Thanksgiving Books for Kids

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

I love reading holiday books to my kids. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to read books on gratitude and celebrating Thanksgiving. Here are some of my favorite children's books for Thanksgiving.


 

Karma Wilson's bear books are one of our favorites. My kids love the rhymes and the animals in these books. In this book, Bear says thanks by having a nice dinner with all of his friends. To learn more about Bear Says Thanks, click here.





Llama, Llama books are wonderful for babies and toddlers. Llama shares what he is thankful for in simple, easy-to-understand rhyme. Learn more about Llama Llama Gives Thanks, by clicking here.





The Berenstain Bears books are great for preschoolers and kids going to school. In The Berenstain Bears and The Prize Pumpkin,  Papa Bear becomes obsessed with growing a 1st prize pumpkin and forgets to be thankful for the things around him. To learn more, click here.


 What are some of your favorite children's books on Thanksgiving?


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Things to Do in Boise: Week of November 20 - November 26, 2017

Monday, November 20, 2017

It's the week of Thanksgiving and there are a couple of things to do in Boise this week:

  • Monday, November 20, 2017: Toddletales at the Main Library from 10:30-11 am. Storytime for toddlers 2-3. Click here for more details. 
  • Monday, November 20, 2017: Veterans Housing Outreach at the Main Library from 10:30 am -12 pm. Learn about housing and medical care opportunities for veterans. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, November 20, 2017: Family Storytime and Craft Night at the Main Library from 7-7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, November 20, 2017: Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at the Main Library. Click here for more information.
  • November 21-27, 2017: St. Al's Festival of Trees from 10 am -9 pm (except Thanksgiving  2pm-9 pm) at the Boise Centre. Includes various performances, scavenger hunt, North Pole village and more. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Tinkertots at the Main Library from 10:30 -11 am. Enjoy a story and playtime. For ages 0-5. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Tasty Tales at Guru Donuts at 10 and 10:30 am. Come bring your kids to listen to a free storytime. For more information, click here
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 2-2:30 pm. Fun for ages 3-5 years old. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Library Pokemon League at the Main Library from 4-5:30 pm. Come battle it out with other Pokemon fans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Bogus Basin 75 years at Main Library from 7 to 8 pm. Here the history of Bogus Basin! Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday, November 21, 2017: Fit and Fall Proof Class at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 10:30 -11:30 am. Work on simple exercises to increase your balance and strength. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Toddle Tales Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, count and more! For ages 2-3. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Listen to stories and learn math for ages 3-5. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Bloomin Babies Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Music and Movement at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 10:30 -11 am. Come sing and dance to music. For ages 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Storytime at Library! at Collister from 10:30-11 am. Listen to stories and more! Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Tiny Explorers at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Explore, learn and play at the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Mid-day Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at Library! at Cole & Ustick. Come relax and meditate. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Stitch Niche at Library! at Bown Crossing from 1-2 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet and stitch projects to the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Teens Weekly Meet-up from 3:30-4:45 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Enjoy a variety of fun activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Geeks and Gizmos from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Enjoy science and technology activities from legos to robots. For ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • November 22, 24, 25: Steelheads Hockey vs. Allen Americans at Centurylink Stadium starting at 7:10 pm. Click here to order tickets. 
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Weekly on Wednesday at Library! at Collister from 4-5pm. Learn from a variety of themes and activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017: Wild Card Wednesdays at Library! at Bown Crossing. Ages 6-12 are welcome to have fun at the library and enjoy arts and crafts, robots, presenters and more. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 23, 2017: Turkey Day Run at 8:30 am in Downtown Boise. Click here for more information.
  • November 23 - January 1, 2017: Winter Garden aGlow from 6-8 pm at the Idaho Botanical Garden. See the Idaho Botanical Garden glow with over 300+ lights. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 10-11 am. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Babies Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Music and Movement from 10:30-11 am at the Library! at Main. Dance and have fun with music for ages, 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Play and Learn time from 10:30-11:30 am at Library! at Collister for ages 0-4. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Tots and Toddlers from 11-11:30 am at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Afterschool Adventures at Library! at Hilcrest from 4-5 pm. Kids from kindergarten to 6th grades are invited to join fun science experiments, book themed parties and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Lego Club at Library! at Bown Crossing. Come build with legos. For kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 24, 2017: Wizards World Club at Library! at Main from 4-5 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Capital City Public Market from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on 8th St. - Main to State Streets. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, November 25, 2017 - Boise Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm at the Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove St. Click here for more information.   

