Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Reviews. Show all posts

Monday, February 10

Say Goodbye to Survival Mode {a Review}

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Say Goodbye to Survival Mode by Crystal Paine {a Review} at

I’ve followed Crystal’s blog, on and off, since hearing her speak at the Allume conference. In her book Say Goodbye to Survival Mode: 9 Simple Strategies to Stress Less, Sleep More, and Restore Your Passion for Life, Crystal gives clear, concise tips and ideas on how you can streamline your existing.

The whole book is broken down into 10 chapters, easily gotten through in 30-45 minutes. Crystal touches on how to prioritize, how to budget, how to set {attainable} goals, and how to refocus yourself and your life; doing so through a variety of printables, short questions, ideas, and first hand stories.

She takes each aspect of being responsible for a household, whether you’re single, married, married with kids, with kids, and any other combination and helps you to pin point what things put you into survival mode and how to get yourself OUT of survival mode.

A lot of what Crystal talked about in the book I already knew or had implemented in our own life {and no, we are not out of survival mode some days}. This book, if nothing else, gave me permission to feel OK about some of the things we already do in order to survive the craziness of a 4 year old and 2 year old triplets.

If you’re feeling like you just can’t DEAL with the craziness anymore and that something has GOT to change, I do suggest taking a gander at this book, and seeing what ideas it can give to you about saying goodbye to survival mode.

I received this book for free from the BookLookBloggers program, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions I have expressed here are in no way dictated by the author or publisher, and are solely my own.

Wednesday, January 15

Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe {a Review}

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I recently finished reading, and am now reviewing, Sharon Jaynes book Praying for Your Husband from Head to Toe.  The book is broken into two parts: The first of which discusses the power of prayer and how praying over your husband and all the parts of his body can, and does, make such a difference in your husband’s life; the second part is a daily devotion in which there are prayers and bible verses to pray over your husband.

I felt the book did a great job of discussing the how and why of praying for your husband. Giving wonderful examples and feedback from others as to how their prayers affected their husbands. I don’t know about you, but hearing the practical of prayer always helps me to realize the importance of it.

After the daily guide, there is an appendix in which Jaynes goes further in how to pray for specific aspects of your husband’s life, with scriptural guidance.

Overall the book was excellent. I’ve been meaning for a while to become more intentional about praying for my husband, not just the simple daily prayers, but covering him from head to toe in my prayers. I’m looking forward to really focusing on the devotional aspect of this book.
I received this book for FREE from Waterbrook Multnomah, in exchange for my honest review. The opinions here are my own.

Tuesday, January 7

“Bread & Wine” {a Review}

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So…last spring  summer I received a copy of Bread & Wine by Shauna Niequist to breadandwine1review, but I didn’t want to read it before I had read her first two books, Cold Tangerines and Bittersweet. I’m kind of ridiculous like that, if I’m going to read something, then I need to read it in sequence by when the author wrote them. Of course I had all my other literary obligations that were standing between me and Bread and Wine. Finally I finished Cold Tangerines, great read, then Bittersweet, great read, then Bread & Wine.

I don’t know about you but the title alone is delicious: Bread and Wine. I’m not a big wine person, it has to be pretty phenomenal for me to like it, but BREAD….me and bread go way back!

I don’t know about you, but there are moments in my life that are so strongly linked with different food-memories; things that food are such a part of that there is no way to separate the two. This is Shauna.

All of her books, touch on the impact different memories have had on her and how food is woven through them, but Bread & Wine is the pinnacle, the book in which she not only talks about the scrumptious food, but shares why it has been so meaningful to her, as well as the recipes for you to enjoy on your own.

At the end of the book there is an entire plan for how you can share her recipes with friends, whether in a book club setting, menu plans or just at home for yourself. Throughout the book I went from being intimidated by Shauna’s food forays to laughing at the flops and faux-pas. It had me wanting to get out of bed and calling neighbors over for impromptu dinner parties in the middle of the night.

If you love food or if you wish you had it in you to wow the world with wonderful meals, then pick up this book. It’s easy to get through with chapters that stand alone, and fun to read Shauna’s experiences with food.

