Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Blogging Challenge ~ Best Book, Movie or TV Show from 2021 ~ 1/26/2022


This week's topic is:  

Best Book, Movie or TV Show From 2021:

I think I'm going to pick Best MOVIE from 2021 to share about today.

And that would be...

ENCANTO!

Here's the trailer for your viewing pleasure and in case you aren't familiar with this Disney movie:



Since this move came to Disney+, we've watched it countless times already.

The music is tremendously addicting!  I even read somewhere that "We Don't Talk About Bruno" has surpassed "Let It Go!" from Frozen.  Don't know if this is true but it is pretty catchy!



I also love the family aspect of this movie.  They have to work together as a family to accomplish their goals.  Great life lesson!

What do you think was the best movie of 2021?  

Colletta

Book Review ~ To Love A Prince by Rachel Hauck


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Title:  To Love A Prince by Rachel Hauck
Series:  True Blue Royal #1
Pages:  352
Date Published:  August 11, 2020
Publisher:  Hauck House

 Blurb:

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.
 
My Thoughts:
I'm not really sure where I want to start with this review.  I guess, I'll start by mentioning that this book is "almost" a sequel to "The Fifth Avenue Story Society" which I loved.  It tells the story of Prince Gus, the man Coral left standing at the alter.

I enjoyed the storyline of this novel but for some reason it fell a little flat in the middle.  Daffy and Gus had already professed their love for one another and I just wondered where else the story could possibly go.

From there it became more about the House of Blue than Daffy and Gus.  Secrets where told and conflict did arise but not quite enough for me.  Maybe I was just in the mood for more suspense.

Emmanuel and Adelaide were fun characters in the story as well as Ernst with his abbreviated English.  

I'm glad I read this story but I'm not sure if I'll continue with the series.

I downloaded this book from Kindle Unlimited.

Onto the next book!

Sunday, January 23, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/24/2022


Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday. 
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Hello, and Happy Monday!


The weather outside is:

Cold.  Yet, sunny.  Go figure.





On today's to-do list: 

I'm changing up my weekly routine.  I've changed basically everyday except for the weekends which are basically family time and Church.  I'm going to try cleaning on Mondays and getting groceries on Thursdays.  Back in the day, I always went for groceries on Thursday as it was (and still is) payday.  I really don't know why I switched to Monday.  As for cleaning on Monday, the place definitely needs it after having everyone home over the weekend and basically taking the weekend off of daily routines.  I'll see how it goes.

Happening this week:

COVID struck the house last Wednesday.  We'll be finishing up our recuperation and quarantine this week.

Laken's biopsies came back normal!  Thank God!  We still have to hear back from the allergy tests they did though.  She's had a rough go of it this past week with her normal stomach problems plus COVID.  Poor girl :(

We'll be out of quarantine just in time for the Youth Group Lock-In on Friday evening/night that Laken has been SOOO looking forward to.  Hopefully she'll be fully recovered and can have a great time.

Currently reading:

I'm reading "To Love a Prince" by Rachel Hauck, the first in a series called True Blue Royal.  So far I'm really enjoying it.  I can't wait to find out more about the mysterious Emmanuel who seems timeless.


On the TV:

Hawkeye (disney+)
Ghostbusters Movie Marathon
Hallmark

Listening to:

This week for "Songs on Sunday" I featured "Relate" by For King and Country.  I hope you'll check it out :) 

On the menu today:

Pork Chops, Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Broccoli, Oranges

In the Craft Basket:

I haven't work on much from the craft basket this week.  I just didn't feel up to it.  I wanted to get the Mom's Blue and White Quilt sandwiched and pinned but crawling around on the floor to pin it just didn't happen.  Hopefully I'll get it ready to quilt this week.


Picture from the Camera


This is our grand-dog Dahlia.  She's getting so big!

Memory Verse

"For thou wilt light my candle; the LORD my God will enlighten my darkness."
Psalm 18:28

Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Saturday, January 22, 2022

Songs on Sunday ~ Relate by For King and Country


I think we can all relate!

