Enough Video Games – Read a Book, Please!


I’m really glad that Pokemon Go is getting everyone out the house and roaming around their neighborhood. There’s actually a pokemon gym behind a dumpster at our favorite local playground. (weird spot but whatevs) It’s gotten more people to go to the playground! My cousin got my son into it, and now he’s asking me to get the game on my phone so he can find pokemon in the back yard. He gets mad all over again each time I tell him no.

I love that the game is having folks be more active though. It’s much better than sitting hunched over a screen sedentary. If you’re going to play a game at least let it get you up and moving. But better than a game, I say read a book. Maybe start your own #52booksin2016 challenge. In my opinion if your child IS going to be sedentary, might as well be reading!

Here’s a great way to give your kids thumbs a rest, and get them to turn off the DS’s, X-Box’s, Nintendos, Tablets, Phones, and every other gadget.

I told you last week about Battlefield Earth – – the classic Sci-Fi novel from 1982 that was just re-released. Well, the hype surrounding the release has been unreal! A 25-foot tall alien spaceship from the planet Psychlo “crashed” onto Hollywood Blvd. The malevolent alien security chief for Earth, Terl, was captured by the story’s hero’s Jonnie Goodboy Tyler and Chrissie, led by a team of 10 Scotsmen, complete with drums and bagpipes.

battlefield stunt battlefield stunt 2

The book lives up to all the publicity and it’s a great way to engage your tween or teen with reading and start re-igniting their imagination, while giving them a little dose of history. The story begins with Voyager, the actual NASA space probe that was launched in 1977 in order to study the outer Solar System and hopefully make contact with would-be alien lifeforms. Watch this trailer that the publisher produced to relaunch the book.

In real-life The Nasa Voyager Interstellar Mission carried a gold-plated audio-visual disc complete with photos of Earth, scientific information, spoken greetings in 55 languages, and a collection of music, and other information into deep space so that in the event that it was ever found by intelligent life forms from other planetary systems they would come to understand our planet and civilization.

Conspiracy theorists believe Voyager actually did encounter extraterrestrial lifeforms (as depicted in the book) but then again it is unlikely we will ever find out.

Click Here to visit the Facebook page for Battlefield Earth. It has a lot of up-to-date information, photos and videos as well.

AND…if you haven’t read Battlefield Earth: Click Here to Purchase the book or audio-book on Amazon (Click Here to purchase Battlefield Earth) and get those kids to put away MineCraft and hop on a SpaceCraft! hehe!

What’s the last book you read?!

Teaching Kids (and Adults) Through #SciFi – #battlefieldearth #lronhubbard

rohan okdani

So Rohan is 4 years old. A couple months ago actually about a month before he turned four, he came over to me from where he’s playing and asks “Mommy, can I see the Kiber Belt please?” I said “huh?” He said “The Kiber belt, I want to see a picture. Can you show me?”

So being the good mommy I am (::look::) I go on google and enter Kiber Belt.  Rohan’s face is bright and beaming, excited to see what’s to pop up on my laptop screen. Google catches an attitude and is all: Did you mean Khyber belt? Did you mean Kuiper belt?


Ummmm I don’t freaking know, google. It’s an accessory I think…it holds pants up. My kid wants to see a belt, that’s all I know. Sheesh.

Turns out:

kiber belt

So of course I ask Rohan how he knows about the Kuiper belt and he starts singing me a song about the solar system, and explaining the suns pull on the little asteroids… and I’m there, mouth agape… realizing my son is already smarter than me. (how am I gunna homeschool him again?)


So with our learning through play we do let Rohan have screen time (sometimes more than I’d like, but I digress) and he is obsessed with anything space right now. Solar system, all the planets, dwarf planets (did you know that was a thing? I didn’t) galaxies…all of it. He plays many solar system songs over and over on youtube too. We’re both learning a lot about outer space! hehe

Library trips used to be all about finding books with trucks and cars…not anymore. He’s looking for anything with a planet on the cover, or a rocket. My little brother was big into space stuff and transitioned into science fiction books. My mom recently brought down some of his old sci fi chapter books and Rohan and I are reading those together. Since there are no pictures he can only stand it for a few pages at a time before the questions start rolling in (i inevitably ave to google for answers) and all hope for reading is lost.

I know kids go through phases, and I’m sure he’ll be on to something new soon, but I’m also certain the space/sci-fi/solar system phase is going to come back around again and I can’t wait until it does.  This time I’ll be ready!

