Tuesday, December 9, 2014

The Practice Book Review...

I'm really excited to tell you about an awesome new book called: THE PRACTICE: Simple Tools for Managing Stress, Finding Inner Peace and Uncovering Happiness 
The mind has a way of interfering with personal happiness, often causing stress and doubt. Getting in touch with one’s inner source of peace and following its guidance over the mind’s often-unfounded concerns requires training and discipline. Knowing this truth intimately, Peaceful Mind Peaceful Life Founder Barb Schmidt developed a three-part spiritual discipline called The Practice. The Practice is a toolkit to be used throughout the day to guide people who are looking for confidence, less stress, and deeper meaning along life’s path. These tools are a compilation of the great Truths taught by authentic teachers and masters throughout the centuries from various religious and spiritual traditions.
In the first three chapters of The Practice, readers are guided through the daily routine: Waking Up, Living Present, and Letting Go. Beginning with a morning meditation, a thread of peace is followed over the course of the day through the repetition of a sacred mantra, practicing focused attention, reading for inspiration, and reflecting on the day. In the concluding chapter, readers are provided with an opportunity to deepen their experience of The Practice with engaging exercises. 
“In The Practice, you will learn that a wellspring of inner peace and happiness exists inside each one of us, and is easily accessible with simple techniques that require only minutes a day." - Barb Schmidt

Click on the picture below for some amazing tips...

My Review:
This book is fantastic! I feel like it was written just for me! By the name of my other site "Trying To Stay Calm", can you tell this was a must read for me? Wow, I felt so refreshed and uplifted after reading it! I have set some goals that this book helped me with. I am excited to use the simple techniques to help me throughout my life. The Letting Go chapter was one of my personal favorites. I highly recommend this book and give it a thumbs up! It would also make a wonderful gift for a special loved one. 
You can get more details about the book here: http://barbschmidt.com

Thank you so very much, Barb Schmidt, for the amazing book!!

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Monday, November 24, 2014

Deceived Book Review...

A storm rages outside the unassuming Los Angeles house, while within, something sinister lurks. A murderer stalks his victim, unaware of a witness to the horrific crime: awakened from a deep, drug-induced slumber, Tara Kelly hears voices in the next room. Struggling to focus through her sleep medication, the young woman helplessly observes her aunt's murder. Now she's a look end the killer cannot ignore ...
A family friend helps Tara ash she does the only thing she can: disappear. Fleeing to the security of a remote Idaho ranch, Tara finds herself under the guard of handsome rancher Joseph White Eagle. Her unwitting protector takes his role seriously, going as far as claiming that Tara is his fiancee. But even as their relationship deepens, Joseph struggles to see past Tara's similarities to his late wife. When a series of accidents threatens Tara's life, it becomes clear that her attempt to outrun danger has been in vain. The killer will stop at nothing to find her, and Joseph will do anything to protect her—even if it means unraveling secrets that will have devastating consequences for them both.

My Review:

I had a hard time putting this book down! I loved that it was suspenseful and kept my interest. Kathi did an excellent job with the characters. I really liked the love between Tara and Joseph. I thought it was so sweet how they protected each other. I have family that lives in Idaho, so fun they went to a ranch there.

I don't want to write anything that will spoil it for a first time reader. Trust me, this book is well worth the read! I felt a warm fuzzy feeling of love after reading Deceived. I give it a huge thumbs up! What a perfect gift this would make as well. Order this awesome book here!

About the Author:

Kathi Oram Peterson loves to write edge-of-your-seat romantic suspense and young adult time travel. The constant thread she sews in both genres is faith in a higher power. She works hard to entertain her readers with clean, uplifting stories. Her path to publication took a detour as she raised three children. During those years, Kathi read all the how-to books on writing that she could find. When her last child graduated high school, she went back to college and earned her BA in English. She was fortunate to do an internship for the University of Utah’s Continuum magazine, where she learned to edit and write articles in the “real” world.

Shortly after graduation, she was hired by a curriculum publisher to write and edit concept and biography books for children. She worked shoulder to shoulder with artists and computer programmers as she watched her children’s stories come to life. But the desire to write full-length novels called to her. Leaving the workforce, she devoted herself to writing fiction. You can contact Kathi through her website, www.kathiorampeterson.com, and her blog, www.kathiswritingnook.com.

