Book Rhi-flection: Some fun titles for Preschoolers!

I decided that this summer I was going to get a library card for myself and both of the kids. With Monk going into high school and taking honors English, he needs to become a more enthusiastic reader. Punk on the other hand, just loves being read to so much we were in need of a way to give her more materials for free. I love requesting books for her from publishers but there aren't a lot who approve me... I think they don't think you can read erotica and board books and enjoy both. *snort*

We've really enjoyed it so far and having not stepped foot into our local library in about 15 years I forgot how much I loved it when I was a kid. So I thought I might make a list of the books we've really enjoyed together and a little bit about why we liked each.
Sometimes, Katie loses her temper.Sometimes she uses her feet and her fists instead of words. When Katie is this mad, she's just not herself. Sometimes, she's BOMBALOO.
Being BOMBALOO is scary. But a little time-out and a lot of love calm BOMBALOO down and help Katie feel like Katie again!
Punk actually did not like this one for some reason but I really, really liked it. It was a really interesting take on being angry, how we sometimes deal with our feelings inappropriately, and how to resolve them. A great way to open a conversation about tantrums.

Lucy is good at drawing and making things at school. But there’s a bully at school, and he’s very mean to Lucy. She can’t tell anyone the bully rips her books and breaks her things, because he told her not to—or else! Now every day she comes home scared and sad. What can Lucy do? And who can Lucy tell? Claire Alexander’s simple story and bright illustrations will help young children talk openly about bullying. Best of all, it will reassure them that bullies can be stopped.

Punk was very interested in this one but it was definitely a little above her level of social understanding as an 'issue' story. Even though it wasn't really relative to her it was a great story for opening a conversation about how we treat others and what to do when someone isn't behaving in a safe or kind way toward us. I really liked (though I felt it was unrealistic) that the characters became friends.

It's the principal Mr. Slipper's birthday, and while the rest of the class gets busy writing cards for the occasion, Stan becomes frustrated when his letters come out all in a muddle. Stan is afraid to ask for help, until a friend assures him that nobody's good at everything. And after lots and lots of practice, Stan's letters come out the right way round and the right way up.This delightful book deals with a common childhood frustration and will remind readers that practice pays off and that everyone has to ask for help sometimes.

Another one from Claire Alexander set in the same school as LUCY AND THE BULLY. Punk loved this one and I thought it was perfect for her stage. Great for kids who are struggling with keeping up with their peers academically who are getting frustrated with learning. It encourages asking for help and practice/perseverance.

One day Oscar comes across a nest made of twigs and leaves, perfect for sheltering eggs. It makes him wonder about all the things we use — like glass, paper, plastic, and cloth. With the help of his friend Snail, the curious kitten learns why we choose specific materials to do different jobs, where the materials come from, and what useful qualities they have.

This was one that I picked out because finding science focused picture books that come across as a 'story' is difficult. I'm so glad I grabbed it because Punk really enjoyed it. It focused on materials and their properties such as how a feather is soft and how glass is made. Some pretty complicated concepts boiled down to a level a preschooler will get. I'll be looking for more books about Oscar for sure.

After quite an adventure, the smallest of six nesting dolls finds her way back to her sisters.
Punk loves the holiday themed matroyshkas that I bring out at Christmas time. So when she pulled this one off the shelf at the library I was crossing my fingers she would want it. It's a simple, sweet story with a cadence perfect for reading aloud at bedtime. I just loved it and I think she liked it pretty well too. It made me wish I had painting talent so I could buy an unfinished set and paint them up.

 We'd love your recommendations for books to look for if too! Does your preschooler have a favorite book? Recommendation for something featuring science? Please leave us a comment!


Wellness Rhi-view: Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance™ tampons #PlayOn

Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance™ tamponsCompany Site: website
Product Details: Play without Limits. Introducing NEW Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance™ with Odor Shield™ technology. It’s designed to neutralize odors for ultimate freshness on and off the field. Combined with a 360o® design for Sport Level Protection®, you can go the distance. Play On®.

Worth trying... (4 Stars)

I'll admit it I was really, really skeptical about the concept of a 'custom fit' from the complimentary box of Playtex Sport Fresh Balance tampons I received from Influenster. I have yet to find a tampon with claims of such that delivers... until now. It says someting that after giving these a try I was impressed enough to bother with writing a review but I was quite pleased. While I didn't have totally flawless usage—leaks seem to be inevitable with tampons—for the most part I was both comfortable and my experience with leakage was much less than with other tampons I have used. The applicator style is comfortable and easy to use one-handed.

Aside from the fact that I'm trying to go green with my period products the only other factor I didn't like about the PSFB was that it is a scented product. The fragrance is nice but I've always been offended by the idea that my vagina needs an 'air freshener'.

Want to try them yourself? Grab this coupon for $1 off!

Note: I received this product through Influenster's Voxbox program which provides members with free products in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions shared here are my own and not influenced by the freeness of the product. If you'd like to know more about how Influenster works please visit their website.


Beauty Rhi-view: Kiss everlasting French Manicure

I've been a fan of Kiss' press-on products for a few years now so I was really excited to try their everlasting French Manicure kit when I received it as a sample from Influenster.

