Weelicious Lunches: Think Outside the Lunchbox with More than 160 Happier Meals – Catherine McCord

Well, I really liked the first Weelicious cookbook so I had to check out the second one, and I think I may even like it better than the first!  It is easy to get in a lunch making rut when it comes to packing lunches for little ones.  This cookbook provides a ton of fun, healthy, innovative ideas.  The chocolate chip granola bars are a new pantry staple for us.  They are delicious. easy and nut-free.


With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I wanted to share a sweet book about love.  Forever features a polar bear family and depicts the forever love that exists between parents and a child.  The story is precious, and the illustrations in this book are lovely and enhance the text.  This little gem would make a great Valentine’s Day surprise!


The Secrets of Happy Families – Bruce Feiler

The Secrets of a Happy Family was a disappointment.  Much of the material was recycled from other parenting books (i.e. – importance of family dinners).  That which was not recycled came from an “expert” panel that the author assembled of creative solution seekers that included problem solvers from Silicon Valley as well as military elites (Green Berets).  Although some of the team building exercises and problem solving strategies can easily transfer over to a family organization, others do not.  Mr. Feiler’s attempt at sharing the smartest solutions for families did not include any awareness or application of child development.  As a result, I found this book lacking.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Litfuse Publicity Group, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.


Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes – Catherine McCord

Although I enjoy cooking, I don’t traditionally review recipe books, but I am making an exception for Weelicious: 140 Fast, Fresh, and Easy Recipes.  I love this cookbook!  The recipes are easy and the results have been yummy for our entire family.  Turkey Pesto Meatballs were a big hit as were the Peanut Butter and Jelly Breakfast Cupcakes.  Highly accessible recipes that deliver delicious healthy food options make this recipe book a winner!

The Jesus Bible

Our daughter was eager to have a Bible of her own rather than using one of her Bible Story books.  The Jesus Bible was a great find.  The introduction of each book includes where Jesus can be found within the book, who wrote it, why the book was written, as well as other details that help with application.  Throughout the text there are also over three hundred devotionals.  The Jesus Bible is a geared toward children 9-12 although younger children will enjoy it as well.  Our almost seven year old delights in reading and exploring her new Bible.

While this complimentary book was provided for review by Thomas Nelson Publishing, no other compensation was given.  All remarks are my personal and honest opinions.