It’s HoHoHo Readathon Time!

HoHoHo Readathon

Ever since I received my (new to me) Kindle Oasis (thank you  Kimberly!!) I have been reading so much more! So I decided to give this HoHoHo Holiday/Winter Readathon! hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer a go.

Here are the books I will be reading the next 8 days:

  (clicking on the cover takes you to the book’s Amazon page)

The Rancher's Christmas Song (The Cowboys of Cold Creek)  The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas, #1)  Holiday Wishes (Heartbreaker Bay, #4.5)

Do You Believe in Santa? (Evergreen Lane #1)   We Need A Little Christmas (Evergreen Lane #2)   Do Not Open 'Til Christmas (Evergreen Lane Novels)

If I finish these books then I will start:

Christmas at Hope Cottage

I have my warm socks on and I am ready to read!!


Holiday Wishes by Jill Shalvis – 11/8/17

The Rancher’s Christmas Song by RaeAnne Thayne – 11/9/17

Do You Believe in Santa? (Evergreen Lane #1) by Sierra Donovan – 11/10/17

We Need A Little Christmas (Evergreen Lane #2) by Sierra Donovan – 11/13/17

Do Not Open ‘Til Christmas (Evergreen Lane #3)by Sierra Donovan – 11/14/17

The Christmas Cowboy Hero (Heart of Texas #1)by Donna Grant – 11/14/17

$10 Amazon Gift Card: Dial Meow for Murder by Bethany Blake

Dial Meow for Murder
A Lucky Paws Petsitting Mystery #2
by Bethany Blake
Genre: Cozy Mystery

Even an experienced pet sitter like Daphne Templeton can be fooled by animal behavior: how can an adorably tiny fuzz ball named Tinkleston be capable of sudden flying leaps with cat claws bared? But human behavior remains even more mysterious, especially when Tinkleston’s owner is murdered on the night of a gala fundraiser for Fur-ever Friends Pet Rescue.
Accompanied by her unflappable basset hound, Socrates, Daphne plans to take charge of Tinks the Terror and leave the crime-solving to handsome detective Jonathan Black. But while luring the prickly Persian out of hiding, she uncovers clues that might take suspicion off her own mother. Maeve Templeton already has a reputation as a killer—in real estate. How far would she go to bag Sylvan Creek’s most coveted property, the Flynt Mansion?
To expose the truth, Daphne finds herself donning a deranged clown costume on an autumnal adventure that might just be crazy enough to work—if it doesn’t get her killed.
Includes recipes for homemade dog treats!
Doggone charming from start to finish!” —Cleo Coyle, New York Times bestselling author on Death by Chocolate Lab

Bethany Blake lives in a small, quaint town in Pennsylvania with her husband and three daughters. When she’s not writing, cooking for pets and people or riding horses, she’s wrangling a menagerie of furry family members that includes a nervous pit bull, a fearsome feline, a blind goldfish, and an attack cardinal named Robert. Like Daphne Templeton, the heroine of her Lucky Paws Mysteries, Bethany holds a Ph.D. and operates a pet sitting business called Barkley’s Premium Pet Care.

Follow the tour HERE for exclusive excerpts and a giveaway!

Review: Plusmart 14 Pack Mesh Laundry Bags


Plusmart 14 Pack Mesh Laundry Bag for Delicates

Purchase from: Amazon

Product Details:

– 14 Laundry Bags for Delicates

If you’ve tried any ordinary laundry wash bags, you’ll notice the Plusmarts difference in no time. These High Quality Wash Bags are made of premium-grade mesh that makes them as strong & durable as they are luxurious & smooth.

– Everything in its Place.

This popular wash bag set ships to you with 14 Luxury Wash Bags. Keep like-colors separated using the white wash bags for light-colored loads.

– Every Wash: Quiet & Safe.

Zippered mesh laundry bags can be noisy, but not this new, Delicates Wash Bag design. Slip the rustproof zipper under the smart zipper guard to protect & ensure a quiet, snag-free wash.

