Wednesday, December 20, 2017

New Release - Vigilance & Vengeance

Vigilance & Vegeance
S.D. Hintz


Eighteen-year-old Seanna had a face that was hard to forget. A blood red birthmark emblazoned across her chin is the reason why. It made her the target of taunts from bullies and the bane of the headmistress of the orphanage where she lived since birth. Her mark possesses a fiery flair she struggles to control. Consumed by a pyrokinetic ability she can either learn to control it or let it control her.

In a world where no one can be trusted can she trust herself to save the world or will she be the one to end it?

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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Homemade Christmas Ornaments and Gifts 2017

Thanksgiving has come and gone and now I'm starting to get ready for Christmas. We put the tree up a few days after Thanksgiving. When we were adding the ornaments my middle girl brought over an ornament she made in school. It was a glass ball with her handprint made into sweet little snowmen. We compared her hand size now to her hand size then and I thought about how I'm not going to get those kinds of ornaments coming home from school since we are homeschooling now. So I've decided we will start making our own ornaments.

My mother, brothers and I used to make ornaments every year so this isn't anything all that new to me. I did some idea searching online and decided on some cute little snowmen made from bottle tops. I have one finished so far and the girls will continue to work on theirs tomorrow. I'm excited to see how theirs turn out.

Here is my finished product. We painted the bottle tops white, then I used a hot glue gun to glue them together. I also did a little crocheting for the hat and scarf and simply used a black marker to add the dots for the face and buttons.

This year is going to be very tight in the gift buying department. It's always hard to be shy on cash around Christmas time when you have kids. So I'm trying to make my girls a few gifts to fill up the empty space under the tree. So far I've only managed one gift idea. It came from something that popped up on my Facebook feed a few weeks back. I don't even remember who posted it.

I went to the dollar store and bought three boxes for $1 each. They are what is holding up the snowman in the picture above and the pictures below show the silver box, the saying, and some simple stationary I printed up and cut to fit inside the box.

If anyone has any other cheap and easy gift ideas for girls between 17 and 8, I'm all ears. Send me links and ideas in the comment section.