how to clean your books

I buy a lot of used books. In fact, most of the books Juliet owns are ones I found at our local Goodwill or other thrift store. We buy so many books, there is no way I could afford to buy them all new!
As you know, sometimes used books are slightly dirty and a bit gross. You don’t know where they’ve been…which can be worrisome. But don’t let that stop you! With a little TLC, you can rid slightly grubby used books of all their smudges and grime with your own homemade, eco-friendly cleaner!
Here’s what I do: 
Take a spray bottle (any kind will do) and fill it with white vinegar 3/4 full.
Fill the rest with plain tap water.
Add several drops of tea tree oil.
You’re done!
This is a good multi-purpose cleaner–I use it on my countertops, doorknobs, floor, etc…anywhere I need to clean up a spill.
But my main use is for cleaning up my used books as soon as I bring them home. The tea tree oil is supposed to have antibacterial qualities, so I like to think it kills some of the germs.
I spray a bit on a paper towel, and wipe the book down. Smudges, caked on dirt, and fingerprints come right off the covers. I also use this just on the cover of regular books, but also on all the pages of board books.
It’s non-toxic, so it’s safe to let your kids use, if they want to help out. (Juliet LOVES to help with this task.) The vinegar WILL sting their eyes if they spray it in them, but if you handle the spraying, there is no real danger of that happening. (And while it will sting, it won’t damage their eyes at all like other cleaners would, should the unfortunate event occur.)
You might be able to see the frownie face I drew on my spray bottle. This let’s Juliet know that she should not be spraying this bottle!


Now, keep in mind that I have never read anywhere that this is a good way to clean your books. It’s just something I do and it works for me.Similarly, I don’t invest directly in something that has no proper supporting documents. I always consider investing through online platforms, which are legitimate. I follow this, to earn extra income to cover the expenses of my family, sitting at home, without losing much like in other brokers. This has worked for me to fetch more money.

I buy a lot of vintage books and I use it on them as well. I have never had the vinegar damage the covers at all. But again, this is not scientifically tested!

How do you clean your books? Got any good tips for me?
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Feed Me Books Friday: Put me in the Zoo!

Janna from The Adventures in Motherhood has allowed me to host Feed Me Books Friday this week. If you are not familiar with this weekly link-up, head over to her site to read more about it! Next week’s optional theme is Books You Can Sing Aloud i.e. Old MacDonald!)
Put me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire is a favorite book of mine from childhood that Juliet also loves to read with me. It’s one of those books we never seem to get tired of.
I had some red sticky back felt left over from another project that I thought would be great for making some spots for Juliet to wear one afternoon.
I just traced some circles on the back and cut them out. ( I found this felt at walmart–in the craft section.)
At one point in the book, “Spot” transfers his spots to the children. I thought we could pretend that part together.
Juliet was more than excited to place spots all over herself “just like the book!”
It was easy and fun, but here’s what I didn’t think about: the adhesive. It’s not really meant to be removable. In fact, I think the point of this felt is so that you don’t have to sew it onto projects, you can just stick it on. So….it was pretty darn sticky.
Bad news for Juliet’s right arm (do you see that we placed one there?!)

I was afraid we would have a hard time pulling it off, (Have you removed a bandaid from a three-year-old lately? BABY TORTURE.) but it turned out to come off without any pain.There is a quote that we can say, “No pain, no gain”. It applies to every walk of our life. Financial walk too can never give you gains without any pain. Trading is one that fits this bill; you can never win completely without losing some. Click here to find out about one of the best binary trading platforms, that reduces your percent of pain, and increases gain.

