Monday, December 26, 2016

To Joey, With Love + Giveaway

DVD ArtworkTo Joey, With Love

About:
Husband-and-wife singing duo Joey+Rory wanted more to life … so they chose less. 
Experience the incredible true story of Joey and Rory Feek, intimately filmed by the couple over two and a half years. The documentary follows the Feeks from the birth of their daughter Indiana, born with Down Syndrome, through Joey's struggle with and ultimate surrender to cancer - all amidst their never-ending hope in something far greater. God gave Joey+Rory a love story for the ages, one that is sure to inspire hope and faith in all who experience it.





My Thoughts:
This incredible life and story is more than just a movie. This is a faithful testimony that only God could write. One that would call Rory to be a faithful husband, servant and cheerleader as Joey would battle Cancer. Not only does their story of faithfulness to God endure every season of their marriage, they give birth to a wonderful little girl named, Indiana. This movie is a story of faith, hope, marriage, family and only one that God could write. It helps the viewer believe in a greater story that we all get to be a part of. You will laugh, you will cry and you will sure feel like you're apart of the Feek Family. You'll grow more in love with a beautiful story that only God would write. This isn't just a movie, but a life that God wrote and it is beautiful. So, while I love this movie, I recognize that these are people, not just characters acting in a movie. This is a true story and it will help you put your life in perspective as you cheerlead on Rory and Indy for the journey that the Feek family is now taking on. I had the opportunity to review this movie. I give this movie a 5/5 star review. It was beautiful, noteworthy and worth every single minute of your time. Don't miss the opportunity to view this extraordinary movie of faith, hope and love.  


I have a copy to giveaway!! If you want to have three entries, here is how you can enter..

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I'll throw all your entries into hat and draw a winner on January 3, 2017! 

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Battlefield of the Mind Bible by Joyce Meyer

The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help readers connect the truths of Joyce Meyer's all-time bestselling book, Battlefield of the Mind, to the Bible, and change their lives by changing their thinking.

Worry, doubt, confusion, depression, anger, and feelings of condemnation. . .all these are attacks on the mind. If you struggle with negative thoughts, take heart! The BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE will help you win these all-important battles through clear, practical application of God's Word to your life. With notes, commentary, and previously unpublished insights by Joyce Meyer, this Bible is packed with features specifically designed for helping you deal with thousands of thoughts you have every day and focus your mind to think the way God thinks.

Special Features Include:
  • BOOK INTRODUCTIONS--thoughts on the importance of each book and how it relates to the battlefield of the mind 
  • WINNING THE BATTLES OF THE MIND--core teaching to help you apply specific biblical truths to winning the battle 
  • PRAYERS FOR VICTORY--Scripture-based prayer to help you claim God's guarantee of winning 
  • PRAYERS TO RENEW YOUR MIND--help for you to learn to think the way God thinks 
  • KEYS TO A VICTORIOUS LIFE--practical truths for overcoming mental or emotional challenges 
  • POWER POINTS--insight into how to think, speak, and live victoriously SPEAK GOD'S WORD-first-person Scripture confessions to train your mind for ultimate victory
  • SCRIPTURES ON THOUGHTS AND WORDS--more than 200 Bible passages that teach you how to think and speak in agreement with God's Word.

My Thoughts:

Everything that we do in life begins with the words we speak. Think about that for a moment? If every word you spoke over your life came to pass, would you speak those words? Additionally, not only are our words that powerful, so is our thought life! Here is the best part though, Jesus has already won!! However, we have to take all our words and thoughts captive to Christ, which gives us authority in our life, which is why I love this Bible. 

It helps remind me that my words are so powerful. In "Battlefield of the Mind Bible" which is a new Bible from Joyce Meyer, which is in the Amplied Version, Joyce has constant reminders of how our words are so powerful! Don't worry though, she equips the reader along the way to overcome anger, depression, doubt, fear or any battles that may come against your thought life or tongue life. This Bible is beautiful, with a hard cover and prayer reminders to renew your mind  on almost every page. It also has Keys to victorious life, which are ways for you to claim Scripture over your life and I LOVE these. She has ways for you to mediate of God's word daily and even "power-points" , which give you insight on how to think, speak and live victoriously! This Bible has a beautiful Bible book marker that is a white ribbon and colorful maps in the back. 

