Sunday, November 23, 2014

Around the World in 12 Dishes: Exploring Cuba

Have you entered my giveaway for 4 Christmas DVDs yet? It is ending soon!!

This month we are exploring Cuba with Around the World in 12 Dishes. I was rather excited to learn more about Cuba since it is such a mysterious country to me. With all the trade and travel restrictions it seems like an unknown place. We have explored Cuba with books, stories, music, crafts and food from home. To learn more about Cuba and see more resources check out my introduction post at the Around the World in 12 Dishes blog. We had also learned a bit about Cuba during the Hispanic Heritage Month when we read about Celia Cruz, a Cuban-American salsa singer. 

Celia Cruz 1
Celia Cruz By Lionel Decoster (Own work) 
[GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, November 21, 2014

Sharing Saturday 14-47

Have you entered my giveaway for 4 Christmas DVDs yet?

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Thank you to everyone who shared with us last week!! I am sorry for any confusion when Linky Tools thought I had not renewed my account. I was having some issues with Pay Pal this week. I highly suggest you go check out the great ideas shared last week. They were wonderful. For features I chose some that involve turkeys (in honor of Thanksgiving next week), winter (it feels like winter here), and play and lessons.


1) From Kiddos and Krafts: Footprint Turkey Craft

2) From Dabbling Mama: Leaf Turkey

3) From JDaniel4's Mom: Potato Masher Turkey


1) From Planet Smarty Pants: Make a Paper Winter Village

2) From ArtClubBlog: Printed Snowflake Cards

3) From Crystal's Tiny Treasures: Pay It Forward with a Jar Full of Thanks

4) From Tiny Tots Adventures: DIY Snow Globe

Play and Lessons

1) From Montessori Soul: All About Weather

2) From Stimulating Learning with Rachel (",): On the Moon

3) From The Practical Mom: Pretend Play with a Real Stethoscope

4) From An Idea on Tuesday: Classroom Restaurant

5) From All Done Monkey: Trumpet Craft {Birth of Baha’u’llah}
Thank you to everyone who shared last week!! I hope you will join us and share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. 


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From Your Hostess:
This week we cohosted the Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop #21 (it goes on all month, so link up your multicultural posts!), shared our exploration of China with a review of the book All About China, reviewed and am giving away four Christmas DVDs, shared a fun Christmas craft book that takes you around the world, learned about Sarah Hale and how she saved Thanksgiving in the United States.

The Multicultural Kids Blog Native American Heritage Month Blog Hop and Giveaway is still going on!! Make sure you enter to win one of the amazing prizes!!

Now for This Week's Party 

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Thanksgiving and Sarah Josepha Hale

Have you entered my giveaway for 4 Christmas DVDs yet?
Have you ever heard of Sarah Josepha Hale? I know I hadn't, however I had heard and memorized something she wrote: "Mary Had a Little Lamb." Sarah Hale was an American author and editor. She was also a mother and wife and she is responsible for our national holiday--Thanksgiving. I know you are probably thinking what do you mean she is responsible for Thanksgiving, because that is what I was thinking when I saw this book at the library, but she is the reason we have a national holiday.

Sarah Hale portrait
Sarah Hale By painted by James Reid Lambdin (1807-1889)
[Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christmas DVDs Review and Giveaway

Disclosure: NCircle Entertainment gave me a copy of the DVDs free of charge and is supplying the ones for the giveaway free of charge. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As always I am providing links to the DVD on NCircle Entertainment's site for your convenience. You can also find their DVDs at local retailers!

To help get us in the Christmas spirit, NCircle Entertainment sent us four Christmas DVDs to review and are supplying another set of four to one of my wonderful readers!! Hazel was really excited to see a few of her favorite shows represented. She insisted we start with the newly released Octonauts: The Very Vegimal Christmas.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Craft It Up! Chirstmas Around the World -- Book Review

Disclosure: Ryland, Peters and Small gave me a copy of this book free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. They also sent me a copy to giveaway! As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation. 

Today I am going to share with you a fun Christmas craft book that helps teach a little bit about various countries around the world. In August of 2013, I had the pleasure of reviewing Craft It Up Around the World. Now the same authors, Libby Abadee and Cath Armstrong have a second book published, Craft It Up Christmas Around the World