The Amazing Adventures of Ellie the Elephant – Ellie’s First Plane Ride #elliesfriends


I have never been on a plane… in fact I’m a little afraid to fly. Since I’m a fully grown adult and afraid to fly, I can only imagine what it would be like for a child the first time. Ellie is an elephant and she takes her first plane ride with her best friend Pudgy. I read the story to my Little Buddy (who is 4 1/2).

Ellie is nervous about flying, I don’t blame her at all. But her friend Pudgy has flown before and shares how much she likes it. The two check the flight schedule, ride the escalator, go through security, take the tram, and board the flight. After landing, they rent a cart for their luggage, travel in a taxi to the hotel, and spend the night there. It is quite an adventure and they haven’t even made it to meet Ellie’s family yet.

Their adventure takes them to the Zoo to meet Ellie’s relatives. They see and talk to many other animals along the way. On the way home, they encounter some issues with the luggage claim, but in the end all is well.

This book is unique, it uses real photographs instead of drawn illustrations. While I always enjoy beautifully drawn illustrations, I think using real photographs goes very well with this story. It allows children to see what things really look like. I think this would be a great book for a child that is going on a plane for the first time. The child can look at the pictures and see if they can find the same thing in their airport for their flight. It would also be a cute book for a child that has relatives visiting them on a plane!

My Little Buddy thought the story was too long. I couldn’t get him to share with me more than that because he was so focused on the length. While the book has more pages, the text is large, easy to read, and I don’t think the actual story is any longer than other children’s books.

I enjoyed how the co-authors, mother and daughter, Marci and Elle Fair, shared several animals in the story. Many of the animals shared were very unique like the Okapa forest Giraffe, the Eastern Giant Eland, and Nyala antelope! I personally have never seen them in any zoo I have been to!

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GIVEAWAY! Love Sayings – Wit & Wisdom of Romance, Courtship, and Marriage – Bradford G. Wheler


It was a perfect day for reading outside and this was a great book to read outside!

It is very true that you should never judge a book by it’s cover! If I had, I would have missed out on a great book. Often times we think of books as a gateway to another world, another life, another adventure. Sometimes we think of books as a way to expand our knowledge on a subject or to improve who we are. This book is unlike any other I have ever read. When reading for pleasure I usually skip the introduction and quite often, the preface, but since I was reading this with the intention of reviewing, I read every word and once again, I’m so glad I did! The introduction really shows what a great idea this book and the other books that the author, Bradford G. Wheler, creates really are.

Why is this book so great? Every imagine is created by 48 different artists and photographers from 14 different countries. This book has given artists the opportunity to showcase their talent in an exciting way. Some of the artists are full time professionals and others do their art as a hobby. My personal favorite is Chelo Gonzalez. In the back of the book, there is a section on each artist, including how to find them and more of their work. Chelo Gonzalez creates his art in Mexico and if it weren’t for the book, I probably never would have heard of him. Thanks to Bradford Wheler, this artist and many more can share their talent and be discovered! Art is very personal and encompasses everything in the human experience, so some of the art may not be to everyone’s taste, but the variety offers plenty for everyone. Since I do review many children’s books, I just want to make a note, that this is an adult book.

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My favorite painting in the book is on page 17 by Beata Piska. Beata is a talented artist from Poland. She paints beautiful landscapes. Which brings me to Mr. Wheler’s humble apology in the introduction. He confesses that there may be errors in the book and for that he apologizes. Yes there are errors, but they don’t take away from the beauty of this book. One error is that he refers to Beata as “he”, but based on the video of her on you tube and a picture of her on her website, I’m pretty sure, Beata is a “she”. There is also a repeat of one of the quotes, but once again, it takes away nothing from the beauty.

If having the ability to view photographs and art from 48 talented people isn’t enough, the book is filled with quotes. I am quite impressed with the variety of quotes in the book. Some I have heard before, some I haven’t. Some are quite funny! A few surprised me. The quotes come from a variety of people from Robert Frost to Nora Roberts, from Socrates to CoCo Chanel. Some weren’t to my liking, but there is such a variety there is something for everyone.

