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“The Girl Who Saved Christmas” by Matt Haig

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas is a great Christmas book for your older Nanny Kids (about eight- to 12-years-old). Books always make a great, and inexpensive, holiday gift for children as well.

In The Girl Who Saved Christmas Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world.

But now Amelia is in trouble. When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. It’s not long before her hope begins to drain away.

Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia will learn to believe again.

You can purchase your own copy of The Girl Who Saved Christmas to give as a holiday gift by clicking any of the links in this review.

Cheesy Green Beans

This is such an easy way to bake green beans for your Nanny Family. The great thing about this recipe is that it takes almost no prep time, making it one of the easiest side dishes you can make. A good glug of olive oil helps coat the beans in seasoning while crisping them up […]

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Snowman Advent Calendar

Creative Wednesdays I made this snowman advent calendar for my Nanny Kid to build excitement for Christmas. We started in November so I added days from November on this advent calendar but most advent calendars start on December 1. You can purchase the supplies needed for this project by clicking the links below or visiting […]

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Rainbow Pebbles

A preschooler I babysit for really loves playing with Rainbow Pebbles. They make a great holiday or birthday gift. These lightweight, colorful stones with a smooth surface are a wonderfully tactile early math resource. The preschooler I care for is fascinated by the pebbles’ bright colors, odd shapes, and warm feel which makes stacking fun. […]

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“Meet the Latkes” by Alan Silberberg and Latke Recipe

Your Nanny Family doesn’t have to celebrate Hanukkah to enjoy reading Meet the Latkes by Alan Silberberg and then share in making and eating latkes. When reading Meet the Latkes get ready for some wacky good fun with the Latke family of potato pancakes. Lucy Latke’s family is just like yours or mine. Except that […]

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Turkey Meatloaf with Cranberry and Chili Glaze

I found this great turkey meatloaf recipe on the spruceeats web site. The recipe suggests using a little ground pork keeps this meatloaf juicy, but feel free to use part ground turkey thighs instead. Turkey thighs or the ground pork have a higher fat content and will keep the loaf from drying out and becoming […]

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Expert’s Advice: How to Potty Train Your Toddler

Check out “Expert’s Advice: How to Potty Train Your Toddler.” We are quoted at https://porch.com/advice/potty-train-toddler

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Paper Plate Menorah

My Nanny Kids loved making this paper plate menorah for Hanukkah. Let the kids paint the paper plate, candles, and flames themselves. Older children can cut out their own candles and flames. But you can cut the shapes for little kids and allow them to paste the candles to the back of the paper plate […]

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Telescopic Stool

I just made my favorite purchase the year. I am a short nanny with a bad knee. I use this Telescopic Stool as both a step stool to reach high cabinets at work and as a stool to sit at the bus stop, sports practice, or in a playroom with kids where there are no […]

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Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano

Thanksgiving is almost here making it the perfect time to read Turkey Trouble by Wendi Silvano with the children left in your care. Turkey Trouble is a funny look at a turkey who is trying not to be the Thanksgiving table’s centerpiece. He attempts a number of disguises to blend in with some of the […]

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