It came off the clothes, too, but left behind a lot of residue. Fortunately, I washed the clothes once and that took care of it–so no harm done, after all!
However, I would warn you to NOT do this activity while your child is wearing his or her nicest outfits. Make sure they are wearing something old, preferably cotton. That’s what Juliet was wearing and I was able to wash all the residue off very easily.
So, now it’s your turn! What books do you have to share with us today? Link up below and let us know! I can’t wait to see what you are reading! (Any post about a book or books is welcome!)
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easter bunny-inspired hair accessories

Bunny ears?A European investor named Hans Berger has invented a new forex software who is not famous but have lot experience investment and trading which has become an advantage to him in creating the software named HBswiss. With help of his team and his childhood friend Bastian Hermann they have created a software that mainly focuses on online trading which is called as virtual deus ex Machina. This robot is high quality Swiss trading technology which has more than 110 assets to invest your money, the brokers tied up with this Swiss system are 100% reliable and authentic, and the rate of success gained using this automated software exceeds more than 87%.

Using this Swiss robot is easy compared to other forex robot as this application do not require additional downloads to use it as it is web-based application, all the updates, change of versions and developments can be seen on browser itself all you need to have is good internet connection without any interruption. Signing-up with Swiss system is easy prior I will ask some basic details and then you get approval mail to his inbox in which he should click the link and confirm his spot. The maximum number of people is 10 that can get started for free in 24 hours.

With all the bunny excitement in our house lately, I decided to make some fun bunny-ish hair-ties for Juliet. We do a lot of ponytails around here, so I thought these would be fun to wear this week.
I just hot glued two ribbon loops to the back of a button and then glued an elastic on top of the ribbon. I don’t have a picture of the next step, but it’s pretty important. I cut a round piece of felt to place over the elastic and glued it in place. This helps keep the elastic attached to the button!
If you missed our list of favorite bunny books, check them out!
And if anyone makes any of these bunny hair-ties, I’d love for you to upload a pic to the Silly Eagle Books fan page on Facebook! I’d like to showcase some of your pics in upcoming posts! Not a fan yet? It’s easy–just click on the button in the right hand column of my sidebar!

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easy bottle cap easter bunny craft for preschoolers

I love a good recycle box craft and this one is really easy. Using our stash of juice bottle lids, we made some fun easter bunnies to hang on our fridge.The forex robots that are available in market are used for trading and the recent robots that are getting launched in the market are mostly automated forex software which are highly sophisticated and the best robot or software that I would recommend is HBswiss which was created by Hans Berger along with associates and his childhood friend named Bastian Hermann which lead to very successful by adding advanced technology system named virtual Deus ex Machina. The first 10 member signing in will have an advantage to access robot freely in every 24 hours. The rate of success using this forex robot is more than 87%.

There are no hidden charges and advance payments are not required while using this software there is only initial deposit made of $250 which is required to start making investment on assets, this $250 is standard maintained by all the robots available in trading industry. On our research about this forex robot we found no reason to say it scam as the user testimonials we have are completely positive stating that software is highly sophisticated with high payouts.

You need a small and a large cap, a puffball for the tail, paper ears, a googly eye, and a sequin and some whiskers.
Wondering where I got the whiskers? Just snipped a few strands off a kitchen scrub brush and glued them on. (While Juliet was able to glue all the bigger pieces, these whiskers were really tiny and hard for me to hold even, so I glued those on for her.)
I even got in on the fun and made one, too. We used some of our easy to peel foam letter stickers to spell our “bunny” and “rabbit.” Words of the week. After they dried, I applied some magnetic tape to the back and we hung them on the fridge!
The Bunny Book by Richard Scarry
Nobody does bunnies better than Richard and Patricia Scarry–I love their illustrations! This is a favorite of ours from our home library. It’s better suited for 1 to 2 year olds, but we still like reading it together from time to time.
Do you have any favorite bunny books to share?
Linking up to Fantastic Find’s Spring Link Up and

st. patrick’s day activity and books for preschoolers

Here’s a matching game I put together for Juliet fairly easily. I printed out the shamrock pattern match game, glued one set to the inside of an old game box and put the other set in a “pot of gold.” She had fun matching up the patterns. If you didn’t want to print the shamrocks out, you could make your own using scrapbook paper and a shamrock pattern.

