Friday, March 27, 2015

Little Lamb Dryer Balls And Soap Nuts Review

I recently had the opportunity to try out dryer balls for my first time but I also had the chance to review the soap nuts, which is also a first for me. This review will be a short one about both items since you get both the dryer balls and a sample of the soap nuts in this option from Amazon. You can also change where you a 4 pack or a six pack of dryer balls. The pack comes with three dryer balls and a small packet of soap nuts that will last you for several months, if you use them with caution.



In our family I run laundry at least two times a day, if not more. It takes a lot of work to manage it for 8 people and the hampers are often full in the evening, even after emptying it that morning. I always thought it would help if there was a way to cut down time in the dryer as my washer is normally one about 10-15 minutes ahead of the dryer and that is where the dryer balls come in. I found myself using them in every load and it quickly became clear that they dried the load faster and more efficiently. Basically it is a small wool ball, about the size of a baseball. 






At first I wasn't sure it would do any good but after trying it a couple times I am a firm believer:) You put it in the dryer and it helps pull in the moisture so the clothing dries faster. Pretty easy, huh? It worked and I was happy with it. I also want to try putting a few drops of essential oil on it so it will scent the laundry.



The first thing I noticed with the soap nuts was the overpowering smell. It is a very strong vinegar scent. I quickly looked it up online to make sure this was normal and found out that it is usual for all natural soap nuts to smell like this. It doesn't make the clothing smell like that at all and I was happy:) So I followed directions, putting about 6 nuts into the included small cotton bag, crushed them up, rinsed the bag in hot water for about 5 seconds, and tossed it in with the laundry. There was no lingering smell, no nut pieces and my laundry came out clean. I will be using it more to see how well it works compared to my regular detergent. The only thing I didn't like was having to find the little baggie of nuts once the laundry was done and I was swapping it over to the dryer. I wish it was easier to get to. 


If anyone is interested in trying these, I have a code below that will give you a percentage off for each item. These are cheap enough but when you get more of a discount? You just have to try them!

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*Disclosure* I received this product in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. All thoughts are 100% mine.




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

#Win This iWatch Sport #Giveaway!! #bloggers4amazon #FishOil

Hey everyone!! I wanted to let you all know about this super awesome giveaway that is being hosted by none other than... Dr. Tobias!! I will be reviewing some of the Omega 3 Fish Oil softgels later this week since I am sure you are wondering what fish oil and an iWatch have to do with each other:) This company is well worth purchasing from and I can't wait to try out the Fish Oil for myself! Wonderful health benefits as seen below.



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Monday, March 23, 2015

Engaging New Movie, Confessions of a Prodigal @COAPSmovie

I recently had the opportunity to preview a new film coming out, Confessions of a Prodigal. I have recently seen an influx of movies based around the prodigal son and the different ways this story can be taken, modern day tales of the Biblical parable. This is one that I found to be interesting and engaging.



It opens with a young man leaving home and walking out on his pastor father.  It then quickly fast-forwards to 2 years later and he is at college living in the fast lane, drinking, girls, partying and so on. They really portray this in a vivid manner. I would urge you to be careful showing this to younger people or at least skim it first. There are a couple things said that I was hesitant over but I understand where they are coming from and what they are trying to come across with. Just some of the toeing the line about promiscuity and relationships as well as almost swearing( what in the "h", etc), may be too much for some people.



The professor in the film was almost my favorite person. Tough love that had Sean questioning his beliefs. Sean does a great job showing his conflicting emotions and someone who is running away from how he was raised. His friend I wanted to slap more than once. The girl he likes, Allie, is sweet and trying to find her way as well after her father left her and her mother. I also enjoyed seeing one of my favorite people, Kevin Sorbo, appear as Sean's father. His acting is superb as always.



There are great lessons taught in this film and I found myself wondering and examining things in my life. The stories we will make of our lives, the meaning and point behind it, etc. Overall a good and interesting movie that I enjoyed. For those of you wanting to view it yourselves, the film will be out tomorrow!! Tuesday March 24th!! Check it out on Facebook and the Confessions of a Prodigal Son website. And don't forget to purchase it tomorrow!




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, March 20, 2015

Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher w $25 Gift Certificate #Giveaway!!

