The Girl Who Drank The Moon by Kelly Barnhill is 2017’s winner of the prestigious Newbery Medal for children’s literature. If you have not read it please buy it for your whole family, it is really a stunning work of literature and art.
“Moonlight is magic. Ask anyone you like.” Barnhill’s story is also pure magic, distinguished by careful development of a complex plot and indelible evocation of unique characters. Love, heartbreak, hope, sorrow, and wonder all shine in exquisite, lyrical prose.“This compassionate, hopeful novel invites children everywhere to harness their power, and ask important questions about what keeps us apart and what brings us together” Newbery Medal Committee Chair Thom Barthelmess.
Jam out with your family today. Here is a Spotify playlist of all the Star Wars hits. So break out the Christmas paper tubes and battle for the future of the galaxy. Also, to the wives out there reading this, the whole Leia bikini (nsfw-ish?) thing tonight would be kinda hot…cough hint-hint cough.
Listen, guys, this treat is the bomb. It’s so good. We found Pic’s Really Good Peanut Butter awhile back and have been making yummy after school snacks with it ever since. Just peruse their Instagram account and try not to crawl through the screen and eat it all.
5 Minute No Bake PB Granola Slice
(V) (VG) (DF) Serves 12-14
An easy and really good quick slice for when you need a little pick me up and best of all its good for you!
2 cups rolled oats
1 cup puffed brown rice
¼ cup pumpkin seeds
¼ cup sunflower seeds
¼ cup ground flaxseed
½ cup honey or maple syrup
½ cup Pic’s Smooth Peanut Butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
In a large pan blend the wet ingredients and warm on a low heat just to make everything a bit softer.
Mix very well to bring it all together (It will look curdled but don’t panic, keep mixing)
Remove from the heat and add the dry ingredients
Mix thoroughly to combine well and make sure all the seeds are well distributed
Pour the mixture into a shallow lined baking tray and press down firmly (I like to use a wide-bottomed glass)
Pop into the fridge to firm up for at least an hour then cut into slices.
Store in the fridge.
Remember the great yoyo boom of the mid-late 90s? Walking the halls of any high school in America was taking your life and limbs into your own hands as most boys were playing with their new yoyos. Tait has a great new handmade yoyo that you put together out of the box yourself. You and your kids will have a blast learning new string tricks on this beautiful heirloom toy.
“Made by hand in Michigan one by one, a portion of this assembly provides work to veterans and the disabled.”
If you are stuck on what to get the mom in your life for Mother’s Day (which you should not be, cough) we suggest you get her a fun picture session from a local photographer. If you live in the lower New England area we have a good deal for you. Our friend KFP Photography has put together a few perfect gift sets for mom that she will love. Each set comes with a few items that she can instantly pamper herself with and a family photo session that will produce memories for her to keep forever. We know you try hard with your iPhone to capture the fun and insanity of being a parent, but sometimes it’s best to let a pro get those few perfect framable shots that will hang proudly above your couch for years to come. Nothing will make mom happier. Contact KFP today to set up your gift box!
Stick-lets tagline is “Because Mother Nature Misses Us” and we say let’s fix that this summer! It’s time to take the backyard back and bring fort building into the modern age. Stick-lets is a unique new product that we found at Toy Fair and fell in love with. The number of uses for Stick-lets is up to your imagination. Want a cabin made out of sticks? How about a tower for your green beans to grow up? Or maybe you want a cool garden sculpture? Stick-lets will hold your child imagination all day as they frolic in nature building forts, and swords, traps for monsters and homes for fairies. Let’s make this summer amazing and reintroduce our kids to Mother Nature’s best toy, the stick.
Tulum Weekender by Vaalbara ($232) – It’s a step up from her diaper bag and a step closer to her feeling as fabulous as you see her.
Manual Coffee Maker ($99) – Coffee is a gift in and of itself. Just make it for her.
Notorious RBG: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg by Irin Carmon ($14) For a little inspiration. #resist
This book might hit too close to home if you are cube monkey or as the author put it a “parasitic employee” of a faceless corporation grinding out a work day, after day after day. This collection of interconnected short stories is a great weekend read, you can finish it with just before you are sucked back into your office full of other parasitic employees as the nest closes in around you. Buy it below on Kindle.
Read the piece that Jack did on David Letterman for us here.
No doubt you remember that one birthday back in the late 80’s when you got your very first super soaker right? Millenial dad’s childhoods can be broken down into before super soaker and after. After was so, so, so much better. Summer was lit. Your backyard turned into a home base, the neighborhood was a battlefield, allegiances were made and broken, no prisoners were taken and everyone had a blast. Pun intended. Don’t your kids deserve a souped up squirt gun too? Yeah, they do. We love this Super Storm Squirt Gun that we picked up for our kids. The range this blaster has is unlike anything you have seen before. 38 feet of range is more than enough to hit the kids across the street as you and your family battle for dominance on the ave.
