Tag: Valentine’s day

Fillings before Feelings

Dolly was feeling easy breezy Valenteeny until someone brought up the dentist visit.

(Son has to have a filling in adult tooth today. Didn’t go down too well with the Ram. Time to put a poster up in bathroom.)

Everyone else is allowed chocolate today but brush your teeth after 😉

Happy Valentine’s Day!


There’s a family on YouTube that my daughter is addicted to watching and the other day they were making a melted crayon heart craft. So she wanted to make one. Then her brother decides he wants one too.


There’s only Phil without a Valentine picture lol


I actually prefer an earlier version

We went to the movies to watch Brooklyn. What a great movie for Valentine’s. Also great for ex-pats.

Wishing everyone a lovely day today 💜


Samuel’s Kisses

With love in the air this week, I didn’t have to think hard about a Perfect Picture Book.  Everyone needs a Samuel’s kiss sometimes.

Samuel’s Kisses written by aussie #pblitchat buddy Karen Collum and illustrated by Serena Geddes,

New Frontier Publishing, December 2010, Fiction.

Suitable for: Pre-schoolers.

Themes/Topics:  Kindness, compassion, cheering people up, being positive.

Opening and brief synopsis:
Samuel was excited. It was shopping day. He loved going shopping with Mummy.

Synopsis: Samuel goes shopping with his Mummy and looks around to see some very sad, grumpy people. As he notices each one, he blows them a kiss, and when the kiss lands it has a magical power that cheers everyone up.

Links to resources: Activity timesheet, learning time.

This is the cutest book ever with the kindest message and beautiful illustrations and it is so wonderful that we all know and love the author already. The lovely Karen Collum x

If you catch a kiss today, be sure to pass it on 🙂

via google images

Just a little notice board notice 😉 Ishta Mercurio is about to start a regular post where picture book writers can put their query letters on her blog and have her critique it and I guess the blog readers too. What a neat idea! So hop on over and get your pitches perfect.

And I almost forgot to say, hubby comes back from his travels today 🙂 He’s been in Holland for two weeks. I remembered to feed the dog and the kids every day and just about survived without his play book lol. I seriously wish I hadn’t said I’d do without when there was a deal on them. Aren’t they so handy? Could you live without your netbooks/ipads etc.?


The Doctor’s Lady Valentine

It’s Valentine’s Day! My secret contest can be revealed. The task was to find a picture that encapsulates the romantic quote I picked out from The Doctor’s Lady (Historical Romance – the perfect Valentine’s read)

‘His fingers closed around hers with the softness of a caress. And when his thumb brushed against the pulse in her wrist, her heart tumbled into a dizzying spin.’

Those who entered can put their links in the comments (or I’ll just click back on your names). Maybe Jody will pick a winner who will receive either a signed copy of The Doctor’s Lady or a $15 gift card. The choice is yours.

You can visit Jody’s awesome blog here and read reviews of The Doctor’s Lady here.

And here’s a lovely book of children’s poems written by famous poets, called Valentine Hearts, holiday poetry selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins.

And check out these super Valentine’s posts:

Come and read the entries for Susanna’s fun Valentine’s contest

Colin Falconer has a wonderful valentine’s post about the origins of Valentine’s Day. Check it out here.

This one has nothing to do with Valentine’s Day but you have to see it it’s too funny! Ellie Soderstrom

Susie gives us a cute story from her early Valentine days here and a funny one from Jenny Hansen too.

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Milo and Hilda

Hooray! It’s time for Susanna’s Valentines contest. This week I am posting a day early for Monday and Wednesday posts to fit with Valentine’s Day. What a fun time! I can’t wait to read them all. Have a great Valentine’s week everyone.

 Introducing Milo the Belgian cat 🙂

Milo had travelled from Belgium. He purred and preened and scowled visiting with aunties who dined on scones and raspberry jam. Terribly bored, Milo sneaked away to the hedgerows of the Engish countryside. She didn’t know it was Valentine’s Day. And she didn’t know Hippos munched on daisies and chewed on grass.

“Hello cat! What are you doing here?”

Milo almost choked on a fur ball, “My name is Milo, I am from Belgium.”

“And my name is Hilda. Nice to meet you Milo.”

“Don’t hippos have to be in water?” asked Milo.

“Yes, I suppose they do. Let’s go and find some!”

So Hilda and Milo ambled up to a nearby stream. Milo climbed on Hilda’s back as she attempted to bathe.

“How refreshing!” said Hilda.

“Yes, quite,” said Milo.

“Happy Valentine’s Day Milo!”

“Happy Valentine’s Day Hilda!”

via Google Images


Check out the other much better entries here.

I had hippos on the brain after reading the middle grade book, Belly Up by Stuart Gibbs. It is SO funny. You can read a review on it on Vicki’s blog. Happy Valentine’s! (Psst! It’s my Valentine’s surprise contest on Tuesday too 😉


Top 3 Valentine’s special

I wish you all a wonderful Valentine’s weekend. The first link is a wonderful site I’ve just found with all sorts of poetry on and I have to say it is lovely to read, so enjoy!

Why don’t you have a go at writing a romantic poem yourselves, here’s all the poetic asides from Month of Poetry for you to try any style you like:
Seasonal Poems
Short forms that pack a punch
Rhyme – Zorgamazoo review
Personification in poetry
Progressive poetry
Versing Australia
Publishing poetry

The Last SongThe Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

After her parents split, Veronica has to split her life between two very different places and two very different lives. Initially dreading staying with her dad for the summer, it turns out to be just what she needed, in theory anyway.

This is a page turner full of the expected, unexpected you name it. Delicious characters to keep you on your toes and plug for the heroine right to the end.

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The Preacher's BrideThe Preacher’s Bride by Jody Hedlund
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth Whitbread puts her life on hold to help out a family in need. Facing danger and heartache, she does the only thing she knows how, she serves God. It is amazing to think this book was inspired by a true story. What an amazing life young Elizabeth Whitbread led. From the first line you get thrown into the main character’s head, and as a mother you relate to the yearning to pick up a crying baby. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book where the characters are so real. The plot rolls out like a carpet and the enemies are deliciously wicked. You feel defensive of Elizabeth each time she is faced with a problem. I only need to think of the book and scenes pop into my head. I follow Jody on her blog and she is such a nice person. Can’t wait for book two!

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CherishedCherished by Beth Heywood
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Cherished is written by my dear kiwi friend Liz and I am so pleased that I can bring a little piece of her all the way over to Canada to remember her by. This is another historical fiction novel and I am thrilled to have a signed copy of this amazing book. It is not very long, you really could finish it in one sitting. It has more twists and turns than a ride at the fair and is an all round thrill. With all the dirty jokes Liz has told me in the time I’ve known her, I should have known this one would be racy. The story is compelling, equally plot and character lead. The language is rich and eloquent. If I ever win the lottery I would buy a whole heap of them and hand them out at nursing homes, what a thrill they’d get!

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So there you have it, a dashing Nicholas Spark’s book, and two very different historical romance books of the highest calibre. What are your favourite romance novels?

Don’t forget 100 Stories for Queensland anthology comes out on 8th March. http://www.facebook.com/pages/100-Stories-for-Queensland/159460610768434?ref=ts it would make a great Easter present or Mother’s Day gift. Such a worthy cause for the flood victims.