Wednesday, August 20, 2014

6301717National Geographic Kids Cookbook – A Year-Round FUN Food Adventure
Published at National Geographic Kids

About the book

Join Barton Seaver—master chef and National Geographic Explorer—on a year-round culinary adventure as he explores what it takes to create the ultimate dish. Barton provides mouthwatering recipes, the ins and outs of healthy eating, awesome crafts and activities, and food-focused challenges, proving once and for all that cooking can be a blast. Follow along as he teaches you to plant a kitchen garden, host a dinner party for your friends, and pack the perfect school lunch. Other highlights include ways to play with your food, festive holiday meals, snow day snacks, and family cooking competitions. With fascinating sidebars, profiles on real people, and cool facts, the National Geographic Kids Cookbookwill have you ruling the kitchen in no time!

My Thoughts

I love it when my kids have an interest in doing something in the kitchen.  I am not just saying that because they do their chores like doing the dishes but they also enjoy making food.   And they love new cookbooks!  So when I got the opportunity to review the upcoming new cookbook from National Geographic Kids I couldn’t pass this up.    And I am delighted to see that the book is very colorful, packed with fun recipes and the kids will definitively learn a thing or two with it.

Here’s the table of contents:

  • Cooking tools
  • Kitchen safety
  • Cooking Techniques
  • January – New Year’s Party, cuisine scene: Southern United States, healthy eating, snow day snacks, challenge: play with your food, kitchen skill: how to use a knife.
  • February – Valentine’s Day Dinner, science of sweet, kitchen skill: seasoning with salt, edible weather report, green scene: make a 3-D valentine, challenge: soup off.
  • March – International Feast, people profile: George Washington Carver, green scene: grow an indoor herb garden, kitchen skill: blanching vegetables, challenge: what’s your green tally?
  • April – Egg-stravaganza!, edible weather report, breakfast block party, green scene: food for your garden, challenge: fruit salad face-off.
  • May – editble treats, kitchen skills: how to measure, green scene: make a birdbath, people profile: Sam Kass, challenge: farmers market name game.
  • June – grilling 101, dinner time, green scene: ocean alert, challenge: protein power-up, people profile: Dune Lankard and Forrest Pritchard
  • July – plan a picnic, edile weather report, kitchen skill: cleaning up as you go, green scene: green summer adventures, challenge: family chef competition, goin’ veggie.
  • August – heritage recipes, understanding heritage, truth about food waste, green scene: water, water everywhere, people profile: Sandra Postel, challenge: family recipe book
  • September – lunch, anatomy of a sandwich, scheduling September, people profile: Alice Waters, green scene: make a reusable lunch bag, share your food, challenge: pack your lunch
  • October – spooky pizza party, scary snacks, edible weather report, challenge: witches’ toenail trail mix
  • November – harvest feast, volunteering, green scene: create a green Thanksgiving, cuisine scene: Mitsitam restaurant, challenge: leftovers bonanza
  • December – holiday celebration, cuisine scene: a cultural melting pot, green scene: Earth-friendly holidays, challenge: start a cooking club, people profile: Haile Thomas
  • Resources, thematic Index, Recipe Index.

As you can see not only will they learn recipes to make but they also have a monthly challenge, kitchen skills to learn and will discover people who have influenced the food world.    This book is the first book for junior chefs with Barton Seaver.    Your junior chef will also learn new ways to play with the food, weird-but-true food facts, as well as activities and challenge to do.

The photos included in this book are stunning, the meal presented in order to get your stomach growling, and the information included in this book is definitively informative.  With a child who keep saying he wants to be a chef, this book is definitively a blessings.   As soon as he saw it he said:  “What is this book?”   I look forward to see what he will make based on the things included in the book.

Whether your child is already involved in the cooking time at home or has not helped yet, I think this book would be a great challenge for any child interested in doing more in the kitchen.

