Friday, July 3, 2015

Sons of God's Generals with #Review

About the Book:



One generation shall praise Your works to another, And shall declare Your mighty acts.
—Psalm 145:4
Go behind closed doors with the sons and daughters of modern world changers, as the next generation shares personal stories of what it was like growing up being the children of God’s generals.

In transparent, tell-all chapters, you will read first hand experiences from the children of:

• Bill and Beni Johnson • Heidi and Rolland Baker
• Randy and DeAnne Clark
• John and Carol Arnott
• Mike and Diane Bickle
• Lou and Therese Engle
• Che and Sue Ahn
• Georgian and Winnie Banov
• Jack and Trisha Frost
Be inspired… as the next generation shares their raw testimonies of encountering God—building their own personal relationships with Jesus

Be encouraged… as you witness secrets to building a long-lasting godly inheritance that you can pass on to the next generation

About the Author:
Joshua Frost is the youngest of three siblings born to Jack and Trisha Frost. Born in 1986 in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Joshua moved to Redding, California to become part of Bill and Beni Johnson’s Bethel School of Supernatural Ministry. While attending school in Redding, he met and married his wife, Holly Nicole Mack Frost. They presently reside in Redding with their two children. Joshua and Holly’s life ministry at present is to continue to be mentored by Generals, those who demonstrate the Love of Father God through the integrity of their own personal lives. Eventually they intend to pursue full time ministry however the Father leads them. They both serve on staff at Bethel Church, Redding, California.

MY REVIEW-This is a book I found to be interesting but not quite my style. I like biographies but I guess I prefer a longer length, instead of just a few pages long. This is my personal preference so please don't think I am being negative. The book itself was excellent in learning a tad about the sons of some people who may be well known to you. I hadn't ever heard of these people so I had a learning experience all around:) The authors all take a few pages and tell about their families, their ministries and what it was like growing up in their homes. The good, the bad, the privileges and the drawbacks. Many things are not any different than in a normal household, but others you may find interesting to read about. Again, this is a book that would be good for sons and fathers to read together, or even as a family.



**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.**

Once Upon a Summertime by Melody Carlson with #Review

ONCE UPON A SUMMERTIME

BY MELODY CARLSON



She's looking for her big break. She never imagined it would depend on a blast from her past.

Managing the Value Lodge in her hometown was not what Anna Gordon had in mind when she set out in the hospitality industry. But it's a safe choice for a young woman starting out her career.

Then, out of the blue, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime: a chance to reinvent herself and reinvigorate her career by moving to New York City. She applies for a management position at a stylish new hotel, The Rothsberg. But the city is full of surprises--not the least of which is discovering that Sean O'Neil, a once-upon-a-time crush, has applied for the very same position.

This sweetly romantic tale of dreams come true takes you through the storied streets of New York City--and into the depths of the human heart.

MY THOUGHTS-Melody Carlson is an author I normally don't read much of. I prefer either historical or mystery but this one looked to good to pass up. And I am glad I requested it! This was a heartwarming romantic story that I enjoyed as a break from my preferred genre.

Anna is a small town girl who had dreams of being management in some fancy posh hotel. But instead she stayed with her grandmother to help out and is now managing this rinky dink motel. When a friend comes back to town and gives her the push she so needed, Anna spreads her wings and takes off to New York City in hopes of being hired at a boutique hotel. What she doesn't expect is the appearance of her childhood crush, Sean. And while things don't go as planned in her job search, she is hired as the head of housekeeping while Sean is hired for the management position, she feels unexpected freedom of doing what she has always dreamed of.

I totally fell in love with Sean and his too big to be true demeanor. Of course, I have always had a soft spot in my heart for Irishmen and though he doesn't have the brogue, I loved him. The only worry I had with this book was that everything in her dreams came true. I am always fearful when a story plays out with everything turning right, the road is nice and easy, etc. It isn't that way in real life after all. Anna really has no hardships and she gets her job, her new life in the big city and a romance to boot. But if I look at it as being fiction, keeping things in perspective, it helps a lot. The characters in this one really drew me and even the secondary people were fun to read about. And seeing New York City through the eyes of the character is fun. I have been there and seen many of the same buildings and tourist attractions that Anna does in the book. Lots of fun to read and a great summer novel!



**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.**

Thursday, July 2, 2015

To Win Her Favor #Review with $25 Family Christian #Giveaway

I received this book from Family Christian. All thoughts are 100% mine. 

