Feb 282021
 

Outside… 
87° but the “Feels Like” is 90°

Reading…
Starting this week: The Three Wishes Of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple (Book 1)

Listening To…
DNF: Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours by Larry Elder

Listening to Love, Clancy: A dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover & loving it!

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Ø – Way behind on my review for The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg

Watched…
I binge watched the 1st season of All Creatures Great And Small and loved it! Can’t wait for the next season

Up Next In Kitchen…
Hamburgers, Onion rings/French fries, pea salad
Hawaiian Grilled Cheese
Chili
Taco Salad
Cheese Tortellini With Peas, Corn & Alfredo Sauce

New To Me Stuff:
KIT KAT® DUOS Mint and Dark Chocolate SO GOOD!

Today’s To Do List…
Worked this morning so now I’m just going to relax

Looking forward to…
Returning to a normal world

A Favorite Bible Verse…
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Psalms 34:4 KJV

From the camera…

Hmmm, they were open but I guess they aren’t open anymore

Feb 232021
 

Hosted @ Socrates’ Book Reviews

Love, Clancy: A Dog's Letters Home

Love, Clancy: A dog’s Letters Home by Richard Glover

Age: Three Months
c/-The New Kennel
Chateau Chaos
28 November

Dear Mum and Dad,
It’s Clancy here, your puppy, writing from my new home in the city. The people I’ve moved in with seem friendly but a little strange. They’re particularly weird whenever I urinate. Either they run around grabbing rolls of paper towel, in a scene of some hysteria, saying, ‘Oh no! Oh no!’ or the stand smiling and saying, ‘Good dog, good dog.’

The first version happens inside, after I’ve urinated on the kitchen floor; the other outside, after I’ve urinated on the grass. I’m not sure what they are trying to convey. The only certain thing is that the “Oh no! Oh no!’ version is much more fun for me to watch, so it’s the reaction I go out of my way to generate.

Feb 212021
 

Outside… 
53° right now, the expected high is 73° with little chance of rain

Reading…
Humans Of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton

Listening To…
Dear Father, Dear Son: Two Lives…Eight Hours by Larry Elder

Watching…
Call Me Kat, the format is a little odd, but I really like it

Up Next In Kitchen…
Chicken Taco Soup
Italian Sausage, Pepper, and Potato Packets
Oven Baked St Louis Style Ribs, Baked Potatoes, Anastasia’s Best-Ever Baked Beans

Today’s To Do List…
Doing some work around the house, reading and watching a movie or two

Looking forward to…
Spending tomorrow with my daughter

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Teach me to do your will, for you are my God; may your good Spirit lead me on level ground.
Psalm 143:10

A Favorite Photo…

Blowing Raspberries

Feb 132021
 

Chicken Stuffing Bake

1 (6 ounce) package chicken flavor stuffing mix
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
1⁄3 cup sour cream
1⁄8 cup milk
1⁄8 teaspoon poultry seasoning
1⁄8 teaspoon paprika
1⁄8 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper
1 2⁄3 cups water
2 tablespoons butter

Mix contents of stuffing mix pouch and the 1-2/3 cups water, set aside
Place washed & dried chicken in a 13 x 9 inch baking dish
Sprinkle chicken w/ poultry seasoning, paprika, garlic powder, salt & pepper
Mix soup, sour cream and milk
Pour mixture evenly over chicken
Spoon stuffing mixture over the top, evenly
Dot the top with little pieces of butter
Bake at 375 degrees for 45 min., until chicken is 165°

Thoughts
This was very good. It didn’t cost a lot and was quick and easy to make. The chicken (I used boneless skinless thighs) was so tender and the stuffing was crispy. The only thing I did different besides the chicken was that I used Campbell’s Healthy Request Cream of Chicken in place of the regular Cream of Chicken.

 

Feb 112021
 

 

 

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  It’s Me by Jeff Kubiak
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (Ages 8-12),  57 pages
Genre:  Children’s/Middle Grade, Non-fiction, own voices
Publisher:  EduMatch Publishing
Release date:   November 14, 2020
Content Rating:  PG. Although the book reads like a graphic novel, it does contain topics dealing with racism and other social issues.