It is just gorgeous! I have been studying God's word from this Bible and I just love it! I think you will love it too!! Pre-order a copy today! Don't delay, I know this will be a bestseller!  

Thank you to Faith Words for providing me a complementary copy for review purposes only. I give this Bible a 5/5 stars. I highly recommend it for it's value, spiritual content, navigation and ease of being able to understand the Bible. 



About Joyce Meyer:

Joyce Meyer is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and one of the world's leading practical Bible teachers. Her more than 100 books have helped millions of people find hope and restoration through faith in Christ. Bestsellers include Living Beyond Your Feelings; Power Thoughts; Battlefield of the Mind; and The Confident Woman. 

Joyce Meyer's broadcast Enjoying Everyday Life® airs daily on hundreds of television networks and radio stations worldwide. She travels extensively, holding conferences throughout the year, speaking to thousands around the world. Joyce teaches on a number of topics with a particular focus on the mind, mouth, moods and attitudes. Her candid communication style allows her to share openly and practically about her experiences so others can apply what she has learned to their lives.

Her latest book, SEIZE THE DAY, is in bookstores everywhere. BATTLEFIELD OF THE MIND BIBLE releases January 2017.

Hachette Book Group has sold over 30 million copies of Joyce Meyer's books.

Friday, December 16, 2016

After the Cheering Stops


About the Book:
"Former NFL wife Cyndy Feasel tells the tragic story of her family s journey into chaos and darkness resulting from the damage her husband suffered due to football-related concussions and head trauma and the faith that saved her.

If I d only known what I loved the most would end up killing me and taking away everything I loved, I would have never done it. Grant Feasel

Grant Feasel spent ten years in the NFL, playing 117 games as a center and a long snapper mostly for the Seattle Seahawks. The skull-battering, jaw-shaking collisions he absorbed during those years ultimately destroyed his marriage and fractured his family. Grant died on July 15, 2012, at the age of 52, the victim of alcohol abuse and a degenerative brain disease known as chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.

Cyndy Feasel watched their life together become a living hell as alcohol became Grant s medication for a disease rooted in the scores of concussions he suffered on the football field. Helmet-to-helmet collisions opened the door to CTE and transformed him from a sunny, strong, and loving man into a dark shadow of his former self. In this raw and emotional memoir that takes a closer look at the destruction wrought by a game millions love, Cyndy describes in painful and excruciating detail what can happen to an NFL player and his family when the stadium empties and the lights go down. A powerful tale of warning for football moms and NFL wives everywhere, After the Cheering Stops is also a story of the hard-won hope found in God s presence when everything else falls apart."


My Thoughts:
I read "After The Cheering Stops" in one night. This book is eye-opening, raw, heartwarming, painful and even offers transparency. It is absolutely stunningly breathtaking. Cyndy Feasel is a hero for taking a stance and being so willing to share such vulnerable and intimate details of their life. She shows courage and determination to show no matter what situations and problems people face whether in the spectator light or not, we all can stop to ask for help. I love that she is willing to stand up and take a stance on sports injuries, especially concussions to help others find out that they can life long impacts. As an individual who had a concussion, this book is very near and dear to my heart. I cried several times throughout the book and found myself rooting for Cyndy. I am also inspired my her amazing faith. This is a book that you will just love! I give this book 5/5 stars. Go purchase a copy today! Thank you to the publisher for providing a copy. 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Book Description

