Now that our oldest son has entered middle school, public school has taken a whole new meaning. In Public School Superhero author James Patterson has captured the essence of what it means to be a student at a public middle school in a less than desirable neighborhood. From bullying, to fear of eight graders, food fights, day-to-day survival and realizing that life just isn’t fair, Patterson has it all down and Public School Superhero is one book that many public school students will be able to relate to.… Read more
Summer in the Frugality Is Free family means lot of fun, adventure, morning trips to the beach, lazy afternoons by the pool and more, but it also means freedom to learn and explore topics in depth that there were no time to study for during the busy school year. It also means catching up on subjects that the school went over too quickly, because the focus was on teaching for the tests on which their funding depends.… Read more
Octavia and Her Purple Ink Cloud is a cute and educational story about Octavia Octapus, who lives in a secret cave in a coral reef. Through a game called “how to hide from a hungry creature”, she teaches kids how different animals use different tactics to escape harm from predators.
In addition to teaching kids about ocean animals, the book Octavia also teaches kids about colors.… Read more
After 10 years, 4 kids and a life as a stay-at-home mom, I felt that “The Happiest Baby Guide To Great Sleep” called my name, when I first heard of this book by Harvey Karp, M.D. My 10-year-old son has always been a great sleeper, which turned out perfectly as I had him while in college. My 7-year-old son had severe night terrors for a few years, which basically meant that he would be asleep while screaming out loud.… Read more
Having a family member with food allergies or intolerances such as celiac disease, nut and milk allergies or lactose intolerances can seem like a daunting task, but thanks to great cook books such as 500 Gluten-Free Dishes
by Carol Beckerman and celiac advocate Deb Wheaton, it has been made easier.
500 Gluten-Free Dishes is a part of the 500 Cookbook Series, which is designed in a user-friendly style with a wide array of recipes and colorful photos.… Read more
Finding a great holiday gift for tween boys that does not break the bank can be difficult, and finding a gift that will keep their attention for a while can be even more so. My 10-year-old son is definitely in the tween boy category, and he has reached a stage where he is not yet ready to appreciate soft gifts, but he is a bit too mature for many toys.… Read more
As a mom of three boys with a husband who really does not fancy gift-giving or birthday celebrations, my birthdays never turn out to be anything special. This year my kids outdid themselves though, because they woke me up with birthday songs and homemade gifts.
If you want to raise curious readers, it is important to surround them with books that keep their interest, and one of the best book stores for this purpose is Barefoot Books. Barefoot Books sells some of the best children’s books to help encourage imagination, foster diversity as well as captivate young minds, and their unique books are both colorful and full of flavor.… Read more
If you are traveling this summer, you might want to bring some brain exercises for you and the kids. This summer my kids and I are bringing along some pretty neat puzzle books that will keep our brains sharp and our minds entertained while we are on the road. Picture puzzles, logic puzzles and sudoku are just what we need, when we head for the Florida Keys.… Read more
My nine-year-old son has been reading The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict (The Mysterious Benedict Society) by Trenton Lee Stewart, and he will be reviewing it for all of you.
About The Extraordinary Education of Nicolas Benedict: (From Amazon.com)
Nine-year-old Nicholas Benedict has more problems than most children his age. Not only is he an orphan with an unfortunate nose, but he also has narcolepsy, a condition that gives him terrible nightmares and makes him fall asleep at the worst possible moments.… Read more
I have been couponing for ten years, and couponing is now ingrained in my shopping habits. So, when I got a chance to read The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Couponing by Rachel Singer Gorden from MashupMom.com, I was curious to see if I would learn something new from this couponing book.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide To Couponing is a great resource for those, who are just starting out with couponing.… Read more
As a mom of three boys, it seems that I need to have an endless amount of energy, because my boys sure do. Dustin Maher understands this, and his book Fit Moms For Life: How To Have Endless Energy To Outplay Your Kids focuses on just that.