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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Book Review: True to You

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

About the book:

It's the exciting start of a brand-new series by a contemporary romance fan favorite!

After a devastating heartbreak three years ago, genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now.

Unlike Nora, former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother.

The more time they spend together, the more this pair of opposites suspects they just might be a perfect match. However, John's already dating someone and Nora's not sure she's ready to trade her crushes on fictional heroes for the risks of a real relationship. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another

About the author:

Becky Wade is a California native who attended Baylor University, met and married a Texan, and settled in Dallas. She published historical romances for the general market before putting her career on hold for several years to care for her three children. When God called her back to writing, Becky knew He meant for her to turn her attention to Christian fiction. She loves writing funny, modern, and inspirational contemporary romance! She's the Carol Award, INSPY Award, and Inspirational Reader's Choice Award winning author of My Stubborn Heart, the Porter Family series, and the Bradford Sisters Romance series.

My Opinion

I am a self-proclaimed historical fiction book lover but when I want a contemporary romance I turn to Becky Wade's books! I am a HUGE fan of Becky Wade and her great books and True to You is another great one I am recommending to everyone!

Becky Wade has again created a book that is fun, interesting with loveable characters and with a touch of romance all wrapped into a book that reminds us to trust God above it all!

I instantly fell in love with the characters and their love story and I cheered for them from the very start!  Becky Wade's books are the perfect read for reading on the beach, the deck or in the backyard while soaking up some sun this Summer!! I can't wait to read more books in this series and learn more about the other Bradford Sisters!

Buy It:

You can purchase True to You for $9.46 from Amazon.com


Do opposites really attract? John and Nora might just be the perfect match. Find out in True to You, book one in Becky Wade's new series! Genealogist and historical village owner Nora Bradford has decided that burying her nose in her work and her books is far safer than romance in the here and now. Former Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient John Lawson is a modern-day man, usually 100 percent focused on the present. But when he's diagnosed with an inherited condition, he's forced to dig into the secrets of his past and his adoption as an infant, enlisting Nora to help him uncover the identity of his birth mother. Finding the answers they're seeking will test the limits of their identity, their faith, and their devotion to one another.

Celebrate the launch of Becky Wade's new series by entering to win a fabulous prize pack and $100 cash card!


One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A copy of True to You
  • A $100 Visa cash card
  • A prize pack hand-picked by Becky

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on May 30. The winner will be announced May 31 on the Litfuse blog.


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* Disclosure - This book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.*

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Learn About Kidney Disease & Prevention from the Fixing Paco PSA!

This post is brought to you by FixingPaco.org. 

Did you know a staggering 1 in 10 people have kidney disease - an estimated 26 million Americans - and most do not find out until their kidney disease is advanced. In addition, there is an extremely high need for organ donors—currently, there are approximately 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S., and of these, approximately 100,000 need a kidney transplant.


Paul Rodriguez and Gloria Garayua feel very strongly about the need for organ donation so they have delivered a strong call-to-action about kidney disease prevention and the need for organ donation in the “Get the Facts! Get Checked! Get Healthy!” PSA. This Fixing Paco web series provides comprehensive education about being proactive in one's healthcare as well as valuable information including how to access transplantation, what it takes to maintain a transplant, and how a positive attitude and lots of support can create the power of hope.

Check out below this new PSA Campaign starring Paul Rodriguez and Gloria Garayua extolling the virtues of organ donation, getting the facts on getting and staying healthy, and all things Fixing Paco!



Also, for more information, check out the FixingPaco.org website where you can get information about kidney disease and prevention, becoming an organ donor, and kidney transplantation.

Prevention and knowledge are so important so check it out today!


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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Get Comfortable & Cute Outfits from Ppippilong Kids!

A product was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.

In this house, we like to be comfortable! Which is why we are loving a new company we were just introduced to: Ppippilong, which is a children's loungewear + pajamas brand popularized by its fun, unique character-based designs.


We love pajamas in our house and nothing is better than cute AND comfy pajamas like the ones from Ppippilong Kids!


My son received the super cute Bat Boy (short sleeve) outfit that comes with a Bat boy top with matching stripe shorts. He loves wearing it both as pajamas and to play!


And my daughter loves her new Cute Puppy outfit featuring a cute Puppy top with patterned shorts! She is a big dog/puppy fan so she immediately fell in love with this outfit!

