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Back to Basics: My Retail Rebellion

It is said there are 4 basic essentials in life: food, water, clothing, shelter. Personally, I'd add books to that. But, otherwise it's hard to argue with this logic. These are the things you need. However, how much and in what quantities do you need these things is the question...

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T-shirt Tuesday: Fierce Women Who Inspire

I just got a t-shirt with a Shakespeare quote that reads, "And though she be but little, she is fierce." It inspired today's blog about fierce women who inspire.

Why My 11-Year-Old Daughter Loves Ruth Bader Ginsburg #WomensHistoryMonth

Women's History Month is winding down - only 2 more days. 😦 And while that doesn't mean we can't continue to talk about women (past and present) who have helped shape the world, it does mean that today's blog is fitting as we near the end of this month. It's all about why my daughter loves Ruth Bader Ginsburg. But first....

#BooksOverLooks Blog Series: Girls Are Just as Smart as Boys – Why Don’t They Think So?

I haven't recently posted anything specifically for my Books Over Looks blog series, the purpose of which is to talk about how to help kids, particularly girls, realize books, reading, education and thought are more important than material things or how many likes they have on Instagram. A recent study that found as early as 6 years old, girls already think they are NOT as smart as boys made me think it was time for another installment.

T-shirt Tuesday: The Secret to Raising Smart Kids – Read Smartly

Everyone wants a smart kid right? But how do you raise a smart kid? And can you or is it just genetics?

Judging a Book By Its Cover – It’s OK, Really, Go Ahead

You shouldn't judge a book by its cover. We've all heard that before. And I, who has a whole #booksoverlooks blog series about the importance of valuing thought and reading over superficial materials, agree - when it comes to people. But, when it comes to books, I say, yes you should! The cover is part of the whole book experience and a lot of thought likely went into the artwork. So - go ahead - judge it!

#BooksOverLooks Blog Series: Girl Dressed Up as Ruth Bader Ginsburg For Superhero Day and This Happened…

I don't generally like to get my news from Facebook. However, when I saw this really great story I couldn't resist looking into it. It's about a girl who dressed up as Ruth Bader Gindsburg for Superhero day at her school. I'm not sure there is a more perfect story to encapsulate the goals of the Books Over Looks blog series! (#booksoverlooks)

Books Over Looks Blog Series: Top 10 Books of 2016 – A Kid’s Perspective

On this blog I have a series called Books Over Looks. The goal is to focus on how books can help stimulate the minds of young people. In that spirit, today's blog is from the mind of my 11-year-old daughter. Here are her top 10 books of 2016 to, hopefully, help inspire other kids to read more.

Books Over Looks Blog Series: How Many Books Could I Get for the Cost of Those Sock Boots?

The Books Over Looks blog series focuses on how to encourage children and young adults, particularly girls, to look to books and reading to increase self-esteem and knowledge rather than appearances and material possessions. At some point as girls grow up, they become very aware of and concerned about their appearance. They start to derive self-esteem by how many likes they get on Instagram or the number of followers on Snapchat...

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