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Spring is almost here!

 

The official start to spring is almost here (March 20, 2020). Normally that is something to look forward to because it signifies the end of winter. However, winter wasn’t really that bad this year (I live in New York). We barely got any snow (thankfully). So dreaming of the non-snowy weather of spring is not something my family and I have been doing this year (or son is very disappointed about the lack of snow).

I have no started my spring cleaning (yet). I know I need to get it done, but I’m not exactly looking forward to it. Thankfully I did a lot of cleaning and organizing this past summer, so mostly what I need to do is refresh some things (curtains, carpet…) and some minor cleaning and organizing.

I am anxiously waiting for the opportunity to open up the windows and let fresh air in.

Our cats will LOVE the opportunity to sit outside on our balcony and take in the fresh air and sunshine. I wouldn’t mind that myself either.

Do you swap out your home decor to reflect the seasons? I do. I have several spring pieces I want to put out. I’m also looking forward to post-Saint Patrick’s Day so I can put out my Easter decorations.

I do enjoy decorating for Easter, but I don’t decorate for it as much as I do Christmas and Halloween. I used to decorate more for Easter when our kids were younger. These days I just put out some simple decorations.

We used to have holiday dinner with our extended families for Easter as well. Sadly, after the passing of both sets of parents, the siblings have all gone their separate ways. Easter dinner now consists of just me and my nuclear family. None to the less, I enjoy setting up a lovely table and cooking a fabulous holiday meal.

I’m sure many people are familiar with the brand Precious Moments. They are often associated with collectible gifts. Personally I have about a dozen Precious Moments figurines and sets that were giving to me by friends and family over the years for our wedding, anniversary, birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas and more.

My husband used to give Precious Moment figurines out as gifts before we ever met. He gave all his nieces the pieces to the birthday train.

Precious Moments offers more to consumers than just lovely gifts. They also have beautiful home decor pieces. as well as pieces that will look wonderful on your holiday table. I was sent two such pieces to review.

Toss With Plenty Of Love Serving Bowl

  • This large serving bowl from Precious Moments is the perfect dish to turn to when hosting a crowd.
  • Designed with a motif that sets the scene for relaxed entertaining, it also offers a sweet sentiment that serves as a reminder of the most important ingredient – love!
  • Give this lovely gift to anyone who loves to cook or entertain. It makes a thoughtful gift for weddings, housewarmings, birthdays, and holidays with a design that will be treasured and used all throughout the year.
  • Carefully crafted of glazed ceramic, it measures approximately 5”H x 10.25” Dia. Microwave and dishwasher safe.

This bowl is HUGE. I didn’t realize just how big it was going to be. I saw the measurements, but they really didn’t “sink in” when it came to the size of this bowl. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good thing!

This beautiful bowl could be used for break, fresh fruit, salads and side dishes. It also looks good “as is” as a piece of home decor instead of a serving piece.

The bowl is heavy as well. Not too heavy, but you can tell that it’s a quality made piece.

As mentioned in the product description, this piece is not just for spring and/or Easter celebrations. It’s ideal for any entertaining situations. It also makes a lovely gift for a newly wed couple and a housewarming gift.

I love that the bowl is not a perfect circle. It’s hard to tell from the photos but the rim of the bowl is a bit wavy, which adds a nice detail to the piece. There is also a sweet little heart etched inside the bowl.

Moments Are Better When Shared Platter

  • Designed to be front and center for gatherings with family and friends, this stylish platter serves main dishes or scrumptious desserts while sharing a message of togetherness.
  • Whether holding delicacies or decorations, this platter allows loved ones to add a nature-inspired accent to their table all year long and makes a wonderful hostess, housewarming, wedding, or ‘just because’ gift.
  • This platter is crafted of ceramic and measures approximately 17”L x 12”W. Hand wash only.

This platter is a perfect addition to the serving bowl mentioned above.

This is a very large platter that could probably easily fit a Thanksgiving turkey (although I wouldn’t recommend carving on it). An Easter ham would look nice on this platter as well (I would cut it on a cutting board, not the platter). Vegetables, bread, desserts… you could serve just about anything on this delightful serving platter.

