Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop

Leap Into Books Giveaway Hop
February 28th to March 7th
Co-hosted by Jinky is Reading

I'm so excited that Spring is on its way here. This winter has been so LOOONNGG and COLD! My kids have cabin fever and I'm guessing yours might too, so I'm giving away some great stuff for kids, teens, and their parents!

As part of the hop, I'm giving away 3 awesome Covey books and two darling felt sets. One is of the new food guide pyramid and the other is a mini glitter board with figures to tell "Once there was a Snowman".

Look at how cute the figures are. These felts pieces are all washable and extremely durable. My kids love them.

Here's a link to see more about the books I'm giving away
You have until March 7, 2013 to enter. Good luck!

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Where Are the Christians? Guest Post by Eric Shuster

Ponder if you will the state of our world; and in particular the condition of America. Although one can easily argue the United States is still the greatest nation in the world and a country so many desire to come to—even risk their lives to enter into—there is no denying America’s social, moral and spiritual fabric continues to deteriorate at an accelerated pace. For many this is an alarming and discouraging trend.

Now consider the fact that 76% of Americans claim to be Christian, making the United States one of the highest per-capita Christian nations in the world. A nation full of Christians in a deteriorating society? If this indeed be the case then WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS? To solve this conundrum author Eric Shuster gives us a book that bears this question as its title with the promise of answers and unique journey for readers.

Where are the Christians? uses the classic format of who, what, where and how to explore Christianity and the dynamics that unite and divide the religion into the unrealized potential it suffers from today (thus the subtitle of the book—the Unrealized Potential of a Divided Religion). The book enlightens readers as to who the Christians are from a historical perspective; what a Christian is from a spiritual perspective; where the Christians are from a behavioral perspective; and how Christianity can be strengthened and more united from a societal perspective. Where are the Christians? examines hundreds of Biblical and scholarly sources, analyzing data from a multitude of studies leading to unique perspectives and solutions to the challenges facing Christianity in the modern era.

Where are the Christians? contains 17 chapters arranged into four sections:

·         SECTION 1:  WHO ARE THE CHRISTIANS?—a history:  4 chapters providing a concise history of Christianity spread across four distinct periods:  Evangelization and Formation, Legitimacy and Codification, Corruption and Division, and Reform and Denominational Proliferation.

·         SECTION 2:  WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN?—a definition:  4 chapters examining the definition of a Christian from the perspectives of the world, the Bible, landmark religious studies, and what Shuster refers to as Modern Day Pharisees.  

·         SECTION 3:  WHERE ARE THE CHRISTIANS?—a categorization:  5 chapters profiling the five types of modern Christians including a unique and enlightening exercise to help readers understand what type of Christian they are among the five. 

·         SECTION 4 – HOW IS CHRISTIANITY TO UNITE?—a vision:  4 chapters describing the ways Christians in America can unite into a force for good by focusing on individuals, families, churches and communities. 

For the next 4 weeks author Eric Shuster will take us on a tour through each of the four sections of Where are the Christians? providing a glimpse of what the book is all about—the questions it will answer in each chapter, the insights it will provide, and the vision it lays out in bringing together a deeply divided religion into realizing its true potential for America. This is one tour you won’t want to miss!

Go to to watch the book trailer, find out what type of Christian you are, and to order the book

Monday, February 25, 2013

Do You Have Cabin Fever?

Okay folks, around this time of year I am mighty sick of winter!

 I wondered if anyone else might be feeling this way.
So, I thought I'd share what we've been up to when it's too cold and nasty to go outside, not to mention the unbreathable air from the inversion here in Utah.

We've done a little sledding and a lot of trekking out to our chicken coop to gather eggs before they freeze solid.

We've played Zombies vs. Plants on the computer and almost passed all the levels.

The kids made a deluxe house out of a cardboard box, complete with cardboard TVs, phone, and decorations.

We went to Disneyland--I know, what am I complaining about? :)

We've done a little house-cleaning and I blogged about it on my Mashed Potatoes and Crafts Blog.
And yes, my 2yo loves to vacuum! Don't you love that face?

