Nina The Neighborhood Ninja

Written by lyricsmama on February 15, 2017 – 11:15 AM -

Finding good stories and role models for our little girls isn’t always the easiest things to do in today’s world, that’s why when books like Nina, The Neighborhood Ninja are brought to my attention, I like to highlight them.

This picture book for ages 3+ written by Sonia Panigrahy and Illustrated by Hazel Quintanilla provides an empowering message for both young girls and boys alike. Nina is a girl who likes to complete rescue missions and uses both her brains and brawn to do so. She climbs trees and gets dirty just like the little boys and pretends to be an everyday superhero. Nina protects her neighborhood and those in need within it, with her sidekick a cute, dependable firefly. She shows readers how to be smart, strong and speedy. Nina allows girls to recognize they have this within themselves and can be superheroes too!

The illustrations are bright and cute, and each one tells the story perfectly along with language that makes this book easily accepted by those children 3+. You can find Nina The Neighborhood Ninja on in Hardcover, Softcover and Kindle.

About Author Sonia Panigrahy….

Author Sonia Panigrahy is a public health professional, world traveler, adventure seeker, and fitness enthusiast. She believes that life is too short to be bored! Nina the Neighborhood Ninja was created out of Sonia’s lifelong love of reading. As her family and friends begin to have children, she looked forward to sharing this love with them. She believes that books are a powerful way to empower impressionable young minds. Sonia was surprised that she could not find books for girls ages 3-6 years that realistically identified females as intelligent, physically tough, brave, and adventurous. She was disappointed that girls continue to be excluded from the heart of the superhero story. After unsuccessful attempts to find a young girl superhero protagonist on the pages of a book, especially one of color, she gave up. Then she created her own.

Follow Sonia on this Facebook Author Page and on Instagram.

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Duct Tape Projects from Duct Tape Bags by Fabian Morgan – 2016 Gift Guide

Written by lyricsmama on November 28, 2016 – 12:10 AM -

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Duct Tape Bags by Fabian Morgan


Duct Tape Projects Your Kids Will Love! – By Richela Fabian Morgan

Project #1: Notebook/Binder Decoration

Material: duct tape, notebook

Tools: parchment paper, pencil, scissors

Additional tool: bubble letter stencil (the one used in photo is a free printable from

1. Cover front of notebook with vertical strips of duct tape.
2. Fold the duct tape strips over the top, bottom, and right edges of the cover.
3. Trace letters onto the parchment paper.
4. Cover the traced letters with a strip of duct tape.
5. Flip over the parchment paper. You should be able to see the traced letters.
6. Using a pair of well-oiled scissors, cut out the letters.
7. Move around the cut letters on the notebook cover until you find an acceptable position.
8. One by one, remove the parchment paper on the back of each letter and adhere it onto the notebook cover.

Project #2: Pencil Case

Materials: white, blue, yellow, light blue, gold, orange, green, red, and fuchsia duct tape; 2 round neodyne magnets, key chain ring

Tools: self-healing cutting matt, corked back metal ruler, craft knife, parchment paper, 1/8″ hole puncher

1. Place a parchment paper measuring 10″ wide x 15″ high on top of your worktable. Starting from the bottom, place 9 strips of white duct tape across the parchment paper. Be sure the strips overlap along the long edges by at least 1/8″. Flip over and place the duct tape/parchment paper on your worktable in the landscape position. Peel off parchment paper. Starting at the bottom of the half-made fabric, place 6 strips of blue duct tape across it. Be sure the strips overlap along the long edges by at least 1/8″. Trim down the fabric to 10″ x 15″. (See my instructional video
2. Place the fabric on your worktable in the portrait position, white side facing up.
3. Cut two strips of 6″ white duct tape. Measure and mark 6″ from the bottom left and right corners of the fabric. Starting at the two marks, vertically place each strip along the left and right edges. Be sure the strips are halfway on the fabric.
4. Fold back the vertical tape strips and pull up the bottom portion of the fabric. Push down along the outer edges to form the main pocket.
5. Trim the corners of the flap in a curved line.
6. Cut 12″ strips of various colored tape. Trim the width of each trip to 1/4″. Use these strips to decorate the front of the pencil case. Trim edges of strips that extend past the edges of the pencil case.
7. Flip bag over so the opening is face up. Place a magnet on the inside of the flap, centered and approximately 1/2″ from the top edge. Cover with a piece of white duct tape.
8. Place a magnet inside the pocket, centered and approximately 1/2″ from the bottom edge. Push it agains the top fabric of the pocket and cover from the inside with a piece of white duct tape.
9. Using the hole puncher, make a hole on the upper left corner of the pencil case near the top of the pocket.
10. Loop the key ring through the hole.
11. Close the flap and flip the bag over.

