Archives for January 2015

The Advocate by Randy Singer – book review

Disclosure: I received this book to review. The post and giveaway form contain affiliate links. Opinions shared are 100% mine.

Most of my favorite stories are focused on romance.  Period dramas, teen love, young adult relationships….it’s what hits home with me.  That’s why I was just as surprised as the next person when The Advocate became one of my new favorites!  This historical fiction novel drives us into the cruel reign of Caligula, tossing us like leaves in the wind throughout some of the biggest legal battles of ancient history.  Although it’s a work of fiction, it’s difficult to separate the story from history.  The Advocate is told through the eyes of Theophilus.  I don’t typically read books that have a male main character, so this was another switch for me.  In this giveaway, one lucky reader will win a copy of The Advocate!

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Nail It This Spring — great beauty buys

Disclosure: I received product samples. The post contains affiliate links; opinions shared here are 100% mine.

If it must be cold, I’d like to see some snow. Now that it’s hitting the 40’s with no sign of a snow day, I’m thinking ahead to spring. These fun beauty buys helped to get me in the mindset of brighter colors, lighter fabrics, and sunnier smiles. My skin hasn’t caught on to the new program. A few days ago, it became clear that my hands were starting to look like old-lady skin. There is a definite crepe thinness to the skin on my hands. They’re dry and showing lots of fine lines. You can imagine my horror! It was time to take drastic measures. Recently I’ve been using the New Radiance Naturals Vitamin C Serum on my neck and decolletage. [Read more…]

Simple Prayer Rocks * inspired by Before Amen by Max Lucado

Disclosure: I received this book from Family Christian. The post contains affiliate links; opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Back in my college days, we played a game at the cafeteria.  It was meant to be innocent and kind of funny, but looking back on it I feel rather ashamed.  When it was time to say prayer together, we’d all prop up our thumbs which meant “Not IT.”  The last person to catch on had to thank God for our food.  Why did we skip out on that opportunity to speak with the Lord?  Asking the Lord’s blessing on our meal was a chance to share that moment in God’s presence.  Matthew 18:20 says that when 2 or 3 are gathered in the Lord’s name, He is there among them.  What an awesome reminder of the power of prayer!  So God, I’m sorry for all those times I skipped out on talking with you. I’m doing my best to catch up these days.

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Kyoku for Men combo set review

Disclosure: I received product samples; the post and giveaway form contain affiliate links. Opinions shared here are 100% mine.

If your Valentine doesn’t want body wash that smells like fruit, or prefers to use lotion when it isn’t floral-scented, check out Kyoku for Men.  The bottles are even boxy shaped, more masculine than the girly girl personal products we have in our bathroom.

Kyoku for men: #giveaway at

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Vehicle Magnetic Signs at Lowest Price from BestofSigns

Disclosure: This post is brought to you by BestofSigns. Opinions shared here are 100% mine.

Back when my daughter was a baby, I became a consultant for a skincare company.  I kept my full-time job while doing spa parties in the evenings.  Building my clientele was tough.  Working from home in a direct sales program can be a tricky business.  Word of mouth is an important step, but it’s important to get new customers outside of one’s general social circle.  My friends were exceptionally patient and generous by hosting parties, purchasing products, and sharing the news that my business was growing.  Looking back on those days, I know that things would have been even better if I had put a vehicle magnet sign on my car.

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FANdom is alive and well – attention all FANS!

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  Hockey Combo from Mabel's Labels - enter to win $15 paypal at #giveaway
Football fanatics, racing fans, and basketball buffs, unite!  It’s time to celebrate your FANdom.

The hockey labels above are 30% off at Mabel’s Labels right now.  They’re perfect for slapping on all the equipment before it heads out the door. Why not get one of these cute little t-shirts personalized for your football fan?

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Missing in Paradise – book review

Disclosure: I received this book to review. Opinions shared here are mine.

Missing in Paradise book tour

You know that feeling you get when you stumble upon buried treasure?

Okay, neither do I.  But I got pretty close with Missing in Paradise!

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Verified Codes has no-clip coupons. Save half the money with a fraction of the effort

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Online shopping is a big part of today’s consumer world.  With credit card bonus points, virtual clearance sections, and expedited shipping, it’s often more convenient for my family to shop online rather than make a trip to a brick and mortar store.  There’s also the savings issue.  Although paper coupons exist for online shops, it’s a hassle to keep up with those coupons and codes. Online codes are easier to use because they’re no-clip, quick, and easy. I’m always interested in saving time and money. Verified Codes makes it simple to get BIG savings with a couple of clicks! [Read more…]

SeaCozy lets you Welcome Winter in style!

Disclosure: I received a sample. Opinions shared here are 100% mine.

From the time she was about 2 years old, my daughter’s one wish was always the same.

“I wish I had a mermaid tail.”
SeaCozy - the next best thing to being a real mermaid.
Many a star heard that plaintive plea. Her pretty Ariel costume just didn’t seem to be enough. Even when we went to Disney and met her favorite mermaid, my sweet princess never had her dream fulfilled. That is, until we found SeaCozy! [Read more…]

Team US – Marriage Together book review

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Team US Marriage Together - enter to win a copy at

“Finishing your marriage story well is definitely within your reach, no matter what your history tells you.”

Whether or not you’re part of a married couple, chances are good that you have an opinion about marriage.  This perspective could have been influenced by many experiences in your life.  Your parents’ relationships, your personal goals, and perhaps even books and movies probably impacted the way you see that gold band on the left hand.  The great thing about marriage is that most people enter into it with optimism.  The tough part inevitably comes when the couple realizes that they’re no longer courting.  Instead, they’re in it together.  Some people have a fight-or-flight mentality when it comes to living with their partner.  In the book Team Us: Marriage Together, author Ashleigh Slater addresses some important challenges that married couples face.   [Read more…]