Toddler YouTube Storytime: “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”

“We’re Going on a Bear Hunt” by Michael Rosen


Favorite Picture Dictionaries

We read these the most and probably got the most use out of these books when she was younger:


Sesame Street: Elmo’s ABC Lift-the-Flap

Richard Scarry’s Best Word Book Ever (Giant Golden Book)



My Big Animal Book (My Big Board Books)

Books on Entrepreneurship: How to Become an Entrepreneur

Discovered these books at the University of California Irvine bookstore a few weeks ago.  We were there buying workbooks for my husband’s physics classes and saw these books in the same aisle.  I’m beginning with the Lean Startup.  I love these sorts of books because I feel inspired and it gives me great ideas.  It makes you realize that for many successful people, things didn’t come easy for them and that life was full of failures for themselves too.  That these are all valuable lessons that shape us, into hopefully, better or stronger versions of ourselves.  Being on a college campus made me feel young again and also old too at the same time.  They looked like kids, just like we must’ve been too in college.  At the time though, I thought I was so grown up, but looking back now, I didn’t know anything and I still don’t know what I’m doing.  We were the only parents walking around there though with gray hair, rolling around their kid in a stroller.   Anyway, I would love to take this class at UC Irvine one of these days.

Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future

The Founder’s Dilemmas: Anticipating and Avoiding the Pitfalls That Can Sink a Startup (The Kauffman Foundation Series on Innovation and Entrepreneurship)

The Lean Startup: How Today’s Entrepreneurs Use Continuous Innovation to Create Radically Successful Businesses

Los Angeles Kids Consignment Shop

4 days only!  The video looks promising.  Definitely have to check it out April 27-30, 2017.

As a first time parent, it’s overwhelming picking out all the toys, books, and baby stuff that will stimulate your child and keep them busy throughout the day.  We picked a lot of our toys and books that way using Amazon, picking the bestsellers or the ones with the most and highest rated reviews.  I have to admit though, that a lot of those toys were pretty worthless.  I plan on making a list of those eventually.  

The timespan of utility for a baby toy is so short but so expensive at the same time.  Even some of the children’s books that were highly recommended on Amazon, were somewhat disappointing and we would have been better off borrowing them from the library instead.  A lot of the books we had bought when she was much younger are now tired and boring, but out of sentimental reasons, we haven’t gotten rid of them.  We borrow all of our books from the library now and pick and choose the ones she likes the most from those to purchase on Amazon. 

Great Reading Books for Toddlers and Young Kids

Girl edition.  I don’t remember reading Eloise when I was little, but this series has been around for decades apparently, even before I was a little girl.  The illustrations remind me of the ones in Amelia Bedelia.  Classic drawings that will take you back.  The other two books are more recent. The girls in these books aren’t princesses but rather a tomboy, zombie, and a precocious little girl.  I find them as entertaining as my daughter does, which isn’t always the case.  Highly recommend.



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