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Book Review: There's an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer

Mercer Mayer was born in Arkansas in 1944. When he was thirteen his family moved to Hawaii. He went to Honolulu Academy of Arts then Art Students League. Soon he begun writing children's books. His wife Gina and him write Little Critter stories together. In 2007, he was chosen to be the National Book Festival "Artist of the Year." He has published over 300 books. Most of his books happened when he was little. His books have been translated into other languages like Spanish, German, French and Japanese. Check out his Youtube Channel. There's an Alligator Under by Bed by Mercer Mayer is an amazing story of a little boy who finds out there is an alligator living under his bed. Of course like all kids he can not sleep at all. So he begs his parents to help him which they told him to go to sleep there is no alligators. The boy then comes up with a plan to get the alligator out from under the bed.  So, my kids LOVE this book. If I would let them we would read it every sin…

Book Reviews: Father's Day Theme Books

Father's Day Books 

Your Daddy Was Just Like You by Kelly Bennett Grandma says that daddy was just like him once. Most of the time Daddy was a sweet boy, but sometimes he raised ruckus. He liked playing race car and superhero and got up set when he lost a game. Once upon a time Daddy was even sent to time out.  Saturday with Daddy by Dan Andreasen A young elephant and his Daddy spend Saturday running errands, sipping lemonade, and having a cookout. The charming art and simple story make this perfect. I love My Daddy by Jonathan Litton Find out why each Daddy deserves a gold star in this bright book about dads and their little ones. 

I love My Daddy by Giles Andreae This book looks at the special relationship between a father and child. 

Daddy All Day Long by Francesca Rusackas When Owen and Daddy have a whole day to spend together, Owen tries to tell his daddy how much he loves him. Owen loves Daddy more than chocolate milk....But at the end of the day, Owen knows that Daddy loves hi…

Book Review: 12 Days to Love by Lisa Swinton

Lisa Swinton caught the romance bug early by way of fairy tales and hasn't been able to cure it since. Instead, she feeds her addiction with romance novels and films. In between being a doctor's wife and mother of two, she occasionally puts her B.A. in Musical Theatre to good. In her elusive spare time she enjoys researching her family tree and baking.

12  Days to Love by Lisa Swinton is another story in A Destined for Love Romance Europe Collection. Lily is free, free from home, free from work and everything she built the last eight years. She is scared to death. With her half of the Etsy business sold, Lily is persuaded by Maddie to take advantage of her windfall and go on a cruise around Italy. Feeling as unstable as the waves rolling beneath the ship, Lily is reluctant to agree to a romantic flirtation, even with a man as intiguing as Zander. The cruise is suppose to be a fresh start for Zander and an opportunity to expand his photography business. All he's interested …

Book Review: Once Upon a Wish by Danyelle Ferguson

So, I met Danyelle Ferguson in my ward a long times ago. She has personally helped me on my own journey with my son Miles. I am very blessed to have her as a friend. Danyelle Ferguson found her love for writing in elementary school. Her first published article was published when she was in 6th grade. She has since won several awards and has been published world-wide in newspapers, magazines and books. She is currently living in Kansas with her husband and four children. She enjoys reading, writing, dancing, and singing in the kitchen.

In Once Upon a Wish by Danyelle Ferguson, Delphine Baudry wished to be a best-selling author, and now instead of celebrating and jumping into her next novel. Taking a cue from some teens tossing Euros into a fountain, Delphine gives into some whimsy and wishes for her next book plot. Jean-Paul Chasseriau wished to start an online marketing company in La Rochelle. Feeling pressure to live up to his father's name in traditional marketing and far enou…

Miles turns Four!

Name: Miles
Year: 2017
Age: 4 years old

What is your favorite thing to do? 
Play outside

Do you have nicknames?

What do you want to be when you grow up?
To go into the army

Who are your best friends?
Reed and Joe

What makes you happy?
Playing outside.

What do you like to learn about? 
Babies, ABCs, Planets, and Water

What makes you sad?
When Reed hit me

What do you do really well?
Telling people to not hit me.

If you had a million dollars, what would you buy? 

What is your favorite thing to do outside? 
Run and walk

If you could have one wish, what would it be? 
More Toys

What was your favorite birthday present? 
Power Rangers

   Food: Pizza
   holiday: Birthday
   book: Monster Trucks
   treat: Fruit Snacks
   song: ABCs
   Animal: mouse
   Movie: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
   Color: Red

Book Review: Meet me at Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney

Lucinda Whitney was born and raised in Portugal, where she received a Master's degree from the University of Minho in Braga. She lives in northern Utah with her husband and four children. When she's not reading and writing, she can be found with a pair of knitting needles, or tending for her herb garden.

