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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!


Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.


Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Book Review: A Letter from Lancaster County By: Kate Lloyd

A Letter from Lancaster County
A Letter from Lancaster County(Harvest House, July 2017)
Two sisters get a second chance at life and love
Angela—Her mother’s untimely death, a struggling marriage, a strained relationship with her sister, Rose, and regrets over what might have been haunt her. Despite being a wife and mother, she feels she has little to show for her life.
Rose—Still single, she longs for a husband and children. But Angela has all that and still isn’t happy. Rose wants to be closer to her older sister, but she and Angela couldn’t be more different. Both strong women, will their sibling rivalry ever end?
* * *
When a letter arrives from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, Angela and Rose decide to visit Aunt Silvia, their mother’s Mennonite sister, in the heart of Amish country. This vacation could provide the opportunity both sisters need to sort out their issues. And yet instead of finding a new way of connecting with each other, Angela and Rose discover surprising family secrets that add to their strife and threaten Rose’s romance with a new beau.
Through it all, the two sisters must find the faith necessary to face their personal problems and allow God to restore hope and healing to their hearts and relationship as only He can.

Kate Lloyd is a bestselling novelist whose books include "A Portrait of Marguerite" and the Legacy of Lancaster trilogy. A native of Baltimore,she enjoys spending time with friends and family in rural Pennsylvania and is a member of the Lancaster County Mennonite Historical Society. She now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband.

My Review: 
 Letter from Lancaster County by Kate Lloyd is book one in the Lancaster Discoveries series. Love, faith, longing and sibling rivalry and so much more are found in this book. I have 3 sisters and we are all very different. I could relate to the sibling rivalry. The author has a good story line - and real feeling characters. It's set in the heart of Amish Country - and the descriptions made me feel like I was there.  I enjoyed reading this book. I am looking forward to the next installment. 
I was provided a copy of this book through the Litfuse Blogging Program --- all opinions are my own. 

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

DOLLAR TREE BAKING and REVIEW!!! Betty Crocker Brownies

Hey friends!

Today I want to write about/review some products from Dollar Tree.

I started watching some you-tubers  lately and one goes to Dollar Tree and reviews some of her purchases.

This got me thinking. I have avoided DT in the past because the ones in Ohio were always dirty, unorganized etc.

Well, after watching Nicole Burgess (Link for YOUTUBE channel: HERE)

I decided to go to my local DT and try some stuff out for myself.

I will occasionally start reviewing some Dollar Tree products here - and quite possibly jump to my own you tube channel - but for now - I will blog about it.

Today, I made DT Brownies!!!

We were 30 minutes from home today - and decided to stop at one of their DT and see what they had to offer. Selection can change from store to store.

Well, I stumbled upon some Betty Crocker Brownies (made with dutch cocoa)

I snagged a bag! (Publix usually carries them for $1.50)

I also needed some vegetable oil - so I picked up a small bottle.

Here are some of the pics during the preparation

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Both the Brownies and the Veggie oil are from DT.

After adding: 1 egg, 1/3 c of veggie oil and 2 TBSP of water and mixed for at least 50 strokes - you pour it into a 8x8 baking dish (I sprayed mine with cooking spray) 

My oven baked it perfectly after 21 minutes

Final Taste Test: LOVED!!! They are all gone. 

They did not last long in our house. 

Have you tried any of the baking products at Dollar Tree? If so what are your favorites. 

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Book Review!!!! His Guilt (The Amish of Hart County #2) by Shelley Shepard Gray

Book Review!!!!  His Guilt (The Amish of Hart County #2) by Shelley Shepard Gray 

Friday, July 7, 2017

Work at Home MAMA! Ways tomake some extra Cash -- SURVEY Edition

I have been asked a lot about different activities that I do to make some extra cash while I am home with my two little guys.

Today I want to visit some of the survey companies that I use regularly.

One thing to remember - the following list will NOT make you rich. Some months It's an extra $50, some months $400. But in my opinion --- every little bit helps!


I love giving my opinions - when I first started started really looking at ways for extra income this was a way that kept popping up in my searches.

Now some of the links that I will be sharing will give me credit for you signing up - but I am only recommending those that I have legit made money on (see some of my screen shots)

1. Pinecone Research

I have been with Pinecone Research for a few years. Sometimes my survey participation slows down.