The overhead light “washed out” part of the text. The platter reads “Moments are better when shared.”

Some people like to display beautiful plates. I think you could easily display this piece as well (you would need something strong enough to hold it upright).

I love the saying on the platter, “Moments are better when shared.” That is so true!

The serving platter has the same “wavy” rim as the serving bowl.

There are other pieces available at on the Precious Moments website that would go great with these pieces.

I think these pieces would make a great gift for a newly wed couple. Family and friends could gift them a different piece to add to their collection.

If you are interested in learning more about these pieces, and other Precious Moments gifts, visit PreciousMoments.com.

The brand is also on social media. Their links are found on their website.

Precious Moments pieces can be purchased on their website, as well as retail locations.

Kimberly

*I recieved free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Are you looking for some “sweets” for your favorite sweetheart this Valentine’s Day?

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching (next Friday!). Have you already purchased something good for that special person in your life?

Valentine’s Day is usually a special day meant for lovers, however, I think it’s nice to remind other people in your life (children, siblings, parents, friends…) just how much you love them and how much they mean to you. My kids are young adults now and I still get them a little something on Valentine’s Day. I also get some sweet treats for my “work kids.”

Flowers are beautiful, but they can be very expensive, and sadly, they die after a few days. Cards are nice too, but sadly, most get tossed in the garbage (or recycle bin) a few days after Valentine’s Day is over. Perfume/Cologne is also a great idea, but that too can be pricey, and if you don’t know what type the other person likes, you’re just wasting money on it.

I have a great idea. Why not consider something yummy from Newsweek’s No.1 foodie site, GourmetGiftBaskets.com.

At GourmentGiftBaskets.com you can find a plethora of delicious gift ideas for anyone you would like to surprise this Valentine’s Day.

They have gift baskets available with sweet treats, non-sweet treats, wine, champagne… and a variety of other goodies. Their gift baskets are great for everyone on your shopping list, including non-romantic gifts to give other people (mom, sibling, friend…).

GourmetGiftBaskets.com is always adding to their available options. Here are just a few of the brand new offerings:

Sweets For My Valentine, $29.99, (SKU 4581) – For the gift giver on a budget or the gift receiver that loves all things sweet, this new tower hits the bull’s-eye among cupids everywhere. It includes Pink Cotton Candy Popcorn. I mean, how yummy does that sound?

Valentine’s Day Chocolate Popcorn Tin, $54.99, (SKU 7254A) – This is the most decadent popcorn offering this year for Valentine’s Day – 2 gallons of gourmet greatness. It features three popular flavors together: Mint Cookie Mayhem, Peanut Butter Cup and Cookies & Crème. Tastebuds everywhere will fall in love with this combo.

Beer My Valentine Six-Beer Bucket, $69.99, (SKU 4500V) – Finally, a Valentine’s Gift nearly every guy would love. This bucket is replete with great beer and savory snacks, including: Salt & Cracked Pepper Popcorn, Honey Mustard popcorn, roasted peanuts, and even beef jerky! The beers range from Smuttynose Old Brown Dog and Grey Lady Ale to Sam Adams Boston Lager.

I actually received the Valentine’s Day Popcorn Tin (listed above) to review.

Top: Cookies & Cream. Bottom right: Peanut Butter Cup. Bottom Left: Mint Cookie Mayhem.

I love popcorn. I’m fine with plain popcorn (unsalted, no butter), but of course I LOVE buttered popcorn with a touch of salt. I do like some flavored popcorn as well (caramel, kettle).

The Valentine’s Day Chocolate Popcorn Tin features flavors I have never heard of for popcorn before. The idea of a mint flavored popcorn, cookies & cream popcorn and peanut butter cup sounded very unique. I was intrigued. I couldn’t wait to give them a try.

Admittedly I thought the mint flavored one would be kind of gross (but I was willing to try it). Wow. Was I WRONG! The Mint Cookie Mayhem flavor is AWESOME!

You can see the mint cookie pieces sprinkled throughout the popcorn.

