Sunday, December 4, 2016

Songs on Sunday ~ Christmas Everyday by Unspoken ~ 12/4/16


It is December!

That means time for some Christmas music!

I hope this song puts a smile on your face :) 
 



 
 
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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ~ 12/3/16


Stacking The Shelves is all about sharing the books you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual. This means you can include books you buy in physical store or online, books you borrow from friends or the library, review books, gifts and of course ebooks!
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This week I added the following to my shelf:

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Nicole Renard returns home to Galveston, Texas, to find her father deathly ill. Though she loves him, Nicole's father has always focused on what she's not. Not male. Not married. Not able to run Renard Shipping.

Vowing to find a suitable husband to give her father the heir he desires before it's too late, Nicole sets out with the Renard family's greatest treasure as her dowry: the highly coveted Lafitte Dagger. But her father's rivals come after the dagger, forcing a change in Nicole's plans.

After a boiler explosion aboard the Louisiana nearly took his life, Darius Thornton has been a man obsessed. He will do anything to stop even one more steamship disaster. Even if it means letting a female secretary into his secluded world.

Nicole is determined not to let her odd employer scare her off with his explosive experiments, yet when respect and mutual attraction grow between them, a new fear arises. How can she acquire an heir for her father when her heart belongs to another? And when her father's rivals discover her hiding place, will she have to choose between that love and her family's legacy?
     

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From Savannah to Montana... In 1916, Southern belle Alanna Lessing travels to Montana on a mission--to rescue her older sister from the influence of suffragettes and bring her back home to Savannah where she belongs. Alanna fears that her sister, Margaret, has allowed herself to be swept away by these newfangled beliefs.

The Christmas season is drawing near, and sleigh bells are ringing among the snow-covered peaks. The charming town of Missoula begins to grow on Alanna, and so do a few of its inhabitants--particularly neighboring rancher Tanner Jacobs. Alanna takes it upon herself to turn Tanner into a true Southern gentleman. He plays along, in part because he likes being near her, and in part because he's intrigued by her very different way of life. Will their differences bind their hearts, or forever keep them apart?
 

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Feature and Follow ~ Winter ~ 12/2/16

 
http://www.alisoncanread.com/
 
 
Q: What is your favorite book with a "winter" world?

I can't think of any with a "winter" world, but there are many that are set in winter.  One of my all time favorites is the classic "Little Women".

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Lately, I've been reading Christmassy books and a fun one was "Love Finds You In Frost, Minnesota".  It was a good read with lots of winter  :)

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Have a great Friday!

 

Tea Time ~ Moana and Book Swag ~ 12/2/16



Grab a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or your favorite drink
while I share a few things that made me smile this week :)

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~I've received my second 5 pound star!  I've lost a total of 10.2 pounds so far :)


~Demelza is finished!  This was the first crochet-a-long that I actually finished :)


~Over the holiday weekend, we took the girls to see "Moana"!  Review to come soon :)


~I got swag from Liz Curtis Higgs!  I love me some swag :)

 
 ~We have 26 participants signed up to be a PenPal for 2017 so far!  I'd love YOU to join :)  Click HERE for more information.

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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Book Review ~ Christmas Mail-Order Brides by Davis, McDonough, Stenzel and Turansky ~ 12/1/16

 
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Blurb:
 
Ride the transcontinental railroad as marriage arrives by mail-order—and just in time for Christmas. Annika arrives in Wyoming to discover her intended is missing. Jolie’s journey to Nevada is derailed by disaster. Elizabeth carries a load of secrets to Nebraska. And Amelia travels to California to wrap up her final attempts at matchmaking. Will the holiday season be the ticket to spark love in unexpected ways?

A TRUSTING HEART by Carrie Turansky
Swedish immigrant Annika Bergstrom travels to Wyoming as a mail order bride, but when her prospective groom, Chase Simms, disappears, she finds herself falling in love with his brother Daniel. Will she take hold of her chance for love, or wait for the man she has promised to marry?

