Archives for January 2018

Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks book review

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You might say “Bah humbug,” but this year I bought my own Christmas gifts.  My husband didn’t complain, I was happy, it was all good!  One of the top items on my list was Portrait of Vengeance by Carrie Stuart Parks.  I absolutely love the Gwen Marcey series, and was so excited for book #4!

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#pugsandkisses2018 Disney Princess Felt makes a great Valentine’s Day Gift – US CAN #giveaway ends 2/5

Disclosure: Thanks to Thunder Bay Press for sending me the Disney Princess Felt kit. Opinions shared are mine.

When my kids were younger, I looked for non-sugar gifts for holidays.  We didn’t eat much candy, so it usually went to waste at our house.  The kids got their sweets from goodie bags at school or when we visited friends.  Some of the best low-cost, sugar-free gifts I found were balloons, art supplies, and books.  The Disney Princess Felt includes the art supplies and the book instructions to make 10 of these little cuties!   [Read more…]

See Rock City in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Disclosure:  I received a complimentary trip to Rock City; opinions shared are mine.

You’ve seen the signs and the bold barn roofs, right?  SEE ROCK CITY is an iconic message that everyone seems to know, yet not many really understand.  Last fall, we had the chance to visit Rock City Gardens in lovely Chattanooga, Tennessee. We stayed at a campground in Chattanooga and drove about 15 minutes to Rock City. It’s a destination that needs to be on your bucket list!  Plan a trip for spring break or summer vacation.  You’ll be surprised how special this place is!

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The Melody of the Soul by Liz Tolsma Blog Tour, Giveaway, and Facebook Live

Disclosure: I received this book free through the blog tour. Opinions shared are mine.

Historical fiction is my go-to genre. I love learning a little something more each time I read, and Liz Tolsma always provides an excellent view of life during a wartime era.  Of all the Liz Tolsma books I’ve read, The Melody of the Soul is my favorite.   [Read more…]

The Ambrose Deception by Emily Ecton – book review

Disclosure: I received this book free from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.


Sharing books with kids is the very best part of my job as a language arts teacher!  I’m always on the lookout for books that middle grades students won’t be able to resist.  There are key features that I look for…and The Ambrose Deception has them!  [Read more…]

Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan book review @blogforbooks

Disclosure: I received this book free for review. Post contains affiliate link; if you make a purchase, I may earn commission. Opinions shared are mine.


It was a snow day – one of the blessings of being a teacher is staying home in inclement weather!  I settled in to finish a book that just came in a few days ago.  Long Black Veil by Jennifer Finney Boylan didn’t have high ratings on Amazon or Goodreads, so my expectations weren’t set high.  What a shame, because this book really knocked my socks off!

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Snow Day Activities for the Kids #giveaway ends 1/31 US only

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Thanks for checking out the Ice Ice Baby giveaway event, hosted by MamaTheFox and RitaReviews!  Our prize for this hop is a set of books from Ulysses Press.  These activities are perfect for kids who need something to do on snow days! [Read more…]

T-H-B Book One of the Coded Message Trilogy by Randy Dockens #giveaway ends 1/28 US only

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book.  Post contains affiliate links and I may earn commission if you make a purchase. Opinions shared are mine.

The psychology of dystopia really appeals to me.  I love thinking about how society might adapt and respond to the changing world as time goes on.  Typically, this genre has been firmly settled in the teen and YA shelves.  On the other hand, the T-H-B by Randy Dockens makes a good presence in the adult age range!  This book was published in 2017, so you have time to read it before books 2 and 3 come out in 2018.

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Valerie Bertinelli Home Cooking: More than 100 Recipes to Share with Friends and Family

Disclosure: I received this book for review. Post contains affiliate links; if you make a purchase, I may earn commission. Opinions shared are mine.

 

Starting the new year with fresh, delicious recipes makes me want to sing. My family easily falls into a menu rut, especially in the winter when none of us feels up to making a decision about meals. It’s so simple to get drive-thru, but we all prefer home cooking. Our family believes that we feel better when we eat at home, plus it’s more budget friendly!  I was thrilled to check out Valerie’s Home Cooking by Valerie Bertinelli.  Spending an hour with this cookbook is as cozy as chatting with an old friend.

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Extraordinary DVD available January 16 #ExtraordinaryMovie #giveaway

Disclosure: I will receive a DVD for my video library. Opinions shared are mine.

My daughter is so much more level-headed than I was at her age.  She doesn’t want to date at all right now; instead, she wants to focus on becoming the best version of herself.  We’ve prayed for both of our children’s future spouses even before they were born, though, and I am hopeful that God will be faithful in providing loving Christian mates for my children.  My husband and I have tried to model a strong, faith-based Christian marriage for them, but it’s not always easy!   The upcoming movie Extraordinary describes the finish-the-race mentality of one remarkable marriage.

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