entire Carise’s Joy skincare line will be available for purchase online on its new site beginning January 19.


    Options Galore

    The line smells so good! I know, you’d rather know if the products are actually effective (and I’ll get to that), but each of the three jars of joy I have are incredibly, aromatically satisfying. This alone has me eager to apply it to my skin each and every day. Carise’s Joy offers both scented and unscented products. If you are a fragrance kind of girl (or guy) there are several scents for you to choose from:

    Bulgarian Lavender Essential Oil (My choice for the whipped butter, perfect for relaxing.)
    Brown Sugar Fig
    Japanese Yuzu Citrus (I chose this scent for the hand and body scrub.)
    Cranberry Pomegranate
    Bartlett Pear
    Love’s Joy (My absolute favorite and choice for the body butter.)

    Hand and Body Scrub

    My rough hands and feet love the hand and body scrub. I use it three to four days a week while I shower and/or at night solely on my hands. The scrub immediately exfoliates and softens my skin and the Japanese Yuzu Citrus scent is absolutely refreshing. It’s not too coarse and feels like I’m rubbing brown sugar and oils onto my body.

    Whipped Butter

    The whipped butter is perfect for dry and damaged skin. My favorite time to use it is on my hands and a small amount on my face before bed. It comes out of the jar thick but almost instantly melts into your skin when applied. Only a little is needed to moisturize dry areas so the eight ounces of whipped butter can easily last a long time.

    Body Butter

    If I had to pick a favorite product from the entire line it would be the body butter. I wish you I could add a scratch and sniff sticker to this post so you could get a whiff of the amazing fragrance in my jar. You’ll get to choose your own scent, but the Love’s Joy scent is divine! The butter itself is incredibly moisturizing with a consistency similar to a thicker lotion. Like the whipped butter, only a little is needed to satisfy the skin.

    I can honestly say that my skin, especially my hands, are smoother and retain the moisture provided by all of the Carise’s Joy products. I am finally taking care of me without the accompaniment of mom guilt.

    Be sure to follow Carise’s Joy on Instagram for product updates and purchase your own jars on CarisesJoy.com anytime after January 19.