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mama built a little nest review

Welcome to Spring!  I absolutely adore spring here in the desert — it is quite perfect.  We are outside all day enjoying the weather before summer swoops in and boils us with its 120 degree heat!  It is a great season to really experience nature.  Instilling love and respect for

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bookbookseducationalkidsschool at home

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of First 5 California via Burst Media. The opinions and text are all mine. I’m a homeschooler, so I am very well aware of the importance of early learning. Those first 5 years are the most critical in any child’s

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it's valentine's day

Every Valentine’s Day, my kiddos wake up to a basket of love. A little bit of chocolate, lots of hearts items, clothes and definitely BOOKS! Help your child learn to love books. The adventures they can take and knowledge they will absorb. They will be hungry for more! HarperCollins has

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Goldy Luck and the three pandas review

Have you ever been in China during Chinese New Year?  Me neither, but it is on my bucket list.  This most important holiday is celebrated for 15 days, beginning the first day of the lunar calendar.  This year, January 31st.  I’m big on holiday books for my daughter, as they are

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national geographic kids books review
bookbookseducationalschool at home

I blinked and my baby girl became a kid.  She will be turning seven in a month and as a homeschooling mom, I am always struggling to keep her challenged. It is truly something I never stop looking for — new resources to teach her everything I can.  A wonderful

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Halloween is by far our family’s favorite holiday. With our six year old reading at a pretty advanced level, we can increase the amount of Halloween books that she’s reading in order to start the Halloween mood! Check out these new Spooky releases from HarperCollins that will be sure to

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Looking for new books that will keep your children engaged? Here are some recent releases that are worth checking out. Monsters Under Bridges Written by Rachel Roellke Coddington Illustrated by Jolby You don’t have to live in the Pacific Northwest to enjoy this book but you sure are likely to

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i promise not to suffer review in_the_know_mom

I often write for cathartic reasons.  Without this way of releasing my life details and feelings, the possibility of a self implosion is great.  I got the impression that Gail Storey writes for the same reason.  This memoir, I Promise Not To Suffer, tracks the 2,663 miles Storey and her

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bookboard review

This post is sponsored by Bookboard; all opinions are 100% my own. Being a writer and lifelong bookworm, I love paper books.  After experiencing bookcases overflowing, I made a rule to donate each book I read, if I can rule out re-reading them, which is most of the time.  When

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My New Teacher and me

I can hardly believe that it’s time for school again! The new school year can be both exciting and a little nerve wracking for little ones. I know that my six year old was EXTREMELY nervous to start first grade last week. She even froze as the bell rang and

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