“You Are…” A Children’s Book That Will Help Your Child Develop a Positive Inner Voice

Hi, everyone,

Here’s another great children’s author whose book is in line with the type of books I write–social/emotional positive development.

Here’s the author, Stephanie Tayla, to tell you more about it….

Child development experts agree that our self-perception is shaped in early childhood. Those formative years can determine whether that little voice we each hear creates self-doubt or self-assurance.

This book aims to influence a generation of children to be self-assured thinkers who hear encouragement and positive guidance when they are alone, faced with the proverbial fork in the road.

The real secret?

It is your voice that becomes their most positive and optimistic inner narrative.

You Are... it is a simple phrase, but oh the possibilities. You Are Bright, You Are Clever, You Are Silly!

Throughout this book, feel free to insert your own words that best describe your little angel. Let them come up with words too! You’ll be amazed at how contagious positive words can be.

“You Are…” is a simply stated, fun picture book to read at bedtime or anytime!

From ticklish to caaalllllllmmm and everything in between, this book is full of happy words that kids will love to hear and say each day!

*Don’t forget to find the Ladybug hidden on each page.

The “You Are…” Movement is in line with the Social Emotional Approach that is being taught in schools across the nation.

Little readers (listeners) are always developing that little voice that will guide them through life.

Neurological scientists note the impact of communication in the early years but as parents it is intuitive; When children internalize discouraging words, they develop negative self esteem, when they internalize encouraging words they develop positive self esteem.

The relationship between parents words and children’s thoughts is clear. It really is how we learn to deal with our peers, teachers, and eventually, our own families. Most of us hear our parents voices in our inner dialogue… even as we become parents and grandparents ourselves.

What phrase do you hope will stay with your little one?

You’ve read the entire book description!

Thank you & Wow!

We hope, “You Are…” will become a nightly snuggle tradition in your home as it has in so many snuggly homes already.

Happy reading!

Publishers recommended Age range 0-8.

Hi there! My name is Stephanie. I’m a work at home mom with two little ones. I work for the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books…  and I simultaneously attempt to enforce naps!

I was inspired to write this book because I believe it is crucial that children hear positive phrases from the people they look up to, starting at an early age. I’ve researched early cognitive development and social emotional messaging extensively and ended up writing a story that supports both concepts.  Yet the book is simply stated with only 3 words per page and in a pattern style, it has quickly become the go to baby shower gift!

 It all started out as a story that lived in my mind and on my children’s ears. I would tell them these simple phrases every night at bed time. For my daughter I noticed her being told she’s beautiful very often and I wanted her to know that she’s also clever, determined, funny… so much more than beautiful. For my son I noticed him being told that he’s “going to be a heartbreaker and wow, look how strong.” I wanted him to know that he is also kind, creative, bright… so much more than strong. I did this intuitively as most parents do. We are ever aware that our words matter.

It has been said that we all have an inner narrative that is developed in early childhood. We each have a little voice that takes us to a place of self-criticism or self-comfort when we are faced with life’s challenges. We tell ourselves, “I can’t do it, I’m not (insert negative adjective-smart, worthy, determined) enough” or we tell ourselves, “I can do, I am (insert positive adjective-smart, worthy, determined)!” The social emotional approach of this book encourages a positive self-view that help children become self-assured adults. And isn’t that what we all dream for our children and – maybe even work towards ourselves?

Put simply, the goal of this book is for our children to look inside themselves for the strength and courage to thrive as the beautifully capable and uniquely talented individuals they are.

Additionally, this book serves as a keepsake. My own kids have an illustrated copy of their favorite bedtime story that they can take with them anywhere. The words now live in their heads and they share the messages with each other.  My kids tell each other that they are sweet, kind, Batman, a kitty cat, rock stars! My siblings never said those words to me! Side note: they also sometimes argue over who should close the refrigerator door and other daily bickers.    : )

And my biggest joy is that my young children are seeing mommy doing work she believes in. When marketing children’s books to toy stores and story time locales, every day can be take- your- kids-to-work day!

Thank you, Stephanie, for your insightful description about how our verbal dialogue with our children actually shape their inner dialogue. So very important to be aware of a to choose our words wisely. Thank you for writing a book that helps us do that better!

