31 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} Counting On A Cowboy

After losing everything she held dear, Abby never wants to love again. But a certain cowboy may just spur her to wonder if love might be worth the risk.

Running from a past that haunts her, Abby Knightly is drawn to the cozy town of Wishing Springs, Texas. Maybe this small town could offer hope and healing and a future for Abby . . . if she's brave enough to reach out and take it by the reins.

Bo Monahan isn't interested in the new romantic destination his little town has become---or the women who might be looking at him like he's their next Mr. Right. Between taking care of his Pops and his growing stirrup business, he isn't looking for serious romantic commitments. But when the infant son he never knew about shows up at his doorstep, his world is turned upside down.

This confirmed bachelor might not think he needs a wife, but he sure needs help. Even Abby can see that, and despite her best efforts to keep her distance, she can't help but be drawn to this new father-son duo. As Abby throws herself into helping Bo navigate fatherhood, hope sparks between them, revealing that maybe, just maybe, they can navigate their dark pasts and emerge together into a future as bright as the Texas sun itself.

*My Review*
Counting on a Cowboy is a quick & easy read. While this book was good, it seemed a bit unrealistic. Even though I didn't find this book a great as the others written by Clopton, I am glad I read it. 

Purchase a copy: 
About the author:
Debra Clopton is a multi-award winning novelist and has written more than 22 novels. Along with writing, Debra helps her husband teach the youth at their local Cowboy Church. Debra's goal is to shine a light toward God while she entertains readers with her words.

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30 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} A Heart's Home- Book Six {Emmie's hope for a life with Isaac is overshadowed by a tragic loss at Fort Phil Kearny.}

Isaac Liddle is keen to marry Emmie, and she knows she shouldn't hide her pregnancy from him any longer. But before she can tell him her secret, a widower friend asks the impossible of Emmie: Will she honor her promise to his dead wife by marrying him to care for the orphaned baby?

With the Sioux Wars threatening outside the fort, Emmie's solemn vow threatens her happiness from within. Will she honor a promise sure to break her heart---and Isaac's? Or is there another way to find a home for her heart?

*My Review*
"A Heart's Home" is the sixth book in this novella series. This book really is the ending you wanted to see in this series.

 I absolutely loved all 6 books in this series & I have decided that I liked this book the best out of all of them.
You get the ending you want. Is it happy ending for everyone?  I'm not telling! lol You will just have to go and pick up the series to find out for yourself. I absolutely love Colleen's writing style. She definitely has a way with words.  

If you would like to purchase a copy of this book, you can do so by going here: http://bit.ly/1Iyr7Im

About the author: 

Colleen Coble has sold over 2 million novels worldwide. Seagrass Pier, the third installment in her acclaimed Hope Beach series, marks a new highpoint for emotion and complexity in Coble's addictive brand of romantic suspense.

Find Colleen online: websiteFacebookTwitter

27 August, 2015

{{#Shoplet Review}} Hammermill Color Copy Digital Printer Paper

I had actually forgotten I was getting this package, so it was a nice surprise when my UPS man handed me the big box! I sat there for a minute trying to figure out who this package could have been from, & then I opened it. 

Not only did Hammermill & Shoplet send me this pack of paper, but they also sent a nice heavy duty mug & this adorable zebra stuffie(that my 4 & 5 yr old have kidnapped)

The mug changes and a shark appears you pour coffee or other hot drinks in it, or when the cup is warm! I thought that was so cool! 

This Digital Color Copy Paper from Hammermill & Shoplet couldn't have come at a better time! I have regular printer paper, but nothing like this. I volunteer to make {Crochet} dolls for sick children(You can learn more about that by going to their website or Facebook page) & we always have to print certain papers before we ship each doll. Regular printer paper is so thin and takes away from the quality of whats being printed because the ink bleeds through to the back of the paper. With the Hammermill digital color copy paper the quality is amazing & the color is so vibrant which helps to add to that special package for these children. 

I don't drink coffee, so I'm using this cup as a pen holder. I love the way it all looks next to my desk!

This paper is heavy duty and great for color printing projects unlike regular printer paper. This paper works wonderfully in our inkjet printer. You can find this Hammer Color Copy Digital paper at Shoplet & as always, you can also find cleaning supplies, medical supplies, office furniture & office supplies

25 August, 2015

Dryer's Frozen Custard {{Review}}

Since 1928, DREYER’S has been serving up the fun with every scoop and winning over hearts and mouths everywhere all the while. Make sure to check out all the other great DREYER's products. Work through a wide variety of options to discover your family’s favorite flavor of DREYER’S Grand ice cream. Or you can give your family the rich and creamy ice cream they love but with only half the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than regular ice cream with DREYER'S SLOW CHURNED® flavors.