Enjoy :)


Colletta

Friday, January 21, 2022

Sewing Saturday ~ 1/22/2022


I'm going to be featuring my sewing, crocheting and crafting projects on Saturdays.  Some weeks this will include a finished project, a FNSI or FNWF or just a WIP.

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I did it!  I finished the Fall Frolic by Pat Sloan (Mom's Blue and White Quilt) top!


I didn't think I would get it done this month as I had 4 blocks to piece and then the sashing to cut and piece.


Then I had the taxing job of putting it all together and wrestling with the bulky top.


I love how it turned out!


My goal for the Friday Night Sew In is to get the quilt top sandwiched and pinned so that I can start hand quilting.


However, COVID has hit our house and I don't know if I'll feel like crawling around on the floor to pin it.  It might have to wait until I'm feeling much better.

I'm excited to have the flimsy done though :)



Colletta

Book Review ~ The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon


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Title:  The Ex Talk by Rachel Lynn Solomon
Series:  
Pages:  336
Date Published:  January 26, 2021
Publisher:  Berkley

 Blurb:

Public radio co-hosts navigate mixed signals in Rachel Lynn Solomon's sparkling romantic comedy debut.

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can't imagine working anywhere else. But lately it's been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who's fresh off a journalism master's program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it's this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it's not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.
My Thoughts:
The Ex Talk is the Kindred Readers Book Club pick for February 2022 so I don't want to delve too deeply into it.  This review is more of a place marker on my blog to record that I did indeed read my third book of the year!

I must warn those of my readers who prefer clean/CF/non-mainstream romance that this might not be the book for you.

This book is, in fact, mainstream romance and with that comes language and many scenes and talk of things that made me blush just reading it.  I'm not trying to be a prude but just wanted to give fair warning.

I also realized that I think this is the first book I've EVER read where the woman is older than the man in the romance!

I bought a paperback copy of this book from Amazon to read for Book Club.

Onto the next book!

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 1/21/2022


All things bookish!
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What I Read:


Review to come soon!

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What I'm Reading:



Blurb:

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

First Lines:

Let's begin here...

1938
Dalholm, Northton, Lauchtenland

It is said in the north country of Lauchtenland that the sea has a song and love blooms from the earth the same as flora and fauna.


56%/Page 56

She modernized policy and procedure, the staff pay, uniforms, and customs, all while skillfully keeping the valued traditions that made Lauchtenland an ancient European treasure.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

After growing up in small-town Hearts Bend, Tennessee, Gemma Stone set off to Hollywood to make her mark in the world.

But her ambition turned into a journey of a “thousand” bad decisions and after twelve years of seeking fame and fortune, Gemma returns home with a limp and a dark secret.

Now she runs a rescue ranch and is raising her friends’ orphaned daughter. She’s keenly aware these defenseless ones are also rescuing her. She just wants to stay hidden in the safe world she’s created.

HRH Crown Prince John has learned a royal title cannot shield him from heartbreak. As heir to the revered House of Blue and married to the love of his life, he believed his future reign would strengthen the royal dynasty of Lauchtenland. Then tragedy changed everything. Can anything save him from his grief?

When he travels to Hearts Bend on a mission for his mother, Queen Catherine, he’s drawn into the local life and cajoled into a three-legged race with the beautiful Gemma Stone during the 4th of July festivities.

While the event has a disastrous result, Prince John and Gemma form a quick friendship—one of two wounded souls finding comfort in one other. However, love is absolutely not an option. John desperately wants to hold onto the memories of his wife, and Gemma refuses to trust her heart to any man. Even a prince.

Then Prince John is called home for an emergency. How can he leave the woman who lifted him from his sorrows? But can Gemma join him on a royal stage and risk her secret coming to light?

With a touch of divine help, Prince John and Gemma just might find the kind of love that saves and ultimately write their very own fairy tale.

