The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

The Ones We Trust by Kimberly Belle Book Review & GIVEAWAY!

August 4, 2015 Books, Giveaways 2 ★★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads: “A moving and evocative exploration of grief and guilt in the wake of one family’s devastating loss. When former DC journalist Abigail Wolff attempts to rehabilitate her career, she finds herself at the heart of a US army cover-up involving the death of a soldier in Afghanistan — with unspeakable emotional consequences for one family. As the story of what happened comes to light, Abigail will do anything to write it. The more evidence she stumbles upon in the case, the fewer people it seems she can trust, including her own father, a retired army general. And… Read more »

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Small Victories Sunday Linkup {61}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {61}

August 1, 2015 Linky, Small Victories Sunday 12

Each week I get so excited to add another week to our positive and inspiring linkup! Can you believe it’s August already? This summer is flying by! Small Victories Sunday Linkup is designed to linkup your BEST posts to inspire others to read, cook, craft, live well and blog well. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it’s never too late to… Read more »

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Open Boxes by Christine Organ Book Review

Open Boxes by Christine Organ Book Review

July 27, 2015 Books 2 ★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads: “A celebration of the human spirit, Open Boxes is a collection of stories that doesn’t just tell readers – but shows readers – how to live fully and connect deeply by reveling in the sacred within our everyday lives. Through stories about everything from spirituality and parenting, self-acceptance and friendship, shopping at Old Navy and bowling with preschoolers, readers will be inspired to gently lift the lids off of their compartmentalized lives and tie together the torn and tattered pieces that lie inside in order to live more fully and connect more deeply with the people and… Read more »

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Small Victories Sunday Linkup {60}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {60}

July 25, 2015 Small Victories Sunday 12

Each week I get so excited to add another week to our positive and inspiring linkup!  Small Victories Sunday Linkup is designed to linkup your BEST posts to inspire others to read, cook, craft, live well and blog well. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it’s never too late to linkup with us. If you need writing prompts or to see… Read more »

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Be Our Guest Fridays {31}: Finding Inspiration in Japan’s Exotic Past by Author Susan Spann

Be Our Guest Fridays {31}: Finding Inspiration in Japan’s Exotic Past by Author Susan Spann

July 24, 2015 Be Our Guest Fridays, Books, TraveltheWorldinBooks 4

Welcome to Be Our Guest Fridays! Be Our Guest Fridays is a weekly feature where I feature guest posts by my favorite bloggers and authors. I started this feature as a fun way to give back to the blogging community. I am excited to share with you these creative, inspiring and knowledgeable bloggers and authors. Today I’m bringing you a guest post from author Susan Spann who writes the Shinobi Mysteries series. Set in the samurai era in Japan, these novels are perfect to learn about Japan’s history and culture for my Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge goals. I’m so… Read more »

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Small Victories Sunday Linkup {59}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {59}

July 18, 2015 Linky, Small Victories Sunday 21

As you might already know, this weekly linkup is designed to linkup your BEST posts to inspire others to read, cook, craft, live well and blog well. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it’s never too late to linkup with us. If you need writing prompts or to see past linkups, visit our main Small Victories Sunday Linkup page.  A friendly… Read more »

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Be Our Guest Friday {30}- Under the Same Blue Sky: How This Novel Happened by Author Pamela Schoenewaldt & Special GIVEAWAY for Teachers!

Be Our Guest Friday {30}- Under the Same Blue Sky: How This Novel Happened by Author Pamela Schoenewaldt & Special GIVEAWAY for Teachers!

July 17, 2015 Books, Giveaways 3

I’m happy to bring you a special Be Our Guest Friday post and giveaway today from Pamela Schoenewaldt, author of Under the Same Blue Sky that I told you I really enjoyed last month. Well Pamela contacted me on Facebook and said she’d like to do an extra special giveaway of Under the Same Blue Sky to one lucky teacher (US only)! It’s my pleasure to bring you what inspired Pamela to write Under the Same Blue Sky and a great giveaway…welcome Pamela to Mom’s Small Victories! Under the Same Blue Sky: How This Novel Happened by Pamela Schoenewaldt, Historical… Read more »

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The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Readalong

The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende Readalong

July 14, 2015 2015 Reading Challenges, Books, TraveltheWorldinBooks 8

The votes are counted and our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge Goodreads group voted for The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende for our next summer readalong. This one is over 400 pages and with the busyness of summer, we’re going to give ourselves the better part of July and August to finish this chunkster.  Voting will begin soon for our September readalong so make sure you join our Travel the World in Books Reading Challenge Goodreads group so you can help us decide where in the world to travel to next!  We decided to try and tackle Latin/South America for this… Read more »

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Small Victories Sunday Linkup {58}

Small Victories Sunday Linkup {58}

July 11, 2015 Linky, Small Victories Sunday 27

As you might already know, this weekly linkup is designed to linkup your BEST posts to inspire others to read, cook, craft, live well and blog well. Share with us anything that will help others live a happier and healthier life. Sunday is the perfect day to reflect and celebrate the week that passed and look forward to the week ahead. Our linkup is open all week long so feel free to stop by anytime, it’s never too late to linkup with us. If you need writing prompts or to see past linkups, visit our main Small Victories Sunday Linkup page.  A friendly… Read more »

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Be Our Guest Fridays {29}: 4 Simple Ways to Save Money Today from Cook with a Shoe

Be Our Guest Fridays {29}: 4 Simple Ways to Save Money Today from Cook with a Shoe

July 10, 2015 Be Our Guest Fridays, Family 23

It’s a summer savings edition of Be Our Guest Fridays today! Welcome to Be Our Guest Fridays! Be Our Guest Fridays is a weekly feature where I feature guest posts by my favorite bloggers and authors. I started this feature as a fun way to give back to the blogging community. I am excited to share with you these creative, inspiring and knowledgeable bloggers. Charissa from Cook with a Shoe is my guest today sharing her savings tips to help on your way to being debt-free. Her simple ideas really can add up to big savings! Please give a warm welcome… Read more »

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