When You Don’t Mind a REAL Story – Life After by Kate Ganshert

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Normally when I settle down with a book, it requires me to carve out time that I’d otherwise spend doing something productive like laundry or cleaning.  In other words, it’s gotta be worth it!  That’s why most of my book picks are “mind candy” — they help me escape from the reality of the daily grind.  As refreshing as it is to always have a happy ending, sometimes it’s just as rewarding to hear a story that mimics real life. If realistic fiction is your genre, check out Life After by Kate Ganshert (available 4/18/17).

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When Last We Spoke by Marci Henna #giveaway FREE BOOK #WhenWeLastSpoke #FlyBy

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post. Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway.  If you have won a prize from our sponsor Propeller /FlyBy Promotions in the last 30 days on the same blog, you are not eligible to win.  Or if you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  Good, now that we got that disclosure out of the way, let’s get on with things!

This morning was supposed to be relaxing. My sister invited my son to come over and play for the morning while my husband and daughter went to a school activity.  Sadly, my cat was injured last night (we’re still not sure how….dog attack, maybe?) and he wasn’t doing so well this morning.  I gathered my courage to take him to the vet, worried about the outcome and hoping for the best.  He ended up being just fine, thanks to a powerful antibiotic shot and some rest.  After bringing him home, I breathed a sigh of relief and a prayer of thanks. Isn’t that what we do for those we love?  We soldier on, doing what needs to be done, and feel so gracious when things turn out okay.   In the book When Last We Spoke, we’re reminded of the power of family connections.  [Read more…]

Duck Commander Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids @TommyMommy US #giveaway ends 2/28

Disclosure: I’m a Tommy Mommy blogger and received this book through the program. Opinions shared are mine.

Duck Commander stories usually remind me of my quirky but loving family.  The newest title, Happy, Happy, Happy Stories for Kids by Korie Robertson and Chrys Howard, is perfect for kids ages 4-8. The book contains an abundance of family-friendly, funny, and mostly true Duck Dynasty stories that kids (and parents) can relate to.

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The Angel’s Share by James Makert @BookLookBloggers

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Stories with down-home appeal don’t often come my way, but The Angel’s Share was a great find.  Recently published by James Markert, this novel is based in my home state of Kentucky.  Now, I’m not a bourbon drinker, but I still recognize the importance of distilleries to the Bluegrass economy.  The richness of this literary drink was a surprise!

In this story, remnants of the Prohibition follow the sleepy town of Twisted Tree like a bad dream.  Though the McFee family seemed to fare better than most, it was only a financial facade.  They had their share of devastating loss times two.  Although it took a while to really get into the mystery portion of the plot, it was worth the wait.   The Angel’s Share wasn’t the type of book I could skim.  My tendency to breeze through a book stopped in its tracks because I just had to savor the chapters.  So many characters took shape that it was sometimes hard to keep up!

There was an otherworldly feel that I didn’t expect, and I enjoyed the sweet children who helped bring some levity to an otherwise heavy book.  My only issue was that so many events seemed to be unrelated, or that their connection was stretched, until I almost forgot about them.  In some ways, I wish this had been a series with each book devoted to a certain “chapter” in William’s life, or maybe focusing on one of his family members instead.

In passing, one of Markert’s other book topics is mentioned in The Angel’s Share. I’m interested in learning more about A White Wind Blew, a story about a doctor who uses music to help patients in a 1929 tuberculosis sanatorium.
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Inspirational Nursery Rhymes offer parent resources for building positive beliefs

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A few weeks ago, I struggled with the memory of E vs. A — as in, Berenstein vs. Berenstain.  If you’re familiar with the Mandela effect, you know what I’m talking about!  The bigger picture, though, forces me to acknowledge that the Bears in question simply portrayed human situations in the comfort of Mama Bear’s world.  Now that I’m a Mama Bear myself, it’s important to find ways to help my cubs build a positive belief system.  Recently, I was invited to share the Inspiration Nursery Rhymes including the newest title Max Gives Thanks to God.

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Illustrated Faith says it’s okay to write in your Bible #CravingConnection

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You know all those times your parents taught you not to write in books?  You were just saving it all for this moment. It’s time to write in your Bible, friends!

The Illustrated Faith kit from DaySpring says its okay to write in your Bible. Why stop at writing? You can color, embellish, and more!  The package even has a little zip-off pull that makes it feel like you’re opening a lottery prize or something.  [Read more…]

Help your daughter get her head above the waves

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If you were riding in the van with us this morning, you would have thought I was mother of the year.  My sweet almost-teen daughter and I were sharing beloved worship songs, listening to each other’s music and talking about old favorites like Rich Mullins.  Every once in a while, my son chimed in with his own thoughts about the songs.  Life isn’t always like that for us — it’s just that right now, my daughter’s head is above the waves of life.  It’s inevitable that more storms will bring waves crashing down upon us…..we don’t expect constant happiness.  For now, though, this is enough.  If you’re struggling with your daughter’s life waves, here are some things that might help. [Read more…]

Bookish Best of 2016 – Really Woolly 5 Minute Bedtime Treasury

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There were many wonderful bookish best moments of 2016 around the Savings in Seconds homestead. Here are a few of the highlights! [Read more…]

Midwife or Modern Medicine? The Mark of the King book review

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Choosing a midwife over modern medicine is gaining in popularity over the past few years. When my children were born, I definitely considered all of my options. I wasn’t keen on a bathtub birth or going natural, for that matter. Still, I’m fascinated by the way that millions of women have braved the birth process with the help of a midwife!  What’s your opinion on it?  If you’re interested in how it was done in the late 1790’s, you need to check out The Mark of the King.
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Be the friend you wish you had #CravingConnection

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You might remember that my word for 2017 is “Connect.”  Instead of sticking my head in the sand, like I usually do, I’m going to do a better job of serving others in encouragement.  That’s why the Craving Connection (in)courage line from DaySpring is just perfect for me!  If you want to be the friend you wish you had, why not check out the product line?

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