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Book Review: There Are Monsters Everywhere by Mercer Mayer

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Mercer Mayer began illustrating books in 1966. Since then he has published over 300 books. Most of the books happened when he was kid. Though now he writes about things happening now and with his own children. He was born in Arkansas in 1943. When he was 13 years old his family moved to Hawaii. When he moved to New York City  his wife and him started writing the Little Critters stories together.  In There Are Monsters Everywhere by Mercer Mayer about a kid who takes matters into his own hands with the monsters he finds everywhere. He learns karate which will empower kids to beat the monsters out of their house.  I had huge hopes for this story as I love books by Mercer Mayer. The illustrations that Mercer Mayer has created are amazing and so real life. It's like you are right there with the character in the book. The colors make it pop. My kids were rather bored though with the story line of this book. It seemed to drag on and it lost their attention rather quick. We will put thi…

Why I am Selling SeneGence

Hey everyone, so I decided to make the plunge to sell SeneGence. It's scary and it's out of my comfort zone but I am working hard on making it a success. I know what you are thinking because I have thought about it over and over the years. Another MLM...why....so I want to explain some things so you see why I made the plunge.

But first I need to explain who I am. I am twenty-nine years old and been married for eight amazing years. I have three children and I stay home with them. My only daughter Ginevera is six years old and started first grade this year. She is complete opposite of me in everything and we butt heads a lot. One of the things she is into is make-up. Being a girly girl and since she is my only daughter I kind of like that she is a girly girl. Then we have Miles who is four years old. He is a child who does things before he thinks of them. He has low-functioning autism and often is pretty aggressive when he is upset. Then our littlest son Mason who is two years o…

Summer Fun: Anniversary Trip

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So the weekend before our 8th wedding anniversary this year we took a couple days trip as a couple to reconnect as husband and wife. Raising three kids is hard and a lot of pressure. It takes hits at a marriage over and over. Then add of raising a special needs child really takes hits at a marriage. So we like to get away every couple of months to step away as a couple and reconnect to make our marriage relationship stronger. This year we were lucky in that Stephen's mom and my mom were willing to take the challenge of taking care of the kids this year. My husband planned our trip in where we went and where we are staying. We don't make anymore plans after that as we want to relax and not live on a strict schedule that we often live at home. So this year we went to our state's capital Topeka.

Our hotel was right by the state capital building and from our hotel balcony we could see it every single day. During the day we would relax in hotel or go around the city and find t…

Summer Fun: Church Memories

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We are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In other words Mormon or LDS. Every year our congestion has to things that take place. We have the Memorial Breakfast; which is usually outside at a park but it was raining. We didn't care. My kids loved the donuts they had this year. Yummy.  


Another common thing that takes place is the annual Stake swim party. We always go swimming with it every year. Of course this year was on the hottest day of the year. The kids loved it. I finally let Miles venture out on his own. He has gotten really good at keeping his head above water wearing his puddle jumper. Hopefully this year we will start swim lessons with him and Ginny. There is always a picnic afterwards. But we never stay because huge crowds, long line till food, and food that Miles won't like. So we go to McDonalds afterwards. 


Summer Fun: Batman Birthday Party

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I get so excited when Miles gets birthday invites. It's unusual that people want to try to invite a child with autism. Miles recieved a birthday invite from his friend Sammy from church. Sammy is only a month younger then Miles and is the complete opposite. But the boys get along really well. Miles loved the things he was able to bring home from the party. Also NO MELTDOWNS! Mommy and Daddy didn't have to stay either. YAHOO!

Summer Fun: Playing Games

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Lately I have been able to get a lot of games for my kiddos. The picture up top is a sight word game. The kids love it. It's where Ginny can refresh on her sight words and learn her first grade sight words. Where Miles can start learning his sight words. What's even better is that they play together and help each other. Win Win.



Another favorite this summer is playing connect four. The kids really enjoy it though they really don't understand the rules. And it always ends up in a meltdown. Miles usually takes over the game and plays both colors for each other. We will get it hopefully soon. Wish us luck.


Goals

Goals.
That simple word puts a slight hesitation in me. Is it because when I make a goal it makes me nervous. Will I be able to make the goal a reality. Will I fall short like every single time. Sigh, but everyone makes goals. It's been shoved into our heads since we were in kindergarten. Who do you want to become and where are you going. You need to make goals for life. But no one can tell you how to keep those simple goals. You make short term goals and long term goals. But, we all do it in some way. We all forget about those goals no matter how hard we try. Goals. I want to scratch each goal off and say. I did it, I accomplished something that I have been wanting to do for a long time. So...here I am once again making new goals.

Goal 1: I want to ENJOY my kids. 

Goal 2: I want to be HEALTHY! 

Goal 3: I don't want to STRESS about how my house looks every day. 

Goal 4: I want to TEACH my children. 

Goal 5: Keep the LOVE alive in my marriage. 

Goal 6: Keep LEARNING about the world. 


Book Review: Potbellied Pigs by Natalie Lunis

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Natalie Lunis is a published author and editor of children's books. Some of her published credits include How We Use Electricity, Deadly Widows, Prickly Sea Stars, and Crawling Crabs. 

