My Liebster Award 2017 Nomination

Liebster Award Nominee 2017

I am so honored and blessed to be nominated for the Liebster Award 2017! This nomination comes from Jaime at Its  Blogical. She is super sweet. She is also a mother of three children and she still looks amazing! I don't have children and I am just tired running around with my dog! ^_^ She also has the best tips and articles on travel and yummy recipes! 

Thank you so much, Jaime, for the nomination. I really appreciate it!! It is my readers and fellow bloggers like you and your nomination that keeps me going, knowing that hard work and dedication is appreciated and doesn’t go unnoticed.

A Little Bit About Me, your Liebster Award 2017 Nominee

1. I studied Archaeology (I have an associate degree in that field) for two years and during that time I traveled quite a bit, studying out in the field. Sorry folks, it's not like the life of Indiana Jones. However, I did have a teacher who absolutely hated snakes! It was very fun and I miss the adventures sometimes! 

2. I went to Southern Oregon University for my bachelors. I met my now husband there. In a bar of all places! We were going to an acquaintance's 21st birthday party. What is funny is that we both don't drink very much at all but I guess we both felt obligated to go. So I guess it worked out for the better! 

3. I use to have a fashion blog and wrote for an online fashion magazine for 5 years back in my college days. I am not much of a fashionista anymore. I dress more minimally and modest now. It's interesting how our hobbies change! 

4. I was baptized Catholic and was brought up in the Catholic church as a child. When my parents divorced I went to Luthern church with my dad sometimes. But we didn't go regularly. I lost my faith in Christ in my 20s. I now have renewed my faith and am very blessed to have him back in my life. :) 

5. I am very passionate about animal rights and conservation. I actively promote conservation and put an effort to support organizations that conserve wildlife. I adopted my little furbaby, Fred when he was 2 years old. I continuously promote adoption over purchasing in my community. 

6. With that, I am a vegetarian. I have been vegetarian for about 3 years now. I was pescetarian before that for 2 years. So I would say I haven't really eaten meat for 5 years! I was vegan for about 2 yrs. I still don't eat dairy but I do eat eggs. 

7. My dream one day would be to live in the Scottish highlands or British countryside in a small little cottage with lots of little dogs. I am not sure what I would do out there to make money but I am trusting God that if it does happen, that he has a plan for me. :) 

My hubby and I in the highlands of Scotland. 

My hubby and I in the highlands of Scotland. 

    My Liebster Award 2017 Nomination Questions

    How many US States have you visited and which one did you like the most? 

    25 States. Oregon. I lived there for 5 years. I miss its beauty and 4 seasons! 

    What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

    Chocolate with peanut butter. 

    What would you consider to be your blog niche?

    Books. More specifically on Christian fiction and historical fiction. 

    Do you prefer to read the book or watch the movie and why?

    Depends on the subject. Some genres I don't typically read but I will watch the movie. For example, I have never read Lord of the Rings, but I do enjoy watching the movies. 

    When do you find time to blog?

    I work full-time so I generally blog over the weekend and during the evenings. I usually reserve an hour each evening for social media marketing. 

    Why did you decide to start a blog?

    I decided to start my blog because I love reading. It's a form of therapy for me. Ever since I was a little girl, I always remember reading some kind of book. I remember watching Beauty and Beast and thinking, I want a library like that someday! I also want to share my faith in Christ by sharing Christian fiction books. It definitely helps me understand his message better when reading a story about it. 

    What has been your favorite vacation and why?

    This is a tie between my honeymoon and Scotland. My honeymoon will always hold a special place in my heart. But Scotland stole my heart as well. I absolutely fell in love with the culture, scenery, food, history, and everything over in Scotland. When I was there, I felt right at home. It was very hard for me to leave. I could definitely see myself living there one day! 

    If you could give someone $1,000,000 who would you give it to?

    I would give it to a charity called African Wildlife Foundation, that protects wildlife and promotes African wildlife conservation. Besides reading, wildlife conservation is very near and dear to me. It's something I promote and educate regularly in my everyday life. I absolutely love animals, and it breaks my heart that the beautiful animals God created are poached every day for their tusks, hide, etc. 

