No Biggy! a brand new children's book is all about dealing with frustration; something both kids and grown-ups know all too well. Getting frustrated is a part of life. And whether the curious little girl in the story is working on a puzzle, getting the zipper to slide up her jacket or trying to spread peanut butter on a piece of toast, she learns how to manage frustration by taking a deep breath, saying No Biggy! and trying again. It is an incredibly helpful tool in helping to manage frustration in a productive and sometimes even playful manner ($11, amazon.com).
When little Sabrina refuses to give up her pacifier, her mommy tells her the story of Chupie, the little pacifier who lives in Binkyland and who one day wanders away to comfort a baby. But when the baby is big enough, he realizes that Chupie has a home of his own and must leave to be with his own parents.
Thalia, the internationally known singer, songwriter, and actress shares this fun and fanciful story about something every parent can relate to—persuading their child to give up the paci.
Vibrant, cute and colorful, Chupie: The Binky That Returned Home is the perfect story to read to convince your child to give up his own pacifier—for good ($17, amazon.com).
Trista Rehn was a pediatric physical therapist moonlighting as a Miami Heat dancer when she heard about casting for a new reality show—one guy getting to know twenty-five girls in the hope of finding a fiancée. As improbable and crazy as it sounded, Trista took the chance—and had her heart broken on the very first season of The Bachelor. But the next season, as the first Bachelorette, her fairy tale fell into place during a whirlwind courtship with poetry-writing firefighter Ryan Sutter, and the two eventually married in a dream-come-true wedding on national TV.
In the midst of building a life with Ryan and raising two children, Trista started to make a conscious effort to remember her favorite part of each day. And she’s made sure to post these thoughts, her own personal expressions of gratitude, every night on social media—even on days when she was dealing with fertility issues, a difficult pregnancy, family deaths, and other challenges that everyone faces.
Sometimes it’s the smallest gestures and the most unassuming things that can have the greatest effects. In her book, Happily Ever After, Trista shares the simple yet profound keys to finding everyday happiness; gratitude and grace. From the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moments that we have with our children to our spouses, pets—even strangers—knowing how to recognize, accept and be grateful for all of our daily blessings is truly what “happily ever after” is all about ($16, amazon.com).
Let’s be honest with ourselves: we’re likely to overindulge this holiday season. Studies show that though the average holiday weight gain is minimal, the extra pounds are likely to stick with us for life. Renowned health and fitness expert Denise Austin shows us how this year can be different with her latest book, Side Effect: Skinny, filled with her best get-fit tips ever!
Side Effect: Skinny is packed with the absolute best of Austin’s proven techniques to blast fat, slim down, and, yes, look your best by the holidays. From sneaky workouts (work your abs while you’re stuck in traffic, your legs while you cook up a healthy dinner, and your arms while doing some shopping) to fail-proof meal plans and her own family’s favorite recipes, Austin shows readers how positive, nutritious, delicious, and life-changing the side-effects of getting healthy can be ($19, amazon.com).
What could be better than your own personal, portable sweet treat on a stick? Cake-pops and pie-pops have been hugely popular for some time now—and for good reason. Bite-sized portions of favorite desserts made easy are a dream comes true for anyone with a sweet tooth. And best of all: they’re easy to make!
In her new book, EASY AS PIE POPS, author and founder of Cakewalk Desserts, Andrea Smetona, shares her most popular and favorite recipes for miniature treats. Recipes range from Fruit Pie Pops, Savory Pie Pops, Cake Pops and Tea Cakes and include:
Andrea also shares tips and helpful hints that she has learned along the way, making EASY AS PIE POPS a must-have for anyone looking to make delicious, miniature pastries easily and efficiently. Just in time for the holidays, this delectable cookbook makes creating fun desserts easy as pie pops ($15, amazon.com).
Growing up in the kitchen of Mario Batali, one of the most recognized and respected chefs working in America today, Benno (age 16) and Leo (age 14) Batali had helped their dad stir the sauce, salt the pasta water, and knead pizza dough. From the time they could hold a utensil, they learned the Batali way of cooking--simple, fresh, and delicious. So when it was time to get their dad a gift for his 50th birthday Benno and Leo decided to make their dad a homemade cookbook filled with recipes that they loved to make with him like Cinnamon Swirl French Toast, Blue Cheese Pocket Burgers and classic Spaghetti and Meatballs. That thoughtful gift to their father has inspired THE BATALI BROTHERS COOKBOOK by Leo and Benno Batali-- a book filled with kid friendly recipes and fresh takes on traditional favorites.
