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April 22, 2015

Review: The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble

A vacation to Sunset Cove was her way of celebrating and thanking her parents. After all, Claire Dellamore's childhood was like a fairytale. But with the help of Luke Elwell, Claire discovers that fairytale was really an elaborate lie . . .

The minute she steps inside the grand Inn at Ocean's Edge, Claire Dellamare knows something terrible happened there. She feels it in her bones. Her ensuing panic attack causes a scene, upsetting her parents. Claire attempts to quiet her nerves with a walk on the beach, to no avail. She's at too great a distance to make out details, but she believes she witnesses a murder on a nearby cliff. When local police find no evidence of foul play, they quickly write off the "nervous" woman's testimony as less than credible.

But Luke Elwell, home on leave from the Coast Guard, has reason to believe Claire. Years ago when his mother went missing, Luke's father suspected she'd been murdered. He died never having convinced the police to investigate. So when an employee of the grand hotel doesn't show up for work, Luke steps in to help Claire track down the missing woman.

As Claire and Luke put together the pieces of a decades-old mystery, they discover that some family secrets refuse to stay buried. And some passions are worth killing for.

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1PDMkED

About the author:

Colleen Coble
 has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: websiteFacebookTwitter

My thoughts: 
The book grabbed my attention with the first page when a girl witnesses a murder. Who wouldn't be intrigued after that? But by 2/3 of the way into the book I was predicting the end. I can't say much more without giving it away. So while it's a very captivating mystery with a twist and turn or two u can probably predict the end and the romance that ensues. I had a gew "gag me" moments when a certain character starts calling another character a pet name/term of endearment in every conversation after a WEEK of knowing them. Do people really do that? Maybe it's just me :-P. Overall, good book, and I would read more by this author.

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April 17, 2015


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April 10, 2015

Sampling Party - Bob's Red Mill Flour

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods is a miller of stone-ground whole grains and a leader in nutritious, organic and gluten-free foods. Their mission to promote “whole grains for every meal of the day” is backed by a diverse line featuring over 400 products including whole grains, flours, cereals, baking mixes, beans, seeds and more. Bob’s Red Mill is based in Milwaukie, Oregon and is proud to be an employee-owned company.

Just the facts 
• Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour is unbleached and unbromated white flour that is milled from premium wheat grown right here in the United States. I had my sampling party tonight and had these lovely ladies, their spouses and children, as well as my own over for a night of great food and great company. We had a nice dinner followed by lovely desserts made with Bob's Red Mill Flour. 

• A favorite among professional bakers, this versatile flour is great for baking bread, cookies, cakes, muffins, quick breads, pie crusts, pizza crusts, and more. 

• Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour is Certified Organic, non-GMO, and does not contain any fillers, additives, or preservatives. 

• The retail price for Bob’s Red Mill Organic All-Purpose Flour is $4.49 for a 3lb package.

I made carrot cake muffins (recipe found HERE)  with cream cheese frosting AND peach pound cake. Both were Eastery and delicious!!!! I decided to buy some Gluten Free 1:1 flour since several guests were on a restricted diet. The carrot cake muffins were moist and I couldn't tell they were missing gluten, but the pound cake was denser then usual (as I've made this recipe a handful of times before with regular flour) and not as enjoyable. 
In the past month I've made sugar cookies and had my son and his friends decorate them for Easter. As you can see from the collage photos before, they had a blast! I've made fresh baked bread in the bread maker (for those of you who don't own a break maker, you are missing out!) and chocolate chip cookies that were to die for (my weakness fyi). I am so grateful to Bob's Red Mill for sending out samples and for giving me many excuses to bake and share my creations with my friends and family. I plan to do much more in the near future!!!

Although I received samples of this product, all opinions expressed are 100% my own!

Birthday In A Box Yellow Party - What a great idea!!!

Sometimes you get something in the mail that just makes you smile, and this was one of them. I knew I would be missing my mom's birthday AND Easter with my family, so I was looking forward to having everyone over a week or two later, just for fun, but decided to kick things up a notch with all these goodies that came in my Birthday in a box. While it wasn't specifically a birthday party, it was still a blast to decorate!!!

Quatrefoil design seems to be everywhere these days, and rightfully so; it's adorable and appropriate for parties of ALL ages!

What's in this birthday in a box you ask?

