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Book Review: Bear Stays Up for Christmas by Karma Wilson

Karma Wilson has wrote another Bear book called, "Bear Stays Up For Christmas." In this book, Bear's friends are determined to keep Bear awake for Christmas! So they wake Bear up and have him help them find a Christmas tree, bake cakes, hang up stockings, and sing Christmas songs. Bear stays up - - by discovering that giving is one of the best Christmas presents.

My kids love Karma Wilson's books especially in the Bear series. They are so clever and teach kids different aspects. In this book the bear finds out that giving is the best present of all. The pictures that Jane Chapman created for this book tell the story. She gave each of the animals personality that makes my kids giggle. Also the fur on the animals are so real looking you want to touch it. We loved this amazing Christmas story and recommend it.

Book Review: The Knight at Dawn by Mary Pope Osborne

"The Knight at Dawn" by Mary Pope Osborne is the second book of the Magic Tree House series. In this book Jack and Annie go on an adventure to the Middle Ages. They go to the Great Gall of a castle where there is a feast under way. But Jack and Annie aren't exactly welcome guest.

This book was a little slower then the other books of this series. My kids loved this story and how action packed it was. Jack and Annie were a little flat characters but it's hard to remember this is for young readers. In this book it leaves you hanging of who created the Magic Tree House and why did they make it. As a parent I liked that it talks about different aspects of the Middle Ages and what people wore during that time. My son got a kick out how boys wore skirts back then. I recommend reading this book.

Other Books from Magic Tree House Series

Dinosaurs Before Dark Thanksgiving on Thursday

Book Review: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Jack and Annie's very first fantasy adventure in "Dinosaurs Before Dark" by Mary Pope Osborne. Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark...or will they become a dinosaur's dinner?

This is the first book in the Magic Tree House series and it did not disappoint. My three kids love hearing about Jack and Annie's adventures. In this book you meet the characters for the first time and come to see the familiar relationship between a brother and sister in Annie and Jack. The magic is being created and the journey starts. My three kids loved this book and the amazing pictures throughout the book. They really enjoyed the journey that Jack and Annie took them on. They learned with Jack about the dinosaurs. I recommend reading this book.

Other Books in the Magic Tree House Series

Thanksgiving on ThursdayKnights at Dawn

Recipe: Double Decker Pumpkin Pie

I hate pie crust with a passion ever since I was a little girl. My mom found this pie and I fell in love with it since then. It's the one pie that I have to have for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Now here I am to share this recipe with you.


2 Graham Cracker pie crust4 ounces cream cheese, softened1 cup plus 1 Tbs cold milk8 ounces Cool Whip, thawedOne 16-ounce can pure (unsweetened) pumpkinTwo small package vanilla instant pudding and pie filling1 tbs pumpkin pie spice Directions 1. In a large bowl, mix cream cheese, 1 tbs milk and sugar with wire whisk until smooth. Gently stir in 1 1/2 cups Cool Whip. Spread half of mixture in each pie tin.  2. In a second bowl, mix pumpkin, pudding mix, and spice with remaining 1 c. milk. Beat with wire whisk until well blended (mixture will be thick). Spread over cream cheese layer in each pie.  3. Refrigerate for 4 hours, or until well set. Serve slices with remaining whipped topping.

Book Review: See Me by Nicholas Sparks

Rich in emotion and fueled with suspense, "See Me" by Nicholas Sparks, reminds us that love is sometimes forged in the crises that threaten to shatter us...and that those who see us for who we truly are may not always be the ones easiest to recognize.

I usually love Nicholas Sparks books and usually fall in love with the characters throughout the books. This book, was not the case. I could not at all get in this book at all. It was slow and it felt like it was dragging through out. The characters felt extremely flat. I do not recommend this book.

Book Review: The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

For some people, silence is a weapon. For Mallory "Mouse" Dodge, it's a shield. Growing up, she learned that the best way to survive was to say nothing. And even though it's been four years since her nightmare ended, she's beginning to worry that the fear that holds her back will last a lifetime. Now, after years of homeschooling with loving adoptive parents, Mallory must face a new milestone. But of all the terrifying and exhilarating scenarios she's imagined, there's one she never dreamed of that she'd run into Rider Stark. It doesn't take long for Mallory to realize that the connection she shared with Rider never really faded. Yet the deeper their bond grows, the more it becomes apparent that she's not the only one grappling with the scars from the past. Read more in "The Problem with Forever" by Jennifer L. Armentrout.

I fell in love with the book and it's many twist and turns. I was cheering for Mallory to gain her voice an…

Book Review: Thanksgiving Day Thanks by Laura Malone Elliot

Laura Malone Elliot and Lynn Munsinger have created another holiday story about the lovable characters from "A String of Hearts." Perfect for a teacher's classroom or a child's home bookshelf, "Thanksgiving Day Thanks" tells the story of Sam trying to figure out what he's thankful for. Sam also works on a special project to share at the Thanksgiving feast - his own version of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade!

