Sunday, December 14

Encourage the Christmas Spirit with these Cute Ornaments


I found this cute craft idea HERE  make these simple ornaments with your family - but better yet - here is a great family twist this blogger suggests:  

***This year my family is going to make these for an FHE activity but we're not going to put the marshmellows inside. To encourage service and good behavior during the holidays, we are going to read the story of The Warm Fuzzies and talk aboutPresident Monson's desire for us to befriend and serve all of those around us. To do as President Hinckley said, " try a little harder to be a little better." I'm going to have a jar full of small white pom poms ready and when we get caught in a warm fuzzy moment, we'll get to place a fuzzy into our snowman. That way when we see our {hopfully} full snowmen hanging on the tree, we'll reflect on the good things we've done and the good feelings it created!

Very cute idea!  I am going to do this but use the foam sheets from the craft store with a sticker back - so really easy and simple for any age!


Saturday, December 6

He Is the Gift



Don't Miss this Wonderful Christmas Video!

GREAT Christmas GIFT IDEA



Have you played this Fun Fast paced game?  Easy for all ages - and it can last 5 min. or 50 - you choose!

Want more Variety?  
Also purchase this box of 77 ways to use TENZI!

Have a fun Christmas - fun with your family!:)


I also went to a local store called "Idaho Map and Supply" and purchased several more sets of 10 dice in more colors.  Now I have a container full of dice and all the cousins can play at the same time(with a few of us Aunt and Uncles included)!


Saturday, November 15

A HOLLY JOLLY recycle gift



This simple idea was found HERE.

Here is a great way to recycle little plastic food bottles and give your friends a fun treat!  Use this free printable to wrap around your container - then use a red ribbon above it!

Candy Cane Counter-Top Spray


Smell the "MMMM" while you Clean:)


I saw this idea HERE and thought it was a little more original than a baked batch of cookies!  The gal did not have a tag available to print - so I have made a free printable if you want to try it!

  • I bought the little spray bottles at Target for 79cents each.  (They are over in the isle with all the mini travel items.)
  • I found the "Dr.Bonners Peppermint Liquid Soap" at my local good earth store or you can buy it online.
Have fun!

SLOANE HOUSE





2 Stars - good idea, but not enough story to make it a good book

Ahhh, a good mystery is always fun.  I was definitely excited to read this book. You start out the story meeting Rosalind.  She is on the hunt to find out what happened to her sister Miranda who disappeared in the city of Chicago.  Rosalind leaves her home farm in hopes of discovering what happened and finding her sister.  As the story begins the author does a great job of setting the stage.  A large home, rich family - actually the elite of society, and Rosalind as a maid.  Yet as the story continued I found it a too slow.  Also I never did really like the character Rosalind.  A nice girl, but annoying and inconstant in a lot of ways.   By mid book I was wondering if I should finish it.   All the characters do a little dance around each other - act out of social norms, and once again, I felt bored.
Another perplexing thing was that he author set up the Armstrong family to be very keen on increasing their political social status yet how they treat Rosalind in the end is not consistant.  They are so open to a maid stepping in as their equal - every person in the household?  Really?  I thought it a bit much.  Also I felt like the plot climaxed over a rape scene and then the book quickly ended.  I was completely frustrated at how the story wrapped up.  So many unanswered questions.  I felt the rape scene was almost stuck in there to just wrap up the story, and did not like how it was done.  I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Wednesday, November 5

The Princess Spy




2 Stars:(
This was an interesting book to review.  I have read several of Melanie Dickerson’s books and was excited to read her newest.  I love the cover and the storyline was intriguing.  Immediately I liked Colin.  As the story began I found myself definitely drawn to Colin and his character, yet Margaretha still seemed to need a little more character development.  How do I describe how I feel about this book?  I’m a little disappointed.  This was a great story – really, just where was the flow?  I can’t put my finger on what it is but the story gave me the feeling of stating what’s going on, not living in it.  Her writing was so choppy.  It seemed to be a dialogue of “Colin did this and this, then Margaretha did this and that.  Then this happened.”  Where is all the color, the emotion the energy?  Who was the editor here?  I wanted to be scared when Margaretha was scared, angry when she was, yet I felt none of it.  Lastly I felt that Margaretha was actually a little annoying and overly consumed about talking too much, it got old fast. The author missed the boat on making it come alive.  Too bad.  I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.