Since it was my first time using a glue-on style fake nail there was a bit of a learning curve but I managed to have both hands done in under 15 minutes and man did they look gorgeous! The main issue I was having was knowing just how much glue each nail needed to set properly. For the first few fingers I had enough to make them stick but you could see if you looked at them closely that there were parts where no glue was. This also became a problem the next day when my 4 year old had a tantrum in a store and as I went to pick her up she caught one and it ripped off right there in the store. Ouch!!!

After a day wearing them though, I found that because my natural nails are VERY flat my fingers were all very sore from the pressure of the nails trying to lay curved. So I went and bought some acetone polish remover and spent the better part of an hour (we were watching a movie and it took more than 2/3 of it to get them and all the glue off). It was not my idea of easy at all. Not to mention the fact that it was extremely messy.

So overall, while these are awesome looking and will last for days they might not be for flat fingered types or those who don't want to spend an hour getting them off. I would, however, highly recommend them for special occasions like weddings or as a budget friendly alternative to going to the salon for those who don't mind the removal process.

I also have one great tip I want to share! Make a note of what nail # (found under the tip of each) you wear on each finger so that the next time you want to apply Kiss nails you can find them quicker. Mine, for example, are:
Pinkie = 13
Ring = 12
Middle = 9
Index = 10
Thumb = 2

About Kiss everlasting French Manicure:

The timeless look that’s always in style, KISS everlasting French is the ultimate French manicure that never chips, guaranteed. Rich, white smile line is flawless and looks like you just left the salon—select from different tip thicknesses and lengths—file to any shape with no tip wear. Available in Flat and Regular nail arches with Flex-Fit Technology to ensure ultra-comfort and a perfect fit! 
How to Apply: 
Clean nails with acetone polish remover; select correct size nail for each finger and set aside in order. Nails are sized by number, noted underneath nail or in back of Easy-Apply Tab.
  1. Apply glue to back of artificial nail. 
  2. Apply glue to natural nail.
  3. Align with cuticle, press on & hold for 5 seconds.
  4. If kit includes Easy-Apply Tabs: Remove Tab by bending down, then up. 
KISS everlasting French Manicure is available for $6.49 at CVS, Kmart, Rite-Aid, Target, Walgreens and Walmart stores nationwide. For more information and how-to videos, visit KISSusa.com
  • Patented Flexi-Fit Technology for Ultra-Comfort 
  • Rich, White Tip That Never Chips
  • Length & White Tip Variations; Available for Toes
Want to know more about Kiss everlasting French and other products? Find Kiss on Twitter and Facebook or visit the kissusa website.

Note: I received this product through Influenster's Voxbox program which provides members with free products in exchange for honest reviews. All opinions shared here are my own and not influenced by the freeness of the product. If you'd like to know more about how Influenster works please visit their website.


Book Rhi-view: I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People by Jenny Mollen

I Like You Just the Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People by Jenny Mollen

Biography, Entertainment, Humor
Ebook, Hardcover 
(272 pages, ST. MARTIN'S)
By the actress, writer, and one of the funniest women on Twitter, an outrageous, hysterical memoir of acting on impulse, plotting elaborate hoaxes, and refusing to acknowledge boundaries in any form Jenny Mollen is an actress and writer living in Los Angeles. She is also a wife, married to a famous guy (which is annoying only because he gets free shit and she doesn't). She doesn’t want much from life. Just to be loved—by everybody: her parents, her dogs, her ex-boyfriends, her ex-boyfriends’ dogs, her husband, her husband’s ex-girlfriends, her husband's ex-girlfriend's new boyfriends, etc. Some people might call that impulse crazy, but isn’t "crazy" really just a word boring people use to describe fun people? (And Jenny is really, really fun, you guys!)
In these pages, you’ll find stories of Jenny at her most genuine, whether it’s stalking her therapist (because he knows everything about her so shouldn’t she get to know everything about him?); throwing a bachelorette party so bad that one of the guests is suspected dead; or answering the eternal question, Would your best friend blow your husband on a car ride to dinner if she didn't know you were hiding in the backseat?
I Like You Just the Way I Am is about not doing the right thing—about indulging your inner crazy-person. It is Jenny when she’s not trying to impress anyone or come across as a responsible, level-headed member of society. With any luck it will make you better acquainted with who you really are and what you really want. Which, let’s be honest, is most likely someone else’s email password.

Fifteen Shades (errr... Chapters) of Funny (5 stars)

A funny thing happened a while back... I get a ridiculous number of magazines and one of them happens to be Cosmopolitan which I am so not the demographic for. I tend to skim it and snark on it and then toss it in the giveaway stack. During one such skim and snark episode I read a piece that was so hysterically funny I had tears streaming down my face and might have squealed out loud a few times. I literally set the magazine down and rushed to NetGalley praying I would find a review copy. I was pretty sure I would get turned down for it but I took a chance and thank the galley gods I got approved.

I had no clue who Mollen was but I am such a fan now. She has a voice that is so individual and crass and open and vulgar and maybe a touch unreal it works. These are some tall tales of self-absorbed parents, mental illness, sex, drugs, and failure. I don't even want to comment on any specific stories because I hate spoilers and I think you'll enjoy most of these stories enough it's worth giving such a vague review. Just know that Chapter 10: One Shade of Grey is the one that kicked off my crusade to find this gem.

If you've ever wanted to know how to find a Las Vegas hooker, how to stalk your boyfriend's ex, or had a relationship with a creepy German foreign exchange student that resulted in a proposal... Jenny can help you cope with the aftermath.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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