Monthly Archives: December 2012

Merry Christmas

I know I said I wouldn’t be posting again. But I had to share. Remember when I said I was going to try and see the Christmas lights this year? I did one step better. My husband and I went to a tourist attraction in our area that decorates like crazy for Christmas. So, in case you didn’t get out to see any lights this year, I posted a few photos of my great adventure.:) Enjoy and Merry Christmas!

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A Daughter’s Redemption

A Daughter's Redemption CoverA Daughter’s Redemption by Georgiana Daniels is a Love Inspired contemporary romance. This book releases December 18th, but I was given a complementary early review copy.

The story held my attention and the characters were well written.

From the back cover:

Inheriting her estranged father’s property isn’t the reason Robyn Warner wanted to come back to Pine Hollow. She thought she’d make amends with her father—but his sudden death made that impossible. And when she learns the identity of the handyman fixing the run-down cabins, Robyn is ready to flee Pine Hollow again. Caleb Sloane, the cop responsible for her father’s accident, just wants to uphold his promise and then return to the force. But he can’t seem to walk away. After all, he understands about guilt and regret. And he’ll do everything he can to help Robyn find healing, happiness and—just maybe—a lifetime of love.

Author Bio:

Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband, and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations, and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God’s love through fiction, and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after. She regularly blogs at http://georgianad.blogspot.com and loves for new friends to stop by and visit!

Just a reminder, this will be my final post until January. Merry Christmas Everyone and happy reading!

Take Time for Fun

2012-03-29 03.29.50During this hectic season it is easy to forget to take a moment and have fun. I get so caught up it what needs to be done, that I forget I can also play a game or drive around and look at Christmas lights, or do whatever will put a smile on my face.

What makes you smile?

I encourage you to take the time for some fun or at the very least spend a few minutes doing something that will put a smile on your face. It’s been a few years since I’ve made a point to look at the houses decked out in Christmas lights. I think I’ll try that this week, or at least before Christmas. 🙂

In honor of the busy season beginning next Thursday I’ll be taking the rest of the month off.

Merry Christmas Everyone!

It Really IS a Wonderful Life

It Really IS a Wonderful Life by Linda Wood Rondeau is a  contemporary Christmas romance set in Midville New York.

Widowed and the mother of two young children Dorie Fitzgerald is out of work, living in a new town and desperate for friends. She decides to audition at the local theater for It’s A Wonderful Life hoping to meet people.

Jamey Sullivan’s dream is to perform on Broadway and it looks like he is one step closer to realizing that dream when he scores a agent/manager who gets him an audition in New York City. The only problem is his dad needs him to run the family business, and the new woman in town has caught his attention.

I’m probably the only person in the United States who has never actually sat through the entire movie It’s a Wonderful Life, but from what I understand the characters in this story face choices much the same as the characters in the movie.

I enjoyed It Really IS a Wonderful Life and think it was a delightful Christmas read. It looks like it is only available on Amazon and the last time I checked it was free to borrow for Prime Members.

Slow Down

Take time to slow down and enjoy life a little. I know I don’t normally send out three posts in one week, but this is important.

This past week I’ve encountered more than one seriously impatient driver. I know everyone is rushed and in a hurry, but driving 50 mph in a school zone is NOT cool. Tail-gating someone who is driving the legal limit at any time is NOT cool. Blasting through residential intersections because you are in too much of a hurry to follow the rules of the road and stop is NOT cool.

I know we are all busy, but it all falls back to time management, which I’ve talked about quite a bit on this blog. Please for the sake of everyone you come in contact with, schedule five extra minutes into your commute. Who knows you may save a life, and that life may be yours.

Feeling Overwhelmed

2012-03-29 19.30.23Are you feeling overwhelmed? Does life feel like a never ending roller coaster? You are not alone. This time of year is especially busy. Between going to Christmas programs, shopping, baking, working and keeping up with every day life it can all become too much to deal with. Below are a few suggestions to help you cope.