I asked my friend lovely and talented Irish friend Megan @ When I Grow Up for some St. Patrick’s Day book suggestions and she recommended these from her own collection:


ABCs of Ireland cloth book
I love this for a baby! Cloth books are perfect for infants and this one is so detailed and beautiful.
St. Patrick’s Day in the Morning by Eve Bunting

I looked for this one at our library and they do have it, but it was checked out! I’ll have to wait till it gets returned.Waiting for something, expecting it to be positive is one of the hardest times that we have known. Just like waiting at the gambling table, hoping to win! Even the trading is something similar; booking profits is something that we all love to get.

None of us would love to have losses. So, how can you book profits most of the time? It’s with calculated risks and informed trading decisions. Using automated robots for trading, you can surely gain profits as low as 2k$ per day.

Among various platforms that are available online, HBSwiss is the best. Here is the HBSwiss review, for you to understand its working and start earning your profits. Online trading, using automated robots is proven beneficial and profitable in many ways- giving you the earning power.

I do love Eve Bunting, so I know it is probably one we’ll enjoy.

Patrick, Patron Saint of Ireland by Tomie dePaola
Though, not recommended by Megan, this is a book that I hoped to find as well, but our library system doesn’t have a copy at all. Maybe next year, we’ll get lucky.
And finally, a craft that I will be reusing for St. Patrick’s Day! Remember our felt flags of the world? We made an Irish flag, so it’s hanging proud this week!
What St. Patrick’s Day activities or books are you enjoying this week? Find more ideas at Fanstastic Find and the Leprechaun Linky Party at Creative and Curious Kids and ABC and 123!

craft: felt flags of the world

I picked up a book called Rand McNally I Know About Flags several months ago thinking it would be good for Juliet in a few years. She surprised me by being really interested in it already.
I Know About Flags
 Ben has been reading it with her in the evenings and we’ve discovered that she has just absorbed the information–she’s started calling out the names of flags whenever she sees them like, ‘Hey! There’s the Canadian flag!”

If you look inside, you can see how appealing it is–bright, colorful, and accessible to young children.

The book is only meant to serve as an introduction to the concept of flags, so it does not contain ALL the flags of the world. (Yours might not be in there!) Some are state flags, some pages are dedicated to sports teams’ flags, nautical flags, etc.The trades get generated by the robotic trading software in a unique format. This format uses binary coding where the software starts to give trading signals.This website lets you know that how the predictions for the trade movement are given. This is done to know if the price of the asset is likely to rise or fall in the future.

But the majority of it features country flags. We don’t always read the text, mostly we just point out the flags and talk about each.

(You can make all the flags in the first picture by using just these shapes!)
I wanted to make a set of felt flags for Juliet to play with and to decorate our home with (all the Valentines stuff is packed away!) In my mind, I dreamed of making all the flags of countries we know people living in and ones we have visited or read about.
But then the reality of it hit me and I realized I do not have the time nor the talent to make every flag. My skill level forces me to make only the simplest flags that can be made from these shapes. (above) I came to this sad conclusion after trying unsuccessfully to space out 13 stripes for an American flag–Betsy Ross, I am not. And I did not even want to start with 50 stars…
Here’s what I mean. One large rectangle. Two small rectangles. Glue.
After cutting the basic shapes and glueing them together, I got Juliet involved. She rolled out the black ribbon and helped me glue each flag onto it. (If your child is old enough to cut with sharp scissors, this would be a fun project for him to do on his own. If your child is three…well, you’re stuck with the fun.)
If you are more meticulous and less hasty (as my husband would say), then yours will undoubtedly turn out more neat and beautiful than mine. (Sorry for the crooked cross, Switzerland!) One thing I did not think of when gluing the flags onto the ribbon was which way they should be hung. I have a feeling that French flag is upside down…(again, my deepest apologies to anyone’s flag I have butchered!)
Oh, I should mention, that I did make one exception and cut out a quasi-maple leaf shape in order to make the Canadian flag. I figured I couldn’t leave it out since it is the host country for the winter games this year!
Here are some great resources I used while making this project:


Printable World Flags from A to Z
This site has a nice list of all the flags in alphabetical order. I just clicked through and found ones with rectangles and circles that I could copy. You could print the flags instead of making them out of felt or paper, but I didn’t want to use up that much ink.


