Saturday, 27 November 2010

2011 Challenges - READING

I'm starting to think forward to the new year and the challenges I would like to participate in.  I found these two reading challenges that I thought you might be interested in too.


My goal for 2010 was to read 100 books for the year.  My goal for 2011 will also be to read 120 books I think there’s a little bit of self-competition in everyone.

So The Book Vixen decided to turn this into a fun reading challenge. We want to read more books in 2011 than I did in 2010. Plain and simple. What about you – are you game?

hosted by The Book Vixen

•Runs January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011 (books read prior to 1/1/11 do not count towards the challenge). You can join at anytime. You can sign up on The Book Vixen’s blog.

•The goal is to outdo yourself by reading more books in 2011 than you did in 2010. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. Nothing is set in stone; you can change levels at any time during the challenge.

•Books can be any format (bound, eBook, audio).

•Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are fine.

•You can list your books in advance or list them as you read them. It is not required that you review the books you read for this challenge but feel free to do so.

•Post this reading challenge on your blog so you can keep a list of the books you’ve read for this challenge. Please include a link back to this post so readers can join the challenge too.

•You do not have to be a book blogger to participate. You can keep tabs on books you’ve read for this challenge on Goodreads or LibraryThing if you’d like (maybe make a shelf for “Outdo Yourself Reading Challenge”). If you are not on either of those sites then you can list the books you read for this challenge in the comments on my wrap-up post, which will be up at the end of 2011.

Getting my heart rate up – Read 1–5 more books

Out of breath – Read 6–10 more books

Breaking a sweat – Read 11–15 more books

I’m on fire! – Read 16+ more books

Get Ready for the "Back to the Classics Challenge 2011"! Sarah Reads To Much  has constructed this challenge to encourage us to read more Classic Literature... you know, all those books that we want to read "someday". Well, the time is now.

This challenge is open to anyone who would like to participate. You can join in at any point. If you do not have a blog of your own, please feel free to update using the Comments section Sarah's blog.  This is intended to be a stress-free challenge, and therefore she is giving a 6 month time frame for completion. The Challenge will be open from January - June 2011. You can list you book choices before the challenge starts, or as you go along.... whatever works best for you.

The goals to complete:

A Banned Book

A Book with a Wartime Setting (can be any war)

A Pulitzer Prize (Fiction) Winner or Runner Up: a list can be found here

A Children's/Young Adult Classic

19th Century Classic

20th Century Classic

A Book you think should be considered a 21st Century Classic

Re-Read a book from your High School/College Classes

Feel free to use books in this Challenge toward other challenges as well (I know I will be), but please try to choose 8 different books for these goals.
Good Luck to everyone!

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Christmas Decorations Yyyyeeesss!

Santa's Longjohns

I found this great craft at Paper Cakes and Icing I added a little addition at the back and added a pipe clearer coat hanger and hey presto we have a great we gift for teachers and other people we appreciate for christmas.  We slipped in a few sweets.

Using the template cut out 2 for each longjohn on red paper and 1 square suitable for a flap at the back curving two of the edges.

Use double sided sticky tape to secure the top to the lower back of the  1 of the longjohns and use 3d sticky pads to give the bottom a more 3d effect

If you wish sew on buttons or bows do so now.

Use a sewing machine and sew round the two templates leaving the top open

Add any other decoration if you haven't added buttons and bow I added clipart buttons and bows.

Add a label which should say "I looked for a stocking, but couldn't find a spare so I decided to stuff Santa's Long Underwear"

I used a pipe cleaner to make a coat hanger I used a spatula to wrap the pipe cleaner around twisted and finaly made the shape of the hook

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Scottish Tablet (Scottish Fudge)

Tablet Ingredients
1 teacup of milk
large tin of condensed milk
900g of sugar
100g of butter
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

Tablet cooking Directions
1. Melt the butter and sugar.  Add the condensed milk and the teacup of milk.
Stir and turn up the heat and keep stirring until it reaches boiling point.
3. Turn the heat down law and stir for 45minutes (chair and book optional)
4. Remove from the heat and beat 60 times with a wooden spoon. Put a wee bit on a plate and if it sets then its ready to be put into shallow trays.
5. Score the tablet surface marking into squares and allow to set and get cold.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

If Ye are Prepared Ye shall not fear...

Something else we've learnt about being left behind is that no one actually knows much about the deceased wishes even close relatives have different ideas as to what the deceased person wanted. 

To rectify that in my own life I discovered a site called Today's Seniors it is an American site but the idea's can be transferred into British lingo.  I am nether a senior or American but the idea of having all the information at hand when the time comes is immensely reassuring to me to know my family aren't squabbling as to what to do and how to do it.  They have several organizers to choose from :-

Your Personal Document Organizer

Personal Financial Organizer

(Almost) Everything We Own

Our Family's Health History

The Insurance Organizer

Our Final Wishes

Friday, 12 November 2010

Will Aid

We have recently had an bereavement in the family and discovered there was no will which has left alot of distress and worry and made a bad time even worse.  I have learnt from this and have this months taken steps to get our wills and other aspects of death and bereavement in order because I love my family and don't want to add stress to them when I'm gone.  This month is extra special so there is no excuss for not getting a legal and binding done.

This is Will Aid's Make a Will Month

What is Will Aid?

Every November, Will Aid works with solicitors all over the UK to run National Make a Will month.

Will Aid is a scheme designed to raise much-needed funds for nine of the UK's best-loved charities.

Join in this November, and you can get an affordable Will and help vulnerable people in the UK and around the world. But hurry, you need to do this in November.

How does it work?

•Solicitors around the UK donate their time to support the Will Aid charities.

•Instead of paying them a fee for writing your basic Will, you are invited to make a donation to the Will Aid charities.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

Preparing for Halloween/Firework Party

Take some apples on a stick and cover in chocolate

and other sticky stuff

and in the pumpkin we pull out a.... load of seeds

Finished product
Well Done everyone the food looks fab and the living room looks really creepy 

Young Women Halloween Party

Hanna getting her hair done MIRICLES and its on camera I will cherish this photo for ever

which way do these things go!!!

phew made it...  ok everyone ready !

take one fork and stabb dad on the bottom

Adam's FHE on Sacrament for his Faith In God

Adam and his memory game to remind us to remember jesus at sacrament

Duke of Edinburgh Halloween Party

Gothic angel and witch

read it and weep

Birthday Bowling in Fraserburgh

Stuart, Uncle Eric, Jamie, Adam & Dad

Adam giving it his all

Adam busting for his turn and Jamie and stuart playing it cool

How do I hold this ball again?

aim and fire!

Auntie Michell and Auntie Denise

Hanna flashing her new clip on earings

Boys will be boys

daddy giving cheek to his big sister

and that is how its done

what? whats going on?

get ready here we come

Fire warning

Happy Birthday Hanna

make a wish

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Brownies and Tuna Fishcakes by Hanna

Hanna's 12th Birthday at Gran & Papa Pedens

Hanna's first Ice cream Cake brought in by Gran Peden

Fabulous family dinner for Hanna's 12th

Gran Peden Oct 2010

Papa Peden Oct 2010

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