Monday, March 5, 2018

LitFuse Blog Tour: Real Life Romance by Rhonda Stoppe

About the Book: 

Do you believe in true love?
In a world of broken relationships and hurting people, it can seem like all we ever see is heartache-that marriages are doomed from the start and romance isn't worth the risk.
But heart-fluttering, long-lasting love is all around us...we just have to look for it!
This collection of beautiful, real-life accounts will bring laughter and tears as you enjoy each story of ordinary people who found extraordinary love. Page after page, you will find inspiration to
-rekindle the romance in your love story
-trust in God's providence and timing
-faithfully hope for your own happily-ever-after
-celebrate true romance
-believe in life-long love
Don't let the world define romance for you! See how God is at work in the hearts of His people-knitting together hearts in a love that forever endures.

About the Author: 

Rhonda Stoppe is the No Regrets Woman. With more than 20 years of experience as a pastor's wife, mom, mentor, author, and speaker, Rhonda uses humor and honest communication to help women build No Regrets Lives. She and her husband live their real-life romance in northern California, and have four grown children and eight grandchildren.

Find out more about Rhonda at Rhonda Stoppe.

My Thoughts and Review: 

Real Life Romance is a good read. The book is comprised of "Real Life Romance" of 25 different couples. I really enjoyed reading how God works in each marriage and romance in very different ways. Each couple had an interesting journey in their relationship. I have seen the different stages of relationships in my family and friends and it is a wonderful sight to see how God works in each individual relationship and helps it through the good and bad times. Rhonda Stoppe found 25 couples and I really enjoyed reading all the different journeys! 

I give this book a 4.5 out of 5 Stars! GREAT READ! 

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Friday, February 23, 2018

LitFuse Blog Tour: Sacred Rest by Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith

About the Book:

 Staying busy is easy. Staying well rested- there's a challenge. How can you keep your energy, happiness, creativity, and relationships fresh and thriving in the midst of never-ending family demands, career pressures, and the stress of everyday life?

In Sacred Rest, Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith, a board-certified internal medicine doctor, reveals why rest can no longer remain optional. Dr. Dalton-Smith shares seven types of rest she has found lacking in the lives of those she encounters in her clinical practice and research-physical, mental, spiritual, emotional, sensory, social, creative-and why a deficiency in any one of these types of rest can have unfavorable effects on your health, happiness, relationships, creativity, and productivity. Sacred Rest combines the science of rest, the spirituality of rest, the gifts of rest, and the resulting fruit of rest. It shows rest as something sacred, valuable, and worthy of our respect.

By combining scientific research with personal stories, spiritual insight, and practical next steps, Sacred Rest gives the weary permission to embrace rest, set boundaries, and seek sanctuary without any guilt, shame, or fear.

Buy the Book

 About the Author: 

 Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith is an author, speaker, and board-certified physician. She has an active medical practice in Alabama (near the Birmingham area). She received her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of Georgia, and graduated with honors from Meharry Medical College in Nashville. She has been an adjunct faculty member at Baker College and Davenport University in Michigan teaching courses on health, nutrition, and disease progression. Dr. Dalton-Smith is a national and international media resource on the mind, body, spirit connection and has been featured in Women's Day, Redbook, and First For Women magazine. She is the author of "Set Free to Live" and "Come Empty" (winner 2016 Golden Scroll Nonfiction Book of the Year and 2016 Illumination Award Gold medalist). She is a member of the Christian Medical and Dental Association and a repeat keynote speaker at their annual gathering. She has shared her tips on merging faith and medicine with over 16,000 health care professionals to encourage the current and next generation of doctors to treat the whole person.

Find out more about Saundra at

 My Thoughts and Review: 

 I was really encouraged by "Sacred Rest". I have always been the type of person to be "go, go, going". I feel the need to be on the move, getting things accomplished, helping others and more.The last couple of years I have noticed my body is trying to tell me "REST", but I wasn't listening. A few months ago I FINALLY decided to listen. Reading "Sacred Rest" gave me the knowledge to know that it is very important to REST and to set boundaries. I have always been bad at "setting boundaries", especially being able to tell others NO, instead of taking care of myself.

