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Children’s Learning and Education
Date Published: June, 2017
With this book all you need to do is gather a few household items and you can recreate dozens of mind-blowing, kid-tested science experiments. Meant for kids between six to ten, it is an easy-to-follow, step-by-step instruction book for children. It introduces kids to the magic of motion, energy, chemistry, art, games, math fun; understanding basic scientific principles and most importantly, having a blast making them. Inside this book you will find projects that bursts, glows, erupts, spins, runs, ticks and more!
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Make a structure with Legos to hold a tea light


Materials needed:

Wooden mini blocks

Wooden popsicle sticks

LED tea light (non-flammable)

Lego pieces

Hot glue gun/glue sticks

TIME: 30 mins


SCIENCE FUN FACTS: This is a great craft for kids to understand structure and design. Amazing activity to recognize concepts of space, architecture, and fun to do with friends, individually or for parties!


STEP 1: Build the base using popsicle sticks



Start putting together the wooden blocks and Lego pieces. Make sure you build around the tea light so that you can have space for the tea light to fit in the center.



Start gluing the Lego pieces and the wooden blocks onto your popsicle base. Ensure you have an adult help with the hot glue gun.clip_image005

STEP 4: This serves great as a night-light. Building a structure with the Lego pieces as high as you want. Show it off!

About the Author

Sumita Mukherjee is a NASA STEM certified leader and children’s book author. She has been fortunate enough to travel around the globe, explore many countries and meet different people. Mysteries and adventures have been captured from there in the form of Keiko and Kenzo’s travel adventure series. These books are to inspire young readers to know and appreciate various countries, develop a love for discovery and learn about the world around them. Her series of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) books encourages kids to invent and explore, to empower themselves and see themselves as world leaders and problem solvers. Her books celebrate diversity, spark curiosity and capture children’s imaginations! Sumita currently lives in Toronto with her family.

Her website, WizKids.Club was created with a vision to raise the next generation of creative leaders. WizKids.Club offers highly engaging kids activities, educational books, experiments, hands-on projects, DIYs, travel stories and engineering books perfect for children 4-12 years to spark creativity and scientific learning.

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Q & A With the Author: SERENITY HARBOR by RaeAnne Thayne



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Tech millionaire Bowie Callahan is about the last person that
schoolteacher Katrina Bailey wants to work for. She’s only
back in charming Haven Point for one month, just to see her
sister get married, and then she’s heading back to Colombia
where her teaching job, and someone special, are waiting. Not
to mention, as far as Kat can see, Bowie is arrogant, entitled
and not up to the task of caring for his young half brother,
Milo. Milo, who is on the autism spectrum, may have just
been dropped in Bo’s lap and sure, Bo is trying to do right by
him, but it’s obvious that Bo’s job takes top priority. Or at
least that’s what Kat thinks.

So when Bo convinces her to take
a temporary, three week nanny position with Milo, Kat is
really doing it for the cash, and because Milo is pretty darn
sweet. Kat is desperately trying to save enough to help adopt
an orphaned little girl back in Colombia and if this short-term
job can get her there, then she’s willing to do pretty much anything. But as her kindness and patience work wonders with Milo, she realizes there’s more to sexy, wary Bo than she’d ever realized.

Bo never imagined he’d be tasked with caring for a sibling he didn’t know existed. Then again, he
never pictured himself impulsively kissing vibrant, compassionate Katrina in the moonlight,
especially when he can’t afford to lose her. She’s the only thing keeping him and Milo together until the new, permanent nanny shows up. But after that kiss, Bo realizes that he might be the one to make Kat’s dream of family come true…and he’s hoping there’s room in it for him, and Milo, too.

Q&A w/ RaeAnne Thayne — SERENITY HARBOR

(I am so happy to have Ms. Thayne drop by today and answer a few questions for us!)

Q: Katrina Bailey is the younger sister of Wynona and Marshall Bailey, and she’s a character we’ve seen glimpses of in previous books. What made you want to explore her story in more detail, and what makes her such a great heroine?

