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Halloween Notebook Novels for Boys & GIVEAWAY!

Halloween Notebook Novels for Boys & GIVEAWAY!

October is here, and that means Halloween is just around the corner. If you’ve got any Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans in your house, they might like the Desmond Pucket series by Mark Tatulli. Boys (and girls) who like monsters and pranks will identify with Desmond and his friends.

And if you’re planning a Halloween party or book club, there are some great recipes, crafts, and activities on the publisher’s website that will make the book come alive. I love the party food ideas. Just click on the image below to get the recipe.

Monster Fingers Recipe

Monster Fingers Recipe

 

Desmond’s Bloody Popcorn

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20 Things I Love About My Husband

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

What do we want from love? To be known. To be seen. To be understood. from TEDTalk by Mandy Len Catron

Today is my 20th anniversary! Happy anniversary to the love of my life. Twenty years, 3 kids and a dog later, here we are! As my husband always says, “Who would have thunk?”

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

Have you seen this TEDTalk? Did you know you can fall in love with anyone just by asking them 36 questions? Mandy Len Catron: Falling in love is the easy part…what’s the difference between falling in love and staying in love.

 

20 Things I Love About My Husband

20. He’s handy.

Happy 20th Anniversary to My Husband!

The night we got engaged.

19. He doesn’t get cranky when you ask him to fix something around the house. He actually likes wearing his tool belt and teaching the kids how to fix things. Read more…

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

My blogging assignment for The Peanuts Movie delighted my family! We were to go to our favorite UPick farm and search for The Great Pumpkin and anything else that reminded us of The Peanuts Movie which opens November 6th.

In Search of The Great Pumpkin

We enjoyed the New England fall foliage as we drove to Stowe, Massachusetts to Shelburne Farm. We usually go here once a year to pick apples but this year, my husband opted for a less commercial farm on the North Shore which my kids did not enjoy as much. Why? My kids are all about the cider donuts!

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7 Great Books for Kids for National Italian American Heritage Month

8 Great Books for Kids for National Italian American Heritage Month

I didn’t grow up around Italian Americans in Southern California but I am fascinated by their strong sense of La Famiglia. My boxing gym is owned and run by a bevy of Italian American cousins, half-brothers, and brothers who speak a distinct dialect called The Lake language. Their most famous cohort is Matt LeBlanc from the sitcom Friends.

7 Great Books for Kids for National Italian American Heritage Month

In celebration of National Italian American Heritage Month, I want to share with you a book list of great Italian American books for kids.

National Italian American Heritage Month. Every year the president of the United States signs an executive order designating the month of October as National Italian American Heritage Month, in recognition of the many achievements and contributions made to American culture by persons of Italian heritage. From UMUC

From PBS: The Italian Americans: La FamigliaThis entertaining and enlightening four-part documentary series tells the story of the Italian immigrants who came to America and how they made their mark on the nation’s society and culture.

I had such a hard time finding children’s books with Italian American characters. Can you please help me out with more suggestions? Thank you!! Read more…

ScholarshipOwl

Apply to Dozens of Scholarships with 1 Application using ScholarshipOwl

ScholarshipOwl was founded by veteran tech entrepreneur Kenny Sandorffy, who believes passionately in the need to transform the application process, so students can get the aid they need to pay for their education. Sandorffy became frustrated after completing a single aid application took longer than applying to his college.

The college application process is already time consuming enough! But scholarships can help pay for college so it’s worth taking the time to apply. Imagine if you could use one registration form to apply for dozens of scholarships and they are targeted to you?!


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Halloween Monster Picture Book of the Day

Monster Picture Book of the Day & GIVEAWAY

It’s my turn for Picture Book of the Day and Halloween is on my mind. I found four great monster picture books that all have an educational slant. That’s right! Monsters can be very educational!

What is your favorite Halloween monster picture book? Please share!

Halloween Monster Picture Book of the Day

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Bertolli Pasta Sauce at BJs

Bertolli® Pasta Sauces Reminds Us of Tuscany #BertolliTuscanTour

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bertolli®.  The opinions and text are all mine.

This was my first time to shop at BJ’s. The trick for my family is to buy in bulk to save money while not wasting food. That’s the hard part but I want to teach my kids not to be wasteful. It’s also about gratitude. To me, not wasting food shows appreciation for what you are fortunate to have.

Bertolli Pasta Sauce at BJs

What I like about BJ’s is that there is a huge variety of items, and while there is bulk savings, the quantities are not overwhelming. Take Bertolli® Pasta Sauce. It’s a great deal at $5.79 for 3 bottles! Read more…

5 Great Books for LGBT Month & Kid Lit Blog Hop

5 Great Books for LGBT History Month & Kid Lit Blog Hop

LGBT History Month is a month-long annual observance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender history, and the history of the gay rights and related civil rights movements. It is observed during October in the United States, to include National Coming Out Day on October 11.

My post today is a celebration of LGBT History Month! I have noticed that my kids are very accepting of LGBT and I love that. If anyone makes an off-color comment about LGBT they are quick to pounce and say, “there’s nothing wrong with that!” And then they glare accusingly at the person. There’s even a LGBT club at their middle school.

But I remember when my oldest, Grasshopper and Sensei, was so confused in kindergarten when she found out that her classmate had two moms. She was befuddled in middle school too, when she found out that her new friend had four moms.

I think that exposure to LGBT goes a long way towards acceptance and I humbly offer these great books as a way to expose kids to all different kinds of families. How about you? What are your favorite LGBT books for kids? Are your kids surprised or accepting when it comes to LGBT? Thanks for sharing!

Todd Paris of Lucky Punch Boxing in Boston

Todd Paris of Lucky Punch Boxing wears rainbow wraps in celebration of LGBT History Month!  Read more…