Friday, July 3, 2015

"Longing for Paris"

Oh Paris! I would love to go there one day. I can picture my hubby and I hand in hand enjoying all the city of romance has to offer. But for now that is not going to happen.

Sarah Mae longs for Paris too. And she realized that just because she can't go to Paris right now doesn't mean that she can't be content where she is and find little tastes of Paris around her home.

I love Sarah Mae and one of my favorite things is getting to talk to her every October at Allume. She is 100% real every time I read something she writes or when I am talking to her in a hotel lobby. She takes the time to delve a little deeper and not just rush past you when she sees that you just need a little something extra. 

She wrote a new book last year. And it is going to be released in August. I am going ahead and telling you how much a LOVE it now because she has some pretty awesome pre-order goodies to go with it. To tell you how much I loved this book in E-book format, I went ahead and pre-ordered an autographed copy too. 

I was so encouraged reading this book. I felt like I was not alone in longing for more and trying to find contentment in my here and now. I learned that looking for adventure in the everyday doesn't have to be expensive or complicated. It only has to be intentional. I learned that 

And above all, I learned that Paris is wherever we want to be. I may not be able to hop on a plane and go to Europe tomorrow, but I can learn to make a french dish this month, I can take the kids on a nature walk and find God's beauty all around me, and I can lean a little more onto the God who made me who I am and embrace who he made me. 

For more information on the book and about all the pre-order goodies like autographed copies, journals, and a course from Sarah Mae and Sally Clarkson go visit:

**I received a copy of this book as part of the "Longing for Paris" launch team. All opinions are my own and I love this book and the author!**

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Anchored" -{a review}

So way back in 2013 when I went to Allume for the first time, I had a necklace in my "swag bag" with Hebrews 6:19 on it. Since then this verse and an anchor keep popping up in unexpected places at times when I really need it. Flash forward to May when this book review opportunity comes through my inbox. I immediately said yes without much thought.

I looked Kayla Aimee up online and started to get to "know" her a little better so that I was prepared when her book came in the mail. I was enthralled with her story. Then I discovered that we actually have mutual real-life, non-blogger friends. I was so surprised! Then I remembered one of those friends asking for prayers for a preemie a few years ago and it all started to click.

In "Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected", you will find a woman who's greatest dream is to be a mom. Only she never expected motherhood to happen like it did. When she gave birth at 24 weeks pregnant, Kayla Aimee found that the only thing that kept her from falling apart was that her faith was anchored so deeply into God that even through her doubts and fears she knew he was there and that she could count on him. Watching the journey her daughter went through was something no one ever thinks they will go through and she certainly had her lows in how she handled it. But she learned that being her daughter's biggest advocate and that gaining any and all knowledge that she could was how she could gain strength.

Kayla Aimee's story brings with it the reminder that hope can be found even in the bleakest situations. All that we have to do is remained anchored to the God who gives us that hope.

I really want to encourage you to read this book. It's not long and it is worth every second you have it in your hands. (And the cover is pretty.)

**I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

Monday, June 29, 2015

"Laugh- out- Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys"

It's summertime and that means that I have had to find activities for the kids while they are at home or in the car with us running errands. This particular book has become a favorite with them. 

"Laugh -out- Loud Pocket Doodles for Boys" not only has them reading but also using their imaginations to complete the pictures on the inside. My boys all have found their favorite jokes and like to fight over who gets to finish each picture. We have spent several trips to Dothan laughing as they try to out do each other. 

Whether the child is a good drawer or not they can complete these pictures with no problems and since it is also a joke book, the funnier the doodle the better. 

We are heading to the beach in a couple of weeks and I am looking forward to taking this book along for the ride. It is small and fits well in the back pocket of a 9 year old boy with no problem. And long after they finish the drawings they will still have a joke book to enjoy. 

** I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Last Couple of Weeks

To say that the last couple of weeks have been rough would be an understatement. We changed wireless carriers only to find out that I have zero service where I work so I had to change back and lost the number that I have had for 10 years. (Well, I still have it but I am carrying 2 phones and it's getting annoying.) My grandmother had a stroke and moved into the nursing home that I work at. Now this weekend Josh's ear drum ruptured and it has been bleeding all weekend. So we are heading to the ENT in the morning even though I really don't have the time to take off of work. So I have been escaping into books the last few days and I am so far behind in housework and laundry it is scary.

