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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The ILike Book Review

the i LIKE book-for kids (Blue)

As a mom, I want my kids to have something to look back on and remember me by. Not just remember ME, but remember all the things I loved about them. All their little quirky traits, the funny things they say, the things that melt my heart, and just everyday things they do.

It is hard for me to keep a journal because I am so busy. I have started TONS of journals FOR and TO my kids and realized that they weren’t being written in very much. There were many many months that had nothing written. I didn’t want them to look at this and think I was a dud, that they were, or there life was.

With this book, it is so easy to write down little meaningful things that you like about your child EVERY single day. I was amazed at how well thought out the book is. At the very beginning of the book it has a place to put your kid’s picture, their name, who the book is from, the year, and a place to write a special message to them.

This Ilike book not only can help the kindness in each parent- by showing them to look closely at their child’s personality and love what they see. It also helps the child because they see what they were like, and how they progressed over the year.

Even if you buy this book in the middle of the year, you aren’t wasting time. It isn’t like a calendar, where the dates are already marked for you. You can mark the months and the year in this book, so that you aren’t missing months and can buy it whenever you want!

Already this book has helped my family. I wanted a memento for each child to have that reminded them of their childhood. I didn’t just want the pictures of them growing up, I wanted stories or things about them as well. Since I couldn’t keep up with a journal, this is really the next best thing (even better in my opinion).

The ILike Book Authors so generously sent me 2. I was afraid upon arrival that I wouldn’t know which kid to use it for if I only had one. Aidan was premature and has lots of things (like old clothes, pictures, things he had in the hospital, and scrapbooks). Adisyn has some of those things but there isn’t as many of them. So when I got 2—I was ecstatic.

For AIdan, here are some things I wrote in his Like Book: “I Like that you have such a big heart.” “I like that you say please and thank you without being asked” “I like that you take up for your little sister”. Aidan has grown so much since he was an infant. I am glad to have him in my life everyday-the same goes for Adi- but when Aidan was small, I wasn’t quite sure that he would be making the ride home with me because he was so premature. I thank God everyday for him but it’s hard to tell a 5 year old that without seeming a little crazy at times. Winking smile

For Adisyn: “I like that you are so carefree—You are ambitious and take life as a challenge to be accepted.” “I like your beautiful blue eyes” “I like that you love horses. Everytime we see one (toy or real) you go into a fit.. HORSEY HORSEY. “I like how much you love your big brother”.

This isn’t some kind of book that’s all laid out for you, it can be creative as you want it to be. There isn’t room to write entire paragraphs everyday, so you know that you will stay on top of this, and give your child some inspiration WHILE learning about them as well.

When you look closely there are things under the layers that will come out. It’s actually (and always has been) fun to watch my kids blossom from the babies they were to the wild, ambitious, crazy, smart children they have become.

When they can look back and see how amazing they were, and you can also! I absolutely loved this book and thank the authors for this! As parents themselves, they know how important telling your kid that you like them is!

They now have the Ilike Book for Couples 

the i LIKE book-for couples (Black Cover)



As Authors, entrepreneurs, and parents of two active boys, Meredith and I are on a journey to help strengthen the lives of children, parents, and couples through our ground breaking daily books, the i like book for kids and the i like book for couples. After spending many years in corporate America, we have now devoted our lives to helping people create "fantastic relationships" by promoting a back-to-the-basics philosophy of meaningful reflection with loved ones.

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Disclosure: This isn’t a sponsored post, all opinions are 100% my own. I did receive products in exchange for an honest review.




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Jess is the creator of Stylish Southern Mama + Southern Rambles. She is a freelance writer + designer, Social Media Marketer, and Journalist. She has 2 amazing kids, Aidan and Adisyn, and has been with their dad Adam for 12 years, and has 2 amazingly adorable dogs; Harley + Cheyanne! :)

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