Monday, September 17, 2018

Exciting News!

Exciting news! In one month, on October 19, will mark my third year of blogging! It seems a little hard to believe that it's already been three years. Blogging has been a fun journey. In celebration of my blogiversary I will be doing a Q&A session. I know I did this for my 1st blogiversary, but this time I will be answering the questions in a vlog! :)
Below is a questionnaire form that you can fill out and ask me questions! You can ask me about life, movies, books, blogging,... just nothing too personal.
Unlike last time where I answered the questions by who sent them, this time I'll separate the questions into different categories like, books, blogging, etc... So I won't be saying who submitted the questions, but if you want to put your name down in the questionnaire I'd sure love to see who sends me what! :D
So ask away! The questionnaire will be opened through October 11.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Books I Read in July and August // Book Video

I was finally able to get my book video of the books I read these last two month filmed!

What was one of your favorite books that you read this summer?

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Hello September Blog Tag

My good friend, Faith, over at Chosen Vessels tagged me for this fun fall tag. I am super excited for fall! It’s still a bit hot here, but I’m really looking forward to it coming!

How to participate... 
> Please copy these questions (below), answer them, and then write out new questions (or just copy these) for the people you nominate below your answered questions.
> Please nominate at least 3 bloggers, but try to avoid ones that you know have already been nominated.
> Lastly, include these guidelines in your post, and use the tag picture!

~Windy or rainy autumn?
I kind of like both. Sometimes it’s fun to have a rainy day and just stay inside and read all day, but windy can be nice too, as long as I don’t go outside. I have really sensitive ears and I have to keep them covered up in the wind, so I don’t like to be outside if it’s windy. ;)

~Do you like chai tea?
I’ve never actually had it, but I don’t think it’s something I would care for, but who knows? =)

~Tea or coffee?
Tea. I don’t like coffee. I’m not a super big tea drinker, but there are some I really like.

~If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Pennsylvania! I’ve been to Pennsylvania in the fall before. It was the first week of November but that was almost a bit too late. There were lots of pretty trees, but some had already lost their leaves. So I would like to go there again but maybe the middle of October.

~Do you like any kind of soup in the autumn? What's one of your favorites?
I don’t really care for soup much. There is actually a sausage potato soup that we’ve made before though and it’s really good.

~What color of leaves do you like best?
Red, yellow, and orange!

~If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
I’m not actually sure. I think it would be fun to go to Europe and travel around to different places. Some of the places over there might have some really pretty scenery in the fall.

~Sweater or hoodie?
I’d go with a hoodie. Although I did see this really cute sweater at a store recently. I may have to go back and get it sometime… ;)

~A hazelnut or apple cinnamon candle?
Apple cinnamon for sure! I love cinnamon scented stuff.

~Cookies or brownies?
Both are delicious, but probably cookies.

I tag:

Here's a list of my questions! Most of them are the same, but a couple are different. ;)
Windy or rainy autumn?
What's one thing that makes it feel like fall to you?
Tea or coffee?
If you could go to one state in the U.S.A. just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Do you like pumpkin flavored stuff? If so, what's your favorite thing? 
What color of leaves do you like best?
If you could go to another country just for autumn scenery, where would you go?
Sweater or hoodie?
Pumpkin spice or apple cinnamon candle?
Cookies or brownies?

Saturday, September 1, 2018

A New Job, Hallmark Movies, and Summer Fun // My August Highlights

Can you believe that summer is almost over!? It's kind of hard for me to believe. I'm really looking forward to fall though! I can't wait.
August was a great month. It was fun and somewhat relaxing. ;) I got lots of reading done which was amazing.

~I got another job! My first day of work was on July 31. I am working at this little deli here in town that serves lunch. I take orders out to people, clear tables, and run the cash register. Some days I do more of one thing then the other. I'm really enjoying the job and the people I work for are really nice.

~I babysat our neighbors daughter who just turned 2 years old. She is so adorable and it was a blast watching her.

--I made another book video! I filmed this one in front of my color coordinated bookshelves.

~We had 4 kids stay with us for a few days. It was fun. One night the two older girls, ages 12 and 15, and I watched a movie together. Then the next night the 3 of us went over to their house where we had the place to ourselves and stayed up late watching movies and eating caramel popcorn. :) I had a lot of fun hanging out with the girls.

