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Join Pete the Cat’s Magic Sunglasses Blog Tour

Have you ever heard of the company “Put me In The Story“? They create fun books for children with popular characters and you can have your child’s name inserted into the story. Most recently, the popular and cool feline “Pete The Cat has a new story out called  Pete The Cat and “your child’s name” Magic Sunglasses. It a super cute story about  Pete having a bad day and his friends give him these magical sunglasses that make everything sunny and bright. But one day the glasses break and Pete realizes he doesn’t need the sunglasses after all to have a good day! It is really a cute moral to the story.

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Here are some sample of the book! Your child’s name and picture will appear various times throughout the story.

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My daughter LOVED seeing herself and got so excited hearing her name. She kept asking me how they got her name into the book! The colors are vibrant and the words are easy to read.



She even has a special cat mask that she wears when she reads the book! I love how she pretends to be Pete The cat whenever she wears my sunglasses. This book is great for imaginative play.

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Casey & Friends Big Tractors is BIG fun!

Casey & Friends


My friend Erin recently gave me the book Big Tractors with Casey & Friends to read to my 4 and 5-year-old boys.  They were so excited to see a matching toy tractor come along with the book.  Published by Octane Press, the Casey & Friends series of books uses pictures of real farming situations in conjunction with cartoon characters to explain to little ones how farm equipment works in a super fun way!  The characters include Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm and Big Red the tractor.  Big Tractors is one of several other books in this series.  Others to look for are A Year on the Farm, Combines and Planters & Cultivators.  Any child with an ounce of interest in farming, equipment, food or animals is sure to be excited about this series of books.



Casey & Friends Kids


We all know it can be challenging to read an entire book to kids, especially younger kids, trying to keep their interest the entire time.  Big Tractors made this extremely easy.  In fact, my boys had so many questions about the story along the way, that we actually were able to take time at dinner to tell their dad all about what they learned and what they liked best about the story. My 5-year-old especially liked that it isn’t for babies” and “teaches my brother the definitions at the back of the book”.  My 4-year-old liked that it has such great pictures in it.  What I liked about the story is that is teaches children about thinking ahead in a situation and working as a team. As parents, we are always trying to both of these but this story makes it fun!


Casey & Friends Glossary


I also liked the last page that has a glossary of terms used in the book with a definition and picture for kids. I also think I made some headway with my youngest son to teach him that fruits and vegetables don’t exactly come from the grocery store.  There is a bigger process that comes before mom or dad going to the grocery store! Be sure to check out this series of books.

For more info on Octane Press, the publisher, check out their website:

10 Picture Book Recommendations For Kids


We all know how important reading is for our children and picture books are a great way engage children in books.  I have compiled a list of picture book recommendations for kids.

10 Picture Book Recommendations For Kids

  1. Mighty Dads By Joan Holub
  2. How To Babysit A Grandma By Jean Reagan
  3. This is A Moose By Richard T. Morris
  4. The Very Fairy Princess: Graduation Girl By Julie Andrews
  5. Charlie and The New Baby By Ree Drummond
  6. Goodnight Songs By Margaret Wise Brown
  7. It’s An Orange Aardvark! By Michael Hall
  8. The Pigeon Needs A Bath! By Mo Willems
  9. How To Be A Viking By Cressida Cowell
  10. Nelly Gnu And Daddy Too By Ana Dewdney

*All recommendations are from Barnes and Noble


Too Clever Volume VI – Jason’s Eagle

Too Clever VI Jason's Eagle

So the other day I came downstairs and found my son Erik like this. This is highly unusual for him since he mostly leans towards math and science. He was reading a copy of the book Too Clever VI: Jason’s Eagle by Dr. Julia E Antoine. This is the 6th in the series and is a story about 10 year old Jason and his love for the American Bald Eagle.


Too Clever VI Jason's Eagle Book Cover

In the first story Jason was 5. Now he is 10 and pretty much only into himself…. and the American Bald Eagle. To Jason the bald eagle is absolutely awe-inspiring. No other bird species commands such attention and respect when in flight. He lives on the shores of the Long Island Sound, near the Connecticut River. He spends every free moment he has watching the eagles.

Too Clever VI Jason's Eagle nose in book

This book is aimed primarily at boys aged 9-12 but good for the whole family.  Too Clever VI: Jason’s Eagle reminds readers that the American Bald Eagle is a magnificent bird, which should be treasured and preserved for future generations. It also represents the United States of America and all that we stand for: Freedom, Power and Strength. It’s available in paperback or hard cover . The list price is $21.99 and can be found on Amazon or wherever fine books are sold. I asked Erik what he liked best about the book and he said “It is so interesting reading about the eagles and Jason seems like a kid I could be friends with!”


Dr. Antoine began writing professionally at the age of 19. At that time, she wrote short stories for the local radio station in her home town. She gave up writing when she moved to the United States to attend college. She has since earned several degrees, including two Masters and a Doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.  During the course of her schooling, she wrote and published a working curriculum for a career school, a business manual and its answer key, as well as other literary work.  In 2010 she revisited her first love, writing for fun and enjoyment. Read more about Dr. Julia E Antoine here.


Book Review AND Giveaway: Rainbow Loom Magic!


I have 2 boys ages 11 and 7. Never in my  life would I ever have expected them to get hooked on the newest toy craze called rainbow loom. Both of them are obsessed with it. If you don’t know what a rainbow loom is allow me to share with you. A rainbow Loom is a plastic toy loom used to weave colorful rubber bands into bracelets, charms, and other shapes. It was invented in 2010 by Cheong Choon Ng. The Rainbow Loom is a plastic pegboard measuring 2 inches by 8 inches. It has push pin type pegs over which small, colored rubber bands are looped and pulled by means of a plastic crochet hook. The resulting looped knots can be assembled on the loom into bracelets and other shapes.

My boys not only make these bracelets, but they trade them at school for other bracelets that other kids have made. Not only that but they watch you tube videos of how to make the latest and greatest patterns. It sort of makes me smile and giggle at the same time.

Recently I was sent a book in the mail called “Loom Magic: 25 Awesome, Never-Before-Seen Designs for an Amazing Rainbow of Projects”. This book includes twenty-five new rubber band loom projects, including bracelets, sports-themed charms, key rings, pendants, and even a working slingshot. I have to say that while this book has some amazing projects, it does require the use of MULTIPLE looms. Multiple meaning like 4 looms for about ten of the projects. I don’t know about you but I only have 1 loom and I am not going to be buying anymore when we can make bracelets using pencils and forks.

While this book was too challenging for my 7 year old, my 11 year old made a few of the patterns and he said the pictures helped him along the way.

Some of the neat patterns they have are a mustache




A Watch Band


And a Daisy Chain Bracelet



Loom Magic is available on Amazon at:

Disclaimer: I received this book complimentary for review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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