November 22, 2022

CSB Explorer Bible GIVEAWAY!

 

The CSB Explorer Bible for Kids helps kids place God’s word in the middle of God’s world. Engaging features, easy-to-read 8.5pt text, and full-color design connect with kids’ natural curiosity and help them experience the wonder and truth of the Bible. From the two tables of content — one in order and one sorted alphabetically — to the topical concordance and index of Bible stories, each detail is designed to give kids the tools to find their way around God’s Word.

Engaging full-color designs and clear language will welcome kids of all ages into exploring and understanding the Bible for themselves. With fun facts, timelines, photography, and more, they’ll see the Bible as realexciting, and life-changing truth.

My 6 year old loves his new Explorer Bible, and while he can't read it all yet, it has certainly captivated his attention and he WANTS to read it!

WIN IT: Win a copy of the CSB Explorer Bible

October 26, 2022

BOOK REVIEW: The Bookshop of Secrets

A collection of lost books holds the clues to her family's legacy…and her future.


Hope Sparrow has mastered the art of outrunning her tragic past, learning never to stay anywhere too long and never to allow anyone control over her life again. Coming to Wanishin Falls in search of her family's history already feels too risky. But somewhere in the towering stacks of this dusty old bookshop are the books that hold Hope's last ties to her late mother—and to a rumored family treasure that could help her start over.

Only, the bookshop is in shambles, and the elderly owner is in the beginning stages of dementia and can’t remember where the books lie. To find the last links to the loved ones she's lost, Hope must stay and accept help from the townsfolk to locate the treasured volumes. Each secret she uncovers brings her closer to understanding where she came from. But the longer she stays in the quaint town, the more people find their way into the cracks in her heart. And letting them in may be the greatest risk of all…

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I thought the plot was interesting from the very start. A girl with a scarred past who wants to fade into the background and not set down roots for fear of being hurt again, comes to a new town where she needs the help of others to accomplish her goals before she can pick up and leave again. The author hinted at a treasure, and a treasure hunt. So much of the book had me turning the pages to read more. While the romance was predictable, I didn't see how all the characters were connected until the very end. The author did a great job of weaving a story and family trees so we didn't see every twist and turn coming, only a few little ones perhaps. I did call who the "bad guy" was about mid way through the book, but I will save that for you to find out when you read the book. I love books and reading so I also enjoyed all the famous book references and the fact that they made being a "book nerd' sound like something you want to be, which I think it is! I really enjoyed it and read it in only a handful of days!


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October 18, 2022

GIVEAWAY: $10 Amazon Giftcard And Movie Review - Paul's Promise

About PAUL'S PROMISE

Set in the peak of the 1960s Civil Rights movement, "Paul's Promise" is the inspiring true story of Paul Holderfield, former racist firefighter-turned-pastor who started one of the first integrated churches in the American South. It's one man's journey to hope and healing during a troubled time in our Nation's history that resulted in one man's decision to serve God and stand up to injustice - a story that continues to make a huge impact on the community to this day.

BUY TICKETS to see Paul's Promise in theaters starting October 21st

I always love learning about family friendly movies. Even movies I watched as a kid, looking back, were not always family friendly. It's great when we can all agree on a movie to watch on movie night and it's something the kids AND adults will both enjoy!

GIVEAWAY: Win a $10 Amazon Giftcard


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October 06, 2022

Holiday Shopping Season is COMING!!!

Hey everyone,

Fall is here, so holiday shopping is just around the corner and we are gearing up for our annual holiday gift guide series to begin. We have some great things coming your way like Advent Calendar unboxing, previews of holiday lego sets, beauty gift sets, home decor and more!!!

Stay tuned!!!




September 29, 2022

Book Review: Dangerous Beauty by Melissa Koslin

 Liliana Vela hates the term victim. She's not a victim, she's a fighter. Stubborn and strong with a quiet elegance, she's determined to take back her life after escaping the clutches of human traffickers in her poor Mexican village. But she can't stay safely over the border in America--unless the man who aided in her rescue is serious about his unconventional proposal to marry her.


Meric Toledan was just stopping at a service station for a bottle of water. Assessing the situation, he steps in to rescue Liliana from traffickers. If he can keep his secrets at bay, his wealth and position afford him many resources to help her. But the mysterious buyer who funded her capture will not sit idly by while his prize is stolen from him.

Melissa Koslin throws you right into the middle of the action in this high-stakes thriller that poses the question: What is the price of freedom?

REVIEW:
If you enjoyed the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers you would LOVE this book! I can't imagine being a young girl who witnessed her entire family die to keep her safe, and to no avail. Heart Breaking! On the flip side is a man who comes from a dark background and will stop at nothing to NOT repeat history. It was incredibly written and I honestly could NOT put it down. I think I read it in 2 or 3 days, which says a lot considering I nanny 2 little kids and have 4 kids of my own. It's safe to say that anything else this author writes I plan to read! 5 stars!!!

September 28, 2022

Checking out a New Palette from NATASHA DENONA!

