What to read this weekend: Through Waters Deep, Glory Days, and Hiding Places

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Sorry for the lack of new posts to read over the last week. We recently moved (yay!) but don’t have internet access yet (boo!) My phone’s data plan is hosting today’s wifi access, many thanks to the great customer service at Verizon for helping me set it up!   Taking a break from unpacking is made sweeter with some fun books to read. Every once in a while, I reward myself for the hard work by indulging in a wonderful piece of fiction. If you’re wondering what to read, check out these titles:

Through Waters Deep - by Sarah Sundin
Through Waters Deep by Sarah Sundin has the beautiful appeal of the WWII dramas she’s published in the past.  It has a refreshing, modern beat that bears the unexpected. It slightly reminds me of the story Something Borrowed (Emily Giffin).  [Read more…]

You’ve Got Back to School in the Bag #giveaway

You’ve got back to school in the bag – enter to win this giveaway for a Victoria’s Secret bag ($78 value). This is perfect for toting ballet gear, swim practice paraphernalia, and after school snacks. So many options, such a great bag. I’ll ship this prize directly to the winner. Will you win? Not if you don’t enter!
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Quit smoking naturally – and get back the things you miss from your before-smoking life #giveaway

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My mom has been a smoker for years, and badly suffers the urge to smoke. She turned to alternate forms of cigarette smoking, which helped in some ways but didn’t truly serve as a tobacco substitute. Heading back to school can be a stressful time, especially for older teens and college students. To reduce stress, many teens and young adults turn to nicotine. These days, most public buildings and schools are designated as non-smoking, so smokers can feel even more frustrated when they long for tobacco products! Although lots of smokers would like to quit smoking naturally, those pesky nicotine cravings can be unbearable at times. If you know a teen or young adult who would like to find an effective smoking cessation program, consider Aqua-tine™. It has only three ingredients, and none of the carcinogens that are found in regular cigarettes! Would Aqua-tine™ help you get some of your life back?
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Hangin’ on to Summer #giveaway — enter to win $25 Amazon or Paypal e-gift card

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August is usually one of the months where our checkbook balance takes a nosedive.  Back to school purchases coupled with higher electricity bills tend to eat away at our budget.  Are you suffering the same fate?  Join us – we’re hangin’ on to summer with a fun giveaway hop!  The prize for our giveaway is the winner’s choice of a $25 Amazon e-gift card, or $25 Paypal cash. [Read more…]

Welcome Home! Complement your home’s exterior style with color

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Image courtesy of James Hardie

Image courtesy of James Hardie

What says “Welcome home!” to you?  For me, nothing beats a comfortable chair on a covered front porch. When we move into our new home on Friday, one of my first actions will be to set up my outdoor seating.  It’s amazing to think that after all of these months of slowly moving our many belongings into storage, filling out paperwork, and driving around for mile after mile of house showings….the day is finally here!    It’s taken many hands to get us to this point.  We’ve had help from so many wonderful friends and family to get this move underway.  I’m grateful to my sister, our realtors, the builders of our new home, and many more.  Now it’s time to think about maintenance and curb appeal of this new house.  While it might be tempting to focus on the “cosmetics” of the home’s interior, for most people the love affair begins with the exterior of the house.  When selecting your home’s exterior style, be sure to consider James Hardie as your resource for residential siding and exterior trim products!  [Read more…]

Love Arrives in Pieces by Betsy St. Amant – book review

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Book covers call to me, the way a chocoholic can hear a Hershey’s kiss singing from a desk drawer.  I love the way this cover looks, with the romantic faded-out couple walking on the brick-paved road. The pretty font-mosaic is just icing on the cake.  Love Arrives in Pieces is the dessert within, just waiting to be enjoyed with a cup of hot tea.  [Read more…]

What to read this weekend – Beyond the Ashes, A Heart’s Home, The Wood’s Edge

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Wondering what to read this weekend?  Here are some titles that will stir your curiosity and kindle your spirit!

What to read this weekend - Beyond the Ashes #LitfuseReads savingsinseconds.com

As I read more historical fiction novels that take place around the early 20th century, I learn so much!  In Beyond the Ashes, there was such a feeling of being there that I couldn’t help but pursue my own research about the 1906 San Francisco Earthquake. Then, I had to know more about early medical practices in the turn of the century.  Matters of etiquette and society’s graces were abundant in the story as well.  Although our home is far from prim and proper, the elegance in the story made me want to use a linen napkin or some such nonsense. The tense stirrings between Ruby and Gerald reminded me of Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy, with all the formality and stiff small talk.   [Read more…]

Back To School Like A Boss at Walmart #BTSLikeABoss

As if Back To School season wasn’t stressful enough for a family with 2 educators AND 2 school-aged children…..
As if we didn’t have enough going on with selling our house and buying a new home….
We decided to do it AT THE SAME TIME!!

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Okay, so we didn’t really choose for it to be this way. We’re grateful that we sold our home, and that we were able to find a new one very quickly.  The problem was the timing; starting school on August 3 just seemed to come too quickly for us. We have kids in different schools, and my husband works in a different school system than we do.  This year, it’s back to school like a boss, thanks to Walmart. [Read more…]

Mix It Up With New Colors of the Season – featuring ORANGE #MMColorConfidence $125 #giveaway

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Living in east Tennessee comes with the distinct advantage of wearing ORANGE every fall.  You see, the UT Vols are also known as “Big Orange,” so it’s a prominent color from September through December.  When the seasons change, the trees in our backyard turn to brilliant shades of orange, gold, and red.  It’s a sight to behold!  So naturally, when it was time to select the Colors of the Seasons item, I went with orange.  And naturally, my go-to source for the best fall fashions is Monroe and Main.  Any time I wear one of my Monroe and Main wardrobe essentials, it gets compliments throughout the day.  The Mix It Up Tunic is sure to sizzle with comments, too!

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What to read next weekend – Manors, mystery, and murder, oh my!

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For all those times when you wished you could explore the English countryside, Downton Abbey style, and come across an age-old mystery that just begged to be solved……I introduce you to Shadows of Ladenbrooke Manor. Yes, it’s just as austere and romantic as it seems.

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