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Peter Rabbit Printables & Giveaway


This post is sponsored by Sony Pictures.  All opinions expressed are my own. 

Guess who's hopping into theaters on February 9th?  If you answered Peter Rabbit, you are correct.  Everyone's favorite furry rebel and michievous hero is back to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's Tale of Peter Rabbit


Voiced by James Corden, Peter Rabbit is keeping his feud with the McGregors alive and well.  Things are kicked up a notch this time around as the younger Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson)  and Peter aren't just battling over stolen veggies this time around, but the affections of Bea (Rose Byrne).  Bea is not only Mr. McGregor's very beautiful neighbor but a passionate animal lover. 


Joining Corden, Byrne, and Gleeson in this live-action adaptation are Margot Robbie, Elizabeth Debicki, and Daisy Ridley voicing Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail.  Sam Neill (love him!) will be playing Farmer McGregor and Sia (yes the singer) will be voicing Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle. 

As a child, I was always enamored with Peter Rabbit's adventures.  I think that having a mom who was a Beatrix Potter fan might have had something do with that.  Seriously, she once bought us a pet bunny that looked just like Peter but grew to be a 20 rabbit that almost ate us out of a house.  Literally, Rabbito ate through everything including his carrier. LOL. 



With both of my kids are fans of the Peter Rabbit cartoon series on Nick, I'm looking forward to sharing the experience of watching the live-action version of Peter's adventures with them.  I really love that Moo is probably more excited than I am.  She's watched the trailers a million times already.  Like Bea, she's a passionate animal lover. 

I'm excited to announce that Sony Pictures was nice enough to offer me the chance to giveaway two family 4-packs of tickets for the advance Peter Rabbit screening on February 3rd in Charlotte, NC!!  So, two lucky families of 4 will get to join us as we get to the movie a few days earlier.  This giveaway is open to entrants 18 years and older and tickets are valid for the Charlotte, NC screening only.  Simply use the widget below to enter.


While you're waiting for Peter Rabbit to hit theaters, have fun commemorating the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's delightful series by printing out some of the printables below for yourself and the kids.   It's a great way to introduce the kids to a new and very loveable book series and character while squeezing in some family bonding time.  Simply right click, save and print.






Did you read Peter Rabbit as a kid?  Who was your favorite character?





Between the Blade and the Heart | Book Review + Giveaway



I received an ARC of Between the Blade and the Heart.  I would like to thank St Martin's Griffin (St. Martin's Press) and Amanda Hocking sponsoring this review and giveaway.



Author: Amanda Hocking

Genre: YA, Urban Fantasy

Pub Date: January 3, 2017

Publisher: St Martin's Griffin

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When the fate of the world is at stake, loyalties will be tested.

Game of Thrones meets Blade Runner in this commanding new YA fantasy inspired by Norse Mythology from NewYork Times bestselling author Amanda Hocking.

As one of Odin's Valkyries, Malin's greatest responsibility is to slay immortals and return them to the underworld.  But when she unearths a secret that could unravel the balance of all she knows, Malin along with her best friend and her ex-girlfriend must decide where her loyalties lie.  And if helping the blue-eyes boy Asher enact his revenge is worth the risk-- to the world and her heart.



Book Review

Hello 2018 and Happy New Year!  It's only right that I'm starting off the New Year talking about books as I spent the last part of 2017 with my head in them.  You guys already know that my love of books is real.  And when I heard that Amanda Hocking's latest novel, Between the Blade and the Heart, was a cross between Throne of Glass and Blade Runner, I just knew that I had to read it for myself.  Also, if you'll remember, I did thoroughly enjoy Freeks by Amanda Hocking.


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5 Books To Buy To Diversify Your Child's Bookshelf


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How do you talk to your child about diversity and equality?  My children are still young.  Therefore, I've found books to be to a great and helpful conversation starter and teaching tool when it comes to tackling these two subjects.  Here are 5 important diverse reads we recently added to our personal library.

