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4 Mexican paper crafts: Simple and fun craft tutorials inspired by Mexican Artisan paper decorations: Pinatas, paper stars, papel picado and paper flowers (Happythought paper craft Book 2)

4 Mexican paper crafts: Simple and fun craft tutorials inspired by Mexican Artisan paper decorations: Pinatas, paper stars, papel picado and paper flowers (Happythought paper craft Book 2)

Ellen Deakin (Author), Harry Olden (Author)

This had great templates for my students with wonderful step by step instructions and beautifully helpful visuals. This company always has great educational sources and fun crafty activities.

Drea

Description

The Mexican tradition of paper crafting dates back to pre-Hispanic times when the Aztecs made paper from tree bark, called Amate. With the Spanish conquest brightly colored tissue paper or Papel de China arrived on trading boats from the Phillipines and was used in paper crafts.

Pinatas, papel picado and paper flowers are important in the festivities of Cinco de Mayo and Dia de los Muertos and are also used to decorate birthday parties, weddings and baby showers amongst other celebrations.

From the beginning of Happythought we have been inspired by the beauty and simplicity of these Mexican paper crafts. We have really enjoyed trying our hand at creating our own, with satisfying results!

Now we have put together four of our favorite paper craft tutorials for you try in one book. The techniques we have used are not always traditional – the projects are designed to be easy to make and use materials that you hopefully already have at home or in your craft box. The crafts are also designed with little fingers in mind – most of the activities are easy enough for a child to complete, with a little adult supervision!

Tutorials

How to make a paper star

These stunning ornaments are partly inspired by Mexican star pinatas and partly by the beautiful Moravian tin star lanterns made by Mexican artisans. You could also attach your star decorations to a string of fairy lights to make a garland of teeny-tiny star lanterns. We have provided three colorful templates for you to use, or why not create your own using the black and white template as a starting point?

How to make paper flowers

These simple paper flowers are fun to make and so easy that the whole family can get involved.They can be used to decorate a party or Cinco de Mayo celebration, arranged in vases or as a centerpiece at a wedding, or placed on an ofrenda for Dia de los Muertos.You could also attach one or two flowers to a bobby pin or hair band and create a decorative hair piece!

How to make papel picado

Papel picado means ‘punched’ or ‘perforated’ paper, and traditionally papel picado are made from colored tissue paper and cut using chisels.We wanted to simplify the perforated paper technique so that you could create papel picado with household scissors, and after a bit of experimentation we came up with this easy method of producing your own stunning papel picado. We made ours using crepe paper as it comes in lovely, vibrant colors and we found it much easier to handle than tissue paper, which tends to tear. It also means that your papel picado last longer so you can use them again next year!

How to make a mini pinata

Ever since we moved our family to South America, we have all fallen head-over-heels for piñatas, so it wasn’t long until we felt compelled to try making one of our own.Traditionally, you beat a pinata with a stick until it exploded and all the yummy, shiny contents fell to the ground. Now days, as a safer option, pinatas often come with a string which you pull down on to release the contents. We wanted to make a fully functioning mini pinata, so ours too has a pull string. It’s been tried and tested by our children, so we can report that it works beautifully!

Templates

If you would like to use the templates shown in the tutorial photos they are all free with the book to download from the Happythought website. We have also included templates in this book which you can photocopy and scale up to use for your projects, copy by hand or use as inspiration for your own designs.

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Make Ahead Meals: Easy Freezer Recipes to Make Ahead for Cooking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Including Crockpot Freezer Meals

Make Ahead Meals: Easy Freezer Recipes to Make Ahead for Cooking Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Including Crockpot Freezer Meals

Peggy Annear

Sometimes you just need to jog your memory, and this book does a good job of providing freezer cooking basics. No big surprises in this book, but it did motivate me to put freezer meals back on my menu for the sake of saving time.

H. Trice

This is a freezer recipe book packed with delicious make ahead meal ideas. It is also a complete guide to freezing foods. The freezer recipes will have you covered for breakfast, lunch, dinner with a few snacks and smoothies included too. Each recipe is accompanied by a picture so you can see what the finished recipe will look like. Measurements are in both imperial and metric so the book is user friendly, no matter where you live in the world! I have also included charts and links to guidelines giving more information on freezer cooking, freezer organization and freezer thawing.