And readers, I encourage you to check out her book on Amazon and purchase a copy for the favorite children in your life and to share with your friends and family members as well as on social media.


New Children’s Book “When Dinosaurs Go to Bed” Available for FREE Download Today

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce you to a children’s author I met recently and his adorable book about dinosaurs that I know children are going to fall in love with AND it’s available for FREE today!!

Josh, tell us about your book…

Growing up, I couldn’t get enough of dinosaurs. Dinosaur pillows, dinosaur socks, dinosaur movies, and of course, dinosaur books! Lots of dinosaur books!

I don’t think things have changed much. Children still love dinosaurs, and many own at least one all-time favorite dinosaur book!

Today is the launch of a new kind of dinosaur book: When Dinosaurs Go to Bed. The book is available for FREE Kindle Download until May 31, so grab it as soon as you can!

A beautiful and timelessly illustrated children’s bedtime story, the book is composed of dinosaurs in familiar bedtime scenes. It’s a quick read and the perfect book to help get your child get excited about going to sleep. At the same time, you will teach your child the names of popular dinosaurs while having a few laughs.

The book was inspired one evening when I was getting ready for bed and experimenting with the names of different dinosaurs and potential rhymes. In just a few minutes, I have a handful of funny rhymes about dinosaurs. It was clear to me at this point there was the potential for a great book with some beautiful modern illustrations, and here we are! Since then we’ve read the book to many children and the response has been incredible, with many asking for it to be read over and over again!

Download When Dinosaurs Go to Bed today! The book is available for FREE Kindle Download until May 31.

Hey, thank you, Josh, for sharing your adorable book with us today!

I hope, you, my blog readers, will not only download a copy for your favorite child today but share this post with others so they can get their copy as well.

Do It My Way…Please!

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Dr. Valerie Allen

At the heart of all misbehavior is noncompliance. You have told your child to do something and they didn’t do it. Often a cycle of negative interaction is then set into motion. You give more and more reminders. The youngster responds by ignoring you, crying, yelling, pouting, or with temper tantrums. His or her behavior escalates, you become frustrated and angry. Soon the original request gets lost in this smoke screen. If this sounds familiar, there are some strategies to help your child learn to cooperate:

1.  Tell Don’t Ask. Give your child a direct command. Tell him or her exactly what you want done. Do not request or ask if he or she would clear the table or hang up the towel, this implies that there is an option. If you want it done just give an order.

2.  Look ‘Em in the Eye. When speaking to children get their attention. Go to where they are, say their name, put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eye, and speak directly to them. Do not call to them from another room. Do not send another child to get them or have someone else deliver your message.

3.  Keep it Short and Sweet. Give one specific command. Using visual clues can be helpful, for example telling them to comb their hair while touching them on the head. If giving more than one command, have the child repeat them back to you. It is best to give one step directions; never give more then three tasks at a time no matter how old the child.

4.  Give One Reminder. If the child does not comply, give them one reminder. Tell them “this is a reminder,” then mention the consequence. For example, “put your shoes in your room or no TV.” Stay with the child until he or she initiates the task. Give them praise when they do so.

5.  Suffer the Consequences. Every behavior has a consequence, use it to your advantage. If the child is cooperative, give immediate praise and recognition, for example you can say “Nice job” or “Thanks for doing that so quickly” or “I appreciate your help.” If the child behaves inappropriately, immediately confront him or her with the misbehavior. Identify what they were supposed to do and what they actually did. “I said to put your back-pack on the table and instead you turned on the TV”. Give them one reminder. Do not hesitate to impose a consequence if they are non compliant. After the consequence, once again give them the command and give praise for their cooperation.

Consistently use these behavior management techniques to increase compliance and diminish conflict between you and your youngster. It will also present opportunities for positive interactions with your child which in turn build self esteem.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development and has published two children’s books, “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.”  Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

Author Interview of Wanda Luthman, CEO of Lilacs in Literature (Where We Grow Children With Character) and Multi-Award Winning Children’s Author

I’d like to thank Tony Eames of NFReads.com (a general interest website with an emphasis on articles and interviews about books, both fiction and nonfiction) for reaching out to me for an interview. I feel blessed and honored to be chosen as an interviewee for his website.

