Thursday, December 24, 2015

World Vision Winner!!

I'd like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  I'm finished with my baking, my cooking, almost done cleaning, have a few beds to prepare and an apron and bow tie left to sew.  Within 5 hours my family will start arriving from out of town!  YIKES.

Thanks for all of the great entries to the giveaway, I enjoyed reading what everyone would like to donate....I'll start emailing you to collect your donations after Christmas.  JUST KIDDING!

......the WINNER is:

VICKI HOWES

Congratulations Vicki!


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Thursday, December 17, 2015

World Vision...and a giveaway!

Have you heard World Vision? They have 46,000 staff members World wide and are in nearly 100 countries! They integraterating lasting solutions to the root causes of poverty and sharing God’s hope for a brighter future.

There are several ways that you can help, here are just a few.....

Soccer Balls – Every parent knows one of the best feelings in the world is seeing a child’s face light up like the Christmas tree as they discover what’s been left for them by Santa. Donors can pass that same joy along to kids across the world with their gift of soccer balls, which replace makeshift balls made of banana leaves or rolled-up trash. The global popularity of soccer makes this gift a great way to reach out with a helping hand. $16 for two balls, $32 for four, $48 for six

Fruit Trees – Even with all the sweets and treats the holiday season brings, it’s important to remember nature’s candy—and not just for the figgy pudding! Donating five, ten, or fifteen fruit trees can help a family feed itself and start a business. The seed of this gift can blossom for years as a few trees turns into groves and orchards full of good, healthy fruit. Partridges not included. $30 for five trees, $60 for ten, $90 for fifteen


Goats – World Vision offers donors a variety of livestock to choose from, and goats are their most popular option. One goat is a valuable source of milk and fertilizer for a family. The milk provides children with easy-to-digest protein and calcium, and the fertilizer helps crops flourish. A gift of two goats sets a family on a path towards success as shepherds who can start their own flock. $75 for one, $150 for two

Career Training for Girls & Women – Empower a woman with this investment in skills training, business education, and, most importantly, hope. With opportunities in weaving, jewelry-making, baking, dairy farming, and more, this gift helps create the chance for mothers and daughters to take their future into their own hands. It’s like they always say: Give a woman a fish, and you feed her for a day. Teach a woman to fish, and you can change the world. $25-$125
World Vision also has an amazing Gift Catalog where you can purchase many different ways to give, or even buy a beautiful handcrafted item!

I was given a beautiful Turquiose Necklace, bracelet and earring set to review, and one of my lucky readers can win their very own set!

The photos truly do not give this Drops of Turquoise set justice. It was made by artisans in Delhi who are now able to support their family thanks to fair trade wages. The pieces are large, yet they are not cumbersome, heavy, or overly stated.  They truly are beautiful, and I feel honored to have been chosen for a review, and to wear this beautiful set.
Approximate size: 20" long
Nickel-free.


To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS or use the direct link below:

http://donate.worldvision.org/ways-to-give/gift-catalog?campaign=108929254I


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Now...how about on to the GIVEAWAY!!!
*First, there are a few rules.
 -Separate comment for each entry, with email address so you can be notified when you win!!!
 -Winner will have 24hrs to respond, or a new winner will be chosen.
 -USA only for this one
 -The lucky winner will be sent the entire set directly from the company.

HOW TO ENTER:
#1 Visit the World Vision Site and tell me how you would donate

#2  Follow World Vision on Facebook
#3  Follow World Vision on Twitter


That's all...keeping this short, sweet and simple 'cause I know you're all busy with Christmas right around the corner.  Now, what are you waiting for, hurry up and enter so you can win yourself this fabulous gift!

Oh!  I almost forgot...the giveaway will end at Midnight on Dec. 23rd!!  I will notify the lucky winner here on my blog as well as in an email on the 24th!

GOOD LUCK!!!
**I received these items in exchange for an honest review from Wilks Communications Group
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Sunday, November 22, 2015

An Endless Christmas, Book Review and a $100 giveaway!

