Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Who Pooped in Central Park? Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson

Who Pooped in Central Park
Scat and Tracks for Kids
By Gary Robson

Learning to identify an animal by their scat and tracks helps one connect with nature. Reading through Who Pooped in Central Park you realize that even in the busy city of New York  there's lots of wildlife to be found. In this adventure, Emma, Jackson, Lily, and Tony take a stroll through the park meeting different folks, each who passes a bit of  knowledge on to them. The first person they meet is Lawton. Lawton teaches the kids about rats. Off to the side, in The Straight Poop box (a box that shares random information pertaining to the story) Gary encourages the reader to clean up after themself by throwing trash away and reminds young readers to never approach a rat despite how friendly it may appear. Back to Lawton, so Lawton teaches the kids to identify rats and then a muskrat is spotted. Lawton enlightens us that a muskrat isn't a rat despite the word rat being used in it's name. The kiddos wander away from Lawton and head on their way. They discover many other interesting animals along the way, of course,  identifying them by their scat and tracks.

Click on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading my review.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Born Wild In Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Park by Henry Holdsworth

Born Wild in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
By Henry Holdsworth

If you are a national park animal lover than this book is for you!!!!   The photography is absolutely beautiful! Henry has captured some of God's most beautiful creatures in their natural habitat. Not only does he capture the animal but he also highlights what is going on around the animal at the time which makes you feel as if you are there. With his skills he captures the reflection of the evening light on the water as the trumpeter swan family swims, the speed of two elk calves as they get out of dodge fast, the steam rising from the Yellowstone River as mama and baby bison cross (don't put a bison in your car y'all!),and in my favorite picture Henry takes a beautiful shot of a moose calf in a November blizzard. Now this picture is my favorite because Henry actually catches ths blur of the blizzard!!! Last year, when my family and I relocated to MT, was the first year for me to experience an actual winter. In TX, we'd get maybe a month of winter, a mild one at that, and if we got lucky we'd get an inch of snow that would cause schools to shut down and everybody to wreck in the ditch. Totally different world up here! Last year, TX got maybe three days of winter. Seriously, my friend gardened pretty much year round!

Hop on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

5 Acres & A Dream The Book by Leigh Tate

5 Acres & A Dream The Book
The Challenges of Establishing a Self-Sufficient Homestead
By Leigh Tate
(Doesn't that cover just make your heart stop!!! Loads of eye goodies!)

Have you ever read a book that encouraged and inspired you so much that it was pretty much impossible to put it down? Well Leigh's book, 5 Acres & A Dream, was that kind of book for me. I read it in one weekend. Seriously! I'm the kind of the gal who takes the opportunity to read whenever it is presented no matter how small.
It's time to brown meat, let me read this while staring my meat.
Car ride?! Hold on let me grab my book! I call shotgun!!! But mom you always get shotgun!!!!
Kids staring at the wall? Time for chapter 3!!! OK, I'm not really  that bad all the time. 
But seriously, y'all, I devoured the book!!!

Hop on over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to read the rest of my review. 

Monday, September 19, 2016

Home Economics: You CAN Sew! By Modesty Matters

Home Economics: You CAN Sew!!!

Modesty Matters has put out an excellent sewing curriculum! They also have a quilting one! How exciting is that!

Their curriculum is designed to teach you sewing fron start to finish. If you are brand new to sewing or a struggling seamstress than this is the thing for you! Regardless of whether you are a visual learner or not you'll benefit! The curriculum comesin a spiral bound book with the lessons and excersices wrote out in text. At the back is your DVD set and your project CD. I encourage you to both read the text and watch the video to not only reinforce what you read but also because some things are only mentioned in one or the other (not major things).

 You are taught the basics such as sewing machine parts, threading your sewing machine, and operating it. Alongside these lessons is homework that is aimed to help you remember what you have learned. From here you go on ti learn the difference in fabrics, the difference in threads, coordinating colors, the importance of ironing, how to pin and cut a pattern, and finally sewing that pattern. Now of course I did NOT list everything you'll learn. By the time you complete all the lessons you'll have sewn three projects alongside your virtual teacher.  I can guarantee with this course you'll be confident behind your machine and will be wearing your own handmade dress before you know it!

Sewing is a lost skill that  can not afford to be forgotten. Modest clothing is getting harder and harder to find. While handmade items are not necessarily cheaper they are, depending on the seamstress, more modest, more feminine, and more unique than what the world has to offer.

