What do moms seek in the seasons of their lives?

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A few weekends ago, my family was in Nashville for a competition in which my daughter participated.  We tried to make the most of the trip by hitting some of the tourist spots like the Opryland Hotel (pics of that to come!)  My mom drove down from Kentucky to spend the day with us, since Nashville was a closer drive than the regular 7 hours she would travel to our home.  The kids asked if we could go to the Opry Mills Mall, and we thought, Why not?   Let me tell you, I felt like a regular country bumpkin after visiting that place. It was unreal.  The crowds were unbelievable and the stores.  Oh my, the stores!!  I used to be able to shop ’til I dropped, but after having kids I’m just not used to shopping in a “real” mall, especially in the part of Tennessee where we live.   Trying to keep both families together and happy the entire time meant that I didn’t get to do any real shopping; mostly we just walked around and looked in the doorways as we passed. [Read more...]

What if heaven isn’t for real – would it change how I live?

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Happy Easter, everyone! Amid the bunnies, eggs, and chocolate, our family stopped to remember that Jesus and his resurrection is the true reason that we celebrated today. It was upon my heart today to ponder: What if heaven isn’t for real? Would it change how I live?

You’ve probably seen the ads for the movie Heaven Is For Real.
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Dystopian in teen fiction takes hold

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In recent years there’s been a huge shift from movies geared toward adults to books-turned-movies that appeal to teens, too. Teen fiction is taking hold in a bold new way, revealing fascinating yet terrifying ideas about the future.  Remember the days of 1984?  I do.  That book always seemed more than a bit creepy, albeit ridiculous with the walking/talking animals.  Books like The Hunger Games or Divergent don’t seem so ridiculous to me, though, and that’s maybe even more terrifying.  When I reviewed Aquifer, it gave me the same chill factor.

Aquifer - hot new dystopian in the young adult genre. #sponsored savingsinseconds.com [Read more...]

The Accidental Socialite book review and tour

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Book tour for The Accidental Socialite by Stephanie Wahlstrom

the accidental socialite

Release Date: 04/15/14
Swoon Romance

My take on this book:

This is a fun book for 20 somethings (or even 30 somethings).  Girls just wanna have fun, right?  Paige is the endearing kind of friend whose suitcase bursts open to evict her washworn undies and Aunt Flo stuff.   Plus, I always love a girl who likes to eat hollandaise sauce without mentioning the calories. [Read more...]

How to honor your favorite person

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With Mother’s Day coming up, I’m starting the monumental task of getting my mom something she’ll love.   This always proves to be a daunting mission since my mom typically doesn’t like anything that anyone gets for her.  She always thinks I spent too much money on something she won’t use.  It’s not fun to buy for her, but I do like the challenge of trying to find her something she’ll adore.  Here are some ideas for this year!  [Read more...]

God Bless Our Easter – Easter Giveaway Hop featuring Tommy Nelson books

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God Bless Our Easter - win a copy at savingsinseconds.com thanks to @TommyNelson - Ends 4/24

 

Easter is one of the sweetest times of the year. It’s visually breathtaking, with God’s reminder of life’s continuous renewal.  The air even smells fresh!  For me, Easter is the holiday that gives me the most hope.  I serve a risen savior, one who defeated death and loves me like no other.  How can those ideas be shared with my children?  God Bless Our Easter, a new board book from Tommy Nelson, is a beautiful way to gift my children with these beliefs. [Read more...]

Spring Has Sprung! Giveaway Hop featuring M’Lady’s Book of Household Secrets + $10 Amazon

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Spring Has Sprung - Enter to win a copy of M'Lady's Book of Household Secrets + $10 Amazon gift card at savingsinseconds.com

Welcome to the Spring Has Sprung giveaway event hosted by LeahSay’s Views and Planet Weidknecht. This hop runs from April 15 through May 2.  Many of the bloggers offer daily entries, so be sure to visit again and again to make the most of your chances to win!

One lucky Savings in Seconds reader will win a hardback copy of M’Lady’s Book of Household Secrets plus a $10 Amazon gift card!  Downton Abbey fans, unite!! [Read more...]

Rainy Day Reads giveaway hop featuring Maybelle In Stitches

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Maybelle in Stitches - win a copy ! Welcome to the Rainy Day Reads giveaway hop! This event is hosted by A Bookish Escape and Lilybloombooks. You’ll have a chance to enter through April 30. Be sure to visit all the bloggers on the linky at the bottom of this post!

Savings in Seconds is giving away a copy of Maybelle In Stitches, thanks to Litfuse Publicity. [Read more...]

#FebrezeSpring is in the air

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When my kids play outside, they track in the scents of springtime.  Sometimes after they come back inside, I catch a whiff of some natural scents that aren’t altogether pleasant.  The same goes for my classroom; teaching sixth graders after gym class requires a bit of a strong stomach at times.   I’ve long stored a can of Febreze in my cabinet for such a time as this; it’s always a welcome breath of fresh air when I can spritz some Brazilian paradise scent in my classroom. This year, I was excited to try some great new choices from the #FebrezeSpring collection (available at Walmart).    [Read more...]

Spring Sweeping with Classroom Friendly Supplies

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Disclosure: I received a discount on this product. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Welcome to the Spring Sweeping Giveaway Hop, hosted by the Blogging Mamas Network.

The days are getting warmer, brighter, and longer which may lead many to start Spring Cleaning. But we’re not ready to start cleanin’ until we’re done sweepin’! Take the next two weeks to sweep along the fabulous giveaways that a group of bloggers have come together to offer you! Be sure to hop around to all the giveaways, in the linky below, and just maybe the Grand Prize of a Shark® Lift Away Vacuum, from Brylane Home, will get someone in the Spring Cleaning mood! You can enter the Grand Prize here.   So Easy Being Green, Viva Veltoro, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Showered with Love participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Spring-Sweeping

Our sponsor for this event is Classroom Friendly Supplies. [Read more...]