Transportation Preschool Activities

Thursday, June 13, 2019

We worked on learning about transportation and it was fun. I think kids learn better if it's fun and entertaining. We made a "parking lot" and played a game from More Than Counting where we worked on our math skills. You can see how to play this game in the book preview on Amazon. The kids loved this game and we added our own variations to make it last a little longer.




















We also worked on a few preschool printables to help with writing. I don't remember where I found this exact printable, but there's a free printable packet at Royal Baloo, check it out here.


















We gathered all our cars/transportation toys and my kids took turns sorting them by color. After we sorted the cars by color we estimated which color had the most and least. We confirmed our guesses by counting the cars.



















What fun preschool transportation activities do you like to do?

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Love in Disguise Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, June 11, 2019


Marion Watt is set to embark on her first London Season, and her parents have spared no expense to help her secure a suitable husband. Unlike most of the social-climbing women in her position, Marion has no desire to marry hastily or for anything less than love. But when she learns of her mother's declining health, she knows she must keep an open mind and allow herself to be courted. What she does not anticipate, however, is that the attentions of the insufferable Lord William Everton will be placed squarely on her. He might be the most sought-after bachelor of the Season, but she sees in him nothing but a frivolous cad.

Until William inherits his father's title and seat in parliament, he must rely on his own devices to change the world. Dressing like a ridiculous dandy serves its purposes, but he is certain his newest disguise will help him find a wife to please his parents and further his own agenda. From among the glittering group of debutantes, William finds only one woman who passes his test. Unfortunately, the perfect choice is the only woman in all of London who despises him.

 Love in Disguise was a fun, clever read. It was hard to put down. The characters were interesting and there were several unexpected twists and turns in the story. I felt like Marion and William were a little slow at times in understanding each other and I wish that it was drawn out so much, but otherwise the story moved rather quickly. I would have liked more explanations on some of the minor characters. It would be interesting to learn their backgrounds and how William came to know them. It would be interesting to read a prequel to this story. I think most readers that like regency novels would enjoy this story. It's a clean romance. To learn more about Love in Disguise, click here.

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Book Tour Grand Finale for Claiming the Drakos Heir

Saturday, June 8, 2019

On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Book Tour Grand Finale for
Claiming the Drakos Heir
By Jennifer Faye

We hope you enjoyed the tour! If you missed any of the stops
you'll find snippets, as well as the link to each full post, below:

Launch - Note from the Author

Hi. :-) Thank you for joining me with the launch for the second book in the Greek Island Brides trilogy ~ CLAIMING THE DRAKOS HEIR.

When a freak accident kills Popi’s adopted sister and brother-in-law, she is left carrying her sister’s baby. Agreeing to be a surrogate had been a big decision for Popi and one she hadn’t taken lightly. And now that her sister is gone, it is up to Popi to step up and raise the child of her heart. . .


Her life was about to change in so many ways, as the baby was due in a couple of weeks. Not long at all—

Knock-knock. Knock-knock.

So much for ignoring them.

“Anyone home?” A male voice called out through the open window.

Who could that be?

Popi wasn’t expecting anyone. Everyone she knew was getting ready for the wedding. And then the thought of something going wrong with the wedding had her rushing out of the bathroom in her fluffy, short pink robe that barely fit over her baby bump and with a large portion of her hair pulled up in a big orange clip.


"I give Claiming the Drakos Heir a well deserved five plus stars and I highly recommend it for readers who enjoy sweet and romantic books with beautiful settings. I can not wait to find out what happens next in the third addition to the Greek Island Brides series."


What just happened?

Apollo Drakos stood slack-jawed as the woman sashayed down the hallway, but to be honest her sashay was more like a waddle. A cute waddle, but still a waddle all the same.

How could she still be pregnant?

His attorney had assured him the baby was born, though no one had been able to tell him if it was a boy or girl. Not that it mattered to him. Either way, he was still claiming his niece or nephew.


". . . the novel does have a few emotional rollercoasters, especially when dealing with a custody battle of a young child. I enjoyed reading and finding out the backstory of each character especially the mysterious Apollo. A definite must-read for anyone who loves romance novels."

E-Romance News - Excerpt

Popi was the maid of honor, or koumbara, and it was her responsibility to see that the bride was ready on time. The rest of the bridal party soon showed up, including Lea’s assistant and her soon to be sister-in-law, Stasia. Because an odd number of attendants was good luck. And three attendants were the best.

Together they worked until Lea was all done up with her long hair pulled up with just a few strategically placed curly wisps of hair softening her face. A wreath of fresh flowers was clipped into place.