– Enjoy the Smart Guard Zipper

The smart guard zipper prevents your delicates from being caught in the zipper in the wash. Protect your expensive garments with confidence.


– Package Contents: pack of 14

1pcs extra-large:24*24inch

2pcs large:24*20inch

3pcs medium:20*16inch

3pcs small:16*12inch

2pcs tide:12*10inch

2pcs for Bra

1pcs for Shoe

– Material: Top-quality 70gram Polyester

– Application: Bras, T-shirts, Blouse, Hosiery, Socks, Underwear,Pants,Shoes..etc

– Guarantee: 30 Days for money back if any quality issue


I have a family of 10 and laundry bags are always needed around here. They help me protect delicate clothes and keep track of socks. The problem is I have a  hard finding a good quality laundry bags that will last several washing a week. When I came across this set of Plusmart 14 Pack Mesh Laundry Bag for Delicates, well I had to give them a try.


First off, the price is amazing! Basically, that makes them about $1 a bag. The amount you get in this set (14) and the amount of the multiple size bags is awesome. The shipping was amazingly fast from Amazon. They arrived well packaged and in a reusable plastic bag pouch.


Each bag is made from medium thickness mesh and has a zipper pull made of hard plastic. The zipper pulls tucks neatly into an elastic tab so that it does not snag on your laundry. The zippers work smoothly and easily. The bra bags come with a plastic frame to hold the shape of your bras and can fit 2 – 3 bras at a time.

These bags can be used for socks (now I will never lose a pair!), underclothes, headbands, bandanas, gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, robes and so much more!

My older son is moving out soon and ask me to get him a set for him to use when he does his own laundry. He too is impressed with these laundry bags!


These bags don’t have to be used just for laundry! If you are going on a trip they work well keeping your delicates separate from your other clothes.

I have been using my set for over a month now and I am so pleased with these bags. My clothes come out clean and not damaged. The bags look just like I got them too! I can tell that these bags will last me a long, long time!


*I received this product from Plusmarts  in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion. I was not paid for this post and all opinions and experiences are my own.

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Review: Big and Little Coloring Devotional


Big and Little Coloring Devotional

by Rachel Swanson (Author), Jacy Corral (Illustrator)

Paperback   –   112 pages

Purchase: Amazon

Kids crave constant activities and attention. Adults crave quiet moments of refreshment. How can we achieve both? Big and Little Coloring Devotional engages adults’ minds with appealing biblical devotionals while providing a creative outlet through coloring to diffuse stress.

Let’s have fun with our children through coloring and facilitate their spiritual growth with Scripture. Big and Little Coloring Devotional will incorporate physical, spiritual, and emotional refreshment by providing authentic faith-filled devotionals combined with therapeutic doodling for both the adult and child.


My youngest son (who is 10) loves to color. It is so hard to find a coloring book that a 10 year old boy would enjoy coloring. So I was thrilled when I received the Big and Little Coloring Devotional. There are so many pages inside this coloring book that are perfect for a boy!

This coloring book is made so that the two people can color at the same time. There is a devotional on one page and a Bible verse on the other page. The page with the devotional is the slightly more intricate page while the simpler page has the Bible verse. This a fun way to have a devotional time with your child, learn a verse and color together at the same time. It makes learning the Bible so much more fun and easier.


Once my son colors the more boyish pages my daughter is ready to color the more girly pages. I am enjoying this time I spend with my kids and with God’s Word and I know my kids are too.

I was also pleased that different kinds of coloring pencils and techniques worked well in this coloring book. We tried out three different types of coloring pencils and I also used the Gamsol blending technique and our pages turned out beautiful!

This book would make a wonderful gift!


I would like to thank Lifeway and B&H Publishing Group for allowing me to review this book. The opinions and impressions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

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My Weekly Bible Journaling #39 – Nehemiah


This week we went shopping to fill our boxes for OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD. My kids love doing this every year and it is a wonderful project for the whole family. Each of the kids have so much fun picking out toys and gifts to give to a child in need. Please click on the link HERE to learn more about this wonderful ministry.

