Saturday, November 30, 2013

How to Wrap a Present (Part 1)

It's getting to be that time of year again.  Some people think picking out the perfect present is the hardest part.  Others struggle with presentation.  Really, the most commonly hated part of Christmas* is wrapping presents.

First you have to pick out the right kind of wrapping paper.  There's red and green, there's ones with little trees, plenty with reindeer, some with snowmen, and some wintery ones.  HOW DO YOU PICK OUT THE RIGHT TYPE?  You don't.  There is no "right type".  It's literally going to be all over your floor by December 26th so who cares?!

Just make sure you have wrapping paper that 1. Will not rip in transportation 2. Will not cause nausea  3. You won't mind seeing A LOT of in the next couple of weeks.

Next you're going to have to actually wrap your present.  This is the tricky part.  If you want to jump ship and put your presents in a gift bag, you should probably do that now.  At least you can return your wrapping paper if you don't open it.

Luckily, we made a short little video for you.  It's pretty straight forward, but don't hesitate to ask questions if you need help.

*There was no survey conducted, this is an inferred result.

-Cassi & Katie

(Serious tutorial to follow)

Combat Booties and an Oversized Sweater

Friday, November 29, 2013

My Week

Monday it snowed.  We got a lot more than this and I wound up actually shoveling.

Tuesday I made this gift tag from a magazine page.  It goes with all my envelopes! :)

The back

Picked up Allegiant on Tuesday.  Only about half-way through it, but I just read some on Wednesday.

Went shopping on Wednesday.  These are a few of our interesting(?) finds.   This was at Charlotte Russe.  It sparkles.

Ohh good.  Just the kind of leggings I was looking for??

I helped make bread on Wednesday night, late into Thursday morning.

Thursday we actually cooked the dough.  These were cornbread muffins,

These were cranberry-wheat rolls,

Sweet potato rolls,

This is all bread (with the exception of the pumpkins)
The kitchen after I finished cleaning this morning.
How was your week and your holiday?  If you're shopping today, stay safe!  Katie is currently in Florida, but look forward to an update and some stories from her when she gets back. :)


Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Book Tour Day 7: The Woodlands Series & Concealed in the Shadows

The Woodlands Series by Lauren Nicolle Taylor

(Young Adult Mature- Dystopian Romance)
Published by: Clean Teen Publishing

Rosa never thought she’d make it to sixteen...

When being unique puts you in danger and speaking your mind can be punishable by death, you might find yourself fighting to survive. Rosa lives in The Woodlands, one of eight enclosed cities where the lone survivors of a devastating war have been gathered. In these circular cities everyone must abide by the law or face harsh punishment. Rosa's inability to conform and obey the rules brands her a leper and no one wants to be within two feet of her, until she meets Joseph. He's blonde, fair skinned, blue eyed and the laid back, ever-grinning, complete opposite of Rosa.  She's never met anyone quite like him, and she knows that spells danger.

But differences weren't always a bad thing. People used to think being unique was one of the most treasured of traits to have. That was before the bitter race war decimated most of the planet, leaving the Russian wilderness as the only scrap of land habitable for survivors. Now, the Superiors, who ruthlessly control the concrete cities with an iron fist, are obsessed with creating a 'raceless' race. They are convinced this is the only way to avoid another war. Any anomalies must be destroyed.

The Superiors are unstoppable and can do anything they want, after all, they are considered super heroes by the general public. But not everyone see's them this way. When they continue to abuse their power by collecting young girls for use in their secret, high-tech breeding program, they have no idea that one of those girls has somehow managed to make friends even she didn't know she had. And one man will stop at nothing to save her.


Monday, November 25, 2013

Five Little Grins #7

5 Little Grins
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In case this is your first week, here's what it's all about.  Generally Mondays are considered pretty sucky right?  Well, let's change that.  Instead of focusing on what sucks about Monday, we'll talk about what made us smile throughout the rest of the week, to start the week on a positive note!

The Rules!  (These are really just kind suggestions)

1. Follow your hosts: CassandraRaewyn, and Paulina!

2. Link up your post that includes 5-ish things that made you smile in the past week

3. Comment after you link up

4. Go visit some other blogs and make some friends!

5. Have fun, and don't forget to smile!!

My 5 Little Grins from this week include. . .

1. My old dance teacher came to parent watch week and watched my lyrical class.

2. My BOB kids.  On Tuesday I told them we could play Around the World with their titles and authors but they wound up just forming a semi circle and screaming the authors at me when I gave them a title.

3. Wearing my new pointe shoes for the second time and actually being able to do pirouettes on them!

4. Helping with all the costumes for Ballet Theatre of Illinois and getting mine.

5. Watching SNL.  The skits are getting worse and worse, but some of them are still okay.


Sunday, November 24, 2013

Book Tour Day 6: Reluctant Guardian & Rising

by Melissa J. Cunningham

Guarding Brecken Shaefer—a dark and dangerous rebel—is harder than it looks. 

Death was nothing like sixteen-year-old Alisa Callahan thought it would be. Resting on pink, fluffy clouds for eternity with her gram and best friend sounded like a dream come true. After all, enduring one torturous experience after another in her short life deserved some kind of reward, right? Unfortunately, eternal rewards aren't given out so freely when you take your own life.

Required to pay the debt for committing suicide, Alisa must become a guardian. It sounds easy enough, but not when the boy she is forced to protect has a dangerous secret and wants absolutely nothing to do with her.

Brecken Shaefer isn't any normal teenager. He has special gifts that are sure to make Alisa's afterlife miserable. When feelings develop between them, everything spins out of control. Not only must Alisa face her own demons— but to protect Brecken, she must face an evil so heinous that it threatens to destroy their souls completely.

Alisa is tired of hiding from her past. When the easiest thing to do is run, can Brecken give her the strength to stay?