Review – The Spurgeon Journal

January 11, 2018 by  
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What:  The Spurgeon Journal

Amazon info:

For almost 160 years, Charles Haddon Spurgeon’s earliest sermons were lost to history. Thanks to Christian George and Spurgeon’s College, these powerful words from one of the world’s most popular preachers are now widely accessible to be read, studied, and enjoyed in the twelve volumes of the Lost Sermons of C. H. Spurgeon series.

This journal contains Spurgeon’s own inspirational words culled from these early sermons. On the page directly following each quote, you’ll find the source—the name and number of one of Spurgeon’s early sermons—for easy reference. In addition, the customizable table of contents at the front of the journal and the date feature at the top of each page allow you to keep your thoughts organized.

Whether you use your journal for writing sermons, taking notes, or daily journaling, allow Spurgeon’s stirring words to speak to your life today.


My rating:  5 stars

My review:

I’m a journal/paper/traveler’s notebook nut, to be honest. I love a good journal for jotting sermon notes, prayers, books of scripture, quotes, etc. So I was thrilled to get this. It a great size (fits my Wide Chic Sparrow traveler’s notebook perfectly) and the paper takes a fountain pen very nicely. I love it.

Add to that the quotes of Spurgeon’s sprinkled throughout the bottom of the pages as well as an index page in the front… this is great!



Because it’s so high quality, beautiful to look at, and it feels nice in your hand, it’d make a great gift but once you get a hold of it, I don’t think you’ll want to give it away – so get two!







I received a copy of this journal in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Hickies no tie shoelaces

September 6, 2017 by  
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Hate tying your kids’ shoes everyday before they step out of the house? Hate stopping to tie your own shoes mid-run? HICKIES products turn any pair of sneakers into convenient, comfortable, and stylish slip-ons that are perfect for any activity from recess play to Mom and Dad’s triathlons.


Works in any shoe with eyelets.

One size fits all.

Elastic material keeps shoes secure and comfortable.

Never tie again! Play uninterrupted.

Fun look, without messy knots and bows.

Adjustable tightness.

Quick and easy – simply slip on and off.

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Scrape Around Ice Scraper

December 13, 2016 by  
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I received my 3 Scrape Around Ice Scrapers yesterday and to be honest, I’m a bit skeptical! Unfortunately, they arrived after our big snow fall and after we had already cleaned off our cars and driveway but I’m eager to give these a go and see if they work as well as this video claims:


Our midwest winters can get a bit nasty and there’s nothing less exciting than getting up early to take my husband to the train station and find a thick layer of ice on the windshield that I can’t seem to break through.  So… once that type of situation comes – and I KNOW it’ll come here in the next few weeks, I’ll update this post with video on how it works in the Chicago tundra!

I will say the “hold” on this makes sense to me.  It fits naturally in your hand and allows you to put even pressure on the cone without more stress on one side of your wrist, etc.  I’m eager to give it a try.

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Many thanks to the folks at Scrape Around for sending me the samples so I could review them!  I am not required to leave a positive review.

AdoramaPix – photo books – Part 2 – I’m sold!

September 20, 2016 by  
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So if you read this post (click) about our experience with the AdoramaPix website and creating a photo book, you’ll know that I was waiting for the book to actually arrive … and it did!  YAY!

Considering it had to be printed and bound, it’s really quick turn-around. Very impressive.  The book quality is really great, the pages are nice, the photo quality is REALLY good for this price range and overall it’s a win!

We had one page that seemed a little “off” from what my daughter had put in (a sliver of an edge off) but unless you were looking for it, you can’t see it (she’s picky!) so even that wouldn’t dissuade me from giving them another try.

Naturally the subject matter helps (our family trip to Italy – swoon!) and it REALLY REALLY helps to have a professional photographer take your photos, but given the quality of the photos (and the fact that a couple of pics in our book are cell phone pictures and I can’t tell the difference) I think you’ll be fine with using pics that you currently have on your phone or camera.

Some great ways to use a book service like this:

  • New baby month by month:  This is a pretty popular “thing” and I think it’s a great idea. Take a photograph of your new baby every month but take it in the exact same place and in the same outfit each time so you can see how much he’s grown.
  • Birthday party summary book: Do a spread of pages for each birthday party from ages one to five (for instance) so when your child leaves home, she can take it along and share with her children and grandchildren!
  • Family portrait album: Similar to the new baby album, get shots of your family through the years and make an album with the family pictures along with individual shots of each family member.
  • Trip memories: Like our book, highlight some of your memories from a vacation you took – add some text of what you were thinking, etc., (optional) and have a book that you can leave on the coffee table and show to friends/family.  Just like the old-fashioned slide shows!
  • What do you think? Do you  know of other ways to keep memories using a photo book?

Most people I know have hundreds, if not thousands of pictures just hanging out on their devices.  Why not do something special with the ones that matter and craft a book of your own!  Let me know if you do it!

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I received credit with AdoramaPix to create a book for the purpose of this review. I was not compensated in any way nor was I required to leave a positive review. All thoughts are my own.


The Brain Freeze Journal – too adorable!

The Brain Freeze Journal

Book Title:  The Brain Freeze Journal

Author:  Potter

Publisher:  Clarkson Potter

My rating: 5 stars

Purchase on Amazon here (click here)




Amazon Summary:  This blank journal features a soft cover that mimics the chocolate cookie of an ice cream sandwich as well as dyed page edges and an exposed spine to complete the look of the chocolate, vanilla, strawberry goodness of an ice cream sandwich. The interiors feature strawberry- and chocolate-colored lined pages. To complete the package, the words BRAIN FREEZE are stamped in gold foil on the cover.

