Life, Motherhood

Don’t Forget to Take Care of You, Too!

It’s been over a week since my last post; its been too long, I know. However it has been much needed I was reading a post over on Quirky Workin’ Mom’s about putting yourself in timeout from the world of social media and other toxic areas in your life. Taking a timeout and giving yourself a time to relax, reboot, & get things done! I wanted to just take a few days off to begin with but then another day got added then another, it was quite nice to take that time off!
I was able to have family time with my husband who was off work for the last couple of weeks due to switching to a new job, which he started on Monday. I spent more time with my boys even though they were never in one place for more than a couple of minutes, enjoyed me giving a little extra time to them anyways. And finally I found time for myself! After weeks of rolling through this season of sickness, stress, anxiety, & all the rest of 2020 I needed some sort of me time.
It should have been a no brainer to start taking care of me but when you are a mom who takes care of kids, the house, most of the bills, the car, the cooking, the cleaning, remembering trash day, taking kids to school or doctors appointments (most online), making sure the animals get fed/watered, and so much more it can be so easy to forget to take care of well YOU!
To combat the sort of funk I have fallen into I have started a new diet that really is more of a healthier eating style controlling portion sizes and replacing a lot of unhealthy choices with better ones. When the days are nicer I opt to walk to the bus stop to pick up my oldest rather than take the car & even get in some extra walking before sometimes if its a really nice day. I usually will have my almost 9 month old with me so weather needs to be baby friendly to go for a walk outside. If a walk outside isn’t possible that day I will do my best to get inside chores done; cleaning the house mostly. Getting up and moving around helps out a lot with moods and how you are feeling.
I think that a lot of people have been in a funk lately with COVID and just 2020 in general. Giving myself time to get more things done and also take a break has been a nice change to my normal day of chaos. I will admit I have been so used to not posting it would have been easier to continue that but I enjoy writing too much to give it up so soon! I will also admit I have been battling against the faceless enemy of anxiety & depression that come to visit me from time to time. Taking time for myself has also been a great way to help with those feelings as well.
I guess the moral of the story I am writing to you about is that every person at some point needs to give themselves time that is reserved just for them and them ONLY! If you are always taking time for everyone else in your life giving your self and time to person after person you are going to get worn out physically & mentally. You need to STOP and smell the roses or rather take that deep breath and evaluate what it is that you need instead of what everyone else is needing. You may not be able to take a whole lot of time but a little bit of time for yourself goes a long way! It gives you a chance to relax and unwind. You just need to figure out what YOU time looks like for you & your needs!
There’s still going to be time for all of the others in your life who need you but only if you give yourself a break once in a while! Don’t be afraid to pamper yourself a little more and find that special time for you and YOU only!

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Books

Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid’s Tale

Since joining Bookroo my family and I have received some really awesome books; I opted for the chapter books that way I can read to them for a fun story time. I always remember having books read to me as a child and wanted to be able to pass that on to my children. Also chapter books are something that they can read when they are old enough to read themselves and still be able to enjoy them even years from now. One of the books we have gotten in one of our boxes is a chapter book by Cornelia Funke called “Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid’s Tale”. We began reading this book for our homeschooling about a month or so ago; I believe sometime in September while simultaneously reading a couple of others that I plan to write about here in the future. Some where in September the idea of attempting to keep my four year old focused on schooling was just a pipe-dream and eventually let that go. I could tell he was just not ready for school at home and since his brother had gone back to public school the month prior I guess I just didn’t feel the need to push him. I mean he is 4 years old and a bit of a zig zagging all over the place kind of kid who has the attention span of a fly if you know what I mean. While schooling was over and all that didn’t mean that we couldn’t still read as that is something that we loved to do just because.
We finally finished our little book last week; it took longer than it actually takes to read the book because of life and only reading here and there but we did it! If you know anything about me as a parent you would know that I am really feeling great about getting yet another book under the old belt because I haven’t been much of a reader in a very long time. In a time when you spend quite a lot of time at home you more than likely like myself would pick up some new skills or hobbies to help pass the time. I have even started to read another chapter book that we received in a box myself or really whenever anyone will listen to me read it as my kids weren’t interested in a chapter book without pictures in it just yet. No worries I am quite enjoying the said book and when I finish it I will write about it as well.
To the book at hand “Lilly and Fin: A Mermaid’s Tale” it is a chapter book intended for ages 7-10 yrs & a reading level of 2-5. I don’t feel that just because a book is intended for a certain age group that it means it should be read by just that age group well depending on what that book is about would be the only reason I can think of to why a kid couldn’t read a book intended for a more mature audience. Otherwise I don’t see a problem! The book is a chapter book but it is a good read for kids or directed towards kids because it has a good amount of color filled illustrations intertwined throughout its pages. Within those pages are some fun activities that I will fill you in on here soon. Each chapter in this book doesn’t take too long to read and there are roughly 3-6 pages in each for reading amongst the other pages that are illustrated.