~My mouth has finally healed up all of the way since having my wisdom teeth out. Sure, it took 5 months, but hey, at least it healed! ;D

~I had my last day of work at my housecleaning job. I had been doing it for 2 1/2 years. It was a bit bittersweet. The lady I cleaned house for is super sweet so it was sad to say goodbye. I had a little "retirement party", which just means we had a special snack. ;)

~This actually happened in July, but I forgot to mention it. I made it into a blog post on the Circle C blog! It was pretty cool! =)

~A friend of mine and I got together to celebrate her birthday. It was a little bit of a belated celebration, but still a ton of fun. She came over to my house and we had some birthday snacks, I gave her a gift, and we had fun talking for 2 hours. The time flew by so fast and we couldn't quite believe it had been 2 hours.

~I bought these cute wall stickers at Hobby Lobby and had fun decorating around my window seat. Let's just say I've been reading in there a lot... ;)

~The weather this month has been super hot! One day it got to 107 degrees F. It is so dry around here and the fire danger is very high. It's also been so smoky around here. The smoke makes a really  beautiful moon and sun, but it's definitely not good. Thankfully it's finally clearing up.

~There was meteorite showers a couple nights one week and it was really cool to watch. I got eaten by mosquitoes but the meteorites were really pretty!

~My family and I hosted a game day at our house in celebration of my dad's birthday. We had friends over and had a fun afternoon/evening playing games and visiting with friends.

I watched lots of fun movies. 
--The Garage Sale Mysteries! Those are great and  I watched all four new ones: The Pandora's Box Murders, The Mask Murder, Picture a Murder, and Murder in D Minor. Then I saw the Aurora Teagarden Mystery: The Disappearing Game. That one premiered last month, but unfortunately I was sick that day and didn't get to watch it until this month.
--I watched A Summer to Remember with a friend!
--My parents and I watched an old Hallmark movie called Rose Hill. It was quite enjoyable.
--The 3rd season of Chesapeake Shores has started! It is off to a great start. This is definitely a series I enjoy. :)

What was August like for you? Any special memories?
Who else is super excited for fall?

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Where Dandelions Grow // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be. 

What happens when your world falls apart and your dreams are mocked by those closest to you? 

Destiny’s idyllic childhood full of laughter and cousins abruptly ended when her mom uprooted the family to move them across the country with strict instructions to never talk about Swallow Ridge again. Eleven years later Destiny moves back to her hometown, determined to find her cousins… and answers. 

Plagued by generations of bitterness and manipulation, Destiny hides her life-long goal - unwilling to let anyone else trample her fragile dreams. But living in the cozy town full of dandelions teaches Destiny there’s more to life than what she’s been taught. 

Is it possible Swallow Ridge not only holds the answers Destiny so intensely searches for, but also the hope?

When this book came out last fall, I wanted to read it. I thought it sounded good. Where Dandelions Grow is a nice novella and it was a good story. I enjoyed reading about Destiny and her journey to find herself and to reconnect with her cousins. I did have a bit of a hard time trying to read the book though, and I found it somewhat slow. If you are looking for a short read (that’s set in the fall!) you should definitely give it a try! Cousins are forever, or at least they’re supposed to be.

I give this book 7.5 R's out of 10

Thursday, August 23, 2018

I Don't Dance // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
Ty and Jen have been friends for nearly as long as anyone can remember. But when Ty goes off to college and leaves her behind, he has to face the reality that he cares for her as more then just a friend. 
As graduation approaches and with only one summer left before he begins basic training, Ty must make a decision. Military life is never easy; is it fair to force it on the one he loves? 
In the midst of wrestling with the question and coming to the realization that summer is quickly drawing to a close, Ty struggles to face questions he cannot answer, and is forced to examine his own heart. 
Is it possible that God has a future for him with Jen? Or will the summer close with only memories of days gone by? 

Their relationship would be old fashioned. But that was okay. Because old fashioned and whimsical fit perfectly with a southern summer.

I Don’t Dance is a contemporary novella. The story was sweet and it was fun reading a good summer love story.
I liked the story for the most part. There was a lot of sarcastic comments that flew between the characters though. I know they were just playing with each other and having fun and I like it when characters have those fun conversations, but I just didn't care for all the sarcastic comments. At times I had a hard time trying to get through the book, but I really enjoyed the last couple chapters and the epilogue. Overall, it was a sweet story.

