Monday, August 3, 2015

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 08/03/2015

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend and hope you all have a good week ahead. It's been awhile since I got to join in on Happy Homemaker Monday but hoping to get back with it regularly. If you want to join in head on over to Diary of a Stay at Home Mom. :)

Photo credit: Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom
Happy Homemaker Monday

On the weather front:
Woke up throughout the night to some crazy storms. Thankfully power held up. This morning it's just a slight drizzle and a but gloomy but supposed to have some Sun later today and more later on the week. I'm loving summer just not the humidity. 

On my bedside table:
Catbird Singing by Thomas Nye

On my TV:
America's Got Talent this week. 
Also we have really gotten into watching The Middle. We are finishing up season 2 and will start season 3 hopefully this week.
I'm also hoping to find some good vlogs. :) I will probably check out some of Sandra's recommendations. 

On the menu for tonight:
Turkey Manhattans & Peas

On the menu for this week:

Monday - Turkey Manhattans & Peas
Tuesday - Cheeseburgers & Fries
Wednesday - Baked Chicken, Carrots, Rice
Thursday - Chicken & Noodles, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Friday - Hamburger Helper, Fried Potatoes, Broccoli
Saturday - Pizza
Sunday - Nachos

On my To Do List:
Laundry - Our Linens & kids clothes
Setting up Gizmo a grooming appointmentMopping and Vacuuming

New Recipe I tried last week:
No new ones

In the craft basket:
At the moment nothing, but hopefully that will change by next week. I want to make the kids a tie blanket each. 

Looking forward to:
Hearing about my little ones school day. Also this weekend. We are planning a family outing plus we have our weekly family movie night we all look forward to.

Homemaking Tip for this week:
If you have little ones label their drawers. This helps them learn where stuff goes and most enjoy it. For the real small kiddos use pictures and older ones words or also pictures if they prefer. Using both can also help your beginner readers. 

Favorite photo from last week:
My camera crashed. :(

Lesson learned the past few days:
Don't let others pressure you on social media. Don't feel that you have to post by a certain time, or that you must do reviews or whatever. Take your time, let family and yourself come first and go at your own speed. Blogging, facebook, Twitter, etc should never be a chore. It should be fun and enjoyable. 

On my Prayer List:
Our family as we each face our own struggles. 
Our world as there are many struggles all over. 

Devotionals, Scripture Reading, Key Verses:
Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

God Bless My Boo Boo

This is an adorable book. It has become a family favorite around our house, and is especially requested when one of the little ones does get a boo boo.
In this book there are all kinds of baby animals, and each baby has a mother animal with them in the picture consoling them and making things better.
The illustrations are wonderfully done, and vivid.
For children boo boo's are a serious ordeal. No matter if it's a paper cut or a scraped knee it's all equally traumatic sometimes. This book helps show kids that not only can Mommy's help boo boo's feel better, but God can to. It's a great lesson to show kids that no matter if it's big or small God is there for us through it all. It's a comforting book to read if your child has fell and scraped a knee, gotten a paper cut, or just wants to read it for fun.
I definitely recommend this book to all parents with little ones. They will really love it. I enjoy reading it, and my three children love it as well. This book is definitely geared toward babies, toddlers, and preschool children. But it's something that can be enjoyed by all. My 7 year old even likes this book, and we enjoy reading it to our children.
It's a board book so even your tiniest little one can grab hold and help turn the pages, explore the pictures, and enjoy this book all around.
I definitely will be checking out more from the author.

::Product Details::
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication date: February 10, 2015
Language: English
Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.6 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
Book length: 20
ISBN-10: 0718030516
ISBN-13: 978-0718030513

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

For the Joy Set Before Us

::From the back of the book::
Ever wonder what your calling is? Do you feel burdened for the nations? if you are willing to follow where god leads you, the road ahead may be challenging, but it will be well worth it if you do not give up. In For the Joy Set Before Us, Erica Fye invites you to journey with her to get a glimpse into the life of a missionary, and to offer insight into what God may have in store for your life.

::My Thoughts::
For me this was a bit of a hard book to get into. I felt the book to be more "preachy" than anything which is probably why I struggled to really get into it. Regardless I still stuck through the novel, and I'm glad I did. I just wish there would have been more of the author's personal thoughts and feelings on her experiences rather than preaching.
This would be a fantastic book choice if you've ever considered being a missionary, or even if you are just curious as to what a real missionary really does. As a missionary herself the author is very knowledgeable on this subject.
The author definitely does not sugar coat anything. She tells about the good times, and the bad. She tells about the sacrifices one must make, and how to handle difficulties. She even talks about how she survived malaria and typhoid.
In addition to wishing the author had included more personal experiences and thoughts during her missions, I also wish there was more about what she loved about her missions. It is good to give the readers both the hard truths as well as all of the joys. Especially when talking about being a missionary.

::Product Details::
Publisher: CrossLink Publishing
Publication date: October 27, 2014
Language: English
Book length: 132
ISBN-10: 1633570029
ISBN-13: 978-1633570023

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a BookCrash member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

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Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It Was Me All Along ~ Book Review

��About the book��

A heartbreakingly honest, endearing memoir of incredible weight loss by a young food blogger who battles body image issues and overcomes food addiction to find self-acceptance.

