Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Draw- A- Saurus: Everything you need to know to draw your favorite dinosaurs


BOOK DESCRIPTION:

Prehistoric Pencil Power!
Even though they lived some 65 million years ago, dinosaurs and other prehistoric reptiles continue to rule today. From movies to comics and cartoons, these ancient, giant beasts are everywhere you turn. Of course, who wants to just read about or watch these dinos when you can learn how to use pencils, pens, markers, and more to draw your very own? 

Cartoonist James Silvani combines easy-to-follow art exercises with the latest, greatest dino-facts to help you create fun and cool dinosaur doodles all by yourself. With lessons on old favorites like T-rex and stegosaurus, as well as lesser-known (but still awesome) creatures like the massive argentinosaurus, Draw-a-Saurus has everything the dinosaur fan could ever ask for (outside of their very own pet dino!).

MY THOUGHTS: 

I was excited when I got the opportunity to review this book. In my daughters and son's school, the second grade class spends the year doing projects and research on dinosaurs. Since Rebecca is in 2nd grade this year and she loves art, I thought this would be the perfect book for her. Before it arrived, Rebecca was assigned the pterodactyl as her dinosaur for the year. When Draw-A-Saurus arrived, I surprised her with it and she immediately got paper and set out to draw some dinosaurs. She LOVED the book. 

I loved that the dinosaurs are shown step by step and there are a wide variety of dinosaurs shown in the book. I love that Mr. Silvani includes useful facts about the dinosaurs that both children and adults can find interesting. Among the chapters, Silvani shows how to draw theropods including the T-rex, sauropods including the apatosaurus, armored dinosaurs including the triceratops, ornithopods including the iguanodon, and other prehistoric creatures including flying reptiles. I love that Mr. Silvani shows how to draw them realistically, but also encourages the kids or whomever is drawing them to make the pictures their own even if they are not then realistic. 

Rebecca has spent hours drawing dinosaurs since we received this book. It is definitely a keeper in our house and a must have for anyone who likes dinos! 

One of the pictures Rebecca has drawn with help from "Draw-A-Saurus"
DISCLAIMER: I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

Monday, September 15, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday (9/15/14)

Happy Monday! 

I am joing Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme! 




Breakfast time, what is on the plate this morning:::: I am eating eggs, turkey bacon and a banana as I type this out. 

On this week's to do list:::: I have decided to change this to a weekly to do list because it makes more sense to me... So this week we have: work for me, work for Bill, softball for Rebecca, laundry, Jacob school, school for Rebecca, do something with pumpkins that I have to process, Benjamin has speech therapy, Ben has a developmental delay evaluation appointment, I have a cake to make for Rebecca's American Heritage Girls troop meeting and then there is the everyday things like cooking, cleaning, shopping for groceries, etc. 

Currently reading::::  Not a thing as of right now. I did get a whole stack of books from the library though so I do have options. 


On the TV this week::::  19 Kids and Counting and football


The weather outside is::: Much cooler and more seasonable. Love the weather this week. 


On the menu this week:::: I actually have some ideas of what to fix this week, but am not assigning days as I find that too constrictive.....so our choices for this week include: 


Fish sticks, broccoli, baked potatoes, carrots
Pizza
Hamburgers and french fries
Hamburger helper and peas
Baked cajun, green beans, corn and carrots
Sandwiches and fruit
Bratwurst, mac and cheese and corn
hot dogs and veggies
Spaghetti

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:::: decide on a new book to read, start designing cakes that I need to make and decorate in the next month. 


Favorite photo from the camera::::








Praying for:::: Peace and understanding. For a friend who had her new baby boy earlier than planned (34 weeks). 

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating me with at the moment:::: 





Thanks Sandra for hosting! Hope everyone has a great week! 

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Crazy to do list today--updated

I have updated this with what I have accomplished....

Right now, Bill has Rebecca at her softball game. I stayed home with the boys as Jacob was acting up this morning and I kept him home to clean his and Benjamin's room. I also have a mile long to do list that is overwhelming....

