Gingerbread Castle by Donna Yates


I love when my friends write books! I’d like to share a sweet HOLIDAY book (yep, it’s time) with you today.  The book is titled Gingerbread Castle     You’ve been to two rooms; there’s three rooms of fun. The Reading Room is the very last one. Listen quietly and sit down, or Ms. Owl will sport her favorite frown. She’ll read a few books, so lay back and rest. No need to fret. There’s never a test. Is there {Read More}

Garden Parties are the Perfect time to discuss #diarrhea #Blogust

gardenteaparty Collage

I recently had the chance to share my love of books and tea parties with a lovely group of littles in an outdoor garden party!   Aren’t these little partygoers adorable??? Many thanks to my friend Darla at HeartWork Organizing for opening her home and sharing her littles and their friends with me. We raised money for Shot@Life which I’m proud to say will help protect children by providing necessary vaccines so they can have a shot at life. Wouldn’t it {Read More}

Looking Back at my Kids’ Vax Schedule #Blogust


All this month of Blogust, the Shot@Life Champions have been talking about vaccines, which is a great way to get your littles (or not so littles) ready for school.  Many of my little friends have already started school which made me think back to the days when my littles were little.  As you know, I collect information and I’ve kept all of my babies’ shot records! I dug them up out o f the file and leafed through them with {Read More}

An Unconventional Librarian at the Hospital: A Visit to Dr. Offit’s Office #Blogust

Autism's False Prophets

Recently a group of Shot@Life champions and I got the chance to visit with Dr. Paul Offit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP).  Who is Dr. Offit, you ask? He’s a doctor who has written the book, Autism’s False Prophets, which discusses the history of vaccines and why they are necessary and that they do not cause autism.   The other cool thing about Dr. Offit? He helped invent the Rotatek vaccine! Yep, the very vaccine that your little ones {Read More}

Back to School guest post Dianne Miller

first day preschool

Like it or not, it’s time to start thinking about going back to school.  Here are some thoughts from my friend Dianne Miller on sending your little one to preschool. Preschool is a big step for every child, whether or not they have had the experience of day care outside the home. School is different from home care or even day care. Although your child has already learned social skills at day care or with mommy-and-me play dates, school requires {Read More}

Solomon’s Whisper by @Sandra Brannan #LivBergen @SamiJoLien

Solomon's Whisper

I don’t read many thrillers, but I always look forward to anything Sandra Brannan writes!  Her latest title, Solomon’s Whisper, is just as good as her other books.  Here’s a bit about the book: As Liv Bergen investigates the long-ago murder of her niece, she uncovers a well-guarded secret—and stumbles into one the most prolific killer she’s faced yet. Once an amateur sleuth, Liv “Boots” Bergen has now found her footing as an official FBI agent. It should be Liv’s {Read More}

Garden Party, Princesses, and Vaccines #Blogust

Princess Garden Tea Party

PRINCESS GARDEN TEA PARTY benefitting Shot@Life I’m thrilled to host a group of little princesses at a private garden party today! We will drink tea, practice good manners, and read stories. We will also discuss how vaccines keep little princesses healthy. Proceeds will benefit Shot@Life Stay tuned for post party pics! Shot@Life: Because every child deserves a shot at reading a book

Saying Goodbye to An Internet Friend, Tina of Life is Good; Stop All the Clocks


I’m not sure why, but I love Auden’s Stop All the Clocks poem when thinking about loved ones who die: Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone,Prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone,Silence the pianos and with muffled drumBring out the coffin, let the mourners come. Let aeroplanes circle moaning overheadScribbling on the sky the message He Is Dead,Put crepe bows round the white necks of the public doves,Let the traffic policemen wear black cotton gloves. He was my {Read More}

This #Blogust, Keep my Fave Readers Healthy; Get Vaccinated!


  During Shot@Life’s Blogust 2014—a month-long blog relay—some of North America’s most beloved online writers, photo and video bloggers and Shot@Life Champions will come together and share stories about Happy and Healthy Firsts. Every time you comment on this post and other Blogust contributions, or share them via social media on this website, Shot@Life and the United Nations Foundation pages, Walgreens will donate one vaccine (up to 60,000).  Blogust is one part an overall commitment of Walgreens donating up to {Read More}

MELT by my bff Selene Castroville Trailer Reveal!


As you might know, no one is safe from meeting me when I’m at BEA. I had the pleasure of meeting Selene Castroville thanks to the efforts of the smart and smiley Jen Halligan. Because that’s how things work, I’m thrilled to reveal Selene Castrovilla’s MELT Book Trailer Contest winning video by Jacqueline Xerri. Check out the book and trailer below, and let us know what you think in the comments. Then be sure to enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter! MELT by {Read More}