A: One of my favorite things about writing an ongoing series is having the chance to really dig deeply into everyone’s stories. I introduced Katrina in the previous books of Haven Point as a somewhat flighty young woman, obsessed with dating, who seemed to always pick the wrong guys. I knew there had to be more to her. In SNOWFALL ON HAVEN POINT, I created a plot where Marshall, Katrina’s brother, had to be in a circumstance where none of his family members could help him after he was hurt in a car accident. In one of those throwaway lines that I didn’t really think through at the time, I wrote something about Katrina being out of the country, trying to save the world. When I was trying to decide which character’s story to write next, I knew it had to be hers – mostly because I was dying to know what she had been up to! I loved learning all her secrets – especially discovering why she had always been rather obsessed with guys.

Q: At the beginning of the novel, the formerly flirty Kat has sworn off men and isn’t looking for a relationship in any way. But when she meets Bowie, she finds it increasingly difficult to maintain her resolve. Was it fun to play with that tension?

A: Absolutely! I loved that Bowie represented everything she once wanted (and still wants, really!) but that now she has this compelling reason to resist him. It heightened her conflict and showed how very much she had changed and matured since the early books in the series. Plus, it’s wonderfully fun to write about two people who are fiercely attracted to each other but have very compelling conflicts in the way of that attraction.

Q: Not to give too much away, but this book features a pretty swoon-worthy first kiss. As a romance author, what would you say are the key elements for writing a perfect first kiss?

A: Oh, this is a hard one for me to answer, mainly because each “perfect first kiss” is perfect only for those two characters, in their unique circumstance. The requirements to make each first kiss in a book perfect vary as widely as the characters. They do have a few things in common. I love stoking that simmering tension that precedes that kiss until the hero and the heroine (and the reader!) can’t wait another moment for them to finally come together. Tentative, sometimes accidental touches, eyes meeting, that surge of awareness every time they are together. It’s so much fun to write, especially when the characters are fighting the inevitableness of that attraction with everything inside them!

Q: Which character in this book was the most fun for you to write?

A: I felt deeply connected to every character in this book but if I had to choose one, I would have to say Gabi, the little girl Katrina wants to adopt.  Though she provides a strong motivation for every choice Kat makes in the story, Gabi only actually shows up in person (spoiler alert!) during the epilogue. That doesn’t stop her from stealing the scene! She was absolutely adorable, and the moment she stepped onto the page, I wanted to give her a giant hug!

Q: We have to ask, what’s next for you? Are you planning more Haven Point novels? If so, can you give us some hints about what readers can look forward to next?

A: I just finished the next book in the series, which is the long-awaited (and frequently requested) story of Jamie Caine! He is a sibling to many characters who appeared in my earlier Hope’s Crossing series and it was so much fun to once more bridge the two series. For some reason, readers really connected with him, and I’ve had many people ask me to write his book. It’s been on my mind for a long time, but I had to wait until I found the perfect heroine for him. I never would have expected quiet Julia Winston to be the perfect one for this sexy pilot but, as always, my characters love to prove me wrong. SUGAR PINE TRAIL comes out in October, and I really hope readers adore them together because I loved writing their book!

About the Author:


New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author RaeAnne Thayne loves words.
Her love affair started as soon as she learned to read, when she used to devour
anything she could get her hands on: cereal boxes, encyclopedias, the phone book,
you name it! She loves the way words sound, the way they look on the page and the
amazing way they can be jumbled together in so many combinations to tell a story.
Her love of reading and writing those words led her to a fifteen-year career in
journalism as a newspaper reporter and editor.

Through it all, she dreamed of writing the kind of stories she loved best. She sold her
first book in 1995 and since then she’s published more than 40 titles. Her books have
won many honors, including three RITA® Award nominations from the Romance
Writers of America and a Career Achievement Award from RT Book Reviews.
RaeAnne finds inspiration in the rugged northern Utah mountains where she lives
with her hero of a husband and their children. She loves to hear from readers and can
be reached through her website at www.raeannethayne.com .