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Book Haul:


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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  What is the average number of books you read per month? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews)

A.  Sadly, last year was abysmal with only 1 book per on average a month.  This year's goal is 4 books per month or one per week.  So far, so good!

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Bookishly Yours,


Linking up to: 

   


https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

http://www.fredasvoice.com/  http://www.rosecityreader.com/


Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Blogging Challenge ~ Staying Warm ~ 1/19/2022


This week's topic is:  

Inventive Ways to Keep Warm:

This prompt made me chuckle!

We're in the midst of some major winter weather here in Southern Pennsylvania.  I'm talking snow, ice and super cold temperatures which makes this prompt very appropriate :)

The obvious way to keep warm is to turn up the thermostat on the furnace.  Other than that, here a few ideas:

~cuddle
~exercise
~put on a sweater/socks/etc.  Layers, people!
~use a portable heater
~add another blanket to the bed
~talk your pet into laying on your feet to keep them warm

I really don't know if any of these are "inventive" but there you go :)


Do you have any inventive ways to keep warm?  

Colletta

Sunday, January 16, 2022

Happy Homemaker Monday ~ 1/17/2022


Come join Diary of a SAHM for Happy Homemaker Monday. 
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Hello, and Happy Monday!


The weather outside is:

As I'm writing this post Sunday evening the snow is coming thick and heavy.  We're supposed to get a total of 5-8 inches, at least that was the latest prediction.  I've heard everything from 6-20 inches over the past few days.  I wouldn't mind so much but the hubby, Kaylee and Shawn have to drive in it to get to work.  Prayers appreciated!



On today's to-do list: 

Snuggling in the house and reading.  I didn't want to have to go grocery shopping in during the snow storm, so I stocked up on enough for a week on Friday.  I thought the stores would be crazy and they were!

Happening this week:

We should hear back from Laken's biopsies from her scopes this week.  They may be delayed because of the snow, but I would think we'll hear back by the end of the week.  I'm praying that they can do something and get Laken's stomach problems treated.

The hubby is on daylight this week.  I'm not sure if he'll be working overtime or not.  He'll probably find out when he gets there.

This Friday is the Friday Night Sew In!  I'll be working on getting my Mom's Blue and White Quilt sandwiched so I can start hand quilting.  I'm looking forward to it :)

Currently reading:

I'm currently reading "The Ex Talk" by Rachel Lynn Solomon.  It is the Kindred Readers Book Club selection for February 2022.  I'm reading it now so that I can have discussion questions ready to go.  I've just gotten started so I can't really say one way or the other what I think.  I will say that there is some language in it.  I'm not really used to that but I'll overlook it as long as the story is there.


On the TV:

Happy Feet
Steeler VS Cheifs Football
Hallmark
Encanto (again!)

Listening to:

This week for "Songs on Sunday" I featured "River of Life" by Max Powell.  I hope you'll check it out :) 

On the menu week:

Monday ~ Pork Chops, homemade mac-n-cheese
Tuesday ~ Spaghetti, Garlic Bread
Wednesday ~ Fish, Fries
Thursday - Ham, Fried Potatoes
Friday ~ Pizza
Saturday ~ Toasted Cheese and Tomato Soup
Sunday ~ Potluck at Church

In the Craft Basket:

I worked almost all Saturday to get Mom's Blue and White Quilt top pieced.  Now that it is together I think there is almost too much white???  The sashing is white-on-white.  Maybe I should have picked a blue on white???  Oh well, too late now!   :)


Picture from the Camera


Memory Verse

"But I have trusted in they mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.  I will sing unto the LORD, because He hath dealt bountifully with me.?"
Psalm 13: 5-6

Have a great Monday!

Colletta

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Songs on Sunday ~ River of Life by Mac Powell


There's healing in the River of Life!

Enjoy :)


Colletta

Sewing Saturday ~ 1/15/2022


I'm going to be featuring my sewing, crocheting and crafting projects on Saturdays.  Some weeks this will include a finished project, a FNSI or FNWF or just a WIP.