Book Description:
It’s Me is dedicated to every person who has ever felt less about who they are or want to be because of someone else’s opinion, feelings, or prejudice. Let’s ditch the prejudiced labeling, and embrace our Human Race for the diversity, inclusivity, equity, and individuality we all deserve.

Thoughts
This book should be in all elementary schools, and could even help students in middle and high schools! So many people, especially children, are going through something that causes them to be judged and talked about, and so many people can be cruel and unsympathetic to them. That makes me so sad.

Do people think they choose to be “different”? Why don’t they think about how they would feel if they were treated like that? I’ve never understood why some people have no compassion for others. This world is hard enough to live in without being badly treated.

If you think about it, none of us are perfect. We all have flaws and imperfections. They may or may not be something that people notice right away, but how would we feel if we were treated badly, excluded, talked about, or made fun of?

This book is full of real stories written by real people, students, teachers, and educators. Their words are powerful. Their feelings are raw. The book is emotional. This book is a must read for school children, and in my opinion, anyone of any age.

The illustrations are great!

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

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Meet the Author:Jeff loves children’s literature , “One Drop of Kindness” is Jeff’s first published children’s book. It’s Me reads like a fun graphic novel, but it is entirely non fiction. Every character in the book is a real student, or educator. It is so important for us to give access, equity, inclusion, and compassion to all those we meet. “Seeing” each
other and embracing our differences are jewels to life! Jeff taught for ten years as an elementary school teacher in grades 4, 5, and 6 and has seven years of administrative experience. He’s always looked at education from a different lens: from someone who hated and struggled with school. Jeff vows to always do his best to help increase opportunities for all students to feel heard, noticed, celebrated, challenged and safe. Jeff works hard to push back against the old model of “Industrialized Education” and fight compliance. There is not a day that goes by that he is not looking ahead to improve teacher pedagogy, student engagement and digital access for all. Being a former world class swimmer and coach and looks at education from perspectives that others don’t. Jeff knows what it takes to fail, struggle, win and go through the daily challenges that we all face. Jeff is based in California and can be found at jeffkubiak.com, Twitter at @jeffreykubiak and https://jeffkubiak.blogspot.com/.

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Tour Schedule:
Jan 25 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 26 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting –review / guest post / give
Feb 3 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 Pick a Good Book – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 8 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Feb 8  – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 9 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – KC Beanie Boos Collection – book review

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Feb 082021
 

Journey To A New Earth: Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover A New Earth by Zeiny Sher {Children's Book Review}

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 12, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Journey To A New Earth: Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover A New Earth by Zeiny Sher
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Zeiny Sher
Release date:   Oct 30 2020
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:

Penelope Panda and Kobi Koala Discover a New Earth is an exploration in preservation through connection. Penelope and Kobi are connected through life changing events, which helps them learn how to love and preserve the earth, and how to deeply connect with each other and others along the way.

Thoughts
A koala named Kobi and a Panda named Penelope met after Kobi escaped a fire and couldn’t find any of his friends. Penelope tells Kobi she will help him find them. As they start walking to find Kobi’s friends they meet a tree who gives them some very helpful thoughts. He shows them that this new world is much better and more beautiful than the world they left.

As the continued their walk they finally came across their friends. And they knew their world was forever changed.

The illustrations were done by Zuzana Svobodova. They were beautiful. Kobi and Penelope were fluffy and had big soulful eyes, and all the other animals, trees, etc. were as cute as they could be.

I loved the positive message in this book, “we are all connected to each other despite how far apart we may be”.

This book is geared toward ages 3-7 but I think it would be good for younger and older children. I loved it and I’m way past that age. If you have a child who loves animals, this book would be perfect for them.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

 

Meet the Author:

Zeiny Sher is a children’s book author whose journey began while writing a journal of life’s little love and connection experiences for
her three-year-old daughter and one-year-old son. With a very close-knit family, Sher has always been passionate about the universal connection we all have and teaching this to the younger generation. She has coached teenage girls on self-esteem and self-worth. Sher enjoys meditation in nature, CrossFit, Safari holidays and baking with her little ones.

