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Spring-A-Palooza Is Back At Great Wolf Lodge!

Have you heard the news?  Spring-A-Palooza is coming back to Great Wolf Lodge Concord!  Starting Friday, March 9th - April 15th, families are invited to celebrate Spring with bubble dance parties, character-inspired flower gardens and more.  Keep reading for a full list of activities that will be available.

A Wrinkle In Time Activity Pack

Disney's A Wrinkle In Time hits theaters this Friday, March 9th.  It's no secret that we're big fans of Disney films.  You can just take a look at my reviews for Moana and Beauty and the Beast if you think I'm kidding.  Also, in the spirit of full disclosure, the rest of this post does contain affiliate links.  I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase using one of my links.

Anyways, back to A Wrinkle In Time.  This film is based the beloved A Wrinkle In Time Quintet written by Madeleine L'Engle.  I'm beyond stoked that the film is directed by the fabulous and greatly talented Ava Duvernay!

Peter Rabbit Printables & Giveaway

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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

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.

Recently | Fall Wrap Up

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Wow, it's hard to believe that fall is already coming to close.  The first day of winter is Thursday, y'all.  I'm not even going to lie, I'm excited that winter is about to here.  We've had snow clouds for weeks without any snow and I'm hoping that the snow has just been holding for winter to get here officially.   Anyways, the kids and I have been busy with homeschool and exploring our new neighborhood.  Here's a little bit of what we were up to this fall. 

2-in-1 Holiday Sight Words BINGO Printables

Happy Holidays!  I'm super excited to be talking about four of my favorite things in today's post - my family, learning through play, the holidays and Goldfish Crackers.  You see, I'm one of those moms whose favorite times of year are summer and the holiday season.  Why?  Because I get to spend more quality time with my family.

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.


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?