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

What We Learned Our First Year Blogging + Giveaway

Lessons Learned Our First Year Blogging

Holy Cow! We’ve had a blog for one whole year!!! We can’t believe how far we have come in this first year of blogging. What started on a whim, Jackie and I literally thought up the idea and had it launched within a week, has turned into a passion project. We have loved getting to know our readers, exploring our city, and refining reading preferences over this past year. We wanted to share a little about what we have learned about blogging – both general tips and technical ones – and also celebrate with a giveaway for YOU! If you aren’t interested in the tips – scroll to the bottom for a chance to win one of the hottest new releases and a killer pair of earrings. Continue reading “What We Learned Our First Year Blogging + Giveaway”

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”

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Our Kids 17 Favorite Picture Books of 2017-8

Can Big Kids Enjoy the Please Touch Museum?

Please Touch Museum with older kidsWhen my oldest son started walking,  I joined the please touch museum.  We went ALL the time because the membership is amazing.  We had free access anytime with parking included.  It was an absolute savior for the cold winter days, the rainy spring and fall days and the too-hot-to-be-outside summer days.   We kept our membership for years and used it regularly.  However, when my oldest son went into second grade, we didn’t renew our membership.  I had the thought that it wouldn’t be good for older kids.  I don’t know what gave me that idea.  This year, it occurred to me that my now five-year-old daughter didn’t know what the please touch museum was! How could I let that happen?

I decided to go all out and not only bring her but, I got a new membership as well.  Not surprisingly, she LOVED it.  Fast forward to MLK day.  My kids were all home with me and my daughter was begging to go back to the please touch.  Could I bring my big boys? Would they like it? There was only one way to find out.  I ventured to the Please Touch Museum with all three of my kids. Continue reading “Can Big Kids Enjoy the Please Touch Museum?”