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Thirteen Facts About the Justice League You Probably Did Not Know

By November 17, 2017 Everything Else, Memes

We are a family of super hero fans (well, all except my DH). When I mentioned to a colleague sometime ago that some of my favorite TV shows (well, actually my favorite!) include The Flash, The Arrow, and a whole bunch of other Netflix Marvel series, the first question was ‘do you watch them because of your kids?’. My answer – ‘my kids watch them because of me!’ So I must be one among the few moms (as far as I know, at least) past 40 watching and loving such shows and movies. I totally devoured all of the Avenger movies and as a kid, read tons of the DC and Marvel comics (it was a miracle that in our sleepy little town in the middle of somewhere, my dad’s friend had a wonderful collection!!).

Justice League November 2017

Image courtesy: Wikipedia – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justice_League_(film) (fair use under the copyright law of the United States.)

So, while we have not yet headed to the theater to watch ‘Thor: Ragnarok’, the Thanksgiving holiday is just around the corner and it is movie time!!  Many super hero or more specifically, Justice League of America (JLA) fans are waiting for tomorrow – the release of the Justice League movie.  Here are some cool and random facts about the Justice League that you may not already know.

  1. The Justice League is not the first team of superheroes. It was the Justice Society of America which consisted of earlier versions of some of the current JLA members.
  2. Their first villain was a starfish named Starro. (Brave and the Bold #28)
  3. The Atom – one hero we really enjoyed watching on CW – attended meetings in a flying chair!!
  4. Malcolm Merlyn, the villain you(I) want to like, on ‘The Arrow’, is actually a JLA villain. He is now so much part of the Green Arrow world that it might be hard for fans to imagine something else.
  5. They had an annoying non-superhero sidekick in Lucas Snapper Carr (who had to give up his membership after he revealed their hideout to the Joker)
  6. Their hideout – a secret cave outside Happy Harbor, Rhode Island.
  7. Hawkeye is the only superhero who is in both the Avengers and the JLA.
  8. Many believe that the Marvel comics superhero teams, first the Fantastic Four, and later the Avengers, were created because of the success of the JLA.
  9.  Wonder Woman is one of the superhero characters who has successfully wielded the hammer of Thor.
  10.  Flash gave Aquaman his moniker.
  11.  Cyborg, the half-man, half-machine has the ability of ‘technopathy’ – the ability to communicate with technology around him
  12. Wonder Woman had to prove her worthiness on her return to the League after leaving for a brief spell by performing twelve trials comparable to that of Hercules.
  13. The upcoming (well here already) movie is based on the DC Comics relaunch – the New 52.

and one more before I sign off for the day, the JL also has Rex the Wonder Dog.

So, to my readers I ask: 1) will you be watching the movie in theaters? 2) who is your favorite superhero (if you enjoy reading/watching superhero related books/shows)?

And while you are here, have a look at my Holidays related posts for gift ideas and more (click on the Holidays menu link above) and subscribe to receive updates (no spam, I promise) once in a few weeks.

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The Spanish Shadorma (nothing to do with food or shawarma)

By November 15, 2017 Memes, Writing

Writer’s Digest is a place where I end up discovering wonderful literary and poetry forms and end up delighting myself by just being there. Today, I realized that they have a challenge ongoing currently called the 2017 November PAD (poem-a-day) Chapbook Challenge and while they are already halfway done, I plan to still use the prompts and write at my own pace.  Today’s poem does not fulfill any of the prompts from PAD so far but I will get to those soon. You can find out more about the challenge here (and per the rules, you can play catch up if you have a late start)

Today I discovered the shadorma, which is a Spanish 6-line syllabic poem of 3/5/3/3/7/5 syllable lines respectively. And Robert has a beautiful example over at Writer’s Digest in the previous link. This is my attempt at the shadorma and working it up with the photo prompt for dVerse’s challenge by Lillian and ABC Wednesday‘s letter S.  You can link up multiple shadorma if you chose. This is a fun poetry form to work with, as I discovered. Check out the other entries for dVerse and ABC Wednesday as well as for PAD on Writer’s Digest by clicking on the links provided.

