Book Reviews

Road Food, 10th Edition

Who else is a foodie? I most definitely am. Food makes me happy.

As a child I remember driving to Iowa (from Arizona) and the dreaded 24 hour drive seemed to last forever. My dad was always in a hurry to get there and so the most decision we had when choosing what to eat was which drive through was open at that time. We ended up at McDonalds for what seemed like every meal.

As payback I will be gifting ‘Road Food, 10th Edition’ my father, who needs to read and see how many hidden gems we missed while eating those greasy Chicken McNuggets in the car.

I recently received the book ‘Road Food, 10th Edition.’ This book covers 500 of the country’s best local eateries from Maine all the way to the West coast. This 10th Edition covers more than 250 new listings and updates from the previous edition. The book provides descriptions, directions, and even maps to the best local eateries nationwide; from ice cream parlors, to steak houses, to everything in between… this book is a must have for those foodie travelers out there. My family plans to keep this book in our car when taking family road trips.. because who wants McDonalds? … (ok maybe Charlie)

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I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Book Reviews, Family fun, Toddlers

Father’s Day with Macmillan 


Saturday with Daddy by Dan Andreasen: Charlie’s favorite part of this book is the simple fact that it is written about a young elephant and his elephant daddy. Mommy’s favorite part? Listening to Charlie say elephant! Find it here:

Daddy Depot by Chana Stiefel: Charlie absolutely loved the pictures in this book! This book is not just perfect for father’s day, but perfect for everyday! This book illustrates the year round dedication father’s provide. I absolutely loved the silly idea of “shopping” for a new dad. (Oh and to Ray (my dad), I promise I would pick you over and over again.) Find it here:

Daddies are Awesome by Meredith Costain: This book has such a sweet storyline and super cute illustrations that celebrate all kinds of daddies. Charlie absolutely loved all the pictures of the daddy dogs and their puppies. Mommy loves that it’s a board book and Charlie can’t rip the pages out! J Find it here:

My Daddy Rules the World by Hope Anita Smith: This book has powerful poems that complement and explore the special relationship between daddy and baby. Find it here:

Book Reviews

Book Review Portrait Revolution

Portrait Revolution by Julia L Kay

Excellent book that draws you into its subject, and engages you. It is fascinating to see how different artists approach the same subject.  It is filled with a numerous pages that shoe various techniques, styles, and graphic ideas of portraits. Diversity is a good work to sum up this book. This book does an excellent job of demonstrating diversity of the artist’s, mediums, and technique. This book displays art work from 55 countries. All portraits and all from members of the JKPP (Julia Kay Portrait Party) founded in 2010.

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Book Reviews

Book Review

Women Who Move Mountains by Sue Detweiler

“God is our provider. He provides one day at a time. We trust Him day by day.” I loved how the book invited readers to pray without shame and encouraged that all human beings fall short of God’s original plan for a perfect, sinless world. I loved how the book included sections that would provide additional reading material with verses from the Bible. Another quote from the book that I found amazing was “God is writing your story. He is a redeemer. He will take the pain, sorrow, and loss and use it to make you more like Him. He uses suffering to teach us more about His ways, which are so much higher than our ways.” What a fascinating and powerful thing. I absolutely love this so much. I love this way of thinking, I love this outlook on life, I love the positivity… to look at everything, even in times where you feel like you are drowning, to remember that God is there and you are not alone.

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Book Reviews


Happy 50th Anniversay to Brown Bear Brown Bear, What Do You See? 50 years ago, Eric Carle and Bill Martin Jr. teamed together to publish one of the most classic children’s books. I was so thrilled to buy this book for Charlie as it brought me back to my younger years, laying with my sisters on our bunk bed and fighting over who could flip the page next. 

In celebration of this milestone, Macmillan publishers and hellobabybums has teamed together to give one lucky winner a signed (YES signed by eric carle himself🙊) 50th anniversry edition book! Entering is easy, follow us on Instagram @babybums, subscribe to our blog, and comment on this post!

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Macmillan publishers is a global trade book publishing company with a broad range of award winning books for both children and adults. We recently were able to review a few of their publications and I am very impressed. Not only are the beautifully illustrated and written but I actually learned something! Here are a few of the books I had the pleasure of reviewing: 

Grand Canyon by Jason Chin: I am an Arizona native and have visited the Grand Canyon only once ( I know I know… who am I?) The Grand Canyon by Jason Chin is an elaborate story of the life of the Grand Canyon and is one of the best guides on the market. This book offers a beautifully laid out exploration of a father and daughter on a hike through the Grand Canyon.


Science Comics: Bats by Falynn Koch: There is no better way to learn a topic than to read a graphic comic book style novel about it. The book is goofy and dry and made me laugh on multiple occasions. Charlie loved the pictures of the bats.


Pedal Power by Allan Drummond: A book about sustainability and biking around the world. Fun, kid friendly, and absolutely beautifully illustrated.


Counting Sheep: Calpurnia Tate, Girl Vet by Jacqueline Kelly: This book takes place in the early 1900’s in Texas. It is full of historical and scientific information and humorously describes a relationship between Callie and Travis. Its heartwarming. I loved the pictures throughout the novel!


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Mascot Books

Charlie recently received the book “Your First Golf Lesson.” He loved the illustrations and kept saying “Mom what’s that?” and “Mom there’s a ball!” I would definitely recommend this board book. 

The cool thing about Mascot books is they are a publishing company. Have you ever aspired to write your own book? You can submit your book idea here:


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