We have all been there where we can't figure out everything that we are thankful for. It's even worse for a child because some of the things they think are not important such as toys. I really liked this story because it goes through the character Sam trying to find out what he is thankful for also what he can bring to the feast. He tries very hard to make it perfect but ends up failing in the end. Though his friends help him become successful.

Book Review: 'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey

The incomparable Dav Pilkey adapts Clement Moore's classic Christmas poem to tell his wacky Thanksgiving tale. The day before Thanksgiving, eight boys and girls take a field trip to a turkey farm. They have fun playing with eight exuberant turkeys but are shocked to learn that Farmer Mack Nuggett plans to kill all the turkeys for Thanksgiving dinners. So the children decide to smuggle all the turkeys home, and all their Thanksgiving dinners become vegetarian this year. The turkeys' lives are saved!

So, we all have heard the the book 'Twas the Night Before Christmas and it's a classic book. Well, now there is one for Thanksgiving. My kids were laughing at this book of all the kids going on the field trip. They felt with the characters when they found out what happens to the Turkeys. My daughter laughed and laughed when she saw that each of the students stuck the turkey's under their shirts. It was such a cute fun story that we all enjoyed as a family. The illustrat…

Book Review: Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit by Norman Bridwell

In "Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit" by Norman Bridwell, Clifford and Emily Elizabeth discover how much they have to be thankful for on Thanksgiving Day.

Who doesn't love Clifford. I had the pleasure of growing up with Clifford books and now I am able to share these books with my kids. I was not disappointed in Clifford's Thanksgiving Visit. The pictures are still amazing and colorful. Clifford is still a bright red dog and that kids love as well as his owner. The text was amazing and the pictures matched the words to help children see what is going on. I recommend others to read Clifford to their kids.

Book Review: Pete the Cat: The First Thanksgiving by James Dean

James Dean added another Pete the Cat book in his collection called, "Pete The Cat: The First Thanksgiving."

My kids love the Pete the Cat books and this was one that they enjoyed as well. The book is so colorful like his other books. If your kids like rhymes you would love this book. It has a sing song quality to it and you can't help but sing with it as you read it. I really enjoy that it has the first Thanksgiving facts that can help the kids make the connections. It also shows the kids how Pete the cat was nervous to play a part in a play. I recommend this book to anyone.

Recipes: Breakfast Stromboli

We really enjoyed this for breakfast on Sunday. My mom was about to leave for the Mayo Clinic and we wanted to make sure she was full before she left. This is a great breakfast to have on the weekend especially if you are going to busy during the day.


10 strips Bacon1 12-ounce package pork breakfast sausage2 1/2 cups potato tots, frozen5 eggs, large1 all-purpose flour1 1/2lbs pizza dough, store-bought 2 cups American cheese, grated2 cups Cheddar, grated white Directions  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment and spread the potato tots on the sheet. Bake until golden brown and crisp, about 25 minutes. Transfer the baking sheet to a wire rack and let cool. Lower the oven to 400 degrees F.  2. Meanwhile, heat the sausage in a large nonskillet over medium heat and cook, stirring to break p the sausage, until browned and no longer pink, about 8 minutes. Transfer the sausage to paper towels with slotted spoon to drain; discard any remaining fat.…

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cake


Devil's food cake mix Chocolate chip cookie dough instant pudding mixmilk chocolate frosting Directions 1. Bake the cake mix as directed.  2. While cake is still warm poke holes throughout the top of the cake.  3. Make the pudding as directed, but pour on top of the cake before set. Set in fridge for two hours.  4. Melt the frosting and pour on top of the cake and pudding. Set in fridge for two hours.  5. put a layer of mini chocolate chip on top.  6. Enjoy!

Book Review: Crafts for Thanksgiving by Kathy Ross

I got "Crafts for Thanksgiving" by Kathy Ross to give me ideas of what I can do with my kids for thanksgiving. In this book it offers twenty simple Thanksgiving and autumn crafts specially designed for very young children. Indian corn kernels are used to create an attractive kitchen magnet, and a pumpkin becomes a festive centerpiece for the Thanksgiving meal. Colorful step-by-step illustrations help turn inexpensive and readily available materials into easy-to-make gifts, decorations, table items, and wall hangings that will add a youngster's special touch to the holiday season.

I really enjoyed the pictures in this book and how simple it made the crafts. The crafts though would be hard for preschoolers and younger. This book had in depth directions for each crafts for it to enjoy. I really like how they showed you can use some of the crafts as a way for decorations. I recommend at least looking at the book for ideas.

