Archives for December 2016

A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay

Disclosure: BookLook sent me this book, and the post contains affiliate links. Opinions shared are mine.

I tried, I really did.

My heart wanted to love A Portrait of Emily Price.

It’s hard for me to admit that I didn’t really like it because there was so  much to love.  Unfortunately, it missed the mark for me.   [Read more…]

Why I couldn’t sleep after I binge-watched Stranger Things

stranger-things It’s been a few days since my daughter and I binge-watched Stranger Things. The Netflix show centers around an adolescent cast, much in the same way as Stand By Me and Goonies. In some ways, it reminds me of a teen soap like Gossip Girl or One Tree Hill, with some added horror elements. It was extremely addictive, though.  After we finished watching Season 1, there were some lingering questions that kept me awake most of the night.  (Spoiler alert….though I’ll try to keep the details to a minimum!)

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Read and Share books are fun to read with kids @TommyNelson #giveaway

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Read and Share - Look I'm Reading Bible #giveaway

Disclosure: I received this book as a Tommy Mommy blogger. Opinions shared are mine.

Many people have asked me how my daughter was able to read from such an early age.  They look at me like I’m lying when I tell them the real truth.  Honestly, she learned to read because of the frequency of our times reading together.   I think most of her early reading developed from memorization and picture recognition. As time went on, she learned to recognize the words in place of the pictures.  That’s why Read and Share books held such an important place on our family bookshelf.  An example can be found in this Look I’m Reading Bible Storybook from Tommy Nelson. [Read more…]

Launch the new Airship Genesis Kids Study Bible in 2017 #giveaway

Airship Genesis #giveaway
I received this book as a Tommy Mommy. Opinions shared are mine.

For our family, one of the most wonderful moments of 2016 was the day when my son was baptized.  He accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior.  As we praised that decision with him, it also became clear that I need to provide him with spiritual guidance.  Now that he’s a strong reader, he can explore God’s word on his own.  A kids study Bible like the new Airship Genesis is perfect for providing him with support, yet allowing him to be an independent learner.  [Read more…]

DIY Chanukah dessert kits available from Manischewitz

Disclosure: We received three sample kits. Opinions shared are mine.

Our family celebrates Christmas each year. While we don’t go all out with bells and whistles (a Christmas tree and some fudge marked the holiday for us this year), many families do many Christmas crafts and prepare baked goods just for the holiday.  Some people opt for ways to make the traditions a bit easier on the time schedule and budget.  For instance, a gingerbread house might seem like a daunting task but a premade kit could simplify the process.  It never occurred to me that those who celebrate other holidays, such as Hanukkah, would want similar convenience kits.  For example,  Manischewitz offers fun, delicious interactive kits that make a DIY Chanukah project possible.

Chanukah #giveaway [Read more…]

Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale – a book about love and loss

A wonderful thing happens over Christmas break every year — I get to read those books that have been stashed away for a rainy day.  Yesterday, my husband had a doctor’s appointment that took a couple of hours, so I tagged along with Everything We Keep in hand.


I won this book in a blog giveaway (thanks to Just Commonly!), and hadn’t heard anything about it aside from that blogger’s review. I opened the first page without even reading the summary on the back (glad for that.) Immediately, the character and situation drew me in. [Read more…]

Ms. Dress Up can help you zip up a dress by yourself #giveaway

Ms. Dress Up Zipper Pull #giveaway This summer my grandfather passed away, leaving my grandmother alone with no one nearby.  She attends several church functions every week.  I know it will be difficult for her to zip up dresses, especially those that have full-back zippers.  When Ms. Dress Up shared their unique zipper pull with me, I knew it was the perfect gift for any lady who faces the difficult task of zipping alone!  [Read more…]

A Different Way of Counting Blessings – Pray A to Z


Disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

This week, my husband had surgery on a stubborn kidney stone; caring for him has kept me busy.  His medications are scheduled for every few hours, so we set a timer to make sure we stay ahead of his pain.  Getting to serve him in sickness allows me to provide a blessing back to him.  I’m grateful for the way he takes care of us all year long. He’s on the mend, which reminds me to count my blessings!   Have you taken the time to count your blessings lately?  Consider reading the book Pray A to Z to help you develop a stronger, more intentional prayer life.  [Read more…]

Affiliate links mean an Amazon gift for one lucky reader!

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Enter to win a $10 Amazon gift card

“The stockings were hung by the chimney with care….wait, did you hear that? The mailman left a box on the porch!” ~~someone at our house

Amazon gets me through the busy holiday season, but also the rest of the year.  I order just about all of our needs through Prime. (Here’s your chance to try Amazon Prime for a 30-Day Free Trial) That’s why I wanted to give YOU a chance to win a $10 Amazon gift card (giveaway ended). After all, it’s the prize I’d want for myself!

To enter, just complete one of the actions linked below. [Read more…]