Friday, May 29, 2009

Top 101 Children's Picture Books


The School Library Journal just released the results for the 2009 Poll for the best Children's Picture Books! I have a few of these books memorized especially Goodnight Moon. We just checked out #13 yesterday while we were at the library. You can request these books online and they will send them to your local library and email you when they arrive! #66 is probably one of my all time favorites!

#1: Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (1963)
#2: Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown (1947)
#3: The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (1979)
#4: The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats (1962)
#5: Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (2003)
#6: Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (1941)
#7: Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson (1955)
#8: Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans (1939)
#9: Millions of Cats by Wanda Gag (1928)
#10: Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale by Mo Willems (2004)
#11: The Story of Ferdinand by Monroe Leaf, ill. Robert Lawson (1936)
#12: Good Night Gorilla by Peggy Rathmann (1994)
#13: Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)
#14: The True Story of the Three Little Pigs by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith(1989)
#15: Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse by Kevin Henkes (1996)
#16: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen (1987)
#17: Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina (1947)
#18: In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak (1970)
#19: Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney (1982)
#20: George and Martha by James Marshall (1972)
#21: Bark, George by Jules Feiffer (1999)
#22: The Monster at the End of this Book by Jon Stone, ill. by Mike Smollin (1971)
#23: Bread and Jam for Frances by Russell Hoban, illustrated by Lillian Hoban (1964)
#24: Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin, Jr. and John Archambault, ill. Lois Ehlert (1989)
#25: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton (1942)
#26: Corduroy by Donald Freeman (1976)
#27: The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter (1902)
#28: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst, ill. Ray Cruz(1972)
#29: Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig (1969)
#30: Brown, Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? by Bill Martin Jr., ill. Eric Carle (1967)
#31: No, David by David Shannon (1998)
#32: Click Clack Moo, Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin, ill. by Betsy Lewin (2000)
#33: Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by Judi and Ron Barrett (1978)
#34: Olivia by Ian Falconer (2000)
#35: Tikki Tikki Tembo by Arlene Mosel, ill. Blair Lent (1968)
#36: Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales by Jon Scieszka, ill. Lane Smith (1992)
#37: Eloise by Kay Thompson, ill. Hilary Knight (1955)
#38: Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. by Margaret Bloy Graham (1956)
#39: The Napping House by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)
#40: Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton (1939)
#41: The Relatives Came by Cynthia Rylant, ill. Stephen Gammell (1985)
#42: Curious George by H.A. Rey (1941)
#43: Tuesday by David Wiesner (1991)
#44: Strega Nona by Tomie de Paola (1975)
#45: The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg (1985)
#46: Scaredy Squirrel by Melanie Watt (2006)
#47: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Numeroff (1985)
#48: The Big Orange Splot, by Daniel Pinkwater (1977)
#49: King Bidgood is in the Bathtub by Audrey Wood, ill. Don Wood (1985)
#50: Black and White by David Macaulay (1990)
#51: Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg (1981)
#52: Miss Nelson is Missing by Harry Allard, ill. James Marshall (1977)
#53: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (1978)
#54: The Three Pigs by David Wiesner (2001)
#55: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper, ill. George & Doris Hauman (1961)
#56: Frederick by Leo Lionni (1967)
#57: Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin, ill. Harry Bliss (2003)
#58: Flotsam by David Wiesner (2006)
#59: Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears (1975) by Verna Aardema, ill.Leo and Diane Dillon (1975)
#60: Chicken Soup With Rice: A Book of Months by Maurice Sendak (1962)
#61: Lost and Found by Oliver Jeffers (2005)
#62: The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack (1933)
#63: Traction Man is Here!, by Mini Grey (2005)
#64: “I Can't,” Said the Ant: A Second Book of Nonsense by Polly Cameron (1961)
#65: Skippyjon Jones by Judy Schachner (2003)
#66: Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann (1995)
#67: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni (1959)
#68: The Arrival by Shaun Tan (2006)
#69: We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen, ill. Helen Oxenbury (1989)
#70: Miss Fanshawe and the Great Dragon Adventure by Sue Scullard (1986)
#71: The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, ill by Michael Martchenko (1980)
#72: The Little Brute Family by Russell Hoban, ill. Lilian Hoban (1966)
#73: The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant (1933) by Jean de Brunhoff
#74: Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown (1942)
#75: Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss (1940)
#76: Zoom at Sea by Tim Wynne-Jones, ill. Eric Beddows (1983)
#77: The Library by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1995)
#78: How the Grinch Stole Christmas by Dr. Seuss
#79: Our Animal Friends at Maple Hill Farm, by Alice and Martin Provensen (1974)
#80: The Jolly Postman: or, Other People's Letters by Janet Ahlberg (1986)
#81: Possum Magic by Mem Fox, ill. Julie Vivas (1983)
#82: Who Needs Donuts? by Mark Alan Stamaty (1973)
#83: The Lorax by Dr. Seuss (1971)
#84: Chester's Way by Kevin Henkes (1988)
#85: Whistle for Willie by Ezra Jack Keats (1964)
#86: Yoko by Rosemary Wells (1998)
#87: Kitten's First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes (2004)
#88: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon (1993)
#89: A Hole is to Dig: A First Book of First Definitions by Ruth Krauss, ill. Maurice Sendak (1952)
#90: Not a Box by Antoinette Portis (2006)
#91: Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures With the Family Lazardo by William Joyce (1988)
#92: Swimmy by Leo Lionni (1963)
#93: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein (1964)
#94: The Little Mouse, the Red Ripe Strawberry, and the Big Hungry Bear by Audrey and Don Wood (1984)
#95: The Gardener by Sarah Stewart, ill. David Small (1997)
#96: The Very Quiet Cricket by Eric Carle (1990)
#97: Where Is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox, ill. Judy Horacek (2004)
#98: Anatole by Eve Titus (1956)
#99: Little Pea by Amy Krause Rosenthal, ill. by Jen Corace (2005)
#100: Go Away, Big Green Monster by Ed Emberley (1992)
#101: More, More, More Said the Baby: Three Love Stories by Vera B. Williams

