Friday, October 24, 2014

Ten Thankful Turkeys by Angela Muse

Title: Ten Thankful Turkeys 
Author: Angela Muse 
Illustrator: Ewa Powdles 
Publication Date: October 4, 2014 
Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS 
Pages: 32 
Recommended Ages: 2 to 8 

Summary: This colorful autumn tale follows ten turkeys as they get ready for an important celebration. This story teaches about gratitude. There are also fun turkey facts in the back of the book.


This adorable, festive book is bound to capture your child.  Preschoolers and beginning readers are sure to enjoy this rhyming Thanksgiving tale.  Easy reading and colorful pictures will keep any child turning the pages of Ten Thankful Turkeys; and is likely to become a must read tradition for years to come. 

Angela Muse was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the “new kid” in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children’s book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children’s picture books and released books in her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2013/2014.
Her husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon.

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

“Too Loved to be Lost” Kindle HDX Giveaway and Facebook Party with Debora Coty!

About the book: In Too Loved to Be Lost (Barbour Books, October 2014), you'll find simple, practical steps for healing, refreshment, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith. Whether you're struggling with issues related to trust, depression, patience, relationships, hurts, or hopes. . .this humor-filled volume will deliver a much-needed smile and equip you with simple-to-implement tips for attaining the kind of guidance and belonging you crave---the kind that can only be found in the unconditional love of Papa God.

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Too Loved to be Lost is a inspirational, devotional you'll want to really set down and spend time reading.  It isn't your five minute food for the thought, gotta run book.  It's a quiet time need to meditate on this type of book.  A book that will help deepen your relationship with God.  Here are just a few things you're bound to find in this book:
  • new herspective, confidence and discernmwent
  • how to avoid burn out
  • rebooting for a fresh start
  • relinquishing control and developing trust
  • overcoming depression
  • curbing anxiety
  • dealing with difficult people
  • healing hidden hurt
  • recognizing everyday miracles
  • restoring hope for the future
Each chapter in the book has some questions to think on perfect for your own personal time or to use as group discussion.
You'll never tire while reading this book. Debora intertwines stories, scripture and humor to keep us all alive, alert and awake.  She's practical and very down to earth.  She speaks from experience. 

About the author: Debora M. Coty is a popular speaker, columnist, lifelong Bible student, internationally published freelance writer, and award-winning author of numerous books, including Too Blessed to Be Stressed, and More Beauty, Less Beast. She's also an orthopedic occupational therapist, writing instructor, and tennis addict. Mother of two grown children, Debora lives and loves in central Florida with her husband, Chuck, and desperately wicked pooch, Fenway.

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In our world a woman’s acceptance so often seems contingent on her looks, behavior, or talents. This can lead to fearing loss of acceptance, trying to outperform one another, and a warped view God as a ruthless, judgmental, stern entity just waiting for us to crash and burn. Debora M. Coty's new book, Too Loved to Be Lost: Discovering God’s Intentional, Unconditional, Without-Limits Loveoffers women simple, practical steps for finding healing, security, and revitalization of spirit, body, and faith.

Celebrate being "Too Loved" by entering Debora Coty's HDX giveaway and RSVPing to her Facebook party on November 6th.


  One winner will receive:
  • A Kindle HDX
  • Too Loved to Be Lost by Debora Coty
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 6th. Winner will be announced at the Too Loved to Be Lost Facebook author event on 11/6. Join author Debora Coty for a humorous and encouraging evening centered around God's unconditional love. Debora will be hosting a fun chat, giving away prizes, answering your questions, offering an exclusive peek at her next book, and much more!

So grab your copy of Too Loved to be Lost and join Debora and friends on the evening of November 6th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 6th!

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Candy Aisle Crafts by Jodi Levine
The ultimate materials for fun, whimsical crafting are right in your grocery store!

From party decorations to children’s toys, from wearable art to cute gifts, you need look no further than your supermarket shelves for the materials to make these unique (and kid-friendly) food crafts. For special celebrations, rainy-day activities, and much more, treat yourself to the sweetest projects.

Colorful candy canes are fashioned into heart-shaped necklaces, melted peppermints are molded into a festive bowl, cookies and ice cream cones are transformed into a fanciful castle, marshmallows are snipped into a polar bear, and gumdrops become everything from adorable frogs to bumblebees and ducks. Candy Aisle Crafts is packed with simple ideas for charming crafts that both  kids and parents will love.