    • Kit Includes:
  • 16 Yellow Quatrefoil 7" Cake Plates
  • 16 Yellow Quatrefoil 9" Luncheon Plates
  • 18 Yellow Quatrefoil 12oz. Cups
  • 16 Yellow Quatrefoil Beverage Napkins
  • 16 Yellow Quatrefoil Luncheon Napkins
  • 16 Forks/Spoons/Knives
  • 1 Yellow Quatrefoil Tablecover
  • 2 Sets Streamers
  • 1 Gold Metallic 12" Foil Spray Centerpiece
  • 1 Gold Star Confetti .5oz.
  • 2 Yellow 10" Paper Lanterns
  • 3 Gold Metallic 18" Balloons
  • 2 Silver Metallic 18" Balloons
  • 1 Yellow Curling Ribbon

Yellow is currently my 2 year old son's favorite color so he thought this was the best thing ever to use yellow decorations all over the house. My niece, as you can see, also loved the cups that came in this package. It kept her entertained all through dinner, and some days that's no easy task!

I've thrown a few parties in the past few years - bridal shower, 60th birthday party, son's birthday parties, and I'm always looking for new fun party ideas. Birthday in a box is one of the best I've come across. You don't have to worry about buying things individually or making sure they match. It's all done for you! Take some of stress out of party planning or hosting a party and buy the boxed set. Saved time, money and headache.

Many thanks to Costume Reviewers for the chance to review this birthday in a box. While it was sent to me for review, all opinions expressed are 100% my own.

April 09, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Purex Crystals ScentSplash

NEW Purex® Crystals ScentSplash™ in-wash fragrance booster infuses your clothes with the power of liquid freshness. Simply add a little or a lot directly into your washer.

Okay so about 2 weeks ago my entire family came down with the stomach bug, gross, right? And any of you who have EVER had this know the smell that goes along with having this bug. It's the worst smell ever. Imagine that smell all over your clothes...yes this happened to me! I can't even blame my son or husband for it, it was totally my fault. I had washed them with detergent but still came out smelling like, well, puke. So I decided to run them through again, this time using Purex Crystals, and the result was heavenly. No more gross smell, only fresh smelling clothes! Music to my....uh, nose? haha, you know what I mean ;-).

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Giveaway: Dial Miracle Oil Hand Soap

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GIVEAWAY: Dial Sugar Can Husk Scrub

I don't know about you, but when I hear the word "scrub" I think rough and painful, but thankfully that is NOT the case with this new product from Dial. It has tiny micro scrubbers which cleans deeply while moisturizing and smoothing the skin. I also like the stylish design of the bottles. I feel comfortable keeping this out on my counter because it's sleek and goes with my decor!

I spend my days doing dishes, housework, cleaning up after toddlers and changing dirty diapers, so it's nice to have a product that smells lovely and helps to moisturize my skin at the same time.

I have a coupon to giveaway for one of my readers to try this product for them self!!!

WIN IT: One voucher for FREE Dial Boutique Collection Sugar Cane Hand Soap


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March 31, 2015

GIVEAWAY: The Hobbit The Battle of The Five Armies Blu-Ray

About The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies Blu-Ray

From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson comes "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies," the third in a trilogy of films adapting the enduringly popular masterpieceThe Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien. "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world.
Special Features on the Blu-Ray combo pack include:

• New Zealand: Home of Middle-earth Part 3
• Recruiting the Five Armies
• Completing Middle-earth: A Six-Part Saga
• Completing Middle-earth: A Seventeen-Year Journey
• The Last Goodbye: Behind the Scenes
• Music Video
• Trailers
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March 26, 2015

GIVEAWAY: Wrinkle Filler and Concealer called Dermaflage

WorryLess: The 1st and Only Cosmetic That Looks Like Real Skin.
Movie Magic In Your Medicine Cabinet to Erase Worry Lines

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Time to toss all those plumping products that promised to work.  Say bye-bye to Botox.  Make room for the only at home anti-frown line product you’ll need from now on – WorryLess.  Worryless is indeed the stuff of movie magic. Developed by Hollywood makeup and special effects artists, it uses medical grade silicone to simulate skin—filling and concealing frown lines between your eyebrows instantly!   WorryLess is the first and only topical dermal filler created to virtually erase glabella lines (the deep vertical lines between your eyebrows).  If it works for A-list actors on high definition film, it will work for you!

Upon application, the silicone transforms from a liquid to a flexible rubber-like consistency, which simulates skin.  It seamlessly fills in the deep crevices and because it is translucent, allows your skin to shine through.  The result?  Perfectly, smooth realistic looking skin.

WorryLess is:
Waterproof (lasts approx. 36 hours)
Clinically and dermatologist tested
Allergy tested
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How to Apply in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Prime. Brush on Primer over the areas you wish to conceal. Let it dry for 30 seconds.
Step 2: Apply. Apply a small amount to the skin using the pointed precision application tool. With a spatula tool or a finger, blend the edges into the skin.
Step 3: Texture. Place Skin Texture Pad over the area. Press around the edges. Hold in place for about a minute.  

