Cedar Creek Gallery

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At the beginning of October we took a little drive to Creedmoor to Cedar Creek Gallery for their 47th Annual Pottery and Glass Festival. I am only just now putting it on the blog because I didn’t realize that I had the photos still! After going out of town and then getting news that my computer drive is pretty much dead, I started going through some folders and cards… So, here have a little delayed blog post..ha!

There were a lot of people by the time we got there, but we still found parking. We showed up not really knowing where to go and someone suggested to us various areas. Walking around the corner we came up to a glass blowing demonstration. Unfortunately, we had come just at the end of it…but luckily, she was going to do another one soon so we hung around and listened to some Q&A.

The next project she was going to make was a pumpkin! She gathered the orange colored glass beads and got started! You could feel the heat from this thing standing far away from it…They wanted people to stand pretty far back, understandably!!

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And look, the start of the pumpkin!

Cedar Creek GalleryAfter a little more playing, the pumpkin really took shape!

Cedar Creek GalleryWhat’s missing? The stem!! :)

Cedar Creek GalleryI didn’t get a pic of the very final product because she brought it right over to the bin area to cool it down. It has to cool at a certain pace so it doesn’t burst.

We walked around a bit and looked at some of the other items around the area. So many pretty colors! And there were some items from other artists there as well in the store. I didn’t have a lens that worked for the indoor shots, but you get the general idea…

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They got a big blob of glass…….and stretched it……

Cedar Creek GalleryThey stretched it so far!! Almost the length of the patio we were all on! Quite impressive! Then, they broke off the very end piece where it was still pretty thick.

Cedar Creek GalleryThis allowed them to break the rest of this very long piece of glass and make little sticks out of it! See the char marks on the wood? Yeah, you definitely don’t want to touch that glass…

Cedar Creek GalleryIt was a very interesting place to go! We weren’t there very long as everyone started to get hungry. They did have some food trucks there, but nobody could agree on what to eat…so, we went off to another location for lunch.

I suggest making a visit the next time they have a festival, or just going there for the fun of it! They have festivals in the spring and the fall. You can view their website here. :)

 

 

 

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Thursday Things

We had a bit of a cool down here recently! Last week had a day that it was almost 80 and then a day that barely got to 30. Crazy…

So, it is quite understood that a lot of my Thursday Things this week have to do with that. I hope the weather is nice where you are friends!! :)

Ok, the first thing on my list for this week are these cups… I tried finding them online and…nothing. It’s like they don’t exist. I got them at….Walmart… But anyway, they are wonderful.. They are reusable hot beverage cups. You can also recycle them when you are absolutely done with them. They have sipping lids too. I love them! They came in sets of, I want to say 6? The ones I got were half cream/half brown and half cream/half red. Fun and festive for the holidays…ha! Here is a  pic of them that I took with my phone in case you wanted to go on a wild goose chase looking for them.. ha!

Aladdin reuse daily cupsThe next thing is…JACKETS!! Our local Tractor Supply that hasn’t even been opened a year had a 10% off your entire order coupon and well, we took advantage of that plus some. We all got new heavy jackets.. They are also great for working outside in, but I like mine for all sorts of things. Ahh, flannel lining…and it is brown…and longer so my behind doesn’t get frozen. I went again a few days later and the manager on duty gave me a coupon for 15% off our entire order on my birthday. How nice. I think he likes us, hahaha!

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Another thing is…turkey! And that we don’t have to cook one of ours for Thanksgiving. :whew: That was the idea when we first got them, but dang, they are so dang fun and well, kind of cute too. :) So, when we found out that someone in my little town that is in our homeschool group is selling turkeys for Thanksgiving, we jumped on it. Sure, we have to pay more per pound, but I am very much looking forward to trying a ‘real’ turkey!! We picked ours up the other day. This is a pic of our guys from my phone. :D Meet Gomer and Goober. Five points if you know where those names are from…ha!

