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Yesterday was election day. Whether you submitted a ballot or not, you still have a chance to vote. How? Every day is voting day. Every day we cast our votes for what we deem important. How we spend our money, where we go, what we watch and who we spend time with are all votes.

How will you vote today?

Don’t worry that it’s difficult. The first time usually is. The good news is the more you do it, the easier it will get. It may not ever be “easy,” but it will be easier than this.

Young kids love animals. They ask for pets and promise they’ll take care of them. But do you know who usually ends up taking care of them? Parents. I can barely take care of a house plant, so books about pets will have to do for now.

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1. Larry Gets Lost in Seattle by John Skewes
Larry Gets Lost in Seattle is an interactive, highly visual children’s story about a young boy (Pete) who goes to Seattle with his family and is temporarily separated from his cute little dog, Larry, while sightseeing. In his search for Pete, Larry encounters many Seattle landmarks and cultural attractions before the two are reunited.

2. Hi! Fly Guy by Tedd Arnold
Boy and fly meet and so begins a beautiful friendship. Er, and so begins a very funny friendship. Using hyperbole, puns, slapstick, and silly drawings, bestselling author/illustrator Tedd Arnold creates an easy reader that is full of fun.

3. A Fish Out of Water by P.D. Eastman
What happens when you feed a fish too much? Read this book and find out!

4. This book just ate my dog! by Richard Byrne
When her dog disappears into the gutter of the book, Bella calls for help. But when the helpers disappear too, Bella realizes it will take more than a tug on the leash to put things right. Cleverly using the physicality of the book, This book just ate my dog! is inventive, ingenious, and just pure kid-friendly fun!

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Being spontaneous does not come naturally to me, especially since I have two young kids. I like having a plan. I like being prepared. I like following a schedule. So, when I said, “Yes!” to a spontaneous trip to the beach, everyone was surprised (especially me).

Live in the moment. Let go. Get dirty. Get knocked over by waves. It’ll be okay. You know how I know? Because that day I laughed harder than I had in months.

Planning and preparation are good, but so is spontaneity.  The reality is that I need a little bit of both in my life. I can’t plan everything and I can’t be prepared for everything. Even if I could, I don’t know if I’d want to because some of the most enjoyable and memorable moments are unplanned.

Be Spontaneous. It's good for the soul.

Adjusting to life as a family of 4 has been difficult because our newest member requires so much time, energy and attention. BabyFish needs love, but so does KidFish and sometimes it feels like there’s not enough to go around. While I can’t spend as much time with KidFish as I did before, I CAN still spend quality time with her by cuddling up on the sofa and reading her a story. These are a few of the books we’re enjoying lately. I hope you enjoy them too!

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1. Mr. Topsy-Turvy by Roger Hargreaves
He’s one wacky guy! He sees things a little differently from everyone else-backwards!

2. Mr. Sneeze by Roger Hargreaves
Poor Mr. Sneeze-he lives in Coldland, where everyone has a cold! He’s tired of sneezing all the time, so he goes on a journey to try to find some relief.

3. Mr. Strong by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Strong may be a bit too strong for his own good. But if you need a helping hand–he’s your man!

4. Mr. Messy by Roger Hargreaves
Mr. Messy is in a pickle when Mr. Neat and Mr. Tidy come to call.

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It can be difficult to find a good children’s book with art that’s equally as good. Sometimes the stories are great, but not the art that goes with it. Sometimes it’s the other way around. This week, KidFish and I went to the library and found a few simple, creative, imaginative stories with amazing art! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

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1. Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
This was my favorite book when I was little. Now, I finally get to share it with my own child.

“One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this joyful story shows just how far your imagination can take you. It’s a must read that sparks creativity and imagination.

2. Art by Patrick McDonnell
A rhyming tribute to a budding young artist named Art…and his art. KidFish enjoyed this book so much that she asked me to read it over….and over….and over.

3. Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
When is a box not a box? When it’s a mountain, rocket ship, sail boat, or anything else you imagine it to be. KidFish loved this story…especially the pages that said “It’s NOT a box!” because those were pages she could “read.”

4. Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
This is a follow up to Antoinette Portis’s book “Not a Box.” A stick is a stick….unless it’s NOT a stick!

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Hi! My name is Loni (a.k.a. MamaFish). I'm a maker, mother and Mrs. and I'm on a mission to cover the world with smiles! This is where I write about fun stuff for kids and the grown-ups who love them. Read more...

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