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Tuesday, December 3

“The Women of Christmas” {a Review}

Women of christmasI recently received and finished The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs, just in time to be able to recommend it for Christmas, which I do. I thoroughly enjoyed The Women of Christmas! It was short, easy to read, and gave me lots to think about and rehash in my mind.

Liz goes through the scriptures that touch on Christmas and discusses them and the women involved, from Elizabeth {mother of John}, Mary {is an explanation needed}, to Anna {the widow who lived in the temple and blessed Mary and Jesus}.

The whole book just shows God's love for women, all women, and how He puts his hands on them and blesses their lives. How these women just opened their hearts and lives to Him, without question. Definitely a book to spend a few hours in during this Christmas season. 

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah as part of their Blogging for Books programs. The opinions here are my own. You can go read my disclosure policy here.

Monday, November 18

Lilla Rose ~ a Giveaway

I’ve got something awesome coming your way! About a month ago I was approached by an independent consultant for Lilla Rose, about whether I would be interested in reviewing a flexi hair clip and doing a giveaway on my blog. I said “Sure!” I’ve always seen these things floating around online and have entered into giveaways for them, because I wasn’t sure if I would actually LIKE the clip. I’m kind of particular about my hair…comfort: That’s my big pre-req for anything I do in my hair.

Melody was fantastic, we talked about what kind of hair I have, how I usually do my hair, and what size clip would do best in my hair for how I wear my hair most often. A few days later a package arrived in the mail with this beauty in it…

My Lilla Rose Clip

Given how I wear my hair {up and off my face} and the thickness and body to my hair, Melody figured a Large Flexi-Clip would work well in my hair. And boy, does it ever! This clip is simple, beautiful, just a bit of elegance to it, and actually just as comfortable as my no-metal elastic hair band. My hair went…

Lilla Rose Collage

Which one do you think looks more like the pulled together Mama, who’s embracing beauty?! This clip is fantastic! I didn’t think I would love it as much as I do, but…I DO! I may have to look into getting a smaller one so that I can put my hair half-up, since I like that, but never do it because my rubber bands are too big.

Lucky for you Melody was gracious enough to be willing to giveaway one of the Mini Princess Tiara Flexi-Clip {the smaller version of what is in my hair}. Click HERE to find out more about Clip Fits.
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I think I may even have to take advantage of the special that Melody is doing for new customers: Buy 3 clips, and get the 4th FREE! I’m sure I can find a few clips and other pieces for me and the girls’ Christmas stockings :-)

You can find Melody’s site HERE and visit her Facebook page HERE. And now…for the GIVEAWAY!!!!

Lilla Rose Giveaway Collage

Enter HERE…..
Winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 26th

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Tuesday, September 17

“Martyr’s Fire” {a Review}

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I recently reviewed the third, and I believe final, book in the series Merlin’s Immortals by Sigmund Brouwer, titled “Martyr’s Fire”. You can read my review of the first two books here and here.Martyr's Fire Cover Once again we rejoin with Thomas and his quest for truth and knowledge.

Once again Brouwer delivers: It’s an entertaining enough story, that moves quickly. The characters are interesting, even if they are rather simple and somewhat undeveloped. I did have to keep reminding myself that the book is a young adult fiction, that it wasn’t going to meet my high expectations, after a summer of reading bliss.

As a young adult series, I think these books are fantastic. They are quick paced, drawing the reader in, there is a good smattering of more complex words for expanding the readers vocabulary, and a generally well rounded book. I think for those between 13 and 15, these are a very good series that will have the reader thinking about faith and God.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah, as part of their Blogging for Books program. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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Monday, June 3

Gwynnie Bee—“The Netflix of Plus Size Fashion”

A while back I saw an ad on Facebook about plus size fashion. I clicked over, which I never do in Facebook, because Lord knows if it’s a virus or whatever else on there, and was pleasantly surprised. Gwynnie Bee is pretty fantastic. I logo_960signed up for a free month trial, just around my sister in law’s wedding, so that if I needed some nicer clothes I had the option to get some things from Gwynnie Bee.

