Book Review: The Switcheroo Kangaroo

When I do a book review, I tend to include the full experience instead of just a synopsis and my opinion. So this is the story of how the Switcheroo Kangaroo, a book written by Deanna Purkiss and Illustrated by Christian Snyder, came to visit and teach my son about sharing his good fortune (and candy) with others.

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We received a package in the mail the other day, so of course my son couldn’t wait to open it, convinced it was filled with toys for him. He was right, but unfortunately it wasn’t the “shooting flying electric helicopter cars” he was expecting and instead was a book and stuffed animal. It went a little like this:

Inside the box was the book the Switcheroo Kangaroo and a really nice plush kangaroo toy. Once I explained it was a story about a very special kangaroo who found his purpose was to share candy with kids around the world, he warmed to the idea of letting me read him the story. I think the kangaroo helped.

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He really enjoyed seeing the pics of all the holidays as we followed the Kangaroo on his adventures. The story is written in rhyme and it seemed a little forced sometimes, but I’m willing to overlook a little clunkiness on the rhyme scheme for good story with a helpful theme that promotes healthy habits. The book encourages children to leave out their sweets and the kangaroo comes to take them away to children who don’t have any, and in their place leaves a toy.

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I’m sure every parent has gotten through a candy-loaded holiday and ended up hiding half their kid’s candy pile. I still have Halloween candy stashed in the laundry room. I’m hoping the more we read this book, the more the message will sink in. After the first reading, he kept wanting me to get chocolate to “feed” the kangaroo so he could still get that helicopter he wanted. I told him we’d have to wait until Easter and then he’d have something good to exchange!

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It seems like kids these days are overloaded with sugar every day, whether it’s a holiday or not. It doesn’t matter if you aren’t bringing all the sweets home yourself – they will get it at school, while out at stores, from friends…it’s just hard to avoid.

I think this book promotes a great idea to encourage kids to give up their sweets in a way that makes it fun and makes them feel good about it. I’m looking forward to a little kangaroo visiting us right after the Easter Bunny does his thing!

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Click Here to visit the official Switcheroo Kangaroo website

And find them on Instagram and Facebook at @SwitcherooKangeroo

5 Essentials for Your Dress-up Box and Where to Find Them

It starts when your toddler first puts on a pair of your shoes and stumbles around, giggling and excited to be dressing like mom or dad. Then it progresses to outfits and accessories, and before you know it they’ve got quite a dress-up collection. Dressing up is a great imaginative activity that you can encourage with a well-stocked dress-up box or wardrobe. We started with just a special dresser drawer and now it has overflowed into a large toy box. You can also find some really cool full dress-up wardrobe sets on Amazon.


What makes a great dress-up box?

1) Costumes – Of course every great costume box needs costumes! Start with a few costumes and then encourage your child to accessorize or mix and match to create their own outfit. Costumes can be anything from fantasy characters to uniforms for real jobs. Children’s consignment shops are great places to find nearly new costumes at really cheap prices. I’ve picked up several there, still in their original packaging, for under $10.


2) Clothing – You can also mix in fun items of clothing that will spark their imagination to make up their own outfits. Goodwill is a good place to find dress-up pieces. Look for items that aren’t every day wear. Stuff with a little extra sparkle or maybe something that looks like it could be a character.

3) Accessories – Once they put together and outfit, they will want to accessorize with something fun. Tiaras, gloves, hats, feather boas, wigs, even wings! You can find great deals on accessories online at a place like, where almost everything is under $2! You can really stock a dress-up box with tons of great stuff without spending much.

4) Props – Every character needs a prop, whether it’s a pirate sword or a magic wand. Head to your local dollar store where you can find kid-friendly props to complete everything from a doctor outfit to a ninja costume.

5) Shoes or Socks – As soon as my son put on his first Spider-Man costume, he turned to me and said “I need Spider-Man shoes.” He’s only three but he wanted to complete his look down to his toes. Goodwill is a good place to find cheap dress-up shoes, but you can also throw in some old ones from your own closet. And fun socks can complete a look as well! Of course, sometimes they just want to throw on an outfit and run.



It doesn’t matter if you have a boy or a girl, dressing up is universal for children. And when they are little, they don’t care if it is “boy stuff” or “girl stuff” they are just going to go for whatever catches their eye. One day my son will insist on being Spider-Man and the next he’s running around in a sparkly tutu. Either way, I’m just happy to see him having fun and using his imagination.

*Thanks to for sending us a bunch of fun items to play with from their store. Check them out if you need to stock your own Dress-up Box! They carry a great range of dress-up gear like feather boas, tutus, wings and hair accessories.

*Links to Amazon are affiliate links, and it’s possible I might make money off it, but doubtful because it’s taken me about a year to earn $6.




Book Review: P is for Poop by Ben Luster

My son has not been the most receptive little reader. In fact, he’s been downright combative at times, like when I tried to read him What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? and he threw a giant tantrum, and then there was the time he kept shoving poor Sgt. Stubby in the trash. It got to where I was hesitant to even suggest we try looking at a book together. Then Ben Luster sent us a book that involved poop and other gross things and I thought, maybe this book has a chance…


P is for Poop is a funny, rhyming alphabet book that was inspired by the many diaper changes of a sleep-deprived parent. It started as a birthday gift for Ben’s daughter and was made public with the encouragement of his wife. Each page is dedicated to a letter of the alphabet and features a bright colorful illustration drawn by Sarah Walsh.

The story follows typical family shenanigans from A for awake to ZZZ for goodnight. And during that time, plenty of funny, silly and yes, sometimes stinky things happen. My son was captivated from pages 3 and 4, as soon as the cat pooped in the shoe. And guess what? The dog pooped there too!

