Books & Resources

What Would You Do With This Blah Corner of the Bedroom?

When I did my bedroom makeover, there was this corner that I just didn’t know what to do with. Yes. I am a writer and just ended that sentence with a preposition. I am waiting for the grammar police to come take me away.The TV has to stay here. Maybe someday, we will afford a wall-mounted flat screen. Maybe some generous sponsor will send me a TV for review. Hah. But in the meantime, my husband likes having a TV here. So, I was trying to figure out what to do with this blah corner.  I had these mirrors from our […]

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Garland Turned Wreath – Quick Makeover Project

A friend gave me this garland for my birthday with the permission to upcycle it in whatever way I deemed best. I loved it just as it was, but didn’t have the right place for it. But what I really did need was something to decorated these old skis. I had removed the sorry pine bough that was on it before because it was getting shabby.  I twisted the garland into the shape of a circle. Then I used floral wire to hold it in place.  Then, I hung it on the skis.  A quick and easy makeover! Michelle Trash […]

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Old Book Turned into a Pumpkin, Fall Decoration

Its What Would You Do (WWYD) Wednesday. What do you do with old books? Recently, I spoke for a women’s event and gave a presentation on trash to treasure decorating. Here’s a shout out to the women at Cornerstone Church in the Twin Cities! For a craft session, one creative gal taught us how to make a pumpkin from an old book. How fun! This one is made from an old hymnal. First, we ripped off the covers. That felt naughty. Then we started cutting the pages. Even naughtier. I had to cut a few pages at a time, but […]

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Davis Bunn Releases New Book, ‘Unlimited’

Where would you turn if you were stuck in Mexico without a passport, your car burned up, and the one person you knew is missing? In Unlimited by Davis Bunn, Simon Orwell crosses the border into Mexico to meet up with a professor he knows well, but a simple presentation on a new energy machine turns into a nightmare. With past regrets and a hit man both on his tail, Simon has to decide whom he can trust, and figure out how to get to the bottom of the death of his friend. ‘Unlimited’ the movie releases October 16, and […]

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Is College Worth It?

With college costs on the rise and job opportunities limited, many college students face a dilemma. Is college the best option? If so, which one? Ivy League? Community college? Technical school? If not, how can they gain the skills needed to be gainfully employed? So many questions with so much riding on the answers. As the mom of two sons in college, I know the dilemma all too well. One son is a perpetual student who doesn’t mind the idea of being cooped up with a pile of books in a dim library for the next twelve years, or whatever it […]

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Book Review: The Blessed Woman

When Debbie Morris, a young wife of a minister wanted a mentor, she turned to the women of the Bible. Through the stories of these women, Morris says the Holy Spirit revealed how their lives weren’t that much different from women today in their joys and struggles. In The Blessed Woman: Learning about Grace from the Women of the Bible, Morris invites readers to discover what they can learn from the women of the Bible. The book includes the stories of Eve, Mary, Hannah, Jael, Hagar, Zipporah, Esther, Miriam, the Widow of Zarepath, Rebekah, the Samaritan Women, and Naomi. I received a […]

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Book Review: Victim of Grace by Robin Jones Gunn

Robin Jones Gunn is a highly successful author of several fiction series. She’s ministered to many young women with her Christy Miller series, and to many adult women with her Sisterchicks series. A brand new book, Victim of Grace: When God’s Goodness Prevails, is Robin’s memoir of what it means to be what she calls a “victim of grace.” Let me introduce you to the concept of being a victim of grace. At first, it would seem backwards, as grace is a privilege, a gift. I tried to figure out how that was being a victim, which connotes something negative […]

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Book Review: Unglued Devotional by Lysa Terkeurst

Do you ever wish you didn’t come unglued when someone irritates you or life hands you a disappointment? What happens when you’re tired or annoyed…when you can’t resist the urge to criticize? Lysa TerKeurst wants to help you break the cycle of coming unglued. In her book Unglued, Lysa TerKeurst deals with the subject of handling emotions without stuffing or exploding. In the Unglued Devotional, TerKeurst provides a 60-day guide for making progress on handling emotions. Borrowing subjects and some anecdotes from the main book, she provides a practical way to apply the content from the book in a daily […]

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Upcycled Tin Can Snowman that Melts Your Heart

Where I live in Northern Wisconsin, we haven’t had a day where the temperatures have climbed to the 50s since sometime last year. Our winters can be long, and I leave snowman stuff out from November to the end of April.Yep. We get our use out of our winter decorations!My mom recently made me another snowman for my collection. She’s inspired by the plethora of ideas on Pinterest. And, being a school cook she has access to a lot of empty tin cans. So, she created this snowman for me. His arms are a little long, and they went off […]

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Book Review of ‘Sent’ by Hilary Alan

Hilary Alan and her husband did what few people have the guts to do. They sold their home and possessions in an affluent community and moved halfway around the world to answer God’s call to serve. It wasn’t easy, and by most American standards, it made no financial sense. But when they obeyed the call, Hilary and her family discovered that God had a valuable lesson to teach them in trusting him. The book Sent: How One Ordinary Family Traded the American Dream for God’s Greater Purpose is a memoir/biography of the Alan family adventure. I enjoyed Hilary’s story, and […]

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