The mint flavor is very subtle. I was afraid that it would “scream mint,” so to speak. That is not the case at all. This is more of a cookie flavor with a touch of mint. It’s like chocolate popcorn with touches of mint cookies tossed in. You can even see some of the mint cookies throughout the popcorn.

The Peanut Butter Cup flavor does not taste just like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup (but you’d think it would). It’s more like peanut butter popcorn with chocolate. You can even see the drizzles of peanut butter on the popcorn.

I love chocolate and peanut butter together. This popcorn is no exception. It’s delightfully yummy.

Check out all that peanut butter drizzle!

I’m not normally a cookies and cream fan. Sometimes I find that flavor a bit too creamy for my taste. However, the cookies and cream flavored popcorn in this tin is pretty good. I know my kids sure love this flavor. Out of all three flavors, this flavor is about 1/2 way gone already.

If you look at the cookies and cream popcorn, you can see all the scrumptious chocolate cookie bits throughout it. Mmmm… Good!

Cookies and cream. You can see the cookie bits.

This flavored popcorn comes in a pretty Valentine’s Day (or Love) themed tin. It is colored in pink and red (Valentine’s Day colors). There is a lovely heart on the lid, and hearts all around the base of the tin. One one side it reads “Happy Valentine’s Day.”

This popcorn tin can be repurposed after the popcorn is gone. I’ve used such tins to store holiday decorations in. You can also use it as a popcorn “bowl” for Family Movie Nights/Movie Nights, to store craft supplies and for small children’s toys.

The popcorn inside the tin is kept inside a plastic bag to keep it fresh. I would recommend twisting the bag up (on the inside) after you are done snacking on the popcorn, just to ensure it’s freshness.

Whether you are interested in chocolate covered strawberries, a bottle of Dom Perignon, Meat & Cheese gift sets, or good old chocolates, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has something for everyone. Best of all, they have gifts at various price points, so you can find something to suit your budget.

GourmetGiftBaskets.com has gift baskets and gift ideas year round too! They even have baskets for breakfast, picnics, and just for fun.

To learn more, visit GourmetGiftBaskets.com. There is still plenty of time left for Valentine’s Day delivery.

The brand can also be found on social media. Those links are found on the bottom right of the brand’s website.

Would you be interested in gifting someone a gift basket from GourmetGiftBaskets.com this Valentine’s Day?

Kimberly

*I received a free sample in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Love Bottle – An Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Idea

 

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. It seems like just yesterday we were decorating the Christmas tree and looking forward to Santa’s arrival. Soon it will be Valentine’s Day, and before you know it, Memorial Day weekend. Time sure does fly.

Do you have a special someone to be your Valentine this year? My Valentine for the past 24 years has been my husband. In fact, we’re celebrating the 24th anniversary of our first date this coming weekend. We went on our first date on February 2nd (Groundhog Day). On Saturday we’re going out to dinner at an amazing restaurant called Mt. Fuji. I wrote a review about the restaurant on my site a few months ago.

Since our date anniversary is so close to Valentine’s Day, we don’t normally gift each other anything. It’s not that I don’t love and appreciate my husband (we wouldn’t be together for 24 years if we didn’t). It’s just that I show him love (and vice versa) every day. I don’t need a special day of the year to let him know how very much he means to me. Every day is Valentine’s Day for us.

I DO get him Valentine’s Day gifts from time to time. Usually it’s something funny or unique. Traditional gifts like chocolates and flowers are not our “thing.” We like silly and out of the ordinary gifts for one another, year round (birthdays, anniversaries, Christmas…).

If you are in the market for a unique Valentine’s Day gift idea, with a “healthy twist” to it, check out the Love Bottle.

What is a Love Bottle you might ask?

A Love Bottle is a beautiful, elegant, reusable water bottle.

Check out this brief video to learn more.

 

I know what you must be thinking – How is a water bottle a nice Valentine’s Day gift idea? I mean, a bottle is a bottle, right?

Wrong! The Love Bottle is different.

The Love Bottle is a reusable water bottle made of glass. Every part of the bottle is made with love right here in the USA.

