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.

Tuesday, September 30

The Christmas Story for Children



A New Christmas Book I wanted to review:

What a beautiful cover - it made me want to read this new book.   I think this telling of the Christmas story is unique.  What makes it different is that the story does not end with the birth of Jesus.   This book continues on after Jesus’ birth and tells the story of his entire life in a very simple and short way.

The authors have taken time to put together another excellent book to help us all remember the true meaning of the season.  I am always so excited to see a new book about the biggest love story of all.  


The only item that I didn't love was the artist’s portrayal of angels.  The angel that appears to Mary in this book really looks like a woman.  Yet we know that the angel Gabriel was definitely not a woman. (see Luke 1:26-27) The second time you see an angel in the story is when they appear to the shepherds.  Once again it looks like a woman, and yet the clothing she is wearing shows a huge part of HER chest.  This is a little disconcerting to me.  A little frustrating too, for with such a beautiful story and such amazing art I am not buying this for anyone.     I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

RATED:  2 Stars

Tuesday, September 23

GENERAL CONFERENCE Mastery




Here is a FUN way to really make this Conference your walk and your talk over the next 6 months.
  
Use this free printable   to help you and your family study, learn and apply those great messages!

25.General Conference Mastery by Valerie

Sunday, September 14

Get to Know PAUL




4 Stars - Great Middle Reader Book

These little chapter books are a brilliant idea for kids.  I really like the idea of bible biographies written with the intent to interest and teach children.  The book is beautifully done.  This book contains full color pages with glossy thick pages that feel slick and say high quality.  This is a series you will want for your home library.  I definitely felt like this series is a great overview for children and parents alike.
From the first chapter I liked it.  Clear, simple and easy to read.  I especially like how at the end of each chapter you get a short recap and outline of important events and people, basically a great little review.  After reading the story I feel like I understand Paul and his life a lot more.  This is such a unique way to learn about the important people in the bible.
Another loud applause for this book comes from the highlights which are boxes that highlight bible heroes.  Saying they are heroes makes you think a little more about the person and what makes a hero.   I felt I learned something – which is the whole point right?   I think it’s a great idea – get to know -  a bible character. 

I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.