*My Review*

Recently I was invited to try Dryer's new frozen custard from BzzAgent. When the package came I opened it up right away and found the following in my BzzKit;

  • *FREE coupon for new DREYER’S Frozen Custard
  • *Pass-along coupons for $1.00 off one DREYER’S Frozen Custard
  • *DREYER’S ice cream 
  • *DREYER’S foam flyer
I usually DO NOT eat or even allow any brand of ice cream but blue bell into my house, but with their hiatus and the recent invite to try dryers frozen custard for FREE...how could I decline!? 

I'm really glad we tried it. It's and extra thick and creamy frozen custard made from wholesome ingredients & comes in six different yummy flavors! 

I received the above listed products from BzzAgent in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Label Daddy Peel & Stick {Address} Labels {{Review}}

I'm back with more FREE labels from Labeldaddy.com! my last review post for the first set of address labels can be found here. Back when I ordered the first set, my daughter was away for the summer so I just picked a character that I thought she would enjoy. While she likes them...she wasn't super crazy about them because she's over the whole "frozen" and "girly" thing, so this time...I let her pick the icon she wanted on HER address labels...since afterall they are for her & she's well old enough to decide what she likes on her own. 

While I absolutely love Labeldaddy.com, I'm a bit disappointed that they don't have icons for older kids. There are cute disney characters....but most are for little kids. We did find a "Jonas" icon & that's what she wanted for this set of labels. 

These arrived yesterday(08/25/2015). My daughter and I absolutely love the new "Jonas" design! 
Since they have our address on them,I blocked that out. She has decided to use these first and use the other labels as backup for when she runs out of these.

Here is a closeup of the "Jonas" label! Love that's it's simple. It would be awesome if they were able to do the Disney Descendants & the villain kids, or something like that. Something older kids would enjoy. (The close up is a bit blurry, but that's because well....I was so close to it. lol)

The site is very easy to get around on. You can search for items by product name, by collection, camp pack, or by their popular items. The return labels are 1 9/16 x 7/8 in size. You get 100 return labels in each pack and they are only $19.95! I chose to spend $4.95 more to get these labels laminated. I am very pleased with the quality of these return labels, and I'm glad that I got them laminated. They are worth the price! I will be ordering more labels in the future. 

These labels came sealed in a packet. A "helpful hints" paper was included with the labels. The helpful hints tells you where to place your labels, how to apply them, and what to do about washing the items that you stick them to. 

You DO NOT iron on the labels, these are PEEL and STICK. If you choose to place them on an article of clothing that will be washed, then you should place it on the INSIDE on the item tag and press firmly. You should wait 24 hrs after you've placed the label before washing that article of clothing.

If you are looking for new labels of any kind, I suggest you check out labeldaddy.com! Remember, my readers get 20% off when you use the code: USFAMILY20

I was sent an online code worth $30(For free) to use on labeldaddy.com in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

24 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} Treat {The best dump-and-stir dessert just got better}

*About the Book*

With creative mix-ins, homemade marshmallows in 10 fun flavors, and toppings galore, Crispy Treats takes this tried-and-true, easy-peasy snack-time favorite to the next level. Without fancy equipment—or even an oven—you can mix and match candies, chocolates, and more to make 40 irresistible goodies, including such flavors as: 

   • Salted Caramel & Pretzel 
   • Chocolate-Hazelnut 
   • Peanut Butter Cup 
   • Berry Cobbler 
   • Gingerbread 
   • Key Lime Pie 
   • Peanut Butter Cup 
   • White Chocolate–Cranberry 
   • Cookies & Cream

*My Review*
Anyone who knows me knows I'm a sucker for cookbooks. I don't usually care what kind, I just like having cookbooks. I have a shelf in my kitchen that they sit on & I love the way they look there. This book will make a wonderful addition to my shelf! 

I've never really thought of making other types of rice krispie treats before, but we will def be trying some of  them...okay...ALL of them. 

I personally can't wait to try the chocolate hazelnut, cookies & cream and key lime pie! I'm sure my husband, kids and I will all have our favorites. 

The photos are clear and colorful. Almost makes you want to reach into the book and grab a yummy treat! The directions are very easy to understand and detailed with how to make each treat. 

This book is def worth getting and adding to(or starting) your cookbook collection! I can't wait to make these with our girls! It's the perfect treat to let little ones help you make. 

