Kid Lit Blog Hop #10

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We were offered to check out a new book.

Pandora's Box

Dino loved this. He was so excited that Pandora found a box. But as she kept trying to open it, he kept saying

“No. No. No.” Just like her brothers and friend. Each time she tried to open it he got mad and said, “She is not listening. Her mommy will be mad.”

When she did open the box, he roared in delight at what was inside. What was inside? Well you have to check out the book to see for yourself. It was a cute book, and Anthony loved hitting the arrow to read the next page.

And the fact that it all rhymed, just made his day!

Check out her other books.

Pandora’s Box is free today and Zombie-Kids Go Green will be free on Thursday

NaBloPoMo AND Listicles

NaBloPoMo Prompts

Monday, February 18, 2013
What is the most romantic book you’ve ever read?

Bet Me

For a while I read only gory crime dramas. I only wanted to read books that scared me to death and didn’t always have nice endings. But after reading the last book in a series and finding out that the main character was going to suffer from another horrific act, I couldn’t handle it. I knew something bad was going to happen and glad I found out rather than experience it while driving to work.

I NEEDED to read some chick lit, but didn’t want sappy or messed up endings. I am done with that. I came across Bet Me by Jennifer Cruise. It looked interesting, the plot of meeting over a bet, a misunderstanding, sounded plausible. Min is a man hater and Cal a womanizer. Or is there more to them than meets the eye. Watching them fight their attraction and fate, was swoon worthy. Watching them fall in love, despite hurtful family, critical friends, and evil exes made me believe in true love and fairy tales again.

My only complaint…she used “said” everytime someone spoke. I would have appreciated a couple of; sighed, asked, yelled, snorted, replied, growled, cried, screeched, sighed, or whispered mixed in there.  Other than that, the dialogue was right on, I felt like I was part of their group, part of their circle and loved their happy ever after.

Oh and on a side note, Cal is a real man…any man that believes beauty is NOT a size, NOT a shape, but believes beauty comes from within is a keeper. Sexiness is being who you are and loving yourself.

Can’t wait to read more of her books.

10 tiny (or secret) things that bring you joy

1. Cadbury chocolate bars…but they also make me sick, so it’s a love/hate relationship. The taste and texture is just divine. No other chocolate will EVER compare.

2. Catching any of the Twilight movies on TV. I know I’m a grown woman, but I have bad thoughts about one of the vampires. Not the wimpt afraid to change the girl, but the bad vamp. If he was the lead character, the series would have been VERY different.

3. Getting an email alert that an audio book I put on hold at the library is available.

4. When my son looks at me out of the blue and tells me he loves me…it melts my heart.

5. Settling into bed at the end of the night. All the lunches are made for tomorrow, clothes set out and place fairly cleaned up. Such a BIG joy!

6. When eating out and the food comes. It always looks so delicious and I didn’t have to cook it. I LOVE when they place it in front of me!

7. When someone calls me Mrs……… I know I will be married 12 years in April, but it still makes me feel a sense of pride. Even though there are times I want to beat my hubby with a frozen leg of lamb, I still love being Mrs……..  Read the short story Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl. It’s about a wife getting away with murder…that’s where I got the frozen leg of lamb idea from. The last line is the best.

8. Sleeping till 6 in the morning. When Dino lets me sleep late it is a dream come true. Yes, that is late. I used to be a morning person  before I had a child.

9. The perfect slice and subsequent slices of key lime pie, lemon meringue pie, or cheesecake. It’s heaven.

10. Going to the bathroom or taking a shower without an audience, whines, or questions.

Valentine’s Day and Gifts

Monday, February 11, 2013
What is your ideal Valentine’s Day celebration?

I don’t think Valentine’s Day is a big deal, your love should treat you good every day, not just on one day. But if I had to think of a perfect way to spend it…then I would love spend the day listing to audio books, blogging and reading blogs. I’d love for hubby and son to cook me every meal and clean the house. Yup that would be a good day…but that would NEVER happen, so I am just going to be thankful I have a son and hubby to share it with.

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10 “OH NO YOU DIDN’T” GIFTS.