Here’s how it works: You sign up {for a fee, if you’re not doing the free trial}, add things to your closet, and they randomly ship you clothes, based on how many items at a time you signed up to receive, try them on, wear them out, ship them back when you’re done {in the enclosed postage paid mailer}.

What did I think?

I liked it. I liked the majority of the things they sent me. A lot of them were things that I would have never even tried on before, because I would have immediately discredited them on the rack. I ended up buying one of the pieces, because I just loved it so much. That’s the other thing, if you like a piece, they’ll sell it to you.

I think I got a total of 8 or 9 different tops/dresses over the course of a month. A few of them were pieces that I had seen in Lands’ End {which I LOVE}, but hadn’t known what size to get. Others were companies that I’ve never even heard of but now know to look for.

The dress on the bottom right, in peacock blue, I kept. It was a bit large on the top for me, but I had already canceled my membership trial and couldn’t get it in the size down. It’s just such a nice weight dress and perfect for dancing. I’m hoping that this fall we’ll start back with our Ballroom Dance club. I have so many black long sleeve dresses that I couldn’t help but love the color on this one.

LE DressThe other dress I kept {not shown above } was one from Lands’ End. I had it in hot pink for my SIL’s rehearsal dinner, but of course have no pictures of me in the dress. I ended up ordering this one from Lands’ End, when they had one of their 40% off sales {which they seem to do quite frequently}. I paid around $37 for it.

It was worth doing the free trial with Gwynnie Bee, because it gave me a bit of a chance to step outside of my normal and try some other things. Some with great results and some with absolutely horrifying results. If I actually worked outside of the home and needed nicer clothes on a regular basis, it would probably be well worth the membership fees, but for, now, it’s definitely not.

Give it a try, if you’re interested. The people were really great to deal with, very quick in their responses to my emails and questions about the cost of pieces etc. All in all they seemed like a really great company to deal with.

*Disclaimer: NONE of these links are affiliate links. Nor did I receive any kind of compensation from Gwynnie Bee for my review of their program {however, if they want to give me something I certainly wouldn’t complain}.  I simply wanted to share with everyone my experience with Gwynnie Bee, as well as how I am trying to be more fashionable, as a plus size gal.

Friday, May 24

“The Blessed Woman” {a Review}

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I’ve been looking for a few good books, that discuss the women of the Bible, their stories and God’s work in their lives….applicable to today. Just a slightly tall order.

Surprisingly The Blessed Woman, by Debbie Morris, came quite close. Chapters were short, well organized, and a good balance between stories and application. It was good, but not perfect.

A variety of issues are tackled throughout the book: Allowing God to use us, giving our children to God,  overcoming our own insecurities,  services and more. Each one is addressed by a “mentor” in the bible, whether Eve, Naomi, Mary, Hagar or others. Even women who I was not at all familiar with.

I felt that despite how good it was, that it was lacking something that stuck with me. I think if I was to do this book as part of a group study {a study guide is provided in the back of the book} that it would greatly improve the depth of the book.

Would I recommend The Blessed Woman? Yes, I would. Particularly for a small group study.

You can find more from this author here:
*Author's Website
*Author Podcast
*More Info
*Read Chapter One
*Author Bio

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah, as a part of their Blogging for Books program. The opinions I shared here are my own. If you would be willing to rate my review there I would great appreciate it.

Monday, April 1

“Fortress of Mist” {a Review}

“Fortress of Mist” is Book Two in the Merlin’s Immortals series written by Sigmund Brouwer; the follow up to “The Orphan King”.FOM

The “Fortress of Mist” picks up, easily enough, precisely were “The Orphan King” left off. The story continues his struggle as to which side he will join, when he himself still has no idea who the sides are. Throughout the story he begins to discover ONE side, but his questions remained entirely unanswered as to which is the “right” side.

The book was a quick read, with lots of short chapters {which I like}. The story flowed, with many moments of revelation of some sorts for the reader. The story is relatively good, although rather basic in it’s telling, which is ok with me, because I’m not looking to read anything exceptionally heady at the end of the day.