I give this book 8 out of 10 R's

Thursday, August 16, 2018

The Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag // Book Video

I am here with a book tag, but in a video form!
If you are wondering why I haven't done a video yet about the books I read in July the answer is that I only read three books in July so the video would've been very short, so when I talk about the books I read in August I'll just combine July with it. I don't plan to combine those videos all the time, just when I didn't read much in a month and wouldn't be quite worth filming.  ;)

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fireworks, Book Shopping, and Book Videos // My July Highlights

July has come and gone. It actually seemed like a longer month to me then the other ones have.  

--The 4th of July came and we got to celebrate the independence of our country. We had just a nice quite day at home, then in the evening my younger brothers, my mom, and I went with some friends to watch the city set off fireworks. They were so pretty!

--I made my very first book video! Well, I actually made two: The Books I Read in May & June and Summer Book Recommendations!

--My mom and I went to go see the play Seven Brides for Seven Brothers with some friends. Our friends had two extra tickets so they invited us along.

--My mom and I went into town one day and it was lots of fun. We went to the library, out to lunch, and book shopping. :)

--My brother and mom went to St. Louis. My brother went to Realm Makers, a writing conference. They had a nice time, but the rest of us at home missed them. But we did have a fun time too.

--I rearranged my bookshelves by color! I've seen people do it before, then a friend mentioned that she did it and I thought I'd give it a try as well. At first I wasn't going to because I knew it wouldn't last long since all of the series are out of order, but I couldn't resist! ;) It was pretty fun...and time consuming. ;)

--The new Signed, Sealed, Delivered To the Alter came out and it was SO good! I really enjoyed it.
--I've been re-watching season 2 of Chesapeake Shores with my mom and sister (it's their first time watching it) to get ready for season 3!
--I watched some Aurora Teagarden Mysteries that I hadn't seen before.

How was your July? What was one of your biggest highlights?

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Author Interview // Jonathan Hangstefer

I've been wanting do do an author interview with Jonathan for quite awhile now. I asked him awhile back and he said yes. Since his book just came out I decided now was a great time to do it.

Jonathan Hangstefer lives in Idaho. When he's not spending time with family, reading, running, or drinking coffee, Jonathan likes writing stories. Royal Fire is his first novel.
Jonathan blogs over at The Second Brother.

1.When did you first become interested in writing?
I first became interested in the beginning of 2015, but I didn't really start writing consistently until 2016.

2. How did you become interested in writing?
I don't really know. One day I just decided I was going to write a story.

3. Is there any specific authors/books that have inspired you?
My writing style is influenced by Cressida Cowell and Rick Riordan.

4. What is the hardest part of writing for you? (character development, story line, etc.)
I have a hard time writing the middle of the story, but I'm getting better at it.

5. What’s the easiest part?
Brainstorming. I love coming up with the story and characters.

6. Do you have a favorite time period that you like your stories to be set in?
When I write fantasy, I use a little bit of medieval influences. But when I write urban fantasy it is set in the modern world.

7. Are you currently working on a book? If so, when do you hope it will be done?
I am actually working on two books right now. One of them is middle grade and the other is young adult. I am almost done with the first draft of my middle grade story. I just started the first draft of my young adult book.

8. What was your favorite scene to write in Royal Fire?
I would have to go with the scene at the end of chapter 14 when Horcus goes and visits Traywet. It was super fun and easy to write.

You can buy his book here on Amazon.

Cedric Northchest and his friends Berne, Everett, and Winnefred have rather ordinary lives. Nothing remotely exciting ever happens to them until one day an elf named Ex-Tron shows up in their little town. Ex-Tron tells them that he needs their help finding the Guardian of Fire. Ex-Tron takes them to a once beautiful world called Arsought. Now the nights crawl with evil and each passing day grows darker. The Guardian of Fire protects a magical weapon called Royal Fire. Cedric and his friends must find the Guardian and learn how to use Royal Fire before the dark reign of Horcus is complete.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Summer Book Recommendations -- Book Video

There's nothing quite as fun as giving book recommendations!
While editing this I noticed that I say "so much fun" a lot. Sorry about that. ;) I guess I need to think of other words to use next time instead of just "fun".  ;)