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, November 17, 2017

Today only you can download a coupon for download your coupon for 1 FREE Mist TWST (2-liter, any variety) (you must have an online account and store card registered). The coupon is good at Kroger and Kroger Affiliates (Smith's, Fred Meyer, City Market, Dillon, Fry's, Kinger Sooper, etc) and must be redeemed by Sunday, December 3. Click here for more details.

JORD Watch Review, Sale, Discount Code and Giveaway

Thursday, November 16, 2017


JORD watch sent me a watch to review. I don't wear watches a lot, but lately I am finding I need a watch more and more as our schedules get busier. When I received the JORD watch in the mail, I was amazed at the care that went into the packaging. The watch came in a wooden box that my son instantly grabbed, claimed and stowed away in his room for his treasures. There was also a cleaning cloth and preserving oil included. The watch itself is the finest watch I've ever seen.The wood work is well done, smooth, simple and elegant. It's beautiful. The clasp in the back is also easy to work and doesn't pop open unexpectedly. My husband was even impressed with the watch and was amazed that the company sent it to me for a blog post! I have seen a lot of bloggers post about these watches, seen a lot of  social media traffic on JORD watches and now I know why! The quality and craftsmanship on these watches are amazing. The prices range from $139 to $429. My readers can also save an additional 25% off with the code, "lifeiswhatitscalled." You can also have the opportunity to win a giveaway for a $100 credit by clicking here. 

You can also check out JORD watches Black Friday sale now, by clicking here. If you click on this link and then click five times on the words "Black Friday" in the title that says, "The Holiday Season Has Begun Black Friday," the page will change and the savings increase where you can save up to $125 off. Please note that the Black Friday savings will not work with the promo code, "lifeiswhatitscalled" for 25% off.


Ladies Wood Watch


Wood Watches by JORD




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The Darkest Summer Blog Tour

Wednesday, November 15, 2017




The Darkest Summer, set in the stormy summer of 1816, tells a regency version of the mythological tale of Hades and Peresphone. Cora's (Peresphone) life runs according to her mother's plan and expectations. Cora dreams of freedom and becomes fascinated with the dark Duke of Blackdale. When her mother forbids further association with the Duke, the Duke takes matters into his own hands and kidnaps Cora. Cora faces a scandal and must decide what her future holds.

When I was first started reading, The Darkest Summer, I found it interesting that this novel followed the mythological tale of Hades kidnapping Peresphone. Sarah Eden's novel, Seeking Peresphone, also does a regency version of this tale. It was also interesting that the male protagonist was also named Adam like in Sarah Eden's novel. I looked up the name Adam in relation to Hades and according to the New World Encyclopedia, Hades was derived from Adam since he was the first to enter the land of the dead. Besides those two similarities, The Darkest Summer and Seeking Peresphone greatly differ in style, plot and characters. Adam in The Darkest Summer actually kidnaps the heroine, Cora, exactly like Hades kidnapping Peresphone in the Greek Myth. The kidnapping of Cora seems odd for a character whom the author tries to build up as a nice guy that cares about his servants, takes care of his family and past regiment, and is trying desperately to not be like his own abusive father. I think Hades is also known to take great care in his own realm, the underworld. It's hard to sympathize with a man that takes away someone else's freedom and to see him as a hero instead of a villain. The Hades and Peresphone myth is not an easy romance and it's hard to see it play out in a novel form. I wasn't sure if I liked Adam and most of the other characters in most of the novel, however, if Adam represents Hades and the other characters represent other mythological figures maybe I should be uncertain as to their likability. The Greek Gods weren't a very likable bunch. The more I think about the characters and the plot of the story the more depth there is to the book. Adam loses one brother to the sea like Hades brother, Poseidon. His other brother is married and has frequent affairs similar to Zeus. Cora means maiden and enjoys caring for plants like Peresphone. Cora's mother owns a vast farm and land similar to Demeter. The Darkest Summer should be a great book for a book club discussion. To learn more about The Darkest Summer, click here (and for a limited time get it for your kindle for only .99).



