Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Peacocks and Bougainvillea with Linky

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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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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.



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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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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Expat Thanksgiving with Linky

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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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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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Monday, November 28, 2016

Bear with Bear

Bear with Bear
by Hagit R. Oron


About the Book

Title: Bear with Bear | Author: Hagit R. Oron | Illustrator: Galia Armeland | Pages: 31 | Recommend Age: 6 - 9

Book Description

Nine-year-old Bear is set on having a critter as a pet. After failed attempts to adopt beetles and snails, he has to settle on a book with pictures of bugs. This is a great opportunity for him to annoy his little sister, Penelope, who is afraid of bugs.

When his parents decide to bring home a cat to help Penelope with her nightmares, Bear helps Kitty find her wild side. As a consequence, Penelope’s nightmares get even worse!

Over-tired Mom is about to give in on the snake debate, which seems to be a perfect solution for all, but Bear has other plans...

Read how Bear manages to get his dream pet and what inspired the author to write this entertaining and beautifully illustrated picture book suited for kids ages 6-9 years old, especially those craving a pet. Any pet.

This book features a novel storytelling technique that combines fiction with non-fiction. This diverse children book tells the story of a wild nine years old child who is set on having a wild critter as a pet, it also takes the reader on an interactive journey behind the scenes of the fiction story.


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My Review

Bear with Bear is an unconventional picture book that is entertaining and nicely illustrated. Amanda and I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's about a 9-year-old big brother named Bear who wants a pet. He doesn't want the usual kind of pet like a cat or dog. He wants critters or a snake instead!

His little sister, Penelope, struggles with nightmares and Bear isn't much help. His critters even cause a bit of chaos and he encourages the new kitty to behave like a wild cat. The parents have to try and find a way to bring a happy balance to the home.

The book is interactive. Some of the pages give you the opportunity to find out if this part of the story actually happened in the author's life. Amanda really liked this feature. There is also a link where you are invited to write and tell your story to the author.

We highly recommend this book for children ages 6 to 9.


Related Reviews:

by Hagit R. and Or Oron



by Hagit R. and Or Oron



About the Mother-Daughter Team:
Hagit R. and Or Oron


Hagit R. and Or Oron are a mother and daughter who love to create, imagine, laugh and have fun together. Their mission is to bring joy and happiness to kids and parents all around the world. How? One picture book at a time.



Disclosure: I was given a link to read this book for an honest review.

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