Friday, April 24, 2015

Amazing Video and #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #126!

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Nasturtium flower by Tina Morley 

Last weekend I wrote about
Fanny Crosby,
a blind woman who led
an inspirational life.


Have you heard of John Bramblitt?
I discovered an awesome video on
Facebook, posted by HLN
on Wednesday,
April 8, 2015
showcasing his unbelievable
artistic skill.
After going blind as an adult,
he tried his hand at painting.
They are amazing paintings!

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This is one of the paintings
seen in the video. I copied
the image from an article
on Amusing Planet.

I don't have the JavaScript SDK
for my blog, so 
here's the link to the video:
John Bramblitt


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Nothing is impossible!



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My Latest Book Reviews


Caterpillar Shoes


Katie and the North Star by Bethany and Katie Lopez



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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.

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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
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I would love for you to follow me on
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  • Link up a post from your family friendly blog.
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Katie and the North Star

Katie and the North Star
Book Blast and
$25 Giveaway

Katie and the North Star by Bethany and Katie Lopez


About the Book

Title: Katie and the North Star | Authors: Bethany Lopez and Katie Lopez | Illustrator: Hetty Mitchell | Publication Date: March 13, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 26 | Recommended Ages: 2 to 6


Summary: Katie and the North Star is a book filled with adventure, joy, and imagination. Join Katie as she learns why she can't keep the North Star all to herself.


* PRICE DROP *
"Katie and the North Star" is available as an e-book for only 99 cents from Amazon between April 23 and 25, 2015. Or, subscribers to Kindle Unlimited can grab an e-copy for FREE! 



My Review

Amanda was impressed when I told her that Katie and the North Star were written by a grade 1 girl and her mother. Amanda's favorite part in the story was when Katie gets to fly with Polaris. Her favorite picture is of Katie looking out of the window, up at the sky. This is a happy story that teaches the importance of the North Star. I recommend it for girls ages 2 - 7.

About the Authors:
Bethany Lopez
and Katie Lopez
Katie Lopez and Bethany Lopez

Katie and Bethany Lopez are a mother and daughter writing team. Katie is currently navigating through the first grade. She loves reading, writing, and Shopkins. Bethany writes stories for all ages. She enjoys writing full time, and spending time with her family. Katie and the North Star is their first collaboration.

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$25 Book Blast Giveaway

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

Contest ends: May 7, 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, Bethany Lopez 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.



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

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Caterpillar Shoes and $50 #Giveaway

Caterpillar Shoes
Book Blast and
$50 Giveaway!

Caterpillar Shoes

About the Book

Title: Caterpillar Shoes | Author: Angela Muse | Illustrator: Ewa Podles | Publication Date: March 26, 2015 | Publisher: 4EYESBOOKS | Pages: 28 | Recommended Ages: 0 to 8


Summary: Patches is an energetic caterpillar who is trying to decide what activities to do. In the end, she doesn't put any limits on herself and lives her life to the full.

Amazon * Goodreads



About the Author:
Angela Muse
Angela Muse


Angela was born in California to a military family. This meant that she got used to being the "new kid" in school every couple of years. It was hard trying to make new friends, but Angela discovered she had a knack for writing. In high school Angela began writing poetry and song lyrics. Expressing herself through writing seemed very natural. After becoming a Mom in 2003, Angela continued her storytelling to her own children. In 2009 she wrote and published her first rhyming children's book aimed at toddlers. Since then she has released several more children's picture books and released her first young adult romance series, The Alpha Girls, in 2012. Angela's husband, Ben Muse writes suspense/thriller books that can also be found on Amazon. Check out what else she's working on by visiting www.4eyesbooks.com

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My Review


Amanda and I really enjoyed Caterpillar Shoes. We loved the adorable story that rhymed most of the time and the brightly illustrated pages. It’s a cheerful bedtime story, making bedtime fun. I highly recommend it for children ages 2 - 8.

This is the second time we reviewed a cute picture book by Angela Muse. The first one was The Cat Who Lost His Meow.


$50 Book Blast Giveaway

Prize: $50 Amazon Gift Card or PayPal cash (winner’s choice)

Contest ends: May 6, 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, Angela Muse 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.



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

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Bright Bougainvillea with #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #138!

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Bougainvillea in South Africa



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Final Post in My Cape Town Series:



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Friday, April 17, 2015

Inspirational Story and #Weekend #Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #125!

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It's my 5th year as a volunteer at the Institute for the Blind in South Africa. I read text books and other materials in a sound room for a few hours every week. It's a small thing that I can do. Sometimes the material I have to read is boring, but I stick with it.


