Saturday, August 13, 2016

Ukulele Fun!

Our family has been interested in ukuleles for the last several months.  We attended a local festival a few months ago and took a beginning ukulele class.  It was so fun!  Buttercup is actually the one who was interested first.  I've been taking her to a few free classes and I'd play along with her just for fun.  Well on her birthday this year, she received a ukulele!  She was so excited and has really took off learning everything she can. 

I was surprised last month with a ukulele of my own!  I was not expecting one.  I thought maybe in the future I'd buy one but my mother gifted me with a ukulele.  I am now the proud owner of a Concert Luna Ukulele in Radioactive print.  Now it's time to practice, practice, practice!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review of God Bless America: A Patriotic Coloring Book by Multnomah

I love how coloring has been enjoying a surge in popularity.  It's an activity that I've never really stopped doing.  Coloring is a great way to spend time with kids or to do while traveling or to relax or keep your hands busy while watching TV.  I still have many of the coloring books that I had when I was a little girl.  While I enjoy adding some color to my Barbie Great Shape coloring book or my Little Mermaid coloring book, I'm really excited about all the adult coloring books available now. 

God Bless America: A Patriotic Coloring Book by Multnomah is a delightful coloring book that explores our nations history through wonderful illustrations.  The illustrations include a quote from our Founding Fathers, a historic document, patriotic song, or scripture.  This page features a quote from Benjamin Franklin, "Where liberty dwells, there is my country."


And here is the illustration after I colored it. 

 The backside of the drawings include informational text where you can learn more about that quote or song lyric.  For example, here is the back page for Claudia Alta Taylor "Lady Bird" Johnson's illustration; it features her quote "The clash of ideas is the sound of freedom" and gives information about her life and things she accomplished during her lifetime. 


Here are a few more illustrations from the coloring book God Bless America: A Patriotic Coloring Book.


I really enjoyed being able to learn more about our great nation and it's history while also enjoying some quiet time coloring.  The pages are nice and thick and feature perforated edges if you'd like to take the pages out while coloring. 

The back of the book features a playlist put together by WaterbrookMultnomah that you can listen to while coloring.  To access the playlist go to: and select the "Coloring America" playlist.

FTC disclaimer: I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.  All opinions are my own.