Make ahead meals can give us more precious time, they can save us money when we buy in bulk, and there isn’t cooking and clean up at each meal time! You get more time to spend with your family or do the things you want to do.

There are many ways to preserve food, freezing is just one of them. You can freeze individual foods or make ahead meals including pastries, soups and stews. Unexpected guests arriving on the door step can be stressful…not if you have some freezer recipes handy in the fridge. Life in the kitchen can be made a whole lot easier when you plan ahead. Cooking larger quantities of foods at once then freezing into smaller quantities and portions has many benefits. It’s especially helpful if you have young children, are a shift worker or live on your own.

It’s wonderful getting home after a busy day and having a meal already prepared and ready to go. Instead of cooking every night, you can choose to cook double or triple every second or third night. Your kitchen will be a whole lot cleaner too! There will be far less mess and fewer dishes. If you think smart and think ahead, you can be putting up your feet more often.

Here is a look at what’s inside the complete guide to cooking and freezing recipes book. I hope you like it!

Tips for Freezing Foods
Foods That Freeze Well
Foods That Don’t Freeze Well
Freezing Tips and Guidelines
How to Pack and Organize the Freezer
Freezing Small Quantities
How to Thaw Foods Correctly
Apple Puree Pancakes
Berry Acacia Smoothie
Gluten Free Healthy Granola
Crockpot Bean & Chicken Chili
Easy Pizza
Lentil Soup with Lemon Cream
Creamy Broccoli Soup
Pumpkin and Potato Soup
Gluten Free Fish Sticks
Quick Quinoa Salad
Green Power Sauce
Crockpot Olive & Chicken Soup
Salmon & Zucchini Patties
Meatballs in Tomato Sauce
Chicken & Bacon Casserole
Easy Beef Jerky
Tuna Pasta Casserole
Tasty Cheese Waffles
Easy Salsa Chicken
Beef Stroganoff
Chicken Noodle Soup Meal
Potstickers
Crockpot Pork Ragù
Quick Vegetable Pizza
Cashew Crumbed Chicken
Slow Cooker Creamy Beef
Vegetarian Tortellini
Macaroni Cheese
Mushroom and Capsicum Frittata
Moroccan Kebabs
Basic Beef Bolognaise Sauce
Hearty Hungarian Goulash
Teriyaki Pineapple Chicken
Carob Health Truffles
Banana Bender Muffins
Cherry Chocolate Balls

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Welcome to Fred (The Fred Books Book 1)

Welcome to Fred (The Fred Books Book 1)

Brad Whittington

A phenomenal read. Great humor. Great writing. And a terrific, nostalgic walk down memory lane. Just like Mark Cloud, Christian fiction is coming of age. And Brad Whittington is providing the spark. The next logical step is to drop the “Christian author” moniker altogether and keep promoting great writers (like Mr. Whittington) who just happen to be Christian.

Michael Snyder

#2 in Fiction / #1 in Christian Fiction (December 2012)

Can you keep a secret? Mark Cloud isn’t sure he buys the whole God thing anymore. The problem is, he can’t really tell anyone. Especially not his dad, the Baptist preacher.

As the last of the modern nomads, a preacher’s family is always on the move, and Mark has learned to cope with life as the new kid in town. At least he’s in a town.

Until he is whisked away behind the Pine Curtain of East Texas to the microscopic community of Fred. There, his urban coping skills fall flat as he fumbles every attempt to fit in. And the girl of his dreams is immune to his Sixties counterculture charm.

But these frustrations fade in comparison to the crisis prompted by a dusty book he finds lodged between the stacks on the library. Before it’s over, Mark will have to face his doubts. And his father.

This award-winning novel is a moving and hilarious coming-of-age story set against the vibrant backdrop of the 1960s and rural America.

eBook extras: Reader’s Guide, 900+ SAT words, Preview of Living with Fred

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The Guardian Duke (A Forgotten Castles Novel)

The Guardian Duke (A Forgotten Castles Novel)

Jamie Carie

This was one of the best trilogies I have ever read. Each individual book in not necessarily a stand-alone, but they blend well. I read all three together one right after the other. Lots of good history and very believable.

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The Guardian Duke is award-winning novelist Jamie Carie’s most exciting story yet, a uniquely arranged Regency-era romantic adventure where hero and heroine know each other through written letters but have yet to meet.

