Archive | November, 2012

wegivebooks.org {read free books online}

13 Nov

I was searching the internet today for Thanksgiving ideas I could do with my class. I came across this amazing website, wegivebooks.org.

It is a website that supports childhood literacy. There are tons of children’s books that you can read online for free. You can search by age range, genre, or author.

Here is the information from the website:

We Give Books is a new digital initiative that enables anyone with access to the Internet to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online.

We Give Books combines the joy of reading with the power of helping others, providing a platform for caregivers and educators to inspire children to become lifelong readers and lifelong givers.

We Give Books also helps some of the world’s best, most inspiring, literacy organizations by spreading the word about their great work and by providing books to the young people these organizations support.

Who Is Behind It?

We Give Books was created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation. Together, we support literacy through programs that engage entire communities through literacy and awareness programs like Booktime and Jumpstart’s Read for the Record. We hope that We Give Books proves to be a way that young children, together with their parents or caregivers, can come to understand the power of reading—and of giving—as much as we do.

Penguin Group is one of the world’s premier global consumer trade book publishers, with key market positions in the United States, United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, Canada, India, China, New Zealand and Ireland. The Penguin Group (http://www.penguin.com) is part of Pearson plc, the international media company.

Pearson Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Pearson plc. A 501(c) (3) nonprofit operating foundation, the Pearson Foundation extends Pearson’s commitment to education by partnering with leading nonprofit, civic, and business organizations to provide financial, organizational, and publishing assistance across the globe.

The Books

We are dedicated to delivering award-winning books empowering you to read and share beautiful stories with children in your life. With age-appropriate content for young readers, our goal is to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Books are right at the heart of this program — books for reading and books for giving!

All of the books available for online reading are children’s picture books appropriate for children through age ten. There is a mix of fiction and nonfiction, a range of authors, and an equal balance between read-alouds and books for independent readers. We’ll be adding news books every month, together with special seasonal offerings.

The We Give Books team works upfront with each non-profit literacy partner to identify the kinds of children’s books that best fit their program needs. Some of the same great books you can read online will be donated to our charity partners through your reading efforts. We also donate others they request specifically for the young people they serve.

I thought I would share this website with you guys, for anyone who is a teacher or has little ones at home. I think it is a great program and I’m definitely going to try and use it in the classroom.

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fun day in boston {with the in-laws}

11 Nov

Dan’s mom has been wanting to go to Boston for years and years. They live in New York, probably about 3 hours away from Boston. And she has never made it there. Her birthday was last week so Dan decided that he wanted to take his parents to Boston for a day.

So we planned it out and that day was yesterday.

They came up Friday night and we went out to dinner at Warren’s.

Then bright and early yesterday morning, we went and picked his parents up at their hotel and headed down to Boston.

The plan was to walk the Freedom Trail. We weren’t sure if we were going to do the whole thing but we were just going to get as far as we could.

So we started at Boston Common, right at the State House. The first church we saw was the Park Street Church, which wasn’t open to go into.

The next stop was the Granary Burying Ground, where there are many famous people from history buried.

Our next stop was at King’s Chapel and Burying Ground. All of the seats in the chapel were in boxes, which we learned were to keep the people warm back before central heating.

The Old South Meeting House was the next stop on the trail. It is beautiful inside and set up like a mini museum with tons of information.

The Old State House and the Boston Massacre site are both at the next stop on the trail. The Boston Massacre happened right in front of the Old State House. There is a big circle on the sidewalk marking the area of the massacre.

The next stop was Faneuil Hall. This area was super packed so we decided not to go into Faneuil Hall but we figured it was a good time to grab some lunch so we went into Quincy Market. We grabbed a table upstairs, under this beautiful dome, and then took turns going to grab something to eat. I had some delicious mac & cheese, that probably had about 2,000 calories, but it was totally worth it.

After lunch, we had a pretty long walk to the next stop, which was the Paul Revere House. We couldn’t take any pictures inside the house, but it was pretty cool seeing how it was set up and seeing what it would’ve been like back when he lived there. There was also one of his bells out in the courtyard.

The Old North Church was next, which is the famous church that is the start of Paul Revere’s famous midnight ride.

After that church, we had kind of a long walk across the Charlestown Bridge to get to the last 2 sites on the Freedom Trail. The first stop was the Bunker Hill Monument. It is a huge tower that looks like the Washington Monument.

Dan and I decided to make the climb to the top while his parents waited at the bottom. There were 279 steps to the top and it was hard. The steps got narrower the closer you got to the top and my quads were burning by the time we made it all the way up. Then the top was so full of people, we could barely see out the clouded, scratched up windows. But I was determined to take some pictures after climbing all those stairs.

Dan and I thought we’d grab a quick picture of the 2 of us before we left the monument. It didn’t come out great but I still think it is cute.

If I was going to live around Boston, I would definitely want to live in the Charlestown area. The houses and the whole area is just gorgeous. These were a few of my favorite houses, that were on the same street as the Bunker Hill Monument. That red one. Oh man. I love.

