Monday, August 31

Pursuits to Mimic - Love Birds on Canvas

I painted this beauty for my youngest sister's bedroom. She just moved in with your beau, so I thought the love bird theme was cute. I couldn't find the actual picture that inspired my painting, but I found something close to it on Pintrest. I used acrylic based paints that I bought here.

Sunday, August 30

Life's Trivial Pursuits Trivia - The Prince of Tides

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy is one of the best pieces of southern fiction I have read in a very long time. I would even go so far as to say that it is leagues better than both The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. The Wingo family will forever be with me. There was Amos Wingo, the grandfather who was a one woman for life kind of man, who bore a cross throughout the town of Colleton to much fanfare, and heroically proved to his town that he was not in fact senile because he was able to water ski forty miles from Charleston to Colleton.

Friday, August 28

Life's Trivial Pursuits Trivia - Stiff

Okay, so it's been a couple of weeks since I finished reading Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach and a lot of what I read is still with me. It was such an informative and interesting read about the use of cadavers for research. I would definitely recommend it if you have an open mind and aren't too squeamish (I would probably skip chapters 9 & 10 if you are). Mary (yeah, we're on a first name basis) also does an awesome job of writing about cadavers without coming off as insensitive or off-putting. A must-read!

Friday, August 21

Periodic Table of the Elements Cross Stitch Pattern

I've seen periodic table cross stitch patterns before, but none of them do what a periodic table should do - they should be informative and useful when solving chemistry problems. My latest pattern has just about everything you could want in a periodic table. This cross stitch pattern contains...

Wednesday, August 19

Up-Cycling Adult Coloring Pages - Notebooks

On Monday, I showed you how I used my completed coloring pages to make your own bookmarks. Today, I'm going to show you how to turn them into mini-notebooks.

Monday, August 17

Up-Cycling Adult Coloring Pages - Bookmarks

I'm pretty much addicted to coloring those fancy new adult color books that seem to be all the rage right now. I probably spent $20 on 4 books at Barnes & Noble and I will get hours upon hours of color therapy in return. Definitely a good bang for my buck! Now on to what I plan to do with all these kick awesome pages I've colored. I have a ton of ideas on how I want to up-cycle my "art", but only so much time to dedicate to coloring and blogging. With this said, this post will be on how I turned a couple of my completed pages into bookmarks. I'll post more ideas throughout the upcoming months.

Sunday, August 9

20 Children's Books that You'll Actually Enjoy Reading

With the advent of e-readers, book stores have become all but obsolete. This makes it incredibly difficult for us parents wanting to nurture a love of books in our young ones. No longer are the days where you can browse the children's book section of Walden Books or Borders. You could actually pick up a book and read it - if it was lame you could put it back and pick something else. Nowadays, you have to buy your books online or from a very limited selection at Walmart. And unless you just love returning items via the mail (which NO ONE does), you run the very likely risk of getting stuck with this soul sucking book that makes you want to pound your fists and cry whenever your kid insists on reading it. 

So in an effort to alleviate some of this stress, yours truly spent a good two hours reading through about 100 books (we still fortunately have a Barnes & Noble) and found a good 20 books that will actually be enjoyable for you to read with your littles. That's right, only 20. That's how hard it is to find good children's books! This list is in no particular order and all are mom approved (the mom being me, so yeah, you know they gotta be good books).

Saturday, August 8

Cry Worthy Movie Moments

On a scale of 1 (no emotion whatsoever) to 10 (bawling like a newborn baby), I would rate myself around a 6 on how often movies make me cry. And when I do cry it seems pretty random what type of movie causes my tear ducts to leak all over the place. Anything from cartoon movies to comedies can totally make me lose it, assuming the setting is ripe with feelings. With this said, here are ten movie moments that make me cry every single time. These are not in any particular order, other than this is the order they popped into my brain as being cry worthy.

Photo - Yeah, that's a photo of Ellie dressed as the cowardly lion. She really nailed her role.

