Laura Story #OpenHands CD #Giveaway ends 3/25 #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. This post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine. 

In the 1990s, my cousin introduced me to Christian music.  He was obsessed with rap at the time, so DC Talk was his favorite.  I preferred Jars of Clay and Twila Paris.  Our preferences didn’t matter, though.  The important thing was the encouragement we received from the uplifting lyrics.  To this day, I find contemporary Christian music to be important part of my worship.  When my Laura Story “Open Hands” CD arrived, we listened to it on the way to school.  We have a long commute, so we were able to hear almost all of the songs during that drive!  [Read more…]

Carolyn Miller’s The Elusive Miss Ellison Kindle #Giveaway

Meet The Elusive Miss Ellison. This Regency romance is so doused with swoon you’ll be longing for a fainting couch.  Fans of Downton Abbey will wonder how Miss Ellison could possibly share a name with Matthew’s Lavinia (as in, Squire).  They’re polar opposites!

Disclosure I received a copy of the book from Litfuse Publicity. I was not required to write a positive review; opinions shared are mine. [Read more…]

Fences DVD releases March 14 #giveaway ends 3/20 #FencesMovie #ad #RWM

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Review Wire Media for Paramount Pictures. I received information to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

There are some names that just create buzz.  Then there are the names that ARE the buzz.  Having Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star together in the Fences movie makes the DVD entirely buzzworthy.  Plan to get your copy when the DVD releases on March 14! [Read more…]

Family Night featuring GSN’s IDIOTEST #giveaway ends 3/21

Disclosure: I will receive a prize pack, too. How great is that?! Opinions shared are mine.

They’re at it again! Ovation Brands portfolio of restaurants – Old Country Buffet, Ryan’s, Hometown Buffet, Country Buffet – and Furr’s Fresh Buffet have rolled out a new Family Night promotion.  This time, they are featuring a theme based on GSN’s IDIOTEST!  As you know, our family loves to have dinner at Ryan’s.  Family night is especially a treat because of the cotton candy, games, and other attractions that makes the meal stand out from other restaurants. [Read more…]

Amrita Sen Cosmic and Eternal Love: An Everlasting Love Story #giveaway US ends 3/15

Disclosure: I received this book and bracelet from the publisher. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

Welcome to the Feelin’ Lucky giveaway hop, hosted by MamatheFox.  Participating bloggers are linked at the bottom of the post.  Are you a fan of adult coloring books?  This new copy from noted artist Amrita Sen features ancient India-themed Hindu love story pages with text.  The blackline pages are so intricate that it’s sure to provide hours of coloring enjoyment.  It would make a beautiful gift for a friend who enjoys world travels!

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Wondering IF you can make a difference? Read The Jesus Club by Brian Barcelona

Disclosure: I received this book through a Cross Focused Reviews tour. Opinions shared are mine.

A few times in my life, I’ve wondered if I make a difference in the world.   Haven’t we all been there at some point?  When you’re a Christian, it’s even more important to feel like you’ve made an impact for Christ.  After all, keeping Him to yourself is like winning the lottery and keeping it a secret from your best friends!  The Jesus Club chronicles the impact that Brian Barcelona made when he entered the doors of local high schools.  By sharing the gospel, he changed the lives of hundreds of teens.  [Read more…]

Decorate your home with Canvas Factory #LuckyYou2017 #Giveaway ends 3/12 US/CAN

Disclosure: Canvas Factory provided me with a complimentary print. Opinions shared are mine.

How long has it been since you’ve done something with those photos on your phone or digital camera?  For me, it’s been ages!   It’s time to change that.  I’m making an effort to decorate our home with updated family photos, and Canvas Factory makes that project so easy.     [Read more…]

Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron @Litfusereads

Disclosure: I participated in the book tour and received a copy of the book. Opinions shared are mine.

It’s starting to feel like spring around the Savings in Seconds homestead.  This week, the temperatures have been in the high 60’s and low 70’s. Unbelievable that it’s comfortable enough to wear short sleeves and sandals!  A few times, I’ve enjoyed reading outside while the kids play.  It’s glorious!

One book I recently read was Home to Paradise by Barbara Cameron.  This is perfect for fans of traditional Amish fiction, where the biggest concern is getting to sit alone with your sweetheart.  [Read more…]

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

Disclosure: I requested this book from Blogging for Books. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

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…]

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