You can purchase your copy Here

*Disclaimer*I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own

18 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} What A Bragger

Melissa Blowfish likes to brag that she can swim the fastest, climb the highest, and has the best of everything. Corey finds her crying in the sand box with her broken shovel, the only toy she had. They all chip in treasure coins for her birthday present. Melissa prays, giving thanks to God for her friends, and learns they are more important than all the toys in the sea.

Lee Ann Mancini and Dan Sharp have created an underwater world that explodes with color, drawing the children into the captivating story.“

*My Review*

What a Bragger by Lee Ann Mancini is an excellent book for your children, or your church library. I have three children(11,5, & 4), this is the first time we have ever read anything from "The Sea Kids" series. 

As a parent it super important for us to have books that will hold a child's attention and that they will enjoy reading while learning a lesson. 

Melissa Blowfish loves to brag about everything. She is always bragging to her friends. They get annoyed with her and her friend Corey talks to his Mom about her. In the book we find Corey asking his mom why Melissa keeps bragging and what should he can do about it. Corey's mom helps him come up with a solution to dealing with Melissa's bragging, while helping your child learn what to do.

This is a very colored book and fish are the main characters. It is fun to read with your child(ren) and talk about the story with them. This book teaches about  faith, about praying and thinking of others.

My 5 and 4 year old daughters love the book and it is one that will will read over and over.

If you would like to purchase the book you can do so by going here. 

I find this book is great for ages  3-7 year 
Also in the book there are little fish symbols that are hidden on each page in the book. It's another fun thing to look for throughout the book with your child(ren). 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

17 August, 2015

Grandma Was Right After all!

Today’s parents are all but completely disconnected from the commonsense parenting wisdom of their parents and grandparents. The self-esteem parenting revolution has erased the practical insights gathered by generations of parents about the best way to raise kids. In this book, John Rosemond seeks to recover this wisdom by resurrecting what parents of yesteryear tended to say. Maxims such as “because I said so,” “children should be seen not heard,” and “you’re acting too big for your britches” are more than cute sayings for John. They are parenting principles, springing from a biblical view of the world. John makes the case that these principles from the good old days are just as valid today and will help parents to pass on values to their kids so that they can succeed at life. Grandma was right after all!

*My Review*
There are SO many different parenting books out there, and usually I don't read them all, but this one caught my eye. Growing up I remember hearing my grandparents say things like "because I said so", "Children should be seen & not heard", "You are acting too big for your britches", and the all popular "Life's not fair", and even heard my mom say a few of these things, but I never understood what they meant. I always thought they were annoying sayings and would say that I would never say them to my own children.

These sayings are more than "just" sayings. They are parenting principles branching from a Biblical view of the world. I try to parent the way I was raised, and how my grandparents raised their children(to an extent). 

Each chapter is about different maxims, at the end of the chapters there is a "The Bible tells me so!" with scripture, and "thoughts to ponder" I absolutely love this book, and would recommend this book to those who are looking for a parenting book to read! 

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

Swingline Speed Pro 20 Electric Stapler

I've never had an electric stapler before, so I was excited that I was being given the chance to review the Swingline Speed Pro 20 Electric Stapler from Shoplet. It looks really nice and has some really cool features, like;

  • Alert Light- Lets you know when you need to re-load staples
  • Quickload Button makes loading this stapler quick and easy with the push of a button on the back of the stapler! 
  • Skid Free base- Suction cups on the bottom keep your stapler in place while in use!
  • Uses standard 1/4" staples
  • Jam Free
  • Front Loading 

While this is an awesome stapler, and looked great on my desk. Even though I like it...it's not something that I would buy or even keep around my house because I have a little tater tot who likes to stick her fingers where they don't belong, and I'm afraid we would end up taking a trip to the ER. 

I ended up passing this stapler on to a friend who said they would use it. If you don't have little ones, then you may like this. As always, remember to shop Shoplet for all of  your office supplies, cleaning supplies, office furniture and even medical supplies

This post is sponserd by shoplet. I am not paid for this post, but I was given the Swingline Speed Pro 20 Electric Stapler Stapler free in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

15 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators {Draw the Human Figure Anywhere, Anytime}

For today’s in-demand comic creators, animators, video game artists, concept designers, and more, being able to quickly draw the human figure in a variety of action-packed poses is a requirement. But what do you do if you don’t have models or photographic reference readily available? In Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators, artist and instructor David H. Ross provides an alternative solution, showing you how to master freehand figure drawing without visual reference by using a modern twist on the classic technique of blocking out the human figure in mannequin form. Step-by-step lessons guide illustrators from basic poses (standing, running, jumping) to extreme motions (throwing punches, high kicking). For on-the-go artists, Freehand Figure Drawing for Illustrators allows you complete freedom to bring your figures to life at any time. 