Tamera Alexander is a great author and one whose books I enjoy reading. They are historical and while you learn fascinating tidbits from the past, you also delve into a wonderful story often full of lessons we could all use some help with. The plot for To Win Her Favor is different than many and deals with a marriage of convenience but also a woman who wants to race horses. Not one you normally come across:) And she pens it beautifully!



The story itself is well written. I have always loved the way Mrs Alexander tells her stories and this one is no different. Maggie is a fighting stubborn woman who wants to race her mare, no matter what others think. But when she finds out her father is slowly losing strength and their house is going under, she doesn't expect what happens. She is urged into a marriage of convenience with an Irishman, Cullen McGrath, by none other than her own father! The two of them clash quite a bit but I love how gentle and persistent Cullen is. and I definitely understand where Maggie is coming from so I don't fault her in the least. There are a couple parts between them that I would caution readers over. Not anything explicit but still somewhat brings you to the marriage bed and then shuts the door. A little bit close for my taste but I just skimmed over it and went on with the story. Still, this is a book that went on my keeper shelf and won't be leaving anytime soon. Loved it!!

For those of you interested, I was offered to host a giveaway for one reader to win a $25 Family Christian gift certificate. This can be used online or in store. You can even purchase your own copy of this book if you would like:) The giveaway will end 7/20 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

SinfulColors Summer Line with #Giveaway!

Are you all ready for summer to be here? I can't believe we are in the middle of June here! But guess what, this is the time of year that we all go around barefoot or in sandals. For me I live in sandals as they help cool my feet off in this heat. I am sure you are asking what in the world that has to do with nail polish but when you go around showing everyone your toes, I like to keep mine pretty. And nothing works better than some SinfulColors nail polish!



Their summer line is totally gorgeous this year. I love the bright bold colors that catch the eye and make you realize it really is time to get outside.These will flash and sparkle when you walk or talk with your hands. I am not one of those people who waves their hands around a lot but I know many people do so put this on and let your fingers do the talking!



For my review I received Sky Tree, Cherry Blossom, Fierce Fiesta, Baila Baila, Color Tag and Kiera Blu. I will be holding a few of these back to host a giveaway with so keep reading to see what ones I chose to keep!



My absolute favorite is the Cherry Blossom. Just my style with light sparkly pink tones. I really wish the picture did it justice but with the glitter it won't come out right. Needless to say you know how I love to layer my colors, right?






So I took the Cherry Blossom and put that on first. After it dried completely, I used the Fierce Fiesta and layered that on top. Wow! I love how it came out!! Can you see the nice dots and confetti that totally blend with the light pink?





Now for my toes, I used the Sky Tree. This one is almost a mix between blue and green, hence the name. At times it is a really pretty green but then my mom saw it and thought it was blue at first. So this can go either way. I like that it is bright but in a mellow way. Does that make sense? I normally go with a red on my toes but this one was too hard to resist. Love it!




The giveaway will consist of three colors. Kiera Blu, Baila Baila and Color Tag. This is the bright blue, and then the two right ones in the second picture up top. So one winner will receive all three. These are unopened, never been used. The giveaway is USA only and will end 7/7/15. Winner will be chosen through Random.org and will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Book #Review of Esther by Angela Hunt


ABOUT BOOK: When an ambitious tyrant threatens genocide against the Jews, an inexperienced young queen must take a stand for her people.  



When Xerxes, king of Persia, issues a call for beautiful young women, Hadassah, a Jewish orphan living in Susa, is forcibly taken to the palace of the pagan ruler. After months of preparation, the girl known to the Persians as Esther wins the king's heart and a queen's crown. But because her situation is uncertain, she keeps her ethnic identity a secret until she learns that an evil and ambitious man has won the king's permission to exterminate all Jews--young and old, powerful and helpless. Purposely violating an ancient Persian law, she risks her life in order to save her people...and bind her husband's heart.

"The biblical tale of Esther is a story often told, but here it is enhanced and elaborated with scholarly insight...Esther is a good read for those who love Bible accounts come to life." -RT Book Reviews

"Biblical fiction seems to be on the rise and readers will find nothing better in the genre than bestselling Hunt's interpretation of the biblical book of Esther....Hunt handles the tale's nuances with care and openness, presenting readers a beautiful, honest, captivating retelling of a familiar story." -Publishers Weekly


MY REVIEW-I have read plenty of books out there about Esther. My younger sister loves the Biblical account and so any time I find a book about this great female heroine from the Bible, I try it out. This one I found to be strangely compelling and loved how the author portrayed Esther. I don't know about you but previously I always had the idea of her as a young woman, never as a child. I also just automatically thought she was imbued with extra spirituality and never had bitter feelings or worried about the worldly side of things. I think this book opened my eyes like none of the others have. We see Esther as a girl who grows up with ideals and dreams. Do they all come to pass? Not exactly in the way she might have thought they would but all in God's timing and plans. An excellent book from Angela Hunt and hopefully we get to see another from her about the great heroines in the Bible!



