Sunday, December 4, 2016

Charlie the Tramp Book Review and Giveaway



About the book:
Charlie the Beaver wants to be a tramp when he grows up. “Tramps don’t have to learn how to chop down trees and how to roll logs and how to build dams. Tramps just tramp around and have a good time. Tramps carry sticks with little bundles tied to them. They sleep in a field when the weather is nice, and when it rains they sleep in a barn.” Charlie sets off with his bundle. But when he hears water trickling, he can’t get to sleep. Will he be able to resist the urge to make it stop? As Grandfather Beaver says, “You never know when a tramp will turn out to be a beaver.”

An American classic is back in a special 50th anniversary hardcover edition.

Winner of the Boys Club of America Junior Book Award, 1968.

About the author:
Russell Hoban (1925-2011) first became famous for his children's picture books about a Badger named Frances and other animal characters that have a lot in common with children we know - Bedtime for Frances, A Baby Sister for Frances, Bread and Jame for Frances, and Emmit Otter's Jug-Band Christmas.

About the illustrator:
Lillian Hoban (1925 - 1998), one of America's favorite children's book illustrators, is best known for a young chimpanzee named Arthur and his little sister, Violet. She also illustrated six of Russell Hoban's books about Frances the badger, which have taken their place among the great classics of children's literature. She was born in Philadelphia and attended the Philadelphia Museum School of Art. She studied dance for 10 years and became a professional dancer. She began to write and illustrate her own stories only after having children, basing her tales on their experiences.

Plough editor Sam Hine says, "As a parent of young children I've rarely found new books of this quality. So, like many other parents, I find myself returning to the books of my own childhood. Among these Charlie the Tramp was a hands-down favorite. We're thrilled to acquire the rights to this timeless classic and make it available to a third generation."

I was so excited to be able to read this book! I remember reading all the Frances books when I was a kid, so I was so excited to be able to share this book with my kids. As soon as it came, I ran upstairs to share it with my kids. I think they thought I was a little crazy, but that's okay, they'll love the book as much as I do and share it with their kids some day too.

I enjoyed reading this book with my 10 year old son. It has some really cute things in the book and teaches good lessons. They are things that even kids today can relate to. Every kid has wanted to go and do something else, rather than do their fair share. This book does a good job of addressing that.



The illustrations are very cute. This is Grandfather and Grandmother. I was going to say the pictures are black and white, but then when my kids and I looked at them again, we think they might be green and white.



This is a picture of Charlie helping his father.

My son doesn't ever have too much to say about the books we read, so when I asked him he said, "It was good." I asked him if there was anything else, but he said that was all. At least he liked it.

If you want to check it out for yourself, you can find it on Amazon.com. or on the Plough website.I think it would be a great Christmas book for a child, or even any adult that read this book.


I am also running a giveaway for you. You have a chance to win a free copy of Charlie the Tramp. This giveaway is open to the US. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form below, fill out one option or as many as you want. The giveaway ends at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on 12/12/16.

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My Week

On Sunday, my daughter, son, and I served in the children's area at church. We all enjoyed our time with the kids/tech booth. All day, I did the laundry. Nascar isn't on right now, so I didn't get to watch it with my son. I miss our time together. So, instead, I caught up on email.

On Monday, I subbed in my son's 4th grade class for the first time this year! I'm so glad the timing finally worked out so I could sub in his class. I know most of the kids, so the day went well. Soon after we got home, I had to start the dinner. After dinner and dishes, I tried to get some email done.

On Tuesday, I subbed in a kindergarten class I've been in once before. They were missing a sub for another kindergarten class, so they had to split that class. I ended up with 34 kindergartners! I didn't have enough handouts for them, but luckily I had a student teacher, so she made copies. We worked well together, and ended up having a decent day, although it was pretty tiring! After school, I made muffins for the week, and then later, I walked on the treadmill.

On Wednesday, I subbed in a second grade class I've been in before. The kids all know me, and usually behave, but after the first hour and a half, I just couldn't get them to stop talking! It was a minimum day, and they were supposed to have an ice cream party, but their teacher was sick, so maybe that's why they were a little worked up. After school, I had a couple of errands to run. Then, I tried to do a little email before dinner. After dishes, I was supposed to walk on the treadmill, but I had so many dishes to wash, that by the time I was done it was only 20 minutes until my son's snack. So, I didn't have enough time to walk.

On Thursday, I didn't have a job until my son and I were about ready to leave for school. Luckily, it started an hour after that, so I had time to walk him to school, get back and change, and then head to the job. It was in a 3rd grade class I hadn't subbed in before, but I've subbed in other 3rd grade classes at that school, so I was familiar with the routine and the kids. Another teacher had the class with hers in the computer lab, until I arrived, and she had also made copies of a reading comprehension packet for me to use with the kids. I had my class for 55 minutes, and then after lunch, we switch classes. That way one teacher teaches Language Arts all day and the other teaches math. After school, I did the grocery list. After dinner and dishes, I only had a few minutes to glance at a few email.

On Friday, I had a job in a first grade class I've subbed in a couple of weeks ago. When I arrived at the school office, she told me the teacher had a change of plans and would be back, so I only ended up with half a day. That was disappointing, but that's the life of a sub! I spent the afternoon catching up on email and other tasks until it was time to pick up my son from school. After dinner and dishes, I just did more email.

On Saturday, I did my usual grocery shopping and cleaning. I didn't get to eat lunch until 1:30. After lunch, I made waffles. Later in the afternoon, we did some more yard work. We laid down some black weed blocker thing and put bark on top. We also planted a bucket of succulents and surrounded it with rocks. After dinner and dishes, I did some email.

