Tuesday, August 20, 2019

The Big Book Adventure Review & Giveaway!




 One of the best parts about reading is how it opens the whole world. You might not be able to travel to France but you can read all about it. With a good book the author will paint the picture for your mind so that you will see the cobbled streets and smell the fresh bread baking. You'll hear the sounds of music and conversations. I've told my kids how reading will take them places, teach them lessons and help them have adventures but I don't think my eight year old understood until he read The Big Book Adventure. The way Emily Ford and Tim Warnes have the little pig and fox share what they read puts words and pictures to what I've been telling him. 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Sending Them Back-To-School With Love







 It is that time of year when kids are starting to go back-to-school. The time when parents take to social media to talk about how they can't wait to shove their kids off to free babysitting. The time of running errands with out bickering kids and watching Netflix without being interrupted.  Now I know some of the pictures on that big ole' internet are meant to be funny. I myself have even laughed at the staged ones like Jessi Kittrell's famous "Bye Felicia" picture (which you can tell was well thought out and her kids had fun doing with her.) I get that keeping a house clean without littles dumping toys all day is easier. I totally get my mommy time and our mommy and daddy time.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Avengers Endgame On Blu-ray™ Aug 13th + #WeLoveYou3000 Tour










 Avengers Endgame had to be the most talked about movie release this year for my family. My husband surprised us with tickets for the older folks in our family and a sitter for the two littles! My teens made me watch the few films I hadn't seen so I would be all caught up for the big day. I think we could have watched it five times and still not absorbed all that happened on screen. That is why I'm so excited to receive Endgame on Blu-ray™.  We are planning a big movie night this weekend to watch again. We are equally excited to see the deleted scenes and gag reel (those are always some of the best parts!)



 
MARVEL STUDIOS CELEBRATES THE IN-HOME RELEASE OF “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” WITH THE
“WE LOVE YOU 3000” TOUR

Nine cities and 3,000 giveaways to thank fans who’ve invested 11 years in the MCU!

In celebration of the in-home release of “Avengers: Endgame,” Marvel Studios and directors Anthony and Joe Russo have teamed up to launch the “We Love You 3000” Tour as a way to thank the fans who have invested so deeply in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), making it the single most successful franchise in film history.

Special guests from Marvel Studios and the MCU will visit nine U.S. cities — beginning in San Diego at Comic-Con International on July 20 and ending in Anaheim at D23 Expo 2019 the weekend of Aug. 23-25— greeting and treating fans at each tour stop.  A total of 3,000 MCU Funko Pop Vinyl Figures will be distributed to fans throughout the tour as well as additional giveaways ranging from exclusive “Avengers: Endgame” prints to McDonald’s vouchers for a free Happy Meal® plus an Avengers: Endgame Happy Meal toy to a MCU inspired sundaes and recipe cards courtesy of Ben & Jerry’s.

Best Buy will serve as the location for five “We Love You 3000” Tour stops, hosting in-store fan events to celebrate the nationwide release of Marvel Studios “Avengers: Endgame” on Blu-ray™ Aug. 13. Events will feature signings with Marvel Studios filmmakers and/or MCU talent; a special digital photo booth; specialty promotional giveaways, including MCU Funko Pop! Vinyl Figures and exclusive “Avengers: Endgame” prints; and much more.  Fans can also get their hands on the exclusive, limited edition "Avengers: Endgame” SteelBook and other collectable SteelBooks from the MCU at Best Buy stores across the country and on BestBuy.com.

For more information on what’s taking place, visit www.Marvel.com/WeLoveYou3000.

Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #WeLoveYou3000.


