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Frosty Fall Football Giveaway Coming Soon!

by Paula on October 12, 2014

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Prize: 
6 Pack Bottle Keepers
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6 Pack Bottle Openers

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$250 Target Gift Card Giveaway!!

by Paula on October 12, 2014

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$250 Target gift card giveaway sponsored by Hipoglos diaper rash cream

Welcome to the Hipoglos $250 Target Gift Card Event

Sponsored by Hipoglos Diaper Rash Cream.

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Traveling with Baby Giveaway Hop!

by Paula on October 8, 2014

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Welcome to the [3rd Annual] Travelin’ with Baby Giveaway Hop Event,

hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

Travelin' With Baby Giiveaway Hop + $25 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway

We’ve got a fabulous group of bloggers that have come together to offer giveaways on the best products that make traveling with baby a success – so be sure to hop around to them all. Don’t miss out on the amazing new stroller from Combi USA – the F2 Stroller which is the ultimate lightweight stroller that makes traveling with baby a breeze and a fabulous set of reusable snack pouches and bags from Yummi Pouch!

Enter the Grand Prize Here.

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg: A Great Book for Tweens

by Paula on October 7, 2014

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From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg a great book for tweens

 

Another favorite from my childhood, From the Mix-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg is another of the books Ariel and I have shared together.  I never looked at another museum the same way after I read this book—and I don’t think Ariel will either!!  It’s quite possible that she would have loved history without this book, but I like to think it really kick-started her love of ancient history.  (Percy and Annabeth helped too!)

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare: A Great Book for Tweens

by Paula on October 6, 2014

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Don’t judge a book by its cover.

If only I had a dollar for every time I’d said that to Ariel.  It’s my catch-phrase, as she calls it.  (that, and Different Strokes for Different Folks.  Yes, I know it’s cliche, but it still carries a great deal of nonjudgmental wisdom.)

Probably the most important life lesson I’d like Ariel to learn is to look below the surface and not judge people based on their appearances.  Sometimes things aren’t as they seem.  And so the story goes in The Witch of Blackbird Pond.

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Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt: A Great Book for Tweens

by Paula on October 5, 2014

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You may remember that Ariel reviewed Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt a few months ago, but I just couldn’t leave it out of this round-up.  :)

She loved the book and still counts it among her favorites.

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle: A Great Book for Tweens

by Paula on October 4, 2014

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle a great book for tweens

One of the coolest parental connections:  a favorite book from my childhood becomes a favorite book of Ariel’s.  It makes me so happy to realize (again!) how much we have in common, how great literature can span generations, and just to share in the love of something special.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle is one of those great books.  I loved it as a tween and Ariel’s now in love with it too.  Coincidentally, we had read it last year together and then it appeared on the summer reading list for her school, so she was ahead of the game this past summer.  (she did still re-read it on her own)

The premise of the book (traveling across time and place) isn’t the most important facet of the book to me.  I loved that Meg Murry, the main character, full of such “normal” character flaws as stubbornness and impatience, is the eventual heroine of the story because of her love for her family members.  It’s not a romantic novel like so many popular books today, though there is a touch of a budding romance that doesn’t figure into the overarching storyline.  Her strengths, then, are her humanness and I adore that about this book.

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Ultimate Holiday Giveaway Coming Soon!

by Paula on October 4, 2014

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Multiple Winners, Multiple Prizes
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 Prize Value TBA

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Fall in Love with Learning Giveaway Coming Soon!

by Paula on October 4, 2014

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Prize: 
3 Teach My Learning Kits
 Prize Value: $120

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The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes: A Great Book for Tweens

by Paula on October 3, 2014

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I remember the first time I heard of The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes.  A dear friend of mine from college introduced it to me.  Her daughter is two years older than Ariel, so my experienced friend has often served as a valued parenting resource for me.  She handed me a copy of the book and said, “You and Ariel need to read this book.  You will love it.”

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I was puzzled, but accepted the gift.  I didn’t read it right away though.  It wasn’t thick, so I knew it *couldn’t* take long to breeze through, but I didn’t find time to read it for a very long while.

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