Wednesday, March 22, 2017
This month is sorta a miss for me. I was truly happy with one product and I like two of the product just okay. One product was super disappointing as it is not a full size product which is one of the huge perks of Boxycharm. I hope this will not be a continuing trend.
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
I'm a boy mom. I've been bless with 4 of them. I read Brobarians to the 3rd son who is 6 because I knew he would relate to the story. See #4 "The Little Dictator" as I fondly refer to him has definitely come in our home and taken over. He loves to take things that are not his and causes a lot of commotion (with all his big brothers - you haven't seen someone run fast until you see a 16 year old chase a 1 year old for a PS4 controller!)
Monday, March 20, 2017
Carolyn Miller's new book The Elusive Miss Ellison has a very Jane Austen feel about it. We follow a strong character Lavinia Ellison who is a minister's daughter as she meets up with a nobelman with a guilty past. To me each of them had a bit of a high opinion of themselves. I think that is the beauty of the story in how they bring out each other's faults and strengths. Miller weaves a strong story with well developed characters. You will enjoy this one!
Today is not only the first day of Spring but it is also Very Hungry Caterpillar Day! We took the morning to read our favorite story and to do some spring/caterpillar crafts. My little guy loves to paint and it was so easy to get creative and make a caterpillar.
Friday, March 17, 2017
This summer, villainy runs in the family.
Steve Carell is Gru and Dru.
DESPICABLE ME 3 is in theaters June 30
Illumination, who brought audiences Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, continues the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. Directed by Pierre Coffin and Kyle Balda, co-directed by Eric Guillon and written by Cinco Paul & Ken Daurio, the animated film is produced by Illumination’s Chris Meledandri and Janet Healy, and executive produced by Chris Renaud.
Joining Steve Carell and Kristen Wiig in Despicable Me 3 is Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Trey Parker, co-creator of Comedy Central’s global phenomenon South Park and the Broadway smash The Book of Mormon. Parker voices the role of villain Balthazar Bratt, a former child star who’s grown up to become obsessed with the character he played in the ‘80s, and proves to be Gru’s most formidable nemesis to date.
Use the hashtags #DespicableMe3 and #Minions on Twitter for a fun surprise!
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Thursday, March 16, 2017
One thing I see posted about on facebook more than anything is suggestions for chapter books. Once kids outgrow picture books parents are looking for wholesome, yet interesting reads. It kind of hits two phases. First is to be read aloud by Mom and Dad then later to be read independently by the child when they've advanced to that skill. I have found that it is best to keep these kind of books on hand because once you enter either phase it just blossoms. Kids want a real story and they are looking for books that truly interest them.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
*I received a copy of this cd for review - please see full disclosure at the bottom of the post*
Laura Story is back with a brand new album Open Hands. This album is shows the growth of a true songwriter. The lyrics in so many songs are so deep and moving - it is like she has seen the hearts of so many and wrote songs to really speak to those hurts and circumstances.
Monday, March 13, 2017
March is Women's History Month and what better way to celebrate than to learn about our First Ladies in the new book What's The Big Deal About First Ladies by Ruby Shamir and Matt Faulkner. This book includes many wonderful illustrations of our beautiful first ladies while sharing a bit about what they do as far as the work and life of post. Many of the former first ladies are featured and it is a very neat factual way to see a glimpse into the first ladies.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Amazon has launched their own 'beauty' box program. This particular one is for men's grooming products. It is a little different than subscription boxes as it is a one time purchase. Plus they give you the purchase cost if you buy select items. So say you buy the razor pictured above you would get the purchase cost back off that order. (More details on that in a bit.)
Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Do you have an emerging reader that loves fun facts? (I do!!) Then The Way the Cookie Crumbled by Jody Jensen Shaffer is the perfect book to add to your reading. This book is a chapter book that takes you through the fantastically fun history of how cookies came to be. You might be surprised to learn the history - we were. One fun fact is that in England cookies aren't called cookies, they are called biscuits! That is just one tasty fact you will learn in this book. We used it as our read aloud this week in school and I've caught my son looking at it several times since. He really enjoyed the illustrations by Kelly Kennedy and learning all about one of his favorite treats. This book would be a great asset in a unit study. In fact we not only read this story but J-man drew a picture of the different varieties of cookies and we plan on baking some chocolate cookies very soon. (see how easy a unit study could come together!)
Monday, March 6, 2017
Cat In The Hat: Knows A Lot About Space! is the latest in the Cat In the Hat series and it is another fun title. My kindergartener loves watching this show and I love all that he learns while doing it. March 2nd was Dr. Suess' birthday and we spend a good part of that day reading some of the classic books including The Cat in the Hat. Then we watched this DVD. I also printed some of the printables (below) to add to the fun.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
Hard Candy has really upped their game with the new products they've been releasing. They are also available at Walmart which makes them pretty accessible for most of us. (I end up at Walmart at least twice a month, myself.) I had been looking at products like this Primer Stick so when Hard Candy sent it to me for a review I was so excited.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
Little ones love to question the world around them. This is how they learn. Teaching them about God's creations is a special time. In the book Baa! Oink! Moo! God Made the Animals, we go along with a Momma and her little son as they walk along the farm. As they walk questions pop up about all of the different animals and the Mom explains how God made each animal uniquely like only He can!
Friday, March 3, 2017
Another month has passed! I cannot believe how fast 2017 is flying by. In some ways I'm not so unhappy about it because I am happy to distance myself from 2016 which was one of the hardest years of my life... However I'm not so thrilled with the idea of having a 17 year old senior in the fall!! I keep thinking he is like 8! How did this happen and when did I get old enough to have a 17 year old!!
