Sunday, April 13, 2014

Book Review: Telling Yourself the Truth by William Backus & Marie Chapian

*I received this book via Bethany House for purposes of this review, however all opinions are my own.

Telling Yourself the Truth
by William Backus & Marie Chapian

About the Book:
"The truth will set you free!
I dropped the ball and feel like a failure as a parent/spouse/friend, or, I lost my job; I am useless. This is negative self-talk at its finest. Negative thinking produces negative emotions, negative reactions, and negative behavior. Don’t be a victim of circumstances; self-destroying lies will keep you from achieving true happiness.
But true happiness is possible if you stop believing your lies. The authors explain Misbelief Therapy, a life-changing method, in an easy-to-understand way. Learning to deal with your thoughts, they say, is the first step to healthy thinking. They’ll help you stop the misbelief, I’m so lonely and miserable, and replace it with the truth: I’m alone, but not lonely. God loves me with an everlasting love, and I am invaluable to Him. Once you pull the negative thoughts out and replace them with the truth, you will see that you can lead a satisfying and fulfilling emotional life. Based on the Bible, Telling Yourself the Truth has continuously helped thousands of people for more than thirty years. This newest edition now includes a helpful study guide."

My Review:
Telling yourself the truth... that sometimes is hard.  When your full of self doubt, pity or anxiety, knowing that the way you think you feel and the way life really is is difficult.  Feelings of worthlessness, helplessness or sadness are all often overwhelming, especially when facing challenging times.  If you find yourself thinking this way often, I would recommend this book.  Using scriptures and Bible based beliefs, this book explains the theory of misbelief and gives you ways to overcome them.  These misbeliefs can be the direct cause of emotional turmoil and destructive behaviors and often appear as truth to the person thinking them.  If your always thinking your not good enough or smart enough or strong enough, you will begin to behave as if you aren't good enough, smart enough or strong enough.  It is a fact that our thoughts determine our behavior and the way you believe influences the way you feel.  
Having Faith is one of the ways that I get rid of the misbeliefs in my life because God wants us to believe and have Faith in Him.

"According to your faith be it unto you!"

You are in control of your happiness, your anger, your depression and your self control, but you first have to decide if you want to be in control.  One you decide you can then dispel all those misbeliefs and grab ahold of the Faith that God so desires you to have.  This book is a great way to help your process.  It has a great study guide included in the back that was designed for group or individual use and goes along with each chapter.  There is also space for writing right in the book which I love. 

Friday, April 11, 2014

Product Review: Cassani Fogless Shower Mirror

*Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  All opinions and photos are my own.

Check it Out!  I get so frustrated when my husband leaves hair in my sink after shaving.  Although he is pretty good about cleaning up after, there is usually some stray hairs here and there and of course I have to clean the sink out.  Since he is grey headed and his beard is grey they are those pesky course hairs that can be a pain to get rid of sometimes.  He typically shaves at the sink and then jumps in the shower and has mentioned on more than one occasion that he would love to be able to just shave in the shower.  Well his wish has come true!  I recently received the Cassani Fogless Shower Mirror to review and hubby is now a happy man!  And I am happy that my sink is less hairy.
Everyone knows that the steam from a hot shower not only softens the skin, but opens up those pores and softens hair, which helps to reduce razor burn and allows for a closer shave.   The only problem with shaving in the shower is that typical mirrors fog up and make the process harder because you have to keep wiping the steam away or they are too small and awkward to use.   The Cassani Fogless Shower mirror has an improved design that matches the face shape.  

When you buy the Cassani Fogless Shower Mirror, you get not only the Shatter-proof Fogless Shower Mirror that uses anti-fog Nanotechnology to repel fog, but you also get a stainless steel mirror wall mount and a stainless steel shaving razor wall mount so that your razor is always at hand.
I love the design of this mirror and it works wonderfully.  Having the razor wall mount is awesome not only for hubby but for me!  Since I shave my legs in the shower, I always know where a razor is!  The mirror is also great for me, makes getting make-up off much easier.  I also like that the mirror isn't affixed to the hanger, and can be removed.  This makes cleaning the shower easy and the mirror can be used outside of the shower as well.  When hubby wants to shave but I am in the shower, he just attaches it to the bathroom mirror with a suction cup hook. Very versatile and functional product.

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

#TBCCrafters Craft Hop - Jumbo Clothespin Card/Photo Holder

Check it Out! I love to create!  Whether it's in the craft room or kitchen, I enjoy the process and producing an end product that  I can enjoy and be proud of.  I love to make things for myself and to give as gifts as well so I love finding projects that I can give away and are useful.  For my craft this week, I have a quick and easy craft that is perfect to give as a gift.  

I found this great jumbo clothespin for less than $2 a few months ago and decided it would make a great recipe card/ photo holder.  I thought about which I wanted to decorate it for and decided that I could do both and that I wanted to keep it for myself!  So using the word "create" as my inspiration I chose some pretty paper and got busy!  
My supplies included:
  • white paint
  • scrapbook paper
  • mod podge
  • sticker letters
  • die cut pieces from the same Colorbok paper kit that I used on my Welcome Spring Plaque from last week
  • Glue Dots Glue Lines
  • floral embellishments
  • ribbon

The first thing I did was take the clothespin apart so that my spring would stay clean.  It was really easy to take off and I experimented with getting it back on so that I wouldn't have to figure it out after I had it all decorated.  I didn't want to mess up my paint and decoupage job! 

