Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Summer Fun Challenge Hosted by Fun On A Dime

This is also another post that I would have loved to post sooner, if my camera was working.

A few weeks ago I came across the Fun On A Dime blog and she was doing a Summer Fun Challenge! The Challenge......To create something out of Popsicle sticks(craft sticks). So my girls and I set out on the challenge....Joclyn created a bird house, while Bella only being 21 months had fun coloring them and throwing them on the floor. I decided to go along with the "Bird" theme and made a bird feeder.

This is the bird house. I helped her to make the opening and the roof, but other than that she did the whole thing herself!

This is the back of the bird house.

The bird feeder. I made the top so that it is removable and also placed stick in an X shape on the inside to tie a string around them to hang it. Do you think the bird seed will fall out? Well, I lined the inside with more sticks that are vertical.

We had alot of fun making these on a rainy day. Their are so many things that you can make with sticks, just let your imagination take over!! Can you think of something fun to make out of sticks?

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

In Need of a New Camera

I have been having a very difficult time with blogging lately. I have had some really great ideas for posts, but I couldn't post due to the fact that my camera has OFFICIALLY died! I have been busy working on refinishing a table, making replacement covers for my patio chairs, making stuff out of Popsicle sticks and other various things. I would have shared all of this, but the dang camera of 6 years has just eaten it's last battery .

I would put in BRAND NEW batteries and take a few pictures, then shut it off and turn it back on within a few minutes and they would be dead as a doornail. It got so bad that when I would put in the new batteries that it would just kill them instantly. So, I am in desperate NEED of a new camera and yes I mean NEED! Hey, I have two growing girls that love having their picture being taken. It also doesn't help that we don't have the money right now to get a new one. My husband just started a new job a few weeks ago, after being on unemployment for a few months and things are really tight right now.

I have temporarily borrowed my mom's Canon Power Shot SX110IS and I have to say that I really like it!! Although, I have been looking around for a great camera and I found one that I would totally LOVE!!! The EOS Rebel T1i with EF-S 18-55mm IS!! If I only had the $700 to get it.... Here are some pics of my family having fun in the sun!

Our dog Brody eyeing the pool(hmmm I'd really like to take a dip too)

The girls having a great time!

If only I was a little bit bigger daddy.....

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Ravished by a Highlander by Paula Quinn


In 1685 at Saint Christopher's Abbey in Southern Scotland is where Davina Montgomery started a new chapter in her coveted life... Placed in hiding at her birth Davina has been protected by the Crown for reasons only her and the precious ones that she shares her life with. Until someone out finds her true identity and shatters her only world she knows, when a Highlander Robert (Rob) MacGregor snatches her up from sure death.

Davina now entrusts her life in Robs's hands. Not knowing her true identity and risking the very lively hood of his clan Rob feels this undeniable passion for her and will not let anyone harm her. Davina also feels this same passion with Rob, if only she could tell him her secret without him denying her.

This was an amazing book! When I started reading it I was hooked and had a hard time putting it down. First off I wanted to know Davina's secret and Paula Quinn doesn't reveal her true identity until about half way through the book. 'Twas a bit hard at first reading the Scottish dialog, but very soon I caught myself saying some of the jargon in everyday conversation "aye". There a few great shockers in this book, but I'm not telling.....

Mayhap ye will be picking up a copy fer ye self, aye?

I was given the opportunity to review this product because of my membership at The Product Review Place. I received this book Hachette Book Group and was not compensated in any way.