Archives for July 2013

On My Bookshelf: The Living Room by Robert Whitlow

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book to review through the BookSneeze program. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

The biblical stories of Daniel’s ability to interpret dreams has always fascinated me. As a psychology major, dreams in general just intrigue me. Knowing that they have a bit of reality blended into them is enough to make them interesting. The thought that they have supernatural meaning makes me even more excited to analyze them. Most of the time my dreams are shadowy and somewhat eerie, reminiscent of a Tim Burton movie. The dreams in The Living Room were much more spiritual. In fact, the dreams were inspired by God to help the main character Amy to bring the deeds of darkness to light.

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The world’s easiest diet plan #sponsored

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Remember the school pizza from your middle school days?  What about the mashed potatoes or steamed veggie mix?   I hate to burst your bubble but those things haven’t really improved over time; at least, not at the school where I work.  While the cafeteria staff really seems to try to make things taste appealing, the federal guidelines on school lunches are such a hindrance that most things taste bland.  When I’m in a rush and haven’t had time to prepare a lunch, it’s sometimes simpler to purchase a meal there.  Paying around $3.50 for  a lunch that is less than appetizing is a real bummer.  When the friends at contacted me about reviewing their plan, I knew it was a blessing.  You see, the key to their plan is to be strategic about eating frozen dinners and supplementing with fresh fruit and veggies.  Sounds convenient, doesn’t it?  It really is the world’s easiest diet plan since there’s no guesswork involved.

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The school supply list arrived today. Classrooms makes it easy to complete! #sponsored

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Using Walmart's Classrooms program is a breeze!

The school supply list arrived today.  I suppose I can’t be in denial any longer. It’s almost time for the glorious sleep-in days of summer to end and return to school.   Today my daughter received her teacher’s welcome back letter.  She was so excited to find out whose class she’d be in this year!  Enclosed with the letter was the school supply list for the year. I was surprised to see the changes in the list from 3rd to 4th grade.  This year we need to purchase a binder for the first time!   Even though the school supply list is on the school system’s website, I didn’t check it out before receiving the letter.   We’re planning to use Walmart’s Classrooms program to make the shopping easy and breezy.  I can’t believe how completely simple it is to use this!    When I headed to the site, I found that my daughter’s school was already set up on the system.  If yours isn’t,  just click “request a list” to send an email to your teacher.

Using Walmart's Classrooms program makes #backtoschool shopping a breeze!

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Sponsored: Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice – A New Head Lice Website Resource for Parents

The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.


When sending the kids off to camp this summer, it’s important to think about a common and hard-to-treat problem: head lice. Luckily, expert information parents need for dealing with and treating head lice is in one place at Get educated by the Headfirst! Experts and have the information to battle head lice with confidence!


Ripley’s Guinness Book of World Records in Gatlinburg, TN

Disclosure: I was provided with tickets for this review. The opinions shared here are 100% mine.

A few weeks ago I shared my Gatlinburg experience with you.  After we visited the Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies, we walked a couple of blocks over to the Guinness Book of World Records museum.  Although it had been pouring rain all day, it was only sprinkling a bit by the time we ventured out.  It was a nice stroll to the museum.  We walked through the back alley to get to the entrance. If you are passing through on the main street, you’ll notice the giant rubberband ball in front of the museum.

Savings in Seconds goes to the Ripley's Guinness Book of World Records Museum.

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On My Bookshelf: Rosemary Cottage by Colleen Coble

When I read Colleen Coble’s novel Tidewater Inn last year, I couldn’t put it down until it was finished. Sitting on the couch until 2 AM, the pages kept turning until the last page was savored. This time I was smarter and started in the late afternoon so I was able to finish just before midnight. Another marathon Coble read successfully completed! Rosemary Cottage proved to be just as entertaining and thrilling as Tidewater Inn.  I received this book as part of the book tour for Litfuse Publicity.  It was nice to become reacquainted with the characters of Tidewater Inn while meeting new characters in Rosemary Cottage.   I remembered the beautiful architectural detail from the first novel, so it was interesting to hear about the different homes found on Hope Beach.  [Read more…]

Summer of Love Giveaway Hop featuring Rosemary Cottage July 22-29 CLOSED

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Enter the Summer of Love giveaway at --- chance to win Rosemary Cottage

Welcome to the Summer of Love Giveaway Hop hosted by YA Romantics.  The giveaway takes place from July 22 through July 29.  I hope you’ll take the time to enter the other giveaways posted at the bottom of this one.  Enjoy and good luck!

Savings in Seconds is grateful to Litfuse Publicity for providing our readers with prizes.  Since the theme of this giveaway is “Summer of Love” there was an obvious choice for a prize.  One lucky winner will receive a copy of Rosemary Cottage  by Colleen Coble. The giveaway is open to US readers ages 18+, void where prohibited by law.  Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.  Good luck!

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Natural pain relief options

The summer months are busy with activity around the Savings in Seconds house.  We have a time-consuming yard that my husband maintains with painful diligence. When I spend time working in the garden, my bones complain to me for hours afterward.   The smell of rub-on pain relief products brings back memories of the days my mom would use Ben-Gay after a long day’s work.  She had a very physical manual labor job in order to support our family.  The cream she rubbed on brought temporary relief but the scent lingered long after the effect wore off.  Now that I’ve experienced some health issues of my own, I’ve tried to find natural pain relief options  that are effective and, well, don’t make my hands smell bad.

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On My Bookshelf: A Bride For All Seasons

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There are certain things I must have in the summer.  First, a super cute pair of flip flops and a trust bathing suit that can be put on at a moment’s notice.  We often have unexpected company visit us in the summer and I’ve got to be able to walk out the door to swim or entertain.  Secondly, a great assortment of jewelry that can go with anything in my wardrobe.  Lucky for me, Stella & Dot has a great assortment of gorgeous jewelry, scarves, bags and more that are perfect for those summer and fall outfits!  Third, there’s gotta be a good book to read.  My sister-in-law and I have developed a big fondness for the newest Christian romances.  They’re great because there are no embarrassing pages to have to flip over while you’re self-consciously trying not to envision what’s in the book.  A Bride For All Seasons is on my bookshelf and I’m glad to participate in this book tour to share it with you. [Read more…]

On My Bookshelf: Ragged Hope by Cynthia Ruchti

During different points of my life, I’ve looked to other people to make or break my happiness.  It took a long time for me to realize that I can’t change the way people act, but I can determine how–or if–I will react.  The fallout of other people’s choices is inevitable sometimes but it doesn’t have to be a trap for me.  Who hasn’t had to pick up the slack when someone else dropped their end of the bargain?   In her book Ragged Hope, Cynthia Ruchti uses some very common scenarios to illustrate the way other people’s choices can affect each of us.  [Read more…]