Ask an Author/Book Giveaway

Sandie Lee Bumples Family First http://bumplesfamilyfirst.blogspot.com Come join us March 7th-10th for our FREE book draw and ask an Author.  I have the creators of 'The Adventures of Footenbarn - Hot Seat' taking your questions.  Don't have a question?  No problem.  Leave a comment and you'll still be eligible for the FREE book draw on Wednesday March 10th :)...more

Going From Insecure to Secure. One Step at a Time.

As I read through So Long Insecurity, I had a thought....more

That's It--I'm taking away the Atlas!

Have you ever threatened to take away a book in the heat of disciplining your child? I have. Just last week, I told my son that if he didn’t start behaving at school, I was going to take away his National Geographic 2009 World Atlas. This was big stuff—he knew I must be serious if I was threatening to withhold his atlas. You probably think I’m joking. I wish. My boy has a passion for books, an unslakeable thirst for knowledge, and an inexplicably accurate and detailed memory....more

I giggle at the 'towel trick'!  You probably had a problem with flashlights, ...more

Book Review: Free Gift with Purchase

I love, love glossy magazines.  I particularly love glossy fashion magazines.  If I am reading a magazine I tune the rest of the world out; so please do not disturb me while I am holding a glossy fashion magazine.  I began reading Teen and Seventeen in junior high and by high school I was happily reading Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar....more

Me time, part 4

Today's me time posting had to take two entries.  First, I have too many thoughts in my mind to create any single entry that would make any sense to anyone other than me.  Second, I need to focus my thoughts about my progress with ME in their own spot, I don't want to mix them too much with other stuff that goes on in my head.  Three, it's totally unfair to any reader to have to scroll for days just to read about two hours of my life in a restaurant.  So, this is my part B entry for my me time today....more

How Do You Handle an Advanced Reader?

So, what do you do with an advanced reader?My oldest is eight, and I recently realized that he reads at about a high school level. While I'm delighted on one level, I'm realizing that this creates a new problem. How much should I monitor his reading?...more

I have struggled with this same problem ever since my 9 year old was 5.  By the middle ...more

Me Time, week 3

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you are not a lurker

My friend Willow wrote a charming piece last week about the “peeping tom” nature of the blogging world...more

I'm with you BakinBaker! 

And it's true - you build up a blog network by being ...more

Mary Ann, Claudia, Stacy and Kristy

It's baaaaack....more

I wrote about the comeback too and had to regretfully admit that I was more like Mary Ann (I ...more

Dead Tree Books VS EReaders

I keep seeing these blogs and such saying we should stop reading "dead tree books" and all buy ereaders, claiming that they're better for the environment and all that. Let me give you two reasons, people, that will not and cannot happen. #1: Migraine sufferers. ...more

I love me some dead-tree books!

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