Monday, November 30, 2015

Dragon Masters Series: Giveaway

Happy December to you!  I'm gearing up for a busy couple of weeks at work with Christmas concerts and holiday parties.  I know many of you are jumping into the month with both feet as well!

Our family has always maintained a pretty low key gift giving strategy.  We have always kept in mind "Something you WANT, something you NEED, something to WEAR, something to READ" as our gift giving philosophy.  Our kids receive SO. MANY. GIFTS. from so many other people that we really don't feel the need to simply just buy them "stuff".

My favorite gift out of the four they will receive from us is their "READ" gift.  I love finding the perfect book for each kiddo.  These have become some of our most treasured books.  My soon to be 8 year old boy is starting to get tricky to shop for in this area.  His interests in books is changing now that he can read fluently on his own and while his reading level is much higher than his age, I've found it hard to find books that are age appropriate that aren't poorly written or that don't bore him to tears.  The combo of those two things turns reading into a battle for all of us and that is the last thing I want reading to be.


This summer, I found this new series called "Dragon Masters".  He has plowed through all 4 four books and is LOVING them.  He loved them so much that I wrote the author, Tracey West, a thank you note for writing such a great set of books for boys!  I was delighted when she replied letting me know books 5 and 6 are on their way next year...Andrew is anxious to get his hands on those.  Until then, he'll just have to re-read these first 4 :-)

Tracey graciously offered up a signed copy of the first book for me to give away!  If you've got a 2nd grade boy, this book will surely be a hit with him!

If you'd like to enter the giveaway, go ahead and show Tracey some love on her Facebook page and enter the giveaway below!  Winner will be announced here on Monday December 7th and shipped on Dec. 8th so you can get this book under your tree!



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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Christmas with Kids: Recipes, Activities and Crafts for Amazing Family Memories

Hi there!

We all know that even though we're still in the middle of November, Christmas will be here before we know it!  If you're like me, you like to get things organized and in place before the holidays hit so you can actually ENJOY and participate in them versus running around like a crazy fool!

One of the ways I'm going to be planning our holiday season is by using some of the ideas in this new e-Book which releases TODAY!  "Christmas with Kids: Recipes, Activities and Crafts for Amazing Family Memories" was compiled by my blogger friend JoAnn from Whimsicle after several of us participated in a month long holiday blog hop.  It was super fun and I'm thrilled to see so amazing projects and recipes included in this book.

I'll be tackling the felt christmas trees for Grace to get our holidays started!

I hope you'll head on over and buy her book....it's super reasonable...only $3.99!! and helps support a fellow mom blogger!

Head on over HERE to purchase the book TODAY!

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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Making Christmas Magical!

A year ago, I participated in a 25 days of  Christmas blog hop where we each took turns featuring something related to the Christmas season.  It was such a fun time to be blogging and it connected me with so many wonderful bloggers that I might not have otherwise met....this includes JoAnn from Whimsicle!

This year, JoAnn compiled several of those ideas into a new e-Book that launches on November 10th!!!  It's called "Christmas with Kids: Recipes, Activities and Crafts for Amazing Family Memories".

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy and I found so many GREAT ideas in this little book!  Great crafts for the kids, and most importantly some awesome recipes that will definitely be making it to my table this year!


If you're like me, Pinterest at this time of year can simply be OVERWHELMING!  Don't get me wrong, I LOVE Pinterest, but sometimes it's hard to get all of those ideas streamlined. That's where this little book here comes in handy :-) Also?  Total steal at just $4.99 :-)

If you sign up for JoAnn's newsletter, you'll get 3 bonus videos with great elf of the shelf ideas and lots of other fun stuff!  I can't wait to see what she has in store for us!  Be on the lookout next week for the links to purchase the book!

You can learn more about JoAnn's project here:




Super excited for Christmas to be coming!!!  I'd love to hear via Facebook what kinds of projects you've got lined up for your family!  Head over to Almond Place on Facebook to join in on the conversation!