S is for Shark: Shark Sensory Bin, Two Ways

We love sensory bins in our home. Give us a theme, and we'll have a sensory bin to go with it! When I chose our featured book, Usborne Lift-the-Flap Sharks, and Safari Ltd. Shark figures TOOB for our shark activities, I knew we needed a shark sensory bin where we could play with the shark [...]

S is for Shark: Our Favorite Shark Books for Toddlers and Preschoolers

Shark Week is just around the corner, and we're launching a set of shark-themed activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Let's kick things off with our favorite shark books! {This post contains affiliate links. This means we'll make a small commission if you purchase from the links, at no extra cost to you. Win-win!} Our Top [...]

Usborne Books & More Gift Pairing Guide: Preschoolers

Shopping season has arrived! Books pair so well with toys and clothes for gifts, so I wanted to put together some suggested pairings to inspire you as you shop for the kiddos in your life. This gift guide is geared towards preschoolers, age 3-5. 1. A Bedtime Set Get here: 5-minute Bedtime Stories & Carter's [...]

By |2018-01-14T13:14:44+00:00December 5th, 2017|Gift Guide, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Usborne Books & More Gift Pairing Guide: Babies & Toddlers

Shopping season has arrived! Books pair so well with toys and clothes for gifts, so I wanted to put together some suggested pairings to inspire you as you shop for the kiddos in your life. This gift guide is geared towards babies and toddlers, ages 0-2. 1. That's Not My... Books Little ones cannot get [...]

By |2018-01-14T13:15:24+00:00December 1st, 2017|Gift Guide, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Tips for using Favorite Things to Encourage Early Language Development: Rainbows

The first stop in our favorite things series is rainbows. In the world of pregnancy loss and pregnancy after loss, rainbows signify the baby born after a loss: the rainbow after the storm of loss and grief. I didn't really embrace the whole "rainbow baby" thing while we were pregnant with Stitch, but this spring [...]

Our Ten Favorite Pirate Children’s Books

Long before I was married and had kiddos, I ran two different after school programs. I based much of my curriculum on children's literature and built quite the collection of children's books. I'd also coordinate with the weird and wonderful different "holidays" that I could find. One of my favorites has always been Talk [...]

By |2018-01-14T13:24:45+00:00September 19th, 2017|Literacy, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Hope Floats: Hot Air Balloons as a Symbol of Hope

Things look a little differently around here at Meek Manor. We've had a hot air balloon make-over! When my husband and I met at a coffee shop in 2011, we were drawn to each other through our love of comic books and children's literature. We each identified with a character, and we quickly became known [...]

By |2017-09-03T22:11:36+00:00September 3rd, 2017|Admin, News, Our Story, Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Request an Usborne Books & More Catalog

The Meek household has kept super busy this summer--with both planned fun and some unexpected experiences. Summer seems to be slipping by. Soon comes fall, which is my favorite time of year, especially in New England. So gorgeous! But! Before we get ahead of ourselves, July also means the release of the Fall/Winter Usborne Books [...]

By |2017-09-04T22:52:36+00:00July 21st, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

May’s Featured Book: Gift Pack of Literary Quotes, Folk Art Patterns to Color, & Crayola Colored Pencils

Today is Teacher Appreciation Day, and Sunday is Mother's Day. May is also filled with graduation celebrations. So, when I was choosing our featured book(s) for May, I wanted something more gifty for adults. Coloring books fit the bill! They're all the rage right now--a great mindfulness activity and their benefits are well-documented. May's featured [...]

By |2017-09-04T22:54:10+00:00May 9th, 2017|Usborne Books & More|0 Comments

Shame-Free Screen Time

When my daughter, Stitch, was about six months old, she got sick with a terrible upper-respiratory virus, which was accompanied a horrendous cough. On one of our five trips to the pediatrician's office that week the doctor wanted to try giving her a nebulizer treatment to see if it offered any relief. She was not [...]

By |2018-01-14T13:28:54+00:00May 7th, 2017|Parenting, Usborne Books & More|4 Comments
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