Archive for September 2014

Zoomer Zuppies Review

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

zoomer zuppies
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Zoomer Zuppies by Spin Master

My rating: 2 of 5 stars
★: Didn't Like it
★★: It was Ok
★★★: Liked it
★★★★: Really liked it
★★★★★: It was amazing
Suggested Age:5+

  • Roxy is your very own cuddly puppy! She's funky, sweet and totally upbeat!
  • Share secrets, play interactive games and watch Roxy share her secret tricks as she responds to your touch! The more you nurture her, the more she'll share!
  • Roxy plays fun interactive music, has articulated legs and interactive LED eyes that light up bright as you play with her.
  • Roxy the Zoomer Zuppie is the personal puppy for  girls ages 5+ and requires 3 AAA batteries for operation.
  • Includes: 1 Zoomer Zuppie, 1 Instruction booklet

    This is a really cute toy but my girls were a tad disappointed in how fast the batteries die.   We literally put brand new batteries in it and the toy was dead within twenty- minutes of play time.  We put in another new pack of batteries and chose a different brand and the same thing happened.  Then we tried rechargeable batteries and those lasted a bit longer but it completely drained those within thirty minutes—tops.

    Thus, I can’t really give this product a thumbs up.  Another complaint is that the games are a bit complicated.  You basically have to remember a sequence of button pushing to get the pup to do what you want and everyone knows that children aren’t going to keep up with the instruction manual. 

    We’re glad to have gotten to try this product and it is really cute.  My kiddos love playing with it just as it is but we’ve stopped trying to keep batteries in it!    
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Review of "Storm Siren" by Mary Weber

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Storm Siren (Storm Siren, #1)Storm Siren by Mary Weber

My rating: 1 of 5 stars
★: Didn't Like it
★★: It was Ok
★★★: Liked it
★★★★: Really liked it
★★★★★: It was amazing

Suggested Age:18+ Genre:Fantasy
I've sat on writing this review because of how I felt. I kept thinking that maybe I would change my mind but I haven't. If this book had been published by a secular publishing company and had it not been labeled as YA. I honestly wouldn't have rated as a one star. I'd probably have given it a three and that's largely because the author had this annoying issue with "counting." I counted, one, two, three, a gazillion times that she felt the need to count in the manner in which I just did. I felt like I'd fallen in the mad hatter's hat, transported myself into Wonderland and suddenly, I'm five years old and learning to count.

 I'm trying really hard to keep the snark and disdain for this book out of my review but given how far from "Christian" this book is...I'm having a hard time of it. If it looks like mud, it's mud. This looks nothing like Christianity. To be a Christian means to have a Christ like character. This book is a very poor example and has absolutely no business being classified as a Christian genre, nor in being published under a Christian banner. I'm not just a prude, I have read many books with content that is less than squeaky clean; Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth series comes to mind. However, this book is not what it claims and that is what bothers me.

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Quilts of Love | HIDDEN IN THE STARS – $200 Giveaway & “Fall into Fall” Facebook Party!

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Don't miss the newest Quilts of Love book, Hidden in the Stars by Robin Caroll. September's QOL release is a wonderful combination of mystery, romance, and family love bound together by a quilt and the story it tells.

Hidden in the Stars 
Robin Carroll Quilts of Love

Enter to win a "Night on the Town" (a $200 Visa cash card!) and RSVP for the "Fall into Fall" Quilts of Love Facebook party on 10/7.

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Feature Friday-'Books for Christian Girls' shares Tamera Alexander's Shortbread Recipe

Friday, September 19, 2014
 It's feature Friday!!! This is a new blog series that will highlight other bloggers, crafters, photographers, friends and supermoms who have recipes, DIY projects and tips.  If you're a blogger and you're interested in submitting a featured post, send me an email to 

Hi y’all! Have you notice in some fiction books you read they have recipes in the back? Since I made this blog, I've always wanted to try out those recipes and today that happens! I have a great recipe to share with y’all! From the AMAZING book “A Beauty so Rare” by Tamera Alexander! (click on the text to see our review!) I made this delicious Shortbread recipe today and Hmm-mmm-mmm! And I have step-by-step picture instructions! It's my first time doing food photography but I like how these turned out!

To read the entire blog and see how to make this wonderful shortbread, click here! 

We would like to thank Lindsey from Books for Christian Girls for  sharing her recipe and lovely pictures with us! 

Lindsey Z. is a Homeschooled High School student who enjoys photography, reading and blogging. She is also an advocate for China adoption. Lindsey runs the blog "Books for Christian Girls" where she reviews Christian books for Christian girls ages 9-19, writing down all the Spiritual, Negative & Sexual content in every book. She lives in Texas with her parents, a beagle named Daisy, and tries to convince her parents to adopt daily.

Kindle HDX Giveaway and Live Webcast Event with @MaryConnealy!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Don't miss the first book in Mary Connealy's Wild at Heart series. In Tried & True, Mary is back with her signature humor and heartfelt story-telling.

Mary's celebrating by connecting with readers during a live webcast event and giving away a Kindle HDX.


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Pre-order @MaxLucado’s BEFORE AMEN and receive a FREE book. And, Enter to WIN an iPad!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Prayer is simply a heartfelt conversation between God and his child. In Before Amen, best-selling author Max Lucado joins readers on a journey to the very heart of biblical prayer, offering hope for doubts, and confidence even for prayer wimps. Let the conversation begin.

Be sure to enter the Before Amen iPad Mini giveaway. AND if you pre-order a copy of Before Amen by 9/29, you'll receive a FREE ebook copy of Max’s best-selling Second Chances: More Stories of Grace.


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Review of "The Healing Quilt" by Wanda E. Brunstetter

Friday, September 12, 2014

Suggested Age: 13+
Genre:Amish Fiction, Christian Fiction
This is the first book that I've read in this series but it doesn't really seem necessary to have read the others. I'm usually a fan of Brunstetter but holy moly...this book switches point of view so often that I had a hard time following it. There were thirteen, in fact. Yes, you read that right...thirteen different perspectives! The minute that I started connecting with a character, it would switch to another person's point of view. It was a cute idea but I am not very fond of the delivery.

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Review of The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

Thursday, September 11, 2014

The Butterfly and the Violin (Hidden Masterpiece, #1)The Butterfly and the Violin by Kristy Cambron

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

★: Didn't Like it
★★: It was Ok
★★★: Liked it
★★★★: Really liked it
★★★★★: It was amazing

Suggested Age: 18+
Genre:Historical Fiction, Christian Fiction
This is a new author to me—as you all know, that is something I always fear. However, my fears were unfounded. This story is so beautifully written and gripping. I brushed away tears at times because I know that the fears and the horrors of Auschwitz were real. Those horrors had to be worse than can be conveyed in a fictional account.

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I'm a stay at home/work at home mama and I love to read. I have six beautiful daughters who inspire me to be a better person and to pursue wisdom.

When I'm not busy reading and reviewing books or spending time with my daughters I am busy crafting for two online businesses. You can find handmade bath and body items at  A Simply Enchanted Life and handcrafted jewelry at Sapphire Haven.