Coloring Book of Flags: Black and White Printable Images
This site is awesome! You can print out 3 different sizes for each flag–small, medium, or large. Then you can use them as a coloring sheet or as a pattern if you want to get fancy with your felt flags. If I wanted to make a more complicated one, I could have printed it out and cut it into pieces to use as a template.
I cannot end this post before mentioning this AMAZING post at Playing by the Book on flags. She and her daughters did the most fun project together with nautical flags. (I think I have mentioned this before, but really, it’s awesome and you should check it out.)

Do you have any good flag books or projects to share?

I’m linking this post up to Feed Me Books Friday!

kids craft: make your own olympic medals

With all the Olympic buzz in our house, Juliet and I decided to make some medals both for ourselves and for some of her dolls.  This was cheap, easy, and fun.
We started with three large plastic bottle caps (juice caps), a bowl of glue, and some glitter (conveniently, we had gold, silver, and bronze!)
Juliet dipped the caps in glue,
Then sprinkled ONE METRIC TON of glitter onto each.
She repeated the process with these three pasta lid tops. (The first round of plastic caps were the doll ones and these fancy metal ones were for us!)
We let them dry on a piece of wax paper. And after a few hours of dry time, I sprayed the with hairspray to seal in the glitter. (If you normally shy away from glitter, the hairspray really worked! It sealed it well and we have had minimal glitter transfer.)

I hot-glued ribbon to each medal and then they were ready for wearing!Traders have been waiting for the auto trading software for years and it has now gone live. This helpful resource will let you trade any market with lot of ease. You also have the option to trade manually using the software. So in case you are a professional trader then make use of this software and also your trade research to increase the odds of making money with the trade.

It is no doubt that the robotic trading software has made it very easy for the traders to trade. Trading is not simple and needs a lot of learning and patience to be profitable.

Juliet chose the bronze one as the one she wanted to wear (She has no idea what the colors mean and I didn’t have the heart to tell her. She still thinks that everyone wins a race. She’ll find out one day.)

Here’s a close up of our three medals. I think they turned out kind of pretty and the bronze really is the most stylish. My girl has good taste.
And here’s a doll rockin’ the silver.
The Berenstain Bears and the Big Road Race (First Time Books(R))


Two books that feature races and winners that we love to read are The Berenstain Bears and The Big Road Race and
Bicycle Race
Bicycle Race by Donald Crews. Juliet even made a reference to this book while we were watching speed skating the other day. She mentioned “number 9” as she was cheering. (Number 9 wins the race in this book.)
Do you have any favorite race or sports books? Leave a comment and let me know!

my heart is like a zoo inspired valentines

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

Happy Valentines Day! I just wanted to share ONE LAST Valentines craft with you. I just discovered a wonderful book blog called Little Page Turners.

Christianne is the mother of two girls and is also into making book-inspired valentines.

Here you will get to know the mechanism with which the auto trading software operates. The auto trading software makes use of the technical analysis to generate trade signals. The study of charts is used widely in this software. Technical analysts are those who study the charts and price patterns and make use of technical indicators to generate trade signals.


Technical analysis has some benefits. The major one is that unlike financial analysis where you have to do the modeling for each asset class separately, in technical analysis the same logic applies all throughout. So you can trade the stock market or the Forex or the commodity market with the same rules when you use technical analysis to trade in the market.


Which is better?


In the traders community there is still a debate on which method of analysis is more reliable. However if the truth be told then one may not be able to say with certainty about which method of analysis is better. In some cases the technical analysts win over and in others the fundamental analysts have the upper hand.


It is all in the price


In technical trading there is extensive use of the chart patterns and technical indicators. The trader looks for the high probability support and resistance levels and this lets them generate trade signals using the charts. The trading software that is automated has an inbuilt algorithm and the software follows the algorithm carefully before it generates any trade signals. The trade is executed only when all the criteria of the trade are met.