PS: Did you know that they found organic compounds on an comet like a month or so ago? There’s life out there guys! *gulp*

On that note….

battlefield earth

L Ron Hubbard’s Battlefield Earth originally came out in 1982 and has been relaunched this year. It mixes actual historic events with an exciting fiction story that kids/teens/adults will enjoy. Once a kid is interested and passionate about something they’re more likely to want to read about it and learn about it. (click here to visit the Battlefield Earth Facebook page)

I went through a sci-fi+horror phase in reading as a preteen. I am 1000% sure Rohan is going to want to read this in a few years.

Kids are fascinated by space travel and the probability that intelligent life exists beyond our solar system. Feeding this natural interest and curiosity with a modern classic novel is a great way to get, or keep, your teens interested in reading.

Real Life:

In 1977, NASA launched the space probe Voyager. One of its missions was to answer the question is there intelligent life beyond our planet. Residing on the Voyager was golden disc containing voices, music, images of plants and animals on Earth—it also contained an interstellar map to Earth. Since at least 2010, Stephen Hawking, famed physicist, has spoken publicly about his fears that an advanced alien civilization would have no problem wiping out the human race the way a human might wipe out a colony of ants.

Sci Fi:

In his international bestselling novel, Battlefield Earth, author L. Ron Hubbard outlines the scenario of getting an answer from outer space, where the Voyager was picked up by an alien probe which resulted in Man becoming an endangered species.

Battlefield Earth was reissued with expanded author notes by Galaxy Press on June 14, 2016, along with CD Audio Set. (Click Here to purchase a copy today)

What would YOU do if aliens came to earth? (After peeing your pants I mean.)

You can have fun discussions with your kids about Science Fiction, and encourage them to write themselves, as some of their ideas may someday become reality, like automatic doors conceived by H.G. Wells, voice controlled computers conceived by Arthur C. Clarke, submarines conceived by Jules Verne, handheld devices to read books conceived by L. Ron Hubbard!

If you’re still working on your #52booksin2016 challenge, check this book out. Read it alone or with your teens!

Have you read Battlefield Earth?

This is a sponsored blog post. While all thoughts above are mine, consideration was paid to me by Galaxy Press to review this book

Join the 52 Book Challenge! #52booksin2016


So I’m on my way to the mall when I just kinda felt “over it” and didn’t want to drive there, deal with parking, or people, or noise. I looked at my co-pilot Kai in the back seat and asked her if we should go home. She said “read book mommy?” which I translated to “Hey mom, screw the mall, you can return that crap anytime. Let’s go to the library instead.”

She’s a wise young sage.

I ODed at the library and hauled home a big ol’ sack of books….not including the ones for the kids… and so… the 52 Book Challenge was born!

The challenge is simply to read 52 books in 2016. Ideally, a book a week, but if you want to do more or less, go for it. I love to read and it’ll be my procrastination and relaxation tool of choice for the year. If I go at the pace I’m going, I’ll read 75+, but my goal is just 52, so if I go weeks without reading, I’ll be OK.

I announced the challenge on Instagram a few weeks ago and got a great response. Lots of folks doing the 52 book or 26 book challenge. Some folks committed to 12 books for 2016 and some, like my girl over at Yummommy are doing over 100 in 2016! *COUGH*showoffs*COUGH* 🙂

So far I’ve read:

Millions Within (ok it was an audio book. leave me alone – I got this deal on audible and lost my mind) This one I’ll have to listen to again and again. It’s a great mindset book. I’m opening myself up to a wealth mindset and this book was really great for that. (Another one I love for getting your moneymind right is Get Rich Lucky Bitch -it’s free on Kindle)


I Will Teach You To Be Rich (also free on Kindle) by Ramit Sethi who I absolutely love. (book wasn’t anything we didn’t already know if we followed him, but it was nice to read a book in a conversational personality-filled tone.) In the whole book I learned one thing: Your credit card company has trip insurance for you if you get sick and cant make your flight. They’ll cover the airline change fees for you! I never knew that!!! I knew they covered car insurance for you when you’re renting, but trip insurance too!? #wholenewworld  Call your card to be sure.

I am now reading….ok…listening to… The Map by Boni Lonsburry because I LOVE law of attraction books to just continuously remind me and keep me going in a great direction. It is just pouring love and good feels all over me today! Her voice is perfect for the message.

