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Adult and Kid Must Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz

Alan Gratz's newest novel, Refugee, speaks to three generations of children seeking refuge across the world. The book covers cuba, the holocaust and syrian refugees and is absolutely a must read for children and adults alike.

My job as a mom is not just about caring for my child, making sure they eat their veggies and do their homework. Sure, cleanliness and proper nutrition are important – but the ultimate goal of any mom is to help our children grow into adults. What the world needs now is adults with empathy and compassion. But how do we teach our children to put themselves in the shoes of others? How do we teach them to understand the bigger picture? You see where I’m going right? Books have the unique ability to transport our children into uncomfortable and scary situations when they are still perfectly safe at home. Books like Refugee by Alan Gratz are crucial to raising kids with open minds and open hearts. Continue reading “Adult and Kid Must Read: Refugee by Alan Gratz”

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An Adventure to Longwood Garden with Chrysanthemum 

Longwood Gardens trip with moms and kids. Fountains, chrysanthemums, lily pads and more.

As Kirsten and I started to plan what to do with the kids on their day off of school, I started to get a little nostalgic.  I realized that this is the last year I will have these special days off with my daughter because next year she will be in  “big kid” school with her brothers.  We wanted to do something fun for the kids and for us as well.   When I mentioned to Kirsten that I had not been to Longwood Gardens  in 6 years, she knew immediately that this was the perfect place for an adventure with the kids.  It was a gorgeous day and it flew by too fast.

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The Bookish Box: Outlander Box Review

Looking for the Scoop on the latest The Bookish Box one-time box? We've unpacked the Outlander limited edition box and did a full review of all the goodies inside!

Since we have become active on Bookstagram, Jackie and I have seen more and more about subscription services based on books. There are services like the Book of the Month club (which we belong to) that offers the newest hottest books each month for discounted prices and there are services that send products based on your favorite books. These bookish product subscriptions come in all genres and price points. One that pops up frequently is The Bookish BoxWhen I saw that the Bookish Box was releasing a special edition Outlander box…well you know I had to have it. I decided that you Outlander fans may want to take a look at the goodies inside! Continue reading “The Bookish Box: Outlander Box Review”

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The War That Saved My Life & 16 Other Difficult Topic Tween Books

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubacker Bradley.

The War that Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley is a middle grade fiction that reached me on on emotional level.  I love this book and it is proof to me that book geared toward children can be smart, well -written and emotional while still being completely engaging. We’ve also crafted a list of 16 other emotional middle grade reads that cover subjects like displaced children, WWII and survivor stories. These stories can be hard to read at times, but are important topics to discussion with your child.
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Greatest Mysteries Ever Written

From Holmes to Morton to Bradley and King, we list the greatest mysteries of all time. Did we leave out any of your favorites? Let us know!

In honor of Halloween, Kirsten and I decided to put together a list of our favorite mysteries.  These are all books that we have read and loved.  Did we forget your favorite? Both Kirsten and I read and did not like “One for the Money” by Janet Evanovich.  There are a lot of people who love this series but for some reason, we do not.  We should also point out that there are some classics that we have left out like Mary Higgins Clark. We haven’t read anything by her and are not compelled too.  Also, both of us are too scared to read Silence of the Lambs and pretty much all Steven King. Therefore, we didn’t include them in the list of greatest mysteries. Continue reading “Greatest Mysteries Ever Written”