Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Review: Eat at Home Tonight by:Tiffany King

 Eat at Home Tonight: 101 Deliciously Simple Dinner Recipes for Even the Busiest Family Schedule
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own. 
 
About the Book:
 Founder of the Eat at Home website and family meal-planning wizard Tiffany King shares recipes focused on simplicity, flavor, and healthy balance to help home cooks end every day with an affordable family dinner.

A popular food blogger with 8.5 million page views, Tiffany King's debut cookbook is crafted for those nights "when life happens." This is the cookbook to turn to when all hope of a homemade, wholesome dinner seems lost: when the fridge is empty, when it's already 8pm, when one kid has soccer practice and the other dance, when there's no time for cleanup because homework has to get done. Just like her blog, King's book is tirelessly encouraging and realistic. The recipes feature bright vegetables and affordable pantry ingredients. The book, uniquely arranged by "excuses includes sidebars with mealtime conversation starters and helpful cooking hints.


My Review:
 There is nothing in the world like a new cookbook. I'm a foodie so I absolutely love cooking and trying new foods as well as dishes. Gourmet or country cooking, does not matter. Throw it at me!

 Eat at Home Tonight, is the perfect mix of gourmet type cooking, down home cooking and quick and easy. With this cook book you will definitely be exposed to new flavors, at least I was. I was also pleasantly surprised to see slow cooker and instant pot recipes all in one book. I don't have to buy two different cookbooks when its all in one. While my favorite cooking method is my stove I wasn't short-handed there either. Tiffany King, the author has helped with that too.

 My Favorite Chicken and Dumplings was really good and tested just like my own. The author gives you three different cooking methods in which to cook them--which was great. Favorite sweet recipe was the Cherry Vanilla Ice Cream--perfect for a hot summers day today in Alabama.

 Within the 200 pages of thus cookbook lies some really great family recipes for the on the go family. Ingredients can be thrown into the slow cooker and done by the time everyone meets up again for dinner. The author combined some really good, delicious recipes for us to enjoy.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Review: Simple Organizing by:Melissa Michaels

 Simple Organizing: 50 Ways to Clear the Clutter
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Bring Order and Purpose to Every Room in Your Home

Getting organized can feel like an impossible task. But it doesn't have to be complicated. The things you actually use need a designated home. The rest of the stuff is clutter and needs to be removed. Once you've determined which is which, order can easily be maintained.

Let bestselling author Melissa Michaels help you get organized with these 50 helpful ideas.


Gain momentum by making progress, not perfection, your goal.
Make the most of your space and create a home that works for your family.
Reduce stress by decluttering and keeping only the things you regularly use.
Featuring more than 300 easy organization tips that address every room, discover how simple and stress-free it can be to restore and maintain order in the space you call home.


My Review:
 The main thing if you come to live in my house is that you know if you want to keep anything and you hear that I'm decluttering you better hold on tight to your things. I hate clutter. I try and let my family have their moments with their things but there comes a time where I feel like its sucking the life out of our family and it has to go. So I start throwing things away. My family hates it.

 I love the idea of organizing and the author pinpoints some ideas and suggestions that I already do. First thing is first, the porch of your home if you have one is very critical to the look of your home and overall feel of it. So I clean the entire thing off, clean or repaint, and then decide what goes back. Many times I am going for a very clean simple look.I love decluttering because it makes me feel lighter.

 The author gives you tips on every area of the house. The book is not overwhelming. Her key is simplicity which is a plus in my book. Great guide to organizing.

Review: As the Tide Comes In by:C. Woodsmall/E. Woodsmall

 As the Tide Comes In
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
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About the Book:
A New York Times best-selling author releases her first southern novel, a Steel Magnolias-meets-Sweet Home Alabama story set on St. Simons Island.

After losing two loved ones in a devastating tornado and suffering a head injury, Tara Abbott flees to St. Simons Island, where her disorientation causes the lines between imagination and reality, past and present to blur.

There she encounters island residents Julep Burnside, Luella Ward, Sue Beth Manning, and Dell Calhoun--The Glynn Girls--who have been friends since Bible camp, forty years earlier. When Julep's son Gavin identifies a troubled soul in need of help, can the Glynn Girls guide Tara back to herself?


My Review:
 They say that sometimes if you just remain silent and obedient you can hear God speak to you and lead you in a direction you never quite expected.That direction will have unexpected twists and turns that in the beginning can be devastating but ends up being the greatest experience one has ever had the chance of living through.

 Tara Abbott knows this all too well when her life is turned upside down. But after all is said and done she is going down this winding path and she meets some pretty remarkable people along the way that really add to her life instead of taking away from it.

 What an amazing story about what God could mean when He says that His ways are higher then our ways in Isaiah. The things that God has planned for us far outweigh anything and everything we could ever want for ourselves and Tara's story is a great example of that. A must read, for sure!

Review: The Fashion Designer by:Nancy Moser

 The Fashion Designer
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge in exchange for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
The American Dream thrives in 1912 New York City

Annie Wood, the housemaid-turned-pattern designer in The Pattern Artist, jumps at the chance to design her own clothing line when a wealthy New York couple offer to finance her endeavor. Joining the project is Annie’s new husband, Sean Culver, her best friend at Butterick, Maude Nascato, and a mother figure, Edna Holmquist.

Annie and her colleagues give up their careers, risking everything to follow a shared passion: clothes that are both fashionable and functional for modern, busy women in 1912.

Personal and financial setbacks threaten to keep the business from ever selling a single dress and test old relationships and new romances. No one said it would be easy. But the promise of the American Dream holds a deep hope for those who work hard, trust God, and never give up.