Judah Smith, New York Times bestselling author of Jesus Is ______, explores what it looks like to cultivate a healthy soul in the midst of a busy life and points readers to the soul’s only true home and place of rest and fulfillment: God.
“How’s your soul?”
It may seem like an odd question, but it’s what pastor and bestselling author Judah Smith chooses to ask his friends, rather than “How are you?” It’s a way to look past the externals and consider what’s going on inside, in that essential part of us that is often overlooked in the struggle to make our way through everyday life.
In the rush of living moment to moment, many of us find ourselves simply surviving, struggling daily with frustration, restlessness, boredom, and ever-fleeting joy. But if we would pause, we’d find that the things that matter most in life, what we are searching for in our busyness—stability, peace, hope, love—are rooted in the health of what Judah calls the “inside you.”
In How’s Your Soul?, Judah explores that “inside you.” Sharing his own, often humorous, mistakes and foibles, he helps us find our way through the emotional roller coasters of life to discover the soul-healing essentials of rest, responsibility, restraint, and relationships, all rooted in what he calls the soul’s only true home—God himself.
How’s Your Soul? is an invitation to find lasting emotional satisfaction and stability by bringing our feelings into alignment with God’s truth, moving beyond simply surviving, and learning how to live each day with eternal significance.

My Thoughts:
I love, love, loved this book! I can't say enough good things about this book. My kale and ice cream tastes way better because of this book. I am more free because of this book and I don't carry so much garbage around with me. I read this book in a week, which says a lot for what I consider to be self-help Christian books. This book was awesome! Don't miss the chance to read this life changing book. Judah Smith will change your mindset with feelings and help you get them rooted with God's word, which is the best place to be. This book is perfect as a Christmas gift, so make sure you give this to someone on your holiday list. Thank you to the publisher for giving me a copy. I give this book 5/5 stars. I was not compensated in anyway. 

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Choosing Real by Bekah Jane Pogue

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Choosing Real: An Invitation to Celebrate When Life Doesn't Go as Planned

Are you ready to release your control of needing to be everything for everyone? . . . The invitation is yours. In Choosing REAL, author Bekah Pogue walks with you into life’s unplanned circumstances--specifically frantic schedules, pain and transition, feelings of unworthiness, loneliness, and tension. . .  And she'll remind you that it is in these very moments that God invites you to notice, respond, and even celebrate how He shows up in every little detail.










My Thoughts:
I love this book. It is so authentic, it deals with real life and it just gives you the ability to feel like you God created you, just the way you are. I love how Bekah encourages you to celebrate life right in front of you and helps you find. the beauty in the most unseen circumstances. I love how she challenges the reader to see Jesus in the mundane routine and in the chaos of the day. Whether you're changing diapers, preparing meals or cranky, God is using you, He loves you and YOU should celebrate life.

This book is practical, inspiring, an invitation and is a breath of fresh heart. You feel like you're drinking a cup of coffee with an old friend. I love this book and I am giving away a copy! Just leave a comment on my blog. I give this book 5/5 stars. I recommend purchasing a copy as this will make an excellent Christmas gift! 

You may purchase a copy here!

Thank you to Wynn Wynn Media for providing me a copy and one to give away! 




About the Author:

Bekah Jane PogueAn "everyday Jane," Bekah Jane Pogue is an author, speaker and heart-felt encourager.

Bekah loves communicating, whether in small groups or large conferences, as if you were sitting on her couch and catching up as old friends. She is a guest writer for Yellow Conference and loves coaching new writers in their journey. 

You can find her at the beach, reading, baking, rearranging furniture or flea-marketing. She and her husband, Bryan, have been married a dozen years and have two energetic boys. They reside at the Pogue Cottage in Southern CA, where dance parties are a regular occurrence.

If you’re looking for vulnerability, down with talking about hard things and desiring real join Bekah at www.BekahPogue.com.






