Tuesday, April 22, 2014

He is Risen, hits #1 in two Billboard Music Charts

Mormon Tabernacle Choir Tops Two Billboard Music Charts
 
The latest album by the celebrated Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square hit #1 in two categories on the Billboard Top 100 Charts this week. He Is Risen topped the Classical Traditional and Current Classical Total charts.
The album, which released April 1, is the most recent from the Choir and Orchestra and features heartwarming and uplifting hymns like “Christ the Lord Is Risen Today,” “In The Garden” and “When I Survey the Wondrous Cross.”
He Is Risen is available in both digital and CD formats in Deseret Book stores, on iTunes and desertbook.com and in other retailers.
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir is comprised of 360 volunteer voices and serves as a musical ambassador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  The Orchestra at Temple Square is a 150-member, all-volunteer symphony orchestra organized in 1999 as a companion ensemble.   The Choir’s work has garnered a Grammy award, 2 Emmy awards plus 5 gold and 2 platinum albums.  Its music transcends cultural and generational boundaries to unite people through music around the world.  Follow the Choir on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.
The Billboard charts are the American music industry standard popularity charts issued weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on radio play, streaming online, and sales; new charts are compiled and officially released to the public by Billboard on Thursday.
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Year With Six Sisters’ Stuff Review

First, I'm excited to add my two sisters to my blog. As the founder of Sweetly Made (Just for you), I thought it would be fun to have my talented older sisters join and add their ideas.

So, today Tiffany and I will share our opinions of...

A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff.

52 Meal Plans, Recipes and Ideas to Bring Families Together

About:

"What's for dinner?" Three words every mom dreads. Don't panic! The Six Sisters are here to help you answer that question. The Sisters have gathered together more than 150 of their most popular recipes for entrees, side dishes, and desserts and have combined them into 52 stress-free menus of perfectly prepared three-course meals. Filled with delicious tried-and-true family favorites and oh-so-easy-to-make dishes, A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff features all-new recipes using basic ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen. Each menu is designed to make your dinner plans as easy as possible—and with such wide variety and a photograph accompanying every recipe in the book, you can easily mix and match menus to create a year's worth of dinner ideas. In addition, the Sisters share some of their favorite family dinner traditions and crafts, as well as 52 dinner conversation starters, a list of pantry staples, and, food storage plan for beginners. So what's for dinner? Whatever you'd like.
 

Product Details

Size:  9x9

Pages:  242

Publisher:  Shadow Mountain 2014

 

About the Six Sisters:

The Six Sisters—Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Stephanie, Lauren, and Kendra—grew up in Utah, but a few of them have lived in other parts of the country since moving out of the house. Between them there are five nieces and three nephews, and all of the sisters love playing “aunt.” The sisters started the blog in February 2011 to keep in touch while they were apart, but it has since gained popularity, garnering more than 9 million viewers per month and more than 307,000 followers on Pinterest.


In Emilee's opinion:

I recently received my own copy from Shadow Mountain in exchange for my honest opinion. I loved their ideas for an entire year. The pages were thick and the photos were superb. I loved how each menu had a main dish, side and a dessert. The recipes were simple and idealistic.  I was pretty impressed with the layout of their book as well. It was organized and fun to look through.  It was also fun to read some of their family traditions such as the "Crazy dinner" Tradition. I also liked their DIY Menu board. I definitely recommend A Year with Six Sisters' Stuff book. I'm definitely making a lot of their recipes to bring my family together.
 
 
In Tiffany's opinion:

I was so excited to receive a copy of the new Six Sisters’ Stuff menu-planning book! I am always searching for new ideas of meals for my growing family and it’s difficult with my busy life to think of the entire menu. I was thrilled that this book included 52 ideas, along with side dishes and dessert!  All in one colorful, organized and darling cookbook! My kids looked through the book and placed several post-it notes on the meals they want me to make. Almost every page was filled! The book cover is eye-catching. The pictures are colorful and simple. I enjoyed reading the blurbs about why each sister included their particular recipe. Not only is this book filled with 52 meals, it also includes extra pages of ideas such as 52 weeks of food storage. I recommend this book and can hardly wait to get started on Menu #1 next week!