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This week I'm showing a cute, easy-peasy, fast, flower bookmark.  I found the pattern on ravelry but tweaked it a bit here and there.


I used Peaches & Cream Stripey and an I/9 5.5mm hook.


The color is "Spring Blue Stripes"


It literally took me about 10 minutes to make this bookmark which is now being used in my latest Book Club read!


Tell me, what kinds of crafting do you do?  Quilting, crocheting, knitting, scrapbooking????  All the above ???  :)  I'd love to know!



Colletta

Friday, January 14, 2022

My Weekly Bookishness ~ 1/14/2022


All things bookish!
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What I Read:


You can read my REVIEW HERE!

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What I'm Reading:


Blurb:

Shay Goldstein has been a producer at her Seattle public radio station for nearly a decade, and she can't imagine working anywhere else. But lately it's been a constant clash between her and her newest colleague, Dominic Yun, who's fresh off a journalism master's program and convinced he knows everything about public radio.

When the struggling station needs a new concept, Shay proposes a show that her boss green-lights with excitement. On The Ex Talk, two exes will deliver relationship advice live, on air. Their boss decides Shay and Dominic are the perfect co-hosts, given how much they already despise each other. Neither loves the idea of lying to listeners, but it's this or unemployment. Their audience gets invested fast, and it's not long before The Ex Talk becomes a must-listen in Seattle and climbs podcast charts.

As the show gets bigger, so does their deception, especially when Shay and Dominic start to fall for each other. In an industry that values truth, getting caught could mean the end of more than just their careers.

First Lines:

Dominic Yun is in my sound booth.  He knows it's my sound booth.

56%/Page 56

By Wednesday, I'm stress-eating chia seeds by the handful, and those things are not cheap.

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What I'll (Probably) Read Next:


Blurb:

Daffodil Caron is not a princess, even though she once dreamed of being one. After all, she grew up as a playmate to royal princes, running through the halls of Perrigwynn Palace and dining with the queen. But the day she stumbled upon a royal secret, everything changed.

Flash forward eighteen years, and Daffy’s living a sweet, non-royal life. A skilled art curator for the Royal Trust, she has friends, a flat in the heart of the city, and a handsome, successful fiancée. The last person on her mind is Gus, a prince she once called her best mate.

HRH Prince Augustus is no longer “Prince Pudgy,” as caricaturized by the press, he’s charming and gorgeous, possessing a world-famous smile. But when he’s jilted at the altar by an American heiress as millions of people around the world watched, the spare heir to Lauchtenland’s ancient House of Blue escapes, finding solace on a Florida beach.

A year as a regular bloke allows him to rethink his purpose. He’s half decided his calling is to pour pints at a tiki bar, rather than serving his country and the Family.

Until an accident on the beach with a Frisbee changes his course.

Despite his long hair and beard, Daffy recognizes her prince, and their childhood friendship is renewed. She assures Gus Lauchtenland needs him, giving him the courage to return home.

When Daffy and Gus find themselves on assignment to Hadsby Castle in preparation for his brother’s wedding, their friendship blooms into affection.

But Gus cannot, will not, trust his heart again. Daffy’s engaged. And she also remains a royal family outcast because she knows the Queen’s secret.

When affection grows into love and secrets are exposed, trust is destroyed. Gus must choose which is stronger: the lies of his past or the hope of his future. And Daffy must face every fear to prove she will forever love a prince.

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Book Haul:

 

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Book Blogger Hop:

Q.  Do you have any bookish posters or artwork on your walls? (submitted by Penelope @ The Reading Devil)

A.  I actually don't.  I guess the closest thing I have is a wall calendar with Bible Scripture on it.

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Bookishly Yours,


Linking up to: 

   


https://www.coffeeaddictedwriter.com/

http://www.fredasvoice.com/  http://www.rosecityreader.com/