Monday, February 8, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/8/16


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The weather outside is::::

 We're supposed to get more snow today!

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
 
Cinnamon Pecan Special K Cereal

As I look outside my window:::
 
  The snow is melting slowly but surely.  
 
As I look around the house::::
 
Baskets of laundry need folded and dishes need washed.

On today's to do list::::
 
  We'll be heading to the gym this morning.  The laundry is pretty much all washed, but needs put away.  The dishes are going to take a while.  Laken has cheer practice this afternoon. 
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.....Gym, dishes, laundry.
Tuesday....Cleaning Day, Cheer.
Wednesday....  Gym and Fold/Put Away Laundry, Prayer Meeting
Thursday.....Bills, Menu and Grocery List, Cheer and Band in the evening.
Friday....Gym, groceries
Saturday....Church Cleaning, Clean Bedrooms, Schedule for the week and Valentine's Dinner.


Currently reading::::

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"Betting on Hope" is about a newpaper columnist from the city and a rodeo cowboy.  So far it has been really fun to read.  I'm looking forward to getting some more reading time this evening.


On the TV today::::

We watched a few Hallmark movies this weekend.  "Love in Paradise" with Luke Perry was really cute.  "Love on the Sidelines" about a football player and his personal assistant was good as well.  Have you watched either?

On the menu this week::::

Monday - Bacon, eggs, Fried Potatoes, Toast
Tuesday - Chicken Poppers, Mac-n-Cheese, Broccoli
Wednesday - Dinner at my brother's.
Thursday - Cheesy Potatoes and Smoked Sausage, Corn
Friday - Pizza
Saturday - Out!
Sunday - Dinner at Church (I'm taking Oatmeal Cake)


What I am creating at the moment:::: 
 
On February 1st the new block for the BAMCAL 2016 were announced.  So far I've made the Main Square:  Grandma's Heart.
 
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Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::




Happy Monday!!!

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Make It Monday ~ Grandma's Heart Square ~ 2/8/16

 
The BAMCAL 2016 February Main Square is called "Grandma's Heart".   This is the first time I've tried a square with a heart in it so I was anticipating a challenge.
 

My "Red Magnolia Splash" colorway was the first one I tried.  I'll admit that the heart took a few tries to get right.  Oh, and I skipped the picot round that was supposed to be around the heart!  I just didn't want to complicate it any more than it already was :)

 
Here is my "Colorful" square.  I had to add a round of hdc to the outside in order to get it up to 12.5".  This was for both squares.
 

I love how the center flower pops out of the heart!

 
Which square do you like better?

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Sunday, February 7, 2016

Songs on Sunday ~ One Thing by Hillsong ~ 2/7/16


 Is Jesus your "One Thing"? 
 
"I want nothing but to know you".
 
This is what I want.  Do you?
 


 
 
 
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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Stacking the Shelves ~ 2/6/16


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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Merrill Krause longs for a family of her own, but she's bound by a promise to her dying mother to care for her father and older brothers until they no longer need her. She enjoys being part of the family business, harvesting ice during the brutal Minnesota winters. Merrill actively takes part, possessing a keen ability to work with the horses--despite the advice of her good friend, who disapproves of her unladylike behavior.

When Rurik Jorgenson arrives in their small town to join his uncle doing carpentry, he soon crosses paths with Merrill. But unlike other men, who are often frightened away by her older brothers, Rurik isn't intimidated by them or by Merrill's strength and lack of femininity. As he thrives under the mentorship of his uncle, Rurik dreams of inheriting the business and claiming Merrill as his wife. But while he is determined to start a new life, the past is determined to follow him when his former fiancee and her brother show up in town. Soon Rurik is put in the center of a major scandal that may damage his relationship with Merrill.

Can they learn to trust God--and each other--and embrace the promise of love?
 
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Happy Reading!


Friday, February 5, 2016

Tea Time ~ Birthdays and Tea Parties ~ 2/5/16



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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~Big excitement at our house!  Laken turned 9 on Groundhog's Day :)


~Kaylee and Laken BOTH got all A's on their report cards!  One proud mama here :)


~A Facebook Group I'm in had a Virtual Tea Party last Friday night!  So much fun :)


~Sunday was National Hot Chocolate Day!  More marshmallows, please :)


~Doug and I both cracked up at Laken singing in the tub at the top of her lungs!  She's a Taylor Swift fan :)



 
What made you smile this week?

