The Adventures of Rooney Cruz – Esther The Belle of Patience

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. The Adventures of Rooney Cruz - Esther The Belle of Patience   I love my two girls and I want to give them the best chance possible in life. I know that I am not the only Mother who feels that way about her children. It can be hard at times to know if we are doing the right thing as moms, if we are teaching them enough. Luckily we have so many resources available to us. One of my favorite ways to help teach my daughters about life lessons is through books. We are big on reading in my home. I always had a love of books and I want to make sure to pass that on to my little ones. Recently I was sent a copy of the book The Adventures of Rooney Cruz Ester The Belle of Patience. This is a great read not only because it teaches the kids about patience but also because it brings (my favorite) Bible story of Esther to life. Esther is a … [Read more...]

8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids

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** I was sent a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids Great read on this rainy day #ontheblog #parentingishard #great read A photo posted by Krista (@mrs.krista.w) on Apr 15, 2016 at 8:42am PDT Recently I received a copy of 8 Simple Tools For Raising Great Kids. As most of you know I currently have a "tween" as she calls herself. She is just starting into the folded arms, eye rolls and back talking. It is driving me and her father insane. Sometimes it is easy to lose our temper. Especially with someone who is testing out her boundaries and just coming into her own as a pre-teen. Because of a few difficult things we have had going on with our daughter I knew that this book was for me. Honestly I did not even make it through the first chapter before I was crying. This book was filled with words that I needed to read and I honestly feel like it was … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas       Christmas is the best time of year. People seem to be more friendly and helpful. They have joy and magic in their hearts and things just seem to be more peaceful. I love this time of year and the uplifting movies and stories that go along with it. This year I was so happy to read Chicken Soup for the Soul Merry Christmas. There were so many stories that uplifted me and really helped to get me in the Christmas Spirit. I also enjoyed reading many of these stories out loud with my daughter. We started reading one each day in December to help get us in the mood for Christmas. It was such a special way to start our days. Thanks Chicken Soup for the Soul! We love this book!   On The Back The elves at Chicken Soup for the Soul have done it again, with a … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Raising Great Kids

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Chicken Soup for the Soul Raising Great Kids Raising kids is one of the hardest things I have ever done. It is not easy being a parent and coming up with discipline methods, knowing when to discipline and when to hold your tongue. It is also not easy to teach kids the important things like stranger danger, being kind to others, staying positive asking for forgiveness or forgiving those who have hurt you. Thank goodness Chicken Soup for the Soul wrote this inspiring book to help me along my journey of parenting. Plus this book really helped to comfort me and show me that I am not alone and as long as I do my best my kids will turn out just fine! On The Back   We all want to give our kids the best possible start in life, and that means sharing our values with them. Parents and grandparents teach children to become the best … [Read more...]

Ripley’s Believe It Or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities

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** I was sent a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Ripley's Believe It Or Not! Eye-Popping Oddities My daughter loves the Ripley's Believe it Or Not books. This years Eye-Popping Oddities is no exception. It is so much fun to read and hear about the facts and oddities around the world. I love that this is a book that is not only opening my daughters eyes and teaching her things. But it is a book that she takes everywhere. Some of the weird facts you and your child will love reading about are based off of animals, the human body, pop culture, transport, art, food and more. I can promise you that your mind will not only be blown but you will say to yourself "WHAT?" and read each story in disbelief. From Monster sized earthworms ( that totally gave me nightmares) to learning about the Mega Migration of Stingrays. Each and every page is worth the read! So how did Ripley's Believe It Or Not … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Dreams and Premonitions Review & Giveaway

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. Chicken Soup for the Soul Dreams and Premonitions Review & Giveaway   My Thoughts Ever since I was a young child my Grandmother has told me about the importance of remembering my dreams. I remember that as soon as I was old enough to read she got me a dream book. I used to like reading about what my dreams meant in that book. It was neat. Now that I have grown I still believe that I can learn a lot about myself and my life in my dreams. It is interesting where your mind can go when you are asleep and interesting the things that I have learned about life. I loved reading these 101 inspiring stories about dreams and premonitions. Especially the ones about infertility. As most of you know I dealt with infertility for 10 years. I am finally going to have a baby and she is due in just 2 weeks!! One of the things that got me through … [Read more...]

Jim Henson’s 60th Anniversary!

The Jim Henson Company's Chairman Brian Henson and Sibling, CEO Lisa Henson, Celebrate the Company¹s 60th Anniversary with Timeless Characters and New Friends

** I was provided product for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Jim Henson's 60th Anniversary! I have loved Jim Henson since I was a little kid. I remember watching his cartoons in the mornings with my Mom and little brothers. That is a tradition that I have continued with my daughter and will continue with this baby who is set to arrive any day now. Although the cartoons are a little different today. The Jim Henson company still remains the same. After 60 years they are still making some of the best cartoons that a child can ask for. Recently I was sent an amazing package of Jim Henson products for the purpose of this review. I was able to get to know some of the Jim Henson characters all over again and I can't wait to share them with my little one. Cartoons and books like Sid the Science Kid (who was my daughters favorite when she was a toddler.), Dinosaur Train, Doozers and Pajanimals. There is even  some … [Read more...]

A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller

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** I was sent a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fuller    My Thoughts  I can't imagine having my life turn upside down the way that Sadie Schrock's life is in this book. What a turn of events that make her face something she has been afraid to face since she was 16 years old. I am so glad that I got to review A Reluctant Bride by Kathleen Fulller. It was a book that captivated my attention from the very start and I could not put it down. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and seeing where the events in their life took them. My heart broke as Sadie's broke when she was 16. I wanted to reach out and comfort her. It broke again when she was told about her parents...and then my heart started to fall in love with Aden just as her's did. Life was not at all what Sadie thought it would be.....but could it have actually lead her where she needed to be? … [Read more...]

