Most Unusual Names Actually Given

Thisbe, Sylvanus, Sheba?  Yes, these are real baby names!

If you are looking for a different kind of name to give your baby,  you might want to check out this list.  These names were found at the bottom of the extended US popularity list and were actually given to at least 5 babies.  What do you think of these names?

Girls                       Boys
Amandine                           Amyas

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza!!

Welcome to the

Back-to-School Giveaway Palooza

Sponsored by: Failing Perfect, Dibsies Personalization Station, Zazzle, Fundanoodle, and Educational Insights


Hosted & Organized by: Failing Perfect

Co-hosted by: Here We Go Again, Ready?, Intelligent Domestications, Heartbeats ~ Soul Stains, Spaceships and Laser Beams, Peace and Chaos, and The More The Merrier

I can't believe it's that time of year again! It's time to get those kids ready to go back to school. It seems like just yesterday when we were looking forward to the start of summer. Because we love our readers - and their kids - we want to help you get ready for back-to-school by helping one lucky reader get the year started with a bang. That is why we teamed up with our blogger friends and a few generous sponsors to bring you the chance to win this fantastic giveaway! One winner is going to receive a prize package worth over $430! This giveaway includes something for everyone in the family from preschoolers through college students. Here is what is included:
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  • Personalized Lunch Box & Personalized Backpack from Dibsies Personalization Station (Retail Value: $78.00)
  • $50 Zazzle Gift Code from Zazzle
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Back-to-School Palooza Giveaway: The Details
  • Giveaway will begin on August 18th, 2014 and will end at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time (US) on September 2nd, 2014.
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Top Baby Names of 2014, So Far...

This list is out...well the mid-year list is out.  The baby naming website Nameberry posted their 2014 popular baby names list for the first half of the year.

Their list is based on the number of views each name was clicked on, out of a total of more than 100 million page views, for the first half of the year.  The list follows which names parents are most interested in for babies due to be born in coming months.

So far the top girls name viewed is Imogen with close to 200,000 views so far this year. The top boys name viewed is Asher with nearly 150,000 views.

Here is a list of the top names of 2014 viewed.

  Boys                  Girls
1. Asher 1. Imogen
2. Declan 2. Charlotte
3. Atticus 3. Isla
4. Finn 4. Cora
5. Oliver 5. Penelope
6. Henry 6. Violet
7. Silas 7. Amelia
8. Jasper 8. Eleanor
9. Milo 9. Harper
10. Jude 10. Claire
11. Ezra 11. Alice
12. Emmett 12. Adelaide
13. Harper 13. Hazel
14. Leo 14. Katniss
15. Owen 15. Olivia
16. Levi 16. Evangeline
17. James 17. Ivy
18. Rowan 18. Khaleesi *
19. Felix 19. Maeve
20. Miles 20. Evelyn
21. Sebastian 21. Maisie
22. Liam 22. Adeline **
23. Sawyer 23. Genevieve
24. Jack 24. Seraphina
25. Theodore 25. Beatrice
26. Beckett ** 26. Lucy
27. Wyatt ** 27. Aurora
28. Hudson 28. Rose
29. Evelyn 29. Scarlett **
30. Kai 30. Elizabeth
31. Ethan 31. Ava
32. William 32. Elodie
33. Benjamin 33. Lila **
34. Soren ** 34. Nora
35. Eli 35. Grace
36. Caleb 36. Emma
37. Flynn 37. Willa
38. Noah 38. Clementine
39. Quinn 39. Matilda
40. Julian 40. Eloise
41. Bodhi ** 41. Caroline
42. Archer ** 42. Clara
43. Oscar 43. Finn
44. Everett 44. Aurelia
45. Alexander 45. Arabella
46. Django 46. Eliza
47. August 47. Poppy
48. Andrew 48. Ella
49. Josiah 49. Sophia
50. Dashielle 50. Iris
51. Zachary 51. Ruby **
52. Christian 52. Mila
53. Kieran 53. Josephine
54. Luca 54. Harlow
55. Luke 55. Aria
56. Elliot 56. Audrey
57. Charlie 57. Isabella
58. Elijah 58. Wren
59. Hugo 59. Quinn
60. Thomas 60. Cordelia **
61. Ryder 61. Chloe
62. Isaac 62. Mae
63. Theo 63. Emily
64. Jacob 64. Luna
65. Rhys 65. Rowan
66. Lucas 66. Mia
67. Callum 67. Stella
68. Arthur 68. Emmeline
69. Gabriel 69. Ellie **
70. Samuel 70. Juliet
71. Zane 71. Merida
72. Nico 72. Anna
73. Micah 73. Lily
74. Avery 74. Olive
75. Dylan 75. Margaret
76. Ryker 76. Piper
77. Roman 77. Avery
78. Nathaniel 78. Jane
79. Jackson 79. Sadie
80. Greyson 80. Lydia
81. George 81. Esme
82. Knox ** 82. Everly
83. Rory 83. Gemma
84. Ronan 84. Willow
85. Xavier 85. Maya
86. Daniel 86. Frances
87. John 87. Louisa
88. Finley 88. Elsa *
89. Emerson 89. Ada
90. Aiden 90. Lola
91. Harrison 91. Phoebe
92. Simon 92. Kinsley
93. Nolan 93. Zara
94. Charles 94. Madeline
95. Axel * 95. Hannah
96. Tristan 96. James
97. Arlo 97. Delilah
98. Beau 98. Mabel
99. Jonah 99. Emmett
100. Max 100. Hadley

