Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. Check out how this nerd family is celebrating. Hint: we're reading.

We have no problem calling ourselves nerds in this house. We just are. We love sci-fi movies, talking extensively about comic books, and reading. Well, when it comes to me, I USED TO love reading. I haven’t had much time for it since I grew up, started to work 60 hour work weeks, had a husband and kids, then discovered that I could read 500 word blog posts rather than novels. This year, I did promise myself that I’d read more, and encourage my kids to read even more than me. With my son, I haven’t had any problems though.

He’s a book nerd. We gave him a new laptop, Wreck This Journal, and a Hardy Boys book collection for his birthday. The books immediately won out. It’s been 3 weeks and he’s done with his journal and almost finished reading all of the Hardy Boys books. He devours good literature. So, when From Left To Write challenged us to read Charlie and the Chocolate Factory together in honor of the book’s 50th anniversary, I jumped at the chance. This was a book that I had loved as a child, and I couldn’t wait to see my son fall in love with it too. We’ve seen the movies, but so much can be lost in book to movie adaptations. We both loved reading extra parts of the book that we hadn’t seen or didn’t remember from the movies. We bonded over a classic book. If that isn’t a sign of a nerd family, I don’t know what is.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is celebrating it's 50th anniversary. Check out how this nerd family is celebrating. Hint: we're reading.

This post was inspired by the classic Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To celebrate, Penguin Young Readers Group, in partnership with Dylan’s Candy Bar, the world-famous candy emporium, and First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books for children from low-income families, is launching a year-long international celebration.

Head over to From Left to Write to learn how you and your child can have a chance to win the Golden Ticket Sweepstakes where the grand prize is a magical trip to New York City plus much more! For every entry submitted, Penguin Young Readers Group will make a donation to First Book. Then, join From Left to Write on July 24 as we discuss Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. As a book club member, I received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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Before we get into this list, I just want to rectify that these are MY favorite hot dog creations, and yes, some of them are creations that have been featured on this here website. I use the words “best hot dog creations” loosely since I’m biased, but there are some great ones here! In honor of National Hot Dog Day, July 23rd, I feel this post is warranted. The baby in my stomach agrees.

Bacon Cheeseburger Dogs from Chewsy Lovers

Take a look at these 10 hot dog creations that will blow your mind and make you salivate.

Caprese Hot Dogs

This is great twist on the usual hot dogs that we grill every summer. A blend of caprese salad and grilled hot dogs.

Spicy Pineapple Slaw Dog from Chewsy Lovers

Take a look at these 10 hot dog creations that will blow your mind and make you salivate.

Tex-Mex Burrito Dogs

If you love Tex-Mex and grilling, you have to try this recipe for Tex-Mex Burrito Hot Dogs. It's amazing!

Buffalo Hot Dogs from Chewsy Lovers

Take a look at these 10 hot dog creations that will blow your mind and make you salivate.

Greek Salad Dogs

If you are a fan of Greek salad, you have to try these Greek Salad hot dogs! Easy recipe and bold flavors.

Classic Corn Dogs on a Stick from The Pioneer Woman

Grilled Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs from Foodie with Family

Muffuletta Hot Dogs from Saveur

Bahn Mi Dog from Real Simple

What a wonderfully delicious round-up. If you try any of these creations for National Hot Dog Day, please come back and let us know how they turned out for you.

Random question: What’s your favorite way to eat a hot dog?

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How to Cook On Hot Summer Days

July 22, 2014
Here are some great tips on how to cook on hot summer days, without having to depend on your grill.

I actually posted these tips exactly 4 years ago this month, and they still hold true for our frugal family. People are always asking how to cook on hot summer days, without spending an absorbent amount of money on take-out. With the weather in the 90s here in NJ, and my pregnant belly making me […]

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Pixar in Concert at The Philadelphia Orchestra

July 17, 2014
Pixar in Concert is coming to The Philadelphia Orchestra this summer! Check out the article to find out dates.

A big thanks to The Philadelphia Orchestra for offering our family complimentary tickets to Pixar in Concert. We are a Disney family. It’s been no secret to anyone that has chatted with our family (especially our kids) and has read this blog. My position on the Disney Parks Moms Panel also shows just how much I love Walt […]

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How to Drink More Water (when you really don’t want to)

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Want to learn how to drink more water, when you really don

I have to admit something: I hate drinking water. I really, really do. I’ve been like this since I was a kid. For some reason, I just never liked drinking water, and would make all kinds of stipulations around me consuming it. It needed to be bottled water only. It couldn’t be from the tap. […]

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Back-To-School Grocery Challenge – Win $250! #GroceryChallenge

July 15, 2014
Would you like to win $250 for your back-to-school shopping? Of course you would! Check out this grocery challenge and win.

So, I’ve been keeping a secret. Well, technically I haven’t been keeping it from those of you that are subscribed to the 4 Hats and Frugal newsletter. You nosy folks new about this a few weeks ago. Here’s the scoop: I am now a business owner! I’ve finally started my new venture, Grocery Budget Tutor. […]

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Fun Times at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk {Giveaway}

July 15, 2014
Jenkinson's Boardwalk in Pt. Pleasant NJ

This Jersey girl can’t help but dream about the shore. A few weeks ago, I wrote about our family time down at Jenkinson’s Boardwalk, and I have been itching to get back there. The rides, the sea air, the food and the fun; it’s what’s summer is all about! While it’s going to be a […]

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Awesome Scores at Cost Plus World Market #WorldMarket_NJ

July 13, 2014
Cost Plus World Market is coming to Livingston, NJ!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market. All opinions and experiences are my own. When it comes to world travel, I’m still a novice. I’ve only been able to travel abroad as a service member. I’ve never had the luxury of going to Europe, Asia, South America or Africa on […]

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He’s 9 and I Can’t Deal

July 10, 2014
My son is officially 9, and I'm coming to terms with it. Well, truthfully, I can't deal.

Each year, I write a post dedicated to my sweet boy’s birthday. He’s my first born and my most compassionate child, so creating a special article in celebration just seems so right. This year, it’s taken me a bit longer to craft my happy birthday message to him. While he’s excited to add another year to […]

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Grand Opening in NJ – World Market!

July 8, 2014
Cost Plus World Market is coming to Northern NJ!

This is a sponsored post on behalf of Cost Plus World Market. Have you ever looked around your home and immediately felt overwhelmed? I mean, there are so many different things that need to be cleaned, straightened or even replaced. At least that’s how I feel when I scour through our little place. I always […]

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