Thursday, July 02, 2015

The Old Fashioned Way book and devotional review and giveaway

Remember my review of the movie Old Fashioned?  Here's a link to refresh your memory Old Fashioned Movie Well, today I'm sharing the book and devotional with you and offering a giveaway of all 3!

Here's a synopsis of this 40 day devotional

 Contrary to popular opinion, being “old fashioned” doesn’t mean you’re dull or unromantic. In fact, a true old-fashioned relationship can be more exciting and romantic than anything you’ve ever experienced! So what does it mean to do things The Old Fashioned Way? Sure, it means opening doors, holding out chairs, and taking things slow. But a true old-fashioned romance goes much deeper than that. Inspired by the motion picture Old Fashioned, this book will show you how to reclaim the lost art of romance by introducing you to romantic love as God intended it―for all of us. Regardless of your past experiences, where you’ve been, or where you are now, you can find and create a love that will last a lifetime.

As you work your way through this 40-day journey of inspiring readings and questions for reflection, you’ll discover all the unique and amazing benefits of doing things the old-fashioned way and be well on your way to creating a love story for the ages.

My opinion:

I really enjoyed reading the devotional.  I'm married and have young teens so a lot of the devotions didn't really apply to me because they were about dating and romance (ok I guess everyone can use some romance).  I think this will make a great devotional for my children as they are coming up on the dating or courting ages.  One of the things that I personally enjoyed were the "conversation starters" at the back of the book.  My hubby and I went through all of them and think they'll be great for when our own children think they've found the one.


Ginger Kolbaba is on a journey to embrace joy in every moment. She doesn't always succeed (she's a recovering cynic, after all), but she loves to learn from the adventure of the pursuit. She loves a good laugh, a ready smile, a dog's smooch, great food (vegetarian, thanks), growing faith, and remembering that love is all-powerful. She also claims one of her greatest gifts is ranting (good-naturedly, of course).

An accomplished author, Ginger has written, ghostwritten, collaborated, or contributed to more than 20 books, including her upcoming The Old Fashioned Way, set to release in January 2015. 

Ginger also teaches and speaks across the country. She's appeared on national venues such as HLN's Nancy Grace, as well as Family Life Radio and Moody Radio's Midday Connection. A former professional editor of several award-winning national magazines, including Today's Christian Woman and Marriage Partnership, she continues editing for both individuals and major publishing houses. 

When she isn't chained to her computer, Ginger enjoys spending time with her husband motorcycling through the countryside, visiting Yellowstone National Park, walking her Doberman, reading good books, and contemplating the deep meaning of life--as well as trying to figure out how to get her husband to give her a donkey or a duck for Christmas. She believes one of her greatest accomplishments would be dusting off her piano and treadmill and using them both--at least once this year.

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 Old Fashioned-a novelization of the motion picture

Former frat boy Clay Walsh has given up his reckless lifestyle and settled down to run an antique shop in a small Midwestern college town. Determined to put his partying ways behind him, Clay has become notorious for his lofty and outdated theories on love and romance. But when Amber Hewson, a free-spirited woman with a gypsy soul, rents the apartment above his shop, Clay can’t help being attracted to her spontaneous and passionate embrace of life.

New to the area, Amber finds herself surprisingly drawn to Clay and his noble ideas, but her own fears and deep wounds are difficult to overcome. Can they move beyond their differences and their pasts to attempt an “old-fashioned” courtship?

My opinion:
I liked the novel a lot and thought it went exactly with the movie.  That doesn't seem to happen that often so I was very impressed.


Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.

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Sunday, June 21, 2015

Father's Day gift re-creation

Back in June of 2008 the kids and I came up with the idea to make a fun gift for their dad.  We dressed Makenzie up as weekend dad, which is a golfer.

and we dressed Kylan up as weekday dad, which is a UPS delivery man.  If you decide to do this for the man in your life please send me pics, we'd LOVE to see them!

It's so fun to look back and see how gigantic those clothes were on the kids.  Kylan was still only 6 years old and Makenzie had just turned 8 the day before.  Fun times!

Fast forward 7 years and Makenzie just turned 15 on Friday 

and Kylan is 13 years old and he looks like he could possibly be a UPS driver!

