Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A is for All My Fountains #abcblogging

A new round of Blogging through the Alphabet. I have yet to complete a series, but that doesn't stop me from jumping in there and trying again!
I want a very loose theme this time, in the hopes that it will allow me to complete it. I want to focus on things that help me to Worship the Father. Scripture, songs, nature, activities. I am hoping this style of theme will not only help me enjoy blogging and more importantly celebrate my Jesus!

A is for All My Fountains by Chris Tomlin

Verse 1
This dry and desert land
I tell myself, “Keep walking on”
Hear something up ahead
Water falling like a song
An everlasting stream
Your river carries me home
Let it flow, let if flow

Verse 2
A flood for my soul
A well that never will run dry
I've rambled on my own
Never believing I would find
An everlasting stream
Your river carries me home
Let it flow, let it flow

Open the heavens
Come Living Water
All my fountains are in You
You're strong like a river
Your love is running through
All my fountains are in You

Come on, and rain down on us
Rain down on us, Lord

My 17 year old plays this song on his guitar and I am so blessed by it when he does. Each time we sing it at church my mind pictures him playing it and worshiping the Lord. The song itself is an outstanding, worshipful song. It makes it more worshipful to me that my children sing it in praise to God as well!

Ben and Me

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

California Tea House *Review

California Tea House is a family owned tea company specializing in home grown teas of California. Many of their teas are grown right there, organically in California which I found unique. They make their tea on small scale to keep the unique artisan quality to each cup of tea.
There truly is no comparison to loose leaf tea of this caliber and the 'cheap' tea bags so many use. It is like comparing a Mercedes and a ford escort.  There is clearly an obvious winner!

Endless Summer Blooming Tea is a gorgeous way to make a tea statement! Perfect for bridal showers, fancy dinners, and even receptions. This tea is not only gorgeous to watch bloom, it tastes wonderful as well.
I have been wanting to try blooming tea since the first time I saw it. No need for a specialized tea pot (though those are sure pretty!), I just used a quart jar and poured boiling water over my tea bud and watched it go to work. The kids sure enjoyed the unveiling!

This is a silver needle white tea with Globe Amaranth, Jasmine and Marigold for a nice, light, beautiful tea.

Organic Silver Nettle was a new tea to me. This 'high society' white tea from China is only picked between March 15-April 10 on non raining days. It has a clean, sweet, light taste.

Bedtime Chai was probably my favorite of the three I sampled. I am just a Chai lover I think. The blend of spices and tea really give a bold flavor, down to the last drop! Chai is often a tea with caffeine, so a huge plus with this is it is decaf and you can drink it in the evening to help you relax and get snuggled up for bed. Chamomile, cinnamon, cloves, Valerian root, vanilla and nutmeg. Sure fills like you are drinking dessert doesn't it?

One addition I would love to see California Tea House add is a scale on the amount of caffeine in each blend. I can't always keep track of the names of the tea, and which is more of a morning tea versus an evening tea. It would make it easier for sleepy Mama's to find what they need if we had a scale rating the caffeine content.

You can look search for a variety of tea based on the blend, the mood  you wish to evoke, or the country of origin. There are so many teas to look through, some beautiful ones from California as well as other countries. I always thought I would be a coffee only gal, but I really think Tea is starting to work it's way in there more and more with great companies like California Tea House!

California Tea House has a custom 10% off coupon for my readers.  It includes free shipping and doesn’t expire.

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Chats on the Farmhouse Porch

  1.  Do you enjoy crossword puzzles, word finds, or any "word" activities?
  2. What's on your dining room table right now?
  3. Do you like Italian food?
  4. Did you ever want a brother, twin, or sister, when you were a child?
  5. How far away is the nearest grocery store?
1. I do enjoy some crossword puzzles and word finds. I rarely have time for them, but do like to take them when we go on road trips.
2. Right now there are lego creations, school work, cup, Bible, pencils, magazines
3. I do like Italian food! One of my very favorites
4. I have 2 brothers and a sister and never wanted for any more
5. Our closest grocery store is about 10 miles away. We live in the country so you have to plan ahead when you want to go into town. Better to do more errands while you are there than to have to go several days a week. Hubby does work in town so he can always bring home a gallon of milk if needed.