Religious Tolerance



Religion is a topic that has been a bit touchy to discuss since the beginning of time almost.  However, I don't want to raise Moo and JJ thinking that our way is the only right way to worship.  Hats of Faith is a picture book shows how many cultures can worship in similar ways, specifically through wearing hats and head coverings.


Short and easy to read, this beautifully illustrated book is a great way to talk to our children about the importance of religious freedom and giving others the right to worship in their own way.  After reading Hats of Faith, Moo asked if I would be okay if she decided to cover hair as a sign of worship and honor to God.  We also talked about how some of her friends and their moms wear a hijab.  It was something she always noticed, but didn't want to offend them by asking them what is was and why they were wearing it.  I love that reading this book has opened up the door for her to learn something new about her peers.

Racial Equality



Rosa Parks is one of the most talked about Civil Rights activist in American history.  She took a stand against racial inequality and won.  However, who was Rosa Parks before she become Civil Rights icon?  When Rosa Parks Went Fishing gives children (and adults) a look at what Rosa's early years as a child were like.


We get to see how family, education and the mistreatment of Blacks in the South all helped to lead Rosa Parks refusal to move the back of the bus.  Reading this book not only taught my children about equality but it showed them that when it comes to bringing about change, you have to be willing to be the one to take the stand for what's right.

Cultural Appreciation



Rice & Rocks is a book about a boy named Giovanni.  He's invited his friends over for Sunday but gets embarrassed when he finds out that his grandmother is cooking a traditional Jamaican dish instead of something less weird.  Giovanni's friends aren't Jamaican and he's afraid they won't want to eat his grandmother's rice and beans.


His aunt and magical pet parrot Jasper, take Giovanni on journey around the world where he visits different countries.  It's in these countries that he finds out how not weird rice and beans aka rice and rocks are.  What I love about this book is that it not only teaches kids about culture similarities but it reminds them of the importance of embracing and appreciating the uniqueness and differences of their cultures.

Courage



McKenzie's New School Blues is a book that teaches young readers the importance of finding the courage to face their fears.  McKenzie Mason is the new kid in school.  Like most kids, on her first day of school she's worried about fitting in and making new friends.



However, McKenzie soon finds out that those are the least of worries when she lands a lead role in the school play.  You see, McKenzie has stage fright and she has decide whether she's going to sink or swim.  What I love about this first book in the Meet McKenzie Mason series is that it features a female main character of color that other young girls of color will be able to relate to.  Also, this easy to read chapter book is perfect for talking to children about why it's okay to step outside of their comfort zone and how to find the courage to overcome their fears.

Gender Equality




Having a daughter and a son, gender equality is something I've become more passionate about.  In fact, it's something that I'm encouraging my children to be passionate about as well.  When Hillary Rodham Clinton Played Ice Hockey chronicles young Hillary's life and some of the adversities she faced being a woman.



This book is an important read because it shows children that they don't have fit into the molds others have laid out for them because of their gender.  Also, I think this is a great book because it shows children that success isn't as instantaneous as the media can make it seem.  They will have failures like Hillary Clinton did.  However, those failures should serve as encouragement to continue dreaming big and putting in hard work.

I have to admit that while there is still a ways to go, I'm proud of how much the world of children's books has evolved.  I love that there more books featuring main characters of color and that there are more books that are highlighting important issues on level in which our children can understand.  I hope that you will consider adding a few of these to your child's library.

How do you help your children seek out diversity?

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How is it already November?  Do we really have less than 60 days until 2018 rolls in?  I hate to sound cliche but y'all this year flew by so fast.  And moving didn't help.  If anything, I think that moving in the middle of the year made time fly by a lot faster.  Since we're just getting started with remodeling, I'm preparing myself for the first half of 2018 to go by in a blur as well.

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This has been a chill but good week y'all.  The weather was nice, the town finally came and trimmed back some of the overgrown foliage throughout the neighborhood, and we started a Harry Potter family read-along.   The kids have seen all the movies and heard bits and pieces of the books.  So, I decided why not start from the beginning and read the series from start to finish?  They're loving it so far.