Goofy, I Really Miss Those Dancing Lights.

I like Disney himself believe in this family park where parents and children can have fun together. When Florida’s Magic Kingdom opened 40 years ago its attraction ticketing was not strictly all-inclusive.  General Admission ticketing was an option. Expansion and new dark rides bring in crowds initially. BUT it’s the magical entertainment and special events moments that make visitors return again and again. Since 1985 our family has made at least one pilgrimage to WDW yearly. We watched the place expand from just the Magic Kingdom to Epcot to Hollywood Studios, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, Animal Kingdom, and the Wide […]

Holiday Gift Guide * The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018

The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 (non-fiction) Editor:  Sarah Janssen Paperback:  1,008 pages Publisher:  World Almanac (December 5, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781600572135 Ages:  All Ages Price: $14.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers Sadly enough, the  internet has made many publications obsolete.  Text books, newspapers, and magazines are struggling.  Thankfully The World Almanac and Book of Facts 2018 defies the times.  Contents include: 150 Years of The World Almanac: A special feature celebrating The World Almanac‘s historic run includes highlights from its distinguished past and some old-fashioned “facts,” illustrating how its defining mission has changed with the […]

Holiday Gift Guide * To Look a Nazi in the Eye

  Book: To Look a Nazi in the Eye, A Teen’s Account of a War Criminal Trial (biography) Author:  Kathy Kacer with Jordana Lebowicw Paperback:  256 pages Publisher:  Second Story Press (September 12, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781772600407 Ages: Price: $13.95 Purchase: Online or at local retailers Am I my brother’s keeper?  How could a people allow Adolph Hitler to commit genocide?  Holocaust was real;  its horrors, documented.   The world must learn from the past and never forget.  Jordana Lebowicz’s book about the 2015 trial of Oskar Groening, the “Bookkeeper of Auschwitz” comes 70 years after Hitler’s reign and […]

Holiday Gift Guide * Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste

O baby, baby! Little things can mean a lot. Heavy totes, heavy diaper bags cause stress and strain. Holiday time is often travel time. Be prepared. Comfortable baby vs crying, cranky baby…make it happen. Comfortable baby = happy baby. Feeding time: Keep to routine as much as possible. Changing time–avoid diaper rash with disposable diapers, wipes, Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste essentials. Baby Magic No-Rinse Wash – This product is the diaper bag essential that should be at the top of your list! The foaming application allows you to clean your baby without running a full bath […]

Holiday Gift Guide * Reader’s Digest Mind Stretchers, V. 1 & V. 2

             Books:  Reader’s Digest Mind Stretchers, V. 1 & V. 2 Editor:  Allen D. Bragdon Illustrator:  James Brown Paperback: 192 pages Publisher: Reader’s Digest (2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781621453512; 9781621453741 Reading Level: Middle School-Adult Price: $17.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers Electronic games and gaming has its place.  Me, I personally choose paper–no batteries or power needed other than my mind. What’s more is that Reader’s Digest Mind Stretchers teases my mind.  Its sudoku, crosswords, word searches, logic puzzles, trivia, logic and games are perfect for on the go moments while traveling as well […]

Holiday Gift Guide * Norse Myths: Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki

Book:  Norse Myths:  Tales of Odin,Thor and Loki (fiction) Author:  Kevin Crossley-Holland Illustrator:  Jeffrey Alan Love Hardcover: 240 pages Publisher:  Candlewick Studio (September 28, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9780763695002 Ages: 10+; Grades Middle and Up Price: $27.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers With Marvel Avengers the current rage,  Norse Myths:  Tales of Odin, Thor and Loki proves an excellent background to Viking myths and heroes.  Its 20 stories include Gods and Goddesses, ,Dwarfs and Giants, The Norse World, In the Beginning, The Wall of Asgard, Who we Are, Mouthful of Poetry, Three Grisly Children, Apples of Youth, Choosing a […]

Holiday Gift Guide * Fold & Fly Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals That Fly

Books: Fold & Fly Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals That Fly Editor:  Stephanie Hoover Paperback:  80 pages Publisher:Rock Point (April 15, 2017) Language: English ISBN: 9781631062964 Ages:  Preteen-Adult Price: $15.99 Purchase: Online or at local retailers Fold & Fly Butterflies, Birds, and Other Animals that Fly  is a boxed set of 144 printed papers and instructions for making various insect, bird, and animal masters of flight.  Its ten designs include butterfly, dragonfly, flying fish, stork, perodactyl and more for display or play–your choice. Not every activity, not every toy should need a cord or battery. The magic is in the […]