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This week for What to Read Wednesday I have something a little different for you. We might want to call it What to Listen To Wednesday because this week’s book is an Audible Original that you can only get on Audible.
When you sign up for Audible you get 2 free Audible Originals every month in addition to one audio book credit every month. Effectively you get 3 books for the price of one! It’s a great deal. And if you’re busy like me sometimes when you try to sit down to read at night you can only get a few sentences in before you start reading the inside of your eyelids. So listening to audio books while cooking or cleaning has been a great way to get my reading in. I highly recommend Audible. It’s been awesome so far
And I have loved the Audible Originals, especially the one I’m recommending today. Rivals: Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. It’s a nonfiction history book that explores different rivalries in history that had an impact on culture, laws, and science. I found the book really interesting and an easy listen. Even if you’re not a history buff you will like this book. Everything is explained in an easy to understand way.
The fun thing about the Audible Originals is that there are sound effects that add to the listening experience. More like a radio program than just having a book read to you. That’s exactly how this book is too!
It’s also a quick listen, just under 3 hours, and I found it mostly without bias except for in the case of Burr and Hamilton but I will let you decide for yourself.
So will you be trying out Audible and their original productions? Let us know in the comments below.
Winnie's Picks is an affiliate company of 3 Winks Design. We received Free product in order to conduct this review. The thoughts expressed are our own. If you order using one of the included links, we will be compensated, but at no greater cost to you. Thanks for your support!
I have done decorative folk art and tole painting for many years now, but I haven't ever ventured to landscapes or anything else really. I have watched YouTube videos about water color painting and tried that a bit, but just a little dabbling! When I was offered to do a review of Winnie's Picks, I was so excited to try my hand at a different type of painting. I always find painting relaxing and cathartic, a real stress reliever!
Paint by number sets have been around since the early 1950s, and I do remember doing one or two simple ones as a child. Those early sets are actually collector's items nowadays! It seems that more and more people are starting to enjoy the hobby of painting by numbers again.
In order to do this review, I was allowed to go to the Winnie's Picks website and choose a painting to work on. I was amazed at the wonderful selection of pictures to choose from! Here are just a few:
Seriously, there are so many choices on their website that it was hard to make a decision. Not only that, there is a choice to have your own custom pictures made into a paint by number chart! That is something that really interests me! Well, I finally made a choice for this project, which I will tell you about in a moment, and let Winnie's Picks know what I had decided on. They sent it right out to me in a sturdy package! Here is a video showing my experience opening the package.
The canvas, paints and brushes all came in a very sturdy tube. I was so impressed with the quality of the products, especially because the price for the kits is so reasonable! I have done some price comparison and the price for Winnie's Picks great quality paint by number kits is extremely competitive. Plus, here is the exciting news! If you go to Winnie's Picks and order a kit, use the code 3winksdesign and you will get $5.00 off your kit!
As I said in the video, I chose a picture called Austrian Train. As of this writing, I haven't finished it yet, but here is a photo gallery of some of my progress:
Winnie's Picks has resources on their site that give you tips about the best ways to paint and take care of your supplies, like the brushes. As I worked, I found a few of my own tips that helped a lot. Here is another video that shows more of my progress and I explain my review of the product and go over some of the most important tips.
Now, if all of this info has given you the bug to try Paint by Number yourself, here is one more bit of exciting news! I am collaborating with some other awesome grandmother bloggers and Winnie's Picks to host a GIVE AWAY! 3 lucky readers will win a $50 giftcard! So, come back everyday and keep entering! (I really hope that some of my readers win!) Here are the rules:
• This giveaway is open to everyone worldwide age 18+
• Three winners will be chosen
• Each winner will receive a $50 gift card to be redeemed at Winnie's Picks
• Starts on August 3, 2019 at 9:00 PM Central
• Ends on August 17, 2019 at 9:00 PM Central
• You may enter once per day
• Winners will be randomly selected using Giveaway Tools
• Winners will be notified via email
• Winners will have 24 hours to respond or new winners will be chosen
• This giveaway is void where prohibited
• No purchase necessary
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Even if you don't win, please click through this link and use code 3winksdesign and get your $5.00 off. When you go to their site, you will be offered an opportunity to join The Painter Club and receive 10% off of your first order! There are just all kinds of ways to save money in order to try this fun form of art expression that is so relaxing and rewarding!
Be sure to check out Winnie's Picks on these social media sites!
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With temperatures blazing into the 100 and teens here in Phoenix, it is always a challenge to find things to do INDOORS with the kids besides TV, electronics and videos. One of the things I have always enjoyed with my own children and now grandchildren is crafting together. It is a great thing to teach kids skills that they can use throughout life, give them a chance to express themselves creatively and there is a strong link to cognitive function as they take things from their minds and express them through their hands. They develop their fine motor skills and can also exercise problem solving as they create.
One summer I let each of my kids pick out fabric and they made decorative pillows for their beds and learned to use my sewing machine in the process. Those pillows stayed in our house for years! When they were little and wanted to paint when I was painting, I gave them water, a paint brush and a block of wood and let them go to town mess free.
You probably have things around your house that will work for kids to use to imagine and create all kinds of wonderful things:
If you are still short on supplies, this is a good time of year to:
Here are some more great kids crafting kits available right now for reasonable prices. You could give your kids some options and let them choose something that they will really get into. There is something to be said about getting a kit and learning to follow directions while also adding some extra flair of their own!
At Dollar Tree: (They have a ton of options, these are just a few!)
Hobby Lobby: (again, there are a ton of options! And, many of their art kits are 40% off right now!)
Magic Paint posters! You only need water
and your dino lover can paint away!
This kit even comes with the rocks!
Michaels: (lots of clearance going on here!)
*In stores only pipe cleaners, felt, pom poms and wooden paintable door hangers are on sale for 47 cents!
It won't be long now until school starts back up! Take these last few weeks to make some memories, build some confidence in your kids, do some STEM activities without them knowing it and just have some fun away from the screen! Use this craft time to initiate conversation and relax together. You and your kids will love it! Have a Fun Friday!
If your children love doing crafts, you may want to consider this:
Mysteries in Time-A crate box full of books and historical activities, only $6.95 per month!
Green Kids Crafts- Monthly STEAM projects using only green materials. Use coupon code SCREENFREE for $10 off!
Last year, we put on a Christmas in July Party and we shared lots of kid friendly crafts!
Creators of Hot Cocoa Bombs! (copyrighted)
Helen Reynolds: Mother of six children , grandmother to ten and counting! I love to cook, craft and create things and I especially love doing that with my family, So, when my lawyer daughter, Lindsey, and my artist daughter, Madalynn, and I came up with the idea of Hot Cocoa Bombs, this blog was born. Then, one more daughter, with her technical and science skills, plus creativity has joined in to round us out! Read more about us here!
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