Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Heartbeat Magazine Cover August 2013, WW and Giveaways

This month's cover is my cousin Emily Doherty. Her beauty shines in this photo and it's a perfect representation of loveliness.  Read more about Emily in the Think Smart story on page 9.

We have two exciting giveaways this month!  One from Dermagist and another from YOYO Lip Gloss, in the next few posts I'll be writing our reviews.  Be sure to enter our giveaway section on the website for now.  My oldest son Nathan, 13, was able to test out the Dermagist for acne prone skin and Lizzie was super excited with the Limited Edition YOYO Lip Gloss!

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Barefoot Summer Book Review

I was given the opportunity to review Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance) a romance novel from Booksneeze.  I loved the title. It fit perfectly as I was looking for a good romance while I enjoyed my summer holiday.  

Here is the book description:

Madison’s heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything.

In the years since her twin brother’s drowning, Madison McKinley has struggled to put it behind her. Despite the support of her close-knit family and her gratifying job as a veterinarian in their riverside town, the loss still haunts her.

To find closure, Madison sets out to fulfill her brother’s dream of winning the town’s annual regatta. But first she has to learn to sail, and fast.

Beckett O’Reilly knows Madison is out of his league, but someone neglected to tell his heart. Now she needs his help—and he’ll give it, because he owes her far more than she’ll ever know.

Madison will do anything—even work with the infamous Beckett O’Reilly—to reach her goal. And as much as she’d like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As summer wanes, her feelings for him grow and a fledgling faith takes root in her heart.

But Beckett harbors a secret that will test the limits of their new love. Can their romance survive summer’s challenges? And will achieving her brother’s dream give Madison the peace she desperately seeks?

I loved being able to read the book on my iPhone and using the bookmark feature along with the highlights.  One of the things I like to highlight is wherever the author uses the word heart.  Here is one that I loved:

Her mom gave her a long, knowing look.  The kind that made Madison realize that she could shutter off her heart to the outside world, but Mom would still see right through. 

When I was growing up my parents would send us to my grandparents house for the summer.  We took sailing lessons at the yacht club and when Madison was learning to sail it brought back a lot of memories for me.  The photo below is from my cousin Tara, her son is now taking sailing lessons at Hudson Yacht Club, such an amazing experience.  

Another part of the book I really enjoyed was the times she took pets to the nursing homes.

"Animals make people happy.  Besides, I like the folks here.  Older people are storehouses of wisdom.  It's too bad people forget that."

I think most of us could relate to the story, throughout the book you learn how her brother died and why she had so many relationship issues.   Her mother was a great influence and I seemed to highlight what she said a lot.

Her mom's words from earlier in the summer came back, "You've always been afraid of feeling, Madison.  Sometimes those negative feelings are so strong, they're overwhelming, and it's easier to just not deal with them." 

I was rooting for Madison to be brave and courageous during her struggles.  She had trouble sleeping, learning a new skill, being in love and making decisions that would benefit her life.  

God knew her heart.

You can do this, Madison.  Be brave.

Give me courage, God.

If you're looking for your next great romance novel and a heartfelt story, make sure you add this one to your list!

Denise Hunter is the award-winning and best-selling author of many novels, including A Cowboy's Touch and Sweetwater Gap.  She and her husband are raising three boys in Indiana.

Visit her website at www.denisehunterbooks.com

Barefoot Summer (A Chapel Springs Romance)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Do you ever Wonder what Type of Clouds you are Viewing? WW

My husband always wonders what I'm going to do with all my cloud photos, sometimes I wonder myself but I continue to take them and feel awed by the beauty of the different shapes in the sky.  My favorite type of clouds have to be the cumulus, they are also known as the fair weather clouds.  I belong to two cloud groups on Facebook where I can post my random cloud photos, Cloud Watching & Beautiful Skyscapes, and Skyscapes.  Here are my latest cloud photos, Enjoy!

My favorite type of clouds - Starting to look like a Heart to me!
Full thin layer of clouds - Altostratus
These remind me of a choo choo train - Cumulus
Sunset with a Mixture of clouds - Stratus and Cirrostratus
Great cloud source at Geogrify.net
What is your favorite type of cloud?

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Tuesday, August 6, 2013

What is Washi Tape? WW

Have you ever heard of Washi tape? It's a form of paper tape that is easily removable and used for crafts and was first made in Japan. I'd never heard of washi tape. I used to collect beautiful paper and stamps to craft till my heart was content.  Then I got busy with life and kids and put my crafting days on hold.  Instagram came into my life and I saw these beautiful crafts being made by some of my new friends.  I bought my first washi tape from my friend Luciana at her shop Sugar Paper Designs.  I ordered the heart tape and a cute camera tape to try and see if I would like creating some fun things.  Here are few of my projects...

Washi tape pencils!  I love them!!

Tape over your design with the washi tape.
Flip over your design and cut off the edges or fold them onto the design.
Add your cut out to a card. Give your new card to the one you love!
What kind of crafts have you made with Washi tape?

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