1. Turtle for my 20th Birthday (after a decade still upset about that one)

2. Blue slip on fabric shoes in a bright blue (really looked like clown shoes)

The rest weren’t that bad, just like my hubby to get me something he thinks I can use. I am practical and don’t wear lots of jewelry, so I guess I am hard to shop for. I rather gift cards. They’re not romantic gifts and I prefer that.

3. a space pen that writes upside down

4. water bottle for mothers day

5. dried rose for Valentine’s Day two times in a row

6. plant from grocery store

7. lunch bag

8. laundry bag

9. coffee travel mug

10. robe

How to Watch TV

Today’s Saturday and time for my story again, I know you all look forward to hearing my side of things. Today mommy said I have to link up with

Weekend Blog Hop

So back to my post. I love my toddler bed, I can watch TV a bunch of different ways. It’s difficult to sit still, so I have to try moving around all the time. I try to practice my acrobat skills, by climbing on and walking on the bed rails. Mommy keeps telling me how dangerous that is, but I think she is jealous that she can’t be an acrobat.

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The “Stand-Up and Knee- Rest” Position

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The “Lounge” Position

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The “Trapped in Jail” Position

DINOSAURS everywhere

Kid Lit Blog Hop

Every other week we head to the library to return the books we borrowed and check out new books. I LOVE my books on tape and Dinosaur loves getting books on DINOSAURS.

This past week I was told we had to get books on triceratops. We now know the exact spot the non fiction dinosaur books are located, we headed on over and carefully looked at each book. I was either given the “okay” or “no” for each book.

In the end, we left with a bunch of books. Dinosaur loves to look at the pics of dinos and loves to hear their names and facts about them.

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Another fun activity for Dino is to match his toy animals to the dinosaurs in the book.

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Secret Subject Swap

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Welcome to Take One of January’s Secret Subject Swap. This week, 16 brave bloggers picked a secret subject for someone else and were assigned a secret subject to interpret in their own style. Today we are all simultaneously divulging our topics and submitting our posts.

Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

Baking in a Tornado                                       Chewyliscious

It’s a Dome Life                                               My Life as Lucille

The Mommy Chronicles                                Momical

The Imsomniac’s Dream                              Life On Peanut Layne

Raising Reagan                                               DeBie Hive

My Brain on Kids                                          Follow Me Home

The Family Pants                                          Dinosaur Superhero Mommy          

Just a Little Nutty                                        

My subject is “How do you plan to stick to any resolutions you’ve made for the new year?”.  It was submitted by The Mommy Chronicles  Here goes:

Resolution? You mean when I say I am going to do something and never follow through. Oh those…LOL  Well I have made some resolutions in the past

lose weight

exercise more

eating less

eat less chocolate

Well those all belly-flopped big time.

Instead I am going to make POSITIVE resolutions I KNOW I can follow.

Going to drink more red wine with dinner

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When I eat dessert, I will enjoy EVERY delicious bite of it.

Eat healthier foods

Play more with my son

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Spend even more time showing my son how much I love him.

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Listen to more audio books in my car

Enjoy every minute of life and teach my son to do the same.

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Be thankful for all that I have in my life.

YUP! These are resolutions I KNOW I can keep.

What do you think of my New Years Resolutions? Do you think I’ll be able to follow them? How will you follow your resolutions?

SITS Holiday Card Link Up

SITS Holiday Card Link up

Each year I include our dog, Balboa, in our cards. He is part of our family after all.

The first card was a Thanksgiving photo of Anthony (6 months old) and Balboa. Then after that I used Christmas photos of Anthony with Santa one with Balboa.  It’s a tradition to take the photos at my parents house during Thanksgiving. Between my father and I, one of us will get a great photo of them.

When Anthony grows up, we will still do family cards, perhaps including ALL of us in the photo. I don’t care how old and “too mature” he is for cards, he WILL be taking a picture with us. Unless he wants me to send out a card with an embarrassing photo of when he was younger. 

