Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 20, 2018

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Airheads Bites, Airheads Soft Bites or Airheads Xtremes Sourfuls (6 oz.) (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 August 5, 2018. Click here for more details.

A Tangled Ruse Review

Thursday, July 19, 2018

For her protection, Lady Rachel is sent into hiding on her uncle's estate in Rockcliffe, Scotland. As she struggles to forget the haunting memories of abduction and attempted kidnapping, she discovers even more danger for herself and England.

Luke Beckett, the Marquess of Downshire, stumbles upon Lady Rachel and begins a peculiar friendship with her without the constraints of his title or wealth and starts to fall in love. When the truth of his identity is revealed, will Lady Rachel trust him enough to keep each other safe from the looming dangers?

A Tangled Ruse is the fourth book in The Beckett Files series by Laura Beers. Since the novels build off of each other, I would suggest starting with Laura Beers' first book of the series, Saving Shadow and then continuing on to A Peculiar Courtship, To Love a Spy and A Tangled Ruse. I enjoyed reading, A Tangled Ruse. It was a fun, action romance and continuation of the series. Lady Rachel was an interesting and relatable character - wanting adventure, lover of books, and independent. Luke Beckett's character reminded me of "the beast" in the fairytale, Beauty and the Beast. He was grumpy, isolated and self-centered until Lady Rachel begins to chip at his interior and icy heart. The romance between the two characters was fun, intriguing and charming.  A fun read for the summer! To learn more about A Tangled Ruse, by clicking here.

Please note that I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review. Please note that there are also Amazon Affiliate links on this post. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualified purchases that help in running this blog.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 13, 2018

Today only you can download a coupon for 1 FREE Ghirardelli Milk Chocolate Caramel 2-Square Pack (1.06 oz.)(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 July 29, 2018. Click here for more details.

Pretty Much Perfect Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Friday, July 13, 2018


Recently returned missionary, Camille Weston, is sensible and has plans for her future. She would never do anything risky like picking up a stranger off the side of the road and yet, she does. Her decision ends up impacting her life and turning her world upside down as she discovers an attraction to this stranger. The stranger ends up being William "Liam" Jones a lead singer in a popular band and his lifestyle is not compatible with her plans and goals for her future. Will she be able to find a solution to what her heart wants?

Pretty Much Perfect was a fun read especially for the summer. I read it pretty quickly (within a day). I kept reading to find out what would happen next. Camille's indecisive feelings made the character seem realistic. Liam was a fun and interesting character. The beginning was probably my favorite part of the book when the two main characters met for the first time. The title felt like it fit with the story, in that, it was pretty much a perfect, fun romance. To learn more about Pretty Much Perfect, click here.

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*July 13th: http://lifeiswhatitscalled.blogspot.com/, http://brooklynberrydesigns.com/category/book-shelf/, http://literarytimeout.blogspot.com/

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Reader Appreciation Giveaway

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

I am giving away a $10 Deseret Book Gift Card. Only one winner will be chosen. The giveaway on this blog post will run through rafflecopter until July 17, 2018 at 12 am. The giveaway is open to US residents only and 18+. The winner will be notified via email and will have 24 hours to respond.


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Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, July 6, 2018

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE Swedish Fish or Sour Patch Kids Soft & Chewy Candy (7.2-8 oz. bag) (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 July 22, 2018. Click here for more details.

The Price of Jade Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Wednesday, July 4, 2018



Matt Miller served his mission in Guatemala and now it's a vital part of his job, importing jade. He dreams of sharing his experience with Guatemala with his wife, Cathy, and daughter, Melissa. What the Millers planned as a dream vacation quickly spirals out of controls at they face the disappearance of the daughter. The search for the daughter becomes more frantic when a mysterious note arrives and they are thrust into a world of greed and deceit.

The Price of Jade is a thrilling suspense story as the Millers work to uncover the truth behind their daughter's disappearance and work with unexpected allies to find her. The suspense and drama held my interest and with each page I read I wanted to uncover more of the story. I was a little puzzled that with so many LDS characters facing so many life-periling dilemmas that they didn't seem to pray a lot. The only one I remember finally praying about the situation was Cathy. Cathy prayed, read her scriptures and looked for inspiration. If I was in the characters' situation I would probably be praying frantically, desperately to the Lord for help. Other than that, the characters' situations were compelling. I liked that there was different reactions, different methods of working to solve the problem and the action in the story. I also liked that there were so many characters working together to solve the problem. It was an interesting read and fun. To find out more about The Price of Jade, click here.