Anyways... Here are some of the things I am LOVING this past month.
Thursday, March 2, 2017
I don't know why this is my first Barbara Cameron book but I can certainly say it won't be the last. This story - Home To Paradise- is the third installment in The Coming Home series. I have not read the first but I was able to pick up and dive right in. This story is a bit gimmicky with the idea of 3 brothers marrying 3 sisters, but I didn't mind that one bit. I can even imagine that it happens a lot in the Amish community. I happen to know two sisters who married two brothers so it is not a stretch to me at all.
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
I have a wonderful new worship cd to share with you today from Reba McEntire! Sing It Now: Songs of Faith & Hope features a good mix of classics and more modern songs. It is 20 songs broken up onto two cds with the first being all the classical and the later featuring the more modern gospel songs. The mix of the two is quite wonderful depending on what you are in the mood for. The whole album has that Reba feel with her bit of country twang. I loved the traditional songs because she really chose some of my favorites. I love having her renditions.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017
I have a delightful picture book to share with you today. Life on Mars by Jon Agee follows a young astronaut on a mission to find life on the planet mars. He is all alone and starts doubting his convictions - that there is in fact life there- until the end of the book. The muted colors of the pages and the sweet alien that follows him make this a special treat. We really enjoyed this book during our read aloud time.
Saturday, February 25, 2017
SAY WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am loving all the Beauty and the Beast merchandise coming out. This is my favorite Disney movie. We actually bought a Lumiere candle-thingy when we were at Disney last fall because I had to have it. Ate at Be Our Guest when we were there too because I had to see the Castle.
The Limited Edition Beauty and the Beast Le Creuset Soup Pot retails for $280 and only 500 are available!
I love watching Beauty Bloggers on YouTube. I've learned about many wonderful products and techniques by tuning in. One of my favorites to watch is Kandee Johnson. She is such a fun, crazy and energetic lady. She rocks her bold hairstyles and shares her tips and style with us viewers. She recently did a collaboration with SinfulColors Nail polish and I have to tell you they are bright beautiful shades - I love them!
Friday, February 24, 2017
Another month means another BoxyCharm! I loved this month! The mini Z-palette holds 9 shadows and came with the extra magnets in case you need them for other shadows. The brush set is beautiful with an ombre look. The lipstick was the only miss for me as I just don't wear bright red that much and I have so many from beauty boxes.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Every child would like to believe they are the favorite. Most Moms will tell you that all her children are her favorites. This story is such a tale. Mr. Fuzzbuster was the first pet and fancied himself at the top. Over time his owner acquires more pets and they all think they are her favorite. So Lily answers their question!
Monday, February 20, 2017
We love Hullabaloo! Such a fun group with some really fantastic music. We recently received their latest album Best of Hullabaloo Volume Two for review. This includes songs from four of their albums from 2010-2015. It is a great way to get a feel for all their sounds with a wonderful sampling.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
We have been loving the series ABC Monsters. In the all new volume 5 - Rainy Day Raffle in Capitol Castle we explore the letters Q, R, S, T, U. This year we have a kindergartener in our homeschool. I've been having him watch these DVDs as a supplement to his phonics lessons. It is a great way to add a fun element to our school time without always being stuck at the computer or in a workbook. He likes the cute stories and adventures finding the ABC Monsters.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Amish fiction has really evolved these past few years. It is not simply finding love. The characters now have more depth and heart than ever before. I love this evolution and it has really drawn me to the genre more than ever. I was excited to participate in the Amish Wanderer by Laura V. Hilton.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Marriage is a work in process. Even after being married for 17 years I'm still learning and growing. Yes, some things come easier but it is not easy. It is giving 100% of yourself to another person without expecting anything in return. Of course if your both doing that then your going to have a wonderful relationship.
I've been reading Lists To Love By for Busy Wives as my February Devotional. This is an easy read that packs a heartfelt punch. There are many reminders for me - an old married lady- as well as some new ideas. I'm going to give my husband Lists To Love By for Busy Husbands as part of his Valentine's Day gift. I think this is a wonderful set to help us renew our hearts and love for each other this romantic season.
Monday, February 13, 2017
President's Day is on February 20th this year and it is just around the corner. Naturally this week I'll be pulling out my books on the Presidents and giving our Kindergartener a bit of a look at the 45 Presidents we've had. I recently received Time For Kids: Presidents Of The United States and this has been a perfect resource for the holiday.
Saturday, February 11, 2017
It has been awhile since I did a favorite things post but I have a few things that are new to me that I'm loving! These are going to be beauty, household and random things I love, a little bit of everything!
Thursday, February 9, 2017
I have a wonderful book to share with you today. NOPE! - A Tale of First Flight by Drew Sheneman is a book of little words that uses amazing illustrations to tell the story of a little birds first flight. The baby is determined not to take that first flight and is scared of all that could happen. This hysterical look at little ones learning to fly can be used to help our kids when they are facing something new such as going to school for the first time.
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Girls! I have a new release you will love! The Powerpuff Girls Tiara Trouble. Now admittedly my boys are not crazy about these girls but I love their cuteness! These crime fighters are perfect for all of us girls that want something a little special for ourselves.
Kari Jobe introduced her new album - The Garden - this past friday. This album is born of the heart from some life changing heart-aching moments in the Jobe family. She shares in the introduction of this album about the loss of her sister's child. Our family went through the same situation almost 17 years ago and I still think of my niece that I didn't get to hold. My child was the next born after the loss of our niece and it was a scary time for us - we had seen that pregnancy and life is fragile and precious with no guarantees. It is something special that she shared this personal story with us and I'm sure that Jobe's prayer is that this helps someone in a similar situation.