    How has traveling changed your life?

    Traveling has opened my eyes to so many different cultures, lifestyles, and just different people in general. It has shown that even though we look and speak differently, we all want the same thing- happiness and to be loved. 

    What has been your greatest accomplishment?

    My biggest accomplishment? It's very personal to me, so I won't go much into it until I am ready. Thank you for your understanding.  

    What is your favorite blog post made by you, and why?

    Probably the book review on The Nightingale. It's a story of perseverance and doing anything for the ones you love. It's heartbreaking and a very emotional story but I loved it. 

    My Liebster Award 2017 Nominees

    Molly - The Sassy Southern. Molly is so adorable. She has the sweetest personality and the best advice on party planning. Did I mention she has the most awesome Pinterest account? So much awesome and inspiring content to repin and share! If you need help with party planning, wedding advice, home decor, and DIY, check out Molly. You won't be disappointed! 

    Melissa- Humble Faith Family Wellness. Melissa is amazing everyone. She offers advice on the sticky situations in our life. From relationships, mental illness, and many other sensitive topics. Her blog is focused around helping people with Christ in mind. I absolutely love that. I think more awareness needs to be put on topics like these and I am glad Melissa is doing just that. 

    Kelly- Hope in the Chaos. Kelly is one to admire. She homeschools children. Yep, I don't know if I could do that one. ^_^ I absolutely love Kelly's blog. You also need to subscribe to her 5 day- devotional everyone! She really knows how to apply God's word to our modern day life, and help us understand his word better. She also covers topics that we all need help on such as learning how to be more patient, and faith-based topics. :) 

    Lindy - This Beautiful Ride. First off, her baby is just the cutest. Such an adorable family! She writes weekly on various faith-based topics and living the life of a farmer's wife. What I enjoy about Lindy's blog is that she is very honest about life and who she is. I admire that. I enjoy reading little snippets of her life and I know you will too! 

    My Questions for Nominees

    1. Given the choice of anyone in the world whom would you want as a dinner guest and why?
    2. For what in your life do you feel most grateful?
    3. If travel was something everyone did as a rite of passage growing up where would you recommend they go and why? (one country only)
    4. What would be the best travel memory to have and how does it compare to what you have?
    5. Give a tip for other bloggers or potential blog starters:
    6. What is your favorite dish?
    7. Would you ever travel the world in a camper van?
    8. Give a travel tip for travelers.
    9. What do you think of selfie sticks?
    10. When you have a writer’s block what do you do to work it out?
    11. Who you gonna’ call?

    Thank you again to Jaime for nominating me! I hope you learned a little more about me. I also hope you go check out the ladies above in the nomination section. 

    Also, have a blessed and delicious Thanksgiving dinner! I won't be eating turkey but I will be eating all the sides! ;) 

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    2017 Black Friday Book Sales

    2017 Black Friday Book Sale

    It's the biggest sale of the year! 

    It's also the best time to purchase a few books. Of course, there is always Amazon but some brick and mortar stores have amazing deals! 

    I have compiled a list of all the stores (online and physical) that have book sales going on during Black Friday. Find them listed below: 

    Amazon

    Amazon is a great place to get electronics. They are not well known for physical book deals during Black Friday. 

    • Kindle E-Reader - $49
    • Kindle Paperwhite- $89
    • Kindle Fire 7 Tablet - $30 - I love reading magazines on here! 

    Barnes & Noble 

    Barnes & Noble is a great place to stock up on books during Black Friday. If you are a member you can get an extra 20% on hardcovers and 10% on everything else. 

    • 50% of select books, music, and movies. 
    • Buy 1, Get one 50% off educational toys and games. 
    • Now, the best part!! Signed Editions - read the entire list HERE
    • Nook GlowLight 3 for $99. 
    • 30% Print Magazines.

    Half Price Books

    I haven't personally shopped at Half Price Books before. I have never been to their store or shopped online. But it's a popular store for cheaper book prices. 

    • 20% Off Entire Store! 
    • Tote bag & $5 gift card to first 100 customers. One bag will have a $100 gift card. 