Display Only Baby Showers

There is a new trend when it comes to giving a baby shower, it is called a "display only" baby shower. If you haven't heard of these type of showers, it is where the mama-to-be and her guests spend more time socializing rather than spend the time opening gifts.  The guests still get to see what she will be taking home for baby, because all the gifts are brought to the party unwrapped and displayed out on a table for everyone to see.

Others may want a display only shower if they want to “go green” and save trees on tons of wrapping paper from fifty or so guests. Usually a card or a tag is included with the invitation so that everyone and the mom-to-be knows who brought which gift. 
Some people love this baby shower trend because they really dislike sitting down for two hours watching the mommy-to-be open present after present, while others say they look forward to the gift opening or they feel it's presumptuous, assuming everyone is bringing a gift.

So, you be ready to throw a display only shower and now it's time to let the guests know in their invitation.  Not all the guests may know about this new trend, especially the older guests who have brought a wrapped gift for years.  I found this cute poem to add to an invite that may work.
Tradition is changing and Showers are too,
So here's an idea we hoped you could do...
When bringing a gift could you leave off the wrap?
As it's xxxxxx's last days with an empty lap.
An unwrapped present can be just as caring,
and will save her from all the pulling and tearing.
We'll display your kind treasures for all to see,
then relax and honor the Mommy-To-Be!
Would you give a mom-to-be a display only baby shower?  Have you attended one?  Share with us what you thought about it!

Books To Help Kids Go Back To School

Is your little one starting preschool or kindergarten?  They might be excited, a little nervous or really scared.  Here are some books I have found that may be fun and helpful to read to them as they start getting closer to that first day.  Book descriptions are from

It's the night before preschool, and a little boy named Billy is so nervous he can't fall asleep. The friends he makes the next day at school give him a reason not to sleep the
next night either: he's too excited about going back!
With the help of Angus, the lovable Answer Dog, best-selling author Heidi Murkoff extends a hand to children and parents as they tackle life's first experiences together.
Hooray! It's time to go to preschool and that means it's time for . . .
Having fun, Making friends, learning about the world, sharing with others
using your manners, playing games, running, jumping, and swinging
imagining and creating, snacks and naps, drop-off and pick-up.
More, more, more!
Preschool for Maisy means a day filled with friends and things to do, from the time she
hangs her coat on a special peg to the time she says good-bye.
This adorable picture book celebrates all the familiar milestones and moments shared by every single kindergartener. Whether it's the first-day-of-school jitters or the hundredth-day-of-school party, every aspect of the kindergarten experience is introduced with a light and funny poem.
It's the first day of school! Join the kids as they prepare for kindergarten, packing school supplies, posing for pictures, and the hardest part of all--saying goodbye to Mom and Dad. But maybe it won't be so hard once they discover just how much fun kindergarten really is!
Dexter already knows everything there is to know about kindergarten. His big sister, Jessie, told him all about it. So Dexter is not scared. Not even a little bit. But his stuffed dog, Rufus, is scared. Actually, he’s terrified. But Dexter--er, Rufus--has nothing to fear: As he’ll soon find out, kindergarten rocks!
It's just ten days before kindergarten, and this little girl has heard all there is to
know--from a first grader--about what it's going to be like.

It's the night before the Big Day—-first grade! Penny is excited to start the year with
 her best friend right beside her in the same classroom.
After the first day of first grade, Henry's not sure how he feels about it. The teacher isn't like his kindergarten teacher, and the fifth-graders hog the monkey bars. But as Henry tells his mother about a new friend who likes soccer and about how he'll learn to read books, he begins to realize that maybe first grade won't be so bad after all.

On the first day of school, new classmates are asked to share what they would most like to happen in the upcoming year. Some kids? hopes are familiar while others are off-the-wall. Whether it's looking good on picture day or skateboarding at school, everyone's wishes are shown in humorously exaggerated illustrations. As the first day draws to a close, there can be no doubt this school year will definitely be the best!

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