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March is Reading Month - My Favorite Kids Books

I have been making monthly posts on facebook with book recommendations.  But...when I came to the month I'd be posting about my favorite kids books I couldn't narrow it down to just a couple.  So, how about a blog post.  I won't get too chatty.  Below are great books for boys, and girls, young and old.  Enjoy!  Please tell me what your favorite children's books are in the comments.  I'd love to add more to our personal reading list.

Early Readers/elementary:
Caps for sale
The giving tree
Pete the cat
The boy who gave his lunch away
The Little Engine that Could
Curious George
Winnie the Pooh
Beatrix Potter books
Serenity books
Ivy Cottage by E.J. Taylor
The jacket I wear In the snow
How groundhogs garden grew
Stone soup
The boy that cried wolf
The jingle in my pocket
Little house on the prairie
The wild robot
The Lion, the witch and the wardrobe
Mandie and the secret tunnel
My Fathers dragon.
The prince and the pauper
Dragons - legends and lore of dinosaurs
Amelia bedel…

Cleaning Out The Basement and My Heart

A couple days ago I had enough energy to do some cleaning in the basement.  Oh that dark hole in the ground that I almost never enter for various reasons.  It holds many things; some of which include my memories in print as well as items.  The reason for the clean out; I figured it would be easier if I separated my husbands belongings in one area of the basement, and mine in another.  That way we could much more easily access what we wanted.This kind of cleaning and reorganizing is bittersweet.  I am the spouse who doesn’t just like but needs order.  Everything has a place and when something is not in that place my anxiety rises.  I don’t do well in anything remotely resembling chaos when it comes to possessions.  So, in walking down the steps to our dungeon I knew it may be hard in some ways but when it was all said and done, I’d be happy.  I’d feel a burden lift.  And lifting it certainly did; but in ways I didn’t expect.
If you have a space like this you share with another human b…

Trying The Whole Wahlburgers Menu - Part 4

Here we are trying the last 3 burgers on the menu.  It's kinda sad we're almost done.  Maybe we should move onto the salads and other items?  My friends Tonya and Stephanie (different Stephanie this time) met me for lunch.  I tell you what, aside from the food it's so nice to have good company,  and that they are!  We laugh, get weepy (ok that's me), listen, give advice, talk about God.  It's SO good!

Anyway you're here for the reviews so here we go.   First up is the Our Burger.  We told Stephanie we only had 3 burgers left and I wasn't ordering the Impossible Burger so she only really had 2 to choose from if she wanted in on the sharing action.  lol!  She chose the Our Burger which is "1/3 lb burger, lettuce, tomato, onion, government cheese, Paul's housemade signature Wahl Sauce, & pickles."    Again with the toasted bun - this is something this restaurant does that is so, so good!  The sauce was good, the pickles are outstanding.  I …

My Little Free Library - Doctor Who Style

As a little girl my first trip to the library was like a dream.   I love books and the fact that there was a place with more books than I could fit in my bedroom was so exciting!   My first library experience was in 2nd grade in public school.   At first I was so overwhelmed I didn’t know where to start.  But over time I found some of my favorite books.  My first memory of books I was very into in 2nd grade was The Littles.  They were little people (I was always the smallest in my class), and they did fun and extraordinary things.   From there I read Mandie books, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Hobbit, Nancy Drew, Trixie Beldon and so many more.   I was whisked on adventure after adventure in the safety of my bedroom.  33 years later and here I am reading more than ever.  
Fact - did you know 95% of kids in my sons class have never been to a local library? Fact - 1 in 4 children in America grow up without learning how to read.  
 I could list so many more facts but at the end of the d…

My 2018/2019 Favorite Amazon Purchases

We use amazon a lot here.  Being sick every day of my life, amazon makes it so much easier to shop whether it's for me, my family or for gifts.  I love watching youtube videos of other people's favorite items, so that gave me an idea.  Why not do a blog post of mine! 

Rubbermaid Modular Food Storage Cereal Container with Flip Top.  This is the perfect size to fit large boxes of cereal in.  I've had my first one for years but just ended up getting a second one because we love it so much!  No more stale cereal!

Nissin Chicken Ramen Noodle - I saw these on a youtube video and had to get them for my kids.  You need a large bowl to make these in, in order to put all the water recommended in it.  We also added some vegetables and topped with sriracha.  My boys said these were the best ever.  I thought they were good but not "the best".  

Sistema To Go Collection 1.18 oz. Salad Dressing Containers.  These have worked great for my boys lunches!  I needed something to send i…

Trying The Whole Wahlburgers Menu - Part 3

Oh my goodness, we are really getting there.  I can't believe how many items we've been able to try as a group!  The items below show all the menu items we need to get through as far as burgers and sides.  The items in red are what we have yet to try.  We have not decided yet if we are going to move on to the desserts and salads.  We just may do that.  Leave in the comments section what you think we should do.

Menu Items
The Our Burger.  Tonya and I tried these separately. BBQ Bacon O.F.D.  The Super Melt The Fiesta Burger The Beast Thanksgiving Turkey Burger The Impossible Burger - sadly I will not be trying this.  I have a soy allergy.   Portobello Sandwich Mom’s Sloppy Joe Jenn’s Chicken Sandwich Crispy Haddock Sandwich
Sides: Crispy Yukon French Fries Thin Crispy Onion Rings Tater Tots Sweet Potato Tots
From Scratch: Alma’s Macaroni Salad  Housemade Chili Smoked Bacon Mac n’ cheese

Housemade Frappes
Root Beer Float
Creamsicle Float
Grilled Fluffanutta

Ok moving on.  Tonya an…