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Book Review: There was an Old Lady who Swallowed a Turkey! by Lucille Colandro

"There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Turkey!" by Lucille Colandro is part of an amazing group of books. The old lady is at it again, and this time she's swallowing a turkey. You won't believe why this old lady swallowed a turkey, a ball, a hat, a balloon, a boat, some wheels, and a horn of plenty! 
My kids love these books because they are so funny to see what the old lady swallows. We love the illustrations that Jared D. Lee creates. They are so colorful and expressive. The books has tons of rhymes on each page and creates a sing song quality. I recommend this book to elementary age and preschool age kids. 

Book Review: Wait For You by J. Lynn

"Wait for You" by J. Lynn is in the Wait for You Saga. Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at that Halloween party five years ago. An even that forever changed her life. What she never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the future she's building for herself. Cameron Hamilton is six feet, three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes. He has the remarkable ability to make Avery want things she believed had been stolen from her. Getting involved with him was dangerous. Yet simmering tension that sparks between them and brings out the side of her she never knew existed. Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls, she forced to face a past she wants to be buried and acknowledge that someone is refusing her to let go of that night. What if the truth comes out? 
Avery is an amazing character as is Cameron. They are…

Book Review: The Duck Says by Troy Wilson

The Duck Says by Troy Wilson is about a duck who wants to say other things then quack. He goes through different things such as the duck pretending to be a pirate.

This book is so much fun with preschoolers. It was so much fun to see the duck in different situations and how he is unique. The illustrations are amazing, Mike Boldt worked hard on the illustrations telling the story. There is a part where the duck steps on a rake and hits himself in the face. It was so much fun. My kids really enjoyed the book and thought it was so much fun to say all the different things the duck can say.

Book Review: Opposition by Jennifer L. Arementrout

Opposition by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the fifth book in the Lux series. Katy knows the world changed the night the Luxen came. She can't believe Daemon welcomed his race or stood by as his kind threatened to obliterate every last human and hybrid on Earth. But the lines between good and bad have blurred, and love has become an emotion that could destroy them all. Daemon will do anything to save those he loves, even if it means betrayal. They must team with an unlikely enemy if there is any chance of surviving the invasion. But when it quickly becomes impossible to tell friend from foe, and the world is crumbling around them, they may lose everything. War has come to Earth. And no matter the outcome, the future will never be the same.

This book is so action packed that it leaves you on the edge of your seat through most of the book. It really had you wondering what side Dameon and his family was on through the whole beginning of the book. This book was the perfect ending to the L…

Book Review: Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout is the fourth book in the Lux series. In "Origin", Daemon will do anything to get Katy back. After the successful but disastrous raid on Mount Weather, he's facing the impossible. Katy is gone. Taken. Everything becomes about finding her. Taking out anyone who stands in his way? Burning down the whole world to save her? Exposing his alien race to the world? All Katy can do is survive. Surrounded by enemies, the only way she can come out of this is to adapt. After all, there are sides of Daedalus that don't seem entirely crazy, but the group's goals are frightening and the truths they speak even more disturbing. Together Dameon and Katy can face anything.

Ahh...Jennifer L. Armentrout is amazing writer. I love love this book out of the series. The characters of this book are so well rounded it feels like they are actually people. I love reading about Dameon, Katy, Dee, and a few new characters. I love how the books have evolved from…

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My Mom

My mom was born on November 4th, 1962 in Michigan.  She was the oldest child of three and she has two younger sisters. My mom grew up on a dairy farm so she had to start chores at a young age. Though she did have lots of fun on the farm. She can tell you all about how she used to poop skee using cows and lots of poop. My mom was the black sheep of her family and married young.

Her and her husband tried for years to get pregnant with no luck. Finally, they decided to become foster parents. At one point they had eight kids in the house and most of them were toddlers. My mom was fostering a sibling group of three. A boy and two girls. When she found out that they were going to spit the siblings up my mom and her husband decided to adopt the trio. They were 5 years old, 4 years old, and 3 years old. She still was trying to have one of her own as well as foster child. When the youngest was seven years old my mom found out she was pregnant with me. 
My mom can tell you that the day her wat…

Recipe: Boston Creme Pie Cake

Yesterday was my husband, Stephen, birthday. He turned 29 years old and I wanted to make him something for his birthday. My husband was born in the Boston area and he loves Boston creme pie. We usually buy already made Boston creme pie cakes from Walmart, Hyvee, or Price Chopper but this year I decided to try to make my own for his birthday. I love it and as does my whole family so here is the recipe.