Popi stepped back and took in Lea’s dress. It was truly breathtaking. White tiers of Chantilly lace, tulle and ribbons adorned her. There was a V-shaped neckline with delicate straps over her shoulders and satin ribbon wrapped around her waist. She truly looked like a Greek goddess.


"I absolutely adored this novel! This is my first book by Jennifer Faye, and it most definitely will not be my last! I was hooked from page one, and taken on a whirl wind ride following these amazingly chiseled characters to the end."


He didn’t want to be here.

But on this small island, places to wait for Popi were limited. And the wedding appeared to be taking place in a common area of the village.

Apollo found himself standing off to the side. No one seemed to make a big deal of him being there. They acted as though he was just another wedding guest. Some even shook his hand and greeted him.

Up until now, Apollo had done nothing but make one mistake after the next since the day he was born. He thought he’d have time to fix things—to change his ways. After all, he was young. There was plenty of time to make up for the past, but then suddenly out of nowhere he’d been blindsided when time had run out for Nile and his wife, Andrina. And now he owed it to his brother not to mess things up where the baby was concerned.


It was then that Popi approached him. And by her stiff posture, he was certain she was not happy about him crashing this wedding. Maybe this hadn’t been such a great idea after all, but he was there now so he might as well stay and get this over with.

He was propped against a tall white column. He didn’t move, as Popi was headed straight for him. “What are you doing here?” Her gaze narrowed. “You aren’t part of the moving crew, are you?”

“Never said I was.”

“But you let me believe you were.”

“As I recall, you were in too much of a hurry to get the details.”


"Claiming the Drakos Heir by Jennifer Faye is so much more than what I thought it was going to be and I’m so honored to be a part of this book blog tour. Ms. Faye has taken us on a journey in this book. I have always wanted to go to Greece, and now I feel like I have just by visiting Infinity Island and a little bit of Athens that we have seen in the book. Apollo, Popi, and their bundle of joy seem like they will be good together, and I hope that they do. I love a happy ending.

I am giving it a five-star rating and recommending it to all romance readers out there."

Harlie's Books - Excerpt & Review

“Can I cut in?” The stranger wore a serious expression.

Roberto, looking caught off guard, stopped dancing. “Um…” His gaze moved to her and she nodded. “Thank you for the dance.” Roberto turned back to the other man. “She’s all yours.”

The man took Popi in his quite capable arms, but there was no escaping their closeness with her protruding abdomen. No one had long enough arms to allow for much room between them—not even this man.

“What are you doing?” Her voice came out in a heated whisper.

“Dancing. With you.” He led her around the dance floor.

"What sets this book apart from the pack is the emotional connection that I felt for both Popi and Apollo from the start. . . . While this is on the sweet side, the romantic build up is well done. The chemistry is palpable and emotional. . . . this is a great addition to the Greek Island Brides trilogy."


"I loved the setting of the Greek Island and the excitement of the upcoming wedding that was about to take place. . . . I absolutely loved this sweet story and look forward to reading the next book in the series to find out who will be the next bride on the Greek Island."


It’d been a long time since he’d danced.

And he was surprised to find he enjoyed holding Popi close.

Realizing he was enjoying it too much, Apollo guided them off to a quiet corner of the dance floor. His intent was to have a serious conversation with her, but this close contact was detrimental to his thought process.

He drew in a deep breath, but it did nothing to cool his heated blood. There was something about this woman that got past his practiced defenses. And right now, talking was the last thing on his mind.


"Despite those choices where the story continues to play out between two people who are in the height of a fierce custody battle there is also a slow burning romance playing out in the background. . . . Theirs was an interesting romance and I had a feeling Faye was going to continue the legacy of how this Greek island brings unsuspecting people together at a point in their lives where they aren't entirely ready to commit to a relationship much less consider a marriage! Sometimes life is like that though - you find yourself caught up in the tides of fate and despite your best intentions, things really do work out the way they were always meant to even if the timing of it all is not your own choosing."

Hallie Reads - Review

"A story of grief, trust, letting go, and some good, fun romance, Claiming the Drakos Heir is definitely an enjoyable read. I loved seeing the drama between Popi and Apollo in these unique circumstances, proving perfect for any reader in need of a quick contemporary romance."


Kissing her had been a mistake. Apollo didn’t know if he was going to be able to talk to her—to look at her—without recalling that earth-moving kiss. And he couldn’t afford to be distracted. There was too much at stake.

He stepped away. “That shouldn’t have happened.”

