The Beeman: A Children’s Book Review

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The Beeman is a wonderful children’s book sold by Barefoot Books. I am a Barefoot Books Ambassador, so I may be biased, but I absolutely love their books. It’s written by Laurie Krebs and illustrated by Valeria Cis. The Beeman is a heartwarming story about a boy and his grandpa, who is the local beeman. The boy and his grandpa tend to the bees together and harvest the honey, all while the story mentions the jobs of the bees in the hive.

At the end of the book, there are a couple of pages of facts about bees and what they do and why they are important. After this, there is a recipe for the Apple and Honey muffins that the boy’s grandma makes in the story. I love that this book features a family spending time together doing something important. Also, the lessons taught in this book about bees is an important one. The bee population is an extremely important part nature and without the bees, we’d be in trouble. So teaching kids that bees aren’t scary and that they actually serve a greater purpose is so important. I highly recommend this book as it is not only entertaining but also educational. My kids were shocked and interested the entire time as we read facts about bees. The recipe is just an added bonus and makes for a great opportunity to do a fun activity with your kids while continuing the conversation about bees, their importance, and the yummy honey that they produce.

If you’d like to find this book for your kids, check out Barefoot Books HERE. This is my ambassador link and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you might have about this awesome company and our line of educational and diverse books and activities.

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Babies R Us & Toys R Us Closings

Most of you have probably already heard that Toys R Us is closing a bunch of stores all over the US. They sent out an email saying that closing deals will start today with items up to 30% off. At a glance it sounds like it may be a decent deal, but many items at Toys R Us are priced higher than they are at other retailers or on sites such as Amazon. So before just rushing out to buy a new stroller or a crib at a discount, remember to use a couple strategies to make sure you are actually getting a deal.

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Bring your phone or plan ahead and look up items you are interested in buying. Do the math. Is the price at Babies R Us or Toys R Us actually lower than what you could get the same item for on Amazon? If not, you might just want to pass. Also make sure you are asking about return policies. Will items you buy at a discount be returnable online or in a different location? You don’t want to buy something and then realize it’s broken or not quite what you wanted after all but now you’re stuck with it or have to sell it at a loss.

If something is cheaper than you can get it elsewhere, you might want to go ahead and get it now and not wait to hopefully get a better deal later on. Yes, many stores will mark stuff down even further as the closing date draws nearer. But don’t count on the things you want being available then. I have missed out on a lot of good deals by waiting and hoping for an even better deal.

So if you have a local store that is closing, go check it out. You might walk out with some amazing stuff for a bargain, but don’t just look at the price there and impulse buy when there’s a good chance that this early on you can potentially get it for a better price elsewhere. But it’s definitely worth a look. Just last year I got a stroller and carseat travel set at Target in the clearance section for $50. Originally priced at about $189. If you go check out a store closing and find a good deal, post it in the comments!