Saturday, August 30, 2014

"The Dawning of Indestructible Joy" Book Review

Christmas is my FAVORITE time of the year!  So advent reading collections and other Christmas-themed books (books that talk about the true meaning of Christmas) are very important to me!  "The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent," by John Piper is a great addition to any advent collection!

"The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig" Review

As a Southern woman, born 'n' raised, the pig is very important to me.  BBQ, bacon, baked ham, "pig pickin's" - they're all an integral part of Southern life.  So I was very excited to receive a copy of "The Southern Foodie's Guide to the Pig: A Culinary Tour of the South's Best Restaurants & the Recipes that Made Them Famous," by Chris Chamberlain.

I love a good cookbook with good recipes, but what I really love is a cookbook that's "more than a cookbook."  Chris Chamberlain's "Guide to the Pig" definitely falls into the later category!  Yes, there are fabulous recipes from BBQ to cole slaw to bacon peanut butter cookies in this book, but there's SO MUCH MORE!!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

"The Wonder-Working God" Book Review

I'll be completely honest.  When I started this book, I wondered if I'd be able to finish it.  I wasn't "wowed" at first.  But about halfway through the first chapter, I realized that "The Wonder-Working God," by Jared C. Wilson, was going to be a FABULOUS book!  And I'm SO GLAD I stuck with it!!!!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

"Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door" Book Review

I've said it many times, but I love reviewing books.  I especially love reviewing children's books because then my kids get to enjoy as well! "Conrad and the Cowgirl Next Door," written by Denette Fretz and illustrated by Gene Barretta, is a great addition to my kids' library!

First of all, the illustrations are fun, colorful, and adorable! Little Conrad has the sweetest little face and looks precious in his giant cowboy hat!  Imogene looks like a little know-it-all, and yet she's precious.  - She's a perfect illustration of a little child who just hasn't learned yet that always telling people what they are doing wrong may not make you many friends.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Pedipeds Flex Riddell Tennis Shoe Review

Its that time again!  Time for school!  And a new school year means new shoes!  When I looks for new shoes for my kids, I go to Pedipeds first! Their shoes are approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association for promoting healthy foot development and that's SUPER IMPORTANT to me!!!  According to studies, wearing the wrong footwear or ill-fitting shoes accounts for 70% of foot problems!  (If you've read my past Pedipeds reviews, you've seen that stat before.  But I think its SO INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT!  Ill-fitting or improper shoes can cause damage to your little one's growing feet!  Don't do that to them!   Skip the designer t-shirts and invest in good shoes!  You won't regret it!

The Pediped Flex Riddells are not only great for your little one's feet, but look how cute they are!!!

DriNights Feel Cooler Duo Pillow and Mattress Pad Review

Recently, I received the opportunity to review a couple of's Feel Cooler Duo temperature-regulating and moisture wicking products!  I was sent one of their regular Duo Pillows and their queen-sized Duo Mattress Pad.

Sweet (Food Network Magazine Cookbook) Review

I love receiving review books in the mail, but I nearly did a back flip when this one arrived!  (And if you knew me, you'd know what an AMAZING fete that would have been!)

Sweet, by the editors of Food Network Magazine is an INCREDIBLE book!!!  Here's what I loved:

Thursday, August 21, 2014

"Jonah and the Great Big Fish" Review

As a book lover, I get great joy in introducing new books to my kids.  However, since my youngest isn't even 2 years old yet, its hard to keep her attention for long.  That's why short books (that don't have hundreds of words on each page) are great!  But just because a book isn't lengthy doesn't mean it can't teach us something.  Jonah and the Great Big Fish is one of those great books.

NIV "God's Word for the Gardener" Bible Review

One of my favorite items in the world is my Kindle!  I love having hundreds of books at my fingertips!  Its especially great when it comes to different translations of the Bible.  Bible study is so much easier now that I can quickly flip between versions, look at notes, etc. without having to pull 12 books off the bookshelf!

Recently, I received a Kindle version of the NIV God's Word for the Gardener Bible for review.  Now, I will begin by saying that I am NOT a gardener.  In fact, I know nothing about gardening - sadly.  But that doesn't mean I can't enjoy this Bible!  The weekly devotions all have to do with gardening, but they are very simple and easy to read.

"My Paris Kitchen" Book Review

I love when a new review book arrives!  I especially love when its a cookbook!  I have a serious cookbook addiction.  It may be out of control.  Haha!  But even if I decide to pare down my collection, there's one book I would NEVER throw away - My Paris Kitchen, by David Lebovitz!  This book is wonderful!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Erin Condren FUNctional Family System Review and Discount!

You may remember my reviews of my Erin Condren Life Planner and my Erin Condren Address Book.   I love those books! They aren't just functional, but they are colorful and fun!!!  Well, today I'd like to introduce you to another Erin Condren "product of magic and wonder": The FUNctional Family System!
(Sign up using my referral link and you will receive an email code for $10 off your first order!!!)

Friday, August 8, 2014

"Treat Yourself" by Jennifer Steinhauer

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

I love cookbooks!  Seriously.  I'm a cookbook addict!  So I was thrilled to receive this book for review!  And it didn't disappoint!  Great recipes.  Great pictures.  Its the whole package!  

And I love a "uniquely themed" cookbook - which this one definitely is! Not your regular baking cookbook, this book gives you recipes to create some of your favorite store-bought treats right at home!  I love that it contains recipes for some very well-known treats - like oreos and nilla wafers.  But I also love that it has some less-recognizable treats - like TastyCakes (something you probably aren't familiar with if you haven't lived in the NorthEast) and Star Crunch.  That means I can make some of my favorites and also try some totally new treats!  Yippee!!!  

One pet peeve of mine is cookbooks without pictures.  I want to see something before I cook or bake it.  That's usually how I pick new recipes - by seeing a picture that looks delish.  This cookbook is NOT lacking in beautiful, delicious pics of the treats!  Major score!  All-in-all, I'd say this is a fantastic book!  Can't wait to start baking!!!  :)

"Goodnight Ark" Book Review

I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

I always love getting new books for my kids. I'm a very big believer in encouraging my kids to read as much as possible.  Goodnight Ark, by Laura Sassi, is a great addition to our collection!  And its especially appropriate at this time since my 3 year old recently developed a fear of thunderstorms.  Now I can read this cute little story to her when she's afraid and explain to her that she's not the only one afraid of storms!  Hopefully the humor in the story, the cute rhymes, and the adorable illustrations by Jane Chapman will help her forget about the storms.

"My Happy Pumpkin" Book Review

I received a copy of this book from Booklook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

I was very excited when this book arrived!  To begin with, my toddler LOVES pumpkins!!!  (She gets that from me.  I'm all about anything Fall-themed!)