It's cute. It's adorable. It's easy. It's fun!  It's CANDY!  Yep, a book is packed full of fun, easy, adorable crafts made from candy.  Every bit of it is edible. There is a wide range of candies used hard, gummy, marshmallow, cookies and cereal.  Many of the hard candies need to be heated so adult supervision is required for those recipes.  Kids will and tons of fun and love every minute of creating.  Many themes..animals of all kinds, prince and princess, flowers, holiday and more.  You are sure to find something to please your young ones and older ones. 

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

My Princesses Learn book series by Stephanie Rische

If your princess is all about tiaras, gowns and sparkles, then she'll fall in love with Grace and Hope as they learn to be brave and stand up to a bully in the park.  This book is bound to teach your daughters how to be a true princess as she follows the example of biblical character, Queen Esther.   The illustrations are colorful, detailed and multicultural.  For more information about this book visit here.

The adorable, bright and cheery illustrations add to the lesson that author Stephanie Rische presents in her book my princesses learn to share.  Using the biblical example of the boy who shared his lunch as the basis for this story Grace and Hope learn to share their princess items to make them both beautiful inside and out. For more information about this book visit here.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea Jensen

Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf by Dorothea Jensen
About the Book Title: Frizzy the S.A.D. Elf (Santa’s Izzy Elves #4)
Author: Dorothea Jensen  
Illustrator: Shayne Hood 
Publication Date: August 2, 2014
Publisher: Independent
Pages: 34  
Recommended Ages: 4 to 10

Summary:  Santa’s Izzy Elves stories are not your usual picture books – older kids who enjoy playing with words and rhythmical verse will love them, too. One reason for this is that although their stories are told in verse echoing the famous 19th century poem: A VISIT FROM SAINT NICHOLAS, Santa’s Izzy Elves are definitely 21st century, with electronics galore!

FRIZZY, THE S.A.D. ELF is the fourth of these poetic tales. In this story, Frizzy, one of Santa’s Izzy Elves, styles the hair of Christmas dollies, but misses them dreadfully when Santa takes them away on Christmas Eve. (She suffers from S.A.D.: Seasonal Affection Distress.) Frizzy decides she needs to change her job so she doesn’t get so attached to the toys she works on. She starts making something completely different but soon finds that her plan isn’t going to work out exactly as she intended!

This story is cute retelling of Night Before Christmas in modern day terms.  Children beginning to read will love the rhyming verse.  This is just the book ordered by Santa for that special reader on your Christmas shopping list.  This would be a wonderful book to add to your holiday reading book list.  It's cute, adorable and modern day all rolled into one book.


Santa’s Izzy Elves have won a number of literary awards.  Dizzy, the Stowaway Elf received Honorable Mention in the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Awards and has been Story Book Approved.  Plus, the e-book editions of Tizzy, the Christmas Shelf Elf and Blizzy, the Worrywart Elf both received the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award, honoring “the best in family-friendly media”.

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The Buzz About Santa’s Izzy Elves

Book 1 (Tizzy):  Tizzy, The Christmas Shelf Elf is a clever holiday read-aloud story featuring two excited siblings who sneak down early Christmas morning and discover a very special surprise.  Only through their discovery of the magic of books do they find a way to send Tizzy back home.  Kudos to the author for highlighting the importance of books!  I recommend this book to be read aloud to children ages 5 and older.” ~ Renee @ Mother Daughter Book Reviews

Book 1 (Tizzy):  “This is a delightful and cleverly written rhymed poem, sprinkled with echoes of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” with a similar rhythm and rhyme scheme but not a slave to it.” ~ 5 Star Review, Carolyn P., Amazon

 Book 2 (Blizzy):  “Such a wonderful mystery and perfect for pre-readers and those getting ready to read. Jensen has a very creative personality put to good use while developing this series about Santa’s elves.” ~ 5 Star Review, Gene G., Amazon

Book 2 (Blizzy):  “Any kid would love this poetic bedtime story.” ~ 5  Star Review, robinsm, Amazon

Book 3 (Dizzy):  “I love the story and especially the artwork in this book. A great read for my children for the upcoming Holiday.” ~ 5 Star Review, Ben L., Amazon

Book 3 (Dizzy):  “If you haven’t read this series, you are missing out! The Izzy Elves are awesome, and the Dizzy story is really our family favorite so far.” ~ 5 Star Review, BookLover, Amazon