An Endless Christmas (Worthy Inspired, October 2015)
Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster.
Christmas takes a very different turn when the guests of honor break up instead of announcing their engagement. Trapped with his family, they learn that love looks different than either imagined. Both in their eighties, Dodie and Wilson Binder celebrate every Christmas as if it were their last. This year, their grandson Micah is planning to ask his girlfriend, Katie, to marry him so they can celebrate with the whole family. But things go very wrong when she says, "no." Now they are stuck. Too many people, too much snow, and too little room should be a recipe for disaster. But sometimes too much is just enough. Especially when it's Christmas.

Purchase a copy:
http://bit.ly/1PmF69N
 
 
 
About the author:
Drawing from 33 years of on-air radio ministry, Cynthia Ruchti tells stories of hope-that-glows-in-the-dark through her novels and novellas, nonfiction books and devotionals, and speaking for women's and writers' events. Her books have been recognized by Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Awards, Selah Awards, the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence, Christian Retailing's BEST Awards, and Carol Award nominations, among other honors, including a Family Fiction Readers' Choice Award. She and her plot-tweaking husband live in Pittsville, Wisconsin, not far from their three children and five grandchildren.

Connect with Cynthia: website, Twitter, Facebook

MY THOUGHTS
I cannot lie, one of the reasons I enjoyed this book was due to it's setting.  Stillwater is just a 40 min. drive for me, so I could easily picture the setting.  The snow, the crowds while shopping downtown Stillwater...despite my knowledge of the area, I believe anyone reading this story will easily visualize the setting!

I can't imagine how Katie must have felt upon her arrival at the Wilson's...much less the shock she's in for after walking in the front door!

Katie, as well as Micah's family are all gracious, Katie is waiting though....waiting for the family to show their true selves.  One thing after another happens, some good, some bad.  There are some realizations, a lot of love, a lot of commotion, and the book leaves you with a nice warm cozy feeling despite the snow being dumped outside!

A very enjoyable get in the holiday spirit read!
 
**I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity


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Celebrate the holidays with Cynthia and An Endless Christmas by entering her $100 Target gift card giveaway!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of An Endless Christmas
  • A $100 gift card to Target
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on November 30th. The winner will be announced December 1st on Cynthia's blog.

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Wednesday, November 18, 2015

CFBA: Hand Me Down Princess

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Hand Me Down Princess
CANDID Publications (August 31, 2015)
by
Carol Moncado


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

When she’s not writing about her imaginary friends, Carol Moncado is hanging out with her husband, four kids, and a dog who weighs less than most hard cover books. She prefers watching NCIS to just about anything, except maybe watching Castle, or Girl Meets World with her kids. She believes peanut butter M&Ms are the perfect food and Dr. Pepper should come in an IV. When not watching her kids – and the dog – race around her big backyard in Southwest Missouri, she’s teaching American Government at a local community college. She’s a founding member and President of MozArks ACFW, category coordinator for First Impressions, blogger at InspyRomance, and represented by Tamela Hancock Murray of The Steve Laube Agency.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Prince Malachi Van Renssalaer of Mevendia is getting married. The problem? He’s never even met his bride. His father arranged everything, right down to the marriage contract. Malachi swears to himself that he will be nothing like his father in the ways that count - including his fidelity to his wife.

Jessabelle Keller would happily spend her entire life in obscurity, but her father once saved the life of a future king. Before he dies, her father is committed to seeing that king make good on his promise to have one of his sons marry her so she would be taken care of for life.

No sooner than Prince Malachi and Jessabelle return from their honeymoon, they find themselves dealing with both private trauma and the very public drama of groundless accusations from the press. Just as they begin to weave their fragile trust back together, a ghost from the king’s past arrives and threatens everything they’ve ever held dear.

Secrets have a funny way of coming out and this one could rip the faith of the country in their leaders to shreds. Malachi is determined to protect Jessabelle no matter what it takes, but will it ever be enough for her to not feel like a Hand-Me-Down Princess?

If you would like to read the first chapter of Hand Me Down Princess, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS
Can't say I've ever read a book about a Prince with a forced marriage that included contemporary electronics! 