Two tom turkeysAnother item is a cereal that I know probably isn’t the best thing. But it is so yummy. There are other cereals that are similar out there but we just happened to pick this up at the store this week and I have a handful here and there. Yum. :)

Post Good Morenings waffle crunchLast is a song that I have been hearing a lot lately. My cousin posted it on her facebook page too, so it has definitely been in my head every day! It’s a great song! :)

There you have it! Hopefully you are all staying warm, I know a few of you that read this are cold even in AZ…hehehe.
Let me know what you enjoyed about this last week! I like to read about happy things!

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Growing Up Social {Review and Giveaway!}

Ok, this book….woah, what an eye opener this one was! I will talk more about what I thought about it below… But don’t forget to enter the contest to win your own copy!!

About the book:

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-Softcover
-209 pages
-Parent Resources
-Discussion Guides for every chapter (perfect for a bible study!)

Is technology bringing your family closer together or driving you farther apart?

Children today are no longer playing hide-and-seek outside or curling up with a good book—instead they’ve been introduced to a world of constant digital entertainment through television, video games, and mobile devices. And while technology has the potential to add value to our lives and families, it can also erode a sense of togetherness and hinder a child’s emotional and social development.

In Growing Up Social, Gary Chapman and Arlene Pellicane will empower you with the necessary tools to make positive changes…starting today. Through stories, wit, and wisdom, you’ll discover how to take back your home from an over dependence on screens. Plus, you’ll learn to teach the five A+ skills that every healthy child needs to master: affection, appreciation, anger management, apology, and attention.

•Equip your child to be relationally rich in a digital world

•Replace mindless screen time with meaningful family time

•Establish simple boundaries that make a huge difference

•Discover what’s working for families that have become screen savvy

•Learn healthy ways to occupy your child while you get things done

Now is the time to equip your child to live with screen time, not for screen time. No phone, tablet, or gaming device can teach your child how to have healthy relationships—only you can.

About the authors:

Gary Chapman

Gary Chapman- author, speaker, and counselor—has a passion for people and for helping them form lasting relationships. He is the bestselling author of The 5 Love Languages series and the director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc. Gary travels the world presenting seminars, and his radio programs air on more than 400 stations. For more information, visit 5lovelanguages.com.

Arlene Pellicane

Arlene Pellicane- is a speaker and author of 31 Days to Becoming a Happy Wife and 31 Days to a Happy Husband. She has been featured on The Today ShowThe 700 Club, and Family Life Today and formerly served as the associate producer for Turning Point Television with Dr. David Jeremiah. Arlene lives in Southern California with her husband, James, and their three children. Find out more at ArlenePellicane.com.

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What I thought: Woah… Like I mentioned at the top, this book was a definite eye opener. Right from the beginning there was statistic after statistic mentioned that had me looking at our own households use of screen time. A big thing that they mentioned was eye contact, how important it is and if they are on screens all the time, they don’t learn how to look people in the eye!
What I liked about this book is that the authors gave personal stories along with other stories from people they knew. It made it a little more relatable and I put myself in the shoes of the people mentioned. The chapters in the book each start with a quote and they also have helpful tips written out in boxes that go along with what that chapter is talking about. For example, the first chapter gives ideas on things you can do with your child instead of having them involved in screen time.
At the end of the book there is a quiz to see if your child has too much screen time. There are also discussion group questions that are broken down by chapter.

I do think that parents with kids of all ages should read this book. Sometimes your kids have a screen in front of them more times that you realize!

Check out the website and watch the trailer below!

 

Don’t forget to enter to win a copy for yourself!! When you are done reading it, pass it on to a friend or tell them about it so they can get their own copy! It is great for a book club or other book gathering!

 Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

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It’s all about the eyes… Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review

If you are on Facebook at all, you will have to have seen these eyelash photos floating around talking about this new mascara…I mean, they are everywhere, right? I was curious about them, but never did anything about it… Well, an odd thing happened and I was asked to try them out! What are the chances of that happening again? haha!

The full name is Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes by Younique. Fiber lashes you ask? Yes, that’s what I thought too. I still wasn’t sure how they worked until I checked out their website to read about them.

