book review: don’t drink the pink

“Don’t Drink the Pink” is the third children’s book by B.C.R. Fegan that I will be reviewing on my blog. 

This story is about a girl named Madeline. Madeline’s grandpa gives her a different coloured potion each birthday to drink down. These potions have fun and peculiar effects. Madeline is allowed to choose any colour except pink- that is, until her grandfather passes away.

Like “Don’t Ever Look Behind Door 32” and “The Day that A Ran Away,” this is another rhyming and colourful children’s book. Yet, while the previous two focus on number and alphabet learning, this one seems to have graduated to more mature subject matter, like growing up and death.

The back of the book states that it will explore “the reality of growing older.” I found that due to its whimsical nature, and especially the ending, I found it to be less realistic and more idealistic.

That said, I think that it might help Remy have a better understanding of death. This is something that we are trying to work on with her. So far we have only read through it once, and although she loved it, I didn’t go into great depth with explaining what really happened. I certainly will over the next few times that we reread it.

I think that “Don’t Drink the Pink” is a wonderful book for preschool-age children, up to perhaps grades 3 or 4. It is cute, sentimental, and honestly just a nice read. Look for it today.

This book was graciously sent to me to review on my blog. All words and opinions are mine.

Emory

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nine months old

My darling son is now 9 months old. 9 months (minus 1 day) of carrying him inside of me, and 9 months (plus 4 days) of holding him on the outside.

Wilder had a big month of milestones. Here are some of them:

HE LEARNED TO CRAWL! Last month I thought that it could happen any day, and it did at 8.5 months exactly. He finally crawled on the day that Bridget passed away, sadly. He has certainly been keeping us busy ever since.

In addition to crawling, he can now pull himself up to a standing position. By using anything that gives him support, he hoists his booty off of the ground and stands up, then gently sits back down again.

He waves hello and goodbye! It is the cutest thing ever, and something that I don’t think Remy ever did. The brat. He loves waving and gets excited when you clap and cheer him on.

Unfortunately, he became pretty ill with a high fever for 3 days, which inevitably turned into roseola. He sported full-body rash for 2 more days after that, and only started to feel better on day 6. Remy had roseola at 10 months. It’s awful.

I can only imagine what next month will bring. Fingers crossed he gets his first tooth or two!

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learning about butterflies

I follow an account on Instagram by the name of The Hidden Way. Emily is wife to a schoolteacher, and focuses many of her posts on homeschooling. Now I do not homeschool Remy. Being just 3 years old, she probably won’t start preschool or pre-K until she is 4, and kindergarten until she is 5. At this point, I do intend on sending her to school. Having said that, I found one of Emily’s homeschooling posts just too cute and interesting to not try out!

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Soo we’ve been doing a thing. ☺️ We just learned how to fold these origami butterflies and are currently obsessed with making them! We’ve been using our @twigandmoth cards to inspire their designs and it’s been a great way to focus in on all the little details and variations of these fluttery friends ☺️ The butterflies really look 3-D – we love how realistic they look! And they’re so fun to make 🙌🏻 ⁣ ⁣ Swipe to see @twigandmoth’s beautiful butterfly digital download collection that we have in our classroom. And KEEP swiping to see the awesome butterfly book we found at a library sale. 😉 It is chock full of images and info – a great example of a Charlotte Mason living book and a wonderful addition to our home library 😌 ⁣ ⁣ Do any of you school through the weekend? We are definitely looser but usually get up to the school room at least for a bit. Hope you have a great next few days 🥰😊⁣ ⁣ “One more thing is of vital importance; children must have books, living books; the best are not too good for them; anything less than the best is not good enough; and if it is needful to exercise economy, let go everything that belongs to soft and luxurious living before letting go the duty of supplying the books, and the frequent changes of books, which are necessary for the constant stimulation of the child's intellectual life.”⁣ ⁣ – Charlotte Mason⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ #exploringnaturewithchildren #charlottemasoneducation #childrenseemagic #charlottemason #charlottemasonliving #simplycharlottemason #natureschool #natureplay #reggiokids #wildandfreechildren #wildandfreemama #homeschoolfamily #learningthroughplay #learningathome #schoolathome #homeschoollife #homeed #homeeducation #preschoolathome #homeschool #homeschooling #homeschoolers #homeschoolmom #homeschoolcollective #living_homeschool #welleducatedheart #aquietstyle #takeamoment#childledlearning #nothingisordinary_nature

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The above post was one that was used for a school lesson. I love origami (I used to do it more in high school, but stopped) and Remy loves butterflies, so I thought that I would try it with her. We searched butterflies online since I didn’t have a book at the time, and after picking one out, I created one for her. Then I put the picture in front of her, and she set about recreating its colours through paint.

This was such a simple and beautiful activity. I wasn’t sure how it would go, hence me not being totally prepared. Next time, I will make sure that we go to the library first to get the books, and then come home and make whatever it is that we are learning about. I think that it will be frogs next!

This homeschooling thing isn’t so bad after all. ;-)))

Emory

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recipe: chocolate chip & dried-up grape cookies

Since moving out here, I have gotten into the habit of baking something with Remy usually every second day. After waking up and tackling the leftover dishes, we generally find a recipe to bake before heading out for our morning walk. Remy always requests it and I find that it is such a learning and bonding moment with your child. Aside from licking the bowl, I never remember baking with my own mum. If we did, then I wish that I still had those memories!

This particular morning I had set out to make basic chocolate chip cookies. However, I only had 1 cup of chocolate chips (you needed 2), and so I improvised by adding raisins. Or “dried-up grapes” as Remy called them. Since I already wasn’t following the recipe, I decided to cut the all-purpose flour with pastry flour that I had laying around. I wanted to see how it would alter the cookies. I also reduced the number of eggs and added a bit of canola oil. I’m not an experienced enough baker to see exactly what those changes did, but the cookies turned out really “yummy” so I just thought that I would copy down the recipe verbatim!

This is a departure from my regular vegan recipes. Let me know if you try it, and any other changes you might have!

Chocolate Chip & Dried-Up Grape Cookies

Ingredients:

3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup butter
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup canola oil
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup cake and pastry flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 375°F. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar. Then add the egg, vanilla, and canola oil. Stir in the flour, baking soda, and salt. Mix well. Lastly, add the raisins and chocolate chips.

2. Using a tablespooon, grab a spoonful of cookie dough and place in the palm of your hand. Roll into a ball, and drop onto an ungreased pan. Bake for 8 minutes for softer cookies, and 10 for crispier ones.

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five months old

Wilder is now five months old! This last month was one of much growth and change.

He has now found his voice. He squeals when he is happy, and yells at us when he doesn’t like something (usually being in one position for too long). He is also starting to imitate our sounds.

He is the picture of literal joy when he hears or sees Remy. He likes to sit or stand. He now wiggles out of everything if he is not strapped in. He is much more energetic than before. We have started to call him Bamm-Bamm because he is so lively with his arms.

Wilder is on the tail end of his first sleep regression, just in time for the beginning stages of teething. I remember this phase well with Remy. It threw me for a loop with her, but I feel like it’s not really a big deal with the second child. Maybe because I know what to expect?

He is still not into books and music like she was at this age. He much rather prefers to just contently watch us all. He is so good!

Only one more month until Wilder begins solids. Time, where have you gone?

Emory

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