Monday, April 24, 2017

April Reading Log

I was able to read five books this month.  I think I am the world's slowest reader.  

The first book I read was Rediscover Jesus.  This was the book I read throughout Lent.  It gave me a lot to think about each day and I started a Prayer Journal.  Read More about my thoughts here.....

Next I finished the book Big Magic.  I felt a little strange about this book because I didn't get that warm and fuzzy feeling that every one else got while reading the book.  There were a couple of nuggets I took from the book:

  • creative things that make you happy
  • network with other creative people
  • as long as I am supporting myself and not hurting someone else I should create what I want
  • don't worry about what others think  

Then I read three fiction books.  The first one was Paris is Always A Good Idea.  This was an adorable love story.  The characters were like-able and Paris as the setting. So Sweet!  Even the little postcard shop is a magical place for the events of the story to occur.  My favorite aspect of the story was the story centered around a children's author and illustrator.  I would give the story 3 stars.

Then I read the Boston Girl.  This was a really good book.  It is a charming story of a Grandmother retelling her life story to her grand daughter.  It is a wonderful story as she starts from the very beginning of her life all the way through her marriage.  I would give it five stars

Finally I read the book The Last Time We Say Goodbye.  It is a book about teenage suicide and how the family deals with all the emotions.  The author keeps you reading and on the edge of your seat throughout the whole book.  I would give this book five stars.     

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Prayer Journal

 I have started a new habit after Lent, well actually it could be considered two habits.  I have started a Prayer Journal and I am reading the Gospels in the Bible.  

It all came about while reading Matthew Kelly's book, Rediscover Jesus.  
This book is indented as a 40 day Lenten journey, however you could read it anytime.  I read one segment each morning during Lent. There were so many important topics that M. Kelly wrote about each day for you to reflect on, however towards the end of the book he begins to write about extending the journey.  This is were he recommends a prayer journal and reading the Gospels.  So I decided I could benefit from both.  

I created a little bookmark to guide me through the steps he recommends for working with a prayer journal.   You can get a FREE copy of it here.  I just cut the bookmark in half and mounted it back to back on green card stock.  Then I laminated it and I am pleased with how great it works each time I sit down to pray.  
As I read through the Gospels I am also trying my hand a Bible Journaling as well.  Right now I am sticking to fun ideas I find on Pinterest but I hope I get brave enough to try my own ideas as I go on.  

Monday, March 27, 2017

March Reading Log

I did not realize until right now that I did not read any fiction this month.  I guess because I really got taken in by the book Younger Next Year. I spent a lot of time with this book reading and rereading and thinking.  I really didn't want to hear what the author's had to say, however I needed to hear it.  "If you stop moving your bones will decay!"  What! Really!  And they mean exercise....real exercise not walking to the mailbox and cleaning the house.  I've known for a loooooooong time I need to get moving. I just don't seem to make the time for it.  NOW it will be a #1 priority in my life. Dr. Harry has some rules to life by, I typed these up and they are going on my refrigerator to remind me daily what I need to do.  

The second book I read I found at Target.  I think I was attracted to the bright pink cover at first.  Then as I paged through it and I was interested in Emily's ideas,  Grace Not Perfection.  It a cute reminder to get your priorities straight.  Don't worry about others, do want is important for you.  Simplify your life and keep only the things you really need and love and get rid of the things that take up space.  

Planning is so important...."If you plan to fail, you will fail." So take the time to plan things out so you will succeed.

Emily also had some tips for Menu Planning.  Create your menu once a month and buy the basic items.  It will save you lots of time running back and forth. Although I think I still will be stopping a lot for fresh fruit.

The third book I read, A Year with No Sugar, was an interesting concept.  First of all the author really did not go the entire year with no sugar she had exceptions, however it really got me thinking about how much sugar is added to the food I eat. There are some foods that I honestly don't think I should give up:  1. My GF bread, I know it has added sugar however I think it plays a major role in my improved stomach issues lately.  

I am willing to try some smaller challenges and go from there.  For example a month with no candy and cookies.  This is will extremely hard for me.  I think just being aware will help me as well.  I need to start to think of sweet yummy sugar as what is really is something that has no nutritional value at all.  Something that "creates toxic by products in my body....that will result in disease and untimely death.  It is a poison"  for me.  Sugar will cause fatty acids and these fatty acids will speed along the growth of cancer cells.   Hello....I am the person who has had cancer TWO TIMES!!!!  Eve also found that diets high in sugar are linked to cancer, high blood pressure and OBESITY!!!  Again all words that describe ME!  

So what am I going to do about it.....this is not really new to me. I know sugar is not good for me, I just didn't realize how much sugar in contained in my regular food, bread, chicken broth, mayonnaise, etc. I thought I was eating healthy most of the time.   I NEED to read the labels and cut back and really focus on how much sugar I am really eating.  I need to be more selective and make healthy choices.  And remember, "Most things that are worthwhile take time, thought and energy." and that's what I need to do when I am selecting the food I eat.  

Monday, March 20, 2017

Planning.........A New Project for My Little Sweetheart

I would really like to give my little granddaughter a Quiet Book for her birthday next month.  She loves to do small activities and she needs to do something quiet at church.   She is just beginning to learn about colors, numbers, snaps and velcro.  This would be the perfect gift for her.

At first I considered buying one for her, I went on Etsy and they are extremely expensive.  However they look so nice.   So now I am thinking of making it myself.     I feel a little out of my element with this project because I  do not sew.  In fact I am debating if I should borrow a sewing machine or buy one to complete this project.

I've read a couple sites and it appears I am already behind in this project.  I should have started several months ago.  One site suggested making one page a week.  I like that suggestion.  I think for her birthday I may make the cover and several pages that focus on colors and then continue to add more as time goes on.  That way I will not feel so pressured.
Here are a couple sites I think will be helpful as a reference during the project:
How to Cut Felt
How to Make a Cover

This will be my cover.  My granddaughter loves elephants and balloons.

I want to start out with a fun page for her.  Right now she loves driving little cars and trucks.  This page looks adorable.  I like the stop light on the left my little sweetie can start learning three basic colors she will see daily as she drives to therapy.

This is another important page for her to work on.  She can practice sliding the popsicle sticks in the pockets.  This will be a great for her fine motor skills.  
This will be a little harder for her to do.  She is working on putting things in, however a good skill to practice.  I also like the fact that they are shapes.  I think I would keep it simple and to the basic shapes: heart, star, circle, square, rectangle and triangle.  
This is page is adorable and practicing zipping is great for any child.  I love  incorporating the rainbow into any project.  This is a must do page for me.  
This page is so cute and my little granddaughter needs to work on matching and colors.  
As time goes on I would like to consider some of the pages below.







Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Easter Bunny Basket

I am carrying on the Easter Basket tradition my mother-in-law started years ago with my children. Each year she gave the grand children a little basket filled with goodies.  After the children would empty their baskets the parents would return the baskets to grandma.  She would refill them again next year.  

She made the blue and green basket for my oldest two boys and now it's time to give it to their little ones.  However I still have one more little grand child.  So I had to make one on my own.   
Here are the dimensions that I figured out by squares.  

Then I drew out the bunny face on some make shift graph paper.  It took me a while so that it would be somewhat symmetrical.  

It was easy to do and I finished in one day. 

Possible Basket Fillers:
Homemade Cut Out Cookies
Chocolate Covered Eggs
Little Stuffed Animals
Little Playdough