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Wednesday Words

11 Sep
38 Wonderful Inspirational Quotes #bestlifequotes
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Cake and Gifts Layout

10 Sep

Another layout from The Boy’s second birthday. He was SO little! 🙂

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Shimelle, Maggie Holmes; Letter Stickers: American Crafts

Card Monday-A Birthday Card!

9 Sep

Well, I had an idea for this card, and even though it didn’t turn out exactly how I wanted, The Little Guy still enjoyed it for his sixth birthday, so that’s all that really matters, right? 🙂
I knew as soon as he told me he wanted a dinosaur birthday, that I would be using Lawn Fawn’s Rawrsome stamp set and dies, and that’s just what I did.
Here is the card I came up with:

Supplies: Dies and Stamps: Lawn Fawn; Cloud Stencil: My Favorite Things; Markers/Pens: Sharpies, Spectrum Noir, Signo, Wink of Stella

Lots of stamping and die cutting on this one, and of course plenty of Wink of Stella too. I am really glad he liked it, and it was fun to break out some new-to-me stamps and dies and that cloud stencil.

I am entering this card into the following challenges:
Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #60

Simon Says Stamp Stamp It Challenge

That’s it from me today-have a happy Monday!

Wednesday Words

4 Sep
Letter Board Quotes
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August Books

3 Sep

This year, I am on a mission to read more books!
My goal is 150, and I am right on target so far.
Here are the books I read in August:
1. Rescue Me by Susan May Warren-this was book two in the series. I think the love stories in this series are pretty lame, but I do like the rescue action in each of these books, so that kept me reading.
2. Becoming Us by Robin Jones Gunn-this was a fantastic book one, and I am looking forward to the next one.
3. The World According to Mister Rogers by Fred Rogers-so much good advice in this book. Mr. Rogers really had some great things to say about how to treat people!
4. Vow of Justice by Lynette Eason-this was the last book in the series. I liked all the action and adventure, but it was still hard to keep track of all of the characters (which has been my problem with the whole series.)
5. Fire Storm by Nancy Mehl-interesting read with a twist ending, but a one-time read
6. A Matter of Trust by Susan May Warren-book #3 in this series
7. A Perfect Silhouette by Judith McCoy Miller-very good book!
8. Introverted Mom by Jamie C. Martin-interesting, and did a good job describing what introverted means, but I don’t think it completed its goal in saying being introverted was a good thing. More like accepting it, and educating others on how to put up with introverted people.
9. Finding Lady Everly by Joanna Davidson Politano-very interesting plot, and lots of twists and turns-I liked it.
10. Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren-book #4 in this series, and definitely my favorite.
11. The Express Bride by Kimberley Woodhouse-liked learning more about the Pony Express, and it was well-written.
12. Storm Front by Susan May Warren-book #5 in the series
That’s all the books for this month, and now I have read 103 books for the year so far-yay!
Stay tuned for a new book post in October!

Book Review-Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers

1 Sep

Life’s Journeys According to Mister Rogers is a compilation of quotes and speeches given by Fred Rogers throughout his lifetime.
Summary: This book is filled with words of wisdom from someone who clearly had a grasp on the importance of every human being as an individual. You can truly see just how much Mr. Rogers valued people.
My Thoughts: This was a great little book filled with important things we each need to remember in life. If everyone treated each other the way that Mr. Rogers did, so many of our problems would disappear.
I grew up watching Mr. Rogers on television, and this book reminded me just what an amazing man he really was. I am sure I am not the only one to have been affected this way, but the book is definitely a good reminder of his legacy, as well as what’s truly important in life.
This book would make the perfect gift for a child growing up, a graduate heading off to college, or even a place to pull quotes from to place around your home as good reminders that people need to be loved just the way they are.
I would like to thank Hachette Books for providing me with a free digital copy of this book in exchange for my review-thank you!
*This book will be released on September 3, 2019.

Book Review-The Spice King

31 Aug

The Spice King is a historical fiction novel, and is book one in the Hope and Glory series written by Elizabeth Camden.
Summary: Gray Delacroix works hard to ensure his family’s legacy and if that means traveling the globe to bring home exotic spices, or negotiating the best deal at any cost, he is willing to do it.
When family circumstances force him home however, he realizes he has neglected his own family for far too long. Is he too late, or will he be able to mend broken fences with his brother and sister?
Annabelle Larkin is completely out of her element. Moving from Kansas to the big city to help her sister, and trying to save the family farm are tough tasks, but she will do her best not to let her family down. And if that means facing down stubborn Mr. Delacroix to do it, she is determined to make it happen.
Will Gray and Annabelle be able to help their families survive tragedy and scandal? And, will they be able to live with their own choices when it becomes obvious there is a traitor in their midst?
My Thoughts: I know I have raved about Elizabeth Camden books in the past, and……this is no exception. I absolutely love historical fiction, and in my opinion, Ms. Camden delivers the best in this arena.
I loved the story, the history, the quirky characters, and the fabulous writing. This book is truly worth reading, and I highly recommend it!
Also, there is a bit of a cliffhanger, so I am anxiously awaiting the next book to find out what happens next!
I would like to thank Bethany House for providing me with a digital copy of this book in exchange for my review. Thank you!
*This book will be released on September 3, 2019.