    Lifeway

    Lifeway is the store for everything Christian. They have Bibles, Christian fiction, music CDs, movies, decor, and more! I personally love shopping here. And they do price match! 

    • Study Bibles starting at $19. 
    • Christian fiction books starting at $5. Many of them at only $5! 
    • $10 Planners.
    • Kids books at only $5.
    • Christian Music CDs at only $3.99. 
    • When Calls The Heart Season 3 is only $5! 

    Christian Book

    Christian books is THE place for Christian books - for less. They literally have every genre you can think of, as well as Bibles, music CDs, movies, and decor! They are an online only store and from my experience, they ship quite quickly. 

    • Many items for under $20. 
    • Journaling Bibles up to 73% off. 
    • 50% NIV Bibles. 
    • Most Christian fiction books under $10. 
    • Devotionals for under $10. 
    • All Christian movies and music CDs on sale and most are under $10. 

    Target

    We are all familiar with Target. Target in my opinion does not have the best black friday book sales. But it's worth checking out. :) 

    • 50% off a select list of books. 

    Books-A-Million

    Books-A-Million is another store I haven't personally shopped at. But it's similar to the model of Half Priced Books. 

    • Buy three comic or graphic novels and get the fourth one for free.
    • Buy one get one free- autographed editions. 
    • Extra 10% off for members. 

    Book Depository

    Book Depository is very popular among the book blogger and youtube community because of the cheap (I mean cheap) book prices. Book prices add up everyone! 

    • Everyday Book Depository will be giving the very best prices on their top-selling titles plus some huge offers on the biggest bestsellers. Check out the website each day for a brand new selection of books with massive money off deals.

     

    Alright, I hope that helped you narrow down to which stores you would like to shop at for a good book deal!

    Need help with planning and deciding on what books to exactly purchase? I created a worksheet that will help you list out what books you would like and then narrow down to which exact ones you will get based on your budget. We all need to stick to a budget! ;) 

    Download your worksheet- HERE

    If any additional deals are advertised as the week continues, I will be updating this post. So please check back again later this week!

    Do you go Black Friday shopping? If so, share where you go shopping for on the big day! Also, if you decide to get a few books, what ones will you be getting? 

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

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    Blog Tour: Book Review of Christmas At The Candied Apple Cafe And Giveaway!

    Christmas at the Candied Apple Cafe Review

    Christmas at the Candied Apple Café

    There’s nothing so magical as Christmas in New York…

    Santa is coming to New York!

    Snow is falling, excitement is high and the delicious scent of chocolate drifts along Fifth Avenue – the Candied Apple Café is ready for Christmas! And no one is busier than publicist Iona Summerlin. With so much to do, she doesn’t have time to think about men, dating, or the fact her last boyfriend ditched her for her brother… Relationships are off the menu!

    Hotel boss Mads Eriksson is not looking forward to the first Christmas since losing his wife. His six-year-old daughter Sofia has lost her belief in Christmas magic along with her mother, and he has no idea what to do. But an unusually festive business meeting at the Candied Apple – and meeting the beautiful Iona – starts to defrost Mads’ frozen heart, and suddenly life seems full of light and sparkle again.

    If only they dare to believe, maybe all their Christmas dreams will come true!

    Amazon UK: http://amzn.to/2zAvDah 

    Amazon US: http://amzn.to/2gKF5QQ 

    Author Bio USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children, and a very spoiled miniature dachshund. 

    Author Bio

    USA Today bestselling author Katherine Garbera is a two-time Maggie winner who has written more than 60 books. A Florida native who grew up to travel the globe, Katherine now makes her home in the Midlands of the UK with her husband, two children, and a very spoiled miniature dachshund. 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Twitter @katheringarbera

    Instagram www.instagram.com/katherinegarbera

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    My Review: 

    Why I Chose This Book

    When I saw an opening for this book and read the synopsis I knew I just had to join in. It sounded like the perfect Christmas romance book to read!