Have you read any of these?
What's one of your favorite summer books?
Giving book recommendations is really fun, but I love receiving them too. If you have a fun summer book that you think I'd like, I'd love to hear it! :D

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Royal Fire // Book Review

Jonathan Hangstefer's debut novel, Royal Fire is now out!!! I was able to alpha-read this book last fall. Royal Fire is now available on Amazon in paperback and the kindle copy will hopefully be up by next week. The story even starts off in the month of July, so now is the perfect time to read it. ;)

From the Back Cover:
Cedric Northchest and his friends Berne, Everett, and Winnefred have rather ordinary lives. Nothing remotely exciting ever happens to them until one day an elf named Ex-Tron shows up in their little town. Ex-Tron tells them that he needs their help finding the Guardian of Fire. Ex-Tron takes them to a once beautiful world called Arsought. Now the nights crawl with evil and each passing day grows darker. The Guardian of Fire protects a magical weapon called Royal Fire. Cedric and his friends must find the Guardian and learn how to use Royal Fire before the dark reign of Horcus is complete.

Jonathan Hangstefer's debut novel, Royal Fire, is a really good book. I'll admit, I really don't care for fantasy. I love "real life" stories, but Royal Fire is very well written. I did have a bit of a harder time following the story at times, but not because of how it is written or anything. Just because I always have a hard time following fantasy no matter how well it is written. So even though I don't like fantasy, Royal Fire is very well written and I think most fantasy lovers will really enjoy this book!

I give this book 8 out of 10 R's

Monday, July 2, 2018

My Very First Vlog!

I've been wanting to make a book video for quite sometime now and I finally got around to doing it! It was fun to do and I hope you enjoy it! :D

Have you read any of these books? :)

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A Carnival, A Wedding, and Lots of Other Fun! ~ My June Highlights

June is already over and that means that we are already halfway through the year! That's kind of crazy!

// June started off with me being able to meet one of my favorite authors, Susan K. Marlow! I've met her before, but this time I was able to talk with her for a little while, get pictures, and she signed my books! :D She is such a nice lady and she writes the amazing Circle C series!

I got the last two Circle C Steppingstones books and lots of my books signed including the one in the picture. 

// A friend of mine got married! We've been friends since we were about 8 years old. She had a beautiful, outdoor, June wedding. The weather was great. Well, a bit hot during the ceremony, but thankfully no rain! I was one of the bridesmaids and it was such a fun special time.

My bridesmaids dress. 

// There was also lots of pre-wedding fun too. One day me and my three friends who are the bride and other bridesmaids got our nails done. There was also a personal shower for the bride, a dance practice, and then the whole wedding party went out to lunch at Chick-Fil-A then we went to an escape room. It wasn't quite what I was expecting, but still fun.

// My dad's work had a party for all the employees and their families at a super fun place called Wahooz.
There was bumper boats, bumper cars, go-carts, arcade games, a laser maze, and a super fun carnival ride!
James and I in a go-cart. It was a bit terrifying at first, but definitely fun! ;D

Me and three of my siblings. 

Me and my mom on a super fun ride called the Twister.

// Summer officially arrived. One of my favorite summertime things is all of the yummy fruit. Especially raspberries and watermelon. :) The downside of summer is all of the bugs. I had 27 mosquito bites at one time!

// The super fun Cherry Festival that our town puts on happened. It was super fun going on all of the carnival rides. I went with my brother and and some friends of ours.

// I watched some fun Hallmark movies. I watched the three new Hailey Dean mysteries: 2+2=Murder, A Marriage Made For Murder, and A Will to Kill. Then I watched The Perfect Bride 2: Wedding Bells, The Wedding March 4: Something Old Something New, and Love at First Dance.

// I had a really fun sleepover with a good friend! I picked my friend up from work then we went to the store and bought snacks for the evening, then came to my house.  We had so much fun together. She's my Full House loving friend so obviously we had to watch some Full House episodes. ;) We've never actually watched Full House together. We've talked about it and all, so it was super fun to watch it together. We also watched some other movies too, played a few games, and talked.

How was your June? What was one of your favorite things that you did this past month?
I have a really fun post coming tomorrow so be on the lookout for that. ;)

Thursday, June 21, 2018

By the Book Tag!

