Saturday, April 27, 2013

Book Review and Giveaways: Darkness Before Dawn

In his latest novel, Darkness Before Dawn (Abingdon Press), Ace Collins leads readers on an emotionally charged ride from revenge to forgiveness.

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 About Darkness Before Dawn: Will grief push Meg over the edge?

On the same night she discovers she is pregnant, twenty-eight-year-old nurse Meg Richards's husband is killed in an auto accident caused by a drunken teen. James Thomas comes from one of the most influential families in the community. He's a star athlete and glamour boy at the local high school. But the accident he caused will change his life---and Meg's future---forever.
Angered by her senseless loss and facing life as a single mother, Meg blames God for what has happened and considers a decision that could change her life even further. Enraged by the brutal trial and the court's decision, Meg starts down a frightening path of retribution. When the opportunity for revenge comes unexpectedly, will Meg follow through? Or will the remnants of her faith lead her in a different direction?

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Meet Ace: Bestselling author Ace Collins has written more than 60 books including novels "Swope's Ridge" and "Words of the Father," as well as the nonfiction "Stories Behind the Best-Loved Songs of Christmas"; and "Lassie: A Dog's Life". His books have become movies and network television specials. Ace Collins has sold more than 1.5 million books during his career and makes his home in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

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My Review:
This story makes us all consider what we would do if we were in the main character's position.  Meg is faced with an enormous trial in life and in the beginning she doesn't really do what we are called to do as Christians, but would we be able to act any differently?  This book is a good read and is not so easy to put down.  It challenges you to think about how you would react to losing a loved one and if revenge would follow.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a great "beachy" read.  It isn't an easy book to read in that it's not all rainbows and smiles, but it is a capturing book with real issues.
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Sharing the Kicks

Our little frog, aka Rylee, aka the baby in my tummy, is quite a mover and kicker.  I am not at all surprised as Kassidy was also.
I pretty much have this girl's schedule down.  I'm thinking she might, unfortunately, not be the amazing morning child that Kassidy is. 
She might be more like me... anything but a morning person.  :/
We will see. 
I first felt Rylee move around 14 weeks.
At our 22 week appointment, Mike barely felt her move in my belly.
The past 3 weeks have consisted of me constantly grabbing Mike's hand to try and feel her, with no success and to the point of Mike thinking I was crazy for thinking he could feel her kicks.... they could only be felt from inside.
Untilllll.... two nights ago, at 25 weeks.  He felt her kick a couple times and tonight he felt her give a few really great ones!!
She is a crazy mover!!
One minute she is bouncing on my bladder.  The next she is kicking my ribs.  After that she kicks some right in the middle of my belly.  And of course, there are those that can be felt on complete opposite ends.  I have no idea what she is doing in there!
Wouldn't it be cool if we had clear bellies?  Ok, maybe only during pregnancy.  And maybe only the ability to see our growing babies.  Not everything else.  :) 
When did your husband first feel your baby?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Book Review & Video: Lead Your Family Like Jesus

More about Lead Your Family Like Jesus:

Powerful Parenting Principles from the Creator of Families

(Focus on the Family/Tyndale) - Does your family need a five-star general at the helm? A psychologist? A referee? Ken Blanchard, best-selling co-author of The One Minute Manager and Lead Like Jesus, points to a better role model: the Son of God. Joined by veteran parents and authors Phil Hodges and Tricia Goyer, renowned business mentor Blanchard shows how every family member benefits when parents take the reins as servant-leaders. Moms and dads will see themselves in a whole new light-as life-changers who get their example, strength, and joy from following Jesus at home. This user-friendly book's practical principles and personal stories mark the path to a truly Christ-centered family, where integrity, love, grace, self-sacrifice, and forgiveness make all the difference.
Link to buy the book:
Meet the Authors:
 Bestselling author of more than 30 novels, nine nonfiction books, and more than three hundred articles for national publications; 2003 "Writer of the Year" at the Mount Hermon Christian Writer's Conference; popular blog writer, speaker, and radio host
Learn more about Tricia at
Leadership expert and author of over 50 books, including the New York Times bestseller, The One-Minute Manager; cofounder of Lead Like Jesus; and coauthor of Lead Like Jesus; Lessons from the Greatest Leadership Role Model of All Time
Learn more about Ken at

A human resource and industrial relations manager in corporate America for 36 years with Xerox Corporation and U.S. Steel, co- founder of Lead Like Jesus; co-author of five books, including The Servant Leader and Leadership by the Book with Bill Hybels.
Learn more about Phil at

My Review:
Who doesn't want to lead their family like Jesus would?  I know that we do, as parents.  I loved this book!  And look at the authors!!  They are definitely leaders and people who I can learn alot from.  Of course, there were bigger issues that the book dealt with, but I think my favorite parts were when they discussed the little issues, that turn into big issues.  I really learned alot from this book and plan to read it over several more times.  It is definitely a great book for every single parent to read, whether you are Christian or not.  Every idea is great for every parent and does not all have to be taken from a religious point of view.  Excellent book for every parent!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinion.

