When your kids are babies, you constantly hear about the benefits of reading aloud to them. From increased vocabulary to parent-child bonding, reading aloud is an important part of their early years. When my kids were young, we, like most parents, had a bedtime routine that consisted of brushing teeth, putting on pajamas, enjoying a
I’m not so much a social gal. I mean, I do volunteer at school and have a great time chatting with fellow parents. And I have been known to occupy a chair at Starbucks across from a friend for a few hours at a clip, sometimes weekly. But I’m not much of a night-out-with-friends person.
I’m never sure about guest posting… but sometimes I am sent an article that just really speaks to me. When this email arrived in my box I was actually just in the middle of a bit of an anxiety issue over trying to schedule myself. Being a busy stay-at-home mom is one thing during the
For almost as long as my kids could hold books themselves, they have been part of the Summer Reading Program at the Madison Public Library. Each year, they mark off the number of minutes read each week on the tracking sheet (some years our summer reading was better than others…), and happily head off to the library to
I’m sure by now you’ve noticed the delightful addition to Facebook in honor of Harry Potter. If you haven’t, I’ll quickly sum it up: type “Harry Potter,” “Gryffindor,”‘Ravenclaw,” “Hufflepuff,” or “Slytherin” into a status update and click on the word for a lovely little surprise. It’s just one of the online celebrations of the 20th
Ok, I have a question for you. Be honest here. How many of you kept a journal of your kids’ baby years, detailing their height and weight at each doctor visit, their reactions to trying sweet potatoes for the first time, and where you were when they said their first words? None of you? I though so! We
Rufus Goes to Sea was written by Kim T. Griswell. It was illustrated by Valeri Gorbachev. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. About the book: Ahoy—Pirate Pig on board! What does a book-loving pig like Rufus do when school’s out for summer?
Talk about a slow reading month for me! I think I only read 1 book… and I’m not even finished with it. I have to admit… it’s kind of embarrassing for me. I mean. 1 book? There were a few months I read 1 (or 2) DOZEN books. Sigh. We’ll blame it on holiday busy-ness
4 books? I only read 4 books in November? That number would seem REALLY wrong if I didn’t have a list of 13 other books I was supposed to also have read by now. I do have to say… these 4 books were all fabulous. I loved every one of them. If you could only
I’ve gotten “stuck” on a box set of romances that I just can’t move on from. It’s really put me embarrassingly behind on the book reviews that I have (over)due for the book tour groups I’m a part of. I’m surprised they haven’t kicked me out. There are seriously about a dozen other books I