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She {hearts} Illustrated Classics

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My oldest daughter was nearing three years when I thought I would be able to keep her attention long enough to try a chapter book together. She loved reading picture books and, like most kids, wouldn’t tire bring one after another (or the same one over and over) then climbing up in my lap to get a good look. I am so glad at this transition I came across Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland illustrated by Helen Oxenbury (the illustrator of one of our favorite board books We’re Going on a Bear Hunt) at the library. I realized this is how family books are meant to be read. Illustrations on nearly every page, from amazing two page spreads to little doodles in the margins. So, I bought the slipcover set and embarked on a journey to find more unabridged classics that all ages could enjoy page after page. Here are five of my favorites.

*note: favorites are based on illustrations of unabridged classics of rather than the actual stories.*

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1Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking glass by Lewis Carroll, illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Whimsical and simple she is my very, very favorite illustrator. 

 

 

Peter Pan & Wendy

 

 

2. Peter Pan and Wendy by JM Barrie, illustrated by Robert Ingpen. Robert Ingpen comes in a close second, and he has illustrated many classics, including his own Alice books. In fact, I love his illustrations so much that his books would probably take up favorite spots 2-5 but for diversity I chose to highlight 5 different illustrators.

 

Pippi Longstocking

 

 

3. Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren, illustrated by Lauren Child. The same Lauren Child that does Charlie and Lola, fresh and funky.

 

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

 

 

4.The Story of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting, illustrated by Michael Hague. Richly detailed and enjoyable. This one, while not abridged is revised. I confess to have not read the original, however based on reviews I’ve read I understand that the revisions stay true to the heart of the story while being updated to reflect modern day values.

 

The Secret Garden

 

 

5. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, illustrated by Inga Moore. Timeless illustrations.

 

 

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Learn more about these amazing illustrators and some of my other favorite books they have done.
Helen Oxenbury: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, It’s My Birthday, King Jack and the Dragon (all three of these are board books)

Robert Ingpen: The Jungle Book, Treasure IslandPinocchio (to name a few)

Lauren Child: Best known for Charlie and Lola (which I haven’t actually read or watched, but maybe I should)

Michael Hague: The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle, The Little Mermaid

Inga Moore: The Wind in The Willows

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She {hearts} Paperback Swap

Today I wanted to share about one of my favorite ways to get cheap/nearly free books!  I’ve been using Paperback Swap since my sweet sister-in-law introduced me to it.

Here’s how it works.  Sign up for a new account, then post ten books (paperback or hardback; it doesn’t matter) you wouldn’t mind clearing off your shelves.  You’ll receive two credits (which you can immediately redeem for two free books) as soon as you list those first ten books.  After that, to earn more credits, people will need to order your books.  Once someone orders one of your books, you are responsible to mail the book to them (you pay the shipping cost… usually around $2-$3 to send Media Mail).  When they receive the book, then you’ll get another credit.  You can also purchase more credits if you really want a book, and I have done that a handful of times (it’s just a few dollars, and still cheaper than Amazon!).  I have a pretty long wish list on PBS of books I’d like to order if/when they become available.  It’s easy to search for books and add them to your list!

Here are some of the books I’ve gotten through PBS:  The Peacemaker by Ken Sande; The Path of Loneliness by Elisabeth Elliot; Teaching Montessori in the Home by Elizabeth Hainstock; Peace Like a River (for Tad) by Leif Enger; Why Government Doesn’t Work (for Tad) by Harry Browne; Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White; Let Me Be a Woman by Elisabeth Elliot; How to Teach Your Baby to Read by Glenn Doman; Super Baby Food by Ruth Yaron; Things We Wish We’d Known ed. by Diana Waring; The Power of a Praying Parent by Stormie Omartian; Apples of Gold by Betty Huizenga; The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian.  (I have been a member for about two years.)

If you’re a bibliophile like me, then you’ll want to check out Paperback Swap!

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She {hearts} What to Expect When You’re Expecting


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whattoexpect2Any time I think I may be pregnant… one of the 1st books that comes to mind is the “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” Despite having the internet at my finger tips this book for some reason always finds its way to my desk during a pregnancy.

It has been around since I was a baby! In fact it was 1st released only a year after my birth in 1984.

What I did not realize was that the book has been updating since its original release… and they’ve added more information to it, as times have changed and our culture has changed, medicines, natural living and so on.

They have new sections in the book on beauty during pregnancy, sex and even a chapter on Multiples!

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Along with this best seller, What to Expect also has published a….

What to Expect the 1st Year and 2nd year.

Both great resources for new parents. Even though I am about to have my 4th, I still find books like this helpful at times. So it is something great to have on the shelf for some reference :)

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2 Copies of Each Book.
(What to Expect when You’re Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, What to Expect the Second Year)

So that is a total of 6 books :) – meaning 6 winners!

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She {hearts} Georgia Sunshine Fried Chicken

One of my favorite foods is fried chicken! I came across a new fried chicken recipe recently in the recipe book, Cooking with Pheeling: The Newest and Tastiest recipes and ideas from Philadelphia, by Kraft Foods. We love it so much, I thought I’d share it for all of you to try as well.

