Wednesday Words

17 Apr
I was starting to worry my jeans were getting tighter, but those must just be someone else's jeans. Sweet relief. : @mrs.happygilmore
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Lawn Fawn Haul!

16 Apr

It’s been a while since I have picked up any new crafty supplies, but I did manage to get some my hands on some Lawn Fawn products recently. Yay!

Here is what I picked up from Amazon:

Lawn Fawn Cuts Die Cherry Christmas
Lawn Fawn Clear Stamps - LF891 Fintastic Friends

And, Lawn Fawn was having a sale, so I picked up these from their website:

wavy sayings

I already had these paper packs, but for $1.20 each, I picked up an extra of each.
I am looking forward to finding some time to play with all these goodies! 🙂

Book Review-The Governess of Penwythe Hall

14 Apr

The Governess of Penwythe Hall was written by Sarah E. Ladd. It is the first book in The Cornwall Novels.
Summary: Governess Cordelia Greythorne is faced with the most difficult choice of her life. Moving back to Cornwall brings her closer to her dangerous past, but she won’t break her promise to a dying father. She must accompany the five orphaned children to their new home at Penwythe Hall.
Jac Twethewey is determined to restore Penwythe Hall’s former glory. But when he suddenly becomes guardian to his five nieces and nephews, his life is turned upside down. How will he manage to save his family’s legacy when he now has a whole new family to take care of?
And what will happen when Cordelia’s past brings danger to Penwythe Hall? Will Jac be able to protect them all?
My Thoughts: This is a fantastic book. The plot is fascinating, the characters are wonderful, and the writing is superb. I could literally sit down and read this one again right now. SO good!
If you enjoy historical fiction with plenty of romance and intrigue-this book is definitely for you.
I don’t often mark a book as buy-worthy, but this one is-go pick it up!
I would like to thank Thomas Nelson for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
*Please note-this book will be released on April 16, 2019.

Book Review-Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants

13 Apr

Ada Twist and the Perilous Pants is a children’s fictional chapter book written by Andrea Beaty and is book two in The Questioneers series.
Summary: Ada is full of questions. She is full of ideas. Sometimes there is so much going on in her brain, it’s hard to get it all out!
But after experimenting with heat and smell, her science skills are put to the test when her friend Rosie’s Uncle Ned starts to float away in his helium pants!
Can she use what she’s learned to save the day?
My Thoughts: This book is very fun. It has an interesting story line, is full of testing theories and hypotheses, working as a team, and using science to save the day.
I particularly like the underlying message of not giving up, and continuing to try until a solution is found.
This book would definitely make a wonderful present for any girl (or boy) who loves science.
I would like to thank Amulet Books for providing me with a free digital copy of this book for my unbiased review. Thank you!

Wednesday Words

10 Apr
Tips & tricks for using a felt letter board in your home. Great quote ideas, help on how to make it easier to change it, and lots of inspiration for your letter board! #letterboard #letterfolk #letterboardquotes #home #homedecor #funny #sarcasm #quotes #funnyquotes
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March Books

9 Apr

This year, I am on a mission to read more books! My goal is 100, which is ambitious, but I am doing pretty darn good so far, so we will see!
Here are the eleven books I read in March.
If I have posted a review of the book, I hyperlinked the title for your reference.
You might sense a theme with the first six books this month. I totally got into the first Spy School book last month, AND…I read the rest this month. 🙂
1. Spy Camp by Stuart Gibbs
2. Evil Spy School by Stuart Gibbs
3. Spy Ski School by Stuart Gibbs
4. Spy School Secret Service by Stuart Gibbs
5. Spy School Goes South by Stuart Gibbs
6. Spy School British Invasion by Stuart Gibbs
I really had fun reading all of these books, and am now reading the first book to the kids as a read aloud.
7. Don’t Dangle Your Participle by Vanita Oelschlager
The illustrations in this book are really fun.
8. The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason
I liked this book-a great second book to the series. I especially liked that the plot was pretty unique.
9. Sweet on You by Becky Wade
I love this series so much-so glad to have finally gotten my hands on the next one-SO good!
10. Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink
We finished this read aloud from last month, and it was pretty good. It has a real Laura Ingalls Wilder vibe, which I love.
11. The Magic Finger by Roald Dahl
This was another read aloud with the kids-nice and short!
My favorite book this month was Sweet on You, but I really enjoyed all the Spy School books too!
That’s all the books for this month, and now I have read 37 books for the year-not too shabby! 🙂

Book Review-Art Lab for Kids Express Yourself

6 Apr

Art Lab for Kids Express Yourself was written by Susan Schwake and is a follow-up to the book Art Lab for Kids.
Summary: This book provides 52 creative adventures for kids-enabling them to discover new art techniques, as well as their own personal style.
My Thoughts: I am a big fan of the lab series for kids, and this is another fun one.
One of my favorite things about this book-all of the step-by-step pictures. I am very visual when creating art, and seeing exactly what each step should look like, really helps me communicate the projects better to my kids.
The instructions were very clear and concise, and there were plenty of diverse projects to choose from-meaning you are sure to find something your child or student would enjoy.
The projects start out quite simply, with minimal supplies, and kids will find plenty of varied projects to explore. In the beginning units, I would say students five and up can complete the projects, but as the units progress, there are definitely a few I would leave for those ages 9 and up.
Overall, this is a great start-up book for anyone that is looking for easy, clearly-defined art projects for kids.
I would like to thank Quarry Books for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you.