Popi’s gaze darkened. “The song has ended. Now I want answers. Who are you?”

“Do you really not recognize me?”

“No.” She studied his face. “Why should I know you? Are you famous?”


"I did enjoy the story of Popi and Apollo. Both were determined to care for the baby. I loved how Apollo took to Fatherhood."

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Claiming the Drakos Heir
(Greek Island Brides #2)
By Jennifer Faye
Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 256 Pages
June 1st 2019 by Harlequin Romance

The rebel bachelor is back…

To claim her baby!

In this Greek Island Brides story, pregnant surrogate Popi Costas is faced with raising her late sister’s child alone, until the baby’s wealthy uncle arrives to take charge! Apollo Drakos is distractingly handsome, but Popi won’t let that stop her from fighting to keep the baby. Yet as she gets to know the man behind the wild card reputation, Popi’s reconsidering welcoming Apollo into her new little family…

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The Greek Island Brides Series

Finding love that lasts to infinity!

All marriages that take place on renowned wedding destination Infinity Island are guaranteed to last forever!

And the picturesque Greek island is about to weave its magic for friends Lea, Popi and Stasia. They dream of finding their own happy-ever-afters... And they’re about to meet three billionaires who will sweep them off their feet—and down the aisle!

Follow Lea’s journey from surprise pregnancy to dream proposal in...

Book #1 - Carrying the Greek Tycoon’s Baby

From one night…

To nine months!

In this Greek Island Brides story, for jaded tycoon Xander Marinakos, renowned wedding destination Infinity Island is just another opportunity to expand his empire. Until he’s captivated by its beautiful owner, Lea Romes… When their one night together has unexpected consequences, Xander must negotiate the deal of a lifetime, and put his guarded heart on the table to convince independent Lea they can be a family…for infinity!

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Book #3 - Wearing the Greek Millionaire's Ring

A convenient engagement…

An inconvenient attraction!

In this Greek Island Brides story, widow Stasia Marinakos is learning to enjoy life again aboard a Mediterranean cruise. Her chemistry with gorgeous Greek tycoon Roberto Carrass is a pleasant surprise—until she’s mistaken for his fiancĂ©e! Nevertheless, the guarded bachelor asks Stasia to continue the charade to stop his family from matchmaking. As their attraction grows, their fake romance feels ever more real…but what will happen when the vacation ends?

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Award-winning author, Jennifer Faye pens fun, heartwarming contemporary romances with rugged cowboys, sexy billionaires and enchanting royalty. Internationally published with books translated into nine languages. She is a two-time winner of the RT Book Reviews Reviewers' Choice Award, the CataRomance Reviewers' Choice Award, named a TOP PICK author, and been nominated for numerous other awards.


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The Heart of A Vicar Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Friday, June 7, 2019





Young love is all too fleeting, as Harold Jonquil painfully discovered years ago when Sarah Sarvol, the niece of a neighboring landowner, captured his heart. After an idyllic few weeks in the throes of blossoming love, reality intervened. They could have no future. Following their disastrous parting, Harold attempted to push aside thoughts of love and regret, but Sarah has never left his heart. Now, years later, he has achieved his lifelong aspiration of becoming the local vicar. However, the role proves more difficult than he imagined. He feels hollow and uninspired -- until the most important person in his past returns, challenging him as no one ever has.

When Sarah's ailing uncle summons her back to the family estate in England, there iso only one person from her past she is reluctant to see again: Harold Jonquil, the only man who has ever claimed her heart. But when she comes face-to-face with her former beau, she hardly recognizes the aloof and dull man before her. She is determined to help Harold rediscover the passion he once felt toward his chosen profession. Soon, despite their exasperation with each other, they cannot deny the stirring of feelings long buried-- but is it too late for second chances?