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(un?)Comfortablorful Crown

Colorful

though my crown may be

don’t you see

they’re prickly

they hurt me

and now I shed rainbow tears

hoping you will see

– LadyInRead (Vidya Tiru)

 

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Top Ten Reads I Would Like My Kids to Read

By November 15, 2017 Books, Memes

November 14th is celebrated as Children’s Day in India, on the birthday of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister of India, who was affectionately known as Chacha Nehru (chacha means uncle). So this topic for today’s Top Ten at the Broke and the Bookish seemed just right.  Here is my list of the top ten books I would love for my children to read (some of which they already have, they are 14 and 11 years now). I had a similar list put up earlier for the same and that list is here. Today’s list contains some of those books (and authors) again so an overlap and some other books as well. Some that I read as a child myself and others that I have read in recent years.

 

1. Books by Frances Hodgson Burnett – Little Princess/ The Secret Garden

2. Books by Louisa May Alcott – Little Women / Little Men/ Jo’s Boys and more

3. Enid Blyton – The Famous Five, The Five Find-outers, The Adventure Series, Secret Seven, The Naughtiest Girl series, Malory Towers, and so many of her other books

4. Nancy Drew/Hardy Boy series

5. Amar Chitra Katha

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak/Anne Frank – The Diary of a Young Girl

7. Tintin and Asterix series

8. Short stories by O Henry, Oscar Wilde, Saki

9. Dr.Seuss and Roald Dahl

10. Ruskin Bond and R.K Narayan

As always, I have cheated a bit by putting together some authors/books or by adding an author or a series instead of a single book 🙂

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? post on Tuesday!!

By November 15, 2017 Books, Memes, Reviews

Mi Gato, Mi Perro (My Cat, My Dog) – A bilingual book for younger learners (and also worked for me to impress my 14 yo who is learning Spanish in high-school and check his learning skills at the same time) which impressed with both the cute, colorful illustrations and text that repeated just the right amount to help learn. I had memorized most of the words used in the book due to the clever repetitions by the time I reached the end of the book! es un buen libro!!

 

Harry’s Spooky Surprise! (Harry The Happy Mouse Book 3) – Loved this book, it surprised me at the end and will without a doubt provide that sweet surprise to any reader of the book. I will be reading all the other books in the series. Harry the Happy Mouse is sure to delight!!

 

 

Harry Moon Halloween Nightmares – This book is about magic, and all that is good with a generous serving of adventure. Harry Moon and his family are very likable and believable too. I need to read the rest of the series now.
‘What all boys and girls are destined to become if they simply believe…….They become magic’

 

 

Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for digital copies of the Mi Gato, Mi Perro and Harry Moon books. They are all available on Amazon (affiliate links above)

All these books go towards It’s Monday! What are you Reading? KidLit hosted over at TeachMentorTexts. Join in and check the other links to find fascinating new reads and discover wonderful older ones too.

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15 Stocking Stuffers for Kids of all Ages Under $15 – Part 2 of Holiday Gift List

By November 11, 2017 Art, Books, Everything Else

Hi,

This is me here again, with another edition of loved or much-requested items that will be sure hits as gifts. As much as I admit to falling into the trap of giving gift cards as gifts (which tends to be easier sometimes, and usually because I have not spent time planning to look into that perfect gift for a person). But it is possible, I have done that in the past and hope I can keep doing it more often going forward. Opening a wrapped present is so much more fun than opening (well, not really opening) a gift card!!

And if you have any questions about these toys, anything at all, feel free to let me know in the comments, and I will do my best to answer. Having either used almost all of these myself or having heard from the active users, I should hope I can feel qualified to answer at least some of them 🙂

Today’s list will fit in the stocking (some of them in a slightly larger one like we have at home!) and  all currently priced less than $15, some way lesser! These are all gifts I have bought over and over again to gift (and once definitely to keep!):

For kids who enjoy entertaining their audience, this book is perfect – the Laugh-Out-Loud Jokes for Kids. I cannot recall how many jokes I have heard my kids (especially my DD) say to us from this book.

 

 

For kids who love math, this game is cool, colorful, and can be taken on trips – comes in a trendy bag all its own. Sumoku has seen itself being played many a time and am sure was silently shouting out the answers while we pondered upon it. It is fun, smart, and well, fun!!

 


Do you have a budding chef in your family? Then this Toysmith Deluxe Chef Set is for her (and at the current price of less than $14, it is a steal indeed). And you could make it fit in the stocking if you pack it just right!

