Book Review: TopGun Days by Dave ‘Bio’ Baranek


Back when the movie Top Gun came out, I was in high school and I remember going to see the film with my then-boyfriend. I already loved airplanes, and this movie cemented my love for flying. Yes, I had a poster of Tom Cruise on my wall for a while  and also spent many hours […]

Book Review: Born Under A Lucky Moon by Dana Precious


Last week I wrote a post over at Traveling Mom about summer travel reading options and how I was looking forward to an upcoming airplane ride to have the opportunity to read a book that I’d been sent to review – called Born Under A Lucky Moon, by locally-born author, Dana Precious. The timing worked […]

Book Review and Giveaway: Hannah’s List (CLOSED)


Although I love to read, I don’t get nearly as much time for it lately as I used to before kids. I’ve realized one reason why – when I start a book, I usually have a difficult time putting it down until I’ve finished it, especially if it’s a good read. With 3 kids and […]

Review and Giveaway: National Geographic Little Kids (CLOSED)


I purchased my very first subscription to National Geographic magazine back when I was in college. As a geography major, I figured that it was appropriate. And I’d remembered looking through the dozens of copies that my parents had when I was a kid, amazed at the beautiful photographs of animals and people from […]

Book Review: Knit the Season


Last year, I included the book Knit Two by Kate Jacobs in my Holiday Gift Guide and reviewed it, even though I hadn’t quite finished the book at the time – nor had I read the first book the series, “The Friday Night Knitting Club”. Which is something that I quickly remedied, and can now […]

Review: Itsy Bitsy Spider for iPhone/iPod Touch


I’ve been thrilled to have had the chance to review the first two apps that Duck Duck Moose created for the iPhone/iPod Touch (Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald) – and am just as glad to have the opportunity to review their newest app as well – Itsy Bitsy Spider. Then again, my girls […]

Book Review: The Suburban Outlaw



One of the most enjoyable things for me about reading is the opportunity to be exposed to and experience (albeit vicariously) things that are outside my normal comfort zone. Within the pages of a book, anything is possible and only the limits of the author’s creativity and imagination holds you back. There are many times […]

Book Review: My Son, John


There are a lot of reasons why people read books. To learn things, for entertainment, to escape from your own life… And sometimes to try and understand how human nature, feelings and emotions work during times of emotional upheaval and stress, and how people struggle to overcome adversity. The best books, no matter what genre, […]

Book Review: Hot on the Range


Like many little girls (including myself a while back), my 6-year-old love horses. In fact, other than dogs, horses are her favorite animal – and I think that dogs edge out on top mainly because she has a chance of actually owning one someday, unlike a horse.
I can remember asking my parents for a horse […]

Review: Old MacDonald app for iPhone/iPod Touch


“Old MacDonald had a farm…” Oh yes, that’s one of the best-loved kids sing-along songs ever. Not only is it fun to sing, but it’s educational since it’s one of the best ways I’ve ever found to teach kids what different animals ‘say’. Plus, since nobody ever sings it the same way twice (or in […]

Review: "What to Expect Healthy Home Growth Chart"


From the moment that you find out you’re expecting a baby, the world looks different. Suddenly every little danger seems magnified and we start to take every preventative measure we can think of to ensure that the baby is born and grows up as healthy as possible. From doctor’s visits to eating healthier to taking […]

Review: Little Lala and Little Lala’s ABC’s iPhone Apps


I’m starting to see a lot more apps coming out for the iPhone or iPod Touch that are directly aimed at little kids – and am thrilled to have so many different ways to help keep my preschooler amused with something that I carry with me pretty much at all times anyway. You never know […]

Book Review: Fear The Worst


When I was a kid, my favorite kinds of books to read were fantasy and science-fiction. As I’ve gotten older (and older…), my reading interests have changed and become more eclectic. For a while now, I’ve been a fan of true crime, thrillers and mystery books – and my favorites are the kind that pull […]

Harry Potter “The Magic of Reading” Giveaway (CLOSED)


My husband and I first discovered the Harry Potter series of books back in 1999 or early 2000, when they were just beginning to gain the popularity they hold today. A friend of mine was reading them, and I believe that I borrowed the first book, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, from her. It […]

It’s Fairy-land around here this summer…


Note – this is not a review per se. Or at least not something we’ve been offered or asked to review. And no, we haven’t gotten any books for free – unless you count the dozens of library books that the girls have checked out over the past 2 months…  😉
My girls are obsessed. With […]

Book Review and Giveaway: I’m Your Bus (CLOSED)


The first time that I ever rode a school bus to go anywhere other than the occasional field trip, was in ninth grade. You see, I was fortunate enough to live on a street that had an elementary school at one end (five houses away) and a middle school at the other end (about a […]

Guest Post and Giveaway: Virtual Vice (CLOSED)


Please welcome author Jason Kays who is guest posting today! He is the author of the new book, Virtual Vice: A new technology crime novel based on true events, that was published this past March by BookSurge Publishing, as well an intellectual property attorney with fifteen years experience in both information technology and entertainment […]

Book Review: The Household Guide To Dying


One of the things that we certainly can count on (along with taxes of course) is dying. None of us know where, when or how it will happen, but one of the inevitabilities of life is that death will occur – at some point. No matter what we think will happen to us afterward, the […]

Book Review: The Crypto-Capers in “The Case of the Missing Sock”


Mystery books are some of my favorites to read – I enjoy trying to figure out ‘whodunit’ and seeing if I’m right, and then going back afterward to re-read and find any clues that I may have missed the first time around. But whether or not I successfully guess the identity of the culprit, I […]