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Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at toosillysisters@cox.net

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? by Rachael Carman

My Thoughts:

Rachael Carman is refreshingly real and speaks from the heart in her book, How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? The message is delivered along with personal stories to illustrate that she struggles as a parent at times, just like the rest of us. At first glance, I thought the focus was on children but I soon discovered that it was for adults! How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? is God talking to parents. Yes, indeed! We are God's children, are we not?

Chapter titles like "Slow down!", "I'm Not Talking to Them, I'm Talking to You" and "Let's Go for a Walk" are short but richly written. They made me see my relationship with my children in a whole new way. It made me think about how I talk to my children and what I expect from them. Since reading this book, I've renewed my words with love and my patience has increased. It was just what I needed to recharge my parental battery!  I highly recommend this book!

Rachael Carman impressed me with her book, How to Have a HEART for Your Kids and How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? affected me the same way. I love how she thinks and her love for the Lord is evident throughout her writing. Thank you for sharing your heart, Rachael Carman!

About the book:

How Many Times Do I Have to Tell You? (Apologia Educational Ministries, September 2014)

You've probably said these things to your kids, but have you listened to what you're saying?

"I remember the day you were born."

"Turn down the music!"

"This is going to hurt me more than it's going to hurt you."

"Hold my hand."

Your heavenly Father wants to tell you many of these same things. Rachael Carman knows how noisy it can be when you're raising children---she has seven! But this lovely devotional book will help you to hear God's still, small voice amid the chaos of carpools, cut fingers, and carpet crawlers. You'll learn how to recognize God's instructions for you, even as you seek to follow His example as a parent.
Purchase a copy: http://amzn.to/1FcMvCl

About the author:

Rachael Carman
 is an author and speaker for Apologia Educational Ministries. The wife of Davis and the mother of seven children, Rachael challenges parents to live by reckless, obedient faith. As a direct reflection of her heart's desire to encourage, inspire, and celebrate motherhood, Rachael also leads Real Refreshment Retreats, weekend events that energize and invigorate homeschooling mothers with meaningful worship and speakers plus practical encouragement for the homeschool journey.

Find Rachael online: websiteTwitterFacebook

*I was given a copy of this book by Litfuse in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Old Fashioned by Rene Gutteridge- REAL romance!

We need more books like Old Fashioned. Yes, I admit I like passionate, love at first sight stories but they're just too... easy. What most likely happens next is heartache, anger and sadness. Living in the movies is not real life. Boy and girl meet, boy kisses girl, boy sleeps with girl and boy breaks girls heart is real life. Or vice versa. As a young girl I wanted to live in the movies. The romance, the music, the boyfriend, the passion. Thankfully God has blessed me with a happily ever after, but the road to get there did have it's share of bumps.

Old Fashioned is romantically refreshing. It's not your typical romance (hurrah!) because it takes a path long forgotten. Taking time to get to know your girlfriend/boyfriend, planning for a future, waiting for after the wedding, and chivalry are all there. Clay Walsh, the main character, has high standards and values yet he's paid a high price to gain them. He has skeletons in his closet and a great sadness in his heart, yet God takes something bad and turns it into good. Amber Hewson couldn't be more different than Clay! She's had her share of trials yet happy go lucky is her middle name! Clay never saw her coming- or he would have run the other way. ;) Watching their relationship evolve is delightful. Their flirtatious banter is wonderful! In the pages of this book you'll find comedy, sadness, temptation, caring and yes, REAL romance.

Old Fashioned is like no book I've ever read before. Read it. Share it with your teenager. Show them that the songs on the radio, the movies they see, the typical storylines that are everywhere are not the way to find love. They are the way to a broken heart. Pursue the path less taken and God will guide you.

*I was given a copy of Old Fashioned by Tyndale in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received.*

Monday, February 9, 2015

The Wishing Season- Denise Hunter has us swooning again!

The Wishing Season, by Denise Hunter, is the newest release in the Chapel Springs series- one of my favorites! Each story is based on one of the members of the close-knit McKinley family. The books can be read in any order as they stand alone but have delightful reoccurring characters. The story focused on PJ McKinley and her dreams to own a bed and breakfast and open a restaurant. I was charmed by her from the beginning when she's awakened late at night by a noise at her front door. I'll never look at a ceramic planter the same way again! Cole Evans literally enters her life out of nowhere- a handsome young man with big dreams of his own. Having been through the foster care system, Cole wants to open a home for foster kids transitioning to life on their own. The element that brings them together is a gorgeous old home that is being given away to the most worthy applicant. Competition, flirtation, drama, broken hearts, tragedy, comedy and romance ensue!

I loved the relationship between Cole Evans and PJ McKinley. They're one of my favorite couples- ever! Both driven by their dreams and to prove themselves they grow together and discover that God has even greater plans for them. I highly recommend this book. Perfect for Valentine's Day!

*I was given a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Andi Under Pressure by Amanda Flower

Andi Under Pressure, written by Amanda Flower, is the second book in a mystery series for young readers. The story begins with Andi Boggs, a bright 12 year old, attending a science camp with her friend Colin Carter.  Strange things have been happening at the camp and Andi is determined to discover what is going on. I enjoyed the fact that Andi is a strong, likable young lady whose able to constantly rise to the occasion.  She and her older sister, Bethany, recently lost their parents in a tragic accident yet Andi manages to maintain a positive attitude in her life.  I liked the friendship she had with Colin Carter and his sweet Pug, Jackson. I also found the cast of characters intriguing with lots of secrets waiting to be answered. Ava Gomez makes a compelling "villain" with a huge chip on her shoulder! The story is intelligent, engaging, and fast paced.  I'm hoping my 12 year old falls in love with the Andi Boggs series!

*I was given a copy of this book by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Nesting Place- the imperfectly delightful book for everyone!

The Nesting Place, (It doesn't have to be Perfect to be Beautiful) by Myquillyn Smith frees the anxious decorator with these words "...Giving up on perfection isn't a failure.  It's a gift."  As I read the pages of her incredibly inspiring, funny, and illustrated (yes!  I LOVE pictures!) book filled with personal stories of embracing the "not so perfect".  My shoulders relaxed, my mind was inspired and I began to dream.  "Homes are happiest when they're being used."  Amen.

Can you tell that I took notes while I read this book?  I sure did.  All while I was on the treadmill!  I didn't want to forget a thing.  So much inspiration and helpful tips!  The Nesting Place would make the perfect gift for any home owner- and renter! (the author rents!).  It would make a lovely wedding present, teacher gift, new graduate gift, etc.  It's the blessing of loving where you are, finding the beauty in what you have and living life right. now.  

The chair on the book cover has 3 legs.  3.  Looks pretty incredible, don't you think?  Wait until you see the masking tape wall in her bedroom.  Gorgeous.  You'll be visiting Goodwill and vintage shops on a regular basis after reading this wonderful book.  If you have a truck, we can go together!

Myquillyn Smith has a gift for writing, decorating and family as well as a heart for Christ.  She's the real deal.  At the end of her book we travel with her to meet her sponsored child.  What a lovely way to complete the quest for beauty.  "Once we realize that the goal is not having a perfect home, we can create a beautiful home out of freedom instead of fear." Bless yourself and others with The Nesting Place.  It's imperfectly delightful- as life should be.

*I was given a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinion.  No other compensation was received.*

Sunday, November 23, 2014

First Peek at the Jamberry Black Friday Extravaganza!

I've missed you all so much!  Sorry for my absence the last few months but I'm currently pursuing an adventure as a Jamberry nail consultant.  Pretty nails that last?  Yes, please!  I don't intend to make this a business blog but I couldn't resist telling you about Jamberry's Black Friday extravaganza!

I'm aaaalllll about shopping in my jammies, sleeping in and avoiding the craziness.  
I also try to avoid going to the post office this time of year.  (Jamberry nail wraps can be mailed in an envelope.  Easy as pie.)

Jamberry wraps are non-toxic and last for 2 weeks on fingers & up to 6 weeks on toes.  Even if I'm having a bad hair day, don't have time to do my face or my jeans are a bit snug I know that my nails look fabulous!  It's a comfort to know that something is going right in my day. ;)

Did I mention the wraps are Buy 3 get 1 FREE?  Translation: 3 gifts and a goodie for YOU!

There are junior sizes for little ones as well as regular sizes for moms, teachers, babysitters, sisters, etc.  (My 11 year old does her own manicures & pedicures. See below.)

There are even festive matching/coordinating Mommy & Me wraps. (I adore the "Frozen" inspired wraps below.)

With 300+ designs there's something for everyone!

You can even host a party and get them for FREE.  Free is fun!  I do all the work, you just invite friends to a Facebook party OR pass the catalog and samples around at work/school/family. 

Just a few of the reasons I love Jamberry...

Message me (toosillysisters@cox.net) if you'd like to try a sample or see a catalog.  The holidays are the perfect time to feel special!  Sparkle and shine, ladies!

Diamond Dust Sparkle & Rose Gold Sparkle are my favorites...

If you don't want to host a party, I can add you to mine!

I'm crushing on the Jamberry French Manicure that lasts and lasts.  A dream come true!

Sports fans?  Just what you need to wear to the game!


I can't reveal everything about Jamberry's Black Friday just yet.  BUT, I can tell you that there will be giveaways, games and exclusive offers!  You can sleep late, shop in your jammies, and treat yourself at the same time.  The mall has nothing but long lines, crabby people and a guaranteed headache.  I'm much more fun. :) 

Take a peek at the catalog, sign up to host a party or do a little shopping HERE anytime you like!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Growing Up Social: Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-Driven World Review and GIVEAWAY!!

My Thoughts:

Growing Up Social (Raising Relational Kids in a Screen-driven World) is a must read for today's parent.  When I saw that it was written by Gary Chapman (The 5 Love Languages) and Arlene Pellicane I knew I wanted to be in on the review.  This book addresses the problem of children and adults spending excessive amounts of time in front of the computer, phone, TV, etc.  They are all a part of our world, but how much is too much and does it really have a negative effect?  

My family spends a lot of time using electronic devices.  Too much.  And this includes me.  In fact I may be the worst offender!  Let me be the first to tell you that I LOVE this book.  It didn't chastise me or make me feel guilty.  In fact it showed me that I'm a typical parent with good intentions that just hasn't followed through enough.  There is hope!  Thankfully Growing Up Social has lots of helpful advice and ideas to help me get my act together.  

I appreciated how the authors showcased normal families with problems I can identify with.  It was a bit like the show "Super Nanny" in that it features typical situations and ways to improve them.  They highlight something called A+ Skills which are as follows:

Show Affection
Appreciate Others
Deal with Anger
Learn to Apologize
Pay Attention

Sadly, these skills are lacking in children that spend excessive amounts of time in front of an electronic screen.  They are not something we are born with but rather skills that need to be learned and nurtured.  Role playing, reinforcement and knowledge are required from the parent to nurture these skills in a child/teen.  It's never too late!

Propellor has generously given me a copy of this book to give to one of my readers!  Please comment on this post for a chance to win!  You'll definitely want to read this book...

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.  No other compensation was received.*

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