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

Three Things Thursday ~ Spring ~ 2/4/16

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3 Reasons I Can't Wait Until Spring
  

1.  I can't wait to be able to go on walks with my family!


2.  I can't wait to see the flowers growing!


3.  I can't wait to swing on my swing in the yard and feel the sunshine on my face!


It is a good thing the Groudhog said that we'll have an early Spring!  I don't think I can wait much longer :)
 
 



Book Review ~ A Heart Divided by Kathleen Morgan ~ 2/4/16

 
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Blurb:
 
It is 1878 and the Caldwells and Wainwrights have been feuding for decades. Still, Sarah Caldwell has misgivings when her father pressures her into distracting a ranch hand while he and her brothers rob the Wainwright place. When it becomes clear that hand is actually Cord Wainwright, Sarah realizes she needs to lay low. But Cord spots her in town and, with the sheriff away, makes a citizen's arrest, dragging her off to the Wainwright ranch until the sheriff's return.
 
As the feud boils over, Cord and Sarah make a most inconvenient discovery--they are falling in love. Can they betray their families for love? Or will their families betray them?
Against the beautiful and wild backdrop of the Rocky Mountains comes this sweeping saga of romance, betrayal, and forgiveness from beloved author Kathleen Morgan.

My Thoughts:
 
This book was just OK for me and I actually had to make myself continue to read until the end.  Not that it wasn't a good book but it just seemed a little forced to me.
 
The romance was almost non-existent.  Cord and Sarah just decide one day that they are in love even though they've hardly had any interaction at all.  In fact, I was kind of hoping that Sarah would fall in love with Nick, Cord's brother!
 
The turmoil between the two families was interesting but heartbreaking with Sarah torn between the two.  Especially because she has to take into consideration her little brother Danny and his health problems.
 
Cord was a bit egotistical and I didn't really like him that much.  That was probably why I was rooting for Nick!
 
This is book on of the "Heart of the Rockies" series.  I do look forward to reading book two even though this first book wasn't my favorite from this author.
 

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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Workout Wednesday ~ Week 6 ~ 2/3/16

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

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Wednesday, I got all ready to go to the gym and just couldn't!  I ached so badly.  I was sick.  For two days.  It was not fun!
 
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Friday, I was feel better for the most part and would have probably gone to the gym but Doug had to work daylight and that meant he took the car.  Our poor old van is only in good enough shape to drive around our little town and not the 25 miles to the gym.  Once again, no gym.  I felt so guilty all day!
 
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Finally!  We made it back to the gym and it felt so good to get moving!  It felt like I was starting over from scratch after being gone so long, so I did my 5 miles and was good to go. 

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I really do need a backup plan for when we aren't able to get to the gym.  Once the weather gets nicer I can go outside and walk.  Yay, for the groundhog saying we'll have an early Spring!  (If you can believe a groundhog ;)


My week's stats:

Miles:  5
Total Miles:  76

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Book Review ~ Beyond the Silence by Peterson and Woodhouse ~ 2/3/16

 
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Blurb:
 
Lillian Porter has always wanted to fulfill her mother's dream of going west, so when she hears about a nanny position in Angels Camp, California, she defies her grandfather and takes a chance on a new future. But she quickly wonders if she made the right choice. There are rumors in town that her new employer, Woodward Colton, caused the death of his wife. This accusation doesn't match the man Lillian comes to know--and Mrs. Goodman, Woody's long-time housekeeper, is decisively on Woody's side--but many in town stay far away from Lillian because of her association with the Colton family.

Lillian's six-year-old charge, Jimmy, was there when his mother died, and he hasn't spoken a word since. Gently, Lillian tries to coax him out of his shell, hoping he'll one day feel safe enough to tell her the truth about what happened. But the Colton olive farm is no longer a safe place. Lillian encounters suspicious characters on their land and mysterious damage done to the farm. Will Mrs. Goodman and Jimmy be able to speak what they know in time to save Lillian from tragedy?
     