    First Initial Thoughts

    Katherine did an amazing job setting the atmosphere and really making you feel like you are a part of the cafe. You could tell the instant attraction between Iona and Mads when they met. I appreciated it was not love at first sight. But it was so adorable how Iona and Mads first talked about each other like you would on a first few dates. 

    Iona was a dedicated business owner and I loved how she made sure every little detail was accounted for. She was also adamant about making the cafe look all Christmas-y. I just loved that. I knew if I had a cafe I would go all out on the decorations! I also enjoyed that it was a chocolate cafe so I liked that it was unique. Not only was she a great business owner, but she had compassion and a wonderful heart. 

    Mads, in my opinion, should win dad of the year award. I can't imagine losing a spouse and then having to raise a child all by yourself. That takes a lot of courage, love, and dedication. He was also a dedicated business owner who put his work to a high standard but he was also an easy going guy. And I liked that about him. 

    Sophia was just adorable. She sounded like the cutest little girl that just adored her father. My heart ached for her though because after her mother died she lost all hope in miracles. To have a child at just 6 loose hope in life is just heartbreaking. I can't even imagine what it is like losing a parent at that age. 

    Setting

    Katherine did a great job in describing the cafe and pretty much everywhere in the book! She really got you into the Christmas spirit with all the decorations, holiday parties, and places to see in NY during the holidays. It made me even more excited about this upcoming holiday season. And I get excited at the first of November! ^_^

    Final Thoughts

    Oh my goodness everyone. ALL THE FEELS... 

    This was the most adorable Christmas book I have read all year! Sophia and Mads are definitely the Christmas couple of the year. I was rooting for them the entire book. Mads grew tremendously throughout this book. He realized that even though he loved his wife, he had to move on and know that his wife would have wanted him to be happy. Iona learned that work is yes important, but ultimately the most important thing in life, after all, is love. 

    Sophia became attached to Iona quickly and I appreciated that tremendously. Especially since Sophia just lost her mother only a year prior. I admired that Sophia was willing to let Iona into her life after such a tragedy. I think that helped them bond closer. 

    Ending

    I absolutely loved the ending. It ended on a good note. So much that I want to know what happens with Sophia, Mads, and Iona! I hope the author has a sequel up her sleeve! 

    Now onto the giveaway!! Woohoo! 

    Christmas at the Candied Apple - Giveaway Prize - Summer in Manhattan

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Giveaway - Win 5 x Signed Copies of Summer in Manhattan!! 

    5 lucky winners will win a copy of Summer in Manhattan, Katherine Garbera’s previous book for Harper Impulse. 

    Just Enter Below! 

    Good luck! 

    I hope you enjoyed the review and that you pick up a copy today! 

    What is your favorite thing about Christmas? Share below! 

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    Disclaimer: I was given this book in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. 

    8 Christian Fiction Books That Have Been Turned Into Movies

    Christian Fiction Movies

    It's fall/winter and what better way to spend those evenings snuggled in with warm blankets, hot cocoa, and a good movie? Looking for family-friendly movies? A few great Christian fiction books have been made into movies! I love reading a book and watching the movie adaptation of it. Simply because I like to see how someone takes the words from a book and translates it onto the screen. Please note that I have not seen all the movies above but I have seen more than half and I wanted to suggest them nevertheless! 

    Here are 8 movies to watch today!:

    Love Comes Softly

    A woman's dream to forge a new life for herself on the great American plains becomes a test of her pioneering spirit, her inner strength, and her undying faith. It was Marty Claridge's dream to build her new life on the frontier with her husband. But when the courageous pioneer woman is suddenly widowed, she's offered a new opportunity - to marry a widower in a marriage of convenience that leads to unexpected love. 

    This is actually a series of 8 movies! Yep, 8 movies. It is based on her entire Love Comes Softly series. I absolutely love this series (it's my favorite Christian series!) and the movies are just as good. What I appreciate is that each movie is just as good as the other. That is not often seen with sequels! I highly recommend that you go and binge the whole series, like right now. ;) 

    The Red Tent

    Her name is Dinah. In the Bible, her life is only hinted at in a brief and violent detour within the more familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions and turmoils of ancient womanhood-the world of the red tent. It begins with the story of her mothers--Leah, Rachel, Zilpah, and Bilhah--the four wives of Jacob. They love Dinah and give her gifts that sustain her through a hard-working youth, a calling to midwifery, and a new home in a foreign land. Dinah's story reaches out from a remarkable period of early history and creates an intimate connection with the past. 

