May ** What I Read

Hello readers.  Today I am sharing my May ** What I read. As many of you know I am currently 9 months pregnant and have about a week to go before our little baby boy will be here and reading has not been at the top of my priority list.  I have been wanting to read and then find myself falling asleep in the middle …. OOPS!!

Anyway, this month I actually got to finish four books and I was pretty proud of myself for that.  I read the following books this month:

  • Pressing Pause
  • The One and Only
  • Hope Unfolding
  • I Didn’t want to be that Girl

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Pressing Pause was such a fun, easy read.  I am actually currently still in the process of reading it but only because it breaks down like a devotional.  There are not labeled days or directions that say read one a day but with me being pregnant and reading being a little bit of a challenge lately, I decided this would be the easier route to go.

We all have those moments, especially as moms (parents) where we need a break.  I wish we could be on Saved by the Bell and Zack Morris would call a time out so that I could just take a breather and not lash our or scream at my kids  …. but who am I kidding that can’t happen in real life so I try to send the girls to do something or walk out of the room and just take a few deep breaths.  This book puts into perspective that you aren’t alone.  We all need those breathers and need to take a “pause” from our kids.

The book is easy to read and follow and is very relatable.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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The One and Only.  Aww what a lovely book.  I have been wanting to read this book forever.  I love Emily Giffin’s writing and have been looking and looking at this for as long as I can remember … since it came out pretty much!  A few weeks ago my dad asked if I wanted to go to the book store so I said sure and lucky enough they had the hardback version of this book on sale for $6.  Yes I said $6 … how could I pass that up?

This book is interesting and I don’t want to spoil anything for those who have not read it but it takes an interesting look on a relationship about love.  It is unusual in my opinion but I know it happens but not sure how often.  We can’t help who we fall in love with and this story is proof of that.  It as always is a super easy read and the way that Emily writes is just beautiful.  You definitely will not be able to put the book down.

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Hope Unfolding is another book that I did for review purposes and I am so glad that God called me to choose this book.  The book has lots of stories in it and she shows you how you aren’t alone in anything you do.  Whatever you are feeling or going through, someone else out there has been through it as well.

The book makes you look at situations and really think about them.  It is about doing our best because our best is always good enough.  God calls us to do his work, his deeds, his positive callings.  There are so many things that can happen throughout our day but if we try our best and get what we can achieved then God is going to be happy with us.

Becky writes in a way that you feel like you are sitting right there in the room with her and you two are best friends.  I loved reading her stories and seeing how she tied them into her grace-filled life.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

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I am part of a blogging group on Facebook and Sue reached out to us and asked if anyone wanted to do a review for her new Bible study based on Eve.  I of course jumped right on it.  I love doing book reviews and Bible studies have been really growing on me and I love taking a much deeper look at God’s words and seeing how much I can relate and translate into my life.

This Bible study is not really like many that I have done in the past.  I am a huge Beth Moore fan and Sue’s writing is right up there with Beth’s.  I love the personal stories within the Bible studies.  She doesn’t just write to be writing she is relating each day and educational piece to her real life.  The study is easy to read and follow with each day being a perfect length.  I am not struggling to finish or get through each day, I enjoy each day and love the layout of the whole study. The study is also very relatable, Sue writes her stories in a way that you can see how it can relate to your life.  We have all been in similar situations and to see how she relates those stories to the study portion is amazing.   Each day is broken down into reading, applying, quotes, and then in the end there is an ending question and I love them.  I love those ending questions.  They make me think about all that we have read for the day and how I can take what I have learned and applied it to my life.

 

I would highly recommend any of these four books that I read this month.  I am very happy with the choices that I made and I hope that some of you will pick one of them up and enjoy them as much as I did.

Mel

Bloom

Hello … today I am sharing my opinions on the Bloom Voxbox from Influenster.

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I fell in love with the Bloom Voxbox as soon as I opened it.  The box included the following:

  • Cutex nail polish remover pads – these are a game changer.  I was a little skeptical at first but once I used one it was prefect.  It was the perfect amount of remover and did all my toes in one pad.  Love these!
  • Nail polish- this is part of the new Kylie Jenner collection and I loved the color I was given.  Teal is my favorite color and this is a perfect shade!
  • Not your mother’s plump for job for your hair – I did not use this.  I have a TONNNN of hair and it is already full and thick so I did not want to use this product to make it even worse. :).
  • Nuxe – dry oil for your hair, face, and body.  Love the way my face feels after from it!
  • Secret deodorant – again loved this and it is perfect travel size to throw into your purse or gym bag, etc. There are many options for this size.
  • Sunbelt granola bar – YUMMY!!  I of course ate this right away and it was delicious as always :).

Overall, I loved everything in this box with the exception of the one product I cannot use.  I will definitely gift it to someone who can use some plump in their hair.

