In the newest release in the series by author Tommy Balaam, Captain Fantastic and his four-legged friend visit a planet made of CHOCOLATE and CONFECTIONS! What kiddo doesn’t dream of living in a world made of candies and treats!? The super duo think they have landed on the best planet in the universe. They explore from Cookie Dough Cove to Mount Honeycomb underneath marshmallow clouds. It seems to be a dream come true!
Julie Samra is the author of an adorable children’s chapter picture book, Kadoo and Ladoo: Mystery of the Missing Necklace. The book’s colorful pages are filled with sweet messages and Indian heritage. The book features two best friends, Kadoo and Ladoo who live in an Indian village and are always searching for excitement. The little detectives discover their aunt’s favorite necklace has gone missing and begin a journey that takes them seeking clues throughout their village.
Change in life can be unavoidable, but change can be difficult for little ones. From moving to a new home, a new school, welcoming a new sibling, children may need extra support coping with some of these big life transitions. Two new #EmpoweringReads can help your kids deal with change and learn to embrace new… Continue reading Empowering Reads for Kids- San Diego Living
Looking for a perfect bookclub pick or beach read? Love feel good, romance novels? Claire Cain has your covered. The military spouse, former university professor turned novelist, has authored and published 12 Romance books since 2018. Her books are filled with life experience and joy.
Recently on Hodge Podge Podcast, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sharifa Johnson, the brilliant mind behind Books N' Bops- an adorable children's literature program that incorporates dancing and books! Sharifa is a joy and masterfully creates a fun, inspirational environment for children to embrace the importance of learning in a super fun way.
Listen to my conversation with Ashley Bugge on Hodge Podge Podcast HERE! Mother. Military Widow. Explorer. Speaker. Award-Winning Author. Ashley Bugge is an amazing human. In the past two years, she has risen from unimaginable challenges after losing her Naval Officer husband, the late Captain Brian J. Bugge, in a tragic deep diving accident while she was pregnant with the couple’s third child. Ashley said during our conversation on Hodge Podge Podcast that she is still healing. This resonated with me. And this is why: Ashley has refused to lie in grief. She poignantly put her grief into rich experiences and growth. All the while, acknowledging she is not okay. She is a real person. A lover of life. A fighter. A survivor. With such beautiful grace, she has utilized personal stories of turning tragedy into triumph to offer a unique perspective into what it means to overcome adversity and flourish from it.
We each have an inner voice that speaks to us. There is a hunch, a feeling in our gut-- upon every new situation or encounter. This inner feeling and voice helps us stay true to ourselves in every situation. Learning to listen to the voice inside of us is very important. In The Choice by Tools of the Heart, Colin the strong oak tree is approached by Grubber the raccoon. Grubber is not very nice nor is he a very good listener. Colin becomes a bit suspicious of the new forest acquaintance who has come to visit. Colin's inner voice questions Grubber's true intentions.
About the Author: Patrick Arguin is an educator and proud co-creator of Tools of the Heart, where he combines three passions; illustrating, communicating and helping little ones blossom into their own! Originally developed in French with the help of two heart-minded collaborators, later to be translated in English, Tools of the Heart aims to help young children learn… Continue reading Tools of the Heart Book Series
Tommy Balaam is the founder of Captain Fantastic, voted the UK's no. 1 children's entertainment company. Tommy is trained as an actor, graduating in 2009 from the East 15 acting school. He has loved his career within the arts, including a range of different roles. As well as acting, Tommy has always had a love of music and performs regularly with his band, Dirty Mitts. Tommy's wealth of performance experience, combined with his creativity and flair, is at the heart and soul of the Captain Fantastic brand. His passion is in putting every effort into creating truly unforgettable experiences.
One of the greatest treasures of life is learning to love and appreciate who we are. Once we learn to let others into our hearts through trust and overcoming our fears and insecurities, we can grow wonderful friendships.