Saturday, February 4, 2017

I'm Going to Give You A Bear Hug! by Caroline B. Cooney, Illustrated by Tim Warnes

I'm Going To Give You A Bear Hug! is an adorable children's book with a sweet poem of so many kinds of hugs... all the ones mamas give their babies (no matter how old they are!).  I read this book to my youngest daughter -- she is FAMOUS for her "Choking, not breathing" hugs (that her mama-- me-- taught her when she was just tiny).  The older she got, the more choking, not breathing these hugs became.  Hugs are a very important part of our love language!!

I'm Going To Give You A Bear Hug! is written sweetly and illustrated beautifully!! The partnership between Cooney and Warnes is a brilliant partnership.  This book is a pleasure to share with children, geared to the younger crowd (ages 4-8).   It's a great book for any caregiver, whether grandparents to grandchildren, parents to child or aunt/uncle/older sibling to younger child.  It's just so SWEET.

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Grand Rapids, MI-- - December 27, 2016-- -I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug!, written by bestselling author Caroline B. Cooney, is a playful and comforting bedtime book that imagines all the wonderful ways a child might give and receive a hug.
Whether it’s a big bear, gasp for air, knock over a chair hug or a wet and drippy, slimy, slippy fish hug, children will giggle their way through all the imaginative examples. Cooney’s sweet and simple rhymes encourage playful interaction between parent and child and ultimately help them wind down before they snuggle into bed and drift off to sleep.

I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is a sweet loving bedtime story book that is also sure to become a Valentine’s Day favorite for little ones who enjoy celebrating a day full of hugs and kisses from loved ones. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug will be available in hardcover for $16.99 in retail stores nationwide and online on December 27, 2016. Pre-order opportunities will begin on September 28 th .

About the Author: 

Caroline B. Cooney was born in New York, grew up in Connecticut, and now lives in South Carolina. Caroline is the author of 90 Young Adult novels in many genres, and her books have sold over fifteen million copies. I’m Going to Give You a Bear Hug is her first picture book. It’s based on a verse she wrote for her own children, Louisa, Sayre and Harold, who are
grown now.

About the Illustrator:

Tim Warnes has been illustrating children's books for twenty years. He lives in Dorset, England, with his wife, children's illustrator Jane Chapman, and their two sons. When he's not drawing little critters, Tim loves to write, watch birds and play his banjo.  Visit Tim at

Zonderkidz™, the children’s division of Zondervan, inspires young lives through imagination and innovation. As the leader in Christian children's communications, it creates products that awaken the hearts and touch the souls of kids under 14. Zonderkidz is also publisher of the NIrV (New International Reader’s Version) Bible translation, the third grade reading level edition of the NIV. For additional information, please visit

Zondervan is a world-leading Bible publisher and provider of Christian communications. Zondervan, as part of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc., delivers transformational Christian experiences through its bestselling Bibles, books, curriculum, academic resources and digital products. The Company’s products are sold worldwide and translated into nearly 200 languages. Zondervan offices are located in Grand Rapids, MI. For additional information, please visit

“Disclosure (in accordance with the FTC’s 16 CFR, Part 255:  “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising”):  Many thanks to Propeller Consulting, LLC for providing this prize for the giveaway.  Choice of winners and opinions are 100% my own and NOT influenced by monetary compensation.  I did receive a sample of the product in exchange for this review and post.

Friday, January 13, 2017

NIV Holy Bible for Girls, Journal Edition: a review

          So, I was recently sent this lovely Bible for girls. I was really excited-- I am a Bible Journaler and my 10 yr old likes to do whatever Mom is doing. :) First let me say, I LOVE the cover of this Bible!!  I would carry this Bible myself... I've seriously thought about keeping it!  It's so pretty and just girly enough.

         Inside the Bible is just as nice as the outside.  The print is kinda small (or maybe my eyes are old, lol), but otherwise, the inside is perfect for journaling, drawing, or note- taking. The Scriptures are in the center and to the edge, there are lines for those like me who need something to write on for a straight line.


        Included is this pretty blue, attached ribbon bookmark and an pink elastic cord attached to Bible for keeping it closed when not in use.

         Overall, I really love this sweet Bible and look forward to my daughter carrying it, using it and hiding it in her heart!!  If you are interested in finding this for a girl in your life (and honestly, it would be great for a girl aged 9-99) check out the links below.  Even better, Amazon has them in different styles (colors).  Yay!!

