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Things We Love: Adventures in Odyssey – Audio Stories, Devotionals, and a Giveaway

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids, Books for Moms | 1 comment

Things We Love: Adventures in Odyssey – Audio Stories, Devotionals, and a Giveaway

Growing up, my sisters and I spent a lot of time listening to the Focus on the Family radio program, Adventures in Odyssey. Set in the fictional town of Odyssey, the audio drama followed a group of kids as they learned Biblical and moral lessons, explored historical stories in the Imagination Station, and had flat-out amazing adventures. We had...

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Books for Kids: Character-building books…old and new…

Posted by on Feb 16, 2013 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 0 comments

Books for Kids: Character-building books…old and new…

I love digging through my family’s bookshelves and rediscovering books that we have owned for years, but perhaps haven’t read recently. I also get a big kick out of seeing my kids enjoy books that I read as a kid, and seeing how they are still relevant. So when I went to pick a few books for this month’s “Books for...

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Nesting Books for Kids: A Home for Bird & The Hill and the Rock

Posted by on Jan 19, 2013 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 0 comments

Nesting Books for Kids: A Home for Bird & The Hill and the Rock

Every time my Mom visits, we try to squeeze in a trip to one of my favorite Grand Rapids bookstores, Schuler Books & Music. We sit and eat toffee crunch cookies and quiche, my Mom peruses the trinkets and kitchen gadgets, I check out the used books section, but we spend most of our time in our favorite place the kids books section. On this...

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Five Fun Christmas Books for Kids….some old, some new, one with a ROARING dinosaur!

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 0 comments

Five Fun Christmas Books for Kids….some old, some new, one with a ROARING dinosaur!

Reading Christmas books during our before-bed-reading-ritual has been a wonderful way to incorporate the Christmas spirit over the past few weeks. Whether it’s a book we already had on our bookshelf or one from our library stack, we’ve chosen a few favorites….here they are!       The Berenstain Bears’...

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Books for Kids: Magritte’s Magical Hat by D.B. Johnson

Posted by on Oct 18, 2012 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 0 comments

Books for Kids: Magritte’s Magical Hat by D.B. Johnson

I picked up Magritte’s Marvelous Hat because of the cover. It showed a dapper bowler hat hovering above the cute head of the main character, a dog named Magritte. He is an artist who doesn’t like hats that pinch his ears, so once he found a hat that would flit around and play with him (while staying clear of any sort of pinching), they...

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DVDs for Kids: Snapatoonies Series – At the Zoo with Turtle

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 0 comments

DVDs for Kids: Snapatoonies Series – At the Zoo with Turtle

When my oldest daughter was a toddler, she liked watching the Baby Einstein videos, but as more kids were added into the mix, those DVDs were pushed to the side in favor of ones that were entertaining to all of the kids. This is a tricky balance, because they are either too far over my youngest head or the older kids lose interest. So when we popped...

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Simple Summer Literacy

Posted by on Jun 12, 2012 in Be Informed, Be Inspired, Books for Kids, Looking Home, Special Needs | 0 comments

Simple Summer Literacy

  Encouraging a child’s love for reading doesn’t need to be put on pause just because school is out for the summer. This goes for both typically developing children and children with special needs. Early literacy is crucial, and as parents, we can continue to promote the main tenets during the summer months. These include phonological...

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Searching for the You We Adore…A Review & a Giveaway!

Posted by on May 2, 2012 in Adoption, Be Informed, Books for Kids | 7 comments

Searching for the You We Adore…A Review & a Giveaway!

Ever on the search for great adoption books for kids to read to my Georgia, I was thrilled to receive a copy of “Searching for the You We Adore,” by Valerie Westfall.  It’s a great addition to our adoption book library! As I’m sure any mom of a three year old will tell you, the simpler the concept of a book; the better....

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Books for Kids: Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon

Posted by on Apr 24, 2012 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 0 comments

Books for Kids: Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon

  Robot Zombie Frankenstein! by Annette Simon $10.97 on Amazon I am always on the lookout for great books for boys, as I scour the shelves of my local bookstores and public libraries. It’s not always the easiest thing to find books that will grab and keep the interest of my wiggly little five-year-old boy, and maybe even teach him...

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Books for Kids & Giveaway: I Can’t, I Won’t, No Way! by Tracey J. Vessillo

Posted by on Mar 20, 2012 in Be Inspired, Books for Kids | 4 comments

Books for Kids & Giveaway: I Can’t, I Won’t, No Way! by Tracey J. Vessillo

 Congrats to Kathy for winning her very own copy of Tracey’s book! I can’t really say that “bowel withholding” in children is a topic that came up in my prenatal classes or even in my childcare books. But when one of our children started to exhibit the telltale signs and I started to ask other moms if they had ever dealt...

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