My Weekly Bible Journaling #24– 1st Samuel


What a lovely week!

Had a great time celebrating 4th of July with all but one of the kids. We had homemade wings and chicken tenders with the kids favorite homemade mac and cheese. Of course we also had out own private fireworks show! I enjoyed the show from one of our cars with the LO. It was comfortable and air conditioned and the noise did not bother LO at all!


Friday my family celebrated my birthday. My oldest son came home Saturday and brought me my favorite dinner from my favorite restaurant. I have had a lovely time and feel very Blessed.

Now three of my kids are off to camp again and will be home later this week. We still have two doctors appointments to go to and I pray that will be all!

This is what I worked on in my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible:


I think it is interesting that even the Israelites fell to peer pressure. It is so easy to do. We have to be like everyone else because everyone must be happier than we are…

Then we will be like all the other nations, with a king to lead us and to go out before us and fight our battles. – 1 Samuel 8:20

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One morning this week I found out that one of my kids had done something to their mouth and damaged their tooth. Good news it is a baby tooth but bad news is that it will look different for a few years. It really bothered me and then that afternoon I read this verse…

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” – 1 Samuel 16:7


For my birthday I received 3 journaling Bibles and some new supplies. I can’t wait to start using them!
For this page I bought these animal paw print stickers and they fit this verse perfectly!

The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.” – 1 Samuel 17:37



Last Sunday I was flipping through the @themessagebible and came across this page. Love this saying and I completely agree! You should always ask God about His will for your life before you make any decision.



Each week I post these pictures of my Bible journaling pages on my Pinterest board. I also have boards for my Inspire Bible and The Message Canvas Bible. I plan on working in them more and posting more pictures to them soon. If you just want to see what inspires me you can check out my Main Pinterest board where I am currently separating inspirational pages by Books of the Bible.


Do you Bible Journaling? If so leave me a link where you have your pages posted and I will be happy to check them out and leave them some love! If you have any questions about supplies or anything please feel free to ask in the comments below.

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$20 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway: LIPSTICK ON THE STRAWBERRY by Margaret Ann Spence

From Award Winning Author
Margaret Ann Spence
Can a father’s hidden life threaten a daughter’s chance at love?
Lipstick on the Strawberry
Margaret Ann Spence
Genre: Romance, Women’s Fiction
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Publication Date: July 5, 2017
Estranged from her English family, Camilla Fetherwell now lives in the United States and owns a successful catering business. Returning home for her father’s funeral, she reunites with her first love, Billy, whom she hasn’t seen since her father broke up their teenage romance. Billy seems eager to resume their love affair. But after one blissful night together, things take a turn.
Camilla suspects her father may have led a secret life, and when Billy reveals something he, too, has discovered, her apprehension grows. Billy holds her heart, but their relationship might be tainted by what her father hid. A reunion seems impossible.
Her life feels as splattered as her catering apron. As she watches her food stylist make a strawberry look luscious with a swipe of lipstick, Camilla wonders if a gloss has been put over a family secret? Can she and Billy survive what’s underneath?
Lipstick on the Strawberry won FIRST PLACE, Romantic Elements Category in the 2015 Beacon Contest sponsored by First Coast Romance Writers.

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Take an inside look at Lipstick on the Strawberry with this intriguing excerpt from the book.
My fingers searched the back of the drawer and felt something glossy. I pulled, and saw in my hand a colored photograph of a woman who looked to be about the age I was now. She had hair the color of fallen leaves. Only the woman’s shoulders were visible below the head, she was wearing a scarf of blue and green, which reflected the color of her laughing eyes. In the background was the blurred green of a field. I flicked the photo over. The penciled initials N.B. were the only notation.
A cold prickle ran down my back as I stared at it.
I tucked the photo into my pocket. How peculiar was it to find this woman’s image stuffed in the back of a drawer? Daddy had gone to pains to hide the picture.
In one hand, I lifted the plastic bags of trash, picked up the passport in the other, and went to find Tilda.
“Would you mind if I went home and rested?” I asked. “I feel a headache coming on.”
“Yes, of course. What did you find in there? Oh, good, Daddy’s passport. I’d like to keep that. How thoughtful of you. Anything else of interest?”
I turned so Tilda couldn’t see and fingered the pocketed photo. The letters N.B. intrigued me. Was this just the acronym to remind our father of something important? Or did it mean something else?