 

Are you looking for a gift to take with you on your trip? That can possibly fit in your purse and you can whip out anytime for that one kid who needs to be occupied. Currently under $10, Kanoodle fits the bill, literally!! Teases your brain and I am sure you will not be ready to share with your kid once you start playing it 🙂

 

For another perfect travel bag that will fit in your purse and can be played as a family game for hours of imaginative fun, here is Rory’s Story Cubes. I have an idea around for a while to use these to write a book of short stories!! It definitely can get those creative juices flowing for when you are facing writer’s block. But seriously, this is total family fun!

 

 

One more stocking stuffer game to keep that kid who could not fall asleep on the road trip while his sibling is dozing occupied – the the Thinkfun Gordian’s Knot. It definitely baffles me too every time we take it apart and we have already had it for years now!

 

 

This book set is adorable, it is Maurice Sendak, it is a gem. I have enjoyed reading it and it occupies a place of pride in my library (just a teeny bit of space at that). Maurice Sendak’s Nutshell Library is the perfect stocking stuffer.

The Rubiks Cube is listed as one of the most popular toys ever since its inception. This version of the cube is super smooth and easy to move

 

 

 

And if you have not already seen it or heard of it, Spot It here!! The kids make sure they have it with them on road trips (even now at ages 14 and 11 years) – it is fun, addictive, and keeps them busy, and not watching something on a device which makes us parents happy!

 


For more word fun, and if you are a Scrabble addict, then Bananagrams is the stocking stuffer game on the go for you.

 

 


Kangaroo’s Do You Want to Build a Snowman? I am sure hearing these words would lead to your kids singing the song, but really, you can build a snowman with this adorable kit. I do not have this exact kit myself but we do have foam putty that we have used to build snowmen before.

You know Monopoly is a game that can safely keep the kids occupied for hours on end, so here is a version to carry with you as a card game – the Hasbro Gaming Monopoly Deal Card Game.

 

 

 

Letters to me, When I Grow up: Write Now, Read Later, Treasure Forever: I am always partial to anything that promotes writing and this looks and sounds wonderful. This one is definitely making its way home soon for my kids to use.


And if you have a girl that could use some hair ties, these No Crease Hair Ties 20 Pack by Kenz Laurenz are wonderful. They are bright, colorful, and ouchless. I can vouch for them having used them myself (and my little girl loves them too).

 

Crazy Aaron Thinking Putty Clear Glass
This is one item my DD has been asking forever now, so maybe this year? Crazy Aaron’s Thinking Putty is sure to be a super hit in any stocking, and this one featured here is clear glass.

 

 

Hope you found something useful in this list here and end up buying something:)

I will be back with more gift lists for kids and adults; and a whole lot of DIYs too that you will enjoy making, and giving. You can subscribe to my blog so I can keep you updated on all this and more (on the right sidebar)

And for part one of my #holidaygiftlist, click here.

– always wishing you the best

Lady In Read…..

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Ode to Rain

By November 10, 2017 Art, Memes, Writing

rose buds rain

 Rose buds, puddles and rainbows galore,

Crystals on webs,hot chocolate and smores,

That wonderful smell of the earth all around,

Rain-boots splashing to joyous sounds,

Droplets that feel so refreshing on you,

Makes one feel singing in the rain is the right thing to do!!

 – Vidya (LadyInRead)

 Today, Frank is having us compose odes over at dVerse and ABC Wednesday‘s Round 21 is currently exploring the letter R

 

 

 

 

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A Holiday Gift Guide for Kids of all Ages – Part One

By November 7, 2017 Art, Books, Everything Else, Reviews

This is the first of the gift-list posts I promised a couple of days ago. Very soon, before you know it, it will be Christmas and here are some gifts that will be sure to bring a smile on the faces of those who receive it. These are books and activity kits all in one and sure to keep your kids occupied with wonderful results to top it off. These books are aimed for kids ages 8+ and I know I have enjoyed them as well (and younger ones too, with some supervision).