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Grocery Learning Time

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

My kids (ages 2 and 4) enjoy doing a "learning time" or home-school preschool activities. We did a learning time where we did activities related to groceries. Here are some of the activities that we did:

  •  Grocery Shopping Long Path Game: Based off of the Grocery Shopping Math Suitcase Activity in More Than Counting, I created the long path version of the grocery game. My kids worked on their counting skills, relating 1:1 with numbers and taking turns. We ended up playing this game four times in one day! My kids loved it so much. We will probably use this game again and again. The games in More Than Counting make math fun, enjoyable and interesting.

  • Grocery Patterns: I created a simple worksheet where we worked on figuring out what goes next in a grocery themed pattern.


  • G is for Groceries Coloring Sheet: I created a simple coloring sheet in Word with the letter G and clip art with a grocery bag. We talked about how groceries started with "G" and the sound that "G" makes. For my four year old, we worked on practicing coloring in the lines.

  • Grocery Sorting: I put all of my kids' play food in a basket and we took turns sorting the food by color. Most of our play food is a mix from the dollar store and Melissa & Doug. We made predictions as we sorted as to which color would have the most food and which would have the least. After we sorted everything by color, we checked to see if our predictions were right. My kids enjoyed interacting with their toys in a new way.

Our "learning times" are usually short and fun. My kids enjoy learning and will ask often to do learning time. Since my kids are young, I want learning to be enjoyable and something that they will want to do again and again.

What ways do you encourage learning in your home?

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Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 22, 2018

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE Nature's Own Perfectly Crafted White or Multigrain Bread (22 oz.) (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 July 8, 2018. Click here for more details.

Butterfly Learning Time

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

My kids, ages 4 and 2, enjoy doing a "learning time." In one of our learning times, we decided to learn about butterflies. We talked about the life cycle of a butterfly and worked on counting red vs. blue butterflies.




















We also did the "long path" butterfly game as described in the book, More Than Counting. I created the board game as described in the book in Microsoft Word. The games and activities in More Than Counting make learning math more fun and enjoyable for young kids. I highly recommend this book!




















We also made a butterfly craft. We glued construction paper wings to the back of a popsicle stick and then glued on google eyes. My kids added their own "unique" touches via stickers and crayons.

















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Events Happening in Boise This Summer

Monday, June 18, 2018

Are you looking for some fun activities going on in Boise this summer? Check out the following list:

  • Wednesdays, June 1 - August 31, 2018: Alive After Five at The Grove Plaza from 5 pm to 8 pm. Learn more here.
  • Wednesdays until August 8, 2018: Watershed Wednesdays from 10 am to 12 pm. Fun, educational activities for families and kids. Click here for more information.
  • Saturdays: Boise Farmers Market at 10th and Grove Streets from 9 am to 1 pm.  
  • Saturdays: Captial City Public Market at 8th and Idaho Streets from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. 
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018: World Refuge Day at The Grove Plaza. Click here for more information. 
  • Saturday, June 23, 2018: Unicorn Party at Library! at Bown Crossing. Celebrate unicorns by making unicorn slime, cloud dough, bubbles and more. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Saturday, June 23: Movie Under the Stars (Wonder) at Bowden Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Monday, June 25, 2018: The Glenn Miller Orchestra at The Egyptain Theater with doors opening at 6 pm. Tickets range from $14 to $35. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, June 29, 2018: Boise Front Trail Run at Bogus Basin starting at 9 am. Register here for the short (5-6 miles) or long course (10-12 miles).
  • Wednesday, July 4, 2018: We the People Liberty Day Parade at 11 am. The parade starts at 10th and Jefferson and head east on Jefferson to 4th Street. The parade will turn right (south) at 4th street and continue 1 block to Bannock. The parade will turn right (west) at Bannock and continue down Bannock to 10th Street, where the parade ends. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018: Gar Hackney Y-Not Triathlon at Esther Simplot Park starting at 8 am. Click here to learn more and to register.
  • Saturday, July 14, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Beauty and The Beast) at Peppermint Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Run Wild at Zoo Boise with 3 different races based on age, breakfast, admission and after party. Cost is $25 per participant. Click here to learn more.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Coco) at Julia Davis Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, July 21, 2018: Frekin Fast Half at Bogust Basin (13.1 mile race). Click here for more details and to register.
  • Saturday, July 28, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Cars 3) at Sunset Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018: RODS JR Youth Triathlon at Hidden Springs. Click here to learn more. 
  • Saturday, August 4, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Star Wars The Last Jedi) at Fort Boise Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.
  • Saturday, August 11, 2018: Movie Under the Stars (Wonder Woman) at Julia Davis Park starting at 7 pm. Click here for more information.

