Wonder Woman shops at Idakoos #Giveaway #WW2016

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We all know a Wonder Woman — the kind who can tackle anything, and still has good hair. She makes beauty and life look effortless. Rumor has it that Wonder Woman shops at Idakoos! Welcome to the Wonder Woman Giveaway Hop, an event hosted by Savings in Seconds.  The grand prize winner can choose $50 in Idakoos products! After you enter my giveaway, head to the other participating blogs for chances to win the wonderful items they’ve featured. This giveaway runs from 7/20 through 8/3.  Good luck! [Read more…]

I Believe In Jesus by John MacArthur book review #giveaway #backtoschool #bts

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Mamas have so many dreams for their children.  Happiness in school, marriage, career….they’re all in my prayers for my kids.  The biggest desire of my heart, though, is the hope that my babies will love Jesus with all their might.   My prayer is to be able to show and teach them that single thing.  To hear my sweet children say, ” I believe in Jesus.”  My response? Oh, the places you’ll go.

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A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock book review

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My grandmother recently took a road trip to Tennessee to visit my family, courtesy of her private driver (my cousin). It was the first time she’s visited in several years, so we were very glad to host her! While she was here, we got to visit the Biltmore Estate and watch almost all 6 seasons of Downton Abbey. The splendor and opulence of both surpasses our lives in such vast measure that we found ourselves laughing about what it must be like, being surrounded by luxury on a daily basis. When I read A Fine Imitation by Amber Brock, though, I was reminded of how blessed I already am. This book allowed me to consider what it would be like to live a different life.
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It’s the Cricut Christmas in July sale – make a list and check it twice

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With the heat of July, you might have trouble thinking about Christmas.  Believe me, it’s going to be here before we know it!  I love to get started on my holiday shopping.  Though I’ve only purchased three gifts so far, I have been actively keeping lists so that I can remember what to shop for, as sales come up.  Those of you who have a crafty or DIY person to shop for will want to check out Cricut’s price cuts.  The Cricut Christmas in July sale makes it easy to stretch your Christmas budget, especially when you’re starting early!  Right when I opened the page, there was a popup that offered a $10 savings on a $50 purchase.  That’s 20% off right away.  [Read more…]

All Things Bright and Beautiful #Giveaway #FlyBy

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#allthingsbrightandbeautiful #giveaway #Flyby  For both of my children, music is a part of life.    My daughter has always loved poetic books with a natural rhythm and rhyme.  We turned even the simplest of stories into song without meaning to.  My son, on the other hand, prefers recognizable stories that have familiar rhymes that he might hear at school or at church.  Both of my kids would have loved All Things Bright and Beautiful when they were little!  This beautifully illustrated book is based on the traditional hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander.  The beloved lyrics are made fresh with Katy Hudson’s marvelous artwork.  Just check out this gorgeous hardcover book! [Read more…]

#CentsofStyle State Necklace makes a Big Statement — Friday Fashion Story

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Statement necklaces are still all over the fashion world right now.  The biggest trend, though, is the statement they actually make.  Put away the bold, chunky beads and big rhinestones.  Allow your jewelry to tell a story about you.  Just like the cute of-the-moment state t-shirts, necklaces can be part of your story. For me, this state necklace reminds me of home.

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July New Release #Giveaway hop featuring A Beauty Refined — open to US

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What if everything you grew up “knowing” was a lie?
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Once again, author Tracie Peterson gives us an a captivating character to follow.  A Beauty Refined features a lovely heroine, Phoebe, with an unlikely Montana jeweler named Ian. The characters are as different as night and day — German aristocracy meet Western tradesmen. Those who like the contrast of social classes in Downton Abbey would enjoy this twist of culture. I took this book while on a vacation to Washington D.C. and enjoyed it while my kids were watching TV. I was thoroughly engrossed in the story, despite my misgivings about some of the characters. Without giving anything away, let me just mention that I felt frustrated with the choices made by more than one character. Additionally, the romance wasn’t convincing for me. I struggled with who I wanted the main characters to love….other people or each other. A Beauty Refined contained some troubling scenes in terms of domestic abuse, violence, and a fairly dysfunctional family.

On a related note, during our vacation I had the chance to visit the Gem Exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. We admired so many jewels including the Hope Diamond, diamonds worn by Marie Antoinette, and exquisite sapphire and emerald necklaces. Seeing this beautiful jewelry while reading this novel gave me a stronger appreciation for the deeper meanings in A Beauty Refined. Young Phoebe was trained in the ways of society, but had not been polished in her walk with Christ. Tracie Peterson’s story gave Phoebe a chance to learn about faith and its brilliance. Flaws and imperfections can be buffed away by the Master, if only we allow Him to work. By looking past the roughly cut characters, I was able to enjoy their refined beauty.

Enter my giveaway for a chance to win a paperback copy of A Beauty Refined! The giveaway is open to US readers, ages 18+. Void where prohibited by law. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of this post for more giveaway chances. Good luck!

Little does Phoebe know that her father’s plans—for the sapphires and his daughter—are not what they seem. If you love historical fiction, romance, and adventure, don’t miss Tracie Peterson’s A Beauty Refined. When Phoebe meets Ian, everything changes. Yet the more he gets to know her, the more he realizes that her family story is based on a lie—a lie she has no knowledge of. And Ian believes he knows the only path that will lead her to freedom.

Join Tracie in celebrating the release of A Beauty Refined by entering to win her Precious Gems giveaway (details below) and by attending her author chat party on August 9!

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One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on 8/9. The winner will be announced at A Beauty Refined Facebook party. RSVP for a chance to connect with Tracie and fellow fans of historical fiction, as well as for a chance to win other prizes!

RSVP today and spread the word—tell your friends about the giveaway via FACEBOOK, TWITTER, or PINTEREST and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 9th!

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How to get your Harry Potter fix until July 31

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First of all, THIS.
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I feel like it’s my duty to let you know that there’s another HP story coming! I still have friends who are surprised by this news. Friends don’t let friends miss amazing stories. [Read more…]

Dear Mother…. my response to The Mother Letters by Amber C. and Seth Haines

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There have been times of uncertainty in my life, but motherhood was probably the height of that misgiving.  I wasn’t one of those women who always knew she wanted to be a mother.  It was a spark that grew into a flame within my heart.  Perhaps that made my children even more precious to me — the realization that I wanted to be a mom more than I wanted anything else in my life.   The roller coaster ticked upward again, though, as my pregnancies were difficult and I learned how to care for these tiny people who depended on me for survival.  When I read The Mother Letters by Amber C. Haines and Seth Haines, my heart fluttered at the reminders of those precarious days of infancy, toddlerhood, and beyond.

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DIY candy buffet with Celebration by Frey #CelebrationCandyBuffet #ad

Disclosure:  This is a Fashionista Event and a promotional item was provided to me by Celebration by Frey. Hosts for this event are Still Blonde after all these Years and ModlyChic.

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Sweets are an important part of any summer party. Whether it’s a birthday, bridal shower, gender reveal party, or a cookout with friends, you’ll want to make sure you can satisfy each guest’s sweet tooth. Happily, you can find colorful Celebration by Frey items at Walmart, Target, Party City, and Michaels. Use these items to make your DIY candy buffet a success! [Read more…]