I generally get 1-2 surveys a week. The good thing that I love about this company is that you generally only get sent surveys that you qualify for.

Here is my cash out for the last year and half. This adds up to about $150 dollars.

For this company - the surveys pay $3 each.   A lot of times I get qualified for full size products to test and then you get a follow up survey (another $3!!!) I usually collect via pay pal - but you can get items in their catalog or gift cards.

Currently I have about $12 that I have not cashed out - I am trying to wait and cash out each month so it's easier on our budget.

Sign Up Here: HERE

2. You Gov

I discovered this site in the past 6 months. It's a bit different then some of the other sites that I have signed up with. It asks a lot about political views. Every survey they send me - I qualify for.
I took a break from working on this company around the election - but have been working on it throughout the last few weeks. Cashout is usually around 25000 points - and you can get a variety of gift cards.

Here are some of my points that I got through out my time with them.

Sign Up: HERE

3. My Soap Box 

I signed up with this company recently - and I love the variety of surveys they have available. I get survey invites every day. I am working on getting better at visiting their site daily. I am ALMOST to cash out - and I have been with them 2 months maximum.

Cashout is 25000 points (on average you can get 500-1250 per survey)

Sign up: HERE

4. Inbox Dollars

I love this site. It's easy to use and has a lot of ways to make some extra money. You can take surveys, print coupons and get credit for every one you use, sign up for free offers, and so much more. Cash out is $30. You also get a FREE $5 for signing up!!!
If you don't qualify for the surveys you get a "spin to win" that you can get cash, sweepstake entries, etc for.

I have been signed up with them for about 2 months and I am ALMOST to cash out.
A lot of places that I print my coupons at are affiliate links - so I print them through Inbox dollars. I get .10 for each coupon that I redeem. It takes a little bit for credit - but like I said: Every bit helps!

Here is some of my recent activity.

Sign Up HERE

5. Global Test Market 

This one I love since I can cash out for gift cards. We have androids - so we cash out for money towards the google play store.

I get several survey notifications daily -- the downside for this one is that you may not always qualify for their surveys.

Sign up: HERE

The next post I will talk about mystery shopping (WHICH IS LEGIT)

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.

Check back! There are other companies I just signed up with and I am testing them out :)

Saturday, July 1, 2017

Happy Book Release Day Deep Waters (The Security Specialists #1) by Jessica R. Patch

Happy Book Release Day Deep Waters (The Security Specialists #1) by Jessica R. Patch

Deep Waters (The Security Specialists) by [Patch, Jessica R.]

Book Summary:


Thirty feet underwater when her oxygen tank fails, Caley Flynn fears it's been sabotaged--and she'll be the next to die. Her intern's already dead, her home breached and something's amiss at her Florida marine-life rescue center...but no one believes she's in danger. Except Shepherd Lightman. When Caley's brother asked him to check on her, the marine turned security specialist hoped it would be a case of calming down a nervous veterinarian. But the threats are all too real. Rescuing Caley and remaining alive isn't easy, but resisting his boss's sister is where the real danger lies. Because with his heart in the balance, he'll do whatever it takes to stop a killer who's desperate to keep a secret hidden.

About the Author: 

Jessica is the author of the contemporary romance series Seasons of Hope and several Love Inspired Suspense novels. No matter what genre she’s writing in, you’ll always find romance, adventure, some laughs, and a heap of hope. Check out her book club page for bonus features and extras, and don’t forget to sign up for her newsletter to stay “Patched In.”
Jessica lives in the mid-south with her handsome husband, her college bound daughter and her middle-schooler son.

Visit her website: HERE

My Review: 

Oh My Gravy! This book gets the action going right out of the gate. It has twists and turns and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. Meet Caley and Shep who are so likeable and real that you just want to reach out and touch them. The one thing I love about Ms. Patch's books is all her characters have flaws. They have a past, they have true issues that every day people deal with. It's nice to read a character that you can relate to.  Caley works with sea turtles, who now I just want to learn so much more about. Shep a friend of her brothers who comes and tries to help Caley sort out all the madness around her. 
If you have not read anything from Ms. Patch yet, grab this book up today. It's the start of a new series and you will NOT be able to put it down. 

