March 2012 archive

Catching Fire is Fantastic!

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Oh my, what can I say about book 2, Catching Fire? Fantastic! Again, let me say that I'm not really a fan of hostile government  books, but I started this one and couldn't stop. Just when you think the government can't get any worse you turn the page in this book and there it is something more terrible than before.

After the Hunger Games, we believe that life will go on. The desperate attempt to stay alive in the games somehow turned around on the victor and became a sign of rebellion against the Capitol. People from around the country are using the Games as a cause for an uprising, when all the victor wanted to do was go home to see their loved ones again. 

This year is the 75 year of the Games and a Quarter Quell is called for, an extra Game set up half way through the year as an extra reminder of the past. Who will be chosen for these Games? The story takes you back into the arena again following tributes through the horrible tortures designed by the Capitol. 

I highly recommend this book after reading the Hunger Games.

As for my reading challenge this is book 8 of 33. By my reading tracker on Goodreads.com I am 2 books ahead of my goal. I'm quite impressed with myself.

Lemonade as Medicine

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This is the week, the week of the dance show. The show we have waited 9 months to see. AND Guess what?! The kid is sick. Are you kidding? Tuesday night/Wednesday morning the tiny one was up 3 or 4 times. No one slept that night. Yesterday, she had the sniffles, puffy sinuses and a fever. I got her home yesterday afternoon and made her sit on the couch. We watched shows, read stories and I left her play video games.

I don't know if it's seasonal allergies or a cold. With allergies there usually isn't a fever, so I was thinking cold.

We started pumping her full of Vitamin C goodness.  I am thankful that she is so great with drinking teas and juices, trying new things and taking her vitamins. We usually craft our own herbal tea blends but the cutesy cartoon characters on the box of Traditional Medicinals – Just for Kids Organic Cold Care won out. So, the request for Polar Bear tea is ok with me as long as she drinks it.

I had just purchased some lemons this week at the store in hopes of making some lemonade this weekend. Well, it's kind of a lemonade – kind of a medicine. I started with a recipe from Learning Herbs.

It is so easy, Ginger, Lemon juice, Honey and water.  I chopped up a bunch of ginger, enough to cover the bottom of the jar ( I have to confess, I didn't have fresh root on hand, but I did have organic candied ginger – so that's what I used.) and placed it in the bottom of a quart jar. The juice of one lemon and 3 tablespoons of Honey. I boiled water in my kettle, then poured it in the jar on top of the other ingredients. I capped the jar,  wrapped it in a kitchen towel and left it steep for 20 minutes. We drank it warm and it was perfect.

In the morning, my daughter drank it cold and she loved it that way too.

The lemons have a great amount of Vitamin C, Ginger and Honey are a great immune system supporters. The warmth of the drink just makes you feel better. This is a great sick day drink, but chilled it still has the nutrients and is a great thirst quencher.

Think about making this one!!

By the way, the kid is up and moving, the fever is gone and the sniffles are less. I think we will be in great shape for Saturday.

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Thursday Favorite Things

Crazy about Crafts

I have been very busy here getting the kid around to dance and preparing the garden for spring. I just wanted to share that 2 of my crafts have been featured this week on Think Crafts blog.

First on is the Leather Crowns. I love these and I know the kid loves them too. The tutorial is here.

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The next one is the Reminder Bracelets with a tutorial here.

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That's all I have for now. If I make it through the next couple weekends I'll be back to posting more!!!.

For the Love of the Irish

Am I Irish, well honestly I have found no proof to confirm that belief. My dad says that his family is from the Emerald Isles but I can't prove it. Now my husband and daughter are, although they are of the orange side not the green. Husband's family is from Northern Ireland and he is only third generation born here. So, this day has become a big day for our family. Not because of the family history but because of the Irish Dancing the kid is doing.

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Last Night she danced for the second time at Coakley's Irish Pub. She rocked the house with her feet of fire. The whole school is truly wonderful. We enjoyed our ale while the tiny one preformed. Good friends, good beer = good time.

Now we are off to the first St. Partrick's Day Parade, in York. It should be fun. As parents we are to be festive so I made this little leprechaun hat. Check out my tutorial over here at Think Crafts on how to make your own.

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I'm sure over the next couple of days, you'll see more pictures from the parades. So, drink and be merry today!!! Happy St. Partrick's Day!!!!