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


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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

COVER REVEAL AND A GIVEAWAY - {Diamond Rings are Deadly Things by Rachelle J. Christensen}

As the main publisher for Sweetly Made (Just for you), I was super excited to be apart of a cover reveal. This is my first cover reveal so I am proud to present... 
Diamond Rings are Deadly Things
 by Rachelle J. Christensen
 
 
About:
 
(Shadow Mountain Publishing) is a new romantic suspense series.  Adrielle Pyper knows how to plan a wedding, and she is especially good at pleasing bridezillas. But when her biggest client and best friend is murdered just three days before the wedding, Adri’s world falls apart. She moves to the resort town of Sun Valley, Idaho, and starts from scratch. Thanks to Adri’s impeccable taste and unique style, she lands two celebrity clients, and her business seems headed for success--that is, until someone vandalizes the specialty wedding dresses she imported from overseas. The race is on to uncover a secret hidden within the yards of satin and lace before Adri becomes the next victim. With a delightful blend of mystery, toe-curling kisses, humor, and spine-tingling thrills, DIAMOND RINGS ARE DEADLY THINGS is a romantic suspense novel that will keep you turning pages long into the night.
 
Publisher: Shadow Mountain Publishing
Page Count: 352 (5.5 x 8 softcover)
Release date: July 8th 2014

 About the author:
 Rachelle was born and raised in a small farming town in Idaho not far from the setting of her mystery Diamond Rings Are Deadly Things. She graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a degree in psychology.  She enjoys singing and songwriting, playing the piano, running, motivational speaking, and of course reading., Rachelle has an amazing husband and five cute kids.
 Buy Links:
 
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Social Media:
 
 
 
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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Try it Thursday & Review {The Sacrament by John Bytheway}

Today on"Try it Thursday & Review," I'm happy to introduce another amazing book for children called,
 
The Sacrament by John Bytheway.
 I know I've had a lot of books from Deseret Book but I'm pretty sure the books are for my own benefit. I feel blessed everyday to have such amazing sponsors.

 
Don't you just love the cover? I sure do. It is bright and cheerful.

 
The illustrations are amazing!


 
 About: 
 
It's understandable that some children appear bored or distracted during sacrament meeting. Many young Latter-day Saints are probably unsure about the true meaning of the sacrament and why we attend. With this in mind, bestselling author John Bytheway has composed a delightful poem (inspired by a short poem by Walter H. Horne) to help Latter-day Saints young and old appreciate the ordinance of the sacrament. In particular, children will learn what they should be thinking about (and not be thinking about) during this sacred time as well as what the sacrament can do for all of us. Beautifully illustrated by Nathan Pinnock, this thought-provoking story about a young boy and his grandpa is a gentle reminder about the importance of remembering the Lord Jesus Christ, especially during this special meeting meant for Him.

About the Authors:

 
John Bytheway is an instructor at the Brigham Young University Salt Lake Center. He served his mission in the Philippines and earned a master’s degree in Religious Education at BYU. He has published dozens of books and audio programs and lives in Salt Lake City with his wife, Kimberly, and their six children.

Nathan Pinnock studied at Utah State University, the University of Utah, and Atelier LeSueur in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration at Brigham Young University. Between years of school, Nate served a mission in Frankfurt, Germany. He illustrated books and magazines for fifteen years and now spreads his time between his illustration, sculpture, fine art, and teaching. He is a creator. His paintings and books can be found in galleries, businesses, and homes across America. Nate lives in Holladay with his wife, Alison, and kids.

In my opinion:

My goal for the year is to have family home evening every week no matter what. Family home evening is a program to "help families strengthen bonds of love with each other as well as provide an atmosphere where parents can teach their children principles of the gospel." I decided to share John Bytheway's book, The Sacrament as part of the lesson. Although it was hard for my three year old to sit and listen to the story, he enjoyed the illustrations. Of course, the illustrations were beautiful and some made me laugh out loud. Some reminded me that we aren't perfect, we are just trying our best. We go to church to partake of the sacrament and to renew our covenants. I loved how Bytheway included the symbols of the sacrament at the end of his book. The purpose of the sacrament is to remember Jesus throughout the week and follow his perfect example. I know I will read this book many times to my family as I try to teach them about the gospel.

One of my fantastic readers will have a chance to win a copy of The Sacrament by John Bytheway...