Anna's Crossing by Suzanne Woods Fisher


When Anna Konig first meets Bairn, the Scottish ship carpenter of the "Charming Nancy," their encounter is anything but pleasant. Anna is on the ship only to ensure the safe arrival of her loved ones to the New World. Hardened by years of living at sea, Bairn resents toting these naive farmers--dubbed "Peculiars" by deckhands--across the ocean. As delays, storms, illness, and diminishing provisions afflict crew and passengers alike, Bairn finds himself drawn to Anna's serene nature. For her part, Anna can't seem to stay below deck and far away from the aloof ship's carpenter, despite warnings. When an act of sacrifice leaves Anna in a perilous situation, Bairn discovers he may not have left his faith as firmly in the past as he thought. But has the revelation come too late? Amish fiction favorite Suzanne Woods Fisher brings her fans back to the beginning of Amish life in America with this fascinating glimpse into the first ocean crossing as seen through the eyes of a devout young woman and an irreverent man. Blending the worlds of Amish and historical fiction, Fisher is sure to delight her longtime fans even as she attracts new ones with her superb and always surprise-filled writing. 

MY REVIEW-Suzanne Fisher is known for her Amish style novels. She is an excellent writer and I liked them, even when I normally don't care for Amish books. This one here is a bit different. We see through the eye of a young woman the journey from Rotterdam to America on the ship, Charming Nancy. I still enjoyed it but not quite as much as her others.

The main characters are good and I found myself liking Anna a lot. Bairn is the carpenter on the ship and at times I found myself struggling to appreciate his character. He evens out but there were a couple instances where he almost seemed out of character. He is a Scot though so I had to like him;) I think Mrs. Fisher toned things down a little bit when dealing with the hardships as I am sure the ride over was harsher than she pictures. There are a couple things that were crude and I know why she puts them in but I still think they were unnecessary. Overall I enjoyed the novel and will be looking for the next one when it comes out. I like stories that go back to the history of how the Amish got started in America.

THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS
One of my readers will win a $25 gift certificate to Family Christian. This can be used online or in stores. Giveaway will end 4/4 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be picked. USA ONLY!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Praying For Your Prodigal by Kyle Idleman W/ #Giveaway #FCblogger

I received a product from Family Christian to facilitate this post. All thoughts are 100% mine. 

One of my favorite authors for non-fiction books would have to be this writer here. Kyle Idleman is not only an author but also a teaching pastor and I just recently learned about a film he is backing titled, The Song, based on the story of Solomon. I have read almost all of his books and thoroughly enjoy them. They are all on my keeper shelf and I have purchased others to give to friends. When I saw this new one, I was intrigued. It is a book called Praying For Your Prodigal, but this isn't a regular sized book, rather a pocket sized edition! I couldn't believe how small this was when it came in.




The book itself is small, about 96 pages long and roughly pocket size. I think that what is found inside more than makes up for its small size. I was brought to tears a couple times but Kyle Idleman often has that effect on me. He is a soulful writer and might bring some guilt but also that cleansing relief that you find through forgiveness from the Lord.

I loved how this book was put together and it really has quite a pull. For those who are struggling with a prodigal, I can't begin to tell you how much good this little book will be for you. It includes lessons and stories but also my favorite parts, the prayers. Wow! These are heartfelt and amazing. Not only thinking of the prodigal in your life but also the person praying for them. For those of you who don't have a prodigal, I would urge you to pick up this book to be ready when you have a friend in need. Maybe you know of someone who is depressed because they have a prodigal? Or a friend who is struggling with someone in their family? Snatch this book up and read it so you can be a help when they come asking.

Again, an amazing little book that pulls no punches. Don't be fooled by it's size. Definitely worth the price! And guess what? One of my readers will have the opportunity to either purchase this book or something else from Family Christian with this giveaway! You could be the winner of the $10 gift certificate. This can be used in store or online and you can buy books, music, movies, curriculum, study items, games, etc. Don't miss out on this! The giveaway will end 4/1 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Five-Book Giveaway from Shelley Shepard Gray

The Promise of Palm Grove (Avon Inspire, January 2015)

Leona must decide: Does she follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?

