Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Book Review: Made to Last by Melissa Tagg


I've been trying to pin down who these two remind me of...I think it's Rick Castle and Kate (from the show Castle). Though their shenanigans are less gross, they've got lots of chemistry and drama.

Meet Miranda Woodruff, tv homebuilder show host who is keeping a really big secret. And also meet Matthew Knox, a reporter trying to get a big scoop and it doesn't hurt that his big break may help his family. I had so much fun reading this book. It plays out like a romantic comedy and I hope it gets picked up by Hallmark or another channel because I'd totally watch it.

Miranda is a very complicated character even though she'd probably think she's just a simple person. I loved getting the inside scoop of Miranda's life and background through her eyes as well as through Matthew's. It was interesting to see that just because she had it all together on set doesn't mean that she's not prone to making mistakes in life.

In digging for Miranda's secrets Matthew unveils some of his own past. I found his "redemption" story heartwarming. I love that the story is set in the south. I recognized some of the names and felt very at home reading. This book comes highly recommended!

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Friday, September 13, 2013

Book Review: Gone South by Meg Moseley


Is this cover not just to die for? It speaks volumes about the character and also Southern girls :-)

When Tish McComb heads back down South she has now clue that she's already got a reputation. But when she meets Melanie Hamilton (yeah, just like Gone with the Wind) she finds a kindred spirit of sorts. Tish's namesake was not very well loved and Melanie has made her own mark on the town. Between the two of them they have some extremely wild rides and butt heads a lot. 

Gone South by Meg Moseley was like a trip back home. I was raised in Tennessee and spent 9 years in Georgia, the culture really is like another country. 

Meg Moseley does a great job of illustrating "The South" in all it's glory. I thoroughly enjoyed this and the first book I read by Moseley, When Sparrows Fall. Can't wait to get my hands on the next!

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Monday, September 9, 2013

A new opportunity and review of sorts

I've been participating in BzzAgent. Have you heard of it? It's lots of fun and free. We've gotten to sample and try out all sorts of awesome products. This time around it's the Hormel Rev wraps. My kids like them a lot. They are quick and no mess! Which is perfect for throwing in to the lunchbox for co-op. If you'd like more information about BzzAgent go here.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Book Review: Swept Away by Mary Connealy


It is so much fun to read another book by Mary Connealy! I read and reviewed the first series The Kincaid Brides. Loved them!

This series, Trouble in Texas, is off like a shot with a spin-off of sorts. The main character is Luke Stone. He is the brother of Callie from the first series. I'm in love with this whole group of books. Luke is going home after years of being away. His fathers land has been stolen and his fathers killer is still living on the property. On his way to reclaim his land, Luke rescues a damsel floating in a river and brings her along on his quest.

Several of Luke's friends from the war have taken up residence in his hometown readying for his arrival to help reclaim the land. My favorite by far is Dare (the doctor) who I believe is the main character in the next book, Fired Up. I highly recommend this whole series! It just draws you in. I can't wait for the next book.

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Book Review: Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson



Dandelions on the Wind is a wonderful read! It is a story of lost sheep finding a home. Maren works at a farm in Missouri where she lives with a grandmother who is raising her little granddaughter. They are barely making ends meet when the little girls father returns home from war.


When "Wooly" arrives he gets a somewhat cold reception. He left things unsettled and has to work to repair the connections he severed. He also makes new connections.

I highly recommend this novella! It's a very sweet story and a great start to this series. I can not wait to read more! I received this book for my review from Waterbrook Multnomah.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Book Review: A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano

A Change of Fortune by Jen Turano
Oh my, where to begin. I had no idea what I was in for when I requested this book from Bethany House. It was such a fun story. The lady on the cover has such a comical look about her that I just had to find out what her story was. 

Lady Eliza Sumner has been "taken" of her fortune. She travels to American with only one thing in mind and that is to get it back. She's willing to go to whatever lengths to accomplish her goal. And I mean anything!

It takes off like a shot and keeps you on the edge of your seat or pillow in my case the whole time. I fell in love with the characters from the moment I met them. 

Eliza is one of my new favorite female leads. She's a mess. She and Hamilton (male lead) are just hilarious together. I'm not sure he knows what he's in for but their life together is bound to be interesting. 

I spent so much time reading this at bedtime and trying hard to not laugh. I cannot wait for the next book and I just found out that there is a novella. I am a fan now! 

I highly recommend this book. It's a beautiful love story and has bits of mystery and action. You will not be disappointed. I know I wasn't. I can't wait to loan it out!

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What I read over Christmas break

Christmas in Apple Ridge by Cindy Woodsmall

I haven't had much experience with Amish fiction before reading this 3 in 1 collection. My first taste was The Scent of Cherry Blossoms, so it was nice to revisit some of the same characters. I loved the richness of the characters and the Northeast has always been an amazing place to me. Though, I've never had the pleasure of a visit. I grew up in middle Tennessee and we had occasionally seen the Mennonite people in their wagons and carriages. Though we never had any contact with them, unfortunately.

It seems like in our "modern" world there is so much to see and distract you from the story. It's so nice to enjoy a simple store of love. The simplicity of the society doesn't necessarily mean that the story is boring or plain. I enjoyed every moment of these stories. I especially loved the story of the carver and the buyer. This is an awesome holiday read. It kept me busy on our drive from Colorado to Tennessee because if you've ever driven through Kansas you know there's not a lot to see :)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Snowman Poop Alternative

I thought it sounded like a title for an episode of Big Bang Theory :) Here is a printable I just created for the "snowman poop" I'm sending to school with my kiddos this year. I got the idea for the wrappers and cocoa from Her Hobby I thought it was super cute but my kids have both given and received the Snowman poop before so I thought I'd shake things up a little. Below is the printable and here is a picture of my finished product.

Basically, I cut a 12x12in piece of scrapbook paper into 3 4x12in pieces. Place a packet of hot cocoa mix on the piece and fold the paper over to make a little envelope. I used a glue dot to keep the package in place. Print out the labels and affix with double-stick tape or whatever you have available. Using a hole punch, careful to not pop the cocoa packet punch a hole for the ribbon to tie on your back of marshmallows. Tons of fun!

If you make these or repost, please let me know. I'd love to see what you did!

Alternative to Snowman Poop :)

Sunday, November 11, 2012

This should be interesting...



I haven't done this before but I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning can be used as a homeschool curriculum, for afterschool enrichment and for summer skill sharpening. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.


Here goes nothing. I have 3 kiddos who will be trying this curriculum. I'm going to use it to supplement over the month of November as we lead up to the holidays. 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Yet Another Book Review: The Scent of Cherry Blossoms by Cindy Woodsmall


The Scent of Cherry Blossoms was a very quick read. It is the story of two brothers, two beliefs and 2 girls. Annie is sent to live with her Daadi (grandfather) after a family conflict. While there she is re-introduced to Aden, a boy she grew up knowing but who has now become a completely different man from the boy she knew.

It's a very conflicted relationship as Annie's grandfather tries to protect her by keeping her away from Aden. I really enjoyed this book. I've had it for quite a few months but never got to read it. I'm so glad I got to it!

The book is set in an area with Old Order Mennonites and Old Order Amish families. This video is from Cindy Woodsmall, author of this and many other Amish books. She explains the differences between Amish and Mennonite.