How was your week?

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) on Swagbucks - Sunday's Deals



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My Week

On Sunday, we went to church. When we got home, I made muffins for the week. My oldest son and I watched the Nascar Championship race. It was a really good race and very exciting at the end! The driver we wanted to win the championship, Jimmie Johnson, won! He made history by winning the Championship 7 times! It was great that we could watch it together, especially since the announcers said that may not happen again for another 20 - 30 years!

On Monday, since my youngest son and I don't have school/work all week, I went for a walk in the morning, in the rain(my older son hadn't left yet, so he stayed home with my youngest). It was so refreshing! After that, I reconciled my bank statement and completed an aging study that I've been doing once a year, for a few years. I'm only 45, but I'm afraid I'm going to get Alzheimer's someday because I already forget things, so I enjoy completing the study, hopeful it might help me and others in the future. I caught up on email, washed all the windows downstairs, completed a review, and then my youngest son and I cleaned up the leaves in the backyard and did a little trimming. Since it's getting dark earlier, we only had about 45 minutes to work outside.

On Tuesday, my youngest son had to join me on my walk. He complained the whole time, so I tried to remind him to look around and be grateful for all the things God made. He still fussed, but it made me feel better. After that, we had several errands to run. A couple of kids didn't come to his birthday party, so we had some things to return. Since, now, here in S. CA, we have a plastic bag ban, I returned the items in my hand, and saved the bags for our garbage bags. After lunch, I caught up on email and cleaned up my Facebook groups. I used the Magic Eraser to clean the baseboards, walls, and doors in our master bath and the kids' bathroom. After snack, my son and I made Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Muddy Buddies, and then played electronic Guess Who and started a Skip Bo game. After dinner and dishes, I picked up my daughter from the train.

On Wednesday, my youngest son and I went on a walk again. This time he wanted to come! After that, we finished our Skip Bo game from yesterday and then played Chutes and Ladders. He won both games! After that, I dusted all the figurines from the curio, and used the glass cleaner to clean the shelves, mirrors and doors. I did the same thing for the china cabinet. After lunch, I did some email and then used the Magic Eraser to clean the baseboards in the dining room and the entry way. I also vacuumed next to the baseboards since the vacuum doesn't reach there on our regular cleaning day. After snack, my son and I did some yard work in the backyard; well, actually, I did yard work and he sat on a ball, constantly asking when he could go back inside.



This is a picture of our Thanksgiving dinner with me, my youngest son, my oldest son, my dad, my mom, and my daughter.



My husband and I switched places so we could get a picture with him in it too.

On Thursday, I realized I hadn't made a post for Thanksgiving. If I did it today, it wouldn't post until Friday, so I'll have to prepare better next time. In the morning, I went for a 50 minute walk. After that, I baked a pumpkin pie, did my grocery list for next week and made a timeline for the Thanksgiving meal. After lunch, I did some email and then it was time to start cooking. My parents are coming over for dinner and my dad is making the turkey breasts, stuffing and gravy. I'm making pumpkin pie, parmesan bread in the bread maker, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, corn, and green beans.

On Friday, I went for my morning walk. After my husband got home from his run, we went to Lowe's to get a ladder he's been wanting to get for awhile; it was on sale. After lunch, I caught up on email. In the afternoon, we finished tearing out the grass in the front yard. After dinner, we watched the Grinch on t.v. We didn't do much, but at least we did some of it together.

On Saturday, I did my usual grocery shopping and cleaning. After lunch, we went to Costco. It wasn't raining when we went in, but it was when we came out, and we weren't prepared. We were pretty wet! After that, I made pancakes for the week. After dinner and dishes I got caught up on email.

How was your Thanksgiving week?

Friday, November 25, 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) on Swagbucks - Friday's Deals



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

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MyGiftCardsPlus
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Home Chef
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Grayson
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Lootcrate
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Sephora
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Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) on Swagbucks - Wednesday's Deals



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

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Groupon
Buy a $100 Groupon Gift Card from MyGiftCardsPlus and get a $5 Bonus. Only 750 available.
Original Offer: Up to 900 SB
One Day Cash Back Deal: Up to 1400 SB

Sears
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Winc
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Freshly
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If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Black Friday/Cyber Monday Deals (US) on Swagbucks - Monday's Deals



Looking for the best deals on holiday shopping, especially with Black Friday and Cyber Monday coming up? Swagbucks is offering increased cash back from stores like Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, or Target and get cash back or gift cards to your favorite stores! Swagbucks will also offer amazing one-day deals to try out new products and services, earning you even more free gift cards.

This page has everything you need to take advantage of some great "shopportunities" for Black Friday and Cyber Monday and the entire week leading up to them! The page will be updated each day with new deals and opportunities to get free gift cards. Today's deals are:

Sephora
Buy a $100 Sephora Gift Card from MyGiftCardsPlus and get a $5 bonus. Only 750 available
Original Offer: Up to 1125 SB
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Lowes
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Fingerhut
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Dia & Co.
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If you haven't heard of them, Swagbucks.com is an easy, quick way to earn cash back and gift cards by shopping online or doing other everyday activities like taking surveys or watching videos. When you do those things, you earn points (called SB) that you redeem for PayPal cash or gift cards to places like Amazon, Walmart, Target, Starbucks, and more!

Just for signing up through me, you can earn a $3 (300 SB) bonus if you earn 300 SB before December 1st - if you spend at least $25 shopping through Swagbucks during that time, you'll get another $2 (200 SB) bonus!

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