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Kids Activities: Sticker Fun Learning

So, we know that as parents we need to start introducing our kids what their name looks in print. Here is a cute and fun activity to help introduce their name in print and also introduce writing to your child. It also encourages fine motors skills.

Take a construction paper and write the child's name in big bold letters. Have small stickers and show them how to place the stickers on the their name tracing the line. As you sit with them spell the name out and say the name out aloud.

It's a lot of fun and fills up a lot of time during the day. My boys had a lot of fun with it. The younger one had trouble at first getting the stickers off his fingers.


Book Review: Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish by Deborah Diesen

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Deborah Diesen is the author of many children's picture books, including New York Times bestselling The Pout-Pout Fish. She loves playing with words and rhymes and rhythms. She has worked as a bookseller, a bookkeeper, and a reference librarian. She and her family live in Michigan. 
Enjoy another book about Pout-Pout fish in Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish.Hippity-Hoppity, the pout-pout bunny is on his way! Toddlers will love swimming along with the pout-pout fish this Easter as he turns little pouts into big smiles.

This is such a cute story. We fell in love with Pout-Pout fish awhile back when we read the first book about him. This book is so cute and I loved that it's a board book. I was able to let my youngest "read" it as well as my older kids. It's full of colors and it's so fun that it's about Easter. I recommend reading this.








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Book Review: How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace

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Adam Wallace is a THREE times New York Bestselling author and cartoonist who loves writing and drawing. Adam's passion is to bring excitement and energy and humor and joy to children through his books and videos. He spends his his non-writing time thinking about writing and going to as many live music shows as he can. He's also teaching himself piano, and plays golf and runs too.

In How to Catch the Easter Bunny, is about some kids trying to do different things to catch the Easter Bunny this Easter. You follow the Easter bunny try to escape. It's full of excitement and joy.

This is the second book, that my kids and I have read from Adam Wallace. This one did not disappoint. My kids had so much fun reading this book and they begged to read it over and over until we had to return it back to the library. It's a book that you want to read every year around Easter to keep a tradition going. My kids even wanted to try to set up traps to catch the Easter Bunny themselves aft…

Weight Loss: Water Challenge Day 1 out of 30 days

We all know that we should be drinking at least 8 glasses of 8 oz water a day. But did know you know that the best amount is more then that. That is also matters how much you weigh. More then half of our body is made up of water. The more you drink water the better your skin, hair, mood, nails are. So, I am taking on a challenge of drinking the right amount of water for me for thirty days. I am going to weigh myself daily and see how much water I should drink for that way. Each Tuesday, I will share you the highs and lows of drinking half of my weight in water.


Take your weight divided it by 2 = how many ounces you have to drink a day.

Here is mine as of right now:

278 divided by 2 = 139 ounces a day of water.

139 divided by 8 = 17.4 glasses of water a day.

Will you take the challenge with me?

Here is my day 1 stats:
Weight: 271.4
Ounces: 138 ounces to complete


Book Review: Jack Wants a Snack by Pat Schories

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Pat Schories was born in New York in 1952, grew up in Ohio, and now lives in New York. She enjoys gardening, hiking, and going to summer fiddle camps with her musician husband, Harry. Pat is well known as the illustrator of the Biscuit early readers written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli. Recently, she created a 5-book series of wordless books about a dog named Jack. Jack and Biscuit are modeled after her own two beloved dogs, Speed and Spike.

Jack Wants a Snack is about a dog who was not invited to a tea party. He was offered only one piece of popcorn and sees pesky chipmunk who crashes the party. Jack wants to join the party and he wants a snack. This compelling, easy-to-follow wordless picture book for pre-literate children to elements of a story.

