Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Christmas Roundup Blog Tour!!!

Check out these amazing books, DVDs and Christus statue that are sure to put you and your family in the right frame of mind for this Christmas!
 
All About Christmas- This hard cover book is stuffed with stories, songs, poems, Christmas history, joyful traditions, recipes, and activities. This delightful book celebrates all things Christmas - from the sacred story of the Nativity to the lore of Saint Nick. 

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My Review:

 
It's All about Christmas

This book is the ultimate collection of Christmas facts, stories, quotes and trivia! For a person who loves Christmas like myself, it was a delightful treat to go through! My family enjoyed reading about how Santa came to wear red and white and how many presents the elves have to make each day to provide each child with one come Christmas morning! Even more wonderful were the pictures included that reminded me of days long ago sitting with my mom and grandma! This is a delightful treasury and great for a family to explore together! I would recommend it to anyone!
 
You can pick up your own copy  of All About Christmas here.

 
Words of Christmas: Savoring the True Meaning of the Season One Word at a TimeThis beautifully designed book takes a closer look at twenty-five words, like hope, faith and joy, that we hear throughout the holidays. 

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   My Review:

Words of Christmas

Words of Christmas is a great book that a family can utilize to focus on one word of Christmas each day leading up to Christmas! Or you can sit and read the entire book in one sitting! The book is beautiful with each word written in gold in a lovely font and a picture is included as well. There is a brief definition and a scripture that goes along with that word. This book is a great one to give as a gift to someone and to give yourself! I love the beauty of it and I love the idea of reading a different word each day to remind my family each day of the true meaning of Christmas!


                                    You can pick up your own copy of Words of Christmas here.

Christus Marble 3 inch statue
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                                                This marble Christus statue is small but beautiful! It would make a great baptism present to remind a child or convert of the covenants they made during baptism. I love that it is small and doesn't take up too much space for those people who may not have a place to display a large statue!

                                                                      You can pick up your own marble Christus statue here.

A Songbook for LDS Families
A Songbook for LDS Families highlights eighteen beloved and well-known songs, as well as twenty-eight newly penned Book of Mormon hymns composed by Janice Kapp Perry with text by Bonnie Hart Murray. 

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Let me tell you what I love about this songbook! It brought back so many wonderful memories for me! Memories of singing with my family when I was young, memories of my sister singing at my brothers' mission farewells, and memories of the primary children singing Holding Hands Around the World! There are not only beautiful songs but beautiful pictures as well! I love this compilation of Janice Kapp Perry songs and it will be well used in my home!

                                            You can pick up your own copy of A Songbook for LDS Families here.


No Ordinary Shepherd (DVD)- The young shepard boy, has always treasured his father's tale of that starlit night filled with wonder of angelic heralds and a tiny Bethlehem stable sheltering the chosen Messiah. The young shepherd later encounters a miracle of his own. 

 
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                                                  You can pick up your own copy of No Ordinary Shepherd here.


He Knows My Name (DVD)- Rebekah is fascinated by the man her neighbors call Jesus. Her mother is not so sure. One day she brings Jesus home - a simple act that will forever change their lives. 

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                                          You can pick up your own copy of He Knows My Name here.

Saturday, December 19, 2015

It's All About Christmas, Blog Tour & Book Review






Book Summary:

Like heirloom ornaments on a splendid tree, It’s All About Christmas will put you and your family in a festive frame of mind for a glorious holiday season. Stuffed with stories, songs, poems, Christmas history, joyful traditions, recipes, and activities, this delightful book celebrates all things Christmas—from the sacred story of the Nativity to the lore of Saint Nick. Opening this book is like tearing the paper off a much–anticipated gift, offering new surprises with each turn of the page. Generously illustrated with scores of vibrant vintage images, It’s All About Christmas will remind you of Christmases past, help you appreciate Christmas present, and guide you to creating memories for the Christmases to come.











My Review: 

It's All about Christmas

This book is the ultimate collection of Christmas facts, stories, quotes and trivia! For a person who loves Christmas like myself, it was a delightful treat to go through! My family enjoyed reading about how Santa came to wear red and white and how many presents the elves have to make each day to provide each child with one come Christmas morning! Even more wonderful were the pictures included that reminded me of days long ago sitting with my mom and grandma! This is a delightful treasury and great for a family to explore together! I would recommend it to anyone!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon!

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

Asleep on the Hay by Ben Sowards, Book Review & Giveaway!!!

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Asleep on the Hay

Book Summary:

Asleep on the Hay: A Dust Bowl Christmas by Ben Sowards


It’s Christmas Eve when a knock comes at the door of Paul’s family farmhouse. A small family is stranded due to a broken-down truck and seeks shelter for the evening. Paul’s grandfather not only welcomes them in, but offers them dinner and a bed for the night. Even though it is a season of giving, Paul’s heart is not filled with charity. It’s the height of the Dust Bowl and food is scarce. Why should he share what little he has with strangers? Worse, in order to help the sick baby, Paul will have to sell his beloved calf to buy a part to fix the truck. Angry, he retreats to the barn, where he sleeps and dreams of faraway Bethlehem. In his dream, he visits Mary and Joseph, and their newborn son, Jesus. The family offers Paul food and shelter and warmth—extending to him the love and charity he lacks and teaching him of the true meaning of Christmas.