FAN EVENTS/TOUR STOPS:
July 20             SAN DIEGO, Comic-Con International - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo, Writers Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and a special guest from the MCU

July 30            EVERETT, WA, Funko HQ – to be announced

Aug. 8             SAN FRANCISCO, Giants vs. Phillies at Oracle Park - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo at the San Francisco Giants’ Marvel Night

Aug. 13           MIAMI, Best Buy store – to be announced  

Aug. 13           CHICAGO, Best Buy store - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo           

Aug. 13           TORRANCE, CA, Best Buy store – to be announced                    
            

Aug. 14           MINNEAPOLIS, Best Buy store - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo 

Aug. 20           CLEVELAND, Best Buy store - Directors Anthony & Joe Russo

Aug. 23-25      ANAHEIM, CA, D23 Expo 2019- to be announced


ABOUT “AVENGERS: ENDGAME” IN-HOME RELEASE:
Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Endgame,” the climactic conclusion to an unprecedented, 11-year cinematic journey in which the Avengers take one final stand against Thanos, delivered the biggest opening weekend in history and is currently one of the highest-grossing films of all time. On July 30, Avengers fans around the world are invited to assemble once more for the in-home release of “Avengers: Endgame” on Digital in HD, 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere, followed by a physical release on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand beginning Aug. 13.









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Thursday, August 8, 2019

Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten! Book Review & Giveaway!








 Back to school season is already here. Wondering the aisles at Target and all the school supply sections are filled with frazzled parents holding extensive list of endless supplies needed for their children's classroom. Pencils, erasers, dry erase markers and disinfecting wipes are all being tossed into their carts. I've always loved back to school because I love the excitement. 

I remember my older two kids first day of kindergarten so well. My oldest looked so small sitting at that big desk. I still don't know how I left him for those four hours that day. I cried but he didn't. He had a great year at school. Now my second son was so different. He couldn't wait for school and to be old enough to go. When we got out the car he ran off and casually looked over his shoulder and said, "See you later Mom!" I didn't cry that year. 






 The excitement of Kindergarten can also cause a bit of anxiety for kids. Preparing them for the big day is very important to ensure a smooth transition. Pirates Don't Go To Kindergarten! by Lisa Robinson is a wonderful tale of about a little girl Emma who is having doubts about her new classroom. She loved her preschool year with her former teacher and she isn't so sure about the new teacher. The book was sweet and funny. My kids giggled as Emma's antics played out. I loved the themed language throughout the book. This is an adorable book perfect for those first day jitters.

About:


Lisa Robinson was born in Kampala, Uganda, to volunteers of the Peace Corps who later became world-traveling diplomats. When she was a child, her family moved frequently, so books became her best friends. She now works as a psychiatrist and writer. She holds an MFA in creative writing for young people from Lesley University. Pirates Don't Go to Kindergarten! is her debut picture book, and she has more books forthcoming, including Pippa's Night Parade, illustrated by Lucy Fleming. She lives in Massachusetts with her scientist husband, two daughters, and three cats. Learn more at her website, or on Twitter: @elisaitw.

Eda Kaban was born and raised in Turkey. Her travels brought her to the United States, where she studied illustration. Her work can be seen in galleries from San Francisco to New York and in a variety of publications. Her recent children’s books include We Are Brothers, We Are Friends by Alexandra Penfold and Pink Is for Boys by Robb Pearlman. Her illustrations have been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Creative Quarterly, American Illustration, and 3x3. She lives with her husband and their two Siamese cats in Oakland, California, where they continually water their plants too much. Learn more about the artist at www.edakabanstudio.com.




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Thursday, July 18, 2019

Summer Reading with Zondervan & ZBlogSquad











 We've been reading like crazy this summer to earn lots of rewards at our local library. I was so excited when we received a box of new books from Zondervan. Having books that reflect our faith is so very important to my husband and I. It reinforces what they learn at church and with our family devotion time. My little guys might only see the pictures and want to know the story behind the books but as they grown they start really paying attention to the words and learning the stories by heart. It always does me good when I open a book and my child can tell me who is in the picture.