Today is the first day of summer!! Summer is perfect for going outside and reading a good book, wearing flip-flops, grilling hamburgers, eating watermelon, and lots of other fun summery stuff!
Today I am doing a tag that Victoria from Victoria’s Book Nook tagged me to do. I did this tag 2 summers ago, but obviously some of the answers have changed since then so I definitely had to do it again!

1. What is on your nightstand right now?
Love Finds You in Victory Heights, Washington by Tricia Goyer and Ocieanna Fleiss and Tearoom in a Tempest by Leslie Gould is what I’m currently reading.

2. What was the last truly great book you read?
I'm not sure, maybe The Accidental Guardian. That one was pretty good, but I wouldn't call it a truly great book, but I still liked it. :)

3. If you could meet any writer - dead or alive - who would it be and what would you want to know?
Beverly Lewis!! I would so love to meet Beverly Lewis and I would definitely ask her to sign some of my books and of course, get a picture with her. :)

4. What books might we be surprised to find on your shelves?
Maybe my Full House books. ;) Although if you’ve been reading my blog lately you most likely know I really like the show Full House. I was quite excited when I found out that there were books. I’ve found quite a few at thrift stores. :)

5. How do you organize your personal library?
I organize my books alphabetically by authors last name. Although I put my American Girl books with the A’s and Dear America books with the D’s. I also have a small bookshelf by my bed and that has my Circle C and A Life of Faith books on it.

6. What book have you always meant to read but haven't gotten around to it yet?
I have meant to read the Dear America book The Winter of Red Snow but have yet to do it.

7. Anything you feel embarrassed never to have read?
There’s not really any book I feel embarrassed not to have read. I haven’t read all of the Little House books though. I sort of feel like I should’ve read those books by now, but I’ve only read Little House in the Big Woods so far. I want to read the rest of the series sometime.

8. Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel you were suppose to like but didn't?
Maybe The Blades of Acktar series? I heard a bunch of people saying how good they were so I was curious to try them. Don’t get me wrong, I found them to be quite intriguing, but they were a bit too violent for me. I’m really sensitive about violence and seriously can’t handle much and because of that I didn’t enjoy them as much as I would’ve.

9. What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?
I am drawn to pioneer/Oregon Trail books and Amish fiction.
I tend to stay away from fantasy. I prefer real-life stories.

10. If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?
The Bible.

11. What do you plan to read next?
I really want to read Grace and the Preacher by Kim Vogel Sawyer. I’ve been wanting to for quite some time now, but I definitely need to read it this summer for sure!

Also if you need a good book to read this summer keep your eye out for the release of Jonathan Hangstefer’s debut novel, Royal Fire! It is fantasy and I’m not too fond of that genre, but this one is worth checking out. You can read about the progress of it here.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Movie Recommendations // Hallmark Movies

I'm back with more movie recommendations! Today I will be talking about some of my favorite Hallmark movies. I really enjoy Hallmark movies. :)

A young caterer’s life suddenly changes course when she inherits a country home and learns she must share it with a career-obsessed Wall Street trader. At first, these opposites do not attract, but feelings begin to change when they find themselves having to work side-by-side to restore their newly acquired home.

All of My Heart is one of my all time favorite Hallmark movies. It's a romantic comedy, but it also has those really sweet parts too. The main two people are just so fun and I really like their relationship. They don't exactly like each other in the beginning and that definitely makes it pretty funny. The sequel All of My Heart: Inn Love is a fun continuation.

Uptight French chef Sara Westbrook gets fired up when her upscale café, Chez Varenne, is suddenly overshadowed by a new restaurant moving in next door run by a group of rowdy firemen. Led by handsome former fire fighter Gill Callahan and his friend Danny, The Five Alarm Grill is soon a big success while Sara and Patsy, her pastry chef, struggle to bring in customers.
Sara suddenly softens when she meets Gill's ten-year-old daughter Hannah who she can't help but take under her wing when she learns Hannah is growing up without a mom. Ignoring the obvious tension between her dad and Sara, Hannah is soon playing matchmaker. As Gill and Sara slowly begin to stir up romance, their relationship is tested once again when a local food critic gets in the mix. Can the couple resist the temptation to compete with each other, or will the heat of competition drive them apart?