*I received a complimentary copy from the author. I was not obligated to leave a positive review and all opinions are strictly my own. * 

Enter to win a copy of the book on Goodreads: HERE

Saturday, June 24, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life by: Betsy Singleton Snyder

I am at a weird stage of my life. For the first time, I am a stay at home mom. I have worked throughout my life. First 2-3 jobs as a single mom, going to school to better myself, and then just full time. Now, with two little guys who are very active - my occupation is "home maker" I was excited to read this book to look for some things that God wanted to tell me about being a parent. 

About the Book:

Stepping on Cheerios

Stepping on Cheerios: Finding God in the Chaos and Clutter of Life (Abingdon Press, April 2017)
Family life is beautiful and motherhood is a privilege, but it ain’t no picnic!
Being a mother isn’t easy. Sometimes it’s hard to experience a personal connection with God and community when you are caught up in the chaos of just “doing family”.
Independent and self-sufficient, author Betsy Singleton Snyder lived a full and busy life as a pastor, missionary, and wife to a husband who served in the U.S. House of Representatives. She had her first child at age 44, then at 47, she found out she was carrying triplets. Suddenly finding herself overwhelmed is an understatement.
Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.

About the Author:

About the author:

Betsy Singleton Snyder, author of Stepping on Cheerios, is a pastor, a former missionary to the arts community, writer, and blogger. She and her husband, Dr. Vic Snyder who formerly served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 14 years, live in Arkansas with their four sons, Penn (10), and triplets Wyatt, Sullivan, and Aubrey (8). Visit her online at



First and foremost - as I stated above, this is a new stage of life for me. I have 4 kids. (19, 16, 6 and 4) The younger two are home with me. The 16 year old is in Ohio visiting her dad for the summer. So, life has been hectic when it's 2 vs. 1. 
This book felt like it was written just for me. Ms. Snyder took all the stuff that I had been feeling - and tells her story on how she had to learn to put God at the center of it all. This book is definitely geared towards moms and has lots of great stories and tidbits on her life as a mom ad how she found her Strength through HIM. 
I love reading about other mom stories and knowing that I am not the first to go through this, and I won't be the last. 
I loved being encouraged. 

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book through Litfuse Publicity Group - all opinions are my own. 

Being a mother can be a crazy life, but it’s a gift filled with grace. Read Betsy Singleton Snyder’s comical story in Stepping on Cheerios. Stepping on Cheerios is a collection of funny, warm, and charming tales from the frontlines of parenthood, written for women who are juggling to accomplish everyday feats of work, motherhood, marriage, church, and more. It’s a comical story of one woman’s realization that her crazy life is a gift and how she found the grace in it.
Join Betsy in celebrating a crazy life of motherhood and her new book by entering to win a $75 Visa cash card!

One winner will receive:
  • A copy of Stepping on Cheerios
  • A $75 Visa cash card
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on June 27. The winner will be announced June 28 on Betsy’s blog.


Friday, June 16, 2017

My week with very limited Facebook

Facebook can be a great way to connect with friends and family. However lately it has turned into breeding grounds for hate, bullying, spewing venom and so much more. I live out of state. I live 834 miles from my home town, so facebook is how we keep our families updated.

People that know me in real life know that I can be opinionated at times. ( I can see the look of shock on my parents face now....) I am very passionate about things. I am a very Conservative Christian. I support our President, I believe that we should not remove the Confederate monuments. I am not racist. I am a  historian. I am well educated. I read my Bible. I try not to watch too much news because it breaks my heart.

Recently, it seems that while I am opinionated I have broken my own rules. Usually, if I see something that offends me, I scroll past it. People are entitled to their own opinions - and not everybody will always agree. I have friends that are SOOOO opposite of what I believe, but we don't bring up the hot subjects.

Then, I broke my own rules.

A former good friend and I had been on shaky ground. We kept going back and forth on certain things. Normally, I don't get offended. But when I saw a post that appeared to be bashing my church my blood started boiling. I did something that I do not normally do.

I commented.

Then it turned into a heated discussion,

I could feel the Holy Spirit telling me to stop. I could feel HIM trying to pull me out of the battle. But being human, I did not listen. I kept defending my church. She insisted that it was not about the church that I had been going to, and that she attended sometimes. She had been trying to say that our church was not Biblically Sound. I kept battling back. Finally something snapped in me.

I did not like how I had responded.

I finally took a step back and did not like who I had just been.

