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Friday, October 13, 2017

Gifts for Pittsburgh Steeler Fans

Gifts for Pittsburgh Steeler Fans

Our family is now on the fourth generation of Steeler fans. And, we sure do have our fair share of Pittsburgh Steelers fan merchandise. In the photo is our son Sammy and his wife Tricia having fun at a Steeler game.

We grew up in a small town just about 35 miles north of Pittsburgh. This is a photo of our fourth generation of Steeler fans. Aren't they all just so cute?

I remember like it was yesterday the first Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl win in 1975. We defeated the Minnesota Vikings in Super Bowl IX. And, I say "We" like I was playing the game!

 From there the Steelers went on to win five more super bowls in 1976, 1979, 1980, 2006, and 2009. Overall the Steelers have appeared in the Super Bowl eight times and have a 6-2 record.

Known as the "City of Champions" in the 1970's for championships won by the Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates (Baseball) and University of Pitt football team the Pitt Panthers.

The famous black and gold colors of Pittsburgh, adopted by the owner of the Steelers Art Rooney in 1933, and the Pirates in 1948, and then the Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL Hockey Team) in 1979.

Did you know? This makes Pittsburgh the only city in the United States where all three professional sports teams wear the same colors.

Some Pittsburgh Football Facts: Did you know that these famous NFL quarterbacks all came from the Pittsburgh area?

Johnny Unitas       Baltimore Colts
Joe Namath           New York Jets
George Blanda      Oakland Raiders
Joe Montana         San Francisco 49's
Jim Kelly               Buffalo Bills
Dan Marino           Miami Dolphins

Well, that's enough about the history of Pittsburgh sports. As you might have guessed we are huge fans. If you live in this area I'm sure you're a fan, and even if you don't you may be a Pittsburgh Steelers fanatic.

Pittsburgh Steeler fan apparel makes great gifts for anybody on your list. Whatever the occasion sports gear seems to be a go-to gift.

And, if Pittsburgh isn't your team I won't hold that against you. Just click the banner below to find your teams' fan gear in any sport they have it all.

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Me Reader Book Sets

me reader book sets
In my opinion, it is never too early for kids to start reading.

As parents and grandparents, we all want to see our children learn as much as the can.

Our grandson Tyler, got this Star Wars Me Reader as a gift. 

 The Me Reader story reader comes with 8 books and me a reader pad. Choose which book you want to read along both the sides of the pad.



 The icons in the middle of the electronic pad are displayed on each page. Just press the corresponding icon and it reads that page. 

Tyler was so excited to show me his new gift. He opened one of the books and pushed the icon for that page. The e-reader read the page then he looked at me and said: "Is that what it says, grandpa".

I don't believe that this is a substitute for reading to your children. I just think that this is a great way for kids to enjoy books.

These children e-readers make great gifts and are perfect for traveling and summer time reading.  

Reading over the summer can keep the kids in tune to what they learned in school and help prepare for the next school year.

Is this the best e-reader buy? I really don't know all I can tell you is that our grandson loves this one. And, there are so many other Me Reader books sets to choose from. 

I've read many of the reviews and like all products, there are some bad and good. I can say that most are good reviews on the Me Reader Book Sets.

Choose your favorite Me Reader Story

Monday, May 8, 2017

Salamander Dance Children's Book Review

yellow spotted salamander facts

Salamander Dance is a great and fun way to introduce your children to nature. We picked this book up last year at a local nature reserve Roger Tory Peterson Institute.

We read it to our youngest grandson Tyler over and over again. He just can't seem to get enough of it, he learns something new every time we read it, I also learned some things reading Salamander Dance.

The book is well illustrated and well written. Teaching us the life cycle of the spotted salamander. 

From the time they leave their woodland homes and travel to the early spring time vernal pools. This is where they perform their annual Salamander Dance at the bottom of the pools.

Vernal pools fill with water from the melting snow and the early spring rains and then dry up in the summer. 

Within three days the females lay their eggs attaching them to twigs and branches at to bottom of the pools. The young salamanders are born with gills so they can breathe under water.

When spring moves into summer the vernal pools begin to dry up. The young salamanders lose their gills and grow lungs so they can breathe on land. They can now leave the dried up pools and find their woodland homes.

spotted salamander fun facts

Almost every page has spotted salamander pictures in their natural habitat.

I learned so much myself from this book. And, I highly recommend Salamander Dance for the kids.





Can't wait? Buy it Now: Salamander Dance 

About the Author:

Salamander Dance was written by David FitzSimmons. He is a freelance writer and photographer. And, has written award-winning children's books about Curious Critters. His books have sold over 100,000 copies:

The Illustrator is Michael DiGiorgio he is nationally recognized as a nature artist.


More Children's books from David FitzSimmons



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