 I suffer from SAD(Seasonal Affective Disorder) from November through early March and even through that I would normally "suffer through" and get NO rest and REST is extremely important for those who suffer from SAD. I read this book and decided this season I would REST. The month of February has been particularly bad, but I took time to rest and be in prayer rather then continue on without energy!

 I HIGHLY recommend those who are stressed with the busyness of life and are "on the go" to please read "Sacred Rest" and be encouraged by the info that Dr. Saundra Dalton-Smith provides in this WONDERFUL book!

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Monday, December 11, 2017

LitFuse Blog Tour: Seeds of Hope by Barbara Cameron (A Harvest of Hope Series)

About the Book: 

A heartwarming tale of discovering love right in front of you
Miriam Troyer has had a secret crush on Mark Byler since she was a teenager, but she knows they can never have a relationship: Mark is a big-city attorney and an Englischer. Her Amish community is too far removed from all he knows-and she loves her quiet way of life.

Mark has always loved his visits to his grandfather's farm, but he's convinced the Amish life isn't for him. There's so much of the world to see and experience, and the excitement of his successful law practice can't be matched by the slow pace of life found back home in the country.

But when things go wrong and his firm distances itself from him to try to save themselves, Mark finds himself back at his grandfather's farm. Could life in this simple world be worth living after all? Especially when the teenager he remembers has grown into a woman that could be his future. Suddenly, these two people whose lives seem so far apart may get a chance to really see each other for the first time.

Get Your Copy: Buy the Book

About the Author: 

Barbara Cameron has a heart for writing about the spiritual values and simple joys of the Amish. She is the best-selling author of more than 40 fiction and nonfiction books, three nationally televised movies, and the winner of the first Romance Writers of America Golden Heart Award. Her books have been nominated for Carol Awards and the Inspirational Reader's Choice Award from RWA's Faith, Hope, and Love chapter. Barbara resides in Jacksonville, Florida.
Find out more about Barbara at: Barbara Cameron

My Thoughts and Review: 

I have been a fan of Amish series books for a long while and have enjoyed many of Barbara Cameron books. Seeds of Hope did not disappoint! 

Seeds of Hope is the story of 2 people who have known each other for years. One is Amish, the other lives in the English community. I LOVE how the book really brings the 2 worlds together and although hesitant at first, doors open and hearts change for Mark who never imagined himself loving the Amish farmlife. I really enjoyed Seeds of Hope and seeing the twists and turns in the book. The book was a constant page turner, very hard to put down!  

Seeds of Hope is a book about Second Chances and seeing how God's Plans are Greater then our plans. I give Seeds of Hope 5 out of 5 stars!! 

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Monday, September 25, 2017

FlyBy Promotions: All In by Matthew West, CD Review and Giveaway

Matthew’s heart behind the album:
Matthew wrote his new album All In with the goal of encouraging himself and others to get up off the sidelines of their faith and really live it out – to go all in in your time with God, all in with your family, all in with your community, and all in battling your fears that may hold you back from becoming who God made you to be. Along that same theme, Matthew will be launching a 6-week All in Challenge on his social media starting 9/18, and each week Matthew will be challenging his fans to go all in in a different part of their lives. What does it look like when a heart that knows Jesus takes a step and holds nothing back? How can we go All In in the places that mean the most?

The new CD has 14 Songs on it, which include: 
  1. All In
  2. Broken Things
  3. Something Greater
  4. The Sound of a Life Changing
  5. Amen
  6. 1 Song
  7. The Beautiful Things We Miss
  8. Dream Again
  9. Jesus & You
  10. Power Love Sound Mind
  11. Mercy Is a Song
  12. Becoming Me feat. Lulu West
  13. Never Ever Give Up
  14. You Are Known

About Matthew West: 