Ingredients 1 box of yellow cake w/ingredients 1 family size instant vanilla pudding w/ingredients 1 can of milk chocolate frosting
1. Make the yellow cake mix as directed on the box and bake it. 2. Before the cake cool down use a spoon and create holes through out the cake all the way to the bottom of the cake. Make the wholes be really close together.  3. Make the vanilla pudding as directed on the box. Pour the vanilla pudding mixture on top of the cake. Set in the fridge for an hour.  4. Take foil off of frosting can and put in the microwave for thirty seconds or until liquid. Pour f…

Book Review: I will be especially very Careful by Lauren Child

Lola's best friend Lotta has an extremely special new coat, and Lola wants to borrow it. Lola said she will be especially very careful with it. But will she be able to keep it all fluffy and white and new in I Will be Especially Very Careful by Lauren child.

When I read this book to my kids, the text was complex. I am pretty sure this is based in England area because that is how the characters speak in the book. My daughter enjoyed this book as it's about two little girls. My son was bored in the book because not much happens in the book. The illustrations are basic but still colorful. I would recommend this book to kindergartners.

Book Review: Run, Turkey, Run by Diane Mayr

In the book, Run, Turkey, Run! by Diane Mayr is about a turkey trying to find a place to hide from the farmer as Thanksgiving is a day away. The turkey tires to hide with the pigs, ducks, and horses but each time the farmer finds him. Find out if the turkey finds a way to hide from the farmer.

The illustrations that Laura Rader creates in this book are nothing but amazing with the details. It felt like you could touch the feathers of the turkey. The text was amazing and had my three kids laughing when they would say "NO!" about each place the Turkey tried to hide from the farmer. They thought it was funny that the Turkey tried to pretend to be a pig and other animals on the farm with no success. It's a great story to read before Thanksgiving. I totally recommend reading this with all ages.

Book Review: One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy

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One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims by B.G. Hennessy, is about teen Pilgrims and ten Wampanoag Indian children as they prepare for a harvest feast at Plimoth are described using the familiar childhood rhyme.

My kids loved this book when we got it from the library. The pictures are so much fun with lots of details. Lynne Avril Cravath did an awesome job using lots of colors and different facial expressions of each of the faces of the Pilgrims and Wampanoag children. The rhyming in this book were great and created a song that my kids tried to sing. Also loved at the end of the book it has more info about the Wampanoag and the Pilgrims for you to teach your children about thanksgiving. I recommend this book to preschool and below.

Book Review: Runaway Pumpkin by Kevin Lewis

Kevin Lewis, the author of the bestselling, Chugga-Chugga Choo-Choo pairs up with award-winning illustrator S.D. Schindler to create a picture book about a pumpkin on the run in The Runaway Pumpkin, When Buck, Billy, and their little sister Lil see the biggest pumpkin they have ever seen they can't resist. The boys try to roll the pumpkin down the hill to show all their family, but it's too big. Before long it's bumping and thumping and rolling out of control down the hill. Find out all the trouble this pumpkin gives to the Baxter's family farm when this pumpkin comes rolling in.

This book is so much fun for all ages. The rhyming in this book makes it's a sing song type book. The pictures are so colorful and so expressive that my kids loved looking at everything in detail on each picture. It is for sure a book to read to your kids about pumpkins.

Book Review: The Witch's Walking Stick by Susan Meddaugh

In the book, The Witch's Walking Stick by Susan Meddaugh, poor Margaret is waking up to another bad day. Every since she lost her parents her older siblings make her do everything and anything they can think of. When at last Margaret has had enough and runs away into the forest. She comes up on an old lady who told Margaret that a dog ran off with her walking stick and she can't do anything without it. Margaret gets three gold coins for it's safe return. Little does Margaret know that the old lady was a witch and the witch had plans to take the coins back once she has her walking stick. Which the witches has used to make thousands miserable wishes come true.