Thank you so very much Kathi Oram Peterson for the amazing book!!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

I See Me! Review and Giveaway...

Thanks to I See Me!, my family is super excited to tell you about some of their fantastic products!

First, check out this adorable grow chart we received...

It's going to be so much fun to watch our granddaughter grow with this! Kaydence's new grow chart is so beautiful and produced with artist grade canvas. We really like that it also has 4 grommets for easy hanging. This is going to for sure be cherish by our family for generations to come!

Next, we absolutely love the sweet personalized gift sets that we received!

I can't wait to read this cute bedtime story to Kaydence...

Goodnight Little Me not only has her name on the cover, but it's also throughout the illustrations. Sheep come a-leaping, dogs dance in a kick line, crickets chirp and owls hoot-hoot in a beautifully illustrated storybook.

The lovable lamb the set came with is so precious! We also had a little personalized message from grandma and grandpa printed on the front page of the book.

Now are you ready to meet our new Snuggle Bunny?

In this heartwarming personalized storybook, Kaydence will hear all the ways that Snuggle Bunny loves her throughout the day. From a hug in the morning to snuggle time in the evening, the Snuggle Bunny counts ten ways that it expresses affection.

The matching Snuggle Bunny is extremely soft and has super cute floppy ears. We are so excited for baby Kaydence to get here soon! She sure is going to love her new Snuggle Bunny!

Click below to enter the Summer Reading Sweepstakes...

Grand prize gets a $250 Visa Gift Card and 5 Personalized Books!! 25 Runners Up get a personalized coloring book. Hurry and enter now ends 8-31-2014.

Make sure to check out all the fun unique gifts they have! LunchboxesPuzzlesColoring BooksPlacematsStickers and Growth Charts!
They offer something for everyone and every occasion!

Visit I See Me! on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

My family loves all of the personalized gifts this excellent company has to pick from!

Thank you so very much I See Me! for the amazing products and customer service!!

Now here's the really exciting part...

I get to give one lucky winner a gift set of their choice!!

Enter to win this giveaway below...
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Monday, June 16, 2014

Power in Prayer Book Review...

My family is really excited to tell you about a new book out called, Power in Prayer!

Take a minute to gauge your relationship with God. Do you underestimate the power of prayer? This daily guide, with insights from General Authorities, scriptures, personal experiences, and commentary, will enrich and empower your prayers. As these thoughts increase your understanding of the significance of your prayers, your communication with God will be an unprecedented source of strength in your life.

David A. Christensen is an fabulous author and did such an excellent job on this book! He gives "31 teachings to strengthen our connection with Heaven". Within each teaching there are "daily guides-- with insights from General Authorities, scriptures, personal experiences, and commentary, that will enrich and empower your prayers." 

I have a personal testimony of prayer and enjoyed reading this book. I like that it's easy to read and very thought provoking. My husband and I have been enjoying looking up and studying the scriptures. Power in Prayer is a powerful must read that I highly recommend! 

Thank you so very much Cedar Fort for the amazing products and customer service!!
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MyFairyTaleBooks Review...

Thanks to MyFairyTaleBooks, my family got some of their fabulous books!

MyFairyTaleBooks is a Personalized Children's Gifts company headquartered in Orange County, New York State.

Here are the two books we received...

First, let me tell you about the personalized Little One, Little One What Do You See Book...

We adore the fabulous pictures they are so cute!

Our new granddaughter Kaydence is coming this August! She is going to love seeing her name on the pages as we read this to her...

This story is perfect for anyone that enjoys rhyming and counting. We really like that it teaches your child about counting and how to recognize different kinds of animals. What animal can jump? How many elephants are there? Kaydence is going to have so much fun finding out!

Next, check out the personalized A to Z book...

We were excited to see Kaydence's name is even on the front of this super cute book!

Look at how colorful the pictures are...

A to Z is a fun, rhyming introduction to the alphabet featuring silly scenarios with each letter. The adorable pictures make me smile. What a fantastic way to help Kaydence learn the alphabet. My family absolutely loves these personalized books!

We really like that both of the above books even have a washable cover! They would make a perfect gift for a birthday, or any special occasion.

