Friday, October 22, 2021

Weekend Links ll October 22, 2021


This Week:

What I'm Cooking:

Yeah for Rain!  California has sure needed it.  This week looks like we're finally getting a start on the rain we need to hopefully start climbing out of this drought.  It's been a few long hard years so we'll take every little bit we can get.

Since it's been raining, we've been craving all the soups and baking we can squeeze in.  There's nothing like coming in from the cold to a soup or stew that's been simmering all day so my crockpot has been working overtime.  My favorite this week was a pot of warm split pea soup paired with a loaf of fresh bread.

What I'm Reading:

I finally got a chance to started reading Gifted Hands by Ben Carson.  This is a man who has intrigued me for quite some time and his book has been on my TBR pile for awhile.  It's a quick read so I anticipate finishing it soon.

What I'm Doing:

I can't believe I'm saying this, but I've been trying to get a little Christmas planning done.  Beyond the party scheduling, I'm looking at details: picking up gifts here and there and stocking supplies for a few Christmas crafts.  It's going to be here before I know it and I'm trying to get ahead of the curve.

What I'm Enjoying:

Homemade granola...
Curling up with blankets...
Hot tea...
Good books...
Family board games!
What are you up to?

Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Black Ballerinas {Review}


This beautifully illustrated biography collective highlights black ballerinas from early 20th century to present day.  Each of these ballerinas forged the path for today's black dancers and have inspired generations of dance.  Each two page biography shares some biographical information on the ballerina and how she inspired Misty Copeland in her own dance journey.  Coming away from this book, I have a great appreciation of the rich dance history of this country.  I wish this book would have been wrapped up better in the end, but overall, it's a beautiful collective and would make a wonderful gift for the dancer in your life.

*Disclaimer: I receive a free copy of this book from the publisher.  All opinions are my own.

Monday, October 18, 2021

10 Things We Don't Do In Our Homeschool

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Each homeschool is unique just as each family is unique.  Today I'm sharing ten good things that just don't fit into our homeschool.
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The Waldock Way:


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Thursday, October 14, 2021

Navigating the Homeschool High School Years ll How I'm Preparing


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Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Thursday's Child {Review}

Margaret Thursday is a very lucky girl... for an orphan.  Found on the church steps as a baby, she's taken in by two elderly sisters and their housekeeper.  Her life isn't perfect, but it's good.  Until one day, the money that always appears for her upbringing stops.  As her caretakers age, Margaret is sent to live at an orphanage.  And it's a thousand times worse than she imagined.  

After crossing the matron one too many times, and learning that her new friends are in danger as well, Margaret plans a reckless escape that takes them all on a daring adventure of secrets, travel, and new found family.  But when the police start to close in, will Margaret be sent back to Matron?

I loved this book!  I had heard of Noel Stretfield before, but never read anything by this author.  Reminiscent of great childhood classics like The Secret Garden, Thursday's Child is full of adventure and mischief.  The writing style is rich with beautiful language and character development.  There are several characters introduced and each is developed well.  Margaret herself is written as strong female lead full of whit, wisdom, and independence.  The viewpoint changes often, but the author has a wonderful gift for making the story clear and interesting. 

This re-released edition is part of a series that is sure to engage middle and early high school readers.  Thursday's Child stands heads and shoulders above most books out there and I'm more than happy to look for more by this author.  

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