My daughter picked this book from her school library because it's about a witch. When we started we all had hopes that it was going to be fun book. Come to find out we didn't enjoy the book at all. It was slow and not enjoyable. The characters were flat in this story. The story had a lot of potential to make i…

Book Review: Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Opal by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is book three in the Lux series. Katy is no longer the same she's different since she moved to West Virginia. She is not sure where it will lead her in the end. When the steps Dameon and Katy take lead them to discovering the truth plus puts them in the path of the secret organization who are torturing and testing hybrids. The death of a friend still lingers and help comes from unlikely source. The outcome will shatter the worlds forever. They know that together they are stronger.

I swear this series is getting better and better throughout the series. I love Dameon and Katy and their relationship. They fight like cats and dogs but they also have the sweetness about them. You can see how much Dameon loves Katy and Katy loves him. You feel for Dee and what she goes through in this novel and her relationship with Katy. This book is action pact and you route for Dameon and Katy to save the other hybrids like Katy and someone else. I would totally r…

Mommy Shaming


We have all heard these things as Moms. We have heard every choice there is to raise our children and how no matter what we are doing for them it is the wrong way for someone out there. Now, not only are we being shamed in public by total strangers but it's on the internet as well. That come at us in the safety of our homes. Some are even receiving it while they are working. Some mom-shaming are taking video of parents that they don't know and sharing it on the internet to gather more mom-shaming to help the abuse. MOM SHAMING! It hurts and....
We are all trying to be the best parent we can be. No matter if it's formula or breastfeeding our child or co-sleeping to sleeping in their own room. We are all trying to raise o…

Book Review: Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout

In Onyx by Jennifer L. Armentrout which is book 2 in the Lux series. Daemon's determined to prove what he feels for her is more than a product of their connection. So Katy has sworn him off, even though he is running more hot than cold these days. They have more issues to focus on when the Department of Defense comes to town. If they ever find out all the Daemon can do and what he did to link to Katy they are a goner. Then there is a new kid who has his own secrets and can help Katy deal with what is happening to her. But though all of this Katy is falling for Daemon. Katy sees someone that should be dead....and everything changes.

I thought I loved reading, Obsidianbut this book is so much better. There is more fighting between Katy and Daemon. Also how Daemon tries to win Katy back is so sweet that it will make you jealous. This story is so action packed and has so much humor with Katy and Daemon. Also two more hunks come into the picture of this book. It's a must read once…

Weight In: 10/17/16

Current Weight: 252.4lbs
Lbs since last Weight In: +.4lbs
Total Weight Loss: -27.6lbs

Neck: 0 inches
Bust: -.5inches
Upper Arm: 0 inches
Waist: -.5 inches
Hips: +.5 inches
Thigh: -1 inches
Calf: 0 inches

Resting Heart Rate: 57bpm

Book Review: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt

Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt is about a squirrel who doesn't leave his nut tree because of the unknown. He is scared of everything out there and in this book something happens to him and he has to leave his tree. He then finds out that the world out there isn't as scary as he thought. 
My kids didn't like this book. The pictures of this book were very plain and it wasn't a funny story. They were bored throughout the book and wished it was over. I like the concept of this book but don't think it played out really well through it. It was hard to read the book and the characters were boring one dimensional. I don't recommend this book. 

Kettlebell Swing Challenge Introduction

Starting Inches of my arms: 18 inches
I am hoping to lose inches while doing the kettlebell swing. I am starting with a 5lb kettlebell. Here is my time-line for the kettlebell swing challenge:

Day 1: 75
Day 2: 80
Day 3: 85
Day 4: Rest
Day 5: 90
Day 6: 100
Day 7: 105
Day 8: Rest
Day 9: 110
Day 10: 115
Day 11: 120
Day 12: 125
Day 13: 130
Day 14: Rest
Day 15: 135
Day 16: 140
Day 17: 145
Day 18: 150
Day 19: Rest
Day 20: 155
Day 21: 160
Day 22: 165
Day 23: 175
Day 24: Rest
Day 25: 180
Day 26: 185
Day 27: 190
Day 28: Rest
Day 29: 195
Day 30: 200

Book Review: Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park is the first book of the Junie B. Jones series. In this book you meet the main character Junie who is starting kindergarten. The bad part is she has to ride the stupid smelly bus to and from school. Junie hated her ride to school on the bus and found out what happens on the way home on the school bus from other classmates. She then goes on a mission to not ride the bus home from school. Her adventures so she doesn't have to ride the bus doesn't go to plan.

