Anyone who knows me well, knows I love the Amish – the simple way they live and their deep faith and family roots. When I was asked to review Homespun: Amish and Mennonite Women in Their Own Words, I was honored to do so. I have enjoyed getting a glimpse into the lives of the authors and seeing how I can use their advice and ideas in my own home and life.
Get ready to meet Britain’s worst inn keeper! Lilly Bartlett has done it again with her new release, Christmas at the Falling Down Guesthouse.After a phone call interrupts a nice dream she’s having, Lottie finds out her Aunt Kate has been hospitalized after a car accident. Reminiscent of the phone call she received during her parents’ dream vacation, Lottie bundles her daughter and herself off to Wales to see Aunt Kate.
Lilly Bartlett is back again with another fun rom-com book – The Big Dreams Beach Hotel! If you don’t remember, Lilly Bartlett is actually one of my favorite authors – Michele Gorman! The Big Dreams Beach Hotel is a great, feel-good read that would be perfect to read during the upcoming Labor Day weekend! (more…)
One chance isn’t always enough. Everyone deserves second chances. Sometimes, in life, you come across a building that deserves a second chance as well. Put those two ideas together – and you have The Second Chance Cafe! After having a champagne wedding on a malt-beer budget, Emma and Daniel are back for this romcom sequel full of crazy fun and lovable, quirky characters! (more…)
I am a snail mail (or happy mail) junkie. I love decorating my snail mail and Swap-bot swaps with fun stickers, stamps, washi tape… anything goes. I was using boring, old return address labels on my envelopes until my friends at iCustomLabel contacted me about trying some of their products. I jumped on the chance to kick my happy mail up a notch with custom labels.
We all want to get organized – myself included. But where do you begin? What do you do with your stuff? And most of all, once you get organized, how do you stay organized? Organizing for Your Lifestyle by Jane Stoller is an amazing resource for these – and all – your organization questions. Jane walks you through every aspect of organizing your home and life- from closets to suitcases! She doesn’t just tell you how to do it, she explains the science behind organizing also.
Whenever I get the opportunity to review a book by Michele Gorman, I get excited. She is one of those authors who write like they are your best friend and always has a great tale to weave. Her latest book, Match Me If You Can is no exception.
A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to try out and review the Amazingly Beautiful AM and PM Revitalizer package from Trusted Health Products, which I loved. (You can check out that review here.) When Trusted Health Products asked me to try their Moisturizing Body Serum, also in the Amazingly Beautiful line, I jumped at the chance. As someone with very sensitive skin, I am always looking for a gentle, natural lotion to combat skin dryness. The body serum contains natural ingredients: orange peel oil, sweet almond kernel oil, lime peel oil, lemon peel oil, olive fruit oil, and avocado fruit oil… no harsh or unnatural chemicals.
If you are like most people, you came up with a few New Year’s resolutions for 2016. These are usually things like losing weight and eating right. But, if you are like me… my resolution was to reduce stress. I’ve tried yoga, meditation, and other techniques like that. But, nothing ever seemed to work for me… probably because I cannot just sit and let my mind go blank like that for an extended period of time.
Recently Don, the kids and I had a chance to attend the LEGO® Creativity Tour in Columbus, Ohio. If you are a fan of LEGO bricks, then visiting the Creativity Tour or LEGO Fest is a must! Just the Big Brick Pile is worth the visit! Can you imagine a HUGE pile of LEGO® bricks that you can jump in, make “LEGO® angels” in, or just sit and imagine how many bricks are really in the pile! I am just glad I don’t have to clean it up!