Kroger Friday Freebie

Friday, June 15, 2018

Today only you can download a coupon for ONE (1) FREE Ocean Spray Diet or Light Juice Drink (64 oz) (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 July 1, 2018. Click here for more details.

The Heart of Thornewell Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Wednesday, June 13, 2018




Enid Hawthorne's grand adventure in Africa ends abruptly with her husband's untimely death. Enid boards a ship to head back to England to find refuge in the estate of her late husband's family. Upon her arrivals, she discovers a home drenched in mourning through the loss of her niece and sister-in-law. Her brother-in-law, the Earl of Thornewell, has pushed everyone away and when Enid arrives seeking asylum, he does his duty and nothing more. Will Enid and the Earl put aside their differences so that their hearts and grief will heal or will hidden secrets continue to drive them apart?

The heroine, Enid, in The Heart of Thornewell, pushes through numerous trials from losing her husband, trekking through Africa alone, traveling on the sea alone and facing her husband's brother who has his own inner struggles and heart aches. Enid's determination to survive is admirable and makes her a compelling character. I enjoyed reading about Enid's determination to survive and protect her unborn child. I also enjoyed seeing her interactions with the servants and her nephews. The different attractions/romances throughout the novel happened rather quickly for me while some of the drama seemed too prolonged. The prolonging of the drama seemed forced and a little unnatural to the telling of the story. The story was clean and geared for female audiences, aged teen - adult. To find out more about The Heart of Thornewell, click here.

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June Giveaways (low to moderate entry)

Friday, June 1, 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.

$100 Evereve Gift Card (ends June 1, 2018)
Nielsen-Massey Organic Orange Extract (ends June 3, 2018)
Cameron Sample Gift Card (ends June 3, 2018)
Peter Pan Signature HD Code (ends June 4, 2018)
Beauty Bundle (ends June 5, 2018) 
$75 Village in Meridian Gift Card (ends June 6, 2018)
$50 Picket Fence Credit (ends June 6, 2018)
K'Tan Baby Wrap (ends June 7, 2018)
$200 Stitch Fix Credit (ends June 7, 2018)
Peter Pan Signature Collection (ends June 8, 2018)
Peter Pan Digital Movie Code (ends June 8, 2018) 
Rise Buddy Baked Rice Snacks, 12 ct. variety pack, 5 winners (ends June 10, 2018)
Family 4-pack of Fandango Tickets to Incredibles 2 (ends June 12, 2018)
Peter Pan Movie (ends June 14, 2018) 
Rebecca Minkoff Bag, Necklace and Fenty Lip Gloss (ends June 14, 2018)
$20 McDonalds Gift Card (ends June 15, 2018)
Davinci Baby Crib (ends June 15, 2018)
$25 Visa Gift Card and Entenmann's Coupons (ends June 19, 2018) 
The Great Alone Prize Pack (ends June 19, 2018)
Wrinkle in Time and Peter Pan (ends June 19, 2018)
$100 Loft Gift Card (ends June 20, 2018) 
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends June 21, 2018)
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends June 22, 2018)
Baby Delight Bottles (ends June 22, 2018) 
Drawn Together and Art Pack (ends June 23, 2018)
Peter Pan Digital Move Code (ends June 29, 2018)
Fisher Price Kick N Play Bouncer (ends June 29, 2018) 

Dr. Jacobs Products Review

Monday, May 28, 2018

Dr. Jacobs sent me to review a full size 32 oz. Almond Honey liquid Castile Soap, 16 oz Castile liquid soap (Lavender scent) along with a 5 oz castile bar soap. Dr. Jacobs products are free from complications: NON-GMO, Paraben Free, Sulfate Free, Gluten Free, Free of artificial dyes & coloring. PETA Cruelty Free & Vegan.

