Queen Girls

Happy Monday! I am so excited to share my first book review with you! As many of you may know, I work with young children. Because of this, I have always had an interest in children’s books. It combines my love for children, reading, and writing. That’s why, when I was approached by one of the creators of the Queen Girls collection, I knew I wanted to know more.

Three girlbosses came together and created the Queen Girls collection. This multicultural team is formed by Jimena Durán (Spain), Andrea Doshi (USA) and Chiara Fabbri (Italy). They bring their diverse experiences to this initiative along with tons of love and dedication. Their books are fairy tales based on stories of real women, and are meant to inspire young girls. How awesome is that?!

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The first story written is “Brave Bessie, Queen of the Sky”. It highlights Bessie Coleman, the first black woman in the world to receive her pilot’s license. Through out the story Bessie pursues her dream of flying, while encountering obstacles and negativity from others along the way. Instead of these challenges defeating her, she stays focused on what she wants and keeps pushing towards her dream. The story is not only interesting, but also very inspiring. I love the beautiful, bright colors used for the illustrations, and the positive message the story portrays.

The creators of Queen Girls have an amazing mission. They want to give girls a positive view of life and help them envision their dreams as possible. This is why they chose to create fairy tales based on real women. To inspire and motivate young girls to pursue their own dreams. The creators of Queen Girls state on their mission page:

“Often times, classic stories highlight the strength, courage and skills of men. Female characters are often stereotyped or one-dimensional: the mother figure, the homemaker, the exotic beauty, the love seeker…We believe that we should be telling different stories to our children. Let’s encourage girls to find their happiness, passions, drive and self-confidence from within. At the same time, let’s help boys to move to a place of equality.”

I could not agree more with this movement to empower children! And, what may be best of all, the creators also believe in giving back to the community and this is why they stand on a One for One modelEvery time you purchase a book, another will be donated to local and international organizations who are fighting illiteracy and empowering girls. Pretty cool, right!?

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The creators of Queen Girls are running a Kickstarter campaign to collect necessary funds to print the first book!  Queen Girls is hoping to reach like-minded people who can help them ‘kick’ their crowdfunding campaign! If you believe in their mission and want to be part of the movement, donate and receive one of the first limited copies here!

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Until next time, thank you for reading!

xxo, Jennifer

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New Nightly Routine

IMG_0963 Happy Sunday, loves! Today may be a gloomy one in New England, but it is the perfect weather to cozy up with the ones we love. (I may or may not be snuggling my GSD, Piper, right now.) This gray day full of snuggles has me thinking about how I like to unwind at night. I am constantly on the go, and lately I have made a conscious decision to be more mindful of how I begin and end my days. I wanted to share with you my new nightly routine. Of course it may vary a bit depending on my day, but I always try to do these six things:

  1. Shower and use Clean & Clear‘s NIGHT RELAXING Deep Cleaning Face Wash. This face wash has deep sea minerals and sea kelp extract. It effectively washes away daily build-up—like dirt, oil and impurities deep in pores. After a day of taking the T and nannying, I love how this face wash leaves me feeling clean, refreshed, and relaxed!
  2. While showering, I also like to use Leven Rose‘s Apple Seed Oil for my hair. All I do is add two to three drops of this amazing oil to my conditioner, and let it sit in my hair for a few minutes. It leaves my hair feeling soft and healthy. To read my review of this product, check out my previous post: Apple Seed Oil.
  3. Once I am out of the shower, I like to put on Delia Organics‘ Restore Treatment. What I love about this brand is that it lists on their website why this product is good for your skin. (As listed below.)

    Grapeseed Oil

    Contains potent antioxidants that help diminish sun damage & reduces free radical damage by repairing and restoring your skin.

    Avocado Oil

    Great source of skin repairing fatty acids in Avocado Oil which help to restore your skin’s layers.

    Jojoba Oil

    Enhances the skin’s barrier function, stimulates collagen and protects against UV damage. Also great to soothe skin from swelling, reaction from it’s strong healing properties.

    I recently just tried this product, and I am overall very pleased with it. I am not one to normally use moisturizers, so it did feel a little oily to me when I first put it on. However, after a few minutes it dried and felt fine. Maybe I put too much on, or maybe I’m just not used to using a moisturizer yet. What I do know, is that I woke up with my face feeling healthy! So, I am a fan!

  4. Let’s face it, we are a society that is addicted to screens. TV’s, cellphones, iPads, you name it. We love the internet and all the fun stuff it provides. With all of this technology consuming our lives, I like to put aside time every night to read from an actual book. Not from a Kindle or a different app that can provide me with unlimited amount of books. Yes, I know that’s pretty cool and saves space and paper. Call me old fashioned, I just like the feel of having a book in my hands. It’s super relaxing and is a nice break from technology. Plus, I like to write notes in my books! It’s nice to reread something and remember what I was thinking, or recall the different reactions I had to certain passages. Sometimes it changes as I grow, sometimes it doesn’t.
  5. While reading, I love to sip on Yogi’s Calming Tea. It’s a delicious organic tea that eases mild tension.
  6. Finally, I love to end my day by thinking of ten things that I am grateful for. It may sound kind of corny, but with everything going on in the world lately, this is really grounding. It helps me realize how lucky I am, and humbles me a bit.

And that is my nightly routine! What do you do to end your day?

xxo, Jennifer

 

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