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.**

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

I am a little confused......

I was really going to avoid these topics but I am a little confused so I'm going to write about them anyway.

1. Josh Duggar- He was wrong. He was old enough to know better but he did it anyway. But here's the thing, we don't know all the details. We know what the media is telling us and that is probably only 25% of the story. I will say that I do have a problem with this country jumping up in arms over this when Lena Dunham said last year that she molested her little sister and everybody threw it out "because she was just a kid." Why in the world would we let her slide with her crime but tear him up over his? I realize that he is a CHRISTIAN MALE who is very vocal in his beliefs. (And by the way, shouldn't we be recognizing the fact that he has repented and been forgiven by the ones who deserve to give him forgiveness? Because I'm sorry but why should he apologize to me when I don't even know that guy. AND WHY IS NOBODY QUESTIONING HOW A SEALED JUVENILLE FILE WAS LEAKED TO THE MEDIA???????) Lena Dunham is an actress with very little in the way of morals or religion if her public persona is any indication. She should have been raked through the coals of public opinion too.

2. This whole BRUCE JENNER thing. Why in the world are we praising him? This whole family is after nothing but media attention and money. Otherwise he would not have waited to "come out as a woman" until the time where he could get the most publicity and money. And I am sorry but GOD DOES NOT MAKE MISTAKES! He created Bruce Jenner to be a MALE. Satan has run rampant and planted a seed that grew into a mess. There is nothing heroic or brave about what he has done. It is a sick thing that parents now have to explain to their children and that the media wants us to make okay. IT IS NOT OKAY! Jesus said to love the sinner but to hate the sin. Quit giving Satan such a huge platform to control future generations.

3. Since when is it okay to walk on the American flag? I am pretty sure it is illegal and yet the police are standing by letting it happen because they don't want to offend them. I know what America is the laughing stock of the world. We are bending over backwards to give in and not offend instead of standing up for our country and what our forefathers stood for. I think it is time for the American people to wake up and start speaking up.

4. Race cards are getting a little bit ridiculous. How in the world am I supposed to teach my children that race should not be a factor and that what matters is a person's character if all that the schools and media are doing is teaching them that it is the most important thing in the world? And why are the history books being changed to make white people into an enemy? I am sorry but my ancestors were treated worse than slaves and they are told to shut up and get back to the reservation today. GROW UP PEOPLE. Realize that using your race as an excuse is not going to get you anywhere. And there is no such thing as white priveledge (unless you are a millionaire and since what you have there is called rich priveledge and is the same for all races, I don't think that counts.) I, as a white person (with native american ancestory by the way) actually get less priveledges. I will be turned down for government assitance, loans, etc just because I checked white on a piece of paper. There is no such thing as an "Obamaphone" for me. I actually do know this because I tried to get one and the man told me that they were only for black people. Yeah, please point me in the direction of white privledge. The only thing that will get you anywhere in life worth going is hard work and not making excuses. I wish that we could still teach our children that.

I think that is it. I vented. I opened up several cans of worms. I probably lost one of my few readers or even all of them. But I wish that Christians would start standing up for the Bible and I wish that Americans would start standing up for our country. One person can only do so much.