My daughter Ginny picked this story out from the library. It's such a cute book and easy for her to make up her own story with. She loved looking at each picture and making up her own story to fit the illustration. I liked the book on that…

Autism Journey: Discipline

We have tried different things to help Miles know the difference of right and wrong in our household. For awhile it's taken a huge toll on us as parents. How do you discipline an autistic child where it doesn't create more issues but yet helps your child grow into an adult that is successful in life. Like I mention before we have tried what it seems like everything with him. We have tried time-ins, time-outs, sent to the room, taking things away, spankings, and even ignoring the behavior.

I was at my wits end, I couldn't just hold him with his arms down as he is stronger then me. My husband could but I couldn't. So, I was frustrated on how I could teach him to not be physical, to calm down, and to do his chores. Until...I was watching Super Nanny on Lifetime tv.

On Super Nanny, she was at a house where they had a ten year old who had down syndrome. He pretty much ruled the house. His siblings were left to the side pretty much. Well, she gave them an idea which gave me …

Book Review: Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin

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Mike Austin is the author of A Present for Milo, a book that was originally created as a preschool app and then later published as a print picture book, as well as the picture book,Monsters Love Colors. He has done editorial art for the Wall Street Journal, Boys' Life magazine, and more.

InMonster Love Colors, we learn about monsters. Did you know that monsters love to scribble, mix, dance, and wiggle? Because monsters love to make new colors! Celebrate along with the hilarious monsters in this wild and energetic picture book.

We loved this book from the amazing colorful cover to each colorful page throughout the book. My kids loved to dance and wiggle on each page with the monsters. I loved that this book was teaching my kids about colors and how to create new colors by mixing the colors. It helps them realize how green is made as well as some other secondary color. It is such a fun and light hearted monster book that we are for sure going to add to our library at home. I recomm…

Coming Up on the Blog

Monday:

Book Review: Monsters Love Colors by Mike Austin Autism Journey: Discipline 
Tuesday:  Book Review: Jack Wants a Snack by Pat Schories Weight Loss: Water Challenge Day 1
Wednesday: Book Review: How to Catch the Easter Bunny by Adam Wallace  
Thursday:

Book Review: Happy Easter, Pout-Pout Fish! by Deborah DissenKids Activities:

Book Review: Mine! by Susie Lee Jin

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Susie Lee Jin is an author-illustrator, designer, and art licensor. She grew up in North Carolina and now live and work in northern New Jersey.  In Mine! by Susie Lee Jin, several competitive bunnies compete in an epic battle to claim a single carrot in this hilarious and sweet debut picture book about sharing. Who does the carrot belong to? For a bunch of adorable bunnies, that question is up for an endless debate. Each bunny stakes a no nonsense claim on the juicy orange veggie with a resounding "Mine!" Told with only four words and filled with energetic illustrations,  One of my kids chose this book for us to check out of the library. I would loved for the story to have more words to it then the few stories it had. Or a good ending to give it moral other then the word Mine throughout the book. The illustrations were amazing and really cute. It made the the bunnies come to life. My kids loved this book and loved it had short story. Then loved shouting out "MINE"…

Book Review: UnsuperMommy: Release Expectations, Embrace Imperfection, and Connect to God's Superpower by Maggie Combs

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Maggie Combs is passionate about helping mothers recognize their imperfections as opportunities for God's unending strength. She is a mom of three busy boys. She blames their unending energy and solid build completely on her tall, active husband. She escapes from her crazy by spending time with her husband and her kindle. Her family is currently building a house on the hobby farm she grew up on.

In UnsuperMommy: Release Expectations, Embrace Imperfection, and Connect to God's Superpoweris about how no mother can live up to supermommy expectations. Thankfully, God isn't looking for perfection. He's calling on imperfect moms to be faithfully plugged into his superpowers. Maggie talks about expectations every new mom faces - for her baby, personal appearance, housekeeping, marriage, parenting, and more. She shares that by having three babies in three years God used the trenches of motherhood to transform her life, releasing her from the pressure of perfection.

