Friday, April 21, 2017

Energy Saving Graph with Weekend Linky

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Make My Saturday Sweet #218!


Do You Use Free Online Education for Your Kids?

It's been a while since I accessed free online educational sites for Amanda. Before Kindergarten and up to Grade 2, Amanda was using ABCya! for grades K to 5. I see that their site also now includes Pre-K.

Then, about a month ago, I heard of an excellent online educational site for kids called Education.com. It has different activities for Math and Reading from Pre-K to Grade 5. There is a free membership option and a couple of paid options, which are explained on the Description and Pricing page.

I was given a free activity to try at home with Amanda. It's a Household Energy Consumption Activity for Grade 3 that teaches Math using Data Collecting, Multiplication, and Graphing.

Here's the introduction that grabbed my attention:

Chances are, you find yourself saying it to your kids all the time: "Turn off the lights!" As energy costs rise and households continue to look for more ways to cut back, why not involve your third grader, too? Here's an activity that gives your third grader a chance to pull out her addition and multiplication skills to help your whole family take a good look at what those lights really do use up. Then, challenge your third grader to use the data to create bar graphs. What does it take to make those numbers go down?

The activity had guidelines and steps to follow, but seemed to be missing some nuts and bolts. I had to do research online to find out some necessary information. I also decided to change the activity to suit us better. You can follow our version below.

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What is a Watt?


A Kilowatt Hour (kWh) is a unit for measuring energy. This is what you pay for when you buy energy from the local utility company. It is, as its name suggests, one kilowatt of power used over a period of one hour. A light bulb is typically 60 watts; leave it on for an hour and you have used 60 watt hours, or .06 kWh. Source: Blog Homebug

To explain this concept to Amanda, I compared the idea of measuring energy to a ruler for measuring length. Amanda took the example further and compared it to a clock measuring time. Now she knows that we can measure energy too!

We are no longer using the standard 60 Watt bulbs in our house. South Africans have changed over to the energy saving 11 Watt bulbs. Amanda went around the house counting all of our lights and then we did the comparisons. I let her work out the math with a calculator when she needed one and I asked her word sum questions, so that she had to think the steps through herself.

The cost of electricity in our activity is in South African rands. You can go online and find out what it costs in your area.

This is what we concluded:

60 Watt Light Bulb
4 hours a day
30 cents a day
22 light bulbs about R7 a day
22 light bulbs about R50 a week

11 Watt Light Bulb
4 hours a day
.06 cents a day
22 light bulbs about R1.50 a day
22 light bulbs about R10 a week

How much money do we save a week?
R40



In the graph we used centimeters. Our biggest number was R50 a week, so we measured 25cm as our longest line (every half a cm equals R1). Hubby helped us with the graph. Overall, it was a good learning experience for all of us.

Disclosure: I was given the free activity, which is free for everyone, and this is my honest opinion.


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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Introducing the Dragonfire Station Series

Translucid (Book 1)
Dragonfire Station Series

Translucid (Dragonfire Station Book 1) by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:


Title: Translucid (Book 1) | Author: Zen DiPietro | Publisher: Parallel Worlds Press | Pages: 275 | Genre: Science Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult


Book Description:


What if you woke up knowing how to do your job, but had no idea what your name was? What if you had to rely on other people to tell you who you were?

What if you thought they were wrong?

Emé Fallon is the security chief of Dragonfire Station, and does a damn good job of it. That’s where her competence ends. Outside of work, she has a wife she doesn’t know, a captain who seems to hate her, and a lot of questions that don’t add up.

Without a past, all she has is the present, and she’ll stop at nothing to ensure she has a future.


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My Review:


The Dragonfire Station is an exciting new science-fiction series by Zen DiPietro. Translucid, the first book in the series, has a colorful cast of likable characters from different planets with a kick-butt heroine who can't remember who she is. Who can she trust? What information is real? This cyberpunk, spy-thriller, adventure story will not disappoint!


The Cost of Business
A Dragonfire Station
Short Story

The Cost of Business: A Dragonfire Station Short Story by [DiPietro, Zen]

About the Book:


Title: The Cost of Business (Short Story) | Author: Zen DiPietro | Publisher: Parallel Worlds Press | Pages: 30 | Genre: Science Fiction | Recommended Age: Young Adult


Book Description:


Cabot Layne has unintentionally become the owner of someone else’s problem. In order to get free of it, he’ll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he’ll even manage to turn a profit.

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My Review:


The Cost of Business is a short story that takes place soon after Translucid, Book 1 in the Dragonfire Station Series. The story gives us a glimpse into the life of Cabot Layne, one of the interesting characters that you meet on Dragonfire. He is a trader with a successful business and plenty of secrets. It was a fun, quick read and I can't wait to learn more about him as the series continues.


About the Author:
Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro

Zen DiPietro is a lifelong bookworm, dreamer, writer, and a mom of two. Perhaps most importantly, a Browncoat Trekkie Whovian. Also red-haired, left-handed, and a vegetarian geek. Absolutely terrible at conforming. A recovering gamer, but we won’t talk about that. Particular loves include badass heroines, British accents, and the smell of Band-Aids. Writing reviews, author interviews, and fun stuff at www.zendipietro.com.


Disclosure: I received a free digital copy of the Cost of Business for my honest review. I purchased a copy of Translucid (Book 1). Both reviews are my own.

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Easter Sunday Photos with Linky

Welcome to my Picture Perfect
Party Linky #239!