I am still trying to figure out how this series of books fits in with Merlin of Arthurian legend, as none of the characters bare any names or resemblance to characters in those stories. I’m hoping that as the story line progress the author will somehow tie the series into Arthur’s; particularly since that was one of the main reasons for reading this series.

I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah, as part of their Blogging for Books program. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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Wednesday, March 13

Hoover Floormate {a Review}

I don’t particularly enjoying the frequency in which I have to vacuum and mop our floors; so, needless to say, it doesn’t happen as often as it should. Before Christmas I was on a quest to find the best mop for our needs. I asked a bunch of people, tried out a few, and finally made a decision I could live with.

I wanted something that could vacuum and mop the floors, in one fell-swoop, leaving them relatively clean. At least clean enough that the bottoms of my feet aren’t turning black within a few hours.

I tried the Shark Electric Steam Mop, but while it “sterilized”, it didn’t really do a great of actually getting things off the floor. Not to mention the pads were filthy within a matter of seconds. It certainly left a lot to be desired, since I felt like I was just steaming the floor and not actually cleaning anything.

My sister in law has the Eureka Steamer, which she felt did a great job. I looked at it, but felt that it really just did the same thing as the Shark, which wasn’t what I wanted.

I finally tried a Hoover FloorMate. When these first came out a few years ago, I thought they had to be the coolest things: Vacuum and mop all in one! It sounded perfect, but even that one wasn’t. The vacuum feature while wonderful, doesn’t get a lot of things off the floor. It does a great job of getting the little tiny things up, but didn’t do too great a job of getting dog hair or anything else up.

While I still have to sweep and vacuum the floor first, this thing does a great job of getting the floors clean. Sterilized, no; but, clean yes. I don’t even use the chemicals they recommend, because I really don’t like the way it smells. I can use hot water from the tap with a 1/4 cup of vinegar: It does a great job. How great? Here….messTell me what you think….pretty impressive huh?

Ave dumped the contents of her mud boots on the floor, which I didn’t realize were filled with muddy water. One push forward and one pull back got the majority of the mess off the floor. A few more passes and the mess was gone and the floor was clean.

This is what I love most about the Hoover FloorMate. I don’t have to fill and refill a bucket with water to sop up the numerous spills in our house. I make sure the tank is empty and the reservoir is full of hot water and away I go. For our bigger and dirtier floors I do need to refill the reservoir sometimes, but not too often.

So far I don’t have many complaints about it (the motor is a bit loud)…all though I do still wish it would vacuum as well as a regular vacuum.

Monday, January 14

“Redeeming Childbirth” {A Review}

A couple of weeks ago, I was blessed to share my trio's birth story and God's infinite grace and goodness through that experience. I'm here to share with you the wonderful book written by the creator of Redeeming Childbirth, Angie Tolpin, of the same title.

A bit long and sometimes wordy, but entirely worth the read. If you have had children, are pregnant with your first, or hoping on having more, this book is a wonderful resource of how to invite God into your birth, allowing Him to to be your redeemer and experience His redemption through pregnancy, labor and delivery.

Angie touches on every single aspect of pregnancy and delivery in this book, and how God wants to be a part of it for us. How He wants to use our experiences to minister to not only us, but to our families, and all who have a hand in your pregnancy and labor.

Step by step Angie discusses how to prepare during your pregnancy for your delivery, not in the way that most childbirth books do, but in the way we, as Christians, need to....spiritually. She gives extensive examples, testimonies, and full resources on just how to begin.

Open minded and open hearted for all "styles" of childbirth, however, Angie's heart is for natural childbirth. She discusses, quite tactfully, how even in different and sometimes unexpected scenarios, God can still be present, redeeming all for His glory. 

Don't lose hope. Don't fear childbirth. It can be glorious, regardless of the how, by asking the Lord to be a part of it.

"But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
2 Corinthians 12:9

You can purchase Redeeming Childbirth, through, either as a print or Kindle book.

How do you, or did you, hope to feel God in your pregnancy and delivery?

