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We recently got a delivery of Office Supplies including a Monthly Planner & a Wall Calendar. I've always been the type to keep lists and a planner with me at all times. I get quite a sense of accomplishment from crossing things off my list or reviewing my schedule for the upcoming weeks/months. I feel more organized and calm. But don't get me wrong, this sense of organization does NOT translate into a love of house cleaning. I am lacking that gene :-P.
Before I join the world of smart phones I had a planner in my purse, but now I try to keep my schedule on my phone but I still miss writing down my events and being able to see the entire month at a a glance, which is why I like using physical calendars and planners. It's also hard for the entire family to know whats going on, so we typically update the family calendar on the fridge, but now we have a wall calendar we plan to post on the wall in the kitchen. You can see the photo of our previous calendar, so we're looking forward to using the wall calendar with larger boxes for each day, thus making it easier to read and update.
I just wish the calendar started sooner than January 2015. For now we'll continue with our fridge calendar, but looking forward to January!!!
Many thanks to Shoplet & At-A-Glance for this review opportunity. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.
October 16, 2014
Joe Boyd thought he'd left big city crime back in Pittsburgh when he took a detective job in Culpepper, Georgia, a sleepy southern college town. His peaceful life ends when two students turn up dead in two weeks. The coroner is saying natural causes, but something doesn't add up.
Rachel Cook, a teaching assistant at Culpepper, can't believe Jack is back in her life again. She's had a crush on him since she was fourteen, but Jack never knew. He instantly seems attracted to her, but she can tell...something is deeply troubling him.
Watching all this from a distance is Nigel Avery. He's certain this experiment's about to unravel. It'll be his job to tie up all the loose ends when it does.
While this book does deviate from Dan Walsh's "typical" style, it's still an amazing read. When I first started reading the book and got to the first "flash back" I thought I was reading a time travel book and found myself thinking, I'm not sure I'm going to like this book, but I was quickly proven wrong. Without sharing any spoilers I was very happy with the mystery novel this turned out to be. This novel reminded me of the medical mystery book series by Richard Mabry but without all the medical jargon. I also appreciated that this novel was without the mushy gushy predictable romance which I find way too often in "Christian fiction" novels. It had a little romance, but it never made me think, oh gag! It was a page turner and I could have easily finished it in a day if I didn't have other things to tend to like....kids :-P. I'm still a huge fan of Dan Walsh's novels.
Look for this book to come out November 1st 2014, or pre-order the Kindle version HERE!
Many thanks to Dan Walsh for an early copy of this book for review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own!
October 13, 2014
Balancing her high stakes job with a complicated romance has been a challenge ever since Nikki fell for the famous reporter. Now, her relationship lurches from mere complexity into sharp conflict over the most high-risk case of her career. Set against the raging force of Hurricane Sandy as it pounds New York, Heat battles an ambitious power broker, fights a platoon of urban mercenaries, and clashes with the man she loves. Detective Heat knows her job is to solve murders. She just worrie sthat solving this one will be the death of her relationship.
While I really enjoyed this novel, I found at least a few typos and errors which was frustrating to read, however it wasn't enough to keep me from staying up late several nights to see what happened next. I love Castle's fast pace, page turning writing style infused with humor and romance. It is very similar to the TV show in how the characters are portrayed. While the names aren't the same, you can still picture Rook and Heat as Castle and Beckett. Another enjoyable novel, and looking forward to the next!
Many thanks to Disney Publishing for the review copy, but all opinions expressed at 100% my own.
October 12, 2014
Lynn is celebrating with a Kindle HDX giveaway and a live author chat webcast on October 21st.
- A Kindle HDX
- Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin
Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP today by signing up for a reminder. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 21st!
October 08, 2014
While glad to be at home in Mitford, something is definitely missing: a pulpit. But when he’s offered one, he decides he doesn’t want it. Maybe he’s lost his passion.
His adopted son, Dooley, wrestles with his own passion—for the beautiful and gifted Lace Turner, and his vision to become a successful country vet. Dooley’s brother, Sammy, still enraged by his mother’s abandonment, destroys one of Father Tim’s prized possessions. And Hope Murphy, owner of Happy Endings bookstore, struggles with the potential loss of her unborn child and her hard-won business.
All this as Wanda’s Feel Good Café opens, a romance catches fire through an Internet word game, their former mayor hatches a reelection campaign to throw the bums out, and the weekly Muse poses a probing inquiry: Does Mitford still take care of its own?
I have loved all of the Mitford books and this was no exception. Every character feels like family. I've been rooting for Dooley since the day he became part of this series, and I was so happy to read he's doing well and making plans for a future with Lace. And I felt for Sammy who felt like he didn't deserve love and had a hard time trusting people who were nice to him. Being a foster parent, I could relate somewhat. While we've been fortunate to have foster kids who want a family, I'm sure we'll run into our "sammy's" in time. This book also made me want to live in a small close knit town like Mitford. Maybe some day :)
This series would make a GREAT gift for any book lovers in your life who enjoy Christian fiction, that isn't preachy, or family fiction that just draws you in with its lovable characters!!!
Rodelle is currently running a great contest, where you could win a year's supply of Rodelle products and/or a KitchenAid Mixer (which I deperately need considering how much baking I do!).
I LOVE to bake, so I was really excited to try some new extracts - vanilla and lemon. The rodelle extracts have a very strong flavor, which I like. I haven't tried the lemon yet, but I've used the vanilla beans, and the vanilla extract!
Here are some images of cakes I've made with the vanilla extract:
October 06, 2014
I have tried MANY brands of nail polish over the years, and sadly, many don't hold up to the test of time. By day 2 or 3 my nails are chipping or peeling, but essie withstood the test of time. I applied 2 coats without any topcoat and the color looked perfect for 4-5 days and only started showing the smallest signs of wear and tear at day 6 or 7. That is impressive for polish without a top coat. I am very happy with this brand and its many products!
Question: With over 300 essie shades to pick from, how do you pick just one?
If you are already starting your holiday shopping, why not pick up a few bottles of essie polish to give to some beauty minded women or girls in your life??? It makes a great gift or stocking stuffer ;-).
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