Wednesday, June 29, 2016

You Make My Heart Sing Scrapbook Layout

Here I am again with yet another baby scrapbook page! I made this one before having the baby, and I got to use up a bunch of American Crafts products. The key and the metallic triangles are not American Crafts. They were just things I had in my stash. And boy was I glad to use up stuff in my stash on this one. I'm making progress on clearing through some of my stuff ... to make room for new stuff! Ha ha.

I really really really like this page. I had no idea what picture I was going to use when I made it, but I thought this one of my brand-spanking-new newborn sleeping on me in the hospital would be just perfect.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Dr. Dad Scrapbook Page

While I had a quite a few scrapbook pages pre-made before I had my baby, this is one that I slapped together during one my baby's rare naps. The patterned paper, journaling tag, and "pure delight" sentiment came from a baby girl scrapbook kit that my mother-in-law gave me for Christmas. The white paper was in my stash, and the stork sticker was part of a baby-themed sticker set that my mother-in-law also gave me for Christmas. The glittery blue letter stickers were also part of my stash, and I was so glad to be able to use them and finally get rid of that sticker sheet. I'd been keeping it around for far too long thinking that surely I would be able to use up the very few letters left on it. (Do you ever do that??) Well, this title did the trick!

You know when you create a page, and you're laying out all the elements before adhering everything, and it just comes together so easily? Yeah, that was this page. I just seemed to pick all the right elements right off the bat, and I just loved how everything came together.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sister Eve and the Blue Nun - Book Review

Just as our nun detective Sister Eve finishes up one case, another one falls in her lap. This time it's a murder at the monastery where Sister Eve has been staying. A female professor scheduled to speak at a conference being held at the monastery is poisoned, and the reason why has something to do with information about a 17th century nun named Sister Maria. Eve must find out "whodunit" before the wrong person is arrested.

Was it the professor's brother Anthony, a monk at the monastery who discovered the information on Sister Maria and told his sister? Could it be Father Oliver who was unhappy that Brother Anthony had shared the information? What about the professor's colleague and lover? Or the lover's wife? And who is this strange cabin-dwelling man who spent a lot of time denouncing the Catholic church and hanging out with Brother Anthony?

This is the third novel in Lynn Hinton's Divine Private Detective Agency Mystery series, and you don't really need to have read the first two to understand what's going on in this story. (Although, I had already read and reviewed the second book: The Case of the Sin City Sister.)

It would probably be helpful to read at least one of the first two books, otherwise you're going to be mispronouncing Eve's last name. It's "Divine", not "Divine". And yes, that's pretty much how the author differentiates between two pronunciations. Huh???

If you like a good murder mystery that is low on blood and gore, then you'll like the story in this novel. I had hoped it would be a little more Da Vinci Code, especially with the information on the ancient nun, but it was a nice and quick read that still leaves you wondering, Will Sister Eve leave the order or won't she?

Not all mysteries can be solved in one book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. 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, June 20, 2016

Let the Fun Begin Scrapbook Page

Happy Monday! Just popping in to share another scrapbook layout that I pre-made back in February. Everything on this layout was placed down first, and then I added the picture the other weekend while I was scrapbooking.

Product on this layout is pretty much all American Crafts. I had some leftover stuff from an American Crafts paper pad, so I was really glad to use all that up making this layout. I thought the "Let the Fun Begin" card with the balloons would be so fitting for what my husband and I are experiencing right now with our baby, and especially fitting for the day we left the hospital, which is when that picture was taken. Being at home with your baby, though GREAT because nurses aren't constantly coming in to take your vitals at all hours, is a totally different experience than being in the hospital. Mainly because there are no nurses to take the baby away if she gets too fussy. Ha ha.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Generations Scrapbook Page

Before you have a baby, it's important to pre-make scrapbook pages so that all you have to do is put down some pictures and you're set. That's what I did before having my baby, and it's made scrapbooking in the very very very little free time I have much easier.

Here's one such page that I threw together.

I placed everything on this page except for the pictures back in February. I had no idea what kind of pictures I'd have to use for it, but I was able to crop these four pictures so that they all fit on the page. Worked out pretty well!

These are pictures of the grandparents holding their very first grandchild!

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Tox-Sick - Book Review

You've probably heard it all before: there is stuff in our environment and food that is killing us and the only solution is to eliminate those harmful toxins and stop eating so much processed food.