Saturday, January 5

"The Orphan King" {a Review}

A long time ago, in a time gone by there was a book, "The Orphan King". A book that should've been reviewed months ago. Today is the that that book finally gets its review!

"The Orphan King" is about a young boy, who doesn't know much about his past, and only knows that he is destined to rule. Through a series of events in his life he begins to realize that there must be something more, even if he doesn't know what.

I enjoyed the book. I love anything that has to do with medieval times and King Arthur, this book was no different. It was enjoyable and quick enough to get through in only a few nights time. I'm looking forward to reading the other books in the series {this is the first in the series}. 

*I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah in exchange for my review, the opinions are my own.

Tuesday, January 1

"How I Lost a 100 lbs" {A Review}

300x250If only it were me who actually lost a 100lbs, or even half of that. Jessica from recently released her first e-book, 100 Pound Loser, in which she discusses her own fight with being overweight and what she did to overcome, despite 4 kids and fibromyalgia.

While I didn’t learn anything new, it was nice to read the perspective of someone who has been there, and what worked for them. Testimonials of other’s always help me more than just a To-Do-List of Weight loss. Also, in its favor was how quick it was to read….I think I finished it in less than an hour.

If you are looking to lose some serious pounds and thinking, “How the heck am I going to do this?” Pick up Jessica’s e-book, 100 Pound Loser. Her humor and candid discussion of her weight issues, is sure to entertain and inspire you to action!

It’s available at or HERE as a PDF.

I did receive a copy of 100 Pound Loser for free, for the sole purpose of reviewing….however the opinions and thoughts are my own.

Wednesday, November 7

Dayspring Deals–I’m trying something new {please give me your feedback}

I’ve long loved Dayspring and their products, whether it be e-cards, note cards, or gifts. A while back I decided to become an affiliate of Dayspring, meaning that I receive a small percentage of each sale they receive from customers who clicked the links to their site, at no extra cost to the buyer. In the 6+ months I’ve been an affiliate I’ve really struggled with the whole being-an-affiliate-making-money thing. That said, I’ve not made a cent off of my being an affiliate.

Then I realized something: I can be an affiliate without the money-making thing being the FOCUS and PURPOSE of it. I can just share with you some of the great deals I get emailed to me monthly {which they’re awesome deals} and if you decide to click through one of my links and buy something, that’s great, but it’s not the purpose of it.

So here it is, the first of my monthly Dayspring Deals posts. Seriously though, I desperately want YOUR feedback about doing this. If it’s not something that anyone is interested in or wants to see, then it’s not something that I need to put energy into. If you guys are interested in finding out these special deals, each month, in one post, then I will gladly do them.

~*~November’s Dayspring Deals~*~

544202Dayspring is known for their greeting cards: Why not get ready for Christmas a little early and enjoy their Buy Two, Get One Free promotion that they have going on.

At Allume, one of my friends won one of Dayspring’s beautiful canvas prints, which are currently 25% OFF: I  was seriously in love with the Amazing Grace one at Allume, but they sold it before I ever got around to buying it.

Right now they have a whole slew of beautiful gifts, books and cards that are specially marked down just for November. Things like: Purses, Jewelry, Vinyl Wall Decals, Home Decor items, even some great books!

Dayspring Collage

They’re even going to be doing a special SUPER SALE, that starts on November 20th {ends November 26th…think of it as Black Friday without fighting the crowds}, when you can get an additional 30% OFF ALMOST EVERYTHING, using the code 30SUPER {Don’t worry, I’ll remind ya, when the time comes}.

Here’s a bit of a teaser as to what things will be marked way, way down between the two sales:

How about this beautiful platter which will be marked down to $13.49

Or this platter which will be marked down to $9.99

Then there is this beautiful piece of wall art {that I’m thinking I need to get for myself}; which would be a great house-warming gift! {On sale for $17.99}

I’ve been loving these inspirational blocks  ever since I set eyes on them a while back {On sale for $14.99}yhst-93128105900816_2163_14085693

Maybe you know someone who has a love for flowers and beautiful vases {marked down to $7.79}

There are more beautiful things, that would make wonderful Christmas {or anytime gifts} at really great prices. I’ll be sure to share all of them once they’re actually available at the super great prices!

