July 5, 2013

Cool Stuff I Like









Happy day to you friends! How was your 4th of July? Did you eat any pie? I have a new Pie Pinterest board and I have named it the cleverest name! "I LIKE PIE". ("Pie Is Nigh" was also very much in the running. I might change it to that at some point because I make it a point to try and give my Pinterest boards really ridiculous alliterative and rhyming captions, just to amuse myself.) Anyway, on the 4th I made cherry pie. I love cherry pie so very much and I haven't made one in a couple of years. Almond extract. It's all about the hint of almond extract. Cherry pie MUST have almond extract! We bought an extra a lot amount of firecrackers this year. A friend remarked that buying fireworks is very nearly like literally setting your money on fire.


COOL STUFF to end your week:

A summer tea party. The word "swoon" is grossly overused in blogging. It really shouldn't be used at all anymore. It should be a word that is retired from the English language because bloggers have ruined it. Bloggers are ruiners! And yet, I am going to use it because it deserves to be used in this instance.

Google reader is gone, but you can follow Julia's Bookbag on Bloglovin' right here!

Speaking of pie, I want to have a pie party.....

Andrew found this most excellent kitty cat photo. See also, this one. This kitty cat is, how do you say.....LIVID.

The Camping Trip.

Recipes for Easy Hiking Snacks.

AIN'T THIS THE TRUTH. I've rarely, if ever, been so suckerpunched by a book.

Just watched this movie with Julia, very fun!

Cool coloring ideas via Handmade Charlotte.

This is such a cute Tiny Tot playtime idea....


Cool Book of the Week: 'A Trip to the Bottom of the World With Mouse' by Frank Viva. Julia and I saw this one at the library and then entertained ourselves on the car ride home by shout-singing "A TRIP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD WITH MOUSE! A TRIP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD WITH MOUSE!" And that's my review of this book. (It's really cute, funny, and amazing to look at. Julia loved it! Would greatly appeal to preschoolers on up to 2nd grade. Mouse isn't sure if he loves traveling to the South Pole, but guess what! Turns out that he does.)

Have a lovely weekend! I'll be busily washing the stench of fireworks smoke out of my hair and clothes....

~Melissa

18 comments:

  1. Loved the video of The Camping Trip. Very clever. I don't think I would have the patience for stop motion.

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    1. wasn't that so cute? I don't have the patience for a lot of things. stop motion would definitely be on the list! I so admire the talents of other people in the world who can do such clever things!

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  2. That tea party looks divine! I've never read Bridge to Terebithia and now after reading that spoiler I never will. Never. Never ever. I HATE sad endings, especially surprise ones. As to our 4th, we hid out in the house... at 106 degrees, it was just too hot to do anything else! xoxo

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    1. seriously.....it's one of the saddest things I ever read. I remember the feeling of utter shock when I read it at age 9 or so....I did not enjoy that book very much. I remember finishing it and just feeling like, thank heavens it's over! (sorry to those of you who love it!)

      106! Too hot! stay cool!

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  3. Hilarious cat pictures!

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  4. LOVE Frank Viva. We have along a long road and I framed the dust cover. I never knew about this one, thanks! Did you do a post before about fairy doors? Just saw something you might like (or prob have already seen?) on the molly moo blog. I don't know her but its an Irish blog and really great. Have a good weekend, its sunny in Dublin for once!

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    1. I have seen Molly Moo, but not for ages, thanks for the reminder!! Helen Bird from Curly Birds is guest posting over there I believe, she made some darling tooth fairy pockets! I did recently do a post on fairy doors, and I see that there is something about them over on that site, I will TOTALLY go take a look!

      Happy sunny Dublin day to you!! xo

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  5. That party is simply gorgeous. I want one. I love pie, too. A pie party would be nice. I want a birthday pie this year. We'll be in DC then - I know we're going to visit Mt. Vernon on my birthday proper - but there's an awesome pie place down the street from my brother-in-law, and I'll be dropping hints... Those cat pictures are HILARIOUS. I haven't read Bridge to Terabithia - I think we own it somewhere - but I already knew the ending. I have a feeling that's how I'd feel when reading it, too. Haven't seen The Borrowers yet. Love the post at Handmade Charlotte. The Camping Trip is FABULOUS. I want to check out that book! Happy Weekend, dear friend! xoxoxo

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    1. COOL about Mt. Vernon! I have seen exactly ZERO national/historical type monuments or places. I really should try and rectify that. Terabithia didn't even make me cry ~ I was too much in shock. Now for a book that DID make me cry, more so than any other I think, it's a YA book/ older elementary story, 'I am Rosemarie' by Marietta Moskin. I had to read it for a Children's Lit college course and I sobbed so hard I couldn't see the words on the page. Beautiful book, but very very sad, about the Holocaust.

      I think your girls would love the Borrowers movie! (the one with John Goodman. A fun fact: the actor who plays Mr. Weasley (from Harry Potter) is in it, and a VERY YOUNG Draco Malfoy is in it! He must be about 7! xoxoxo

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  6. Hi, can i ask you something? You seem to know a lot about children books and illustrations. The thing is, I’m looking for children books with “scary” animal illustrations like the big bad wolf (or a fox) eating pigs (or seven kids or Red Riding hood or birds in Chicken Little) or being pictured with a fat stomach. Could be any other animal as well. I need it for my research. Any sort of help is appreciated. Thanks in advance.

    nelly

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    1. Hey Nelly! I haven't run across any particularly scary illustrations for Red Riding Hood or 3 Little Pigs, but I'm sure they must be out there. Let me scout around a bit. Why don't you shoot me an email to my juliasbookbag (at) gmail (dot) com account, so I have your email to send info, if I find anything. Take care and good luck!

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  7. My boy has to read the Bridge to Terebithia this summer (school assignment) and I am not looking forward to talk to him during and after. I hate sad endings :(

    The mouse book looks very promising! And I am partial to mice in literature.

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    1. I love mousies in books! Not so much under my sink :)

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  8. Talk abut swooning, a pie party just might make me dredge up that overused word and use it! I recently ran across a recipe for something called Coffee Toffee Pie that involves whipped cream and heath bars and butter and other oh so bad but oh so good things. I've yet to come up with excuse enough to convince myself that it really isn't as bad for my waistline as I know it is, but the prospect of making one and serving it up to friends at a party just might do the trick. Shared guilt, as it were:)

    Terebithia is more than enough to drive any sane person straight past the pie and directly into the comforting arms of chocolate. That is one heavy, heavy book.

    Thanks for sharing the lovely links:)

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    1. You are so right about Terabithia -- have chocolate on hand read to go. With a whiskey chaser. Oh wait. I guess that's not ok for the kiddos.....

      THAT PIE. Sounds like something someone wicked dreamed up!!

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  9. We're watching the Borrowers and cracking up at the cast. Nearly all of them are Harry Potter cast members!!!!! So fun.

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    1. Yah! Teeny tiny baby Malfoy!!! Hilarious :)

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