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Through The Shadows is the the third book of The Golden Gate Chronicles Series. Out of The Ruins is first and Beyond the Ashes is second. I still think the second one is my favorite. The first one is filled with raw sadness even though it ends okay. This third one seems to be falling into the category of a typical Christian fiction story – it’s not there yet, though. The continuing story of the Chinese girls helps, as well as the subplot taking place at the law firm. You could read it as a stand alone story, but knowing the background from the first two books helped make it more interesting.
This book reminded me of a mixture of the writings of Jane Austen’s novels and Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. The Bachelor Girl’s Guide to Murder (Herringford and Watts Mysteries Book 1) is a form of cozy mystery even though they are working in competition with the police instead of alongside them. It was interesting, and I did finish it. I’m not sure if I liked it or not. LOL I think my uncertainty comes from not having anything in common with the heroines of the book. However, I would pick up the next one in the series to see how the story continues.
Blue Ribbon Trail Ride is the 4th book of the Horses and Friends Series by Miralee Ferrell. This is a children’s book series. If you have a young girl that loves horses this would be a good series to get.
You could just read #4 and have a good story, but it was nice to know the background of the characters from the other 3. The Blue Ribbon Trail Ride has some happy and sad times, as well as some good life and spiritual lessons.
This post is sponsored by Pley. All opinions are my own.
Do you ever cringe when well-meaning people ask your children what they want for a present? As a mother there have been times that I KNOW my child is not going to play longer than a week with what they have asked for. I want to tell the well-meaning friend to buy them something else instead, but my child insists that they want the first thing mentioned.
We just made it through the Christmas season and Easter is just around the corner. There is always another holiday or gift-giving occasion. Another time for new toys to end up at your house, get underfoot, and need put away again and again.
Here are some gift ideas for kids that will make the kids AND the parents happy.
1.Consumable items. You might think of candy first, and they will love that; but it’s great if you can think of something else. There are a whole lot of things in the grocery store, surely there’s something a little healthier they would like. Cheese sticks? Beef jerky? I know it depends on the age, but even for little ones there are a variety of foods in the baby aisle. Toddlers love those squeeze pouch foods.
Arts and crafts might fall in this category or the next one; they are somewhat consumable and somewhat of a hobby. There are stickers, paper, paints, pens, pencils, crayons, and tons of things that provide hours of fun.
2. Useful things. Is there a hobby the child is interested in? What do they collect? Many children have electronic devices that use apps and gift certificates can be given for them. There are some great magazines for children that are educational, and it is always fun to get mail. What about home decor? There are posters, pictures, sheet sets, rugs, and lots more that will be fun for them to put in their room and see every day.
Many well meaning people give clothes. I think this is a tricky situation with about a 50/50 chance of being great. In the majority of my experience – when the children are little they really don’t care for clothes. When they are a bit older they get particular about what they wear and need to pick it out on their own.
3. Events or lessons. Tickets or a membership to a local attraction can turn into great memories. Gift certificates to a restaurant can be a fun family time; even little kids recognize fast food restaurant logos and love pizza. If they are interested in a musical instrument, or sport you could pay for some lessons, a tutor, or some gear associated with that interest. Craft stores often have lessons on many different hobbies.
If you still really want to give a toy but don’t want to clutter up the child’s house I have one more great idea for you – Pley!
It’s a toy rental subscription service that can start with 1 toy at a time. Members can save money and save space! Plus, when the excitement over the toy has died down it can be mailed back instead of sitting unused on a shelf until yard sale day. You can get a gift card or a continuing subscription.
They have Star Wars toys, princess toys, robotic toys, preschool toys, doll clothes, and more! They even have some board games.
Sounds like a win-win situation!
Do you have any great gift ideas for kids that I should add to this list?