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Tour Schedule:
Jan 25 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 28 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3 – The Book Review Crew. – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – The Momma Spot – book review
Feb 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 8 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Feb 8 – I’m Shelf-ish – book spotlight / guest post /giveaway
Feb 9 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 9 – High Society Book Review – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 9 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Feb 10 – Chit Chat with Charity – book spotlight / author interview
Feb 10 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Feb 10 Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Feb 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book review /giveaway
Feb 11 Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 12 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 12 – pickagoodbook – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 12 – One Frugal Girl – book review / giveaway

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Feb 072021
 

Outside… 
It’s warming up, right now it’s 69° but it’s supposed to get up to 75° with a low tonight of 54°. My dog and I were woken at 5:50 this morning by really loud thunder etc, so I checked the weather app and there was a tornado warning until 7:00. Thankfully we only got rain, wind, lightening, and thunder.

Reading…
Beaches, Bungalows, & Burglaries by Tonya Kappes
Book 1: A Camper & Criminals Cozy Mystery Series

Listening To…
Milk Blood Heat by Dantiel W. Moniz

Books Reviewed Last Week…
MC Plays Hide and Seek by Eva Grayzel
Mia and Nattie – One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell
Can Handle It! (Mindful Mantras) by Laurie Wright

Watched…
I’ve been watching Wheel Of Fortune, Jeopardy, and Family Feud (I can’t wait for it to come back on) since I was a kid and still watch them

Up Next In Kitchen……
Red Beans & Rice w/Polska Kielbasa
Hamburger’s & French Fries
Instant Pot Hawaiian Chicken
Tacos

New To Me Stuff:
Mountain Dew Major Melon, it’s pretty good!

Today’s To Do List…
On the top of this list is to read, watch a few movies

Looking forward to…
Spending Friday with my daughter and my two youngest grandkids

A Favorite Bible Verse…
“For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Romans 6:23

A Favorite Photo…

Taken @ Lion Country Safari in Loxahatchee, Florida

Feb 052021
 

Skyline Chili Recipe

2 lbs ground beef
2 cups chopped onions
4 cups beef stock
2 (8 ounce) cans tomato sauce
2 -3 tablespoons chili powder
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1⁄2 ounce grated unsweetened chocolate or 2 3/4 tablespoons cocoa
2 teaspoons instant minced garlic
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1⁄2 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground red pepper or 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1⁄4 teaspoon ground allspice
1⁄4 teaspoon ground cloves
1 bay leaves or 1/8 teaspoon bay leaf powder

Toppings
chopped onion (optional)
finely shredded cheddar cheese (certainly NOT optional)
kidney bean (optional)

Brown ground beef and onion
Drain
Add beef stock to beef mixture and simmer 10 minutes
Add remaining 13 ingredients, simmer uncovered 1 hour
Remove bay leaf, skim off extra fat
Serve over hot spaghetti, or hot dogs in buns for chili dogs
Top with plenty of cheese and other optional toppings

Thoughts
Sorry the picture is a mess, it was late and I was tired and didn’t want to stand in the kitchen until I got the lighting etc. just right.

My son and I went to Skyline Chili a few years ago and he loved it, me not so much. The other day he asked me to find a recipe and make it so I did. I didn’t think I’d like it but to my surprise I loved it. He said it tasted like what the restaurant had but I thought it was a lot better. I’m thinking it was all the shredded cheese I put in mine, they don’t give you very much.

You can add beans to the chili (my personal recipe has beans in it) but they don’t add beans at the restaurant so I didn’t. You can also serve it over spaghetti or hotdogs.

This is a quick and easy recipe and since we both liked it I plan on making it again sometime.

Feb 052021
 

 

Join us for this tour from Jan 25 to Feb 5, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  I Can Handle It! (Mindful Mantras) by Laurie Wright
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Laurie Wright
Release date:   August 2016
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

Book Description:
Your child will incorporate the idea of ‘I Can Handle It’ almost immediately after reading this book, even in our current uncertain times. After reading this book, they will have great ideas for how to ‘handle’ tough situations! When they are tired of having to stay home, they will think ‘I can handle it’! When they are missing their friends, they will think ‘I can handle it’! When they are feeling worried about the future, they will think ‘I can handle it’! Even if they aren’t saying the words out loud, this mantra will become a part of their self-talk. Over 300 5-star reviews say so! Positive self-talk is vital for improving and maintaining strong mental health which is exactly what the world needs right now. Help your child feel emotionally strong along with Sebastien, and provide a tool to help them get through these challenging times. And because parents have such a difficult and important job, this book includes updated free resources.

