The Ultimate Halloween Treat For Fans of All Ages


Trick-or-treating has never been more fun—with Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Sally, Schroeder, Linus, and, of course, the Great Pumpkin. Since its first airing more than forty years ago, It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown has become a beloved perennial classic synonymous with Halloween.

Illustrated with more than 250 full-color images, this beautiful edition celebrates the timeless television classic with:
• The full script illustrated with screen art from the show
• Photographs, storyboard excerpts, and production materials
• Reminiscences and insider tidbits from executive producer Lee Mendelson and animator, the late Bill Melendez
• Interviews with the original child actors who were the voices of the Peanuts gang
• And much more!

It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown: The Making of a Tradition is the ultimate Halloween treat for fans of all ages.

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Another day, just keeping it honest.

So far today… Well there was the frog. The girls have watched Barbie 12 Dancing Princesses. Diaper changes, fussy baby, lots if laundry, one book review and one page of math. Wait? That’s it for school. Hmm… Now OrangeBlossom is sobbing because she wants a Hershey Kiss (we don’t have any not have we ever…) and AppleBlossom is begging for a snack, again. Almond just went into the crib asleep, but oh wait the sobbing is now making him moan. Hmm… Did I eat lunch? I did have creamy quinoa for breakfast (finally)! Although I heated it twice in between. … Continue reading

The Berenstain Bears Blessed are the Peacemakers


“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the sons of God.”

Matthew 5:9

In this new Berenstain Bears 8×8 book, Blessed are the Peacemakers, Brother and Sister have a wide circle of friends at Bear Country School and they get along with pretty much everyone. But not all their friends get along with each other. Too Tall and his bullying gang, for instance, are often in conflict with Cousin Fred, Ferdy Factual, and their friends. So what happens when the cubs all need to work together on the annual school play? Brother and Sister have to decide whether they should “mind their own business” or get involved as peacemakers and try to calm the troubled waters.

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Frog in the laundry room


AppleBlossom is working on the Cat in the Hat with a tag pen. OrangeBlossom is singing loudly asking for the repeat princess dress (hasn’t been washed yet but isn’t really dirty) and a princess book and a princess movie. Almond is saying he’s hungry. Nurse Almond, put him down, going for laundry, in chaos. Washer is already going, lean to put rag in sink and FROG!!!! How is your morning?   … Continue reading

School another today

Last night I couldn’t fall asleep and then when going to bed I poked a baby awake so he would nurse while I was still awake. The Enginerd was already fast asleep so I took Almond boy with me to the living room. We both fell asleep out there until toddler OrangeBlossom discovered me while in route to the potty. Off to bed then for reals. Normal waking nursing after that. Until two hours later with the booming thunder and lightning enough to shake the house. So I left the boys in my room and ran to the girls. Both … Continue reading

K5 and PreK3 Curriculum for Fall 2014 (Verbose Post)

AppleBlossom’s K5 and OrangeBlossom’s PreK 3 Fall 2014 Curriculum (with a newborn Almond Blossom in the mix):   The LONG Post The Short Post, and Picture Post to come… *Before I get started. This is a conversational post. There are no affiliate links in the text, however I do have accounts and would gladly share them if you’re interested. And/or if there is something I mention and you want to know where to find it or more information, I’d gladly talk your internet ear off about any of this, here below.* *grin* Continuing for AppleBlossom (as mentioned in the Previous … Continue reading

School today


Today started like any other day. Girls bouncing in my bed near seven am wondering if baby brother and I are awake or sleeping. Awake now apparently… Into the kitchen to take my blood sugar and pour cereal for the girls. I lament I haven’t made a new batch of quinoa for myself and tell myself I need to as it would be a much better breakfast for me. Then I’m stacking up books near the green chair. I’ve put a dry diaper, clean clothes, squealing with joy baby on the floor gym and he’s kicking away inching diagonally along … Continue reading

When Creativity Runs Dry, Creative Madness of Anne Mateer!

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I am finally, finally settling into my empty nest. We had four months of it last fall, then our daughter graduated from college and came to live at home and find a job. She finally did get a job in her desired field, but she learned very quickly that she wouldn’t be moving out of our house anytime soon on her salary and that she needed another degree to really do the job she wanted. She had applied to grad schools but hadn’t heard back so wasn’t sure what to do. Then she got accepted to a great program and … Continue reading


Book blogging

Trying to keep up with the hype in blogging is exhausting. I’m tired. I think one of my problems is that I’ve attempted a desire to spin too many plates (and do it well). I cannot be a fantastic mommy blogger, homeschool blogger, craft blogger, and book blogger. I can cover bits of it, but I can master it all and I need to accept it. Thoughts? I started as a craft blogger and then book blogger and I need to keep with the passion that blogging books gives me. Here’s to a new influential wind!


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Coming Soon from the Pen, again! Welcome Laura Frantz!


Want to hear something funny? I dug in my files, grabbed the PEN interview and started formatting the post. Well, it’s been a while in progress in between regulating children and such… but after I got down a few questions I noticed the wrong book title. Hmm.. I thought. And then I realized. I was prepping the post from our interview from 2012. Oops. Well, that’s already a post. If you’d like to read the Coming Soon from the Pen post interview from the release of Love’s Reckoning, you can find that post here. But for today, why don’t we focus … Continue reading

Tried and True by Mary Connealy in stores now!


Kylie Wilde fought in the Civil War dressed as a boy—and now she’s homesteading as a man! When somebody tries to burn her property, land agent Aaron Masterson inspects her claim—and realizes she’s a woman. Will he keep her secret? And when the attacks continue, will she marry him just so she won’t have to be alone anymore?

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A Light in the Wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick in stores now!


As season turns to season, suspicion turns to friendship, and fear turns to courage, three spirited women will discover what it means to be truly free in a land that makes promises it cannot fulfill. This multilayered story from bestselling author Jane Kirkpatrick will grip readers’ hearts and minds as they travel with Letitia on the dusty and dangerous Oregon trail into the boundless American West.

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