This movie has a great mix of funny and sweet parts in it. It's really great and one I've seen numerous times.

Fitness trainer/former marriage counselor Molly White runs Bridal Boot Camp classes combining fitness and yoga with pre-marital counseling exercises to brides and grooms before their big day. While struggling with marital issues from her past, Molly meets the handsome Nick Dyson, a talented photographer who seems to be having doubts about his upcoming marriage to Molly’s client, an overbearing perfectionist. While helping couples find their happiness and begin their new lives together, Molly discovers she, too, needs to learn how to forgive herself from her past so she can move forward with life – and love – in her future.

I think any When Calls the Heart fan will like this movie. The main couple in in The Perfect Bride is "Lee" and "Rosemary".  It's so fun seeing them in another movie and this is such a great one. The sequel, The Perfect Bride" Wedding Bells is also great and definitely something you should see if you watch this one.

Feeling disconnected from her teenage son, a protective mother decides to step outside of her comfort zone and take him camping. But as soon as she arrives, she begins butting heads with her handsome cabin neighbor, a single father and outdoorsman who is also in search of a connection with his teen daughter. Friction soon sparks a flame as these opposites attract.

Campfire Kiss is super funny! It had me dying of laughter at one point. The main two people also don't get along at first (I love movies like that. ;))

Potential Northwestern fellow Tess Harper lasers through her best friend’s wedding planning like the star doctor she hopes to soon become. In fact, Tess puzzles through any problem – provided it’s not her own. When she meets divorce lawyer and groom’s best friend, Michael, Tess maneuvers around him like a gurney in the emergency room until she discovers this best man has a few moves of his own.

My Favorite Wedding is another great romantic comedy. I watched this one last summer and it's definitely a favorite! Unfortunately this one is not on DVD but I really hope it will be sometime!

Romance novelist Liam Bradley has already found massive success with three books written under the pen name Gabriel August, but he's mysteriously unknown to his legions of readers. With his first book written as a way to heal after a broken relationship, Liam has slowly become disheartened with writing strictly for romantic fantasy, something evident to a sweet, but honest, journalist who reviews books, Sophie Atkinson, whom he meets by chance on a plane. The two begin a tentative relationship in Sophie’s home town of Portland, Maine, where Liam has come to find inspiration for his newest entry.
Liam’s agent puts him on the spot with a long-planned reveal of Gabriel August’s true identity, but Sophie doesn’t know of his public persona. The longer Liam avoids telling her the truth, the deeper a hole he digs for himself. Will their romance survive once his true identity comes to light?

It's been a little while since I watched this one, so I definitely need to re-watch it soon! A Novel Romance is just so fun and very sweet. 

Have you seen any of these before? Do you have a favorite Hallmark movie?

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

My First Post Revisited Tag

Awhile back Faith tagged me for the My First Post Revisited Tag. So I’m just supposed to highlight my first post…Okay, there's not much to my first post, so yeah...

// Rules
>> You must highlight your first post and nothing else. Otherwise will be cheating.  
>> Link back to the person who tagged you and thank them if you feel like it.  
>> Cut and past your UNEDITED first post into this post. 
>> Put the #MyFirstPostRevisited in the title.
>> Tag five other bloggers to do this.  
>> Notify those you tagged in their comments section so they are aware and can't get out of doing the tag. 

Okay, so my first post was done on October 19, 2015. It was very short, sweet, and to the point. ;) Here it is:

Hi! Welcome to my blog. I will be writing reviews on various books and other fun stuff. I hope you enjoy. : )  

Yep, that’s all. Just a few sentences. I didn’t even introduce myself, but then again I did have a profile so that said some things about me and I figured if people wanted to know more they’d check back. ;)
So yes, I’d definitely say that I stuck with what I originally planned for. I do book reviews and other fun stuff like tags, blog tours, book recommendations and such.

Okay, so I'm going to kinda bend the rules and not tag anyone for this one. If you want to do this one though, go ahead!