     

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Waiting for Wonder by Marlo Schalsky

WAITING FOR WONDER BY MARLO SCHALESKY | BLOG TOUR AND LIVE ON GOD’S TIMING GIVEAWAY

Because God’s timing is so rarely our own and we lose the wonder in the waiting of life, desperation strikes, plans backfire, and we begin to wonder why God does not fill the emptiness. Be encouraged to find strength and hope in Marlo Schalesky’s new book, Waiting for Wonder.Journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.
Learn the true purpose of waiting on God and living on His timeline and enter to win Marlo’s giveaway.
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One grand prize winner will receive:
  • Two copies of Waiting for Wonder (one for you and one to give to a friend)
  • A KEEP Collective watch set (with a band and watch)
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 23. The winner will be announced December 27 on Marlo’s blog.
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{MORE ABOUT WAITING FOR WONDER}

Waiting for Wonder: Learning to Live on God’s Timeline(Abingdon Press, November 2016)
What if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
It’s easy to believe God when a promise is new. It’s hard when the years pass and nothing changes. It’s even harder when desperation strikes, your plans backfire, and still God does not fill the emptiness. But what if, in this waiting, God is calling us to more?
Join author Marlo Schalesky on a unique, contemplative journey to reveal the wonder that is often missed when we find ourselves struggling to wait well. Walking through the life of the biblical character Sarah, one who knows what it means to wait, you will discover a glimpse of God’s character that will give you strength to keep hoping and praying for the desires of your heart.
Waiting for Wonder is a journey into the heart of God where you will wrestle with personal questions, think deeply about God’s true character, and learn to appreciate His divine work as you discover your own path to the promised land. Recapture your hope, restore your soul, and renew your vision of a wondrous Savior when you learn to live on God’s time.
Leader guide also available.

My Thoughts:
Have you ever struggled to wait for something? I think that is very natural as humans, but we always hear the words that it is in God's timing, I mean right? Well, if you are like me you struggle with His timing. If you know anything about my life, I have been waiting on God for a long time, or maybe he is waiting on me, I am not sure, but this little book is and has been such an encouragement! 
I think this book will encourage you as you wait too, especially if you are waiting a miracle and wondering... When?? This book just brings peace to your life as you wait. It allows you to realize your time is nothing life God's time and the way we view time is so different than his. I related so much to Abraham and Sarah's story. My eyes were in tears so much throughout this book. I just recommend this book. It can be applied to so many aspects of our life!
I give this book 5/5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Litfuse for the opportunity to read and review it. I was not compensated for a positive review. The thoughts and opinions expressed here are my own!

I received this book free and was not required to write a positive review.

Marlo Schalesky

{MORE ABOUT MARLO SCHALESKY}

Marlo Schalesky is an award-winning author of ten books, including “Wrestling with Wonder: A Transformational Journey Through the Life of Mary.” A regular speaker and columnist, she has also published nearly 1,000 articles in various Christian magazines, including “Focus on the Family,” “Today’s Christian Woman,” “In Touch,” and “Marriage Partnership.” Marlo lives with her husband, six young children, nine horses, two dogs, five cats, two parakeets, ten rabbits, two chinchillas, three hamsters, and a bunch of fish in a log home in Salinas, California.
Find out more about Marlo at http://www.marloschalesky.com.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Choose Joy by Sara Frankl and Mary Carver

Joy: Finding Hope and Purpose  Life Hurts

Sara Frankl knew she had a terminal disease, but she didn't let it stop her from living. In the face of immeasurable pain, Sara chose joy--again and again. Her unforgettable message of hope and purpose lives on, even after her death, in her words.CHOOSE JOY is a compilation of the lessons Sara learned while she was dying, written in her own words and sewn together by her close friend Mary Carver. It is a reminder to see the beauty in life, even when it looks nothing like you hoped or planned.In a world full of tragedy, choosing joy is no small task--but, as Sara knew, the importance lies in the choosing. Once you learn to make that choice, every day, no matter what happens, joy will come.

My Thoughts:
This book was very well written and completely awe inspiring. Suffering from daily physical pain, Sara never gave up and in fact shows the warrior inside each one of us. She is the definition of what it means to run this race strong. She lived her life well and choose joy even when life wasn't easy through a series of writing her lessons on a blog, which eventually Mary Carver who knew Sara wrote a book. This book is an incredible reminder that we all have blessings in our life that we can be thankful for. This book reminds me that Sara is rare individual and we all have people like this in our life, we just need to spend time with them to glean from them. You'll laugh, you'll cry, but you will love this book! Go pick up a copy today! I give this book 5/5  stars. Thank you to Faith Words for providing me a copy. I was not required to give a positive review. 