Thoughts
If you or someone you know has a child who has a hard time handling situations that makes them mad, sad, cranky, upset, etc., you need to get them a copy of this book.

It will show them how they can handle any situation that makes them uncomfortable. The examples in the book are all good ways to feel better. A few examples are when your sister (or brother) won’t stop bugging you, you can ask her to stop or make a joke out of it and laugh. Or, when you’re miserable because you have to go to bed, you can lie in bed and think of all the things you’ll be doing tomorrow.

The illustrations are by Ana Santos and I loved them. They are colorful and very cute. I especially loved the Hedgehog and the children’s faces! So adorable!

This is a short book but will help children learn how to handle situations that make them feel not so good.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

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Meet the Author:
Children’s author and book marketing coach, Laurie Wright is a silly but smart, busy mom of three who laughs at her own jokes just a bit too much. The minivan is her sanctuary, and the only place she can sing out loud without being shushed. She’s known for her short term memory and extreme love of chips and dip. Usually on her best behavior, watch out when her filter wears off! Never without her laptop and a notebook. Trust her with your kids and your books, but not your coffee!

connect with the author:  website  twitter  facebook ~ instagram

 
Tour Schedule:
Jan 25 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 25 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 26 Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – pickagoodbook – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – Adventures of a Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 28 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 28 – The Book Review Crew – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 29 – Reading is My Passion – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Library of Clean Reads – book review /giveaway
Feb 1  – She Just Loves Books – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 1 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 2 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – The Momma Spot – book review / author interview
Feb 3 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – 100 Pages A Day – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

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Feb 042021
 

Join us for this tour from Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Mia and Nattie – One Great Team by Marlene M. Bell
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Ewephoric Publishing
Release date:   October 3, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone. Family based book for all ages.

Book Description:
Nattie’s mouth was a little crooked. Her legs were a bit shorter
than usual, and one horn was too straight, like a unicorn’s horn. But
Mia thought Nattie was perfect. In a read-aloud picture book for
children who love animals, award-winning writer and sheep breeder
Marlene M. Bell presents Nattie the lamb’s true story. MIA AND NATTIE is
a heartwarming book that teaches readers about problem-solving,
teamwork, and love. On a visit to her grandma’s farm, eight-year-old Mia
discovers a newborn, orphaned lamb outside in the cold and takes her to
the laundry room, naming her Nattie. As she tries to nurse the lamb
back to health, Mia discovers that Nattie is different from the other
lambs and struggles to fit in with them like Mia does with other kids
her age. When her grandmother says she will sell Nattie to a neighbor,
Mia must come up with a plan to keep her friend around—one that will
show the family just how special Nattie truly is.

Thoughts
Mia And Nattie is such a sweet book. When a little lamb is born early, her mom doesn’t have any milk to feed her. So Mia decides to bottle feed her and names her Nattie. She is hoping she can keep the little lamb alive and help her grow. Nattie is really small like Mia, plus her legs are shorter than they should be, one horn is straight, and her mouth a bit crooked.

At first Mia isn’t sure if she will succeed in helping Nattie, but soon enough the lamb starts growing, and as time passes they develop a special bond. But then Mia’s grandmother wants to sell Nattie to a neighbor. Mia pleads with her to let her stay with them, and when she shows her grandmother just how helpful Nattie is with the other sheep, her grandmother says she can stay with them.

The message in the book is that no matter your size, if you put your mind to something and do your best, anything is possible.

The book is illustrated by Grace Sanford and she did an awesome job!

