The Home Depot Kids Workshops

The Home Depot has workshops for kids once a month, usually the first Saturday of the month. These are great for the family and they are free! Your child will receive an apron just like the employees wear along with a pin for the project they are making and a certificate.

No need to bring anything, Home Depot has everything supplied for you from the pieces to make the project to the tools and sometimes paint.

My kids have been doing this for a few years now and love it. It’s a fun way to get them hands on and to learn how to build things. The workshops usually start in the morning so most of the time we make a morning/day of it eating breakfast out or making fun plans for the rest of the day. Even though they are older now they still need our help reading instructions and holding things for them as they nail pieces together. Home Depot has done a great job with the project kits and making it as easy as they can. Holes are pre-made in the pieces so it makes hammering a little easier.

The kids are always so proud of themselves for what they have made!

Last month they made a Penske truck, but we have made many things from a bug house to a monster truck. Some times they even have projects that go with a movie that is coming out or that go with the season.

To check out what project is next and sign your child up head over to

You can also check out their DIY workshops with this link.

Some Home Depot stores also have a sign at the front entrance that shows what the upcoming projects are.

Happy building!

DVD Review & Giveaway: Against the Wild 2 – Survive The Serengeti #ATW2

A heartwarming adventure perfect for families, Against the Wild 2: Survive The Serengeti, available on DVD May 10, 2016 from Anchor Bay Entertainment and on Digital HD April 29, 2016.

Life Books Loves - Against The Wild 2
Against the Wild 2 – Survive The Serengeti
Jeri Ryan, Ella Ballentine, John Paul Ruttan and Ashley Dowds
Written and directed by:
Richard Boddington
Street Date:
May 10, 2016
DVD Catalog #:
Run Time:
91 Mins
Aspect Ratio:
1.78:1 / 16×9
Dolby Digital 5.1

Against the Wild 2 - Life Books Loves

For bickering siblings Ryan (John Paul Ruttan of Shelby: A Magical Holiday Tail) and Emma (Ella Ballentine of Standoff), it was going to be a fun weekend visit with their dad who is temporarily working in Africa. But when their small plane crash-lands in the Serengeti, they have only each other – along with their fellow passenger, a Malamute named Chinook – to rely on. The rescue teams are searching. Their mom (Jeri Ryan of “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Boston Public”) is panicked. Can brother, sister and one courageous dog now learn how to conquer their fears and trust each other in the most beautiful yet untamed wilderness of all? Ashley Dowds (“Scout’s Safari”) co-stars in this exciting new family adventure from the creator of the original Against the Wild Richard Boddington.

Jeri Ryan stars in "Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti" On Digital HD April 29th and DVD May 10th. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment #ATW2
Jeri Ryan stars in “Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti” On Digital HD April 29th and DVD May 10th. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Anchor Bay Entertainment #ATW2

The Dove-family approved film will be available on DVD for the suggested retail price of $19.98 and includes outtakes and interviews from cast members.

To learn more about the film, please visit

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This was another fun family adventure for our family. My little monkey LOVED this movie as much as she loved the first one. She is obsessed with the outdoors and wildlife and enjoyed the adventure that Chinook and the kiddos go on. With Against the Wild 1 – she renamed all of our dogs Chinook, and this time she just wants a new dog like Chinook 😉 We definitely recommend this movie for a fun movie night with the family.

How would you like a copy of Against the Wild 2 for yourself? Anchor Bay has generously offered TWO of our readers a copy of their own! Just enter on the Giveaway Tools entry form below! If you have any questions or concerns about the Giveaway Tools form please leave a comment. Good Luck and Thanks for entering.


Disclosure:  I received this DVD, Against the Wild 2, for review purposes only.This post contains affiliate links. I was not compensated to write a positive or favorable review. This is Life, Books, & Love’s personal opinion.

Hallmark Hall of Fame – Away & Back

Hallmark Hall of Fame presents AWAY & BACK, a story of The Peterson family, who find swan eggs in the pond located near their home.

Away & Back

Starring My Name is Earl’s Jason Lee, a widower with three children, he and the family begin to care for swan eggs after the mother swan dies.  Frankie, the youngest daughter, takes an active interest in learning about swans.  Friday Night Lights star Minka Kelly plays an ornithologist named Ginny who takes the eggs away from Frankie to help them hatch elsewhere, much to Frankie’s disappointment.  Having a change of heart, Ginny brings the baby swans back to their home to acclimate them to having a relationship with the father swan.  From there a relationship with the family grows into something beautiful as Ginny takes Frankie under her wing and teaches her about caring for birds.  They learn about each other, and like the layering of an onion, the relationships unfold in a simple and poignant way.

Jason Lee & Minka Kelly

Set in the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, the landscape is breathtaking, the cinematography crisp and beautiful.  The acting is well done, although a bit more depth into Minka Kelly’s character would have been a bonus.  The standout of the movie is definitely Frankie, played by child actress Maggie Elizabeth Jones.  If you feel you’ve spotted her before, you might remember her adorable face in the Matt Damon film We Bought a Zoo.

Definitely a heart-warming film, be sure to check your local listings for this Sunday to watch the family film AWAY & BACK.

Hallmark Hall of Fame’s latest movie AWAY & BACK premieres Sunday, January 25th on Hallmark Channel – 8/7c.  Watch the adventure come to life!  –

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