Pick up your copy here, which is a perfect gift for the holidays! 

About the Authors :

Mary Carver is a writer, speaker and recovering perfectionist. She lives for good books, spicy queso, and television marathons, but she lives because of God’s grace. Mary writes about her imperfect life with humor and honesty, encouraging women to give up on perfect and get on with life, at www.givinguponperfect.com. She is also a regular contributor to incourage.me, MomAdvice.com, and MothersofDaughters.com. Mary and her husband live in Kansas City with their two daughters.

Monday, December 5, 2016

Pray A to Z

PRAY A TO Z BY AMELIA RHODES | BLOG TOUR AND GUIDE TO PRAYER PRIZE PACK

Are you ready to change your community, one prayer at a time? Learn how to organize your prayer requests topically and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father with the help of Amelia Rhodes’ new book, Pray A to Z. Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.
Learn more about Pray A to Z and how to pray for your community, and enter to win Amelia’s Guide to Prayer Prize Pack to get you started.
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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on December 20. The winner will be announced December 21 on Amelia’s blog.
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{MORE ABOUT PRAY A TO Z}

Pray A to Z: Practical Guide to Pray for Your Community (Worthy, November 2016)
Change the world one prayer at a time.
How would our community change if instead of absently saying, “I’ll pray for you,” we actually did pray–deeply, intensely, and purposefully?
Pray A to Z: A Practical Guide to Praying for Your Community will help you topically organize your prayer requests and lay the burdens of your community at the feet of our Heavenly Father.
With compassion and encouragement, Amelia Rhodes offers Bible verses and prayer prompts, organized topically for every letter of the alphabet. There are five topics per letter–three prayers of petition asking God to work in a certain area of need, and two more prayers of praise to reflect gratitude for God’s presence in the daily issues and relationships of life. Through petition and praise, your specific, focused communion with God will lighten your heart as you place the heaviness of those prayer requests where they belong–on His strong shoulders.
Whether you are praying for a friend’s adoption journey, a neighbor’s bankruptcy, or a family member’s cancer, this book will give you Bible verses, prayer prompts, and prayer starts to guide you through praying for even the most difficult issues that affect the people you know and love. Perfect for either individual or group prayer, Pray A to Z will help you experience the peace that comes from communicating with God.

My Thoughts: 
Consistent prayer has always been a challenge if I want to be intentional in my prayer life. I have no problem staying in prayer, but being intentional about praying about specific things that need prayer can be hard. Developing a prayer habit can also be hard and praying for community can even be more difficulty. I love how the author of Pray A to Z developed this awesome and practical guide to help with how we can pray for our communities. 
She shares very specific advice and specific life stories from her life that help us all identify with ways that we can be intentional about prayer. Rather than a long list of Prayers, she developed the idea of praying A to Z, which is super smart and, easy.  This helped her to become more concerned with people and their needs, which helped her develop a more deeper prayer life. I love how she has made such a great compilation of prayer for the alphabet with prayer and petition.  I love this book and think it is such an awesome tool for prayer.
I highly recommend it and give it 5/5 stars! Thank you to the publishers for providing me a complimentary copy for my honest opinion. I was not compensated for my honest review. This book is inspiring and I think you will really enjoy it! Thank you to Litfuse! 
Amelia Rhodes

{MORE ABOUT AMELIA RHODES}

Amelia Rhodes is a speaker and author of “Isn’t It Time for a Coffee Break: Doing Life Together in an All-About-Me Kind of World.” Amelia’s writing has also been featured in four “Chicken Soup for the Soul” titles, devotionals for the OneHope blog Undeterred and the international devotional “Upper Room.” Amelia has a growing speaking ministry and speaks regularly to women’s groups on topics of spiritual growth, friendship, and community, offering practical tools for living our faith in the everyday. She lives in Lowell, Michigan.
Find out more about Amelia at http://www.ameliarhodes.com.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Restoring Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

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Ariana Blake has one chance to land her own show on the Home Project Network and nothing—not an uncooperative client, a job site without indoor plumbing, or a challenging videographer—is going to stand in her way. Elsie, at seventy-plus, is far from the ideal client, but she knows exactly what she wants her fieldstone house to look like, and no designer can tell her otherwise. Gabe Langley, the man with the camera, is caught in the middle and it is his wisdom and warmth that just may be the bridge that will bring these two women together. Can they restore more than just a house and bring about special, almost lost forever Christmas memories?








