{ FIVE ON FRIDAY – PROJECT LIFE PRINTABLES }  

My five favorite this week… Project Life Printables.Yes, I bought the core kit at the beginning of the year…but it’s May now and I’m starting to run out of some things. And I like a little variety. There are so many wonderful free and for sale items out there it kinda makes my head spin. I’ve recently printed these off…

{AUTUMN SKIES }

The Autumn skies are full of color in November.  And they can change on a dime here.
The morning began with the sunlight peeking through the back woods.  Isn’t that one of the coolest shaped trees ever?  I so wanted to put a small swing in there but the husband said it wasn’t strong enough to support anything.  I’m holding out hope for flower baskets or something like that.
By noon came the rain.  Not for very long but what we call a soaker.  At least it wasn’t snow.
And the sunset.  The colors filtered into the living room windows and gave everything that soft glow.  If it wasn’t below freezing outside I would have stayed to watch it set but it turns out that I don’t like the cold as much as I thought I did.
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TOUR: THE RETURN OF BRODY MCBRIDE – GIVEAWAY

Title: The Return of Brody McBride
Author: Jennifer Ryan
Series: The McBrides
Length: 384 pages

The black sheep of Fallbrook is back . . . and he’s in for the surprise of his life.

Former bad boy, now-decorated Army Ranger Brody McBride is home and on a mission: Find the woman he never should have left behind and right the wrong he did eight years ago.

When the man she loved broke her heart and skipped town, Rain Evans picked up the pieces. But along with heartbreak, Brody left her something infinitely better than she could have imagined: two beautiful daughters. One she gave birth to, and the other she rescued from the woman who helped destroy her relationship with Brody.

Brody is shocked to discover he’s a father, and he’s more determined than ever to win back Rain and protect his girls. Can they rekindle the love they once shared and become the family they were always meant to be? Or will a danger from their past return and ruin everything?

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Jennifer Ryan, author of The Hunted Series, writes romantic suspense and contemporary small-town romances.
Jennifer lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and three children. When she isnt writing a book, shes reading one. Her obsession with both is often revealed in the state of her home, and how late dinner is to the table. When she finally leaves those fictional worlds, youll find her in the garden, playing in the dirt and daydreaming about people who live only in her head, until she puts them on paper.

{ MY TOP BOOKS FOR SPRING }

Even though there are pages to my to-be-read list I still look forward to each month’s new releases.  When these books hit the shelves in the next coming months I will be dropping whatever I am reading to pick them up.
Lover At Last: A Novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood – Lover At Last is the number one book I am looking forward to this spring.  I love all the BDB but I can’t wait to read Blay and Qhuinn’s story. I can feel the heartbreak from here.
 Headed for Trouble (Troubleshooters) – I always look forward to this series.  I have a (not so) secret love for the alpha male and they don’t get much better than this.  
 Whiskey Beach – Nora Roberts is a given for me.  I will always pre-order her books.  I love her series but I love her spring mysteries just as much.
 Love Irresistibly (FBI/U.S. Attorney) – Julie James writes my favorite “they could really be real” characters.  They are strong heros and just as strong heroines.  There are never any crazy, unbelievable misunderstanding and they always get the bad guy.
 Thrown By A Curve (A Play-by-Play Novel) I love a good sports story.  The Play by Play series has Riley  Family excelling at a variety of sports and the covers are some of my favorites.
 Walking Disaster – It took me a long time to finish the Beautiful Disaster and now I can’t wait to read it through Travis’s eyes.
 Seeing is Believing – Erin McCarthy writes such happy love stories.  They are like sweet candy for my head.
 Beautiful Stranger – I loved Beautiful Bastard and can’t wait to read Christina Lauren’s next book.  But I don’t know if anyone can measure up to Bennett Ryan.
I’m linking up my hot list with The Broke and the Bookish this week.  Hop over there and see what others are looking forward too.

