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Friday, August 26, 2016

Book Review: The Things We Knew

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

About the book:

A tragedy from the past resurfaces in this tale of family secrets and reignited love.

After her mother's death twelve years ago, Lynette Carlisle watched her close-knit family unravel. One by one, her four older siblings left their Nantucket home and never returned. All seem to harbor animosity toward their father, silently blaming him for their mother's death. Nobody will talk about that dreadful day, and Lynette can't remember a bit of it.

But when next-door neighbor Nicholas Cooper returns to Nantucket, he brings the past with him. Once her brother's best friend and Lynette's first crush, Nick seems to hiding things from her. Lynette wonders what he knows about the day her mother died and hopes he might help her remember the things she can't.

But Nick has no intention of telling Lynette the truth. Besides the damage it might cause his own family, he doesn't want to risk harming the fragile friendship between him and the woman he once thought of as a kid sister.

As their father's failing health and financial concerns bring the Carlisle siblings home, secrets begin to surface---secrets that will either restore their shattered relationships or separate the siblings forever. But pulling up anchor on the past propels them into the perfect storm, powerful enough to make them question all they ever believed in.


About the author:

Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she's not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border collie for long walks on the beach or tending to her roses and orchids. She and her husband have two grown children.

My Opinion

There are so many complex and serious issues discussed in this book that make it an honest, beautiful and healing book. I love the story line of both Nick and Lynette and the healing that must take place in both families in order to move forward with life.

This book was a great reminder that hope, faith and love really can conquer all. I am eager to read more from Catherine West in the future! I think she is a very talented author!

Buy It:

You can purchase The Things We Knew for $10.55 from Amazon.com


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Thursday, August 25, 2016

@BathtimeKids Safely Keeps Your Children Healthy & Clean!

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


With three little children who are very active, we take baths and showers a lot. But what is most important is what is going on their skin to wash them at bath time! We choose only natural, organic and safe baby and kids bath products to put on our kids and I am so excited to share our newest favorite brand in the bathtub - Bathtime Baby and Bathtime Kids product lines!

The Bathtime Kids line features bubble bath, hand wash, body lotion, detangler spray, shampoo, conditioner, sun screen, and body wash. Parents love the sweet and simple packaging and feel confident knowing that bath time can be fun time with these safe, all-natural products.


Bathtime Kids & Bathtime Baby are a luxurious baby skincare line that is safe and gentle, formulated with organic plant and fruit extracts, along with skin nourishing vitamins and antioxidants that will protect and care for your baby's delicate skin.


I never worry when we are using Bathtime Baby or Kids products - I trust them and I trust their ingredients! They are Paraben-free, glycol-free, and sulfate-free, hypoallergenic, have No artificial fragrances or dyes and are Scented only with pure essential oils and extracts!! Plus, they even use BPA & phthalate free recyclable bottles!



I love that they offer such a great range of products from lotions to body wash to hand wash - our entire bathroom is now safe for sensitive skin thanks to Bathtime Baby & Kids!

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Buy It:

You can purchase all Bathtime Baby & Kids products online or from a local store near you.


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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Stock Up Your School Wardobe with @FrenchToastcom

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


Well, my son starts back to school next week and with that comes school supplies, school clothing and lots of chasing around again!

None of them I am looking forward to but at least I have some help this year!

My son and daughter got some super cute and amazing clothes from French Toast, a leader in children's clothing for kids of all ages!

Toddler Mary Jane


A classic black dress shoes is a must for all the school programs, to accessorize with dresses and for church! These classic Mary Jane style shoes for toddlers are as comfortable as they are adorable!


The padded footbed offers ultimate comfort and they are easy to put on with the easy adjustable strap. Plus, they can even where them running around because they have a non-marking sole!

Long Sleeve Dress Shirt with Expandable Collar



My son is not big into dressing up! He would rather be in a pair of shorts and t-shirt running around! But with this crisp dress shirt with a comfy expandable collar for extra breathing space throughout the day, he will at least be comfortable and super handsome!

I LOVE the Wrinkle No More™ fabric for easy care and the 50 wash tested for comfort that lasts.

And the expandable collar will be great for growing with my son! The collar and tag-free design will keep him comfortable all day long!

School Blazer


Every little boy needs a blazer! This Blazer is so versatile and handsome! It is perfect for school programs, church and weddings!

The preppy style is made easy with this gold-button blazer that will keep him looking sharp no matter what the dress code.

Sport Polo


As I mentioned, my son isn't big into dressing up but he does like wearing polos when he does need to dress up a little bit!

This polo is perfect for him because this tech fabric polo with side vents absorbs sweat quickly so he can stay cool for school and it is super soft and comfortable! Plus, the blue is beautiful and will look great with many different color pants!

So whether your child wears uniforms to school or just needs some new clothes in their school wardrobe this year, French Toast is the place to shop! They have it all and all the clothes are made with active children in mind! They will be comfortable and looking sharp in French Toast clothing!

