Friday, 16 January 2015

Quartex: a mind-bending, shape-building tile game #review

I love playing games with family and friends. It is a lot of fun. I also love trying new games. I am very excited to try Quartex from CSE game. Quartex is a mind-bending, shape-building tile game. It is a perfect game for family, recommended for age 8+. It is a game for 2-5 players.


 You may scan and learn how to play this game.

 Designed in Canada.

 Instructions that come in English and French.

 The draw bag.

 5 shields

 There are reminders on the back of each shields.

 Tiles and tokens.

To play Quartex, players take turns placing tiles by matching and aligning them beside other tiles already in play. Each player tries to complete a four-corner shape in order to earn a point token of that color.

The rules also state that for 2-3 players, you must remove 1 tile from the draw bag, for 4 players, you must remove 3 tiles and for 5 players, you remove no tile from the draw bag.

At the end of the game, we will count the score of tokens you collected. Here comes the twist. The score of each token depends on how many tokens of each color left. The person who has the highest score win.

The fun play of Quartex has the added benefits of skill development, including counting and math, logical and critical decision making, pattern/color matching, visual-spatial skills, and hand/resource management.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Multicultural Children’s Book Day #ReadYourWorld

If you follow my blog, you would know that my dad taught me to love reading. I would like to pass the love of reading to my children. I have learned so much from reading growing up. I am proud to be part of Multicultural Children's Book Day, January 17. Thank You to the Children’s Book Council for their contribution and support.

We received Baby Play book for review purpose. This is one of three books in the Baby Steps series geared to infants in the first year. This book is just right for my son since he is 9 months old. They have just released a new book, titled Look At Me Now! (Spring 2015 in the US) that celebrates the exciting milestones of toddler-hood. 

Let`s talk a little bit about Multicultural Children`s book day (MCCBD).

Mission of event and mention of co-founders

Despite census data that shows 37% of the US population consists of people of color, only 10% of children’s books published have diversity content. Using the multicultural Children’s Book Day, Mia and Valarie are on a mission to change all of that. Their mission is to not only raise awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity, but to get more of these types of books into classrooms and libraries.

Another goal of this exciting event is create a compilation of books and favorite reads that will provide not only a new reading list for the winter, but also away to expose brilliant books to families, teachers, and libraries.

The co-creators of this unique event are Mia Wenjen from Pragmatic Mom and Valarie Budayr from Jump Into a Book/Audrey Press. You can find a bio for Mia and Valarie here.

MCCBD’s 2015 Sponsors include:
Platinum Sponsors: Wisdom Tales Press, Daybreak Press Global Bookshop,  
Gold SponsorsSatya House,,   Author Stephen Hodges and the Magic Poof,  
Silver Sponsors: Junior Library GuildCapstone Publishing, Lee and Low Books,  The Omnibus Publishing.  
Bronze Sponsors:Double Dutch Dolls, Bliss Group Books, Author Richa Jha,  Rainbow Books,   Author FeliciaCapers,   Chronicle Books   Muslim Writers Publishing ,East West Discovery Press.

Author Sponsors include:
Beautiful Rainbow World by Suzee Ramirez Lulu and the Very Big Meanies by Mac McGooshie, illustrated by Alexis Hogwood Real Street Kidz Multicultural Children’s Book Series by Quentin Holmes

First Book

We’re also partnering with First Book to offer a Virtual Book Drive that will help donate multicultural children’s books through their channels during the week of the event. We want to help get diversity books into the hands of kids who most need it and now we have a way to do it! The Virtual Book Drive is LIVE and can be found HERE.

Children’s Book Council:
MCCBD is collaborating with Children’s Book Council to highlight wonderful diversity books and authors on an ongoing basis all year.

About this book I received:

Author Bios:
Shanda LaRamee Jones is the Provincial Coordinator for Read to Me! Nova Scotia’s Early Reading Promotion Program. She has a passion for supporting early learning and has her Bachelor of Education and Master of Education in Literacy from Mount Saint Vincent University.

She has created many tools to support early learning, including parent resources, on-line reading tips and a music & rhyme CD for babies. She lives in Halifax with her husband and son.

Carol McDougallCarol has been bringing books and babies together for over 30 years as a children’s librarian, writer and editor. She was past librarian for the Canadian Children’s Book Centre, has chaired the Canadian Library Association Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrators Award committee, and was juror for the 2006 Governor General’s Literacy Award for children’s fiction.

She received the Mayor’s Award for Cultural Achievement and the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Cornwallis Women of Excellence Award for her work in early literacy. She is Director of Read to Me! Nova Scotia’s Early Reading Promotion Prograam andlives in Halifax.

Don`t miss out on our news.
- MCCBD now has it's own! A is a free online newspaper that aggregates information on the topic of multicultural books for kids from all over the Internet. Please feel free subscribe and stay up-to-date with this topic.
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Our Diversity Book Lists and Resources for Educators and Parents is now available. Check out more details by follow the link here:

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Perfect Threads #giveaway

Last year, I wrote a review post about Perfect Threads. I love that their products are just like new. Not only that but they are a lot cheaper compare to the new ones. It is super easy to shop online instead of having a 3 years old running around while I am carrying a car seat and trying to buy something for them.

I would like to share with my readers that Perfect Threads is running a contest that you can win a GC to go shopping at Perfect Threads.

There are 3 prizes to be won. 
1st Prize: $100 Gift Certificate 
2nd Prize: $50 Gift Certificate 
3rd Prize: $25 Gift Certificate 

You can enter the contest by sending an e-mail to
with the following information:
First and Last Name.
Mailing/Home Address
And let them know that you heard about this giveaway from "Learn to be a Mom" Blog

General Information:
All entries become the property of Perfect Threads.
Only 1 entry allowed per household.
Winners will be randomly selected on Feb 2, 2015 and contacted by e-mail.
Contest is not valid for Quebec residents.
No purchase necessary to enter.
Gift certificates will sent electronically in the form of a coupon code to be used at check-out. 


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