This is a perfect book for children.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

 

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Meet the Author:
Marlene M. Bell is an award-winning writer, artist, and crazy
sheep lady who resides in beautiful East Texas. Her renown sheep
photographs grace the covers of many livestock magazines where she also
writes newsy articles about raising sheep from her hands-on experience.
Marlene offers the first of her children’s picture books, Mia and
Nattie: One Great Team which is based on true events from the Bell’s
ranch. It’s a touching story of compassion and love between a little
girl and her lamb. Marlene shares her life with her husband and
dreadfully spoiled horned Dorset sheep: a large Maremma guard dog named
Tia, and cats, Hollywood, Leo, and Squeaks. The cats believe they rule
the household—and do.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Jan 18 – Hall Ways Blog – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 19 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Mystery Suspense Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review /giveaway
Jan 21 – The Momma Spot – book review / giveaway
Jan 21- Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Twirling Book Princess – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 27 – Authors.ace – book review
Jan 27 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 28 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 29 – My Journey Back – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Feb 1 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Chit Chat With Charity – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 3 – Westveil Publishing – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 4 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – I’m Into Books – book review /giveaway

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Jan 312021
 

 

Join us for this tour from Jan 5 to Feb 1, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  MC Plays Hide and Seek: An Empowering Story for Healthy Children Who Care About a Person Living with Cancer by Eva Grayzel
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  64 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Mascot Books
Release date:   Jan 5, 2021
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:
M.C.
is a cancer cell who shares just enough information about the nature of
the disease to promote dialogue and minimize fear. The scary part of
cancer is the unknown. Learn about doctors who look for cancer.
Understand feelings children experience and learn ways to cope. Empower
children with knowledge and how to make a difference. M.C. Plays Hide
& Seek strengthens communication and builds emotional health.

Thoughts
Cancer is a very scary thing for adults, but even more scary for kids. Most kids only know that cancer is something people can die from but they don’t really understand what it is or how it can be treated. This book helps them know more about what’s going on.

This would be a perfect book for any child who is personally dealing with cancer or knows someone who is. It talks about different kinds of cancer and the types of doctors that specialize in them, what the doctors may do to find out more about the cancer and then figure out the treatment. It will give them hope.

The author lets the reader know that cancer doesn’t spread like a cold or the flu, so they don’t have to be afraid of the person,  and that many people beat cancer. The illustrations are  great and the photos are a nice addition.

I know how scared I as an adult when I found out my mom was diagnosed with cancer, so I can’t imagine going through that as a child. Every child who has cancer or has a close relative or friend who has cancer should have this book.

 

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

 

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Eva Grayzel ~ B&N

Meet the Author:
Eva
Grayzel is a motivational speaker, storyteller, and cancer survivor.
When her children were five and seven years old, she was diagnosed with
cancer. Their fear of losing her was deep, real, and suppressed. When
she got a second chance at life, she created the Talk4Hope book series
to help children understand cancer and make it less scary.

connect with the author:  website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ pinterest ~ instagram

 

Tour Schedule:
Jan 5 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 5 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 5 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 5 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 7 – The Momma Spot – book review
Jan 8 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 12 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 13 – 411 ON BOOKS, AUTHORS, AND PUBLISHING NEWS – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 13 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – My Reading Journey – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 –  Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 18 – Westveil Publishing – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 19 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / guest post
Jan 21 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Ice Fairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 26 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 27 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bookswithpaulak – book review
Jan 28 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – I’m Into Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 1 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Feb 1 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway

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Jan 312021
 

Outside… 
The high is supposed to be 79°with only a 10% chance of rain

Reading…
Things My Son Needs To Know About The World by Fredrik Backman

Listening To…
The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop by Fannie Flagg

Books Reviewed Last Week…
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg

Watching This Week…
Fried Green TomatoesStill Mine, Our Friend

Up Next In Kitchen…
Chili
Chicken Stuffing Casserole
Tacos
Fish, Fries, Coleslaw

New To Me Stuff:
Since I was a little kid, Lucky Charms has been my favorite cereal. I saw Lucky Charms Frosted Flakes Marshmallow and I thought I’d buy a box to see if I liked them. They weren’t as good as the original Lucky Charms. The taste was off and the frosted flakes instead of  oat cereal pieces felt weird. I’ll be sticking with the original Lucky Charms

