Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Mother's Day Gift

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I love receiving sentimental gifts on Mother’s Day from my daughters. In the past few years on Mother's Day, I have been receiving very unique memorable gifts. They have given some hand drawn pictures, personalized photos and so on. I feel that as I get older and more mature, it’s not all about materialistic things. It's about building memories and things that you can cherish for years to come.

Yes, I am a mom to two girls. However, I am also a daughter to my mom. I have to admit that despite wanting gifts for myself, I have been giving my mother last minute gifts (flowers) for the past few years. May is very busy month for us and I always end up sending her a last minute gift(s). Sometimes flowers, sometimes chocolates, things are not sentimental…… oh yes, flowers and chocolates are nice, but at the same time flowers don’t last long and chocolate will be eaten / gone in no time. You can only enjoy them for a short quick period of time.

This year, I am going to change that. I am planning ahead to give her more sentimental and memorable gifts that she can cherish for years to come. One of the things that I am thinking about is a couple of pictures of our family transformed into canvas prints. I believe that personalized photo gifts can become treasures for anyone. Don’t you think? Plus the canvas prints will last a lifetime. Since we live so far from my mother, she misses us. I have a ton of photos on my computer, but I’m pretty bad about sending her photos. Since she doesn’t get to see her grand-daughters very often, I hope that Mother’s Day will make her day extra special this year. I’d imagine that she will be happy to have a couple of our family photos printed on canvas. She will be able to decorate her wall with her favorite family photos that she can treasure forever.

If you are considering to give more thoughtful gift(s) for Mother’s Day, why not consider giving your special mom personalized photo gifts. This will be a great excuse to get your memorable photos off of your camera and phone as well. Also, don’t limit yourself this Mother’s Day for just moms. Mother’s Day gifts can be given to mother figures (any woman who has impacted your life), pet moms and so on. Give the special woman in your life a special, personalized gift(s). Start choosing your personalized gift option by getting stared at the CanvasPop page here. Take a look at their page and see what special personalized photo gifts that you can create for your special woman!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Author Jeff Kinney

Last Thursday, we had a fabulous time attending the 41st Annual Marian McFadden Memorial Lecture at the Indianapolis Central Library. We were seated in the second row by the stage as part of the Friends of the Library. It was an incredible lecture given by the author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, Jeff Kinney. A ton of laughs. We enjoyed listening to him speak. 

Our youngest daughter is a huge fan of Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. If you read our past blog post, you will see that she met Jeff Kinney in the past at an red carpet event promoting his movie back in 2017 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Yes, she has his autograph. However, our daughter wasn’t able to take a picture with him back then. So she was determined to take a photo with him at this event. Despite waiting in line for more than 2 hours, she said it was worth the time to take a picture with him. She was able to have one book signed as well. Since she had us (big sister & mom) read Dairy of a Wimpy Kid books prior to the event, our oldest daughter and I (mom) each also had a book signed. We will never forget this experience.

This event was free to attend. Yes, free. However, we know how hard the librarians & staffs at the library work to make this event happen. Prior to this event, we decided to support the library by making a donation to the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation. We became one of Friends of the Library donors. We are truly thankful of the Indianapolis Public Library and the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation for organizing this amazing lecture. We will continue to support the library through the Indianapolis Public Library Foundation - Friends of the Library.

Parents, if you are looking for educational programs and events, make sure to visit the Indianapolis Library’s website and check out their upcoming events calendar. They have a ton of educational programs & events to offer. Their downtown Central Library is beautiful. You could spend an entire day exploring the library with your kids too. Our family has attended several book signing events, children's programs and concerts in the past. We are very impressed with the library. If you are not in the Indianapolis area, be sure to check out the libraries near where you live. Many libraries offer incredible programs and events for free. Make a habit of taking your children to the library! This is how our girls became book lovers! We believe that reading books will open many doors to children’s future.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Presidents' Day Free Admission to Conner Prairie

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Indiana! Tomorrow on Presidents' Day Monday, Feb. 19th 2018, admission to Conner Prairie is FREE.  I wish my family can go, but our daughters' school district has a snow make up day tomorrow:(  Hope you enjoy!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

John David Anderson’s new book Granted

Yay, author John David Anderson’s new book, Granted, is finally out! It’s a story about a fairy in training named, Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. My daughters and I are big fans of his books. We’ve been patiently waiting for this book to come out ever since we found about it last year.

My original plan was to purchase Granted at his book signing event that is scheduled at Kids Ink Children’s bookstore on February 24. However, my girls and I just couldn’t wait to read it so I purchased a kindle version of the book this morning. Well, I conveniently had an Amazon gift card that I earned from Swagbucks plus a digital book credit from Amazon, so this purchase was totally free for me. The money I saved today will go towards the actual hard copy of the book that I will purchase on the day of his book signing event. My girls and I can't wait to meet him for the third time. Yes, we’ve met him before:)

My girls are at school for the moment. I’ve started to read a couple of chapters…. oh my I’m in love with this book already and I know my girls will as well. The first two chapters are hilarious. How he came up with the names of the fairies are clever. I wanted to keep reading it, but I have to work, so had to stop at end of chapter 2. Can’t wait to continue reading it tonight. Oh no, by then my girls will be home and we might fight over who gets to read this book first. I need to figure something out!