Sarah Eden created a fictional family called the Jonquils with seven sons and an honorary son. Each son has/or will have a novel telling the story of how they met their spouse. Each story also references what is going on in the lives of the other brothers and build on each other. She also created a second family for regency romance readers called the Lancasters. The last Lancaster book, Loving Lieutenant Lancaster, sets place at the Jonquil home and some of the plot elements from that story carry over into The Heart of a VicarThe Heart of a Vicar tells the story of Harold and is the seventh book in the Jonquil series. Here are the books that are part of the Jonquil family's story:
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I've read Eden's other books in the series (some several times over) and Harold is usually portrayed as a tightly wound vicar that has trouble interacting socially. The Heart of a Vicar really shows a different side of Harold and how lost he feels within his role as a vicar. Sarah inspires him to be himself and to figure out what he wants in life. I liked Harold better after reading his story and understood him a bit better. In the other novels, he comes out a bit pompous and socially awkward. I usually cringe a little when he interacts with his brothers. It was interesting to see the reasons behind his behavior and get to know his character better. I loved getting to know his hobbies. It really made his character more interesting and dynamic. He's now one of my favorites. I was annoyed at times with Sarah for pushing Harold too hard to change, but I knew what Harold was going through as a reader and she didn't. The Heart of a Vicar also revisits several of the other characters from Sarah Eden's books. If you read them out of order, it would ruin the twists and suspense leading up to this story. I've been anticipating this book for a while and I wasn't disappointed. I can't wait to read the next book in the series! I know it'll be at least a year before the next one comes out, but I can't wait! If you haven't read about the Jonquils and you enjoy romance, I would very highly suggest reading these books. I own most of the series and reread them almost yearly. To learn more about The Heart of a Vicar, click here.

I would also suggest following Sarah Eden on social media. Sometimes, she does giveaways for her books and gives "slight" hints at what is to come. Her Facebook page is here and her Instagram is here.

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The Trial of Porter Rockwell Review and Giveaway

Wednesday, June 5, 2019


Choosing the perfect gift for Dad can be tough! Does your dad love history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? Does your dad enjoy legal dramas? Your dad might enjoy the new movie, The Trial of Porter Rockwell. Check out the preview here.


Movie Synopsis:
When former Missouri Governor Lilburn Boggs is shot by an unknown assailant,rumors quickly spread that the Mormons are responsible for the attempted assassination of the controversial politician. Never a friend of the members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Boggs had four years earlier issued the infamous extermination order that pronounced, "Mormons must be treated as enemies, and must be exterminated or driven from the State."

Rumors gain new momentum when recently excommunicated member John C. Bennett implicates the Prophet Joseph Smith and Porter Rockwell in the crime. Though these accusations are vehemently denied by Joseph and his supporters, arrest warrants are issued for the Prophet and his protector. Joseph's warrant is dismissed; however, Porter Rockwell, not yet thirty, is arrested.

After spending nine months in jail, Porter is finally brought to court for a grand-jury hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to indict him—a hurdle the state of Missouri must clear to proceed with a full criminal trial. This taut courtroom drama brings to life the friendship of Joseph and Porter and the original story behind the larger-than-life, legendary Porter Rockwell.

Review:
I recently read about the assassination attempt of Governor Boggs from the book, Saints: The Standard of Truth and how Porter Rockwell was blamed for the attempt. It was interesting to see the trial portrayed in this movie and to learn more about Rockwell. The beginning of the movie was a little dark for younger audiences. The content also might be confusing for younger audiences. I think this movie would be best for adults and/or families with teens. To learn more about The Trial of Porter Rockwell, click here.

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Refuge at Pine Lake Blog Tour, Review, and Giveaway

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Refuge at Pine Lake Blog Tour

About the Book

Refuge at Pine Lake
Series: Pine Haven  
Genre: Christian, Contemporary  
Publisher: Chanson Books  
Publication date: March 7, 2019

Robin Lancaster, a twenty-six-year-old former kindergarten teacher, has her summer and her life all figured out. She’s ready to be on her own, writing and illustrating her children’s stories at her family’s beloved lake house. Once there, she intends to rekindle a romance with Caleb Jackson, the area’s top hunting and fishing guide, and bag him for herself. Complications arise from the start when Robin finds out her mother has rented the lake house to a man they know nothing about. Matthew McLaughlin, forty-year-old widowed university professor and author from California, shows up at Pine Lake in crisis. A sabbatical might be his only hope to save much more than his career. He needs a place of refuge. Sharing the lake house with a lighthearted young woman and her dog is the last thing on his mind. Caleb Jackson has his own plans. He’s used to things going his way, but a man staying in Robin’s house presents unforeseen challenges. When paths unavoidably entangle for these three, hearts are on the line.

About the Author

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Rose Chandler Johnson is known for her heartwarming, inspirational writing. In addition to works of sweet contemporary fiction, her devotional journal, God, Me, and Sweet Iced Tea: Experiencing God in the Midst of Everyday Moments won the Georgia Author of the Year Finalist Award in 2014. In her novels, Rose brings to life fascinating characters with compelling relationships embracing family, community, and faith. In distinctive southern settings, Rose creates memorable stories that will stir your heart. Readers often say her writing warms the soul as it reaffirms belief in love and wholesome goodness. Don’t be surprised if you sigh with pleasure as you savor the final pages of her stories. Rose has lived in a suburb of Augusta, GA for thirty plus years. Before retiring from Georgia’s school system, she taught English, French, and ESOL. Currently, she is an English instructor at a community college. In addition to reading and writing, Rose enjoys cooking, sewing, gardening, and spending time with her six children and her beautiful grandchildren.

