{ best earth day books for children }

Earth Day is this coming Monday and my children’s school has been planning activities for awhile.  Our school has been recognized as a “Green School” for a few years now and the kids take great pride in their efforts.  Part of the Earth Day events in my kindergartner’s classroom will be planting a tree, recycling bottles and a reading center.


I’ve complied a list of some of the books that we will be reading will be in class and at home that are centered on Earth Day specifically and others are about the Earth in general.  Does your school celebrate Earth Day?  Do you do anything special at home?

You can learn more about Earth Day here and Tip Junkie has so many great ideas and even recipes that center around children here.

{ literary junkies – april }

This month’s Literary Junkies read the book The Paris Wife.  I just finished it this morning and it sucked me in right away. Even though it is a fictional account of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson, it doesn’t feel that way.  Paula McLain does a wonderful job bringing their marriage to life and showing Paris in the roaring 20s.  It’s not the typical chick-lit book and even though I already knew the ending, it was still so sad to read.

And instead of a few questions this month, we have a list of either/or questions.  I LOVE these kind of questions…

Amazon or brick and mortar? Amazon.  My closest brick and mortar is almost an hour away.
Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store?  I prefer locally owned bookstores but the last local one closed up a few years ago.
Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark.  We can’t be friends if you dog-ear my book.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?  Alphabetize for sure.  And sorted by height.  I’m kinda crazy that way.
Keep, throw away, or sell?  Keep.  I usually give a book away to someone that would appreciate it though when I’m for sure finished.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?  Keep.  Some of them are so pretty.
Read with dust jacket or remove it?  I do remove it when I’m reading though.  I don’t want to rip it.
Short story or novel?  Depends on my mood but mostly novels.
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?  Anthology.  I like the diversity and story changes.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?  Chapter breaks!  I have to get to the end.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?  “Once upon a time”.  I’d flounce a book if it started with “It was a dark and stormy night.”
Buy or borrow? Both.  The library is my best friend.
New or used?  I prefer new but some used books are in excellent condition as well.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?  All three.  Some books I buy automatically but if it’s a new author I check it out before I commit.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?  Tidy ending!  Unless it’s a series then it’s sorta okay.  I hate waiting for the next book though so tidy is better.
Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading?  Whenever I can fit it in.  Usually nighttime though after the kids are in bed.
Single volume or series?  Series.  I love getting to know characters and seeing them again.
Favorite series?  In Death Series by J.D. Robb.  I love Eve and Roarke.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?  I love A Political Affair by Mary Whitney.  It’s a great romance set in big time Washington politics.

What would your answers be?

{ literary junkies – april }

This month’s Literary Junkies read the book The Paris Wife.  I just finished it this morning and it sucked me in right away. Even though it is a fictional account of the marriage of Ernest Hemingway and Hadley Richardson, it doesn’t feel that way.  Paula McLain does a wonderful job bringing their marriage to life and showing Paris in the roaring 20s.  It’s not the typical chick-lit book and even though I already knew the ending, it was still so sad to read.

And instead of a few questions this month, we have a list of either/or questions.  I LOVE these kind of questions…

Amazon or brick and mortar? Amazon.  My closest brick and mortar is almost an hour away.
Locally owned bookshop or big name chain store?  I prefer locally owned bookstores but the last local one closed up a few years ago.
Bookmark or dog-ear? Bookmark.  We can’t be friends if you dog-ear my book.
Alphabetize by author or alphabetize by title or random?  Alphabetize for sure.  And sorted by height.  I’m kinda crazy that way.
Keep, throw away, or sell?  Keep.  I usually give a book away to someone that would appreciate it though when I’m for sure finished.
Keep dust jacket or toss it?  Keep.  Some of them are so pretty.
Read with dust jacket or remove it?  I do remove it when I’m reading though.  I don’t want to rip it.
Short story or novel?  Depends on my mood but mostly novels.
Collection (short stories by same author) or anthology (short stories by different authors)?  Anthology.  I like the diversity and story changes.
Stop reading when tired or at chapter breaks?  Chapter breaks!  I have to get to the end.
“It was a dark and stormy night” or “Once upon a time”?  “Once upon a time”.  I’d flounce a book if it started with “It was a dark and stormy night.”
Buy or borrow? Both.  The library is my best friend.
New or used?  I prefer new but some used books are in excellent condition as well.
Buying choice: book reviews, recommendation or browse?  All three.  Some books I buy automatically but if it’s a new author I check it out before I commit.
Tidy ending or cliffhanger?  Tidy ending!  Unless it’s a series then it’s sorta okay.  I hate waiting for the next book though so tidy is better.
Morning, afternoon or nighttime reading?  Whenever I can fit it in.  Usually nighttime though after the kids are in bed.
Single volume or series?  Series.  I love getting to know characters and seeing them again.
Favorite series?  In Death Series by J.D. Robb.  I love Eve and Roarke.
Favorite book of which nobody else has heard?  I love A Political Affair by Mary Whitney.  It’s a great romance set in big time Washington politics.

What would your answers be?

{ welcome to pretty little prints and more free printables }

I have a wonderful announcement to make.  I am so excited to tell you that I have now opened a shop for all of my digital items called …

You can find all of my previous designs there are well as some new ones below.

{ Typewriter Days of the Week Cards }
{ Punctuation Journal Cards }

{ Chalkboard Calendar Journal Cards }
In honor of my new opening I am including having a 20% off sale on all items in the store with code…
Welcome


I’ll still be making weekly freebies and this week’s free printable is a collection of vintage baby birth certificates.  Each image is roughly 8×10 in size and adjustable.  You can download them here.  
{ d o w n l o a d  h e r e }

I’m really excited about this venture and I welcome requests and custom pieces as well.  