Incorporating all of the valuable lessons they learned at Mario’s side THE BATALI BROTHERS COOKBOOK is a fully illustrated four-color cookbook, full of delicious recipes that any kid--or parent--can master. In addition to Leo and Benno’s inventive takes on old favorites are mouthwatering and family friendly specialties that Mario makes for his sons such as Oven Dried Cherry Tomatoes with Breadcrumbs, Chicken Cooked Under a Brick, Baked Ziti, and Strawberry Gelato. THE BATALI BROTHERS COOKBOOK is a celebration of food, family, and fun for budding chefs and their parents to enjoy for years to come ($12, amazon.com).
In The Busy Mom's Cookbook: 100 Delicious, Quick and Easy Recipes, Antonia Lofaso shows how she juggles it all, and still manages to have meals with her daughter. And Antonia certainly knows what it means to be busy - she currently works as an executive chef in LA as well as the private chef for Ryan Seacrest and Eddie Murphy, has competed as a finalist on Top Chef and Top Chef All-Stars, prepared private dinners for stars and dignitaries, worked as a Culinary Producer, and balances it all while attending the never-ending demands of raising a young daughter. But that doesnt mean she has to lose out on family time around the table.
Chock-full of easy recipes to enjoy together with family, ranging from fifteen minutes to more elaborate “grown-up” dishes, including specific strategies for cooking with kids, THE BUSY MOM’S COOKBOOK is designed to help bring the family together for meals, no matter the daily schedule ($16, amazon.com).
The Top 10 of Everything in Sports is the latest title in the best-selling Sports Illustrated Kids List Series and offers a comprehensive, yet fun look at the greatest aspects of pro sports. You’ll see who scored at the top of the rankings in categories such as Greatest Athlete; Sports Rivalry; Records and more. Filled with trivia, thrilling action photos from Sports Illustrated, and the insider knowledge of Sports Illustrated Kids, the book will spark conversation (and controversy!) among all the sports fans in your family
Katherine Hill left her small New England hometown in
pursuit of a dream. Now, twelve years later, she’s a high-powered cosmetics
executive in Manhattan and a much glossier version of her former self,
unrecognizable to her family and old friends. Not that she would know—she
hasn’t been home in over a decade.
Laney Marten always swore she’d never get “stuck” in Manchester, Vermont. No,
she was destined to live out her glamorous big-city dreams. Instead, she wound
up a young wife and mother. That was when her best friend ran out.
When Katherine receives word of an inheritance from former neighbor Luella
Hancock, she reluctantly returns home to the people and places she left behind.
Hoping for a second chance, she’s met by an unforgiving Laney, her former best
friend. And there’s someone else who’s moved on without her—someone she once
Tethered to their shared inheritance of Luella’s sprawling Victorian mansion,
Katherine and Laney are forced to address their long-standing grudges. Through
this, they come to understand that while life has taken them in different
directions, ultimately the bonds of friendship and sisterhood still bind them
together. But are some wounds too old and deep to mend? ($12, amazon.com)
My son asked a question,
as little boys do,
Of me in my wisdom
And all that I knew.
“Is there a dog that is perfect?”
he asked on a whim.
Well, I thought and I thought
about where to begin.
And so starts the lovably charming new picture book, The
Perfect Dog, from
John O’Hurley. O’Hurley, an acclaimed actor and host of NBC’s National Dog
Show, which airs each Thanksgiving, wrote the book for his own son. The
Perfect Dog is an ode to canines everywhere, with all of their individual
physical and emotional characteristics. The book also comes with an audio CD read by O'Hurley himself. Dog lovers will delight in seeing the
many types of dogs featured, and look for their own beloved pets on the pages. Pet
owners everywhere will agree that, indeed, the most perfect dog is the one you
already have. And if you’re thinking about adopting a dog, The Perfect Dog is the perfect book to introduce a new furry forever
friend into your family ($10, amazon.com).