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The 3D Fiberlash Mascara is just a simple three-step process that combines Transplanting Gel and Natural Fibers to help create the appearance of incredible thickness and volume to your existing lashes. They are NOT false lashes. They are your own! The fibers are natural…made from Green Tea Leaves, hypoallergenic and safe for contact lens wearers.

Younique has lots of other great products, but we’re focusing on the mascara for this review. All Younique products are natural based and a mineral makeup. There’s no testing ever done on animals.

As the instructions stated, I first used my regular mascara…which, I am still trying to find one, so if you have any suggestions, please send them my way. ;) In this review I just used something from Target. So, I did a normal coat of that mascara and let it dry. The directions suggest doing one eye at a time, so that is what I did. First you put on the transplanting gel, which looks like regular mascara to me…then you hurry and apply the fibers followed by another go with the transplanting gel. Here are my results:

EyesFirst of all, in the top pic, you can tell that I was not blessed in the eyelash department. Or eyebrows for that matter, but I hope I cropped those out well enough…but this is my natural eye look.

The second pic is the regular mascara that I used. I did both eyes with that.

The third pic is where I did just one eye with the 3D Fiber Lashes, which I assume you can tell the difference there…I didn’t use a ton because with the black color I didn’t want to overwhelm my face, especially since I had some casual running around the day that I took these pics. haha!
The last pic is both eyes. Now, I don’t like a lot of mascara on my bottom lashes, so I usually only use a little bit. I didn’t use the fibers on the bottom lashes at all.

My thoughts about this product:

  • I like that there aren’t any harsh chemicals involved. The fibers themselves are made with 100% natural green tea fibers.
  • I definitely see a difference using this product!
  • I like that it comes off easily when you are ready for it to. I used warm water and my normal facial cleanser and didn’t have a problem.
  • After wearing them all day, I realized that I was seeing the fibers on my cheeks. The first time I tried them I saw some on my contacts when I went to take them out at night. The directions say to be liberal with your application of the gel, so the next time I wore them I applied even more than I did the first time, but I still saw fibers. I think it might be an experimental process to get it just right.
  • For me, this is definitely not a daily look. I usually wear full makeup on Sundays to church and on the times that Jeffy and I go out. I can definitely see me using this product then!
  • The price is about $30 for the kit and they say it lasts about three months. I don’t know that I personally would spend that much for something that I wouldn’t wear frequently, but you never know. I will keep playing with it for a bit longer and see what I come up with.

Raquel Dunn was kind enough to send this product for my review and you can check out her website to see the 3D Fiber Lashes as well as all of the other products they sell. She is  also on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

There are some other reviews from the Home and School Mosaic team if you were interested and you can read them here. It is always nice to get different opinions on things! :)

I was provided the product mentioned for free in hopes that I would mention it on my blog. I only mention things that I would personally use or I think my readers may use.
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What to do with those family photos!!

After coming back from my crazy trip to Arizona and working on photos for the eleven different families that I took while I was there, I started thinking about our family photos. You know, the ones I haven’t taken yet… um… And that got me thinking about Christmas cards. That I haven’t sent out since we moved here to North Carolina two years ago…. Good gravy!!! I need to get on the ball!

I had a few of those families write and ask me about Christmas cards. Back in the day I would just make something up for them, or use a template that a friend designed and let me use. But guess what? That computer drive crashed and now I have nothing… I know, I tell everyone I know to back up their stuff and what do I do? hmm…

minted logoSo, I saw some totally cute card designs from Minted! Have you heard of this place? So fun!! I clicked right over to their holiday section to look for Christmas cards thinking they would have a page or two. Nope. They had like…30 pages. And there is such a variety of cards!

