Thursday, July 2, 2020

The Small Joys Tag

Hey all! I hope everyone is doing well!
I am here today with a fun tag called The Small Joys Tag that Brooklyne tagged me for! Thanks, Brooklyne! :)


1. Thank the blogger who tagged you 

2. List 15 of your Small Joys (They can be as weird, random, and silly as you want to make them!)

3. Tag 5 blogger friends who bring you joy (and feel free to say why they bring you joy!)

4. Have fun with it!

1. Playing games with my family!
I enjoy spending the evening playing games with my family. Lots of time we'll play either Telestrations, Scattergories, or Play Nine. It's always so much fun and we're usually all dying of laughter.

2. Getting mail
It's so much fun to go check the mail and find out you got something. As long as it's not a bill or junk mail, that doesn't hold the same joy, but to find you got a letter from a friend? That's definitely fun!

3. Reading a good book
It's a small joy for sure to find a great book and enjoy reading it.

4. Finding a good TV show 
Okay, I love watching movies and especially TV shows, but it's sometimes hard to find good ones, so I love it when I find one I really enjoy.

5. Holding babies
There's something so special about cuddling a baby.

6. Hanging out with friends
I enjoy talking with friends, going shopping with them, or having movie nights.

7. Shopping
Shopping is great. I have a blast book shopping and clothes shopping. I love to go with my mom. I always have so much fun.

8. My book club
I started my book club in 2017 and I absolutely love it! The girls are so fun and recently they gave me such a special gift, a notebook filled with their favorite memories from the book club. :)

9. Going to the beach
The beach is my happy place.

10. Ice cream 
I can't eat regular ice cream, but I have found out that almond milk ice cream is amazing! There's also this amazing dairy free stuff that I had in Los Angeles last summer and it is SO good, but it's a very rare place unfortunately.

11. Family pizza movie nights
I love it when we have pizza for dinner and watch a movie.

12. Flowers
Flowers are so pretty. I really like all of the beautiful colors.

13. Bookish Instagram
It may sound weird, but I really love having a bookish Instagram page. It's so fun to take bookish pictures and talk about books.

14. The Christmas season
I love everything about Christmas, the true meaning of Christmas, the baking, the decorating, the themed movies and books... ;)

15. Taking walks
If the weather is nice I enjoy taking walks a lot.

I'm not going to tag five people, but I'll tag two of my friends: Victoria and Faith.

Friday, June 26, 2020

Window Fellow Book Release

Faith Potts newest book release comes out today in kindle on Amazon! This newest story is a short story called Window Fellow.

What can you hide through a window? 
Annalyse never expected to make a friend through a window, but her talks with the guy who lives next to the bus stop have become a favorite part of her day. But when a sudden schedule change reveals a secret he hadn't meant to share, is there anything she can do to make things right? Or is their window friendship broken beyond repair?

My review:
Window Fellow is a darling short story written by Faith Potts. It actually releases today on kindle, so you should head over to Amazon so you can read it!
I love this short story so much. The writing is so amazing and I love the interaction between the characters.
I don’t typically like short stories, but this one is so good, I just wish it could be longer so I could get to know these characters better.

Head on over to Amazon to get yourself a copy!
Add it on Goodreads!

Don't forget to head over to Faith's blog where you can see all of her published works. :)

Monday, June 15, 2020

Movie Recommendations

If you know me at all, you know I enjoy a good movie. Today I'm going to share a few movies that I've watched recently that I've enjoyed. :)

An Hour Behind
This is a fun romantic movie. It's Hallmark-like in someways, but not quite as predictable. It also pretty funny in parts.

Savannah Sunrise
This movie is a bit slower paced, but still really fun. It has a road trip in the story which was lots of fun. This one has some pretty hilarious parts in it!

The Morning Show Mysteries
These are Hallmark mysteries. I haven't seen all of them yet, but I've seen the first three movies so far.
These ones are quite good and I'm looking forward to watching the others.

Beyond the Blackboard
I've seen this one before, but I just rewatched it. I love it so much!!! It's so amazing!!

Over The Moon In Love
I wouldn't consider this Hallmark movie one of my top favorites, but it was a pretty good one. 

What's one good movie you recently watched?

Wednesday, June 10, 2020

Liebster Award (2020 edition)

Happy Wednesday! (Random fact, did you know that today is national ice tea day?)

I am here today with a tag! My sweet friend, Brooklyne, over at Showers of Blessings tagged me for the Liebster Award!

1. What is your top three (baby/book character) names? 
I really like the names: April, Ashleigh, and Laura. (I actually use all three of those in the books I'm working on.)

2. Do you like flowers for their shape, scent, or color?
This is a unique question! I never thought too much about it actually. I love flowers, but I guess I'd have to say for their color. I love all the beautiful colors that flowers can be. :)

3. What is your ideal vacation spot? 
Definitely the beach!!

4. Favorite book genre and why? 
I really like contemporary, but I'm not quite sure why...maybe because some of my favorite books like the Christy Miller series, Katie in Waiting, and Child of Mine are contemporary. Historical is great though too!!

