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Review: Highlights of Your Life: A Journal That Glows as Your Child Grows

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I have a new niece arriving this fall and I can’t tell you how excited I was to come across this sweet new type of childhood journal! I’ve never seen a journal like this one, it’s truly a first-of-its-kind keepsake journal that brings together the two things that modern parents’ love: their kids and their phones!

So, how does it work? When you slide your smartphone (in flashlight mode) into the straps on the back cover, the light aligns perfectly with a hole that goes all the way through the book. As you turn the pages of the journal, the light shines through and interacts with the illustrations on each page. For example, on the birthday page, the light illuminates the flame of a birthday candle.
Here’s a short video that will give you a better idea of what you’ll see as you look through the journal:

This journal is absolutely adorable and the perfect gift for any child in your life – or any parent! It’s available on Amazon or anywhere books are sold.
** Book provided by publicist/publisher in exchange for an honest review. **
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Review: Leonisa Shapewear

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Many of you have seen my posts about my weight loss over the last few months. So, when I was asked to review some shapewear products, I thought it would be fun to see how they fit my new, smaller figure. Maybe I could shave another inch off! 🙂

I chose the Invisible Control Tank and the Strapless Balconet Bra and was really pleased with them both. The Invisible Control Tank is just that – invisible. It fits tightly and helps keep on the jigglies from, well, jiggling. It’s lightweight and I really liked that it didn’t show through my clothes or pucker up like other shapewear tanks I’ve tried in the past.

The Strapless Balconet Bra was very different from anything I normally wear. It took me a little while to get used to it, but once I did I found that I really like the way it “shapes.” It goes down further than many bras and gives you a sleeker look, keeping things in the places where they should be. 🙂

Overall, I was very pleased with both of these items and will certainly be heading over to for more shapewear products!



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Review: Marketing Banner from Build A Sign

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buildasign2One of the hardest parts of running your own business is marketing. Because I run a website, I don’t do a lot of in-person marketing, so I tend to struggle at times with knowing how to best present CWAHM.

I do quite a bit of speaking and usually have a table at the back of the room where I can sell my books. So, when I was contacted by Build A Sign about reviewing a banner created by them, I was thrilled.

I hopped on to their website,, and easily uploaded my logo and created the banner. I knew that I also needed a way to hang the banner, so I added on some plastic hangers for the corners. Read More→

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Review: “Fifteen Minutes” by Bestselling Author Karen Kingsbury

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Fifteen Minutes by Karen KingsburyFifteen Minutes by Karen Kingsbury
Reviewed by Pebbles Jacobo
Fiction Addict Blog Tours
Genre: Drama
Publisher: Howard Books
Pub Date: October 29, 2013

Karen Kingsbury’s new book asks the question:
What Would You Sacrifice For Fame?

(Synopsis from Zack Dylan made a promise to God and his college sweetheart as he left his family’s horse farm in Kentucky to compete on the popular reality television show Fifteen Minutes: If he makes it, the fame won’t change him.

Overnight, Zack is the nation’s most popular contestant, a country singer with the looks and voice of a young Elvis. As his star rises, Zack is asked to compromise and quiet his beliefs, and also something more. Something Zack could never have imagined. Just as America is falling in love with Zack, just as he’s on the verge of winning it all, his choices lead him to the brink of personal disaster.

At the same time, Reese Weatherly, a therapeutic horse instructor, is no longer sure about her relationship with Zack, or the wedding they had dreamed about. While Zack advances from one round of the competition to the next, an offer comes to Reese—one that will take her to a home halfway around the world.

Then Chandra Olson—reigning diva pop star and one of the Fifteen Minutes judges—intervenes. Chandra has suffered so much public pain and private agony since her days as a Fifteen Minutes contestant. Now she wants just one thing: meaning.

Can Chandra’s private losses help Zack find his way, or will his fifteen minutes of fame cause him to lose the life he once loved? Fifteen Minutes is a story of character, compromise, and the cost of having it all. A story that raises the question: Who are the real winners?

