Friday, August 26, 2016

The War on Drugs and Weekend #Linky

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Make My Saturday Sweet #186!


Today's topic is on a serious note. This morning I was shocked to hear how people are being killed in the Philippines for using or selling drugs. I know that illegal drugs, drug addiction, and dealing drugs are a huge problem. What is scary is to think that almost 2,000 people have already died in just seven short weeks for being involved with drugs in some way or another. Nearly 700,000 users and peddlers have turned themselves in to the police because they fear for their lives. To find out more, read the BBC News article, Philippines War on Drugs.

On Sunday I will be preaching at RAEL, the drug rehab where my husband has been going twice a week to pray, teach, and encourage the recovering addicts there. Every time Hubby visits, he is blessed by the positive interaction he has with the guys. To find out more about RAEL, visit my blog post, Addiction Recovery Farm.

My eldest daughter recently saw a TED Talk on drugs and she shared it with us this evening. It was extremely interesting and enlightening. Everyone should watch this video!

"What really causes addiction — to everything from cocaine to smart-phones? And how can we overcome it? Johann Hari has seen our current methods fail firsthand, as he has watched loved ones struggle to manage their addictions. He started to wonder why we treat addicts the way we do — and if there might be a better way. As he shares in this deeply personal talk, his questions took him around the world, and unearthed some surprising and hopeful ways of thinking about an age-old problem."


Everything You Think You Know
About Addiction is Wrong
Johann Hari



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Thursday, August 25, 2016

Lovable Lobo: Selfies in the Wild

Lovable Lobo:
Selfies in the Wild
Blog Tour with
$200 Giveaway!


About the Book


Title: The Adventures of Lovable Lobo - Selfies in the Wild
Written and illustrated by C.L. Murphy
Published by Peanut Butter Prose
Date published: August 1, 2016
Recommended ages: 3 to 7
Number of pages: 28
Summary: Lobo and his sidekick raven find a trail camera in their neck of the woods, and it attracts the attention of forest friends. Images captured have never been sillier or more candid. Just as their wild dispositions are exposed, the photo shoot comes to an unexpected end and they're all left wondering why. The reason may be obvious.

Take a peek inside...





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My Review

Amanda and I had fun reading Selfies in the Wild together. The animals were cute and funny. Amanda's favorite part was of the photos that the author shared of real wildlife that she had captured on her own trail camera.

There is one little critter hiding in the story that appears only once and Amanda had to look hard before she finally found it. There is also a glossary of a few difficult words.

Selfies in the Wild can easily be enjoyed by girls and boys ages 3 - 7.

About C.L. Murphy


Cathy (C.L.) has been creating with and for kids for many years, and because of it she's ever armed with crayons and not afraid to use or share them. She’s faster than a speeding turtle, more powerful than a newborn bunny, and nearly able to leap tall tales in a single bound. She's in a position to use her unassuming powers in a never-ending battle for good and silliness while traveling to the deepest (sometimes dark) part of her imagination. She’s been a member of SCBWI since 2012. She lives in a wonder-filled forest, amongst the wildlife with her husband and other untamed animals. They have two wildly perfect sons and a scrumptious new granddaughter.



The Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $200 Amazon gift card or $200 PayPal cash prize, winner's choice
Giveaway ends: August 31, 11:59 p.m., 2016
Open to: Worldwide
How to enter: Please enter the rafflecopter HERE.
Terms and conditions: There is NO purchase necessary to enter or win. One winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget within 48 hours and notified by email once the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new winner will be chosen.





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

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Today I'm Wordless with #Linky

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Friday, August 19, 2016

2016 Olympics and Weekend #Linky

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Make My Saturday Sweet #185!


Do you have any favorite sports that you are watching in the Olympics? Right now I'm watching the Rhythmic Gymnastics on our TV here in South Africa. I love all the pretty outfits, colorful apparatuses, skill, and creativity. The ribbon is always the prettiest, and all the participants have amazing legs! My eldest daughter took rhythmic for a few years and made it to the South African Championships twice.

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What countries are you following? I've got several that I have connections to like USA and SA, but I enjoy seeing any individual or team succeed, especially when the person says that it's the first medal for their country.

South Africa has had a few exciting moments. My favorite was seeing Wayde van Niekerk's record-breaking run in the 400m. It gave me the goosebumps! This morning I watched Henri Schoeman finish third in the men's triathlon. The South African's have earned 9 medals so far with 1 gold, 6 silvers, and 2 bronzes!


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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Walking the Dogs with #Linky

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3 Goo and Spot Picture Books


Amanda and I both love books. Actually, everyone in our home loves books. So, you can imagine how excited we were to hear that Elsa Takaoka wanted to send us three of her picture books as a "thank you" for the reviews we had done for her in the past. I just had to share my photos with you of Amanda with her new books!

Amanda's favorite of the three is Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape. I saw her reading it to herself the other day. She liked the adventure and how the story included the days of the week.

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Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle

Goo and Spot in the Great Zoo Escape

Goo and Spot Under the Orange Tree

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About the Author:
Elsa Takaoka

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


Disclosure: I received these three picture books as a gift and was not required to do anything in return. I chose to do this promotional post, because I wanted to.


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