Are you looking for the BEST holiday gifts?

Are you looking for the BEST holiday gifts?

You’ll find it here, in the BEST holiday gift guide! It’s that time of the year! Gift-giving! Every year, I love putting together these gift guides – it helps me with my shopping list too! This year I’ve found a variety of fun and useful ideas for everyone on your list! Start shopping now and be ready for the holiday season early – I promise, you’ll thank me later!!! The BEST Outdoor Fun Gifts These gifts are perfect for your outdoor adventurers – of any age! We love our snowshoes – and because they come with a travel case, we often throw them in the car when we are heading to a ski vacation or other winter getaway. We’ve also been known to use them to trek through the backyard to our neighbors for a drink – very useful! Okay, I’m not going to lie, I thought this was a waste of money when we first saw this snowball maker in the store. But, we were on vacation and I caved. I have to admit – I was wrong. Both kids LOVE these and we actually have purchased a second snowball maker since so they can both use them at the same time. For a pretty inexpensive gift, we’ve gotten a ton of use out of them. They also always make the list for items to bring on our annual ski trip as we know there will be plenty of snow! If you don’t have water shoes, get some! They would make an ideal holiday gift for any of your adventure lovers. We used ours SO MUCH last summer....
Summer 2020 Book Reviews

Summer 2020 Book Reviews

Hard to believe summer is coming to an end. How can it be September already? Although we didn’t take a big vacation this summer for the first time EVER, we did enjoy a LOT of day trips! And I definitely had fun exploring many areas of Indiana that I hadn’t visited before. So, overall it was still a win in my book! Speaking of books, ready for reviews of the BEST books to read now? Looking for fun in Indiana? Check out my Explore Indiana blog post where I round up ALL the counties I’ve visited – if you live near Indiana I guarantee you can find something fun to do near you! Best Non-Fiction Books Summer 2020 https://amzn.to/31wtI6Q The 12-Week Year by Brian Moran is the best goal setting/ business book I’ve read in a while. It’s not a new one, so I’m not sure how I missed it, but I am glad I picked it up! It’s exactly what I need right now to push myself to reach my goals. I’m in the midst of my first 12-Week Year and I can already feel the momentum and excitement. I can’t wait to reach my goals!!! Next, I plan on purchasing the 12-Week Year Field Guide to help me plan my next 12-Week Year! My rating 4.5 out of 5. Creating Your Best Life is another very timely book! September is often referred to as the “second New Year.” There is still time to complete your goals, and with kids going back to school, it just feels right to give yourself a fresh start too. One of the...

Have a Magical Day

Who doesn’t want to Have a Magical Day? I know I do, so I was very excited to be a part of the blog tour for Wendell Miracle’s new book Have a Magical Day: 7 Keys to Living Happy Every Day. “Living your best life isn’t about the absence of problems, it’s about the presence of God’s power in the midst of those problems,” says happiness coach and best-selling author, Wendell Miracle. “It’s about how we respond to those issues that determine how long we have to endure them. You can control the condition of your heart and mind during turbulent periods. By looking for the good in every situation, the situation must change in your favor.” In Have a Magical Day: 7 Keys to Living Happy Every Day (February 20, 2020), Miracle reminds us that problems are temporary, brighter days are ahead, and that it’s possible to find the light in even the darkest of days. This short read is filled with inspiration and tips that can be easily integrated into your daily life and immediately improve your journey.Have a Magical Day guides you on:• Manifesting your desires• Finding happiness in your daily routine• Letting go of the past• Loving yourself With all the uncertainty in our lives right now, I believe it’s the perfect time to focus on the positive and work towards living happy every day. The 7 keys that Wendell outlines are doable and make sense. I know I plan on seeing how working towards them will change my life, and if you decide to get a copy of the book, I’d love to hear...
The 6 BEST Books – Spring 2020

The 6 BEST Books – Spring 2020

Looking for something new to read? Well, you are in luck because I’m sharing the 6 best books from my spring reading. And since all sports, school, etc. was canceled, I read a lot this spring! Best Non-Fiction Books 29 Gifts is a book I re-read every few years, and with everything going on right now, it’s exactly what I needed. Every time I read this book I feel more satisfied with my life, happier and inspired. Cami Walker has been struggling with a horrible MS flare-up when a good friend gives her a “prescription” to give a gift every day for 29 days. This book shares how she fulfills this challenge and how it changes her life. My rating 5 out of 5. Looking for more ways to save money on your next vacation? Get your FREE copy of 5 Tips to Save Money on Your Next Vacation You’ll get a tip sheet along with regular updates full of inspiration for creating memories and finding everyday adventures! Bread and Wine is another book I LOVE. I keep it in my kitchen and if I just need a little pick-me-up I’ll read one of the essays. The recipes are also delicious! In fact, the breakfast cookies are a family favorite – they are perfect with a cup of coffee in the morning. Yum! My rating 5 out of 5. Note: I received an advanced soft copy of this book to review, however, all opinions are 100% my own. Whatever you do, Be Happy is a darling book full of suggestions and inspiration to live a happier life. As that...
Winter Book Reviews

Winter Book Reviews

Are you looking for good books to read? I have done a fair amount of reading this winter – not as much as in previous years, but still a decent amount. I know many people who set a goal of reading x number of books in a year, but I’ve always been afraid that would take away the joy and relaxation for me. So, I just go through periods of reading a lot and times of reading a little less – regardless, I always have a few books going – just might take me longer to get through them during busy seasons of life. Here are my favorite books from my winter reading: Non-Fiction Book Reviews The Wellness Project was a book I just picked up at the library when I saw it on display and I’ve really enjoyed it. Reminiscent of The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, the author tackles one aspect of her health every month for a year. I love how at the end of each chapter, she shares a list of ideas for implementing some of these changes into her life. She’s also keen on not creating such a rigid routine in any area that she can’t enjoy life – which I feel is always a struggle when making lifestyle changes. There are recipes after each chapter which is a fun touch. My rating 4.5 out of 5. Fiction I just finished Cilka’s Journey, and like The Tattooist of Auschwitz (the first book in this series), it was challenging, upsetting and hopeful all at the same time. Cilka entered Auschwitz as a 16-year old Jewish...
Fall 2019 Book Reviews

Fall 2019 Book Reviews

Just in time for holiday shopping, I’m sharing book reviews for my favorite books from the last few months. If you are looking for a great book for someone on your shopping list, I hope one of these will be perfect! I’ve actually read a LOT of great books since my Summer Book Review post, but here are my favorites. Non-Fiction Book Review I actually didn’t read a lot of non-fiction this month, but I did receive a free copy of Shaken Dreams from one of my blogging friends and really found it fascinating. Holly shares her journey of moving from a loving wife to a full-time caretaker for her husband. It’s an eye-opening look into what life is like for someone living with a family member with a challenging and debilitating disease. If you or someone you love is in this position, I think this would be a wonderful read – it’s always helpful to get advice and know you aren’t the only one experiencing these challenges and feelings. Fiction Book Reviews Oh my goodness. The Night Olivia Fell was disturbing but captivating. I wanted so badly for Olivia to be okay throughout the book (as did her mother), but that wasn’t to be. What does happen is an engaging reconstruction of how and why she fell. Was it an accident? Or was it a crime? Two Can Keep a Secret was another terrific page-turner. I had thoroughly enjoyed One of Us is Lying so I was quite excited to read another one Karen McManus book. Enter a small town, a years-old murder, and a missing girl and...

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