Friday, June 28, 2019

Book Review & Giveaway: Spiky







 Summer reading is in full swing at the Rup House. We like to make reading our number one priority for all the kids (and me too!) What we like to do is require reading each morning before doing any electronics. Another way we motivate our kids to read is to sign up for all the local reading programs. Our library kicked off their program on Monday and J-man (8) has already earned two rewards. I'm so thankful for these local programs as they really help motivate our kids to get some reading in. Check out your local banks, bookstores, libraries and chuck e cheese for local reading incentive programs.

One of the reasons summer reading is so important is that it is such a big memory from my childhood. Maybe it is because I was a girl - but I looked forward to reading every summer. I still make a huge list of books I want to read each summer the only difference now is that I have a stack to read aloud to the kids and another stack for them. I wish my parents had seen the value in literature and had read aloud to me when I was younger - but the 1980s were a different time.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Summer Reading Programs 2019











 Summer reading is important in our house. Kids need to keep their skill set and reading everyday really helps with that. We have a rule in the Summer. Reading first thing in the morning for a set amount of pages before anything digital or play time.This way they get what is important done and out of the way! 

 I have strong memories of reading during the summer when I was a girl growing up in the 1980s. I would stay up so late trying to finish my book. My mom would take me to the discount book store and I would stock up on Sweet Valley High books (I still have a huge box of those in my attic!) I hope that summer reading instills a love of reading. I hope they will keep the tradition of picking out a huge pile of books to read through each summer. I hope they learn new things and discover new worlds - just like I did.


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

National Geographic Kids Almanac 2020 Review & Giveaway! #NatGeoKidsAlmanac







 Reading is so very important to me as a mom. I remember summers being the most special time for me. I would have stacks and stacks of books from the library. My mom would take me to the book store weekly. I had a voracious appetite that could never be satisfied. There were never enough books and never enough time to read.

I would stay up all night reading, sometimes with a flashlight. I don't remember ever getting in trouble for being up after bedtime because I was hooked in a book. As I grew older I sat outside sunning myself always with a novel.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Book Review: The Big Book Of Less & Know Yourself





 We recently packed up our tiny 1000 square foot house and I was amazed at home much stuff we had. We had to make trips to the home improvement store several times to purchase boxes to store it all. Sadly, even with thinning it out there was just so much stuff. From homeschooling, to family photos, baby books and decor. It was a lot. I'm curious how people can live a minimalist lifestyle in this modern world. Just one trip to target makes me think I must have the entire dollar section.

What I realized when all was said and done was all this stuff was heavy. It weighed me down. Emotionally and physically. My home was cluttered and I didn't even know half of what I had. In our new home we have purposed to only add things that bring joy. Not to add to the clutter and not to just spend money. We spend more time outdoors just being and it is so much lighter!

The Big Book of Less: Finding Joy in Living Lighter is a prefect starting point to work on those areas in life that bring you down. To help loosen the heaviness. This book is interactive and has mini activities included ( a tiny fold-out house and even a decluttering book!) 

about:

From Flow, a beautiful, mindful guide to having less stuff. Less stress. Less distraction. Less everything.

In less comes the freedom of letting go. This thoughtful and surprising book shows us how to get there, by paring down not just the jumble of things around us, but the clutter in our heads, too. And to help, interact with special paper goodies, including a one-thought-a-day diary, a foldout tiny house to let you imagine the pleasures of living in a small and cozy space, and art posters that depict a beautiful picture of what it means to do less, not more.

Paper goodies from The Big Book of Less include:
  • 2 journals
  • A dot journal poster
  • 4 art posters
  • 1 foldout tiny house with 20 accessories
  • And even more hidden treasures

Decluttering your life and mind makes room for more—more listening, more focus, more wisdom, more time. More life.


A companion "Flow Book" from authors Irene Smit & Astrid Van Der Hulst - Know Yourself: A Book of Questions is a reflective book to ask yourself big truths. I plan to bring this with me to one of my homeschooling mom nights. I think it would be fun for each of us to have a notebook and write down our answers. A few of the questions:

how would you fill your days if you could do anything you wanted to?

do you prefer to work on your own or with others?

are you kind to yourself?

