I See Me! My Very Own Name – 15th Anniversary Edition Book Review

I’ve done several reviews of the I See Me! Books and I can promise you that I have yet to be disappointed with their books. The quality is incredible and I love that you can have them personalized for your child. I See Me! is celebrating their 15th anniversary of their very first book! My Very Own Name is a super sweet book that helps your child learn to spell their name and recognize the letters of their name. It’s full of beautiful illustrations of animals and nature that share your child’s name and celebrate them at the end of the book.

I See Me! Personalized Book Review

As most of my readers know, I have not and will not disclose my children’s given names on the internet, you know my baby as Bird. Well, I don’t personalize their books with their nicknames so I will not be sharing the inside pages of our personalized book or dedication page. So I will be using stock photos.

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One of the things I love about the I See Me! company is that they allow you to include a dedication page in their books. You can add a photo, a short little pre-written message and a birth date for your child. I think that adds a special little touch to your books.

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Here you can see that the animals have been spelling out Aiden’s name, the elephant introduces the “E”! You can see the book in it’s entirety HERE.

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Then at the end of the book the animals all celebrate the birth of the baby, Aiden. I think the illustrations are so pretty and colorful for this book. It’s one your children will love to read over and over again! Mine sure do! Boogie and Bubby want copies of their own!

Be sure to head over to I See Me! to purchase your child their own copy of the My Very Own Name book, and keep an eye out for the giveaway on my blog this weekend – among all the other amazing products I will have, you will also have the opportunity to win a copy of this book!

24 Books of Christmas

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 Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone it’s time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS! (And if you’re a Mustard Seed Kid that also means birthdays!) We celebrate Christmas in many different ways but one of my personal favorites is a tradition that J and I started two years ago. We choose 24 books to read starting on December 1st and every night until Christmas Eve. It’s a joy to read so many wonderful books to our children and as a book lover it just makes my heart swoon!

So, here are our top 24 books to read for Christmas!

1. Polar Express by Chris Van Allsbury

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This is one of our all time favorites, we like to read this one and then watch the movie with some hot cocoa!

2. One Wintry Night by Ruth Bell Graham61WSArywilL

This is an AMAZING book. If I had put these in order of my favorites… this would be number one for sure! The illustrations are just gorgeous, Richard Jesse Watson did a fantastic job bringing Mrs. Graham’s book to life. It’s also always fun to read a story that’s based near your hometown!This is a longer book, we never read this entire book in one night, but I promise you won’t regret adding this one to your list!

3. Alabaster’s Song by Max Lucado

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Alabaster’s Song is one of my mom’s favorite Christmas books. I remember her reading this to us and she did so with Alabaster’s lisp! His lisp makes this a little harder to read, but it’s such a cute book. There’s even an animated movie based on this book now!

4. The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree by Gloria Houston

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This is another Christmas story that is based in our Blue Ridge mountains!

5. How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss

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I’m pretty sure you can’t have a Christmas book list without including Mr. Grinch! Our kids not only love the book, but they also enjoy watching both the live action and animated movies adapted from this book.

6. A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles M. Schulz

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We have the board book version of this book, and I must say it’s very well loved! My mom purchased this one for my kiddos, she’s a big Snoopy fan.

7. My First Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore

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We purchased this version of The Night Before Christmas at Babies R Us before Boogie’s first Christmas. It’s a touch and feel book with lots of sparkly stars and fun touch and feel pages. This is my absolute favorite version, it’s great for our little ones and they really enjoy it!

8. The Crippled Lamb by Max Lucado

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You really can’t go wrong with any of Max Lucado’s books, especially his Christmas children’s books. This is one of my all time favorites.

9. Wake Up, Santa Claus by Marcus Pfister

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This is a fun little book that our kids enjoy. We do like to read a lot of Christian based Christmas books, but this is a fun Santa story that any kid would enjoy.

10. How the Reindeer Got Their Antlers by Geraldine McCaughrean

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Another fun book that we enjoy reading!

11. The Christmas Miracle of Jonathan Toomey by Susan Wojciechowski

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LOVE the illustrations in this book. It’s also a little lengthy but a great book! This one has also been adapted as a movie!

12. Are You Grumpy, Santa? by Gregg & Evan Spiridellis

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Boogie giggles through this entire book, she says it’s “so silly!”

13. The Christmas Candle by Richard Paul Evans

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Another of my favorites, and this one is illustrated with some gorgeous paintings by Jacob Collins. Truly exquisite work he did for this book. And the story is pretty great as well!

