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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Love Comes Calling by Siri Mitchell

by Diane Estrella

love comes callingA girl with the best of intentions.
A heart set on Hollywood.
An empty pocketbook.

That’s all it takes for Ellis Eton to find herself working as a telephone operator for a look-alike friend. For Ellis, this job will provide not only acting practice but the funds to get her a start in the movies. She’s tired of always being a disappointment to her traditional Boston family, and though she can’t deny the way he makes her head spin, she knows she’s not good enough for Griffin Phillips, either. It’s simple: avoid Griff’s attentions, work, and get paid. But in typical Ellis fashion, her simple plan spirals out of control when she overhears a menacing phone call…with her very own Griff as the target.

With an endearing heroine as her lead, Siri Mitchell takes readers on a madcap tale of love and discovering one’s true desires!

About the Author

Siri Mitchell has written nearly a dozen novels, three of which were named Christy Award finalists. A graduate of the University of Washington with a business degree, she has worked in many levels of government and lived on three continents. She and her family currently reside in the D.C. metro area. Learn more at www.sirimitchell.com.

My Review

Can I please give this book six out of five stars….?!!?! Thanks.

This is the fourth Siri Mitchell book I’ve read (see here: The Messenger, A Heart Most Worthy, and Unrivalled) and each one has been unique and noteworthy on its own. Love Comes Calling is by far my favorite. I think the author is immensely talented and from the variety of topics and flair that she gives to each book, it is obvious that she can write just about anything. This book especially spoke to me and has topped my list for best books of 2014. Here’s why:

  • I love that this is written from the first person point of view and its a spunky heroine.
  • I peeked at the back and read in the author’s notes that Ellis has a form of ADHD that is completely original to any story I’ve ever read. She wasn’t just being an “airhead” and had relatable flaws for today’s reader.
  • Could there be a more noble, gentler, love you as you are kind of hero in this story. Dreamy, really.
  • I love that the dialogue and inner monologue is realistic and what Ellis is really saying and thinking.
  • Wonderful life lessons out the wazoo! A definite must-read for my 13 year old daughter.
  • The last two pages brought a tear to my eye. Perfect ending.
  • Lots of quotable moments that hit home for me.

“Why couldn’t I be good at anything? Well… I was good at some things, but why couldn’t I be good at something that was worth being good at!”

Buy it Here

Bethany House sent me the above books for review purposes. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Bethany House.

 

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Friday, April 18, 2014

Five #Summer Maxi Dresses I’m crushin on!

by Diane Estrella

Summer…. wherefore art thou????

Nothing is more flow-y and freeing than slipping on a Maxi Dress and heading out the door. I love them ridiculously, and nothing says Summer more than the billowing of a maxi skirt on your shaven (or unshaven) legs.  ;)

Web Relief Open Back Maxi Dress

M Missoni Web Relief Open Back Maxi Dress.

The back on this one, is to die for. Seriously!

Young, Fabulous & Broke

Young, Fabulous & Broke ‘Bangal‘ Convertible Maxi Dress

The perfect colors to make me think of a Summer sunset. Ahhhhh.

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Stripe drawstring maxi dress from Gap.

An easy cotton number to throw on and then off you go.

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Take Back The Night Colorblock Maxi Dress from La Posh Style.

The Chevron design is still rockin. Bold, and bright, and look at me!

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Kolkata Maxi Dress from Anthropolgie

Finally, a touch of elegance for that Summer party you’ve been invited to.

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Are you a fan or foe of the Maxi Dress? Which one from the above list is your favorite???

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

T-shirts: from the 1800s to present day

by Diane Estrella

The t-shirt is a popular item of clothing in today’s society, it is defined by the ‘T’ shape that is formed with the body and arms. The classic t-shirt is usually seen as a collarless garment with short sleeves, covering the shoulder, and a round neckline. Modern-day versions are often made with cotton fibres and are stitched using a jersey stitch. T-shirts are distinctively soft are commonly constructed on a circular loom, with the body being created using a continuously woven tube. The mass production and manufacture of t-shirts in a modern-day world is now highly automated, including the use of laser or water jet equipment to cut the fabric.

The t-shirt, as we know it, descends from the implementation of a separated (cut) and button-less version of the 19th century undergarment known as the ‘union suit’. Once the union suit was split into two separate pieces of the undergarment set, made up of bottoms and a top designed to be long enough to tuck into the waistband of the bottoms, this original use as an undergarment was adopted by miners, stevedores and the US Navy, with other various industrial workers quickly following suit.

T-shirts saw an impressive boost in popularity after Marlon Brando was seen wearing one in the movie ‘ A Streetcar Named Desire’ – this earned the t-shirt status of a fashionable outerwear garment. In the 1960′s t-shirts were commonly used as a means of self-expression and still are to this day. There are many ways to imprint designs and artwork onto t-shirts ad it is becoming increasingly common for people to be using ‘design your own t-shirt’ shops and online stores to purchase personalised t-shirts.

Despite the increase in popularity of individually personalised printed t-shirts. This practice has been around for commercial and business purposes for quite a while now. Screen printing is probably the most popular method of commercial t-shirt decoration around. Screen printing involves the separation of individual colours within a design which are then applied onto the shirt, using water-based or platisol inks, through mesh screens to limit the areas for the ink to be deposited. Screen printing isn’t the only method of t-shirt design, another method is the transfer method. The transfer method prints the given artwork onto vinyl through the use of specialist printers and then transfers the design from the vinyl and onto the t-shirt.