Today’s To Do List…
Work, then maybe go for a ride to let my doggy try out her new car booster seat, read, tv

Looking forward to…
Having next weekend off

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!
Psalm 31:24

A Favorite Photo…

♥ Great granddaughter Jensen ♥

Jan 302021
 

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe: A Novel

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flag

Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale she tells is also of two women – of the irrepressibly daredevilish tomboy Idgie and her friend Ruth – who back in the ’30s ran a little place in Whistle Stop, Alabama, a Southern kind of Cafe Wobegon offering good barbecue and good coffee and all kinds of love and laughter, even an occasional murder. And as the past unfolds, the present – for Evelyn and for us – will never be quite the same again….

Thoughts
I watched the movie many years ago and loved it, and the book has been on my list to read for a long time . I don’t know why it took me so long to read (listen) to it.

I loved this book! The characters were well written, the story was very good. I didn’t want to stop listening to it.

I loved the characters Idgie, Ruth, Mrs. Threadgoode, Evelyn, Sipsey, and the rest of the characters. Well, not so much Frank Bennett.

I liked The Weems Weekly, it reminded me of a small town newspaper back in the 70’s. Even though the books jumps back and forth from year to year, it was easy to keep track. There wasn’t one “story” that I didn’t enjoy.

Fannie Flagg did a great job with this book and now I plan on watching the movie again tonight. There were a few parts in the book that were sad but others were laugh out loud funny.

The narrator was Lorna Raver and she did a fantastic job with all the voices!

I loved this book so much that when I finished it I bought a copy of  The Wonder Boy of Whistle Stop and want to get a copy of Fannie Flagg’s Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook.

This book will probably be going on my top 10 favorite books of 2021 list.

Jan 272021
 

Join us for this tour from Jan 12 to Feb 1, 2021!

Book Details:

Book Title:  Weekend Pass by Paul Cavanagh
Category:  Adult Fiction (18 yrs +),  210 pages
Genre: Literary
Publisher:  Not That London Writer
Release date:   Jan 19, 2021
Content Rating:  PG-13 + M. Includes some f-words, religious profanities, and mature themes (addiction, adultery)


Weekend Pass packs a lot into fewer than two hundred pages. The dialogue never stutters. The writing is tight and clean and elegant with hidden depths that give pause for reflection and thought. It covers important, difficult themes in a compassionate, humanist way. It was an absolute pleasure to read.
Recommended, TheBookBag.co.uk

Book Description:

Who can forgive a mother who poisons her eight-year-old son? Even if it was an accident. Tasha thought she had everything under control – her family life, her career as a nurse – until her son got into her stash of painkillers. Now, during her first weekend home from drug treatment, she must come to grips with the damage she’s done and somehow pick up the pieces. Told from the points of view of four different family members, Weekend Pass is a story about the lies we tell ourselves and the people we love. And it’s about struggling to rise above the mistakes that threaten to define us.

Thoughts
This book deals with a very serious subject, substance abuse. Tasha is a mom and nurse, and she has an addition to painkillers. One day her young son finds her painkillers and he ends up in the hospital. The book takes place during a Tasha’s first “weekend pass” from a treatment facility.

The book describes how substance abuse can affect a family. The drugs can harm everyone in the family, not just the person with the addiction. It goes into the problems Tasha’s mom and dad had in their marriage, and  Tasha and her husband Baker’s problems. Baker is very angry at Tasha, with very good reason.

The book covers is an emotional read that will keep you turning the pages, wanting to find out how things unfold.

I have never read a book by Paul Cavanagh before but will check other books out.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

 

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Meet the Author:Paul Cavanagh is a Canadian author whose debut novel, After Helen,
won the Lit Idol competition at the London Book Fair in the UK and was
published to rave reviews in the United States, Canada, and the British
Isles. He’s been compared to Pulitzer Prize winner Anne Tyler for his
ability to be at turns funny and moving while exploring the paradoxes of
modern family relationships. He lives in London, Ontario (not be be
confused with that other London). Weekend Pass is his third novel.

connect with the author: website ~ twitter ~ facebook ~ instagram ~ goodreads

 

Tour Schedule:

