Friday, May 27, 2016

Hubby's 50th Birthday!


This is just a quick blog post to let my readers know that I'm not available this weekend and won't be hosting my usual weekend blog hop. I'm sure you'll understand, since it's not everyday that your hubby turns 50! We are having a family reunion in a really cool location. The reunion is to honor Hubby's aunt who turned 70 on Thursday and Robbie who turned 50 today. Good food, beautiful location, and special people equals a fabulous time. Wishing you all a great weekend too!

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Family Fun at the Nuy Valley Feast with #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #193!


Last Tuesday I mentioned that we would be going on Saturday to the annual Nuy Valley Feast. I'm sharing a few photos from that event here. We had so much fun that we couldn't believe how quickly the time flew by. I have also included the link to my latest post on 1camera1mom (my travel blog) where you can see more photos of our day's outing.

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This photo of Amanda in the beautiful Nuy Valley
is a little fuzzy. I didn't use a flash and the
light wasn't very good. The sun had not
yet made a proper appearance.






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Nuy Valley Feast 2016



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John Bloom and the Victory Garden
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Monday, May 23, 2016

Dragons are Real with a $100 Giveaway!

Dragons Are Real
Blog Tour with a
$100 Giveaway!


About the Book:

Title: Dragons are Real | Author: Valarie Budayr | Illustrator: Michael Welply | Publisher: Audrey Press | Publication Date: May 5, 2016 | Genre: Children's Picture Book | Number of Pages: 32


Amazon Book Description:

What if I told you that all of the fairy tales, myths and legends that have been told about dragons over the years are WRONG? What if I told you that Dragons are indeed REAL and that they are different than you've ever imagined ? Did you know that Dragons are the master of disguises? Did you know that they love sugar and sweets (at unacceptable levels) and will do anything for treats? Award winning author Valarie Budayr brings us this fairly true story based on her childhood friendship with a REAL live Dragon.

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My Review:

Dragons are Real is a fun and vivid picture book that will spark a child's imagination. Amanda had three things that she liked about this book: 1.) she thought that it was very funny, 2.) she enjoyed finding the dragons hidden in the pictures, and 3.) she liked that the dragons had human characteristics. When I was finished reading to her, she began imagining the dragons that were hiding in the room. She even said that I was the dragon who wrote the book in a mom disguise.

I also thought the story was funny and I loved the stunning illustrations. It was an engaging tale that had us both entertained. I highly recommend this book for boys and girls ages 4 - 9.

About the Author:
Valarie Budayr


Award Winning and Best-selling author, Valarie Budayr inspires children and adults alike to experience their books through play, discovery, and adventure via engaging extension activities on her popular website: Jump Into a Book

Valarie is co-founder of Multi-cultural Children's Book Day,  #ReadYourWorld, a celebration of diverse and cultural kid-lit shared with over 98 million people on January 27th. Her foundation puts hundreds of books into the hands of children in rural and intercity areas: Multi Cultural Children's Book Day

Valarie's other best-selling and award winning titles are: The Fox Diaries: The Year the Foxes Came to our Garden, The Ultimate Guide to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and A Year in the Secret Garden.



About the Illustrator:
Michael Welply


Michael Welply was born in London in 1948. The family moved to Winnipeg, Canada, in 1950. He studied art in Winnipeg and then in Paris, but his idea of living from the sales of his paintings is somewhat compromised by the lack of buyers. He started his career as an illustrator in 1977 in London. In 1981 he returned to live in France with his American wife and their two children. Since then he has worked for publishers in both Europe and North America. To date he has illustrated over 80 books and more than 100 covers, in a wide range of subjects extending from detailed non-fiction to juvenile and adult fiction in the realms of fantasy, mythology, science fiction and fairy tales.



Blog Tour Giveaway!

Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card or
$100 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: May 30, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
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PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Valarie Budayr and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com



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

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Water is Life with a Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #175!


