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Enough: 10 Things You Should Be Telling Teenage Girls (Review and GIVEAWAY)

I’m just finishing up a great new book – one I’m thrilled to be sharing with you:

Enough:  10 Things You Should Be Telling Teenage Girls by Kate Conner


You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

In a book based on her run-away blog post “Ten Things I Want to Tell Teenage Girls,” which garnered more than 2 million views in two weeks, Kate Conner calls us to action in Enough. We all have teenage girls in our lives who we love, whether it’s a sister, friend, or daughter. Kate has identified 10 things these girls need to hear today from someone who loves her.

Peppered with wit and laced with grace, Kate’s list tackles relevant issues like Facebook, emotions, drama, tanning beds, modesty, and flirtation. Woven into each chapter is a powerful message of worth that transcends age, and will touch the souls of women, young and old alike: You are beautiful. You are valuable. You are enough.

My Thoughts:

Holy cow, I love it.  Having an 11-year old daughter at home scares me to death, I’ll admit it.  I work at the school she attends and I am quite frequently horrified at the things I see and hear from the kids her age.  The idea of navigating the teenage years is not one I relish.

I had high hopes for this book, and it did NOT disappoint!  The author, Kate, is hilarious.  She writes the book in a way that is very blunt and to-the-point, but she keeps it fun and comfortable for the reader.  She shares advice that I find MYSELF needing to follow.  (For example, what kind of story am I telling on facebook?  It’s an eye-opener.)  She provides realistic, sage advice to the reader.

Among my favorite moments in the book is the beauty history, when Kate shares with the reader the history of what has been considered beautiful.  It’s a reminder of how fickle we are as a society in what we see as beauty, and that we ALL are beautiful the way we are.

I also love that she approaches the dreaded teenage girl emotions.  We tend to think of teenage girls as overly dramatic (and they certainly can be), and as overly emotional, but Kate reminds us that emotions are GOOD.  We should NEVER belittle a young woman, or anyone, for feeling emotions.

There are a lot of other fantastic points in the book, and my copy is sure to have plenty of highlights and will be referenced often.  I’m giving Enough by Kate Conner 5 stars.  I LOVED it!


Now for the most exciting part.  Propeller Consulting, LLC, is providing an ADDITIONAL copy of this book for one lucky reader of this blog!  (yay!)  The instructions to enter are below.  Open to the US and Canada.  Good luck!
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Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising): Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway. Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation. I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

 Only one entrant per mailing address, per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you are not eligible to win it again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.

Giveaways Galore!

I’ve come across a few really great giveaways, and I wanted to share them with you.  Some are fairly low entry, too.  Score!


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HarperBox-e1404706123126-300x197Enter to win a complete set of CEP novels by Harper Bentley. Ends July 20!


MommyBagMarketingBanner2300x250There’s this fantastic Super Mom Essentials Giveaway going on as well, moms!


book-1072e3fbc4efc1558c4c3e0867600b5fIf you didn’t win my giveaway for the novel, Persecuted, here’s another chance!  This giveaway is a low entry one, so take advantage!


Good luck, friends!

Daily Break – Glade Best Feelings Giveaway + Coupon!!

What is the power of scent?


That’s what the folks at DailyBreak and Glade want to discuss – by hosting a giveaway!  GO HERE now and enter for your chance to win!  6 prize(s) will be awarded.

The prizes to be awarded are:
Grand Prize: One of Four Getaways (Estimated Retail Value: $3,000)
Runner-Up Prize: Glade Gift Basket (Estimated Retail Value: $75.00 each)

PLUS Print a coupon for $1.00 off any Glade® product (excludes 8 oz Aerosol and Solids)

Sweepstakes ends August 17, 2014.


Good luck!

Enter to Give Giveaway! Give: Joy Sweepstakes

Enter the GIVE:JOY Sweepstakes from author Lauraine Snelling!

In bestselling author Lauraine Snelling’s new novel, Heaven Sent Rain, Dinah Taylor has an orderly life, and that is just how she likes it. A balanced bank account, a perfectly furnished luxury apartment, a satisfying career as a scientist and CEO of her own company, and an uncomplicated personal life. Then her well-ordered world is thrown into chaos when she finds a seven-year-old boy and his scruffy dog sitting alone outside her office building.

3dbookTo celebrate the release of this heart-warming novel, FaithWords and author Lauraine Snelling are pleased to present the GIVE:JOY Sweepstakes. This sweepstakes features three spectacular prizes, each closely connected to the story, but each prize also comes with a twist: you “Enter to Give”, rather than “Enter to Win”!

Awesome idea, right? When I heard about this giveaway, I knew I had to share. Helping others, friends, is what it’s all about!

This is your chance to do something beautiful and make a difference for a friend, family member, shelter, church, or charity.