The Love Bottle features a ceramic lid, food grade silicone seal and stainless steel wire to keep the lid in place. The bottle designs are done with non-leaded ceramic ink.

The bottle is scratch resistant and dishwater safe.

According to the brand, the Love Bottle is all about bringing love and water together and drinking with love. The bottle was created to help the physical and emotional health of our bodies, our communities and our planet.

Think about it. You want your loved one to be happy and healthy, right? Drinking water is a vital part of our physical health. Many people don’t drink nearly as much water as they need to. I’m one of them.

My husband and son drink A LOT of water every day (I swear my son is 99% water!). My daughter barely drinks water, and I am guilty of that too. I try and get enough water each day, but honestly, I am so busy that I don’t even think about drinking. If coffee counts, then I’m doing good. Ha Ha.

Gifting the Love Bottle tells your special someone that their health and well-being is very important to you. Showing them that you want them to be healthy by drinking more water is a lot better than a box of unhealthy chocolates (even though chocolate is so good).

The Love Bottle is available in many different designs to suit anyone’s tastes.

Speaking of taste, drinking from a water bottle is not only better for you, but water tastes better in a glass bottle. Steel and aluminum bottles can give you a residual metallic taste in your water. I don’t need to tell you how unhealthy plastic bottles are. There are harmful chemicals in plastic water bottles that you can ingest.

My Love Bottle with a message inside to give you an idea of what it would look like. I think this is a fun gift idea for Valentine’s Day.

Because glass is clear and see through, you are able to make sure your bottle is fully cleaned when washing it. With other bottles you can’t see what might be building up in your bottle.

Glass water bottles are better for the environment too.

In addition to all of this, the Love Bottle brand donates 5% of their revenue to charity. The Love Bottle is a win-win situation for everyone.

To make the Love Bottle a bit more romantic, you can add a custom message to put inside of the bottle (message in a bottle). I love that idea! I’ve always wanted to find a bottle on the beach with a message inside. I hear about that in the news from time to time. I think that would be such a cool find.

If you are interested in learning more about Love Bottle, or you would like to purchase one for that special someone in your life, or you’d like to purchase one for yourself (you should always love yourself!), visit LoveBottle.com. You can also check out the brand on social media.

Kimberly

*I received a free sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

Beautiful and special Valentine’s Gift ideas for the ones you love from Precious Moments

 

It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying the flickering lights of our Christmas tree. It’s hard to believe in just a few weeks, Valentine’s Day will be here. Where did the time go? Before you know it, we’ll be making plans for the Fourth of July.

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, what do you normally do to show those special people in your life how much they mean to you? After all, Valentine’s Day is all about love, and you certainly love more than just your significant other. Yes, I know, most people see it as a holiday for lovers, but not me. I’ve always thought of Valentine’s Day as a day to show the people you love how much you care about them, people like your mother, father, siblings, children, best friends… the list goes on.

When my kids were younger I would give them Valentine’s Day gifts (plush toy or other toys), candy and a card. My kids are young adults now and they think of stuff like that as something you do for “little kids,” not grown adults. None the less, I still give my kids a little something on Valentine’s Day (usually it’s candy). If you want to buy some jewelry for your loved one you can find it online on Moon Magic.

As for what me and my husband do for Valentine’s Day, the answer is usually nothing. It’s not that we don’t love each other. We do, VERY MUCH. But we don’t necessarily need a special day to let one another know that. We tell each other every day that we love the other. We also gift each other little surprises throughout the year.

Me and my hubby – together for 24 years and counting…

From time to time I DO like to gift my husband something special for Valentine’s Day. This year I gave him an early gift, a special figurine from Precious Moments.

Precious Moments has been a part of our lives since the day we got married. We were gifted a beautiful wedding figurine from Precious Moments. From that point on we gifted each other a figurine from time to time, and our kids received them from relatives as birthday gifts. In fact, my husband bought all of his nieces and nephew’s the Precious Moments birthday train long before we even knew each other. He didn’t do it for the older nieces and nephews (that is because he was close to their age growing up), but he did it for at least six of them.