National Geographic Kids Cookbook is available at your favourite bookstore, even and


Disclaimer: Thanks to MM Publicity for sending me the above mentioned title for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

imageAre you looking for a way to incorporate music lessons in your homeschool?   You would love to learn piano but can’t afford the one-on-one lessons?    Someone gave you a keyboard or a piano but you don’t know where to start?

No problem.    Learn and Master offers a wonderful package for homeschoolers wanting to learn piano.   The Learn and Master Piano is offered as a Home School Edition.  This complete 2-year piano curriculum is specifically designed for home study.   It contains the complete piano course, a 68 pages teacher’s guide which includes a full 2-year scope-and-sequence as well as a DVD containing teacher’s resource.  Learn And Master Piano Home School Edition has been widely recognized as the best home instruction course for learning piano available anywhere. It consists of 20 professionally produced DVDs, 5 Play-Along CDs, a 100+ page lesson book, and a free online student support site.

It’s quite easy to go through the lessons.   Pop in a DVD in your player and listen to the lesson given by none other than Will Barrow.    Listen to what he has to say about the Learn and Master Piano course.

This specific course will allow you to learn piano from the comfort of your home.  However, make sure to practice because listening to the lesson itself won’t be enough.  Before moving on in your lessons, you need to master the previous one and practice quite a bit before continuing.   

When I initially received the product, my intent was to get all my kids on the piano and learn.  However, I quickly realized that this product was mostly geared for older students and adults.   I didn’t find it flexible enough for my younger kids.

Over the course of the next few months, I am planning to take the lessons and advance at my own pace.   I will also challenge my oldest son to do some lessons as well.    At the end of September, I will post an update on how we are doing.    Then again in November I am planning to update on our learning the piano adventure so you can discover how it is working for us.

In the meantime, I would like to encourage you to check out the product on the website.  They do have a 60 days money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.  When you consider that the average music lesson is around 35-40$ for 30 minutes per week, I think the price tag attached to Learn and Master Piano isn’t that bad.   Granted you might not have feedback from the teacher immediately but there is a student support forum which consist in a vibrant community of 15,000 active users.   Will Barrow himself is online regularly and will take time to answer questions and offering encouragement.   It is possible to build a student profile, post recordings, track your progress, and get feedback from the experts and students.

So this year as part of your homeschool, why not incorporate a bit of music lessons?    Piano Lessons with Grammy Award-Winning Pianist Will Barrow - Home School Edition from LearnAndMaster - ORDER NOW!


Learn and Master offers various courses if you are not interested in piano.   Check out the guitar, drums, dance, painting and even photography courses available!

Learn and Master offers Homeschool Editions of Piano, Guitar and Painting instructional courses. Shop now at and save BIG on award-winning course materials.


Disclaimer: Thanks to Learn & Master for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

When the Game Stands Tall poster.jpgA new movie is getting released in theaters on Friday.   When the Game Stands Tall is a sports drama film that is a movie adaptation of the 2003 book of the same name by Neil Hayes which was published by North Atlantic Books.  The film is about the record-setting 151-game 1992-2003 high school football winning streak by De La Salle High School of Concord, California.   When the streak is broken and tragedy strikes their community, the coach, Bob Ladouceur,  must teach the team - and the entire town - that it’s not about how you fall, but how you get back up.

Watch the preview below to get an idea of what the movie is all about.  

Just be watching the preview of the movie, you do get a sense of it being inspirational.    I like it when I have the opportunity to watch inspirational sports related movie even though I am not into sports myself.   But there is always little gems of wisdom that can be gleaned when you watch true stories coming on the big screen.  All you need to do is to have your eyes and ears open when watching the movie.

The movie has a running time of 115 minutes and can be found at specific theaters.   In Ottawa, the movie will be available at either Starcité in Gatineau or Silvercity in Gloucester.


I would like to challenge anyone reading this post –whether you enjoy watching sports or not – to go see the movie next week and share what you have thought of it.

Disclaimer: This post has been written because I have received free tickets to see the movie from Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.  I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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