In the past, whenever I was actually on the ball and sent out cards…I would usually plan the card around the photos… But seriously, this year, I think I am going to plan the photos around the card! They have so many different styles! Here are some examples:

minted card example 1You could take something simple as just your name and look how cute this card is! Also, it is nice to know that our name would fit since it has the same amount of letters as shown. ;) But really, you could dress this card up, or do it casual. I find that to be the case with a lot of their cards!

minted card example 2This is another one that I thought was cute! Since there are still a few people out there that don’t know that we moved away from AZ, this would really let them know! ;) And west coasters, there is a style for you as well!

minted card example 3In playing around more with their website, I realized you can really make these your own card! You can change the color accents, the greeting, the shape of the card, the format, the paper…the list goes on! And it is nice that you can change it right as you are looking at it on the screen too! I like the wavy card like this one. Adds a little interest! They also have ornament cards, folding cards…ok, I don’t want to feel like I am listing the different kinds of shrimp like they did in Forrest Gump. ha! But really…it is awesome and all done with a click of a button. :)

One more thing…in perusing their site today, I noticed they are having a sale…I KNOW, RIGHT!?!?! They are offering $25 off and free shippiing on holiday card orders, but…it looks like it ends tomorrow! (Monday!) What is nice though, is that you can go ahead and buy the cards now and personalize them later. Which is good for people like me that are, um, only slightly behind on taking their family photos…..hehehe…

Now, you need to help me! What are your favorite designs?? :) I accidentally made my way over to their blog and got lost in there for a few hours looking around…hey, it happens!!  I am in love with their posts on design…there was a lovely house with a white washed brick kitchen area featured…I love love love it! And a neat bathroom… Oh, and don’t forget the recipes. Right there on the front page is a recipe for peanut butter fondue.  Seriously, I die. Check out my Pinterest account and you will see this is like my dream blog..haha!

But yes, anyway, let me know your favorite card designs, because I am just overwhelmed with everything right now…lol. :)

 

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VIP by Manic Drive {CD Review and Giveaway!}

If you looked at the amount of music on my phone you would understand how excited I am about this.. I just love music! I listen to so many different kinds too. Jeffy and I have had contests about who has the most variety and yeah, I won. ;) Of course just the amount of songs I have compared to him is kind of ridiculous…..
Lately I got to listen to this cd, VIP by the band Manic Drive.

ABOUT THE BAND:
Manic Drive has been widely known as a Canadian band who always delivers a great show, but over the past few years and project releases, they have added to their extensive touring of Canadian and US markets multiple Billboard Top 10 & 20 singles on CHR & Christian Rock Radio. Manic Drive is clearly very intentional about reaching their generation and inspiring them to pursue a deeper walk with Christ and to get involved in changing the world they are inheriting. And they are uniquely equipped to do so. The band members, all in their early-mid twenties, have made sacrifices to pursue God’s call on their lives. Their life experience, spiritual maturity and ministry have opened doors to speak into the lives of their own generation and that is perhaps the most defining characteristic of this group of guys.

WHAT I THOUGHT: I really enjoyed this cd! I want to say I hear a little….JT in there, you know…but just every now and again. Just something about the combination of the vocals and the music.. There is quite a variety of tunes on this cd. My favorite song on the CD is called Song To Sing. The words ‘You gave me a song to sing, start to pay attention, to the words I’m singing’ hits it on the head. How often we sing songs like these and don’t pay attention to the lyrics and the meaning… This song has been on repeat for a while now. I just love the message and the way the song was done. Great job! I am definitely going to be adding this to my playlist!!

CHECK THEM OUT:
Official Website- http://www.manicdrive.com/
YouTube Channel- http://www.youtube.com/manicdrive
Official Twitter-  http://www.twitter.com/manicdrive
Official FB- http://www.facebook.com/manicdrive

And guess what, I am giving one of these cd’s away! If you like music like I do, especially Christian music, then you may just want to enter, yo!! ;) Then you can be like me and fumble around with opening a cd…it had been a while for me and I forgot about that lovely sticky tape…heehhe…

Contest is over soon!!