A young Amish woman finds herself torn between the man she’s pledged to wed and the man her heart desires in this heartwarming story of chance, duty, and choice in the face of love—the first volume in the beloved New York Times bestselling author’s new Amish Brides of Pinecraft series.
Amish bride-to-be Leona is thrilled to be in Florida, on a mini-vacation in the pretty town of Pinecraft. Her girlfriends think she’s happy because she’s away from the stress of wedding planning. They have no idea that Leona’s real joy is in being away from her fiancĂ©.
Edmund is a good man, and will make a decent husband . . . just not for Leona. The more time she spends with him and his overbearing ways, the less she wants to be his wife. Her cousins are sure Edmund is the right man for her-and their certainty makes Leona begin to doubt herself. But when a chance encounter with a wayward cat brings her face-to-face with a handsome, fun-loving Amish man named Zachary Kauffman, Leona’s faced with two vastly different futures.



MY REVIEW-This genre is not my normal pick up. Often I find Amish books to be boring and settled in the same plot as all the rest. But when I read this one here, I was so very pleasantly surprised! Needless to say, the rest of the series is now on my wish list:)

Shelley Gray pens a novel that realistically makes you fell a member of the Pinecraft community. The people you meet along the way are fun but also have their troubles and heartaches. One such person is Leona(love this name by the way!), engaged to be married to Edmund but finds herself falling in love with Zachary. Leona is in town with her two best friends, Mattie and Sarah, on a last vacation before she gets married. Needless to say things get a little turned around!

There were many secondary characters and one of my favorites would have to be Beverly, the innkeeper, who also has fiance problems. Zach's little sister is adorable too. Really sweet! This is a wonderful novel filled with characters that I loved. One of the fun parts of it for me was geographically. I have been in that area, seen the communities there, etc.



THE BOOK GIVEAWAY!!

Don't miss Shelley Shepard Gray's new series, Amish Brides of Pinecraft, and the first book in the series, The Promise of Palm Grove! Romantic Times said, "Vibrant descriptions and details bring the plot to life in this heartwarming tale of new beginnings and renewal." Does Leona follow the path set out before her? Or take a chance with only the promise of what could be to guide her?




Enter to win a copy of The Promise of Palm Grove—five winners will be chosen! The winners will be announced March 30 on Shelley's blog!




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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Celebrating #Purim and Esther #FCblogger

I recently had the joy of planning and organizing a family night. One like we have never done before. It was all about Queen Esther and Purim and I believe we all came away having learned something new. We are not Jewish, but as a Christian I have always had an interest in this subject along with the whole wonderful story of a brave Jewish young woman saving her people from a massacre. It is an amazing account and I think after participating in this night that we felt a kindred connection to these people.



The first thing I did after learning that I was to host this night was to do my research. I knew the story of Esther as I do read my Bible:) But I wanted to get more background story. How did Purim come about? Why is it called Purim? What did Esther really have to go through in her palace life? And how did this all relate to us today? Needless to say, it was an immense study. I found some helpful books at Family Christian that did wonders in my research including Ruth & Esther(part of the Life Change Series) and Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney. That last one has become a part of my daily morning reading. It is an amazing book!!


I also picked up a copy of Becoming a Woman of Beauty & Strength by Elizabeth George. This is more of a study about being a woman after God's heart than a research book and I found myself going through it with my Bible and pencil. It is a great book and some things were brought up that I hadn't thought about.



The one thing I didn't find was a set on Feasts of the Bible. I was really looking forward to purchasing this as it looked amazing but I couldn't find it at either store I went to. So I had to make do with what I found online.



THE HISTORY OF PURIM
During the time of King Ahasuerus, one of his ministers, Haman, sought to destroy the Jews in revenge for being snubbed by the Jew Mordecai, who refused to bow down to him. With the king's authority, he draws lots (pur) to determine the fateful day, which falls on the 13th of the month of Adar.
Learning of this decree, Mordecai approaches the new queen, his cousin Esther, to intercede with the king. Esther, who has not revealed her Judaism publicly, fasts for three days in preparation for this task. At a banquet for the king and Haman, she denounces the evil Haman, who is eventually hanged. Because a royal decree cannot be rescinded--
including the decree ordering the extermination of the Jews--Mordecai must send another decree to all the provinces. This letter authorizes the Jews to protect themselves from their enemies. The days following the Jews' struggle with their enemies (the 14th and 15th of Adar) are declared days of feasting and merrymaking, today celebrated as Purim.

