December 01, 2020

GIVEAWAY: Lauren Daigle Holiday CD and TV Special!


I personally love the sound of Lauren Daigle's music. Anytime one of her songs start to play I recognize it right away because of it's easy and soothing sound. She definitely has a signature sound unlike many other artists out there right now. That's why I'm excited about a Christmas collection and holiday special coming soon. On December 6, 2020 at 9:00 pm ET | 6:00 pm PT  you can catch her first full-length Christmas television special, “Christmas Under The Stars with Lauren Daigle,” on BYUtvYou’ll hear Lauren’s Christmas memories and the influences of New Orleans Jazz in her renditions of Christmas classics and beloved originals from her Christmas album Behold in this intimate concert experience. So, gather the family, roast some chestnuts (or at least pop some corn), and enjoy “Christmas Under The Stars with Lauren Daigle” on Sunday, December 6 at 9 p.m. ET | 6 p.m. PT on BYUtv. You can also stream the program for free on the BYUtv app anytime after the premiere.


I had a chance to screen the special early, and it has a blues and Louisiana flare to it, which is not typical of her previous songs, but if you enjoy that style, you'll enjoy this holiday special!

WIN ITLauren Daigle CD: BEHOLD, A Christmas Collection

HOW TO ENTER: a Rafflecopter giveaway


November 23, 2020

Crayola DIY Pour Paint

Pour out a colorful masterpiece with Crayola Washable Paint Pour Art Set! Paint pouring is the fun, easy way for even novice painters to achieve beautiful works of art. And there’s no cause to worry either with the included less-mess paint tray. Even the occasional “oops” is no problem with Crayola Washable Paint. It’s a truly magical and fun art activity for kids and adults! Features (10) 2 oz Paints (5 colors), (3) 6 x 6 Canvases, Paint Tray, Beaker, Pouring Base, Strainer, and 3 Stir Sticks. Once you've decorated the 3 included canvases, refill your collection to keep the fun going! This paint set works with any standard painting canvas (sold separately).
My kids had a BLAST with this art project. I rarely let them get "messy" so this was so much fun for them. I've actually been wanting to try pour paint myself so we all got involved with this art project.


My youngest went first (age 4) and picked green, blue and white and this Earth-like print was the result. It was really easy to do and the instructions were easy to follow (which I've summarized below):

1. Mix paint and water

2. Pour into a cup (layer the paint colors. We did blue, green then white)

3. Pour cup of paint out on canvas and start tilting the canvas to spread the paint around. EASY!

 

Buy it here: https://go.magik.ly/ml/12yzb/

Thank you to CRAYOLA for a chance to try out this fun art set!

November 05, 2020

Book Review: Burden of Proof by Davis Bunn

Three weeks after his twenty-third birthday, Ethan missed the chance to save his brother's life when he was murdered on the steps of the courthouse in Jacksonville, Florida. Ever since that fateful day, Ethan has sensed a deep disconnect between the man he should have been and the one he has become. His days play out a beat too slow, his mind replaying the scene of his failure again and again.

October 30, 2020

Unique Gift Ideas

I realize that much of my Youtube page's content is dedicated to makeup, skincare and overall beauty, but I wanted to provide you with some non-beauty gift ideas for the people on your list. Perhaps there's a gym buff you're having a hard time shopping for, or a creative child that already seems to have everything, or a busy mom on the go who always has her hands full, and you just don't know what to get them. Check out these great unique gift ideas below:

The first gift suggestion would be bags. In this eco-friendly day and age, people are always looking for ways to re-use and re-cycle and preserve the world we live in, so why not buy some re-usable shopping bags or totes. I feel like I NEVER have enough tote bags. I take them when I run errands, to the beach, to play dates, for overnight excursions (pre-COVID of course) and more. I feel like everyone I know could always use a tote bag!

If you have any little ones on your shopping list and you're stumped on gift ideas, then I'd check out this next idea. They are crayons shaped like letters. These crayon letters spell out the child's name. I know all three of my kiddos love anything  customized AND they also all love to color and be creative. It would be the perfect gift for any artsy kids on your list, and it would likely keep them very busy for quite awhile!

If you have someone on your list that loves healthy eating, or protein shakes, or shakes in general, then you need to check this out. It's the magic bullet. It's a system of caps with blades and cups that lock into a motor. You simply fill the cups with fruit/ice etc, cap it, and lock into the motor and it purees your shake. Easy! My husband and I actually have 2 sets of these and we use them almost every day. My husband is a gym buff and makes protein shakes in it. I prefer to do cardio at home and follow with a fruit smoothie. The kids love banana swirl (pureed frozen banana with some cinnamon). It's fast and easy to clean! I have even pureed soups in this and made baby food with it. So many uses for this product. I love it and I think your friends and family would too!

I hope you enjoyed hearing a few of my unique gift ideas, and hopefully it made your holiday shopping a little easier this year.

This blog post was sponsored by Responsival

Book Review: The Key To Love

The only thing Bri Duval loves more than baking petit fours is romance. So much so, she's created her own version of the famous Parisian lovelock wall at her bakery in Story, Kansas. She never expects it to go viral--or for Trek Magazine to send travel writer Gerard Fortier to feature the bakery. He's definitely handsome, but Bri has been holding out for a love story like the one her parents had, and that certainly will not include the love-scorned-and-therefore-love-scorning Gerard.