Watch a Youtube demo here:

Using Makeup With Worryless

-           You can wear liquid foundation under Worryless.
-           Always use less Worryless than you think you’ll need.
-           Mineral based powders work best with Worryless.

WorryLess  Starter Kits come in six shades: Fair, Golden, Rosy, Bronze, Tan and Dark.  Each kit contains two different color shades, two applicators, primer with brush, mixing stick, application tool, spatula and texture pad.

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GIVEAWAY: Grace of God DVD

About the movie:
Released on DVD March 24, 2015
Genre: Family, Inspirational

Having lost his faith many years ago, Detective Bill Broadly is called to investigate the disappearance of the local church’s collection plate. As he questions its various church members, rumors swirl as more congregants learn about the theft. When one unexpected church-goer confesses to stealing the funds, the confession resurrects Broadly’s views on God, and helps him see that through faith and belief there really is rebirth and redemption.

There are so many good, wholesome movies out there these days that families don't have to resort for settling for movies that are anything less than this. This movie is just one example of a family-friendly, quality movie that helps instill Christian values and entertains at the same time!

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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, you are not eligible to win. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Jesus Sees Us Doll & Book

How do you introduce your child to Jesus?

Imagine your children took the same interest and wonder in Jesus and the Christian message as they did in princesses, fairies, and elves… Jesus Sees Us is a packaged Jesus Christ doll that has the same comforting power as a child’s favorite toy or blanket, but is rooted in lessons that last a lifetime. Children respond to the comfort of tangible items when they are young, so why not make that item Jesus and the comfort He gives to ignite their faith? The accompanying book is a tool to assist you in engaging your child and starting the conversation about Jesus’ teachings.

By the time a child turns three years old, he or she already has the capability to relate to Jesus. Children can understand that, like them, Jesus was a baby with parents who loved Him. They can understand that Jesus grew up to be a man who loved everyone and taught people to do the same. Children become excited and inquisitive when they can master these facts, ultimately making them more open to deeper conversations and ideas about faith.

The Jesus Sees Us doll is an integral part of fostering your child’s initial introduction to Jesus. Even though we talk to our children about Jesus or take them to Sunday services, they are not always able to understand the importance of the Christian message. Jesus Sees Us is a tool that makes Jesus, His teachings, and the concept of faith both relatable and positive to young children by introducing Him as the loving and forgiving presence in our lives. The doll becomes the tangible connection to the stories and lessons in the book. He is the touchable source of comfort that a child can relate to. The Jesus Sees Us doll has a soft body and a warm, welcoming face. His arms and hands are open, inviting your child to hold him, engage with him, and pray with him. The Jesus Sees Us doll allows your child to “play out” the valuable and timeless lessons of the Bible. 

To buy visit: www.Jesusseesus.com/buy-now/
and use this great COUPON CODE for $10 Off: JSBlog10

**perfect for Easter**

My son loves getting "presents" in the mail, so I barely had time to grab my phone before he started digging into it. I'm not sure he really knew what to make of it. He's really into trucks and cars right now, so at first the Jesus doll just couldn't compete. But he now enjoys hearing Bible stores at bedtime like Jonah and the whale, David and Goliath, and he enjoys acting out Noah's ark with all his animals. While he is still not a huge fan of the doll itself, he really enjoys hearing Bible stories during the day and at bedtime. It's a start! :)

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GIVEAWAY: Easter Stories Book

About Easter Stories:

Everyone who believes Easter is about more than Easter egg hunts will be grateful for this new anthology of short stories that illumine the true meaning of the season. Selected for their spiritual value and literary quality, these classic tales capture the spirit of Holy Week and Easter in a way that will captivate readers of all ages. Parents and grandparents will find that children love to hear these stories read aloud, year after year.

Easter Stories includes time-honored favorites from world-famous storytellers such as C.S. Lewis, Leo Tolstoy, Selma Lagerlof, Oscar Wilde, Elizabeth Goudge, Maxim Gorky, Ruth Sawyer, Anton Chekhov, and Walter Wangerin – as well as many you’ve never heard before. Illustrated with original woodcuts.

Find out more HERE!

My husband and I have been trying to teach our 2 year old Bible stories as he's at an age where he soaks up EVERYTHING! He already knows about Jonah and the whale, Noah's ark, David and Goliath and requests these stories by name. And while this isn't a toddler-age children's book, it just reminds me how exciting learning about the Bible can be, even for adults. This book offers insight and thoughts from many brilliant minds.

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