Today I would like to accomplish:


  • Laundry--LOTS of laundry from this week, currently working on load #3 with at least 3 more loads to go.
  • Kitchen
    • unload and reload the dishwasher
    • clean microwave 
    • start to clean oven (see how much stuff I can get off with a scouring pad, without having to use chemicals)
    • put away piles on counters
    • sweep and mop
    • dust
    • menu plan for this upcoming week
  • Mudroom/ Pantry
    • put all shoes away in closet
    • sweep and mop
    • dust
  • Dining room
    • dust
    • sweep and mop
    • wipe down tables and chairs
  • Living Room
    • dust
    • clean out from under couch, loveseat and chair (to find missing toys)
    • sweep and mop
  • Stairs
    • sweep
  • Upstairs and downstairs bathrooms
    • dust
    • clean toilets
    • trash out
    • sweep and mop
  • Bedrooms
    • straighten up
    • beds made
    • sweep
  • Other
    • go through at least one tote of Halloween stuff to list on facebook sell page
    • clean out van once Rebecca and Bill get back home
  • Blog
    • write and schedule 2 book reviews
I told you it is crazy and overwhelming.....I am just taking a break to check facebook, then it is back to work for me. 

What are you up to today? 

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weigh In Wednesday #7

In an effort to lose 40 lbs over the course of the next year (by July 28, 2015) I have decided to have a weekly accountability forum here on my blog. Every Wednesday I will be posting a "Weigh In Wednesday" post where I will post my weight taken that morning and things that I did good on the previous week, and things (goals) to work on for the next week. I think that by doing this, I can break it down into smaller goals and hopefully make myself more accountable!


First let's recap:
 My official starting weight (on July 30) was:::  235.6 lbs.
My weight last week was::: 232.2 lbs
My weight this week is::: 230.6 lbs! DOWN 1.6 lbs!  :) 
  


My food goal for last week was:::   Eat 3 meals a day. Bring water to softball.

Yeah...well some days I did really good at eating three meals. Other days not so much. BUT, I have been making better choices when I can't eat one big meal. For example, Monday was a crazy day...I had a slimfast bar while I was taking the kids to school. I had some fruit about an hour and a half later.  I knew that I wouldn't be able to have lunch at a normal time, so I made eggs and turkey bacon around 11. Then I took a fruit smoothie to work, and I had a good dinner. I think I did okay. That may just be how I have to approach some days....like today when I am in and out all day long! I took a water bottle to softball for me, but ended up giving it to Rebecca since she drank all hers and she is the one playing not me! 

My fitness goal for last week was:::  Walk for at least 20 minutes 3 days. 

Yeah....about that....didn't happen. I did get a good Wii workout in. I am still trying to get into a routine with Ben in the mornings and adjusting to having to run Jacob to and from preschool. And did I mention it has been HOT! I am hoping to get in some walking starting this week as temperatures are supposed to finally cool off a little. 






So, my food goal for this week is:::   Continue to make good food choices. Work on getting more water. 

And my fitness goal for this week is:::  Walk 1 day to get Jacob from school! (start small and maybe I will build from there!) 


So overall I am happy with my weight loss even if I didn't meet my goals but I know I need to do better. I need to get focused. 



Any words of wisdom? Thoughts? Advice? 
I would love to have all the support I can get!!
If you are trying to lose weight, feel free to tag along on these posts as well! Would love some company on this weight loss journey! 



Monday, September 8, 2014

Happy Homemaker Monday (9/8/14)

Happy Monday! 

Boy was it ever a busy weekend. Friday night, I just kind of crashed from the stresses of the past week. Saturday we had softball for Rebecca (her team won!) and Rebecca and I had a wedding to go to. That night when we got home, my brother was here and we hung out until midnight. Then yesterday was church, and laundry, and cooking. And it doesn't look like there is any slow down this week either. 

To keep some consistency going, I am joing Sandra today over at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom for her Happy Homemaker Monday theme! 




Breakfast time, what is on the plate this morning:::: I had a slimfast bar and water. Will probably have a second breakfast of eggs and bacon and toast here in a bit since I won't be home for lunch. 