Book Review: Thanksgiving on Thursday by Mary Pope Osborne

"Thanksgiving on Thursday" by Mary Pope Osborne is the twenty-seventh book in the Magic Tree House series. It's a time for giving thanks, when the Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to 1621 on the first Thanksgiving Day. The Pilgrims ask them to help get things ready. But whether it's cooking or clamming, Jack and Annie don't know how to do anything the Pilgrim way. Will they ruin the holiday forever? Or will the feast go on?

This is the first book that we have read of the Magic Tree house series. I have to say I really like how these books incorporate history facts with fiction. It helped me talk to my three kids about why the Pilgrims are a certain way. Especially on how they talk. My kids really enjoyed learning while we read this book each night. We are going to get another Magic Tree house and read more about Jack and Annie's adventures. I recommend reading this to your kids and who knows the adults might learn some things as well.

Other Books in…

Book Review: Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids by Anne K. Fishel

"Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids" by Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D. is a non-fiction book. This book makes a passionate and informed plea to put mealtime back at the center of family life and supplies compelling evidence and realistic tips for getting even the busiest of families back to the table. Chock full of stories, new research, recipes, and friendly advice. Mealtime is a place to unwind and reconnect, far from the pressures of school and work. As the author notes, family therapy can be helpful, but regular dinner is transformative.

I was really hoping to like this book. But, it's such a slow book and it repeats a lot of the information over and over again. I believe the author was trying to make it a larger book then it should have really been. I really like the concept and it's one of the reasons why my family has dinner together every night. It's very important and I think we all need to keep making sure…

Book Review: LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign by Mark Teague

"LaRue for Mayor: Letters from the Campaign" by Mark Teague is the third book in the best selling, award winning Dear Mrs. LaRue series. In this book, Ike finds his civil liberties at risk when Hugo Bugwort, the hard line mayoral candidate, promises to crack down on free-roaming, fun-loving dogs. As the anti-dog rhetoric escalates, Ike is compelled to join the political fray and run for mayor himself. Bugwort rethinks his pooch-policies when Ike selflessly helps rescue him after he collapses at a campaign rally. Told through letters to Mrs. LaRue and local newspaper accounts.

I really wanted to like this book but really couldn't get into it. I really enjoyed the illustrations and how it shows the election process is. I didn't like how it was written though letters. I thought this story could be written differently. My kids were done with the book after the first page because they thought it was boring.

Book Review: Buddy for President by Hans Wilhelm

"Buddy for President" by Hans Wilhelm is a great book to read for the election. Vote for Buddy! Buddy is the best dog in the whole world. He loves the outdoors, he believes in sharing and helping others, and he's a natural-born leader. That's why his boy, Hunter, thinks Buddy should be our next president! Author and illustrator Hans Wilhelm's accessible text and humorous illustrations introduce young readers to the presidential campaign and election.

This book is perfect for young readers to see some of the process and why we have elections. My kids loved the pictures and the funny turn of the events of who Buddy is running against. The colors are amazing and gorgeous. It's a great book for the kids to read. Recommend this for kindergarten and up.

Book Review: Election Day by Marc Tyler Nobleman

"Election Day" by Marc Tyler Nobleman discusses and provides history on Election Day held in the United States.

This book was really informative about the election process. I just wish it was easier to read for the age. It had a lot of good points such as how to register to vote. But it was boring through the whole thing. I loved the pictures they choose about each step. I recommend this to older elementary kids.

Book Review: Vote for Me! by Ben Clanton

"Vote for Me!" by Ben Clanton is a timely satire of American politics, but it's a story readers of all nationalities and ages will recognize. Comical, retro illustrations are completely winning, and the dueling duo's insult-laden exchanges promise to have readers laughing out loud.

This book is so funny and really fit the world we live in right now with the election in a few weeks. The pictures were simple so that you can focus on the the characters of the book. My three kids love the text of the book and the whole meaning around it. We talked about bullying and how it's not the right thing to do even if you want things to be your way. We also talked about the election that is about taking place and about the commercials we have been seeing how they are talking bad about other people. I recommend this for all ages.

IEP Meeting

So, it's very important to me that Miles comes with me to his IEP meetings. Because he will have IEP meetings for all of his school life. I want him to be able to advocate in the end. Also, it's always good to bring some treats to IEP so this meeting I made some pumpkin cookies to share. Other things to do is paper with some questions that you need to ask or concerns. I also have a binder that I keep every medical and school things in that I bring everywhere with Miles. I also keep my communication record that I have with his teacher and any test results. Also medication list that Miles has taken and any notes from sitters. 
So Here is Miles Goals for a Year
Service Provider: OT
When given a 3-5 inch circle and square with a bold cutting line, Miles will be able to cut on the cutting line with 3 or less errors on 2 of 3 trails on 1 data day by October 30th, 2017. 
When given a model of a square and upper or lower case letters of his first name, Miles will be able to hold the p…