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Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union - President's Day Reading for Middle Schoolers

We all read a lot here at our home.  Most of the books that we read are for middle schoolers.  Yes, even I enjoy these books a lot.  I prefer them over adult books since there is no bad words and no adult content.  These are good clean books that all ages can enjoy not just kids and teens.

I just got done reading a great book that is perfect for your child to read for President's Day: The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie That Saved the Union.  The book was filled with fun spun together with a bit of the history surrounding the Battle of Gettysburg.

If you have a Percy Jackson fan in the house, then the Left Behinds series will also be a hit.  In the second book of this series, we find ourselves once again caught up in a humorous time-travel adventure to Abe Lincoln’s White House and the Battle of Gettysburg in 1863.

Mel, Bev, and Brandon—the Left Behinds—are at it again. When the iTime app on their phones sends them to Washington, D.C., in 1863, they find themselves smack dab in the middle of the Civil War. They sit in on a séance with First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln and are shown every inch of the White House by Tad, the youngest Lincoln. When they drop in on the president himself, Abe Lincoln, he is preoccupied with the fateful battle at Gettysburg, which is just under way.

The kids receive their marching orders—they must somehow travel to Gettysburg from D.C., make sure what’s supposed to happen does happen, save the Union, and be home in time for dinner.

No biggie. After all, it’s only the entire future of the country at stake.

This sequel to The iPhone That Saved George Washington includes an author’s note and information on Civil War reenactments and living history sites around the nation.  There is also extra reading suggestions to keep up with this history theme.  Plenty of books for us homeschoolers and parents who want to supplement the education of their children.

I really loved this book.  It was fun, it was witty, and gave me a little extra knowledge about Gettysburg that I didn't know about before.  Kirkus Reviews raves that “the narrative is pure fun, relying on the delicious notion that history is far from immutable and is in fact full of what-ifs. History made silly for readers who can't get into it straight.”

If you can't find this book at your local library yet, you can get Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union at Amazon.  It's available in hardcover, for Kindle, Audible, and Audio CD.

About the Author
David Potter developed a love for American history as a boy growing up near Morristown, New Jersey, where George Washington spent the winters of 1777 and 1779. He became interested in the Civil War era after attending reenactments, memorials, and celebrations at the Gettysburg National Military Park during the 150th anniversary in 2013. You can visit David online at, on Facebook, and on Twitter at @DPotterBooks.

Disclosure: I received a hardcover copy of The Left Behinds: Abe Lincoln and the Selfie that Saved the Union to facilitate this review.  No compensation was received, and all opinions are my own.

Baby Boo Soft Silicone Bib - Cute & Keeps Baby Clean

Being a mom of six children and now a grandmother, I am a baby lover.  It is so wonderful to see their faces brighten up with a smile, giggle, to just so many fun things as they explore their new world.  When it's feeding time, there is nothing like playfully spooning them their food, and baby having fun fingering what they have in their mouth.  They just gotta know what you're feeding them, and then half of the time, it doesn't stay in the mouth.  Even with a bib, the food ends up staining a shirt, down into the seat of the high chair, and ending up on the floor.  It's like they turn into a cute little messy monster.

The Baby Boo Bib is the cutest bib and most efficient bib I have ever found, and I wish I had a few of these for my little messy 'monsters' when they were young.  Since I have such fond memories of my little messy 'monsters', I got the blue monster bib for my little grandson.  This bib really helps to tame those monster messes as there is a generous sized pocket ready to gobble that spilled food.

The Baby Boo silicone bib is the perfect bib for my little sweet messy grandson.  To help his mother out, that silky silicone will never get stained, plus it's super safe for baby to wear as it's latex free, phthalate free, BPA free, and lead free.  My daughter safely washes this bib on the top rack of her dishwasher once a day for a thorough cleaning and she just wipes it clean after eat meal.  Plus, she really thinks it's just fun for her son to wear while he is eating.

This bib is going to grow with my grandson.  My daughter tells me that it's easy to latch the hook into one of the three holes.  Having this expandability will make this bib last for for my grandson.  He's just in the beginning stages of taking real meals and this bib will last him into the toddler stage.  If the bib needs to come off in a hurry, just a good tug will pull that hook out of that hole - you don't have to untie it.

The Baby Boo Soft Silicone Bib comes in five different creature styles - red monkey, pink pig, orange tiger, gray elephant, and blue monster.  That blue monster bib really makes my grandson look adorable!

Get the Baby Boo Soft Silicone Bib right at Amazon for an incredible low price!  Be sure to follow Baby Boo on Facebook.

Disclosure: I received the Baby Boo silicone bib at a deeply discounted price in return for an honest review.  All opinions above are my own, and no other compensation was received.

Friday, February 12, 2016

Extreme Power To Get the Job Done - XtremepowerUS 2.4 HP Gasoline Chainsaw

Do you ever find that you need a good chainsaw?  I recently got the XtremepowerUS 2.4 HP Chainsaw to review on at Amazon.  My husband and I are so impressed with this chainsaw, that I thought I would share it with you here as well.

The XtremepowerUS chainsaw packs a lot of power, yet its gasoline powered engine is EPA approved for low emissions.  It runs smooth without much kickback.  It has a long 22" bar length that will cut through some large trees.  My husband is really loving his new "toy" to play around with, and has already zipped down two trees that needed to come out.  Got the job done within a few minutes.

I think the funniest thing about this chainsaw is the name.  It is sold at Amazon as ExtremepowerUS, but it came to us with the brand name of "Stark".  It tends to make me this of some superhero.... I think that the only thing that I am disappointed with is that it is made in China - but then, what isn't these days. Well, to really see this chainsaw in action, just watch my video review.

Looking for a good powerful chainsaw?  Then I highly recommend the XtremepowerUS gasoline chainsaw.

Disclosure: While the only requirement for this review was to publish at Amazon, I was not required to blog about it.  I was not compensated for this post, and all opinions are my own.

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