Saturday, February 13, 2016

GIVEAWAY: I see me personalized book.

Our 4-year-old daughter Linna has a few personalized I See Me! books, and she absolutely loves when we read them to her. When she was a year old, Linna and I did a photo and video shoot for I See Me!, and were featured as one of Minnesota's families that loves books by I See Me!. Today, Baby Jimmy joined in on our love for this local company, as he received his first personalized I See Me! book. It's the 15th Anniversary Edition of "My Very Own Name", as I See Me! is celebrating 15 years of books this month. "My Very Own Name" was the first book that this Minnesota company released, and it has sold over a million copies.

I See Me! has also partnered with United Through Reading, and will donate a portion of their proceeds to this organization during the month of February. United Through Reading is dedicated to uniting US military families who face physical separation, by facilitation the bonding experience of reading aloud together.

With the help of I See Me!, we are giving away a personalized 15th Anniversary Edition of "My Very Own Name" to one of you! Enter for your chance to win by commenting on this blog post with your first and last name, as well as the city you reside in. For an extra chance to win, you can share this post with your Facebook friends by clicking the "share" button on our Minnesota Baby Facebook page. Entries need to be received by 8 p.m. on Friday, February 19th. This contest is open to US residents only, and the winner will be announced on this blog, and our Facebook page. Good luck!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Kindermusik with friends' "imagine that" class.

Linna getting to test out the accordion.
I am so sad that Linna's first session of the Imagine That class at Kindermusik with Friends has come to an end. Every Tuesday morning, our 4-year-old looked forward to her 55 minute class with Miss Kim. Linna has been doing Kindermusik classes since she was a baby, and we even found a Kindermusik in Singapore. But, the Imagine That class was our first "drop off" class.

Some days, I would actually drop Linna off and go run a few errands while she was in class. But most days, I would sit and enjoy the company of the other moms while we watched our children play musical instruments, pretend they were dinosaurs, or have an imaginary picnic in the park. Miss Kim is so incredibly wonderful with these 3 1/2 to 5-year-olds, and can keep their attention for the almost hour-long class. She is so engaging and had the kids' imaginations running wild!

Linna loved bringing the Kindermusik backpack filled with activity books and musical instruments that we received when we signed up for the class. We also received two CDs that Linna loves listening to at home in her bedroom. The class runs 16 weeks, and at $255 a session, it works out to be about $15 per class. That's a pretty fantastic deal when you consider that it's almost an hour-long, engaging class that you can drop your child off at. Plus, they get to take home literature and activity books, CDs, play-sets, instruments, etc.

The Imagine That class taught our 4-year-old how to use her imagination, with music as a thread, to compare, explore, and express herself. She also learned problem-solving skills, and we've definetly noticed how creative her imagination has become. I can't wait to get Baby Jimmy into his first Kindermusik with Friends class, and Linna into another Imagine That session. We made some great friends in this class that we're looking forward to getting together with for playdates!

Playing in the leaves this fall in their Halloween costumes.

Kindermusik with Friends has classes going on right now, for newborns up to age 7. Your first class is always free, and if you join in the middle of a session, your fees are prorated.

560 Market Street 
Chanhassen, MN