**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, June 19, 2015

Deborah Raney’s ‘Two Roads Home’ 5-Book Giveaway

                                  Two Roads Home (Abingdon Press, June 2015)



What if it's too late for dreams to come true?

Minor---but-nagging setbacks continue to sour Grant and Audrey Whitman's initiation into the world of innkeeping, but larger challenges brew when an innocent flirtation leads to big trouble for the Whitmans' son-in-law, Jesse. Jesse Pennington's friendly, outgoing personality has always served him well, especially in a career that has earned him and his wife Corinne a very comfortable lifestyle. But Corinne and Jesse are both restless---and for similar reasons, if only they could share those with each other. Instead, too many business trips and trumped-up charges of harassment from a disgruntled coworker threaten their marriage and possibly put their three precious daughters at risk.

With their life in disarray, God is tugging at their hearts to pursue other dreams. Can Corinne and Jesse pick up the pieces of what was once a wonderful life before it all crumbles beneath them?

Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1BdaEcG



MY THOUGHTS-Deborah Raney is one of those authors who writes thought-provoking every day stories which leave you feeling much different when you are finished than when you started. Two Roads Home is the second book in the Chicory Inn series and I found myself pondering these characters lives and how they correspond to real life situations. Accusations and how quickly they can change a families whole world, dreams that are lost or never seen come to fruition, and what happens when you lose the joy that comes from your daily living.

If you have read the first book in the series, this one will make much more sense to you. A lot of characters to keep track of and it will help if you know in advance who they all are. This one centers around Corrine and Jesse but also goes to the mother/father POV as well. I felt heartbroken at times for Corrine and how she was so tired of the humdrum daily life. Both of them want more but aren't exactly sure what they want.

Again, this is a book that will take you on a roller coaster ride that may seem familiar. I think a lot of us know people who are in one of the situations of a character in the book. Lots of good advice given from the mother and father and I really like how everything turns out. Excellent story from Deborah Raney!!


GIVEAWAY!

Two Roads Home Deborah Raney




**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, June 17, 2015

CFBA Tour for The Midwife's Tale by Delia Parr




This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

The Midwife’s Tale

Bethany House Publishers (June 2, 2015)

by

Delia Parr


ABOUT THE AUTHOR:






Delia Parr is the author of sixteen historical and inspirational historical romance novels, including Hearts Awakening, Love's First Bloom, and Hidden Affections. The mother of three grown children, she was a long-time high school teacher in southern New Jersey before retiring to Florida.



ABOUT THE BOOK



Martha Cade comes from a long line of midwives who have served the families of Trinity, Pennsylvania, for generations. A widow with two grown children, she's hopeful that her daughter will follow in her footsteps, but when Victoria runs off, Martha's world is shattered.


Worse, a new doctor has arrived in town, threatening her job, and she can't remember a time when her faith has been tested more. Still determined to do the work she knows God intended for her, Martha is unprepared for all that waits ahead. Whether it's trying to stop a town scandal, mending broken relationships, or feeling the first whispers of an unexpected romance, she faces every trial and every opportunity with hope and faith.


If you would like to read the first chapter of The Midwife’s Tale, go HERE.


MY REVIEW-I found this delightful book to be written in a somewhat different vein than Delia Parr's previous books but it did not stop me from devouring it at all. The story is told from the eyes of a midwife in the early 1800's and some parts might be a bit in detail for a few but I was intrigued by the doctoring that was done. Not only did she help birthing babies but also dealt with herbs and potions to nurse others to health. The regular doctor who arrives in town I was somewhat hesitant over at first but I think he showed his true character at the end. A wonderful historical novel with some mystery and a slight romance that you will thoroughly enjoy!



**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.**

PicJoy Photo App + Amazon Gift Card #Giveaway! #PicJoy #MomBuzz



This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media.

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Picjoy is an intelligent photo library that automatically organizes all of your precious photos and helps you locate them instantly. Can you imagine having all of your photos organized? That’s what’s so exciting about PicJoy.



◆ RECORD ◆

Record the details and stories behind each of your photos.
◆ ORGANIZE ◆
Watch Picjoy instantly organize your photos for you - no matter where they are stored!
◆ FIND ◆
Search by category or keyword to retrieve any photo you've ever taken right from your mobile phone.