For the Love of the Irish

Am I Irish, well honestly I have found no proof to confirm that belief. My dad says that his family is from the Emerald Isles but I can't prove it. Now my husband and daughter are, although they are of the orange side not the green. Husband's family is from Northern Ireland and he is only third generation born here. So, this day has become a big day for our family. Not because of the family history but because of the Irish Dancing the kid is doing.

Irishdancer

Last Night she danced for the second time at Coakley's Irish Pub. She rocked the house with her feet of fire. The whole school is truly wonderful. We enjoyed our ale while the tiny one preformed. Good friends, good beer = good time.

Now we are off to the first St. Partrick's Day Parade, in York. It should be fun. As parents we are to be festive so I made this little leprechaun hat. Check out my tutorial over here at Think Crafts on how to make your own.

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I'm sure over the next couple of days, you'll see more pictures from the parades. So, drink and be merry today!!! Happy St. Partrick's Day!!!!

Fill in the Blank Friday

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Filling in the Blanks from The Little Things We Do

1. I started my blog because I have all these ideas in my head and I had to get them out, before it explodes. I need somewhere to write down my life stuff, thoughts, feelings all that stuff.

2. One thing I love seeing on other blogs real life stories about family. I really enjoy reading craft blogs and DIY's but when they add the personal life stuff that lead to the craft project it makes it all that much better.

3. Something I love about blogging is just having an outlet to get the stuff out of my head and share it with someone out there in the world that might benefit from my experience.

4. A favorite blog post of mine is probably my Santa Letter and envelope template. I think many children enjoyed letters from Santa this year because of it. Who doesn't like making kids happy, right?!

5. Something my friends in real life know about me that I've never before mentioned on my blog is that I'm totally messy.  I try very hard to take nice pictures for the blog so I don't look like a total slob. We live very hard in our house and I am consumed with everything other than house work – that equals messy house.

6. My new favorite blogs to read are my sister at B is For Becky, BlueBird Vintage and RockStar Diaries

7. Some things I tend to avoid doing on my blog are getting way toooo personal and I don't talk about the real mundane day job.

Free Felt Peeps Pattern

I designed and wrote this pattern about 3 years ago. It was located on my old blog but I'm consolidating everything on to this blog, so I thought I would move it over here just in time for Easter. Feltpeeps

These little chicks are my favorite Easter candy. I made these and a handful of other felt items for my daughter's play kitchen. These are really cute little handmade softies that can be toys or very cute decorations. The little one was too tiny for the sugary treats at the time so I thought these would be a fun substitute.

You can find the free pattern here. It is a PDF file located on our farm's website, Dusty Bottom Acres. Enjoy!!!

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Small Things

Book Review – The Hunger Games

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Over the summer I saw my sister with this book and she said it was something about blah, blah government…I stopped listening. The book was big and thick and about some government thing. Not my thing. Then she finished it and had a book club meeting over it. Then at the next book club, no one really read the book for that month all they did was talk about, "The Hunger Games." So, I figured if the rest of the club read it, then I could make it through it.

Husband got me a Kindle Fire for my birthday and I was able to get this book on it, since the library has a wait, because of the movie coming out I bet.

I started it and really couldn't stop until I was done.  This post apocalyptic story about children killing children is incredible.  The story of a sister's love and sacrifice for her family is truly touching.  The Games are just horrific. I can't even begin to imagine living in a world where the government forces children into a situation like this and then  have it broad cast over national television for all to see, and watch they must.  Parents sit at home and watch as their children are killed. Unbelievable.

This is not a Lord of the Flies savage thing, based on unfortunate circumstances .  This is a government imposed event to remind the Districts that the Capitol is always in charge and these games keep everyone in check.  The children have to kill to survive, out of 24 only 1 will walk away alive.

This is the first in a series of 3 books. I am working on book 2 right now. I really recommend this book. The movie looks good too from the trailers. Although, I think that the movie might even be more gruesome than the book, if that's possible.

Read it, you know you want to.

This is book 7 of 33 for me. I'm tracking my reading goal at GoodReads.com, it's a great site to find books, keep track of book you want to read and leave comments about books you have read. I love it.

Insta Friday – Irish Dancing

Ok, So the little one danced at an Irish Pub for the first time last weekend. Did we see her? No, we were in the room in the back. I missed my little one doing her dance and she danced solo for all these pub patrons, while the fam missed the whole thing! Anyways, now we know where to sit, I'm sure there will be many next times.  

Here she is in her outfit with Uncle Jon and Aunt Beck.

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Then with Auntie again.
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