Thursday, October 11, 2018

2018 Holiday Gift Guide: Home Decor

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Hygge style is all the rage this season! Bring into your home warm-toned basics such as copper kitchenware, brass hardware, terracotta pots, cable-knit blankets, and fairy lights. You'll have a cozy atmosphere in no time by adding just a touch of these elements to your home.

Shop trending home decor gifts by clicking the links below. 

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Saturday, October 06, 2018

Neutral Farmhouse Christmas Decor

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If you're looking to freshen up your Christmas decor or add a few items for a more farmhouse look, neutrals are such a classy way to go!

If I could, I think I'd want to change my theme each year. As we all know, that's just not a reality. 

BUT, it can be fun to add a few new items here and there. These neutral, modern farmhouse style items should fit in nicely with any color theme!

All items listed are from Etsy.

Happy shopping!

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Friday, October 05, 2018

Freedom's Light by Colleen Coble {Book Review}

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Keeping the light for sailors 

is her contribution to the War of Independence.

One death and one dark night 

will change the course of her life forever.

HANNAH THOMAS never thought she'd find herself tending twin lighthouses all alone on a Massachusetts' coastline. Widowed shortly after her husband joins the Continental Army, she ends up lonely for company and vulnerable to a man she fears.

To assuage her loneliness, Hannah sends for her younger sister, Lydia. Hannah quickly realizes that she may have been better off alone since her sister is fiercely devoted to England and wildly obsessed with with Galen Wright, the man she wishes to never see again.

Will Lydia's foolish ways lead to humiliation and devastation or healing and restoration?

BIRCH MEREDITH crashes his ship on the rocky shoreline when Hannah purposely fails to light the lighthouses due to a rumored attack. Though a Tory, Hannah still saves him and keeps him in her home while his wounds heal. His mind set on seeking revenge for the murder of his younger brother, Birch wants nothing to do with the God Hannah loves. Yet, he can't deny the attraction he feels toward the radiant woman who glows as bright as the light she tends.

Hannah enjoys the camaraderie she shares with Birch. However, she knows she must keep herself from falling for a man with a heart that's as hard as the rocks that destroyed his ship. Determined to stand strong and weather the storms of life that come her way, Hannah can't help but hold out hope that maybe someday she and Birch can have a future together.

Is it possible that a handsome sea captain isn't all that he seems? Will he ever conquer the waves of vengeance that have flooded his heart and soul?

My Thoughts

Because I read so many Christian fiction books, I rarely remember individual titles. Several have stuck out over the years, though, and 2 of them have been Colleen Coble books: Abomination and Butterfly Palace. When I see new books by this author, I usually want to read them, especially if they're historical fiction. 

Coble fills her pages with suspense and isn't afraid to make her protagonists suffer. And according to Gail Carson Levine in her book, Writing Magic, " . . . it takes a mean author to write a good story."

I wanted to keep reading Freedom's Light to find out if Hannah turned out okay. To find out if her light still shone at the end of the book. So much so that I stopped highlighting and taking notes to write a good review! 

I got busy turning pages instead of taking notes. I'm typically a fast reader, but I try to slow down for reviews. Sometimes that's just too difficult, especially when the book is more plot driven.

I'm drawn to lighthouses and stories about them. I like historical fiction and stories set during wartime. I like suspense, stories of faith, and clean romance. I like sad mixed with happy. Freedom's Light has all of the above, and I recommend this book if you like these things, too.

Book Rating:  5 stars

I review for BookLook Bloggers

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.”

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Birthstone Inspiration: October

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For as long as I can remember, I've loved having a stone assigned to my birth month. Mine is aquamarine, and I'm currently in a loving-all-things-turquoise-and-aqua phase. 

If you have an October birthday, you have two choices: opal or pink tourmaline. I'm going with pink tourmaline for this post. I know some girls think it's cool NOT to like pink. BUT, I've always loved pink, and I WISH it looked good on me. Most pinks just don't do well with my skin tone. :( 

Pink reminds me of all things girly, and I went crazy with it when my third child was finally a girl! It's a sweet, fun, happy color if you ask me. ;)

It's kind of hard to think pink in October because of all things pumpkin, but here we go . . .

I hope you enjoy these October gift ideas. It's so fun to give and receive gifts in a color theme!

*All items in this post are from Etsy.

(FYI- I'm personally not into any kind of crystal healing type stuff. I chose these items based on color and the fact that I liked the product.)

Happy Shopping!

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