The book brings an interesting twist to how humans may be perceived by the underwater world. I think that this perspective is fun to see unfold especially from an entirely different world. Join two merpups (kid mermaid’s) on an adventure in their underwater world where they come to find that maybe their parents might actually know what they are talking about. They learn a lesson and meet some new and interesting figures; some friend & some foe. As you read you are taken on the journey that they will never forget and that will have forever changed their little lives.
Since both of my boys are still not readers for themselves and well my 6 year old is just now beginning to read but not ready for this level of book on his own I am the one who did the reading for this book. As I read through I learned a couple of things; one this was a great book for someone who was older than 4 which is expected. The second being that it was a little bit hard to get into the story line as an adult I should have been able to theoretically jump right in but for the first couple of chapters it was a bit hard to follow, but I was determined to finish it with or with out my listeners. I finished it with my 6 year old who soon decided he enjoyed it about half way through when it started to get a bit more interesting for him. More action & mystery I presume. My 4 year old wasn’t super into this one and that is okay as it wasn’t really for a 4 year old but still suitable for him to listen too if that makes sense. The first half of this book is all about giving a background about the characters both underwater and on land which is expected however the way that the book just jumps into the story makes it a little hard to get into it at first. Like I mentioned the real interesting parts weren’t until after a couple chapter’s or so. To help liven it up a bit I started making different voices to go along with each character because it was hard to get into the mind and that did seem to help the younger listening group.
I really wanted to love this book and it is great but about half way through in my opinion; I don’t love it but I like it. It has a good lesson for kids who don’t want to listen to parents or the rules teaching them that there are consequences for disobeying. Doing some things that you are told not to do can lead to danger and that there are reasons for rules. I would read it again so I did enjoy reading it, just not an easy one to get into. During the introduction of the characters I did enjoy seeing the different perspectives of the different characters for instance the Mermaid people see the humans so differently from the way most humans see the ocean and its creatures in it. Makes you think about things a bit more which is a good lesson to include in a book like this directed toward kids who are still learning.
Something I discovered while I was researching the author of this book Cornelia Funke is that the book was originally written in German and that this version I read was a translation from the original book; this may have a big part in why the book was a little awkward in the beginning. It could explain why it may have been hard to connect to the book. I assume it was translated correctly otherwise I probably would see more complaints on other reviews over the book when I researched it and the author. It is just that sometimes different language barriers can translate differently but correctly. I don’t have any idea if this is the reason why it was a little awkward it is just my opinion and would explain it a bit.

Earlier I mentioned some fun activities that this book has hidden in its pages; what did I mean is what you are probably wondering!? So at the very end of the book there is a section dedicated to activities that the author snuck into the book to make reading so much more fun for the kids. It includes a board game printed on one of the illustrations you see above. You add your own game pieces and use your own dice but the rest on how to play is located in the book ideally after you have read through it but I suppose you could just skip ahead. Also there are fun hidden objects through out the illustrations that makes a sort of I Spy game that could be played alone or with other readers just as well. This would be especially great on a long car ride or similar situation. I thought that these were a great way to interact with the reader/readers of this book which allowed to bring it more to life than just reading the words on its pages. I figured I would give you a sneak peek in the picture above but if you want to know how to play and what fun hidden objects to find in the books illustrated pages then you will just have to purchase it or check it out at your local Library.