OK, now tell me your honest opinion….Bothersome or worth the read through? Please, tell me what you think. If you don’t want to leave a comment, then email me

Tuesday, October 23

“First Bites” {A Review}

firstbites_cover1I was recently contacted by Hilary Kimes Bernstein, and asked whether I would like to review her new ebook: First Bites: How to instill healthy eating habits during your baby’s first year.

Being that we’re in the very thick of introducing new foods to our babies, this book couldn’t have come at a better time. We try to eat relatively healthy in our house, but we still run in to some road blocks with Ave when it comes to actually getting her to eat her veggies, fruits are no problem. I was curious what Bernstein would have to say.

Having formula fed each of my children I was curious as to how this book would apply to me. Bernstein discusses the breastfeeding vs formula feeding for half of the book. In all fairness she was conscious and considerate to those who were unable to provide breast milk for their children, while providing accurate information about the importance of babies being breastfed. She is very upfront and even suggests that those who could not breastfeed skip forward to the next section. I will not lie, I did have a lot of my mommy guilt dredged back up for me, and had to deal with it once again.

As for the next stages of foods she does a fantastic job of breaking it down, then backing it up with information as to what and why different things are best, and things to absolutely avoid. Being a second (third and fourth) time mom and someone who is very conscious about the use of growth hormones, antibiotics, pesticides, genetically-modified foods, plastics and BPA etc, ad nauseum, I really appreciated having the information, even though I already knew that majority of it, right in front of me with the backup research that I don’t have the time to look for.

All in all, a great book to help you put your child on the right path for healthy eating, especially if you’re a first time mom or dad.

First Bites can be purchased through as a PDF or as a Kindle book. Be sure to visit First Bites on facebook, as well as on twitter!

I was also lucky enough to be given one PDF copy of First Bites, to share with one lucky reader :-) So be sure to enter the giveaway, which will close on the 30th.
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*I received this complimentary book in return for my honest opinions and review of its contents: The opinions above are entirely my own.

Thursday, October 18

“Hula Hoop Girl” {A Review}

Hula-Hoop-Girl-3D-300Every felt like you had so much on your plate that you were waiting for it to all come crashing down? But you don’t know how you can say “no” to things, because you feel like you have to do it all? “Hula Hoop Girl” is the first ebook written by September McCarthy, from One September Day.

In short chapters September shares her own experiences, and how she learned to manage her hula hoops: By finding our identities in Christ, not in what others or ourselves think we should be or do.

Through a series of insightful questions at the conclusion of each chapter September helps us to discover our own identity and pitfalls in our lives. Going beyond just the surface of things, but trying to dig down and really discover why and how we do things and how we can move forward for the better.

If you’re struggling with feeling as though you can’t do it all, please, read this book. There are very few things that truly need to be priorities in our lives, so much that we can trim out. And in the trimming and simplifying giving us so much more to glorify God with!

Hula Hoop Girl is available on Amazon {for Kindle}, and as a PDF.  Snag your copy today for $4.99!

Looking for more?  You can like Hula Hoop Girl on Facebook, and learn more about September on her blog,One September Day.

Wednesday, October 10

“Pain Redeemed” {A Review}

Some of the most difficult years of my life were those spent struggling with infertility; and yet, God brought good out of it. He drew 1picmonkey-004Matt and I closer together and both of us closer to Him. Isn’t that what we pray and hope for? To be drawn closer to God, to have our hurts and sufferings redeemed by His grace? To have a purpose for it all?

This book written by my dear friend and sister in infertility, Natasha Metzler, is the book that I WISH had existed four years ago when we were in the depths of feeling lost and a drift from God, not knowing what His plan was for our lives. Natasha so beautifully reaches from the pages, touching your soul in the most “beaten and bruised”
places, a healing salve.

With excerpts from her own journal, as well as beautifully worded poems and parables, Natasha shares how her own pain has been redeemed, is still being redeemed. No pain, whether from infertility, loss, or anything else, is unredeemable. We have a God who can and does work all for good. We just need to seek Him.

