July 25, 2014


 Merry Christmas in July y'all!  Doing anything to celebrate?  We're going to watch some Christmas movies, make peanut butter balls (YUM!) and maybe play some Christmas games.  
In Jr. Church, on Sunday night, we're going to celebrate it as well.  We've got some fun things planned!  Hopefully they'll like it.  We'll share more with you after the event, when when can show you some pictures.  
Meanwhile, here are some random Christmas things we're going to share with y'all.  Hope you enjoy and maybe get some ideas you can use for your own Christmas!  :)
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Every year for Christmas, I make my each of my immediate family members the same thing, only with their likes as the main thing.  (not sure if that makes sense)  Last year I gave them each a goodie bag with their favorite things in it.  

In each one there was 
*There favorite Bible verse in a picture with their favorite season and their "God Loves them" sign.
*a snowglobe with a picture another of their "God Loves them" signs and on the other side it said "Smile, God loves you".
*a couple of their favorite snacks
* favorite drink
*favorite Christmas candy
(needless to say the Mello Yellow in the left corner didn't fit in the bag)

I made the "These Are A Few Of Your Favorite Things" sign on the computer and glued on each one.  The tags I found online and backed them with green paper.  The "tissue paper" is fabric that I hot glued to the inside.  
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This adorable snowman tissue box cover was made by our sister.  She can just look at a pattern or picture and viola!  She can make her own! 

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Dixie's M&M painted ornaments.  She likes to collect M&M stuff, so she decided to make herself some M&M ornaments a couple of years ago.  Cute huh?

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Our Mother made these darling, crocheted angels for Christmas presents last year.  She uses this really tiny thread.  I don't know how she does it, I wouldn't have the patience. 


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I crocheted this pillow for our Grandmother a couple of years ago.  It sits on her couch year round! 

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Mickey and Willie                                                          

















             "Mickey and Willie"
                   Allen Barra

Mickey and Willie is a book that will take you behind the scenes in their lives.  You'll read about their successes, struggles, victories and failures.  They too were human.  This book is about what shaped the lives of two Major League Baseball idols, who were also common everyday people.  Although they were both loved and respected, not everyone accepted them.

Mickey and Willie both faced problems in their life just like everyone else.  They were just more exploited because they were famous baseball stars. 

As we know, both were great athletes and both look up to Joe DiMaggio.  Mantel and Mays later became legends of their own.


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I'm an avid baseball fan and was really looking for to reading this book, however, this book did not live up to my expectations.  The author tried to compare the lives of Mickey Mantel and Willie Mays.  While there are some similar comparisons between the two, I didn't always see the comparisons the author was trying to make.  At times it was confusing as to which one he was talking about, because he would switch back and forth between Mays and Mantel.  Also, I didn't like the foul language throughout the book.

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM BLOGGING FOR BOOKS FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.

Read more about the book here.
Read author's bio here.
 Read the first chapter. Fathers and Sons

July 22, 2014

Giveaway!

 

Great giveaway package huh?  Want a chance to win?  Head on over to Daisy Girl's blog to enter!  

Have a great day y'all!
SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

July 18, 2014

Hey y'all,

Here is a Christmas in July post for ya.  These are some signs that Dixie painted last winter.  She made the redbird one for our Mother.  She likes redbirds and decorates the dining room with them.
 

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We haven't had much of a go with our Christmas in July link party.  I know y'all have some Christmas posts so why not post the link and share them with us?  

Happy weekend y'all!
 SMILE, GOD LOVES YOU!

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July 15, 2014

 
"When I Fall In Love"
Susan May Warren

Grace loves to cook and dreams of opening her own catering business, only she didn't get in to culinary school.  Grace has always been a homebody and  is content at staying at home and working at the local pizza place.  After she caters her older brother's, Darek, wedding, her family surprises her with a trip of a lifetime to Hawaii!  It's not just a vacation though, it's a three week cooking course.  Eden wants her to cater her wedding Hawaiian style so Grace doesn't see a way out of going to Hawaii.

Max, a pro hockey player, has enjoyed attending the Hawaiian cooking school for the past three years.  It's the only vacation he gets and he thoroughly enjoys it.  He has especially been looking forward to this year because he needs to get away.  He has been struggling with what the future holds for him and is always afraid of letting people get close because of it.

Jace, Eden's fiance, has asked Max to "babysit" Grace.  Max is not too keen on the idea, rather hates it, but feels he owes Grace's brother, Owen.  

Grace has always said that she will only give away her heart once and for a lifetime.  She finds her one and only, but she doesn't know if he will accept her love.

Meanwhile, Raina, a girl who works with Grace, is getting to know the Christiansen family, especially the men.  At first she thinks they're all Class A jerks, until she meets Casper.  They soon find themselves working together and enjoying it.  Then all of a sudden Raina withdraws herself and Casper can't figure out why.

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This is the third book in the Christiansen family series and I hope they keep coming!  Although Grace is the main character of this book, she is not overpowered by all of the characters.  Every character was so ingeniously and creatively incorporated.
In Grace and Max's story they learn to forgive, have faith, trust God and to reach out.
I really enjoyed this book.  There were some things I didn't agree with but it was still a good read.  I didn't want to put it down and was sad when it ended.  I can't wait for the next one!  Please hurry!  :)

 Read more about the book here.

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM TYNDALE PUBLISHERS FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.

July 14, 2014

Rival Hearts 
"Rival Hearts"
Tara Randel

Molly Henderson and Ben Weaver are rival magazine editors, but they work for the same publisher.  Molly is in charge of a magazine she designed called, "Quilter's Hearts".  Ben is responsible for "Outdoor Adventures.  Their boss, who possesses an unorthodox style of management, comes up with a competition between Molly and Ben.  The winner will be the editor of his newest magazine called, "American Legend".  The competition is to have Molly and Ben enter each others world.  Molly must learn to kayak and Ben to quilt.  Ben has to produce a well-made finished product and Molly a kayaking competition.  Molly is not the outdoorsy type and believes her seniority at the magazine should speak for itself.  Things get a little sneaky and underhanded as the competition heats up.  

Who will come out as the winner?  And will they give in to their attraction and fall in love?  Or is a position more important? 

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"Rival Hearts is a different kind of book, but a different good.  It tells us a great deal of Molly's adventures when she was kayaking, but leaves us in the dark about Ben's try at quilting.  I was pleased with the unusual twist at the end.

Read more about the book here

I RECEIVED THIS COMPLIMENTARY BOOK FROM LITFUSE FOR REVIEW PURPOSES.