1. Cut back on the number of parties you attend. Rather than go to every party you are invited to, choose to go to the one that matters the most. Maybe you especially want to go to more than one and if that fits into your schedule then go for it! After all Christmas only come once a year.

2. Skip Christmas cards. Now I’m not saying this is something everyone should do, but if this task is so overwhelming to you that you can’t function just thinking about it, then cut it from your life–it’s not worth it, and your true friends will understand. However, there may be a few relatives you shouldn’t overlook.;)

3. Streamline your shopping. How? That’s up to you, but you could try shopping on the internet, cutting back on who you buy for, take one day to do all your shopping and then have a wrapping party that night.:) These are just a few ideas off the top of my head, but I’d love to hear your ideas.

4. Get the family photo done in October. Okay it’s a little late this year, but keep this tip in mind for next year. Trust me on this, after you try going in before the Christmas rush, you will never step foot near a photo studio again during the holidays.

5. Become familiar with the delete button on your computer. It seems all the stores I shop at, plus a few more have my email address and inundate me with several a day.

6. Ask for Help. If there is nothing you can remove from your schedule, try doing the next best thing and ask for help. Maybe you need a deadline extended–ask. Maybe you need to hire someone to watch the kids so you can shop or wrap presents–go for it.

Finally allow yourself to be less than perfect. It’s okay to buy cookies from the store and not make them yourself. In fact it’s fun to buy sugar cookie dough and make cut out cookies with the kids–much faster and just as fun.

Allowing yourself to be less than perfect takes a lot of the pressure off and you will find you are much happier and less overwhelmed.

What about you? What do you do to make the holidays less overwhelming?

A Door County Christmas

Door-County-Cover1A Door County Christmas is four delightful novellas packed into one book. Each story takes place in Door County and the one common thread is Lola’s Christmas tea.

Book one, The Heart’s Harbor by Cynthia Ruchti is a humorous romance filled with mishaps and tender moments. Lola is called away to jury duty and leaves her famous annual Christmas tea in the care of Amanda Brooks, a beloved guest of the inn. Amanda has no idea when she heads to inn for a much needed vacation that she will be running Lola’s tea this year.

To complicate matters Lola’s son Jordan is visiting. The two work together to follow Lola’s instructions and what follows is a comedic attempt to live up to Lola’s reputation for putting on the best event of the season.

Book two, Ride with Me into Christmas by Rachel Phillips is a step out of the norm for a romance. Widow Joanna Flick keeps to herself since her husbands passing. Her adult son is worried about her and encourages her to start living again, but his idea of what his mom needs and hers are not the same.

Widower Paul Sorensen gladly helps when is quirky neighbor Joanna comes running out her door in a panic because of a spider. He’s been trying to befriend his new neighbor  since she moved in, but she usually runs inside every time she sees him. She continues to avoid him after the spider indecent, however that changes when his grandson wanders into her yard.

In book three, My Heart Still Beats by Elieen Key, Madison Tanner escorts two octogenarians to their vacation cottage in Door County. The couples niece is determined to get the older couple to sell their property and arranges to have a relator meet them at their vacation home to show to potential buyers. The couple agreed to show the cottage, but their hearts aren’t into in.

Realtor and widower Grant Stearling must sell the cottage before Christmas in order to get the money he needs to pay the tuition for his daughters private school education.  However the task is made more difficult by the couple who clearly don’t want to sell. He is curious about the young woman who accompanies them and his daughter takes to her immediately.

My Heart Still Beats is a delightful comedy and sweet romance.

Christmas Crazy by Becky Melby takes place at Door Counties comedy theater. Jillian Galloway shows up to help her Uncle salvage his business in time for Christmas. However the task is far greater than she imagined.

Ricky Jimmy a mysterious Brazilian is Jillian’s right hand man when it comes to getting things on the right track, but he’s full of more surprises that she ever dreamed.

Each of these stories put a smile on my face. If you are in the mood for a lighthearted Christmas read then A door County Christmas may be what you are looking for.