“He’s a God of miracles. A God of redemption. I can just barely hear His whisper at times but it is there, rising on the wings of the dawn.”
~from “Pain Redeemed”

If you have ever struggled with anything in life, whatever it is that left you on your knees and feeling as though God wasn’t there, that there was nothing that He could do to help in anyway, that you were beyond redemption, please read this book. I have not been touched or felt as strongly about any book as much as I do about this one, in a very long time.

Please visit Natasha’s blog and revel in the exquisiteness of her words, on a daily basis. You can purchase her book through her blog as well as through

Friday, July 6

Battling Against Youth Entitlement
{Review: Cleaning House}

There is an epidemic in America, that could very well shred the last thread that we’re hanging by. You’ve probably noticed it: Youth Entitlement! It started about 30 years ago, parents and society catering to the every whim of its children. What we now have is a group of young adults {and younger} that are heading in to the world unable to not only care for themselves in the most basic ways, but do not have any sort of drive or determination to accomplish anything.*

We live in a youth-centric time. Everything is geared toward kids/teens whether it’s movies or music, academics or worship. And you know what, it isn’t working. We are creating a generation of self-righteous individuals, who exist and do only for what they can get. Churches are focusing more and more on programs for the youth, but more and more youths are leaving the church. Parents are focusing more and more on giving their kids everything, but their kids don’t know how to do anything.

Parents want to give their children every {child-like} desire of their hearts: But is that what is best for them?

In my own experience with the under 25 group, no, it’s not what’s best for them. So far we have a generation of individuals who view no ones needs, but their own, as important. Too many young adults today do not see the point of pushing forward when things get tough, to, as the saying goes, “Grab the bull by the horns”.

Many act as though they’re doing their bosses, parents, teachers and others around them a favor by simply existing. They feel that they’re entitled to not only working when {and only when} they feel like it, but to having high-paying jobs, money, luxuries, good grades etc, without putting forth any effort into them: They’re wrong. The world around you doesn’t care whether you had a bad day or not. The world doesn’t exist for your glory, you exist for God’s glory.

“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.”
Colossians 3:23

I grew up working on my parents small farm. My days consisted of helping care for our huge garden, as well as helping in any and all family business ventures; whether it was raising calves, pigs, chickens, rabbits, or goats or slaughtering the animals that we raised. I was expected to do household chores, whether it was cooking, cleaning, laundry or anything else. I was expected to maintain good grades in school. I started mowing lawns for spending money when I was 13. I didn’t have an allowance: If I wanted something I had to work and save up my money for it.

Did I {always} like doing the work? No, sometimes I really hated it. It’s not much fun mucking out a barn when it’s 90*s and the rabbits in the cage above you are still peeing and pooping while you’re underneath (fortunately, very rarely did I get peed or pooped on, but it did happen); it’s not much fun when it’s 20* in the morning and you have to go lug 5 gallon buckets of water for chickens and turkeys, then move their pens and be slip-sliding {and sometimes falling} in their manure, before getting dressed for school.

BUT! I will say I know how to work. I know that work is necessary and good for the soul: We were not designed to lounge around, without a purpose. We were created for work. It builds character. It builds a sense of accomplishment, a sense of true self-worth.

“Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth.”
Proverbs 10:4

I recently received the book Cleaning House: A Mom’s 12-Month Experiment to Rid Her Home of Youth Entitlement by Kay Wills Wyma via Blogging for Books to Cleaning House Cover Imagereview. Wyma takes on entitlement-issues in her own children over the course of 12 months, during which she focuses on different areas in her childrens’ life where she is seeing their inflated self-worth and entitlement. Beginning with the childrens’ responsibility to keep their rooms clean and moving on to other areas such as the bathrooms, cooking and cleaning the kitchen, cleaning bathroom, home repairs, and employment outside the home.

While her kids often put up a fight with the addition of each new responsibility, they did rise to the occasion {however grudgingly}. She started to see a marked improvement in her childrens’ attitudes, how they treated each other, and how they viewed themselves.

