Review and Giveaway: The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson

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The Ugly Stepsister Strikes Back by Sariah Wilson 

Everyone knows how all those fairy tales go. The princess gets beautiful, nabs her prince, falls instantly in love, lives happily ever after and leaves her evil stepsisters in the dust.

But what happens when you’re the ugly stepsister and your obnoxiously perfect—read pretty, smart, and, worst of all, sickeningly nice—stepsister is dating the charming, tall, devastatingly handsome guy you’ve had a thing for since you were nine years old?

Quirky, artistic and snarky Mattie Lowe does not lead a charmed life. Her mother is constantly belittling her on Skype. Mercedes, the school mean girl, has made it her personal mission to torment Mattie. But worst of all? Her stepsister Ella is the most beautiful, popular girl in school and is dating Mattie’s secret longtime crush, Jake Kingston.

Tired of being left out and done with waiting for her own stupid fairy godmother to show up, Mattie decides to change her life. She’ll start by running for senior class president against wildly popular Jake.

Ella can keep her Prince Annoying. Mattie’s going to rule the school.

And no one, not even a cute and suddenly flirty Jake, is going to stop her. Continue reading

TOS Review: College Common Sense (Ages 6+)


As someone who is working on starting college at the age of… old enough to be the parent of everyone else in the freshman class, I was thrilled to see the Going to College and Paying for it Online Video and Workbook from College Common Sense on our TOS review list. I also have a 5th grader who wants to go to culinary school. Of course. So about the time I finish my degree, it’ll be time to send him to school somewhere. Obviously I’d like to pay as little as possible for both his education and mine, but I didn’t really know where to start.

The Going to College and Paying for It Online Video and Workbook was tremendously helpful and I will be keeping this information close by for the next few years. Well, a lot of years. Because there are 6 1/2 years between my boys, so when Jeffrey graduates, it’ll be time to get serious about funding Bennett’s college years. Whew. Are you tired yet?  Continue reading