As a blogger who takes hundreds if not thousands of pictures a month, organizing your photos is a must. Otherwise you can spend hours trying to find one certain picture or photo shoot. This little app here is my new way to organize and find pictures! It is amazing! They give you the options of tags so you can look specifically for things like food, holiday, swimming, etc. That is probably my favorite feature as of yet. They also have a story option that allows you to use a picture as a cover and then write a small story. That sure could be fun:) Totally loving this and will continue to update as I play around with the different features. 



PICJOY is available now on iTunes FREE for a limited time!


Picjoy photo app will also be available for the Android

market on Google Play soon so be looking for it!



And NOW for the GIVEAWAY!!!

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Picjoy is thrilled to finally be able to share their app with the world! In celebration we will be giving away a few gift cards sponsored by Picjoy and hosted by the Mom Buzz Media Bloggers!

4 Winners each get a $25 Amazon Gift Card!


Giveaway ends 6/30 at 11:59pm CST. Winners will be notified via email and will have 48 hours to respond. If no response is received, then a new winner will be chosen. All winning entries will be verified. Sponsor is responsible for prize fulfillment. US Residents only please. Good Luck!





**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.**

Monday, June 8, 2015

BODYARMOR Sports Drink #Review! #Sports @drinkbodyarmor




How many of you participate in sports? Or let me ask this, how many of your children engage in some sort of sport? This could range in anything from soccer, little league, martial arts, tennis, ballet, etc. Personally in our family we have those who play racquetball, basketball, tennis and one who loves playing basketball.




We are constantly looking for sports drinks that will re-hydrate them but also still be good for them. Do you know how many of the energy drinks out there contain nasty chemicals and bad for you ingredients? I was happy to find out about this company here today known as BODYARMOR. I received a set of their drinks for review and I have to admit, the children quickly guzzled them down.



I received a six pack for review and sat them on the shelf. By the next evening, three of them were gone:) I think they voted the favorite as being the Fruit Punch.



Don't ask me why as I tried the Strawberry Banana and the Orange Mango and loved both of them. In all honesty these do not taste like energy drinks at all. They tasted good and healthy, good enough that the children all wanted to taste the different flavors. If I can get them to drink these instead of the other sports drinks that are out there with the chemicals and sugars, this makes sure they get the coconut water, vitamins and electrolytes their body needs after a tough sport.



Do you see the good things that are included in the drink? I love knowing that the children are getting what they need and as a parent, that is one of the biggest issues with sports drinks. Not any more! Now to find them around me. I have checked the one store closest to me and they were out but I will be checking later this week when I go shopping. They are well worth stocking up on.





Also make sure to follow BODYARMOR on their social media sites shown below.




**DISCLOSURE: I was given a free product in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are 100% mine. Please read my full disclosure policy HERE.**

Friday, June 5, 2015

My Top Ten Favorite Pieces of #Jewelry from Anjolee

For many women, there is nothing better to get as a gift than a piece of jewelry. I love baubles and often just browse online stores or spend time walking through jewelry stores in the mall, admiring the different pieces I see or imagining how a certain set would look on me. Diamonds and pearls are not on my top list, but I do have to say they might make their way into my heart after a bit:) They make perfect gifts for weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, going away presents, etc. Below are some of my favorites that I found on Anjolee. The price ranges vary and there are so many options to choose from I had a hard time only picking three. These are so beautiful and full of sparkle!



I have always an affinity for hearts. When I get a piece of jewelry, more often than not it has a heart design in it. I am also a fan of gold color so when I saw this bracelet, I just knew it would be my top choice. Their pieces are all able to be customized so if you want a white gold, or even a charm, you can play with all of those options. I just love it!!




I told you I liked hearts, remember? This one here immediately caught my eye when I saw it. Just look at the design! The heart is inverted so it is upside down but it is so pretty. Very sparkly and stylish you could give this for any event but especially for a birthday, etc.







I actually have quite a few of these bracelets known as Tennis Bracelets. They happen to be a favorite accessory because you can wear them with anything and it adds a bit of style with just a little bracelet. Nice and unassuming these are classical pieces.




This here is almost the same as the one above. It is a tennis bracelet as well but a different style. Check out the swirls, which is why it is known as a twist. A virtual curl of swirls that will gleam on any wrist and evoke a stunning response from those around you.