Gabriel, the Duke of St. Easton, is ordered by the King to take guardianship over Lady Alexandria Featherstone whose parents are presumed dead after failing to return from a high profile treasure hunt. But Alexandria ignores this royal reassignment, believing her parents are still alive and duly following clues that may lead to their whereabouts. Gabriel, pressured by what are actually the King’s ulterior motives, pursues her across windswept England and the rolling green hills of Ireland but is always one step behind.

When they do meet, the search for earthly treasure will pale in comparison to what God has planned for both of them.

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A Duke's Promise (A Forgotten Castles Novel)

A Duke’s Promise (A Forgotten Castles Novel)

Jamie Carie

I am so happy to have found Jamie Carie. Her writing is smart, emotional, and fast-paced. I love how she can create a powerful love story without a bunch of smut. I especially love the historical aspect to her work. Highly recommended!

Kelli of I’d So Rather Be Reading

Award-winning writer Jamie Caries concludes her most epic storyline with a wonderful twist in A Duke’s Promise, the final Forgotten Castles novel.

From the Land of Fire and Ice back to England’s shores, Alexandria Featherstone finds herself the new Duchess of St. Easton. Her husband has promised a wedding trip to take them to the place where her imperiled parents were last seen — Italy and the marble caves of Carrara — but a powerful Italian duke plots against Alex and her treasure-hunting parents.

Hoping to save them, Alex and Gabriel travel to Italy by balloon. Fraught with danger on all sides and pressured by Gabriel’s affliction to the breaking point, they must learn to work and fight together. The mysterious key is within their grasp, but they have yet to recognize it. This journey will require steadfast faith in God and each other — a risk that will win them everything they want or lose them everything they have.

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Angel's Den

Angel’s Den

Jamie Carie

This story grasps you from chapter one. It has highs and lows, and the ending is a great surprise. I truly enjoyed this novel!!

Lana Frazier

n 1808, when Emma meets and marries Eric Montclaire (the famed “most handsome man west of the Appalachians”), this young daughter of prominent St. Louis citizens believes a fairy tale has just begun. Instead, her husband’s angelic looks quickly prove only to mask a monstrous soul all too capable of possessive emotions and physical abuse. Praying for mercy, she is devastated when Eric insists on her joining his yearlong group expedition to the Pacific Ocean, following the trail Lewis and Clark blazed just a few years earlier. By the time cartographer Luke Bowen realizes Emma’s plight, it’s too late to easily untangle what has become an epic web of lies, theft, murder, courtroom drama, and a deep longing for love. Only God can show them the way out.

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As a Man Thinketh

As a Man Thinketh

James Allen

I would recommend this book to everyone interested in changing some aspect of their life. It is less than 70 pages & can be read in less than an hour, but its effects could last a lifetime.

Katie

The aphorism, “As a man thinketh in his heart so is he,” not only embraces the whole of a man’s being, but is so comprehensive as to reach out to every condition and circumstance of his life. A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the complete sum of all his thoughts.

As the plant springs from, and could not be without, the seed, so every act of a man springs from the hidden seeds of thought, and could not have appeared without them. This applies equally to those acts called “spontaneous” and “unpremeditated” as to those, which are deliberately executed.

Act is the blossom of thought, and joy and suffering are its fruits; thus does a man garner in the sweet and bitter fruitage of his own husbandry.

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The Love Dare Day by Day

The Love Dare Day by Day

Alex Kendrick, Stephen Kendrick

This book may have saved my marriage. I was thinking about getting a divorce and ended up buying the book. It has stuff to do together with your spouse or significant other. You need to follow it step by step. Do everything it says and pray to GOD as well as study the bible. It can help.

vINCENT rOMEO

Topping the New York Times list and already selling three million copies, The Love Dare has established itself as more than a book; it’s an unstoppable marriage movement. And like the husband in Fireproof (the film where The Love Dare originated), readers know this 40-day challenge to understand and practice unconditional love with their spouse need not end when the book does. With that in mind, The Love Dare Day by Day encourages and challenges couples toward new steps in faith and love with 365 marital encouragements, reminders, and action points worth repeating year after year. Unconditional love is eagerly promised at weddings, but rarely practiced in real life. As a result, romantic hopes are often replaced with disappointment in the home. But it doesn’t have to stay that way. Whether your marriage is hanging by a thread or healthy and strong, The Love Dare Day by Day is a journey you need to take. It’s time to learn the keys to find

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Making Your Differences Work for Your Marriage (Ebook Shorts)

Making Your Differences Work for Your Marriage (Ebook Shorts)

Rick Johnson

We all need wise counsel in our marriages, can’t beat the price, and I liked sharing it with others. KUDOS!

