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Before I get started, a few fabulous ideas from the past week:
- Farmer's Markets are a great way to purchase healthy food for less.
- Swimway Infant Floats are the perfect device to keep your baby safely floating in the pool.
- Flying with your babies? Check this out! A travel must-have for this mama!
- A great selection of books that toddlers are sure to love!
We've been hearing the name, Claude Monet, around our house a lot lately. Thanks to the book, The Magical Garden of Claude Monet.
Awhile back, I stumbled over a series of books by Laurence Anholt called the Anholt's Artists. He takes an artist, and writes a children's book about the artist, which always includes a child as one of the main characters. All the books have fantastic illustrations that are complete with the artist's noteworthy pieces.
I was hooked! I loved the idea of giving the girls an introduction to, and appreciation of art at an early age.
The books are geared towards children that are a little bit older, but I decided to give them a try. The girls often surprise me, showing interest in books with a detailed plot, big words, and 25+ pages!
Turns, out, our girls love Claude Monet, and were fascinated with the Japanese bridge that is in so many of his famous works.
What excited me more was to have the opportunity to link the book, and Monet's art to something local, and tangible for the girls to experience firsthand.
We have beautiful gardens here, located at the local university. The girls and I went for a picnic lunch one morning at the gardens, and enjoyed walking across "Monet's Bridge", even if Mama's death grip on their hands did cause slight discomfort.
The girls were really excited to get to walk over the bridge. And, while we don't have lilies in the water at our bridge, we do have some turtles, which they are still talking about.
Can't wait to see what you're loving this week!