That brings me to the next topic how much does this book cost new? As I mentioned above I mean way up there; my family received this book in our monthly Bookroo box where the books in the box is to be worth more or pretty much the same amount of the monthly box price by pretty much the books we have received have all been well worth it and always come to a total well above the monthly box cost which makes it so awesome! This book costs $9.99 US / $13.99 CAN brand new. I found it on Amazon for $9.59 brand new US hardcover or $9.99 US Kindle. The book we have is a hardcovered book. I supposed you could try to find it used for cheaper if you looked on the right site such as eBay or Facebook Swap. I think that if you have a kid who is into the creatures of the sea or maybe even just you and love reading fun adventurous stories/books this book would be worth at least checking out. Perhaps at your local library if you aren’t yet committed to buying it for yourself.

In a conclusion for my thoughts on this book I would have to say that I do think it is a good book to read and it does have some good lessons in it for young readers. I love that it takes you into a whole different world that kind of connects the world that us humans know but also gives a new perception of what the underwater world of the oceans may be like like if you ever think about what the sea creatures really think about us humans sort of imagination perspective! It is worth checking out; maybe you will find a fun new story that is a hit as a new family favorite!

Amazing books kids love!

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Life, Meal Time

Add a Twist to Your Holiday Feast with Raddish Kids

Every year as the holiday arrive so do the guests and those guests usually want food and holiday treats of all sorts. Depending on your traditions that could be a lot of food and that takes a lot of time to prepare and then get it all done. The whole ordeal is very overwhelming speaking from my own personal experience. This years festivities may be a bit different but you still have to eat! Why not give your self a bit of a break this year; let someone else cook for you or with you perhaps. Invite Raddish Kids in for the holiday season as a great way to hand down a family tradition of cooking fun meals for the holidays while giving you a bit of a break from some of the cooking. If your kids are like mine who actually want to help mom or dad out in the kitchen then give Raddish Kids a chance to help make memories this holiday season.
Their monthly box full of fun unique recipes and kitchen activities is a great way to celebrate the holidays and pass down fun traditions along the way to future generations! Not every meal has to be cooked by just you the head chef in the household whoever I may be talking to, you know who you are! Tis the season to give around my area; giving my kids more lessons in the kitchen on how to cook during the holidays is a great way to prepare them for a day when they can do it all themselves. I mean a mom can dream can’t she? Maybe it’s just wishful thinking to not have to be the main cook in our household and that someday the time and effort I as a parent invested in my kids to learn new skills including how to cook food properly will not have been for nothing.

In case you missed my previous posts about Raddish Kids and who they are check out this link right HERE (Raddish Kids Review) to learn more about them. For now I will quickly brush up on them as I introduce one of Raddish Kids upcoming boxes for this holiday season that you should definitely see for yourself!

Raddish Kids

Raddish Kids is a monthly subscription cooking kit box for kids. It ships out every month with a different theme for each box. Each kit comes with: 3 Recipe Cards, A Quality Kitchen Tool, A Creative Kitchen Project, Monthly Collectibles, 3 Culinary Skill Lessons, & A Complete Grocery List. Also check out their website for a Fun Bonus each month with Bonus Bites! There are tons of options to add on at checkout especially if you have multiple children who want to participate. The per month rate starts at $24 per kit plus taxes & if you opted to add on for siblings. You can check out all of the different rates on there site which tend to end up saving you money depending on what frequency you choose from ( monthly, every 6 months, or every 12 months).

November 2020 Theme Sneak Peek

A sneak peek at November 2020’s kit has a fun theme based around a traditional holiday celebrated mainly in the US “Thanksgiving“. Let “Gourmet Gobble” take over for your Thanksgiving Feast or maybe as a special meal that will be sure to make fun memories to remember. Perhaps a new tradition all together! Put a twist on a traditional holiday meal with:

  • Thanksgiving Vegetable Trio; taking traditional veggie sides and transforming them into something new, fun, & best of all delicious!
  • Baked Mac & Cheese; giving an upgrade to a classic holiday side.
  • Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars; up the competition on the desert game with a fun new desert that is sure to be a keeper for years to come.

