Extra Life

Last year in October, at the age of twelve, my oldest daughter Kassidy was diagnosed with NHL, Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Luckily, it was found early. After two tough rounds of chemo, she is now in remission. Kassidy was positive through it all, even making friends at the hospital. The nurses there loved her. Even when she lost her hair, she was upbeat and fun to be around. Now thirteen and back in school, she is doing well.

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Kassidy is joining the Extra Life team this year. Extra Life is an annual charity event for gamers. Every year in November, people join together to play tabletop, console, phone, card, or any kind of game for 24 hours to raise money for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. This charity raises millions of dollars each year for hospitals. This is my fourth year participating and I am proud to have two of my daughters joining my team.
Kassidy will be raising money for CHKD, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, the hospital that treated her while she had cancer. This is an amazing hospital with a wonderful staff. Top notch doctors and friendly, pleasant nurses made such a trying time for our family more bearable.

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Please consider donating to Extra Life this year. ALL donations go to the hospital of the player’s choice. Any amount helps, even just a few dollars. Donating is safe and easy.
Visit Kassidy’s Extra Life page for more info:
https://www.extra-life.org/participant/KassidyWagner

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Book Signing!

Hello, everyone. I just wanted to pop in and let you know that Kyra and I are having a book signing at our local library.

On Saturday, September 16th, from 10:00am to 12:00pm at Grifton Public Library in Grifton, NC, we will be celebrating the release of book two in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series by signing copies of both books.

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Stop by to purchase your copies of Spunky and the Wizard’s Chair and Spunky and the Dolphin Palace, or bring your own copies to get our signatures and a personal note from the co-author and illustrator, Kyra Uzzell.

Hope to see you there!

Exciting Giveaway!!

Hello, everyone!

As the founder of Groovy Goodies, I am bringing both my creative sides together to do a fun giveaway.
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I am giving away a hand-made cat charm necklace along with a digital copy of Spunky and the Dolphin Palace. Want to win? Just follow these instructions:
FOLLOW me on Twitter.
FOLLOW me here, on WordPress.
LIKE Groovy Goodies on Facebook
SHARE the post on Facebook!
The winner will be announced on August 4th. Good luck!

The Good Pirate

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My review of The Good Pirate by Anita Kovacevic

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

A wonderful story about a man who wants to be a pirate and find buried treasure for the woman he loves. The questions at the end of each chapter and word games at the end of the book are perfect teaching tools for teachers and parents alike.
A nice, short read for young children.

Coming Soon: Spunky 2!

We are excited to announce that the second book in the Spunky’s Magical Adventures series is coming soon. Spunky and the Dolphin Palace will be released on May 28th, 2017. We’ll be celebrating the occasion with a Facebook party and everyone is invited. Here is a short summary for the book:

When Spunky the cat jumps on the magical chair after his adventure in Cat World, he expects to go back home. Instead, he finds himself in another strange place where everything, including the animals and plants, is made of candy! Will Spunky ever find the way home to his loving owner?

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We hope you will attend the party to enjoy games, fun, and giveaways. Kyra and myself will be there with our own special surprises!

Butters Comes Home

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My review for Butters Comes Home by Claudette Melanson

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

A sweet read for young children. The pictures were lovely, the story adorable, and the main character super cute. My three-year-old has a short attention span but sat with me during the reading of this entire book. She just loved the pictures.

If you wish to purchase this book, here is the Amazon link.

Girlie and the War of the Wasps

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My review for Girlie and the War of the Wasps by Claire Plaisted

Rating: 3 Stars

Review:

Some great life lessons for kids in a cute story about insects. However, there were jarring editing issues and some sections did not flow well. A good editing sweep would make this a perfect story for children.

If you wish to purchase this book, here is the Amazon link.

 

The Adventures of Tanner the Tenacious Terrier Vol 1

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My review for The Adventures of Tanner the Tenacious Terrier by Scott Berry.

Rating: 5 Stars

Review:

A fun and hilarious book for all ages. My kids and I were laughing at the stories and enjoying the pictures too. Great read!

 

If you wish to purchase this book, here is the Amazon link.

Little Toes

Prancing around the house
Like the footsteps of a baby deer
On tippy-toes
To reach something too high

Giggles and squeals
Because “This Little Piggy” tickles
Twirling around
Like a tiny ballerina

High pitched laughter
When Mommy plays foot phone
Cries of protest
When time to cut toenails

“Mommy, ouchie!”
And I kiss the boo-boo away
I stroke them gently
As she falls asleep

Mommy’s sweetie
And her little toes

Copyright © 2016 Ashley Uzzell