About: 

 Part-book, part-game, this collection of 165 insightful questions is a fun, surprising path to deeper self-knowledge.

What do you think about before you fall asleep?

What’s the wildest thing you’ve ever done?

When have you stood up for yourself?
 

Questions to inspire you to reflect, questions to reveal memories and ideas, questions to tap into your sense of adventure, and questions to point the way to your inner strength. This whimsical illustrated collection presents a wonderfully unexpected way to learn more about yourself, a friend, or a loved one. Best of all, there are no right answers—only the imperative to stay curious, honest, and open.

 


I loved both of these books because they both are meeting me in a time where I'm open to personal growth and reflection. While they are somewhat project books I think I'm ready to see even more light in my life. 


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Monday, February 4, 2019

Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel by Drew Hill





 Being a mom of two teens (and two future teens) this book has been very helpful understanding the challenges that teens face. My hope is that I can use what I learn to reach not only my kids but the youth that we are in contact with for Jesus. Author Drew Hill, shares experiences in a relatable language. That is a rare gift from an author to write in a way that feels like a conversation and Alongside is written that way. There are a few places to fill in blanks because at heart this book is a devotional too. This practical book is a must read for anyone with teens or working with teens.


Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Disney Junior Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals




 We recently inherited my parents dog - Jackson. We've never owned a dog before but it has been a very rewarding experience for my kids and I. All of the kids love him so much. My youngest just loves dogs and he has been obsessing with the Playtime with Puppy Dog Pals DVD.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Flights of Fancy by Jen Turano - Blog Tour & Giveaway!





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 I think Jen Turano has quickly become one of my favorite authors. I read Playing the Part  in 2016 and loved it - Flights of Fancy is equally wonderful. This writer understands women and how they think and feel in situations. She seamlessly weaves in faith without feeling preachy. In Flights of Fancy - Isadora grows across the book as does Ian. I love this because it shows how much they compliment each other as do the other characters in their lives. 


This story had a great plot which included a few twist. I love how it unfolded. I love the humor of the animals and farm and how Izzie fits into the life with ease even though it is a foreign world. This book would be an amazing movie! I kept thinking that the entire time I read it - I could see  the scene where Izzie and Ian meet being perfect and hysterical for the big screen.

 

About the Book



Flights of Fancy 
Title: Flights of Fancy  
Author: Jen Turano  
Genre: Christian Historical Romance, Gilded Age  
Release date: January 1, 2019  
Publisher: Bethany House

Miss Isadora Delafield may be an heiress, but her life is far from carefree. When her mother begins pressuring her to marry an elderly and uncouth duke, she escapes from the high society world she’s always known and finds herself to be an unlikely candidate for a housekeeper position in rural Pennsylvania. Mr. Ian MacKenzie is known for his savvy business sense and has built his reputation and fortune completely on his own merits. But when his adopted parents are in need of a new housekeeper and Isadora is thrown into his path, he’s unexpectedly charmed by her unconventional manner. Neither Isadora nor Ian expected to find the other so intriguing, but when mysterious incidents on the farm and the truth of Isadora’s secret threaten those they love, they’ll have to set aside everything they thought they wanted for a chance at happy-ever-after.

Click here to order your copy!

About the Author



Jen Turano
One of the Funniest Voices in Inspirational Romance by Booklist, Jen Turano is a USA Today Best-Selling Author, known for penning quirky historical romances set in the Gilded Age. Her books have earned Publisher Weekly and Booklist starred reviews, top picks from Romantic Times, and praise from Library Journal. She’s been a finalist twice for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Awards and had two of her books listed in the top 100 romances of the past decade from Booklist. When she’s not writing, she spends her time outside of Denver, CO.