I recently started but didn’t finish some others that I wont bother including until I finishe them up (the pics are on Instagram if you care)

And quickly burned through these two:

blah money books

(wouldn’t really recommend either one unless you know exactly zero about money in which case it’ll be a good quick read)

I have so many books I want to read on my list… Shonda’s book, The Tidying Up Book, and… I actually want to read a book about butts. It’s Brett Contreras’ Glutes Book. Which has info on building muscle all over and a workout program to get super fit/strong/flexible. I think I’ll try it after I finish Hammer & Chisel (which I start on Monday!) I digress…

Also have to read my e-friend and fellow coach, Brandy Butler’s book that I bought the day it came out…and forgot to load into my Kindle. I was on the plane headed to Vegas ready to whip it out and read….and realized I never put it on my daggone device. #disappointed.
Anywaaay…Here’s my list:

What books are on your list?

Will you take on the 52 Books in 2016 challenge??!

(affiliate links abound all up and down this post. That means if you buy I get some coins. Don’t worry, it doesn’t cost you a thing.)

Good Reads #Nablopomo

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Happy Friday, friends!

I didn’t like today’s Nablopomo prompt. If you’re interested it was talking about your fears as a child. Mine were: duppies and electricity. Nothing’s changed. (Yes…electricity. I have a serious fear of being shocked or zapped in any way.) But new fears were added as an adult, like fear of failure and something awful happening to my kids. I just didn’t feel like doing a full on post about this.

What I would rather tell you about is some good stuff I’ve discovered around these innanets….

Can You Woo Woo Woo?

Solara Sophia has a free manifestation guide on her blog. She’s a reality creation coach (doesn’t that sound lovely?) and her guide is fabulous. I actually found her just yesterday evening. If you’re into the woo woo like I am, I know you’ll really enjoy it. Go grab it here today and start creating a kickass new reality for yourself.

Necole Aint Bitchie

I recently found out about XONecole, the rebrand of the former NecoleBitchie site. Have you been over there yet? It’s a great site with a positive vibe and I’m excited to say that they featured one of my pieces the other day. OGs to OKDani will remember the piece, but it may be a new read for some of you. Check it out here.

Bish Better Have My Money

So Maya Elious is tryna help you get your coins up. She has a new #getmoneychallenge that you can join. It’s free, relax. Check out her blog, it’s so chock full of great info for creatives and entrepreneurs. I joined the challenge because… money.  What’s your money goal for the next 45 days? Won’t you join us here too?

And now for some good reads not around the web: 

I’m currently re-reading Eat to Live which I told you all about on the blog a while back.

Just finished reading You, Inc. interesting read especially with the business ventures I’m engaged in now.

Come visit tomorrow, and again Sunday for a special feature and giveaway!! (The first of 2 giveaways this month!)

What good stuff have you read lately? 

Read & Grow Rich/Happy/Healthy….Whatever

best personal development books

Best Personal Development Books:

I’ve been a fan of personal development books for years. Since my early 20s when I discovered Tony Robbins’ book Awaken the Giant Within. That book was a game changer for me. It was all common sense, but broken down in ways I had never thought of before. I was in full-on party girl mode and after reading that book I got my shit together in a big way. It connected dots for me that I didn’t realize needed to be connected and helped me position myself for success.
I remember reading my books from Tony Robbins, Louise Hay, Wayne Dyer (May he rest in peace) and others on the subway to and from work each day without a care. It didn’t occur to me that I should feel embarrassed or ashamed for reading a book designed to help me improve my life. Though now I wonder what people thought I was dealing with when openly reading (and re-reading) Louise Hay’s You Can Heal Your Life on the E train late at night. I wonder how many side eyes I missed.

Seriously though…
I doubt anyone was checkin’ for my reading materials, and if they were, I hope it inspired them to step up their self development and grab a book of their own. I however, was nosy as hell and would peep at whatever folks were reading. I noticed a lot of people using these cute fabric book cover thingies (like the ones people use for their bibles at church) and when I would peep I’d see they were reading “How to Win Friends & Influence People” and the like. (OK full disclosure, some were reading those Harlequin type romance novels.)

Kindles and other e-readers certainly fixed that problem, eh.

But my question is, why is there shame around personal development in the first place?

I don’t understand it.  Nobody has it together 100% and everyone knows that. We all also know that nobody is perfect. Is admitting you need the help doled out in self help books really that big of a deal? I vote no.

