Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Wordless Wednesday: November 14, 2018 (w/linky) - Fun With the Granddaughters plus a Gender Reveal

We had a lovely time on Sunday visiting with the granddaughters. We went to church at my son and daughter-in-law's church. After church they had cupcakes and punch to reveal the gender of the newest grandbaby on the way.

Those who thought it was going to be a girl sat on one side of the table:

Those who thought it was going to be a boy sat on the other:

The center of the cupcake revealed the gender.

It's a boy!!!

Then I went with my son to visit my other granddaughters while he delivered a cupcake to their mommy.

Looking forward to seeing your Wordless (or not so wordless) Wednesday posts this week.

No button currently, and there won't be one until I can figure it out seeing as Photobucket has changed things. Feel free to still share the picture in place of the button on your Wordless Wednesday post or in a list of Wordless Wednesday linkies. Just link it to my Wordless Wednesday permalink please.

Littles Learning Link Up: Come and Catch 'Em Gingerbread Man Round Up

Welcome to Littles Learning Link Up. Each month you will find:
  • A seasonal round-up (usually toward the beginning of the month)
  • Posts where I share what I have been up to with my preschoolers and/or early elementary children (including occasional highlight posts where I share how we used ideas that have been linked up here on Littles Learning Link Up).
Each week, I will host a link up, where you can share either what you have been up to recently, or old posts that may go with the theme.  Feel free to link up more than one post.

Each week I will continue to feature a couple of posts from those that have been linked up. 

I hope you will continue to share your wonderful posts, and I hope you will find something new to try with your child.

It would be great for everyone to stop by and visit the other linked-up posts as well. Check them out, leave some comments, pin those that interest you. Let's make this a real party and socialize with each other.

It's time for this month's Round Up

Did you know it is National Gingerbread Man Day on November 21st? I didn't until recently. Personally, I'm not a huge fan of gingerbread, but I do enjoy gingerbread man crafts and such. So, whether you would like to celebrate National Gingerbread Man Day this year, or get ready for the holiday season with fun gingerbread man crafts and activities, I hope you will keep reading to see what you can find. 

Come and Catch 'Em
Gingerbread Man Round Up

Gingerbread Man Crafts

Microwave Puffy Paint Gingerbread Men from Still Playing School
Gingerbread Paper Plate Craft from Natural Beach Living

Construction Paper Gingerbread Man Mosaic from The Pinterested Parent

Gingerbread Men Crafts from The Pinterested Parent
Gingerbread Man Paper Doll Decorations from Creative Family Fun

How to Make a No-Mess Gingerbread Ornament from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds
Gingerbread Pirates Craft from Adventures in Mommydom

Gingerbread Man Activities

Gingerbread Play Dough Invitation Fantastic Fun and Learning

Counting with Gingerbread Men from Powerful Mothering
Gingerbread Man Shape Matching Busy Bag from Powerful Mothering

Gingerbread Man Printables

Free Printable Gingerbread Man Puppet from Simple Everyday Mom
Gingerbread Pirates Worksheets from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Free Gingerbread Rhyming Puzzles from 123 Homeschool 4 Me

Gingerbread Subtraction Mats from A Dab of Glue Will Do
Initial Sound Gingerbread Puzzles from A Dab of Glue Will Do
My Yummy Gingerbread Man Book from A Dab of Glue Will Do

Gingerbread Recipes

Best Gingerbread Cookies Recipe from 123 Homeschool 4 Me
Yummy ABC Gingerbread Man Cookies from Growing Book by Book

Oreo Gingerbread Men Cookies from In the Kids Kitchen

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies from Baking Beauty
Starbucks Gingerbread Loaf from Baking Beauty
Homemade Gingerbread Cupcakes from Baking Beauty

Gingerbread Lessons, Units, Books, and More

Gingerbread Play Date from Crafty Moms Share

Gingerbread Man Lesson for Preschool from Adventures in Mommydom
12 Gingerbread Books for Little Learners from A Dab of Glue Will Do

Do you have fun Gingerbread Man ideas? Feel free to link them up below.
Next month I will be sharing a round up of Gingerbread HOUSE ideas!

Now onto:

Littles Learning Link Up Features

On my last Littles Learning Link Up post, there were 5 wonderful posts linked up. I will be sharing a randomly selected post and the top clicked-on posts.

Please, don't forget to stop by other posts that are linked up. See what catches your eye, stop by, pin the post to a relevant board, and perhaps leave a comment to let the author of the blog know you have been by for a visit. I know I appreciate others commenting and letting me know they have read my posts, so I am sure others do too.

This week's randomly selected post is:

Kristen from A Mom's Quest to Teach shared Dice, Decks, and Boards: Raccoon Rumpus

And here is this week's most clicked on post.

Dachelle from Hide the Chocolate shared Kid's Kitchen: Easy Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes

Join the Party!

I would love to have you join in this week! What sort of activities do you do with your young children? Do you have some favorite activities you would like to share? I invite you to link up below. I will be pinning posts on my Toddler Ideas or other relevant board, and I would love to feature some of the activities each week from what is linked up.

Please know I may share a picture from your post and link back to it, along with sharing how we used your idea in our school time, if applicable. By linking up you are giving me permission to use a picture from your post. I will ALWAYS give credit and link back. Additionally, if you choose to try out any of the ideas with your child, please make sure you give credit where credit is due.