Buy It:

You can purchase all French Toast clothing from their website.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let #AtkinsMealKits Get You Back On Track For Weight Loss & Healthy Eating! @AtkinsInsider

This post was sponsored by the Role Mommy Writer's Network.



I am a busy mom of three little ones, working two jobs and going back to school. I am also still trying to lose the last few pounds and sometimes I just can't find time for it all! I can't find time to eat healthy and run around everywhere with three kids. I can't find the energy to not stress eat and binge eat junk food. And I just can't find the energy sometimes to work out.

I have learned lately that it is ok to ask for help, it is ok to accept help and that it is ok to need help. So lately I have been watching what I eat better and getting help with that from Atkins Nutritionals, Inc. They recently introduced easy step-by-step meal kits for consumers interested in convenient home delivery of Atkins low-carb products, whether they are trying to lose weight or live a low-carb lifestyle. While Atkins is primarily a whole foods-based program, the meal kits allow people with busy lifestyles to get everything they need to get started quickly, including Atkins frozen meals, snacks and easy-to-follow menus with shopping lists, all delivered to their door.

I have always dreamed of having a live-in chef or cook for just making meals and snacks appear for me when it is time to eat and my dreams are coming true with these Atkins Meal Kits!! They cover a week’s worth of food and tools, with three different options to choose from for one’s needs and lifestyle.


I received the Easy Peasy Meal Kit ($97.99) which is the most comprehensive kit with all meals included, and consumers make their snacks and side dishes. The kit includes a variety of Atkins Frozen Meals, Meal Bars and Shakes to cover breakfast, lunch and dinner.


I really love that I don't have to waste any more of my much needed brain power to make meals for myself with these Atkins Meal Kits! They take all of the guesswork out of preparing meals and snacks, and offer simplified options for the low-carb lifestyle. I can just grab and go and I don't worry about getting caught in the junk food trap anymore! And it is a LOT less grocery shopping!!! WOOHOO!!!


PLUS all plans come with the Atkins Meal Kit Guide, The New Atkins Made Easy book, the Atkins Carb Counter and the Recipe Booklet which were REALLY helpful in getting me started back on a path to weight loss and healthy eating!


So as your children start back to school, life gets crazy again and you lose yourself in the mix - REFOCUS this Fall and do something great for yourself! Let Atkins guide you back to healthy eating and losing weight with their easy to use and eat Meal Kits!

From weight loss and maintenance to improved overall health, Atkins offers the tools and education needed to help consumers eat a balanced diet with reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars, and rich in protein, fiber, fruits, vegetables and good fats.

Buy It:

You can purchase Atkins Meal Kits at Atkins.com, where you can ALSO receive free support from nutritionists, access educational materials and share insights from your personal weight-loss journey with members of the Atkins community.  The Meal Kits may also be purchased as a recurring subscription.

Until September 30, YOU also can enjoy free shipping and 5% off on orders with promotional code NEWKIT5.


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Monday, August 22, 2016

Book Review: The Loyal Heart

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

About the book:

Robert came to Galveston to fulfill his promise to a dying man and look after his widow. He didn't expect to find love in the unlikeliest of places.

Robert Truax, former Second Lieutenant and Confederate officer in the Civil War, made a promise to his comrade Phillip Markham. If anything happened to Phillip, Robert would look after his beloved wife, Miranda. She was his life, his world, his everything.

After the war, Robert is left to pick up the pieces and fulfill his pact. When he arrives at Miranda's home in Galveston, Texas, things are worse than he imagined. Phillip's name has been dragged through the mud, everyone in town believes him to be a traitor, and his widow is treated as an outcast. Even more disturbing is her emotional well-being. Miranda seems hopeless, lost, and so very alone.

Robert had thought his duty would be simple. He would help Miranda as quickly as possible in order to honor a promise. But the moment Robert laid eyes on her, his plans changed. He's mesmerized by her beauty and yearns to help her in any way he can.

He makes it his duty to protect Miranda, turn her reputation around, and to find some way to help her smile again. But it doesn't prove to be an easy task---Robert knows something about Phillip that could shake Miranda to the core and alter her view of the man she thought she knew so well.


About the author:

Shelley Shepard Gray is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers prestigious Carol Award, and a two-time HOLT Medallion winner. She lives in southern Ohio, where she writes full-time, bakes too much, and can often be found walking her dachshunds on her town's bike trail.

My Opinion

As always, Shelley Shepard Gray writes a compelling book that really details the lives after the Civil War.

This book really made me think about what the families, soldiers and widows had to go through after the war was over and sympathize with the South and all the rebuilding they had to do.

This was a great historical fiction with a little romance added in - my favorite kind of book!

Buy It:

You can purchase The Loyal Heart for $9.31 from Amazon.com

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