Review

Robin is determined to have the perfect summer and capture the attention of Caleb. She plans to stay at her family's lake house even though her mother rented it out. Her determination and forcefulness makes her a little hard to like at first. She seems more concerned about her needs without realizing how much she's infringing on the tenant's privacy.

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Gradually, her character becomes more likable and I was cheering for her to realize that she should be shifting her attention away from Caleb to Matt. Matt's emotional state seems a bit overdone at first. I think it's a decent "beach" or "summer" read. To learn more about Refuge at Pine Lake, click here.

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Please note that I received a free copy of this book to facilitate this review, however my opinion remains my own.

June Giveaways to Enter (Low to Moderate Entry)

Saturday, June 1, 2019

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.

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GetOutPass Idaho with Ceramica

Friday, May 24, 2019

We ventured with our GetOutPass Idaho to Ceramica in Boise. Ceramica is a paint-your-own-pottery studio. You get to choose from many different colors and paint a design on a piece of pottery. With the GetOutPass Idaho, you get to paint a 12 oz mug and you paint a piece of pottery quarterly.

I took my kids to Ceramica to paint a mug. My 3-year-old daughter painted her mug in several different paints. At first she painted it into a cool marbled design, but then she painted over her design with a steel gray color. My 5-year-old-son painted a mug with Star Wars characters. I painted a solid speckled yellow color on my mug and then a white speckled color on the inside. I didn't take a lot of time on my mug since I tried to help my kids by getting more paint and making sure that their mug was thoroughly covered in paint.

The employees at Ceramica were extremely nice and helpful. They gave me a highchair so that my baby could observe us painting. They explained the process and what we needed to do. It was a good experience. With the GetOutPass Idaho, we can go once a month! The mugs will make great additions to our own dishes or we can create gifts for grandparents, uncles, aunts, teachers, etc.

The more we use the GetOutPass Idaho, the more I realize how great it is. We get access to so many things that normally we wouldn't go to. My family get to experience different things and have fun. It gets us out of the house and away from our same old "go-to" activities. I think its good to try something different.

The GetOutPass Idaho is normally $99.95 per person. By using the special discount code,“IDAHO40," you can get $40 off the cost per person making the passes $59.95. With access to the following venues this pass can result in great savings and allows you to get out and do fun things at a low cost especially when compared to the normal admission prices. If you want to go out more and save more, check out GetOutPass Idaho!

GetOutPass Idaho is a paid membership to get access to multiple venues multiple times per year. Venues include:
  • Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs (Quarterly) 
  • Asana Climbing Gym (Bi-Annual) 
  • Aquarium of Boise (Bi-Annual 
  • Jump Time Meridian (Monthly) 
  • Elevate Mind and Body Studios (Quarterly and Yearly) 
  • Idaho River Sports (Monthly) 
  • Urban Adventure Air Park (Monthly) 
  • Independence Indoor Shooting (Yearly) 
  • Gemstone Climbing Center (Monthly and Yearly) 
  • Jump Time Twinfalls (Monthly) 
  • Treasure Valley Skate (Monthly) 
  • Emerald Lanes (Monthly) 
  • Pyrrhic Paintball (Daily) 
  • Twin Falls Escape Room (Yearly) 
  • Planet Kid (Quarterly) 
  • Jump Time Boise (Monthly) 
  • Puzzling Adventures (Yearly)
  • VR Tech Lounge (Quarterly) 
  • Play Deep Academy (Bi-Annual) 
  • Ceramica (Quarterly) 
  • 8-Bit Gaming (Quarterly) 
  • Hands On (Yearly and Monthly) 
  • Myth Parkour (Quarterly and Monthly) 
  • Fastlane Indoor Kart Racing and Pit Pass 
  • Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza (2x Yearly)
  • Orpheum Theater (Quarterly)
To learn more about GetOutPass Idaho, click here and don't forget to use the discount code, "IDAHO40."

(Disclaimer: I received free passes for my family to help facilitate my review and to share this exciting offer.)