Purim is celebrated on the 14th day of Adar, which is usually in March. The 13th of Adar is the day that Haman chose for the extermination of the Jews, and the day that the Jews battled their enemies for their lives. On the day afterwards, the 14th, they celebrated their survival. In cities that were walled in the time of Joshua, Purim is celebrated on the 15th of the month, because the book of Esther says that in Shushan (a walled city), deliverance from the massacre was not complete until the next day. The 15th is referred to as Shushan Purim.
In leap years, when there are two months of Adar, Purim is celebrated in the second month of Adar, so it is always one month before Passover. The 14th day of the first Adar in a leap year is celebrated as a minor holiday called Purim Katan, which means "little Purim." There are no specific observances for Purim Katan; however, a person should celebrate the holiday and should not mourn or fast. Some communities also observe a "Purim Katan" on the anniversary of any day when their community was saved from a catastrophe, destruction, evil or oppression.
The word "Purim" means "lots" and refers to the lottery that Haman used to choose the date for the massacre.
The Purim holiday is preceded by a minor fast, the Fast of Esther, which commemorates Esther's three days of fasting in preparation for her meeting with the king.
The primary commandment related to Purim is to hear the reading of the book of Esther. The book of Esther is commonly known as the Megillah, which means scroll. Although there are five books of Jewish scripture that are properly referred to as megillahs (Esther, Ruth, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs, and Lamentations), this is the one people usually mean when they speak of The Megillah. It is customary to boo, hiss, stamp feet and rattle gragers (noisemakers) whenever the name of Haman is mentioned in the service. The purpose of this custom is to "blot out the name of Haman."
We are also commanded to eat, drink and be merry. According to the Talmud, a person is required to drink until he cannot tell the difference between "cursed be Haman" and "blessed be Mordecai," though opinions differ as to exactly how drunk that is. A person certainly should not become so drunk that he might violate other commandments or get seriously ill. In addition, recovering alcoholics or others who might suffer serious harm from alcohol are exempt from this obligation.
In addition, we are commanded to send out gifts of food or drink, and to make gifts to charity. The sending of gifts of food and drink is referred to as shalach manos (lit. sending out portions). Among Ashkenazic Jews, a common treat at this time of year is hamentaschen (lit. Haman's pockets). These triangular fruit-filled cookies are supposed to represent Haman's three-cornered hat. My recipe is included below.
It is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim, to perform plays and parodies, and to hold beauty contests. I have heard that the usual prohibitions against cross-dressing are lifted during this holiday, but I am not certain about that. Americans sometimes refer to Purim as the Jewish Mardi Gras.
Purim is not subject to the sabbath-like restrictions on work that some other holidays are; however, some sources indicate that we should not go about our ordinary business on Purim out of respect for the holiday.




For our night we got together and made some cookies known as Hamantashen cookies. Basically they are like sugar cookies with jam inside. Take a look at the pictures and see how much fun we had:)








The girls loved making them, rolling out the dough and using a glass to cut out the circles. Now the embarrassing thing is that I couldn't get the tri-hat shape right! The thirteen year old had to do them and they came out looking great. Okay, not all of them:) But overall the shape was good. We used two different jams but I will definitely be trying these out again with other flavors.



We had a lot of fun throughout the night and watched a movie called Bible Stories: Esther. This is one we hadn't seen before and it had some insights in areas the other movies didn't. We have seen One Night With The king as well as the Pureflix film about Esther so I tried to find one we hadn't already viewed. My favorite aspect of this film is the look at what happened after her one night. This movie continues past that and shows a little bit of how Purim came about and the Jews continuing their life.



So, I had a totally wonderful time, as did the whole family. I felt like we maybe learned as well as had fun. It brought to mind the time we attended a Messianic Jewish Synagogue one night. It was beautiful and they had such joy. I remember well the dancing and music that accompanied their worship. It was an amazing time.



Hopefully you have enjoyed reading my post and seeing how we participated in Purim. Maybe next year you will feel called to do something as well. Thank you for reading!

I received two gift certificates for Family Christian to include products in my post but the general post is all mine. 