I have learned that only two things are necessary to keep one’s wife happy. First, let her think she’s having her way, and second, let her have it. ~Lyndon B. Johnson (1908-1973)

The author has offered to give away a copy of the book Love Sayings to one of my readers! Please enter below! This giveaway is only open to 18+ in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C..

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New Book Dedicated to Love and Romance Is Released Featuring Art from Around the Globe

“LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship, and marriage” is an exciting and vibrant collection of beautiful art and text designed to celebrate the joy, humor, and bittersweet struggles of love.

March 25, 2015, Cazenovia, NY – Today, BookCollaborative.com announced the release of the book LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship, and marriage. This art-themed quotation book covers topics including Love Through the Ages, Women, Men, Dating, Sex, Children, and more. This collaborative publication has two goals in mind: first, to honor and highlight the power and humor of love through text and artwork, and second, to showcase the talents of new and emerging artists.

BookCollaborative.com provides artists with a platform through which they can gain exposure and recognition. Both professional and nonprofessional artists were invited to submit their work to be a part of this art-themed quotation book. The end result showcases 48 artists from countries including the US, UK, Poland, Australia, India, Switzerland, and South Africa. LOVE SAYINGS features a variety of art media including paintings, sculpture, and photography.

Among the selected artists whose works are featured in LOVE SAYINGS is Ninh Le, who lives in the city of Dien Bien Phu, Vietnam. He is a junior high school teacher and finds inspiration in the gentle and romantic struggle of the ethnic people of the Vietnam highlands. Another artist is Kayla Ascencio, who has a wonderfully captivating fantasy art style.
Like all books published by BookCollaborative.com, LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship, and marriage is distributed by the world’s largest book distributor Ingram. The book is available on Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and by order through any bookstore in the US, UK, and Canada. It is also available in ebook form on Amazon.com.

Autographed copies of LOVE SAYINGS and past works from BookCollaborative.com may be purchased at a discount through visiting the website www.BookCollaborative.com.

Review copies are available in print or eBook mobi files for Amazon Kindle readers and ePub files for B&N Nook and Apple iBOOK readers.

About the Author:

BRADFORD G. WHELER is the former CEO, President and Co-owner of Allan Electric Company. He sold Allan Electric to a New York Stock Exchange-listed company. After staying on as President during the transition, Brad retired.

Brad’s lifelong love of history, art, books, and the inherent humor in man’s nature led to the founding of BookCollaborative.com and the publishing of LOVE SAYINGS as well as INCA’S DEATH CAVE an archaeological mystery thriller, SNAPPY SAYINGS: wit & wisdom from the world’s greatest minds, GOLF SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of a good walk spoiled, CAT SAYINGS: wit & wisdom from the whiskered ones, HORSE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom straight from the horse’s mouth, and DOG SAYINGS: wit & wisdom from man’s best friend.

His community involvements include being a Trustee of Community General Hospital in Hamilton, NY, and chairing their Finance Committee. He is the former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Cazenovia College, and former Chairman and member of the Board of Directors and Alumni Association and President of the Sigma Phi Society at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Cazenovia Area Chamber of Commerce and several other boards.
Brad played polo on the Cornell University men’s polo team for four years and was a member of the Cazenovia Polo Club. In 2012 he was inducted into the Manlius Pebble Hill Athletic Hall of Fame.

He holds a BS and ME in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, as well as an MBA degree from Fordham University in New York, NY.

Brad, his wife, Julie, and their golden retriever Finlay live in Cazenovia, NY and Fort Pierce, FL.

BOOK SUMMARY:

Title: LOVE SAYINGS: wit & wisdom of romance, courtship and marriage.

Author: Bradford G. Wheler
Illustrations by 48 artists from 14 countries
Edition: First
ISBN: 978-0-9822538-8-5
Pages: 140
Cover: full-color soft cover. PDF of cover at: www.BookCollaborative.com
Interior: Color
Price: $24.95
Publication Date: March 25, 2015


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A Flag for the Flying Dragon – A Captain No Beard Story by Carole P. Roman

Recently I read the cutest book to my Little Buddy and Grandson. Little Buddy is 4 1/2 and Grandson is almost 10 months old. Both really enjoyed the story. The illustrations have the right amount of detail and interesting things for children to enjoy. We spent some time just exploring the pictures. My Little Buddy had fun trying to figure out which name went with which person or animal in the picture. I think Fribbet is the favorite at my house.

