Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Lego Party and #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #131!

This blog is best viewed in Google Chrome.
Click on the images to view them larger.


Amanda turned 7 on Saturday!
Her dad and sisters helped me
with all the party preparations.
Amanda chose a Lego theme
and I got ideas off of Pinterest.

Jessica made Lego heads
and used the extra chocolate
for pretzel sticks.
Jessica also baked the cakes
and made the frosting.






Naughty Kitty








Somehow a "Wild" theme
sneaked in there. Hahaha!







See 3 more photos on Instagram!
Visit Amanda's Board on Pinterest.


***************************

Check out my latest post on 1camera1mom -
World of Birds, Cape Town, South Africa


Amanda at World of Birds


*********************

Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

Come link up your Wordless Wednesday
(with or without words) or any picture post
at this Picture Perfect Party Linky.
Join me on this fun and easy blog hop!


If you host your own blog hop(s), then feel free
to link them on my Blog Hops page!


I would love for you to follow me on
and
Follow on Bloglovin

I'm also now on Instagram!


Here are the easy rules:
  • Follow me on one or more links above or via email.
  • Link-up your post with a picture and follow as many new blogs as you like.
  • If possible, copy the button code below and add it on your linked post or blog's side-bar.
  • Tell others about this hop on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.

The Button Code:

Amanda’s Books and More

This is a Wordless Wednesday blog hop.



Visit my Blog Hops page to see the hops that I often link up to.
Read More

Friday, February 27, 2015

The Story Behind the Keep Calm Slogan with Weekend Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #119!

My blog is best viewed in Google Chrome

The original 1939 Keep Calm
and Carry On poster
Source: Wikipedia

I think we've all seen the Keep Calm and Carry On slogan and variations of it. I never knew that there was a story behind the original saying until my husband stumbled upon it earlier this week. I found the story so interesting that I thought to share it with you today. I went to Wikipedia to get the scoop. You can find the full story here.

Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep Calm and Carry On was a motivational poster produced by the British government in 1939 in preparation for the Second World War. ...The poster was hardly ever publicly displayed and was little known until a copy was rediscovered in 2000. It has since been re-issued by a number of private companies, and has been used as the decorative theme for a range of products.

It was thought that only two original copies survived until a collection of 20 was brought in to the Antiques Roadshow in 2012 by the daughter of an ex-Royal Observer Corps member.

Design and Production

The Keep Calm and Carry On poster was designed by the Ministry of Information during the period 27 June – 6 July 1939. It was produced as part of a series of three "Home Publicity" posters (the others read "Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution Will Bring Us Victory" and "Freedom Is in Peril. Defend It With All Your Might"). Each poster showed the slogan under a representation of a "Tudor Crown" (a symbol of the state). They were intended to be distributed to strengthen morale in the event of a wartime disaster, such as mass bombing of major cities using high explosives and poison gas, which was widely expected within hours of an outbreak of war.

Almost 2,500,000 copies of Keep Calm and Carry On were printed between 23 August 1939 and 3 September 1939 but the poster was not sanctioned for immediate public display. Copies of Keep Calm and Carry On were retained until April 1940, but stocks were then pulped as part of the wider Paper Salvage campaign. An October 1940 edition of the Yorkshire Post and Leeds Mercury records the poster being hung in a shop in Leeds.

Rediscovery and Commercialization

In 2000, Stuart Manley, co-owner with his wife Mary of Barter Books Ltd. in Alnwick, Northumberland, was sorting through a box of used books bought at auction when he uncovered one of the original "Keep Calm and Carry On" posters. The couple framed it and hung it up by the cash register; it attracted so much interest that Manley began to produce and sell copies. Other companies followed suit, and the design rapidly began to be used as the theme for a wide range of products.

Here are a few variations of the original slogan

Source: Quotes Tags 

Source: Quotes Tags
It's my birthday on Tuesday,
so I thought to include that one.

Source Unknown

*********************

My Latest Book Posts





Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

*********************


Now you can order your own personalized
blog buttons with HTML, Facebook covers
or collages (example: Pinterest-ing pins)!
Just visit my page: Blog Buttons to Order

*********************

Make My Saturday Sweet is a weekend blog hop for all family friendly blogs. You are welcome to link your favorite post from the past week(s) and to visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment. It's a really easy and fun way to make new friends and to catch up on old acquaintances.

Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

It's time for another Make My Saturday Sweet blog hop!

Join me (your host) for this fun and easy hop.
All family friendly blogs are welcome!

If you host your own blog hop(s), then feel free to
link them on my Blog Hops page!

I would love for you to follow me on
I'm also now on Instagram!

Here are the easy rules:
  • Follow Tina (your host) on one or more links listed above.
  • Link up a post from your family friendly blog.
  • Please try to add my hop button on your post or side-bar.
  • Share about this hop on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.
  • Visit the last link before yours and leave a sweet comment.
Blog Button Code:

Amanda’s Books and More

This is a blog hop!

