Friday, February 26, 2016

The Legend of the Easter Robin by Dandi Daley Mackall {Written by Emilee}

Easter is right around the corner. Get in the spirit of Easter with this beautiful book called,

The Legend of the Easter Robin 

Dandi Daley Mackall


In the center of the nest lay one perfect egg, the color of a spring sky. The father robin sat on a branch nearby, guarding his family. Tressa spotted raccoon tracks below and a blue jay eyeing the nest. “Gran, how are we going to keep the egg safe?” “We’ll have to leave that one to the Creator,” Gran said. Robins have built a nest on the window ledge at Grandmother’s house! Tressa is thrilled―and concerned. What will happen to the sky-blue egg laid by the mother robin? As more eggs appear, Tressa witnesses the daily drama of the robins’ nest and learns how God cares for all creatures. Besides watching the birds, there are Easter eggs to color. And there is a very special story to hear―a tale of long ago about one small bird with a very big heart. How did the robin get its red breast? Tressa is about to find out as Gran tells her the story of the Easter robin. Brought to life with colorful, tender illustrations, The Legend of the Easter Robin will captivate and teach your child about compassion and faith.
Age Range: 4-8 years
Hardcover; 32 pages 
Publish Date: January 26, 2016

In my opinion:

This was a very sweet and loving story about a young girl named Tressa who learned a lesson from her gran about the legend of the Easter robin. It definitely was a story filled with compassion and faith. We need to have faith in God to take care of those around us as well as its creatures. I think it is important to look through the eyes of a child as they are learning and growing. Children have love in their hearts as we can see from Tressa's example. She learned an important lesson from her gran and also learned about an old Pennsylvania Dutch tradition called oschter-foggel. I'm definitely going to introduce this new tradition to my children. It will be a fun activity to do right before Easter.

The illustrations were beautiful and filled each page perfectly. I always appreciate the time the illustrators take to bring the story to life. I definitely recommend The legend of the Easter Robin.


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Monday, February 22, 2016

The Simple Art of Origami by Mari Ono {Written by Cassie}


Make beautiful items for the home and gifts for loved ones with these beautiful paper projects inspired by the Far East. THE SIMPLE ART OF ORIGAMI reveals the best of true Japanese design, focusing on understanding and using paper in a modern and authentic style to make beautiful gifts, decorations, and more. 

About the Author:

Born in Japan, Mari Ono worked as a graphic designer and crafter in Tokyo during the 1980s and 1990s. Now living in the UK with her artist husband, Takumasa Ono, she runs art and cultural exchange courses promoting Japanese crafts and contributes regularly to Japanese craft and interiors magazines. Her other books include ORIGAMI FOR CHILDREN, MORE ORIGAMI FOR CHILDREN, ORIGAMI FARM, WILD AND WONDERFUL ORIGAMI, FLY, ORIGAMI, FLY, and DINOGAMI, all available from CICO Books.

In My Opinion:

This Origami book has beautiful pictures, easy to follow instructions and unique paper. For a beginner like me it was nice to see that each project was based on beginner level to expert. I especially loved the design of the crane. This book is recommended to someone who is interested in learning the simple art of origami. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Blog Tour with Giveaway: Now and Always Yours by Anita Stansfield {Written by Tiffany}

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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

My Fair Gentleman {Written by Emilee}


In this Regency twist of My Fair Lady, Jack would rather be at sea than fixing the mistakes of his grandfather, the late Earl of Stansworth. Instead, he finds that inheriting his grandfather's wealth and title—and securing the welfare of his sister and mother—means joining the ranks of high society and living with the aristocracy. Luckily, Ivy Carlisle, the granddaughter of a dear friend of Jack's late grandmother, is willing to teach him etiquette and properly introduce him into society. Jack soon learns that his challenge isn't surviving his new lifestyle but surviving the conspiracies against him—as well as keeping himself from falling madly in love with his new tutor.

About the Author:

Nancy Campbell Allen (N.C. Allen) is the author of eleven published novels, which span genres from contemporary romantic suspense to historical fiction. In 2005 , her work won the Utah Best of State award. She has presented at numerous writing conferences and events since her first book was released in 1999. Nancy received a BS in Elementary Education from Weber State University. She loved to read, write, travel and research, and enjoys spending time laughing with family and friends. She is married and the mother of three children.

In my opinion:

I'm in love with the Proper romance novels and My Fair Gentleman is one of my favorites. It is also based on a classic, My Fair Lady but has its own twist. 

The characters Nancy created were equally enjoyable and I especially liked Ivy and Jack's relationship. Jack drove me nuts in the beginning with his rebellious side but throughout the story, his softer side was shown for his sister and mother. I guess I always appreciate men who are mature and act like gentlemen. Sometimes, we must overlook the faults in others because we never know who they will become.

Jack becomes the new Earl of Stansworth and quickly needs to learn how to be polite. How will he ever learn? That is where Ivy comes in. She struggles to teach him the correct way to act. Will she be successful? Will their relationship blossom?

This story was delightful and fabulous. I definitely recommend My Fair Gentleman to anyone who loves a proper romance novel. 

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog and offer an honest review. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.


Monday, January 25, 2016

Abby’s Crossing by Darryl Harris & Giveaway {Written by Tiffany}


Fall 1862 — Following her husband’s tragic death, young widow Abby Butterfield Browett’s first responsibility is to her son. Her desire to provide a secure future for her child has led her to accept a proposal of marriage from Isaac, a man twice her age. In her heart, she knows that Isaac lacks the fire and zest for life that defines Abby, but her son will be cared for. Can she be happy with only that?

Friday, January 15, 2016

Just Let Go DVD {Written by Emilee}

I had the privilege of watching Just Let Go in the comfort of my home. It has been difficult for me to get out of the house due to having a seven month old, two and a half year old disabled child and a five year old. So, it was a treat to finally get to watch this incredible film. I wanted to see it in the theater but like I said, it is hard to get out of the house.


Book Tour: Return and Succeed by Robert R. Shallenberger {Written by Cassie}

We were given the opportunity of being apart of another book tour. The book I was told to read and review was called,

Return and succeed by
Robert R. Shallenberger

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The first few years after a mission can be some of the most critical years in a returned missionary’s life. The transition from the mission field to normal life can be difficult, and many RMs get lost in the shuffle and struggle to make that change. Author Robert Shallenberger draws on a lifetime of experience helping youth and adults with motivation and personal development to share powerful tips and advice that will not only help returned missionaries survive the transition but also help them be successful in all aspects of their lives. With advice grounded in LDS standards, Return and Succeed is an invaluable collection of life changing ideas, habits, and tools that will provide returned missionaries with the motivation and capability they need to stay firm in the faith and achieve their greatest potential.


This is a powerful and insightful book. Not only is it an excellent book for returned missionaries but also a great reminder for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints of things we need to work on. I like how it talks about how we should take time to study and ponder the scriptures daily with scriptures and references to go along with it. I also like how at the end of each chapter it summarizes the chapter in a nutshell.  I highly recommend this book to give as a gift for someone going on a mission or returning home.

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