Guest post from Jen

Q & A With Jen Turano

“Flights of Fancy” is the first book in the American Heiress Series. What inspired you to write this series? The inspiration for this entire series started off with a What If? All of my proposals for new series start off that way, and this time it was – What if Consuelo Vanderbilt had balked when her mother insisted she marry the Duke of Marlborough – and then that led to – What if she’d run away until her mother came to her senses? Just like that, an entire series was born – a bit of a different take on American heiresses because in all three books, my heiresses might decide to go a tad…rogue. We start off with Miss Isadora Delafield – who does run off to avoid marriage to a duke, then we get to meet Miss Poppy Garrison, who is an unexpected heiress but who can’t quite seem to get a handle on the expected social decorum of the day, and then the final book revolves around Miss Beatrix Waterbury – who gets banished to Chicago after she annoys her mother one too many times, and once there, well, gets up to a bit of mischief. How do you come up with the names of your characters? I find most of my names as I research the New York Four-Hundred, although I normally take a first name here, a last name there so I’m not stepping on any toes by writing about an actual historical figure – except for some of the main figures in New York society back then, such as Mr. Ward McAllister – who was the social arbiter of the day, or Mrs. William Astor, who was the queen of that society. What I don’t do is simply make up names, no matter how outrageous they may appear. And, no matter how I may love a certain name, if the character decides it doesn’t suit them, that’s it, it’s out and I’m back to the drawing board. How do you picture your character? Do you use Pinterest, magazines, movies? Odd as this may seem, I don’t use pictures for my characters. They start off in my mind as a blurry figure, and then, they develop from there – I like to keep my descriptions of them somewhat vague on the pages so that the reader can imagine them exactly the way they’d like them to be. What are some of your favorite resources for historical research? I’ve been building up a research library over the past few years and now have over 200 books dedicated to the Gilded Age. My favorites are – “A Season of Splendor” by Greg King, “Society as I Have Found It” by Ward McAllister, “The Gilded Age in New York – 1870-1910” by Esther Crain, and “ ‘King Lehr’ and the Gilded Age” by Elizabeth Drexel Lehr. The setting for “Flights of Fancy” is a bit of a departure for you since it’s set in and outside of Pittsburgh. Any reason for that? My mom was born in Pittsburgh, and unfortunately, her father, a prominent attorney back in the day, died when she was only four. I thought it would be cool to set a story in Pittsburgh, which would then allow me to really dive into some research. And get this – while I was doing that research, I found this obscure journal called “Memoirs of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. In that journal was a bit about my great-grandfather, Fred, his wife, Susie, my grandfather, and his brother and sister, but I’d never heard about this brother, who apparently died quite young. One of the most fabulous research tidbits I’ve uncovered to date. What are you working on now? I’ve just recently turned in the content edits for the second book in this series, “Diamond in the Rough,” and I’ve also turned in a novella about the Harvey Girls that will be coming out in a novella collection in Fall, 2019. With those out of the way, I’m now starting the third and final book in the American Heiress series, Miss Beatrix Waterbury’s story, but I’m having a bit of a struggle with the hero at the moment – he was supposed to be Edward, but he doesn’t want to be an Edward – I think he wants to be Norman – but, time will tell on that one – don’t hold me to the name – it’ll depend on if he changes his mind or not – pesky characters. You seem to enjoy adding animals in many of your stories. Will we find any animals in “Flights of Fancy?” Since Miss Isadora Delafield ends up on a farm, I do believe you will find a few animals, such as an adorable cow by the name of Buttercup, a few goats that seem to have a great liking for laundry, and…there might be some chickens. Thanks for stopping by today, everyone! Always enjoy visiting with all of you – in fact, that’s the best part of my job! All the best, ~ Jen ~