Links to the: Pink  Purple Mint Turquoise

I received this Bible in exchange for my honest review.  There are affiliate links in this post.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels from The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection, a review

I recently downloaded The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection to my Kindle. The Blue Ribbon Brides Collection is a group of nine novellas written by nine different authors including Carrie Fancett Pagels, Cynthia Hickey, Gina Welborn, Jennifer Allen, Angela Braeidenbach, Darlene Franklin, Amber Stockton, Niki Turner and Becca Whitham.

I decided to start with the first novella in the book, Requilted with Love by Carrie Fancett Pagels.  I had heard good things about it and I LOVE quilting, quilts, and fairs-- so this was the perfect start!! Not only was the story engaging and entertaining, but I also learned some things I didn't know before (about hot air balloons and quilting).  Requilted with Love is a short (novella), easy to read story that is perfect for a quick escape and a lesson in trusting God.


Thursday, December 8, 2016

The Pattern Artist by Nancy Moser, a review

"Born into a life of hard work, English housemaid Annie Wood arrives in New York City in 1922 with her wealthy mistress.  Wide-eyed with the possiblilities America has to offer, Annie wonders if there's more for her than a life of service."

I recently picked up The Pattern Artist for an enjoyable read... and it was indeed enjoyable! I love how the author weaves together a story of servitude, exploration, frightening experiences, joy and historical events.  The Pattern Artist is about Annie Wood, a housemaid who is very handy with a needle and thread.  Unbeknownst to her, life as she knows it is about to change.  In a whirlwind of events, both good and bad, her life changes and she is suddenly more than she ever thought she could be, but all that God planned for her.  

The biggest surprise for me was on page 272-- I won't tell you what it is, but it had me worried for several pages.  I thought, "NO! It can't end like this!", although, it totally could have ended there and still would have been a good lesson for us all.  

If you have a sewist in your life that loves to read also... that will thoroughly enjoy this book!!  The cover is why I was drawn to the book in the first place-- I sew and just seeing that made me want to know MORE! Even if you don't sew, the book is interesting and entertaining as well as enlightening. I hope you enjoy as well.

For more information on Nancy Moser and her other books, please visit her website, Facebook or follow her on Twitter or Pinterest!

disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Amy Grant: Tennessee Christmas, a review and GIVEAWAY

Yes, it's that time of year.... when we wax nostalgic and gather family around food, a tree and, hopefully, Christ -- the reason we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28). I love this time of year... filled with joy, music, family and friends and maybe some snow!!

With this time of year, comes the decorations and the baking and the scurrying about to find the right gifts, but one of my favorite parts is pulling out the seasonal music and movies.  Imagine my joy at being offered the chance to receive and review Amy Grant's new Christmas album, Tennessee Christmas!  I have been a fan of Amy's since the 80's... back when she and Michael W. Smith were friends forever and on tour together!!

Photo Credit Ladette Kerr WOF2012
I've been listening to Tennessee Christmas for a week now.  I have two favorites and two that I don't really care for.  Amy includes in this CD the old faithfuls-- Tennessee Christmas, White Christmas, Joy to the World, Baby, It's Cold Outside (Feat. Vince Gill) and O Come, All Ye Faithful, as well as some that I wasn't as familiar -- Melancholy Christmas, Christmas For You and Me, Still Can't Sleep and Another Merry Christmas.  In all, there are 13 tracks and I think there is something for everyone.

My favorite track?  To Be Together:

I love it!!  It is about my childhood... and my children's childhood.  Traveling to family for Christmas-- they don't care what you look like, they just want you there!! And then, there is this line: "I'm singing out this song 'Til every lonely soul has heard We're not alone 'Cause Love has put His arms around the World." To me, this song sums up Christmas. the music lovely and melodic, just what you expect from Amy Grant.  

I will say, I wasn't expecting the talking that happens throughout the album and I don't care for it as I think the talking distracts from the mood being set by the music.  I would say my least favorite song is Track 3: Christmas for You and Me, which is where we first hear her talking-- it sounds forced and unnatural.  And, honestly, I like the song UNTIL the talking.  

All in all, I think this is a good album to add to your collection. It probably won't be my favorite, but I still love Amy's voice! So, when your family gathers 'round to bake cookies and decorate, throw this CD into the mix of your music shuffle and enjoy your time together.

IF, you would like a chance to win a copy of Amy Grant's Tennessee Christmas, please leave ONE comment and your email address (in this format: yourname[at]webserver[dot]com/net/org) and I will randomly choose a winner on December 8th!!  I'm sorry, but this giveaway is only for residents of the continental US.

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