Here are the finished projects and a link to the 2008 Father's Day post



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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Old Fashioned-the movie

Old Fashioned DVD
Old Fashioned comes out on DVD today!

My opinion:

My family and I watched this movie together and it did seem to start out a little bit slow but the story built and built and came together nicely.  My husband and 2 young teenagers all said they enjoyed it and thought it was refreshing to see that sweet spin on courtship and romance.  
Too often, we see people hopping into bed on the first date and that's not the type of movie I feel good about showing on family night or actually any night!  There is a need out there for wholesome movies that the entire family can enjoy together and not have to say cover your ears due to all of the cursing or close your eyes because of the nudity.  This is THAT movie, everyone from grandma down to the youngest member of your family can watch this and get something from it.  I walked away from it hoping to instill in my son just how much of a gentleman Clay was.  Chivalry is NOT dead and is making a comeback.  I think men and women are searching for something different and this goes to show that not doing the so called "normal" dating can turn out to bring the greatest joy!

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Clay is well-known for his outdated theories on romance and love. When he meets Amber, a free-spirited, spontaneous young woman, he gives up his rational theories, while Amber overcomes her emotional wounds to engage in an old-fashioned courtship.

  1. Critic reviews
    A faith-based drama that looks as lovely as an expensive greeting card, but moves as slowly as a somnolent turtle.
    Joe Leydon·Variety
    Old Fashioned works hard to live up to its title. But it works just as hard to be a really good (in _every_ sense of that word) romance.
    Adam R. Holz·Plugged In
    It must be pretty neat to make a movie that mostly consists of people telling you how chivalrous and morally right you are and how much everybody loves you.
    Ignatiy Vishnevetsky·A.V. Club

I don't have a giveaway for you this time but keep reading and watching because I will have one that includes this movie toward the end of the month.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Michael W Smith's video Sky Spills Over

As a youngster I used to listen to Amy Grant and Michael W. Smith all the time, they were some of my favorite christian music when I lived in Odessa, TX and Durango, CO.  Then, when our family moved to Tulsa, OK I had an opportunity to see them in concert together at the Maybee Center.  I was so excited, it was a double date with my best friend Lisa and our boyfriends. Fun concert and lots of great memories were made, I think I actually saw them both in concert many times separately too and guess what?  Michael W. Smith is still making great christian music today.  He released a new CD earlier this month called Sovereign.  Today, a brand new video was released called "When the Sky Spills Over" please check it out and tell me what you think about it.

"I’m really passionate about the song SKY SPILLS OVER.  It was fun creating it in the studio and I’ve been overwhelmed at the response it gets when we perform it live every night.  My son Ryan is a really talented filmmaker so I always enjoy working with him on a project.  But what made this project even more special was that 3 of my own grandkids were in the video.  This video was a lot of fun to make.  I hope people enjoy it!" 
~Michael W. Smith

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Hillsong United's "Empires" CD review and giveaway

I've been patiently waiting  ok that's not true because I've actually been running out to the mailbox everyday anticipating the arrival of Hillsong United's newest album Empires that's being released on May 26th, 2015. Yippee skippee I get a copy of it to review and giveaway.  I absolutely love them, their music is amazing and always takes me to that place of worship.  I can play their song Oceans (Where Feet May Fall) over and over. Unbelievable, it's probably my all time favorite worship song EVER until I listened to the new CD EMPIRES and now I love Touch the Sky it's a song of redemption that moves me to my core.
Yesterday, Flyby Promotions gave some of us bloggers the amazing opportunity to chat with Taya Smith for an hour.  She really has a heart for worship and for choosing excellence in her music.  We were all blown away as she spoke about how it's our responsibility to be the very best that we can be in the house of God, for God.  She also said, "Don't put God in a box". Just because worship has been done one way or God has done something a certain way doesn't mean He always should and we shouldn't box Him in.  Taya also said, "The gift God has given me is my voice and it's my greatest weapon!"  Wow, our voice can be a weapon, I hadn't ever thought of it that way.  We were really inspired by everything Taya had to say and learned a lot from that fantastic opportunity.  Oh, Taya's all the way on the other side of the world from us so it was 4:00pm in Oklahoma and it was something like 7:00 am in Australia. Thanks for waking up to chat with us Taya!