If you are a homemaker or have a little homemaker in the making, that desires to learn the art of sewing, I could not recommend a better teacher than Modest Matters.

I recieved a course in exchange for an HONEST review.

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kids by Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein and Relativity for Kid
His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities and thought Experiments 
By Jerome Pohlen

Albert Einstein is an interesting fellow. He had a decent childhood being raised by both his mother and father. Einstein's thought experiments were influenced by a book that a friend of the family, Talmud, had given him. Talmud would bring books to Albert on a weekly basis. Albert would devour these books and discuss them with Talmud. Eventually his mathematical genius was to high for the medical student, Talmud, to keep up with. This was the oush that got Einstein started on his adventure so to speak.

Click on over to my book devoted blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading the rest of my review. 

Friday, September 16, 2016

Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids by Kerrie Logan Hollihan

Isaac Newton and Physics for Kids
His Life and Ideas with 21 Activities 
By Kerrie Logan Hollihan 

This book is an informative and interesting read. It starts off with Isaac's childhood and ends with his death. His childhood was tragic. His father, who Isaac was named after, died when his mother was six months with child. She then remarried a wealthy man. But the deal wasn't smooth. In order to marry this wealthy man she had to leave Isaac behind with his grandparents. At this time Isaac was 3. Hannah, his mother, did not return until Issac was 10. When she did return she had three new children. Isaac was with his mother a short two years before heading off to school. Out of 12years he was with his mother five. Depsite her abstinence he remained committed to her. He even gave her medicine when she was ill. Keep his tragic story in mind when reading about him. This effected him so much that he was awkward and withdrawn-my theory anyways.  A parent's attention and affection means so much.

Click over to my book blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, to finish reading the rest of my review.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Who Pooped in the Park? By Gary D. Robson

Who Pooped in the Park? 

I have dealt with poop quite a bit in my lifetime-cleaning up after animals, diaper changes during my baby sitting years, and now TONS of diapers in motherhood. But never once have I been excited over poop......until I seen this book! Seriously y'all! When the mail lady brought the package to me I may or may not have been jumping up and down and she may or may not have ran away from the mad woman who lives in a shoe with so many children! Ok, I'm exaggerating but by golly I sure was excited over fecal matter! 

This book is an  awesome book. It tells a tale of a family taking a rrip to Yellowstone. On the trip Dad and Mom teach Emily and Micheal about identifying animals using the clues they leave behind, specifically scat and tracks. Who doesn't love playing Sherlock Holmes with animal scat?! My kids do!

 We read the book as soon as it arrived! It was very informative. The illustrations, by Elijah Brady Clark, are well done. They match up with the authors descriptuon of the tracks making it easy to understand exactly what you're looking at and why. To explain what I mean when I say "why" I'll give a quick paraphrase from the story. The author describes a badger print and then explains why it looks the way it does, I.e. the badger has long claws that he uses like a shovel to dig his house.

 Gary teaches you how to identify deer, elk, badger, bison and even the dreadful bear! But that's not all!! There are other animals mentioned. I just don't want to spoil the book! He even teaches you how to distinguish between elk and deer by examining their scat. Also you can tell how close an animal is or what they've eaten by examining it. No, nobody in the book is poking around in poo with their fingers. They go about it in nore sanitary ways. 

The book also has a bit of history weaved in. You'll learn what indians used in place of firewood and the history of the word bison and buffalo. It's an informative read for anyone visiting Yellowstone, studying mountain wildlife, or who just dwells in the mountains. It's an easy read as well so it makes a great book for a second grade-ish reader and beyond. Gary handles the topic well and the illustrations are detailed yet appropriate. You won't be grossed out, I promise. Id you'll excuse me I'm off to look at the rest of Gary's series.  Head on over to a FARCOUNTRY PRESS to pick up your own copy. 

I recieved a copy in exchange for an HONEST review. 

A dash of this, A pinch of that

Dear friends,

I thought I would take the opportunity to update you as there for a bit it was review after review. 

We are, at the moment, enjoying fresh fall air. We have had to take our jackets out. This country is vastly different from where I grew up and lived until a year ago. I love the weather here. As surprising and crazy as it sounds I am eagerly awaiting my first blizzard. Being here helps me understand more of where Laura Ingalls is coming from in her famous Little House series. 

Speaking of Little House we are almost through book 8 in our family read aloud. 