So for, I've tried the 5 oz castile bar soap and have enjoyed it. The castile bar soap gentle exfoliates skins and smells great. It's a great product and a fun soap to use. I also like that the Dr. Jacobs products are free of artificial dyes and coloring.

Dr Jacobs Naturals Castile Soap line is 100% Made in the USA!
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Please note that I received free products to help facilitate this review. This does not influence my opinion.

Outdoor Must Haves For Kids

Thursday, May 24, 2018

With summer coming and school/preschool almost out, it can be hard to find ways to keep kids entertained. We have a couple of outdoor items that are perfect for great weather. Here are some of our favorites:

1. Kiddie Pool - I got a Kiddie Pool last year and it was awesome! My kids love it! They wade in it, dump balls/toys in it, splash around. It's a pretty inexpensive item and a bargain when you consider how much entertainment kids can get from it. Since the weather has warmed up, we've been using it everyday. My kids will spend a long time playing in it.

2. Bubbles - Every year, I buy multiple big bottles of bubbles. When my kids were little, I would blow the bubbles for them. As my kids have gotten older, they want to blow bubbles themselves resulting in many spills. I usually invest in the bigger container of bubbles. Some stores only sell bubble solution in spring/summer so it's nice to stock up while it's available. It's hard to find bubble solutions in the fall!


3. Sidewalk Chalk - Sidewalk chalk is versatile and fun! You can use it to make art, hopscotch, practice writing skills, outdoor games and more. My son recently started drawing car "tracks" for his cars to drive on. There's numerous things that kids can do with chalk.

4.  Sand Bucket and Shovel - I do weeding and gardening sometimes when my kids are playing outside. Sometimes they like to "help" too and it's nice that they have their own shovels to use and pails instead of always trying to steal my gardening spade. It's also great to have on days that we go to the beach or lake.

5. Playground/Outdoor Ball - We have a couple of playground outdoor balls that are great for kicking or playing catch. My kids don't play with these all the time, but it's great for them to practice catching, throwing, kicking. It's fun to also to have balls around to play kickball and/or other outdoor games.


What are some of your outdoor "must-haves" for kids?

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Boise Summer Bucket List

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

During the summer, we have more time on our hands and we like to fill it with fun and family
friendly activities. Here are some of our summer bucket list Items to do around Boise:


1. Go to a Park That We've Never Been To Before: Boise has many parks and playgrounds. We typically go to the same ones, but it would be nice to branch out this summer and try something different.

2. Go to Zoo Boise: We love going to Zoo Boise and haven't been in awhile. Zoo Boise is a great size for families with young kids.

3. Go a Splash Pad: There are several parks in Boise and Meridian that have fun splash pads. It will be fun to go to one and a great way to cool off from the summer heat.

4. Participate in the Boise Library! Summer Reading Program: We love this program and enjoy earning free books and coupons for local activities and restaurants. When you register you can earn a free coupon! The program starts June 1, but you can register now by clicking here.

5. Go to a State Park: Idaho has many state parks with great outdoor activities. It's always fun to go to a State Park. State parks are great for hiking, swimming, and lots of outdoor recreation activities. If you participate in the Boise Library! Summer Reading Program, you can earn a free state park pass.

6. Bowling: We signed up for the Kids Bowl Free program for the Summer. There are a few locations in Boise that participate in this program. The only cost is for rental shoes and it's a great way to beat the summer heat. To learn about the Kids Bowl Free program, click here.

7. Go to Boise Farmer's/Capital City Market: We drove past the Capital City Market on a Saturday and it's expanded since last year. It would be fun to check it out this summer and to check out the Boise Farmer's Market on 10th and Grove.

8. Hike: There are lots of great trails in the foothills. It would be fun to explore something new.

9. Fishing: My husband and I got our fishing licenses and we attend to use them this summer! There are several different fishing spots around Boise for us to try. The kids enjoy fishing as well.

10. Visit the MK Nature Center: My kids love going to the MK Nature Center and seeing the exhibits. They enjoy looking at the fish, signage and walking the trails. 

What's on your summer bucket list?


The Road To Freedom Blog Tour and Review

Friday, May 18, 2018

Summary

The Road To Freedom, a novel, by Shawn Pollock shares the story of two German Soldiers, Captain Meier and a young private, stranded behind enemy lines at the end of World War II. As the German work together through Russia, they quickly realize that they need to trust in each other and God to escape alive.