Here’s the introduction on the blog of the types of interviews he has posted.

” Welcome! Browse the categories below for interesting articles and inspiring stories, many of which were contributed by equally interesting and inspiring guests like:

  • An early Cold War air defense system programmer who became a multi-award winning science fiction author and space colonization advocate
  • A two-time Cannes official selected film director and award-winning television reporter who authored a best-selling travel memoir about the 500-mile Camino de Santiago hike across Spain
  • An Oprah Winfrey Network show host and best-selling nutritionist whose program has aired in 78 countries
  • A Pennsylvania state representative and multi-award winning advocate for the mentally ill who works on mental health legislation and mental health-themed science fiction novels

(Curious to find out who they are? Visit the about page!)

Below is the link to it, I’d love for you to click on it and check it out and if you are so inclined to please share it on your social media sites.

As always, thank you for being a loyal follower. I love and appreciate each one of you more than you know as we travel this life together.

Mother of Many, As Fast As Words Could Fly

Hi everyone,

I’d like to introduce you to an award-winning children’s author that I met on a social media channel and was impressed at her book and wanted to share her and her book with all of you. Here to introduce herself is Pamela…

Pamela M. Tuck is an award-winning author and mother of 11 children. She has been writing poems and stories since she was a child growing up in Greenville, North Carolina. She is the author of Mother of Many, As Fast As Words Could Fly, the 2007 Lee & Low Books New Voices Award winner, Color Struck and The Adventures of Sheldon, the Mushroom. Pamela credits her writing to her upbringing surrounded by southern storytellers. Her family inspires many of her stories. Although Pamela grew up as an only child, she enjoys the excitement of having a large family.

As a mother of 11 children, I’ve often been asked, “How do you do it?” and told, “You should write a book.” The thought was amusing, but I honestly didn’t think a story about my family would be very interesting. At least not until I joined a 30-day picture book idea challenge in November 2013. I sat in the high school parking lot, waiting for one of my sons (just one of my many tasks for that day). I told my husband, Joel, that I felt like the old woman who lived in a shoe. He replied, “Why don’t you write about the young woman who lives in a shoe.” I really think he was being sarcastic, but I jotted the idea down for day #12 in my journal. At the end of my challenge, I had 30 story ideas, but not 1 single story written. As another attempt to spark my writing inspiration, I joined a rhyming picture book group on April 1, 2014. What a challenge! Not only did I have to come up with a story, but now it had to rhyme. As I skimmed through the story ideas in my journal, entry #12 was the best choice. I’d simply have to write a spin-off to the nursery rhyme. Easy, right? Wrong! The first draft I submitted to my group was a sweet little rhyme, displaying a perfect little family. It was ripped apart by one of my critique group members. It hurt, but it certainly sparked my writing fire. I read over the comments and said to myself, “You want reality? I’ll give you reality.” My next draft held the raw truths of a day in the life of the Tuck family, and Mother of Many was born. Little did I know that I would lose my dear husband and friend on November 11, 2014, only 1 day from being exactly 1 year from the day he suggested to write the story. I’m so glad I listened to the questions of “How do you do it?” and answered the requests for me to write a book about my family . . . in doing so, this story of our simple daily activities and antics preserves the wonderful memories we shared as a happy family of 13.

To find out more about Pamela and her books online at pamelamtuck.com.

Purchase her books at http://www.pamelamtuck.com/how-to-order.php

You can also find Pamela on Twitter https://twitter.com/pamelamtuck?lang=en

or LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamela-m-tuck-3031b639/

Thank you, Pamela, for joining us today.

Please connect with Pamela and pre-order her book. I know you’re going to love it!

Five Old Fashion Values for New Age Kids

Dr. Valerie Allen

Licensed School Psychologist ~ Certified Case Manager

Five Old Fashion Values for New Age Kids

Remember the good old days when honesty was the best policy? When idle hands were the devil’s workshop? When air was clean and sex was dirty? Surely, you have found yourself wondering aloud “What’s wrong with kids today?”