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

VIP by Manic Drive {CD Review and Giveaway!}

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Thursday Things

This week went fast for me, did it for you? Sheesh… I guess with Jeffy gone for half of it, my hours all just kinda meshed and half the time I didn’t know what time it was, let alone what day…

So, here are this weeks Thursday Things. What did you like about this last week? :)

These little pomegranate & nectarine candies from Torie & Howard are so yummy!! And the ingredient list is awesome, for hard candy anyway. ;) Organic sugar, organic rice syrup, non-gmo citric acid, natural flavors and they are colored with red cabbage, purple carrots, organic black carrot, organic blackcurrant and organic apple. Pretty nice…and the packaging is pretty too…

Next is this toothpaste from Nature’s Gate. My friend told me to try it and I finally found some at our local co-op store. I love it! I had previously been using Tom’s, but even comparing the different ingredient lists made me happy to change! Thanks Angela! :D

rain at nightI got to pick Jeffy up from the airport this week..yay! I hate when he is gone! But I am happy that the rain held off until he was driving. ;) It was bad enough that I almost got rear ended on the freeway on the way to the airport…ack.. But yeah, happy that is all good…

Honey Balsamic ChickenWhile Jeffy was gone I realized I had to use up some chicken tenders.. Usually we bread them and have baked chicken, but I just didn’t want that….or the work that goes with it. ;) So, I looked on Pinterest, because isn’t that what everyone does anymore…and found this recipe. I had all of the ingredients and it was really easy! Honey Balsamic Chicken is the recipe I used. Photo credit goes to them as well, as it was way too dark for any sort of photo…you know, since it gets dark at 4pm and all now… But the boys loved it and want to have it again, this time with rice. I had cooked pasta with it the first time and I agree, I think rice would be better… Yay, another meal item!! :D

Suitcases by Dara Maclean has been seeing a lot of playtime lately.. I love it! Have you heard this song? It has such a great message. Give it a listen! :)

Ok, those are my Thursday Things for this week! Let me know what you have enjoyed about this past week!

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A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas {Book review and GIVEAWAY!}

I mentioned in my ‘What I read in October‘ post that I would be reviewing this book…well, guess what? I am also having a giveaway for the book! Exciting, right? :) The book is called A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas.

About the book:

Hardcover / 316 Pages 

Discover how to live out a sacred marriage. You believe your marriage has eternal purposes. you long for it to reach beyond your home and encourage others. But what does it look like to have a spiritually intentional relationship in the midst of dirty dishes, work deadlines, and car pools? In Sacred Marriage, Gary Thomas showed us that God designed marriage to make us holy more than to make us happy. Now, in A Lifelong Love, Thomas gives us the practical tools to craft our marriages into inspiring relationships that breathe spiritual life to others. Whatever season of marriage you are in, A Lifelong Love gives your the practical help you need to infuse your marriage with a spiritual passion that will not only change you but will change the world around you.

About the author:


Gary Thomas is writer-in-residence at Second Baptist Church in Houston, a frequent guest on Focus on the Family and FamilyLife Today radio, and a popular speaker. His award-winning books, including The Sacred Search, have been translated into over a dozen languages and together have sold more than a million copies worldwide. Thomas and his wife have been married thirty years and have three children.

To stay connected with the author, here is the info:
Book Website: www.alifelonglove.comAuthor Website: www.garythomas.com
Gary on Twitter: @garyLthomas
Gary on Facebook: www.facebook.com/authorgarythomas

What I thought:

I just finished reading this book the other day, I wanted to make sure I had the whole thing read before doing a review and giveaway for it! There were so many great points made throughout this book.

The first point that stuck with me throughout the book is that the author mentions that God can be looked at as a Father-in-law, so to speak. That God wants you to love and care  for his daughter/son like he does. That totally makes sense to me even if it is an odd thing to think about at first.. :D

The other point that I kept with me was  that it is a natural thing to want to be loved, I mean, who doesn’t want to be loved more than we already are…but really, what we need to be focusing on is to love more ourselves. Right? It is totally true.. The love you give is so much more important than the love you take…

I really like the way the book was laid out. There are three different sections: The Magnificent Obsession, Growing Together, and The Journey Toward Love. In each section there are separate chapters. At the end of each chapter there are some questions to answer which some are very thought provoking! At the very end is a short little prayer.