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About Margaret Ann Spence

Margaret Ann Spence

Margaret Ann Spence was born in Australia and has made the United States home for many years. In Lipstick on the Strawberry she takes as backdrops Boston, Massachusetts and Cambridge, England, cities she’s lived in and loved. ` Lipstick on the Strawberry won First Place, Romantic Elements Category, in the 2015 Beacon Contest, sponsored by the First Coast Romance Writers.
Official website: http://margaretannspence.com
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$50 Amazon e-gift card and more Giveaway: THE CHARM OFFENSIVE by Carri Lynn Webb

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The Charm Offensive

by Cari Lynn Webb
Contemporary Romance

Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
July 1st 2017 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Winning her over means winning everything

Sophie Callahan is PI Brad Harrington’s best lead to tracking down the man he’s been hired to bring to justice: Sophie’s own thieving father. But when Brad arrives at The Pampered Pooch, just behind a litter of stray kittens, the pet-store owner is the big surprise. This scrappy, huge-hearted woman with charm to spare gets to Brad in a way no one has ever been able to before. She spends her life finding—and making—homes for others: abandoned pets, her young niece. He’ll have to tell her why he’s really here. Which means he’ll have to choose between his sail-away dreams and the chance to build a forever home—with her.

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Charmed I’m Sure (Or: The Art of First Impressions) by Cari Lynn Webb

I asked my two teenage daughters about the things that make a good first impression. Here’s their list:

1. Someone who can make you laugh

2. Someone who is upbeat

3. Someone who is sincere

4. Someone who is sweet and kind to everyone, including animals and nature

5. Someone with a real, genuine smile

Then I asked about things that make a bad first impression. Here’s their list:

1. Someone self-centered and who only talks about him/herself

2. Someone who is rude

3. Someone who is disrespectful, both to others and the environment. (I have a rule follower and she doesn’t like when others disregard the rules at a park or school playground or public places)

4. Someone who is two-faced and a hypocrite

5. Someone with bad breath

As I looked back over their responses, I was surprised that their first impressions were based on people’s actions and not so much on people’s physical appearances or clothing. We’ve all been told not to judge a book by its cover and I’ve tried to teach the same to my daughters. But this was a nice reminder that while I might look neat and put together, my actions are going to make an even stronger first impression. And I need to make sure it’s a good one every time.

And for fun, I thought I’d share the first impression teasers from my new release, The Charm Offensive, about PI Brad Harrington and pet-shop owner and animal rescuer, Sophie Callahan.

The man grinned at Sophie.

There was nothing symmetrical in the small smile that lifted only one side of his mouth, backed up into a sculpted cheekbone and sparked into his more green than brown eyes. She’d never quite understood that centuries-old fluttery feeling women described until now. She’d never liked being too warm or too queasy or too aware of those complicated emotional spots deep inside her. She blamed the single dimple denting his left cheek and wished he’d step behind the storage-room door. Instead, he studied Sophie as if she might be his next task on his own private to-do list. And made her wonder if she ranked first. Sophie told herself to focus and cleared her throat. “You need to move.”

“If you step aside, the cart and I can clear the doorway.”

Even his smooth voice appealed to her. But good-looking men were like designer shoes in the department store. She’d notice, acknowledge and keep moving. Designer shoes busted her budget; good-looking men busted more than her bank account, like her heart.


Brad noticed Sophie push the empty cart into the back room. For such a petite package, the woman remained a study in motion. She hadn’t stopped moving since she’d wedged herself between him and the cart and demanded he stop shelving her dog food.