About the Author: Dorothea Jensen

Dorothea JensenDorothea Jensen has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Carleton College, and a Master of Arts degree in Secondary Education from the University of New Mexico. She is the author of The Riddle of Penncroft Farm, an award-winning novel for young readers about the American Revolution. Named an International Reading Association’s Teachers’ Choice Selection soon after publication, it is read in schools throughout the United States. More recently, Riddle earned a first prize in the historical fiction category of the 2014 Purple Dragonfly Award, and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt published an e-book edition in 2014, twenty-five years after its original release.
Deedy recently completed A Buss From Lafayette, another historical novel for middle graders. She is now working on a new story, set in seventeenth century Massachusetts, called A Scalp on the Moon.The fifth Izzy Elf story, featuring Bizzy, is also in the works.
For more information about Dorothea and her books, please visit or

About the Illustrator:  Shayne Hood

Shayne Hood is a professional animator and illustrator. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree at the California Institute of the Arts.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Case closed....well almost

Handmade by Heidi

Last night for my Friday Night Sew-In I finished my project I started last month

Last month I got 8 pillowcases started just didn't get the final band turn under and sewed down on the pillowcases .  So that is what I finished this month.  These 5 will go to the cause....

 These three are for my daughters...

yep I have a dog lover....

All finished now.  Yeah!!!!

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Friday, October 17, 2014

It's that time again.....

Handmade by Heidi

Wow!  Has the month gone by fast!  It is that time again for FNSI.  Yep tonight is the night.  However, I'm going to have to do mine this afternoon because my house will be quiet this afternoon hopefully (right now the siding guys are here pounding) and tonight everyone will be home. Two adult daughters and hubby. Besides I'm off work today....Schools closed for Teacher's convention. What better way to spend a day off than with my sewing machine. So off I go to get things rounded up for my afternoon of sewing.  Be it known though that somewhere around the world it is night and others will be sewing with me.  ;P   Stay tuned for what was accomplished.

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Book Review Blitz: Mini Myths Board Books by Joan Holub

About the Books
Be Patient Pandora by Joan Holub
Title: Be Patient, Pandora! (Mini Myths)
Author: Joan Holub 
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli | 
Publication Date: September 16, 2014  
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Pages: 24  
Recommended Ages: 1 to 5

Summary: When Pandora is warned by her mother not to open a box, her spirited curiosity trumps her obedience. Pandora harmlessly touches the box, innocently leans on the box, and eventually, albeit accidentally, bursts the box open! The cupcakes that were hidden inside are ruined, except for one last vestige, which Pandora presents in the hope that her mother still loves her. Leslie Patricelli’s depictions of this physical comedy bring a lively narrative to Joan Holub’s carefully crafted text. Includes a summary of the original Pandora’s Box myth at the end.
Purchase “Be Patient, Pandora!”:  Amazon | Barnes & Noble | Book Depository | iTunes

Play Nice Hercules by Joan Holub
Title: Play Nice, Hercules! (Mini Myths)
Author: Joan Holub 
Illustrator: Leslie Patricelli 
 Publication Date: September 16, 2014  
Publisher: Abrams Appleseed
Pages: 24  
Recommended Ages: 1 to 5

Summary: Hercules is not as interested in “playing nice” as he is in playing strong! But when one feat of strength destroys his little sister’s 12-piece tower, he must use his powers for good to restore the tower and seek her forgiveness. She forgives him indeed, and then shows her own strength by gleefully knocking down the stacked blocks herself! Joan Holub’s expertly focused text pairs perfectly with Leslie Patricelli’s famously humorous illustrations. Includes a summary of the original Hercules’s Twelve Labors myth at the end.
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The Buzz About Mini Myths

Patricelli’s preschool-age Pandora couldn’t be cuter, and an endnote explains the original myth in greater detail.  Genuinely funny and sweet. ~ Publishers Weekly, starred review
Remarkably entertaining . . . delightful painted cartoons in rich colors . . . the life lessons the source material inspires are spot-on. ~ Kirkus

About the Author: Joan Holub

Joan HolubJoan Holub’s fascination with mythology inspired Mini Myths, a new board book series that translates famous myths into situations familiar to preschoolers. The first two titles, Be Patient, Pandora! and Play Nice, Hercules! debut in September. Joan co-authors two other mythology series for Simon and Schuster, Goddess Girls (ages 8-12) and Heroes in Training (ages 7-10). Her picture book, Mighty Dads, was a New York Times bestseller in 2014.

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About the Illustrator: Leslie Petricelli

Leslie Patricelli is the bestselling author-illustrator of many adorable board books, including Yummy Yucky and Toot!
These are excellent books for the preschooler ages 1-5.  Chunky cardboard, with beautiful teaching messages:  playing nice and being patience.  What better message would you teach your children at this age.  You have to start some where.  There is also a page with the mythology information if you want to use it as a discussion starter. 

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