A very good book, kept me entertained.  It was a little slow at first and it took me a bit to get into the story line, but once I did...it was so worth the wait!  Jessabelle was a character that drove me nuts from time to time, I gave Prince Malachi a lot of credit for putting up with her!

The twists and turns were a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed the unexpected.

Worth the read.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

CFBA: A Father's Second Chance

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Father's Second Chance
Love Inspired (July 21, 2015)
by
Mindy Obenhaus


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
A Word from the Author: To steal a line from Donny and Marie, I’m a little bit country, a little bit rock-n-roll. I’m trapped in the city, but prefer the country or the mountains.

I love Jesus, my family, and just about anything sweet.

I believe Jesus died for my sins, rose three days later, and will one day return. He has carried me through some of my darkest hours. Without faith in Him, I would be nowhere.

I have a penchant for chocolate, clothes, and shoes. When I’m not penning romance novels, I enjoy cooking, decorating and shopping.



ABOUT THE BOOK

Businesswoman Celeste Thompson has one goal: to make her restaurant and hotel a success. She doesn't need any distractions, even from handsome contractor Gage Purcell and his two adorable little girls. Besides, single dad Gage is just biding his time before a big job at the mines comes through. But as Celeste's project springs to life, their arguments transform into attraction. Gage isn't looking for romance, especially not with another career-driven woman like his ex-wife. But openhearted Celeste is more than just another work-consumed client. She might just be his happily-ever-after.

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Father's Second Chance, go HERE.

MY THOUGHTS


A few twists and turns, a mom who has an attitude and a man who refuses to repeat past mistakes and Celeste, who is finally happy....

This was a rather predictable read, but I thoroughly enjoyed the book.  The twists and turns as well as the colorful characters kept me well entertained, and there were a few surprises as well!

**I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from CFBA

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Free Sewing Pattern!

I just love testing patterns for Tammy over at Love Notions, she has so many awesome, easy to read, and quick sew patterns that turn out fabulous!

Last week I tested this awesome shirt, named Laundry Day Tee!  I chose a dressier fabric, not sure how I like the fabric yet, but I know I'll be sewing up more of these in a more casual knit.

Afraid of knit fabric?  Don't be...it is so easy to work with, set your machine for a knit stitch, and away you go!  This shirt takes about 30min. to sew up.  How cool is that?  V-neck, Crew Neck, 3 sleeve lengths, and either t-shirt or tunic length.  Fill your closet!

Even more awesome....you can try out this pattern for FREE, what're you waiting for?  Go snag your pattern, have questions, message me!  Let's see those T's!

Photo taken by Reyna Meinhardt Photography


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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Book Review: A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn


A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn A Wedding at the Orange Blossom Inn (Avon Inspire, September 2015)

A wedding brings together two young widowed parents . . . and gives them a second chance at love.

Emma Keim was heartbroken when her husband, Sanford, passed away, leaving her to raise three young daughters alone. Though several years have passed, her relatives have made it no secret that they expect Emma to remain a widow, mourning Sanford indefinitely. But when she meets Jay Hilty—a handsome widower with three young sons of his own—Emma is delighted to have a new friend who understands her struggles. Still, she is dismayed that her family is so opposed to their friendship—and the idea of it ever becoming anything more. She honors her husband’s memory every day, but is she destined to be alone forever?
Emma’s gentleness with Jay’s boys stirs something in his heart that’s been quiet for far too long. But when his oldest son becomes engaged to a local woman, suddenly Jay, Emma, and their children are swept up in wedding preparations. Witnessing his son’s joy, Jay wonders if it’s time for him to move forward, too, and find happiness again.
Once again, love has come to Pinecraft. But can these two parties of four become a happy, healthy family of eight?

Learn more and purchase a copy.

MY THOUGHTS 
If you've read about the Orange Blossom Inn in the past, you'll recognize some of the characters in this story.....

This is such a sweet story, which includes a very naughty dog who is determined to stir up trouble...especially when food is involved!

Emma and Jay are both lonely, after losing their spouses, they turn to each other for friendship despite the fact the Emma's family is none to happy with her...but she's an adult, right?

You won't become bored while reading this story, full of fun, heartbreak and a lot of happiness!

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Litfuse Publicity.