Friday, May 31, 2013

Sweet Andy's Cookies *Review

Sweet Andy's Cookies have my Grandma's Cookies beat!!  Well, everyone except for her oatmeal raisin!
What started out as a "Thank You" cookie to friends and neighbors who helped the family out during a rough patch, became a booming business with fantastic, unique cookies. 

These are not the cookie to get if you are trying to diet, or watch your consumption of sweets. They are too good to put down! Hearty cookies in a fantastic variety. I received 6 different types of cookies in my box, 5 in each stack. I did share with the family and they were just in love with these cookies as I was!

The Triple Chip was one of my favorites. I love cookies with chips and extra treats in them. These had 3 different chips for extra sweet goodness. They have 12 different kinds of cookies.

 Chocolate Chip
Triple Chocolate Chip
Cinnamon Sugar
Peanut Butter Chip
Oatmeal Raisin
Mint Chip
Chocolate w/peanut butter
White Chocolate Macadamia Nut

This cookie had to easily be one of the thickest, hardiest ones I have had. You really should stop at one cookie, but I just couldn't! The only thing I would have to liked was to have the Peanut Butter Chip cookie have more of a peanut butter based cookie for even more peanut butter flavor. I was very satisfied with all of the others.

The cookies come to you fresh and have about a 2 week shelf life. They freeze excellently for you to enjoy as well.
You can purchase the cookies in packs of 4 for $23.95 plus $5 S/H or 6 packs for $35.95 free S/H
Pick and choose your assortment of cookies by the 5 per pack.

Fantastic for Graduates, Dads, a hearty Thank You.. or just to say I am thinking of you! This would be a fantastic idea for your Graduates once they are out in the dorm life! Send them great cookies to hoard themselves or share with their friends. I am putting this under the Grad Gift ideas because I think it is a perfect fit!

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The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer *Review & Amish Baking Box Giveaway

Every year, young Amish men descend on the cozy little town of West Kootenai, Montana, arriving in the spring to live there for six months and receive ‘resident’ status for the hunting season in the fall. They arrive as bachelors, but go home with brides! Lydia Wyse, a book editor from Seattle who grew up Amish, returns to the small community of West Kootenai, Montana to give comfort to her father after her mother’s death.
She is drawn back to the familiar Amish ways after finding her mother’s most precious possession, a Promise Box of prayers and scripture. What her publisher sees, though, is an opportunity for a sensational ‘tell-all’ book about the Amish. Lydia soon finds herself falling in love with Amish bachelor Gideon Hooley. She wants nothing more than to forget her past and look forward to a future as an Amish bride. Will the pain of her childhood—and her potential betrayal of her community—keep her from committing her whole heart?

Purchase a copy here.

My Thoughts:
One thing that stood out to me greatly in this Amish fiction novel was the realization that even among the Amish, there are different groups of people with a different view of God. There are those groups that focus more on the rules and laws, rather than the relationship.. much like our own Christian churches in the 'English' world. There are those in the Amish that fully understand the relationship of Christ, and seek His face daily, and there are those that are steeped in tradition and forsake what the best part of their faith can be. They really aren't that different than us in that way. Despite the adversity, we can see in the novel how God worked out Lydia and Gideon's life for the best, and clearly had His hand on their lives from the very beginning.
True joy can only be found in Christ and Tricia Goyer does a great job at directing our attention to the characters who have found that joy, and those who are still seeking it and there is a noteable difference in their behavior.

Tricia Goyer is celebrating the release of her lastest novel, The Promise Box (Zondervan), by hosting an Amish Baking Box giveaway and connecting with readers during her June 12th Book Chat Party!

One "promising" winner will receive:
  • Apron, hot mitts, and kitchen towels
  • Amish baking items (rolling pin, pie plate, etc...)
  • Sherry Gore's Simply Delicious Amish Cooking
  • The Memory Jar and The Promise Box by Tricia Goyer 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 11th. Winner will be announced at the "The Promise Box" Facebook Author Chat Party on June 12th. Connect with Tricia for an evening of Amish fun - book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Tricia will also share an exclusive look at the next book book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Promise Box and join Tricia on the evening of June 12th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 12th!

Congrats Graduate!! A Full Lineup of Supplies and Gifts for the Graduate

Scroll down for all of the great ideas in Supplies and Gifts for your Graduate!

