Friday, September 19, 2014

The Friday 56 - Week 195

Welcome to Week 195!

*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader
*Find any sentence, (or few, just don't spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post to the Linky at Freda's Voice. Add the post url, not your blog url. It's that simple.

When they came downstairs a little while later, they were giggling like two teenagers who had snuck into their parents' liquor cabinet. 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Christmas Comes Early Giveaway!

It's been too long since we've had a giveaway, so I decided to have Christmas come a little early this year. You have a chance to win a ton of free books for the little ones on your Christmas list. 

Here are the books I'm giving away to one lucky winner! This is close to $170 worth of FREE books!

Books by Liesbet Slegers:
vroom2look bunnyme and my day me and my seasons

Books by Guido Van Genechten:

odd one out 1odd one out 2kai

Books by Anita Bijesterbosch and France Quatromme and  Parastou Haghi


Terms and conditions:
  • By entering, you confirm you are 18 years of age or older.
  • Contest open to residents of the United States only with a U.S. mailing address.
  • Contest runs from 9/16/14 - 9/30/14.
  • One winner will be selected from eligible entries.
  • Winner will be notified by email and have 72 hours to claim the prize before a new winner is selected.
  • Prize will be shipped via U.S.P.S.
  • This blog and its sponsors are not responsible for items lost or damaged in shipment.
Enter using the link to the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck!

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Mailbox Monday - September 15

Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Warning: Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles, and humongous wish lists.

Work has been keeping me busy. I am participating in this great peak performer class that I have some homework for, in addition to my showings and other fun things. I'm loving it and kicking myself for not getting into the real estate business sooner.

The Lil' Princess has started soccer and violin. She wants to pick up band this year, too. We'll see how it goes. If her grades go down she will need to drop something. She and the Lil' Diva have also started dance for the year. They picked up ballet in addition to tap and hip-hop. At least they won't be bored.

I received two books last week that I had requested for review.

Is the land of Asia a mystery to your kids? Do they know who lives there? Do they know how to pray for them? Asia is home to more than fifty countries and territories and roughly three-fifths of the world’s population. Could you use some help introducing your family to this vast land? This sixteen-week course presents a brief picture of six nations. It is by no means all encompassing. Its purpose is to introduce your students to the people of Asia, share their stories, and spark curiosity.

I pray that the course does much more than that, however. I pray that through meeting just a few of our brothers and sisters who live in cities and villages with names that are hard to pronounce that your children feel more connected with those who are suffering for their faith in Christ. Through stories and activities, we’ll meet the people of Laos, Bangladesh, Nepal, China, Iran, and Vietnam. We’ll get to know the children of these lands and hear about their experiences. Most of all, we’ll pray for them and their families. Won’t you join us?

This book is designed with children ages 8-12 in mind but can easily be used with older students as well.

Yell and Shout, Cry and Pout: A Kid's Guide to Feelings is an essential guidebook for adults in helping children identify and understand their emotions. Each of the eight emotions is clearly defined thorough vignettes and illustrations, keeping both adult and child captivated, thus creating an opportune time for discussion. By recognizing that all humans experience these emotions throughout their lives, the book provides a true sense of comfort. Emotions are not to be shunned, but rather embraced and explained to provide a positive development environment for all children.

The next few came together unsolicited from the publisher. I'm not going to review them, but I'll probably make mention of them at my kid's book blog. This author is one of my favorites for preschool books.

Is bunny playing on the swings all by himself? And who is gliding down the slide? This playful, interactive book offers a surprise on every page, inviting children to slide the flap to look at a whole new picture. A delightful little book in which toddlers can look and move to find the hidden pictures at the playground.

Is the pilot flying all alone in his plane? And will the fast car win the race? A delightful little book in which toddlers can look and move to find the hidden pictures. The unique extending system in this playful, interactive book offers a surprise on every page, inviting children to slide the flap to look at a whole new picture.

It’s a nice day today. I put on my bib and eat breakfast. Yummy. Then I go and play. I also take a bath today. I wash myself and play with my boat. Then it’s time for bed. An ideal book for babies, toddlers and preschoolers to learn all about what happens in a day.

How fun the four seasons are! In winter I love to play in the snow and in spring beautiful blossoms grow on the trees. In summer the sun shines nice and warm and in fall I love to jump in the puddles. Everything about the seasons of the year that toddlers and preschoolers would want to (and need to) know. Filled with recognizable pictures, these books stimulate the language development of young children. Printed on thick and sturdy paper, with round corners and a soft quilted cover, it makes a sturdy and delightful gift.

I picked up this Kindle freebie for myself too.

Some men don't realize the right woman is the one they aren't pursuing....

As soon as Sally Larson meets Rick Johnson, she knows he's the one for her. The catch? He's interested in her friend, Ethel Mae. But Sally has a plan. With Ethel Mae's help, she convinces Rick that the only way he'll get Ethel Mae is to make her jealous. So he agrees to pretend to be interested in Sally in order to get Ethel Mae's attention.

But Rick has a trick or two up his sleeve, and Sally just might find that the one playing cat is really the mouse.

What did you mailbox look like this week?

P.S. Look for a huge kid's picture book giveaway tomorrow!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Tips for Saving Time in the Kitchen

Now that I am back to work, I find juggling everything a bit stressful at times. One thing I really miss is planning out my meals and being able to easily accomplish grocery shopping. I don't want to sacrifice healthy meals for our family even if I'm not spending as much time at home. Here are a few links with time saving tips for the kitchen:

Eating Well offers their "Best Time-Saving Ingredients & Cooking Tips" at

At HowStuffWorks, you can find these "10 Time-saving Tips in the Kitchen" at

Lifehacker shares "20+ Time-Saving Cooking Tips from Chefs and Food Experts" at

Finally, This Mama Loves features this article with "Time saving tips for kitchen cleanup" at  I'm a big clean as I go kind of person.

What is your favorite way to save time in the kitchen?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In the News - No Homework Policy

I'm a day late with this, but I found such an interesting topic on a local news website that I didn't want to forget it.

According to this article by Juli Mcdonald from WWLP, some schools across the United States are experimenting with a no homework policy. Many families in these districts are seeking more family time without the text books. The article also cites a recent NBC poll that states 80 percent of those surveyed felt students were assigned too much homework.

If you have children in school, on average how much homework do they have each night? I have to admit to seeing a lessening of homework over the past year for our girls. I'm certainly not complaining. Getting kids to do homework can be quite a battle--especially this time of year when the weather is still nice and they would rather be outside hanging with friends. My girls probably spend 20 - 30 minutes on homework each night.

Would you support a no homework policy in your school district?

Wordless Wednesday