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Monday, May 25, 2015

Kids Cook Monday

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So, I normally do Food Fun on a Friday but I want to be an ambassador for #KidsCookMonday and thought I would do it that way this week instead. I did pizza and it was pretty good. When I make pizza it is usually from scratch, or at least mini pizzas, but mom got some coupons to review #RedBaron Brick Oven pizza so I helped her out and I didn't have to a lot of work to cook. It was super easy to make, just unwrap, pop it on a pizza pan and bake at 400° for 18 minutes. It came really great, even dad liked it. Next time I might throw some extra fresh toppings on it. Our store only had one flavor.


The crust even looked like pizza place pizza. We finished dinner off with a southwest mac n cheese (which is just my regular mac n cheese with rotel mixed in) and fresh corn. It was a really great dinner. The best part is the pizza is inexpensive so I might be able to talk Mom into pizza more often.

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Book Review: Rachel's Day In The Garden

I had another great review opportunity from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. This time the book is called Rachel's Day in the Garden, written by Giselle Shardlow.

In early grades, I went to a virtual school and for PE everyday, Mom and I would do yoga. I really liked it and this book reminded me about how fun it can be. In the story, Rachel and her dog have an adventure in the garden doing things like playing in the rain and planting seeds while Rachel demonstrates various yoga poses. Not only would learning the poses be fun for the kids, I think, but also the book makes a great early reader as well.  At the end of the story is a terrific pictorial guide to the poses and the sight words from the story, as well as a parent guide explaining how to use the story to teach both yoga and reading. The illustrations, by Hazel Quintilla, are simply stupendous and really that is my favorite part. She used so many textures, patterns and colors, like someone would see in a mixed media scrapbook, that even without the story I would have been fascinated with this book. 

I am really happy to have been given a copy of this book to read and review.

Here are my final thoughts based on the Summer of Fun Book Rubric

Readability- 4
The main idea of the story moved easy from page to page.

Age Appropriateness- 5
This book is perfect for preschoolers to beginner readers. I also think that younger kids might enjoy just looking at the pictures.

Illustrations- 5
The artwork does a wonderful job of supporting the story and demonstrating the poses.

Ability to hold interest- 5
The story was so full of things for Rachel to do and show that I think kids will stay with the story to the end.

Did I like it?- 5
I really did like and I would love to take a look at other books in the series.

Rachel's Day in the Garden

About the Book

Title: Rachel's Day in the Garden (A Kids Yoga Spring Colors Book) | Author: Giselle Shardlow | Illustrator: Hazel Quintanilla | Publication Date: December 23, 2014 | Publisher: Kids Yoga Stories | Number of pages: 34 | Recommended age: 3 to 6 years Summary: Experience the benefits of yoga while learning about the signs of spring!
Join Rachel as she and her adorable puppy look for signs of spring in the garden. Crawl like a caterpillar, buzz like a bee, and flutter like a butterfly. Discover spring, explore movement, and learn the colors of the rainbow. The storybook includes a list of kids yoga poses and a parent-teacher guide. Kids Yoga Stories introduce you to engaging characters who will get your child laughing, moving, and creating. Reading is good for the mind AND body! The story links several yoga poses in a specific sequence to create a coherent and meaningful story. This spring yoga story for ages 3 to 6 is more than a storybook, but it’s also a unique experience for children. Rachel's Day in the Garden is the first book in a seasonal yoga book series. The summer yoga book is also now available: Ella's Summer Fun. The fall and winter ones are in production, coming soon!

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Sneak Peek

Rachel's Day in the Garden Inside Page

About the Author: Giselle Shardlow

Giselle ShardlowGiselle Shardlow is the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga stories for kids get children learning, moving, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write the stories. She can be found at the Kids Yoga Stories website or on her Amazon author page.

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Therapy Dogs #CoronaPublicLibrary

Bella and Bentley
On Monday, Paws of Love Therapy Dogs come to Corona Library to read with kids up to grade 6. I have seen them advertised before but this was the first time I was able to visit with them. All the dogs were so cool. They were super friendly and really calm. It was hard to pick a favorite. Little Bella was adorable with her mini high 5's and Gracie (not pictured) stole the show by picking up and putting away her books when they were done reading. Bentley was super lovable, Paws was just so chill, and Lucy and Mystic were so friendly. Their people were super nice too.

The dogs will be back, in the High Desert Room, on June 22 at 3:30pm. I hope I can get in to see them again.




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Take a look Back Tuesday

Online is so cool, stuff is there forever! My first interview was Annie Banannie and the first time I sent an email, like a real reporter, to ask for an interview was the band DSB. It turns out my first interview happened years before all that in 2011. I interviewed an interested crowd of teddy bears for a newsbreaking story about a new brand of Green Giant Vegetables. I was even cool enough to use a stage name. Check out this rare video of my first interview and newscast.