A Proper Scandal Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Tuesday, May 21, 2019



Grace Sinclair has been callously cast out of her home. And though taken in as an orphaned child by the vicar and his wife, her unsurpassed beauty makes it impossible for her to remain in the vicar's household with two daughters of their own about to enter Society, the vicar and his wife see Grace as nothing but competition. Thankfully, Grace's estranged Aunt Bell has agreed to take her in to her home in London. But Grace soon learns her situation has just gotten much worse. It takes only a moment's acquaintance for Grace to ascertain that her aunt has married a detestable rake. And Aunt Bell, recognizing the danger of having her lovely niece too near her husband, gives Grace an ultimatum: the young woman has two weeks to find a man to marry, after which she will be turned out. With no experience in the art of attracting a husband, Grace quickly realizes that a worthy suitor might not be so easy to ensnare.

A Proper Scandal was a fun and enjoyable book to read. I loved reading how Grace tries to ensnare a husband. Grace and the male protagonist were hilarious. I liked reading their reactions to each other and the situations they found themselves in. The writing was very "fresh," well-planned and well-managed. It was really well-written. It was easy to imagine the scenes and characters. All of the characters had personality and stood out. The villains were spoiled, selfish and had no regard for propriety. They truly were villains and felt that they could do as they pleased. I was actively cheering against them. It wasn't the typical romance. Grace was thrown into very bad situations and she tried her best to get out of it unscathed and find a solution that worked best for her. The humor in the book and how the plot moved really makes the book stand out. I look forward to reading more by Esther Hatch. To learn more about A Proper Scandal, click here.

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GetOutPass Idaho with Planet Kid

Friday, May 17, 2019

We used our GetOutPass to go to Planet Kid at the Wing Center. Planet Kid is a huge indoor
playground located off of Cole Rd in Boise. The indoor playground has several slides, climbing areas, ball pits, big balls, tunnels, cargo nets and more. Planet Kid also had a "baby/toddler" area with a little ball pit, slides and gliding horses. We went on a weekday and it was really fun. It wasn't crowded at first, but then slowly more and more kids and moms/dads trickled in.

I think it would have been better if we had invited friends to join us. My son (age 5) is more adventurous then my daughter (age 3), so he ventured most of the time in the playground by himself. My daughter stuck to a smaller section of the playground that she felt comfortable exploring. There was an area for kids 2 and under that I stayed at, most of the time, with my baby (8 months). With friends, I think my kids would have been more enthusiastic about playing and I would have had someone to chat with in the baby area besides my baby.


It was easy to watch kids as they played. Most parts of the playground are pretty visible. My son (age 5) and daughter (age 3) said that they had a lot of fun and asked when they could go again. We stayed for an hour. As we were leaving, it started to rain and I was glad that we were able to get some energy out before going home.

I am really enjoying the GetOutPass for Idaho. It gives us a chance to get out of the house without feeling like we are wasting money and we get the chance to do something different. I also don't feel guilty for only spending an hour there. We can easily go again next quarter. This was our first time going to Planet Kid. I've heard about it from other moms, but it always seemed too expensive to go for just an hour or two. I don't really like spending the whole day out with kids. It makes it hard to juggle naps, household chores and meals. I think my kids would get bored if we did the same activities and outings all the time and this gives us a chance to branch out and experience different things. (Check out our post a few weeks ago on going to JumpTime Boise, by clicking here.)

With the GetOutPass Idaho, we can go to Planet Kid quarterly. The prices without the pass for Plant Kid are $9 for kids 4-12 and $6 for kids 1-3 years old. If we were to go without the pass four times for a year, it would cost $60. The GetOutPass is normally $99.95 per person. By using the special discount code,“IDAHO40," you can get $40 off the cost per person making the passes $59.95. With access to the following venues this pass can result in great savings and allows you to get out and do fun things at a low cost especially when compared to the normal admission prices. If you want to go out more and save more, check out the GetOutPass for Idaho!

GetOutPass Idaho is a paid membership to get access to multiple venues multiple times per year. Venues include:
  • Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs (Quarterly) 
  • Asana Climbing Gym (Bi-Annual) 
  • Aquarium of Boise (Bi-Annual 
  • Jump Time Meridian (Monthly) 
  • Elevate Mind and Body Studios (Quarterly and Yearly) 
  • Idaho River Sports (Monthly) 
  • Urban Adventure Air Park (Monthly) 
  • Independence Indoor Shooting (Yearly) 
  • Gemstone Climbing Center (Monthly and Yearly) 
  • Jump Time Twinfalls (Monthly) 
  • Treasure Valley Skate (Monthly) 
  • Emerald Lanes (Monthly) 
  • Pyrrhic Paintball (Daily) 
  • Twin Falls Escape Room (Yearly) 
  • Planet Kid (Quarterly) 
  • Jump Time Boise (Monthly) 
  • Puzzling Adventures (Yearly)
  • VR Tech Lounge (Quarterly) 
  • Play Deep Academy (Bi-Annual) 
  • Ceramica (Quarterly) 
  • 8-Bit Gaming (Quarterly) 
  • Hands On (Yearly and Monthly) 
  • Myth Parkour (Quarterly and Monthly) 
  • Fastlane Indoor Kart Racing and Pit Pass 
  • Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza (2x Yearly)
  • Orpheum Theater (Quarterly)
To learn more about GetOutPass Idaho, click here.