Embroidery, although not strictly a method of printing, is a traditional form of t-shirt design that uses chain stitches, stitched into the t-shirt directly. Embroidered t-shirts are used to produce high-quality designs, the resulting garment can last for prolonged periods of time without fading or deteriorating. The practical implications for printed-design t-shirts are as good as endless, but there are many uses that are already in practice. Marketing, charity awareness, branding, work and school uniforms, concert and band memorabilia, protests and many more. The t-shirt began it’s life as a simple undergarment, but now plays a large part in the development of our culture and our need for free speech.

George Christo has a passion for Customised t-shirts, work wear embroidery and teamwear – this is his job and his world. You can connect with him on Google+

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Radiant Orchid #Necklace from Twillypop GIVEAWAY #BlogHop

by Diane Estrella

Welcome to the Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop!

Hosted By: MPM Network Bloggers

While many of us are looking forward to spring, it doesn’t mean we are looking forward to spring cleaning. To make spring cleaning a bit more fun, the MPM Blogging Network has joined together to make spring cleaning even more fun! Each participating blog below is hosting their very own unique spring themed giveaway, including spring cleaning items, fashion accessories, and even gift card for purchasing your own Spring treats!

To increase your chances of getting something fun, make sure to visit all the blogs linked below. Also, don’t forget to enter to win our grand prize, a Shark PRO Steam & Spray Mop!

 

The Blooming Into Spring Blog Hop ends on 5/1/14 at 11:59 PM. The MPM Blogging Networks is not responsible for prize fulfillment and associated bloggers are responsible for their own giveaways. Good luck everyone and happy spring!

sara valenteCheck out TWILLYPOP!

And be amazed……

Twillypop was born in 2009 out of my love of color, and ribbons, and pearls and ALL of the many combinations therein. From one simple technique, came many others as my imagination and passion for ribbon jewelry grew.
Twillypop is the original brand of ribbon bracelets and ribbon and chain jewelry.
As family life has gotten busier, I have been forced to take a break from Twillypop, but can just feel my creative juices longing to flow into new designs as well as some of the Twillypop classics.

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You will be amazed at what beauty can be made from ribbons and pearls.

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Any color combination can be made. Custom pieces are available to match your occasion.

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Necklaces, bracelets, weddings, birthdays…. She’s got you covered.

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I give you Radiant Orchid!

The necklace is approximately 20 inches long, has 10mm pearls, and is the perfect color combo for Spring!!!

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Radiant Orchid

The Giveaway

Twillypop is generously giving away the Pantone Color for Spring 2014, Radiant Orchid Necklace to one of my readers. (A retail value of $34.00.) Valid with US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced May 2, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great prizes you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

God Bless Our Easter by Hannah C. Hall BOOK GIVEAWAY #BlogHop

by Diane Estrella

god bless our easterLittle ones learn to look for all God’s Easter blessings.

Preschoolers can’t help but notice all the new wonders of springtime, and God Bless Our Easter emphasizes that each blessing comes from God! Lambs, bunnies, ducklings, piglets, chicks—lots of snuggly farm animals will take your little ones through the sweet rhyming story and have them asking to read the book long after Easter is past.

The second book in the new God BlessTM series, God Bless Our Easter from the same illustrator of God Bless You and Good Night.

You can purchase the book here.

Check out the Flipbook here.

My Review

The perfect gift for any Easter basket.

This board book has a softcover on it which is ideal for little hands to grasp. It can be wiped clean and is easy to hold. There are so many adorable baby animal pictures inside. Any child that loves animals will adore looking at these drawings again and again. The words rhyme in an easy way and kids will enjoy the story of being thankful for Easter and all that God has made. Each page shows baby animals having fun and frolicking in all that is Springtime.

This is the second book in the God BlessTM series and I’m sure kids aged 1-5 will love hearing both of these stories over and over. Being cheerful and counting one’s blessings never gets dull.

The Giveaway

To celebrate the release of God Bless Our Easter, the publisher is giving away a copy of this book to one of my readers. Valid with US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced April 25, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great books you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”

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Tommy Nelson sent me the above book for review purposes and provided the book to give away. It will allow me to keep the book. I have no other connection to and have received no other compensation from Tommy Nelson.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Kreations by Kris $25 GC Giveaway #Chocolate #BlogHop

by Diane Estrella

The Spring has (FINALLY) Sprung BlogHop Giveaway!

Come see what all the excitement is about and see what each blogger is offering to celebrate Spring!!!

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Chocolate Raspberry, Chocolate Orange, Chocolate Almond, and Coconut Rum are just some of the flavors you can pick from. You can get a variety sampler or just stick with your favorite and go all out. It’s entirely up to you!

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I have eaten these myself and they ARE as delicious as they look. A perfect outer shell with a creamy, soft middle. They are truly beautiful to behold and maybe even to share. I admit with my own order, I pretty much ate them all myself. (I may have shared one or two, being the generous gal I am.) I have known Kris for almost 30 years, EEEK, and am so proud of the lovely, small-business she has made. You will not be disappointed!

If you are interested, below is a price list that Kristen is offering for Mother’s Day. Most orders can ship via USPS for approximately $6.00. Please contact her today and get your order in before it’s too late. She can be reached through her Facebook page or by phone at 315-731-7972. (Check out the LEGO chocolates too!)

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The Giveaway

To celebrate Spring and things Sprung, I am providing one of my readers a $25 Gift Card to use at Kreations by Kris. Valid with US addresses only. Please use the Rafflecopter below to be entered:

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The winner will be chosen from those entries and announced May 3, 2014. Good luck!

Wanna find more great prizes you can win? Click on the list below and start “hopping!”

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