Karen Kingsbury has always done a great job with keeping her stories real, relateable and interesting. Fifteen Minutes is no different. I found that it moved along quite quickly and kept my attention. With some writers there seems to be a lull when they deliver the background information and that lull slows down the adventure, though it sheds light on the characters and their situation.

Definitely DO NOT START THIS BOOK LATE AT NIGHT! Oh my. I thought I’d get a started with a quick chapter before grabbing a some shuteye. The first part of that plan didn’t go as I had figured because this book grabbed me right from the beginning. We’ll just say I read more than a chapter or two before I could put it down to sleep for a few hours.

I thoroughly enjoyed Fifteen Minutes. I love the character interaction. Kingsbury did a great job thoroughly developing her characters, ratcheting up the heart-wrenching and emotional  tug of war. You feel like you KNOW these characters and like you are there experiencing their struggles with them. Of the three main characters, Zack, Reese and Chandra, I would have to say that I fell most in love with Chandra.

Excellent timing on the release as winter begins to set in here in the United States. This would be a great weekend read around the fire curled up with a blanket with a hot cup of tea near by.

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Note: I received this book as part of the Fifteen Minutes blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.  Review copy provided by the publisher.

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Book Review: I, Saul by Jerry B. Jenkins and James MacDonald

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From multi-million copy best-selling novelist Jerry Jenkins comes a compelling international thriller that conveys you from present-day Texas to a dank Roman dungeon in A.D. 67, then down the dusty roads of ancient Israel, Asia, and back to Rome.

A young seminary professor, Augustine Knox, is drawn into a deadly race to save priceless parchments from antiquities thieves and discovers a two- thousand-year old connection with another who faced death for the sake of the truth. I, Saul consists of two riveting adventures in one, transporting you between the stories of Augustine Knox and Saul of Tarsus.

Filled with political intrigue, romance, and rich historical detail, I, Saul is a thrilling tale of loyal friendships tested by life-or-death quests, set two millennia apart, told by a master storyteller.


Wow, what a read! I believe I just found my new favorite fiction author duo. A good author weaves a believable story with an enjoyable adventure while a great author truly transports the reader to another place, leaving the reader with a strong desire for the story to continue.  Jerry B. Jenkins and James MacDonald are a great author duo. The historical detail was so real that I felt like a fly on the wall through the entire book – actually in the scenes.

Throughout I, Saul authors Jenkins and MacDonald tell intertwining stories from different two separate millenia yet they do it in a way so as to keep the reader truly engaged. At the end of each chapter I couldn’t help myself but to start the next chapter – even in the wee hours of a weeknight.  I particularly enjoyed the story line about Saul.  They brought him to life to the point that now I can put a ‘voice’ to the letters he penned in the Bible.

Intrigue. Drama. Mystery. Romance. Adventure. This book has it all! I am thoroughly impressed with the richness of the detail without the story being overly wordy or dragging on. I have read tons and tons of books over the years.  Admittedly, it’s getting difficult to remember most of them, yet this one I think is going to stay with me for a long, long time.

Whether you are looking for a book to settle down with for a few hours or to casually read a chapter here or there, check out I, Saul.  Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I am off to check out other books by these skilled story weavers.


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Note: I received this book as part of the I, Saul blog tour from Fiction Addict. I received no monetary compensation for this review and only received a copy of the book for review purposes.

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New Book Highly Recommend by 47 Top Leaders – Get 25 Free Gifts If You Get It Now By May 7th

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Frank Viola has just released a new book called God’s Favorite Place on Earth that could literally change your relationship with God, help you defeat bitterness, free you from a guilty conscience, and help you overcome fear, doubt and discouragement once and for all.

This is a book that will jar you out of your “Christian rut” and give you new eyes for looking at EVERYTHING. It’s a quick, inspiring, and entertaining read.

