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Friday, August 17, 2018

Here's a Great Children's Book from the Popular "The Amazing Scientists" Series to Keep on Your Radar in Sept. All About Raye Montague, a Gifted Women Mathematician in History (Review)

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.

On Sale September 4, 2018!

Both of my girls are big into science and math, so I was excited when I learned about the new "The Amazing Scientists" series from The Innovation Press.  We have recently read their first two releases -- The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin and The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath, and were excited when we received the third installment THE GIRL WITH A MIND FOR MATH , which is on sale Sept. 3rd, and is all about Raye Montague.  What I love so much about these books is that it introduces children to famous people in history that they may otherwise not read about in textbooks or books they are reading.  These are the truly unsung heroes that have paved the wave for others in a given field.  What is so great about this series is that it is introducing children to women pioneers in different scientific fields.  My girls had no idea who Dr. Temple Grandin, Dr. Patricia Bath or Raye Montague were before reading these books.  But, after reading the three books in the "The Amazing Scientists" series, they now know and appreciate how their contributions have paved the way for girls like them to pursue their dream no matter how crazy they may be sound, and prove to others that there is a place in the workplace and history for women...and, that women have been making a difference all these years...it is just now that their amazing stories are being told for all to hear.

We really enjoyed this new book in the series, and like the previous two books read, the illustrations really help to bring this story to life and keep kids engaged as you read all this famous mathematician.  You don't have to be a fan of math to appreciate what Raye Montague achieved in her lifetime.  My girls got excited as they read about her impact on the US Navy.  We live in CT and have visited the USS Submarine Museum in Groton, CT and have never read anything about Raye Montague.  The girls are curious to go back and see if they can find anything about her there, or see if the staff know about her.  They will be bringing their new "The Girl With a Mind for Math: The Story of Raye Montague" with them, and will probably read it for the upteenth time on the way there, and then on the way back home.  This has become a favorite of the three books in this series, and the girls can't wait to pick up future installments and learn about other amazing women scientists who made their mark in history and are finally having their achievements and stories told.

If you love books that empower kids, girls especially to dream big, then you will want to check out this and the other two books in the "The Amazing Scientists" series from The Innovation Press.  You can learn about this upcoming Sept. 3rd, and the two previous releases here:  http://www.theinnovationpress.com/.

More about this book:

"This is the third book in the Amazing Scientists series - you might be familiar with the first two installments, The Girl Who Thought in Pictures: The Story of Dr. Temple Grandin and The Doctor With an Eye for Eyes: The Story of Dr. Patricia Bath. The books have been extremely well received, and help shed a spotlight on diverse women who have often been glossed over by the history books. 

"THE GIRL WITH A MIND FOR MATH introduces Raye Montague, a hidden mastermind who made a huge impact in the US Navy. After touring a German submarine in the early 1940s, young Raye set her sights on becoming an engineer. Little did she know sexism and racial inequality would challenge that dream every step of the way, even keeping her greatest career accomplishment a secret for decades. Through it all, the gifted mathematician persisted―finally gaining her well-deserved title in history: a pioneer who changed the course of ship design forever."

The Amazing Scientist series is so important in showing, through the stories of real women who overcame countless obstacles to excel in their fields, that a career in a STEM field is not only a possibility, but can truly become a reality for young girls."

Disclosure:  I was sent a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All views shared are mine and mine alone.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Gear Up Your Back to School Spirit!

For children, the very idea of going back to school after the summer break is both daunting and exciting. On the one hand, they are going to spend more time with their friends. But on the other hand, it’s a new school year that begins, and, with it, new things to learn. It’s easy to understand how this period can be stressful for them. As a parent, you can help to ease their anxiety. For a lot of children, the back-to-school time often feels like a second New year within the year. Indeed, it’s a time of renewal and promises. Consequently, you can play positively with the concept of taking new resolutions and making a positive impression – something that most children aspire to when they meet their new teachers. Here are a few ideas to gear up for school, both at home and outside. Indeed, you’ll find that children are motivated to do well when they start a new school year, but often feel let down by their parents. Use these simple ways to show that you are here to encourage and motivate them.

New year, new clothes
If there is a good time to buy new clothes, the start of a new school year is definitely one. You need to remember that for children, the first few weeks can play a significant role in building their popularity and presence at the school. This is even more important when your child changes school. Just like you want to dress for the job when you start in a new company, your child wants to make the right impression from Day One. For young children who need comfortable clothes that make them feel good, Cotton On Kids proposes a vibrant collection of simple and tasteful colors and designs. For teenagers, it’s best to plan a shopping trip together so that they don’t feel you are imposing a style on them.

Time to introduce healthy eating habits
Maintaining a healthy diet during the summer can be tricky. Ice creams, soda drinks, sweets and bbq parties can affect your child’s habits. You can help them to get back to a healthy diet that provides them with all the vitamins and nutrients by introducing a new lunchbox. As a rule of the thumb, a balanced lunchbox should contain
fresh fruit, crunchy vegetables, dairy food, starchy food, protein or meat, and water. It’s also important to discuss with your child why they don’t eat some elements so that you can improve the lunch options.