I love that the story taught a very important lesson without making it obvious. I have often read children’s books, where the lesson was very clear and the story wasn’t “fun” because the lesson seemed to be more important than an interesting story line. This story was fun, interesting, and taught a lesson!

Captain No Beard runs the ship, but in this story, everyone has a job! It is very important that everyone is included. When Zachary joins the crew, it becomes an adventure to find him a job. He starts with helping Cayla stuff the holes in the ship, then helps Matie with the coconuts, then swabbing the deck, then finally Captain No Beard finds the perfect job for him. I won’t give away the ending, but I really liked that the captain saw that the need was greater for everyone to be included than for him to have the perfect…. well I can’t tell you what it is, that gives away the ending. Just know it is a good story with a great lesson!

A Flag for the Flying Dragon is available for purchase on Carole Roman’s website, or through Amazon

A little about the author, Carole –

Award winning author Carole P. Roman is a former teacher turned businesswoman. She has successfully run a family business with her husband. Her most favorite job is being grandmother to her many grandchildren. She currently lives on Long Island with her husband.

Her first book, “Captain No Beard – An Imaginary Tale of a Pirate’s Life” has been named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012 as well garnered the star of remarkable merit and was just named as one of the Children’s Indy Best – The Pinnacle Award of 2013. “Strangers on the High Seas” was named Readers Views Kids Award – Best Children’s Book of the Year.

Some more of Carole’s Captain No Beard books

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Grace of God – A Story of Easter Traditions – DVD Review and Giveaway – Ends 4/21/2015 #GraceofGodMovie

Easter may be over, but the Easter season continues. Grace of God is a movie based on The Ten Commandments, particularly Thou Shall Not Steal. The story starts with the discovery that over $30,000 in cash is missing from the church’s safe. The main story line is about the private investigator, Bill’s, journey to faith. The actor who portrayed Bill did a wonderful job. There are some other branches to the main story line, mainly with a character named Constance, and her daughters. I found both of these “off shoot” story lines interesting, but I wish they had explored them a little further. The actresses that played Constance and her daughters, Julie and Brenda, also did a beautiful job. There were a few others that did a really nice job with acting, but there were a few that I struggled to enjoy watching. There are definitely surprises in the movie and an ending I didn’t see coming!

One thing that I took away from the movie that I never really thought of before is where the pastor talks to Bill about God’s forgiveness. Bill’s argument was that someone can steal and simply ask God for forgiveness (Bill thinks Christians are hypocrites). The pastor explains that we show our love to God by following the Commandments. This explanation is far more than that one sentence, but I found that a very powerful and strong message. Another important message was that God doesn’t need to be defended. He was here before and He will not be changed and He will still be here after things that people do wrong or handle wrong.

I do believe the movie has a great message and it is worth watching, but I had a hard time with some of the music in the movie. It seemed loud and dramatic at some points, which may be appropriate, but took away from the movie, at least for me. I always think it is a good idea for parents to watch any movie before showing their children, even though this is a family movie. It touches on the subject of infidelity, abuse, theft, single parenthood, and there is a man who does punch one of the main characters.

To purchase the movie please click here! #GraceofGodMovie @WalMart

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Rain Garden and J.R.R. Tolkien

The weather outside is just too beautiful today to stay at home, so the family and I went hiking. Unfortunately we still have responsibilities so we couldn’t stay out long, but we got a couple of hours on the trails and sitting on a bench by a rain garden. This is the first time I have ever seen a rain garden, well actually that may not be true, I have probably seen them, but had no clue they were rain gardens.

A rain garden is designed to allow the ground to slowly absorb rain water rather than having it run off into storm sewers and streams. This particular garden uses underground piping to channel water from the building into the soil for the garden. It is not only nice looking, it also benefits plants, soil, and wildlife (the wildlife droppings were everywhere, so they clearly enjoy it!).