Well, that's the gist of Tox-Sick by Suzanne Somers.

Yes, THAT Suzanne Somers.

No, she didn't suddenly become a doctor, but she's a cancer survivor who has been using natural remedies for years to prevent a recurrence of her cancer and keep herself and her family healthy. She's got tons of doctor relationships, and she interviews some of those doctors in this book to get their advice on how to keep our guts, brains, hearts, and thyroids healthy.

I'm not sure that I am going to go right out and get a coffee enema after reading this book or follow the book's advice to a T. But I do agree that today's society is over-saturated with harmful chemicals (that we've been told are not harmful) and processed foods. So eliminating more of the bad stuff is definitely a good tack to take.

I think if you do decide to go full throttle and follow this book's plan, you should do so under the advice of a doctor.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Good Cooking Collapsible Silicone Colander Review

We have a lot of colanders in my kitchen. We started out with a basic bowl-shaped colander. It works fine, but it takes up a lot of space in the dishwasher, so when we use it, we usually hand-wash it.

Then my mother-in-law gave us a mesh basket colander with adjustable handles that rest on the edge of the kitchen sink and hold the basket above the sink. Kind of a cool feature, and this one actually fits nicely in the dishwasher. But pasta gets stuck on the sides of the basket and can be a pain to get out.

And when both of these colanders are not in use, they take up lots of space in the kitchen cabinets. Very awkward to store!

So we also have a smaller colander that is not a bowl or a basket. It just sits on top of the pot you're using, which is really handy! It works best on pots with two handles, but I've managed to make it work with saucepans. Only problem is that it's not dishwasher-safe, so it does add to our hand-washing load whenever we use it. At least it's small enough for storage!

But I think I've found the best of all worlds with the Good Cooking Collapsible Silicone Colander. I received this colander for free to try out and review, and I was really impressed.

Is it dishwasher-safe? Yes!

Is it easy to store? Yes! It folds down into a thin little slice when not in use. And then when you do use it, just pop it open! It maintains its shape when in use.

This colander is made of food-grade silicone and stainless steel. It's also 100-percent BPA-free.

I like having this colander in my arsenal. At 9.5 inches in diameter, it's big enough to hold and drain our pasta, it fits easily into our dishwasher without taking up precious dish space, and it stores easily, too. Plus, it's a fun color!

If you're looking for a new colander and a way to add some pop to your kitchen, then I would recommend this one. It's available at and for just $24.99. Might make a nice housewarming present or wedding shower present, too.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Feisty & Feminine - Book Review

At least I can say that Penny Young Nance and I agree on one thing: 50 Shades of Grey is nothing but the promotion of physical and mental abuse and NOT a love story.

Okay, maybe there is more than one thing that we both agree on. We both want human trafficking to stop. We both want abuse and violence toward women to stop. We both want women to feel supported no matter which path they choose: motherhood, career, etc. I feel like these are things that ALL women can get behind. So why does this book have a clear delineation between conservative Christian women and liberal women?

Can't we all just work together?

Two chapters in I really wanted to pan this book, I was that angry reading it. I mean, here is a woman who is surprised that people would disrespect Fox News. (Maybe they will stop when Fox News starts respecting facts. Badaboom!)

But seriously, I feel like the author seems to confuse being Republican with being Christian. There are Christian Democrats. (Hello!) And there are plenty of Republicans who claim to be Christian but are definitely not.

I feel like instead of putting down feminists and liberal women, all women should be working together. Don't talk to me about how you don't like mommy wars but then go on the warpath against women who don't think like you do. Conservative women aren't the only ones who care about the issues presented in this book. Whether you're coming at the issues from religion or not shouldn't matter.

I did like that the author calls out the Westboro Baptist Church for all of its deplorable and un-Christ-like actions, but she seems confused when she writes that most conservatives are able to see the difference between a Muslim neighbor and a radical terrorist. Oh really? Well, you might want to tell that to your spokespeople because they're not really doing a good job of getting that message across.

If we're going to throw politics into this, then I think we all need to step back from the propaganda.

You're probably wondering why I chose to read this book, and it's really because I wanted to hear from "the other side". And I did. And I hope that ALL women can work together, regardless of faith, to empower each other, to protect each other, and to create a better world for future generations of females.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookLook Bloggers <> book review bloggers program. 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.”