Archives for July 31, 2020

Books of the month!

Here are the top book selections for the month!

This one is a must-read for teens and parents too!  Making Sense of “It”: A Guide to Sex for Teens (And Their Parents, Too!) by Alison Macklin, Vice President of Education and Innovation at the Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains. I like that this one can be read separately or together to meet everyone’s different needs. It has a lot of helpful information and I liked the Conversation starters presented in the book.

You can find out more here.

Do you have a teen who is going off to college soon or maybe this is their last year or two of high school. This book is a must! The College Bound Organizer helps students to be prepared!

The College Bound Organizer is your step-by-step comprehensive guide to organizing every part of the college application process from college search through college admission.

Applying to college is intimidating and overwhelming for both teenagers and parents. This book will really help! You can find this book on Amazon!

Looking for a book to that may help younger children limit screen time? This activity book is great for travel and it’s just fun for summer days when the kids are getting bored. With the pandemic, we are all staying in more than usual and this is just perfect! It is packed with plenty of fun activities. It can also be found on Amazon.com.

Teenagers and adults will love Creative Lettering and Beyond: Timeless Calligraphy. This book will make it easy to create invitations, cards and artwork. It may also provide fun away from the screens this summer. It can also be found on Amazon.com.

Looking to alleviate stress and be creative at the same time? This one is a must-buy! Meditative Stone Art (Rock Point / April 14, 2020 / US 23.99).

Chock-full of beautiful photography and easy-to-follow instructions to get your designs just right, along with drawing tutorials and information about gathering the perfect stones, tools and supplies, and art techniques, Meditative Stone Art will have you feeling inspired, focused, and relaxed in no time.

Maria Mercedes Trujillo Arango is the author of Rock Point’s Meditative Mandala Stones kit and is a self-taught illustrator-crafter from Bogota, Colombia, who now calls New Zealand home. She likes to draw, paint, and embroider. In 2001, she became interested in mandalas and started drawing them and learning more about their history, psychology, and symbolism. Since 2011, she has combined her love of mandalas with painting beautiful stones she has collected. This one can also be found on Amazon.com.

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books but only feature books that I highly recommend. Cover images were also provided. No other compensation was provided.

These Children’s Activity Books are the books for the week!

Peel + Discover: Oceans, Peel + Discover: Space, and Peel + Discover: Cars! Trains! Trucks! And More (June 23,2020; Ages 6+; $9.95)

The sticker book series that provides young learners with a world of intriguing information to discover using—you guessed it!—stickers! Each sticker page features hidden facts underneath stickers. Once a sticker is peeled off, a relevant, fascinating fact is revealed. Activity pages with corresponding prompts are featured next to the to the sticker pages for readers to use as sticker landscapes, adding hours of fun to the whole experience. Kids will turn into trivia buffs right before your eyes. These will be a hit with your children and I recommend for ages 6-9.

My favorites are the Space and the Cars! Trucks! Trains! These next ones are sure to be hit this summer with the kids! Welcome to ORIGAMI CITY (June 23, 2020; Ages 6+; $24.95)a vibrant paper metropolis boasting bright yellow school buses, a bustling airport, adorable dogs chasing squirrels, and more. A revolutionary, modern twist on the ancient art of origami, ORIGAMI CITY is brimming with beautifully illustrated folding papers, step-by-step instructions, and a foldout paper play mat on which to build the perfect paper neighborhood. From the brilliantly creative mind of Taro Yaguchi, origami master, patent lawyer, and founder of Taro’s Origami Studio in Brooklyn, NY. Yaguchi has established himself as a creative leader in the world of origami and has garnered attention from major brands like Uniqlo, Lexus, Twitter, NBC, and production studios such as Nickelodeon, Laika Studios, and Focus Features.

And, looking for something for the little older kids this Summer? This next one is great for ages 7-10. It is sure to keep them busy and having fun! Mega-Maze Adventure! A Journey Through the World’s Longest Maze in a Book (July 7, 2020; Ages 7+; $14.95) is an interconnected maze spreading across 14 swirling, hypnotic, and richly illustrated pages. Starting with the cover of the book, weave your way through the zig-zagging maze until you reach a portal, a physical hole in the cover that takes you inside the book. Though the maze continues through each portal, every turn of the page reveals a new thematic realm: Skyscraper World, Butterfly World, Rollercoaster World, Snow World, Underwater World, Dragon World. Fourteen-pages and portals later, find yourself in End of the World having completed the entire 604-foot long maze!

You can find these at at workman.com

Self Disclosure: I received free copies of the above books to facilitate this book feature. Cover images were also provided.

Traffic Laws Across the Nation: See How Each State Does Something Slightly Differently

Driving is one of those things in life where you just know how to do it once, and then you’ve pretty much got it for life. Whatever state you learn to drive in, you’ll learn the laws of the road and you’ll probably stick with those laws for the rest of your life. However, did you know that many states actually have different traffic laws from one another?

Yeah, it can get pretty confusing at the best of times. While many basic rules are the same, such as which side of the road you’re driving on and making sure you obey the speed limit, there are plenty of different laws out there, some of which are very weird and very wonderful.

With this in mind, we’re going to take a look into some of the weirder and most unique traffic laws in some of the states; perfect for either educating yourself for your next trip there or just has a piece of random knowledge!

Alabama

While this is probably quite self-explanatory, Alabama road traffic laws specifically state that you cannot drive a vehicle while blindfolded. I would say that the origin of this law may be quite an interesting one to find out.

Arkansas

Make sure you’re not honking your car horn at anywhere, any place, or any building that serves cold drinks, beverages, and sandwiches after 9 pm, or you’re officially breaking the law.

Connecticut

I’m not from Connecticut, but I can’t imagine this one being the case in the modern-day, but officially in New Britain, it’s illegal for fire trucks to drive over 25 mph, even while on their way to deal with a fire. Strange to see how that law came about.

Georgia

If you’ve got something stuck in your mouth, you better not be spitting out the window of your car, or a public transport vehicle, such as a bus, because you’re technically breaking the state traffic laws and may end up in trouble! If you’re spitting from a truck, however, you should be fine. If not, you may need to get yourself successful car accident lawyers to help get you off!

Hawaii

While this traffic law is a little more understandable in some circumstances, the island of Hawaii traffic laws state that it’s against the law for any vehicle to be moving while using their hazard lights. Make sure you don’t flash them if you see someone you know out of habit!

Louisiana

Now, while I’m sure this law isn’t enforced anymore, the actual traffic laws in this state claim that a woman’s husband must, by law, wave a flag in front of her car before she’s allowed to legally drive it. Imagine standing in a court of law and giving testament to this one.

Maine

You can’t buy a car on a Sunday. Sorry, it’s simply against the law.

Summary

And there we have it; just a handful of some of the perhaps strangest traffic laws in the States. While many of them are perhaps not enforced anymore, it’s always a good idea to keep an eye open for crazy laws you may not know about, so you don’t get into trouble!