Book Review and Giveaway

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Learn the hottest new painting technique in 22 step-by-step projects! Use a squeegee and acrylic paint to scrape and swipe your way to gorgeous abstract art. This book has a variety of different techniques you probably haven’t considered.

Clara Cristina de Souza Rego (@aclaracris) first went viral for a squeegee painting video that she posted on social media. Her hundreds of thousands of followers frequently ask for her for tips and techniques. In Squeegee Art Revolution (Walter Foster Publishing | April 2, 2024 | $22.99), Clara offers them in abundance so you can learn to make abstract art in her signature style.

A copy of Squeegee Art Revolution was provided to me for review.
All opinions are my own.

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Unsung Hero – Movie Review

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Based on the true story of the Smallbone family comes Unsung Hero. The film shows the strength of faith and the bonds of family connections. Sometimes starting over isn’t what pulls us apart but joins us together.

When David Smallbone’s successful music company collapses, he moves his family from Australia to the United States in search of a brighter future. With nothing more than their six children, their suitcases, and their love of music, David (for KING + COUNTRY’s Joel Smallbone) and his pregnant wife Helen (Daisy Betts) set out to rebuild their lives from the ground up. Based on a remarkable true story, a mum’s faith stands against all odds; and inspires her husband and children to hold onto theirs.

Buy tickets today to see Unsung Hero in theaters starting April 26th!
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Many thanks to Kingdom Faith Marketing Services, LLC for providing a sample of the product for this review. My opinions are 100% my own.

Ceya Products

New to me craft product unboxing from Ceya. #affiliate

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What a great group of Ceya products. I was asked if I would be interested in a review of this new-to-me line of products. Of course, I said yes. Ceya makes a variety of different glitters, crushed glass, and mica powders and these containers are huge! (I was impressed)

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Ceya products can be found on Amazon.

Ink Blending Brushes

A review of a set of ink blending brushes found on Amazon.


Ink blending brushes are a great tool to have in your crafting arsenal. I wonder if it matters to the brand if they work well? To date, I have been using cosmetic brushes. I recently found this affordable set on Amazon. It includes 5 color-coded brushes and a stand.


The brushes appeared to be similar to the cosmetic brush I had been using. The size and construction were the same. The difference is the color of the handle and the color of the bristles. The brush head did seem to be a bit more compact but I can’t completely consider that as a difference due to the possibility of the use of my brush causing the difference.

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This set is the basic colored set but there is also a dark color set available.

Redeeming Love : The Movie

I saw an early release of Redeeming Love, here are my thoughts.

I am probably one in the minority that has never heard of the book Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers. So I didn’t know what to expect going into the viewing of the newly released movie by Universal Pictures. I imagine the lovers of the book will head in droves to see this release. 

Knowing very little going into the viewing, but that it was a Christian-based movie, I was uncomfortable with the themes of prostitution, sex trafficking, and child abuse. I didn’t connect it to the story of Hosea in the bible until afterward.  These hard themes are handled well in the movie sharing enough for you to understand the situation without making it too uncomfortable to view. 

Did I enjoy the movie? – a hesitant yes. I struggled with Angel continuing to turn back to her abusive lifestyle. I don’t relate or understand the emotional reasons for doing it so it frustrated me. On the other hand, all the scenes with Michael portrayed him as content and confident in himself. You could see it in his demeanor and actions to the point of almost being unrealistic. Even with the differences between these two characters, I found myself liking them both.

Now having seen the movie, I am interested in reading the book. I can’t speak to how similar the two versions are to each other. I would be interested in knowing what others think who have read the book prior to seeing the movie.

Redeeming Love in theaters starting January 21st and you can buy tickets at the following link:

Many thanks to Universal for providing a sample of the product for this review. Opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.

Bread Machine Cookbook

Don’t pass up the Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook by TIffany Dahle.

I can’t wait to pull out my bread machine to try these recipes. I met Tiffany on a blogging trip to Disney. She was so kind and helpful in teaming up with me as an experienced partner. Ever since meeting Tiffany, she has been killing it in the cookbook arena. This is her third cookbook.