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Blog Tour:
11.13.2017 - Heidi Robbins
11.14.2017 - Mel's Shelves
11.14.2017 - Katie's Clean Book Collection
11.15.2017 - Life is What It's Called, Robyn Echols Books
11.16.2017 - Bookworm Lisa, Singing Librarian Books
11.17.2017 - Min Reads and Reviews, Wishful Endings
11.18.2017 - Blooming with Books, LDS and Lovin' It
11.19.2017 - Rockin' Book Reviews
11.19 - 11.20.2017 - (Review and Interview) Jorie Loves a Story
11.20.2017 - Literary Time Out
11.21.2017 - Books are Sanity, My Book a Day

For a limited time, you can get the promotional prequella, The Darkest Hour, for free. When Lady Hester learns that her brother, the Duke of Blackdale, survived the Battle of Waterloo. She rushes to his side with the Reverend Gilcrest as an escort. Lady Hester is resolved to keep her brother alive and her to keep her greatest secret buried - that she is in love with the Reverend Gilcrest. Will she able to?To get your free copy of The Darkest Hour, click here.

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Reference:
Hades in Relation to Adam: http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Hades

If You Give a Moose A Muffin Learning Activities

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

I usually do a learning time on the days my son doesn't have preschool. We did a muffin counting activity based on the "More" Game in Sally Moomaw's book, More Than Counting: Math Activities for Preschool and Kindergarten. I didn't have the exact counters that were mentioned in the book, but I had muffin counters from the Learning Resources Mini Muffin Match Up. Since I used muffin counters for the math game, I decided to make the rest of the learning activities based on muffins.

We read If You Give a Moose a Muffinby Laura Numeroff and made muffins. The kids had fun measuring out the ingredients for muffins and mixing the ingredients together. I looked online for other preschool activities about muffins, but then decided to make some of my own.















I created worksheets: prewriting and matching the picture with the letter the it starts with.














I also created a color muffin match game where my kids could match the "muffin tops" to the "muffin bottoms."














We also created an M with moose antlers. This was on a few other sites. I just quickly cut out antlers and an M for them to glue on a piece of paper. My son added arms and other things to his picture.

What learning activities do you like to do?

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Things to Do in Boise - Week of November 13 - November 19, 2017

Monday, November 13, 2017

Are you looking for fun things to do in Boise this week? Check out this listing of events:

  • Monday, November 13, 2017: Toddletales at the Main Library from 10:30-11 am. Storytime for toddlers 2-3. Click here for more details. 
  • Monday, November 13, 2017: Veterans Housing Outreach at the Main Library from 10:30 am -12 pm. Learn about housing and medical care opportunities for veterans. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, November 13, 2017: Family Storytime and Craft Night at the Main Library from 7-7:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, November 13, 2017: Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at the Main Library. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Tinkertots at the Main Library from 10:30 -11 am. Enjoy a story and playtime. For ages 0-5. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Tasty Tales at Guru Donuts at 10 and 10:30 am. Come bring your kids to listen to a free storytime. For more information, click here
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 2-2:30 pm. Fun for ages 3-5 years old. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Library Pokemon League at the Main Library from 4-5:30 pm. Come battle it out with other Pokemon fans. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Baby Bownders at the Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come listen to baby storytime. Great for ages 0-2. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Bogus Basin 75 years at Main Library from 7 to 8 pm. Here the history of Bogus Basin! Click here for more information.  
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Fit and Fall Proof Class at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 10:30 -11:30 am. Work on simple exercises to increase your balance and strength. Click here for more information.
  • Tuesday, November 14, 2017: Dinner and a Book at Library! at Collister and Cole & Ustick. Enjoy dinner and a story. Registration limited. Click here for more information.  
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Toddle Tales Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, count and more! For ages 2-3. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Listen to stories and learn math for ages 3-5. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Bloomin Babies Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Music and Movement at Library! at Cole & Ustick from 10:30 -11 am. Come sing and dance to music. For ages 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Storytime at Library! at Collister from 10:30-11 am. Listen to stories and more! Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Tiny Explorers at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Explore, learn and play at the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Mid-day Meditation from 12:15-12:45 pm at Library! at Cole & Ustick. Come relax and meditate. Click here for more information. 
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Stitch Niche at Library! at Bown Crossing from 1-2 pm.  Bring your knitting, crochet and stitch projects to the library. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Teens Weekly Meet-up from 3:30-4:45 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Enjoy a variety of fun activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Geeks and Gizmos from 4-5 pm at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Enjoy science and technology activities from legos to robots. For ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Weekly on Wednesday at Library! at Collister from 4-5pm. Learn from a variety of themes and activities. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Wild Card Wednesdays at Library! at Bown Crossing. Ages 6-12 are welcome to have fun at the library and enjoy arts and crafts, robots, presenters and more. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: DIY Cat Shaped Wreaths from 6:30-8:30 pm at Library! at Hillcrest. Learn how to make a cat shaped wreath. Click here for more information.
  • Wednesday, November 15, 2017: Dinner and a Book at Library! at Hilcrest and Library! at Main. Enjoy dinner and a story. Registration limited. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Preschool Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11:15 am. Listen to stories and learn math for ages 3-5. This is also a workshop for parents to learn these skills. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Bloomin Babies Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Storytime at Library! at Collister from 10:30-11 am. Storytime for children of all ages. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Little Logic Learners at Library! at Main from 10:30-11:15 am. Come to a fun and interactive storytime that will also introduce preschoolers to technology and math skills. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Music and Movement at Library! at Bown Crossing from 10:30 -11 am. Come sing and dance to music. For ages 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Paint, Paper and Scissors at Library! at Hillcrest from 2-4 pm. Create one of a kind multi-media collages. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 3-4 pm. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Tech and Games at Library! at Collister from 3:30 -5 pm. Have fun with tech and toys. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: School Age Fun at Library! at Main from 4-5 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Teen Science and Engineering Cafe at Main Library from 6:30-8:30 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Bown Crossing from 6:30-7 pm. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Teen Night at Library! at Bown Crossing from 7-8 pm. Enjoy a special program for teens.  Click here for more information.
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017: Dinner and a Book at Library! at Bown Crossing. Enjoy dinner and a story. Registration limited. Click here for more information. 
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Technology Basics at Library! at Collister from 10-11 am. Learn from email to e-reader technology basics. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Babies Storytime at Library! at Hillcrest from 10:30-11 am. Come listen to stories, puppets and songs (ages 0-23 months)! Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Music and Movement from 10:30-11 am at the Library! at Main. Dance and have fun with music for ages, 2-5. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Play and Learn time from 10:30-11:30 am at Library! at Collister for ages 0-4. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Tots and Toddlers from 11-11:30 am at Library! at Cole and Ustick. Come listen to stories, sing songs, and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Bown Crossing from 11-11:30 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime.  Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Afterschool Adventures at Library! at Hilcrest from 4-5 pm. Kids from kindergarten to 6th grades are invited to join fun science experiments, book themed parties and more. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Lego Club at Library! at Bown Crossing. Come build with legos. For kids ages 6-12. Click here for more information.
  • Friday, November 17, 2017: Wizards World Club at Library! at Main from 4-5 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Capital City Public Market from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm on 8th St. - Main to State Streets. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017 - Boise Farmers Market from 9 am to 1 pm at the Republic parking lot, 10th and Grove St. Click here for more information.   
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017: Bowling for Rhinos from 6-9 pm at Westy's Garden Lanes. Cost is $25 per person or $175 a lane for 8 bowlers. Come support the Rhinos. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017: Your Health Idaho Open Enrollment from 10 am to 5 pm at the Library! Main. Learn answers to your questions about Your Health Idaho and enroll. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017: Turkey Trot Relay at 8 am at the East End of Ann Morrison Park. 4-person relay of 2 miles each. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday, November 18, 2017: Family Storytime at Library! at Main from 10:30-11 am. Come as a family and enjoy storytime. Click here for more information.
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