Monday, January 1, 2018

First Book of 2018 Here We Go!

 Happy New Year ! 2018 promises to be an awesome year.

To kick off the year, Sheila over at Book Journey, has a yearly tradition, 1st Book Of The Year .
This is what she says:

Here is what First Book is.  The first book of the New Year should be:
A.  A coveted book that you have wanted to read but have just not found the time.
B.  A delicious favorite… one you have read before, but crave to read again.
C.  Really whatever you want it to – it is after all YOUR First Book Of the year.
Make it AWESOME.

My first book of the year is ..... drumroll please.........

If you have never read a book by this author, waaahh??? GO GET IT!!!  If you love a good, romantic love story, GO NOW!! 
About this book:

Brazilian Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her senior colleague is attacked and sent to the hospital, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.

Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.

They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite. Compelled to report her discovery, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with stolen art.

Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her, threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.

But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice—she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.

Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.

Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.

Secrets and danger abound as Nicholas and Acacia try to solve the mystery of a piece of stolen art. But Acacia may prove to be the most dangerous mystery of all.
Other books by Sylvain Reynard

Monday, May 4, 2015

Get Your Kids Signed Up For this Free Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge!

Summer Reading Challenge

          The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge

 is a free online reading program for children.
Join today and let’s set a new reading world record for summer 2015! (May 4 - Sept 4, 2015)

Grand Prize: 

the schools with the most minutes read will win a visit from 
Michael Northrop (top elementary school), and Varian Johnson (top middle school).

What is the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge?

  • Now in its 9th year, the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge is a free online/mobile reading program dedicated to stopping the “Summer Slide” by encouraging kids to read throughout the summer months when school is out.
  • Starting May 4, 2015, kids can log their reading minutes (online and on smartphones) as they Read for the World Record, enter sweepstakes to win fabulous prizes, and earn digital rewards when they complete weekly reading challenges. (Pre-Registration for educators begins on April 6, 2015.)
  • This year’s theme is "Power Up and Read," sponsored by ENERGIZER®.
  • 12 Scholastic authors will create our first-ever, collection of summer short stories that kids can “unlock” throughout the summer.
  • In 2014, Scholastic inspired more than 275,000 kids from 4,600 schools in all 50 States and 29 countriesto set a new record for summer reading of 304,749,681 minutes!

So How Do You Participate?

Follow this link: Summer Reading Challenge


Read & log minutes all summer

Unlock stories & earn rewards

Help set a new reading 
world record!

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Everyday Bento by Wendy Thorpe Copley

A fun, colorful book full of step by step instructions on how to create a Bento Box.

  1. a lacquered or decorated wooden Japanese lunchbox.
    • a Japanese-style packed lunch, consisting of such items as rice, vegetables, and sashimi (raw fish with condiments).

Bento's Box lunches are a fun way to add a little art and
imagination to your meal. They can be very simple as in a salad and sandwich or very detailed with characters and cutting different shapes. What do they look like? 

Everyday Bento shows detailed, colorful pictures of how to build your box.

It also gives you step by step instructions along with the recipe to make them.

At the beginning of the book, it gives you food ideas and also color ideas along with a list of tools that you can use to make your fun Bento Box! 
The actual Bento Box can be found in Asian  stores or online. You can also use the Rubbermaid or Glad containers you find in the grocery stores. 

Kids love these fun meals. It encourages them to  make them and to learn to eat healthy!
Oh and there is also a "grown up" section in the book to for grown up Bento ideas.

 They can be very detailed and cute! I found these on Pinterest.

Japanese bento lunch box inspiration on Maiko Nagao blog

So if you're just getting started or you're interested in learning more, I highly recommend Everyday Bento to get you started to making fun, cute meals! 

 Everyday Bento