*My Review*
My 11(almost 12 yr old) daughter LOVES drawing, and has been trying to master drawing people. She's pretty good so far, and I thought this book would help further her creativity. I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but I knew I wanted to get it for her because her bday is in October. 
I had PLANNED on waiting until her bday to give it to her, but she was in the room with me when I opened it and saw it, so I went ahead and gave it to her. We flipped through it together and both loved it at first glance, and then when she sat down to look at it in depth she realized that while it's a nice book, it's not what she was really looking for. She'll use it and can learn from it...she's not that excited about it. 

It's packed full of awesome pages and step-by step info. 

I especially loved how there are anatomy labels for the ear, hand, foot, a full skeleton, and major muscles. He described in step-by-step detail how to draw a head, hand, and foot.

{{Product Review}} Stanley Bostitch Dynamo Stapler

Ahh....it's that time of the year again. Time for the summer to end and the kids to go back to school. Right now everywhere you go, you will see school supplies! We homeschool, so even though we don't have to have as much or even the same thing as other kids...we still need them.

This Stanley Bostitch Dynamo Stapler from Shoplet is going to be our best friend this school year!
I'm going to be honest, When I signed up to review this stapler...I thought it was "just" another regular stapler, but I absolutely loved the color and well...we needed a full size stapler!  When it arrived, I was very, very surprised to see that it's NOT just a regular stapler...it's so, so much more than that!

Let's talk about it. It's a gorgeous, red & black color combo...which happens to be my husband's favorite colors. I have a feeling I may need to keep this hidden when it's not in use. lol

It has a built-in stapler...how awesome is that?!? We are FOREVER looking for our pencil sharpener! Now we will always know where one is. It also has a built in staple remover. I don't really use that, but I'm sure it may come in handy eventually.

It opens 180 degrees, which is great for tacking items to a wall or bulletin board, or if you are into crafting. I don't really need that feature right now, but it's nice to know that it does it if I ever DO need to tack something. 

Finally, the last AWESOME feature is that it comes with a built in stapler storage on the bottom. I was kind of bummed when I first pulled it out of it's box because I thought it didn't have staples with it, but it comes with 420 staples! 

I am very, very pleased with this stapler and don't have any plans on going back to my little one. If you are in the market for a new stapler make sure you check out the Stanley Bostitch Dynamo Stapler offered at Shoplet

As always, remember to shop Shoplet for all of  your office supplies, cleaning supplies, office furniture and even medical supplies

This post is sponserd by shoplet. I am not paid for this post, but I was given the Stanlet Bostitch Dynamo Stapler free in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

{{Book Review}} Wild In The Hollow: On Chasing Desire and Finding the Broken Way Home

Amber Haines is a woman haunted by God. Like Eve in the Garden, she craved the fruit that she thought would lead her to freedom. But the whispers of temptation led her instead down a devastating path toward isolation, dissatisfaction,
and life-altering choices. In her most broken moment, Amber met God waiting for her in the fallout, freely offering her grace and life.

This is a story of the God who makes himself known in broken places. In prose that is at once lyrical and utterly honest, a brave new voice takes readers on a windswept journey down the path of brokenness to healing, satisfaction, and true intimacy with God. Amber calls readers to dispense with the pretty bows we use to dress up our stories and instead trust God to take our untidy, unfinished lives and make them free, authentic, and whole. Anyone who struggles with doubt or holds secrets, anyone who feels marginalized or like she is missing something, will find in Amber a sister and an inviting voice back home, into the heart of God.

*My Review*

This book is the first I've ever read by Amber C. Haines. When I received the email to sign up for  "Wild In The Hollow" I looked at some reviews & I have to say...great reviews so I decided to sign up to review it. After reading it, I can now see why it has gotten these reviews!

I loved Amber's style and how honest she is, because of that it caused me to finish this book in one sitting. Usually I don't like nonfiction books, & the ones that I do read seem to take me a lot longer to read everything.

The cover drew me in and made me want to read this book.

Amber poetically tells her story, one of being found by God and relentlessly pursued by her Creator.

I get that her writing style may not be for everyone, but I encourage you to read the book...It's well worth the read! 