Matthew West is a four-time GRAMMY®:registered: nominee, a multiple-ASCAP Christian Music Songwriter/Artist of the Year winner and Dove Award recipient, and was awarded an American Music Award (2013), a Billboard Music Award (Top Christian Artist, 2014), a K-LOVE Fan Award (2016), and named Billboard’s Hot Christian Songwriter of the Year (2016). West also received a Primetime Emmy®:registered: Award nomination for Original Music & Lyrics for “The Heart of Christmas” from the film of the same name. In addition to his own recording career, he has co-hosted the K-LOVE Fan Awards three times and has more than 130 songwriting credits to his name, including cuts by Rascal Flatts, Scotty McCreery, Casting Crowns, Michael W. Smith, Amy Grant, and Mandisa, among others. Selling more than 1.6 million albums to date (TEA), West’s discography includes acclaimed releases: Live Forever (2015), GRAMMY-nominated Into The Light (2012), The Story of Your Life (2010), Something to Say (2008),  History (2005) and Happy (2003).

My Thoughts and Review: 

I have been a fan of Matthew West for a long while and was excited to be given the oppurtunity to listen and review his new CD, All In. 

The New CD does NOT disappoint at ALL, it is OUTSTANDING! The title track, All In, really spoke to my heart. All In is about when giving yourself to the Lord, we need to be ALL In, Surrender ALL to God!! 

The second song on the CD that really spoke to my Heart, is Broken Things. The message in Broken Things is that we are all broken inside, but God gives us Grace and has a seat waiting for us at his table if we just open our hearts to him.

Fans of Matthew West and of Contempory Christian Music, this CD is a MUST buy! I give this CD a 5 out of 5. 

Where to Buy the CD: 

Around the Web with Matthew West: 

Matthew West is a WONDERFUL Musician and the new CD is absolutely Outstanding! I actually have one copy of the BRAND new CD to Giveaway to one lucky reader. Check out the Giveaway below.

Matthew West New CD release, ALL In

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

FlyByPromotions: Every Mile Mattered by Nichole Nordeman, CD Review and Giveaway

About the CD: 

Nichole Nordeman is set to release her fifth full length studio record Every Mile Mattered. Following up her 2015 EP, The Unmaking, which featured the viral hit “Slow Down,” Every Mile Mattered is a collection of songs taking a reflective look at her life’s path to becoming the woman and Christ-follower she is today. From the leading single “Every Mile Mattered,” to a vulnerable introspective track titled “Dear Me,” this album is all about the journey, the ups and downs of life, and not looking back with regret, but with thankfulness that God was there at every turn. 

“In the hands of Jesus, every one of those miles brought me to right now. Nothing wasted. Every mile mattered.” 

The CD has 11 new Songs on it which include: 

1. Every Mile Mattered
2. You're Here
3. Dear Me
4. No Longer
5. Lean
6. Hush, Hush
7. Listen To Your Life
8. Beautiful Day
9. Sound Of Surviving
10. Anywhere We Are
11. Slow Down

About Nichole Nordeman: 

Nichole Nordeman was raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she played the piano in church. She got her start when she entered a Gospel Music Association (GMA) contest in Los Angeles, California and was noticed by a music producer. Nichole Nordeman is one of Christian music's most respected singer/songwriters, with four No. 1 songs and seven Top 5 radio singles, including hits such as “Holy,” “Legacy” and “Brave.” Her album Brave debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Christian & Gospel Album Chart. Nichole Nordeman has twice been named GMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year and is also a noted lyricist who has won 9 Dove Awards.

My Thoughts and Review: 

I have been a fan of Nichole Nordeman for many years and was truly excited to have the opportunity to Listen and Review her brand new CD. 

The new CD, Every Mile Mattered, is just AMAZING. The title song really got me sentimental. The song, Every Mile Mattered, is about remembering the past, but also knowing that you cannot change the Past, although EVERYTHING about the Past mattered. I find myself dwelling on the past and wishing I could change things, but Every Mile Mattered really tugged at my heart and made me realize that the "history" was made by God and it all mattered. 

Every Mile Mattered Video: 

Nichole also included her hit song "Slow Down" on this CD also, first released on her previous CD "Unmasking". "Slow Down" really tugs at this mama heart. My boys are growing up (ages 15, 14 and almost 13) and in a few short years will be ready to "leave the nest". Sometimes I feel that time is moving too fast and I have so much more to accomplish as a Mom before that happens. I want them to "Slow Down", but I also realize all the memories we have created and how much I have accomplished as a Mom. 

