Friday, April 29, 2016

Make Art Out of Falling and More

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #172!


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So, you lose balance and you fall ... but, what do you do next? Stop? Or go on? Make art out of falling ...


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Goo and Spot:
Under the Orange Tree
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Looking for that perfect
Mother's Day gift?
Inspirational Coloring for Mom



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Thursday, April 28, 2016

Inspirational Coloring for Mom

Inspirational Coloring for Mom
by Christian Art Publishers


It's almost Mother's Day!
Are you looking for that perfect gift?
This gorgeous coloring book
might be just the right thing!


About the Book

Escape from life's stressful moments and express your creativity with these beautifully designed coloring pages, complemented by specially selected Scripture verses and quotes for moms.

Special Features:
• Perforated pages
• Cards and tags to cut out and color
• 50 coloring sheets to enjoy


Meaningful Me-time
Biblical Inspiration
Delightful De-stressing

♥ Purchase on Amazon ♥


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I received this book for my birthday in March and have been thoroughly enjoying it. I've already shared some photos of the pages that I've colored on my blog. I was even asked where to buy it. I figured that it was time to give a review!

My Review


There are several reasons why Inspirational Coloring for Mom will make a great gift for moms this Mother's Day.

Firstly, it comes as a spiral hardcover book. The spiral binding allows you to turn the pages with ease. This eliminates the need to bend the book open to reach the spots along the inside spine.

Secondly, the outside hardcover works like a table surface, so you can take it anywhere and color without difficulty. This works especially well for me, because I like to color on my lap.

Thirdly, the beautiful illustrations come with fun and inspirational messages for Mom. They are the perfect encouragement to my day.

Fourthly, the pages are perforated, so you can remove them and give them away as gifts. Or, you can frame them and hang them up to decorate your home.

Fifthly, besides the full-sized illustrations, there are also cards, bookmarks, and gift tags to color at the back of the book. This offers more variety to what you can do with your coloring creations.




Disclosure: My husband bought this book for me. All opinions are my own. There are no affiliate links.
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Butterfly with Animated GIF and a #LinkyParty

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #189!


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Naval Museum




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Goo and Spot
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Monday, April 25, 2016

The Gladiator and the Guard

The Gladiator and the Guard
the second book in the Krillonian Chronicles,
sequel to The Collar and the Cavvarach


About the Book:

Bensin, a teenage slave and martial artist, is just one victory away from freedom. But after he is accused of a crime he didn’t commit, he is condemned to the violent life and early death of a gladiator. While his loved ones seek desperately for a way to rescue him, Bensin struggles to stay alive and forge an identity in an environment designed to strip it from him. When he infuriates the authorities with his choices, he knows he is running out of time. Can he stand against the cruelty of the arena system and seize his freedom before that system crushes him?


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You can read my review
of Book 1 here:

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for only $0.99 until May 30th!

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The Gladiator and the Guard
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The Gladiator and the Guard

Books by
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that I have reviewed:


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Annie Douglass Lima




Annie Douglass Lima spent most of her childhood in Kenya and later graduated from Biola University in Southern California. She and her husband Floyd currently live in Taiwan, where she teaches fifth grade at Morrison Academy. She has been writing poetry, short stories, and novels since her childhood, and to date has published twelve books (two YA action and adventure novels, four fantasies, a puppet script, and five anthologies of her students’ poetry). Besides writing, her hobbies include reading (especially fantasy and science fiction), scrapbooking, and international travel.

by Annie Douglass Lima



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Friday, April 22, 2016

Celebrating Earth Day with #LinkyParty

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #171!


~ Celebrating Earth Day! ~


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Amanda Planting a Garden
with Her Nana
Photos from 2015





2 Great YouTube Videos on Recycling
The first one is just for laughs.




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Under the Orange Tree
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Thursday, April 21, 2016

Goo and Spot: Under the Orange Tree

Goo and Spot:
Under the Orange Tree
by Elsa Takaoka
Review and a
Cool Giveaway!


About the Book:


Title: Goo and Spot: Under the Orange Tree
(Book 3 in the Goo and Spot series)
Author: Elsa Takaoka
Illustrator: Catherine Toennisson
Pages: 32
Age Level: 4 - 8
Grades: K - 2
Summary:
It’s a tricky little problem for Spot and Goo. How can they share one treat with a bunch of hungry new friends? But learning can be fun (and delicious) in this funny story with an enjoyable and colorful lesson about sharing and fractions. It’s a sweet tale, full of delightful rhymes and vibrant illustrations. Definitely a great teaching tool for children.


Purchase on Amazon


My Review:

Goo and Spot: Under the Orange Tree is author Elsa Takaoka's latest creation. It's a great book to help little ones learn fractions in a fun and entertaining way. It also highlights friendships in diversity and the joy of sharing.

This is the 3rd delightful Goo and Spot book that Amanda and I have read together. We love the story in rhyme and cheerful illustrations, which are signatures of each of them. I gladly recommend this book for girls and boys ages 4 - 8.


My Previous Book Reviews
of Elsa Takaoka's children's books:

Goo and Spot in the
Do Not Wiggle Riddle

and

A Moat is Not a Goat


About the Author:
Elsa Takaoka
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Budding author Elsa Takaoka puts her pen to paper and creates a fun and heart-warming story. Spinning words with natural creativity, Elsa discovered her love of language at a very early age. She then pursued a career in Speech Language Pathology and English as a Second Language until the birth of her first daughter. Reading to her own little girls sparked her whimsical journey through children’s literature. Her dream to write and publish a picture book was achieved with Goo and Spot and The Do Not Wiggle Riddle, the first in the Goo and Spot book series.

Currently, Elsa lives in Fukuoka, Japan with her sources of inspiration- her loving husband and their two adorable little girls.



About the Illustrator:
Catherine Toennisson

Catherine grew up alongside her twin sister in the small city of Norris Tennessee. Together they climbed trees, and waded through creeks in search of frogs and fairies. Her love of nature and whimsy came with her when she moved to Nashville, Tennessee to attend The Art Insistute. Graduating with honors, and a Bachelor's of Fine arts in Media arts and Animation. She continued into her career, working as a storyboard revisionist for Big Idea Entertainment, and then into freelance. Illustrating a series of children's books written by Elsa Takaoka. Currently she's writing her own books, and working late nights in her home studio. In her free time she enjoys doll making, watching Ghibli films, swimming, and can never pass up a good cup of coffee, or a stroll through the woods.

Visit her website: Painted Deer



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Prize: One winner will receive a copy of the book with kid's goodie bag

Giveaway ends: 20 May 2016 at 11:59 pm

Open to: Internationally

How to enter: Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.


Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by Elsa Takaoka and is hosted and managed by Christina on Amanda's Books and More. If you have any additional questions, feel free to email me: morleychristina (at) gmail (dot) com.

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Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of this book for my honest review.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Blue Beaded Butterfly and a #LinkyParty

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #188!


We've been getting gentle showers of rain
these past few days, so that means the long
dry spell that we've been having is now over!

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Kanonkop Estate



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A Buss from Lafayette
~ A middle grade/young adult historical novel ~



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