            In these modern times values have changed, parenting styles have changed, and youngsters change rapidly from one developmental stage to another. It is critical to understand your core values and worldview, in order to establish fair and firm expectations for your children.

            To aid in positive parenting, here are five good old-fashioned values for today’s new age kids to help them find success and satisfaction as they interact in positive social ways. Our children will soon mature and bring their morals and core values into their adult lives.

Integrity:  The strength to act on one’s convictions; to be your own person. The ability to stand up for what you believe in; doing the right thing and to be morally sound. Dependability, to follow through on one’s responsibilities. How do you demonstrate integrity and acknowledge this value in your children?

Excellence:  Hold high standards for one’s self. Strive for the highest quality performance in all one does. Have a passionate commitment to goals and beliefs that go beyond the average or expected. Do you show and discuss with your children the satisfaction of going over and above what is required at home, work, school, and in the community?

Community:  A sense of belonging; working for the common good of self and others. Participating in a joint effort, contributing to a mutual goal. Being diverse and adaptable, to fit in and work with others, taking joint ownership and responsibility for the outcome. Do you encourage the team spirit aspect of working with others? Do you make the effort to make others look good?

Respect:  Conduct one’s self in a manner worthy of esteem. To honor others with respect. To have consideration for the environment in which we live. To honor diversity in others and accept social responsibility.  You are the best role model your child has. Do you display respectful behavior in your attitude, speech, and actions?

Tradition:  Know, understand, and abide by the body of beliefs handed down from generation to generation. To carry on your family history, culture, and symbolism. To make known for posterity your family and community customs, attitudes, opinions, and beliefs. This is especially meaningful today when families are not concentrated in one community. Your children may have never met some of their relatives. Children establish a sense of belonging when they come to understand their family history and their place  within it. Have you written down your family history as far back as you can remember?

There are two simple ways to instill these values in the younger generation. First, be a role model; live by these values day to day. Children learn from how they live. Second, have the expectation that children will do as they see others doing. Dwell on and admire others for the positive aspects of their behavior. Your family will benefit from the calm and assurance that comes with engaging in a moral life style.

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Dr. Valerie Allen is a child psychologist in private practice. She presents seminars for parents and professionals in the field of child development. She has published two children’s books: “Summer School for Smarties” and “Bad Hair, Good Hat, New Friends.” Oh yes, she has also raised six children!

My Name is Curly

Andi, the author, pictured in blue jean jacket, black shirt, necklace, and blue jeans with her two doberman pincher dogs on either side of her with green grass in the background
Pictured above is the author, Andi, with her two dogs, Curly (right) and Luna (left)

Hi everyone,

I’m bringing to you a very special children’s book today because while it’s fictional, it’s a story about the author’s real life dog and proceeds go to support a wonderful foundation.

Here’s Andi telling us about her book, My Name is Curly….

Curly had a rough life before we saved him.

The life I envisioned for him inmy children’s picture book, My Name isCurly, is truly fictional. There is no way I could put whatI know of his real-life story into a children’s book – even if, perhaps, itwould show the true nature of what some animals go through before beingrescued.

This is the real, raw story of howI met Curly, and what we know of his life before we gave him a loving foreverhome.

We first learned of Curly andTater Tot through a friend of mine who does rescue work. She knew my husbandand I were looking for a dog after our other one, Allie, a Doberman Pinscherlike Curly, had passed away. We were very adamant that we should rescue an animalinstead of buying one from a breeder.

Curly and Tater Tot were both being held with a county dog warden. My friend said she found them running around the local landfill! They were in bad shape.

Curly when he was first found

We asked her to please take them to a local veterinarian, as her office was about an hour and half away from our home. We had always wanted two dogs and were so excited to be able to save them, together!

Tater Tot

The veterinarian examined them.

Curly was extremely underweightand emaciated, while Tater Tot, on the other hand, was overweight. They bothhad worms, terrible skin issues, cuts and abrasions all over their bodies. Thevet said Curly may have had a broken leg at one point. Tater Tot had milk,which means she must have had a litter of puppies at some point, but we had noidea what happened to them.