There are personal tales included in the book as well as stories from other people. So it didn’t have a ‘textbook’ feel to it, which I liked.

Anyway, I really appreciated this book. Gave me some things to think about in my own marriage! It definitely isn’t a book to rush through and that is one reason it took me so long to read it and I still could read it again slower…

If this book sounds like something you would enjoy, enter the contest below and if you win, you will get your own copy!

 

Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.
 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.
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What I read in October

Well, I thought I would read more books this month than I did. We were so exhausted on the plane that we were pretty much like zombies on both flights. Especially that first one though, I only had three hours of sleep and a sore back with a 4 hour layover in Chicago. :P So anyway, we didn’t read on either flight. I brought a lot of books though!

I need to up my game, I have to read ten more books by the end of the year to meet my goal! Ack!!

Here is what I read in October…

 

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The Museum of Intangible Things by Wendy Wunder – Loyalty. Envy. Obligation. Dreams. Disappointment. Fear. Negligence. Coping. Elation. Lust. Nature. Freedom. Heartbreak. Insouciance. Audacity. Gluttony. Belief. God. Karma. Knowing what you want (there is probably a French word for it). Saying Yes. Destiny. Truth. Devotion. Forgiveness. Life. Happiness (ever after).

Hannah and Zoe haven’t had much in their lives, but they’ve always had each other. So when Zoe tells Hannah she needs to get out of their down-and-out New Jersey town, they pile into Hannah’s beat-up old Le Mans and head west, putting everything—their deadbeat parents, their disappointing love lives, their inevitable enrollment at community college—behind them.

As they chase storms and make new friends, Zoe tells Hannah she wants more for her. She wants her to live bigger, dream grander, aim higher. And so Zoe begins teaching Hannah all about life’s intangible things, concepts sadly missing from her existence—things like audacity, insouciance, karma, and even happiness.

An unforgettable read from the acclaimed author of The Probability of Miracles, The Museum of Intangible Things sparkles with the humor and heartbreak of true friendship and first love.

What I thought: Well, I don’t normally do this, but I went into Goodreads.com and checked a couple other reviews for this book. I didn’t feel the same way that a lot of them did, they were confused mostly. It was an interesting way to tell a story, sure, and not usually one that is told. I kind of enjoyed reading it. It moved quickly for the most part…

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Homeroom Diaries by James Patterson and Lisa Papademetriou – James Patterson introduces the best selling “illustrated fiction” format to teens! It’s “Middle School” for high schoolers!

In James Patterson’s first highly illustrated “diary fiction” story for teens, the mega-bestselling author’s most endearing and original teen heroine ever proves that everyone can use a helping hand once in a while.

Margaret “Cuckoo” Clarke recently had a brief stay in a mental institution following an emotional breakdown, but she’s turning over a new leaf with her “Operation Happiness”. She’s determined to beat down the bad vibes of the Haters, the Terror Teachers, and all of the trials and tribulations of high school by writing and drawing in her diary. And when life gets really tough, she works through her own moments of uncertainty through imaginary conversations with her favorite literary characters.

Cuckoo’s also got a nearly impossible mission: she, along with her misfit band of self-deprecating friends (who call themselves “the Freakshow”) decide to bridge the gap between warring cliques and “bring the Nations together”. Not everyone is so willing to join hands and get along, but Cuckoo never stops smiling… until one of her closest friends, pushed to desperation by a Hater prank, decides that enough is enough.

What I thought: I actually loved the drawings in this book. There weren’t so many that I thought it was like a comic book, but the illustrations really added to it! The story was cute. There wasn’t a ton of substance although there were some definite issues mentioned. I think I was expecting something different since it was James Patterson and all…but it’s ok. :)

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Intertwine by Nichole Van – Time is not a river. It is a vast cosmic sea. Where each life exists as rippling circles on its surface, past and future being eternally present. And occasionally, one expanding ring intertwines with that of another, weaving the lives of two people together…

In 2012, Emme Wilde can’t find the right guy. She wants to feel that swept-off-your-feet dizziness of true love. But so far, her dating life has come up short. Star Trek geek? Nice but too serious. Hippy artist? Cute but too vulnerable. Instead, Emme obsesses over the portrait of an unknown man in an old locket. Granted, a seriously dreamy guy with delicious, wind-swept hair she just itches to run her fingers through. But still. Dead men may be great listeners, but they are not exactly boyfriend material. Emme travels to England, determined to uncover his history and conquer the strong connection she feels.

