Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Roadfood by Jane and Michael Stern {A book review}

Matt and I have been talking for a while about taking a trip together as a family based around fun cities to visit, possible sites to see and most importantly around restaurants where we would like to eat. When we travel, we are big time foodies. We don't necessarily need to eat at the most expensive impressive restaurant in the city. We want to eat at the places that everyone that lives in that city or town know and love. The holes in the wall. The diner. The dive. The family owned meat and three restaurant. Those are our favorites. 

We are planning to take our first fun trip in January and our stops will be in North Carolina, eastern South Carolina, and Georgia. We hope to expand our horizons after our first trip and go elsewhere. We will see how it all goes. Our plan is to stay in local B&B's and really immerse ourselves in the culture. FUN FUN FUN!

All of that being said, when we saw the book, Roadfood, up for review with Blogging for Books, we knew we needed to check it out. This book arrived and we were both shocked at the thickness of it. Roadfood boasts a list of 900 restaurants all over the country and even includes a list of the writers top 100 places including some from each area of the country. 

For each restaurant, there is an address, phone number and website if available, as well as a price guide for the restaurant. Below that information, a blurb is written about each restaurant possibly telling the favorite foods they serve, a bit of history about the place, etc. Each was fun to read. A restaurant was even listed for our sweet town, The Beacon Drive-In. 

This book is a great resource for foodies and those looking for new places to stop on a road trip. We have several places starred to check out on our trip in January. 

**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.**

Friday, July 25, 2014

Get to Know Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders {A Book Review}

Recently, I reviewed Get to Know Jesus by Nancy I. Sanders and I loved it. At that writing, I made mention of purchasing the other books in the series. Imagine my excitement when I went to request my next review book and saw Get to Know Apostle Paul! I was thrilled and this book did not disappoint. 

Get to Know Apostle Paul by Nancy I. Sanders is a full-color biography written specifically for children. Our son is only 9 months old but I know we will use these books often as he grows and we teach him about the people of the bible who shaped our faith. 

I loved the way Nancy shared about Paul's life and journey of faith. Each chapter is easy to read with full color pictures. Throughout the book there is various information provided in addition to the regular chapter material. Bible hero blurbs introduce other heroes of the Bible. Eyewitness account appears with there is other information from other philosophers etc. Did you Know? provides fun facts. Word bank defines difficult words that may be found in the main text. 

I think this book is a great resource for parents, grandparents, sunday school teachers and the like. Well done, Nancy! 

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I received this book for free from BookLookBloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

Mason: Week 38 {Photos}

Day 260: This boy loves his toy corner

Day 261: Hey Mom, Buy this Duke's Mayo for Dad! 

Day 262: This boy LOVES bubbles! 

Day 263: My shopping/walking/stroller partner

Day 264: Breakfast at the Beacon. 

Day 265: Shenanigans! 

Day 266: Hop on Mom! 

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Montgomery: July 2014 {Super Duper Duper Picture Heavy}

We went to Montgomery from July 4th-July 12th to spend the week with Matt's parents, sister and her family, brother, and grandmother who lives in Pennsylvania. Here are some pictures from the week. 

We headed down to Montgomery on July 4th. We left that evening and it ended up being an excellent decision because there was no traffic! Here is one of the funny billboards for Chick-Fil-A as we passed through Atl. 

Friday evening and Saturday morning, we were the only people there so we just did a little chilling out. Mason dug it. :)

Saturday afternoon brought Mason's first time in the swimming pool! 

It also brought Mason's first popsicle! 

Mason met his Uncle Ben for the first time as well as his first cousins Luke, Kieran and Emelia, his Aunt Holly, Uncle Mitch and his great grandmother Mom-Mom.

Matt enjoyed some play time with our nephews and niece that evening. 

Sunday morning, we got up early and Matt had a photo shoot before church. 

We got there early and that called for a little swinging and play time at The Waters. 

After a long morning with only a short nap, this guy fell asleep right after church! 

Sunday evening, Matt's dad treated all of us to a baseball game. Mason's 1st! 

Mason's 1st frozen lemonade. 

Then a sweet boy took a cat nap. There was a little too much noise though because he was only asleep about 15 minutes!

We were sweating!! 

Mason ran the bases at the end of the game. 

Monday morning brought an adventurous little fella who needed to see what the suitcase contained! Then....more swimming! 

A little attempted play time with cousin Emelia. She wasn't very interested. haha. :)

A little more play time with niece and nephew. This time...sidewalk chalk!

A few early morning tv show watching pics. 

Then a little time out with my crazy guys! 

We went on a walk with Luke on Tuesday evening before dinner. 

Wednesday morning we spent time together just the three of us to celebrate 4 years since Matt and I got engaged! 

Then, a little more swimming! 

Wednesday evening, we went to go see my great aunts/Mason's great great aunts! 

Mason and Mom-Mom had a little play time that evening, too. 

Thursday morning brought about more suitcase exploring for this guy. 

And raft riding. 

And eating...

Friday morning we got up and went to Prattville for another photoshoot as well as to meet up with our friends Rick, Rachel and Charlie for brunch. It was such a blast! 

Best one! 

We made a quick stop by the nursing home in Prattville for Mason to see Mr. Law again. What a treat that was. We even got to see his son, David, too. 

Friday night brought a few video games for Matt with Luke and Kieran before we had to head out the next morning. 

Saturday morning, we got up and left about 6:15 to head back home. We made a stop at Sublime Doughnuts in Atlanta and made it back by 1:30. It was a nice trip and we enjoyed seeing everyone. It was great for Mason to meet his cousins, great-grandmother and Aunt Holly, Uncle Mitch and Uncle Ben. Thanks again Mr. Rob and Mrs. Claire for hosting!