Monday, August 22, 2016

{{Give Away}} Carrie Stuart Parks’ Undercover Artist Starter Set

Plunge into forensic artist Gwen Marcey's world, full of cold-case murders, shady politics, and a den of venomous suspects. Add Carrie Stuart Parks' new Gwen Marcey novel, When Death Draws Near, to the top of your must-read list. Gwen accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky—a small town facing big-city crime. But before she can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others. Can Gwen uncover the truth—and convince anyone to believe her—before she becomes a victim herself?

Join Carrie in celebrating the release of When Death Draws Near by entering to win an Undercover Artist Starter Set.

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One grand prize winner will receive:
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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 22. The winner will be announced August 23 on the Litfuse blog.

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{{Book Review}} When Death Draws Near | Gwen Marcey takes death in stride. Until she's faced with her own mortality.

Forensic artist Gwen Marcey is between jobs when she accepts temporary work in Pikeville, Kentucky---a small town facing big-city crime. But before Gwen can finish her first drawing of the serial rapist who is on the loose, the latest witness vanishes. Just like all the others.

Gwen suspects a connection between the rapist and the "accidental" deaths that are happening around town, but the local sheriff has little interest in her theories. When her digitally-obsessed teenage daughter joins her there, Gwen turns her attention to a second assignment: going undercover in a serpent-handling church. She could get a handsome reward for uncovering illegal activity there---a reward she desperately needs, as it seems her breast cancer has returned. But snakes aren't the only ones ready to kill. Can Gwen uncover the truth---and convince anyone to believe her---before she becomes a victim herself?

*My Review*
This is my first time reading anything by Carrie Stuart. Whenever I read something from a new(to me) author I get nervous, because I'm always worried about if I will enjoy the book or not, how they're writing style is, and will I even get past the first few pages...esp since just about all of the books I post here on my blog are for reviews.

"When Death Draws Near" has all of the action and suspense of a murder mystery. There are so many twists and turns in this book that you will be hooked until the very last page.
I was introduced to books like Nancy Drew & the Hardy Boys when I was about 8 or 9 & I have been into mystery/murder mystery books ever since. This is one book I will be keeping around for awhile so I can read it again.

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. ALL opinions expressed are 100% my own. 

{{Book Review}} unNatural Mom: Why You Are the Perfect Mom for Your Kids

Do you feel like you’re the only mom who serves store-bought birthday treats, dreads school plays, and misses the days of going to the bathroom by herself?

unNatural Mom gives you permission to say that mothering doesn’t always come naturally to you. Parenting expert and self-proclaimed unnatural mom Hettie Brittz helps you…

  • Recognize how unrealistic our culture’s standards of mothering are
  • Move beyond the myths of “supermom”
  • Complete the Parenting Style Assessment to determine your own parenting style
  • Understand and forgive the mothers who hurt you
  • Embrace your capabilities as well as your challenges
Come find new hope in discovering that every mother has unique gifts. In Christ, the “unnatural” mom becomes the supernatural mom who is just right for her family!

*My Review*

"(un)Natural Mom" by Hettie Brittz is a great book written to help mothers realize that it's okay if they aren't the perfect mom 24/7.  This book focuses on how moms are sometimes judged  for the way they do things or just feel like complete failures when comparing themselves to other moms. This book is perfect for inspiring all mothers(and moms-to-be) to be the best they can be for their child(ren). I absolutely recommend this to ALL moms & mom-to-be.


I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

{{Book Review}} Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen: Wholesome Master Recipes for Bone, Vegetable, and Seafood Broths and Meals to Make with Them

Broths and stocks have always had a central place in kitchens around the world owing to their ability to comfort, nourish, and heal. In Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen, Jennifer McGruther, author of The Nourished Kitchen and an authority in the traditional foods movement, illustrates why a good broth or stock is the foundation of amazing and wholesome cooking. Included are over a dozen master recipes for base stocks and then 40 recipes using these stocks in complete meals. These accessible recipes are appropriate for vegetarians, pescatarians, and meat eaters alike and showcase the nutrient-dense, real food that nourishes the body and soul. The Whole Chicken Broth is the perfect base for Springtime Risotto with Asparagus, Green Garlic, and Chive Blossoms, while the recipe for Fish Stock will bring new life to a classic dish like New England Clam Chowder. People are catching on to this centuries old appreciation of bone and vegetable based broths, and Jennifer McGruther shows how these can be made quickly and cost-effectively at home.