Author Bio

Shawn Pollock grew up in Cache Valley Utah. He served a mission in Japan for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and graduated from Utah State with degrees in Professional Writing and Instructional Technology. The Road to Freedom is his first novel. Check out Shawn Pollock's Facebook page by clicking here.

Review
I've read a couple of fiction books this year and last year dealing with WWII: the beginnings of the war, during the war and the aftermath. Most of those books' characters are civilians dealing with the effects of war (Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Maryann Shaffer and Annie Barrows, The Last Waltz by G.G. Vandagriff, Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse, The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah, All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr).

The Road to Freedom is unique in that the main characters would normally be considered the "enemy" to most people from allied countries. Another unique trait of the book is that one of the German Soldiers is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and carries around a Book of Mormon with a picture of an American missionary who helped him discover his faith. As the German soldiers try to find their way back home safely they relive memories and share beliefs that help provide an understanding as to who they are and who they want to be. It was interesting to see the perspectives of the characters and what brought them into the conflict. I think this novel is appealing to both male and female audiences - teens to adults. The book is clean and interesting to read. As I was reading this book, the struggle of remaining alive behind enemy lines reminded me of the movies, Saints and Soldiers and the end of The Great Escape. This is a great story to read for Memorial Day and a great gift idea for Father's Day. To learn more about The Road to Freedom, click here (Currently, the kindle version is only .99 on Amazon, a great deal!).

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Wants vs. Needs

Thursday, May 17, 2018

As I was sorting laundry, I heard my 2-year old daughter yelling, "I found money. I found money." She had pulled my wallet out of my purse and found a few dollar bills. I think she was excited because I always tell my kids when they want to go out to eat that we don't have money to do that. I really mean we don't have money in our budget to do that and we have food at home. It's hard for kids to understand the value of money, budgeting and saving. If we immediately met our wants, there wouldn't be enough for the necessities. Some people also over-justify their necessities by living in bigger houses, more expensive clothes, expensive or over-abundance of food, and etc. It's important for adults to show self-control over spending as an example to children.

What are some examples of things you are teaching your children?

Guess Who's in the Book of Mormon Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

About the Book 















Genre: Children’s, LDS, Religious
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Learn all about the prophets and heroes in the Book of Mormon! This colorful picture book uses a simple question-and-answer format to help children discover who built a boat, who saved the king’s sheep, and who climbed up on a wall to tell the people to repent. An easy-to-read introduction to scripture stories that’s fun for the whole family! 



About the Author
 
MollyCarter11Genre: Children’s, LDS, Religious
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Learn all about the prophets and heroes in the Book of Mormon! This colorful picture book uses a simple question-and-answer format to help children discover who built a boat, who saved the king’s sheep, and who climbed up on a wall to tell the people to repent. An easy-to-read introduction to scripture stories that’s fun for the whole family! 


Molly has been writing stories since she learned to read them. She earned her degree in English at Brigham Young University, where she was studying when she fell in love with
her husband while on a road trip. They have since continued exploring the world together and have three amazing children. She loves reading, writing, traveling, being outside and exploring new places with her favorite people. She currently lives nestled in the pines in Arizona with her family. FACEBOOK | INSTAGRAM

Review
As soon as we received Guess Who's In The Book of Mormon in the mail, I read it to my kids (ages 4 and 2) and asked for their opinion. They weren't too sure about it at first, but then over the past several days they asked for the book to be read to them again and again. The text is easy to read, rhymes and is simple for younger kids. I also like that the text isn't too heavy or wordy. There are a lot of LDS picture books that are very wordy and long, which makes it harder for little kids to pay attention or stay interested. This book is simple enough that younger kids are able to stay interested in it and enjoy it. The Book of Mormon heroes portrayed in the book are illustrated as kids, which I think helps kids to relate to the heroes more. The book is great to use as an introduction to Book of Mormon heroes. To learn more about, Guess Who's In The Book of Mormon, click here.