So I will be posting 3 reviews this week. One for a kids book and two for upcoming releases that I am really excited about. So look for all of those this week.

Also, our family is possibly making a HUGE leap of faith here in the next few months and we could really use some prayers. I can't get into specifics yet but as soon as I can I will.

I will be going on a family vacation in a couple of weeks and will hopefully come home brimming with stories and refreshed.

SO that's it for today. I look forward to sharing all these exciting books with you this coming week!

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Have you met Mickey Matson yet?

A couple of years ago, the boys and I were in Walmart checking out when one of them saw a movie called "The Adventures of Mickey Matson: Copperhead Treasure". It looked like something they would enjoy so I agreed to buy it. Little did I know that it would become a favorite that we would watch over and over again. So when I saw that there was a new movie coming out and that it was available for review I jumped on it.

In "Pirate's Code", Mickey finally gets the chance to find out more about the secret society his grandfather was in. As he and his friend Sully learn more about the society, a new threat comes to light and they are the only ones who can save the society and their friends. 

My boys were so excited when this came in the mail. The quickly opened it and put it in the DVD player to watch. It did not disappoint and we have since watched it almost daily. They love it. 

My 10 year old gives it 2 thumbs up and says that "it is great! It has a lot of action and it kept me interested!"

My 8 year old says, "I loved it!"

This mama liked that it kept them entertained, had no bad language, and that it showed the kids having to think their way out of each situation. 

What I didn't like was that it kept with a common theme in kid's shows that adults act like idiots. I am a little over that whole theme these days. 

But overall, I give this movie 2 thumbs up and hope to see another one in the series!

So do you want to meet Mickey Matson too? I have a copy just for one of you!
Comment below or on my Facebook page and let me know what your idea of adventure is. On Sunday night, my boys will randomly draw a name out of a bowl to see who the winner is. 

Ready, Set, GO!

**I received a copy of this movie in exchange for a honest review as well as a copy to give to one of my readers from the wonderful people at FlyBy Promotions!**

Friday, June 5, 2015

"Desperate Measure" {a review}

Desperate to find out about the plant her father was killed over, Kate Adams gets in over her head. Tom Parker, a local detective, knows that Kate is hiding something but their past keeps her from sharing with him. As events unfold and her secrets get to be too much, can she tell him all?

I have this thing about starting a series. I like to start with the first book. That said, I did not realize that this was a book in a series when I saw it up for review and I am glad I didn't. I would have looked right past it and onto something else. This book can be read as a part of the series or as a stand alone. I started this book on the way up to Atlanta one Saturday and did not put it down until we got to where we were going. I didn't want to. As a matter of fact, my husband who used to hate talking while driving on trips was getting quite irrated with me because I was reading and not talking to him. The storyline was captivating and had enough twists that even though I suspected the correct person, I didn't expect all the accomplises.

This would be another great book to add to your summer reading list! Fill that beach bag full!

**I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**

Thursday, June 4, 2015

"Taken" {a review}

 One of my favorite authors is Dee Henderson and as luck would have it last month she released a new book. It was a great way to start off my summer reading.

In "Taken", Matthew Dane is approached by a woman who reveals that she is Shannon Bliss, a woman who disappeared at the age of 16. Now an adult, Shannon wants Matthew's help with re-uniting with her family and in bringing down those that kidnapped her as a teen.

I really enjoyed this book. I will be honest that I have been on a little slump with my reading. Nothing interested me for about a month. Then I picked up this book and I have been reading every chance I have since. Dee Henderson tells a story with enough twists to keep you guessing and enough authenticity to draw you in. I did not guess at any point who was behind the kidnapping or the turn of events that were in play throughout. And I definitely did not see the ending between this pair.

It is summer and that means road trips, days on the beach or lake, or just extra time to read since all those school events aren't happening. I would definitely put this book on the top of my vacation reading list and then recommend it to a few more friends.

**I received this book in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own.**