Today's post is about the importance of water. It follows on from last weekend where I shared some of my favorite photos that I had taken of the Atlantic Ocean and a neat project that can clean up our oceans. If you missed it, you can check it out at Our Beautiful Oceans.

Today's two photos are of my fountain that is in our front garden. They were taken last year. Many of you will know that we have been on water restrictions. We weren't allowed to water our gardens or use the hose pipe to fill our pools or wash our cars. We switched the fountain off and so it doesn't look like this at the moment. The good news is that a couple of days ago we were told that the water restrictions were lifted.

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We can live without electricity, but we can't live without water. Water is life! I picked out two interesting YouTube videos about water. You can watch both of them together in less than five minutes, so I hope you take a moment to check them out!




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If you missed it,
here's a peek at
last weekend's post:
Our Beautiful Oceans






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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Family Fun in the Nuy Valley with #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #192!


I'm excited about this upcoming weekend. The annual Nuy Valley Feast will be held this Saturday. It's fun for the whole family. You park your car at any of the four participating venues and then take a tractor ride to the olive farm and three neighboring wine farms. There's a small fee with a wine glass included and free wine tasting! It's also one of the most beautiful valleys in the area. The photos below were taken at last year's event.

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Kalk Bay Waterfront


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Our Beautiful Oceans




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John Bloom and the Victory Garden
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Goo and Spot
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Monday, May 16, 2016

John Bloom and the Victory Garden

John Bloom and the Victory Garden
Blog Tour with a $25 Giveaway!


About the Book:


Title: John Bloom and the Victory Garden: Digging In | Author: Leigh Shearin Genre: Children's Historical Fiction | Number of Pages: 106 | Publication Date: January 22, 2016 | Recommended Ages: 9 - 18 | Recommended Grade Levels: 3 - 12

Summary: The fun continues in Appleside, NJ, as John Bloom and his pals live, laugh, and watch the incredible events of late 1942 as they unfold across the world. The attack on Pearl Harbor has brought America into the global war, and everyone's involved- even children! Join them as they do what they can to help with the war effort, even from a small, rural, American town.



My Review:


John Bloom and the Victory Garden is an inspiration to us all no matter what our age. John Bloom is an energetic young boy who believes his life can make a difference. He also has the help of his friends and adults in his life to do just that! Even small efforts can have a big impact like John Bloom and Mr. Hutchins' victory garden and the boys' scrap drive to collect recyclable trash. Both projects were to help with the war effort of 1942.

I enjoyed reading this book. The author, Leigh Shearin, took me to a time that I had only heard about, but now I could live it through young John Bloom and the interesting characters of Appleside, NJ. Since this is a historical novel, it can be enjoyed by middle grade readers right through to adults!

About the Author:
Leigh Shearin


Leigh Shearin is a farmer, writer, photographer, baker, and lifetime dreamer.

Leigh earned a B.A. degree in Studio Art at Maryville College and worked as a graphic artist before earning an ASS degree in Culinary Art. She has worked as a chef, baker and culinary arts instructor. Most recently, she and her husband bought rural land and are developing Winter'Rest, a small farm in central New York. Through all this, Leigh wrote stories and poems…some published; some tucked away.

She is happiest living off the land and is an ardent supporter of local and sustainable farms, farmers and practices. Seasonal fresh produce from Winter'Rest Farm is even on the menus of some Farm-to-Fork restaurants in the Central New York. Leigh is also an accomplished photographer, working in Fine Art Photography from age 20, under the name M. Leigh Emery.

Leigh writes fiction stories for middle-grade readers. Along with illustrator Kate Shearin, Leigh spins tales of self-sufficiency and independence, along with gentle agriculture education. Since historical fiction is also a lifetime interest, Leigh uses true stories of the past to bring inspiration and joy to modern-day children.



Blog Tour Giveaway!

Prize: One winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card or $25 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: May 31, 11:59 pm, 2016
Open to: Internationally
How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.
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Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.
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