Our last stop was the USS Constitution. We got to walk around the top of the ship, which was pretty cool to see. Then we walked around the museum for a little bit to get the history of the ship.

Instead of walking all the way back to the car, we decided to take the inner harbor ferry that took us back to Long Wharf, which is much closer to the car. There was a beautiful sunset and it was perfect against the city skyline.

It was a gorgeous day in Boston and it was really nice spending the day with Dan’s parents. I’m glad we could take his mom to Boston and she really enjoyed walking around the city. A fabulous family day.

do it yourself {photo frame}

11 Nov

I have been wanting to hang more pictures up around our apartment for a while. Dan isn’t really willing to hang a bunch of pictures up though, because of all the holes he’ll have to fill when we move. So I wanted to come up with a way to hang pictures without actually hanging a bunch of frames.

So thank you Pinterest for, once again, having brilliant ideas for me use.

I found this amazing frame project on Pinterest. It is from the goodwillionaire blog and I loved it as soon as I saw it. I knew it would be perfect for what I wanted.

Now I just needed to find an awesome frame to use and I would be all set.

Finding a frame proved to be a little more difficult. I never saw frames like this at thrift stores. Dan I looked at Home Goods because we have a gift card and we found some that would have worked and we would have only had to pay about $15ish after the gift card. We decided to still keep looking. Our next stop was ReStore, which benefits Habitat for Humanity. We were thinking maybe we could find a cool old window or something. We didn’t find an old window but we came across 2 huge frames for only $5 each! The picture was super ugly and the frame was just a plain wooden frame, already painted my favorite color of teal, but the frame was really big and I knew it would work. So we bought both.

We threw out the pictures and the mats because they were old and dirty. We decided to save the glass just in case we might need it for something in the future. And we pulled out all the staples from the back so we were just left with the frame.

The paint was a little worn out and I didn’t like that you could see a line of unpainted wood on the inside, so I decided to do a quick coat of teal just to clean it up. {I somehow missed taking a picture of the new paint job but the colors were pretty close}

I bought twine to use to hang the pictures on and used a glue gun to attach it to the frame. I spaced each line of twine out by 6 inches so there would be a little space around the pictures. I wanted to use twine because I like the way it looks kind of rustic.

I let the hot glue dry for a couple hours to make sure it was really secure.

I used mini clothespins that I bought at WalMart to attach the pictures to the twine. I had a few wedding pictures that I knew I wanted to include on this so I put those on first. I had just ordered 101 free prints from Shutterfly the day before, so I just had to wait for those to come before I had more pictures to hang.

Last night, when we got home from a long day, there was the orange package from Shutterfly sitting by our mailbox. I knew I wanted to hang more pictures up right away. So, even though I was exhausted, I looked through those pictures and hung more up right away.

I absolutely love the way this turned out. I would love to have a fancier frame at some point but I think this works amazingly until then. I love how easy it will be to change pictures out as we do more activities and want to include those new pictures. And I love love love being able to hang more pictures up without putting tons of holes in the walls.

What do you guys think?

photo friday

10 Nov

The in-laws are up for the weekend and we had dinner with them last night so I didn’t have a chance to post these photos last night. So here are my instagram photos from the week.

went to a craft fair with my mom.

beautiful day

this was taken at 5:15. way too early to be dark.

election day

new diy project. will post about it soon.

first snow fall of the year

Happy weekend!

wonderful words

8 Nov

I didn’t have a chance to do this post yesterday because it was so crazy. And I’ve been on the verge of getting sick for about a week and last night the cold decided to make more of an appearance. I’m staying home today so I thought I would just do my post this morning.

Here are some wonderful words about love. ❤

Hope everyone is having a great week!

jillian michaels 30 day shred {20 days down}

6 Nov

I’m realizing that I am slacking on my posting again and I need to stop. I need to make this blog more of a priority even when things get crazy.

Anyway, on to my 30 Day Shred update. I have done 20 days so far. I will admit, I have taken 3 days off since the last time I posted. So the 20 days have not been a complete 20 days with no days off. But I think only taking 3 out of 20 days off is pretty good.

Today was my 13th day of doing level 2 so tomorrow I am moving up to level 3 for my last 10 days. I haven’t done level 3 much and I don’t really remember much about it other than that it is hard. So I guess I will see how it goes tomorrow.

I’m not sure how the next 10 days are going to go because I’m leaving next Thursday night for Florida for my chorus’ contest. I don’t exactly have 10 days before that so I think I’m going to try doubling up days…and if I have to drop 1 day off the end, I think I’d be ok with that. I just don’t want to come back from the weekend and have 1 day to do. That doesn’t really make sense.

I will be sure to do a final update when the last 10 days are over.

photo friday

2 Nov

Happy Friday everyone!

went to see The Woman in Black with my grandfather and cousin. my grandfather always brings me necco wafers as a snack. love it.

the beach during hurricane sandy

crazy amounts of seafoam

moon in the morning

beautiful sky

quick sunset walk on the beach with the hubby

close up of the sand

I, for one, am so glad it is Friday. I am absolutely exhausted tonight. Even though we had a short week this week, it sure felt long.

Hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!

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