Nikki Craig

It’s no secret that men and women are different. And it’s no secret that they don’t always get along because of these differences, even when they love each other. But having a successful marriage is not about finding the perfect person to marry. It’s about loving someone in an unselfish, Christ like manner. Whatever we want out of marriage unconditional love, forgiveness, passion that is what we have to give to our spouse. Rick Johnson shows couples how to go beyond merely tolerating each other’s differences to using those Godgiven differences to add spice and passion to their relationship.

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The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

The Power of No: Because One Little Word Can Bring Health, Abundance, and Happiness

James Altucher, Claudia Azula Altucher

I will read for the rest of my life…

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“No” is sometimes the hardest word to say. It’s also the most necessary.

How many times have you heard yourself saying yes to the wrong things—overwhelming requests, bad relationships, time-consuming obligations? How often have you wished you could summon the power to turn them down?

This lively, practical guide helps you take back that power—and shows that a well-placed No can not only save you time and trouble, it can save your life.

Drawing on their own stories as well as feedback from their readers and students, James Altucher and Claudia Azula Altucher clearly show that you have the right to say no:

To anything that is hurting you. To standards that no longer serve you. To people who drain you of your creativity and expression. To beliefs that are not true to the real you.

It’s one thing to say no, the authors explain. It’s another thing to have the Power of No. When you do, you will have a stronger sense of what is good for you and the people around you, and you will have a deeper understanding of who you are. And, ultimately, you’ll be freed to say a truly powerful “Yes” in your life—one that opens the door to opportunities, abundance, and love.

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Dump Cake Cookbook: 40 Decadent Recipes

Dump Cake Cookbook: 40 Decadent Recipes

Chef Goodies

There are some really good recipes in this book. Not every one is a winner for me, but I definitely recommend this recipe book. Even if you only find one or two that your family likes, it is worth it.

Melody Cox

Spoil yourself with a decadent dump cake
The Dump Cake Recipe Book includes 40 decadent dump cake recipes that use cake mixes. Some are basic recipes for you to build upon, some are a bit more unusual, but they are all easy to put together with easy to find ingredients.
Here is just a small sample of dump cake recipes that are included:

Lemon Dump Cake
Cheesecake Dump Cake
German Chocolate Dump Cake
Chocolate Raspberry Dump Cake
Wild Berry Dump Cake
PLUS 35 more dump cake recipes!

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Second Time Around: A Christian Romance Novel (The Lewis Legacy Series, Book Two)

Second Time Around: A Christian Romance Novel (The Lewis Legacy Series, Book Two)

JoAnn Durgin

What a beautiful, charming, and captivating story! I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I cried some more, and I grew as a person, as a wife, and as a Christian.

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God’s Time is the Right Time. Marc Thompson is on top of the world-a newlywed with a beautiful wife, the owner of a thriving Boston sports advertising agency, and a century-old home they’re renovating in the suburbs. Then the unthinkable happens. Two months after the wedding, Marc sits in a hospital emergency waiting room after Natalie suffers a horrible fall. One shock follows another. Not only does his wife remember nothing of their life together, but now he has a personal timeline to reconnect with her-seven months. Marc’s gold wedding band mocks him, a glaring reminder of a promise broken by a rotting basement stair and his own negligence.

