Friday, December 9, 2016

Reduce Reuse Recycle this Christmas with Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #200!


Christmas is an especially good time to remember the three R's, because there is so much waste during the season. We can reduce, by buying less and more thoughtfully. We can reuse by re-gifting or saving bags, ribbons, and cards to use again. We can recycle by sorting our trash and disposing of it appropriately.


Here is an excellent resource:

Our family does recycling faithfully throughout the year. Our trash is mostly paper, plastic, tins, and glass, so it makes a lot of sense to recycle. In the USA, from Thanksgiving to Christmas, household waste increases by 25%.


Learn more by checking out this:

I like to save Christmas bags, ribbons, and cards. They are always needed at Christmas time and often look good from one year to the next. The Christmas bags usually only need a new gift tag. The ribbons are used to decorate gifts, of course, or cards. The old cards get cut up and glued on new blank cards with a white page glued inside. This is where I can get a little creative and if the kids get involved they can have some fun too. Below are three that I did this December.

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

Frohe Weihnachten

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My Latest Book Reviews:


Heir of Thunder
by Karissa Laurel



Ornaments of Love Coloring Book
by Sharlin Craig




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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Heir of Thunder


About the Book

Title: Heir of Thunder: Book One in The Stormbourne Chronicles | Author: Karissa Laurel | Publisher: Evolved Publishing | Pages: 280 (approximate) | Genre: Young Adult Fantasy


Book Description

The Lord of Thunder’s sudden death leaves his daughter, Evelyn Stormbourne, unprepared to rule Inselgrau in his place. Weeks before Evie’s ascension to the throne, revolutionaries attack and destroy her home. She conceals her identity and escapes under the protection of her father’s young horse master, Gideon Faust. Together they flee Inselgrau and set sail for the Continent, but they’re separated when a brutal storm washes Evie overboard.

In her efforts to reunite with her protector and reach allies on the Continent, Evie befriends a band of nomads who roam the world in airships fueled by lightning. She also confronts a cabal of dark Magicians plotting to use her powers to create a new divine being, and she clashes with an ancient family who insists her birthright belongs to them.

If she’s to prevail and defeat her enemies, Evie must claim her heritage, embrace her dominion over the sky, and define what it means to be Heir of Thunder.

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My Review

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Heir of Thunder and I didn't want it to end too quickly! It was the perfect blend of adventure and fantasy with a touch of romance. The story moves quickly and there are some unexpected surprises. It has vivid descriptions and lively characters. I especially liked the main character, Evie, who finds inner strength as she faces one challenge after another. I highly recommend it for teenagers, young adults, and the young at heart. 


About the Author
Karissa Laurel


Karissa lives in North Carolina with her kid, her husband, the occasional in-law, and a very hairy husky. Some of her favorite things are coffee, chocolate, and super heroes. She can quote Princess Bride verbatim. She loves to read and has a sweet tooth for fantasy, sci-fi, and anything in between. Sometimes her husband convinces her to put down the books and take the motorcycles out for a spin or browse flea markets for rusty things to reuse and re-purpose.

Find out more about Karissa and keep up to date with new releases, including the sequel to Heir of Thunder, coming in 2017.



Disclosure: I received a free digital copy for my honest review.


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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peacocks and Bougainvillea with Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #220!



Peacocks,
Bougainvillea
And Guineafowl
In My Garden


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Cut Bougainvillea from my
garden and a peacock

Peacock

Peacock and Peahen

Peacock and Peahen

Peacock and Guineafowl

Guineafowl


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Ornaments of Love Coloring Book
by Sharlin Craig



Bear with Bear
by Hagit Oron



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Monday, December 5, 2016

Ornaments of Love Coloring Book

Ornaments of Love Coloring Book
by Sharlin Craig

Contains the complete story
as well as 21 coloring pages!


Ornaments of Love Coloring Book
Slowing Down with Family at Christmas Time

This beautifully designed coloring book is a companion or stand-alone book to the original Ornaments of Love picture book. It contains not only the complete story of Ornaments of Love, but also provides 21 full-size coloring pages for artists of all ages.

