Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Dandelions on the Wind, The Quilted Hearts Series #1 : Book Review

Dandelions on the Wind, The Quilted Hearts Series #1

If you like to read a good read, I suggest you read this book. Dandelions on the Wind by Mona Hodgson, is the first novella in the Quilted Heart series, and you won’t be able to put it down. The book is about a mail order bride , Maren Jenson, who has come to America from Denmark. But the man she is supposed to marry, leaves her when he finds out about Maren’s ailment. She finds a home with Ms. Brantenberg , and her young granddaughter, Gabi.

But the winds change when Gabi’s father shows up. Maren finds herself falling in love with him, and his daughter Gabi. But the strain between “Wooly” and Ms. Brantenberg is strong and the tension is high. One great lesson this book shares is that “Grace cannot be earned, only given”.

I found this book to be a great read. The only downside is that it’s short. Also there needed to be more about the characters themselves to help the reader feel as if they knew them. The lessons on grace and forgiveness in this book is nice and refreshing.  Also the last few chapters of the book don’t talk much about Maren’s ailment. Overall this little novella was an inspiring book, with lessons on grace and forgiveness throughout the book.

* I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review*

Monday, June 10, 2013

Fruit Infused Water

   So today i made lemon blueberry infused water. I wanted to have some flavor without all the chemicals of store bought fruit flavored waters.
So this is what i did : 

  • Take 1 Lemon and squeeze juice and pulp into a glass 
  • Take a handful of blueberries and slightly squeeze them and put them in the glass
  • Let sit for a few hours in fridge. 
  Then you have a nice refreshing drink, plus added vitamins! It's great for those warm summer days. 
You can add any fruit you want too! I wanted lemon for the detoxing benefits and blueberries for taste. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Weekend Adventures

Okay, so it's been awhile since I've blogged last. So sorry! Let's just say things have been a little crazy the past few weeks. This past weekend my husband and I, and a few other people went to a city about 3 hours away to help with a political campaign. On the way up though, as i was driving, my tire decided to, well shed some weight, and got rid of some tread WHILE I was driving. But after finding a tire shop that made an emergency run out and $50 later, we continued on to the campground we were going to stay at.

Remember how i said that Vitamin D is really important? Well for some reason when I get natural (sun) Vitamin D for to long, it take revenge and turns my skin red. Like, that really red nail polish you only wear on your toes cause it's to bright type of red. We were door knocking (again for a political campaign) and one guy that opened the door said this to me "Did you know you got sunburned?" I wanted to reply this "Oh is that why my skin feels like it's burning right off of me? Wow! Thanks! I had NOO idea!". Lets just say, i'm STILL red... 5 days later. Oh the woes of a fair ish skinned girl.

And so this past weekend we were camping right? And I wake up at 5:30 to a sanctuary of birds. Pretty cool. But we leave to go get work done, and came back during the day to jump in the river. Well... the campground was PACKED. Like people all up in our space type of thing. So we go hop in the river, cool down, and pack up again to head to town. But we are worried that all the drunk people will do something to our tents. Well, I was worried. And as we are discussing this, a guy hops in his car and pulls up a foot from one of the tents. Like, hello?! To many people in my personal bubble here. Well most of the loud people were gone that evening so it ended up being ok.