In addition, if you get the book between May 1st to May 7th, you will also get 25 FREE GIFTS from 15 different authors including Leonard Sweet, Jeff Goins, Andrew Farley, Steve McVey, DeVern Fromke, Pete Briscoe, Frank Viola himself, and many others.


Over 47 Christian leaders have recommended the book including John Ortberg, Greg Boyd, David Fitch, Leonard Sweet, Jack Hayford, Mary DeMuth, Mark Batterson, Jon Acuff, Anne Miller, Craig Keener, Pete Wilson, Todd Hunter, Jenni Catron, and many others.

The premise of the book is simple and 100% Biblical: when Jesus was on the earth, He was rejected everywhere He went . . . from Bethlehem, to Nazareth, to Jerusalem. The only exception was the little village of Bethany.

The curtain opens with Lazarus, who is now ready to die, telling the incomparable story of Jesus’ interactions with him, Martha, and Mary. God’s Favorite Place on Earth blends drama, devotion, biblical narrative, and first-century history to create a riveting book that you’ll find difficult to put down. Within each narrative, the common struggles Christians face are addressed and answered.

Go to to claim your 25 FREE GIFTS, read a Sampler of the book, and watch the gripping video trailer.

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Crock Pot Review

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Jill Hart, CWAHM FounderAbout a month ago, my friend and business partner (on and saw an announcement that Crock-Pot would be releasing a brand new slow cooker. She tuned into the live webcast online and was immediately entranced.

Lori TwichellShe called me and to me all about this Crock-Pot that was different than any of its predecessors. This one, she said to me, could be programmed. I have one that allowed what I guess is an “old-fashioned” Crock-Pot. The kind where you turn the dial to HIGH, LOW, or WARM … and that’s it. But this one has a clock and shiny buttons and lots of choices on the front. What really grabbed Lori’s attention was when they said “You can program when you want to eat dinner and it will be done.” I’ll admit, I was hooked once she told me that as well.

Now I am nearly giddy with excitement to be able to share our review of the Crock-Pot My Time Slow Cooker!

Lori: When I got it, I was immediately surprised at how pretty it was. (Hey, I know – but seriously this is a pretty slow cooker!) I took it out of the box and loved the design instantly. Shiny stainless steel on the outside reflected the kitchen (yes I had to clean off some of the counters when I took pictures!) and it really does look beautiful sitting on my counter. crockpot 1

The design also shows tremendous insight. This is the first Crock-Pot I’ve ever owned that has a switch in the center of the heating base. This is to be sure that the slow cooker will not turn on without the stoneware in it. I love that! Though it hasn’t happened often, on occasion we have had a kid turn on the pot without the stoneware in it yet – or forget to turn off the manual switch at the end. This design feature will help eliminate that issue. I also love the tilted handle on the lid. It seems more secure than previous slow cookers I’ve owned and with the tilt that’s built in, it allows you to more easily open the lid with the steam escaping away from you.  The control pad on the front is clear, easy to figure out and even has a backlight. Read More→

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Review for Parents: Nintendo Wii U

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The Wii U was released on November 18, 2012 and if you didn’t grab one already it may be too late to get one for Christmas 2012.  Wii U is the newest console to be released from Nintendo and is the successor to the Wii.  It is the 6th console from Nintendo starting with the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1985.

The Wii U comes in two different flavors a white colored version with 8 GB of internal storage for $300; and a black colored version with 32 GB of Flash storage for $350, which includes the game Nintendo Land, Wii U stand, and a dock for the GamePad.   An HDMI cable, sensor bar, and GamePad are included with both versions.

We purchased the Black Wii U and New Super Mario Brothers Wii U, are pleased with that decision.  For $50 the inclusion of Nintendo Land, extra storage space, and GamePad doc seem like a no brainer.  New Super Mario Brothers Wii U is exactly what you would expect out of a Mario game but also has great new options thanks to the GamePad.

