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April 9, 2010, 3:07 pm
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Theme Update
March 22, 2010, 3:56 pm
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I just had to do it. I was so thrilled with the warm weather and sunshine this past weekend that I have Spring fever. I love the changing of the seasons and all that comes with it, but…I am ready to move on.

Bring on the sunshine and green grass.

5 Minutes for Books
March 22, 2010, 2:54 pm
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This is a blog posting from 5 Minutes for Mom that I follow on Google Reader. I wanted to pass this along to other because the games sound really fun. My son is 5 and games to keep his attention are hard to find, but these sound like they would be a hit.

Credit for this goes out to 5 Minutes for Mom and I Can Do That! Games. You can follow this link for more info:

5 Minutes for Books: Bookish Board Games
By: Carrie B

I don’t know about you guys, but we like reading books around here. Furthermore, it’s a real treat to play games in our home (because I confess, mommy isn’t much of a game player!) But to combine the two activities? Well, to suggest such is to secure the enthusiasm of a certain little 3 1/2 year old.

One of my son’s favorite book-ish characters is Horton and when I showed him Horton Hears a Who – You to the Rescue! Game he went bonkers.

As you can see from the pictures, it comes with a Horton “hat” that you wear on your head. You are given six clover, all different in color, to hide in your house. The goal of the game is to recollect all six clover. You accomplish this task with the help of a spinner which you hope will lead you to a “clover card.” If and when you land on the clover card, you are to don the Horton head and following the intructions to a specific clover (and you have to remember where it is hidden!) The game is absolutely perfect for active toddlers as it directs them to flap, crawl and hop their way to the hidden clover. Then they get to attach the clover to their elephant trunk and bring it back to the board. Horton Hears a Who – You to the Rescue! Game is simplistic and straight forward in nature. Wear hat. Collect clover. Yet it is also imaginative and fun, giving children permission to be Horton and actively participate in saving the Whos! We were bit fans of this game.

Another book-ish game that we were recently afforded the opportunity to play is the Richard Scarry Busy Town game. This game, along with the Horton game, I might add, has won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award. It also bears the National Parenting Center’s Seal of Approval. For that matter, it also bears my son’s seal of approval which, quite frankly, I think counts more than the National Parenting Center’s opinion! (At least, that’s my opinion.) This game combines elements of I Spy (”Eye found it!”) into a group game wherein all of the players are working together to make it to the picnic grounds before Scarry pigs eat up all the food! All of the players win together and, likewise, they all bear the possibility of losing together.

You use a spinner in this game as well to advance along the board which, by the way, is over six feet in length! You definitely need space to play this game, and you should expect to crawl around the board trying to “spy” the hidden items illustrated in a Richard Scarry scene. This is a game that mommy and daddy both played with the toddler and it made for a fun way to spend some time in play as a family. The directions are easy to comprehend and hunting for specific items helps keeps the adults engaged in the game as well! Here is a picture of the game board which we spread out on our floor:

I personally enjoyed playing these games with my son as a way to draw him into these books and stories which I enjoyed so much growing up and which he is now identifying with in his own way. It’s fun to play with kids as well as read to them and so I’m happy to have had the chance to introduce them to you!

Would you like to win a copy of these games? Well then, all you need to do is leave a comment below! Thanks to I Can Do That! Games (who also sent me copies to review), we have one of each of the games mentioned above to giveaway to one of you. This contest is open to U.S. Residents only. We’ll announce the winner in the April 5 5 Minutes for Books column.

Book blogger Carrie comes by her book obsession honestly, having descended from a long line of bibliophiles. She blogs about books, and how she tries to draw her children into them, regularly at Reading to Know and Reading My Library and is a staff reviewer at 5 Minutes for Books.

Hi-Tec St. Moritz Luxe Boots Giveaway!!!
March 2, 2010, 5:57 pm
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Use this link to access the giveaway on Melinda Joy’s blogspot.

TO WIN: One Melinda Joy Reader will win a pair of St. Moritz Luxe Boots (or equivalent product if no longer available) for themselves!

1) Blog about this giveaway and leave me the link
2) Follow my blog (blogger/FB)
3) Follow Me on Twitter, and leave a comment with your twitter name
4) Tweet about this giveaway @melindajoy926 (This can be done DAILY)
“Hi-Tec Winter Boots Giveaway @melindajoy926 here: _____(link)_____”
5) Post my button on your side bar and leave me the link
6) Subscribe to my blog via email/google reader
7) Send this giveaway link to 5 of your friends and let me know you did or post this link as your FB status – honor system

DEADLINE: MARCH 13th 2010 at noon EST (just in time for a few more snow storms this season)

Open to US ONLY

Good Luck!

