Holiday Book Sale

In this vintage Christmas adventure, the twins, Willow and Wendell Potter journey to three magical lands. With each travel, they learn the secret to true Christmas magic.

This book is now on sale on Amazon!

A Magical Christmas Adventure

Looking for gift ideas for your kids, nieces or nephews, or co-workers children? Look no further. Give a book. Not just any book–a Christmas story filled with awe, wonder, and adventure. What book is this? THE MAGIC SNOW GLOBE.

In this story, you will join twins, Willow and Wendell Potter, on an exploration of magical worlds, transported through none other than an antique snow globe.

In each new land, the twins will discover secrets to real Christmas magic and the joy that fills the holiday season.

Here’s a few pictures from the book.

Fairy Forest

Toy Town

Mermaid Reef

Last Minute Christmas Shopping: Give the Gift of a Book

I love Christmas, and I love reading. One of my favorite gifts is a good book. Personally, I like to go on an adventure. I want to travel on a journey that will inspire me and leave me wondering.

These are the kinds of books I write. Adventures. If you have children, I’d recommend my latest Christmas book: The Magic Snow Globe. It’s currently on sale on for $10.99. Click on the image below to go directly to the site and preview several pages of the story.

Merry Christmas!

The Magic Snow Globe: A Children’s Book

I’ve dreamed of this day since I was 10. I’m not fibbing. I have wanted to publish a book for that long! And today, that dream is a reality.

The Magic Snow Globe is my debut. It’s a children’s book about twins, Willow and Wendell Potter, who purchase a special snow globe from an antique store. At night, the globe lights up and transports them to magical lands where they learn the real secret to Christmas magic.

Not only did I write the book, but I also illustrated it. I worked hard to capture the scenes that were in my mind. Each drawing was painted using watercolor and acrylic. My mother, Cindy Overbeek, an experienced painter, helped me with the painting so that each image would pop.

I desire for this book is to inspire wonder and imagination. Oh that we would set down our iPhones and get lost in a book again. Let the pictures speak to us and the words whisk us away.

I hope The Magic Snow Globe would help you dream up your own magical lands and the wonders of Christmas.

If you would like to purchase this book, it is available on as a paperback and Ebook. (Click the highlighted text to be taken to the page)


Blast From the Past: My First Christmas as a Mrs.

I have always loved Christmas! Luckily, I married a man who loves it just as much as me. On our first Christmas, we hunted for the perfect tree at Doumel Tree Farms. Then we cut it down and brought it back to our tiny home in Bay City, MI. Check out these photos from eleven years ago! We looked so young.







Opening gifts at my parents’ house. My Dad always give his own”special” presents. Usually a lot of white elephant trinkets from the dollar store. It’s a blast!


Christmas in 1920: Vintage Holiday Photos

The Christmas season is my favorite time of year. I love decorating the house and listening to holiday music. And by golly, there’s just something magical about it.

I look back on these vintage holiday photos, and I know, Christmas is a timeless treasure.



Hanging the Stockings with Care


All tired out after unwrapping gifts



Window Shopping



Children picking out the tree.













Picture References:
A 1920s Traditional Christmas

Merry Christmas from the Cordero Family and Our Elf

Today is Christmas!!! Last night, our elf prepped the other animals by reading Twas the Night Before Christmas. I think they really enjoyed it.

My family wishes you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Blessings to you all.
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Star Shine our Elf on the Shelf: Fishing and More

Star Shine our Elf on the Shelf is still going strong with her nightly antics. She’s a clever one this elf.



Fishing for goldfish crackers in the bathroom sink and even caught one!


Star Shine had a surprise for my daughter after she spent the night at her grandma’s house.



Update on the Adventures of Our Elf: Ramps and Parachutes

Apparently, our elf on the shelf is a bit of a daredevil. I caught her alone in a purple convertible with Ken. She sat awful close to him at the top of a ramp built with Christmas presents. (I doubt Barbie liked that very much.) The following day, I found her parachuting from the ceiling van. Dear me, who knows what she’ll do next.




Our Elf on the Shelf: Dress Up, Naughty List, and Candy Canes

Star Shine, our elf on the shelf, has been busy these last three nights. She’s an active little gal.


Trying on Barbie Clothes


She told these animals that they were on the naughty list. It didn’t go over well.


Candy Canes in our Stockings. Yummy!