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Friday, August 29, 2014

Move On

I'm a bit conflicted on how to review Move On by Vicki Courtney. On one hand, it is well written. Some of her writing hit head on. 

"Many of our churches have ceased to be hospitals for messed-up people and opted instead to become showrooms for polished pretenders."

I like how she brings up using our struggles (and we all have them!) to glorify God. Making our story, the good and the bad, showcase God's work. How pretending to be the perfect Christian (there's no such thing!) does more damage than good because people can relate to others like themselves...and we all have struggles and issues to deal with. The first several chapters found be nodding my head to lots of what she said.

Towards the middle and end of the book I started to lose interest. I still can't put my finger on what bothered me about the book, except maybe to say that Vicki is very straight forward about being a self-proclaimed agnostic and feminist in her twenties and having been judgmental of Christians. And while her words are wise, and often very true, about very fake or hypocritical Christians, I still get the feeling from her that she is judging others for judging. That if someone isn't her type of Christian then they aren't Christian at all. It was all beneath the surface of the book, but there was just something bothering me about the last half and that is what I feel it is.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review. 

100 Days of Real Food

A couple years ago I started following 100 Days of Real Food on Facebook. It was an easy way to see lunch ideas and get some great recipes for our family. I visit their blog occasionally and have pulled some of our favorite recipes from their (the creamy wheat macaroni and cheese is a favorite of my husband's!).

I was thrilled when I heard about their cookbook. And even more excited when they offered me a copy in order to review it! 
100 Days of Real Food by Lisa Leake is more like a Bible for food and healthy eating. The recipes are divine, yet family friendly and easy to make. The pictures are gorgeous (you know I love a cookbook with photos!)
Macaroni Casserole, anyone? (Page 252)
Fall is right around the corner, which means soups and stews! How about some Vegetable Chili? (Page 248)
The lunch box ideas are fantastic, and there are several pages of ideas. Perfect for any lunch, really, not just one away from home!
But it's not just recipes. The first half of the book is about the Leake's own food journey and how to get started on your own road to real food. From "What is Real Food?" to "Making Changes; Don't Overthink, Just Start!" 

There are menu plans based on seasons, what to watch for in food labels, how to shop, snack ideas, and so much more. As a busy mom, with limited time in the kitchen, this is the book on how to change our diet while not having anyone rebel at mealtimes! 

I am thrilled to add this to my bookshelf and see myself using it time and time again. Perfect for all degrees of cooks, the recipes even list the difficulty from easy to advanced.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Bear Hugs

My dear friend surprised the kids with a bear, made out of Jacob's clothing! She had heard about a woman who made bears for people from their loved one's clothing and immediately wanted to buy one for each of the children.  
Becca exclaimed"Jacob's clothes!!!!" when she realized what these precious bears were sewn out of.
I'll admit to feeling anxiousness when I had to decide what to do with the clothing of Jacob that no longer fit Joe. I didn't want to pack it away, nor did I want to get rid of it. So when Francesca brought up this idea I was enthusiastic, after getting over my fears of placing them in the mail and hoping they wouldn't get lost. 
What a treasured keepsake! I've been staring at the bears and holding them as they feel like a little piece of Jacob. The kids are loving and squishing on them. It gives them something to squeeze when they are missing Jacob.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


Once again, cookbooks are calling to me. And what could be sweeter than a cookbook about sweets? The Food Network Magazine has this new book titled SWEET. And sweet it is! While it was the cupcake chapter that drew me in (Tea Cakes with Earl Grey Icing, Mint Patty Cakes, Cranberry Cupcakes!!!) it was the pictures that I fell in love with. I love, love, love a cookbook with pictures. Every single recipe includes a picture of the finished project and it makes me want to try everything in this book. While, without pictures, some of the recipes would have sounded blah, the finished product looks delicious!

This cookbook includes the simple (yet how delicious do those chocolate chip cookies look?!) to fancy, to holiday. I can literally just open up at a random spot and see a recipe I want to try.

Disclaimer: This book was given to me by Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014

A Few of My Favorite Things

A few things that I am loving this week:
Bath & Body Works Bourbon Butterscotch candle. Oh my goodness! This smells like butterscotch pudding to me and makes my whole house smell so yummy! This is totally a new favorite scent.
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I'm only half way through this book but am loving it. The writing, the character, the thoughts, the storyline. I really hope this author writes more books in the future!

Rainy days. We are finally getting some rain and hearing the rumbles of thunder and the rain hitting the windowpane is music to my ears. I opened the windows, even though it's sticky and humid, just to be able to hear the splashing of cars driving by and the raindrops splattering on the sidewalk.

Friday, August 22, 2014

September PopSugar Must Have Spoiler

There is already a spoiler for the September PopSugar Must Have box! This beautiful scarf, with a $125 value!
I received a scarf (a different brand) in last fall's PopSugar box and love, love, love it! My sister even tried talking me into giving it to her because it is so soft and warm and lovely. I'm so excited that I resubscribed (after taking the summer off from this box) because this scarf looks awesome...and it's just one of the many items that will be in the box!

Plus, for new subscribers, you can use the code MUSTHAVEMOM for $10 off your first box, making it just $29.95! I'm thinking this will be a great box you won't want to miss out on!

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