A Curvy Coldwater Christmas… a book review

How can one resist a story that is free on the Kindle AND has the title Cozy Coldwater Chrismas… so many “C’s”. Now this novella by Jenn Roseton is simple a blip on the radar in her Coldwater Springs series… a BBW romance… I admit it I looked up on Amazon what BBW means… Big Beautiful Woman.

Anyway… curvy Kate gets asked by a friend to be Mrs. Claus to her crush Flynn’s Santa in the local Christmas parade… this quick (and I mean QUICK) read is all about the time up to the parade and a kiss that apparently requires perfecting. 

I honestly thought that Kate was cute… it did feel like the idea of her being CURVY was thrown at you often, but this could be a part of the genre. I have read many mysteries and cozies that are about a girl who is not a rail thin model and found that you really didn’t need to remind the reader all the time. 

The romance is quick, but then again the book is short. While there is not a huge amount of room for development and the dialogue MR and MRS Claus were practicing was … unusual, the book brought a smile to my face and was an enjoyable way to spend a soak in the tub after a long day. 

A contemporary romance for a short read do check out Cozy Coldwater Christmas. Curvy-Coldwater-Xmas-final

Mike’s Mystery… a Boxcar Children Book Review

So I must take full responsibility for the large space in our reviews… Mommy took FOREVER to read the book. But it has been read and now Gavin and I are here to share our thoughts.

Book #5 of Gertrude Chandler Warner’s Boxcar Children series was an enjoyable one. This one, even more than some of the others, felt set in the past to me. It was interesting to see how different the situations were… the security at a mine being 4 men who walk about… the openness of people.

Another story, another adventure. This time with friends that are from books back (Mike and his dog Spotty). This book definitely must be read after the previous as it builds upon the fact that the kids went to visit their great Aunt and inherited a mine. (Mystery Ranch) as well as an adventure with Mike (Surprise Island).

This is another fun mystery with new people to meet and adventure to be had. There is an element of danger of course, though this time it is the friend who was experiencing it. Another good family reading story that is even enjoyable for the adult reading. As always, I loved the illustrations that are simple and a bit dated but so cute.

Mike’s Mystery was a great addition to our two person book club! You can find the book HERE of course. Now enjoy Gavin’s take on the book… but warning – there could be spoilers!


I enjoyed reading it. I think other people would enjoy it too if they read it. My favourite part was when they caught the bad guy and put him in jail. It was my favourite because then they wouldn’t have to worry anymore. I hope they come back to the mine again. I like the two dogs because they race a lot and they are funny. I am going to read the next book! 

There you have it… the series continues to delight! Check back with us soon. We have the next book and this time I am hoping we can discuss setting a bit for you all! 9780807551417

When the Class Needs a Re-do!

I feel like lately this is some VERY good advice when anyone feels overwhelmed or like the day is just not going right. So today I cut and paste and send a HUGE thank you to Brave Writer for her sage advice.

Six ways to start your day over

It doesn’t matter if it is 10:00 in the morning, or 2:00 in the afternoon, or five minutes before bedtime. You can start a day over at any point in the day. When it’s all going wrong—from sibling pokes to spilled orange juice to “Where is the math book?” to the dog peeing on the carpet AGAIN—you don’t have to wave the white flag and collapse into a quivering heap (though you TOTALLY have my permission to do that now and then—it‘s cathartic!).

You can declare that the day is in reboot and begin again. Here are six ways to reset the temperature in the home. Let’s count down to the most effective reboot practice.

6. Change rooms.
Move homeschool to your bedroom and do everything on the big bed. Toss pillows and blankets to everyone and put workbooks on clipboards. Cuddle the baby.

5. Get outside.
Bundle up and go for a walk with everyone. Or send the most rambunctious kiddos outside to find a pine cone or gather a bucket of snow to bring home to boil (for no good reason except to have a task) or to run six laps around the backyard.

4. Brownies.
They fix everything. (Keep a mix on hand for those days and resort to it.)

3. Have a shouting fest.
Everyone gets to scream for 2 whole minutes (set a timer) at the top of his or her lungs while jumping up and down and punching the air. Repeat. Until exhaustion.

2. Play music.
Dance. Sing. Wiggle. Involve stuffed animals. FaceTime mom/dad at work so s/he can see you.

And the number one reboot:

1. Poetry teatime.
Any time of day. Stop the math books, wipe up the orange juice, throw a few mugs on the table, grab the poetry books, and settle down. It changes everything. Promise! Every time. And you will feel like you did school, which counts for something.

I will say if not poetry a good story is an amazing calmer as well… I think I need to keep an eye out for some special mugs to make our teatime a reality! IMAG1255