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Monday, April 28, 2014

Critical Condition by Richard L. Mabry, M.D. *Review

Dr. Frasier couldn’t save the gunshot victim on her front lawn. Now she’s fighting for her own life.
It began as a quiet dinner party honoring Dr. Shannon Frasier’s colleague, but became a nightmare when a man was shot on her lawn, reviving emotions from a similar episode a decade ago. Then a midnight call from her sister, Megan, causes Shannon to fear that her sister is on drugs again.
Her “almost-fiancĂ©” Dr. Mark Gilbert’s support only adds to Shannon’s feelings of guilt, since she can’t bring herself to fully commit to him. She turns for help to her pastor-father, only to learn that he’s just been diagnosed with leukemia.
Shannon thought it couldn’t get any worse. Then the late-night, threatening phone calls begin, the rough voice asking, “What did he say before he died?”
With everything around her in a critical state, simply staying alive will require all the resources and focus Shannon has.
Learn more and purchase a copy at Richard’s website.

My Thoughts
Saturday was a gorgeous day out and the kids wanted to play in the river. That gave me the perfect opportunity to start Critical Condition! The front cover may seem that this will be a very medical sort of book, but really it is not. Shannon and her 'almost fiance' are both Doctors, and so are many of their friends. They do have spend some time at work, and in the ER, but it isn't overly medically 'wordy'. For us 'lay people' it was just enough to give us an insiders look, without bogging us down.
The book begins with a look at Shannon, pre-doctor when she looses her then boyfriend to a gunshot wound. This incident has scarred Shannon very deeply, even years later in both her relationships and in her profession. On a night of celebration with another couple, Shannon finds a man shot on her front lawn, which brings flashbacks of the past. Shortly after her 'druggie' sister calls and needs a place to stay. Later Megan's boyfriend is found dead. There is a common link between Megan's boyfriend Tony and the dead man on the front lawn- Megan.
Working with the police and an attorney, Shannon and Megan have to clear their names in what seems to be a 'set up'.
I like the many layers of this book. I like the mystery of the crime and the twists and turns it takes. I also love the growth in Shannon's life in great regard to Mark's faith in God and his helping to redirect Shannon to where she needs to find her strength. I also really like the story of Megan who has been desiring to turn her life around.
On top of all of that throw in Megan and Shannon's Dad getting cancer, the possibility of a corrupt cop, and kidnapping.

I not only started the book down by the river.. I finished the entire thing!

A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

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Saturday, April 26, 2014

The Bali Mystery by Linda Weaver Clarke *Giveaway

Title: The Bali Mystery

Subtitle: Amelia Moore Detective Series

Author: Linda Weaver Clarke

Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing

Publication & Release Date: April 24, 2014

Summary of the Book: Amelia Moore, the founder of the Moore Detective Agency, specializes in missing persons.  Her cases have taken her to some very interesting places and put her in some dangerous situations, but she always solves the case. With the help of Rick Bonito, her sometime partner, her business is flourishing.

When Mrs. Brody hires Amelia and Rick to find her missing brother, they find themselves in Bali, Indonesia. They are mystified why her brother quit his job, put his home up for sale, and ran off to this mysterious and exotic island without telling a soul.

My Thoughts:
I was thrilled to hear that Linda Weaver Clarke was starting a cozy mystery series. I love cozy mysteries and even better, clean language ones.
Amelia is a strong character, but guarded in her relationships. She is good at being a detective and has natural skills that people are drawn to help her. I had never heard of Bali before this book! What an intriguing place. All of the details sure make it sound like somewhere I would love to vacation. Amelia however isn't on vacation, she is off to find Mrs. Brody's brother who has suddenly disappeared. Amelia asks help from her sometimes associate Rick to travel with her. How can they be in such a romantic place like Bali without starting to have feelings for each other?
Linda takes the relationship slowly, something I really appreciate. She helps the couple find their friendship with each other first, before any romantic feelings take place.
I enjoyed how the book had people of different nationalities and faiths coming together and breaking stereotypes and racial barriers.
The mystery flowed easily and was well paced.