5. What is your favorite way to hear from your friends? (text, happy/snail mail, surprise visits, etc)
I absolutely love snail mail!! It always brightens my day, but I love texts too! Getting a text from a friend, especially after a long day, makes me smile.

6. If you could pick one thing to be super good at, what would it be? 
I play the violin well, but I'd like to be good enough to play at Carnegie Hall!!

I'm not going to tag anyone this round, but if you want to answer these questions, go ahead!! :D

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Book Recommendations

It's been awhile since I've done any book recommendations so I thought it would be fun to do some.

These books are ones I've enjoyed within the last few months. :)

The Inn at Ocean's Edge by Colleen Coble
I found The Inn at Ocean's Edge intriguing. A few things happened at the end that weren't my favorite and I wished it would've been done differently, but overall it was a good mystery.

Cole and Sav: Our Surprising Love Story by Cole and Savannah LaBrant
Back in February I stumbled upon the LaBrant family's YouTube channel. I started watching their videos and three days later I went out and bought their book. I thought it would be fun to learn more about how Cole and Savannah met. It definitely was! Their story is so sweet and it really impacted me. It was filled with hope and it made me remember that God has a perfect plan for my life. I enjoyed this book a lot!

My Snapper Cat by Jonathan Hangstefer
My Snapper Cat is a fun, middle grade fantasy book.
The characters were great and I loved getting to know them. The story is engaging and keeps you guessing.
Some of the book is set at a zoo which I thought was unique.

The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
The Penderwicks was a really fun story. I enjoyed reading about all four Penderwick girls and their adventures. The book was very interesting and quite amusing. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in the series soon!
(The only downfall was that God's name was taken in vain towards the end of the book.)

The Fire in Ember by DiAnn Mills
The Fire in Ember is a great story! This was my first book by DiAnn Mills, but I don't plan on it being my last.
It had a good mystery to the story that always kept me guessing what would happen next. I also really liked the western setting of this book.

Live Without You by Sarah Grace Grzy
I read Live Without You a couple months ago and really enjoyed it!
I'm super exited to read this authors second book, Never Say Goodbye.

Have you read any of these books?
What's one of your favorite books that you recently read?

Sunday, April 26, 2020

Life Lately...

Hi everyone!
It’s been quite some time since I’ve posted anything. I haven’t been active much lately in the blogging world...

Life has been kind of crazy lately.

~The end of March I experienced my first earthquake. It happened during dinner. It was kind of scary, but aside from a small aftershock we haven’t had anymore since then.

~Towards the middle of March when things were still open my mom, brother, and I went to see I Still Believe. It was a great movie! Very sad, but very good.

~With so much being closed and with a lot of people quarantining my siblings and I have still been hanging out with our friends but over 5 hour Zoom meetings... ;)
I’m still able to do Bible study virtually too.

~I discovered this delicious dairy free ice cream.

~When Calls the Heart season 7 is coming to a close, but it has been a really great season! I’ve enjoyed it so much!

~We got some chicks! They are no longer adorable little fluffy things, but they still are kind of cute as they are now getting there "big girl feathers". ;)

~Easter happened. While it was a different Easter Sunday for sure because of the Coronavirus the reason we celebrate didn’t change. Jesus still paid the ultimate sacrifice for our sins.

~I’ve been reading more lately and it has been amazing!

~I’ve been taking lots of walks lately which has been super nice and I’ve started working out.

~I've been journaling a lot and it's been really great. Journaling is relaxing to me. :)

~We’ve had some really great weather lately.

~I’ve been keeping busy with work.

🌸 So all in all I’ve been having a nice time spending time with my family, watching fun TV shows, reading good books, and enjoying the beautiful weather.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Would You Rather // The Amazing Race Tag

Today Brooklyne and I are doing a fun tag together. We are doing The Amazing Race Tag! We had fun planning this. If you don’t know what the Amazing Race is then here’s a brief description for you that Brooklyne found:
 "The Amazing Race is a reality television game show in which teams of two people race around the world in competition with other teams. Contestants strive to arrive first at "Pit Stops" at the end of each leg of the race to win prizes and to avoid coming in last, which carries the possibility of elimination or a significant disadvantage in the following leg.
...Clues provided in each leg lead the teams to the next destination or direct them to perform a task, either together or by a single member. These challenges are related in some manner to the country wherein they are located or its culture. Teams are progressively eliminated until three are left; at this point, the team that arrives first in the final leg is awarded the grand prize."

So, it’s a race around the world and pretty entertaining to watch. I do have a disclaimer though. There is some language. So, that's a downfall of the show.
Brooklyne and I have taken some of the challenges, roadblocks, and detours from various season of the Amazing Race and are doing a would you rather kind of tag.
We’ll tell you a bit about each challenge then tell you which one we picked.