    I saw this last year and I enjoyed the movie as much as I enjoyed the book. It's a beautiful story to read or watch during the holidays. Not too many Christian books set during this time have been made into movies, so I always appreciate it when they do. It's a great way to learn more about Dinah, a woman in the Bible that's not often spoken of. 

    Chronicles of Narnia

    Journeys to the end of the world, fantastic creatures, and epic battles between good and evil—what more could any reader ask for in one book? The book that has it all is The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, written in 1949 by Clive Staples Lewis. But Lewis did not stop there. Six more books followed, and together they became known as The Chronicles of Narnia.

    I am sure we all know what this book/movie is about. I grew up with this book and loved reading it as a child. I love how each movie represents a certain theme from the Bible, such as the creation of man, resurrection, and crucifixion of Jesus, etc. Also, the cinematography is gorgeous in the first movie. I love how everything is brought to life in the movie. Narnia definitely looks like a beautiful place to visit. 

    The Reckoning

    As the new mistress of Mayfield Manor, Katherine finds herself torn between the new-found delights of secular life and the quiet peace of her old Amish community.

    Beverly Lewis is known for her Amish books. I haven't read any of her novels actually but I do enjoy her movie adaptations. This is another great movie that teaches us to appreciate family and the life we have. A great movie to watch during the holidays! 

    Hidden Places

    A deep yearning for home had led Eliza to Wyatt Orchards ten years ago. She has no idea how she will run an orchard alone. When a stranger appears at her doorstep, Eliza guesses he is no different than the other out-of-luck characters searching for work during the Depression. But the familiarity with which Gabe tends to the farm raises unanswered questions. With a vulnerable heart, she is unwittingly drawn to his gentle ways. But Eliza also fears that Gabe hides a past and motives that could jeopardize all. 

    I love Lynn Austin's books. However, I haven't seen this movie yet. There are mixed reviews of the movie on the internet but nevertheless, I am sure it's heartwarming, fun, with important lessons to learn. A great family movie for movie night. 

    The Redemption of Sarah Cain

    Her future and the lives of her young siblings is in the hands of a fancy "Englischer" from Portland...Sarah Cain. A thoroughly modern young woman, Sarah Cain had ridiculed her sister's choice of a Plain lifestyle, which served only to intensify the lifelong rift between them. Now, twelve years later, Sarah is stunned by news of her sister's death and baffled by Ivy's choice of a guardian. How can Sarah sacrifice her successful career and a life she enjoys to raise five Amish orphans? 

    The movie version is called Saving Sarah Cain. The movie was quite cute and I loved her sister's children. They were so sweet yet lost after their tragic parent's death. I enjoyed this story of forgiveness, love, and redemption. 

    Facing The Giants

    T’S BEEN SIX YEARS without a winning season and Coach Grant Taylor's job is on the line. Unless the Shiloh Christian Eagles turn things around—and fast—he's history. Unfortunately, their leading scorer has just left for a rival school and the team has lost its drive. The pressure is on.

    Have a football fan in the family? This will be the perfect movie! I have heard both Christians and Non-Christians enjoy this movie. So it's a great movie to watch with just about anyone! It's very inspirational story. A story to inspire people to keep going despite all odds. 
     

    When Calls The Heart

    Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

    This is not really a movie, but a series on The Hallmark Channel. It is based on the Canadian West series by Janette Oke. I included it here anyway because each episode is almost an hour long, and with watching a couple at a time, it's almost like watching a movie! I absolutely adore this series! It reminds me of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman back in the 90's. It's a fun show to watch and very family friendly! 

    Whew, you made it! Yay! I hope this has given you some ideas on what to watch the next time you have a movie night. Have you seen any of these movies? If so, what did you think of them? 

    Thanks again for stopping by. Until next time! 

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