This Valentine’s Day I was fortunate to gift my husband a wonderful piece from Precious Moments called We’re The Perfect Blend. I think this is a perfect representation of our relationship. In my mind we ARE the “perfect blend.” We compliment each other. I sometimes jokingly refer to us as “Ying and Yang.” We are opposite in some areas of our lives. For example, he’s a morning person and I’m a “night owl.” He’s very meticulous and organized, and I refer to my kind of organization as “organized chaos.”

We’re the Perfect Blend from Precious Moments features a couple sitting across from one another at a table, with take out coffee cups beside them.

Just to further emphasis that my husband and I are opposite in a lot of ways, I LOVE coffee, and he cannot stand the taste of it (he does love the smell). He also buys me coffee cups for my brewer, and he know that every Friday night I love to stop at my favorite coffee place for coffee, so we walk there together. Coffee has a special place in our lives, so this figurine couldn’t be more fitting.

The figurine sits on the shelf near my coffee brewer (to the right) and next to the stove, so we both can see it every day.

Look at all the great detail, from the tiled floor to their little shoe laces. So cute!

I even have the figurine sitting on the shelf next to my coffee brewer, so I look at it every day, and my husband does too since he has to cook dinner most nights (I work late during the work week).

Precious Moments has plenty of other adorable and “precious” figurines to celebrate the day of love. Check out a few examples below.

The “I’m so Glad I Fondue” set is so cute. It’s a real fondue set, and I love the play on words. It comes with everything pictured (it uses a tea light to heat it – sold separately).

What I love about Precious Moments figurines and other gifts is that they are great for just about everyone. For example, the above pictured “Love is Patient, Love is Kind” would not only make a great Valentine’s Day gift, but also an anniversary gift for your significant other, or to gift to another couple.

Precious Moments has many great gifts at various price points, so you are sure to find a great gift for that special someone that fits into your budget.

Precious Moments products are sold both online on their official website, as well as various retail locations across the country.

To check out these and other wonderful Valentine’s Day (or any time of the year) gifts, visit PreciousMoments.com. The brand can also be found on social media. All of their links are found on the bottom left side of their website.

Are you a fan of Precious Moments? Do you have any Precious Moments pieces? Feel free to comment and share your thoughts on these charming figurines and gifts.

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

The Good Valentine’s Gift Guide

 

With the festive period soon over, the next occasion everyone is going to be talking about is Valentine’s Day. If you are struggling to come up with ideas for the love of your life, here are some suggestions she will love.

Tresor perfume

Lancôme launched Tresor perfume in 1990. The fragrance was created by Sophia Grojsman and is one of the most popular perfumes in the world. It is a floral, powdery and amber scent, which is ideal for casual use. 

This perfume has come to be known as Lancôme’s iconic scent. It is for treasured moments, with love being the ultimate treasure. This fragrance has a smooth and romantic touch, with love embodied in every element, from the very first fragrance note to the design of the bottle. 

This floral fragrance opens with beautiful top notes of peach tree flowers, apricot blossoms, and rose petals. Heart notes are iris, heliotrope, vanilla and lily of the valley, whilst musk and sandalwood complete the scent. 

Tresor perfume is precious and radiant, just like the woman who wears it. It’s sensual, serene and desirable. The elegant design of the bottle embodies the romance of the scent. 

Needless to say, Tresor perfume would certainly make a great gift if you are buying for someone you love. Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or your partner’s birthday, Tresor is an excellent choice. Not only is the scent stunning, but also it presents a beautiful way of declaring your love.

Voucher

You can’t fail with a voucher. If there is a certain shop that your other half loves, a voucher is going to go down well. You can also get vouchers for dentists and cosmetic surgery places today. If your partner has been speaking about how she wants to have her teeth whitened, finding an affordable dentist and giving her a voucher to use there is a good idea. Of course, this is the sort of gift you should only be buying if you know it is something your other half wants. Giving someone a voucher for a nose job isn’t going to go down well if they have not mentioned wanting to change their appearance in this way.

Personalized gifts

Buying personalized gifts for the one you love can be a difficult challenge. Thus, to ensure that you buy a top-quality gift, you need to go for one of the best gift companies available. This section will provide you with some tips in order to help you do so.