Summer is coming and I have a list of people I would love to talk with. I can't wait to get started. 

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Interview Wishlist - Any Volunteers?

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I decided to make a list of the people I would love to talk to. I think it will just keep growing because there are so many interesting people in the world. Seriously, why do you do what you do? Who or what inspires you most? What advice do you have for kids who would like to do what you do? What is the ONE thing that you really want everyone to know about you? I want to know! Can I ask you about it?

This is the top of the list today. Who is going o volunteer to let me ask them some question? #TOTLT

My Cousin Val (she isn't famous but she is a special ed teacher, so she is special)
Mary Vasquez (her family does a lot around my city) @wearemiguelsjr

Dr. Temple Grandin

POTUS  @BarackObama 
Any Former or Future President (In fact just invite me to the White House whenever)
Bill Clinton @billclinton
George W Bush
George HW Bush @GeorgeHWBush
Jimmy Carter @CarterLibrary

Stephen Hawking

Dwayne Johnson @TheRock

Swampy Marsh @mmonogram    ( #PhineasandFerb Nuff Said but...)
Dan Povenmire @DanPovenmire (I was part of a focus group on Mikey Murphy's Law and it is so going to rock!)

Dick Van Dyke @iammrvandy

Stan Lee  @TheRealStanLee

Robert Downey Junior @RobertDowneyJr

Richard Dean Anderson (this is special for Mom and Miss Tommi) @andersonrdean

David Pogue @Pogue

Morgan Freeman (cause he's God and the President)

Neil Degrasse Tyson  @neiltyson

Michelle Thaller @mlthaller
Adam Steltzner @steltzner

Brian Cox @ProfBrianCox

Dr. Michio Kaku @michiokaku

J.K. Rowling @jk_rowling

Anthony Stewart Head @AnthonySHead 

Nathan Fillion @NathanFillion

Alan Tudyk @alan_tudyk

Nicholas Cage

Tom Hiddleston @twhiddleston

Samuel L Jackson @SamuelLJackson

Joss Whedon 

Guy Fieri @GuyFieri

Mary Pope Osborn @MaryPopeOsborne

Eoin Colfin @eoincolfer

Rick Riordan @camphalfblood

The Mythbusters @MythBusters  
Adam Savage @donttrythis  
Kari Byron @KariByron
Tori Belleci @ToryBelleci 
Jamie Hyneman @JamieNoTweet
Grant Imahara @grantimahara

Mike Rowe @mikeroweworks

Rush  @rushtheband
Geddy Lee (Please Please)
Neil Peart
Alex Lifeson

The Doctors Who- @bbcdoctorwho
Peter Capaldi
Matt Smith
David Tennant
Christopher Eccelston
Paul McGann  @pauljmcgann ?
Sylvester McCoy
Colin Baker @SawbonesHex
Peter Davison
Tom Baker

Mark Gatiss @Markgatiss

Mark Sheppard @Mark_Sheppard 
John Barrowman @Team_Barrowman 
Karen Gillan @karengillan
Alex Kingston 

I didn't leave out John Hurt. He is just so much more than The Doctor

John Hurt @WithJohnHurt

Stephen Fry @stephenfry

Ian McKellen @IanMcKellen

Patrick Stewart (just for his twit handle alone!) @SirPatStew

Other Captains of Trek
William Shatner @WilliamShatner
Kate Mulgrew @TheKateMulgrew

Wil Wheaton (Chaos!) @wilw

Brent Spiner @BrentSpiner

Jonathon Frakes @jonathansfrakes 

LeVar Burton @levarburton

Benedict Cumberbatch 

Timothy Hutton @timhutton 

Christian Kane @ChristianKane01 

Aldis Hodge @AldisHodge
Buzz Aldrin @TheRealBuzz 

Bill Nye @BillNye 

Martin Freeman

Dean Devlin @Dean_Devlin

Tim Allen @ofctimallen 

Tom Hanks @tomhanks

Roland Emmerich  @rolandemmerich
Sean Hayes @theseanhayes 

Hart Hanson @HartHanson

Robert Duvall @RobertDuvall 

Adrian Paul @adrianpaul1 

Any and all elected officials representing me (a list in progress)
Ken Calvert (my granny is disappointed that you said you would but didn't answer back) @KenCalvert

Dianne Feinstein @SenFeinstein

Barbara Boxer @SenatorBoxer

Jerry Browne @JerryBrownGov

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Monday, May 4, 2015

May The Fourth Be With You

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The main branch of the Riverside library had a May the Fourth celebration. Lots of little kids and a ton of fun. It took up the entire second floor. Mom and Dad enjoyed the vintage toys on display. It has been a long time since I have visited this library and I really liked how things have been rearranged since I was there last. I am so glad for this holiday. My family is celebrating May the Fourth thru Revenge of the Sixth with a viewing of episodes 4, 5 and 6. <<< That is the best!!

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