 

My Thoughts:
 
This book was amazing!  I couldn't put it down!
 
What drew me in the most were the characters.  Lillian was spunky, Jimmy was adorable, Woody was steadfast and Mrs. Goodman was a "dearie".  They blended together so well as a "family".
 
I also loved the storyline.  Jimmy hadn't spoke since he had witnessed his mother's murder.  The  entire Colten household has been miserable and sad.  Lillian's arrival as nanny for Jimmy changed things around almost from the start.  There was such a big change for the entire household.
 
I was on the edge of my seat just waiting for Jimmy to speak again.  My heart hurt for the poor little one and all that he had been through.
 
This book could be categorized as an historical romantic suspense.  It had it all!
 
Again...Such a good book!
 
 
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review as part of a 
Litfuse Publicity Blog Tour.  
 

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Teaser Tuesday ~ The Icecutter's Daughter ~ 2/2/16


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Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of A Daily Rhythm. 
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My teaser for this week is from:

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~"Merrill Krause tucked an errant strand of hair under her knit cap and sighed.  There were two things she knew to be completely unpredictable:  one was Minnesota winter weather, the other was the foaling of a horse.  Glancing into the birthing pen, Merrill noted the mare looked to be no further along than half an hour earlier."~

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Happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 2/1/16



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The weather outside is::::

 Warming up!

On the breakfast plate this morning::::
 
Frosted Mini Wheats,  I picked up the wrong kind of Special K :(

As I look outside my window:::
 
  The snow is melting slowly but surely.  
 
As I look around the house::::
 
Not too bad.  I do need to tackle the dishes though.

On today's to do list::::
 
  We'll be heading to the gym this morning.  Then I need to start washing laundry.  This evening Laken is cheering at a Basketball game. 
 
Happening this week::::
 
Monday.....HAPPY FEBRUARY!  Gym, start laundry.
Tuesday....LAKEN'S BIRTHDAY!!  Cleaning Day, Cheer.
Wednesday....  Gym and Fold/Put Away Laundry, Bake Cupcakes, Prayer Meeting
Thursday.....Menu and Grocery List, Cheer in the evening.
Friday....Gym, groceries, virtual Tea Party with some friends.
Saturday....Church Cleaning, Clean Bedrooms, Schedule for the week and family time.


Currently reading::::

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I'm getting ready to start "Made to Last" by Melissa Tagg.  It is about a women who stars in a homebuilding TV show and a reporter.  It looks like it will be a fun read.


On the TV today::::

I finally DVR'd and watched Hallmark's "Unleashing Mr. Darcy".  I thought it was really sweet!  I knew I had read a book by the same name and was hoping it was an adaptation of the book.  So many times I read a book and think "This would make a great movie!"

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On the menu this week::::

Monday - Baked Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Corn
Tuesday - Weiner Winks, French Fries, Broccoli
Wednesday - Dinner at my brother's.
Thursday - Pizza
Friday - Out!
Saturday - Scrambled Eggs, Bacon, Toast
Sunday - Dinner at Church (I'm taking Oatmeal Cake)


What I am creating at the moment:::: 
 
I've been working on getting all the squares up-to-date for the Vibrant Vintage CAL.  I edged the ones I have done so far this weekend.
 
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Prayers, Inspirational Quotes or Devotionals::::





Happy Monday!!!

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Make it Monday ~ Vibrant Vintage CAL Weeks 1-6 ~ 2/1/16

 
 
The third and final CAL I'm participating in for 2016 is the Vibrant Vintage CAL by Cypress Textiles.  Each week there is a fancy square plus a plain granny square to complete.  Mine are coming out to about 6" each.
 
Here are the 12 squares that have been completed and edged so far:
 
 
Week #1:  Rebecca Square


Week #2:  Ana Maria Square


Week #3:  Cecilia Square


Week #4:  Nicolas Square


Week #5:  Darlene Square


Week #6:  Melissa Square


I like how it is coming together and two squares to complete a week is a breeze!  I'm even ahead a few weeks :)

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