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More to come!!

Doteable College Dorm Subscription Box *Review & Giveaway

We have done our job, graduated our first son. Now he will be off to college. Here is where Doteable comes in.
Doteable is a monthly subscription box for college aged students. A essentials box to make sure their needs are covered, and to remind them they are loved!

My son was super excited about a box that was designed for his needs. He has seen me review other subscription boxes, but this one was 'cool'. The box had supplies for shaving, which all young men will utilize. It also had a new pair of underpants and socks! Now we know they are not going to go out and purchase new undergarments on their own, so this ensures in a Mama's heart that they are being covered!

A note is enclosed to let them know what goodies are in their box and how to use them.

The shaving cream smelled wonderful! I told him he should use that before his big party later this week!

Each month Doteable's Essential Duffel contains over $70 worth of products. You can sign up for a subscription that renews each month, and can cancel at anytime. There are Guy and Gal Duffels, and you can gift a subscription to that graduate now! What a super Grad gift idea. A gift that lets them know you are thinking about them all year long.

My son really enjoyed it and mentioned that we should get him a subscription!
You can purchase the original Dorm Duffel for $45 a month, or a Mini for $15.

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The Offering by Angela Hunt *Review and Nook HD Giveaway

About the Book

After growing up as an only child, Amanda Lisandra wants a big family. But since she and her soldier husband can't afford to have more children right away, Mandy decides to earn money as a gestational carrier for a childless couple. She loves being pregnant, and while carrying the child she dreams of having her own son and maybe another daughter. . .
Just when the nearly perfect pregnancy is about to conclude, unexpected tragedy enters Mandy's world and leaves her reeling. Devastated by grief, she surrenders the child she was carrying and struggles to regain her emotional equilibrium.

Two years later she studies a photograph of the baby she bore and wonders if the unthinkable has happened---could she have inadvertently given away her own biological child? Over the next few months Mandy struggles to decide between the desires of her grief-stricken heart and what's best for the little boy she has never known.

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My Thoughts:
I think this is the first book I have read with a subject of being a surrogate mother. What an emotional decision! I actually do know a mom who was one, but it was for the love of it, not for monetary compensation. I had a hard time with the concept of Mandy putting herself out there to help a family she didn't know, to make as much in a year as her husband does, in my opinon because she wanted a house. This book really made me think about what is important in life. This will be a book that you will struggle with in your mind and thoughts about what you would do. Not a light, easy read, but definitely one that puts out there some very real, and heart wrenching issues.
On a side note I thought it was fun that there were Latin American's and French speaking people in the book, and the author used 3 different languages in her text, now there is talent!

About the Author
 With over four million copies of her books sold worldwide, Angela Hunt is the bestselling author of more than one hundred books, including "The Nativity Story". Hunt is one of the most sought-after collaborators in the publishing industry. Her nonfiction book "Don't Bet Against Me", written with Deanna Favre, spent several weeks on the New York Times bestseller list. Angela's novel "The Note" (with sales of over 141,000) was filmed as the Hallmark Channel's Christmas movie for 2007 and proved to be the highest rated television movie in the channel's history. Angela's novels have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RITA, the Christy Award, the ECPA Christian Book Award, and the Holt Medallion. She often travels to teach writing workshops at schools and writers' conferences, and she served as the keynote speaker at the 2008 American Christian Fiction Writers' national conference. She and her husband make their home in Florida with mastiffs. In 2001, one of her dogs was featured on Live with Regis and Kelly as the second-largest dog in America.

Read more reviews on the tour HERE

Angela Hunt is celebrating the release of The Offering with a Nook HD Giveaway and an Author Chat Party on Facebook {6/5}.


  One winner will receive:
  • A Nook HD
  • The Offering by Angela Hunt 
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 4th. Winner will be announced at the "The Offering" Facebook Author Chat Party on June 5th. Connect with Angela for an evening of book chat, trivia, laughter, and more! Angela will also share an exclusive look at her next book and give away books and other fun prizes throughout the evening.

So grab your copy of The Offering and join Angela on the evening of June 5th for a chance to connect and make some new friends. (If you haven't read the book, don't let that stop you from coming!)

Don't miss a moment of the fun; RSVP todayTell your friends via FACEBOOK or TWITTER and increase your chances of winning. Hope to see you on the 5th!