Diary Of A Jackwagon by Tim Hawkins + Giveaway

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Diary Of A Jackwagon by Tim Hawkins Ok so this is probably sad to admit...but I had never heard of Tim Hawkins before. When I first got this book I did not know he was a stand up comedian and that I was about to read some of the funniest stuff I had ever read. After reading his book I am not sure how it was possible that I had never heard of Tim Hawkins before! This man is hilarious! I could not stop laughing all the way through the book Diary Of A Jackwagon! The thing that is so funny about Diary Of A Jackwagon is how well I can relate to everything he had to say. From going down a hot metal slide to blinker fluid..yes I said blinker fluid. After reading just the first page I yelled for my husband to join me so that we could read it together. I knew that this was a book I had to share because it was so laugh out loud funny. Tim … [Read more...]

Why We Live Where We Live By Kira Vermond

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Why We Live Where We Live By Kira Vermond I am so thrilled to have found another great home school book. Why We Live Where We Live breaks down everything around us. Our Electricity, Water, Food, Economy and more. It will give the kids a back ground into how the cities got started and how they expanded. How immigrating can give you a better life and how to plan a city. This book is packed full of information that the kids will love to read and learn about. So do you know why you live where you live? I mean really....why is it there? In that house, town, city, county, state, country? Why?   On  The Back It seems like a simple question. Why do you live where you live? Maybe, you might answer, it's because your parents bought your house, or because they rent the apartment you live in. Or because you live with your … [Read more...]

10 Things for Teen Girls by Kate Conner

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** I was sent a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own thoughts were used and not influenced in any way.   10 Things for Teen Girls by Kate Conner Being a woman is hard. Especially during your teenage years. Life is confusing, you don't know who you really are, and the expectations are endless. I am so happy that Kate Conner wrote a book to inspire teen girls. She lets them know that they are not alone. The feelings they are feeling are the same ones that all girls their age are feeling. And most important of all...they are good enough! Kate Conner has a style of writing that is humorous and captivates the attention of the reader. She makes teen girls want to read and listen to her advice. Unlike when their parents say it and it goes in one ear and out the other. I am so glad that I am able to give this to my daughter who is just starting into the teen years. She is starting to notice things about her body, personality and brain that she does not … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses Review & Giveaway

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses 101 Stories of Appreciation & Wisdom by Amy Newmark and LeAnn Thieman After a few short stints in the hospital my Aunt passed away two weeks ago. As I sat and watched the Cancer take so much away from her I also was able to see the love, kindness and compassion of her nurses. I was so grateful to them for being there for her...for us. So grateful for people who do the hard to do things that they are asked to do every single day. It truly takes a special person to become a nurse. I am also fortunate to have many nurse friends. I am blown away by the hours they work, the things they see and how well they deal with situations. I know that along with their hard work and dedication there is also a lot of joy. I loved reading Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses because it … [Read more...]

Branching Out by Joan Marie Galat

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** I was sent this title for the purpose of this review. However my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way.   Branching Out - How Trees are part of Our World by Joan Marie Galat My daughter has been learning a lot about plant and animals during her home school lessons. I was thrilled to be able to find this book and add it into our curriculum. There is so many useful facts about all different kinds of trees. There are over 60 pages in this book that lists different kinds of trees and exactly why we need them. What we do with them and what they do for us. It is so fun to learn more about some of the trees we see every single day....and some of them we had never heard of before! Thanks Joan Marie Galat for writing such a great book that will help children expand their knowledge!   On the Back Can you imagine a world without trees? There would be no instruments like guitars or violins. No habitats for flying squirrels or howler monkeys. There would … [Read more...]

Chicken Soup for the Soul Be the Best You Can Be Review & Giveaway!

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** I was provided a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. Chicken Soup for the Soul Be the Best You Can Be I adore this Chicken Soup for the Soul book. It is a book that my daughter can relate to. I was so happy to hand her this book to read. These stories are able to uplift and inspire her. I love that she will learn more about making her best effort, having confidence and being grateful. Everything in this book is traits that I can only hope and prey to install in my daughter. I want her to always be the best she can be and it is books like this that will help me get her there. She is a remarkable young woman. I am very proud of her and I am grateful for Chicken Soup for the Soul for writing such a great book for kids & preteens! Chicken Soup for the Soul Be the Best You Can Be is filled with over 100 stories that will teach your kids & preteens about Tolerance, Respect and Compassion. … [Read more...]

It’s Catching The Infectious World of Germs And Microbes

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** I was provided with a copy of this title for the purpose of this review. However, my own opinion was used and not influenced in any way. It's Catching The Infectious World of Germs And Microbes By Jennifer Gardy, PhD - Illustrated By Josh Holinaty My daughter loves to read books that are educational. She wants to know everything and anything she can about the world around her. Recently I was sent a copy of It's Catching The Infectious World of Germs and Microbes by Jennifer Gardy, PhD. This book not only  taught my daughter about the world of germ and microbes but it captivated her interest and she has read this title at least 10 times. She has even memorized many of the germ and has brought them up several times in our conversations. This has truly became one of her most read and most favorite books. Since she loves it so much I think it best to let her review this book in her own words! Ashes Thoughts (Age 10) The book It's Catching is useful and helpful. I learned that … [Read more...]