Which Bug is the Best and Other Things You Wanted to Know About Asia Citro

As you know from this post and this post, I’m a big fan of the Zoey and Sassafrass series, written by Asia Citro. When she agreed to an interview with me, I may have had a bit of a fangirl freakout. But I’m not about to admit that here!

Asia Citro’s next book and the fourth book of the Zoey and Sassafras series, Caterflies and Ice, comes out on November 21, 2017. I was lucky enough to interview her and talk a little bit about her characters, writing process, and bugs. Yes, bugs!

Though I’ve not met her in person, she is warm, funny, and her love of bugs is infectious. There’s also a little surprise contained within!

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Why I Was So Scared to Travel (and Why You Shouldn’t Be!)

I was so scared to travel and I never even considered traveling alone. My friends never had money or time. Frequently, both. If they did, they’d go with their significant other. I didn’t know that people traveled solo simply because they could. Nor did I realize how rewarding it would be. How do you alleviate the fear of traveling? How do you fight the foe called travel anxiety?

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Respect Where You Are On Your Journey

One thing I love to do for myself is write letters to Future Me. It has helped me realize when I’ve made progress in my life and thinking. It reminds me of difficult times and that I’ve persevered through them. I get snapshots of what my kids were like at certain ages and I’ve made sure to include more about my little precious people in my future letters to my future self. The snapshot shows me where I was on my journey and where I am now.

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The Artwork in My Doctor’s Office is Better Than Yours

The three of us ended up with a long lasting virus, so we made a trek to a doctor’s office. Everyone is fine, thanks. I wanted to call to your attention a lovely trend I’ve noticed here. The artwork in my pediatrician’s office is incredible. Who else is going to tell you that?

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Wanting the Unschool Life in a Go to School World

I’ve been struggling with a very difficult parenting decision. And I thought I’d made peace with it, until we came out of a weekend where we were beautiful, model unschoolers. Or homeschoolers. Or whatever term makes you happy. I really want to continue to live the unschool life in a go to school world.

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We Are Still Reading Zoey & Sassafras (and Why You Should, Too!)

When Asia Citro first advertised her series Zoey & Sassafras, I jumped at the opportunity to read them. The books are about a young girl with a cat that includes science and magic? Count me in!

The series is growing and there are two forthcoming books. The fourth book in the series is came  out on November 21, 2017 and I’ve already pre-ordered devoured it because I love this series. Here’s why I love the Zoey and Sassafras books so much!

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These Are Some of the Cutest Hairstyles Ever

Most days, if everyone is dressed, fed, and teeth brushed, I’m feeling ahead of the game. Getting everyone’s hair brushed is like a bonus in the game of life. Not required, but boy, it looks nice! My daughter prefers to wear her hair down and loose and I don’t try to tame that preference, because it isn’t my hair. The only thing I insist upon is that it gets brushed somewhat regularly. Up until now, that’s about as much as she’d let me play with it, so I haven’t even tried any special hairstyles.

In Mexico, I’ve made an observation (it’s a generality, not an absolute). So many kids have amazing hairstyles. Boys and girls alike, even in casual settings like the mall, are styled and gelled. The girls’ styles are often intricate. I wonder, “how do they do it?”

Because this seems beyond my capabilities.

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Cockroaches In My Coffee and Other Delightful Anecdotes

I wandered downstairs one recent Saturday morning. The house smelled deliciously of coffee, which was normal for a weekend. My husband (almost) always brews coffee for both of us. He feels it’s in his best interest, but I’m not usually a cranky-ass mess before coffee anymore. I’m more of a zombie.

The day before, he’d told me, “There were some tiny cockroaches in the coffeemaker.” My face want from normal to full on eww in 0.001 seconds.

“There are cockroaches in the coffeepot???” I said incredulously. I’ve been drinking coffee! Everyday. Like always! Had I been unknowingly consuming cockroach poop or corpses?

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