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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Ellie Claire Journey Review

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Recently I had the opportunity to review three beautiful Ellie Claire journals. I was thrilled for the opportunity. I had not heard of Ellie Claire before this. They are beautiful journals to help you engage deeper in your spirital walk. 
You can see the full selection: Here




Faith & Lettering Journal


The perfect resource to discover and develop your own personal style for lettering and illustrating your faith.

New from professional letterer Krystal Whitten! With guides, instructions, and tutorials, this is a fun and inspiring way to create beauty with words. It is the perfect place for journalers to practice Bible journaling, lettering quotes and verses, or decorating a page with original thoughts and plans. Exploring your God-given creativity has never been so rewarding.

MY THOUGHTS: 
This is a beautiful journal. It helps guide you step by step how to create beautiful lettering. I am not an artist by any means. I can barely draw stick figures. However this journal helped create beautiful letters. I liked that there was alot of space that you can practice on. Another positive thing that this journal has is that it lays flat. Which made it a lot easier to practice. Sometimes with books when you get close to the center you can't make it as nice. 

The Illustrated Word: An Illuminated Bible Coloring Journal 

Glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts recreated as line drawings for the reader to color.


Create your own masterpiece with this journal that has forty glorious illustrations from ancient manuscripts that have been recreated as line drawings. Just as medieval monks brought Scripture to life through intricate inked illustrations in handwritten manuscripts hundreds of years ago, you can now create your own stunning keepsake that will be treasured for years to come.

MY THOUGHTS: 
This journal is breath-takingly beautiful. It has lined pages and colored pictures that are pulled from the Museum of the Bible. The pages are so beautiful that you do not want to write in it. I used this journal for my morning quiet time. I like writing out what God is teaching me and it gave me plenty of space to write it all out. 

Illuminate Your Story Journal



Use this almost-lost art of illuminating letters to enhance your writing, Bible journaling, or sermon note-taking. Rich illustrated manuscripts in the Museum of the Bible's collection inspired these gorgeous letters. Easy to follow instructions, practice pages, and encouragements guide you through the creation of amazing start letters, flourishes, and more.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Cloth spine opens for lay-flat journaling; Elastic pen loop on spine; High-quality, non-bleed paper; Uplifting, inspirational quotes sprinkled throughout; Drawing guides, grid background practice pages, plus lined pages for journaling; Ribbon marker, pocket, elastic band closure

MY THOUGHTS: 
This is another beautiful journal that will help you develop skills to expand your journaling. I really liked the color fonts and the ability to practice what they are showing you. This is a great tool if you want to dive deeper into it. I did have to practice on other paper first, since I am not a expert journaler. This would make a great gift for anyone that loves to journal. 


Disclosure:
I received the journals from Worthy Publishing through FlyBy Promotions. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Review: Bodyguard for Christmas by Carol J. Post

Bodyguard for Christmas (Love Inspired Suspense) by [Post, Carol J.]

About the Book:

Someone’s after his little boy. 

She has one chance to save them both.

When his young son is nearly kidnapped, assistant district attorney Colton Gale needs a Christmas refuge—and a live-in bodyguard. Though former military police officer Jasmine McNeal fights to shield them 24/7, she refuses to get attached. But growing close to the little boy and his father might be her only shot at keeping them alive—and becoming a family beyond the holidays.

About the Author: 
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From medical secretary to court reporter to property manager to owner of a special events decorating company, Carol’s resume reads as if she doesn’t know what she wants to be when she grows up. But one thing that has remained constant through the years is her love for writing. She currently pens fun and fast-paced inspirational romance and romantic suspense stories. Her books have been nominated for a RITA® award and an RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Book Award.

