Friday, November 28, 2014

The new hardcover edition is here!

The new hardcover edition of, When I Build With Blocks, is available for sale at Amazon, Barnes & Noble  and more!! Teachers, parents and children can now enjoy this fun book right along side the block area with this sturdy hardcover edition!

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Thursday, July 31, 2014


FREE EBOOK for a limited time!

Great for bedtime or anytime that you want to say, "I love you". 

This book can stand alone, or is part of a 2 book set which includes, Your Father's Love. Look for them both where ever ebooks are sold!
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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Oodles of Noodles to dry!

We had lots of fun at summer camp painting pasta to make necklaces. But what do you do with all the wet painted pasta so it can dry? Place them on another noodle - a pool noodle that is! With so many kids, (around 80) and so many  pasta noodles, I needed to come up with a way to keep their pasta from rolling away while they waited two days for us to meet again, to string them. Buying individual foam pieces would have been costly, so one day while I was at the Dollar Store checkout, I noticed the pool noodles outside the front window on display. It got me thinking, that those were made of foam, I wondered if they would work. So I purchased just one pool noodle, took it home and cut it into 100 pieces (steak knife works best with teeth). I inserted 5 toothpicks in each ring and set them on the tables when the kids walked in. 

At first they thought the craft was the blue noodle rings, but once they got started painting the pasta and putting them on the little drying racks, they went to town, and made some really impressive creations. We used acrylic paint and q-tips to add dots and details. The drying racks worked perfectly for our needs and they had a great time!

Thursday, July 10, 2014


Currently I'm working on making some of my ebooks available at other outlets in addition to Amazon. There is a reviewing stage the books need to go through so I'm not sure how long it will take. So far, Your Mother's Love (which will be free for a limited time) and The Roots of My Family Tree, are now available at Smashwords, and will soon be distributed to Apple itunes, Kobo, Barnes & Noble (Nook), Sony and more!

I'll keep you posted!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


This Father's Day I'm reminded of how important a father's role is in the life of a child. He's the man they look up to, the man they want to be like. The man they go to for comfort, and the man who knows how to be silly.

When I remember my step-father, the man who raised me from a very young age, I remember his voice, when he shared his never ending wisdom. I remember his arms, when he hugged me when I was sad, and mostly I remember his laughter, he was just so darn funny - we laughed together often. I'm so glad he was part of my life, to have given me such fond memories, and to know how important dads are. 

My ebook, Your Father's Love, is free this week on Amazon, in honor of all dads and their children. It is my hope that the children can see their own dads in the pages, and come away knowing how much they are loved by him.

Happy Father's Day - to all the dads

FREE ebook for a limited time
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Monday, May 26, 2014

Bagpipes on Memorial Day

In honor of Memorial Day and for my Dad, this bagpiper is for you.
Adapted from the children's book, The Roots of My Family Tree, by Niki Alling.
Bagpiper Mug
Bagpiper Mug by nikiclix
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Saturday, April 26, 2014


When I wrote the children's books, "Your Mother's Love" and "Your Father's Love", my hope was that the children who read it, or have it read to them, will have a better understanding of how much love their mothers and fathers have for them. Parental love is so huge, and so strong, and helping children to understand that, may possibly lead to a greater sense of security and confidence as they go out into the world.

I have worked in a school with young children for many years, and I have seen hundreds of parents with their children. Besides my own mom and dad, it is because of these school parents, that I was able to write these books. I've witnessed first hand their interactions while dropping off their children and picking them up. I witnessed the unconditional support through many school functions, and luncheons and birthday parties. I've seen how their children's eyes light up when they walk through the door. And I've sat in on many parent-teacher conferences and seen how important their children's education is to them. These books are a combination of all of their love and hard work as parents. My hat is off to you!

Happy Mother's Day, to all the mothers I have known, and to all the mothers everywhere!

Ebook & Paperback at Amazon
Ebook & Paperback at Amazon

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Fun learning for Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day is this week! Have fun combining shape recognition, and Valentine's Day this year, with this fun little book, Hearts Are For Loving.

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