living science books

We have been on the hunt for the most interesting, visually engaging, living science books we can find and we found 9 that we absolutely love from 3 different publishers.

From Candlewick Press

1.Under Water, Under Earth 2. Animals 3. Maps 4. Botanicum

From Storey Publishing

5. Nature Anatomy 6. Farm Anatomy 7. Food Anatomy

Flying Eye Books

8. Wild Animals of the South 9. Wild Animals of the North 10. Mad About Monkeys 11.Atomic Adventure

And 2 bonus books from Thames and Hudson:

big book of beasts big book of bugs

The Big Book of Bugs

The Big Book of Beasts

I am so impressed with all these illustrators – these books have my kids busy and quiet for HOURS looking at pictures and reading the interesting tidbits of information. I can’t tell you how many times in the last few weeks I have heard, “Mom, Did you know…. ?”

Science is amazing and fun and about all the things kids find so fascinating. I  am a big believer in teaching science through wonderful and beautiful books rather than boring, dry textbooks.

My kids LOVE LEARNING from the information presented in these books and that is my number one goal as a mom, to raise children who love to learn.

We have been in and out (mostly in) of pools, splash parks, reservoirs, and creeks all summer long and are loving Platypus swim gear! Platypus is a company based in Australia and produces high quality, beautifully designed children’s swimwear that is made from UPF 50+ LYCRA® XTRA LIFE™ fabric which is amazing. All the suits we tried have great shape retention, are breathable, chlorine resistant, and so cute and stylish.

I don’t love using sunscreen so a chemical free sun protection option is perfect for our family.

Here’s what we tried out:



I threw out the disposable swim diapers almost immediately, with my first child. Why buy disposable swim diapers that are super expensive when you can get a washable/reusable swim diaper? I do not know why the disposable kind even exists, I love the reusable ones so much.

The print is super cute for my little swimmer and with a soft cotton lining, comfort fit elastic on the waist and legs, and quick drying, breathable, chlorine resistant fabric they are perfect for water play all summer long.


For maximum skin protection I put his swim shorts on over the baby diaper and sunshirt to protect his upper half. This little swim diaper is perfect to catch anything that shouldn’t be floating in the pool… Although I’ve never had a baby poop in a pool before! My fingers are crossed we can keep our clean streak going…


These cute little shorts have been perfect for my #3 – he is so hard on everything, particularly clothes and all his shorts end up with holes, even his swim shorts! These shorts are made from much stronger fabric than any others we’ve tried. The fit is perfect and comfortable with a draw string, rear pockets, and mesh lining.


They dry very quickly so he’s comfortable and  dry very soon after he gets out of the water. The colors have stayed vibrant and the fabric has held up so well so far this summer, I am totally impressed.


This big kid tried out for our local summer swim team and made it! So we wanted to get something for him to use for his lessons and these bike shorts and sunshirt are perfect.

Like all Platypus swim wear, the shorts and sunshirt offer excellent sun protection. The shorts are sporty and stylish and have retained their shape beautifully throughout the summer. They still have a snug fit and bright coloring and look just as great when they were new. He dries off super quick and the streamlined silhouette helps him glide through the water like a little fish.


The sunshirt is my favorite – I love the contrasting fabric on the front and back, it’s so stylish and sporty and interesting. And definitely different than what other kids are wearing so I can spot him quickly in the crowds of kids, which I love. I also love the high collar to cover that much more of his skin and the piping details along the sleeve and sides.

The construction is thoughtful with no tags and super flat seams that don’t bother his skin at all.



I absolutely love this print – it’s boyish but so cute with the stars and two tone blue. I love that cute little pocket on the bum! 

We love these shorts for all the same reasons as the Lobster Catch version – excellent sun protection, cute prints, sturdy fabric, quick drying, and mesh lining. They’re perfect! 

Platypus Australia also sells women’s swimwear and after our great experience with the kids’ stuff, I have some shopping to do…

What’s your favorite Platypus swimwear item? We have all boys, their girl stuff is sure cute too!! Happy swimming!

*REVIEW* Covered Goods Multi-Use Nursing Cover


We are getting so excited to welcome TWO new little additions to our family in July – that’s right, TWINS!! These two babies will be our numbers 5 and 6 children, and numbers 5 and 6 boys. That’s right, we’re going to be the proud parents of SIX boys! I have nursed every one of my […]

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I used to LOVE scrapbooking but after I started having kids it because impractical real quick. All the mess was a problem first of all and I just never quite had the time to cut and paste and create and I got really tired of trying and always feeling behind. I had been blogging for a few […]

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We LOVE History!

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For the last few years I have wanted a timeline wall to keep track of what and who we’re learning about and where they fall in the “Story of the World.” History confuses me…I can’t keep dates straight but having a timeline on the wall in our play room has really helped me put and keep […]

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Peg People

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My sister first introduced me to the “Peg Art” movement – at first I thought she was nutters…I thought they were cute but way not worth the effort. But she loves doing them so she brought me all the pegs for my family and a Christmas Nativity and painted them for me and… I’m officially on […]

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*REVIEW* Pediped Flex

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Spring means lots of different things at our house including NEW SANDALS! My boys’ feet grow so fast, every spring they’re all ready for a bigger size. For my older boys I always get good quality sandals so we can pass them down to the younger ones and Pediped is one of our most trusted, reliable, and […]

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*REVIEW* Pediped Spring Collection

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My all time favorite baby/toddler shoes are always Pediped shoes – this new style is a new favorite! So classic but trendy, such great quality, and the best colors. This spring, Pediped will debut over 70 new styles including fashion sandals with Memory Foam and new aquatic water-safe, machine-washable Adventure Line.  There are plenty of […]

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*TUTORIAL* Native American Dream Catcher Wall Decor

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I had a hard space on my wall to fill and one day, as I was thinking back to my elementary school days, I remembered making dream catchers. I don’t know what happened to mine, but I remember thinking it was the most beautiful thing I had ever made. It probably was… I was 8… I […]

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Getting and Staying on Track with Nature Made


“This post was sponsored by Nature Made® as a part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central.” Every new year brings new challenges and one I’m focusing on this year is improving my overall health and wellness. I am in my early thirties and have always felt pretty healthy but in the last year or two […]

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