Carol lives in sunshiny Central Florida with her husband, who is her own real-life hero, and writes her stories under the shade of the huge oaks in her yard. Besides writing, she works alongside her music minister husband singing and playing the piano. She enjoys sailing, hiking, camping—almost anything outdoors. Her two grown daughters and grandkids live too far away for her liking, so she now pours all that nurturing into taking care of a fat and sassy black cat and a highly spoiled dachshund.
Find out more at her website: HERE
My Thoughts
WOW. That is what my reaction was when I finished this book. This book is the 3rd in this series, but can be read as a stand alone. In this story, you meet Colton a widower with a young son. He lost his wife and is raising Liam on his own. Liam has stopped talking. Colton is a assistant district attorney who given the nature of his career, has made some enemies. SO much so that someone has tried to kidnap his son. Enter Jasmine. She is a former military police officer. She has a hurtful past. She does not have a relationship with Jesus.
This book is such a great reminder of how God will always protect us. How God never leaves us or forsakes us. 
This book is a story filled with twists and turns. It had me on the edge of my seat. The author has created well written characters. You can feel their pain. I have been a fan of her book's for awhile. 
I received a copy of this book through the author, all thoughts are my own. 





Sunday, December 2, 2018

REVIEW: BELOVED Teen Devotional

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women

About the Book:

Beloved: 365 Devotions for Young Women is a topical devotional that uses the inspiring stories of girls and women in the Bible—such as Ruth, Esther, Mary, and Abigail—to encourage faith and confidence as well as provide insight into topics like relationships, inner beauty, and chasing your dreams.

Each day features an easy-to-read, relevant devotion paired with a scripture verse about a Biblical girl or woman, as well as journaling space to help readers reflect on the day’s message. With honest, poignant, and sometimes humorous text, every page will speak to the pressures and changes girls face, giving them real-world applications to find God in their hearts and in their lives. Perfect for everyday use, Beloved will resonate with girls searching for truth and guidance.

My Thoughts:

When I received a copy of this book I was thrilled to go through it with my 17 year old daughter. We had been looking for a good devotion for her. This was a great book to read and discuss. We both would read the days devotion, pray over it and discuss it through out the day. Each day is a page long. It starts with a verse or two and gives a great and valuable lesson. I love that this teaches young women their self worth in Christ and not the world. This is such an important message for today. I would say that this book is geared toward 16-19, but was enjoyed by all women. I know that I enjoyed each day


I receieved a copy of this book courtesty of the publisher and FlyBy promotions. All thoughts are my own. 

Buy it here: Here

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway. The Amish Midwife’s Secret by Rachel J Good on tour with Celebrate Lit



About the Book

The Amish Midwifes Secret
Book: The Amish Midwife’s Secret
Author:Rachel J. Good
Genre:Inspirational Amish Romance
Release Date: November 27, 2018
“A beautiful story of forgiveness and second chances.” -Shelley Shepard Gray, New York Times bestselling author
They won’t see eye-to-eye until they meet heart-to-heart…
Kyle Miller never planned on becoming a country doctor. But when he’s offered a medical practice in his sleepy hometown, Kyle knows he must return… and face the painful past he left behind. Except the Amish community isn’t quite ready for Kyle. Especially the pretty midwife who refuses to compromise her herbal cures and Amish traditions with his modern medicine…
The more Leah Stoltzfus works with the handsome Englisch doctor, the more she finds herself caught between the expectations of her family and her own hopes for the future. It will take one surprising revelation and one helpless baby in need of love to show Leah and Kyle that their bond may be greater than their differences… if Leah can find the courage to follow her heart
 Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Inspirational author Rachel J. Good writes life-changing, heart-tugging novels of faith, hope, and forgiveness. The author of several Amish romance series, she grew up near Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, the setting for many of her stories. Striving to be as authentic as possible, she spends time with her Amish friends, doing chores on their farm and attending family events.
Rachel’s Amish series include Sisters & Friends (Charisma House/Harlequin), Love & Promises (Grand Central), Hearts of Amish Country (Annie’s Book Club), and Surprised by Love as well as several anthologies—Springs of Love, Love’s Thankful Heart, Plain Everyday Heroes—and the Amish Quilts Coloring Books.