Curly’s ear is permanentlydeformed. We were told it was likely his previous owner had tried to crop hisears, which is a cruel and disfiguring surgery that is usually performed for“cosmetic” reasons, or to give certain breeds “desirable” traits and to makethem look a certain way. It causes dogs incredible pain and suffering, and isbanned in many countries.

On top of that, because Curly hasVon Willebrand’s disease, which is a bleeding disorder similar to hemophilia inthat his blood does not clot, the cropping had failed terribly. Therefore, hisright ear is all curled up, and he has a lot of trouble with it.

We had the dogs neutered andspayed and groomed, and patched them up as well as we could before taking themhome to rest.

It turns out the two dogs were notas bonded as we had thought. They did not get along at all! We think Tater Totkept Curly from eating any of the food they found when they were out in thewild. It was very obvious that she did not like Curly in the slightest. Shewould growl every time he walked by. Most of her mean behavior was completelyunprovoked. Because she had milk, we wondered if Curly had fathered her puppiesand what had happened to them.

We decided that we could not keepthem both. It’s a shame because she was very sweet and loving toward us. Weknew she would be the perfect dog for someone if she was the only dog. We founda local Doberman rescue group to help us place her in a forever home.

The night before she left us, shelunged for Curly’s throat. I put my leg out to protect him, which stopped her,but that was my sign from above that we could not keep them both and take thechance that one day, if they were by themselves, something terrible mighthappen.

I know she is in a good home todaygetting lots of love from her new family.

Life after TaterTot

Curly adjusted just fine to being the only dog. He likes attention – lots of it – and having all of the toys and treats to himself!

Curly’s First Christmas!

A little later on, however, afriend of mine rescued another Doberman Pinscher named Luna. She is a beautifulblue Doberman with long legs and big floppy ears. She has freckles all overbelly and feet. We think she had previously been cooped up a lot as everythingseemed new and exciting to her. We brought her over to play with Curly, andthey got along great! The two of them had a blast running around on our landand playing chase.

I remarked to my husband that Ihad a feeling one day Luna would be ours.

And that is exactly what happened!One day, my friend called me and asked me if we would want to take Luna. Ofcourse, we said yes! I picked her up that day and brought her home.

We are so happy that Curly has a sister and playmate. He still likes to hog attention and toys, but I think he would be lost without her. They are so much fun to watch, and they love to “put on a show,” as we call it, with their wrestling moves and funny noises.

Stay tuned for more adventures with Curly and Luna!