{ project life update and printables – this week cards }

The end of the year brings about varying emotions in people. Some are excited about the coming year, some are a little melancholy as they reflect on the past or some are like my husband and fret over the fact that he has to remember to write “2013” on all his paperwork now. Seriously.
I am one that is a little of both; I look back on the year but like looking forward to what’s ahead. A new year also means a new start to Project Life. Last year was my first time doing a project of that size and I am surprised at how much it changed how I look a our everyday life. Last year was learning what I wanted it to mean to me and what I wanted my family to remember. I can remember bits and pieces of things from my childhood but a lot of it kind of runs together and even now some things from when my oldest was a baby are getting that way. I hate that. I want to remember the funny things they say or what their favorite toy was at that time.
I’m also going digital this year. It just works out best for me his way. And it’s way more cost effective. Another reason is because I like making my own journaling cards and inserts. I also like sharing them. I’m planning on including a card each week that sums up the little things of our week and I even done them up in other colors schemes too. Click the link below each card for a downloadable PDF of that image.
What other kind of cards would you be interested this year? Color schemes? Sizes? Leave me a comment or shoot me an email. I love inspiration!

{ NEW PROJECT LIFE HALLOWEEN PRINTABLE JOURNALING CARDS }

I’m still working on this weeks Project Life.  Why haven’t I finished it?  Mostly because we’ve been enjoying a little bit of the nicer weather outside, hauling wood, “winterizing” everything outside, and working on these.

It’s October now so I can bust out the Halloween decorations and no one can tell me it’s too early.  It’s never too early but I wait until October 1st anyway so game one now.  Out come the witches, cobwebs and spiders.  I’m also working on my new Halloween wreath and if all goes well you’ll see it soon.

Meanwhile check out my new set of Halloween themed Project Life Journaling Cards and 4×6 Cards. You can download them here.

{ THE BEST HALLOWEEN BOOKS FOR KIDS }

In case you haven’t noticed, I am a reader.  I love books.  I love books like Carrie loves shoes.  No lie.  
 
One of my favorite things to do each season with the kids is to read our favorite holiday books.  This time of year I start to sprinkle in books about fall as well as Halloween. Some are new and some are old favorites.  One of the best feelings is reading to the Little Man the same book that I read to his big sister.  Each kid has their favorites and here’s a list of some of our favs from the past few years. 
 
(clicking on the image will take you to Amazon)


Ghosts in the House!


The entire book is like the cover with orange pages and the back block pictures.  It reminds me of the old fashioned style of books.  And the story is cute too.


Where is Baby’s Pumpkin?
It’s a flap book and my kids love flap books.  They already have what’s underneath each flap memorized but they humor me when I “guess” wrong.  




In The Haunted House


We love this author!  The kids love the “spooky” story and I like how it rhymes.  Rhyming stories keep me on my toes when I’m reading.  


Dem Bones


It’s a spooky story and an educational book all in one.  The song lyrics are the basis of the book with little parts about each bone thrown in.  I even learned a few things.


Scary, Scary Halloween


The story is about a child watching all kinds of monsters pass by but it’s really his friends in their costumes.  A nice story through the eyes of a young child.


Five Little Pumpkins


My favorite Halloween song ever!  I love singing this song all month long at random times and a book about it is even better.  Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate.  The first one said, “Oh my, it’s getting late.”


The Night Before Halloween


It’s a takeoff of “Twas the Night before Christmas” but with ghost and goblins.  It’s silly and fun and the kids like hearing the same rhythm from something they are familiar with.

The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything


One of my absolute favorites.  It follows a Little Old Lady on her way home as pieces of a scarecrow pop out and follow her home.  “Get out of my way I’m not scared of you.”


Room on the Broom


Another neat rhyming book and there’s also a lot of opportunities to use all kinds of silly voices as well.  The witch should really be driving a car.


Big Pumpkin
A nice tale of brains over brawn wrapped up in spooky pictures.  The witch wants to make pumpkin pie but the pumpkin is too big for her and all the other monsters to move.  How can the little bat move it?
 
 


Are there any you think we should add to the list?  What are some books you plan to read with your kids this fall? Do you have a list of go-to favourites or do you have some new ones in mind?

{ A CRAFTER’S DREAM – BIG PICTURE CLASSES GIVEAWAY }

Welcome to A Crafter’s Dream Group Giveaway hosted by My Merry Messy Life, Earning My Cape and Little Becky Homecky. 
 
There are 19 bloggers who are each offering their own giveaway worth $25 or more and all are related to  crafty and homemade items.  Scroll down to the bottom and hop from blog to blog, entering as many as you want!  The Giveaways end September 1 so don’t delay!
 
What am I giving away? 
 
