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One of my baby book faves: Disney’s Pooh’s Early-to-Bed and Early-to-Rise Hum

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Wouldn’t it be nice if life was as easy as following the advice in this precious board book, tested and approved by my grandson to bring delight to little eyes?
While I prefer the original A.A. Milne Winnie the Pooh books to the Disney ones, I take an exception with this book. I have to admit I have as much fun reading it as (hopefully) the little guy enjoys hearing it. He hasn’t started fussing yet so I think he likes it. ( I will test it on my other grandson too, who is a bit further away, on my upcoming visit.)

It starts out with, as you can see, “Bees buzz in the morn to tell a bear to rise.” This is time for Grandma to act rather foolishly and pretend she is a bee and tickle little grandson under his chin, making bee noises. The next lines in the book become rather Ben Franklin-ish, saying that a bear who stays in bed will never be wise. The next page encourages Pooh bear to enjoy his day, and not to dawdle on the way. The kicker is on the following page, the Pooh Bear is to hum and not act glum. When I get to the word “hum” I start humming vociferously. Then, by humming and not acting glum, he will have lots of friends and things will work out in the end. The last page says the old Ben Franklin proverb of early to bed and early to rise can make a bear be successful in his endeavors.

Doesn’t it you make you wish a happy life could be obtained as simply as that? Getting up early, enjoying your day, humming and not acting glum? These are all good suggestions for little ears to hear. Maybe I should try them all more often!

The way this little board book rhymes makes for lots of fun using lots of inflection. When I put the book up close to my grandson’s face, he seemed to light up. I read to my own kids a lot when they were little, but it seems I even enjoy it more as a grandma. And it is never too early to start reading to babies, IMO.

I found this book at a library book sale, it is copyrighted 1999 by The Pooh Properties Trust.

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A review of Grandma’s Scrapbook by Josephine Nobisso, Illustrated by Maureen Hyde

New grandma that I am, I found a lovely book to review called Grandma’s Scrapbook by Josephine Nobisso. This is a picture book for preschoolers that I found at our local library.

Al little girl remembers, from looking at a scrapbook, precious times with her Grandma. The Grandmother made it with love so the child will remember all her special times with her grandmother.  It tells of the child growing up, from baby pictures, toddlerhood, and onward. Grandma played an integral part in this child’s life. Going to the ocean and being dunked by the waves, having a cocoa party in their swimsuits, bicycling, and singing around the piano were some of the activities they enjoyed together. All the while, Grandma adds the memories to the scrapbook, starting it with a lock of her “crow black” hair and a snippet of her grand-daughter’s baby hair.

As the pictures progress throughout the story, Grandma looks increasingly older with each one and the little girl grows into a young woman. She gets to make a trip to Grandma’s alone, but she cries when she says goodbye to her that year. That brings back memories for me as well. Every summer, my family and I drove 500 miles to visit my  one grandmother. I would cry as it got to be time to say goodbye, for I never knew if I would see my grandma again.

Finally, the girl takes her grandma for a walk in her wheelchair. That will be her last visit with her grandma. Now, she can evoke the memories by leafing through the scrapbook that grandma made with love.

The full color pictures add a lot to the story. This book will help parents who are trying to explain the death of someone special in their child’s life.and help children to deal with their grief. I enjoyed reading this book myself, being an adult. It also has inspired me to start a scrapbook for my precious little grandsons.Image

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Baby Sewing and Cloth Diapers Made Easy-Babyville Boutique

I became a grandma last weekend!! I cannot wait to see my little grandson, who is a bit of a distance away. It should by the end of the month for sure. He looks a lot like his Daddy and his Mom did a great job delivering him. He is in very good hands.

In honor of my grandsons I am posting today about  my newest craze, making baby clothes, baby quilts and Babyville cloth diaper covers. .

My husband bought me a White sewing machine 25 years ago, when we had two of our kids. The first thing I sewed was a little red and white print cotton romper outfit for my daughter. I taught myself to sew when my three kids were little and had a blast. The first thing I sewed was a little red and white print cotton romper for my daughter. I went over to my friend Kathy’s and she showed me, step by step how to cut out the pattern and sew it together. I could not believe I actually did it, as I had a sewing nightmare in 7th grade home ec. class and was scared of the sewing machine. Later, I discovered the nightmare could have been relieved if someone would have taken the time to show me how to thread the machine!

From my White machine came all kinds of little outfits for the kids. It gave me a real sense of accomplishment to be able to sew for them. In the 90’s, my hubby got me a Singer overlock machine. I also got another machine, an Elna. I enjoyed it so much. The sewing machine started slowing down, however, as the kids got older and didn’t want handmade clothes. I was absorbed homeschooling them and so my hobby went on the back burner.

I started working in the early 2000’s and my jobs took too much time and energy. I was worn out at the end of my days with all the different jobs I worked over the years. The machines were stored away. I mistakenly put the Elna and the overlock in the unheated attic. Bad idea.

When I learned I would be a grandma to not one but two little boys I wanted to start sewing again. I was nervous, though. What if I forgot everything? My first project was an easy tumbler quilt, and no worries, it all came back to me easily, even threading the machine!

Quilting seemed daunting, but it actually was fun. My grandson’s quilt is uniquely his as I embroidered his initials on it and placed a Winnie Pooh patch in the middle. I had so much fun sewing the tumblers together. One day when I was in the fabric store picking out fabric for the quilt, I found out about Babyville cloth diaper covers. My other grandson will be wearing these.

Babyville makes all the supplies you need to make stylish and versatile covers for your baby. I bought the guide book, Cloth Diapers Made Easy and so far have made 4 covers and about a half dozen soakers. Included in the book is the pattern for the diapers and the soakers, all the way from newborn to large. (The soakers are placed inside the covers to absorb the wetness.) Babyville makes cute colorful PUL fabric  for the covers. You can buy a little kit with cuts of three fabrics or you can buy it by the yard. They also have all the accessories you need as well: velcro, snaps, fold-over elastic, even cute little tags to sew on. I  made the velcro ones so far. One of the ladies at Joann made covers for her kids and she told me a baby needs about 5-6 covers per day and about a dozen soakers.

I found out that having my machines sit untended for a long time was not a good idea. I got them serviced, and they told me to run my machines everyday to keep them working well. Now, my needles are humming as Grandbaby 2 will soon be here to meet his cousin!Imager

                              Babyville Newborn diaper covers.

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