Father's Day Picture Book

Holidays seem to sneak up on me. How is that possible when they come around the same time every year? Oh, that's right. Life!

Well, if you are looking for a great book to describe the dad in your life, look no further than When Dads Don't Grow Up written by Marjorie Blaine Parker and illustrated by R.W. Alley.

While reading this book, I was silently nodding my head in agreement. My husband can be mature when he wants, but when he's playing with the kiddos his age drops drastically low. That's alright. The kids will remember when Kevin played with them, laughed with them, and laughed at them.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads who take time to be a big kid and play with their kiddos. You are making a positive impact on your children.


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School Book Fair Finds

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Our home library is brimming with books, but I can't refuse when the kids ask for books from the school book fair. Of course, I put in my two cents about what book they should get. Ultimately, it's their decision.

Javen chose a picture book. He's been reading chapter books but didn't find his preferred series. The Legend of Rock, Paper, Scissors by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by Adam Rex, makes him laugh every time he reads it. Good find! 

Pierce received a shark book for Christmas. It didn't stop him from picking out another shark book. He is obsessed with ocean animals right now, and I love his desire to gulp up knowledge. This book came with three toy sharks. It may have swayed his decision.

Alayna chose a PJ Masks book. Honestly, I was a little surprised. There were so many options for her age range, but she went with PJ Masks Make Friends! She has seen the cartoon, and being familiar with the story put this book in the buy pile.

Where do you buy kid's books? My favorites are Half Price Books, Amazon, School Book Fairs, and garage sales.

Happy Reading.


What I'm Reading Right Now: War Storm

The Red Queen series has been an intense ride. The first book of the series by Victoria Aveyard has been the best out of the four books thus far. Right now I'm eating up the last installment, War Storm. The journey from one book to the next is less and less intense, but still captivating. Even though I'm only in the first few chapters of War Storm, the book seems to hedge on the right to love whomever you want instead of fighting for freedom which the series started out projecting with enthusiasm.

I'm all for love stories thrown into the mix of an epic war-torn story. However, for this last book to focus more on the infatuations of young love rather than the civil war seems a bit odd. I'm hoping that the author will bring it around full circle. Will slavery be abolished and civil rights granted to all? We will see.

Happy reading,


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A Summer Running Challenge

There are some people who run, and those who don’t. Personally, I’m a yogi and HIIT kind of girl.

This past semester our boys took to running. They love it. Their school participated in Kids on the Go! The goal is to get kids to run the length of a marathon by the end of the semester. The kids run the last mile in front of their friends and family at a local high school.

Javen ran 100 miles, and Pierce ran 45 miles! Wow! Not bad for a third grader and a kindergartner. Javen won the Golden Shoe Award for his outstanding effort and running more miles than anyone else in the school. Both boys received medals for their amazing effort.

My husband never backs down from a challenge and wants to keep the running spirit alive over the summer. As a result, Javen and Kevin will see who can reach 100 miles over the span of June and July. The winner gets a Fitbit or activity tracker of their choice.

I’m so proud of their accomplishments.

I’ll be on the mat if anyone needs me.

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How Do You Take Your Coffee?

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First of all, you have to put something good in it. That’s what one friend told my husband when he offered her a cup of coffee. I have to agree.

About a year and a half ago, I started cutting out milk and other dairy products. (I still have trouble letting go of cheese.) At that time, I also started drinking coffee. The problem was that it didn’t taste good black. Hello? Who wants to drink bitter water? Sorry, honey. I know that’s how you drink your coffee.

Since milk was out, I opted for a newfound beverage. Did you know they make chocolate almond milk? Also, affectionately referred to at our house as chocolate nut juice. The best cafe mocha takes two ingredients. Equal parts coffee and chocolate almond milk. Heat it up for about 30 seconds, and you have a delicious hot beverage that will save you a boatload of money and calories.

So, how do you take your coffee? Do you put anything good in it?