OK, on to my thoughts on the newest album.  I'm sure you read that it's name is Empire's and the band is called Hillsong United.  There are 12 unbelievably amazing songs on this new CD and I love them all.  Another thing I really like is that they made the CD cover into a little book with all the words to the song in it.  I love it when they do that, sometimes I need to know what a specific word is and can't understand the singer.... yep I'm that girl that makes up lyrics if I don't know them.
Now for the giveaway, I normally do a Rafflecopter form but I just want you to comment and tell me what your favorite worship song is and who sings it.  I need that info people, if you don't leave who sings it I might not be able to find it and music rocks my world so I'll be checking all the songs out.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Casey & Friends book and toy review and giveaway

Books for the youngest tractor fans
Real equipment and cartoon characters converge in new children's series that makes 
modern farming the hero.

One of my pics of Kevin's family's farm in Iowa

Here we are riding snowmobiles on the farm.  You can see the silver grain bin in the background.

My husband was born in Iowa and then moved to Oklahoma when he was just a little guy but he has continued to go back to Iowa to visit his family.  Almost all of his Iowa family are farmers.  I'm talking corn and beans people and not just a little garden patch in the back yard.  We head out and check the crops and we've taught our children how to drive at ages 12 and 13 on the farm roads.  We love going to the farms and riding four wheelers, driving tractors or the gigantic combines and just enjoying farm life away from the city noise and traffic.  I was so excited to see this series about tractor.  Even though my son Kylan is getting older he still wanted to look at the book and he brought up the fact that most of the tractors we've seen are green and not red but I told him I think it's just a different brand. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the books as much as we are!

Casey & Friends published by Octane Press 
Literature for little tractor fans just got smarter. A new series brings children interested in farming and farm equipment an educational and entertaining look at how tractors, combines and tillage equipment operate together on the farm.

Published by Octane Press, an independent publisher known for award-winning tractor books, the Casey & Friends series uses photographs of CASE IH equipment in real farming situations with cartoon characters to explain how modern farm equipment works in a factual and fun way. Holly Dufek, a seasoned educator and national curriculum writer, joins Pixar “Cars” artist Paul Nunn to help kids make the connection with the farm equipment they see in the countryside and the food on their table.

Readers follow Casey the farmer, Tillus the worm, Big Red the tractor, and a whole cast of cartoon equipment characters who teach important life lessons gleaned from the farm, like thinking ahead and working as a team. Each title is licensed by CASE IH and highlights a different aspect of farm equipment and technology with educational sidebars, picture glossaries and fun farming facts for added learning possibilities. 

A Year on the Farm (Jan. 2015) introduces children to the world of modern farming by teaching them about the different jobs a farmer does each season. Casey and her team show how tractors, combines and other equipment: plant and harvest crops, work in the farmyard, and care for animals. Learn how farming involves planning for the year, reacting to the weather, and working as a team.
Big Tractors (Apr. 2015) shows how the biggest, most powerful tractors handle the demanding jobs of pulling and powering on the farm. Find out how Big Red and Sammy – the biggest tractors on the farm – use their powerful muscles to work in the field with the rest of the team. Learn about the science of farming and discover how advanced technology makes Big Red and Sammy special.
Combines (June 2015) explains the step-by-step processes used to harvest crops by the most complex machines on the farm. Follow Cody and Kellie—the combines of Happy Skies Farm—as they do the work of three machines: gathering, separating, and unloading grain and corn.
Planters & Cultivators (Sept. 2015) features the specialized farm equipment used to cultivate, plant and spray crops. Learn how Tammi the Tiller, Evan the Early Riser Planter and Peter the Patriot Sprayer work together to make this year’s crop bigger than ever. Explore the science of soil and discover how Casey’s team keeps it healthy.

Meet the Author & Illustrator
Holly Dufek has spent nearly 15 years writing and working with educational curriculum for publishers such as Holt McDougal, National Geographic Education and Riverside Publishing. Holly has worked to develop content to enrich the National Common Core Standards for elementary through high school classrooms. She holds a master's degree in Education and lives in Kenosha, WI, with her husband, Matt, and their three children. 

