This has to be one of my favorite discoveries for the little miss: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which is a free book program for kids. The program was started by the lovely Dolly Parton, who partners with different cities to sponsor a free book club for children under the age of 5. The kids receive a free book every month!
Not all cities offer this program, but you can check on their site by clicking the register your child link. The books are age-appropriate, though the first book that several of my friends and I all received was The Little Engine That Could (hard cover, not a board book). Perhaps that’s Dolly’s fav? It took a few months to get our first book, but now they come monthly and it’s so much fun to get them. They’re great books – see the selection we’ve received so far, pictured above. I know that the little miss will love getting her own mail as she gets older, and I love that we have a new book to add to the repertoire every month. Did I mention that it’s FREE? Read more about the program here.
Finding finger foods that don’t make a gigantic mess for beginners is a challenge. So when I was making a weekend family pancake breakfast, I decided to make a short stack for my little lady. I used a gluten-free pancake mix and instead of adding the suggested mix-ins (egg, oil, etc.), I just mixed it with enough water to make a thick but pourable batter. I divided the batter in two and added frozen wild blueberries (which are smaller than their cultivated counterparts) to half of the batter and chopped banana to the other half. Then I cooked the pancakes in a nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, making them the size of a silver dollar. I let them cool slightly before handing them over to the little miss for a taste test. The mini pancakes were the perfect size for her to hold and nibble small bites from. She especially loved that she was eating what looked like the same breakfast as the rest of the family The leftover pancakes will keep in the fridge for 3 days, and are great for a quick weekday breakfast or snack.
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