** ** DISCLOSURE: I received these products complimentary for testing purposes from Influenster.

Tree Sign

Today I am bringing you a fun new DIY Tree Sign.  My baby shower was done in a camping theme and I knew right away I wanted to make a sign for Trevor that was made out of a tree and branch.

ITEMS NEEDED:

  • part of a tree
  • saw to cut the pieces into circles or whatever shape you decide
  • wood burning tool or sharpie
  • twine
  • branch
  • drill
  • stencil
  • hot glue

DIRECTIONS

  1.  The first step is to find a tree that will work for the size you are wanting.
  2. Next you will use a saw to cut the tree into the shape, we chose circles and made them similar in size but not exact.
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  3. Next you want to decide on a font and either print out a stencil or you can free hand it using a wood burning tool or a sharpie whichever works for you. (make sure you leave enough room at the top to drill the holes so you can hang the pieces)
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  4.  Next you will want to drill a hole in the top of each of your shapes with the letters on them.
  5. After you have found a branch you will then want to space out your letters and make sure they are placed where you would like them.  We simply laid it out on a table and made sure the spacing was as we wanted it to be.
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  6. Next you will want to put the twine through your holes and then hot glue them to your branch at the top.
  7. Once this is all done then you will want to hot glue some extra twine on the ends to hang the sign.
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This was the sign at the baby shower, we later added the twine to hang on the wall above his bed
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Have you ever made a sign like this?  What do you think?

PS. Props to my hubby because he did the whole sign … I just found the inspiration 🙂

Mel

Happy Mother’s Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!!!

First, I want to wish everyone out there a happy mother’s day.

I also want to send a special shout out to my mother and my mother-in-law.

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    a woman in relation to a child or children to whom she has given birth.
    synonyms: female parent, materfamilias, matriarch; More

Above is the definition of a mother but it doesn’t truly depict what a mother is or does.  The two women above our my mom and mother-in-law and I honestly don’t know what I would do without either one of them.  They are the ones that I run to when I need help, my shoulder to cry on, or the one I go to when I need a day away.  They are my baby sitters when I need a break, my best friend when I need to gossip, and my mom when I need to cry or break down.

They have both helped me out more than they will ever know and I am forever grateful to have two amazing women in my life that I can look up to and call mom.

I also want to say thank you to God for allowing me to be the mother to my 2 soon to be 3 children.  I am so glad and lucky that he chose me to be their mother and raise them into strong individuals.  I see so much in the girls and can’t wait to see my son grow into a good man like his daddy.

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY EVERYONE!!!

Mel

So many book so little time ….

Hello friends …

Today I am bringing you a few book reviews.  I feel like that has been the center of my blog lately and I promise I am trying to switch it up but it seems that books are where it is at right now.

I honestly can say I have so many books so little time ….. I have been trying to catch up with all the books I have on my shelf but being almost 9 months pregnant has made it a little difficult to just sit and read.  I feel like we have so much to do before the baby comes but I have been loving sitting for a bit and reading a chapter or two.

The first book I read was Little One, God Made You Special

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We have been trying to build the babies library a book at a time.  At my shower, instead of a card people brought books and we got a nice little chunk of books for the girls to read to Trevor and I can’t wait to see how they do reading to him.  When I saw this book on my options list I knew right away I needed to get it for his library.  As soon as I opened it of course, the girls stole it and each read it about 100 times.  They are so excited for Trevor to be here and read it to him.  The book is super short and sweet.  It is an easy read and really portrays a great message.  You hear about being bullied so much now a days that it is a little out of control and I want my girls to know that no matter what even if they are bullied to remember that God made them unique and special for a reason.  They will always be loved and should embrace their uniqueness. I would highly recommend this book.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 


 

The second book I read for review was You First

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I received this book probably close to a year ago and am still working on finishing it but am so excited to review it.  I decided at the beginning of the year that I really wanted to take time and focus on myself and making myself a better person.  This journal was perfect as it was a way to really sit down and focus on myself and learning about the things I am good at and the things that I am not so good at.  The journal breaks it down into different categories and ask you different questions so you can focus on different things throughout your life.

It is really nice to sit down and have some quiet time to just relax and focus on yourself.  I feel like I don’t get that as often as I would like as I am usually focused on the girls or Matt and with the new baby coming, it is really nice to just focus on myself for a change.

**“I received this book from the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review.”

Have you read either of these books? I would highly recommend either one of these books. They both portray a nice encouraging message throughout their books.

Mel

The Giver

Have you read The Giver by Lois Lowry?  I know, I know you probably think I am crazy for asking since it is a common book read while you are in school, however, this book is one that I never had to read and I have been wanting to read some of the classics I skipped in school.

