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Mar 182021
 
Join us for this tour from Mar 15 to Apr 9, 2021!

Book Details:
Book Title:  Whenever a Child Is Born by Nancy Diedrich
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  30 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  WestBow Press
Release date:   July 2017
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook
Content Rating:  G for everyone.

Book Description:
In his 2014 homily for the Feast of Holy Guardian Angels, October 2, Pope Francis told those gathered for daily mass to be like children who pay attention to their “traveling companion. No one journeys alone, and no one should think that they are alone.

“According to Church tradition,” the pope said, “we all have an angel with us, who guards us . . . It is what God said: ‘I send an angel before you, to guard you, to accompany you on the way, so you will not be alone.'”

In this children’s book, angels wait anxiously and with great excitement to see which one of them will be chosen to be the guardian angel of a child that is to be born. This delightful book depicts the joy of all God’s creations anticipating the birth of another precious child. The sun shines brighter, the moon has a shinier glow, flowers grow taller, birds tweet more sweetly, and angels dance and sing with bliss, as all creation awaits another baby girl or boy.

Whenever a Child Is Born offers the perfect message for parents as it charmingly tells the story of how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born. The story comforts parents with the knowledge that their baby is a special gift from heaven to them, and that they will never be alone raising their child, and that their child will never ever be alone in life.

Parents never worry. No one journeys alone through life because whenever a child is born, he is given a guardian angel.

Thoughts
The best kinds of book for children in my opinion are ones that comfort/calm/ teach, or show them how to be a good person. The book will comfort and calm your child.

The story is about each child having a Guardian Angel from the time they are born that will watch over them. It will help them not be afraid of the dark or going to bed alone, etc. and give them a sense of safety. That’s very important, especially with all that’s going on in the world right now.

The words are very easy to read. They are black on a white background and in a box with a beautiful border. The illustrations are beautiful also.

This is a perfect book for all moms-to-be as a baby shower gift. I wish I’d had a book like this when my children and grandchildren were born. I plan on giving this book to my great granddaughter.

The book isn’t listed as a Christian book, but it does have a Christian theme. Still, I think every parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt/uncle, etc. would love this book and want to read it to the little ones in their life.

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

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Meet the Author:

Nancy Diedrich was born and raised in South Louisiana, where storytelling was not just an art form, but an authentic way of communicating. Everyone had a tale to tell! This was, more than likely, where her love of communication developed. With undergraduate degrees in English and speech, and graduate degrees in psychological counseling, Nancy learned that words can educate; they can entertain; they can inspire and they can heal. In Nancy’s career, she has been a teacher, a
counselor and an author, where the power of words always guided her in interaction with her students, clients and readers. Nancy’s value for genuine communication extends beyond her career, to the anchors of her life, which are her faith, her family and her friendships.

Whenever A Child Is Born is Nancy’s first published children’s book. In it, the reader gets a glimpse of this author’s compassion for family, and her gift of faith, as the story tells how all of heaven and earth react to the news that a child is about to be born.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 15 – Working Mommy Journal – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 15 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 – Over Coffee Conversations – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 18 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review /giveaway
Mar 19 – The Bespectacled Mother – book review
Mar 22 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 23 – The Book Review Crew – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Rockin Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 24 – Books for Books – book review
Mar 25 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 26 – michellemengsbookblog – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 29 – Lisa Everyday Reads – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 30 – Kam’s Place – book review
Mar 30 – My Journey Back-the Journey Back – book review
Mar 31 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 1 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Apr 1 – @late_blooming_wallflower – book review / guest post
Apr 2 – Bookish Quest – book review / author interview / giveaway
Apr 5 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Apr 6 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Apr 7 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Apr 8 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Apr 9 – I’m All About Books – book spotlight / giveaway
Apr 9 – Sefina Hawke’s Books – book spotlight
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Mar 152021
 

 

Join us for this tour from Mar 8 to Mar 26, 2021!Book Details:
Book Title:  WAR AT THE ICE CREAM STORE: Mustachio Pistachio vs Bully Vanilli (Frank Tl Frogg and Friends) by Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Category:  Children’s Fiction (Ages 3-7),  32 pages
Genre:  Children’s Picture Book
Publisher:  Cheryl DaVeiga and Dave Gibson
Release date:   January, 2021
Format available: hardback, paperback, ebook (PDF), interactive multimedia book
Content Rating:  G. This children’s book is for everyone.

