Wednesday, 28 August 2013

How to Make Your Garden into a Play Space for Your Child

There are multiple uses you can find for your garden if you use your imagination. It is an empty space that could suit a whole range of purposes depending on your needs and your possibilities. If you have children, it can be transformed into the perfect play space for them. If you do it right, you even get a place where you can host all of their birthdays from now on and we can help by giving you a few helpful ideas.

1. Pick the Right Furniture

Whatever kind of furniture you choose, remember that it is intended for kids.

This should mean two things:
1. It shouldn’t be very expensive since it is likely to get damaged and 2. It shouldn’t be too big, either. Neither point should be too much of a problem as you can find small, but durable garden furniture designed especially for kids. Don’t forget a few umbrellas to shield them from the sun.



2. Add Things to Climb

Kids have a lot of energy so your garden needs to have stuff that puts the energy to good use. Climbing frames are a good choice, as would be a slide. You do have to remember that kids will also climb the stuff they are not supposed to like a gazebo or trees so don’t be surprised when you’ll need to buy a replacement gazebo canopy because the old one was damaged.



3. Inflatable Pool
One great way to have fun on a hot summer day is with an inflatable pool. It is easy to set up and you won’t have anything to clean up afterwards and the kids can lounge around in it all day.



When you are in the need for new items for your garden, visit Yes Com USA and you will find a wide range of products to suit your needs.

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I am once again going to do some paid postings on my blog. I have done similar posts in the past where I reviewed products in order to get those products for free. In this case, I get paid for the blog advertising.
Hey, I need to get craft money from somewhere right? :)

I will also do my best to update my blog more regularly on normal life stuff about me too.

Thanks to my readers for their continued support :)

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Yet another box with mini albums I made for a friend's birthday

I bought the box at the Dollar store, I painted the edges and covered the rest in patterned paper, inside & out. I made 3 mini albums as my friend has 3 children, 2 boys & a girl.



















Thanks for looking :)

Book Review - Welcome to Last Chance by Cathleen Armstrong



Publisher's blurb: She's learned you can't count on anyone--but she didn't count on landing in Last Chance.

The red warning light on her car dashboard may have driven Lainie Davis to seek help in the tiny town of Last Chance, New Mexico, but as she meets the people who make this one-horse town their home, it's her heart that is flashing bright red warning lights. These people are entirely too nice, too accommodating, and too interested in her personal life--especially since she's on the run and hoping to slip away unnoticed.

Yet in spite of herself, Lainie is increasingly drawn into the small-town dramas and to a handsome local guy with a secret of his own. Could Lainie actually make a life in this little town? Or will the past catch up to her even here in the middle of nowhere?

My review: This book was an easy read, but I didn't immediately take to the main character, Lainie. I found her spoiled & juvenile. I found a lot of the happenings in this small town sweet but highly unbelievable - I mean who just takes in complete strangers these days? Even with these misgivings, I was reading eagerly to find out what happened next. I must say it seemed like the author ran out of steam or time as she seemed to just wrap things up at the end very suddenly without explanation. I was very disappointed in the ending. Would offer this book to others but not necessarily recommend it as I found the ending a complete let-down.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 


Book Review - The Letters by Suzanne Woods Fisher



Publisher's blurb: When widow Rose Schrock turns her Amish farmhouse into a bed and breakfast, she expects there might be problems. The reaction of her cantankerous mother-in-law for one. Disapproval from the church for another. But what she doesn't expect is that the guests at the Inn at Eagle Hill will spill their problems into her life and into her heart. She also never expects the kind of help and support she gets from Galen King, the quiet and rugged horse trainer next door. Love, Rose discovers, can bloom in the most unexpected ways.

My review: I really liked this book. It was upbeat and enjoyable. The characters were believable & likable and not meek quiet woman that I often see portrayed in stories about the Amish. The storyline was diverse enough to hold my interest and keep me reading to find out what happened next. I would recommend this book to others.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 

Book Review - A Simple Change by Judith Miller



Publisher's Blurb: She never imagined a simple change could be so complicated...

Middle Amana, Iowa, 1881

When her parents decide to sell their home and move to the Amana Colonies, Jancey Rhoder must make a difficult decision. Should she give up her beloved teaching job and her carefree life in Kansas City to go with them?

Her suitor, Nathan Woodward, doesn't want her to go, but Jancey feels she must give this new life a try. Her mother is sick, and these next few months may be the last Jancey gets to spend with her. But will this move spell the end of her relationship with Nathan? And when life in Amana is far more mysterious and challenging than Jancey expected, will she choose to return to the city, or will she make this unique place her forever home?
My Review: The title of this book is misleading, what Jancey goes through is anything but simple. I'm undecided about this book, not sure I liked it or not. Jancey really has no say in how her life will unfold. The thought of someone having to give up their entire way of life based on someone else's decision bothers me.  Perhaps I am just selfish. Not sure if I would recommend this book or not, I find the way of life in the colonies very oppressive and for that reason, I didn't love it.

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".
 

Book Review - Rules of Murder by Julianna Deering



Publisher's blurb: Introducing Drew Farthering

From The Tip of his black Homburg to the crease in his stylish cheviot trousers, he's the epitome of a stylish 1930s English gentleman. His only problem? The body he just discovered.

Drew Farthering loves a good mystery, although he generally expects to find it in the pages of a novel, not on the grounds of his country estate.

With the help of beautiful and whip-smart Madeline Parker, a guest from America, Drew proposes to use the lessons he's learned reading his mysteries to solve the crime. Before long, he realizes this is no lark, and no one at Farthering Place is who he or she appears to be--not the butler nor blackmailer, the chauffeur nor embezzler. Trying hard to remain one step ahead of the killer--and trying harder to impress Madeline--Drew must decide how far to take this dangerous game.

My Review: I really enjoyed this book, I got into it right away. It had some nice twists and turns that I didn't anticipate, it kept me wanting to know what happened next.
I would recommend this book to others - good read :)

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".