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.
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Amazon
 
Barnes & Noble
 
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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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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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Try it Thursday & Review {Spiderman Costumes}

Thanks for tuning into
"Try it Thursday & Review."
 
Throughout the year, I plan my children's birthday parties. First, I start out with a theme. That way I can be on the lookout for favors, decorations, games, etc. It definitely works out because I am given opportunities that relate to the theme. Coincidence? I don't think so.  
 
For some reason, my son, Eli is easier to plan for than my daughter, Elizabeth. However, for Eli's first party, I did a family party so I'm just not sure what to do for my daughter's First party. Any ideas? I'm stuck. If you do give me some ideas...keep in mind that she is on the Ketogenic Diet so no "cake in the face" photos for her. Sad! I guess I only have colors for her party. Hmmm...I better get on it. I have two parties in July to plan for. Yikes!
 
For today's review, I had the opportunity of choosing a
Super Hero Costume
 
At first, I thought I could find something for me to wear to Eli's party. Then I felt silly so I went for...drum roll please...
 
Spiderman for Eli.
 
Here is my hyper active three year old...
 
 
About:
Look out! Here comes the boy's Spiderman costumes your child has been waiting for. Spiderman is everyone's favorite neighborhood superhero. Peter Parker is a young man just trying to do the right thing after the tragic death of his Uncle Ben. Spidey's story resonates with lots of boys and if you are browsing our selection of Spider-Man costumes, chances are your child has been bitten by the Spidey bug too.
 
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And here to demonstrate how cool the Spiderman costume is...Here is Spiderman. Oh, I mean Eli. Did I fool you?  
I mean they look so similar. 
 
 
 
In my opinion:
 
We received the Spiderman Costume in exchange for an honest review. I'm actually pretty impressed with the Spiderman Costume. Eli loved it and could even put on his own mask. Less work for me! The costume was stretchy and probably pretty comfortable since Eli won't ever take it off. We even had a "falling out" because he wouldn't go to the library without it. So, we ended up not going. I know...mean mommy. I didn't want to start being that mom but maybe I should have. I mean...he is only young once and if he wants to wear it, then why not. Okay, so I learned from that lesson.
 
Also, I loved that it was a one piece suit. It was easy to put on and there were two Velcro circles in the back. The only problem was that it fit Eli right now. He is pretty tall for his age so it would be a little short in October. I asked for a 3T-4T and wish there was a 5T. I think the Toddler Spiderman costume was cuter than the child costume. I liked the half mask not the full mask that is found on the child size. Well, at least he will have fun dressing up as Spiderman. Overall, I'm pretty impressed with the costume we received. There is a variety of costumes for any theme and it was fun for my three year old to choose a Super hero costume.
 
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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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Try it Tuesday & Review {Jenny Oaks Baker Classic The Rock Album}

Happy April Fools Day!
Well, I'm not joking when I say I have an awesome Rock Album to share with all of you.
 
Have you heard of
Jenny Oaks Baker?
Apparently, she is a Grammy nominated concert violinist.
WOW! How cool is that?
 


 
About:
 
Grammy-nominated concert violinist Jenny Oaks Baker takes her style to an all-new level with her new release, Classic: The Rock Album.  Featuring classic rock favorites like Stairway to Heaven (Led Zeppelin), Sweet Child of Mine (Guns and Roses) and Hey Jude (The Beatles), you won’t believe your ears as one of the country’s most accomplished and acclaimed violinists combines her insane talent with the hear-pumping tunes that have defined a genre for generations.
 

Grammy Nominated Artist Jenny Oaks Baker is one of America’s most accomplished violinists. She received her Master of Music degree from the renowned Juilliard School in New York City and her bachelor’s degree in violin performance from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

About Jenny Oaks Baker:

 She has released eleven albums since 1998. They consistently chart on Billboard, including the #1 spot on the Top Classical Albums chart. Her album Wish Upon a Star earned a nomination for the 54th GRAMMY Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Album.

Jenny Oaks Baker has performed as a soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and with the Jerusalem Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the internationally acclaimed Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Jenny performed as a first violinist with the National Symphony Orchestra for seven years before resigning to devote more time to her young family. Jenny and her husband Matthew have four children.
 
In my opinion:

 
I was quite impressed with Jenny Oaks Baker when I first started listening to her Classic Rock Album. I grew up in a musical family. My two sisters, Cassie and Tiffany as well as my brother, Ryan all played violin. I played piano so I was honored to attend some of their recitals.  Jenny proved to be an outstanding musician and I enjoyed listening to this album.  The songs she chose to represent classic rock were right on the mark. I think my favorites were the Liverpool Suite, Sweet Child of Mine and Yesterday. I will definitely be listening to her other cds in the future. She has proven to be a very talented individual.
 
One of my readers will have a chance to win a copy of her Classic Rock Album.
 
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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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