Just a quick post to let you know about a few things I’m digging right now.
Jack and the Flumflum Tree by Julia Donaldson
This great kids’ book by the author of The Gruffalo is a new favorite in our house. The rhyme scheme is lovely, the photos are colorful and goofy and the story is fun. In order to cure his Grandmother’s case of the moozles, Jack and his friends go on an adventure to the Isle of Blowyernose to find the rare flumflum fruit. They run into obstacles during the voyage, but are saved by the items Granny has packed for them. I love the line that repeats throughout,
“Don’t get your knickers in a twist,” said Jack. “Let’s have a look in the patchwork sack!”
Of course, my children get a great kick out of the “knickers in a twist” part, too.
(Aside: if you have a chance to check out The Gruffalo short film, do! It is on Netflix and it is beautifully done. The cast is stellar – Helena Bonham Carter and Tom Wilkinson to name a few – the animation is lovely, and of course, the story is great. Be warned: it is a bit scary.)
I am loving my Chatbooks app. You download the app, link your account to your Instagram account (or use photos directly from your phone), and the app creates lovely 6×6 inch, color, soft-cover books from your photos. Cost per book? $6. You can customize, take photos out, add more pages, etc., but I’m taking the easy route. When 60 new photos are added to my Instagram account, it automatically creates my book, and ships it to me. Done. Captions and dates included. I don’t have to think about it, and I don’t have to DO anything. My kids love looking through the books, which become like little journals. And the price is right.
If you use my code to subscribe I get a $1 credit, and you get a free book. Everyone wins! Please note that Chatbooks 2.0 will be released in July. At that point their services will increase, but so will their prices. Books will be $8 each. Sign up before the new version is released to be grandfathered in to the new pricing for 2 years!
The negatives? The cheap shipping takes forever and I’m not sure I’d think it was worth doing if I didn’t have an Instagram account.
I should wear make-up more often, as evidenced by the WORST SELFIE IN THE HISTORY OF THE UNIVERSE that I took two weeks ago. Yikes. And no way am I sharing it. Heck no. So when I saw these recommended in one of my feedly blogs, I figured I’d give them a try. I’m not usually a fan of eye shadow pencils – I feel like I don’t have enough control over the amount of shadow applied, and sort of feel like I’m drawing on my eyelids. But at $4.50 a shadow stick (or even less!) I figured I wouldn’t be too mad about wasting my money if I hated them.
But I love them. They work almost like a creamy, colored, primer. The shadow doesn’t crease or creep. They go on smoothly and easily, and can be blended by fingers. The colors I’ve tried are lovely. My only complaint? You will eventually need a special sharpener, since they are large pencils. (I bought one at Target for $5.)
I have three colors so far: Trespassing Taupe (matte), Bulletproof Beige, and Bluffing. I think I’ll go back for a few more colors (though probably not the turquoise).