Thursday, September 25, 2014

Epic!...the AWESOME Kids Book App

I am going to grab you at hello...
THIS APP IS FREE to teachers
& school librarians!!!

I am always looking for new ways to get Evan excited about reading.
Oh, how I love to read!!!
His dyslexia is so severe, 
reading is tortue to him.
Bless his heart, he LABORS...

This year in 2nd grade,
Accelerated Reader is a BIG part of his classroom routine.

I personally can imagine his dread.
It reminds me of a sleepover where everyone
wants to play that game where you sit in a circle &
whisper something to the person next to you,
then see if the story is the same by the time the last person hears it.

Oh, my goodness...
I HATED that game!
It is completely impossible & horribly embarrasing 
to play if you cannot hear!

I imagine there is no glory in Accelerated Reader 
if you cannot read well either.

I ran up on this app called Epic!
It was described as being 
"the netflix of children's books"...
an "all you can read ebook buffet"...
I just HAD to check it out!

Did I happen to mention that
this app is FREE for teachers &
school librarians!!!!
(I want to shout that from a rooftop!!!)
YAY!!!!!!



It is free the first month for parents, 
but costs $4.99 a month every month after...
cancel your subscription at any time.

The first few times,
Evan was eh...
but last night he ran up on some book titles that interested him.
We read THREE when we were just planning to 
read a quick one.



The app is divided into age categories,
so he can find books on his reading level easily.
Or we can read a chapter book together.

He was tickled to death to find that the app will 
reward you with points for pages read,
open "badges" for trying a new story type.
Every reader has their own profile page,
that is seen only by the reader (it is not a social network site).



After reading last night,
Mr Book Nerd took some time to personalize his...
and add some books to his favorites list for later.
(His obsession with Koalas....crack me up)



Anyway,
it's a pretty cool app!
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that E continues to love it!

If you have a big reader at your house
or want to try & turn your little darling into one...

OR you are a teacher or a school librarian & 
can get it FOR FREE!!!!!

I highly recommend you check this one out! ;)

I hope your evening is as gorgeous as it is here in middle Tennesse!


Thanks for stopping by to visit!
Mwah!

Mandy

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Maverick's Top ONE First Birthday Party...

Oh, I die...

my sweet friend, Allison threw the
cutest little first birthday party
for her son that I have EVER seen!

I just had to share it with my blogging friends,
it made my whole day!  ♥

The precious little birthday boy's name is Maverick.


Yeah...

You know where this is going...
buckle up, friends &
follow me into
"THE DANGER ZONE"!


 
 

 Now, have you ever!!

Mav, of course has an adorable co-pilot...
his gorgeous big sister, aka:
Goose! ;)




 
Are they not the sweetest pair!


 

Thank you, Allison for letting me borrow these pictures to share.
You have a beautiful little family!

Allison claims that her friend Casey deserves all the party planning credit...you might remember me sharing Sweet Lolly Jo's party awhile back. Casey really does need to get into the party business, don't you think! ♥

Allison has a photography business:



if you're local, give her a call...
she does beautiful work.

And every perfect party needs printed supplies...



I simply adore all of these!

Give Monica Alsup a shout over at APlus on the Lebanon Square,
if you can think it up,
she will print it up! ;)









It is SO pretty today!!
Let's get off the computer & get outside!!
((but I am so glad that you stopped by)) :)

Wishing y'all the most glorious fall day!
Mwah!!

Mandy

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Glazing Pumpkins...Fall Decorating (part 1)

Ah, fall!

We had some seriously fabulous 
Fall weather last week,
we're talking "rock the shorts & a sweatshirt" weather!
My fave!!!

All week long I daydreamed about the weekend &
making the FIRST pot of chili of the season!!!!!

My daydream came to a screeching hault on Thursday night
when I noticed that the high for Saturday was 87...



Humph...

The littles & I got out this morning on a mission...

pumpkins,
pansies,
mums,
& some fall cabbage

First stop, to viist our friends at Mitchell Farms...



Oh, heavenly goodness!

We made off with a car load of beautiful white & bright orange pumpkins!

Then we hit our local farmer's market for a few more goodies, 
fresh peaches & some tomatoes. 
I could seriously go crazy at the farmers market, 
all that fresh goodness...yum!!!

Then we popped in Home Depot for some glaze, glitter &....
I forget what else.
Evan & Olivia started scrapping as soon as we pulled in the parking lot.
I completley forgot why we were even there!

I made it home with some glaze & glitter spray...



I will get back after whatever fall decorating 
nibbles that I had in my head sometime this week 
((while those rats are at school)).
Oh, my goodness...
they drive me crazy the way they fight!

Well, it's early in the decorating season
so I decided to give these live pumpkins a good coating
of glaze sealer to (hopefully) keep them from rotting too quick.

We shall see...



This post is fall decorating, part 1.
I'll be back to share my porches as soon as I get them done.
((& they need some TLC seriously!))


In other news...
I just sent this sweet little baby high chair home...


I adore little baby high chair's owner...
but,
I do not adore spindles.
The end. ;)


Annie Sloan Provence, Glaze & a nice coat of Shellac...
This one is ready for any baby food mess now!

(& yes that is paint on my concrete...compliments of one of our darling children)


Next on my painting schedule...


Shew, gotta get out my stepping stool for this one!
It is going to be gorgeous!!

Well...

Sneaky E is clean & in his jammies,
all ready to snuggle with his mama.
I'm going to go watch a movie with my lil man.

