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Vintage Car Love: Red 1965 Fiat 500

I have a crush on vintage cars! I have been on the lookout for a vintage Fiat 500 for quite a while now – seems like there aren’t a lot of them available in South Florida. Aren’t they adorable?

I saw a vintage 1965 Fiat 500 on Snail Trail awhile ago – however, she isn’t available anymore, however they have an adorable assortment of retro rentals and vintage cars available for rental for photos shoots and more. And sometimes they sell one of them too. So fun!

Do you have a favorite vintage car?

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Green Book of the Week: Home Grown Books Bring Art to Young Readers

Oh my goodness – I just came across Home Grown Books: The Play Set and I am in love! It’s like a mother’s dream come true – each book is a collaboration between artist, educator, and parents!

There are 9 books in the set and each one is engaging for both child and parents alike. The stories are simple making them perfect for beginning readers, there are different sets available.

The art is a great way to foster children’s reading skills and makes these books perfect for gift giving too! And they are made in New York City – printed locally on recycled paper and printed with NoVOC vegetable inks.

P.S. Sweet Greens readers can get 10% off your orders through 2/13/2014 with the coupon code sweetgreens.

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+ The Play Set $29.95

Green Holiday Giveaway #9: Children’s Library: Green Minded Book Collection

Giveaway number nine is for any of the children in your life! A set of 5 lovely children’s books with bright beautiful illustrations, heart warming messages and beautiful stories. Here is a peek at what comes in the collection.

1. The Good Garden | How One Family Went from Hunger To Having Enough by Katie Smith Milway
This is a simple story about a big issue: hunger. It provides children with tools and information to help them make a difference, locally and globally.

2. Bully Bean by Thomas Weck and Peter Weck
This lovely book teaches children one of the most important lessons about life: to love and help everyone around us. Good stuff!

3. Fireflies and Shooting Stars “The Tale of Enzo” by Ed Raarup 
With beautiful art and included 12 song CD – The Tale of Enzo is the story of a little firefly who faces the challenges of being different. It’s a beautiful story of courage, truth and hope!

4. The Earth, The Alphabet, and Me by Christine Pesout
This is a simple little book filled with 26 small ways kids can make a big different in the environment.

5. Bimbambu by Ileana Katzenelson
Bimbambu is a fun, colorful story of friendship and is sure to delight your children. We especially loved the animals all dressed up in their winter gear.

Wouldn’t this be a super fun gift for the littles to open on Christmas Eve or Day! A collection of lovely stories that will delight them all year. Yay!

If you are picking up books as holiday gifts – these are some that are sure to please, check them out – however, don’t forget to enter the giveaway below.

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Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Series: Book Review and Giveaway


Eben is a huge book lover and avid reader, so he was excited when I surprised him with the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt book series written by Patti Wheeler and Keith Hemstreet as a gift on Halloween. He has been devouring the books ever since – he especially enjoys that the three books highlight the travels of twin brothers that are his age. The series so far includes Gannon and Wyatt’s travels to Botswana (released May 2014), Great Bear Rainforest (released October 2013) and Egypt (to be released January 2014) with more books coming soon.

Eben and I started the adventure from the beginning with the boys’ adventures in Botswana (which turned out to be our favorite). Where they find themselves on the adventure of a lifetime, an African safari. I found the characters to be great role models for kids, adventurous – yet well behaved. Eben liked the journal entry style of the books and felt a connection with Wyatt because he is more scientific, detailed in his journal entries and really thinks things through. The books even inspired Eben to pull out his own journals and start writing stories of his own! Hooray!

These books really appealed to Eben because both of the main characters are boys, However, I bet girls – especially girls that love adventure, would enjoy them too. These books are geared toward middle-grade kids and would make a great holiday gift for those young adventure readers in your life.

Want to win a set? One reader will win the entire Travels with Gannon and Wyatt series for your child’s library! Enter the giveaway below – the winner will be announced on Monday, November 25th!

P.S. You can also enter to win one of three Kindle Fires on the Travels with Gannon and Wyatt Facebook page in November!  

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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