Georgia Sunshine Fried Chicken


Ingredients:
1 cup + 2 tbsp. honey, divided
1 egg, beaten
1-1/2 tsp. minced garlic
3/4 cup pecans, shelled, chopped
3/4 cup Panko bread crumbs
salt
6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (4 oz. each)*
1 cup butter
1/2 cup orange juice
4 oz. (1/2 of 8-oz pkg) PHILADELPHIA Cream Cheese, cubed

Directions:
1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Cover baking sheet with foil.
2. In a shallow dish, mix 2 tbsp. honey, egg, and garlic. In another shallow dish, combine pecans, bread crumbs and a little salt.
3. Sprinkle chicken breasts with a little salt. Dip in the egg mixture, then immediately roll in the nut mixture. Press crumbs into chicken to secure.
4. Place on baking sheet, sprinkle with any remaining nut mixture.
5. Bake 20 minutes or until golden brown.
6. While chicken bakes, melt butter in skillet over low heat. Stir in remaining 1 cup honey, orange juice and cream cheese; cook and stir until cream cheese is melted and sauce is well blended.
7. Pour sauce over chicken.

*Note: The second time I made this recipe, instead of using 6 boneless skinless chicken breasts, I used 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts and cut them half. Having two strips per breast. It seemed to give each piece of chicken double the flavor!

Estimated prep time is 10 minutes, but I think it’s more like 15-20. The book even suggested to pair this dish with your favorite green vegetable or a spinach leaf salad. We had steamed green beans and slices of tomato and cucumber to go with our Georgia Sunshine Fried Chicken! AND, its just as good as leftovers! Enjoy!

She {hearts} Book Darts

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I have left most traditional bookmarks in the dust awhile back. The main reason are my toddlers, I have a 2 year old and a 1 year old, both of them love to lose my place any chance they get. They also love to interrupt me while I’m deep down in a book, with things like emptying an entire bag of cereal on the floor and having a dance party, or throwing anything in hands reach in the toilet bowl and then stirring it up and sipping “soup”. I do not get to wait till chapter breaks to stop reading, often I don’t even get to finish up paragraphs. So I switched to the little disposable colored sticky tabs. The sticky was usually able to last for a whole book provided the kiddos didn’t get to it, pull it out and eat it or something, which was prone to happen (easy access bright colors you know). But I was still using them up.

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I found Book Darts at a friends and was immediately intrigued, in fact it was just the thing I never knew I wanted. Something better then my current go-to (in looks and function) and REUSABLE. So I bought myself a tin to try out. There was a little learning curve for me, I was used to opening up to my spot with the help of a tab that stuck out from the page and book darts lie flush (which I now love, because it keeps my littles from losing my place). After using them regularly though I can open to my place just as quickly (or very nearly, and we’re talking seconds here) as I did with the protruding tabs. Book Darts add absolutely no bulk to your book, even when using multiple in the same book. I have never had one fall out or even slip, yet they can be removed and repositioned in seconds without any damage to the page.

While I’ve been using Book Darts for everything from my book club books, to teacher manuals for homeschooling my daughter, to cook books, there was one area that I couldn’t get used to not having having a color code quick tab reference. My Bible. Since I am reading from multiple sections daily (and at times read passages aloud to others) I really did like the sticky tabs- but not enough to keep them. I still preferred the Book Darts and so came up with my own solution. I added a bit of ribbon to a couple of my Book Darts and voilà, I have my very own color coded easy reference book darts.

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Book Darts are a tin of awesomeness for book lovers. Plus, with options like envelopes and custom labels they’re great to share as gifts or party favors.

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Use code HEARTSDARTS for 10% off your purchase now through July 5, 2012.

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She {hearts} Real {Fast} Food

Preparing traditional whole foods meals for our family can be challenging some days. I admit that I will often cut corners and we don’t eat as healthy as I would like to. It all just takes time to prepare, and sometimes I just don’t have that time, or I’m just too lazy to put in the effort.

I recently stumbled upon a fabulous blog, written by Trina Holden, called All That Is Good.  She’s really a breath of fresh air, and she has written an excellent eBook called Real {Fast} Food.  This eBook is full of great tips and tricks on how to incorporate healthy whole foods into your diet, without spending all day in the kitchen.  She shares her family recipes as well, several of which we have tried and enjoyed.

I’ve got my list of things I want to try posted in my kitchen and I’ll continue working through it.  I’m just really thankful to have found a way to save some time and still eat the way I want to.

Watch this cute promo video made by Trina and her son for more information on Real {Fast} Food.

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Real {Fast} Food is available for just $6.

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Trina is offering a free copy of her eBook to 2 lucky readers!

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She {hearts} The Eight Little Circles

My mother gifted the book, The Eight Little Circles, to my daughter.

I’ve known the author of this book for quite some time. I grew up with Mrs. Lynn’s daughter, Stacy. Stacy and I graduated from high school and I even recently photographed her wedding! It wasn’t just a big year for Stacy, but for Mrs. Lynn because she published this wonderful children’s book! Mrs. Lynn has a degree in Early Childhood and has worked with children for more thatn 20 years which led her to writing books. She also enjoyed writing poetry and children’s songs.

The Eight Little Circles helps children learn about basic colors, numberes, and important concepts such as big and little as they rhyme their way through this unique, interactive book.

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My Eight Little Circle can be purchased for $8.09 at Barnes & Noble.

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I have one copy of the My Eight Little Circles to give away to two She {hearts} It readers!

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Congrats to our Winners, Jenny & Patricia!