Thursday, September 7, 2017

Calm, Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane Book Review



Have you ever wanted to feel more calm and less frazzled?  Have you lost it with your husband, kids or yourself?  Do you feel disconnected with others around you even though you are "connected" on social media?  Well, Arlene Pellicane has written a new book that addresses all of these issues and more in Calm, Cool and Connected: 5 Digital Habits for a More Balanced Life.  We are only in this world for a little while, but it's important to use our time wisely.  We all desire more connection, less chaos and taking things in slow motion and enjoying life!

Arlene shares five habits that will help to create calm, cool and connectedness in your life.  She starts off her book with a quiz to see how your digital habits are affecting your life.  I was surprised to find out I was not very calm, cool or connected!  But I was very encouraged to read about the five habits.

First, Hold down the off button.  Arlene shares many statistics about our 24/7 society that never shuts down.  That is not healthy or holy!  We need times of rest from the digital world, often.  Second, Always put people first.  Yes, this habit is very abused.  We have more interest and pressing matters on our phone that pull our attention away from what is most important.  She shares a special technique called The Pivot to help in this area.  Third, Brush daily; live with a clean conscience.  Be accountable to yourself with your time, purchases and interactions.  Do they line up with God's Word and for your life? Fourth, I will go online with purpose.  Ask the question, What am I here to do?  That will help in giving you focus and efficiency.  And last, Take a hike!  Get outside and away from the digital world.  Above all, be healthy in your digital and non-digital life and you will create a good HABIT.

This book is a short read packed full of information, easy ideas to implement and plenty of good humor and is a great resource for adults to learn how to create those digital boundaries to live a happy and full life.  Each chapter begins with a Bible verse and with many more through the chapter that relate to the topic and ends with a prayer about that habit.  

If you are concerned or curious about how to make good habits for your digital life, then be sure to check out this book: Calm, Cool and Connected by Arlene Pellicane.



*I was given a complimentary copy of this book for review.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, June 12, 2017

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner BOGO starting June 12 to September 30 (plus sneak peek video)


Hello Friends!

I'm so excited to tell you about the BOGO offer from Homemaker's Depot
When you buy the 2018 planner you will get the 2017 planner for FREE!
Not only that,  you will also get a download of a year of FREE menu planning pages.  


This offer is good until supplies last or until September 30.

If you are thinking about this planner, then try this BOGO option.  Use it the rest of 2017 and see how it works for you.  I just received the 2018 planner and it is beautiful!!  



The planner includes: 
The 5.5" x 8.5" Homemaker’s Friend Daily Planner is divided into the following seven tabbed sections:
Weekly Layout
· Two-page spread with entries for each day
· Menu planning & To-do list
Monthly Calendar
· Two-page month view
Year Calendars
· 2018 and 2019 calendars with place for notations
Shopping List
· Perforated shopping list
Task List and Project & Events Sections
· Untitled pages for you to customize for your own duties and ideas
Information
· Short-term information that is relevant to 2018

                     Click HERE to see the what the planning pages look like.



2017-18 Planner BOGO 

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Friday, June 9, 2017

Marriage Wisdom by Matt and Lisa Jacobson (25% off the bundle)



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The reviews are phenomenal:
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*A lot of wisdom packed into short daily readings.
*Each and every idea brings us closer to God.

I just purchased a set to give to my husband for our anniversary this year.
I can't wait to start this devotional with him.


*I am an affiliate.  Thank you for your support.*

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner 2018 SALE!! Ends June 2, 2017



OH MY GOODNESS!  
Look at the new 2018 Homemaker's Friend Daily Planner that is available now!  It's beautiful!

Be sure to snag this early edition deal:
$3 off makes the price $11.99

Coupon code: HMD0617
Expires June 2 2017


I absolutely love this planner.  It is one I have been using for the past 3 years.  I take it everywhere I go and I love the way I can organize my to do list, my daily tasks, monthly appointments, shopping lists and a variety of other tasks and projects that I have to do.  


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

When Calls the Heart: Heart of Faith DVD Review







It's Christmas in Hope Valley!  The townsfolk each have their own needs, wants and desires.  Elizabeth is planning a Christmas play but the train with costumes gets delayed.  Jack wants to give a family a home for Christmas with a working stove and a warm welcome.  Pastor Frank is worried for a young widow and her son who left the town quite suddenly.  Rosemary and Lee return from their honeymoon and Lee wants to surprise her with a special gift which Rosemary finds "by accident" and is disgruntled.  Abigail tries to reason with Henry Gowan as his accident has caused him not to be able to carry out the regular mayoral duties.  And Cody wants to give a little girl a special present.  Now, Sam is a traveling peddler and he seems to be a secret "Santa" to all these seekers of hope.  He might be able to help them!