To tell you how off I was, we went to the bookstore and I searched the whole place for the book and couldn’t find it.  I then went to the service desk and she simply said oh yeah its back here in the kid section … the kid section DUH Melissa.  It was in the young adult reader section and it didn’t even cross my mind to check there.

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I was totally caught off guard not really expecting to think so much while reading this book, but that is exactly what it did.  It made me start to think and appreciate everything that we are given.

SPOILER ALERT if you have not read the book stop reading, I don’t want to ruin anything for you:

Can you imagine living in a world where we can’t see color, feel emotions, only have 2 children, etc.  This book definitely made me stop and think about how grateful I am that we live in a society where I am able to choose what color clothes I want to wear, to be able to even see colors, to decide who I want to marry, to have kids and be able to keep them if I were to have twins (well I did and had two girls and can’t imagine having to give one of them to release).

Why are we so quick to be ungrateful for the things we are given in this life?  I know that I am not perfect, I complain, I take things for granted but I cannot even fathom living in a world like this book.  The characters in the book might as well be robots as they have no access to any of the “wonderful” things that God has created in this world.  Then on top of all that imagine having one person in the whole community that can see everything, every color, every emotion, every feeling, the past, the present, the future, etc. How could you live like that knowing you are the only one who can see and feel those things and you can’t share them with anyone else in the world?

It’s pretty crazy to try to figure out to me and I am so thankful that I don’t have to live like that.  That I can see the gorgeous blue sky, the orange/red sunsets, the white snow and the bitter cold that comes with it.  Imagine what the world would be like without those wonderful things … yeah I don’t want to either?

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts? Could you live in a world like this?

Mel

WholeheARTed Devotional

SO …. coloring books are all the rage right now.  There are so many different options out there from kids versions to adults.  You can find just about any kind of coloring book that you want or something that interests you. Matt and the girls love these new books, I like to color but have not been as eager to get my hands on one ….

Until I heard about the WholeheARTed Devotional coloring book.  This devotional book is truly neat and I loved taking the 30 day journey through the book.

Each day has a scripture on the first page.  The next page has the written words to read for the day followed by either a page of writing space where you respond to questions and do a prayer or a coloring page.

I really enjoyed this book as it was a way to break up your traditional devotional.  I wish that each page had a writing section though.  On the days where you color you just read and then color.  It is nice to have a break but the reflection source of a devotional is what I truly love about them and how I grow as an individual in my journey with the Lord.

Here is a sneak peek of the devotional:

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Have you tried this devotional?  If so what did you like or not like about it?

Mel

I Said Yes Review

Hello friends ….

Today, I am bringing you, I Said Yes Review.  The book is written by and about the life of Emily Maynard.

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Overall, I really enjoyed this book.  I really enjoyed the early parts of the book where it talked about Emily and her early life.  Although, Emily was on the Bachelor and Bachelorette we knew about her child’s father passing away but that was the extent it went to.  Actually reading this book dove in to her early life and how she bounced from school to school and eventually how she met the first love of her life and father of her child.

It went through her heartbreak of his accident and then through both the Bachelor and Bachelorette shows and how everything went down.  There were some things shared that you didn’t get to see on the show as well as a lot of recap of what did happen on the show and how everything unfolded.

The last section of the book is about her now husband, Tyler.  How they met and them getting to know each other.

I really enjoyed this book in some parts, but was a little bored in some parts as well.  The chapters are rather long and most of the book was a recap of what happened during the shows.  I did enjoy the parts I never knew about like her childhood and her new husband.

**Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher through BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.  I was not required to write a positive review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Mel

Camping Fun!!

Earlier this month I had my baby shower and I was blown away by the hard work that my sister and mom did on the shower.  When we started planning or thinking about the shower I came up with some themes for them: baseball, turtles, Ninja Turtles, and camping.

After thinking everything through and talking to Matt, we decided to go with camping because we both love to camp and we wanted to go with a theme that wasn’t over done.  I got on Pinterest and started pinning away and then I sent the link to my mom and sister and the rest was history.  They wouldn’t let me know any details at all. I had no idea what colors, concepts, if they chose anything I pinned, etc.   It was not very fun sitting waiting to find out what the place was going to look like.

Here was the outcome:

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Here is the food and the snacks on the tables … how cute are they?
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Here is the cake.  My sister started laughing when she told me how she ordered it.  She told the lady she needed a tree and she was like what?!?!

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Then they made a tent that held some of the presents in it 🙂

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I am so grateful and thankful for my family that helped with the shower.  I was blown away by all the work they did to celebrate baby Trevor.  I can’t wait until he is here and we get to spoil him rotten.

Mel

Has your child met their milestones?

Hello everyone ….

Today is another preemie day.  I am taking over the blog on Hand to Hold with my post asking has your child met their milestones?  If not check out the post and see ways to cope or things to do in that situation.

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Mel