A Fragile Hope by Cynthia Ruchti book review

Disclosure: I received this book from Litfuse. Opinions shared are mine.

Cynthia Ruchti is one of my favorite Christian authors. As an interesting observation, it seems that most of the Ruchti books I’ve read centered around a dysfunctional marriage. A Fragile Hope carries on that tradition.
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Tri-Cities Escape Game in Bristol, TN

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Looking for a fun activity to do as a family, double date, or birthday celebration?  Find your nearest Escape Game!  This trend is taking hold all over the country. Our local version is called the Tri-Cities Escape Game, located in Bristol, TN.  We took the kids for a fun adventure in the Twister Room!   [Read more…]

How to host a small group in your home

Disclosure: I received a book from Tyndale Bloggers. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

In the church, small group ministry can be a powerful way to build relationships.  If you’ve felt led (or you’ve been asked) to host a small group in your home, you might feel overwhelmed with the idea of the commitment.  We’ve hosted small groups  in various ways over the past 20 years, and it’s always been a wonderful experience.   Here are 4 things to consider when you’re hosting a small group. [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.

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Make friends with the birds! You Do It Suet @youdoitsuet

isclosure: I received a starter set; opinions shared are mine.

You probably heard about the big wildfires that have been raging through East Tennessee. This week, we had the relief of some wonderfully rainy days to quench our dry earth.  During those storms, the wind blew down a few trees and scattered pine cones everywhere.  Before long, winter will be here and the birds will be needing some easy-to-find nourishment.  It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost a year since I posted about homemade suet cakes. It’s a delightful way to bring feathered friends to your backyard.  Think about the people on your Christmas list.  Is there an outdoorsman?  An elderly shut-in? A mother with small children who would enjoy having an easy activity to do with the kids?  You Do It Suet makes a wonderful gift!  The starter kit sets you up with a silicone mold and simple recipe selection.  You Do It Suet #giveaway [Read more…]

Personalogy game makes a fun stocking stuffer

Disclosure: Personalogy sent me this product. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

A few months ago while we were on vacation, I found a Harry Potter version of Trivial Pursuit.  Our family had So.Much.Fun. playing that game! We went through all the cards over the next few weeks.  Everyone could play, which was part of the fun.  We never put it on a board with pieces or anything — we just asked the questions out loud.  Sometimes we kept score, other times we just burned time by going through the cards.  When I had the chance to check out Personalogy, I knew it would be a hit with our family! This game would make a wonderful stocking stuffer.
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Perfectly Giftable — Gratitude Prayer and Praise Journal

Disclosure: Tyndale House Publishers provided me with a complimentary copy of this book. Opinions shared are mine.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, fans of adult coloring books need to check out Gratitude: A Prayer and Praise Journal. It’s perfect for gift giving!

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The Disney Art Studio kit can make the holidays bright

Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links and I received this Disney Art Studio from the publisher. Opinions shared are mine.

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Getting my holiday shopping finished before Thanksgiving may seem like a lofty goal, but it’s so worth it in the end.  By getting all the gifts purchased by November, it’s easier to enjoy the holidays.  This year, one of my nieces will be receiving the Disney Art Studio.  It’s perfect for budding artists who want to keep a little bit of Disney magic at home!  [Read more…]

Bible Journaling made simple – just add color!

Disclosure: I received this Bible because I’m a Lifeway blogger. Post contains affiliate links; opinions shared are mine.

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I’ve always loved experimenting with different fonts and colors. When I was a teen and had pen pals, we would trade letters decorated with our latest creations.  It was something I actively practiced and enjoyed.  When Bible Journaling became a thing, it seemed like the perfect way for me to get back into the font fun.  The artistic skills that most people pinned, though, took time.  The HCSB Illustrator’s Notetaking Bible is the answer to my Bible Journaling wishlist. [Read more…]

Farming Simulator 17 from Maximum Games #giveaway

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You should have heard the squeals when my kids opened today’s package and found Farming Simulator 17 in the box. Farming Simulator is a really popular game at my house. My son especially enjoys all of the machinery on the game. It’s rated E; I always appreciate games that the whole family can enjoy. Farming Simulator 17 is available at national retailers including GameStop, Amazon, Walmart, and Best Buy. [Read more…]