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Celebrating More Than 1000 Likes!


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Me & My Veritas is celebrating more than 1000 likes on this blog! Woohooo! 🙂 Thank you so much to everyone! By the way, on Facebook I’m just a few likes away from the hardest milestone of all: the first 100 likes… Did I get

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Pango Zoo Delivers on Delightful Storytime fun

The journey started at the local library.  Looking for a way to teach our daughter some early reading skills we checked out a Launch Pad from our local public library.

playaway launchpad two 

Viv selected Pango Zoo and we started our adventure.

Pango Zoo

From star to finish this game hit every mark.  The actions were intuitive and our four year old began experimenting immediately with great success.  She was able to progress through the elements of the mini plots for each little vignette where she helped an animal in trouble.  The characters are dynamic and while non verbal they communicate their feelings perfectly through gesture and sounds.  I found myself grinning throughout the game at every little surprise and delight and laughed out loud more than once.

If you have a chance to check one out or pick a Launchpad up for yourself or download from the App Store

I highly recommend it.


DIY Felt Tools: The Saw

I came, I saw, I sewed!

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Welcome to the very first post of my super new DIY toy series. *drum roll* Ladies and Gentleman, I am more than excited and proud to introduce the DIY Felt Tools—a series of 6 very cute felt toys. This series is going to cover the following: a saw, a screwdriver, a hammer, a wrench, a carpenter square, and a tool belt. 

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Rooster Costume: The Beak

Excellent Step by Step Instructions. Thanks for sharing. Could make for a great rainy day Spring project with our 4 year old!

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This is the second part of a very basic rooster costume consisting of a comb and a beak (with wattles). For the comb tutorial please click here. As is the case for the comb, the beak is also made from felt and comes with two wattles at each side. The nose is stuffed in order to allow for a nice picking experience… 😉 Nevertheless, there is enough room left for small (and big) noses.

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A Friendly Twinzy Review For the New Year

Thanks Supriya and looking forward to reading your new book to Viv at bedtime!

Green Toys: Twinzy Toys


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Green Toys: Twinzy Toys

Almost 100 years ago, Battle Creek twin sisters Blanche and Bernice Squier bet their father that they could pay for their college education at UC-Berkeley, and thus Twinzy Toys was born.  The sisters hand-stitched the dolls and they became such a success, they ended up returning to Battle Creek to produce Twinzy Toys in their father’s factory.  These female entrepreneurs had created a thriving business at a time when women didn’t even have the right to vote. The toys were a hit for decades until the sisters’ passing.

In the late 1990s, relatives of the twins found an old box with their toy molds and sketches and dropped them off to Heritage Battle Creek, where the toys remained a part of history until recently, when my friend Ken Faris, made a licensing agreement with HBC to produce Twinzy Toys, reviving the original designs but going green for the modern world.

The new Twinzy Toys are made with an organic cotton hemp blend, stuffed with raw, organic cotton and sewn with organic thread by Battle Creek students interested in careers in fashion design.
The dolls are black and white.  You can leave them as they are or you can decorate them and share your or your child’s creation at Twinzy Toys’ website.

The dolls can be purchased at Twinzy Toys’ Etsy site.  The current designs available are Buddy the Elf, pictured here, Hy Jack the Fox Terrier, Miss Mary, Cowboy and Rabbit.

Front view of Buddy the Elf
Back view of Buddy the Elf
Read more about Twinzy Toys and their plans for the future here.
Check back every Monday and Thursday for new posts, including more info on green toys and products, DIY toys, (including more Indian playfood like masala dosa, another kind of samosa, and idli sambar), and more chalkboard crafts featuring Lullaby Paints.
And if you like what you see here, check out my Amazon Author page for my picture books and YA novel, and my blog posts on The Huffington Post. 
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A Christmas Fairy Tale in New Babbage – with Designing Worlds

Designing Worlds

We take a trip to New Babbage – a rather chilly one too, if all the reports we’ve heard about the coal shortage are true!

What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage at Christmas? What could possibly go wrong in New Babbage at Christmas?

Now, our trips to that industrial steampunk city have not been entirely without incident in the past – what with murders, dangerous dark mermaids, mendacious Santas and purloined diamonds … to say nothing of Elrik being mistaken for Sherlock Holmes, or that time we discovered the dark secrets under the lost Asylum …

But really, we’re visiting libraries this time! What could possibly go wrong?

Of course, we have failed to reckon with the Most Dangerous Book in New Babbage (kept under strict guard in a few Babbage libraries).

Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case Uncle Tingly’s Christmas Tales for New Babbage Young ‘Uns, secure in its case

You’ll have to watch this special episode to unlock the true terror of…

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