Sunday, August 16, 2015

Check out our Toy Reviews

We will reviewing toys. Please check out our first toy review

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If any toy manufacturers would like us to review their toys please  contact me .

Thank you 

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Remembering Our Furry Friends

It's winter time here in the United States. The temperatures are frigid and there is ice everywhere. I thought it would be a great time to think about animals outside who have no home and our wildlife.

Today on the news there was a woman from the SPCA and she had a great tip for stray cats. She took a Styrofoam cooler and cut a hole in the base. She filled the bottom with some shredded papers and put a brick on top so it wouldn't blow away. She said don't put blankets because they freeze and become hard.


Another idea is feeding the birds. My daughter and I used to make bird feeders. Even though I posted this before I think it's worth mentioning due to the frigid temps. 

BIRD FEEDERS

 As well as pine cone,peanut butter feeders

PINE CONE/PEANUT BUTTER FEEDERS

If you have pets please bring them inside.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Point Me In The Right Direction



Here's one more beaded craft---AN ARROW





































Here's some photo's that Fran took so that you can see how it's done step by step.
















































































Books related to our topic---

                                 Robin Hood And The Golden Arrow 

Robert San Souci retells the classic and humorous tale of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow. Acclaimed author Robert San Souci and Caldecott Honor illustrator and Coretta Scott King Award winner E. B. Lewis retell the classic legend of Robin Hood and the Golden Arrow.

Robin Hood and his loyal band create a plan to outsmart the Sheriff of Nottingham by attending an archery contest in disguise. In the end, it is Robin Hood and his friends who have the last laugh.
Kids of all ages will cheer for this classic tale based on the traditional story of Robin Hood.





                                             The Apple and the Arrow 

The year is 1291, and Walter is the twelve-year-old son of William Tell, the greatest bowman in the land of Uri. Walter lives happily in the remote heights of the Alpine Mountains, caring for his family’s goat herd and practicing his marksmanship in the hopes of making his father proud. But as the end of the year approaches, Walter’s peaceful life is shaken as his country enters a revolution, and Walter must carry a secret that could threaten the life of the father he loves so dearly.

More than seven hundred years have passed since the day Walter stood in the marketplace balancing an apple on his head while the Austrian tyrant Gessler commanded Walter’s father, William Tell, to take aim at the apple with his great crossbow. The dramatic tale of William’s arrest and escape and the daring revolt of the Swiss against the Austrians has become a legend around the world.




Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Froggie Went A Courtin...




Thursday at IV infusions the Child Life Specialist gave Fran several craft projects. One was a beaded frog. It took about an hour to complete.










This is the finished product---







Some books related to our topic---


A Frog Named Waldor
Written by Jacqueline  Rankine-Van Wassenhoven

This picture book story is for everyone who is young at heart or older. It’s about a young girl called Jennifer who loves to read books, especially books about water fairies. One summer’s day sitting by the pond near her village she meets a talking frog named Waldor. Waldor is quite a charming character and introduces Jennifer to some of his friends, the water fairies and Mrs. Nightingale. How does Jennifer get onto the lily pad with Waldor?…And the story continues.


Amazon Review--"Everyone loves to be taken away to another place and time. A Frog Named Waldor will give you just that chance to escape into the magical enchanted forest with Jennifer,the fairies and a quite lively pond frog named Waldor! Enjoy this read as I definitely give it 5 stars!!"



The Fabulous Adventures of Fred the Frog
Fred is a friendly frog that lives in a pond he calls home. He is surrounded by many caring friends including Betsy the Butterfly, Hermit the Frog, and the well-known Mr. Flyman and his band. They pass their time singing and dancing to many favorite songs. On Fred’s seventh birthday he blows out his candles and makes a wish. To his surprise his wish is granted! Come join Fred and friends on his journey to many fabulous adventures and discover if he chooses to live in the magical place he wishes for.


Amazon Review--"Our 2 year old grandson received this book as a gift. He chooses it to be read to him over other books he has. He really enjoys the pictures!"

Monday, July 14, 2014

Penguins!

My daughter spends two days a week at infusions. The Child Life Specialist at John Hopkins is very good with the kids/teens. She gives them cool crafts to help keep them occupied and for the younger children they have things like Lego's  or movies on DVD etc...

Today Fran got a cute beaded penguin which she put together in about an hour. Here's the completed project and materials you will need. It looks like this--


Here's the materials you will need to complete this little penguin--


  • 1 Metal ring
  • 18 white beads
  • 3 orange beads
  • 31 black beads
  • 4 feet of black cord






Instructions:



Here are some step by step pictures to show you the progress.

























And of course the finished Product!























Books related to our project:




KIDS BOOK OF BEADS

Let your child’s creativity run wild with Kids’ Book Of Beads, the book that brings beading to life. We have an array of designs for you and your children to enjoy.

If you’re brand new to beading then our handy guide to tools and techniques will help you get started. Make pretty pendants, wire bling rings or bring to life a beaded bunny.

Each simple and fun design comes complete with clear, concise diagrams and colourful images to aid the creative process. Experiment with colour and shape to add a personal twist to projects. Your child will never look at beads the same way again.

Whether you’re 8 or 48, there’s something here for everyone; boys, girls and parents too!

Available through Amazon













Friday, July 11, 2014

Key Chain---Flower Power!

Today while we were at infusions the Child Life Specialist gave my daughter a very cute beaded flower key chain to work on to pass the time during infusions.

The photo to the left is the finished product. The key chain took less than an hour to make. And it's so cute. 

Here's the directions and photo's that my daughter took along the way. I'm not sure how many beads you will need to complete the craft since it came packaged. 




Supplies Needed:


  • 42 beads for petals
  • 6 beads for center of the flower
  • Cord
  • key ring
Here are the directions--







































Books related to the project---


Flower Power! (DC Super Friends) (Little Golden Book)

Girl—and flower—power! Wonder Woman and Batgirl team up to stop Poison Ivy in their first-ever action-packed Little Golden Book. Girls ages 2 to 5 will love this all-new Little Golden Book featuring the female superheroes of the DC Super Friends.

Available on Amazon




Just Grace and the Flower Girl Power (The Just Grace Series)


Fresh, innovative, and loaded with laugh-out-loud wit and humor, Just Grace is a series that stands out from the pack, just like Grace herself. Author Charise Harper weaves together distinctive, quirky illustrations and vibrant characters in fast-paced stories that capture familiar school and family situations that every young girl can relate to in a truly authentic voice. Artist, comedian, animal-lover, environmentalist, cook, sister, good friend —Grace is the quintessential 3rd grader… just a little bit… different.

   In this eighth addition to the series—Grace has major problems. Her neighbor is getting married and she has to get over her disappointment at not being chosen for a flower girl, not to mention figure out what to give as a wedding present! But with a touch of girl power, Grace musters up a fantastic idea that takes a lot of planning and a little help from all of her friends; her dog, Mr. Scruffers; and Crinkles the cat. Will her plan go off without a hitch on wedding day?


Available on Amazon