My review:

I’ll be honest.

IMG_20160510_081503190_HDRWhen I saw this online I thought it was kind of silly, but I was curious and because I love journals in general, I thought I’d give it a try.  It came in the mail yesterday and I was delighted, to say the least.  Both of my daughters, who are also addicted to journal books, loved it too and we’re actually fighting over who gets to keep it for themselves (mom wins – of course!).

IMG_20160510_081526717The size is perfect. It lays flat for writing so the fact that it’s “chunky” isn’t a problem for actually writing.  It’s really a fabulous journal and totally fun!



IMG_20160510_081509742_HDRI received a free copy of the journal in exchange for an honest review.


The brain freeze journal in hand











Coobie Bras

April 1, 2014 by  
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360tI love seamless, comfy bras.  Just what mamma needs for her busy days!  I love that you can get these bras in plus size too and they’re great for many of my friends who have had breast cancer surgery.


Coobie Seamless Bras are ultra comfortable and versatile without sacrificing style. These affordable, stylish bras are seamless, one-size (comfortably fits 32A through 36D), available in 7+ styles and 50+ fashion colors and patterns. There is also a full size version fitting up to a size 42D. They are perfect for every day wear, yoga, pilates, new and nursing moms, sleep wear, and more! Coobie Seamless Bras also has a large following of mastectomy patients that love the soft comfort and pad pocket to insert a form. This line is truly a fit for all women!

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Quick, fun and easy craft for busy moms!

November 13, 2013 by  
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Every once in a while moms need something just for them.  A cup of tea, a warm bath with a good book, a fun project that’s quick, easy but really nice … something that she can jump away from if a toddler gets into a jam.  This just might be it.

Isn’t that simple?  And beautiful?  Stampin’ Up has always made high quality crafts that are make-able (is that a word) for the average mom.  I’m not crafty but I can do this.  And it WILL look good.  These would make excellent gifts or gift toppers.  I love it!

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Scrapbooking revisted – again!

March 26, 2013 by  
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Well a few days ago I posted about my “Smashbooks” find and lo and behold I discovered a similar product out there (with a better name, I might add).  Stampin’ Up! has a new product out called “This and That”.  Love it!

SU this and that picHere’s the fun part.  Until the end of April you can get a whole bundle of This and That products (themed “Epic Day”) to start smashing things into your book right away.

su this and that bundle epic day


The Epic Day bundle includes: (click on each link to see more detail)

* Epic Day This and That Journal (item 131268)
* Epic Day This and That Designer Series Paper (item 130814)
* Remember This and That Rotary Stamp (item 130133)
* Epic Day This and That Designer Stickers (item 131271)
* Epic Day This and That Designer Washi Tape (item 131269)
Hurry! The bundle is only available through April 30 and makes the set 15% off the price of all the things individually!  Go go go!

Personally I can’t wait to get the “Remember This and That Rotary Stamp” – what a great idea!

So… I guess it’s time.  I’m going back to the original kind of scrapbooking and I can’t wait!  Wanna join me?



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My Paper Pumpkin – great for busy moms!

I just got a fun kit in the mail from Stampin’ Up that contains their brand new “My Paper Pumpkin” kit!  I love this idea.  Each month you’ll get an exclusive kit that has everything you need to make four handmade cards from start to finish including envelopes.

The cards you’ll make are beautiful and yet they’re simple and will only take a few minutes.  It’s so much more meaningful and fun to send (and receive) a hand crafted card and now you can do it without buying a ton of supplies or messing up your dining room table!

I made a quick video when I opened it up.  Enjoy!

“Smash Books” – Everything old is new again!

English: A Jo-Ann Store in Henderson.

English: A Jo-Ann Store in Henderson. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

So today I had to run to Joann crafts to get some thread and twill tape for my daughter who is making gorgeous colonial outfits for our trip to Williamsburg next month.  I had a little extra time so I strolled the aisles and stumbled on a kiosk for “Smash Books” – a new kind of scrapbooking.  Or is it?

I had heard about the concept.  In my own words, just take all the stuff you want to save but really probably should maybe throw away because you know it’s going to end up in some drawer somewhere and either get ruined or thrown away later but you really don’t want to throw it away because it kind of has a memory or something tied to it so you keep it but now you need some place to put it so you put it in a scrapbook.


So…wait a minute?  That’s just old fashioned scrapbooking, right?  Well, yeah, but someone creative at K&Company came up with a fun way to market an old craft and it looks like they’re making a bundle.

I have to admit, though, that the way they’ve packaged this is really clever and handy.  The book itself is a nice size and it’s already full of backgrounds and prompts so there’s not the looming white page of death staring at you waiting for you to make it look fabulous.  In fact, on some of the pages you really can just jot a few notes and it’ll still look good.

Attached to the book is a loop for the pen/gluestick combo that I think is really smart.  One side has a marker with a .45 tip and the other side is a thin glue stick, so you’ll always have it with you in case you want to glue in a receipt, special note or something you found in passing.  Very cool.

I didn’t purchase any accessories.  Since I’m a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator, I have all the little extra stuff I need to make my book my own, but they’ve got a lot of cute stuff that you can add in to your books.

I did a quick review video below while I was in the car opening up the package. Enjoy!

And do you Smash Book?  Let me know what you think!

On a sidenote, I asked on Facebook if anyone in my network ever smash booked.  One of my friends said that the “smash booking” of her day was when popular girls in the click would take a sheet of paper and write nasty things about another girl and pass it around to each other.  So mean!  Maybe the company should have thought of another name for their product?


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