Creative Winter Break Videos

Hard to get your kids to stop playing video games all the time?

Encourage them to make videos ABOUT their video games. You might be surprised at the results! I know I was!


How to Be A Water Fight Professional


I’ve been meaning to post this all summer. We still have a few days before fall!

Two things: Our favorite middle-grade series: Fun4Hire. It’s hilarious (and meaningful) for the whole family (and the first book, Water Fight Professional is free for kindle, Nook, and iBooks! No affiliate link.) The second book is about the Snowball Fight Professional, so get reading before winter hits.

Second: How to make your own super soaker.


We found the DIY project in Popular Science back in 2013. The link takes you to the directions where they claim you can make tons of water blasters for $15, made out of PVC pipe.

I liked the sound of that, but I will say our out of pocket was over $20.  Tip: The 0-ring in the article is hard to find. I’d print out the article and take it with you to your hardware store and let them find the closest thing to make it work.

Still worth the extra, though, as these babies have lasted several years. We made five of them, all with different holes drilled in the end so they all squirt different.



We called them Wazookas. I filled a bucket of water with the hose and let them water my garden, seeing who could water it from the farthest distance.


Notice how all the pictures seem to be taken from far away?



Yeah. This mom had to stay close to the backdoor to make a quick getaway from my family of water fight professionals.

Enjoy the last days of summer!




Christmas In July Giveaway!

It’s been a great year, and I want to thank my readers!
Because I’m starting on a sequel for The Secret Life of Book Club that revolves around Christmas, I’m giving away my favorite Christmas romance plus an entire kit for August Beach Reads.
What will that kit include?

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Beach Reads (Of course!)

The Secret Life of Book Club ($12.99- Paperback)

The Santa Society ($13.99-Paperback) A perfect read for Christmas in July by one of my favorite authors, Kristine McCord.

Easy Prey ($5.99-Paperback) by Lisa Phillips, releases September 1st. Romantic suspense plus a tiger. So cool.

UPCase Waterguard for Kindle ($12.99) So you can read your Kindle at the beach or pool without worry!

Fav Power Portable Charger ($8.99)  A low battery won’t stop you from reading!

Melissa & Doug Sand Art Kit ($6.99) If you don’t have a beach, let the kids keep busy with sand so you can read. Or if you like to craft, enjoy it yourself!

Waterproof Playing Cards ($7.57) Even if you don’t play games at the beach or pool, who wouldn’t want waterproof cards?

Bonus reads: Calculated Risk ($5.99-Paperback)
Surviving the Storm ($5.99 Paperback): Releases August 1st. Set on the gorgeous Oregon coast.

And thanks to one of my publishers, Blue Azalea Press, for the custom Tote Bag to carry it all!

How to Enter: Enter a comment at the bottom of this post, then log in to Rafflecopter in the box below and check you did. That’s it!


While not required, I’d love if you shared.
Merry Christmas (in July) and happy reading!
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Guest Post: My Dog

Sugar the dog enjoys being regularly featured for entertainment, but today she has something serious to share: How to Live With Musicians (and Still Love Them).