Sunday, January 20, 2019

Timberdoodle's What's New? What's Missing? What's Different? Product Review

I have another fun Timberdoodle book to share with you, What's New? What's Missing? What's Different?.  This workbook for early learners combines the love of learning with the love of creating.  This book features hundreds of unique and fun things to hunt for, find, and color.  Children will match, spot differences and create new things of their very own.  E, who turned 7 last October and is in 1st grade, has been working on this book.  F, who turned 5 this month and is in PreK, really enjoys "helping" her with it.  Even G, age 2, likes looking at the illustrations and showing your what he finds.

E with her new workbook.

What is meant by What's New?  What's Missing?  What's Different?  For New - you can make your own drawings using colors that you like, adding extra decorations or whatever you would like making it something NEW.  For Missing - looking at two pictures you can tell that something is not the same, something is missing - you can circle what's missing, copy the missing parts or draw them in your own way.  For Different - looking at the drawings spot the one that is different.  

New and Missing


Catch all the bugs by circling the ones that are different on the corresponding trees.

Looking at the trees

Catching the different bugs by circling them

F "helping" E.  She doesn't need help but he likes to find them too!

On the left page, you circle all the things that are missing from the pet shop on the right.

 And then on the right, you draw all the things that were missing!

I love seek and find pages like the one above.

As you can see from the examples above, this workbook is filled with creative, vivid images and fun ways to engage children in early learning.  They will learn to distinguish between subtle and large differences and have the opportunity to respond uniquely and creatively to them.  I really like that it helps enhance focus and helps teach kids attention to detail in such a fun way.

What's New? What's Missing? What's Different? is part of Timberdoodle's 1st grade curriculum kit.

Disclosure:  Huge shout out to Timberdoodle for selecting me as a Timberdoodle Blogger.  Timberdoodle sent my family What's New? What's Missing? What's Different? in exchange for our honest review.  All opinions are my own.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Science Fair for B

Ocean Currents Science Fair Project

I'm so proud of B!  She has been working diligently on her Science Fair project for Challenge A this year.  Her project is on Ocean Currents.  She participated in the ODA Stem Science Fair today and was awarded a blue ribbon!  She was a little nervous but it sounds like she presented her project well and the judges really liked it.

Setting up her project

Presenting to the judges and answering questions...

 Look at those scores and comments!

 Blue Ribbon

Friday, January 18, 2019

Happy National Thesaurus Day

B today with her trusty thesaurus.

Just wanted to wish you a Happy National Thesaurus Day!  Yes, it's really a thing.  So dust off your thesaurus and learn a few new synonyms.

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Teddy Bear Mobile Birthday Party Review

I mentioned in my last post that we had a super fun company come to our home for F's 5th birthday, Teddy Bear Mobile.  We had so much fun I wanted to share about it with you!

About The Company
I first want to start by saying that when Teddy Bear Mobile first began it was not a business but an opportunity to give back to the community.  They partner with some amazing organizations to give back and bring smiles to kids.  I love that!  After a successful local birthday party, they became a business and expanded into more towns.  Yay for me.

Joselyn helping out a party guest

Teddy Bear Mobile Cedar Park, Texas
Joselyn from Teddy Bear Mobile Cedar Park, Texas helped us with our party.  She is absolutely amazing - so great with the kids.  You can check out her facebook page here.

The Stuffer Machine

Our Party
The Teddy Bear Mobile stuffer machine is portable and arrives in 2 pieces.  After being put together and plugged in the machine is ready to go.  G was hoping that this would stay in our home!

 There were many animals to chose from.

 More animal options...

At our party the kids could chose to stuff a giraffe, lion, turtle, monkey, alligator, brown bear, swirly bear, frog, dragon, unicorn, and several different pups.  We had ten kiddos make furry friends and they chose 2 husky dogs (different colors), 2 monkeys, 2 alligators, 1 swirly frog, 2 bears (one swirly and one brown) and a tiger.

There were also lots of outfits to chose from!

The kids chose a space suit, knight outfit, ladybug costume, motorcycle outfit, a cowboy, a cowgirl, soccer player, police officer and 2 super hero outfits.  Again, the selection was great.

The astronaut outfit F chose.  I absolutely love the space helmet.

A close up of the knight costume.

The birthday boy picked first and chose a husky with bright blue eyes.

After the kids select their animal, they pick a heart to go inside their new friend and help bring it to life.  The hearts are various colors and have different words on them.

Picking a heart...

F chose a blue heart that says courage.

G chose a yellow one that says kindness.

Once the heart is placed inside the animal, the animal is stuffed with the stuffing machine.  The kids can help stuff their animal by gently stepping on a foot pedal.

The stuffing comes out of the pipe and into the animal.

F's husky pup getting stuffed.

The animals have a Velcro back that opens up.  Inside the back is a zipper pocket.  Inside this zipper pocket is where the animal is stuffed.  Once complete, the zipper is sealed off, and then the back is Velcroed up and the animal is ready to dress.  No sewing.

Here is the back of the brown bear.  The Velcro is open.

Here you can see the zipper pocket sealed after stuffing.

What the back looks like after stuffing.

F with his new Space Pup!

Each child also gets a fun birth certificate to fill out.

G picked a monkey.

G with Knight Monkey

Cowboy Alligator

Motorcycle Alligator

Cowgirl Bear and Super Bear

Soccer Pup

Police Tiger

D with Froggy

The kids with their new friends!

I love looking at F in this photo - he is so happy!

If you are looking for unique party ideas this is definitely a winner.  I love that they come to your home and bring everything.  I just had to provide a table (easy peasy).  And if you are local, please reach out to Joselyn, she's super great.  You can read more about Teddy Bear Mobile on their website at and visit Joselyn on facebook at

Disclosure:  Thanks so much to USFamilyGuide and Teddy Bear Mobile for allowing me to participate in this campaign.  I was provided with a Teddy Bear Mobile Birthday Party at a discount for review.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, January 7, 2019

F's Animal Themed Penguin Party

Penguin Cupcakes

We celebrated F's 5th birthday yesterday with an animal themed party!  He wanted his cake to be penguins so David and I made penguin cupcakes to help celebrate.  We also had a super fun company come to our house - Teddy Bear Mobile.  I am planning on posting a separate blog post about that so stay tuned for some super fun photos.  Hope your weekend was enjoyable!

Penguin Cupcakes with icebergs and fish buckets

F posing with his cupcakes

Getting ready to have cupcakes and ice cream!

 Getting ready to sing

Blowing out his candles

 Birthday Boy with Mom