His renowned psychologist advises him to court his wife again-a daunting task the first time around. Then Marc’s pastor suggests he call Sam and Lexa Lewis of TeamWork Missions, a ministry dear to Natalie’s heart. Determined to help her reclaim her life, the young groom makes great strides until a ghost from the past surfaces, opening fresh wounds and threatening to destroy it all. With Natalie’s trust shattered and Marc’s faith wavering, they head to Milestone Ranch outside Helena, Montana, with TeamWork for a two-week work camp. But instead of romancing his wife in the freezing November temperatures with warm fires and shared sweet moments, he’s out in the cold and back at square one. Even if Natalie recovers her lost memories, will she forgive him? If not, can Marc come to terms with his deepest fear-the failure of his marriage? You’ll root for Marc and Natalie as they fight against the odds and discover that surrendering all at the throne of grace doesn’t mean failure. It’s simply called faith. And it might be the only way to finding their way back to one another . . . the second time around.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Second Time Around is JoAnn Durgin’s second published novel, the follow-up to the popular Awakening featuring the adventures of Sam Lewis and Lexa Clarke and their lively TeamWork Missions volunteers. Three more books have been released in the beloved Lewis Legacy Series, Twin Hearts, Daydreams and Moonbeams, as well as a standalone novel, the Amazon bestselling contemporary Christian romance, Catching Serenity. A winner and finalist of several writing contests, JoAnn lives in southern Indiana with her husband and three children. She is an active member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and its Indiana and Kentucky chapters as well as the Louisville Christian Writers. JoAnn’s passion is writing contemporary Christian romance, and it is her deepest desire to touch hearts with the redeeming love of Jesus Christ. She’d love to hear from you at www.joanndurgin.com or on her Author JoAnn Durgin page on Facebook.

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The Forgiven Duke (A Forgotten Castles Novel)

The Forgiven Duke (A Forgotten Castles Novel)

Jamie Carie

I highly recommend this series to fans of historical fiction and fans of Christian fiction. Jamie Carie is a new favorite of mine and I am going to seek out more of her work while I wait for the next book in the series!

Kelli of I’d So Rather Be Reading

Tethered by her impulsive promise to marry Lord John Lemon – the path of least resistance – Alexandria Featherstone sets off toward Iceland in search of her parents with a leaden heart. A glimpse of her guardian, the Duke of St. Easton – the path less traveled by – on Dublin’s shore still haunts her.

Will he come after her? Will he drag her back to London, quelling her mission to rescue her treasure-seeking parents, or might he decide to throw caution to the wind and choose Foy Pour Devoir: “Faith for Duty,” the St. Easton motto. The Featherstone motto Valens et Volens: “Willing and Able,” beats in her heart and thrums through her veins. She will find her parents and find their love, no matter the cost.

The powerful yet wing-clipped Duke of St. Easton has never known the challenge that has become his life since hearing his ward’s name. Alexandria Featherstone will be the life or the death of him. Only time and God’s plan will reveal just how much this man can endure for the prize of love.

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Into The Unknown: A Pair Of Western Romances

Into The Unknown: A Pair Of Western Romances

Helen Keating

Mail Order Bride, Russian Nadia, Heads For The Dakota Territory, is a story about a young man who has set up a church in the Black Hills of the Dakota Territory. When he becomes lonely and wishes more than anything to have a family of his own, he asks for help from an aunt. After anxiously waiting for a letter he gets one and finds that his mail order bride is due in town in just a couple of days. He nervously waits for her and when beautiful Nadia arrives, he finds himself immediately in love.

Fallen From Grace: Lifted Up By God’s Word is about a young woman in New York City who’s fallen onto hard times after being released from the orphanage she’d been in for a majority of her life. Two kind women take her into a halfway house but there is reason for her to leave New York immediately. The only way the women feel they can keep her safe is to ship her off to California where their nephew, they tell her, needs a good housekeeper and cook for his ranch. When she meets Seth, she quickly learns that his understanding of the situation is very different.

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Dancing on Glass: A Novel

Dancing on Glass: A Novel

Pamela Ewen

Beautifully written and skillfully crafted, DANCING ON GLASS is a story of love, heartache, lessons, and grace. This author is a brilliant storyteller, and will have you grasping onto the characters in the first chapter. Highly recommended for anyone who likes literature that makes you feel something–not just a light read to pass the time.

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In the steamy city of New Orleans in 1974, Amalise Catoir sees Phillip Sharp as a charming, magnetic artist, unlike any man she has known. A young lawyer herself, raised in a small town and on the brink of a career with a large firm, she is strong and successful, yet sometimes too trusting and whimsical. Ama’s rash decision to marry Phillip proves to be a mistake as he becomes overly possessive, drawing his wife away from family, friends, and her faith. His insidious, dangerous behavior becomes her dark, inescapable secret.

In this lawyer’s unraveling world, can grace survive Ama’s fatal choice? What would you do when prayers seem to go unanswered, faith has slipped away, evil stalks, and you feel yourself forever dancing on shattered glass?

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