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September 2, 2014

Bog, Sibling Rivalry and Geology | by Author Katy Krump

Bog, Sibling Rivalry and Geology | by Author Katy Krump
Author, Katy Krump
We are so pleased to bring you a special guest segment from Katy Krump, author of Drippy Face, a delightful children's book that's brings geology to life in a fresh and imaginative way! 

My new children’s book, Drippy Face, is about Pete. A boy who’s composed of bog. Yes. Bog. He’s one of the Krusterati, an ancient civilisation who have evolved from the earth and taken on its characteristics.

As you can imagine, being boggy has its challenges, a drippy face being only one of them. Yet despite his bogginess, Pete is much like any other boy trying to grow up and survive in a dysfunctional family and unstable world. Only his family is a little more dysfunctional than most. His brother, Sandy, is made of pure white sand and has a nasty habit of collapsing into a heap when scared or angry so Pete is never sure if he’s going to have a brother or a pile of dust. But it’s his annoying little sister who really gets up his nose. Gilda has a vein of gold running through her body so she’s more valuable than the others and is in constant danger of being ‘collected’ and sold for Joolry – whoever or whatever that is. No one is entirely sure. Gilda is ‘Precious’ and is spoiled and cossetted and it drives Pete crazy. Not only that, his mother, Iggy, has a streak of lava in her blood and literally blows her top when angry. Lava everywhere. It’s not pretty. Poor Pete, not even his beloved Grandpa Fossil, who believes he’s descended from a monolith at Stonehenge, can help.

September 1, 2014

Create Your Own Milano Spaceship Console & More | Guardians of the Galaxy Coloring and Activity Sheets #GOTG

Create Your Own Milano Spaceship Console & More | Guardians of the Galaxy Coloring and Activity Sheets #GOTG


With GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY still holding the number one spot in the box office, it's apparent there are a whole lotta Star-Lord, Drax, Gamora, Rocket Raccoon and Groot fans being made by the hour!

Continuing the movie theater fun with coloring and activity sheets at home is a terrific way for children (and adults!) to relive favorite on-screen moments or connect with the movie in a creative way. We hope you enjoy this amazing array of puzzles, games, coloring pages and even a "Create Your Own Milano Spaceship Console" from our friends at Marvel and Disney to enhance your GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY experience!

Baked Goods Sampler Basket and other Gift Ideas for Grandparent's Day

Baked Goods Sampler Basket and other Gift Ideas for Grandparents Day

Though some people have not heard of the holiday, Grandparent's Day has been around for more than 35 years now.  And it's coming up quick on Sept. 7, leaving little time to get a gift of appreciation to our beloved grandparents.  

If you are in a pinch and want to send a fun gift to your grandmother, grandfather or both, GourmetGiftBaskets.com has assembled a list of their top 5 selections to fit any budget:

August 31, 2014

Now is the Time to Spruce Up Your Backyard for Less! | Deep Discounts from Brylane Home #sponsored

Now is the Time to Spruce Up Your Backyard for Less! | Deep Discounts from Brylane Home
Translucent Lighted Fountain with Floral Design | Cascading Umbrella Top String Lights | Set of 6 Mini Color-Changing Solar Lights |  Solar Fence Post Light

All summer long, you've tried to hide nicked table-tops under flimsy plastic cloths.  Prayed fervently that your 10-year-old chairs would hold up to your five-year-old nephew's propensity to jump on them.  Cringed every time you served chips and dip from trays that had taken one-too-many spins in the dishwasher.  Wondered for the thousandth time why your garden looked so drab.

We all "make do" when the pocket book strings are tight and it doesn't seem like hope is on the horizon for affording updates to our current backyard decor and set-ups for entertaining. There's nothing wrong with wanting to spruce up your furniture, decorations or serving items - after all, they add great joy to your gatherings and the right, bright tools are always a bonus to have on-hand.

Be a Hero this Back-to-School Season with Pirate’s Booty Snack Packs #glutenfree

Be a Hero this Back-to-School Season with Pirate’s Booty Snack Packs
We've found where X marks the snack spot and uncovered Pirate's Booty Snack Packs just in time for back-to-school! Thanks to Pirate's Booty, we have a whole case of snacks to enjoy throughout the school year. All thoughts and "arrr's" are that of Rural Mom. 

Now that my sons are in school again, I'm scrambling daily to find snacks to send them to school with and to have around during homework time. Fruits and veggies are great go-to's, but my kids quickly get bored of the "same 'ol, same 'ol" snack routine, so I need to have a variety on-hand to please their palettes.

Snacks like Pirate's Booty fit our needs quite nicely.  With no artificial colors, flavors or preservatives and less fat and calories than traditional fried potato chips, it's a snack indulgence I can feel good about keeping on in our Rural Mom pantry.
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