Sound like a fun family tradition?
Be sure to purchase your kit by November 20th 2020 to receive this fun cooking kit that will be sure to make a lasting impression on your guests stomachs that will have them begging for the recipes! Raddish Kids; whisking together memories one recipe at a time!


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Books, Motherhood

Give the Gift that Gives Back: Bookroo

I am always looking for the perfect gift for the holidays for my kids and I know a lot of other people go through this same crisis. In our family we don’t have a whole lot of money to throw away on some random toy that is going to be loved for a minute then tossed a side the next. When looking for a gift for any occasion I always tend to look for gifts that the person I am gifting to (usually my kids) will get something in return whether that be a new skill or something else they learn from that gift; something learned or rather something useful is the key! What better way to give the gift of knowledge than to actually give knowledge in the form of a book or books. Books for kids don’t need to be filled with history lessons or math problems for them to learn something from them. A book can be filled with stories that bring their imaginations to life and that is a great gift to give. It allows kids to be kids by giving the ability to get their brains working and thinking but in a way that lets their imaginations run wild. They can read it themselves or be read to and no matter how a book is read it opens up so much more for a kid than any old toy would do. My 6 year old is just learning how to read; he loves books and enjoys trying to read all sorts of new words that he finds in his books. He will even read to his younger brother’s who will eventually start reading on their own someday. Books are a great way to teach in a fun way for kids and adults too as I have come to love reading chapter books to my kids. It brings out their imaginations and dusts mine off letting me remember that fun feeling of all of the characters in a story that seemed to disappear as I grew into adulthood.

I would like to introduce you to a great company Bookroo; they are a monthly book box service that sends books in the mail every month. They offer three kinds of books to be mailed depending on which is chosen for your subscription is the one you receive. They have a variety of monthly plans available as far as pricing is concerned. I have recently written some posts explaining the entire how to sign up for Bookroo at the links below. I encourage you to check them out if you are ready to give a great gift to your kids every month. Some great highlights about this company with out going into all of the details which will be linked below are: 1) that they wrap each individual book up in wrapping paper for your kids to unwrap when they are received they are always fun and different wrapping papers which make it all the more fun. I mean who doesn’t enjoy getting gifts to unwrap!? My kids love it and it makes the books we get all the more personal and special. 2) The books are well worth the price you are paying monthly. They don’t just put some cheap book in the box and call it good, NO , these books that are hand chosen by the way are carefully picked out. They do their research to find the best books to include in their boxes. They more than make up for the per box price which is different depending on the plan selection you choose. The per month box starts at $24.95 + Tax (for me tax is $4.99) which makes my moth to month box for the two chapter book selection I chose for my kids $29.94. However the price goes down if you choose to do the 3,6,or 12 box prepay. Check it all out here on my previous post all about Bookroo HERE!
If you would rather just go straight to the source check out their site here at BOOKROO.


For TODAY & TOMMOROW ONLY as this offer I am posting is only available until NOVEMBER 2nd 2020. Anyways Bookroo is offering a special promotion for a Black Friday deal since that is going to be a bit different this year for most; they thought they could still do something fun!

Click the Picture Above; don’t forget to copy the code below!

Use this code: EARLYBIRDBF for 25% off any multi-month subscription (and multiple new subscriptions!)
Valid through Nov 2 at 11:59 MST
Cannot be combined with other offers or applied to existing subscriptions!


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Motherhood

3 Reasons To Buy Second Hand

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Having a family no matter how big or how small means everyone needs a lot of things and those things can be expensive! Kids are always growing they go through sizes before you can blink. Buying clothes just to have to buy new ones not far from that shopping trip because kids are growing all the time just isn’t a smart use of the hard earned money that your family is making. For my family it just doesn’t make sense to throw let’s say $20 for a single outfit just the shirt and pants give or take a few dollars just for those two items; and that is using the logic that I have underwear or socks on hand that fit which ever boy the outfit is for. At Walmart depending on the sales going on I could maybe get two outfits out of a $20 per boy if the clearance deals are in my favor. Meanwhile at a second hand store such as Good Will or other thrift stores in my area I can get shirts of all kinds of brands anywhere from $1 each-$4 each sometimes more depending on what kind of shirt it is. In that case I wouldn’t purchase those. For pants depending on what they are (jeans, sweats, dress, or sporty) those range from $2-$5+ each when comparing between Walmart brand prices only or even Dollar General brand prices to thrift store prices the winner is very clear!