How many boots do I need?
March 2, 2010, 5:49 pm
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I know it’s February and you’re thinking..winter is almost over. Well remember here in Ohio that can change at the drop of a hat. One day, like today, the sun is shining and then the next thing you know we are in the middle of a blizzard.
So I ask myself why not try a new style boot. I have a couple of pairs already but they just aren’t the best. I have one pair for mud, another for rain and another for snow (which are not very good). When I saw the latest giveaway I was excited. I am always up for trying something new and these boots would be great to try when we get our one last blast of snow. I will post a new blog entry with the details for the giveaway.
I have to admit I don’t want another day of snow but I’m addicted to shoes. So bring on the contest.

Could this be Picoult’s best yet
March 2, 2010, 1:58 pm
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House Rules is the latest book by Jodi Picoult. Critics are saying this is going to be here best book. I have just begun to read books and I have to admit I am hooked. While some are definitely better than others all keep me reading and wanting more. Now with this new one out I am headed out to the library or B&N to get a copy.

Let me give you some details on a review by USA Today.

House Rules has a serviceable plot involving a murder trial. Set in Vermont, the novel centers on Emma Hunt and her two teen sons. Older son Jacob, 18, is a high school senior with Asperger’s; the younger son is the unimpaired Theo, 15. (People with Asperger’s are often highly intelligent and very verbal but have difficulty navigating the world because they cannot interpret social cues correctly.)

Where’s Dad? Although he sends his monthly child support, he fled to Silicon Valley when Theo was 6 months old, overwhelmed by the chaos created by a special-needs child.

Everything revolves around Jacob. Picoult brings alive how “Aspies” crave order and fall apart when confronted with change. Jacob’s rigid schedule, his clothes, his food become minefields if threatened.

Emma has devoted herself to helping Jacob through endless therapies, supplements, special diets, doctors. She also ceaselessly advocates for accommodations in school for Jacob. He’s doing better, but he’ll never be self-sufficient. Hers is a heroic but exhausting and isolated life filled with fear about Jacob once she’s gone — as well as guilt over Theo. With good reason, he resents how his whole life is dominated by his older brother’s disability.

Emma’s deepest grief is Jacob’s loneliness. To help him, she hires a lovely grad student named Jess to tutor Jacob in how to read social cues. And to learn why he shouldn’t drone on about his favorite topic, a CSI-like TV show. Jacob has a Talmudic knowledge of blood splatters, forensics, crime scenes and decomposing bodies.

This fixation makes the police suspicious when Jess turns up dead. Jacob’s Asperger behaviors — twitching, little eye contact — only deepen their suspicions. The plot trots along with cops, lawyers, a trial and various twists.

The most impressive and moving chapters are the ones narrated by Jacob. Picoult captures his intelligence and his obsessiveness but also his emotional flatness and self-absorption.

Picoult doesn’t whitewash the fact that Jacob experiences the world differently. Not an easy task — and one of the reasons House Rules ranks among her best.

Back again for another round
February 11, 2010, 3:45 pm
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I have been in a social media overload. Twitter, Twidroid, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogging, now Google Buzz, where does it stop? I just go from one social media addiction to another.
I have come to realize that I need to set some limits. For the time being I am going to focus on Twitter and blogging. For me I think this will be the best way of communicating my thoughts and new found ideas.
Today I want to set a goal to update my blog at least once a week. Twitter is another story. I am constantly on Twitter and couldn’t leave it for even a day. But…I will try to limit my time spent checking for new posts.
A new blog I found today that really interested me was Bodyjournal: Watch me do it! ( I like the honesty in her post and I am looking for anyway possible to boost my interest in getting healthy. I start then stop, start then stop, start then stop, you get the point. She is on a personal journey in bodybuilding and clean eating. I may not be into bodybuilding but I definitely need to eat better. I am excited to follow her on her adventure and provide words of encourage as I would like when I am taking on a big tasks.
My latest work endeavor is SharePoint. We have begin to implement it and as a member of the pilot team I need figure out how it can be beneficial to our employees and what applications should my Learning Center use to make it valuable.
More to come later. Things are starting to look up as the snow has stopped coming down and we can drive on the roads. Drop me a line or give me a suggestion on new topics to discuss.