* Reading for Kids *

My kids are pretty voracious readers. My son can pick up a book and be lost in it for hours.  My daughter is just finishing Grade 1 and is also reading some easy chapter books on her own.

Our kids did a lot of reading over the summer break, but that’s not the case for all children.  So, if you need a few books to ease your child back into reading before school starts, this might be the post for you.

I thought I’d share some of the books my son has loved over the past years.  Harry Potter and Percy Jackson are solid favourites and already pretty well known.  Here’s a few you might not have heard of:

Zac Power

This series by H.I. Larry is about a 12 year old boy and his older brother who are secret agents for a government agency.  The chapters are fairly short and easy to read.  Best for kids 8-10.



Captain Awesome by Stan Kirby

My son received this for a birthday gift when he was 6 and it’s a fun series of books.  The Captain is 8 year old Eugene McGillicudy and he has adventures throughout his neighbourhood with a crazy cast of characters.  Easy to read and probably best for kids in Kindergarten to Grade 3.



National Geographic Kids

Our family loves these books and pretty much all the National Geogrpahic books.  These are the books that we take to restaurants, leave in the car and bring along to appointments.  Lots of fun facts, great pictures and easy to read.  Also look for Myth Busters, Sticker Activity Books and more from this great organization.



Ratburger by David Walliams

About 6 months ago, my son (aged 9) received Grandpa’s Great Escape by the same author and since then, he pretty much powered through all the books by David Walliams.  The writing is funny, the characters are unique and quirky and best of all, the kids laugh out loud when reading his books.



The Circus Ship by Chris Van Dusen

This one was introduced to us by friends about 3 years ago and we still love it!  The illustrations alone are worth it.  The story rhymes and teaches us about friendship in the most fun way.



Geronimo Stilton by Geronmio Stilton

If you haven’t read this series yet, I highly recommend it.  We started when my son was 5 or 6.  They are chapter books, but they have a lot of colourful illustrations and the type is done creatively in different colours and types.  Geronimo takes us around the world on adventures with his sister and cousin.   My son still loves these books and now my daughter (aged 7) has started reading them, too.



House of Robots by James Patterson

You may know James Patterson from the crime novels, but he also writes books for kids.  This series is about a boy entering Grade 5 who lives with a house full of robots.  We just picked this one up and haven’t read it yet, but the reviews are great and it looks like a fun read.



MasterMinds by Gordon Korman

Gordon Korman has written over 80 books!  This series is about a group of kids who think they live in the most boring town in the world.  Until….a friend disappears and the kids have to investigate what is really happening in their town.  Best for middle school age kids.  If they like this series, there are lots of others by Korman to choose from.



Spy School and Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs

These books are about Ben a middle school student who ends up in a school for spies.  Super fun series and my son can’t wait to read Evil Spy School next.


These are just a few of the books on our shelf.   What did you kids read this summer?  Please let me know in the comments!

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50 Shades update

This blog started almost 18 months ago and its sole purpose was for my sister and I to be mindful of what we are wearing, and to try and NOT wear grey for 50 days.  We have since moved past those 50 days and now write about lots of things.  The fact that our blog’s name name is similar to the popular 50 Shades of Grey trilogy is not unintentional.

The actual movie of 50 Shades has been filming over the past months and I see that just this week the production company has released a trailer.

For those that want a quick preview, here you go:


Although, I read the books, I got pretty bored half way through the second one.  The story has a theme and it sticks pretty close to it throughout all three of the books.  That said, it didn’t stop me from continuing on with the series.  Will I see the movie?  Probably?  Will I be there on opening night?  Not a chance.

But, I have to thank 50 Shades for helping us start 50 Days of No Grey.  And now back to our regular programming…


Ok, I’m a little late to the party.  Which party?  The Divergent party, of course.  My sister and co-wearer in grey, gave me the the first book of the series at Christmas time and last night, I finally saw the movie.  Although the reviews weren’t great, I really enjoyed the movie.  So much so, that I started the second book as soon as I got home.

If you don’t know much about Divergent and its series, I’ll tell you a little. There are 5 factions living within a city.  Each faction is known for having a specific value and place within the community.  For example, Dauntless are the protectors and they wear black.

I did a little search on Pinterest and found some examples of the factions and their clothes.

Based on my current wardrobe, I would be Abnegation.  They wear…you guessed it – GREY!



The style of Candor (known for saying what is on their mind and for not liking grey) is also a favourite of mine:



Don’t you think everyone should have a little Amity in their life ?



My moto jacket falls under Dauntless:


and my love of the colour blue is Erudite:



Dictionary.com shows the meaning of the word Divergent as:

adjective: diverging, differing, deviating

Overall, I think my wardrobe and I are a little Divergent…which isn’t such a bad thing to have in your life.


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50 Shades

50 Shades of Grey sounds vaguely familiar…


Oh, yes, our blog is 50 Days of No Grey.  One is a mommy porn trilogy and the other is a blog about 2 sisters who tried to wear no grey for 50 days.

Both have riveting interesting stories and similar titles, but that is where the similarities end.  And that is probably a good thing 🙂

The book is going to be a movie scheduled for release in August, 2014.  The cast for the movie was just announced and you can read all about it here.

The blog probably won’t have a movie.  But feel free to check back and see what we are up to.

A visit to the library


I found this on Pinterest and it is so true!  I love books!  I love to hold them, own them, borrow them – you name it.  My sister and I grew up reading every chance we got.  Fast forward to now and both my husband and I love to read.

This afternoon, we went to our local library so that my son could sign up for the Summer Reading Club.  Every day that they read for 15 minutes, they put a sticker on a calendar to chart their progress.  At the end of the summer, there is a wrap up party at the library. Easy peasy.  He was so excited to get his club materials and get home to start reading!

While we were there, we checked out lots of books for the kids.  Here are some favourites of my 4 year old daughter:


image from Amazon.ca

  • Fairy Stories by Daisy Meadows. These stories pretty much follow the same formula and are not my favourites, but she loves hearing about how the girls out-trick the goblins.
  • The Gruffalo, The Singing Mermaid, Room on the Broom – anything by Julia Donaldson – I love her writing style, the illustrations and just everything about her stories!

At the other end of the book shelf is my son.  He is 6.5 years old and likes chapter books. He loves reading about adventures and some of his favourites are:

  • Geronimo Stilton – the books are written in a fun style and it is always entertaining to read about the mouse and his travels.
  • The Magic Treehouse series with Jack and Annie by Mary Pope Osborne – this one involves time travel and history.
  • Secret Agent, Jack Stalwart by Elizabeth Singer Hunt – a boy travels around the world to find his missing brother.

Going to the library is a great way to spend time out of the sun and it doesn’t cost you a thing (except for my late fees-oops).  I even got a couple books for myself – after I paid my fine, of course.

On my book shelf

Have you read the book, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin?


I read it for my book club over a year ago. It wasn’t an easy read for me, but once I stopped treating it like a novel, and more like a “how to” book, I was able to enjoy it more.  The author wrote it to find more ways to be happier in her life and ultimately, she was.

The book covers topics ranging from love, family, children, art,  home, organization – you name, she probably covered it.  By reading each chapter, I felt like I had a little assignment and I do remember trying to use her approach to see if I, too could be happier.

50 Days of No Grey was not devised to make us happier, it was just our little project to change our style and not wear so much grey.  But, I think it has made me look at things differently and more creatively.  Of late, it seems that both my sister (as evidenced by her recent posts) and I have been looking at things in a happier way.

And that’s a good thing!