Project #3: Cell Phone Case

Materials: fuchsia and multi-colored chevron duct tape, bubble wrap, cell phone

Tools: self-healing cutting mat, ruler, scissors, ball point pen, pencil

1. Cut 2 rectangles from the bubble wrap that are 1/2 wider than your phone.
2. Trim down the height of the bubble wrap rectangles to 1″ shorter than height of your cell phone.
3. Fold strips of fuchsia duct tape over the top edges of the bubble wrap rectangles. Trim down the left and right edges.
4. Place one rectangle on top of the other and line up the edges. Starting from the top edge, horizontally place 10″ strips of fuchsia duct tape on the bubble wrap rectangles, overlapping the strips along the long edges by approximately 1/8″. Flip over the bubble wrap rectangles. Fold the left and right edges of the strips over the rectangles, creating a pocket.
5. Horizontally place a strip of fuchsia tape halfway along the bottom edge of the pocket. Fold the strip under the pocket to close up the bottom.
6. Draw 8 flower petals on the parchment paper.
7. Cover drawn petals with chevron duct tape.
8. Flip the parchment paper so the drawn petals are visible. Using a pair of well-oiled scissors, cut out the petals.
9. Move around the cut petals on the cell phone case until you find an acceptable position.
10. One by one, remove the parchment paper on the back of each petal and adhere it onto the cell phone case.

Richela Fabian Morgan began her duct tape odyssey 8 years ago with a simple bi-fold wallet, before writing the best-selling crafting books Tape It & Make It, Tape It & Make More, and Tape It & Wear It. She is an indie crafter specializing in paper, adhesives, and found materials. Her newest duct tape crafting book, Duct Tape Bags, is available in book retailers nationwide as well as on

For more information, please visit, and connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram. For more fun duct tape projects, make sure to check out Fabian Morgan’s YouTube Channel.

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Children’s Book Footloose – 2016 Gift Guide

Written by lyricsmama on November 27, 2016 – 11:58 PM -

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Footloose by Kenny Loggins


There’s a new children’s book on the market, and it’s by Kenny Loggins! Remember, Footloose?!?!

The popular song led Grammy Award-winning musician Kenny Loggins to write a new children’s book about animals at the zoo. With illustrations by Tim Bowers, you’ll find animals kicking off their Sunday shoes and getting down and dancing up a storm!

“The meter of the lyric is a little tricky because the words come out so fast,” Loggins told Story Monsters Ink. “But if you’re familiar with the song, and most people are, you quickly get how the words are bouncing off of the pages.”

Footloose comes with a CD, featuring a recording of the newly adapted track and is available for purchase on and many other book retailers.

Enter to win your very own copy of the children’s book Footloose by Kenny Loggins. Simply enter via the giveaway widget below, be sure to finish the mandatory entry for all of your entires to be valid.

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inkspirations Adult Coloring Books – 2016 Gift Guide

Written by lyricsmama on November 27, 2016 – 11:48 PM -

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inkspirations Adult Coloring Books



“Coloring books with sophisticated, original artwork, life-affirming quotes and inspiring messages that help you make your mark on the world (literally)!” –

My obsession with coloring has been going on most of my life, and then with the onset of adult coloring books, it took my love of coloring to a new place. My latest obsession is with inkspirations Coloring Books.

The pictures in all of the inkspirations adult coloring books can be easy, or more complex, depending on what you’re looking for, yet they’re easy pictures to color!
With their 14+ different and beautiful adult coloring books, inkspirations brings you beautiful images as well as motivational and inspirational quotes.

You can find something for just about anyone with inkspirations, their books include:
– Inkspirations for Recovery
– Inkspirations for Woman
– Inkspirations in The Garden
– Inkspirations Animal Kingdom
– Inkspirations for Cat Lovers
– Inkspirations for Dog Lovers
– Inkspirations for a Happy Heart
– Inkspirations Fruit of the Spirit
– Inkspirations for Christmas
– Inkspirations for Mindful Living
– Inkspirations Love by Design

New to the inkspirations line is Color Me Greeting Cards. These come in 8 packs of cards, including envelopes and you can color each beautiful design on the front of the card. In the insides of the card, the design is reproduced so that the recipient can enjoy the fun of coloring as well.

Inkspirations coloring books are available at retailers worldwide and online at, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million and more.

You can win a prize pack of Adult Coloring Books from inkSpirations! The packaged of 4 books will include: Cat Lovers, Dog Lovers, Christmas Joy and Greeting Cards. Enter via the giveaway widget below, be sure to do the mandatory entry for your entries to be valid.

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The Lego Animation Book – 2016 Gift Guide

Written by lyricsmama on November 27, 2016 – 11:24 PM -

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The LEGO Animation Book


In the latest LEGO book from No Starch Press, readers learn everything they need to turn their LEGO creations into impressive animated movies.

The LEGO Animation Book is a comprehensive guide to creating stop-motion animation with LEGO. Expert brickfilmers David Pagano and David Pickett share their insight from over twenty years behind the camera and introduce readers to the basics of animation before walking them through the creative process step-by-step.

Readers learn how to:
– Use animation principles like exaggeration, timing and spacing, and overlapping action
– Convey action and emotion with plastic characters
– Add detail and scope to films by building in different scales
– Create special effects like explosions and flying minifigures
– Build camera dollies and rigs out of LEGO bricks
– Light, frame, and capture consistent photos


According to No Starch Press founder Bill Pollock, “This book is for anyone who watched The LEGO Movie and thought ‘I want to do that!’”

Author David Pagano’s motivation for creating the book is to “inspire the next generation of LEGO filmmakers. That’s why we’ve included (almost) all of our secrets.” For David Pickett, nostalgia plays a role: “I wish I had a time machine so I could give this book to myself as a kid and learn to make awesome LEGO animations back then.”

The LEGO Animation Book is available on and in bookstores everywhere.

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