Amber C. Haines is a soulful writer and a blogger at TheRunaMuck.com. She is curator, with her husband, Seth, of Mother Letters and is a contributor with many acclaimed writers and bloggers at DaySpring's (in)courage. She has been involved as a coordinator with both BlissDom and !dea Camp Orphan Care and continues to build meaningful relationships with church leaders, lifestyle bloggers, authors, advocates, and poets. She lives in Arkansas.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

13 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} Heartbreak Trail

Andrea Carter can ride, rope, and cut out cattle with the best of her brothers’ ranch hands. Yet, her mother has always held the family’s youngest daughter back from fully participating in ranch activities.

With the approach of her fifteenth birthday, even the ranch boss, big brother Chad, can’t deny that his baby sister is better at ranch skills than some of his cowhands. When Andi announces that herquincea├▒era birthday wish is to join the upcoming cattle drive, her family is stunned. But after further discussion and multiple newspaper clippings about spirited women who balked at society’s expectations, even Mother agrees that the only way to get this cattle-drive notion out of Andi’s head is by letting her and her cousin Levi go along as Cook’s helpers. Andi is elated. What can go wrong on a two-week drive to Los Angeles?
Andi quickly discovers that a cattle drive is a dirty, dangerous business with little sleep and the same food day after day. Between late nights, dust, mosquitos, and an abrasive cowhand trying to win Andi’s attention, it is definitely not a holiday. Andi grimly determines she will stick it out. When a river crossing goes wrong and Chad is shot in a gunfight with suspicious men who have been shadowing the herd, Mitch the trail boss finds himself dangerously shorthanded. Andi and Levi can no longer just give Cook a hand. It’s time to pitch in and help Mitch get their cattle to market—any way they can.

*My Review*
I've never read anything by Susan Marlow before. "Heartbreak trail" is the second book in the Circle C Milestones series. I enjoyed it, but I enjoy just about every book I read!

This book is labeled as young adult fiction, which puts this book in the 14-18 age range but honestly I'd suggest this book for the 8-14 age range. I really liked the story in Heartbreak Trail. Andi has to learn to swallow her pride and admit when she is wrong. The lessons she learns are great lessons, and are often easily impressed on a child or teen when presented as a story than when instructed.

I plan on going back and reading book one, and then re-reading this book. If you are looking for a good book to read, & you enjoy young adult books...then this book might be for you. You might also think of this book for a pre-teen or teen who likes to read. 

11 August, 2015

{{Book Review}} Crazy Little Thing Called Love

Wedding bells and storm clouds collide in the first engaging novel in a brand-new series about destination weddings, the power of love, and the possible mishaps and missteps that happen on a couple's journey down the aisle to "I do."

Paramedic Vanessa Hollister has put her adolescence behind her, including the unwanted label of being the new kid in town over and over again, thanks to her father's military career. She's overcome what her mother called "the biggest mistake of her life" and is planning an elegant destination wedding in Destin, Florida with her new fianc├ę. But will the reappearance of her first husband from her what-were-you-thinking teenage elopement disrupt her dream of an idyllic beach wedding?

As a professional storm chaser, Logan Hollister is used to taking risks. However, a reckless decision during the last tornado season has him questioning the future of his team, the Stormmeisters. Coming face to face with his ex-wife eight years after their divorce compels him to confront his greatest regret: losing Vanessa. Does their past give him the right to interfere with her future?

A fast-moving, powerful hurricane throws Vanessa and Logan together as they evacuate to a storm shelter along with other residents of the Florida Gulf Coast. Forced to spend time together, the pair battles unexpected renewed feelings for each other.

Vanessa and Logan are faced with a choice: Should they accept, once and for all, their teenage marital mistake? Or is God offering them a second chance at happily ever after?

*My Review*
 I have read other books by Vogt and I've loved them all, so I knew I would love this book as well. "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" is a super sweet romance.
I stayed up all night because I could not put it down. I just had to know  if she was going to find true love after everything she had been through.
The ending it was great & I hated seeing it come to the last page. If you are looking for a sweet book to read this summer by the pool or at the beach(or in your home lol), be sure to check out 

"Crazy little thing called love". You can purchase a copy by going to the think provided. 
Purchase a copy: http://bit.ly/1VkD0s8

About the author:
Beth K. Vogt believes God's best often waits behind the doors marked "Never." A 2015 RITA® Finalist and a 2014 Carol Award finalist, Beth is a contemporary romance novelist with Howard Books. Her 2014 novel, Somebody Like You, was one of Publisher's Weekly's Best Books of 2014. In 2015 she introduced her destination wedding series with both an e-novella, Can't Buy Me Love, (May) and a novel, Crazy Little Thing Called Love (June).

Visit Beth online:  websiteFacebookTwitter

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.