The Movie Star And Me

The Movie Star And Me -- The Movie Star and Me by Kelly Durham

Series: Frank Russell-Pacific Pictures
Paperback: 410 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (June 1, 2016)
Language: English

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I really enjoy reading books written from a historical frame of reference, fiction or non-fiction. Set during World War II, The Movie Star and Me by Kelly Durham, is an interesting read about one man’s brief experience on the front lines of battle resulting in an injury that sends him back stateside to California where he must re-assimilate into American civilian society and try to figure out what he plans to do with his life, personally and professionally.

I like to read before bedtime, so I always have a small stack of books on the nightstand that I am currently reading. I can get bored easily, so I am always reading at least 2-3 books at any given time. It’s saying a lot that during the time I was reading this book that it was my first choice of reading material just about every night until I finished reading it…. [read more]

Cure Summer Time Blues

Cure The Summer Time Blues

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The Summer time is almost coming to an end and my son is suffering from cabin fever. “I’m bored” has been the statement heard around these parts lately, so today I decided to brighten things up a bit. I recently found a fun personalized book from Lost My Name Book and ordered it for my kiddo. Once it came in the mail, I waited for just the right time to give it to him!

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National Coloring Day: Creative and Fun Gifts for Children

National Coloring Day Creative and Fun Gifts For Children

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I love the extra time I get to spend with my son during the summer. We always have a blast outside playing baseball, riding bikes, blowing bubbles, and inventing new games to play. He’s got lots of energy to burn and loves being active.

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Lose Yourself In Paris With This YA Read

Lose Yourself In Paris With This YA Read - One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank

Series: Blink
Paperback: 352 pages
Publisher: Blink (June 7, 2016)
Language: English

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Summer time is the perfect time for teens and young adults to spend some time away from school and online social media. I love social media, but sometimes it can get a little claustrophobic for me. You know what I mean? I love a good book that I can snuggle down into the couch with and be transported into the pages to a whole new world…. [read more]

YA Thriller Read For Your Armchair Vacay

YA Thriller Read For Your Armchair Vacay - With Malice by Eileen Cook

Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers (June 7, 2016)
Language: English

If you are a fan of Young Adult fiction (or know a young adult who is), pick up a copy of With Malice by Eileen Cook. This is one twisty, turn-y thriller of a read that will excite book lovers. This plot had me wide-eyed with surprise at every turn. I love a book that can do that!

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The Joy of Less

Chicken Soup for the Soul The Joy of Less by Amy Newmark

Series: Chicken Soup for the Soul
Paperback: 400 pages
Publisher: Chicken Soup for the Soul (April 19, 2016)
Language: English

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Chicken Soup for the Soul: The Joy of Less: 101 Stories about Having More by Simplifying Our Lives by Amy Newmark, with Brooke Burke-Charvet, came into my life at just the perfect time. Four years ago a tornado destroyed my family’s home, sucking up and spiriting away many of our belongings in the process. Much of what was left became water-logged due to the several days of rain that followed. We acted fast and were able to salvage a few dozen plastic totes and some trash bags full of possessions and a few pieces of heavy furniture that escaped the F3 tornado winds and the huge tree that was uprooted and catapulted through my kitchen. Our home, 2,200+ square feet worth of living space filled with personal possessions was suddenly, abruptly reduced to about the size of a couple of storage units. [read more]

Get A Taste Of The Gulf Coast

Get A Taste Of The Gulf Coast - LuLu's Kitchen Taste Of The Gulf Cook Book by Lucy Buffett

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Life & Style (April 26, 2016)
Language: English

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For years, when I was in grade school, my family lived in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. I loved having all the seafood and the taste of the Gulf at our fingertips. Po Boys, crab, shrimp, and crab boils are all good eats to me.

The thing that I miss the most not being near the Gulf Coast is the desserts. I miss the real Key Lime Pie with Grand Marnier whipped cream that is made fresh in so many local places there. Another dessert that I love to indulge in when I am in Florida is Banana pudding with Nilla Wafers. I am not sure what it is that makes the banana pudding so good when I am visiting the Gulf Coast area, but it is a favorite of the whole family…. [read more]

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa

Hardcover: 32 pages
Publisher: Grand Ventures LLC (April 4, 2016)
Language: English

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My six year old loves to read right before we lay him down to sleep. It is part of our nightly routine that has helped scare away the night time terrors and fears of the dark. Since it is almost time to be outside camping I decided to add this book to our repertoire.  The Adventures of Camp Nana Papa by author Donnie Cranfill, with illustrations from Jeffrey Ebbler, is book one in a new series centering around two young children who are excited to visit and spend time with their grandparents at Camp Nana Papa. I don’t know about you, but my son also enjoys time with his grandparents. We all love being outdoors enjoying the world around us. This book encourages and fits with our country lifestyle and love of camping…. [read more]

Inspiring Strategic Thinking in Young Children

Inspiring Strategic Thinking in Young Children

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My son became a preschooler this year and so much has changed! He is full of questions as he explores the world around him. At preschool, he soaks up everything like a sponge and is always hungry to learn something new.

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Easy Farm-Fresh Cooking For Your Family

Easy Farm-Fresh Cooking For Your Family - This Book Cooks Cookbook

Paperback: 275 pages
Publisher: Artichoke Publishers; 1 edition (June 1, 2015)
Language: English

Beauty Brite DisclosureI love cooking new and interesting recipes for my family. It is so easy to get into a rut when it comes to preparing dinners, especially since my kids have after-school activities and my extended family is experiencing some pretty tough emotional times lately. There are certain meals that are go-to crowd pleasers in my house — tacos, my homemade lasagna, parmesan crusted chicken and Papa Murphy’s take-and-bake pizza to name a few. But, sometimes, we all crave a little variety at the dinner table, am I right?!… [read more]