I received…

Book Review: Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere

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Ed Vere is an award winning and New York Times bestselling writer & illustrator of picture books, which are published all over the world. His latest book is Max the Brave, which is the third in the Max series. Max the Braveis a New York Times bestseller and was named one of The Sunday Times's 100 Modern Children Classics. It was also long listed for the Kate Greenaway medal and is published in over 12 languages.The Getaway won the Highland Children's Book Award in 2007. Ed also works on many projects related to his books from speaking at festivals. Recently Ed worked with Tiger Aspect to develop an animated TV series is currently working with the Little Angel Theatre on a production of Mr. Big. Ed lives and work in London.

Bedtime for Monsterswas shortlisted for the Roald Dahl Funny Prize in 2011 and the next year Ed had the honour of being one of the four Roald Dahl Funny Prize judges.

What if a monster were looking for a bedtime snack? And what if that snack just happene…

Book Review: Chooky-Doodle-Doo by Jan Whiten

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Jan Whiten spent her early years at a tiny rural school with one room and one teacher for all grades. Her love of reading children's books led her to write her own stories, and Chooky-Doodle-Doo is her first book. She currently lives in Australia.

When one big-eyed chick fails to yank its prize worm from the ground, it's time to bring in a friend - and then another, and another. But if adding a rooster to the crew still doesn't do the trick, could it be that a worm isn't always what it seems? Each page brings a new number and a new rhyme in this delightful debut from both author and illustrator.

The cover drew us readers in as it's colorful and we want to know if the birds were successful on pulling the worm. The rest of the book is slow and there is not much to it. The rhymes in the story is nice and I really enjoyed how it counts in the story. I wish there was more content to the story and I know my kids would have liked it if it had more content. I recommend th…

Book Review: Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae

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Giles Andreae was born in March 1966. He is a British artist, poet and greeting card writer, creator of thePurple RonnieandEdward Monktonseries. He went to Oxford University and completed his degree under difficult circumstances as he developed Hodgkin's lymphoma. He lives with his wife, Victoria, in South Oxfordshire. He has four children with Victoria. In 2006, Giles Andreae worked alongside Blunderbus Theatre Company to adapt his story, Giraffes Can't Danceto bring it to stage. The company toured this story across the United Kingdom.

Giraffes Can't Dance is a story about a giraffe named Gerald. Gerald longs to dance, but his legs are too skinny and his neck is too long. At the Jungle Dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha, and the lions tango. "Giraffes can't dance," they all jeer when it's Gerald's turn to prance. But with some sound advice from a wise cricket, Gerald starts swaying to his own sweet tune.

So, my kids have been watching the …

Autism Journey: Improve Sleep

Many children with autism spectrum disorder have difficulty with sleep. This can be stressful for children and their families. Here is some suggestions from research and clinical experience. When Miles was a baby he slept horrible. We were often awake day and night, so of course he would be overtired. Then of course everyone would exhausted and short temper. When Miles was 18 months he would scream all night even if I was holding him. He would thrash his body around on the floor or in my arms and scream. I was often crying because of being utterly exhausted but also did not know how to help my little one sleep.

So here is some tips that might help you.

Provide a Comfortable Sleep Setting

The bedroom should be comfortable.The room should be quiet at night Miles doesn't mind the noise he usually likes some classical music playing. Consider the environmentChildren with ASD may be more aware of noises at night that do not bother other children. Some may even have problem with certain b…

Book Review: Leo: A Ghost Story by Mac Barnett

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Mac Barnett is a New York Times bestselling author of more than 24 books for children, including two Caldecott-Honor-winning collaborations with Jon Klassen:Sam & Dave Dig a Hole, which also won the E.B White Read-Aloud Award, and Extra Yarn, which won both the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award and the E.B. White Read-Aloud Award.