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Secret Subject Swap – Santa Claus

My subject is Santa Claus  It was submitted by  http://macdonaldsplayland.blogspot.com/  Here goes:

Well, what could I possibly write about Santa Claus…hmmm. Well, first I found out Santa did NOT exist when I was nine years old, I believe. A misguided friend told me and look back on it now and know she did it to have someone else just as sad as she was. She didn’t have parents that were as dedicated to her as mine were, and I hope her life has turned around for her. Now as a parent, it breaks my  heart that she had to do that to feel better about herself.

I think my parents showed me “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus” to help me believe in the Christmas spirit. I understood the message and moved on with my life as I grew. 

Now…as a parent I totally get it. Before my son was just too young to really understand the whole “Santa Claus”, but now he gets it and is so thrilled. He helped me decorate and loves looking at the Christmas cards we get in the mail. 

The best part is…I AM SANTA now. YES…it’s not just about believe in Santa, I AM SANTA. I felt so thankful and happy that I could put little gifts in his stocking and wrap up his gifts before hiding them away. I can’t wait to see his face when he see that Santa has eaten all the cookies and drank the milk. I can’t wait to hear his joy as he looks at the present Santa left for him.

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stockings for hubby, son, and dog all filled up and ready for Christmas morning.

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Except for a few items arriving in the mail…the gifts are all wrapped and organized into bags ready for hauling to everyone’s homes. I can’t wait to see their reactions.

 His belief in Santa, his joy and innocence is what makes me want to teach him that Santa isn’t just pretend or really your parents. I want him to know that Santa exists in every person. When we give and enjoy giving Santa lives. When we see the perfect gift for someone and get joy out of buying it and wrapping it up, Santa lives. When we get giddy and excited as they open their gift, Santa lives. When you give money to a charity, Santa lives. When you buy a toy for a child who may not get a present, Santa lives. When you donate food to those in need, Santa lives. 

I hope that he holds onto that belief of Santa in everyone no matter how old he gets.

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Here are links to all the sites now featuring Secret Subject Swap posts.  Sit back, grab a cup, and check them all out. See you there:

www.BakingInATornado.com

http://www.cassandrazcorner.blogspot.com       

http://mooreorganizedmayhem.blogspot.com/

http://sadderbutwiser.wordpress.com      

http://stacysewsandschools.wordpress.com

 http://www.momaical.com   

http://macdonaldsplayland.blogspot.com/    

http://menopausalmother.blogspot.com/  

 http://dinoheromommy.com/          

 http://www.hungrylittlegirl.com   

http://rushingforbagels.blogspot.com/    

http://www.mommyunmuted.com

www.3monkeysandamartini.com   

http://www.theadventuresofthefamilypants.com

http://www.loveartbaby.com/

He Just Wanted to Help

Today is Kid Lit Blog Hop #5

We love going to the library and borrowing books and joining in on story time. Dinosaur was so excited to pick out Thanksgiving books. The library is great, because we read the books till we get tired of them and return them and buy more. If there is a book he really LOVES we can put it on his birthday or Christmas list. The reality is there are so many books to be borrowed and read, you’ll never get bored.

Dinosaur is enjoying the book, Dinosaur got VERY UPSET when we read it, because the boy just wanted to help his family. Everyone kept telling him to go help someone else and didn’t see how sad he was. Finally his grandfather asked for his help and he finally was happy to be a part of the family. Dinosaur got mad when he was alone on the swing and kept asking why he couldn’t help. Don’t worry it had a good ending, but was well written and illustrated, Dinosaur could feel the boy’s emotions. He cheered when he walked in with a basket full of chestnuts.

Dinosaur said:

“They not nice. They won’t let him help, that not nice. He’s so sad and no a baby. He’s a big boy and want to help.”

“Oh, Grandpa, that is so nice. He let the boy help. Now his family is happy. See, Mommy.”

There’s Just One Mommy posted about a shaving cream activity she did with her kids. I have done this activity in the past, but I wanted to share our bath time shaving cream fun.. I put shaving cream in my cupcake tin and added washable paint. I find that it washes off easier and cleans up faster. Dinosaur loved watching the cream turn colors.

He was so happy that he got to play in the bathtub with the shaving cream. Sure the water turned a weird brown color, but the mess was contained and he really got a good work out mixing and spreading the paint. The best part for him was washing it all off with a wash cloth…AND I GOT MY BATHTUB CLEANED!