Jan 12 – fundinmental – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 12 – Olio by Marilyn – book review / giveaway
Jan 12 – Olio by Marilyn – book spotlight / author interview
Jan 13 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 14 – Elizabeth McKenna – Author Blog – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 14 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Jan 15 – Westveil Publishing – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Welcome To MLM Opinions Reviews – book review
Jan 18 – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – RebeccaReviewedIt – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Books Beans & Botany – book review / giveaway
Jan 21 – StoreyBook Reviews – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 22 – taketwolu – book review
Jan 22 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight
Jan 25 – The Bibliophilic World – book review
Jan 25 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Literary Flits – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book spotlight
Jan 27 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – My Fictional Oasis – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Sadie’s Spotlight – book spotlight
Feb 1 – Corinne Rodrigues – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway

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Jan 262021
 

The Five Wishes of Mr. Murray McBride by Joe Siple

Book 1 of 2: Murray McBride

Chapter One

Murray McBride
Lemon Grove, Illinois
Twenty Years Earlier

Bran Flakes. Every morning for longer than this old brain can remember. Since Jenny died, anyhow. Chalky and bland and disgusting. But I’m not one of those picky folk who need the most expensive caviar for every meal. Never have been.

I stare at the Bran Flakes like they’re a worthy opponent. I’ll attempt to chew and swallow and they’ll try to kill me with a lack of flavor. May the best man win.

It’s my birthday – the Big Ten-Oh- which does nothing but remind me I have no one left. No family, except a greedy grandson who rarely visits. No friends, except the grocery check-out clerk with the pierced nostril – a sparkly hoop I can’t help but stare at. I’m not proud of it, but I want to include my Internist, Doc Keaton, on that list of friends. Why else would he insist on a birthday physical? A glance at the clock tells me I’ll be late for the appointment, but what do I care? Get to be my age, and people don’t expect much of you.

Jan 252021
 

Join us for this tour from Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021!Book Details:

Book Title:  Dear Brave Friend by Leigh Ann Gerk
Category:  Middle-Grade Non-Fiction (8 to 12) ,  49 pages
Genre: Self-Help
Publisher:  Golden Harvest Publishers
Release date:   August 2019
Content Rating:  This non-fiction, self-help book is rated G. Appropriate for all audiences.

 

Book Description:
This gentle and heartwarming story captures the love between a boy
and his dog, and the sadness that follows after his cherished dog
passes away. Written in the form of a letter from the dog to the boy,
the letter shares relatable, real life examples of how the boy (and
therefore anybody who has lost a dear pet) may be feeling and
suggestions on what he can do to help himself get through this most
difficult time. The letter also touches on simple acts of kindness that
can follow the reader throughout his or her lifetime. The message in
this story is applicable to young and old, girl or boy, and to any
family pet that has stolen your heart. Story starters, drawing pages,
and a place to add pictures of your own beloved pet are also included in
the back of the book.

Thoughts
This is a perfect book for anyone, not just children, who have ever lost a pet (or loved one). I’ve lost more than one and this book brought tears to my eyes.

The book says that pets who have gone to the Rainbow Bridge are still with us in our hearts, and we are still in their hearts. They still love and miss us just like we do them. It lets us know that they are ok and are with all the other animals that have journeyed on.

This is a very touching book and although it is written for children, I think adults who have lost a pet will love this book also.

At the back of the book is a section with prompts like “I miss the times when” and “My favorite memory of you is” to fill your thoughts and feelings, as well as a place to put photos where you can answering this sentence: “This picture is special because…”

The illustrator is Trish Murtha and she did a great job!

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

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Meet the Author:

Leigh Ann Gerk MA, LPC has been in the counseling field for over eleven years. She is certified in Pet Loss & Grief Companioning and the founder and owner of Mourning to Light Pet Loss providing individual and family counseling for anyone grieving the loss of a pet. She currently offers 3 free pet loss support groups in Northern Colorado and is excited to branch out and offer more.

Having grown up on a farm, Leigh Ann’s childhood playmates included baby calves, horses, bunnies, dogs, and 32 cats that set up house in a boxcar that also served as her playhouse. This upbringing introduced her, at a very young age, to the human-animal bond and instilled in her a deep understanding of, and love for, this extraordinary relationship.