 I have not forgotten my Cloth diaper series. I intend to start back with it soon. I also have other ideas for blog posts running through my mind. This head of mine always seems to be going. Alas it keeps my husband on his toes :) 

When Im not here writing I'm busy crafting, researching, homeschooling, reading (hence the numerous book reviews), and a million other things. 

I have a shelf full of books that are in need of being read. Oh the discoveries I'll make!!! Our local-ish thrift store has free books. This past time I went I was able to get the kids quite a few! I see it as a blessing! To me, books are an investment.
Edit to add: The books I'm refrencing here are personal ones that I do not have a deadline on, so to speak. 

Well until next time toodles! 

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Going Against GMOs by Melissa Diane Smith

Going Against GMOs
The Fast Growing Movement to Avoid Unnatural Genetically Modified"Foods" to Take Back Our Food and Health
By Melissa Diane Smith 

This book is a gem in and of itself. It is choke full of so much information. Some of the stuff I was aware of and some of it I wasn't. For example, I knew that companies that are both here in the states and overseas use GMOs here but not in other countries. This is because other countries have bans or limited allowance on GMOs. Hmm....disturbing. However, I didnt know that GMOs have been around as long as they have, basically my whole life. Nor was I aware that the FDA's own scientist warned against using GMOs. Obviously they were ignored. I'm not making this up y'all! Neither is Melissa! Her book is well researched and documented. In other words, there's plenty of proof in the pudding!

Melissa's book is an easy, eye opening read. She offers lots of information to help you better understand GMOs, the dangers associated with these unnatural foods, how to go GMO free, shopping advice, traveling advice, and even eating out advice! She lists 10 outstanding reasons as to why you should go non-GMO and as stated, just a minute ago, she helps you not only with tips and advice but also with her Eat GMO free challenge. Melissa also, kindly, provides over 45 easy, mouth watering, GMO free recipes! At the back of the book, Melissa has kindly provided numerous appendixes with a bundle of resources from books, documentaries, and websites that will aid you in going GMO free to quizzes and a word search. The word search is geared at both kids and adults because, as Melissa says (paraphrasing), family is the center of fighting against corrupt foods. If GMOs can even be called food.

The only issue I disagree with her on is milk and honey. Despite Melissa's opinion on these two she still includes information and recipes for those that use them. She has a mature attitude about her and can, basically, agree to disagree. At least thats the way I portray her through her writing. All and all I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I believe every homemaker that cares about her family's well being should pick up a copy and read it.

Go to her website by clicking here to read more about her and to view her other work.

I recieved a complimentary copy in exchange for an HONEST review.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Clean Router

Research has shown that children as young as 10 come across pornography or related images in their time spent online. A lot of these children indulge themselves and become addicted to porn. Porn is detrimental to ones health, future marriage and relationships, as well as social life, and possibly their career. It is a big deal! It will eventually lead one to ruins, to their ultimate destruction. So what is a parent to do in order to protect their children as much as possible?

Well you can start by limiting your children's time online and making sure that they don't get on it without permission. That works fine and dandy for the computer but what about parents that buy phones and game consoles for their children? These all have access to the Internet. In that case a parent can invest in a Clean Router.

Clean Router has customizable filters that you, the parent, set. These filters protect your children from being exposed to things that are unnecessary for anybody to be exposed to. The word trash sums it up nicely. Not only does this protect children but it protects families as well. Pornography and the likes, as I said earlier, are damaging. It destroys nunerous marriages. A parent can rest assured that with using clean router and basic internet common sense that their children will be better off. The bonus with clean router is that it is super easy to work. Besides the filters, the set up doesn't differ from a regular router though the benefits do. Unlike others safeguards that only have filters on the device it was downloaded to, Clean Router's filters apply to any device that connects to it. In ther words, regardless of what your child uses to access the internet the filters, that you customized, are there resulting in internet protection. Think of it as an extra pair of eyes. While the internet is a great tool, it is also a deadly one. Great care needs to be applied to it. Not only should one, in my opinion, invest in a Clean Router but should also teach their children responsibility and self control.

I recieved a complimentary router in exchange for an HONEST review. I only recommend products that I have personally used and enjoyed.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Freedom by Kevin Swanson

Freedom by Kevin Swanson

John  8:36  If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.

