My Daughter’s Legacy

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My Daughter's Legacy

My Daughter’s Legacy (Harvest House, July 2017)

A thrilling tale of two women longing to follow God’s leading, make the most of second chances, and find true love at last

Virginia, 1864

Therese Jennings cannot abide the thought of owning slaves. When her widowed mother inherits a plantation, Therese flees to Civil War Richmond, where she works as a governess by day and tends to wounded soldiers at night. But when trouble befalls her family, can she reconcile her obligations with her beliefs? And will love—whether with an old beau or a handsome new suitor—ever fit in her broken world?

Virginia, present day

Nicole Talbot’s life is back on track after years of substance abuse. Home from college for the summer, she’s finally ready to share a shocking secret, one that raises new questions about a traumatic childhood experience. But when facts she uncovers cast doubt on her family’s legacy, she must risk all that she’s gained—her fresh start, her family’s trust, and her growing relationship with a new man—to unlock the secrets of the past.

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My Review:

I didn’t realize this was the third book in the series until after I read it.  So I’m sure reading the first two in the series would have really helped with the back story and would have made this third book in a way easier to read/understand.  I really like the dual story aspect to it.  I hate being critical of any books, but if there was one thing I would say this didn’t quite grab my attention like some books, and the only thing I can figure is that it was just a little bit confusing to me because of the names and maybe it being the third book played into that too.  It’s still a great book, just one to make sure your thinking cap is on as you read (and maybe that’s just me – I’ve read other reviews, and didn’t find that to be a theme).  I’ve never read any books from either of the authors until now.  I did feel drawn in by the characters and their stories.  I can’t honestly say it was my favorite or up there with my favorite, but it was an enjoyable read and one to take your time reading.  If I were giving this a grade, it would get a B+ or maybe a 3.8/5 ranking.

Five Things Friday

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It’s been a while since I’ve done a themed day (like Fitness Friday, Friday Favorites, Five Things Friday or whatever strikes a fancy).

1. It’s SEPTEMBER!  I love the changing of months, the changing of seasons, fresh starts…I even like Mondays! (gasp!)  Even though it doesn’t necessarily *feel* quite like full-on Fall yet (although we have had some very very very nice Fall-like days), technically still being Summer, September signals the onslaught of cozy comfy things: scarves, sweaters, boots, blankets, warm drinks, apples, and pumpkin, pumpkin, and more pumpkin.  Most of the day today, this song has been floating through my head:

2. I had my DNA tested (through ancestry.com and then for $5 more got some health info from Promethease.com), and did you know that there’s a gene that apparently some people have where as a child, they have a stronger-than-average ability to detect bitterness?  But then that above-average ability plummets to under-average when they’re adults… hence why brussel sprouts or olives may have been hated as a child but enjoyed as an adult.   ((although, it seems to me that I don’t think I really know of ANY child who enjoys either of those, but it was still something neat to hear)).  Some useful info I found out was that I have 2 copies of the MTHFR gene mutation.  Good thing my XFactor Plus multivitamin has methylated forms of vitamins in it (like folate instead of folic acid)…I can’t believe how many things have folic acid added to it!  I still have a lot of reading to do, as it’s genetic/scientific and I have to take it in pieces to digest, lol.

3.  “Diamonds are a girls best friend”, right?  Well, Anjolee sent me this GORGEOUS ring (*note: the version they made for me is made from cz and silver, and it is so shiny, sparkly, and high quality, that I can’t even imagine if it were real diamonds).

 

 

This is from their diamond anniversary rings collection.  The exact one I picked is the “Delightful Diamond Anniversary ring” (there are sooo many choices).

It is truly so much prettier in person – I took a lot of photos trying to get the sparkle to come across, and it just doesn’t come across like it does in real life.  I don’t know if it was a problem with their size chart, or if it was a problem with how it printed out for me, but there was a big difference for me from the rings I currently have and what the size chart said I should get (again, maybe it was my printer or user error on my part, but just something to be aware of if it is way off for you).  So I ended up deciding to get what my gut was telling me, what I have in other rings.  So I got a size 6 and it fits perfectly.  It’s actually so perfect because it fits my ring finger of both hands (the left a little loose but not falling-off loose), and then it also fits the middle finger of left hand nicely and my pointer pretty snug.  So it offers variety.

At first I was like, “Is this too blingy?”  Like somehow it would be okay for a married woman to wear the bling, but not a single woman.  Eek, lol!  I got over that feeling quickly though, because you don’t have to be married to wear a nice pretty ring, despite the “anniversary” name.  If you love it, wear it!  I’ve been wearing it all the time, not just for dressing up events.

4.  Do you sleep with a fan on or white noise?  I have (miraculously) made it through the whole summer without using air conditioning, just a fan.  So now that the weather is turning cooler at nights, I’m wondering if my use the fan is more of wanting it to actually blow cool air on me or more of the noise or habit of it.  Just random ponderings.

5.   This is the Labor Day Weekend.  Any plans?  I have a few things I want to do, one of which is to write a poem.  I am praying and hoping the words come to me because it is for a dear lady who has asked me to write something for a project she is doing.  It has been a long while since I’ve written poetry, and I’m feeling both a bit unfit for the severity/importance I feel it is, but yet, I am honored and humbled to give it a go.  So that’s my one big thing I would like to accomplish over the weekend.

