Dogerella Book Review

Dogerella Book Review

A Book Review by Emmy This is Emmy’s book review of the book Dogerella by Maribeth Boelts (48 pages, 2008) *Parents note- This book is an example on why it is a great idea to allow children to pick books that suite their liking, as this would not be a book I would have picked, thinking there would be more fluff than value. However, Emmy really enjoyed this book and we kept it for 2 checkout cycles from the library. Books like these keep children interested in reading and after it was said…

Hands on Learning

Hands on Learning

Earth’s Layers For school recently we have been learning about the Earth’s layers and I thought it would be fun to do some hands on learning along with the reading, so we made mini Earths out of homemade dough. To make the dough you will need 2 cups of all purpose flour, 1 cup of salt, 1 cup of water and food coloring in blue, green, red and yellow. Mix the flour, salt and water until you get a dough consistency and then separate into 4 separate pieces. Once that is done,…

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

Ivan the Terrier Book Review

A book review by Elijah  This is Elijah’s (word by word) book review of the book Ivan the Terrier by Peter Catalanotto (32 pages, 2007)  “I like this book because every time they try to tell a story this dog keeps coming and going ruff ruff ruff ruff ruff (laughs). I also like this book because after the 3 pigs and the big bad wolf, an old lady baked the gingerbread boy for her husband and then Ivan scared the pants off the cat (All the kids are laughing). He eats…

Beware of The Storybook Wolves Book Review

Beware of The Storybook Wolves Book Review

A Book Review By Landen This is Landen’s (word by word) book review of the book Beware of The Storybook Wolves by Lauren Child (32 pages, 2012).  “I like the book because the characters come out, especially the Fairy Godmother because she says she wants to turn the little boy into a caterpillar and the wolf in the dress is SO funny. The funniest part is this part at the end, with the caterpillar trying to scare the little girl. I think Derrick, Cain, Marshall, Alexa, Abby (some of his friends)…

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum book review

Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum book review

A book review by Emmy This is Emmy’s (word by word) book review of the book Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum by Lisa Wheeler (32 pages, 2004). “I like Bubble Gum, Bubble Gum so much because they are “rhymey” and the sentences are silly, like this one… Along comes a shrew… A bad mood shrew, a bad mood, how rude! Tough dude shrew. (reading from the book) My favorite part is about the big bottom bear (giggles)! I think kids, like until they are 10, will like this book, and grown-ups will like…

Kids and Chores

Kids and Chores

Kids and chores can be a touchy subject for parents. Should my kids do chores? If so, what kind of chores? Should children be paid or should chores be just a normal part of living? Many think that chores should be expected with no reward, others think allowance (monetary or otherwise) for chores is the best option, and others believe that kids should be kids, not forcing chores on their children at all. I personally view chores and school as a child’s “job”, and just as parents have jobs which they…

Easter Cupcakes

Easter Cupcakes

These Easter cupcakes were a hit but I will go on the record and say that I am not a fabulous baker, I would like to be, but I am not. I can follow a recipe but I can’t just “Martha Stewart” some awesome tart with folded in blood oranges. Cakes frighten me because I haven’t mastered the “how to’s” of icing and it looks more like a blob. Not to mention that my family and I try not to eat too much sugar, though we love making special occasions…

Easy Easter Bark

Easy Easter Bark

We all want things to look nice and I really appreciate the time people put into many of the things that I see on places like Pinterest. Of course many of them are so over the top, I mean there are preschool treat bags that took more time, money and effort to create, then many people put into their wedding favors. Personally, I am for things being appealing but on the easier side of things and that is where my easy Easter bark comes in! You really couldn’t ask for an…

Confetti Eggs for Easter

Confetti Eggs for Easter

My oldest and middle child are only 50 weeks apart, in fact my second born was due on my first born’s birthday, but I had to be induced and that “awesomeness” wasn’t to be. Sometimes their birthdays are right after Easter, depending on when it falls, and for a preschool birthday party one year I bought some discounted confetti eggs for Easter as party favors. I purchased a couple cartons of eggs that were a dozen eggs each, made with actual egg shells and filled with confetti, to be thrown or…

Easter Egg Rainbow

Easter Egg Rainbow

With Easter approaching dyeing eggs is always on a parent’s mind and it tends to sneak up on us. A few years ago I tried some alternative methods, you can see those here, and kept coming across the graphic to the left, an Easter egg rainbow. I really wanted to try them ALL but I just couldn’t find the time. Last year (2015) I finally decided to give it a try and I loved the colors, of course half way through I wondered what mad person had talked me into this idea,…