If you've been following our Youtube channel, you'll see Natasha Denona palettes popping up fairly regularly, so does this new "My Dream" palette live up to the hype and her former palettes? Watch to find out ;-)

August 16, 2022

NEW Maybelline Lifter Glosses - Swatches & Review

 Maybelline came out with NEW Lifter glosses in the past year, so of course we had to get our hands on them. We managed to find all the shades but one. Below is our video swatching and WEARING all the shades, and our final thoughts. Enjoy!

June 20, 2022

The Sweet Life by Suzanne Woods Fisher

 

Dawn Dixon can hardly believe she's on a groomless honeymoon on beautiful Cape Cod . . . with her mother. Sure, Marnie Dixon is good company, but Dawn was supposed to be here with Kevin, the love of her life (or so she thought).

Marnie Dixon needs some time away from the absolute realness of life as much as her jilted daughter does, and she's not about to let her only child suffer alone--even if Marnie herself had been doing precisely that for the past month.

Given the circumstances, maybe it was inevitable that Marnie would do something as rash as buy a run-down ice-cream shop in the town's tightly regulated historic district. After all, everything's better with ice cream.

Her exasperated daughter knows that she's the one who will have to clean up this mess. Even when her mother's impulsive real estate purchase brings Kevin back into her life, Dawn doesn't get her hopes up. Everyone knows that broken romances stay broken . . . don't they?

Welcome to a summer of sweet surprises on Cape Cod--a place where dreams just might come true.
 

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I love just about any book that has to do with a bakery, ice cream parlor, candy shop or anything sweet. I also love stories about buying a run down place, pouring your heart and soul into it, and turning it into a hot spot that everyone wants to visit. I love those "rags to riches" type of stories. I was a cake decorator for a few years, so I love hearing about people's woes as well as triumphs! A fun read, and perfect for hot summer days. It will make you crave ice cream!

Thank you to Revell Books for a copy of this book for review!

May 12, 2022

Family Camp Movie - Comes out TOMORROW!!!


FAMILY CAMP is a faith-based family comedy from The Skit Guys, opening in theaters May 
13. It’s fun (and funny!) for the whole family ... everyone from 8 to 80.

Synopsis: When their pastor encourages the congregation to sign-up for a week away at family camp, Grace (Leigh-Allyn Baker) believes she’s found the perfect cure for her imperfect clan—even if they’d all rather be anywhere but at rustic Camp Katokwah. The first feature film from The Skit Guys—Tommy Woodard and Eddie James—FAMILY CAMP is a laugh-out-loud comedy that is sure to touch the hearts and tickle the funny bones of every family member from eight to eighty.

While there should be an endless supply, it sure feels as if we are running low on hope these days. FAMILY CAMP combines hope with humor and Him in an encouraging movie. By seeing it opening weekend (May 13-15), you are letting Hollywood know that you and your family want more movies like this!

I've enjoyed the past few Christian/Family friendly movies I've seen so I'm very excited to share this one with my family tomorrow. We are going in theaters, so I don't want to spoil the plot here. Go see it tomorrow!!!

Tickets are on sale now at https://familycampmovie.com/tickets/

Many thanks to K-LOVE Films for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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March 31, 2022

WAITRESS: Broadway musical, in Philadelphia

WAITRESS is the first Broadway musical in history with an all-female creative team (including music and lyrics by beloved singer/songwriter Sara Bareilles). The cast is led by three incredible women, including Jisel Ayon Soleil, the first person of color to tour as Jenna!

This was my first time seeing a show since the global pandemic, and it was a welcome break. It was also my first time seeing Waitress, but I've heard a lot about it from watching Colleen Ballinger's Youtube channel. She had a chance to place Dawn in this production a few years back, so I was very excited to see what all the hype was about. 

While it wasn't as emotionally gripping as other shows I've seen (Les Miserables, Wicked etc) it had a good mixture of comedy and gravity. It was a tale of a woman stuck in an abusive relationship, finding herself pregnant, trying to find a way to escape the life she seemed trapped in. It was well done, and I really enjoyed it.

Buy tickets to see the show here: https://www.kimmelculturalcampus.org/

March 24, 2022

GIVEAWAY: Pureflix Membership, just in time for EASTER!

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I enjoy looking onto Pure Flix for family movie night. We try to hang out every Friday night as a family and find something the entire family can watch and there are so many to choose from. A couple years ago my older kids watched the Passion, but it was a bit too intense, so I was happy to see they came out with a "brick" version for kids. My son has watched Lego everything - Lego batman, Lego star wars etc. It makes it relatable to him and his interests, so I'm thrilled to see some Christian content in "brick" form.

There are also films that my husband and I would enjoy like the Case for Christ. I remember reading this book back when I was in high school. I'll admit I've gotten out of the habit of reading my Bible regularly and reading Christian education books like I used to, but putting the information into film format makes it more appealing to me and my stage of life. It's something that enriches our minds but also provides some entertainment.

As we approach the Easter season, check out the wide variety of Easter films that are available on Pure Flix. You can sign up for a free trial and see if this subscription is for you. I also know that many churches provide memberships, so perhaps yours does. It never hurts to ask, right?

He is Risen!

WIN IT: One 3-month Pure Flix subscription
(Note: Giveaway is limited to US winners only)

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Many thanks to Pure Flix for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own.

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