Often times some people put shame on shopping at second hand or even using hand me down clothing because it’s not new and I am tired of that! Who care if it’s not the newest or latest trend in clothing; it’s clothes that do the main job clothing is for and that is to keep you warm and covered. I have found many name brand clothes shopping second hand and they are always cheaper than buying them brand new which is the smarter way to shop in my opinion! If you are able to where name brand clothes for a fraction of the original price wouldn’t you? My answer would be yes; although I don’t usually fixate on those stigmas such as brands because if it fits it works no matter who makes it! If your on the fence on shopping second hand for whatever reason I would like you to keep an open mind at least until you check out my 3 reasons that I feel make shopping second hand definitely worth it!

#1

Price of anything and everything is always on my mind when I go shopping no matter what it is that I am purchasing. If something is too expensive then that will change the ability to buy something else on my shopping list. Where ever I can cut the price in half or further is how I am able to buy things like groceries for my family or have those fun special pizza nights that happen once in a while because I am very price conscious in my spending. One place we cut prices is when we shop for clothing, specifically kids clothing! Buying second hand just makes the most sense when shopping for clothing especially kids clothing because of the fact that they are still growing and purchasing new is a rare thing that is usually only spent on underwear & socks but everything else has been used by someone else at some point in its little clothing life span. If I could find items like socks & undies used I would get those too but I haven’t had a real strike of luck in finding those items in the past so it is what it is. With those items; they are usually only purchased at special times for gifts or once in a growth spurt for the oldest because the rest get the handed down ones of course! Like I mentioned above buying second hand gives a huge amount of clothing in price when they are purchased used versus in the store brand new. We are able to get more outfits out of a $20 bill than buying brand new in store. Saving money on clothing helps bring in more of other house hold necessities such as food, toiletries, school supplies, or even medicines. Keep in mind the amount of money you could have for other important items that can’t be bought second hand if you were to use less money on clothing that can be purchased used or second hand the next time you are low on funds! Note: You can buy second hand clothes for the whole family not just for the kids!

#2

Quality, of clothing can often be based on how much you are willing to spend on clothing you want to get. Usually buying cheaper priced clothing at stores that sell cheaply made clothes are clothing that will not hold up for very long and tend to fall apart easier because of how they are made. However being able to purchase clothing second hand gives me an upper hand for my families clothing needs. Reasons being that I am getting better quality clothing that would normally cost a fortune for our family new and getting those better quality of clothes at a cheaper price instead. Keeping the quality of clothes that will hold up a lot longer than others! I love being able to get great quality clothing at an affordable price.

#3

Quantity; getting the most bang for your buck is what a majority of the world is facing especially now during 2020. When making purchasing decisions for our family for clothing I as a mom am always trying to get the most per dollar that is allowed. Buying clothing from second hand clothing for our family is a great way to get more clothing for the money we are spending for that category. Second hand clothing is always a whole lot cheaper than buying brand new most of the time unless you are hitting a really great clearance deal in the store which does happen from time to time but not enough for it to even out the price by relying on just clearance deals. Most of the time you get $1-$4 for clothing at second hand stores or sometimes higher depending on what you are looking for; in those cases where a item of clothing may be higher than the $1-$4 range would be for a really dressy article of clothing but still when compared to buy that same thing brand new you are getting a real deal due to it being way cheaper used. A good way to make sure you are getting the best deal is to look it up on your google search just to make sure if you are having doubts on whether you are getting a fair deal. This is a great way to make sure that you are spending the right amount of money for that item of clothing especially on a budget that needs more clothing purchased for the amount you are allowed to spend on clothes in general. Usually for our family this isn’t a big deal if something is too much I will look for something else at that used clothing store or go to a different store to keep looking for the right deal that fits our needs. Sometimes if I cannot find the right thing in store I turn to online stores like eBay or Facebook swap groups to see if I can find the right item for us.