I then painted the two pieces a bright clean white.  Giving it plenty of time to dry between and after the coats of paint.  

I then traced the wooden pieces onto the back of my chosen paper and cut it out, including a space for the spring.

Next I mod-podged those pieces onto the painted pieces using a card as a squeegee to make sure there are no bubbles.  I applied a few over coats as well to make sure the pieces were secure and this also makes it so it is easier to clean.

After allowing the pieced to dry thoroughly, I put the spring back on to put the clothespin back together into one piece.

Using my ruler to evenly space my sticker letters, I applied them to a die cut piece for one side. 

I recently received these great Glue Dots Glue Lines from Glue Dots and I am in love!  I didn't even know they made Glue Lines but I sure am glad they do!  They are perfect for attaching the die cut shape to my clothespin.  I then added a ribbon with bow right above the spring.

I finished off this side with a few floral embellishments.  Whether I am cooking or crafting, this is the perfect side to display my idea card!

For the other side, I wanted to keep it simple for displaying photos, so I simply added another piece of ribbon, a circle embellishment and a monogrammed die-cut square.  I used a larger sticker letter backed with scrapbook paper and then trimmed and glued onto the die-cut pieces that I put back to back.  I used those great Glue Lines again to hold it all together.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Winner of the God's Amazing World Book Giveaway has been drawn!

Check it Out!  The winner of the Check it Out! with Dawn God's Amazing World Book Giveaway has been drawn!  


Brett Martin

Winner has been notified via email and has 48 hours to claim prize or forfeit and another winner will be drawn.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Enter the @FaveCrafts Super Spectacular Grand Prize Giveaway to win over $500 worth of amazing products!

*I received no compensation for this post, just an extra entry to win!

Check it Out!  Crafting is one of my passions.  One of my main passions, other than my family and God!  I have been crafting since I was a teenager and find it to be not only a passion but a stress reliever.  Having lost all of my possessions including all of my crafting stuff in the fire that claimed my home 2 years ago, I have been slowly trying to build my supplies back up.  It's not been easy but I have been able to get the most basic of supplies and I have had some amazing friends that have given me some items as well.  My dream is to recreate the crafting area that I had before the fire in a bigger and better space in my new home.  I estimate that I lost over $5,000 worth of supplies.  I had over 1,000 sheets of scrapbook paper alone as I had building this supply over my 23 year marriage.  In an effort to rebuild this supply I enter every single papercrafting and craft giveaway that I can find!  I recently came across one that just had me drooling!
The Fave Crafts Super Spectacular Grand Prize Giveaway has over $500.00 worth of products from a variety of amazing companies, like Rit Dye, Fiskar's, Elmer's and Coats and Clarks just to name a few.  
This is the ultimate in craft giveaways!  You can GO HERE to get your entry in before 11:59 pm EST on April 25, 2014 for your chance to win.  You can enter once daily to increase your chances too!  You know I am!  Head over and get all the details!  Good Luck!

Product Review: Smartypants Tavern Puzzle

*Disclosure: I got this product as part of an advertorial.  All opinions and photos are my own.

Check it Out!  I have always loved puzzles!  From jigsaw puzzles to computer puzzles and all kinds in between, I love the challenge of a good puzzle.  I recently got a new puzzle to check out and this is a very cool and unique puzzle.  I received the Smartypants Tavern Puzzle.

Tavern Puzzles are reproductions of antique wrought iron puzzles like those that were traditionally found in country taverns and inns.  All handcrafted of steel by a museum trained blacksmith right here in the USA, Tavern Puzzles are each mechanical in nature.  There is no force needed.  There are no tricks.  Just old fashioned problem solving!  The puzzles are solved when the object piece is removed.  But it isn't truly mastered until the object piece is then returned to it's starting place.  So each one is really like 2 puzzles in one!
There are 8 different groups of Tavern Puzzles ranging from basic to complex.  Basic puzzles have just a few steps.  The amount of steps grows with each group along with the difficulty.

So this is the Smartypants puzzle.  This puzzle is in group 4 and is in the Intermediate/Difficult level.  The object to be removed on this puzzle is the circle piece.  I spent quite a lot of time working on this the first day I got it and will admit defeat.  I do however have a son that we consider a smartypants and thrives on solving puzzles like this, so of course he wanted to give it a try.  He was successful in getting the circle off, but getting it back on to it's original position proved to be more difficult.  He finally got it though.  
The quality of this puzzle is amazing.  The pieces are all smooth, no burrs or sharp pieces and well made.  It really is a beautiful piece of work, almost like a piece of art.  My kids enjoyed trying to solve it as well as us adults and I have found it to be a great conversation piece.  
Each Tavern Puzzle comes in it's own drawstring cloth bag along with an information sheet that lets you know what the object piece is.  However, you do not get the solution!  At first I was like, WHAT?  But then the more I thought about it, I realized that without having it right on hand, you work harder and think harder to solve it.  But the solution is available by going on-line or by requesting a printed copy so if you absolutely can not figure it out, you can get it.  These puzzles also all have a hanger loop on them so you can display them if desired.  You can purchase a variety of display stands or mounts at where you can also see and purchase all of the puzzles available.  They have sets available as well.  
Tavern Puzzles are suitable for ages 13 to 113 and would make excellent gifts for children and adults alike.  They are also great for homeschool families as they are challenging and help to strengthen problem solving in kids.  

*I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.
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