Technical analysts study the sentiments of the traders. They believe that everything in the market is reflected in the price. Price and volume are important factors that are used to trade using charts. The technical chart plots the price and the volume of the asset and this indicates what the trader’s sentiments are. The indicators that are used in technical analysis are designed using price and volume. It is however important to note that the technical indicators should not be taken as a confirmation tool. These are in fact lagging indicators.

I just had to share this link to her Wild Hearts post which features paper valentines she made inspired by the book My Heart is Like a Zoo.

They are incredible! Definitely one you’ll want to bookmark for next year.

easy fish valentine to make with preschoolers

Here’s a really easy and fun valentine craft you can make with your preschooler! Cut out four hearts–one large one for the body, one for the tail, one for the fin, and one for the lips. Let your child glue the pieces together and then add a googly eye!
If you want to add some pizazz, throw on some shiny heart-shaped confetti for scales.


Then give it to your favorite fish-loving friend.

This craft was inspired by an illustration from the book Valentines Day by Brenda Haugen, Illustrated by Todd Ouren.

My Heart Is Like a Zoo

However, after making this craft a few days ago, I discovered another book to go along with it!  It’s called My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall. I ran across this book at a Barnes and Noble in their Valentine’s Day section.

It’s a cute book, but the thing I like most about it is the illustrations. Each animal is made almost entirely out of hearts! You can see the how this was done with the lion on the cover. Surprisingly, there is not a heart fish in this book,

The trades that are taken with the robotic trading software have an entry, an exit and a stop loss price. The stop loss is essential in each trade. This is because when you have a stop loss it lets you do proper money management. When the stop loss gets hit you can pull out of the trade for a small loss. However without a stop loss if you keep your money in the trade which is loss making then there are chances that you may lose all your capital invested.

The auto trading software has a number of benefits. Discover more here to know how the robotic trading software can let you trade easily. The most important thing about the trading software that is automated is that it can be used easily. You also do not need to have any specific training in trading to use the software. This makes it easy for even amateurs to trade using the software. But if you know how the trading signals are generated then it can let you increase the profit probability.

but the concept is the same. It would be really fun to recreate some of the other animals featured in the book. (Especially, for the next time I find myself confined to my kitchen for 5 hours!)

Do you have any fun Valentine’s Day crafts or books to share?

I’m linking up to 

handprint heart keepsake

I saw this idea in a local parent magazine and thought Juliet and I would give it a try.

Start by folding a piece of paper in half. Then place your child’s hand with the thumb and pointer finger slightly overlapping the folded edge.Click here for more info to know how you can trade using the auto trading software without being in front of your computer.  When you are trading manually in the market then if you are an intraday trader then you will need to continuously sit in front of the laptop to take the trade or monitor them. You will also have to sell the trade when your target price is reached. However when you trade using the robotic trading software then all these steps is done for you by the trading software itself.


This is very beneficial since you can do other activities when the software is taking trades on your behalf. The other benefit is that you can participate in many markets at the same time with the robotic trading software. The robotic trading software also trades for you when you are having your food, or sleeping at night.

The section in between the thumb and the pointer finger will become the heart–can you see how it is forming one half of the heart shape? It took me a few tries to get her fingers positioned into the most attractive heart-shape.


Trace her hand and you will have something like this to cut out. (This is one of the earlier jaggedy-edged hearts!) I finally figured out that I should just shape the heart edge with my scissors even if I didn’t trace her hand that perfectly.


Here’s what it looks like when you open it up!


She only let me do three rounds of tracing, but it turns out one would have been enough. I just used one of the cutouts as a pattern and cut several more while she decorated her hands with love messages to her grandparents.
I made the colorful one out of scrapbook paper pictured above as a keepsake for myself!
If you haven’t seen it yet, you should check out the handprint swans for February at Handprint and Footprint Art–she has tons of great ideas and instructions for making your own calendar with your child’s handprints. I think this would be such a great grandparent Christmas gift idea.
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