Our 7 year old son says this is “the greatest console EVER released.”  He loves both Nintendo Land and New Super Mario Bros. U
games.  He played with this thing as long as we would let him the day of release.  But don’t be surprised when you find your kids still playing the old Wii games on the new Wii U.  Makes a dad wonder why he just got done waiting in line for 6 hours.

Our 11 year old daughter is not easily impressed and wasn’t very excited for the Wii U release.  After playing with it for a few hours she has changed her mind and really enjoys the new GamePad and the new experience it brings to the games.

As a dad and hardcore gamer, after waiting in line for 6 plus hours I have a few issue I hope will be addressed in future updates with the Wii U.

·         The load time between menus can be as long as 20 seconds.  This seems like an eternity in today’s world of super-fast computers.

·         The firmware update required when you get the Wii U home takes around an hour.  This feels like a long time when all you want to do is play, so plan accordingly.  The good news is that you can hold off on this upgrade until later if you wish to.  I read a few articles warning users not to try and interrupt this upgrade in any way because it can cause your console to become totally inoperable. Read More→

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Thinking Of Reading Fifty Shades Of Grey? Read This First…

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This morning Jill Hart and Lori Twichell posted an article on Radiant Lit about the new publishing phenomeon, “Fifty Shades of Grey.” After less than an hour, the comments and shares were rolling in all over Facebook, email and Twitter. After hearing from a huge number of women how much they’ve wondered about the series and been tempted to read it, we thought it was important to share the word here as well. Tell us what you think. We look forward to hearing from you!


Fifty Shades of Jill and Lori….


So unless you’re living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon right? Huge breakout bestseller that everyone’s reading and/or talking about? Jill and I have both received emails, messages and lots of questions about our thoughts on Fifty Shades in the past few weeks. We thought maybe it was FINALLY time to stop putting our heads in the sand and hoping it goes away. Let me be honest – you may be surprised.

Lori’s Grey:

First of all, I’ve got to warn you that because of the subject matter of the book, it’s hard to talk about it without putting out a warning. The book is labeled erotica and the subject matter includes the BDSM lifestyle. If you don’t know what that is, be thankful. Don’t feel like you need to look it up. You may not want those images in your brain. That said, some of the things in this review definitely hold a warning that you shouldn’t let your tweens, kids, or young adults read EVEN THIS ARTICLE without being there to answer questions.

So now that we’ve gotten the heavy stuff out of the way…

This article is hard for me to write. It’s forcing me to share things publicly that I’d much rather keep out of the spotlight. But this is where I am and it’s what I’ve done. So here it is.

I read Fifty Shades but not as Fifty Shades. I read it when it was a Twilight Fanfic (story written by fans of a television show, book or movie involving the characters/settings – but still the fan’s own story) called Master of the Universe. I went through a period when I was a huge Twilight fan. I bought the books for friends, I watched all the movies (several in the theater) and had girl’s movie nights at my house where a bunch of us got together and watched them. And I read fanfic. I’m not a fan of Twilight anymore and I have my reasons for that, but that isn’t what I want to talk about here. This is about Fifty Shades. Read More→

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Book Review: Click Millionaires by Scott Fox

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Click Millionaires by Scott Fox is a great book for those just starting out who want to build a career online.  Scott Fox is a proven expert in the field as proven by his online ventures, including a Click community, and his other books in this genre Internet Riches and e-Riches 2.0. What I like best about Fox, though, is that although his books discuss the phenomenon of creating wealth through an online business, he is straightforward about the fact that most of us aren’t even looking to create “wealth,” we simply desire to make a decent income from home. And this is exactly what he teaches readers to do.

Click Millionaires starts out with a great chapter called, “Work Doesn’t Have To Be Something You Hate.” It calls out to those readers who wake up each morning dreading the day ahead of them. Fox states, “There has to be a better way!” and then he delivers on that promises with a book packed with ideas on how to create your own “better way.”

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Jill Hart

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