Linky will be open through Sunday night, to give me time to check out all the posts and get the Features organized. Please take the time to visit some of the other wonderful posts linked up.

I am sharing over at:

Homeschool Review Crew Weekly Link Up

Monday, November 12, 2018

Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up- November 13, 2018

Welcome to Tuesday's Giveaway Link Up with your hosts Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily Reviews, Shelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

So glad you could join us as we share our giveaways on  Tuesday's Giveaway Link Ups. 

This link up will be posted Monday at 7 PM est. and run all week long! Make sure you stop in as often as you can to list your latest giveaways.

Here is how to use the Giveaway Link Up

1. Post your reviews and/or giveaways, as many as you have, be sure to add the end date (family friendly please)

2. Help spread the word about the giveaway link up by grabbing our button, Tweeting or posting on Facebook. (Not mandatory- but it helps get more exposure to your giveaways as well!)

3. Take a moment to enter any giveaway that strikes an interest to you!

Featured Giveaways 

Featured Reviews

If you would  like to follow the  hostesses, we will gladly follow you back! Simply leave us a message to do so.

Thank you for linking up with Karen @ Tots and Me, Emily @ Emily ReviewsShelly @ The Attic Girl, and Rena @ An Ordinary Housewife.

Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun Fiction Friday - November 9, 2018

Fun Fiction Friday
November 9, 2018

Welcome back to Fun Fiction Friday.

There is where I share the books the older girls and I are reading, and a short review of a Young Adult or Juvenile book I have finished, if applicable. I will also ask the girls to tell me something they would like to share about at least one of the books they are currently reading, also if applicable.

I have several series waiting to be read, but they have been put on hold so I can reread the Keeper of the Lost Cities series again. The last time I posted I shared that my husband bought me the boxed set of the first five books!!! So, I have finally gotten a chance to move along in the series again. This week I finished both Everblaze and Neverseen (that book we've been waiting for months to get out of the library).

Anyway, I have written reviews for the first two books (Keeper of the Lost Cities review and Keeper of the Lost Cities: Exile review), and now I finally get to share my long-promised review of Everblaze, plus the review of Neverseen. First,just a reminder of what the girls are reading. It actually hasn't changed.

Obviously, Tabitha and I have been focusing on The Keeper of the Lost Cities. She is up to the second book, Exile, and I just started Lodestar.

Amelia is still reading Warriors: Into the Wild by Erin Hunter. She hasn't been able to read as much as she has wanted to as she has been getting headaches while she reads. Don't worry though, we have an eye doctor appointment scheduled.

As for family read-alouds, we are still trying to make our way through the Percy Jackson book: The Titan's Curse. We are also reading The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare during our school reading time, along with our main reader, Augustus Caesar's World.

Moving on to those reviews:

Review of The Keeper of the Lost Cities: Everblaze.

In this third book of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series, Sophie continues to try to find her place in the elven world. She feels at home now with her guardians, Edaline and Grady, though she still struggles to know whether she can or should call them mom and dad. She has her friends as well, friends who she had struggles with in the first two books, but who are now starting to become strong supports for her. Which is very important in this book, because she is now facing harsh criticism and hurtful whispers from fellow classmates and other citizens of the elven world. Now that the problems she was having with her abilities which she started to notice while in Exile have been fixed, she has been asked to perform a very controversial healing, a healing that ends up having tragic consequences. These are consequences she isn't really responsible for, yet she feels she is, especially when everyone except her friends seems to be against her. 

In this book we begin to learn more about the Black Swan, the rebels who created Sophie, who were once considered evil, but we have since discovered they are fighting against the real villains, the Neverseen. Slowly secrets are being brought to light, while at the same time we realize the situation is a lot more complex and dangerous than it has seemed before.

One other thing I wanted to mention is that this is the first book in the series that ends in a cliffhanger. 

The author does a wonderful job of growing the characters and their relationships. She slowly lets the reader learn just enough to entice us to want to continue reading. Plus she does a great job making the reader become emotionally attached to the characters, especially Sophie.

Review of The Keeper of the Lost Cities: Neverseen

(If you are only just reading Everblaze, you probably don't want to read this review, as I do mention some things that happen in Everblaze.)

In this fourth book of the series, Sophie and her friends have run off to join the Black Swan. In one way or another they figured they were in trouble anyway, and seeing as Sophie had to leave because of events in Everblaze, her friends joined her. 

Joining the Black Swan wasn't all they were hoping it would be. They did welcome them and want them to be there, but they also required the children to be training and getting ready for different missions. Of course, the kids would prefer to be seeing more action and less sitting around. They want to be more impulsive, where the leaders, known as the Collective, expect them to be careful and well prepared. 

Some secrets are revealed, though some remain a mystery, while new mysteries are added. They have to figure out how to stop a plague that is threatening the gnomes. They end up going to another school and learning new skills while working on unraveling these mysteries. Secrets that have been hidden for thousands of years are revealed. And we learn of betrayals and surprise allies. 

Neverseen is action packed and continues to develop the characters and the world of the "Lost Cities." This book again ends with a cliffhanger. One that is even more devastating for Sophie than learning she had to leave her family and go into hiding with the Black Swan. 

I had a hard time putting down both of these books. The author sure does a great job of getting me to turn those pages!
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