Archives for October 2014

Becoming Bea by Leslie Gould – book review and tour

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For fans of the bickering love spats between Anne and Gilbert, or Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, I present to you the most recent title from Leslie Gould. Becoming Bea has that back-and-forth flirtation that makes older people smile and shake their heads.  Bea is a little stuck in her ways and reminds me of Grouchy Smurf.  I can almost hear her little blue voice saying, “I hate travel.”  “I hate hospitals.”  “I hate being bouncy.”  [Read more…]

Quilted by Christmas by Jodie Bailey book review

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In my family, we really didn’t have many traditions. The few traditions we did hold dear mostly centered around Christmas. We went to my grandmother’s house for a Christmas gathering every year. Santa always brought stockings, no matter how little we had that year. I love a good family tradition, especially when it revolves around Christmas. So it was a no-brainer that I’d like Quilted by Christmas from the Quilts of Love series! [Read more…]

Anomaly by Krista McGee book review

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If you’re a fan of dystopian novels, you’ve come to the right place.  While I love dystopian fiction, I always prefer books that don’t have a lot of profanity. I also avoid books with mature subject matter simply because I want to be able to recommend books to my tween daughter (and also my 6th grade students.) [Read more…]

Little Thinker Box from Kidable Adventures review

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Finding educational activities that have an engaging appeal is easy when you shop with Kidable Adventures.  Check out their new Smarties box! 


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The number 24

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The number 24 is used pretty often in everyday circles.  One of my favorite examples is the show 24.  I would definitely be on the bandwagon if someone nominated Jack Bauer for president!  My husband and I watched through Season 7.   With 24: Season 1 being only $13.59 with Amazon Prime (regularly priced at $49.98), this is a must-grab deal for Christmas gift-giving!


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BEE a blessing to someone today

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When making your Christmas shopping list, it can be overwhelming to think of all the gifts that must be purchased.  In some cases, you could be unsure about the type of gift a recipient might enjoy.   For example, if you’re purchasing a gift for a church leader or one of your children’s teachers, it’s hard to know what to buy unless you know what that person likes.   Consider Burt’s Bees for a product that can be used by anyone!

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October birthday = discount for you

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October birthdays made fun!


Do you have a loved one with an October birthday?  My sister in law and my husband are both October babies.  When we visited my sister last weekend, my kids were so excited that she had already decorated for Halloween!  I’m decorative-challenged and never seem to get anything up ahead of time, if and when I do!  She commented that nearly all of her decorations were birthday gifts because her birthday is close to Halloween.   Since my husband’s niece was actually born on Halloween, I wondered if she is doomed to the same fate!  Don’t get me wrong, I am sure that getting Halloween decor is fun for anyone….to an extent.  But no one wants to get those same gifts EVERY year.  Predictability isn’t fun to receive!   [Read more…]

Gift Ideas – Magazines for kids

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In my early teen years, I spent my pocket money on teeny-bopper magazines.  Tiger Beat, anyone?   For a while, I looked back on those days and thought I’d wasted my money and time.  However, I was mistaken.  Reading magazines was influential to my development as a reader. That’s why I make sure my children and students have magazines to read on a regular basis.

There are lots of reasons to consider getting a magazine subscription for young readers.   Magazines provide an excellent chance for children to recognize text features.  These are concepts like the caption below a photo, sidebar information, and using the table of contents.  Since magazines are generally considered nonfiction, your child will practice reading articles for information.  Articles in magazines are typically shorter and more visually appealing than a book.  Because of this, I highly recommend magazines for struggling readers.  If you have a child who resists the opportunity to read, a magazine article doesn’t really seem like reading!  There’s something to be said for having a personal subscription to a favorite mag.  Getting fun mail is always a bonus, but it also fosters a sense of ownership.  When you think about magazines for kids, you might only come up with Highlights.  However, there are so many other great children’s magazines out there.  Here are a few ideas. [Read more…]

Christmas books make a great secret pal gift!

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If you walk into a craft store or even a large department store, you’re likely to see Christmas items already even though Halloween isn’t even here yet.   Yesterday I ordered some Christmas plates and have even considered pulling out the decorations to put up in November.  Yes, the bug bites me hard this time of year! I’m also reading some Christmas themed books.  I realized what a great gift these would make for a secret pal!  Many people like to read holiday books; these are sure to bring a smile to your secret pal or secret Santa this year!  [Read more…]

Finding God at the Kitchen Sink

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Finding God At The Kitchen Sink book review - It made me chuckle to see the front cover of Finding God at the Kitchen Sink.  Its dirty appearance made it seem as if the book’s been splashed with some coffee or unidentified soup. Then I opened the book and noticed that the pages, too, are splattered with the same stains. It’s not unlike the stains of my soul before finding the redeeming love of Jesus.

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