Every year I look for some kind of craft that the girls can make to give to the family as Christmas gifts. We have made picture frames, home made stockings, thumb print planters… this year I wanted to be a little more “advanced” without going overboard. I asked my friend Christy to save me some of her nephews baby food jars… I just knew I could find something cool to make with them.
In the last few years I have really learned the importance of saving memories and recording them for my girls. After I lost three grandparents in three consecutive years, I realized I didn’t take enough pictures, didn’t write enough down, should have recorded their voices … all the things I didn’t know I would miss as much as I do. Recipes, funny moments, time together, and traditions have been lost or forgotten, and it saddens me to think my girls will never know some of the things I did when I was their age.
Now that Mike and I are beginning our own family with our own traditions, I am excited to find the Record a Memory series from Publications International, Ltd. Each book from the series allows places to write, add pictures, and even incorporates the element of sound with a recordable audio device built right in. I remember my grandfather had a tiny little voice recorder that he carried for years with a recording of me laughing… he would have loved to have one of these books with my daughters’ laughter.
“Record a Memory books are a perfect addition to the family bookcase because you can save so much more than just pictures… Record a Memory is like a family time capsule with audio that will be just as treasured six months from now as it will be when the kids are fully grown.” ~ Mike Sieczkowski, EVP of Product Development
I received the Our Family Christmas Memories for Review, and I am already taking pictures to fill this book! Every page has prompts and suggestions for what to include – like favorite recipes and pictures of the Christmas Tree. I can’t wait to show you the finished result!
Publications International, Ltd is also helping families stay close across the mile by donating Record a Story books to deploying troops at the USO and United Through Reading Locations. Military families who are about to deploy will have the chance to arrange for a shared story time with their children, even after they have left for their tours of duty. Publications International Ltd has donated thousands of books which will be sent along with a DVD of the parents recording the story to the children for the Holidays.
You can check out the Record a Memory series online at www.Record-a-Story.com.
What are you favorite Holiday Memories?
Finding a Christmas Gift to “surprise” my Tween daughter is next to impossible. Gone are the days of picking up something from Target, wrapping it up pretty and putting “Love, Santa” on the tag. Plus I always want to get her something unique, something that she can tell her friends about that 3/4 of them will not have received as well. That is why when I discovered Poofin, I knew I had found the perfect gift from Santa.
A Poofin is like a soft treasure chest, filled with all of your favorite things. Shaped like the Star that you are, in your choice of red, pink or blue, you can fill your super soft cuddly Poofin with “charms” of all of your favorite things. The more charms you collect, the softer your Poofin becomes!
Poofin is a new developmental toy meant to inspire self-esteem in children by inviting them to create a unique charm collection kept inside a hollow, plush toy star. Children pick charms featuring images of things they like – pizza, baseball, butterflies, anything they want! The charms can even be customized to feature personal images of your choosing. The result is a huggable buddy that helps kids tell the world all about themselves!
My favorite part about the Poofin – besides how soft it is – is that you can create your own charms by uploading images right from your computer into the Poofin Factory. Last month we lost one of her little beloved pets - Sugar the Gerbil - so I am uploading a picture of her to give the Tween something she will have to forever remember her little pet. I am also making charms with our recent trips, extended family we do not get to see often, and some of her other favorite things. Since the custom charms are only $3.50, it is easy to get caught up making several!
I also love that she can take her Poofin with her wherever she goes – sleepovers, camp, road trips, and even just to her Dads on the weekends.
Poofin was created by two very “opposite” Moms – one tall, one short; one with all girls, one with all boys – who embrace their “yin and yang” type friendship and have created a toy to highlight such differences.
“We think our differences make our partnership strong. Differences are also what make families, schools, and communities strong. Poofin, in turn, reflects the belief that by embracing one another’s differences, the world really can become a more peaceful place.” ~Ann and Julia, Creators
You can find a retailer near you, or order directly online at the Poofin Store. Orders normally take 7-10 days to arrive, but faster delivery is available.
Which Poofin would you pick?