Floral Favorites

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Has anyone else been as enamored as I’ve been over the current fashion flood of florals?!  It makes my floral-loving heart sing!  Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved pastels and florals.  And to see sooo much floral this spring and summer… well, can you have too much floral?  I’m not sure, but if so, I’m guilty.  I’ve been enjoying that “trend”, though (I don’t follow trends…to me, following trends is so hard anyways, not to mention it takes away a large part of personal style.  Ever since I discovered Dressing Your Truth several years ago, I’ve given up on trying to fit into the current trends.  And I’ve never felt like I’ve had more of my own personal style!  It’s great!).  But this is a trend that happens to be something I love and incorporate into my own style anyways.  Have you been a fan of the floral frenzy?

When Cleo Madison -a new-to-me brand, reached out to me this summer asking if I’d like to sample something from their shop… you can guess what I chose, right?  Something floral. 🙂  This Prague dress to be exact (which just happens to be on sale now, so click your way over pronto so you don’t miss out before it gets sold out).  Cleo Madison has a lot of great finds, and a great sale going on as well!

Cleo Madison

The pastel and floral theme took me back a bit to my childhood, and of course, a side pony was the logical choice. 🙂  A 30-something can still wear them occasionally, right?! lol

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

Cleo Madison

The dress is SO comfy, like wearing pajamas comfy!  It doesn’t seem to wrinkle easily, either, which is always a plus!

I was particularly liking my makeup the day I took these pictures, so I’ll share what I’m wearing:

Everyday Minerals foundation in a mix of Golden Fair and Ivory (I can wear either one, and I had a little bit of each left in their containers so I combined them into one).

Eye shadow is Bliss (outer lid) and Utopia (middle and inner lid) from Redeeming Beauty Minerals, which is just an amazing company with heart.  Also from Redeeming Beauty is the brow gel is Gentle.

Mascara is a coat of blackberry mascara from 100% Pure and a coat of brown from Real Purity (I like them both, and don’t have much left the 100% Pure, so just did 1 coat of that).

Blush is actually Silk Naturals Limbo (an eye color).  It’s a pretty pink (on the light side, with a nice shimmer, so it mostly left my cheeks with a glow instead of a strong color, which is fine to me).

Lips are Lipsense Kiss Me Kate (x2) and Bombshell (x1) with Glossy Gloss.  My friend, Cassie, is a Lipsense friend of mine, and here is her page if you’d like to try them out. (She also has a fun giveaway going on right now you don’t want to miss).  She is such a hoot and just a really sweet person!

I don’t know what the trends for fashion will be come spring, but you can bet I’ll still be flying with the florals!!

God’s Crime Scene for Kids’ Mystery Investigation Kit Giveaway [and review]

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Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God’s Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason’s mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother’s attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective’s Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God’s existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!

One grand prize winner will receive:

Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

My review of the book, God’s Crime Scene for Kids:

This book follows in the same vein/style as the first book, and my 11-year-old nephew, noticed that and enjoyed that aspect.  He read the first book in record-breaking speed for an 11-year-old boy, and this one was equally as interesting and engaging to him.  I love that these books are written in a format that children of his age really enjoy, but the truths in them are for all ages, truly.

For any child in your life who enjoys investigating/spy/detective type books, this would be right up their alley!

Based on my experience of the other book and now this book by J. Warner Wallace, I wouldn’t hesitate for even a second to purchase more of his books for kids if/when they come out.

*I was provided a complimentary copy by Litfuse, however, all opinions are my own and are not compensated.

Wingz – Add Sleeves to Anything

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My apologies for the fairly silent second half of this summer…  Life got crazy crazy busy with some family things that came up, and the blog had to go on the back burner.  But I’m back, so expect a few catch-up posts and then a more consistent posting schedule.  Yay for the end of summer and start of fall.  How do you all feel about that?  I’m sure most of the moms are like, “Yessss!  School is starting!!” haha (unless it’s your first or your last, then you might have more of a mixed response).  Even though I’m not a mama, I still love that transition time from summer to fall.  And even though it’s not going to necessarily *feel* like fall for a little while yet, I still really appreciate the change in seasons.

Wingz review

 

One thing that is sometimes not fun, though, is that a common issue from summer to fall, fashion-wise, is how to transition between the two without looking like you’re still at the beach or like you are ready for fuzzy slippers and pumpkin pie.   I was recently sent this Wingz product to try out, specifically in the white lace 3/4 sleeve.  I think these would attract several people – those who prefer to cover their arms out of personal reasons (like they are self-conscious of their arms, or maybe for religious reasons), but also those who want to wear their summer dresses or sleeveless tops as the weather gets a tad cooler without having to layer a cardigan.  (I am a HUGE fan of cardigans… it might be a slight obsessions of mine, haha, but even I like the versatility).

Wingz review

The lace is soft and it was comfortable.  Sizing in my opinion is pretty generous, as it bunched up a bit on me (BUT I have short arms and my shoulders are on the narrow side), so I think if you’re debating between two sizes, go for the smaller one (I got the size 1 (us 10-14), but think I could’ve gotten the size 0 (us 4-8).  I think this white color would look so super pretty with a white dress, especially a white lace dress to give it that connected look and tie it together.  This was the only dress I had that had a good bit of white in it.  You could certainly wear it with any other color, just I personally didn’t like that look as much, as it really drew the attention to the arms, when my goal was to create a connected feel.  But that’s what’s great – they accommodate so many personal styles, and with all of the various options and fabrics and styles they offer, it really is a great option for expanding your seasonal wardrobe.

(Outfit details: lace under sleeve c/o Wingz; maxi floral dress on Zulily)