(I found this fruity picture of me the other day,
I have to toss it in here...) ;)



I'll be back to share the cutest
first birthday party theme that I have ever seen!

Wishing y'all the most lovely fall weekend!
Mwah!

Mandy

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Dressing Mama's Men...Paul Fredrick Coupon

I was recently contacted by my friends at
Paul Fredrick Menswear

about sharing a special coupon code with my blog readers.

I think they noticed that Big O
is definitely looking more like a man,
than a child...
(even though he is for sure a man/child).

I was needing to get him a sports coat &
P Daddy always likes to dress up when he
goes to teach his little class.

Paul Fredrick offers dressy and business casual menswear, as well as cufflinks, shoes, socks, belts, suspenders, and ties.

Here are a few of Big O & P Daddy's faves:

Italian Wool Solid Two-Button Peak Lapel Suit




Wool Flannel Windowpane Flat Front Pants

100% Silk Embroidered Short Sleeve Camp Shirt

(Big O's fave, ha)




100% Cotton Notch Lapel Vest



Wool Three-Button Notch Lapel Windowpane Sport Coat


They have some really high quality pieces!

& I do love their blog,
especially the entry where
they've showed you ways to style your man...
like Leo
(sigh)


LEO1




Hop over to Paul Fredrick and get your guy styled up for fall.
Use the code EDU15D when you check out. The discount will take 20% off a purchase of $150 or more and will also be available year round (& right now they are offering FREE SHIPPING on a $100 purchase as well).


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Big O...Big Weekend...

Warning!!
A brief proud mama rant ahead...

I try really hard to keep my mouth shut 
around the house about Big O lately.

I'm really, really proud of him these days & 
where my adorable middle child loves her brother to the moon & back...
she's been showing signs of being bitten by the green eyed monster.

Bless...

Since I'm pretty sure she does not read my blog 
& I'm chomping at the bit to brag on this boy...
I thought I'd get over here & 
share some Big O love with my blogging pals. ;)

First of all, 
he's just adorable...
in a wonderful, novelty, Clifford the Big Red dog kinda way.




The poor darling reminds me of a Great Dane...
completely enormous on the outside,
but is really like a chihuahua on the inside.

Sneaky E LOVES his Big O!


He seems large to me,
I can't imagine how big he must seem to Evan!

Anyway,
I must brag on this giant child.

He brought home his progress report from school...
All A's & B's...
Honors English, Honors Spanish2, Honors Geomety & Chemistry are all on his plate. 
Happiness makes you work harder, I guess.

He is loving football,
even though their team is young & they are struggling this season...
they're all heart & they make me so proud!


(Big O is in the white jersey)
((this is one of approximately 20 tackles he made in last night's game))

Last night we drove 90 minutes to watch him play ball.
Then 90 minutes home...
We all got in the bed after midnight...
yawn!

Thought we would all die having to get up at 6:30 for Sherry's Run...
this mama is just too old for that staying out late mess,
I felt like a train had run me over & decided to just walk the 5K with my littles.
(& I use the term littles loosely here since clearly there is only one of them left now)



I didn't even wake Big O up when I left because 
I knew he would be worn out from that ballgame...

I could not believe my eyes when I saw THIS




He RAN the 5K in 24:10 this morning & made it look like a breezy stroll..
this boy's work ethic never stops impressing me!

I must say, it sure is good to see someone young & 
healthy taking full advantage of God's wonderful gifts!

I do love this darling, giant man child...
these days I feel so, so blessed to be a part of his life. 

A mama just had to brag for a minute. ;)

Love you, Big O!!

Wishing y'all the most divine September weekend!

Mwah!!
Mandy


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Never Foget...


I will never, ever forget that day...
just a mere two weeks before I found out I was pregnant with Olivia...
just a mere two weeks after P Daddy officially joined the United States Air Force dentist residency...
just a mere million hours (it seemed like) before we heard that my sister was safely evacuated in Washinton, DC.

Please join me in praying for the victims and the families today.
& Never forget!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

A Tale of Two (FREE) Shelves...

Over the past few months my sister 
has started using Annie Sloan Chalk Paint.

I think I shared a little dresser that she did when she
was visiting this summer. 

It turned out great & 
left her hungry to paint more! ;)

A few weeks ago a friend of hers was giving away 
these two knotty pine shelves...



Oh, my gosh...
is she a lucky duck or what?!?!

She immediately broke out a can of Duck Egg Blue 
& got after them!

She has two boys...
her painting time is scarce. 
Her ANYTHING time is scarce!



A little nap time painting here,



a little nap time painting there...



and pretty soon she had one (clear) waxed & 
ready to move into her living room...


Pretty big difference!

Here's the first one all cozy in her living room.
I'm not sure if the other one is going to be its twin or not.



I'll keep you posted. ;)
I do love a FREE piece of furniture!

Great job, Kim!
This looks gorgeous!!

***********************

September is running, 
full steam ahead!

High School football in full swing,
middle school volleyball on the verge of winding down
& pee wee football getting ready to take off!



At the rate we're going, 
it'll be time to put up the Christmas tree before I know it!
Whew!!

I've slowly started making some little changes around the house.
I love to "redecorate" using things I already have.
I'll try & share some pictures...
a few little changes go a long way!

And then there's me living with these snarky kids...


Sigh...
I do love them anyway though. ;)

I'll be back to tell you about a new product that I love...



and what all I've been doing with it!!



Wishing y'all the most wonderful (fall y'all) Wednesday! :)
Mwah!

Mandy

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