Guest Post from Rachel

The Amish and Herbal Remedies

As many of you know, my Amish novels are based on real life. I get ideas from hanging around Amish friends, hearing their stories and observing their lives. I’d never invade their privacy by telling their stories exactly as they happen, but the things I learn trigger plot ideas.
I’ve always been fascinated by the way the Amish approach healing. Once thing I’ve learned is that, although they’re usually willing to visit doctors, they don’t always take the medicines that are prescribed. Instead, they often substitute herbal remedies. That, and several visits to one of my favorite Amish natural products stores, gave me an idea for one of the conflicts in The Amish Midwife’s Secret.
Leah, an Amish midwife, prefers herbal remedies. Of course, that puts her in direct conflict with Kyle, the new Englisch doctor in town, who only believes in science and traditional medicine. Put the two together and lots of sparks fly. Of course, some of those sparks are also of a romantic nature.
Leah is not only a midwife, but her family owns a natural products store. She knows the best herbs for healing. Rather than sending a small boy to the hospital for pneumonia, Leah covers the baby’s chest with a warm mixture of onions and other herbs and spices (some Amish friends prefer raw onion for congestion), and she feds the baby fresh pineapple juice for his cough.
As a doctor, Kyle is horrified. He wants to admit the baby to a hospital at once. And he expects the old country doctor he’s replacing to back him up. Instead, Dr. Hess informs Kyle that many of the Amish go to doctors for a diagnosis, but then rely on herbal treatments rather than prescriptions.
Kyle, who’s been debating about whether to stay in Amish country or move to a big-city hospital, decides to remain in Lancaster and make it his mission to prevent the Amish midwife from harming newborns and their mothers. He certainly doesn’t expect to have his eyes opened to other ways to handle illnesses. But he has to admit, Leah’s methods do seem to work. When a crisis comes, they soon discover that it takes both of them to save a baby.
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A extra little secret: Those of you who get my newsletter already know this, but Kyle in The Amish Midwife’s Secretappeared in two earlier books. The Midwife story stands alone, but if you want to know more about Kyle and Emma’s past, you can find it in the Sisters & Friends series, Book 1, Change of Heart, and Book 2, Buried Secrets.

My Thoughts

Wow. What an amazing story. I love the way that this author writes .She always creates great and unique characters. She also has a way of crafting one of a kind story lines. This book is filled with forgiveness, faith and family. This is the second book in the series but can be read as a standalone .

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging program .

Blog Stops

Among the Reads, November 27
Christian Bookaholic, November 27
KarenSueHadleyNovember 27
The Avid Reader, November 28
Genesis 5020, November 29
cherylbbookblog, November 29
BigreadersiteNovember 30
Quiet Quilter, December 1
Bibliophile Reviews, December 2
Britt Reads Fiction, December 2
Cafinated Reads, December 4
Carpe Diem, December 4
Maureen’s Musings, December 5
Janices book reviewsDecember 6
Moments, December 9
Texas Book-aholic, December 9
The Becca Files, December 10
Vicky Sluiter, December 10

Giveaway

To celebrate her tour, Rachel is giving away a grand prize package of two faceless Amish dolls and an autographed copy of The Amish Midwife’s Secret and Plain Everyday Heroes!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d66f/the-amish-midwife-s-secret-celebration-tour-giveaway

Friday, November 23, 2018

Book Review and Giveaway: Lost Christmas Memories By Dana Mentink on Tour with Celebrate Lit

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About the Book


Lost Christmas Memories
Book: Lost Christmas Memories
Author: Dana Mentink
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense/Christmas
Release Date: November 1, 2018
A witness with amnesia
Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life?
Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.
Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author

Dana MentinkDana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com.

Guest Post from Dana

Writing this book was bittersweet for me. It was lovely to finally be able to tell youngest Thorn brother Keegan’s story, but I sure am sorry to say goodbye to this series! It was such fun to write about these four kinsmen and the family bonds that held them together through all manner of murder and mayhem! Here at Mentink Manor, we have recently sent a bear cub away to college for the first time. It feels like I have lost a limb now that my Boo Boo is gone! Fortunately, we will enjoy having her home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Though it won’t be a cozy country Christmas like it is for Keegan (we live in a city of 80,000 here in Northern, CA) we will be thrilled to have all our family home to celebrate together (Mama Bear, Papa Bear, two cubs, a naughty terrier, and a senior citizen box turtle!) I hope you enjoy this last installment in the Gold Country Cowboy series. I am sending along our best wishes for a blessed holiday season, from our Mentink household to yours!