Wyma’s sense of humor through it all and addressing her own issues as an enabler of her childrens’ entitlement-issues kept the book light, and real. As moms we often think “it’s easier if I just do it myself” or “they’re kids…they should be having fun, not worrying about laundry”; but neither of those mindsets help our children to become responsible adults, who know they are capable of doing what they are required to do.

This plague of Youth Entitlement must end, but first it must begin in our homes. I’m pretty sure our fore-fathers said “PURSUIT of happiness”, not a guarantee of happiness, or that it would be handed to you {as much as our government would like America’s youth to think that}. Having a job, a nice car, clothes, a house, insurances and the latest technological gadgetries are not a right for anyone. They are things that must be worked for, doing our best, always. Why not start young in our children, helping them to truly be the best they can be.
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*This does not apply to ALL young adults, teens and children, but definitely a growing majority of them.

Wednesday, June 27

Review: Loving the Little Years

I just finished the book Loving the Little Years: Motherhood in the Trenches by Rachel Jankovic (she blogs at and It was a light, fast read…managed it in 2 evenings…could’ve done it in one.

What I most enjoyed about this book is that it is the FIRST parenting book I’ve come across in which the author had more than one baby at a time, she has twins. There are so few books that talk about parenting with multiples, particularly when they are not the oldest. Jankovic had two singleton pregnancies, followed by twins: 4 kids 3 and under {not quite the same brand of crazy as us}.

Until I’ve written the book on raising triplets, while also having a 2 year old…this book will have to do. {And yes, that book is on my To-be-Written list}.

First off, Jankovic is the daughter of Nancy and Doug Wilson, the pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho and the author of countless books and audios on theology and parenting. If you’ve never listened to his collection of sermons on Loving Little Ones…it is something to definitely listen to. Great parenting advice!

Anyways, back to Loving the Little Years.ltly
One of the first things that Jankovic talks about is how the Lord calls us to be fruitful, but that it isn’t limited to bearing children. Having children, and scads of them, does NOT make you a fruitful person. Having NO children doesn’t mean you CAN’T be fruitful. What He calls us to is different than what we are often led to believe.

Being fruitful means giving of ourselves, our own overabundance, to the point of excess. Blessing everyone and everything around us with what we have and create. “Be bountiful with your fruit and free with it. The only thing you can know for certain is that God will use it.”

Throughout the book Jankovic shares several funny stories of her and her husband’s failed attempts at parenting. A few of them had me laughing out loud.

Another thing that Jankovic discusses is how we, as parents, very often will sin right back at our children for their sin: The get even approach. None of the kids are doing what they should and it’s because you didn’t do what you should (for example preparing for getting out of the house in advance, then yelling at the kids for being themselves and adding to the ensuing chaos). The other example she sites is two kids fighting over something and then rather than addressing the heart of the matter (their unwillingness to put others first), just removing the object of discord, because it’s the easier thing to do.

One thing that both Jankovic and Wilson discuss is something that Matt and I absolutely love. The idea of having very strong strictures and rules in place NOW, and as the children grow trusting them to go into the world knowing what is right and wrong, and what is expected of them. Rather than letting them run rampant now, then when they’re teenagers trying to reel them in with a thousand rules.

This book had so many wonderful insights and practical thoughts. Things that we all know, but often we’re so worried about just getting through the day with the kids still alive and the house still standing, that we forget about the importance of actually RAISING and GUIDING our children. Which isn’t that really the whole point anyways?

*This review was entirely my own. I didn’t even receive a free book for writing it :-P

Wednesday, April 25

The winner is.....

Maria at Every Day is a Country Song!

Congratulations Maria...Trina will be in touch with you about your copy of the e-book!

Thank you so much to everyone that entered! It was a lot of reading the different ways in which every one is trying to eat healthier, while keeping their sanity and some money in their wallets.

Even if you didn't win. I hope that you will go ahead and get your copy of the e-book "Real {Fast} Food" it's truly such a great source for anyone to start eating REAL! There are a few more giveaways going on this week on other blogs :-)