Just when it seems Bri's bakery is poised for unprecedented success, a series of events threaten not just her business but the pedestal she's kept her parents on all these years. Maybe Gerard is right about romance. Or maybe Bri's recipe just needs to be tweaked.

Novelist Betsy St. Amant invites you to experience this sweet story of how love doesn't always look the way we expect--and maybe that's a good thing.

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My thoughts:
I personally love all stories that involve Paris or bakeries, so I knew I would enjoy this book. It's about a women whose mom used to bake in this quaint bakery in a small town, so she doesn't want it to close because it's the only link left to her mother. When a writer comes into town threatening to write a bad review and forcing the bakery to close they become enemies. The relationship plots are semi-predictable, but I enjoyed it because of the subject matters - France, Bakeries, and relationships!

October 27, 2020

NIV Beautiful Word Coloring Bible Gift Set For Girls - GREAT GIFT IDEA!

Created especially for girls ages 8 to 12, this beautiful Bible, sticker sheets and coloring pencil set provides the tools for young artists to express themselves. 

Girls will get creative through coloring and journaling in the NIV Beautiful Word™ Coloring Bible for Girls. Included are pencils to color, blend and shade the detailed line art surrounding hundreds of inspiring verses. This Bible gift set is perfect for the special young girl in your life and will become a cherished keepsake full of personalized creative expressions of faith.

Features include:

 Complete text of the accurate, readable and clear New International Version (NIV)

 Over 600 verses illustrated in ready-to-color line art

 Four colored pencils

 Six sheets of stickers designed for girls

 Thick white paper for writing and doodling

 Lined, wide margins for notes and reflections

 Satin ribbon marker

 Beautifully debossed and screen-printed cover

 Exclusive Zondervan NIV Comfort Print® typeface in a readable 8-point print size

I can't wait to give this to my daughter when she's a little older. For one, she LOVES to draw and color. It's her absolute favorite thing to do. Given the choice, that's what she would pick over almost anything. Second she didn't have exposure to faith and the Bible for the first 5 years of her life, so these stories are still somewhat new to her, and she loves reading them and discovering new characters and miracles.  Third, it's full of beautiful pictures, so who wouldn't love that?


Buy it here: 

https://www.zondervan.com/p/beautiful-word-bible-for-girls/coloring/#new

#beautifulwordgiftset  #FlyBy

Many thanks to Telling Ministries LLC and HCCP for providing this product/product information for review.  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.


October 21, 2020

Who wants to see some holiday shopping gift ideas?

 I can't believe that October is already almost over. The year of 2020 has flown by, that is for sure! It has been an odd and interesting year to date with the pandemic, stay at home orders, virtual learning and so much more. I know many of you come to my blog and Youtube page as an outlet or a stress reducer. Others come for the giveaways and reviews, and some have told me that my voice puts them to sleep, so there's that too! :) For whatever reason you are drawn to my pages, I hope you'll enjoy the holiday gift guides we have coming your way soon!!!



September 27, 2020

The Christmas Swap

All Emma Daley wants this holiday season is a white Christmas. But the young teacher and struggling musician sure can't find that in sunny Arizona. Luckily, there's someone living in a perfect mountain home in the Colorado Rockies looking to make a vacation trade this year.

Tyler Prescott is an in-demand songwriter and talented musician who put his own singing career on hold to write songs for celebrity acts to perform. When his mother convinces him to do a vacation trade for Christmas, he never imagined one of the houseguests would be so sweet--or so strikingly pretty. Naturally, he decides to stick around, and, to get better acquainted, he poses as the house's caretaker. But when Emma's friend Gillian discovers his true identity and sets her sights on him, things
get . . . messy.

My Thoughts:
I read this book within 48 hours, so it was a very fast and easy book to read. It was a very short story about a cute Christmas town and two people that you expect to fall in love but of course there’s some unexpected twists and turns along the way. Very predictable,
but an easy enjoyable holiday story.

August 30, 2020

Two Hearts - Coming to theaters 10/16/20!

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For two couples the future unfolds in different decades and different places, but a hidden connection will bring them together in a way no one could have predicted. Based on an inspirational true story, 2 HEARTS is a romantic journey that celebrates life, love and generosity of spirit, and will strengthen our belief that miracles still happen.

It's an inspirational story based on a true story. If you enjoyed movies like Courageous and Miracles from Heaven, then you'll enjoy this movie!

Coming to theaters October 16, 2020!!!
Check out the Trailer here:

GIVEAWAY: One reader will win a $25 Fandango e-gift card or (2) $10 Fandango discount codes


July 02, 2020

Book Review: These Nameless Things

Dan escaped captivity from the mountain long ago, but believes his brother is still there and waits each day in a nearby town for his escape. What Dan doesn't realize is that the rest of the townspeople are also waiting--but for reasons he never imagined.

I was confused about this book at first, but as I kept reading the pieces started coming together. It was intense, a bit eerie, sometimes heart warming, all the while being a big puzzle. You know they escaped the mountain but you don't exactly know what happened on the mountain. They make it sound like it's full of pain and despair but you're not sure why. The entire book was a mystery, even until the end. Some questions were answered, but I was waiting for some parallel or deeper meaning behind the plot, but I was left at a loss. It was a good read and I wanted to keep going, but I didn't get all the answers or conclusions I was looking for by the last page. 
This review will make more sense if you've read the book. :)

Many thanks for Revell Books for the chance to read this!

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