Slow Down Video: 

I really enjoyed the ENTIRE CD and if you are a fan of Contemporary Christian Music and/or Nichole Nordeman, this is a MUST BUY CD! I give the CD 5 out of 5! 

Where to Buy the CD: 


Nichole Nordeman also has a book "SLOW DOWN" coming out in August. You can Pre-Order the book here: Slow Down Book

You can follow Nichole Nordeman online: 

Nichole Nordeman new CD is very inspiring and thought provoking. A MUST BUY! Actually, I have one copy to giveaway to a reader. Check out the Giveaway Below: 

Nichole Nordeman: Every Mile Mattered CD

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Back to School Sales July 16th- July 22nd, 2017

The Back to School sales are picking up a bit more. Lots of Good Deals this week.

FYI: If you click on the store name, it will take you to this weeks ads. 

Office Depot/Office Max: 

Office Depot and Office Max are limiting most deals to 3 of the same item per household.

.25¢ Item:
Office Depot® Brand Plastic Ruler, 12"
Office Depot® Brand 2 Hole Pencil Sharpener
Scholastic Brand School Glue 4oz

.50¢ Items
Office Depot® Brand Scissors (Blunt or Pointed)
Office Depot® Brand Wood Pencils #2 12pk
Office Depot® Brand 2 pocket Poly Folders
BIC® Brite Liner® Highlighters 5pk

$1 Items:
Office Depot® Brand Notebook Filler Paper 100ct sheets
Office Depot® Brand 2 Pocket Folders 10pk
Office Depot® Brand 3x5 Ruled Rainbow Index Cards (assorted colors)
High Mark Hand Sanitizer w/Aloe

$2 Items:
Scotch Brand Moving Tape Roll
Scholastic Coloring Pencils(24pk) and Markers(10pk)
Office Depot® Brand Stellar Fashion Notebooks
Zebra Sarasa Pens 5pk

$3 Items:
Office Depot® Brand Reinforcement Labels
Pentel WOW! Retractable Ball Point Pens 12pk
Five Star 1 Subject Notebooks

$5 Items:
Papermate Profile Retractable Ballpoint Pens 8pk
Pilot Fusion Pens 3pk
Bic Mechanical Pencils 24pk
Pilot G2 Retractable Gel Pens 4pk
Clorox Disinfecting Wipes 3pk

$10 Items:
Brother® P-Touch® PTM95 Label Maker Reg. $29.99 (GREAT DEAL)
Expo Magnetic Dry Erase Markers with Eraser 8pk
Expo Dry Erase Markers with Ink Indicator 6pk
Sharpie Liquid Accent Pen Style Highlighters 10pk
Papermater InkJoy Gel Pens 10pk

SwissGear Backpacks $10, Reg. Price $29.99 GREAT DEAL!

ALL Office Depot® Brand Heavy-Duty & EverBind™ Binders Buy 3 Get 1 Free

Many more deals in the ad including Printers and Tech items.


.97¢ items
Staples® 5" Junior Scissors 2pk
Staples® Comfort Stic® Ballpoint Pens 12pk
Bic Matic Mechanical Pencils 6pk
Staples #2 Presharpened Pencils 24pk Limit 5
Staples® Glue Sticks 4pk
Staples® Poly Pocket Dividers

$2 Items:
Animals Portifoli 3 Pocket Folders
Coated Binder Clips 6pk
Ticonderoga #2 Pencils 12pk

$3 Items:
Fiskar's 5" Scissors (blunt and pointed tips)
Elmer's Glue Sticks 3pk
Pentel EnerGel Retractable Gel Pens 3pk

Brother P-Touch PT-M95 Personal Label Maker $9.99 Reg. Price $29.99 GREAT DEAL
Texas Instruments® TI-30XIIS Scientific Calculator, Pink $9.99 Reg. Price $14.99

Backpacks and Lunch Bags on sale this week. Great Selection.
Lots of Tech Products on sale this week also!

You must have the Walgreens Reward Card to get the sales prices. You can get one in store, if you already don't have one. The cards are FREE!