I hope everyone had a blessed and safe Easter weekend! Our kids were on school holiday, which ended on Monday for the three girls. We spent the Sunday and Monday at my in-laws' house on South Africa's beautiful West Coast. We were really spoiled with good food and good weather. All of the photos that I'm sharing today were taken on Easter Sunday. Two of the photos were taken by Hubby, one of Samantha and one of me.

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Samantha, Daniella (Jeremiah's girlfriend), and Jessica

My mom-in-law and Hubby

Me

Samantha

Amanda

Jeremiah




Daniella and Jeremiah



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Friday, April 14, 2017

An Easter Weekend Special with Linky

Welcome to my weekend blog hop -
Make My Saturday Sweet #217!


In light of Good Friday, here's a YouTube video that clearly explains the meaning behind the Old Testament sacrifices and how they foreshadowed Jesus' death on the cross. He was the perfect Lamb who would make the ultimate sacrifice for all people. "Behold! The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29).

This short video below was made by the Bible Project.



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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Magelica's Voyage Book Blast

Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies
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About the Book

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Title: Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Illustrator: Nathan Heinze | Publication Date: April 2017 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Number of Pages: 35 |
Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: Five Star Readers Favourite and Story Monster approved!  New Magelica's Voyage to the Land of the Fairies is finally out! Its the third children's book in the Magelica trilogy. Put on your magical necklace and join Magelica and her friends as they discover that fairies are real and that love is the most powerful magic of all!In this very special adventure, rainbows light up the sky as Magelica and Prince Will embark on an extraordinary voyage to uncover the mystery of her past. Empowered on her quest by her chosen mother, Magelica and her friends follow the secret scroll to the Land of the Fairies. As they make their way through the forest, fear gets in the way and their courage is tested.





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Title: Magelica's Voyage | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: June 1, 2013 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Number of Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: Who ever heard of a girl being hatched from an egg the colour of sapphires? Magelica doesn't know where she came from or who she really is. But when she's transported to the Isle of Dreams in a flying bathtub, she launches into an adventure of discovery, and learns that wonderful things can happen when she uses her imagination, believes, opens her heart and trusts in love. Come fly with her and discover for yourself the power of imagination, gratitude, believing in yourself, and love! In this special first voyage, fantasy, adventure, magical illustrations, empowering messages, and a wonderful cast of enchanting characters come together as Magelica takes young girls and the special people in their lives on a fun, inspiring voyage about making your life magical.

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Title: The Rescue (Magelica's Voyage Book 2) | Author: Louise Courey Nadeau | Publication Date: May 27, 2015 | Publisher: Magelica Inc. | Number of Pages: 48 | Recommended Ages: 5 to 10

Summary: When Magelica dreams of the prince lost on a deserted island, she realizes that it could lead to his rescue. She returns to the Isle of Dreams to tell Queen Raya what she knows. Can they save Prince Will before it's too late? Will the power of laughter and love be enough?

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About the Author

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Louise Courey Nadeau, born and raised in Montreal, Canada, wife and mother to two girls and two boys is the creator and author of Magelica’s Voyage, Magelica’s Voyage: The Rescue and Magelica’s Voyage to the Land of the Fairies; an adventure/fantasy trilogy about a young girl on Earth who suddenly grows wings at the age of 12 and sets out on a voyage to discover who she is and where she comes from. Empowered by her Chosen Mother to follow her heart, Magelica and her fun and wacky friends learn that following your dreams is no easy task! Called upon to connect peoples and worlds, and bring balance and harmony, Magelica discovers that the greatest enemy is fear, but realizes that it is no match for courage, believing in herself, and love, the most powerful magic of all.

Author, mother, wife, Founder and CEO of Magelica Inc., former marketing and advertising executive, a tireless fundraiser for many charities, a painter, and gardener, Louise’s passions keep growing. Louise's dream is to create a bond with children and their caregivers around the globe, and make a real difference by entertaining them with exciting stories that stimulate their imagination, and help them discover the power of their own magic.  Books are just the beginning. She is simply getting started!

"Through life's trials and tribulations, I always believed I could. With the Magelica book series, my own beliefs, courage, determination and resolve have been tested over and over. Believing I can, has kept me going!  My goal is for young girls to be empowered to grow up strong, positive and powerful, and for young boys to have the self-confidence to support girls in their goals, thereby creating a new gender balance for a new generation. "The children of today, will grow up to be the parents of tomorrow. By inspiring them now, the ripple effect will eventually change the world."

"Magelica's Voyage is inspired by my life, my family, and the special people and places I love", says Courey Nadeau. "All of the characters in the story, including Magelica are reflections of the person I am- the wacky part, the funny part, the philosopher, the teacher, the caretaker, the chosen mom, the giver, and of course the dreamer. What would Magelica do, I often ask, and I get the answer. When you fly with Magelica, the possibilities are endless and there is magic all around."

To learn more about Louise Courey Nadeau please visit Magelica's Voyage website at Magelica.com. You can also follow Magelica on FB, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest. Magelica books and necklaces are available on amazon.com and at selected retailers.




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Prize: One winner will receive a $50 Amazon gift card or $50 PayPal cash prize (winner’s choice) Giveaway ends: April 26, 11:59 pm, 2017 
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Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. A winner will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winner will then have 72 hours to respond. If the winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author, Louise Courey Nadeau and is hosted and managed by Stacie from BeachBoundBooks. If you have any additional questions feel free to send an email to stacie@BeachBoundBooks.com.

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