Blog Stops

The Avid Reader, January 10
Among the Reads, January 10
Through the Fire, January 10
Blogging With Carol, January 11
Back Porch Reads, January 12
KarenSueHadley, January 12
Godly Book Reviews, January 12
Daysong Refections, January 12
Livin Lit, January 13
The Becca Files, January 13
Texas Book-aholic, January 13
Rebekah’s Quill, January 14
All-of-a-kind Mom, January 15
Stories By Gina, January 15
Splashes of Joy, January 16
Mary Hake, January 17
Maureen’s Musings, January 17
Bibliophile Reviews, January 17
Baker Kella, January 18
Simple Harvest Reads, January 18 (Guest post from Mindy Houng)
Robin is Bookish, January 19
Carpe Diem, January 19
Life with the Tribe, January 20
amandainpa, January 21
Pause for Tales, January 22
Live Love Read, January 23
A Rup Life, January 23
Bigreadersite, January 23

Giveaway

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To celebrate her tour, Jen is giving away a grand prize of a trunk filled with all of Jen’s full-length novels released to date!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d8d1/flights-of-fancy-celebration-tour-giveaway















ARupLife.com received product, press or compensation to facilitate this review. This post may contain affiliate links, which means that by clicking on an affiliate link I may receive a small amount of money. We only give our honest opinions of products. This post is in accordance with the FTC 10 CFR, Part 255 concerning the use, endorsements or testimonials in advertising. Lisa Rupertus/ A Rup LIfe is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Forget-Me-Not Funeral Favor and Where I've Been...



 So... I've been pretty much absent for 2 full months. On November 5 -my littlest 3rd birthday - my husband and I spent the night in the hospital saying goodbye to my Mom. While she was sick for a long time but this still felt sudden. Then the next 11 days we spent with my dad helping him and then saying goodbye to him as he too passed away. This was even more unexpected. The weeks, and months that followed have been a whirlwind and to be honest my site was not a priority as I'm settling affairs and clinging to my family. Thankfully I have the most amazing support system with my husband who has been so amazing - I truly love him even more today than yesterday. My kids (especially the older ones) were awesome and so helpful! My brothers are so supportive and would do anything! God has given me some of the best people during this difficult time!



Sunday, December 30, 2018

Blog Tour & Review - In The Shadow Of Croft Towers!




There is nothing more that I love than cuddling up to a good book on a cold December day. With the past two months I've had this was just what I needed to do to escape for a little while. In The Shadow Of Croft Towers was the perfect escape book. The story starts wildly with a grand adventurous scene and lots of questions. The whole book keeps you guessing. The characters are developed well and you find yourself routing for the main character Sybil Delafield. I love how the author kept to the time setting and the characters were pretty prim and proper. There was romance, mystery and friendship in this book. Characters grew over the course as well which is always wonderful to see in a book. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and I will be looking at more stories from author Abigail Wilson as she is a wonderful writer.



About the Book



Book: In the Shadow of Croft Towers  
Author: Abigail Wilson  
Genre: Historical fiction, romantic suspense  
Release Date: January 15, 2019

From debut author Abigail Wilson comes a mysterious Regency tale of secrets and spies, love and treachery. Orphaned Sybil Delafield jumps at the opportunity for a position at the mysterious Croft Towers. She believes she was hired to act as companion to a dying woman, but a highway robbery and a hostile welcome from the Chalcroft family cause her to wonder if she was actually hired to help someone spy for France. An unsolved murder adds intrigue to this already secretive family, and Sybil recognizes Mrs. Chalcroft’s handsome grandson as one of the infamous highwaymen who robbed her. Sybil must determine if this man’s charming smile and earnest eyes speak the truth or if he is simply using her like others in the house. Everyone seems to have something to hide, and Sybil must decide who to trust while also coming to terms with the truth about her own past.

Friday, December 21, 2018

A Better December










 The busyness of Christmas is enough to make anyone say "Bah-Humbug." There are just so many things that have to be done because of tradition and just the timing of the celebration. Of course the real focus should be on Christ and His birthday but I know, I often lose that focus while trying to get the perfect present or all those cookie trays for the neighbors done. A Better Christmas by Steven Estes is a short devotional book about remembering and focusing on the things that matter this holiday season. I loved the simple reminders mixed with short stories and scripture. This is just the thing I needed to read this holiday season.