**DISCLOSURE: Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Poignant Story in No Longer a Slumdog With HUGE #Giveaway #NoLongerASlumdog

Every now and then a book comes along that you feel every person in the world should read. People in your community but also around the world. No Longer a Slumdog is such a book. I found myself reading it and grieving, crying, but also very thankful for this group that has made such a difference and continues to give much needed help. Take a look and see.



About the book:
139 pgs / Forward by Francis Chan 
Those with no voice—the suffering children of Asia—tell their stories. And as you listen to them, you share their anguish and rejoice in their triumphs. The whole world seems to stop as you look on.

"You girls stay here. I’m going to get something to drink.” But after a few minutes, the train started moving again, and Mom still wasn’t back! Our hearts were racing. The train kept going faster and faster. Where was Mom? 

Hope is growing in the hearts of those who never knew such a thing existed. In this truly gripping narrative, K.P. Yohannan shares their stories— stories of lives transformed, of families learning to love, of entire communities flourishing with new life. Witness as this next great wave of transformation sweeps the nations.


The book itself is small but I was riveted from start to finish. It tells the stories of families who are hurting, in pain and turmoil, but have found hope in Jesus Christ. Often through the help of Gospel for Asia. One of my favorite chapters was Winds of Change. Amazing stuff here that goes to show what a God we serve!! I personally love reading stories like these. They make me realize there are still people out there willing to go the extra mile to show Christ's love for others. An amazing book!

THE GIVEAWAY
Readers, the Gospel For Asia group has graciously offered this enormous giveaway. Anyone who clicks through the link below will be able to receive a free copy of the book. Yes, you heard me right. Free book with free shipping. Fill out the form you find there and the book will be on its way. Even if you have already read this book, it is worth getting a copy to pass on to friends, family, your community, etc. So click through and request a copy.







**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

DIY Floral Arrangements with Bloominous!




Have you ever had to plan for a wedding? I haven't personally planned one myself, but I was there and helped when a lady from our church was getting married. At our church we like to do a lot of the decor by ourselves. Some people just have the knack for seeing things differently than I do:) So I usually put things together, AFTER someone had already laid everything out.



I have done some looking of my own, what gal doesn't, and when I saw this website here, I knew I had to tell you all about it.  This is a company that provides easy DIY floral arrangements kits for weddings and events. Often brides turn to DIY to save costs, but the process of researching, purchasing, and arranging florals often end up causing more stress and dollars. Believe me, I saw it first hand while helping plan the two weddings. Seeing how much assistance was needed,  Bloominous launched in 2014 to give brides an alternative option for DIY wedding arrangements.

There are three advantages of using Bloominous for a wedding / event:

1. Saving Money:
With Bloominous, brides will be able to save anywhere from 30% to 50% off their original floral budget. For many people the cost of the wedding is too much but any way you can help slash the price will help in the long run. Each piece is priced without the typical 300% markup from wedding florists, e.g. $5 boutonnieres, $40 centerpieces, and $50 bouquets



2. Easy Peasy DIY:
Most DIY floral services do not send ‘prepped’ flowers, but ours come cut-to-order, dethorned, and trimmed, so brides save time AND money. With a wedding coming up you don't want cut fingers from the thorns or callouses so this really leaves the bride-to-be and her helpers with smooth hands.

Each kit comes with step-by-step photo instructions for easy assembling within 10 to 20 minutes per piece, as well as flower care products and design tips. Anyone can follow instructions, right? Even a guy should be able to do this:)

3. Quality, Professional Design:
All collections featuring specialty flowers are created and designed by a florist with 10+ years of experience in event and floral design. It’s not just the flowers—from trends to vases to favors, we design the whole look for your inspiration, in our offerings and blog. You get the professional look that lives up to a standard. No worries about getting an arrangement that looks like it came from the flower shop down the road. If you want to impress, this is the way to go.

This 'florist-at-their-fingertips' experience is not to be missed.  Bloominous is making DIY fun, easy, and approachable for anyone who wants to try. Be sure to check out their website but also the following social media sites as well.


Bloominous on Twitter
Bloominous on Facebook
Bloominous on Pinterest





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Preparing for Easter with Max Lucado: On Calvary's Hill #Giveaway #FCblogger

This post is written in part with Family Christian. I received a copy of the book for free in exchange for my honest thoughts. 