Anyways, if you are looking for a middle grade fiction book, check out Granted. The book is geared towards 8-12 years old. If your child likes fantasy & magic, this book may be a perfect read for your child. And if you a big kid at heart like me, I’m pretty sure that you as an adult will enjoy this book.

Happy Reading Everyone!

This is not a sponsored post, but is meant to support the local Indiana author John David Anderson.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

We met Author Ann M. Martin

I am super happy that my girls and I got to meet author Ann M. Martin a couple Saturdays ago. Ann M. Martin is most known for her series The Babysitters Club. She was visiting Indy to celebrate her latest paperback release of the book, Rain Reign. My girls and I actually read this book when it was first released in hardback so we were thrilled to hear her talk about the book.

Rain Reign is about a girl with Asperger’s syndrome and her dog named Rain. I don’t want to spoil the details of the book, but I would like to say that Rain Reign is a heartwarming book. A great book for teaching kids compassion, empathy and how to think about others. It is well written and easy to read for both adult and middle grade children (3rd / 4th grade and up). If you haven’t read Rain Reign, I highly recommend this book.

During the Q&A talk, my little girl got to ask a question. She asked, “What are your favorite homophones?” (If you read the book you will see the main character Rose’s obsession with homonyms / homophones.) Ann M. Martin’s answer was that her favorite homophones are the ones she wrote in her very end of the book, soared (sword). This Q&A talk was amazing. My girls and I have more appreciation towards this book and feel more connected with the author. We will cherish this experience forever.

After the Q&A session, we were able to get our books autographed. My girls and I each had our own copy from home, but we also purchased a couple of more books from Kids Ink Bookstore as well. While getting our books autographed, Ann M. Martin took the time to briefly talk and take photos with us as well. My teen girl and I were very happy to tell her how much we loved Rain Reign. My little girl was very happy to tell her favorite homophones which is Right, Rite, Write and Wright. My girls’ each got their Rain Reign book signed. Yes, I purchased two copies because my girls are in love with this book and they each wanted their own signed copy of the book. I had my A Dog’s Life:The Autobiography of a Stray book signed. It's an excellent book about the life of a stray dog. The message she wrote on my book was so cute. I got a “woof” from her. 

This free event was hosted by the Indianapolis public library @ Glendale and the Kids Ink Bookstore. I am very thankful to both the library and Kids Ink Bookstore for hosting this event. If you love books and wish to meet book authors in Indianapolis, check out their calendar of events to see who will visit Indianapolis in the near future.

Happy Reading Everyone!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My little girl's new favorite book!

Our new hobby is meeting book authors and getting their autograph. Last month, I stumbled upon a book signing event scheduled for author Sarah Cannon and her new book, Oddity. To be honest, I didn’t know anything about this author or her book, but a photo of her new book cover caught my attention. I learned more about her book online, read the description and realized that it was perfect for my youngest daughter. Sure enough, when I showed her some sample pages from Amazon, she wanted to read the book and meet the author. 

We attended the event on December 2nd, 2017. We are so glad we did. It was our first time going to the Kids Ink Children's Bookstore as well and my girls went crazy! Such a cute bookstore for book lovers of my children’s age. Anyways, author Sarah Cannon was friendly and my little girl was so happy to meet her. Oh, and she loved my little girl’s light-up llama sweater!!! You can see the video of my little girl on Sarah Cannon's author Facebook page. It was a great experience attending the event. 

My little girl started reading Oddity as soon as we got home from the book signing event. She couldn't stop reading it. When she got to the chapter on Zombie Rabbits, she loved that chapter so much that she read it out loud to me. Very interesting, definitely “odd”, but in a good sense. My little girl said that this book has action, humor, creepy, weird... everything that she wanted in a book. She was definitely engaged in reading this book the whole time. Sarah Cannon has grabbed my daughter’s heart. My little girl’s excitement towards this book made me want to read it as well. However, I didn’t want to ruin a perfectly signed book so I purchased a kindle version for myself to read. Yes, it is a middle grade book, but I’m a big kid at heart. Plus, I get to discuss this book at a deeper level with my little girl when I’m done reading it.

If you are looking for middle grade reading for your child, I highly recommend this book. Just for reference, my youngest is a third grade girl (8) and an advanced reader. She loves anything creepy, action, funny and so on. My little girl also said that Oddity has become the #1 on the list of her favorite books. If your child has the similar interests as my little girl, this book may be perfect for your child

Just to clarify, I was not asked to write this post. When my family and I love something and we believe in it, I write on this blog. In addition, I especially love supporting local Young Adult, Middle Grade and Children’s book authors of Indiana. 

Happy Reading Everyone!