Friday, September 12, 2014

Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer {Weekend Reads}

Have I ever mentioned in all the book reviews I've written here on the blog how much I love intelligent characters? I mean, it's great when the hero in the novel is smart and the heroine can actually carry on a conversation. Novels that are mostly internal dialogue or that are based on lack of communication just don't really do it for me. Full Steam Ahead by Karen Witemeyer is exactly what I love in a book.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Chalkboard Map Pallet Art {DIY}

Right now we're working on a big building revision at my church, and part of that is a giant map installation created from reclaimed wood. It's going to be amazing. As part of the creative team there, we've been working on logistics and what-not to get it going.
I put together a mini prototype version as an example of what our final product will look like using pallet wood, foamboard, and chalkboard paint. I figured I'd share it here with you in case you should ever be so inclined to create something similar. 

Friday, September 5, 2014

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears {Weekend Reads}

A Bride for Keeps by Melissa Jagears is the first in her Unexpected Brides series. There is a prequel novella called Love by the Letter, which takes place 18 years prior. A Bride for Keeps is stand alone from this novella, but I do recommend reading Love by the Letter because it's a sweet and easy read, and it introduces the readers to each of the beloved characters.
A Bride for Keeps is historical Christian fiction. It's in the mail-order bride genre, which isn't really a typical setting for me to read, but I've found that the "marriage of convenience" storyline is pretty interesting. If you've read the book or seen the movie Love Comes Softly by Janette Oake, then you're familiar with these plots.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Bulletproof Picasso: New Music from Train #BulletproofPicasso #O2O

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

When you hear favorite songs like Hey Soul Sister, Drops Of Jupiter, and even Calling All Angels by the Grammy winning band Train, it's hard not to tap your foot and sing along. If you're a fan like I am, then I'm guessing you'll also be as excited as I was to hear that their 7th studio album Bulletproof Picasso is being released on September 16th!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Choosing and Purchasing New Furniture- My Sauder Experience

I haven't purchased a new piece of furniture for my home in a very long time. Why? Because I usually keep myself on a strict budget and of course being a DIYer I like to "just see what I can come up with". However, my front room has been in need of a serious makeover for years, so when I had the opportunity to choose and purchase a brand new piece of furniture from Sauder I was so excited! I knew I wouldn't have to adjust, paint, fix, or do anything to my new furniture, simply choose it, order it, assemble it, and enjoy it.

Although I do like to be thrifty, I also know that when purchasing a new piece of furniture, I don't want to skimp on style but, I do still want to be budget conscious. Thankfully, the Sauder experience is just right for my goals.

Monday, August 25, 2014

PicMonkey Tutorial- How to Create a Simple Circle Graphic with Curved Text

For Church Kids Camp this year one of the special costume nights was "Twin Night" so I decided to make twin shirts for all four boys and the two counselors (my hubby being one of them) in my son's group. Yes, I know a set of six babies are not called twins, they're called sextuplets but that would've been really awkward on these shirts, yes? So, for the purpose and fun of this costume night, I made shirts for TWINS 1-6.

Make it a Date Night at Bonefish Grill! #HelloNewMenu

One of my husband Dave and my most favorite dinner spots for date night is Bonefish Grill. I remember how excited I was years ago when I heard they were opening one of these restaurants in my city, and ever since it's been on our go-to spot list. Bonefish Grill sets the perfect romantic ambiance for date night with your love or a fun mood for Girls Night Out. Beyond the atmosphere, the food has always been the perfect portions and absolutely delicious.

The food selections are always wonderful but Dave and I heard about the new menu Bonefish Grill has launched, and knew date night this week would be the perfect time to try it out. We had been blessed with a gift card, so we got the babysitter to the house and headed out for a nice evening. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Orkin Scientific Back-to-School PRIZE PACK Giveaway (Winner Announced) #OrkinMan

This post and giveaway is sponsored by PartnersHub Family & Orkin Pest Control

I'm not sure if I've ever really questioned what I knew about bugs. I mean, you grow up and hear from your parents, teachers, whoever, certain bits of information that you assume are fact and you take those facts with you into adulthood.

“Daddy longlegs are poisonous.”
“Mosquitoes prefer adults over children.”
“Ants can survive underwater.”

Saturday, August 23, 2014

{Weekend Reads} With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden


Elizabeth Camden has done it again- she's brought intricate characters to life straight from America's past.
After reading With Every Breath, I feel like I walked the streets of our nations capitol, had dinner at one of the most famous boardinghouses in the area, and worked side by side our main characters in Washington Memorial Hospital, all while in 1891.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Little Critter books for Kids: We All Need Forgiveness and Being Thankful {Book Set Giveaway Winner Announced}

The Little Critter books have been favorites of mine since I was a little girl. It's always great fun to read with my kids the same stories I enjoyed. It's also exciting that there are new Little Critter books still being made today. The Inspired Kids books are a faith-based series teaching young ones timeless messages and strong morals featuring our favorite Little Critter characters.

The two newest in the series are
*ages 4-7
*Faith-inspired message shows kids the importance 
of thankfulness and forgiveness
*Available in both softcover ($3.99) and board book ($9.99)
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