"My family tried out different Italian appetizers and these four were delicious! The recipes were too good not to share, so today I've compiled a short list of Italian appetizers that you've got to try. You can use just one as an appetizer or side dish or do what I did and make a full meal out of several of them."

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The Best Board Games You've Never Heard Of

"If you're anything like our family, you've been playing a lot more games lately! We've got a full closet of different games: two-player games, card games, board games, guessing games, and a few that are absolutely zany."

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5 Best Christian Family Movies on Netflix

"Chances are, you're spending quite a bit of time on Netflix these days! It can be hard to find family movies that everyone can watch. I'm helping you out by listing my top 5 Christian flicks for families on Netflix. Whether or not you are a Christian, these movies are clean and family appropriate."


Tropical Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

"Today I'm going to be sharing a super easy smoothie bowl recipe with you! Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we're not able to go on spring break right now, which means no beaches. I can't bring you waves and sand, but this smoothie tastes like sunshine in a glass!"

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Author Spotlight: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

"Our February spotlighted author has been on the New York Times Bestseller List for her award-winning duology, lives on a 52-acre farm, has published 17 and counting books, and owns way too many cats! It's Kimberly Brubaker Bradley!"

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New Middle-Grade Books You HAVE to Read

"These new releases from late 2019 and 2020 are full of heart and humor, tackling tough topics with grace and spunk. I love these children's books because anyone can read them..."

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10 Amazing Books I Read in 2019

"While I didn’t have enough time to write full-length book reviews for each one, I wrote a snappy paragraph or two. In a reading slump? Here are ten great books I read this fall to give you inspiration for months."

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Living Like Nehemiah: Week 3

"What you are hungering for, God will fulfill! In this week's installment, we'll cover what being God-fearing and a follower of integrity means. We'll also read some awesome passages and learn the secret to contentment!"

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Old and Overused Girl Names with a Modern Twist

"As an author, it’s extra fun because I get to try out names on characters! The original names on this list are older names slowly falling off the Top 100 list’s favor. That, or they are becoming very popular and some parents are trying to find a more unique version. I’m not saying that the original names are bad…It’s just fun to put a modern and unusual spin on them!"

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Living Like Nehemiah: Week 1

"Nehemiah is an amazing Bible character! He's someone you can center your life around. Want to learn the secret to powerful prayer, humility, and following God's plan? Read on!"

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Every Writer's Biggest Problem with David Ward

Every aspiring or published author has experienced a few despicable writing problems! Today, David B. Ward helps us tackle our biggest writing monsters.

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Author Spotlight: Chris Grabenstein

"Our June spotlighted author is the mastermind behind the Lemoncello series, co-author of I Funny, and more, as well as someone who has worked with Robin Williamson and has a cat named Phoebe Squeak. Who is this fabulously creative person whose apartment was featured in the New York Times, you ask?"

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Our 2019 June Read

"The sun-soaked, ice-cream-stained, popsicle-dripped June book club novel is . . . "


Finale: Book Review

"In the long-anticipated last book in the popular Caraval series, the deck of Fates has been released and the game has gotten a whole lot harder. Tella knows that the boy she fell in love with, Dante, doesn't actually exist; he was just a role Legend, the gamemaster, played. So why is falling out of love so much harder?"

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Carrie Berk: Author Spotlight

"Not many people can say they've co-authored a series that has sold more than 400,000 copies worldwide. Even less can say that they've published 21 books before turning 21, starred in an off-Broadway show, and started an incredibly popular 'style empowerment' website. But our May spotlighted author can!"

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Front Desk: Book Review

"Despite what she's telling her classmates, Mia Tang doesn't actually live in a big house with a dog. Her and her parent run a motel, and every day Mia takes charge of the front desk while her mom and dad clean. Keys that don't work and cranky customers? No problem!"

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Counting Down My Top 10 Female Characters

"Great books are the ones that you come back to again and again because the people in them have inspired you to be a better version of yourself . . . "


Nevermoor: Book Review

"Morrigan Crow is cursed, so she's used to dirty looks, taking the blame, and her family pretending she doesn't exist. She's long accepted the fact that, like every cursed child, she'll die on Eventide, her twelfth birthday. But Morrigan's grim, solitary world flips on its side when an eccentric man shows up on her doorstep the day she's supposed to die."

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Our April 2019 Read

"Love letters. Bomber jackets. Korean yogurt smoothies.

No, I'm not talking about your personal heaven. It's our April 2019 read . . . "

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Peach Sweet Tea Cupcakes with Whipped Coconut Frosting

"With delectable peachy notes and a melt-in-your-mouth coconut topping, these delicious cupcakes make spring seem right around the corner!"


10 Books for Every Spring Break

"Whether you're in the Caribbean, the Himalayas, or your bed this spring break, you're going to need books. I mean, that's just common sense. For those with sandy toes or TV re-runs, here's a list of ten books that will make the perfect addition to every type of vacation."


Perfected: Book Review

"Perfect (see what I did there?) for fans of The Jewel and The Selection, Perfected is the thrilling first book about a girl named Ella, who lives in a futuristic world where it's legal to own "pets," who are beautiful girls with impeccable manners."

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Our 2019 March Read

'I always deserve the best treatment, because I never put up with any other.'


