Monday, July 6, 2020

Mailbox Monday - July 6




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

Good morning from the Outer Banks. I hope you had a nice weekend. This is the second week of our vacation. I didn't get to the bookstore in Manteo yet, but I am looking forward to going today. Here are some photos from this past week.


Puzzle time


The Christmas Shop in Manteo


Theo getting ready for the beach


July 4 on the beach in Kill Devil Hills

I should have a book waiting for me in the pile of mail when I get home on Saturday. I also downloaded these two this weekend.



What arrived in your mailbox last week? 


Saturday, July 4, 2020

An Imperfect Christian Mom's COVID-19 Diary #12



It's Independence Day in America. A sad day this year. So much of the focus is on what divides us. So many lives, actions, and happenings politicized for the benefit of one party or another. Add to that the many who have lost loved ones this year and are still not able to grieve normally or gather with family and friends due to the current circumstances. All this is so distancing.

When the Declaration of Independence was signed, not all parties agreed; yet they worked together for the common good. Maybe we should watch the movie Independence Day with Will Smith and Bill Pullman to remember we are better when we all pull together. That seems so silly to say, but we really need to give more attention to having compassion for each other, helping each other, and remembering how great America is.

We were blessed to be able to vacation this year, but even we are staying closer to the vacation home than in other years. When we go out, everyone has masks on. Some restaurants have not survived the pandemic or are working at reduced capacity per restrictions or with reduced hours because of travel restrictions leading to no international work staff. Think of how those international students who planned to spend their summers working here are feeling, too. What has this pandemic cost them?

As things open up, some states are experiencing new spikes in cases. An end to this situation seems far away. A vaccine trial has been delayed. Maybe a pause or a push back in re-opening is on the horizon.

I'm okay with adjusting to this new normal, but my heart yearns to see forgiveness, compassion, and peace reign. Little acts of kindness mean so much--like the car full of teenagers who paid $5 toward our Dairy Queen bill yesterday simply because I let them into the drive thru line. I pray we can move forward as a country to a better place.


Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.

~ 1 Peter 3:8-9







Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Book Review: Inspired Mama by Sez Kristiansen

A guide to intentional living for mothers is what readers find in Inspired Mama by Sez Kristiansen.

Stressed and overworked, Sez finds herself in a fetal position on her son's bed, alone because her husband has taken their child and disappeared to let her figure out what's going on with her, and fearing she is losing her mind.

If nothing else in this book were relatable, the opening to Inspired Mama reminds all mothers how vulnerable we are. Feeling responsible for our happiness, and for everyone else's, we put ourselves last and limp through life talking down to ourselves when we can't balance all our roles. Kristiansen wants to help you change all that.

Inspired Mama is about living an intentional life. It's about freedom of mind, life, and comfort zones. Through journaling, meditating, becoming mindful, practicing gratitude, finding a community to inspire and empower you, and more,  you can learn to live an authentic life tailor-made for you.

Intentional living is important because, without out that practice, we can find ourselves trapped into living lives that may make us unhappy and resentful. Kristiansen's book is a great place to get started. She shares her story and offers advice on moving you forward. In addition to her helpful advice, you'll find inspiring quotes at the beginning of each chapter.

Check out Inspired Mama to see if it's right for you.

Paperback: 165 pages
Publisher: TCK Publishing (January 19, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1631610783
ISBN-13: 978-1631610783

I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review contains my honest opinions, which I have not been compensated for in any way.

Monday, June 29, 2020

Mailbox Monday - June 29




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

How can it possibly be the end of June? It's hard to believe we are heading into the seventh month of 2020. Maybe that's because so much of it has been a blur with the pandemic.

The beach is lovely this year. The temperature has been in the 90s. It should be a hair cooler today. We are enjoying the time away from home, but we miss the kitties. I hope it doesn't storm too much while we are away. They might be scared.

Not much in my mailbox last week, but I did see this one right before we left.


What did you receive last week? Are there any books I should be putting on my wish list?

Sunday, June 28, 2020

Book Spotlight: Cozy Minimalist Home by Myquillyn Smith


After reading Myquillyn Smith's first book, The Nesting Place, women everywhere were convinced that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful and they found real contentment in their homes. But how does a content imperfectionist make actual design decisions?

Cozy Minimalist Home is the answer to that question. Written for the hands-on woman who'd rather move her own furniture than hire a designer, this is the guidance she needs to finish every room of her house one purposeful design decision at a time. With people, priorities, and purpose in mind, anyone can create a warm, inviting, cozy, and beautiful home that transcends the trends.

You'll have the tools to transform your home starting with what you already have, and using just enough of the right furniture and d├ęcor to create a home you're proud of in a way that honors your personal priorities, budget, and style. In Cozy Minimalist Home, Myquillyn Smith helps you:


  • Realize your role as the curator of your home who makes smart, style-impacting design choices
  • Finally know what to focus on, and what not to worry about when it comes to your home
  • Discover the real secret to finding your unique style--it has nothing to do with those style quizzes
  • Understand how to find a sofa you won't hate tomorrow
  • Deconstruct each room and then re-create it step by step with a fail proof process
  • Create a pretty home with more style and less stuff--resulting in backwards decluttering!
  • Finish your home and have it looking the way you've always hoped so you can use it the way you've always dreamed

Cozy Minimalism isn't about going without or achieving a particular new, modern style. Nope. It's simply a mindset that helps you get whatever style YOU LOVE with the fewest possible items.

File Size: 28814 KB
Print Length: 220 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
Publisher: Zondervan (October 23, 2018)
Publication Date: October 23, 2018
Sold by: HarperCollins Publishing
Language: English
ASIN: B07BB69QRP

Purchase here!

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Task it Tuesday - June 23


Originally created by The Geeky Blogger, Task it Tuesday is a weekly meme to help you--and me--get things done. The challenge is to post a task or list of tasks you want to complete before next Tuesday. These tasks can help you with your blogging life, reading life, personal or professional life.

I always try to have a light schedule right before we go away. Each year, my somewhat easy calendar gets filled with unexpected items that leave me scrambling. As such, I am not putting together a substantial task list for this week. I am going to concentrate on my sanity and making the week before we head out as stress-free as possible.

Here are a few things I would like to accomplish:


  • Finish packing by Thursday
  • Read a Bible verse each day
  • Vacuum 
  • Check to make sure the cats have enough supplies so the pet sitter doesn't need to worry about anything
  • Take a deep breath before I open my mouth
Here's hoping you enjoy the rest of your week.

Monday, June 22, 2020

Mailbox Monday - June 22




Mailbox Monday is a meme started by Marcia of To Be Continued. Mailbox Monday is the gathering place for readers to share the books that came in their mailbox during the last week. It now has a permanent home at the Mailbox Monday blog.

It is the last Monday before vacation. Yee-haw!!!! Theo is ready.





I hope you had a nice weekend. We celebrated by visiting friends and spending dinner out with the kids.




My mailbox held one book for review this week.




I also received this one in my Inbox. It's a short story that I should be able to polish off while we are away.


I picked up this Kindle freebie on June 19.


What did you find in your mailbox this week? Anything fun you would like to share?