Kevin's book Freedom emphasizes that true freedom comes only through Christ. Man is born sin filled and naturally does what, well, comes naturally and that is sin. One thing, specifically, that man desires to do is have power. You can see this in Genesis at the Tower of Babel. Now power isn't easily attained; one must pull numerous cords in order to achieve total rule. One such cord is liberty. If you take away a man's freedom you can control him...to an extent.

Click over to my book devoted blog, Keeper At The Bookshelf, in order to read the rest of my review.

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Suaoki Solar Lantern

My family and I just got back from a trip to the mountains! Ah what a spirit refresher! Since leaving my piney woods behind and moving cross country I have learnt to be content on the prairie. However, I have to admit I do miss trees!

While camping I took along a handy little light!

 It's compact and light so it added zero noticeable weight to my pack. As you can see in the picture it unfolds into a fan shape. It's solar powered which is a BIG plus! It's a great offgrid light!!! As you all know tent camping in the mountains is totally offgrid camping. If you're looking for campgrounds may I recommend two to you? We enjoyed St Mary's campground in Glacier National Park and Pebble Creek campground in Yellowstone. If you camp at Pebble Creek than you MUST drive the Beartooth Highway! Trust me you'll enjoy it.  For whatever reason the plastic piece on my panels had unremovable  air bubbles. This doesn't effect the function of the light. The light has a hook at the top that you can use to hook in the center of your tent as you can see in the picture.

The light is BRIGHT which makes it an excellent choice for hanging in your tent. Our tent is gigantic, 8men tent, so the light didn't shine in the corners. However, if my tent was smaller it would have lit up the whole thing. It was so convient not having to maneuver around in a dark tent with one hand holding a flashlight or trying to hold the light with my neck or between my cheek and shoulder.
The light has three modes-bright, dim, and flashing.
Ah yes the convience of a lightweight, solar powered, hook hanging, bright light makes camping easier. Yes, this will definitely be making many more trips with us!!!

Get your own Suaoki Solar Lantern by clicking here.

*I recieved a sample in exchange for an HONEST review. All thoughts are my own. I only recommend products I have personally used and enjoyed.

Saturday, September 3, 2016

ZeroWater-Pure Drinking Water

When it comes to the water we drink we're pretty picky. We avoid tap water, distilled, and basically anything but spring or well water. We usually buy spring water in bottles due to the fact that we don't trust our tap water source. However, that has changed. I was given the chance to test and review two ZeroWater Tumblers and a 23cup Filter Pitcher.

With my samples came a TDS meter. TDS means Total Dissolved Solids which can be metals, etc. I tested ny tap water and got a 6 point odd number reading. Wow! I was blown away! ZeroWater recommends changing their filters when your water reads 0.06 and my tap water was reading WAY over that!!!! I filled my ZeroWater pitcher up and tested it. I got a 0.01 reading!!! First thought was that somehow this was rigged so I did an experiment. I took a glass and filled it halfway full of tap water and measured the TDS-6 point odd numbers. I took another glass and filled it halfway with my ZeroWater water and measured it- 0.01. I then took my half full glass of ZeroWater and poured into my tap water and measured it. My findings shocked me! My reading was cut in half-3 point some odd numbers- which means my TDS reader that ZeroWater provided was accurate! The water in my ZeroWater pitcher was safer and better than my tap water! Even more amazing is that my ZeroWater pitcher had a lower TDS reading than my bottled spring water! I kid you not! So when it comes to water we're picky. And now with our new filter we feel better about consuming our tap water. That saves on money as I'm not having to buy tons of bottled water, though I still do, just not as much. The only downfall is that the pitcher takes a bit of time to fill up. That's a small price to pay for good drinking water. The Tumblers allow you to take your filtered water with you wherever you go! And if you need to refill while out and about you can safely do so as the Tumblers have their own filter system! You can go to ZeroWater.com and see all the other products they have to offer.

*All opinions expressed are my own. I only recommend products that my family and I personally use and enjoy.

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Let's Color Together

I'm sure by now we've all seen the coloring books for adults when we're out and about. The trend has taken off really fast and it comes as no surprise. Coloring is relaxing. It's as good as reading a book. Its even better when you're enjoying a good coloring book with your child. Author Margaret Peot has designed such a book! One side of the coloring book has a hard detailed page for mom or dad to color and the opposite side has the same picture with less details for a child to color.

Her coloring book is called Let's Color Together and, honestly, I think it's a beautiful way to squeeze in extra time with a child.

Or having two siblings sit down and color together which is the case with the picture below.