My Thoughts:

First, I love Christmas books, so I was super excited to read this book! Second, can I just highly recommend this book? This book is so great! I loved the the characters, the plot and I couldn't think of a better way to get in the Christmas spirit. If you've been trying to find your Christmas Spirit or are looking for that Fiction book this year, I highly recommend "Restoring Christmas" by Cynthia Ruchti.

Gabe was my favorite character in the story because of his personality, but I felt like he has such a heavy load to carry. Also, I loved the way we got to go on a journey with Alexis, her Tv show and how she goes to fix up this farmhouse. I just loved this book! Overall, this book is just wonderful and I don't want to give it away. 

Pick up this book! You will be glad you did! I give this book 5/5 stars. We all could use restoration at Christmas in our lives. This book will help you find it in your own life.

I received this book free from the publisher and  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255




Sunday, November 27, 2016

The Best Christmas Gift Ever by Melinda L. R. Rumbaugh

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In this festive VeggieTales book, the Veggies are celebrating Christmas—decorating the tree, singing carols, and exchanging gifts. But in the middle of all the activity—though it’s so much fun to give and receive presents—the Veggies all know that the greatest gift of all was God’s gift of Jesus, his Son. Children will love the colorful art featuring their favorite Veggie friends. Parents can use this book to introduce little ones to Jesus’ birth as the reason we rejoice at Christmastime.





My Thoughts:

Your favorite cucumber and tomato are bringing Christmas to a whole new level! Grab "The Best Christmas Gift Ever" and sit down to enjoy the Veggie Tales as they bring on Christmas. I love how this book allows the reader to remember that Jesus is the reason for the season, while having the fun in the festivities of singing carols, wrapping presents and decorating the tree. 

This book is a small, board book that is perfect for tiny hands age 2-6 years, with beautiful illustrations that have full colors that engage the readers. 

Overall, I think the best part of this book is that it gives the true meaning behind Christmas, which is Jesus and I think that is rare for many books now, which is great for little ones. I give this book 5/5 stars! 

I received this book free from the publisher and  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255



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Saturday, November 26, 2016

Love One Another by Mike Berenstain

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Stan and Jan Berenstain launched the Berenstain Bears books in 1962 with The Big Honey Hunt. Since that time, more than 400 Berenstain Bears books have been published, making it one of the best-selling children’s series ever. Today, Mike Berenstain continues his parents’ tradition. In The Berenstain Bears Love One Another, the cubs are helping Mama make berry muffins for a neighbor. When the cubs ask why they can’t have the muffins, Mama reminds them that when we love one another, we find ways to help each other. The short, simple story and well-loved characters provide toddlers with a perfect introduction to the concept of showing love and kindness.







My Thoughts:

In the newest book by the Berenstain Bears, Love One Another this book addresses the topic of showing kindness in simple way for toddlers in an engaging and loving way.

This book is a board book, which is the perfect size for parents and children. It is perfect to throw in a bag  or to bring in the car. The artwork is very lively, colorful and engaging. It really allows children to fully engage in each page as they look at the artwork. 

I love that the main theme of this book is kindness, which is shown through out this book in different situations, but also we see that Brother and Sister Bear have respect for their parents, which is done in a not in your face kind of way, which I appreciate. 

This book is one that will sure make your children giggle, smile and provide great social skills for years to come. This is definitely one that you want to purchase!  I give this book a 5/5 star review. 


I received this book free from the publisher and  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255


Friday, November 25, 2016

A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book by Robin Mead

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A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book by Robin Mead 

Color your way to a meaningful holiday season with A VERY BLESSED CHRISTMAS COLORING BOOK.