Friday, August 7

Life's Trivial Pursuits Trivia - The Strain Trilogy

My good pal Nichole suggested that I take the theme of my blog one step further and make trivial pursuit cards containing trivia about my current pursuits. What a fantastic idea!! So in honor of my reading The Strain Trilogy by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan, here is my very FIRST trivia card! Enjoy :)

Thursday, August 6

Captain America Phone Theme

Don't you just love this little guy? One thing I LOVE about having an android is how incredibly customizable it is. I'm going to walk you through how to have this same background on your phone. It takes quite a few steps, but once everything is said and done you can show off your cool new phone background that you customized YOURSELF!!! Let's do it!!

Monday, August 3

Chemistry Lesson Plans

Chemistry Lesson Plans

Guess you didn't know I was a chemistry teacher before I quit my job to raise my chillins', huh. Well I've decided to pass on my lesson plans to the next generation of teachers who might find these materials good for review or whatever. I mean, no need for you to reinvent the wheel if I've already done it. With that said, feel free to download any items from my blog you feel might be useful in the classroom. I only ask that you not use these materials in any monetary way (basically don't sell it) and to please direct anyone interested in these materials directly to my site to download it themselves. Enjoy y'all! 

Disclaimer: I'm putting these items for free on my blog. This basically means anyone can download it, even your students. Please keep that in mind when reusing these items.

Sunday, August 2

Book List Challenges

i LOVE using Here are the lists I'm following. How many have y'all read?

50 Books to Read Before You Die

100 Most 'Favorited' Books on Goodreads

101 Best Selling Books of All Time

Amazon's 100 Books to Read In a Lifetime

NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction & Fantasy Books

Popular Young Adult Books

The Best Movies Ever

I absolutely love movies! I am not picky about what I watch. I like just about everything. My standards are low and I'm easily amused. So get ready for the ultimate movie list that I'm sure no one but myself will appreciate (unless you are equally as trashy). Oh and since I like SO many movies, this list includes only those movies that I find really re-watchable. Anytime I see them on TV, I just can't say no.

Action & Adventure

The Page Turners

I am so lucky to be part of one of the best book clubs ever! It all got started when I made a simple post on Facebook about wanting to start a book club in my area. We've had a few people come and go, but now we have a solid foundation of six awesome members. We've really grown as friends and we even have craft parties and nights out in Nashville :)

Here is a running list of the books we've read.

Update 10-14-2015: We now have 7 awesome members, yay!!

Pop Sugar 2015 Reading Challenge

Color code: Hated Disliked Liked - Really Liked - Loved
  1. A book with more than 500 pages. The Stand by Stephen King
  2. A classic romance. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  3. A book that became a movie. The Talented Mr. Ripley by Patricia Highsmith
  4. A book published this year. The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah
  5. A book with a number in title. The Three Musketeers by Alexander Dumas

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (Cross Stitch)

This book pretty much has everything going for it - romance, murder, suspense, and mystery. It is actually considered to be the first mystery novel written in the English language.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (Cross Stitch)

Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein when she was just 18. This is pretty amazing considering that when I was 18, I was worried about whether or not a perm would look good with my face (it did, so no worries). She actually published it anonymously because apparently people didn't take too kindly to female authors in the 19th century. Who knew. What I love about this book is that I thought it was going to be this dark menacing novel about a monster who terrorizes Europe. Instead, I got a book set in beautiful Switzerland and the sad tale of a creature created and abandoned. This creature has no concept of language and has to learn about the world around himself solely by his own intuition. He tries to befriend people and gets nothing but screaming peasants. Shelley had me feeling so bad for this guy, that by the time he gets to killing, I'm actually on his side.

Dracula by Bram Stoker (Cross Stitch)

Dracula is a great book because it's just so amazingly old-school (obviously because it was written in like the 19th century). There's romance, suspense, adventure, and even a little bromance. There is a scene where Jonathan creeps down into Dracula's lair in an attempt to kill him. When Jonathan finds the coffin and opens it, he looks back to make sure no one else is around. When he turns back Dracula is now looking at him - eyes flat, no smile, just staring. Totally creeped me out.