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Sock Saving Tip

Monday, May 14, 2018

The best socks for kids are plain white with the sizes on the sole. White socks can be passed down from brother to sister or sister to brother without any issues. As a first time mom, I picked out for my son many "masculine" socks and with my second kid, a girl, I realized most of those socks do not match pink, purple or "feminine" colored outfits. I've also come to realize that it becomes harder to distinguish sizes later on baby and toddler socks if the socks aren't labeled on the sole. For first time mothers, I highly recommend getting plain white socks with the size on the sock sole. The socks will go with any outfit and any gender without any issue. It will also save you money in the long run if you have kids with different genders and you want to pass-down socks.

What tips do you have that could help save money or help ease hand-me-down issues?

The Wizard's Workshop Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Thursday, May 3, 2018





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 About the Book
The Wizard's Workshop

Ever wondered what happens when you mix dragon saliva with a powdered unicorn horn? Find out when you create your very own wizarding potions! Mixing science with fantasy, this book is full of fun concoctions your kids will want to make again and again. Each elixir uses common household ingredients to create cool chemical reactions for magical results!

About the Author
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Jennifer K. Clark is a full-time author, a hobby artist, and a Halloween enthusiast. She lives in central Utah where she spends her time writing books and having conversations with the characters in her head. (Yes, she’s one of those people.) She is a multi-genre author and has written Renaissance romance, contemporary suspense, YA, and children’s activity books. In her spare time, she loves to be creative and has done everything from building a secret passage in her home to making handmade books. She makes every day an adventure.

Author Interview
What was your inspiration for this book?
I’m a huge Halloween fan, and I was working on making a potions book as a Halloween prop. I like things to be authentic, so I decided to include actual potions adapted from science experiments. My kids absolutely loved it! I was teaching art at the time, so I took the potions book to school and my students went crazy over the wizard-style experiments. Pretty soon, I had people inviting me to other schools and to parties to make my “potions”. Everywhere I went, someone wanted a copy of my book. It was a no-brainer from there—I needed to publish a version of my book. The end result is THE WIZARD’S WORKSHOP.

What do you hope will be gained by children/families using this book? 
I want readers to create their own world of magic—to take a piece of fantasy and move it into the real world.  We are only limited by our own imagination.

What's the best way for families to implement this book?   
Go all out. Kids love to play make-believe, and creating magical scenarios will kick-start their imagination. This book is intended to be used for more than just science experiments. It's about creating those magical moments that kids dream about and making memories, so don't be afraid to dress up, print the labels from the website, and role-play.


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Snippet
The Wizard’s Workshop is dotted with handwritten notes and jokes from a previous owner along with silly annotations for each experiment such as: TROLL SNOT OR GOBLIN GOO Many people still prefer troll snot over Goblin Goo, however it is no longer legal to collect snot form trolls, and therefore Goblin Goo should be used instead. Please note that anyone found picking a troll’s nose or collecting troll snot will face a board of inquiries lead by the head troll, Mr. Iva P. Brain. (GOBLIN GOO experiment pg. 40)

ZOMBIE FIRE This potion was invented by Professor Willy Rott in 1879. Willy Rott was a well-known scientist, but after making this potion several times, he is now a well-known zombie. (He was not a very fast runner). (ZOMBIE FIRE experiment pg. 36)

EXPLODING FOG FLUID This potion was made famous by Mr. Darren Deeds who made a sport of putting Exploding Fog Fluid into the drinks of giants and then drawing mustaches on their faces once they were asleep. Although this can be a fun past time, please note that it is dangerous. As Mr. Darren Deeds can attest to, it is not very fun when a giant refuses to drink the potion and decides to sit on you instead. (EXPLODING FOG FLUID experiment pg. 52)

NOTE: If you want to give the stones additional power then you must perform the spell under the light of a full moon, standing next to a large tree (preferably a sycamore tree), facing east, while wearing mismatched socks. (MAGICAL STONES pg. 87)
 
Review
My family enjoys science experiments and it was fun to try something new and different. We decided to make our own magical stones. My toddler and preschooler enjoyed making the stones and then decorating them with washable paint. Several experiments in the book were new to me and will be fun to try. A couple of them will require adult supervision and help as they suggest using a lighter/matches. Most of the ingredients can be found commonly in your home. The list of ingredients was a little difficult to read quickly since they also have a magical name. The magical terms does make the book a little more fun for kids who love magic or fantasy. I can't wait to try more of the experiments with my kids. The magical spells or science experiments will be a fun way to beat any upcoming summer boredom. To learn more about, The Wizard's Workshop, click here.

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