I prayed. I dropped to my knees and prayed. God revealed some things to me that I knew that I had to step back from the friendship. I knew that while I loved my friend, for both of our sanity I had to step back.

So, I told her that.

Fast Forward a few days later.

I had posted an article in support for Opp, AL.

The article was about how the school system was facing a possible law suit because of a Christian tradition that has been going on for generations. Naturally, it was an atheist based group that was trying to prey on this small town, knowing they probably did not have the funding for a heavy legal action.

See the article HERE

When I posted the article, I had been highly upset and used the term "snowflake". While I use the term quite often I have never had anyone fire back at it. I got a comment from a good friends daughter saying that I should not be making fun of a group of people.

That was NOT my intention. To me the term "snowflake" are the liberals that challenge anything that disagrees with their own agenda.

So, I re-worded the post.

This brought more hurt and heaviness to me.

I broke down in tears. I talked to my good friends who helped prop me back up, and fill me up with life giving words. It was clear to me that the enemy was trying to bring me and my family down, and he was working through those that were close to me.

SO, I prayed some more

God then told me I should come off Facebook for a bit. It was becoming toxic. I was constantly stressed out over what I was seeing. Even though I had recently added a bunch of new Christian friends that were in groups that I was in.

I needed a break.

The last week, I have had VERY limited Facebook.

I have got on to check messages and things in groups that I am in - (I do a lot of book reviews, and coupon) but that was it.

It's been a huge blessing.

I filled myself with other things.

I filled myself with Jesus.

I filled myself with my children's laughter

I filled myself with different home projects.

I found some new podcasts to listen to.

I kept busy.

Colton started going to Cub Scouts. It was very exciting to see him start this chapter of his life. Our old neighbors in Ohio were leaders, and Colton used to love to hear about what adventures they did.

I went to the movies with some of my girlfriends from church. (we saw Megan Leavy -- it was VERY good. There is a lot of strong language, but it was a great movie)

I went to a new connect group. We are getting ready to start a bible study based on the movie "Mom's night out" If you have not seen this -- you need to, it's hysterical.

Colton and I started reading the Bible together. He has a Bible storybook and an Adventure Bible that he can read a lot out of - Because of the church we go to, he asks a lot of thought provoking questions - and we are working toward salvation. That is a huge reason I know that my church is Biblically sound.

I read more. I am currently reading "Deep Waters" By Jessica Patch. It's part of the Love Inspired Suspense series. (Purchase/Preorder: here)

I started a new devotion. "3 minute devotions with Charles Spurgeon" It's a book that I got approved to review.  It's a great remembrance on how we need to keep praying. We live in a fallen world. We are surrounded by horrors of evil, hurt, pain and so much more daily. But one thing that we know is that our Master is praying for us.

Some of the verses that have stuck with me is:

John 17:13-18New Living Translation (NLT)

13 “Now I am coming to you. I told them many things while I was with them in this world so they would be filled with my joy. 14 I have given them your word. And the world hates them because they do not belong to the world, just as I do not belong to the world. 15 I’m not asking you to take them out of the world, but to keep them safe from the evil one. 16 They do not belong to this world any more than I do. 17 Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.

What does this all mean?

As we see above, the world does not like Christian teachings because it goes against everything in the world. The Prince of the world has a lot of strongholds on believers. He tries to convince us that we will be trapped in our sin forever.

Do Christians still sin? Yes. This is why we need GRACE every single day. But, by standing for Christ, sets us apart in the world. We are called to be the salt and light to unbelievers. Let your light for Jesus shine. We are not taken out of the world. Jesus is praying for us while we go on our journey. Praying made me realize I needed to step back in my friendship, and to limit my access to Facebook.

To me I have learned that limiting my Facebook interaction is something that will have to happen.

So friends, I challenge you. Take a hiatus. Limit your time. It's been very refreshing.

I am not sure where my friendship will go with my friend, I am allowing some distance between us - and praying. God will let me know what to do. My friends daughter and I have talked it out, and are fine.

Monday, June 12, 2017


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Click here to purchase your copy.