My daughter who is in kindergarten thought this story is so funny. We read it together and we were laughing for every page we turned. So, there are some issues in the book such as, "That Jim, I don't like that Jim," or "The boy I can hit." Is pieces of this little girl's voice throughout the book. Also how she doesn't ride the bus home from school. But, we used this book as a talking piece between my daughter about kids she doesn't l…

Book Review: Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach

Since we are now in October, I have started reading some common Halloween books to my kids. The Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach is such Halloween book. In this book you follow five pumpkins who do some awesome things talking about Halloween night.

My kids love this book. The pictures are so detailed so much. The characters are great and have their own personality showing in the picture. We love the rhyming aspect of this book and it's so catching that my three year old memorized it and was reading it to himself. It's a book that most family need in their collection for Halloween.

Book Review: Obsidian (Lux Series #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

I am really excited to share my thoughts on this book, Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout. This book about a girl named Katy who moved to a small town in West Virginia from Florida her senior year in high school. She thought life would be boring for until she met her hot neighbor who is major eye candy with his green eyes. That was until he opened his mouth. He is arrogant and him and Katy do not get a long. But then Daemon freezes time and things happen. The hot alien living next door marks her. Now she has to stick close to Daemon until all the alien mojo fades off her.

I am one of those readers that chooses books based off their cover. I loved the cover and knew this had to be a book for me to read. It was I read it in two days and only because my kiddos kept me up and I needed sleep is why I stopped in between the days. This book is so funny from the first chapter on with all the fights and arguments that Katy and Daemon have. Such she dumps spaghetti on top of his head the first…

Book Review: 100 First Words by Bright Baby

We have had this book, First 100 Words by Bright Baby, since Ginny was a baby over 5 years. This book is full of colorful pictures of things that infants come in contact with with the word. They are categorized through the book.

My kids have loved this book. We are actually on our third copy of it because they enjoy it so much. They love to point at the pictures and have me say what each picture is. They will even just sit looking at the pictures of all the different things in this book. The pictures are so colorful that it attracts the little ones mind. I recommend it from newborn up.

Water Challenge: Introduction

Dehydration is dangerous for your body because every cell is affected. When you sweat you lose a lot of electrolytes, sodium, potassium, and chloride. Which is so essential to to your body's function. Your cellular communications revolve around sodium and potassium. It's why your muscles cramps if you do not get the proper hydration. Some of the ways you can tell that your body is dehydrated are dry mouth, fatigue, lethargy, headaches, inability to focus, dizziness and lack of strength. Also if your urine is anything but clear.  Can you drink too much water, yes but it's rare. Having to much water can create an imbalance between water and electrolytes.

So this challenge is where you drink half of your weight in water. The basic equation is take your weight and divide it in half if you are not doing anything strenuous. If you are working out at high altitude or outdoors a lot then you will need to add 100 ounces.

I will talk about once a week of the changes that my body go…

Dinner Disaster save

Like all stay-at-home parents around dinner time is so hectic. You can have one or more need help doing homework. You have your toddler running all over the place and making a mess because you can't keep your eyes on them. Then you have your youngest who is starving and must eat something before they die. All while you need to get the table clean, the living room picked up, and dinner done. So what does a mom do when all her kids want to do is fight like crazy or need mom to do something.

Sounds like my house. Usually at 4:00pm is when I start getting everything ready for my husband to come home for work as well as dinner which starts at 5:30pm. My daughter gets home from school usually whining because she is tired at 4:00pm and instantly picks a fight with her brother who just wants to be left alone. Plus, she has to do 15 min reading, writing, and sight words to do and of course the youngest is starving and needs something to tie him over till dinner. At this point my living roo…