MyFairyTaleBooks received accolades from Creative Child Magazine for two of their exclusive personalized children’s books. The Good Friend was awarded the 2013 Preferred Choice Award. The A to Z Storybook was named the 2013 Book of the Year in the Personalized Education Book category.

MyFairyTaleBooks actively donates 10% of all sales of The Good Friend to PACER to support anti-bullying initiatives.

Make sure to also visit them on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest!

Thank you so very much MyFairyTaleBooks for the amazing products and customer service!!

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Tuesday, June 3, 2014

The Lincoln Hypothesis Book Review...

Abraham Lincoln became the sixteenth US president during a very dark time in America's history. Author Timothy Ballard explores the crucial role that President Lincoln played to bring this nation closer to heaven. Readers will see Lincoln as a man inspired of God who invoked a covenant relationship between America and its maker—not unlike the national covenants invoked by righteous leaders in the Book of Mormon. In addition, The Lincoln Hypothesis reveals documented evidence that Abraham Lincoln did, in fact, check out the Book of Mormon as he struggled with making some of the most critical decisions of his presidency. Did he read it? Did it influence him? Was the Book of Mormon a key factor in Lincoln's success and the healing of a nation?
The author states, "As you read, you will, like a prosecutor reviewing a case, or like a jury determining a verdict, identify valuable pieces of evidence that can be fully substantiated. You will also identify pieces of evidence that cannot. I ask you to consider all the evidence and weight it accordingly. Through this study, many questions regarding the interplay between the restored gospel and the Civil War will be answered. New questions may emerge that will not be so easily answered. Either way, in the end you will find yourself on a most exhilarating investigative journey."

When I got asked to review this book, I was really excited! I have always loved Abraham Lincoln! I felt the Spirit so strong when I went to Washington D.C. to visit his memorial.

I really enjoyed this book and how Ballard highlights the many similarities between the life of Abraham Lincoln and other Prophets! On page 107 it shows the entry in the Library of Congress ledger showing that Lincoln checked out a copy of the Book of Mormon. 

Many powerful scriptures, excellent quotes and interesting pictures are also included. The Lincoln Hypothesis is a must read for Lincoln fans, US History lovers and anyone that wants to be uplifted. This would make a really cool Father's Day or anytime gift as well!

About the author:

TIMOTHY BALLARD graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in Spanish and political science, then went on to receive and MA (summa cum laude) in international politics from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Tim has worked for the Central Intelligence Agency as well as an agent for the Department of Homeland Security. He is also the author of The American Covenant: One Nation under God. He lives in Southern California with his wife and six children.

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Saturday, May 24, 2014

The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook Review...

Thanks to Cedar Fort, I'm really excited to tell you about The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook!

It’s every busy mother’s dream-come-true: dinner that makes itself! With the help of your trusty slow cooker and these healthy, easy recipes like Peppery Cilantro Salmon, Sausage Stew, and Dark Chocolate Mini Cakes, you can put dinner on the table even on the craziest of days. Don’t let the whirlwind of life stop you from feeding your family the food they deserve — delicious, home-cooked meals straight from your slow cooker.

My Review:

Each one of these recipes look and sound so delicious! We made the Pepper Steak Sandwiches for dinner last night and they were a huge hit. Every meal has an easy to follow recipe so even the kids can help. It was so nice to come home and smell the dinner that was ready to serve. We also tried the Peanut Butter Lover Brownies. They are so yummy, see the picture of them below...

My family gives this cookbook a huge thumbs up! Since we are all super busy, The Hungry Family Slow Cooker Cookbook is a huge blessing here at our house. With having teenagers that come and go all the time, it's great that dinner is ready when they are. This would also make a perfect gift for weddings, birthdays, or any occasion!

About the Author:

CHRISTINA DYMOCK was once at a dinner party where her husband was teasing her about the frosting-to-cupcake ratio on her dessert. The woman sitting across from them sniffed with her delicate nose and said, “If my husband gave me a hard time about my frosting I’d quit baking. That’d show him.” To which Christina’s husband replied while pointing at his speechless wife, “Try to stop her!”
Christina divides her time between the kitchen and her computer and books and her family of six. (Naturally, the family gets the biggest share.) Because she reads everything, she also feels compelled to write in several genres.

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