Leigh Ann and her husband, Andy, live in Loveland, Colorado, and are the proud parents of identical twin daughters, Heather and Heidi. Their family is made complete by their first grandchild and their cherished therapy dog, Gracie.

Visit Leigh Ann online at MourningToLightPetLoss.com.
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Tour Schedule:
Jan 18 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Book World Reviews – book review / author interview
Jan 19 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 20 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Jan 20 – Carpinello’s Writing Pages – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Jan 21 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post/ giveaway
Jan 22 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 25 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 26 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book spotlight / giveaway
Jan 26 – The Momma Spot – book review
Jan 27 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 27  – Reading Authors Network – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Jan 29 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 1 –Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Feb 1 – Welcome To MLM Opinion’s Reviews  – book review
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – Adventures of a Traveler’s Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 3 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Feb 4 – Pawesome Wisdom – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 4 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Deborah-Zenha Adams – book spotlight / guest post / giveaway
Feb 5 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Feb 5 – The Pen and Muse Book Reviews  – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – Because I said so and other adventures in Parenting – book review / giveaway

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Jan 212021
 

Join us for this tour from Jan 18 to Feb 5, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet by Jennifer Carson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  36 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Vinal Publishing
Release date:   December 8, 2020
Content Rating:  G for everyone

Book Description:
Esmeralda Dragon works the spotlight at the Metropolitan Ballet,
but what she really wants to do is dance. Encouraged by her friend
Harold to audition, Esmeralda takes a leap of faith only to discover
that she doesn’t quite fit in with the other ballerinas. But Esmerelda
isn’t ready to give up–and neither is Harold! Dragons Don’t Dance Ballet
is a whimsical picture book that challenges body image expectations and
encourages little ones to go for their dreams.

Thoughts
This is a cute book that has a very important message.

Esmeralda Dragon works at the Metropolitan Ballet, working the spotlight. What she really wants to do though is to be a ballerina.

Every night after the show she practices her dancing and she keeps getting better and better. Harold the janitor suggests she audition for the ballet. Esmeralda thinks about this but isn’t sure. She wonders if she’s good enough and if it would be possible for a bigger dragon to be allowed to dance in the Ballet.

The book addresses body image and taking a chance when you are afraid you might not succeed. It is also about supporting your friends.

This would be a great book for preschoolers and kindergartner’s. It will hopefully give them the courage to do what they are excited about or have a passion for even if they are afraid.

The illustrations are vibrant and I love the color choices. I think both adults and children will love this book.

I received a free copy of this book for this tour
My thoughts are my honest opinion

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Meet the Author: Jennifer Carson lives in Michigan with her husband, four sons and many furry friends. She grew up on a steady diet of Muppet movies and Renaissance fairies and would occasionally be caught reading under the blankets with a flashlight.

Besides telling tales, Jennifer likes to create fantasy creatures and characters and publishes her own sewing patterns. Her artwork and patterns can be seen online at thedragoncharmer.com.

Jennifer’s work has been featured in national magazines including:
Cloth, Paper, Scissors, Faerie Magazine, Soft Dolls and Animals, Teddy Bear and Friends, and Dolls United.

connect with the author:  website ~ facebook ~ goodreads

Tour Schedule:
Jan 18 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Jan 18 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Jan 19 – Pick a Good Book – book review / author interview / giveaway
Jan 20 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 21 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Jan 22 – Writer with Wanderlust – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 25 – Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting – book review / author interview
Jan 26 – Instagram: All Booked Up Reviews – book review
Jan 26 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Jan 26 – One Frugal Girl – book review
Jan 27 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Jan 27 – Amy’s Booket List – book review / giveaway
Jan 28 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Jan 29 – Nighttime Reading Center – book review / giveaway
Feb 1 – Book Corner News and Reviews – book review / giveaway
Feb 2 – Splashes of Joy – book review / guest post / giveaway
Feb 2 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review / giveaway
Feb 3 – fundinmental – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Feb 4 –Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Feb 5 – Leels Loves Books – book review / giveaway

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