On-Our-Shelves Sunday

On our shelves this week is a brand new book (to us):


Darien and the lost paints of Telinoria

by Jeanna Kunce

 Falafel and I are reading this one together. We haven’t done that in a while, but since the weather is starting to change, I find myself wanting to cozy up with her and a good book.

We have only read the first two chapters, so far, but I am hooked!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-our-shelves Sunday: Book Review

This week, I have the privilege of reviewing this book:


The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction

by Christine Haynes

This book is a fantastic resource for all levels of sewists! With really clear photographs (which my visual mind needs) and a well-written narrative, it walks you through everything from installing zippers to sewing pintucks and darts.

The book is broken up into different sections: Tools of the trade, Working with patterns, Construction, Shaping a garment, and Finishing touches. Each section is chock-full of information pertaining to the title.

I am thrilled to have this in my sewing library. I know it will be referenced a lot!

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. As always, all opinions are mine mine mine.

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This is one of my girl’s favorite comics:


Johnny Boo

Zooms to the Moon

by James Kochalka

When there is a new-to-us book in a series that we already love, well, it is like Christmas! My Falafel let out a little squeal when she saw a new Johnny Boo on the library book shelves.

I have to say…I love that.

What new-to-you book is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Books we are reading

This week, our youngest is finally reading:


Nancy Drew

by Carolyn Keene

Our oldest LOVED this series when she was younger. She started collecting them, and at one point even wanted to “be ” Nancy Drew. She wore penny loafers and longer skirts and cardigans. This is another series that seems to be timeless (even though the writing is a bit dated). So many generations have grown up with knowing Nancy and her crime solving abilities.

I am thrilled that my Falafel now wants to read them.

What classics are your kids reading?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

This week, Falafel decided to read:


The Velveteen Rabbit

by Margery Williams

This is a book that I read to her many moons ago, and she found it in her new classroom. Such a lovely story about how a stuffed animal becomes “real”. Sad and sweet and a lovely read.

Have a great Sunday, friends.

What are some of your childhood favorite books?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Today we have a book in a series that we had to wait for because our library didn’t have it:


Unicorns of Balinor #5

by Mary Stanton

Oh my girl is so hooked on this series, but when she got up to the fifth book, the library didn’t have it or the 6th and could not even order them because they were out of print.

So they have something called “Inter library loans” where you can get something from another library around the country, if they have it. The books finally came in! SO much excitement.

What are YOU reading?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: School Lunch edition

Today I am preparing for the kids to go back to school (in a week) by gathering up ideas for lunches! lunchbox

Beating the Lunch Box blues

*affiliate link*

by J.M. Hirsch

I cannot remember where I saw this book online originally, but I am so glad I did! It is amazing. I love the photographs (it is all in the presentation, you know), and the ideas are fantastic! My Falafel and I went through it together and she pointed out lunches she was excited about (we probably shouldn’t have done it at bedtime, because she was hungry afterward-ha). I  feel like we now have some jumping off points to start off the school year strong. Lunches are always a problem in our house. Either the kids get stuck in a rut of the same thing everyday (which sometimes doesn’t get eaten-grrrrrr) or we try something new that no one likes (which, again doesn’t get eaten, plus gets me upset about wasting all the time/money/food on it).

I am hoping some of these ideas heave us up from that lunchtime rut, and get my kids nourished creatively (without waste) at school.

*PS- no one asked me to review this book…but I do have an affiliate link up there. If you click it, I earn a wee bit o’ lunch money…which we are clearly going to need.

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Today my youngest is reading a book that my oldest and I read:



*affiliate link*

by Kathryn Littlewood

A magical bakery??! YES. Greedy Aunt trying to steal recipes for her own personal gain??! Yup. Kids left to deal with this tricky situation?! You betcha.

This is the first book in a brilliant trilogy that will keep young readers reading.

What is on YOUR shelves this week??

On-Our-Shelves Sunday

Aaaand we are back  to share more of what we are reading! This week a brand new book (to us) is actually on our shelves:


Unicorns of Balinor

by Mary Stanton

I started to read this book (there are three in this series) with Falafel last night, and after I was done with a few chapters, she was hooked! She then read (with her flashlight) the rest of the first book.

If you have been here before, you will know that getting my girl to read anything other than The Warrior Cat books (affiliate link) is a feat in itself. For her to actually enjoy it, is amazing!

What are YOU reading this week?