Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book Review: "The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook"

Be part of the fun and join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear as they cook up holiday favorites and some unique eats for friends and family with the all-new The Berenstain Bears Holiday Cookbook. Filled with traditional holiday favorites like Frosted Sugar Cookies, Pumpkin Pie, Hot Apple Cider Punch, Cranberry Stuffing, and some unique and fun recipes like Papa Bear’s Paw-Licking Good Chicken Wings, this kid-friendly cookbook will help Bear Country families, and families and friends everywhere, have the most wonderful year of eating ever!

Young cooks and their adult assistants will find recipes for beverages, meals and sides, and sweets and treats.

My Review:
COOKING FUN FOR ALL AGES!   Seriously thought my kids got super excited looking at the pictures of the recipes but if I am honest as an adult I got excited for a few as well!

This recipe book has recipes for all major holidays: Valentines Day, Easter, Fourth of July, Fall Festivities, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. 

I also really like the last page that has kitchen measurements and conversions so there is no confusion.  

If you are a Berenstain Bear fan then it is time to make some food creations from this book! The kids were ready to make some Easter creations in the middle of summer but I was able to get them excited for some of the fall recipes! 

Book Review: "Pumpkin Patch Blessings"

Pumpkin Patch Blessings celebrates fall and shows little ones there are blessings all around us, especially in the pumpkin patch! The sweet rhyming text by Kim Washburn and whimsical illustrations by Jacqueline East bring autumn alive for readers young and old as they take in the fun of the fall season and remember how much they have to be grateful for.

My Review:
I know no one is thinking about fall and pumpkins yet but  me with school starting next week it is closer then we think!

This book is a nice board book with lots of cute rhymes.   It covers all the fall things from crunchy leaves to pumpkins, hay rides, and so much more! 

Get your library ready with this great fall book for your younger kids!

Creating a Seasonal Fashion and Beauty List

If you’ve been enjoying the summer but still would like to cross some other fun activities and beauty to do’s off of your list, there’s still time! Instead of making excuses and cramming your day full of other activities, there’s no time like the present to sit down and make a fashion and beauty list entailing a few fun activities you still want to try before the summer vanishes.  
So, what will your beauty and fashion list consist of? Well, that’s entirely up to you, but here are some ideas to get you thinking and excited. That way you can accomplish these fun and fashionable ideas on your bucket list before the summer comes to a screeching halt.
Buy fun neon makeup, stat!
Neon makeup is all the rage this summer, so why not head to your nearest beauty store and stock up on some beautiful shades of lipstick? Hot pink is bold and beautiful and will look perfect with an elegant dress. There are other fun colors too, such as bright eyeshadow. Create an ombre effect on your eyelids and your eyes will certainly pop! Don’t forget about black eyeliner followed by a metallic liner as well.
Bohemian clothing
The gypsy and wanderlust style is popular these days and to get the look you should find statement clothing pieces on bohemian style clothing stores. Get festival ready with dresses and rompers that’ll compliment your style and don’t afraid to try something new that you usually wouldn’t wear. Especially if you’re headed to a festival, don’t be afraid to go all out!
A maxi dress with an open back is flirty and whimsical, and a romper with the perfect amount of lace may help you feel confident to ask that boy out on a date. As you experiment with new whimsical clothing, don’t forget to be yourself, and the rest will come together. Enjoy the final weeks of summer looking and feeling your very best!
Pastel and patterned leggings
Another fun trend that’s currently in style is pastel leggings, which come in many different shades. If you haven’t bought a pair of patterned leggings, it’s not too late! Look online, on Pinterest, or head to one of your favorite stores online. They are bound to have some trendy galaxy leggings or leggings that look like a mermaid – have fun with this style, and head to the gym looking like you’re ready to take on the world!
Relaxing pedi and mani
Most every girl loves getting a manicure and pedicure and if you haven’t carved out time yet to head to the nail salon and pamper yourself, now is the time! Bring a girlfriend or even ask your boyfriend or husband if he’s willing to go with you. Sometimes it’s important to treat yourself right and during a crazy yet fun summer, a relaxing salon session is a perfect way to do it.
So what are you waiting for? Take out a lovely pen and write your beauty and fashion list now!

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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Tug Fest 2016

Tug Fest 2016 is already done... always makes me sad when it is done because then I know school is about to start...blah!

This year both kids had fun doing tug of war and the 1 mile color run.  

Selah was under 9 minutes and Titus was just over 10 minute!   3rd place for Selah and 10th place for Titus!   GOOD JOB KIDS! 

Monday, August 15, 2016

How to adjust and get along quickly with your new community

Think about this scenario. You’ve just arrived at your new home after months (or years) of decision-making. You finished unpacking and begun settling in, preparations have been made for the future – schools for kids, restaurant with deliveries, local service numbers, etc., But what if you can’t get along with your neighbors?
Yes, this can happen even though you’ve already scouted the neighborhood before – experiencing the real thing is the only way to fully understand and begin transitioning to the new community.
But I’m still deciding on a community to settle in. If you’re yet to choose a community to transition your family in, there are a couple of things to consider: safety, police and fire resources, medical care, schools, and other necessary facilities are some of them. All of these can be found in select communities or projects like the house and land packages in Melbourne, which is a perfect location if you already reside in Australia.
How long you can settle into a new community depends on your circumstances. Is it near where you work at? Does it have all the places you used to enjoy (malls, stores, parks, etc.) Do you have relatives in the area? These factors will give a comforting sense of familiarity, even though you’ve just arrived.
Admittedly, relocating can be a stressful process. More than the arrangements, you need to make new connections to create a feeling of home and community that only experience and time can deliver. A house becomes a home when you build relationships with neighbors, friends, teachers, and small business owners.
Here are some tips you can follow to adjust and get along quickly with your new community.
  • Buy a map and start exploring. Seriously, you need to understand the lay of the land, especially if you’re moving for good. You can just get on a bus and let yourself be driven around. Seeing your new place for the first time is fun and gives you a topic for discussion when meeting a neighbor.
  • Go beyond your basic comfort level. Persuade yourself each week to do something you wouldn’t normally do. This can be as simple as deciding to walk your dog one morning in a park crowded with pet owners instead of lonely streets.
  • Join a club. Chess, dancing, tennis, how about rock climbing? Find affinity groups in the neighborhood. You’ll meet people with common interests instantly.
  • Volunteer. Volunteering is one of the best ways to create meaningful new ties. Find opportunities by going to the local community center or gardens, churches, schools, online, or even your job.
  • Call someone new. If a relative or friend knows someone in the new neighborhood, try asking for their number/s and call them. Take your new neighbor to a coffee and ask them to tell you about the community.
  • Do something new. Go for activities you’ve always wanted to do: cooking, gardening, and teaching classes are a simple way to find friends with common interests. Try it out!
There you have it! Share with us your tales of neighborliness below.

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