June : A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Finding a new author is like making a grand discovery on a  hike.  A beautiful flower, a waterfall, a perfectly flat rock to skip across the lake….. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is such a gem.  I received her novel June to review, and found it to be the type that cries out to be a movie.  The characters can’t be contained in these pages! (Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.  If you make a purchase through these links, I may earn a small commission.) [Read more…]

Memorial Day decor does double-duty for Independence Day

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Memorial Day is almost here.  This year is the first time I’ll be putting memorial arrangements out for a veteran.  My father and grandfather both passed away last year, and they were military veterans. I will take time to remember their service during the holiday.  If you’re gearing up to put out patriotic decor, consider using it again for Independence Day.  I always love getting a 2-for-1 deal, don’t you?  The DollarTree has lots of Memorial Day decorations that are both affordable and adorable.  [Read more…]

True to You by Becky Wade Prize Pack and $100 #Giveaway

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“Finding oneself at the mercy of a crazed gunman isn’t all fun and games.”  ~Nora Bradford, True to You by Becky Wade

What an eyebrow-raising first line!

Just as you’d expect from a line like that, True to You‘s main character Nora was spunky and sarcastic. I usually find Becky Wade’s characters to be a little too sweet for my taste, so right away I was Nora’s fan.  [Read more…]

Get the Look You Want with Model Model Lace Front Wigs

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My mom had spine surgery two years ago and needed 6 months to fully recover.  Just before she had the procedure, she cut her hair VERY short.  We’re not talking about a cute pixie cut.  She basically had it shaved.  I couldn’t believe it — my mom always had such pride in her hair.  She said she wanted it to be fuss-free while she recovered.  Since I live 300 miles away from her, I couldn’t be there to help her care for herself (tears….)  I wish I’d known about model model lace front wigs at that time.  A beautiful wig would have been such a blessing for her, and affordable peace of mind for me.

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Have an inspirational summer with SNUG Safe Sound

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When it comes to inspiration, my kids are at the top of my list.  They inspire me to be a better person, not just a better mom.   Protecting them is a top priority!  Though they don’t value it right now, I know their hearing is a precious gift.  It’s so critical that their little ears are kept safe and sound.  Thanks to SNUG Play+ headphones and Safe n Sound defenders, that precious sense of hearing will be preserved even throughout the loud-music days.  [Read more…]

STEAM activities – Nancy Drew Codes & Clues app #giveaway

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STEAM is one of the biggest buzzwords in education right now.  You might also see variations of this idea, such as STEM or STREAM.  This ideology  incorporates high-interest learning tasks with technology skills such as coding or investigating science concepts.  During the summer months, it can be a challenge to keep kids engaged in these activities.  Apps like Nancy Drew Codes & Clues are a good solution to the summer learning loss problem.

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Little Fun Club book box — great way to make reading a summer activity

Little Fun Club blog tour. A subscription box for children's books. Great for kids ages 0-12.

At a reading conference I attended last fall, one of the presenters shared that children can lose up to 3 months of learning over the summer months. The cure, so to speak?  Keep them reading!  You realize how big of a challenge that is, though.  One way to make reading fun over the summer is to tie it in with “fun” mail.  The Little Fun Club book box contains just what you need.

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The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah #TheNightingale @StMartinsPress @SheSpeaksUp

I’m a fan of Kristin Hannah’s contemporary work, but hadn’t read her titles of historical fiction before. When I received The Nightingale for free from SheSpeaks, it was in my purse from then on. Recently published in paperback, this book captures all the emotional turmoil of family, tough choices, and personal challenge.

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High interest children’s books for summer from Silver Dolphin #giveaway ends 5/27

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Now that summer is on its way, it’s time to refresh the bookshelf with some new titles.  These children’s books from Silver Dolphin have interactive features that encourage readers to manipulate the pages to enjoy the reading experience.  The three Push, Pull, Turn books present transportation and career ideas.  This is a high-interest topic for many young children, so it will get a lot of use!  Fortunately, the pages are sturdy and thick, so you won’t mind when the kids read it over and over. [Read more…]

THE TAKEDOWN by Corrie Wang

Disclosure: I participated in the blog tour for THE TAKEDOWN and received an e-copy of the book. Opinions shared are mine.

Hey, Gossip Girl.  Meet the Mean Girls.

What if all of your favorite TV biotches got together and orchestrated a major takedown?  This book would be the official how-to manual.   [Read more…]

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