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Marana Marlins Swim Team is Back!

Yep! It's true! Sign ups are at the Ora Mae Harn Pool this week.
Practice starts Monday 6/1 from 8-9am,
and then will be Tuesdays- Fridays 6:45 a.m.- 7:45 a.m.,
and also in the evenings from 5:15 p.m. - 6:15 p.m.
throughout the summer.
The cost is $30 for the first child, and $25 for each additional sibling.

Since the town of Marana cut the funding for swim team,
a couple people have stepped up to volunteer to coach,
and the lifeguards are also volunteering their time.
They have asked that parents help raise money to be
able to join the Pima County Parks and Recreation
League in order to enter the team in meets.
For more information you can e-mail Debbie Sullivan
or Bobby Weigand at

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Latter Day Cottage is coming back. It will be nice to have an LDS bookstore back in Tucson. Their doors will re-open June 2, 2009. New Store Hours will be Tuesday-Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Robin Bringhurst had this information to share with you:

Bookmans has free summer kid events starting soon, check them out at:

Hope everyone is having a great summer!!

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

In Case of Emergency...

I learned how to do two things tonight that I think are pretty important.  I could have figure them out, but I decided to call my Dad to make sure I was doing things right.

I don't know if everyone else's power went out this evening, but mine did.  I was planning on cooking a pizza in the oven.  I have a gas stove, so I knew I could get it to work without electricity...but I had never tried before.  I would suggest figuring it out before you HAVE TO DO IT.  I am not sure how things would have gone had the power not come on moments before I was going to try it myself.  I wasn't sure exactly where the gas would come from the oven.  I thought I knew, but instead of a metal circle under the stove my stove has one arm going down the center of my stove, my match wouldn't have reached where it should have.  (I also thought about barbequing something, but I didn't want to if the weather wasn't going to cooperate).

Secondly, I knew there was some way to open my garage door without any power...I just had never tried to do it.  Try it! It is easy and will easy your mind if you have to get your family out fast and you have no power.  I tried it because my thought was to take the kids out for dinner if I couldn't get the oven lit...and without power you have to release a lever and then manually open the door.

Does anyone else have an idea of something I should try before I have to?!

BTW this reminds me of when our pipes froze a year or two ago (it really happens in AZ too!)...we only had ONE water bottle in the house.  Retarded, I know.  I think those water barrels are a GREAT idea, even just if you want to flush the toilet! ( I need to call Renee!)