Purchasing second hand is how I do most of our clothing shopping and we as a family end up spending less money on clothing that in turn between three boys will be passed on from each boy getting great use out of it before it goes on to someone new depending on how well loved each item of clothing is in the end of our ability to use it. For my husband and I we rarely have to buy clothing because as adults we aren’t growing too much anymore so that helps with the hard earned money we are earning as well, but when we do need clothes or even shoes the first places we look for them is second hand shops as a lot of times they have exactly what we need and when they don’t to the nearest clearance rack it is! Second hand shopping isn’t just for clothing; did you know that you can buy all sorts of household items & furniture used just as well as clothing? I encourage you to explore the world of purchasing second hand/used clothing & other items that you may need for your house/family. You will save money and more than likely will get an even better deal than you would have gotten brand new! These 3 reasons are why I feel that buy used or second hand clothing/items is well worth it versus buying it all brand new. And I think that if you are on the fence about it all that you should at least give it a try as clothing and shoes can be washed/sanitized; furniture can be cleaned; used kitchen items or other household items can be washed/sanitized just as well. There is really no reason to be wasting your hard earned money on brand new items all the time when you can get it used in just as good of shape or even better!

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Books

Dino Mike and the T.Rex Attack

I wanted to write about something new and never really being a reader of books until recently due to reading more to my kids who are finally old enough to sit and listen long enough. I thought well I am reading all of these books after all and I might as well share my opinion of these books that I have read to someone.

My middle boy who is 4, is obsessed with dinosaurs he loves them with a passion. He knows quite a lot of the names and what they would have done back when they were alive. He has a pretty big vocabulary when it comes to any kind of dinosaur. Which is why I thought that he would love to hear a book about dinosaurs but not just the boring same old information books but more based around a storyline that includes dinosaurs instead. I like I am sure many people enjoy a story that takes you to another realm of existence. When I read any kind of book I don’t want to be in boring old Iowa anymore well that is unless the book is about Iowa. Then I wonder why would I have been reading it to begin with?
I spent quite a lot of time scouring the internet for a book that had dinosaurs in it and adventure as well. After kind of narrowing it down I had to of course make sure it was something that his age and his older brother who is 6 could wrap their minds around.

Dino Mike and the T.Rex Attack was the book I settled on. It is the first book in a series of 8 by Franco Aureliani who also illustrated it as well. It is always the best idea to start at the beginning of any kind of series: books, movies, tv, ect because that’s usually where you start anything, at the beginning! The book is for a reading grade of second & third grade or for the typical age of 6-8 years old. I don’t feel that kids should feel restricted to books because of their age or reading level because everyone is at a different level altogether because we are all different. My 6 year old is just now learning to read and my 4 year old doesn’t know how to read yet so I was the main one reading although I did have my 6 year old read a page here and there just to help his mind learn some new words. I read this book to my children over the course of a couple weeks reading a chapter or two at a time. I could have easily have read it front to back in less than a day. I read it to them wanting it to last a bit longer but it could have been done a lot soon than two weeks just an FYI. It is a 10 chapter long book with chapters that average from 5-10 pages with the exception of a couple that have closer to 20 but keep in mind that this book has pictures in it as well. I’ll show you the type of pages to read with the picture style/illustration style as well below.

I got a kick out of reading this book because it was engaging for me the reader as well as the audience I was reading to. My boys seemed to enjoy the adventure that they were taken on into a world where dinosaurs actually still existed; it pulls your imagination out of storage making it full of life and adventure once again. As with any good book series it pulls you in and this one does just that making you want to get the next book and so on. For an added experience while reading this book to my littles I came up with the idea of having them tell in words or draw a picture in a little reading journal about the chapter I was reading to them at that time. I wanted to make sure that they were indeed absorbing the words I was reading to them. After & sometimes during the chapters I read to them they did just that drew or wrote about what they pictured was happening in their own minds. This strategy helped them and still does help them learn to listen to what is being said to them or in this case read.

What is the book about?


