Thursday, July 31, 2014

Just Off The Bookshelf


I've read quite a few good book lately. I've also started using the app Audible and listening to books while in the car driving the kids back and forth to their sports and other activities. I've found it's also nice to listen to when on the treadmill or out for a walk! I'm loving it. 
 

by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
[4.5 stars]
I absolutely loved this book. It's an easy read and a sweet love story. Once I started reading.. I didn't want to put it down.
 
 
 
by Margaret Dilloway
[4 stars]
This book wasn't anything outstanding, but I really enjoyed it. Another easy read/feel good book about a mother and daughter relationship and the loneliness of assimilating into American culture. I can't imagine the courage it takes to leave your family and move to a country so foreign to you. Glad I've never had to do it.
 
 
 
by Camron Wright
[5 stars]
This is one of the books I listened to on Audible. It's been a little while since I finished it and I find myself wanting to buy the actual book so I can read it this time. It's such an amazing story based on actual accounts. Makes me tear up thinking about the wonderful characters I fell in love with. Corny, but true. haha. :)
 
 
 
by Maria Semple
[4.5 stars]
I thought this book was funny and (for lack of a better word) a little quirky. It makes me smile thinking about it. :)  It was a bit unrealistic, but very entertaining. I found myself racing through it to see how it was going to end. I really enjoyed it.
 
 
 
 
Looking for more ideas on what to read? Check out these past book reviews that include some of my all-time favorites!
HERE || HERE || and HERE
 
Before you go... be sure to tell me what you've read lately!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Nature Scavenger Hunt

 
 
 
We are so excited to introduce Sara to you guys. She's the last of our new Creative Team Members and we are so happy to have her sharing her talents here with all of us for the next 6 months! She's a party girl and shares amazing printables and party ideas over on her blog, Confetti Sunshine. Be sure to take a minute and go check it out... you'll be happy you did. :)
 
 
 
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Hello! I'm so happy to be here with you today at eighteen25. I'm Sara from Confetti Sunshine, where I try to celebrate the special moments and have a party everyday! 
 
During the summer it's so nice to escape to the mountains for some cooler weather. But, being outside doesn't mean it has to only be hiking and fishing. Bring along this free printable Nature Scavenger Hunt game for some exciting exploring for all involved.
 
 
But, of course, a good nature hunt is enough to make anyone hungry. So, to complete this game, be sure to pack a small snack of our favorite nature snack - trail mix!
 
 
Simply round up your favorite trail mix into a paper bag (we dressed it up just a bit by using these adorable kraft bags), print off the free printable Nature Scavenger Hunt page, place a compass on top for fun, and tie it up with our favorite thick cotton twine.
 
 

This nature scavenger hunt game is perfect as a party game, camp-out activity, or even as an evening hike out in nature!
 
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Monday, July 28, 2014

Summer Treat Surprise

I don't know about where you live, but here in the desert, temps are way above 100. We do what we have to do to stay cool and that includes enjoying lots of  cold treats. Do you know what's better than a cold treat on a hot summer day though? Getting a few extras to deliver to some special friends!! 



YOU'LL NEED:
• your favorite slushies or slurpees
• tag download (below)
• cardstock to print the tag on and a coordinating color to back it with
• string or twine



 
 
Now go surprise someone!! It's so fun!