Paul E. Nunn is a full-range artist who has worked for Disney, Nickelodeon and Sesame Street. He lives in Racine, WI, with his wife, Amy, and their two children.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

Plumb "Exhale" CD Review and Giveaway

About PLUMB:
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, better-known by her stage name Plumb, is a songwriter, recording artist, performer and author. Plumb has sold more than 500,000 albums and over two million singles worldwide, co-penned songs for numerous other artists, including Michelle Branch, Mandisa, Mandy Moore, Jaci Velasquez, and Natalie Grant, and had music placed in many films and television shows.Originally signed as a Christian Contemporary Music (CCM) recording artist in 1997, Plumb is now known as well as or better in alternative rock, electronic dance music, and for the use of her music in film and television than she is in the CCM market.

About the album:
EXHALE, the seventh studio album from acclaimed multi-genre singer, songwriter and author PLUMB, expresses a new focus and vision. After the runaway success of NEED YOU NOW (the album, title track and book), which coincided with her own moving story of brokenness and ultimately healing, Exhale brims with worshipful songs of gratitude and hope.

The defining concept of EXHALE was born from a sermon at Plumb’s home church, wherein her pastor Pete Wilson expressed the notion that the Church doesn’t exist for itself. Rather, believers come to church to breathe in grace and truth, be changed, and then go out and “exhale” that hope into their surrounding community.

“That idea of exhaling hope hit me right away and I couldn’t get to the Notes section on my phone fast enough. I started writing the chorus of Exhale right then and there,” explains Plumb. “I have been made new by the ultimate hope, and I want to share and exhale that hope in everyway I can.” 

My Opinion

I enjoy listening to Christian music while I try to fall asleep at night, when I'm cleaning house or jamming out in the car. So, I was excited to receive Plumb's newest CD "Exhale" and as soon as I heard it I felt like I'd heard her somewhere before and then my daughter said she reminds her of Barlow Girl (another CD we love) and I agree. I was excited to find a new artist that I enjoy and can't wait to see what she has in store for the future. Oh, BTW my favorite song was Champion! Do you have a favorite Contemporary Christian band or singer?  When I was a teenager we mainly had Amy Grant and Petra, they were both great but CCM has really come a long way since my teen years.  Anyway, one of my readers will win a Plum CD of their very own just fill out the form below!

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Chicken alfredo spaghetti squash

  • 2  Spaghetti Squash already cooked
  • 2 Medium Sized Chicken Breast, Cooked & Shredded
  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese
  • Garlic 
  • mushrooms
  • grape or cherry tomatoes
  • onion
  • 4-5 artichokes
  • 3 eggs-2 you just need the yolk 
  • 4 pieces no sugar bacon
  1. In a dutch oven or steamer, begin by fully steaming the spaghetti squash. Once it is steamed, scrape out the seeds with a fork. Then, use a fork to scrape out the remaining spaghetti squash and set aside.  I was in a hurry this time so I popped mine in the microwave for 5 minutes each and that was it.
  2. Next in a large skillet or large stock pot, cook bacon until crispy
  3. Next, add in the onions and garlic and after 1 minute add the mushrooms, artichokes and tomatoes (I simmered them in the bacon fat). 
  4. While everything is simmering I beat the 2 egg yolk and 1 full egg together and then added 1 cup Parmesan cheese to this mixture.
  5. Poor 1 full can of coconut milk into simmering mix after about 3-4 minutes of stirring I added the chicken and spaghetti squash into the pan and cooked until everything was piping hot.
  6. Now, turn off the stove top and pour your cheese and egg mix into pan but don't let the eggs curdle just keep stirring until everything comes together and forms a rich sauce.
 At dinner I asked my kids what they thought it was.  They said angel hair pasta.  Score 1 for mom!!  That's a boatload of veggies that I packed into one meal and they didn't even have any idea it wasn't pasta.  Next time I'm adding spinach, I think the green will really pop and give it an extra punch of nutrition.  I'm really enjoying the Paleo lifestyle and my body is thanking me (I know some don't use cheese but this recipe called for it).
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