He wouldn’t be surprised if she’d already found families for those kittens he’d brought inside.

She was efficient, competent and obviously guilty—like her father. There had to be a dark side to balance all that good, and he’d always been fascinated with exposing that shady inner core. And Sophie Callahan was too fascinating.

Now it’s your turn to let me know what makes a good or bad first impression on you!

Happy Reading!

Cari Lynn Webb

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About the Author

Cari Lynn Webb lives in South Carolina with her husband, daughters and assorted four-legged family members. She’s been blessed to see the power of true love in her grandparent’s 70 year marriage and her parent’s marriage of over 50 years. She knows love isn’t always sweet and perfect, it can be challenging, complicated and risky. But she believes happily-ever-afters are worth fighting for. She loves to connect with readers. Visit her at her website.

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Book Giveaway: MORE THAN A SOLDIER by Irene Onorato

by Irene Onorato
Genre: Inspirational Romance

Pub Date: 6/6/17


There’s more than one way to be a hero . . .
Former Special Forces soldier Hank Fleming is living a safe, quiet life in upstate New York, but there are days he isn’t sure he’s going to make it. The sole survivor of a devastating grenade attack in Afghanistan, he is still scarred, physically and emotionally. He hangs on to his faith and tries to keep moving forward, waiting for the day that something—or someone—can make him feel whole again.
Cindy Giordano is searching too—for her biological family and a fresh start. When her journey to find her brother, Edward, leads to Hank’s front door, she is instantly drawn to Hank . . . and instantly wary. With her ex-fiancé’s betrayal still fresh in her mind, friendship is about all she can muster.
When shadows from Cindy’s past threaten, Hank’s protective instincts shift into high gear, and he realizes everyone has their own battles to fight. But the road to healing would be much sweeter with the right person by his side . . .


Hank Fleming peeled off his cold, wet T-shirt and tossed it aside in

the dark. The nightmare clung to his psyche even as he stood at his hotel

room window staring into the night illuminated by only a stingy sliver of

moon. Whitecaps danced like ghostly apparitions across the pitch-black

ocean surface, adding to his uneasiness.

Was this reality, here, now, with his toes deep in the plush carpeting

of a resort hotel in Miami Beach with the air conditioner humming? Or

was the real Hank Fleming still lying on the ground in Afghanistan, a

soldier bleeding from multiple wounds with his left eye dangling off his

cheekbone by a few threads of nerves?

If only he could erase the images. The sounds. The RPG blast. The

roaring fire consuming what was left of the truck he’d been driving with

four men inside. But most of all their horrible deaths.

Hank willed his breaths to an even cadence and reined in his galloping

heart. The rat-a-tat of M4 rifles, acrid smell of burning rubber, and the unit

medic’s face started to dissolve as if being sucked, particle-by-particle,

feature-by-feature, back into another realm.

Hank brought his fingers to the eyepatch that covered his left eye socket

and pressed the fabric into the hidden void. Reality, harsh and merciless,

stung him to the core. He’d lost an eye, hearing in one ear, and bore fading

scars where the explosion had hurled shrapnel into his flesh. But, he’d

survived while four of his fellow soldiers perished.

Hank lifted his gaze to the crescent moon. “Why, God? Why?”

Irene Onorato was born and raised in Bronx, New York. Her father, a first-generation American whose parents were born in Italy, was an Army veteran who had served with the 178th combat engineers during WWII. He told numerous stories of battles, hardships, tragedies and triumphs. The glimpses he gave into the hearts of many American warriors would later become the inspiration for much of Irene’s writings.
In 1972, a few months after graduating high school, Irene met James Onorato, a soldier who had just returned from Vietnam. After dating two weeks, they married, raised three children, and are still happily married today.
Irene and James, both radiation protection technicians, retired from the nuclear power industry in 2014 and now reside in Louisiana. Readers can visit Irene’s website at ireneonorato.com, and find her on Facebook.

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