Author Archives for Michala Sage

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (10/12/2020-10/18/2020).

Annamarie’s Reading

Note: Lots going on in real life, so much less reading this week. I should be back up to regular-ish reading amounts next week. Still squeezed in some great titles!

Make sure to stop by on Tuesdays for short reviews of some of these titles!

Stats for the Week:

  • 12 Books Read This Week
    • 8 Books with Diverse Main Character (67%)
    • 5 Books by Diverse Authors (42%)
    • 4 Books by Own Voices Authors (33%) (to the best of my knowledge)

This week’s reading highlights:

Michala’s Reading

Note: Alright, so I stepped up my game since Annamarie the super librarian was off this past week. I tried stacking in more Youth books, but as usual when I see them lined up here I feel like did not read all that much. Happy Reading y’al!

Teen Craft Kit: Bubble Tea

Oh my goodness, can it be????? Michala has actually written a blog post?! 

I have! And it is for a socially distanced Covid time craft that had full attendance and gotten positive reviews from teenagers….via their parent’s emailing me. 😊 

My teens have gotten seriously burnt out of computer time for all the things. And in July or August I tried a grab and go craft program that could be picked up through our drive-up window. (I’ll make another blog post on this one soon – I’m on a roll!) And because it had 16 teens sign up, pick up, and do the crafts I knew I hit the jackpot on programming during this weird time. 

On Monday, September 14, the next teen craft kit went out to registrants; this time they had option of being picked up at the drive-up window or being mailed to registrants. And allowing for mailing is really the way to go! Out of 25 teens that signed up 21 requested the supplies be mailed to them which means I was able to get a fun afternoon project to kids that may not otherwise have been able to get the supplies. (Thank you, USPS, please continue surviving so I can keep this going.)

Looking for more Mail-To-You Kit Ideas? Check out:

Baby-Sitters Club Membership Kits
Camp Half Blood Welcome Kits

This magical Teen Craft Kit for September that had 25 teen registrants?

Bubble Tea!

GIPHY

It was really a simple and cost-effective kit to put together too. Each kit wound up being a little under $1 as I was able to buy my supplies off Amazon. (And while they not my favorite supplier, it is my fastest and most reliable option at the moment.)  

I bought a multipack of milky tea sachets: Prince of Peace 3 in 1 Hong Kong Style Tea Latte (30 Sachets) 

Amazon

And a combo pack of boba pearls and hygienically wrapped boba straws: BOBA Black Tapioca Pearl Bubble Tea, 2 Pack (Each 8.8 OZ) + 1 Pack of 50 BOBA Straws (Variety Color) 

Amazon

I then raided our coffee station and took Splenda packets that we had on hand, grabbed some of our tiny weird shaped baggies, and a bunch of DVD cases to start packing things up. 

Every kit got 1 tea sachet, 1 Splenda packet, 1 ½ T of tapioca pearls, and a straw. I also placed my business card in the kit in case of any questions. 

Upcycling DVD cases as packaging, meant that I got to be creative in the design for directions (making sure to include ingredients/allergen information) while also ensuring that no matter which delivery option they chose (mailing or drive-up) the contents would remain secure. 

And for only about $1 per person, we had a simple snacky craft, which reinforced basic cooking skills, following directions, and patience…and the teens loved it! 

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (9/21/2020-9/27/2020).

Annamarie’s Reading

Picture Books & Readers:

Everything Else:

Note: Fun reads this week! I’ve still got a big stack of books in my TBR pile, and of course a bunch of ebooks came in at once, but I’m working through it.

Make sure to stop by on Tuesdays for short reviews of some of these titles!

Stats for the Week:

  • 44 Books Read This Week
    • 23 Books with Diverse Main Character (52%)
    • 11 Books by Diverse Authors (25%)
    • 8 Books by Own Voices Authors (18%) (to the best of my knowledge)

This week’s reading highlights:

Michala’s Reading

Note: It’s autumn! I want to get school supplies, and go to a pumpkin farm, and drink cocoa or coffee under a tree that is dropping leaves with a good book. That last one has never been an actual thing that I’ve ever done, but I love the esthetic of it. Maybe one day this autumn when the leaves actually turn and I don’t want to yell into the void of time and space (because of 2020 reasons) I can make it happen. If I do I’ll take lots of pictures and share!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (8/31/2020-9/6/2020).

Annamarie’s Reading

Picture Books & Readers:

Everything Else:

Note: My reading is very picture book heavy–life is throwing me lots of curveballs this week.

Stats for the Week:

  • 56 Books Read This Week
    • 42 Books with Diverse Main Character (75%)
    • 30 Books by Diverse Authors (54%)
    • 25 Books by Own Voices Authors (47%) (to the best of my knowledge)

This week’s reading highlights:

Michala’s Reading

Note: Happy Labor DayI I hope that you are enjoying your day off (or that you got the day off) After reading a bunch of graphic novels in the hopes that I could match Annamarie with number of titles read (spoiler alert I did not even come close), I have decided that I will not be reading anything today. Instead I am going to hang up some art that has been waiting to be displayed forever and love all over my fuzzball Frankie so he doesn’t act like the kitty in No Fuzzball!

It’s Monday! What Are You Reading?

We are joining the blog trend of Monday posts about what we have read during the last week (8/10/2020-8/16/2020).

Annamarie’s Reading

Picture Books & Readers:

First Chapter: