Who We Love Wednesday: FROZEN books and app!!!

Local Love Wednesday

Welcome to Local Love Wednesday!!!! This feature is not sponsored or anything like that, it’s just a way for us to spread the love to awesome businesses!

Local Love Wednesday: Frozen books and app!  We are vearing away from local for one more week to review a few books and an app that were sent to us- on our most favorite subject these days- Disney’s movie Frozen! If you have a pre-school-aged child in your home, you are probably Frozen-obsessed just like us, so when we had the opportunity to review a few Frozen products, we said yes right away, and added to our Frozen-themed splendor in our house!

First up, we reviewed Frozen: Storybook Deluxe.

Apps are a big deal in our house, and Ava absolutely loves playing them.  We like to save them for 2-3 times a week, especially if we have had a crazy day, just to let her chill out for a little bit.  The Frozen app is awesome, there are several activities in there-

Drawing:

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Puzzles:

 

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All of the activities are engaging and encourage literacy and fine-motor development.

 

Next, we read A Sister More Life Me.  The book is hard-cover and the art is BEAUTIFUL.  Ava reads this one daily with me! She loves the pictures, the story and of course, the message, that being different is actually a good thing!  This book is also available in an e-book version.

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Another of our favorites is the Frozen Read-Along Storybook and CD! The book would be cool enough, as it basically re-tells the entire movie.  It’s suggested for 3-5 year-olds, and without the CD, I might suggest using less words throughout the book to more appropriately match a preschool attention-span, but since the CD reads along with you, I have noticed Ava is more able to sustain attention in one sitting.

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We have also started reading Frozen: A Novelization.  Though this book is suggested for 8-12 year-olds, but we have found that this is really cool book to read before bed. Typically, my husband and Ava sit down for a few minutes to read, and this one is their new favorite! Ava loves spending the  time with her daddy, and she thinks it is really special that she is able to experience such a “big-girl” book!

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Finally, we love reading A Tale of Two Sisters.  This book is perfect for beginning readers, which Ava is currently! She is able to recognize some sight words and “helps” me read the story- which makes it even more interactive and exciting!

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If you are like us, you have had a lot of difficulty finding Elsa toys- but believe us, they’re out there and there will be more! We are most excited for the Musical Magic Elsa  and Anna dolls from Mattel (SRP: $29.99 each). When you hold the dolls hands (or when they hold each other’s hands) the dolls will magically light up and play enchanting music inspired by the film. We are also looking forward to finding Pull-Apart-Olaf—- Ahhh sooo cute!

Thank you to Disney for the awesome opportunity to review the books and App- we absolutely love them!

 Thank you for your nominations and your votes! We WON!!!!!

We have been named Best Teacher and Best Children's Photographer!!!!!!
 
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So This is Eight * Philadelphia Child Photography by Caitlin Domanico

I am 31 and I am STILL not this elegant-looking. How is this sweet lady only eight? What a gorgeous girl with a ton of spunk!

Philadelphia Child Photography by Caitlin Domanico

Philadelphia Child Photography by Caitlin Domanico

 

Philadelphia Child Photography by Caitlin Domanico

Philadelphia Child Photography by Caitlin Domanico

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Monday Musings: A Letter to My Darling Five-Year-Old

Welcome to Monday Musings by Caitlin Domanico!

Monday Musings with Caitlin Domanico- Putting down the camera and picking up the pen....er laptop:)
Monday Musings with Caitlin Domanico- Putting down the camera and picking up the pen….er laptop:)

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Dear Ava,

Today you turn five. Five. Five-years-old. I feel like I blinked and my tiny little baby has grown into a smart, vivacious, beautiful little girl. A little girl who is on her way to kindergarten. A little girl who is a big sister. A little girl who has a heart the size of Texas. A little girl that has a sense of humor that keeps us all laughing. A little girl that has a spunk like no other.

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Amazing.

Life is amazing.

They say to enjoy every minute and I try.

They say your babies grow too quickly, and they do.

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But what they do not tell you, is how your babies will shape you, teach you, and fulfill you.

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Ava, on your birthday, I hope you feel the incredible amount of love we have for you.

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In five short years, you have learned to read people, and you respond with empathy. You care about your friends, your cousins, your sister.  You care about people in need. You care about the Earth. You care about animals.  You will never lose that skill, and in fact, it will only grow stronger. You will change the world one day, my darling.

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When I say you will change the world, I do not mean that you will discover the cure to cancer, but if that becomes your passion, you just might.   Maybe you will inspire and love your own family one day. I hope you do.

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Maybe you will inspire others in your own community. I hope you do.

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Maybe your reach will be far greater. No matter what your path is, we will be right behind you, ready to support you, to help you when you need it, and to catch you if you fall.

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Five was one of my favorite ages. I loved kindergarten, learning to read, riding a bike, and playing, playing, playing.

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I hope this year is filled with love, learning, and incredible amounts of laughter.

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Thank you for being a light in our family, Ava.  Your infectious smile, your endless chatter, your deep thoughts, and your silly antics inspire us to try to be better parents, better people.

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With all of my love, darling,

Mama

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We have been named Best Teacher and Best Children's Photographer!!!!!!
We have been named Best Teacher and Best Children’s Photographer!!!!!!

 

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Local Love Wednesday: Durherm Speaker!

Local Love Wednesday

Welcome to Local Love Wednesday!!!! This feature is not sponsored or anything like that, it’s just a way for us to spread the love to awesome businesses!

Local Love Wednesday: Durherm Speaker!

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 You know I love to keep it local whenever possible, but this week, I just had to include the Durherm Speaker in my series! I got this last week for JP’s birthday, and I have to say it’s been on during almost all of our waking hours! We have mostly been connecting on our iphone 5′s bluetooth function, and it works SO well! We have hardly had the tv on because each one of us wants to get their playlist turned on!  For Ava, I play her Frozen soundtrack from my itunes library. JP has a very extensive library that he plays.   I also love spotify. I have a great coffee house playlist that I love, and have discovered some other great ones based on my mood- one of my favorites: Girls- We Run the World (Beyonce)- all of the songs are fast, upbeat, and have an underlying kick-ass-girl theme (oh yes, the Spice Girls are on it, Girl Power!)!  Spotify also has great playlists for kids, including ones that have storybooks read aloud.
The speaker can play the radio, and can hook up to the ipad, iphone, android products, and even has an auxiliary function for karaoke!
The sound quality is fantastic. When it’s bumpin’ I can hear it clear across the house!

 Thank you for your nominations and your votes! We WON!!!!!

We have been named Best Teacher and Best Children's Photographer!!!!!!
 
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Documenting Your Family and Summer Shooting Photography Workshops for Women

We have two great workshops coming up in April!  Documenting Your Family and Summer Shooting: Photography Workshops for Women !!

Be sure to sign up and join us!

 

Summer Shooting

Summer Shooting

 

 

 

 

Documenting Your Family

Documenting Your Family

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