Friday, June 8, 2018

The Accidental Guardian // Book Review

From the Back Cover:
When Trace Riley finds the smoldering ruins of a small wagon train, he recognizes the hand behind the attack as the same group who left him as sole survivor years ago. Living off the wilderness since then, he'd finally carved out a home and started a herd--while serving as a self-appointed guardian of the trail, driving off dangerous men. He'd 
hoped those days were over, but the latest attack shows he was wrong.
Deborah Harkness saved her younger sister and two toddlers during the attack, and now finds herself at the mercy of her rescuer. Trace offers the only shelter for miles around, and agrees to take them in until she can safely continue. His simple bachelor existence never anticipated kids and women in the picture and their arrival is unsettling--yet enticing. 
Working to survive the winter and finally bring justice to the trail, Trace and Deborah find themselves drawn together--yet every day approaches the moment she'll leave forever. 

The Accidental Guardian is the first book in Mary Connealy’s newest series, High Sierra Sweethearts. This was the first book I have read by this author so I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect. It sounded like a really good book though and I loved the cover, so I gave it a try. I ended up enjoying it quite a bit! The romance moved a little faster then I would’ve thought, but it was still a good book. It was a sweet story and it also had some funny parts as well as some suspenseful parts. Everything wasn’t all wrapped up in the end of the story, but book 2 does come out this fall so the story will continue on and probably wrap up the loose ends from book 1.

I give this book 8 out of 10 R's

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Lots of Special Memories ~ My May Highlights

May has been a great month! It was filled with some really fun times and really special memories.

~In the beginning of the month my friend who is getting married had her bridal shower. It was a fun evening. Later in the month my friend (the bride) and the bridesmaids, and I went shoe shopping and we found shoes for all of us to wear for the wedding.

~The last book club for the school year happened. I’m not doing the book club through the summer, but  Lord willing I’ll be starting the book club back up in the fall. I love doing the book club and can’t wait to start back up.

~Mother’s Day was a fun day. We made dinner for my mom then we played a game as a family and just had a nice time.

~Three friends of mine and I had a When Calls the Heart marathon for season 5! It was really fun. Well, sad too. I had to go through heartbreak again, but it was still fun.

~I went to see I Can Only Imagine yet again. ;) I saw it with my mom and two of my siblings this time. I’m looking forward to it coming out on DVD next month.

~My brothers and I finished watching Full House! I’ve now seen all 192 episodes. Well, 193 if you count the un-aired pilot. ;)

~Jonathan graduated from high school. I can’t believe it.
It brought back memories of my own graduation day. ;)

~A few days after the graduation we had an open house party. It was a fun evening (and early morning!) visiting with friends.

~We ate dinner as a family at Chick-Fil-A at 9:30 in the evening. By the time the graduation ceremony was over it was getting late and we were all starving.

~Today I sold books at the homeschool used curriculum sale. It was pretty fun and I was able to sell quite a few books, that was really nice!

~On May 17, I got the opportunity to meet in person for the first time my very good friend, Faith!! :D Faith and I have been pen-pal friends for 2 and a 1/2 years and this was the first time we met in person and heard each others voices! It was a super special time. My family and Faith’s met up at Arctic Circle and visited. Then the next day Faith and I hung out together for the morning and it was so fun!

How was May for you? What was one of your favorite memories?

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The Hallmark Movie Tag!

I really enjoy Hallmark movies! There are some I didn't exactly care for, but for the most part, I just really like them! So today I am here doing the Hallmark Movie Tag!

Okay, so really the only rules are to answer the questions and tag some Hallmark loving friends!

1. What's the best Hallmark Christmas movie you've seen?
I have so many Christmas movies that I like, so it's really hard to pick just one, but one of my top favorites is The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. It's a really great Christmas movie.

2. What's the best Hallmark movie you've seen?
All of My Heart is super good! It's a great romantic comedy. The mix of funny and sweet parts is perfect.

3. What's your favorite Hallmark movie season?
Well, obviously it's Christmas! There are so many Christmas movies that come out and a ton of them are really fun. Next up though would probably be the June Weddings and the Fall Harvest movies.

4. The last Hallmark movie you saw?
The last Hallmark movie I watched was Stranded in Paradise. It was fun, and better then I had expected.

