Archives for June 2014

Cover Madness – which cover floats YOUR boat? + INT Giveaway

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I’m a fan of book covers. Even before reading the book, the cover gets to me. The colors, the graphics, the emotion behind the design….all of it commands my attention.  I receive so many emails about cover reveals and book blitzes that I just can’t post them all.  But I want to!  I so want to!  Then I see new cover reveals online and make a huge list of books that I just have to read.   Here are some of the book covers that made me stop for a second.   [Read more…]

Sizzling Summer Reads Giveaway Hop – featuring Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade

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A few weeks ago I reviewed the book Meant to be Mine by Becky Wade. Well, here’s your chance to get your hands on a copy of the book! Thanks to Lilybloombooks and A Bookish Escape for hosting the Sizzling Summer Reads giveaway, and special thanks to Litfuse Publicity for providing the prize! [Read more…]

Frugaa is the little angel on my shoulder + $50 Amazon giveaway

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Perhaps my frugal ways came from the place in my life when we didn’t have two nickels to rub together.  When my husband and I got married, we received and saved a few gift cards to places like Kroger and various restaurants.   There were lean times when I was the only one working and he was completing his Master’s degree; we often depended on those gift cards to get us through.   We had meatless Monday long before it was trendy because it was necessary in order to save a few pennies.  I don’t consider those “hard times.”  Instead, my husband and I truly learned how to get by with little.

Times have changed since those honeymoon years.  We doubled our family size, have a house with furniture, and drive cars that don’t backfire.  We are fortunate to have good jobs and steady salaries. Like everyone else, we still have times when the budget is tighter than others but our lifestyle has also changed a great deal.  We try not to be frivolous, using sites like Frugaa to help us to be good stewards with our money.  It’s the little angel on my shoulder, helping me save a bit here and some more there. [Read more…]

Where I thought I’d be at age 39

Where I thought I'd be at age 39 --

A few weeks ago my loved ones wished me a happy 39th birthday.  My sister and her family gave me a beautiful evening of fun.  Every time I saw these flowers I was reminded of the way it felt 10 years ago.  It was all rather surreal, considering in my head I still feel like I’m 30.  Or maybe even 20.  Where did all that time go?  So many people have told me that time flies and yeah, I felt like it was cliche, but it’s so very true.  That time just whisked right by.   Although 40 years old isn’t the ancient age that I once considered it to be, I never thought it would actually be here looming over me.   You know when you’re 12 and you think you’ll never be able to drive?  Or when you’re 18 and think you’ll never be 21?  That’s kind of how 40 felt to me.  Until now, that is.  [Read more…]

There’s no place like home

I love the little things that make Northeast Tennessee home. Our family is really a homebody-type clan. We like to travel but don’t usually stay away for longer than a couple of days. It’s always nice to get back in our own beds or sit on our own couch because, as they say, there’s no place like home. When we do go out of town, I like to see the places that make our new scenery unique. While an Olive Garden dinner is fine, it’s also available nearly anywhere in the country. When we travel I want to find something that I can’t get anywhere else.

So when YOU come to Northeast TN, here are some things that you might see!

When I see Pal's, I know I'm home.
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Learning a new skill this summer — Let’s Sew Together

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  When my daughter headed to Girl Scout camp, the thing she was most excited about was learning to sew.  Unfortunately she didn’t get to participate in that particular project.  She was so upset about it and asked if I would teach her how to sew.

Hmmm…..that’s a tough question to answer.  My mind instantly visualized my mom’s finished sewing projects and initially I wanted to say, “No. I can’t teach you.”   My sewing skills are quite limited.   [Read more…]

Denny’s and Dream Treaders – giveaway

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Enter the #RedWhiteBlue #giveaway for a chance to win $25 Denny's gift card and copy of Dream Treaders from @TommyNelson.

Welcome to the Red, White & Blue Giveaway Hop, an event hosted by LeahSay’s Views & Planet Weidknecht.  This giveaway runs from June 27th -July 7th.  Each of the participating bloggers linked at the bottom of this post is hosting their own giveaway with a minimum value of $25.  Be sure to visit all of the bloggers listed in the linky below for your chance to enter each giveaway!

Savings in Seconds is so excited to partner with Denny’s and Tommy Nelson for this giveaway.  One lucky reader will win a $25 Denny’s gift card (with some other goodies) and a copy of Dream Treaders. [Read more…]

The Loved and the Lost – by Lory S. Kaufman

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The Loved and the Lost Book 3 It’s hard to believe that it’s time to review the final book of the Verona trilogy!  In The Loved and the Lost, we get to experience some of those past adventures in the other two books.  There are some new twists to this book, though, so don’t think that it’s all just a rerun.  If you didn’t read the first two books in this trilogy, I highly recommend that you start with book 1.  Some series books can be read out of sequence; however, this one has so many references to the other story lines that it’s necessary to be familiar with the others in order to fully understand what’s going on.  [Read more…]

TN is home of the Original Moon Pie! Celebrate Your State giveaway hop

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#CelebrateYourState #giveaway - enter to win a prize pack from Moon Pie!

Welcome to the Celebrate Your State giveaway! This event is sponsored by The Review Wire.  I was excited about the opportunity to share some wonderful products from the great state of TN.  After all, Tennessee is known for many great things such as country music, the Smoky Mountains, and Elvis Presley.  If you’ve never visited, make this a pit stop on your bucket list and you’re sure to experience some happy moments with a glass of sweet tea in your hand!  In the other hand, you’ll probably be holding a Moon Pie.  Did you  know that these little delights were first created in the early 1900’s by the Chattanooga Bakery? According to the Moon Pie website, it all started as a way to provide a quick meal for coal miners, who needed something handheld. [Read more…]

Kissed by Kimberly Loth – book review

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Just when I thought that the paranormal young adult genre has become stale, along comes Kissed by Kimberly Loth.  The book is #1 in the Thorn Chronicles.  Immediately I was sucked into Naomi’s bizarre and frightening life, wrought with abuse and bigotry.  Her parents were deep into a cult mindset, taking her down with their downward spiral.  Was Naomi’s family unusual?   Certainly, but not unheard of.  Sadly, there are lots of situations like Naomi’s out there.  But then things get really wild!    [Read more…]