Monday, December 10, 2018

Christmas Book Giveaway with Abrams Appleseed!











 I know I've said it a bunch here on the blog but I love giving and receiving books for gifts. Books open the world and take you to new places. They help you to learn and grow. We spend a lot of time reading in December - in fact during break that is the only school we do. Reading helps kids become better writers, too! Did you know that? Abrams Appleseed sent us three new holiday books to add to our collection and share with you! Be sure to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post too!



Friday, December 7, 2018

Prepare Him Room by Marty Machowski








 I've always been intrigued by celebration Advent. In my church (Independent Baptist) we really don't celebrate this advent season. I was very excited to read Prepare Him Room because it is a family devotional that walks you through the advent season and centers on celebrating the birth of Jesus. This book is well written and gives activities, scripture and more to make the devotional come alive for families with all ages.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Zondervan Christmas Book Giveaway!




I personally love to read but my kids don't always share my enthusiasm. However during Christmas I've found that I can create a magical experience by introducing special holiday books. I actually keep them all together and I add new books each year. One year I wrapped 24 books up and put them under the tree and it was so much fun to open each book and read each day. (I think this was their favorite way to present the books - this year I'm a little behind but I would like to do the 12 days leading up to Christmas this way.) Another year we did mandatory bedtime stories with the whole family on our bed, I miss those days! With the bigger kids they don't join in but the littles still love hanging out on my bed and sharing a story. I read about an Icelandic tradition that everyone gets new books on Christmas eve and candy. Then they spend the night in bed reading and snacking. THIS is my Christmas night tradition. I like to spend the day in PJS and read my new books Santa brought. 

What are your book traditions?




Wednesday, December 5, 2018

HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS!: THE ULTIMATE EDITION Giveaway!








 Every year my Dad would say he was the Grinch. He had a stuffed Grinch he put out at Christmas time and several themed tshirts that he wore on Christmas. The truth is he wasn't the least bit Grinchy at all. He loved Christmas and getting together with family. Him and my Mom decorated their house with no less than five christmas trees each year. It was their season. Yet, still my dad loved the songs from the movie and Mr. Grinch's sinister smile. He watched the movie every year and it is a part of my memory of him. Losing Dad only a few weeks ago just makes the movie more special to me. 

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Tilbury House Publishers - Holiday Book Giveaway!


 I have a wonderful giveaway consisting of three children's books from Tilbury House Publishers! I have to say I was blown away by these books! Mother Earth's Lullaby: A Song for Endangered Animals is a stunning bedtime story. Because the animals are endangered we are seeing a different variety than most animal books I've read to the kids before. Plus this book helps to explain what is going on. Our children are the next advocates for our world and I believe exposing them to big ideas like endangered animals will help them grow to be changers of the world.

In If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur has been a fun addition to our day because we study different artist through classical education. I love the extra exposure and unique, fun way this book approaches it. We have been obsessed with sea creatures since my littles discovered Octonauts. Don't Mess With Me: The Strange Lives of Venomous Sea Creatures (How Nature Works) is a great look at the interesting creatures under the ocean. 


Look Great This Holiday! Tips & Tricks!








The holidays usually mean parties and gatherings. I love the fabrics of this time of year. Velvets, cashmere, warm sweaters, and boots all make for wonderful looks. Most everyone I know decorates their house for hosting and I love to dress the occasion. I love picking out my children's dress clothes for church and parties. This year everyone has something red to wear. It is one of my favorite colors and it looks good on everyone. 

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Lost Christmas Memories Blog Tour with Giveaway!