Monday, April 15, 2013

Favorite Maternity and Newborn Pics

Absolutely love these photos!

beach maternity Jane Gilbey Photography
Photo by Jane Gilbey Photography
Photos by Jane Gilbey Photography

This one literally brought tears to my eyes, maybe because K will be about this age when little Rylee comes.

I hope that I have given credit where credit is due have completely forgotten how to do it!!  Since only a week or so ago.  Yes, that is my brain especially my pregnant brain. 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

New Site and So Long to a Million Books!

As you might have noticed, I review a lot of books!
Why?  Because I love to read and I love free stuff!
I read the books and keep what I like for my ever-growing collection and I sell the ones I don't think I will read again. 
It works out wonderfully.
Except, that it is taking up wayyy too much room on this blog.
So, for a while I will still post my reviews on this blog and then after a couple weeks I will transfer them over exclusively to my new blog, which will be just for reviews.  I will keep my faves on here, because, well, they are my faves and I think you might like them also!
Reviews of companies, games, toys, clothes, movies, you name it.  Oh, and books.  ;)
Here is that site:
Do you like reading reviews?  Do you review stuff on your blog?
Oh and if you ever want to get some books for free and you blog here are two sites that I use:

Monday, April 1, 2013

Book Review: The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year

From the back cover:
The Christian Mama's Guide to Baby's First Year has the advice you want to hear (and some you probably don't).  Inside you'll also find:
-Suggestion on how to get into the motherhood groove
-Breast-feeding advice
-Tips for losing the baby weight-before your baby is no longer a baby
-Time management ideas... get the laundry done before you run out of clean underwear
-Guidance on being a godly mother and good wife on less than three hours of sleep a night
My Review:
I absolutely loved this book!  I really look forward to owning the other ones, which include Having a Baby, Having a Toddler and the Gradeschool Years.  Why a Christian mama's guide?  I love that Erin addresses why this book is for Christian mamas.  She says it is because we also deal with the trials and successes of wanting our family to be the way God intended it to be.  We want our families, above all else, to become more and more Christ-like.  Of course, our bodies are similar and our lives change in the same ways as non-Christians during a baby's first year, but why not get the info and help from a sister in Christ?  This book is so much more uplifting, inspiring and helpful because of the Christian background it has.
I definitely recommend this book to every mama with a little one already or a little one on the way!
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinions.

Book Review and Giveaway: Unrivaled

Celebrate Unrivaled with Siri Mitchell by entering to win a Kindle Fire and joining her on April 18th for a Facebook Author Chat Party!

One "swooning" winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire
  • Vintage Candy Kit
  • Unrivaled by Siri Mitchell (one for you and one for a friend!)
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on April 17th. Winner will be announced at the "Unrivaled" Author Chat Facebook Party on 4/18. Connect with Siri, get a sneak peek of her next book, try your hand at a trivia contest, and chat with readers just like yourself. There will also be gift certificates, books, vintage candy kits, and more!

So grab your copy of Unrivaled and join Siri on the evening of the April 18th for a chance to connect with Siri and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book - don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun, RSVP today. Tell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 18th!

More about Unrivaled:
Lucy Kendall returns from a tour of the Continent, her luggage filled with the latest fashions and a mind fired by inspiration. After tasting Europe's best confections, she's sure she'll come up with a recipe that will save her father's struggling candy business and reverse their fortunes. But she soon discovers that their biggest competitor, the cheat who swindled her father out of his prize recipe, has now hired a promotions manager-a cocky, handsome out-of-towner who gets under Lucy's skin.
Charlie Clarke's new role at Standard Manufacturing is the chance of a lifetime. He can put some rough times behind him and reconnect with the father he's never known. The one thing he never counted on, however, was tenacious Lucy Kendall. She's making his work life miserable...and making herself impossible for him to forget.
Link to buy the book:
Meet Siri:
Siri Mitchell is the author of nearly a dozen novels, among them the critically acclaimed Christy Award finalists "Chateau of Echoes" and "The Cubicle Next Door". A graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in business, she has worked in many different levels of government. As military spouse, she has lived in places as varied as Tokyo and Paris. Siri currently lives in the DC-metro area.
My Review:
When I read about this book, I instantly thought of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.  Why?  Because of the candy making and Truly Scrumptious.  Was that her real name or just the song?  Anyways, who wouldn't enjoy a book about a candy making family?  This book was filled with all of the usual romance and drama that I enjoy reading.  Lucy is a strong, independent woman who is a great character.  Charlie (not to be confused with the one from the Chocolate Factory) is also a great main character.  I absolutely love when an author switches between the points of view, as Mitchell did in this novel, between the main characters!
I recommend this book to everyone who enjoys a good romantic novel.  This one does have some great periodic fun in it also. 
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest opinions.