Just was excited to figure some things out with the hubby not around (even though I did call my Dad), and thought I would share!

Monday, May 18, 2009

5/19 Vote for Jon Post in the Marana Election

Tomorrow we have the opportunity to vote for members of our town council! You have from 6 a.m. until 7 p.m. to hit the polls. If you are registered, you only need a valid drivers license with your current address on it!

Read Candidate article for more info on those running!

I urge you to cast your vote for Jon Post in the upcoming election. I've known the Post family for 3+ years. Jon truly loves Marana and is citizens. He is pro-family and pro-Marana.

Jon Post

Post is owner of Post Farms. Post Farms is a company that employs 20, farms 4,000 acres and operates a retail outlet.
He serves on the board of directors for Trico Electric Co-op, the Cortaro Water Users Association and Cortaro Marana Irrigation District. He also served as chairman of the Town’s Planning and Zoning Commission and was president of the Marana Junior Rodeo Association.

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Jon Post
Council Member

The Church's New Online Radio Station

At the end of April, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints launched a wonderful online radio station! They even have programs for kids!

Here is the information from the site:

"The Mormon Channel is the official radio station of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The channel originates from Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah and broadcasts 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Content for the station comes from the vast archives of the Church, along with several new series created specifically for this station. The Mormon Channel also features great programming from various partner organizations, including Deseret Book, Bonneville, the Deseret News, LDS Business College, and the campuses of Brigham Young University.

You can listen to the Mormon Channel live online anytime at There are also downloads and podcasts of content available at the same address."

Click here to visit!

Water Barrel Update

I have had a handful of people cancel on me at the last minute (which affects the price)-so I am asking a last call out for orders to try & make up the difference.
Water Barrel Update: I have 61 barrels to be ordered. If I get a total of 70, then the price will be $32.00+TAX = $36.35 per barrel.

These are new and will be delivered to the church or someplace nearby for easy pickup. If interested let me know. Renee 682-3994 I tired to have all the money by last Sunday, there are still some people that didn't get their money to me. Could you please contact me & let me know when you could. (I am out of town the 19-24). Thanks. Renee Garbini

Monday, May 11, 2009

Free Resources On Digital Scrap Booking

I love scrap booking, and I am really liking the digital scrap booking at the moment Marne shared the following resources on her blog. I thought someone else might be interested in these free resources as well!

Jessica Sprague (Photoshop Friday segments)
Shabby Princess
Scrap Girls tutorials
2Peas tutorials
Cottage Arts

Help and Advice & Experts
Artistic Musings (plus freebies every Friday)
Jessica Sprague

Digital Freebies for Download
Simply Clean Digi Scraps
More from Simply Clean Digi Scraps
2Peas Freebies

Shabby Princess
Shabby Princess free desktop calendar (I love this..I put it together & on my desktop last night!)
Peppermint Creative (a new freebie kit every month)
Digital Freebies (a new freebie every Friday)
Scrap Artist
Cottage Arts
Audra's Designs (one of my favorites! She has free LDS kits)
Younique Designs
Jessica Sprague (Echos of Asia kit)
Jessica Sprague (Love ya mini kit)
Jessica Sprague (Home Away from Home)
Jessica Sprague Flower Girl kit...(scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will see the link)
Jessica Sprague glamour elements
Scrap Orchard (these are so stinkin' cute...but you need to register first)
Yin's templates
Rak Scraps
Scrap Girls
Shutterfly Digi freebies
Digi Treats (tons & tons of freebies, listed almost daily, but they don't last long)
Rachel's Scraps
Rachel's Scraps Add on
(this goes with the ABC kits from DigiTreats)
Toy Box Designs

Ah Scrap!

Tara Sroka Designs

No Reimer Reason
House of Lime

Scrapbook Bytes (you need to register first)
Atomic Cupcake #1
Atomic Cupcake #2
Space Raven

Summertime Designs

Sugarplum Paperie

Simply Sweet Designs

Big Picture Scrapbooking


One Moment at a Time

Heather Roselli Designs

Miss Scrap

Lots of freebies from Creating Keepsakes Magazine

Also, for all those free fonts you download, here is a free font organizer called The Font Thing.

A great and FREE way to organize your digital stuff is Picasa.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Looking for...