If I could summarize this book up to what it is about it would look something like this. The actual book it’s self is like I mentioned about a kid and a dinosaur; only this dinosaur is somehow mysteriously brought into todays world where a kid named Mike stumbles into a fun adventure. He must figure out how this happened while meeting some unique characters along the way!


How much did this book cost?

The book itself was a good price not super expensive and I felt that it was a good price for the length of book you get as well as the quality of the book. It doesn’t feel like a cheap book and is well bound together. Everything has held up well when turning pages to read the quality of paper is also pretty good. Sometimes a cheaper book means that less time went into the books that are printed/made so the pages might rip easier or might just fall apart all together. That is not the case here as it does seem to be a pretty well put together book. You can see the price below for both the US & Canada.

My boys & I enjoyed reading this book and we loved the adventure it took us on. I am planning on completing this book series so look for updates on those books in the future. It was a nice read that I feel anyone with kids would enjoy or maybe even a someone who enjoys reading about dinosaurs in general. Thanks for reading my post and for visiting my blog. Drop a like below and follow my blog for future posts!

Adventure

Tell it Tuesday: No More School Lunches?

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When I thought the title for this post up I wasn’t sure what I was going to write about exactly seeing how I do honestly find myself searching for post to write about. I wanted to start writing about things, people, or events that were actually happening around me. Whether it was thousands of miles away from me, in my own home, or around the area I live. When I saw a post come up on my Facebook newsfeed I knew I wanted to write about it on here and kind of see where this post went on to. It just seemed like a post worth sharing because I don’t see it being a great choice especially in the area where I live where it is not a bigger city area its a bunch of smaller rural towns with people who are on the lower income side and that was pre-covid to give you an idea. Anyways Let me start at the beginning.

Local School Taking Away School Lunch?

I live in a area that has a few rural schools both in my town and other towns surround my town. The school in my town has a wonderful program for breakfast and lunch through the school as I used to work there as a cafeteria worker just last year. The school in my town is not the one in this story which is very relieving to me as a parent and a person in general because that is just unfair in my opinion and sort of crappy. Anyways in a town not far from my town where I live which is in southwest Iowa somewhere…I came across a post made by this other school just about an hour ago my time. It stated in this post that this school would no longer be serving school breakfast or school lunches at all the rest of the school year with the exception of tomorrow mornings breakfast because of short notice. Yes they gave a single nights notice.
They said in a letter sent home to families 9/28/2020 that asked if all students if possible could bring sack lunches to school until further notice. The also mentioned that they would be revising the schools transportation program as well. They mentioned in the letter that they would be providing breakfast tomorrow 9/29/2020 and also extra sack lunches for those who do not have them. Which brings me to a few questions that kind of boggle the old brain…why? They said it was to make sure they have enough staff in their school so they cut lunch out but the thing that I feel is super bizarre is that they are still providing sack lunches from the sounds of it. In the United States in general there are a lot of people who depend on school for food for their kids. There are a lot of people who may work and work and never have that extra bit of money for school lunches.
This seems like a bad choice on the schools part because instead of simply just providing the students with sack lunches instead of hot lunches they are pretty much shutting the kitchen down and helping out who they can instead of fulfilling their duty as a public school to provide meals to kids in their lunch program that is government funded. Since this letter I have seen several posts from community members who are willing to help provide meals since this school system has failed to do their jobs. I feel that if they are still open as a public school and having classes why announce with a letter that seems to announce the discontinuance of school meals. I hope that they are going to continue to provide meals for students who depended on the school for their meals because going all day at a place where there are so many other things to worry about was hard enough without having to worry about not having food as well. I will link the post from the school just to give an idea of what the original “letter” said.
Post Over Schools Decision

What are your thoughts?
Do you agree or disagree?
Have you seen this happen near you?

I was super surprised to see this happening in my area and yes I know there are all sorts of factors that led to these decisions. I know that my kids do not attend this school but I know people who do. I do not agree with this decision and feel like they could come up with something else besides what they have come up with. I mean if it’s such a problem then maybe not having school would be the better thing. Feel free to comment below and share this. I am curious what other people think about this.

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