As Easter approaches I look for ways to incorporate appreciation for the season. This can include reading a book, turning on music about the Resurrection, etc. When I was offered the chance to review the following book by Max Lucado, I knew it would be a good one. I personally enjoy the way Mr Lucado writes but I also love reading about the crucifixion and Resurrection. And let me assure you, On Calvary's Hill, definitely lived up to my expectations.



This little devotional may be small, but it packs a super punch. I will never look at the Biblical account of the Crucifixion the same way again. This is technically a devotional with readings for 40 days, or you can do like I did and read several a day. Maybe one in the morning and then one in the evening as I did. I cried through parts of it as I pictured what our Lord went through to give us eternal life. But then came the joyous part and I had goosebumps as well as tears of joy. What a wonderful Savior!!!



Family Christian has graciously offered a $10 gift certificate to one of my readers. This can be used in store or online. Could go towards a purchase of this book:) Or anything else you might possibly want at Family Christian. The giveaway will end 3/25 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY. ENJOY!

Monday, March 9, 2015

Chick-fil-A Gift Card #Giveaway #Chicken

I don't know about you all, but I am a fan of anything Chick-fil-A. I love their salads, sandwiches, burritos, wraps,... and I am sure you get the idea:) Every now and then I get these gift cards for free items and today I wanted to pass one of these along to one of my readers. This one is for a free 3 count chick-n-minis!! This expires the end of the month so run time for this giveaway will be a little less so I can get it to the winner in time.



You know, one thing I like about Chick-fil-A is their fresh food. The chicken is 100% breast meat with no additives! How many fast food restaurants can you say that about? Their biscuits are hand cut out and baked, lemonade is freshly squeezed and salads are fresh chopped. This is an amazing restaurant and I love putting my money into them. It is well worth the price and you can taste the difference!



One winner will receive this gift card for a 3 count chick-n-minis. The gift card expires 3/31 so I will be shipping this right away once I hear back from the winner. This giveaway will end 3/21. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. USA ONLY as I am shipping.

New Book from Rachel Hauck | ‘How to Catch a Prince’ and Royal Giveaway

How to Catch a Prince

She caught her prince once. Can she catch him again?

American heiress Corina Del Rey’s life was devastated by war. Every thing she loved was lost. But after five years of grief, she’s shed her grave clothes and started over in the sunshine along the Florida coast.
But some things are not so easily forgotten. When a secret from her past confronts her face to face, she realizes she must follow her heart. Even if it cost her everything.
Prince Stephen of Brighton Kingdom is a former Royal Air Command lieutenant turned star rugby player, trying to make sense of his life after the devastation of war.
When his brother, King Nathaniel, discovers Stephen’s pre war secret, he must deal with an aspect of his life he longed to forget. But how can he do so without exposing the truth and breaching national security?
Yet, true love has a destiny all it’s own. As the cathedral bells peal through Cathedral City, Corina and Stephen must chose to answer the call of love on their hearts.
Or let it be lost forever?


MY REVIEW-The Royal Wedding Series by Rachel Hauck has quickly become one of my favorites this past year. Princess stories have always had a draw for women of all ages and walks of life and recently there has been quite a boatload of them coming out in the Christian world. I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite but I think it would have to be this series here. Rachel writes fairy tale stories that whisk the reader away to distant lands. This book was probably my least favorite of the three, but still a wonderful one!

This is the third and last book in the trilogy and I have such a heavy heart over it. You feel like you know these people and the characters become friends who you want to see on a daily basis. I love the southern regal ladies but I think I fell in love with the people of Brighton. Yes, an imaginary land, but I so wished to fall through a crack and become part of this country:) The storyline is well written and though I had a hard time at first with how callous Stephen was I eventually grew to understand his choices and why he did the things he did. Corina is sweet but at times I felt like she let him walk all over her. One thing that was different in this book than the others was the "guardians" who help Corina and Stephen. Overall a wonderful book and I am sad to see them go but I know Rachel will be delighting her readers with a new series soon!

THE ROYAL GIVEAWAY DETAILS!
An American heiress and a crown prince seem destined to be together. Will the devastation of war keep them apart forever? Find out in Rachel Hauck's new book, How to Catch a Prince. True love has a destiny all its own. With a little heavenly help, Prince Stephen and Corina embark on a journey of truth. But when the secrets are revealed, can they overcome, move forward, and find love again?