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Green your Summer Giveaway Hop *Shaklee

Welcome to the Green Your Summer Event!  The Blogging Mamas Network has come together with like-minded bloggers to make sure your grass isn't all that is green this Summer!

Each blogger in the Event is bringing readers a great green prize to win.  You have until June 13th to enter, so be sure to hop around to them all and find great eco-friendly products to help you go green!

While you're hopping, be sure to enter the TWO Grand Prizes for to Green Your Summer for Mom and Baby!  You'll find prizes including a Lunette Menstrual Cup, Amber Necklace and Bracelet Set, a Merino Wool Sleepsack, re-usable Snack Pouches, and earth-friendly Vinyl Wall Decals from Walls Need Love! 

Stefanie from Shaklee is back to sponsor this Green your Summer Giveaway!
Here is what she is giving away!

Shaklee Difference
✔ Kills 99.9% of Salmonella Choleraesuis and E. coli germs*
✔ 27% better at soil removal than Seventh Generation™ Disinfecting Wipes and comparable to Lysol® Disinfecting Wipes**
✔ Kills odor-causing bacteria*
✔ Disinfects
✔ Deodorizes
✔ Cleans and disinfects all hard, nonporous surfaces
✔ Recyclable container
✔ Bleach free
✔ Alcohol free

Get Clean® Spray Bottles $8.10
Each bottle is labeled with instructions for mixing Basic H2® for All Purpose Cleaning, Glass Cleaning, and Degreasing. Bottles have ounce measurements along the side and "Get Clean beliefs" around the bottom.
2 Samples of Basic H2® Organic Super Cleaning Concentrate  Inside the tiny capsule is enough power to make a whole bottle of all-purpose super cleaner and another whole bottle of glass cleaner - 16 ounces each!!
$10 Gift Card for a product of your choice!

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According to Jenny, So Easy Being Green, the Blogging Mamas Network, and the Green Your Summer participating bloggers are not responsible for sponsors who do not fulfill prize obligations.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Murder at Castle Rock by Anne Marie Stoddard

About the Book:

As the manager and booking agent for Atlanta’s famous Castle Rock concert venue, Amelia “Ame” Grace is ready for the most exciting week of her career: she’s booked three shows and a live DVD-filming for the comeback tour of none other than the eighties Pop Rock Prince himself, Bobby Glitter! Before the rock star can take a bow on the first night, however, trouble steals the show as Castle Rock’s owner takes a deadly tumble from atop the venue’s rear tower. To make matters worse, the police suspect foul play—and all signs point to two of Castle Rock’s own employees. Ame is in a race against time to clear the names of her friends and uncover the truth before the killer decides it’s curtains for her too!

 My Thoughts:
The setting for this cozy mystery was a concert venue in an older building that resembled a castle. I loved the setting with the different levels of the building and the names that the author gave to each. It was unique in I hadn't read any books lately with the rock and roll theme to it. I love cozy mysteries because I can be a sleuth and try to figure out ahead of time who dunit.. without feeling scared like in a thriller.
The author did a good job at keeping me guessing who the killer was, yet at the same time throwing out hints. The main characters had good depth to them. I enjoyed Ameila and Kat's characters as I could watch them grow in compassion for each other and the people who worked with them. I did get confused a little bit with the amount of secondary characters between the interviewer and his cohorts, the investigation crew, and Bobby Glitter's entourage.

There was a bit of language and sexual implications and drug use.

About the Author:

Aside from my friends and family, I’m passionate about two things: writing and live music. When I can bring the two together, my life feels complete. I hadn’t written fiction since 6th grade until 2011 (because, of course, I’d replaced this creative outlet with live music performance while I played the saxophone from 6th grade through the end of college). I was fortunate enough to win the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival & BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. Writing Contest with my manuscript for “Murder At Castle Rock,” and as a result, the novel will be published in March 2013. Being published has been a dream of mine since I began writing stories about the Easter Bunny in kindergarten–so, needless to say, I am beside myself with joy over this opportunity! I am currently working on several other projects, including a sequel to “Murder At Castle Rock” and another mystery series that takes place in the art world.
This book is the first in the Amelia Grace music industry thriller series and was the winner of the 2012 AJC Decatur Book Festival & BookLogix Publishing Services, Inc. Writing Contest.

Purchase from Amazon.
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