The first thing you need to look for when deciding on a gift store is the personal customer service available to you. If you are not sure what to buy your wife then it is vital that you have the help you need in order to aid your decision. Obviously, when it comes to an online store you do not have a person there to show you around and help you. Nevertheless, there should be effective contact methods available to you.

The next thing you need to consider is the company’s reputation. In order to do this, you should do a quick five-minute search on Google in order to determine what previous customers have thought about the gifts they received and the service they experienced. This will make you aware of any red flags and thus stop you from opting for a company which has a bad reputation. For instance, if you are in a rush and you notice that a company has a reputation for delayed delivery then you know not to opt for them. 

Finally, least but not least you evidentially need to think about the price range of the goods available on the e-commerce website in question. Obviously you do not want to be faced with cheap and tacky silver wedding anniversary gifts. However, you do not need to bankrupt yourself in order to show how much you care about your other half.

So there you have it: three gift suggestions that are bound to go down well if you are looking for something special to buy your other half this Valentine’s Day. We are sure she will be more than happy with the effort you have put in.

Gift some fun and educational books from National Geographic Kids this holiday season

 

Are you still looking for gifts for your child?

I know that many parents try and get the “it” toys of the season for their child (or grandchild). That is fine and all, but there is a type of gift that is ideal for gift giving, whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday, or “just because” – BOOKS!

When I was a child I LOVED books. I could not get enough of them. I loved receiving books as a gift. I amassed a nice collection of books, many of which I still have. I kept a lot of my favorite books from my youth to share with my own children, and someday, my future grandchildren.

I loved to read all types of books – fiction, non-fiction, horror, comedy, drama, book series – you name it. I even enjoyed reading educational books. One of my favorite types of books to read were encyclopedias. I know that might sound a bit unusual, but I honestly enjoyed it.

Educational books are not boring. It just depends in the book that you read. Take for example National Geographic Kids books. I have been a fan of their books for many years. Not only are they filled with a lot of great information and facts about just about everything on Earth (and even space), but they are also filled with a lot of great facts.

I’m a smart person. I do very well when we watch Jeporady. That is because I know a little bit about a lot of things. Many National Geographic Kids books are a great way to let your child learn a little bit about a lot of things (that is a GOOD thing).

If you are considering gifting a child books this holiday season, here are some suggestions from National Geographic and National Geographic Kids.

I was sent a few of these books to review.

Nerd A to Z: Your Reference to Literally Figuratively Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know (ages 8-12, $14.99)

“You don’t have to be a nerd to be captivated by this combination of Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and short form encyclopedia…..the info blurbs are fun to know and in many instances educational.  A bushel of inviting, idiosyncratic subjects” – Kirkus

“VERDICT A treat for visually oriented and information-hungry browsers.” – School Library Journal

This super-stuffed alphabetical compendium of must-know facts from science, pop culture, history, and more is perfect for kids who already know the names of every single dinosaur or want to understand exactly how the Millennium Falcon works. It’s a book for grammar gurus, science snobs, music geeks, and history buffs. In short, it’s a book for nerds. Inside, you’ll find browsable, info-packed blurbs that’ll give you the lowdown on everything from augmented reality to zydeco, with larger features that dive deep into fascinating topics like UFOs, pirates, artificial intelligence, and daring circus acts. And you’ll hear from the world’s most notable (and quotable) Nerds of Note from history and today.

As I mentioned earlier, I know a lot about a lot of things. This book is the prime example of ways your child can be the same way.

This book covers a huge assortment of topics on just about everything you can possibly think of.

There are even fun tests you can take to find out what kind of “nerd” you really are.

I’m an adult, and I found this book extremely interesting. I learned a lot from it myself.

The book is filled with colorful photos and illustrations that bring this book to life.

