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Friday Favorites: June 14

Happy Flag Day! This week’s favorites have largely come from our Summer Bucket List Challenge. So far we have completed 15 items – and most of them were even fun. We had a streak of poor sportsmanship during a game. It was the Hunger Games board game, so maybe it’s hard to be a good sport when your playing a game about bumping off the competition.bucket list favorites

  • We attempted to attend the MCC Planetarium Night, but we arrived to late to get tickets. No matter, we watched a show about Pluto (poor demoted planet), looked at Saturn through a telescope and shot film canister rockets.
  • We had our family book club for Deadweather and Sunrise.
  • We tried frying an egg on the sidewalk, but it was too cold. (There’s something you don’t hear about an Arizona summer day very often!) We’ll have to try again when it hits 115.
  • We made Father’s Day cards.
  • Our ice cream social was a delicious success! There’s even some ice cream left over to make milkshakes; a list item for another day.
  • Not a summer bucket list item, but we had another meeting planning the ANWA Writer’s Conference. It’s going to be so cool!

Were your Friday Favorites also you Summer Bucket List items? Share your favorites so I can use them for my family too!

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Friday Favorites: January 4

I don’t know how a month went by without my Friday Favorites! I even started my post twice last month, but couldn’t get back to the computer to finish. There were lots of Christmas favorites, but they seem so 2012. I’m ready to start the year off fresh.pancake favorites

  • I like to look back before I look forward with my 2012 review.
  • Shopping on New Year’s Day is fun, even if I didn’t buy anything other than pretzels.
  • Inventory! OK, not so fun, but it comes with a sense of accomplishment.
  • Family Book Club. I’ll write up our meeting for The Candymakers soon!

Blog favorites!

  • Maybe it’s because I can’t seem to get warm, but this Hot Taco Dip from Free Online Recipes sounds awesome!
  • Now that January’s here, it’s time to plan for Valentines! Silhouette has the cutest Heart Garland on their blog.

I’m sure there is more awesomeness out there, I’m just too behind to find it! Yep, those Christmas decorations are calling me to put them back in the closet for another yer. Until next week, share your Friday Favorites!


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Savvy Book Review

We read Savvy by Ingrid Law for our last family book club. I shared the details of our fun meeting over at Arizona Mama and I thought I’d share my book review itself here.

Thirteen is when a Beaumont’s savvy hits—and with one brother who causes hurricanes and another who creates electricity, Mibs Beaumont is eager to see what she gets. But just before the big day, Poppa is in a terrible accident. And now all Mibs wants is a savvy that will save him. In fact, Mibs is so sure she’ll get a powerful savvy that she sneaks a ride to the hospital on a rickety bus with her sibling and the preacher’s kids in tow. After this extraordinary adventure—full of talking tattoos and a kidnapping—not a soul on board will ever be the same.

Even though the main character, Mibs, is only thirteen this story didn’t feel overly ‘young’. Many of her concerns, worries and experiences are universal – except her family’s savvies. She deals with middle school angst of feeling like an outcast, budding romance and concern for her family.

My favorite part was the romance with the preacher’s son who has a secret of his own. The plot zigged and zagged as Mibs and her brother Fish tried to control their savvies. Not only were there not any dull moments, but the whole book was so full of personality!

This book was a fun, easy read for our family as we laughed and escaped to an alternate universe with those with special gifts. I give this book five slices and look forward to the next book in the series, Scumble.

Linked at Busy Monday.

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