(Disclaimer: I received free passes for my family to help facilitate my review and to share this exciting offer.)

Charlotte's Promise Blog Tour, Review and Giveaway

Wednesday, May 8, 2019




One year ago Charlotte Bower’s life was ripped apart when Creek Indians attacked, killed her parents, and separated her from her young brother—now, she will stop at nothing to find him. After a year of captivity, she has finally made her escape. Her search will begin in New Orleans, where captives were taken after the raid. But how to reach a city hundreds of miles away? As she watches men boarding a waiting ship, Charlotte formulates a bold plan: if it’s men they need for the ship’s crew, it’s a man they’ll get. Taking on her childhood nickname, Charlie, it is all too easy to gain passage on the New Orleans-bound vessel. Easy, that is, until Charlie is caught . . .

From the moment he sets eyes on the new deckhand, Captain Alden Thatcher knows one thing for certain: Charlie Bower is no man. But for reasons of his own, he keeps her secret. As their journey progresses, however, the voyage is increasingly ill-fated. With danger ever present, Charlie and the captain find themselves relying on one another in ways they’d never imagined. As they draw closer to her goal, Charlotte is faced with the most perilous adventure of all—an adventure that may risk her heart.

As soon as Captain Alden Thatcher, meets Charlie he knows she's disguised as a man. Most literature allows for women to completely be disguised as a man with the men none the wiser, however I think Charlotte's Promise is a more realistic approach. It's hard to believe that femininity can completely disappear even with a disguise as frequently as it's mentioned in literature. I enjoyed reading about Charlotte, Captain Thatcher and their shipmates. The characters were interesting and it was easy to get wrapped up in their world. I also liked the backdrop of the War of 1812. It was interesting to get a glimpse into the time period and learn more about human slavery from battles. The battle scenes were interesting and it was interesting to read Moore's take on it. I also enjoy reading about the workings of the ship. It was very interesting and you can tell that the book was well researched. The romance was gradual and at parts felt a little rushed. Overall, it was an enjoyable story. This book would be an excellent mother's day gift! Some of the characters mentioned in this story also have their own books - The Shipbuilder's Wife and My Dearest Enemy. To find out more about Charlotte's Promise, click here.


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May Giveaway Listing (low to moderate entry)

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

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.

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$40 Children's Place Gift Card (ends 05.05.19) 
Lego Movie 2 (ends 05.05.19)
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$300 Stitch Fix Gift Card (ends 05.07.19)
Lego Movie 2 (ends 05.08.19)
She-ra Prize Pack (ends 05.08.19)
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$50 Hanna Andersson Gift Card and Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants (ends 05.09.19)
$250 Visa Gift Card to Gilroy Outlets (ends 05.09.19)
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Pair of Star Wars Books (ends 05.09.19)
Lego Movie 2 (ends 05.09.19)
$50 Target Gift Card (ends 05.10.19)
Ultimate Mother's Day Prize Pack (ends 05.10.19)
Ada Twist Book and Doll (ends 05.11.19)
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends 05.11.19)
Ada Twist Book (ends 05.11.19)
Sesame Street ABC DVD (ends 05.13.19)
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends 05.13.19)
Pediped Shoes (ends 05.14.19)
$50 Hanna Andersson Gift Card and Ada Twist Book (ends 05.15.19) 
$50 Melting Pot Gift Card (ends 05.15.19)
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends 05.16.19)
Mother's Day Beauty Package (ends 05.19.19)
$100 Macy's Gift Card (ends 05.20.19) 
Brick Mates Stack by Number Toy (ends 05.20.19)
Beginner's Bible 100 Words and $50 Visa Gift Card (ends 5.20.19)
GoSili Items (ends 05.20.19) 
Comfortiva Sandals (ends 05.21.19)
Percy Jackson and the Olympians Box Set (ends 05.21.19)
Lego Movie 2 (ends 05.22.19)
$25 Target Gift Card (ends 05.22.19) 
$30 Ulta Gift Card (ends 05.23.19)
$50 Kohls Gift Card (ends 05.23.19)
Ada Twist Prize Pack (ends 05.23.19) 
Ada Twist Book and Doll (ends 05.24.19)
$100 Visa Gift Card and Beginner's Bible (ends 05.28.19)
$50 Jane.com Gift Card (ends 05.29.19)
Captain Marvel Movie (ends 05.30.19)
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (ends 05.30.19)
The Upside (ends 05.31.19) 
Ada Twist Prize Pack (ends 05.31.19) 
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Spinster and Spice Book Blast and Giveaway

