Monthly Archives: August 2016

Back To School Books



I did a video recently on some of my favorite back to school books and wanted to include the list here in case you’d like to check them out at your local library or order them online.

These are some of my favorite back to school books and all of them lend themselves to things that are perfect beginning of the year topics such as feelings, friendship, home/school transitions, routines, differences and similarities, pride in our country, and traditions.

I hope you enjoy this list of books and I look forward to hearing about which books you like to include at the beginning of the school year.


Trina Licavoli Gunzel

Franklin’s First Day At School by Paulette Bourgeois and Branda Clark

We Are A Rainbow by Nancy Maria Grande Tabor

My Friends by Taro Gomi

Lizards for Lunch by Conrad J. Storad

Margaret and Margarita by Lynn Reiser

Plant a Kiss by Amy Krouse Rosenthal

The Pledge of Allegiance by Schoalstic

Happy Reading!  Make it a great year for the books!


Live Blog Radio Interview Promoting My Upcoming Book: Grandpas Are Giving

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I would love to share my passion for families, writing and art with you.  If you would like to learn a little more about me and hear my real voice, please listen to this recorded interview I was invited to do with my publisher from Helping Hands Press.

Thank you for connecting with me as I work as an author/illustrator, master teacher and educational coach for individuals and marriages.

I am praying for families and hope you will be encouraged and inspired by my stories.

Grandmas Are Gorgeous! and

Can’t The Highs and Lows of Raising a Type One Diabetic Child are available on Amazon


Grandpas Are Giving will be available soon!

Recorded Interview with Trina Licavoli Gunzel


With love,

Trina Licavoli Gunzel

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Soul Recharge

There are times in life when you just have to stop and take care of yourself. 

I am guilty of running myself down, taking care of others and allowing myself to get burned out.  We have to establish healthy boundaries in our lives so we can continue to help others without it tearing us down.

This week caring for my sick children, I overdid it and ended up getting sick myself.  Normally I don’t allow myself much down time, almost feeling like if I slow down, everything will catch up to me.  However, that’s not the case; balance keeps us well and allows us to recover quickly.

There is always a way back to health if we choose to do the work.  We can have healthy bodies, healthy relationships, healthy work, healthy families…anywhere we want to apply healthy thinking and take action to make it happen.  We all have down days and struggle with something, but that doesn’t have to define us.  That’s where we have a choice no matter what we’re going through.

Slowing down, praying, resting, thinking better, rehydrating, and eating intentionally are natural ways we can heal our bodies.

Healing our hearts, homes, and relationships takes intentional and thoughtful action and time.  It’s all a matter of where we choose to put our time, energy, and talents and what we choose to focus on.  

I am focused on wellness, love, positivity, and making sure my family always comes first while I am working to help others.  As my migraine is lifting and I have had some meditative time to think, I know that as I help others while staying a strong example and mentor, I can get more energy and stay well without giving my energy away.

Boundaries are important to maintain health and to continue to be there for those who need us.  

Be a candle without letting others extinguish your flame.

Hugs and well wishes,