Jenny Hodges. Tampa Librarian. Book Lover. Weight Watcher. Fitness Buff. SharePoint Wife. Mom to Irish Triplets. Living and Traveling in the Autism World.

20. May 2015 15:11
by jennifer

Summer Road Trips: Audio Books for Kids

20. May 2015 15:11 by jennifer | 1 Comments

I do not have a DVD player in my car, and I can honestly say that I NEVER WILL.

My kids enjoy reading, and they L.O.V.E. audio books when we spend any sort of significant time in the car.

We've listened to so many audio books in the car. The ones that really stick out are Harry Potter (difficult with the strong English accents), Magic Tree House, and to date, their favorite audio book was Tuck Everlasting.

We'll be traveling this summer, spending a few days of 10+ hours in the car, and I've got our list of audio books ready to be downloaded on Overdrive!

So what will we be listening to this summer?

The Wolves in the Walls by Neil Gaiman. He's fantastic and can't wait to listen to this story!

Dragoneye Reborn by Alison Goodman. This story sounds fantastic (a bit Mulan-like) and I know my trio will LOVE it!


I am also a HUGE fan of John Grisham and have never had the opportunity to read his Theodore Boone, Kid Lawyer series, so I have this series all ready to go in my queue. Not sure what the kids will think of it, but if they don't like it, no harm, no foul. Just delete it and move on.


Another of my favorite adult authors that has crossed over to YA is James Patterson. I can not wait to listen to his Maximum Ride series!! Just listen to this synopsis!  "Six unforgettable kids — with no families, no homes — are running for their lives. Max Ride and her best friends have the ability to fly. And that's just the beginning of their amazing powers. But they don't know where they come from, who's hunting them, why they are different from all other humans... and if they're meant to save mankind — or destroy it."

That's the series we're going to start with and I'm pretty confident that I'll be #WINNING after that story!! 9 books in that one series! That could keep us busy the entire summer!!

So, what about you?? What's on your audio books for kids list??

12. May 2015 11:47
by jennifer

Polar A300 Fitness and Activity Monitor Review and Giveaway

12. May 2015 11:47 by jennifer | 42 Comments

Polar, the World's leading heart rate and fitness tracking company has just released their newest activity tracker: The A300.  It is a beautiful fitness tracker that takes all the best features of the Polar Loop, and the Polar FT60 and combines them into this sleek, attractive wrist computer. Not only can you change your band (multiple colors), but you can log your daily activity, have your device alert you if you are inactive too long, measure your heart rate, track your sleep, count your steps and measure your progress.   The A300 is also waterproof so you can continue to wear it during all your upcoming water based activities this summer! The A300 shows your steps, distance, and burned calories, and motivates to reach your activity goal. If you stay still for too long, the A300 will vibrate telling you it’s time to move again. And.... It also syncs to MyFitnessPal (ios only at this time, but android is coming soon!!) Are you curious about how you use the A300 for all your activity tracking? This handy video explains it all!   I was sent an A300 to try out and I loved it. But I'll be honest, I'm a big GPS user, so the M400 is just a better fit for me. I do wish that the M400 could change out the colors like the A300 can. That is super cool. The A300 is very similar to the M400, just minus the GPS. So if you are more of a treadmill runner, a crossfitter, a group fitness class taker, etc., than this is the product for you! And because I love Polar, and I am #PolarProud, Polar wants me to give one of YOU your very own Polar A300. Just follow the rafflecopter link below for your chance to win! And remember that you are #MADETOMOVE  **CONGRATS TO KELLY  HASSLER ON WINNING THE POLAR A300

12. May 2015 07:33
by jennifer

Push Away the Screen: Color Me Rad 2015

12. May 2015 07:33 by jennifer | 0 Comments

Late last month, the kids and I were invited to head out to the Tampa Fairgrounds to participate in our third annual Color Me Rad event. The first year we did it as a family of 5, last year it was just me and the kids, and this year it was just me and the girls since Ronin was still healing from his broken leg. We had a BLAST!! As in years past, I tend to get to these events early. I hate the stress of lines, and we still needed to go through packet pick-up and we always enjoy the pre-race party. We got our goodies, and Haley immediately got herself radded out! And then we spent a little bit of time exploring what was going on around us before we headed back to the car to put our goody bags. And we made it back just in time for the pre-race activities to begin! Ella was chosen to come up on stage for a contest. We didn't know what type of contest it was, but she's a good sport so was willing to try anything! It ended up being a CHUGGING contest, and wouldn't ya know it...SHE WON!! She has to chug a kool-aide drink to win a prize. Her prize? A pom-pom that she could dip in color along the race course! And soon we were off!!  We walked, as we typically do on these events. We talked, laughed, and just enjoyed each other's company. New this year was the color gel. Honestly, I didn't love the gel. I'm more a fan of the power color. The girls didn't really care for it either, but we still had a blast! We saw quite a few friends out on the course, and before we knew it we were at the finish line! It was a short course, not quite a 5K which is 3.1 miles. I was disappointed that the course was short, but I figured by the time you factor in the walking we did to and from the car (Twice!!) that we more than walked the additional distance. We had a great time at Color Me Rad, and hope to be able to do it again next year!   You can more information about Color Me Rad HERE.  Have you ever done a color themed race? Did you enjoy it? Disclaimer: Due to my association with the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I was provided with 4 passes to participate in the Color Me Rad event in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.