This was another sweet episode that showed the gentle and good hearts of the people despite the difficult situations.  I would have liked to see more interaction in the romance between Jack and Elizabeth as well as the other budding couples, but there was a surprise at the end that was very special. This is another movie that will charm your heart and give you the hope you need to make Christmas magical for the friends and family in your life.   
This DVD also includes a Bible Study along with clips from the film. 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this DVD for review from Edify Films.  All opinions are my own.*

Monday, March 27, 2017

Her Secret by Shelley Shepherd Gray Book Review



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In Shelley Shepard Gray's new book, Her Secret, Hannah Hilty is a young Amish woman in her 20's who is living in fear from an English stalker.  She met Trent and became friends, but was not ready to commit to more.  She thought all was said and done, but then she began getting disturbing mail with pictures of herself at the library, at the school and even in her own home.  She was scared and felt helpless.  Her parents decided to move the family to a different community in a different state.  It took the family a bit of adjustment to fit in and learn to trust others.  Hannah's brother and sister were angry with her for causing this disruption and her parents seemed to have a secret of their own.  But then Hannah meets Isaac Troyer, a neighbor who engages Hannah in "normal" Amish life once again.  As the two spend time together they begin to share each other's ups and downs in sweet and thoughtful moments.  However, neither Hannah nor Isaac were prepared for the biggest threat of their lives.  But despite the fear, they held fast to the promises of God. 

This book was a look into the possible anxiety that could intimidate the plain Amish community.  Hannah's family wanted to be helpful, but were also a bit unsympathetic to her concern.  They didn't quite know how to handle such a situation that involved the English.  The author set the stage for a very real and probable situation.  I did think at first that Hannah was over-reacting to the situation, but when the peril followed her to her new home, I knew it was not going to be an easy case to solve.  I really liked how the author shared some of the activities the Amish liked to do like a Sandwich Sale and the pastimes of the young people like fishing and taking care of the home.  It's a refreshing way of  life that was shattered by the menace in this story.  However, the charming connection between Hannah and Isaac is not to be missed. 


*I was given a copy of this book from Litfuse Publicity Group for the purpose of this review.  All opinions are my own.*

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Sunday, March 26, 2017

When Tides Turn by Sarah Sundin Book Review

 
 
In Sarah Sundin's newest Waves of Freedom novel, When Tides Turn, Quintessa (Tess) Beaumont and Dan Avery battle with their hearts and purpose.  When Tess joins the WAVES program, Dan Avery is not convinced this pretty face could do the job of a serious Navy officer.  Tess and Dan grew up in the same town, but their interests and pursuits were very different and their ways of relating to others was opposite.  Yet, Tess was attracted to Dan's drive and ambition and despite her pretty looks she had her own passions and professional pursuits that she wanted to be noticed for and not her good looks.  Dan's vision of being a full time sailor kept getting derailed from his supervisors and he felt lost and uptight knowing he wasn't on the path he had his course set.  Both Tess and Dan were assigned to the same office in the Boston Navy Yard and they both become attracted to each other, but needed to refrain from anything beyond their official work since it was forbidden to date and/or marry another officer.  However, Tess becomes involved in a confusing mystery with her former roommate who is a French expat who meets together with other Resistance members in a small bakery in Boston.  Tess is sure there is a spy but is unable to discover any solid clues as she continued to share her reports to the FBI.  And her relationship with Dan is strained when he shares more of his heart to Tess before he leaves for his final tour.  Can Tess and Dan pull together to discover the spy and also unite their hearts?
 
This was another exciting and romantic World War II novel that Sarah Sundin has delivered once again!  I really enjoyed following the story of Tess who I "met" in the first novel in this series.  Her story was fascinating and intriguing.  She changed in so many ways and she chose to dig deep and discover what she really wanted to do in her life and in her heart.  The hidden romance of Tess and Dan was such fun to read and gave the story another element of suspense.  I recommend that you read the whole series since many of the characters are related and each story builds upon the other in some way. 


 
 
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book by Revell Reads.  All opinions are my own.*
 
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This is the 3rd book in the Waves of Freedom series.
You can see my reviews of the first two books below:
 
 

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