Travel the World in Books Readathon


OK, everyone…this is pretty cool, and I am extremely excited to be participating! Mom’s Small Victories, Lost in Books, and Savvy Working Girl have put on an around the world readathon to help encourage diversity and exploration/appreciation of other countries and cultures.  The point is to discover new books you may not have otherwise considered!  The readathon runs from September 1-14, and you can read all about it here:

I’m participating through my Barefoot Books business- it’s just such a great fit! We have so many globally inspired books that I just COUD NOT pass up this opportunity to skip across the world with all of you.

For the duration of the readathon, I’ll post a new book each day on my Barefoot Books facebook page and my Instagram account (@bethbfb) that highlights a different country/culture. So if you don’t already follow me there, make sure to do that so you don’t miss out! This should be a lot of fun!

So are you currently reading something from a different country than your own (author, characters, or both)? I’d love to hear all about it (Barefoot Books or not).  I’m always on the lookout for great stories! And if you need some inspiration, let my country hop on Facebook and Instagram guide you!

The emergence of mine

Ian has added a new word to his vocabulary recently. It’s that dreaded four-letter word. That ugly, mean, hateful “m” word…mine!

I’m suspecting he learned it from a kid at day care. Though I suppose he could have picked it up from us. I don’t consciously remember saying it to him (we normally say “don’t play with the phone, it’s mommy’s” instead of “don’t play with this; it’s mine”), but do we really remember the exact words we say every day? Unless you’re Sheldon, probably not.

At any rate, “MINE!” has been added to the list of words Ian knows and can annunciate clearly. Since he’s been such a slow talker to this point (loves to sign, only sometimes tries to talk), we are trying to figure out how to discourage use of the word when it’s inappropriate (seriously, kid? The TV remote is not yours) without squashing his desire for speech.

We’ve only beem moderately successful so far.  But to be perfectly honest we’re not trying that hard; it doesn’t help that it is SO adorably cute when he says it…. It’s hard enough to not laugh, let alone compose ourselves enough to correct him!  I mean, how do you reprimand a face like this???


Kids are such buggers!

What does your little monster say or do that you know you should do something about, but find yourself struggling not to laugh instead?? Tell me I’m not alone here 🙂

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mommies out there!

It is such a joy and a privilege to be a mother.  My son, the light of my life and everything of my world, just makes my days that much better.  I wouldn’t be celebrating this day if not for him!

Enjoy this day; I know we don’t often take a day just for ourselves.  So far, my day has been great- I haven’t had to change one single diaper!  Woo!  Best mother’s day gift EVER 🙂  Though the gift below from my little man isn’t too shabby, either!

Mother’s Day gift from my favorite!


How has your day been?  Did you do/get anything special?


Hi there, and welcome to my blog! My name is Beth, and I’m the Mrs of the Frankenfield family. My husband, Jon, and I have been married nearly 5 years (we got married August 29, 2009).  We have a 13 year old dog-Scout, a 4 year old cat-Igby, a 3 year old cat-Ducky, and an 18 month old son-Ian. To find out more about our family, hop over to the About page.  Or you can just learn as you go, through my posts. I’m so glad you are here, and can’t wait to get to know you!