14. Olive, the Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh & J. Otto Seibold

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Who doesn’t love Olive? We love reading about her many adventures and this one is super fun for the holidays!

15. Jacob’s Gift by Max Lucado

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Didn’t I tell you I like Max Lucado’s books? This is another fantastic one!

16. The Wild Christmas Reindeer by Jan Brett

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Follow a young girl named Teeka as she tries to get the reindeer ready to fly for Christmas Eve… this book is adorable and my kids laugh at how stubborn those silly reindeer are! Poor Teeka!

17. Mortimer’s Christmas Manger by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

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This is a precious book, Mortimer searches for a warm and safe place to sleep and ends up discovering the true meaning of Christmas in the process. Love love love this book!

18. A Bad Kitty Christmas by Nick Bruel

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Bad Kitty is at it again! Who doesn’t love reading about the outrageous antics of Bad Kitty? We sure do!

19. Mary’s First Christmas by Walter Wangerin Jr.

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Once again, another book with some pretty amazing illustrations. I love this story!

20. One Christmas Dawn by Candice F. Ransom

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Another sweet story based in the mountains of NC! 

21. Merry Christmas, Stinky Face by Lisa McCourt

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We like the original Stinky Face book, so of course this one had to be on our list as well!

22. Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson & Jane Chapman

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This one is by the same authors of the Mortimer book above. This is a cute one that we always include in our Christmas countdown!

23. The Christmas Star by Marcus Pfister

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I try to save this one for Christmas Eve, this is a great one about Jesus’ birth! And this author also wrote Rainbow Fish!

24. The Mouse Before Christmas by Michael Garland

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This one is so fun! That little mouse goes on a wild ride with Santa! 

Thanks for checking out our 24 Books of Christmas list! I enjoyed creating it to share with you! Be sure to pin and share this, and please subscribe so you can stay up to date with us! God bless and Merry Christmas!

Peek-a Who I See Me! Giveaway

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Liked our review for this I See Me! personalized book? Great! Now you can enter the giveaway below to win one of your very own! It’s super easy, just fill out the widget below for your chance to win! Winner’s entries will be verified.

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Peek-a WHO? I See Me Book Review

I’ve reviewed another I See Me book a few months ago, you can find that particular review HERE. I had that one made for Baby Bird and decided to go ahead and have this new I See Me book made for her as well.

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If you are a regular reader then you know that I do not use my children’s real names on my blog. Therefore, I can’t share actual pictures of the book I had made for her, but I promise…. it’s so adorable. I’m in love with this book. We actually have the original board book, Peek-a Who? by Nina Laden. It was one of Boogie’s favorites as a toddler. So, I was super excited about this personalized book.

On the cover it has “Baby Bird’s (except it’s her real name, duh!) Peek-a Who?” and on the inside cover there is a photograph of my sweet baby and it reads:

We Love You! This book was made especially for Baby Bird who arrived December 8, 2014.

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On each “Peek-a…” page it reads as “Child’s name, Peek-a…”. Baby Bird LOVES it, she gets excited when we say her name and “peek-a….”! The other pages are just like from the original book and a few have some personalized surprises, just as you can see in the cow photo.

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At the end of the book, in the original, you’ll see “Peek-a….. you!” and there’s a mirror so you can see YOU! In this personalized version there’s a picture of your child! Ah, I just can’t get over how adorable this book is!

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These books became available for purchase on July 16th, so hurry over to I See Me! to create your own! Just click the image below to go directly to their site.

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Interested in winning a personalized copy of this book? Just head over to THIS post on my blog to enter!

Disclaimer: I received a free personalized book in return for an unbiased and honest review. All statements above are my own.

The Unveiled Wife Book Review

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I’ve been following The Unveiled Wife for a few years now and found her posts inspiring and close to home. She shares her faith, marriage and life like an open book and I truly appreciate that about her. She does no different in this book about her relationship with her husband and how her faith has helped in her intimacy with him.

When you first get married you have big dreams about what your life is going to entail, that includes how you simply will just live with your husband… and most of the time, and I don’t mean this in a bad way, but you usually become a bit disappointed that real life doesn’t really match up to your dream life.

This book would be a great gift for young newlyweds or brides to be, I really enjoyed reading this and learning more about Jennifer. It also was nice to read something so open and honest that opened my eyes to some of my own disappointments early on in my marriage.

I received a free copy of this book in return for an open and honest review. All opinions stated are my own.