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    June Adventures

    During the month of June we mostly stayed close to home, though we did venture out for some fun day trips and evening activities. On the first Sunday of June we took a long drive through the Silver Valley following the route mapped out in our Roads Less Traveled Through the Coeur d’Alenes book. This was the Mining District tour…

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    45 Camping Books for Kids

    If you’re still in stay-at-home mode this summer here’s a fun camping “trip” you can plan for the kids in your own backyard. Spending the night outside is optional. Plan it for a clear evening just as it’s starting to get dark. Here’s what you’ll need: Gear Bed Roll for each person (e.g. kid’s sleeping bag, fleece throw, beach towel)…

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    Rathdrum Mountain Story Walk

    Our little town (and our house) sits at the base of Rathdrum Mountain. Not long after we moved here I learned that part of the mountain is owned by the city, and part of it by a paper company which harvests trees. The paper company portion has lots of logging roads. You can buy a permit which allows you access…

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    Review: Postman Observation Game

    Did you ever try to play a board game with a 3-year-old? Were you just bored out of your mind with the banality of it? Or did you let them win? Today I’m sharing my thoughts on the Postman Observation game sent to me by Timberdoodle in exchange for my review. It is appropriate for ages 3-103. At least, that’s…

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    Recent 5-Star Reads

    My recommendations from the books I read this past month are heavy on the juvenile side. I usually read pretty evenly from both children’s and adult titles, but most of my favorites from the past few weeks have been children’s books. As usual, when I talk about books, I provide affiliate links to Amazon which means I might make a…

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    May Adventures

    Spring is my absolute favorite time of year. I love the long daylight hours and the fresh green everywhere, not to mention all the flowers that come in stages. First the crocuses and primroses, then the daffodils and tulips, followed by the irises and lilacs. The red tulips were especially lovely in the Children’s Garden across the street a few…

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    Review: You Can Draw It in Just 30 Minutes

    Remember the acrylic painting kit I reviewed a few weeks ago? I mentioned we had been dabbling with different mediums in art. Today’s review focuses on pencil sketching. Obligatory disclosure: I received this instructional book from Timberdoodle in exchange for my review. I’ve always admired pencil sketching, particularly the artwork of Garth Williams, classic illustrator of the Little House on…

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    Girls’ Softball 1935

    My Grandmother graduated from high school in the middle of the Great Depression. She and Granddaddy both attended the same small country school in southwest Oklahoma, though he graduated two years before she did. During her teen years she kept a scrapbook and a diary, both of which I am privileged to have. She had given me her scrapbook several…

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    Review: The Lost Lieutenant

    If you’re a fan of Regency romance novels you’re sure to love The Lost Lieutenant by Erica Vetsch. I received a copy in exchange for my review as part of the I Read with Audra blog tour. Confession time: While Regency romance isn’t my usual genre of choice at this stage of my life there was a time I read…