Author Andi and her dog, Curly

More about Andi with a Q&A interview…

Q: What do you do for a living? And have you always wanted to be a writer?
A: Actually, I wanted to be an FBI agent! I went to Buffalo State College and obtained my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. I was fortunate to have been hired by the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service before I graduated, and I was offered full-time employment when I graduated. From there, I worked in Buffalo, NY; Toronto, Canada; and Cleveland, OH, working first as an immigration inspector and then as a district adjudications officer. When I turned thirty, I decided to take the law school admission test to see what would happen. I passed, went to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law at Cleveland State University for three years, and fifteen years later here I am! I own my own law practice and run two offices. I have five employees, and I assist clients with estate planning, estate and trust administration, and real estate law issues.
In my free time, I started jotting down silly things our rescue dog, Curly, would do. I thought of writing a book, but I felt like I could not move forward without an illustrator. One day in the spring of 2018, I was talking with a client and she mentioned that she knew someone who might be able to help. That is how I came to meet my awesome illustrator, Grace Schlea.
So, while I love to read and play Scrabble, I had never really thought about being a writer until last year.
Q: We know My Name is Curly is based off your own silly pup. Can you tell us a little about him and how you came to adopt him?
A: We lost our first dog, another Doberman Pinscher, named Allie, in November of 2013.We were heartbroken and felt another dog would help us heal. I reached out to my friend Lorie, who is very involved in the local rescue community, because we really wanted to stay with the same breed, but did not want to buy from a breeder. We wanted to adopt ! Lorie did some investigating and put me in contact with a dog warden in another county who had just rescued two Dobermans! They were found running around the county landfill. We were thrilled because we had always wanted two dogs, so we decided to adopt them together. But it turned out that they did not get along, and so we decided to find another loving home for Tater Tot. It was a difficult decision, but ultimately, after learning Curly has hemophilia, we thought it best that we keep him safe from harm.
Q: How did you come up with the name Curly?
A: My husband named Curly! Whoever had Curly first tried to crop his ears. Because of he has a bleeding disorder, one of his ears is now deformed and curled up. That is one reason why he was named Curly. The other reason is because he loves to cuddle and lean into you and curl his body in the shape of C. He is a snugglebug!
Q: When/where did you get the idea to write Curly’s story?
A: I was inspired to write Curly’s story after accumulating notes I had written of all the funny things he does. I started typing notes into my phone. I wasn’t planning on writing a book initially, but after meeting the illustrator, Grace Schlea, I decided to put my notes to good use and see what would happen! One funny story: Curly has a red and green spiky rubber ball that he loves to carry with him wherever he goes. He is always trying to sneak it outside by hiding it in his
mouth (which is really hard to do because it is not a small ball). We try to prevent that so it doesn’t get dirty, but it probably tastes better to him that way! “Ball ball,” as we call it, is his security blanket and it calms him when he is anxious. It has an air hole, so
when he has it in his mouth, he makes sounds like Darth Vadar.
Q: Do you plan to write more books featuring Curly’s crazy adventures?
A: Yes! I have a second book written, but not yet illustrated, about Curly’s life at his new home and meeting his new sister Luna. The two of them get into trouble together! And Rocky the Raccoon may be back with some new friends! I would love for his story to be a series.
Q: How did you get the idea of creating Curly’s Kids Animal Education Fund?
A: I’ve always believed that one way to make life purposeful is give back to the community any way you can. Being involved with animal rescue and helping children are two of my top priorities. I wanted to fund a program similar to one I learned about
in Missouri, where children are brought to local shelters to read to the animals. Not only does this help children with their reading skills, it helps socialize the shelter dogs, which makes them more adoptable. There is no such program like this in our county, but I am currently working on it with our county commissioners and the county dog
warden. Because of my busy life as an attorney, and now as a writer, I thought creating an endowment fund with the Community Foundation of Lorain County was the best way to fund this program, and also to help local rescue organizations in need. I became
familiar with the Community Foundation years ago when I was on their Women’s Committee. They are a terrific organization!
Q: Have you always been an animal advocate?
A: My parents surprised me with our first dog, Jake, when I was 10 years old. I have loved dogs ever since! I became involved with the rescue world through my friend, Karin. She trained our first Doberman, Allie, and has rescued countless dogs. It was
after I met her and heard her story that I began helping with transporting dogs to their new homes via the Rescue Railroad! Since then, my lawyer life has become busier so I am unable to do this anymore, but I find the best way to help is through making
monetary donations, which is another reason why I created Curly’s Kids.
Q: What impact do you hope this book has on the children and parents who read it?
A: My hope is that children and their parents will consider rescuing a pet before buying one. There is something very special about a rescue animal – I really think they appreciate what you have done for them, and they do not forget. Both of our rescues, Curly and Luna, are so loving and sweet, and I think every animal deserves the
opportunity to be rescued.
Q: How can people get involved in their own local communities?
A: There are so many ways to get involved! From transporting dogs to their new homes, to walking or taking care of dogs at your local animal shelters, to donating money or supplies to rescue organizations, to sharing dogs that need homes on social
media – every little bit helps!
Q: Where can we learn more about Curly’s Kids Animal Education Fund?
A: You can learn more by contacting the Community Foundation of Lorain County at
(440) 984-7390, or by visiting their website at https://www.peoplewhocare.org/. And
donations can be made by following this link:

More about Andi’s Community Foundation…

The Curly’s Kids Animal Education Fund was created by Andrea C. Kryszak to support children’s reading programs to animals; programs that bring children and rescue animals together in a meaningful way; and to support Lorain County animal rescue organizations. Research has shown that when
children read to animals, it not only helps with reading skills, but it also helps to socialize, bring comfort to and reduce the anxiety of shelter pets. It also nurtures empathy in children and allows children who may not have a pet of their own, to spend time with an animal in need of love and affection. Grant money from the Fund will also be distributed to local animal rescue organizations that work tirelessly to help animals in need.