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

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Wonderful Wednesday's Review {Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks by KD McCrite}

This week on
"Wonderful Wednesday's Review,"
{This is meant for tomorrow but I just couldn't wait}
 
I decided to finally finish a book that was given to me from
BookSneeze.com. It was actually an ebook so it took me longer to get into reading from my tiny iPhone. But, I was determined to finish so I could give a proper review. I am a better reader when the book is in my hands and I can actually see the words. With that said, I chose to read....
 
Cliques, Hicks, and Ugly Sticks
(The Confessions of April Grace) 
by KD McCrite
 

About:

Just when April Grace thought the drama was over . . .
After an automobile accident, Isabel St. James—resident drama coach and drama queen—needs help putting together the church play. Mama insists April Grace and Myra Sue will help. April’s fall is now devoted to spending every afternoon with Isabel and Myra Sue—if anyone is as big of a drama queen as Isabel, it’s Myra Sue. Plus, she’s dumb. (Okay, not dumb, but "older sister dumb.") If that’s not enough, Isabel is wreaking havoc in the community trying to get Rough Creek Road paved, the new boy at school will not leave her alone, and then Mama drops the biggest bombshell of all . . . April Grace is no longer going to be the baby of the family . . .
Girls will completely relate to April and love her sense of humor as she deals with siblings, boys, and the many changes that come with growing up.
 
In my opinion:
 
The moment I started reading Cliques, hicks, and ugly sticks, I knew I would enjoy it. I love when books have young narrators because it reminds me of when I was a child. It was hard being in middle school and trying to fit in. However, April Grace shares her story of change and doing the best she could. I loved April Grace's personality. She was very opinionated and knew exactly what she wanted. I loved some of her ideas and she made me laugh a lot throughout the book.
 
This book was definitely meant for the younger crowd. I felt that it was appropriate and had a good message for young readers. I would definitely recommend this book to some of my nieces.
 
Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
 
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Toddler Tuesday {Busy Bags}

Welcome to
"Toddler Tuesday."
 
So, I decided to organize a Busy Bag group on Facebook back in December 2013. Sorry, it is filled up to the max so I won't be accepting any more members.
 
I love busy bags especially when my toddler needs/wants my attention 24/7 and I'm busy with my eight month old. Two kids are crazy! I don't know how anyone does more than that. I think anyone who has more than two kids is pretty amazing. I always wanted four or five but I think two is just fine.
 
Anyway, I came up with a few simple and easy activities to add to my busy bag container.
 
I love to organize so when I was cleaning up all of the Christmas decorations, I found this blue/gold garland that we never used.
 
 
So, I took it apart and poured it in a bowl.
 
 
Then, I grabbed our ice tray and showed Eli how to sort the beads.

 
It was like heaven! He played with these beads for hours. He was entertained and I was one happy momma.

 
I also showed him how to put the beads on string. Perfect activity and it didn't cost me anything.
 
Sometimes, the best busy bags come from "stuff" we have in our home. All you need is a little imagination.
 
Next, I found this really cool busy bag on Pinterest. I bought some colorful popsicle sticks.

 
First, your child can sort them by color.

 
Then, you can write words on two popsicle sticks. Your child will then need to put the sticks together to create words.

 
Another idea...print off these cards (free pattern) and have your child create the patterns.

 
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Monday, April 7, 2014

Monday Morning News {Playtex Infant Care}

I'm not sure where I come up with these cool titles but they just come to me as I'm writing my blog posts. Today, I thought it would be fun to share some information with my readers. If you are a new mother or have ten kids (Yikes), here is...
 

"Monday Morning News"

brought to you from

Playtex Infant Care by
Tia and Tamera Mowry.
 

Ok, do you remember the tv show, Sister Sister. Well...
 
"Tia and Tamera Mowry team up with expert moms to talk about bottles, playdates, and diapers.
Did you know that babies prefer bottles that remind them most of mom? It's true. Every nipple is different. In this video, Tia and Tamera Mowry get real talking about finding the right bottles with a cast of real moms.
Playtex makes it easy to mix and match bottles and nipples so you can get a perfect fit for your baby.
Here are a few videos which are great even for first time moms or any mom with questions.
 
 
 
Play dates Video:

Diapering Video:



Check out more at youtube.com/PlaytexBaby.
 
Disclaimer:  I only recommend products or services I believe will be good for my readers.

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