April 23, 2017

End of the Year Ideas from Oriental Trading

The end of the year is going to be here before I know it!  The last couple of weeks of school are always full of craziness!  So… what better way to survive that craziness than to play some outdoor games.   

Oriental Trading has such a wide selection of games to pick from! It took me awhile to decide on a few choices that I thought my first graders would enjoy playing.

Don’t these Jumbo Pick-Up Sticks look  awesome.  My family had so much fun playing this game.   We are a competitive family and there was a whole lot of concentration going on!  lol

The Giant Backyard Dominoes turned out to be building blocks for the little ones.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them that they were suppose to be a totally different game.  They had fun building.  The box they came in was not very sturdy, so I ended up putting yellow duct tape around the box.  I will decorate it a bit...but just haven't did it yet.


The Bucket Game was a HUGE success too.  The little kids as well as the big kids adults loved it.  They played it until they were too tired to run anymore.   I was a bit disappointed that one of them ended up cracking before everyone wore themselves out from running!  Once again I got out my duct tape out...I think it will survive several more games.  Unless my family plays it again with such INTENSITY!!!

These outdoor games are going to go perfectly with my other outdoor games I already have!!!   

What are you going to do those last few weeks of school?  If you need some ideas to make it fun for your students, head on over to Oriental Trading!  They have a wonderful selection of so many things to choose from.

I received these products at no charge in exchange for my honest review of their products. The opinions expressed above are my own.

April 14, 2017

To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden

I decided to start my 4-day weekend with a book.   Have you read any of Elizabeth Camden's books?  She is a Christian author and I've officially added another author to my favorite's list.

        This historical love story was a quick read for me.   I found myself totally engrossed and finished it quickly.   Janet Bennett is a nurse that worked at the Presido Army Base when she meets Ryan Gallagher.   In the brief time they are together, they quickly fall in love and start planning their life together.
        Suddenly, Ryan tells Janet that he is leaving and is unable to give her any information about where he is going and when he will return.  Something didn’t seem quite right to her but there was absolutely nothing she could do about it.   He tried to reassure her that he would be back soon and they would get married and spend their life together.
        Ryan promises he will try to write and he did... one time...  apologizing for leading her to believe they had a future and wished her the best. (Wow!) 
        Six year later he returns to the Presidio and needs her help! Janet is filled with raw emotions and doesn't know quite what to do.  There continues to be a cloud of mystery that surrounds Ryan's life that Janet doesn't understand. Will she help him?  Should she help him?  You will have to read the book to find out!    
        This book is a good read! I’m looking forward to reading other books by Elizabeth Camden.

I received an ebook of To the Farthest Shores by Elizabeth Camden from Bethany House Publishers and in exchange I have written my honest review of this book.