This is our younger daughter walking around the garden. I added one of my favorite quotes by J.R.R. Tolkien…. “Not all who wander are lost”

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The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen – review and giveaway ends 4/18/2015 #pajamagirl

I’m going to simply start by saying I love this book! The book is an adorable story about Pajama Girl and her little Sis. I don’t want to give away too much, but there are sprinkles, fun pajamas, a beautiful bedtime prayer, and a lesson about not stealing and more.

The art for this book is beautiful! This is a nice over-sized hardcover book with the most tastefully colored, bright illustrations I have seen in a while!

Reading the book my mind went crazy thinking about gift and party ideas that are just leaping from these pages!

Birthday Party ideas!

Buy the birthday girl The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen as a gift and have her either open this the day before or early on in the party. You can make cupcake shaped invitations and have all the guests come in their PJs! Read them the book and have them pretend to sleep while you turn the room into a “dream” room for them to explore and imagine in (you will have to read the book to understand what I’m talking about). For dessert have them decorate their own cupcakes and don’t forget the sprinkles!

You can also check out the Pajama Girl website for printables to use at the party or just for fun! Make sure you read below for how to get 10 more FREE activity sheets!

As a Birthday, Christmas, or any day Gift

Of course the book, The Adventures of Pajama Girl and the Coronation of the Cupcake Queen, along with a really fun pair of PJs, a box of cupcake mix and sprinkles in a variety of colors.

To help with Nightmares

One of the things I really love about this book is the way her PJs create her dreams. If your child is dealing with nightmares, this would be a great book to read at bedtime before putting on PJs that help them have fun, safe, and happy dreams.

Official information –
About the book:
Hardcover; 32 pages

A cute, illustrated story about a girl’s imagination and her magical pajamas. In this adventure, Ellie’s cupcake pajamas pave the way for she and her Sis to take a journey to a land filled with all kinds of sweet treats. Their journey quickly turns into an adventure to help the Cupcake Queen find the missing sprinkles needed for her coronation ceremony. In searching for the missing sprinkles, Ellie and Sis uncover a life lesson that is important for every child to learn.

About the author:
Sandra Hagee Parker lives in San Antonio, Texas with her husband, Ryan, and their daughters, Olivia and Elliana — the original pajama girls. A practicing attorney, Sandy is also a part of the music ministry at Cornerstone Church where she and her husband are leaders.

When not working or writing, Sandy enjoys traveling with her family and mastering the art of making Pancakes à la Pajama Girl with her two girls.

Get the book!

You can buy the book at many local bookstores, online bookstores, by clicking on the picture on the top of this post, or by visiting the official Pajama Girl website.

SPECIAL BONUS!!!!!! When you buy the book from any store or online and then enter the receipt HERE. You’ll receive 10 more free Pajama Girl Activity Sheets sent to you via email!

You can enter to win by using the form below!

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Life with a 9 month old :)

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Gardens and food, hear from 30+ experts!

I know I already told you a little about it, but I am really excited and wanted to share some more. I had the chance to spend some time really reading about the experts that are going to take part in the online FREE food summit. These people aren’t just sitting around writing, they are LIVING what they teach. It is really amazing what they have been doing!

Make sure to sign up for the FREE Food Summit here!

Once you sign up you will be able to view the schedule of lectures from April 6th through April 12th! You can view as many as you want the day they are schedule for FREE! If you aren’t able to watch the lectures that interest you most, they are offering a pre-sale discounted price of ALL the lectures either as a digital download or a digital download and flash drive.

The two I can’t wait to hear speak are….

Sally Fallon… I reviewed her book Nourishing Traditions back in 2012

Joel Salatin… I first heard about him in a documentary I watched, Fresh.

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April decluttering calendar – Attic or Storage Space (unit)

365 Days to Declutter!  The Great Declutter of 2015!

I know I know, this doesn’t sound like fun at all, but there is a good reason I have this space scheduled for April. In many places it isn’t too hot or too cold at this point in the year, which makes it easier to work on these spaces that aren’t often heated or cooled.

