Getting an Artist to Read

I’m researching comic books/graphic novels for my niece’s birthday. I have until the end of July to make my choice (her birthday is the first week of August), but I want to find something artsy, easy to read, and super fun. She’s getting less self-conscious about reading in front of people (she’s better at it than she thinks), but it’s a slow process. She IS, however, an artist–her artwork is on display at her city hall–and that’s what made me think of comic books. Any ideas on which titles to get a soon-to-be 8 year old? I’m starting with Babymouse. It’s very princess-y. Anyone know of a superhero-style comic book that would be appropriate? Maybe something like Wonder Woman or Super Girl? If I can find something she likes, I’ll get her a subscription for Christmas. I’m not an expert on graphic novels, so I’ll take any advice I can get!





Smile Report: 2nd Edition!!

Hello, all! Here is your Official Smile Report: 2nd Edition! (Finally!)  For those first time readers, this is a little thing I post to make you think, laugh, and smile. This one is all about the warm weather FINALLY arriving! Read it fast and go outside! Enjoy!

Party Fact:

(Share this fun, random fact with people you know, or the stranger behind you in the line at Starbucks.)

Sunshine helps your body produce Vitamin D, which can prevent cancer, heart disease, and bone disease!

Happy People, Happy Places:

(The first person to post the person who said it and where they said it, will get to choose the next quote! Post the answer in the comment section or on our Facebook page!)

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided.”


Post-It Quotes:

(Happy quotes to add to your Post-It Notes on the mirror collection! Don’t have one? Get one! It’s a great way to inspire you first thing in the morning, or distract you from you massive bed-head and gritty eyes.)

“The eyes are useless when the mind is blind.” ~Unknown

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.” ~Henri Nouwen

“The trick is to enjoy life. Don’t wish away your days, waiting for better ones ahead.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley

“For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is.” ~Unknown

Happy Thought:

(Getting you pumped up to start that challenge!)

Being with nature can invigorate you. Sunshine gives you vitamins you need to be healthy. Seeing beauty (or really anything outside the four walls of home) makes you smile. Sharing these joys with loved ones is a great way to break up the monotony of being stuck indoors–especially after one of the longest winters for generations…

Happy Honey-Do:

Grab your sunscreen and get outside! What should you do? Here are some suggestions:

  • hula hoop
  • ride your bike
  • take up archery
  • start your dream garden
  • take pictures
  • have a picnic
  • blow bubbles
  • chase bubbles
  • walk the dog (honestly, he’s getting chunky…)
  • go camping
  • run in circles
  • play tag (or TV tag)
  • meet someone famous
  • meet someone not famous
  • be geektastic

Remember to tell everyone about your fun-good times! If you post pictures or blogs, share your grins and giggles by linking the page in the comment section below! (I bet you already forgot about the Happy People, Happy Places contest…..)

Be someone’s sunshine on a cloudy day, someone’s warmth in the cold. You are special, you are important. Own it.


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