There is no better way to get into the full spirit of the holiday season than by coloring more than 85 uplifting illustrations in this special volume: frosty winter scenes, carolers in the snow, trees trimmed in nostalgic trappings, ornate churches, angels, nativities--all reminiscent of cozy moments with family and friends and the sweetest, simplest blessings of the holidays. Each artist can rejoice with a grateful heart and be reminded of the ultimate gift God gave the world. Also included are illustrated Scripture verses and fun, holiday craft cutouts that everyone can use to create their own ornaments, Christmas cards, gift tags, and more!


My Thoughts:

If you are like me, you can find a coloring book just about anywhere now. However, I have become quite picky. Since we have gotten into the Christmas Season, I found the perfect Christmas coloring book that incorporates a fundamental cornerstone in my faith, which is the birth of Christ, who is in my opinion, the reason for the season. 

What I love about "A Very Blessed Christmas" is the fact that it brings scripture into coloring, while allowing me to color in a relaxed quite moment. I love the pictures and how big they are. I don't like to color small coloring books, with lots of detail. I find it be quite intimating, so this book is perfect.  

Additionally, this book has a section for Christmas crafts such as cutouts to make ornaments, bookmarks or even gift tags. I love that this coloring book is unique and is perfect for everyone. It is inspirational, filled with beautiful pictures of angels, snowflakes, trees, stocking, nativity and so much more! You will love this book! 

This coloring book has great paper that is thick. I used colored pencils. I give this book a 5/5 stars. 


I received A Very Blessed Christmas Coloring Book compliments of Faith Words, a division of Hachette Book Groups for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation, aside for a free copy of the book, in exchange for my unbiased and personal opinion.


Saturday, November 19, 2016

Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka




2858800180+ Under 30 Minute Dishes and 60 Slow Cooker Recipes 
The easiest, tastiest, most convenienthealthy recipes ever! 
With Skinnytaste Fast and Slow, you can get a nutritious, flavor-packed, figure-friendly meal complete with a flourless chocolate brownie made in a slow cooker on the table any night of the week. Gina Homolka, founder of the widely adored blog Skinnytaste, shares 140 dishes that come together in a snap whether in a slow cooker or in the oven or on the stovetop. Favorites include: 
Slow Cooker
Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Korean-Style Beef Tacos
Spicy Harissa Lamb Ragu
Peach-Strawberry Crumble 
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Zucchini Noodles with Shrimp and Feta
Pizza-Stuffed Chicken Roll-Ups
Grilled Cheese with Havarti, Brussels Sprouts, and Apple 
Cauliflower Fried Rice 
Each recipe includes nutritional information, which can help you take steps toward weight and health goals, and many dishes are vegetarian, gluten-free, and freezer-friendly all called out with helpful icons. Gina s practical advice for eating well and 120 color photos round out this indispensable cookbook."


My Thoughts:
Perfect for cold weather, with your slow cooker, this one of a kind, Gluten Free, Dairy Free Cook book is perfect! I love how the ingredients are broken down for anyone needing to switch their diet because of an allergy or insensitivity. This book is organized in an easy fashion, filled with beautiful mouth watering pictures, which are a must in every cookbook. Whether you are an experienced chef or love to cook, this book is for you! I give this cookbook 5/5 stars and cannot wait to try the Pizza Stuffed Chicken Roll- Ups! They look delicious! 



About the Author:
Gina Homolka

Gina Homolka is the creator of Skinnytaste.com, an award winning blog filled with hundreds of easy, flavorful recipes that are miraculously low-calorie and made from all-natural, easy-to-find ingredients. Her blog, Skinnytaste, is the number one go-to site for slimmed down recipes that you’d swear are anything but.

Each month millions of readers visit Skinnytaste and learn how easy it is to cook healthy recipes for the whole family. Her work has been featured on Fitness Magazine, Better Homes and Gardens, Glamour.com, Oprah.com, among other media outlets.

Gina lives on Long Island with her husband and their two children.