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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bowtiful Times

The big news around here is that Mama got a job!  A chance to be around pre-k & kinder kids, and Pinterest another classroom is something I couldn’t turn down.  I’ll continue my daily writing, blogging, romping, and random bungee jumping.  And if it gets to be too much, I’ll find a clone.  Can’t believe it only took two days to land on an adorable theme for my class.   Now just awaiting Amazon to deliver my birds, BohoBirds that is!  The Sweet Treats theme last year was huge, but it took most of the summer to make, plus I wanted something new.   My husband says it’s just an excuse to empty the shelves at Mardel’s.  I’m cheating a little, but the ease of premade classroom decorations will work just fine.  Anyway, who has the time for anything before the hectic schedule of school kicks in.  Ugh, not looking forward to early morning rising.   But looking forward to seeing my little one head out with her “pink” tulle skirt, “pink” backpack, “pink” lunchbox, “pink” owl, and to complete her ensemble a gigantic “pink” bow.  - Looking like a bottle of Pepto-Bismol, but Pinkaliciously perfect non - the less. 
And while most were last minute shopping and winding mall lines, my girls and I stayed home and made bows.  Apparently cheerleaders and seven year old fashionistas require bows for every outfit.   We found a website that sells ribbons, risens, and every bow accessory known so that you can make them yourself.  (Ribbon Retreat) This is not a bad deal when you compare it to the cost of premade bows.  They are most Happy Happy Happy bout’ the Duck Dynasty hair statement they’ll be sporting.  Yes a girl can pull off cammo, especially if it’s pink!

As for my EBooks, I’m into the marketing part of things.  Let’s just say the writing and book talks are a whole lot more fun than the selling.   I did round up help on the selling front so I can spend more time doing what I love most.  Now I just need to decide if I should go with the Steel Island Reef or Uno Momento Baby Hippo first?  The Island book is geared towards older readers, which I would guess prefer reading on mobile devices more so than young children. Is this assumption true, or do I have it backwards?  As for this evening my creative juices are flowing and I’m inspired to write notes from God.  I guess that’s what I’m calling my Christian pocket e-reads. 

Our Romps

Spaghetti In A Hot Dog Bun
By Dismondy, Maria


Love the name and concept of spaghetti hotdogs, kinda like spaghetti tacos.  Lucy is a unique, poofy hair, hot dog spaghetti eating girl.   And when Ralph the bully starts making fun of her, she chooses to befriend him.  A simple story with clever illustrations, where the author’s encourages children to embrace one another’s differences.   

Let me go down the road on bullying for a moment.  This over exaggerated bullying agenda is making me sick.  I’m not insinuating this read was one of them, as it just innocently showed how you can deal with situations by finding the good in others.  But there are many not so innocent books putting political correctness in front of morals.  This is where my rant came from, that's all.  I appreciate you sticking with me here, I'm done ;-P

Well not quite!  On another hot dog note, what the heck is up with the hotdog legs tumbler craze?  In case you’ve missed this one, it’s where girls submit pictures of their legs and you determine if they are hotdog or legs.  Am I missing something here?    

With all the hot dog talk we made a run to the store.  Thanks Lucy for the inspiration.  

Not very appetizing , but fun to make ;-)

Split Splat
By Gibson, Amy


A colorful rainy day read!  Though not actually much of a story, rather a simple rhyming description of a rainy day.  I like how playful the illustrations integrate into the words.   This is a top read for younger children, but from the mouth of a first grader, “If I were a baby this would be a good book, but I don’t really get into baby books anymore!”

There’s A Train Out For Dreamland
By Heider, Frederich


Like our previous read, this one’s for the young, and a rendition from a song sung by Nat King Cole in 1947.   But with its candy images, not even my seven year old could get her head out of this one.   Chocolate bears, crackerjack mail, and ice cream train stations are a tastety way to end any day.

I Have A Weird Brother Who Digested A Fly
By Holub, Jean


Have you ever wondered what happened to the fly the old lady swallowed?  Thanks Joan, for sharing.  Through a combo of rhyming and scientific facts, here’s a humorous story about a fly going through the digestive system.  Bright cartoon pictures fill the pages, and I say it’s both clever and informational.   But my story listener has a different opinion.  “Boring, weird, and only boys like pictures of body parts!”

