Books, Kids, parenting, toddlers

Usborne Books, a Launch Party, and a Giveaway for FREE Books!

Today I’m launching  my consultant website at Usborne Books!  How exciting!!!

Usborne Books are great for all ages, all interests and reading levels, homeschool studies, independent or family reading, gifts and more! There’s something for everyone, and you can do a search according to age and/or subject matter.  I love the quality of these books.  They feature bright, beautiful illustrations and colors, offer important childhood lessons and educational insights and they are made to last.

Here are a few of the titles that were in my consultant kit!

The closing of Borders Bookstore in Central Maui brought a lot of disappointment to many people, including myself.  At the time, my son was just about 20 months old and at the age where he could begin recognizing and pointing out and calling out different objects on pages of a board book.  The closing of Borders left a void in our community.  Where would we find books for our children and for ourselves?

Wal-Mart currently has a selection of books, but not a great variety of fiction and non-fiction titles.  There’s a toy store named “Ollie Pop” at our mall that carries a GREAT selection of picture books, phonics readers, and non-fiction titles, offering a lot more than Wal-Mart. Ollie Pop however doesn’t have very many titles.  Downloading books on to my iPad was an option…but the iPad can be a little too distracting for my son.  Many of you know what I mean.  With all that said, I looked online for children’s books and came across Usborne Books and More.

I recently received my set of Usborne books over the weekend and read them with Trey.  He enjoys reading the story Take Turns, Max and Millie and a “touchy feely” book entitled That’s Not My Monkey…

Herman and Trey reading, “That’s Not My Monkey…”

Usborne also offers books for the littlest readers…even for my Lauren!  It’s never too early to get children to read!

Usborne Books has over  2000 titles covering a wide variety of subjects.  They offer activity books on drawing, cute wind up toy books for toddlers, flash cards, sticker books, phonics readers, fiction series for boys and girls, internet-linked science and history encyclopedias, and more.  Usborne also offers a storybook app that you can download on to your iPad! Just be sure to keep the little ones focused on reading!

If you would like to learn more about Usborne and the books that we offer, please visit my website or email me about my book launch happenning this Saturday (June 23, 2012).  Interested in earning some free books?  Contact me for more information!

To celebrate my first book event with Usborne, I’m offering a giveaway!  Here’s your chance to win up to $30 worth of free Usborne books.

First you’ll need to check out my Usborne Books & More website and find titles that interest you.  I’d like to know what you’re interested in!

There are 5 different ways to enter…5 chances to win!
1.  Leave a blog comment below and indicate the title(s) that you’re interested in.

2. Tweet the giveaway!  Copy this:
Check out the  @MauiGirl808 Usborne Books Giveaway!  #giveaway #childrensbooks #books
Then make sure to add an additional comment to this post with your Twitter ID

3.  Facebook the giveaway. Copy this:
Check out the Usborne Books Giveaway!  #giveaway #childrensbooks #books
Then make sure to add an additional comment to this post with your Facebook ID

4.  Attend my launch party.

5.  Sign up to host a book party either online or at your home.

Keep entering until the announcement! The winner will be announced on Monday, June 25, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. (Hawaii Time)

Good Luck and Keep on Reading!!!

Kids, parenting, toddlers

Pre Preschool and a 10-Week Update!

It’s been just about one month since my last blog.  The time just flew by so quickly!

Pre Preschool

During my last month of maternity leave, Herman and I decided to enroll Trey in a preschool program for 2-year olds.  We wanted Trey to socialize with other children, develop his language skills, and be exposed to art activities, music, and reading. The center offered a half-day session, so we thought that it would be a good way to ease Trey into eventually transitioning to a full day of school.

Herman and I had never sent Trey to a sitter or daycare, so we were a bit concerned that he would cry all day and not enjoy any of the learning activities that the center provided.  That wasn’t the case at all.

Trey at the year end celebration.

Herman and I accompanied Trey to school on his first day.  We got his Crocs off his feet, put his bags in his cubby hole, and once he saw the other kids playing with the toys, he immediately followed suit and joined in on the fun.  He was so focused on playing with the other kids that we didn’t get a chance to wish him a good day!  It’s not that we didn’t want to say “bye”, we knew that prolonging our goodbyes would confuse him and make him a little apprehensive about staying in school.  Today, we make it a part of our morning routine to talk about how much fun school is, wish each other a good day, and give him his hugs before we get to the doors of the center.  After entering the door, he gets his shoes off, puts his lunch and water bottle away, and heads off to the different toy centers.

Trey loves to sing. Here he is singing, “Slippery Fish” with his friends.

Although Trey has only been in school for a month, Herman and I noticed him using his words a little more, showing politeness, identifying shapes (square, triangle, diamond, star, oval, and circle – yes he now knows the difference between a circle and an oval) and colors, and demonstrating a little more confidence and independence.

Herman and I are really happy with the teachers and the teachers’ aides at his preschool.  They’re very nurturing, sweet, patient, and encouraging.  They have well planned activities and also offer diaper changing for kids who aren’t quite potty trained.  The center is also close to work, and is bright, colorful, and spacious.  There’s even an area for large motor activities, which includes a “rock” climbing wall!  How fun is that!?!?

We’re looking forward to having the regular school year start up again and are excited for the learning opportunities ahead.

Trey gets his certificate and a lei at the year end celebration.

10-Week Update

Who’s this little girl?

It’s Little Miss Lauren!

Lauren is currently 10 weeks old, and at her 2-month checkup, Dr. H. described her growth as “exploding”!  She’s now 22.5 inches long, weighs about 12 pounds, and has a head circumference of 15.5 inches.  Big Girl!

Lauren’s also hitting quite a few milestones which include smiling, cooing and mimicking certain sounds and faces that we make at her, batting at toys and grasping at them, sleeping for longer periods at night, and lifting her head during tummy time.  We’ve noticed that she also likes sitting up in our arms, and oh yeah, she really loves her daddy and is showing a preference for him!  Whenever Herman  talks to Lauren, she coos a lot, smiles, bats her eyelids, and even giggles! She’s developing a personality. =)

People often ask how Trey’s doing as a big brother, and I think he’s great.  He acknowledges his sister when we meet up with people, helps me when I’m diapering her, and also tries to comfort her when she cries.  At times, I’ll hear him say, “Don’t cry baby sister.  It’s ok.”  He loves to pet her head and give her kisses.


I recently returned back to work full-time, and we’re all doing well with the transition.  Herman and I are really lucky that my parents are able to babysit.  Mornings are a bit hectic in our house, but I think we’ve developed a good routine that enables us to get out of the house in time…sometimes…=)

While I loved being at home with the kids, I did miss being at work and with my coworkers.  I love my office and it’s great being back there.

So tomorrow is Father’s Day!  Happy Father’s Day to all of the dads out there, and most especially to my dad Fred, and my husband Herman. Love to you all!

Herman with the kids. Happy Father’s Day, Love!