Klutz Make Clay Charms Craft Kit – This book is totally ‘charming’, literally too! I bought many copies of the book as gifts before I finally got one for my DD. She was almost convinced I will not get it for her each time a copy arrived by mail in the now familiar shipping box at our home. So when I did finally buy it for her, it took some effort and an additional boKLUTZ Clay Charms Holiday Gift Guideok of charms (which was incidentally a gift once again for a favorite friend) to ensure that she did finally have her own copy of the book. It took her all of 20 minutes to make a half a dozen charms (some pictured below while a couple others were gifted to her little cousins as they worked on them together with my little one leading them both).
With easy to follow instructions for adorable charms, this book is sure to be a hit with all little crafters!!Clay Charms that look yummy enough to eat

And that is not all, the Glitter Clay Charms is also much loved (yet to get for my DD but gifted many times over already) as is the Make your Mini Erasers book which is something I have been thinking about and not yet tried myself or gifted yet (maybe this Christmas?).

 

Considering we love Legos in our home and my 14 yo has made a couple of stop motion movies with Legos before, the KLUTZ LEGO Make Your Own Movie Kit  is a strong contender for our next KLUTZ buy as well along with the Lego Chain Reactions Craft Kit and the Lego Crazy Action Contraptions Kit. The Crazy Action Contraptions Kit has been gifted and loved as well by friends and I can vouch for it.

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And for fun at any time, face painting is always an option. This book was a gift for my little girl a few years ago and has seen a lot oKLUTZ Face Painting Holiday Gift Guidef use. The instructions for the different designs are clear and easy to follow and my DD was a face-painter artiste while the paints lasted (now, we need to get more paints!)

Note: While this is not a sponsored post at all as I have personally bought (as mentioned many times over too) and used many of these items or heard from those I have gifted the items too, this post contains affiliate links.

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So Many Wonderful Tomorrows

By November 7, 2017 Memes, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Once upon a time

your tiny kicks,

like bubbling whispers

inside,

danced upon my heart.

Soon no longer a dream,

your first breath

on my cheek

made me blissful

indeed.

Today, your giggles, your grins

cue answering

sparkly shimmery

smiles.

Tomorrow’s beauty is next.

There is so much a little girl can do – waiting to see what the tomorrows bring!! For dVersePoet’s Quadrille #44, where the word to be used this week is ‘kick’.

I can read this too - says my little girl

My little girl at age 2 1/2 letting us know she can read the map at Great America park:)

 

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3 Ways to Minimize that Candy Mountain In Your Home

By November 3, 2017 Everything Else
Candy Galore

So you are probably drowning in a sea of candy? Or maybe not if your kids made sure to stop trick-or-treating the moment you said they had enough candy :)? In any case, if you have more candy than you need (which is always the case if I consider my own sweet tooth), then here are a few options for you to consider:

  1. Operation Gratitude – You can donate the candy to Operation Gratitude so our troops stationed everywhere have some sweet treats to enjoy too! You can maybe set a collection center at your home or school and then find the nearest center you can send or drop the candy off too – click this link to find that information and enjoy that sweetness in your heart!!
  2. Soldier’s Angels – Similar to the above, Soldier’s Angels donates collected treats to deployed service members and veterans in VA hospitals. You can look for the nearest drop off center and donate your candy there and leave with a warm fuzzy feeling!
  3. Candy Buy Back Programs – If you need an incentive for the kids to donate the candy (I know, it is not really the same, but hey if it helps, go for it!), then this is the perfect solution for you. Businesses around the country have partnered with organizations working with veterans and troops (like above) and it is a win-win-win all around – businesses offer to buy back candy (for example, $2 for every 5 lbs or some other treats like books or toys or toothpaste in exchange for candy) and advertise their business in the process, veterans and troops get sweet treats to enjoy, and as for us, we ensure reduced visits to dentist offices!! Click on the link here to find the nearest buy back location.

Or you could always donate it to local shelters or the fire department or sheriff’s office too.

We have worked with our Scout troops in the past years and sent the collected candy (one year, it was over 60 lbs of candy!!) to Operation Gratitude and that feeling was truly sweeter than all the candy we can eat..

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Q is for Quiz

By November 2, 2017 Learning, Memes

It is that time of the year, when the paths where spooky ghosts and cute monsters prowled the streets a couple of days, were most likely filled with excited kids the next day!! It is November already, you realize, and then you walk into a store and exclaim, it is just the very beginning of November, when you see the Christmas displays everywhere! And Thanksgiving was there too – in a couple of smaller displays with pumpkin and turkey related items mainly. But do you know that it was unlikely that either turkey or pumpkins were part of that first Thanksgiving meal in 1621. Here is a quick quiz to test your Thanksgiving trivia (alliterative!!) (for ABC Wednesday).

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