Another series I loved by Linda Weaver Clarke is her Adventures of John and Julia Evans series. These are all set in magnificent places and hold great, twist turning mysteries!

Author Biography: Linda Weaver Clarke travels throughout the United States, teaching and encouraging people to write their family history and autobiography. She is the mother of six daughters and has several grandchildren. Clarke is the author of an award-winning sweet romance, Melinda and the Wild West, for the “Reviewers Choice Award.” She has several historical sweet romances, a mystery/adventure series, cozy mystery series, and a children’s book. She has also written two non-fiction e-books: Reflections of the Heart and Writing Your Family Legacy. All her books are family friendly.

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What is a “cozy” mystery? It should be a G-rated story with no swearing or sex. It has many twists and turns and must have very likeable characters so that it can be turned into a seriesA cozy mystery focuses on the plot and characters, and the main character is usually an intelligent woman.

 To celebrate the release of The Bali Mystery, Linda is offering my readers the opportunity to win an Ebook!
Enter in the comments section by leaving a comment, and be sure to include your email to contact you if you win!
Ends May 6th

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CRITICAL CONDITION Kindle HDX Giveaway from Richard Mabry!

Richard Mabry's latest medical suspense, Critical Condition, is receiving high praise. USA TODAY says, "Mabry combines his medical expertise with a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat."

Richard is celebrating the release with a Kindle HDX giveaway!
One grand prize winner will receive:
  • A Kindle Fire HDX
  • Critical Condition by Richard Mabry
Enter today by clicking one of the icons below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on May 11th. Winner will be announced May 13th on Richard's blog.

Don't miss a moment of the fun; enter today and be sure to stop by Richard's blog on May 13th to see if you won.

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Friday, April 25, 2014

Chi Candle ~Bath, Body and Home *Review

Natural Soy Candles have been my favorite type of candle now for some time.
1. They utilize renewable soybeans, not using up petroleum products in wax based candles.
2.  Soy candles burn much cleaner, healthier for me and the environment and very eco friendly.
3. They last much longer and produce a better burn than any other kind of wax candles I have tried.

The latest in the collection of Chi candles is their candle in amber apothecary jar with primitive lid. I LOVE the look of this candle! The clean burn time is approximately 70 hours.

Current scents include
Bourbon - Brown Sugar
Eucalyptus - Sage
Wood Smoke - Amber
Cedar wood - Vanilla
Sea Salt - Bay Rum
Tobacco - Sandalwood

Chi Candles has unique scents, something I really enjoy. I reviewed the Bourbon- Brown Sugar and it was an excellent combination of sweet and brisk. 
Lead, dye and paraffin free, these candle put off a great scent when just resting on the counter and when burning. They burn a nice even, flat burn without creating a hole in the center of the wax. I was amazed at how long the candle burned for and barely touched the wax level. This is a nice clean burn, and much more natural scent!
 Chi Candles are hand poured in the USA with cotton wicks.

 Chi Candle has expanded into Body and Bath products since I last worked with them. I was excited to try their handmade soaps. Working in similar, natural scents as their candles.. the soap was simply irresistible.

This bar I reviewed is Cambrian Blue Clay Soap in lavender mint.  100% pure essential oils, something I really find to be much more pure than fragrance oils. Healthy soaps for our skin and body care.
These soaps are made by hand with all natural ingredients. The bar lasts a very long time if you make sure to not let it sit in water. The mint and lavender mix were very nice together.
She also carries French Pink, French Red, and French Yellow clay soaps as well as Dead Sea Clay and Bamboo Activated Charcoal.

Each bar comes in a nice drawstring bag, making it great for gift giving and storing when not in use.
This soap was one of the best I have reviewed, giving it a solid 5 star review!
With Mother's Day coming up, both of these products would be a great gift this year! I highly recommend each and know you will be happy!

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