Monday, December 14, 2015

Five Clever Gifts for the Book Lovers in Your Life!

Hey there friends.....
For those still completing Christmas and Hanukkah shopping ...
or birthday shopping as well...as it seems there are a lot
of December birthdays out there......one of my sons among them......
I'm stopping in to share some amazon bookish awesomeness!
I stumbled on a few of these, which led to more of a search for literary-ish  gifts,
which led to this short but perfect gathering of items any avid reader would love .
They're tons of fun and always a big hit....
So pour yourself a cup of tea and enjoy some armchair shopping
from bookmarks to band aids!


I was going to save the best for last, but I just can't........
seriously.....
How great are these!?


 

And personally, I recommend giving season 1 of The Following with Poe.
Don't watch The Following?
Yikes..guys...go fix that!
Because...well, Poe is life.
And then there's  Kevin Bacon.


Trust me, he's not dancing in this one.
You. Need. To. Watch. This.






'Nuf said.
Who doesn't want these? 


Calling all Little Women junkies~~~
"She is too fond of booksstuff reminiscent of the great Louisa May Alcott









And for the book and coffee lovers among us, the mug




Keep Calm Bookmark 



Love the little beaded bauble, don't you? 

And here are lovely note cards




Eat Sleep Read  shirt just for fun!







Looking for a few more, creative ideas?
Go check it out....I think there's something for everyone there!!

I'm delighted to share this post at the 
Please click over and peruse some wonderfully creative and
inexpensive lifestyle and faith links!

 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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This post contains amazon affiliate links....
If you are shopping at  amazon this Christmas season,
would you consider clicking through my link?


In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
If YOU are an amazon affiliate, please send me
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THANK YOU!


Until next time,

~Chris



Saturday, December 12, 2015

A Look Back at Three Years Blogging! {{ And a huge thank you}}



What can I say?
Time marches on....?
Time flies when you're  blogging?
..........and developing friendships  with the best readers,  fellow bloggers and 
generally awesome people  out there in the vastness of the blogosphere?

It's been a mind blowing journey since my first flimsy post  and because 
 I have a strong affinity for 
 Our Lady, I purposely started my little spot here on the web on her feast day.....
All with good intentions of developing a little corner spot online to photojournal family, homeschooling, faith  and maybe travel ...but never with the assumption
 that I'd be regularly sticking with the effort
for several years and close to 600 posts. 
Not to mention becoming acquainted with amazing people worldwide,
finding like minded bloggers with whom I've become true friends 
and being afforded
opportunities for travel


movie  and product reviews
as well as the chance to write in depth on subjects about which I'm passionate such as
our Catholic faith, our involvement in the pro life movement



It's been fun sharing our crafts, 
                                                              
   

our author studies and our  unit studies , especially
traveling in time and space with The Doctor and The Bard....


(my Hamlet, left and Osric, right)


I've written a lot about my parents who were of The Greatest Generation...
not sure what my fave post would be, but The Soldier in the Snapshot 
and Sentimental Journey were the most difficult to write.



It hasn't always been peachy.....
I incurred the wrath of Santa naysayers  

and Hunger Games opposers 
wherein comments even had to be deleted.

Wow, people have strong opinions. Sheesh.


If you don't get President Snow and the Boy on Fire cake, 
It's a must.
Really.

Just for fun....
...this post on  my son's  Perler bead creations comes in second
...and this little Theme Thursday  post was my least clicked to  with 12 views!
Hey I don't blame you guys on that!

This was my most favorite cake post to write;
 this, my fave sacrament post and this, the most fun party post,
 Here, in case you missed it, is a smashing way to
celebrate the special day of someone you love 
by creating a birthday tree


also tons of fun to compile!

And if you're looking for some easy,  creative and inexpensive crafts, check out my
son's video guest post  on creating balloon animals!


He < then age 10 > had a blast and you guys responded so positively that he
 couldn't help but smile ear to ear.

I've had giveaways, most notably for Our lady of Guadalupe
scapulars,on my blogoversary in the past.
But this year, folks, I did not have it together in time!
Though I did say a special prayer for all my friends to Our Lady instead!

Oh, and Our Lady's Feast Day?
The Best Stuff out there on the web to help you celebrate is right here at ~~~ 
Don't miss them!
Really - - click over now and you'll be so happy you did!

Thanks for joining me for a look back .....
it's been fun and humbling as well, to recognize that 
our enormous and sometimes scary world can be  happy,
 comforting and peaceful,
 one friend at a time, one day at a time, as friendships are forged online and
in "real" life through our love of the written word 
and our generous encouragement of one another.......



 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
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This post contains amazon affiliate links....
If you are shopping at  amazon this Christmas season,
would you consider clicking through my link?


In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
If YOU are an amazon affiliate, please send me
your link and I will do the same!
THANK YOU!


Until next time,

~Chris

Friday, December 11, 2015

Reflecting on Advents Past ~ TT & FMF 12/11/15


Advent and Reflection...... inseparable, right?
Thought I'd combine, then,
because.....well....... a memory from the past....... 
Please visit Kate and Micaela for beautiful 
bloggers  linked up, as well as their own photos and reflections.
 So here goes my five.....

The essence of Advent, with a focus on #HolyLens and reflection, is, for me,
 completely and unequivocally summed up in this one shot of 
my sweeties back during December of 2009. 
You can't really see the Christmas decor here, the Jesse Tree we were
creating, the handmade painted ornaments drying to be wrapped and gifted,
 or hear Silent Night being pumped from the CD player sitting on the kitchen counter.....
  but those are Spiderman Christmas pj's ( ! ) 
and Christmas is bursting out of every nook and cranny around them.
Both were still home schooled at that time and ardently working together,
older brother, then nine, helping younger, a just-turned seven,
with some sort of workbook or other.....
unaware I was lurking about with the camera.
We'd weave our work with our faith and our life ad our family
and it became one...no line, no "subjects," no separation.
Always work needed to be quickly done each day so that we could get to our
advent readings, light the wreath, tell The Story. 
And it was a blessing.
Is a blessing.


Wrapped in our own bubble of contentment, productivity and mostly, faith,
 during the memory filled season, 
no outside schedules imposing....
only us.
When I think of advent now and in the future, I know I'll think of these days.
The candle lit, fireplace crackling, safe days of love and life and 
of waiting...waiting for Jesus's coming.
At the time, thank God I did appreciate them.....
the days and the boys....
well, mostly anyway.



 Friends, as always,  
thank you for stopping over and 
spending some of your precious time 
here at my home on the web!
And hey:

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This post contains amazon affiliate links....
If you are shopping at  amazon this Christmas season,
would you consider clicking through my link?


In this way, I will receive a small commission on the purchase.....
a few pennies per dollar.
If YOU are an amazon affiliate, please send me
your link and I will do the same!
THANK YOU!


Until next time,

~Chris