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My Review:

This story about the true meaning of Christmas is not just beautifully written, but the illustrations are gorgeous as well! It is quick read, but the story has depth and through the eyes of young Paul, the reader learns about giving, sacrifice and Jesus. I love this book so much, I am going to add it my collection of Christmas stories to share with my own family! Paul's journey pulled on my heartstrings and really made me reflect and ponder. I highly recommend this beautiful book for anyone at any age!

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About the Author:

Author & Illustrator Ben Sowards
 Ben Sowards is the illustrator of many well-loved picture books, including A Christmas Dress for Ellen, Seven Miracles that Saved America, and Christmas Oranges. Ben Sowards teaches others to paint both traditionally and digitally at Southern Utah University, where has directed the illustration program since 2001.
 
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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Sweets & Treats with Six Sisters' Stuff, Book Review



Book Summary:


Six Sisters' Stuff is one of the most widely followed cooking and lifestyle blogs with 6.7 million page views per month and their most popular features are their fantastic dessert recipes. Whether quick-and-easy, imaginative show-stoppers, special occasion, holiday-themed or adorably cute and kid-friendly, this new Six Sisters' Stuff cookbook features 110 scrumptious homemade dessert recipes, covering every sweet tooth craving. Step-by-step instructions make it easy to create delicious and imaginative confections using pantry staples including: Mississippi Mud Brownies, Homemade Twix Bars, Nutella Cheesecake, Key Lime Cupcakes, Samoas Popcorn and includes a chapter on super-fast no-bake treats like Mini Peanut Butter Cup Trifles. Sweets & Treats with Six Sisters' Stuff also features imaginative ways to share and showcase your homemade confections including: Ways to Package Treats, Dessert Traditions, Desserts Kids Can Make, and Companion Dessert Craft Projects.


My Review:

Sweets & Treats with Six Sisters' Stuff

So this cookbook is amazing! First and most importantly, it is all about desserts! My favorite!!! Secondly, it is super organized with a section for each type of dessert! Imagine an entire section dedicated just to brownies! I am in heaven! Third, each recipe is neat and organized itself. It has the name, prep time, cook time, total time and then how many servings it makes at the very top for easy reference. The page next to it shows a picture which is a bonus for me, seeing it helps me know if I want to make it! Last of all,  I love this cookbook because it actually contains recipes I want to make and are not so difficult I don't think I could make it happen! Like the chocolate turtle brownies, only 40 minutes from start to finish! This is my kind of baking book friends! I definitely recommend it and see it as a dessert go-to cookbook for any dessert lover! 


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Lord Apollo and the Colleen by S.G. Rogers, Book Review





Book Summary:

 Five years after his supposed death, Theo King has returned to Graceling Hall...but a mystery remains. A stranger is buried in his grave, and nobody knows if his death was accidental…or murder. As Theo resumes his former life, the dead man’s sister shows up on his doorstep to hold him accountable. If he helps this Irish spitfire solve the mystery, will she finally leave him in peace?




My Review:

Lord Apollo and the Colleen by SG Rogers

This book is the companion novel to the book Larken. I truly enjoyed learning more about Theo and his friends Rowe and Clarissa. Learning Theo's backstory was intriguing and tied everything in the story together!  We got to meet a new character Megan, and man was she fiery and stubborn! I loved her attitude, her spunk and her accent! The kindness of the King family, the bonds of friendship that they shared, it made me want to be a part of their circle! I appreciated the perspective of six year old Myles and seeing behind the scenes so to speak! A great read that any regency fan will love, I highly recommend Lord Apollo and the Colleen!
 
 
Happy Reading!!!
 
 
You can pick up your own copy via Amazon. 
 
 

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Heir to Edenbrooke, by Julianne Donaldson Book Review




Book Summary:

In HEIR TO EDENBROOKE: A PREQUEL NOVELETTE (Shadow Mountain, November 17, 2015) Julianne Donaldson takes readers back to the world of Edenbrooke for more intrigue and romance.  

Philip Wyndham has never envied his older brother for being the heir to Edenbrooke. He would much rather carve out his own destiny than live under the constraints of that position. But when his older brother dies unexpectedly, Philip's life is turned upside down as duty requires him to give up the life he planned. Philip takes on his new role as the most sought-after bachelor in London with alternating reluctance, boredom, and resentment. But all that changes the night fate leads him to an inn, where he meets the incomparable Marianne Daventry.


My Review:

Heir to Edenbrooke

Donaldson once again has written a beautiful story that pulled me in and would not let me go! This novellette is the prequel to Edenbrooke and is written from Phillip's perspective. I loved learning Phillip's backstory, his feelings, his thoughts! And I never wanted the book to end!  I loved Every. Single. Word. I couldn't get enough! I still can't because this story is as timeless as Austen's Pride and Prejudice! I want to live in this book and never come out. Buy it! Read it! And if you haven't read Edenbrooke and Blackmoore then go and buy them and read them, you will not be disappointed!


Happy Reading!!!


You can pick up your own copy via  Amazon.



Source:  Publisher for review