Whisper by Mark Batterson – book review @blogforbooks

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book. Opinions shared are mine.

When choosing my next book to review, I knew that my husband would really enjoy Whisper by Mark Batterson.  He has a stressful job that requires a lot of emotional strength.  Hearing God’s voice is imperative for a calm, peaceful mind and content heart, but even more so with daily challenges like his.  I also wanted to read Whisper for myself.  My children have often asked me, “How can I hear God?”  and my answers seem weak to my own ears.  So, I went off in search of that answer within the pages of this book.  I received a free copy; opinions shared are mine. [Read more…]

Fun family day at @amctheatres #Jumanji

It was a pretty quiet winter break at the Savings in Seconds house.  I’m not on an official no-spend month, but we have tried to minimize post-Christmas spending. The kids received several new toys and gadgets so we didn’t need to go more and do more.  However, when the temperatures started dropping down, down, down….we got a little cagey.  So, to the movies we went!  All of us voted on Jumanji. The “old” version is a family favorite, so I was excited to see how this one compares. 
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The X-Files — How to Wait Until Next Wednesday

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It’s not often that I commandeer the remote control from the rest of the family.  Most of the time, a blanket and book are more my style…or maybe sitting behind the laptop screen.  On Wednesday at 8 pm, though, it was MINE.  Why?  Because Scully and Mulder were back on, that’s why!  [Read more…]

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry – book review

Last year I read The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry and LOVED it.   The Lace Reader was actually the first book in Barry’s Salem setting, and I’ve been eager to read it for a while.  It’s perfect for those who love traditional paranormal — psychic, witches, and beyond.  [Read more…]

Home Alone 2 Family Night at Ovation Brands restaurants

Disclosure: We will receive a Home Alone 2 prize package like this one, thanks to Ovation Brands. Opinions shared are mine.

Over winter break, our family went to Ryan’s buffet twice….and the kids have already wondered when we can go back.  My husband always looks forward to their fried chicken (last time, he said it was the BEST).  My son double-fists the pillow soft rolls slathered in honey butter. He and I fill up on popcorn shrimp, and I adore the restaurant’s fried okra.  My daughter looks for potato soup, and usually makes a soft taco.  We all love the dessert variety, and I taught my kids how to make the perfect tip on an ice cream cone.   Through January 25, head over to an Ovation Brands restaurant on Thursday nights for an extra-special Home Alone 2 promotion!  [Read more…]

$350 January Cash #Giveaway Event ends 1/31 – open WW INT

One of my favorite Dave Ramsey tips is this common sense information…. Christmas comes at the same time every year. It’s always December 25.  Theoretically, it should be easy to plan (budget) for that, right?  My husband and I need to go through the Financial Peace workbook again because we have fallen by the wayside.  It would be so nice to start the new year with extra cash in our pockets!  What do you think about winning $350 in the January Cash giveaway?

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Final Girls by Riley Sager + 2018 Library Love challenge

Our school schedule was odd this year, letting us out for winter break later than other area school systems.  The benefit?  We still have a few days off while everyone else is going back this week.  It’s frigid outside, and my heat pump is struggling to keep up with single-digit temperatures.  Today, we all stayed in the fluffy blankets and found something quiet to do.  I read Final Girls, which has been on my TBR for months.

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The Ghost Notebooks by Ben Dolnick – book review

Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book for review. Opinions shared are mine.

Happy 2018, everyone!  I hope you celebrated the new year with loved ones and friends.  Our family watched the ball drop on TV, then I immediately headed for my pillow.  Oh, the days when I would have stayed up late celebrating the new year!

My first read of 2018 was The Ghost Notebooks.  Technically, I started reading it in 2017, but finished it today, so…that counts.  [Read more…]

Comfy Cozy Winter Reads available for FREE

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You know how it is.  We’re all so busy during the warmer months that it’s almost a relief when it’s finally winter.  We allow ourselves to hibernate a little.  Cuddling under a blanket with a good book seems like the only right thing to do.  I’m a bit of a book hoarder, much to my husband’s chagrin.  Even though there are several unread books on my shelf, I can’t help looking for cozy winter reads on My Reader Rewards.  If you’re not a member yet, click here to join (it’s free) plus start with 25 points!   [Read more…]

No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert – book review

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of the book; opinions shared are mine.

Perspective is a powerful yet vicious thing.  Sometimes perspective can provide insight; other times, it can be blinding.  When I read No One Ever Asked by Katie Ganshert, I felt like perspective was slamming against my brain and heart from all sides. [Read more…]