Book Review…Secret Keeper Girl series

Recently I was given the opportunity to do a book review for Dannah Gresh, author of the Secret Keeper Girl Series. The particular book I was given is called “Danika’s Totally Terrible Toss the Legend of the Purple Flurp“.

If you are not familiar with The Secret Keeper Girl series, then check out the website here. This particular series of books is for tween girls (between the ages of 10-13). I thought the book was cute. Definitely something I could see young girls enjoying.

One thing I really liked about the book, was the positive message it sent about friends and how it’s OK to leave a group of friends that are bringing you down in order to find yourself and spend time with people who are better for you.

In this day and age, it is very important that we let our children, both boys and girls, know how important it is to be true to yourself and when things that kids are reading reinforces that, it makes the message that we are trying to send, even stronger.

Jon & Kate Plus 8 are Sure Riding the Gravy Train

Now they are in Hawaii? Must be nice to have TLC foot the bill to send your entire family to Hawaii. Is it just my imagination or should the title of this show be “Jon & Kate Plus the Sextuplets”? The focus so much on those children and Kate seems to really try and bring all the attention to and about those sextuplets. It’s weird.

And don’t even get me started on Kate. I used to defend her and while yes I know I would be sucking my thumb, rocking in the corner if I had that many kid all the same age, but she is pushing her kids into this, not because she thinks it is a great opportunity for them, but because she thinks that she is owed that fame and fortune.

It’s getting rather disgusting. I find it rather weird that they don’t have any family members outside of their family of 10, around. But this may be why. I mean, for Pete’s sake, their family blog site url is Just weird.

Product Review…Bella Sara Cards and Site

I just spent, thanks to Team Mom, the past hour playing around on the Bella Sara website (you can go to the site here). I’ve never heard of Bella Sara, but then again my kids are only 2 and 4, but boy did I have fun on the site!

Bella Sara is a trading card game that has a very nice online world to go along with the cards. Basically, you purchase a pack of cards and on the bottom of each card is a code. You head to the Bella Sara website and enter the code and you unlock the horse that is on each card. As you unlock your horses, you also are given horseshoes (money) that you are able to buy new items.

You are responsible for taking care of each of your horses. That means, feeding them, cleaning out their stalls, brushing them, and making them happy. After doing all that, you can head on over to the arena and play some games. That is where I spent most of my time. I really liked the cloud jumping game!!

Here is the really cool part. On November 6th, Bella Sara will be unveiling Baby Bella cards! In the Baby Bella card packs you could find, parent cards, foal cards, teacher cards, shiny horse cards, and/or regular toy cards. If you are able to collect all the members of a horse family, you are able to earn special rewards online.

So be sure to head over to on November 6th. They will be unveiling Bella’s new baby and there will be a 10 day party with daily gifts for members of the site. The Baby Bella cards will retail for $2.99 each (stocking stuffer alert!!!) and can be purchased at Target, Kmart, Borders, Blockbuster, Barnes & Noble, Justice for Girls, Toys “R” Us, and Wal-Mart.

It’s nice to see a toy out there that has such a positive message for young girls. That was one of my favorite things about these cards (besides having the horse I always wanted and not having to smell poo!)…each card had a nice positive message.

Alrighty, now I am going to go play with my horses some more!

My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult

I just finished this book and I absolutely loved it. Couldn’t put it down. I’ve only read one other book by Jodi Picoult and I have to say, she has this way of really making you stop and think about what you would do, what’s right, what’s wrong…and this book REALLY makes you think. Especially being a mother myself, I couldn’t help but wonder what I would do if I were in the same situation.

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About My Sisters Keeper

Here is a synopsis of the book from Jodi Picoult’s website:

“Anna is not sick, but she might as well be. By age thirteen, she has undergone countless surgeries, transfusions, and shots so that her older sister, Kate, can somehow fight the leukemia that has plagued her since childhood. The product of preimplantation genetic diagnosis, Anna was conceived as a bone marrow match for Kate – a life and a role that she has never questioned… until now. Like most teenagers, Anna is beginning to question who she truly is. But unlike most teenagers, she has always been defined in terms of her sister – and so Anna makes a decision that for most would be unthinkable… a decision that will tear her family apart and have perhaps fatal consequences for the sister she loves. My Sister’s Keeper examines what it means to be a good parent, a good sister, a good person. Is it morally correct to do whatever it takes to save a child’s life… even if that means infringing upon the rights of another? Is it worth trying to discover who you really are, if that quest makes you like yourself less?”

I won’t give the ending away, but if I was ever stunned by a book, it was this one. I totally was not expecting it. Pick it up, reserve it at the library, you won’t regret it!

Product Review: Sesame Street Kid K’Nex

One of the highlights of my day is getting the mail. The best mail days are the days when there are no bills (of course), but one thing that makes it even better is when there is a nice big box waiting on my porch, waiting for me to open it. Today was one of those mail days.

Waiting for me to open was the new Sesame Street Bert & Ernie Kid K’Nex Building Set! I was so excited to open this. I knew my son and daughter would have a blast building characters from their favorite show. And boy was I right! I barely had the box open before they were trying to tear into it, shouting “Ernie mommy, Ernie!”.

I was pleased to see that this set is for ages 2yrs to 5 yrs old. My daughter, who will be two in October, had no problem manipulating the different rods and parts to build various things. They didn’t always look like Bert and Ernie, but hey at almost 2, she did pretty good! Now my son (4yrs old), was able to follow the directions that came in the box and build Bert and Ernie perfectly.

A little info from their site (

BENEFITS of Sesame Street Building Sets:

  • Physical Development: Building Bert and Ernie with K’NEX supports the development of hand-eye coordination.
  • Social-Emotional Development: Playing with Bert & Ernie either alone or with friends encourages imaginative play.
  • Language Development: Talking about K’NEX creations with family & friends enhances your child’s language skills.
  • Cognitive Development: Building with K’NEX and learning about colors can encourage thinking and problem-solving skills.

You can order the following sets from their website:

  • Elmo Building Set
  • Ernie Building Set
  • Cookie Monster Building Set
  • Oscar Building Set
  • Super Grover Building Set
  • Abby Cadabby Building Set
  • Elmo and his Piano Building Set
  • Elmo Pet Vet Building Set
  • Elmo Sunny Days Building Set
  • Bert & Ernie Building Set
  • Cookie Monster & Hooper’s Store Building Set

Probably one of my most FAVORITE parts of this entire toy is the fact that it comes with three cards to help encourage thinking skills. There is a red card, blue card, and yellow card. On one side it asks you to build something (like a balloon) and has information about balloons and helium that fills most balloons. On the other side of the card it has one of the colors and has you (the parent) ask the child to find other colors that are the same as the color on that card.

I am very glad that K’NEX came out with a Sesame Street version of their popular toy. Sesame Street was my favorite as a child and I am glad that I am able to share that with my children (even if Mr. Snuffalufagus is no longer Big Bird’s imaginary friend)!!