In Potbellied Pigs (Peculiar Pets) by Natalie Lunis is a non-fiction children's book about potbellied pigs. They are clean, intelligent, and fun-loving pets. They can even be trained to do tricks and walk on a leash. A potbellied pig might be unusual choice for an animal companion, but love comes in all kinds of packages. How can kids find out whether a pig is the right pet for them?

My daughter Ginny checked this out from her school library. It's always interesting to me on what type of books she chooses to check out. She obviously went for this book because of the amazing cover. What kid wouldn't want to pick up a book with a pig holding a phone in its mouth. Though I highly doubt my kids would know that is a phone. I really enjoyed reading this book with my kids. The pictures are rea…

Book Review: The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss

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Ruth Krauss was born July 25th, 1901, in Baltimore, Maryland. She began writing and illustrating her own stories when she was a child. Ruth left high school her sophomore year to focus on art. She enrolled in Maryland Institue for Promotion of the Mechanic Arts. Though she left a year later. She then worked at a girls camp, Camp Walden in Maine where she discover her love for writing. Her first piece of writing was in the yearbook 1919. Ruth dropped out in 1921 after her father past away to work office jobs. When her mother died in 1927 she enrolled at Parsons School of Design in New York. She graduated in 1929 right at the beginning of the Great Depression. Two books that Krauss wrote were runner-ups for the Caldecott Medal; The Happy Day (1950), and A Very Special House (1954). She was honored in the New Yorker cover illustrations for September 27th, 1993 from her book A Hole is to Dig.  In The Growing Story by Ruth Krauss is a simple beginning grows a story that celebrates little …

Book Review: Let's Get Ready for Reading: A Guide to Help Kids Become Readers by Public Library

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In Let's Get Ready for Reading: A Guide to Help Kids Become Readers by Public Library illustrates how parents and caregivers can foster a love of reading from the time a baby is born. Whether it's listening to the rhythmic cadence of chants and nursery rhymes, looking at brightly colored pictures, or listening to stories, children learn to associate reading with the warm and happy experience of spending time with a parent, grandparent, or caregiver. Filled with rhymes, songs, and games it provides tons of suggestions to engage children. A look at development milestones help parents adapt strategies to the age of the child, while dozens of recommended books take out the guesswork during the next visit to the library or bookstore.


This book is really great for parents who want to know where to go with their toddlers. It helps parents find ways to use rhymes, songs, and games that will get their child reading for the next step of learning how to read. It also gives lots of sugge…

Book Review: Chicka Chicka ABC by Bill Martin., Jr.

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Bill Martin Jr. is one of America's favorite children's author. He wrote for almost 60 years. He was the author of the classic text Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?, which was illustrated by his friend Eric Carle. He was elected into the the Reading Hall of Fame by International Literacy Association. Bill Martin lived the last 11 years of his life in Commerce, Texas. A Kansas native, Bill graduated with a teaching certificate from Emporia State University (Go HORNETS!). He taught in Kansas and then was an elementary school principal in Chicago. In 1961, He moved to New York City where he worked with Holt, Rinehart and Winston, where he developed the literature-based reading programs Sounds of Language and The Instant Readers. He left the company seven years later and started his career of writing children's books and a consultant to teachers. He moved to Texas in 1993. He passed away in 2004.

John Archambault is a poet, journalist, and storyteller who worked with …

Book Review: Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert

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Lois Ehlert has created numerous bestselling picture books, including Chica Chica Boom Boom, Holey Moley, The Scraps Book, Mice, Ten Little Caterpillars, RRRalph, Lots of Spots, Boo to You!, Leaf Man, Waiting for Wings, Planting a Rainbow, Growing Vegetable Soup, and Color Zoo, which recieved a Caldecott Honor. She lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Eating the Alphabet by Lois Ehlert is about teaching upper and lowercase letters to preschoolers. The author introduces fruits and vegetables from around the world. At the end of the book there is interesting facts about each food.  I usually love Lois Ehlert books, but I was really disappointed in this book. As it was slow and some of the letters were forced using fruits and vegetables. I was hoping that it wasn't forced in a lot of it. My kids really enjoyed the the illustrations of the book and I liked how life like they look with the look of textures on every page. If you don't mind the force letters of the alphabet check this boo…

Book Review: Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos

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Samantha R. Vamos was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Though she grew up on the East Coast and attended Georgetown University Law Center. She has written, Before You Were Here, Mi Amor which was inspired by the birth of her sister's first child. The book, The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred, popped into her head while she cooked. Alphabet Trains by Samantha R. Vamos is about a train ride through the alphabet. Whether chugchug-chugging up a moutainside in an Incline train or zipping at super speed in a Bullet train, trains will get you where you need to be -A to Z!  I really wanted to like this book. I love books that go through the alphabet because it teaches kids words connected to each letter but it also helps them learn the letters in order. This book is really good and really wonderful illustrations. The bad part is the words and vocabulary is high for the kids who love alphabet books. My kids were bored really quickly as the words just went over their heads. It did not keep…

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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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Name: Miles
Year: 2017
Age: 4 years old

What is your favorite thing to do? 
Play outside

Do you have nicknames?
Miles

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? 
Pizza

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

Favorites:
   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

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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…