The Book of Bling: Ritzy Rocks, Extravagant Animals, Sparkling Science and More! (ages 8-12, $19.99)

“Bling is all around us,” the author writes. Maybe so…but rarely is the razzle-dazzle this cranked up. Should come with a cautionary note: sunglasses a must!” – Kirkus

From upscale splurges to flashy fun in nature, this treasure trove is filled with wonders that will dazzle and delight. Read about how nature struts its stuff with tantalizing tidbits about animals, including a few that literally glitter with iridescence to confuse predators. Or maybe you’ll strike it rich after reading about Crater of Diamonds State Park in Arkansas, U.S.A., where anyone can go hunt for sparkling gems. Dig into info about the world’s mysterious minerals, gorgeous geodes, and ritzy rocks. Discover extravagant expenditures like Canada’s million-dollar solid gold coin. Learn all about the splendid science of diamonds that rain from the sky in space. Get the secret behind glowing bio-luminescence. And go back in time to uncover palatial palaces, the riches of royalty, and other ancient treasures. To show off the lush content in proper fashion, readers will be dazzled by hundreds of fun flashy photos throughout.

This is a fun book about everything that glitters, shines and costs $$$.

I love the sections on the world’s richest animals, as well as the section on “cursed” jewelry that you should never touch. The section on gems and jewelry is pretty extensive.

The cat, “Grumpy Cat,” made it into the book as one of the world’s richest animals.

I like that angle this book takes. Would would have thought about writing a book all about rich, fancy, sparkly things around the world.

Treasury of Bible Stories written by Donna Jo Napoli, illustrated by Christina Balit (ages 8-12, HC, $24.99)

“Napoli brings her literary eye to yet another ancient tradition.  Balit’s bold illustrations accompany each tale and feature a diversity of skin tone that reflects the many lands from northeast Africa to the Middle East where the drama unfolds… Sidebars throughout add historical and scientific context to the stories presented while backmatter includes maps, timelines, and brief biographies of the major players. A worthy cultural treasury with appeal to both the faithful and irreligious.” — Kirkus

Noah’s Ark, Moses, David and Goliath, the ten plagues, Daniel and the lions’ den, Jonah and the giant fish, and many more of the Bible’s most powerful stories — 27 in all — are compellingly retold in this beautifully illustrated treasury. Readers will be fascinated by the ancient people and events they encounter, surprised by some of the lesser known accounts revealed, and inspired by the lessons these tales impart. Stories cover important ground beyond religion, such as culture, history, and geography, and they touch on issues that remain relevant today–faith, loyalty, kindness, violence, generosity, greed, jealousy, and more. These accessible, readible stories give kids a rich picture of biblical times, which encourages them to think about our role in the world and to learn more.

Dream Journal by Dr. Allan Peterkin (ages 8-12, $12.99 )

This stocking stuffer is what dreams are made of — literally!  Professor of Psychiatry Dr.Allan Peterkin helps readers uncover the power of their dreams and better understand the science of sleep. With lively text, vibrant imagery, and plenty of space for writing, it’s the perfect tool to help kids remember, record, and reflect on their nighttime adventures.  Catching Z’s has never been so much fun!

Brain Candy: Seriously Sweet Facts to Satisfy Your Curiosity – (ages 8-12, $8.99)

This offbeat, “stocking-sized” book is like a sweet treat that will satisfy any reader’s fun fact cravings. Cranium “cavities” will be filled to the brim with 500 fascinating knowledge nuggets about numbers, fun facts, and cool trivia on all kinds of topics.  With features that dive into why potatoes and tomatoes are a dynamic duo, amazing animal tongues and how they are used to ”lick” their competition and dental care through the ages, Brain Candy is a tasty approach to feeding kids tantalizing tidbits about the world.

This is another fascinating book filled with interesting facts.

I like how the facts are grouped by subject, such as size, heat, speed, numbers and more.

As with all National Geographic books, this book is overflowing with interesting and useful information, as well as beautiful, colorful photos and illustrations.

Any of these books would make a great gift for that special child in your life. To be honest, I think even grown-ups would appreciate these awesome books.

You can find these great books and more on the Shop National Geographic website. You can also find these books at book retailers such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Does your child/grandchild own any National Geographic and/or National Geographic Kids books?

Do you think your child/grandchild would like any of the books mentioned above? If so, which one(s)?

Kimberly

*I received free product samples to review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.