29¢ items:
Wexford School Supplies:
3x5 Index Cards, 100 pk.
Protractor, 6 in.
2-Pocket Folder with Prongs

6/$1 Wexford School Supplies:
Erasers, 2 or 15 ct.
Mini Memo or Mini Composition Book, 40 to 80 sheets.

.69¢ Items:
Composition Book, 80 sheets
Compass & Protractor Set
Pencil Box

.99¢ items:
Wexford School Supplies:
Poly Composition Book
Sheet Protectors
Filler Paper
No. 2 Pencils 12pk
Index Tab Dividers, 5 pk
Dry Erase Markers, 4 pk.

Elmers School Glue 3 or 4 oz.
Elmers Glue Stick, 3 pk.
Elmers Jumbo Glue Stick, single
Fiskars Scissors, 5 in.
Fiskars Pencil Sharpener

Buy 1 Get 1 Free:
Mead Notebooks, Binders, Planners, Portfolios or Pencil Pouches
Sharpie, Uni-Ball or Paper Mate Markers, Pens or Mechanical Pencils
Wexford® Binders

No ad for Walmart, but a few noteable deals that I have seen:
70ct Spiral Notebook .25¢
Elmer's School Glue Stick 2pk .50¢
Elmer's School Glue Stick 30pk $8.46
Universal Unruled Index Cards 100ct $1.09

.50¢ items:
Mead paper notebook in wide or college ruled
up & up 2-pocket portfolio
Elmer’s 2-ct. glue sticks*
up & up 2-ct. pink erasers
up & up™ 100-ct. 3"x5" index cards
up & up 8-ct. wood pencils
up & up pencil sharpener
24-ct. Crayola crayons*

$3 Items:
Mead pencil pouch shown
Five Star 100-pg. filler paper in graph, wide or college ruled

Various Items:
Sharpie 3-ct. highlighters $1.69
Ticonderoga® #2 Wooden Pencils 12ct $2.49
Avery 3-ring 1" binder $2.79
EXPO® Dry Erase MarkersChisel Tip4ct - Core Colors $3.47
Georgia Pacific 400-ct. printer paper $4.12/ream

Dollar Tree:
Dollar Tree has a good selection of Back To School Supplies, Organizing items, Lunch Kit Food Storage, Teacher Supplies and more. Check out their ad here: Back to School with Dollar Tree

Five Below:
Five Below is a WONDERFUL store, if you have one in your area. Here is their Back to School Ad.   Five Below has a great variety of items for the College Kids, but really for all ages.

Passionate Penny Pincher created a wonderful resource for comparison shopping all the stores. Go here to sign up to receive the FREE download Cheat Sheet: Back to School Cheat Sheet

Get the Back to School deals a little at a time and it will be less stressful on you and the pocketbook!

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Back to School Sales July 9th- July 15th, 2017

 Well, believe it or not, it is that time of the Year, one of the busiest Shopping Seasons of the Year. I am an "Office Supply Addict", so this is my favorite shopping season of the year, YES, even better then Christmas shopping! So get ready for the weekly Deals updates here!

FYI: If you click on the names of the stores, you will be taken to the Sales Ad for the week.

Office Depot/Office Max: 

Office Depot and Office Max are limiting most deals to 3 of the same item per household.

.1¢ item w/Minimum $5 Purchase:
Office Depot® Brand 2-Pocket Paper Folders Limit 10

.25¢ Item:
Office Depot® Brand Wood Metal-Edge Ruler, 12"
Office Depot® Brand Eraser Caps 12pk

.50¢ Items
Office Depot® Brand Index Cards, 3" x 5", White 100ct
Sharpie® Single Permanent Markers
BIC® Brite Liner® Highlighters 5pk

$1 Items:
Mini Stapler w/Staples
Office Depot® Brand Notebook 3-Hole Punch
Printed Blade Scissors (Scissors with Designs on the Blade, normally $7.99)
Composition Books, Primary Rule, 80 Sheets (Composition Books for K-2nd grade)