In Meet Me at Sunrise by Lucinda Whitney, Finding love in eight days was not on the itinerary. Between a bad breakup and a rockey relationship with her overbearing father, twenty-three-year-old Vanessa Clark has a history of being disappointed by the men her life. So when her long-lost grandfather reenters the scene and persuades her to tour northern Portugal on one of his cruise ships, Vanessa boards the vessel looking for answers. Captain Matias Romano has enough to worry about without having to babysit his boss's spoiled American granddaughter, no matter how good-looking she is....

I received this from the author, Lucinda Whitney for an honest review. So let's tal…

Book Review: Finale by Becca Fitzpatrick

Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush saga, includingHush, Hush, Crescendo; Silence; and Finaleall debuted as New York Times best-sellers. She graduated with degree in health, which she promptly abandoned for storytelling. When not writing, she's most likely running, prowling sales racks for shoes, or traveling. She lives in Colorado with her family.

Finale is the fourth and last book of the series Hush, Hush. In this book, Nora and Patch thought their troubles were behind them. Hank is gone and they should be able to put his ugly vendetta to rest. But in Hank's absence, Nora has become the unwitting head of the Nephilim and must finish what Hank began. Which means destroying the fallen angels - destroying Patch.

I love the Hush, Hush saga, all the books except this one. I felt like Nora and Patch have become very flat characters. That all the build up in the other books was gone in this last book. I am not sure if the author really wanted to write this book. It felt like there w…

Book Review: Apple by Nikki McClure

Nikki McClure grew up in Kirkland, Washington watching ants and pretending to be an artist. She went to Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. Where she studied ants and learn how to draw them and hung out with Artist. In 1996, she made her first paper-cut for the book, Apple. She splits her time between yearly calendar and making children's books.

Applefollows the life of an apple throughout the year, demonstrating the cyclical patterns in nature. This was Nikki McClure's very first book, originally self-published and sold in limited edition of just 200 copies. Now, 16 years later, it is available in wide release.

I love this book and how simple it is for kids to learn the life-cycle of an apple. It's such a great concept of the one word line on each page as you follow along. I love the illustrations on how original they are in black and white then the pop of red throughout the book. My kids love this book from my oldest who is a new reader to my youngest who lov…

Book Review: Cinderella and the Furry Slippers by Davide Cali

Davide Cali began his career in 1994 as a cartoon writer for the Italian magazine Linus. He began writing children's book in 2000, and since then has published twenty books for children. The first four of which he illustrated himself. His book Piano Pianorecieved a 2006 Bologna Ragazzi Special Award and the Switzerland Enfantaisies Prize. He is also a coauthor of I Can't Wait, winner of the 2005 Baobob Prize. He has also recieved the Belgium Libbylit Award, and France's SNCF award. His books have been published in France, Italy, and Austria, and translations of his book have published in eighteen countries.

Cinderella and the Furry Slippers is a modern version of the traditional tale of Cinderella. This poor girl, with the bad stepmother and the horrible sisters, dreams with the prince she sees in the magazines. When a ball is announced, she makes a call for a godmother and asks her for a dress as she has seen in a fashion magazine. From then on nothing in the book is as w…

Book Review: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka

Jon Scieszka was born in Flint, Michigan and he is the second-oldest of six boys. Jon thought about being a doctor and studied both Science and English at Albion College. He then went to earn his MFA in Fiction from Columbia University. Jon met Lane Smith through his wife and together they created A. Wolf's Tale. The two kept getting rejected because it was too dark and too sophisticated. Finally Regina Hayes an editor at Viking Books said she thought the story and the illustrations were funny. They changed the title to: The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs. It has sold over 3 million copies and has been translated into 14 different languages. Over the last 19 years, Jon and Lane have worked together on 8 picture books and 8 Time Warps. Jon's books have won a ton of awards and have sold over 11 million copies all around the world. Jon lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children.

You thought you knew the story of the "The Three Little Pigs." But you were wrong. I…

Book Review: Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein

Olivia Wildenstein grew up in New York City. She chose Brown University to complete her undergraduate studies and earned a bachelor's in comparative literature. After she designed jewelry she traded her tools for a laptop computer. When Olivia is not writing she's psychoanalyzing everyone she meets. Wildenstein lives her husband and three children in Switzerland.

Ancient secrets cannot remain buried forever. Founded two centuries ago by an aloof and powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly, so I rushed home. After we made preparations for Mom's burial, Cruz, the new medical examiner, arrived. He was unnervingly handsome, glowed like a human firefly, and knew absolutely nothing about examining dead bodies. But, he did know what killed my mother, or rather who. Find out in Rose Petal Graves by Olivia Wildenstein.

I tried so hard to get into this book. I wanted to like it…

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

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

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

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

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


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  

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

Book Review: Mine! by Susie Lee Jin

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

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…