Sunday, February 28, 2016

The Knot Outdoor Weddings

"The Knot: Outdoor Weddings" is a huge hardcover book featuring weddings in every season. The book features wedding flowers, decor, cakes, attire, venues, stationary, color palettes and every other necessity for a beautiful wedding!

What I liked about this book was that it featured so many different types of weddings! Weddings on farms, in the big city, on the beach, on a mountainside, and anywhere else you can think of.

The photos are absolutely beautiful. As someone who just enjoys weddings in general, I thought this was a gorgeous book! I personally loved the pictures of the amazing bouquets and flower decorations.

I also really enjoyed the fact that this book includes a hardcover. With so much content and such a large book, I think the hardcover is absolutely necessary. I would highly recommend this book to anyone getting married or anyone who works in the wedding industry. I rate this book as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

The Gift of Friendship by Dawn Camp

"The Gift of Friendship: Stories that Celebrate the Beauty of Shared Moments" by Dawn Camp is a collection of over fifty true stories on women celebrating friendship! Some contributors include: Lisa-Jo Baker, Liz Curtis Higgs, Jennifer Dukes Lee, Bonnie Gray, Lysa Terkeurst, Renee Swope...just to name a few. 

These women cover everything. Their imperfections, their flaws, and the ways their friendships have truly made their lives richer by overlooking all of those things. True friends know all your imperfections and love you anyway. This is a collection of how women have reached out to other women when they needed them most.

I really loved this book. I think sometimes as women we underestimate how important friendships are. We get busy with life and with motherhood. But good friends are still good friends within the busyness of life. I would highly recommend this book to all the lovely ladies in my life. 

I rate this book as 5 stars. I received this book for free from Revell, a division of Baker Book Publishers in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. 

Roots and Sky by Christie Purifoy

"Roots and Sky" by Christie Purifoy is a real life poetry at it's best. When Christie's family moved to Maplehurst that September, she was heavily pregnant with their fourth child. In a way, Maplehurst was a new beginning for their family.

Their Victorian farmhouse sits atop a hill in Pennsylvania, down a long lane of Maple trees. In a way, this book is unlike most that I have read. It's a memoir of sorts, to their first year in their new home, and all of the surprises and memories made within that home.

Readers see first hand how Christie and her family opened their home to neighbors, and how they actually had to call their realtor to come help watch their other children when their newest baby was born, because they honestly didn't know anyone else in town.

I think Christie has a beautiful way with words. "Roots and Sky" is almost a book of poetry with the way Christie writes. It's a beautiful book to take to the beach, or to read outside on a nice Spring day.

I rate this book as 5 stars. I received this book for free from Revell, a division of Baker Book House in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ugg Inspired Baby Booties!

Eek! Are these not the cutest baby booties you've ever seen? These are now available in my Etsy shop! 


I think my girls need these in every color! What do you think? What color would you choose for your little one? 




Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Glimmer Girls: A Dolphin Wish by Natalie Grant

I LOVE reading and reviewing children's books because my kiddos love to read just as much as I do. I was especially excited that the main focus of "A Dolphin Wish" was that the three girls Mia, Maddie and Lulu were all sisters sharing the special bond that my own girls have.

"A Dolphin Wish" is actually the second book in the series, which I did not know at first. Although, I think it truly can stand alone without having read the other book first. Mia, Maddie and Lulu are on vacation in San Diego with their parents and their nanny, Miss Julia. Their mom is a famous singer so they get to travel to new and exciting places all the time! One day, while the girls are on vacation, their family visits Captain Swashbuckler's Adventure Park and find their own little mystery to solve. The only problem is that Mia wants to figure it all out on her own, because Maddie figured out the last mystery. She wants to show her sister she can be just as adventurous.

But it becomes a problem when it becomes more of a competition with her sister than anything else. She admits to her mom that she has been harboring unkind feelings toward her sister since their last vacation to London, but her heart is really in the right place when she realizes why she truly wants to solve the mystery. Mia must learn to give her worries to God and let Him handle the rest.

This is really a fantastic story about sisters and Mia learning that she must let God rule her decisions. I think my girls will be able to relate to these sisters on many different levels as they seem so much like my own girls. They are strong, kind, God-loving, fun individuals who really have a heart for helping other people. I would say the reading level for this book is somewhere in the age range of 8-12 year olds. I know my oldest will absolutely love it. There is no talk of boys or crushes, or dating which I think is totally inappropriate for this age anyway. I have no complaints on this book whatsoever! I rate it as 5 stars.

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Monday, February 8, 2016

Super Foods Every Day

"Super Foods Every Day" by Sue Quinn is a comprehensive look into the different types of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds that make up the category of Super Foods! The first chapter breaks it down into the benefits of each food. The author explains which vitamins and minerals the food stores and the many different benefits of each.

Readers learn all about antioxidants, lycopenes, phytochemicals, glucosinolates, carotenoids, flavonoids, folate, free radicals, and the many different vitamins! The author goes on to explain the benefits of each category and which foods help protect against cancer, heart disease, diabetes and which fruits and vegetables are anti-inflammatory or natural antioxidants.

The second half of this book is a series of recipes which includes Breakfast, Salads and Soups, Side Dishes, Main Dishes, Baked Goods and Sweet Things. Each recipe is simple yet energizing and all of the ingredients are pure, natural foods!

I loved this book for so many different reasons! I think God gave us all these wonderful foods for a reason, and that they are vital for our nutrition. I can't wait to try out these recipes! I rate this book as 5 stars.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Carseat Canopy Blanket and Bandana Bibs by Snappy Swagger #snappyswagger


This week I got to review this adorable carseat canopy and fun bandana bibs by Snappy Swagger!

I loved this carseat canopy blanket! The colors are great for either a boy or a girl, and the material is very soft cotton and minky dot fabric. It is not a heavy blanket, so it would even be appropriate for Spring and early Summer when it is not too hot. The canopy blanket itself is more than 47 inches long, making sure it completely covers baby in the carseat.

What I liked best about this carseat canopy blanket is that it really could be used for a multitude of things. It's the perfect material to use as a blanket on the lawn for an infant, or even as a nursing cover up for mom.

I only had one complaint regarding this canopy. The part that fastens to the carseat with velcro was just barely attached to the canopy. The stitches were coming loose and one side of the handle had almost come completely undone. I imagine this was an error with my specific item, and most of the items are probably fine. It is an easy fix that I can just repair with a needle and thread, but most people will probably not want to hassle with it.

Also included in this package was three fun bandana bibs made out of a cotton and fleece! These were absolutely adorable. I put one on my 20 month old immediately and seemed to really like it. She didn't even try to rip it off like she does with most bibs. ;)

The bibs also come in unisex colors and three different assorted patterns.

These bibs are actually pretty cool. You can use them from infant age, on up to toddlers, so they are pretty versatile! Especially great if you have a child who drools a lot!

I received this Carseat Canopy Blanket and Bandana Bibs at a reduced price from Snappy Swagger in exchange for my honest unbiased opinion. To purchase this product, please visit http://www.amazon.com/dp/B018STO00A

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