Sunday, February 10, 2019

Farmhouse Living Room Signs

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Personalize your living room with a farmhouse home sign. Choose from premade signs to custom established and custom saying signs - whatever makes your room feel like YOU!

These signs would make great new home or wedding gifts, too.

I found all of these signs on Etsy! Which one is your favorite? I think for me it's a tie between the first sign and the second-to-last sign. :)

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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

The Warrior Maiden by Melanie Dickerson {Book Review}

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A friar came to her village and pointed her out in a crowd. 

He said she would conquer an oppressor in a foreign land 

and a nation would call her blessed.


Mulan knows that at her age she is expected to get married and start a family, but marrying the heartless butcher is out of the question. With her father dead and unable to fulfill his duty to the army, she decides to fight in her father's stead disguised as a boy named Mikolai. 

Girls can't be soldiers. Even with the comfort of the prophecy, Mulan knows no one must find out about her if she has any hope of saving her mother and home. Will she be able to keep her identity a secret?

Wolfgang and his brother Steffan have been commissioned by their father, the duke of Hagenheim, to aid their Polish ally, Duke Konrad, in fighting against the Teutonic Knights who are oppressing others for their own gain. 

Rebellious Steffan threatens to join the Teutonic Knights, his German brothers, instead. Will Wolfgang be forced to fight his brother in battle?


As allies fighting against the same enemy, Mulan and Wolfgang meet during an archery contest. Mulan is drawn to the tall, handsome soldier but tries to mask her true feelings. Wolfgang is suspicious about this boy, Mikolai, who may be a worthy archer but otherwise a poor soldier. Though he wonders if he's pretender or spy, he finds himself becoming fast friends with the feminine-looking soldier. 

Bonds tighten as Mulan and Wolfgang fight side by side in battle and win the respect of their fellow soldiers and even Duke Konrad himself. However, when Mulan's secret becomes impossible to keep, will Mulan and Wolfgang become foes or will they be able to forge ahead as friends fighting for all they hold dear?






My Thoughts


The Warrior Maiden is the ninth book in Melanie Dickerson's Hagenheim fairy tale romance series, a series I've really enjoyed reading. I like the medieval, Lithuanian setting and the joining of the Hagenheim family to the story of Mulan.

I actually watched Mulan for the first time last year. I'm glad I did since it's kind of fun to already know the real fairy tale before I read a retelling of a fairy tale. It really wouldn't matter either way, though. Fairy tales are great no matter what! 

Of course, as a Christian, I appreciate the faith element and how the author weaves that aspect into the lives of these fairy tale characters. Though they're not perfect, Wolfgang and Mulan are noble and honorable characters, and I liked watching their friendship develop into something more.

The book is a simple, sweet YA romance. It's clean, but there seems to be a bit more kissing in this one than in the other books in this series. The battles are exciting and the tension between Wolfgang and his brother keep the story moving along. For some reason, though, I like the first 7 books in this series better than the last two. So, that's why I am giving this book 4 starts instead of five.



Book Rating: 4 stars
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Farmhouse Accents for Spring!

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Nothing says spring like a special container filled with flowers or greenery! I really like the white pitchers, baskets, and other decor I found on Etsy at AliandCamilleStudio. Their products have an elegant hygge feel that would work well with rustic, minimalist, and modern farmhouse styles.

Below are some of my favorites from their shop - things I'd love to have in my own home. Be sure to check out their shop for even more decor perfect for freshening up your home for spring!

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Friday, January 18, 2019

With This Pledge by Tamera Alexander {Book Review}

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Near Civil War's end, a five-hour battle wreaks havoc on the land.

Lives are disrupted as nearby Carnton Plantation is suddenly transformed 

into a hospital for wounded Confederate soldiers.

Amidst unimaginable suffering, friendships are forged, promises are made, 

and an unlikely romance is kindled.


ELIZABETH "LIZZIE" CLOUSTON is a warm and dedicated governess at Carnton Plantation. Her life changes in an instant when she's asked to be a surgeon's assistant following the aftermath of the Battle of Franklin. Though she quietly disagrees with the Southern Cause, she lovingly tends to the wounded soldiers in her care. One soldier in particular captures her attention even though she's pledged to another.

CAPTAIN ROLAND WARD JONES is a sharpshooter from Mississippi who's been badly wounded in battle. He is quite drawn to the beautiful and kind hearted governess and is grateful to her for keeping her promise to convince the surgeon to let him keep his leg. When he finds out about her promise to find the mother of a young soldier who died in her arms, he agrees to help in any way he can.

While the captain heals and hopes to regain the use of his legs, he and Lizzie become friends. It's clear that they're both attracted to each other, but too many obstacles stand in the way. For one, Lizzie is betrothed to her best friend from childhood, and two, Roland is a Confederate who owns slaves. Will Lizzie set aside her principles and promises to pursue romantic love or will she stand for what's right no matter what?

With This Pledge is the first full-length novel in the Carnton Novels collection. Tamera Alexander, best-selling author, weaves a compelling tale based on the real lives of Elizabeth Clouston and Captain Roland Ward Jones.



My Thoughts


With This Pledge is riveting and masterfully crafted! I felt like I was right within Carnton's walls experiencing the horrors of war. I wanted to be Lizzie Clouston assisting the surgeon and comforting soldiers in their time of greatest need. Through the pages, I felt the intense grief of a mother losing a son, or of a wife losing a husband. Even though certain parts were very sad, the hope and joy woven throughout brought smiles to my face.

My heart ached for Lizzie and the choices she had to make. My heart ached for families who lost loved ones and for slaves who hoped for freedom. It's even more heartbreaking knowing that so much of the story is based on true events and characters in our country's history. I was emotionally engaged from the first page until the last. Even though I read lots of Christian fiction, I won't be forgetting this story any time soon. The story came alive even more after I read about the history and saw photographs of some of the characters on the author's website.

I enjoy reading Tamera Alexander's books! In fact, I'm pretty sure I've read all except for two. After reading this novel, I'm for sure checking out the two I have yet to read. And then I will have to try and wait patiently for the next installment in the Carnton series. ;)

If you're a fan of Tamera Alexander or historical romance in general, you'll want to read this book! Be sure to keep some tissues handy.

Book Rating: 5 stars
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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Valentine Cards for Kids

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These cards, treat bag toppers, and stickers are so cute! If my kids were little, I'd have such a difficult time choosing which ones to get. Maybe when I have grandkids someday, I will be fortunate enough to be able to assemble cute little Valentines for them and their friends. :)

The types of Valentines for kids and their friends/classmates are endless. Here are 10 that thought were fun. Click on the titles or images to get details and see even more options.

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Which one is your favorite? Do you prefer candy or non-candy Valentines? I think both are fun, but I know I'd probably want CANDY!!! 

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