Monday, January 23, 2017

Prayers & Answered Prayers | Book Review


I have always been a fan of journaling and writing, although it has become a little harder with parenting...I don't always take the time to do it, as I once did.  But, as a pre-teen and teenager, and even young adult, journaling was such a huge part of my growth in Christ!  I want to show my children the importance of journaling, so I was thrilled when I was able to review this "journal" for prayers and answered prayers!  
This book is actually two small prayer journals in one.  They come packaged together, but they can be taken apart if you'd like.  One part of the journal is designed to help young girls learn how to talk to God.  Each page has a new question along with fun doodling or quiz prompts throughout the book.  Basically, it is geared to teach them about themselves and how they can apply what they can learn to their prayer life.  The second part of the journal is about prayers that God has answered in/around your life.  It helps girls to see what God teaches about prayer and look for all of the ways God answers them.  
This book is very cute for the tween/teen girl age.  My daughter immediately asked me if she could see it when she got a glimpse of the cover.  Since the book is filled more with the question/answer type prompts, it isn't necessarily best for someone that is already good at writing/journaling on their own.  This would be a perfect "start" for teaching the art of journaling.  

I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers Program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Monday, November 21, 2016

Leadership Promises for Every Day | Book Review


From the publisher: "God has entrusted you as a leader.  Whether you are new to leadership in your work, family, community or church, or you’ve been leading for years, you’ll discover fresh wisdom in Leadership Promises for Every Day. Find day-to-day guidance and encouragement to grow to be a godly leader. Written in John C. Maxwell’s hallmark tone of confidence, clarity, and directness, this devotional will inspire you as it covers many topics that you run into every day, including success, stewardship, teamwork, and mentoring.  Daily Scripture, along with John C. Maxwell’s seasoned advice and simple takeaway messages, provides much-trusted guidance and encouragement. God has entrusted you to lead. Make sure you honor him by leading well."

This book was exactly what I was hoping for!  My husband especially loves reading books on leadership from great authors like John Maxwell, Andy Stanley, and Patrick Lencioni, so when I saw a devotional book from Maxwell, I had to get it for him!  


This book is full of a year's worth of short daily devotionals that connect common leadership problems/challenges with God's word.  These are each short enough to read even at work to start the day with a new "perspective" on leadership, based on Biblical principles found within God's word.  Though they are short, they are powerful, and completely applicable to those that work for someone, are a boss over others, or even a self-employed person.  

The book itself is very attractive and perfect for a gift!  Very high quality cover, with a built in bookmark, and not at all tacky.  Very professional looking, which would make it very easy to keep in sight on a desk or table for any to see.  I give this book 4 stars and would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an extra "challenge" in the leadership area with a strong foundation in the Bible.  

I received this book for free from Booklook Bloggers Program for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Dining Room DIY | Plate Wall Display



Since seeing (and falling in love with) this image (below) on Pinterest last year (or maybe even longer!), I decided I wanted to use my "dining room" wall (since we don't actually have a dining room, per se') to display my own collection of eclectic plates.  It took me a while...shopping at thrift stores, antique shops, yard sales, and even current store inventories to finally collect enough to begin my wall.  But it's finally up (though I'm sure I'll add more as I find others I like), and I am thrilled!!




Here's a closer view of my very not perfect (intentionally, but equally challenging for a perfectionist) plate wall so far.  I was so excited to find the Flatiron Disc Adhesives on Amazon to hang my plates without having to use they old-style wire (and visible) hangers.  These are super easy to apply (I followed the directions to a "t" and had NO problems!), but they also say they can be removed without damaging the plates, should you ever want to.  And, as far as the wall is concerned, you hang it just as you would a small picture!  Easy peasy.  

And I couldn't be more excited with my end results!  Now, I have the perfect place to display my Granny's vintage wash stand pieces.  Just gotta find the tea towels I want to hang from them and candles for the candle holders!  (You know there's always something to be done!)