Zazzle pizzazz on Cyber Monday

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Black Friday came and went, but Cyber Monday still waits! Are you excited about the upcoming deals? If you missed the Black Friday Sale on Zazzle you can still catch some of the great buys available at a discount on Cyber Monday!  I recently ordered a phone case from Zazzle and received so many compliments on it.  The colors are gorgeous, and the ordering process could not have been easier.   Zazzle can be a bit overwhelming  because there are so many products offered on the site.  Try searching by category then narrow down your choices with the subcategories. If you’re wondering what to start with, check out these ideas.   [Read more…]

Brushes that bring smiles for Christmas #giftguide

Bling toothbrush - makes a great stocking stuffer! #giftguide Disclosure: I received product samples. Opinions shared here are 100% mine.

With all the candy and other sweet treats my kids consume at Christmastime, it’s a no-brainer to include a cool toothbrush in their stockings.  There’s nothing exciting about plain old brushes; however, the options on this gift guide are nothing ordinary! [Read more…]

Gifts for the active elves on your list #giftguide

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Looking for ways to keep your active elves busy over the Christmas holidays?  Check out these fun toy ideas.  They’re sure to inspire lots of creative play while even teaching your kids a little bit, too!

The Wild Kratts are popular in our house. [Read more…]

Merry Christmas Giveaway Hop featuring Silverlit

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Welcome to the Merry Christmas Giveaway! This event is hosted by Planet Weidknecht and LeahSay’s Views.

One lucky reader will win a Nano Falcon, thanks to Silverlit Toys. Check out my gift guide post! Nano Falcon - enter to win! #giftguide [Read more…]

Black Friday Book Bonanza featuring Small Talk giveaway

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Welcome to the Black Friday Book Bonanza!  Whether you’ve braved the crowds at the mall or you’re sitting this one out, we’re glad you stopped by.  This event is hosted by BookShelfery.  One luck reader at Savings in Seconds will win a copy of Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker.  [Read more…]

Affordable luxury gifts for Christmas #giftguide

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Whatever your Christmas budget, there are times when you want to give something really special while staying within your means.  Here are some gift ideas that feel extravagant without going overboard.

Natasha’s Just Brittle is an affordable luxury for the person who loves decadent, unusual treats.  [Read more…]

Motherless by Erin Healy does not disappoint!

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For a thought-provoking book that takes me for a mental ride, Erin Healy is one of my favorite authors.  Maybe it’s that my brain capacity can’t take the heat, but sometimes I have no idea what Healy is working around to until the very, very end (and sometimes not even then).  WOW.  Her newest title, Motherless, did not disappoint!
Motherless by Erin Healy - a must-read!

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Family Christian’s Black Friday Sale

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After a day of feasting and general merriment, are you energized for shopping?  For many of us, that need to get the holiday preparations underway is pushed ahead by the amazing deals on Black Friday. Whether you shop online or in store, Family Christian should be at the top of your to-do list.  There are lots of great sales on books, music, decor, and more!  To find the specific deals mentioned below, just search for the term at Family Christian.

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Small Talk by Amy Julia Becker — for those tough questions kids seem to ask

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If there’s one thing I did right in my role as a mom, it is to encourage my kids to talk with me about anything. I might cringe inside at their questions, at the shattering of their innocence when a curse word passes their rosebud lips. It might make my heart break a tiny bit when my daughter wonders aloud why her body is shaped differently than the rest of the girls in her class. When my son asks why his friend wouldn’t play with him today, can I withhold my stinging words about the boy’s mother who tried to avoid us at afterschool pickup yesterday? It’s so tough to answer those open, honest, raw questions with the words that make it all better. It’s even harder to believe those gentle words sometimes. Amy Julia Becker, author of Small Talk, does a great job of presenting her own experiences as a mom with question-laden kids. [Read more…]

Hilltop Sunset by Joyce T. Strand – book review and tour

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If you’re a wine connoisseur, this book might just appeal to you.  Set in the vineyards of California, we get to explore the lifestyle of the thirty-somethings who have made lots of money from the upper crust.     When I started reading this book, I felt as though I had walked into the wrong movie theater after going to the concession stand.  There was a lot of background information that I must have missed.  Although it all becomes clear in time, the stall prevented me from really getting hooked on the book.  Before you read Hilltop Sunset, I’d highly suggest reading the first book so that you know what’s going on.  Overall, I’d rate Hilltop Sunset a 4.
The main character, Brynn, just went through an amicable divorce.  In fact, it was so amicable that she went on a little overnight trip with her ex to celebrate.  It was all very surreal.  When I finally connected with the characters, I really became interested in the mystery behind Hilltop Sunset.  I kept wondering about the “Inspired by Actual Events” on the front of the book. What was real and what was fiction?  It’s difficult to say because the book was so realistic!

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