THE PRODIGAL GROOM by Vickie McDonough
Jolie Addams is 18 and must leave the orphanage she grew up in. The headmaster has arranged for her to work for a lecherous benefactor. She decides to become a mail-order bride to escape what she fears would be a dreadful existence. But on the way to Nevada, her stage is robbed. She and a wounded passenger are stranded. They are rescued the next day, but Jolie’s intended refuses to marry her after she spent the night alone with Clay Jackson. She and Clay are forced to marry. Can a relationship and love grow from such an awful beginning?

HIDDEN HEARTS by Therese Stenzel
After facing a series of tragic events, Elizabeth Lariby agrees to become a mail-order bride. Hoping to build a new life in Nebraska, she is determined to hide her grief-stricken heart from her new husband. Driven to be a success, Zane Michaels quietly obtains a wife through a mail-order bride society, but feels he must hide his past and his recent wealth from his new wife. When their secrets are revealed, will their fledgling marriage survive?

MRS. MAYBERRY MEETS HER MATCH by Susan Page Davis
Amelia Mayberry’s rewarding career as a matchmaker is winding down. She’d like to close shop and spend her sunset years in peace. There’s only one unfinished piece of business—an unsatisfied customer for whom she needs to set things right. The question is: will Lennox Bailey allow her to make amends?
      

My Thoughts:
 
This was my first Christmas themed read of the holiday season.  I was so excited when it came in the mail along with a few other Christmassy books!
 
I love Christmas.  I love Historical Fiction.  I love Mail-Order Bride stories.
 
This was a sweet collection of mail-order bride novellas.  Each story was unique and well written.
 
I especially liked "The Prodigal Groom".  I wish it would have continued on but alas it was a novella and therefore short and to the point.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed reading about these four couples and their love stories set in the Christmas season.  I look forward to reading more Christmas themed books over the holidays :)
 

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Weigh-In Wednesday ~ 11/30/16

 
 
My inspiration:
 
Commit whatever you do to the Lord, and your plans will succeed.
 
Proverbs 16:3

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So many good things happened at this week's meeting!

This was my fourth meeting so I got my very first Weight Watchers Charm.  I can't wait to fill it up with Charms!



Even though I had to use some of my Weekly Smart Points on Thanksgiving, I still lost 2 pounds last week!  That makes a total of 10.2 pounds lost in three weeks!  I received my second 5 pound loss sticker :)


During the meeting itself, we talked about the differences between "Hunger" and "Cravings".  It was very interesting what everyone thought the differences were.

Some strategies to overcome Cravings were:

-Drink flavored water
-Chew Gum
-Substitute the Craving with a low SmartPoint food
-Plan, track and then savor
-Do something else
-Go somewhere else
-Think something else

What are some of your strategies to overcome Cravings?  What do you think the difference is between Hunger and Cravings?  I'd like to hear what you think!


My week's stats:

Weigh-in:  -2 lbs.  Total:  -10.2 lbs.

Exercise:  I met my FitPoint goal of 58 FitPoints.  It was a challenge to up my exercise, especially with the holiday.  I took Thanksgiving off from exercise because we were busy all day cooking.  I guess being on your feet all day was probably worth something but I didn't count it :)

Tracking:  I tracked everything!  Even Thanksgiving Dinner and that delicious 14 SmartPoint Pumpkin Pie!  As I said, I had to dip into my weekly points but still had 21 weeklies left over.

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Hodgepodge ~ 11/30/16



Joyce's Hodgepodgey Questions:

1. Give us three rhyming words that say something about your Thanksgiving holiday (or your most recent holiday gathering if you didn't celebrate Thanksgiving).

Fun and done.  I can only think of two!!  lol

2. When did you last say, 'the more the merrier'? Did you mean it?

I just wrote that in an email yesterday about the 2017 PenPal sign-ups!  Yes, I meant it :)

3. What's one piece of advice you'd give someone who is your same age?

Choose peace over chaos.

4. You're ordering a veggie plate, what four veggies are on it?

I hate veggies!  Can I get the whole plate of corn-on-the cob?

