Monday, July 28, 2014

Pirate themed Summer Fun for Kids for the Poppins Book Nook

This month we are sharing a great collection of books by one of our favorite New Zealand authors and the Pirate activities that have been keeping us cool this month. Margaret Mahy wrote over a 100 hundred children's books and pirates were clearly one of her favorite characters!

The Man Whose Mother Was a Pirate is a about a shy man with an office job takes two weeks leave  to help his Mother relive her youth -as a Pirate!
It is a bright and fun book full of characters that try to put him off setting sail. You'll have to check this one out to see if he finds his sea legs!

The Great Piratical Rumbustification is a treat because it is also illustrated by Quentin Blake who also illustrated many of Roald Dahl's books. Pirate turned Babysitter, Orpheus Clinkermanages to turn his latest sitting job into an all out pirate party. Be sure to read this one out loud because it is one of the best examples of Ms. Mahy's fun alliteration that kids love.

The Horrendous Hullabaloo switches the pirate theme up to show that not all pirates behave badly! Peregrine Pirate has left his aunt and parrot at home for the last time. He never takes them to his parties so Polly and his Aunt decide to through their own Parrot Pirate Party at homes. Oh no!

Our pirate fun this month continued with two cool projects: Frozen Gold Doubloons treats and Pirate Bath Treasure.

This a very simple treat the kids were able to make themselves. We mixed together:
  • 4 Oz Container of Vanilla flavored Greek Yogurt
  • 1 Mashed ripe banana
  • 1 Tablespoon of Peanut or Almond Butter
Spoon the mixture into a ice cube tray and freeze until solid (approx 2-4 hrs). We love the Fred and Friends Have an Ice Day Icetray.

The bath time treasures I made for my little pirates can be used as body and hair wash!

Here's what you need!

1 Packet of Gelatin (2 1/2 teaspoons)

1/2 cup hot water

1/2 c kids’ shampoo and body wash (we used Sauve Kids Wash)

1/2 teaspoon cooking oil

Mixing bowl and spoon

Square plastic container to use as a mold

Plastic knife


1. Prepare the mold by greasing it with the vegetable oil
2. Pour the hot water into the mixing bowl and add the gelatin.
3. Whip the mixture quickly until the gelatin has dissolved.
4. Add the shampoo and mix until completely combined.
5. Pour the mixture into a container and place in the refrigerator for 4-5 hours.
6. When the jelly is set, turn out onto a paper napkin and cut into a 1 inch cubes
7. Store the cubes in the refrigerator until you are ready to use them.

I hope we inspired you to grab a pirate book or two and have some fun! Please take some time to look at all the other creative posts from the rest of the Poppins Book Nook bloggers this month!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Why you need to try Organic Matcha Green Tea

Have you tried Green Tea Matcha yet? I recently gave up coffee and have been enjoying the health benefits of this antioxidant packed drink.

Recently I was offered a chance to try Kiss Me Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder . I am excited  to share with you my thoughts on this product and the many benefits of Matcha Tea.

Take a look at all the health benefits!

Some of the benefits I have personally experienced since consuming Matcha daily include increased energy. For the first time since my teens, I have been able to grow my nails to a decent length without having them break.

When we usually think of tea we think of steeping dried tea leaves in hot water. Matcha is made by grinding the entire leaf in a special process.  It is full of antioxidants and good quality Matcha is a true green color. Culinary grade Match Green tea, like the one from Kiss Me Organics can be dissolved in hot and cold liquids and easily added to baking products.

As I have learnt during my tea adventures, not all Matcha powders are created equal. Kiss Me Organics uses organic green tea leaves  and is, therefore, free from any additives or preservatives.

My favourite way to drink matcha is in ice cold Almond milk sweetened with a little agave and vanilla. This was the first thing I made with the Kiss Me Organics Matcha. On opening the package, I noticed the deep green color and fineness of the powder. The scent of the tea was amazing! The taste of my go-to drink was just as good. It was a lot stronger than any other brands I have tried and tasted rich and had a subtle sweetness of its own.

When you purchase Kiss Me Organics matcha green tea you also receive 70-page e-book full of recipes for Matcha drinks, smoothies and baked treats.  I was so inspired after trying several of these recipes I added a burst of matcha to a Vegan Summer Shortcake dessert.

I would recommend Kiss Me Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder to all Green tea lovers. If you have yet to enjoy the benefits of Matcha then, you should avoid finding a good tea by trial and error like I did. Just order the Organic Matcha from Kiss Me Organics. You'll be hooked!

 I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Have You Seen My Tail? #Kids #Book Blast

We are pleased to be helping Mother Daughter Book Reviews promote a new adorable picture book "Have You Seen My Tail?" by Kathryn Harper.

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathryn Harper

About the Book

Title: Have You Seen My Tail? (Katie-Jane, Book #2)

Author and llustrator: Kathryn Harper

Publication Date: July, 2014Publisher: Green Cup Publishing 

Recommended Ages: 3 to 8 

Anyone who has ever struggled to accept - or longed to experience - change of any kind will be able to relate to Katie-Jane's second story, "Have You Seen My Tail?" Using rhyming verse, and laugh-out-loud situations, Katie-Jane begins this story feeling bored. She is surprised to meet a butterfly, a frog and a snake. All of these animals are all struggling to accept the recent big changes in their lives. Different perspectives help all four characters to accept their own situations, and embrace change in the way life offers it to them. "Have You Seen My Tail?" is the second book in the six-part Katie-Jane series, designed to encourage the reader to 'be the very best version of you.'  

Have You Seen My Tail? by Kathrn Harper - Inside Page


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Am I a Chameleon by Kathrn Harper
You can also purchase the first book in the Katie-Jane Series, "Am I a Chameleon?" by clicking the book cover above.

Early Buzz About the Book

"Author Kathryn Harper offers insightful questions and answers at the end of the book explaining how she feels about change. I love how these insightful thoughts give the reader a chance to verbalize their own feelings. Like her other books, the illustrations are beautiful and vivid. Each of the animals has a wonderfully rich texture, color, and personality. The Katie-Jane books continue to not disappoint, I look forward to seeing the next books in the series." ~ 5 Star Review, Katherine R., Amazon
"Katie-Jane is a very sweet character in "Have You Seen My Tail?" She helps to explain change in a gentle and unsuspecting way. This is the second book in the series for Author, Kathryn Harper. She writes a relatable story that children all over the world can grasp and understand. " ~ 5 Star Review, Mary Jo P., Amazon

About the Author: Kathryn Harper

Kathryn Harper

I have always loved to write, draw and create, but my books are inspired by more than my love for their medium. As a child I was selective mute. Both my struggles and my breakthroughs are a source of inspiration toward creating Katie-Jane and her stories. I grew up in the UK, after living in Johannesburg between the ages of two and five. Today I live in Wanaka, New Zealand, with my two gorgeous children and partner, Simon. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to call this place home, where an adventure can begin every time we step outside.

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