Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Thursday was rainy and dull around here.  So what’s the best thing to do?  Get the kids moving!  I took my son and his friend to see the new Captain Underpants movie, then to a “jumpy house” full of inflatables.  While the kids bounced around, I enjoyed reading Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven. [Read more…]

Israel – God’s Heart book tour

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. Opinions shared are mine.

Happy Father’s Day, everyone! I hope this day is full of love for you. My father passed away last year, and even though we weren’t in contact for 20 years, I still think of him with love on this day.

I gave my husband the copy of Israel God’s Heart a few weeks ago as an early Father’s Day gift.
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BEYBLADE BURST event at Ovation Brands restaurants #TastyTreats2017 #giveaway ends 7/2

Disclosure: I received a Beyblade package for posting. Opinions shared are mine.

Our kids love Family Night at Ryan’s, but they’re ecstatic about the Beyblade Blast promotion!  We received an Ovation Brands promotional package that includes the Beyblade Blasts Epic Battles Set (2 launchers, 2 tops, and stadium) and 4 free meal tickets.  One lucky reader will receive the same package!  [Read more…]

The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman – one of my all-time favorites


This is the image I sent to my sister, telling her I couldn’t wait to share this book with her.  It’s so good that I just had to share it with you, too!  [Read more…]

Touch-and-Feel Board Books from Silver Dolphin – Bright Books #Giveaway US/Can ends 6/30

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When my children were small, we read books together on a daily basis. That special routine became the highlight of our evenings.  My husband and I fondly remember the texts we eventually memorized… even if my kids don’t remember, we do!  In the early days, the babies loved books like these Silver Dolphin Bright Books[Read more…]

LOLL Wearable Towel makes a versatile swimsuit cover-up #giveaway ends 6/30 INT

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The past two weeks have been a crazy whirlwind for our family. My husband had a scheduled surgery on Monday, but the complications sent him back to the hospital TWICE after the initial discharge. We’ve spent 8 out of the past 10 days in the hospital. Now that we’re home and he’s doing a bit better, I’m hoping that I can take the kids on a much-deserved trip to the pool. I’ll definitely be wearing my LOLL. This versatile swimsuit cover-up doubles as a towel.

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23 Minutes in Hell book review – Splash Into Summer #giveaway

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A few years ago, there was such a buzz over the book Heaven is for Real.  I also read Don Piper’s 90 Minutes in Heaven.  Both stories were profoundly inspiring.  So much controversy rests on the subject of the afterlife, and it’s interesting to read different accounts of people’s experiences.  Bill Weise has quite a different story to share, though, in his book 23 Minutes in Hell.

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel – book review

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It’s really hard to know where to start with The Roanoke Girls.  It just doesn’t follow any of the typical rules for a novel, so it seems unfair to give it a typical review.  Author Amy Engel’s first book for adults was stunning in a Gone Girl shocking kind of way.  What attracted me to this book was the simple formula…..dysfunctional family+ small town mystery.  But oh, it’s so much more!  [Read more…]

Busch Gardens in the rain? Yes, please! #WhatAMan2017

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rent out an entire amusement park, having it all to yourself for the day?  Now I know what that feels like!

At several points in our spring break trip to Williamsburg, VA, the universe seemed to conspire against us. Both kids got the flu. We had to change hotel rooms three times.  The weather imploded on itself by the end of our trip.  It was a sopping wet day when we headed to Busch Gardens.  My husband was ready to bail, but the kids and I gathered up our ponchos and insisted on going.  We are so glad we did!   [Read more…]

Pilot Pens and Target partnered – G2 Overachievers Club

Disclosure:  By some amazing stroke of luck, Pilot sent me these pens for review.  You can imagine my thrill!  Opinions shared are mine.

School supplies have always made my heart skip a beat. Some of you know exactly what I mean!  You’ll be happy to know that Pilot acknowledges this obsession with their amazing pens, and they’ve partnered with Target to create the G2 Overachievers Club.  So then, Pilot sent me these G2 pens.  People, I was happier than a bird with a french fry.  The thing is, my kids are just as enamored by pens as I am (maybe more….dare I say it?)  Naturally, those pens were whisked right out of my grasp. [Read more…]