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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Summer Wardrobe

Tea Collection has some great pieces for your summer wardrobe. Tea's women's collection is authentically inspired with a fundamental artistic interpretation of the global destination. Their clothing is made with graceful, light weight fabric: perfect for coming warmer spring weather and vacation summer beach days. Tea's pieces have a flattering fit but are easy and comfortable to wear. You will find distinctive, versatile pieces that are fresh and fun. And be sure to check out their prints which are on trend for this season.

Here are some of my favorites:


Tea Collection Artisan Ikat Tunic

Tea Collection Ubud Ikat Embroidered Top

Tea Collection Ocotlan Printed Silk Dress

Tea Collection Pretty Pintuck Top

Tea Collection Corzo Chambray Tunic

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site

I know it's been awhile since I've slowed down to take the time to share one of our favorite picture books but I've finally have got one to share with you all today. It's called Goodnight, Goodnight Construction Site by Sherri Duskey Rinker and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld. If you happen to know my little guy you probably know he's all about things that go so this was the perfect read for him. We see different rough and tough construction trucks as they work during the day but then each one settles down at the end of the day for a good night's rest. The story is just a few lines of rhyming text on each page just the perfect length for little ones. The illustrations are so charming and you'll find some surprising bedtime favorites that you might not expect being part of rough and tough construction trucks' bedtime routine. It's a very fun read but also a great wind down read to a busy day. I'm sure this will become a bedtime favorite for many!

My Own Worst Enemy

My Own Worst Enemy by Janet Davis caught my attention because I'm sure like many of you I hear those discouraging voices in my head when I'm about to embark on a new direction, adventure, goal, job whatever it may be. This book offers many insights into this occurrence of self-doubt, lack of self-worth, self-sabotage or whatever it is that holds you back. But we were created for a purpose and to ‘shine’ as Davis puts it. We've been given talents and abilities to use and to succeed. Davis shares many examples from her life and those that she has met as well as Biblical looks at women in the Bible. Each chapter in fact has at least one real life experience to share, then moves into a Biblical example, and then summary. Some chapters share multiple examples from each. It was for these reasons that I begin to find this read somewhat formula drives, I knew the basic framework to expect. This book also became overwhelming at times especially when multiple examples were used to illustrate the same point. While there is a lot of great and useful insight to be found in this book it really could have benefited from better editing. I got the point of the chapter and then found myself not pulled back in to continue through more of the same. It was not a book I couldn't put down or wait to get back to but I did want to complete it because there were moments which I knew I was getting something for my efforts. If you do struggle with self-doubt it is probably worth the read, I just wish it would have been more concise in its presentation. I received a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishing for the purpose of this review.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tea Collection 3-day Sale Starts Today!

I was amazed to find out there are approximately 490,000 babies born per day! That's between 323 and 358 births per minute. Which means there is a lot of time and thought going into selecting a perfect and unique baby gift. Browse Tea Collection to find adorable outfits inspired by various cultures and keepsake boxed gift sets. The Chinese Jacket and Pant Set for girls is too cute for words and a baby boy would pull the heart strings of every nurse wearing the Moon Jacket and Pant Set. Be sure to browse Tea Collection today and receive and extra 30% off with promo code BABY30 only valid until Thursday, March 29th. Happy Shopping!

Monday, March 26, 2012

K5 Learning

K5 Learning has an online reading and math program for kindergarten to grade 5 students. I've been given a 6 week free trial to test and write a review of their program. If you are a blogger, you many want to check out their open invitation to write an online learning review of their program. I've heard buzz about this site before from some of my homeschooling friends and I can't wait to check them out!

Friday, March 16, 2012

God Gave Us Love

Well love is in the air over here at A-Tisket A-Tasket. Weddings yesterday and today I have God Gave Us Love by Lisa Tawn Bergren and illustrated by Laura J. Bryant to share with you. I've shared other titles from this wonderful children's book series with you before and am so happy to tell you about another great book in this series. This story as the title indicates is all about love. During a fun outing with her Grampa, Little Cub learns all about love. And this book does a beautiful job of explaining the wonderful gift of love that God has given to us. I really appreciate the tempo of these books. They so thoughtfully unfold God's truths in a way that little one's can understand and grasp. It touches on the different kinds of love that there are, how God always loves us and how sometimes we have to choose to love even when it's not an easy choice. Like when you're upset with a brother or sister, you can still make the choice to love them. I received a copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of this review.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Weddings!

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Friday, March 2, 2012

When Work & Family Collide

When Work & Family Collide by John Maxwell deals with a conflict most families can relate to, the use of time. In particular time spent at work versus time spent at home. When did life get so busy? I can find endless things to fill my time with. Work in particular is a tricky one, a very demanding one. One that supports your family, so in theory you do it for your family but it can also hurt your family. Balance is key for work and family. Andy Stanley walks you through finding balance. He does a great job in helping you see the priorities before you and the choices there are to be made. You do have the power to make a change; He shares how God wants you to make a change if work is cheating you of family life and God will and is able to help you. This book is filled with Biblical insight, real life experiences and sound advice. It is such a relevant topic in our fast paced, more is more culture. If you feel that work dominates your life and decisions, if you feel that you are unable to make changes in regards to this, if you see trouble in your family life you will want to check this book out. Maybe it isn't work that but a hobby or a friend or something else, this book touches on that and the principals learned can be applied to any number or time stealing areas of your life. This book doesn't pretend that the changes will be easy but it does help you see very practical steps you can take to start redirect your time to your family. I received a copy of this book from WaterBrook and Multnomah publishing for the purpose of this review.
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