Books & Resources

Homeward- A Book Review

Just a few days ago, I introduced you to a new book from author Melody Carlson. Now, I’d like to introduce you to another of her books. This book is a RITA award winner. In Homeward, by Melody Carlson, Meg Lancaster discovers it’s never too late to come home. Meg has avoided her family for twenty years, but now, she’s ready to return to her Oregon hometown before her grandmother passes. She’s also about to discover that her mother, whom Meg has never understood, has changed in unexpected ways. As Meg renovates her grandfather’s overgrown cranberry marsh back into a […]

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Get Creative: Free Printable Cards & More

If you’re looking for something cute and creative, but you’re fresh out of ideas, How Does She has some really fun printable projects. Just subscribe to the newsletter (see the pink box at the bottom of her blog page) and you’ll receive the password for the downloads. At the top of the list, you’ll find some back to school printables. If you’re like me, you take pictures on the first day of school. Just print the appropriate sign for your child’s grade and have him or her hold it in the picture. Here is an example from How Does She: […]

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Book Review- River’s Song by Melody Carlson

Head back to 1959 and experience life in a rustic and serene place where wounded hearts can begin to heal in Melody Carlson’s latest book, River’s Song. Anna has a tender heart: she just lost her mother, she’s a widow with a daughter just about to head off to college, and she’s virtually a slave in her own home. She’s tolerated her mother-in-law’s cruelty and racial slurs for long enough. At 40, she’s ready for a change. Anna decides to head to the rustic home where she grew up on Oregon’s Siuslaw River to sort through the estate and sort […]

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The Chocolate Diaries – A Book Review

Are you a chocolate lover? Do you crave it when you’re under stress? Author Karen Scalf Linamen can relate to you. In The Chocolate Diaries, Linamen tackles some heavy topics with a light touch. She addresses some of her own difficult seasons in life using the chocolate analogy of a rocky road. Throughout the book, others have contributed to the call-out boxes with advice about how they handle their own rocky roads. Each chapter contains part of Linamen’s story, some practical wisdom for someone else in the same situation, as well as a section called “food for thought” that helps […]

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Book Review- The Fine Art of Insincerity

Have you ever hidden reality from your close friends? How about from your family? Sometimes, we can become so dysfunctional that we perfect the art of insincerity, even with those whom we ought to be able to trust with our feelings. In the latest book from Angela Hunt, 3 sisters come together for a weekend to clean out their grandmother’s beachfront house. It sounds quaint, except they barely know one another outside of their bond of growing up in a troubled home. Following in the family tradition, Rose and Penny have had multiple marriages and both are restless again. In […]

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Book Review -Delivered With Love

I just finished reading Delivered With Love by Sherry Kyle. I won the book in a drawing and the Kindle version was a freebie last week (now it’s back to full price). I really wanted to love this book and give the author some free publicity. The author is so sweet and she had a fun little facebook chat last night about the book. But I had a lot of problems with the book that made it impossible for me to rank it as highly as I wanted to. What I liked: The story is cute. I started out really […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Ikea Makeover

I’ve been trying to be very disciplined about several big writing projects, so I’ve not been able to do any of my own transformations to show you. However, my fellow bloggers never let me down with ideas.  Check out this fabulous re-do of Ikea furniture from Stephanie, blog owner of My Crafty Days. Stephanie did a great job and you’ll want to check out the full post on her website to get the step by step of her decision to paint her furniture. Here’s her before and after.  Now, I know some of you will find nothing wrong with the […]

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Transformation Tuesday

Since we’re still buried under a heap of snow up in Northern Wisconsin, I’ve not been out thrifting yet, but I’m counting down to spring. In the meantime, those of us who love thrifty decorating can get our fix from Craigslist. As I was searching around the web, I ran across a nice, simple Craigslist transformation. Erika showed her handiwork on her blog “Erika With a K” and I’ll show a few pics of her project, but you’ll want to click the links to her blog in this post to see the whole story. She started with a plain pine […]

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Transformation Tuesday- Reader Idea

Today’s Transformation Tuesday project comes from reader Jane Oetterer. She sent me photos and directions for a project she recently completed. When Jane had a chair that was beyond usefulness, she transformed it by taking it apart and recycling the pieces. Jane says, “I had an awesome old chair that wasn’t structurally sound, so I dismantled it.  I zig-zag sewed together the seat support strips in a weaved pattern.  Then I hand sewed on rope around the edge.  I’m kind of simple in style, so I left it plain.  But I think a valentine theme word could be attached to […]

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Show Us Your Transformation & Link Up

Transformation Tuesday It’s winter, and even though I’m not pregnant, nor do I ever plan to be again, I think I’m nesting. It’s cloudy outside. We get snow nearly every day. So, I’ve be puttering around the house cleaning this and sorting that. I gave the built-in hutch a fresh coat of poly since I had run out and didn’t give it enough way back when. I’ve organized my office, polished up the kitchen, and tossed a bunch of stuff. I promise, I kept my husband and teens! This week, I realized that the counter top that I so painstakingly […]

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