We are going to start work on this space by actually looking at the space. Can you comfortably sort IN the attic or storage space? Is there enough room to line up your boxes? Would you enjoy the process more if you could do it in another part of the house? If your storage space is away from home, like a rented storage unit, would you rather work there or at home? I found that it is easier for us to work in the living room. One person would grab a box from the storage space and I would go through it in the living room while listening to music. If it is too much physical work for you, then working where the stuff is, might be the best option. We also found (a little late in the process) that our older daughter, who is 19, is GREAT at getting boxes where we need them to be. She is fast and doesn’t wear out like we do. She was rewarded the two times she helped us with Hubby taking her out driving (she is working on getting her license). So even if your teen is unwilling, you may be able to reach a compromise. Letting them know what a great job they are doing and how awesome they are also helps :)

Once you have decided where you will work on the clutter in your storage space, get your sorting boxes out and placed and get yourself a good place to sit. Since a storage space can contain literally anything, we will need to be creative in our attack plan. Remember, even if you don’t complete the space, devoting a month to decluttering, will make a huge difference!

How much time can you devote each day to decluttering the storage space? One idea is to set a timer and devote that amount of time to working on the storage space. It can be 10 mins, 15 mins, 30 mins, 1 hour, 2 hours, whatever! YOU DECIDE what is reasonable in your life! The amount of time can vary day by day. At minimum work on ONE box on the scheduled days. Your attack boxes day is now more important than ever, because they will quickly file up and pile up! Are you new to decluttering with me? Here is the information about your boxes.

For now, any box with paperwork, put off to the side, we will deal with those later in the month. When ready or on scheduled days, start going through the paperwork boxes. Shred or put in a box to take to get shredded anything that isn’t worth keeping any longer. Some paper might work great as scratch paper, so put that in a small box, but determine how much you want to keep and only keep that much scratch paper. If you don’t already have, come up with a filing system. You can use file boxes, a filing cabinet, file folders, or even just a plain box to sort your files. Make sure they are marked well, so if you need to find them you can! This is a great time to scan documents that you want to keep digitally, like newspaper clippings.

During the final week of the month, decide what YOU want to finish up in this space before we move on next month. Maybe you have a dresser with old clothes that you want to go through. Maybe there is a closet in your storage space that needs to be cleaned out. Maybe the space is done and you want to reinvent it!

April’s Decluttering Calendar!

January – Kitchen
February – Master Bedroom / Your bedroom
March – Spare room / Child’s room
April – Attic, crawl space, storage area
May – Entry way, living room, coat closet
June – Shed, yard, patio, deck, sunroom, outdoor toys, pool house
July – Basement
August – Family room, den, rec room, computer room
September – Garage, carport, catch up
October – Storage unit, bathroom
November – Dining room, guest room
December – This is a surprise for now :)

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Jesus Sees Us – Review

Jesus Sees Us was created by two moms of preschool aged children that were looking for an engaging and relatable way to introduce their children to Jesus and their faith. I think they accomplished that! Jesus can be hard for a child to grasp when He is just a concept, but Maureen and Kelly have created a way to make Jesus tangible.



The set includes a doll, that has a warm and loving face, with a soft body and molded head that mirrors the image of Jesus in the book.

The book, in hardcover, has beautiful multicultural pictures depicting biblical stories of Jesus with Scripture reference and correlating lessons on how we can model our behavior like Jesus today. I can’t say enough about how much both my grandson and myself loved the pictures. They are bright, positive, and definitely include a wonderful mix of skin tones, which I think is so awesome! I would love to see a similar book to go with the doll that is a board book in the future.

The recommended age is 2 to 6. My grandson is younger than the recommended age (he is 9 months old), but just having the doll to show him Jesus when we talk about Jesus is great. In this picture I was saying “give Jesus love” and he did :) I do think the ages of 2 to 6 is right on the mark though. This book is GREAT to read to your child or grandchild.

This set would make a great gift for many occasions, including Easter, Christmas, Baptism, or birthday! Would also be a great gift for grandparents to buy when visiting their grandchild, what could be more special than sharing your faith with your grandchild!

Check out Jesus See Us here

Visit their website – JesusSeesUs.com
You can order Jesus Sees Us from their website or by clicking the Amazon link below. Currently on sale for $24.99 This set would make a great Easter gift, so order today!

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