5. Shop til you drop! Did you? Have you ever? Will you between now and Christmas?

Every year the hubby and I go Black Friday shopping.  We shop until everything on our list has been bought and bagged.  My feet were aching by the time we got home!

6. What's your favorite chair in your house, and why is it a favorite?

My computer chair.  It is comfy and that is where I get to blog and interact with the blogging community.

7. Share an early memory of faith, religion, or spirituality.

I remember when I was about 3 or 4 and my Mom was my Sunday School teacher.  I can remember making cotton ball sheep :)

8. Insert your own random thought here.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

Family Time Tuesday ~ December Bride and Hallmark ~ 11/29/16


 
 Thanksgiving.
 
Family.  Food.  Sleepovers.  Hallmark Movies.
 
We spent the long holiday weekend at my Mom and Dad's house.  One of my favorite things about this time of year other than the family time of Thanksgiving Day is gathering around the TV in the evening and watching Hallmark Christmas Movies!
 
This year was no different.  Every night we watched Hallmark movies.  Laken is actually a bit obsessed with Hallmark movies :)  It is so funny!
 
The one that stuck out to me the most this year was "December Bride".  (Maybe because it had Daniel Lissing!  sigh....  lol)  Or maybe it was because it was based on a novella by one of my very favorite authors, Densie Hunter.  Either way, it was a treat!
 
 


The movie itself was just as sweet as could be.

So, if you get a chance, pop some popcorn, gather the family and watch some Hallmark Christmas Movies :)


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Teaser Tuesday ~ Sleigh Belles ~ 11/28/16


Teaser

 
My teaser for this week is from:

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~"October 1916
Savannah, Georgia

"I'll tell you what we're going to do', Alanna Lessing fought to get her emotions under control as she turned to face her younger sister.  'We're going to get on a train and go to Montana and talk some sense into Margaret.  If that husband of hers is half the man she says he is, he will bring her back home to Savannah where she belongs."~

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Sunday, November 27, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 11/28/16


 
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The weather outside is::::

Starting to feel wintery :) 
 


On my breakfast plate:
 
Smart Ones Canadian Bacon, Egg and Cheese Muffin
  
As I look around the house::::
 
I see kids off of school for the first day of Deer Season.
Lots of laundry,

On today's to do list::::
 
Wash Laundry.
Schedule Kaylee's ortho appt. (Still haven't)
Work on Demelza border.
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday....Laundry, work on Demelza.
Tuesday...  Work on Demelza, Laken has Cheer Practice.
Wednesday... Menu and Grocery List, Baking day with Mom.
Thursday.....Bills, Laundry, Laken has Cheer Practice, NHS induction.
Friday....Groceries, crochet.
Saturday....Schedule for next week, unpack Demelza.

Currently reading::::

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I have just a little bit to finish on LFYI Frost, Minnesota and then I'm starting Sleigh Belles.  I'm loving my Christmas books :)

 
On the TV::::
 
Hallmark's December Bride.


 

On the Radio:::

Yesterday, I featured "Giants Fall" by Francesca Battistelli for Songs on Sunday.

 
On the menu this week::::

Monday - Ham, Cheesy Potatoes, Apples, Corn
Tuesday - Sausage, Bacon, Scrambled Eggs with Cheese, Fried Potatoes, Toast
Wednesday - Pork Chops, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans, Cuties
Thursday - Dan's Day (My brother will bring something home, so no cooking!)
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Oatmeal, Toast
Sunday - Dinner at Church

What I am creating at the moment::::

I got Demelza all joined!  It took me two days of working on it.  I almost got it all joined the first day, but I just couldn't bring myself to do the very last row!  It only took me a bit of the second day to get it all joined.  Now I'm working on the border :)
 
 
 
From the Camera:::
 

 
 
 
Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::

"Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe"

Hebrews 12:28 NASB

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Songs on Sunday ~ Giants Fall by Francesca Battistelli ~ 11/27/16


 Here's the newest from Francesca Battistelli.

I hope your Giants Fall!

Enjoy :)


 

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