The Ornaments of Love coloring book was created to bring families together at Christmas time. It provides families a perfect way to reduce holiday stress by spending quiet time coloring pages that showcase angels, bells, stars and much more.

Coloring pages range from easy to difficult, perfect for all family members!

Additional complimentary coloring pages are available to print online with the purchase of the coloring book.

Make this a special gift for your loved ones by also purchasing the original ‘Ornaments of Love’ picture book with full color illustrations.



Purchase the Coloring Book
on Amazon

Includes a link at the back of the book to extra free coloring pages to download and print for every member of the family!


Amanda with one of the
extra free coloring pages ⇩




Another page in the book
that Amanda colored in ⇩


My Review

Ornaments of Love Coloring Book contains the complete story from the original picture book with 21 full-sized coloring pages. This book is entirely in black and white, perfect for coloring. The story reminds us of the importance of family time and making memories while the coloring pages will help the family do just that when coloring in together. There is a link at the back of the book to download extra free pages for the whole family!

Amanda loves the coloring pages. On a few occasions, we sat together and enjoyed coloring in while listening to Christmas music. Even her sister has joined in the coloring fun! I recommend it as a great companion to the original Ornaments of Love picture book.

Amanda coloring in one of the pages from
the Ornaments of Love Coloring Book

Samantha and Amanda enjoying the coloring pages
from the Ornaments of Love Coloring Book

A page that I colored in

Another page that I colored in

Related Post:
Ornaments of Love Review
~ the original picture book ~



About the Author:
Sharlin Craig


Sharlin Craig, a Detroit native who now resides in southern California with her husband and daughter, is dedicated to writing inspirational children’s books that touch the spirit of her readers. A graduate of Oakland University, she’s taught music to children for several years while also writing music and lyrics. She’s combined her love for children and writing into authoring her debut children’s Christmas picture book, ‘Ornaments of Love’.

Sharlin believes that with the right surroundings and daily encouragement, children are boundless. She’s passionate about helping children feel understood and empowered through her books and hopes that her stories make them smile.


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Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.

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Friday, December 2, 2016

20th Birthday with Weekend Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #199!


Last Black Friday I decided on the spur of the moment to take a break and not post my weekend linky. I hope it was a peaceful weekend for you all, unless you joined the shopping frenzy. We stayed home for most of the day, but my husband briefly visited the mall looking for a deal for Amanda's Christmas present. She's been wanting a tablet after her last one broke about a year ago and a decent quality one does not come cheap. Hubby was successful and managed to get one designed for kids that was more than half off the original asking price. Thankfully, she doesn't read her blog, because right now she has no idea and we want to keep it that way! 😉

Our big news this week is that Jeremiah turned 20 yesterday! Today's photos were taken on his birthday. We had a South African barbecue (Braai) with traditional farmer's sausage (Boerewors) and chicken with a sticky marinade. The 4 kids played South African Monopoly and I apologize the picture is a little blurry. He spent the rest of the day and night with friends.

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by Hagit Oron



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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Expat Thanksgiving with Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #219!


I hope everyone from the States had a blessed Thanksgiving! We also celebrated Thanksgiving and prepared mostly traditional dishes like the Turkey and stuffing. Two dishes that are traditionally South African that we also had were pumpkin fritters and custard. I was so glad that my mother-in-law could join us and that our eldest son was home from university. Since it's not a holiday in South Africa, there have been Thanksgiving dinners where one or two kids were away like on a school camp.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Coleslaw and Roasted Veggies

Pumpkin Fritters, Turkey, and Gravy
Paper Turkey made by Amanda and me 

Homemade Baked Stuffing 

Dessert was Nectarine Cobbler with Custard
You can get the recipe on my post:

Cobbler and Custard

Custard with Fresh Fruit Cobbler


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Below is my latest post
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Let the Blind Lead - Part 1

A special blend of coffee packaged
by the visually impaired.

Weaving done by the visually impaired.


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My Latest Book Review:


Bear with Bear
by Hagit Oron



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