I vote let’s be proud that we want to do better, live better, feel better, be better. Let’s be open in looking for help and guidance, and let’s share it when we find a resource that helps us out. Deal? OK, good.

In that spirit. A few of my “oldie but goodie” favorite personal development books are:

  1. Awaken the Giant Within
  2. Power of Intention
  3. Real Magic
  4. You Can Heal Your Life
  5. Get Rich Lucky Bitch
  6. As a Man Thinketh
  7. Think & Grow Rich
  8. The Power of Your Subconscious Mind
  9. The Power of Now

Luckily, I have e-friends who actively work to improve themselves as well and are willing to share their faves. Take a peek:

Reposition Yourself Living Life Without Limits. By T.D. Jakes

Jakes shares wisdom from more than thirty years of counseling, T.D. Jakes covers financial, spiritual, and relational growth options for the reader willing to make a plan and make their life more productive, while expecting and embracing change and not fearing it.
Toiia L. Rukuni

A set of short stories with fun, yet practical lessons about learning how to pick yourself up after fall ALL the way down on your face.
Not only does this book break down all of the false images that we try so hard to subscribe to, it outlines specific steps for what the author calls “wholehearted loving.” Absolutely life-changing stuff!
Wonder why you’re not getting ahead at work? You just might be engaging in small behaviors that have a major impact on how you’re perceived in the workplace.
Paul Brunson’s It’s Complicated (But it doesn’t have to be) is a relationship book that mainly focus on getting yourself together in preparation for your mate. Each chapter focus on a specific topic, and he close the chapters with some type of homework. For an unmarried woman, I was able to realize what kind of man I was looking for as my significant other.
The author reflects on her Nasty Girl business and how it’s evolved. Along the lines, she also shared lessons to help entrepreneurs and business professionals take a step towards their goals. Her book is completely awesome!
About A.G. Gaston and the making of a Black American millionaire.  The quote that stood out most was he said to find a need and fill it. I took this to heart, created a local blog for new families and new moms moving into the neighborhood and created a one stop resource called ValleyStreamMom.com. It brings local resources together so busy moms don’t have to do the work/research. It has since grown into something larger and keeps me busy.
The rest of the amazing book suggestions come from Charnaie from Here Wee Read 

Work the System: The Simple Mechanics of Making More and Working Less will show the business owner how to achieve a positive macro result by looking at business and work on a micro level; by analyzing and refining the separate internal sub-systems, the systems that, added together, comprise the whole primary system business entity. Readers will learn how to “tweak” this “system of systems” in order to maximize profits, create client loyalty, and develop autonomous employees.

Destiny: Step into Your Purpose by T.D. Jakes

Whether you are just starting out, starting over, or wondering if there is greater success than what you’ve already accomplished, now is the time to reset your inner compass. Clear your path of distractions and disruptions. Correct places where you have veered off course. Get unstuck. Embrace your God-given purpose and, with this revelatory guide from T.D. Jakes, dare to pursue the unseen order in your life circumstances that is your DESTINY.

The Noticer is a unique narrative blend of fiction, allegory, and inspiration in which gifted storyteller Andy Andrews helps us see how becoming a “noticer” just might change a person’s life forever.
The author of the blockbuster New York Times bestsellers, The Happiness Project and Happier at Home, tackles the critical question: How do we change?

Gretchen Rubin’s answer: through habits. Habits are the invisible architecture of everyday life. It takes work to make a habit, but once that habit is set, we can harness the energy of habits to build happier, stronger, more productive lives.

Every woman has had this experience: you get to the end of the day and realize you did nothing for you. And if you go days, weeks, or even months in this cycle, you begin to feel like you have lost a bit of yourself.
While life is busy with a litany of must-dos—work, parenting, keeping house, grocery shopping, laundry and on and on—women do not have to push their own needs aside. Yet this is often what happens. There’s just no time, right? Wrong.
In this practical and liberating book, Jessica Turner empowers women to take back pockets of time they already have in their day in order to practice self-care and do the things they love.

A Curious Mind is a brilliantly entertaining, fascinating, and inspiring homage to the power of inquisitiveness and the ways in which it deepens and improves us. Whether you’re looking to improve your management style at work or you want to become a better romantic partner, this book—and its lessons on the power of curiosity—can change your life.
OK… that’s more than enough to get started on your personal development reading journey if you haven’t already. Remember don’t just read the books like a novel and go on your merry way. You’ve got to take the actions suggested to make any changes.
 What are your fave personal development books?