Our Kids 17 Favorite Picture Books of 2017-8

Essential Oils for Your Every Day Life

I have been interested in essential oils for a while and wondered if I would be able to use them in my every day life.  I have heard great things about how essential oils can help in so many ways. I was interested in how I could make my house smell better without burning chemicals (AKA candles).  I hoped to make healthier beauty products and cleaning products and hoped I could find natural ways to help growing pains and soothe muscle aches. When we came up with our 2018 Reading Challenge, it was the perfect opportunity to give it a try.  I did a lot of research into which book to buy, which oils to buy and how I wanted to use my oils.

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Our Kids 17 Favorite Picture Books of 2017-8

February 2018 Book Challenge – #OWNvoices books

February Reading Challenge #OWNvoicesThis month, our book challenge is to read a book from #OWNvoices.  In case you are not familiar with this movement, #OWNvoices is a hashtag that was created by Corine Duyvis to recognize books with authors and protagonists that share the same marginalized identity.  So for example, if a person who is autistic writes a book about someone who is autistic, that is #OWNvoices. Originally, the hashtag only referred to children’s/ middle grade books but it has since been used for adult books as well.  We live is such a multicultural society that I am happy to see more diverse books become available.

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Our Kids 17 Favorite Picture Books of 2017-8

The Underground Railroad and 11 Other Books to Read During Black History Month

Colton Whitehead the underground railroad book review

I loved the book The Underground Railroad.  I read it before it won the National Book Award and The Pulitzer Prize! It is an eye-opening, profound, and wonderful book that I feel should be compulsory reading in every high school across the country. The events depicted are so pertinent to today’s society and are a reminder of the brutal history of this country.

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Our Kids 17 Favorite Picture Books of 2017-8

Greatest Love Stories of All Time

Greatest Love Stories

Valentine’s Day is a holiday that perpetuates the sales of cards and chocolate.  The chocolate that nobody wants and forces you to negate your entire new year’s resolution to eat fewer sweets.  In honor of this holiday, we have something that is entirely less fattening and much better for your health- reading.  You can even go so far as to read while exercising but don’t worry, we won’t judge if you do.  Continue reading “Greatest Love Stories of All Time”