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

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About the Book

Series: The Spinster Chronicles
Genre:  Adult, Regency, Romance
Publisher: Phase Publishing
Publication date: May 1, 2019
Spinster, sweet Spinster
Isabella Lambert is a nice person. She is biddable, polite, soft-spoken, and eager to please. She also happens to be a spinster, and one of the writers of the infamous Spinster Chronicles, where she is less polite, more outspoken, and may not please anyone. Izzy also has a secret that only one person knows, and that one person may hold the key to its success.
Sebastian Morton finds Izzy Lambert fascinating. She is the perfect mentor for his younger sister as well as a capable and charming friend for him. When opportunity strikes to spend more time with her, her secret becomes his. But will this secret, and others, ruin their connection?

About the Author

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Rebecca Connolly writes romances, both period and contemporary, because she absolutely loves a good love story. She has been creating stories since childhood, and there are home videos to prove it! She started writing them down in elementary school and has never looked back. She currently lives in the Midwest, spends every spare moment away from her day job absorbed in her writing, and is a hot cocoa addict.

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Jump Time Adventure with GetOutPass Idaho

Friday, April 26, 2019

GetOutPass Idaho helps make it easier for families to get out to enjoy numerous places with huge savings. We used our pass to go to Jump Time in Boise. We went on a weekday and it was great. It wasn't crowded so I think my kids were able to overcome their shyness faster. They were hesitant about jumping and playing at first, but they eventually became braver and enjoyed playing dodge ball on a trampoline, jumping into a foam pit and seeing how high they could jump. We've been home bound for a few days so it was nice to get out and do something different. My kids had so much fun. After we left, my kids were asking to go again sometime. It's a great place for kids to go and play.

With the GetOutPass Idaho, you can go to Jump Time in Boise monthly for an hour. The prices are $9 for a kids 5+, $7 for 3-4 year olds, and $5 for 1 -2 year olds. If we were to go without the pass once a month for a year, it would cost $192. The GetOutPass is normally $99.95 per person. By using the special discount code,“IDAHO40," you can get $40 off the cost per person making the passes $59.95. With access to all of these venues this pass can result in great savings and allows you to get out and do fun things at a low cost especially when compared to the normal admission prices. If you want to go out more and save more, check out the GetOutPass for Idaho!

GetOutPass Idaho is a paid membership to get access to multiple venues multiple times per year. Venues include:
  • Miracle & Banbury Hot Springs (Quarterly) 
  • Asana Climbing Gym (Bi-Annual) 
  • Aquarium of Boise (Bi-Annual 
  • Jump Time Meridian (Monthly) 
  • Elevate Mind and Body Studios (Quarterly and Yearly) 
  • Idaho River Sports (Monthly) 
  • Urban Adventure Air Park (Monthly) 
  • Independence Indoor Shooting (Yearly) 
  • Gemstone Climbing Center (Monthly and Yearly) 
  • Jump Time Twinfalls (Monthly) 
  • Treasure Valley Skate (Monthly) 
  • Emerald Lanes (Monthly) 
  • Pyrrhic Paintball (Daily) 
  • Twin Falls Escape Room (Yearly) 
  • Planet Kid (Quarterly) 
  • Jump Time Boise (Monthly) 
  • Puzzling Adventures (Yearly)
  • VR Tech Lounge (Quarterly) 
  • Play Deep Academy (Bi-Annual) 
  • Ceramica (Quarterly) 
  • 8-Bit Gaming (Quarterly) 
  • Hands On (Yearly and Monthly) 
  • Myth Parkour (Quarterly and Monthly) 
  • Fastlane Indoor Kart Racing and Pit Pass 
  • Ice Ribbon at Indian Creek Plaza (2x Yearly) 
To learn more about GetOutPass Idaho, click here.

(Disclaimer: I received free passes for my family to help facilitate my review and to share this exciting offer.)
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