Monday, July 28, 2014

Fun and Fantastical Hats to Knit by Mary Scott Huff {Written by Emilee}

Who loves to knit? How about knitting some wacky and fun hats for your friends or family?
Here is a knitting book for you...

Knit a hat for someone, and you'll keep their head

 warm. Give the hat googly eyes, floppy ears, or a 

prehensile tail, and you will give them and everyone

 they meet something to giggle about.

Do you know someone who could use a beyond-cute hat that 

resembles their favorite animal or character? Fun and Fantastical 

Hats to Knit adds a little fun to cold-weather wear. It doesn't have 

to be cold out for you to sport some fuzzy cuteness! You can have 

these amazing and easy-to-knit styles year-round! The twenty-one 

knit hats in this book are designed in sizes to fit everyone from 

babies to adults and are knit in-the-round with lots of amazing 


Feeling a bit bonkers? Time to knit up a Tea Party topper or sport 

your new Rabble of Butterflies hat. Geek out with Architeuthis, 

Gargoyle, or Mercury hats; express your culinary inclinations with

 California Roll or Cherry Pie bring out your wild side with a Blue

 Crab cap, Frilly the frilled lizard, Baldy the eagle, or a Hedgehog 

helmet! Find all of these and more inside Fun and Fantastical 

Hats to Knit.

Mary Scott Huff, author of Fantastical Hats to Knit (CPi, 2014) 

began as a classically trained actor and theatrical costume designer, 

but accidentally became a computer programmer somewhere along 

the way. In writing her first two books, The New Stranded 

Colorwork, and Teach Yourself Visually Color Knitting, Mary fled

 the realm of Information Technology to pursue a more 

yarn-centered way of life. The many friends she found along the 

way have helped her become a nationally-recognized designer, 

teacher and author. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Mary shares 

a wee little house there with her husband, two children, some 

Scottish Terriers, and more yarn than is strictly necessary. You can 

join Mary on her adventures playing with string 


In my opinion:

This book was creative and wacky at the same time. I could get a 

sense of the author's personality as I flipped through the pages of 

Fun and Fantastical Hats to knit. I'm sure Mary is playful yet 

imaginative. Even the first page had a few sentences from Alice's

 Adventures in Wonderland, "Do you think I've gone round the

 bend?" Alice answered, "I'm afraid so..."

My favorite hats were the Architeuthis which had a fun story about 

the character, "Archie" and the Tea Party hat. The best part about 

the hats was that you can have your kids play dressup for hours on 

end. Or I'm pretty sure the child inside will come out when you put 

on the crown royal hat. Ever want to be a king for a day? I also 

liked the large maple leafs and thought they would look good on a 


I agree with Mary, "Every hat is a work of art." She has shown her

 talent through her designs. There were twenty different hats to

 choose from and I know you will find one or two that you will 

love to knit.

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.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fulcrum Gallery Art Print for our Master Bedroom {Written by Emilee}

Do you have a room that needs a little TLC?
Our Master Bedroom is currently in the process of an update. And a few months ago, we bought some beautiful furniture from R.C Willey. Now, we just need to fill our room with art and decorations. 
 I was given the opportunity of reviewing some art prints from Fulcrum Gallery. There were so many to choose from so I was glad they narrowed it down for me. I was told to find something from the Cultural Art Category.
It took a few weeks to decide on the perfect art piece for our bedroom. But, we finally decided on two pieces:
Oriental Blossoms 1 & 2 from Jennifer Hammond. They complemented each other quite nicely.

One thing I liked about Fulcrum Gallery were the options. You can customize any art piece using the laminate, canvas or frame option. We decided on the canvas option and added a beautiful orange color to the sides. You could also add standard or heavy brushstrokes. The prices were also reasonable and most of the prints were on sale. It was better than going to a store and feeling discouraged because of the small amount of choices. The art pieces came nicely packaged to us. However, our neighbor brought our packages to us since the delivery man got the wrong house. It has happened before so I know it wasn't Fulcrum Gallery's fault. The only con was that there were A LOT of choices so it was hard to narrow it down. But, there was a nice filtering system which allowed one to choose the size, shape and color. The website was easy to navigate and checkout was a breeze.

Here is a photo of where we hung our new art pieces. I thought it looked amazing. Now, we just need some lamps and maybe some orange pillows. Overall, I was pretty impressed with Fulcrum Gallery Art website and feel that you will be excited too.

Anyone want me to review some lamps or decorations?

Here is  a close up of the Oriental Blossoms 1 art print. The space definitely needed some color and light and this print did the job.

Be sure to check out all of the contemporary floral art pieces. Also, shop by room. I'm sure you will find something for your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen, kids room or living room. There is something for everyone.
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.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Living in the Millennium by Robert L. Millet {Written by Tiffany}

The Savior taught through the Prophet Joseph Smith that the time will come when "he that liveth in righteousness shall be changed in the twinkling of an eye, and the earth shall pass away so as by fire" (Doctrine and Covenants 43:32). 

What do we know about that day when Jesus Christ will come in glory to cleanse the earth? And what will life be like after He comes to reign? 

In Living in the Millennium, the companion volume to Living in the Eleventh Hour, author Robert L. Millet opens the doors wide to show us what life will be like during and after the Millennium. Relying on the words of ancient and modern prophets, he shares what has been revealed about Christ's preliminary appearances, His return in majesty and power, and His millennial reign—a thousand years of goodness and peace. 

Filled with insights, this timely book helps us to understand more fully such eternal doctrines as the resurrection of the just and the unjust, the Judgment, and the many mansions of glory.
Living in the Millennium inspires us to live today as if the Savior were coming tomorrow.

Product Details

  • Size:  6" x 9"
  • Pages:  145
  • Publisher:  Deseret Book 2014
  • ISBN:  978-1-60907-914-7

About the Author:

Robert L. Millet, an Abraham O. Smoot Professor and former dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University, is a professor of ancient scripture and a lifelong scholar of the last days. After receiving bachelor’s and master’s degrees from BYU in psychology, he earned a PhD from Florida State University in religious studies. He has served in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a seminary teacher, bishop, stake president, and member of the Materials Evaluation Committee. He and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of six children.

In my opinion:
I reviewed Living in the Millennium by Robert L. Millet. This was a wonderful sequel to Living in the Eleventh Hour.  In the first book, it discussed many of the signs of the times and events leading up to the Second Coming. In this book, the author educated readers of Christ’s comings to selected groups, the millennium, and resurrection/day of judgment.  My favorite part about this book was that it gave me hope! Hope that despite my imperfections, there is a way to attaining Eternal Life. Hope that gaining salvation and attaining perfection are merely processes in this life and beyond death. One of my favorite quotes in this book was by Bruce R. McConkie, “We do not work out our salvation in a moment; it doesn’t come to us in an instant, suddenly. Gaining salvation is a process.”  We don’t have to feel like we need to be perfect right now. We can take small steps towards being like Christ. The author also did a great job in explaining the Millennium and what will be happening at that time. It excites me to think of the time when the Savior will be in our midst, and things will be very different on this earth with the absence of Satan’s influence. I recommend this book to those who would like to read about what life will be like during and after the Millennium. And to those who want to more fully understand the peace that will come to those who are righteous and trying their best to endure to the end.  This book was very interesting and enjoyable to read.

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.

When Calls the Heart-Lost and Found DVD {Written by Emilee}

  Two weeks ago, I introduced a tv series/book/movie called, When Calls the Heart. I asked my sponsor if he had any other DVD's and luckily he sent me, When Calls the Heart-Lost and Found. I was thrilled and watched it right away. If you haven't watched any of them, check out the Hallmark channel.