$3 Items:
Select Crayola® Products
Ticonderoga® #2 Soft Lead Pre-Sharpened Pencils 24pk
Office Depot® Brand Reinforcement Labels
Paper Mate® Sharpwriter Pencils 12pk

$6 Items:
EXPO® Low-Odor Dry-Erase Markers, Fine Point, 8-PK
BIC® Wite-Out® Correction Tape 4pk

$7 Items:
Office Depot® Brand Sheet Protectors 100pk

$10 Items:
Brother® P-Touch® PTM95 Label Maker Reg. $29.99 (GREAT DEAL)
Sharpie® Fine & Ultra Fine Permanent Markers 24pk
Post-it® 3" x 3" Notes 12pk

ALL Office Depot® Brand Heavy-Duty & EverBind™ Binders Buy 2 Get 1 Free

Many more deals in the ad.


.50¢ items
Staples® Poly Cover Wirebound Notebook, College Ruled, 8" x 10-1/2", Assorted Colors Limit 5
Staples® Comfort Stic® Ballpoint Pens 12pk
Staples® 2-Pocket Translucent Poly Folder with Fasteners, Assorted Colors Limit 30
Staples School Glue, 4 oz., Each
Staples® Composition Notebook Limit 30
Staples® College Ruled Filler Paper 120 sheets Limit 5
Staples® #2 Wood Pencils, Yellow, 12/pk
Staples® No. 2 Gripped Mechanical Pencils 12pk  Limit 5
Crayola® Crayons, 24/Box Limit 30

$1 Items:
Staples Washable Glue Sticks, .26oz, 4/Pack
Staples® 1" Poly Zip Envelopes, Check Size, Each, Assorted

$2 Items:
Crayola® Washble Crayons, 24/Pack
Crayola® Washble Watercolor Paints, 8/Pack

$3 Items:
Crayola® colored Pencils, 12/pack
Crayola® Crayons, 64/Pack
Crayola® Washble Markers, 10/Pack
Paper Mate® Erasermate® Pen, Medium Point 5pk
BIC Wite-Out Brand Quick Dry Correction Fluid White 2/Pack
BIC Xtra Comfort Mechanical Pencils 6pk

$4 Items:
Paper Mate® InkJoy® 300RT Retractable Ballpoint Pens, Medium Point, Assorted, 8/pk
Elmer's School Glue Stick 8pk
Staples/Bella 18 Gallon Plastic Flat Lid Tote

$5 Items:
Staples 4" x 6" Line Ruled White Index Cards, 500/Pack
Staples® Plastic Expandable Folder, 7 Pockets, Reinforced, Letter Size, Assorted Patterns

Backpacks and Lunch Bags on sale this week. Great Selection. Check out the ad here: Staples Ad

You must have the Walgreens Reward Card to get the sales prices. You can get one in store, if you already don't have one. The cards are FREE!
Walgreens Back to School sales are starting slow this week, next week should be more stuff. Here is what is on sale this week:

.49¢ items: Wexford School Supplies:
70 sheet Spiral Notebook
12pk Pencils
3pk Glue Sticks
School Glue
additional items in store

6/$1 Wexford School Supplies:
 Highlighter, single
2-Pocket Folder

.99¢ items:
PaperMate or Sharpie Mechanical Pencils, Pens or Highlighters

Buy 1 Get 1 Free:
Mead Notebooks, Binders, Planners, Portfolios or Pencil Pouches

Walmart and Target:
Walmart and Target have their Back to School areas set already, but no sales yet.  Passionate Penny Pincher created a wonderful resource for comparison shopping all the stores. Go here to sign up to receive the FREE download Cheat Sheet: Back to School Cheat Sheet

Dollar Tree:
Dollar Tree has a good selection of Back To School Supplies, Organizing items, Lunch Kit Food Storage, Teacher Supplies and more. Check out their ad here: Back to School With Dollar Tree

Five Below:
Five Below is a WONDERFUL store, if you have one in your area. Check out their Ad for BTS: Back to School Ad    Five Below has a great variety of items for the College Kids, but really for all ages.

I hope you all can get a head start on Back to School shopping and restock the supplies while the deals are GOOD!!

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