The Shelf Elf
By Hopkins, Jackie


Want to know about library organization?   Why not let Skoob the Shelf Elf show you.  The author manages to put magical fun in what would otherwise be a boring topic.  A great way to teach library etiquette with an elf determined to win the Golden Shelf Elf Award.  My reader thought this was going to be an Elf on the Shelf Christmas read, but not disappointed in the end. 

The Shelf Helps Out

Alright, were back to library organization.  A bouncy rhythmic read that makes a great tool for teaching the Dewey Decimal system.  Of course what kid today even knows what that is?   But they do know Suri! 

The HumbleBee Hunter
By Hopkinson, Deborah


A don’t miss glimpse into the life of naturalist, Charles Darwin.  This realistic fiction story captures curious nature lovers, just as it did mine.  A young girl named Henretta and her father set out to see how many flowers a bee can pollinate in one minute.  I loved how this inspires to research unanswered questions and the pictures were pretty cool, says my reader!

The After Read Question, “Do ants get dizzy?  We could spin them in a cup, put them on a trail of sugar, and see if they fall off.”   Looks like were going to spend our Labor Day weekend working on an early science fair project.  I’ll get back to you on this one.   

Miss Mary Mack
By Hoberman, Mary Ann


How could we forget our childhood friend Mary Mack dressing in black with buttons down her back?  I have zero recollection of a falling elephant here, only remembering a girl wearing odd black clothes.  But any-who, this read-along is full of hip not the old school pictures.  Not to mention, all kids to experience the classic nursery rhymes and stories.    

Mom Reads

Wait I don’t have time for these.  Just reading lesson plans, manuscript revisions, endless school forms, and of course Little Reader’s romps.  But this Labor Day I will  get into my recip-eBook and make some good eats. -- Creamy Crab & Artichoke Dip Carrot & Ginger Salad, & Cranberry Glazed Pork Ribs.  -- YUM!
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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Ebook's Done: So let the Blessings Come

Well the summer Reading Program is officially over and “Little Reader” won a prize for reading so many books!   Unfortunately it was a Little Tikes Tricycle, and we don’t have any toddlers in the house.  So we decided to let them raffle it off and use the money raised to buy more books.   Our romp is getting us close in finishing a majority of the children’s section, so yes they do need to keep adding more books.   Getting back to the reading awards, I did promise my girl a Dolphin Beach Basket since the prizes allotted for her age were for younger tots.  So tonight I’ll search Amazon for dolphin things for a seven year old girl.   Any ideas welcomed?  I’ve already got the beach part of her basket figured out, which will include beachy things like sun glasses, a monogrammed towel, and of course the infamous Teen Beach Movie Dance Along.  It’s only been seen five times and apparently that’s not enough. - Well, that is to a seven year old girl who thinks she’s a teenager.  I’m sure going to miss our daily teen Disney shows when school starts, of which I’ve come quite accustomed to.      

So now that summer is winding down, we are in school prep mode.  My oldest daughter asked me for Jeggings today??  Do I even ask!   The teen fashion changes so often round here, I can’t keep up with what’s hot and what’s not.  I was an 80’s and 90’s girl, but have given up trying to convince my kids I was once cool, in, hip, the bomb.  -  Didn’t we all!  
 It’s done, I managed to finish my EBook last week.  If You Want Something, You Must First Give! is now available.  In case you’ve missed my previous posts, this romp has pushed me into making it happen.  Meaning, without further delay and excuses I’m writing, publishing, and bringing words to others.  Amazing right! 
And since your curious about the new book, let me elaborate. 
Read on my friends…

We all want things we can not have and often need things we can not get.   So where do we turn when things are not working out and our needs are not being met?  This leads us to begin questioning our choices and wondering if we need to change our actions.  The good news is we have the answers right in front of us.   In fact they’ve always been there, we just have to listen and follow His word.

In the hope of finding how to bring both financial and everyday Blessings into my life I turned to the Bible.   And what I found was profound, bringing an abundance of Blessings that I didn’t know God was just waiting to give me. 

Did you know the theme of giving or being generous is cited in the Scripture 1,713 times, therefore making this a highly emphasized theme in the Bible.   So where are you with the whole giving thing?  I hope to show you how crucial giving is in your life, especially if it’s financial peace you’re looking for.   It’s time for you to begin sowing and reaping your harvest, so that you can receive your blessings.

