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Valentine’s Day Books from Raincoast Books #Giveaway



Be Mine: 25 Paper Projects to Share the Love by Sally J Shim

This sweet-as-can-be paper crafting book offers 25 adorable projects to spread the love. From an XOXO Pop-Up Card to a Love Message in a Bottle, a Heart-Shaped Box, and an I’m Sweet on You” Lollipop Cover, each creative design is easy to make and irresistibly charming. Featuring styled photography and simple instructions, Be Mine brims with inspiration for making love-themed greetings to surprise and delight adults and children alike.”

I have to admit that I was expecting a large format book – because clearly I tend t gloss over little details like that.  I was pleasantly surprised to find that it is a smaller format book – still easy to read and flip through – but does not take up as much space as my other crafting books.

Many of the projects require the use of printables that can easily be downloaded from the Chronicle books website as directed in the book. I thought that was really neat, and fairly unique for a book.  The crafts are pretty simple in nature, and most use items you likely already have around your house.  Especially if you make a habit of craft time with your kids.

The instructions are simple and the pictures are really quite pretty. Sally also offers great variations for each project to help you get a little creative with her ideas.  It’s a nice little book to flip through and offers a nice selection of crafts perfect for Valentine’s Day!



Mamasaurus by Stephan Lomp

This colorful and reassuring picture book follows Babysaurus on an adventure as he enlists his prehistoric friends to seek his Mamasaurus. Is his Mamasaurus the fastest in the jungle? No. Is she the loudest? No. Is she the best flyer? No! Of course, Mamasaurus has been right there all along. And  when Babysaurus needs a little help, she is ready with a big hug and a sweet, leafy snack. For Babysaurus, his Mamasaurus is the best  mamasaurus in the world! Stephan Lomp has illustrated several books in his native Germany, and in this debut as both author and artist, he has  created a fresh twist on a perennial theme that will win the hearts of little ones and their mamas as they snuggle up to read a new favorite.



Mamasaurus is an adorable book that reminds me somewhat of P.D. Eastman’s Are you my mother, but with dinosaurs and modern illustrations.  The illustrations are really quite adorable which black/grey backgrounds and bright, vivid dinosaur characters on each page. I love the contrast between the background and the characters!

I didn’t particularly find the story to be that great but my 4 year old absolutely loves this book and has joined her current rotation of frequently requested books.  I guess there is no telling what will appeal to kids, and it isn’t just the illustrations she enjoys, she really loves the story itself. Then again, what child isn’t interested by Dinosaurs?




Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson

Horace and Hattie are hedgehogs, and the very best of friends. Together, they make daisy chains, splash in puddles, and have tea parties. But there is one thing they can’t do – hug! They are just too spiky. Throughout the seasons, these two hedgehogs will try many different ways of hugging. But will Horace and Hattie find a hug that feels just right?

Guys.  This book is the most adorable and humorous kids book I have come across in a long time.  It is almost certainly going to be come a classic children’s book.  I read it to myself before reading it out loud to the girls and I honestly found myself sitting there by laughing out loud!

Of course, both girls (2 and 4)  LOVE this title.  It’s silly, it’s adorable, the story is engaging and the precious illustrations work so very well with the story.  This is a title you definitely want to pick up for your kids!



Kiss, Kiss, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

A short and sweet mini-adventure especially created to introduce the youngest guppies to the popular Pout-Pout Fish. Swim along with Mr. Fish as he  shows his friends just how much he loves them. Deborah Diesen and Dan Hanna’s best-selling Pout-Pout Fish comes flippering and swishing into the  hearts and minds of very young children with this compact and fun new tale sure to delight the sweetest little guppies.



I’d Know You Anywhere, My Love by Nancy Tillman

Every child is special and unique, but every child also loves to dream of being something different. Bestselling author and artist Nancy Tillman has created another heartfelt masterpiece celebrating the joys of imagination, and the comfort of always knowing that “you are loved.” And now, this beautiful book, which was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than a month, is available in the ever popular board book format!


Love Is All Around Canada by Wendi Silvano

Love is all around, if only we stop to look. It’s the voices of the children playing in the park. It’s the cheer of the crowd and animals playing at the zoo. It’s the way a mother holds her  newborn child. Love is found on every corner of the neighborhood, and the greatest love of all is found in the place we call home!


One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win their choice of three titles included in this post plus the Be Mine crafting book and an adorable stuffed Polar Bear! Giveaway is open to Canadian residents, 18+ only and ends on February 14th at 11:59 pm EST.

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One Canadian Frugal Mom Eh reader will win their choice of three titles included in this post plus the Be Mine crafting book and an adorable stuffed Polar Bear! Giveaway is open to Canadian residents, 18+ only and ends on February 14th at 11:59 pm EST.  See Giveaway Tools for entry and T&C.




Amanda H

Sunday 14th of February 2016

This was our first Valentine's in Canada, so we celebrated at the snow!

Brenda Witherspoon-Bedard

Sunday 14th of February 2016

we made dinner as a family <3 xoxo


Saturday 13th of February 2016

We usually celebrate valentines day with a dinner and movie with the kids.

Elva Roberts

Saturday 13th of February 2016

I read the information on Multiple Sclerosis and found it very informative. My husband was diagnosed with Parkinson's two years and some of the symptoms are similar-the pulling of muscles, lack of strength, etc. Fortunately, there is medication that will help Parkinson's. I found the information very interesting and enlightening. I hope that there will be a cure or better medication soon for all these 'auto-immune' disease where the body seems to turn on itself.

Anne Dougherty

Friday 12th of February 2016

A family dinner with cupcakes!