Just a $25 Gift Certificate to Big Picture Classes!  They have some amazing workshops lined up for this fall including Project Real Life with Becky Higgins and a ton of self-paced classes as well.   

{ BOOK REVIEW: WAIT FOR YOU BY J LYNN }

Title: Wait For You
Author: J Lynn
Series: Wait For You
Genre: New Adult Romance
Length: 332 pages
Release Date: February 26, 2013Some things are worth waiting for

Traveling thousands of miles from home to enter college is the only way nineteen-year-old Avery Morgansten can escape what happened at the Halloween party five years agoan event that forever changed her life. All she needs to do is make it to her classes on time, make sure the bracelet on her left wrist stays in place, not draw any attention to herself, and maybeplease Godmake a few friends, because surely that would be a nice change of pace. The one thing she didnt need and never planned on was capturing the attention of the one guy who could shatter the precarious future shes building for herself.

Some things are worth experiencing

Cameron Hamilton is six feet and three inches of swoon-worthy hotness, complete with a pair of striking blue eyes and a remarkable ability to make her want things she believed were irrevocably stolen from her. She knows she needs to stay away from him, but Cam is freaking everywhere, with his charm, his witty banter, and that damn dimple thats just so so lickable. Getting involved with him is dangerous, but when ignoring the simmering tension that sparks whenever they are around each other becomes impossible, he brings out a side of her she never knew existed.

Some things should never be kept quiet

But when Avery starts receiving threatening emails and phone calls forcing her to face a past she wants silenced, shes has no other choice but to acknowledge that someone is refusing to allow her to let go of that night when everything changed. When the devastating truth comes out, will she resurface this time with one less scar? And can Cam be there to help her or will he be dragged down with her?

And some things are worth fighting for

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THOUGHTS ON “WAITING FOR YOU”

I am going to pretend that I’m not 30 years-old so that I can swoon over the sweetness that is Cameron Hamilton.  I was absolutely charmed by him.  When he and Avery first meet you get the impression that he’s college heart-breaker; quick to make you fall and even quicker to move on.  It was kind of ironic to me that that was my first impression because as you get farther into Wait For You, you realize that waiting and patience is the theme of the book.

The story is told from Avery’s point of view and we see into the world of a nineteen year-old girl who moves half way across the country to get away from her past and the people that have made her life hell for the past five years.  Five years ago something happened to Avery that changed her whole world and isolated her from her friends and family.  J Lynn gives us a slow build up into Avery’s past where we are pretty sure what happened but are left wondering just much Avery suffered.

The buildup of Avery and Cam’s relationship so slow and somewhat of a one step forward-two steps back.  After literally running into each other Cam begins his quest to have Avery go on a date with him.  Even though he gets a big fat NO it doesn’t deter him.  Instead of hounding, he tries to win Avery over with cookies, breakfast and just being her friend- all the things that she missed out on in high school.  We get to fall for Cam right along with Avery and it’s ever so sweet.

Wait For You is a sweet story of a young girl who wants to live her life in spite of her past and a boy who has a past of his own and wants to be the person that helps that young girl live again.  J Lynn writes characters that you can’t help but pull into your heart and Cam and Avery are no exception.  I also loved their cast of friends and look forward to reading their stories in the future.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

#1 NEW YORK TIMES and USA TODAY Bestselling author Jennifer lives in Martinsburg, West Virginia. All the rumors youve heard about her state arent true. When shes not hard at work writing. she spends her time reading, working out, watching really bad zombie movies, pretending to write, and hanging out with her husband and her Jack Russell Loki.

Her dreams of becoming an author started in algebra class, where she spent most of her time writing short stories.which explains her dismal grades in math. Jennifer writes young adult paranormal, science fiction, fantasy, and contemporary romance. She is published with Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Teen and Brazen, Disney/Hyperion and Harlequin Teen. Her book Obsidian has been optioned for a major motion picture.

{ PROJECT LIFE PRINTABLES – CHILDREN’S BOOKS JOURNALING CARDS }

Some of our weeks haven’t been quite as “busy” lately so sometimes I like to have a few filler cards handy for those spaces.  I’ve also been on a vintage kick lately so I’ve been rounding up a lot of those images.
This week I have lovely vintage children’s book page journaling cards.  Click on the link here to download.