Hot Eats and Cool Reads: August 2011

Aug 31, 2011

Our First Trip To Paul Bunyan Land in Brainerd MN

This last weekend my best friend Stacy and I decided to bring our kids to Paul Bunyan Land. I was so excited to have my daughter experience the same fun that I had when I was a kid! Although it's changed locations since then, it was a great time!!

Admission was reasonable as well as souvenirs. We enjoyed a picnic on site before in the huge picnic area. There are appx 20 rides and we rarely waited in line and the kids were able to ride multiple times in a row if no one else was waiting. In addition to the amusement park, they have another attraction called "The Pioneer Village" which are a whole bunch of small buildings in a village filled with the antiques associated with the theme of each building. Very Cool!  I would highly recommend this attraction to any family looking for something to do during summer! We will be going every year! 

Book Review: If These Walls Could Talk by Bettye Griffin

Reuben and Camille have always been afraid to let their children play outside in their rough Bronx neighborhood. So when they see an ad for homes in Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains, they jump at the chance. Spirits are high—until Reuben loses his job.
No one in Milo or Dawn's Brooklyn-based family has ever owned a house, and the Poconos seem perfect. But after they move in, it starts to look like their house was slapped together like a ham sandwich and isn't much stronger.
Norman and Veronica are happy to leave Washington Heights for the country...and so are their relatives. Each weekend brings a parade of empty-handed guests expecting to be fed but not expecting to pitch in and help.
Amid trials and triumphs, these families are about to discover that not all is perfect when your dreams come true. . .

Thanks to First Reads and the author, I won this book to rate and review! How exciting, who doesn't love free books!

Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5
I really liked this book overall, but the three sets of characters were too much alike at some points of the book, which made it hard to keep up with what happened with each couple. The storyline was good and very realistic with the economy the way it is now. The book finished with a great and somewhat unexpected ending. I would read other books by this author, and that's why I love First Reads. I love discovering author's I've never read before!