Timeframe & Notifications:

This giveaway starts July 1, 2014 and ends July 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST). Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Tuesday July 22, 2014, and announced at


Wanna know what you can win?  Check it out:

Grand Prize:

grandprize1In Heaven Sent Rain, Dinah meets a little boy named Jonah, and his dog. Jonah faces a life of struggle, hunger, and poverty, but his courage in these challenges inspires Dinah to step outside her world and do something wonderful for him. Through her choice, Dinah discovers joy is found not in getting more for herself, but in giving to make someone else’s life better. Our Grand Prize winner will have the same opportunity for joy, with their choice of :

• A $250 VISA gift card for a friend in need, or
• A $250 donation to the faith-based charity, church, or shelter of their choice


Second Prize:

secondprize1A mysterious thing happens to Dinah several times in the story: flowers! In honor of Dinah’s secret flower sender (you’ll have to read the story to find out his or her identity) we’re offering our Second Prize winner the chance to become a secret flower sender themselves, and brighten the day of a sick friend, a new mom, a military spouse, a weary co-worker, or some other deserving person in their life, with:

• A 3-month gift subscription to ProFlowers Bouquet of the Month Club

Third Prize:

thirdprize1Like Jonah’s dog, Mutt, the animals in our lives are priceless sources of help, comfort, and unconditional love.
And Like Dr. G, many real-life veterinarians and animal shelter workers make all the difference in the lives of our animals, often giving services beyond what’s billed. Our Third Prize winner will have a chance to do something extra special for their favorite vet or animal shelter, with:

• A $100 veterinary/shelter donation to be used toward treatment of an animal whose owner cannot afford to pay for veterinary care, or
• A $100 Starbucks card sent to the veterinary/shelter staff as a special encouragement gift

It’s easy to enter – I already did!  Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between now and July 21.

Good luck!!

Canvas Champ Review and Giveaway

Y’all, I love canvas prints.  I LOVE them.  They can be expensive, but they look so great!  This is why I’m excited to introduce you to Canvas Champ.  They have the lowest canvas prices that I’ve seen yet.  Here’s a little more about them:

logoAre you searching for large canvas prints – say, 16 x 20 canvas prints or even larger, like 30 x 40 custom large cheap canvas prints? You’re at the right place – anything you want for your canvas print deals is available right here with discounted price inexpensive canvas prints as compare to other online shops.
If you are new to discount canvas prints, let us explain a little. Our cheap canvas prints begin with sturdy frames with artist canvas stretched over them. They are ¾” or 1” deep, and our gallery collection allows you to stretch the printed surface right over the edge and around the sides. Hang yours with or without an added frame – it’s your choice.

Did we mention our 100% quality guarantee, or our lowest price guarantee? They’re worth checking out, along with free and fast shipping, simple ordering and gift certificates.

I chose to use a nature shot I’d taken, to see how that turned out on a 10×8-inch canvas.  I loved it!  Next time I’ll do one bigger.  The product shipped quickly, and was packaged very carefully.  I wish I’d taken a picture of the wrap, because it was done so well.  It took me five minutes to get it completely open!  I like that Canvas Champ will take such care to make sure my product gets to me safe and sound.

Canvas Champ 12x8" canvas

Buddy Boy approved

They also do more than just canvas.  Customers can order custom metal prints, photo boards, and peel and stick products, among other options.

So…does this pass the “Better on a Budget” test?  Yes, yes, yes!  The quality of the canvas is fantastic, and I have been nothing but impressed with the customer service and handling of the product.  And of course, there’s the price, lower than other canvas places I’ve seen.  I’d highly recommend Canvas Champ to my readers!


And now…for the most exciting part.  Canvas Champ has generously offered to give one of our readers a FREE canvas print!  Enter below!

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*I received a free canvas print from Canvas Champ in exchange for my HONEST review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.

Silenced by Dani Pettrey and Rugged Romance Sweepstakes!

Enter the RUGGED ROMANCE Sweepstakes from Author Dani Pettrey

If you, like me, are a Dani Pettrey fan, then pay attention.  Her latest novel, Silenced, is out, and to celebrate, she and Bethany House Publishers are sponsoring an awesome “Rugged Romance” sweepstakes!

First, let me share with you a little about the book:


silenced3dIn SILENCED, Book 4 of author Dani Pettrey’s award-winning Alaskan Courage series, a relaxing day of rock climbing takes a dark turn when Kayden McKenna’s route brings her face-to-face with a dead climber. Was the climber’s death a terrible accident or something more sinister?

When the case is handed to Yancey’s overburdened sheriff, he turns to Jake Westin for help. With the truth of Jake’s past now revealed, Jake agrees to use his investigation skills for this one case–but nothing could prepare him for where the case will take him.

As Kayden and Jake work together to uncover the truth, will they also find a refuge in each other?  Or will the deadly plans of a killer destroy their chance at love?

As I mentioned, to celebrate the novel, Dani and Bethany House Publishers are pleased to present the RUGGED ROMANCE SWEEPSTAKES, and your chance to win one of three marvelous prizes, all closely connected to the story.