Visit my Blog Hops page to see what link parties I take part in.
Read More

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Stellarcadia and a $25 Giveaway

Stellarcadia Book Blast
and $25 Giveaway
Book 3 in the
Adventures of Caramel Cardamom
by Julie Anne Grasso
A middle grade science fiction trilogy

Stellarcadia by Julie Anne Grasso

About the Book

Title: Stellarcadia (Adventures of Caramel Cardamom, Book 3) | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Publication Date: December 24, 2014 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 128 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12


Book Description: Caramel Cinnamon is one lucky elf. She can hardly believe she’s invited to attend the first Intergalactic Youth Summit, on-board the Stellarcadia. Her friends can’t wait to go “hyper,” but even the thought of it chills Caramel to the bone. However, nothing could compare to the icy reception she receives upon her arrival. Keen to get to the bottom of it, Caramel stumbles on a dangerous conspiracy, but no one will believe her. In the exciting conclusion to The Adventures of Caramel Cardamom Trilogy, Caramel will have to do more than outwit her enemies, she will have to convince her friends to take her seriously. For ages 8-12.



The Early Buzz

"The book is also a perfect mix of magic, science, and technology. Don’t be surprised if readers get to use their imaginations and learn something. Julie Anne Grasso has proven herself to be an original and versatile author..." ~ 5 Stars, Ilana W., Amazon

"Couldn't put it down." ~ Jemima P., Goodreads



Check out my review of Book 2,


About the Author:
Julie Anne Grasso
Julie Anne Grasso

With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and entertain them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little girl, Giselle.


* $25 Book Blast Giveaway *

Amazon 25 gift card

Prize: $25 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: March 25, 11:59 pm, 2015

Open: 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 the author, Julie Anne Grasso and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.


MDBR Book Promotion Services

Read More

Gerbs in the House: Jaida’s Here

Gerbs in the House:
Jaida's Here


About the Book:

Be Courageous. Laugh. Embrace Your Uniqueness. Spread Joy. This is the story about Jaida; a friendly little caterpillar with a powerful message. A surprise visit to Mocha and Petri’s dollhouse leads the three to an everlasting friendship. Each day is filled with a new memory, until the day that Jaida stops coming to visit. As Mocha and Petri begin to accept the loss of their friend, they soon learn that Jaida’s greatest lesson has yet to come. Gerbs in the House: Jaida’s Here is a friendly children’s story about love, life, loss and transformation, inspired by Jaida Cumberland.

In Memory of Jaida Cumberland 2003 - 2011

A portion of the proceeds from this book will be donated to Jaida's Challenge: www.jaidaschallenge.ca


My Review:

Amanda and I thoroughly enjoyed reading Gerbs in the House: Jaida’s Here. It's the second time we've had the pleasure of reviewing a Gerbs in the House book. We find the photographs super cute and the illustrations are bright and friendly. Amanda really liked Jaida the butterfly and she was interested to hear about Jaida Cumberland, the real girl behind the story.

In Jaida's Here, the story brings a message of hope amidst loss:
"Although your time with Jaida was short, hang onto the memories you have because they are special," Mocha said.

I highly recommend this book for girls ages 4 - 8.

Check out my review of this delightful rhyming bedtime book called Gerbs in the House: The Dilly Dally Bedtime Routine


Purchase

The Author
and Photographer:
Bailey J. Thompson



The Illustrator:
Heather Cook
Heather Cook in action

For more information,

Follow their Blog with lots of adorable photos.


Disclaimer: I received a free digital copy of the book for my honest review.

Read More

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Grade 1 and a #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #130!

This blog is best viewed in Google Chrome.
Click on the images to view them larger.


Amanda began grade 1 in January of this year. She's completed her first month of school. Borrowing easy readers from the library is part of her homework. In the photo above, she is reading to her big sister, Jessica (who was in her pajamas and did not want to be photographed).


Prince likes to get in on the action. He decided to make himself comfortable on our dining room table where a moment ago I had been helping Amanda with her homework.


Sheela is Amanda's cat and Prince is Samantha's.

Sheela in black and white

***************************

Visit my latest post on Cape Town


*********************

My Latest Book Blasts:

with a $25 Giveaway

Maisy and the Money Marauder by Elizabeth Woodrum

with a $25 Giveaway

Fearless Joe Dearborne by Lisa Whitney Mitchell



*********************

My Latest Giveaway

100 February Blogger Appreciation Giveaway 2015

Amazon Gift Voucher or PayPal Cash
Hosted by Mother Daughter Book Reviews

*********************

Now on to my blog hop...

Amanda’s Books and More

Come link up your Wordless Wednesday
(with or without words) or any picture post
at this Picture Perfect Party Linky.
Join me on this fun and easy blog hop!


If you host your own blog hop(s), then feel free
to link them on my Blog Hops page!


I would love for you to follow me on
and
Follow on Bloglovin

I'm also now on Instagram!


Here are the easy rules:
  • Follow me on one or more links above or via email.
  • Link-up your post with a picture and follow as many new blogs as you like.
  • If possible, copy the button code below and add it on your linked post or blog's side-bar.
  • Tell others about this hop on Twitter, Google+ or Facebook.

The Button Code:

Amanda’s Books and More

This is a Wordless Wednesday blog hop.



Visit my Blog Hops page to see the hops that I often link up to.


Read More

© 2011 Amanda's Books and More, AllRightsReserved.

Designed by ScreenWritersArena