Leo: A Ghost Storywas named one of the Ten Best Illustrated Books of 2015 by The New Yrok Times. In Leo: A Ghost Story,You learn about Leo. He likes to draw, he makes delicious snacks, and most people can't even see him. Because Leo is also a ghost. When a new family moves into his home and Leo's efforts to welcome them are misunderstood, Leo decides it is time to leave and see the world. That is how he meets Jane, a kid with tremendous imagination and an open position for a worthy knight. That is how Leo and Jane become friends. And there adventures begin.

I really wanted my three kids to like this book. I love how it talks about Leo and all he reall…

Book Review: Creepy Monster, Sleepy Monster by Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen is an author of children's books, fantasy, and science fiction, including Owl Moon, The Devil's Arithmetic, and How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?She is also a poet, a teacher of writing and literature, and a reviewer of children's literature. Her books and stories have won the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, the World of Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Fantasy Awards, the Golden Kite Award, the Jewish Book Award, the World Fantasy Association's Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Award among many others.

Creep, gurgle, crawl, tumble! Meet two young monsters who are far from scary - they're too busy having fun. They go to school, play outside with their friends, and eat after - school snacks. But they also have a bedtime, whether or not they're ready for it! Found out how they act when it's time to bed in Creepy Monster, Sleepy Monster

My kids absolutely love Jane Yolen books. She has suc…

Ginny turns Sweet 6!

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Name: Ginevera
Year: 2017
Age: 6 years old

What is your favorite thing to do? 
To go to the zoo.

Do you have nicknames?
Ginny

What do you want to be when you grow up?
A ballerina and a cheerleader

Who are your best friends?
Teghan, Zoe, Addie

What makes you happy?
When Mason attacks me.

What do you like to learn about? 
Math, Learning how to read

What makes you sad?
When Teghan left school

What do you do really well?
A worksheet and write stuff

If you had a million dollars, what would you buy? 
Lots and lots of toys

What is your favorite thing to do outside? 
Play with Teghan

If you could have one wish, what would it be? 
To get a barbie toy

What was your favorite birthday present? 
America Girl Doll

Favorites:
   Food: Cereal w/ milk
   holiday: Christmas
   book: Book about elephants
   treat: lollipops
   song: Beauty and the Beast
   Animal: Cats
   Movie: Little Mermaid
   Color: Purple

Ginny's 3 year old interview
Ginny's 4 year old interview
Ginny's 5 year old interview

Book Review: Easter by Rebecca Pettiford

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Easter by Rebecca Pettiford  is a non-fiction book for children about Easter. It is photo-illustrated book for early readers talking about the Christian holiday Easter and how people celebrate it.

I really like liked this book because it has pictures. I feel with non-fiction book for kids should have picture illustrations because that is how kids can learn about it. They look at the picture the most. Also for those who don't perhaps celebrate Easter they never experienced those things. My kids loved looking at the many pictures in this book. I loved how it explained Easter in terms that even my three year old could understand. It really helped him be able to participate. My kids loved learning about the holiday we will be celebrating on Sunday. Happy Easter everyone!


Book Review: God Gave Us Easter by Lisa Tawn Bergren

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Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of more than 40 books, with over 3 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes the Young Adult series Remnants, The River of Time Series (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary, Deluge). Lisa's time is split between managing home base, writing, and working on ducks with her husband, Tim. They have three kids.

InGod Gave Us Easter, a little cub celebrates Easter with Papa, Mama, and her brother and sisters. She begins asking her papa questions about this very special day of the year. Papa lovingly explains God's plans for his children, while taking Little Cub on a memorable walk through her stunning Arctic world. He shares how Easter came about in clear, simple terms that even the littlest cubs can understand.

I really like the concept for this book to explain why we celebrate Easter. The illustrations in this book are amazing and well thought out. My kids really liked how soft and gentle they loo…

Book Review: Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Numeroff

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Laura Numeroff is the New York Times bestselling author of If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Raising a Hero, and What Mommies Do Best/ What Daddies Do Best.Laura was born in Brooklyn, New York and grew up as the youngest of three girls. She attended Pratt Institute and graduated with a degree in communication. She wrote her first children's book in 1975. President George W. Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton have all read her books to children. Laura Numeroff was one of ten children's authors invited to a literacy day in Washington during the Bush administration in 2001.

