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Organizing Our Homeschool Room with Quartet!

Organizing Our Homeschool Room with Quartet!

Organization is not my strong suit! As a homeschool mama, blogger, and book reviewer, I feel like my brain is always a jumble of thoughts, ideas, schedules, and projects! Life is just way too hectic to leave all of these thoughts tumbling around in my […]

Shutterbug is the Bees Knees

Shutterbug is the Bees Knees

Lights! Camera! Action! Shutterbug is a brand new picture book that will whisk you back in time to the days of old Hollywoodland! Everything about Shutterbug has an old Hollywood feel to it…from the old-fashioned phrases to the black and white illustrations you will feel […]

Book Nerd Mama Challenge

Book Nerd Mama Challenge

Calling all Book Nerds!! Are you a mama who loves to read? Do you adore books, reading, holding books, smelling books, buying books? Well, have I got a fun challenge for you!! My dear friend Arlene and I have started a fun and low-pressure challenge over on Instagram! Ready to hear all about it??

Book Nerd Mama Challenge 2020

Sometimes as a mama we get so busy with life that we run out of time to do things that WE love to do! The goal of this challenge is to create a community of book-loving mamas who are excited to make their own reading a priority again!! We have created a SUPER low-key challenge…no assigned books, no crazy goals, and no pressure!

The goal we have set is to read 500 minutes a month…now, I know that sounds like a lot. I promise it isn’t! If you break it down it works out to less than 20 minutes a day! You could read before bed, or before the kids get up in the morning, or during quiet time. You could grab an audiobook and listen while driving the kids here, there, and everywhere or while folding laundry, exercising, or doing dishes! Any time you can fit it in!! Then record your minutes! You could create a log in a journal, you could make a printable, you could use a sticky note, or an app…anything that works for you!!

Our main goal is to have a place where we can come together and talk about BOOKS! One of my favorite parts of Instagram is connecting with other mamas and chatting about homeschool and BOOKS! I am so looking forward to seeing your book logs, your book stacks, hearing recommendations, and just chatting about…you guessed it…BOOKS!

So, Arlene and I would LOVE to have you join us! For more information you can pop on over to Instagram and watch our IGTV videos explaining everything…you might even find a book recommendation…or 12…because we are book nerds and it is what we do.

Where to Find Us

You can join the #booknerdmamachallenge by heading over to Instagram! Click below for a sneak peek at my IGTV video ALL about the #booknerdmamachallenge

You can find Arlene’s account over at http://www.instagram.com/homeschooler_by_design

You can find us on Pinterest as well! We have created a board JUST for the Book Nerd Mama Challenge! If you would like to request to join the board just send me an email at homeschoolbythebeach@gmail.com and follow the board here: https://pin.it/wde5btqbvr43oe

We have also set up a GoodReads group! A place to chat, share books, and support each other. You can join us here: https://www.goodreads.com/group/show/1060201-book-nerd-mama-challenge-group

Let me know if you have any questions!

Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Ring in the New Year with Freedom Soup!

Can you believe we are just days away from ringing in the New Year? I say it every year, but I honestly can’t believe another year has gone by! I have a gorgeous new book to share with you that would make a perfect read […]

Louder Than Words

Louder Than Words

We haven’t even finished with 2019 and I already have a giant list of book recommendations for you! 2020 promises to be an amazing year in the book world! I just had the pleasure of reading an Advanced Readers Copy of Louder Than Words by […]

It’s Okay to be a Unicorn

It’s Okay to be a Unicorn

Have I ever mentioned how much I love picture books? Once or twice? Maybe? Ok…well, I really do love them. A picture book can tell a story, it can make you laugh, it can hit you right in the feels, and it can send a message! It’s Okay to be a Unicorn did ALL of those things and much more! I am excited to introduce you guys to Cornelius J. Sparklesteed and his fantastic unicorniness!