Enter to win a "royal" prize pack! 





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One grand prize winner will receive:



Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 23rd. Winner will be announced March 24th on Rachel's blog.





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  • A royal-themed Brighton charm bracelet

  • 2 tickets to see the new Cinderella movie

  • The Royal Wedding series (Once Upon a Prince, Princess Ever After, and How to Catch a Prince)





**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

New from Debra Clopton | ‘Betting on Hope’ Kindle Giveaway


Betting on Hope (Thomas Nelson, February 2015)




A bet gone wrong. A small town's meddling. And a cowboy intent on saving his ranch.

Maggie Hope is an advice columnist whose background leaves her with little advice to give . . . and it's beginning to show. When Maggie fills in at an interview with champion horse trainer Tru Monahan, the on-camera chemistry between them is undeniable. Maggie's bosses know this is the opportunity she's been looking for to launch her career---and their bank accounts. In order to save her column, Maggie takes Tru up on the bet that he can teach her to ride a quick-stepping cutting horse like any cowgirl, despite the fact that she has never been on a horse. And in the meantime, she can get the scoop on the man under the cowboy hat.

Tru has been on the competition circuit for longer than he'd like, but he knows it's the only way he can afford to keep the Four of Hearts Ranch that means so much to his ailing grandfather. So when his sponsors see the opportunity for Tru's fans to get to know the star on a more intimate level, he knows he must oblige. To his dismay, Maggie not only invades his small town of Wishing Springs, but she also invades his heart, and that is something he cannot let any woman do-for her own good.

In Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart's desires.

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MY REVIEW-You know how sometimes a book just literally pulls you in from the get-go? This book totally did that to me!! Debra Clopton is an author I have read before but only in the Love Inspired novels. Turned out that was all she had written til this one here, Betting on Hope. Needless to say, I will anxiously be awaiting the next installment:)

If you like hunky cowboys who wrangle horses and woo their women, then you will love this one! I mean come on, look at the guy on the front of the book!! Some guys just make jeans and a pair of boots look great and this is one of those men. The situations in here really reminded me of why I like reading Debra Clopton. Fun characters with comedic lines but also a lot of precarious and tough conversations. Touchy women who are strong but ready to stand up for themselves. Maggie is one of those ladies. Secondary characters are almost scene stealing and many of them stole my heart for sure. Again, if you like cowboys, this is the book for you!!



THE GIVEAWAY DETAILS

Saddle up for a new romance from novelist Debra CloptonBetting on HopeIn Wishing Springs, Maggie finds what she has always been looking for: a community and a home. But when her past catches up to her, it threatens everything, even the tender hope that this town holds all of her heart’s desires.



Enter to win a Kindle Fire HD 6 to celebrate the release of Betting on Hope




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One grand prize winner will receive:



  • A Kindle Fire

  • A copy of Betting on Hope


Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on March 8th. Winner will be announced March 9th on Debra's blog.




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**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was given, and all thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Christian T-Shirts on Sale at Family Christian! + #Giveaway #FCblogger

Hey everyone! Wanted to tell you about an awesome sale going on right now at Family Christian. They have these really nice t-shirts that have a faith based message on the front. Some are geared towards the Easter season while others are just sweet sayings, verses of songs, etc. I received one for review but I also picked up a few more in the store, they are that good. These prices are not for all the shirts, but there are a lot on the list. And the shirt sale is good til April 23rd so you have plenty of time to order. Of course, if you want the best selection, you might want to order now:)



One of the shirts I got for review is the No Stone Unturned T-Shirt. The dark colors contrast nicely with the design on the front, making the image stand out unbelievably well. The grave is so dark but the stone rolling away and letting the light out is amazingly graphic. The saying on the front is "JESUS LEFT NO STONE UNTURNED TO FIND ME. The shirts are quality made and well worth the price. A bold witness without having to even say a word! The sizing is pretty straight and I like how they aren't fitted shirts. Excellent piece of apparel!

One of my readers will win a $10 gift certificate to Family Christian. This can be used in store or online. Great to purchase gifts and the excellent price to get one of these shirts here! The giveaway will end 3/19 and winner will be chosen through Random.org
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