About Tiffany

TIFFANY DAHLE is the author of The Ultimate Kids’ Cookbook and The Ultimate Kids’ Baking Book and the founder of the popular cooking blog Peanut Blossom. You can find her work in Better Homes & GardensGood HousekeepingTaste of HomeCountry LivingWoman’s Day, Tasty, and BuzzFeed. She lives with her family in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Carrot cake Bread

Bread is such a staple but it seems even more so in the winter months and there isn’t anything comparable to homemade. This cookbook is chocked full of beautiful photos and flavorful recipes, check out the list:


  • Milk & Honey Bread
  • Brown Sugar Oatmeal Bread
  • Honey Whole Wheat Bread
  • Cinnamon Raisin Bread
  • Italian Bread
  • Caraway Rye Bread
  • Steakhouse Brown Bread
  • Everything Bagel Bread
  • Speedy Sourdough Loaf
  • Sourdough Pesto Swirl
  • Rosemary Herb Bread
  • Farmers’ Market Veggie Patch Bread
  • Savory Swiss & Onion Bread
  • Savory Sweet Potato Bread
  • Cucumber Dill Tzatziki Bread
  • Sun-Dried Tomato Parmesan Bread
  • Loaded Baked Potato Bread
  • Honeyed Blue Cheese Bread
  • Beer Flight Bread
  • Jalapeño Popper Cornbread
  • Brioche
  • Lemon Blueberry Bread
  • The Best Banana Bread
  • Maple Pecan Bread
  • Blueberry Streusel Muffin Bread
  • Apple Crisp Bread
  • Aloha Pineapple Bread
  • Chocolate Almond Bread
  • Orange Chocolate Chip Bread
  • Almond Cherry Bread
  • Warm & Cozy Pumpkin Bread
  • Hot Buttered Rum Bread
  • Savory Stuffing Bread
  • Spiced Eggnog & Pear Bread
  • Cranberry & White Chocolate Delight
  • It’s Not a Fruitcake Bread
  • Classic Hummingbird Bread
  • Sweet Carrot Cake Bread
  • Poppy Seed Tea Bread
  • Luck of the Irish Soda Bread
  • How to Bake a Traditional Loaf in Your Oven
  • Hot Cross Buns
  • Buttery Dinner Rolls
  • Garlic Pull-Apart Bread
  • Classic Cinnamon Rolls
  • Fluffy Focaccia
  • Classic Pretzel Twists
  • Epic Party Pretzel Platter
  • Tim’s Buns
  • Strawberry Cream Cheese Swirls
  • Caramel Pecan Breakfast Buns

You can find the Ultimate Bread Machine Cookbook on Amazon in paperback or kindle format. Whether as a gift or for yourself, you don’t want to pass this one up.

Bread :: review and giveaway

A new book about bread full of recipes.

A book of recipes

I just received this wonderful Bread book from Simon & Schuster. It includes over 100 different recipes for bread. Bread contains a variety of different kinds of bread like sweet, quick, bread machine, rolls, and more.

The smell of bread is one of my love languages! It truly is a comfort food, especially in the cold winter months. I could make a meal of bread and butter.

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Gel Pens from the Dollar Tree

Check out this test and review of Jot brand metallic gel pens found at the Dollar Tree.

Are they worth it?

Even at a dollar, there are items at the Dollar Tree that just aren’t worth the price. Have you wondered about the Jot Metallic Gelli Pens? Check out my test and review of them to see if they are worth it for you.

Dollar Tree Colored Pencils

Dollar Tree carries a lot of different craft products. The problem is that not all of them are worth purchasing. Check out my review of Metallic and Watercolor Pencils and find out if they are worth it. #Dollartree

Are they worth it?

Dollar Tree carries a variety of craft products. Sadly, not all of them are worth the dollar spent. But for the other products, it is really wonderful to be able to save and get a craft supply for a dollar. Besides food, I imagine craft products are a very popular category at the Dollar Tree.

The two packages of pencils I recently found are metallic pencils and watercolor pencils. In the video below I demonstrate using them and if they are worth the buy.

Holy Land Illustrated Bible

The CSB Holy Land Illustrated Bible is a visually immersive Bible reading experience featuring over 1,200 images, maps, and illustrations to provide greater insight and understanding of the people, places, and events of scripture. #HolyLandBibleL3 #sponsored

Being a visual person, I was so excited to receive the Holy Land Illustrated Bible from Lev3l Digital. I enjoy the additional content that is included. In addition to the biblical text, there are images, maps, illustrations, and articles. This really helps envision the time and places.

Features include:

  • 1,200+ images, maps, and illustrations
  • 275 full-length commentary articles
  • 40+ “Digging Deeper” call-outs

In the image above, you can see for yourself how those additions are presented. The additional content is identified by the gray bar across the top of the page. Images are full color and contain explanations to go along with them, bringing you further in the context of the word. You can also see the ribbon bookmarks, there are two of them. The book is large and substantial.

How is it translated?

Developed by more than 100 scholars from 17 denominations, the Christian Standard Bible faithfully and accurately captures the Bible’s original meaning without compromising readability, helping you understand, experience, and share God’s Word.

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