Welcome to Hoofington

The town of Hoofington is a wonderful place to live! It has a library, a doughnut shop, an art store, and most importantly…Hoofapalooza Park where the annual Hoofapalooza Festival is held.

Cornelius J. Sparklesteed is a resident of Hoofington just like all of the other horses…well, he is not EXACTLY like the other horses. Cornelius has a secret. It is a pointy secret that lives under one of his handmade hats. Any guesses what his secret might be? Cornelius is a UNICORN! Sounds pretty fancy, right? Well, there is one problem. The horses of Hoofington have some pretty strong opinions of unicorns…the rumors are pretty bad. I mean, can you believe that unicorns fart rainbows?!? I know, right? The horror!

Well, Cornelius is a well-loved and well-respected member of Hoofington. He makes glorious handmade hats and this year he was chosen to perform in the final show at Hoofapalooza!! Cornelius gets to work creating the most glitterific and rainbowtastic costume that has ever graced the Hoofapalooza stage. Will his friends still like him when they find out his secret? Will he have the courage to finally let everyone know who he really is? And will they still like him when they find out the truth?

A Must Read

You may have guessed by now that I adored this book! It sends such a powerful message of the importance of being yourself and the importance of being kind…but it isn’t presented in a preachy manner! Author Jason Tharp has taken such an important topic and has presented it in such a relatable, light, and fun manner! Kids (and their grown-ups) are going to adore this book. The bright illustrations and fantastic puns are going to be crowd-pleasers, I know they were at my house! I would love to see this book being shared in schools all over the world…because who couldn’t use more kindness in their life!! Spread that kindness like glitter!!!

Speaking of kindness…author Jason Tharp is a pretty amazing dude! He travels the country speaking to kids and adults about embracing their unicorniness, about being kind to themselves and others, and about being the best THEM that they can be! Please, please, please head to his website to check out all of HIS amazing unicorniness…he is a good human and such an inspirational person!! For more information about Jason, head to his website here!

It’s Okay To Be A Unicorn releases in February of 2020 and pre-orders are available!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

The Other Side of the Wall Book Review and Tea Party!

I love it when a book inspires creativity! This happens A LOT at our house! So often we will be reading a book and all of a sudden an idea pops up for a craft, art project, or recipe! Well, I have just finished reading […]

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

Three Cheers for Olive Ewe!

You may have guessed by now that I really LOVE picture books…like, a lot! They are one of my favorite types of books to read and I absolutely LOVE sharing new picture books with you! Well, today I have a new book that I think […]

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

This Is BABY- Another Picture Book Hit From Jimmy Fallon!

Picture books are my go-to gift for nearly every occasion! There is something so special about giving someone a book! My favorite time to give books are at baby showers or to celebrate the arrival of a new baby! Books are such an incredible gift to give to new parents…building a library for their little one of books that they can enjoy with their child is just priceless!

I have a sweet new recommendation to add to your list of go-to books to give new parents! This Is BABY is a brand new book from Jimmy Fallon! Fallon has also authored Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA and Everything is MAMA. Both books were New York Times #1 Bestsellers and I have no doubt that This Is BABY will join them!!

This Is BABY is a sweet book that illustrates all of the parts of baby. What is the most important part of baby? Is it their nose, their toes, or is it something else? This will be such a hit with little ones! Kiddos love to learn about their body and will love the rhyming words! Parents will absolutely love reading this to their little ones. The sweet illustrations are created by Miguel Ordonez who also illustrated Everything Is MAMA and Your Baby’s First Word Will Be DADA.

This Is BABY was gifted to us by our friends at Macmillan in exchange for our honest review! This will definitely be added to our list of favorite books to give as gifts!

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

Hands-On Fun with STEM Lessons & Challenges from Evan-Moor

I will be the first to admit that STEM is not my favorite area to teach. If you were to ask me which subjects I do not excel at, I would tell you, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math…STEM! Give me all the books, grammar, art, […]