Would You Rather // Amazing Race Challenges

1. Sandcastles vs. Hay Bales 

Sandcastles explained: There are 400 sandcastles on the hot beach. The clues are hidden under the sandcastles. You must look under the castles to find your clue, but if it’s not under that one you must rebuild the sandcastle before moving onto the next one.
Hay Bales explained: Searching through 186 giant hay bales you must find your clue. The clues are hidden inside the hay bales and you have to unroll them one at a time to see if your clue is inside.
(It may not sound too hard but once one team struggled for nearly 10 hours and never found the clue).

What would we rather do?

Rebekah's Answer: I think I would choose to do the sand castles. Both could either be quick or they could take forever, but I’d choose the sand castles because I don’t think I’d have enough strength to do too many hay bales.
Brooklyne's Answer: I choose Hay bales. I'd rather take my chance with the hay than burn in the sun trying to find and remake new sandcastles. I'd probably get a rash from the hay, but I'd just wear long sleeves and make sure to bring a pocket knife for the twine.

2. Shaving Your Head vs Bungee Jumping 

Shaving You Head explained: This task is very self explanatory, though would take some amazing dedication to the Race in order to complete it.
Bungee Jumping explained: This was a task quite a few times, but one specific time it was jumping from a 364 foot bridge.

What would we rather do?

Rebekah's Answer: As much as the thought of bungee jumping terrifies me I’d try to find my courage, because I really wouldn’t want to shave my head!
Brooklyne's Answer: I'm gonna have to go with Bungee Jumping! It would be terrifying, but at least I'd have my hair... :)

3. Tea Tasting vs Flags of the Countries Memory Challenge

Tea Tasting explained: Basically all you do is taste a flavor of tea then you search among hundreds of cups of different/similar teas to find a match to the one you tasted earlier.
Flags of the Countries Memory Challenge explained: Throughout the season teams were greeted with hello and goodbye in the language of whichever country they were in. Now you must match all nine different hello and goodbyes from the country you visited to the corresponding flag for that country.

What would we rather do?

Rebekah's Answer: Both of these would be quite tough, but I’d really have to go with the tea tasting. I feel like I’d have an easier time trying to find the right tea then trying to do a memory challenge of the flags.
Brooklyne's Answer: Tea Tasting. Why? Because I'm observant, and might be able to pick out the right taste. Also, I don't think I could do the other flag challenge!

4. Eating Fish eggs vs. Eating Snake

Eating Fish Eggs explained: Eat 1 kilogram of caviar (just over 2 pounds).
Eating Snake explained: You must eat a portion of cobra meat. Not only do you just have to eat the meat you’re eating it in front of a glass cage with live cobras in it.

What would we rather do?

Rebekah's Answer: Umm…this is disgusting, but I’d definitely choose the eating snake meat because I think it would be easier then trying to eat that many fish eggs.
Brooklyne's Answer: Yuck, neither! That sounds disgusting! I might have to take a 4 hour penalty on this task...

5. Dancing Routine vs. Choir Boy Sing Along in a Different Language

Dancing Routine explained: Learn a choreographed dance routine and perform in front of a judge.
Choir Boy Sing Along in a Different Language explained: Basically, you learn a song in a language you have never heard before and perform it with Choir boys. Sounds hard, I know!

What would we rather do?

Rebekah's Answer:  It takes me awhile to get the footwork down for a new dance but I feel like I could do it faster then trying to learn a song in a different language…
Brooklyne's Answer: Ah, I'd have to go with the first one... As clumsy as I am, I think I could do a dance routine faster than I can learn a song in a different language!

6. Synchronized Diving vs. Kayaking Rapids 

Synchronized Diving explained: Both you and your teammate complete a dive in exact tune with each other. Diving from a tall diving board into deep waters below, one must have perfect timing and be on the same page with your teammate.
Kayaking Rapids explained: Although this might sound like a easier task than up above, trust me, it comes with it's own challenge. One must complete a timed course through man-made rapids and turns. All the while collecting colored flags along the way.

What would we rather do??

Rebekah's Answer: I’m not a big fan of being in the water, but I’d have to choose the kayaking.
Brooklyne's Answer: Sign me up for the Kayaking challenge. Sounds hard, but I think I might be able to do it! ...with a lot of practice.

7. Repelling from a Bridge vs. Tightrope Walk

Repelling form a Bridge explained: Up on a high bridge dangled above the water by one rope? Sounds adventurous to say the least.
Tightrope Walk explained: One team member had to cross a tightrope between the San Francisco Bay Towers, 35 stories high and 65 feet across!

What would we rather do?

Rebekah's Answer: I’d choose to repel, because that just sounds way less scary! ;)
Brooklyne's Answer: Repel from a bridge...that, over a 35 story high tightrope walk any day.

Wow, Brooklyne, we chose a lot of the same tasks! :D This was so much fun!

If anyone would like to do this tag then consider yourself tagged!