My Name is Curly was published by Wisdom House Books

And here is my review of the book

Curly finds a forever home
 I was very pleased to assist this publishing house and author in getting the word out about this book because it tells a wonderful story of a dog being rescued off the streets and also because proceeds assist a fantastic rescue foundation named after Curly.
My Name is Curly is a picture book with very cute illustrations throughout. One can’t help but fall in love with curious Curly as he wanders away from home. The rhymes are fun and move along at a nice clip. I think children would enjoy hearing the story read to them and parents would enjoy reading it.
I highly recommend this book because it is a very well written quality book and has a good story to tell young ones about rescuing a pet. Maybe if children are wanting to get a pet, parents can chose this book to read to them to encourage a conversation about adopting of a rescue instead of purchasing a dog from a store.
Thank you for the opportunity to read and review this book! I wish the author and publishing house and foundation every success.

St. Paddy’s Day Crafts For The Kids

close up of clover growing on the side of a dead piece of wood

Hey, everyone!

Here’s some fun crafts to do with the kiddos this St. Paddy’s Day.

Check it out at the following link….


And another fun thing to make…Pot O’ Gold Slime

Hope you all have a great day next Sunday, March 17th!!

And She’s Married…

wooden letters painted white with pink roses spelling out the word Love

So my daughter got married last weekend, Saturday, February 23rd!!!

She chose a beautiful place–Sunken Gardens in St. Pete Beach, Florida. I hadn’t seen the place ahead of time. Her and her fiancee’ had chosen it.

She had always envisioned a beautiful garden setting and this was truly it.

At first, she was going to get married in April because that was their dating anniversary but when family members weren’t going to be able to attend, they chose to move it to February.

The garden contact had told her the bougainvillea would be in bloom in April but there was no guarantee what would be in bloom in February.

Well, I’ll let the pictures tell you what was in bloom!

bright red bouganveilia in bloom with a variety of green plants surrounding it

It was hot, no doubt, which isn’t always the case in February, but hey, what’s a little sweat in your fancy clothes?!

And she had chosen a beautiful dress. I cried when she first walked out in it at the store. Not another one that she tried on brought the same reaction. She tried it on again, one more time, to be sure, and it brought tears again. It was the one!

my daughter in her wedding dress at the store holding a sign that says,

And her fiancee looked handsome in his black suit and tie.

And then, if you have been following any of what’s been going on in my life, my husband is currently battling brain cancer. He has had two surgeries and three hospitalizations since October last year.

He had a lot to overcome but he and my daughter worked every day to gain strength walking.

Then, he said he wanted to walk without his walker, so they practiced with just a cane.

I’m telling you, we had many conversations about the fact that he would just be happy to be AT her wedding, even if he was in a wheelchair.

But, then for him to actually be working to walk her down the aisle and with a cane to boot, well, that was truly amazing and a miracle happening: an answer to prayers.

He indeed did walk her down the aisle with just a cane and he had a dapper hat on too! The radiation doctor had said he would have patches of hair loss by then, so he chose a hat that would look good for the occasion. And he did look good.

my husband sitting in his wheelchair with his black suit and tie on and white panama hat with black band holding his cane

It was awesome to see and yes, definitely, I cried! In fact, there wasn’t a dry eye in the crowd. It’s absolutely amazing what love can do!

The reception was fabulous at Texas de Brazil which has an amazing salad bar and unending meat. And they chose a delicious ice cream cake to top it all off. It was the perfect light ending to a heavy meal.

And then, they were off!

I always think of the Carpenter’s song where the words say, “a kiss for luck and we’re on our way.”

my daughter and her husband sitting on a bench in the garden with their foreheads touching and holding hands in black and white
This is my favorite picture that the photographer took!

Of course, any of you that have had children get married will understand the bittersweet feelings of happiness for them because their life is just beginning and sadness for yourself because a piece of you has just flown out of the nest.

(I apologize for the day late in posting but I needed to get the website of the photographer to give him credit for the beautiful wedding picture. We couldn’t be more thrilled with the job he did and we would highly recommend him!)