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Fanny Crosby
image from Wikipedia

Someone who led a very inspiring life was Fanny Crosby (1820 - 1915). At six weeks of age, she went blind. This did not stop her or slow her down.

She wrote over 8,000 hymns and gospel songs. Her work was so prolific that she had to use over 200 pseudonyms in order to be published as some publishers were hesitant to have so many works under the same name. She wrote "Blessed Assurance" and "To God Be the Glory" to name a few.

She was also known for her public speaking and Christian rescue missions. She accomplished so much in her life and did it completely blind.


If this story inspired you, then please consider sharing it. You can pin the above pin on Pinterest or share my post via Google+, Facebook or Twitter. Thanks!

P.S. I have been following Destiny Rescue on Facebook. They are dedicated to rescuing and protecting children from human trafficking and sexual exploitation. I show my support by liking and sharing their updates. Visit their page for more information.


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My Latest Book Review

Goo and Spot Bedtime Story

It's FREE on Amazon Kindle
until 17 April 2015




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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!

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  • Link up a post from your family friendly blog.
  • Please try to add my hop button on your post or side-bar.
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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Goo and Spot Bedtime Story

Goo and Spot in the
Do Not Wiggle Riddle


About the Book

Title: Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle * Author: Elsa Takaoka * Illustrator: Catherine Toennisson * Recommended Age: 3 to 5
Summary (Amazon): Designed to teach the importance of active listening. This amusing riddle about Goo and Spot's amazing and colorful adventures will definitely hit a child's funny bone, with a valuable lesson learned along the way. A great resource for preschool educators, librarians and parents of wiggly little children. Best suited for ages 5 and under.



FREE eBook until 17th April 2015


My Review

Goo and Spot in the Do Not Wiggle Riddle is a delightful bedtime story for girls and boys. I read it to Amanda last night. She is 7 years old and enjoyed the book thoroughly. Her favorite parts were the "Now keep your ears open and your mouth closed up tight..." and the answer to the riddle at the end of the story.

I really appreciated the idea of this book, to encourage kids to listen and think. It's a feel-good bedtime story and the fun rhyming makes it even better. I highly recommend it for boys and girls ages 7 and under.


I previously did a review for another delightful rhyming book of Elsa's. You can check out that review at A Moat is Not a Goat.


Note From The Author:
Elsa Takaoka
Elsa Takaoka, Author

I am in a foreign country learning a new language and I am a stay-at-home mommy raising two beautiful little girls. This has also given me the time and opportunity to begin my own bucket-list. On my list is writing and publishing a series of children’s books.

I have always had a love of writing, and reading to my own children has helped me rediscover my love of children’s literature. I dived head first into the vast and scary world of self-publishing and quickly discovered it is an adventure in itself.

I blog as creative outlet, and as an escape from the difficulties of learning a new language and lifestyle. I try to share what I have learned through the process of writing a picture book. I also introduce Japanese children’s literature translated into English, not otherwise easily accessible.

I am determined to continue, regardless of how many mistakes I may make. The best advice I have received has come from an unlikely source, the husband, who has told me “It is not about being wildly successful on your first attempt, it is about, persevering even through disappointments.”

Writing for children is a noble art. One that I love and support. I invite you to take a look around, and rediscover the love of children's literature.





About the Illustrator:
Catherine Toennisson

Catherine has this way of making illustrations come to life, her drawings have so much emotion, facial expression and happiness. She has the perfect combination of a fantastic imagination and innocence, that together make for very engaging illustrations.

Catherine:

I love to create stories.

My skills in the Animation field lie mostly in storyboarding and concept, although I also enjoy animating. I often take up freelance work for sequential art, and digital painting.

In my spare time I like to make dolls, jewelry, and paint with watercolor, or acrylics. I love to watch cartoons, films, and go hiking, or swimming when I'm away from my tablet. But I'm never without a sketchbook, and the sense to capture the world around me.


Visit her website Painted Deer


Disclosure: I follow Author Elsa Takaoka on Facebook and saw her latest update about the above book. When I learned that the eBook was free for a limited time, I offered to do a review for her. This review is my own.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Last Day with Son and #WW #Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #137!

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Jessica, Samantha and Jeremiah

Jeremiah is back at university. These photos of the kids were taken on his last day with us. It was nice having him home for the holiday. He spent time with his little sister too. They played Monopoly Junior and Prince decided he wanted to be a part of it. The last photo was taken by Jeremiah and you can see Amanda's feet in the background.

Jessica and Samantha

Amanda and Jeremiah

Prince

Prince
Photo by Jeremiah

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See how I spent my 40th Birthday
with Hubby in Cape Town
(in March) on 1camera1mom.


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My weekend post is on
how to be a Happy Mom.


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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.
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