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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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…]

Fences DVD releases March 14 #giveaway ends 3/20 #FencesMovie #ad #RWM

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There are some names that just create buzz.  Then there are the names that ARE the buzz.  Having Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star together in the Fences movie makes the DVD entirely buzzworthy.  Plan to get your copy when the DVD releases on March 14! [Read more…]

When Books Are Better Than Cards #BearHugs #FlyBy #Giveaway ends 2/12

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People always say you can still get the flu even if you got the shot. Some people say that they get the flu worse if they get the shot. I can’t attest to the second opinion, but the first is true.  I always get the shot…..and this year, I still got the flu.  UGH.  Thankfully, there were some books waiting on the shelf for me.  Since I can barely lift my head for more than a couple of minutes at a time, reading a book is pretty much my only open-eyed activity right now.  Then I remembered that this post was due and awwww…….it’s like getting a feel-better card in the mail. It’s official….sometimes books are better than cards.   I’m so lucky to share I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug! with you. [Read more…]

Inspirational Nursery Rhymes offer parent resources for building positive beliefs

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A few weeks ago, I struggled with the memory of E vs. A — as in, Berenstein vs. Berenstain.  If you’re familiar with the Mandela effect, you know what I’m talking about!  The bigger picture, though, forces me to acknowledge that the Bears in question simply portrayed human situations in the comfort of Mama Bear’s world.  Now that I’m a Mama Bear myself, it’s important to find ways to help my cubs build a positive belief system.  Recently, I was invited to share the Inspiration Nursery Rhymes including the newest title Max Gives Thanks to God.

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Help your daughter get her head above the waves

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If you were riding in the van with us this morning, you would have thought I was mother of the year.  My sweet almost-teen daughter and I were sharing beloved worship songs, listening to each other’s music and talking about old favorites like Rich Mullins.  Every once in a while, my son chimed in with his own thoughts about the songs.  Life isn’t always like that for us — it’s just that right now, my daughter’s head is above the waves of life.  It’s inevitable that more storms will bring waves crashing down upon us…..we don’t expect constant happiness.  For now, though, this is enough.  If you’re struggling with your daughter’s life waves, here are some things that might help. [Read more…]

Getting your teen into a book (and vice versa)

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Twenty years of working with teenagers has taught me this, at least……they don’t like to do anything they’re told to do. While you might understand the benefits of being a strong reader, most teenagers DON’T CARE.  If you’re telling your teen, “You should read this book” and it’s not working, try these sneaky strategies to get your teen into a book. It worked for me! [Read more…]

Lovely new devotional from Faithgirlz @BookLookBloggers


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My daughter recently attended her first teen convention. She had an absolutely amazing trip with our church, and when she came home I could see the growth in her spiritual self.  As I perused the BookLook available titles for January, she saw this lovely new devotional and asked me if I’d get it for her.  That, in itself, is a big step!  [Read more…]

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