All her life, Andie Mitchell had eaten lustily and mindlessly. Food was her babysitter, her best friend, her confidant, and it provided a refuge from her fractured family. But when she stepped on the scale on her twentieth birthday and it registered a shocking 268 pounds, she knew she had to change the way she thought about food and herself; that her life was at stake.
It Was Me All Along takes Andie from working class Boston to the romantic streets of Rome, from morbidly obese to half her size, from seeking comfort in anything that came cream-filled and two-to-a-pack to finding balance in exquisite (but modest) bowls of handmade pasta. This story is about much more than a woman who loves food and abhors her body. It is about someone who made changes when her situation seemed too far gone and how she discovered balance in an off-kilter world. More than anything, though, it is the story of her finding beauty in acceptance and learning to love all parts of herself.

��My Thoughts��

This is a very raw, in your face, uplifting memoir. I am so happy I got the chance to review it.
It is unusual to find such an honest book. Andrea takes us through her weight loss journey from beginning to end. You get the good and the bad, happy and sad, and everything in between. A book that doesn't just talk about diets or losing weight but rather delves into the more complex areas of it.
And it shows readers, who may also be on the weight loss path, there is definitely hope if you just stick with it. Set realistic goals, take baby steps, want to change, and realize it isn't going to be easy nor instant.
I love that the author takes us from her early childhood, through parental issues, through relationships, and is just real about it all. It makes her much more relatable and you feel as if you are right there with her. This is definitely an intense book. While I loved it, I did find myself irritated during some points. I felt as if Andie had a lot handed to her and often took those things for granted. Such as plastic surgery, business opportunities, etc. When those things were brought up throughout the book there seemed to be little emotion from the author. However, it didn't irritate me enough to distract from my enjoyment of the book overall.
Eating disorders are a very real issue, especially in this day and age when so much is put on body image. Honest memoirs like this are great for those who struggle because it can bring hope, and possibly even change.
I give this book a five star rating and highly recommend it.

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::Product Details::
Publisher: Clarkson Potter
Publication date: January 6, 2015
Language: English
Book length: 240
ISBN-10: 0770433243
ISBN-13: 978-0770433246

Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book, as a Blogging for Books member, in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely ny own.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

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Sunday, February 8, 2015

The Barefoot Queen ~ A Novel

::From the back of the book::
Spain, 1748. Caridad is a recently freed Cuban slave wandering the streets of Seville. Her master is dead and she has nowhere to go. When, by chance, she meets Milagros Carmona—a spellbinding, rebellious gypsy—the two women become inseparable. Caridad is swept into an exotic fringe society full of romance and art, passion and dancing. 

But their way of life changes instantly when gypsies are declared outlaws by royal mandate and their world as a free people becomes perilous. The community is split up—some are imprisoned, some forced into hiding, all fearing for their lives. After a dangerous separation, Caridad and Milagros are reunited and join in the gypsies’ struggle for sovereignty against the widespread oppression. It’s a treacherous battle that cannot, and will not, be easily won. 

From the bustle of Seville to the theatres of Madrid, The Barefoot Queen is an unforgettable historical fresco filled with characters that live, suffer, and fight for the lives of those they love, and for the freedom they can’t live without. 

::My Thoughts::
I must say I have mixed feelings about this book. While I liked it I also found it to be heartbreaking. There is so much tragedy mixed in here. It is an excellent work of historical facts mixed with fiction that brings those days more to life than we could have imagined. At the same time this is not a read for the faint of heart. There is a lot of tragedy, murder, rape, misfortune, etc. There is also strength, characters overcome obstacles with a will power you wouldn't believe, and there will be times when you find yourself on the edge of your seat. Of course during the time frame this book is set in that shouldn't be a surprise as slavery was big back then and unfairness to African Americans and Gypsies was no secret sadly. It's much different reading about it with a story that makes it come more to life than you could imagine.
I found myself frustrated by a lot of the characters, however. Especially Milagros, a young gypsy girl who despite what her family warns her against decides to take matters of her love life into her own hand. This of course leads to misfortune on her part as you soon find out. I won't go into details as I don't want to spoil anything, but if you give this book a try you will see what I mean. I felt a lack of emotion on the characters parts. I was frustrated that most of them just seemed to take their lot and accept it regardless and there was little felt by them. It was hard for me to continue reading this book. At times I was drawn in by characters or circumstances, and at other times I was disgusted and couldn't read on. I felt there was little passion from the characters when there needed to be during certain scenes which made it harder to visualize. But I do recommend giving this book a try if your interested in history. There are some interesting facts in this book mixed up in the fiction, and it's definitely worth a try. I did not completely dislike the book, I just seen a lot of places for improvement. The last section of the book is where it really got good so I'm glad I stuck with it. I am glad I read it even if it was harder for me to get in to.

::Product Details::
  • Hardcover: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (November 25, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804139482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804139489

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as a Blogging for Books member in exchange for my unbiased review. All opinions expressed are solely my own.

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