Monday, September 15, 2014


Me - Mermaids, wow! I like mermaids. I read this series called Real Mermaids. It has four books in it so far. It's about a girl named Jade who finds out her mother is a mermaid and she is one too. I like it a lot. There's a show called H20 about mermaids. It is about three girls who are mermaids. Other people don't know they are mermaids except for one named Lewis. He  is a friend of theirs. They don't want other people to know they are mermaids because they are afraid they will be poked and prodded at. H20 used to be one of my favorites shows. It was one of my sister's favorite shows too. It was the only favorite show we ever agreed on. I even got an H20 necklace from e-bay. However, it is not one of my favorite shows anymore. It is hardly ever on, and I decided I like other shows better. I also like the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. I like the character of Ariel. I like mermaids but I wouldn't want to be one. It seems like too much work having to keep it secret so people don't want to poke and prod at you.
Mom - I like the original Hans Christian Andersen story The Little Mermaid. When I was little, and I saw the movie Hans Christian Anderson on TV, I think that was the first time I ever heard of mermaids. Melia read a series of books about a girl who finds out her mother was a mermaid and she is one too. She recommended them to me, and I read them as well. The first book in the series is called Real Mermaids Don't Wear Toe Rings. There are three other books in the series as well. I like the Disney movie The Little Mermaid. I also like the movie Splash, which was also about a mermaid. Aurella and I also saw the movie Ponyo for one of her birthdays.It was also basically a mermaid tale (no pun intended.) My daughters were  really into H20: Just Add Water. Aside from it's redundant title, my husband and I just don't get it. The show really seems like nothing more than an Australian soap opera where the girls happen to be mermaids. It is not that that I am against soap operas. There was a time in my life when I was really into soap operas. However, I just don't really like that particular soap opera.
And that's our view. What do you think about mermaids?

Tune in tomorrow for Tips for Tuesday.

Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration September 15 - September 30

Welcome to a One Year Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration!

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The four of us are turning one this month and we've come together to celebrate our one year blogiversary! Of course, we wouldn't have made it this far if it weren't for all of your support. To help us celebrate this milestone, a few of our blogging buddies have joined with us to co-host this party and make this blogiversary celebration and giveaway possible.

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Heather @Here We Go Again...Ready?

Kristen @The Road to Domestication

Laura @Michigan Saving and More

Trish @The Decoratoraholic

Time sure flies when you're having fun and we can't believe it's already been a year since we started blogging! Whoo hoo! To thank everyone that has helped support our blogs, we'd like to help kick off your fall season with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. You'll have 6 chances to win!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Blogger Opportunity CooCoo For Costumes Halloween Giveaway Event

halloween giveaway button Welcome to the first of many Blogger opportunities for the Holiday Season! Hosted by: Adventures of a Military Family of 8

For October we will be doing: "CooCoo for Costumes" Halloween Giveaway event

Friday, September 12, 2014

Funny Friday - Naming

Me -

When we were little, we went to a flea market. My sister and I both got dolls. Mine was just a generic doll. My sister's was a Dora the Explorer doll. "What should I name my doll?" I asked.

"What should I name Dora?" asked my sister.

Mom -

Two year old, Aurella said to me, "What should I name my grapes?"

"Why do you have to name your grapes?" I asked. "You're just going to eat them."

However, Aurella insisted on naming them anyway. She called them  "Dora, Boots and Bob."

We welcome you to share your funny stories with us. Tune in Monday for another Talking Topic.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches

Me - Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, wow! At each storytelling bench, there was a person who told a story about Historic Philadelphia. The stories were all about different things. A lot of the stories included animals. One of them was about showering and another was about baseball. There are ten storytelling benches. Children get a flag if they want. The flag has 13 stars for the 13 colonies. However, there are only ten storytelling benches. At each bench, after you hear the story, you get a star for your flag. After you go to all ten benches, if you have stars on your flag for all of them, you are given a free ride on the carousel at Franklin Square. The storytelling benches were fun. I especially liked the story about the shower. You have to do quite some walking to get to all the benches. I would have preferred that they were all together. People who enjoy history would like the storytelling benches. However, even people who don't enjoy history would probably like them. In fact, if you like a good story, you would probably like the storytelling benches.
Mom- Historic Philadelphia's Once Upon a Nation Storytelling benches, are a lot of fun. Some of the stories that were especially enjoyable included the story of a dog who was captured as a spy, the story of why the Bald Eagle is the symbol of America, and the story of the special mud used on all baseballs. All of the storytellers were very friendly and had great personalities. They made the stories really fun to listen to. It was nice that you did not have to visit the benches in order. Of course,  we did start at the first bench. However, then, went to the furthest one and walked our way back. We started a little late too, and unfortunately were only able to make it to 8 out of the 10 benches before the storytelling was finished for the day. I would love to go back some day and go to the benches we missed. I am not sure if they always tell the same stories at the same bench. I got the impression from at least one one of the storyteller's that she had more than one story she could tell.  Anyway, the storytelling benches are definitely a good way to get exercise as you walk from bench to bench and have fun at the same time.

And that's our view. What do you think is a fun way to get exercise?

Tune in tomorrow for Funny Friday.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Where-To-Go Wednesday - Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches

 What: Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches

Where: Various locations throughout the historic district of Philadelphia

Who: All ages

Our view: Scattered throughout the historic district of Philadelphia, there are ten storytelling benches. When you sit on one of these benches a storyteller will tell you a historic story about America. If you think that these stories are the same old stories of the American Revolution that you have heard before, think again. Some of the stories do take place during the revolutionary war. However, most likely all of the stories are ones you have never heard before. That is part of what makes them so interesting and fun to listen to. The other thing that makes them so fun is how much the actors/storyteller get into the stories they are telling. They are more than telling a story; they are acting out a one person play.  Another aspect that makes the stories fun for kids is that at the first storytelling bench they are given a flag with 13 stars for the original 13 colonies and a sticker to put on one star. As you travel around to the other storytelling benches, they will be given more stickers to put on their flag. Once they have all their stars covered with stickers, they can get a free ride on the carousel at Franklin Square (we will be talking more about Franklin Square in future posts). Even though you do have to walk from storytelling bench to storytelling bench none of them is all that far from any of others although at times with young children and/or if it is really hot, they might feel like they are. However, the walk is still worth it because the storytelling benches are lot of fun. The storytelling benches are open from June 10 - August 16, Tuesday through Saturday from 11-4, August 22-30 Friday and Saturday 11-4, and August 31 and September 1 from 11-4. The first bench is at the Independence Visitor Center located at 6th and Market Street. If you plan to get to them all in one day, we would recommend starting right at 11 AM when they open because it might take some time to get to them all. The Once Upon a Nation Storytelling benches are a part of Historic Philadelphia, and they are completely free. For more information go to

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for more about the Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Benches.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Tips for Tuesday - Books

Me - Today I am recommending Grover Beach Team Books 1 and 2 by Anna Katmore. These are two of the best books I have ever read in my entire life. I recently read them, and I am ready to read them again. The first one was called Play With Me. The second was called Ryan Hunter. They are the same story told from opposite points of view. In the first book, Liza Matthews is in love with her best friend Tony. She joins his soccer team even though she is not good at sports to get close to him. There she meets team captain, Ryan Hunter and things get complicated. The second story is told from Ryan's point of view.  Anna Katmore is really good at believably showing both the male and the female point of view. Aside from that they are just really good books with a really good romantic story.
Mom- Today I am recommending Where We Belong by Emily Giffin. This book is the story of Marian who had a baby when she was a teenager and gave her up for adoption and Kirby, Marian's baby who shows up on Marian's doorstep to meet her 18 years later. I like the way in the novel neither Marian nor Kirby is portrayed as the more sympathetic character. They both have good and bad traits to their characters and likeable and unlikeable traits to their character. I like that Emily Giffin is able to make you feel sympathy for both of them and make you route for them both. This is something that Emily Giffin is very good at. She can even make you feel sympathy for characters that you'd think that you would hate. That is one thing I like about her novels. Where We Belong is my favorite of Emily Giffin's book that I have read so far.

And that's our view. Tune in tomorrow for Where-To-Go Wednesday.
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