Hello wonderful human beings.
My question for you today is a simple one. Although I try to keep things upbeat, I have learned through a lot of trial and error that in order for me to heal to the best of my ability, I must first accept my present situation and go from there. So, my question for you today is, “What has been the most difficult thing for you to accept on your chronic journey?”
~ Thank you for stopping by to visit and your willingness to share part of your journey.
The book I am happily reviewing today is, Sir Chocolate and Fondant Five story and cookbook written by Robbie and Michael Cheadle. This book was sent to me free of charge, but the review is completely my own.
As I was reviewing the book, I could easily visualize myself reading it to my children when they were younger. One of my greatest joys has always been to read daily to my kiddos and something I continue to do with my two youngest. Although this book is for younger children then my own, this is one that my kids would have thoughly enjoyed.
Each page of the book has a colorful photo with animals created out of fondant, which I found to make the photos all the more impressive. The rhyming story has a nice flow that draws children in, much like a Dr. Suess book. At the end of the book there are recipes that you can create with your children which would have been a huge hit in my household. In fact, if I was purchasing this book to read to my kids, I would pick a recipe at the back before reading the book and then surprise them with baking session at the end.
What immediately struck me after I finished reading Sir Chocolate was how it could be used as a stepping stone for further learning activities. While your kids are waiting for the goodies to bake, you could get out playdough, or make some yourself, and have them try to create some of the animals they saw on the pages of the book. Hey, if you are really brave, you can try to create animals out of fondant just like the photos and even learn about how fondant is used. You could also have your children choose their favoritie animal that appeared on one of the pages of the book and spend some time learning about it.
This book is a big win for parents with children around 10 and under, but I am sure my teens will enjoy making the recipes.
~ please note this book was written in the UK so the recipes are written using the metric system. So hey, you are in the US you are also getting a math lesson with your kiddos! Bonus. 🙂
Please take a moment to go visit Robbie at Robbie Cheadle
~ wendi is the author of three books that you can view here
One of my 2020 goals for simplychornicallyill is to review 6 books from WordPress bloggers who live with a chronic illness (or three). Currently, I have two publications on my to-review list, but I am searching for three more books to read this year. My first review of 2020 was The Shadow Boxers by Kim Johnson & Karen Anderson and you can find my thoughts here.
So, if you are a chronically ill and have published a book, or know of a WP blogger who is chronically ill, please send them a link to this post. All I need is the title of your book and I will purchase it with my own funds, give you a review on this blog, and hopefully help bring more attention to your work.
Thank you in advance for the chance to assist another chronically ill author.
` wendi is author of 3 books and you can check them out here.
Chronic illnesses tend to have a dreaded side affect of memory issues which can be extremely frustrating.
Through the years, I have experimented with different approaches towards keeping myself organized and on track. The ways have changed as the kids have grown, but I have found that now they are in their busy stage of life, I must keep a very detailed schedule.
At this time, I use my cell phone and a wall calendar to keep track of daily appointments, celebrations, work schedules, really anywhere I need to be and when. Then, I write out my daily to-do list on an index card so I can carry it with me throughout the day (if I don’t forget it, that is 🙂 )
Which leads me to this week’s questions, How do you keep yourself organized?
Please take a moment to share! I deeply appreciate all of you who take the time to leave information in the comment section. I have learned a lot from all of you and I am sure others have too! Thank you.
~ wendi is the author of three books and can be seen here.
when the world seems stacked against you
and the wind is refusing to be at your back
lights appear to dim as you walk into a room
flowers wilt and die before your tired eyes
and those who are suppose to love you never seemed to care
these moments in life can overtake us
creating a sense of feeling unworthy, useless, spent
but you are so very beautiful and you are loved,
if not by those who fail to see your inherent worth,
remember you are cherished by the one who created you
and the beauty of life will reveal itself to you as
a new day will dawn
the fog will clear
and clouds will part
the rain will halt
the sun will shine
birds will sing
and flowers will bloom
Vibrant leaves dancing
Released from their servitude
Sweet, precious freedom
~ wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of two books that you can view here.
when we quiet our world
only then can we can hear God whisper…..
when we quiet our mind
only then can our soul speak and be heard
nature speaks to us in so many ways…..
….but only when we are humble enough to receive it.
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~ wendi, under the pen name Charlie, is the author of Frugal Seeds: 501 Ways to Make, Save, or Stretch a Dollar
……caring enough to do something about it
There is a simple, no bells or whistles website, THE FRUGAL SOURCE, that lists links to publications, blogs and websites, all having to do with saving, investing, retirement, budgeting, minimalism, do-it-yourself and using money wisely.
In my attempt to stretch our budget a bit tighter, I have found many of these sites to be helpful. May you find something that can bless you too.
I have written a book, under the pen name Charlie, Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar. I would be honored if you would take a moment to check it out.
Now that it is summer (and I am way late posting this), there are so many free activities taking place around the country. Just in my small mid-west town we have a free concert series, library summer reading programs, free movies once a week and free lunches every weekday for anyone who is hungry. So check out what is available in your location………you might be amazed how many free activities are available to you and your family and the free choices can be just as fun as the ones that cost money – without the guilt.
Below is a list of some free activities for adults:
Free admission into National Parks
Free admission into museums with Bank of America credit card or
Free classes for adults at home depot………yes, they offer free kid classes too
Free fishing days
Places you can volunteer
Free music app………..makes doing something not-so-fun, more fun with a personalized playlist
Whole foods offers free classes in some locations
Some Williams Sonoma stores offer free classes
I have written a book, Frugal Seeds 101 Ways to Make, Save or Stretch a Dollar. I would be thankful if you would take a moment to check it out. Thank you.