In Happy Valentine's Day, Mouse! by Laura Joffe Numeroff is another story about Mouse from If You Give a Mouse a Cookie. In this story Mouse is celebrating Valentine's Day with all the friends he loves and adores. He makes Valentine's to each friend and what he loves about each one of his friends.

I first must say that we love books by Laura Numeroff, she has such creative ideas and her b…

Autism Journey: Older Children Signs of Autism

Now, my son is almost four so I haven't seen much of each thing but I can explain the best I can. I do have experience with older children have autism as I was a para to kids that were in kindergarten to fifth grade.

As children get older, red flags will be more diverse. They typically revolve around impaired social skills, speech and language difficulties, non-verbal communication difficulties, and inflexible behavior.

Social Difficulties:

Appears disinterested or unaware of other people or what is going around them. My son can literally play for hours by himself and won't even look at us to see if we are paying attention to him is a big one.Doesn't know how to connect with others, play, or make friendsPrefers to not to be touched, held, or cuddledDoesn't play "pretend" games, engage in group games, imitate others, or use toys in a creative ways. Miles will play pretend games but...he only does when his sister is playing. He will do exactly the same thing she …

Journey of Autism: Our Journey

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So April is Autism Awareness month and April 2nd is World Autism Day. I didn't personally did not know either of these things until I became a para to children with autism. What I didn't even know then was my journey of autism had already started. So today on World Autism Day. I am going to walk you through our journey to where we are now and how we got to here.

It all started on September 7th, 2012th. I was joking with my husband that if I was pregnant I would have insurance. At this time it was a lot of talk about health insurance should be for everyone. I currently did not have health insurance and didn't qualify for health insurance. I then joked how I should take a pregnancy test even though I knew there was no way in heck would it be positive on my birthday. Just to say Hey...I found out I was pregnant on my birthday. Two days later on September 9th, my birthday, my husband gave me a pregnancy test as a joke. I laughed and took the pregnancy test on September 11th. G…

Book Review: 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher

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The author Jay Asher, was born in Arcadia, California in 1975. He grew up in a family that encouraged all interest. He attended Cuesta College right after high school. Where he wrote his first two children's books for a class. At this point in his life he wanted to be an elementary teacher (like me). He then transferred to California Polytechnic State University where he pursued his career as a serious writer. He has published only one book to date, Thirteen Reasons Why, which was published in October 2007. He is currently working on his second Young Adult novel.
Thirteen Reasons Why has won several awards and has received five stars from Teen Book Review. It also is a #1 New York Times bestseller. It also has received high reviews from fellow authors such as Ellen Hopkins, Chris Crutcher, and Gordon Kormon. It is now on Netflix as a Netflix Original.

Hannah Baker, faced many trials and heartaches during her high school years so badly that she takes her own life. Not before she rec…

Book Review: The Hidden by Jessica Verday

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This is book three in The Hollows series. Beware of spoilers ahead. Check out my reviews of book 1: The Hollows or book 2: The Haunted. 

Abbey knows that Caspian is her destiny. Theirs is a bond that transcends even death. But as Abbey finally learns the full truth about the dark fate that links her to Caspian and ties them both to the town of Sleepy Hollow, she suddenly has some very hard choices to make. Caspian may be the love of her life, but is that love worth dying for? Find out the answers in The Hidden by Jessica Verday.

I think these books in the series are getting better each book that follows. As I am morning the loss of finally finishing this trilogy. Let's discuss the amazing cover that I have yet to figure out how it's linked to the series let alone the book. So, in this book Abbey really finds out the meaning of being able to see Caspian. Also her best friend Kristin (yeah...remember her) death. dun dun dun....She finds out that Kristin was not the one that was …