{ 1/30 things – 20 things about me }

I’m beginning my list of 30 things things this week (see this post) and the first topic up is 20 things about me.  Just 20 random things about me…

1. I have my very own set of crayons and colorbook’s that I keep separate from the kids. I love to color but I’m so picky about wearing down the tips of crayons.

2.  I’ve only ever owned 4 cars in life.  I drive them until they fall apart it seems.  My very first car was an old Cavalier that my Grandpa bought when I was 16 and I the first car I bought myself was a 92 Explorer when I graduated high school.  I drive another Explorer right now too.  In the middle was a minivan but I don’t like remembering that.  It was the most insane vehicle ever.  That’s all. 

3. Peanut Butter Cups are my favorite treat ever. I always have an emergency Reese’s peanut butter cup in my purse. I learned the hard way not to leave them in my car. Especially in the summer.

4.  Red is my favorite color. I love red cups, red shirts and red shoes but I’ll never paint my nails red.

5.  I would rather read a book than watch tv. Unless it’s a show about a book. Then it’s ok.

6.  I love cats. I love curling up with on the couch with my cat Charlotte.

7.  Laundry is my least favorite thing to do. I will wash and sort all day long but I dread the folding and putting away part. I try to keep up with it now but before I had kids, my laundry basket was practically my dresser.

8.  I can’t eat a hamburger unless it has mustard on it. I love lots and lots of mustard. And I’ll put it on almost anything too.

9.  I’ve been to Mackinaw City more than 20 times in my life. It’s my favorite place to vacation. My grandparents used to take me every year when I was younger and I’ve been a few times since I’ve “grown up” but not as much as I’d like. I love seeing how the city has changed over the years but it still the same.

10.  I can wander through the woods for hours taking pictures. We have a small wooded area behind our house and my father-in-law has 40 acres of just woods. Except I don’t go out at night. I’m also scared of the dark.

11.  Baseball is my favorite sport and the Detroit Tigers are my favorite team. Who’s your Tiger?

12.  The Backstreet Boys were the very first concert I ever went too. And I was 18. That’s all I want to say about that.

13.  I’ve used only Neutrogena face products since I was 12 years-old because that was what my best friend’s older sister used. I’ve graduated creams as I’ve gotten older but it’s the one brand I am extremely loyal to.

14.  I love anything with polka dots. My purse is polka dots, my iPad case is ploka dots, my phone case is polka dots. It’s a compulsion.

15.  I collect old and new Coke bottles. My husband works outdoors and I love when he brings home old bottles that he finds while he’s working. And not cans- just bottles.

16.  I’ve visited almost every lighthouse in Michigan. Well, in the lower Peninsula at least. I love old lighthouses.

17.  I want to write a children’s book someday. I love making up stories to tell the kids at bedtime and I swear that I’m going to write them all down someday. 

18.  I love listening to the fan when I go to sleep.  It’s such a relaxing sound to me.  Even in the winter.  And I like how it cancels out the tv from the living room at night if I go to bed first.   

19.  I can bake anything…except chocolate chip cookies. I have no idea why either.  I can bake cakes and cutout cookies but I’ve burnt or under baked almost every chocolate chip cookie I’ve ever tried to bake.  I just buy them now. 

20.  I still have my very first Cabbage Patch Doll.  I wanted one of these soooo bad when I was little.  She’s been re-sewed many times and her hair is falling out but I love her still the same.

Next week… Three legitimate fears I have and how they became fears.

{ celebrate by the porchlight’s 1 year blogaversary giveaway }

Celebration’s are a wonderful thing and Lesley from By the Porchlight is celebrating her one year blogaversary with a big giveaway that I am thrilled to be apart of!

I’m giving away a $20 credit to my new store Pretty Little Prints and there are so many other wonderful prizes up for grabs as well!  Good luck!

One very lucky winner will receive:
$45 Amazon
$15 Starbucks
$20 shop credit to Pretty Little Prints
Choice of item from ThreeInchStitch Etsy shop
$15 shop credit to Bamboo Blossom
1 hr We Talk: You Write session

{ the.book.chat – books set in europe }

In honor of Jessica’s move to Germany this week the book chat is all about books set in Europe.  When I started to think of books I had read that were set in Europe I realized…that there wasn’t any.  I’ve read lots of books set in Texas and Wyoming though.  I wonder why that is?

When I began searching for books that were set in Europe I had another realized that I have read books that were set in Europe.  I’ve read a lot of children’s books set in Europe.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory | The Borrowers | The Secret Garden | Pippi LongstockingMadeline 
It never dawned on me that a lot of children’s classic books are set in Europe.  I remember reading Madeline for the first time in school wanting to visit Paris.  My friends and I would talk with fake, silly French accents and pretend we were drinking out of “fancy cups”.  I also remember wishing that I didn’t have anyone to tell me what to do like Pippi Longstocking.  At least until I realized that I’d have to do my own laundry.  The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, The Secret Garden, The Borrowers and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory are all set in the United Kingdom.  Do you remember what’s also set in England? 

Yes, the Harry Potter Series is set in London and I even included the European covers of the books as well. Do you “hear” yourself read in other accents when you know you are reading a book where the characters have one?  I know that I do and I’m hoping that someone shares the same quirk with me.  Because that’s not weird, right?