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Maverick and Me: Book Review

 I adopted my first dog from the SCPA in Charleston, S.C. 12 years ago, a red tick coonhound named Sadie. Over the years, she has been the best friend I could have ever imagined. She was there as I prepared for my wedding day, wagged her tail eagerly when we brought home our babies from the hospital, and has been by my side through tears and laughter. Yes, she is guilty of eating my daughter’s entire birthday cake, specially designed from Ivey Cake, ran away once and created enough messes for a lifetime! She is as stubborn as the day is long, bosses us all around but her unconditional love is priceless.

October is National Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month. Author and ASPCA Ambassador Katherine Schwarzenegger’s book, Maverick and Me is the sweetest children’s story of animal rescue. The story joins abandoned puppy Maverick on his journey to find his forever home. Not only did my children love this book but it reminded me of the special times that we have gone to the shelter to pick out our furry, family members. Maverick and Me almost convinced me to go adopt another pet. However, we currently have two rescued dogs and a crazy cat so our animal house is full!

Schwarzenegger has a real life dog, Maverick and she blogs about their adventures, shares messages of hope, and the joys of finding forever friends through pet rescue.

If your child has a tender heart for animals, they will definitely enjoy this book!

The fine folks at Worthy Kids/Ideals sent me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 

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Blue Balloon: A Songwriting School

Blue Balloon Songwriting School for Small People based in NYC just launched their program here in Music City! My daughter is always making up songs and “performing” so we knew Blue Balloon would be the perfect place to start with music and songwriting lessons. Founded by Rachel Lipson, a songwriter, performer, artist and former classroom… Continue Reading

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Why we love Mac & Mia

You’ve probably seen our posts on Instagram, but we wanted to give you more info on our newest obsession in this house: Mac & Mia! Mac & Mia is a box curated by a personal stylist for children. You log on, take a short survey about your kid’s (and your) style preferences, where you like… Continue Reading

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Sarah’s 5 – Easy Ways to Go Greener at Home

Earth day is this weekend – April 22 – and I’m always looking for new ways to go greener at home. There are tons of small (and big) things we can do in our homes to play a part in reducing landfill waste, preserving the natural landscape, and cleaning the air. Plus, we double our… Continue Reading

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Easter Celebrations with Babbleboxx

This post is sponsored by Babbleboxx.com on behalf of Single Edition Media. All opinions are my own. I cannot believe that Easter is this weekend! If you celebrate Easter, what are your Easter traditions? When I was growing up, the Easter bunny would hide our baskets around the house for us to find in the… Continue Reading

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When Kids Should Start Formal Piano Lessons

When is my child ready to start piano lessons? How old should my child be before starting formal music instruction? I began teaching piano lessons to children during my senior year of college.  Since then, I have taught hundreds of lessons over the years to children ages 4 to 65. It’s never too late to… Continue Reading

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Celebrating Black History Month With Your Kids

February is Black History Month and as a mom of three little ones in a blended family who are growing up in a country – and a world – full of diversity, I believe it is imperative to educate them on their background, where they come from and also about the history of this country’s… Continue Reading

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Simple Valentine's Craft

Valentine’s Day is my FAVORITE holiday! I always go a bit overboard and tend to get cards and little trinkets for just about everyone I know. I can’t help myself, I just love spreading the love on a day that’s meant to focus on nothing but love for one another! Of course, being a Mom,… Continue Reading

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