What I love the most is the outfits can be worn either at bedtime or during the day for playtime! They move easily, are comfortable and are so very cute!

Buy It:

You can purchase both outfits for $17 (and many more!) from the Ppippilong Kids website.

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Monday, May 22, 2017

Book Review: Stars Over Clear Lake

A book was given for review for my honest opinion. No other compensation was given.


I am so excited to share with you an amazing book I just read! Stars Over Clear Lake is written by an award-winning author, Loretta Ellsworth, who is best known for penning compelling, unique characters who undertake journeys of self-discovery. Her first four novels have been for young adults but her debut adult novel, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE, is an historical-commercial women’s fiction novel that launched May 2 with St. Martin’s/Thomas Dunne Books.

Set during the 1940s and the present and inspired by the historic Surf Ballroom near Mason City, Iowa, where Loretta grew up, STARS OVER CLEAR LAKE is a moving story of forbidden love, lost love, everlasting love―and self-love. For the first time in decades, Lorraine Kindred has returned to the ballroom where she was swept away by the big bands during the 1940s―and by a star-crossed romance. As she takes in the magnificent energy and brassy sounds of her youth, the past comes to life, along with the fateful decision all those years ago that forced her to choose between personal conviction and social expectation, between the two men who had captured her heart. It had been a time of great music and love, but also of war and sacrifice, and now, trying to make peace with her memories, Lorraine must find the courage to face buried secrets. In the process, she will rediscover herself, her passion, and her capacity for resilience.

Not only is she an amazing author but she is also a local author to me! Loretta, who lives in Lakeville, Minnesota (only about 10 minutes from me!), is a graduate of Hamline University and the author of THE SHROUDING WOMAN, a Rebecca Caudill nominee; IN SEARCH OF MOCKINGBIRD, which won the Midwest Bookseller's Choice Honor Award, was a Teen's Top Ten finalist, was an IRA Notable, and was named to the New York Library's List of Books for the Teen Age; IN A HEARTBEAT, which was named a spring Midwest Connection's Pick and an ALA Notable; and her most recent book, UNFORGETTABLE, which is a Kirkus Pick of the Month.

My Opinion

I love, love, LOVE WWII historical fiction novels so this book was so intriguing to me! I am so glad I gave it a chance because Stars over Clear Lake was a unique, well-written and very interesting book! I love that it gave history of ballrooms and prisoner camps back in the 1940s - that was so interesting to me! The history I learned in this book is phenomenal!

The storyline was also so easy to read and easy to love! I fell in love with this book and the characters from the first pages and couldn't put it down! I will be sharing this book with everyone I know and you must read if you love historical fiction books!

Buy It:

You can purchase Stars over Clear Lake for $18.31 from Amazon.com

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We are LOVIN' MANDISA'S NEW #OutOfTheDark CD! #FlyBy #Giveaway

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.


Mandisa is one of my family's favorite Christian artists and I have loved her since American Idol! And when I heard Overcomer from her new album, Out of the Dark, I played it over and over and my family now sings along every time! We LOVE Mandisa and are so excited to own and play her newest album!

Mandisa wrote her song “Overcomer” in 2013 to encourage her close friend Kisha, who was battling breast cancer. Mandisa really believed and prayed that God was going to heal her, but when Kisha went to be with Jesus in 2014, Mandisa’s foundation was shaken in a way she never expected. She fell into a deep pit of depression for close to 3 years, shutting out her friends, family and the rest of the world. Mandisa believes if she had kept going down that road she was on, she would not be here today… but God stepped in and lifted her out of that pit by using her close friends to communicate their love for her and God’s love for her. This album is Mandisa’s way of letting her fans into her story – it’s called 'Out Of The Dark' because that is exactly where God lifted her out of!



You can watch her talk openly about this on Good Morning America last week here: http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/mandisa-opens-overcoming-depression-47020463

I am so glad Mandisa has blessed us with this new album and that God pulled her from her depression so she can bless us with her beautiful gift! Our family LOVES this new album from Mandisa - she is so talented and beautiful and is teaching people all over the world to be overcomers! I love her message and her voice!

Buy It:

You can purchase Mandisa's Out of the Dark CD here

Win It:

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* 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.*