And we've read tons and tons of books. I've reviewed several and will review several more soon.

Okay, your turn. What do you do to get over the winter blues?

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Baked Alaska Book Blast

I'm excited about Josi's latest release in the Sadie Hoffmiller culinary mystery series! I just finished reading it and will have my review up soon. In the mean time, take a peek and enter this fun contest!

Baked Alaska by Josi S. Kilpack

An Alaskan cruise is the setting for amateur detective Sadie Hoffmillers latest adventure. Sadie plans to spend time relaxing with her two grown children, Breanna and Shawn, and her boyfriend, Pete, while enjoying the luxury and cuisine of an elegant cruise ship and helping to plan her daughters upcoming wedding. But even as the crew prepares to leave port, Sadie has suspicions about the voyage ahead and the relationship between her normally easygoing son and a mysterious female passenger he obviously knows but refuses to discuss. When the woman is discovered unconscious during the second night at sea, Sadies apprehension escalates. Over the last few years, Sadie has developed an extreme dislike for secrets and it would seem her son is keeping one from her. *Includes eight new mouthwatering recipes, tested and approved by the official bakers of Sadies Virtual Test Kitchen.

Praise for Baked Alaska
Josi Kilpack has done it again. You would think that all these events that occur in Sadie's life wouldn't be natural, but Josi Kilpack has a way of making you believe that it just "happens" and it is normal. I have grown to love Sadie's character, even if she is a busybody, you can't help but cheer for her as she attempts to solve a mystery or crime. One of my favorite series. :)
~Goodreads Reviewer Lacey McNeill

Author Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack grew up hating to read until she was thirteen and her mother handed her a copy of The Witch of Blackbird Pond. From that day forward, she read everything she could get her hands on and credits her writing “education” to the many novels she has “studied” since then. She began her first novel in 1998 and hasn’t stopped since. Her seventh novel, Sheep’s Clothing, won the 2007 Whitney Award for Mystery/Suspense, and Lemon Tart, her ninth novel, was a 2009 Whitney Award Finalist. Josi was the Best in State winner in literature for 2012 and currently has two books (Banana Split and Tres Leches Cupcakes) as finalists in the 2012 Whitney awards.

Josi currently lives in Willard, Utah, with her family.

Tour Schedule

Book Blast Giveaway
$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash
Ends 3/17/13

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Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day

If you've visited my blog this month, you might have noticed that I've been MIA, so I wanted to pop in real quick to say Happy Valentine's Day!
My family and I took a wonderful vacation to California last week where our kids saw the ocean for the first time, stayed in their first hotel, and made their first visit to Disneyland! It was an incredible vacation and the kids were so good. We did leave our two-year-old son with his grandparents in Idaho and he had a great time (and every time we saw a crying two-year-old in Disneyland, my husband and I were thankful we made that choice.)

I love my family! And I love each of my wonderful blogging friends/readers. Thanks for your support and I hope that you have a fantastic day!

Friday, February 1, 2013

Tell Me About Truman The Tiger by David Schramm

Just in time for the big Superbowl game, I thought I'd tell you about a fantastic new picture book featuring the mascot from the University of Missouri. Tell Me About Truman The Tiger by David Schramm is a fun read with engaging illustrations and facts about Mizzou that fans will enjoy. I like the way the author weaves in the history of Truman the Tiger in a way that makes this book appeal to kids and adults. If you have a Mizzou fan in your midst, you might want to check out this book. It would make a perfect gift for alumni, as well as future University of Missouri students.

Here's a blurb from the book:
It's football season once again and young Tiger fans are excited to see their favorite mascot Truman. Join Hayden and Aubrey on game day as they learn all about the history of Truman the Tiger from their Grandpa Johnson. From discovering the "Fightin Tigers" in the Civil War to enjoying Truman's famous tail spin today, this book is sure to be a treasure for Mizzou fans of all ages.

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