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Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids

I have always been a fan of travel and one day hope to travel the world. I wish the same for my kids, too. New people, new experiences, new food, new sights, traveling is a true adventure. Luckily for my daughter, she gets to travel the world now with her new personalized adventure book from Family Stories.

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~I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own.~

Do you have a travel bucket list? Maybe you’d like to visit Peru, or Kenya, or how about somewhere a bit more local, like New York? Australia is on the top of my list! My daughter recently got the opportunity to travel to all of these places, plus some, with her personalized adventure book from Family Stories.

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Country after country, her character travels all over the world in just a single day, with a little birthday magic of course. It was quite the adventure – visiting new lands, learning a little about each place, and meeting new friends. And because it’s all in a book, she can travel back anytime she wants.

Did you notice I mentioned her character? It’s true! My daughter can look through her book, “Sadee Travels Around the World,” and actually see herself traveling to all of these places. The personalization of this book isn’t just adding my daughter’s name to the story, but when I ordered it, I was able to create a little Sadee character that looks just like her (hair style and color, eyes, nose, skin color, clothing). It’s the cutest thing to see her point herself out while we read the book. “My Sadee!,” she says.

Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids | #FamilyStories #kidsbook #personalization #giftidea

Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids | #FamilyStories #kidsbook #personalization #giftidea

Family Stories Makes World Travel Possible and Personalized for Kids | #FamilyStories #kidsbook #personalization #giftidea

And the personalization doesn’t stop there. Mommy and Daddy get characters too. She knew right away who we were when we read the book the first time. One of the things I like about the personalization of this particular book is that if you have a family with two moms or two dads, that can be done too.

After the personalizing was completed, I got to preview the graphics exactly as they would look in the final print, right down to every last page. It is one of the cutest things I’ve seen and my daughter really seems to enjoy seeing and reading about herself in a book. I can’t wait to see if Family Stories will come up with other story lines!

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Do your kids have any personalized books?

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* I received a sample to help facilitate this post. As always, opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand. Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet

You guys know I love adding new titles to my kids home library every chance I get. And now is the perfect time to add A LOT of new stories. Why now? Because it’s Booktoberfest at Book Outlet!

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Booktoberfest is an amazing opportunity to save 15% off sitewide at Book Outlet, from October 3rd at 10 am EST to October 6th at 10 am EST. I’ve already started browsing the kids section of the website and have generated a list of great books to add to my kids collection.

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Booktoberfest at Book Outlet | #Booktoberfest #BookOutlet #sale #books #promotion #discountbooks

I’m looking for fun and non-spooky Halloween stories, beginning reader books, and even starting on Christmas gifts. Do you, or have you thought about doing the book a day tradition in December? You know, where you individually wrap 24-25 books and have your child choose just one to open each day in December, up until Christmas? Now would be the perfect time to get those books!

Booktoberfest at Book Outlet | #Booktoberfest #BookOutlet #sale #books #promotion #discountbooksThe prices at Book Outlet are already amazing, but with an extra 15% off, the deal is even sweeter. And that’s not even the sweetest it gets! Between now and October 2nd at 10 am EST, you can get a coupon for savings on top of the 15% off. Just head over to Book Outlet, register for and share the promotion, and receive your coupon via email.

I say, bring on the savings and all the new book adventures!

What kind of books will you be shopping for during Booktoberfest?

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*This is a sponsored post on behalf of Book Outlet. This post also contains affiliate links, in which I will receive a small commission for your purchase. As always, my opinions are still 100% my own and in no way influenced by the brand. Any claims or statistics should be confirmed with the brand.  Please see this blog’s full policies and disclosure here.

Making Time for Reading

March is National Reading Month

We’re halfway through National Reading Month and I want to share how we promote reading with our kids.  I want to start by saying that we have not always been on a strict reading plan, so to speak, with our son.

But I’ve noticed that he doesn’t seem to be quite at the same level as his peers.  My son is just 4 years old, but when we visit the park or somewhere there may be other children his age, I notice that they seem to be more articulate with their speech and vocabulary.

I’ve wondered if it’s because he’s never been in a daycare or preschool setting, and around other kids his age for at least a few hours every day.  I’m a working at home mom, so he’s always stayed home with me.  And sure, that could be part of the problem, but it’s certainly not all of it.

What I realized is that it’s partly my own fault that my son isn’t exactly on point with his speech and vocabulary.  Of course, this saddens me, but I can’t put the blame anywhere else.  I realized that I, myself, needed to help my son and reading to him was the solution.

Just in the last 2 months we have implemented a new rule.  Our son is not allowed to play any video games until he does 20-30 minutes of reading each day (we need to cut back his electronic time anyways).  I cannot express how  much of a change I have seen in his speech and vocabulary in just the last 2 months.

It’s amazing at how quickly children learn and not just that, but truly how effective reading to our children can be.  He has already become more age appropriate as far as being able to repeat stories to me.

Making Time for Reading

Of course it’s usually after I’ve read them to him a handful of times, and I know he’s definitely using the pictures to help him along the way, but that’s age appropriate for a 4 year old.  I mean, I’m not expecting him to be able to sit and tell me what each word on the page is, but we do work on that too.

Not only do we read every day, but as we’re doing that I’m trying to teach him word recognition along with letter/sound recognition so that he can put different letter sounds together to determine a word.  These are the types of things taught in school, but if I can give him a head start, well then why not?

And at this point with as much reading as we do, I’m sure my 6  month old is going to be jabbering away very shortly.  She’s already made it known that she’ll be a blabber mouth with the noise she makes as it is, but I know that getting her involved now will only increase her speech and vocabulary at an early age.

I even think back to when I was a kid and over the summer while my mother was working during the day, we always stayed at our grandmother’s house.  And boy, grandma MADE us read, haha.  She’d take us to the public library once or twice a month and we’d get to pick out what books we wanted to read.  Then we’d head back to her house and get to it.  Looking back, I thank her for that.  And now as an adult with my own children, I realize how important reading really is.

So, in celebration of National Reading Month, I challenge you to sit down and spend some time reading to your child tonight.  Even if it’s just 10-15 minutes, that’s better than nothing.

Do you implement reading rules for your kids?