Can parents make learning fun?
Last, but not least, there will come a time when your child will need to do involving homework after school. Make it more enjoyable by creating an individual learning spot in their bedroom or in a quiet area at home. Keep all necessary supplies in labeled containers on their desk, so that everything is accessible at all times. Additionally, a little personalization can go a long way. Add a small sign with their names, or choose notebooks with their favorite characters.

As a parent, your task is clear. You need to boost the back-to-school morale by helping your child to make a good impression, get energetic and nourishing food for the body and the brain, and get pleasure in learning. Needless to say; it will be challenging. But your child is worth it!

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Monday, August 13, 2018

Back to School Must Haves: Kids Will Go Crazy for the The Ice Cream Pencil Sharpener from Amazeko Comes To Life with Lights and Sound! -- Review and #Giveaway

Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

Kind of an odd question, but do you have a favorite sound from your childhood?  For me, it was the ice cream truck song as it circled the neighborhood, making stops and having kids run behind it to catch up for a cold treat.  Ah, the good 'ole days when you you were young an the only worry was if the ice cream truck would stop in your neighborhood and that it would have your favorite bomb pop or sno cone to enjoy as you sit on the corner with your neighborhood friends talking about how great your summer is going.  I sure do miss those days, when curfew was extended to 9PM, and it was still light out, and you could be a few houses up visiting with friends and still hear your mom calling you for dinner.  There were no cell phones, computers or kids big into video games.  When school let out for the summer, the neighborhood came alive with kids hopping from house to house playing and having fun.  You didn't have to be part of the cool kids group to be included in an impromptu baseball or kickball game.  And, whoever had a pool in their backyard or swingset, had open invites for the neighborhood kids to come and hang out and have fun. 

Did you have an ice cream truck that circled your neighborhood as a kid?  If so, do you remember the jingle it would be play to get the kids' attention?  Check out this quick video and tell me if this is what you remember....

This was the song the ice cream truck in our neighborhood played.  We could be in the basement or have the TV on or music blaring, and still hear the bells and jingle.  It was like music to our ears, as we ran through the house trying to shake or piggy banks to get out dollars and coins we had saved up.  And, if our piggy banks were empty or a little short, we were hoping that Mom was in a good mood and would give you a $1 to buy a treat.  I remember that a sno cone cost 75 cents, and we would use the leftover change to buy double bubble bubble gum pouches, or ring pops to stash and enjoy later. :-)

In the above video you will see a cute Ice Cream Pencil Sharpener from Amazeko.  I was recently sent a sample of this pencil sharpener and couldn't wait to show it off to the girls, as they have only seen ice cream trucks at special community events and on television.  I don't see ice cream trucks circling neighborhoods like they used to back when I was a kid, which is a shame as it was a great memory of my childhood and one I would love for my girls to experience.

This Ice Cream Pencil Sharpener is the next best thing.  Come on, who doesn't love sharpening pencils?  I know I loved having to walk to the front of the classroom as as kid to use the wall pencil sharpener, or if I was lucky and that was broke to use the teacher's electric one.  And, with school back in session soon, kids will be getting their school bags ready, and that means they will have a pencil case or bag with newly sharpened pencils to bring to class. 


  • Comes to life with lights & sounds when you sharpen your pencil
  • Carbon Steel blade for long-lasting durability 
  • Battery operated for portability
  • Safety Shut off while emptying shavings 
  • Includes exclusive Amazeko pencil
  • Packaged in gift box
  • Perfect Back to School or Office Gift
  • 4 AA Batteries Included
  • For ages 5+

You may not think to buy a pencil sharpener as part of your Back to School needs, but it is much easier to have your child's pencils sharpened before they head to school, than have to send them and have them take up time in class along with other students, standing in line to sharpen new unsharpened pencils they were all sent to school with.

My girls love sharpening pencils and love their new Ice Cream Pencil Sharpener from Amazeko, which lights up and plays music each and every time they sharpen a pencil.  

I love watching my girls smile and giggle every time they reach for and use this pencil sharpener, and I can't help but smile as I hear this jingle from the past and remember all the great summers I had as a child chasing the ice cream truck with my brothers and neighborhood friends.

School is fast approaching, so don't delay in ordering your very own Ice Cream Pencil Sharpener today. 

The folks at Amazeko also have a fire truck and police SWAT patty wagon pencil sharpeners that also lights up and plays music, if your kids are more into fire trucks and police rather than ice cream trucks.

Want to win an Ice Cream Pencil Sharpener for your family?   I will not judge if you snatch it up before showing it to the kids, to add to your office desk. :-)  I thought about doing this myself, but wanted my girls to see and try out this fun pencil sharpener, which they have been using non-stop since I shared it with them over the pencil.  There is not a pencil in the house that isn't sharpened.  :-)  And, if one does break, the girls are quick to grab the pencil and sharpen it with their Ice Cream Truck pencil sharpener.


Thanks to the kind folks at Amazeko, one lucky Inspired by Savannah reader will win their very own Ice Cream Truck Pencil sharpener, which comes complete with batteries so you can use it right out of the box and not have to worry about not having the right size batteries on hand.

To enter my giveaway, please complete the entries on the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Disclosure: I was sent a sample from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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