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This is what I have read and journaled in my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible this week:


Whenever you try to accomplish anything significant for the Lord, you will face strong opposition. This is a lesson that the Israelites learned when they were trying to rebuild the wall.

After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, “Don’t be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome, and fight for your families, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes.” – Nehemiah 4:14


Had a fun time with the family last night. We watched movies and my husband and I threw candy at our kids… 🙂 It was a fun night relaxing with the ones we love.

I also shook out the folds of my robe and said, “In this way may God shake out of their house and possessions anyone who does not keep this promise. So may such a person be shaken out and emptied!” At this the whole assembly said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord. And the people did as they had promised. – Nehemiah 5:13


I have been praying for a situation today. Praying for peace and wisdom…

Nehemiah said, “Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.” – Nehemiah 8:10


I took a break from my Beautiful Word Coloring Bible  one night this week and opened up my Inspired Psalms Coloring Bible. This verse spoke to me and I am so glad I came across it.

Israel, put your hope in the Lord,
for with the Lord is unfailing love
and with him is full redemption.     – Psalm 130:7


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Fill Your Stocking With Giveaways!

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Did you know that during the week I post giveaways? Starting this month I thought we could fill our stockings with the giveaways we win. The gift cards can help us buy the presents we need or they make lovely gifts themselves. The only way you win is if you enter! Check out the current giveaways HERE.

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This week I reviewed the Pelikan Opaque Watercolor Paint Set and showed how easy this set is to paint in your Bible. Check it out to learn more.

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Are you a Bible Journaler? If so leave me a link where you have your pages posted and I will be happy to stop by and check them out! If you have any questions about supplies or a technique I used please feel free to ask in the comments below.

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$50 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Giveaway: STONE SILENCE by TAYLOR DEAN





Stone Silence by Taylor Dean

Great big beautiful love.

Does it really exist? Everyone tells me it does. They say, “Spencer Elliott, don’t worry, you’ll find it one day. You just have to find the right man and when you do, it will surprise the heck out of you.” I’m still waiting for that heck of a surprise to hit. It has proven to be elusive thus far. I’m pretty sure the entire world is lying about love and the joke is on me. I know I want a man in my heart and in my life. Unfortunately, most men immediately push my OFF button and I lose interest quickly. Feeling pressure to prove I’m trying to find my soulmate, I finally give in and agree to a date.

Huge mistake. Afterward I find myself abandoned in the middle of nowhere, in desperate need of help. That’s when I meet Stony by chance. He’s a silent and unsmiling man who intrigues me with his ability to keep going after life has knocked him down. Suddenly the abstract notion of love becomes tangible and within my reach. Once I experience it, I wonder how I ever lived without it. That’s when I stay with Stony by choice. But when Stony’s hidden past and present-day reality collide, his silence is broken. And the truth about his life nearly brings me to my knees. I can’t compete with ghosts from the past. I refuse to fight for a man’s love. He either loves me or he doesn’t. It’s as simple and as complicated as that. My only hope is . . . he does.

The Sound of Silence Series is a three book series.

Book One: Stone Silence, Spencer’s Story Book Two: Jailbird, Mia’s Story Book Three: Hothouse Flower, Shay’s Story

Each book has a happy ending and there are no cliffhangers. They are not standalones and should be read in order.

Hate waiting for the next book in a series?

You won’t have to wait long!


Jailbird, Book Two will be released on December 1st, 2017
Hothouse Flower, Book Three will be released on January 1st, 2018
What readers are saying about STONE SILENCE:

This story just wrapped me in its arms and held me tight. I adored the characters and never wanted the book to end. Dean weaves a heart-tugging romance like nobody else’s business. Her books are always a feast to my literary mind and always go on my To-Read-Again pile once I finish.

