Tuesday, November 12, 2019


Today I'm excited to tell you all about a new release called The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland.  Below you will find all the information along with the link to get your own copy! I want to thank St. Martin's Griffin for the chance to read this book and promote here on the blog. So let's get to it! 

Title: The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae
Author: Stephanie Butland
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: October 29th, 2019
Pages: 416 pages

 For fans of Josie Silver's One Day in December, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae is a wholly original, charismatic, and uplifting novel that no reader will soon forget.

 Ailsa Rae is learning how to live. She’s only a few months past the heart transplant that—just in time—saved her life. Now, finally, she can be a normal twenty-eight-year-old. She can climb a mountain. Dance. Wait in line all day for tickets to Wimbledon.

But first, she has to put one foot in front of the other. So far, things are as bloody complicated as ever. Her relationship with her mother is at a breaking point and she wants to find her father. Then there's Lennox, whom Ailsa loved and lost. Will she ever find love again?

Her new heart is a bold heart. She just needs to learn to listen to it. From the hospital to her childhood home, on social media and IRL, Ailsa will embark on a journey about what it means to be, and feel, alive. How do we learn to be brave, to accept defeat, to dare to dream?

 From Stephanie Butland, author of The Lost for Words Bookshop, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae will warm you from the inside out.

STEPHANIE BUTLAND lives with her family near the sea in the North East of England. She writes in a studio at the bottom of her garden, and when she's not writing, she trains people to think more creatively. For fun, she reads, knits, sews, bakes, and spins. She is an occasional performance poet and the author of The Lost for Words Bookshop.

I hope you enjoyed a glimpse into this new release and I hope you will check it out. As always...

Saturday, November 9, 2019

November Morning Basket

I want to share more of our homeschool life here on the blog and sharing our morning basket plans for the month is going to be one of the ways I do so. Beginning of every month you will now get my monthly TBR plan and a view into our homeschool journey through our Morning Basket plans as well. 

School has been great lately, even though the time change really kicked our butts, but we've been getting a lot accomplished and the kids are learning a lot! Usually, I pick our topic for our morning basket, but this month I let them choose. The theme they chose was Animals and I'm going to throw some Thanksgiving stuff in there too! 

For anyone that doesn't know what a morning basket is, it's something we start with each morning. To me it's something that gets our brains warmed up to start our day. Each day we have read-a-loud times, some kind of puzzle or short game.  I learned about Morning Basket through Youtube and mostly watching The Waldock Way's videos.  If you're a homeschooler like me and would like to see more, go check out her site. She's one of my favorite homeschool moms on Youtube. 

Anyway, below is a glimpse of our November Morning Basket. Oh and this usually takes us about 45 minutes to complete every morning, but we don't do everything that's in the basket every day. We loop through them.  First off, our basket isn't really just a basket, I have one of those rolling carts set up as our morning basket. There is a basket on top though.

The cart makes it easy for me to have our morning basket time anywhere in the house and can even go outside if we wanted. Though we usually do ours either at our table or on our couch. The first part of our Morning basket is full of books and activities. (I'll be adding a list of everything in our morning basket below.) The second shelf is a bunch of library books that go with our theme for the month. The bottom shelf this month has our mad libs and our magazines for the month. 

This is our Morning Menu, it keeps me straight on what needs to be done when. The calendar is mainly for my son, he needs some help with that so we are working on the days of the week and the months. We start our morning with the Morning Menu, (another idea I got off of The Waldock Way! Along with the planner that I print these pages from, again she's amazing.) This past month we started going through Cosmic Yoga and the kids are both really loving that so that was an obvious choice for November. My daughter wants to work with animals when she is older, not sure what she wants to actually do, so we are going to be looking into all the different career choices that could help her do what she wants. 

November Morning Basket Choices 

Theme: Animals and Thanksgiving 

Morning Menu: Calendar Time 
Loop: Poetry time from Poem of the Month over at Learning Through Literature, Art, and Muggle Music (This is one of our Harry Potter classes this year) 

Bible or Devotional: We use More Than Words for our Bible curriculum

Read-A-Louds: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets 
Magic Tree House: The Knight at Dawn 
A Dog's Porpoise 

Picture Books: (We read one of these a day, the list below is just a few of them)
Piranhas don't eat bananas 
The Very Impatient Caterpillar 
The Tiptoeing Tiger 
How to Catch A Mouse 
The Southernmost Cat
Little White Rabbit 
Go To Sleep, Little Farm 
Little Home Bird 
Lion Vs. Rabbit 
Owl Babies 
Fluffy and Baron 
Archi the Daredevil Penguin
Emily's Tiger

 Group Narration: The Magic Mirror

Journal: Daily Q & A Journal (This is a 3-year journal and we love it) 

Mindfulness or Movement: Cosmic Yoga and our weekly Nature Walk

Hands-on Activity:  Art projects, Roll-a-stories, and a few other extras. 

Daily Game: These only take about 5 to 10 minutes

So there you have it, our November Morning Basket. I know it's a little different than what I normally post, but I really want to share more of our life here on the blog. As always...

Friday, November 8, 2019

Book Blogger #75

Book Blogger Hop is another post I'm going to be trying out and this one has a topic each week, which is something I've been trying to bring to the blog.  I'm really excited about this one because I have a hard time coming up with something fresh to talk about and I'm hoping this helps.
If you would be interested in doing your own post, please CLICK HERE to learn more about this great hop!

8th - 14th - Can you stop reading before the end of a chapter? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

 I have to know how the chapter ends before I stop! So yeah my answer is I can't stop reading before a chapter ends. Plus, I like to know that I ended with the end of that chapter and the next time I pick up the book I don't have to re-read anything to know what had just happened. 

What about you, can you stop before a chapter ends or are you like me and have to end when a chapter is finished? I would love to know your thoughts on this, leave a comment below. 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

November TBR Plan

So I was going to use the TBR Monopoly board again this month, but I decided to change it back to the original kind of TBR for this month.   My plan is to start the TBR Monopoly in 2020! Starting in January and going through the whole year that way.  I'm in a bit of a reading slump and figured reading what I want to read is a perfect way to get out of that. Below are the books that I've chosen to read in November. Again this is the plan, it could always change! 

I'm trying to take away the pressure that a TBR used to put on me, honestly I think it was more of blogger pressure than reading pressure, but we shall see. Anyway, the idea behind this came from Girl in the Pages. Her TBR's are called a plan and I thought that was very fitting for me. It's just a plan, not a have to!  If you haven't checked her blog out, please go do so now, she's one of my favorite bloggers/blogs. I read this one pretty much every time she posts.  I've also been loving Bookmark Lit lately and I love how she picks her TBR books. So, I thought I would give it a shot as well. If you haven't checked her blog out, it's a must. You should head there and read her blog as well!

November Plan 

     Wildcard                                             Wildcard                                           Library

    Past Release                                       Blog Tour                                        Past Release

Demon Glass by Rachel Hawkins
Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins 
An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson
Shadowscent by P.M. Freestone 
The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae by Stephanie Butland
Twice in a Blue Moon By Christina Lauren 

I've been wanting to read a few of these for a while now, Demon Glass and Spell Bound are the two that I'm finally finishing. I don't know why I waited so long to read this series, I'm loving it! I meant to read Shadowscent and Twice in a Blue Moon last month but it was too crazy in my everyday life that I didn't get much reading done, sadly.  Anyway, let's hope November is a better reading month for me. 


Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Teaser Tuesday #178

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books and a Beat. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:  
  •  Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
  • BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
  • Share the title & author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teaser.
There are times when magic really sucks. Sure, it's awesome when you're using it to change your hair color, or fly, or turn day into night. But for the most part, magic tends to end in explosions, or tears, or with you flat on your back in the middle of nowhere, feeling like a tiny dwarf is mining for diamonds inside your head.

I am loving this series so much, I honestly should have read it a long time ago and I'm not sure why I didn't. Glad to be reading it now though, so much love for these books! 


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