Timeframe & Notifications:

This giveaway starts May 1, 2014 and ends May 21, 2014 @ 11:59 pm (PST).
Entry is open to US residents only, age 18 and over. Winners will be selected Friday, May 23, 2014, and announced at

Want to know what you will have a chance to win?  Here’s a look at the available prizes:

Rugged Romance Sweepstakes Grand PrizeGRAND PRIZE:


In SILENCED, Kayden’s adventurous nature and skills as a pilot come in handy as she and Jake race to uncover the truth. If you’ve always dreamed of hopping on a plane to chase your own adventures, but don’t have a well-trained pilot and a Cessna at your disposal, we’ve got the perfect prize for you.

Our Grand Prize winner will receive: a $250 gift certificate to Alaskan Airlines, good toward travel to multiple destinations across the Continental US, Alaska, and Hawaii

Rugged Romance Sweepstakes Second PrizeSECOND PRIZE:


As Jake and Kayden crisscross the Alaskan wilderness looking for answers, they also see some of the most glorious scenery on earth:  soaring mountains, crystal clear lakes, and incomparable wildlife.  Could there be any better setting for a glowing romance? Now you can share in the romantic scenery, even if you don’t live in Alaska.

Our Second Prize winner will receive: The Kiss at Wonder Lake 31″ x 23″ Framed Art Print

Rugged Romance Sweepstakes Third PrizeTHIRD PRIZE:


Kayden has always been practical, no-nonsense, and slow to trust. She’s definitely not a romantic-at-heart who longs for a handsome man to whisk her away for a picnic in the mountains.  Right? ; )

If you, like Kayden, have secretly dreamed of a romantic mountain-top picnic, this is the prize for you.

Our Third Prize winner will receive: The ultimate picnic pack for a romantic afternoon. This insulated backpack includes silverware, plates, napkins, plastic long-stemmed glasses and a wide selection of gourmet picnic snacks

How to Enter:

Go to and complete the entry box, anytime between May 1 and May 21.

Good luck!!


Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini – Review and GIVEAWAY!

And we have a winner!!  Congratulations to Dianna!!

When I saw this book, Modern Pioneering, was available for me to review, man oh man, I got excited.  This is the kind of stuff I’m SO passionate about!  Not good at, but passionate about. :)

I love, LOVE the idea of us living more like our ancestors.  The idea of living a more self-sufficient life.  Of being more frugal and self-reliant.  This is what (my) dreams are made of, baby!

www.randomhouse.comAbout the book:

A cookbook and backyard gardening and homesteading guide for women who want to grow food efficiently, cook seasonal recipes, or even try foraging, camping, and living off the land.

Georgia Pellegrini, outdoor adventurer and chef, helps you roll up your sleeves and tap into your pioneer spirit. Grow a small-space garden and preserve a little deliciousness for the cold months; assemble the makings of a self-sufficient pantry; learn to navigate without a compass for your next camping trip; or even forage for plants that give you energy.
Whether you’re a full-time homesteader, a weekend farmer’s market devoté, or anyone looking to do more by hand, this overflowing resource will help you hone new skills in the kitchen, garden, and great outdoors. It includes:
·         More than 100 recipes for garden-to-table dishes, preserves, and cured foods
·         Small-space gardening advice on building a raised bed, choosing what to grow, and saving seeds
·         DIY projects, such as Mason jar lanterns and homemade notecards
·         Superwoman skills like assembling a 48- hour survival toolkit in an Altoids tin
Packed with beautiful photographs and illustrations, Modern Pioneering proves that becoming more self-sufficient not only means being empowered, but also having a lot more fun. 

About the Author:

GEORGIA PELLEGRINI’s taste for simple food and outdoor adventure evolved as she grew up in the Hudson Valley, on the same land her great-grandfather owned and worked. She followed her passion to the French Culinary Institute and then to Gramercy Tavern, Blue Hill at Stone Barns, and La Chassagnette in France. (You can learn more about Georgia HERE.)


My Review:

Man oh man, I love this book!  SO many great recipes, including some for edible flowers and homemade cheeses.  It’s hard to pick just one favorite, but a couple of recipes I’m really excited to try are the Slim Jims and the Salmon jerky (pg 168, 169).

In addition to recipes, the author includes a section called “The Wild”, which includes information on common edible plants (think dandelions and daylilies).  I was caught off guard by some of the tips and tricks in here…like the glass bottles into glassware.  Nothing at all wrong with the idea, but it didn’t feel that self-sufficient to me, since I’d have to buy the glass bottles.   I’d guess that over 90% of the tips, tricks, and recipes ARE applicable to me and to my goals, and I’ll be doing a lot of bookmarking and experimenting the next few months, thanks to this book.  The pictures are gorgeous; absolutely beautiful.

I really don’t know what I can say to properly show how enthusiastic I am about this book.  If you’re all about self-sufficiency, or want to learn more, READ THIS BOOK!  Seriously, I love the thing. :)  My kids have also enjoyed looking at the recipes and pictures, and they’ve picked out the recipes they want to try as well!  I’m giving Modern Pioneering by Georgia Pellegrini 5 stars:  I LOVE it!



Have I convinced you yet?  Who here wants to read this book?  Well, you’re in luck, because I also have a copy to give away!  Yay!  Anyone 16 years of age and up in the U.S. can win.  Good luck!

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I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.  The opinions are mine, and mine alone.