5. Have you ever decided to watch a Hallmark movie based off it's title?
Yes, I have. I choose to watch My Boyfriends' Dogs because the title looked interesting. Well, definitely was an interesting movie! ;)

6. Do you like the Hallmark murder mysteries? If so, which one is your favorite?
I really enjoy the murder mysteries that Hallmark makes. They're not too scary and the actual murder isn't shown, just the investigating and talking about it, so that's nice.
I'm not sure which one is my favorite. I really like the Garage Sale Mysteries, Fixer Upper Mysteries, Aurora Teagarden Mysteries, and the Hailey Dean Mysteries.

7. Favorite Hallmark series?
When Calls the Heart!!!! This is definitely my favorite. Even though this last season was really sad, I still love the show and I do look forward to the next season!

8. A Hallmark movie that had you dying of laughter?
Campfire Kiss had a hilarious scene in it and I was so dying of laughter! Another really funny one is A Very Merry Mix-Up.

9. Is there a Hallmark movie out that you haven't seen yet, but would like to?
I would like to see Moonlight in Vermont sometime soon.

10. What's your most anticipated Hallmark movie?
Well, I actually have quite a few. I'm super excited for:
The Perfect Bride: Wedding Bells (coming in June)
Signed, Sealed, Delivered: To the Altar (coming in July)
Chesapeake Shores season 3 (coming late summer)
Hailey Dean Mysteries-- 2+2=Murder and A Marriage Made for Murder. There's also one more Hailey Dean Mystery coming soon, but the title to that one hasn't been released yet. (all coming in June)

All right! I tag:
Faith and Victoria
If there's someone out there who likes Hallmark movies then consider yourself tagged and please let me know if you do it so I can check out your posts!

Monday, May 21, 2018

My Friend the Bird

It's that time of year again! This is the third year in a row that we've had a heron at our place. It comes each spring and yes, I like to think it's the same one. ;) It only sticks around for a few days but it likes to perch on our roof and eats some of the fish out of our pond. I really like this bird (aside from the fact that it loves our little fish). Now each spring I look for it. I've grown quite attached to it after my first sighting. ;) Unfortunately I've only seen the heron once this year. It was by our pond and I saw it out the kitchen window, but then it flew away.
Isn't it so pretty though?
If you haven't heard my previous heron stories you can read about my sighting of it here and my follow up story here.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Full House // Series Review

I know I've been talking about Full House lately. It's the show I've recently started watching. Today I decided to do a review style post talking a bit about Full House and why I like it. I'll also have a little smattering of pictures throughout.

So I really practically love two styles of movies: Christian movies and movies with a sweet love story. Well, Full House would not fall into either of those categories so it's a bit of a mystery to me as to why I like it. ;)
I started watching Full House around February. It started playing on the Hallmark Channel the first of the year. I'll admit, around Christmastime when a preview of Full House was being played on Hallmark, I thought it looked strange. Anyways, somehow I got stuck on the show and my brothers and I went together and bought the whole series on DVD. Full House is 8 seasons long (192 episodes).

Full House is a fun show about a family and about their life. I really like movies/shows about family and this one in particular is also really funny. Although it does have some of those heartwarming parts as well. :)

The family consists of Danny Tanner, a widower and father to 3 girls who has a TV talk show; Jesse Katsopolis, Danny's brother-in-law who moves in to help Danny raise the girls and who is a rock n roll kind of guy who has a band; Joey Gladstone who also moved in to help Danny, and wants to be a comedian and is always trying to make people laugh.
Then there is the Tanner girls. DJ is the oldest. The show starts when she is 10 and ends when she is 18. Stephanie is the middle child. She's 5 when the show starts and 13 when it ends. Then there's Michelle the youngest. When the show starts she is a baby and she is 8 when it ends.
There are other characters as the family grows, but I don't want to give everything away. ;)

I can see how some people might not enjoy this show though.
There are a couple comments that aren't always the best and there is some adult humor. God's name is taken in vain a few times. I don't like that but it is not very often. I'm not saying that that makes it okay, just that if it was all the time I wouldn't be watching the show.

So there you have it. A little bit about Full House and why I like it. Plus some of the not as good stuff so you know about that.

Some of my favorite episodes are: A Pox in Our House, The Hole-in-the-Wall Gang, Happy Birthday Babies, The Wedding, Secret Admirer, and many others.

So, have you seen Full House? If so, what's your favorite episode? Who's your favorite character?
If you haven't seen it do you want to? I'll admit, it is a bit strange at times, but funny too. ;)