Book Review: Triangle


Teaching kiddos shapes can get a little boring after a while. Flash cards are only exciting for so long. There is hope for the parents wanting to pass along the knowledge of shapes without boring yourself to tears.

Shapes now have a story. Triangle, by Mac Barnett and illustrated by Jon Klassen, will help your kiddos learn shapes without them knowing it. Triangle plays a trick on square, but square won't let it go. He follows triangle back to play a prank on him. During the journey, they pass by different shapes.

This book shapes up to be terrific for learning. Ha! I had to.

Happy Reading,

Amanda

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Etsy: Book Themed Tea Party

During spring time, I think of baby lambs and thunderstorms. The two have nothing in common, but that's what comes to mind. Some might think of tea parties and ladies having brunch. If that's you, then you will love this collection. Make it a book themed tea party and send me an invitation. 

Fuchsia Kitten makes paper bouquets from pages of books. I'm going to say this is creative instead of sacrilege. Use these floret pages as a centerpiece for the perfect book themed tea party.

Finding a tea party invitation is not easy. I love this simple but elegant invitation from Four Wet Feet.


Every tea party needs tea cups and saucers. Via Lucia Vintage will send you a mismatched set of vintage tea cups. Send each of your guest home with a special set.


This pillow sums up my life. The only thing missing is the beach. Since this is a tea party, it works perfectly. You can get this sweet pillow from The Sweetest Digs Co.


It's an unwritten rule that tea parties must have lace table cloths. If grandma will not let you borrow one, then head over to Vintage Linens. They have a fantastic selection.


Chiki Bird you have outdone yourself! I'm in love with this hat and would not need the excuse of a tea party to wear this amazing hat. The tea party does make it less awkward though.


A book themed tea party would not be complete without a list of recommended books. Have everyone at the party write down her favorite book on Pretty Paper Cottage vintage library check out cards. Your guests can use it as a book mark and a check list for their next great read.

Tea parties are an excuse to get dressed up and eat tiny treats. Add in books, and you have the perfect tea party.

Taste Testing Scones,

Amanda

Combining Two Art Forms

In the ancient days, also known as the 90's, I would entertain myself by sketching. During long drives to visit family, the pencil and sketch pad made time fly. My dream was to be an animator for Disney, but it wasn't meant to be. 

Writing caught my attention, and I fell in love. Children's authors often illustrate their own books, but I never thought that would be my path.



I pulled out my old sketch pad and flipped through the pages. After showing the drawings to a few people, they encouraged me to illustrate my books. There are four manuscripts that I'm working on right now. I have exciting news! I'm doing the illustrations for all of them.


Combining two art forms to make one book is a dream come true. The art of writing and illustrating are diverse and complex, but they marry well. With many edits and sketches to go, I'm looking forward to revealing the final product soon.


These books are the beginning of a new adventure in my writing journey. Thank you for cheering me on and encouraging me.


I would like to encourage you to do the same. If you have lost something that once warmed your heart, then give it another try. You never know what great thing could come of it.

Busy Writing and Illustrating,

Amanda

International Women's Day: 4 Ways Women Can Change the World

Happy International Women's Day. Like some of you, I struggle with feminism. Women should have the same rights as men, but we have a uniqueness about us that should be embraced. If we agree that we are all equal in God's eyes and that human kind needs to work toward that principle, then what can we do to make the world a better place as women? 


We can start with our abilities and talents as women.

1. Speak a Kind Word
Women like to talk. Are your words helpful and encouraging? We all step up on our soap box and vent every once in a while. That's human. When you take a look at your day, did you speak life? Did you encourage someone?  When you pass by a lady on the street tell her how great she looks today. Tell your children you are proud of them. Call your girlfriends and tell them how much they mean to you. Just a smile or a kind word can change a person's perspective on life.

2. Unconditional Love
The Urban Dictionary defines unconditional love as, "To love somebody with no conditions or circumstances: to love completely." When we look at love as something with no strings attached, the world becomes a much better place. There is no comparison. The people around us don't seem so annoying. Loving without hesitation takes practice, but we can all work on it together. Have you experienced unconditional love? If not, start showing it. You'll be surprised when you give love without conditions how much love is given in return. 

3. Stand Up for the Weak
Some one around you doesn't have a voice. If you see a child or another person who cannot help themselves, speak up. They may not know how to ask for help. A child may be in an abusive situation. If you turn your back and do nothing, you leave a person without a voice. Step in and be the good that people need to see. Be encouraged! Being bold! Speak up for those who have no voice, and it will give them strength to go on. 


4. Prayer
I saved the best for last. God is in control. Bring all your concerns, requests, and praises to Him. As women, we bare burdens we were never meant to carry. Pray and give it to God. Pray for our nation, your family, friends, job, and your daily life. God has a plan for every woman. If we seek him first, we will make the world a better place. 

Doing the small things make a huge impact. I need a reminder every once in a while, too. 

How are you celebrating International Women's Day? 

Amanda

Favorite Things: Organizational Tools

Finding a way to stay organized comes by trial and error. I've been looking for tools to keep me organized and still easy to use. You can relate, I'm sure. Here are a few of my favorite organizational tools that I can't live without.

Google Keep 
Writing notes is a daily occurrence. We make to do list, grocery lists, Christmas wish list, and business checklist. Keeping all of this organized can be overwhelming. Google Keep has been a life changer. You can use it on your phone and computer.



My husband and I use it for shared lists. We have a running grocery list that can be checked off when items are purchased. We also use it for an available meal list. Kevin constantly asks what I want for dinner. Now, he can look at the list and see what meals I have planned for each week. Whenever we create a new list that the other one needs to see, we add each other to that specific list. Fantastic!

Trello
Projects are a part of our business and running the home. Trello, is the tool my husband introduced me to a couple of weeks ago. It allows you to add projects which are called boards. Add a card to the board to organize your projects. You can assign specific tasks to different people, send comments about each item, and color code each project. Love it!



Three Subject Notebook from Pink Light Studio
One of my Christmas presents was a three subject notebook. I love writing down first drafts and outlines by hand. The problem, is that I have a dozen notebooks. This note book fits perfectly in my small computer bag or purse. I can take my writing with me, and the design is adorable. The cover is doubled over, and the tabs help me stay organized.



Google Drive
With all of the photos and documents we create on a daily basis, we needed something to stay organized. My hubby and I need to share documents, and Google Drive allows us this freedom. It provides one location for photos, documents, and anything else we need for our business. Most people know about Google Drive, but it's worth mentioning if you have forgotten about it.



Flipboard
Reading is like breathing. It must happen everyday or I lose my mind. Flipboard allows me to organize my reading into different magazines. Put in the topics of interest and create magazines to organize your content. It's an easy way to manage and archive articles you want to read later and save for reference. You will love the app for reading on the go. Follow my magazines here.



Organization can be frustrating, but with these tools they are a snap. Let me know what tools you use.

Happy Organizing,

Amanda

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