So Close to Amazing

I come by it honestly. My artistic abilities didn't just materialize out of thin air. Both of my parents are artsy and/or craftsy. When my dad was in high school he painted an entire backdrop for a school talent show that made the audience literally gasp when they saw it. It was painted to look like a funeral parlor with a steep staircase and a creepy owl in a tree outside the window. He also starred in the play, so I guess you could say he was theatrical as well as artistic. (and … [Read more...]

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5 Best Free Kids Books for 9-12 Year Olds

We are coming into the last lazy days of summer before school starts back which means I'm hearing a lot of "Moooom... I'm BORED." from my 9 year old son. He is exhausted when he gets home from summer camp and just wants to veg out on the couch, so I let him do just that most nights. The Kindle app on the iPad has been a lifesaver because it's a way to keep him occupied that doesn't include mindless hours of playing Roblox or watching tv. Thankfully he is an avid reader, so I started … [Read more...]

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Free & Cheap Ways to Read (or listen) to Books this Summer

This post contains affiliate links which help pay my mortgage and put food on my table.  If you click them and purchase through my links I will earn a small commission.  Thanks for clicking! :)  Summertime is here, which means I get to enjoy quiet, lazy afternoons in the hammock, swaying in the breeze with my nose buried in a paperback. Ahahahahahaha Just kidding! Summertime around here means that the kids are enjoying a rousing game of  "Smack your brother upside the head with your … [Read more...]

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