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Hosting a child book party about fairies

I just spent the best afternoon with my 8 year old grand and her friends (+little brother)!  She and I decided several weeks ago to host a book club party for kids.  It all started after our weekly trip to the library and a discussion about the books we had finished reading.  I told her sometimes grown ups have book clubs and all choose the same book to read and then have parties to talk about them.  That triggered her to ask if she could have a party.  So naturally we began a search at the library for a book that her friends would enjoy.  After we looked at a number of books she decided a book about fairies would be perfect.  The illustrations are absolutely beautiful and the stories are about fairies of the different seasons.
Fairy statue on table with Sunshine and Showers fairies book

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Super easy tailgate meal with rotisserie chicken and cole slaw sliders

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I live in a small Texas town that really celebrates football season.  The first scrimmage is under our home town Friday night lights so I made an effortless tailgate meal featuring rotisserie chicken and cole slaw sliders, dill pickle slices, chips, deli dips, and frosty Coca Cola® floats  for the family to celebrate.  The sliders go together in no time and the frosty coke floats were a total winner – just like we think our team is!  GO BLACK AND GOLD!  Read on to see step by step how I made this event and delicious meal effortless for the whole family.  It’s so much fun and the sliders are simply the easiest meal ever with Wal-Mart's Marketside deli items. 

effortless tailgate meal on red check cloth-football field in background


Elephant Dollar Origami

When I finished reading Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult I had to learn how to make an origami elephant from a dollar bill.  It shows up all through the book.  I also had to look up elephant sanctuaries which she gives a link to at the end of the book.  I have a new found respect for elephants and the people who take care of them.  I loved the book for so many reasons including the elephant connection but mostly because the end was a complete surprise to me.  I don't really believe in psychics but her novel makes me consider them with a different viewpoint than before. I usually pick up the hints early in a book on where the story is going but I did not see this one coming.


Bound by Books linky plus DIY T-Shirt Crafts book give away

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Because August is only a day away (funny but I just heard Annie sing that as a musical line in my head!) The August Bound by Books link up is here.  July showed us some great literature recommendations and some fun book crafts.  I’m especially excited about this first week in August because my friend Adrianne Surian  of Happy Hour Projects just published her first craft book.  She is offering five lucky readers a copy of the book, and there's also an Instagram sweepstakes to win a pair of Fiskars® spring-loaded scissors!


A DIY small bathroom renovation and reveal

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I have finished both the guest bathroom and our master bathroom.  They are updated and slightly renovated.  I did most of it myself - DIY hubs changed out the toilets for me.  Those suckers are heavy!  Actually, we put new water saving toilets in the master and #3 bath.  The #2 guest bath toilet is still is good shape and matches the d├ęcor.  Here is a tour of the guest bath. 

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