Monday, October 27, 2014

Zombie Walk 6 Phoenix { Arizona Events }

Ever heard of a Zombie Walk? ever participated in one?

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This past weekend my son and I did the Zombie Walk in downtown Phoenix. He loved it! It was fun and quite a people watching experience. Over 10,000 zombies walking along a two mile path in downtown Phoenix.

After reading Stink and the Midnight Zombie Walk two years ago we've been wanting to attend a Zombie Walk. I was excited to learn Phoenix had their very own Zombie Walk but we had already missed it. The following year we weren't able to make it. I forgot about it this year but we happened to be downtown on the day of the event so we thought why not, lets do this! We weren't dressed for the occasion but there were makeup and hair booths providing zombie transformations. The event also had food booths, kids area and live music.

Check out photos of the event here
Friday, October 24, 2014

Enter to Win the Ada Storage Tower from Joss & Main {give away}

I love organizing products especially a very useful piece of organizing furniture. Joss & Main is giving away the Ada Storage Tower. Love the mix of drawers and baskets - I could see this near my garage entryway or my downstairs bathroom. Hurry over for your chance to win - contest ends November 1st.

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

What We're Reading At Our House - Best Beginner Chapter Books for Elementary Aged Boys


Reading finally clicked for my son. Its was a struggle for a long time. His reading skills were fine, he just didn't have the interest or confidence. Now I find him sneaking a book under the covers, he loves going to the library and he reads books in the car instead of playing video games on his iPod. Happy Mom!

Since my son was an infant, we have read to him every night. We started reading chapter books to him when he was in 1st grade. We transitioned to where we would read a few pages and then he would read a few pages. Any even though he could read fine he just didn't have the interest, and definitely no interest to just pick up a book and read it on his own. His school required 20 minutes of reading every day with a reading log and he would do the 20 minutes, but never anything beyond that.

Choosing books that really peaked his interested helped us to reach each milestone. The first time we read Judy Moody and Stink: The Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad Treasure Hunt he loved it so much that we read it 4 more times in a row as part of our nighttime reading. Last year (2nd grade) we were reading Ballpark Mysteries: The L.A. Dodger , I finished my reading for the evening but he really wanted to know "who did it" so he grabbed the book and read to the end.

Chapter books for boys
  1. Stink Moody Series  by Megan McDonald
  2. The Magic School Bus Chapter Books by Eva Moore
  3. Magic Tree House Series by Mary Pope Osborne
  4. Ballpark Mysteries Series by David A. Kelly and Mark Meyers
  5. Flat Stanley by Jeff Brown
  6. Hank Zipzer series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
  7. Ghost Buddy series by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
  8. The BFG and other books  by Roald Dahl
  9. Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle series by Beth MacDonald

Every kid reads at a different level. These are great first chapter books. My son is ready for a higher level right now but he really enjoys the accomplishment of being able to finish an entire chapter book in a day or two. Series like Flat Stanley and Magic School Bus are definitely more of a beginner chapter book.

And these books would all be great for girls too! 

Any books I should add to the list?