I am a big fan of the Love Inspired books in general and I have taken a real liking to the Suspense series. The "who done it" aspect of the story adds another level to the stories that keep my interests. These books are short - Lost Christmas Memories by Dana Mentink- is only 219 pages long. I like that length because it is a fairly quick read for me. This story had a lot of layers of characters as it was part of the Gold Country Cowboys Series. What is nice is that you can read any one of those books as an independent read or you can read the whole series. This is the second book I've read from Mentink and I love how she develops characters. Overall the main characters Tracy and Keegan were enjoyable to read about and I really liked this book. They mystery part kept me guessing until the very end which is a very rare thing for me! Set in Christmas time makes this time of year a perfect time to read this book.

About the Book


 
Book: Lost Christmas Memories  
Author: Dana Mentink  
Genre: Inspirational Romantic Suspense/Christmas  
Release Date: November 1, 2018  

A witness with amnesia Can she trust this Gold Country Cowboy with her life? Tracy Wilson witnessed a murder—but after a head injury, she can’t remember what she saw. Now someone plans to silence her for good, and only cowboy Keegan Thorn believes her. With a killer after her at Christmas, Tracy is running out of time to remember…and falling dangerously hard for the cowboy who could break her heart.
Click here to purchase your copy!

About the Author


 
Dana Mentink is a two time American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Award winner, a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice Award and a Holt Medallion winner. She is a national bestselling author of over thirty five titles in the suspense and lighthearted romance genres. She is pleased to write for Harlequin’s Love Inspired Suspense, Harlequin Heartwarming and Harvest House. Dana was thrilled to be a semi-finalist in the Jeanne Robertson Comedy With Class Competition. Besides writing, she busies herself teaching third grade. Mostly, she loves to be home with Papa Bear, teen bear cubs affectionately nicknamed Yogi and Boo Boo, Junie, the nutty terrier, a chubby box turtle and a feisty parakeet. You can connect with Dana via her website at danamentink.com.

Guest Post from Dana

Writing this book was bittersweet for me. It was lovely to finally be able to tell youngest Thorn brother Keegan’s story, but I sure am sorry to say goodbye to this series! It was such fun to write about these four kinsmen and the family bonds that held them together through all manner of murder and mayhem! Here at Mentink Manor, we have recently sent a bear cub away to college for the first time. It feels like I have lost a limb now that my Boo Boo is gone! Fortunately, we will enjoy having her home for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Though it won’t be a cozy country Christmas like it is for Keegan (we live in a city of 80,000 here in Northern, CA) we will be thrilled to have all our family home to celebrate together (Mama Bear, Papa Bear, two cubs, a naughty terrier, and a senior citizen box turtle!) I hope you enjoy this last installment in the Gold Country Cowboy series. I am sending along our best wishes for a blessed holiday season, from our Mentink household to yours!

Blog Stops

Blog Stops

Christian Bookaholic, November 22
Among the Reads, November 22
Inklings and Notions, November 23
Blogging With Carol, November 23
D’S QUILTS & BOOKS, November 24
Moments, November 25
Simple Harvest Reads, November 25
Genesis 5020, November 26
SusanLovesBooks, November 26
Remembrancy, November 26
Kat’s Corner Books, November 27
Pause for Tales, November 27
Ashley’s Bookshelf, November 27
Quiet quilter, November 28
Book by Book, November 29
A Rup Life, November 29
Older & Smarter?, November 30
Have A Wonderful Day, November 30
Cafinated Reads, November 30
KarenSueHadley, December 1
Lighthouse Academy, December 1
Daysong Reflections, December 1
Bibliophile Reviews, December 2
Bigreadersite, December 3
Texas Book-aholic, December 4
Carpe Diem, December 4
Godly Book Reviews, December 5

Giveaway



To celebrate her tour, Dana is giving away a grand prize of a copy of Lost Christmas Memories, a $50 Amazon gift card and this cute reading charms necklace!!
Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter. https://promosimple.com/ps/d626/lost-christmas-memories-celebration-tour-giveaway






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