*My Review*
If you've been reading my blog posts for awhile now, it's no surprise that I LOVE cookbooks. I love collecting cookbooks of all types, and from different cultures. My dream is to open my own restaurant one day, so it's only natural that I love food and cookbooks.

My newest book is "Broth and Stock from the Nourished Kitchen". While I was looking through this book, the first thing I noticed that it was very well thought out with the step-by-step instructions. The pictures are amazing and the recipes sound amazing. I cannot wait to try them out. 

The book is broken into 6 chapters  & they are;

Chapter 1: The brother makers kitchen
Chapter 2: Master broths & stocks
Chapter 3: Poultry
Chapter 4: Meat
Chapter 5: Fish
Chapter 6: Vegetables

I definitely recommend this book for every kitchen. I even have a copy of this book that I will be giving away soon, so stay tuned for the giveaway post!

I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest review. I am not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are 100% my own.

Monday, August 15, 2016

Lone Star Family Farm | Stephenville, TX

Lone Star Family Farm is pleased to be able to offer a wide range of attractions that are fun for the whole family! These attractions are also ideal for school groups, church groups, scouting groups, and more!

The Lone Star farm is the perfect destination for day trips from Fort Worth, Dallas, Waco, Brownwood, Granbury,Weatherford, and other Texas locations!

Be prepared to get lost on a fantastic adventure. Inside our 6-acre Giant Maize Quest Corn Maze, you will find twisting pathways, questions and answers, and picture rubbings. It's a maze, it's a game, it's educational, and it's FUN!

Spend quality time together with your family, friends, or group sharing experiences. The maze is the ultimate experience because you are lost and must work through the challenge together. This will allow you to share the victory together. Be sure to visit us at night for Flashlight Nights - a totally unique experience in the maze!

Enjoy our smaller Mini Maze, hidden within the Giant Corn Maze! At just a half-acre, this maze is great for younger explorers not quite ready for the Giant Corn Maze. Older participants can experience both mazes! Open September 24th - November 19th. Information is found here:

Attractions also include a Hay Bale Maze, Corn and Sand Pits, Farm Animals, Pumpkin Patch, Hayrides! Take advantage of our decorative, fall-themed backdrops for family and group photos! 

$2 off regular priced admission to Lone Star Family Farm. Limit 6 per coupon. Not available for use with any other promotion. Cannot be used with a group. @usfg

This post is sponsored by U.S Family Guide & Lone Star Family farm. I will receive free tickets for myself and my family to visit in exchange for my honest review.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

What are you waiting for? Start your FREE 7-DAY TRIAL of #LifetimeMovieClub to watch your favorite #Lifetime movies now!!

I LOVE watching Lifetime movies. I usually have to set the DVR to record them because my TV is usually set to Disney Jr.(that's what happens when you have little ones in the house). Now with the Lifetime Movie Club, I can watch movies on my iPhone! You can also watch on your TV(Available on Roku® Players), or on your iOS Devices( iPad®, iPhone® and iPod Touch®), but they will be adding more platforms(such as; Android™ devices, web  ) in the future. 

Here are just a few benefits of being a member of the Lifetime Movie Club;

- Watch Lifetime movies anytime

- Movies are commercial free

- A new movie is added every day

- Free 7-day trial

-$3.99/Mo or $39.99/yr(you save 15%!)

I REALLY could have used this free trial during our long and boring trip to FL this past weekend. 56 hrs...that's how long we were in the car/on the road. The Lifetime Movie Club could have entertained me(not that listening to my husband and kids be silly wasn't fun).

Click here to start your free 7-day trial today! 

*Disclaimer* This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide & Lifetime Movies. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive a FREE Lifetime Movie Blanket in exchange for my honest review. 

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This post is sponsored by U.S. Family Guide and AdoramaPix. I am not paid for this post, but I will receive a free photo book from them in exchange for my honest review.