I fell in love with this necklace after seeing all the options to customize. My birthstone is Amethyst, yes I am a February gal, and I like being able to choose that stone for my necklaces. Not that they all have that color by any means but it is nice when the company has that available. I also like the design of this necklace. I don't have many that have the tiers like this one and it draws the eye to follow the line of the pendant. I love it!





And this one I liked because of the different style. The stars remind me of a woman in a long evening gown out under a starry night. The long classical lines paired with an evening gown would be beautiful.





Every now and then you want something that is different and will stand out from what everyone else is wearing. That is where this necklace comes in. The bolero tie style looks awesome! Talk about being in a crowd above everyone else.




I personally don't wear earrings. But it doesn't stop me from looking and seeing the beautiful pieces that dangle from your ears. Thus I chose these here. I like the journey style as it dangles and flashes, drawing attention to the long neck lines. Or your small ears:)




These last two are dealing with wedding sets. My first choice is an eternity ring that is princess cut and really pretty. I am the type of person who doesn't really like flashy rings and this one is small, just the way I liked them.




Now if I were to go all out, this is the ring set I would choose. Definitely not in my budget and won't be for a while but a girl can dream can't she? A beautiful piece to show your vows.

Anjolee has beautiful pieces of jewelry that would make any woman proud. I love that you can customize them and these are truly works of art.


Be sure to follow Anjolee on their social media sites. 




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

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Summer Safety with Master Lock Review and #Giveaway! @MasterLockUS

Summer is finally here! I don't know about your area but it has been raining off and on and then the sun peeks out of the clouds and all is well again. This is the time of year when people are out walking, biking and everyone is out and about. Today I want to introduce Master Lock. I have worked with them in the past and I know they are a company you love. When you need something locked up or kept safe, they are the ones to go to. And when I was offered to opportunity to review one of their bike locks, I was super happy! But, I also kept one back so that I could give it away to one of my readers!!!



I received the set of 3 Keyed Cable Locks. These are different colors and are your basic locks. These are great for bicycles but also work equipment, gates that you may not need a padlock on, etc. The braided steel makes them very hard or almost impossible to cut through so no worry about someone taking off with your stuff. I am using mine for when I go riding and I love how heavy duty their products are. Check out this baby!







One of the main problems we normally have with locks would have to be keeping track of the keys. Do you know how easy it is to lose keys or forget the combination of the padlock? In a family of 8 it is super easy and we are constantly having to search the house over for keys to our locks.




This set here all uses the same keys!! So you get keys for each lock but you can use the same key to open them all. I love it!



So, is anyone interested in a giveaway? I kept back the green lock and key so I could use it as a prize for one my readers. The giveaway is USA only as I am shipping this out and it is not light:) Giveaway will end 6/19 and winner will be chosen through Random.org. They will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Jolly Time Popcorn #ourJOLLYTIME with #Giveaway

Hi all! My apologies on being so absent around here lately. Things have been hectic and family has to come first over the blog but I do apologize. Today I want to feature a company that has a lot to do with families. They also have a great campaign going on right now to unplug from the electronics and spend more time with your family so I think they fit in just great around here:) May I introduce to you.... Jolly Time Popcorn!



In 1914 the Smith family started the American Pop Corn Company. A century later, we are still family owned and operated by the descendants of Cloid H. Smith.
But being a family business doesn't depend entirely on last names. Our employees, our growers and our customers are all part of the JOLLY TIME extended family.
We strive, everyday, to make the absolute best popcorn, to give employees the absolute best work environment and have the absolute best time doing so. We take pride in every aspect of what we do and want you to taste it in every delicious kernel of JOLLY TIME Pop Corn.

I actually received two coupons as part of a campaign I did with them but I wanted to include all my readers as well. So I am keeping one coupon and then hosting a giveaway here for one coupon. This is for a completely free box of Jolly Time Popcorn. The coupon doesn't expire til 6/30/16 so you can use it anytime til then.

The Jolly Time company has started this wonderful Unplug. Pop. Connect. opportunity that I think will really help families unplug from the electronics and spend more time playing games, being outdoors and just having fun together.

Got a minute—or three? Turn them into a POP Moment: a few minutes to put down your phone, pop up a snack, and reconnect with whoever’s around.
Tell us how you're going to connect with your family in a POP Moment, and you'll be entered to win a free Unplug. POP. Connect* prize package.



So, anyone interested in a giveaway? You will receive the one coupon shown above for a free box of Jolly Time Popcorn. This is not hosted by the company, I am hosting this giveaway on my own. USA ONLY!! Winner will be chosen through Random.org and they will have 48 hours to respond or another winner will be chosen.
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