 

Book Description:
The first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends series, War at the Ice Cream Store tells the story of one night at the Frozen Frogg, when Mustachio Pistachio and his “flavorite” flavor friends teach Bulli
Vanilli a lesson in kindness and acceptance.

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Thoughts
This is such a cute book with a very important message. It lets kids know that it is not nice to bully someone, and that if they see someone being bullied, they should let the bully know that it isn’t right. It also suggests that you might be afraid to say something on your own, but it’s the right thing to do and it would be a lot easier if you were to do it as a group.

The illustrator did a great job with the pictures. The colors are cute and bold and easy to see. The author wrote this book with humorous words that makes such a serious subject not so hard for little ones to take in.

I enjoyed this book and think other adults will too, and enjoy reading it with their children. Children will enjoy it also, I’m sure. This book should be in every kindergarten & first grade class.

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

 

Meet the Authors:

Cheryl is an award-winning songwriter, children’s song recording
artist (as the cartoon character CADi Grace), and the co-creator of the
puppet musical and comedy show, The Waterhole Bunch. After the success
of The Waterhole Bunch, Cheryl along with co-creator Dave Gibson, spun
off the main character, Frank TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s
entertainment concept, Frank TL Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets
in a magical town called Lucky Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and
Friends includes books, songs, videos, games, and more for younger
audiences. War at the Ice Cream Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg
and Friends children’s book series.

Dave is an award-winning Nashville-based songwriter, having
written hundreds of hit songs for artists including Alabama, Montgomery
Gentry and Marie Osmond. Dave’s own group, The Gibson/Miller Band, won the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Award for best new group in the early nineties. He is the co-creator of the puppet musical and comedy show,
The Waterhole Bunch. After the success of The Waterhole Bunch, Dave,
along with co-creator Cheryl DaVeiga, spun off the main character, Frank
TL (The Lucky) Frogg, into a children’s entertainment concept, Frank TL
Frogg and Friends, featuring the puppets in a magical town called Lucky
Fork, Tennessee. Frank TL Frogg and Friends includes books, songs,
videos, games, and more for younger audiences. War at the Ice Cream
Store is the first of the Frank TL Frogg and Friends children’s book
series.

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Tour Schedule:

Mar 8 – Cover Lover Book Review – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 8 – Rockin’ Book Reviews – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 9 – Working Mommy Journal – book review / giveaway
Mar 9 – Lisa’s Reading – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – A Mama’s Corner of the World – book review / giveaway
Mar 10 – Bound 4 Escape – book review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Books, Tea, Healthy Me – book spotlight / author interview / giveaway
Mar 11 – Library of Clean Reads – book review / giveaway
Mar 11 – Gina Rae Mitchell – book review / giveaway
Mar 12 – Laura’s Interests – book review / guest post / giveaway
Mar 15 – I’d Rather Be At The Beach – book review / giveaway
Mar 15 – Locks, Hooks and Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 16 – Jazzy Book Reviews – book review / giveaway
Mar 17 – Splashes of Joy – book review / author interview / giveaway
Mar 18 – Icefairy’s Treasure Chest – book review / giveaway
Mar 19 – Stephanie Jane – book spotlight / giveaway
Mar 22 – Books for Books – book spotlight
Mar 23 – Older & Smarter? – book review / giveaway
Mar 24 – She Just Loves Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 24 – Cheryl’s Book Nook – book review / giveaway
Mar 24 – Reading is My Passion – book review
Mar 25 – Pause for Tales – book review / giveaway
Mar 25 – I’m Into Books – book review / giveaway
Mar 26 – The Adventures Of A Travelers Wife – book review / author interview / giveaway

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 Posted by at 7:10 AM
Mar 142021
 

 

Reading…
The Voices: An Open Door Book of Stories (Open Door Series) by Patricia Scanlan

Listening To…
The Diary by Eileen Goudge

Books Reviewed Last Week…
None again, getting further behind on reviews

Watching…
New Amsterdam & A Million Little Things are back!!!
Revival of the sitcom Mad About You. I loved that show and glad it’s back
Hope Gap
Forgotten Ellis Island

In The Kitchen…
Pizza, Salad, & Wings
Sandwiches & Chips
Spaghetti
Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn

A Favorite Bible Verse…
Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love
Ephesians 4:2

From the camera…

Kaiyo ~ I love her SO MUCH!

 Posted by at 8:39 AM
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

 Posted by at 2:46 PM
Feb 232021
 

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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.

 Posted by at 9:29 AM
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

 Posted by at 8:30 AM
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.

 

 Posted by at 11:43 AM
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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