No crying, no tearing the book out of my hands and throwing it in the trash. So there’s the secret- I just have to get him books about poop! Of course there’s more than just poop in there- the pages that speak to me the most are “M is for Memory, Mine is no more” and “N is for Nope, can’t remember what I came in here for.” Ben is talking to us parents too!

You can find P is for Poop on Amazon in paperback for $9.99  — (*links to amazon are affiliate links)

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5 Kids Fashion Trends You Should Know About

My guest blogger today is Sarah, writing for the kid’s fashion website, BambiniFashion.comAs a boy mom, one thing I’m not up on is kid’s fashion. Today my son wore a pair of size 18 mo. old pants that looked like capris and a shirt with a snowboarding ape. He picked these things out himself so I just went with it. When Sarah pitched the article, I thought it might be interesting to see what the fashionable kids are wearing! Read on to find out yourself – 

5 Kids Fashion Trends You Should Know About

Dressing your kids is easy when they’re little. You can dress them in any cute outfit you choose. But as they get older and start developing their own opinion and fashion tastes, you may find that these tastes may not be the same as yours. But don’t be too hard on your kids. Rather, allow them to reasonably explore their creativity when it comes to fashion.

Today, there are so many kids’ fashion trends, and keeping up with some of them can be a daunting task. However, here are some popular trends you need to know about.

There is so much to love about denim. One of the greatest advantages about it is that denim can be worn everywhere with just about anything. If there is a single area you need to be on the lookout for besides their shoes, it’s their jeans. The good thing about denim, besides being attractive, is that it’s comfortable, easy to wash, and quite trendy.

Prints and Patterns
In the kids’ fashion industry, geometric motifs are quite new. Diamonds, zigzags, circles, and triangles all mesh together to create a multi-colored design.  These kinds of motifs feature greatly on kid’s latest dresses, shirts, blouses, and T-shirts. Even kids’ slip-on and sneakers are emblazoned using these bold designs. Patterned outfits are therefore ideal for your kids’ trendy look, especially during the summer vacation.

Glam Rock
Young kids are now stepping back in time with a toned-down style of the glam rock designs of the seventies and eighties. Studs, black faux leather, and an extra glitter are an amazing interpretation of such a retro-style when put on by your “little dolls.” For kids who are active, leggings are super cool and animal prints make them stand out with this look. Since glam rock has never been skewed towards any specific gender, it is an excellent look for little boys and girls. Some pair of shades would most likely complete this look. You can skip the afro or big hairstyles, but the latest trend of platform shoes for kids is quite amazing.

Faux Fur
One fashion trend that is quite popular with kids is the faux style. Not only will a little fur clothing add some excitement to a wardrobe of cooler weather, but it can also be worn in different ways. If your kid is furry shy, you can try the faux-fur vest on their mini to add some playfulness to their look.

Colorful Creations
Celebrate the summer and the sunny days with an array of colorful outfits for your boys and girls. The girls are going for various pastel colors including powder pinks, lemon yellows, and pale blue garments. On the other hand, boys are sporting in bright colors and prints of polos and T-shirts just to be in line with the current fashion trends.

Final Word
Today, even kids have to worry about what they wear and as a parent, it is important to let your child have the confidence they need by ensuring they put on something that is not only appealing to you, but to them as well. You can pick from one or more of the trendy outfits above to guarantee your kids are always in style!

Let’s Kickstart a Space Adventure!

Tom and Andy are two illustrators from Nottingham, England who just have just launched their first Kickstarter, a project that brings to life their childhood dreams of going into space!

The super detailed poster imagines a future where inter cosmic space travel is possible for everyone. Set in the 2060s with retro-industrial styling, it imagines a fantastical space center which offers trips to other planets! It depicts everything from the arrival, to the briefing, to the spacesuit fitting, to the boarding of the rocket complete with cheering crowds. It’s beautifully illustrated and packed with hundreds of illustrated characters and awesome details to discover.


If you’re looking for a fun new print for your home this could be for you! And with Christmas just around this corner it would also make a great present for a space geek, or for a kid’s bedroom. Through their Kickstarter campaign Tom and Andy are hoping to bring the project to life with the best possible printing methods and quality.

Alongside the poster there are a range of fun extras like wall vinyls, mugs and stickers!

You can view the whole project on Kickstarter and get your copy of the poster here:



A Century of AI in Movies, How Many Have You Seen?

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has gone from movies to real life in the form of computers that can learn and predict and perform often better than their human counterparts. AI is often the center of sci-fi thrillers, a favorite genre of mine. sent me this graphic they made showing the timeline of AI over the last century and I realized I’d seen every one of these except the newest one from 2018, Upgrade, which I plan to go look up now!

I think they missed out by not including 1982’s Blade Runner! So how many have you seen and what would you add to the list?


Book Review: What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? by Ginny Jordan

What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is a fun and colorful children’s book that will get you and your child engaged in the story as you giggle about unicorns on unicycles and ice-skating ladybugs.

It’s a collection of whimsical illustrations of animals and objects doing silly things that will give you plenty to talk about, and giggle about, on each page. The pictures are eye-catching and the captions engaging. And it ends with blank pages so you and your child can doodle pictures about what makes you laugh!

What’s Making Walter C. Laugh? is rated 5 Stars on Amazon and available in both paperback and Kindle editions.


This is the first book written by Ginny Jordan, who lives in New York with her Havapoo, Mio. While teaching in New York, she was the only teacher in her school to earn the Outstanding Service Award and gained plenty of experience making children laugh!

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