This may be a shot in the dark, but before Hailey was born I found a blog about how to style little girls' hair. It had lots of cute little dos with step by step instructions and pictures for each one. I didn't know I was having a girl so I didn't keep the site address. I'm trying to find that blog again but haven't had any luck. Do any of you know of a site or blog like this?

Friday, May 8, 2009

FREE Food Storage Reference Guide

University of Utah has a free downloadable Home Food Storage guide that you can save, print etc! It is only 21 pages long, so you can print it off to have on hand if you like! It is in PDF format.


One of my other favorite food storage references is:

They have great excel worksheets to help you get started and organized! Click here to get to the worksheets!

Thursday, May 7, 2009

5/7 and 5/8 Mary Kay Clearance Event

Mary Kay Stop N Shop
Blowout event
Come buy stuff so I don't have to move it!

Date(s): May 7th 9am - 9pm and May 8th 9am - 9pm
Place: Andrea Franklin's home 10207 N. Onyx Moon Dr
Inventory there - take home what you buy
call for directions 572-2432

50% off on color cosmetics,
lotions and perfumes
Buy 1 get one FREE
on all Skin Care

Free Guitar Lessons for Kids

Our friends at Tucson On The Cheap shared this great deal!

"Thanks to the 17th Street Market, your little chicklets can take beginner guitar lessons for FREE. They’ll learn how to hold the guitar, tune it and strum a few simple songs. Classes are held each Thursday afternoon. The one-hour lesson for ages 6 to 12 begins at 4:00 p.m. There’s a class for 12 and older at 5:15 p.m.

Where: 17th Street Market, 810 East 17th Street, Tucson, AZ, 85719. Contact 624.8821 ext. 147

When: Every Thursday afternoon. Kids 6 to 12 at 4:00 p.m. 12 and older at 5:15 p.m.

How much: FREE"

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

New Cooking with Mrs. 101 Blog

I decided I'm going to chronicle my cooking escapades! On the website, I'll share news and recipes from my 101 cookbook series. My specialty is quick and easy, so gourmet cooks need not apply!

Click here to visit Cooking With Mrs. 101!

Sneaky Enrichment Night

For those interested. Jamie has posted most of the recipes from the Sneaky Veggie Enrichment night onto

Cannery Orders

FYI - If you miss the sign up for cannery orders in Relief Society you can go to,11677,1706-1,00.html
Click on Home Storage Center Order Form on your right hand side. Then follow the directions to get the order form. I have been told by Sister Kogan that you can then e-mail the completed form to her at

Water Barrels

New 55 gallon water barrels (probably blue in color)

Water Barrel Update: I have 60 barrels to be ordered. If I get a total of 70, then the price will be $32.00 +tax per barrel. These are new and will be delivered to the church or someplace nearby for easy pickup. If interested let me know. Renee I am trying to have all money to me by Sunday the 17th. I am going to try & call everyone individualy to let them know their total with tax.

Monday, May 4, 2009

Monkey Business

Just a reminder that we are meeting at Monkey Business tomorrow (5/5/09) at 11:30 AM. Check out their website at

Anyone Scrapbook? Because....

I just moved in to our home and we have downsized significantly, and I have a TON of scrapbooking stuff to get rid of.  I will let it go for a reasonable rate, or I will donate it to a charitable organization.  

It is all really nice and I just don't think I will be doing anymore scrapbooking.  I am already too far behind.

If you are interested please email me at
I don't have any pictures, because everything is still in boxes, I just wanted to put it out there.
I know where it all is if anyone is interested.

Thanks, Desiree

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Michaels crafts for kids for Mother's Day May 2 - May 10, 2009


Starting TODAY, you can go to your local Michaels and have your child create a present for Mom. You may want to check with your local Michaels. Some are saying there is a fee with some of the projects. This was on their website, and you can click here for more information.

Books Galore!

I have several boxes of books from my mother-in-law's that are free for the taking. They are really nice books, mainly home decorating and organization. There are several craft and painting books also. Most of the books are hardbound and in great condition. There are also a couple of church books. Give me a call (820-6379) if you are interested in looking through them. I am only keeping the books a couple of weeks before I donate them.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Preparedness Fair..

Just I reminder not to forget the Preparedness Fair tomorrow(Saturday the 2nd)
at the Church. I think it should be very helpful. See you all there.