When Calls the heart: Lost and Found tells the captivating story of Elizabeth Thatcher, a young teacher accustomed to her high society life, who receives her first classroom assignment in Coal Valley, a small coal mining town where life is simple, but often fraught with challenges. Lori Loughlin plays Abigail Stanton, a wife and mother whose husband, the foreman of the mine, along with a dozen other miners, has just been killed in an explosion. The newly widowed women find their faith is tested when they must go to work in the mines to keep a roof over their heads. Elizabeth charms most everyone in Coal Valley, except Constable Jack Thornton (Lissing) who believes Thatcher's wealthy father has doomed the lawman's career by insisting he be assigned in town to protect the shipping magnate's daughter. Set against the wild canvas of a 19th century coal town, Elizabeth will have to learn the ways of the frontier if she wishes to thrive in the rural west on her own.

In my opinion:

So, I'm sort of out of order with these movies but it wasn't confusing. Again, I enjoyed When Calls the Heart-Lost and Found and wish I had the Hallmark Channel to watch the tv series. I will own it one day. When Calls the Heart is captivating and charming and I loved every second that I watched. 

The cast faced lots of challenges and the women had to step it up to keep their homes. I felt bad for Elizabeth because she came up with a plan that only backfired. In the end, things worked out and you will have to watch to find out how. Again, I loved the characters and was drawn into the story. It has great family values and is a good clean show. I wish all tv shows were like it. I definitely recommend When Calls the Heart-Lost and Found.

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.

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Bet On Your Baby SEASON FINALE on Tonight

Love Bet On Your Baby?  Then don’t miss the chance to live tweet  during the show today at 8pm ET/7pm CT on ABC!

About an hour and a half into the program, the twins will participate in the third challenge of the night.  Then, viewers will be prompted to “bet” the outcome of the challenge by tweeting with the hashtag #BetYes or #BetNo.  The percent of yes and no votes will then be aggregated on-screen in real time!

You can use one of the sample tweets below during the polling around 9:30pm ET at night to participate.  Please include the attached image along with your tweet.

Will the twins make it to the finish line in 75 secs?  I #BetYes - what do you think?  Send your vote to @betonyourbaby now! #BetOnYourBaby
Will the twins make it to the finish line in 75 secs?  I #BetNo - what do you think?  Send your vote to @betonyourbaby now! #BetOnYourBaby
Tune in to @betonyourbaby on ABC now to #BetYes or #BetNo on whether the twins will make it to the finish line in 75 secs! #BetOnYourBaby

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Peter Potential by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman {Written by Emilee}

The Peter Potential is the next book I wanted to share with all of you. It was written by David Butler and Emily Belle Freeman and I had the opportunity of reading it.

Discover the life you were meant to live.

Page Count: 120 * Inspirational * Hardcover 6 1/2 X 6 ½
RELEASE DATE: July 8, 2014
About the Authors: 
Emily Belle Freeman is a coach’s wife, a mother of four, an author of the bestselling A Christ-Centered Christmas, and a sought after inspirational speaker. She finds great joy in studying both the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. She coauthors a blog that is a stopping place for hearts seeking all that is good:

David Butler is a high school religious educator, sharing his love for the scriptures and his belief that there is an innate power for good in every human soul. He is also a motivational speaker and writer. He and his wife, Jenny, live with their five children amid the snowcapped peaks of the Mountain West

Have you ever wondered if God has greater things in store for you? The Bible is clear that though Peter saw himself as only a fisherman, the Lord saw him as a fisher of men, a leader among men, the rock upon which His Church would be built. Divinity gave Him the insight to extend the invitations that would help Peter discover the life he was meant to live. This full-color gift book is profound in its simplicity as the authors take the reader through the invitations the Lord extended to Peter. Journey with Peter and the Savior as you begin to understand the potential the Lord sees in you.
In my opinion:
The Peter Potential is a quick read which is perfect if you are having a bad day. Has anyone ever told you that you are extraordinary? I hope the answer for everyone is, "YES." The first person that came to mind was my first mission president's wife, Sister Robison. She gave me a laminated paper that said, "Sister Roberts, Be Extraordinary. I love you, Sister Robison." We can all be extraordinary and reach our full potential. Simon Peter learned all about it when he received many invitations from the Lord including, Launch out into the deep, leave behind your nets, step into the water, give him all that you have, come running and entertain thoughts of greatness.

The questions that really caught my attention was, "what if Peter believed that being the most successful fisherman on the Sea of Galilee was his greatest potential? What if Peter had not straightway left his nets that day? Imagine the life he would have missed out on. He would never have discovered what the Lord saw in him. Will you?" Wow! We all have remarkable potential and the Lord will help us along the way.We may experience intense storms and struggle and doubt but the Lord will be by our side. The Lord knows us. "He knows what keeps you up at night, he knows what weighs on your heart, he knows your longing to become something more." Although this book was small, it had a great message. What life are you going to live? How can you reach your full potential? 

I don't know much about David Butler but I've heard Emily Freeman speak. She was an amazing speaker and author. I definitely recommend buying this book. There was also a challenge at the end of the book. The book was meant to be shared and they want us to give it away to someone that came to mind. Pass it along and multiply goodness. What if we all did that? So, my challenge to all of you is to do the same. I already have my person in mind and I'm sure she will enjoy it too.
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.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie {Written by Emilee}

I'm excited to share with you another wonderful book called,

Hope at Dawn

by Stacy Henrie

As some of you may know, I served a mission in the Detroit, Michigan Mission years ago. Sister Scott (Stacy Henrie) also served in the same mission but I never got to be companions with her. However, I did go on a few splits with her. She was a remarkable missionary and I look up to her. I was excited to find out about her first book, Lady Outlaw (which I haven't read yet). This year, Hope at Dawn was published so I asked Stacy if I could review it and she said, "YES."


Of Love & War Series
Grand Central Publishing

Hope at Dawn by Stacy Henrie

Hope at Dawn: Book 1

(Now Available!): With her brothers away fighting the Great War overseas, Livy Campbell desperately wants to help her family. Her chance comes when she meets a handsome stranger who lands her a job as a teacher in a place far from her parents' farm. But the war casts a long shadow over the German-American town that Livy now calls home-and the darkness will test everything she thought she knew about family and love . . .
More than anything, Friedrick Wagner wants to be part of his adopted country's struggle for peace. But when the bitter animosity between Germans and Americans soon turns citizens against newcomers, friend against friend, he will do whatever it takes to protect Livy from the hysteria that grips their town. As tragedy-and dark secrets from the past-threaten their future, Friedrick and Livy have one chance to stand up for what's right . . . and one chance to fight for their love
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About the author:
Stacy Henrie has always had an avid appetite for history, fiction and chocolate. She earned her B.A. in public relations from Brigham Young University and worked in communications before turning her attentions to raising a family and writing inspirational historical romances.

Wife of an entrepreneur husband and a stay-at-home mom to three, Stacy loves the chance to live out history through her fictional characters, while enjoying the modern conveniences of life in the 21st century. In addition to author, she is a reader, a road trip enthusiast and a novice interior decorator. She and her family currently reside in Utah. 

Stacy is represented by Jessica Alvarez of Book Ends, LLC.

Be sure to check out her website {HERE} and her facebook is {HERE}.

In my opinion:

Well, it didn't surprise me that I enjoyed Hope at Dawn because I personally know the author. I was honored to receive an autographed book by Stacy. She wrote,
"Emilee, look on the heart." The book was based on looking beyond the outside beauty and believing. A few things I liked about the book were the characters were real.  At first, it felt like a fairy tale when the two main characters met for the first time. But, then we met them and understood what they were going through. Livy and Fredrick had real life problems in the 1900's. They quickly learned how to deal with their trials and challenges. I definitely related and know we can get through the challenges we face in today's society. As long as we never stop believing...

I also liked how the story captured my attention right away. I could disappear for a few hours into Stacy's story. I felt like I was one of the characters that helped Livy fight her battles.  I'm excited to read the next book in the Of Love and War Series. It is coming December 16th, 2014 so be sure to mark your calendar. I only wish that it had the same characters. However, I'm sure it will be amazing. I enjoyed reading Hope at Dawn and know that each of you will love it as well. 
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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