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Eight Cousins: Book Review

"This charming book by Louisa May Alcott is as endearing as always - almost like coming home to a crackly fire and gooey chocolate chip cookies. Alcott will always be one of my favorite authors and I think she does a beautiful job in this book."

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10 Books That Are Perfect for Valentine's Day

"Love is in the air! Children are writing names on the backs of cardboard valentines, classrooms are decked out with paper hearts and crepe paper, the store is selling red hearts full of chocolate a dime a dozen . . . To all I say: bring me books!"

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2 Ingredient Pineapple Coconut Smoothie

"This tropical smoothie is the easiest thing to make! With pineapple and coconut milk as its only ingredients, you can whip this up on even the busiest of mornings."

My Plain Jane: Book Review

"I honestly cannot recommend Jane Eyre highly enough, so I agreed to pick up this retelling if my friend promised to read the classic..."

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I Tidied Like Marie Kondo and Here's What Happened

"This is Marie Kondo. Kondo has written two books, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and Spark Joy, in which she describes her unique Konmari cleaning method..."

Beastly: Book Review

"Beastly is an intriguing modern take on Beauty and the Beast for young readers. Kyle is a teenager in NYC who has everything..."

Our 2019 January Read

"Reading good books ruins you from enjoying bad books. ~Juliet Ashton, The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society"

The Summer I Turned Pretty: Book Review

"The Summer I Turned Pretty is a summery, intoxicating read you won’t be able to put down! The novel follows the adventures of the main character Belly..."

Pretty Little Liars: Book Review

"I wasn’t entirely sure what I was getting into starting this series, but man, I’m glad I picked it up! This suspenseful novel entrances you from the start..."

10 DIYs That Make Perfect Christmas Gifts

"These DIYs are perfect presents for anyone in your life! All of the supplies you need for these are cheap, and I guarantee that your family members will love these thoughtful gifts!"

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Where Young Authors Can Get Published

"Are you a tween or teen looking to get published? This is the blog post for you! I've put together a list of contests, magazines, and other publications where you can get published."

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Orange Creamsicle Mug Cake

"Spring is finally here, which means I'm pulling out all the citrus desserts! This orange creamsicle mug cake is everything you spring entails: light and spongey, with a sweet citrus taste and tangy icing..."


How I Make My Smartphone Photos Look Professional

"Today I decided to show you how I edit my Instagram and blog photos! I get questions on what I use to take the shots and how I edit them. I'll go over my completely free editing process, a few tips to getting the perfect shot, and the photos you should take to grow your Instagram."

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Amazing Graphic Novels For Stubborn Readers

"Graphic novels are fun reads and the perfect way to get kids interested in reading! I've seen more and more come out recently, and their limited speech and pictures are a great way to entice unwilling readers. They subtly teach vocabulary and sentence structure in a way that's more enticing than a regular book but will get kids hooked on reading."

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I Did Yoga For a Week and Here's What Happened

"I decided to do an entire week of different yoga routines! Each day, I tried out a routine that was intended to help with something different and the results were awesome. Stick around until the end for my final recap!

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Charming Books About Small Towns

"Small town plots are addictive...any Hallmark fan should know. Bigger isn't always better, especially in fiction! Books set in small towns where everyone knows everyone's business leads to charming scenery, plenty of meddling, and a good dose of humor..."

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5 Underrated Books You HAVE to Read

"If you follow any bookstagram accounts on Instagram, you might see a trend of the same books popping up over and over. But there are a few amazing books that people don't seem to be talking about as much! Here is my list of 5 brilliant, but uncommon, novels you have to read!"

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Christmas Gifts for Your Favorite Bookworm

"In honor of the Christmas season, here is a list of holiday gifts for your bibliophile friend. Whether it's for your co-worker who's told you seven times to read Harry Potter (seriously, do it!) or a treat yo' self, I guarantee you'll find something you love on this list!"

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Prince Charming: Book Review

To say Daisy Winters doesn't fit in with her new royal family is a bit of an understatement. But like it or not, she's going to have to get on the tabloid scene to please her sister's wishes without knocking any royal's hat off! With clever dialogue, a fresh plot, and a sassy heroine, Prince Charming is the perfect winter read!

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A Match Made in Mehendi: Book Review

"A Match Made in Mehendi is a sweet, henna-filled teen novel about high school and matchmaking. Simi has an unfortunate clumsy streak - something her Indian mom likes to point out a little too much. But Simi's unlucky tumble into an expensive vase at a department store catches the eye of a very cute worker."

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Oatmeal and Berries Smoothie

"This smoothie is loaded with fiber and fresh fruit! In the words of my dad, it tastes 'like a whole-grain raspberry crumble.' This smoothie is amazing! Tasty and protein-packed, I guarantee it will become your new breakfast go-to."

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Our 2019 July Read

“The thing is, sometimes people grow from breaking.”

~Julie Buxbaum, What to Say Next


Focused: Book Review

"Perfect for fans of Fish in a Tree and Out of my MindFocused offers a unique perspective on ADHD by showing it through the eyes of a plucky heroine. Readers will love Clea's honest take and her humor and compassion. I guarantee this fresh new novel will become a fan favorite!"