My Thoughts

NOOOOOOO I do not want this series to end. I have read the entire series and I am so sad that it is over. This one has been my favorite of the whole series. Keegan finally gets his story and BOY is it filled with a lot of twists and turns. If there is one word that sums up this author's writing it is: Unpredictable. You think you start figuring out where the story is going, and BOOM something else happens. This book also starts out with a bang... Tracy witnesses a murder, but noone believes her except Keegan. As always the characters are well written, has a captivating storyline and can be read as a stand alone. (Although I would suggest that you read the whole series). 

I received a copy of this book through the Celebrate Lit blogging Program. All thoughts are my own. 

Blog Stops

Christian Bookaholic, November 22
Among the Reads, November 22
Inklings and NotionsNovember 23
Blogging With Carol, November 23
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 24
Moments, November 25
Simple Harvest Reads, November 25
Genesis 5020, November 26
SusanLovesBooks, November 26
Remembrancy, November 26
Kat’s Corner Books, November 27
Pause for Tales, November 27
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 27
Quiet quilter, November 28
Book by Book, November 29
A Rup Life, November 29
Older & Smarter?, November 30
Have A Wonderful Day, November 30
Cafinated Reads, November 30
KarenSueHadleyDecember 1
Lighthouse AcademyDecember 1
Daysong ReflectionsDecember 1
Bibliophile Reviews, December 2
Bigreadersite, December 3
Texas Book-aholic, December 4
Carpe Diem, December 4
Godly Book Reviews, December 5

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize of a copy of Lost Christmas Memories, a $50 Amazon gift card and this cute reading charms necklace!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d626/lost-christmas-memories-celebration-tour-giveaway

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Watch Yo' Mouth - 90's Edition --- Family Game Review

ABOUT THE GAME:
Watch Ya' Mouth 90s Edition will take you back to a brighter, more simple time when Scrunchies were cool and Marky Mark was a musician. With the 90s bundle, you get twice the content and nostalgia for days! That's tight, yo!

VOTED BY FANS: 90's version exists because of YOU!
From the company that made Watch Ya' Mouth, the top selling, original, award-winning party card game
Watch Ya' Mouth: 90's Edition combines the game play you've come to know and love with the nostalgia of all things 90's
Bangin' phrases such as "Billy Ray's Mullet" and "Gameboy" will bring it all back for a night of dope fun!
3-10 players wear cheek retractors and speak out 90's phrases while teammates guess what they are saying
Includes 300+ Family-Safe phrases. Great for all ages including kids who are 8+
Watch Ya' Mouth 90s Bundle - Save 30% off Watch Ya' Mouth 90s Edition bundle pack (voted by fans!) by using the code "Flannel" at wym90s.com. Includes #FreeShipping.
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MY THOUGHTS

We have played Speak Out Several Times and have had a good time. We enjoyed this one so much more! This game took my husband and I back to our childhood. With phrases like
"Patty Mayonaise" to "Free Willy"  We laughed so hard. Here are some of the pictures that we snapped. 
We played with the kids. Our 5 year old had some assistance with the word - but he laughed the entire time. 










This game will be making it's way into our family game night rotation. 
Easy to play, dishwasher safe mouth pieces, deep belly laughs. This was our Saturday Night. 

Want to have some fun with your family this holiday season? 

Includes 300+ Family-Safe phrases. Great for all ages including kids who are 8+

Watch Ya' Mouth 90s Bundle - Save 30% off Watch Ya' Mouth 90s Edition bundle pack (voted by fans!) by using the code "Flannel" at wym90s.com. Includes #FreeShipping.

Leave a comment below telling me what your favorite family game to play is! 

Many thanks to Watch Yo Mouth game creators and USFamily Guide Blogging team for the opportunity to review this game. All thoughts are my own.