In 1812, James Knight has given up finding the right woman. All he wants is someone to share his love of adventure. Instead, his life has become a Shakespearean drama. His brother languishes in a tragic star-crossed romance. His beloved sister clings to life, slowly dying of consumption. But then he finds a beautiful mystery woman, dripping wet and half-dead, beneath a tree on his estate. Now if he can uncover her history, perhaps adventure—and romance—will find him at last.

What I thought: Well, the main reason I bought this book was because it was written by someone in the photography industry that I am friends with on facebook. The storyline sounded cute too. And the cover… :swoon: Anyway, the beginning of the book was a little confusing for me, but after that I really got into it. I loved the time travel deal…fun. :) A very cute story…

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A Lifelong Love by Gary Thomas – Gary Thomas believes couples often settle for too little when it comes to marriage. We fail to understand how deeply God cares about our spouse. We diminish our need to not only understand what biblical love really is, but also to become a people who excel at it. We let ourselves drift apart instead of making the daily choices to grow closer together.Whether your marriage needs a complete makeover, a touch up, or just a new purpose,A Lifelong Love promises to set your relationship on an entirely new dimension. You will never look at worship or your spouse in the same way again. You will understand how living for that day will so radically transform the decisions you make this day. And Gary will guide you through the power shifts and seasonal mine fields that blow up so many marriages so that you can grow in your love instead of in your disappointment.Thirty years of study and two decades of working with couples has led Gary Thomas to his most significant book yet on the relationship between husband and wife. Find out for yourself what all the fuss is about—and why A Lifelong Love is sure to challenge the way the church talks about marriage.

What I thought: Wow…definitely a lot to think about with this one. I am going to be reviewing this book soon on my blog, so if this sounds interesting, keep an eye out for that blog post….

Anyway, let me know what you read recently and loved.. I have to squeeze in ten more books by the end of the year…think I can do it? ;)

 

 

 

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4 Ways to Engage in Orphan Sunday

“Orphan Sunday isn’t about charity; it’s about the mission of Christ. I pray that every Gospel-transformed congregation will observe Orphan Sunday, calling all Christians to our mandate to image Christ by caring for his little brothers and sisters, the fatherless of the world.” — Dr. Russell Moore, author Adopted for Life

 

 

 

On November 2nd, Christians around the globe will stand together with one goal: to rouse believers with God’s call to care for the orphan and what our role is in response.

Does your family, small group or church have plans for Orphan Sunday? There are so many ways that we can honor orphans collectively as the Body of Christ on Orphan Sunday. If you don’t have plans or haven’t heard of an event near you, here are 4 ways you can engage in this year’s Orphan Sunday:

  1. Advent for Orphans Calendar — see explanation below.
  2. Orphan’s Table — share a meal eaten by orphans around the world. Gather with family, small group or church for the meal, discussion and prayer.
  3. Plan an Orphan Sunday event with a Partnership Package — easy-to-follow Orphan Sunday event plan, enabling you to partner with an organization to create a simple event!
  4. Contact your Regional Orphan Sunday Coordinator with questions, to seek ideas as you plan, or to let them know that you will be holding an event.

Be sure to also check out their other resources which include videos, prayer guides, sermon notes, t-shirts & more! Together, let’s stand for the orphan!

To learn more about Orphan Sunday or find an event near you visit OrphanSunday.org.

Advent Calendar 2014

Get your FREE Advent Calendar & celebrate with purpose!

See how your family, small group or church can celebrate the anticipate the birth of our Savior in a special way that also shows love to orphans.

Limited supply of Advent for Orphans calendars available! Learn more & order your calendar today at www.lifesongfororphans.org/advent.

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