My Review:
 A great book to read in a time period such as the early 1900's where you typically read more about cowboys and saloons. It was refreshing to read about business minded people that were trying to make it doing a good thing at that time. Annie along with her friends join this endeavor in a way to make a profit for themselves during a time where it was hard to do anything or get anywhere.

 This group of people face the odds and know that there will setbacks but soldier on they must. They have risked everything to make it big in the fashion business and it was fun watching everything unfold on the chance it all could actually work out for them.

 A great book that takes place in the big apple. I loved reading it and cant wait to see whats next.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Review & Giveaway: ABC Monsters:The Complete Season Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 ABC Monsters: The Complete Season
About the DVD:
Enjoy the complete series of ABC Monsters! Embark on one phonics adventure after another while learning each letter of the alphabet in this complete set!
Twenty six cuddly ABC Monsters live within the walls of Capital Castle. Each monster represents a letter of the alphabet but should any of the monsters go missing for longer than a day, all the letters will be wiped out from every book in Capital Town! So it's very important to make sure that all the ABC Monsters are safely back in Alphabet Gardens before the sun goes down. However, this isn't as easy as it sounds. The ABC Monsters are naturally curious creatures and often wander off from Alphabet Gardens to try and find new and fun items, inevitably getting themselves lost in the process. When Alice, Brian and Cherry Berry set out to find the ABC Monsters, they learn to spell multiple items that start with that ABC Monsters letter as well as play other phonics games and sing songs!

FEATURES:

  • •Exemplifies our commitment to providing entertainment that educates;.
  • •Engaging and vibrant box art and animation uses song and dance activities to teach vital problem solving and language skills
  • •Lays the foundation for pre-k kids to have a solid start in letter recognition and reading with interactive writing activities.
My Review:
 The ABC Monsters are about the best phonics type shows I have let my youngest watch. He loves them and is completely into them. When he sees a new episode coming to our home--he is beyond over the moon. These movies have really helped him because he has struggled to learn phonics and how to read. The ABC Monsters are a hard group to keep up with and are naturally curious about the world around them.

 On the many adventures that these monsters end up going on there is always a phonics or spelling lesson to be taught, learned, and conquered. The complete season includes 26 different episodes of learning fun! Sponsored by NCircle Entertainment.  Look below for your chance to win!


Review & Giveaway: Super 4: Meet Ruby! sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 Super 4: Meet Ruby!
**Disclosure**This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the sponsor. All opinions are my own.

About the DVD:
Inspired by the world of PLAYMOBIL® toys, set out on a series of adventures with the Super 4 as they travel through the wider PLAYMOBIL® universes.
Join Ruby and friends as they embark on 7 fun-filled pirate adventures! First, understand how Ruby came to be the amazing pirate she is. A wicker basket washes up on the shore of Gunpowder Island holding a little baby. Surprise, it's a girl! When Ruby is old enough to jump on ship to join in on a pirate raid, little Ruby sits on the sidelines and watches it all. To prove she is a real pirate, Ruby must set out to obtain a mythical treasure. Will she find it and become a true pirate? Find out in Meet Ruby!
Target Audience: Children aged 4-10

My Review:
 Inspired by the Playmobil toy sets of my youth, now a younger generation can benefit from them as we did in this full length action packed DVD where viewers are introduced to Ruby. Ruby just isn't any old character. She is a pirate. That's right a pirate girl! A great little story about how Ruby became a pirate. There is 80 minutes of fun packed episodes which total to be 7 different stories. Great fun for the summer!

 A pirate adventure for boys and girls. Ruby was a fun character to learn about and the boys enjoyed watching the different episodes. Their favorite was A Pirate's Honor. Ruby made learning about pirates a lot more fun and it was fun learning about how she became a pirate. Geared for ages 4-10.Sponsored by NCircle Enterainment.

Review & Giveaway: The Little Prince:The Planet of the Rose Sponsored by:NCircle Entertainment

 The Little Prince: The Planet Of The Rose
**Disclosure**This DVD was sent o me free of charge for my honest review from the sponsor. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:
Follow the Little Prince, a hero of multiple generations, as he experiences brand new adventures with iconic characters based on the masterpiece by Antoine de St. Exupéry.
In The Planet of the Rose, the Little Prince believes he has succeeded in getting rid of the Snake after a deadly battle. He can now finally continue to find the Rose’s planet for his dear Rose. When the Little Prince and Rose reach the planet of the Rose, strange crabs live on the surface and are hardly hospitable. There is no trace of vegetation and no trace of the Rose people. Convinced they have reached the wrong destination, the Little Prince is ready to leave when they find some of the people. However, the Rose people are asleep and fossilized. The Little Prince and Rose need to bring them back to life. Unfortunately, that’s not all they will need to do as the Little Prince’s enemy, the Snake, hasn’t died after all…

My Review:
 The Little Prince is at it again in his latest adventure. He must get rid of the Snake once and for all in a deadly battle of wit. The Little Prince and Rose must go on a long journey to defeat the evils of the snake, once again. Just when they think they maybe getting the gain on the villain their efforts once again prove to be futile. They also have a lot of new friends in this episode but things are turning out to be very bad for our hero, unfortunately.

 This is the perfect movie for boys and girls alike but my sons I think it enjoy it more. It is mainly boy focused and driven. Full of adventure and entertainment this beauty will keep your child busy for over 60 minutes. Look below for your chance to win a DVD of your own. Sponsored by NCircle Entertainment.