These toys are a toddler and a parents dream. Cheap, easy to buy and loads of imaginative fun for everyone. Who doesn’t love flying their helicopter around the kitchen or loading up sand with the dump truck out back? The best thing about these plastic toys is that they are all American made. So while you stuff those Easter baskets this week you can feel good about keeping jobs here at home. You should really check out American Plastic Toys for some really great deals on awesome spring and summer toys for your whole family.
Spring Value Set – Perfect for that new sandbox you intend to build in the backyard right? ($11)
7 Piece Sand Digging Set – Load up the sand and move it with this awesome set. ($14)
Spring is “sprunging” hard on the east coast right now and we are in that temperature transition period where your winter jacket is too heavy and your rolled up J-Crew button down is not warm enough. So, throw on a hoodie for that walk with the dog after work. This hoodie to be exact. What we love, love, love about East Coast Lifestyle is that these guys bring a chill “west coast” vibe and appropriate is into our hectic east coast lifestyle. When we wear one of their hoodies it reminds us to slow it down a little bit and enjoy the evening.
There is something magical about Sunday mornings right? Maybe you wake up a little bit tired from the long day before, breakfast is cooking on the stove top, your kids are playing and the sun is casting shadows across your living room. Bob Dylan’s new album Triplicate is the perfect Sunday morning soundtrack. This is Dylan’s third album of cuts from the great American songbook. So, these are the songs that your grandparents dances to in the moonlight, or maybe just maybe played on their radios for your parents when they were little. Introduce your kids to Dylan and this special take on Americana. NPR has a first listen here.
Does your personal Le Petit Chef in training help you make dinner every night? I know ours does so this tiny chef set has come in handy. No only can your personal sous chef peel those potatoes and carrots but they can learn proper knife techniques and even keep all those fingers on the other hand with the awesome hand guard. The peeler and knife boast beechwood handles! No idea here if beechwood is paramount getting a spot in the line at Per Se, but it sure won’t hurt right? Click BUY below to see more about the Opinel Le Petit Chef Set.
We’ve never seen a coloring book that leaves so much up to the imagination. The Teddy Bear Book from Rock & Pebble is 30 blank pages just waiting for 15 magical teddy bears to come to life from your little one’s imagination. How cool is this hand stitched coloring book? It’s like a Moleskin for a toddler except for way more fun.
Life comes at your fast. Especially once you have kids. You can win the husband of the week award with your s/o by making their life a teensy bit easier. The on the go momma would love to have Stowaway Cosmetics Every Day kit nearly tucked into the side of their diaper/gym/bug out bag.
The Everyday Kit includes 6 of their core products: Beauty Balm, Creaseless Concealer, Cheek & Lip Rouge, Creme Lipstick, Effortless Eyeliner, and Mascara. All of the products are TSA and EU compliant, 100% paraben, phthalate and Animal Cruelty-free! The set is customizable as they understand women have different preferences when it comes to makeup. And they have an excellent Beauty Concierge team who are happy to help with selecting the right shade and colors for your partner in parenting!
I’ll be the first to admit that my first kids baby book is hidden away half filled out and a huge cause of guilt for my wife and me two and a half years later. You young parents know, it’s hard to find the time to fill that sucker out when Stranger Things is waiting to be binged in between midnight feedings with baby and potty training the toddler right? tl/dr, parenting is hard man, so why make it harder? The amazing folks over at Sticky Bellies have put out an awesome modern memory book that is well suited for the Millenial parents. The book is easy to use and features
52 total pages
10-inch x 9-inch hardcover
4 pages for pregnancy details
6 pages for details of baby’s arrival
12 pages for month-by-month documentation of baby’s first year
4 pages for holidays, special firsts and milestones
10 pages for birthday memories
2 pages for the first day of school
1 page for notable things the child says
1 page to write a letter to baby
6 blank pages to use as you like
packaged in a keepsake box
Add a reminder to your phone for every month and take the time to write down your memories and milestones. Trust me, you won’t regret it and you won’t be sitting her 29 months later trying to remember at what month did your kid do that amazing thing.
Well, maybe the kid needs a bit more but what is not to love about this oversized whale blanket. The blanket is oversized, not the whale. The whales are small and cute and a perfect compliment to your cooing tummy timer. Also, since the blanket is oversized it will grow with your child and/or come in hand for a dad nap on the couch. Trust us, these blankets are super comfortable for everyone. Invest in this heirloom quality blanket and love it for a long long time.
What better notebook to keep your dreams and the dreams you hold for your children? Write among the stars and remember all the memories they witness your family share.
When you check out maryheff.5marysfarms you gain a new and deep appreciation for farming and family. Give them a follow, they are a load of fun. More to come on Five Marys Farms later on the site.
maryheff.5marysfarms -Ranch life w my mountain man & 4 daughters named Mary. A former city business girl, raising animals in the country.
The uses that a new parent can find for the Flo contact-free smart thermometer are endless. Check your sleeping babies temp my simply placing the sensor an inch from their forehead, check the temperature of that bathtub without guessing and magically make sure the milk you just heated up is the perfect drinking temp for your little guzzler. “Replace those outdated thermometers and stay on top of your family’s health with Flo!”