-Charissa Stastny, Author
Once again Dean takes the raw pain and hurt many of us can relate to, and creates a perfectly romantic tale for readers to escape into, giving us hope, love, second chances and ultimately that believable happily ever after we all seek for as true romance lovers.
-Mylissa’s Reviews and Book Thoughts



“You like home improvement?” he asks.
“I love it. But let’s pick something we both like.”
“Let’s rock, paper, scissors it.”
“Excuse me?” I say, surprised at his suggestion. Again, the levity feels a little odd without an accompanying smile.
He holds out his hand. “Ready? If I win, it’s the baseball game, if you win, it’s home improvement.”
I’m still a little stunned and stare at him open-mouthed.
“You do know how to play rock, paper, scissors, right?”
Flustered, I say, “Yes, of course.”
“Okay then, let’s do this.”
I hold out my hand and he counts, “1, 2, 3 . . .”
He does paper and I do scissors. I win.
“Home improvement it is,” he says.
He flips to HGTV where an episode of House Hunters is playing. He settles into the recliner and seems content.
“You like this?” I ask. “I mean, really, we can watch whatever you’d like.”
“Used to be in the business. Now I just own several rentals.”
“What was your business?”
“Flipping houses. Selling them.”
Okay, that explains why he’s fine with watching HGTV. “You don’t mind watching this?”
“Don’t make me admit it.”
I laugh aloud at this funny man. His deadpan expression makes everything seem funnier than it really is. I can’t hide my smile as I stare at the TV. He’s an enigma and I want to solve the mystery. “Can I ask you a question?”
“Might not answer.”
“Can I ask anyway?” I say.
“Ask away.”
“How much time do you save in your life by never speaking in full sentences?”
He looks over at me with narrowed eyes, but I don’t back down.
“Eons,” he retorts. Then he mumbles, “Smart aleck.”
I laugh, but he remains . . . well, Stony.
Taylor Dean lives in Texas and is the mother of four grown children. Upon finding herself with an empty nest, she began to write the stories that were always wandering around in her head, quickly finding she had a passion for writing, specifically romance. Whether it’s paranormal, contemporary, or suspense—you’ll find all sub-genres of clean romance in her line-up.

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Review: Pelikan Opaque Watercolor Paint Set, 24 Colors Plus Chinese White Tube


Pelikan Opaque Watercolor Paint Set, 24 Colors Plus Chinese White Tube

Purchased from: Amazon


  • Brilliant colors and excellent lightfastness
  • Set features a push-button box and includes a tube of Chinese White
  • Hollowed paint tablets for quicker solubility
  • Removable lid with large mixing pans
  • Colors included: Black, Carmine Red, Flesh, Magenta, Vermilion, Yellow, Orange, Lemon, Indian Yellow, Yellow Ochre, Cobalt Blue, Violet, Prussian Blue, Ultramarine, Turquoise Blue, Cyan Blue, Blue Green, Olive Green, French Green, Yellow Green, Burnt Sienna, Natural Umber, Gold and Silver.
  • Made in Germany. Pelikan – a strong brand at your side.


I have fallen in love with water coloring in my Bible. So when I came across this set of paints by Pelikan and heard some wonderful things about them, well, I knew I had to give them a chance! When they arrives I was a bit worried. The box was a little worn and it look like I had order a child’s set of paints because of the cartoon elephants on the front.


This set is in a 2 tier plastic blue and black box and comes with a tube of white paint. The box separates into two sections. The top section is blue and the bottom is black. All the cakes are separated in individual pans and are removable. They do not sell replacement paints here in the USA but you can fill them with your own paint once they are empty.


The names of the paint are embossed in the top blue box but they are in German. The bottom black box does not have the names of the paint in it. The lid is detachable and it has 8 mixing wells. You can fit 2 brushes inside the set and close the lid with no problem.


Now this set is very opaque and dries with a very light texture. As you see below it is perfect for Bible Journaling!


I love using watercolors as a way to give the paper a bit of color while still being able to read the words. These paints do a marvelous job of doing just that!


Now I am not an artist at all but I thought I would try my hand at actually painting something and seeing how they do. This page is about the Israelites fixing the gates around Jerusalem. So I free handed a stone gate on my page. Honestly I was quite impressed with how well it turned out!

I am very pleased with this Pelikan Watercolor set and I will be using it often in my Bible journaling.


The opinions and impressions expressed in this review are entirely my own.

Supplies I used in this review: