So You Want To See The World Blog Tour

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

So You Want To See The World? by Jason Pruett explores the different adventures available to your favorite graduates or kids. The book shares what they have accomplished and what they can accomplish in the future. This book will help them recognize important milestones in their life.

So You Want To See The World? is similar to the Oh The Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss. Pruett has some ridiculous moments in the book and illustrations, but the content seems more modern and relevant to today's kids and their experiences than Dr. Seuss' work. The rhymes and illustrations are clever and engaging. It's a great gift for graduating seniors in college or high-school. As another idea for this book, I've heard of moms buying a book like this for one of their children and each year as the student moves up through school asking the teachers to sign it with a memory they have of that child. When the child graduates, they have a book with their teachers signatures and memories of their school years. This is a fun book and I am sure you will have fun reading it. To learn more about So You Want To See The World?, click here.

Other blogs participating in the blog tour:

April 23-Reading Is One of My Passions
Aprl 24-My Book a Day
April 25-Life is What Its Called
April 27-Book Worm Lisa
May 2-Singing Librarian Books
May 3-Literary Time Out
May 4-Little Red Reads


Please note that this post contains affiliate links. I received a free digital copy of this book to facilitate this review, however that does not influence my opinion of this book.

NRPA Meet Me at the Park 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Community parks help serve as a place to connect with nature, others in the community and help support a healthy lifestyle through playing, sports, walking/biking pathways, etc. To help celebrate Earth Month, vote for your favorite park project in 15 designated cities and/or nominate your city (or Boise) to help them receive a $20,000 park grant made possible by Disney and the NRPA. Every nomination or vote can also earn you a chance to win a GoPro HERO5 Prize Pack.

The City of Boise Parks and Recreation Department manages 1600 acres of parkland at different 90 locations. The parks department also offers many community programs throughout Boise including a movie night in the park, swim lessons, recreational activities and more. Be sure to support the parks today, by clicking here.

April Events in Boise

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Here are some of the best events in Boise for April. Which event are you most excited to attend? If you have a family-friendly event that you would like posted, please contact the blog administrator by clicking here.

  • April 7, 2018: Boise Farmers Market Opening Day and Birthday Celebration at 10th and Grove St in Boise starting at 10 am. The Birthday Celebration will include treats and giveaways. Click here for more information.
  • April 13-14, 2018: YMCA Spring Sprint Triathlon starting at 9:15 am. Have fun and bike, run, and swim. Click here for more information and to register.
  • April 14, 2018: Lambpage at Ann Morrison Park starting at 10:30 am. A basque-themed 5k run. Registration is $30 and includes t-shirt, bib and lunch. Click here for more information.
  • April 14, 2018: Foothills Family Days Puddles and Raincoats at the Foothills Learning Center from 10 am to 1 pm. This event includes cloud-in-a-jar demonstration, cloud identification, amphibians, cloud mobile and spring scavenger hunt. Click here for more information.
  • April 20-21, 2018: Swan Lake at Morrison Center. Tickets range from $38-$58. For more information click here.
  • April 21, 2018: Watershed Weekend Earth Celebration at Boise Watershed Educational Center from 10 am to 1 pm. Meet worms, learn to make crafts using recyclables, plant a garden and more. Click here for more information.
  • April 21, 2018: Alice in Wonderland Tea Party at Boise Library! Main from 2-3 pm. Come dress in finest to participate in Alice in Wonderland Tea Party. Click here for more information.
  • April 25, 2018: Paw Patrol Live at Morrison Center. Tickets range from $15-$137. Click here for more information.

To Love a Spy Review

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Lady Camden's traitorous mother and imposter husband are now dead and she is free to rebuild her life and to begin healing from the terror and pain she's had to endure. The new Lord Camden strikes up a friendship with her and wants to repair his own pain and loneliness. Lord Camden can't be completely free in his own life until he finishes another assignment for the Crown that involves stopping the French from pushing a bill to pass in parliament, discovering the French spies and uncovering their plot. As Lord Camden begins to unravel the plot, Lady Camden's past pulls her unto treacherous terrain. Will Lady Camden be able to love a spy and be strong enough to keep her heart from breaking? Will Lord Camden be able to stop the French?

To Love a Spy is the third installment in the Beckett Files Series by Laura Beers. I love the first two books and was excited to read her next book. To Love a Spy doesn't disappoint and I am excited for the fourth book to come out. Lady Camden's character is broken, skittish and pained from her past and wants to feel safe and repair some of the wrongs done by her past husband. The character needed time throughout the book to come to dealings with her new life and rebuild herself into who she wants to be. The book is not only a romance, but deals with how to find peace with yourself and interior strength. Beers also notes differing opinions on the treatment of women:  whether they should be submissive to the will of those around them or strong enough to have their own will and character. The book continues in the tradition of the other two books in the series with adventure, romance, intrigue and healing. To Love a Spy is an enjoyable read for all regency romance readers. The characters were likeable, realistic and interesting. The intrigue kept you guessing with surprises, twists and turns. Laura Beers is quickly becoming one of the top clean, romance writers. To learn more about, To Love A Spy, click here. Currently, To Love a Spy is only $10.95 for a paperback and $2.99 for the kindle version. If you haven't read this series before and would like to get started, I strongly suggest starting with Saving Shadow.


Please note I did receive a digital copy for my review, but that doesn't influence my opinion. This post also contains affiliate links.



April Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Monday, April 2, 2018

I like entering low to moderate entry giveaways and I share each month some of the blog or social media giveaways I've entered, thought someone else might be interested in entering or that have been submitted to me through bloggers. Check back often throughout the month to see if I have posted more giveaways. If you are hosting a family-friendly giveaway on your blog and would like to see it listed here, please contact me (via email). If you have a won a giveaway that I posted, please leave a comment and share that you won.

$50 Freshly Picked Gift Card (ends April 2, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 2, 2018)
Foster Farm Coupons (ends April 2, 2018)
$100 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends April 3, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 3, 2018) 
Kinder Joy Eggs (ends April 4, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 7, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 7, 2018)
The Lemonade Year (ends April 7, 2018)
Magicube Safari Park Animals (ends April 7, 2018) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 8, 2018)
Star Wars: The Last Jedi (ends April 8, 2018) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 9, 2018) 
Portland Children's Museum Tickets and Tea Collection Outfit (ends April 9, 2018)
Bloomlife Smart Pregnancy Tracker and 2 Month Free Rental (ends April 9, 2018) 
Jasmine Pop Vinyl (ends April 9, 2018)
Disney Princesses Hairstyle Book (ends April 9, 2018)
Gratitude Journal (ends April 10, 2018)
Tsum Tsum Set (ends April 10, 2018)
Nightmare Before Christmas Set (ends April 11, 2018)
Pirate of Caribbean Set (ends April 12, 2018) 
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 13, 2018) 
Ball Canning Prize Pack (ends April 13, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 13, 2018)
Disney Coasters (ends April 14, 2018)
P Touch Label Maker (ends April 14, 2018)
Cabi Outfit (ends April 14, 2018)
Castle Keychain (ends April 15, 2018)
$50 Oshkosh Gift Card (ends April 15, 2018)
Disney Puzzle (ends April 16, 2018)
$50 Picket Fence Credit (ends April 16, 2018)
Mickey Purse and Sticker (ends April 17, 2018) 
Tart Collections Cory Jacket (ends April 17, 2018)
Olaf Plush (ends April 19, 2018)
Mickey and Minnie Thermos (ends April 19, 2018) 
Wall-E Mug (ends April 20, 2018)
Alison & Aubrey Item (ends April 20, 2018)
$100 Tea Collection Gift Card (ends April 20, 2018) 
Live. Save. Spend. Repeat. (ends April 22, 2018)
Nectar Mattress (ends April 22, 2018)
Dumbo Pop Vinyl (ends April 22, 2018)
Educational Guide to Walt Disney World (ends April 22, 2018)
Little Mermaid Poster (ends April 23, 2018)
Two Fandango Codes for Like Arrows Movie (ends April 23, 2018)
$25 Winco Gift Card (ends April 25, 2018)
$50 Oliver and Rain Gift Card (ends April 24, 2018)
Garbage to Gardens Composting Kit (ends April 24, 2018)
$50 Lowes Gift Card (ends April 24, 2018)
Suitors and Sabotage (ends April 25, 2018)
DVC Backpack (ends April 25, 2018) 
Disney T-shirt (ends April 26, 2018) 
Eggland Prize Pack (ends April 27, 2018) 
Cabi Outfit (ends April 27, 2018)
£50 Boden Gift Voucher (ends April 27, 2018)
Canvas Factory 16" x 20" Canvas Print (ends April, 28, 2018)
$500 Joules Clothing (ends April 29, 2018)
Stride Rite Phibian Sneakers (ends April 29, 2018)
$50 Picket Fence Credit (ends April 29, 2018) 
$25 Walmart Gift Card (ends April 30, 2018)

Ideas for Kids Easter Baskets

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Are you looking for ideas of what to put in your kid's Easter baskets besides sugary candy? I like to add things that support playing outside and creativity. Here are some ideas:

1. Sidewalk Chalk

2. Coloring Books

3. Books

4. New Crayons (to replace the broken ones)

5. Bubbles (we spill half of ours so every holiday is a time for bubbles)

6. Pinwheels

7. Shovels and pails for digging in the dirt/sand

8. Playdoh

9. Water paint books

10. Jump rope

What are some of your ideas? Most of these ideas you can find at a dollar store. Easter doesn't have to be expensive gifts or toys. Sometimes the least expensive things are the best! If you want to buy some candy or treats, check out grocery stores with bulk bins where you can select a limited amount of candy or treats. We were able to find a great selection at Winco.

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Where to Find Easter Clothes

Monday, March 19, 2018

Traditionally, some families get new spring wear to wear to church. My family is no exception. The boys get matching ties, the girl's new dresses and any other new "spring" accessories that might be needed like stockings, tights, shoes, etc. For the past two years, I've found matching men and boy ties at The Matching Tie Guy. The Matching Tie Guy has ties at reasonable prices and I can match the ties. Girl/Women clothes are always hard to find. I try to find reasonably priced, cute and modest dresses. This year I looked at the little girls dresses at several stores and online shops. I gave my daughter a couple of options and she picked one out at Carter's. Here are a couple of other stores that I recommend for Girl's Dresses:



  • Gymboree
  • Hanna Andersson
  • Walmart (in store, not online)
  • Target (in store, not online)
  • Consignment Stores (must shop early in the season)
  • Boden 


  • Women's Dresses are also often hard to find reasonably priced, cute and modest. Here are some stores I would recommend trying for women:
    My kids and I both have several items from Boden. They have a great quality and great style. They are a bit on the pricey side. I haven't been brave enough to try Roolee, but they sure have cute things on their website. I have had clothing from Sweet Salt, Downeast Basic, Mikarose and Cleo Madison. The first two I would recommend trying on in the store if you can.

    Some of the places I recommended are located on ebates like Carters, Hanna Andersson, Boden. You can earn a rebate back on your purchases. To learn more about ebates, click here. I recommend adding it to your browser's tool bar so you don't forget to use it. We have earned back over $240 on our purchases online (over a few years) from using ebates.

    What stores do you recommend for Easter Clothing?

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