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!

 ABOUT

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!

June 12, 2020

Baginning - a new place to shop for bags!

About the company:
More is more, at Baginning with a wide selection of trendy bag styles from tote, backpack, fanny pack, satchel bag and leather handbags and more.  A bag is a great investment piece and will last you years and years. Don’s miss Baginning trendy styles of woman’s bags and enjoy Free Shipping Worldwide. There are bags to pair with casual outfits or evening dresses.

When I was contacted by the brand to see if I wanted to try one of their bags I jumped at the chance. What girl doesn't want another handbag to add to their collection? I know I do. I like to have one or two for each season and I just rotate them during the year. My brights are for Spring and Summer and my darker tones for Fall and Winter.

I spent quite a long time browsing their website to figure out which one would be perfect for me. I knew that I needed it to be a decent size. I'm a mom of three after all, and let's be frank, we hold a LOT in our bags...snacks, wipes, medication, first aid kits, mints, small toys etc. [yes, and money/phone as well] I also knew that I needed shoulder straps. While the elbow hold is cute for photos, and very trendy, it's just not practical for a woman on the go (pre-Covid, that is). I need my hands free to hold toddler hands, my older kids backpacks and more. So I needed 1) a decent size, 2) shoulder straps, and it has to be....3) eye catching. I am not a fan of neutrals, so I always go for bold colors, and the one I selected did not dissapoint.


Here is the bag I got to try out. First let me discuss how it arrived. It was boxes, and bagged several times over. Not only did I get a handbag out of this, I also go an extra silver carrying tote. The purse was in a protective sleeve, inside a tote bag, inside a box. I give them A+ for packaging, for sure!

My bag a deep wine red, with multi color/multichrome buttons on the side which is a fun detail. It adds to the bag's character. It also has a removable zipper bag inside to further organize the contents of my purse. It would be a perfect makeup bag for me. I could remove all my cosmetics easily and leave them at home for days when makeup is not a concern (aka no makeup days). I also like that the bag has a closure so things won't easily fall out. While the bag did have a slight fishy smell, I'm hoping that in time this will dissapate. Since it's a deep color I won't be using it exclusively until Fall, so we have a few months still. ;-)

Many thanks to Baginning for a chance to try their bags!!!



May 20, 2020

Summer Shoes

With most of the country functioning from home we've all had to turn to the internet to purchase things we would normally go to the store to buy. Clothing and shoes being among those items. So I decided to look for new places to find unique fashion items, and one of the sites I discovered was FSJ.

While perusing their site I discovered that they offer a DESIGN YOUR OWN SHOE option. How neat is that? I'm sure many women would love to design a pair of custom shoes for themselves. You submit a few photos, description of what you're looking for and Voila! How much fun would that be? Perhaps I'll try this in a future Youtube video. What do you think? Any takers?

They also have a bunch of really cute sandals for the Summer. I've included a couple photos below.



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April 06, 2020

GIVEAWAY: CSB LIFE ESSENTIALS INTERACTIVE STUDY BIBLE

ABOUT:
In the CSB Life Essentials Study Bible, renowned Bible teacher, Dr. Gene Getz guides readers through Scripture by expounding on 1,500 life principles found throughout the Bible. Distilling these truths into life principles, Dr. Getz helps readers remember and apply the Bible’s wisdom to everyday life.The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible integrates a multimedia digital study system with more than 250 hours of in-depth video teachings from Dr. Gene Getz on these essential life principles (accessed through smartphone-accessible QR codes). Questions follow each principle to inspire personal reflection or group discussion. A topical index and cross references for all 1,500 life principles is included, and each book introduction provides a list of corresponding life principles found in that book.
Features include:
  • Commentary and application questions on 1,500 life principles
  • 250 hours of free in-depth video teaching to accompany each life principle
  • Two-color interior design
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Presentation page
  • Two-column text
  • Topical subheadings
  • Black-letter text
  • 9-point type
  • Textual footnotes
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps
The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

REVIEW:
I've tried a handful of different types of Bibles and translations in my lifetime, so I think I have a fairly good grasp on what I'm looking for. I've discovered I am not a KJV gal as it's too flowery and formal sounding for my taste, but CSB is a very readable translation that I enjoy. I've also discovered that while I like to read the Bible as a book, I'm not a fan of the chronological bibles because it is way too hard to find a referenced scripture without referring to the table of contents over and over and over. You can't just say Exodus is the second book and turn there. It could be the fourth, according to chronology.  I've also learned since using my husband's bible that I enjoy notes and extra information, which is why I've been enjoying this study bible. The extra commentary provides background information and context that helps explain the passage. I've been really enjoying this bible since it arrived in the mail, and I think it'll quickly become my go-to bible!

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March 12, 2020

Where I find Jewelry Inspiration?

Many of you have commented on my posts and videos asking where I find my jewelry or where I get my jewelry inspiration, so I thought I would make a dedicated post on this topic. For starters I have one piercing in each ear, and nowhere else, so we're strictly talking about earrings in this post because that's all I know. I love all types of metals for reference, so let's jump right in.

There are a few places that are my "to go" places for jewelry inspiration. The first place to check out is is a website called AURATE. I enjoy browsing this site, but the prices are a bit higher than I usually spend, but still, they have great pieces. I especially love their drop earrings. I've been obsessed with geometric jewelry lately, and they have a handful of bar earrings that look so flattering on me and many other people.  They come in a variety of sizes and colors, and  some even have embellishments at the end like a stone or pearl. They have a lot to choose from.

The second being CVS. Why, you ask? I often have store credits, gift cards or extra care bucks to spend at CVS and a few years ago I discovered they carry the iam brand of jewelry and I LOVE it! They had rings, necklaces, bracelets but mostly earrings. They have everything from simple studs to elaborate hanging designs. It's always fun to browse the rack when I stop by the drugstore.

The other place that I find my jewelry is at Kohls. I just adore the Lauren Conrad collection. I've loved her ever since the days of the "Hills" TV show in which she appeared, and even now I'm still enjoying her fashion and accessories. She has classy elegant pieces that really fit my aesthetic. It's slightly girls, but still mature yet stylish. 

So these are three places you can find fun trendy earrings if you were in the market for them. Let me know where you find your favorite earrings, in the comments below. Hope you enjoyed!

[This post is in partnership with Nakturnal] #auratenyc

March 11, 2020

Time to "Marie Kondo" my Makeup Palettes

If you know me at all you know that I love being artistic and especially love expressing myself through makeup. But sometimes this love get to be a bit too much, especially when my eyeshadow palette drawer is so full it doesn't close, or when the bin is overflowing. That's when I know it's time to de-clutter and make do with less. If you'd like to see what makes the cut, head on over to my channel to find out:

March 05, 2020

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