On this week's to do list:::: I have decided to change this to a weekly to do list because it makes more sense to me... So this week we have: work for me, work for Bill, softball for Rebecca, laundry, Jacob school, school for Rebecca, do something with pumpkins that I have to process, picture day for the kids and me at our school, Benjamin has speech therapy, Ben has an ENT appointment, I have an inservice to run for my staff at work, and then there is the everyday things like cooking, cleaning, etc. 

Currently reading::::  Just finished  Dancing with Fireflies by Denise Hunter


On the TV this week:::: 19 Kids and Counting, football, baseball


The weather outside is::: . One word...HUMID! It is supposed to be in the mid 80s until Wednesday, then with storms Wednesday night then cooler weather for the later half of the week. 


On the menu this week:::: I actually have some ideas of what to fix this week, but am not assigning days as I find that too constrictive.....so our choices for this week include: 


Fish sticks, broccoli, baked potatoes, carrots
Pizza and salad
Hamburgers and french fries
Hamburger helper and peas
Potatoes and sausage bake and macaroni and cheese
Baked bbq chicken, green beans, corn and carrots
Sandwiches and fruit
Bratwurst, mac and cheese and corn
hot dogs and veggies

If I have a few minutes to myself, I will:::: decide on a new book to read, start designing cakes that I need to make and decorate in the next month. 

Favorite photo from the camera::::

I tried a new recipe last week for carrot zucchini bread that came out fabulous!




Praying for:::: direction .

Bible Verse, Devotional that is resonating me with at the moment:::: 







Thanks Sandra for hosting! Hope everyone has a great week! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Things on my mind on this Friday


Man, this has been a very busy week around here. 

There was no school on Monday for Labor Day, so I spent the day doing laundry, running errands and baking. 

Tuesday was Jacob's first day of school and Bill came home from work sick with what I think is a flu bug. Tuesday night, Rebecca had a softball game, which her team won. 

Wednesday, Rebecca and I had her first American Heritage Girl meeting. American Heritage Girls is kind of like girl scouts but is more Christ centered. I am on the board for our school's troop. We expected maybe 10-15 girls at our meeting and we had 26 show up! Which is great, but made for a crazy meeting. Rebecca is excited to join up though and I think it will be fun. 

Yesterday, I came home from work and crashed. I wasn't feeling good myself and am just run down. Bill was still not feeling good, but we have to do what we have to do. 

This morning, I got the kids off to school. Then went to Walmart to do my work's snack shopping...now I am home to do laundry (have to at least get Rebecca's softball uniform washed for tomorrow)...then I head to work in a bit for a longer shift as we have our monthly inservice meeting. And I am fighting a headache. 

I hate weeks when one or both of the parents here in our house are sick. Bill is still sick...and I am still fighting the cold that I had last week. But again we do what we need to do. I don't mean to complain. I am just overwhelmed at the moment. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

The Legacy Letters by Carew Papritz


Book description: 

A tragedy begins. A husband and wife separate. He's dying. She doesn't know. She's pregnant. He can't return. Now he races against time--In the solitude of a mountain cabin. In a faraway mountain range. Trying to finish . . . 

For his children--his captivating stories and memories, turned into practical, moral, and spiritual instructions, now their "guidebook to life." 

For his wife--his intimate words of great love and deep regret, now his journey of redemption, now her passage to forgiveness. Ultimately, he gives his final gift to her, to them, and now, to us all. The Legacy Letters.

My thoughts: 

I enjoyed reading The Legacy Letters immensely. This is like a pocket guide to life. The story behind the letters is immensely sad and at the same time inspiring. The father who wrote these letters is trying to convey his wisdom and his guide to life to his "Little Ones," the twin children he has never met and will never meet due to his dying from a terminal illness, as well as to his estranged wife. It is his attempt to be able to guide his children as they grow. I found that he was full of real life wisdom as well as emotion and humor that makes the reader feel that they are right there with him as he is writing to his children. You, as the reader, can take the words of wisdom and the life lessons and use them to enhance your own lives. 

I would highly recommend this book.

Disclaimer: 
I received a free copy of this book from New Shelves Distribution and it's author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.