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Do You Believe You Have a Soul Mate? Soul Sessions Book Review #SoulSessionsBook

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 19, 2017 | Categories: Books, Reviews

I realize I order a lot of books from Amazon. Sometimes in Kindle version, sometimes in book form… I’m still a bit old school and love the feel of holding a book and turning the pages and the smell of a book. While perusing Amazon recently I ordered just such a book — one in […]

Dark Hope: Book One in the Archangel Prophecies Trilogy by Monica McGurk #DarkHopeBook #CleverGirls

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 28, 2014 | Categories: Books, Reviews

I am an avid reader. Yet, I’ve never done a book review on my blog before. There are several reasons why, but the main one being that if I love a book, it is difficult for me to be concise. My husband laughs at me because I’ll tell him about a book I read and […]

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss & National Read Across America

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 2, 2013 | Categories: Books, Children, Education
Read Across America - Dr. Seuss, Cat in the Hat

As a child, Dr. Seuss was one of my favorite authors. And today, I still have him high on my list. Theodor Seuss Geisel had a gift of making reading fun. Kids of all ages enjoy his books. His imagination was nothing short of genius. I found this photo from when Cody was in Kindergarten […]

How to Motivate Kids to Read

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: June 1, 2012 | Categories: Books, Children, Education, Guest Posts, How To

Guest Post Image Source Motivating Kids to Read Getting kids to sit down with a book has always been a challenge for parents and other care-givers. Having to learn how to read often leaves kids feeling that reading is a chore, and children’s interests often outgrow their reading level before they have a chance to […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day – April 26, 2012

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: April 26, 2012 | Categories: Books, Education, Holidays and Observances

The concept is simple — pick a favorite poem, fold it up and put it in your pocket. Then throughout the day, share it with your family, friends, co-workers, anyone who will listen. I won't literally have a poem in pocket, though… I will have mine on my iPhone. I love modern day technology. Whether […]

Read Across America Day: Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: March 2, 2012 | Categories: Books, Education, Holidays and Observances, Inspirational

Dr. Seuss books are definitely some of my all-time favorites. Even today, as an adult, I enjoy reading 'Cat in the Hat', 'Green Eggs and Ham', 'How the Grinch Stole Christmas', and my favorite, 'Fox in Sox'. No other author has brought so much fun and imagination to young kids across the world, as Dr. […]

National Reading in the Bathtub Day!

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: February 9, 2012 | Categories: Books, Fun, Holidays and Observances

Source: flickr.com via Donna on Pinterest   Two of my favorite things are reading and taking long relaxing baths. When I can do both of these things at the same time… heaven. Did you know there was a National Reading in the Bathtub Day? Well, there is. Today, February 9, 2012, is National Reading in […]

Slippery Willie’s Stupid, Ugly Shoes can teach us all a life lesson

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: November 14, 2011 | Categories: Books, Education, Reviews

  I recently received a PDF copy of "Slippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" by Larry Peterson, to review. What a treat! My son will be nine in less than two weeks and could easily read "Sliippery Willie's Stupid, Ugly Shoes" by himself, but my husband or I read to him for approximately 20 minutes every […]

30 Days About Me Day 4: I was to think of these days many times.

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: August 5, 2011 | Categories: Books, Favorites, Health and Fitness, Series

Wow, it's day 4 of my 30 Days About Me challenge. If you've been reading along, I've joined in the fun started by Toni over at A Daily Dose of Toni. I've enjoyed revealing more about me and especially loved learning more about my fellow bloggers.  And it's not too late to join this meme. […]

Sex and Lies in Sin City Premieres on Lifetime

By: Donna Chaffins | Date: October 25, 2008 | Categories: Books, Entertainment, TV, Web Sites

It has intrigue and romance… oh and sex and lies.  Lifetime's Sex and Lies in Sin City is based on the book Murder in Sin City by Jeff German.  I'm not familiar with this story but find myself intrigued by the description. From MyLifetime.com, In the long, colorful history of Las Vegas crime, one case […]