Monday, January 23, 2012

Yo Ho Ho...A Pirates Life for Me!

Pirate 7th Birthday Party!

We had a great time making and creating!

AHOY! Cap'n Elias is his scallywag crew!
 DIY Fun for hours!
Pirate Ship full of cannon balls

Swords! I will post a tutorial soon! You will want to make these!!!

FEED THE SHARK!! Shark made from a box that was in our garage - painted! How cute! Big hit!

Handmade bean bags - felt (I already had) hot glue and dried beans!

Walk the plank - over the ocean! The kids LOVED this!
 The Pirate Ship...

Tiny Treasure Chest full of cannon balls (whoppers)

Marshmellow pops! BIG HIT!

 Cannon Ball Fight...
24 half filled black balloons - - - this was hours of fun for these little boys - and only cost $1.99!!!

 The Presents...
All the kids had so much fun!!!

Other games included:
Toss the Anchor - the kids had a great time tossing the anchor in the front yard!
Treasure Hunt! -
The boys followed the map that Cap'n Elias had  to the X where they found personalized backpacks full of booty - pirate hat, eye patch, looking glass, candy, ect.

All in all this was probably the funnest and the cheapest party we have ever thrown!

The Key? We shopped garage sales last summer - that is where we found the decorations, pirate hats, patches, blow up boat ect. for a total of around $20!

I hope this gives you a few idea of your own!!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Book Review - The Accidental Bride

By: Denise Hunter

I LOVED this book! In The Accidental Bride, Denise Hunter sets up an funny impossible to pull off situation - a young couple who planned elope as teens, now find themselves married through a fake ceremony.
I kept waiting to see how she would pull it off - she did a amazing job!! Shay can't stand the thought that her neighbors are watching her to see her with another man that might leave her. Travis just wants a do-over of the past tired of living with his regrets, for all these years he has been madly in love with her and wants to show her how sorry he truly is. The valid marriage license seems to be the ticket to make Shay give him a chance. She needs money to save her ranch and he needs time to prove his love is real.
Fun from start to finish! Wonderful characters, I connected and loved them all - to be honest I hope Denise Hunter - write a sequal!
 The setting makes it a cowboy tale with a twist. A very enjoyable read -- just what I've come to expect from Denise Hunter. A contemporary romance that leaves me with a smile.
Product Description:
Shay Brandenberger is a survivor. She's lived through a crazy childhood, a failed marriage, and single parenthood-with her confidence intact.But not for long. Because when Shay participates in her town's Founder's Day wedding reenactment, she finds herself face-to-face with the one man who takes her breath away and leaves her weak in the knees: Travis McCoy.
Travis is back in town after years way on the rodeo circuit. His one regret in life is breaking Shay's heart when they were high-school sweethearts. He's determined to get it right this time. So when their Founder's Day "marriage" is accidentally made official, Travis seizes the day. Can Shay put aside her pride to let Travis help her, or will their accidental marriage be dissolved before it can begin?

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2011
Dimensions: 8.38 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1595548025

"I was given this book for free in exchange for a honest review!"