I’m stopping here, otherwise we would be getting to the meat of the book.  I’ll conclude with this, If you want something, you must first give and this will change your life in ways unimaginable.
Reader’s Top Reads

Guess Again!
By Barnett, Mac

Delightfully interactive where the reader is given clues to guess what the picture is based on the silhouette and rhyme.   You may think you have a logical answer, but in turning the page you’ll be filled with wacky giggles.  I love reads that stretch the imagination and show the world in different angles.   Little Reader mostly loved the pink Flamingo, and everything else pink for that matter.     
She took a pic of a Rosseta Spoonbill. Quality not so great on a 3DS, but you get the idea how wonderfully pink they are.

Yoo-hoo, Ladybug!
By Fox, Mem

Through vibrant colored toys and familiar objects, an adorable ladybug moves to different hiding places on each page.  A great eye-spy read for younger children. Although it’s cute, it’s too easy for a seven year old.   And it’s also not a story, but still fun non-the-less. 

The Great Lollipop Caper
By Krall, Dan

Do you like capers?  Well, you’re going to love how the author chose to use these pickled additives as the star in his story!  We all want to be loved, and one caper wants to be loved by children, not just adults.  But will the children ever love him as much as Lollipop?  The moral not contrite, but humorously showing how we shouldn’t try to become something were not for the sake of others.  Whether you’re a caper or a lollipop you are unique and perfect just the way you are ;-) 
On the topic of candy I found a sweet Pinterest idea. With Jolly Ranchers, wax paper, and lollipop sticks I attempted to replicate handmade colorful lollipops. The first few tries failed something awful, with sticking candy and paper making it a non-edible mess.   Yes, I followed directions from Pinterest, but it did not look like theirs at all ;-(   

But after trial and error we placed the Jolly Ranchers straight on a greased pan, and they came off perfectly!

The Giant Jam Sandwich
By Lord, John Vernon

This 70’s childhood favorite made it into our library bag, and found it as charming today as I did back then.  In the town of Itching Downs they had a big problem, terrorizing wasps.  And what a better way to get rid of them by building a giant jam sandwich to trap them!   This one’s whimsical with detailed artwork and will stretch the imagination of any child.  You need to get your hands on a copy of this one!  Towards the end Little Reader wanted to know what happened to the wasp sandwich, and she guessed it spot on.
Bean Thirteen
By Mc Elligott, Matthew

Not one for numbers, but insects trying to figure out how to split 13 evenly was a hoot!  In sum, Ralf and Flora can’t figure out what to do with the unlucky 13 so they invite friends over to divide the beans.  Equally fun was the extension we did after the book.  Little Reader was convinced it could be divided evenly just like opening a book in the middle, so she took out grapes and began putting them into equal piles.  And just like in the story our 13th bean disappeared.  “What’s the dog eating?”   

Tops and Bottoms
By Stevens, Janet

A message received on how hard work pays off and being lazy doesn’t, but with a little bit of trickery.   Hare tricks Bear to use his land to for growing food for his family.  Letting Bear decide whether he wants to eat the tops or bottom works out, that is for Hare getting the best harvest for himself.    Cute, funny, and even a little veggie learning along the way.
I have to inject here and ask if anyone can tell me how this happened?  I have a beautiful lime green vine running rampant through the yard.   When I pulled on it this thing popped out of the ground!  It might be some sort of mutant sweet potato, but not sure?  I might mention here that the dog doesn’t like it.  She barks at it when we show it to her.  Creepy right!

My Big Dog
By Stevens, Janet

Merl is a typical cat, enjoying his space and everything that belongs to him.  But that changes when a small slobbery pup moves in.  So what does Merl do, he runs away hoping to find a better deal.  And where he ends up gets him to rethink his plan.  Not going to be a spoiler, but can a cat even resist droopy eyes and wet kisses from an adorable Golden Retriever.    Silly, sweet, and in this case the grass was not greener on the other side. 

Sophie Peterman Tells The Truth!
By Weeks, Sarah

A wacky sibling read.   Sophie learns what her parents said about the new baby is not true. Babies in no way are cute, sweet, or precious.  In fact they look like aliens and act like monsters.  But like all babies they grow up and change, and so does Sophie’s opinion as her brother begins to become more interesting. 
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