About the Book

Book title: Springs of Love
Author: Laura V. Hilton, Rachel J. Good, Thomas Nye
Release date: June 15, 2017
Genre: Amish
The Kissing Bridge
Escaping the past isn’t as easy as it should be…
Anna thought her bad decisions would fade into nothing after she vanished for a few months. Her motives would be clear, her mistakes erased, and she’d be able to rewrite her future the way she wanted. It didn’t work out the way she’d planned. Instead, she discovered her actions have consequences and they had to be paid.
euben loved Anna for as long as he could remember, but before he could get serious about courting her, his brother, Mark, won her away. But now she’s back and she beginning to pay the steep price for her mistakes. Reuben tries to help her as much as he can, and the decisions he makes will cost them both everything.
Sold on Love
When Lavina Fisher takes over the household while Mamm’s away, things go from bad to worse. And her younger brother, Stephen, is mostly to blame. Then an accident forces Lavina to face her fears—and her ex-boyfriend. Can she swallow her pride and accept Aaron’s help with the latest disaster?
Cowboys and Amish Girls
Rodeo cowboy, Truman Gunderson, had never met an Amish girl. Amish sisters, Faith, Hope, and Charity had yet to lay eyes on a real, live cowboy. That is until Truman’s galloping horse crosses paths with Charity’s runaway buggy. Truman is not the type to shy away from any challenge, but after he learns something about Faith, Hope, and especially Charity, he realizes that he has met his match.

About the Author

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Laura V. Hilton is an award-winning, sought-after author with almost twenty Amish, contemporary, and historical romances. When she’s not writing, she reviews books for her blogs, and writes devotionals for blog posts for Seriously Write and Putting on the New.
Laura and her pastor-husband have five children and a hyper dog named Skye. They currently live in Arkansas. One son is in the U.S. Coast Guard. She is a pastor’s wife, and homeschools her two youngest children.
When she’s not writing, Laura enjoys reading, and visiting lighthouses and waterfalls. Her favorite season is winter, her favorite holiday is Christmas.
rachel good

Rachel J. Good is the author of several Amish series in print or forthcoming—Sisters & FriendsLove & Promises, and two books in theHearts of Amish Country series—as well as the Amish Quilts Coloring Books and the contemporary novella, Angels Unaware, part of the Hope Chapel series. Visit Rachel at her website:
Thomas Nye writes novels about horses and Amish life, with a touch of romance, and a foundation of faith in Christ. He and his wife, Shari, live on her family farm where they raised five children. Their six grandchildren love to visit Karma and Karla, a team of draft horses which Thomas purchased from an Amish friend.

Guest post from Laura Hilton

The story behind The Kissing Bridge
The Snow Globe was released in November 2014 and almost immediately readers fell in love with Reuben and Anna, the grandparents in the story. They were secondary characters, but readers asked me to write their story – I put it on the back-burner, told God if He opens the doors I would, and didn’t really think of it again until I was asked to write a novella for this collection. I talked to the publisher of my Amish novels, they gave me permission, and a very close friend and I went back and reread The Snow Globe to remember all the important details about Reuben and Anna in that book. Then, with much prayer for God’s leading, I dived in. The Kissing Bridge is the result, and it was so much fun to write! If you are new to my writing, and want to know what happened to the main characters of The Kissing Bridge years down the road, then read The Snow Globe. If you have read The Snow Globe and were one of the many who asked for Reuben and Anna’s story, then read The Kissing Bridge.
The setting is actually a real covered bridge that I visited long years ago with my parents when we went on a camping trip and visited all the covered bridges and mills in driving distance of our camp-spot. That was before I cared that my family had come from the Amish and I wondered at all these people dressed as they were and driving horses and buggies!
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy the story!

My Review 

I love books that have collaboration from different authors. I have read books by Laura Hilton and Rachel Good before. Thomas was a new author to me. I loved how the entire book was an Amish Genre Book. These were easy to read, and so enjoyable. 

The Kissing Bridge, Laura V. Hilton
Short and very sweet. This was a great story about some of the challenges with Amish Faith. I love how the characters seem real and are very well written

Sold on Love, Rachel J. Good
Great story on the importance of being able to communicate. I love how there are some recipes sprinkled through it. Well written, and great characters. 

Cowboy and Amish Girls, Thomas Nye
Again, Thomas is a new author to me. But I was drawn in after a few pages and enjoyed this engaging story. Well written. 

DisclaimerI received a complimentary copy of this book.  A favorable review was not required, no compensation was received, and all views expressed are my own.


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