On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Percy Jackson

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We are a little late to this party, I know. But our Falafel is finally reading:

Percy Jackson the Lightning Thief book review

Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

by Rick Riordan

So far, she is engrossed in it (which is saying a lot, since she is resistant to reading anything but the Warrior Cat books- see here, here, here, here– and Harry Potter. I’d say she is branching out!). I have asked her not to share the details with me, yet, since I want to read it too. I have see the movies, but I know the books are usually different.

As I am typing this, I have caught her reading way past her bedtime, so I am taking that as a good sign.

What is on YOUR shelves today?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: something for your little herbalist

This week, I took out a book from the library for Falafel because I knew she would love it:

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Medicinal Herb book review

Rosemary Gladstar’s Medicinal Herbs

A beginner’s guide

Guess what? She LOVES this book. I think this one is a keeper. We are defintely going to purchase a copy for her because she hasn’t put the book down all day.

Because our girl is obsessed with reads the Warrior Cats books, she has become very interested in becoming a Medicine Cat Woman. She is always mixing up “herbal concoctions” in our yard, but really wanted actual guidance. This book is super simple to understand, and she cannot wait to make things like an herbal bath, or herbal oil to massage feet with. I only wish we got it before the middle of the Summer (yes I just said that outloud. Gah where is it going??!!) so that we could plant some of the herbs that she could use.

Right now, I have her making lists of what she would like to plant and the excitement is high.

I love when the books I find are huge successes in our home. It’s the little things, really.

What are YOU reading this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Normal Norman

On our shelves today is a book called:


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Normal Norman

by Tara Lazar

illustrated by S. Britt

What a sweet story about what it means to be “normal”, or really how there isn’t one, and how we are all unique. I adore the retro-styled illustrations, and the message. And the fact that Norman is purple.


What books are YOU reading this week?

On-Our Shelves Sunday: Feeding my inner Survivalist

On our shelves this week is a book that I happened upon at the library, and my inner survivalist couldn’t resist checking it out:

Show me how to survive book review

Show Me How to Survive

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by Joseph Pred

This book is illustrated with simple universal safety type images, which make my visual heart happy. There are short captions below the images which also help the reader understand what to do. It gives super simplified instructions for everything from making a fire, to catching pigeons to eat, to fending off attackers.Not a complete manual by any means, but a fun and interesting read. Kind of tongue-in-cheek. Note for any parents out there, there are a few graphic images, and some blood in a couple, so not for the visually sensitive child. More of an adult manual (although, our 10 year old was intrigued by it, and read through it a few times already).

I plan to use this book to teach us all how to build a bow drill this Summer. Should be fun for camping!

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Picture book

On our shelves this week is a picture book, with no words:

frog on his own

Frog on His Own

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by mercer mayer

I know my kids are way past these books, but I cannot resist a beautifully illustrated picture book. Mercer Mayer manages to convey mini stories within the story with detailed drawings full of humor. Short and sweet.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Harry Potter

This week, we are celebrating the fact that our youngest, our Falafel berry, read all seven of the Harry Potter books!


Harry Potter Books 1-7

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by J.K. Rowling

Wahooooo! She flew through these, and loved each and every one. For our Warrior Cat loving girl, this is HUGE. I have tried to entice her to read so many other great series, and she would not turn away from those cats. It took the one and ony Harry Potter to lure her into the magical, wonderful, wizarding world.

I have read these books many times, each. And so has The Bee. Now I get to experience them all over again with my young girl, and somehow it all seems just as exciting and new as when I first began. We even watched the first three movies together, and there is something so special about seeing your child ooh and ahh at all the things you take for granted because you have seen these about a million times. “WOW! That train is amazing” and “Oooooh, imagine what it is like to play quidditch!”.

After she finished the seventh book, she of course, has gone back to the first to read it again. Plus, there is always one of the books on CD (also affiliate link) playing at all times of the day here.

