Friday, April 27, 2012

Motion, Magnets & More review!

Informative, Fun and Educational!

My eldest son cannot get enough Science. So, this book is HUGE hit in our household. He loves science experiments, science shows, etc. So, when we started reading this book, he was in seventh Heaven.

This book is divided into 4 sections; Touch It! Build It! Change It! and Move It! Each section has 10+ topics and experiments to do and discuss. From making a mosaic to learning more about gravity, this book has it all. It's great for preschool to young elementary aged children.

I plan to use this book during the summer when my boys are off school. I'm pretty sure there are enough activities and experiments to get us through the whole summer without getting bored. If you are a science lover, or are looking for a simple, yet informative book for a little one, get this book. It's worth it! I highly recommend this book for preschools, and young elementary school classrooms.

A Touch Morbid Review!

Unique twist on the supernatural!

I wanted to read and review this book based on the cover and the title. I guess that says something about me, but it's the truth. The cover is gorgeous and the title had me curious. Imagine my surprise when I started reading the book and realized it was a sequel. At first I was utterly and totally confused. There are so many characters, and they have all these names for the beings that they are and I was lost. However, I did not give up, and I'm so glad I didn't. Here's why:

First, the writing. The writing is so well done. I literally could imagine myself there with the characters, which doesn't happen that often to be honest. Leah Clifford's writing style comes across as effortless and REAL. The whole time I was reading the book I was blown away at how easily the words flowed. Secondly, the characters. There are lots of them, however after reading through the first couple of chapters, I had no trouble keeping track of them all. And each of the characters is important to the story, which I loved. There wasn't just a bunch of secondary characters thrown in the story for good measure, they all needed to be there. And what unique characters they are! Thirdly, the actual story. The story simply blew me away. It's a unique telling of Heaven/Hell that hasn't' been told before. Now, like I mentioned before, I haven't read the first book (A Touch Mortal) yet, but I plan to now! This is a story that has never been told before. It's not just a fallen angel struggling to somehow get back into Heaven, no. It's much, much more than that.

I applaud Leah Clifford for her amazing job on this book, and I plan to hurry on out and buy book 1 so that I can read that, too. It's not very often that I read a sequel and then WANT to read the first book of the series.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Author Appreciation Blog Tour-Myra McEntire

When I heard that there would be an appreciation blog tour going around for Myra McEntire, I said "I'm totally in".  I don't "personally" know Myra, nor have I ever met her in person, but I know she is a kick butt person and author.  I "met" Myra through my best friend, Mandy via twitter.  I knew at that time that Myra had a book coming out in about a year and her tweets were pretty darn funny.  Myra and I have chatted a bit over twitter and then last year when her first book, Hourglass, was released, I rushed out to buy it.  It is FANTASTIC.  Not only is Myra a funny, witty, kind and one of kind gal, she is a SUPERB author.  She is the type of author that grabs you from page 1 and doesn't let go (although she is very humble about it).  If you adore YA (like I do), love a snarky, witty, fun read, then go get Hourglass now...the sequel Timepiece will be out later this year and I cannot wait!  Go give Myra some love people.  She is such an outstanding person.  She even put together an auction for the flood victims in Nashville last year!  I hope to one day actually meet Myra in person.  Not only because I'm a huge fan (both of her book and of her personally), but because I think my life would be greatly enriched just having met this awesome lady face to face.  Go Myra, Go!!!

Here are some other blogs appreciating Myra today!

You can purchase Myra's books here:

To pre-order Timepiece: 

To order Hourglass:

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Just for fun-my pregnancy belly shots (all 3 of them)

Just for fun I thought I'd compare my belly size from my pregnancies.

 Here I am at 22 weeks with my first pregnancy (Aidan).

Here I am at about 21-22 weeks pregnant with Owen (and my little guy Aidan is beside me).

And finally here I am at 22 1/2 weeks pregnant with our baby girl (I'm a little over 24 weeks now).

So, I'm definitely more round this time around, which I already knew.  I actually have a "soccer ball" type shape instead of being "big" everywhere.  It's funny how differently you carry each pregnancy.  I carried the boys differently, too, but baby girl is carrying totally different-right out in front.  Fun times!