We also love Jim Dale, who narrates them all. I had such the crush on him when I saw him in Pete’s Dragon (yes, it is another affiliate link). But that is another story.

Anyhow, I know this is Memorial Day weekend. I hope you are spending time with friends and family, whether they are real or in a book. Wizards or Muggles.

What is on YOUR shelves this week? And if it is Harry Potter, how many times have you read the books?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

Today we have a book on our shelves that I have been waiting for a long time to check out:


Gertie’s Ultimate Dress Book

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by Gretchen Hirsch

If you have been reading this blog for a while, you will know that I am a big fan of Gretchen’s, and actually had the pleasure of meeting her at the 2015 sew expo.

I have been waiting for this book to come in at the library for a while now. I love it. I cannot wait to actually sew something up from it. This is a book that I definitely want to purchase and add to my personal library. It contains such fantastic retro dress patterns. And you know how I feel about those.

What is on YOUR shelves?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Mason Jar Nation book review AND a Giveaway winner

On our shelves this week is a book we reviewed!

Mason jar Nation book review

Mason Jar Nation

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by Joann Moser

I had the pleasure of reviewing this interesting craft book. Firstly, I love mason jars. We actually use all different sizes of these as our drinking glasses, already. I find their weight and texture to be perfect for all our beverage needs. Plus, I really don’t like drinking out of plastic.

The book begins with a history of mason jars and their evolution. It then covers different techniques to alter them (cutting the glass, and punching holes in the lids, etc). Then it has 50 projects using the jars.

Mason jar Nation book review

I have only tried this one, so far, but it is such a great idea!

Mason jar Nation book review

You glue a super strong magnet to the lid, and use it to organize your small metal tools (such as pins, paperclips, etc). You can use the inside to hold anything you want, as well. If they aren’t metal, it works much better .

  Mason jar Nation book review

It works for any size jar you have, too!

Mason jar Nation book review

I can’t wait to try out some of the other projects, including making a bird feeder!


::Even though I received a copy of this book to review, as always, all opinions are mine mine mine::


Also, I am happy to announce the winner of the Field Research Cargo shorts chosen by the random number generator is:

Maria Sews

Congratulations, Maria! I will be emailing you today. A big THANK YOU to everyone who entered! I wish I had a pair to give each of you.

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

On our shelves this week, is a book that a friend borrowed from us, and recently returned:

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate review

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

by Jaqueline Kelly

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I read this one a long time ago, when my oldest read it. And now my youngest just read it too. I would call this book thick and meaty in the best possible way. Full of a wonderful story about a young girl coming into her own. It takes place in the late 1800’s, when girls were expected to marry, sew, and cook. 11 year old Calpurnia is the only girl among 6 brothers, and she loves science. Her cantankerous grandfather shares her passion, and they strike a bond.

A great story about finding who you are, opposed to being who people think you should be.

What is on YOUR shelves this week?

On-Our-Shelves Sunday: Craft Book Review

On our shelves this week is a craft book review!


Paper + Tape: Craft & Create

by Marisa Edghill

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This book is full of paper crafts, and most use washi tape. My Falafel happened to go on a washi tape binge last week, and used up all four rolls I had, so we improvised. I got out the blue painter’s tape (I have no idea why we have an entire roll of this since I never tape when I paint- ha!) and some card stock, and we made one of our favorite projects from the book.


Paper Pyramid Pouches


She made this orange one all by herself.


Using the recommended materials (origami paper and washi tape) make them much cuter, but I think ours are just as sweet. And I love that they still worked, even though we used what we had.


There are so many projects in this book! Everything from Paper Puppets to Washi Tape and Paper Beads. My 10 year old was so into this one, even though the crafts are geared toward adults. We did the pouch project together, and once we did one, she made a whole army of them on her own. Luckily, she stuffed them and gave them as gifts.



If you like working with paper, this book is a fun addition to any paper craft library.


::Even though I received this book to review, as always all my opinions are mine, mine, mine::